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see new small businesses that are not built as venues to employ artists, musicians, as well as other people. one thing, we're having a summit on april 2nd. one of the topics that day is going to be a pretty informed discussion on a -- it's still on the agenda, right, on how to make live music work for your business in a small business, and it's kind of through the lens of our limited lives, but because of your hours, you're kind of in that frame. we're trying to have a real substantial conversation around that. that's really helpful in how to book bands, what to look for. that's exactly the conversation we're going to have, so yeah, i would recommend attending that. so i don't have any specific
questions for you another those comments. all right. i'm going to open this up to public comment. is there any public comment on this specific agenda item? okay. seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> well, your space is a small place -- actually an undiscovered place. not as big as the places i ran before. >> president hirsch: i've run really big places. >> when people -- when my friends told me to come down the street and find this place, i go where did this place come from? and you know, the crowd that they have is all financial. but i do say that when you do start having entertainment, you're going to draw a different crowd that might come out a little later, and i do suggest getting a -- i think the code is one guard for every 100. you should have one well trained person to handle,
again, the outside, crowd control, checking i.d. because even if you have a 47, you intermix in the crowd, and it's hard to say -- and all you have to do is get popped for one underage person. having a guard isn't a bad thing. when you see your happy hours, i understand why you might not want to have one. but as i think -- i mean, you already have a great crowd. i can see more people coming, and it's great for that location because it's dead there, that whole area down there. i think that other restaurant, what is it called? space 212 around the corner, they just have beer and wine and no entertainment, but they pack it in because of the food. i think in order for chinatown or any of those areas for people to come back, it's going to be food and spirits and no cost to get in kind of thing.
i think i like to support the permits with the condition that there is one security guard when there is a deejay or any kind of entertainment. >> i'd just like to add it would be helpful to have on file a security plan. it doesn't have to be as detailed as some of the our larger venue -- as some of our larger venues, but i think it's just good practice, and it's part of our conditions, actually. >> so that permit application itself is the security plan. it's how they answer the questions relative to security is technically their security plan unless you hire somebody like a mark renne or whatever to submit some things, more robust. so if those questions that we're asking that we're using to prompt people to basically create a security plan within
the application or not, robust enough, we should probably talk about that. >> change the form? >> yeah. >> president hirsch: and allow me, what i think i heard you say, i don't think you were recommending conditioning it, but it might make sense for you to spend some time working on an actual security plan just for your own sake. >> i think the security plan you're talking about, it could go really deep. live shooter situations, but just in general, when you're required to have a guard. >> you can ask our staff, and they can definitely furnish you with a boilerplate one that you can take a look at. it can be really helpful to have. especially if there are incidents, when liability comes into play, it's very helpful to understand what the security plan it be. so steven, is that -- can be. so steven, is that a motion?
>> it's a motion. >> president hirsch: the only thing i would add is i do feel permitting the entire space is a good idea, and i think personally allowing them to have two separate sound levels because i would imagine the basement could be a lot louder than the conditions. would be a condition that i would be very supportive of. >> i agree. >> may i get clarification in a your condition is they have two sound limits, one for upstairs and one for downstairs? >> yeah. >> and a security guard when they have entertainment. >> is that regardless of number of patrons? >> at least one security guard for the front. i mean, the code says one for every 100. it's 49 downstairs, and i don't think it's 49 upstairs. i think one security guard.
it's up to him if he wants to get two. >> and that's at the front door? >> at the front door. >> and i also want to clarify, that's also including comedy, trivia night, all entertainment? >> i would say just to make it consistent. i mean, how do you -- >> live music. >> live entertainment. >> well, anything. deejay. >> we just have to go with the definition of entertainment or else you're getting into a weird area. >> yeah. if you're having a deejay play a ten, there should be a guard there. >> president hirsch: all right. so we do have the motion. i recommended those. i personally don't like to second things unless i have to. >> i'll second it. >> president hirsch: okay. so --
[ro [roll cal [roll call] >> president bleiman: congratulations, your permit has been approved. please follow up with the director at your earliest convenience. thank you. all right. the final agenda tonight is commissioner comments and questions. lay it on us. >> i'm -- equality california is holding an lgbtq leadership summit in sacramento next week for appointed and elected officials and i will be attending at one of your will go -- as one of your lgbtq commissioners. >> president bleiman: fantastic. and we are t-minus 22, 28 days, somewhere in that date until the entertainment -- until the summit. >> 28 days. >> when commissioner perez is
completed with the marketing, i hope we all do our part to get the word out. >> yes, please. >> mezzanine, it can hold a lot of people, so -- >> do we say the times and everything to people in t.v. land know? >> yes. so it is going to be on monday, april 1, and networking begins at 12:30. the actual event will begin at 1:00 p.m., and we'll have a whole opening remarks section. and then, we'll take a break, we'll have our first panel discussion, and then, we will do break out sessions, and then, we end the afternoon with happy hour. >> ooh-la-la. we also have to put on our thinks caps and figure out a way to prank everybody there. it is our duty. >> absolutely. totally agree. >> all right. is there any public comment on
the meeting will come to order. welcome to the thursday, march 14th meeting of government audit and oversight committee. i am supervisor gordon mar, chairman. i am joined by supervisor peskin. supervisor brown is unable to join us today due t to illness. i would like to thank samuel williams and james smith for staffing this meeting. do we have a motion to excuse supervisor brown? >> so moved.
>> mr. clerk. mr. clerk that motion is adopted without objection. >> please make sure to silence cell phones. documents should be submitted to the clerk. items will appear on the april 2 board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> thank you, mr. clerk. please call item one. >> resolution affirming the board of supervisors per visor commitment to addvensment of racial equity and in the city and county programs policies and veryises in the city programs and policies and services. >> due to supervisor brown's absence i make a motion to continue to the call of the chair. we will take public comment. are there any members of the public who wish to testify? seeing none, public comment is
closed. can we continue this item to the call of the chair without objection? thank you. please call item two. >> item two a hearing to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the retroactive nature of the board of supervisors' approval of the grant agreement between the city and county of san francisco and tenderloin housing clinic and of the first amendment to that grant agreement. >> i would like to pass this off to supervisor peskin. >> commissioner peskin: because trent roar from the human services agency is in san francisco i would like to continue to the call of the chair so we can schedule a time when the head of hsa can contribute. >> i would like to continue to the call of the chair. >> any members of the public who wish to testify? >> public testimony is now
closed. >> can we recommend this item -- can we continue this to the call of the chair without objection? thank you. >> mr. clerk can you call item three. >> heres on the proceed you will mechanics and process under taken by the city's state legislation committee on the city lobbyist when transmitting the city official policy commissions to external bodies and agencies. >> i would like to pass this to supervisor peskin. >> commissioner peskin: this is a subject of great interest to the public. there are no members of the public here today. by way of background, we had a similar hearing to this in 2016 after we found out that an internal committee to the government here, the state legislation committee had been meeting without public notice or
documenting their meetings, and that the member lay i son from the board of supervisors at that time was not representing the views of the entire board of supervisors. interestingly enough at around the same time, the board actually adopted a formal policy position on a budget trailer, the buy right bill, which the mayor, mayor lee at that time ultimately vetoed. it sparked my curiosity on how the city takes positions on state legislation. it reminded me we have a state lobbyist in the state capitol, paul yoder, who is here today. it started an interesting conversation at the board around how we as the policy body
participate in lobbying the state, particularly in a period of time where there are all sorts of state bills that preempt local authority that are of interest to us, and so given that, we have a new mayor and almost entirely new board of supervisors and new state legislation committee which present yee serves on, he asked that i bring this hearing back to committee for refresher for all of us. he wanted to be here in person but he had a conflict but could not be here. what i want to do is start with deputy city attorney john givner to present be what the charter holds, what role the mayor plays, what role the board plays, what is in the administrative code as it relates to the state legislative committee. with that, mr. givner.
>> thank you, deputy city attorney john givner. the charter provides the mayor coordinates all inter governmental affairs for the city. generally, when the city is lobbying the legislature or the federal government or the governor or regulatory agencies, the mayor must coordinate those communications. typically, with the state, she coordinates those communications by directing our state lobbyist. with federal matters, she coordinates those communicates with the federal lobbyist. that is why the contract with those lobbyists is a contract with the mayor's office. the board of supervisors has the authority to set policy for the city. that is one of the reserve powers of the board because the charter doesn't actually speak
to whether the board of supervisors can set the city's position on state legislation, but because of the reserve authority of the policymaking of the city the board has that power. the board adopts that with resolution without reference calendar at board meetings. because and possibly because it was difficult for the board over the years to take positions on -- by resolution on every piece of state legislation, a number of years ago, the board adopted an ordinance creating the state legislation commit d committee d delegated the power to take positions on behalf of the city on matters pending before the legislature. the state legislation committee which as supervisor peskin says is subject to the brown act and
sunshine ordinance holds public meetings to discuss and take positions on behalf of the city on pending bills. if the state legislation committee takes a position on a bill or doesn't, the board can always adopt an ordinance. i am sorry, a resolution taking a position on a piece of legislation, and the board's say is the final say for the city. any resolution the board adopts sets the policy for the city. >> unless the resolution is vetoed. >> any resolution the city enacts following the mayor's consideration. on matters of federal law or state regulation, the state legislation committee does not have authority so the board of supervisors sets the policy for the city. the board could expand the powers of the state legislation by ordinance or set a separate
committee for federal legislation but hasn't done that over years. the mayor coordinates all communications with other government entities. the mayor must conform those activities to the city's official policy, whether the policy adopted by state legislation committee or by the board. what that means is if the board adopts a resolution supporting ab1, the mayor cannot direct the state lobbyist to oppose ab1. if the board says we support ab1 but there are issues that the city could seek amendments on this definition within ab1, then the mayor can direct the state lobbyist to support and seek
amendments. if the board and state legislation committee do not take a position on a matter, the mayor can direct the state or federal lobbyist to advocate for a position that is in her discretion. she must follow the board's policy direction when the board acts. she must follow the state legislation committee's direction when they act. if neither have spoken to set position the mayor has discretion to coordinate communications and say what she will. one final point. because the mayor has the power to coordinate all city communications with the state and federal governments, and other government entities, other officers do not -- cannot lobby the state legislature without coordinating with the mayor. for instance, the fire department might have a position
on a pending state bill relating to fire safety. the fire commission and the fire chief should not be lobbying the state legislature unless they are coordinating with the mayor and the mayor gives the o care. >> how does that relate to department one? >> same is true for department number one. of course, individual supervisors in personal capacities may communicate with state or federal legislatures but should not be using city resources t to engage in that activity and including staff time. they should not speak on behalf of the city. only the mayor can speak on behalf of the city.
>> the state legislation committee consists of who? >> there are representatives from the mayor, the board, the mayor's office chairs the committee. i believe the board has two appointments. the city attorney has a position and beyond that i am totally blank. >> treasure assess or and controller. who is the city attorney on there? >> maryjan-- mary jane winslow. >> what does that seat do? >> that is not held by an attorney in our office although she coordinates with the executive team of our office in terms of what position our
office will take on the state legislative committee. she is a voting member. >> got it. is there somebody there who advices the committee as to what the implications of state preemption or everybody comes with a policy position. >> everybody comes with a policy position. of course, our office, if the committee wanted, could provide more kind of here are the legal repercussions for the city analysis of any bill. >> i have a bunch of questions for edward mic caffeine from the mayor's office. he is not here so we will bounce right to the city lobbyist, mr. paul yoder. i want to thank you for coming down from sacramento.
>> we will go to mr. yoder if you want to tell us a little bit about your firm and your practice, that would be a good refresher. >> absolutely. thank you for the opportunity, mr. chairman and supervisor peskin. our firm has been around since 1978 as a firm still represents the very original first client california transit authorization. 1978 i started lobbying at the age of 14. that is not true. the firm is around since 1978. joshua shaw and i took it over in the early 1990s. we are the founding partners of the firm. we have five partners. there are only three in the name but happy to announce that two other partners karen and jason
will be on the masthead. we are open to suggestions as far as a new name in the future. i have been lobbying for almost 30 years. i lobbied for counties the entire time in my career. first county i lobbied for was san diego county. since then i represented rural, suburban and urban counties. it is about representing cloth local governments. we represent close to 50 local governments in california. i want to make sure you two memberses the board i want to be clear to you that representing the city and county is one of my personal joys in my career and certainly one of my professional accomplishments that i am very proud of. we do believe for the city and county we have attained an
incredible return on investment. everything from the mission rock development, redevelopment unwind facility and movement of warriors arena. 10s of millions of dollars to address homelessness in the city. we take that return on investment for the citizens of the city and county very, very seriously. we wear it like a badge of honor so i am happy to be here today. thank you for inviting me. i will answer any questions you might have. >> i guess one of the questions is how you balance the various city priorities. i mean i assume that when we pass a resolution of support or opposition to a piece, ab or sb, i assume our checker transmits -- clerk transmits that to you
and that is the official policy of the city. how is that with the various clients and the things the city wants, how do you balance that? >> can we tokologiestics first? i want to know the clerk's office is phenomenal about transmitting the position taken by the board like that. we make sure with respect to generally it is on a bill ab123. it could be another issue. wildfire liability earlier this year. we transmit the resolution to the relevant committees. the first committees that bill is going through. may be getting in the weeds too much. technologically things are changinchanging in san francisc.
all of the things i am saying i wish the legislature could synchronize the system to make it universal across committees. it is a hopscotch approach right now. the water parks and water life committee might allow you to upload the city resolution. the insurance committee may request you fax it or hand deliver it or what have you. that is something we are dealing with. you want to make the finer point so the board members understand we are tracking how the committee's need to get positions taken by your board. in terms of balancing, we are constantly aware. we track every position taken by your board. i can produce that matrix at any point in time for you or your staff to demonstrate we are doing that. we are constantly aware of every
position made by your board. >> do you make recommendations to the city or the mayor as to bills that we might want to support or oppose? the example when i it is on the california coastal commission at every meeting sarah christy, who i'm sure you know, comes before the 12 members and says here are 10 pages of bills, we recommend you support this, watch that, oppose this, support if amended, which because of our creation of the state legislation committee rarely happens at the board of supervisors unless one particular bill catches our attention. we don't have that kind of comprehensive up or down or maybe. do you bring those things to the committee and say here are 20 bills you should take a peak at. >> we are on the seventh year of representing the city and
county. during that entire time, this is sort of manifestation what makes san francisco unique. what i mean you have so many department heads who are plugged in and creative and so they know what they know, and they are also constantly trying to think of ways to make life better in san francisco. that is a from fasto me say -- a preface to me saying there is no shortage of bills. you have so many people who are paying attention to what is going on in sacramento the average slc agenda as up get to the busy months of the legislative cycle i see nodding heads. it is dozens of bills. i can't think of an instance
where your staff collectively missed one. i can't think of where somebody at some point didn't go this is kind of a big deal for the city. we have never been asked to make that recommendation, supervisor. >> representing numerous different counties, do you see patterns? what are other counties saying about our senator, senator's bill 58 or 50 late night hours and state preemption of certain land use decisions? >> on senate bill 50 it is like sba27, folks didn't have to because they had the educational process. last year there wasn't a lot of educational process. it has to occur this year. the new twist with 50 is there is also a senate bill 4 authored by bill and mcguire and the
suburban parts of the nine county bay air region. i think what most folks are doing are really kind of waiting to see since both of those are senate gills, -- senate bills, what will the senate do on those bills? there is an interesting situation where the senate transportation committee they may have to go to one and another committee what is senate leadership will do is interesting. to try to answer the question specifically as i can, there are a lot of people kind of hanging back knowing that that dynamic committee process is going to happen, and i think a lot of people want to wait and see what senate leadership and the other senators have decided to do with either of those bills or both of
those bills through the policy committee deadline. that is what a lot of our clients are doing is waiting and watching to see how things emerge. i hope that answers your question. >> that is helpful. sb58? >> again that is a bill that we are on our second or third iteration. >> governor brown vetoed that last year. >> you have the broader dynamic where bills vetoed by jerry brown they don't know what governor newsome would do. i will give it another shot. it is not just sb58. that is a couple hundred bills i could list for you.
what governor newsome might do that might be different than governor brown-waite -- governor brown will wait to be seen in terms of patterns. it is interesting seeing who thinks that might be good for the city. ththe bill is optional. it is up to any city that wants to make the best case for being in. for cities that don't like the policy, it is not like the bill would impose anything on their city. if it got to governor newsome and governor newsome signed it. >> these are questions for mr. mic caffe, he is not here.
the contract between the mayor's office and your company is that an annual contract, is there an r.f.p., is it bid out? >> it was rp originally. we emerged as the chosen firm. it was rped again, i believe. give me a second. i want to say 2017. i don't want to answer incorrectly. 2017. >> it is for a term of years, annual renewal. >> initial term and options to extend. >> who is that worth on an annual basis. we have never changed the price in seven years. i owe it to my partners to note that. maybe i shouldn't have. moving on. it is 2 $76,000 a year and as i
said that is the price since its inception. >> thank you for not raising it. chair mar, do you have questions? >> chair mar: thank you. this is very helpful for me inning how this all works as far as our city weighing in on important state legislation and the role that you play. i have a few questions more for my understanding. i want to understand the kind of work that happens conveying our position as the city and county of san francisco on a specific bill. for example, at our board meeting a couple weeks ago, the board of supervisors adopted a
resolution in support of senate bill 233 by senator wiener creating stronger protections for sex workers when reporting a crime what happened after that once you are aware of our position on a bill like that. >> i was actually hoping this morning it would happen. i got the notification from the clerk this morning on 233. i could show you my e-mail to say, hey, the system works. we get that notification. the clerk's office is good enough to not only send it to myself and karen wang and our assistant erica. when the assistant is included things happen. erica is the one responsible
forgetting that resolution to the appropriate committees of the legislature and tracking it in the internal system. that all happens. at some point i want to talk to you both there is a quantity issue every year for the city. i don't want to call it quality issue but highest and best use. if i could briefly. the legislature, the new legislature introduced 2600 new bills. we have flagged based on historical understanding what the city might be interested in, your department, 600 of the 2600. that is a lot. that is probably at least double than for any of our other clients. that is a quantity issue. in terms of highest and best use what the city wants to prioritize in any given year and what should be prioritized legislatively and what should be prioritized through the state budget process, that is very dynamic and something we try to
be at tuned to because of the return on investment we want to produce. so if ab123 is supported we make sure every committee knows you support it but it will go on its own way. payment if the big cities in california are asking for half a billion dollars out of nowhere to address homelessness in california that is a large effort that takes a lot of time and energy. i want to be clear. there are only so many hours in the day. we do have to judge for ourselves because we know we are going to be judged. we have to judge for ourselves how to expend the time and energy on the city's behalf so if that helps. if the board takes a position that isn't just moving along as i described earlier and it needs a push, then that is where the actual lobbying happens, talking
to members, talking to staff, trying to count noses to get the votes for the city's position. in where to put your focus on bills is that something that you are in communication with the mayor's office about? >> yeah, it is pretty clear, and i want to believe that really to almost all of us, maybe all of us, depending on the issue that certain issues have to be prioritized. i haven't mentioned funding for the seawall. that is obviously a budget issue. with the climate and the king
tides and there is senate bill 45 that could be amended to include more money for the seawall. we have $5 million to study and move it further along. that would be an example where i think. i don't know anybody in the city that wouldn't say that shouldn't be a priority of the city and for our firm, but i go back to, mr. chairman the 600 bills. the hierarchy for the 600 bills, i want to be clear just because our firm tracks something doesn't mean the city has a position on it. we want to be aware and not lose site of it. when the slc takes a position that is prioritized because there is a official position on it. that is the way things shake out during the course of the year. >> a few more questions. we received the memo or i received the memo i think this
morning or yesterday the slc adopted a position on it looks like 20 billings. these would be priority bills. >> they would. >> that sounds good. when was the slc created? >> 3 section five point three, five point one how old is that john. >> that pre-dates us representing the city. it was in existence when we came on board. obviously i defer to the city attorney. >> that is something we can change if we want and we can count our own noses. >> slc plays an important role
to bring together the mayor's office and key departments to i'd fithe priority bills and what our position should be. >> yes. >> just getting back to supervisor mar's question. it looks like the committee has been around since at least 1978. there are some sections of this code that were adopted in 1939. maybe it goes as far back as 1939. >> we no, i thinks at the end of the session move quickly when you see a bill that has profound implications for our ability to continue as local legislators do you sound the alarm?
who do you call? >> what happens in our firm technologically we subscribe to a service that lets us see amended bills every morning. we have nine lobbyists and four legislative aids. we wake up every morning and go through the day's amendments. if it is important for san francisco we refer it to the mayors office. i am trying to think of a hypothetical. it might not be the best thing to do, but we certainly know it when we see it, being in the seventh year of representing the city. we make the mayor's office aware of it, frankly, most days before 8:00 a.m. so they get to the desk and might have three, four, 10 e-mails from us. it is the bill. i actually want t to go to the
people working in the city. we don't have to give context like we do in other instances. you might want to look at this because. we refer the bill in the amended form and people here understand why they are looking at it, which is nice. >> i do want to thank you for your help in the last session getting the 1148 passed to allow us to have a transportation network company tax per ride vehicles. >> thank you. i thought today was a commondation for that. >> ab1184 and that was not easy. it was a pleasure working with your staff. >> that was a great team effort. i don't have any more questions for mr. yoder. i thank you from coming down
from sacramento. i am disappointed that the mayor's office are not here. i will get to the bottom of that. i would like to continue this to the call of the chair so mr. m.c.a. ffree can tell us how this works. >> thank you, paul. >> why don't we go to public comment. are there any members of the public who wish to testify on this item? seeing none, public testimony is now closed. any additional comments? >> no. >> can we recommend this item? can we continue this item to the call of the chair without objection. thank you. that completes the agenda for today. we are adjourned. thank you.
>> thank you all for being here so early in the morning. and, i've got to tell you, we're here early because the fire commission has a meeting at 9:0:00 a.m., so this is the best time. nothing is more important to me in the city than public safety. and as a former fire commissioner, i've worked closely with the department on issues impacting our city. as a former supervisor, i saw how critical the department is in responding to fires and emergencies in the district. and as mayor, i see every day the important role that the department plays in keeping our city safe.
and i know how critical this department is when a disaster strikes. we have some amazing men and women who go out every single day to protect our residents and to do the hard work. they run towards the danger. these men and women deserve a leader who has seen what they've seen, who have fought those same fires. who knows what all of them are going through on a day-to-day basis. and i am pleased to announce that i have chosen a leader for the department that has done all of that and more. it is my honor to announce that the next fire chief for the city and county of san francisco will be deputy chief janine nicholson. [applause]
[applause] >> chief nicholson is a dedicated public servant and a tremendous leader and has put her heart into san francisco and the fire department. she has been a firefighter, a paramedic, a lieutenant, a captain, a battalion chief and deputy chief. she will be the second woman to lead this department after chief joanne hayes white, and the first lgbt fire chief in our city's history. [applause] >> she has survived being burned in a fire in 2009. she has survived breast cancer. she has been on the frontline fighting fires, and she has saved lives as a paramedic. she has done the
complicated work as a deputy chief to manage multiple divisions. this woman is tough. this woman is resilient. this woman is a leader. and i am confident that she will lead the department on day one. before bring up deputy chief nicholson to the podium, i want to take this opportunity to recognize our current fire chief, joanne hayes white for her years of service to the city and county of san francisco. [applause] >> thank you, chief, for not only your work as chief over the years, but also your support during this really challenging transition. and i also would like to thank all of the members of our fire commission. we actually have a quorum here today. the number of interviews that they had to do is the
number of interviews i never would want to do for any position. but they were absolutely amazing. president nicoshi, and commissioners, thank you so much for your commitment and the countless hours you spent to help us make the right choice for our next fire chief. i also want to thank so many of the men and women in the department, again, for your role, for your patience, and all of the work that you continue to do to make sure that our department is one of the best in the country. and, i see that tom o'connor is here. i didn't know you would be here? did you fly back from l.a. -- or d.c.? you didn't leave? i want to thank tom o'connor for being here, who was the executive
director of the local 798 union. i know sean buford is in d.c. and couldn't be with us. i see sherman tilman with the black firefighters -- so many people who played a role in helping to make this selection. and the former fire commissioner, thank you so much for being here. this was a very difficult decision to make, and i also want to thank all of the candidates who applied, as well as so many candidates who put countless hours into just really doing the work so that we could vet everyone and make the right decision here. thank you to our elected officials who are here, including the only supervisor who showed up this morning, supervisor walton. [applause] >> treasurer jose, and our city attorney, dennis. we have so many incredible
leaders in our city. and now as we move forward to address what we know are serious challenges that we face as a city with public safety, i know we're going to be in good hands with our next fire chief. ladies and gentlemen, deputy chief janine nicholson. fla[applause] >> good morning, san francisco. i warned the mayor this morning that i'm a hugger, and she didn't want a hug. just give me the stiff arm. i'm good with that. i can respect boundaries. so good morning, everyone. first of all, i'd like to thank mayor breed for this incredible, incredible opportunity and honor. thank you so much. thank you chief hayes white for bringing me into your command staff. and thank you to all of my colleagues, all of you. i am excited to work for
the breed administration, which is one of bold new ideas. i am honored to be able to continue to serve the citizens of san francisco. i am extremely humbled to lead this department and all of our firefighters, e.m.t.s, paramedics, investigators, inspectors, and civilians. one of the things i love about the fire department is that it is always a team effort. i appreciate the hard work you do every single day. 24/7, 365. you are my family. i love this city and this department, and i love being of service. i vow to work hard, to continue to carry out the mission and vision of the
san francisco fire department, and to keep moving us forward in a positive way. thank you, all. and, mayor breed, again, with humility and determination, i accept. now let's get back to work. [applause] >> short and sweet, just the way we like it in the morning. i also want to take this opportunity to recognize our police chief, bill scott, who is here, and our sheriff, vicki hennessey. thank you both for joining us this morning. at this time, i would like to give our chief, joanne hayes white, an opportunity to say a few words. >> thank you, mayor breed. good morning, everyone. this will be even shorter and much sweeter. i'm thrilled to be here. i wanted to acknowledge mayor breed for her emphasis always and
prioritization of public safety of first responders and the critical role that they play in our city. so thank you for that. and i'm also here to offer my heartiest congratulations to janine nicholson. she has worked diligently in over 25 years with the san francisco fire department. she gets the importance of teamwork, which is what we're all about. within our department and working with other city agencies. and i was really proud last year to promote her to deputy chief of of administration, where i think on top of her excellent career, she got a taste of what it is like to work and juggle different priorities. and you shined in that role. so i wholeheartedly endorse mayor breed's selection. and i wanted to acknowledge the fire commission and the panel that worked to select our new fire chief. we both guarantee, chief nicholson and i, a very smooth transition.
i'm here working and i'll finish strong. i know nothing different. the next five to se six weeks will be a period of transition. chief nicholson and i will be working shoulder to shoulder to make sure this city is protected and safe. and that's what we commit to, and that's what the city deserves. thank you very much. and also to the command staff, everybody stand up that is here, that actually works in the fire department. tom sherman, olivia -- this is part of the team. thank you very much. deputy chief gonzales over there. and thank you to chief scott and sheriff hennessey and other department heads that are here as well. good morning, and have a great day. >> thank you, chief. and the folks who actually, again, did a lot of the heavy lifting, with the countless numbers of interviews was our fire commission, starting with president king
cleveland -- when king cleveland served as president, and steve nicoshio carrying on that legacy. i wanted to ask our president of the san francisco fire commissioner, steve, to say a few words, please. [applause] >> thank you very much, mayor breed. we, on behalf of the fire commission, and cleveland commissioner, and covington commission, and commissioner hartiman, express our support. congratulations, chief nicholson. at this point, as well, we want to thank and appreciate the 15 years of service that joanne hayes white has served this great city. we are looking forward to working together to accomplish what we need to do. we are the fire department, we save lives, we respond to emergencies. we ensure that the
buildings in san francisco are safe, and we make sure that our duties and staff are well-kept. thank you very much, mayor breed, for this. congratulations, and as we say, let's get working. thank you. [applause] >> all right. that concludes our press conference. there will be a swearing in at a later date. you all will be invited. i'm really excited about this, along with so many other incredible things happening in san francisco. thank you all for taking your morning to be here. and, again, congratulations to our new fire chief. and we will be happy to take questions on the side from the press. that concludes the press conference today. thank you.
(roll call). >> item 2, approval of minutes for february 26, 2019 meeting. all that favour? aye. >> approval -- pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. >> please be advised that cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. please be advised t