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both to address the feasibility of outdoor events, and it seems like with some moderate controls, those would be -- >> so have you done these tests yet? >> tests? >> yeah, on people noise. >> yeah, we ran calculations. we've been relatively conservative assumptions regarding how loud the speakers would be. >> calculation meaning you have devices that'll measure? you actually set a meter out there and record it, and you have decibel levels. i see your decibel levels. are theed live readings? >> no, those are estimates levels. the building is in its current use. testing -- >> sure. >> testing from the future rooftop, that's something that could be done but it's not -- >> so i have a question. is this the kind of first time
to do a sound test in our kind of jurisdiction where you're near a club where there could be 300 people outside smoking, and there's people noise. or there's -- and which we have no jurisdiction of street performers pounding on their trash cans. those are environmental issues, but what we're concerned about is live readings. so this is an office space which, you know, right now, is probably bare minimum. and i'm pretty sure with the hotel, you're going to have carpeting and a lot of things that go with it. but i think what we've been seeing from other sound consultants is actually live data. and i'm all about live data. >> sure. >> i think it -- in fairness to local edition, a reading should be taken when they're operating at your first level of resident or your hotel floor, and just get a fair reading if you actually hear anything.
they are running live music, but i think you have a deejay, too. so they might be running bass. i remember back in the day, there was a club called mecca. >> mm-hmm. i know that one. >> and they lost their entertainment license because they just couldn't get rid of that bass. is the fourth floor -- no matter how much sound proofing he did, he couldn't get rid of it, and finally, they just pressured the owner to stop it. we're kind of concerned about that kind of thing. there is a bar -- i think there's a bar on the first floor around the corner. i don't know if they're still going to be there when you do your renovations. >> right. so let me clarify. i believe i know what you're asking, but just to clarify, that the the measurements that we have done are on the
exterior. we also have done some measurements on the interior. those were operated during the weekend when local he litigatihe -- edition was operating, and those are data loggers running continuous voice monitoring, and we also have sound identification. >> and so your data is live. that's -- >> so that data's live. what i thought you were speaking about was the rooftop -- >> the only thing about the rooftop is there are four seasons, and a lot of those hotels have high-rise condos up there. >> right. >> and if you're starting to play music on that level, and i don't know what their windows are like, and they probably weren't thinking of it, they might hear you if you're going to have amplified sound. >> right. and we have certainly taken a look at that with respect to the noise ordinance and the place of entertainment noise requirements. you know, assuming no shielding because they can look right down on the roof. so from a calculations
perspective, we are helping the project sponsor identify what -- you know, what elements if any they would need to impose on the businesses who would use those spaces. >> okay. and you have all this ready for planning, right? >> yes. >> okay. and of course, you're going to do the outside lighting. i'm all about the outside lighting, and i know it's downtown, but the security on the street, i just want to make sure that's addressed. okay. so that's -- i have no further. [ inaudible ] >> okay. any -- i'm done. >> any other sound questions? all right. yes. commissioner lee would like to know about your lighting. >> we knew there would be cliffs, so yes.
i took some book handle readings kind of on the baseline. our office is on montgomery street, a block away from the m pyramid, just outside the office, outside the entry of my office, and i'm seeing three to 4 foot candles, but it's pretty dim. typically out in the street, i've seen about 15 foot candle the at intersections where it's better lit. across the intersection through the montgomery street b.a.r.t. plaza, kind of an open area, reasonably well-lit, and that was, like, ten to 6 foot candles, and a little bit of what i expected on market street out in front of the light -- local edition -- got it right. 20 to 15 foot candles. little bit darker around the entrance of the building, an
area we'd like to improve a little bit just to beautify the building. and then on around on third street, immediately where you turn the corner where our supplemental entrance, we'll maintain the main entrance on the corner, but a supplement cal entrance on stephenson street, it's 11 foot candles on the sidewalk. if i cross the stephenson, there's a parking garage there, it's a who it's a whopping 30 foot candles. >> what do you think you need to do. >> improve the lighting at our entrance. just as another kind of note of data, i looked at the plaza hotel, and adjacent at the entrance, it was about 5 foot
candles, and it bumped uch to whole 8 foot candles. so very dim, but till very functional. it's not how brieth it is, but the quality of the light that i think adds character and gives you a sense of security. and then obviously being kind of an upper end hotel, there would be a doorman 24/7 to kind of keep that alley, you know, trouble free. >> so you're thinking that local edition's 30 foot candles is way too bright. >> they're about -- they were, i think 20, yeah, 22 at their front entrance. i think the parking garage, i think historically, the -- the building owners have just put a lot of light out there to, you know, deter, and it's doing a good job? i was out there till about 10:00, and kind of no one around. it didn't seem too creepy.
you walk around the corner to annie alley, there were a couple people loitering late at night, but stephenson seems pretty safe, aside from some construction areas that create some shadow spots, but i think it'll go away shortly. >> i think what we're here for is the future. if your clients come, and tourists, we're here to protect the tourists. if it's well-lit, people feel more safe. right now, it's just an office building where local edition is. they've got security. probably people leave them alone, but around the corner going to the garage could be a place of muggings or opportunity, and we just want to make sure that there's enough lighting. maybe 30 foot candle's too much because that's the garage, but maybe the same as local edition's 20 is good, but you haven't really asaid what you
decided on, foot candles. >> i was a little shocked in what i found in that i would have expected stephenson alley to be darker than what it actually is, but being there actually and seeing, i think it was they had one, two, three, four, five, six giant flood lights on the side of the building lighting up the street and the adjacent sidewalk. as a new owner and being where the entrance would be, it's really bright. i think it's actually too bright for kind of the character that -- it's brighter than the rest of the neighborhood. it's as bright as the b.a.r.t. plaza. it's less bright than market street or third street. >> but the light at local edition is good with you? i mean you think it's too bright? >> no. i think it's kind of -- >> if you kind of matched that, it would be -- >> it's not just the brightness but the glare from the flood lights, so we want to tone it down to about 20 foot candles
in the adjacent area. probably a little more incident rat -- intimate where the doorman would be. >> you get where we're trying to get to? tourism is our main thing here in the city, and we want to make sure especially in that location with all those hotels, that we don't have problems. and lighting helps. >> yeah, yeah, absolutely. >> we know we don't want you to light it up like a ballpark, but at the same time -- in front of a night club, we want lighting, and parking lots, now, we have lighting. so as a hotel. i know there's a certain style, but i think if you can work in blending with the club next door, not only just the sound in between, but the lighting and the safeties. >> yeah, i think that's our objective, to really create a -- just a better atmosphere. right now it seems like, you know, a parking lot of a home
depot with these flood lights, control those lights and limit the glare but keep the light level there and then enhance the lighting around the entrance. as we open up that finishestration in the new -- finsetration in the new entrance, and as we built it up, it'll have more life and new activity. >> okay. >> hi. i'd like to have an update on some of the outreach you've been doing with the p.o.e. i see an e-mail here summarizing your conversations as of april 26th. i'd like to know where you guys are at today and what are some of the concerns and what kind of support are you hearing from the p.o.e.'s in your conversations. >> my name's kate lynn. i was handling the outreach to the different p.o.e.'s. you guys should have the e-mails and the letters that were sent updating them.
in regards to dada bar, we received positive feedback. they said welcome to the neighborhood, good luck with development. no questions from their end. in regards to ho kr kesan, their contact hasn't been there very long, so i reached out to their g.m. who put negate in touch with their corporate office in las vegas. i reached out to them a couple of times, but i'm sure they have bigger things to deal with. in regards to hawthorne -- let me back up. i've e-mailed, sent letters, via e-mail and also called all of these people. in hawthorne, i actually choke with chadwick who is an -- spoke with chadwick who is an owner or partner in that p.o.e. i said i'm happy to setup any meeting to answer any questions
that you have. he seemed positive to that. i reached out a couple times, but i haven't heard back on a good date and time for him, so i'll continue to do so. i'll continue to reach out to hockesan to see if they have any questions. and then in local edition, we've been in constant contact with brian in regards to the project because obviously local edition's in the building and we will continue to do so there. >> but are there any concerns that are coming up in these conversations or is it just all a love fest? >> no concerns that i've seen yet that any of those p.o.e.'s have expressed to me, more just interesting in wanting -- if they have questions, and i said we're more than happy to answer those. >> okay. thank you. >> mm-hmm. >> commissioner bleiman? >> thanks. so i just have some general comments. so the reason you're all here is because of the legislation to protect the night club which is a cultural and economic driver in the city from all of the development that's happening. it's also really important in
the city. and so that's why we have to review this, obviously. so this is a little more unusual for us for a couple of reasons. one, it's a hotel because it's covablely a go cove -- conceivably a good thing. it's a little unusual because there's actually a place of entertainment in the building which is a little rare for us. it also fills me with a bunch of repatrepidation because i o bar that's in a hotel and we're having to fix a situation right
now. i'm positive that everybody has a good relationship with the future bars, guys. they're literally the best or among the best operators in san francisco, and we all know that in the bar industry. but my concern is that there will be some sound that's leaking up through some strange duct or through the building somehow and affecting somebody and it'll somehow come to a head, and i'm sure they won't complain about this, but this is something it's our job to kind of address. you will ai would say if that did come to a head someday, you know, the beiacknowledgements t are signed in this process make it very difficult to do anything about that noise. and the legislation was conscientious to have teeth in it to prevent people from saying it's too loud. it it's debatable if there's any action that can be taken. my suggestion, short of what we
can recommend, is that things can be done to code or maybe they can be done above and beyond, and it might make a little sense to do that now rather than later because later, it could be too late, and that could cause a huge issue that we're having to discuss with you guys, so those are my only comment. >> can i quickly address those? >> sure. >> i think i want to talk about one thing that my colleague, indicate lynn indicated. one, my colleagues one some of the best taverns, present company maybe excluded, in the city. we are working really closely with people not only really on sound issues but just the disruption that a project of this scale might create for him and his businesses. i think the other thing that's really important, i think to address, you know, commissioner lee's comments. we actually are attracted to the site because of the activity level on this corner.
it is two blocks away from moscone, which as mr. sheehy has mentioned, it's going to be a very exciting play for the next couple of years. we expect this -- our first floor, which is above local edition currently will be very active and vibrant, as well, so it won't be -- this is not planned or to be positioned as a -- you know, a hotel where people will necessarily seek out for a great night's sleep. i think they're going to self-select this location because of the activity and the energy that all of these great institutions at this very busy and historic section of san francisco offer. to the last point, i think as we work with mr. sheehy, i think we should think about sound issues and the discussions that we're having. thanks for bringing that up. >> just to bring it up, some of the p.o.e.'s in the neighborhood had serious issues getting their p.o.e.'s because some of the high end hotel
around there, and there's nothing we can do as a commission to compel you or not to act like that, but we just hope that this will be a positive member of the community that encourages night life and entertainment because it is a cultural driver for our city and economics. >> no, again. we're very actively engaged in the community. i met with the homeowners of the four seasons last week, which you can imagine they certainly expressed their desire to make sure their neighborhood stays the same the way they hope it will stay, so very -- you know, very engaging conversation, and we're going to continue that outreach. thank you. >> any other questions or comments? i think this is somewhat unusual in that you're acknowledging that you're potentially going to be a creator of noise from entertainment as well as a receiver of noise. that's somewhat unusual, so i -- we hope that everybody will be able to live together
in peace and harmony and active places of entertainment moving forward. >> of course they will. >> i just want to make a follow up, just a final recommendation. so now that we all have opened up here, it would be great if local he litigation, maybe not their live music, but really with the sound meter and everything and really crank that bass, and really see what the full impact would be. i mean, what happens if he wanted to sell his bar and maybe didn't -- the next owner just wants to do flat out house music? you mean, i know we can't keep people from keeping their business forever. these are things that will be helpful in the future. and since you are saying that this hotel probably similar to like, the w, you know, or even the standard hotel in los angeles where a lot of the young people go, the lighting
outside has to be safe, and if you're expecting that kind of activity, don't skip on the lighting and the security. so that's all on my recommendation. >> thank you, commissioner. is there any public comment on this topic? all right. seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> discussion, commissioners? motion? >> well, i think -- i mean, for the most part, that's going to be a great location for a hotel. i mean, it's going to help, like commissioner bleiman says, it'll help a lot of the local p.o.e.'s that are there. local edition's busy, but hawthorne is also struggling. hockesan is well. they're more of a restaurant, so i think the whole thing will
complement each other. we're just really concerned about the internal sound leaking up, 'cause that's always going to be the hardest thing to do, and if you do get a -- hopefully, a p.o.e. for your entertainment down stairs then we don't have to limit it to, like, 10:00, or you have a noise from the local edition space. so you know that's all i can say. but i mean i'm -- can we put this in some kind of -- i recommend the project, but do we put extra sound -- sound testing, i mean, what do you guys want to do? i'm open. i think they've done a lot, but i'd like to do maybe a little bit more on the internal sound testing. >> are you making a motion? >> no, i'm having a discussion.
i'm discussing, what do you guys think as -- >> i -- the way i. >> go ahead. >> the way i look at this, this isn't somebody who's trying to build condos and then walk away from it. this is a hotel where there -- it's going to be pretty important to them to make sure that their guests enjoy the time there. so i -- i don't see the project manager skimping on anything here. i think that they're going to do their due diligence to get this hotel prepared for -- to be in that area with the places of entertainment there. >> and i feel like it's a little bit different when it's the -- when the venues are within the hotel building as opposed to outside, so there's a lot more that the hotel can do within the building if there are problems during the road,
including from their own -- their own entertainment noise levels. all right. would anyone like to make a motion to move this forward? skbl i' >> i'll do it. i'd like to make a motion to approve this mpermit. >> i second. >> all right. [ roll call. ] >> and this isn't actually a permit, this is just us moving forward the recommendation. >> yep. >> okay. >> all right. congratulations. we look forward to seeing what it looks like, the roof deck and everything else, so... [ inaudible ] >> and hopefully, we never have to have you back here again with anyone's complaints or anything about the noise. so thank you.
all right. moving forward to agenda item number eight. is this you, acting director weiland? >> this is from me. >> okay. >> so i have an update from everyone on the hiring of the executive director, the endless, endless habit. so for reasons that i've not been informed exactly, but are set in stone, we are reopening the -- we have reopened the search for the executive director. i have discussed this with jennifer johnson, and i'm continuing to act as the liaison. one thing that jennifer and i did want to bring up is that if anybody else has any interest in joining me, we'd love to have you. i -- i don't -- i don't have an opinion either way. i'd love to have you, so that's it, and i'm happy to do it
myself. we put the -- we put the -- we posted the ad, i think two weeks ago or three weeks ago, and we've gotten over 40 responses, including many of the people who applied the first time around and some new faces. we're going to go through a less lengthy process this time around. it'll be very much up in the area on whether or not the new director will be appointed by this current mayor or the next mayor, so this is where it gets a little bit gray. we really don't know at this point. so after this process going forward, whomever we recommend to the current mayor, that may be the slate that goes -- ex-mayor, if this mayor decides not to appoint. if that slate goes to the next mayor, that mayor may want a new slate. so a lot of murky area right now due to the elections and things, but it's moving forward, and i think we'll start interviewing candidates
next week or the week after. >> i have a question. >> yes. >> when does the application end? >> i think it ended last week. i think it either ended on friday or this current friday, but i can check for that. >> i'd like to participate in the interviewing process. >> okay. great. >> so you're starting all over again. >> also, we're not going to start all over again. basically, the way we're looking at it is we have some really good candidates for before, so the process that we're looking at before, are any of the new candidates better or equal on paper as opposed to before, where we started literally from scratch, and we learned a lot from all of the resumes that we read and the endless, endless interviews we did over a ten hour day in the city hall about whom ae we'd interviewed and what we could have done in the future, etcetera. so it's going to be kind of a little bit more of an efficient process this time, knowing like, you know, we already have
a pretty good thing going, so we can just kind of see if there's anything that we think would really add to that, any person that we think could add to that that we could bring in for an interview. >> go ahead. >> did we change the qualifications? >> no. >> everything's the same? >> there were a couple little generalizations we tweaked, but everything is the same. what happened is the mayor had chosen someone, and for whatever reason, that person wag unable to start working within a certain deadline, so then, the mayor was no longer with us, and then we went through another mayor, and another mayor, and at this point, they decided in their wisdom to just reopen it and redo it. but the new job description is almost identical to the previous with a couple little tweaks that we learned from the candidates that we got last time. so we got some candidates last
time that were under qualified but we were unaware of that until the interview process. so this, we were trying to weed out that wasteful energy, etcetera. >> perfect. thank you. >> so you're going to -- so the process is to screen out our top candidates again and wait till june 5th, when the mayor's -- >> no, no, we're moving straight ahead. it's not that we're waiting for anything, it's just whether or not they are -- the regular machinations of the city hall move fast enough for this mayor or the next mayor. >> so right now it's going to be 40 applicants processed umm canni -- coming back to us. >> no. so what happened last time the city hr starts the process and
then we work together before we start interviewing to make sure that each one of those individuals makes sense to interview. so this time around we don't have such a huge mass of people, and we know a lot more about the process, having gone through it. we actually did two -- we actually had two -- two full application periods last time, as well, where we had to tweak the offering a little bit. so we're a lot smarter now, should be a lot more efficient. we don't know -- we are going to go ahead first into this and get these people as quickly as possible and not take into account the june 10th election or whatever it is, so all right. >> so we could potentially -- you could be coming back to the commission on maybe the june 5th? >> i think that's -- this's not outside the realm of possibility. a lot of this is outside of my hands, so i just kind of wait for them to tell me what's going on, but yeah, that seems reasonable, actually, given that it's a month away, yeah.
>> all right. other comments? well, thank you for heading this up, and thank you, commissioner camino for volunteering to be a part of the process. >> i can say this, too. that part of the reason that this is not making everybody freak out is because acting director weiland has been doing such a good job. >> i know. >> so there's no figure atiati gun to our head, so we're going to take the most time possible and not rush it. >> i know. >> well, thank you, for keeping this process moving forward. we look forward to having a decision made. and that's it for item -- was there any public comment on item number eight? seeing none, public comment is closed. final item, commissioner comments and questions. yes, commissioner perez? >> yeah. i just checked my calendar and looking at the minutes from april 3rd, i was actually in this meeting, and i was not on
the list. you can tell i was here because i made a comment on the minutes. but i was physically here because i spoke, so if you can add that and add me to the roster, thank you. >> correction noted. anyone else? other comments? all right. then let's move forward with an adjournment, and keeping in mind our senior analyst rice's comments, perhaps we should adjourn in memory of larry harvey, any objections? >> nope. >> okay. very good. we're adjourned. thank you.
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friends that got signed to a record deal in san francisco called 4 nonblaunds and i addition frd the bands and moved to the bay area. i think things are different now than 30 years ago, the world evolved a lot. it could be a challenge but have to know how to negotiate everything and sometimeatize is [inaudible] it was great to get to a point where i was just treated like another one of the people, a musician not a female musician and that is always what [inaudible] >> you don't hear stuff on the radio [inaudible] i need to write music [inaudible] be more conscious in their decisions and somehow make that poetic so they will be convinced. i think i will do that. [singing in
backgrounds] drawing and writing music since i was a really little kid and fortunate enough to have a good education in art and parentss who supported me. i hope my life will continue to allow me to do both. >> for me now having all male, female girls, boys students it shows the world has changed a lot and people areope toon open to a lot more than they were in the past. you can get a deep satisfaction from responding a lot of year practicing in one thing and becoming really good at something. sometimes i think that it is better to get lost. you have to practice and become good at what you do, so if you have everything together then go out in the world and do what you do and then i think people weal accept that.
>> all right. so good morning, everyone. thank you for joining us today. you know, for the past four months, as mayor of the city of san francisco, i have from reside residents across our entire city up and down the ladder about the streets of san francisco. our streets are filled with trash and debris, and it is unacceptable, and i've said from day one the cleanliness of our streets is going to be one of my biggest priorities as
mayor of the city of san francisco. san francisco residents are fed up with the conditions, and i am the first to say that i feel their pain, and we are doing something about it. so last week, along with a number of people who are here behind me, we announced a comprehensive budget proposal that we're going to move forward with to aggressively cleanup our streets here in san francisco. we are no -- we know that our conditions on our streets exist across our city. it's not confined to one neighborhood. every single neighborhood is feeling this pain, including right here in the castro district. so this plan that we announced last week includes 44 new street cleaners throughout the city of san francisco, four in each supervisorial district that will have material impact in the conditions of our neighborhoods, in particular our commercial corridors. we're adding five new pit stops to address the feces and urination issues that we are seeing in many different neighborhoods here in san
francisco. and also talked about and announced a dedicated team to picking up syringes and needles across the entire city of san francisco. family members and individuals should not have to step over needles on the way to school, on the way to work. it simply doesn't need to be part of our landscape here in san francisco. and we are also growing our fix it team, sandra, who runs or fix it team, and does such an amazing job. how about a round of applause for her. [applause] >> the hon. mark farrell: we are expanding it to ten new districts in san francisco. because they do such an amazing job in san francisco. when there are areas to be picked up, when there is anything that needs to be done, they are there doing it, doing such an incredible job. but we need to do more. we need to put our foot on the gas pedal, and as mayor, until i leave office, i am going to
do it, and street cleanliness is something i am going to address. we have a big effort to cleanup our streets. san francisco residents do, as well, and now today we're going to have some bigbellys to help us with that effort. and sorry, i had to go there with that line. so today, we are announcing five new bigbelly trash receptacle here in the castro district and 15 others in different neighborhoods throughout san francisco. now these bigbelly trash cans, as you will see, there's going to be a demonstration at the end, are different than your normal trash cans. they have automatic compactors inside, allowing them to hold five times the amount of waste of any normal garbage can. they tick recycling, compost, and trash, and they're outfitted with wireless technology, real-time technology that alerts those when these are full to come pick them up and empty them. that means no more wasted trips
to pick up half full garbage cans. you know, we are the technology capital of the world. we should not be afraid, and you know i believe as mayor, we should embrace technology to benefit the daily lives of our residents, and we are doing that today. we are making this investment now in partnership with our small business leaders. our community benefits districts are the ones that really do the work on the ground. i want to thank andre who is here today for all of your work in the castro, and we are partnering with them to install these new bigbelly trash receptacles, but also to maintain them going forward. we are going to cleanup our city here in san francisco. we made a number of announcements last week. today is just another step in
that direction, and i want to make sure to reaffirm my commitment to the residents of san francisco that cleaning up our streets is going to be one of my biggest priorities, and we will not stop again until the day that i leave office. i look forward to seeing these trash cans across the city of san francisco. we are going to swallow up the trash with our bigbelly garbage cans, once again. so with that, i want to thank everyone for being here. we have a number of speakers, and i would like to introduce and bring up supervisor jeff sheehy, who's right behind me. and i want to make a quick comment about supervisor sheehy. there has been no one, since i have become mayor, who has been more forceful in his advocacy of cleaning up the streets of his district than jeff sheehy. you can clap. it's great. we have gone on neighborhood walks. we have walked this commercial corridor right here with our department of public works. there's no supervisor more focused on cleaning up the streets of his neighborhood than supervisor sheehy. and with that, i'd like to hear
from him. supervisor jeff sheehy. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you, mayor farrell. thank you for those kind words, and i really want to thank you deeply for your leadership on this issue. it's been a challenge, but the inno-nateti innovation that you're bringing to this, the resources, it's making a difference, and i know the people in my district, we're grateful. i also want to thank the department of public works because they have been so steadfast, so diligent in cleaning up this neighborhood, in cleaning up the district. it's a struggle because we know that this is an ongoing problem, and i think your new initial initiatives are going to help us turn the corner on this. we are moving forward on this. i want to thank the community benefits in the castro for their leadership. these things are great. compacts, signals when the
trash is full. and i do want to note that recology is here. recology is doing a great job. this is allow them to be enormously more efficient, so as the mayor said you're not emptiying half empty trash cans, you empty them when they're full. we've seen the problem. we have the open trash cans, people rummage in them. they overflow, and sometimes that creates a mess. so andre, thank you for your partnership with recology, with the mayor. i'm going to address you, but sandra zuniga, i can't say enough about you. she comes in, she solves problems, she works so closely with the community to identify problem areas and find solutions. she was telling me, for instance at glen park park, we
have a little flower stall that was graffitied up. and you know, she just went and painted it herself. that's the type of attitude she brings towards san francisco. that's how much she cares about this city, so i am honored to introduce sandra zuniga, who's director of the mayor's fix it team. >> good morning, everybody. thank you for that introduction and thank you to both mayor farrell and supervisor sheehy for their leadership in this city. special thank you to mayor farrell for giving me this assignment. being able to work on these bigbellys has been fun. so fix it, i run the fix it team, and what we do z we work closely with communities, talking to residents, listening to residents to find out what concerns they have, and we want to act quickly and effectively to help address those. in the castro, we've been working here about two years, and we've seen improvements, a
lot of great improvements to the castro. one of things that's a great concern is litter and the amount of litter we see around our city, especially trash cans, when they've been rummaged through or overflow especially when the wind blows and blows them away. so we're happy today to show you not just an efficient can but a very pretty tran ca-- trh can in the castro that we hope will bring new life, new energy to people who are shopping here, passing through here to use the handing, throw their cigarette butt or bottle away in the right place. today's announcement is part of a larger strategy that fix it has to make improvements in neighborhoods based on what we hear about from residents, so we plan to implement new strategies in neighborhoods across the city, and find out
what works and when something works, we can replicate it in other neighborhoods with confidence. i really would like to thank all of the community benefit districts who are working with me on this project. of course f andre aiello with the community benefit district, and several others who will see their bigbellys this summer, and a special shout out of course to public works, recology, economic and workforce development and kevin from bigbelly, who will give you all a demonstration soon. so with that, i would just like to introduce a wonderful partner in this who has been tremendously hard working and really fast at turning around a lot of giving us, you know, ideas, information, feedback, andre aiello, for getting
the -- from the castro c.i.d. for getting the first big belly on the ground. >> thank you for that. the castro community benefit district is so excited to be the first neighborhood that will be getting these bigbellys in a special program that has been sponsored by mayor farrell, and i want to thank the mayor so much for his dedication to keeping the neighborhoods clean, not only just downtown but the neighborhoods. and we are -- we'll be working with the city to develop metrics on how do we evaluate and measure these to make sure they're effective. and as everyone has been describing, the bigbellys work because once you put the trash in, you can't take the trash out, and that includes limiting and preventing overflowing trash cans, which i think we've
all seen all over the city. the wind is blowing, and the wind takes the paper or the cup out of the trash can, and there's a mess all the way down the sidewalk, and it blows it all the way down the sidewalk. so we're really excited that this is going to help keep the benefit district really clean. the castro neighborhood benefit district works tirelessly to keep the neighborhood clean, keep it vibrant. we have a lot of different strategies around cleanliness, around safety, economic vitality, greening. we have live performances in the jane warner plaza? the summer every weekend. everything fits together in a puzzle to encourage more people and more pedestrian traffic in the neighborhoods and in an urban environment. cleanliness is probably the first thing because nobody wants to walk around a neighborhood where there's trash and other things, and worse than just trash in a neighborhood. it's community benefit districts working
collaboratively with public works who has been absolutely fantastic as a partner and recology all working together to pitch in and keep san francisco clean -- or cleaner, and a great city. so i want to thank everybody and thampg the city family. they have vust been absolutely great. we've pushed through this contract in like a month, so that's unheard of. so thank everybody. i want to thank the mayor for hez creativity and initiative on this. and now, i think we're going to have kevin give a demonstration on how these wonderful things work. take care. >> one, two, three, go! [inaudible]
[ gavel ]. >> the health commission will now come to order. i will call roll. [ roll call. ] >> i'll note that commissioner sanchez, i believe, is on his way. welcome, everyone. the second item on the agenda is the minutes of the meeting of april 17, 2018. >> have my colleagues had a chance to read the minutes from the april7