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also i want to acknowledge that anne initiated a multi-year project to update san francisco's aging public safety 800 megahertz radio system, so the first responders have reliable radios that communicate both inside and outside of the city. in addition to anne's local achievement, she is a national leader in the field of emergency management and the past six years served on the federal emergency management agency national advisory committee. advisory council, excuse me. also represents san francisco on the big cities emergency managers association board of directors where she is been a powerful mentor and influencer throughout the united states. anne, i want to say thank for your public service. thank you, the city of san francisco has been extremely lucky to have a leader like you. i'm grateful for your friendship and your mentorship over the
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years. i think you have friends and family also in the chamber with you here today. would anyone like to stand up and stand in acknowledgment for their love and support of anne cronenberg? thank you for being here. colleagues, join me in celebrating anne cronenberg. [applause] anne, i know this is a bittersweet moment, it is for all of us, there are several names on the roster that would like to speak before we hear from your remarks. and i first want to recognize my colleague, supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. anne, we are going to miss you. i will never forget when i just started at city hall as a
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legislative aide for supervisor comepose and you were at d.c.h. at the time and i came to meet with you to learn about your work and the department and you were so welcoming, and so kind, and so wonderful to me, and it struck me at the time and it stayed with me ever since. that's just who you are. and i think that you have been a, a mentor and someone so many of us have looked up to as an example of what it means to be an incredible leader in the community and public servant who lasts a long haul. you've been here in the city fighting your butt off for your entire life, and the city is so much better off for it. and i can't thank you enough for everything you have given. we are going to miss you a lot, and i hope you have an amazing retirement and have a blast. >> thank you.
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>> president cohen: supervisor tang. >> supervisor tang: thank you very much, director cronenberg, anne for all of your service. you invited all of us actually to go to the emergency dispatch center and there i truly got to see what an incredible operation that you have run there, and how hard all of your dispatchers work and all the things that they have to juggle during the time of emergencies, all the things they have to know, all the different people they have to contact and maintain calmness while helping all those in critical emergencies, and i just think you have done a fabulous job with the department and i always rest assured knowing that you have everything absolutely under control and that our city's incredibly safe and prepared for whatever might be thrown our way and you certainly personally have seen the city go through a lot over your years here. and so just want to really thank you for your service. bringing that incredible sense of professionalism to your job,
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keeping our city safe and protected. so, thank you and thank you to your entire team over there at d.m. as well. >> thank you, supervisor. >> president cohen: supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: anne cronenberg, i'm so bummed that i'm not going to be able to work with you more. but i want to thank you for your incredible graciousness in the few weeks that we are overlapping. i knew of anne before i knew anne cronenberg. not only have you done all that you have done in your city career over the last decades, but you got harvey milk elected. and i was five years old when you did that. >> oh, god. thanks, supervisor. >> sorry. but -- but the work that you all did on that campaign and the work that you did at that point in your career made it possible for every single queer supervisor who has been on this board since then to be there,
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and so i just, i want to thank you of course for all of your contributions to san francisco, but especially for that, everybody says, you know, i mean -- many people talk about what harvey would say about this or that thing, and most of us have absolutely no idea. you do. i don't. but i imagine he would be very, very proud of you. >> thank you. >> president cohen: supervisor fewer. >> supervisor fewer: yes, anne, i want to say thank you so much for keeping us safe here in san francisco and also the entire region. i also want to thank you in particular for everything you have done for my district, you know. having our emergency preparedness month, working so closely with my legislative aides in my office to make sure my residents, the most vulnerable among them are protected and that they know about the tsunami zone in my area and also they know how to get on the alert and i just can't thank you enough for all the service you have done for san francisco. i hope you have a wonderful
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retirement. a long and happy and healthy retirement. you absolutely deserve, after serving us for so long, you absolutely deserve a long, long time serving yourself. so, much luck and best wishes. thank you. >> well said, supervisor. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: anne cronenberg, i have known you in several of your different iterations, only a few of them given your true decades of public service but i knew you as an exemplary leader and employee and friend at the department of public health in my first go around where you were making s.r.o.s livable for the most vulnerable people in san francisco and then in your most recent incarnation in one of the toughest department head jobs that the city has where we work together, sometimes it was tough but we all did it for the same
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reason, which was to get 90% of our 911 calls answered within ten seconds, and you've now hit and surpassed those numbers exactly the way you said you would. it has been an honor and pleasure to have you as a friend and a mentor, and we are going to take care of your daughter, who works at the entertainment commission and is out there, hi, maggy, and we will call on you for advice and help because i know you have more institutional memory than pretty much any person in the city and county of san francisco's employment. thank you for everything, anne. >> thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you president cohen. anne, i think when i got to become a supervisor and one of the first invitations i received was to go visit the emergency --
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your office, where everything was happening, and i was so impressed with the operation and during that visit you went on to explain what was going on there, what -- what you folks actually did, and the fact that it felt like you had been short-handed for a while, not being able to hire at the time, and just doing an amazing job with the numbers of people and resources you had. and at that point, i said to you, you know, something, we have to change that, and we really got to get more resources. we have to get more people trained because your staff was going to burn out if we didn't do that. and you have done an amazing job. you basically, what i saw was i realized that later, i walked
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out and i think she was advocating, and trying to make it better, not only for the people working there, but actually for all san francisco to keep it, to keep us safer, so i think you know, we are going to -- i'm going to miss your effort and your leadership there and hopefully, i don't want to say, i don't want to feel less safe, but certainly -- certainly i'm hoping that whoever replaces you, that i'll feel as safe as you have kept the city for us. thank you very much, anne. >> president cohen: supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, president cohen. anne, i will never forget meeting you when i was an aide to a supervisor, i just watched the documentary the times of harvey milk and you walked in the office and said you were anne cronenberg and i was star
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struck, so happy to meet you. i was in awe of the passion with which you pushed one of the greatest causes of our time, which was the acceptance of our lgbtq community and working for the first openly gay supervisor who accomplished so much, what was displayed in that movie, i was awe struck by you when i first met you and then to get to work with you over time, to work when you were at d.p.h., and the c.p.m.c. legislation and everything they were working on and at d.e.m. to see how you have turned that place around, i've always been in awe of everything that you bring and i'm going to miss your warmth, your passion, your kindness, the history you bring into the building and the work, and i think you are one-of-a-kind and thank you for everything you have done for me over the years, you have always been there guiding me and encouraging me in my career and i'm really going to miss you. >> president cohen: thank you, supervisor.
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supervisor brown. >> supervisor brown: >> supervisor brown: hi en h ann anne, tensions were in and you were so calm, you kept your calm and your composure, and i thought wow, this woman is someone i need to model myself on. and i always think of that, you know, when i get in these situations that are stressful of how you just, you were very calm, you took what he said, and then you reacted in a way that was just so professional, but right on. right on target. and i just want to say thank you for all your service and when i heard that you were going to department of emergency management, the perfect job for her, if anyone can stay calm, it's here. thank you for all your years of service and i agree with supervisor stefani that it's
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amazing when we watch the movie and we, yeah, harvey milk and we realize like where you came from, and the legislative aides offices, i remember those in that movie and how horrible they were, very horrible. so, anyway, i just wanted to say thank you very much for all your years and we are going to really miss you, and i hope you are looking for that calm person out there to replace you. thank you. >> thank you, colleagues. >> anne, you have had a fantastic seat, a front row seat and also a hand in shaping this city. not only as a campaign manager for milk and watching how life has transformed for the lgbtq community but making sure everyone is safe and do it with such an even demeanor.
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impecable. i have admired you over the years and happy to bring you to the chamber to say thank you. i'll give you an opportunity to say a few remarks at this time and then afterwards invite you into the well so we can take a group shot. >> thank you. let me say i don't feel so calm this second. i have been before you dozens and dozens of times and walk in and it's not always the most pleasant experience, you know, but i know what your roles are, and what my role is, as a city department and city representative and we are both doing what we need to do to make things better for the residents and citizens of san francisco. today is so overwhelming to me. i go so far back that harvey rose was a city employee when i started working for harvey milk. and we had an intercom system, this is way the old days,
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sentrix system, one button at the end was the intercom, and when it went on, the aides had to push it, and this is harvey, and it's not my harvey. it was this harvey right here, so -- you know, we -- we go way back, and 40 years is a really long time and i feel so honored that i was able to spend my entire career in public service. my three children are here today, my adult children, and they are all continuing the same tradition of public service. i'm very proud of all three of them. many of their friends who i feel like are my children because we were raised them all together are also part of the city family now. it's -- really beautiful and i am -- i should be just like so excited about retirement, which i am, but it's -- it is very bittersweet. and this last job, the last
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seven and a half years at d.e.m. was the best. i mean, we had very difficult times, but i have to say, my staff is wonderful, a lot of them are here today. talk about the city's first first responders. you know, i could not do the job that our dispatchers do. they have, in my opinion, the hardest job in the city. [applause] and i want to thank everyone at d.e.m. for being so wonderful and taking care of the safety of all of our citizens, and really becoming a family to me. so, from my nuclear family, from my city family, thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> thank you, anne, why don't you come into the well so we can grab a shot. [cheering] [applause]
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>> all right, ladies and gentlemen. recognize supervisor tang at this time. >> supervisor tang: all right. thank you, and thank you once again at d.e.m. staff and anne cronenberg's family who is all here. i would like to bring up some individuals representing pier 39. i wanted to recognize them on the skip the straw campaign on the occasion that we are going to be voting on final reading our plastic straw ban here in san francisco. and so we have sue le vin here from pier 39, kathy paver, sherry ends, and george jacobs. and i do know that taylor stafford, president and c.e.o. of pier 39 wanted to be here but could not make it. we wanted to recognize pier 39
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today because they actually have started the skip the straw campaign ahead of our legislation here at the board of supervisors. more than 15 million guests come to pier 39 each year, so, as a city we really have that responsibility, or that opportunity to spread our message to visitors from all over the world and again, want to recognize pier 39 for seeing that opportunity and whether that is a message of love and acceptance of all or sustainability or stewardship and environment, that is something they have taken upon them now. so, the iconic pier 39, they have many merchants there, 13 full service restaurants, six eaterys, five treat shops, and all have reduced plastic consumption. out of the 24 places serving beverages to customers, 14 are switching entirely to paper straws, and many of them are also going to an on request model and providing straws only
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when customers ask for them. and pier 39 is also working with the blue and gold fleet and adventure cap sailing charter to skip the straw programmer campaign and visit the sea lion center to view "straws" every weekend through september 3rd. i was there when pier 39 kicked off the campaign and there were many other organizations there, including the last plastic straw and so forth. so, want to thank you for your leadership and demonstrating to all of us ahead of our legislation passing that it certainly is possible and especially to all the merchants you work with there who are trying to make this work, and i think can demonstrate to all of us that it works with your business models. so, thank you very much to pier 39 and now welcome you to say a few remarks. >> thank you. >> so many thanks to supervisor tang and the san francisco board of supervisors for recognizing pier 39 efforts to raise awareness and take action to
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prevent plastic pollution. i'm kathy paver, i run the marketing department at pier 39, and elated to report that all of our food service tenants embraced this idea and they are committed to refusing plastic straws from being used on our waterfront. so, we are hopefully just the beginning of a much bigger initiative. so, each one of our individually owned and operated restaurants and cafes have joined our team, and really to take this affirmative step to reduce the impact of plastic pollution that is having on our waterways and wildlife. so, going to straws only upon request or converting to paper straws exclusively is now our way of life at the pier. so, seeing 50 million people each year, our commitment to the strip -- excuse me, skip the straw campaign would not have
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been possible without our restaurant owners and aquarium at the bay and other nonprofits we would like to acknowledge. the last plastic straw, last conserve van si. it's imperative it does not stop at the piers borders. a new section on the website devoted to the skip the straw campaign and visitors can learn about our program's initiatives, key information on solutions and resources for educational programs. >> hi, i just want to say that timing of the skip the straw campaign for pier 39 was perfect. it's summer, we are greeting millions of guests, local, national, international, our opportunity to really educate all these visitors on the skip the straw movement.
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we partnered with our friends, george and his team from aquarium of the bay and we are showing throughout the summer season, each weekend during the summer season, we are showing the award winning documentary "straws." in addition, aquarium of the bay has put together an exhibit that is on the perils of microplastic pollution. again, further strengthening all that, strengthening and informing our visitors and kathy and i want to thank you george and his team, you are extraordinary. and two organizations have really helped pier 39 guide us and educate us on how to roll out this program. sherry anes, she is with the fund for sustainable tomorrow. organization that's sole purpose is bring about social change. the focus is through impactful documentaries.
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"straws," is a documentary and it's an educational impactful campaign that was created and is managed through the video project. these, both of these organizations came to pier 39 through the management team. they sat down, showed us the film and it was a no-brainer. we said absolutely yes, especially attraction on the san francisco waterfront. and you know, our goal is to educate as many visitors as we can that even they just by skipping the straw can make a difference in our environment. and thank you so much for the recognition. it's very much appreciated. >> thank you for the kind words. i'm george jacob, presidency, one of the six organizations. we are deeply privileged to
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serve children every year, and not only showing straws at sea lion center but the aquarium, and a new exhibit that talks about the perils of microplastics and the impact that it has on food consumption patterns of sharks and other animals in the bay. so, again, thank you very much for this honor. thank you. >> sherry, from the fund for sustainable tomorrows and i want to just recognize the leadership of the aquarium and pier 39 in taking these steps, and also thank katy for helping us and you know, making this as visible an opportunity, and i would like to say that what's most important to us, you are taking steps in terms of the ordinance and our getting ahead of the ways, is already creating momentum that we had not
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anticipated but we hoped for, and so i would also like you to know that more news is coming, that last week the fisherman's wharf merchant's association and the fisherman's wharf community benefit district instructed its sustainable committee to develop a plan so that this movement would be adopted by the neighboring community, and it's our hope to every perhaps six months give you a report on how it's spreading and how we are having an opportunity to educate people from all over the world who don't really know what it is that we are doing here in san francisco. so, thank you to everybody. [applause] >> president cohen: congratulations. >> thank you.
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>> madam clerk, 3:19 and i believe we have a special order on the agenda. items 50 through 53. >> clerk: 50, hearing of persons interested in a community plan evaluation by the planning department under the california environmental quality act on march 19, 2018. for the proposed project at 429 beale street and 430 main street to merge two existing lots into 18,906 square foot lot, demolishing existing buildings and constructing nine-story tall buildings. and proposed project exempt from further environmental review. item 52 and 53, motions to conditionally reverse the determination and a motion to direct the preparation of findings. and on friday, july 27th, my office received a communication
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from dane inns, requesting to withdrawal his appeal of the application for the project. >> supervisor kim: thank you, as our clerk has mentioned, the appellant has withdrawn this appeal, and so i know that we still need to hear item number 50 but i will be making a motion to table 51 through 53 after public comment. >> president cohen: thank you. any members of the public who wish to provide public comment with the understanding the appeal has already been withdrawn? seeing no speakers, public comment is now closed. >> supervisor kim: thank you, president cohen. i would like to make a motion to table item 51. no. >> president cohen: city attorney. >> deputy city attorney. in this situation, the board should approve the department's
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determination that you would pass 51 and tabling 52 and 53. >> president cohen: thank you. >> supervisor kim: making a motion to affirm the committee plan evaluation, approving 51, tabling 52 and 53. >> president cohen: seconded by supervisor peskin. hearing have been filed and without objection. that objection, the motions are approved and tabled. please call item 26. >> president cohen: 26, ordinance to amend the planning code to allow catering as an accessory use to limited restaurants under certain conditions and to affirm the determination and make the appropriate findings. >> president cohen: roll call on this. [roll call vote taken]
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>> president cohen: without objection, passes unanimously. next item. >> clerk: item 27, ordinance to amend the planning code to amend the housing opportunities mean equity san francisco, home-sf program, revise the amount of inclusionary housing and projects for complete environmental evaluation applications submitted on or before december 31, 2019, planning review commission for
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100% affordable housing to establish duties for the technical advisory committee and affirm the ceqa determination. >> ordinance passes unanimously. next item. >> clerk: item 28, create a two-year pilot program to remove public notice and planning commission review for certain uses in certain neighborhood districts zoning districts in 4 and 11. >> president cohen: same house, same call. ordinance passes unanimously. >> clerk: 29, ordinance to amend the environment code to prohibit single use service ware made with certain chemicals, provided only upon request. require reasonable beverage cups that necessitate a city permit
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or city owned facility. >> president cohen: same call. >> thank you very much, colleagues, i wanted to speak to the item since i was not able to do so last week. thank you very much to the many co-sponsors of this particular item as you saw from the commendation that just took place at 2:30 or shortly thereafter, there are so many establishments and entities and organizations trying to reduce the use of single use plastics in our environment right now. and certainly many of those businesses and even bars that have contacted my office are showing that it is actually very much possible, in fact, this is my lunch today, i have a boba in a reusable jar and a metal straw. i know there's been a lot of news coverage of how it is that we are going to survive without being able to use plastic
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straws. i think it is possible. similar to the plastic bag ordinance first sponsored by supervisor merkurini, and maybe supervisor brown remembers, a lot of fear, anxiety and complaints how it is we were going to comply with the bag ordinance and the composting ordinance came along and people were also, you know, very anxious about well, it's going to smell up our garage with all the bins that we have to throw our compostable materials in and now it's a normal part of the lives and this is the same with the plastic straw ban, which is that we do as consumers have to take responsibility over our use of single use plastics and what it is actually doing to our environment. and if the fact that our ocean will soon be filled with more plastic than fish does not scare you, then i don't know what will. but to me, it is a very scary thought and we do need to again as consumers be aware of this, and change a bit of our behavior.
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frankly, i actually wanted to go broader with the legislation but really dialed it back because we wanted to do something that was smaller scale and would be easily adaptable for people. i do want to thank our department environment because if this legislation passes, they have a lot of work to do in terms of working with all the small businesses or retailers in general, in general, different vendor, different venue, i mean, events. there's a lot of outreach that needs to be done to make sure that we are setting people up for success in this. we are not here to play gotcha, and get restaurants in trouble or so forth, we really want to make sure this works for everybody. and speaking of working for everybody, i know i have heard a lot and i've seen a lot of news reports about the disabilities community. i'll just say that i am actually the author of legislation here in san francisco that i introduced back in 2015 trying
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to make city-wide all of our places of public accommodation accessible, entrances accessible to everybody. and this legislation was ground breaking, the first of its kind in the nation and frankly i'm surprised there was not more attention around that effort and how it is we can get people with disabilities into public accommodation to ask for a straw if they need one. so i have heard a lot of issues around not being able to access plastic straws, and we thought about this, before we introduced the legislation. first and foremost a provision that exempts compliance with that ordinance for those with medical purposes who need a straw. we have a duplicated version of this file in which we will further amend that language to specifically spell out issues for those with disabilities, but the intent behind the provision
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in the legislation is actually already there. i want to note that there are some folks who have asked if we could have a provision in the legislation that mandates that restaurants or retailers actually carry plastic straws for disabilities or medical needs. i want to note that there are several, or many restaurants, many entities that don't even offer straws in the first place to customers, and so that is a whole other issue where i think i don't want that to be conflated with the fact we are exempting businesses or retailers from complying with the ordinance. again, if there is a medical reason behind it and no one is asking any one to have to demonstrate that they have a medical or disability need for a plastic straw at all. and so that's something that we will continue further discussion on, but again our ordinance does have a provision to exempt those situations where someone needs a straw for medical purpose. so, with that said, colleagues,
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again, i want to thank the many co-sponsors on this. i think once the legislation is adopted, we will see that manufacturers, they will rise to the occasion and they will produce products that we will all be able to use and so we are not trying to deprive anyone of their boba experience. we will certainly continue working on all the education outreach that needs to accompany the legislation. thank to everyone working on this, including department of environment, surf rider foundation, last plastic straw and organizations like pier 39 that are already trying to demonstrate that this, it's possible to comply with this legislation even before we pass it. so, thank you, colleagues. [please stand by]
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hearings where many, many brave survivors came forward and told their stories of being rained, of being sexually assaulted, and then facing horrible treatment by several city departments. it's been a long time coming, and i feel very hopeful that the creation of this department will not only reverse the trend so that we're not only treating survivors poorly, but that we can hopefully become cutting edge and the best in the nation on how we respect, treat survivors with dignity, and help them navigate the really difficult process of gaining justice, accountability, and
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healing from sexual assaults and harassment. with today's vote, we are disrupting the current culture of minimizing victims and their cases, a culture of injustice. as a city, we are sending a message that every sexual assault and every sexual harassment survivor deserves respect. the office of sexual harassment and assault response and prevention will address complaints about city department failures, it will promote transparency, and it'll develop policies to improve systemic responses to sexual assault and sexual harassment in san francisco. the creation of this office would not have been possible without the brave survivors that have come forward to share their stories and that have collaborated from day one with my office to prevent more survivors from going through this nightmare. i want to give a very, very special thanks to six women who
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brought this to my attention, who brainstormed solutions, and then who led the effort to get the word out and fight. one of them is here with us today, jane doe, thank you so much for everything that you've done to fight to make change after experiencing an unimaginable horrific crime. i can't tell you how much you've moved me and how much you've done to turn one of the worst situations in your entire life into something really positive. i also want to thank tiffany and rachel and donna and whitney and maria and an incredibly huge hug and special thanks to my legislative aide, carolina morales, who's sick at home but who's probably watching, and who poured her heart and soul and brilliant brain into creating an effective piece of legislation
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that doesn't just create more bureaucracy or more city positions but is very thoughtfully crafted to put a dent in this massive issue and problem in our society.
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i want to thank my colleagues for being with us every step of the way on this, especially i wanted to thank supervisor kathrin stefani who partners with me from the very beginning on this legislation. it feels really great to be here today and really, really great to be making a dent in this problem. >> president cohen: thank you, supervisor. any other discussion, colleagues? we can take this item, same house, same call? without objection, the ordinance passes unanimously. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: madam clerk, items 33 and 34. >> clerk: these are two resolutions that improve modification to airport services professional agreements. item 33 modifies -- this is a sixth modification to a program management support service for the airport security
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infrastructure program between faith group and the see for 13.7 million and to extend the term to december 31, 2019. and item 34 approves the fourth modification to a project management support service for the terminal three west modernization project between wcemjc and the city and extending the term through april 4, 2019. >> president cohen: all right. if we can take these items same house, same call. without objection, these items pass unanimously. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: madam clerk, next item. >> clerk: item 35 authorize officials to execute and file on behalf of the city for the purpose of obtaining state and federal financial assistance, including the federal fiscal year 2018 urban area security initiatives grant, the state homeland security grant program, the emergency management performance grant and the local government oil
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spill contingency grant program. >> president cohen: all right. we can take this, colleagues, same house, same call. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: all right. next item. >> clerk: an ordinance amending the business and tax regulations code and administrative code to allocate a portion of hotel tax revenues for arts and cultural purposes and to remove objects lawsuit purposes and to remove the ceqa -- >> president cohen: supervisor tang? >> supervisor tang: this is a wonderful measure that i'm teaming up with supervisor ronen on. we are hoping to have voters vote on this in november where we are trying to restore the historic link between our hotel revenues that are dedicated to arts funding. i grew up in our public school system here in san francisco
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learning how to play the flute, and did that for seven years and was able to benefit from my public arts school education and that was an incredible part of my life. i thought i might become at one point a professional musician, and i hope that we'll be able to pass this measure and be able to foster a sense of art and culture in our young -- young students coming up, growing up in san francisco. but also for the millions of visitors that come to our city who want to enjoy this rich cultural experience here. in the early 2000's, around 2003, unfortunately, the link between this hotel tax revenue and arts funding was broken, but our city had continued to invest funding in iarts. of course it's never enough, and we're hoping that bypassing this measure in november , we'll not only be able to invest in all the different organizations and resources that we have as a city done so
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in previous years, but also for new efforts, such as supporting cultural districts and also for more grant opportunities so that we can spread our love for art throughout more neighborhoods in san francisco. representing the sunset, unfortunately, we don't have a whole lot of art investment out there because we just don't have a whole lot of development happening there. so in essence, we don't get that percentage of art funding that usually comes and is required with development. so we are so excited to be able to work on this issue, but i have to give big thanks for the arts coalition as well as prop f that occurred, that effort that took place previously. there's so many different organizations, it's been a really beautiful moment to see everyone come together. i want to thank the arts commission for -- for just
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really helping us bring everyone together as well as there's so many others to thank. i have to thank the controller's office. thank you, supervisor peskin and sonny and my staff from my office for their work on this. >> president cohen: thank you. supervisor brown.
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>> we had the first cultural district, japantown, and we started working on this oh, 10, 11 years ago, to actually create the first cultural district in japantown. and it was exciting that we actually got it through. but given the decline and disappearance of so many other japantowns across the country, it really was a priority. we needed a strategy for sustaining this important cultural community in san francisco. and our japantown in san francisco is the oldest japantown in the country and is only three others remaining in the nation down from as many as 40 at one time from the turn of the century.
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so these cultural centers are the last of the major japanese communities to survive the forced evacuation and incarceration of japanese americans during world war ii, and later, the urban renewal of the 50's and 60's. cultur cultural strategies have the potential to bring neighborhoods together, so i just want to thank everybody that worked on this. this is really good legislation. >> president cohen: thank you. supervisor yee? >> supervisor yee: i was just wondering what impact this legislation would have with existing set asides. i know that prop s had an impact that i was concerned about. i don't know. this was different, but could you explain? >> sure. through the chair, to supervisor -- to supervisor
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yee, so yes, that is why i had to thank the controller's office and the mayor's budget office because they did figure out a way, they presented the arts coalition different options, and they all had different scenarios. this has a very minuimal one. but essentially the way they were able to build in the extra room to fund new services was by taking what the natural hotel and tax revenues, which was, correct me if i am wrong, about 4.5% each year. so we were able to take that projected growth over time and take that to use it to fund cultural districts. so there is a very minimal impact but it's nowhere near what it would have been when prop s was there, which combined arts and homeless
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funding. >> i can defer to our city controller if -- to answer in a more technical sense. >> good afternoon, supervisors. ben rosenfield. through the supervisor yee, no, this basically takes 1.5% of our current 14% hotel tax and converts it to a dedicated tax. then that growth within that 1.5% remains within that 1.5%,
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under lying the remainder of the -- would remain in the general hotel fund, and the portion of that tax would continue to feed the other baselines. [please stand by]
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for a very worthy societial good and i look forward to working with all of you and the coalition to get this passed by a two-thirds super majority in 98 days from today. >> all right. thank you supervisor yee. >> can i add as a c co-sponsor. >> thank you, madam president. any other discussions? all right, thank you colleagues. we can take this item same house aim call. the motion passes unanimously. and of course, next item. >> item 37 is a motion to order submitted to the voters at an
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election to be held on november 6th, 2018 in ordinance amending the business and tax regulations code to add a tax gore transportation network company services, private transit vehicles and autonomous passenger vehicle services. >> shall this motion be approved, please, call the roll. >> mr. peskin. >> thank you, madam president. colleagues, what a strange trip this one has been. i want to start, actually, by going back to last year when mayor lee and myself actually steve kava and my chief-of-staff did all of the work. convened the traffic task force which was some $22 billion in need between now and 2045 as it
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relates to transportation funding both on the capital side and the operating side. in my incarnation as the chair of the county transportation authority, have been very serious about meeting one of those goals, which is a stable source of local funding in the amount of $100 million a year between now and 2045 to match federal and state grants, appropriations, together with the half billion dollar general obligation bond that the voters saw fit to pass in 2014. and to that end, i came to this board with the transit sustainability fee increase and i thank you for the unanimous vote on that. it should ink out $10 million a year towards that $100 million that we need and then supervisor kim came up with something that has been popping up around the united states as it relates to
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transportation network companies, read uber, lyft and that was a per-ride fee. other municipalities have been looking at that to deal with the issues of congestion and impacts to the public realm whether it's street resurfacing and pedestrian safety and transit operations, law enforcement around transportation issues and the list goes on and on and of course, we were pre-empted by state law so unlike the city of portland, the state of massachusetts, the city of work, and california we do not have that option. so instead, we developed what is before you today and that was a gross receipt category for transportation network companies and they were not excited about this issue and while i've certainly been quite vocal about t.n.c.s and their impact on
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san francisco relative to congestion, relative to the taxi industry and other things, i have to say over the last month, we have had very productive conversations that concluded today wherein our former assessor, today, chair of the budget committee fill tape with the support and former supervisor now state senator scott wiener as well as assembly member david chu, the entire local sacramento legislative delegation, have with uber and lyft support agreed to produce a bill, with any luck at all, by a majority vote of both houses in the state, will be law by the first day of january of 2018 -- i'm sorry, 2019. that will allow us to actually go to the ballot in november and do what portland has done and have a per ride sur charge so there's a direction next us between the impact and our fund
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to transportation improvement this is san francisco. there are details but it is a 3.25% sur charge at its highest. we want to have a. d.a. rides so there's no charge on those. rides where there are multiple individuals that and it's a one and a half percent charge. i will give you all of that. i want to thank assembly member tinge as well as senator wiener and chu as well as the folks at lyft and uber who really, i think, want to turn the page and become a part of the solution and finally, it wouldn't have happened without my chief-of-staff whom i am profoundly thankful and madam president, i would like to make a motion to table item


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