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ownership, pride and responsibility that goes along with what is going to be an exciting park. the meeting will come to order. welcome to the thursday, may 2nd meeting of the government audit and oversight committee. i'm gordon mar, the chair of the committee and i'm joined by vallie brown and aaron peskin. i'd like to thank corwin sfgovtv for staffing the meeting. mr. clerk, any announcements? >> clerk: please ensure you
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silenced your cell phones and other devices. speaker cards should be submit issed to the clerk. items acted upon will be on the may 14th board of supervisors agenda. >> supervisor mar: number one? >> clerk: resolution declaring the intention of the board of supervisors to establish a property-based business improvement district known as the downtown community. ordering and setting a time and place for public hearing of the board of supervisors sitting as a committee of whole on july 16, at 3:00 p.m. approving the form of the notice of public hearing and assessment ballot proceeding. directing environmental findings and directing the board to give notice as required. >> supervisor mar: i'd like to recognize helen mar and andrew from the office of economic development for a brief
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presentation. >> thank you, good morning. helen mar, project manager with workforce development. i work on the team that provides oversight to the cbds in the city. i'm here to present on the resolution. this project has been a multiyear process with initial formation dating back to 2007. the original cbd was stopped by the recession of 2008. the steering committee came together and decided to reinitiate a campaign. the expanded cbd steering committee worked to determine the appropriate services to deliver and the appropriate assessments for the services. this was done through considerable outreach, including a survey to all property owners and stakeholders in the area. this outreach guided the creation of the formation documents attached to this
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resolution and call for assessment of 10 cents per building square foot and 8 cents for vacant lots. the service areas which the cbd consultant will present in greater detail on sidewalks, management, which is 77.45% of the budget, district identity, marketing and public space development and management. 5.16% of the budget. program management approximately 14.2% of the budget. and contingency, 3.19% of the budget. the total district budget will be approximately $4 million with approximately $3.8 million by special assessment dollars. the district encompasses 669 parcels and their services will benefit property owners, business owners, residents and the area as a whole. the downtown cbd has reached
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their 30% threshold necessary to trigger a special election and the cbd will have 15-year term from january 1, 2020 through to december 31, 2034. if there are no questions from staff, i would like to invite marco to present. >> thank you. >> thank you, supervisors. supervisor peskin, i hope you're doing well today. always a pleasure to see you. supervisor peskin and i have been doing this for 15 years now, been through a lot together. i'm going to go through the power point presentation. will it show up here, helen? just to give you an overview.
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as stated, we had started this -- am i doing something wrong here? so, this shows the activities or milestones we're working on. the background on the financial district as helen mentioned, we started this effort back in 2007-08. and because we knew that was the financial district is really, as far as -- i work throughout the state, so i -- really throughout the country, this is most significant business district in the entire west coast. it's one of the greatest ones, great density. and we started the effort in 2007. as you all know in the fall of 2008, everything collapsed. the effort to try to get to the
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petition drive through our old efforts just stopped completely. so what we decided to do was go on hiatus. april 2016, we began to discuss it again with a few people as led by clint reilly, myself, jim lazarus of the chamber and commerce and we wanted to figure out was there support to do this. so we had the first meeting of the property owners in june 2017. we sent out a survey to property owners in august 2017. the petition threshold was reached december 2017. and now we're moving forward -- excuse me, the survey petition threshold. the survey has to demonstrate to the mayor's office that there is support enough to go to the management phase. we wrote the management plan in march 2018 and cbd petitions were mailed out -- we met the threshold -- i'm having problems with this thing, helen, so... we
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sent out a news letter to all the property owners in april 2018. threshold was met in march 2019. presentation to the board of supervisors is today. the resolution is anticipated for june 2019. public hearing july 16. the new nonprofit corporation managing the district will be formed between august and september. and the contract with the mayor's office in probability october 2019. first transfer assessments this december and the cbd services will begin early 2019. you might want to just stay here. what we have here is the times that we met. we had incredible participation. we've done nine districts. my company has in the city of
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san francisco. the one that had the most participation before this was tenderloin. i did that in 2005. this one had has had 30 to 50 people talking about this plan. this is the survey results. you can see when we do a survey, we list what the properties are, supportive are green, red are people opposed. yellow are people stated no opinion. and based upon this, we met our threshold of properties. the survey demonstrated that the biggest services that people really wanted to fund -- because the cbd really is just a financing mechanism. and it's supposed to fund only special benefits. so is marketing promoting the area to create new demand.
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rincon, union square, everything surrounding the district was marketing and promoting it. if you google financial district, there is really nothing there. we decided as part of the survey, because we had property managers that represented jackson square, that they wanted jackson square included too. but it alone would not generate the revenues to make an impact. we mixed jackson square in the financial district. providing daily maintenance and cleaning services in the public rights of way, where the city and count are currently providing, including traffic control officers provided over and above those provided by the mta. one of the greatest problems is trying to cross market street from 4:00 to 6:00 to get to the 880 or the 80. we know that everybody commented that when the super bowl was
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here, it was easy to get across market street, because there were officers at each intersection. we want to figure out if there is a way to do that with mta also. not managed by signals, because if you know the area, it backs up heavily going southbound on the north side of market. so one thing that everyone was adamant, we need to have people get out of the financial district so they can be just as competitive as the people in soma or the greater rincon district. connecting people to resources. that is something that i think every cbd is trying do. securing safe passage of employers. re-branding the historic nature of the cbd to remain competitive with the massive development south of market. and retaining staff to oversee new services and ensure effective practices are being deployed. so the final map now that we
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agreed to was, one, we made an adjustment for chinatown. supervisor peskin, as you recall, we put the boundary around there. we also have, it looks like a missing tooth on the south side of market. that's the federal reserve building because we knew it would be difficult for them to pay into the district and we want didn't to -- didn't want to provide services if they weren't paying in the district. this does not include the embarcadero center. there is interest in having it expand to the ferry building and other places in the portside, however, we figured that could be phase two and possible expansion in the future. on the west side it runs parallel to union scare. on the south side, it's a jagged edge, which is where the rincon is. we tried to fill in all the gaps. the budget, as helen mentioned, we call them civic sidewalks and
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mobility management and that's where we would be working with mta to facilitate the traffic flow north and south of market street. it's about $3 million. it's over 77% of the budget. district identity which is promoting the district, creating a website, social media, trying to develop public spaces, et cetera, is around 5% of the budget. program management is about 14% of the budget and that is doing the multitude of tasks that are necessary to oversee the 82% of the special benefit services and then we have a contingency of 3% budget, giving us 3.8 almost $3.9 million. the civic sidewalks and mobility management, the services that are included, and they could shift from year to year, hiring employees or service providers to perform regular sidewalk and gutter sweeping, removing trash
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overflow from current reaccept receptacles. and hiring nonprofit or private case workers to connect homeless individuals with necessary resources and services. continuing in the civic sidewalk, because this is over three quarters of the budget. considered live well live safe program that will benefit those who access the public rights of way. the whole point is to try to make the curb to the property line as enjoyable as possible. whether you're going from bart to the building, all the way to jackson square, or just trying to make it so it's attractive. and it's in everybody's best interest to enjoy the public rights of way. news racks, remove or consolidate. most of them are empty. advocacy for increased resources to improve traffic management.
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and then traffic and mobility efforts to share parking, possibly valet program and curb cuts. district identity has to do with branding the financial district in jackson square. and finding a website, development and updating it. funding an app to help people get around the financial and jackson square. management and coordination of social events. hiring a pr firm. installation of holiday decorations. creating a banner program to tie the district together. planning of art displays. funding logo development. funding local space design and improvements and creating programs that fund business attraction workshops and fairs to ensure that owners have a good inventory of prospective tenants to choose from. program management is basically staffing. it's paying for staff.
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it's advocacy for the improved traffic management, office related expenses, financial reporting. legal work and relation with the other cbds in the city. so that is the overview of what the intent of the financial district or the downtown cbd is. and we would just encourage the committee to move this forward so we can do our -- this has been 12 years in the making, so we'd finally like to see it happen at the beginning of 2020. and i'm available for any questions that the committee members might have, but there are some other speakers too. i can take a seat or should i answer questions. okay. >> supervisor mar: thank you. and ms. mar for the presentation and the good work. colleagues, any questions? >> supervisor peskin: no, this
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thing has been kicking around since the first time i was on the board of supervisors and happy to have lived long enough to hopefully see it come to fruition. >> supervisor mar: why don't we move to public comment. i have speaker cards. you can line up on the right-hand side and speak. you have two minutes for public comment. >> good morning, on behalf of the realtry trust. we represent the 555 block of california street and they're expressing their support, to put it mildly, they're behind this. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning. my name is sheyna. i work for all house, i'm a property manager and i just want
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to say i fully support this. i've been involved with the group for the last couple of years and i really hope we can move forward. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning, i represent cbre downtown and i was involved with the uptown district in oakland when was kick started on the board there, and i'm looking forward to having the same success here in the financial district. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> morning. thank you for having us today. my name is frank holland, clint reilly organization. we have a number of buildings in the financial district and in jackson square primarily historic buildings around the california street and montgomery intersection. and this has been a long time coming. before i begin, i have a short statement, but i would like to thank city staff for all of their help, particularly chris,
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who isn't here today, but really did a phenomenal job of guiding us through the process and thanks to marco as well. you know, since 2004 when the city augmented the improvement district law with article 15 of the business tax regulations code, we've seen this flourishing of the districts throughout the city and they've done innovative things in helping increase the vibrancy of the neighborhood. as so many other neighborhoods have seized opportunities afforded by this structure to partner with the city on behalf of cleaner streets, public art, place making activities, public safety, the financial district -- which historically has been the heart of the city dating back to the gold rush -- has failed to do so. so our project to bring the cbd, which as supervisor peskin
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mentioned, dates back to over a decade. it's nearly complete and we need it now more than ever before. the city has evolved dramatically over the past decade. more challenges than ever confront us and this allows an opportunity to be proactive, coordinate with the city and address them. we've worked hard to the steering committee over the past two years to develop a thoughtful effective management plan that will administer the revenues. on behalf of the neighborhood and partnering with the city -- [bell ringing]. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i agree with everything you're doing and i would like to see it in granite by the board of supervisors here. but also, i'd like to see you expand and take it a step
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further than what you're doing. with this type of budget, $3,873,491, you could build 144 units of apartment building complex for $56 million. i'd like to see you help take care of the homeless problem by means of building and investing and building a brand new apartment building complex to help the most vulnerable people in the city that need housing. there is also a 68-unit building being built for $57 million. i'd like to see you get involved in building apartment building complex of that magnitude, too. that don't mean for people to get these types of buildings and price-fix them and make it in order for the tenant to be eligible claim as affordable
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housing and then do price gouging and price fixing and making the eligibility for the tenants to have income of 80, 90, $120,000 a year like mission rock. there is going to be bad consequences behind that, because that it is price fixing and price gouging. you have rules in the mission rock instruction packet that says 15% of those apartments are supposed to be for low-income bracket people. it's 1500 units in that building and that rule 410.2 says part of that construction and redevelopment of that land is supposed to have low-income bracket tenants. that means 225 of those units -- [bell ringing] >> supervisor mar: thank you.
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any other persons who wish to testify? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, can we recommend this item to the full board without objection? >> supervisor peskin: so moved. >> supervisor mar: great. mr. clerk, can you please call item number 2. >> hearing to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the retroactive nature of the board of supervisors approval of the grant agreement between the city and county of san francisco and the tenderloin housing clinic and review of the agreement. review of other contracts to which the city and county. in spite of the lease limitations set forth in section 9.118. >> supervisor mar: i would like to pass it off to supervisor peskin, who is the chief sponsor of this hearing.
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>> supervisor peskin: thank you, as stated in the request back in january, it came to the board's attention that one particular contract had been approved three times in violation of section 9.118 of the charter, which is a responsibility that i take and i know we all take seriously. i'll just read the most important part of 9.118, which is subsection b, which says unless otherwise provide for in this charter and with the exception of construction contracts entered into by the city and county, any other contracts or agreements entered into by department, board or commission, having a term in excess of 10 years or expenditures of $10 million or the modification of amendments to the contract or agreement having impact of more than half a million dollars, shall be subject to approval by the board of supervisors. and in this instance, that did not happen. and so subsequently
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representatives from the human services agency explained how that happened. and identified one subsequent contract, the meals on wheels contract, which we retroactively approved. i think mr. roar and his department have scoured all of their contracts and found that these two probably due to a change in personnel at a particular juncture, have now been addressed. when i did this hearing request, i asked every department in city government to scour their records. and none of them have come forward to say that they have approved any contract in violation of section 9.118. so i'm -- this is going to be a very quick two-minute hearing. i wanted mr. roar to come down and say it again for the record. and i want every other
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department to be sure that they follow 9.118 and bring any contract before it is entered into that is in excess of $10 million or 10 years to the board of supervisors for its review and approval or not approval. with that, i just want to turn it over to trent to say a few words and then we can file this item. >> supervisor, trent roar, human services agency, as supervisor peskin noted after discovering the contract in question, housing clinic contract, we did scour all of our -- probably close to 200 contracts we have entered into with the community based organizations or for-profit entities through department of aging and department of human services, which as you know, the three departments that comprise the human services agency. we found one additional meals on wheels that we brought forward. i think what was important about the process, we saw gaps in our
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system of contract processing from procurement to approval and have since developed 15 differently measures to ensure we're following the proper protocols to ensure that we don't make this mistake again. and i'm pretty confident that is going to be the case. >> supervisor peskin: you might want to circulate that to the other 52 department heads so they can learn from your wisdom. >> sure. >> supervisor mar: thank you. any questions? before we move to the motion that supervisor peskin made, we'll take public comment. so you have two minutes to speak. please speak into the mic. >> this goes and flows with the earlier demonstration. not only is this type of contract that was conducted by him, the same type of breach of
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contract took place at mission rock. now you got the giants caught up in it. they're laughing when i make that demonstration, but when i get you in front of a federal district court judge, the giants will be the first team to have a lawsuit filed against them. you're not following the rules in the instruction and that big bank of information pertaining to mission rock. i flashed that page and showed it to all of you, including you, bre, when you were president. that's are supposed to be for low-income bracket people. you further demonstrate you're not dealing with good faith. by the same response, you never had intentions of reaching a legal agreement on this matter, because you take a female that is hispanic, latino, mexican descent be your pitch person on
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tv commercials pertaining to proposition d and have her explain she would love to be a tenant at mission rock. and then you have her daughter parade around with balloons and act like they're going to be eligible to live in that mission rock apartment building complex. then you take it a step further by having the female school teach say she would love to be a tenant. the female i spoke about is living in a boarding home. and the teacher doesn't have a high enough income to live in that mission rock apartment building complex. and you know that as a fact. and then you turn around and claim low federal tax credit as if you're putting low-income bracket people in the building, but when you read the fine print, the lowest income is higher than all of the people on the low-income -- [bell ringing] >> supervisor mar: thank you. any other members of the public
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who wish to testify on this item? seeing none, public comment is now closed. any additional comments? >> supervisor peskin: i would make a motion to file this matter. >> supervisor mar: can we file without objection? done. mr. clerk, any further business. >> there is no further business. >> supervisor mar: this committee meeting is now closed.
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department, for the entire city. everyone -- every time we open a new building, we are providing a safer san francisco that will be prepared for when disaster strikes. this new fire station, which was built from the ground up replaced when that failed to meet the building codes today, and first responders needs. the new fire station needs -- meets national accreditation and seismic resiliency standards that serve the needs of the 21 st century san francisco. how about a big hand for this new fire station? i would like to thank the staff and public works, many of our engineers and architects who designed and managed this project and a specials shout out to magdalena, charles a garris and our city architect edgar
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lopez for leading the way. this project was almost 80% plus done in place by the city team. let's give them a big hand, too. also a big shout out to all ten construction, the general contractor who built this, this project was on budget but we had a little delay on time, but budget wise, we did meet our budget commitments. let's give it to them. most of all, to our voters who made all of this possible when we passed the 2010 earthquake safety and emergency response bonds. the bond which was funded, which funded the seismic upgrade is a voter backed initiative aimed at strengthening neighborhood fire stations, police stations, ambulance facilities and emergency firefighting systems,
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we take work great pride in overseeing crucial capital improvement projects. with the support of the san francisco voters, we continue our work delivering world-class facilities to too many of our diverse neighborhoods, and now, i have the pleasure to introduce our mayor, london breed, who has been a champion for making sure san francisco is kept safe. let's welcome our mayor, london breed. [applause] >> thank you. it really is so amazing to be here at this time, opening up this new firehouse right here in the community that i was born and raised in. i actually grew up two blocks from here, entering the holiday season, we would line up at that door on turk street to get our toys from the firefighters here at station five, but there was also a really incredible
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connection that this station in particular. my answer, michel, we'd spent a lot of hours here. michele was born with a mental disability, and sometimes required a lot of patients, but this fire station not only showed her a lot of patients, they showed her a lot of love, and so it time and time again, she would show up, complement a lot of the guys on how handsome they are, deputy chief chief mar gonzales spoke at her funeral a couple of years ago when she passed away, and so many of the men and women who are standing behind me showed up for her like they show up for so many people in this community, time and time again. and they clearly deserve a state-of-the-art facility where they feel safe, where they can spend time, because they spend countless hours in this station,
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and where they will continue to connect with this amazing community. thank you to the men and women who serve the department, not only here in station five, but the folks all over the city and this department. i know that the president of local 798, the union for the firefighters and paramedics are here, shawn buford is joining us today, and i want to acknowledge him and tom o'connor. thank you both for your hard work and helping to fight for the funding that we need to make sure we are really building our public safety places all over san francisco. in the past, to our earthquake safety and emergency response bond, we developed a plan where we brought to the voters a 2010 bond, and a 2014 bond, and i am proposing that we bring forward
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a 2020 bond, because we know that protecting these facilities is so critical to making sure that when disaster strikes in our city, that the people who are housed in these facilities don't have to worry about saving themselves. their responsibility is to make sure that we're doing everything we can to save the public. just recently in january, we cut the ribbon on station at 16, we cut the ribbon on a new medical examiner facility, we cut the ribbon a while ago on a new public safety building down at the new chase center chase center area, and we have done this with not only the support of the voters, but without increasing property taxes on small property owners, and i'm really proud of how responsible we have been in developing long-term plans in order to make sure that we are protecting
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these very important facilities. we know that there is a lot of work to be done in san francisco to keep san franciscans safe, and it is not a matter of if disaster strikes, it is a matter of when, and when we will be prepared. our public safety officials will be prepared to meet those challenges, and they will have these incredible facilities that are in a state of good repair thanks to the voters of san francisco, and the hard work of the people from the department of public works, the architects, and all the people who invested into building this incredible facility. with that, i want to introduce someone who has been a champion for public safety. not only is your district five supervisor, but for all of the issues around san francisco that we face. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome supervisor vallie brown. [applause] >> thank you.
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i want to thank mayor breed and naomi kelly, chief hayes -white, the fire department, all of the men and women standing behind me these men and women, they always come out when we need them. not only if there is a fire, but in this community, they come out and they are part of the community. they come out when there is a community event at alley hill hatch, or the african-american health and culture complex. they bring out and stay barbecue with us all. this is actually a community station and all the other things they do for this community, i could go down the list, but i definitely, when i'm looking at this station, because i was part of the legislative aide when this first went on the bonds and they were first talking about it , and now looking at this
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station, i'm like, wow. it is absolutely beautiful. i would like a desk right over there, please. much easier to work than city hall sometimes, but i just found this out that our city architects actually designed this. to me, that is amazing because some of you know, i was an artist when he first moved to the city, and to look and have this beautiful building that our city architects designed, look, and none of those other architects have anything on san francisco architects at the creativity of this building. [applause] >> amazing. and the fact that they left these lights here is just so cool. i can't even tell you. but bernadette fung's classwork, and i think if you have gone by
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this in the daytime, it is absolutely beautiful, and what it really represents, it represents going back in time in the past in this community, whether it is the japanese community that was pushed out into internment camps in world war ii, whether it was the african-american community that was pushed out during redevelopment, this beautiful piece of art on an actual fire station, a fire station that is so well-designed, but the people inside at the heart of this community also, i just think it's an absolutely amazing piece of art and a fire station, and i want to thank everybody that was involved in it. the community, i remember at this coming out to the community and the community putting their input in, and they actually listen to them, and i'm stunned,
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and i think i will stay here for a little while just to enjoy it. thank you, everyone for coming. there's all these great things, it is seismic safe, it will be faster getting people out of here to get to a fire or a barbecue, but i also want to thank everyone for coming here today and showing your strength and your support, because we have to support each other as we move forward in the city and this station shows that we do. thank you. [applause] >> sin -- thank you supervisor brown. i also want to acknowledge that our fire chief will be retiring on sunday, and this will be her last ribbon-cutting ceremony as chief. thank you so much, chief, for your leadership over the past 15 years in this department. [applause]
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>> thank you to all the fire commissioners who are joining us here today. i also want to introduce your new fire chief, janine nicholson he was behind me here. [applause] incredible leadership in this department that i am very proud of. with that, speaking of leadership, the person -- department that really spearheaded this project, which consisted of so many city employees in different departments that make this project definitely -- i don't mind a delay in a project, but i definitely want to make sure a project is within its budget, and she made sure that that took place. ladies and gentlemen, the city administrator, naomi kelly. [applause] >> good morning. thank you mayor breed.
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thank you to everyone here. this happened here today because of the great collaborative work we have working with each other. we understand the importance that there is a 72% chance of a six-point seven earthquake in the next 30 years that will happen here in san francisco. so our first responders need to be in a seismically safe, functional building, because the faster they can respond to emergencies, the faster that we can reduce death, injuries, and property loss. we need these buildings safe. so i want to thank -- this is -- i want to thank the voters of san francisco who have adopted the easter 2010, easter 2014, as you heard the mayor announced, you we will go to devote again in 2020. these fire stations, police
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stations, our emergency firefighting water system, are all important to the recovery and the vibrancy of san francisco. having said that, i know that is doom and gloom, but it is the reality of how we live here in san francisco. i just want to say, thank you to joanne hayes wait and her team. since easter 2020, she has been instrumental to working with us to make sure that these are priorities. while she was chief, we opened four new fire stations. this one station five, station 16 that the mayor talked about, station four, and i believe station 48 -- 49, okay. and station one. it was not done on an easter bond, but it happens. in addition, we also talked about -- in addition to not just opening new police stations, we also touched almost all -- to keep saying police stations, fire stations. we also touched all of the fire
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stations to remediate any deficiencies that we could with the other excess funding. i just want to reiterate what the mayor said about the bonds, as we are doing this in a fiscally responsible way, and as we issue new debt, we paid down old debt so we are not increasing the property taxes of the voters. we do this in a transparent way, and again, i want to thank everyone. with that, i would like to bring out our fire chief who is retiring this sunday. joanne hayes-white. [applause] >> thank you to our city administrator. good morning, everyone. welcome mayor breach. i know this particular project is near and dear to your heart, as she acknowledged, this was her backyard, and she grew up here and felt safe here and always felt welcome. for those of you who are here from the community, i hope you also feel the same way as you
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always have. if you have lived here for a while, or if you are a newcomer, we want to welcome you to our fire station. you're always welcome, it is a safe place, young and old. supervisor brown, thank you also for being here. not only does she represent this district very capably, but she is involved in all city aspects. thank you for being here. lots of think use. this is surreal as a lookout, i wanted to acknowledge that there are a number of retired guys, because that's what it was in the day, that are here that worked here, put in long hours, real courageous guys in the back please raise your hand if you were tara to to active station five. thank you very much. [applause] >> it is very special that you are here. and then i look to you, the old guard, in a lookout here in a c.a.c. of people who are hoping to be firefighters, paramedics, and e.m.t.s. raise your hand if you're hoping to get into the department. thank you for coming out.
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>> it is bittersweet. mostly sweet right now, i have to admit, but there are some aspects that i am very nostalgic about this week. as the mayor mentioned, and supervisor brown, and city administrator kelly, this is my last official fire department public event, and i wanted to really say thank you to public works, the entire team. i will not name all of you, but i will name their director. he has been a great colleague. mayor breed expects nothing less than partnerships and teamwork and efficiency, and public works is that. we really appreciate that relationship, and i certainly appreciate that it is may first, and i'm retiring may 5th, and he said to the director, we have to get it done before i retire. thank you so much. [applause] >> certainly our fire commission have been great partners in
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support of the easter bonds. this is part of easter 2010. the earthquake safety and emergency response bonds. we've also benefited from easter 2014, and s. mayor breed said, there will be a very vital easter 2020. and our citizens have always been supportive as has ever mayor to prioritize public safety in the city. thank you to our fire commission he is travelling and couldn't be here, he is in japan in senses greetings. i would like to introduce a vice president and acknowledge all of them. francine covington. [applause] >> commissioner vernoses -- veronese, cleaeland -- we are
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joined by both of our captains. and all of the members. thank you. [applause] >> they were very patient during the time this is under construction, in this area did not lose any of the members. we just redistributed and we are able to keep up with the response time. everyone is really glad that they are back here. this is our largest station. it houses an engine, which is an officer and three members, and a truck which is an officer in four members. it has room for growth. it also has our division house, and the city itself, and the fire department is divided into
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two divisions. this is division two, and the other division is 19th and folsom. during the workweek, or 24/7, the city is bifurcated in those division chiefs. we have michael in division today. [applause] >> they oversee the strategy, tactics, and operations for the city under the direction of the deputy chief of operations. it's 21,000 plus square feet. i still haven't visited it entirely since it has been completed. our members just moved in on monday. they are getting adjusted, but we are very grateful for the quality and craftsmanship, and i believe alton construction should also be acknowledged for their great work in partnership with public works. [applause] >> a couple more things. i'm cherishing this last moment, so bear with me. the other person i want to acknowledge it couldn't be with us today, it is a small tribute to him, i, i am retiring on his birthday.
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that is mayor edwin lee, who we all worked with and worked for. he was a true champion just like mayor breed for prioritizing public safety, recognizing the importance of having facilities from first responders because they need to be able to get out the door, and we did have facilities that were deficient. this is the perfect prime illustration of that commitment, and sotomayor breach, once again , thank you. and also, i would like to take a moment to acknowledge my command staff. they have been a great team. they are here behind me. in particular, i want to thank mar gonzales where tier for a number of years. we have been working together down in the office for seven years. i will be moving on, mar will be moving on isabel and as well and i know this means a lot to me, i am glad we are able to do it together. thank you for your great work. [applause]
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>> the person in support services who oversaw this project, he has done a great job he also may be moving on, we are not quite sure. he has done a great job. is a native san franciscan. thank you very much. [applause]. >> tony and his team are probably still here screwing in lightbulbs. they're not behind me but they are somewhere here. lieutenant tommy murphy who is walking away because he doesn't want the credit. thank you, tommy and steve. and the rest of my command staff i obviously want to really appreciate mayor breed once again for selecting our successors. i think it is healthy. it is healthy for me and healthy for the department to have this transition time. they made an excellent choice as my successor. i'm very proud of her. i selected her as my deputy last
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year, and i would like to acknowledge deputy chief, seemed to be chief janine nicholson. [applause] >> and also two very capable individuals who will be joining her team, beginning monday, and that is victor worse. and deputy chief of administration, i only had two, but one of my finest ones, deputy chief josé valette will be deputy chief of administration. with that, welcome. we will officially cut the ribbon, and please stick around and have some refreshments and take a tour of the station. most importantly, i would like to acknowledge all of our members, active, retired, hopefuls, and really today, it is all about the members of station five. thank you for your service, good luck to you in this station, and
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i will be passing through every once in a while. thank you. [♪] [applause]. >> thank you. we will go behind the camera and we will have a ribbon-cutting, and the fire station is open. we will have people to give you tours of the facility. >> five, four, three, two, one.
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>> can you please rise for the pledge of allegiance? i pledge allegiance to the united states of america, to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. call roll. >> yes, please. [ roll call ]