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>> five years ago here in san francisco, and i was toque -- joking with the mayor that it only took us four years to realize the error of our ways and move back here. it did the warriors 41 years. on a day when the city is excited about the basketball team coming back, we are thrilled to have the mayor here to help us open our san francisco office. thank you very much for all you have done.
want to hand it over to you. [applause] >> congratulations. i wanted to come by. my staff let me know the background and history of this company, and i'm very excited for it and not only wish you success, but it is our success as well as the success of the city to have you here. you're so glad to join our friends at pg&e as well as the department of the environment. their staff. we have some past commissioners as well that have served in various capacities. we are excited about clean energy, and we are excited about the reason you started here. actually started back in virginia, but you came back to san francisco, and we are excited to have you here. the model you have about the ability to communicate with people, using the social media platform, and getting kind of a personal relationship with our environment and with energy
savings -- that excites us because it has been a challenge for us to talk to people. i know the department of the environment has had that challenge. how do you educate people about helping themselves as well as help the environment? the q you canuote -- you can quote all kinds of information, but it does not become relevant to their lives, and by old power having tools to allow -- to become personal, for me, it becomes personal. do you like tequila, or do you like champagne? [laughter] i happen to be a tequila guy, but anyway. that is part of the excitement here for the staff. i love your bike racks and the way you are conducting yourselves here and growing, and by the end of the year, talking about 75 or 80 people working
here, that relevancy for my neighbors, me, the residents of the city, who actually, when you talk with them, they all want to do better. they live in a city where they want to feel they belong to the whole movement. that is why i moved to san francisco. there were a lot of movements i wanted to lead and others i wanted to join. when it comes to improvement of the environment, we want to be part of them -- the movement. we want to be part of the best city in the country. how do we get there? we personalize it. we go about every week. this is where we are saying what goes in the green and blue boxes, and we personalize our challenge making sure we know the things we use where it goes so we can get to the 100% recycling, zero ways. we talked about it to our friends in china.
do you live in a city that is committed to zero ways? you are not up there yet. when it comes to energy efficiency, when it comes to clean tat, -- to clean tech, we would like to talk to people and make sure it is personal to them. that is why i am excited about personalizing it, making it relevant, creating a competitiveness to it, but also a friendly, social environment where people can say, "i am part of san francisco. this is what i do to live here." when we reduce energy consumption, that will meet other people and more people can live in our city. it becomes expensive and unaffordable if we do not start thinking about shared values and shared living standards. that is why i am also excited about the movement about our shared economy. you are part of that. we can reduce the footprint of
our people, and more people can enjoy the richness of our city. i am year for all those reasons as well as what you mentioned earlier. they are coming back, and we get to celebrate that with you. five years from now, 3000 employees here at full power celebrating an nba championship right in our water from rita. this will be great, right? first of all, thank you very much for being part of a great company. thank you for so many of you living in our city, and thank you, alex, and the whole staff for having such a great model for clean tech, energy- efficient, and thank you for partnering with the city. we will find those opportunities to partner with you. you have a great model, and we are going to search for ways to do that. already been educated about what i do not have, which is digital thermometers in my house. i have a baby thermometer.
that is how i feel warm, but thank you very much, and congratulations for being part of a great, successful -- now i know why president obama came to you back in 2009. this is that great feeling. he had a vision there to share with you. i get to share that vision now, and hopefully in the next four years, we will do a lot of work together. congratulations. [applause] >> i want to introduce steve, the vp who oversees all of our work at piccinni, oversees the service is brought to you, who are customers of the utility -- all of our work at pg&e. thank you, steve. >> let me just say -- welcome to the neighborhood. thank you guys for choosing to come out here and join us in our home city. we are proud that you are here. we are proud to be part of this city and a partner with you and
we look for to achieving those goals you laid out. we talked about making energy personal for our customers. you have to make it personal for it to have an impact on your life, and there's probably no better example of that then the relationship you have an old power and the work you help do for our customers. i heard this morning the commission from thecpuc -- the cpuc was making a speech, and she was happy to get her report and had one smiley face and was committed to getting to two. that is one great example of making it personal. there is the work we do with social. we have the opportunity to engage people. we have a passion. we give them the information so they can help accomplish their goals. there is another aspect of this, which is really important, which i wanted to thank you all for.
i have talked to a lot of our other customers, some of whom are less fortunate in terms of their income and what they have the ability to do. they may be struggling on a monthly basis to pay their bills and to do the things they want to do in their lives. i was speaking to one customer in particular, who was excited to get their report because it helped start them on a journey to use less energy. they did simple things, they took civil actions, they became more aware, and as a result, they were saving about 20% on their bill. that has a huge impact on their life and what they can do. that is another way we can make it really personal, and that is another thing i get excited about. energy has the opportunity to power our lives and help us achieve our goals. i'm excited about where we can
go with the partnership. again, thank you for joining us. thank you for the partnership. i know many of the folks in this office have probably work some late nights to deliver for us and deliver for our customers, and i want to thank you for all that commitment. i also want to say how happy we are to have you as a customer year in san francisco. i have a feeling you are probably one of our most efficient customers in san francisco. i saw your groupon, the facebook atp -- app to see how you were doing, and you kind of put us to shame. thanks, and welcome. >> thank you. to bank a few more people and provide more context for why we are opening this office here in san francisco, we started this company five years a po intrero hill with the notion -- in potr ero hill with the notion that
most customers all over the world think energy is boring and the only time they think about it is when something does not work or when a bill comes that is unexpectedly high. we realize -- we thought, anyway, that if we provided people with more compelling information, took the phenomenal data that was coming into utilities, that we could begin to drive behavior change and drive changes in everyday lives of ordinary people. earlier this month, we celebrated having saved a tara what our of energy in partnership with utilities and customers. et al. what our of energy means practically nothing to anybody, but it is a lot of electricity, enough to power a city of 200,000 people for a whole year. what is just as exciting -- more exciting than saving the first taro hour of energy is we are going to save another tarawa of energy over the next 12 months. it took us five years to get to
the first tarawa hour. it will take less than 12 months to get to the next. to put that in context another way, the entire solar industry in the u.s. produced around 1.7 tarawa hours of electricity last year. this small company in partnership with really phenomenal large companies is having an impact that is approximately 2/3 of that, and we feel like we are just getting started. i feel confident that our ability to have an impact will grow strongly because of the partnerships that the mayor has highlighted, the partnership with facebook. the partnership with honeywell. to be imagine the thermostat. particularly the partnership we have with utilities like pg&e. i think there is someone here from the city of palo alto utilities, and we have worked with for a long time. utilities like back -- you guys are brave. utilities have had the same
business model and the same basic delivery for a very long time. to recognize and appreciate that your customers could become real partners is a really brave thing to do in an industry that has been understandably risk averse before. we are thrilled to be your partner in that change and to be providing better services and tools to your customers, to give them more control and in doing so, to build a stronger relationship and help them save. the one thing i wanted to thank were our partners. the second group to thank is government. diane is here. she was commissioner on the puc. have beenn 0 fromrdc -- we have people from nrdc.
thanks of great regulation -- regulation gets a bad name these days, but when implemented correctly, it can be a phenomenal force for good, and the state of california has led the way. local governments -- this is a phenomenal city to do business in a, a city which has attracted and under the mayor's leadership accelerated the attraction of other tech companies and built an ecosystem. when you want to start a business, you want to open an office, you need to go to where the talent is, and there is not a city in the world that has more talented people than the city of san francisco. we are thrilled to be here and to have your leadership. i do not know if we will be at 3000 employees, but if the warriors win the championship, we will be there to celebrate and to help in any way we can. we look forward to being a long- term partner of yours and the
city's for years to come. of course, the third group to thank here it is it is great to have a beautiful office, but what's most important it are the people who come in every day. i feel phenomenally blessed to have such wonderful colleagues. we started two of us at a desk five years ago. there are now 250 of us that the company. 50 people worked out of this office. we plan to double that in the next 12 months. the mayor already met our lead recruiter are here. when president obama came to visit our offices in virginia, we were 60 people. we told him we would double the company in 12 months, and he went to donny and said, "i understand you are the job czar." and she was, and we did.
it is really special to be part of a community of people who are incredibly talented, who are hard working and who work those late nights and come from different industries to work together on such an important issue, an important issue for our city, an important issue for the state, and an important issue for the planet. really appreciate you guys all coming to celebrate our opening of this office. i know there is a ribbon for us to cut. i am ready to cut it. [applause]
>> welcome to the june 13th, 2012 meeting of the san francisco board of appeals. the presiding officer tonight is president fong. and joining her is -- president hwang. and joining her is commissioner fong and commissioner hillis. commissioner garcia will be joining later in the evening. the board may hold a meeting when there is a vacancy. in such instances, the board may overrule the auction of the department by a number of three members. to my left is deputy city attorney tom nolan. he will provide the board with any needed be ill-advised this evening. and his legal assistant, victor
pachinko. i am the executive director. dan cider is here, the assistant zoning administrator and is also representing the planning department and planning commission. joseph duffey will be here momentarily. at this time, mr. pachinko, would you please go for the board guidelines and i will conduct the swearing in process. >> the board requests that you turn off all funds and pagers, so you will not disturb the meeting. please carry on conversations in the hallway. appellants, permit holders, and department representatives each have seven minutes to present their cases and three minutes for rebuttals. those affiliated with these parties must include their comments within the seven minutes for 3 minute time frames. members not affiliated with the parties have up to three minutes each to address the board, but no rebuttals. jewesses' the board in the
accurate preparation of minutes, members -- to assist the board inaccurate preparation of minutes, members may present a speaker cards, but some are not -- but are not required. speaker cards are available on the left of the podium. the board also welcomes your comments and suggestions. there are customer service satisfaction survey forms to the left of the podium. if you have questions about the hearing or the schedule, please speak to staff after the meeting or call the board office tomorrow morning. adelanto, the board office is located at 1560 mission street room 304 between the bows and -- do boros and the other avenue. these are available for purchase directly from sfgtv. at this point time we will conduct our swearing in process.
if you intend to testify at any of tonight's hearings and wish to have the board give your testimony evidenciary wait, please stand, raise your right hand, and say "i do" after you have been sworn in or confirm. any member of the public may speak without taking his oath pursuant to their rights under the sunshine ordinance. thank you. do you solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony you're about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? thank you. >> thank you. president hwang, members of the board, i have one housekeeping item this evening that is in regard to item never five, appeal no. 12,--- appeal no. 12- 027. it has been requested that this be moved to august 1st, 2012.
>> i move that this item be rescheduled. >> any public comment? >>seeing none, mr. pachinko, please call the world. >> on the motion to reschedule item 5, appeal no. 12-027, -- commissioner fung: aye. commissioner hillis: aye. and commissioner moore toronto is absent right now appear -- and commissioner her title is an asset right now. >> would any member of the public like to speak on an item that is not on tonight's calendar? seeing none, we will move onto item two. commissioners, anything? seeing none, item number three, the adoption of the minutes. and for your consideration are the adoption of the minutes for the board meeting may 30th,
2012. >> time of adoption. >> any public comment on the minutes? seeing none, mr. pachinko, call the roll please. >> on the motion from president hwang to adopt the may 30th minutes -- commissioner fung: aye. commissioner hillis: aye. >> and commissioner hurtaio is absent -- absenthurtado is absent. >> items 4 and 5 will be heard together. the subject property is at 1285 40 fifth ave. we will start with dbi tonight.
the electrical permit is ground for cap off of electrical -- ground floor cap off of electrical in the permit range. these items were heard on april 18th, 2012. we are continuing to allow dbi to conduct a life safety inspection. we will give each party just three minutes to update the board. we will start with dbi and then move over to the appellant and then the permit holder. >> good evening, commissioners. joe duffy at dbi. unfortunately, i have not been able to get into the unit yet. just because of my schedule. i contacted the owners and the tenant today and was not able to arrange a site visit. i do not have any life safety issues. the only thing i can add to this case from a dbi point of view is we did cite this for any
legal unit. it is an illegal dwelling unit. the proper thing to do would be to legalize it or remove it. whether they're like safety issues or not, that would be addressed. -- whether there are life safety issues or not, that will be addressed. i'm available for any questions. i apologize for not having gone into the unit for tonight's hearing. maybe we might want to pull it off. -- put it off. i am open for suggestions. >> any suggestion for action beyond the mov? >> i have that information here. we have just issued the first notice of violation.
the second notice of violation, and it was referred to re directors hearing on june 5th, 2012, which has not happened yet. that normally takes a process of -- it could end up with an order of abatement. but as of yet, that has not happened. >> how did the notice of violation come about? what instigated dbi issuing it? >> the latest one that i have, and this goes back to 2009, our housing inspection services. they went out there. it looks like it was a routine inspection of an apartment building. then there is a note that there is an illegal basement unit. then we have another complaint in 2012, fifth of february. it was received by the building inspection division.
the first notice of violation was issued on 1/27/1997. iran has not beenthe inspector s not been renewed. the inspector issued a rare man meant -- a remandment. there was a notice that never are taking care of, so we created a complaint for this year. i'm not really sure -- >> what instigated that. >> it was an anonymous complaint. i'm not sure where that came from. it was an illegal unit then and it still is. it has been appealed, to remove the unit.
>> maybe we can hear from the appellant council now. >> at our last hearing we talked about the permit holder being a brief feet -- repeat offender. i have here a definition of robert jack offered. i'm putting that on the overhead projector. he is the former tenant of 1285 40 fifth ave. he said, i make this declaration on my personal knowledge, and called as a witness i could competently testify in another hearing. he said that since february, 2003, i was a residential tenet at the 45th avenue apartment located in san francisco, the ground level unit. the landlord and manager was a purely the -- peter lead.
i received an eviction notice in march saying that they intended to demolish the unit. after receiving the eviction notice, vacated the grounds in around may, 2010. they have been renting out its illegal unit for many years and have not removed it. but we also talked about this pattern and behavior of disobeying, or not paying attention to the building department orders. at the 47th avenue property, we talked about the restriction on their deed. specifically, it says, the lower floor area shall not be used as a separate drilling unit or rooming unit, and there should be no borders residing there -- boarders residing there. we're talking about another
property owned by the trust. i make this declaration based on my personal knowledge, and is called as a witness i could and would competently testified to the matters set forth herein. for nearly 10 years, my wife and i were the residential tenants at the ground-floor unit. the landlord and building manager was peter feely. i believe he was the trustee for the peter feely trost. i recently learned that notices of violation for the building department exist to my illegal unit. our point is, he has a pattern and behavior of disregarding, disobeying the department of building inspection rules and regulations and orders. the only thing that we can do to
protect any future tenants is to put a restriction on the deed on the 45th avenue property. >> counselor, what you have cited is the enforcement action, basically. how does that affect the tendency of your client in an illegal unit. -- the tendency thethe tenancy -- the tenancy of your client in an illegal unit? rex it is an illegal unit and it is unsafe. -- >> it is an illegal unit and it is unsafe. they have to remove this unit. and because you have to remove this unit, nobody can