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move from unlimited choices in the august assignment system to the single highway pool. there is out of reach and recruitment -- november 5 is the enrollment affair. we received an annual report on student assignment. we're developing questions and getting the help from researchers on how to evaluate this new one. student assignment that includes a consideration for neighborhood assignment. there was an update on the redesign of transportation services. president mendoza: any other reports on any of the committees that may have met? commissioner norton: i'm not reporting on a committee, but i did go see a bilingual community
council meeting. i did not know we were doing this, but we have begun translating the annual test reports that all parents get in the mail. parents are getting them in their native languages which is a huge step forward. it has been a lot of work, apparently, but it was very much appreciated. i wanted to add my thanks, it is a big improvement. commissioner fewer: on october 19, i attended the school district's first annual lgbt family center. it was a smashing success. i think they thought 50 people would show up and it was packed. clearly next year, will have to have a larger venue. i would like to thank staff for putting this on.
this was a fun event and i felt that everyone who attended had a great spirit, very family feeling, and i hope that next year we will have more families that will participate. at this time, i would like to make an appointment to my advisory committee. i would like to appoint edwin yuen to the bilingual council. he is bilingual in spanish and chinese and is the parent of a daughter. commissioner maufas: the select committee meeting is this thursday over in city hall starting at 3:30. i wanted to say before this meeting is over -- president mendoza: do you know what the topic -- commissioner maufas: an update
on the shipyard school district. >> i got my test back a few weeks ago in chinese and i could not read it. my mom was bashing on me and i could not read it. why didn't i get one in english? >> everybody got them in english in august and it took a month to get them translated. that is why you got a copy in chinese after word. commissioner murase: i wanted to report on the rules committee meeting that met on monday, october 24 for action. we reviewed the online board of education policies. we are going very deep into that process trying to bring the board policies on line. i invite my colleagues to join in on that.
we will probably need back for recommendation in december. we reviewed the policy for committing non 7 it is residents to the school of the arts, and when so was started, there was a hard cap recommended of 10% of out of district students. it was unknown to the staff, so the principle has made a commitment in the coming year to really keep to that, because currently they have 60% overall out of district students. some departments are as high as 39%. one of the arguments given to us was that there aren't enough qualified seven it is students. i am here to say that san francisco students should apply. we want to see lots of applicants and phyllis many spaces as possible with san
francisco students. there are some exceptions, when there is a need for a particular baritone or tenor who to invite and out of district students, but we would like to have as many san francisco students applied as we can. under state and federal policy, there have been bullying measures signed by the governor, and this thursday, the district attorney is hosting a very important cyber bullying event for the middle school families that is open to the public and will be at marina middle school from 6:00 to 7:30 on thursday. really targeting families and what they should know about cyber bullying. it is hard to keep up with. there is a lot going on with sell funds and social media has
tools for really some very negative behavior. it is a very important event. commissioner norton: i forgot to say that the next meeting of the curriculum and program committee will be on monday november 7 and we will have at 4:00 p.m., slightly earlier than usual. >> commissioners, i wanted to say that the superintendent as i mentioned earlier is in boston for the council of the great city schools, i want you to know that we are honored that we will have the two presentations that this national convening including san francisco unified staff. from the research and accountability department, they will be presenting on our partnership with stanford university and our counsel. we will be presenting an immigration issues with students.
we are honored to have this representation. commissioner fewer: i would like to make an announcement that the budget committee will meet this thursday, october 27 at 5:00 p.m. in this room. we are inviting everyone to attend. we will have an exciting discussion about the state but the engine support services. >> is always really thrilling. >> adjusting case not all the commissioners , in every department, we have students go out once a week to middle schools to a guest who teach middle school kids about the arts that we do. that is one way we are recruiting students. >> and you're doing this in san francisco middle schools?
[laughter] commissioner yee: i would really like to say, several of us were there yesterday morning, and the mission high school community was treated really treated by a former michigan high school student. there was some article -- the panel that he had with them, his wife and the peter -- and peter.
one other, i should know his name. the message they sent to the students was pretty consistent to them that in order for them to the to get to any level, you need to focus now and be the best person to do the best you can. i am just an ordinary person that focused on what my passion was. >> i want to thank them and his wife cindy, they were phenomenal.
he was there from 8:00 in the morning until 1:00 in the afternoon. the principal was beside himself. the left to the classrooms and said hello to the students. he had a panel discussion with a very informal conversation to the kids, and they could pretty much as can anything. he did a 10 minute or 20 minute stint with the kids practicing on stage and performed with the kids. he mentioned being 16 years old and performing with carlos santana. it was just great, there were 15 students on stage. the students exited and he played for us for another half- hour. it was a delight. he donated, the drums and guitars. he is commissioning a mural to be painted in the hallway, and
he really wanted to congratulate the kids because 85 percent were going on to college. we have a much higher rate of graduation this last year. he was thrilled and honored to be amongst the kids and they were thrilled and honored to be with him. a couple of other thank yous. the educational partnership celebrated the tenth anniversary. the deputy superintendent and i had the opportunity to go to their celebration. it is filipino history month. i wanted to thank cbs and the park. they took out 50 of the kids from the marina middle school. they had the street team from cirque du soleil come and run the obstacle course.
lee will install on lighting, it will be on the time morceli will be able to save funding on that. the kids came out, they did a drawing for premier tickets for tonight for five of our students. and they would not put them down, they were doing these obstacle courses and they would not set their tickets down. it was really fantastic. i wanted to invite everybody, especially the alums to the dance on november 5. it will be a really great party and a great fundraiser for the school as well. >> and the jazz band will be performing, i am in that. that is kind of cool. >> our president is very humbled but she was also awarded and
recognized at the banquet this saturday night for her contributions to the community. congratulations. [applause] president mendoza: thank you. regular board meeting announcements. our next regular board meeting falls on november 8, all of you should know is a special day. it is election day. our board meeting is going to get changed to tuesday, november 15 here in the boardroom. no board meeting on tuesday, november 8. >> it will run my routine. >> but you only have one board meeting this month. if there is no other announcements, a report of the closed session actions of october 18, 2011.
other informational items posted on the agenda, the quarterly report of july through september 2011 and the acceptance of gifts for the months of september for 2011. this meeting is adjourned. >> welcome, and regretted. i am the general manager of san francisco's recreation and park department. i want to thank everybody for
joining me today for the official rollout of park wide by crystals. it will be at five sites throughout the city. hopefully this is the launch of what will eventually be a part- by-park and maybe some day a street corner-to-street corner of by sharing. this is a new park amenity that will allow the opportunity to rent a bike at one city park and actually ride to another and drop it off. we're thrilled. imagine somebody renting a bike in union square and taking a ride into a beautiful golden gate park, coming to see the incredible academy of sciences in front of us, and then taking the bus home. it all works perfectly. we're thrilled. this is a partnership. it is really a win-win all the way around. it will be easier for residents and visitors to get out and to buy it and see the city's
incredible park system. but it is an agreement that will activate our public spaces and help keep our parks clean, safe, and fun. we expect bike rentals to bring in more than $1 million of revenue to support the department's operations over the next five years. >> i want to thank all of the folks who supported this effort and worked to make it possible. i want to thank mayor lee, who will say a few words in a moment. i want to think the board of supervisors for their support of this. our district one supervisor in gold and great park, eric mar. i want to dig the recreation and park commissioner. and david lee. i want to thing lia and all its supporters of the san francisco bike coalition for their advocacy and support of biking in parks and healthy recreational activities. and i really want to thank park wide.
jeannie and luisa are here. daryll and jeff, thank you for your vision and doggedness. that is what is needed in san francisco. last but not least, i want to thank my staff, the team which has been doing a tremendous job over the last couple of years, thinking about a creative new strategies as our general fund dollars get tighter and tighter in parks need more investment than ever. our partnership in the research development team has worked creatively, and it has been incredibly effective in adding park amenities that park-users enjoy. it has helped us sustained as a credible park system. i want to take nicole and nick and cassandra, who are all over there. thank you. and of course, all of this falls in line with the city's goal of
making our communities and places like golden gate park and the academy of sciences more bite-friendly and easier to visit for parents, families, and even alligators. i thought they were scared at the rain. but we were supposed to have won today. i will plug something. helen taylor from the academy is here. if you rent a bike and are lost and need to get through golden gate park, all you need to do is take up your iphone and download the academy of sciences golden gate park field guide application, which has all kinds of credible environmental information about this park and about the academy, and it also has two bike routes. thank you to the academy of sciences, and thank you, helen. i now want to bring up our mayor, who in the last year has demonstrated himself to be a champion of our parks and of biking, healthy recreational options and environmentally- friendly transportation. where are you, mr. mayor?
thank you very much. >> thank you. good morning, everyone. i also wanted to express my thanks to the collaboration that has occurred today with the bicycle coalition, with the rec and park bank commission, and with park wide. this is just the beginning. i think today you had the first part of what we have talked about for some time now. that is by sharing in this city. something that is going to be starting early next year, led by the sfmta. when these parks start happening for recreational users, we will also meet with mark tempi -- commuters to make sure they have a chance to q use bikes and the go to work. bicycle growth in the city has been phenomenal over the past few years that we want that much more of a combination. i think it is a neat idea for us to be able to begin at one park, and today you can go from here
to the marina or herman plaza. you can go today and drop off that bike. on your way, you can pass by city hall and vote. do important activities. this is an amazing thing. i really do like the idea that you can just drop it off and not worry about it. you can go by the hour, by the day. everything is taking care of. i think that is just the solid beginning of bike-sharing across the city and the bay area. i think this is another indication that we want to be alternative mode transportation friendly. so we're working with the other cities around the bay area to do the same thing. so for those enthusiasts who want to go from city-to-city, they can do that as well. i think that is an exciting part of this. i want to thank all the agencies for coming together and
promoting this. this is a great kick off. this is just the beginning. i look forward to even more folks using this and getting the exercise and a fresh air, but also being able to get out of their cars with their families are with their friends, and exercise this wonderful option to leave the bikes at various stations in the parks. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, mr. mayor. i want to bring up our supervisor who presides over golden gate park to the one thing about eric mar is he is a true user id of this park and its amenities. there's not a weekend the goes by when we do not bob into each other during something in golden gate park. thank you for being such a champion of this system and golden gate park. >> it is let my backyard or front yard, because the live across the street on seventh avenue and faulted. i brought my bike today so we
can all right together. i wanted to thank park wide for their vision, and the mayor and the recreation and parks department. gill, cassander, net, and the cult, and the others in the department for their vision of improving vikings the more families and everyone in this city can take advantage of this. i like the $1 million a year or more that this will bring in for the parks department. the richmond district is just one neighborhood. i know new barker of the question now more bikers will come to richmond, but also the sun set aside another part as well. the lisagor coalition has been tremendous in making a better bike weighs from the embarcadero to charge -- to the ocean beach. this will help us to make sure san francisco's number one as a viking city in the country. thank you for being here with us. i cannot wait to ride. thank you.
>> our next speaker is commissioner david lee. he has been a big champion for our of its decree more family friendly amenities in our parks. >> i just want to say, what a tremendous asset that philbins for has been for this department. he has the best i doubt -- philip ginsburg has for this department. he has the best ideas, and he is always thinking about ways to raise money for this department. and we're really grateful for his leadership in this department and looking forward to new and more ideas from phil in the upcoming years. i chaired the capital committee at the recreation and parks commission. we do a lot of the fix-ups in the city. we fix our playgrounds. we fix our recreation facilities, and we are administering the 2008 bond that is going into fixing up
recreation centers all across town. i had an idea just talking to lia from the san francisco bicycle coalition. as we were out here, thinking it may be one of the things we could be doing is installing more bicycle racks. the reason being is that people are renting bicycles, people from the neighborhood, come to the facilities, and have a place to lock up a bicycle. if you enjoyed the facility and the get a fabulous part in our city and neighborhood, even right here in the concourse, it would be a great advantage for people to be able to lock the bicycle, perhaps at a picnic, and get back on the bike and go on to another location. that is something i hope to explore and to work with the bicycle coalition to see where we can put these in bicycle racks. with that, thank you all for coming. >> thank you, david. the recreation and park
department has a great partnership with the san francisco bicycle coalition, in addition to their support of park wide, we're working together to create a dedicated bike lane in golden gate park. we have worked together on a sunday streets and send a street closures and also healthy saturdays. yes, we want more bike racks. to talk more about our partnership, lia. >> thank you for your leadership. i know staff has been working so hard on this. she was so much to mayor lee and supervisor mar. almost 15 years of working and bicycle advocacy in the city, i have not seen this kind of political commitment and support. it is because san franciscans love bicycling. this is another great sign that our parks want to draw people to the city's. ride bicycles. the california academy of sciences wanted to visitors to come by bike.
restaurants, cafes, and never did see the value in drawing more people, whether it is locals or tourists writing by bike to come out to the neighborhoods. it will be number one in the nation soon on that. we're on our day. the launch of park wide is a sign of that, one more commitment. it is a commitment responding to a demand. we know more and more people want great biking conditions. as the mere mention, it has been nearly as 60% increase the people biking in the last 40 years, and that is growing. i would love to see the day where you see the front of the academy of sciences filled with by cracks in the front and filled with tiny bikes, so that -- filled bike racks in the front. so people are coming to learn about the importance of sustainability and the importance of our future fabric of our planning. but actually, riding the ride, walking the walk as well.
kids see how they can integrate sustainability and environmental awareness by visiting this institution and this park and parks around the city by bicycle. this is a huge opportunity for great bike use today but really to be educating generations to come. i want to thank the parks department and commission looking ahead for hopefully their support of a new bikeway on jfk drive. we're excited about welcoming more people to golden gate park with a safe, dedicated, inviting bikeway that is family friendly and connecting our city. thank you, looking ahead for that. and we look forward to riding. >> thank you. last but certainly not least, the folks that we're celebrating today, again, for your vision and partnership -- did i mention patience? our friends from park wide. come on up and say a few words. >> thank you for coming.
i want to introduce all park wide the members park. sharyl, jeff, elena, and my husband, luis. we all own our own bike-rental companies. we came together to the form park wide to address this giant need in our city. we're opening of these bike rentals in parks, and we hope you join us and bike the parks. i would like to give everyone that has supported us a hat for that effort. not to be used as a bike helmet. thank you all. >> she did not say this, but the consortium of bike rental company has over 50 years of experience with bike rental in