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>> we're here today because the let's play s.f. initiative is committed to building new opportunities for childhood creativity and play. let's play s.f. is a public-private partnership between recreation and park and the san francisco parks alliance give them a big round of applause. [applause]. >> which led to a citizen task force that unanimously recommended 13 playgrounds to be renovated all across the city as the first step in inspiring community creativity and wellness for 20,000 children. we are breaking ground today on not one, not two, not three, but five playgrounds. i skipped number 4, but 5 playgrounds. [applause]. >> we are breaking ground right here at panhandle, we are breaking ground at alice chalmers, at mclaren, in merced heights and in sergeant mccauley
in the tenderloin. we are here today in the panhandle because these types of partnerships, in this kind of investment in parks takes leadership. we are joined today by not one, but two elected officials from this community, from this neighborhood. both of whom have served on the board of supervisors. one of whom has graduated to a different office. so it is my incredible pleasure to introduce our mayor, london breed, and we want to thank her for keeping equity. [cheers and applause]. >> we want to really thank her for keeping equity at the center of what we do here in parks, and what we do in our city. from playgrounds, to access to more open space, these are all incredibly vital to the health and welfare of all san franciscans, and we are so grateful for mayor breed charge at leadership. it is your turn at the microphone.
>> thank you. thank you. welcome to the panhandle. you know, i am so excited to be here because this project specifically, and in this particular playgrounds right behind me, it has been a long time coming. this community has fought to really improve playgrounds throughout this district, and we are doing it one playground at a time. i grew up not too far from here in the western edition. i spent my whole childhood at margaret hayward playground, and i'm so excited because we just broke ground a few months ago, and that place is going to be transformed to something that's absolutely unbelievable, and will serve young people for generations to come. the work that recreation and parks department continues to do to invest in our recreational
assets all over san francisco is critical to ensure that we have a healthy san francisco so that our kids grow up and stay have the opportunities to enjoy themselves in these incredible play structures. now we've spent a lot of time playing, but we also spent a lot of time messing around in the parks. you know what i mean, hanging out, talking, swimming on the swings, when the swing would break, we would figure out creative ways to put the swing back together again. we were resilient in our parks back then and we will continue to be resilient in our parks now this is an incredible opportunity made possible not just by the support of the parks department, but because the voters, time and time again, continue to support initiatives that allow for us to invest in these parks and playgrounds is why we are able to really transform parks all over san francisco in such an amazing way
we do it also because of our private partners, and we are so grateful that the parks alliance and the work that they continue to do to fund raise more parks in san francisco is critical to our ability to do projects like this. i know that the family foundation is here today. thank you so much for your investment and so many incredible opportunities, as well as jeff here from the foundation who continues to really make these incredible investments. it means a lot, it is so great to have an incredible leader and phil ginsberg and the members of the commission who time and time again bridge those gaps with those partnerships, so that we can do everything we can in this city to make sure our recreation and parks space, our facilities, are the best anywhere, because we love our parks, whether it is running through them, whether it
is playing basketball at them, whether it is swinging in the swing set, whether it is playing checkers like i used to do, i don't know if anyone still plays checkers, but i played checkers and chess in the recreation centers and monopoly. whatever it is, to ensure that these safe, great spaces are available to young people is so critical, and that is why san francisco is such an amazing place, and i am just so happy to be here. it is a long time coming." congratulations on this part here in the panhandle, and so many other recreational spaces that we know are going to be transformed so that these young folks can visit parks all over san francisco and have an amazing time. thank you all so much for being here. [cheers and applause]. >> our other district five champion has been an advocate and commute -- and community member in this neighborhood for 25 years.
she is the heartbeat of district five and is continuously fighting for what's best for residents, families, and children. supervisor brown has worked hard to ensure that playground play is accessible for all ages and abilities. she has become one heck of a park champion. it is my privilege to introduce supervisor vallie brown. [cheers and applause]. >> thank you, thank you everyone for being here today. thank you to the donors, all the children that are here, because this is going to be -- you will be here in the next couple of years having a good time, but i also want to thank the neighborhood groups because i remember, as a legislative age going out and starting to talk to the neighbors about doing this. i remember some neighbors said you are going to take away our park? our playground? this is -- we use this all the time, but what was really amazing is how the haight-ashbury community, north of the panhandle community, we
have lilo gail and charles here from north of the panhandle community, and others who said yes, let's do this. how can we help? and that is how we create these amazing parks. i've been around a long time. i've been a legislative aide and it has been so much fun to watch these different parks and recreation centers open up, like hamilton. hayes valley playgrounds. now the panhandle park. we are actually standing in one of the oldest parks in the city. this area of the park is 100 years old. isn't that amazing? and to think that it is beautiful, when i ride my bike through here on my way to work back and forth, i love seeing this park active. i love hearing the kids yell and scream and laugh. it actually brings me up, especially when i've had a hard
day, and to have this park, into have the kind of playground that we will have is so amazing, and to be able to have kids get out, and we all know that when kids go out and they play, they are actually, they are smarter. they actually solve problems easier, they get their vitamin d , all the great things that you need to become an amazing adult, and we are going to see that from these kids who come and play. i want to thank everyone for coming today. it is atypical haight-ashbury day. we all have our jackets on, and thank you, and let's play. [cheers and applause]. >> the let's play initiative would not be possible without the incredible partnership with the san francisco parks alliance they help provide opportunities for all children to have safe, imaginative, welcoming places to play. through our partnership, and
through their work, generous donors have contributed nearly $10 million towards our collective 14.5 million-dollar philanthropic goal. the recreation and park department simply could not have a better partner than all of the hard-working staff and board members in the san francisco parks alliance speaking on behalf of the san francisco parks alliance today is the chair of the board of directors, liz farrell. [applause]. >> thank you all for being here. on behalf of the parks alliance, i would like to thank me or breed for your support, and for being such a champion of parks and public spaces, and for continuing to make that a priority. thank you. thank you to our supervisors for your support, intercourse thank you to recreation and park, you without your partnership, let's play s.f. would not be possible.
playgrounds are one of the most equitable things we have in our city. these playgrounds will help transform the lives of over 20,000 kids, and some of our most high need neighborhoods. playgrounds are a wonderful place for kids to create, play, and explorer, and as a mom of three kids myself, i know how important playgrounds are for both physical and mental health. i look forward to these playgrounds and all playgrounds in our city being a wonderful place for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect and celebrate what truly makes our city so great together. thank you. [applause]. >> all right, now you get the pleasure of hearing from two neighbors and community members. they are involved in organizations whose kids use this space every day. first up, i want to welcome
rodney chin to the microphone. rodney has been a key panhandle community leader. he is involved in the ymca afterschool program at new elementary schools and the ymca has been a great partner in our system. together we worked to work to make sure our kids have healthy and safe places to play. rodney? [cheers and applause]. >> thank you. >> thank you, everybody. it is a great honor to be here today as a resident of the ymca, we let you know that we do run two afterschool programs in the panhandle area. new tradition school has over 200 kids in that school, and also the chinese immersion school which is here. so this panhandle playground falls right in the middle of both sections that we operate our programs in. it is so important for our kids and their families to have a place to come together and recreate together.
growing up in san francisco, as a native san franciscan, and no current resident in d5, there are not very many places where kids can just come on their own and play it like i used to be able to do growing up. so this is a great place to bring family together, families feel safe, and just part of the community. we are so thankful that the parks alliance and the park and recreation departments have come up with this great plan for the panhandle. thank you very much. [applause]. >> and now you get to hear from a long time panhandle resident, father of new traditions and an elementary school student, and in his spare time, not only is either involved in the san francisco parks alliance, but he was actively involved in the community process to redesign this playground. welcome tim sieber. [cheers and applause].
>> longtime residents. i'm starting to feel like an o.g. here in the panhandle, i guess. it is really great to have all of you here today surrounded by friends and community members and folks i know from school and longtime neighbors. we have lilo gail and london breed and vallie brown, this is exciting. i'm really happy to see it, and drinking is incredible. if you haven't seen the plans, you really have to take a look at this, but it is already starting to come into shape here i have no doubts that the next generation is going to enjoy this park is not as we have. we have had events from pacific primary preschool going back a few years to new traditions, as was mentioned, to all kinds of gatherings of friends and students and what have you. i'm very excited to see this here, and very excited to have you all here today. [applause]. >> thank you, tim. before we get to the business at hand, we don't do this alone, there are a number of acknowledgements we want to make
i want to start by thanking some of our additional elected leadership you're here today because of their incredible support, supervisor safai from district 11 is here, you might notice that he is one heck of a park advocates. you might notice two of the five are in his district. thank you for all of your work. i also want to acknowledge the vice president of the recreation and parks commission who has helped guide the entire let's play process, and has made sure that our funding is in place, and that the process has been transparent. it has had a significant amount of community input. thank you commissioner alan lowe [applause]. >> the mayor acknowledged a few special people who are here, but we could not have done this without our incredible, passionate donors who really care about kids and parks. so let me also acknowledge jeff farber, the chief executive director of the foundation.
thank you, jeff. [applause]. >> jody pritzker. [applause] which one are we from? they have been incredibly generous neighbors and involved in not just this project, but also the tennis center project in golden gate park. thank you for all of your interest in parks. amy rubino, the director of the foundation family fund, thank you to amy. staff from san francisco for sports and recreation. thank you for your entire grapefruit stepping up here. anna, you have been amazing, i also want to acknowledge a captain from park station. [applause] i want to acknowledge jim elling from kaiser, they have been an incredible partner with us and supporting the playground, also
present today our energy and robert from the parks and recreation open space advisory committee, thank you to prozac for all of your support and involvement. we have our construction and design team here. i want to thank contracting and rha landscape architecture. thank you for this. i also want to thank the city staff that's been involved in the design process. i saw albert from public works here. thank you for your incredible partnership. to my own team, to caribou prior to is not only involved in the panhandle project but hoping to drive the entire let's play initiative and our general of the let's play initiative who keeps his -- this whole thing moving, our director partnership , lisa branson. [applause] , and lastly, we have community
representatives from all five of the sites here today, so again, let me run through and acknowledge the sights. thank you to steppingstones preschool and all of the kids for being here today. [cheers and applause] thank you, guys. here to break ground at merced heights, and i think we get to do a couple times, but edna james. one of the city charge of most enduring park advocates. aerial, the sports director of jamestown community center who will help me break ground and supervisor safai at allis chalmers right now. we have representatives from north the panhandle neighborhood association in addition to tim, and rodney. we have charles and lilo. thank you for being here. north of panhandle neighborhood. and then i always referenced
anna who is also here representing the central city s.r.o. collaborative and sergeant john mcauley, thank you to all of you for being here and caring about kids and our playgrounds and our parks. let's break down -- ground and get these construction projects started, so the mayor will lead us in a countdown and what i would love is for aerial to join me in front of allis chalmers and supervisor safai, you get to hit both spots, liz farrell and the kids from steppingstones and captain bailey in front of the mclaren playground, edna and supervisor safai at merced heights, and then mayor breed, supervisor brown, kids from steppingstones, charles, tim, lilo here at panhandle, and commissioner lowe and anna g. at sergeant mcauley.
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>> good afternoon and welcome to the land use and transportation committee for the san francisco board of supervisors for today, monday april 29th, 2019. i am the chair of the committee, joined by vice chai -- vice chair supervisor safai and matt haney to my left. please make any announcements that you have. >> please make sure to silence all cell phones and electronic devices. completed speaker cards and copies of any documents can be included as part of the file should be submitted to the clerk items will appear on the may 7 th board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> thank you. please read the first item. >> yes, item one is an item submitting the ministries of code to require report of residential hotel status and disclosure of the report to the buyer and transferee prior to
the sale or transfer of a residential hotel and affirming appropriate findings. >> insofar as the second item also concerns a similar subject matter, could you please read item two as well? >> item number 2 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to revise the conversion ordinance and affirming appropriate findings. >> thank you. colleagues, members of the public, as many of you know, over the past several years i have introduced a number of pieces of legislation to protect and preserve stock of affordable housing, particularly single resident occupancy housing. low income residents and parts of the east side of the city, district three, the south of market area, district six, as well as the mission district for decades have tried to keep them housed in the city. this is a law that dates back to
-- i'm speaking to number 2 back in the 1980s, and after a fire in 2017 at 801 pacific avenue in chinatown, we realized that our hotel ordinance and fire safety and sprinkler requirements needed some updating. part of that in 2016, i introduce what became props see, which was repurchasing of seismic safety bonds, and as we know, the mere touch office of housing is now releasing those funds and they are available. today's legislation in item number 1 is intended as a follow-up to the increased building fire code safety requirements that we rolled out in the past few years by ensuring that potential purchasers are aware of the true cost of necessary life safety upgrades, and not just relying on projected rent rolls. this legislation requires full
disclosure of any and all life safety and health violations for transfer or sale so that ultimately the buyer will have to you,, within 12 months, purchase those -- purchase and secure those problems. given historic nature density and susceptibility of s.r.o.s to fire, i am particularly concerned about this type of housing stock in chinatown and north beach as well as in the south of market and the mission. this is not merely a disclosure requirement, but will require actual updates and repair to ensure building safety codes are in place at the time of the inspection. habitability and life and safety upgrades are buried into the details of the building sale a new owners are often not aware of the critical, costly, and comprehensive work that must be done. it often leads to doing just enough within the law to remodel the building. we have many law-abiding owners.
where strengthening protections for them as well. new owners should know what they are investing in and what would be required for them to keep their resident -- residents safe as to item number 2, i would like -- first of all, to item number 1, i have an amendment that the district attorney has given me that just further elaborates -- excuse me this is long, it illuminates the long title and i will pass that out to you, colleagues, and with item number 2, what i -- it is an amendment to delete references to section 302 and general plan findings given that we have confirmed with the city attorney and planning that they, in fact do not need to be made
and the second is an amendment to refer to the fact that even, though legislation amendments shifts from a 32 requirement to 32 dates, it supersedes the code as it is currently enforced, in other words, seven days. i would like to make a motion to amend and continue item number 2 for 1 week, but we will do that after public comment. >> so moved. >> we have a motion, but we will not take that until after public comments. with that, if there are no questions from committee members , i would like to open up items one and two to public comment. >> good afternoon. my name is jordan davis and i am a current s.r.o. tenant. definitely in support of this legislation right here, both
pieces of legislation, you know, there's been a lot of changes and i feel like basically we need to make sure that owners are following the law and not pulling any b.s. to throw tenants out, and making sure that everything that we have the highest level of fire safety given the age of these buildings in the cramped quarters that we live in. there is a little bit of concern that i have about the lack of community engagement of s.r.o. tenants. i did not even hear about this until a couple of days ago. and there's just not many -- i don't see many s.r.o. tenants here right now, and you need to contact stakeholders when big things like this come up, and also -- i mean i serve on the body that deals with s.r.o.s, and we should have had a
discussion, and i feel like we need to -- overall, and very supportive, and we need these things explain to us, so please work on your committee processes , thanks. >> if i made to the speaker, i actually introduce this in 2017, that has been kicking around for a couple of years, but we got distracted. it was actually part of a community package that was brought to my office in 2017. it has been around for a couple of years, i just want to say. speaker, please. >> good afternoon, chairman and pat -- and supervisors. on behalf of the san francisco s.r.o. hotel coalition, and numerous other individual owners of s.r.o.s. we felt -- we filed a law a letter which you have before you today, we are here to object to number 2 on the proposed amendments on a number of grounds which have been discussed at length before. procedurally, the city has
failed to give notice as required by law. the planning commission still does not meet the recommendation and there's a hearing on the merit and the litigation this friday so the question why this is being rushed through at the last minute right before that hearing. proper environmental review has not been done. instead of completing an initial study, the planning department has written itself a memo and instead of completing an e.i.r., the city his relying on negative declarations from the 1980s. one of the negative declarations is older than i am and i say the circumstances have changed dramatically in my lifetime. even if things haven't changed, none of those negative declarations reviewed the potential impacts at issue here. they look at procedural issues and replacement construction impacts, not displacement of occupants in homelessness and urban decay and life. these are real impacts that the city is poised to cause, which brings us to the big question. s.r.o.s work as a business model
because they are able to rent rooms by the week, rather than by the month. if you impose a 30 day requirement, you will be taking away their business. s.r.o. operators have no choice but to take the rooms off the market and occupants will not be able to afford the rent and security deposit for monthly tenancy. i'm sure the city means well, but the consequences will be terrible. we urge you to vote no. thank you. >> good afternoon. i oppose the minimum 30 day room which is -- most of our tenants cannot afford to pay the first month and last month deposit and we will not be able to rent rooms. i understand that this is what san francisco has relied on
s.r.o.s for housing the homeless and the low income, but we are still hotel at the end of the day, we are not an apartment building. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am one of dozens of family-owned s.r.o. hotel owners and operators that are being impacted by the proposed s.r.o. hotel changes. the changes to 32 days or 30 will change our small hotels into apartments, completely changing our operations. this will also make it difficult for people who can only afford to pay weekly and cannot come up with the security deposit plus the last month rent. this will exacerbate the housing situation. we urge you to work with us as a multi- generation san franciscan who has lived and worked in our privately owned building for decades. this is legislator that will work against us. if these changes are about stopping s.r.o.s converting, then these changes go too far
and affect dozens of other hotels that do not fall under this category. if this is about housing the homeless, then this is doing the opposite of what it wants. we as private small business owners are caught in the crossfire. please ignore the change and work together on a proper solution for san francisco. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am an operator of an s.r.o. in the city and the former operator of two other s.r.o.s. i'm here to oppose item number 2 and i really feel like this rule really impacts us tremendously in that it changes us from being a hotel to basically being an apartment building. if we have to rent for 30 days
and we have to check their credit, we have to make sure that they are able to pay their rent, we would require first and last -- we would require a deposit as well as first month's rent, many people that we rent to don't actually -- are actually to come up with those deposits and first month's rent. we rent went to a lot of people by the week, and these people will not be able to come in and rent rooms at our property. i feel like this is a fundamental change to our hotels we wouldn't even need to have the word hotel in the front of our hotels, they would just be changing tremendously to our business model. so there is a letter that has been submitted by some individuals, and i wholeheartedly agree with that letter. please vote no on number 2.
>> next speaker. >> hello. i am the manager of the hotel. our business is renting rooms to guess by the week. we will not rent rooms by the month because it is not possible to rent tenants by the month. you will have to take these rooms off the market and you will be taking away our businesses. many of our guests cannot afford to pay rent by the month. this means that even if we did offer rooms by the month, they cannot be able to afford to pay the rent. we are able to rent rooms by the week without requiring a deposit and a full month's rent up front because there is a last first in renting rooms. is someone who is staying for a month, we would have to take deposits and two months rent upfront or the risk of significant final -- financial loss is too high. for many of our guests, it is
impossible to come up with a deposit and a month's rent in advance. they don't have access to that kind of capital, which is why they are renting by the week. if we require a minimum stay of 30 days, many of them will be unable to rent rooms and/or become homeless. i agree with today's letter, please vote no. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> hello. i'm here as a former s.r.o. resident, and i would just like to say that there are some good s.r.o. owners, however i have been in some places where they have subverted the law, they have used loopholes to cheat people on the street, they have used the 28 day name where they put you out for two or three
days, so i think these things need to be put in place. i understand the cost of them, but also, i have been around the delta when it burned down, and i was around the rose when it burnt down. if we don't keep these things in place, we don't -- we will end up housing more loss than just a little bit of income. i suggest you keep these things in place and find a way to work with the s.r.o. owners to make sure that both sides don't suffer. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hello. i am an s.r.o. operator in mixed-use in san francisco and i want to say, i have a tenant because i have mixed use. i have permanent tenants that have been here a long time, but they have all gone through a prescreened background check, credit check on the deposits, which any other rental place in san francisco is definitely the safeguards they put in, not only
for the property owners before the other tenants. i don't know if a lot of people you're trying to help her going to pass those things to get in the building. you're making it harder to get into my building than less. a seven day stay, if they wanted -- if they ended up liking me, they can stay longer than seven days, i don't kick anybody out of my hotel. department lee put someone and who will be a permanent resident , it is easy to get somebody in, but it is hard to get somebody out if it is somebody who is not mentally healthy or something like that and it affects other tenants, not only my business. these are safeguards for everybody. those things are going to be able to pass, i don't think a lot of those people you are trained to help will pass those think -- pass those things. that would be it. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is deion and i'm the executive director of mary elizabeth in and i am standing
before you today in support of item number 1, and i want to thank you for this legislation. it is very important to ensure that ordinances and building codes remain in place and one other thing i think that is maybe missing is full disclosure of the status of the building, even during the time of lease renewal negotiations. aside from that, i think this is an important legislation, it helps to preserve what is really the only affordable housing option for san francisco's homeless population. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> david elliot lewis, i work with a central city s.r.o. collaborative. we try to aid people who live in single room occupancy hotels. it is as important as she said
as is an important form of low income housing that was at one point before the hotel conversion ordinance and the city was down to about 27,000 units and now we are down to 19 -- 18,000 or 17,000 units, we keep losing them. some of them to tourist conversions, some of them to change of use. anything you can do to help preserve and protect this vital form of low income housing i would appreciate. it sounds like this initiative is a step in the right direction i fully support it. i hope you will pass it. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> you have two items going out one time, and it seems like both of them are conflicted. i can tell you right now it sounds like you're displacing the most vulnerable people who have a place to live that is based on their income. fifty% of me and 50% of me -- 50
% of me is against it and 50% of me is for it. barbara garcia put me in a hotel and the place was not up to code , and i got more done then the building inspectors got done in 31 years. i was the one who filed the complaints and then filed how -- the plumbing, the bedbugs, the roaches, the mice was all in the building, and as a result, the city attorney ended up getting my complaint and asked if she had permission to turn over my complaint to the district attorney and sued the slumlord for $150 million, and they didn't give not one of the tenants one damn penny. but not everything is up to code then you get the lady who is the director at the building and has a recognition hearing claiming she took all the slumlords, when i'm the one who started that issue and got those people
living up to code without all those violations of the health & safety code. i got more done in five months then she got in 31 god damn years, and you are giving her a big recognition hearing saying she did a good god damn job. the people living to my left were living with bedbugs and roaches for nine years. i'm the one who wrote the complaint and took all the pictures and went to the health department and had the inspectors come in here and reverse that building, and now it is looking brand-new. so you have low income bracket people finally living in a good housing conditions and paying their income -- paying comparable to their income. i believe you should leave everything as it is. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you, supervisors. i'm with chinatown c.d.c. in support of item one and two. i want to talk briefly about
item one. really looking and thinking about what happened at 801 pacific, and fires in an s.r.o. which are a big, big problem for us all across the city, in chinatown, but not only their and south of market and the mission, and the simple speculation that continues to happen, so having the hotel report with ddi so that anyone -- with d.b.i. so anyone who is interested in coming in and acquiring s.r.o.s as a clear sense and a clear sense of cost about what is taking over these hotels, and what the situation in these hotels are according to this city, which i agree with residents, you know, that is one part of the equation, of course, there is a part about all the resident involvement, but i think that it really puts forward a clear plan for whoever is interested in acquiring these
s.r.o.s about what can be done and what has to be done. and i think that that is so important to maintain our affordable housing stock and, you know, going forward, keeping s.r.o.s, not only affordable, but also safe for all of our residents, which i think is something that we all support. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is lindsey. i'm a community organizer at the central city after hours unit here to speak in favor of items number 1 and 2. as we all know, s.r.o. house some of the most vulnerable populations in san francisco. people have lived in this city and for decades were no now elderly and disabled and on fixed income. in our current housing crisis, there's even greater incentive for these tenants to be displaced, and for operators to
cater to a higher income population. the legislative -- the legislation proposed today works to ensure that s.r.o. -- s.r.o.s continue to remain affordable and safe housing stock for those as it is intended to serve. i echo the comments about disclosing residential status to preserve tenant safety, and amending the definition for its use to ensure that we are catering to a long-term population of s.r.o. tenants. thank you for your consideration >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> senior and disability action, in support of items one and two. as you know, s.r.o. hotels house thousands of seniors, not only seniors, but seniors with disabilities who live with very
serious challenges and to occur on fixed income. we do need to make this housing affordable and safe. that does not happen all the time, so i think this proposal proposes to at least put this as a step in the right direction with the disclosure of residential statuses. again, we have many seniors, many disabled who are struggling big time to live day to day, and they need all the help that they can get. this is one of the things that can help. thank you. >> thank you. are there any other members of the public on items one or two? seeing none, we will close public comments. why don't we dispense with item number 1. supervisor haney, would you see fit to sent item want to the full board with positive recommendation? >> yes. >> okay. without oti