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replacement trees be planted, 36 to 48 inch size box trees, pending reasonable review and working together to -- if there's room for four trees, great. if there's room for 448 inch box size replacement trees, great, but allowing us the latitude, if it has to be a 36-inch box, to not have to come before you and spend time over that detail. so in summary, we did review their brief in great detail. i do appreciate the time and thought that went into it. we've denied applications even when the trees are relatively this young. of the three trees, one of them has a little bit of a lean in the main trunk, so fast forward two years, it's going to get nicked by vehicles, so we're really talking about two trees, they're established. they've evaded 1r andalism, and -- vandalism, and it takes
a lot to establish street trees, but we've got a reasonable proposal in front of us, and we don't want to stand in the way of that. so at this point, we'd be, you know, looking favorable to the decision being overturned and just really working out the conditions of replacements, but i would caution against -- i do really appreciate the offer of transplanting those trees. i just -- believe it or not, sometimes the most sustainable trees is just to run trees like that in the chipper and buy new trees. you're going to have to water those trees any way, when you move those. i did go to the site today to check out those three planting sites that you suggested in the appeal. there's issues with some of those. that's why we're not planting a few of those sites. so even if we found sites where we could put those replacement trees elsewhere, those specific sites aren't great. they're in commercial loading zones, so we have some
reservations about those sites, as well. but we do appreciate the thoroughness and the detail of their brief, and they're really done everything they can, including providing letters of support from various community members, as well. and lastly, we've had very little if any public input related to this. no protests that i recall, so it has been a relatively uncontested case. and that pretty much summarizes our take on this appeal. thank you. >> i've got a question. >> me, too. >> so after going through the brief, and i concur that the brief was really well done, i couldn't understand why the department was against it. if they were going to relocate the current trees and then plant new ones, but as you -- i appreciate your thoroughness, and you've taken the time to go to the site. and that's not a possibility, but if we condition it on that, and they're not able to do it, then the permit would be no good. but you did bring up something
that i did not think of, you're saying that the trees that are there, you probably would not be able to plant a tree at the current locations. >> i think they'll be able to replant trees. i'd just caution us to not condition that four replacement trees be in that frontage. >> okay. so you're not sure if those four will go back. >> i believe the three will go back. the three can go back. >> you proposed four. >> i think getting a fourth in there, with the distance we may need from the street lights could be pushing it a little bit, and i would just rather be as conservative in our kind of decision conditioning as possible. >> and in their brief, it said similar to the trees that were being removed, you recommended 36 or 48. so if the trees that are there, if you had to guesstimate a size, are they closer to 36 or are they closer to 48.
>> they are closer to 48. it is a relatively wide sidewalk, so the distance from the building would be adequate, it's just a matter of what other utilities crop up. >> and generally for some of the not so good people, we mandate 48, but 48 is a lot more work, as i know, and these people have been stewards for the district and for the thing, maybe not to -- because that requires a crane, that requires a lot of stuff. could you refresh my memory the difference between a 36 and a 48 as far as growth. >> they are -- there's not a great distance -- a great difference between those -- between those sizes. the 36 inch, it still requires a lot of work. a small kind of knuckle boom or knuckle flatbed to move those trees into place. so a 36 would still require that, but it's true, it wouldn't be as onerous as a 48-inch box. the knock against the 48, and
the reason why i went in saying, suggesting, leaning towards a 36 is even just the distance towards the ush can, just trying to wedge that in towards the curb starts to be a little challenging. if there's additional utility lines going in, it's going to get a little tight. so 36, based on the reality of an urban setting, it is probably more realistic. >> okay. thank you. mr. vice president? >> thank you, mr. buck. i agree with your position totally. my question relates to something that was in the brief, and i'd like to know it for future reference as well as reference on this. there was a -- there was a mention in the brief that there's been significant problems -- significant is my word. i don't know if that word's in there -- in the tenderloin in establishing new plantings, and that's the thing that caught my attention, that even with the
best intentions, you're either going to kill trees one way or you're going to kill them the other. can you -- is it -- is it street behavior and nuisance -- human being nuisance or is it the environment that prevents or -- or inhibits the development of new street plantings in the tenderloin? >> correct. thank you, commissioner. it's -- it's really the human element. the -- the street trees that we plant in san francisco, many of them are already industrial strength. you know, they don't mind various human activities, whether it's dog, human, whatever animal that's out there, but it tends to be vandalism. there are some things that can be done to protect new street trees. we have gone from using three poles or stakes surrounding trees to four, gone from 2 inch
diameter to 3 inch diameter, adding a protective screen around those. really, it's the first couple of years to get them big enough, out of harm's way, and once they're big enough where they don't seem vulnerable -- we have the same issues in the marina. anyone who starts their day doesn't think hey, i'm going to tackle a tree when i leave the bar, but bars and trees in close proximity, it doesn't matter what neighborhood. >> do people do that? >> so it's a real challenge. but the tenderloin places a lot of that type of activity in just a higher concentration. and that was one -- i mean, looking at their brief, it's why would we ever deny this, right, at the departmental level? it felt like that. but a lot of it is difficulty in establishing trees, and really, it's just making sure that we've made everyone do their due diligence. when we receive a brief like this, it makes it a lot easier. sometimes, we don't, and it --
you know, it makes it a little bit stronger. but again, we have a community partner here that's pretty much checked all the boxes with integrity, not just for window dressing. so it's a human element, but i think with enough planning and using protective equipment, we can get -- see those trees get established. >> thanks. and this would seem to be a center point in their new campus development as we saw in the master plan, and i would -- i would assume that if a tree had a chance, it would be one of these trees because there will be security to protect not only from the human element -- the trees from the human element but probably the human beings from the tree element as well. >> that's correct. it's going to be a well-lit facility. there'll be people that care
there in that immediate vicinity, and that really helps. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> president fong: was this brief provided to the hearing officer? >> you know, i would say -- i would say it's modified. i wasn't part of the departmental hearing, and honestly, i -- for some reason, i've got about eight appeals floating. i thought there was a jurisdictional request a couple weeks ago before i went on vacation, and so i was only looking at it a couple days ago, so i wasn't able to go back and see what it was taking over from at the departmental hearing. we do have a number of different hearing officers, and obviously we have a director that oversees those recommendations, but it is something that we -- and i ran it by our superintendent prior to that decision being made, that, you know, the emphasis is really protect street trees
when we can. i think if these trees were larger, we'd probably continue in our advocacy to protect them, but their relatively small size does make the case, and we need to acknowledge that and move on, so i think that's part of that. >> president fong: okay. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> clerk: thank you. is there any public comment on this item? please approach. [please stand by]
>> you want to grant the appeal and overturn the public working order on the condition that three and possibly four replacement trees be placed in 36-inch box size. >> if we can move forward with four, if not three. >> if possible. >> do we need discuss the transplanting of the three trees? he said there were other sites potentially, but the three sites, you know were identified by the project sponsor. there may be issues with them, but to me making the effort to try to do that is not a bad
idea? >> i didn't think so either at all, so let the department. i mean the permit holder seems more than willing to do stuff, so i will leave that up to the department. do we want to condition it? >> well, i think they proposed it. i think it's easy enough for us to document it, all right? >> mirror image hond commissioner honda can you clarify on what basis? >> commissioner honda: that makes sense. [laughter] is this an error in abuse. >> no. on the basis that the trees need to be replaced. >> more trees being planted than transplanted. >> let's start all over. the motion is made by
commissioner honda to grant the appeal an overturn public works order on the condition that three, and if possible four replacement trees be placed in 36-inch boxes subject to bureau of urban forestry approval as to species and other feature feature, and the second condition is that the three will be replanted an area specified by the bureau of urban forestry on the basis that more trees are being planted, there is a net gain of trees. >> that is exactly what i meant to say. >> perfect. on that motion, president fung. [roll call] >> that motion passes. thank you. >> no further business?
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stay safe, about staying in your home after an earthquake. and today we're going to be talking about the neighborhood support center to help people find new resources when they stay in their home. ♪ ♪ >> we're here at the urban center in san francisco with sarah karlewski, deputy director of spur. we're talking about the shelter, a safe place to stay, exhibition at their center. and part of being able to shelter in place in your home is to be able to find a place nearby where you can get the services that you might not have in your home. and that's what this little neighborhood support center is for. >> that's right. >> what are some of the services that might be provided in a neighborhood center like this? >> yeah. so, we think of the neighborhood support centers as really being homes away from home.
so, after a major earthquake there is going to be a lot of confusion. people are going to need to try to meet up with other people. they're going to need a lot of information. so, a lot of what the neighborhood support center is going to provide is that information. basically we're going to be like a hub where people can come to get services, help, information, et cetera. what you see here on this table are a whole variety of did you ever rent things from tools, some walki-talkies. this helps people know what is going on in their neighborhood. over here you have a whole variety of water and canned goods. we're really hoping that people will stock up for themselves at least for the first 72 hours if not more. i know that i have a ton of canned food and other sorts of things such as water within my own home. and everybody should, but
there's going to come a time where people are going to end up running out and needing more. so, that's what we've got right here. >> so, this neighborhood support center, this doesn't look to be a major city sponsored fully stocked space. it can be a small commercial space, even somebody's garage as long as they have the information, a guide of information, who to call for what, communications equipment, some power, have a generator. >> that's right. >> thinking of lights and charge your cell phones and so on. and probably be operated by volunteers. >> volunteers, maybe members of nert could help out, people who live in the neighborhood that have some building skill could be helpful. so, if there is a structural engineer living nearby or even an architect, they could really help people kind of understand what has happened to their homes and what sort of repairs might be needed. >> here we are with some of the things that you might find in a neighborhood support center.
one thing we learned from hurricane katrina, people really rely on their portable electronics and their phone. we say here's a charging station tied up to the generation. the essential coffeepot. >> yes. >> maybe a computer, you can check your e-mail with. >> yes. we have our charging station here. and then over here you can see we've got a whole variety of things, including the all-important different tags. so, lawrence, do you want to talk a little about the tags? >> sure. people want to know what do these tags mean. is my building safe or unsafe. these are the city owe initial tags. staying in your home doesn't require that you get a tag. it just means that you use common sense and maybe get help from people who might be around who can help you evaluate whether it's a safe place to stay. >> you might want to know because regular city services are disrupted, you might want to know when trash pick up is, if you need to get clean water, et cetera.
also in the neighborhood support center, that kind of information would be available and we've got a little of that up here. >> trash pick up resumes regular schedule on wednesday. >> that's right. >> please mark your human waste. >> that's right. >> so, this is kind of an information center, communication center, also a center that hopefully will show people how to relate to their neighboring communities, what else is happening city-wide. and, of course, this is sort of the ubiquitous form of communication. my cat is missing, call me. >> exactly, because a lot of times, even if you do have a cell phone, and people do if you're really trying to save some of your precious energy minutes, et cetera, or it's not working as well as it normally does, it is helpful to have a message board that you can get information to other people. and, so, that's what we're showing here. you can see people are going to be looking for their pets. they're going to be looking for rides. people are going to need to be sharing resources a much as
they possibly can. another thing that you can see here is they're going to need to be fair tools and some of the things that people are going to need in order to be able to stay safer within their homes. so, we're just showing sort of a gesture to that with all these different tools here. but then also tarps, people are going to need to cover their windows if their windows are cracked, if their roofs are broken. so, ideally, the city would be able to know where all these neighborhood centers are and help deliver some of these supplies. >> they could come from a neighbor, maybe not. thank you so much for allowing us to come in and share this wonderful exhibit. and thank you for . >> i love that i was in four plus years a a rent control tenant, and it might be normal because the tenant will -- for the longest, i was applying for
b.m.r. rental, but i would be in the lottery and never be like 307 or 310. i pretty much had kind of given up on that, and had to leave san francisco. i found out about the san francisco mayor's office of housing about two or three years ago, and i originally did home counseling with someone, but then, my certificate expired, and one of my friends jamie, she was actually interested in purchasing a unit. i told her about the housing program, the mayor's office, and i told her hey, you've got to do the six hour counseling and the 12 hour training. she said no, i want you to go with me. and then, the very next day that i went to the session, i notice this unit at 616
harrison became available, b.m.i. i was like wow, this could potentially work. housing purchases through the b.m.r. program with the sf mayor's office of housing, they are all lotteries, and for this one, i did win the lottery. there were three people that applied, and they pulled my number first. i won, despite the luck i'd had with the program in the last couple years. things are finally breaking my way. when i first saw the unit, even though i knew it was less than ideal conditions, and it was very junky, i could see what this place could be. it's slowly beginning to feel like home. i can definitely -- you know, once i got it painted and slowly getting my custom furniture to fit this unit because it's a specialized unit, and all the units are microinterms of being very small. this unit in terms of adaptive,
in terms of having a murphy bed, using the walls and ceiling, getting as much space as i can. it's slowly becoming home for me. it is great that san francisco has this program to address, let's say, the housing crisis that exists here in the bay area. it will slowly become home, and i am appreciative that it is a bright spot in an otherwise
>> hi, everybody. my name's london breed. i'm now mayor of the city and county of san francisco. thank you for coming here today. i just received a briefing from our local, state, and federal officials on disaster preparedness and making sure that we as a city are prepared for anything that could come our way, whether it's an earthquake, whether there's a terrorist threat, whether there's a fire or any other emergency. many of the officials standing behind me are the ones that will be in charge to help our city move forward and address
those particular issues. and one of the take aways from today's meeting is that we need to make sure that san franciscans are prepared. we need to make sure that you visit 72.org or alertsf because we know when a disaster hits, you know, sometimes, our resources are restrained. we know we can prepare as much as we can try on a city level, but ultimately, we want to make sure that every san franciscan is doing all that they can to prepare, as well. so that is the take away from this meeting as well as some of the things that we are definitely going to improve on, including making sure that many of our senior population, that we specifically do something to support what their address and concerns might be. i was actually -- actually, i grew up here right across the
street, and i was here during the '89 earthquake, and i remember the lights being out, and it being dark at night, and the power not coming on for days, and a number of other issues that occurred during that time. and so we can definitely learn from some of the things that have happened here in san francisco in the past, and i am excited that even during the time that i served as acting mayor, when we had a terrorist threat because of the men and women standing behind me, that was averted, and so that is the kind of thing we've done here in san francisco is to continue to coordinate with our state and federal officials to make sure that san francisco is in the best condition to address any issue. it's not a question of, you know, when is an earthquake coming. we don't know. we know the fact that it is going to potentially come because this is earthquake country. and so here in san francisco, it's important for us to be prepared, so please make sure
most important things that we need to do, and that is, of course, protect the public. and so having meetings and meeting with department heads, our public safety officials, and doing what's necessary to understand exactly what's happening now, and making the decisions to improve on what is already happening is important and what i plan to do. it will take time. there -- this problem that has existed in san francisco was not created overnight, so to get to a better place, it will take time. and so i am committed to working with all of our department heads and others for the purposes of getting to a better place. i love this city. i grew up here. i want it to be a cleaner city. i want it to be a safer city for all of our residents. i'm committed to safe injection sites and to doing our conservatorship program in a way that effectively helps address the challenges of mental illness, something that we know is impacting our
homeless population more than anything else, along with addiction -- challenges with addiction. and so i'm committed -- i'm started. i started, and i'm moving forward. when we can see the results is yet to be determined, but i'm looking forward to just really pushing forward as aggressively as i can to get the job done. [inaudible] >> what kind of push back are you anticipating from fellow members of the board -- [inaudible] >> well, actually, i'm not sure if you're aware, but about last week or two weeks ago -- the days are just blending right in together. i went to sacramento with supervisor rafael mandelman to support senator scott wiener's bill, sb 245.
he is a support of sb 1045, along with other members of the board of supervisors, and it passed through committee unanimously. i am hopeful -- i had a conversation with the governor about it. i'm hopeful it gets through. it got through the senate. hopefully, it'll get through the assembly, and if the governor signs the legislation, he would have to opt in for the purposes of using this tool here locally. and i'm feeling good about this particular legislation taking effect here in san francisco based on the support from the board of supervisors. maybe not all members of the board will support it, but i think that there's sufficient support to get it enacted here. >> in terms of emergency preparedness, were you just briefed or were you -- [inaudible] >> yes. [inaudible] >> i didn't hear the last part.
[inaudible] >> so it's not a rumor. ann kroneberg announced last week that she had plans to retire. as far as briefing, yes, there was definitely a conversation about a briefing, but also, again, the recommendation around making sure that our senior population is aware or prepared or gets the kinds of resources they need to be prepared for these natural disasters because not everyone's on the internet, not everyone has access to a cell phone, so we have to remember that we do have a vulnerable population here, and we need to make sure there's another system to outreach to them. so what we will do here in san francisco is look at what exists and improve upon our systems for the purposes of keeping all residents here in san francisco safe.
[inaudible] >> well, as you may know, greg, as a former member of the board of supervisors here in san francisco, i have had, really, the strongest environmental record on the board. pushing forward, our styrofoam ban, the save the bay ballot measure, getting cleanpowersf through this board, the single most important thing we can do to combat climate change. this is something that has to be an important part of what we do, in addition to getting our seawall prepared. so this is something that's really important to me, i know it's important to the governor, so i'm looking forward to this summit and the work that we hopefully will accomplish as a as a result of bringing leaders from all over the world here to
san francisco to discuss this really important issue. thank you for your question. >> and we have time for one more question. otherwise -- >> when do you plan to make your appointment to district 5? is that coming today or tomorrow? >> of course. as always, josh, you're always nosy, aren't you? i'm just kidding, josh. i will let you know when i make that appointment when i make the appointment. [inaudible] >> yes, i'm interviewing candidates. i'm talking to residents of the district. i've been talking to a lot of residents here in district 5, asking questions, what do they want to see in a supervisor, what are their recommendations? i've gotten a lot of e-mails, i've gotten a lot of phone c l calls, and so we're still working our way through the process. this is still my home. this is an amaze be community of people who -- amazing
community of people who have come together and been through a lot, so i want to make sure the supervisor, someone who is not focused on politics but who is focused on the people of this district. that is going to be so important, and someone, of course, that i can work with on the board for the purposes of continuing to do many of the things that we started here when i served as supervisor. >> have you narrowed it down to a certain number of people? >> yes. >> how many? >> i'm not going to tell you that. >> that's all we have time for. thank
san francisco, 911, what's the emergency? >> san francisco 911, police, fire and medical. >> the tenderloin. suspect with a six inch knife. >> he was trying to get into his car and was hit by a car. >> san francisco 911 what's the exact location of your emergency? >> welcome to the san francisco department of emergency management. my name is shannon bond and i'm the lead instructor for our dispatch add -- academy. i want to tell you about what we do here. >> this is san francisco 911. do you need police, fire or medical? >> san francisco police, dispatcher 82, how can i help you? >> you're helping people in their -- what may be their most vulnerable moment ever in life. so be able to provide them immediate help right then and there, it's really rewarding. >> our agency is a very combined agency. we answer emergency and
non-emergency calls and we also do dispatching for fire, for medical and we also do dispatching for police. >> we staff multiple call taking positions. as well as positions for police and fire dispatch. >> we have a priority 221. >> i wanted to become a dispatcher so i could help people. i really like people. i enjoy talking to people. this is a way that i thought that i could be involved with people every day. >> as a 911 dispatcher i am the first first responder. even though i never go on seen -- scene i'm the first one answering the phone call to calm the victim down and give them instruction. the information allows us to coordinate a response. police officers, firefighters, ambulances or any other agency. it is a great feeling when everyone gets to go home safely at the end of the day knowing that you've also saved a citizen's life. >> our department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365
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>> hi everybody, we down here at the /ep is a center which is our pop up space down here in san francisco where we operate a store front to educate the policy from the home owner who has center which is our pop up space down here in san francisco where we operate a store front to educate the policy from the home owner who has never done anything in the house to the most advanced structure engineers we have working around here. we we're going to here from kelly to talk a little bit about san francisco. how are you doing kelly? >> very well, thank you for having us here. >> in front of us, we have a typical soft story building. when i see this, i think this is some of the most beautiful architecture our city has. a lot of people don't know these are problematic buildings. why don't you tell us about some of the risks he we have in these buildings? >> soft stories are vulnerable in past earthquakes and the northridge earthquake to this type of
building and character of building. when we talk about the soft story, what we're talking about is generally a ground story that has less wall or other /pwraeugs to resist the lateral forces that might be imposed by the earthquake. so we're looking for something that is particularly weak or soft in this ground story. now, this is a wonderful example of what some of the residential buildings that are soft stories in san francisco look like. and the 1 thing that i would point out here is that the upper force of this building have residential units. they have not only a fair amount of wall around the exterior of the building but they also have very extensive walls in the interior and bathrooms and bedrooms and corridors and everything that has a certificate amount of brazing yea it's significantly less country
/srabl in those stories. now very often, we get even a garage or storage or sometimes commercial occupancy in this ground story. that very often not only has a whole lot less perimeter wall but it often has little or no wall on the interior. that wall is the earthquake bracing and so he see very significant bracing in the top floor and very little on the bottom. when the earthquake comes and hits, it tries to push that ground floor over and there's very little that keeps it from moving and degrading and eventually /paoerblly keeping it from a collapse occurring. so we know they're vulnerable because of this ground story collapsing >> is this only a problem we see in sentence france? san francisco? >> no, this is certainly a national problem. more acute in western
but more up to california, washington, moving out into other states. this kind of building exist and this kind of building is vulnerable. >> when you're involved with the community safety, this is a different way of thinking about these types of things. we had a community group of over 100 people involved and upper 1 of them. tell us about * how that conversation went. why did we decide as a city or a community to start fixing these types of buildings? >> there were a lot of aspects that were considered well beyond just the engineering answer that these are vulnerable. and that effort brought in a lot of people from different aspects of the community that looked at the importance of these buildings to the housing stock and the possible ramifications of losing this /houbgs in the case of an earthquake. the financial implications, the historic preserve vacation s implication as you mentioned, these are very
handsome looking buildings that are importance to the tourist city ask which make san francisco something that people are interested from outside in coming and visiting. >> it's such animation story when you think about the 10 years that the community spent talking about this /seurb but we actually did something about it. now we have an order unanimouses put in place to protect 100,000 residents in san francisco and retrospective in 2020. so on behalf of residents and employees in san francisco, we want to say thank you for the work you've done in pushing this forward and making people more aware of these issues. >> and it was a fantastic community effort. >> so in an earth quake, what happens in these kinds of buildings? >> what happens when an earthquake comes along is it moves the ground both horizontally and vertically.
it's mostly the horizontal that we're worried about. it starts moving the building back and forth and pushing on it. when you see i'm pushing on it, the upper stiff of the wall stay straight up but the lower floors, they actually collapse just like i did there. >> luckily, we can put this building right back up where it came from so it's a lot easier. now kelly, obviously these aren't real frame walls here but when you talk about buildings, what makes the property for stiff? >> the easiest and most cost-effective type of bracing you can put in is either put in a brand new wall or to potentially go in and strengthen a wall that's already there where you don't need to have an opening is where you maybe have a garage door or access to commercial space, you might go to a steel frame or other types of bracing systems that
provides the strength and stiff if necessary but at the same time, allows continued use of that area. but some combination of walls or frames or other tools that are in the tool kit that can bring the building up to the strength that's required in order to remove the vulnerability from the building so that when ground shaking comes, it in fact is a whole lot more resistant and less vulnerable. ideally, this story down here would be made as strong and stiff as the floors above. >> if i'm a property owner, what is the first thing i should do? >> the first thing you should do is find professional that can come in and help you evaluate your building in order to, 1, figure out that indeed it does need to be retro fitted and 2, give you some idea of what that retro fit might look like. and
third, evaluation and design to help you determine the retro fit requirement. >> well kelly, i can't thank you enough for being here today. thank you so much for your wealth of information on how we can take care of our soft story problem in san francisco. and you the viewer, if you have any questions, please feel free to visit our website >> my name is andrea, i work as a coordinator for the city attorney's office in san francisco. a lot of it is working with the public and trying to address their public records request and trying to get the information for their office.
i double majored in political science and always tried to combine both of those majors. i ended up doing a combination of doing a lot of communication for government. i thought it would connect both of my studies and what was i was interested in and show case some of the work that government is doing. >> i work for the transportation agency known as muni and i'm a senior work supervisor. >> i first started as a non-profit and came to san francisco and started to work and i realized i needed to work with people. this opportunity came up by way of an executive fellowship. they had a program at mta to work in workforce development type project and i definitely jumped on that. i didn't know this was
something that i wanted to do. all i knew is that i wanted to help people and i wanted to empower others. >> the environment that i grew up that a lot of women were just stay-at-home moms. it wasn't that they didn't have work, but it was cheaper to stay home and watch the kids instead of paying pricey day care centers. >> my mom came from el salvador during the civil war. she worked very hard. when she came here and limited in english, she had to do a service job. when i was born and she had other kids, it was difficult for her to work because it was more expensive for her to be able to continue to work in a job that didn't pay well instead of staying at home and being able to take care of us. >> there isn't much support or
advocacy for black women to come in and help them do their jobs. there also aren't very many role models and it can be very intimidating and sometimes you feel uncomfortable and unsure of yourself and those are the reasons exactly why you need to do it. when i first had the opportunity, i thought that's not for me. my previous role was a project manager for a biotech start up. i thought how do i go from technology to working in government. thinking i didn't know about my skills, how am i going to fit in and doing that kind of work. thinking you have to know everything is not what people expect have you, but they expect you to ask questions when you don't know and that's important. >> my mom was diagnosed with cancer. that was really difficult.
she encouraged me to go to school because in case anything happened i would be able to protect myself. i wanted to be in oncology. i thought going to school it would set me for the trajectory and prepare me for my life. >> we need the hardships to some of the things that are going to ultimately be your strength in the future. there is no way to map that out and no way to tell those things. you have to do things on your own and you have to experience and figure out life. >> you don't have to know what you are going to do for the rest of your life when you are in college or high school because there are so many things to do. i would encourage you to try to do everything that you are remotely interested. it's the best time to do it. being a