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renovate san francisco's 13 most deserving playgrounds. on november 13, 2016, the commission approved an agreement between the department and the parks alliance to accept up to $15 million for let's play s.f. and recommended that the board of supervisors approved the grant, and the board of supervisors gave that approval on february 1. also, on december 15, the commission approved an m.o.u. that defined the general working relationship between the department and the parks alliance, and that agreement called for the alliance to partner on each park that would receive funding under the agreement. both projects are tier two projects, which means that they
will be largely privately funded. the agreements are nearly identical and map out roles and responsibilities between the partners and identify city terms for design services commissioned on public land. completely coincidentally, the estimated budgets for both sites is $3,050,000. and i did also want to note that the landscape architects were selected by the parks alliance with support from the department after a thorough r.f.p. process, and the two landscape architects are m.i.g., who designed children's center -- children's corridor
in golden gate park and is now -- the firm is now working on hertz playground, and they'll design richmond playground, and jeff miller who's designed such playgrounds as lafayette playground will design stern grove. and i'm happy to answer some questions. i see we have some constituents in the audience. >> a row of ducks came in. >> does he want to speak? >> must have been something you said, lisa, go ahead. >> no, i'm finished. happy to answer any questions. >> thank you. >> clerk: is there any member of the public that would like to make comment on this item? oh, richard. >> he's stretching. it must be a long comment. >> i am. i was just looking at the occupational agreement and what comes up. you have it in the folder.
i noticed one of them that -- we talked about it at committee, and there was the conflict of interest and now that might be bounced bang. if you do the consultation and the work, you can't do the bid. so i just hear that listed on that particular time is in contract. so of the bidders for different project, they also have the subcontractors. so of the issue, what happens--i'm trying to formulate a question -- a
rhetorical question. what happens when the subcontractors are in a conflict of interest? that's a very minor question because i'm already looking as they already have the question and been picked up by park alliance. >> thank you, richard. i think somewhere in there was a question. lisa? >> so just to clarify, these are just award of -- this allows us to enter into agreement with the parks alliance so the parks alliance can enter into contract with landscape architects, so it doesn't have anything to do with construction at this point. >> got it. >> and that the playgrounds will go through the full standard process, so this just allows us to start the participanto participatory process.
>> and parks department enters into the contract with the architect. >> correct. it conveys to the parks alliance what the city requirements are from the landscape architect so the parks alliance can make sure the architect meets the requirements of the city. >> thank you. commissioner mcdonald? >> just a quick question. it just seemed odd that both plans have the exact same budget and the exact same funding. >> to me, too. at this point, they're just estimates. they'll -- once the concept plan is more fully formed, there'll be a more detailed estimate, as well. but it is based on a
professional cost estimate provided to the department. >> thank you. that doesn't quite reconcile it to me, but okay. >> it has to do with cost and existing site conditions and topography. >> why don't we write the contracts ourselves? >> because these are private landscape architects. so the parks alliance is privately funding the hiring of private landscape architects. >> so they're contracting with architects. >> landscape architects, that's right. >> and ultimately, we will contract with the people doing
the work. >> exactly. we'll -- the department, through the full standard construction process, will contract with construction contractors, that's right. >> so we normally do not contract with landscape architects? >> no, we normally do not. >> we have our own? >> that's right. >> and in this case, why are we not doing that? >> why are we not using our own? >> yes. >> so for let's play s.f., it's been a mix from the public works department and privately hired landscape architects, and that's always been the intent of this project because there are private funds available to vary how the contracts were awarded. >> but that was part of the let's play initiative? >> right. >> okay. thank you. seeing no other questions, i would entertain a mometion.
>> so moved. >> second. >> it's been moved and seconded. all in favor? >> clerk: we are now on-si it 11. >> the item before you today is discussion and possible action to award a contract to miller company landscape architects in the amount of $152,920 for the buena vista park needs assessment and cost analysis project. this project honors the department's strategic focus in the project.
the san francisco recreation and park department is undertaking a study to assess the needs and associated costs of improvements to buena vista park. the scope of services includes cost estimation, concept planning, forest management planning, and community engagement. buena vista park is a densely forested urban park in the northern central section of san francisco. the park wide needs assessment and cost analysis project seeks to build upon an existing 2015 project. the project will incorporate the capital improvement plan, community needs and maintenance needs while considering the circulation and hardscape, emotion control and water management issues and forest management. key stakeholder in this project
is the buena vista park neighborhood association, bvna. they have provided a grant to assist the department with undertaking this work. the two organizations will be working in partnership on this project, and the consultant will be required to meet jointly with the department and bvna members as a focused working group. regarding the selection process, a request for proposals was advertised on march 15 of 2019, and the department received proposals from five consultant teams. a selection committee approved by the contract monitoring division was composed of two department staff and two members of bvna. a review of the proposals by the selection committee yielded a short list of three
consultant teams which were advanced to interviews on may 2, 2019. following these interviews, miller companies landscape architects received the highest score as determined by the selection committee and approved by the contract monitoring division. the project will receive -- or will feature multiple opportunities for opportunity input and engagement. there will be three community meetings cohosted by the department and bvna to discuss the needs assessment and to provide feedback through the iterative process. community park walk, led by the consultant team, is also planned to provide field observation and discussion of existing park features. the project was also presented to the haight-ashbury neighborhood council on thursday, july 11, 2019, to encourage additional attendance at the upcoming community meetings. the project is fully funded, and the funding sources are as follows. a grant from the buena vista
park neighborhood association in the amount of $50,000. a budgetary add back from district 8 in the amount of 50,000, and recreation and park bond funding in the amount of $162,560. it's expected that construction will commence in august 2019, and be complete in 2020. a letter of support from the buena vista park neighborhood association is attached to the staff report, and one item that i'd like to clarify for the record is the d-8 support that we received actually referred to the previous supervisor. we have not received notice yet from the current d-8 supervisor. i apologize for that error. staff recommends that the commission award a contract to miller company landscape
architects in the amount of $152,920 for the buena vista park needs assessment and cost analysis project. i'd be happy to answer any questions. >> thank you. >> clerk: is there any public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> commissioner low? >> once the report's prepared, what's the strategy -- what do we do with the report once the needs assessment is completed? >> the need is to identify the areas of the park that are in greatest need of improvement and investment. it's to assist with future planning for construction projects that may occur in the park. >> so the needs assessment is required first before future planning can be conducted? >> it provides detailed scoping and cost estimation to understand the funding that
would be required for improvements and could assist with determining future projects. >> thank you. >> commissioner anderson? >> um, can you tell me if a needs assessment and cost analysis is done because we think there's a good chance that we will go on and take action based on the report? >> yes, that's the intent, is that the needs assessment and cost analysis will determine where investment is -- should be prioritized. knowing that that park is in need of substantial amount of work, and there is significant community interest in making those investments in the future. >> do you know what the possible timeline would be before such a project might
begin? >> no, i don't know the timeline. >> okay. thanks. >> commissioner mcdonald. >> thank you. i guess picking up on commissioner anderson's question, i'll presume that not knowing a timeline is because you don't know the scale and scope and what will be required. are there resources already identified at some level that post assessment you'll have some identified sources? >> post assessment, i'm not aware of any identified sources? >> so basically, we have two strategies for making investments in parks and tackling deferred maintenance. one is through our park program, which is a mix of bonds and grants and phil
philanthropy. what we will use this for is we make significant investments every year through the general funding that we receive as a result of proposition b, so we have -- work there is ongoing, but it is a very significant park both in terms of its size, its topography, and its history. it's something we need to continue to pay attention to and think about how we're going to make even more significant investments there. so the analysis is a guide that we will use to use our ongoing maintenance investments.
there's going to be a big figure number of work that's going to be done at buena vista, and we're going to have to figure out over time how to get there. >> thank you. one more question, different point. i just want to make sure i understood your clarification around district 8 support. so we don't know one way or another whether supervisor mandelman supports it or not. >> we requested a position, and we have not received a response. >> thank you. >> thank you. the chair would request a motion and second. >> so moved. >> second. >> all in favor? so moved. thank you. >> clerk: we are now on item 12, general public comment continued. if there is anyone here that would like to make general public comment that did not on item 4, please come forward now. okay. being none, this item is closed. we are now on item 13, closed session. is there anyone who would like to make public comment on
closed session? being none, public comment is closed. commissioners, we need a motion and a vote on whether to go into closed yeah. >> okay. we are coming back into open session. commissioners, item e is a possible report on actions taken in closed session. you would need a motion on whether to disclose the action, and then, if you do want to disclose it, and then, item f, two separate motions, is to vote on whether to disclose any or all discussions held in closed session. so for item e? >> i would move that we do disclose the action taken. >> second. >> moved and seconded. all those in favor?
>> clerk: and commissioner buell, will you please comment on the action taken. >> the action taken is to retain the director of the commission, ashley summers. >> clerk: and then, item 13 is a vote to disclose any or all discussion held in closed session. i need a motion and a second. >> i would move that we not disclose any of the conversation taken. >> seconded. >> moved and seconded. all those in favor? so moved. >> clerk: okay. we are now under item 14, which are commissioner's matters. are there any commissioner's matters? >> i just wanted to clarify, it's all right, i wanted to clarify discussing jackson park? >> we had discussed that in a
bond presentation for you. jackson is one of many parks and many park communities that are interested in investment, so i think we can provide a general overview for you. >> and that will be next meeting? >> i think we had it slated for september. >> september? okay. thank you. >> i don't see any other comments. >> clerk: is there any public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. item 15 is new business agenda setting. commissioners, public comment? no public comment. this item is closed. communications, is there any public comment? seeing none, this item is closed, and item 17 is -- oh, i'm sorry. >> no, i'm moving slow, so it wasn't you at all. >> i'll talk to him offline. >> clerk: are you sure? >> yes. go. >> clerk: and item 17 is adjournment, and commissioner
>> everybody, i think we're going to get started. our honorable mayor is here, and i know that we have a huge crowd and some big celebrating to do, so i want to welcome you to the groundbreaking for 88 broadway and 75 david street. so i'm cynthia parker, and i'm the president and c.e.o. of bridge housing, and i am the cohost today with our partner, john stewart, but what i want to do is acknowledge all of the people here in the audience who have helped us get here today. so with us, we have mayor london breed, our honorable and esteemed mayor, welcome. [applause] >> we have supervisor aaron peskin, who's been a big supporter, and thank you, supervisor peskin. we have elaine forbes who's
executive director of the port of san francisco. thank you for coming and your help. [applause] >> we have many reps from bank of america. liz, thanks for coming. [applause] >> we have bruce cantor who's a member of the northeast waterfront advisory group. [applause] >> and we have bob carrier who's a member of the barbary coast neighborhood association. so thank you for coming. [applause] >> this group that's sitting here today sort of does represent a neighborhood inside of a village, the village of san francisco. and two neighborhood associations, a waterfront advisory group, and partners with the city, with the mayor's office of housing and jayesco have really made this happen
during the development period. i know that john stewart is going to comment on some of this, but i know there are 26 neighborhood meet -- there were 26 neighborhood meetings that made this happen, and i want to do a special shoutout to john stewart who lives in this neighborhood and wanted to make sure that these two developments reflect the values of this community, and i think they do. so thank you, john, for all of your hard work, and forever, your partnership with that. when this r.f.p. came out from the city of san francisco, i ran into jack gardner who's the other principle at jay-esco. you know, he said, we did north beach together. do you think it's time to get the band back together and respond to this r.f.p.? i said yes, and we did it, and we were selected. frankly, i think we were the
right team to pull this project together. it has made a big difference to this neighborhood for all the reasons i just said. 26 meetings, resident developer, and a commitment to make this happen. i want to also acknowledge some special shoutouts to both the city and the mayor, to your commitment to affordable housing and to these kinds of developments. this project is really special because it is one of the few that's really said we're going to how's both seniors and a senior development and families and have an income mix that represents both formerly homeless people as well as people up to median income, up to 80% of median income, the missing middle. and that doesn't happen very often. i and believe it will completely -- and i believe it will completely be a success because it we've all -- because we've all worked so hard, and
it represents this community. and i believe we will get more housing in the ground because we need nor housing in the city. [applause] >> so with that, i'm not going to steal the thunder. we have a lot of speakers here today, and with that, what i do want to do is invite our lovely mayor to come up. she has the values and tgumptin to make affordable housing in the city. i invite you to come up to say a few words. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: thank you, cynthia. it's so great to be here with you because john, we know this project was a long time coming. we work hard in this city to try to repurpose this whole waterfront. some of you were around during this '89 earthquake. i certainly was. i remember when this used to be
a water way, and look at how beautiful our waterfront has become with a lot of businesses, a lot of housing, and here is an opportunity to provide 178 units of affordable housing for families and seniors. this is absolutely amazing. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and let me just also say that last year, it was brought to my attention that for the senior development that were being placed here at 735 davis street, there were still so many seniors who didn't meet the minimum income qualifications because we know that there are a lot of different challenges with affordability in san francisco. people who are low, extremely low, people who are just exiting homelessness, people who just barely meet the minimum qualifications, and
sometimes those who exceed it by just a little bit. it's why we have to change access to affordable housing in san francisco. and we along with the mayor's office of housing and kate hartley identified revenues in order to buydown the availability so that more residents who are in this community can actually qualify for housing in the communities in which they live. so i want to thank you, kate, for your leadership on that effort. we are going to have diverse homes of mixed incomes living in these developments. so supervisor peskin, former president of the board, but representative of this district, you know i'm going to need your help to make sure that as we break ground on this project, we don't want any delays, we don't want any challenges, we don't want any
issues because we need this housing, and a one-day delay is a one-day delay of housing for those who need it the most. we had a press conference for $600 million affordable housing bond, the largest bond in the history of this city that the board of supervisors is going to be voting on unanimously to put on the ballot, and we're going to do so without raising property taxes in a very responsible way, which is how we should be handling the city's and the taxpayers' money in our city. but it means a lot because we know that there are challenges with affordability in our city. and we know that we have to work harder and faster to get this much needed affordable housing units built. people are counting on us to make good decisions and to not
allow bureaucracy to get in the way of much needed affordable housing. thank you to everyone who's joining us today because those 178 seniors and families, when they move into those units, when they're looking out those new windows, when they're cooking dinner on their new stove, can you think about how it might feel especially if you didn't have housing in the first place, if you lived in an s.r.o. and you didn't have a kitchen, can you imagine what it's going to mean to people to live right here in this beautiful, amazing community, which once consisted of darkness and a friday and is now open with all of the light and incredible views, a place where everyone want to live in in san francisco, and they will be a part of the future of this great city. no one will be left behind as a result of this great project, so thank you to john stewart and john stewart company. thank you so much to bridge housing and cynthia, to kate,
to supervisor peskin, and all the community members and the people who helped make this possible. this is truly san francisco at its best, and there is more to come. thank you all so much. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: sorry. i want to introduce john stewart, but i want to just say that i met john stewart over 20 years ago. and i used to work at treasure island, and some of you remember when that housing was empty, and it was vacated by the navy, and we have the task of rehabilitating those units and moving formerly homeless veterans, formerly homeless families and other people of all incomes into treasure island. the partnership with john stewart company was not just a partnership that helped to rehabilitate those units, they also helped to make sure that those formerly homeless
families and veterans had working utilities, and that they had coffee makers and dishes and beds and sheets and all the things that so many people may take for granted. but these were people who were starting their lives over. and the person who led that effort without being asked to do so was john stewart himself, and so ladies and gentlemen, john stewart of john stewart company. [applause] >> the mayor has been drinking early. we'll talk later. thank you so much. ed lee was once to say, i'll keep it short because i am short. that was his big one-liner. a few comments that i really wanted to speak about, i think two or three things. first, i get a lot of questions on the piles that we're sinking into the ground at 90 feet and
60 feet. they're not impact piles as the way that have occurred at many sites. these are augering, they're very sensitive to the neighbors because they're not impact piles. there's going to be 170 of them, and they're very sensitive to the neighbors. and also, we don't want to repeat -- we got the memo on the millennium towers, and we're going to bedrock. it seemed like a good idea. also, people asked me about those cobblestones. when we dug down 8 feet, we found shoes, elixir bottles, and we also found a whole series of red caps which said
make america great again, and we're going to be selling them later to enhance our financial balance sheet on this deal. on the subject of process, i think we're particularly proud of the fact that over 4-plus, almost 5 years, we had a record number of meeting involving a myriad of local involvement, various people -- you can see authorities and housing entities that all had a stake in this thing, and they all came out, and they all spoke their piece, which i will in closing do a few shoutouts. there is something that i would call district 3 deja vu, and i'm looking at aaron now because 17 years ago, a young supervisor along with a young mayor at the time, willie
brown, started working on a project called north beach place. it's out of the -- it's off the cliff side. it's a project that has great similarity to what you see today. for those of you that are a little long in the tooth, you might remember that project. it also was affordable. it had mixed income, mixed use, and mixed age. we have, too, so there. and one of the things that strikes me about it, aaron peskin, i think really made a statement because he was boots on the ground, went to every meeting, very supportive of that project as he was then and he is now. it's my pleasure to introduce the supervisor. [applause]
>> supervisor peskin: mayor breed, ms. parker, mr. stewart, to your respective organization, but most importantly to the community and amongst those and first and foremost amongst those, the barbary coast neighbors. it is true almost 20 years ago that i attended all of those meetings at north beach place, but thankfully, i attended few if any in this particular project. but mr. cantor did, miss taylor did, and i want to say they made it a better project. this neighborhood involvement made this a better project. let me say a few words about what my mayor said, and it is the history of the embarcadero freeway which was, by all accounts, a terrible urban
planning mistake. and then, in 1989, after the loma prieta earthquake, we had a mayor who had the courage to rip that thing down. and by the time then-state senator quentin kopp transferred the property to the city for one american dollar, willie brown was mayor. and there was a little neighborhood fight about what we were going to do with those parcels. one was going to be a police station, one was going to be a butterfly museum, one was going to be affordable housing. i am pleased to say that today, they are all affordable housing for the city and county of san francisco. that is remarkable. [applause] >> supervisor peskin: now, it is true that i wanted this
site, even though my friends at the barbary coast neighbors disagreed, i wanted this to be a temporary navigation site. but the mayor and i and supervisor haney have teamed up to find one not so far away. and i also want to agree with the mayor that affordable housing is actually not that affordable, and we all know the numbers that we just saw, the homeless count. and it's just not san francisco, it's portland, seattle, and los angeles, continue to rise. so here are 53 units that are going to keep some of my seniors -- and this is the district that has the highest percentage of seniors in the city and county of san francisco from being homeless. but you know what? it's not affordable to many of our seniors, which is precisely why miss hartley, mayor breed, president yee and i teamed up to create what we called s.o.s., senior operating
subsidies which is in this year's budget for shallow subsidies for seniors so they can actually continue to live and age in place. this is a great day for the city and county of san francisco, one and all, particularly to the workers who are building this thing. congratulations. [applause] >> a . >> supervisor peskin: all right. this is a weird jurisdictional thing, because you think the owner is the city and county of san francisco, but it is the port and held in trust by the city and county of san francisco and lands owned by the public works. now weirdly enough, the port land is inland, and the public works land is closer to the water, which i've never figured out. but instrumental to this entire
project was the port of the city and county of san francisco, their executive director, miss elaine forbes. >> hello, everyone. it's very great to be here today. we all love a ground breaking. as you all know, the port manages 7.5 miles of waterfront property. our future is very brite since the loma prieta freeway came down, but nothing makes us prouder than to welcome the neighbors and residents who will come to enjoy this community. we are proud to announce what will be a solution to the affordable housing crisis. i want to acknowledge, and supervisor peskin knows this very well, it takes the port
quite a long time to figure out what to do with its property, and 88 broadway was a very long conversation. and actually, it was the community residents that said they would like to use -- we would like to use these underused lots that you're using for parking. so tom ammiano provided us a bill to be able to use this for housing. here is another example where we can welcome low, mod, seniors, and formerly homeless housing to our waterfront. for us, the northeast waterfront advisory group helped us provide standards for 88 broadway. it was a very patient process, and it did improve the project. it's that kind of collaboration, that kind of problem solving that got us here today.
there's a lot of port staffers in the audience that have been working here for sometime. thank you so much, and i'd like to introduce liz minnick from the bank of america. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone, and what a glorious afternoon we have for this fabulous day today. bank of america was founded in this very city in 1904 and has a long history of helping people get in homes and working towards affordable housing. from the work after the 1906 earthquake to the recent work with the san francisco r.a.v. commission and the rehabilitation of -- sorry. we'll let the coast guard get back. -- 29 properties for which we financed over $2.2 billion. for these two properties that we are discussing today, bank of america has provided over
$133 million in financing. first, thank you to all of our bank of mercteams to continue their efforts on -- america teams to continue their efforts on helping to provide housing. and now, i will introduce brynna cantor. [applause] >> good afternoon. we were involved in the long process of the design of this building. it's just incredible that we're going to see more family and senior housing here, which is really important to keep our city diverse. we certainly need more of them. it also includes a child care facility, so that's why i have
my daughter here, simone, who has become a conoisseur of all the child care facilities in the city. since this center is going to have a playground, i think she's going to want to check that out, right, simone? >> mm-hmm. >> thanks to the mayor's office of housing and all the great inclusive bidding that we had during this process, and of course, john stewart's wonderful team, including us along every step of the way. had countless meetings. our supervisor, aaron peskin, and the previous supervisor, julie christiansen, who really got the project going for us. again, just really impressed with the outreach from the community stages of the project. the team reacted to community concerns along the way and modified the project to a very mature building which you see
on these drawings here today. in particular, we're really impressed with the ground level uses for the community, the services, retail, etc., that -- that activate the street. this was a great example of how our project should happen. so you think that's good? >> yes. >> so i'll keep it here with introducing one of our barbary coast representatives, bob hauer. >> thank you, bruno. good afternoon, everybody. i know it's hot, so i'll try to be as brief as i possible can. first of all, i want to say on behalf of the barbary coast neighborhood association, i'm very happy to be here today as this project starts to take almost a concrete step forward
to bring some badly needed housing to san francisco. and i also want to express my sincere appreciation to the port and the mayor's office of housing for all the opportunities that they gave to listen to the neighborhood and to work with us and to resolve -- well, not resolve, but to work with us to help design a project that really will work for the neighborhood. i think there were many, many discussions and meetings and a number of outcomes that are very positive. two i'd like to mention in particular. first of all, if we look at the residents, not only will this housing unit have room and units designated for the formerly homeless and low-income, but it will also have units for the middle-income households. and this is a first in san francisco, and it's my understanding that this'll be
the first large multifamily unit for affordable housing that will have units for the middle-income households, and i think everybody should be aware of the shrinking population that we have of the middle-income population in this town. secondly, i think the development of the ground floor is another real positive outcome. rather than having a large parking garage that wouldn't add to the ambiance of the neighborhood, we have a location for child care for the children. all of this will serve to activate the neighborhood further. i think it will create a much more pleasant experience along this area of broadway. and then finally, i want to mention the -- certainly our appreciation to the john
stewart company and bridge housing. the design is attractive. they've gone through a number of extra measures to make sure it's not a boring, institutional structure, and i certainly appreciate all the different opportunities that they have provided to -- for the neighborhood to get some input. so with that, i'll just close by saying i think this project is a tremendous asset, will be a tremendous asset to the neighborhood, and it will make this stretch of broadway even more inviting. and so with that, i am done, and i will let john stewart handle the closing of this ceremony. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. i have to add one codicil to what's been said. we observe neighborhood reactions to the concept of
formerly homeless, and they run screaming from the run. there's a lack of opposition. on this project, there's six entities that reviewed all of -- all of our designs and plans and our sociology. not once did i hear anybody say oh, wow, you're going to have formerly homeless? there'll be 37 formerly homeless? that to me was a first. and also, i think they liked the idea of combining the two. that hybrid between formerly homeless making general assistance 30% of a.m.i. and people making $10,000 a month will be a grant interesting social experiment that we as a company have not tried before, and i'm sure our supervisor will be making many calls to us. in fact, i can hear you now, aaron. his battery has gone dead. i will quickly say there were a few other stars in the community. i just want to give a quick
shoutout to ed -- stan hayes. janet, barbara, janice, and ken. the fabric of this neighborhood's going to change with the additional units. architect, l.m.s. bill letty, aaron thorton were in every one of the public meetings that we had over four years. they'll bore you to death talking about quotes, but they're really nice people at heart. lenders, b of a, and the woman with the money, kate hartley.
thank you, and thank you. the contractor, what can you say? cahill happened to be the contractor 17 years ago at north beach place. actually, i think howard carlson was one of the supervisors then, and he still is, so that's what i call good employee retention. we have alex shafer, don brooks, and of course, chuck pele is one of our stars. he's fantastic. and the port, we've already done that, elaine forbes. mickey tuzanni and michael martin. gail gilman and victor makras are on the commission, and they're here today, and thank you for attending. cindy's staff are what we call our intrepids. thank you, mayor breed, for
causing them to be so totally active. i would start with kate hartley, kudos to you. you were with this thing from the beginning. we appreciate it. you've got a great team. luther from social services, cushman and wakefield are all going to be contributors to this. we do have a cafe and a restaurant going in here, and you're all expected to come and be big tippers when we open up that restaurant. bridge side, and i have to say, i'm looking at cynthia, marie tabor, give her a raise.
she paid me to just say that. you owe me, marie, and in our office, several people have dedicated a large part of their lives to this. lastly, there are some empty chairs who represent back in the day. olson lee, we'll have the cobblestones along with the make america great caps. last, mayor ed lee. he loved this project. i remember talking to him about this the week before he left us, and he loved this. what a fantastic legacy for you to carry on, and don't think we
forget about it, supervisor peskin. so with that, i stand between you and a free lunch, and there is one occasionally, so we are now going to do the ground breaking. somebody needs to get a shovel, and we need some earth. we'll do that, and then, we'll all get a free lunch. thank you very much, everybody, for coming. >> the hon. london breed: five, four, three, two, one. >> all right. get to work! >> i moved into my wonderful, beautiful, affordable housing
march 7th. i have lived in san francisco since i was two-years-old. i've lived in hunters view for 23 to 24 years now. my name is vlady. i use titus and i am the resident commissioner for the san francisco housing facility. from the very beginning, this whole transition of public housing and affordable housing was a good idea. but many, many residents didn't think it would ever actually happen. it's been a life changing experience. and i'm truly grateful for the whole initiative and all those that work on the whole sf
initiative. they've done a wonderful job accommodating the residents, who for many years have lived in delap tated housing. now they have quality housing. i was on a street where the living room and the kitchen and stairs. it wasn't large enough to accommodate. the children are grown. i had the accomplish of having a dishwasher in my home. i really like that. [laughter] i really like not having to wash dishes by hand. we still do it from time to time. the mayor's office has been a real friend to us, a partner. we know that our city supports us. i love san francisco. just to be able to stay in my community and continue to help the residents who live here and continue to see my neighborhoods move into new housing, it's been
a real joy. >> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files of san francisco. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vi. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries.
for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business, you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop
that all of the kids like to hanhang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies. some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden district and four beautiful muellermixer ura alsomurals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local mean that wor people willr money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪ ]
welcome to the historic preservation commission hearing. i would remind the public we do not take outbursts of anytime. please silence your cell phones. i would like to take roll at this time. (roll call). >> first on the agenda is general public conduct. the general public may address the commission except agenda items. the opportunity will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting. you may address the commission for up to three minutes. i have one speaker card.