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market but i am supporting a 62-foot height which is what folks in the community would prefer according to the feedback that we have received, and so i do -- i will be amending or move to amend the legislation today to reduce to 65 to 62 feet and then finally the legislation would allow cafe floor to have a path to legalize its long standing off site kitchen to come into compliance with the planning code. this legislation is critical to ensure the success of this important and iconic institution, kof a floor. we talk a lot in city hall about supporting our locally owned unique businesses. we all want to prefer the local businesses to formula retail so that we have unique commercial corridors, but our planning code sometimes makes it
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exceptionally hard for local businesses to succeed. cafe floor has had off site kitchen for decades. this legislation recognizes that reality and provides a path to legalization for anyone who has been inside of cafe flee you will know that the kitchen is the size of a postage stamp and i'm not exaggerating by that much, just a little bit and without the off site kitchen we know their food service capacity will shrink considerably and pressure for the business to be a bar. it's not in the interest of this neighborhood to have a cafe floor with reduced food service and increased reliance on alcohol sales. i understand there is some opposition in the neighborhood but i think there is significantly more support for this change, but i do believe this is the right path
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for the neighborhood and for our community. my goal as district supervisor to make sure that businesses can succeed and that our neighborhoods are benefited as a result and i believe that's what we're doing here, so with that said i also have several technical amendments recommended by the planning department and i will just briefly note those technical amendments before inviting the planning department to speak and opening the floor to public comment. number one, an amendment to amend the upper market ntc zoning control table section bulk limit and refer to the new section. this is a clerical error that we will rerk. number two, to amend the upper market control table to refer to
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section one 38.one rather than 143. again a typographical correction. to amend the upper market control table section 733.8 and number sensioned reference to allow bars to apply for and receive an entertainment permit without receiving a conditional use. again a typographical correction and for this section to include restrictions on tobacco paraphernalia establishments. this section of the table was inadvertently deleted in the legislation and finally as i noted before to amend the height control per the section as listed on page four lines 16 to 18 on file number what is
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proposed in the ordinance. paying close attention to that interesting recitation so these are the technical corrections, and with that i will invite sophie haywood from the planning department to come up. >> good afternoon. this recommends approval with modifications and primarily the technical amendments that supervisor wiener just listed. in addition the planning commission did recommend that the board consider converting all of the upper market to that now or in the future. i don't want much to add but i am available for questions. >> thank you very much
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ms. haywood. if there are no comments colleagues we will open up public comment. it's two minutes and at 30 seconds you will hear a solve bell and at two minutes a louder bell and if anyone is in the over flow will room we have room here now. [calling speaker names]
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>> go ahead. >> good afternoon. scott, you pretty much covered the bases and i will reiterate. small businesses are important and it's great to see you supporting them. i think this is essential to the viability of the business. it's a great icon in the neighborhood. it's a great place to go for everybody and i really like the part where are you sustaining food and minimizing alcohol and i think there is enough in that section of the town already. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> hi i am [inaudible]. thank you guys. you're doing a great job especially with this initiative, and i'm just here to support the off site use for cafe floor. a lot of different catering companies like particular there is an event
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going out here tonight. a lot of places have these off site locations where they put their food together. being across the street from the actual location from cafe floor shouldn't be an issue and i hope that we can definitely get this passed and approved and cafe floor should be here for a very long time. thank you guys. >> thank you very much. >> hi i am jd petis and owner and i want to say how critical it is and 35 people it takes to run the place and it's very small and it would be really difficult to have -- not have the kitchen in the facility that we have. thank you so much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hi. thanks for the approach
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to this and not an easy name. i want to thank you all and just say that this clearly works, and i heard in the first meeting that it allowed the restaurant to become a restaurant and serve more than bar food which in our culture we don't need more of. they keep it really tidy. they respect the neighborhood and thank you very much. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. this has to do -- i like the cafe floor but it has to do with the owner that the owner is a righteous person. he has been around for a long, long time. during the aids crisis he was a major contributor to making things better. he started the venl tabl market on noe street on wednesday. he's
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accommodating a couple of people in a weekend or two for a gathering. he's just a righteous person and i don't stick up many people. i don't like coming here and speaking but he's my friend and he deserves it. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is kevin blackwell. i have gone to cafe floor many times and i appreciate the food menu and the set up where it invites everyone in the neighborhood. i wanted to thank you for your time considering this. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> hi good afternoon. i paul work and an interior designer and small business owner in san francisco. i read a letter that you drafted a couple of months ago that stated clearly and i thinks withly to have the exceptions in the building code
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and as a small business owner i am encouraged by that and people say that california is an unfriendly place to do business so i appreciated your comments and my kitchen is 89 square feet and that is exactly the size of their main kitchen and i know it's challenging to turn out a dinner for four much less the meals they turn out everyday and it's nothing short of impressive that they can do that. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >>i have been going to cafe floor since 72. i went to the boys school and meet my mom for a ride home. it's so better than it was when it was open and i am jd is doing a great job. i am a professional chef and have done catering and limiting a off site kitchen is really
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difficult as a business owner in the city because the rent. you can have a rent space for half the price to have the commissary kitchen and a space for people to sit. you are going to see more of it happening and i will see it up front and on the table so people know where the food is coming from. i don't see a issue moving the food up and down the streets and that's concept of farms and i don't see the issue why he shouldn't have a commissary kitchen. >> thank you. next speaker. i am wendy mog and speaking on and we want to support the legislation. the legislation modifies the explanation of the boundaries of the upper market street mairkd district and
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upper market neighborhood transit district, allows increased business and small business and expansion of fitness center and off site prep kitchen for use by a local restaurant. we are supportive of additional density on market street and the increased height to allow the growth of businesses and 14 rental units which will include below market rentals. the asked height is up to 62 feet and legalize the off site kitchen and continue as a full service restaurant it is. it's a locally neighborhood owned institution which gives generously of space and events.
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>> thank you very much: next speaker. >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is ron shmidt. san francisco has been my home for the last 16 years, the castro and cafe floor and the heart of the castro. the bareeftas know
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my order before i get to the counter and whether i will have crackers -- and warm smiles around from the cooks as they glance up from the food they place on the plate, and i have a friend or two to stop and share my table and catch up on our lives and these are friends that i met there and as i write in my journal and i am caught with visitors from all around the world. cafe floor brings people together from all over the world and i am in touch with many of
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them. as i was on the patio sipping drinks i noticed a couple of men holding hands and coming through the great and was 40 when i came out. it's thrilling to me to live in a community people are free and safe to be who they r i get a rush when i hear two men holding hands or women hugging and sharing the space with one another. cafe floor provides me with endless moments that take my breath away and fill my soul. >> thank you very much. >> i have copies for you. >> thank you. >> there is obviously a lot of support so i won't waste
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time. this prep work is important to san francisco and catering company scpis know that you take on a lot of opposition for different things but your office has been great in supporting cafe floor and a long time neighbor in the castro since 87 and hiv survivor there aren't businesses that offer their space for fundraising and they have always opened their space for fundraising and partner with department of public health on programs and donate to schools and water projects in guatemala and i want to say thank you and we look forward to another 40 years of serving the community in the castro. >> thank you very much. >> thank you scott and the rest of the supervisors for bringing
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this to the agenda. i am in support of it. the food is a very important part of the communication hub that cafe floor provides for our community. it's a meeting plaises for fundraisers, business meetings, eye candy, whatever it is to spend the day and get away from it all. the food menu is very, very important to that because just as we have heard we don't need another bar in the castro. we need the food -- actually brings us all together as well. thank you. >> thank you. >> this is actually something that i support. i don't know if i checked that on the card, but i do support it. it's one of the rare things that i support, and i just wanted to see more restaurants opening in the area
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of new district eight. you know past safeway. we're a whole new neighborhood and we need more restaurants than hair and nail salons that are taking over the neighborhood. >> thank you. is there any additional public comments on items two and or three? seeing none public comment is closed. colleagues can we move items -- is there a motion to move items two and three to the full board with positive recommendations. >> so moved. >> second. >> can we take that without objection? >> is that as amended? yes sorry about that. after making a big deal with the amendments. we can take the amendments without objection? so ordered and move this forward with a positive recommendation. that would be the order. mr. clerk can you call item four. >> item four is a hearing to
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review the efforts and strategies to reduce clutter on sidewalks and improving pedestrian access. >> thank you. this say tharg that i requested and as i note noted at the beginning of the hearing i would like to continue this given how pacted the agenda is and call to the chair and reschedule this in late may. colleagues if there are no comments i will open it up for a possibility of a continuance. any public comment on item four? seeing none public comment is closed. colleagues can we have a motion to continue item four to the call of the chair. >> so moved. >> without objection? that will be the order. item number five. >> item five is a resolution urging the municipal
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transportation municipal transportation agency to implement a bike sharing program by 2014. >> i called this hearing and i want to thank supervisor chiu for cosponszorring with me. bike sharing programs give residents to access to publicly used space throughout urban areas. these programs are effectively effective in dense cities with extensive public transit like san francisco. bike share gets them out of private automobiles and frees up seats in buss and trains. it allows people that don't own a bike to bike when they want to or need to and also for people that own bikes to bike if they don't want their bike with them all day. bike sharing program have been known to lower auto use. in paris it reduced
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traffic 5% the first year. in china 78 owners use bicycles previously done by cars. they are good for neighborhoods and businesses and encourage short trips to communities. san francisco will take part in a bike sharing program program, a regional program that will serve as a small portion of the downtown core of san francisco. this is initially 35 stations and bikes located from mid-market to the embarcadero and this is only a first step and we need to move quickly to enact a full larger city wide program. other
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cities nationwide are also starting bike share programs with more bikes and more stations. new york city will include 300 stations and 5500 bikes. chicago will have 400 bikes and 400 bikes and portland a city with two thirds of our population will have 75 stations and 7500 bikes. i don't want to see san francisco fall behind and we know this type of program requires a certain size in order to ensure its success, so it's important that we establish this pilot, and in my view that we quickly build on it, so with that i want to welcome the mta. , staff from mta who have been spear heading this pilot and talk to what we're doing and
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what we can expect in the future and colleagues we have a resolution before us that encourages the mta to move quickly and expeditiously to expand on the pilot so if there are no introductory comments colleagues we will turn it over to mr. mod ox from the mta. >> thank you supervisors. thank you for the opportunity to give a presentation on our efforts on bike sharing program so far. let's see if i can get this open . so again good afternoon. i am heath mat ox with the mta and i have been leading my agencies and the city's efforts to get a bike sharing program
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going in san francisco for the last several years and i have a short presentation, about 10 slides, which will tell you what we have been up to. first a very brief introduction as to what bicycle sharing is. i think one of the best analogies i use is like car sharing and membership base and affordable. it's convenient and available 24 hours a day and seven days a week and safe and perhaps counter intuitively and better than car sharing as a bicycle sharing professional it includes bike and healthy and clean and unlike most traditional car sharing it allows for one way trips. bikes can be checked out from one location and checked into another. when i say the location checked in we're talking about
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bike share stations. these are comprised of docks analogous to bicycle racks and only specialally designed bicycles can be checked into the docks and the technology that we are going with san francisco and popular in north america and modular and battery powered and charged using solar so if we need to move them for whatever wane we can move them across the street or expand or contract the stations and they don't require excavation or trenching or ac internal power. where is bike sharing? this is a map from a uc berkeley team that i updated and the red dots represent these systems and blue ones are older systems and library sharing and
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these i put in and what is happening in the united states over the last few years is primarily the east and the mid-west. there isn't a lot of action in the west but we should see things change dramatically in 2013. why is bike sharing important? i work at the mta and we see it as a complementary mode and relieves transit and it's affordable. a annual pass is $85 and if you use the system for 30 minutes and it's free. i don't know any other mode where it costs you a hundred bucks and free from there on out. it's proven quite safe. data from other systems contrary to perhaps -- what intuition would tell you users are involved in fewer collisions, at a
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collision rate lore than the bicycling population at large. it's healthy. it's clean healthy transportation and deals with the health effects. it doesn't emit toxins and it allows customers to track their physical activity which is very important for people who are trying to overcome an activity and last but not least it will create jobs in san francisco for san franciscans in the deployment and operation and management of the system. so one more slide to sort of -- one of the benefits of bike sharing. this is a little difficult to explain but bear with me. this shows responses to surveys in these cities of annual members and they asked these annual members of bike sharing systems how they would have previously made the trip and on the extreme right side and europeans and by
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members of bike sharing systems were previously done by car and on the left in the united states we see in denver 43% of trips are said to have members said they would have done it by car. we expect in san francisco the change is between europe and minneapolis and order of 10-15%, still pretty significant changing of modes for annual members. this shows locations where we have room and sidewalks and done without impeding pedestrian flow and in the plaz that there and the majority of stations we are placing them in the parking lane so a little bit about the
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project we are involved in.

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