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>> i will introduce you to our finance minister, and he has a representative to present the audited financial report. jim? >> good afternoon, with me is craig burns, and he is a representative managing the audit this year for the retirement system, and he will present the report to you. >> all right. before i get into my presentation, thank you to the board for the opportunity to present the results of our work back when we are about the audit being completed for the june 30, 2018 and 2017 financial statement, and with that, we have issued two reports, one is a financial statement with the required information, and the second report which is communications the retirement for it. i will start with the financial statement.
as i said, we audited the financial statements as of june 30th, 2018 and 2017, and the financial statements were prepared by management in accordance with the general accepted accounting principles in the united states, and management is responsible for the fair presentation of the financial statements. the auditors were responsible for an audit for obtaining reasonable assurance -- assurance over the presentation of those statements, with reasonable assurance, we don't provide 100% or insurance that would provide a high-level of insurance to make sure they are free of material statements due to error or fraud. we have performed our audit in accordance to the generally accepted standards of the united states, and government audit standards that we talk about when we get into the report to the retirement board. it gives us a little bit more thinking that we have to do in our office.
i will get to the results of the audit right now. we are pleased to announce that we issued an unmodified opinion on the financial statements. we issued our opinion on february 22nd, 2019 of this year, it an unmodified opinion is the highest level of assurance that an auditor or independent audit can give to an organization regarding the fair presentation of the financial statement. it is a testament to the structure and internal control systems. as well as the staff and the management team in place here and preparing the report. it is pretty clean and consistent. we just want to acknowledge their hard work. >> i'm going to go onto the second report that we issued. the first report in here, i mentioned previously that we performed our audit, the very first report is internal
controls. when we do an audit and requirement to government audit standards, we also have to sit -- internal controls related to the preparation of the financial statements. we don't provide any assurance or opinion on them, but if we know or are determined there's been any deficiencies that rise to what we call material weakness or another deficiency, we have to report that to the board. we're happy to report there were no such instances for the year. the second part of this report is it relates to compliance with laws and regulations. in accordance to the government audit, we have to consider if there any laws or regulations that are not in compliance and what it call -- because -- we are pleased to report there were no such instances of noncompliance for the year. and then the last part of the report is required communication
our professional audit standards require us at the end of an audit to communicate certain things of importance to the government his, in this case, the board of retirement. the first thing i will go over here is what we call a qualitative aspect process. the first item, we would like to look at significant accounting policies. they are needed to select appropriate accounting policies. there was only one change of the year that was the implementation of governmental standards. this is implemented not just by those -- [indiscernible] relates to reporting on the first time the foot on the financial statements, the liabilities related to retired homes. other than that, there were no changes to accounting policies, and when we did our audit review , we didn't know any transactions that lacked authoritative guidance.
the last part of the qualitative aspect of accounting practices relates to accounting estimates, and there are certain balances in the financial statements that are very sensitive to estimates that require management here to prepare a financial statement to make -- the most significant items where the fair value of investments and then the actuarial calculations to determine the total pension liabilities which are disclosed in the notes. so we, in order to get comfortable with these items we reviewed the assumptions and the methodologies that management has used in order to conclude that they are reasonable as it relates to the financial statements. we also have a report that we had no difficulties in performing the audit, no disagreements with management, and as far as we are aware, management did not go out to get a second opinion or has that with any other independent accounts on items. we also have no uncorrected mr.
statements for the year. we have a very clean year. with that, i will take any questions. >> board members, questions? >> no, congratulations to the team for their hard work and for producing such a clean audit. this is something i will ask later, but in the report, they were reference is made to policies that exist for interest right risks for custodial credit risk, so i'm wondering if those are common, is it typical, is it something we should be pursuing? >> across the board. some people in the industry don't, and that comes from the accounting standards that say if you don't have a policy, you have to disclose that you don't. >> if there is no further questions, the motion to accept or reject the report is in order i will then call for public comment. >> i move that we adjust the
report. >> is there a second? >> second. >> motion made and seconded. public comment? all those in favor say aye. >> aye. >> opposed? it passes. item 12 will be continued until the may 8th meeting, the finance committee has had a chance to finalize their recommendations, that takes us to item 13, that was item 13, item 14, executive director chuck chuck report -- actually, we do have item 13 which is the annual report, i'm sorry, i circled the wrong number. >> item 12 is continued and item 13 is up. >> review and approve the 2018 annual report. >> the charger requires each department to publish an annual report, and we have the annual
reports that we are presenting to the board for the year ending june 30th, 2018, and we would ask for your approval. to issue this, it will be electronically available on the website. we generally make around 100 paper copies because we do have constituents who want it in a paper copy. we generally will only have it electronically published. >> this is an action item two accept the report. >> i will move it. >> i will second it. >> is there any public comment? motion has been made and seconded to accept the report. those in favor say aye? >> aye. >> opposed. that takes us to item 14. i need to correct my point. we were told that the commissioner would be sworn in on tuesday, but it is actually sworn in on monday this week, and so -- he jumped the gun.
i will say that we have met with him on two occasions, and we are two thirds of the way through on loading, processing, or onboarding process for new commissioners, and so we are very pleased to have him, and very glad he is making time for us to introduce staff to him, and try and brief him as best as we can. >> through the chair, i would just extend my thanks to everybody here, and also that i will -- i am so impressed by how the operation runs for the benefit of these retirees. thank you for having me. >> since you started a day early , we will give you an extra day of retirement commissioner pay. [laughter] >> and the health services system, we got paid. did it go back to 1903?
it was, and when i went on that commission, i asked for my -- >> we get cookies if we are good the devil is in the details and those types and no pay for serving on this board. second item is for those of you who are familiar, there is a court of appeal, a case pending in front of the court of appeals and oral arguments have been set for may 1st. i believe they will start at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon, and that is in the case related to the retirement board directing staff to pay supplemental cost of living adjustments to the pre 1996 retirees, as a result of the court of appeals finding that prop see, as passed in 2011 was unconstitutional as to the
requirements that the pension be fully funded, and have excess earnings before the supplemental call would be paid. i'm very pleased to announce that all of you were very good to, you filed your form a 700, she took all your training on time, and i just wanted to notify you that also required staff, there's a large group of staff that are required to file with the department, some very pleased to announce and thank you all for your efforts to get that done. i was reminded today that we also have to do it for their health care trust board to, which is something new because we have taken over the administration of it. thank you so much, with that, i will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. >> do you filed those congruently at the same time for both sides? >> right, the folks who have to
file electronically, darlene has to go in and try and print off the fact that you've done it, everyone else who filed not with the department, files a paper copy, darlene has them as available if there is any kind of public request, but they're not required to be filed directly. there are categories of violators, and the board and i are a category that has to file electronically. >> god it. thank you for the clarification. >> this is a nonaction item. that takes us to item 15, retirement board members -- >> public comment on executive director chuck chart report. that includes item 14, item 15, the order of the retirement board members. go ahead. >> mr. chair, i attended, as
well as i thank you were there as well, the bridge, and i would like to say that c.i.o., as well as the managing director both presented at the bridge today, and they did an excellent job. he was the keynote this morning for the bridge, and i was very proud to say that is my c.i.o., and at some point, hopefully he was here, his presentation with the board, because it was very enlightening, i don't know if that is something you are planning to do, but it was a very good presentation. at some point, perhaps you can share it with the board and staff, and mr. franco was the moderator for the hedge fund's panel, and that was a very good panel as well. i wanted to commend the board as well as staff and we are well represented at the bridge by our very senior staff members, thank you very much for representing us. >> thank you.
commission. we would ask you to turn off sound producing devices that could go off during the meeting. we ask you take any secondary conversations outside in order for this meeting to proceed as efficiently as possible. commissioner buhl each commission has three minutes. each person will have three minutes to speak on public comment for each item. when you do, please address your comments to the commission. in order to allow equal time for all, neither commission nor staff will respond to questions during public comment. the commission may ask questions of staff after public comment is closed. if you would like to speak on an item of interest to you that is not on the agenda but is under
the subject matter of the commission. you may speak under item 4 continued to item 4. if the fire alarms activate you must evacuate the building in an orderly fashion. elevators will immediately return to the first floor and are not available for use. if you need assistance out of the building please make your way to the closest area of refuge across the hall in the men's restroom. inside is a speaker box. press it and security will answer. let them know your location and they will assist you. one change. item 9 is off calendar and will not be heard. with that we go to item 2, the president's report. >> thank you. very briefly. i know this will be discussed later in presentations. i want to note that since the
last meeting we have had two very significant public events. one was acknowledgment of the gift at india basin. the largest gift in the history of the recreation and park department. we had groundbreaking for the tennis center in tolden gate park. more will be said about these. this is because of the staff work and the constant attention to the quality of both the facilities and the programs in the department. it just is a reality the public fireds what we are doing to be worthy of major substantial multi-million dollars investments. this is a long time in the making, fill an it doesn't just. that he look carefully how they spend dollars.
they have to trust those will end up being for the intended purpose. that only comes with confidence with the people doing the job. commissioner harrison wants to make a comment. >> i had the pleasure of attending zoo fest last friday. i want to congratulate you on a very successful and enjoyable evening. the food was good, company great and entertainment was overwhelming with the some of the purchasing. it was great. i want to compliment you an and also tanya. thank you. >> that concludes my report. >> any public comment on the president's report? being none this item is closed. we are now on item 3, the general manager's report. >> good morning.
i apologize in advance for a joyous and robust report. that is code for longish. let me start with my not so favorite event of the year 420. this saturday is april 20th. as with every april 20, a throng of revelers is expected to descend upon us in robin williams meadow in golden gate park to celebrate all things green. as we have seen in years past, this previously not permitted event does create a host of challenges including traffic and health and safety issues. over the last few years we have been grateful to the leadership of supervisor london breed now
supervisor vallie brown and local merchants and alex in particular who have stepped off to offer infrastructure around this event including 185 portable toilets in the event area and neighborhood. 4900 feet of fencing, 90 security guards, 33% increase from last year. dedicated cleanup crews inside the event and in surrounding neighborhoods. this is our third year working together, and this partnership has created a safer and cleaner and less impactful event. the merchant contribution along with a significant amount of support from sfpd, m.t.a., public works, public health, juvenile probation, department
of emergency management and, of course, our own staff who works around the clock to manage this event has yielded good results. this event is not without risk, and as always we encourage everyone using the park to respect each other, respect the park, respect the neighborhoods, and to be safe and smart. as a public service reminder there are traffic considerations around the event. in addition to our regular saturday car-free road closures jfk at eighth avenue will be closed to vehicles as will conservatory drive each and west, nancy pelosi drive and mlk drive between ninth avenue which basically means if you don't
have an awfully good reason to be around the park, don't go around the park. moving on. earth day. the very next day we come back down-to-earth, and we get to celebrate, which i believe is also easter. we will be celebrating earth day and the eco center's ninth birthday. sunday april 21st 9 amendment to 2:00 p.m. there wil will be a habitat prot and enjoy a free barbecue lunch. to rsvp and to view the entire earth month calendar log on to earth month blog. next week is five playgrounds in the city including the panhandle, golden gate park.
sergeant john mccauley park in the tenderloin playground, the play ground in mic chairren park and in the excelser. it is under the let's play sf initiative a $30 million public private partnership with the san francisco parks alliance supported by park fund money and general fund support. in total they will renovate 13 playgrounds around the city. washington square playground was completed a few months ago. we co-host one big groundbreaking for all five projects on thursday, april 25th at 11:00 a.m. this may marks 74 years since the en end of the holocaust.
to remind those of the survivors an installation by a german artist is at the plaza. maybe you walked by it this morning. over 70 portraits of holocaust survivors including several local individuals, one i will talk about in a second. also including those from all across united states, germany, ukraine, they are to provide voice and visibility to survivors. courageous leann wonderfully presented by the institute of san francisco and the german consoling lat in part he -- consulate it is previously at the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c. and at the headquarters in new york city.
it celebrates strength of survivors and they are pictured in the life affirming photographs. one of the survivors i learned about tenacity first hand in 2010 when ilsa alexander wrote me a series of letters demanding to know what we are done with her favorite bench after the pga golf tournament in 2010. she then came to my office to ask the same question. she got her bench back along with a plaque and also a surrogate grandson here at the park. it is an honor to see her out there. i hope everyone explores her portrait to see her warmth, charisma, humanity.
you use it to realize the destructive power of hate. access to adventure. in partnership with support for families of children with disabilities will host access to adventure for kids with disabilities and special healthcare needs on may 4th at golden gate park band shell. this includes art, music sports and live entertainment for all ages. for more visit support for families.org. lastly i want to report about thaboutthe biodiversity survey d by 107-18. our department completed an inter department mental survey summarizing all planned and existing projects and initiatives to promote the
biodiversity. earlier this month we submitted the results of to the department of environment. the survey results are being compiled with those of other city agency and share understand the near future. it would be great to come back to present about the report's findings with a specific focus on our organization. okay. i now have two bits of recognition. the first commissioner as you will note focuses on yesterday's wonderful celebration at the golden gate park tennis center. it was a day anyone who was there will never forget when mayor breed and president buehl and the supervisors and our
tennis learning center kids and staff and our lead donors joined mayor breed in the ceremonial net drop. we officially began the final phase of the 10 year a long journey to create a community hub and youth development program that will be the best public center in the country. our center is 125 years old. it is the keeper of stories and champions. the courts have hosted billie jean king and peanut louie and brad gilbert and alice marble who won 18 grand slam titles before defeating nazi germany and fighting to desegregate the sport by demanding that gibson
could play in the u.s. open. it is the home of those who depend on the courts for joy, health, competition and community. during the 150th anniversary next year the lisa and douglas goldman tennas centers opens to the next 25 years. the $27 million renovation will feature a clubhouse and new lights with 27,000 hours of play and garden for spectating and the pickleball court and the program at the tennis learning center. it will provide one-on-one tutoring and life lessons in leadership and teamwork through the game of tennis. most strongly symbolizing the unbreakable bond a large mural in the clubhouse will display
the words love all. projects like this don't happen. they take determination and partnership and leadership and civic generosity. today i want to thank the tennis coalition for the park that got this project going and for the gensty, experty and help along the way. my hats off for the outstanding leadership. thanks to the leadership of our donors, lisa and douglas, the fisher family, and thanks to each and every other single person. there are hundreds is not thousands that believe this project important enough to donate treasure, talent or sweat. now, i want to turn to our own team. i want to thank the heart of public tennis, channing hail and
dana for helping us find the future operating structure. but my biggest personal thanks is t to curry. who has spent a decade as chief administrative officer and lead cheerleader. without that grace, competent, commitment and unrelenting, unyielding focus, this project would have never happened. it is my pleasure to recognize dahlia curry. if you could join me with the first sign for the tennis center
when i started working for the department about nine years ago, as you pointed out, this was a project in my portfolio, and i think if we are honest it was high in the -- pie in the sky. don't get too attached kind of thing. somehow one gift turned into two, three, we just got some momentum. we had a committed community group in the tennis coalition. somehow we made it to the groundbreaking yesterday. it has been a real pleasure working with phil and all of my colleagues in the department. members of the tennis coalition and staff of the tlc program especially who work tirelessly
every day to support youth development and improve outlooks for our kids in under served communities. victory has many parents. >> i was quoting the boss over there. >> it has been an honor to work on this project, and i just thank you all for the opportunity. >> thank you. [applause.] >> okay. we have one more two-part recognition. then we have a video. then i am done. today we have the distinct honor of recognizing the outgoing chair and long time member of the parks recreation and open space advisory committee, also
known as prozac. stefan had to step down after nine years. he was first appointed in 2010 to seat number six representing district two and was later reappointed by supervisor farrell and most recently by catherine stephanie. i wonder if that is history. has one prozac member ever been appointed by three supervisors. three years as vice chair and three years as chair. in addition to the committee he is a member of friends of lafayette park. he is an extremely community focused park advocate involved in numerous projects in san francisco, including putting his professional music production to good use in five seasons for
saturdays in the park at the concert series. he was instrumental in basically creating what i think is maybe the coolest dog park in all of san francisco at lafayette park. i want to thank you so much for your leadership and commitment to making parks better. i know you are not going away as a park champion and advocate and engaged community and sevvick leader. i hope we -- civic leader. i hope we will all look back on your tenure as chair of prozac and understand what a turning point it was through your grace, diplomacy and calm reason, prozac has evolved into a partner with the recreation and park department. no longer just an advocat.
we work together to keeply explore park policy issues, to problem solve, to make sure the community is informed. i could not be more grateful for your effort in making that shift, and i know that jordan who i will introduce in a second will continue that legacy. that truly serves our parks and is one of the fundamental reasons we have the best park system in the country. if you want to come up and say a few words. [applause.] >> how do i follow that? thank you so much, commissioners. i did not prepare a speech, but i have my final chair's report for prozac which my brothers and sisters have heard this. i feel i can at least say a
couple things. first of all, thank you for the recognition. a volunteer position you get into it because you love your parks. you get into it because you want to make change, and i would say that more to the community that it is about getting your hands dirty, being focused on positivity for your small space and that grows. i will always have the work that we did here in room 278 in the lodge and in 200 odd parks that we serve. in my nine years we reviewed hundreds of presentations, met with dozens of city agencies with focus on oversight, understanding, input, discussion around many different issues. we talked about budgets and park policy. it is a whole new world when you peel back the layers. i would like to recognizeless
an--recognize les and linda. i would like to thank our new chair for serving, you know, as leadership during my terms. i would like to thank the recand park department. my good friend gary, don, stacy, dana, diane, lamonte, taylor, denny, and of course uncle phil. i believe our roll requires us to be squeaky wheels sometimes. it is finding that shared vision that allows us to make it a better place. we could all just put our vibes out there. without concession, without
looking at each other to say we are all in this together for better parks, the commission, prozac and the department, it wouldn't work. it would be a broken system. i am glad to be part of that. i feel the rec park department is open to finding middle ground. it is always nice to be recognized as a member of prozac. it is nice to see our hard work on display all over the city. i would like to thank catherine stephanie for making parks a priority in their term. our committee is an asset to individual communities and districts. it is clear our national park score reflects how much as individuals we are part of park success. as i term out and no longer serve on prozac, i challenge
members and alliance to work with individuals and groups, organizations to make our parks better, support new open space, promote future park bonds. we can have a great park system we need to support it in any way we can. it is my pleasure to serve as a member and chair of prozac. we haven't always agreed we made the parks and city better. i will continue to serve the city and community in other weighs in years to come. i thank you all for your service and your time. [applause.] >> hang out to let me make one more introduction the next chair of pro zax. we welcome jordan who was the new cherry elected to succeed -- the newly-elected chair. she is a graduate of san
francisco state and graduate of usf with masters in public administration. she worked as a legislative intern and interned for supervisor katy tang. she was appointed and during the first term on the board she addvo indicated for the historic preservation of the mother's building of the zoo and the dog play area. the community open space at the turnaround at ocean beach. she was developed equity metrics to make san francisco the first city in which every person is a 10 minute walk to a park or open space. we are excited to work with you and your prozac colleagues for the next several years. please come up and say a quick word if you don't mind.
[applause.] >> good morning. thank you so much, general manager, for the recognition. i am thankful to my prozac colleagues and for our former chair for always encouraging me to speak up and serve as leadership in this new capacity. i am excited for the work that our committee will continue to achieve in the next calendar year and work to have our community serve and support the commission as well as the department and future parks and recreation activities. thank you and i look forward to seeing you all very soon. [applause.]
managers report. >> is there anyone who would like to make public comment on the general manager's report? being none, this item is closed. we are now on item 4. general public comment up to 15 minutes. this item will be continued to item 10 once those 15 minutes are up. at this time members of the public may address the commission on items of interest to the public within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission and that do not appear on the agenda. with to the agenda items you will have the opportunity to address the commission when the item is reached. if you would like to make comment please come up. we will take you in the order that you come up.
>> we have overhead, please. >> commissioners, directo directorgensberg. the property owners have recently erected without permission wooden fencing around and through adjourning parcel of land. this belongs to the san francisco recreation and parks department this is a part of the park. these two property owners encroached upon approximately 5,000 square feet of invaluable open space parkland for their exclusive use and enjoyment. it is wrong for anyone to think
property belongs to in one. it is especially wrong to encroach on public park land. we do not wish to punish or fine or collect unpaid rents or fees. our goal is to help. we come to you as representatives of the public interest for that purpose. since last year rec park sent strongly worded notices to remove encroachments and restore the land. for over a year they resisted. they want the land. they convinced themselves they have a right to the land and they are determined to keep it. they spread misinformation on social media, circulated petitions and offered to buy the land. public parkland can be be solved or leased or given away without a vote of the people to whom it belongs. recently for reasons we don't understand.
rec park has granted th the encroaching property owners an easement. when we asked for a copy rec park said there was no need for a written agreement. it is clear the fence is still there. the gates, walls, stairs, pots, trash cans are there. their fence still discourages visitors and controls access to what they still consider to be their land. we believe there is a simple, fair and reasonable resolution to this egregiously unfair situation and it is to do as rec park first demanded. the recently constructed fence must be immediately removed and the parcel restored to a park like condition. we believe the solution benefits everyone and does no harm. these two property owners can
still use and recreate on the lanbut not control it. if they want a fence they can build that fence on the property line where it belongs. if rec park will not reconsider the decision to encumber thousands of square feet of public open space parkland we believe a hearing must be held to allow public input. we hope you agree and thank you for your attention. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> hello everybody. i am happy to say i am not your neighbor. i didn't have anything to do with that fence. good luck. i didn't know this about alice marble. i noticed all the new parks opening. none of them were south. i am back for district 10, jackson square, jackson park. in the last 10 years, $380 million of bond money was spent throughout the city and
not one penny at jackson park. i said the clubhouse built in 1912 is the same it was when my daughter who is 28 years old. i misspoke. it is painted on the exterior. that is not really changing it. as i noticed the paint job then i noticed the crumbling cement wall and rusted chain-link fence. in spite of the unbelievable development in our neighborhood and i encourage you to visit us the arena, giants park. ucfh, good lord all coming to our neighborhood we have not been granted the money. the friends of jackson park have done a good job to build up community support, raising money.
i beg you last time i said throw us a bone. i want the whole prime rib. we have earned it, put up with a lot of construction all the time. i beg you for a change. thank you for your team. i want to applaud this gentleman. the person who was a volunteer. i will try more. one thing i notice is you work together with the commission and with the park as volunteers. we can never move forward. if the congress worked like this we might not be in the situation we will. jackson park we beg for the money. >> next speaker, please. >> i am mary clip. i make this statement on behalf of my son, josh clip, who could not be here today because of illness. josh lives with his wife in
patrero hill. he is a planting leader with friends of the urban forest. one year ago josh noticed several large trees in his neighborhood park of mckinley square were taken down or noticed for removal. because of his love for trees and his understanding of how trees are essential to our environment, he inquired with rec and park about this and asked if rec and park had a reforestation plan. the director of operations stated they had no reforestation plan. having planted nearly 700 trees himself with the friends of the earth and forest, josh was
familiar with the city's street plan database, but he saw no parallel for the trees in our city parks. he knew that rec and park had for the last 10 years submitted information to the urban forestry council regarding the number of trees that rec and park had removed and planted each year. josh made an information request on rec and park for the information on tree plantings and removals for the last 10 years. the same number of years that rec and park had submitted this information to the urban forest council. when rec and park failed to adequately respond to josh's information request, josh filed a complaint with the sunshine ordinance task force. this month the task force held
that rec and park violated the sunshine act by failing to provide documents to josh in a timely and complete manner. at the task force hearing dennis concern represented rec and park, the same dennis concern who told josh the deputy had no reforestation plan and stated at the hearing they kept no record of tree removals or plantings. he said that in submitting information to the urban forest council. they are essentially just trying to recall what they did over the last year. >> thank you. >> it is inconceivable that is city. >> you are out of time. >> i am going to ask that i respectfully request this
commission the other one went be through three of those. i am going through one. i respectfully request this commission hold a hearing or series of hearings and require the department to explain itself. >> thank you. >> you are at time. next speaker, please. >> thank you commissioners. we appreciate your letting us come up. i am jane while. i represent prozac to district six. >> i and anna gee. >> we want to add congratulations and appreciation for stevan. he worked for untold hours. it has really meant a lot to us
and other members of prozac a representative of one of the wealthiest districts in the city. he has went to work for one of the most poor areas of the area. what he has done for the park is out of the love of the city and he has got to bat for us for the small parks in district six. the spirit he has brought that phil talked about of working as a friend with the department. we have such wonderful park employees that come to our meetings at night and stay until 9:30 p.m. when they started working at 7:00 a.m. thank you for your recognition of him. >> i want to add to his recognition. when he first came to prozac, he was one of the first to guide me
to be a representative of my district. i appreciate the hours he dedicated to mentor me. we will miss him very, very much. >> thank you very much. >> next speaker. >> good morning, commissioners, ladies and gentlemen. i am robert ellis from the omi community action organization. i want to congratulate all of the honorees today. the solution to my problem is simple. it concerns the merced heights renovation program. my situation is the clubhouse, the renovation of the clubhouse to make the park more for the aging and disabilitop