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>> president yee: all right, folks. good afternoon, welcome to the february 12, 2019, regular meeting of the board of supervisors. please call roll. [roll call taken] >> president yee: would you please join me in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america.
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and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> president yee: i would like to acknowledge the staff at sfgov tv, maya hernandez and kalena mendosa, who record each of our meetings and make the transcripts available to the public online. any communications? >> clerk: none to report. >> president yee: approving the minutes from the january 8, 2019, board inaugural meeting. any changes to these minutes, meeting minutes? seeing none, motion to approve
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as presented. ok, motion by supervisor mandelman, and seconded by supervisor walton. so, without objection, then we'll go ahead and approve these minutes. after public comments. so, madam clerk, would you call the 2:00 special order. >> clerk: item 1, welcome the honorable mayor, london breed, present in the chamber to engage in a formal policy discussion with eligible members of the board, districts 5-8, each question and corresponding answer have two minutes each, and comments during public comment, and the mayor may address the board up to five minutes. >> president yee: welcome, madam mayor, mayor breed. did you have any opening
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remarks? >> first let me say happy lunar new york and happy black history month here in san francisco. we are so fortunate to have so many diverse communities celebrating during the month of february which is a great time to highlight and support our various communities, whether it's, you know, the kick-off that took place for black history month or the chinese new year parade, so excited about, hope to see you out there celebrating these festivities and thank you president yeah who hosted a great event in his district this past weekend with so many community members and families. it was absolutely amazing. we all know that we have a lot of work to do here in the city to build more housing. it's too hard and it takes too long and it's too expensive. some of the reasons include construction costs that are beyond our control but some
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things we can change right here in city hall. yesterday i announced a new pilot effort to break down the barriers we have with building housing in our city. by eliminating fees assessed by the department of building inspection for 100% affordable housing and for in-law units in san francisco. these are two different kinds of housing, but they both add badly needed housing to our housing supply. when we are investing resources in affordable housing, it makes absolutely no sense to charge significant amounts of city fees for these particular projects. we can bring down the housing costs for affordable housing by eliminating those fees, especially when we are using public money to actually produce these projects in the first place. and with in-law units, with he want to make it easier for people to build in their homes. these units are an easy way to
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quickly add density throughout neighborhoods throughout san francisco. it's why i issued an executive directive to the department to streamline and simplify the process for building in-laws and eliminate fees for the units entirely. if we can remove thousands of dollars from project costs, we can have incentives to do more to bring new homes into the light. each of these ideas fits into a simple idea. we need to get rid of the barriers of bureaucracy that block building housing in the first place. we need to build housing for all income levels and that's exactly what i'm hoping this proposal as well as so many other proposals that i put forward will help us do. and with that, i am prepared to answer your questions. thanks for having me here today. >> president yee: ok. thank you, mayor breed.
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well, supervisor brown, please ask your opening question. >> supervisor brown: thank you, mayor breed. i'm very excited about your proposals for building housing, especially 100% affordable housing. i have about five parcels waiting patiently for funding to build 100% affordable housing. so i definitely thank you when we do have the money that these properties can be built for 100% affordable. so, thank you for that. but my question today is earlier this morning issued public alerts about another s weather forecasted in the next few days. that includes flash flood watch, high wind warnings issued by national weather service. as this weather approaches on heels of the last storm i share the concerns of many of my constituents and colleagues
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about the health impacts of the city's homeless. climate change means more and more extreme weather events. i know we have been adapting this to the reality by expanding emergency protocols to include heat and air quality. we have a long standing and clear protocol in place for cold snaps, and that when implemented, available beds often do not fill up, even with the outreach the city does and the free transportation we offer. my question is, how can the board work with you to better maximize uptake for emergency protocols and pop-up shelters, and if also like to know if you would be supportive of opening severe weather pop-up shelters in appropriate city-owned properties and areas not currently well served by established pop-up locations? >> thank you for your question. providing safe places for people experiencing homelessness is an essential part of our homeless
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response system. this need is even more critical during the winter months and severe weather. in the past year we have seen cold nights, heat waves, and poor air quality caused by the wildfires around california. during the winter, the city in partnership with the san francisco interfaith council and episcopal community services operates the winter interfaith shelter program, provides shelter for up to 100 additional people per night. this is in addition to 40 additional beds per night at st. anthony's winter program and m.s.c. south shelter. and also have shelter capacity during times of severe weather and poor air quality. additional 75 shelter spots. we do not stop at this additional shelter space for 75. when 70 of the 75 are full, pop-up shelters including recreation centers we have done
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in the past and other community spaces. it's rare that we reach this occupancy threshold but we are ready to respond. san francisco shelters are heavily utilized resources, our shelters are approximately 93% full every night, and our winter interfaith shelter program is nearly 100% capacity. however, the pop-up shelters that we open during extreme weather has been underutilized. to improve the utilization of the shelter beds, we have begun using taxi vouchers to provide people with transportation to empty shelter beds throughout san francisco. san francisco can and should do more to provide people with safe and dry places during extreme weather all year around. i'm committed to opening additional 1,000 beds in the next two years. we need more pop-up shelters during the rain and also shelter beds available 24/7 every day. my shelter crisis ordinance, combined with what you just approved will help us open and
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operate shelters more quickly. >> president yee: ok. we will approve the funding today, hopefully. >> for the second reading, right, president? >> first reading. >> president yee: supervisor brown, follow-up question? >> supervisor brown: yes. i know that when we have the weather, the extreme weather and some of our emergency shelter beds are not full but i can go through my district and see people standing there in the rain, like completely, the homeless population. so i'm wondering if there's other creative ways, i'm asking for your office to look in other, your departments to look at other creative ways of how do we get people in these emergency shelters? i know probably a lot of it is a trust issue. a lot don't want to leave neighborhoods, you know, where they are like, and you know this in haight ashbury, don't want to
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go across town. so the buildings available are in neighborhoods to look at. so, it's -- it's not a question for you now, but just something to think about. thank you. >> president yee: would you like to respond? >> thank you, and as supervisor brown and i both know with our intimate knowledge specifically, the particular individuals in haight, very challenging in some instances to work with, often times there is a shelter, an offer of supportive services and with some of the challenges with mental illness we know that that's a real difficult thing that we struggle with with people who are homeless on the streets and i think that providing more options are going to be important, especially when we talk about, you know, wanting to get people into shelter, wanting to get them off the streets and we need to make sure that we have places for people
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to go but there will continue to be a difficulty, especially when there are certain neighborhoods more high demand than others. so, reforming our policy but providing the shelter beds and providing the shelter beds in various places throughout our city is going to be important and it's a first step to coming up with a comprehensive plan to address this particular issue. but, as i mentioned before, building more housing. we need to do more of all income levels and in fact, not continue to pass additional laws that make it very difficult to get housing built in san francisco in the first place. many of the policies that i'm putting forward provide funding, provide an opportunity to expedite housing, incentives and things that are going to get the job done. we need to build more housing. we need more shelter beds and we need to stop letting the bureaucracy and the introduction of so many different layers of laws get in the way of our ability to do that. >> president yee: ok, thank you,
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mayor breed. so, did you have any follow-up questions for either supervisor brown or any other supervisor in attendance? >> not at this time, thank you. >> president yee: all righty. in that case, with no questions from the mayor, this concludes the district 5 topic discussion. madam clerk, call the next topic. >> clerk: school district supervisor from district 8, supervisor mandelman, regarding public transit. >> supervisor mandelman: mayor breed, san francisco's growing by the day. back when you and i were in high school, just over 700,000 people lived here. today nearly 900,000 people do. with this growth comes challenges and one of the biggest challenges, one i hear about daily from my constituents, the need to improve the public transportation system. over the next 20 years,
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additional 17%, adding 138,000 more residents. over that same time span, projected to add 296,000 jobs. many in san francisco, myself included, are concerned we do not have an adequate plan for how the transportation system will accommodate the significant growth. this does not appear for lack of trying. we have had two transit task forces over the last decade, and it does not feel like we are planning for a sustainable transportation future. you have identified homelessness and housing as top priorities for your administration and clearly they are. but close behind homelessness and i think essential to solving our housing crisis is fixing our transit system. building more housing will not work if we can't move these people around. how do you envision closing the gaps in the transit system and moving from the reality of our congested present toward a truly transit first future? >> well, well, well, supervisor mandelman. i appreciate this question
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today. muni we know suffers from decades of underinvestment and deferred maintenance. we have a growing population and jobs base that does put additional strain on our transit system. we can't simply accommodate this growth without sound investment in public transportation, and we need to make muni faster and more reliable. address the major issues that make it difficult. we must invest in reliability by tracking our deferred maintenance backlog, and we must expand our capacity, hire more drivers, extend the system to new areas and improve rational efficiencies and ensures transit is not hampered by vehicle congestion. without creating a reliable and efficient transit system we will never achieve our climate goals. last year the transportation task force identified approximately $100 million that was needed annually in order to
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make a significant dent in the deferred maintenance and service improvement necessary to turn the tide with m.t.a. that's why i propose to dedicate the $38 million windfall money to accelerate the purchase so the j church in your school district, and in supervisor brown, and another supervisor mar, the m ocean view side, president yeah -->> preside yee delays and melt downs impacts the constituents. i wanted to, unfortunately, those funds were significantly reduced in the budget committee, by $19 million so the muni yards could have solar panels. now i fully support energy efficiency and energy independence, solar panels with an unreliable transit system
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will not help us reach our goals. and i want to be clear. transportation generates a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions. if we want to move the needle on our climate goals we must make our transit system a reliable source so that people get out of their cars and use it as their option first. >> president yee:. do you have a follow-up question? >> supervisor mandelman: yes, and thank you for the commitment for the additional l.l.r.d.s, and if we have additional money in the future, sounds like you would, but commit to trying to use that money for, to close the gap with the l.r.v.s and work with the board for additional ongoing sources of revenue for m.t.a. >> always. >> president yee: quick answer. >> follow-up question, supervisor mandelman.
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would you make an amendment to remove that money and put it back into the place where it belongs so that we can get those trains and busses delivered to our sits faster? >> supervisor mandelman: that's why you were so excited about that question. you know, this is a -- this eraf spending plan is a complicated compromise that took a lot of work and a lot of folks giving a lot, and although you know, our only option at this point is to send it back to the m.t.a. board. i have received commitments from staff and from you, from colleagues, that if there is additional eraf money in the future, we believe there will be, we will close that gap. >> i'm committed to doing it, and the priorities you all care about, we in san francisco make
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sure we are making the right investments. we need to put our money with our mouth is. thank you. >> president yee: and before you leave, any questions of any other supervisor? at this point? >> not at this time. thank you, president yee. >> president yee: thank you for coming out to the district 7 new year this past weekend. the people really appreciated. and thank you for your answers. so this concludes the district 8 topic discussion and madam clerk. to the next items. >> clerk: items 2-4, consent calendar. considered to be routine. if someone objects they may be removed and considered separately. >> president yee: any items severed from the consent agenda? seeing none, call the roll for items 2-4. >> clerk: items 2 through 4.
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[roll call vote taken] >> president yee: these items have finally passed unanimously. madam clerk, let's go to the regular agenda and call items 5-7. together. >> clerk: 5-7, comprise the appeal of a conditional use authorization granted for the project located a the 3637 through 3657 sacramento street. public hearing required for this item was held and closed on january 29, 2019.
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decision on the appeal was continued until today. item five is the motion to approve for the sacramento street project. item 6, and item 7. >> president yee: supervisor stefani, share any remarks at this time? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, president yee. colleagues, before you today of course is the conditional use, we have heard the hearing and thank the neighbors for coming out and expressing your concerns about this project. i do find this process somewhat exasperating, to be honest, that we have projects that goes to the planning department to a different reiteration what can or cannot be done, lacking predictability what can be done and then going to the planning commission where it's reviewed
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at a 4-2 vote and a level of parking was taken away, i think everyone is fine with. and now before us is the appeal of the conditional use for this building, for the various reasons that have been laid out. and i take this appeal seriously. we sit in a quasi judicial manner and it's important to me i consider everything that has been said, everything i know, desired. the mayor spoke of housing. 18 units of housing at this site, maximum number allowed. i think it's very important that this property, this project fit in the neighborhood. i think parking is important to support the businesses and the restaurants and i think that conditions on construction are extremely important, considering
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the impacts that will be felt by the neighbors and the merchants, and i also think it's important to structure any type of office space based on the sacramento street neighborhood commercial district which should be low impact as i think outlined in section 724 of the planning code. sacramento street neighborhood commercial district is on sacramento street, comprised of residential, commercial and office space. i have heard many concerns on this project. in addition to those expressed by the appealants, and merchants need foot traffic and places for people to park so they frequent the shops and restaurants. and heard from the neighborhood organization in the area, presidio association of neighbors have not taken a position on the project because some are for the project and
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some are against it, and they decided not to get involved. some liked three floors of parking and were surprised when they removed the third floor and somewhat upsets. earlier on people were concerned the doctors in the buildings were going to be displaced. there was a push to allow for medical on the second floor, mostly because they were limiting the number of people coming to shop at traditional retail stores. maximizing the number of units, we have done here for a total 18 units, the utmost importance. the sponsor wanted things, like another floor of parking, wanted the building to look different and some of the conditions, i'm not too sure he's happy with. so, i'm in a wonderful position i get to make nobody happy. so, this is what i -- i think
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based on, i'm telling you, based on my experience in district 2 living here for 18 years, working on behalf of district 2 for nine, knowing this commercial district well, listening to the neighbors, caring deeply about what they think, wanting housing, based on all the principles i just laid out, i've come to the following decision. also i also wanted to say, concerns raised about the back side of the building and my understanding is that now the project will create mid block open space. it does not now exist, i think will be better. on the california street side, neighbors new look at walls right up the property lines, rear of the garage in the medical dental buildings with this project goes away. and from the project record, in april of last year, concerns were raised about the wall at the rear property line and it was then redesigned to lower the rear yard, eliminate the rear wall, contributes to the mid
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block open space. this is not a perfect solution for a lot of the people, but i think it's a concession that does allow for mid block open spacing is extremely important. so, in addition to the planning commission, took away the third sfloor of parking i agree with, and based on the conversation with neighbors and appealants, first, design modifications of the building. so, one, the project sponsor shall modify the fourth floor and sacramento street facade, r fourth floor set back three feet deep by 20 feet wide at the east and west ends of the buildings shown on sheet 82.7 of the plan.
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and appearance of the central portion of the proposed building, projecting facade will be removed and replaced incorporating a horizontal band at the top of the building. one of the concerns i continue t hear over and over again, the mass of the building allowed through finding seven in the planning commission motion and i do agree the building needs to be modified a bit to fit better in the neighborhood. in addition to those setbacks just mentioned, the project sponsor shall proportion the windows so more in keeping with the neighborhood and also de-emphasize the balconies, replacing the glazing with metal railings and horizontal siding or brick. project sponsor will work with planning department design staff on the above for design more compatible with neighborhood character. i think it's extremely important with a building of this size that it fits in with the
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neighborhood. also medical office space size limitations. i've heard concerns and like i said, that we should just get rid of medical entirely. i have also heard concerns that relocating all the people in the -- that are using space there now is something that should be considered. right now at the site there is 13,000 square feet of space, with 16 medical offices. like i said, concerns have been raised there should be no office space at all, that it needs to be low impact and no clinic usage that might require large delivery trucks. so limit the impact of the state, medical on the second floor, limited to more than 3500 square feet per r tenant. leaving only 4500 square feet left, so the most we are looking at 4 to 6 offices in the building restricted to low impact uses.
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in addition to the design modifications and the limits on medical office space, i believe that there needs to be conditions on construction to limit impacts on the neighbors and merchants. construction must be done in a way that protects our merchants and neighbors from the impacts as much as possible. should the conditions not be followed, permits shall be suspended. you should all have the conditions in front of you, and the construction conditions are laid out in 3-12, and i'm not going to read them in the entirety. but three deals with the assessment and requires preconstruction assessments during construction and oppose construction assessment. and also the vibration plan, noise control plan, dust control plan, parking during construction, agreements that the project sponsor will provide parking for the businesses and those affected, that's spelled
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out in detail. also the construction equipment that can be used to minimize the impacts on the neighborhood while different phases of the project are going forward. also house of construction, and a community liaison to inform the neighborhood of community issues that arise and construction periods and distributing notices describing construction stages and timing to plan accordingly. and affected businesses for the 3600 block of sacramento, and any other businesses within 150 feet of the project site. this outlines the project sponsor shall provide temporary office space to the therapists who regularly see patients, outlined in here. and also work with mr. richards who has the salon at 3631 sacramento street to address concerns, his business will be impacted by construction. i know this is not what
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everybody wants, and i feel, though, that it preserves a project that hopefully will add to the neighborhood commercial district. it is large. i've tried to limit it as much as possible with keeping with the neighborhood commercial district and what i think is needed there, which is housing, low impact medical and then ground floor retail to add to our neighborhood commercial district to support our merchants on that street. i don't know if you have any questions or i should make a motion now. >> president yee: go ahead, make your motion. >> supervisor stefani: i move to amend item 6, and approve a new conditional use authorization with the planning condition original conditions, plus the following 12 additional conditions i have just outlined and which have been passed out to you. finally, table item 5 and approve item 6 as amended and
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approve item 7. >> president yee: seconded by supervisor peskin, thank you. impose additional conditions and approve the conditional use authorization and approve item 7, preparation of findings and to table item 5. we have already a second. can we take this house same call? >> one comment. so, i -- want to say that i think supervisor stefani has crafted a very nuanced, good, compromise. you always know that is truth when the appellant and project sponsor are unhappy, and i want to say that in the hearing we obviously heard from a lot of neighbors who were very concerned about construction impacts. i have to say that the
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conditions that supervisor stefani was able to secure are rather extraordinary. i mean, this could be the model for other in-fill projects relative to what good neighborly behavior during construction look like. i'm happy to second it. >> president yee: ok, thank you. without objection, items 6 as amended and item 7 approved. item 5 tabled unanimously. madam clerk, 2:36 at this point, can we ask for the special order 2:30 recognition of commendations. >> recognition of commendations, four members who would like to acknowledge the good works of certain individuals.
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>> supervisor peskin: i'm honoring a woman i've known for much of her tenure at the grants for the arts. i think most of us were a little surprised when we heard the news that she was retiring after truly significant accomplishments that have helped to shape not only the local arts scene here in san francisco, but also the national reputation of grants for the arts as a model generous progressive and community led arts funding. for the past 38 years, carrie has been director of grants for the arts, municipal funding agency for san francisco arts community that has granted over $300 million to arts organizations and cultural projects, big and signal, ranging from ethnic neighborhood celebrations to the san francisco opera. her colleagues, many of whom have taken the time to be here to bear witness to her amazing work are in the chamber and can attest to the fact carrie has
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been a tireless advocate and supporter of arts for all in san francisco. through her stewardship of g.f.t.a. enabled arts organizations of all sizes to serve the people of our city with programs that are really the envy of the nation. at the symphony programs such as school partnership series, adventures in music, if you have not seen you should go to, or celebrations honoring diverse cultural traditions, such as this weekend's annual chinese new year event or others are a reflection of the hard works that arts in san francisco remain the center part of the vibrant communities and a part of all of our lives. her rotunda dance series, brought dance troupes from
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around the world to enjoy. and tom has helped lead funding initiatives, arts for everyone, prop e on the ballot last year, that supervisor tang and i co-authored, and which passed in the november election. carrie helped empower everyone from local grassroots arts and cultural organizations to large scale cultural institutions like the opera and ballet with grant work and funding partnerships. numerous panels and advisory committees, national endowment for the arts, golden gate university, national council on foundations and the seattle arts commission, among many. and managerial awards, silver cable car award, and the business arts council trustee's
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award, as well as honorary degree from act mfa program. published beyond profit, a management guide for non-profit community and volunteer organizations, co-authored with fred setterberg in 1985. prior to working for the city of san francisco, executive director of feedback productions, a grassroots productions, to special constituents, children and elderly. her work before moving here, antioch college in yellow springs, ohio and public affairs producer for community radio station wyso, also in yellow springs. carrie, we are going to miss your dedication, lovely way about you, passion and advocacy in city hall and the community every day and we wish you so well, so much on your next endeavors. carrie shulman, please come on
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up. [cheering] >> madam city administrator. watching on tv, that is not carrie, but the city administrator of san francisco, naomi kelly. go ahead. miss kelly. >> president yee: i think after you, miss kelly, i think that supervisor brown would like to say something. i see her on the roll. go ahead. >> protocol. well, i just wanted to also thank you carrie for all of her work, for throughout the years. i can't tell you how many times when i'm thinking, oh, i've got
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to, something is coming up, in the community, and arts, and i just go straight to you and you help us do what we need to do, and i -- i think how i'm going to have to completely readjust myself not reaching out to carrie, to get things done, and thank you for the years of getting cultural events through like the black film festival, juneteenth, and black history month and when i think of the things you've done to make sure we have both cultural events happen and how important they are, i just want to say thank you. so, simple, carrie, i'll probably still reach out to you but a different level. all right, thanks. >> president yee: miss kelly. >> thank you, board of supervisors. naomi kelly, i know carrie had been talking about this for a while but we were not prepared for when it actually happened. her legacy, i met her in 1996,
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and she, in 1996, when i first started working for the city, and her ability to graciously walk us through all the different art organizations. grants for the arts is 219 organizations city-wide. and to methodically think about how they are an instrumental part of the city and she through the last few years of being the city administrator and the last seven years has spent a lot of time with grants for the arts through the hotel tax fund and her leadership we got proposition e on the ballot, to make sure the grant organizations are getting the money that are needed to make sure we have a san francisco that is -- that has the arts and cultural fabric part of the city and makes san francisco unique. through her leadership also she took the time and lead in working with the nonprofits to make sure we had space in the
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arts community because they were concerned about arts nonprofits being displaced, and through her work, working with the arts commission and northern n.c.c.l.f., northern california leadership fund, to make sure we had a fund for the nonprofits to have a space in san francisco, and just as supervisor brown mentioned and supervisor peskin, her commitment to the different cultural parades and events and dance festivals we have throughout san francisco to make sure that they continue because as residents of the city, we enjoy going to all of those different events on the weekends. and fostering interest among young people to get involved with the arts. and to be here in san francisco and making sure that it's part of our school curriculum, after school curriculum, and just getting engaged into our community and neighborhood event. her leadership over the last 38
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years cannot be replaced. but she has told me via email, via snail mail, in person, that she is a phone call away, and she, and we have been using that, we have been to her on a regular basis how to keep moving and live up to the promises of prop e, up to equity, promises of the vibrancy of the city and for that, carrie, i'm very thankful to you. >> president yee: all right. ok, carrie. come on up. >> can i use this one? >> yes. >> because i'm a 20th century woman, so i use paper. my children might say i'm a late 19th century woman, if asked. president yee, thank you so much and board of supervisors, thank you so much for this commendation. 38 years ago i got a job out of the blue with not very lively
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qualifications, frankly, that i wound up loving and that for the most part has loved me back and you can't really ask for much more than that from a career. serving the city of san francisco by helping the arts with municipal dollars has been a joy every day of the 38 years that i've worked here. i've worked for eight mayors, starting with mayor feinstein, five city administrators, or chief administrative officers, now proudly for the last seven years, serving with our first woman city administrator, naomi kelly and her deputy, jennifer johnston. office of city administrator is not exactly unsung but it's not an office that seeks the limelight. in fact, most public servants don't seek the limelight and has been a huge pleasure to get to know and work with all of the incredible public servants in the city of san francisco.
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when i first took the job, my main interface with government workers was at the d.m.v., and so -- that did not really prepare me for the caliber and quality of the people that i would be working with in san francisco as colleagues. and some here, supervisor peskin, of course, angela, i think i knew since she got out of high school, and ben, graduated from elementary school, i believe, i have known him, and particularly the grants for the art staff which loves the arts and is at their service. anyone will tell you the grants for the arts office is the most accessible and the most patient and the most helpful office in city hall and here with us are valerie, kong, and kara from our office. [applause] they are beloved in
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the arts community and the colleagues at the san francisco arts commission, which supervisor peskin mentioned, led by tom and rebecca, have been absolutely -- and ongoing general operating support to the widest swath of san francisco cultural activities, but in doing that, there have been times when we have been able to do some other special initiatives and projects. the one i'm most proud of was initiated by supervisor peskin. he perks up. many, many years ago there was another space crisis in the arts. another time when arts organizations could not hold on to their spaces, some of them were not safe, some were falling afoul of various kinds of permitting rules in the city, and so an amount of money was set aside to be given in loans to art spaces. over time that program began to
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falter. arts organizations found themselves unable to pay back the money and supervisor peskin charged my office with cleaning up the program to protect the city's investment with no harm to the arts borrowers. and it was renegotiated, and to groups, many different theaters, all across the city, all neighborhoods, all cultures, benefitted from approved affordable spaces and they wound up free of city debt. we are now in another crisis of affordability for the arts and i hope the passage of prop e will bring the possibility of funding to address it like the successful model of 20 years ago. the model is in place. we just need to fund it. i want to thank the members of the board of supervisors and the members of the previous board,
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particularly supervisor peskin and tang, supported prop e, hotel tax, became a national model and allowed me at last to declare a great victory and retire. when someone is in their 70s, and has served for almost 40 years, it shouldn't come as too great a shock. but i held on until i could leave on high, and thank you supervisors for supporting that. and of course, to the citizens of san francisco, who 75% of the citizens voted for prop e. a marvelous victory. thank you to city hall. [applause] >> thank you, supervisors naomi kelly, to san francisco arts community for allowing me to work for you and with you at what i believe has been the best job in the world. thank you all. >> president yee: thank you.
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don't go away, i was going to ask the president if we could invite you in and give you this proclamation and have all of our pictures taken with you, if you would be willing to do that. or if the president would be willing to do that, it's his call. >> president yee: how could i not? make sure the photo is artistic, ok?
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[applause] >> president yee: so, next up -- i just want to remind, we have three more commendations and i would really appreciate it if we stick to our five-minute rule of presenting and, you know, and giving the person getting the award a few minutes to talk also.
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so, that would be nice, ok? so, supervisor brown, would you like to share your commendation? >> supervisor brown: yes, thank you, chair. president yee. today -- hang on -- is my mic on? ok. today i'm so proud to honor kamia tucker of her leadership in fillmore and western edition. grew up in the bayview hunters point district and working with disadvantaged and at risk youth over 15 years. she has witnessed the violence, drugs and crime, seen past the negative and how to desire to help the people in the community seek their way to a better life. her work spans from working with foster care children to teaching incarcerated youth at san francisco guidance center, to working with at risk young women for the center for youth women's
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development. her passion always remains to serve the community on the ground and to address with, and address the mental health disparities. she has served multiple roles with the organizations. originally a work force director at collective impact and 2016, became executive director of the mo magic program in the western edition. leading a collaborative over 20 nonprofits. deliver high quality programs to over 800 youth and transitional age youth each year by connecting our kids to outside resources. kamia's work strengthens the fact of community building throughout the western edition fillmore. she may transition from mo magic but not going too far. her new role at the mental
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health specialist san francisco black infant health program, kamia holds a bachelor's degree and m.s.w. from san jose state university. she is currently pursuing her clinical work, social work license with plans of being fully licensed by the end of 2020. she is an incredible community leader, sister, daughter, and mother to two beautiful toddlers. casson and valor. i'm honoring you, but also sad you are leaving mo magic and there will be big shoes to follow, someone to fill those shoes. so, kamia, can you please come up? >> president yee: before -- before miss tucker speaks, supervisor walton would like to add a few comments.
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>> supervisor walton: i wanted to co-sign for this honor. i've had the privilege and the pleasure of working with kamia for years and i see her mother and her father in the audience, and she is just an amazing person, amazing woman. you can tell from supervisor brown's description, some of the trail blazing things she's done more recently in her life, but i do want to make sure that everyone understands even though she was working very hard in the western edition and city-wide, she is from bayview, which is in district 10. so happy to honor and give her props here today. >> president yee: miss tucker. >> thank you. i would like to thank the entire san francisco board of supervisors for having me today. next, thank supervisor brown for this honor. since i met you years ago, you have always supported so genuinely the work of mo magic and all programs involved in the collaborative. you have been nothing short of
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genuine to work with, and i'm forever grateful for the relationship we have developed over the years. next, a huge thank you to supervisor walton who has always had my back and been a huge support from day one, and actually the reason i even met the founding director of mo magic in 2012, miss cheryl davis. honor to serve under one of the greatest visionaries in miss davis. and the things i have learned under her leadership are invaluable. forever thankful and grateful to what she has given me. in 2016, apointed to direct the human rights commission of san francisco, she along with the founder of the magic program took a chance on me. i was beyond nervous to even attempt the shoes she filled in for ten years in the western edition but i'm so glad i did. also thank jeff adashi, allowed me to grow not only in the position but super supportive of
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my future goals. i have been a part of the collaborative for six years, and i've had the honor to serve the most amazing youth, transitional age youth, community partners and community as the executive director for the last two years. towards the end of 2018, i began to struggle with pursuing my dream of becoming a licensed clinical social worker, and serving my community in the area of mental health. always been beyond committed to my community and the youth so you can imagine how difficult this decision was. this is where i thank dr. mary anne jones for encouraging me for the step of faith, and my parents, backbone i have ever had and supporting me every way, and my husband in his absence, the encouragement and support i needed it most to follow my dreams of becoming a clinician. i have gained so many lessons and experiences as a part of the mo magic collaborative, slept in hospitals with young mothers who
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have given birth, unfortunately been to funerals, courtrooms as advocate, jail visits, and responded to way too many late night crisis situations to count. i have also attended g graduations. i met my husband through my work at mo magic, and have two beautiful rambunctious boys. my heart is humbled at the honor i feel in my heart god has called me to do. full of gratitude for the opportunities i never would have had anywhere else, such as working with the elite and top officials, as well as being a part of the most amazing team at collective impact, including alongside my two life savers, rika and james, and the work mo magic will continue and i believe god has for me in the career of mental health.
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thank you to the bottom of my heart. i promise to stay grounded and connected in the communities that helped me become who i am. thank you. [applause] [please stand by]

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