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could you please take your seats? the sooner we get started, the sooner we can adjourn so you all can continue socializing. >> good afternoon, everybody and welcome to the san francisco board of supervisors special meeting for tuesday, october 18th, 2016. madam clerk, can you please call the roll? >> thank you, supervisor avalos. >> present. >> breed. >> present. >> campos. >> present. >> cohen. >> present, farrell. >> present. >> kim. >> kim present. >> supervisor mar? >> here. >> present. >> peskin present. >> sperp tang. >> present. >> supervisor weiner. >> present. >> yee? >> present. >> madam president all members
are present. >> thank you, ladies and gentlemen, can you please join us in the pledge of allegiance? >> thank you, everyone. madam clerk, are there any communications? >> i have none to report, madam president. >> okay. ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to a very special ceninneanl meeting. >> we come together to celebrate
this chamber, sitting with me on my right are great senator and former president of the board as well as our former mayor of san francisco u.s. senator diane finstein. enter[ applause ]en >> welcome back, senator and to my left is our current mayor, mayor edwin lee. i would also like to welcome our state representatives in the house. assembly man tang, assembly man. if we could hold our applause
until after because we are going to be introducing a lot of folks, former supervisor and board president, chui, as well as former supervisor and current senator, mark leno. and we also have former supervisor and board of equalization, president, fiona ma. thank you all for being here. we are also joined by many other city department heads, and elected officials. i see our public defender is here jeff adachi and our sheriff, henessee as well as our fire chief, white, and the city administrator noami kelley. thank you all for being here. and i also would like to send a special recognition to the man who has basically worked with every former supervisor in this
room, the great harvey rose. okay, i know that we are in a clapping mood, but i would like to at this time call out the names of each member of the board of supervisors, that has served on this legislative body and is joining us here today. and if you could just basically stand up so that we can acknowledge you. starting with bill mar. thank you for being here. tony hall? roberta atkinburg, carol silver. an marie con roy. >> dufty. haranzy. i apologize. kim gon sal ez.
our former city attorney and former member of the board louis rene. jake mcguldrige. our current assessor and former supervisor, chui. and former supervisor tang. john bargus. shawn elsberg. julie christensen. robert mendelson. carol migden. mckala pere. jerardo sandovol. and leslie katz and reverend c. brown. and of course, we can't forget susan leal and thank you for being here today.
and now to acknowledge the former presidents of the board as i mentioned senator finestein is a former president of the board as well as barbara cofman is joining us here today. tom amiano. kevin selly. matt gonzales. >> and angela pier. sorry. okay, i get one mistake. sorry. i get one mistake, okay? sorry angela. >> it is all good. >> okay. with that, did i miss anybody? oh, yes.
quinn, and thank you for being here. thank you for being here. our current commissioner and the newly sworn in commissioner and former board president. who aaron? he is, and aaron peskin welcome back. thank you all so much for being here and we are also joined by the former clerk gloria young, thank you so much. before we get started i would like to take a moment of silence to acknowledge the folks who have worked through this chamber, who are no longer with us today.
something that we agree on is that people love coming to san francisco, settlers and immigrants began arriving after the first independent homestead was erected near what is today is known as port mouth square in 1843. the town was growing very quickly, and was renamed san francisco on january 30th 1847. the california gold rush increased our population over night, from 1,000 people in 1848, to 25,000 by december 1849. in february of 1849, the citizens of what was known as the district of san francisco erected a legislative assembly. which they empowered to make
laws not in conflict with the constitution of the united states nor the common laws thereof. today, is about recognizing the legislative chamber and all of the actions that took place here to help guide and build this city. so the settlers and the immigrants and the visitors and business owners and employees and residents, and the non-profits and the organizations and associations, the city employees, and many others can know the responsibilities and the practices to conduct their personal or private business. whether this city was called atunamatento, the council or the free holders or the board of supervisors there is no doubt since 1849 to this very day, our collective commitment to service has led to the strength of our board of supervisors.
to the city of san francisco and to the betterment of the neighbors, i welcome you all to the chamber to a special meeting where a type of lifetime capsule will be presented to you today. so let's get started, get ready to go back to another time exactly five years after the 1906 earthquake. madam clerk. and madam president that was five days after the 1906 earthquake. >> thank you. >> once the board of supervisors could finally meet, this was the first entry into the journal of proceedings by the clerk of the board, mr. george keen on monday, april, 23, 1906. on the 18th day of april, 1906, about the hour of 5:15 a.m., san francisco was visited by an earthquake of unusually severe magnitude, many structures collapsed and were dismanled and every business throughout the city was injured to a greater or less degree.
not only did the earthquake shock, injure or destroy many buildings and streets and suers, but the water and gas mains were broken and the electric light service dismantled thus, shutting off the water and the light supply, the fires started in several sections of the city and being without water, the fire department was utterly unable to check the flames. the united states troops were called out to aid the fire and police departments and dynamiting was resorted to, which continued for three days, two-thirds of the city was entirely consumed, and the general boundaries of the devastation and the burned section of the city included the businesses and the most densely populated precedent sections of the city. the principal buildings, city hall, and the hall of justice were destroyed with their contents. great distress prevails among the homeless and the afflicted who are obliged to camp on the hills and in the streets and the parks until their fellow citizens can afford the shelter. aid is most againly provided by
our nation, our country men and our friends throughout the united states, and it is hoped that within a short time the suffering and misery of the sick and the homeless will be relieved, the usual meeting place of the board of supervisors namely the chamber on the second floor in the san francisco city hall has been dismantled by the earthquake and the devastation by the fire. the purpose of this is necessarily brief article is to enable a proper understanding of the subsequent actions of the board of supervisors, the legislative branch and to explain the tra order conditions that now preveal, george b. keen the clerk of the board and the city of san francisco. >> thank you madam clerk, it was an extraordinary time, but as a city we collectively rose to the occasion. in the ten years that followed along with the state delegation and federal partners, the board of supervisors guided the rebuild of the city from the
ground up, leveraging the ability for the bonds, our true and civic pride, cohen will now recite some of the activities. >> thank you, good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. it was a difficult time for many reasons. the city was faced with figuring out the basic san tarry conditions as earlier ships that came into port were over run with rats and brought the plague epidemic to san francisco. to come mri indicate matters, there were several grass scanned dells that rock the city that brought the general mistrust of the city officials, with the prosecution of the mayor schmid and ruth and certain public utility officials on extortion and bribery charges. so it is no surprise that in 1909, the voters of san francisco turned down an $8 million bond to rebuild city
hall. it was not until 1911 that the residents were finally invigorated when they elected mayor sunny jim rolf to be mayor. and it was his promise to rebuild a splended city hall and a new civic center area. after the earthquake destroyed the board's legislative chambers, the board of supervisors meetings were held at several temporary sites, and in 1911, 1231, market street, became the official temporary city hall during the creation of the plans and the construction to rebuild city hall and the city. in 1912, the voters finally approved the issuance of a $8 bond for the new city hall and a civic center. a design competition began for the best design despite the fact
that there were limited architects registered in office design in california. in 1912, the winning design was awarded to the arther brown firm of bake well and brown, and in 1913, the ground breaking commenced for the new city hall, city hall was newly opened on february, 20th, 1915. and was dedicated to coincide with the panama pacific international ex-poe tigs, occurring in the city. but the boards legislative chambers would not be finished for another year. in part due to its ornate and stunning workmanship. finally, on october, 9th, 1916, the meeting of the board of supervisors was held in the legislative chamber, thank you, madam president. >> thank you, supervisor cohen.
>> thank you. you can clap, but she did not write it. on the call of the roll for the inmeeting the follow 18 members were noted present, supervisors brandon dz., gallagher, hayden hilmer, hox, hanes, cordic. >> lahaney. >> mclaern. nelson, nolan, power, sir, walsh, welch, and wolf. we felt that it was important that their words spoken on that day be reinstated by our current board members as they are in this chamber. the following excerpts were taken from the journal of proceedings for monday, october 9th, 1916, at 2:00 p.m. for that
inaugural day. the first individual to present on that day was the honorable mayor junior, as spoken by the honorable mayor lee. mayor lee? >> thank you, madam president. we meet in these beautiful chambers for the first time urpd the most inspiring circumstances. this city hall and civic center and these chambers excelled in any part of the world which are the housed for many years to come for the board of supervisors of this city and county. in 1912, was a near dream, a vision, in the minds of those who today are with us celebrating the realization of that dream. today, we are gathered in these new legislative chambers, which
with its remarkable simplicity, and wonderfully carved walls and ceilings, reflect the dignity and the splendor of this great city. there is an inspiration about it, that should impel us to the higher effort and nobler things. i greet you, i welcome you distinguished guests, former city officials, supervisors, and fellow citizens, to this beautiful building, which is yours and which for many years to come shall be the seat of your city's government. thank you madam president. >> thank you, mr. mayor. >> and now, the honorable united states senator diane as originally presented by the honorable united states senator
james d. felan. >> thanks very much, madam president, i once again state these are the words of a former supervisor and united states senator. for the five years i had the honor to preside over the board of supervisors. i cannot recall any greater pleasure and safety than the work in which we were engaged. i see here today some of the men mr.'s payot, murdock, booth and hox who served with me at that time. in those formative days of the new charter, we had many questions as to the interpretation of that instrument. public work was delayed until the courts had fixed upon the meeting and legality of the provisions. you who have succeeded to these positions, have smoother sailing because now, it has been fully
interpreted. our sessions, although stormy at times, they were conducted in a d dignifieed. and the board of supervisors may be compared to the congress of the united states, except there the work is practically done in committees and the sessions are carried out in a manner. and there is a lack of order, and decorum, members read newspapers and smoke, while the congress is in session. and it is being addressed by a member. but in the board of supervisors, the work was done in largely, by largely the board itself. therefore, more attention is shown, more decorum and order is required. than in the tribunal of the united states. this is as it should be. for here you deal with the daily
lives of the people. with matters intimately connected with their daily lives. therefore, my service here was of greater importance to me. than as a member of the congress. for which it served as a plendid preparation. the greeks had, saying, to be beautiful we should live among the objects of beauty. children should not be allowed to grow up among the images of evil. this beautiful dome which surrounds these chambers shall inspire our people for ages to come. and shall typify the unity of this community. i was a member of the old city hall commission. and we put the last patches on the work we who knew the old building with the dark corridors and the poor ventation, may well
marvel at the tremendous progress that has been made in a few years in the science of architecture and building construction. when we contemplate the beauty of this structure and the wonderful arrangements for the light and ventation, which have been afforded in its construction. my service as a public official of this city will always be cherished. as the most satisfactory experience of my life. thank you, madam president. >> thank you, senator. and now, supervisor david campos as originally presented by supervisor edward wolf. thank you madam president. you have done me great honor mr. mayor. and you have taken me wholy by surprise.
i appreciate the honor, and i am greatly inspired by the beauty of these surroundings. and i am delighted that senator feland and the former supervisors are present. i remember in 1896, when senator feland ran for mayor of the city. and we had partisan politics at that time, and recall that the word pecurliar circumstances as a republican impressed me that it was my duty to help mr. feland to that office which he graced and honored. we made no mistake then, and we have made no mistake now, that we have elevated him to the senate of the united states. we owe a great deal of debt to the former supervisors who so faithfully carried out their trust. if we can do so as well, we will
deserve the praise and the economics, which are theirs today, i can say to you, mayor rolf who made such a brilliant record in your first and in this, your second term. we could indeed be inspired to do those things, which will win for us our own self-respect and the respect of the people of the city and county of san francisco. i have dedicated myself to the course and when the times comes to do something for san francisco, while i am in this position. and i hope to equip myself as well as the men and women, who are here today. and in honor of the occasion. and senator feland has truly said that our work is important work. it effects the very homes and fire sides of our people. let us, therefore, conduct our proceedings with dignity, and let's maintain peace and order of this great community, and thank you madam president, and i want to make sure that his name is said today, because i would not be here and so many of us would not be here without him,
we are thinking of you harvey milk. >> thank you. thank you, supervisor campos. >> and now, supervisor katie tang as originally presented by supervisor ralph. thank you, madam president. san francisco can justly feel proud of the beautiful chamber and of all of the civic center, and san francisco can justly feel proud of all of the former members of this board who had a hand in the boz issue and are responsible for initiating the work. i see here today, the building committee which had the work of laying out the civic center, i want to say to the former supervisor, bancroft who is the chairman of that committee, and to him, is the credit of the 3 and one and a half million dollars, and due to the energy and the expert knowledge of the real estate values these were made, economy and promptly, the supervisor was a member of the committee and took as much interest as if it was his own
home. >> thank you, supervisor tang and now, supervisor john avalos as presented by william h. mccarthy. >> thank you, madam president, i was a member of the former finance committee and our confidence in the member of the committee, of that committee was such that we accepted without question, all of the recommendations for the work of acquiring and developing the civic center. to the credit of this board, that policy of the previous committee has been followed and the work successfully consummated. and i have visited all of the large public buildings in the united states. which compare with the city hall in san francisco. those are the capital at washington, and the state house in rhode island. >> thank you president, breed. >> thank you, supervisor avalos. >> and now, supervisor yee has
originally presented by supervisor jay emit hayden. >> thank you, madam president, the honorable mayor rolf message of 1912, outlined the program of public improvements and introduction at that time by supervisor bancroft of the declare ordinance, providing for the bond issue for the city, for the city hall and civic center, i am proud and grad ified to have had the opportunity of participating in and supporting these constructive measures. and i will continue to do all in my power to reflect honor, on the people of san francisco. thank you. madam president. >> thank you, supervisor yee. and now, supervisor mar as originally presented by supervisor james e. power. >> thank you, madam president. i take pride in being a member of the board of supervisors on
this occasion. too much praise cannot be given to the former finance and building committee for the economy in which the work of the construction of this building was carried on. they heard the praises of the people when at the public house warming, this building was thrown open for inspection, to two other great projects are now facing the people of san francisco and their solution is the most important to the future of this city, they are the questions of water, and transportation. to these matters, i pro-he pose to give careful study and consideration and to do all in my power to reflect credit on this great city. thank you madam president. >> thank you, supervisor mar. and now, the next two statements will be spoken by supervisor kim and the final two statements there after, will be spoken by supervisor weiner, both statements as originally par phrased in the journals. supervisor kim?
>> thank you madam president. supervisor nolan expressed sentiment that he was proud to be a member of the administration and to participated in the work of reconstruction for the city of his birth. supervisor gallagher addressed the board expressing his gratification of being a member of the board of supervisors that accomplished so much in a short time without scandal and without waste of tax payer money. >> thank you, supervisor weiner? >> thank you, madam president. supervisor walsh reminded the board that the great credit was also due to the mechanics whose skill and cooperation made largely for the speedy and successful completing of the work. supervisor hilmer expressed himself as being proud of the administration which had accomplished this great work, thank you, amadam president. >> thank you, supervisor kim and weiner, a