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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, and to all of our colleagues for honoring the past and allowing us to hear, some of the words spoken at the inago ral meeting of this chamber. and now it is time for our 12:30, come m commend /* commendations and i would like to yield the floor for the u.s. senator to agabegin. >> i hope that you can hear me. thank you very much madam president for this treat.
and you know, that it is a very emotional time. i think when we come back here. i remember the nights and the monday afternoons we remember the struggles with harvey rose over the budget. we remember great division of our city. and i hope that we have all profited from that learning. and that it does not forge himself up to the battle front of our nation. but what i wanted to do here today, was acknowledge those people who are here. who served during that time. who i regard with great fondness and respect. and particularly clinton cox, that goes for you. bobby mendelson with whom i have known for a long time, louis who took my seat on the board of supervisor and became city attorney. and has gone on to many good
things. carroll silver. who during the white night riots unfortunately took a rock in the face and bears that scar to this day. billy maher who always stood tall and always had something to add to the discussion. i spoke last night with jack mulanari who could not be here today. he was board president during much of my 9 years as supervisor. and he is traveling and he can't attend hi would also like to recognize don heranzy who was almost a supervisor. and john fargus who was. thank you very much, madam chair, madam president. >> thank you, senator. and now i would like to acknowledge our state senator mark leno for a special
commendation. >> thank you madam president. we are celebrating this centinnial as beautiful and magnificent from the walls and to the elegant and the ornate ceiling and to these extraordinary chandaliers which were actually taken down and put into storage to put up modern light ins and they were in fact, well stored and put back in place during our late 90s historic restoration and renovation. and seismic retrofitting. but that is those who have served and the public becomes to these chambers, on a regular basis, that make the value of this beautiful room. so it is a real honor, and privilege not only to have
served here but to be back with all of those who have shared that experience as i have. and i just want to close by making recognition of that photograph. that president breed mentioned in her opening comments. it is a moment in time and we have just restored that moment of time. and there will be those looking back on it. but if you have a good look at that photograph, hanging on the wall outside of the chambers you will notice that there were 18 numbers, of course, not the 11 that are there now. and newly elected because 17 of 18 numbers of the earlier board had been indicted and jailed as a result of the corruption at the time of the rebuilding of the city. but you will also see that it reflects a very different san francisco. and it is almost entirely, if not entirely, caucasian and it is almost entirely or several the board, all male, but even in the public gallery, there may be
two or three ladies with their hats on. but otherwise, all male. and if you look very carefully in the front right row, you will see two dandy gentleman looking straight into the camera, i am convinced they came together. so we now refresh that photograph and that moment in time and we see a very different san francisco and i know that we are all very proud of it. and the recognition of the city tla i love and i know that we all love, it is a real privilege to be able to present a resolution from the state senate, recognizing this extraordinary occasion. and wishing our dear city greater and greater days up ahead. thank you. >> thank you, senator. >> and so before i turn it over
to assembly man, david chui and thank you, senator for recognizing the occasion, and how far that we have come as a city. i would also like to also open up the floor to our honored guests here today. there were special commendations that were brought to the chamber here, but i would also like to recognize that there are probably words that many of you have and i will recognize you after supervisor i mean, assembly man, david chui. and thank you, madam president, and as i look out on to the sea of faces representing generations of leadership in our city, what a cast of characters. and none of us look a day older than when we first stepped into this chamber. and i know all of us are experiencing intense and fond memories of our time here in this chamber. and the 2 a.m. sessions, the
ordinances that we pass, and the fights that we have here, but i think that we all know that despite any differences, we may have had, this space magic happened in this space. and when we have come together around our shared san francisco values, as goes san francisco so go california, so goes the rest of the country, and the rest of the world. we start political revolution here in this chamber. and so it is incredible honor to be part of this body and because there would be no moment that would not be appropriate not to have a large commendation from the california state legislature, we have nine whereas clauses and i am going to read all of them at another time. but on behalf of the california state assembly, congratulations to 100 years of great history and here is to 100 great years of a great future. and with that --. >> thank you. >> and i want to hand it off to
my colleagues. >> yes, assembly man phil tang. >> thank you it is so great to join my colleague, david chui and to be back in this amazing chamber and this incredible building, it is sort of breath taking. we spend a number of days in the state capitol, but i know that the state capital frankly has nothing on the chamber, and it is incredible when i think about all of the work that has been done by this body. we are a city of policy innovators and in the board of supervisors chamber right here, is -- and so many ideas just in recent history that have come out, whether it is around, universal health ka irfor san franciscans and whether it is about banning plastic bags or whether it is about pushing our clean energy economy, they have started right here. and i am so proud to be a san franciscan, and so proud to be able to join you here today. and again, s just incredible congratulations on 100 years of
amazing history and look forward to seeing all of the great things that come out of this body in the years to xom. >> thank you very much. and with that, harvy rose who is your favorite supervisor? >> does anyone or any of our former board presidents, would you like to say a few words? >> thank you, madam president. and members of the board of supervisors, and fellow san franciscans. there are at least two sentiments which come to me, at this moment. and it is natural to reflect on human beings, who have been a part of this structure. but, i recall relevantly, my one
time seat mate senator finestein who i will refer to because of the occasion as diane. remarking, not once but several times on the grandure of these chambers, the architecture, extraordinary in every way. and secondly, i am reminded of a bromide conveyed to me, before i took the solemn oath of office by a colleague to be reflected interestly in one of the comments on october 9th, 1916 by then a member of the board of supervisors.
but the colleague in my instance whats bob mendelson who bestowed upon me the injunction of maintaining dignity, and decorum. and that injunction was sorely tested from time-to-time. and as diane and bob and carol ruth and others can call to mind. this indeed is auspicious and i am just thankful that i am a part of the 100 years of common ration of performance of duty to the people of san francisco. thank you. thank you very much.
are there any other members passed members of the board of supervisors that like to provide me comments at this time? >> supervisor mar? >> i want to say it was a great privilege and i thank you. >> if you could speak into the microphone, please? >> okay, thank you. >> supervisor aliodo. >> thank you very much, madam president. and senator finesteine and sitting in these chambers i have to recall the fights that we had for the issues that are so accepted today as the norm, sitting right there where da sid is was supervisor doris ward who was incredible and she and i worked so hard together to do the hate crime legislation, that today we expect to be the norm in our policing of the city. and then i did the smoking ban and then i think that supervisor
mar will remember i lost that first one. carroll my remember that i lost that first one. i walked out of these chamber doors and i said, to my legislative aid, go and get me a cigarette, i need it badly. get me a smoke, quick. but i couldn't believe that i lost, it was in fact, building on what supervisor wendy nelder had started in the restaurants and so we had the great innovation here. of course we went back two years later and we passed the first smoking ban in the world, i might add, with the vote that went worldwide. indeed the mayor of dublin called me last year to thank the city of san francisco for the first smoking ban. so when i look at these walls i think of the amazing things that we have done that saves the lives of people every day, from the homeless, to the sick and the poor. and it is just an affordable room for what it stands for and what all of you who were the legislators, here, have done for
this great city of san francisco. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor. well, i followed in andria footsteps and i worked on a different kind of smoking, if you might pay attention to what is happening on the ballot. two things again, i want to acknowledge and under score, what supervisor compos mentioned and that is the legacy of harvey milk and of course, our late mayor george, and we suffered through that storm and i think that we all bonded in a way because of that tragedy. in a way that we did not know that we know each other. and i don't think that can be forgotten. we share that history. and i also want to thank harvey rose for not eliminating my position, which he threatened to do at every meeting. and i also would like us all to remember my good friend sue
beardman. >> thank you very much. when >> when i got elected i was as tall as kevin chilly. and look ad what eight years did. it was such a treat to be in this room for of the eight years, four of them we were across the street. so we only had four years here. and i so wanted to be able to stand up here when we moved back to just greet everybody. being back what i called home. i guess i have been known for rewriting the charter. that happened so many years ago. and there have been six or seven
attempts at it. and i was happy that i was able to do it. but i could not have done it without a -- tj. >> tj. >> tj. >> i draw a blank. >> i could not have done it without tj and i see in the audience jim lazarus, and those two people well, jim new more about the city than anybody that i knew. and i would like all of the colleagues that i worked with and it was really a pleasure, and i am so glad that i am not in politics any more. thank you very much. >> at this time i would like to acknowledge reverend amos brown.
>> madam president. mr. mayor, and senator, my colleagues of yester years and the present members of this board, i have the distinction of being the only clergy person to serve on this board. and i was there because my spirituality was not confined to sacred stain glass windows. i was there back in those days. because i knew so well that as thoruo, said, and does not keep a woman, ace with his or her
companions. let him march for the music that he hears. i have a measure of far away. and was to forget that when my companions didn't hear me. on two items. number one, care. and not cash. everybody said, how dare a preacher. so cold. but gaven peeked over my shoulder. and when he became mayor, the very legislation that i introduced became the measure that we were governed by in this city. the other one is that i hold here a cell phone. and i had to introduce the legislation and that would be prohibited to use cell phones.
and while driving. almost ran me out of town. it was indicated the truth that was crushed to the earth rose again. and now, we are a safer, society. because it is the law of the land. no cell phones. while driving. >> silver? thank you, very much colleagues. it is a great pleasure to be here with clinton and diane and others who i served with over the 12 years that i sat in that chair in this chamber. i know that now people leave after 4:00 or 8:00 years, but
because of the p elections and the district elections again i was here for a very, very long period of time and as somebody mentioned, previous to me, this chamber, this body, this city, this group of people initiated things that today we take for granted. and harvy my colleague bho sat in that chair, in that chair, sorry. that is right. i am turned around. sorry. and i introduced the first legislation to ban discrimination against gay people in employment. and if you think about that was
not that long ago. yet, that was a major piece of legislation that began right here. and i was so lucky to have harvy as a colleague, and to have diane as a colleague, and even to have quinten as a colleague. he used to rise and to say, now miss silver, i know that you are the product of a great education at the university of chicago and harvard university. and that is when i knew that he whats going to destroy me in the next week. i am as all of us thrilled to be here, happy to be with my colleagues of yestery year and very, very, grateful to those of
you who remember. thank you. >> i just want to remind us of two important words and i always remind myself of. and those two words are public service. i know that that was something that david chui reminded us of the shakespeare is to sort of whit, it should dominate our comments today by not having read all of the findings, and i am aware that -- that those words did not follow that. and went on to say too many things, but i will try to follow little of my normal patron saint, if you would. and great role model, saint katis and try to be brief. i came here with only one intention and that was to serve and i think that is why we all came here. and i remember when someone said, what are you hope to accomplish, and i remember
saying, some be from the press and i said i hope to leave the body known as the board of supervisors here honorable bli served and served by many, many, other people as in, even better in the institution than when we walked in the door. and i hope that we can all have that in mind that we have accomplished that in so many ways, if you compare us to so many other bodies of government around the country, let alone around the world. and we have accomplished incredible things and we are talking about the physical chamber here today, which is of course made of the oak which is extinct and i think that it is important that we contrast ourselves with this species of oak and with the future of our continued legislative body on the board of supervisors here, which never will be extinct in terms of which the continued dedication to public service and no matter how long we are here and the walls stand, that the people who serve here are the people who serve the people, the men and women of san francisco.
and it was a great honor to be part of that and i am honored to be among those who have done that. and very honored to think about how i can continue to leave here as long as possible, with the people who will continue to have that, as their model, for life. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor. supervisor tang would like to say a few words. thank you very much, madam president, senator, and mayor lee, and senator leno and councilman chui and tang and members of the board and my colleagues, it is a great honor to be back. and it is a great honor to celebrate this very special occasion today. i want to thank every one of you for allowing me to work with you and to have learned from you. i want to recognize the department heads. who do all of the work.
day-to-day. and carry on our legislation, thank you very much. we care so much about the city. every single part of the city. i personally work in china town today. and every day i walk passed the first american flag. that was hoisted in san francisco right at christmas square. and i go into work on the land that used to be the hall of justice. today is part of the chinese culture center. and every day i look in the park every day, i look in the neighborhood, and every day i am reminded of and i am sure that you see it every day. and i am reminded of the challenge of this placement. and immigration, and inequity, crime, homelessness, and i would have to say to the current members of the board, and the
future members of the board, all of the people who are thinking about running for the board, that we look forward to your leadership. and for us also it is now. we will always be here to support you and to help you succeed. a word to supervisor my former colleague, carroll migden. thank you for teaching me to put on my lip stick every day, every time before the committee hearing. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> were there any other members? >> supervisor gonsales? >> thank you. madam president, and mr. mayor, senator, he esteemed colleagues.
i know that you are whether you are a member of the board of supervisors, a department head, a city attorney, budget analyst, that you are all considered agents of change, in this city. i consider you trouble makers. and i think that one of the great privileges that i have had not only in this chamber, but in this building is that i was able to serve like devon and dufty both in the mayor's office and in this chamber and seeing the executive priorities and the legislative priorities and how they got translated into the good policy. and i think back of the time when i thought that i was going to be a member of this board and i said well, i am probably going to be the first gonzales it did not work out because there was bob and then matt. sxh i said i am going to be the first you know, and only, guatemala. >> and then david compass took
that away from me. but, all in all, the one thing that i got you know, is that i got to run city wide, and that was very, very peshl and the elected city wide, and i never gotten that opportunity that had not been for the great mayor who appointed me, to my seat on the board of supervisors. the quintin cox seat and thank you mayor and senator for that. but i also when i was thinking about you, thanking you got here, each and every one here made that special sacrifice of roping i don't you are family into this. and having your family do also part of the sacrifice. and i would like you all to applaud your families to the sacrifices that they have made to serve san francisco. and as a point of personal privilege, diane appointed you to the board of supervisors and the people elected me to the
board, but the person who let me serve was maria over there, my spouse. so thank you. supervisor hall? >> thank you, madam president. >> i would just like to know, why when the photographer asked everybody to shift to the right i was the only one that did it? no, as the last conservative i think elected to this body and maybe in the last 30 or 40 years, it is bring backs the title of an old elton john song, i am still standing and it is really a pleasure to be here. and i had four great years under the direction of our former president matt gonsales and i notice that he roo he mains quiet, he brought in a certain energy and intelligence to this board that we open that we see in the future. but, thank all of you, each and every one of you for the work that you have done for san
francisco. god bless. >> thank you, supervisor. i was waiting for you to break out in song. but i will call. >> the title but i am not going to sing it. >> okay. anyone else any of our honored or distinguished guests that are here today? seeing none, i will now recognize supervisor cohen. >> oh, carroll. >> no i was supervisor carol. >> a point of personal privilege wondering if there was some lunch in hand here? >> yes, so the sooner we are done with this meeting, the sooner we can go and eat. >> i am glad that point was made. >> thank you very much, but i also want to say that san francisco has always been the jugerknot force that has moved california and therefore has affected the nation. and during my tenure, i remember we prevented guns from being
sold, senator, here in san francisco. and we have watched the decades of which you have fought, mightily, and strongly and imperatively, to continue to have our country rid of automatic assault weapons. so i want to say we stood here originally, we stood for the right things, we did not dilly dally and we have driven forth afl very come mendable agenda for our country to be proud of. and i thank you. >> thank you very much. >> okay. and seeing no other distinguished guests, i will acknowledge supervisor cohen. >> thank you very much. >> and good afternoon, again, ladies and gentlemen, mr. mayor, president breed, and senator, it is wonderful to sit here in this beautiful chamber and just have
a moment to reflect. if you think about it, we have come quite a long ways, and in a short period of time, 100 years, mr. mayor you can the first, chinese american mayor, elect and president breed being an african american woman, a few that have held the titles of the chair woman of this body and senator, the first mayor of san francisco. no mistake excuse me? >> excuse me. first female mayor, first lady, absolutely. i also want to recognize the current clerk of the board, we have come a really long way, we are celebrating the 100 anniversary of this chamber, when you consider that it was just 51 years, post the proclamation that the african americans were recognized as
citizens and i want you to consider that the 19th amendment that legalized the woman's right to vote was just passed 1920, four years after this chamber was established. there are many people that we recognized today. i do want to speak their names and give life and breath and recognize harry fransa, who was a member of this body, the first african american to serve in the san francisco board of supervisors. also want to recognize, miss ella, hutch, and on many of you served with our dear great sister kennedy. and doris ward is not able to be with us here today, but she is here with us. and of course, want to again, recognize the reverend dr. amos brown. and i think that it is, these are the shoulders that president breed and i stand on, with great honor and integrity. and i also want to recognize the many aids that are in this chamber, and also recognize the
former aids that have joined us here today, because it is without you that we would not be able to do the work that we do every day, serving the city and county of san francisco. thank you. >> thank you supervisor cohen for bringing up some amazing points. former supervisor ward could not be with us today, she was the first african american woman and african american to be president of the board of supervisors. and i am honored to be the second. and i also would like to acknowledge former supervisor maxwell who could not be with us today as well. thank you all so much, again, everyone who has joined us here today, and what an amazing occasion. and to celebrate, 100 years of this incredible chamber, with all of you. and our honored guests and we will continue with our agenda,
we have just a few more items before we can adjourn today. including one of those things that i know each and every one of you remembers and enjoyed the most. public comment. >> so, we will go to public comment but before we go to public comment, we will reapprove the minutes from the october, 9, 1916 meeting. motioned by? supervisor campos. and seconded by cohen, colleagues could we take that without, objection. those minutes from 100 years ago will be approved after public comment. >> and with that madam clerk, please read public comment. >> at this time the public may comment for up to two minutes within the subject matters jurisdiction of the board regarding the celebration, and the items on the adoption without reference to the calendar. >> welcome to our celebration
my name is neal and i am a historian with the california heritage council, in 1972, with the cooperation with the mayor, we issued a certificate of recognition to city hall. and signed by henry prene, the president of the california heritage council and in that spirit we want to recognize the 100th anniversary of this chamber, and i would like to point out that we should mention arthor brown junior, the architect of city hall who especially put a special effort into signing this chamber, and he is one of our great architects of san francisco history. and he went on to design the clay tower, the and the tower of the sun in treasure island and many, many other buildings until the 1950s. and this was the reason why we issued this certificate, of
recognition in 1972 was that it really, the city hall was not really very much appreciated at that time, or any other building, of this sort. it was out of our architectal style, and s thele being the federal building on golden gate, avenue, for instance, was the style of the 60s. and har ald says that it was a neglected master piece, riding above the clutter. and in any case, it is now both as far as interior and exterior concerned, is now fully recognized for what it is, a beautiful and outstanding structure. thank you very much. >> thank you, next speaker please? >> tom, and congratulations for all of the honored people that are here today. and of late, i have been coming here ail little bit off, and that i have started to feel like i was part of the furniture and
it is a great room to feel part of the furniture, but in all truth, it is a better room, and i would like the overhead, please. if we could get the overhead? >> they hand out these cards when you come to public comment. and your organization and whatnot, and i just realized a couple of days ago, that i am a public citizen. instead of just complaining i will come here and i will irritate and i will waste a couple of moments, yesterday, i came here and i have to apologize, for coming here and wasting a couple of moments. but it is a nice place to be a public citizen, and i want to thank you, and i hope that this city moves forward again. thank you. >> thank you. >> are there any other members of the public who would like to provide public comment at this time? seeing none, public comment is now closed.
can we go to the items without reference to the committee? >> yes, item one, october, 18th, 2016, as the 100th anniversary of the board of supervisors legislative chamber in recognition of the celebration of the first official board of supervisors meeting, held here in the legislative chamber. and october 18th, 2016, as the day of the celebration. roll call vote? >> oh, supervisor peskin? you want to pull item number three? >> madam president i would like to sever, item number four. >> three? >> four. >> three and 2. >> so madam clerk, could you call the item one? >> president yours is number two, and farrell is number three, and peskin item is number
four. okay. >> madam clerk, you call the first item, correct? >> yes, your item has been called. >> could you call the roll on the first item? >> on item two, supervisor compos. >> aye. >> cohen. >> aye. >> farrell >>ite. >> kim. >> aye. >> mar. >> aye. >> peskin. >> aye. >> tang. >> aye. >> weiner. >> aye. >> inturp yee? >> aye. >> avalos. >> aye. >> breed. >> aye. there are eleven. >> the resolution is adopted. item number three, please. >> item three, resolution acknowledging board of supervisors legislative fiscal actions taken during the years brier to the rebuilding of the legislative chamber a proving contracts and extending contracts for vendors and aacknowledging those contractors who are instrumental in rebuilding of city hall and the
legislative chamber. >> supervisor ferrill. >> thank you. colleagues this is a resolution, acknowledging the fiscal actions taken in the years prior to the rebuilding of this chamber. and i have a lot of comment that i am not going roo he had now, given the time. but i do want to turn it over quickly to helen our city hall historian and see the floor to her before we approve this resolution. >> welcome to the chamber. >> thank you very much. this is a historic chamber, if we could go back 100 years we would see an incredible workforce putting up oak and hand carving it on site, doing cast plaster ceilings with the very, very, special ship in the oval called the sand carlos coming in to the harbor of the place calls yerba, and i am
stand og carpet that was put here during the restoration, over the original portuguese cork and it contains the official flower of the city and county of san francisco which is the dalia, if you glance up at the clock, done by albert samuel senior, you will see an unusual four and then instead of the vs going up, they come down. what he did was he designed a one of a kind clock for one of a kind city. for the people's pal ace, which we are in today. >> thank you. >> colleagues, could we take this item same house same call without objection? the resolution is adopted, unanimo unanimously. and the last item. >> item four? >> recognizing and honoring the
service, and who have had the privilege to serve in the chamber for the past, 100 years, thank you. >> supervisor peskin? do you rise? >> thank you, madam president. i do indeed. rise. the words in this resolution recognizing and honoring the service of all members of this board and these exalted chambers speaks for itself, i rise to acknowledge the generations of the clerks of the board and their staff that have served generations of boards of supervisors and i want to on behalf of the board, thank the clerk for her and her staff's attention to the proceedings today and this glorious celebration and thank you. >> thank you and before we pass
this last sitem, i want to than the visitors for attending the meeting to celebrate the 100th birthday of this incredible legislative chamber and we hope that you all enjoyed our time capsule, and a very quick thank you to the following individuals who coordinated this amazing event for you. of course, we would not have been able to pull this off if it were not for the clerk of the board. and her amazing staff. thank you so much. ivin, who is the director of the san francisco international airport and his staff, for designing and printing the historic time line that is directly outside the board chamber, and bill, who is the general manager of the rec and park department, thank you so much, for the beautiful dalias
and thank you to all of the young people's teen music, fear company for leading us with the pianist, barry lloyd, and the musical director, thank you jen low for taking this photograph and to our former clerk of the board, kay and her all of the staff in the office of the clerk of the board and the building management. thank you very much. and in the hallway just outside the chamber, to the left is the historic time line, that represents slices of our work from the past 100 years. of the legislative activities taken by members of this body, of course with the assistance of the mayors and the voters. it is not representative of all the actions taken or even most of the most important actions necessarily, but it is wonderful to review, and we hope that you enjoy it, we invite those honored gets whose votes are represented they are to meet us after the meeting for the signing ceremony and finally to
the members of the public on the way out of this beautiful chamber, we have a limited edition, special gift for you that will be handed out. and colleagues, with that, we will take item number four, same house same call. >> without objection for the resolution, is adopted. and madam clerk is there any other business before us today. >> that concludes our business for the last 100 years. >> thank you, we are adjourned.