tv [untitled] May 22, 2012 2:00pm-2:30pm PDT
captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- supervisor chiu: the afternoon. welcome to the san francisco board of supervisors meeting. thank you to sfgovtv further help in televising these weekly meetings. these culpable. supervisor avalos: -- >> supervisor avalos, president. supervisor compos, president. supervisor chu, president. supervisor elsbernd, present. supervisor care -- supervisor kim, present. supervisor mar, present. supervisor olague, president. supervisor wiener, president. supervisor chiu: ladies and
gentlemen, please join us in the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag, indivisible, but the body and justice for all. -- with liberty and justice for all. supervisor chiu: colleagues, we have our april 17 and 18th board meeting minutes. seconded by supervisor compost, those minutes have been approved. madam clerk, are there any communications? >> there are none. items one through six comprise the consent agenda and will be acted upon by single roll call vote. unless acted upon by a member. supervisor chiu: colleagues, would you like to sever these items? roll-call vote on items 1 through 6. >> mr. president? aye. supervisor:? r cohen?
[takes role] l] there are 11 ayes. supervisor chiu: the resolution is adopted. next item? >> an ordinance extending the film rebate program to june 30, 2014, increasing the total amount of available funds up to $2 million. supervisor chiu: thank you. supervisor farrell: this extends the film reprogram through june 30, 2014. a quick recap of the history of the program, it dates back to 2006, when reports from the film commission.
since it was created, 135 san francisco residents were employed by this program, bringing in $12.5 million in -- -- wages to san francisco residents. film production spent over $6 million in the city of san francisco on labour, hotel accommodations, supplies and other services. i believe that we mean it -- we need to maintain the critical jobs in the city. there are a number of new jobs coming out, including a new woody allen film that was announced, which would continue to extend the film industry's prominence a little bit in 7 cisco. it would diversify our economy and i hope that this is something that i can get your support on. thank you. supervisor chiu: colleagues, can we take this same house, same
call? or do we need a roll call? san house, same call. next item. >> item #8. ordinance authorizing the department of the environment to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $403,000 from the california public utilities commission, through pacific gas and electric company, to study the impact that the replacement of old refrigeration equipment in san francisco businesses would have on energy usage and peak power demand in the city, and amending ordinance no. 146- 11 annual salary ordinance, fy2011-2012 and fy 2012-2013) to class 5640 environmental specialist grant funded position (.25 fte) at the department of the environment. supervisor chiu: same house, same call? this is passed on the first read. item #9. >> item #9. resolution authorizing the lease by t-mobile west corporation of approximately 160 rentable square feet of ground space located at 720 moscow street for the san francisco fire department. supervisor chiu: colleagues, i understand that supervisor avalos lives within 500 feet of this location. can i have a motion to excuse him? seconded by supervisor campos. another jet -- without
objection, his excuse. if we could take the roll call vote on item number nine? >> item #9, roll call vote. [calls the roll] there are 10 ayes. supervisor chiu: that resolution is adopted. thank you, item 11. >> item number 11. resolution approving an amendment to the contract with apollo health street, inc., for retroactive claiming of aged accounts services to $3,675,000 for an additional four years. supervisor chiu: roll-call vote? >> on item 10, president chu. mr. president, i skipped over 10.
item number 11. [roll-call vote] there are 11 ayes. supervisor chiu: the resolution is adopted. we can take it back to item number 10. >> item number 10. resolution approving an amendment to the contract with addiction, research, and treatment, inc., dba baart, for methadone maintenance services to $26,043,065. supervisor chiu: colleagues, can we do this same outcome -- same house, same call? without objection, adopted. next item. >> item number 12. resolution approving an amendment to the contract with asian american recovery services for fiscal intermediary services to $113,859,922 for an additional four years. supervisor chiu: colleagues, can
we do this same house, same call? this resolution is adopted. item number 13. >> item number 13. resolution approving an amendment to the contract with triage consulting group for retroactive claiming of aged accounts services to $1,823,761 for eight years. supervisor chiu: colleagues, some house, same call? this resolution is adopted. >> item number 14. resolution authorizing the san francisco recreation and parks department to accept and expend a grant administered by the california state parks and recreation department in the amount of $4,000,000 for the project. supervisor chiu: the resolution is adopted, some house, same call. >> item number 15. resolution authorizing the acceptance and expenditure of state transportation development act article 3 funds for various pedestrian and bicycle projects in san francisco in fy2012-2013, totaling $907,824 including $453,912 for the department of public works and $453,912 for the san francisco municipal transportation agency. supervisor chiu: colleagues, house, same call? this resolution is adopted. next item. >> item 16. resolution determining that the premise to premise transfer of a type 48 on-sale general public premises liquor license from 181 eddy street to 43-6th street
(district 6) to mark e. rennie for club omg!, llc, dba club omg!, will serve the public convenience or necessity of the people of the city and county of san francisco, in accordance with section 23958.4 of the california business and professions code, with conditions. supervisor chiu: same house, col. this resolution is adopted. item number 17. >> item number 17. resolution urging the secretary of the navy to christen a ship as the "u.s.s. harvey milk." supervisor chiu: supervisor wiener? supervisor wiener: thank you very much, mr. president. colleagues, before us today is a resolution to support a great honor for one of the most iconic figures in the history of san francisco, as well as the lgbt community. this idea came from the community in san diego. as you probably know by now, supervisor harvey milk was a naval officer who served in korea. this was an important aspect of his life. i am told by those who know him
that he talked about his military service and that, although, like many people, he was against the vietnam war, he remained proud of his military service. if you go to harvey milk plaza, in the muni station there is a series of photos of supervisor milk in various points in his life. one of those photos is a photo of him as an officer in the navy. supervisor milk wore a navy dealt with a master divert bought call. someone sent me pictures -- master diver buckle. someone sent me a picture of him wearing it at his headquarters, on the stump, making speeches. lgbt people have served in the armed forces for many years. our community was hidden in the press in the armed services. now, because of the repeal of
don't ask, don't tell, our community can serve openly and properly. be must support our lgbt soldiers, past and present. i can think of no better way to do that than to name a vessel for a navy officer who went on to become one of the most important lgbt civil rights leaders in history. some have questioned whether a navy vessel should be named for harvey milk, given that harvey milk was for peace. i will note that the navy has named vessels for cesar chavez, edgar members, and samuel barber. hardly pro-war people. there is an enormous amount of support in the community for this. the milk family supports it. harvey milk's family supports doing this. his former legislative aide, cronin berger, supports this. many lgbt veterans support it.
some of them came to committee, including bob [unintelligible] , an extraordinary leader, who served as president of the harvey milk lgbt democratic club. the veterans affairs commission supported it, including its out president, john caldera, as well as the american legion alexander hamilton post 448. i want to note how inspirational it will be for young lgbt sailors at to see harvey milk's name on the side of a neat -- military vessel. harvey used to talk about the kid from altoona, pa., and inspiring young lgbt people to have hope and know that they can succeed in life. many of us oppose war. many of us chose not to pursue military careers. many lgbt people have made the choice to serve in the military,
even when it was illegal and dangerous to do so. i can think of no better way to support those people, to support our community and the many more lgbt young people who will follow in their footsteps than to support the naming of this ship as the u.s.s.r. the milk. thank you. >> thank you. -- supervisor chiu: thank you. supervisor avalos? supervisor avalos: like many of us, i have been trying to figure out what harvey milk would have wanted. we decided to do something unique in my office. we got out a week keyboard. -- a oiuiji board. [laughter] it's spelled out a series of letters.
harvey gave us those letters. good riddance, do not ask, do not help. that was quite clear, harvey milk would have been opposed to don't ask, don't tell. i can honestly say that that is one aspect of this resolution that is really valid. the recent experience that gays and lesbians have had in the military is one that is still trouble. there is a person who is in the brig waiting for a trial for treason, bradley manning, who has been a questioning individual of his sexual orientation -- actually, his gender. he is gay. he is one whose experience tells us that we have a lot to do to make the military a better place for people who are gay to serve. to me, naming a naval vessel after harvey milk can help in that way. can help to get to the point
where people who are in the military who are gay are going to be able to serve as the military grapples with how to program what is about making people comfortable with sexual orientation. i actually believe, this is actually a reasonable thing to do, not knowing what he would have wanted, but knowing that we have to move the lever higher for it, in making sure that gays and lesbians can have greater acceptance in the military. i will be supporting this resolution. you know, i think it is also important that from time to time, we engage in these resolutions to discuss matters outside the purview of the board of supervisors, because they have an impact on every day san franciscans. i want to thank scout leader for
bringing this forward. colleagues, i hope that you can support it as well. supervisor chiu: supervisor olague? supervisor olague: i needed to comment on why i will not support this resolution today, to clarify where i am coming from on this. it was challenging to me, because many people that i respect in the community are in favor of this. colleagues on the board. mr. dokendorf. people in the milk family, who felt that he will also be supportive of this type of an honor. at the end of the day, i do believe that there are more appropriate ways to honor someone who, in the last days of their lives, was opposed to war.
and, so, i also have my entire life span against the military industrial complex. i have my own values that i feel are definitely weighing on my decision today. and, so, that being said, ultimately it is a combination of my own values. and how i feel someone like harvey milk should ultimately be honored. i think that sometimes it might be very empowering, because apparently anyone who will be on this ship would be required, obviously, to where it shirt emblazoned uss harvey milk. i thought -- wear a shirt
emblazoned uss harvey milk. i thought that that would be interesting for people who question lgbt folks to where this shirt from this ship that is named after harvey milk. i can see some of the positive affects that this naming could have, but ultimately, my own values, and i believe the values that harvey milk subscribed to towards the end of his life do not allow me to really ultimately endorse this honor. again, i respect a lot of people and i understand what folks feel it is a necessary thing. i think that, ultimately, harvey milk, it brings up to a lot of lgbt people internationally -- brings hope to a lot about gdp -- to a lot of lgbt people internationally. in instances where other
pacifists were named after ships, i am not sure i would have supported any of those others having a military ship chris and after them. as i mentioned, it is a combination of my own personal values and how i feel and what i feel is the most appropriate way to remember harvey milk. >> supervisor compost? >> thank you very much, mr. president. i want to thank -- supervisor chiu: supervisor, campos? supervisor campos: irrespective of where people fall on the issue, it leads to a discussion. thank you. i want to respect the opinions conveyed by my colleagues that. a lot of excellent points have been made. one of the things i have found interesting about people's
reaction to this resolution is that they have very strong feelings and i do think it is one of those things where reasonable minds can disagree. but one thing that i hope does not happen with respect to this resolution is that we draw a line in the sand. i actually think that it is completely acceptable that there would be different perspectives on something like this. i withdrew my name as a co- sponsor because i heard from a number of people who have said to me that harvey milk, as a pacifist, someone who was very much against war, including the vietnam war, would not have some -- wanted something like this. the reality is that there are different perspectives on that, because i heard from people who indicated that they think that not so much that harvey would
have wanted it, but he would have been, he would have recognized the symbolism behind this. i actually think that while there is some symbolism here, i have always felt that the most important way to honor harvey milk's legacy is not so much their holidays, not so much through the naming of a ship or any other action, but through an individual commitment to social justice, because of the end of the day to me that is what he was about. i think that the best thing that we can do, today, on his birthday, is to dedicate ourselves to fighting for social justice. not just for the lgbt community, but for all oppressed communities, because at the end of the day that is what he was about.
folks whose voices were not being heard had an opportunity to be heard by the powers that be. i am going to vote for this resolution. i am not sure what the right answer is in terms of whether harvey would want it or not, but i do think that at the end of the day, the question is, what does this mean to some members of our community? i have heard from many lgbt members of the military who have chosen to serve the country, dedicate themselves, but their lives on the line, and having the symbolism of this ship being named after harvey milk would mean a lot of them. it is about what it means to people all over the world. when i worked on the sister city relationship with marcello not, i saw firsthand the power that
harvey milk has abroad. the idea that a navy vessel could traveled the world and through its name send a powerful message, i hope that between now and the time this issue is resolved, we will have an opportunity to have an impact -- some input on the type of vessel. a navy vessel can be a vessel that is not a warship. quite frankly, i do not know what the navy will do. i would be surprised, to be honest, if the navy proceeded to name a ship after harvey milk, because i do not believe we have, as far as we have come in terms of where we are nationally. verses where we are in san francisco.