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>> welcome to wednesday february 22nd, regular meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services committee, i am supervisor ronan the chair of the committee to my right is vice chair supervisor, and we expect supervisor fewer shortly. the clerk is erica major and i would also like to thanks sfgov tv for staffing this meeting.
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can you call item one, please? >> yes. resolution retroactively approving the city and county of san francisco refugee services plan for the fiscal years, 15, 16, and 16, 17. >> great, and i understand that suzy smith is here who is the deputy director for the policy and planning for the human services agency. >> thank you. >> good moerrning i am joined ba few people, the refugee coordinator and two providers gladys and nancy from the lynn institute, after a say a few brief words they will say a few words about their programming. >> the item before you is a resolution approving san francisco federal fiscal year, 15, 16, and 16, 17's refugee
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services plans. these are submitted annually for the funding. san francisco is one of eight counties, that receives refugee federal refugee assistance funding and administered through the california department of social services and the 15, 16, allocation was totalled 214,000, and the 16, 17, allocation totalled 168,000 dollars. and the funds are used for newly arrived refugees that have been here eight months or less to help with the employment related services and so the job search assistance and the resume building and vocational education and things like that. there is also a small portion of the funding that is used for the people who are 60 years and older, and have been here for at least five years and that is to
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help the older refugees become citizens. >> it is a huge number of countries and the refugees in the program are from 29 different countries, in the central outh america, africa, china, south east asia and it is diverse for a relatively small progr program. and the contract with the hantos and the lynn institute and this year we have a knew come poen tent to identify and serve unaccompanied minors as we know there is unaccompanied minors for the last several years, hard to identify them, but the school district is a great partner in helping to identify them. so this year huntos and the school district and a few other clabive organizations are working together to identify the unaccompanied youth and to serve them and so we are happy about that addition to the program.
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and i just wanted to say a word about why we are submitting for the 15, 16 plan, retroactively. so, this california state department of social services has to approved the plan before we can take it to our human services commission and then to the board and td state did not approve the fy, 15, 16, plan until october of 2016. and the plan was approved on november, 9, 2016 and so a few weeks later we submitted it to our board and our human services commission and then to you, and staff followed up regularly with e-mails weekly and there was a hold up at the office, and we were directed to spend the money despite the fact that it was in the review process and this has happened one other time before and we have records indicating such. i will take any questions and i will let the provider say a word or two with the program, if that
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is okay? >> sure. my name is garcia, and i work for hontos and our mission is to promote economic self-sufficiency for san franciscans and the families for the occupational training and employment. in the past eleven years we have served 300 refugees averaging 30 per year. 170 successfully completed, 145 of the subsidized employment, and currently, we have ten, and 145, i am sorry, we have ten refugees attending esl level, 0-1. we have three attending level two to three, and seven attending eleven three to five. on friday, june 16, in collaboration with the human services agency in sf cares. huntos will once again host the refugee awareness month.
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please join us as we celebrate the refugees who were forced to leave their country to escape war and persecution and natural disasters and please mark your calendar and we hope to see you there. >> thank you. >> thank you. good morning, i'm nancy ren from the lynn institute, lynn is happy to say that next week we will celebrate the 25th anniversary. and the big piece of that services have been with refugees over the years. we have a very integrated program. where we provide services alongside with english as a second language services and skilled development. the skilled development allows an extremely diverse population not just ethically, but with regard to their educational and work history backgrounds is develop the strongest skills that they are able to do so, and move forward in to employment. the types of employment that our
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students have obtained range from everything from entry level janitorial to right now the data analyst for the mayor's office in new york city as a lynn graduate. and so everything in between that might address positions at such computer positions such as tech, and office clerk positions, etc. so we have a very strong relationship with a number of employers in san francisco. in particular we have a contract relationship with mercy housing. excuse me. through that opportunity for the last three and a half years, they have partnered with us to bring our graduates, and many of which have been refugees into entry level employment or the front desk clerks with our facility. they are not only interested in having those positions staffed but in the opportunity for advancement for these graduates in the last seven years, four of the students have gone as high
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as senior property management which is a position that pays over $60,000 a year with housing and all ranges in between, and so it has been a successful partnership. although we have the strong partnerships with many, many, employers. our completing of the placement rates are strong and we have over 85 completing and placement rates. we provide placement services not just for the students who are enrolled but as well we follow up with the students through the social media and other contact to maintain support with them and help them move into stronger positions as they have the opportunity and develop greater skills and in a culture to the united states. >> okay. thank you. would you like to speak as well? okay. great. go ahead would you like to say a few words. >> i am the refugee coordinator
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for san francisco county and i coordinate the services with the service providers within the human services agency. and these are successful programs. >> wonderful. >> and can you give a few more specifics about the services that you are going to provide, particularly to an accompanied minors, i have to say that i am very excited to hear that you are starting that new program that i was staffing former supervisor david compos on the legislation that created a guaranteed right to legal council for all unaccompanied minors that the former administration had put into place. which i, you know, at the time thought was just unconsciousable and to know that not only do unaccompanied right have the right to legal council but also the support of job training is music to my ears and i would love to hear more about that. >> at this time, we have created collaborations with the
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different groups, including the behavior health, mental health providers, and also outside of the school district, we have created very strong collaborations with the different programs. they have at the school level but right now, we have created an out reach position so we are creating this collaborations so that we can bring them in for the employment services as specifically. and for children that are 16 and over, they can get the employment services through both agencies and become self-sufficient, also they want to work, and we can create the part times that they need and also, we are working with the legal services for children. and lynn institute is in the same building and so they are working together to make sure that if they have any new, unaccompanied minors that received the status and they can start to receive services as soon as possible. so there are different groups, including san francisco, coalition for refugees and
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immigrants that is working with us and 27 agency and we worked with the mayor's office and the different departments to make sure that they know about our services our service providers and the benefits they can receive in the human services agency, which is cash, and with the unemployment services. >> that is great, thank you. >> supervisor? do you have any questions or comments? >> no questions. this is just a fantastic program. and so. would it be appropriate to move to adopt this resolution. >> sure. >> just going to see if there is any public comment. >> thank you so much for your presentation. now the opportunity for public comment. if anyone wants to comment on this item? >> seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor? do you want to make a motion? >> yes. i move to adopt this item. >> great. >> before we do so, could we
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excuse supervisor fewer from voting on this item? >> sure. would you like to make a motion ex-excusing supervisor fewer. >> sure i would like to move to excuse supervisor fewer from this item. >> so moved. >> motion passes. now, we would like to move a motion forward to adopt this item with positive recommendations >> so moved, second. >> thank you. >> and this item passes, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> clerk, could you call item number two? >> yes, ordinance replacing a provision of the planning code with the new provision of the administrative code requiring all city buildings that are accessible to the public to install and maintain at least one baby dieper changing accommodations. >> supervisor, did you want to continue this item?
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ible that is item three. >> yes, item number three is the one that i was going to continue. >> okay. >> thank you. very much. i see, sone from supervisor tang's office, hello. >> good morning, supervisors i'm diana with katie tang's office. this legislation was inspired by an act signed by president barack obama in 2016. it was called the bathrooms accessible in every situation. in that act the federal government agreed to require baby changing, baby diaper changing accommodations in every federal building. when we took a look at it, as great as that was, how many times, we thought how many times does that public access federal building and what are we doing on the city level to make sure that parents have access to appropriate accommodations for changing their children? we saw that of course, san francisco has led the way in
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2005, the board of supervisors required new and renovated buildings to install baby stationing accommodations. but we thought that we could do more, based on what the federal government had done. so we changed three codes to accomplish three different opportunities. in the first we changed our administrative code, to require that all city buildings have public accommodations for baby changing stations. and we also that it currently offers the changing in the female bathroom that they must offer it in the bathroom for males or the all gender bathroom. >> we have heard experiences from where from my colleagues have gone into restaurants and there was accommodations in the female but not in the male bathroom. so she was forced to change her baby even though her partner was willing and able to do it. the third piece, although it was
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in the city code that new and renovated buildings are required to have accommodations. other they deal with the use of the building we were not seeing as much enforcement because they were not dealing with the internal aspects of it and did not have the opportunity to make sure that this code was being implemented. and so we spoke with the department of building inspection and they agreed to take this on into the building code. and have agreed to make sure that we continue to enforce this law that has been in place for the last decade or so. we were happy to see that we got the full support from the small business commission as well as the building inspection commission and the planning commission. through that process, a number of amendments have been asked, and these are all non-subnative and you also have a summary sheet in front of you.
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we changed on from accessible to used by, sometimes they are not accessible under the code but we want to make sure that there is still installing these accommodatio accommodations. and we also want to insure that there is clear language throughout. that they install of a diaper changing station does not in peed with any city and state and city laws regarding accessibility. >> and we heard this loud and clear and the committee and the building inspection commission to make sure that yes, we want these stations available but we don't want to impede the access to travel for anyone with a disability. also from 6 to 12 months, in case there are departments that have multiple floors and need to install multiple stations. and we change reference to both gender to all genders to make sure that there is this acknowledgment that there are different types of people
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identifying various types of ways. >> and we clarified the definition of what could be a baby changing accommodation, and you have those ones coming out of the walls or there could be a table and there is many ways that you can accomplish this. in the administrative code, we stated that the requirements of the ordinance will not violate or impair any existing contracts or leases and we clarified the waiver procedure and in case the bathrooms are too small and it impedes the accessibility issues and then, the departments can go to the building department as well as the administrative department to make sure that they can get that waiver. within the building code we widen the scope of the establishments to make sure that it acompasses many businesses from the daycare centers to the adoption centers to restaurants and everything in between. as long as that establishment offers a rest room to the public. and they are required to fulfill this requirement. but for instance, a laundry mat
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might not have a bathroom for the p you believe and so had then they would not have to fulfill that requirement. >> we added requirement that the signage be posted in compliance with section, 11 b. 16.2, which has to do with tactical signs. we amenlded the definition of renovated to say that it has to be the definition is 50,000 or more, renovations to a bathroom. and we included provisions that the ordinance does not require any reduction of the number of toilet facilities required by the law. so these were all suggested by both the department of public works, the department of building inspection and members of the public. so we tried to encompass all of those changes. >> lastly we want to make sure that we get the word out that we insure that all parents have access to the tools to properly care for their children and get rid of the mind set that only one gender is in charge of taking care of their children. we don't want to hear any more stories of people changing their
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child on the roofs of cars or in the back seats of cars or tables or in chairs, we want to make sure that our children are taken care of and the public as well. >> so thank you, and happy to answer any questions. >> i just want to thank you and supervisor tang omuch for this legislation, and i am sure that there are parents cheering all over san francisco right now, including me. i love to be added as a co-sponsor, please to this legislation, and just really appreciate this piece, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> is there anybody else who has any comments? >> yes. likewise, as a parent who has been through this, me and my husband with our daughter, the bathroom situation is just a nightmare, when she was little. and so thank you to supervisor tang and add me as a co-sponsor as well. >> thank you. >> supervisor fewer, do you have any questions? >> thank you so much. is there anybody here to speak
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of public comment about this item? >> seeing none, public comment is closed. can i have a motion to approve this item? >> i move to approve this item. >> great. that motion passes. i am sorry to interrupt, we had amendments that we would need to submit to change. >> thank you. >> could i have a motion to rescind. >> so moved. >> okay. >> without objection. >> and now could i have a motion to adopt the amendment. >> sorry, so i move to adopt the amendment $. >> second. >> without the objection the amendments are adopted. >> now i move to adopt the item amended. >> with recommendation. >> yes. >> so moved. >> thank you so much. item number three, please? >> >> a hearing to determine a comprehensive coordinated
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neighborhood and crime prevention strategy for san francisco, addressing issues including but not limited to robberies and break ins and break thefts. this is your item? >> could you move that to the call of the chair? >> no objection, and we would like to take public comment in >> if there is any public comment on item three, now is your opportunity to speak. seeing none, public item is closed. and there is a motion to continue the item to the call of the chair without objection. that motion passes. >> madam clerk, could you item four? >> yes, item four is the ordinance amending the administrative code to prohibit the city from using resource to create implement and provide investigation or information for o'brien others assist or support any government program requiring the registration of individuals on the basis of religion. i am sorry, national origin or ethnicity. >> thank you so much. so colleagues, i have passed out some amendments that i am
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introducing today. that respond to what happened at our last hearing on this item. when the public called for a private right of action. and really so moved us here in committee. that we have been working together with our city attorney's office and thanks so much to your office, deputy, city attorney. and with the community and in a very special thanks to alika for her work and guson in my office and britney and supervisor c cohen's office. we have created a private right of action and i am going to introduce that in a second. i also want to extend my thanks to both mayor lee and supervisor cohen for working cooperatively with us on these amendments. and once again, just want to recognize the amazing work of the american islamic relations of the san francisco bay area.
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the aclu in northern california, and the arab resource and organizing center, and the law caucus, and for all of their hard work on coming to consensus about what this private right of action should look like. so i just want to say a couple of programs because i don't know if it is unpress dented /* /- dented but it is rare. and i want to talk about why we decided to go this route. we are basically strengthening what was already a very strong ordinance. and by taking this step, of creating a private right of action for individuals or non-profits, serving immigrant populations to hold the city accountable, if the city or snee act tore in the city violates these protections that we are creating, it is an extraordinary
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act, and we are doing this because of the fact that muslim community in san francisco and across the country, and the immigrant community in general in the u.s. is facing dangerous discrimination by our federal government as we speak. and with this ordinance and the amendments we are sending a strong and clear message to the trump administration that san francisco is dead serious about doing what ever it takes to protect our communities from anti-muslim and immigrant policies. and we need to also be vigilant that history does not repeat itself. this is very timely because this weekend was the 17th anniversary of the signing of the executive order 1966 by roosevelt when authorized 120,000 people of japanese an kes tri, two-thirds of whom are u.s. citizens to be i am prisoned for the sake of
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so-called safety of the american people at the start of world war ii. the registry of the japanese americans, stripped the americans of the right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness and it was untugsal and unjust and it is widely recognized to be so. that the in hawaii when it order was passed hawaii said that we are not going to participate in helping the internment of the japanese community. san francisco at the time did not resist in the same way. and it is part of a history that we need to learn from and make sure we never repeat again. and by creating the strongest law possible of resisting this registry and any internment that might be connected with it, we are sending that strong message that we will never participate in that type of diskrimation, unconstitutional conduct ever
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again. and we must create laws that hold ourselves accountable and are the strongest possible. during the campaign president donald trump assumed a very aggressive stance towards islamic terrorism as a corner of his so-called security policy and they talked about creating a muslim registry and while this has not become policy, he has created implement other racist laws the travel ban and excluding muslims from entering this country. we need to act on the offense? . we need to create protections in place before he acts. because what he has shown is that he is going to hold true to his promises on the ka campaign. when he does he is going to act quickly with devastating consequences to our community. we are anticipating what could be a disaster and we are saying
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no before it even happens. and putting the protections in place to make sure that every member of our community is protected. we don't know exactly what is coming from the federal government, or what it will look like, but we are going to create the strongest possible laws to protect every member of our community and do whatever it takes to time to be at the forefront of resisting these types of policies. so i have passed out the amendments to my colleagues. i will just briefly go over the main amendments. the proposed ordinance creates a private right of action against the city for an individual whose personal information has been disclosed in violation of the ordinance or a non-profit focused on the defense of immigrant and the minority rights could bring a claim against the city. if the city is found liable in a cause of action brought by an individual or a non-profit, it shall or can be liable for damages suffered by an
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individual. and as well as up to $5,000 in civil penalties per violation. >> in terming the amount of civil penalty, the court should consider if the violation was intentional or negligent and if there have been any previous violations by a city department. and prevailing plaintiff in the case is also entitled to recover, reasonable attorney fees and costs. and any person or, entity must file a claim with the city within three years of the alleged violation. there is one exception, any disclosure of personal information required by a legally enforceable subpoena, warrant or court order. and shall not give right to a cause of action. under this section. >> and so, again, i, very proud today that we are creating what, you know, perhaps, the strongest law, i think in the entire country, hopefully we are leading the way, and we will see
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other cities and counties across the country, stepping up to send a powerful message to this administration that we will not tolerate discrimination of the muslim community against the muslim community or any immigrant members of our community. with that, is there any comments or questions? from my colleagues before we go to public comment? >> supervisor fewer. >> thank you chair, and i just want to be insured that in the definition part of this ordinance, that actually when it refers to persons and individuals, that it refers to natural and legal persons, and is that stipulate yd in the wording of this. >> can you read what page and line you are referring to? >> i am not sure, but i am actually thinking page 7 line four, this section 103 hpt 4, shall apply to all individuals regardless of citizen or immigration status, age or any other factor.
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i would want it to just be insured that this refers to natural and legal persons. >> deputy, city attorney? >> i am not totally sure what the question is. the ordinance applies to ethnicity, national origin or religion information about any person, any individual. i don't know if that is the response to your question? whatever their status national, origin, is that --. >> this ordinance protects them. >> >> this ordinance prohibits the city from disclosing information about any individual regarding ethnicity, religion or natural origin for the purpose of use on
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any government list or registry. or data base. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> any other comments or questions before we go to public comment? >> seeing none, open up the floor to public comment. would anyone like to speak? >> oh, i also should mention that we do have translation, i know that we made that sad announcement at the beginning but if you would like to speak in arabic we do have a translation for you. >> good morning, city supervisors, i know that i stood before you many times before. today i stand here to thank you for taking the time to make the amendments. these changes make the ordinance much stronger, they show that san francisco is ready to send the community and be accountable. we support the action language which will provide further protection for its residents as a muslim american we spreesht
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your support. thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker? >> hi, my name is adele and i am a first generation american born citizen. and i have lived in the bay area my entire life and i really appreciate the support you guys have for this ordinance. and i wanted to express my strong support of an ordinance that will endorse non-participation in targeting of muslims or any marginalized group. and i think that it is really important to recognize that protecting the safety of these individuals does not ever compromise the safety of the rest of the city's residents. and at the last city hall, there was discussion about how some individuals have been targeted in part due to their religion and so i would like to ask if there is language in the ordinance making it clear that any targeting based on rights is unacceptable. and government officials that find themselves incapable of
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enforcing this, need to face consequences for violating that and be taken out of positions where they are responsible for protecting those rights. >> and again, i really appreciate that you guys have been supportive of this and it means a lot to me personally, to our entire community. >> thanks. >> thank you. >> hi, next speaker. >> hi, there, my name is catergy and i am also a local history researcher. and the very first reference to south asians interacting with san francisco city government that we found so far was something that happened in 1851. when there is a man from india who was schedule to testify in court but his testimony was challenged because of his race because he was about to testify in a court case where there was a white man present and he was not supposed to be able to do that. from 1851, to 2017, our communities have faced policies
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of state based exclusion here in san francisco. the second story that comes out right after that happens in 1852, and this is something that came out in the daily in california and this i love this quote. it reads, in our streets, also, is the failure of the european and the darker hin du and the muslim says his daily prayers as he passes the churches of the christian. it was never before written in the world's history and this article goes on to talk about people from the lands of persia and being here in san francisco and it is 1852, and san franciscos have figured out that people from the middle east, south asia, muslims are a critical part of the fabric that makes san francisco the place that it is. and this is what our communities have always faced sometimes recognized as being part of the fabric of this place and sometimes they fail to protect
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us, and this is a moment in time where we g et to choose which history we want to go with. and ip want to thank you for making sure to pass this on to push on this, to make sure that this is ordinance is robust and absolutely, thank you, thank you, thank you. for making sure that the private right of action is part of this. like you said this is history that we are creating. this time we are going to get it right. >> thank you. >> next speaker please? >> good morning, my name is kristine, and i am the teacher and program manager for the mothers esl program and, again many of my students are here this morning. and we are here to thank you, and thank all of you for the time and energy that you have put into this ordinance. and it makes us extremely proud to be san franciscans. and as one of my students said the other day, she said you know, i think that i have to thank trump for one thing. and i said what is that? >> and she said, because here in san francisco, people are starting to be nicer to us.
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and in fact, on the way over here this morning, as we were walking there was a gentleman who said, wait, hey, no hate, no hate. i love you guys. and so, thanks again, and we do so much appreciate your energy and thoughtfulness on this ordinance and hope that it can be a blueprint for the rest of the country. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> i just wanted to say that we apply for school, we register to vote, but the city officials i just want to thank you and i am glad that you guys are making us apply for this muslim registry and keeping us safe as if we are now part of the mission, we would not want to apply for this. and we are not a threat and this is a great nation and we want to thank you guys for standing strong against this discrimination. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> hi, my name is jerry garber
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and i would want to say that as a jewish resident of the city of san francisco i stand with the muslim community and i really thank you for what you are doing. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> next speaker? >> hi, my name is malaka i am eleven and i am in the 6th grade. hey, creating a muslim registry is not normal. we do not deserve to be treated like as we were others. thank you for making sure our city does not cooperate with this order. >> thank you so much. >> greetings of peace. >> my mame is loudi. i would like to first thank you all for coming today and representing our rights. and allowing us to share our
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voices. >> i believe that everyone deserves the right to live in peace. as a yemen arab, american muslim i am very proud to be here and be able to share my voice. what makes america is its diverse people that includes arabs latinos african americans, christians jus, muslim and more, we are all one nation, brothers and sisters mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, i have a close person who told me a quote that i memorized and never forgot. the quote is proud to be who i am. when you guys want to say proud to be who i am with me now. okay. >> proud to be who i am. >> and so on the count of three. we are going to say -- 1, 2, 3. proud to be who i am. >> thank you very much. >> thank you so much.
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>> good morning supervisors, my name is skria hakeem and i have lived in san francisco for three decades. and i love my city. and i cannot imagine signing up for muslim registry. thank you for your understanding, and how prejudice that is and how hard it would be to explain to my grandchildren that they are different because of their faith. that is unlike other children. once again, i thank you very much for your support, and thank you. >> hi, my name is calkut and i live in san francisco. we thank you for talking and
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your hard work in this law we are proud to be san francisco. and we are really happy we are angry that muslims registry will be thank you >> thank you so much. >> i want to say thank you to the supervisor and the full board next week to pass this ordinance, thank you. >> good morning and i am here on my own behalf, i have been in the bay area for a few months, i lived for a long time in the arab country, south east
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michigan. i wish that i didn't have to be here, where my parents grew up despite political turbulence and dictate or ship they had free healthcare, and they went to the university for free and woman's rights were respected and music, and poetry and literature fluished and after several wards sanctions and occupations my parents's home land is no longer liveable. so we panic about the oroville dam dam and we don't have enough funds to do anything about it, but we always have enough money involved to bomb the dams on the tigress. and the citizens that are targeted by the ban deserve a safe haven here and i encourage
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extreme vetting of the areas where they choose to reside in the u.s. to make sure that they are not exposed to arabphobia and to be sure that they are comforted as much as possible considering the anguish that they will feel for the rest of their lives for being torn away from their home lands. >> thank you so much. >> it thank you for the hearing last time around and hearing the community and the gravity of what we are all are facing together here in san francisco and in the bay area. and for really pushing for whatever strength we could add to the ordinance, as you have heard, our various organizations in the xhnts will xhublt /* communities will come forward to move this language forward to set a precedent that when we are facing such difficult and discrimination issues from the
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federal level that we will come out strong and have ordinances that truly do protect our communities... so thank you for your leadership. >> thank you for all of your work on this. >> i think that two weeks ago san francisco pulled out of the task force and that was great by the supervisor and today it is a great moment that we should thank the supervisors for supporting this ordinance. san francisco should lead the way. thank you for that. >> thank you so much.
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i want to say thank you so much and i want to keep the city safe and i am happy that you guys are being part of that, and so that what i have to say to my students and my kids too, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> i would like to thanks you guys and i hope that we will stand here next time because we know that you are doing a great job. and i would like to thank you again because everybody knows you know, the united states is built by -- and this backed and oral agent. and thank you guys and thank you for everything. and whatever we say, we cannot appreciate that. thank you so much, the small message we would like to thank you guys, thank you so much, god bless you and god bless america. >> thank you so much.
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>> is there anybody else that would like to speak during public comment? >> seeing none, public comment is closed. would anybody like to make any comments or a motion to adopt the amendments? >> i would like to thank you supervisor for following up on this and actually we are really incorporating i think what we heard at the last committee meeting for these extra protections that i think that are really important and also, to thank the mayor and for the supervisor cohen also to work on this with you, and to our upper city, attorney also for their advice. and then i would like to say to the community, that you know, as a san franciscan, and i think as an american citizen, i just want to really apologize that we even have to go here and do this. i feel such a sense of embarrassment. i think and shame that actually
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our country is going in this correction that we find this necessary which, i think we thought that this would never happen or it would come to this. but i am glad that we are taking protections. but at the same time after the hearing last week, or two weeks ago i have to say that i was feeling such a great sense of shame and embarrassment about our country and about the direction that our country is going. and i think that i am also very foo fearful but most of all i am deeply ashamed and i just want to apologize and ask for your testimony after testimony and saying thank you, and i actually am so embarrassed even to hear people thanking us for doing something that we have, of course, an obligation to do. but it is so ridiculous that we are even at this point that we
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have to do it. so i just want to extend an apology quite frankly for all of the rest of us. i think that feel as though our country has lost direction and has lost purpose. and has lost really what we are founded on. and i am also a grand daughter of people who came to this country on illegal papers or documents that because a heart immigration policies have been inherently and to be here for a long time. noo he way, i just wanted to express sort of my embarrassment and shame of this country. and that we are here today actually voting on something like this. and which i should not even be necessary but in these horrible times, unfortunately lts. and so thank you for coming out today and thank you so much. and thank, supervisor sheehy who
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really pushed the issue of a priet vat right to action and for supervisor to follow up on it and to hear it loud and clear what the community said and the assurances that we needed to make in order for them to feel safe because it is not about us. it is really about the community. that needs extra assurance to feel safe and what is actually needed for us to take an extra step so that they feel they can live their life safely in san francisco. >> that was so moving. and i share your embarrassment and your shame for where we are as a country, it is just shocking and you know, you open the paper today and our immigrant community is now under
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assault. and i think that we are standing together and we are going to resist and we are going to protect our communities whether they are muslim, from other parts of the country, that are no the favored by our president, or immigrants. and because it starts with a handful of people and then it moves through society, we know this and we have seen this drill before. and i hope that the actions that we are taking today and that we will take next week will reassure our immigrant communities that we are here, and that we are doing everything that we can to make you safe. so thank you. >> thank you. >> i want to echo my colleagues
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and while it is embarrassing, and i think that you put it perfectly, supervisor fewer, we are going to fight in stronger, and more bold and innovative ways than we ever have before and i think that is what we are doing with this ordinance. and i just want to appreciate you all for pushing the envelope and pushing us. to think outside the box and get outside of our comfort zone. and create laws that are not just empty words, but have strong enforcement mechanisms and can and that we know will be effective if we god forbid ever have to use them. and so, i just want to thank you all so much as it has been a truly moving experience. working with you, and i agree with the student that despite this horrible man, and his
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administration and it is pushing us to be stronger and more kind and loving to one another. and so thank you for that. and with that could i entertain a motion to adopt the amendments? >> and without objection and those amendments passed and can i have a motion to move this item forward with recommendation? >> yes, so moved, please. >> second. >> without objection, this motion passes. >> thank you so much. >> madam clerk are there any other items? >> there is no further business. >> okay, with that, the committee is closed. thank you so much.today.
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>> (clapping.) >> i've been working in restaurants forever as a blood alcohol small business you have a lot of requests for donations if someone calls you and say we want to documents for our school or nonprofit i've been in a position with my previous employment i had to say no all the time.
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>> my name is art the owner and chief at straw combinations of street food and festival food and carnival food i realize that people try to find this you don't want to wait 365 day if you make that brick-and-mortar it is really about making you feel special and feel like a kid again everything we've done to celebrate that. >> so nonprofit monday is a program that straw runs to make sure that no matter is going on with our business giving back is
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treated just the is that you as paying any other bill in addition to the money we impose their cause to the greater bayview it is a great way for straw to sort of build communicated and to introduce people who might not normally get to be exposed to one nonprofit or another and i know that they do a different nonprofit every most of the year. >> people are mroent surprised the restaurant it giving back i see some people from the nonprofit why been part of nonprofit monday sort of give back to the program as well answer. >> inform people that be regular aprons at straw they get
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imposed to 10 or 12 nonprofits. >> i love nonprofits great for a local restaurant to give back to community that's so wonderful i wish more restrictive places did that that is really cool. >> it is a 6 of nonprofit that is supporting adults with autism and down syndrome we i do not involved one the wonderful members reached out to straw and saw a headline about, about their nonprofit mondays and she applied for a grant back in january of 2016 and we were notified late in the spring we would be the recipient of straw if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer thems in the month of genuine we were able to organize with straw for the monday and at the end of the month we were the recipient of 10 percent of precedes on mondays the contribution from nonprofit
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monday from stray went into our post group if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer theming fund with our arts coaching for chinese and classes and we have a really great vibrate arts program. >> we we say thank you to the customers like always but say 0 one more thing just so you know you've made a donation to x nonprofit which does why i think that is a very special thing. >> it is good to know the owner takes responsibility to know your money is going to good cause also. >> it is really nice to have a restaurant that is very community focused they do it all month long for nonprofits not just one day all
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four mondays. >> we have a wall of thank you letters in the office it seems like you know we were able to gas up the 10 passenger minivan we were innovate expected to do. >> when those people working at the nonprofits their predictive and thank what straw is giving that in and of itself it making an impact with the nonprofit through the consumers that are coming here is just as important it is important for the grill cheese kitchen the more restrictive i learn about what is going on in the community more restrictive people are doing this stuff with 4 thousand restaurant in san francisco we're doing an average of $6,000 a year in donations and multiply that by one thousand that's a
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>> good morning and welcome to the government audit and oversight committee for february 16th. my name is jane kim, and to my left is -- i'm sorry to my right is supervisor aaron peskin and to my left is supervisor president
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london breed and i want to thank our committee - i would like to thank our committee's clerk, erica major and also recognize the staff of sfgovtv, charles kremenak who make our meetings available online, as well as transcript. madam clerk, any announcements. >> please silence all cell phones. >> thank you, madam clerk and can you please call the first item. >> item no. 1 is ordinance amending the environment code to adjust the incentive in the solar energy incentive program. >> the author of this item is president london breed, if you would like to make opening comments. >> yes, thank you i know we have laurie mitchell here who will be making a presentation shortly, but i just wanted to make a few
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comments about your go solar program in the city. we're making a few technical amendments to this program today. despite the fact that other utilities around the state are ramping down their incentive like the city of palo alto and silicon valley, for example, i'm happy to see the go solar program in the city is still going strong and that we as a city are continuing to invest in incentives like this particular program. we must continue to support renewable energy and energy-efficient programs so it's accessible to everyone. since the program started in 2007, go solar has helped low-income residents, nonprofit organizations and businesses install thousands of kilowatts of solar energy units on their rooftops across san francisco. this has helped not only reduce participants' electricity bills, but our carbon footprint in the city. there will be a few
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amendments to this today, and i know that ms. mitchell will talk about that in her presentation, and with that i'm happy to turn it over to ms. mitchell to discuss the program, the changes, and the proposed amendments. thank you. >> thank you very much, supervisor breed. my name is laurie mitchell and i manage the renewable energy group at sfpuc and we have slidess on the ordinance here. i'm not sure if you can see it. there is something -- there we go. really what we're trying to do with this ordinance is to look forward and to expand on the success of the gosolarsf program to include additional programs such as rebates for electric vehicle infrastructure, energy storage and to expand upon our energy-efficiency programs. so the new programs, as well as the
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current gosolarsf program is funded by the cleanpowersf and hetch hetchy power rate-payers. the agenda of what we'll cover today. one of the many things does is to integrate the program with the go solar sf program and it's important to know that they have both common policy goals. both programs seek continue vest in local programs and projects such as energy-efficiency, storage, ev charging and affordable, cleaner, climate-responsibility electricity and to invest in local jobs [sph-fplt/] background on the go solar sf program was established in 2007. and it designates the puc as the program administrator. it states the objective eh providing an appropriation of $2-5 million annually over the ten years, which can commence in 2008. it also directs the puc to
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review solar and to adjust incentives and coordinate administration of the program with the implementation and administer of the cleanpowersf program. so here is the summary of what we have paid out over the years since 2008, when the program started. so you can see in total we paid just over $24 million. the majority of that has gone to residential installations with a large portion of that going to low-income residential. >> i'm sorry before you move on, could you explain what you mean by low-income residential? >> we have several categories of incentives that people can apply for. they can apply for residential, so they don't need to make any type of income requirements for that incentive, but for the low-income incentive they get an additional incentive-level if they qualify to be low income. >> no, i understand that you provide additional incentives, but what qualifies? >> so we work with the mayor's office of economic
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development, and we use the hud guidelines in san francisco. so for a family of one, it's about $60,000 a year, and for four, i think it's about $80,000. >> you use the hud ami definition? >> yes for san francisco. >> and what ami-level and below did you select? >> so we get guidelines from the mayor's office of economic and workforce development. so the numbers that we're using today for household of one is $68,000. for a household of four, it's $98,000 >> so roughly like 90% of area median income and below, is that the threshold maximum income? >> i can double-check and we can can get an answer. >> i know it's ami, but what ami, 90%? 60% of ami and below? >> i'm not sure. it's median. i can get you that answer and can definitely come back to you on that.
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>> okay. so we're talking about middle-income households. >> right. >> okay. >> so what is residential low-income? is the red stuff -- what is the difference between the dark blue stuff and the red stuff? >> the red is just a normal residential incentive and the dark-blue is residential low-income and those are applicants that quail hollowed qualified for the additional incentives. >> i'm curious of the range of household incomes that apply to what you consider "low residential income." it still seems with the installation cost going down and incentives it's still really expensive for actual low-income household to actually put on a solar panel. do you have a range of households that have applied over the last couple of years. >> you mean the range of incomes for the holidays? households. >> we don't have that
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today, but we can get back to you. >> sure. >> i'm sorry did you have any additional questions? >> no. >> this goes to your question on what the cost of solar is. so this table shows you first column is installed cost of solar. you can see in 2008 a 2.5 kilowatt project is typical in san francisco for residential project costs about $25,000. at that time, we offered an additional -- i'm sorry, at that time the regular go solar incentive was $3,000 and they would are have qualified for the california solar incentive, about $3400 and the net cost of solar would be $17,000. you can say today the solar cost have dropped pretty dramatically and that same system today costs $14,000 and qualified for $17,000 from the go solar sf program that make
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their net cost over $12,000. today we have some of the lowest net costs in the program's history. and this is just a review of some of the changes in the market and what other california utilities are doing with their solar incentive programs. so most programs have ramped down their incentives and many are fully subscribed. so the california solar initiative was fully reserved in 2014, although low-income program does continue. the city of palo alto is fully reserved. alameda is reserved. silicon valley and smud is fully reserved in 2016. so we knew we wanted to look forward with the go solar sf program and engage stakeholder as round make the good solar more efficient and work better and also to get
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feedback on new programs that they would like to see us develop. so we met in april of last year and gathered fee bac and came back in june with recommended changes that you will see today and we continue to follow-up with them and brought the changes to the commission in oct. . one is to require go solar sf recipients to be a customer. so they would either need to be a hetch hetchy customer or sign up as cleanpowersf customer available to all residents and businesss in the city now. we are also recommending that we market and outreach the programs together. so providing assistance and outreach to demonstrate the benefits of installing on the rooftop and becoming a super green sf customer
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and attractive net metering. another one of the changes that this ordinance will do will allow us to simplify the go solar sf incentives to dollars per kilowatt, which is how most solar incentive programs are run. currently we have a pretty complex table and that will make the program more efficient. we're also proposing to step-down all incentives to reflect the lower cost of solar and stretch the program budget. the last time we adjusted incentive was in 2013. and we are proposing to step down incentives to make sure we grow here in san francisco. another of the proposed changes is that we -- i believe it's really important to continue to support nonprofits and low-income residents and we're recommending to continue to offer higher incentives for low-income and nonprofit customers. and we're also recommending that we develop an invertore
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replacement incentive for previous low-income and nonprofit customers. so the inverter allows it to connect to the grid and many of those components will be at the end of their useful life. this is when the new incentives will look like. you can see residential customer gets about $500 a kilowatt today. if this ordinance isa approved, in april, reduced to $400 and still would qualify for the additional low-income incentives of $2,000 and the environmental justice inverter in staller is applicable. and then the last thing this ordinance would do would allow us to develop complimentary distributive energy programs. so we know it's important to not only install solar, but to be complimentary programs like electric vehicle infrastructure and energy storage. so there is a couple of clean-up
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items in the ordinance i wanted to mention. no. 1 we wanted to clarify that we want to continue our support for go solar sf and our commitment to develop these new programs. then we just needed to fix some typos and no. 3 is inserting the correct fund balance of the program. so should read $7.275 million instead of $11 million. that is the end of my program. >> i had a couple of follow-up questions on the low-income and nonprofit programs. do you require them to be a cleanpowersf or puc customer? >> today? today we do not. this ordinance going forward they would be required to sign ups a cleanpowersf customer, but today they are not required. >> i just remember -- by the way, i'm a big supporter of cleanpowersf, but i remember one of concerns about the program was because there were -- it's a slightly more expensive program. that we had concerns about
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low-income residents, you know being a part of the program. for budgetary reasons. so it seems to me counterintuitive to require low-income residents to be a cleanpowersf customer when it's a more expensive power in order to qualify for stay deeper subsidy for a solar panel. shouldn't we provide an exception for low-income? >> that is a good comment and we can definitely consider that. we have made a commitment to not enroll customers if the clean foyer sf program is more expensive. what they would otherwise pay pg&e. so the requirement is that had he sign up for a cleanpowersf customer, but they would not be automatically enrolled unless the rates are at or below parge. >> i don't think i really understood that. >> sure. >> if i qualified to your low-income program, and i did not want
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to opt-in into the cleanpowersf program, would i qualify for the deeper subsidy? >> not under the new ordinance, if this ordinance goes forward. you wouldn't qualify. >> i just feel like how are you going to get low-income customers if they are not willing to pay more on a monthly basis? it just -- >> it's a good point. so right now about we want -- we had a commitment to clean power affordability and our rates where below pg&e. today due to some of the pcia changes, our costs are slightingly higher. but it's very slight. and we're currently researching whether we need to do a rate adjustment to catch up with that? but we had made the commitment to our commission not to pre-enroll
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additional customers until at or below the pg&e rates. >> i appreciate your work to protect our customers and i want as many of our residents to sign up as possible. i'm just worried about requiring low-income residents to be a cleanpowersf customer in order to qualify for the deeper subsidy for go solar sf. but to move on to my second question and maybe i can understand that in the course before this comes to the full board. so i'm looking at the cost today, and it's amazing how much it's gone down. over such a short period of time, but even with the subsidy it takes you down to about $10,000 or -- well, the incentive, i'm curious how low-income residents can consider that and i don't consider myself low-income and don't qualify
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under the ami that it seems that you work with. but i don't feel like i could afford $12,000 for solar panel. >> it's a great comment. just a couple of things to clarify: that $12,000 does not take into account the additional $2,000 a low-income customer would get. >> you said it's $14,000 today. so i did take the $2000 into account. $14 minus 2 is $12,000. >> they qualify for the $1700 on top of that. >> i thought it was $400 plus an additional $2,000. >> so it's $500 kilowatt. >> oh, i see. by kilowatt. >> 2.5 kilowatt system and would qualify for the basic incentive, which would give them about $1200 on top of that they would get the additional $2,000 for being low-income applicant and on top of that, if they lived in an
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environmental justice district, and use a city installer, getting additional incentives. >> that takes them down to roughly $10,000 -- how do low-income residents afford? >> it's a great point and one nice thing about the solar market right now there are financing options available. so there are many companies now that will allow them to enter into a power purchase agreement or a lease. so they can spread that cost over the life of the system and they can still reduce their bill from what their paying on their pg&e rates. so there is a lot of additional options that are available to people that are considering solar in general right now, which is nice. but yeah, we understand the other important point is the california solar initiative still runss a program called sash and they provide additional incentives to low-income applicants that they could also qualify for if they are in
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the right locations for that. so we are really trying to incentivize low-income residents to be able to afford solar, as much as we can. >> i would love between now and the full board meet ig would love to understand how that actually works for a real person? >> sure. we can get you some specificks. >> and also the area median income-levels that are eligible for the low-income program. >> sure. >> thank you your work and i appreciate supervisor breed's leadership on it to incentivize our residents to go solar. >> thank you very much. >> any other questions or comments from committee members? >> i would like to move the amendments. i think you received a copy of the amendments sfpuc language clarification. fixing the typo, and changing the amount which were explained by ms. mitchell. so i would make a
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motion to move those amendments. >> subject to public comment, i'm happy to vote in favor of them. >> so we have a motion and we can move those amendments without opposition [ gavel ] so if there are no further comments from committee members? we'll now move into public comment on this item. >> hi jason fried executive director of lafcko and wanted to speak to some of the items supervisor kim you brought up about the low-income and a couple of things to keep in mine on the rate structure, the sfpuc set up a once a rate structure rather than changing the rates quarterly as pg&e does. so right now while the rate is slightly different, you will see in the summertime, hopefully, if everything is worked out correctly, you'll actually see cleanpowersf customers paying less than what pg&e pays. over the course of the year, you need to average it out over the course of year and while i get your
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comments about low-income not being able to pay more and being profocus of tective of that, which is extremely important, in theory, it should be the same -- they should be paying the same. you might pay more in one month, but less in another month. to keep in mind a lot of other ent or incentives and programs, doing low-income installation. taking gosolarsf funds and money from other organizations and groups and are able to put it -- able to be much more cost effective for low-income customers. the final thing i would put in on the low-income side, we're lowering their bills. so while even if there is a is a slight price differential, their overall bill will go down. we're not just talking about generation, but transmission, distribution and the other line items. so they are able to save a lot of money in the program. i appreciate supervisor breed's
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legislation and would encourage to you move it forward to the full board. thank you. >> thank you. >> if there is no further public comment on this item, public comment is now closed on item no. 1 [ gavel ] can we take a motion to rescind on the amendments and take it again after public comment? we have a motion to rescind and do that without opposition. [ gavel ] , we'll take a motion to move the amendments as proffered by president breed and que do that without opposition. [ gavel ] is there a motion on item no. 1? >> i just want to say thank you to mr. fry for pointing out specifically the balance of what we are trying to accomplish with our clean power program, which i believe is definitely a better program than what pg&e has to offer and i would encourage everyone who is interested in signing up for clean power, go to cleanpowersf.org.
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thank you, with that i would like to move this item as amended to the full board with positive recommendation. >> thank you, president breed and we do have a motion to move this forward with positive recommendation and i see a second and we can do that again without opposition. [ gavel ] >> thank you. madam clerk, please call item no. 2. >> yes, item no. 2 is a resolution retroactively authorizing the sheriff's department to contract with global tel*link to provide inmate telephone services which will [phao-eurpl/]ize inmate phone call rates that reduce the cost of the average local call by 34%. >> thank you, madam clerk. we're joined today by the office of the sheriff. and today by crispin hollins, thank you so much for being here. >> thank you very much and good morning supervisors, crispin hollins the cfo from the sheriff's department and happy sf clean power
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customer and i'm here before you today to request approval with a new contract with global tel*link to provide inmate telephone services. global tel*link has provided services for san francisco since 2010. oover the years the department has made progress in reducing call rates and most recently recussing the cost from $2.35 to $1.54 in june of last year and the contract before you today memorializes the june 2016 rates and 3-year contract with two one-year options to extend. as i think you know the proposed rate caps and while these rate caps have been challenged and not yet implemented the rates in the contract before you today are lower than the fcc proposed rates. the main point of had this slide is to show progress to lower
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the cost of an average call and finally this last slide shows the benefits of lower calling costs inasmuch as it results in greater call volume and greater call duration. when the rates were just last june volumes and duration increased roughly 20-30%. >> great. thank you so much for the presentation are or are there any questions from committee [stph-ebz/] supervisor peskin? >> thank you, madam chair. a appreciate the fact that the reduction is in the amount of 34% and i had one house cleaning question, why the retroactive nature of the resolution? and after the fact contract signing on december 1st of last year? >> we were anxious to move forward with this contract, and we
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wanted to make sure these were memorialized, but we had it signed with the understanding that the contract would not be formally approved by the city until it was approved by the board of supervisors >> so somewhere in this 24-page contract is some clause to that effect, counselor, mr. givner. >> not looking at the contract in front of me so i'm not sure, but all of our contracts become effective only if the board approves the contract, if it's subject to 9.118. so occasionally departments will enter into agreements, but those agreements are not binding on the city unless the board approves. i don't know whether that is
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memorialized in the contract itself -- i believe we have some boilerplate in our contract to that effect. i can double-check as i see you are right now. >> it's okay just as long as you don't make a habit of it. >> understood. >> all right. any other comments or questions? president breed? >> thank you. so when i first became a member of the board, i made it my mission to address these particular issues, specifically with the contracts as it relates to phone calls for inmates and also the commentary, which i know former sheriff ross mirkarimi worked with the team at the sheriff's department to come up with what i believe was a fair change, a significant change and drop
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in rates. and the drop in costs overall for inmates, who rely on these services, and who i believe sadly we're being taken advantage of. so in this particular case, with the phone calls, i do appreciate the significant increase and the continuous decline, especially in light of the fact that calling locally is traditionally free, and i know that there are some other layers that go with setting up the appropriate phone systems in our jail system. i realize there are costs associated with that. but the one thing that i'm continuously concerned about, and wanted to know if you could address that with some more specifics: the money that is collected, and used specifically for programming for inmates, and we have had this
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conversation in the past, and expressed the desire to see an alternative, and not to develop these programs on the backs of the families of these individuals. and so just wanted to know what the breakdown is for the anticipated revenues annually for this particular program? and what is anticipated to go specifically where? because it's not necessarily spelled out in that way in the contract. >> we estimate roughly that this contract would bring in about $500,000 to the inmate welfare fund and then the inmate welfare fund provides services -- it's required to be spent only on services for inmates. it funds salaries for prison legal services and other jail program staff. the other big expense that
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it funds is for community-based organizations, primarily community works, which provides our one-family program and our "stop the violence program." >> have we done any work -- because i know that again, when this contract was up before, i had expressed a desire to look at alternatives in an effort to reduce the costs associated with this particular program. so have we explored alternatives? is this the only money for this particular program? are there other means to support this program? >> well, so we have reduced our reliance on inmate welfare fund by reducing the costs here, but there is still half a million dollar amount that comes to the department to help provide these programs. if we were to go
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significantly lower than this, we would need to come to the general fund to ask for it to make up for that difference. >> so do you know what the amount is from the contract for the commentary? that goes into this particular fund? >> i know that in -- for last fiscal year from 2015-2016 that amount was about $600,000. >> so the total is a little bit over a million dollars for this program. do you know what the cost is to have this program in general? separately from -- we're talking about $1.1 million and the total cost to operate the program? >> total expenditures in 2015-16 were $1.2 million. >> and it all comes from basically -- the inmates themselves? >> yes; we had a beginning fund balance -- july 1, 2015,
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fund balance of $2 million. there was an addition to commissions and phone calls there was commission from some of the signage in the jails. it brought in total of $1.3 million and we expended $1.2 million and ended the year with fund balance of $2.1 and this year, the expenditures will be roughly maybe $1.5 million. >> and then where does the additional .4 -- i mean, because this contract along with the commissary generates $1.1 and there is still an outstanding need and where does that money come from? >> from the general fund. i mean, these -- the programs that it funds are larger programs. we do quite a lot of work with community-based organizations, and our prisoner legal services program
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is much larger than what is funded by just this program. so those funds primarily come from the general fund. >> and for the inmates that are in 50 bryant, the biggest feedback that i get is there is no location for services and so how is that particular population getting served? even though they are clearly paying into a fund that is supposed to be used to serve them? >> 850 brian -- there are challenges that go with 850 bryant. but we do have programming at 850 bryant, particularly with regard to this program. we have the one family program operates there. and recently we have augments that program, if you will, by inmates who participate in that program. we have been giving them
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phone cards $20 phone cards. so that once they -- after having contact with their families, with their children, through the one-family program, they can then make free phone calls to their loved ones after the program is done for the day. >> thank you. again, i appreciate the continual efforts of the sheriff's department to try and make sure that these programs are cost-effective for the inmates. because ultimately, as you know, the families are the ones who have to deal with the bills associated with the phone calls, the commissary and all of the different layers that exist. because clearly, as these inmates are in custody, they have no means to generate any revenue and this money comes from a lot of these families, who unfortunately, tend to be low-income families. so i appreciate the work
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done by the department to continue to decrease these expenses, as much as possible. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you, president breed. i appreciate you bringing up all of the comments and concerns that you raised. when this contract came to us before slough then sheriff ross mirkarimi, i expressed a number of concerns about the high cost of staying connected with your family and friends, which evidence clearly shows supports rehabilitation when the inmate returns into the community. so charging them a lot of money to do something that we know will help our community later on, seems counterintuitive, but also to use the program to charging the families in order to provide additional services to the inmate also felt somewhat wrong. so i do appreciate the work to reduce the costs.
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allowing inmates to stay in better contact with family and friends. thank you for your work. >> thank you, seeing no further questions or comments from the committee. at this timely open up for public comment on item no. 2. are there any members of the public that would like to speak on the item? seeing no comments public comment is now closed. mr. hollins thanks for presenting to the gaoc committee. do we have a motion on the item? >> so moved with recommendation. >> supervisor peskin moving forward with recommendation and without opposition. [ gavel ] . >> thank you, madam clerk, please call item no. 3. >> would you like me to call all of them? >> yes, please call all the remaining items on the agenda. >> except for-- >> item nos. 3-27 are various collective bargaining agreements between the city and county of san francisco. >> thank you, madam clerk.
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nicki callahan, director of human resources for city and county of san francisco and thank you for presenting on the mous before the gaoc committee. >> this is a fairly simple thank you for calling all of the items together. we were successful in reaching tentative agreements with every -- regarding every expiring contract for the spring of 2017. and as i sat here i just learned that seiu ratified by 94% margin. so at this point all of the unions with the exception -- the second page is sightly out of date now. the largest remaining union to ratify is local 21 and they'll ratify in the first week of march. a couple of smaller groups, three smaller groups we expect to hear from the attorneys next week.
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but ratification margins, low est we heard is 59%, but some have been unanimous and been in the 90s. so i think our labor partners agreed with us it was a good plan of action, given the uncertainties we're facing as a city. i'm happy to address any questions. i'm sure you have seen the terms. it's 3%, each of two years. which what i will call a little safety net in the second year, if we should have major drop in revenue, or recession, we'll be able to save some money by delaying the increase by six months. although we wouldn't have to go back into bargaining, which is good for he everyone. we'll know the outcome. and i'll be happy to take questions. >> madam chair, i just want to note for the record we have been briefed about this as an entire board in closed session, as the negotiations were ongoing. and i have a question, which is should we -- do you want
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us to remove the ones where the tas have not been approved, item 10 for muncial attorney as the association and twu items and continue those? or do you want us to move those ordinances while they are still voting? >> we would request that you move them all forward in unt unlikely event that someone fails to ratify, we would request it to be pulled off the board's agenda. >> thank you, mr. callahan. see nothing questions or comments, we'll open up for public comment on these items. so any -- >> thank you. >> good work. >> thank you. >> any members of the public that would like to speak on these items? seeing none, public comment is now closed. [ gavel ] ms. callahan, thank you so much for all of your work. we appreciate on behalf the board. so committee can we take a motion on this item? >> i would move items 3-27
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to the full board with recommendations. >> we have a motion to move items 3 through 27 to the full board with positive recommendation. we have a second only that. and we can do that without opposition. [ gavel ] >> thank you. ma'am clerk, do we need to take the motion to convene into closed session? can we make the motion to convene into closed session? >> public comment? >> before we do that, can we take public comment on these items? >> 28 and 29. >> seeing no public comment on items 28 and 29, public comment is now closed. [ gavel ] >> may we take a motion to convene into closed session for items 27 and 28? >> would you like me to call the items? >> excuse me. >> would you like me to call the items? >> that is what i asked. >> item 28 is ordinance authorizing the lawsuit file by yu ern phan and gai thi fan nguyen again the city and
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county of san francisco and item 29 authorizing settlement of lawsuit filed by willie crawford filed against the city and count of san francisco. can we make a motion to convene into closed session? >> so moved. >> we have a motion and do that without opposition. [ gavel ] . we just ask members of the public >> all right. we're now back in open session. >> our city attorney jon givner. >> during the closed session, the committee voted unanimously to forward items 28 and 29 to the full board with positive recommendation. >> thank you, mr. givner. can we take a motion to not disclose items from closed session? >> so moved. >> we have a motion and we can do that again without opposition. [ gavel ] >> madam clerk, any other items? >> there is no further business. >> thank you. meeting is adjourned [ gavel ]much.
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>> (clapping.) >> say a special thanks to our new police chief and fire chief for being here thank you and to all of the departments the growing number of departments under the zoning administrator's office and say to all of you and staff thank you for being loyal to our zoning administrator and thank you for working hard and thank you for all your years of service i thinks if my talks
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with zoning administrator kelly and i, we know that these are not jobs we can do on our own at the depend on great public servants and i'll say this when i was zoning administrator and i believe that naomi building this today, we have the best downstairs if all the world thank you. >> (clapping.) >> thank you charlotte hluet our competitive officer of protocol and my school advisors is here she's excited because this now is the city of the free city college thank you. >> thank you to all of you for doing that. >> (clapping.) >> ladies and gentlemen, i know that you know that this is a very special time in our
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city's history a time when we're rediscovering what diversity means we are reinvest in the things we truly believe in because we're all as a city challenged to do better and do more restrictive and certainly from the vantage point as a mayor i need other great leaders to step forward i have that in naomi cell not only a great zoning administrator but all this time having her kids a great mom yes. >> (clapping.) >> she led the effort and one the really people that i depend on on what charlotte and others to have one the best women conferences recently a lot of people on the agenda.
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>> (clapping.) >> and then i know that she's been at my side and working with the board of supervisors all the elected officials to keep our infrastructure going keep our city departments working but more importantly to keep the spirit of this city positive so at this point let me just say it is a pleasure to work with you naomi it's a pleasure to work with a mom which i think it historic for a zoning administrator and it's it's a pleasure to put up with harlan kelly all this time (laughter) >> (clapping.) >> so are we ready for the next 5 years all right. coming up up naomi
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>> (clapping.) >> please say your name after me >> and the constitution of the state of california. >> (repeated.) >> against all enemies. >> (repeated.) >> and that i will bear true faith and allegiance. united states. >> (repeated.) >> and to the constitution of the state of california. >> (repeated.) >> that i take this oath freely. >> (repeated.) >> without any mental reservation. >> (repeated.) >> or purpose of evasion. >> (repeated.) >> (repeated.)
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>> and during such time as i hold office of dir for the city and county of san francisco repeated congratulatio congratulations. >> thank you. >> i can't tell you how grateful i am for you mayor ed lee for a second term and thank you to the honorable board of supervisors every single one of you for your
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anonymous support in the years working with you want to thank you all wouldn't have been possible without the confirmation so thank you to you and all san franciscans that love this city as much as i do i serve ♪ capability with humility 5 years ago at my swearing in i felt the gravity and urgency of my responsibility and not regard them and that remains true today this is a job that i take seriously because san francisco is my home where i live with my husband and two sons and parents william and maria i experience first hand the decision at city hall in on a 4 pen maliciously appointed me as city purchaser one the first
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phone calls was was to ed lee also a city purchaser i explained the importance of the ability to effect change whether if so for providing opportunity to minority and women owned businesses insuring equal benefits to domestic partners paying prevailing wages and burden of proof products in emergency precipitating o preparedness those conversations led to the foundation and values of the zoning administrator's office in ed lee i proudly continue to this day with the new administration with religious registry i look forward to work with the immigrant foyers with the pathways to citizenship pathways and working with the immigration
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lawyers to train our residents how to respond to ice raids where from dollars will come to our sanctuary city that is evidence by the gop for the caltrans electrification as a planner i know how important federal dollars to our seawall? why we supported a $500 million transportation bond to support a three hundred seawall bond in the future as the trumpet administration talked about rolling bake the affordable health care act i'm honored to be working with labor and enforcement to implement health care accountability ordinance in the health care security ordinances that may serve as a backstop as women reproductive rights are threatened i'm proud to work with mayor ed lee we'll continue to address accountable
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childcare and promoting women in leadership and positions and reaffirm our commitment to inclusion and equality for all i'm grateful to my team among the 25 department heads of city agrees we have the privilege and honor of working everyday with you many of you are here today and two numbs to mention i'm proud what we achieved in the past 5 years and the great work with the eyes on the future i think my friend and colleagues here i'm so touched you're here with me like to thank you and unfortunately not here but someone who is true been a mentor in sacramento that is the willie brown he hired me 20s years ago at the age of 22 and he encouraged me to go to law
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school or not promote me unless i went to law school but truly in my corner as former gavin newsom and thank you you've been a dear friend 20 years ago and in closing because i know i want to party what all of you celebrations like this i always take time to invoke my family they're my anchor i have my 96 greatest aunt and my cousin denise . >> (clapping.) >> and they have been in my corner since the moment i was born i want to thank my father william and mother and harlan and sons -
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>> (clapping.) >> i know of my obesity are proud of the work i do i hear overhear them talking about it in the work many long hours and it takes time away from them i struggle with that at times but to listen to them talk about my accomplishment. >> what i do as a leader for the city and working with the mayor and the board of supervisors makes me know that is all worth that there are times they rather me stay home and bake cookies but the faith that all of you have in me and my love for the city keeps me going and collectively our voices will be heard and san francisco politics and the principles and culture will
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remay i have a motion main unsecurity guard and thank you very much i love to
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>> good afternoon the meeting will come to order welcome to the wednesday, february 22, 2017, of the rules committee i'm supervisor safai chair of the committee to my right is vice chair supervisor fewer and to my right is rules committee member supervisor yee and he's on his way our collective a derrick evans and thank you jesse larson and mark for staffing this
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meeting mr. clerk, any announcements? >> eating and drinking is not permitted in the gallery my documents should be submitted to the clerk items will be on the board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> thank you mr. clerk please call the first item number one a hearing to consider pointing out the members we're in resident of the poll from the clerk of the board which supervisor fewer expressed interest all other supervisors declined the 143 corbett avenue to be appointed. >> thank you, madam clerk supervisor fewer would you like to say a few words or straight to public comment. >> straight to public comment. >> okay. i guess mr. clerk can i make a motion to recuse
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supervisor fewer without a second. >> yes. a few public comments first and then. >> okay. thank you. >> let's hear from public comment any public comment on this item? members of the public have two minutes state our first and last name speak directly into the microphone leave a copy for the official file we we call public comment file to the left and call you in order. >> seeing no members of the public who wish to testify on this item we'll go straight to making a motion to recuse supervisor fewer. >> question. mr. chair we're waiting for supervisor yee and we'll losses quorum. >> that's why i was asking we'll hold off and- can we skip that item and go to item number
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two supervisor fewer. >> mr. clerk we'll return to item number one when supervisor yee is back. >> item number 2 a motion approving or rejecting ben bleiman to the entertainment commission july 21st, 2018. >> thank you, mr. speaker, colleagues, we have the mayor's appointment on the entertainment commission welcomeblast ben bleiman did i say that right. >> would you, please address the committee and speak on your qualifications and i thank you for the opportunity to come before the committee for entertainment commission commissioner, i feel like my experience as a business owner in san francisco and my advocacy on behalf of the night life in san francisco for the last 5 or 6 years gives me the ideal
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qualification agency a business owner i have owned 8 and 10 bars and restaurant in san francisco and a busy events company that puts on full-scale prouksz with musical events through the experience i have developed intimate knowledge with working with the neighbors and the local community to make sure our night life business is done responsibly and successfully if i had to boil down my philosophical on san francisco night life i would put it i stand for responsible educational and affordable night life for residents of san francisco and visitors that means didn't mean that every night life establishment is correct for every single neighborhood whether it is a
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jazz club in the avenues or something a thumping night life in the south of market each area has its own flavor and needs to be take into account when making decisions around that. >> as on my advocacy side i've been the chairman of the called culture association that is the main trade organization that represents bars and restaurant and music festivals and music venues through the experience i've worked with supervisors across the aisle whether on the left to pass meaningful legislation in san francisco and some of my main favorite scott wiener's school board members have been i spearheaded a petition to support sxooepdz
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petition that gardened 4 hundred signatures and used as a main piece in her argument for passing that legislation and i also structural in helping to write and navigate the passage of 10 b a complicated subject that had kind of tortured the night life advocates for decades we were able to pass a meaningful reform are that working with supervisor campos and supervisor farrell together as well as the poa and the police chief so all the experiences i've had taught me how to advocate for responsible needle in the haystack in san francisco and my experience as a business owner to successfully operate night life establishments in san francisco. >> again, thank you ben bleiman colleagues any questions for ben
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bleiman. >> supervisor fewer. >> no questions. >> okay seeing none, i will ask a question i know you talked about supervisor president london breed's legislation how has that impacted our industry sew it's the first of its kind in the world a landmark not as a city but the world nightclubs and music venues have been in areas of low population density that's why they were there not to bother the neighbors, etc. with the hemorrhaging in san francisco and the boom even if residents move on all of a sudden and saw the areas with major areas of development the issue at hand people will tour a condo next to an existing club and turned off
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on wednesday afternoon they buy the million dollars plus condo and on they're first night they hear the music coming from next door business as usual inform a night life waiting to get in, etc. and having serious issues this legislation protected not an incredible amount but major venues in san francisco to protect them from developers moving in and not informing the residents moving of the facility issues with the night life nearby and so how it did that it required the developers to inform residents ahead of time in writing of the appearance of a night life establishment and that went a huge way towards allowing the two important things residents and night life
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to co-exist peacefully it is hard to understate figuratively and actually gray. >> i have one more question he know a lot of the work on the entertainment commission is about preserving existing night life and preserving venues but if you can speak a little bit about our thoughts about potentially expanding into areas of the city that modesty not have that economic make up that. >> it is important night life in san francisco is more expensive to do business and anymore expensive for the customers on the customers does the one way we can help to mitigate that and the effect of rising expense of doing business filet mignon is a thing for the wealthy and not for everyone else that he can't afford a drink or ticket price, etc. this
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is to expand night time and not necessarily allow clubs but extend night life offering to neighborhoods that don't have them like the live music permit for jazz or bluegrass or other offering not to crazy but the diversification is the amount of initially there will be affordable options it is a main point by will hope to stress as a commissioner. >> as a part of light city representing a part of the city that is definitely underserved by night life and opportunities of such that is something that is important to me as a supervisor and member of the committee thank you for take into consideration colleagues any more questions and supervisor yee. >> let me

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