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city of san francisco sfgtv meeting of the small business commission occurring on april 11, 2016 will begin shortly. >> public comment is limit today 3 minutes per speaker unless otherwise spbed by the office thorf meeting. speaker are requested but not requiremented to state their name. please deliver speaker cards to the commission secretary prirep prior the apruching the lectern. there is a sign in sheet at the front table for those that would like to be added to the mailing. sf gov tv if we can
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have our slide, please. >> need a theme song while we are waiting. there we go. we begin and each small business commission meeting that the office of small business is the only place to start new business in san francisco and the best place to get information squl answers about doing business in san francisco. the aufs of small business should be your first stop when you have a question about what to do next. we have a walk inophorous here at city hall, a phone number you can call and a website which is very useful, so make
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yourself available. this is the forum to voice concerns that effect the economic vitality of small business rkts policies projects or other things you think are concern to small business you are welcome to bring to the forum. let's get started. >> item 1, call to order and roll call. commissioner adams, here. commissioner dooley, here. commissioner dwight, here. commissioner ortiz is running late. commissioner t [inaudible] mrs. president you have quorum. >> item number 2. general public comment. allows members to comment within the commissions purview. any members have any comment on
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anything not on todays agenda? seeing none public comment is closed >> itedm 3 is review and possibly action to amend the small business commission response to the board of supervisors file number 160065. police code paid parental leave for bonding with new child. >> in your packet xhishzer dwight proposed adding a paragraph and qu provided two suggested options on where to place it and striking language that is similar to what is in the paragraph. >> first i like to read the paragraph. >> as you know we prepared a let toor the boferd supervisors based on disapuvl of the parental leave legislation as it is drafted. i think that got misconstrued as somehow being something that we were not spoteive of #e78 ployee benefits in general and
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that is absolutely not the case so i want to take this opportunity to clear the record on that. what we object to is the way that this legislation is hustled through the process without ever considering our input and gibbing giving us time to make reasonable suggestions. we argued about the wrong thing we talk about changing this and that to a piece of legislation that is fundamentally flawed. my addendum to our letter is parental leave is a benefit that should be extend today all employees no matter what size company they work for and the cost thf benefit should be funded collect ivly and university by pay roll deductions or taxes not by the individual companies that hap chb to be effected. the legislation rushed through the approval prosin san francisco excludes employees who work with fr the smallest
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companies and burden small business that employ many workers we are most trying to help. had there been more time and effort spen on the detail we could have developed a benefit universally available to all employees and implementation acceptable to all businesses. i urge our state government and more importantly or federal government to take the lead in making parental lead a universal benefit for employees funded by all employers. that is the end >> commissioners it is slightly different than what is in your packet so commissioner dwight >> it is? y >> it is. i either got the wrong version when i modified the letter but commissioner dwight has red into the record his proposed amendment and in terms of the placement of it since it is very similar-
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>> i just reread, it is the last sentence. somewhat business urging the government to [inaudible] funding mechanism and make the benefits available. we can serve as a responsible role model . we are trying to set a example. i have no issue with and said that time and time again, san francisco is a progressive city and sets bench pch marks for the state and fraul government. to that end this legislation is commendable. however, the problem with this legislation is that it undo law burdens certain businesses basically specifically businesses who have to provide the benefit whereas the parental leave benefit provided by the state is funded by all employees of the state and is given out universally to any employee and any company who needs it. our legislation doesn't accomplish
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that and exclude employees for companies with 20 or less employees and it makes only companies effected pay for the benefit so it isn't collect ivly funded by employers or employee and it is exclusive to certain employees some of the ones we most want to help here. if any other modifications i want to go with what is in the record. sorry i missed the last paragraph there. >> i think you read already a version of what we will be voting on maybe already into the record. why dont we stick to that version? >> whatever you want to do. it is the spirit of what we are trying to say here that we were criticized by some as not supportive of this, that is not at all the case and said that repeatedly and so if someone else would like to read it again that is
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fine with me, but i think you get what we trying to do here. so it is a action item if you want to accept it you can if not you can do that >> also just it would be great to-i felt like it could go at the beginning or end of the letter so like to give the commission the deference to determine the placement. >> commissioner dooley has a comment >> i want to echo what commissioner dwight said. i think really puts out there our feeling on this and we want to make that clear that we are obviously supportive of both employer and employee and i want to give a shout out to supervisor peskin who made a few amendments, they didn't go far enough and i think we need to be on the record urging that this go to its proper place, which is the state or
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federal government and not burden unnecessarily-it was just not a well thought out piece of legislation >> frankly the most pointiant to me is we argued about raising the limit for the number of employees and that is the wrong thing to argue about t. we should lower the limit. the real conversation for small business was wait a minute, how come i have to pay for this, it is a universal benefit and i may my own employees if i have older employees i don't pay anything. if i skewed towards the younger employee side of had scale and i have people want parental leave i pay disproportioninately and that burden falls on small businesses that average the cost among multiple locations as a out of state business or a formula retail business could and so even though companies will pay the
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same amount it effects the small business that is local, independently owns exclusively in san francisco county. i think within our county boundaries and we invited teddy in today to have a conversation about that we should have had months ago about how to funds something like this so we can find something that is universally accept to business understanding we have to throw a little into the pot. do we increase gross receipts tax or have a special assessment or tax? i don't know the answer but i know there is dialogue to be had rather than saying we'll make a kpigz and it will effect some business squz not others but that is okay because it isn't okay especially for a benefit that is shown to be funded in the country but every country where it exists is funding by employee
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dedeckzs accept in england where it is fundsed by the government but ges where the government gets the money? from taxes on citizens so in a rounds about way it isn't a pay roll deduction but income deduction. these things are general benefit squz they are collectively funded and here we have a situation that is not. i think if whee had time to get a sense about it we would have had a dialogue aroun that and not let's tweak this and push this around. we were pushing arounds the wrong bits. i appreciate the ofert thf chamber of commerce and boardf supervisors who tried to push thing around and make it feel better for certain constituents but that was the wrong approach and hopefully if we can make some substantial recommendations the supervisor s office can
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rething this or mayors office or have another piece of legislation. the good news is it didn't go to the ballot box so we don't have to deal with the voters just the board of supervisors. we'll see if ted has recommendation frz us. at this point if there are no commissioner comments we can ask public comments. any members of the public like to comment on this matter? >> okay >> scott nob flaub just update what is going on with the state. the governor signed legislation that increased the amount from 55 to 60 percent and low income to 70 percent. just a update that will impact the amount
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that employ ers pay. >> moving in the right direction. we may vasupervisor become a state politician who can help push that further. any other pub luck comment? seeing none public comment is closed. commissioner adams >> move to support your comment in the letter. >> second. >> so, do take the motion to approve-let's take motion to approve the comments. roll call,
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commissioner adams? yes. commissioner dooley, yes. commissioner dwight, yes. commissioner tour-sarkissian, yes. commissioner yee, riley, here. commissioner zouzounis, yes. and then commissioners do and have a preference as to the placement in the letter at the beginning or the end? >> i move we place it in the beginning. >> i do too. >> anyone second that? >> moved by adams and seconded by
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commissioner zouzounis. commissioner adams, yes, xhigezer dooley, yes. dwight, yes. commissioner tour-sarkissian, yes. commissioner yee, riley, yes. commissioner zouzounis, yes. that motion passes 6-0. thank you. >> thank you. so we'll make sure the clerk of the board resubmit the letter and it is in the official file with the legislation >> as it in is the your draft. >> so we'll move on now to item number 4, which is presentation and discussion on economic approaches to achieving social wlae responsible goals. this is a discussion item and we have ted eagan the city chief econnistmist of
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office of economic analysis toprint to you commissioners. >> good afternoon commissioners. ted eagan controllers office of economic analysis. our office last month issued a economic impablth report on this item. happy to take questions you have on that report. i also learned that you're interested exploring alternative funding with the legislation and happy to say a few words about that and answer any questions as well. xhishzer dwight i think in his remarks highlighted points about this legislation that is different in terms of the funding model to how paid family leave is funded at the state level or other states. i think the two key differences are first, this legislation places the onus on additional funding the sup lltal compensation on the employer. the state program is
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entirely funded by employees, all employees whether they take paid family leave or not through their payroll tax or the state sdi program thmpt second isn't just who pays but how it is funded. it is funded essentially-the tax creates a insurance pool and then when employees make a valid claim they draw from that pool. the budgeting challenge is insure the tax rate is set at a level such that the pool is big enough to fully fund the claims and that is a budgeting challenge but essentially what that allows is a program for like if that applied in the san francisco case it would prevent a situation where for a very small business the supplemental cost could be particularly ownerous. one of
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the advantages of the way the legislation is structured now from the perspective of the small business if you have 2 or 3 employees you need to pay 50 percent thof cost missing and that can be a spike in the compensation during that period. the amount that is covered by the state basically has no burden for the business, it isn't paid for directly or indirectly by the business and it is also paid out of a insurance pool so neither the employees of the business nor emplorer pays. there are a couple decision to be made about this. the legislation makes this an employer responsibility and it makes it a employer by employer responsibility. there is alternative model that
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would say that it could be a employer responsibility but broadly based across the base of employers and employers pay into a insurance pool, that pool is drawn down by worker frz their 45 percent that is employer funded as well as when they make a valid claim to edd for the 55 percent that is employee funded. in that approach which basically combines the employer responsibility aspect the legislation in front of the board now along with the insurance pool model of the state legislation. there are any number of ways in which that could be funded. if you are talking about a dedicated pool though you are probably talking about one or other type of dedicated tax. a dedicated tax requires a 2/3 vote and the is administrative concerns
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as well about where does that money go and how is it managed, how do the rules related to a state claim line up with the rules for city claim and things like that. in a broad picture. an alternative funding mechanism could be a broader based business tax, additional business tax that is not currently charged that replace the individual employers responsibility for this. and potentially while this could be creative for paid family leave it could apply to other employee similar programs that the city has. >> okay. as i sus spected st. might be. i'm interested, when we go about levying a new financial responsibility on businesses in the city, obviously if it were poseed as a tax it has to go to the voters. in some ways this
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feels like a end round because we said we'll make you pay and not call it a tax though. how is this being posed and under what circumstances can the board of supervisors unilaterally levy a fee on business versus take toog the voters in the form of a tax? >> commissioner i avoid pretendsing to give legal advice on this. i think i would say the city isn't collecting money here. the city isn't levying a charge on business to be paid for the city for the city to do what it will. what i just laid out would be a situation which a tax is levied to businesses and come tooz the city and the city somehow runs a insurance pool. >> i understand that and i think that sounds reasonable. basically what we are saying is we are mandating business do something but we are not passing it through the government so it
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isn't a tax, we are just telling them you have to do this, it is on your own, so it is a interesting mechanism which i'm only now just learning about. okay. >> i have a question with the state model. do you know what the percentage that is deducted from the employees, what type of thing they are paying? how much it is per pay check? >> i believe it is a pay roll tax and don't know the precise percentage that is specifically for or ear mark for pfl t. is part of the sdi, state disability insurance deduction. a big piece is for disability insurance and small is for paid family leave and don'ts know the percentage of it total >> i'm not sure whether in california whether that is indexed to
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income so those who make more pay more. they do if it is linear but whether it is non linear. certainly in the other countries that i briefly read about that is exactly the case. you make more you pay more so those who can afford pay more into the system so the idea is there is a notion of you-if you on the low income end of the scale you don't pay as much but get the same benefit percentage wise as anyone else and get your full salary or some portion paid for. >> i assume that would require going to the ballot? >> certainly any legislation that increases any taxpayer tax has to be approved by there voters and if the tax increase is dedicated to a specific purpose it needs 2/3 volt >> that is how it is at the state level and make a decision to increase
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the benefit by saying the pool as it exists is fine and we can handle that or raise the sdi tax and to cover that additional benefit. likewise here, we might decide that as you pointed out this may be something we want to consider because maybe this isn't the only benefit and maybe there are other benefits we want to as a city set the bar for. what i am interested in is could we create institutional ize something that would be a shared responsibility of all companies and paid into by wealthier company more than companies that can afford less? just seems like something to explore but thank you. any other questions? okay. thank you,
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ted. thank you >> any members the public like to comment? seeing none public comment is closed. there is no action required, it is jooust purely informational. any other comments >> very interesting. i want to thank you for bringing ted in and ted thank you for coming in and explaining this because this is another alternative- >>wy may want the city tern at or attorney in next >> that was really helpful and like to convee more often like this in your office specifically maybe on the minimum wage questions moving forward and i know director [inaudible] and i were talking about what that may mean for automation as we see businesses prepare for that. even in our city the cvs and bank of americans have automated teller squz that is
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something i would like to explore >> willing to work with the commissioners on items that are of interest of wru. we are not quite but all most to the point where we have enough data since the minimum wage increase said to look at economic impact so say 6 to 12 months from now we may see the beginning of the impact if any. >> thank you >> a observation i have seen it is very important legislation going forward cont plate what happens if we what we do here is adopted by the state or federal government. for example, minimum wage is signed into law and go to 15 $a hour, however we have no provision in our own law to true up with the state. we are just going about our process, we may at
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some point get to where we are even with the state but ours is independent of the state. it would have been nice if it converveed and go with the state. i think once we accomplished our mission showing the world it should be more progressive as we are, we can fall in line with that because what i am trying to get away from is putting san francisco county its small little walled garden in a competitive disadvantage with our regional counties. if the state prevail jz go the way we led we should get on the same page so we don't feel a added burden and all share that responsibility state wide and preferbly federally because it puts at a disantage county and state line let alone international lines that
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we have serious competitive issues with. that is enough, but going forward we can be thinking about those things as well. next item. >> the next item is item 5. [no audio] next item is item 5, presentation and discussion of the small business leaders planning priority and we have scott haej. this is a result of a planning session held with the representatives of the small business leaders that meet quarterly
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with the mayor and just to make note that in attendance to the meeting is commissioner dwight and commissioner yee riley. in attend toons the planning session >> in the way of background we met for a number of years with mayor lee on a quarterly basis and it was determined we wanted to formalize those meetings more that would probably continue for the rest of the mayors term and we also are hopeful that the next mayor will take the form we are setting up also and continue what we are doing. so, we met in february and we basically discussed the accomplishments of the group and brain stormed session
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and prioritized the issues and you have a copy of the report you see the 5 issues we see as priority issues and have other issues that quite frankly we are not following through now but down the road we'll pick up those issues as well. the idea was to break out into issues and have committees made up of the members of the group and we opened it up to people outside of the group that would be interested in participating on those issues. if you have a copy of the report, the top issue and very appropriate after discussion with [inaudible] was being at the table and stephen coronal who is here tonight will talk about that one. the second was internal and
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external communications and paul pendergas will work on that group. the third one is taxes and penalties and that is headed up by steve mayor. the fourth one is bilocal and that will be headed up by peat [inaudible] and the 5th one is economic data and the idea there-the others are self explanatory, but one of the things that came up was economic data is not always provided from the issues that have a impact on business. there is proposition i but it doesn't happen all the time and think this group will discuss how they would like to see that. also getting it on a timely basis i think that was
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part of it too. so, what we are going to do is on each of those issues we are going to try to identify measurable goals and we are not going have the [inaudible] solve all the problems so we'll prioritize the goals and pick ones that have a possibility of happening and not go off on a wild-goose chase. the other thing is look at whether gaps exist and mitigations that can be taken and then the idea is to establish how do we determine whether we are successful or not and put in timelines. where we are now on this is we are just beginning to meet these groups economic data and internal and external communication haven't met yet. the
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other 3 groups have. the goal here is in the very short term. have at least one meeting and kind of put on ideas and then to meet with the mayor and talk about what we are doing and where we are and get his direction. that meeting will probably be the latter part of april, the first of may. so, turn it over to stephen cornell who is chairing the-being at the table. >> good evening. thank you. so, being at the table. it might be obvious what that is, but let me try to explain it a little bit. over the years, we noticed that you work with government whether government we work with government or government working with us t is a matter of a lot of relationships. we all have to build them.
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government official or depermanent head has to build a relationship with constituency out there and constituency have to build relationships back and it usually works, but for small business it tends not to work. why doesn't it work? well, this isn't our main job. all of you, all of us have other businesses to run. other thing tooz do and it is just a very small part of what we to. we don't have the time to do a good job of building relationships all around. so we thought about this. a good example would be the last piece of legislation we heard, the family leave stuff, it came upon the small business commission and many towards the end. we are not there at the beginning when people talked about it and legislatures wanted it to happen, we were
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not at the table. our group met already, looked at this a little bit and initially we haven't really finalized anything by a long shot, but we thought how do we do this. one of the thoughts is let's get it away from personal relationships. when where need to know something about hardware stores we go to stephen cornell. we have to get away from doing that. or, if the plumbing people need to know something about new laws in how to put in plumbing they go to the head of that department and that relation. what we like to do is set up a little thing where all of our groups have a e-mail address and generic e-mail address say to the polk street merchants, there is one e-mail to them, not to a individual but to that
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particular group. and legislatures or commissioners will have a generic e-mail address. not sending it to any particular one. along with that idea are groups will have to present what we are looking for, so if we are a bunch of retailers we probably won't present something to the code enforcement people because that isn't our business or we really care about it. but if we are a bunch of retailers we may want to know about planning enforcement in neighborhoods so we go to the planning department saying here we are here, we are the polk street merchants and like any legislation that is cont plated or wlaurfb it is we want sent to information at polk street merchants association. we have can
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individual peoples names, but this way it forces government whether it is legislatures or the departments to always send something to one particular e-mail address. they will never be able to sit there down the road and say we didn't know who to send it to or whatever. it works two ways. we have to sit and make sure we keep up with that. if all of a sudden there is a new merchants association that never was arounds we have to explain to them you have to get your e-mail address in there. this of course doesn't preclude us from having our prnl relationships built up but it is a way to get away from personalities. that is what we are looking rep. at this point
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>> how is it done now >> i go to supervisor smith and find their legislative aid and say i would like to hear everything going on, here is my e-mail address, send to stephen at blah blah. it is that relationship going on or knocking at their door once a week or wlaurfb it takes and that is the way a lot of groups do. we don't have that time >> you set up a protocol for different entities to communicate with the-- >> uh-huh >> that is what we are looking at. >> very broad picture. i think there will be a lot of problems and details. >> find the list of the people and organizations should be getting that communication from and governmental entities including individuals if they choose to do so.
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i'm curious because it will facilitate interest on organizations. how do you bring out the protocol and share it with others such that they can receive equally- >> not sure yet. we had our initial meeting trying to figure what the s the problem and one way of deal wg it. this is one way. all the devil is in the detail of course and haven't gotten that far. >> just to add on. one the individual student mayors is tasked and has a inturn with going out and identifying all the various associations, so we are in the process of doing that, and i just want to comment, i like this because castro merchants we have a info at castro and that person was our administrateer and workwise the president and kbets ready for we need a
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presentation at one of our merchant meetings or board meetings so i like the idea because if each organization had one specific e-mail because one of the things i have found out throughout the years is people change and it is really easy to move that one e-mail from who ever is in charge it makes it a lot easier so i really like this with the going out- >> i want to just ask if i notice on the tier issues they are pertinent to being at the table especially the one about congestion and disruption and transportation is a biggy. is that-not direct action but it seems like it may be good to be part of tier one. just asking how you decide that?
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>> yeah. as i said, we had a brain storming session and we started off with 5. my hope is that we'll work oon that and other people will take up the other issues or may become more significant as time goes on. congestion, a lot of interest around there. but it is future issues we can take up and we'll see where it goes but we are focusing now on the 5. >> could you fold in some the lesser ones into the 5 that are already here? >> yes, we can take a look at that. >> so you imagine taking this to another level and that is there is one primary alious every department knows goes to small business and that is sus cribed to by the others so you don't rely on each entity at the government to update their database of all of the organizations, they actually
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report out to info @ small business we maintain that database rather relying on each organization in the city to do so. >> that would be too broad i think because one the other thoughts we had was we can sit there and say please send me everything from planning- >> if they know it is a neighborhood ishi they- >> these are the issues we want. >> that makes sense. >> to follow up on commissioner tour-sarkissian, there are a huge list that your director has and maintains, so we won't reinvent the wheel, we just help supplement it. your office has a lot there and that will be very helpful. >> you have to make sure the information is brought out and
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you will be pretty much kind of the initiateer, you get that information and spread it out? >> the office comes up and with a group we never heard of, flag makers of san francisco let's say. >> i never knew there were a group >> our intention is seek those people out and say we are doing this and say what is it you are interested in and make sure their generic e-mail address gets to that department that is important to themism they may care less about mta but purchasing may be a big thing or whatever. >> that makes session. >> i just want to ask do you agree to categorize tier 1 and 2? at the meeting i heard all most everybody mention the homelessness and also congestion and homelessness isn't here
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and then the congestion is tier 2 instead of tier 1 >> we discussed the issues at the meeting and thee were the agreed upon issues that were supported by the participants in the group, so we did the brainstorming and prioritize and those were the issues that came out of the meeting >> you agree with the way it is? >> i think it is a start. i want to make sure you understand it isn't the final product. we start with 5, look for additional items that can be incorporated into the 5 and then expand it down the road. >> i know you send this out to the members oo thf group, did you get feedback whether or not they agree? >> with the issues? >> i didn't get anybody that said they didn't. i did have one person say he wanted to work on the congestion issue and i said the problem is there
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is a lault of issues and we have limited number of people. there is where we are talking about gaps. there is a gap. in a lot of things we just dont have the people because people are working, so that is the limitation for us. >> okay >> we really like to have your support on this. if anybody wants to be i know commissioner dwight is on one of the committees. i believe you are on one of the committees, if anybody else would like to participate in a committee you are more than welcome to do so and we would like to have the other chairs of the other committees at some point come back and talk to you about what they are doing in their committee and keep you up to speed sw get comments about what we are doing. >> thank you >> commissioners if i can also add-having the business community sort of maybe identify the top tier
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and tier 2 is the evolving subissues but in terms of the commission understanding that one the tier issues is being at the table, so for you as a commission as you are having departments come and present legislation that could be one of your areas of line of questioning. that is a core focus for president dwight in relationship to the last bit of legislation we heard around being at the table and a focus. you can apply these top 5 things in terms of when you are talking to departments or legislative sponsors how these things may fit in, so, when you start receiving presentations you
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could ask departments this is a key issue for our business community being at the table early, how can you assure that happens? what can you do internally? there is a way you can as a body can take this information and utilize it to help support the objectives of the business community. >> yeah and the spreert of this is not because we are a gate that has to be passed through, the spirit is that we have been entrusted in the commission making recommendation tooz the government and to the supervisor squz the mayor about issues that effect small business and how we may resolve any conflicts we have. so, the last issue parental leave is a case int powhere we could center brain stormed ways that would have made it completely acceptable to businesses throughout san francisco and found a mechanism to include everybody is fund it
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exwit blee. there is smart people and people who know how taask different questions because we live small business every day. we don't expect everybody to be in these 4 walls to be a expercent on small business. that is wlie we are volunteering and you are volunteering so this being a forum where we can be that collective wisdom on behalf of small business and can try to make recommendations that let us all get along. when we short circuit that with any group of constituents whether small business or anyone special interest group in the city, then people feel like they are left out and they are reluctant and resistant to change because they are not involved in the process of change. >> the other problem and goes along with what and are saying is, if ayou don't get to the table until after decision are made you have two
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choices, go along with it and the other you oppose it. begin to look like we are against everything but if we come to the table earlier we can try to work things out as mutually agreeable >> and we are in the court of public opinion pitted against sometimes the very people we work with every day as was the case in the last issue. it sounded off like we were against our own employees, which is absurd and frankly a little disrespectful to put us in that position because we employ the people we are trying to help and we help them every day with a pay check so think that was poorly played around and put in abed position. hopefully going forward we can be the subject matter experts we have been appointed
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to to be >> i have a question about the designated leozon. the concept doesn't exist today, correct? >> the different commissions and departments don't have necessarily a designated liaison. >> we are not asking for a designated person we want generic thing. say we want to go to the office of small business and we know who the head of that is, that is two different e-mails, one most important is the head of whatever they want to call, head of small business office of small business that will never change. the director may change over time. as long as we have one e-mail address that always changes we don't have to-our gropes don't have to keep windup the new director. who is on vacation or anything else and it works in
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the opposite direction autd also >> small business you have spln running accounting and all of a sudden things go to joe and joe leave jz sue takes over but things still go to joe rather than accounting @ example ab or c >> i was commenting on the suggested mitigation and the first being at the table say mayor issue mandate to commission and departments that ease agency has a designated liaison y i is question if people want to get involved that are not part the group where would they contact you? you are the contact? >> yes. >> okay >> any other issues contact me. >> one place to go. contact him and
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he'll get to it our group >> for the members of the public if they don't go scott halky and his e-mail they can contact the office of small business @ sbac @ sf for that information. >> commissioner tour-sarkissian. >> i want to cu-mind you guys because you two are always at the forfront of issue squz advocating for small businesses and it is like more of our small businesses would be like you i think we wouldn't be whiners but get-i think your efforts of what you do >> we all are doing it. thank you >> thank you for coming out today. we have any public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners any further comment snz >> i think it is a wonderful idea and goot initiative and commend you
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for your efforts and think you will get a lot of help from us individually and collect evly. >> next item, >> next item is item number 6, directors report. so, commissioners before i start my full report i do want to welcome ven cu[inaudible] and today is her first day and i thought that it would be nice for her to-[inaudible] [laughter] take a moment to introduce herself to you. >> good evening. i'm monculast name [inaudible] i met a couple of you and very pleased to meet the rest of you and be here today. and to be joining the office of small business and the commissioner as a policy analyst and commission secretary. my background is
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in public policy and political economy and i earn my phd last year having done research on the processes that lead to policy change and specifically how influences from society private sector and public sector can all merge to create policy change. prior to that i worked at the ethics commission as a analyst and i did work in public administration as well as policy reform and analsis related to campaign finance. look forward working with all of you and hope you won't hesitate to reach out to me >> we are thrilled to have you >> thank you. >> commissioners you are welcome if you have any questions or anything to ask her at this point. >> [inaudible]
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>> i was going say i read your resume and surprised of your achievements and welcome. i was going to say your phd studies matched whault we talked about today between private and public so that will benefit from your knowledge. >> alright. >> and just to men cus e-mail isn't set up and may not be for a couple days. as soon as it she will snd you a e-mail. >> we'll come to the office and talk to you. >> i hope it is no more than 2 or 3 days. just in terms of continuing on so, we are still in the hiring process for the [inaudible] position. scott talked about the small business leaders meeting and that is scheduled for late prl, early may, a date is being
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worked on. i included the small business week schedule and will get that to the calendar invite for you but want to give you a idea as to the merchant groups signed frup the sidewalk sales both for the saturday before we start small business week may 21 and then also may 28 but we have our flavors of san francisco on may 23 at the met ron and the office of small business is the presenting sponsor for that event so we'll get recognition. tuesday we have our board of supervisors award and individual activities, the mega [inaudible] contact event that happens annually, the asian american network african american event and
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lutineo entrepreneur and vision and journeys. those 3 events that are happening. then, wednesday evening is the small business awards at at & t park so hope you will join for that. thursday is the conference and saturday we close up the week with the sidewalk sales saturday may 28. updates on policy matters and initiatives, so the heblth care security ordinance thrks annual reporting is due april 30 and we'll send out a e-mail blast reminding businesses with 20 or more employees world wide that they need to fill out that report with a location in the city. pleased to announce the office of treasure and tax collector is going to again this year have a business
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registration renewal assistance day, so where they set up computers in the south light court stations to help businesses deal with annual renewal business restration. for those that may be computer challenged or don't have computers, things of that sort, so it was a great success last year and they did it for one day and so want to again extend my appreciation they are actually extending to 3 days this year. you will get more information to that. the legacy business registry, so the-i'm getoog talk to logistics now, i'll meet with historical preservation staff to begin the first set of applicants this week and i put in a timeline which i won't read into details just what will come
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ahead for the commission up until sort of mid-july. in regards to legislation, so as in finance committee last week, the legislation regarding the establishment for the program manager for the legacy business program was approved by the budget and finance committee. we didvent to do a supplemental to pay for the amount of staff time for the remainder this year and were able to have some savings within the department offset that cost. so we didvent to go into the cities reserves to pay for that position. and the approval of it also then meant that it established into the 16/17
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budget. the other budget supplemental portion is -will be heard again on wednesday, so it didn't pass out of committee but will be heard again wednesday and i'll provide you with a summary as to the results of that after that meeting. supervisor tang mandstory disability access impruchbment legislation passed an the first reading at the board of supervisors april 5 and as well as the all gender toilet facilities legislation and the paid parental leave legislation. at budget and finance committee meeting this week again as i noted will be the supplemental amount though we'll be able to extract out the salary portion that will be under consideration that was part of the $343,000. the special tax
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district that you heard a couple meetings ago so that businesses can finance their accessibility improvements through this mechanism will be at it budget and finance committee meeting. the state minimum wage so april 4 the governor signed into law increase of wage to $15 for employers or 25 and 202325 or less. in the packet two pages behine you is a document that looks like this, and i like to walk you through that if you indulge me. the top 2 lines are the current california minimum wage and taking with starting with this year, 2016 what it would look like.
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there is a bit of a error. the california state minimum wage goes into effect on january 1 of each year so the changes take place january 1. what is noted here is i have a july 1 because our minimum wage goes up july 1 so i'm referencing the timeline in relationship to our timeline. i didn't do double columns for each year but know it is january 1. i distinguished when $15 is met at the state for san francisco, for berkeley, oakland, san jose, los angeles and seattle as a city to benchple mark off. the cpi adjustments that take place for
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san francisco after we reach the minimum wage of $15 in july 1 of 2018 is cpi after that and i used the 2.5 as the average cpi. it could go up or down but just to give you a idea. and that is the same for any of cpi projections. so, i did think it was important to note because seattle has in january 1 of 2019 go to $15, but in their regs they do say they'll phase into 17, 25 by 2024. if we have cpi adjustment for 2.5 percent we are still ahead of them so still remain the city with the
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highest minimum wage. >> yep. so it is interesting to note that oakland actually gets trumped by the state here or do they? >> they will in 2020, yes. it is more than a cpi adjustment going from 2021 to 2022. >> they are ahead of us. san jose gets dragged up by california because theirs is lagging. we are roughly a 1.80 to 2 dollars ahead of the curve at every point. we would be a 1.56 ahead of the state in 2022. if you take cpi increase has been in the past
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and it keeps on going up and reaches in 24 [inaudible] ahead of seattle and any other state at this point. any other city. and state. what happens if i may ask after 2023 at the state level? >> and need to get clarity-i try today look and didn't have time before putting together this chart to see whether it is cpi adjustment or- >> it is probably nothing. tradition has been there is nothing. you can see it was at 10 dollar for a long time >> see whether it is embedded cpi increase >> i'll update you with that information. >> i don't think there is because i think that makeatize more politically challenging to get approved so they just hardline it and revisit it when they get there type of thing,
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but it-check it out but pretty sure it isn't there and haven't heard mention of that in discussion of legislation. this is great, i was going it recommend we plot this out to see what it looked like. >> there are a couple corrections on the top line i realized on the top line in for california in 2018, 2019 so i'll correct that and get it out with the verification what happened to the state minimum wage after 2023. >> do you have this in the spread hp sheet? >> yes >> can you run it at a plot. i like to sethe lines because you see them diverging and crossing over. >> yes. and then in terms of the scott [inaudible] mentioned about the-exkoos me i put paid sick leave, paid
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parental leave. so, it is essentially in 2018 [inaudible] will do a more detailed report with a overlay of the local and the state for you but, again the governor signed into law today, so quick synapsis is people earning close to the minimum wage get 70 percent of salary while on leave through the state program while workerwise higher pay up to $108,000 get 60 percent of salary during the leave and that goes into effect 2018. the same timeline that our 20 to 34 employers with 20 to 34 employees goes into effect. that is the real high level. did you have question, commissioner? >> no, i just-thank you. i
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have no question. >> okay. and then i wanted to just start making sure so that now that men cuis here we'll start working on not for at the next commissioner meeting we'll start the first sfmta presentations. we'll have the annual 5 year capital plan and then i will be meeting with deanna this week to start to sketch out her portion the presentation and what we'll start off with for that meeting. and then also under the new business list that has been-that you have provided over the
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last few months presentation on the commercial vacancy overview and history of formula retail, update on smoking ordinances and outreach and regulations, commissioner ortiz you mentioned the 14 bus rapid transit. if there are updates aiowant to provide. >> i can report on the commissioners report >> how about if you do that during the commission report? the last thing-there is a list the legacy business applications, some are in the various form squz some still working with the applicants on their application but the first set are ones where the business has been specifically nominated and there are two cr don't have a name-three i don't have
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a name after i need to go back through and double check the business nomination, i do have the second grouping is supervisors who made the nomination but don't have a application and then third listing is general business general inquiries and i informed them of the process. so, that's to begin to give you a idea of what is coming before you and who is coming before you. likely not until late may, early june will be your first hearing. so, unless there is any questions, that completes my directors report. >> alright. public comment on directors report? no >> move to the next item >> item number 7, is president
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reports. >> so, mine is quick. i attended the monthly small business week planning meeting, went to cdma gala, thank you steve for the invenitation, it was my first time and great party. did lots of interviews related to perntal leave. i was surprised around this issue far more than around minimum wage. throughout that process kind of giving a lot of thought to how this could have gone bet squr how to get the small business commission involved in the issue again towards kind of our overarching goal in our planning session to make the commission more relevant and more helpful in situations like this. hopefully we will be able to assist going forward. i think there is still work to be done that
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we can hopefully see-i know there is other supervisors interested trying to figure this out so it is more ecwitbly funded. so, we'll take it from there. i have nothing else to report. >> we will move to item number 8 is vice president report. >> i also attended the cdma gala and it was fun. and then i just have one quick shout out i want to give to jen myers who owns a business called local take on 17th street and her store sells stuff made in san francisco. it is very very cool. she is doing so well that she is opening up the second shop this week on 9th avenue between uvings and judah. want to give a
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shout out to jen myers and local take because she is promoting items that are locally made in san francisco. >> she sells some of our stuff. >> that is all i have. >> thank you. item number 9 is commissioners reports. >> commissioner ortiz. >> following our last commission meeting supervisor compose reached out which led to him and the sfmta a meeting with stakeholders in the mission district such as merchants association, non profit, individual small business, we met last friday and that led-we voices our frustration and what the impact is having and how this corridor is a regional corridor with gentrification in the mission. this week we are meeting again to
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enact changes regarding the 14 rapid. this is a reactive process opposed to proactive i want to give a shout out to director reiskin and staff for being amazing and what a city agency should be and work wg the community. i would have liked to be part the process in the planning portion but willingness and attentiveness i think we'll get stuff done rapidly so appreciate all their help. i will have more to report on the next- >> nicely done. commissioners any other reports? >> i just have a question. so there is ongoing outreach sfr attend ons thf meeting? >> what we have done is we had the last meeting friday and everyone was invited and would like to implement
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people that represent larger constituents like [inaudible] associations and merchants associations so just key people so we are meetings are more productive and actually implement whatever action items we come up with. if you want to come and attend you can join >> i want to relay the message to businesses i know in the mission >> definitely. i can e-mail you-wednesday or thursday we haven't set the meeting >> great. >> commissioners any other reports? no. okay. >> item number 10 is general public comment. >> any member thofz general public that would like to recommend any new business for us here at the commission? seeing none public comment is closed. next item >> item number 11, new business is
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allowed commissioner tooz introduce new agenda items for future consideration by the commission. >> commissioners any new business? okay. great. i don't have anything. >> so, sf govative if we can have your our slide show, please. >> as is custom we begin with reminder the office of small business is the only place to start your new business in san francisco and the best place to get answers about doing business in san francisco. the office of small business should be the first stop when you have a question about what to do next. it is the official forum to voice concerns regarding policy and project and issues that effect the economic vitality of small businesses. if you need assistance with small business matters start here at the office of small business. thank you.
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>> thank you. item number 12, do wehave a motion to adjourn? >> motion to adjourn. >> second. >> all in favor? >> aye. >> the meeting is adjourned at 6: 49. 6: 49. [meeting adjourned]
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effects of the earthquake on your home. let's take a look at that. >> here at the spur urban center on mission street in san francisco talking about staying in your home after an earthquake. i have guests today, pat buscavich and his dog, harvey and david, and both structural engineers and we want to talk about things that you might do before an earthquake to your home to make it more likely that your home will be ha bitable after an earthquake, what should we do? both structural and maybe even important non-structural things. >> you hear about how to prepare an earthquake kit and brace your book shelves and water tank and that is important. what you have to be careful is make sure that you are not going the easy things to make yourself feel better. if you have a bad structure, a bad building, then you need to be looking at that and everything that you do to keep
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your collectables in place is small and compared. if you have taken care of your structure, then there is a lot of stuff that you can do in your house that is non-structural and your chimney and water tank. >> let's talk about what the structural things might be. >> and he is exactly right. you don't want to make the deck chairs safe on the titanic, it is going down, you are going down, you have to make sure that your house is safe. there are basic things that you need to do including bracing the water heater, not just because of fire hazard but because of the water source and the damage, but basic things are installing anchor bolts, and adding plywood and strapping your beams to column and posts to footings and foundations are really easy things to do and most contractors can do the building department is set up to approve this work, and these are things that every home owner should do, and it is a little harder because you have to get a building permit and hire a contractor. but you want to be able to after a big earthquake to climb in bed that night and pull the
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covers up and say i don't have to worry about going to a government shelter. >> that is the main focus that it is great to have an earthquake kit to be able to bug out for 72 hours. here is a better idea, stay in your own home and in order to do that you have to be make sure that your structure is okay. if you have a house, the easy things to do with the wood construction is feasible. if you have a renter or you live in a concrete building, you need to talk to the building own , and make sure they have done their due diligence and find out what the deficiencies are. >> when i have looked at damaged buildings,vy seen that a little bit of investment in time and money and structural work provides great dividends. >> especially if it is the wood frame, typical house that you can do the things that i was talking about, the anchor and the plywood in the first garage area, you know if you refinanced in the last three years, get some of that savings
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and it is a really good investment. and the other thing that i try to tell people, earthquake insurance is not the solution to the shelter in place, if there is a big earthquake and your building is damaged, you are not in your house, you may be somewhere else, if you work in the city, it is going to be really hard to commute from sonoma, you want to do what is necessary so that your house is retrofitted and a couple of years of earthquake premium could get you to a level that you could be in the house after a significant earthquake and it may have damage and there is still a shelter in place where you are at home and you are not worried for the government taking care of you and you are living in a place where you can go to work and you want to have your wood frame house is really easy to get to that level. on top of the wood frame house, i mean every wood frame house in the west half of the city have a water tank and the water tank fall over because they are gas fired and start fires. and that is something that you could do for yourself, and for your neighbors and for the whole city is make sure that
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your water tank is braced. >> if you look at the studies that are predicting on fires, we are going to have a lot of fires and for every water tank that is braced there is a potential of one less fire that the fire department is going to have to fight and we don't want to have any more fires than we need to. so bracing the water heater is the first thing that you want to do. >> and so easy, and you go on-line and you google, earthquake, water and heater and you google the sites where you can find the details and you can put them out there on the hardware store and you can hire a small contract tore do that for you. that is a couple of hundred bucks, the best investment. if you are in other types of building it is complicated. if you are in a high-rise building you just can't anchor your building down because there are no anchor bolts, but at that point, the tenant should be asking questions of the owner's and the managers about earthquake preparedness >> and don't take the easy answer, oh, our building is safe it was designed to code. that is not the right answer,
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ask the tough questions and see if you can get a report that has been given to you. >> what is the right question? will i be able to stay in my home after the expected earthquake? is that a good question to ask? >> yeah, you may be more specific if you talk to the owner, if it is not a recent building, if it is ten or 20 years old see if they had an inspection done and there you will have a written before that will tell you all about the structure. >> thanks, pat. >> thanks, harvey. and thanks david for joining us and thank you for joining us on
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(music) >> herb theatre,open rehearsal. listen to the rehearsal. i think it is fun for them, they see our work process, our discussions, the decisions we make. it is good for us. we kind of behavior little bit when we have people in the audience. msk
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(music) >> we are rehearsing for our most expensive tour; plus two concerts here. we are proud that the growth of the orchestra, and how it is expanded and it is being accepted. my ambition when i came on as music director here -- it was evident we needed absolutely excellent work. also evident to me that i thought everyone should know that. this was my purpose. and after we opened, which was a spectacular opening concert about five weeks after that the economy completely crashed. my plan -- and i'm absolutely dogmatic about my plans --were delayed
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slightly. i would say that in this very difficult timefor the arts and everyone, especially the arts, it's phenomenal how new century has grown where many unfortunate organizations have stopped. during this period we got ourselves on national radio presence; we started touring, releasing cds, a dvd. we continue to tour. reputation grows and grows and grows and it has never stopped going forward. msk(music) >> the bay area knows the orchestra. you maybe take things for granted a little bit. that is simply not the case will go on the road. the audiences go crazy.
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they don't see vitality like this on stage. we are capable of conveying joy when we play. msk(music) >> any performance that we do, that a program, that will be something on the program that you haven't heard before. string orchestra repertoire is pretty small. i used to be boxed into small repertoire. i kept constantly looking for new repertoire and commissioning new arrangements. if you look at the first of the program you have very early, young vibrant mendelson; fabulous opener and then you have this fabulous concerto written for us in the orchestra. is our gift.
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msk(music) >> and then you have strauss, extraordinary piece. the most challenging of all. string orchestra work. 23 solo instrument, no violin section, now viola section; everybody is responsible for their part in this piece. the challenge is something that i felt not only that we could do , absolutely could do, but i wanted to show off. i can't tell you how aware i am of the audience. not only what i hear but their vibes, so strong. i have been doing this for a
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long time. i kind of make them feel what i want them to feel. there is nobody in that audience or anywhere that is not going to know that particular song by the fourth note. and that is our encore on tour. by the way. i am proud to play it, we are from san francisco. we are going to play that piece no matter where we are. >> good morning ladies and gentlemen, if i can have our attention please thank you all. coming to this joyous
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celebration the fact reopening of franciscan towers (clapping.) its been a long time coming 8 hours short of exactly 5 years with all due respect please give a warm welcome to mayor ed lee (clapping.) thank you, don i know that short welcome has everything to do with the fact real purpose that say we need to get people into units and this franciscan towers as you may know and that it was a victim of a big fire in 2011 and you know a lot of victims of fires particularly residents i think very few get the side the fact day tare, is reopened because it take a step back a long time to battle with insurance companies all kinds of things make it difficult again
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that's why we celebrate those opportunities this franciscan towers a hundred and 4 units of affordable housing the middle of tenderloin reopening the middle of a housing crisis and so it is blessed with being is very, very helpful solution to many and i know that supervisor kim understands this she and i have been working to get more affordable housing built if not rehabbed and also the middle of that whether a conversation or working with the fact private developers or work with our city tame family to produce more housing we made a commitment at least 10 thousand affordable units built by 2020 this helps interpreting the fact story is not just about the fact this is rehabbed and reopened lives have been here the middle of
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tenderloin that also need to be rebuilt that's why this investment is too important that's why the tenderloin neighborhood development corporation valued in the city they keep increasing that portfolio of love i call it actually up to 33 different proposals the city in directly helping 6 thousand plus people to make sure they do more than survive in the city this is what the fact tndc does we we partner up so the clerk will take the roll with them and more to come i i know that portfolio they got a lot of projects we've got to announce and we have in a had your we don't want to take 5 years to do this when you look at the building you see how it was damaged and and the units that are very, very small studios are one bedrooms 95 e 35
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of the one and 35 are dedicated to formally homeless people this is incredible and burglary hips oh, help us with our challenge facing the fact homeless as i this more navigation centers and add supportive housing working with the fact board to make sure we can do with the last round and we're going to get 8 thousand people off the fact streets by the end i finish that will no longer have to be a victim this is our promise behind the fact naefktss and the nexus we're building so we don't have to talk about the fact shifters we have access out of homelessness and that projects like this the middle of communities like the tenderloin are really important to getting that story completed i want to
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say thank you to the tndc and all the corporate sponsors others are are part of solution to make sure that the financial part of this is done because that's when what is it takes creativity initiative financed not just again money but the creative relationship with the fact financial products that really helps to accelerate this housing and want to thank tom dbi and some of the other agencies i know your staff was around and have been inspecting a fire building your probably happy this building will be with good lives thank you, everyone for the fact elephant e tenant and the former building that were patient and the team of
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people that have brought this to fruition congratulations to the corps (clapping.) thank you, mayor ed lee please welcome supervisor jane kim (clapping.) >> i just want to congratulate the entire team that, ma'am r made this happen 0 over the last 4 years a tremendous mulch work to building that after a major fire actually, i think this happened on a tuesday 5 years ago i left really late that evening around 8:30 i decided to have dinner and the middle of the are dinner i heard a major fire i ran over here and got to talk to the tenants at the alexander across the street and
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it was my first time experiencing a major fire as member of the board of supervisors and it is incredibly frightening one of most unfortunate things when a major disaster you have a responsible and consciousness property owner with a protocol portfolio to house the fact tenants i just have to congratulate tndc that's one of the most did the things to actually, the humans were enacted and the fact staff did a tremendous job providing a compassion that for weeks to come after to find new housing and help support people with the fact tradition and work quickly in fact, i had little work in the case of my first fire because the fact frng was taking
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care of and had staff on hand and work to make sure that tenants were able to transition i think actually in many ways a bigger accomplishment that tenant didn't move back they were able to find permanent housing they felt was secure and wanted to stay in this is actually new housing and will house many that individuals that live on the fact streets it is a tremendous accomplishment i want to say this because this is as an opportunity to talk about tndc and the fact partnership i'm lucky to serve under a mayor with affordable housing is clearly his top priority for the fact city and an extensive history to have as much affordable housing and we'll work together to secure the gap furnld for the fact what
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will be affordable housing for formally homeless families an eddie-taylor a tremendous project we're able to work with tndc and the mayor's office to get the fact funding for the 5 m project project and excited for a project coming online we've been talking about the fact fortunate we we have in long time institutions like be tndc that will have been building in the tenderloin for decades that's in many ways why the tenderloin continues to be a working class neighborhood we have nonprofit and leader this stuck around for decades to continue doing this work and one of the reasons i love tndc and come back and see the fact same people continuing to do the fact work with the a testament hard to find nonprofits to do that and frankly you get paid this to d this work yet you believe in
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it and a tremendous leadership to run an organization that people continue to believe in and finally i just want to acknowledge your organizers go amazing work (clapping.) i've saying this because because wants legislation and funding more affordable housing the community didn't come out and residents not informed at the local and state level putting pressure on the stories out the media that's ultimately had drives our accomplishments we're not able to do that and beyond housing building and housing neighborhood not just about neighborhood we need to convert and build a healthier and stable environment outside of the residents i want to thank tndc for your comprehensive vision and for the fact neighborhood in
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helping us build not only more audible city but a healthier one thank you (clapping.) thank you jan bank of america (clapping.) >> thank you don. >> how you doing i just wanted to thank tndc for building this amazing or rebuilding i had the fact honor of being here years ago and as beautiful we see that again with new community groups i aim thankful for the mayor and city for building affordable housing and an honor to see a city that is so committed to building affordable housing and make sure that you know our residents are the place to be bank of america buildings we are better when we're connected we
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truly are that's why we build save and secure communities in 2014 alone bank of america provided 4.5 whether they would say in financing across the country most importantly in san francisco in the past 10 years bank of america has 1/3rd of affordable housing not including the fact investment money today and great to be a partner with you guys and with tndc a number of projects and our apprenticeship didn't aspire we worked for bank of america now for the fact greater innovation thank you. >> thank you (clapping.) >> it is my great pleasure to introduce to say tndcs social work manager doreen franklin kin
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(clapping.) a >> okay good morning i'm here to honored to be here today with you and in a brewing community room of the franciscan towers this is a day i've been hoping and dreaming of for 5 years please forgive me my role this morning two-fold first i'd like to over some reflection aftermath of fire in second give thanks to the
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unimagineably folks that 2rshd to the resilient community in 2011 was an average day for me, the walking through the intend to to get to another meeting when i left work at 4:00 p.m. i never imagined i'd be bad actor in back in a few hours at 8:30 the fact crowds were coming in there's a fire at the towers - okay there was a fire at the towers and arrest rick were on the scene and everything under control while talking on the phone he glantd at the tv i saw the franciscan towers on fire when i arrived most of the
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tenant were across the street the lobby of the alexander residence told me and in they're afraid pa ganlz and others in mire bathrobes in a few hours as the fact disaster in two things were really clear the first that tenants wouldn't be going home imagine having been unhoused in a single second without notice and having only one minute to gather a few blorjz imagine arriving in the building after a long day of work with no place to go no food, no water, inform id, no money, no tone phone and no clothes the fact second thing that was clear to me that tndc staff would not rests until all the fact tenants we are safe and
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secure by 8 a.m. all of the tenants were, in fact, safe and secure while many that few weeks stayed with folks and family families be doubled up in apartments and adults were the streetcars in the ambassador and cc r the next 10 days at tndc were controlled chaos the fact workers the shelters while property management searched for alternative housing for one and some tenants tndc was a blessing we had amazing staff, we had a lot of building, and we have some really good friends the community to r two of our best friends are he american red cross and by 12 p.m. all one and
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25 tenants we are settled in temporary housing and properties and dish properties or with friends and families while this data was a milestone for us it was really just the fact end of chapter one the fact rest of the story unfolds with with tndc tireless purity of hours after one year of working with the fact community partners the fact late tenants was housed on march 3, 2012 equally important that tndc would not settles for a red-tagged icon. >> equally important tndc would not settle are are for a red-tagged icon in the middle of the tenderloin
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after several years of having a vacant property on the famous corner of two-thirds they began to rebuild the fact towers there are many significant milestones each of them leaving me at times bracket also and overwhelmsed i remember that the fact admin and the tndc after-school program was moved to the parking lot not we called the budget lows i remember the directive and the lottery i remember the fact day the knowledge was painted and the first i stood ♪ r5078 and cried i remember the fact day the first tenants came back home and another day of tears tears of joy and stand the franciscan towers very own community room something they
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deserve just above us one and 4 unit of beautifully renovated affordable apartments it's been 5 long years since this corner of eddie taylor felt like home i account reasonable doubt for hours for the fact folks that supported the fact tenants and tndc to recovery from such a tragedy i'd like to thank the franciscan towers tenants who were kind, caring and compassionate with each other they were patient and never gave up on tndc they taught me the true matt haney of human the fact san francisco fire department saving retrieved
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medication for people if the people and the tenants the back of residences that opened they're afraid home on the night of the fire and first responders dale, art, georgia, orlando are yvette and monique and linda, and state and federal the fact department of emergency services ben i'm not sure he's here we want to thank them on behalf of the fact city and county of san francisco tenants at the ambassador and cc r for 10 days graciously shared they're afraid home and tndc social work team operated the fact shelters around the fact clock and the american red cross that provided meals and three
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hundred and 34 hours hours of volunteer support the san francisco food bank for providing food and vouchers for basic household items and tndc precipitate management team for the fact 10 days to make sure that all tenants were in a safe and secure housing tndc admin and it team especially in a few days had the fact office up and running and tndc 65 for ooefg stability to the franciscan towers families and not missing a beat by operating out of the circulation the team that grashz left hand they're afraid rooms of temporary units and welcomed the fact tenants onto the community
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without question or gymnast the human services for continuing for the fact support the shuttle mrs. care especially shannon to help us to maintain and ultimately double our subsidies the dult who operated across the fact clinic the manor house for accepting the hundreds of vouchers that were provided for the fact tenants the fact san francisco housing authority for the fact emergency applications public school to a very special grew up of people that plays a role ms. jones john's, joe sanchez at the know that sanchez at the is here joanne goldberg and tfa list and
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others and the countless folks i imagine i've left out to the tndc leadership and most specifically don and paul and others and the face of such tragedy the 3 of you - dug deep and was forced to ask users the fact question who does tndc want to be at this time of crisis you made did the decisions and had care and compassion tndc staff and the tenderloin community the final group i'd like to thank all the fact people that
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believed in tndc those that believe that tndc will one day rebuild the franciscan towers on behalf of the tndc we want to thank you from the bottom of my heart (clapping.) thank you >> thank you. >> burnett it's your turn please welcome vernon (clapping). >> good morning, everybody. this is a brand new opening thank you thank you all for being here we go celebrating with us mooirns
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are very happy it have franciscan towers to call home my wife and i were homeless for a year people are homeless for no reason i believe you don't kick people when they're down we working hard to keep her healthy from diabetes she's lost both of her legs we tried to stay off the fact street and stay clean and healthy we have no family to support use it is just we have we found a place to say for 450 question had be out at soubs and ask for a shower it was better than the fact street but not good we got a connection to 3 social workers with them working together we got a wheelchair for
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my wife and best of all a home we're happy to have a home we work hard and my wife says she's never leaving with our new home we get healthy and stable who knows what is possible (clapping.) >> now my turn for a few concluding remarks there are so people people i'm not xaefrg hundreds and hundreds the aftermath of a fire but putting together the new franciscan towers rather than call anyone out i want to direct you to a program recognizing those who contributed
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and we want to commend i guess replenishment on a couple of things because identify cabin sleeping by myself in my bet bed the first we tndc can't do anything alone we exist in a community that part of community and the community depends on us our success is he really a function how we work together and one can't see that anywhere better than the fact franciscan towers the other thing i've learned i want to share with people is that affordable housing is a safety net i really only understood how true when i saw what happened when affordable housing was jagged from flaerths people's lives so thank you all for coming question appreciate everything you've done and enjoy your lunc
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just about expensive eat but food for everyone and there's organizations in the city that are doing really good work making sure that healthy food it assessable to everyone. more and more as follows are are becoming interested in upper arlthd they want to joy the open green pace sea know where their food it coming from we'll look at 3 programs talking ushering
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agricultural and garden to new heights. so what exactly it, your honor agricultural >> it the growing food or flowers within city limits traditionally we've been referring to communities gardener that is a raised bed over and over upper argument has a more a farming way of farming. >> so tell me 0 what's growing in this garden. >> a really at all plant. in the one of the rare places, you know, people have access to green space 24 is one of the places to grow things like the
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purple floor. it is sort of recognizing that the more diversity in given space the better not to just have one thing by everything supported each another >> it provides the community with an opportunity to get their hands dirty and reach 0 out and congressmen with the community in ways they might have not otherwise to engage with one other. >> now the dpw urban planning program so see how the garden community. >> so i grew up on a farm in air force base we picked the foods open the trees and share with other families and as i drive around san francisco i see any trees with apples or mrumdz
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and lemon trees i can see the food going to waste and brought that idea back to the department many of the trees where the fruit would go to waste we origin or crop and pick other fruits and delivery this to food banks or shelters to people who need them. >> i'm here with nang wong hello nang. >> hello. >> i need to understand house this gleaning work. >> we come and harvest like for example, we'll come over here this is the lemon and plug it like this. >> (laughter). >> made that good, good and ease. >> the trick is how not to hurt the branches.
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>> like the thing. >> i'm so excited about this. the people are so passionate about where the food goes to the private property owners give us the food they're happy that no of a t is going to waste >> oh. thank you. thank you. again job aura natural >> (laughter). >> from backyards to back lots let's take a look at the food and community bonding at the free farm. >> my idea was to start growing food and giving it away. and getting my neighbors to who
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had space and having a kind of event that brings people together not to run our food program this time around but to share the wealth of the abundance of our welfare. we were all divorce and as part of our philosophy of working together and working together. >> what's the most rewarding aspect of volunteering for the free farm stand. >> well, we could is a generalic satisfaction but something about giving food away it's giving something i brought that in and sort it and gave it to you it's primitive to be able to give something some basically to someone else. >> now serving number to 49
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come on down. >> we have the capability of producing this food and in san francisco you can grow food all year round so the idea we're capable of prougdz food in our own backyards we're here to demonstrate an bans of food and i think that giving it away for free we show individuals it in have to be a comedy. >> we build time together and it's the strength of any ideas of the connections we'll turn that connection and the more connections you make no mistake about it the more you can have a stronger power and not have to rely on money that's the people
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power. >> in this episode we've seen the urban farms and gardens provide more in fruits and vegetation people can have the special produce available it can be a place to give back by donating food to others and teach our children the connection to the earth and environment it's truly food in just about expensive eat but food for everyone and there's organizations in the city that are doing really good work making sure that healthy food it assessable to everyone.
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more and more as follows are are becoming interested in upper arlthd they want to joy the open green pace sea know where their food it coming from we'll look at 3 programs talking ushering agricultural and garden to new heights. so what exactly it, your honor agricultural >> it the growing food or flowers within city limits traditionally we've been referring to communities gardener that is a raised bed over and over upper argument has a more a farming way of farming. >> so tell me 0 what's growing
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in this garden. >> a really at all plant. in the one of the rare places, you know, people have access to green space 24 is one of the places to grow things like the purple floor. it is sort of recognizing that the more diversity in given space the better not to just have one thing by everything supported each another >> it provides the community with an opportunity to get their hands dirty and reach 0 out and congressmen with the community in ways they might have not otherwise to engage with one other. >> now the dpw urban planning program so see how the garden
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community. >> so i grew up on a farm in air force base we picked the foods open the trees and share with other families and as i drive around san francisco i see any trees with apples or mrumdz and lemon trees i can see the food going to waste and brought that idea back to the department many of the trees where the fruit would go to waste we origin or crop and pick other fruits and delivery this to food banks or shelters to people who need them. >> i'm here with nang wong hello nang. >> hello. >> i need to understand house this gleaning work. >> we come and harvest like for
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example, we'll come over here this is the lemon and plug it like this. >> (laughter). >> made that good, good and ease. >> the trick is how not to hurt the branches. >> like the thing. >> i'm so excited about this. the people are so passionate about where the food goes to the private property owners give us the food they're happy that no of a t is going to waste >> oh. thank you. thank you. again job aura natural >> (laughter). >> from backyards to back lots
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let's take a look at the food and community bonding at the free farm. >> my idea was to start growing food and giving it away. and getting my neighbors to who had space and having a kind of event that brings people together not to run our food program this time around but to share the wealth of the abundance of our welfare. we were all divorce and as part of our philosophy of working together and working together. >> what's the most rewarding aspect of volunteering for the free farm stand. >> well, we could is a generalic satisfaction but something about giving food away
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it's giving something i brought that in and sort it and gave it to you it's primitive to be able to give something some basically to someone else. >> now serving number to 49 come on down. >> we have the capability of producing this food and in san francisco you can grow food all year round so the idea we're capable of prougdz food in our own backyards we're here to demonstrate an bans of food and i think that giving it away for free we show individuals it in have to be a comedy. >> we build time together and it's the strength of any ideas of the connections we'll turn
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that connection and the more connections you make no mistake about it the more you can have a stronger power and not have to rely on money that's the people power. >> in this episode we've seen the urban farms and gardens provide more in fruits and vegetation people can have the special produce available it can be a place to give back by donating food to others and teach our children the connection to the earth and environment it's truly.
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