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still going to be conducting. i don't want to be me mature. and i believe in, you know, never say never. >> supervisor campos: and that's the question. i mean so i do have a question about the wording though. in your report, it says that there is a little likelihood of these areas representing a health risk. in terms of definition of likelihood, what is that definition? i mean what percentage, what... >> it would be difficult to quantitative. again, me being a scientist, that's how we speak. we don't look at things in black and white but in continuum of probability and such. so when i say little likelihood again i can't assign a probability to it but certainly no more so than -- like i say i think what we already know out there is the low-hanging fruit. i don't see these additional areas, you know, for whatever
quantification you want to assign to what we've encountered and assessed out there, i don't see these additional areas presenting any risk, certainly not any greater than that. >> supervisor campos: would likelihood be like 40%? is that lower? >> lower. >> supervisor campos: 20? >> if you're going to hold me to a number, we're talking about likelihood of a public health risk? i would say probably less than five. if that. >> supervisor campos: so less than five. i think that's the question for us is at what point do we feel comfortable enough to reach the point that we feel like we've done everything. i still wouldn't want to be less than 5%, you know, that have 5% or 4% likelihood that we're wrong. so -- >> well you've got to bear in mind, you've got to look at radiological risk or any
individual risk in context with the overall spectrum of risk that we're all exposed to just from being alive. again, radiation is a natural thing. we're all exposed -- the average american gets 620 milligram a year of background radiation. >> supervisor campos: if that's the case then you certainly want to vote areas where there is even more radiation than is usually allowed, right? i mean that cuts different ways. >> again we're talking about levels that is so small i don't think we're encroaching on allowable levels at all. >> supervisor campos: let me ask you this way. so there is this supplemental technical memen memorandum thatd there are new areas that are rage lodically impacted -- radiologically impacted. legally under federal law or state law, are there limitations in terms of what kind of developments can go into a radiologically impacted area? >> in my limited experience, and i'm not a lawyer and not a real
estate expert but usually those are deed restrictions that can be -- my bad. >> again, amy brownel from the san francisco health department. all of these areas that were identified in that supplemental technical memorandum are navy areas that navy is going to investigate. they are doing their work, and investigating them. there is not going to be any development until the navy has finished all their investigation, and then all of the regulatory agencies have signed off that everything has been done correctly. during the investigation phase, the navy will control the area, have fences, do air monitoring. the cdph and the other regulatory agencies will verify that they're doing that. there is no chance of contamination going outside of the area, that the navy will control during their work. and then when it is all done, and signed off, and cdph will give a free release letter that
says all the work is done, there is no contamination left, everything is same as background, basically. that's called a free release. only at that point would the property then transfer, and be used by tida and developed. there will be no development until the navy has signed off on all the radiological issues. >> supervisor campos: well i appreciate all the work and i think that it's good to just follow up on these issues through the additional hearing. i'm still concerned. i think a 95% likelihood that we are right about no health implications is pretty good but i don't think it's good enough. so hopefully we'll get to 100% at some point. thank you. >> president chiu: supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: thanks, ms. brownel, mr. burns for the presentations. i wanted to say if i were one of the parents of the child development center i think supervisor kim was raising this questioning, mr. burns, whether he would have his kids in a spot
that we weren't absolutely 100% sure was going to be safe would make me nervous, given some of the press reports. and then i know in 2003, and the department of public health is aware of this that we passed our cautionary principle policy that states where threats of serious or irreversible damage to people or nature exists lack of full scientific certificateity about the cause and effect shall not be viewed as sufficient reason for the city to prevent the degradation of the environment or protect the health of its citizens. i really worry that of the 2,000 residents that live on the island, that some of the key kind of new potential sites are very close to many of the residences. and the boys and girls club, and many areas where young children, who might be even more susceptible live. but i just wanted it know, could you give us more certainty that the sites are going to be safe. because i would be worrying if i were one of those parents or one
of those kids. >> thank you, supervisor mar. again, mr. burns was talking about the areas and how the investigation was going to happen, and the question was asked about his certainty on those issues. again, that's for the areas that the navy is going to investigate, the residents do not live there, and they're not going to be allowed to live there. there will not be any development there. those areas will be properly investigated. the -- as we already mentioned, and is in your letter that you received from california department of health -- public health, the boys and girls club, the childcare center, the school, the winery, and the trailer, were all scanned by cdph and have been cleared, that there is no public health risk, based on their scans that they have already done. there are other areas that -- as mr. burns was mentioning, are going to be investigate by cdph. in fact i'm aware that they went out there today to start that, and to do their scans. so all of those areas and those issues of uncertainty, they're
not areas where people are living. thank you. >> president chiu: supervisor olague. >> supervisor olague: i just have a quick question. i know that sometimes during these periods of members of the public residents are probably reading a lot of different pieces of information, in the newspaper, and it might be creating anxiety or fear among them. so i was wondering how are there going to be community meetings out there? i know even when we do wire or towers for at&t the department of public health, or there's some kind of allowance for some kind of testing and this sort of thing. i'm wondering how are we reassuring the residents that live out there that they're safe, or, you know -- what kind of outreach is being done to the residents? >> i can answer that question for ms. unbrown. our office is cohosting a meeting with tida and the navy
next tuesday, september 18 at 7 pm on treasure island. and i'm not sure if we will be able to address all the concerns residents have but we will be there to answer questions and get feedback on where we would like to see the efforts the city makes to advocate on behalf of our residents at that meeting. i don't know if ms. brown if you have anything to add to that. >> thank you, supervisor kim. yes. the meeting will be held next tuesday. representatives from the navy will be conducting the meeting and representatives will be there from cdph and dtfc. i will be there. in addition there was a letter sent to all the residents with this information, and maps, and information about what's going on. so tida has been keeping the residents up to date and this additional meeting will be another venue for them to hear the information. >> supervisor olague: transparency is important, obviously. thank you. >> president chiu: colleagues,
any additional questions to city staff? supervisor kim. >> supervisor kim: no additional questions. i do want to speak a little bit to the item at hand, and also some follow-up to the contamination impact issues. so our office is cohosting a meeting with the navy again and cdph and tida to address questions from the residents and concerns. more than anything, what i would like to ensure from the city, whether it is cdph or tida or our office that we're doing the advocacy that needs to get done on behalf of our residents. i want our residents to feel safe and also that we are fighting for them, getting the truth out in terms of the level of contamination. i think it's great the preliminary assessments so far have shown that there aren't potential hazards to the health of humans living on that island. but of course i think that that's not always assuring to residents, that live there. i do in particular have concerns with the boys and girls club site. i know they have an interest in
relocating. i think that even if there isn't evidence of contamination i think that there's enough questions that i think we should certainly look into it and see if that's possible. i think there's a lot of sites on that island. i would like to at least explore that, and also to address the 38 residents that might be on a potentially impacted site as well. the big thing is we need to be bulldogs for our residents, fighting and making sure that we get the answers we need. if it is true there is no contamination on site, great. we can move forward. there are other issues that need addressing in treasure island like the aging infrastructure in terms of delivering services like electricity add gas to the residents. i want to speak to the items before us today. it's separate from the radiological issue. while one of the parties to the amendments -- sorry, to the master leases and the agreement is the navy, i think that this is a separate issue. the navy is completely liable for both doing the assessment
and the cleanup of radiological contamination on site prior to turning over conveying this property to tida and to the city. and that must be done when the property can be transferred with no use restrictions. and i think we as a city need to ensure that we fight to ensure that happens. i want to even touch on the fact that we have other neighborhoods where clearly environmental health hazards are on site. we have neighborhoods like the bayview where there are higher rates of asthma. this is not just limited to treasure island but we as a city need to ensure that we are providing safe places for all of our residents to live and work. but the set of items before us are really just to allow tida to continue to subleases buildings on site, and also to allow us to deliver fire, police, and other gas and electrical services, wastewater treatment services, to the island. and i think that we should move forward and support these items before us today.
if in any case we find that we don't want to continue this relationship with the navy, and really the the only case i think that would happen is if we decide to relocate all 2,000 residents we have 30 days notice if we decide to move forward in that direction. supervisor campos did mention it though and i will talk more about it at roll call but supervisor avalos and i will be cosponsoring a hearing on the radiological impact at treasure island and i'll speak a little more to that at roll call. >> president chiu: colleagues, any additional discussion? with that, why don't we take a roll call on these six items. madam clerk. >> angela calvillo: on items 13 through 18, supervisor farrell, aye. supervisor kim, aye. supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, aye. supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye.
president chiu, aye. supervisor chu, aye. supervisor cohen, absent. supervisor elsbernd, aye. there are 10 ayes. >> president chiu: the resolutions are adopted. why don't we go to our committee report, item 19. >> angela calvillo: item 19 was considered by the rules committee at a regular meeting on thursday, september 6, and was recommended as amended with a new title sent to the board as a committee report. it's a motion approving the president of the board of supervisors, supervisor david chiu's nomination of arcelia hurtado for the board of appeals ending july 1, 2016. >> president chiu: same house, same call? without objection, this motion is approved. and why don't we now go to roll call. >> angela calvillo: supervisor farrell, you are first. >> supervisor farrell: i have one item, an in memory, i'd like to adjourn in the memory of chuck hug begins.
he passed away at his home and was 87 years old. he was the former president and ceo of seas canneddies a beloved san francisco institution. he worked there as a manager in the packing department and in 1972 selling the company to warren buster amon buffett. as a philanthropist he was a generous person in town. he loved jazz. he served on numerous boards of san francisco nonprofits including grace cathedral, san francisco traditional jazz foundation and the children's health council. more importantly, in district 2 he and his wife brought together a number of people to raise money to restore the palace of fine arts to the jewel that it is today raising over $16 million in private money. he served our country as a paratrooper during world war ii. they had -- after her passing he
married and is survived by donna hug begins who was with chuck for 15 years. he is survived by his sister, ruth, sons, peter, charles, and daughters, ann and shelley, nine children and a nephew. a tribute is planned for saturday, september 28 at the hetious theater from 1 to 3 pm. i would invite everyone to come out. the rest i submit. >> angela calvillo: supervisor chu. >> supervisor kim: chu. >> supervisor chu: first is norah patricia spears known as patsy to many of her friends and family, passed away september 1. she was a sunset resident and active parishioner at st. gabriel's. she volunteered at laguna honda hospital and was always involved in the neighborhood and stayed current. we very much appreciated all the work she did on behalf of the
neighborhood. she was here many times to testify at the planning commission, on behalf of the sunset district. and we will all miss her but she will be especially missed by her husband, sean, her children, and their spouses and many grandchildren. i also want to adjourn today's meeting in memory of celia rodriguez, she passed away surrounded by her family. she joins her husband and her son in heaven. her husband immigrated to san francisco in 1955 and celia joined him in 1956 but it was in san francisco that they raised their family and realized their dream of opening their restaurant in the outer sunset district. her restaurant opened its doors in 1962 first as a simple coffee shop and later becoming mexican food restaurant. over time she brought to the sunset her unique style of cooking, and her hard work and dedication eventually led to the establishment of more than a dozen celia's mexican
restaurants in the bay area. they quickly became a bay favorite and many remember going there and still do now. she will be deeply missed by her family and friends. she is survived by her sisters, her children, and her grandchildren. the rest i will submit. thank you. >> angela calvillo: thank you, supervisor chu. supervisor kim. >> supervisor kim: thank you. the first item that i'll speak to is just the item that we most recently discussed. supervisor avalos and i are cosponsoring a hearing to -- related to the radiologically impacted areas that need further explanation before the land is of course transferred from the navy to the city of san francisco. i think the presentation, while it answered a number of questions also raised additional questions related to this issue.
we're having a hearing to follow-up on the radiological issues to ensure we're doing everything we can do to intur thensurethe safety of those on e island. as representative of this part of our city, this is an area where we do actually place many families, working class and low income families, formerly homeless individuals, and of course our veterans, as well as other population on -- that are particularly vulnerable. so i'm requesting tida and the department of public health to report on the navy's recent disclosure, the oversight and monitoring of the navy's cleanup efforts, and whether -- and just the work of the recent scans conducted by cdph and also the national standard for radiological contamination that is a harm to the health and human safety of our individuals, and what precautions we as a city can take to ensure the
health and safety of our residents and workers and to have discussion of potential sites which may even conclude in a relocation of organizations such as the boys and girls club that do serve our children and our families. second, i am introducing a set of ordinances to move forward with the implementation of the next space of south of market alley way improvement project, a beautification project the community has been tracking since the 6th street corridor improvement project was completed. phase one was completed last year and this included new street trees, textured asphalt paving. and the neighborhood residents have been incredibly appreciative of this noticeable change. based on lessons we've learned from phase one the city is working on a plan on the next phase, including enhancements
of -- and clara between 5th and #th street. these alleys are the life blood of the community. so the alley ways are often used as routes for pedestrians and often play areas for children and sitting areas for our seniors. we do have many seniors and families that rely on these alley ways as thoroughfares through the neighborhood. project improvement includes more street lighting on something we've heard a lot about from our constituents, special roadwa roadway paving, d sidewalks, all of which enrich the pedestrian experience. as many of you know we have a lot of pedestrian safety issues in the south of market area, some of the highest incidents of collisions between vehicles and cars and we are hopeful this will continue to do a lot of the common work that we are seeing and the city is engaging in, in the south of market area. the rest i submit. >> angela calvillo: thank you. supervisor wiener.
>> supervisor wiener: thank you. i have several items today. first, i introducing legislation that will ensure that new housing developments in san francisco are able to include car sharing spots, accessible to the general public. car sharing is part of the future of transportation in san francisco. if we truly want to get people out of their private automobiles, then in addition to improved muni and bike access we need to provide people with high quality taxi service and convenient access to car sharing opportunities. being a transit-first city means making it easy for people to use these various transportation options. my legislation will help move us in this direction by allowing developers to include a limited number much car sharing spaces without counting those spaces towards their parking maximums. these optional car sharing spots would be an addition to the one or two car sharing spots that
certain larger projects are already required to provide. in many parts of the city, developers require to build projects with less than one-to-one parkinging, constituently one parking spot for every two units. currently any required and any optional car sharing spots are included together in this maximum parking allotment, even though easy access to car sharing, as we know, makes it easier for people not to own a private automobile. as a result, particularly in smaller developments, developers may forego having car sharing spots because they don't want to reduce the already-low number of parking spots for the residents of the development. my legislation would allow an optional car sharing spots, with up to five optional spots for developments up to 49 units, and eight optional spots for any developments 50 units and above. in exchange these spots would
have to be deed restricted and could never be used for private vehicle parking. so colleagues i look forward to a discussion about this important aspect of our transportation system. i'm also calling for a hearing on the city's urban forest, with the specific focus on the city's plan to care for our street trees and park trees. we have hundreds of thousands of trees in the public realm in this city and it's one of our greatest assets that makes our city green, cleans our air and beautifies our streets. yet for a number of years budget cuts have severely reduced dpw and urban parks budget and their ability to maintain these trees. dpw has proposed a tree maintenance transfer plan, transferring tens of thousands of trees to property owners who may not want them, who may not know how to care for them and may not be willing to spend the the money to care for them properly. rec and park on average is able
to prune its trees once every 50 years. which is not acceptable. i believe we need to find sustainable source for our urban forest. i'm asking the department of public works, rec and park and the planning department to participate in this important hearing which will include discussion of the forthcoming urban forest master plan. then i'm also introducing legislation to approve the mta's purchase of -- contract to purchase 45 new 40 foot long low floored diesel hybrid buses and the rehabilitation of 80 existing buses. muni has the great need for new and rehabilitated buses and it will help improve the system. the rest i submit. >> angela calvillo: thank you, supervisor wiener. president chiu. >> president chiu: first of all as someone who regularly uses car sharing services in san francisco and as legislator in this area i want to cosponsor supervisor wiener. i appreciate what you're doing
in that area. i have two in memoriams, mr. fabs served our san francisco police department for 27 years from 1966 to 1993. he was known by former members of this board for his service, in protecting the public safety of our neighborhoods. there will be a memorialal service this friday at forest city. also would like to make an in memorium request for andy lee leecokeus a local small business owner who ran the sports bar at the ferry building for many years. he was also known as the mayor of golden gateway based on his close relationships in that neighborhood and that neighbors told me no one had more friends or more generous than andy. he served as a army ranger in
the korean war. we will miss him dearly. colleagues,'m also introducing a resolution today to congratulate the city college of san francisco on the upcoming completion and opening of the chinatown north beach campus. this is a campus that has been 40 years in the making in the northeast neighborhoods that i'm honored to represent. we've had a number of disoperate and unconnected sites that have not been adequate for meeting needs of higher education for our residents. i know that we are all looking forward to a ribbon cutting happening in a week and a half to open up this campus which will be educating 6,000 students a year, many of whom are recent immigrants, and working folks in the northeast neighborhoods. the completion of this campus will exemplify the end of a 40 year dream for so many education activists, and neighborhood activists, and folks that have
wanted to see with the financial support of the community, the creation of this campus. i want to take a moment and thank my colleagues -- our colleague, supervisor mar, and -- for their cosponsorship. the rest i will submit. >> angela calvillo: thank you, mr. president. supervisor campos. >> supervisor campos: thank you, madam clerk. i wasn't planning on saying anything today, but after watching the exchange in question time today, i think it's only appropriate for us to say -- for me to say something about that. i appreciate the question from supervisor carmen chu, but i don't know that i'm the only one who feels this way about question time. but my own personal view is that question time is no longer working. i don't know that it ever really worked. i think that it's too scripted. and from my perspective, the intent of question time when it was first brought forward and first talked about was to engage in a meaningful discussion between the board of supervisors
and the mayor. and i think that the way that it's currently structured in my view, i don't think that that meaningful discussion is really taking place. so i'm certainly interested in pursuing and exploring different ways in which we can modify question time to make sure that it is more interactive and not as scripted as it's become. so i certainly will be thinking of ways of tweaking it, and with the hope of bringing something to the board, and i would encourage my colleagues if they have specific ideas about ways in which we can actually create a process that actually allows for that meaningful discussion so that the public really benefits, i think it would be something that will be of service, not only to this board, to the mayor, but to the public. >> angela calvillo: thank you, supervisor campos. supervisor olague. >> supervisor olague: i have two in memoriums. one for james mccray sr.
he was born march 12, 1927. the third son of johnny and rosie hughes. mccray, on the family farm, located at dennis mills louisiana. he grew up surrounded by five brothers and three sisters. in 1948, he moved to san francisco, and in 1949, he married gloria irving. to this union, one son was born, james mccray jr., who some of you might know. he's a commissioner on the building inspection commission, and a long time pastor and community advocate in district 5. james mccray sr. lived as a self-starter and was quite entrepreneurial. operating an evening janitorial service, while working by day for the ford company. after extending his educational background, james went to work for standard oil, which