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wednesday march 8, 2017. city of san francisco. rules committee meeting.
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sfgtv. the city of san francisco sfgtv meeting of the rules committee occurring on wednesday march 8, 2017 will begin shortly.
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>> good afternoon, folks, this meeting will come to order. welcome to the march 8, 2017 regular meeting to have rules committee. i'm supervisor ahsha safai, chair of the committee, to my right is vice chair sandra lee fewer, supervisor, and on his way is supervisor norman yee, our clerk today is victor
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young, i'd ams like to thank jaok key larson and andy at sfgtv for staffing this meeting. do you have any announcements. >> please silence owl cell phone and is electronic devices, any documents to be included as part of the file should be submit today the clerk, items will appear on the march 14th supervisor agenda, eat ining the public gallery is not permitted. >> thank you, mr. clerk, please call the first three items together. >> yes, item number 1, motion confirming/reject thing mayor's reappointment of miguel bustos to the successor agency commission for the unexpired portion of a four year term. number 2, motion confirming, reject thing mayor's
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reappointment of leah pimentel to to suck soesz sore agency commission. number 3, motion con firing, rejecting the mayor's reappointment of darshan singh to the successor agency commission. >> let's hear from our first mayor appointee, mr. bustos, welcome, commissioners, please proceed. >> members to have committee, thank you so much for the opportunity to come before you, my name is miguel bustos, i've been serving on oci for a few years now. born and raised here in san francisco and the per specie that i've brought, at least tried to bring to the oci commission has been one about how can we make it work for real people, where's the win, win, win, and i think we've done that successfully. building a lot of affordable housing units, making sure that the devis gained and it happens
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when you have local people working on these buildings. so, i'm glad to say my dad worked on the transamerica building, pier 39, so we want the same thing for other residents of this city to be able to look to these developments within the ocii jurisdiction to say you know waxer i helped build that, not only i helped build it but i'm also living in it so we make it
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affordable for people from this city, certificate of preference has been a huge deal for us, something we've been pushing staff almost -- probably working too hard, pushing them to make sure we have people who have their certificate of preference to come back into their communities. i would be happy to answer any questions. >> thank you, commissioner bustos, colleague es, any questions for commissioner bustos. seeing none, let's hear from our next appointee, commissioner leah pimentel. >> you know, i'm noticing -- no, i withdraw, thank you. >> okay, thank you. commissioner pimentel, thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors, i've been serving on ocii for the past year, i'm a third generation from the bayview and i was able to help one of the
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community members who would have been displaced if it was not for ocii's development. i was able to help her understand that she was a seasonal worker at the san francisco giants and by working with her to understand the rules, she was able to get into one of the developments on forestry and stay if san francisco with her family. it has been a graelt opportunity to really put the perception of a parent and a working parent when we're meeting with the developers so that they can see what it means for parking for working class families and the disabled and seniors and the importance to prioritize their parking so that they have accessibility in their neighborhood, also making sure that the community benefit from the legacy foundation are really there to help the community as well. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner, colleagues, any questions for commissioner pimentel?
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seeing none, let's call up the next commissioner, commissioner darshan singh. >> thank you, commissioner. >> thank you, i was honored by the mayor and i will finish a project at naul [inaudible], especially i'm proud of mission bay, it was started in 97 and that was the largest employer after the city, and we did -- also i took part in [inaudible] and south beach and you know the project area at hundred's point, i look forward to your
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support. >> thank you, commissioner, i think you have been on the commission -- please stay up there for a second, colleagues, any quick questions for commissioner singh, i know you've been on the commission from 1995. >> yes. >> so, you have the i o*f see thing city over the past 25 years, what do you think has been one of the most important aspects of your role on the commission? >> say it again. >> what has been one of the most important aspects -- >> actually, i'm very proud about the mission bay, it was started in 97, and the mayor brown said that we don't want to let this goe, all of the study, they were offered [inaudible] in alameda and brisbane and they needed about 30 acres and we tried very hard to get that from [inaudible]
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corporation and some was from the towns bay, not -- you know, caltrans of some land so we gave them land and i'm very proud of that. >> okay, thank you, commissioner, colleagues, any questions for commissioner singh? great. are there any members of the public that would like to comment on the first three item, please come up and comment, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors and congratulations on your selections. my name is bill barn cal and i'm the founding board member of the outer sunset professional organization and veteran affairs for county and city of san francisco, i hope we can reappoint darshan singh, he will be the longest standing commissioner in the history of city and count di of san
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francisco, i've done dar singh for nearly 30 years, he's been president of my association and is currently director of my negotiation for over 40 eases, he has been the district of the [inaudible] merchants and is the chairperson for the department of corrections which is appointed by the governor and i believe this is his second or third term, in my 65 years, you seldom find individuals like darshan, i have respect for him. the [inaudible] our core values are integrity first, excellence if all we do and serve before thy self, sbekt is the highest moral standards, excellence in all we do, dar is a perfectionist and dar has been serving the community for over 50 years, so what better three words the describe dar, lastly, i would be remiss not to mention olivia, the whole saying is behind every man,
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there is a good woman, and behind every good woman, there's a good man so, let's reappoint dar and make history. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker, just a reminder, each speaker has two minutes, if you can please state your name into the record, thank you. >> my name is steven cornell, a resident of district 7 and i have a business in district 3. i have known dar singh through the council district merchants for over 30 years. we highly respect dar, one thing good about him and what's god for the city is he used to be our president, he's still on our board of directors, he faithfully come tos all of our meetings and is a part of it, he knows what's going on in the small business community in san francisco and can represent us well, so i hope you will reappoint him, it will be a good thing for all of us in the city. >> thank you, next speaker.
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>> my name is gwen kaplan, i'm a small business own ner the northeast mission association area and i met dar originally through the council of district merchants. he is a model for me of how to be a productive and honest member of the council of district merchants, i have followed his career ever since i've known him and i would just be delighted to have him reappoint. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. >> henry [inaudible], san francisco council of district merchants association, i've known dar for many, many years back in the days of redevelopment when i sat on the south of mashlgt project area committee for some ten years and dar was on the redevelopment agency, and dar's someone who really cares abwhere the money goes, through projects that he would not
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approve unless he thought they were for the benefit of the community. he really is an excellent person to be on the commission and i strongly urge you to reappoint him to that, again, as one of the other speakers said, he always comes to the council meetings and he's a very dedicated person and he never misses a meeting, he's always there, and i want to say miguel bustos and leah pimentel, i also hope you will reappoint them, they're wonderful people. >> any other member of the comment would like to comment on items 1-3, please come forward and state your name. >> my name is anglo king, how are you? i would like to say it's very important our brand -- i ran here to support mr. singh, it's important to have institutional
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memory on these appointments because sometimes you need to know the whole picture, with the dismants ling of redwoment and what was left, sometimes people don't recall what was the point of it all from curing blight to getting businesses started to the kind of economic development that needs to happen, these things are always remembered, not only that, every time i see mr. singh, any time i see him anywhere, first thing he'll say is how is your family, how is your business, what do you need out here, he's an excellent public servant and a credit to government and i'm here because i think theses the kind of person that needs to represent the city especially in these kind of matters to make sure parts of san francisco get the same kind of economic benefit that the rest of san francisco has and that it's spread out equitably including the people bho were impacted when they didn't get to share in the first round of
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san francisco [inaudible] and you can only think like that when you have an institutional memory that lasts only four years so i'm here to support mr. singh as well as some of the other commissioners but red took off of work to support this man because he's always in the corner of people to try to benefit these neighborhoods. >> thank you, mr. king, any other members that wish to comment on items 1-3? >> chester williams, hp unity from the bayview area and i'm here to comment on all of the current commissioners, there's a word we always use, if it's not broke, don't fix it. you have a good group of people that are working tirelessly with the community, they have over 30 years of experience and i'm suggesting that some of the things that san francisco does wrong is it changes people too often on commissions so i'm recommending that you do not change those that are on the
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commission. you have a good group and let's have them do another term. thank you. >> thank you. are there any other members of the public that wish to testify? seeing none, public testimony is now closed. any additional comments, colleagues? supervisor yee? >> so, thank you, chair safai, can i ask the clerk, is it possible to in the past, this is what i've done, to either get the information from the particular commission or department or whatever body is serving the information on people's attendance and also the -- it would be really helpful like on item number 4
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where it lists the people that are already serving so it gives me a better sen of the balance that i would like to see on these committees if possible. sometimes when we have opportunities to select people in an open seat, do we need a certain demographics or do we need a certain ethic group or whatever, it would be really helpful as we move into the future. >> i will work with the board to work your office to see if we can get that information prior to the meeting for you or prior to the committee. >> that would be really useful, besides that, the three people that are up for reappointment, i plan to fully support. i know who they are, i know their work and i think they do good work. redo you want me to make a motion? >> i'll go ahead and make a
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potion -- motion to confirm all three members and move forward a positive recommendation. >> i think that's right, i think the only thing i think is because it's a confirmation, i think we need to amend, so i think you have to amend motions on line 3 and 14 to confirm, we want to confirm the mayor's appointments? >> you confirmed it? >> yes. er >> can i have a second? >> second >> >> great, without objection, that will be the order. >> yes, just to confirm, the motions have been amended to confirm the members recommended by the mayor's office and the matter will be recommended to the board of supervisors. >> to the full board, yes. >> ye. >> perfect. , con grafp lacing, commissioners on your appointment. next item. >> item number 4, hearing to consider appointing 10 member
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tos the bicycle advisory committee for a two year terms or for the tenure of the nominating supervisor, whichever is shorter in duration. >> thank you, mr. clerk. colleagues, we have supervisorial appointment tos the bicycle advisory committee. let's hear from our first appointee from district 1, is devon warner mere? oh, great. would you please address the committee and speak on your qualifications. >> hello, thank you, thank you for your time, thank you, supervisor fewer for reappoint me as you may have known if you saw my application, i served last year for a little more than half a year and thank you to supervisor yee for sponsoring our ghost bike initiative last year. if you see my application, you'll see that i'm a 35 year
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san francisco resident, 25 year ins the richmond, serious bicycle commuter, a little bit of a sport ride e i've ridden all over everywhere in town, and i volunteer to organize ride of silence in international events here in san francisco with the help of my volunteers. my goals as a member of the bac is to support you. i'm here to weigh in on bicycle issues for the city for vision zero and for the supervisors in particular, so i'm here to work for you. in addition, i do want the say that i support a vigorous public debate and by that, i mean substance and civil discourse, so i want to work with the various constituencies and i want to make sure that
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the bicycling constituency is not at odds with the disabled constituency nor with the pedestrians and i think the city can be brought together around this issue and that's what i'm here to do, so thank you. >> thank you, any questions? >> i just want to thank you and other members of the bike coalition to bring the ghost bike legislation. what happened to it? >> as far as i know, nothing is happening, i have a sub-committee with me and bert hill who's the head of the bac, and he is leading the charge to reach out to the epw, we want to find out what their needs and constraints are before we suggest an ordinance, we want to stay within whatever it is that they have to comply with whenever they consider this kind of an issue.
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>> thank you. >> in the meantime, i'm plan tog put up a few ghost bikes in the next couple of mo*bt months, ride of silence is on may 17th, and we don't want ghost bikes up with we do our ride this year. >> okay, thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you, ms. warner. any other questions, any questions, commissioner? let's hear from our next appointee. is anne brask here? >> hi, good afternoon, supervisors, and happy international women's day, i grew up in portland, oregon, the city renowned for its cycling infrastruck khu, i liver ined chicago and lived in san francisco for the past four years, i'm really excited to bring what i've learned about living and using cycling as my main means of transportation to
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san francisco. i've seen a lot of variety of issues and possibilities for solutions, after living in each of these cities, and i'm looking forward to bringing that experience and i'm also a city planner here and they have an extensive background in design and planning and i'm looking forward to using that to assist in possibilities for designs for safe streets as well as educating the community, also i'm hoping to continue partnerships with organizations such as the bike coalition and the walk sf and the parks alliance. i recently met with supervisor tang and we had a lot of discussion about potential improvements for the sunset district including the north/south connector as well as entrances into golden gate park and [inaudible] grove and i'm really exhibited about this opportunity and would be honored to represent district
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14 on the bike advisory committee. >> any questions for ms. brask? great, seeing none websinger eel call up the next canadian late is melyssa mendoza here. could not make it? okay. and i got word that bert hill is not able make it. is he here? >> [inaudible]. >> is that permissible? >> it should be done during public comment. >> do you want to read it during public, that should be fine. diane serafini, is she here? catherine o*r land, great. >> hi, everyone. so, as a long time san francisco bicycle coalition volunteer, daily bicycle
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commuter and daily bicycle professional, i believe my professional, knowledge and skill set make me an ideal candidate to serve on the bicycle advisory committee a a represent for district 9, i've been serve ining this capacity since april. like i said, i formally was in the bicycle industry, i worked for two bicycle lighting companies, so safety is a major priority both for me personally as a cyclist and professionally in these capacities, i've developed strong relationships with all of the local bicycle shops throughout san francisco and i communicate with them regularly about their views on bicycle infrastructure developments and potential projects. as a daily bike commuter and recreational ride e i have my finger firmly on the pulse of my neighborhood's hot spots in terms of dangerous intersections and earlier this year, i spearheaded a project where we -- i enlisted the help
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of at least 30 volunteers and we counted the number of double parked cars on valencia street between 4 and 7 p.m., the evening rush hour, found that 6-7 p.m. was really the most dangerous time for cyclists where they're passing more than 200 double parked cars in that hour. so, let's see, i have my finger on the hot spot and is the established bike route that is need better signage and pavement markings as well as pavement and infrastructure improvements and i'm committed to envision the bicycle plan and help us to achieve the goal of vision zero, i'm a long time sf bike coalition volunteer and have led commuter [inaudible] on bike to wobbling day, handed
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out blink lights on [inaudible] and participate ined the five year planning process and committed to san francisco that is safe for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists alike, give respect, get respect framework when it come tos sharing the road. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> colleagues, any question for ms. or o*r land? seeing none, let's call up the next individual, is mark brandt here? no? mary kay chin? great. >> good afternoon, thank you for letting me -- give me the opportunity to address you, i'm a san francisco native and previously on the bicycle advisory commission for d6 and currently the vice chair along
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with bert, i've been riding my bike using public transit and walking in san francisco my whole life. about five years in the tenderloin, we've been teaching local residents how [inaudible] and back on to the streets of safe, ridable machines, last year, i was e leaked on the san francisco bicycle coalition and currently serving as their secretary. i believe these perspectives will help provide me a good lens and a great lens to the bac to help san francisco reach its bicycle planned goals as well as vision zero. any questions, that was quick. >> great, thank you so much, colleagues, any questions or comments? >> how's your mom? >> she's good, i'm sure -- she
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says hi. thank you. >> great. is paul wells? >> good afternoon, supervisors, i'm very dmrad to be here today, just a snapshot of the service to san francisco started on the citizen's vice advisory board on graffiti for muni, that became joining the board of directors of san francisco beautiful. i've been a resident of potrero hill for almost 35 years, an avid bicyclist until a knee operation and back operation slowed me down just a tad, i have also served on the staking open space, the park on the top of potrero hill, that's a
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native plant refuge and also for the last ten years on market street railway board of directors, the non-profit that keeps the enf streetcars on track. in district 10, we have some challenges, we have the hair ball under 101 where bayshore and chavez and all these streets meet, there's a lot of work to be done but having seen our bicycle paths grow and seeing the bicycle coalition grow, co-existence on the roads is always a good position for them and part of what we do and finding a way to realize vision zero by making things safer for bicyclists and also for everybody else who uses the road, so i am a public transit
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advocate. since we're here, i know that we meet the fourth monday of every month at room 408 at city hall and since since we're on tv and open to the public, i would like to take the opportunity to invite the public to come, make comments during our meetings, fourth monday of the month in room 408 of city hall because public input is very important for what we do and i'm glad to continue to serve district 10 on the board of bicycle advisory committee and thank you so much for your time. >> thank you, mr. wells, colleagues, any questions for mr. wells? >> yes, i have one question, mr. wells. are you a bike rider yourself? >> yes, before we had any kind
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of safe bike kl path, my rear pyrebacker tire would go into where all the fraikt car tracks used to be. >> i guess i must have missed that, thank you so much. >> thank you, supervisor. and then the last person we'll call up is jeffrey taliaferro. >> hello, supervisors, i've been in the bicycle business now for about 30 years, i've had a bicycle shop here in the city in district 11, i've been riding bikes all that full time as well and i have a lot of -- a lot to give back. i want to give back and make
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the streets safer for the people that have patronized me and for the people that just want to get on a bike and do their things by bicycle and that are just frankly too scared the ride a bicycle. i see around town how the bike situation has become much better, it's much safer to ride now, but i know that we can do more. i have things, you know, the ocean avenue corridor down by the car born is very dangerous, there's so many muni car tracks down there that it's almost impossible to avoid safely. i see things around town that i think i can be of some use to figuring out better solutions.
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born and raised here, been in district 11 pretty much all my life and have, you know, seen a lot and have contacted a lot of people, not contacted but have contact with a lot of people that -- and got a lot of feedback for what people want to do as far as how they would want to change things for the better of pedestrians and cyclists, and that's about it. >> thank you sx, did i say your last name, taliaferro? >> it's taliaferro. >> thank you, sir. colleagues, any questions? comments? yes, please. >> yes? >> do you have a question? >> no. >> it's a comment, thank you, sir. yes, supervisor yee? >> [inaudible]. >> not yet, before we do public
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comment, i wanted to call up bobbie lopez from supervisor kim's office, she wanted to make a comment on mary kay chin on behalf of the supervisor. >> thank you, supervisor, i'll be very brief, i think that everybody is clear how amazing and wonderful may ri kay chin is and we have the enshrouding support, we're glad we have a partner to really take that on, of course today being international women's day, i think it's important to note that mary kay is very much about accessibility to women and gender nonconforming individuals so we're super excited about her role in making biking accessible to multiple communities as well as just sort of mentioning her role with san francisco yellow bike and that everybody should go visit it or donate their bikes to get them refix and had repurposed to community members. that's it, thank you so much. >> thank you. okay, now we're going to go ahead and take public comment on item number 4, if any
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members to have public wish to comment on item number 4, please come forward. >> this is from bert hill, our chair, good afternoon, chairs, i regret i'm unable to attend this hearing and i asked [inaudible] to read my message, i express my thank tos the board of supervisors for my continued reappointment to the bicycle advisory committee. my 12 years as khai, we have wrestled through the 2005 bike plan, two civil grand jury find x, many cta resolutions and departmental letters, most of our interactions has been with mta, dpw, bartd, but report to to board of supervisor and is wish to thank you and your colleagues for your consternation for your appointments, today we have a
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committee that's the most diverse, if my fellow nominees are elected, there is a majority of women, [inaudible] we are not however diverse in transportation choices, we are all primary bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users dedicate today reduce reliance on personal use of motor vehicles, we work diligently through consensus and mutual respect, while sometimes not the most expedient, we have found it to be most gratifying an effective process in promoting our charter as stated in 5.130 of the administration code. i'm not going to read that part. as the senior members i plan on resigning from the chair position in july, i'm confident that our committee's work can only get better. one last comment, we have discussed the efficacy of experimenting with sfpd traffic
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division using medalist mote sized bicyclist, we've made numerous requests but no budget is always the response. we are preparing a resolution to request the cta pursue a caltrans ots pilot program with the [inaudible] the equity in a most cost save ining this mode of law enforcement, bert hill. sorry, that was really fast. . erbacker >> good afternoon, my name is [inaudible], a long time resident of san francisco and i'm here to support bert hill who i have known for over 20 years and i'm mere to encourage the supervisors to reappoint him to the bac again because i think he will be a wonderful addition and will continue the good work that is necessary here in san francisco and i believe so because his professional background allows him to interact with the public, with businesses, small businesses and get things going
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in order to get a good transportation system here in san francisco and in the bay area, i hope you will consider his candidacy seriously, i think he will be an excellent person to be on the board again and what i admire about bert, he is passionate about what he thinks and what he does and he does what he preaches. he cease a very active bicyclist and you see him all over the city so he will be an excellent choice. thank you. >> any other members of the public wish to testify on item number 4? >> and then this is on behalf of melyssa mendoza, d35, she's been a bike commuters since 2008, started with the bike coalition in 2009, move today the wiggle in 09 and has been bike advocating ever since, she's been [inaudible] the san francisco bicycle coalition and the san francisco bike party,
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she's also been instrumental in helping diversify the bac by adding myself as well as recruiting myself and cath erine to the bac. >> thanks. >> on behalf of? >> on behalf of the bac i'm devon warner again, on behalf of mark brandt, serafini and melyssa men doze sexier i enjoy work witching all of them and i find people who do contribute to the public discourse in a way that as i said includes both substance and a civility, so i recommend them both, all of them. >> great. and is diane serafini here? good, you can come speak on your own. can i do that, mr. clerk in public comment? that's okay, go ahead. >> my name is diane serafini,
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i've been serving on the bac since may of 2014, i really enjoyed my tenure on the committee, i'm a passionate bicycle rider, i've also been hit by a car who made an ill laoem left turn, this is before vision vao*er row, the driver wasn't cited, that's one thing why i wanted to become a board driver, to make sure that cyclist and is pedestrians have some recourse, i'm also a bicycle educator, i've been teaching for 10 years, many people in the city are very pro-infrastructure and it's very important and the statistic is it gets more people on bikes but the people don't know the importance of education to educate people who ride bike and is who ride bikes dangerously, if we can get more people on the road who ride
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safely, the new riders will behaif more like them than the people who ride against traffic and don't signal and make it difficult for everybody on the road, so i'm most interested in developing a cooperative transportation culture where all road users, whether they're people in motorized vehicles, people on bikes or people on foot can know they can safely get to where they want to go and they're not going to be endangered by anybody else. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> any other members of the public would wish to testify on item number 4? seeing none, public testimony is now close. any additional comments, colleagues? supervisor yee. >> thank you, chair safai. i just was wondering, maybe this is a question directed to the clerk, i notice that every supervisor seem to have
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appointed somebody to be on this committee, but i don't see a number 2 here. is there a reason why there is no number 2? is there no seat or what is it? >> i think that seat might have been just appointed. >> i'm sorry. you should be on a mic.. >> can you come speak into the microphone. >> paul wells for district 10, so district 2 just has been appointed, that's why he's not on the list. >> thank you. >> meaning that shiz seat wasn't up for re-election with everybody else because a lot of us should have served to the end of our supervisor's term but something was changed in the rules so we all had to appear today or to reapply, thank you. >> okay, got it. >> any other comments or
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questions, colleagues? seeing no more names ton roster, is there a motion? >> yeah, i'll make a motion to -- do i have to say approve or -- >> just recommend. >> recommend these ten applicants for the positions. >> to the full board. >> to the full board of the bicycle advisory committee with a positive recommendation. >> okay. without objection, colleagues, that shall be the order. congratulations, everyone, for your reappointment and thank you for your service on this important advisory committee. [applause]. >> just to summarize, just to be sure. >> please. er >> this matter will be prepared in committee as a motion and with the recommendation to appoint all ten members and it will be on the -- recommended
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to the.full board's meeting next week. >> can we recess for just one minute? >> yes. >> we are on a short recess at this time. ( meet ining brief recess ).
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>> would you like to reconvene? >> yes, please. >> thank you, mr. clerk, please call the next item. >> next on the agenda, item number 5, hearing to consider appointing four members to the golden gate bridge, highway and transportation district board of directors. >> klaoe, we have reappointment tos the golden gate bridge, highway and transportation board of directors, welcome, directors, would you please address the committee and speak on your qualification, the first person on the list i see is sabrina hernandez. >> good afternoon, and thank you for allowing me to address you today, chair safai, vice chair fewer and supervisor yee, my name is sabrina hernandez
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and i was born and raised here in san francisco, i've been serving on the bridge district for a total of about a little over 8 years now, i currently sit as first vice-president of the board and i hope that you will reappoint me to my position. i serve on several committees but i attend meetings for all mitt taoes, supervisor yee, i know you had a question about attendance and i try to make all meetings whether i'm a formal member of that committee or not, should i be reappoint this year for a two year term, i would come up again next year for the presidency of the board and i think it's important that i attend all those molting so aoelt -- meetings so i have have a complete overview of how everything operates and be in a good position pob president should is that tha* be my ultimate opportunity. there are lots of exciting
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things coming up for the district in the near future, we have a lot of opportunities and a lot of challenges, i'm excited about the sewer side deterrence system, we're trying to get that rolling on many years of discussion on that project. there's a fantastic staff we work with and of course a very strong board with lots and lots of knowledge and diverse representation. i would be proud to serve again and represent the city and county of san francisco on that board and i hope that you will reappoint me to that board. thank you very much. i can answer any questions should you have any. >> gret, thank you, ms. hernandez, colleagues, supervisor yee ?frjts how are you to come up here as a celebrity, honoree? >> thank you very much, thank you, supervisors for that fantastic honor, i appreciate it very much. >> i was just jealous that
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sdrik 7 residents, i didn't nominate you. >> there are lots of great women in district 7. thank you, supervisor yee. >> and maybe i missed this in your presentation, ms. hernandez, how long have you been on the golden gate bridge transportation district? >> a little over 8 years total. >> you said you were born and raised in san francisco, what do you think that does in term of bringing a perspective that's unique to that committee? >> well, if you consider that the economic background that i have, i was born and raised in brunelle height ins a 600 square foot house, my father was a janitor and eventually worked his way into the communication worker's union and helped to put out the san francisco examiner and chronicle. i went to public schools here in san francisco, i used public
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transit to get back and forth to school. i grew up in a labor household as you might imagine so i have a strong concern and interest in representing workers and making sure that workers are being treated fairly. i have -- my particular interests on the board, i have a special focus on the workers that work at the bridge, not just bus drivers but all the mechanics, all the folks that work in the admin building, everyone that puts forth their effort to make sure that our international icon stays in good health in tall ways that it does. i also am -- as you see, the only woman representing san francisco of all the encum bantus and i bring a women's per specie to the table as well, so there are various ways in terms of my experience, being a san francisco resident
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that i think i contribute and offer something a little bit different and always finding four san francisco interests of course, it's such a sport. >> thank you very much and thank you for your services, i think it's important to bring that perspective from a labor household, particularly from the labor unions that you spoke about as they relate to the work that you're doing now, so thank you. colleague, any other questions for ms. hernandez? thank you. >> thank you very much. >> we'll call up the next person, i understand we just had bert hill read into the record that he was not here so i guess we'll go to the next person, is richard grosboll here? >> thank you, i've been living here in san francisco for over 40 year, i have served on the bridge board for approximately a little over 10 year, i'm the immediate past president of the bridge district the last ten year, i didn't miss any of the
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committee or board meetings last year, it's not just the great bridge we deal with, we have a var iet aof issues out there, we're ao transit service, [inaudible] of course we have great bus service and of course we deal with pedestrians on the bridge and one of our most important project that is we've just started went out to bid and we've accepted the bid as a suicide deterrent project, i'm currently chair of the advisory committee on the suicide deterrent system so we're looking unfortunately at a full four years with a targeted completion date of january, so i appreciated the opportunity of serving on the bridge district and would like to continue to do so, so thank you very much. >> thank you, colleagues, any questions for mr. gross wa*l? seeing none, thank you.
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the next individual is mr. michael ter ra*lt. >> supervisors, i want to take a moment and advocate on behalf of my three colleagues first, director hill, bert hill, although he couldn't be here, bert, i will -- i've been impressed on how dedicated he has been showing up at committee that is aren't his to try to learn as much as possible the full bred ft of responsibility of the board and ofp the committee and is to learn aof the functioning to have bridge, i've been extremely impressed by his knowledge of the transportation aspects of the district's operations. i will say i have 725 miles on a bicycle, he's certainly been a bicycle advocate longer than i have, [inaudible] guided the
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district through a challenging time when we were confronted with the essential doubling of the expected bid price for the suicide deterrent system, and he did that very ably and i compliment him for that and director hernandez is as she has noted herself an advocate for the point of work of viewers, the point of view of women, the point of view of san franciscans, those of underprivileged and low backgrounds, i was please today move her appointment as the vice-president of the district as a representative of san francisco and myself. i bring a particular unique per specie to the board in that i come from a background in the iron working industry. i came all the way from apprentice to general fore mansion i functioned as local worker and someone who understands the needs of contractor and is the needs to accomplish a particular project
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in a particular way. i've also been an organizer and a business agent for the iron worker's union, so i understand what it mean tosed advocate for workers. i too am a native of san francisco and as a particular instance of what na mean, the debates over tolls on the bridge, when it was proposed we consider bicycle and pedestrian tolls on the bridge, i pointed out that when i was a kids growing up on the south side of brunelle heights, one pleasure i had was taking extremely long walks and i couldn't go on to the bridge at the time because thereafter toll because i never had a penny in my pocket, if the bridge is truly to be the people's bridge, there has to be completely freedom for pedestrians on that bridge and that i think was a telling argument in helping to turn down the pedestrian toll on that bridge. i will give you at this point
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something that i've talked about in other venues but never publicly and that is how i ended up where i am. i in the late 19308's stood up at iron worker meet advising said you need to start organizing heavily in the chinese community, there was social justice reasons for doing that, and i was very well aware at the time of the sorry history of the san francisco building and construction trades council of its antiasian beginnings, and was anxious to see that turned around but of course in a trades context, one has to make a practical argument as well and the argument i made was in 1997, hong kong would go back to the people's republic, we would see a capital seeking ref cyans yaouj and with that would come chinese businesses and chinese crack toersinger, when 97 came and exactly what i predicted would happen happened, the union called me up in early 99
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and said do you want to be an organizer for the union. at the time i was making pretty good money as a general foreman and had to have a couple of weeks to think about it, i took that position as organizer for the union with a cut in pay and we doubled the size of the local by making it look more like california. we signed most of the small chinese miscellaneous contractors in town, we organized heavily nr the latino community, we did very innovative things in all those regards. we had a vocational english as a second language classes, we began to accept the [inaudible], the mexican consulate i.d. in place of driver's license for entry to apprenticeship, i dispatched in both spanish and english and listened to the grumble ining the hall as i did so and one can expect when you make that great a change in an institution, there is a backlash and there was a
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backlash, i survived my election in a three way race but i'm proud of what we accomplished and it will never be undone and where that comes back to the bridge is that now at the bridge, i am in the enviable position of looking at the iron worker crew on the bridge and seeing some of those chinese workers we organized are if that crew, so is n the course of more than a century finally a turn from the point where we were bitterly antiasian in the san francisco building trades to the point where chinese workers that i helped organize are in the in-house crew on the city's most iconic struck khu, i'm proud of that, so i ask for your reappointment to the bridge committee. >> thank you, any questions for
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commissioner ter ya*lt? >> anybody who want tos comment. >> bert hill did ask me to read a statement in his absence, i regrept i'm unable to attend, he's on capitol hill providing right and is equity for all bicyclists, [inaudible] two years ago, i believe my experience in large scale engineering/construction project and financial management as well as transportation expertise provide a unique background for decisions facing the board over the coming years and last year's national conference, the transportation conference in l.a., a hyperbolic statement was made there will be more changes to transportation in the next decade than in the previous century, i was skeptical but autonomist vehicle, economics, mobile communication will alter our lives, more specifically, this change will need civil infrastructure modifications that have traditionally
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required decades to implement segregation of autonomist vehicles to act rationally and much more efficiently than people, [inaudible] we also need to think less of [inaudible] as privately owned passenger cars and more as a unified transit system. if reappoint, i hope we can start the conversation to deter the increasing auto con j*ex in highway 1 including lom bart street, the declining bus ridership and increasing bridge traffic is non-sustainable. bert hill, and i did serve with bert and he has been a great director in the last two years, i hope he is reappoint. >> thank you. next person. >> thank you, sabrina hernandez back here bargaining i want to especially in the absence of bert hill support him and as well as my colleagues that are up again for reappointment
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today, i've served with all of these gentlemen and i've been very impressed and inspired by the leadership they have provided to the bridge leadership, and not just as their colleague seeing them in action but as a business representative for ib local 36 and as a san francisco resident, they have my support and i hope you will support them. thank you. >> thank you, next. >> good afternoon, supervisors, tom [inaudible]singer executive director of livable city, here today to speak on behalf of the reappointment of bert hill to the golden gate bridge board. bert as you've heard regrets he can't be here today. he's spending the day on capitol hill with a group of people from the national bike summit, they are trying to get congress to pass hr1226 which is a national vision vao*er row bill, vision zero is the goal of eliminating deaths and serious injuries on our roads from automobile collisions
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within the next ten years, incredibly important goal for us and for bert. i just want to say bert has been one of the city's hardest working advocates for both sustainable transportation and safe streets for as long as i can remember which is kind of a long time. bert is a bicycle educate torx he does adult bike education so, if any of you want to get back on a bike, bert's your man, he walks the talk and also walks the touk ta*uk by bicycling up to meraloma, he is retired but bikes up that hill tirelessly, it is a multimodal transportation agency, it provides access for people who walk, people who bicycle, transit, boat ferries, and lastly automobiles, and bert is one of the great multimow dad advocates, working to make the
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garden gate bridge district sustainable both ecologically and financially, equitable, safe, accessible to all. he really believes in its mission of transporting people and relieving automobile congestion here in this city, so we ask you to support his re-election here today. >> thank you, next speaker. ing >> good afternoon, supervisors, i'm army morgan and i would like to think of myself as a third generation san franciscan, moved away when i was a teenager to san jose and came back later in life for work and my family's been in san francisco over 80 years, my grandmother tells me my grandfather worked on the golden gate bridge as a laborer, i thought he was an iron worker but he was in local
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261, labor, but anyway, we'd like to strongly urge you to support mike terheriault's reappointment, he's a native san franciscan and we think he's qualified, i can't see who's better qualified for mike theriault, so we'd like to urge you to support mike theriault for reappointment, thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name's tony rodriquez and i'm with local 43 union and i'm here to ask you to reappoint mark theriault, i melt mike about 8 years ago and as the head of the building trades, i've had various dealings with him and while i was sitting there, i was trying to think of words to describe mike and i
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guess things that come to mind is a very honest person, a very committed person, he's a hard worker, he's got integrity and he's very dead date kate today what he does and i've been impressed about how he runs the building trades and the dealings i've had with him, i would ask you to reappoint him and while i haven't known sabrina as long as, i can echo she's got the same qualities and i would ask you to also reappoint her. thank you. >> thank you. are there any other members the public that wish to comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is now closed. any additional comments, colleagues? supervisor yee? >> so, i will vouch for all four of these members, they are my colleagues on that board. i'm embarrassed that i always ask about attendance and i probably have the worst attendance record on that board.
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>> we may have to take that up at a later meeting. >> but i know that all four of these members are very active, the golden gate committee, wl*fr there is some press conference, i see several of them always go after the meetings, so -- and the per specie they bring into the bridge board is very valuable, something that probably doesn't come from anybody else on the board, so what i would like to do is move to the full board a positive recommendation to appoint sabrina hernandez to seat 1, bert hill to seat 2, richard grosboll to seat 3 and michael theriault to seat 4. >> you said positive recommendation? >> yes. >> yes, supervisor fewer? >> i want to second that, i wanted to make one comment that
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i had a conversation with mike theriault today and we spoke about the diversity on this board and i think there is an opportunity if r the board of supervisors to add more diversity on to that board than i would suggest the board of supervisors doing so. thank you. >> great. and i'll just make my own comment before we finalize that motion, i haven't had the pleasure of working with ms. hernandez or mr. hill or mr. grosboll but i have had the pleasure of working with mr. theriault, as someone that before i got on to this board worked with in the labor movement, he's one of the first people i came across, we may not have seen eye to eye in the beginning but it's someone i can say he's not only a friend but a neighbor, we live in the same neighborhood, he's someone that i learned from, i appreciate his leadership sdp i appreciate the perspective that he brings and every time i hear him speak in public, i learn a
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little bit more about him so i -- what a wonderful story that is about tolls on the pedestrian side of the bridge and what that means to bring that per specie and i think that's why the same question i asked ms. hernandez about what it means to be a native born san franciscan and see your city evolve and have a perspective from a labor household and a labor movement and what that brings to an iconic committee like this, so thank you all for your commitment and your leadership and particularly thank you all for your friendship. so, klaoe, seeing no objections on that motion, i think that motion is so ordered and approved. >> do you need to reaffirm it? >> no. >> okay. >> next item, mr. clerk. >> next on the agenda, item number 6, hear tog consider
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appointing two members to the local homeless coordinating board, please note that an urgency waiver is required in your consideration of ms. laura guzman. >> thank you, mr. clerk, colliding, we have three applicants for two seats for the local homeless coordinating board. if there's no initial comments from my colleague, i would like to ask the applicant tos address the committee and speak on their qualifications. so, do we have -- let's see, laura guzman, sophia isom and john roman, if you can come up in that order and address the committee, thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors, and welcome to the new supervisor -- i'm laura guzman, i've been with the local homeless coordinating board
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since 1995, i carry so many traditional mem ris of this board. i have served as both could chair and now i'm chair of the policy committee and i also [inaudible] of the resource center and in the board, i have gone through 11 application tos the federal government, worked in the funding committee, we have done some work with the board with supervisor kim, we did the redevelopment of the shelter system and i'm still very committed to stay on this board as we know the homeless is still what we need to tackle, is still very complex, as one of my role iss to assure and guarantee we continue to receive the federal funds that we have for the hud guidelines, it's exciting times because earlier today, sharon wood, supervisor safai, we are instituting right now a new homeless coordinator systemblessing it's going to be
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called the one system where we're all in the coordinated entry to prioritize housing, we have a new department so this is really a very incredible time so i'm more than happy to continue my role and i'm looking forward to the reappointment for my seat. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. any questions for ms. guzman, colleagues? okay. sophia isom? >> good afternoon, sorry, good afternoon, supervisors, my name is sophia isom, i was born and raised in san francisco, california, i am currently employed with the san francisco human services agency as a program director in the family and children services division. my area of expertise is in the field of child welfare which is also known as child protective services. i've been a program director for 16 years, i've had either
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the direct experience or the oversight of staff who works with families who have been impacted by child abuse and neglect as well as working towards reunification and helping obtain permanency or assist ining preparing foster youth for self-sufficiency o*ut -- outside of our foster care system. i have a sincere interest in this work because i'm really a strong advocate for the needs of foster youth and families. my main interest in participating on this board if granted is really to look at the intersection between the impacts that families who are trying to reunify to get their children back within the foster care system or as i stated looking at the impacts of foster youth when they exit our system, it is our responsibility , you know, for youth active in our system to make sure that we provide them adequate housing and safety and prepare for
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their well-being, but we do also have a lot of concern of what happens after they exit our system at the age of 21. we currently are serving, i have the oversight of 200, approximately 200 non-minor dependents which will be exiting the foster care system very soon and i want to advocate and look at housing services and supports for them in their future. thank you. >> thank you. question for ms. isom? >> yes. >> supervisor yee? >> good afternoon f, ms. isom? >> good afternoon. so, you work for the -- which department do you work for? >> i work for the human services agency and the division that i'm assigned is family and children services. >> with the child protective services? >> yes. >> so, what would be the
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advantage of having somebody like yourself who's working in that department and what are some of the -- do you see any disadvantages also in terms of conflicts? >> well, first of all, i feel the advantage would be that i have the experience and i can advocate on behalf of the needs of families impacted by child abuse and neg tekt, specifically looking at what it takes for children to return home if they're removed but more importantly, i see the day-to-day task and responsibilities and impacts on older foster youth and what happens when they exit our system. they're impacted by homelessness for a variety of different reasons, and that is something very important to me, although as an adoptive pandering, i've seen first-hand the challenges that our foster youth face, so i feel like having someone like me with the
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experience can also bring forward some suggestions and be a part of the innovation to look at what we can do to improve our housing resources because it is a challenge with limited resources and as i stated, it's very important to me to ensure that our former foster youth do not end up homeless. >> and in your current position, have you had any opportunities to interface with people that are homeless? >> yes, yes, i have. >> how so? >> because as i stated, when i have currently have the oversight of the older foster youth, specifically ages 16-21, and a lot of times we're faced with trying to find homes and placements for these foster youth, and it gets very difficult because we don't have a lot of resources, even looking at a comparison of foster home, sometimes we don't have foster homes for even the
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younger children which results in them being placed outside the city of san francisco when our priorities should be keeping them within the city limits, and so with the older foster youth, they tend to -- when they exit, they tend to go to other counties because they cannot afford to stay here or they have lost the contacts or connections with their family members, so i think it's very important having the knowledge and seeing the impacts of what happens for these foster youth when they're in the system and exit out. >> okay, thank you. >> any other questions, colleagues? thank you, ms. isom, we'll call up the next speaker, mr. john roman. >> good afternoon, thanks for having me, i'm a business litigation attorney from downtown, i grew up in the
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mission and now i live in the marina. i've been volunteering for the homeless advocacy project for pro bone -- bono work and i find that to be beneficial to help them avoid that, but it's been frustrating to me that on this issue that i care about, i'm helping one person at a time and that's all that i can do is help one person, and i think that i can do more in order to fix this issue and i can bring my skills in negotiation and litigation and my history in san francisco and my connections within the homeless advocacy community to help solve this issue in san francisco, so i thank you for
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your time. >> thank you. colleagues, any questions for mr. roman? seeing none, i did want to call on ms. guzman back up, i wanted to ask her a couple of questions, thank you, mr. roman. ms. guzman, since you've served on the committee for some time, i want to ask you a few questions on perspective in terms of what the local homeless coordinating board does, what it's responsible for, the monies that it comes in contact with and then its relationship with the board of supervisors. >> so, the legislation that created our board has -- two very important aspects, one is that we oversee all the process of the city application which is the federal allowance if a competitive process that every year, we apply for a continuum
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of care, so we oversee the continuum of care application and the city application for federal funds, since i've been on the board, we were in 2005 about 18 million and at this point, we're at 33 million and we're one of the strongest continuum wum of care applicant ins the country, so in that, we safeguard the whole entire process of application, the process of implementation and not just what the funding but also with the [inaudible] are and just hearing sophia as an applicant and the issue used for example, transition aged mouthed in general right now is a hot item for hud and we just got 2.9 million dollars for a demonstration project to do some analysis because we have found that in the last two homeless counts with we did the youth counted, we have a significant number of youth which are over 18 who are homeless and i think i was just
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checking with emily n2013 was 900 young adult that is were serve tog the older folks and again in 2015, she told me 1600, that includes unaccompanied minors and single adults, so we have plus or minus a thousand youth that we have counted, so young adults is really a focus that we're ging to be focusing on this board and we don't have expertise. the second piece is helping advise policy, both for the board and for the mayor and before the creation of the department, we're working closely with bev and dusty in the may yore's office of hope and now since the new department has been formed w'er working closely with the department so that again our planing and our policies really align also
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to our application so we can get the same amount of more money from the federal government. >> thank you. klaoe, any questions, any further questions? >> chair, i have a question, if i may. >> supervisor fewer?
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>> thank you. laura, so i wanted to know, so the mayor appoints half of the board and then another half comes from the board of supervisors, is that correct? >> it's 9 members, four by the board, four by the may yo, one by the controller's office. >> okay, so bh i'm looking at the breakdown of -- and also what you do, i'm wondering about the diversity of the board because i don't have actually any facts about the board here. >> so, we have probably the most african american board in the city, so we have out of -- right now we're 7, correct, out of 7, we have 5 african american males, four african american male, one caucasian male, one asian female and myself, we're the only female, in terms of racial diversity and corresponding proportion of people impacted by homeless, i think we're doing great, we're
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a little low on women appointees so it's only me and myself as women, so out of 7 right now, five are men. >> thank you very much. >> colleague, any further questions? great, we're going to move to public comment. are there any members of the public that wish to testify on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleague, any further questions or additional comments? seeing none, i would like to entertain a motion. >> so, this is why i stepped away from this committee for a few years when we have -- when we get qualified applicants in positions and in this case, it seems clear to me that both -- well, there's three candidates but two seats and it's certainly going to be supporting laura guzman to continue and then the other two
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candidates are -- would bring in to me very different perspectives and skill levels that could be very useful to the board it seems, so it's one of naoez where it's a tough position. i think there's two things that make me want to favor ms. isom, one of them being that it's good to balance the gender make-up of the board, and i also believe just looking at what the city is asking for, a lot of it is families, children and so forth and that seems like that's the perspective that she could bring in especially with the youth, we
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all know that there's a high percentage of youth that somehow aren't able to find housing once they leave, so it's a big issue, i see it all the time and so i'm going the recommend that we move laura guzman goodyear a positive recommendation for seat 5 and sophia isom for seat 7 and i also want to make one more positive recommendation, i want to also say that mr. roman, that you clearly do have passion for this issue and certainly having a legal mind on that board would be beneficial also, so i think ms. guzman, did you say there were two more open seats?
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>> [inaudible]. >> yeah. please consider applying for those seats. i think you would be a good member, certainly if the mayor chooses not to elect to appoint you, then please look at when it's vacant again. this is where i've seen people -- and i've always encouraged people when i see good people and there's not enough seats to really -- don't give up on this because i've seen people come back and get reappoint or appointed at a future date, so that's my sort of message for you. >> i'll second that. >> great, the only thy thing we need the add to that is i think ms. guzman require as residency waiver, do we have to read that into the record? >> yes, the motion should include that emergency waiver. >> i'll go ahead and include
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that into my motion. >> yes, second. >> seeing no objections on that -- >> [inaudible]. >> emily koe hen, i'm with the department f homelessness, i believe ms. isom would also need a residency waiver. >> okay. >> i was not aware of that. >> ms. isom. so, let's redo the motion, supervisor yee. >> i will first maybe just -- i would move laura guzman to seat 6 and ask for a waiver, a residency waiver, 5, and sophia isom for seat 7 for a residency waiver. >> second. >> okay. seeing no objections on the floor, the item is moved and approved. thank you, mr. clerk.
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mr. clerk, do we have anymore items before us today? >> that completes the agenda for today. >> alright, thank you, we are adjourned. ( meeting is adjourned ).
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>> we are approving as many parks as we can, you have a value garden and not too many can claim that and you have an historic building that has been redone in a beautiful fashion and you have that beautiful outdoor ping-pong table and you have got the art commission involved and if you look at them, and we can particularly the gate as you came in, and that is extraordinary. and so these tiles, i am going to recommend that every park come and look at this park, because i think that the way that you have acknowledged donor iss really first class. >> it is nice to come and play and we have been driving by for
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literally a year. >> it is kind of nice. >> all of the people that are here. ♪ one of the major tasks i
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was asked to do is water system improvement program and one thing i looked at is about the 4.8 billion dollars wurthd of work and a lot of the work was
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regional. we looked at how can we make sure that we provide opportunities for san franciscan's and people in the region and so we looked at ways we can expand our local san francisco lb program. so, we thought about it and worked with general manager at the time to form an advizry committee to talk about how to include local businesses in the region. >> i was on the first committee back about 10 years ago and the job changed over time. in the beginning, we just wanted people to know about it. we wanted to attract contractors to come into the system which is a bidding system and bid on some of these projects. our second job was to help the sfpuc to try to make themselves more user frndly.
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>> i like that they go out of their way, have contractors trying to teach and outreach to small businesses and lots of creative ways. help the community as well. there is so much infrastructure going on and repair, new construction that i think is helping to get construction back on its feet. >> my faiv rlt part of the committee has been that we have played a opportunity for many small businesses. [inaudible] women owned business to come in and [inaudible] sfpuc. it is a great opportunity because some are so small they have been able to grow their companies and move up and bid other projects with the sfpuc. >> everyone i was talking about
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with any contractor [inaudible] and super markets and things like that and i realize the transition was on the sfpuc. he got that first job and knows about the paperwork qu schedule and still works on this type of job, but he works with general contractors that also did other things. pretty soon it is like he did that one and that one. it completely changed his business. >> my name is nancy [inaudible] the office manager and bid coordinator for [inaudible] construction. worked on 10 plus puc, lbe contracts. today we are doing site maintenance on the [inaudible] chr site and currently the gentlemen behind
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me are working on every moving and basic specs of plants. in order to be success you need to work hard, bid low and keep a look at the sfpuc website for future bidding opportunity. >> this is a successful program because it provides opportunities to regional communities that might not have opportunities to work for large scale projects. the sfpuc is a fortunate agency we have a lot of capital program that span over 7 counties who also to see how some businesses like [inaudible] and bio mass started as small micro businesses grow and expand and stay in the program and work on several projects before they graduate from the program. that is what warms my heart.
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>> my name is college willkerson, the principle for bio mass. bio mass has been in business since 2006. 3 partners. small businesses fill a niche but apply and being a part of the program helped us be more visible and show the city and county of san francisco we can also perform services. >> this program had tremendous impact to the region. in fact, the time we rolled the program out was during the recession. this has h a major positive impact and certified over 150 firms in the rejen and collectively awarded $50 million in contracts, and because of the lbe certification it open many opportunities to work with sfpuc. and, i significantly helped the business. it is one
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of the major contributors to our success. . >> (clapping.) >> in 2013 san francisco legislators newsom agreed to allow the reciprocate of our soft story buildings those building house one and 20 thousand resident a program of that collect requires extensive outreach and this continuation of that process who is here and bill graham the perfect venue so in 2014 we have the first earthquake retrofit a
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huge success we're repeating this model what we've done it put together venues that are time professionals and contractor are financing institutions a other services that help people comply with the retrofit and as you can see the thousands of members of the public their assessing over one hundred vendors to comply with the ordinance or make improvements on their property i came to get specification information and puck h picking up information if you don't know what twaur doing i take it overwhelming. >> we're pleased a critical mass of people are keying into knowing their relents and understanding what had are the next steps to take and they're figuring out who to talk to not only the contractor by the mustards and the architect and the structural engineers and getting the full picture of what
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options are necessary and being pro-acti pro-active. >> so i'm very pleased to see the soft story buildings 99.9 percent complies the highest of the program of this scale of the history a citywide effort high blood pressure in every stretch of san francisco to understand real risks associated with earthquake and those are universally agreed on. >> at some point you need to gather information i'll be talking to another engineer to come out and take a look at it and basically get a second opinion i'm for second and third opinions it is inspiring to see all the property owners that want to do the right thing and for proactively figuring out what the solutions to get them that. >> what is amazing to me here
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we are over two years of first retrofit fair and at the time we are rh2 out to contractors to help us and reaching it out to design professionals that soft story buildings is in any and people understanding how to comply now it is different an industry that springs up as a result of the - their professed and gotten the costs down with lower financing options and these are defined and now the gene progression and have the buildings are buildings and the compliance we understand the 2020 one and 20 thousand san francisco's 15 messenger of our population will live in a retrofit building those people buildings or lives in buildings with 5 or more residential building is soft story and wood frame and built before 1978 that
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house that one and 20 thousand san franciscans. >> san francisco is being the leader in getting in done and as you may know los angeles passed their retrofit law two months ago at the sort of taken san francisco's lead on the one and tenth anniversary as the residents san francisco this is a road map to the city and going to give us us plan are these to keep folks here on a disaster and steps to build a resident waterfront by 2020. >> this involves more than one and 80 individuals and over 60 nonprofits and other companies this is a huge plan and what are the challenges we realize that people are concerned about climatic change, sea level rise
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and not only the affiliated hazards but things hike you're our amp infrastructure and consumed by social and other things we see this in society everyday and how we try to mitigate those are ultimately a direct result how resident we are after earthquake other issue out of the strategy of the concept after a major earthquake of keeping 95 percent of population here in san francisco that's the single best thing to help a equitable recovery to keep people here keep people back to work and kids in school and a residents of normal after a disaster. >> alliance energy in our partner undertook comprehensive bid process we interviewed a half-dozen of folks who wanted
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to have a part of our soft story buildings are ordinance so alliance energy project programming is a clean assess energy a special financing that is done using the taxed authority of local multiples and one of the interesting features the loan is tied to the property not the vital if an individual didn't have good credit but it is another option for people not able to comply to find another avenue the assessment is actually places on the property and the builds for in that come literally a line item on the tax bill that's how you pay off the segment and tax. >> 20 or thirty years is all paid up front there are advantages your property tax well it is important to give people on option and many
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private banks that provide loans over a are shorter term we wanted to create a longer pay back term. >> i think the next step for property owners after at the create themselves to take the plunge and quit the working downey done and have works of work done right of the right rest of the property owners can understand this process across the city. >> we need to do it. >> it is safety you know that's the bottom line safety. >> earthquake safety a everybody's responsibility that is providing the resources that people need to get done if you want to know more of the resources as a san franciscan please visit the
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>> i want to thank dr. ehrlich. i also want to thank san francisco general hospital for hosting this event and for start by saying we are here because at this facility one out of two patients is the victim of a traffic crash. as we often do at gatherings of survivors and families of crash victims, i asked that we begin by observing a moment of silence in memory of the 88 people who lost their lives to traffic incidents on the streets of san francisco and san jose this past year. and the hundreds who died in recent years. a moment of silence. >>[moment of silence] >> every 18 hours a child, a
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parent, a grandparent, a husband, a wife, or a friend is severely injured or killed on our city streets. these are tragedies that are completely preventable candidate you will hear from family members of these victims. now we are here because san francisco has the highest number of collisions per capita in california. speed is the leading cause of fatal and serious traffic crashes. speed kills. if you are hit by a car at 20 miles an hour, 1190% chance of surviving. if that car is going 40 mi./h were chance drops to 10%. san francisco and san jose have
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both adopted a policy of vision zero. which i strongly supported was on the board of supervisors. a policy that reflects our collective commitment to bringing traffic fidelity's down to exactly 0. not 20, not 10, but zero. the work is not done. for years we've known about one solution that is proven. automatic-automated speed enforcement or ase. automated speed enforcement is given city to pluto to magically reduce speeding and fatal traffic incident in over 140 communities around our country the facts are the facts the numbers are the numbers. portland, new york, denver, a 30% drop in speeding. maryland, it 59% drop. in washington dc, a city with similar density as ours, an 82% drop in speeding. a 70% reduction in fatalities per but despite these dramatic results california has not yet allowed ase. today, i am
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announcing with our community the introduction of the safe streets act of 2017, 80 342. to them, and a five-year pilot program for the two cities of san francisco and san jose. to bring proven safety improvements to our streets, to address drivers who disregard safety, by driving over 10 mi./h above a speed limits. speed grotto [inaudible] due to speeding since the data shows that 70% of fatal and severe traffic collisions occur on the handle of streets often in neighborhoods with many low income senior disabled and minority residents. i want to take a moment and think everyone who is here today of public officials, or pedestrian advocates, transportation experts, law enforcement and public health advocates, community members and families.
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for helping us to get here. working with us to address privacy, equity, and due process concerns and for the future work we must do together. i also want to thank our bills first co-authors, state sen. scott weiner, san jose state sen. jim built and that some women are filled think it is one take a moment and first thank nicole frerotte from wok san francisco and were incredible leadership over many years. brian we matter of the san francisco by coalition. and the over 40 member organizations of the vision zero coalition who are here. that may just end my remarks by saying that this legislation will not be easy. it will not be easy. we've a long road to go. but we don't have a choice. we over to the families of victims for those kids who are going to school. those cyclists were heading to work, those seniors who are going home. we over to them until the vision of zero victims is actually a reality. thank you.
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>>[applause] >> our first speaker today is someone who is been committed to vision zero here in san francisco from the beginning. who has been willing to put our cities dollars where we need to. someone who is been fighting to get these numbers down to zero, the 43rd mayor of the city of san francisco aer edwin lee. >>[applause] >> thank you. some women david chiu and thank you for your leadership because as you have said, we've got to do the right thing. it's never easy to do the right thing for the right reason. all of the people standing here beside me have been in hours and hours of deliberation around how to best fill our toolbox with things that would make our streets safer. and the vision zero is
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not just about automated enforcement systems. they are part of invaluable tools. in san francisco, with the vision zero, we are-as you can see readily, even right outside, redesigning our streets to make them safer, slow down traffic. we are working with all of our communities particularly with a very strong education program, and in partnership with her educational leaders to slow down traffic, to make sure that people using cars are understanding the consequences could the consequences that literally end up right here at zuckerberg general hospital costing the city some $35 million a year to respond to car crashes and victims of them. we are working very intentionally with our police officers and i want to note and thank the police officers from
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the san francisco police department, as well as the san jose police department because they know what happens on the street has in large part to do with speed. and enforcing our laws are police department has been focused on the five top things that cause pedestrian safety to be less safe. so we're doing a lot of enforcement but they need help. they certainly need the help of technology tools that this legislation will offer the cities like san jose and san francisco. i'm going to have a special thanks to a mayor who is cosponsoring this with me, mayor sam ricardo for not only coming up here from being a stalwart transportation in general and for also being a stalwart on making sure his streets, my street, and our streets are safer for pedestrians i want to thank our board of supervisors and i know norman yee are not getting any younger. were faster in our
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walking of our streets but we do do a lot of walking and we have personal experiences that we do see speed is going to be of great help in this toolbox. but enforcement and education redesigning our streets are all about the collaboration that mta and the county transit authority along with all of our partners in the community and community advocates, work with our police department's our large enforcement officers, traffic experts, to make sure we do our best to vision zero is about all of those things but it's also about adding new tools but it's also about educating ourselves to make sure anyone who is driving, whether they are big rigs, or muni buses were cars of every sort, slow down. we need to enforce that make it a big deal. this will help. as a some
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women chiu has quoted, it is held in other cities did in fact 142 other cities have automated speed enforcement and it is working to reduce collisions, particularly, pedestrians by very serious percentages. i've-we need to have those percentages down to zero in san francisco. so we are going to commit to supporting this. we will work with other colleagues brought the state. we will have that dialogue, that is difficult in the face of opposition but again, it is always going to be hard to do the right thing for the right reason and having automated speed enforcement is the right thing to do especially with the speeds that we are experiencing good so thank you to everybody for continuing to work hard on this
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and to also continue to make that toolbox as large as it is because that's how we are going to eventually get to vision zero. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you mayor lee for your leadership. i'm honored to introduce our next speaker in the following way. i'm going to out him very briefly. about 20 years ago he was a former resident of san francisco and he bike and walk in our cities. he knows the challenges of our city. but in more recent years he has been leading efforts in his hometown of san jose on transportation issues as well as in particularly, but it comes to safety on our streets. the mayor of the largest city in the bay area, mayor of san jose, sam ricardo. >>[applause] >> thank you some remember chiu. he did mention that the reason why he knows that i used to live in san francisco is that he's a former housemate of mine. so don't get me started
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about outing anybody with stories. >>[laughing] here in san francisco and in san jose and throughout silicon valley we know too well the expression that the future is already here. it is simply not well distributed. unfortunately, as we know the future of keeping our pedestrians safe on the streets of our cities necessarily involves automated speed enforcement and other critical technologies. we have the future distributor to 142 cities throughout this country but not the cities of san jose were san francisco. how ironic here in the heart of silicon valley, because the laws of the state of california do not allow us to utilize this very vertical technology to keep more pedestrians from having to enter the doors of this hospital. i want to acknowledge
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our team from san jose who came out to join us. we are all in on this pic is critically important to us is a chance provisioned jim--lieut. steve payne from san jose police department as well as capt. kings were the good we have got our whole time managing laura wells from the department of transportation because we know how critically important this legislation is and we know how courageous the something number two is for leading this effort. there are powerful forces aligned against this bill. we can only hope that the voices of the families of all too many victims will be heard by the rest of the assembly and the senate as they consider this critical legislation for keeping our residents safe. between 40 and 60 fatalities occur every year in the city of san jose and so many unnecessarily because of our inability to regulate the speed on the roads. as assembly member chu indicated, that
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speed is the critical predictive indicator for whether or not individual will survive or not. we can do far more. and we look forward to partnering with that san francisco on this and many other important innovations and improvements in our test rotation infrastructure. i feel very blessed to have an extraordinary colleague in mayor lee who has been both innovative and collaborative and we look forward to many more partnerships like this. i certainly want to thank assembly member to his leadership as well send her belt and so many others who jumped on top of this bill yet this is important. we need to bring it home. thank you. >>[applause] >> now that i saw the microphone to start sharing some stories about sam ricardo. we have with us the most important boys is in this discussion that is the family members of the victims and
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survivors of traffic crashes. i would like to actually-because i know they're walking about here a little late if you could these, join us at the podium. like to invite up to introduce the bay area news for safe streets organization julie mitchell. >>[applause] >> hi. my name is julie mitchell and i'm here because on may 23 2013, my families life was changed forever when a garbage truck ran over and killed my 21-year-old son, dylan. while he was riding his bike to work. his death has devastated our lives. dylan was the oldest of my four sons and such a ray of sunshine and positive role model to his younger brothers and so many friends that knew him. he was just starting out his adult
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life as an electrician, apprentice for ibew could do is making everyone proud following in his father's footsteps and four generations of electricians in our family. he was deeply loved by so many. it's a daily struggle knowing i'll never see my precious son again. no parent should have to bury their child. all hopes and dreams for his future were destroyed because of a crash that could have been prevented. this is why i decided that i would do whatever i possibly could to prevent any other family from having to face the same devastation. i know i needed to do something positive in my son's memory and i wanted to make-i want to help change the culture of driving so our roads don't just move traffic as fast as possible without consideration of the safety of everyone on those roads. so i turned my grief into action and
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together with other people have faced similar tragedies, we started the san francisco bay area chapter of families for safe streets. we are part of a growing national movement of families affected by traffic violence who are want to put an end to these needless deaths. we will share our stories and fight for policy changes to prevent future families from suffering as we do. since the launch of our group, the number one thing that we've committed to as a group is getting speed ab - past. that's why being sold being here today so important to me and i'd like to thank assembly member chu for introducing the legislation for automated speed enforcement. i like to also thank everyone from the families that took the time to be her date to show their support for asc. thank you. >>[applause]
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>> julie, thank you for your voice. and your courage and we we hearing from other family members shortly. our next speaker is someone who's been an advocate in her days during the board of supervisors and in the state legislature now with the chairwoman of our state board of equalizers and fiona monk. >>[applause] >> thank you very much. when i first got elected to the board of supervisors representing the sunset district, we have a number of fatalities along 19th ave. that will be prompted our need to do something along the state highways especially. the senator and i worked on a number of pieces of legislation. one was the double fine zone along 19th ave. a second was working with caltrans and chp officers to install 35 countdown signals along the most dangerous
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intersection, along 19th ave. and it worked. fatalities have decreased. but, as we all know, they have not increased in other parts of the city. we need to do our part to be vigilant to slow down, to look around, to work with the advocate groups were here, were raising the awareness and to support legislators and good legislation like a summary member david chiu. it is not easy being in the legislature as i know. on these important life-saving legislation but it impacts all of us. impacts all of us standing here in the room, everybody who is on the streets. i do want to commend our law enforcement officers by the men and women were out there everyday protecting our lives, saving our lives, and this will give them an additional tool to help them do
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their business better. for the community. sauna thank everyone for being here did thank you assembly member chu for your leadership in the two matters as always for doing the best that you can to protect our citizens. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you fiona. those of you from san francisco know that our san francisco board of supervisors has unanimously not always supported vision zero but the idea of moving forward automatic speed enforcement did i want to invite up representative from the board of supervisors, someone said not just a personal experience in this issue has been the leading voice on the board on this issue. norman yee. >>[applause] >> thank you a summary member assembly manchu. and thank you mayor ricardo and mayor lee for being here and being not only supportive but our champions on this issue. i am norman yee supervisor in san francisco and this issue of traffic
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fatalities and collisions is a real important issue to me. i was one of the co-authors of vision zero policy in san francisco. i am the chairman of the vision zero committee in san francisco and, you know we are going to throw-i'll give you data and galore about why we should do this but what you need to do is listen to these family members who have been impacted by these coalitions. i am one of those victims. a little over 10 years ago i was hit by a car that i was in the middle of an intersection. i looked down the street and was no vehicles for almost a block. so the car that rammed into me
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must've been fine down the street because by the time you need to turn breaking and everything, it's recorded that he had hit me at 25 miles an hour. on a turn. so i'm actually one of those lucky people, lucky victims, that i'm not on the data that says i am dead. so if you were not for this hospital, i probably would be dead. so i think it's important that-and am very supportive of families for safe streets. i know that there are stories that will convince others that assemblyman chu is trying to convince to pass this very important piece of legislation. we know it works. we don't know why we don't have it in california. we need to have it. lives are important and it's really up to us to shout out loud enough to say, get this thing passed so that we can be one under 43 and one
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or 44 cities that will have this. i want to also thank our partners in the city. we are united on this effort. so we have the department heads, ed reiskin from mta. chief scott from the police department and also to leachate from our key eight transportation authority, good we have partnered to make these things happen. engineering, education, and enforcement. thank you very much. >>[applause] >> thank you norman for your leadership and yes, it is about the voices of our family members. her recent resident of the bayview and not too long ago in the bayview at the corner of third and cargo, stood armand leser. here to speak about him is his father alvin leser. >>[applause] >> thanks for everyone coming
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out could i appreciate your concern on this issue. it's a grave issue. it's about saving lives and i don't think there's nothing else that is higher, a higher calling especially for me. about my son, he was eight-my son, to go right into my son with him on was my only child. he was a child i thought it would never would have. he became dear to me when i discovered that his mother was pregnant. at his birth i witnessed his first breath into the world. the doctors allowed me to cut his umbilical cord right before he was weighed. kaman had the most wavy curly silky jet black hair. when he-when he turned one eyewitnesses for steps. as he stumbled towards me, as he grew into a young man, i was
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overjoyed with many of his first. i'm on change my life and i learned how to sacrifice for him as a father. by thinking about among the first. he taught me how to provide as a father could kaman tommy how to love as a father. he gave me a future to look forward to. as a father, had to learn to take care of my-of a life other than my own could kaman came to live with me at the age of eight and up until he graduated from skyline high school in oakland. he began his adulthood. amongst personality was jubilant. he was my little warrior. when the situation was tough, he never quits. he worked hard until the problem was solved and he got the results he wanted. my son was very respectful to others. willing to up anyone he came across his back. kaman loves his family, his friends, and his gigantic smile from ear to ear was pleasant to see. all
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the time i spent teaching him on how to become a man and how to navigate through life as a productive adult. he took the responsibility working hard seriously he held three jobs, one full-time job, two-part times, along with being a part-time student at san francisco city college. up until his death among future was bright. i was excited for him as a father. since my son's death i have vowed to dedicate my life in honor of oman no parent or loved one feels the pain and suffering that i and my family have to endure daily. every year in san francisco about 30 people lose their lives in over 500 people are seriously injured while traveling on the city streets. on november 1 2014 my son among leser was one of those killed. that's why i'm committed to putting a stop to preventable crashes. we are a car culture
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nation with more than 30,000 deaths a year have been accepted far too long. but i know-but i along with the other families, were part of the san francisco families for safe streets don't accept this. cities have to be shared and have to be safe for everyone. one of the best tools to slow cars down and put an end to the deaths of people walking and biking skateboarding and driving is automated speed enforcement asc. there are numerous states around the country that already have ase programs in effect and have proven that safety cameras work. ase saves lives. they can help change the culture of speeding in san francisco across the state and the nation. in the mons-in a month memory, and as a member of the san
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francisco bay area family for safe streets, i'm proud to stand with assembly member chu, mayor lee mayor ricardo. and so many others who support ase legislation to save lives. i invite you,-i invite you in ending this carnage on our streets by signing a petition today or online at sf be a families for safe to demand that our state leaders adopt ase legislation. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you, allen and we are doing this or kaman. automatic automated speed enforcement is obviously a public safety approach. i very much
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appreciate the work we've done with law enforcement here in san francisco and in san jose and sacramento to really ensure that this is a policy that will work. i'm also proud that we have had a strong line of police in the city and county of san francisco who have been 1% behind ase and with that i like to introduce the newest police chief of san francisco chief liam scott. >>[applause] >> good morning and thank you a summary number two for your leadership on this important legislation and thank you mayor sweet and mayor regard up for your leadership in making this happen. in october of 2016 the san francisco police department in partnership with the san francisco metro transportation agency and the department of public health wants a citywide effort to reduce speeding in support of vision zero. on
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sunset speed is one the leading cause of the spirit and david traffic collisions in san francisco. as a component of the san francisco safe speeds campaign, we have implemented regular high visibility enforcement on high-end corridor and all 10 of our police district. our officers are equipped with lidar and honor streets to change on safe driving habits. automated speed enforcement were ase will be another tool we as a city can use to help reduce speed in san francisco and save lives. ase has been a success-has been successful in other cities across the country such as chicago, denver and new york city look for to working with a summary number two and mayor lee to bring that hereto san francisco. this new tool will build on the san francisco police department's focus on the five campaign to issue half of our citations for the five most common causes of injury collisions and those five are speeding, violating a pedestrians right away, running red lights, running stop signs, and failing to yield while turning. let's be clear.
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speeding is going over the posted speed limits. this new enforcement campaign is an effort to simply save lives good our goal is not to write tickets as a police department. it is to get drivers to slow down. that's why we are talking about it now and we will keep the public informed as these tools are installed in san francisco. we hope that the public knowing more enforcement will happen. speeding change behaviors under most collision prone streets. if our drivers [inaudible] opposite across every police district will enforce the law. so these, join me and him and women of the san francisco police department to make our city safe for all users of the road by slowing down. thank you very much. >>[applause] >> thank you, ticket i just want to thank you and him and women of the law-enforcement or
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your support on this as we move forward. to speak about another facet of why we are here today in a hospital, to talk about the tremendous impact on medical and economic costs of crashes on our streets that are preventable if dr. lucy kornbluth from the san francisco general hospital trauma center. >>[applause] >> thank you. i am dr. lucy kornbluth. i may trauma surgery and critical care fellow here at zuckerberg san francisco general and additionally i completed my seven years of general surgery training in the ucsf system where i spent a significant amount of time on the trauma team at zuckerberg san francisco general. from this experience i can really speak firsthand to the impact traffic collision has on patients and families and the community overall. we are the city's only level i trauma ctr.
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which means that all the most seriously injured people are transported directly here for the highest level of care by the team of specialty trauma providers. we treat approximately 4000 patients a year here solely for trauma and nearly half of those people are injured in a traffic collision. that that over the course of your that means that the pager of the trauma surgeon on call goes off approximately five times a day, every day, to respond assess and treat a person who was injured in a traffic collision. the trauma surgeons here truly understand an attitude of this public health crisis. we are seeing on our streets as a witness it every day. particularly, tragic to be the head and neck injuries which are spirits by a third of people walking and biking. we see the friends and
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families mourn the promising futures of young patients whose lives are often asked extended but not fully recovered, and on a frequent basis we have to inform loved ones of the inability to save their family member were their friend despite extraordinary efforts. a recent analysis estimated the medical costs of traffic injuries treated at zsfg to be $35 million in direct costs. a year. and these are solely the medical cost. this does not come close to even capturing the immeasurable cost two people were injured or killed or to their families and friends who we have heard from today and we will hear from some more. this is why zuckerberg san francisco general, surgeons and staff having actively and very centrally involved in the vision zero initiative since it
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began providing both expertise and collaborating with public health epidemiologist to better understand both the problem as well as solution. as you have heard, we know that vehicle speeds are a main factor in predicting whether someone survives a crash and how injured they are in a crash. that there is very strong scientific evidence that policy that slows speed does save lives and it keeps patients out of our operating room. that is why we all stand here today with our elected officials, our city partners including sfmta eight and the sfpd, and the families of the victims to support this very important moments. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you dr. we have a few final speakers could i would like to invite up jenny you was a daughter of jenny-who was seriously injured in san
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francisco at the corner of hands-on park presidio. >> hello. my name is jenny you and i'm here today because of the not only my mom was severely injured by a driver who was speeding. i am also we are representing by family members, friends and the people around us both impacted by the responsible action by a driver in one of the city's most dangerous intersections. this reckless action cause my mom to suffer many physical injuries. including a fractured spleen waves and the damage for brain severely. my mom's brain is missing many pieces and parts and she is of your cognitive impairments. this crash took away my mom's ability to live a life. she no longer has ability to do what she has loved and
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has no real purpose in life. my mom now is a person who goes from multiple different personalities within her within a given our. sometimes she is someone with a severe all timers disease that sometimes she someone with a severe suicidal depression. sometimes she is someone was like an eight-year-old and sometimes she suffers from severe posttraumatic stress disorder. my siblings lots of altered since our day on february 22, 2011. the past six years we still wake up every day wishing this crash speed was just a portal nightmare. but we are reminded and face a daily struggle of not knowing who my mom will be that day. and how she will be throughout the day day in and day out. emotional pain and frustration are indescribable. we physically adjust our schedules monthly, weekly, daily sometimes even hourly, to see how we can do what we think is best and do what we can do to try to take care of our mom. things haven't given up to our health has taken a toll. the list is and was. but why i stand in front
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of all you guys today and relive this painful story is to urge our leaders to support families like mine with what is needed to stop these preventable crashes from happening. our streets should not be dissuaded and we have to take an action to to stop it. we also need to share our stories as families and individuals will experience such a tragedy so policymakers realize the impact on us when they don't take action to improve safety. the tragedy of the tornado [inaudible] how overwhelming frustrating painful and stressful days can be. san francisco bay area families for safe streets is here to put an end to these preventable tragedies by advocating for policy that save lives. on behalf of my family, i want to trust my gratitude to assembly member to and mayor lee and mayor ricardo and many others for taking a critical step towards achieving the vision zero by introducing automated speed enforcement
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legislation today. if afc had been in place my mother might not have been hit or her injuries may not been as severe with a reduction in the speed of the driver was going at. we cannot allow these preventable crashes to continue. ase is proven to tackle that speed of the and save lives. i urge everyone was listening today to take a step towards saving lives and stopping these crashes. we all need to play her part to change it. you can take that step by signing the ase petition here today were going on on sf va families for safe >>[applause] >> >>[non-english speaker] >> sign the petition.
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>>[applause] >> thank you jenny. our second and final speaker is representing the san francisco missile transportation agency that is in leading our citywide efforts in this area and if we were to receive state approval will be responsible for carrying out ase. the chairman of the board shall bring them. >>[applause] >> thank you all very much. thank you for coming out to support this joint effort for automated speed enforcement. one particularly thank our director of transportation edit reiskin and are sfmta board of directors for their unwavering support for this. this feels like it's been a long road to get here advocates and agencies
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in san francisco have been talking about this for over 10 years to be here at this point is a big milestone. but we've all heard the numbers. we've all heard the emotions and we felt the emotions and we know what an impact speed has on safety under city streets. so i just want to talk for a brief moment about how we are going to get this bill passed and who's going to sport this bill. if you ask any parent in the bay area, any parent in the state what it is that are most frightened for their children when the kids leave the house by themselves those parents are going to tell you it is traffic violence. i talk to coworkers live out in the lovely suburbs of the bay area don't let the children bike or walk alone because they are so worried about the idea of traffic violence nurse so worried becoming a member of that club that none of us want to belong to. they are so worried about having to see the effects on their family of traffic violence. safely we have a way to change this. thank you so much assembly member to berkeley this-dissolution in
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front of us did so now i just want to make sure we all know were going to work very hard to get this bill passed but i think listening to all this today we understand what the benefits are good so we know that we can do this and if we all work very hard together we are actually quite to make our streets so much safer than when we make the streets of san jose and san francisco sabre other cities in the state are going to look at us and say, we want that. we want to stop the senseless loss of life that comes from cars and drivers speeding to our streets. so we are ready for this and we are going to go ahead and work very hard to pass this i thank you all so much for your support on this. >>[applause] >> thank you cheryl and i also want to thank a moment and thank director reiskin giggling paul rosen katie mccarty the team it sfmta eight been working on this for years. our final speaker is the mother of her daughter and she will tell the story of what happened at school crosswalk in san jose could elizabeth chavez. >> hello everyone. i will
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begin by introducing myself. my name is elizabeth and i represent [inaudible] who would've thought on may 14, 2013 our lives would've changed? on the afternoon of may 14 received a phone call from my oldest daughter. despite her innocence in a weak voice, she tells me, mommy, my sister is on the floor. she is dead. write them before she said coolly it was, i don't know if there was a mother's instinct i close my eyes and the first image that popped into my mind was eileen. i don't know how i got to the scene of the crash but once i arrived, i could see from a couple feet away her
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favorite pink converse sneakers and my daughter's body laying on the floor covered with yellow sheets. my five-year-old daughter was cut short. an inattentive driver struck my sister-in-law and two youngest daughters. eileen was pronounced dead at the time of the crash. despite the laws here in california, if you have a clean driving record you can get away with almost anything. as for the young gentleman he was only sentenced for 30 days in county jail and three years probation. i have no examined against this young gentleman. on the contrary. i thank you for calling 911. someone else in his use of hit and run. but it is that young gentleman was not speeding maybe my daughter would still be here. there is not a day that goes by and doesn't bring me back to that afternoon when i receive that phone call. i'm here today sharing my story pain that no
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other family goes through this when my family and i have gone through. if i could have-if we had automated speed enforcement in 2013 my daughter eileen could have been spared. she would have been in school today like every other child and i would have been working. i'm here to fight for ase that will prevent people from reckless speeding in our streets. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you. that concludes today's press conference that i want to thank the members of the media were here good i think rather than taking questions i like to give all you view an opportunity to individual interviews with all
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of the many voices who are here and what effect are two great mayors. why think all the community and elected officials who are here vertically think our families and just and with one thought. from numbers of the public were wondering if this is the right policy, think about your family members. think about what you would do if you came home and one of them wasn't home. and that was something we could do to prevent it. we are here for alvin son, for julie sun, for jenny's mother, and for elizabeth's daughter. we have to get this done. thank you. >>[applause] >> >> >>
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future of san francisco's waterfront this year the port is updating it's marts plan the plan working group to invite a wide variety of poichdz from the city and bayview and other advisory teams to share their expertise if intense and maritime operations the waterfront land use plan has guided the use and development of the lanes for the last 20 years major physical changes take place along the waterfront and now is the time to update the waterfront plan to continue improvements that will keep our waterfront vibrate, public and resilient the biggest challenges facing the waterfront are out the site an aging seawall along the embarcadero roadway and seawalls
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that will rise by 21 hundred to provide and productivity of tides seawall is built over weak soils and mud the next earthquake will cause it to settle several feet without the urgent repairs that will damage the promenade and other things we've been fortunate over the last hundred years less than one foot of seawall over the next hundred years scientists say we'll have 6 feet of seawall rise imagine the pier 30/32 will be floated, the embarcadero will be flooded our transportation system is fog to be heavy impacts unfortunately, the port didn't have the financial resources to repair all the deteriorating
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piers let alone the adaptations for sea level rise. >> it is clear that the port can't pay for the seawall reinforcement or deal with the sea level rise on its own needs to raise money to take care of the properties at take care of the maintenance on the properties no way absent anti funding the issues of sea level rise or the schematic conditions of seawall can be development. >> as studies talk about the seawall challenges the working group is look at the issues please come share our ideas about recreation, pier activities, shoreline habitat, historic preservation and transportation issues and viral protection. >> we know this planning process will not have one question and one answer we need the diversity of the opinions
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on the ports website. >> (ship blowing horn in distances >> neighborhoods and san francisco as exists and fascist as the people that i think inhabitable habit them the bay area continues to change for the better as new start up businesses with local restaurants and nonprofit as the collaborative spaces the
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community appeal is growing too. >> what anchors me to the community i serve is a terminal connection this is the main artery of the southeast neighborhood that goes around visitacion valley and straight down past the ball park and into the south of market this corridor the hub of all activity happening in san francisco. >> i'm barbara garcia of the wines in the bayview before opening the speculation we were part of bayview and doing the opera house every thursday i met local people putting their wares
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out into the community barbara is an work of a symbol how the neighborhood it changing in a a positive way literally homemade wine that is sold in the community and organized businesses both old and new businesses coming together to revitalizes this is a yoga studio i actually think be able a part of community going on in the bayview i wanted to have a business on third street and to be actually doing that with the support of community. >> how everybody reasons together to move each other forward a wonderful run for everybody out here. >> they're hiring locally and selling locally. >> it feels like a community
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effort. >> i was i think the weather is beautiful that is what we can capture the real vibe of san francisco i love it i can go ongoing and on and on about the life in the >> all right, good afternoon everybody and welcome to the san francisco board of supervisors land use and transportation committee for marsh 6th,2017 and i'm mark farrell, and join by supervisor aaron
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peskin and supervisor katy tang and want to thank the clerk of mr. victor young, as well as any philim jal jackson from sfgtv for covering today's meet ing please science all cell phones and electronic dao vices and documents to be included as part of the file should be submitted to the clerk. items acted upon will appear on the march 14th, board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> okay. thank you for read thosing rules. mr. clerk, can you call item no. 1. >> item no. 1, ordinance amending the downtown support special use district to authorize a monetary contribution to satisfy required on-site open space requirements, exclude certain features from the floor area ratio and gross floor area calculations, and dedicate the monetary contribution for light and safety improvements at victoria manalo draves park. >> thank you very much.
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with the request of the project sponsor, the ordinance sponsor, i should i say, we're going to entertain a motion to continue this item until march 20th. but before that, colleagues, if no questions, i would open up for public comment. anyone wishing for comment on item 1, seeing none, public comment is closed [ gavel ] . supervisor tang. >> ly make the motion to continue to march 20th. >> yes. >> 2017. >> motion by supervisor tang and seconded by supervisorpisckin taken without objection. mr. clerk, please call item no. 2 please. >> item no. 2, ordinance amending the commerce and industry element of the general plan to update the guidelines regarding overconcentration of eat and drinking establishments in a single area. >> thank you very much. supervisor peskin. >> thank you, chair farrell. and supervisor tang. so before we get to the substance of this matter, i just wanted to raise a
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couple of procedural issues and first, i'm not pointing a finger to the current chair because we were at the transition, but this happened at another general plan amendment and i'm not sure you were chair yet or not? as you know, we have 90 days to accept or reject them and lately what has been happening is that they come right at the end of the 90 days. and in this particular one, i think it was transmitted -- it was approved by the planning commission on december 1st, transmitted to us during the holidays decemberte 22nd and the transition of committees and what have you. as a result of that, we don't actually have the opportunity to have very much of an in-depth hearing, because this has to go one way or another as a committee report for tomorrow's board meeting. so it's not the kind of thing we can ask a bunch of questions and continue it a week and that is a
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procedural thing as to the general plan amendments, as they come from time to time, it would be really neat if we could schedule them after, i don't know, 60 days or 30 days or 45 days. that is just one kind of comment for the committee. and was actually thinking about the fact that planning sent it december 22nd instead of maybemaybe 2nd and the issue to planning, the last time one of these came along when it got to the full board, we actually rejected it at the full board. again, we're up against a timeline. but at that time, i tried to suggest to planning that amendments to the general plan are pretty
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weighty, lofty things and that there should be more extensive outreach, particularly to members of the land use and transportation committee and maybe they reached out or not? i don't know. but that meeting has yet to occur and i'm happy after we hear staff presentation to raise a series of policy questions as to whether or not this is necessary, and the best public policy? but i will reserve that until after planning's presentation. >> thank you, supervisor peskin. to your comments about scheduling, i agree with your sentiment. now the chair of this committee for the past four weeks i think we were doing our best to schedule anything that needed to be due haste so we could actually have the chance to discuss them before they are approved without our discussion. but to our planning department, let's work on that moving forward. certainly for the next two years. with that. >> thank you, supervisors.
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and just to respond to supervisor peskin, i did reach out to each one your offices and met with your staff to go over it. i think i did it probably a month ago with angelo in anticipation of such a situation. and we did try to get it earlier, but again scheduling was an issue and the small business commission really wanted to hear it. i'm glad they did. they did recommend approval. so it was worth it. but let me get on to the presentation: so good afternoon, aaron starr, manager of legislative affairs and the item is say general plan amendment that would remove specific numeric concentration standards from the commerce and industry standard element such as restaurants and bars, seek conal use authorization and similar controls would remain in the planning code. so just a quick refresher on this, i'm sure you are all familiar with the general plan and planning code, but the general plan is like the city's constitution. it sets goals and policies
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that are the basis for the city's land use decisions and general plan is required by the state of california. it's official city policy of the city and county, so it is mandatory and not just advisory and the mayor and board have final approval. ed planning code is the city's land use implementation document. the plaque code contains specific controls such as numeric controls intended to implement the visions outlined in the general plan. the planning code must be consistent with the general plan and the board or planning commission may initiate changes. so this update would remove -- would amend the commerce and neighborhood -- neighborhood commerce sect of the general plan commercial and industry element and proposed change reye's move specific numeric control for restaurant concentration from the general plan. the describing-through language more than 20% of the total occupied would be replaced with "an overconcentration of," so
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removing the specific numeric concentration and making it more general and then below, removing 20% and directing the reader to the planning code to actually find the percentage required. and then it was also removed language that caused specific neighborhoods for greater concentration and overly prescriptive spacing requirements and that language would all be deleted. however, similar language numeric controls would be -- would remain in the balancing code if needed to better respond to individual neighborhoods. so implementation impacts: planners would still reevaluate the concentration for eating and drinking uses for cu applications and instead of 20-25% it would be 25% and instead of sesaluting the concentration for the entire district called for the general plan only concentration within 300' would be calculated and concentration-levels will on the be used to inform the department's
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recommendation and planning commission's decision. other cu findings, public support or opposition and other factors would still be used in evaluating conditional use application. a little background on the commission action and outreach, the planning commission recommended approval on this december 1st of last year. the small business commission recommended approval on february 27th of this year.
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north beach continues to be a destination dining and entertainment zone and that is why it has a higher percentage as compared to another neighborhood-commercial districts. i think this one size fits all is not the right road to go down.
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then the notion of overconcentration, and while section 3.03 and conditional use that aaron starr talked to exists in the code and there is no definition of what overconcentration means in the general plan and i for one, i just don't see this is necessary. we're all in receipt of an email sent -- i believe yesterday, from the middle polk neighbors, by their president, moe jamal that speaks to these issues and i for one, just don't really understand why this change to the guidelines for specific uses and again, i underline "guidelines" is necessary. >> supervisor tang. >> thank you. i hear supervisor peskin and what he is saying and actually felt the complete opposite, but let me just clarify one thing first. under the neighborhood commerce section we eliminate the percentage
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requirement. however, if we're looking at eating and drinking uses, and you are considering, say cu, you still look at concentration of storefronts and 25%. i think the cu part is what has really been a huge hiccup for our businesss in district 4 and i know one size doesn't fit all and i agree with that statement and i think that is where this 25% actually has kind of come into place in a slightly negative way for neighborhoods like ours. where we actually want more restaurants and more concentration. this for example, 25% came up when we talked about a two-block commercial area. and one of the wonderful restaurants that was going to help revitalize part of our district almost got caught up in this; right? so for me, actually, i think
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eliminating the percentage is important and in the next land use and transportation committee, to see other specific controls tailored to particular ncds or districts and to put in more stringent requirements where that might be necessary, such as the mission or wherever else. but neighbors in the outer ones where i'm trying to attract more restaurants even to be looked at, even if it's not a hardline for commissioners to decide on. i see how one size doesn't fit all, but in my personal opinion i would like to see the percentages removed even for the cu requirement. i know it's an unor down vote and i'm not going to try to change anything right now. >> so i don't really see that the one size fits all. i see it as taking something that is making one size fit all and allowing more variation per neighborhood, like you are talking about. so in the future, if you
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wanted to sponsor an ordinance that changed the concentration for your districts, you can do that. but right now we're sort of tied by being consistent with the general plan and so this allows that to happen. >> may i just one last follow-up question is why did you keep the 25% consideration for the cu process for eating and drinking uses? >> we are just trying to maintain that control, and what we have actually found is that restaurant concentrations throughout the city are usually much higher than 25% and that, in fact, is an outdated number to begin with. so we would like to go back and sort of evaluate more, with more outreach and go ahead and see what appropriate number is? and if that is one number throughout the city, then fine, but it's more nuanced to other districts that would be the out come. >> personally i would like to see for the cu requirement for
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eating and drinking uses to somehow mirror what you did with the neighborhood commerce section in terms of just saying looking at the balance, we understand an overconcentration could, you know, could be threatening to the community. instead of putting even 25% commercial frontage component? i don't know if that is possible to consider? >> it is. our office would be happy to work on yours with perhaps drafting language to that effect. >> thank you. >> supervisor peskin. >> it's a little bit like the formula retail discussion where you have some neighborhood-commercial districts that ban it, some that require conditional use and other areas of the city it's permitted as of right. so what i want to make sure is that the underlying admonition in the general plan supports having a diversity of uses and
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businesses in a commercial area. so i mean, i remember the the old formula retail discussions and some supervisors who were dieing to have formula retail come to their districts, and there were some supervisors already inundated by formula retail and wanted to see no more. and so what i want to make sure is that the underlying admonition in the general plan respects that and i want to make sure this isn't being turned on its head and if folks on want to see higher concentrations i respect that. the dangerous road we're going down is -- and i say this as the district 3 supervisor, is that the general plan has had specific guidelines that specifically call out a neighborhood. this is actually a little bit of the problem that we had over the last general plan amendment that came here, that specifically called out
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chinatown and this one is specifically calling out north beach. so the road i'm worried about going down is this seeming need by the department to take out neighborhood-specific references that are there for a reason. because indeed, north beach, starting in the 1990s and this has all been statistically proven has seen the loss and this is not just because of zoning, but because the amazon effect seen the loss of oodless and this is a parable and last board of supervisors rezoned the old rossy's market to be a restaurant and lo and behold, it's thank god now our latest cold hardware in san francisco. we want to have zoning that maintains
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those kind of neighborhoods-serving uses, and that is how -- somehow years ago north beach got its designation in the general plan. so i'm saying why do we have to take it out and make it a one size fits all solution? >> supervisor tang. >> thank you. to those commentss through the chair to supervisor peskin and to mr. starr, if this particular reference to north beach is removed from the general plan, that there could be some particular control that supervisor peskin could later introduce specific to north beach? that would actually maybe have the same exact requirement in there? so that it's not housed in the general plan, but maybe a legislative zoning change? i don't know. >> he can introduce an ordinance to do that and make a specific concentration and have the language for north beach. i will say originally when we brought it to the planning commission in october we did not remove the language for north beach
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because representatives from north beach came out during the hearing and taking extension. we didn't come to a consensus with north beach or telegraph hill dwellers. they wanted the percentage left in, but from my understanding of the conversation they weren't comfortable with their neighborhood being called out. statistic -- the staff who did that outreach unfortunately has moved on to oakland, but that is what i understand from the meeting. >> i honestly don't know the history of it, but i found in my records a letter that i was copied on from october and i have not been able to actually speak to the author of the letter, stan hayes. but he does not seem to say that they wanted north beach taken out, at least that is not how i read the letter. they do raise another
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interesting thing though, mr. starr, which is that they believe that this whole discussion is inextricably linked to changes in article 7 of the planning code and thought it would be better if they were heard together? but that option is not before us as our 90 days actually expires march 24th, which does subject to public comment we could continue this for a week? and then send it as a committee report? because that would still give us two readings on the 14th and 24th. so we do have that option, if we want to noodle between myself and the department to figure out how to get this right? >> okay. colleagues, any further questions or comments? well, open up to public comment. anybody who wishes to speak on item no. 2? okay. seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ] >> so just in terms of my comments and i appreciate the
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dialogue here: you know, from my experience in the districts that i represent, i do -- i actually tend to side with supervisor tang that not having as much specificity in the code is the way to go. not all districts are created equal, but neither are the different commercial corridors in each district and being able to do that like we're going to do with potentially item no. 3, if this is going forward, i think it's fair to supervisor peskin's comments about taking out an area that he represents out of the plan right now, if you will, and replacing it. appreciate that concern and comment and would anticipate that would be legislation followed pretty closely here. but i do think having that flexibility, i will say one of the first things that we had when i first came into office there was a ban on new restaurants on fillmore street in
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district 2 and it was the first piece of legislation that i actually passed here at the board of supervisors because it was causing -- there were so many empty storefronts and the changing nature i would rather have in the code itself and be able to amend it that way, rather than larger plan amendments. to supervisor peskin's comments i think the changing nature of our retail corridors is -- judging e by the volume of cardboard my family disposes of every week, whether it's amazon as parents of three young kids and supervisor ronen hasn't experienced yet, but will soon and our corridors will be ever changing for the foreseeable future given this trend. i would be in favor of putting it forward, certainly to the full board. i have no problem putting it forward with no recommendation, if that would make a difference at all?
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but i'm mindful that there is potential dialogue to be had, and we'll see where our colleagues are on the board of supervisors tomorrow. supervisor tang. >> thank you. so i am also in favor of having the general plan language be more broad. i think that even the language that is in the neighborhood commercial section -- correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe it was based on a point in time when a study was done in showing that restaurants were actually again very threatening to our communities and while that might be true in some neighborhoods today, still, in others, i think it may not be. so i think the broader language in the neighborhood-commercial section. i will look forward to working with the planning staff on further changes to the planning code regarding cus for eating and drinking uses. i actually don't like the 25% commercial frontage language still in there, but we can again work on that next.
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i would again just in response to supervisor peskin's issue about particular neighborhoods, and needing certain things, i agree. and think absolutely we could follow-up with further legislation to codify certain requirements for particular neighborhoods, if need be? so i am ready to move this forward with positive recommendation today. and i will make a motion then to send this forth to the full board with positive recommendation as a committee report. >> i'll be the second. roll-call vote. mr. clerk, can we do a roll-call vote on the motion? >> yes, the motion is to recommend the matter as a committee report to the full task force to be heard at tomorrow's meeting. on that motion, supervisor peskin? >> no. >> peskin, no. supervisor tang? >> aye.
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>> tang, aye. >> chair farrell? >> aye. >> farrell aye, motion passes. this matter will be recommended to the to affect to appear on tomorrow board of supervisors agenda. >> motion isa proved [ gavel ] . >> mr. clerk, will you call item no. 3. >> item no. 3, ordinance amending the planning code to create the calle 24 special use district and revising the - zum, revising the zoning map to reflect the calle 24 special use district generally bounded by 22nd street, potrero avenue, cesar chavez street and capp street, as well as 24th street to bartlett street. >> thank you, mr. clerk. so this item was sponsored by supervisor ronen. and the mayor's office, it looks like. and i know supervisor ronen has been working on there for quite some time. >> yes. >> before even taking a seat on the board of supervisors and i would like to turn it over to her. >> thank you so much. thanks for hearing this item.
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so i see many people here from the cultural district, latino cultural district and thank you all for being here. what i would like to say if the mission is the heart of the latino community, then 24th street is the center of that heart. it's the special place where parents drop off their children for program and taking tours on the balmy allyell murals and where they gather for brunch at fortune yawn and gallery deraza and these are just a few examples why the board of supervisors in 2014 identified this t as the latino cultural district and this body recognized the significance of the district and while it's a special place it's also an area
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facing the brunt of the city's affordability conscience. when we talk about affordability we often think about housing, but small businesses are also being displaced at rapid clips that is changing the very nature of our neighborhoods. the legislation that i and the mayor co-introduced and before you today is key to preserving the vibrancy of the district and using land use tools to articulate what characteristicks to see and new businesses coming into the neighborhood. i'm pleased to share that both the planning commission and the small business commission unanimously voted in support of the 24th legislation including minor amendment that i will soon explain. through the sud we seek to preserve what makes the latino cultural district an transmitingive and dynamic commercial zone. the sud sets aside up to
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one-third of the corridor for eating and drinking establish thes and makes room for other types of business like retail and personal services that neighbors rely on. and the sud welcomes new businesses that support the rich latino history and character of the area and are committed to local hiring, working collaboratively with other businesss and supporting legacy businesses like dances mission, that have contributed to the neighborhood for over 30 years. this sud is one tool in a much larger toolbox of standard errorsing enhance the corridor. soon you will hear from the office of commending and workforce development about the invest in neighborhood initiative that provides a broader array of support and incentives to the corridor. colleagues i have one amendment that i will ask for your consideration in adoption after consulting with the zoning administrator, his office suggested that we clarify that limited restaurants seeking to become full service restaurants are
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made exempt from the concentration controls that was always our intention. however, the zoning administrator thought it would be important to make the exemption explicit. i would like to give special thanks to deyawn ponce de leon and lisa pagan, jamim torres and francois chan from the mayor's office of economic and workforce development and diego sanchez from the planning department, erica aguyo and mr. garcia from the 24th council and marlina burn from the city attorney's office and sheila chung hagen from my office for their long time incredible work on this piece of legislation. colleagues, thank you so much and i will ask for your support coming forward. but i would like to call up diana ponce de leon and diego
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sanchez for brief presentation before your questions. >> good afternoon, san juan thank you, supervisor ronen for that introduction. i'm there the office of economic and workforce development and i will provide a presentation today to provide you with some context and background of what has led to the development of the special use district. as you heard supervisor ronen mention it's really a clintive partnership between the city and the community. this is part of the mayor's invest in neighborhood initiative as some of you may be familiar with we have 25 corridors in the city that we focus in. it's an interdepartmental initiative.
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we work with departments and develop a strategy and work with the community on informing that strategy of what to prioritize and what to work towards to create healthy economic, vibrant commercial districts. one thing i want to clarify there is two boundaries mentioned one is the latino cultural district and a separate one, which is what is proposed before you is the special use district. the main difference in the blue is the latino cultural district and sud excludes properties facing mission street.
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the latino art, the mural and institutions and services that they provide, small businesses, diverse offerings of goods and services, the affordable neighborhood, affordability of goodss and history of waves of immigrants, latino immigrants and different waves throughout the years. it's really working-class neighborhood and has been since its inception. that possibly started running their business from the ground floor. and many of those have been
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running for generations. so what makes veinticuatro unique? with the concentration of latino heritage, which is why it was recognized as latino cultural district and also it's a special place because of its history, its until businesss and cultural significance and where many generations of working-class have found refuge in san francisco and while we have a high concentration of latino heritage assets, there are also many other characteristics that describe it today. efforts to preserve or retain these assets and what makes them unique does not mean freezing it in time and it doesn't mean we're overlooking improvements, public safety or cleanliness. there are many example as -- examples around the city to preserve their existing character and
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protect their assets from market trends. chinatown, north beach, and even within the mission special use district. part of character we have a high concentration of businesses along 24th street that have been in the neighbor for more than 30 years. this is only a handful of them. we have about 22 institutions currently that have been serving this neighborhood for more than 30 years. and four are currently on the legacy registry, with one on the way. so while the cultural district is an historic and cultural asset, it's also a way that we're using it as an economic strategy. the attraction of arts, culture, events to the area, create a natural uniqueness created -- made up of businesses and institutions and residents and creates an experience
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that cannot be replicated by internet retailers, and create and opportunity for the area that may lessen the challenges, as some of the supervisors mentioned today that retail faces today and it becomes a catalyst for attracting more creativity and visitors and creating opportunity for workforce and connections across economic sectors. so this is the timeline from when -- through invest in neighborhoods we began to work with the neighborhood. each of our neighborhoods has a profile and conduct assessment based on priorities of the area and we go ahead and implement services. this is one of the programs and projects that the neighborhood prioritized to be implemented, and we have supported that and worked collaboratively with them on that. the resolution was passed in
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2014 by the board of supervisors and it was recognized while this was symbolic, the next step was to look at what zoning-appropriate regulations would be put in place to preserve some of the character that exists within this neighborhood? so it's been about two years in the works. the special use district is only one of many tools. it doesn't solve for many of the challenges, but can be used in conjunction with existing services to mitigate these. in general the services and support provide by invest in neighborhoods can be split into two categories. one is business strengthening and the other is enhancement of cultural assets and to also make the point, this is not just coming from the city and not just coming from our department in terms of the services that we can provide, but on the ground you have the capacity that is growing of the calle
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veinticuatro and to look at issues and be engaged in lands use and quality of life and economic vitality and arts in addition to everything that the city has provided collaboratively. currently the storefront retail mix on calle veinticuatro and retail mix of 23%, eating and drinking at 32% and personal services, 34% and we have a level of vacancy of 11%. however, this 11% is the combination of those that are actually advertised to be occupy and some are under construction. so we have 8 that are actually available for lease.
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this chart shows a general trend of increase in eating and drinking and decrease in other services. it seems moderately spread out throughout the period, 1992-2014, which demonstrates the stability of the other service areas. so over time it's been increasing, but not at a huge rate as you can tell. here we have had some decrease in grocery and professional services, but at a rate that seemed healthy to this point. in the pipeline for restaurants we can expect four new ones. two occupying previous spots and two taking the place of two previous retail spaces. so this slide demonstrates all of the information, and more that isn't on here that has shaped the
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sud, and what went into it. we looked at pros and cons and argued back and forth and looked at data and emails and reviewed and had meetings in the community. so this represents over time this time period of two years that what has gone into it in order to get us to this point. so to maintain the diversity of businesses via use type, these are some of the things that we want to accomplish with the zoning regulations that we're proposing: to maintain the diversity of businesses, to protect the small storefronts, protect existing retail spaces, protect legacy businesss and promote the prevailing character that makes calle veinticuatro.
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making it what it is today. with that, you know, we looked at these are some of the characteristics that really kind of make up the essence of the calle veinticuatro special use district and creating a balance that we believe is healthy in the corridor and one regulation proposed is to institute an eating and drinking thresholds at 32%. new restaurants would be able to go in and by that, i mean those that will change the existing potential
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retail and professional to restaurant. so there is -- this would not prohibit new restaurants from coming in. they can still occupy existing eating and drinking establishments. those are grandfathered in without triggering 35% threshold and we're also proposing to trigger conditional use authorization in three cases. one is in the merger of storefronts and currently there is an interim control that prohibits merger of storefronts. through community input, one of the recommendations was that it become a cu, rather than a storefront merger to allow for flexibility, on that. the second one is required conditional use authorization for a business that will occupy a previously existing location of a legacy business. the third is to require conditional use authorization for medical service, which those types of uses tend to be appointment-only, and closed off to public and what we want to -- we want to build
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upon the traffic on the street, the pedestrian traffic and other uses. this map is just to give you a sense of scale of the 35% threshold would be looking -- it follows the cu model in terms of measurement, which you all were discussing earlier with the 25%. it's the same type. it applies the same measurement calculation. so you would be looking at from a proposed spot to turn retail space into eating and drinking establishment within 300' and look at that concentration. if it exceeds 35% by establishing the new business, you wouldn't be able to turn it into eating and drinking and this just gives you a sense of what that looks like. here is a list of existing
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conditional uses in the gray, those are currently existing and not proposing to change except with the exception of the store front merger. we don't think it's appropriate for 24th street and means more mergers would be over-the-counter, and they would be allowed to merge storefronts within going through conditional use and we lowered to appropriate scale of 799. meaning any small storefronts that are merged would go through conditional use authorization. the other two we're proposing to add through conditional uses is medical services and for any business that is proposing to occupy storefront that used to be occupied by a legacy business. unless it's vacant for three years. so if it's been vacant for three years, that is abandoned and they don't have to go through conditional use authorization. so as part of the conditional use, we're proposing additional findings
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on how a business can contribute back to the district. it must meet four out of six proposed findings: these represent some of the aspects that are important to the character of the special use district. they represent many of the things that our businesses are already doing, and what new businesses will be encouraged to continue. for example, retailers that partner with local artists and jewelry makers and provide a variety of products that are affordable to a variety of households and income-levels. we have several examples in the corridor of those that are partnering with each other, providing space for local entrepreneurs to use their kitchens as commercial kitchens and be able to cater and grow from that. i also wanted to provide an example of the allowing of change. this chart is 18 different business changes that have happened
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over a 2-year period. that i was able to recollect and none of these would trigger any additional regulations, those that are being proposed today. the new businesses will be able to come into the corridor and businesss will close and change over time as they have done. on average, the business turnover between 2003-2014 is about nine a year. so this is pretty standard what you are seeing here. much of this is also impacted by leases, and terms possibly, but yes, so there is room allowed for change within these regulations that are proposed today. so this is just an example of a barbershop would be able to become an art gallery and visa versa and there would be no additional restrictions placed on that. while the proposed regulations are not a silver bullet, and zoning has limitations the sud is one
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tool to help strengthen and maintain the elements that are so special about this district. we believe we found a balanced intervention inform by extensive community and city dialogue. some regulations -- some believe that the regulations are too much, while others believe it doesn't go far enough. as a public entity we have an important role to listen and find the common goals that unify us. it's an approach that we believe that greatly benefits the culture and economic vibrancery of our neighbors and defines the character of our city. this diagram recognizes the strengths, channels opportunities and above all the common goals for the areas as we have heard it. in the neighborhood and in many meetings from many voices. in the center is our commitment through investment in neighborhoods and actions that we're talking to support and build upon the special assets within this area. a vibrant corridor that is unique, safe and preserves the
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cultural history and regulations contained are limited and balanced and will not solve for public safety, dirty streets or freeze everyone in time. or prevent many businesss from leaving or coming. they focus on retaining very specific characteristics that zoning can regulate and make this area so special. they allow for change and provide an opportunity for businesses to contributing back to the area. we ask you to support these measures and we look forward to answering your questions. but before we go on to questions, i want to introduce diego sanchez from the planning department to provide a summary of the planning commission's discussion and recommendations. >> good afternoon, supervisors. diego sanchez with the planning department's staff. supervisors on february 9th the commission heard the proposes ordinance and why staff sipts the land use controls in this ordinance. overall, supervisors the
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controls seek to maintain the 24thing street corridor vibrant, distinct corridor and its neighborhood-serving qualities. for example, you have heard the eating and drinking concentration controls build on existing planning code controls for compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood. where existing planning code controls draw concern at 25% threshold, the sud would institute a prohibition at 35%. this is being proposed to help main at the maintain and prevent any one use dominating and maintain the character of the area. requiring conditional use for the replacement of a legacy business also addresses the need to maintain the area's distinctive character. the contributions of legacy businesss were recognized by the city first in creating the legacy business registry and by its voters in the passage of 2015's prop j. the city's general plan, also makes explicit mention of the
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benefits of long time retailers that they provide in a neighborhood corridor and in this spirit the sud proposed to extend land use controls to deter the displacement of legacy businesses. similarly, the smaller storefronts found if the area also contribute to neighborhood character and provide a diverse offering of retail goods and services, requiring a cu requires their losses indeed found necessary and desirable, as well as compatible with the neighborhood. because certain medical service uses such as a dentist, chiropractor and acupuncturist, tend to close by early evening or see customers only by appointment, pedestrian activity may suffer from a glut of these type of uses, requiring the medical services to secure conditional use provides another layer of analysis, that will help assure that the new uses contribute to pedestrian activity, along the corridor. as a reference, this has been done in other ncds, for example the castro, 24th street, noe and upper
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market street where certainly quasi-office uses that may not lend to free flowing pedestrian activity were made to secure conditional use authorization at the street-level. finally, the sud proposes that all requests for conditional use also be found compatible with the six stated purposes. these are used to help to assure that new us ins seamlessly integrate into the corridor and contribute to its character. the sud explicitly recognizes achieving these stated purposes will be a multi-agency effort between the planning department, the mayor's office, and other sister agencies. supervisors, at the february planning commission hearing, public comment was overwhelming in support of the proposed sud. the planning commission deliberation largely echoed the support as well. there were concerns about the you implementation of six purposes and staff recognized these concerns and reiterated the multi agency between the planning department, the mayor's office and other agencies will be
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required to realize the goals of this special use district. supervisors, the planning commission voted unanimously to favorible recommend this sud to the board of supervisors with an amendment to exempt existing restaurants looking to add alcohol service from the proposed eating and drinking concentration controls that would -- that is the same amendment being offered by supervisor ronen this. concludes my presentation, and i'm available for questions. thank you. >> thank you very much. colleagues any questions or comments? supervisor ronen? >> i wanted to just take the opportunity to call up commissioner william ortiz cartagena, if you have any remarks to add on behalf commission? >> just to add, we heard this, i believe last week on our last session.
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and we're follow the totally have a favor and i'm biased because i was born and raised on 24th street so i have seen the changes, but that is exactly what we need in our district. thank you, supervisor ronen. >> thank you, commissioner. so let's open it up to the public comment and i have some cards here. sam moss. scott weaver, gabriela lazana, rodrigo duran. >> good afternoon, supervisor. i hope all is well today. i'm here on behalf of mission housing development corporation. i'm the executive director and one of the largest landlords of 100% affordable housing, certainly the largest in the mission.
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we fully support what is being before the board today and the calle 24th district in its entirety. mission housing has thousands of square footage of commercial spaces along 24th street and we do believe that all of the issues being discussed and the proposed solutions to them through -- you know, through tireless and countless hours of community organizing are extremely beneficial for the 24th street corridor and in that regard i want to reiterate we support what before the board today. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, i'm gabriela, one of the owners of cafe located on 24th street the corridor in question in this session. my business is being in the neighborhood for 11 years now, compared to the rest of the businesses in the area. my business is in its infancy. it's
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family-owned-and-operated. my parents support themselves out of this business. i am here standing before you to ask for your full support on this measure, as without them my business will disappear in a few years. it is very important for me and for my family, and for the neighborhood that businesses like ours, small, family-owned remain in the neighborhood. thank you. >> thank you so much, next speaker. >> good afternoon, everybody. my name is rodrigo duran and i'm here representing carnival san francisco and it is a multi-cultural festival happening for 39 years now and it fits -- and happens in the heart of this special use district. i think our theme this year is very relevant to this conversation.
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it's the heart of san francisco and carnvale and gabriela's cafe, we support each other for 39 years now. especially for folks who would like to see these commercial regulations changed, there are places in san francisco where they can execute their plans. it's a prime example where they would want to go. just to conclude again, we would like these regulations to take place. we need and we want these small businesses to remain affordable. we want them to be neighborhood-oriented and we want them to be culturally-relevant to the mission district. gracias. >> thank you. >> good afternoon of
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supervisors, i'm born and raise san franciscoan and also with housing corporation and to thank supervisor ronen's office and john, mary and everybody else who made this possible, working for a lot of years to do this. we're in full support of the special use district, as sam mentioned earlier, we have property on 24th street including section a residential properties. and the residents there do want to make sure that the businesses around them are thriving. these are obviously much-needed regulations to not only ensure cultural aspects along 24th street, but preserve neighborhood-serving businesses and characteristics of a vital visitor destination as well. in addition they employee a lot of residents and there is even an economic incentive to safeguard this one-of-a-kind legendary san francisco district.
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lastly in a time of increased xenophobia within the american political landscape it's a civic duty on your part to proclaim directives to safeguard the latino cultural district, especially in a gentfying city and we must be willing to to enact sensible legislation on a national and local-level and ask that you pass them unanimously. thank you . >> i will call up a couple other names. [ reading speakers' names ] >> name is scott weaver and i'm from the san francisco tenants unit, the calle vent veinticuatro district and to "stabilize the displacement of latino businesses and residents and
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preserve cal veinticuatro as center for [hrao-eupblt/]or commerce and enhance the unique natures a special place for san francisco's residents and tourists." this is really the first piece of legislation that has come before you specifically related to this particular area. i'm also asking that you honor the process that has been undertaken over the last three years to create this special use district, which is actually the first step in a multi-pronged approach to reach the goal of stabilization on calle veinticuatro. probably half a dozen community
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meetings, participation by oewd, which has been totally tremendous and the planning department, which has also been tremendous, and the various supervisors, from district 9, which you had over the last two years. so i'm asking also that you honor that process. and i'm asking that you honor the small businesses along the 24th street corridor, who are having very difficult times surviving and have numerous challenges ahead, that the modest commercial controls that are proposed here today will at least help to alleviate those challenges. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. corey smith on behalf of the san francisco housing action coalition. we have been participating in this conversation for a long time and i personally want to a lot of map-21 meetings and thought it was important to say something. the organization has no
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position on the special use district and believe that transit-oriented development is important and 24th street bart station and one of the truly most special and unique neighborhood not only in san francisco or west coast, but the entire world. there is a lot of differing opinions and priorities and we certainly respect all of that. we share the utmost concerns, i imagine, with everybody in this room regarding displacement in the mission district. it's one of the things that we need to be actively figuring out how to mitigate? and one of the ways that we believe we can be doing that is by advocating for housing in the outlying neighborhoods and around the bay area as a whole. it will relieve pressure in the mission district and current housing stock that we have there and hope it's a place that we can come together and work together in future. thank you. >> thank you.
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>> good morning, supervisors. my name is john mendoza, one of the co-founders of calle 24. i would like to thank you for work you have been doing last couple of years and all the ones that you don't see -- we have been working on this -- for me it's been 20 years. we started 24th street that turned into calle 24 and i would like to thank all of these people who have been doing the work before it even got to the supervisors and before it even got to city hall to get here. we have been through planning. we have been through entertainment commission with full recommendation and i would like to say, with full recommendation to the board. to show respect for all of the hard work that we have been doing and this is the way we should go. thank you. . >> hi. i'm ruth maheny and member of the council of calle
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veinticuatro and lived in san francisco since 197 1 and seen a lot of changes that are happening. i was also part of a small business located in the mission for 35 years and i really want to urge you, please, please, to support this project, and thank you all for your work. thanks. >> thank you. >> hi, my name is marie sorensen with calle veinticuatro and the white house announced moring border guards. this is the reason that latino cultural district designation needs to move forward. the mission is the melting pot of latino culture, facing
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extinction, and nonetheless it's an exciting and vibrant area. people from all over the bay area come to shop, eat, and worship in the neighborhood, because it is a neighborhood. we're one of the few places in town that has a neighborhood vibe. having cultural corridors increases the city's wealth by acknowledging diversity and celebrating all that make us unique. wouldn't it be boring if all we cared about was cultural uniformity and property values? please say yes to this. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is eric, the president of calle veinticuatro. we host carnival and delos
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mortos and freida kahlo festival, et cetera. we have the highest concentration of latino businesses in 12 blocks and legacy businesss in the mission. we have been working very closely with the mayor's office and our supervisor, supervisor campos and supervisor ronen the last 2-3 years working with these regulations. we realize it's not a magic bullet and wouldn't take care of everything that we need, but calle veinticuatro has become a 501(c)(3) and all of it is what it is going to make this work. we established committees and these are areas that the community specified for us to concentrate on. so we'll be doing that work with a lot of community members also.
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we have already hire our corridor manager, moises garcia, who is with us today and working closely with the merchants and working around technical assistant with the merchants and being the eyeses on the streets. it will help preserve our small spaces and balance retail versus food and stabilize our rents along 24th street and so please support these moderate commercial regulations. thank you. >> thank you. i don't have any more speaker cards, but if there is anybody else who would like to speak, please come and feel free to line up. huenga. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i'm the president of the san francisco council of district merchants associations. we represent 20 associations including the golden gate restaurant association. i think it's very important that we have the latino cultural district set up with special use district.
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i think of japantown and we wouldn't have it anymore without an sud and this is an scene example of what could happen to the mission and latinos in the area. so i urge you to please pass this measure. thank you very much. >> good afternoon, supervisors, peter pap dapulous and i'm here to urge your support for this measure. while think it's many, many years' in the making, i think we all been hearing about this for a long time and happy to see it moving forward and want to thank everyone, supervisor ronen and diego and his department, and diana ponce de leon, who put in immeasurable hours over the years, it looks like. so i think it's a lost great provision and to highlight two that i think are important this. is an additional level of
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protection for our legacy businesses that think is really important, because we know they are still threatened even with all we're doing to hold them in place and striking the right balance with restaurants and in certain circumstances we're seeing areas that overconcentration can have a certain effect and i think this wisely steers clear of that with what it does. i also like it's a lot of flexibility, that think will help it be successful in the long-run. so i hope we can count on your support for this. i think it's an excellent measure and great step forward. thank you. >> buenos tardes, my name is moises garcia, manager of the cultural district and here to speak to you about the other parts of what the sud doesn't address. we know it's not a silver
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bullet and there are many other complimentary things we're doing now to help protect the cultural district. one thing that the sud does do is protect our legacy businesses. so while diana mentioned four businesses on the registry, i'm actively working to add an additional 20 on the corridor, and within the district to get them on the registry. to really alleviate that psychologically fear of displacement that they feel on a daily basis. if they actually don't own their own property. additionally, to the six purposes in the sud, those are purposes that we already worked with potential merchants that want to come on to the corridor to really become a part of our neighborhood and our community. and to really see how they can be part of this place, that is really special to us. and lastly, another large part of what we're trying to do is
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really be that voice for businesses in terms of marketing. to bring folks back into this neighborhood, who either have never been here or who were displaced to remind them this cultural district is theirs and they should be proud of and they should be able to come home, not just for the cultural events, but really for the neighborhood-serving businesseses that we have. so i please ask to your full support in safeguarding the cultural districts a beacon pride for the latino district and for the city of san francisco. thank you. >> thank you. is there anybody else who wishes to speak during public comment? >> with that, we will close public comment everyone. [ gavel ] supervisor ronen, any further comments? >> no, colleagues, i just really appreciate your support on this really important piece of legislation for my district. thank you so much.
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>> supervisor tang? >> thank you. and thank you to supervisor ronen and everyone who worked with. i know a lot of heart went into this thoughtful land use policy here. so i'm happy to send this item forward, actually first, why don't i propose that we amend page 6, lines 16-17 as you stated earlier. and send it forward to the full board with positive recommendation. >> we have a motion by supervisor tang and before accepting the second to thank supervisor ronen for her work on this, a long period of time, and from the community as well. and would be happy to support as well. motion by supervisor tang and second by supervisor peskin and without objection. mr. clerk, is there any other business in front of us. >> that depleteses the agenda for today. thank you everybody we're adjourned. [ gavel ]
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>> neighborhoods in san francisco are as diverse and fascinating as the people who inhabit them. today we're in the sunset, where we'll join supervisor tang for the inspiration of this show, where we explore san francisco, one neighborhood at a time. hi i'm katy tang the
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district 4 supervisor in san francisco, which is comprise of sunset and parkside neighborhoods. i think what makes district 4 unique is that we have so many different cultures here. we have so many different generations of people. different experiences and that makes it a vibrant neighborhood. for example, which you go down urban street you can do to a japanese restaurant, chinese restaurant, american restaurant, and the cultural diversity is just what makes it so amazing my name is ching le, and i'm the owner of the kingdom of bounty. 17th san francisco, 94116. we make the most authentic and different kinds of dumplings and dim sum. recently more and more popular because they are vegetables and meats that we use fresh vegetables
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and meats in the business. it's really inspired to start discover your district series, because i wanted to find a way for neighbors to come and get to know our small businesses and our neighborhoods. get to know each other, get know our office, and do so in a setting that was unintimidating and fun. so i launched this idea call the "discover your district," where we go every month to one or two small businesss in district 4 and we have done things such as learning how to make dumplings that we're learning today and there are so many different activities that we have exposed our residents to. >> today is the very special day, because the city of san francisco hosting this for san francisco city. learning how to make dumplings and knowledge of dumplings. they love to do it and all enjoy it. >> this is definitely not
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my first time making it, so i have definitely improved a lot. the first couple of time s i tried to make dumplelings they looks inedible. they have definitely improved. there is a special dumpling eating contest, which is amazing. everyone those eat the dumplings that they made and see how many they can do. i'm curious as to how many they going to be able to down today? >> don't forget to write down what you are eating today. >> we make all different kinds of dumplings and enjoy what they made. so after that, we'll have contact how many pieces of dumplings they can eat and announce the winner today..
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>> hi my name is jason jones a xaefrp and communication capture at the san francisco water department i hnlt a high volume of calls and radio
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communications i enjoy coming to work i still find it challenging i still learn everyday and i'm going to have the level of activity if zero to 60 in a matter of minutes i take bride pride in handling the emergencies. >> have are you available the work order is 2817827 that's one of the great things of sfpuc they offer work shops to help you get ahead you have to care about the job and go above and beyond to find out as much as you can the three puc i so no glass ceiling the opportunities
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