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i sent an executive directive to all city departments requiring the expansion of gender identity options across all city forms and mandating trans- inclusion training for all city employees working with the public. [applause] >> this is just one way we can make sure that our trends community is respected and supported, and in san francisco, no one is erased. i am proud of how far we have come as a city and being inclusive and welcoming, but i know, i know there is still a lot of work to do. just as you have remained resilient in the face of adversity, i will remain committed to addressing the needs and priorities of the trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. last week, i had an opportunity
to meet with the transgender advisory committee to discuss many of the priorities that we all share. we talked about things like the crisis that has unfortunately impacted disproportionately our lgbtq community. thanks to their work and our office of transgender initiatives, we are focused on expanding employment, healthcare , and educational opportunities for our lgbtq community. we are committed to preventing any discrimination or violence or any assaults against all of our residents, as well as bringing justice for those who have experienced these tragedies we will not rest until there is equity and ensure a basic human rights for all of our communities. but i know i can't do this work alone and i want to thank all of you for joining us here today. not only for what we have all ready achieved but for what we
will continue to achieve by working together. and that is why i wanted to do something really special to commemorate this time and -- here it is. [laughter] >> i am not only committed to making sure that we celebrate our transgender community, but we honor it by doing something that has not been done anywhere else in our country. today, i am happy to recognize the entire month of november as transgender month in the city and county of san francisco. [applause] >> i would also like to recognize and appreciate the work of our transgender advisory committee because they are spending countless hours working
to push forward the right policies, the right investments, the right things here in the city that we need to do in order to address many of the challenges we face. here, i would like to present commissioner melanie with this award, as well as honey mahogany , two of the leaders of the transgender advisory committee here and we will do everything we can to continue to work together in order to move the great initiatives forward based on the work that we know you are both committed to doing. thank you both for being here today. [applause] now i give you an opportunity to speak. >> good afternoon, everybody. some of us are bay area locals. some of us have been born and
raised in san francisco. some of us relocate here for a better tomorrow. san francisco is the first city in the nation to have a trans alleged government office. this city is committed to the advancement of the transgender community. i am a proud member of the transgender advisory committee and i am honored to work alongside some of the fiercest community leaders in san francisco. if you are part of the t.a.c. team, please stand up. we would like to acknowledge you [cheers and applause] >> thank you for being leaders in our community. at the t.a.c., we help prioritize community needs and give recommendations that advise the office of transgender initiatives and the mayor's office. i am also a human rights commission or. i was appointed by our late mayor ed lee, may he rest in peace. i would not be here today
without the guidance of some amazing people like teresa sparks, cecelia chung, nikki, jason chan, and francis sang. thank you all. i mentioned this because i want to stress the importance of leadership. this recent midterm election, we had a rainbow wave, everybody. record breaking numbers of lgbtq , women, people of color elected into office. that is amazing. [applause] >> i would love to see even more leadership programs like s.f. team, transgender empowerment advocacy membership program at the san francisco community health centre and more of encouraging civic engagement, leadership and pathways to appoint more trans and gender nonconforming folks to city boards and commissions. it is crucial to normalize trends people as leader -- transgender people as leaders.
they need to see more representation that they identify with. youth need to see and believe that they can be leaders too. i love san francisco and i truly believe it is, and will continue to be the best city for my competing -- for my community to live and survive in. happy transgender awareness week , now month. thank you. [laughter] [applause] >> thank you, melanie. good day, everyone. happy day today. as someone who was born and raised in this city, which is steeped in so much history, i am proud that san francisco continues to be a leader in the fight for justice and equality, especially as it pertains to the transgender community. while our community has been under attack, not just by the current federal administration, but by many who preceded them, we continue to exist despite
their best efforts to stymie us, shut us out or eliminate us. we have history in this city. we can directly trace the lgbt civil rights movement back to the corner of turk and taylor where in 1966, the riots was the first documented collective uprising of lgbt individuals in the country. [applause] >> the riots recently inspired the founding of the transgendered cultural district. the first officially recognized transgendered district in this country. [applause] >> it's important that we remember this history. and that we consider how it impacts us today. the tenderloin is still has the highest concentration of trends -- transgender folks in san francisco. this is changing with the tide of new development.
the transgendered cultural district was created not just as a way of preserving the importance of the legacy of the tenderloin, but also as a mechanism to push back against the displacement of the transgendered community. it was created to be an advocate to serve as a resource and a safe space. it is has been -- it has been my honor to present the district thus far along with cofounders. it has also been a great pleasure to work with claire farley and others in the salespersons from the office of sales -- of transgender initiative. oti has been a tremendous resource and support for the community being a strong advocate for inclusion and frequently prioritizing the voices of underrepresented members of the community including people of color, formerly incarcerated individuals, and the
undocumented. through working with o.t.i. and serving on the trans- advisory council, we have been able to make key recommendations on how to best support the needs of the community in san francisco. these recommendations are improving access to safe housing for transgendered and lgbtq communities by providing targeted housing programs and services that prioritize vulnerable populations such as transgendered, homeless individuals, recovering from gender affirming procedures, and lgbtq older adults. improving mental health of communities by developing and implementing specific mental health services programs and peer support initiative and expanding funding such as dedicating resources to support trans- arts and community events increasing economic development program designed for various trans- communities living in poverty are at risk of living in poverty. increasing access to education and employment opportunities by instituting gender systems,
increasing access to legal immigration services and legal services for people with criminal records, increasing civic engagement of communities by developing and implementing leadership development programming, increasing care, planning and care coordination by developing and implementing navigation strategies, and reducing rates of incarceration, were recidivism, and economic disparities by increasing funding for prevention for programs focused on trans communities. we hope to be able to continue to work with the mayor process -- the mayor's office and the city and county of san francisco to make sure these recommendations are implemented so that the contributions of the transgendered community to our city's history, strength, and culture, are not just honored, but carried forward into the future. thank you. [applause]
>> we could not do this work alone without our fabulous members of the board. one particular board member new to district eight is the only out gay supervisor on the board and we could not do the work without him. please welcome supervisor mandelman. [applause] >> thank you, claire. i believe we've been joined by my colleague, asha safai. thank you. at a time when the lgbtq community and trans people in particular are under siege from a hostile and toxic presidential administration, it is clear -- it is crucial for san francisco to stand with and support the community. i want to thank mayor breed for
her strong and immediate repudiation of the president's attempt to erase transgendered people by undermining them. as a supervisor for district eight and the only supervisor, i feel a special responsibility to represent our entire queer community and to be very gay doing it. and until we have a transit supervisor, and i suspect there may be one or more of those out in the audience or behind me, it is my honor to advocate for the trans community and to be here today. in san francisco, i think we all know the transgender community continues to face disproportionate and unacceptably high rates of violence, homelessness and unemployment. despite the advances we've made as a city, it is clear we need to invest in additional support services and resources to address these disparities. since taking office in july, i worked closely with claire and the staff at the office of
transgender initiatives to start inclusive proper -- policies and programs for the folks in san francisco. the mayor did her proclamation. we have our strategic -- strategy of honor from the board of supervisors. i'm honored to share this commendation from the board with a transgendered advisory committee. this is the first of its kind. it works to address important issues impacting trends and gender nonconforming communities committee members wrote represent diverse sectors and leverage their experience to help inform local policies, priorities and grams. where is our t.a.c. leadership? come on up. here we have this. then we will do the photograph and folks will get it. it is good. [applause] >> all right. thank you. in these challenging times, it is important we remember our history and the elders who came
before us. at the same time, we must also support our trends and lgbtq youth who are the leadership of tomorrow. today i'm honored to introduce two important community leaders. donna persona is a legendary community advocate and cocreator of the compton cafeteria hit play and performer at aunt charlie got shot lounge in san francisco. or story has been featured around the world including in the out magazine article, tenderloin is the night and in the short film beautiful by night. jojo tie is the youth commissioner representing district eight and a health worker. jojo is a clear, trans and filipino born and raised in san francisco and based in the castro. from their own life experiences of navigating personal and institutional challenges, they are committing to supporting lg deep -- lgbtq youth through luth -- youth empowerment and leadership. please welcome donna and jojo. [applause]
>> good afternoon. i'm donna persona and i would like to talk a little bit about the honor i've had in cowriting the play. when i was on the fence, coming from san jose, i wanted to find people that i felt were more like me. so i don't know how i came to this decision that san francisco would be the place to come, but i got on a greyhound bus and i came to san francisco. i couldn't get into bars, i didn't know where they were anyway. i landed on a place, compton's
cafeteria. an all-night diner. i would say that is where i first -- i saw these beautiful women and i later learned that they were born as male. but i became friends with them and i learned about their lives. they had decided to match there outside with their insides. they had what i call a courageous nests. by deciding to live the way that they know that they are, they were started by being abandoned by their families. they had no family, and they came to san francisco, and their lives became completely criminalized. they couldn't get jobs.
they couldn't go to school. they couldn't get any kind of healthcare. so this play will tell the story of their lives. when you see this play and hear these stories and learn about them, you will understand what informs their choices in life. i will say that these women were sex workers and they ended up in prison, sometimes. in one case, in many cases, they found themselves in prison because they were impersonating a woman. they were wearing women's clothes. they went to jail for that, served time, and you come out of jail, and you can't go to college, you can't get a job.
so it spirals down from that. so they did what they had to do. but i knew them, and i'm saying that they were wonderful human beings, and they created a family together, themselves. so this story and this play will let people know why they made the choices they made and the bravery. their bravery. this happened 52 years ago. i would like to say that i think they put in place the foundation of liberation. [applause] through their personal needs, this comes with a foundation.
they sought out healthcare and transitions. by transitioning those days, they had what they called hormone parties. there was nothing illegal. there was no place safe to do any of this. so i hope you can imagine how traumatic that is. it is hearsay. you come to this place and you can get injections for this or that. today, i know one woman who is suffering from the procedure she had back then. imagine this. when somebody -- when one of them ran into trouble with one of their procedures, who do they go to? i can imagine somebody saying, you didn't like what you got, go to the police. that is impossible.
by laying down the things that they need, housing, education, healthcare, and just being permitted to feel normal, that's all they wanted was to feel normal. today, we are benefiting from what they laid down. the needs that transgendered people need. and with this play, this is something i say from time to time. these ladies that i knew, they were born, they lived a while, and then they died. most of them died. they couldn't survive. so they didn't get anyone saying to them, everything you are doing and who you are is wonderful and right.
they did not get to hear that. we get to hear that now and we get support. they did not get that. so what is most meaningful for me is to know that their lives are engendering good things now. so their life is not in vain. it wasn't in vain. and i want to believe -- i am honouring them and i hope you will honor them. and somehow their life was not a waste. i wasn't brave enough to do that and do what they did. but they came before us and they are our modules. we heard about it already tonight and today. there is a push back. there is forces that want to take away what we've gained. so i'm going to say, now, more
than ever, we have to get out there and do something. i am going to say, sometimes in the past, other transgendered people or people under the clear spectrum, i tell them, just by presenting in the streets, you are doing part of the job. people see you and they say, they exist, they belong here. but we need to do more of that now. i will ask -- [applause] >> i will ask each and every one of you whether you are transgender or not, to do something. don't stay home. you have to do something to keep thriving. [applause] >> thank you. >> i would also like to say, we have transgender day of remembrance. please remember this group.
that is part of remembrance. they deserve it. and the youth, i want the history and the older people like me, i'm 72 years old, to come together and fight together we will hand over the torch to the young people. i will stay busy myself. [laughter] [applause] >> thank you for sharing your story. today, i am here because i believe that transgender and youth are the leaders of tomorrow. i wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the work of my transgender sisters and leaders of the past. the screaming queens who righted over 50 years ago in the tenderloin. at dream of the future, where transgendered youth art, empowered and celebrated for who they are, of a future that lets me on a pep -- be unapologetically meat without
having to need or explain who i am. today, the transgender nonconforming youth of san francisco face many barriers. a resilience helps us overcome prejudice, discrimination and violence. our wisdom and knowledge guides us as we navigate the multiple institutions that were not created for us. we are more than numbers and statistics. we are contributors and leaders in our communities. we are a community that is here to be up for one another and support and uplift each other to heal and grow. we will not be quiet and back down until we are included in the conversation and decision making process with full equity. what trends use leadership needs to meet -- means to me as having visibility. it looks like taking a step forward in the right direction towards positive social exchange it sounds like our voices and reclaiming our rights. it feels like freedom and liberation. it ignites others to take action
with us. as we gather here today to kick off transgender awareness week, i want to challenge all of you to envision a future where transit -- transgender nonconforming youth are thriving in a more inclusive environment. it takes each of us to build awareness, speak up and be linked to bad policies that support safety and leadership for trans people. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> i want to thank you all for coming out today and thank you to mayor breed. supervisors and our t.a.c. we can do this work together. don't give up and stay hopeful. join us for a little reception. thank you. [♪]
in this san francisco office, there are about 1400 employees. and they're working in roughly 400,000 square feet. we were especially pleased that cleanpowersf offers the super green 100% clean energy, not only for commercial entities like ours, but also for residents of the city of san francisco. we were pleased with the package of services they offered and we're now encouraging our employees who have residence in san francisco to sign on as well. we didn't have any interruption of service or any problems with the switch over to cleanpowersf. this clean power opportunity reflects that. i would encourage any large business in san francisco to seriously consider converting and upgrading to the cleanpowersf service. it's good for the environment,
and ahsha safai. from sfgov, we'd like to thank them. madam clerk, any announcements? >> clerk: yes. make sure to silence all cell phones and devices. any documents should be submitted to the clerk. actions acted upon today will be on the january 8 board of supervisors agenda. >> supervisor tang: i know that supervisor cohen wanted to be here for item 1 but is a little behind, so we're going to go to item 2. >> clerk: item 2 planning code zoning map district 11 large residence special use district, requiring conditional use for large residential developments and approve appropriate findings. >> supervisor safai: thank you, chair. i will be brief. we're continuing our conversations with the planning department and we will ask for this item to be continued to the
call of the chair so that planning and our office can continue to work with one another and we'll -- we haven't even had a hearing at the planning department yet or their commission, i mean. so we'll ask this to be continued to call of the chair. >> supervisor tang: any members of the public wish to comment on item 2, please come on up. seeing none, public comment is closed. we'll do that without objection. all right. madam clerk, there wasn't any noticing associated with that, where we can continue to call of the chair? >> clerk: there was a 10-day publishing zoning map notice. if it's continued, it will have to go through renoticing. >> supervisor safai: that's fine. >> supervisor tang: okay. madam clerk, can we please call item 3? >> clerk: ordinance amending the planning code to require findings for home-sf and affirm
appropriate findings. >> supervisor tang: thank you very much. this is an item that i have sponsored in partnership with the planning department having to do with home-sf. as projects are moving through the permitting process, they've noticed things that we will change to avoid duplication of processes, including double hearings. i would like to bring up planning to go over some recommendations, but in a nutshell, the high level is that we want to avoid the duplication of some of the hearings and approval processes as well as correct for one of the new suggested amendments around a deadline for when this home-sf legislation, the second version, was going to expire, but we want to make sure that the
legislation is re-evaluated after the economic feasibility analysis is completed, whether or not it's december 30, 2019, or not. >> thank you. and good afternoon, supervisors. planning department staff. so the planning commission considered this item last thursday at the december 6 hearing and recommended approval with the following proposed amendments. the first recommendation was to add request for parking in excess of what is permitted to the types of conditional use authorization triggers that the commission would continue to review as part of the section 328 home-sf project. the second proposed amendment was to remove the sunset date of december 31, 2019, for the tiered program of home-sf. and instead have the tiers in
place until the inclusionary tac meets again and makes further recommendations. so the recommendation is that the tiers are in place until the board of supervisors acts on the tax recommendation. that concludes my presentation. >> supervisor tang: i don't know if you want to elaborate more on the issue and why it came about, especially as it had to do with parking that was, you know, principally permitted and what triggered the first set of amendments. >> sure. the impetus was the planning code requires certain -- has certain triggers for conditional use authorization and the original intent of home-sf is that the majority of those conditional use requirements be superseded by this home-sf project authorization. if a project required a c.u. for
extra height, that project, if it was doing home-sf, wouldn't need that c.u. because home-sf has its own approval process. there were certain things that -- two specific ones are c.u.s for specific use types and sizes of use that we thought should continue to be considered. so planning code in home-sf states that those two things should be considered as part of the planning commission but home-sf project operation. we went through a trigger and one that we thought the commission should continue to weigh in on were requests for parking above what is the maximum permitted in a district. so home-sf would still have the flexibility to project more parking than is permitted, but the commission would have an
opportunity to review and weigh in on it and the projects would have to comply by the criteria in that conditional use, but they would still only require that one entitlement. >> supervisor tang: thank you very much. colleagues, any questions or comments on this item? no? okay. seeing none, so i will ask for a motion after public comment. any members of the comment that wish to comment on item 3? seeing none, public comment's closed. colleagues, you have a copy of the amendments in front of you and explanation given by planning staff. to adopt the amendment, without objection. due to at least one of the amendments, we'll have to continue this to the next meeting, which is january 7, 2019. at this time, i would also like to ask -- i think i heard someone else would like to
co-sponsor this item. >> supervisor safai: i thought i was a co-sponsor in perpetuity. i absolutely would like to co-sponsor this moving forward so i can continue to work on hammering out any kinks. >> supervisor tang: we'll add supervisor safai and anyone else that would like to. with that said, we will continue the item 3 as amended to the january 7, 2019, meeting. we'll do that without objection. we're joined by supervisor cohen and norman yee, so we'll go back to item 1 now. >> clerk: item 1 amending the planning code henry adams street, article 10 and appropriate findings.
>> president cohen: thank you very much. thank you, chair tang, and supervisors kim and safai. this matter first came before this body back in october, october, 2013, when owners of the san francisco design center submitted an application to designate the building as a landmark. at that time, a landmark designation would have allowed conversion of the entire building from p.d.r. uses to office uses. there was a lot of consternation and a lot of concern given, which i shared. i did not want to see our coveted p.d.r. space cannibalized for office space. so given the amazing p.d.r. tenants that we have that are centered in the san francisco design center, this situation concerned me. and i think it's important to note that it's an important
consideration for district 10 and for the entire fabric of san francisco. i don't know if any of you have been to the design center, but it's a gem. and we deserve -- we have a responsibility to maintain and to preserve it in san francisco. so what we did in order to maintain the p.d.r. and design space, in february, 2015, we passed legislation that imposed vertical control. supervisor kim, you and i did something similarly. i did it in 10 and you did it in 6. where we had vertical controls and conditional use requirements on the conversion of landmark buildings to office use in the p.d.r. 1d districts, an example in showplace square. that legislation required -- that legislation requires the
following considerations of approval for office conversion at 2 henry adams. first, a second floor conversion maximum, historic structure support, proof of economic need and landmarking improvements, ensure that the office tenants be physically compatible with the existing p.d.r. tenants. also, it included a relocation strategy for any and every displaced p.d.r. tenant and also an impact study of the proposed change on the surrounding community. so it was with great consideration with these restrictions that after much discussion with the tenants at 2 henry adams that we decided to move forward with the historic preservation recommendation to designate this building as a city landmark. i believe this is an elegant solution for us to consider today. this solution maintains
protection for existing tenants. it assures compatibility with new potential uses, and i'm convinced that this landmarking will benefit the tenants and city and county of san francisco. what i'm doing today is, i'm asking for your support to follow the recommendation of the historic preservation commission and designate 2 henry adams street as a landmark and i would like to recognize tim fry from the planning department at this time. tim, are you here? is there any representative from the planning department here? all right. tim fry is fired. [laughter] we have aaron starr here. would i have a fry when you can have a starr? thanks, aaron. >> historic preservation commission heard this item on november 7 and unanimously recommended approval. i'm here for any questions.
>> president cohen: thank you for the thoughtful, although brief presentation i'm grateful. madam chair, we can go ahead and go to public comment. >> supervisor tang: i have a couple of cards here. please come on up or anyone else. >> hi, good morning. joshua leonard here. i represent owners of san francisco design center. i wanted to say thank you to supervisor cohen and board and land use as well for the support in the education process over the years. we agree that this asset is a gem and very historically significant. i brought some pretty pictures, but i don't know how to work it -- >> supervisor tang: if you place it on the overhead -- >> it's that easy. it was built in 1917 for the dunham company.
they were instrumental in the gold rush, in the rebuilding efforts after the san francisco earthquake and this was their headquarters 1915 to the late '60s. after that time, henry adams reinvented this fantastic center as the preeminent design center. it houses designers of all walks, all environments. the center today is home to over 85 different showrooms -- >> supervisor tang: may have to flip it a little. >> thank you. there it is. 85 different showrooms catering across the design community and residents. we believe that the landmarking progress will give us one more tool to preserve the building and to have the resources to make upgrades going forward. we have planned some broad
scaled renovations. compliance with a.d.a. and our mission is unchanged. we preserve and maintain the center status of one of the leading design centers. i'm joined by showroom tenants and i have as well signatures of support of our showrooms and tenants as well and we thank you for your support today in maintaining this building an historic landmark. >> supervisor tang: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello, supervisors. thank you for hearing public comment today. i'm eric hughes. i'm the managing principal of a showroom at the design center. i'm here today to support the landmarking proposal, but before i say more, i want to express my thanks to supervisor cohen, who was engaged on the issue and has
been working with the design community for many years now. supervisor cohen's involvement has brought us to the point of protecting showroom for the future stability. my showroom desuesa hughes has been part of the design center for over 20 years. i personally have been working in the building for over 30 years. the center and the showrooms have been through a lot in this time. previously, the landmarking regulations would have allowed the conversion of the entire 2 henry adams building, but thankfully, supervisor cohen stepped in and i think today's proposal is a great middle ground. it allows the top two floors of the 2 henry adams treat to be converted and while protecting showrooms on every other floor and i think it makes sense.
the top floors that i think are now deserted, would be a fair compromise. as businesses change, the design center has to change, too, and be successful. design center has worked hard for the last two years in trying to lease the space to compatible tenants that won't disrupt the showrooms. at the age of the building and finding the right match has been difficult. the center's vitality, whatever the mix, is the first priority. design center being clear and transparent -- >> supervisor tang: sorry. we have 2 minutes per speaker. if you have anything you want to submit to us. [inaudible] thank you very much. next speaker, please.