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partners to come up with a series of policy recommendations to address the problems and the issues that we find in the survey, i am now entering into contract negotiations with professor benner and the rest of the team. i hope to bring a contract to you for approval at our may 17 th meeting. there is no action required on this item today, but i am very excited to move forward. >> it sounds very exciting. commissioner singh? >> sorry, there we go. i want to echo commissioner fewer and a incredibly excited about this. i wanted to resurface something that i think could come up or i had brought up many meetings ago at this point, but i would be interested to know if some of the data collection is going to involve, or is going to be able to capture tipping practices, so i brought that up last time, but since it has come up, there has been a lot more controversy around companies such as door
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dash, and insta cart to have refused -- insta card says they have changed their policy, but door dash, for example, which is used heavily in san francisco, has refused to change the policy where they are basically deducting tips out of the wages they would pay their delivery drivers otherwise. still very interested if the study is going to try and capture that data, or is it possible to do so? >> thank you. i can tell you, most definitely, that that will be one of the issues the researchers look into i have been in contact with supervisor peskin's office he has been looking into this issue i know the bureau of labor enforcement standards for the city is also conducting an investigation of door dash. i have been in touch with them as well. yes, tipping policies of companies will most definitely be one of the issues we look at. >> thank you so much, this is really exciting, i think. i thank you are right. this is a very impressive proposal, and i like the fact
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that it's -- that they will be doing the on the ground work while they are working academically. what a wonderful combination. i look forward to our contract next month and thank you for your work on this. no comments, questions? great, let's open this effort public comment. any members of the public wish to comment on this item? mr. wright. >> yes, you were talking about employees. i will ask you to step back on focus on the employees, that's well over 1,000 that's been working five, ten, 15, 25 years for the city and county of san francisco and you call them exempt employees, this is a discriminatory practice and tricking devices on the grounds that exempt employees that's working and labouring for the city do not get medical insurance, don't get annuity plans, and don't get no
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retirement plans, but yet you work them and have them not being able to know what they are going to wake up to you, and whether their job is going to be terminated, it is not fair, then you turn around and you have any executive director that works for the department of public health for well over 20 years and got annuity, retirement plan , and health plan, and she has been embezzling $100,000 a year for seven years straight. do stopper from working, but you let her keep her retirement plan it is not fair. as far as taxes, you talk about dealing with the tax board, i have demonstrated that you have given twitter -- he used to be five, but now it is nine high-tech companies, multi- trillions, and billions of dollars of tax free money, talking about you giving them a break, when i ask you, why is twitter getting multi- trillions and billions of dollars of tax-free money? and then you tell me, you're giving them a break.
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they don't need a god damn break the people who need a break or the people who are speaking up for the homeless on the street with people with mental and physical disabilities, amputees, people in wheelchairs, and our veterans, i need a break my god damn self. give me militant -- multimillions of dollars of tax-free money and watch what i do with it. it is not fair. you are running a racket. that is called money-laundering, tax evasion and fraud. where are you keeping that money ? >> thank you. any other public comments? seeing then, public comment is closed. there is no action that needs to be taken at this time. can you please call eight -- last month a launched a new speaker series. what i hope to do by having this
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speaker series is to bring expert for great conversation on the topics that they are taking on. i hope that these sessions can be a resource not only for myself and for interns, but staff from all supervisors offices and the office of the mayor. our first speaker last month was mary collins of the american jobs project. she gave a pop presentation on the potential for offshore wind energy in california and how california could be a leader in that area. we had staff, five staffers from the sfpuc, we have staff from the port of san francisco, as well as the mayor's office. our speaker next week helped write a new book called designing climate solutions, which is a guidebook for policymakers, and we now host to these these meetings monthly in the conference rooms, and i hope sometime we will all have time to attend. my one other note is that for
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the may 17th meeting, i anticipate it will be a longer meeting, and we are looking at changing time from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. that day. i believe chair fewer there is a conflict in your schedule that day so we're looking at moving the meeting to a different time. that is all i have. >> thank you very much. let's open this up for public comment. are there any members of the public would like to comment on item number 6? >> this is a derivative because you are working on the budget, and i want to explain further to you that that tax-free money that is not being collected, i've already mentioned that that is called tax evasion, money-laundering, bank fraud and conspiracy, you are depriving the low income bracket people of their due process and equal opportunity rights. i have talked about the exempt employees, they are working and can't get full benefits.
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ronen claims she has experience in employment discrimination law i find it all that nobody stood up for those employees, because, see, what you were doing, having a set of employees during the same type of work, but not getting the same type of benefits and income, medical coverage, and retirement plan, that is a violation of the unequal pay act of title vii of the united states of america code service, the u.s. attorney generals and the lawyer's edition. 2,000 each series. you can't be benefiting one set of people, one set of income and doing the same work, but don't give them the same type of results. that was is a violation of the unequal pay act, and you should compensate those employees and back them up and give them back pay for what you are shortchanging them on. it is not fair. and about this situation -- s.f. viewer, i mentioned kate hartley she is talking about how she literally put up a scale and said, 80%, which is $63,300, is
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low income affordable housing. people make it a low $66,300, is not included in the housing opportunity. so you are discriminating against them. you are so deeply involved in you discriminatory packages and you discriminate against people that those same skin color as you and then you said, 50% is low, very low income, so that is $41,450. >> thank you, mr. wright. thank you mr. wright. any other public comments? public comment is now closed. strickler, please read the next item. >> item seven, public comment, members of the public may address a san francisco local agency formation commission on matters within their jurisdiction and not on today's
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agenda. >> i wonder -- public comment? mr. wright. >> all picked up all pick up where i left off. i showed you -- >> okay. [indiscernible]. >> i went through this with supervisor walton in his office. he was very impressed, and i want to show you how the homeless situation is at a point where homeless people don't want to go to navigation centers and shelters because of the hardship , it as a result, they are sleeping -- that's what used to do my god damn self when you had me on the streets. [indiscernible] law enforcement came in contact with approximately 1,139 homeless people using the
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airport as a bathroom to keep themselves clean, while they are living in transit. all because you have to find housing for the low income people that you claim that you want to help, that you can't pay for, and then when you get enough, you turn your back. it's just like mayor breed. she campaigned and claimed her when she was a kid and her two brothers and grandmother were taking care of her and she is taking home $900 a month. that is general income under people who are on the street and living on social security, and getting -- getting general assistance for the same income. how would you like it if you were out on the street and you're at a navigation center for 90 days and they kick you in your grandmother out of the navigation center, that is not housing, it is not fair. it is another --
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[indiscernible]. >> is it on there? >> there it is. >> thank you, mr. wright. thank you very much. public comment is now closed. mr. clerk, will you please read item number 8. >> item number 8, future agenda items. >> colleagues, to be have any future -- yes, supervisor mar? >> thank you, thank you chair fewer. i had a question or an idea on, you know, as we are waiting for the p.u.c.'s report on possible new directions we can go, i think in terms of electricity distribution and san francisco,
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i think we are all eagerly awaiting that, and there will be a lot of attention and discussion about -- on the board of supervisors and in other bodies, i'm wondering if there is some presentations and discussion we can have here at p.g. & e even prior to that report coming up -- at lafco even prior to that report coming out to expand our understanding of lafco and to hear the broader public about this kind of moment we are in right now, and understand potential options. i don't necessarily have anything specific in mind, but i was just wondering, since it seems like that report and where the discussions and possible actions go from there, is directly related to the role
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that lafco plays in overseeing clean power s.f. >> go ahead. >> executive officer. commissioner mar, i would be happy to work with you on preparing a presentation for our next meeting. i know that by our next meeting the report will be out, sorry be happy to work with you and prepare a presentation on that as well as asking the p.u.c. to prepare a presentation as well. >> thank you very much. colleagues, any other future agenda items? seeing none, let's open this up for public comment. seeing no speakers, public comment is closed. mr. clerk, is there any other business before us today? >> that completes the agenda.
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>> thank you very much. this meeting is adjourned. [♪] >> when i open up the paper every day, i'm just amazed at how many different environmental issues keep popping up. when i think about what planet i want to leave for my children and other generations, i think about what kind of contribution
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i can make on a personal level to the environment. >> it was really easy to sign up for the program. i just went online to, i signed up and then started getting pieces in the mail letting me know i was going switch over and poof it happened. now when i want to pay my bill, i go to pg&e and i don't see any difference in paying now. if you're a family on the budget, if you sign up for the regular green program, it's not going to change your bill at all. you can sign up online or call. you'll have the peace of mind knowing you're doing your part in your household to help the environment. to be. >> hi, i'm average i'm a personal analyst that the human resources examining and
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recruitment unit and suffix i started my career as a san francisco state university and got my bachelors in psyched and orientational psyche if they had we have a great relationship that the san francisco unified school district i exploded for american people interim shopping mall and become eligible for a permeate job. >> okay. perfect. >> i love working for our human resources services because of the agriculture we're laid-back with a professional mindset although human resources is a challenge we're light a hearted started as a intern guided through the process eventually one day a a deputy director or staying with the puc is where i
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love it >> this is one place you can always count on to give you what you had before and remind you of what your san francisco history used to be. >> we hear that all the time, people bring their kids here and their grandparents brought them here and down the line. >> even though people move away, whenever they come back to the city, they make it here. and they tell us that. >> you're going to get
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something made fresh, made by hand and made with quality products and something that's very, very good. ♪ >> the legacy bars and restaurants was something that was begun by san francisco simply to recognize and draw attention to the establishments. it really provides for san francisco's unique character. ♪ >> and that morphed into a request that we work with the city to develop a legacy business registration. >> i'm michael cirocco and the owner of an area bakery. ♪ the bakery started in 191. my grandfather came over from italy and opened it up then. it is a small operation.
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it's not big. so everything is kind of quality that way. so i see every piece and cut every piece that comes in and out of that oven. >> i'm leslie cirocco-mitchell, a fourth generation baker here with my family. ♪ so we get up pretty early in the morning. i usually start baking around 5:00. and then you just start doing rounds of dough. loaves. >> my mom and sister basically handle the front and then i have my nephew james helps and then my two daughters and my wife come in and we actually do the baking. after that, my mom and my sister stay and sell the product, retail it. ♪ you know, i don't really think about it. but then when i -- sometimes when i go places and i look and see places put up, oh this is
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our 50th anniversary and everything and we've been over 100 and that is when it kind of hits me. you know, that geez, we've been here a long time. [applause] ♪ >> a lot of people might ask why our legacy business is important. we all have our own stories to tell about our ancestry. our lineage and i'll use one example of tommy's joint. tommy's joint is a place that my husband went to as a child and he's a fourth generation san franciscan. it's a place we can still go to today with our children or grandchildren and share the stories of what was san francisco like back in the 1950s. >> i'm the general manager at tommy's joint.
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people mostly recognize tommy's joint for its murals on the outside of the building. very bright blue. you drive down and see what it is. they know the building. tommy's is a san francisco hoffa, which is a german-style presenting food. we have five different carved meats and we carve it by hand at the station. you prefer it to be carved whether you like your brisket fatty or want it lean. you want your pastrami to be very lean. you can say i want that piece of corn beef and want it cut, you know, very thick and i want it with some sauerkraut. tell the guys how you want to prepare it and they will do it right in front of you. san francisco's a place that's changing restaurants, except for tommy's joint.
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tommy's joint has been the same since it opened and that is important. san francisco in general that we don't lose a grip of what san francisco's came from. tommy's is a place that you'll always recognize whenever you lock in the door. you'll see the same staff, the same bartender and have the same meal and that is great. that's important. ♪ >> the service that san francisco heritage offers to the legacy businesses is to help them with that application process, to make sure that they really recognize about them what it is that makes them so special here in san francisco. ♪ so we'll help them with that application process if, in
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fact, the board of supervisors does recognize them as a legacy business, then that does entitle them to certain financial benefits from the city of san francisco. but i say really, more importantly, it really brings them public recognition that this is a business in san francisco that has history and that is unique to san francisco. >> it started in june of 1953. ♪ and we make everything from scratch. everything. we started a you -- we started a off with 12 flavors and mango fruits from the philippines and then started trying them one by one and the family had a whole new clientele.
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the business really boomed after that. >> i think that the flavors we make reflect the diversity of san francisco. we were really surprised about the legacy project but we were thrilled to be a part of it. businesses come and go in the city. pretty tough for businesss to stay here because it is so expensive and there's so much competition. so for us who have been here all these years and still be popular and to be recognized by the city has been really a huge honor. >> we got a phone call from a woman who was 91 and she wanted to know if the mitchells still owned it and she was so happy that we were still involved, still the owners. she was our customer in 1953. and she still comes in.
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but she was just making sure that we were still around and it just makes us feel, you know, very proud that we're carrying on our father's legacy. and that we mean so much to so many people. ♪ >> it provides a perspective. and i think if you only looked at it in the here and now, you're missing the context. for me, legacy businesses, legacy bars and restaurants are really about setting the context for how we come to be where we are today. >> i just think it's part of san francisco. people like to see familiar stuff. at least i know i do. >> in the 1950s, you could see a picture of tommy's joint and looks exactly the same. we haven't change add thing. >> i remember one lady saying, you know, i've been eating this ice cream since before i was born. and i thought, wow! we have, too.
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>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses, and challenges residents to do their shopping within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services in our neighborhood, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i am the owner of this restaurant. we have been here in north beach over 100 years. [speaking foreign language] [♪]
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[gavel] >> good afternoon welcome to the land use and transportation committee of the san francisco board of supervisors. i'm the chair of this committee aaron peskin joined by supervisor ahsha safai and matt haney to my left. today is our meeting for monday may 6, 2019. ms. major do you have any announcements? >> please silence all cell phones and electronic devices, complete speaker cards and copy
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of documents should be submitted to the clerk. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. please readed first item. [agenda item read] >> supervisor peskin: this request was brought to me by the tina modotti committee. with that ms. skully, please
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come forward. you want to thank you in advance for your generous offer and gift. you want to thank my staff for working with you as well as the public works folks who will be directed by this colleagues if you have questions, jeremy spitz from public works is on hand. >> thank you. good afternoon members of the commission. i'm here on behalf of the tina modotti heritage committee. the committee was founded over a decade ago with the goal to commemorate the fine arts photographer tina modotti. it was of proclamation passed by
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the board of supervisors recognizing tina modotti for her contribution to the cultural heritage to the city. at this time, we also have an event honoring modotti at the bookstore and more recently in 2017, we collaborated with the americano for an opening event for that expedition which features some of her work. the proposal represents next step to honoring modotti by installing a commemorative plaque. with this plaque we hope to bring public consciousness to tina modotti the best unknown photographer. tina modotti immigrated from italy in 1913 at the age of 16. here she -- she quickly rising
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as celebrated actress. after brief career in hollywood film, modotti moved to mexico city. she became into her own as a celebrated photographer and become part of team of political artists. modotti used her camera to paint of mexico and common people. modotti gave up photography after only seven years. tina modotti always considered san francisco to be her adopted city. much of her ideology and
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extraordinary creative ideas were shaped. we hope this plaque will help top remind everyone the legacy of san francisco as a gathering place as an artist and honoring modotti. seek to memorialize women artist who shaped the city's cultural life. i like to thaek it the opportunity to thank supervisor peskin as well as calvin from the supervisor's office. thank you. >> supervisor peskin: thank you ms. skully. thank you again for your work and generosity. actually was in mexico city over in deregulation and saw signs of ms. modotti. iare there any questions from committee member? are there any members of the public like to speak on item
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number 1? you have no speaker cards. public comment is closed. colleagues, do we have a motion to send this to the full board with recommendation? so moved. >> supervisor peskin: moved by supervisor safai. next item please. [agenda item read] colleagues we heard this last week and continued it one week with the amendment to the title. is there any public comment on it item? please come forward. >> thank you chairman peskin and supervisors. ryan patter son on behalf of the san francisco coalition and
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other individual owners. we filed additional evidence which you have before you today. supervisors, san francisco planning code section 101.1 requires finding of consistency with the general plan and priority policies for any legislation requiring an initial study under ceqa. that's why the draft legislation that you had before you, included the findings. the change as of today is to remove those findings of consistency. the reason is, clearly the committee is trying to make it look like this is not a zoning or land use ordinance under ceqa. fact of the matter is, it is as evidence by the initial graphing. the superior court cases under submission and based on how the hearing went last week, we do expect to prevail in the litigation. it takes no sense to be considering this today prior to
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receiving the judge's decision on that case which we expect any time. whenever judge is ready. it does make sense for you to wait and see which parts of the prior legislation are ruled to be illegal and then if the board decides to proceed with some new version, based on something that would be lawful, you'll be free to do so. this proposed ordinance will shut people out of housing. people who are able to afford rent rooms by the week today will no longer be able to do that under 30-day minimum. we appreciate your good intentions but the outcome will be terrible for lot of people and urge you to reconsider. thank you. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. next speaker please. >> good afternoon board. i opposed 3 30-day minimum stay.
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we're a hotel. our business is ran by the week or by the day. these are residential units. we've been s. r.o. hotel owner for over 20 years. however, this new law if passed will force us to shut down the hotel and basically not rent to anybody. thank you. >> supervisor peskin: i will reiterate what i said at the last hearing, this is a law that we already passed unanimously with the board of supervisors. slightly adjusting. 32 days is law today. it is the subject of a legal
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dispute. next speaker please. >> thank you supervisors. i think at the moment, the city stipulated not to enforce 32-day rule based on the appellant decision that happened last october. i represent one the hotels of san francisco. you made a point last time too, i want to keep this brief. really ask supervisors to give us a seat at the table when it comes to making policies like this. we're san franciscans, when these positions come to past, we're not seated at the table. which is very concerning to us. we've been housing the most vulnerable population for generations. what we ask is that, let's take a step back, vote no on this right now and go back to the drawing board to really do something that's wholistic and
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right for the city. thank you. >> supervisor peskin: next speaker. >> my name is roger. i'm a manager of an s.r.o. hotel. i'm opposed to item two. we're not able to rent rooms by the month. it's not possible. weekly rents helps because they are able to pay by two week. lots are able to pay by the week. lot of tenants are able to peay about the month because they get paid every other week. we would need a deposit up front for these tenants. thank you. >> supervisor peskin: i should point out that in the existing law, there's nothing that prevents tenants from paying by the week. go ahead. >> my name is michael. i'm an insurance broker since
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2010 serving landlords in san francisco. right now through my agency, we've been noticing every year especially for the past four years, it's getting harder and harder to purchase coverage for habitability lawsuits. the price goes higher and higher. one of the first questions they ask us when we tell them we're presenting application on behalf of s.r.o. hotel what percentage of the units rented on a weekly basis and what percentage are rented on a monthly basis in the weekly we have, the easier it is to negotiate rates. i'm afraid in the short-term i'm making more money out of this, i'm afraid in the long-term we're not going to get habitability coverage for these type of properties. that's going to affect everybody that lives in these buildings including class of people that supervisors is attempting to protect here. i'm just concerned that all the implications of this law haven't
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been taken into full consideration. i would invite supervisors to bring industry experts in and really let you guys know all the effects that this bill would have. >> supervisor peskin: thank you sir. i should say, as this was being crafted in 2016, there were many s.r.o. hotel owners at the table. next speaker. >> i will be first supportive speaker. good afternoon, i do support this. i have bigger blocks to fry. most the issue of landlord malfeasance. all the opposition of legislation and other piece of s.r.o. related legislation is receiving is part in par isly. it's a prolonged temper tantrum.
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vothey claim it will allow for. tenants don't have econviction protection for the first 30 days. they claim it will cause homelessness. it causes far more homelessness than any other tenant rights bill. most all, this is just -- this is cutting down that thing by two days. just remember that this s.r.o.
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hotel coalition which opposes this legislation, it's located at 212 sutter street third floor at the same location at certain commissioner fellow members business. let's just leave it that. i'm very supportive. this is just good legislation. it's minor but it's good. please pass this out. >> supervisor peskin: are there any other members of the public here for item number 2? seeing none -- oh. go ahead sir. any other speakers after this individual, please line up to your right and my left. >> i think these legislations has some problems because for starters who is going to monitor this situation? we need to look at the situation of musical room and the quality
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oof s.r.o.s. throughout the history of san francisco, they have continuously failed to properly monitor the laws regarding s.r.o.s. remember henry hotel when it was open in drug den? i remember. you have the mission hotel by the tenderloin housing district. it seems like instead of holding the bad players accountable, it bridge's people's right. you're going to be locking property owners into giving tendency rights where they would probably not do that before. i think it's problematic. we need more monitoring of the
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laws that we already have now and more enforcement of the law that we have now. my fiancee came, she visited one of these hotels. she said it was the worse she ever seen in the country. she's well traveled in the united states to say that, san francisco is the worse of the country. it's like if we have a problem or complaint about an s.r.o., where do we go? we have nothing. it's just -- i think this is the wrong way to go because we need something else to monitor this. >> supervisor peskin: thank you sir. seeing no other members of the public for public comment, public comment is closed. the answer to the last speaker's question is the housing division of the department of building
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inspection is where you go. colleagues, do we have -- let me take a step back. you want to remind as you said earlier, this legislation was actually introduced in november of 2016 and signed by mayor lee in february of 2017 and has been on the books since subject to litigation since then and with that, colleagues, is there a motion? >> motion to approve the item as amended? >> supervisor peskin: motion to send the item with positive recommendation. we amended it at the last hearing. it need no further amendment. that will be the order. next item please. [agenda item read] >> supervisor peskin: okay. this resolution of intention was
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set forth on our last calendar and the author supervisor haney ask for one week continuance. >> supervisor haney: thank you chair peskin. colleagues today we will be voting on a resolution of intent asking public works to initiate the process of renaming gilbert street to jeff adachi way. before you start, i want to recognize an acknowledge many of jeff adachi's family and friends who are here today with us. there are people here from the public defenders office, members of the japanese-american community as well as residents of soma who are here. i want you to especially acknowledge jeff's wife who's here. you want to thank you for being here and for your support and our co condolences are with you. you want to share the technical detail what is this exactly will do on the projector we'll pull
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up, you can see exactly where gilbert street is for those who are not aware. gilbert street is approximately a block and a half long. it sits parallel to 7th street and you can see the full length of it there. it's about block and a half long. this proposed name change would affect 74 addresses. the process for how this started and what comes next, the public defenders office and members of that office approached my staff with a proposal for a street name changed. i agreed to support it. that's why we have the resolution in front of us. if the resolution of intent passes today it will be agendized next week for a vote of the full board of supervisors and we'll have public comment at that time as well. if the resolution of intent passes with the full board of
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supervisors and public works will be charged with initiating the name change. that process also involves extension outreach. public works will notify property owners and they will get their feedback whether for or against it and then public works will report the results of that survey to the full board. it will then be agendized again here at land use and then go back to the board of supervisors if we choose to move forward with the actual name change. at that point, public works will notify city agencies of the name change and change the name on the city's official map. they will install new street name signs, gilbert street will be listed in smaller letters below jeff adachi for five years. in five years it will say jeff adachi way. some points of clarification, public works will notify them about the street name change and
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make that change automatic. the property owners do not need to contact the assessor's office. the public works will notify the assessor's office after the final battlage. passages. the public defenders office held one community meeting which i attended last week. i will be holding my own community meeting on this on monday may 20th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at columbia square apartments and will be doing outreach to the community around that. many of the who are here know jeff adachi. he was a friend and hero to many of us here in san francisco. for those who do not know jeff adachi, you wish that you did. he was an extraordinary person. he is somebody who took interest in others and cared about others, fought for others and he was a truly one of our city's heroes and champions for justice. he served as elected public
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financing defender odefendercito since march of 2002. before that he was long time deputy public defender and chief attorney of the office. he was elected five times in the state of california. his office represented more than 23,000 people each year and he, himself, tried over 150 jury trials including many series felonies and homicide cases. he is a reason why san francisco public defenders office is considered the gold standard amongst all public defenders offices nationwide. he advocated for innovative programs like the drug court, mental health court, clean slate and full service juvenile division. he also started the community magic programs which addressed the root causes of juvenile crime in san francisco underspecifickeunder--underserv.
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he was recipient of national awards most recently youth 2017 champion award and 2014 california public defenders association program of the year. he was a filmmaker which many of you know and have seen his film and received many awards for. since his passing in february, there have been many tributes and memorials and gathering to celebrate his life and legacy. he was a person who was loved not just by the public defender community but by residents all across san francisco. his contributions to our city to criminal justice policy here and nationally are well-known and extensive. i believe that this is a fitting and appropriate tribute to jeff to honor him in lasting way. the street, gilbert street includes staff entrance to the public defenders office. this is the route he took every time he visited the courthouse
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at 850 bryant. the staff entrance sits on gilbert street. it's where public defenders current and staff walk in and out of and for them to be reminded of him for all of us to be reminded of him and his contributions, i think is a critical way to honor his legacy. i also believe that for the residents and businesses of gilbert street that to walk on this street and to have a named after somebody who stood up for justice and is a great thing to have, reminded us something to teach your children and for all of us to have active conversations in the future. jeff is an institution and symbol of the power of the people and renaming this street that he walked to work on everyday for the last 30 years
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is entirely fitting tribute to his legacy. with that, i know there are number of people here for public comment. you want to thank you all for your support. i certainly missed jeff and i'm excited that we have this incredible opportunity to honor him. >> supervisor peskin: we'll open up for public comment. please come forward. >> good afternoon. my name is maria. i'm deputy public defender. i worked in city government over the course of the last 25 years. jeff adachi's legacy is one of a civil rights active u.s., community leader, immigration advocate, author, movie-maker, political philosopher, mentor and teacher. he was able to do all of that and create the greatest public
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defenders office in the country. he was in a very unique position of being the only elected public defender in the state of california. he carried out the mandate of the people which was the preservation of constitutional rights for everybody rich or poor, black or white, against government overreaching. whenever there was governmental pushback, he shielded the citizens of san francisco and he always took the hit for all of us. that is why thousands adored jeff, considered him to be loved and mourned his death. i want to tell you about some stuff that you may not know about jeff. jeff led the city in making the public defenders office in one of the most offices in composition of staff up to upper
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management. when jeff took office, he made her the first latino felony supervisor that is significant because when she was hired, she was only one of three female attorneys. you should be impressed by jeff's staff of work and immigration field, creating immigration wing at the san francisco public defenders office. >> supervisor peskin: next speaker please. thank you counselor. >> i'm jeff walsh. you want to reiterate my stance from the may 1st meeting. why do you want to name a street after a drug addict? what interest do