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tv   Special Rules Committee 73115  SFGTV  August 9, 2015 2:30am-3:01am PDT

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2015. welcome to a special rules committee. my name is john avalos the chair of the committee joined to my left by committee supervisor cohen and president of the bord london breed. the clerk of sth board today is alisa samary. can you share announcement >> silence all cell phones and electroning devices. complete speaker cards and documents to [inaudible] item acted upon will appear on sept8.
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>> just would like taannounce that todays rules committee meeting is broadcast by s frfx gtv staff, jennifer low and [inaudible] >> item 1 is motion [inaudible] it define clean, green energy and renewable [inaudible] election to be held november 3, 2015. >> thank you very much. the rules committee meeting was to insure that we had our committee meeting to review the last minute changes that were made to this ordinance for the ballot and not sure if president breed has anything to share, but we have jason breed the director of [inaudible] to explain the new version of the legislation.
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>> jason [inaudible] local agency formation. the legislation in front of you has been changed into baseic ways that the previous version had been talked about. those twho ways, we take out discussion about nuclear energy and add the above [inaudible] will work with reporting of category 3 renewable energy credits. there is no under state rules there are regulations how much you use for minimum standards but nothing beyond that. the sit a puts a voluntary limit on what it can do with category 3 credits using the same standards for the minimum complice to the rest of the load with exception between the meeting not being counted [inaudible] the roof top solar
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is not something in category 3 and san franciscos goal is get as much renewable energy on the roof top. 9 percent of the load will fall into that category so we konet want to deemphasize that so will take out that caveat and [inaudible] in the system to what the stardards are fl the minimum compliance levels the state has and will stick to that. if you have questions i'm happy to answer them >> thank you so what was before with 2 measures going to the ballot is our push and to have greater roof top solar was being threatened and being able to count that as part of our clean effort >> yes. there will be restrictions for minimum rpf compliance but not the maximum
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levels so it gives the flexibility to have the roof top solar fill in the gap above the minimum compliance levels >> okay great, thank you. we can open up this item for public comment . >> [inaudible] you try to [inaudible] by not turning on the air conditioner but [inaudible]
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>> thank you. next speaker, please >> good morning for once supervisors. eric [inaudible] with various groups including san francisco clean energy advocates. the other problem with i [inaudible] measure is it will set different standards for pge so it can get away with calling [inaudible] when we couldn't-it was silly. on what is happening today, advocates want to make very clear that ibw made an agreement that after you vote on this in the hearing and send it forward they will send out a press release immediately announcing their intention tooz campaign against their measure and for our measure including putting a ballot statement saying don't vote for this, vote for the other one. advocates need to see that happened before you all at the board in about a
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half-hour vote to send it forward. if doesn't happen i know it is drag to be here friday, but you need to hold that vote until the press release goes out or we feel we don't have a deal and if we lose quorum and have to go to a pal balt misher fight we are plepaired to do that and will and will win. the last thing is hopefully ibw is watching and if they attempt this in other counties-i'm part of a state wide organization on community choice and will aggressively defend any county. >> thank you very much. any other member of the public who would like to comment? seeing none we'll close public comment. before we have a vote on this measure muchbing forward i would like to see if we have a motion >> make a motion to excuse supervisor tang, she cannot be
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here with us today >> take that without objection. you areoon the committee today. okay. just announced president breed is a member of the committee today so president breed will be voting with us. so, president breed >> thank you. i just want to thank there l the party involved in trying to build a consensus about around this issue. we all care about prckting the environment and this is a significant way to do that. i just want to say to supervisor cohen and supervisor avalos, thank you for hosting this meeting at such short notice. this particular item today will help us hopefully prevent a fight at the ballot this november and bring all parties together in order to move this forward and not only follow state regulations, but
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enhance reguless here in the city and county of san francisco. especially because we want to launch clean power sooner rather than later. what we are doing here is just a step forward in that direction. the mayor has made a commitment to move aggressively forward and launching this program and we are committed to that so fortunately at the ballot box this won't create that level of a problem so that clean power is delayed in the skity and county of san francisco. i'm excited, it has take an long time to get here. i just joined the fight when i became a member of the board met many here today have been advocateing for this for many many year jz it is trully amazing we got to this point and look forward to this measure passing in november and hopefully passing at the board and hopefully ibw sticking to
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their word and supporting the ballot measure and all of us coming together on this particular issue so we can move this problem forward as soon as possible. thank you jason freed for all your work for many many years on this particular issue. you have been consistently fighting to balance all sides so we can get to this point so excited and look ing forward to the launch of clean power in san francisco finally. last but not least, thank you supervisor avalos for being my partner on this particular issue and it has been great to work with you and your team, both jermany and connor in our office have been grain grait on this issue as well. thank you >> thank you. i think we had 2 bites of the apple last year, one looking at how the pec budget extracted dollars for the reserve for clean power and
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we prevented that for happening and you coming calling for the study for ininstrumental as well. we can have a motion to move this item forward? >> yes i would thrike mive a motion to move the item forward with positive recommendation as committee report to the full board >> second. >> we'll take that without objection. madam clerk do we have other items? >> that concludes our business for today. >> we are adjourned.
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>> hello and welcome to me your district supervisor. we're here with supervisors got scott wiener. he started his first term this january. we are going to get to know him and talk about the issues facing the city. welcome. thank you for joining us today. tell us about your background, where you grew up, went to school, and what kind of jobs to have had. >> i grew up in the philadelphia area, in new jersey. i went to school up and down the east coast. i went to undergrad at duke university. i went to law school at harvard. after clerking for a judge, i came out here in 1997. i have been here for the last 14
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years. i have always lived in the castro. i am an attorney. i started out in private practice. i settle private law firm during complex commercial litigation. in 2002, and moved over to the sentences the city attorney's office where i worked on the trial team doing trials for the city, handling my own cases, and supervising a team of attorneys as well. >> why did you choose to live in san francisco? >> i always assumed i would go back to the philadelphia area since that is where my family is. i was always interested in san francisco in terms of what it is as a city, its culture, it's amazing lgbt community. i came out here for a summer, fell in love with it. i have been interested in politics since i was a kid. i worked on campaigns as a teenager. i was involved campaign against
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senator jesse helms when i was in college. when i cannot hear, and was not initially involved politically. -- when i came out here, i was not initially involved politically. i helped to build the lgbt community center. i started doing campaigns. i gradually got involved in democratic party politics. i got involved in the alice b. toklas democratic club. i ran for the democratic central committee in 2004. i ended up sharing the committee. it was a gradual process for me. by the time i started thinking about running for supervisor, it made sense because of my involvement in the community and in politics. >> what did you learn from campaigning for supervisor? >> i learned a lot. i knocked on about $15,000. -- i knocked about 15,000 doors.
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i met a huge number of people. that is the best way to learn about the neighborhood, the city, and what people want and what their concerns are. i feel i can do so much more than before and started campaigning. -- i feel like i know so much more than before i started campaigning. we're all part of the left on the national standard. i am a good liberal democrat. in the san francisco spectrum, and probably considered more middle of the road. -- i am probably considered more middle-of-the-road. i am very independently comes to the issues. i do not vote the party line. a judge each issue on its merits. that is how i am. >> what do you feel are some of the biggest issues facing san francisco now? >> the budget is the most imminent issue. we do have a structural budget
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deficit in the city. we need to deal with the short- term balancing of the budget in a way that does not decimate basic city services that people rely on but also to address our long term structural budget deficit. that means implementing budget reforms that will smooth out the budget process so that it is not a boom-bust process. that means reforming our pension and retiree system so that they are stable and do not drain the general fund. that is a big aspect of it. another huge issue is the deferred maintenance on our infrastructure. we have a lot of infrastructure that has been deteriorating because we have not maintained properly. that includes roads, sewer systems, muni. we need to be much more diligent about maintaining our infrastructure. some of the big citywide issues
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that impact the district include transportation. we had more muni service and some other districts. it is not always reliable. some of the major bus lines in the district are not reliable. we have major projects like the renovation of delores park. it is an opportunity to define what the park is and what changes we want to make to it. that is going to be and port project, the same thing with glen canyon that is going to undergo a lot of work. one of the most challenging parts of the new district supervisor is that we elect the supervisors by district. it is very important to pay attention to the district, be engaged in the projects in the district. we also represent the whole city. any district supervisor that
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focuses on the district without addressing the citywide issues is not doing his or her job. every day, i make sure i am working on the major citywide issues and the district issues. i try to be disciplined about that. >> how will you approach the tough choices? >> i think we have to start by looking at the most critical city services that we cannot do without. what are the ones that if they deteriorated, we will pay the price on? public safety falls into that category as a basic critical service. transportation, making sure we have the functional muni is critical. core public health services like
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dealing with mental on this on our streets -- with mental illness on our streets. if we do not provide services, we will pay the price. it works out from there in terms of budget priorities. >> with your plans on dealing with homelessness? >> it is homelessness in general and behavior on the streets. we need to make sure people have access to services. i was a supporter of putting the money we taking the money we're putting into the system to provide housing. we need to make sure people have access to services. we need to make sure that we have standards of behavior on our streets. most homeless people did not cause any problems on our streets. they are a small group the causing problems. we need to make sure we have the standards of behavior. there are some kinds of behavior
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that are not ok and they need to report that. . she mentioned housing needs. what are the housing needs? how should the board of supervisors address these? >> there are a few different areas we need to address. housing affordability or lack there of is a major challenge for the city. it is harder to afford housing in the city if you are lower or middle income. we need to address that. i want to focus on work force housing. we do a good job of generating high in housing. we can always do better. we do a decent job providing low-income housing. we do a terrible job providing housing for lower middle class and middle-class people, people who are working and paying taxes. we need to have them here for a
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functioning economy. i am looking for ways to fund more of that kind of housing, particularly for a central employees like teachers, nurses, first responders. we need to make sure that our development is a transit- oriented. we do not want to encourage suburban sprawl. we want to do infill housing so that people can live near where they work and near public transportation. >> let's talk about public transportation. is there adequate muni service in your district? what is the parking and traffic situation like? >> muni is not near where it needs to be. in the caster, we have the subway. -- in the castro, we have the subway. a can be terrific or frustrating. we are next to the bart line.
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in other parts of the district, is unreliable. the writeridership is lower bece of unreliability. other lines are not as frequent and people not think of using them. we have a particular problem in diamond heights. the neighborhood is served primarily by the 52 line. it is incredibly unreliable. the buses miss runs-------. for awhile, muni was ending service at 9:00 or 10:00 at night. it is up on a hill. without service, it is isolated. another thing i am working on is trying to get more taxis onto the street.
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a world-class taxi system is a complement to any public transportation system. >> how do you think the police department is doing? do you have any thoughts on how the city is dealing with crime? >> i was a big supporter of chief gaston. i think he will do a great job in the district attorney's office. part of me was sad to see him go from the police department. he had come in and started modernizing the department. it's technology -- a lot of different changes that needed to happen but were not happening until he came in and start of the department on the right path. it is critical that whoever the next chief of police is continue that modernization of the department. it will have benefits citywide. in my district, we have public safety challenges.
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the district is often viewed as a "safe district." we do have violence. we had a bunch of violence around delores park last year. there have been robberies in glen park and parts of the valley. there have been shootings in diamond heights. one of the challenges is making sure that the police department understands that even though we may not have the same crime levels as some neighborhoods, we still need attention from the police department. >> let's talk about the city's economic development. are we on the right track? what would you like to change about the approach to developing the economy? >> we are getting better. the city as got more proactive about attracting businesses and new industries and providing incentives for them to come and stay here.
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it is still a very expensive place to do business in terms of the cost of labor, land. we need to make sure that we are not taxing businesses to the point that it is not profitable and we are not attractive for them to be here. we need to reform our payroll tax. that is an incentive not to create jobs. i know the board president david chu is working on possibility this there -- possibilities there. i look forward to working with him. we've targeted efforts to revitalize areas and bring industries here with the tax holiday and proposal introduced yesterday relating to parts of the tenderloin to provide some payroll tax relief to encourage businesses like twitter and
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others to go there. >> the governor has proposed eliminating funding for redevelopment agencies. what is your opinion of the plan? what are your thoughts on the value of redevelopment agencies? >> i think the plan is over- broad. i do not support it as it relates to san francisco's model of redevelopment. our redevelopment agency does tremendous work in san francisco. a lot of projects like treasure island and what is happening in hunters point, those kinds of projects would be difficult to achieve without redevelopment. a redevelopment agency is the largest source of affordable housing creation in the city. it has been a huge asset. i understand there are other parts of the state where redevelopment has a different model and is not as positive.
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there are types of unwise development. redevelopment statewide is in need of reform. san francisco is a model for redevelopment and it needs to stay intact. >> let's talk about the role of sports. are you happy with the plans for the america's cup? should the city spend money to keep the 49ers'? >> i am thrilled about the america's cup. it will not just be an economic boom that creates jobs and long- term economic development. it will help us shore up our aging and deterioration appears -- deteriorateing piers. it will help us clear of deferred maintenance. it will be a promotion for the city. people will see the panoramic views of san francisco and want
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to come here. i would very much like to see forty-niners stay here. what that means, we will have to talk about it. i am not a big fan of massive public subsidies to sports teams. i think we should work hard to keep them here. >> we're almost out of time. are there any other issues or concerns we have not discussed? are there any other specific issues you plan to concentrate on throughout your turn? >> a couple that come to mind. i introduced in control legislation to make it easier for tenants displaced by fires or earthquakes or other disasters to find below market replacement meant -- rent while their apartments are being fixed. there are some aspects of our rent control laws that make it difficult to find those kinds of
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temporary accommodations at below market rent. i have been working with groups on legislation that introduced that will help there. i have also requested an economic impact study to be performed on the entertainment and nightlife industries. it is a very important economic and cultural sector in our city. we have never really taken a look at what it contributes to our economy. i think that is an important piece of information to have to guide policy making in the future. i have requested a hearing on the impact of historic preservation of other important policy goals in the city like creating affordable housing, having usable parks and libraries, etc. i want to look at how those different policies interact with each other. those are a few things i am working on. >> we are out of time. we will have to wrap this up.
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thank you so much for joining us. we have been talking to supervisor wiener from district 8. watch for the next episode of "need your supervisor." we will be back with one of our 11 city supervisors. ♪
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. >> good evening and welcome to the wednesday, august 5, 2015, of the san francisco general hospital the presiding officer is ann lazarus and joined pie commissioner vice president honda and commissioner swig and commissioner bobbie wilson to my right is tom owen the deputy city attorney that provides the board with legal advice and the process clerk i'm cynthia goldstein the board's executive director we're joined by representatives from the city departments that


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