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proprietary source code of the machines and a trade secret and not demonstrated enough harm to do this despite these facts and the effort for open source code is to avoid things. sure one can pass laws when there are election results you should ignore trade secrets and go straight to it but better if we have a open source system and transparent and people are recrew it in a transparent way and with american rights the ability to do a secret ballot and counted in the way you want and i am pleased to answer questions or at the end. >> thank you very much. next is tim mayer.
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>> good afternoon. i sat on the task force and thank you supervisor campos for that appointment so this is a simple message that the san francisco voting task force its recommendation is for an open source gpl voting system so the resolution that we're asking to pass is the next logical step and hoping that you support it and thank you as well supervisor wiener and i want to say i'm a resident in your district. thank you. >> thank you very much. next is brent turner. >> hello supervisors. my name is brent turner. kim unfortunately because of the weather couldn't make it today so i have a statement after my
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statement. again i will brent turner and chair the election committee for the san mateo democratic party and chair the state of california democratic party disabilities committee on elections, and i i'm the secretary for the california association of voting officials. cabo is dedicated to providing the election administration community with election options and advocate transparency via publicly owned software and reduction of costs with the hardware. today is a special day not only in san francisco because of this proceeding but globally as well. the annual observation of the day of disabled persons was proclaimed in 1982 by the united nations generallabley and aims to promote disability issues and increase awareness of gains derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in
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every aspect of political, cultural and social life. we are supported by several different groups, the national organization of women and to the above point the national federation to the blind. today's proceedings in san francisco will not only ring bells of celebration for taxpayers and create savings and security experts to protect economic and the ills of the current voting system mark. there are just a handful of vendors in the u.s. market and that isn't acceptable. . the current systems have scathing reports and poor government study and not acceptable and are over priced and poorly conceived. the good news is technology is better for publicly owned systems. public
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turn out is lacking because of the systems and bolstered by the upgrades and the technology that is provided. although this involves science more good news it's not rocket science. we can do this now. the open source scientific committee has been working on the plan for over a decade and now it's a matter of political will. there are costs to transition to a better system but nothing in comparison to the cost and the pain in standing still. thank you all for your dedication for democrat in. with they would like to read cammy foots message to be read into the record if i could. thank you. "honorable board of supervisors in 2008 the city and county of san francisco board of supervisors established the voting systems -- mr. turner, she's in your county registrar of voters, correct? >> she's the registrar of voters and the president of
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cabo. she's elected. thank you. at the time and currently the san francisco department of elections was under a contract with dominion voting systems formerly sequoyah voting systems for services. one of own two vendors that responded to a request for proposal for a new system. the report by the task force in 2011 recommended that san francisco be an active participant in the movement toward more open and transparent voting systems. we acknowledge the complexity of moving from the existing marketplace toward more innovative voting systems and urge san francisco to move steadily toward the goal of transparency even if in incremental steps and urge the city to be a strong advocate for transparent systems and open as well to new collaborative developmental models. significant changes have
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occurred to improve the voting system certification process in california since the voting systems task force was convened in 2008. primarily with the support of secretary of state elect alex padilla and worked with los angeles county to offer senate bill 360 passed in 2013. the law as supervisor wiener stated created a needed wholesale changes in technology models for new innovative systems to be certified in california. additionally, the bill provided an incentive for counties to develop non proprietary voting systems by allowing pilots of publicly non proprietary systems by counties whereas the initial system certification processes did not contemplate for publicly owned voting systems. research has shown that the open source code provides in many cases a reason
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or superior approach to using this software and now adopted by government agencies such as the department of defense and others. the software run on community iewf the shelf hardware is the lowest cost, most reliable alternative to current voting systems. reducing hardware costs from $5,000 single use machines to $500 commercially available computers is one example of the cost savings that can building achieved with this model. as costs go down capital is freed up to allocate to other areas of elect administration. in addition open source systems will increase the transparency another key recommendation of the task force and numerous independent investigation have discovered serious security weaknesses and design errors in widely used equipment. by
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designing software in an open environment there is increased chance that defects will be identified and addressed. on december, 2013 the california association of voting officials was launched for the purpose of providing a mechanism for counties to pull resources to invest in the development and use of open voting systems per public elections as well as to provide training, education and management practices to election officials for the effective use of open source technologies. cabo is a california nonprofit non stock mutual benefit corporation and owned by the public for the mutual benefit of its members when include individuals, voting jurisdictions, academic and research organizations, technologists and service providers. joining cabo and collaborate with other judiciaries and academic institutions and nonprofit
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organizations to develop and manage the next generation of voting systems. by joining now while development is still under way san francisco county can ensure their unique election needs are incorporated into the design and implementation and finally today i ask you to join cabo and our efforts to build better systems. into the next search the advances should provide the opportunity that everyone's vote is counted accurately and securely without being tied to a sing vendor or out dated infrastructure. this will provide us the capacity and certainty to administer elections for this century and keep the promise of our democracy, namely that your vote will always if cast count. thank you for your time and consideration. sincerely cammy foot president cavo. thank you very much and i am available for
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any questions. >> thank you. and finally i would like to call up chris who say member of the elections commission appoint by the board of supervisors. >> good afternoon rules committee members. the last time i was here is in april when applying for the board of supervisors seat and again thank you for your support. i'm now the vice president of the election commission although i am speaking as a member of the public today and not a representative of the commission. i want to provide a little background information to the resolution. it's something i support. open source is an idea that has been talked about for a while now in san francisco. back at the last time the department of election says was procuring equipment it was discussed and i have a memo that was circulated and you can see
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the text that the election commissions passed back then and i will read you one sentence. the language is general because this was early in the conversation but it said "the commission adopts this policy that the election department shall endeavor in contracting to prioritize and select if possible voting systems and vendors which provide the maximum level of security and transparency possible consistent with the principles of public disclosure". after that resolution the voting system task force was formed and they made their own resolution in 2011, and now where are we today? we're getting close to the time to procure new equipment but the problem is there is still no open source voting system available but we had seen some encourage things in los angeles and travis county. they are starting to develop their own voting system and my understanding is that the work they're doing is focused
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on their jurisdiction so it doesn't seem something we could use in the near term, so that's why i am particularly excited about the part of the resolution that asks lafco to study how san francisco could develop our own voting system, and some of the -- so it's kind of natural for them to drill down into the details and see what this would look like for san francisco and what would it take and some of the things that lafco i think would be in a good position to study what are the cost benefits of this? what department would be responsible for developing this system and what relationship would it have to the department of elections or part of the department of elections? should san francisco develop a whole voting system or a component? could it integrate with other systems? and how would we legally work with other jurisdictions and organizations
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possibly private companies? like what would the legal framework look like? and lastly how we budget it over the years and the timeline we're looking at so i think there are good questions around this issue. i think it's worth san francisco pursuing. thank you. >> great. thank you very much commissioner. okay colleagues this is the presentations. we have staff here if you have questions of him, but the goal of this resolution is to reiterate what this board has already said that we want to move towards open source voting systems but we hope to have lafco study this so we can have actual data and analysis about what it would take for us to move in this direction, and what makes sense so we look forward to working with lafco and the
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department on that and i believe that supervisor tang -- >> supervisor tang. >> thank you. just since the director is here i have one question to build on the public comment question brought up regarding timing so i am glad that lafco is studying this. i think it's a positive direction for the city to move in, but i department to better understand as we are going out to bid for future contracts for the city what does that mean? are we going to be only entering into one year contracts at a time so if we able to move on something we are able to do so so if you could shed light on the timing that would be great. >> timing is critical for the department no matter which way we go in the future. the structure the contract -- i assume it's dynamic until it's executed. there are many avenues we could take as far as contracts regarding a voting system or development of voting
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systems. the main thing is though for the department i think to explain that the current contract for the current voting system expires in september 2016 so we have to start the mechanisms for going out for a new voting system or something used to count ballots. it's not in any way a negative mark against open source, going out to bid. we're not trying to dictate how the direction that voting will take in san francisco, but we have an obligation to make sure we have something to count the ballots going forward in 2016 and the only thing right now available for us are the current types of systems that we're currently using so again it's a matter of timing and time. how much time would it take for the system to be developed for san francisco to use? so those are the two main components and as far as contract i am sure it will be
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dynamic and how we structure that agreement. >> supervisor campos. >> thank you. thank you director. i just wanted to ask you since we're talking about a resolution, a none binding resolution. >> non binding resolution and i support the intent and the spirit of this but i want a better understanding of what that means in terms of the day to day? >> well, i don't know yet. i think it's a great first step to have lafco look at this and to do the study and the appropriate step for san francisco to take in regards to open source and good to consolidate the information and avenues of the system via the study. again it's just time and timing for us. right now we have more time available if we contribute to a
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report to respond to questions and things like that. as we get closer to the election cycle then the time is less for us, so right now the time would be good for us to be involved in a study but as we get closer to november, 2015 the time will be less good. >> and i know that we can't tell lafco what it can do, but i certainly as a member of lafco would be supportive of studying this issue. i think it's a very important issue and i think it makes sense that lafco is the entity that considers this, so thank you. >> thank you colleagues and i think -- i mean clearly we're not going to -- if we do move towards open source voting which i hope we will it's not going to be in place -- excuse me, by the end of next year, which is when the contract comes up, and so i think the question will be looking at what lafco finds
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how that contract should be structured. i think the current contract i think you have been five year renewals. am i right about that that? >> no. two and one year renewals. >> so the variable there. >> it is and as mentioned and i believe it's also in your resolution there are steps to take that potentially to put in a rfp and put components of open source into the next system -- rfp for the next system, whatever it maybe. i don't know. i think the department certainly has been aware of open source. we have taken small steps. just in this past election again with mr. jerdonic's assistance and files. you can read using open source scripts that were developed and there are many
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other avenues that we can take even before lafco commences or finishes the study and a contract with the system. >> thank you for your work. mr. chairman i do have one public comment card. david kerr y. >> thank you supervisors. i am david kerry and i want to speak in favor of this resolution and also thank those including those of you who have been supportive of this issue and have been instrumental in bringing this forward here today. i wanted to speak very briefly about two things. one is to affirm the value of open source and open voting systems
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to improving our elections, and also to offer some kind of personal observations i've had about the need for improving public confidence in san francisco's elections. i have been an author of free open source software learkz related that was used to help verify the results of san francisco elections and occasion offer places where votes could be corrected and that's been very helpful for people, not only here in california but in other states as well. san francisco elections and director john aroundst do a commendable job overall how they conduct elections and they continuously work to make improvements and there are areas where they can
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still make improvements and as i talked to people i found there is a significant amount of the public that has low confidence in the elections in san francisco and how they're conducted and i think open source software and open vofting systems is certainly one of the steps we can take to improve that. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. is there any additional public on item two? seeing none mr. chairman may we close public comment. >> [gavel] it's closed. >> again colleagues thank you for hearing this item and i would ask the committee to forward the resolution with positive recommendation. thank you. >> okay. is there a motion? >> yes, so moved. >> okay. >> with no objection the motion is passed. thank you very much. [gavel] >> thank you colleagues.
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>> madam clerk we're going to item number 4 now. >> item number 4 is a resolution extending the term for the balboa park station community advisory committee to provide continued input and community efer sight to transportation and public improvements. >> okay. we have ms. daniel harris are you here? or there you are and we have staff from the san francisco transportation authority. >> good afternoon chair yee and members. i am danielle harris. sfm ta staff and i am here to seek your recommendation to continue the balboa park
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community advisory committee and set to sunset and we still have a lot of work to do, so we're hoping to extend them two years from their next meeting which is scheduled to 2015 meeting which is scheduled to be february 2015 so we hope to continue them to february 2017. the committee members provide a forum for coordination, information sharing and collaboration between the community and agencies. they're are a number of agencies that do projects within the area and it is. >> >> it's a big project, so they're currently overseeing over 28 projects in the area, and they all vary in timeline so it's -- they have been meeting -- the 13th meeting is going to
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be held this month and meeting every other month at city college, the ocean campus and we currently have five voting members out of nine and all members have been present since 2013 so they're very committed and pretty much they provide input to the community and oversight and helping prioritize the implementation of transportation and other public improvements and some of the projects include the balboa park station area and plaza improvements, muni forward which is the transit line changes, the ocean avenue corridor design and the i280 off ramp realignment so if you have any further questions i am available. thank you. >> thank you. did you want to say anything? >> [inaudible] >> okay. any questions? well thank you for bringing this
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forward. even though the balboa station isn't in my district it's just close enough to the district where it has a lot of impact and i am certainly supportive of the extension. any public comments on this item? seeing none public is now closed. [gavel] supervisor campos. >> thank you. i would like to move this item forward with a positive recommendation. and by the way what an incredible voice. thank you for the presentation. >> deputy city attorney john gibner. >> just one suggestion to the committee. on page three of the resolution the resolution refers to the rules committee makes appointments to the body. i think this was probably in the original 2012 resolution also, and what has happened with this body as all advisory bodies that the board makes the appointments. the rules
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committee considers the applications and nominations so i would just suggest and we can work with the m ta on massaging the language and clarify it's the board making the appointments and not the rules committee and then we will submit a copy to the board. >> i make a motion to clarify that's it's the board and not the rules committee that appoints. >> okay. so there's a motion to pass this with positive recommendation for amendments. no objection. then this item is passed. [gavel] thank you. madam clerk item number 5. >> item number 5 is a hearing to consider appointing six members for a two-year term ending december 16, 2016 to the market and ovtavia community advisory committee. there are six seats and eight applicants. >> okay. if you're here i will call in the order on the
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agenda. krute singa. >> hello and thanks for the opportunity to speak to you today. i am krute singa and i am wanting to be reappointed to the market and ovtavia seat. i have been on in the seat for the last two years and served as the vice chair. i found the role to be interesting and enjoyed the opportunity to strengthen the neighborhood structure which i plan and work. what i bring to the community is over 13 years of experience in urban planning and specifically in multi-modal transportation planning establishing projects that improve pedestrian, bicycle, transit, ride sharing access, and closely tied to land use and economic and social development. i am currently working for the san francisco department of the environment where i manage sustainable transportation programs and outreach and
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education programs. but my experience and interest is not only in transportation. i am also interested in understanding the factors that contribute to making a complete and vibrant neighborhood for residents and visitors including access to basic services, amenities, schools and open spaces. and on a personal level i grew up in san francisco and have lived in the mission delores area for the last 11 years. i don't own a car and rely on the pedestrian, transit and car share amenities in the neighborhood and i also work in the plan area which i mentioned and familiar with the multi-model access issues that currently exist and we need be mitigated with all of the new development coming on board now and over the next few years so to conclude i am interested in continuing to be a part of the
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cac and contribute to the improvements in the plan area. thank you. >> thank you very much. thank you for wanting to serve. the next person on the agenda is joshua marker and i believe that he's not going to be here today but he did -- he was recently appointed and support the by supervisor kim's office. next person is raymond gary mccoy. gary. >> hi supervisors. i am gary mccoy and currently on seat three. i feel like i was just here. i saw you all at the end of the july actually so i am just asking for your recommendation to continue on the commission another two years. it's been great for the last couple of months and just working towards continuing pedestrian safety improvements
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and open space projects. thank you. >> it's always good to see you here. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. next person is madam bring ham who i believe has withdrawn her application. is that correct? and the next one is kenneth wingard. are you here? there was a statement submitted and then us russell pritchard has withdrawn also. paul olsen, are you here? come on up. >> supervisors i am not paul but paul did ask if it was possible for someone to speak on his behalf. >> go ea


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