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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president cohen: thank you. approved without objection. next item. >> clerk: item 33 ordinance to amend the building code to enact and expedited, streamlined permit process for electric vehicle charging stations and affirm the ceqa and finding determination. >> president cohen: same house, same call? looks like we can. without objection, this ordinance is passed on the first reading. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 34, ordinance to amend the administrative code to dissolve the wage theft task force and re-authorize the committee on eye linement and extend their sunset date june
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30, 2019. >> president cohen: same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on the first reading. next item. >> clerk: item 35, ordinance to amend the administrative code to require city employees to complete harassment prevention training annually. >> president cohen: colleagues, i have a few comments i would like to make on this important piece of legislation that addresses a serious issue at the workplace, harassment. in 2016 -- a 2016 study by the equal employment opportunity commission reported that workplace harassment is a consistent issue particularly sex-based harassment. we need greater transparency and deeper understanding of what constitutes workplace harassment to establish a safer environment for everyone. this legislation brings us one step closer to stopping harassment in the workplace.
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it provides harassment prevention training for employees that work at least 20 hours a week or a total of 960 hours in a fiscal year. it also improves reporting requirements to the department of human resources, city attorney and the department on the status of women. establishing -- thus creating and establishing transparency and accountability for complaints, particularly -- for complaints. finally, the legislation urges the civil service commission to adopt a rule requiring d.h.r. to accept harassment, to accept discrimination and retaliation complaints up to one year after the alleged incident and it differs because it's currently written to accept complaints only up to 6 months. what we're doing here is
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extending it to a one-year period of time. and at this point, i want to acknowledge the work of then-president and now mayor breed on this legislation. i would also like to acknowledge director mickey callahan for her team and her leadership and linda simon from d.h.r. dr. emily murase and debi mesereau and i would like to thank my legislative aide for assisting us in this conversation. colleagues, i see no other names on the roster. i'd like to take this same house, same call. looks like we can take it same house, same call. without objection, this ordinance is passed and it's passed on the first reading. thank you. madam clerk, next item. >> clerk: item 36, ordinance to amend the administrative code to prohibit landlords of single-family homes and condominiums covered by eviction controls by circumventing controls by rent increase and clarify that rent increase
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intended to intimidate and defraud may qualify as tenant harassment. >> supervisor ronen: colleagues, in july i introduced this legislation to end the egregious tactics that some landlords are using. we put it on pause soon after introduction with fingers crossed for the success of proposition 10 and repeal of the state law. since that didn't happen, i'm moving forward with it now with the co-sponsorship of supervisors fewer, peskin and brown. as my colleagues know, most san francisco renters are covered by rent control, but there are some that are exempted. it does not, however, take away our right to regulate evictions and just cause protections apply to single-family homes and condos. this means we have local control
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to set waiting periods for seniors, people can disabilities, families with children, school workers and require landlords to make relocation payments to displaced tenants. where the loophole comes into play is when the landlord decides to circumvent these rules and use a rent increase in bad faith as an eviction tool. the real intent is obvious. what we see most, landlord will remove an in-law unit to say it's single-family or say that they're going to move. this makes it clear that using a rent increase to circumvent protections is a form of tenant harassment, subject to enforcement and damages i'm introducing some clarifying amendments today in response to comments made by supervisor stefani and yee at rules
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committee last week. these are, and i passed them out to you, in the purpose of finding section, page 2, line 25, continuing to page 3, lines 1-3, reads, this ordinance clarifies that these owners like any owner of any rental housing in the city do not have the right to impose a rent increase in bad faith in order to circumvent eviction controls and such action constitutes harassment. in 37.10a1 page 3 lines 12-15, we've added a language, evidence of bad faith may include but not limited to the following. the rent inclose was substantially in excess of market rates. two, rent increase was within 6 months after an attempt to recover possession of the unit. three, other factors as the court or rent board deem relevant. and, finally, the same language
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is added to sections 37.b, 5-9. with renters all over the city terrified of losing housing, we cannot leave any gaps in our protection. most landlords follow the rules, but for those who don't, we're putting them on alert that san francisco is serious about enforcing our just cause eviction controls. i want to thank amy binehart in my office who worked very hard on this legislation and i hope you will join me in supporting the legislation. thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you, president cohen. 5 wanted to thank supervisor ronen for brunging this legislation forward for us to consider and there -- what this legislation attempts to do is to really balance some of the bad apples that we have as
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landlords, but i -- at the committee meeting, i also wanted to make sure that it's a balanced approach and that as much as there are bad apples as landlords, there are bad apples as tenants also. by tightening up the language, it prevents the bad apple tenants to abuse this legislation or use it as a loophole for their form of harassment. so given the amendments that were made, i'm more than happy to be supportive of this legislation. >> president cohen: thank you, supervisor yee. seeing there are no other names on the roster, that completes. just to recap, supervisor ronen, did you make a motion? >> supervisor ronen: yes, a
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motion to introduce amendments that i read. >> president cohen: may i have a second? seconded by supervisor stefani. without objection? without objection, the amendments pass. now, colleagues on the ordinance itself, can we take that same house, same call? looks like we can. without objection, this item is passed on first reading as amended. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 37. ordinance to amend the municipal elections code to require that candidates for local elective office file their declaration of candidacy on the same date as they file their declaration of intention to accept or solicit campaign contributions. >> supervisor peskin: i have one technical amendment on page 2 at line 20, which is to create a subsection c, which is already
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in subsection b and strike at the end of the line, and this is before all of you, subsection b and insert section 201. i'd like to make that technical, nonsubstantive motion. >> president cohen: before we do our motion and accept the amendment, i have one question. i didn't hear this item on committee and i didn't really follow it start it finish. i've wanted to know what the spirit is. why are you bringing this to us? >> supervisor peskin: we all put proposition b on the ballot, whiches with a charter amendment that was aimed at precluding ethical compromise situations that when people were on commissions, that they would not be fundraising. and the voters voted to are that. unfortunately, we still needed to conform the election code so
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that when those individuals started fundraising, that would be the time when they would have to leave the commission. so you don't want somebody who, for instance, is on the planning commission, who is running for office, and fundraising for their run for supervisor while they're on a planning commission making planning commission decisions. so this conforming change is that the date that they start raising money, is the date that they file for office. >> president cohen: thank you. i appreciate this. it sounds like good government legislation. all right. seeing there are no other names on the roster, colleagues, supervisor peskin has made an amendment. may i have a second? seconded by supervisor yee. and can we take this same house, same call? >> clerk: on the amendment. >> president cohen: without objection on the amendment.
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on the item? we can take that also without objection, unanimous. thank you. please call the next item. >> clerk: item 38 ordinance to amend the administrative code to increase compensation received by members of the assessment appeals board for $125 or each morning or afternoon not to exceed $375 except when sitting individually, members receive $125 for each morning or afternoon service not to exceed $250 per day. >> president cohen: thank you. i want to recognize supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: wanted to make a motion to rescind the vote on item 30 and 31. the soma stabilization. >> clerk: i would recommend that since item 38 is on the floor that we -- >> supervisor safai: i can make that at the end of this then. >> president cohen: we'll recognize you immediately after the vote for item 38.
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collegues, i believe this is pretty straightforward piece of legislation. same house, same call? looks as if we can. this arrested of ordinance is passed on the first reading. >> clerk: second on safai' s motion? >> president cohen: but supervisor ronen. seconded. >> clerk: on items 30 and 31 -- [roll call vote] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president cohen: thank you. this item is passed without
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objection. going back to item 39, could you call that? >> clerk: resolution to approve the use of the official seal of the city and county of san francisco for the purpose of an artist publication documenting a one-month project in city hall, unofficial department of handshakes. >> president cohen: okay. thanks. any objection or discussion? same house, same call? without objection, this resolution is adopted. >> clerk: item 40 a motion to appoint ava lambert, jennifer siswandi, kimberly madsen, meg davidson, raegan sales and rita mouton to food security task force. >> president cohen: same house, same call?
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approved. >> clerk: to appoint jane kim january 8, 2018-february 10, 2019 and hillary ronen, february 11, 2019, through february 10, 2023, metropolitan transportation commission. >> president cohen: how is this possible? supervisor kim's term ends, but she would like to stay until february 10 to see through the process she started. i'd like to take a motion to excuse both ladies. motion by peskin. seconded by tang. without objection. thank you. the ladies are both interested in serving. they meet the basic requirements. supervisor ronen will begin her service on february 11, if that's okay with everyone on
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this body. allowing supervisor kim to continue her service. all right. looks like we can. so madam clerk, please call the roll. [roll call vote] >> clerk: there are 9 ayes. >> president cohen: without objection, this motion is approved. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: given that it's after 3:00 p.m., i can read items 42- 42-45. or would you like me to go to committee reports? >> president cohen: let's go to the committee reports. >> clerk: items 48-58, were
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considered by budget and finance committee on thursday, december 6, 2018, and were forwarded as committee reports. item 48 was recommended as amended. an ordinance to amend the administrative code to require a citywide labor agreement applicable to public work or improvement projects with a projected cost over the threshold amount ranging from $1 million to $5 million depending on the year in which the advertisiement for business is released or $10 million if funded by a source other than a general obligation bond or delay in completing the project may interrupt or delay services or use of facilities important to the city's operation infrastructure. >> president cohen: thank you. >> supervisor safai: thank you, madam president, colleagues. i rise today on this issue that's been over two years in the making. i want to put some context into
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this because i think these were some very hard-fought, listened to, participated in negotiations. want to thank my colleague, supervisor peskin, as well as supervisor fewer and the mayor for her leadership on this issue. this was certainly not an easy issue to come to consensus on. there were three main points that i would like to highlight for the listening public as well as those that were involved in the conversations. one was the desire to -- from labor community to essentially expand the opportunities protection and highlight the importance of workers in the workplace on city-funded jobs the threshold that was desired was $1 million threshold citywide. this project and this legislation focuses exclusively for the time being on the department of public works as well as recreation and parks department. there are other city-wide
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project labor agreements and other city agencies. i know supervisor fewer brought her experience to the table for the work she did at the unified school district. [please stand by]
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now all the affected parties will come together over the next nine months to a year and negotiate a final citywide project labor agreement with these parameters. we want to emphasize it was inclusive in terms of negotiations. all the affected parties were at the negotiating table. and again, at the end of the day, this was a hard fought negotiation, but everyone compromised to get where we are.
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protect workers, small businesses, but to have city-funded projects again be a pathway for all opportunities in these fields. again, i want to thank everyone. i think that this is a phenomenal compromise and i want to thank all the different stakeholders from the building trades, local, federal agencies, mayor, the city administer for two years of hard work, everyone's patience, but in the end, 50% done. and now the real work begins with the leadership of the affected parties. so i urge your full support today. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. supervisor brown? >> supervisor brown: yes, thank you, supervisor safai and all others that really worked on getting this agreement finally having a comprehensive project labor agreement before us to vote on today. as we know, this has been many
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years in the making, and i want to thank -- like i said, i want to thank and i -- everyone thank the people who poured their hearts out and worked on this and came to the table and then built this agreement to benefit workers in the city. you know, six months ago i was actually one of these workers in labor. i was local 21, and i've been either union member or supporter of unions throughout most of my adult life. and i'm proud of san francisco and this body for standing up with labor when unions are being busted by the trump administration all over the country, and i hope to vote to approve this agreement today. the hard-working brothers and sisters in labor deserve it. thank you. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, supervisor brown. colleagues, any other discussions?
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okay. can we take this item same house, same call? looks like we can without objection. this ordinance is passed on the first reading. congratulations. [ applause ] madam clerk, why don't we go back to the 3:00 p.m. special order? thank you. >> clerk: items 32 through 35 for a public hearing on the appeal of reduction requirements, residential childcare fee, university of san francisco student residents hall project for the lone mountain campus at 2500 turks street. item 43 is the motion to deny the appeal for the lone mountain campus project. item 44 is the motion to conditionally approve a waiver, and item 45 is the motion to prepare those written findings.
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>> supervisor peskin: thank you. i want to recognize supervisor fewer. >> supervisor fewer: thank you, madam president. on behalf of the university of san francisco, i'm making a motion to continue this hearing to the january 29 hearing while the board is actively looking on details for the solution. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. thank you very much. so let's go ahead and take public comment. supervisor peskin, didn't see you. >> supervisor peskin: i want to confirm that we are within the 60 days that we have to hear this under the law. >> yeah, the board requires the hearing within 60 days, but does not set a deadline for the board to make a final decision. because u.s.f. has requested you continue the item today, the board will be opening the hearing today to take any public
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comment provided today, continuing the hearing open, so you can continue the hearing at a later date. >> thank you. >> president cohen: thank you. so supervisor fewer has made a motion to continue. i need a second. seconded by supervisor yee. thank you very much, so this item will be continued. first, before we do that, take that action, we'll hear public comment. any member of the public that would like to come and comment on this item, please come. you'll have two minutes. come on up. all right, seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you. so, madam clerk, i believe there's been a motion to continue this item. could you tell us when the meeting will -- >> clerk: the date was the january 29. >> president cohen: thank you. >> clerk: madam president, can we put a 3:00 p.m. special order on that? >> president cohen: yes, and looks like we can take this without objection. all right, thank you. madam clerk, what's next?
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>> clerk: items 46 through 47. so this is the board of supervisors sitting as a wheat of the whole pursuant to a motion made during the board of supervisors meeting of december 4. this is a hearing of the board of supervisors to sit as a committee as a whole today to hold a public hearing to consider a proposed charter amendment to establish the free city college fund to defray certain costs of city college students and to require annual appropriations in designated amounts to the fund at an election to be held on november 5, 2019, and item 47 is the charter amendment to establish the free city college fund. >> president cohen: all right, thank you. supervisor kim? would you like to say something? >> supervisor kim: well, i will keep my remarks brief, because the actual vote will be taking place at a special board meeting next tuesday, and i do want to thank my colleagues for permitting that time, so that i could vote on this before the
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end of my term in office. as you all know, the charter amendment will create a city college fund and set aside annually $15 million to operate the free city program, which we are now in its second year of its pilot. to thank our board members, the coalition has limited its public comment, so it does not need to hear all of the support that this program has, so there will be very, very, very limited public comment, but that is in thank you to the members of the board for your strong support of this program. >> president cohen: thank you, supervisor kim. that's a great gift. at this point, i'd like to now open for public comment. are there any members of the public that would like to comment during this public comment? please step forward and just as a reminder, you'll have two minutes. welcome. >> supervisors, i was paying attention to a previous meeting, where one of the supervisors
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that initiated this free tuition for the entire city and county of san francisco was bagging, literally bagging, not to bring hurdles in her way. i see that it took a couple of weeks before we arrived at this date. i want to impress upon all the supervisors that we need to educate our youth, our young adults. not only their education that goes to high school or the b.a. or the m.a., but further than that. and if you look at the demographics of san francisco, which you supervisors are not paying attention to, because you're not interested in that type of empirical data, you will
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see that students or ethnic groups who come from all over the world to the bay area are the cream of the crop. so we need free tuition for our students, but we need to prepare them so that they get the ph.ds, they get the highest learning, so that they can contribute the best to this city and county of san francisco. thank you very much. >> president cohen: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, everyone. my name is brandon, i'm going to make this quick, as well, but i just wanted to say thank you so much for continuing to push for free city college. this is a great investment to the residents of san francisco. i wanted to thank supervisor kim for pushing and continuing to fight for this. you know, it's going to be hard watching the board of supervisors change.
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you all who are staying on have a lot to live up to now that supervisor kim will be terming out, so i want you all to keep fighting. i want to thank supervisor kim. i'm very excited to see this move forward, and i will see you all soon. >> president cohen: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello, i'm allen wong and i'm here to support free city college. i'm here to support it, because city college made a difference in my life. because in high school, as a youth, i was able to take community college courses when i was in high school and during the summer. it allowed me to graduate from u.c.s.d. when i was 19 years old, and the access and affordability of city college allowed me that opportunity to finish early with minimal debt and move on later to serve ameri corps. i'm here to support city college and i hope we can move this forward and win this. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you. are there any other members of the public that would like to
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speak? all right, seeing none, public comment is heard. this hearing has been heard and filed. supervisor kim made a motion to continue to december 18. is there a second? second by supervisor ronen. colleagues, we can take this same house, same call? looks like we can. without objection, this charter amendment is continued to december 18. okay, madam clerk, i believe that brings us to committee reports again. >> clerk: yes, madam president. >> president cohen: all right, could you please call item 49? >> clerk: 47. pardon me, you were correct. item 49. >> president cohen: i know i was correct. >> clerk: item 49 is an ordinance to authorize an increase of the amount of the power enterprise's commercial paper program by $160 million. >> president cohen: all right, can we take this same house, same call? all right, without objection, passed on the first reading. what's next?
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>> clerk: authorize the director of property to authorize a lease extension and approve the lease extension for the property located at 1700-1740 17th street and 1415 16th street, with extending the lease by ten years and for a total annual base rent of approximately $3 million on behalf of the police department to commence upon approval by the board of supervisors. >> president cohen: all right, thank you. colleagues, same house, same call? appears so. this resolution is adopted. madam clerk, next item. >> clerk: item 51 is a resolution to retroactively approve amendment no. 2 to the contract between department of public health and toyon associates inc. to provide regulatory reporting/reimbursement and revenue optimization services. >> president cohen: all right, thank you for calling this. colleagues, take this same house, same call? without objection. this resolution is adopted. madam clerk, please call items
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52, 53, and 54. >> clerk: item 52 is a resolution to approve amendment no. 3 to the agreement between health right 360 and the department of public health for an amount not to exceed $79 million for behavioral health fiscal intermediary services through december 31, 2023. item 53 approves an amendment to the agreement between the progress foundation and the department of public health for a total agreement term through december 31, 2022, and item 54 is a resolution to approve amendment no. 1 to the agreement between the cross country staffing inc. and department of public health for as-needed registry personnel to respond to the increase of patient census at zuckerberg san francisco general hospital and for a technical adjustment to the contract with no change to the term of the contract for $25 million. >> president cohen: all right, thank you.
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colleagues, if we could take this same house, same call? it appears that we can. these resolutions are adopted without objection. madam clerk, item 55. >> clerk: item 55 is a resolution to approve amendment no. 5 to waste water enterprise water system improvement program funded agreement. engineering designed services for continued engineering design and engineering services during the construction for the regional groundwater storage and recovery project on the san francisco groundwater supply project for $22 million and an agreement term for 15 years through december 6, 2022. >> president cohen: all right, thank you. colleagues, take this same house, same call? without objection, this resolution is adopted. madam clerk, please call items 56 through 58. >> clerk: 56 is a resolution to authorize the extension and delivery of a multifamily housing revenue note in an
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amendment not to exceed $18 million to provide financing for a 46-unit multifamily rental housing project at 211-291 putnam street and 1000 thompkins avenue. item 57 approves and authorizes a ground lease with market heights 2, l.p. on city-owned land on 211-291 putnam street for a 75-year term with with one 24-year option to extend to rehabilitate a 100% affordable 45-unit multifamily rental housing development project for low-income persons and to adopt the appropriate findings. and item 58 is a resolution to approve the jurisdictional transfer of city property to 211-291 putnam street to the real estate division to the mayor's office of housing and community development, approving the transfer price and making the appropriate findings. >> president cohen: all right, take this same house, same call? looks like we can, without objection, these resolutions are
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adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 59. >> clerk: item 59 is an ordinance to amend the planning code to permit an affordable dwelling unit with a small family child care home on the ground floor, excluding certain child care units from the calculation of maximum density permitted on site and make appropriate findings. i should also state items 59 and 60 were considered by the land use and transportation committee at a regular meeting on december 10 and were forwarded as committee reports. >> president cohen: thank you, i appreciate that. supervisor yee? >> supervisor yee: thank you very much. i continue to introduce legislation around childcare, and i'm so excited to bring this legislation before you today. we worked on several evolutions of this ordinance, and i'm proud of the work we have done to create an innovative program to address not only one, but three, of our city's most pressing need
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issues. so i'm going to just summarize so that you don't -- we don't have to sit through my whole thing here. what it really does, this legislation, is that it addresses the growing gap of childcare options in san francisco. number two, it also gives the need for affordable housing for our childcare providers, and number three, it really does help with the difficulty of what we are facing in filling ground floor retail spaces, in particular in the outer areas. and so my staff, jen lowe, has been meeting with all the players, including developers, to come up with this piece of legislation. and i want to thank not only jen on this, but also the city planning staff, especially sheila nikalapagos and jacob
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dentlive. i want to also thank amy chang and graham dobson of the office of early education. i also want to recognize all the people from the housing rights committee and developers who engaged in this process. and lastly i want to thank my co-sponsors in this, supervisor ronen, kim, and fewer. so hopefully you'll all be supportive of this legislation. if you want more detail, i could go into it. >> president cohen: no, thank you. i think you've provided enough, and i'd like to be added as a cosponsor. >> clerk: thank you. >> president cohen: supervisor safai and brown would like to be added. i think that's it. thank you, supervisor yee. colleagues, can we take this item same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on the first reading. madam clerk, please call item 60. >> clerk: item 60 is an
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ordinance to amend the planning code to the ceqa and historic findings. >> president cohen: colleagues, this is a historic landmark legislation. quite frankly, i think it's a long time coming. 2 henry adams is a jewel of the building and an anchor of the san francisco design center. when the owners first approached us about landmarking status back in 2003, we learned that such a designation would have allowed for absolute conversion from affordable p.d.r. space to office use. and since then we've passed restrictions on what zoning uses a p.d.r. 1-d landmark building can convert and through that effort have ensured that no p.d.r. tenants will be displaced during this landmarking process. the landmarking before you today for your consideration would allow the san francisco design center to raise funds for much-needed investments in the
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building, but it will also preserve our galleries, it will preserve our show rooms, and quite frankly, the heart and the soul of the design center located in showplace square. i'd like to take a moment to recognize and thank the tenants of the design center for advocating, and moving us through this process. i want to recognize the outstanding leadership of ms. kimberly smith for her tireless work, and, again, tim fry from the planning department for his additional support, wisdom, and guidance. thank you, colleagues, for your consideration. colleagues, can we take this without objection? it appears that we can. same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on the first reading. madam clerk? >> clerk: item 61 was considered by the public safety and neighborhood services at a regular meeting on monday, december 10, and was forwarded as a committee report. item 61 is a resolution to declare support for the tree of
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life synagogue and global jewish community following the atrocious anti-semitic shooting that killed eleven and injured six others on october 27, 2018, in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, and repeating the call for common sense gun laws to protect our families and communities. >> supervisor stefani: i want to thank my colleagues for supporting this resolution and supervisor mandelman and supervisor ronen for hearing it yesterday in committee. you know, december 14 marks six years since the sandy hook shooting, where 20 children and six educators lost their lives. since then over 600,000 americans have been shot and killed, and our gun violence epidemic isn't going away. i've been here one year, and i've stood up three times to talk about three mass shootings. i just want to continue to shine a light on this. i want the jewish community to know that we are with them, and to continue to do everything
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that we can to change what is happening in our country around gun violence. so, again, thank you, colleagues, for your support on this resolution. >> president cohen: thank you, supervisor stefani. we can take this same house, same call? without objection. this resolution is adopted. madam clerk? >> clerk: first up to introduce new business is supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madam clerk, colleagues. today with cosponsors supervisors rafael mandelman, yee, and kim, i'm introducing after months of work the housing preservation and expansion reform act, which was really catalyzed by a number of both legal and illegal demolitions. supervisor kim did some pioneering work relative to what is now our semiannual housing
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balance report, which was heard by the land use committee yesterday afternoon, and the numbers are startling. which is for every two units of affordable housing, and that means up to 120% of area median income, we are losing one. we are losing them to what we call sham mergers, where a technically there's a second unit in the building, but it's been made so small that it's virtually uninhabitable. it is a function of serial permitting. the kind of high profile demolitions that this board has heard, the 950 lombard case, where a house was demolished and is on the market for, believe it or not, $45 million. so this legislation works to conform demolition definitions that have different definitions within the planning code, between the planning code and the building code, to expand the
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definition of demolitions to prevent these sham unit mergers and to prevent the exploitation of loopholes through serial permitting that are in the code. it discourages the building of so-called monster homes, but most importantly, it creates a fast track for certain expansions that provide more unit density and additional units of housing. so i look forward to the comments of the planning department and the planning commission, and the department of building inspection and their commission. i commend this law to all of you. it is 64 pages in length. i know many of you are reviewing it, but i hope that you will find your way to sign on as co-sponsors or make suggestions as to how it can be improved, and the rest i will submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you so much. today i'm introducing legislation that will help us strengthen the civil rights protection for all children and youth in san francisco when they
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come into contact with law enforcement. and i want to thank supervisor brown for cosponsoring this legislation. my proposed law will make san francisco the first and only jurisdiction in the country that mandates that all minors have access to legal representation before they can be questioned by police to ensure that they understand their miranda rights. this law also states that parents have the right to be present with their child if their child is being held and questioned by the police. right now our laws are different for a 15 year old versus a 16 year old. due to a new state law that passed last year, 15 year olds must have their miranda rights explained to them by a public defender that works with juveniles, i should say, who knows how to effectively explain to a young person what it means to have the right to remain silent and to have the right to an attorney. this conversation takes place before a police officer is allowed to question a youth. a 16 or 17 year old does not --
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is not afforded this extra layer of due process protection, even though they are also a minor under the law. i want to fix this discrepancy and provide legal consultation for all minors in san francisco. research shows that young people under 18 are three times more likely than adults to make a false confession. in one study that looked at wrongly convicted minors who had been exonerated, 42% of them had falsely confessed to the crime. we know from neuroscience that teenagers' brains are not fully developed. because of their underdeveloped frontal cortex, they can make rash decisions and can be impulsive in the moment, especially if they are terrified or intimidated. this is an opportunity for san francisco to lead the country by showing that we are serious about police reform, the rights of children and youth, and due process for all. this added layer of protection is an important step in our efforts to create a more just criminal justice system. i would like to thank the youth
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commission, coleman advocates, young woman's freedom center, mission peace collaborative, and our public defenders office juvenile division for their partnership on this legislation. i want to give a very special thanks and shoutout to caroline goosen from my office, who has long worked on youth in the criminal justice system and advocated on their behalf, and i'm looking forward to discussing this more when this item is committee and hope to eventually gain your support. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: just want to say happy birthday to my 7-year-old son, rumy john safai. on the record. that's all i have to say. thank you, colleagues. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor. supervisor stefani? thank you. supervisor tang? >> supervisor tang: thank you, it would be silly to submit something today, but i have an in memoriam request but no
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legislation. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor tang. supervisor yee? >> supervisor yee: thank you, madam clerk. can you -- supervisor safai, can you add me to that proclamation? okay. colleagues, in may of last year when i passed the ordinance limiting automated delivery devices on our sidewalks, initially i was told i was creating legislation that was addressing something that wasn't a problem. before the legislation was passed, 300-pound security robots were seen on the sidewalks allegedly telling homeless to move along. a few weeks after that we all witnessed hundreds of electric scooters dumped on our streets. to address the e-scooters, single-subject legislation was passed that created a permit process specifically for scooters. the trend of launching
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businesses without permission or notification continues and will not end. last week i read about a three-wheeled electric tricycle that was seen parked on market street, taking really a lot of space on a sidewalk. and i think at some point they were wanting to launch this and use the bike lanes. can you imagine these big three wheelers being in the same lane as a bike? at this point, technically they may fall into gray area not covered by our current policies, and again, we would be forced to legislate for single invention in order to protect our residents' safety. i support innovation and technology, but our residents are not guinea pigs for venture capitalists to experiment on our public and infrastructure. not a free for all, unregulated
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space. this is why in april, with the support of supervisors ronen, fewer, and peskin, a working group with guiding principles was created in order to make recommendations for a regulatory and permitting process for emerging technologies. i think that all of us realize that legislation that creates a clear system to support innovation and evaluate the benefits, the costs and risks to our residents' safety, the privacy impact to merchants, seniors, children, labor, and our public infrastructure is critical and cannot be delayed. i want to thank city administer kelly for her -- and her staff, especially mattias hemy and christa canalargas, our chief
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innovative officer, and stacey lee from public works. also kerry bishop, our chief digital services officer, danielle harris from s.f.m.t.a., and warren logan from the county transportation authority for their commitment to help with the implementation of this working group. since then, the working group met six times, and these meetings were very successful with broad and diverse representation from small, as well as established start-ups. representatives from the private sector, academics, nonprofits, community members, that were represented from labor, seniors, and people with disabilities, numerous city department privacy advocates, merchants and neighborhood associations from across the city. input was also taken from online
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surveys and in-person interviews. i am often incredibly impressed by the ingenuity of the start-ups and the pace of technology, but i would not hesitate to do something when the safety of our residents and our limited public infrastructure is being compromised. it is our responsibility as a city to get a handle on this. i mention companies that began operating in the last couple weeks or months, but let me remind everyone that this is an ongoing trend that will not cease. we already have bike share, e-bikes, security robots, private transit vehicles, scooter shares, just to name a few. the arrogance of these companies dropping scooters and bikes, private bus routes, without any notification, recording data for our residents that -- of our residents that we have no idea
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how it is being used. it's really mind boggling. a multibillion tech corporation utilizing publicly funded infrastructure really pays disproportionately little for this, and welcome and encourage emerging technology, but as a city, we must ensure that the technologies provide net common good measured in identifiable ways, in that they are safe and appropriate. these pervasive instances of emerging technologies in our city must accommodate the most vulnerable persons, including seniors, children, and those with mobility or other limitations, not the other way around, and not retrospectively or as an afterthought. the city and public must effectively evaluate any emerging technologies' benefits
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and impacts before they operate on our public infrastructure. i recognize that this is really uncharted territory. this is why i'm proud of the large and diverse field of experts and advocates that contribute to the working group. now, they've gone to six meetings and they've come to conclusion now. so today i am calling for a hearing on the outcomes and recommendations that were put forth by the working group. and i really want to thank my cosponsors on this. again, supervisors ronen, fewer, and peskin. i look forward to the hearing, and subsequently creating legislation that would enable us to consider emerging technologies wholistically with the stated goal of anticipating and intelligently minimizing the friction between humans and public-facing technologies. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor yee.
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supervisor brown? >> supervisor brown: thank you. today i'm introducing one resolution and two ordinances. i'm introducing the resolution today, along with my cosponsors supervisor stefani and yee authorizing support of california state bill 23 authored by senator weiner. as we all know, our neighborhoods are under siege by professional criminal rings who come into the city to prey on residents and visitors alike. they are breaking into cars in record numbers in our neighborhoods, and we must do everything we can to deter them. i can't walk down the street in my district without seeing broken glass and evidence of another break-in, and it's difficult to hear people that cannot afford to replace their car window and feel the city isn't listening or care. sb-23 provides a common sense tool to combat the epidemic of auto break-ins that removes a
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provision that requires prosecutors to prove that doors were locked, even if it's clear the burglar broke the window to commit a crime. i hope you will join me in supporting this resolution. my second one is an ordinance, and i'm excited today to work with mayor breed to introduce legislation that would make it easier to open and maintain a business, a small business, here in san francisco. our commercial corridors are what makes the city life so great. the fact that we can walk a few minutes, get a cup of coffee, go grocery shopping, or bike with friends or buy a record makes it so much more of a pleasant place to live. besides providing everyday necessities, our commercial corridors are gathering spaces for neighborhood life and important drivers for our local economy. our commercial corridors are really an extension of our homes, but like many of you, i'm frustrated about the closure of beloved businesses. long-time vacant stores and
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impacts that it has on our community. it's time to clean up our codes and to make our corridors vibrant, diverse, and adaptable. our small businesses are facing big challenges, like online retail, rising rents, and the scarety of costs of labor. i've also spoken to merchants excited about brick and mor tta retail. i've asked what they needed most and time and time again they've spoken about the difficulty of opening a business in the city and about the confusing regulations that suck so much of the vitality from a business. for businesses to have to rent a space and wait for a year or year and a half before they are able to open is for some folks they won't even open a business because of that. if we can remove antiquated and overly restricted regulations and significantly reduce costs and delays, our small businesses
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can blaze a new future for brick and mortar retail. our small businesspeople will find new revenue streams, hire local, and they will fill vacancies. part of our job to make sure that the city just doesn't get in their way. that's why i'm happy to join supervisor tang's flexible retail legislation and that's why i've partnered with the mayor to introduce legislation today to accomplish several things. devoting nearly $1 million in new investments to retain, attract, strengthen small businesses by leveraging and redirecting existing programs and creating new ones at the office of economic development. streamline permitting and zoning challenges experienced by retailers, restaurants, and night life businesses. reduce requirements to grow food by aligning city codes with the state code. allowing businesses to add outdoor uses within reason and expand access for retail to host
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live events. i look forward to discussing this proposal with each of you in more detail and getting your feedback and ideas and working together to ensure san francisco is a city where small businesses continue to evolve and thrive. and my last one, and it is actually an ordinance. and today i'm cosponsoring with supervisor fewer and mayor breed to ensure the creation of the prop "c" oversight committee. i have also heard from our community and advocates to keep our promise and give this initiative what it needs, proper community-led oversight in a timely manner. i supported prop c from the start. the success of our city, our home, at the ballot sends a clear message. the majority of san francisco believe we can do better. this is a role


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