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pappas is excused. please note that executive director shireen mcspadden is present. >> president serina: can i have a motion to approve the agenda. >> second. >> president serina: all in favor. any opposed? thank you. motion carries. and i would like to point out a couple of things regarding the agenda. the -- there's been a slight change in that we will take public comment -- general public comment at the end after all of the other motions have been voted on and all of the other issues have been voted on. public comment following each action item will continue as it has been. and secondly, i have been advised that when we as
commissioners vote, we need to be very clear that we are voting for or against. so, hence, i will remind all of us to speak up. it's usually not a problem for me, but it is more my colleagues. finally, on item 3, a motion to approve the october 3, 2018 meeting minutes? >> second. >> president serina: all in favor? any opposition or discussion? thank you. motion carries. item 4, director's report. thank you, shireen. >> good afternoon. it is cozy in here, huh? so i wanted to start by saying, and you may notice already, but wanted to say that the minimum compensation ordinance, which has been tossed around by the board of supervisors in the last year has been approved. that means that in-home support workers will go to $18.75, july
1, '22. and pay tied to consumer price index. a companion piece is that nonprofit workers who are making minimum wage now will be moved to $16.50 an hour as of july 1, 2019. and their wages will be attached to the consumer price index july 1, 2020. so that's really exciting news for family caregivers and other workers we work with. also, we have a number of nonprofit partners who i know really want to see their people who are making the least amount mauck a little bit more as it's real little hard to live and work in san francisco or anywhere near here. it's a step in the right direction. it is really exciting for us because we, of course, have so many i.h.s. providers and
low-wage, nonprofit workers in san francisco and the bay area in general. last week was the annual conference of the california association of area agencies on aging, which is essentially the trade association for area agencies on aging in california. what that means is that the organization that helps support organizations like ours with respect to how we work with california department of aging. so they do a lot of advocacy for the department of aging with us and then a lot of legislative work at the state level. so, you know, obviously trying to get more funding for the services that we provide through the area agency on aging, which includes home delivered meals, congregant meals, transportation, community services, those kind of services that you hear us talking about when we come forward with
contracts. one of the things that's exciting, i think, is that c4a has finally hired a lobbying firm. and that's something we haven't had in the past, so it's something that the board approved last week, we'll have a contract for a lobbyist, which is really important, for any of the associations, if they're really going to play at the level that we need. and also, they hired me as the new -- i should not say hired. elected me as the new president of the board. and so i'm very excited about that. i think that it's an opportunity for san francisco to get out there and maybe try to see if our models can be replicated at the state level, but it's just exciting, i think, for me to be able to work at that level and learn some new things and bring back whatever i learned in san francisco. so that's kind of cool.
i know we talked about the residential facility work groups. they are continuing. there are some subcommittees. they're thinking about strategies for strategizing, how could we really continue to support residential care facilities in san francisco? how do we focus on people who are served by them and making sure that the city's clients are being well-served and that the city gets the best service for our clients that we can. so that's still in the works. we're hoping that the recommendations from the full constituent committee will go to the long-term care coordinating council in department and then back to the mayor and the board of supervisors who are figuring out a solution to the problem of disappearing beds, of expensive beds, all of that. so we'll hopefully have some
good solutions. some of the solutions, obviously, will have to include lobbying at the state level for more support from the state. and then the last thing is that we're continuing to work on the service allocation plan for the dignity fund. and that's a pretty heavy lift. i'm pretty happy that we have two representatives now. president serina, yourself, and also commissioner loo, who will be joining the oversight and advisory committee, because it's really important work that the department is doing in conjunction with the oversight committee and hoping to have the service plan ready early in 2019 so we can go through the processes of approval that we need to go through to carry it out for next year. actually, for the next four years. so it will inform us of that cycle. i think that's all i have for
today. thank you. >> president serina: any comments or questions from the commissioners? thank you. next item, employee recognition. the department of aging and adult services, daas, and shireen mcspadden will recognize karen vandermeulen for her hard work and dedication. [applause] >> how you doing? little nervous. i have to say, i'm really excited about karen being employee of the month for daas for this month.
i actually knew her or got to know her a little bit before she even started as an intern with daas. that was a number of years ago. and i think you came in through a little bit different -- different path from some of your colleagues out there. and somebody called me and said, hey, i have this person who is fantastic. she would be a great addition to daas. could you take her on as an intern? i said, yeah, why don't we meet her. karen, i got to meet you and we were able to find a place for you to work in daas as an intern and you were great and you impressed us. and here you are today as a social worker and employee of the month. it's super exciting. it's great to see that. it was probably, what, six years ago? yeah. excellent and congratulations. i'm going to try to read this. whoever did this, it's super small print. [laughter] i'm aging.
it's hard. karen, karen vandermeulen was an intern in 2013/'14 and has been working with us the last three years. karen is very dedicated to her work. she collaborates closely with other agencies by developing strong connections with professionals. she's able to get services completed due to positive relationships she's developed. that's true about karen. she carries positivity everywhere she goes. that smile, super collaborative. i agree with that. ms. vandermeulen is great at networking with agents to provide presentations to the community. she's recently completed her a.s.w. hours. hard work and creativity along
with technology has advanced her skills alt work. her willingness to learn is a major strength for her. she learned about skype and docusign and has tested both for the agency. care season a positive person that works hard to keep morale high in the program. [no audio] ms. vandermeulen has a strong work ethic and cares about the population she served. karen has gone above and beyond and provided many complements to her work ethic. a client's attorney stated, "your instinct, presence,
[applause] >> i'm truly humbled. thank you so much. it means a lot to me. when i was an undergrad, i had not heard of adult protective services and i was really, truly honored, i am, to be a part of it. i've never seen a group of people that work so hard and love what they do. sometimes we see the best. and sometimes we see the worst. and yet everybody always in the department has a smile. i feel like it's a really truly fine-tuned symphony. every instrument is different, but also so important. when we come together, we're a symphonic and we support each other.
i can get the support, the hand-holding that we need to make what we do a success. thank you. [applause] >> president serina: next is advisory council report, leon schmidt. i don't see leon. oh, eleanor. >> good afternoon, commissioners. leon couldn't be here today, so i'm going to present for him. the advisory council had its meeting. we have a new member, rick johnson, that represents district 7. president schmidt reminded us of
the importance of attendance and also we had a discussion of prevention, mostly related to earthquakes. what we should have with us and throughout -- and have available through our property. the sunset has a program called resilience neighborhood, in which some neighbors have garbage cans that has supplies needed for the neighborhood. executive director shireen mcspadden presented. and diane lawrence, who will or has presented on the aaa council. so i will not repeat that. she also will present later on the joint legislative committee, so i won't go over that either.
we had site visits as part of our task to visit nutrition programs and other programs for the departments and reported on a visit to two restaurants, who are part of the champs program. the champs program permits restaurants and other vendors to prepare meals that are approved by the department on aging. so they presented what sounded like a delicious meal to the green bamboo restaurant. and then patty spanyak presented on another champs' program. there was some discussion, more pertaining to the internal working of the advisory council, what are our responsibilities
with meal sites. we'll discuss that later. we had lgbt updates. we stand with seniors for input from the lgbt community's perspective and the means to address the needs. there was a brief discussion of setting up a nominated committee for the next -- for the offices of president, vice president, second vice president, and secretary. and i wouldn't go into that in much detail, but my understanding is that the nominating committee has been seeking candidates. a particular issue that i brought up is that of the built environment. of greater and greater interest to me as i age. i'm concerned with the safety of
sidewalks, traffic lights, broken sidewalks, and in particular concerns to read a notice from greater market street improvement association. it's not quite the right title. they proposed to have bikes and pedestrians on the same sidewalk. my own experience walking and hiking is that this does not work very well, but we formed a committee to discuss the issues. san francisco walk has offered to make a presentation to us. we have a subcommittee, myself,
marci, juliette rothman to work on these issues. at present, we're looking for input from older people, any older person, on what it's like to go down the streets, these days. for example, a friend that lives at pine towers, that it is hellish to get down on sidewalk on van ness because of the work going on. these are other issues. and we'll present our report at the advisory council next time. let's see. we had a presentation from kelsey hall of san francisco rebuild, accepting applications for their april project. repairs for senior centers and seniors at home. and senior moment, that has taken place, october 6, and the november meeting, which will have the day before thanksgiving
this month. thank you very much. i'm glad to take questions if you have questions. >> president serina: thank you. any comments or questions? >> quick comment. i live on van ness avenue. and i sit on a -- the community advisory committee that gets updates on the state of the van ness repairs. my suggest on this excellent thing you are doing on the advisory committee, is intersect with s.f. walk, but also, you know, i would be glad to carry some of the ideas that you are coming up with to that committee. it is like the muni advisory committee on this. and wire c-- we're constantly talking about the sidewalks. we're trying to explain what it's like to be a resident going through this five-year thing on van ness and how hard it is for
seniors to navigate. this is a right-on issue. and so it's -- it always helps to have advocacy from different groups. and if they could be -- if the group i'm sitting on is the one that talks of construction and things like that and asks for repairs, things like that, we can perhaps be effective together. >> that sounds good to me. >> it's just a strategy. i think it does point to a lot of people throughout the city, but especially the people that are undergoing what is happening on van ness. it's virtually impossible to walk some places. >> thank you. maybe we can meet after and exchange information. >> commissioner knutzen: that's what i was going to suggest. >> thank you. >> president serina: and i live
at the san francisco towers. so we're in the middle of the construction work as well. we also have a resident who is also speaking up for the whole issue of how difficult it is and it's not only difficult but it changes every 15 minutes. you think you have figured out how to navigate it and then it's not the same. the bicycle problem is a significant issue, because the bicycle coalition is powerful and organized. the accidents happen very easily. many bike riders ride on sidewalks. they add to the risk element in walking. thank you for bringing that up. >> i agree with you, commissioner. and it will happen out where i live, out in richmond, because they're going to start working on geary boulevard very shortly.
thank you. >> president serina: thank you, eleanor. diane lawrence, joint legislative committee report. >> good afternoon, commissioners, director mcspadden. we had no action items from last month's meeting. we have a couple of items from our october 17 meeting. we -- the legislative session has wound down, so we're going to start brand-new in january with a whole new slew of bills, new priorities, new bills to report on. the legislature will have from january 1-february 15 to come up with their new slate of bills. c.f.o. is putting together their top 10 and we should have that for the november meeting at the end of the month. so we'll have some follow-ups in
our january meeting. and then they will follow up with legislators in january to get some sponsors for the bills. there's a new elder abuse stamp that's been proposed at the federal level. there are bills pending in the house and in the senate. it's a charity stamp, much like the breast cancer stamp, and others, so it would carry an additional cost. and just for trivial information, peter king of new york is sponsoring the house bill. c.s.l. updated us on the med h.i. -i-cal needs. it did not go through again. so we'll be back to discuss raising that level. at the next meeting, they will focus on self-sufficiency. and the group will ask c4a for their support in this area.
and they're looking at programs for lower income constituents, which could include ihss and eps. cindy kauffman, who worked with us on joint leg, will get updates on c4a bills along with the national bills, so we can monitor the national and state level and see where the city legislation is. that was recommendeddy commissioner pappas. "san fransisco chronicle" article brought up at our meeting was october 16, 2018. i forgot to look it up. had contractors not maintaining some sites that they had to do work on. all of the bills have been signed, vetoed or let fade away. there are a couple that i wanted to quickly mention that's been
passed by the governor and approved. one is the office of emergency services. we've talked about that during the course of the year, especially in light of the santa rosa fire last year and obviously brought much to our attention with the fires in the north and the south. they passed the office of emergency services on communications notifications and that's a work in progress. work is beginning on that for san francisco and the north bay. that legislation was passed in -- assigned by the governor in september and work is being done. and that's why there's a quick update on what's happening with the ones that passed. senator weiner's bill on mental health services, prevention and early intervention, this was to update prop 63, which leveled the playing field. so that passed and -- levels the
playing field between youth and seniors in the area of mental health. it's going forward and signed and moved on. the conner is vat -- conser conservetory bills. there will be some cleanup language next year. we'll keep watching the legislation, because it has a significant impact in san francisco. the elder -- elder independent abuse and investigations, the ombudsman piece was left in, but a.p.s. was left out. it may be that something along those lines comes back next year. med-i-cal assisted living was
vetoed, but it will come up again with the council, given there are some working groups on that. so we'll monitor that as well. stay tuned. we'll have a brand-new slate to look at in the new year. >> president serina: thank you, diane. very comprehensive and thorough. any ideas if there will be -- it will be different with our new governor-elect? and with the democrats having a super majority in both houses of the legislature, do you think -- >> i think it will be interesting. i haven't seen anything in the papers yet. i would imagine we would probably see -- my guess would be, off the top of my head, given that we've had a lot of things on commune cautions with emergency services, we may well see some different things along those lines, especially as we see fires in areas of concentration and oftentimes retirement communities. i have a taccc meeting in a
couple of weeks. so we may find out more from there and i will have that report in january. >> president serina: thank you. any other comments or questions. thank you, diane. and you are back on for taccc. >> nothing to report. i will report in january. our next meeting is december 4 and 5. >> president serina: thank you. long-term care coordinating council. >> hi. good afternoon, commissioners. sdekive director mcspadden. i'm director of ltccc, institute on aging. i'm here to give you an update on our october 18 and november 8 meetings. the long-term coordinating council spent some time looking at our work as a policy body and refined this work in our october 18 meeting, where we focused on
six key areas to identify system comes and policy priorities. it was behavioral health, housing, transportation, work force, personal care, and healthcare. and also nutrition. we broke into groups and identified key gaps. this system will be brought back to the finance and policy committee, which has merged with the steering committee to be one larger body. and there will be further work done as a small group. at the november 8 meeting, there's a presentation by health homes done by chris frlannery. using the existing med-i-cal infrastructure, full implementation will occur on january 1, 2019. this is an intensive case
management model that focuses on high-risk individuals. through case management for individuals with chronic care conditions, mental health conditions, putting them at higher risk for emergency utilization, the focus was to keep them out of the emergency rooms, having their care coordinated and providing health and well-being. also offers support to the families and the patients and referral resources. so we anticipate this will ol out through the health plan and they will be utilizing their health network. any questions? >> president serina: thank you. case report? okay. no old business. any new business? we will begin with item a, requesting authorizization to
modify the existing grant agreement with self-help for the 'emmederly for the provision of adult daycare for older adults and adults with disabilities during the period july 1, 2016, through june, 30, 2019, for an additional amount of $140,000 plus 10% contingency for total amount not to exceed $484,199. rick appleby. okay. thank you. it's clear on the memo, but it wasn't clear in the summary. in terms of the numbers. it's okay. it's clear on the memo. >> rick appleby, office on aging. thank you very much. good afternoon, president serina, commissioners, and executive director mcspadden. looking at modifications for self-help for the elderly's adult daycare program.
it's $140,000 and broken down into two separate amounts. one is $120,000. it's a one-time, board of supervisors add-back for district 1 and the adult daycare to support therapeutic services, physical therapy, occupational therapy. the adult daycare centers in san francisco, advocated for some of the money to help enhance their program and their therapeutic services and board of supervisors voted for that this one time, for the fiscal year. this -- fiscal therapy and occupational therapy to maintain the health status of their participants in the program. they already have some physical therapy. it will add the hours, some additional staff that you saw in the budget so that current
participants can get additional therapy to help them with stamina, strength, etc. they have a physical therapist there already that does the assessments and helps to form the treatment plans and they have therapeutic program aides that carry out and support the physical therapists and the occupational therapists. let's see. with that money, they also wanted to repair their air-conditioning. it's so important for the program, of course, and the participants and it's part of their requirements, so that is included in there as well. you saw it under operating budget. the other part of this funding is $20,000, one-time-only basis for this fiscal year to address transportation-related issues for the program
this is part of a larger, city-wide add-back of $200,000, the allocation of which will be implemented and they will good to the program to support transportation-related costs for participants to and from their program. let's see. i think that's it for now. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> president serina: thank you. any comments? commissioner loo? >> vice president loo: i'm looking at page 3, the budget part. and it seemed like the utility costs have jumped up quite a bit, almost like four times. and maintenance is about three times. it just is kind of -- i'm wondering why there is such a big jump. my hunch -- it could be that they don't have that money.
the agency is absorbing the costs. i don't know. i'm asking the question. >> i think you are right about that. >> vice president loo: and office supply and postage is zero. i'm pretty sure they have some costs. so i think that's one of the questions that i have. if the agency is subsidized, i would like to see it spelled out. so we have a better idea how much it really, actually costs to run the program. it should spell out all the costs so we have a better idea of how much it really costs to
run the program. >> reporter: and i think you're right. they do add -- when they get of get an add-back, they put some of the costs in there. and that's why we notice that in here. thanks for the comment again. >> vice president loo: and transportation. doesn't self-help for the elderly have their vans? is it not enough to run the participants? >> they do have some para transit vans, so there are costs associated with that. and that's where some of the money was going. so it's additional money to help with all forms of transportation. >> vice president loo: so what happens if next year the money is not there? >> we'll look at that with them and watching how the money helps
them. and that issue comes up every year. we've had some add-backs in the future this way, so the department will be looking at that issue. >> vice president loo: thank you. >> president serina: to follow up on commissioner loo's comments. it might be helpful when we have add-back money, how it's being allocated and used. right now, it's blended in the total number. so we can't quite see how much of the add-back money is used for specific aspects of the program. >> as opposed to the add-back column in the budget there? for the therapeutic services and for transportation. as part of the budget, there's an add-back column.
>> vice president loo: it's $140,000. >> president serina: i misheard you. >> i'm sorry. total $140,000. >> president serina: i thought you said $120000 and i was having trouble following. >> i may have. >> i just have a question and it's because i'm a new commissioner and just so i understand it. a person that would actually be qualified for this program, they're receiving this at self help for the elderly. and my question started with, what did it have to do with district 1 add-back and there's no limit to supervisor and district 1. it was an add-back to the district one. and that does not limit who is eligible? >> for the program? >> right. >> no.
>> as i'm reading through the target pop laugs, a person can qualify for it. it's not just income based. it's any one of these five. >> right. >> i'm mike dodd, sorry to delabor this item. we all understand that our providers are putting in their own resources to get the services provided. we are getting the benefit of the bargain and what you are asking for makes sense but it creates a challenge and they
say, this is how much the cost is and this is what will be in a program. and then it puts it on us to potentially audit that amount to make sure that it's correct. and that brings up expertise from staff time and things like that. it's a catch-22. it's something that we're trying to work through. everyone can feel comfortable that our contractors are putting in for every program, but really demonstrating through a budget what that cost is does come with some challenges. >> vice president loo: and i understand that pretty much every agency is doing fundraising and i will add that we have some very dedicated agencies in the city of san francisco. my concern is that, i know it
may cost, you know, work etc., but i am very curious. what is the percentage? and i'm just -- i remember years ago, okay, when i was working in nonprofit and i did get money for a fuel nutrition program in a hospital, like 30 years ago. we were required to put in the income contribution. if i remember, it was like 15%. >> correct. >> president serina: any other comments or questions? any comments or questions from the public? may i have a motion to approve? >> vice president loo: so moved. >> president serina: second? >> second. >> president serina: all in favor? any opposed? thank you.
the motion carries. >> thank you. >> president serina: item b, requesting authorization to enter into a new grant agreement with the institute on aging for the provision on maintaining a multipurpose senior services program, mssp site in san francisco, during the period of july 1, 2018, through june 30, 2019, in the amount of $300,000, plus a 10% contingency for a total amount not to exceed $330,000. fanny lapitan will present the item. the memo has a typo in it. it shows the new amount of $300,000 and contingency with a total of $330,000. >> i'm fanny lapitan, program
analyst for long-term authorizations. here to enter into a new agreement for institute on aging. mssp is a med-a-cal home and community based waiver that provides services for adults to stay at home as long as possible with the goal of preventing premature placement in facilities. in 1980, i.o.a. was selected by c.d.a. to be mssp provider. and has been for 30 years. as the reimbursement rate has not increased since 2006, many programs have closed due to insufficient funding, including one here in napa-solano earlier
this year. daas values and supports mssp as part of the options for long-term care support and services to avoid premature institutionalization. mssp provides long-term, medium intensity case management and purchase of tangible goods and services to eligible clients who are residents of san francisco, 65 years and older. low-income, active med-i-cal with an aid code and certify eligible for skilled nursing home placement. there is no time limitation for services, as long as the individuals continue to be eligible or meet eligibility criteria and have the service needs. the case management includes some intake, comprehensive
assessment, care planning, care plan implementation, monitoring and reassessments. the purchase of goods component of the covered needed items and services not available through other programs to ensure the basic health and safety of clients. purchases are completed as payer of last resort when justified and approved by c.d.a. case management provided by care managers that include trained social workers and registered nurses. the multi lingual staff have the capacity to serve clients with spanish, cantonese, russian, farsi and english. their caseload is between 40 and 47 clients per month and the program has the capacity to serve up to 446 clients per
month. the primary funder is reimbur reimbursing on a per member-per month rate to cover the gap in the reimbursement rate of 335 or so per member, per rate and actual costs of mssp, which is about $400 per member, per rate. this translates to a daas supplement of $56 per member, per rate, with i.o.a. covering any remaining gap. at this time, i would be happy to answer any questions from the commissioners. >> vice president loo: what is the ethnic breakdown of the clients they serve. do you know? >> can you repeat that? >> vice president loo: the ethnic breakdown. >> the demographics. i have lora lisom that can break
it down. >> can you state your name? >> sure. lora lisom, institute on aging. 30% of our existing clients speak english. 21%, russian. 20%, cantonese. 20%, spanish. 9%, other languages. so it's a pretty diverse population that we're serving. it's why our staff are so fantastic, because 90% of them are multilingual. >> vice president loo: that's why i asked for the breakdown. thank you. >> sure. >> president serina: any other comments of the commission? fanny, thank you. very thorough presentation. i was looking at outcome objectives the first indicates that at least 85% of the clients enrolled annually will avoid premature institutionalization. that is audibwe laudable.
how do you know you've succeeded in preventing that? >> so we do have the outcomes for mssp and we know that as of last year, last fiscal year, 97% of the clients have been -- have prevented premature institutionalization. so they do track the -- >> president serina: how do you know that the clients would have been institutionalized without the program? >> one of the -- lora lisom, institute on aging. these individuals are certificacertified as having skilled nursing facility criteria. so to keep them out of an institution, 93% remain in the community. we can quantify that we prevented institutionalization. does that answer your question? >> president serina: yes. and reassuring.
it's the a good way to measure. >> vice president loo: i have another question. tell me, what is the consultation and professional services? >> on the budget. okay. sure. let me reference back to that. >> good afternoon. lora lisom, institute on aging. a large percentage of our clientele is mono-lingual travelling, when we have staff go home for christmas breaks, let's say, we have a census of 446. and one of our former staff members to come back and cover the clients for their monthly phone call or quarterly home visit. so it's usually us hiring social workers to conduct the visits. >> vice president loo: okay.
stay on here. the other question i want to ask, it seems like the computer -- $40,000 for membership, s subscriptio subscriptions, seems high, of course, i've been out of the working loop for 20 some years. >> all mssp sites are required to use a database and those subscriptions and dues pay for those. we have a site association fee. that's what our membership sues are. library purchases -- i cannot think of the last time we purchased something from the library. sometimes the staff needs educational tools. we would purchase something in this category for them. >> vice president loo: thank you. >> president serina: any other comments or questions? any comments or questions from the public? do i have a motion to approve?
>> i move to approve. >> president serina: second? >> second. >> president serina: all in favor. any opposed? thank you. the motion carries. we now open up the meeting for general public comment. seeing none, item number 8. any announcements? hearing none, do i have a motion to adjourn? >> so moved. [laughter] >> president serina: seconded? >> second. >> president serina: by rising vote. thank you. meeting is adjourned.
[cheering] >> i also want to say thank you to the san francisco group for working with us to have what you saw when we first walked in. a giant dugout right here. [cheers and applause] let me tell you, i have never seen anything like this thing. this looks better than the last location. this looks better than the old location. you really outdid yourself with the artwork, with the seating, with the buffet style food. we try to feed as many people as we can. this will be a great place to watch the giants game. to watch the warriors game, and to watch the 40 niners. [laughter] >> but nick and everyone here, thank you all so much for being here. this is absolutely incredible.
you have an amazing group of young men who are representing san francisco well. that was an incredible performance. you have to do it for us again. take a bow and have a good time. make sure you get some food and enjoy yourself today. make sure that you come back to not only eat, but to donate toys so we can get toys out to kids on a regular basis. thank you, everyone. happy thanksgiving. [cheers and applause] >> on the mural over here, we will take a picture in her baseball uniform. >> oh, my god. >> do you guys want to go over there? [laughter] >> assembly member to, do you want to say a few words? >> very briefly, first of all,
where is it? thank you for giving us all an excuse to start drinking at 115 in the afternoon. [cheers and applause] >> madame mayor, i'm looking forward to working with you and catherine stefani and others. we will get a lot of business done here in left field. is that right? i have brought the certificate of honor from the california state of assembly because we do not want this day to go unrecognized by our state. this has been an incredible institution for six years. remembering the legacy of someone who was an amazing, not just baseball player, but a community service member. i will say for a cultural note, he was an ambassador of baseball to asia. when i was trying out, my dad said, will you grow up to play baseball? and i said no. but because of him, he has brought so many people together and i very much appreciate what you are doing here.
on behalf of the city and behalf of the state, thank you for everything you are doing or the community. we want to thank you and declared today to be, from the california state of assembly, lefty oh, dual's ballpark baseball buffet and café. congratulations for the grand opening. [cheering] >> thank you i would like to accept this on behalf of my dad who passed away and our mayor who passed away too. i would like to accept this on their honor and on the honor of our great city of san francisco. because this is the reason that it is all about. we live in one of the greatest cities in the world and i want to thank the mayor and thank our assembly men and thank all of you who came. i like to keep it on the tradition that we learn here in san francisco.
i am just one part of a small edge. one small part of a larger san francisco city. i want to thank -- there so many people to think here today. i want to thank two more people. actually, michael, who helped me build this place. [cheering] and all of our staff. because without them, i couldn't have done this. without our great city, i wouldn't even have done this. thank you to san francisco. thank you ed lee. thank you to my dad. [cheers and applause] >> we have one more if his representative is here. could you come forward? >> hello. i wanted to recognize the grand reopening. thank you again on behalf of the california -- thank you.
to begin. good morning. today is wednesday, october 17th, 2018. this is the regular meeting of the building inspection commission. i would like to remind everyone to please turn off all electronic devices and the first item is roll call. president mccarthy. >> here. >> clerk: vice president walker. >> here. >> clerk: commissioner konstin. >> here. >> clerk: commissioner lee. >> here. >> clerk: commissioner warshell. >> here. >> clerk: we have a quorum. next item is item 2, president's announcements. >> president mccarthy: good morning, and welcome to the october 17,