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we'll we're going to have to work on that. >> [laughter.] >> supervisor cohen: well i'll let it go then. i just wanted to acknowledge, you have been a role model for me. i don't know if you know that but when you were in the controller's office and i was working in the mayor's office i would admire your brain, and your intellect but also how it was coupled with compassion. and i also want to applaud your commitment to nonprofit organizations such as the san francisco conservation corps. that's an organization you and i share in our heart. thank you for your support of that organization. and just wanted to take a moment to bend your ear and say congratulations. it's good to see you over on that side. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor campos. >> supervisor campos: thank you very much, mr. president. i'm a little bit as a loss, for
finding the right words to just express my appreciation and respect for you, ed. i actually started working with ed when i was general counsel attorney for the school district. and whenever the school district had some issue that required some financial expertise, the person that we always turned to was ed harrington. and the fact is that that's the kind of precedence you've been in city government. you know, to make a sports analogy is sort of you're the michael jordan of san francisco city government. and i guess like michael jordan you're retiring at the top of your game. but i especially want to say, you know, that not only the knowledge, not only the expertise, but also the humanity and the way in which you interact with people, which i
think -- that's always very respectful and recognizes the dignity of every human being. you know, my mom was a janitor, and i always, you know, say, you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat janitors or the staff. and i think by that measure you are an amazing individual. so -- but i know that we'll be in touch, and i still hope that if city government needs you that we are still able to count on you, because it's really hard to imagine san francisco city government without ed harringt harrington. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor farrell. >> supervisor farrell: thank you, president chiu. ed, let me just add to the chorus of really applause for
you. we first met last year, before i was even sworn in as supervisor. we met for coffee, 44 montgomery, right by my old office. from that day on, i said it before, in committee last week, one of my favorite people in city government, someone that not only i think shares incredible background but also someone with such integrity. we seem to be at odds on this latest issue but we've had such great dialogue over the last number of months, on san francisco reservoir and other things we work on. i wish i had more time to work with you. it's only been a year and a half. i wish you the best. this city will be the one that will lose out but i hope it's your gain and wish you all the happiness and success in the future. thanks for everything you've done. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: i was going to tip my hetch hetchy glass to
you, ed. but i wanted to say that a number of my colleagues have mentioned your heart. and i just wanted to say that supervisor campos mentioned the work with the school district but when i was president of the board you helped us avert a strike. you reached out to me personally and many of us within the school district to really, around the clock as well, his 24/7, pretty much to offer yourself and your services for the children and for our school district. but i never forgot that. it's been an honor to work with you. i know you've probably worked with many people in your 28 years in the city. but one thing i wanted to thank you for too was community benefits and environmental justice policy that the puc passed. i know with juliet and many ours but your visionary leadership is so tremendous, you're brilliant. i'm glad i was able to work with you for a few years. i'll continue to say it was an honor to serve with ed harrington and look forward to more years of work with you as well. thank you. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: and our
final speaker will be supervisor elsbernd. >> supervisor elsbernd: ed, supervisor cohen talked about how this hearing dusted up a little bit. my favorite memory of you though was spring of 2004. you know what audit i'm talking about? the audit of the fire stations. that hearing in here was fantastic, in that you demonstrated such intellect and such integrity. this place was packed. downstairs was packed. one person after the other got up and instead of talking about the merits, tried in some way to criticize you. and talk about an empty argument. you took it each and every time, never took it personally, you just went to the facts. that was a tremendous performance. but also very emblematic of your career, your service to the city. a special note from me, i can tell you in the irish community, you are more than reveered.
what you have done for the community is something that we hold at a very high standard and we're very proud to call you one of ours. we're thankful for all you've done for the city. to follow up on a comment that supervisor chu made, if the contribution i make in my career to the citizens of san francisco maybe hits this much of what you've done, i'll consider myself a success. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: mr. harrington, if you have any words you want to say although i'll say after supervisor elsbernd's comments i think those of us from the chinese community, from the lgbt community, the the latino community, african-american community, everyone in san francisco we claim you as our own. i just want you to know that. >> and i appreciate that. i really do want to thank everybody for the kind words.
it's been a wonderful place here. i have been blessed with having two of the best jobs in the world. i will be brief. two of the best jobs in the city, city controller and head of the public utilities commission. couldn't have asked for anything better than that. i counted over the weekend, i've worked with 48 members of the board of supervisors, as controller or at the puc. and i think i've gotten along with the vast majority of them. but i would like to commend this board particularly, your professional respectful way of dealing with each other and with staff and with the public is really something that i admire. and it is noticed and it is appreciated by people. so thank you very much. i spent a long time sitting over there with mr. rose. and with the city attorney, some of them over time, and with the mayor's budget analyst or whoever else, the mayor's finance people. and i want to thank you all for all that fun time, sitting there, trying to figure out how
to make things work, and the people who are sitting there now particularly. i also realize there are people here from the puc and the controller's office in the room and others that are friends and colleagues. i want to thank them all for a wonderful 28 years. my partner is here of 39 years. >> [applause.] >> i look back and think of how much fun i've had in my career. i'd like to say we've changed the culture of the controller's office and made it the go to place for independent advice to move this city forward. when i say we,it not the royal we. no one person does all this. it takes all these people and all of you to make these things happen. but i've been hart of it and enjoyed it. we have the economic analyst group. over the years, it has been fun to rebuild the water system, to start the planning for the sewer system rebuild, to maybe have
some things of renewable energy and i appreciate that. i have had the chance to be part of rewriting the city charter, creating ma, the department of aging and adult services, figuring out how to rebuild laguna honda and how seniors can live their lives in dignity and other projects. i said before i think my greatest accomplishment may have been helping the city keep going, passing budgets, paying employees and vendors, keeping water flowing in and out of your homes. and those are the basics of running a government. people deserve those things, they expect those, and those are great. but those are not the accomplishments i mentioned at the beginning. and that's what i would like to do now is give you a very quick speech i call my bread and roses speaker. over the years i've been known for giving unsolicited advice to elected officials so i figured why not on the way out the door. so why bread and roses. about a hundred years ago women
at a textile factory in massachusetts were who strike and they carried signs that said give us bread but give us roses. they wanted wages but they also wanted working conditions that allowed them to enjoy their lives. how does that relate to you folks? you all ran for office because you wanted to make the city a better place. then you get here, and you are overwhelmed with incoming, everything is incoming. so what often happens is that so much is being thrown at you, that you end up spending time reacting and do things that i call bread. i would hope, and i would recommend that it would be wise to spend a bit more time on your roses. you come here four to eight years, you pass budgets, you vote on planning appeals, you do your part, and that is incredibly important and so much better than what happens in sacramento and washington, d.c. that we applaud you for that but i'm not sure that's the fun of being a supervisor. people elected you to represent them but they also elected you
to lead. people want to feel their government is going somewhere they can believe in and that's where you get to the roses side of the thing. it's important that you vote for a washington, but wouldn't it be a lot more fun talking about where is the port going to be in 20 years and how can it work. it's important to vote on cpmc but wouldn't you love to spend time talking about how to provide healthcare, the best healthcare to people who live here and people who visit san francisco. let's face it, there are issues to go around. how about how do we help children grow and thrive, how do seniors live out their lives in dignity. wouldn't you love to end the cycle of joblessness and poverty. can you imagine looking back and say i did something about something really important in san francisco. so if you're in for it, here is my advice. carve out some time, make it half a day a week, at least a few hours, something, and don't let it be filled with people who want to see you. fill it with what you want to
see, and things you want to do, places you want to learn how to make a difference. pick only a few things to focus on. we know if you have 20 priorities you really have none. so make it one, two or three, but stick with those. don't be afraid to pick big things. it's okay if you just do something. even if it's not fixing something because big things don't get fixed that fast but doing something that says you fixed it. if you do this, when you leave in your four to eight years, i think you will remember your time and you will be remembered as someone who made a difference. so people will be grateful for the bread and the roses. i hope that's how i'm remembered and i thank you for today. >> [applause.]
>> president chiu: thank you, ed. i want you to know i'd like to book you for half an afternoon every friday for the next year. >> [laughter.] >> president chiu: thank you very much. why don't we move to other business. we have several 4:00 special orders. madam clerk, could you call items 28 through 31. >> clerk calvillo: item 28 is a public hearing of persons interested in the decision of the department of public works dated august 9, 2012 approving a tentative map for two unit condominium conversation on dolores street. item 29 is motion approving the tentative parcel map. item 30 is a motion disapproving the tentative parcel map.
item 31 is a motion directing the clerk to prepare findings. >> president chiu: so i'm going to open this public hearing and first acknowledge the supervisor from district 8, in whose district this project exists, supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: thank you, mr. president. at the request of the appellant, in order to have a full opportunity for a briefing in this matter, once we open the hearing, i'm going to be moving to continue this item to october 23. so i understand from the city attorney that we do need to formally open the hearing, take public comment, and then i'll be able to offer the motion to continue. >> president chiu: i've already opened the hearing right before you spoke so having opened it, supervisor wiener is making a motion to continue. is there a second? seconded by supervisor olague. let's open it up to public comment. if there are members of the public that wish to speak to this item or the motion to continue. seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor wiener has made a
motion to continue these items to october 23. that motion has been seconded. can we do that without objection? without objection that is the case. madam clerk could you call items 32 through 35. >> clerk calvillo: 32 a public hearing interested in the planning commission 2012 conditional use authorization to allow childcare facility doing business as alpha kids academy. item 33 is a motion approving the commission's decision approving the conditional use authorization. item 34 is a motion disapproving the commission's decision and item 35 is a motion directing the clerk to prepare findings. >> president chiu: this is a project in district 7. i'd like to acknowledge the supervisor from that district, supervisor elsbernd. >> supervisor elsbernd: thank you. similar to the last item i will be making a motion to continue this one for two weeks to october 2. we are working and almost at a solution. >> president chiu: so supervisor elsbernd has made a motion to continue this item two
weeks to -- i'm sorry, you said october 2? >> supervisor elsbernd: two weeks. >> president chiu: two weeks to october 2. is there a second to that motion? seconded by supervisor campos. let me open it up to public comment. any members of the public that wish to speak on this item or to the motion to continue? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, can we take the motion to continue this item for two weeks without objection? october 2 that shall be the case. why don't we now move to item 18. >> clerk calvillo: item 18, resolution authorizing the public utilities commission to accept and expend department of water resources administered grant in the amount of approximately $2.1 million for the implementation of the harding park recycled water project. >> president chiu: roll call vote. >> clerk calvillo: president chiu, aye. supervisor chu, aye. supervisor cohen, aye. supervisor elsbernd, aye. supervisor farrell, aye. supervisor kim, aye.
supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, aye. supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye. >> clerk calvillo: there are 11 ayes. >> president chiu: resolution is adopted. item 19. >> clerk calvillo: item 19, resolution authorizing the public utilities commission to accept and expend the department of water resources administered grant in the amount of approximately $863,000 for a high efficient toilet installation program. >> president chiu: same house, same call. this resolution is adopted. >> the clerk: item 20, resolution establishing rent and term for a second extension and confirming a sublease extension with the unified school district for real property on mission street for general assistant services from the human services agency. >> president chiu: same house, same call this resolution is adopted. >> clerk calvillo: item 21, resolution to consider the issuance of perform adges to the rocksie theater located at 2117,
16th street will serve the public convenience. >> president chiu: supervisor kim. >> supervisor kim: i want to amend motion 21. we've recently had discussions between our office, the city attorney, sfpd alcohol licensing unit and the rocksie theater. to give history to this license the application before us, this applicant came to us over a year ago, when our offices working to amend the mission alcohol special use district to exclude bowling alleys and single screen theaters. we did this because in one part we've heard from the neighborhood they would like to see these types of businesses thrive in the area but also we want to figure out ways to help businesses that are struggling venture into other ways to raise revenue like our independent single screen theaters that are so important historically to our community. i understand that this resolution passed out of -- however the applicant was unaware at the time that it
would take an additional year to be able to serve alcohol in the theater proper. in fact they believed they would be able to amend these conditions quickly as soon as they received the license in hand. unfortunately as you know, when working with our small businesses the liquor license process can be often very confusing. it is the intent of the theater to obtain a beer license at this venue so all patrons can enjoy a beverage while watching a film and not just while standing in the tiny lobby. it is not a spacious area and would not enhance the business to generate the revenue they were hoping to. as you know, small single theaters struggle to stay open and this is one option that would help them remain in the community. this amendment is just a recommendation by our board. the abc will make the final determination on the liquor license. but i just wanted it to be on record that the board supported
the rocksie theater in allowing beer in the entire theater and not just the lobby in front. so we have amendments that we have shared with colleagues. happy to answer any questions. >> president chiu: supervisor kim is making the amendment she'the amendmentsto she's scri. supervise olague. >> supervisor olague: i support the amendments. as supervisor kim mentioned, the roxie theater, clay theater, all these single screen theaters are really struggling to stay open, and viable. and i think this is a very small ask to be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, beer or wine -- i don't know if wine is included -- no, just the beer. okay. while watching a film i think is just very reasonable. so the last film i actually saw at the roxie, usually the choices are independent films or
documentaries. i think the last film i saw was about a tibetan monk. i can't imagine there be a rowdy crowd. most of the people were -- not that this means anything but people my age can get rowdy but they were my age or older and we were enjoying this film about someone who brought tibetan buddhism to the weftd. so it was a very good movie. so i just wish the roxie luck in staying open. anything that contributes to that end i would support, along with -- maybe it's something to be considered at some of the other single screen theaters because as mentioned they're all struggling to stay open. the vogue is having similar issues. i believe the four star, i'm not even sure if they're still open, the balboa, they're all struggling in the same way. >> president chiu: supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: thank you, mr. president. i'll be supporting the amendment and the license, despite the
fact that the agenda erroneously states the roxie is in district 6. it's in district 8 vuth of redistricting. so we're -- i'm very proud to welcome this amazing institution to the district. but i can't let the opportunity go by to -- as is always the case when these things come up -- to criticize the mission alcohol special use district. you'll recall that the roxie was actually prohibited by law from getting a liquor license because of this outdated and recovery broad alcohol zoning restriction. and we worked together, as we did for the bowling alley before it to grant exemption for single screen movie theaters. that's a bad way to do policy in making one off exemptions so supervisor campos and i are working closer together to come up with a broader reform so we don't have to do one offs and
have a more vibrant mission while keeping the -- of the special use district. >> president chiu: supervisor campos. >> supervisor campos: thank you. i want to thank supervisor kim and her office, who are working on this when it was district 6, before it became district 8. and, you know, sarah palin could see russia from alaska and i can see the roxie from district 9. so in some respects, you know, it's all part of the same neighborhood. so i'm supportive of this, and happy to be involved in any effort to ensure that we help the roxie. so thank you. >> president chiu: thank you. >> actually i want to say thank you to supervisor wiener and his staff because as supervisor wiener noted we are working on the issue around the special use district and trying to make sure that we come to a result that makes sense for all the folks involved. and look forward to good result on that front. thank you. >> president chiu: supervisor
mar. >> supervisor mar: thank you. i love the roxie as well but i wanted to remind my colleagues that we have two incredible independent theaters, the balboa theater and the four star, as supervisor olague mentioned but also the bridge theater that's in supervisor farrell's district. i'm glad that supervisor kim is using kind of her efforts and supervisor wiener as well to support small businesses-like theaters. i used to have a beer and pizza at parkway theater in oakland so i would cross the bridge to be able to hold my then baby and have alcohol but also with a family environment too. i'm hoping the roxie keeps it as a family environment too but i'm not so sure. i know that as we look at how small businesses can try to survive, finding different types of diverse types of food and drink kind of in different establishments is critical. so i'm really supportive of this and have been talking with the different theater owners from
four star to balboa about ways to enhance their small businesses as well. thank you. >> president chiu: any further discussion? colleagues, first of all, on the amendments, if we could take the amendments without objection? that shall be the case. and on the underlying resolution to be adopted as amended, same house, same call? without objection the resolution is adopted. item 23. >> clerk calvillo: item 22, mr. president? >> president chiu: 22. >> clerk calvillo: an ordinance amending the planning code to permit existing gasoline and service stations located on 19th avenue to provide mechanical car washes on site. >> president chiu: passed on the first reading. >> clerk calvillo: item 23 an ordinance amending the planning code related to the transit impact development fee increase and update. >> president chiu: supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: move to continue two weeks to october 2. >> president chiu: colleagues, supervisor wiener's made a motion to continue this item to the second of october, seconded
by supervisor olague. any objection to the motion to continue? that shall be the case. item 24. >> clerk calvillo: item 24 is an ordinance amending the park code to repeal prohibition of persons from petitioning and -- in certain city parks while another event is in progress for which a permit has been issued by the rec and park department. >> president chiu: supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: this is a repeal of park code section from 30 years ago that is outdated and overly broad in some areas, underbroad in other areas. it restricts protesting in a number of different city parks to certain areas, some of which don't even exist anymore. so this repeal will of course continue to -- will -- rec and park will continue to have discretion to provide a free speech zone, or restrictions on a case-by-case basis so protests don't interfere with park event
but it will be a much more flexible authority rather than a very rigid and outdated authority. >> president chiu: colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? without objection this ordinance is passed on first reading. >> the clerk: item 25 a motion appointinappointing jazzie colle rodriguez, larry saxxon, marcy he hamarcy -- and bill ambrunn r indefinite terms to the -- task force. >> president chiu: colleagues, same house, same call? without objection, this motion is approved. item 26. >> clerk calvillo: item 26 is a motion reappointing supervisor malia cohen term ending june 20, to the public-private the penine
>> president chiu: roll call vote. >> clerk calvillo: president chiu, aye. supervisor chu, aye. supervisor elsbernd, aye. supervisor farrell, aye. supervisor kim, aye. supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, aye. supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye. >> clerk calvillo: there are 10 ayes. >> president chiu: the motion is approved. next item, item 27. >> clerk calvillo: item 27 is a motion appointing bruce wolfe term ending april 27, 2013 to the sunshine ordinance task force. >> president chiu: roll call vote. >> clerk calvillo: on item 27, president chiu, no. supervisor chu, no. supervisor cohen, no. supervisor elsbernd, no. supervisor farrell, no. supervisor kim, aye.
supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, no. supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye. >> clerk calvillo: there are five ayes and six nos. >> president chiu: motion fails. can we go back to item 15, colleagues. supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: thank you, mr. president. we passed the item and did not vote on the motion to amend that was before the board so i move to rescind the vote to adopt the amendment, and then we can proceed to a vote as amended. >> president chiu: first of all on the motion to rescind is there a second? seconded by supervisor campos. can edo that without objection? the vote is rescinded. and then supervisor wiener's made a motion to amend. there is a second? seconded by supervisor chu. colleagues if we can do the motion to amend without objection? that shall be the case. on the underlying rd