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strongest pension funds in the country. so i will be supporting mr. heldfond in this appointment. i have not been happy with the way this was handled out of the mayor's office, and i would have very happily supported wendy paskin-jordan had she been appointed and came before me today. i do want to say, mr. heldfond, i appreciate your firm commitment to divesting in fossil fuels and the e.s.g. in this fund. and i hope that you will continue to represent us very strongly on this board, so thank you for your willingness to serve. colleagues, do you have any comments or -- >> supervisor walton: no comment. i just want to make a motion. a motion to recommend thmove t
the full board with a positive recommendation. >> clerk: we will be sending this as a motion, so i believe you want to send it as a report. it will be the expiration of a five-year term, which is what is stated in code. >> chair ronen: okay. >> supervisor walton: okay. so move -- move this item to the full board as a committee report for consideration. >> chair ronen: with a positive recommendation? >> supervisor walton: yes. >> chair ronen: and that passes. yes. can you please read item number seven. >> clerk: item number seven is a hearing considering appointing four members, term ending january 31, 2021 to the
golden gate bridge, highway and transportation district board of directors. >> chair ronen: so i wanted to give you a few minutes to speak, so mr. hill, do you want to start us off? >> okay. >> chair ronen: thank you. >> good morning, madam chair and supervisors. it's pleasure to be before you today, asking for your recommendation for my seat to be renewed. i currently -- let me tell you about myself. i'm a san francisco resident, born and raised here, came up in the public schools, served as business representative for ibew here in san francisco. i'm a state certified
electrician. i still have my tools shined up and ready in case you ask for me. currently, i serve as president of the board. i started out on the board in 2004, and then, in -- i ran into a life situation that made it difficult for me to attend meetings, so i resigned. when my life changed again, and i was able to continue participating to the degree that i felt was important, i came back to the board and was reappointed in 2014. so i've served as president for almost the last two years. it's been a great honor and huge responsibility. i serve with an amazing group of folks on the board of directors and i would just like to toss in i fully support all of colleagues today all of whom will be speaking to you a little bit later. i think the golden gate board
of directors are an amazing package of legal expertise ethics that you can't challenge, advocates for working people, people who will strive to represent the district, engineering background, just -- i'm proud to serve with them all. as president, i attend all meetings, i sit on all ad hoc committees. i rarely miss a meeting. it's been exciting for the years that i've been able to serve. i've voted on the suicide deterrent project which as you are aware is coming. we're excited about that. we're also working on lots of legislation to protect folks from things like drones, who might crash onto a car.
we are working on a seismic retrofit, and we're looking for funding to finance these projects. we're very proud to have this bridge in our arena and do everything we can to take care of her, and keep her sparkling and strong. we make the best decisions we can on a daily basis to ensure that that happens. and i'll be happy to answer any questions if you would like at this point. >> chair ronen: any questions? okay. no. thank you. >> thank you very much for your time. >> chair ronen: thank you. mr. hill? >> supervisors, my name is bert hill. but n by now, you have read and
reread all of my qualifications. i'll answer any questions that you have at the end. i'll state i've had a 40 to 50 year concern in climate change -- environmental that evolved into environmental. i want to thank you for all of your work. i know all of you have spent a great dale of time concerning my nomination. i very much appreciate how much you've done for me, and i also want to thank all of my colleagues on the board. they're unique and special in what they cover and the expertise they provide. i also want to thank the community advocates and friends and family, and everybody else who have also helped in this endeavor. i want to last -- i'm going to be very short on this.
i had the opportunity, as many people did, to attend the american bicyclists summit. one of the days we are up on capitol hill. what i provided you this morning are my crew sheets for my presentations to six different house members and senate members -- not the members themselves, but the staff, which is actually more important than the members themselves, if you've done it before. i hope that's helpful because it shows that this is going to be a different year than it has the previous years. it appears that both sides and all sides are for increasing our spending on transportation and integral to that, transportation includes active transportation, which is us. so with that, i am open to any questions you may have. >> chair ronen: thank you. any questions? no questions. thank you so much. >> okay. thank you so much. okay.
mr. grosboll. >> thank you. my name is dick grosboll. i've been serving on the board since 2006. i currently serve as the chair of the suicide advisory committee. as now, that's probably my biggest priority. our goal is to finish the net portion of that project by january 2021, so that is an ongoing challenge with any large construction project, but we are hopeful we will finish that in time in large part because we made that commitment to the families. and of course, we're also trying to improve transit. we're a great bridge district, we're also a great transit district. we're trying to increase the number of ferries out of larkspur so we can increase the number of ferries instead of driving. but it is an excellent board and we have a great staff, and i've appreciated having the opportunity to work on it, so thank you.
any questions? thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you. thank you so much. mr. theriault? >> i am retired, as you know, and are that retirement -- with that retirement, i stepped down from many of the commissions and boards on which i served, including supervisor walton's board, young community developers. this is the board i wanted to stay on, and it's because we're on two efforts that we're midstream. one effort is the completion of the suicide deterrent system. i am an ironworker. i don't claim to being a bridge m man, but i have bridge men
behind me as support, and i am proud. i did 12 years as an ironworker. i did regale you with all the details. i did 3.5 years as treasurer of the second and building trades. in all of those capacities, i learned a good deal about the industry, all of which helps me in what is a very complicated project. all the bids came in, and they were substantially above estimate. the low bid was almost equal to the operating budget of a district. nonetheless, it gives you a hint to the scale of the complexity of the project which is the first of its kind on a -- on this scale, on a long
spanse extension bridge. it will need close scrutiny to make sure it stays on schedule. we are facing some challenges there, and i want to be there with the knowledge that i have. also, we are midstream on the reform and rehabilitation of the bus drivers pension fund of the district. that is well shy of the 90% that sf retirement fund is at, and it is a mature plan with a high retiree to retirement ratio, and we are trying to work through all the details in that. i do also want to add at the end of my comments, my support for my fellow san francisco representatives on the board. i always want to give bert grief. i have 1800 miles on my bicycle this year. >> chair ronen: i'd now like to open this up to public comment.
any members of the public wishing to speak, lineup to my left, your right. i have several cards. miss, you can go ahead and start. thank you so much. >> thank you. my name is lorna hill, and i'm bert's wife. i want to thank you for bert's reappointment to the bridge. he has a strong passion for the work. we've been married over 40 years. i want to give the insight to his inner self. he's always on his bike, except recently, with his injury. he's always walking, 20,000 steps a day. we've been married over 40ers i can't. i worked at s.f. state for close to 30 years. i retired a couple years ago. when i was there, i was the
union representative for unit four, academic professionals california. we are a small union, but we are on all of the 23 campuses. those are wonderful opportunities when i was there as a union stewart, so i'm here to advocate for bert, and thank you for reading his resume, and i'm here if you have any questions. >> chair ronen: oh, thank you so much. >> okay. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name's ed reyes. i'm a member of iron workers local 377 that michael theriault was a member of. he's a fierce, strong advocate for all working people, and he would be a perfect fit as he has been over the years. i have a couple of ironworkers here. i've worked at the bridge. he would always do his due
diligence, and he's one of the hardest workers around. please support him. thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you. next speaker. >> chair ronen: good morning, supervisors. my name's darren bailey, ironworker. i'm here to support mike theriault. and i think bert would be an exceptional member, also, long with sabrina, all friends of labor, and mr. grosboll, also, and i urge you to support all four. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name's robert cooper. i'm the steward for the ironworkers that work at the golden gate bridge. i'm here to support mike the
theriault. i've known him a long time -- a long, long time, through his positions in the local and other places. i know him as a good man, a fair man, and we'd all like to see him be reappointed as a member of the board of the bridge. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is r.j. ferarri, local representative from local 28 plumbers and pipe fitters. mike's work on subcommittees on the bridgeport and board of trusties is recognized and with a true leader on the board. mike has full understanding what it takes to maintain the bridge and his facilities. he has been a voice of labor and understands of importance of good labor and relations. i urge the reappointment of
mike theriault to the board of transportation and bridge. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is michael mckenna, and i'm the president of ibew local six. i'm torn who to support first. sabrina is one of the hardest working people and certainly any office or place that she works for, and i know she works just as hard for the bridge district as she does us. i've worked for the last few years with mike theriault, and he'd worked to help me get more involved in everything else besides just going to work, so i also know his dedication and expertise and support. him on his appointment. and we work with dick grosboll
on the pension funds. he's a fierce advocate and a fountain of knowledge, so i would support him, too, also. thank you. >> good morning, supervisor walton, chair ronen and supervisor mar. joel koppel, district four resident. i myself, electrician by day, planning commissioner on thursdays. have an office right next to sabrina hernandez, sister hernandez and brother theriault are very near and dear to my heart. we refer to each other as siblings because we work on job sites that are dangerous to the point of life or death so we are that close. definitely supportive of the two reappointments of brother theriault, sister hernandez.
very well aware of bert and his work in the hard, but speaking a little bit more on behalf of brother theriault and sister hernandez. thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you. any other comments or questions? any other public comment? thank you. colleagues, any comments? >> supervisor mar: i just wanted to thank mr. hill and mr. theriault for your commitment to our bridge board. we really thank you for all of your service, and i very much support you being reappointed.
thank you. >> chair ronen: okay. is there a motion? >> supervisor walton: definitely looking forward to working with all of you, and i would like to make a motion that we forward this with a positive recommendation for sabrina hernandez for seat one -- [inaudible] >> chair rone >> chair ronen: thank you. is there any other items on the agenda? >> clerk: that completes the agenda. >> chair ronen: thank you. then this meeting is adjourned.
with that, madam clerk, do we have any announcements? >> clerk: yes. [agenda item read]. >> chair peskin: could you please read the first item. >> clerk: item one is a resolution declaring a climate emergency in san francisco. >> chair peskin: all right. with that, this item has been brought to us by supervisor mandelman and cosponsored by any number of members of the board, and i will turn it over to supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, chair peskin. we're here to talk about our resolution declaring an emergency in san francisco. i want to talk about that in context and some solutions that we're proposing. cities like berkeley, hayward,
richmond and oakland have already taken the step of declaring a statement of climate emergency and san francisco was as a local climate leader should join them, using these as a model, our office worked with advocates a advocates and tailored an emergency response to the memo. since that time, my office has been working with both city departments and advocacy groups on improvements to the resolution, we convened a meeting with department staff to solicit feedback and amendments in the spirit of promoting greater collaboration among city agencies going forward. the amendments i'm introducing today reflect that collaborative spirit which we know is necessary regarding law on climate change.
i believe you all have the amendments in front of you. they do the following: they reiterate the importance of addressing wealth and equality in the nature of climate justice, they clarify the nature that the technical report that the department of environment will produce as a result of this resolution, they expand the scope of the hearing called for by this resolution to include partner city agencies and promote citywide collaboration. they include language on climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, and they clarify our intent to develop budget priorities in conjunction with the mayor's office, the controller and the capital planning agency. with that, i'd like to extend my thanks to the advocates who worked to bring this resolution forward. and i want to thank the group
that's have been a part of the process, and i also want to express my gratitude to our friends in the labor community, including jobs for the justice, seiu 1021 and others. san francisco has long been a leader on environmental issues and we should all be grateful for the tremendously talented staff in our department of the environment. this resolution seeks to build on and amplify their efforts and i want to thank them for moving it forward as well as the various departments and city staff that we will be working with. i want to thank kyle in my office who has done all of this work herding cats, and thank you, kyle for that. with that, i have a number of
folks from different department that that would like to speak, but let's start with director raphael. >> thank you, supervisor mandelman. the resolution before you is not a surprise. it's very much about pace and scope. that's what it's calling us, pick up the pace, broaden the scope. we're already working on climate action. what do we need to be doing to ensure our planet survives? so clearly, climate change is here. we've seen it in the fires that ravaged or state this year, flooding, we had the worst air quality we ever had. we were being compared to
beijing. in fact people were pressing to be be -- preferring to be in beijing than san francisco during the fire. why we got here and how we got here is not a mystery. the science is clear when you look past hundreds of thousands of year, you see that something is very dramatically different in 2019. and that is our carbon die objection it oxi drk-dioxide levels.
mayor breed declared that we need to get our emissions down to net zero levels by 2050. we've set some deadlines, 1990 levels. in 2025, we need to be 40% below, and by 2025, we be net zero. so what this means, we reduce our emissions as much as possible, with that little differential, we pull co2 out of the air. how are we doing? we are ahead of schedule, so this is kudos to san franciscans, the business community, the faith community, the government, the residents. we have been doing a lot.
we have not been sitting and waiting for the end of the earth. we have been implementing programs and paying attention. so since 1990-2016, we've reduced our emissions by 30%, all the while our population has grown and our economy has grown. but as we all know, that is not sufficient, that is not going to get us to where we need to go, and in fact, the future's a little challenging because san francisco is set to grow. the whole bay area, according to the city planners and the regional planners predicts that the bay area will go by 20% by 2040. if we stay at the current level of -- at the current level of policy, what we will see is that in fact our emissions will
grow. so because of the increase, if we maintain our current standard, all of the things that we do now that we are proud of that have got us to 30% below, that will not be enough. we need to acknowledge that 2030 is a critical year for us. in the next ten years, we need to redouble our efforts so that we make sure that red line is going down, not up. so how we do that? when you look at the source of our emissions today, things will jump out at you from this pie chart. the first thing is that the biggest contributors to our emissions are the fuels we use. our transportation fuels, that's diesel and gasoline, and
the fuels that we use to occupy our buildings and operating our buildings, that's natural gas. electricity is important. cleanpowersf is important. that's how we reduce the size of that pie, and we will continue to do so, but we have huge challenges ahead when we look at our transportation sector and building sector. this is not the hearing to go into that. we will go into that later when we go into the 100-year report. it's just how do we do it and what pace. so when i look at it in terms of planning and the year ahead engagement, this is what the year looks like to me, that we start on this focus of 2030. the board of supervisors receives that report and creates an opportunity for the
community to come together and talk about our ambition as a community. then we need to look at the environment code. it is very much out of date. we need to revisit it and bring it up to the 2019 state of affairs. buns we have that policy in plain -- once we have that policy in place, then, we work on community, making sure we have an equitiable approach by designing a city strategy that everyone use as a rallying cry to move forward. and we do all of that with our city agencies, with our community members, with our businesses, because we've god to make sure we're ready for the changes that are coming to us through our resilience and
adaptation work as well as reducing the amount of carbon that's emitted into the atmosphere. so the dates at the bottom are rough, but that is the path ahead. and we do all that planning and all that engaging while we are making change, while we are committed to action. because ultimately, we are in this together. cities represent 70% of the emissions that are going into the atmosphere today, so san francisco has an opportunity, an obligation to lead my example. this emergency is of our making, therefore, it is incumbent upon us to do something about it. the department of the environment is ready and poised to work with our city agencies, with you as the elected officials, with our community members and our businesses to find the right ways and the bold ways to move forward. so thank you, supervisor mandelman, for giving us the opportunity to bring this to people's attentions. it's very important. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, director raphael.
i believe that john scarpulla from the p.u.c. is also here and would like to say something or other. >> good afternoon, supervisors. john scarpulla from the p.u.c. i want to thank supervisor mandelman and all the other supervisors for their leadership on this issue. thank you, kyle from supervisor mandelman's office. i want to thank the department of the environment for their collaboration and leadership. the sfpuc fully supports this resolution and our agency recognizes climate change is an urgent crisis to san francisco. as such, every endeavor that we
undertake are directly related to reducing our carbon foot print and prepare for a future that unfortunately looks very different than today. we look forward to collaborating with the mayor's office, the department of environment and other city agencies, not only in preparation of the 100-year report, but to work together to ensure a resilient climate future for all san franciscans. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, mr. scarpulla. i believe we have a representative from the sfmta. >> good afternoon, supervisors. sarah jones from the sfmta. i will reiterate all the thanks to supervisor mandelman and his staff as well as all the
sponsoring supervisors and s.f. environment and all the other city departments. we are all aligned with you and fully support this resolution. i think from the very large blue chunk of the pie chart that director raphael pointed out, that's why we're here. many elements of the city's multimodal transportation are vulnerable to sea level rise. we can't allow that to continue. we have to decrease emissions, and we won't be able to keep this city functioning in the future if we don't adapt our transportation system to the physical challenges that are coming with climate change. so thanks to our long-standing transit first policy, what we found as that san francisco reached its mode share goal with more than 52% of all trips to, from, and within san
francisco using transit, bicycling, and walking. so this means that over half of the trips in the city are generating less than 2% of the emissions, so a very small piece of that pie chart. the muni system alone which is the greenest fleet in north america carries 26% of trips and is responsible for approximately 1% of our emissions in the city. so this balance is showing why 50% mode share goal is not enough. we will need to be at our city goal of 80% sustainable trips by 2030 to adequately respond to our climate situation, so the math is simple. we need to put people where they can walk, bike, and use transit, and we need to make the systems and inyou cfrastru a better option for people to
use. additionally, we're working with local, regional, state, and federal partners to build more resilient communities and transportation infrastructure to address sea level rise and flooding along our shore. so in closing, san francisco has been a climate leader over the past decade and is uniquely positioned to remain a climate leader today. however, the biggest climate challenges remain ahead and will require bold moves from all of us as we transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to one powered by renewable energy. the sfmta looks forward to working with the city family and nunt partners -- community to work this action together. >> thank you. mr. chairman, we have lisa
fisher from the planning department -- we do. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you to supervisor mandelman and also to the department of the environment for their leadership on all of these very critical issues. i'm lisa fisher, san francisco planning department, sustainability and part of the interagency climate resilience effort. our department supports the proposed climate emergency proposition and the actions expressed. we also agree san francisco should play a leadership role in this global crisis and contribute to knowledge sharing across our borders and jurisdictions. we support these goals and will continue to collaborate on the
best ways to achieve meaningful greenhou greenhouse gases and emissions. we've been applying our staff resources and knowledge towards these issues and working with our interagency colleagues to foster rich collaboration, and we really appreciate the board's recognition that the climate challenge is too complex for any one agency to tackle alone, and thus necessitate new ways of working together and new ways of allocating city budget. we appreciate the city faces numerous challenges in affordability, congestion, equity, education, and more and that the disproportionate
threats of climate change hit our most vulnerable populations the hardest. we must future proof us for climate impacts while addressing today's critical issues. it demands we seek synergies, and within that, deliver cobenefits to our neighbors housing, mobility, economic development, parks, school, and infrastructure. together, we can demonstrate to the citizens of san francisco that the city can develop and implement just and equitiable climate action as part of our civic duty. thank you very much. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. and lastly, we have brian strong from the office of resilience and capital planning. >> good afternoon, committee members of the brian strong, chief resilience officer. thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to comment on this. thank you, supervisor mandelman, for introducing it, and kyle on your staff for help us work through what was here
and having an opportunity to comment on it. i'm excited -- as a chief resilience officer, i'm excited to address any issues that we have to think about, not just short-term, but long-term, and some of any r my comments would be, as other -- and some of my comments would be, as other people have mentioned, as we can take this new climate resilience working group and leverage the improvements to make sure we're creating what we call resilient ready buildings, or kyoto japan, they refer to them as disaster proof
buildings. i was excited about some of the amendments in job and labor and the role they play. whenever we're moving these big efforts and big projects forward, we really want to think about how we take advantage of the entire benefits and how we're bringing up the community. finally, i would just mention that we wanted to have some real discussions will the feasibility of this and about the budget impacts. i really do see this as a long-term program, similar to our seawall and those things. we really want to understand what we're going to be able to get, what some of the costs are going to be and how we can work it into our ten-year tomorrow, but really, the city's long-term strategic plan, so thank you very much. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. mr. chair and committee, that's all i got. >> chair peskin: okay. so thank you for all of that testimony from the various departments. we have a number of speaker
cards here before us. joanie eisen, followed by tracey breiger, susan kerasoff, josh cliff, and sarah greenwald. >> i'm joanie eisen from san francisco tomorrow and citizens climate levy. i thank supervisor mandelman, and i'm very encouraged by the strong support from the departments, and thank you, kyle, too? so on behalf of san francisco tomorrow, they are in strong support of this resolution. we've worked with other organizations, and it's an emergency, come on, yeah. we've got to get this going. and also, speaking on behalf of robin cooper, dr. robin cooper,
and she says, i'm a psychiatrist, practiced in san francisco over 35 years on the clinical faculty of ucsf department of psychiatry and cofounder and steering member of climate psychiatry alliance. as a physician, i'm particularly aware of the profound impacts on climate change on health. many medical organizations have recognized climate disruption as the most significant threat to public health facing our generation, and that our continued fossil fuel dependancy will continue to erase many gaines in 50 years or less. mental health, it's no different. i want to call to your attention the specific and severe impacts that the mentally ill and the mentally ill homeless face. it's for this voiceless population that i add my voice, advocating for the passage and implementation on both mitigation and adaptation
policies. thank you. >> chair peskin: thank you, joanie. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is tracey brieger. i'm the executive director of jobs with justice for san francisco. i really appreciate the leadership of supervisor mandelman and many cosponsor in recognizing climate change for what it is and taking bold and swift action. we also really appreciate your willingness to accept amendments to include families and homeless. we must make sure that working people and impacted community members don't bear the economic and social cost of this transition. we know there's nothing inherently labor friendly or worker friendly about complete transportation, wind or solar. the renewable energy revolution won't be any friendly more than the industrial revolution
unless we make good neighborhood policies that good union jobs are the foundation of a just transition. jobs with justice brought forward some suggested amendments that make consulting with and meaningful opportunities for labor and working families a necessary part of the city's response to the climate crisis. they're also absolutely critically important to exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities. so thank you supervisor mandelman and kyle for your help in incorporating these amendments, and we look forward to working together to adjustment climate change to help working families in san francisco. >> chair peskin: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i wanted to thank you all for your ad vocation and biodiversity enhancement.
biodiversity are directly impacted by climate change and land use. thank you for this resolution, and please consider linking it to your equally excellent biodiversity resolution so everyone is clear that biodiversity is impacted by climate change. thank you all for your good work. >> chair peskin: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. i'm margaret pierce. i'm taking sarah greenwald's place because she had to leave. it's good that you understand how terribly urgent it is. 350 san francisco applauds this resolution, and we urge you to see it and implement it as quickly as possible. thank you. >> chair peskin: next speaker. >> hi. my name is josh clip. i am a long time san francisco resident, a long time volunteer with friends of the urban
forest, and in my nonvolunteer life, i am an attorney and a certified access specialist. the thing i would encourage the city is an aggressive forestation policy. trees are the only thinthing -- known thing that eat pollution for breakfast, that absorbs stormwater, and also conserve energy as we're trying to reduce our energy efforts here. san francisco has the smallest urban canopy of negaany major in the united states. in 2016 we rolled out an urban forestati forestation plan, and every
year, we've failed it. in the last ten years, the sfpuc has removed 475 trees and planted 39. if we want to have a -- appreciated representative from the sfmta stated earlier, one of the keys to making them more walkable is more trees, so again, would i request that forestation be an important and prioritized action of any climate action plan. >> chair peskin: thank you. agreed. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. cory smith on behalf of san francisco housing action coalition. i also want to thank supervisor mandelman and the department for putting all this together. as many of you know, and if not, i'm happy to share more information, the biggest bang for your buck that we can get
from an environmental perspective as a city and as a state is to put housing next to jobs in order to avoid people commuting for long period of times of time. a report found -- and these numbers are actually i'm told pretty conservative, about 250,000 people commute every day from the central valley to the bay area urban core. the majority of them by urban passenger car use, for the total city of san francisco, i've got the state numbers here. 38% of the state's total co2 come from passenger cars; but in total, about 25% of the state's total pollution comes from people driving their vehicles. oftentimes to and from work because we don't build housing
next to where we build jobs. that's why we're starting to see the nrdc and league of conservation voters speak up and say housing policy is an environmental policy when done right. there's an interesting article from the sierra club -- [inaudible] >> -- they actually had to clarify, and this is from their website, long-standing sierra club policy supports transit oriented policy, and this is supported by these principles. if we don't go after the biggest chunk of this, i frankly think we're wasting our time. thank you. >> chair peskin: thank you. next speaker. [please stand by].
>> we would emphasize the recognition of specific local environmental justice communities by name, such as bayview-hunters point. identification of specific communities is crucial to the specific development of effective environmental policies that recognize each community's historical trajectory, economic and cultural context and lived experiences. several resources can help inform this identification. san francisco, the san francisco indicator project managed by the san francisco department of public health collects neighborhood level data on factors such as proximity to contaminated sites, employment and incoming
resident opportunity. bcdc has developed extensive digital maps of the bay area under the adapt tiff rising tides project. this includes community indicators such as the cost burdens of housing and transportation, income level and racial and ethnic composition. this resolution signals great promise to equity in san francisco. thank you all for your time and consideration and thank you supervisor mandelman for your important leadership on this issue. >> chair peskin: thank you so much. are there any other members of the public that would like to testify on this item number one? next speaker, please. >> i believe that the proposed declaration underscores the global proliferation of an increasingly common feature of toadyism.
there's clearly and factually no climate emergency in san francisco. some of the testimony i've heard today reflected selective bias of data and the false attribu attributions. nature tends to be self-correcting and our reservoirs are all full today. if you want to reduce global emissions related to public transportation and housing, for example, you can do so without the unnecessary alarmist packaging or framing. >> chair peskin: thank you. seeing no other members of the public for public comment, public comment is closed. colleagues, is there a motion to adopt the afore mentioned amendments proposed by supervisor mandelman? moved by supervisor safai, and we will take that without objection, and we will send
this to the full board with recommendation. supervisor safai? [inaudible] >> chair peskin: and we will add supervisor safai as a cosponsor. without objection, that will be the order. madam clerk -- oh, and supervisor clemandelman, if yol get the clerk a red line. next item, please. [agenda item read]. >> chair peskin: thank you, miss major. colleagues, if this file looks familiar, it's because it is familiar because we actually had the topic of office space conversions in the c-3-r, the downtown zoning district, which is essentially around union
square before this committee earlier this year at which time we duplicated the file and sent one back to planning with a $6 fee and the rest of it, we sent to the full board with some amendments about the third floor, and i indicated at that time -- i hate to throw him under the bus again, that billy rutland recommended we could take that to $6 a square foot, and everyone agreed with that, or at least they weren't that up set about it. the amendments that you have just distributed to you and given to miss flood earlier make it abundantly clear what we're doing, so those amendments that are before you reflect the fee increase only on page four, line eight, along with additional findings in section two on page two and
revised unchaptered section four on page four. we will hear from miss butkus in a moment, but unlike last week, i always to you it when the planning commission recommends it unanimously, and not talk about it when the planning commission does not recommend it unanimously, but regardless, miss butkus, the floor is yours to talk about. is there any public comment on
this? >> i wanted to thank supervisor miss kin f peskin for working with the property owners and business legislation and specifically the permit and controls that have already been adopted, and thank you also for the clarification that we are only addressing the fee today, so thank you. >> chair peskin: yeah, and just so everybody knows, when -- at the moment that we duplicated the file was before we had made the amendments with regard to the third floor, so hence the amendments that are before the committee today. thank you for all of your help in getting us here. and while we're all thanking one another, i really want to thank my staff who had to deal with all of you guys in the planning department and me these oh, so many months. miss flood? >> yes. good afternoon, chair peskin, supervisors. karen flood, executive director of union square bid.
also just wanted to thank you for making that clarify about third floor. i read the agenda and heread t handouts, and confirmed it hadn't been changed, but you confirmed it will be the same as the legislation already signed by the mayor. we're on board. >> chair peskin: and of course all of these dollars that are generated will be used for improvements in the c-3-r. >> we're looking forward to meeting with you to see how that process will work. >> chair peskin: you are going to drive that process. >> yes. and thank you very much for driving that process and getting us to where we are today. >> chair peskin: thank you, miss flood. are there any other members of the public wishing to testify on item 2? seeing no others, public