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local business is the lifeblood of san francisco and a vibrant community >> we are very excited to introduce our next speaker. someone who can speak about the importance of affordable housing and what it means for low income families in the mission district pick someone that understands this and actually talks about this on a regular basis throughout san francisco. i'm very honored to introduce our mayor, london breed to the podium. [applause] >> thank you. it is so exciting to be here. to break ground on 100%
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affordable housing. [cheers and applause] >> finally, after almost ten years, we are finally building -- building affordable housing in the mission for those whose income ranges anywhere between 30 and nifty% a.m.i. and i think i'm more excited because -- 30 and 50% a.m.i. and i think i'm more excited because even though we have had challenges making sure people who live in the communities can have access to the affordable housing built in their community , we will not have that problem with this project. because of the neighborhood preference legislation that i and others on the board of supervisors put through a few years back, i got so much support for that legislation from this community. to dedicate 40% of the 80 units to the people who live in this district first. [applause]
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there are so many people that have made this possible and i just want to thank each and every one of you for all of your hard work, including the mayor possess office of housing, bridge has an, of course, commission housing development corridor, thank you for your advocacy and your work around not just helping to build new affordable housing, but the small sites acquisition program, and all the work that you continue to do. all of the architects and the contractors, thank you all so much for being patient, working hard, putting together a project that we know is going to be absolutely incredible in this community. i also want to acknowledge, in addition to neighborhood preference, some of you may know that there are people who live in public housing. there are challenges with locations and we also have an opportunity to welcome in residence of public housing to
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this new development as well. it's part of the plan. a way to try and make sure that people have access to affordable housing. that people are able to stay in their communities. i just want to thank each and every one of you for the hard work and i see someone who snuck in here and is trying to hide. roberto hernandez. thank you for your advocacy and the work that you have done to help us with neighborhood preference. holding folks in city hall accountable to make sure that the housing that gets promised to this community gets built in this community and that we do a better job as a safety of providing opportunities with our application process. because the real work begins. we better get -- we build the housing but we have to make sure that we outreach all over this community to folks unfortunately , in some instances struggling and in the process of
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being displaced. that we make sure that we help them get those applications in. that is what i am committed to. the planning department to, thank you so much for being here thank you to each and every one of you for your work. i am excited to be here during this groundbreaking and i'm looking forward to making sure that we don't let another ten years go by before we break ground on another affordable housing development. [applause] folks, let's celebrate today and tomorrow, let's continue to roll up our sleeves and get to work. we have got to do more, not just in the mission, but all over the city and county of san francisco thank you all so much for being here today. >> thank you so much, mayor breach. and the project manager at bridge housing. for the last two years, it has been my pleasure to shepherd
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this project to this moment right now, which is so exciting. we are going to replace this vacant gas station with a beautiful building. it is really thrilling for me to say that. i would like to welcome supervisor hilary ronan which includes district nine. she has been a champion for many of the projects. we are glad you can be with us. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you everybody. what an exciting day. this site right here represents such a huge victory for the mission community. i. i love the fact that our friends are holding a sign that says house keys, not handouts. thank you! [cheers and applause] that is exactly what we want in our community. eighty-one units of truly affordable housing. sometimes when we talk about affordable housing, we are talking about housing that
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people are making over $100,000 are eligible for. not at this site. we are talking about a family of four earning $35,000 a year who will be living right behind us. finally housing for the families that we have all been fighting for in this neighborhood. it is truly remarkable. what's even more remarkable about this, and i've seen so many faces of so many people i love in this crowd, this was slated to be luxury housing. it was going to be housing for people -- for people who grew up in the neighborhood would never be able to afford. and this community fought hard, fought a long, fought to get $50 million from the last affordable housing bond to come to the mission district. this was one of the sites that came out of it.
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please give yourselves a round of applause, mission community, because you made this site happen. i also want to congratulate mission housing development corporation his. is such an important organization in our community. this is the first time in ten years that you are breaking ground on a new affordable housing site in the mission which is just incredible. you are back in action and you will be the powerhouse organization that in the past is built so much housing in our neighborhood and are doing so again. shortly after this, you will break ground on 1950 mission, which will be another truly affordable housing site. mission housing development corporation and housing in the mission. we couldn't be more excited. we love you, and as the mayor said, let's roll up our sleeves and get to work and get this housing built. congratulations. [cheers and applause]
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>> thank you supervisor ronen. we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand with your office on the critical issues that our community continues to face. just like supervisor ronen just said, there was a point in time where many did not believe that mission housing was going to make a comeback. so we were resilience. just like this communities. our team came back stronger than ever, with one goal in mind. to uphold our mission statement, to build affordable housing in our district. in san francisco. our board supported us every step of the way. this isn't just a celebration for mission housing today. but it is a win for this neighborhood. at this specific site, was one because of community advocacy. today we come together as a community to celebrate. our next speaker is someone i
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work with on a daily basis and i've gotten to know him extremely well. i have to say that his spanish has gotten a little better. he loves latin food. particularly tacos. if you ever want to offer him something to drink, offer him some tamarind water. he is currently laughing. you can find him specifically at the panel discussions, at schools during presentations on affordable housing, asking either myself or a team member in the organization to help a local nonprofit in the mission. or walking around wearing a t-shirt with various messages. many of them about housing. his work has not gone unnoticed. certainly not by our team or our board or affordable housing community. he has been my counterpart in
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mission housing. together, we have overcame many obstacles to get to this place of celebration and groundbreaking. i am very pleased and honored to introduce our executive director of mission housing, my counterpart. [applause] >> i feel like everyone said my whole speech, i guess i can go home, right? thank you, everyone. thank you so much from the bottom of my heart and for mission housing. >> it has been a nostalgic kind of a day, thinking back on seven years ago and where mission housing was and where i was. i can't -- there were countless meetings of me -- of people telling me i was crazy for
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thinking that i could help take over mission housing. that will never happen. it is impossible. you are never coming back. over and over again, if it wasn't for marcy at and the staff and our board and the leadership and support, it probably would have been rights. the fact is, mission housing was created to actually develop community. mission housing was created to be a backbone for infrastructure or whatever you want to call it. that is what we are again. i am really proud to stand here next to this broken dirt and guarantee that 80 some odd units of affordable housing are coming but what i'm most proud to do is to be with our community and to break ground with the people who stood by us. the people who didn't believe that this wasn't going to weigh. who wanted us to regrow.
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i would like to personally dedicate this building and the rest of our building to the mission community. why don't we give the mission community a hand we -- why do we give them a hand? [applause] >> i would be remiss if i got up here and i didn't point out to the fact that this project and all the thousand units of affordable housing in the mission were originally and only made possible by a man who had the foresight to lead and to listen to the mission community. when mayor ed lee decided to focus on affordable housing and fix our public housing and to build more units, it was something -- that without it, i don't know mission housing could have come back like we have. while he is not here physically with us, i am fairly certain he is looking down on us and smiling. thank you.
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[applause] >> i really do want to thank the mayor and all of our partners and supervisor ronen. there so many people. i'm sorry, i honestly have not been this tongue-tied ever. anyone who knows me knows what an emotional day this is been. i will just leave by saying thank you. thank you for believing in mission housing. i assure you that we believe in ourselves and that we will not go another ten years. we won't go another ten months for another groundbreaking. if unlimited money was made available, we wouldn't say no to that. okay. let's get on with the show. thanks, everybody. [cheers and applause] >> thank you so much. it is a pleasure to work with you and john and michael and
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your whole team in partnership on these projects. i would like to introduce the c.e.o. and president, cynthia walker. when she joined us, she brought a long-term commitment to affordable housing with her cat demonstrated by 30 plus years of experience from alaska, seattle and now here in san francisco. she has been projects like this to life for a long time. i appreciate cynthia's leadership. through all the twists and turns that we go through, trying to blow things out of the ground, and there are many, many twists and turns. i feel personally supported by cynthia. please welcome cynthia parker. [applause] >> thank you. thank you everyone who is here today. it does indeed take a village to get this type of development off the ground. we can't do it without the support of our partners and also
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, bakers, the mayor, assembly members, supervisors, everyone who is here has had a hand in making this happen. but it is particularly an auspicious project because of our partnership with mission hell being with sam and his group. and also, the neighborhood preference, which is incredibly important here. in this code today, for someone to rent a market rate unit, they have to earn a wage of $54.76 an hour in order to pay the rent on an unrestricted property. so with this particular 100% developed project back we are able to rent it to families who are making $35,000 a year. a family of four. we are not reaching everyone because there are many people who live in this neighborhood to
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make less of -- less than that. recent survey of latino residents in the neighborhood indicated 30% of them made about $11.56 an hour. they are still living here and as rents go up, they are being forced out. i want to thank the mayor personally for her efforts and for everyone who has advocated for the neighborhood preference. and for also making resources available and the support that is necessary to get this type of 100% development project off the ground. it takes a village and it takes all of us to make a commitment. i see you have some tears in your eyes. i think i met sam when i got here a little over seven years ago. he was in another job and another life and then he left and called me up. he said, i've gone to work at
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mission housing. and i said well, cool. he said we have not done a project for the longest time. do you want to topically come on over. he did. he said this is what my vision is for mission. i want to get it back on the grounds and i want to be developing more housing. i want to be focused on the housing in the mission and i want to catalyze all of the things that have gone on in that community. i said, how can we help we what happens as a result of that is that we formed a deep partnership. we are engaged with other organizations because it takes a village to create this type of work here. but i really celebrate the fact that this is our first project. we will have another one breaking ground very shortly, and it will also accommodate families and seniors and we will have children living here. it will be back to the
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neighborhood. that's what is so important. i want to also comment on an article that i saw in the paper today, in the chronicle, which i thought was sort of interesting. it was a contrasting of new york and san francisco. i can't --dash i don't know if it is accurate or not. i certainly hope it wasn't but i did fire up an e-mail to the chief of staff. i said new york has made this commitment to housing and to affordable housing and to public housing that san francisco has not done. and that is why new york is much more economically diverse. my e-mail back to his chief of staff was someone i happen to know, was i hope this isn't an accurate statement. the next city, with this mayor, this is not the case. i want to thank you mayor breed. i want to thank everyone who works in this city. i know projects like these is a commitment that the city has
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that will make this city support the residents of the city and always and providing more housing. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, cynthia. i want to take a moment. we said it takes a village. i want to name a couple of the folks who have been critical in bringing this to life. tom, chris, dan and miguel and anita, you guys have literally broken the ground behind me. thank you so much. those are our contractors. [applause] >> travis, mary, irving, the enhanced beauty of the urban landscape can deliver the credit to your fabulous design. thank you so much. [applause] >> you are rock stars. kevin, joan, jenny, mara, aaron,
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and kate from the mayor's office of housing. you are partners every step of the way and we are so grateful for everything. we talk on the phone almost every single day. heather, eileen, joshua, amy, and william. you make all of our long loan documents really fun to read. thank you. justin, doug, mike, larry, and jamie and rebecca, thank you for all you do. [applause] and of course, there are so many more people than just that that have been sitting around all day those are just some people i wanted to call out. the fun part of this project is a san francisco housing authority, our permanent lender -- and our construction and
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equity lender, bank of america, it's been a pleasure closing this deal. i am really excited to welcome the managing director for the bank of san francisco in east bait bay market. please join us. [applause] >> thank you so much. we're so honored and grateful to be with you all today. i love this scene at the groundbreaking. thank you for that item. americas grateful and honored. sixty-six -- 56 and a half million dollars in financing for this project. it has been stated again, i wanted to thank you mayor breed for her continued unwavering support for affordable housing. and supervisor ronen for her support of this amazing neighborhood in the mission. you guys are wonderful partners. thank you so much for the work you do together. the two developers working on the project with us with bridge
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housing and mission housing. i would like to thank all of the bank of america associates who work every day to assist our communities and who work on affordable housing. we look forward to many more occasions. thank you. [applause] >> thank you for being here tonight. our closing speaker needs no introduction. he is known to many people across the city as a community leader, home grown native a passionate advocate. he has been working in this neighborhood for years ensuring that the voices of our people is not only being heard but also respected. there is an organization partner of ours not only here at 419 but also across the street. not too far away from here. they are an integral part of the community and we greatly value the work we do on a daily basis. without further ado, i would like to welcome someone to the
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podium for closing remarks. [cheers and applause] >> good evening, everybody. i am an organizer. i'm so humbled to be here among so many community warriors. a lot of people who have spent a lot of long hours and organizing hours on this street talking to neighbors and making sure we get what we need and what we deserve in this case, affordable housing we started our groundbreaking with a blessing. we started with movement. we were led in four directions. so appropriate and so fitting that we started with movement. because its movements that organizes this piece of land. it is movement that advocated. it is movement that unfolds banners like that one. it is movement that demanded that sights like this return to
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our neighborhood and returned to the hard-working families and individuals in san francisco. we started with a blessing that called on our ancestors to guide us, to protect us, and people are resilient. resilient because this isn't the end of our journey. this is in the end of the movement. we are on a long distance marathon. it is far from over. it is a marathon that includes not only building and reclaiming land to build affordable housing , but also protecting renters and they're existing homes. it is making sure that we get the most amount of benefits with any luxury corporate developer that comes into our hood. because of families in our
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community deserve more. just walk around these streets. there are hundreds and thousands of our loved ones on the streets we see them intense. we see them living in cars. or you don't see them. because they are doubled and tripled in apartment buildings like this. this is why we do it. we do it for all the hundreds of homeless kids that come to school after a restless nights sleeping in the shelter. they deserve more. they deserve more. and we deserve more. when you join our movement, will you join our movement. we are just getting started. are you all ready to party and celebrate we -- are you ready to party and celebrate, i thank everyone for being here. i will turn it back over to marcy. please stay. we have delicious food from some local vendors and local mom and pop businesses to support the hoods and support the
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neighborhoods. thank you all for being here. [cheers and applause] >> okay. thank you so much. we would like to invite all the speakers to come up and grab a shovel, and we will take a picture, a break in the ground, after that, anybody else is welcome to take a picture with a shovel once we are done. thank you all so much for being here. it is really a great moment for us in the city and the neighborhoods. thank you. >> i have been living in san francisco since 1957. i live in this area for 42
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years. my name is shirley jackson, and i am a retirement teacher for san francisco unified school district, and i work with early childhood education and after school programs. i have light upstairs and down stairs. it's been remodelled and i like it. some of my floors upstairs was there from the time i built the place, so they were very horrible and dark. but we've got lighting. the room seems lighter. they painted the place, they cemented my back yard, so i won't be worried about landscaping too much. we have central heating, and i like the new countertops they put in. up to date -- oh, and we have
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venetian blinds. we never had venetian blinds before, and it's just cozy for me. it meant a lot to me because i didn't drive, and i wanted to be in the area where i can do my shopping, go to work, take the kids to school. i like the way they introduced the move-in. i went to quite a bit of the meetings. they showed us blueprints of the materials that they were going to use in here, and they gave us the opportunity to choose where we would like to stay while they was renovating. it means a lot. it's just that i've been here so long. most people that enjoyed their life would love to always
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retain that life and keep that lifestyle, so it was a peaceful neighborhood. the park was always peaceful, and -- i don't know. i just loved it. i wanted to be here, and i stayed.
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>> president cohen: thank you. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. i want to welcome you to the december 4, 2018, meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors. thanks for joining us today. madam check, please call the roll for attendance. [roll call]
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>> clerk: madam president, you have a quorum. >> president cohen: thank you. ladies and gentlemen, please join me for the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> president cohen: thank you. madam clerk, any communications? >> clerk: yes. i have one to report, dated this morning, december 4, from supervisor fewer, requesting to be excused as she's out of town. >> president cohen: thank you. may i have a motion to excuse supervisor fewer? seconded by supervisor tang. without objection, colleagues. without objection, supervisor fewer is excused from today's meeting. next we'll go on to the approval
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of minutes. colleagues, we're approving the minutes from october 30, 2018, for the full board. is there a motion to approve the minutes? motion made by supervisor mandelman, seconded by supervisor ronen. can we take this without objection? without objection. thank you. without objection, the meeting will be approved after public comment. madam clerk, please call item 1. >> clerk: it has been referred without recommendation from land use and transportation. ordinance to amend the planning coat for south of market plan and make the appropriate findings. >> president cohen: supervisor kim amended this item last week. this item needs eight votes to pass. madam clerk, on the question, shall this ordinance be finally passed, can you please call the roll? [roll call vote]
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there are 10 ayes. >> president cohen: excellent. this ordinance is finally passed unanimously. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 2, ordinance to approve a business and tax regulation code early care and education commercial rents tax credit and exclusions, subject to hotel tax or parking tax. >> president cohen: colleagues, we can take this same house, same call? great. without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading. next item. >> clerk: item 3, ordinance to
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dedicate the brewster street extension consisting on improvements on brewster and martin to public use and affirm ceqa. >> president cohen: same house, same call? excellent. next item. >> clerk: item 4, ordinance to amend the building code to modify the penalty for constructing impervious surface in the front yard. same house, same call? we have supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you. i wanted to highlight the importance of this. we have department of building inspection to work with the planning department dealing with those that may violate the front yard setback process. it people are paving over the
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front yard, it comes to the building department. in our part of town, a significant number of residents have gone above and beyond the allowable percentages. we wanted to have an additional layer and still it will be a response system based on complai complaint, but also the ability of the inspectors to highlight this and look for it in the process of looking for other violations. we feel it's important. it feels with environmental goals but also deals with the greening we're trying to do in parts of town like mine that have significant amount of paving in the front yard. so just wanted to highlight that. appreciate the opportunity to speak. hope you will support it. >> president cohen: colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? looks like we can. this ordinance without objection, passed on the first reading. >> clerk: item 5, ordinance to
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amend the planning code and zoning map for 1550 evans avenue special use district. >> president cohen: colleagues, i'm excited to bring this special use district before you. this s.u.d. represents a promise made and the importance of keeping a promise made. promises made, promises kept by the p.u.c. i want to check out to harlan kelly and his staff as they delivered on a promise that was made decades ago, before harlan was the g.m. it's much-needed and much-appreciated. it's a community center for the bayview community. i want to thank everyone that has been instrumental in the vision and community process in creating this community facility. as i mentioned, p.u.c. g.m. mr. harlan kelly, dr. jackson, may she rest in peace, harold
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madison, ethyl garlington, grateful for the original advocacy on establishing the community facility, which is now located at 1800 oakdale. this was established decades ago. today we've got a whole new set of advocates ensuring that the new building gets built. want to recognize gwen jackson, linda richardson, rodney hampton for their ongoing work in getting new facilities work. the members of the southeast facility mission, hunters point family, outstanding nonprofit, holding it down in the bayview and the community members. i see lodi titus is here. there's a host of folks. i hope you will be able to join us today and celebrate -- though we cannot take public comment on this item, but can i see who is here in this chamber for this item, can you stand up so we can
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recognize you? wow. beautiful. i appreciate it. colleagues, i hope you will join me in supporting this item. looks like we may be able to take this without objection. same house, same call, this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [applause] congratulations>> clerk: item 6 to amend the public works code to create a mobile caterer unit for restaurants that cannot operate during seismic retrofits of their building. >> president cohen: looks like we can take this same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading. next item. >> clerk: item 7, referred without recommendation from land use and transportation committee. it's an ordinance to amend the planning code to eliminate minimum offstreet parking requirements citywide to affirm
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the ceqa and findings determination. >> president cohen: supervisor kim? >> supervisor kim: i like seeing my colleagues add their names to the roster. this is very noncontroversial and i want to thank supervisors mandelman, peskin and brown, my co-sponsors. today san francisco has the opportunity to be the first major american city to remove minimum parking requirements following the examples of mexico city and hartford, connecticut. while removing the requirement, the legislation in no way removed the option of the parking. we're not removing the maximum parking requirement or prohibiting the parking. we're not requiring developers to build parking if they don't want to or if they want to build less than the minimum required. and what i've seen in the
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district that i represent where minimum parking requirements have been dealt away with is that developers continue to build parking as market demands. the city has been moving in this direction for decades and our planning code has many pathways for projects to reduce or remove the offstreet parking, for example, replace it with bicycle parking. they have allowed developers to remove offstreet parking, home sf, dwelling unit ordinance, section 161, and currently, all 100% affordable housing projects are exempt. at this point, there is no land use or policy rationale for keeping parking requirements and the removal is supported by numerous policies approved by this board ranging from vision zero, transit first, housing affordability, better streets and place making. we're hearing from developers that have built parking spots for their offices or residents and realizing that people are
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not driving at the same rate that they used to and are holding empty parking spots that could have been used for other uses whether retail or housing and also can reduce the cost and also accelerate the process through the planning department when they don't have to do something that they don't want to do. removing the minimum parking requirement will simplify our planning code in a meaningful way and provide certainty to developers and small property owners. i don't believe that the passage of this ordinance, while significant in symbolic meaning, will result in much difference, but increase in efficiencies that will allow projects to move faster through the pipeline. i just want to thank -- take a moment to thank our planning commission, who proposed this amendment, when our better streets ordinance came through the planning commission in october and, of course, to paul
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chasten has been working with the office on refining and amending the ordinance. city design group. and our long-range planning division, current planning and environmental planning. i want to acknowledge sfmta and public works that reviewed and had staff members come on their free time to speak on public comment. i want to thank our advocacy groups walk sf, cathy deluca, livable city, and bike coalition, janice lee. i want to thank our community resident from south park, alice rodgers, who first brought up the issue of how a change, a major change of use, didn't trigger any change of requirements to develop or improve streetscapes for pedestrians. and i want to thank the city attorney's office. finally, want to recognize my
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staff, noel young and edward wright that helped us to get to this point. i look forward to having your support on this ordinance. >> president cohen: thank you. supervisor yee, you're next. >> supervisor yee: thank you, president cohen. why i completely support the intent of this ordinance to get us to the point where we are not reliant on cars and fossil fuels, but i don't believe that this will result in the change we would like to see. again, we are faced with a decision to set a broad sweep that applies to a one-size-fits-all approve to all of our neighborhoods and uses. i recognize that this ordinance is not a ban and would allow projects to include parking, if they choose so. however, it does set a maximum number of parking spaces while also ignoring the needs of various populations who do not
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have the ability to get by without cars. secondly, eliminating parking requirements across the board does not necessarily result in fewer drivers, nor would it mean that it would result in more riders on public transit. it would encourage people to use ride hail companies that circumvent priorities. i want to acknowledge that not all of our neighborhoods have access to reliable public transit and those of us on the west side, we are trying to build more housing, but have done very little in expanding our improving our transit. this is unacceptable and we need to rectify that before imposing any more rules of parking restrictions. colleagues, lets have a deeper discussion about how to reduce climate change, but today i'm not able to vote on this
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ordinance. >> president cohen: thank you for your thoughtful remarks, supervisor yee. i appreciate hearing that. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: it was in these chambers about a decade and a half ago when there was a huge fight about parking maximums in the downtown c3 area and at that time, there was a proposal to have a maximum of a half parking spot per unit. for every two units built, there could only be one parking spot. everyone thought that the world was going to come to an end. our downtown would be even more congested today had that legislation not ultimately have been passed and it was passed with the support of then planning director makres, who bucked gavin newsom, who was listening to developers that wanted higher parking maxes.
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with all respect through the chair to supervisor yee, is just getting rid of a minimum requirement. it does not prevent a developer, say, in district 7 from having one car or depending on the zoning more than one car per residential unit, but it does not require that it be put in. i think it makes sense. i think it's overdue and i want to congratulate supervisor kim in her final meetings on the board in getting this done and spearheading what i think is a remarkably important initiative. >> president cohen: supervisor brown? >> supervisor brown: all right. thank you, president cohen. and i was actually in the chamber speaking on this over a decade ago as an advocate.
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and i remember, it was pretty fiery. i've had advocates that didn't want the parking removed or the change yelling at me in the corridor, but i was excited when we actually pushed to get this to move through then and now i'm really excited that this legislation is coming forward. it's been a long time, especially for us that were environmental activists. and i'm happy to continue my support. and i have the real strong backing, i know, in my community of hayes valley and other areas of the city that is pushing this and they've been pushing this for the last few years of wanting this type of opportunity and recommendation for developers as they come into these transit-rich and denser
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neighborhoods. and we're seeing -- for me, we're seeing the terrible impacts of climate change in california. we need to limit and reverse the effects of global warming and i feel like this is an important step to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. and eliminating our dependence on personal vehicles for transportation. we also know how expensive it is to build in san francisco, especially housing. and this requirement will help the cost of housing, being able to put units where parking would be and especially when we're looking at any affordable housing. when i'm going through my district and looking at the different affordable housing and h.u.d. housing and looking at the parking, i think, wow, wouldn't it have been nice if there were actually houses and apartments built there? so i'm excited about that.
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and i just feel -- to close -- less cars and more housing means a brighter, greener san francisco. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: i remember when i was on the livable city board charge for the work you were doing in this chamber then, so your advocacy and work has been consistent. supervisor kim, i want to thank you for taking this cause up and bringing forward this legislation and allowing for me to participate with you. thank you. >> president cohen: supervisor kim, your name is back on? >> supervisor kim: at land use, we were asked to do more outreach on the ordinance. i want to let members of the board know that in partnership with the planning department, our office reached out to 200 neighborhood and community groups and we received 50 letters in support. only a handful opposed. and 75% of the attendees that
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came to our meetings were in support or became supportive after learning more about the ordinance. i do want to add that i agree with supervisor yee. i don't think we'll see a dramatic change in the passage of this ordinance. in many ways, it's cleanup, moving in the direction we're already moving in, but symbollically, it means a lot. and i think for the rest of the country that is looking at cities like san francisco in terms of the future of land use and planning, the passage of this ordinance is incredibly meaningful. if we can eliminate it here, we'll start to see a movement across the country. the ordinance, of course, by itself does not decrease driving or car ownership, but it does move us in the direction where we understand that private vehicles make up 1/2 to 2/3 of our carbon emissions of any major city and we just have to do better. if this pushes us to provide better transit in districts like 7 and 4 and 11 to help us to get to a transit-first city, we
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should move in that direction and this ordinance will help us get there. colleagues, again, i want to thank my co-sponsors, supervisor peskin, brown and mandelman and, colleagues, i look forward to your support. thank you. >> president cohen: supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you. i feel conflicted on this vote. in particular, i enjoy and believe in the policy goals. we should do everything we can to remove people from their cars and promote more public transportation. some of the things that i said in committee was the reality of some of the more transportation-deprived parts of town put us in a situation where they're more car-reliant. we've been making strides. we work with the sfmta to provide more less-mile options,
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so we did that through the scooter program. myself and president cohen pushed the sfmta and the original awardees of the permits for scooters and now there's a significant increase of the scooter presence in our part of town. we're looking for other last mile options and working with the go bike program, all of those things for last mile. where we currently are, for a policy conversation like this -- and i appreciate the fact that supervisor kim and the planning department made an attempt -- i think there was a confluence of unfortunate events and absolutely underscoring where we are with global warming and the fact that there were massive fires, as we know, and a lot of people were not able to attend. i did receive a letter from the council that represents 15 plus organizations in my district saying that they were not in favor of this right now, but i do believe they could be
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significantly convinced to support something like this. i feel like a little bit more time and education, as i said in the committee, would allow the sfmta to get out and have more conversations about what this actually means. i do agree with supervisor brown and others that have made the point that reducing parking also helps with the -- to defray costs. that's a real issue. it does change people's behavior in many ways. so i think ultimately, i will defer to giving more time to this conversation. 5 want to be on record that i'm not opposed to the policy. i just think that maybe more time would help in pushing this conversation forward. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you very much, supervisor safai. i'm going to take a moment and i want to take the staff. they spent a considerable amount of time with me. thank you. on this item. while i respect them as individuals, i feel like in good
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conscience, i can't say it's good policy, certainly for the southeast. if you were to read the headlines, the t-line is failing. it's not living up to what it said it would live up to. it was never lived up to its promise and coming upgrades may not be enough to help. that's october 19, from "the chronicle." there are several other headlines that are more recent. i'm supportive of public transportation and hope that it becomes a real, viable option for all of san francisco, but that simply is not the case for the outer extremity residents, outer extremity of the city. my district is full of families. they're full of seniors. they're full of people that rely on their vehicles as the safest -- safest, most convenient transportation option for them. many don't have transportation
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options readily available to them, case in point, the t-line, which has been failing. the t-line disruption of service has impacted people who are just trying to get to and from work and to and from school. southeastern part of the city is neglected in the conversation and transit first is no exception. i want to acknowledge, although there has been outreach, the meetings have been held inside city hall and we know how challenging it is not only to get down to city hall but to take time to be a part of the conversations. i much prefer to see community meetings inside the communities that they're looking to garner feedback from. and i think that the legislation is presented as a nonchalant legislation. it's inocculative. that is how it happens. that's how it starts.
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it starts little by little, inch by inch, eating around the edges. i would ask that if people want this legislation, they should be able to opt in. i'm asking for a carve-out. i'm asking that you take out district 10, so we can study it more and understand the impacts. parking cars, vehicles, is a reality. and it feels very prescriptive that a very vocal, well-organized, very -- vocal and organized group of people have a vision of what san francisco should be going and the direction and forcing that decision on all parts of san francisco and i'm here to say it's not a clear fit and it's incredibly uncomfortable and it feels like more of the same, more policies coming down from organized groups that have the
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privilege to be in a position to send down these policies. and those of us that are less privileged, less organized, don't have the ability or the wherewithal to say, no, time-out, stop, can we rethink this? can we get more time? colleagues, if you are on the fence, i hope you will join me, please, asking for your support. we can continue this conversation legislatively, but can i tell you, my constituents have not had adequate time in weighing on this policy and, again, it just feels like -- district 10 is coined as being the forgotten district. it feels like this policy is leaving us, again, behind. why? the larger majority of the group believes that that is the direction we should be going in, completely ignoring working people, people who speak english as a second language, people trying to work third shift, swing shift, trying to get to
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work. it just doesn't feel right. so i'm going to be voting no on this. and would hope that the department, planning department, would consider carving out district 10, if this legislation should move forward. perhaps i can make a motion. maybe i will make a motion, to carve out district 10. that's an open motion on the floor. is there a second? seconded by supervisor safai. madam clerk, in terms of move forward, i don't know if we want to get to the deputy city attorney. >> clerk: if you would like to vote on this, it would have to be a roll call vote, not without objection. >> president cohen: thank you. >> deputy city attorney, john givner. we have not prepared a district 10 carve-out for today. if you want to do that, you can do that next week, or continue it, or if it passes on first reading, you can amend to make that change next week. generally both for this
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ordinance and all planning and zoning ordinances, my office and the planning department strongly discourage zoning by district for a variety of reasons that you probably don't want to hear at this moment, but if you want to work with us on a carve-out, we will do that. >> president cohen: thank you. i would appreciate that. and i tend to agree with you that spot zoning is not the most appropriate way. what other tools are available to me when i feel like i'm not being heard or my constituents are not being considered? i don't see any other opportunity. i will leave it for a larger policy discussion to this body. maybe we can continue the item. >> supervisor kim: i want to respond to that. first of all, if the sitting supervisor insists that a developer build parking, which they will continue to be allowed to do under this ordinance, i have never seen a scenario under
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which the project spotsor or developer doesn't build the parking that the supervisor requests or that the community requests. again, this ordinance does not prohibit a developer or project sponsor from building parking. in most of the city outside of districts like ronen and peskin and brown, project sponsors will be building parking even if you don't want them to build parking. that's the reality of the market needs today. while i would like to get to a place where anyone who lives anywhere in san francisco can take public transit easily to their school, their place of work, to services, etc., we know we're not there yet. we hope to get there one day. we're not there yet. this ordinance doesn't really address that. in places where developers are perhaps required to build nine units of parking but only want to build seven -- it's not nine to zero. it's really, must build nine but only need


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