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to move faster and more boldly than before. tonight, this very brief -- very briefly, i will walk you through how this resolution sets up our department to work with the rest of the city to move forward and accelerate action. as you know, we have bold and aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. we have a target to reduce as much as missions as possible as we approach 2050, and then we are committed to sequestering those emissions that we cannot eliminate. this is important because if we stay the course, if we don't take any further action and let me be clear, we have taken amazing action in the city. we are a global climate leader. if we stopped today and rested on our laurels, because the city is growing, the region is growing, the economy is growing, we will see our emissions go in the wrong direction if we do nothing further then the amazing actions we have already taken,
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we will see an increase in emissions over time as we head towards 2030. that is not acceptable to us, it's not acceptable to the globe where do the emissions come from in san francisco? it is pretty clear, emissions come from transportation sector, that is gas and diesel used for driving mostly private cars, but some other transportation uses, and then also from the building sector. in the building sector, there is a use of electricity, which is getting cleaner and cleaner every year, and the use of natural gas and fossil fuels that we would like to reduce and eventually eliminate. so it's fairly clear that we know what we need to do. we know what needs to happen in san francisco to get zero emissions. we need to reduce fossil fuel use, sometimes called the carbon icing our buildings and the transportation sector. but we have ultimate flexibility , or some amount of flexibility in the how, and together we can set the path forward so we arrive at a
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prosperous, healthy, clean, low carbon, and resilient city of the future. how will we get there? the first step for us this year was the climate emergency resolution starting in january, and it is on the path to be approved by the board of supervisors next week, april 2 nd. that resolution calls for us to share with the city and the world a technical analysis of what are the actions that could be taken, what are the strategic priorities? it should not be some magic or mystery to us where we need to reduce our emissions or how. the technical report will set the stage for us to go to the board of supervisors and make the case for action, accelerated action towards 2030. it also will require us, and we have known that we need to do this, it will set us up for a change to our environment chapter 9. that is the code that sets our standards, our goals, and our
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targets. it talks about climate action planning and asks the city to come together with our residents and stakeholders, private and public sector, to come together to take action. that policy needs to be updated, and that will be an exciting time for us because it will clearly articulate the goals and the commitments that we sat at the global climate action summit , and being sent by the city at the global -- as a global client action leader. following the policy basis, we will develop an action strategy. we are hoping to complete to that in the first part of 2020. and then through -- along the way on this trajectory towards the action strategy, we are working with partners to integrate the climate action or limitation of emissions through mitigation and climate adaptation. we are working -- working with our city family and partners across the city to integrate and find synergies between those two because we know while we we have to illuminate emissions to avoid
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the worst case of climate change , we are also adapting to those impacts that are already set. so this is our path forward, and we are very excited to share with you today, and we have a very busy year ahead of us, and i am happy to answer any questions if you have them. >> thank you, and welcome. any questions, commissioners? any public comment? thank you. okay. >> okay. , so our first person is cassandra jane. and cassandra will be followed
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by helena, welcome. >> hello. i am really here to support this resolution and to champion all the work that joni has been working on. i am new to this space, but i am really thrilled to see this resolution come into the conversation, and i really want to push this forward in whatever way possible and offer support from, you know, this is like a top concern for any generation that i talked to in san francisco and it's making us all reconsider our lives, and i'm really thankful for you guys to work through this. >> thank you. helena? after her, joni. >> hi, i want to first say, i
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did not know -- i am so honored to be here with his energy and all of these people who have worked with him, learned from him, and expanded his vision. that was really touching. my statement is i a san francisco resident, i am an active member of the citizens climate lobby. i have been following the san francisco declaration of climate emergency. it is a beautiful document and it is well on its way to passing i'm hoping for a unanimous vote in the supervisor's vote. i am very pleased to see that justice inequities to front-line communities and underprivileged communities are at the forefront of this revolution. my concern is that the idea remains front and center and implementation. not only is this the right and ethical thing to do, it is essential for the success of bringing down emissions. let me give you a personal example. i have never purchased a car because i don't want to be
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tempted into the trap of driving for convenience. i recently did the meth -- the math, and i realized i can do this because i am privileged, i am healthy, i have rent control, i don't have to work two full-time jobs to pay my bills. i have time and money at my disposal to make the public transit choices that can take more than twice as long, and cost more than twice as much as driving. just take b.r.t. to the airport. not everyone can do that. i'm reminded of a blog i read that reminded me that in our government activity, inclusion is not a privilege, it is a right. the government his four week, the people. i urge the department of the environment in the city of san francisco to continue working on the premise of what is needed holistically for us, rather compartmentalizing little favours for a. the bus rapid transit -- if you want creativity, cut ten from the budget. if you want sustainability, cut
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20 spare governments are notorious for liking fancy and shiny solutions. let's take learners advice and achieve sustainable options. for low income people, the majority of people in the world to make use of clean alternatives, they have to have access and it has to be affordable. you can't take the train to work if you can't buy the ticket. in order to use renewable energy , you have to have a home. driving back to caltrain, i then saw a homeless man late a fire field by rags and plastic bags. my first response was anger. more fire, pollution, my lungs, and then extreme sadness. that was his only option to get warm and dry after the rain. he potentially avoided more pollution. ringing me to my next point. we can't give medical and other essential industry licensed to lag in cleaning up their act. we cannot turn a blind eye to
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the carbon footprint, or corporations -- i think that means i am done. thank you. thank you for doing this. >> thank you for being here. [applause] >> i will just be really brief. i am here for my grandchildren, and i was super moved by the children of the world striking for the climate a week ago, and also, i was also moved by the tributes to cal broomhead, "i did not have the privilege of knowing, and do it for him, do it for the kids, it's a climate emergency, the kids are trying to wake up the adults, let them do it, and you, the commission, push the department. i'm super happy with what the department has been doing, but push them harder, faster and harder. thank you. >> thank you. >> judy irving.
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after judy, josh. >> hello. i am president of the telegraph hill dwellers, i'm also a documentary filmmaker, the parrots segue into the seam -- the theme of my comment, and that is trees. not only do birds need trees, human beings need trees. this city knees -- needs trees. our urban canopy is very low compared to most cities. in fact, it is only about 13%. as far as i know, there isn't anything in the climate action plan to plant more trees. trees breathe in carbon dioxide, they breathed out oxygen, it is a very cheap way to address climate issues.
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i would like to be audacious like. years ago, i made a film called "dark circle" about the nuclear issue, and he filmed people getting arrested at the canyon. i've probably filmed to him even though i couldn't get to know him, i wish i had. let's be audacious. let's plant 50,000 trees next year. let's put trees into the climate action plan in a big way. they are necessary for our health, and for co2 mitigation. they are necessary for stage. they slow people down, they make people call him -- calm. they're all kinds of reasons why we should do this. it is mysterious to me why planting trees and watering them are nowhere in the city budget right now. i was at an invitation-only
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district three budget priorities meeting last week with mayor breed, and there were about 25 people around the table. they were all talking about homeless issues, public safety, garbage, traffic, bad streets, et cetera, no one talked about the environment, no one talked about the environment, until i got up at the end, and i said, i would like to talk about the environment. i would like to ask for a budget to plant and water trees in the city, and that is my one minute, right? and i would like to ask you, mayor breed to, to sure that the department of environment has a staffer who is extremely obsessed with and focused on the audacious goal of planting lots of trees, massive, aggressive,
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urban reforestation in the city. it will really help, and it is not that expensive. thank you. >> thank you. >> josh clip. after josh, patsy ferguson. >> good evening, commissioners. i would also like to request that any climate action plan include aggressive urban forest station. i come in here and i speak to a lot of different commissions about the environmental benefits i thank you know this better than anyone, but i'm here asking it on behalf of one of my heroes , charlie starbuck. he was one of the phrase planning leaders with friends of the urban forest and for 40
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years, he did not miss a single saturday morning meeting -- planting. is only last year that he missed a few. as soon as he got out, he came back. i met charlie when i started volunteering in 2010. one day, and i know he was such a rock star, i convinced him to sit down with me and let me interview him, and we did for about an hour and a half. he told me all kinds of stories. by the end of it, i was so humbled, and i decided, when i grow up, i want to be like charlie starbuck. a couple years ago, we were at a tree planting waiting for things to get started, and i was chatting with him. i said we have been going down to city hall. i have been going to hearings like this and i have been saying we need to make trees more of a priority. his response was to shake his head and say don't bother. things aren't going to change. and that was a knife through my heart because he has dedicated
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his life and thousands and thousands of hours to making this city a better place by planting trees. if anyone has not given up hope on our canopy, it is him. it is no hope when it is giving up hope for our city. on arbor day in 2011, he was honored by mayor ed lee and an oak was planted in his honor between 31st in 30 seconds streets. but within the next couple of years, every single streets tree , every tree on the median was cut down to make way for a bus lane, including his tree. i really hope he does not hear about that because i think it will only affirm his sense of hopelessness. if we can't keep history, let's at least honor his lifetouch at work and commit to making trees a part of our fight against climate change. we can't say we are fighting climate change but leave out the only known mechanism that cleans our air, sequesters pollution, and provides habitat for a refried joke -- fragile economy
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and makes sidewalks and streets more walk and bike friendly. he still comes to every planting he is too frail to lead teams on his own, but i always invite him to join my team because i want all of my volunteers to learn from him. all i ask of you is the next time i see charlie out at the saturday morning planting, i can say to him this time, this city changed, and maybe we could do it in his name. thank you. [applause]. >> thank you. [applause]. >> patsy ferguson. after patsy, christopher kirby. >> hello. i am also here to talk about trees. i very much supports the resolution that you will pass today, but i hope you will at the additional instruction that trees be included in part of the plan, and i also thank you need
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to consider funding. i am concerned that we spend a lot of time and money developing the urban forest plan that was approved in 2015, but then didn't find the recommendations of that plan which included that we plant 50,000 trees over the next 20 years, which would be 2500 trees a year, last year, our canopy was increased by one tree, and instead of increasing our canopy, we are cutting them down everywhere. there's tree removal removals planned, including 19 at the library, 29 in hayes valley, 76 in the mission, 82 in the bayview, 25 in the fillmore, and 7,005 kids are all in the crosshairs because we don't like ficus now 50 years later when they are all huge and leafy and mature and doing a lot of work
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sequestering carbon dioxide, and doing all the other things for us that we enjoy about trees, so yes, please pass the resolution, but please also ask the department to include trees in the plan, and start to think about how you are going to fund these recommendations that they come up with. thank you. >> thank you. christopher kirby and sarah greenwald. >> commissioners, i am christopher kirby. i'm here also to speak about the resolution itself. let me introduce myself. i have been a resident in san francisco since 1986. i have also been a constituent
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of district eight since 1986 as well, and most recently, have been a consistent, i guess kyle has left, but a constituent -- i'm sorry, a constituent of supervisor mandelman and his team as well. during the past number of weeks and months since supervisor mandelman has gotten involved has been, unfortunately, we have been quite successful, but unfortunately, we have been dealing with a lot of tree removals in san francisco, a some of the other speakers have talked about, there's currently no budget for maintenance of trees, nor is there any budget, as i'm sure you know, there is no budget whatsoever for planting of trees. other people, including judy irvine, josh clip, and others whose names that i don't know about specifically have highlighted the very important nature of trees as part of the
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climate change efforts that we are undergoing here. before i continue, i would like to say, i would like to add to the resolution packet, i haven't exactly been involved in the resolution as it has gone forward, but through my research , i have come up with three documents, which i would ask that this particular committee, as well as the board of supervisors, as well as the public, there is the climate action strategy of 2013. the second is a san francisco urban forest plan of 2014, and the third, i guess is the 2017 greenhouse gas reduction strategy update. i would ask that each of these be, if possible, appended, perhaps amended, perhaps included in the public record, or perhaps provided by hand to the supervisors and the legislative aides.
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i have been working with supervisor mandelman, a lot of these documents, as i'm sure you know are very difficult to find online. if we pulled them from the p.d.f. and provide them to the public, et cetera, we will have a more robust discussion as the resolution goes forward. some of the other people have talked -- one of the things i specifically want to identify is that this particular resolution, to the extent it goes forward, will have the department of the environment put together in the proposal, and i hope, number 1, that the department of environment has the funds to put forth a quality report, second, that the department itself is given the funding to keep -- i
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forgot what the second point is, but the third is, i really want to make sure that the department of environment has somebody on staff specifically who knows about urban canopy and trees. those are very specific kinds of evaluations that have to be made , and i would like that there be consideration of that, and forth, simply that the budget goes forward with the mayor, with the supervisors and needs to have commitment, which obviously is unfortunately -- i just can't figure out what the budget does. >> thank you. >> sarah? >> hello. i have a comment from 350 bay area, my friend, who couldn't
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stay, he has a couple of suggestions. first, we need concrete actions, of course,. one, move up the electricity resource plan goals. we need to achieve 100% renewable energy before 2030. we have to do it. two, get out of buildings, get out the natural gas used for space and water heating. you can start by setting a future effective date to ban the sale or ends the sale of gas furnaces. we no longer need that technology, that stuff is a methane, it is a vicious greenhouse gas. you guys know this. okay, then from 350 san francisco, we wholeheartedly support this resolution. we are delighted to see it.
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you know the urgency of the work i will just leave you with something that might be good to tell your colleagues that struck me when the ipc was -- in his latest and most dire report was being presented in a press conference, at a question was asked, so looking at your recommendations, what should we do? should we do this, or this, or this, and the answer came back in this context, we cannot say or. the conjunction we must use is and. we must do everything. >> thank you. next is max dennis. >> hello. i am a member of ccl. i am here because climate change affects the most vulnerable among us. i think we all know that. like most of us here, i have friends and family who are among
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the most vulnerable. my grandparents are low income and they have to pay increasingly high air-conditioning just to pay to live in san francisco and to stay alive. my brother also uses a real chair and he studies the relationship between disability and climate change. they're much more likely to get killed in climate disasters. hopefully with research, this will be reduced, but it will still be a huge problem. san francisco has felt the impact of climate change already and we will feel it more. we can expect more seawall flooding, homeless people in greater danger, and climate refugees from other parts of the state as their homes maybe burnt down and will need to find places to live. we will see the effects of that. that said, i'm excited we have an opportunity to advocate an an effective climatology -- policy. they recently endorsed the ccl and the energy innovation carbon dividend bill, that is a carbon
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dividend nationally. the comments -- economist and scientist think this is the best solution we have. and that report said that with high enough carbon fees, we can avert the warming. we also need more housing. i'm here on behalf of the action as well and morton on car transportation infrastructure. we have way too many super communities in california and many of them come into san francisco and also california can take more people from the rest of the country because we have moderate climate and that will help us reduce carbon from a.c. and heating and all of that i think the most important climate bill in california today is more homes in sacramento from senator scott weiner. i hope that san francisco will endorse this bill. i know it is an issue that is going out right now. we can also accelerate our own info housing and protect the bike lanes and transit. a bonus is both of these solutions, both the carbon
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dividend and more homes and general housing will reduce poverty. california has the highest poverty rate in the whole country. that is abysmal given our economic success and it's really because of housing costs and san francisco has the highest rate. the dividend will help people pay their bills, it will be a lot of money for low income families, and reducing the shortage will make housing more affordable. these solutions are a win-win, and i'm excited we have the opportunity to really infuse them into the debate in san francisco. thank you. >> thank you. any other public comment? >> good evening, commissioners. san francisco clean energy advocates, green party and california strategy choice. i started working on the climate crisis policy way back in the mid-eighties when i first learned about it. i read a book by jeremy rifkin,
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and i have been working on this a long time, and it is obvious that we need to declare an emergency, that is a no-brainer. it is something that every city on earth needs to do, and so it's good that this resolution is coming forward from the supervisors and from you all, but i do want to talk about implementation because that's crucial. if we declare an emergency and don't implement our response properly, we could get into trouble, and a good example is james hansen himself, the man who warned us all in the mid- eighties about the climate crisis, about global warning. he is so caught up with the fact that this is an emergency that he promotes nuclear power, so how we choose to respond to the emergency is just as important as declaring it, and so first i want to agree with the folks who spoke for the trees, and say we have to do that, that is crucial we need this. we can start by not cutting down
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15,000 trees at sharp park, and this department saying to the recreation and park department, no, you don't. so the bigger issue i want to talk about is something that i've seen as someone who is working statewide on community choice policy, and that is a lot of people that are getting these climate emergency declarations forward in various cities and counties and are saying we should use community choice programs they clean power s.f. to immediately switch to 100% clean electricity, and what that means is you just change on paper what you are buying, it doesn't mean building any clean energy, it doesn't mean putting in battery storage, it doesn't mean building efficiency, it doesn't mean building microgrids if we were to do what some folks that are well-meaning want to do in response to the emergency, and declare every communities now switched to 100% clean
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energy and what we purchase, that would create a very serious problem of there being so much demand on the market that the removal cost would skyrocket, because they wouldn't be enough supply to meet the demand. so construction infrastructure has to come first, and then we get to 100%, in other words, in san francisco, we need to make sure that we declare that we want to get to 100% renewable by 2030, and the way that we get there is to build a local infrastructure, and reasonable infrastructure that actually is solar panelled, wind turbines, battery storage, efficiency and the rest of it. if we are not doing that, we are not building anything, we're just creating higher demand, and that doesn't solve the climate crisis fast enough, and it might even slow it down because it could cause the price price of renewables to go up. it is very important that as we move this forward we consider that we need to keep our focus
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on local infrastructure and building a local clean energy network, and that also ties in with the green deal aspect of this that we need to make a new deal to put people to work, not just make the energy cleaner. thanks. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> good evening. bayview hunter's point community advocates executive director. i am so honored that you guys are considering this on the night that you also honored cal broomhead because i was one of those people who was blessed to have him to look up to. he's an amazing person, and on this night, i do want to say with the climate emergency resolution, that we need to push through our hesitancy that we
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have a lot of times on these issues. this is critical. we need to think aspiration only if there weren't people thinking aspiration only, your board would not be -- robert haley lived here who is head of zero waste, we would not have a bad then, a straw ban, we wouldn't be the leading light in recycling composting, we are the model for the world in composting because we his thoughts about our goals for 2020. it doesn't matter if we hit it, we set that goal. i really want to emphasize to you respected colleagues. stop saying 2014. the goal is 2030. you as well, lindy, we know that you are fishing for 2030. do not even put 2050 in your documents. we wouldn't have madame director of the department of environment here as director.
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we would not have the state actually passing its ban on fire retardants in the state, we would not have, i have worked at unhealthy nail salons because of those aspirational programs. we need to focus on this. we do need to, as they said, focus on the equity of this because these are really expensive, really hard decisions we put in this resolution that we needed to have communities, disadvantaged communities, communities of color, those communities that keep getting forgotten. i don't want to just stress of communities of color, though that is my wheelhouse, but doing this work on equity has made me realize that there is a huge percentage of people who are only in the city because of proper 13. they are doing as poorly or worse as i am in terms of keeping up with the finances, and realistically, if we were to
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preserve any character that we have in this city, of this city, we need to really be thinking about solutions that are fully funded, that are fully committed , that bring us all along, and that is really what we worked on in crafting this resolution. thank you very much. >> thank you. [applause]. >> next speaker? >> hello hello, commissioners. i am the program to mentor -- director for friends of the urban forest. i'm here representing trust and also dan flanagan, our executive director who regrets he cannot be here today. i'm excited to be here and to give our support of the climate emergency resolution, and because i am coming from friends of the urban forest, i will talk a little bit about trees. i will not talk about the benefits, i think we all know that, and many of the previous speakers spoke to that. san francisco is a 17th amongst the top populist -- top
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20 populist cities in san francisco. we rank 17th. we have a big opportunity for planting trees in san francisco, it is something we are very passionate about. we realize that a comprehensive tree planting initiative is a local action. that we can take in response to this global climate emergency. unfortunately, our tree population is shrinking rather than growing. in 2016, we passed the healthy treat safe sidewalks initiative. we had -- the passing of that initiative showed the passion that san franciscans have for our urban forest, and one of the things that public works has been focusing on is removing some of the most dangerous trees that we have on our streets. the initiatives in 2016 did set aside funding for the maintenance of the trees, it did not set aside funding for the planting of trees. we are really struggling to make that happen. that is one of the reasons that
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we are losing trees and not gaining them right now because we are removing trees that are dangerous and we don't have all the funding that we need to plant more trees. the dire state of our urban forest is in parts of the decades of underfunding, and also seeing trees as decorative -- decorative and not as important parts of the urban infrastructure, and our climate. we do think it's important that -- and we are advocating for including treeplanting in our climate action strategy and our experience in the 2016 ballot initiative is that the people of san francisco support that, and also we know that as experts in the environment of community who stand with us entries are important aspects of fighting climate change. as the saying goes, the best time to plant trees was 20 years ago, the second-best time is to
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plant trees today, and we don't have any time to lose. we need trees to adjust the climate emergency. thank you. >> thank you. >> any further public comment? if not, commissioner -- >> welcome. >> my name is lance, i would also like to talk about city trees is a factor in the urban climate change. the director of the san francisco department of environment pointed out that 35% of our carbon footprint comes from transportation. she also pointed out we have the greenest mass transit fleet in the country, but our city related vehicles only account for small sliver of that energy footprint. basically the only way to really palatal the biggest chunk of our carbon footprint is to encourage people to use more earth friendly transportation modes like walking, biking, and
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increased transit usage. in order to get people walking in writing transit we need to make it welcoming, safe, and clean. there's plenty of research that shows reduce crime rates in areas that have trees, lower car speeds and a nice fact for the city, a vision zero initiative, and that trees provide u.v. protection, a more engaging environment, increased traffic to local businesses, and more. according to her, san francisco has some great and bimetal programs in place right now, some of the best in the country. but our climate efforts are being outpaced by our growth. our department is looking for every angle they can find to cut into that outpacing. trees are one answer, our city is not topped, letter loan prioritized. thank you. >> thank you. >> anyone else?
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[indiscernible] >> thank you. >> thank you for the parrot movie. >> commissioner walt? >> thank you. i also want to thank supervisor mandel men and kyle for developing this resolution and especially for making it an action for saying resolution opposed to just a feel-good resolution. i also want to thank the members of the public and the organizations who pushed for this resolution in the
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supervisor's office and before the policy committee when we met recently to talk about it. i want to thank the department's staff for not just bringing the resolution to the policy committee, but for being so responsive to the concerns and issues that the policy committee raised at the time of that meeting. those issues didn't include the budgetary issues that have been raised tonight, which to be perfectly honest, was not -- i was not aware of. and therefore, i don't know if it's therefore, but i don't have any ideas for amending this resolution now, instead i just want to say, number 1, i would
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be interested in hearing more in the committee about this issue and what option we might have two address it but until that time, and given that this is what is before us, i would like to urge my colleagues on the commission to vote in favor of it. this evening and to do as somebody said earlier, to do it for cal. >> one moment, commissioner sullivan. >> as a proud zealot. i am so happy to be able to hear everything today and to be able to support this resolution, and i am especially eager to hear
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about the action plan and the implementation that will follow this because as commissioner walton said, i really think it would be a shame that this was just a photocopy. we really need to find actions to follow-up, whether it is infrastructure, or solar, or efficiency, or getting to 100% green, i think whenever this department tries to move the needle on climate, there is often a reason why it can't be done. it is cost, artist too hard, or some other reason. i think the climate emergency can be used to battle all of these issues in the future. especially i want to thank supervisor mandel ' office. i know when the activists went to the second floor of city hall and looking for someone to sponsor the resolution, supervisor mandelman when he was asked, his update was hell, yeah
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, and he jumped in with both feet with what phrasing would be best, but he didn't have to be asked a second time, so i want to thank supervisor mandel ' office, and i also have a fair amount of zealotry for trees. it was very exciting to hear the advocates for urban forestry out tonight and as a member of the urban forestry council, i know what carla said is exactly right , which is the set aside in street trieste f. provided around $20 million a year for tree maintenance, and it allowed it through removal, and as much as i love trees, many of the trees in the city are getting to the end of their useful life and they need to be replaced but we need to find the funding for tree planting, and i think we especially need to prioritize trees that will sequester carbon i'm not sure that has a real factor in terms of the trees that we do plant, thank you to
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the department for all the work you've done on this. thank you supervisor mandel men and i'm so excited about the implantation of this. >> i know you ask questions on the front end of public testimony, but i have a clarification question and i want wanted to echo echo your support in your thank you to supervisor mandel men and two cal's parents. my question is, it would be helpful if wendy or kyle, either of you could share a little bit more about the implementation pathways, because when i read it , it is not really calling out any particular strategy. it is very specific around the declaration of emergency, equity , which is great, but could you share more about the implementation pathway? and i'm assuming that would be an opportunity for the public to engage in issues like trees and
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public infrastructure and so on. >> thank you. >> can we have the power point? >> thank you for asking that question. i will just answer briefly about what the plan is. as you all know, this is how the arrow that is moving us along a trajectory. with the timing as we know it today, the resolution was submitted, and the next step is for us to complete the technical analysis, which is our pathway, an analysis of the action, the impact the actions have on reducing emissions. it is the first step towards the climate action strategy. it is a pacesetting and eight data-driven exercise to look at what would happen if we just, as i showed you, what would happen if we met our 2030 goal that we have set for the city, and how close can we get to eliminating
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all emissions by 2050. that report will be completed. we are working with other city partners on this to make sure that the facts and the data and the analysis aligned with what we know from other efforts around the city and transportation on buildings and waste. the next step will be to present the findings of that effort which is the base and the foundation to build our action strategy upon. the argument i had made, i hope successfully as we want the policy basis, we'll have a technical understanding of where the emissions can be reduced, we next need to have a policy basis to build and implement strategies. once we have the policy basis that will identify and guide us, towards how we want the climate action strategy to talk about equity, to talk about inclusive benefits, to talk about what we do with the emissions that we cannot reduce or eliminate, that we need to sequester, and they will direct that as a city towards what we want the climate
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action strategy to look like and to embody. the next step is to develop that implementation plan, and that is where we will be working along the way on early actions that we know we are already implementing , there i've said it it is like attaching a strategy to a flying plane. is a lot of action happening in this city, so we need to build the strategy around what is happening, and layout principles so we do achieve those equity goals that we all ascribe to, and that we do bring forward those inclusive benefits such as health and affordability, and a statics and the things that people in the city really care about alongside the emissions reduction. so that strategy we are hoping will be the action implementation peace and one of the goals is that it will have implementation in it and it will clearly identify what the actions that is necessary, who
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is responsible for it to to its unique -- and use be informed or consulted or involved in the decision-making and if we are able, we will identify where the funding will come from to pay for that action. if he can't get there because decision sometimes come along the way through implantation of the action, we will identify what is a relative cost of the action. so we are building a robust plan that we can measure our progress against, beyond our missions -- emissions progress. >> perfect. that was helpful. thank you for revisiting that slide and the extra content was helpful. my quick follow-up question is what are the engagement pathways for the public? as was noted, trees seem like an important issue, as do other issues, and i want to say i know this city is already making great strides in public vehicle infrastructure, but in terms of
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the specifics of the engagement possibilities and inform the process, could you share more what that looks like,. >> the first places that we will engage is at the board hearing, and invite people to come to the board hearing whether you are from an organization or you are a resident or a business. the board hearing will be the place the city will publicly begin the discourse on what the technical pathway looks like, what is possible to achieve if we actually take action towards the goals of the city has set already. the next will be the policy developments. we will have an opportunity for people to engage in that as well , community advocates and the community. one of the things we're working on that we have not talked to you about is a building sector strategy that we have working on for a year, and we have the next year to finish it. we are starting with our community partners. we have a network of allied partners that have been working on affordable housing, on jobs and on community organizing.
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that is our first step to talk to them about how do we bring the questions we have about advancing building decarbonization to community. we are going to work with community partners to have them help us organize, develop, and implement community engagement on the building sector strategies, which is the first thing we are working on. there is the zero emission roadmap coming on and there's a lot of community engagement around each of those individual activities around transportation , and so we need to bring all that together and make sure that people -- they have the information that they need to engage on and we allow them to engage with what they need to. hopefully not on the entire strategy, because i believe that is quite large, but on the pieces that they value whether it is the reducing heat and sequestering carbon, whether it is informing the building sector strategy so we have highly efficient, healthy, affordable and climate resilient focus.
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>> so the final quick thing. if you are a member of the public, and you are not a stakeholder that you maybe externally reaching out to, then with the best pathway for engagement be to ensure they are in touch with you, and secondarily, will there be any kind of web update in the way that the department so effectively updates people on the web about engagement opportunities? will there be web opportunities? >> i am happy to be the contact. we are working on how we have a digital presence, as well as an actual presence through community partners and allied networks on the ground. >> thank you so much. >> any further questions? if no further questions, then do i hear a motion to approve the resolution file number 2019-01-0 e., declaration of a climate and reduced --
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>> i moved. >> second. >> so moved. is there any further discussion? all in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? motion carries. [applause] thank you for the questions and the presentation. the next item. >> the next item is item seven, discussion of how clean power s.f. is helping san francisco achieve its goals of being 100% renewal electricity by the year 2030 under the city charter, the commission on the environment conduct public education and outreach to the community on san francisco charge of sustainability experts, the sponsors and the director have
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discussion and the president, there has been a request to switch a and b. is there any objection? >> no objections. >> okay, director raphael will introduce item seven, which will go seven b., and then seven a. there are two parts. we will have questions at the end of both presentations. >> thank you. yes, thank you to mike for being so patient. so as you all know, with san francisco climate action strategy being at 100% renewable energy, that is key, and part of that is to have all of our electricity be 100% renewable and greenhouse gas free. one way we have been working towards that is with our
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community choice aggregation programs. this effort started back -- well , it started a long time before that, but in 2002, there was an important milestone in the state of california and carol meghan was part of this and adopted a law that enabled more jurisdictions to create their own community choice programs, and that legal permission started a very deep conversation in san francisco about what would our program look like, and since that time, we have not only had those discussions, but we have launched, and i want to very much acknowledge the work of the california -- of san francisco public utilities commission with leadership of barbara hale, and all the staff who have worked on her -- under her. mar is here tonight to talk with us about how sign-ups are going. it is something that we have all been curious about for a while. they have some bold goals, and he will talk about how they are
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nearly complete. we will also be hearing from becca on our own staff. she will be talking about our promotions. our role for clean power s.f. at the department his not so much the implementation, but to help on the community outreach, and the uptake, so our department kicked off a 100% renewable super green program, and we thought it would be great to have the two together so you could see how our department is working with the san francisco p.u.c. in concert. with that, mike? >> thank you, director for that nice introduction and background and for having me here this evening. item seven b.... >> thank you.
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i the history is really helpful. i think it does show how long this has been in the works. it is an honor to be here tonight, especially on the night to are honoring cal broomhead. i worked with him in 2003 and 2004 when the city embarked on trying to launch a community choice aggregation program, so i can't think of somebody more committed to the environment than him. so he has inspired me, and i know a lot of people around here it is an honor to be here and share all the progress we have made so far. i would also note that with april being earth month, it is also an opportune time to be here, and it also happens to be the month that coincides with our largest and final major enrolment into the clean power s.f. program. so it is exciting, but also very busy for us, but i am really
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looking forward to sharing some of that with you. i had a presentation, i will run through the slides, and i will be happy to entertain any questions you have afterward. i will provide some background on the clean power s.f. program. i will provide an update on our efforts to scale the clean power s.f. enrolment city wide, and i will share with you some information about clean power s.f.'s contributions to the city of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. sends clean power s.f. is part of the san francisco public utilities commission, i want to start at the outset with a little bit about our enterprise. the p.u.c. has been providing clean power to san francisco for nearly 100 years, so we have been in the business for quite a while.
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as the publicly owned electric utility in the city, the p.u.c. provides clean energy to city services and property, streetlights, redevelopment areas, waterfront sites and new development projects. the san francisco international airport is one of the power customers. of course, we operate the clean power s.f. program, our community choice aggregation. the slide illustrates those two services. the first are the electric services right now. so the first graphic on the slide shows how it is generated it is delivered to the statewide grid operated by the california system operator over city-owned transition lines. it is then carried into the city and to our customers through pg and the distribution wires and city-owned wires.
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and ultimately to the end user. the second program illustrated here is a clean power s.f. under the model, the city takes responsibility for sourcing the production of electricity from clean and renewable sources of generation. when this power is produced, it is delivered into the high-voltage grid, and distributed locally by pg and e. it is a similar model. when the ethics easy developed and launched clean power s.f., we were guided by the following program goals. has developed over time with input from the mayor, the board of supervisors, and i were commission. that is leading with affordable and competitive rates, and reliable service to provide cleaner electricity alternatives that deliver more renewable energy and he carbonized the
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city's energy supply by 2030 to invest in the city's electric supply revenues locally in new, renewable, and demand side projects with measures to reduce energy use in homes and businesses, and in the process, create new, clean energy jobs within the city and the bay area we are balancing the goals and providing long-term rate and program finance -- stability. one example of how we balance these goals when we launched clean power s.f. is by offering two product options for customers. when the city first considered launching clean power s.f. in 2013, it was planning to move forward with a single product that would have been 100% renewable, but come at a premium over the prevailing pg and the rates. there was concern at t