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>> chair fewer: thank you very much. any other public speakers for this item? seeing none, public comment is now closed. i believe there's a motion on the floor now. i'd like to second the motion by commissioner pollock, and if we can take that without objection, thank you very much. [gavel]. >> chair fewer: madam clerk, can you please call item number six. [agenda item read]. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. mr. goebel. >> commissioner goebel: thank you, madam chair. brian goebel, executive officer. i'd like to update you on the study of on demand workers in san francisco. i've told you that our survey which will be the largest survey to date of on-demand workers in the u.s. is estimated to cost about $300,000. that figure was based on feedback from the washington state department of commerce which is conducting a similar survey? our survey will happen in three
phases, and this body has allocated $55,000 for the first phase. that will allow the contractor to work with us to develop the methodology and questions and what type of incentives we're going to offer to workers. the update is that this week, i had some very positive discussions with a local foundation, and there was strong interest in helping us close our funding gap for this survey. i can't really say much more than that, but it is encouraging. we are expecting proposals from some really qualified bidders who are ae reached out -- what have ae reached out to express interest, and i've been working with them to get their answers. this is taking a little more time. today was the deadline for proposals, but i've now extended the deadline to march 29 and now expect to award a
contract by the end of april. so that's the update on our labor survey. and then finally, i've provided, as i do as every meeting in your packets, an expenditure update. really no surprises there. next month, i will be bringing a draft budget for the next fiscal year to you for your approval. and that's it. thank you. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. colleagues, any questions for mr. goebel at all, or comments. thank you. there's no action taken on this item. mad madam clerk, can you please call item number seven. >> clerk: number seven is public comment. >> chair fewer: are there any members of the public that would like to speak during public comment. >> hello, again. eric brooks, our city san francisco. just wanted to touch on something that got raised in the environment department report but that is a tangential issue that's really important
that no city agencies or committees have dealt with yet, and it has to do with these big water -- gas powered water boilers in large old buildings, like the one i live in, which is why i know about this problem. as you know from reports in the news from meteorologists, it's getting hotter, and it's getting a lot hotter. and i don't know if you've ever lived in one of those buildings that has piped water heat, but during the summer, the way you have to time the turn on and turnoff of those big boilers, you will get 80, 90, 100° temperatures, and the hot water's also running, and the building becomes an oven, and especially people with compromised immune systems, and people with other problems. it's gotten to where every summer, i have to put a fan in my window and pull air in from
outside. i'm thinking of getting an air conditioner. so at some -- at some future agenda item as we're deal wg this issue of the boilers and -- dealing with this issue of the boilers and energy efficiency, we need to solve this problem before the temperature gets so high and combines with this crisis that it kills people. it could actually be a scenario like the one that happened in europe when they got that big heat wave. these buildings are really dangerous in that respect and we need to address that. no agencies or committees have done so yet. thank you very much. >> chair fewer: thank you. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, can you please call item number eight. [agenda item read]. >> chair fewer: commissioners, are there any future agenda items to note? seeing none, let's open this up for public comment. hello, mr. brooks. >> last time, i promise. eric brooks, our city san
francisco. so this is about treasure island. we -- there was a report in the examiner today that was really good about treasure island. treasure island is opening up to become exactly the same sort of crisis that we're experiencing in the bayview-hunters point. as i said last meeting, a key part of the treasure island problem is the agencies and especially the treasure island development authority, which is sort of an independent rogue agency that is acting very badly, and its director, bob beck, has gone around literally telling all your offices that, for example, tetratech didn't do any cleanup work on treasure island, which is totally false, and i can send you the documents to show that. so that's -- i think it's a perfect position for lafco because tida is a separately
independent agency. it's a perfect thing for the lafco to have part of one of its future meetings to be about tida's roll and how it's caused this chaos on treasure island, and whether we need to disband tida and get some elected access like that or maybe what we do with lafco, appoint supervisors to run the treasure island authority so we've got real democratic oversight. i don't see other agencies doing that or other committees talking about this, and it seems to me that lafco would be the perfect place to talk about the role of tida and what it's doing wrong and how it probably should be replaced with a public process. thanks. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, is there any other business before us today?
>> clerk: that concludes the business before us today. >> chair fewer: our meeting is adjourned. thank you. >> when i look at an old neon sign that's working or not working, i feel the family business that was in there. >> since 2009, citywide, sf shines, has supported businesses and sites like the ones that receive new neon
signs. >> you know, sf shines is doing an amazing job to bring back the lighting and the neon glow of san francisco. >> sf shines is such an amazing program, and i can't think of another program in another city that gives matching gunned funds to store owners, mom and pop owners, and if they've got a neon sign, they've really got a great way to advertise their business. >> this is a continuation of the sf shines program. >> focusing other neon signs is relatively new to us. of the seven neon signs, we've invested about $145,000. >> a good quality sign costs more, but it lasts infinitily
longer. as opposed to lasting five years, a good neon sign will last 15 to 20 years. >> in san francisco, the majority of neon signs are for mom-and-pop businesses. in order to be able to restore these signs, i think it gives back to your community. >> part of the project has to do with prioritizing certain signs in the neighborhood based on their aesthetics, based on their current signs, and base on the history. in the time that we've been here, we've seen a number of signs restored just on eddy street. >> there are a number of signs in the tenderloin and many more that are waiting or wanting to be restored. i have worked with randall and al, and we've mapped out every single one of them and rated them as to how much work they would need to get restored.
that information is passed onto sf shines, and they are going to rank it. so if they have x budget for a year, they can say all right, we're going to pick these five, and they're putting together clusters, so they build on top of what's already there. >> a cluster of neon signs is sort of, i guess, like a cluster of grapes. when you see them on a corner or on a block, it lights up the neighborhood and creates an ambient glow. if you havy got two of three of them, you've created an atmosphere that's almost like a movie set. >> some of the hotel, we've already invested in to get those neon signs for people to enjoy at night include the elk hotel, jefferson hotel, the verona, not to mention some we've done in chinatown, as well as the city's portal neighborhood. >> we got the fund to restore
it. it took five months, and the biggest challenge was it was completely infested with pigeons. once we got it clean, it came out beautiful. >> neon signs are often equated with film noir, and the noir genre as seen through the hollywood lens basically depicted despair and concentration. >> you would go downtown and see the most recent humphrey bogart film filled with neon in the background. and you'd see that on market street, and as market street got seedier and seedier and fewer people continued to go down, that was what happened to all the neon strips of light.
>> the film nori might start with the light filled with neon signs, and end with a scene with a single neon sign blinking and missing a few letters. >> one of my favorite scenes, orson welles is chasing ririt rita hayworth with neon signs in the background. >> i think what the office of economic and workforce development is very excited with is that we'll be able to see more neon signs in a concentrated way lit up at night for visitors and most especially residents. the first coin laundry, the elm hotel, the western hotel are
ones that we want to focus on in the year ahead. >> neon signs are so iconic to certain neighborhoods like the hara, like the nightcap. we want to save as many historic and legacy neon signs in san francisco, and so do they. we bring the expertise, and they bring the means to actually get the job done. >> people in tenderloin get really excited as they see the signs relit. as you're driving through the tenderloin or the city, it pretty much tells you something exciting is happening here. >> knee an was created to make the night more friendly and advertise businesses. it's a great way of supporting and helping local businesses. >> there's so many ways to improve public safety. the standard way is having more eyes on the street, but there's other culturally significant ways to do that, and one those ways is lighting up the
streets. but what better way and special way to do that is by having old, historic neon signs lighting up our streets at night and casting away our shadows. >> when i see things coming back to life, it's like remembering how things were. it's remembering the hotel or the market that went to work seven days a week to raise their money or to provide a service, and it just -- it just -- it just