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[speaker not understood] san francisco open government. the item on the overhead i would like to remain on the screen until i remove it from the overhead projector. what has it been, a month, two at most since members of this board of supervisors raised a cry about district attorney having $26,000 of office furniture. all sorts of issues and an hour long discussion especially about accepting the gift retroactively. then surprise, surprise, last week you approved retroactively $750,000 from the friends of the san francisco public library to the library. that's more than 28 times the amount accepted by the district attorney, and it was done with not one damn word of discussion. what choice did you have? the money has already been
spent. the gifts have been given. the trips have been taken. the influence has been purchased, a perfect fait accompli. at least gas cone reported the gifts. luis herrera, the library commission and the employees of the library have reported none of the gifts they accepted and you retroactively approved this wholesale purchase of influence. and this displayed a city attorney memo laying out very clearly all of the terms that -- under which gifts may be received and that they may be reported, none of which the library, library commission, or library employees have met. members of the library commission lied to the public about these gifts and you covered their tracks. how hypocritical. a liar should be called a liar and a hypocrite should be
called a hypocrite. [inaudible]. i would like to know, is it too late to speak on the catering trucks? >> it is actually. we've already taken public comment on that and already voted on it. but if you want to speak about the topic in general just not specifically about the legislation, that's fine. yes. okay. yesterday i presented copies for all the board of supervisors. it was placed in your box and i didn't understand why we weren't allowed to speak on it today. that was the reason i came here. and i put it in yesterday and it was passed without public speaking. >> sorry, if there's anything else you want to say? no. >> thank you very much. thank you.
good afternoon, supervisors. i'm peter war field, executive director of library users association. san francisco public library is extraordinarily rich thanks to measures passed by the voter, and it should be able to afford the best of everything, the best of everything should include generous open hours, excellent books and materials, budgets, and no unnecessary fines and fees which we know discourage usage by a lot of people. yet the library wants, forted last two meeting and will be discussing later this week, a plan to cut all of the evening hours that are now where the library is open till 9:00, they want to cut it back to 8
o'clock and that includes 18 branches at 42 locations which we have talked about being a travesty of what a library should be doing and of what the library's own patrons and users have said they want anecdotally to librarianses and routinely in the library's own surveys. the library has come up apparently with a last-minute change to that plan and i'm very glad that they seem to be considering a pull back from that radical cut to evening hours. but that has not passed yet. it's just a proposal and the latest that we've heard from the library commission is cuts and cuts. how rich is san francisco public libraries, of libraries listed in the library publication that serve 500,000 people or more, san francisco is second out of 87 in
expenditures per capita. san francisco has twice as much money to spend per person as three quarters of these libraries who three quarters of them live on half or less what our [speaker not understood]. we should be getting the best [inaudible]. >> next speaker, please. hi, i'm ed [speaker not understood]. i will read a poem to you. this is a poem called "it's all my fault." it's our fault that there are too many young children without their father's in the home. it's our fault that so many children haven't seen their father's in years. it's our fault that many children feel emotionally empty on father's day. it's our fault, too, that many father's left their children and their mothers to struggle alone. it's our fault that fatherless children feel embarrassed [speaker not understood] in the
classroom. it's about the describing their father. it's our fault that we grew up without our father being there. it's our fault that the vision of our father -- the vision of our fathers only from what we heard, not from what we know. it's our fault that we have to give up [speaker not understood] to become the man or the mother of the house. it's our fault that too many boys and girls and young men have no respect for women. it's our fault that sons and daughters [speaker not understood] even that their father's don't love them. it's our fault that we don't frequently hear these words from your father, i love you. i love you, son. i love you, daughter. it's our fault that our father wasn't there for you and your mother when your brother was murdered. it's our fault that gangs are taking place without families. so many caring people say that just want to have one person, help one young person. we respect the intentions but we want to have hundreds, thousands, and possibly millions. too many young persons and people already lost their lives
to violent crimes. many more will also, it's our fault that we do so today. this is something great and i hope you'll come out to my court day on tuesday the 25th in room 5 14 and also they have something on racial profiling 21st century at the munson center on mission on the 24th monday. that's 47 60 mission. come out, racial profiling in the 21st century [speaker not understood]. thank you. >> thanks. next speaker. good evening. i would like to talk on the sensitive subject of obstruction of justice. currently the department of justice is aggressively pushing for child pornography prosecutions and in california we've given credit to the
county of santa clara for their aggressive task force. according to my research, i don't see the mayor's office or the board of supervisors putting out any publicity about those two subjects. secondly, the state attorney general is aggressively trying to stop human trafficking. rumor has it san francisco is a destination point and i hate to see it spread to districts 4 and 7. so, let's put it this way. this is a friendly reminder that if nothing is done, eventually, eventually other sources will find out the truth and then somebody will come in here and bring up the subject of obstruction of justice and let's put it this way. we still haven't forgotten about that residency question in 2008. so, you take your chances and see where it goes, but let's put it this way. everything is on the record,
so, you can't plead that i never was warned, or we didn't know anything about it. how come i see time after time other jurisdictions go after child pornographers, go after human traffickers, yet nothing shows up when it comes to the city and county of san francisco. all i have to say is it would be really embarrassing if later on some other jurisdiction finds out that certain people within the city and county of san francisco in a certain sense obstructed justice by refusing to discuss the subject of pornography, especially children. >> are there any other members of the public that wish to speak in general public comment? seeing none, general public comment is closed. [gavel] >> madam clerk, could you read the adoption calendar? >> items 38 through 41 are being considered for immediate adoption without committee reference.
a single roll call vote will inact these items if a member objects the matter can be removed and considered separately. >> colleagues, would anyone like to sever any of these items? supervisor kim. >> i'd like to sever 38. >> item 38. and the balance of the calendar, roll call, madam clerk. >> supervisor mar? mar aye. supervisor tang? tang aye. supervisor wiener? wiener aye. supervisor yee? yee aye. supervisor avalos? avalos aye. supervisor breed? breed aye. supervisor campos. campos aye. supervisor chiu. chiu aye. supervisor cohen. cohen aye. supervisor farrell? farrell aye. supervisor kim? kim aye. there are 11 ayes. >> those motions are approved. [gavel] >> item 38. >> item 38 is a resolution condemning recent statements by osaka mayor claiming that the system of sex slavery used by japan and occupied asian countries through the 1933 world war ii was a military
necessity and there was no proof the sexual servitude was involuntary and coerced by japanese authorities. : >> supervisor kim. >> thank you. i'm actually just submitting amendments that each of the board members should have gotten copies for. these are just clarifications that some of our committee members asked us to put in, including the countries from which ~ these women and girls were taken from and just some other details. so, there's one on page 1 lines 17 through 19, and again on page 2 on lines 23 through 25. i just wanted to comment also that there were several folks that came here to speak at public comment on this item, but not realizing that there was a bielenson hearing were not able to stay to speak to this issue. but i do want to recognize judge lilian singh, judge tang, and professor wong who brought this resolution to us. >> supervisor kim has made some motions to amend. is there a second to that? second by supervisor mar. any discussion on the amendments?
without objection, the amendments are moved. supervisor mar. >> yeah, i wanted to thank supervisor kim, but also the [speaker not understood] redress coalition for their efforts to keep the issue of the euphemism of comfort women alive. it's really forced sexual slavery and the anti trafficking groups out with supervisor kim today at noon as well. even in japan and our counsel general haroshi [speaker not understood] kind of rao minds us even in japan there are strong condemnations of what some women's groups call the shame of osaka, mayor hashimoto who made disgusting comments about a month ago and was almost coming here to meet with our mayor and mayor bloomberg. but i'm just very happy that he was used as an educational moment by many women's groups and antirape and antisexual
slavery groups as well. i know that the 56 year old sister city relationship with osaka was something emilie, the head of our commission on the status of women was concerned about, but she and others were certainly critical of the osaka mayor as well. i also wanted to say that i'm continuing to work with a number of community group not only as supervisor kim and the resolution identifies, but also on different educational efforts and memorials, there's current one under -- in negotiations at sonoma state, i believe, and we're working with the rec and park department and in communication with the mayor's office to make sure that we have some educational display in san francisco, hopefully in a park or a public place that identifies the issues of the so-called comfort women, but who are forced sexual slaves and other issues like the [speaker not
understood] tragedy that is so deep within the chinese community sentiments and my hope is that korean filipino and chinese women and communities are acknowledged in any memorials that are done locally. so, i'm very supportive and i thank supervisor kim and ling chi wong and lilian tackv and many others that brought this forward. >> thank you. any further comments, colleagues? ~ tang colleagues, can we take this item same house same call? the resolution -- i'm sorry, yes. the resolution is adopted as amended. [gavel] >> madam clerk, can you please read the in memoriams? >> yes, today's meeting will be adjourned in memory of the following individuals. on behalf of supervisor wiener for the late julian rodriguez and james cunningham. on behalf of president chiu for the late derek aarons. >> thank you. i want to take a moment and
of directors and the parking authority commission. >> brinkman >> present. >> heinieke is anticipated. >> lee? >> present. >> director nolan >> present. >> ramos. >> present. >> rubke. >> present. >> rubke, present. >> pr chairman and directors you have a quorum. be advised that use of sound producing devices are prohibited at the meeting any person responsible for one going off may be asked to leave the meeting. be advised that the cell phones that vibrate cause microphone disturbance so we request that you put them in the off position. approval of the minutes for june fourth.
>> approved. >> closed session was canceled. >> recently sworn in as a member of the retirement board and on service on that already and will not be on our board any more. and i have asked him to come to be recognized by the board. and can't go to a meeting until august. >> at that time we will have the recognition of her, wonderful service to this agency. >> thank you. >> any other? >> six, introduction of new or unfinished business by board members? >> board members? >> rubke? >> i was wondering if we could get an update on where we are with the electronic information with the taxis. i know that taxi items but a speaker asked about the progress of the development of an application based on the information that we are gathering. >> okay. >> are you asking for a report on that? >> yes. >> okay. >> members... >> director ramos?
>> yes, thank you, chairman. i have been hearing a lot about the castro street improvements and i am wonder ifing we could expect an update on that any time in the near future and if we could plan on one? >> are you planning anything here? >> i don't think that there is anything planned right now. the planning department is project managing this phase, the planning phase and we can provide an update to the board on the status of the project. >> i know that a lot of people are talking about that. >> anyone else. >> seeing none. >> item 7, director's report? >> good afternoon,. >> good afternoon, nolan, and members of the board and public and staff. a couple of to report, one, i may have mentioned this previously, but as you know we have four goals of the strategic plans and the fourth goal is one that we have probably talked about the least since the plan was adopted by
this board back, i guess a year and a half ago. and that has to do with strengthening the organization and what we need to do internally to support our workforce to develop and grow the workforce so that we can deliver on the rest of the goals of the strategic plan. so to that end, one of the things that we are doing is gathering some base-line information on kind of the pulse of the workforce. and we are doing that through an employee survey that we launched last week, and at the end of the month. and we are giving employees an opportunity to give us feedback on that, a number of different aspects of the organization, and their role in it and the support they feel that they get from the organization, and things that they think that they need to help them do their job better and that is available to all employees, not just those at a desk, we have an internet version and also a phone or a paper version and we are going to try to make sure
to reach as many of our employees as we can no matter what the work location or schedule. >> once we get results back in august, we will subsequently come back and keep the board updated on what we have learned and what actions we will take in further of goal four. so that is something that we intended to do once the strategic plan was adopted and that is moving forward and this data will set a base line for measuring the progress going forward. >> the next thing, we wanted to remind folks that the america's cup. the event starts just in a couple of weeks, and starting on the july fourth weekend, the first race is on july 7th, and it will run through mid september, and the first part from july to the end of august is the (inaudible) cup and i think that it is like the playoffs and then the finals the america's cup is what happens in september. and the people plan, that we have given you some updates on
and that is what the transportation strategies for the america's cup is called. and will be in place for the events as we did last year, what with some modification and learning and improvements for this year. and we will have pedestrian and bicycle wave finding which will be installed in the next week or so and a lot of enhanced transit not just muni but other transit providers as well to make connection between transit, between, key, transit hubs and key location venues. and there will be special america's cup 511, pages, on the 511.org website for consistent up to date information. for a call we have a flexible plan that we can flexion up or down depending on the demand, so the real time information from sources such as 511 will be important and we are developing as we did last year, a visitor prosures on transportation options and we got the feedback from the hotel
council and sf travel that those brochures were well received and found helpful to get to people coming in from out of town, as we did last year, we will have the on street ambassadors to help direct the members of the public where what transportation options are available to get to whatever, event they are trying to get to. we will have a bicycle facility and still working out details including the one way or twot way and how much of it will have, and probably have it in september, when the finals which when the biggest traffic is expected and also, piloting the taxis and para transit zones at key locations, our special events team that is led by leontelo will be in charge day-to-day implementation and we will continue to make adjustments as-needed to make it successful. i think that the experience
from last year will help us a lot in insuring the same kind of success this year. so good progress on that. and moving on, i wanted to mention that sf park, was once again, we can niced by an independent agency in this case, it was named the most innovative parking program in the united states by the international parking institute. and the ipi survey that is membership to identify the cities that are trend setting and progressive in the approach to parking and chose sfpark, ipi was founded in 1962 as the world's largest association representing parking professionals and the parking industry, so this is kind of the group to be weighing in on parking and just a brief excerpt from the report. it provides real time information on parking availability and cost and reduces double parking and circling and congestion and improves the parking and ease
in convenience. allowing the sfmtv to provide real time data and maintain contractual control and devalue ate the pilot's various components. one of the bravest steps was requiring the city and government employees to pay for parking, something that i hear almost daily from our own staff and the other city departments, it remains extremely unpopular, but i think that it is appropriate but nevertheless, and it goes on to say that the move was designed to bolster the program's credibility before asking to change parking management. so very honored to be honored and the work of somali and her team, and achieve another, this is one of a dozen national or international recognitions for this program. it is pretty impressive. and finally, i wanted to let you and the public know, that in july we will be hosting the
bay area will be hosting two american public transportation association workshops, at the lead trade organization if you will for the transportation industry. and they are going to be having two of their workshops here at the end of july, on july the 29th through the 31st, we are joining with sam trans, to host the multimodel workshop and it will provide planners and schedulers in the latest in scheduling, facilities planning and advances and rapid transit so this is geared towards the folks and kind of on the front lines of planning and design who are doing all of the innovative work across the country in multimodal transit. and so that should be a fun group. and july, 28 to 30, so they overlap, we are joining with bart of the sustainability and
transportation workshop and in this workshop we will feature environmentally and energy efficient development and practices to advance, the public transportation role in sustainability, and both will be held at the saint francis and excepting 300 people between the two conferences and relatively small but we are still happy to be the host city, and working with our partner agencies to host and we will as the details develop, in terms of what events or opportunities there will be, we will be sure to let you know. but i believe that the registration is opened for fwo*egt both and hopefully we will get a lot of good attendance and good information out of the workshops and that is all that i have. >> thank you. >> members of the board? questions or comments? >> members of the public? on the director's report? >> okay, seeing none, thank you. >> item 8, citizen's advisory council report. >> welcome back. >> thank you, very much.
>> well that is a change. usually it is i who... >> we understand that i should be by the microphone. >> we understand that you are stepping down after eleven years of the chairman of the citizen's advisory committee. and the group that created prop a that created the beginning, how much that we appreciate everything that you have done, and your reports are always thoughtful, and we really appreciate your work especially the work of the entire citizen advisory committee. so, congratulations >> thank you very much. >> thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. >> and i very much appreciate that. i was going to mention this at the end of my presentation but
i will mention it now. and yes, it is true i have advised my colleagues and i will not seek reelection to the fourth term, the personal and career obligations make it difficult for me at this point to put in the amount of time that the job requires. and i have been the sheriff for eleven years and so it is not exactly like i am leaving before i have had a chance to do whatever i can with the job. as i mentioned i have been involved with the agency from its conception as a co-author of the william form charter amendment which became prop e. and i will continue to be involved with the agency. you are not completely rid of me just yet. and i have told my colleagues about, i would be interested in
continuing as ac ac liaison to the dap and the bond oversight committee and i will continue, at least for a time as a member of the cac itself. and to the whatever, help that i can be to whoever my colleagues choose to succeed me. i am confident that they will choose someone to chair the cac that can build on the things that i did well and improve on the things that i did not so well, and keep moving forward with making cac a keep part of the sfmta. >> it has been a great privilege to work with the people of the mta and by naming names i run the risk of leaving some people out. and i have injoyed working with all three executive directors under my tenure, michael burns, matt ford and now ed riskin. and i have had the great
privilege of working with our two longest term staff liaisons who were or had a very broad knowledge of the agency which is helpful to us in our work. paul, and your own roberta and that has been a great privilege. i also want to single out another member of the staff. as you may know, the under the charter the only thing that the cac must do, is to review the sfmta budget. everything else that we do in terms of providing advice to the mta board is what we think we ought to do. and reviewing a budget is the one thing that we must do. and so to thaend, we always engage in a lot of strutny and it is a privilege of working with (inaudible) and who i, used