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so i'll just periodically reporting those just so you have an idea. at the office, we are beginning to see an increase in calls from small businesses who are also the owners of their property, so just feeling a little more comfortable talking to our office to really kind of understand sort of how they need to navigate this regulation and what supports are out there for them. so we've been having conversations with them. and then, we are also getting calls from businesses who the property owner is saying you need to do this, you need to deal with it. and i would say 95% of these businesses are on month to month -- they're month to month. so they feel -- they're very concerned if they give any push back then they may lose the opportunity to stay in their space. so we're working on that. we're working with those businesses. and then, sb 1397 in 2017
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increased that we used to collect $1 fee to apply to disability and disability access fund. it now increased it to $4. 90% of that $4 now stays within the local municipality. before it was only 75%. so we are first required to make sure that the funding goes to city departments who need to have employees go through training and certification for becoming a certified access specialist. and so we have started working with the mayor's office on disability, public works, the mayor's office of housing and historic preservation is interested having a couple staff go through the training but not the certification. d.b.i. has declined using the funds, saying that they have enough funds to cover their certification and training. so then, the next step is for
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rhea and i are now beginning to work on how we will programatically utilize those funds. we anticipate we will see, we will know exactly how much funds were collected at the end of august, maybe a little bit sooner from the controller's office because the vast majority of the business registration collection and the collection of this funding happens at the end of may, right? business registration's due at the end of may. so we'll know that probably beginning of august. we anticipate somewhere around $250,000 for us to work with. so there is still interest -- funding for the subsidized cast, we'll be looking at how much of this will be utilized
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to continue the c.a.s. inspection, and how much will be used for businesses who are put in the position where the owner does not want to be put in the position of upgrading the entryway to help those businesses. legacy business, tomorrow is our meeting with the osaki creative group, and hopefully, we will be finalizing our logo for the legacy business program. and we are accepting applications for the business assistance grant through september 30 of this year. legislatively, i want to provide some updates. so there were some cannabis ordinances that were put through because of the nature of the timing and needing to get them through, and the timing of our meetings, we were not able to hear them, but i just wanted to make sure that you were aware of them. so there was an ordinance that allowed a waiver and refund of
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investigation fees imposed by the building code for persons -- or businesses or persons that were registered with the office of cannabis. this waiver fund does expire at the end of this year. also, there was an ordinance with the -- we know about the labor peace agreements. we had discussed that, and that passed by the board of supervisors. and then, there was an ordinance amending the health code to allow the director of the public health, excuse me, to extend, and the director, office of cannabis, to extend the 90-day period to allow a 90-day extension because they were having problems ensuring that inspections were happening in a period of time. and so not to penalize the business, it offered the health department and the office of cannabis just to do a 90-day
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extension on the permit application. and then, there was a charter amendment that was introduced, again, to create a cannabis commission. this was heard at the ruled committee on 6-20, and it's being continued to the call of the chair, which means at this point that that particular thing is not going to be moving forward whatsoever. i do want -- and that was introduced by supervisor fewer's office. so we will see if she decides to move forward anything. again, this is her second time for introducing legislation to create a cannabis commission. and then, still, to be scheduled is the cannabis retail and medical cannabis dispensaries in chinatown, basically, to ban those in chinatown. as this week at the budget and finance committee, there's several initiative ordinances
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that, again, timing wise, have to get through the process if they are going to be on the november 6 ballot. so there's a -- one hotel tax allocations allowing for a portion of the hotel tax revenue for arts and cultural purposes and to remove obsolete provisions. and then, there's a second initiative ordinance with the business and tax regulation, so it's a gross receipt tax on transportation network company services. so creating a specific classification, private transit vehicle services and autonomous vehicle passenger services, so creating a specific classification for that. and then, another initiative ordinance, adding a gross receipts tax on cannabis. so again, a specific classification for gross
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receipts for those entities. at the next meeting, we'll have a presentation from the sfmta on the geary b.r.t. they're wrapping up their outreach, so -- and are planning to start that project soon. and then, tentative, supervisor safai has introduced legislation to deal with the large apartment buildings and refuge where apparent -- i mean, i know this from a friend of mine who was an apartment manager. the challenges that they are having in that the garbage is not being sorted well between the black, blue, and green bins, things are getting mixed up, and so it's actually
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costing recology a great deal of many to -- it's -- money to -- it's either contaminates garbage, the compost is contaminated or recycling, so it's li it's legislation that's going to address that. and then i wanted to make sure we had a new list of the business itemed that have come up at the commission, but i haven't had a chance to really work on them. so an update on the equity program for cannabis businesses, where are we on that and the permitting process? we've already talked about the construction mitigation, so i'm working with jorge rivas to prepare a presentation for the commission. commercial ownership for o.s.b. to develop a program informing businesses of commercial ownership and emphasis on storefronts. this is actually on our to-do,
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for the legacy business for this calendar year, and there's active interest for a couple of the supervisors to really have the department develop a program and a set of recommendations. so -- and then, the planning -- public works, the d.p.w. fee, soft stories on the tier four properties, and then, tobacco, the implementation of the ban on flavored tobacco, and then, a review of all regulations regarding tobacco. so that's what i have on the new business list for the department to do. i'll discuss it in more detail with the president and the vice president sort of in terms of prioritizing -- prioritizing this with the fact that there's just me at this particular point in time dealing with the
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policy stuff. that said, moving on in regards to it just being me, the posting for the secretary position concluded on july 3, so the next step is for me to get a list of the applicants from the department of human resources. i'm hoping to get that this week, and then, from there, i'll be able to go through them and make a selection for whom to interview. i have the list of our ongoing workshops that martha does. and then, just providing you with a list of the back meeting minutes. so what my goal is for the commission meeting minutes that commissioner corby wasn't part of is to do them in one meeting so that he doesn't have to continue to ask for recusal one meeting at a time, so that's my goal on that. so that is my director's report, and if you -- i'm happy to take any questions. >> do you have any questions? >> i just wonder, where are we
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with the determination of we're planning for for formula retail on-line? i think it's a very important thing to discuss because it's already stampeding forward of large companies. even amazon, people like this aren't opening brick and mortar, and we need to have a determination whether there will be, under the formula retail -- >> that's correct. so at this point, my -- the request, in terms of how it needs to be formulated is the draft -- i have not been able to submit it to the planning department just in terms of band width, just in terms of the amount of work that's been on my plate. so i am nearly done in completing the request. it's -- i want to make sure that i'm getting all elements addressed and in one letter so that there's not a lot of back
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and forth with it. >> great. thank you. >> thank you. >> do we have any members of the public who'd like to make comment on the director's report. seeing none, public comment is closed. anymore questions for the director? seeing none, next item, please. >> clerk: item seven, commissioner's reports. allows president, vice president and commissioners to report on recent small business activities and make announcements that are of interest to the small business community. discussion item. >> yeah, the only thing i have to say is i'll be representing small business this saturday with the mayor's new transition team, so i'll -- anybody has any small business, i've already been in contact with scott and paul on items that they want me to bring up. if anybody else has any items, feel free to let me know before saturday. commissioner ortiz? >> just want to thank
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supervisor ronen. we met last week with several businesses in the mission. we met at regalito restaurant, and it was a nice change because it was just introductions, and also to inform businesses that they have support, that they have a voice, especially for those that english is not their first language. so it was just a different kind of pace, hey, you have a small business commissioner here to help, you have an organization that can help, and you have a direct line to your supervisor. i want to thank the supervisor. >> great. thank you. commissioner dooley? >> we just recently worked together with all the neighborhood associations to update a north beach vacancy report which showed a pretty big uptick in vacancies, so that information will be an article in hoodline soon,
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because i do feel that many of the reasons for having vacancies are going to be seen as citywide. >> yeah. >> so we just wanted to get it out there, put it down, and, you know, put it in a -- >> and put it citywide, too, with their -- >> they will. they will, because it's pretty interesting to see. there's just so many problems in all of our neighborhoods right now. you know, construction problems, digging up the streets. there's just so many reasons right now that -- retrofits. when you go through, and you see the list, you go well, of course. >> good. i'm glad they're doing that. any other commissioner comments? do we have any members of the public who would like to make comment on commissioner comments? seeing none, public comment is closed. new business. does anybody have any new business? >> i do.
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>> would you like me to read it? >> commissioner dooley? >> yeah. i was just recently contacted by art agnos about an issue he was interested in seeing if we'd like to address, which was there was an article about how the owners of la taqueria had to pay $500,000 on labor fines, and if there is something on a yearly basis that we can do to remind these folks that don't always seem to be aware of these regulations, be it a seminar, be it a mailer, to do something to try to ward off this type of situation in the future. >> going to note that for future business. that's a good one. i saw that article. >> yep. >> okay. any other new business? any members of the public that would like to recommend new business? seeing none, public comment is
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closed. >> clerk: sfgovtv, please show the office of small business slide. >> and again, it is our custom to begin and end each commission meeting with a reminder that the office of small business is the only place to start your new business in san francisco and the best place to get answers to your questions about doing business in san francisco, and the san francisco small business commission is the official public forum to voice your opinions and concerns about policies that affect the economic vitality of small businesses in san francisco. if you need assistance with your small business matters, start here at the office of small business. next item, please. >> clerk: item nine, adjournment, action item. >> move to adjourn. >> second. >> all in favor? we're adjourned. >> motion passes 6-0, with one
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absent. meeting is adjourned at 7:18 p.m.
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>> manufacturing in cities creates this perfect platform
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for people to earn livelihoods and for people to create more economic prosperity. i'm kate sosa. i'm cofounder and ceo of sf made. sf made is a public private partnership in the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow.
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for example, it would be traditional things like helping them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education. we have had some great experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the most recent example was one that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help
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companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco. i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san francisco. we started our line with wedding gowns, and about a year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle
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company. we sell bikes made here for people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care about good design, and people like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my
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pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room, i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're making everything here locally. over the last few years, we've been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us,
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so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to wear perspective and making things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a he hwedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that
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it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the opportunities that we've been blessed with economically and socially as possible, broadening that >> i lived in the mission neighborhood for seven years and before that the excel see your district. 20 years a resident of the city and county of san francisco. i am the executive director of a
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local art space nonprofit that showcases work that relate to the latino community and i have been in this building for seven years and some of my neighbors have been here 30 year. we were notified from the landlord he was going to sell the building. when we realized it was happening it was no longer a thought for the landlord and i sort of had a moment of panic. i heard about the small sites program through my work with the mission economic agency and at met with folks from the mayor's housing program because they wanted to utilize the program. we are dealing with families with different needs and capacities. conversations were had early in the morning because that is the
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only time that all the tenants were in the building and finally when we realized that meda did have the resources to buy the building we went on a letter writing campaign to the landlord and said to him we understand you want to sell your building, we understand what you are asking for and you are entitled to it, it's your land, but please work with us. what i love about ber nell height it represents the diversity that made me fall in love with san francisco. we have a lot of mom and pop shops and you can get all your resources within walking distance. my favorite air area of my homes my little small patio where i
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can start my morning and have my coffee an is a sweet spot for me and i a>> we have a wonderful adult ceramic class. we offer over 10 adult classes in morning and evening. it accommodates people who work in the day, people who work in the evening, people who are day people and night people. we try to cater to the whole group. it's beyond just a clay lesson. it's really a lifeless on. when you meet people you never know what's underneath. sometimes they show you what they want to. and you kind of expect that it's just going
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to be that. but it's never really what's on the surface. it's really what's underneath the surface . that's what i try to get at when i do my clay. the camaraderie that we have here. we have students that have been for for many many years. we have students here for the first time. we share our skills, our formulas. this is how we learn. how did you do that? let me show you. that's the attitude that the students and the teachers have here. it's a really wonderful nurturing place.
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[applause] >> the hon. london breed: hi, everybody. i am so excited to be here today to sign my first budget as mayor. thank you all for joining us today. today's budget is really a team effort. it involved so many of you here who made this possible coming together to put together what is going to be, i think, one of the best budgets to implement what we know are our priorities so we can see change on our streets here in san francisco every day. i'd like to thank our board president, malia cohen, who's here today to lead the budget process along with members of the budget and committee,
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supervisor stefani, supervisor fewer, and supervisor yee. and i'd also like to thank members of the board of supervisors who are here today. supervisor mandelman, supervisor brown, supervisor satisfy tang, a safai, and supervisor tang, and all the budget and legislative analysts who will be fighting me, and the director of the mayor's budget office, kelly ki kirkpoint rick. yes, you can give all those people a hand. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: you know, these are really challenging times for our nation, and we have a federal administration pursuing an agenda that threatens our core values and dismantles programs
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for people that we know that need them the most. but this is not the first time that san francisco has faced threats from the federal government and sadly won't be the last. now more than ever our city must respond by protecting our values, protecting our residents and making smart investments for the future of our city. this budget is a clear reflection of our priorities, a clear demonstration of how we will invest our process perin making sure that there is equity and inclusion. and we are happy to be here today at bishop swain community house because my top priority as mayor is homelessness. we need to get people out of tents, off the streets and into the care and shelters that they need. and bishop swain, a permanent -- we'll just let that go by. we're going to ban helicopters
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in the city. this will be a permanent housing site for formerly homeless individuals does exactly what we want to see happen in our city. i met earlier with some residents here, and it is clear that our problem with homelessness is not intractable. budget investments like the ones we are making today change people's lives. michael, who i met here, was homeless for three years, sleeping in his van, living on the streets, sleeping in golden gate park after he lost his job of 14 years. he is now housed and living a great life. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: brenda is here today, as well. -- oh, brenda, is it okay? i better not tell your age.
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homeless for four years before being connected to bishop swain by the sanctuary, a 24 hour shelter in the south of market neighborhood, these two examples are what happens when we provide a safe environment and permanent, supportive housing where we can make real progress. and the budget includes $60 million in new funding for critical homeless services and programs which will include 430 new permanent supportive housing units over the next two years. now we know it's not enough to get people indoors. once they get the care and the assistance they need, we are committed to providing permanent, affordable housing and doing more to make sure we ensure housing in our city. $4.4 million will go to operate
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a navigation center specifically for transitional age youth -- that's young people between the ages of 18 and 24. $12 million is allocated to expand rapid rehousing programs for youths and adults, and $2 million will go towards creating two access points to families and residents struggling with homelessness. additionally, this budget will fund four new navigation center facilities, including one that specifically works with women and expecting mothers. these navigation centers go beyond the traditional shelters in offering intensive counseling and services to help people break the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness. we're investing $6 million to create a dedicated street medicine team, a first in the
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nation program, to bring treatment directly to people suffering with addiction on our streets. finally, we know the best way to fight homelessness is to keep people housed in the first place. this past election, voters approved proposition f, which provides a right to counsel for tenants who face eviction, and i'm proud that this board and this mayor is investing $5.8 million to fund this program. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: additionally, we are reviewing our -- renewing our commitment to creating and preserving affordable housing by investing more than $800 million to construct and preserve over 3,000 units of affordable housing. while we work to help our homeless population into care and shelter, it is clear that
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the daily conditions on our streets are unacceptable. i'm committed to cleaning up our city. i want people in san francisco, when they walk out the door, to feel the difference when they step outside. this will take a focused, sustained effort, and we're making the investments to make this happen. in addition to the $67 million that we are currently spending on street cleaning, $13 million in new funding over the next two years will go to fund comprehensive efforts that will help make a difference. 44 new neighborhood cleaners, split across all of the districts here in the city so that no provider is upset about getting their fair share. we are opening five new pit stops, and we're expanding the hours so people have rest rooms to use rather than using our streets for that purpose. and we are expanding our efforts in cleaning up needles. that is going to be so
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important to the cleanliness of our streets and the quality of life. i also recently announced that we are going to be investing another $725,000 for the fix-it team. these are really neighborhood-driven project that's can help make the neighborhood better based on feedback from community members. this is all a part of making our community safe and making our communities clean. this budget includes a strategic plan that will deploy 250 new officers on our streets. over the next two years, you will see more foot patrols throughout the city and additional officers will be added to help address violent crime and property crime. this budget also includes $1.7 million in funding to implement the 272 reforms recommended to our city by obama's department of justice.
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and we are adding, because supervisor president cohen is making us do this because of her leadership around police accountability, another $1.5 million to create four new positions at the department of police accountability. when i was on the board of supervisors, one of my proudest accomplishments was helping address our ambulance crises. but today, there are still emergency response issues we know we need to tackle. we're adding personnel resources to the 911 emergency dispatch center to ensure that san franciscans get the immediate help they need, especially when there's an emergency. we're investing $1.5 million in funding for the fire department to staff a medical assistance response team to quickly respond to medical service calls in the tenderloin areas where we know there is a high call volume for those services.
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all of these investments equal one thing: positive change for yo our residents, and i am optimistic that we are going to be able to make these changes together. when you walk the streets, you will feel the difference from our neighborhood cleaning group, our mental health and homelessness investments meaning better and quicker response to people who are in crises on our street. this budget investment means more police officers in our neighborhood, more beat trained with 21 century policing. and our significant spending on affordable housing reinforces my commitment to affordable housing in san francisco. this budget represents our values for a safer, cleaner, more equitiable city. i keep saying this. we all want to make a difference. i love this amazing city.
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many of us who work for the city and these nonprofits, we know how hard it is to get our city to a better place. we want to do that. we want to focus on making san francisco, and these dollars, invested right are the first steps to help us get to that better place, and i am excited to be signing this budget, and i'm going to be even more excited when i see this money being put to work on the streets of san francisco so that each and every san franciscan can feel the difference for a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful city. with that, i'd like to turn it over to the president of the board who is also the finance chair for this budget, supervisor malia cohen. [applause] >> president cohen: thank you.
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hi, everyone. what city would we be in if there were not the occasional hecklers. you heard the remarks from the mayor. she talked about how the budget was going to be spent, and i want to spend a couple minutes talk about the process that we went through that brought us to where we are today. first of all, this is an $11 billion budget. it's a reflection of the city of st. francis, a city that we both grew up in. this budget is supporting the city's most vulnerable with passion and dignity and also helps us solve some of problems that we are facing. it's the result of a robust, transparent, and inclusive process with an open and often vigorous discussion around our priorities. what i'm most proud of are the investments reducing
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homelessness, and i want to acknowledge our guests here. thank you for allowing us in your home today. and i also want to call out that we are champions of public safety for all citizens, and we are also committed to making sure that our streets and our parks are clean, that they are safe, and i'm proud of our commitment to serve the residents of all of san francisco. so some of you may remember previous budget processes as being bruising, yes? no? yes, says ben rosenfeld. bruising and somehow contentious and somehow would draw the ugliness not out of only department heads, not only out of elected officials, but also our advocates. i'm just being honest here. the mayor talks about how she was excited to be signing our first budget, i'm excited to be signing my last budget. now i'm grateful that i was
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given the opportunity to chair the budget and finance committee, and it truly has opened my eyes on the entire internal workings of local government, but also, many things were revealed to me last year that i set out to correct this year, one of which is how we evaluate the departments that are making requests. and for what reason are we not more policy driven? so my goal, along with my legislative team, headed up by sophia kitler, our goal was to take out the politics of the budget process and really infuse the policy access of how we are driving our budget. and i think we created a budget that was more transparent, that created robust, in depth, and thoughtful policy conversations that helped shape why we do what we do. i mean, in essence, we're all public servants. most of us took an oath to be here, but we are serving because we believe in the work that we're doing.
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we believe that we are given an opportunity to help people and have a -- to help them have a positive impact on their live, and we cannot ever lose that focus. and sometimes, it gets lost, so what we set out to do was to have a stronger, more transparent and more democratic process. we wanted to make sure that we are funding our greatest needs and investing in the most effective programs. you see this is a unique process because if you recall, the budget actually starts in september. many people don't know that, but the process starts in september, and last september, it started with ed lee. he gave a directive to his department heads, he gave some rules on some constraints, on where -- and where the budget priorities should be, and then, by december, department heads have an idea on where they're going. they submit this budget -- excuse me. to ed lee has his hands on this budget. and then, you may recall, he had an untimely death. and so then we were placed in a
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chaotic state. mayor farrell made the presentation on june 1 on the budget. he had his fingerprints on this budget. so now we are going to be celebrating signing of abudget that has the fingerprints of our mayor london breed. that is a moment in our history. we need to celebrate this because we are resilient. we are resilient, and we didn't do it alone. there are certain parameters that people like kelly kirkpatrick and ben rosenfeld helped put into place. what we did was we took an entire comprehensive list of requests from all across the city, $140 million that my colleagues had, that departments had, that advocates had. instead of making this list secret, we made it public. we put it on the website and we made it available to everyone. and i think that helped
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demystify the process for process. what we also did, we had long, multidepartmental meeting to understand not only what we had funded in previous years but also how we are doing in those areas. are we, as a city and are we as a department, meeting our mark? or are we continuously throwing money out there, trying and hoping to meet our mark? so we introduced some metrics that we're going to be implementing -- i hope, in the future. i will not be here, so i'm going to look at my colleagues to do that, to make sure we are doing a good job to fund programs that are solid and help us solve major problems that we have identified, such as homelessness, such as the cleanliness of the streets. we use this as a framework to evaluate the budget's proposed budget, and so we were asking critical questions such as how
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do these investments make further the priorities of the department? are the investments missing anything? as we know, the june budget season has always been a chaotic time where the community benefit organizations and frankly those front line people that are working directly on the ground have come to the budget to ask for additional funding. i'm proud to say nothing was cut. the list of budget that the mayor presented to you is an expansion of good things. i at this point would be remiss if i did not think carmen chiu, the assessor recorder who was instrumental in bringing in the funds so we could have the benefit of spending it. this has been an iterative process. i would like to just call out the committee, the budget and
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finance committee, the vice chair sandy fewer, supervisor yee, supervisor stefani. i also want to recognize supervisor sheehy because he had a significant role in shaping this as well. jon givner, our deputy city attorney giving fantastic advice. i say a fantastic sparring partner when you spar with him, and ben rosenfeld, who has been our rock. he gives solid and sound advice. and kelly kirkpatrick, a wonderful woman who stepped up in the absence of melissa whitehouse and has now been donned the queen of the budget -- budget team. i also want to recognize harvey rose because harvey rose is a critical entity in the process of the budget because he takes out the politics, and he just goes straight to the numbers and goes straight to the crux of the issue, and he squeezes,
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sometimes bloods comes out of this process, but he squeezes dollars and cents that allows us to begin the discussion on how we can add to the budget priorities laid out by the mayor's office. so harvey rose, thank you, you have been fantastic, the consummate professional, and i want to thank your entire team. and of course the clerk of the board, linda wong. as you know, the clerks run the machine. they run the committee. they start on time -- well, relatively on time, but the notes are there, and i would not be able to do my job if i did not have the outstanding help of linda wong. so folks, i hope you will enjoy this moment. i'm excited to stand next to mayor breed to sign her first, my last, budget, and i just want to say congratulations to all the department heads that participate in this process, that come before the budget and finance committee, and they plead their case. i've tried to make the process fun and thoughtful and most
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importantly informative, and with that, i thank you. malia cohen. >> the hon. london breed: the last point i want to make as we sign this budget, i want us all to remember that we know that there's a lot of work to do. and the work that we do every single day can be the difference between someone's life and whether or not they make it. and that's why when you go out there, and you spend this money, make sure you remember that everything that you do for the city, it matters. it matters for people like michael, it matters for people who are here in this location where we are today, and so let's make every dollar count, let's make every dollar matter for the lives of so many san franciscans, and i want to make sure, again, that we walk out the doors and we feel the difference for a better san francisco. now let's sign this budget. [applause]
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>> the hon. london breed: all right. are we ready? >> president cohen: thank you. >> the hon. london breed: thank you. and
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in this san francisco office, there are about 1400 employees. and they're working in roughly 400,000 square feet.
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we were especially pleased that cleanpowersf offers the super green 100% clean energy, not only for commercial entities like ours, but also for residents of the city of san francisco. we were pleased with the package of services they offered and we're now encouraging our employees who have residence in san francisco to sign on as well. we didn't have any interruption of service or any problems with the switch over to cleanpowersf. this clean power opportunity reflects that. i would encourage any large business in san francisco to seriously consider converting and upgrading to the cleanpowersf service. it's good for the environment, it's good for business and it's good for the community.
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>> president kwon: good afternoon. thanks for waiting, folks. welcome to the san francisco public utilities commission meeting. today is tuesday, july 24. before we take the roll, let me just say one thing. we have a number of speakers here today. we have a lot of speaker cards. to give everyone time, we're going to hold strictly to the 3 minutes. when you hear the second chime, that's when your time is over to make time for the next person. so hold it to that time or you will force me to sing to you and that will get you off quickly. the roll, please? [roll call]


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