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either we schedule the budget committee and augmented when everybody is available and everybody will come, or we have it as a committee as a whole or a regular board meeting. we went over the structure of how the money is distributed but not so much, how we planned to spend it. and i think that one of the biggest things that we need to do because we already you know, for instance, we are not going to as the superintendent said that we are not going to sit down and develop a whole different structure or process for community input like for everybody other community in the state is doing that, we do
have to monitor how the structure we have already is being effective in that regard, do they have the right materials and are they talking about what is going to go into the el cap which we don't know, how could they so far. i think that we have some beginning steps, but we should think specifically plan something about what the step is. >> superintendent? >> yes, i want to echo what commissioner wynns said about the process going forward and i have always seen the materials that california school board association has developed in the phenomenal and they are great resources. and so, just in terms of perspective, i also want to remind us that because we have had a weighted student formula now and the equity has been the lens of which we allocated resources even when there was no resources we use the lens of equity for the allocation and
distribution of our resources we are in many respects father ahead than many of our colleagues across the state of california and so while this feels new to many folks, it is actually kind of part of the process that we had in place for a number of years in san francisco. and that notwithstanding, do i think that it is important to engage the public to understand what may or may not change as we go foe ward and i would also add that our school quality improvement system is where are much aligned with the governor's lcsf, and so we are seeing actually this alignment, and this converse ans, and if you will, of the federal accountability, the state accountability, and our district accountability, all falling in line around this lens of equity that we talked about as well and that it is a worthy conversation to have. and the only other piece that i would add into this conversation is that there has been a number of questions from the community, around assessments this year.
and as you know there have been changing dictates about what assessments will be in place, and they almost change daily. but we would like to bring a discussion in public in january as well. and not a very long conversation, but just to update the public about what is it in terms of accountability and assessments that we will be pursuing in the district this year and how that relates to preparing our students and our teachers and our administrators around embracing the new, sbac assessments that are coming down the road and we want to start previewing that with our students and teachers so that that is not totally new information. or a totally new experience for our students, when they have to take these computer generated and computer assisted assessments. so we want to have that conversation in the public as well and so it all fits together and so i want to thank the board for bringing this topic up because this is very
pertinent as we move forward in the new school year, or the new... >> and if i could say one other thing, i am wondering if we, this is sort of a rules committee budget, committee issue. i would like to request that the board, that the staff come up with a plan about testifying at the state board of ed, because you know, it is a very delegate situation, you have a huge array of civil rights groups saying that going to the state board of ed before anybody has done anything and saying, all of this money and all of us who are advocates and every school district who is an advocate for local control and saying okay give us a chance to say or see how we are going to do this and have relied on the extremely expert testimony of
our associations, like csba, and they have all been and everybody has said that they have been wonderful. but, i just think we should be prepared to go up there and maybe you, and deputy and superintendent lee or whatever and say here is what we are doing and let us do this, this is what is good about what is in the regulations and see what happens and trust us because that is what this is supposed to be and it will help the state board of ed to make a wise decision. >> yes? >> so, i am on a 6:00 flight tomorrow morning, to gay lord convention center in texas. truly excited i know. and so, anybody want to come? anybody? >> so i have been invited to the avid, blueprint on the success for our urban leaders convening to talk about the success of college readiness and preparing first generation and under served students for college. and one piece that i think that is exciting that i want to be
able to come back and share is having a conversation with it is so exciting, about the african american male initiative and what avid is doing with their development project. which has been fully funded and so it will be interesting thoughts on what we can bring back in particularly with the work that we have been doing around the same issues. >> thank you. >> okay, any other reports from board members? >> yes. >> i want to mention that commissioner haney and i went out to the grand opening of the garden at woodside learning center. and it was very impressive and most impressive was that the students at the log cabin actually made the wood planters and the benches. and so which makes me think
that we should connect them or actually to the city build or something after they leave, because it is excellent work. and it was a very cold day, but, it was a great celebration. >> thank you. >> okay. so we will now move on to item t. report of closed session actions. and closed session actions of november 26, the board of education by a vote of 7 ayes approved one administrator. and close td session of november 19, the board of education by a vote of five, and two absent and denied the grade appeal for one grade change for one high school student. >> the board of education by a vote of five ayes and two absent, approved the contract
haney, and maufas. >> case number, 20130862, the board of education by the vote of five ayes and two absent, give the authority of the district to pay up to the stipulate you lated amount. and closed session actions of december 9th, the board of education by a vote of 7 ayes approved the expulsion of one high school student and a vote of 6 ayes and one abstain, approved the settlement regarding pending litigation items and student support service and investigation and designates the general county on the agreement. >> item u on informational items, the staff report on informational notice of classified personnel transaction and we have two, acknowledgments, in tonight's adjournment. and since commissioner wynns is not in the room we will begin with commissioner maufas. >> thank you.
>> president norton. >> the board of education, and the san francisco unified school district want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of kenawalker who at 22 years of age was killed on sunday, december first in the san francisco bay view district. he went to precidio preschool, argon elementary and roosevelt middle school and lincoln high schools sxl on to city college. mckein. na will be missed as he leaves behind his father and mother and his mother is one of our employees of our early education sites, two of them and an older brother, and everybody knows him as ob and his older sister obma and as well as scores of family and
friends. and all attend, jones memorial united methodist church and all of the children, went through our san francisco public schools. his sister who has sent me this message to tell us about her little brother. the thing about life is that it highlights how ironic everything is. this came especially to be true with the death of my brother. ekena a child of nigeria parents was a proud san franciscan through and through and he was complex in a simple way. he had a range of passions, he was a sport and fitness fanatic a music make and her a great conversationalist and a thought provoker. he was also big on the idea that family was the most important thing that anyone
could have. he was extremely supportive brother and a loving son and a dotting cousin and a very respectful nephew, his relationships with friends evolved into brotherhood and sister hood which is the way that he considered friends as family. the ichronic thing about his death is that he has shown us what family really means our church family, our neighborhood family, our san francisco family, work family, school family, and even stranger family, have come together to show their love for ekenna, he lived each day of his life creating meaningful relationships with those around him. his legacy of love and loyalty, will continue to live on. and that was sent to me by his sister.
i just want everyone to know in the san francisco community that services are schedule for saturday, december 21st at jones noirm united methist church 1975 post street. and the corner of styner, the viewing from 12 to one p.m. and the services will become immediately following that viewing. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner maufas. and now we have another acknowledgment for tonight's adjournment, wynns. >> thank you. so, we would like to adjourn the meeting in memory of elizabeth deovin who served on the board of education from 1981 to 1993, and was elected three times and served as president and in 1988. she was born in 1930 in colombia missouri and attended the university of missouri and met her husband, robert there and was an elementary school
teach ner florida and then in 1957 they moved to san francisco. she was involved with community organizations all of her life, and she was dedicated to things which in those days were not ubiquitus in the community, early childhood education, mental health services and one of the first supporters of the development of hospice and the services for aids and hiv patients and was, actually along with her close friend, the creator of the children's network of children services and the idea that there ought to be a group that worked together to coordinate the services for children and families. and she was actually the, she was the president of the san francisco mental health association, and really you
could read you this list of all of the things that she served on, she was a community volunteer and lead foremany, many years. and i, and she remained, and actually, it says here that she was an adviser to the children center and the woman's alcoholic center and center for young disabled adults and on and on and that was her legacy that she was a dedicated community volunteer all of her adult life. >> she actually her husband predeceased her by several years and she died on november 15th of this year. and i was able to represent us at her funeral a few weeks ago and to i mean that i was, i attended many, many, and i never served with her, but i came to the board meetings for
years when she was a active member of the board and a supporter of many of the causes that i was dedicated to, parents being involved in schools and trying to develop the infrastructure to support the parpts and i want to express my personal and the boards sympathy to her family. thank you. >> thank you. and meeting adjourned.
>> just a few steps away from union square is a quiet corner stone of san francisco's our community to the meridian gallery has a 20-year history of supporting visual arts. experimental music concert, and also readings. >> give us this day our daily bread at least three times a day. and lead us not into temptation to often on weekdays. [laughter] >> meridians' stands apart from the commercial galleries around union square, and it is because of their core mission, to increase social, philosophical, and spiritual change my isolated individuals and communities. >> it gives a statement, the idea that a significant art of any kind, in any discipline, creates change. >> it is philosophy that attracted david linger to mount a show at meridian.
>> you want to feel like your work this summer that it can do some good. i felt like at meridian, it could do some good. we did not even talk about price until the day before the show. of course, meridian needs to support itself and support the community. but that was not the first consideration, so that made me very happy. >> his work is printed porcelain. he transfers images onto and spoils the surface a fragile shes of clay. each one, only one-tenth of an inch thick. >> it took about two years to get it down. i would say i lose 30% of the pieces that i made. something happens to them. they cracked, the break during the process. it is very complex. they fall apart. but it is worth it to me. there are photographs i took 1 hours 99 the former soviet union. these are blown up to a gigantic images. they lose resolution. i do not mind that, because my
images are about the images, but they're also about the idea, which is why there is text all over the entire surface. >> marie in moved into the mansion on powell street just five years ago. its galleries are housed in one of the very rare single family residences around union square. for the 100th anniversary of the mansion, meridian hosted a series of special events, including a world premiere reading by lawrence ferlinghetti. >> the birth of an american corporate fascism, the next to last free states radio, the next-to-last independent newspaper raising hell, the next-to-last independent bookstore with a mind of its own, the next to last leftie looking for obama nirvana. [laughter]
the first day of the wall street occupation set forth upon this continent a new revolutionary nation. [applause] >> in addition to its own programming as -- of artist talks, meridian has been a downtown host for san francisco states well-known port trees center. recent luminaries have included david meltzer, steve dixon, and jack hirsch man. >> you can black as out of the press, blog and arrest us, tear gas, mace, and shoot us, as we know very well, you will, but this time we're not turning back. we know you are finished. desperate, near the end. hysterical in your flabbergastlyness. amen.
>> after the readings, the crowd headed to a reception upstairs by wandering through the other gallery rooms in the historic home. the third floor is not usually reserved for just parties, however. it is the stage for live performances. ♪ under the guidance of musical curators, these three, meridian has maintained a strong commitment to new music, compositions that are innovative, experimental, and sometimes challenging. sound art is an artistic and event that usually receives short shrift from most galleries because san francisco is musicians have responded by showing strong support for the programming.
♪ looking into meridian's future, she says she wants to keep doing the same thing that she has been doing since 1989. to enlighten and disturbed. >> i really believe that all the arts have a serious function and that it helps us find out who we are in a much wider sense than we were before we experienced that work of art. ♪ >> hi, i'm with building san francisco. and we have a special program of stay safe today where we're going to talk about what you can do to your home after an
earthquake to make it waterproof and to be more comfortable. we're here at spur in san francisco, this wonderful exhibit of safe enough to stay. and this is an example of what your home might be like after an earthquake. and we have today with us ben latimer from tvan. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> we'll talk about things you can do you don't have to be a professional contractor to make your home more livable after an earthquake. >> i want to talk about things a homeowner can do. we have comfort and we have things like a little bit of maybe safety if your front door is ajar and waterproofing if you have a leak in your roof, or if you have broken glass on the window. >> so unr, one of the most important fib use is keeping
outside out and inside in. let's look at windows. >> let's assume this window is broken in the earthquake. we have wind and rain blowing in. one of the most important things you need to do as a homeowner is secure the plastic properly. if you just take staples or nails and put them into the plastic, we're going to get a strong wind and rip it right off. what i'm going to have somebody do is they're going to have -- this is an old piece of shingle. you might have -- everybody has a piece of wood in their basement. it doesn't have to be fancy. they take out this rusty screw begun, and hopefully you have one of these. >> there is one at the neighborhood support center. >> at the neighborhood support center. you're going to wrap this plastic around this board, take your screw. and then screw that in. >> you need a permit for this? >> you do need a permit for this. and you can contact the former head building inspector to get that permit. that's it.
now when the wind blows, it's tight and it's not going to pull through, having a single point of contact. >> great. what about this door? take a look at this door. what can you do? let's say it doesn't shut tight. what can you do? >> for the sake of argument, we're on the inside. i can't lock my door at night. i have a very similar, very similar idea. i'm going to take my 2 by 4. i can put it across the jamb in the door. one. two. maybe i want another one up here, maybe another one down there. but i can go to sleep. and that quickly, i can get it off in the morning. >> terrific. what about the roof up here? we see people throw blue tarps over their roof after an earthquake. that seems reasonable. >> i think the blue tarp is reasonable. the things that people want to know that they need to know is if you have multiple tarps, how
you overlap. starting from the bottom and moving up so that you're overlapping this way. so, rain running down doesn't slide under your tarp. >> right. >> and the same technique we did over here, as silly as it may sound, wrapping the end of that blue tarp with your board and then securing that if you can underneath, if you have to on top is fine. but making sure that you don't have an area where the wind is going to get under and bill owe that tarp. >> the wind can rip it right off. >> and then you're back up there again. >> let's go inside and check out what we can do inside. >> old fun. here we go. >> so, ben, i see you have nails, universal tool right here. >> man's best friend. duct tape. let me show you a couple things we can use this for after an earthquake. this window right here, because it's off kilter, we have open seams all along. i have a lot of air coming through. i want to stay comfortable at night. i want to keep that air out. it's as simple as that, all the way around. >> excellent. >> now i don't have any air coming in.
let's say this one is one that would annoy me. everything is a little off. my doors won't stay closed. i take a piece of my favorite duct tape here, close it up. and at least it will stay out of my way when i'm trying to live throughout my day. if we're not talking about pressurized water, we're talking about just the drain, sometimes they're going to get a crack here. >> right, sure. >> and you're going to get a leak. duct tape around that is going to help us get through until we can get a plumber out and get that fixed as well. let's say we only have electricity in one room, so we're running extension cords across the house. if i'm going to run an extension cord from one room to the other, i don't want kids tripping on it. i don't want to trippon it. i take my trusty duct tape, tape it to the floor, and i don't have to worry about it getting kicked. >> great, great. look at this. let's look at the duct tape here because we see a big -- >> yes. in the event of an earthquake, i don't think we're going to have too many -- too much debris that's safe to put into a plastic bag, even as strong
as it might be. these are called vice bags. this is what they use to put rice and things when they ship it. this is something where i take my glass, i can take broken pieces of wood, i can take anything sharp and fill it. and it's not going to puncture and come out. it's not going to fall all over the floor. i've not going to have it sticking out, maybe scratch myself, cut myself or anything like that. these are a great thing to have. >> you have a little go-to box for emergencies. that's great. thanks very much for joining us, ben. it's really been interesting. and i want to thank you all for joining us here at the spur urban center. and we'll see you again ♪ ♪
♪ >> the san francisco playground's hitsvery dates back to 1927 when the area where the present playground and center is today was purchased by the city for $27,000. in the 1950s, the sen consider was expanded by then mayor robinson and the old gym was built. thanks to the passage of the 2008 clean and safe neighborhood parks bond, the sunset playground has undergone extensive renovation to its four acres of fields, courts, play grounds, community rooms, and historic gymnasium. >> here we are. 60 years and $14 million later, and we have got this beautiful, brand-new rec center completely accessible to the entire neighborhood. >> the new rec center houses multi-purpose rooms for all kinds of activities including
basketball, line dancing, playing ping-pong and arts can crafts. >> you can use it for whatever you want to do, you can do it here. >> on friday, november 16, the dedication and ribbon cutting took place at the sunset playground and recreation center, celebrating its renovation. it was raining, but the rain clearly did not dampen the spirits of the dignitaries, community members and children in attendance. [cheering and applauding] ♪ ♪ i pledge allegiance to the