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this is the regular meeting of the commission. i would like to welcome the public and the staff. following the guidelines set forth by local and state officials during the health emergency, the members of the economies commission are meeting remotely to ensure safety for everyone including members of the public. thank you, all, for joining us. please call the first item. >> thank you, mr. chair. the first order of business is item 1, roll call. commission members please respond. >> commissioner brackett: present. >> commissioner ransom-scott:
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present. >> vice chair rosales: present. >> chair bustos: present. >> the next is item 2, announcements. the next meeting will be november 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. please be advised a member of the public has up to three minutes to make comments unless the commission adopts a shorter period on any item. during the public comment period, viewers are instructed to dial 1-415-655-0001, enter the access code which is 146 413 2620. you'll need to press the pound sign twice to enter the call. when prompted, press star 3 to submit your request to speak. when you dial star 3, you'll hear the following message. you have raised your hand to ask a question. please wait to speak until the host calls on you. when you hear your line has been unmuted, this is your opportunity to provide your public comment. you will have three minutes.
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you can stay online and listen to the meeting or choose to hang up. if you're planning to comment on any items, it's recommended that you call the public comment line on the agenda. this will allow you to listen to the live meeting and will prevent you from experiencing a delay caused by live streaming. today's presentation and other meeting materials are available on our website. the next order of business is item 3, report on actions taken at previous closed session meeting, if any. there are no reportable actions. the next order of business, item 4, matters of unfinished business. there are no matters of unfinished business. the next item 5, matter of new
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business consisting of consent and regular agenda. first the consent agenda. authorizing a personal services contract with c.h. elliott and associates, a sole proprietorship to provide real estate and fiscal consulting services for hunters point shipyard phase one and two. to increase the contract amount by 41,585 from 100,000 to a total aggregate contract amount not to exceed $141,585 for web
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development services. action number, resolution number 27-2020. >> chair bustos: anyone from the public who wishes to speak or provide comment on the item? >> at this time, members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 1-415-655-0001, enter access code 146 413 2620 followed by the pound sign, then pound sign again. please press star 3 to get entered into the queue. we'll allow a few moments for the public to call in. madame secretary, no callers on
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the line. >> secretary: thank you. mr. chair, at this time there are no members of the public wishing to comment on this item. >> chair bustos: hearing no request to speak, i close public comment. commissioners, may i get a motion for these items on the consent agenda? >> i move the consent agenda. >> chair bustos: thank you, vice chair. a second? >> i second that movement, chair. >> chair bustos: thank you, commissioner scott. please take roll. >> secretary: please announce your vote. >> commissioner brackett: aye. >> commissioner ransom-scott: aye. yes. >> vice chair rosales: yes. >> chair bustos: yes. >> secretary: mr. chair, the vote is 4 ayes. >> chair bustos: thank you, motion carried. please call the next item. the next item is the regular
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agenda item, 5c, authorizing a memorandum of understanding with the san francisco mayor's office of housing and community development, mohcd, governing administration of the home legacy foundation homeownership grant program and authorizing payment from the phase 1 community funt to mohcd to fund the legacy foundation grant program. hunters point shipyard and bayview redevelopment project area, resolution number 28-2020. madame director? >> thank you, through the chair. thetime before you just stated is to approve the m.o.u. between the mayor's office of housing and community development and the office of infrastructure, more specifically the community benefits required under the
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phase 1 and phase 2 in hunters point shipyard and bayview hunters point. and we're asking for an allocation of funds for the phase 1 fund to help fund a down payment. we have our legacy foundation and most of the activity is governed by the plan that the legacy foundation approved. this is also overseen by the cac and we have members present as well. with that, i'd like to turn it over to the department to present on the item and also identify partners who are here from mohcd as well as -- [inaudible] >> good afternoon, everyone.
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commissioners. my name is -- i will be presenting today, the request to enter into with the mayor's office of housing and community development and oii for the homeownership grant program. action before you today, is a request to authorize the m.o.d. with the mohcd assistance program to provide 130,000 from the hunters point shipyard phase 1 community benefit fund. today will consist of overview
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of the community benefit program. overview of the legacy foundation. overview of the strategic plan, to buy the commission on february 7, 2017. and the legacy foundation down payment assistance program. the legacy foundation award to date. the overview of the phase 1 community benefits. the first two in bold, are programs that legacy foundation is a ocii community benefits. and that's the community benefit fund as well as the community facilities -- [inaudible]
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phase 2, the community benefits program. the programs that have access are programs that were carried over from the phase 1 community benefits program. also a quick reminder the legacy foundation purpose, which is legacy foundation community benefits fund is to reinvested in the bayview hunters point community to low and moderate income families for community development needs, social services, affordable housing, education -- [inaudible] and public safety. next slide. the legacy foundation's mission
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is to commit to building, strengthening and maintaining the bayview hunters point community. the foundation's fundamental mission is to alleviate the impact of properties on the san francisco bayview hunters point community, the core values of the legacy since the -- transparent, accountability, collaboration, and community. next is a reminder of the strategic plan that was approved by the ocii commission on february 7, 2017. next slide, please. thank you. the commission with strategic priorities in the five-year plan
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included neighborhood building, education and workforce and homeownership. next slide, please. this is an overview of the legacy foundation's phase 1 fund. as you can see, it's broken down into the three focus areas of neighborhood building, education and workforce, and homeownership. today under education and workforce, we see that $25,000 has been expended in the education and workforce program on the computer tech center as well as strategic planning services. as i mentioned, to date, the
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legacy foundation has awarded $25,000 to the urban ed academy for the bayview hunters point, which is technology instruction and center for students living or attending school in bayview. this was through a competitive process and awarded in january of 2020. next is the phase 2 fund. it consists of $475,000 the bayview legacy scholarship and 25,000 for the travel abroad scholarship for a total of $500,000.
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why we're here today is to discuss the hub ownership down payment program. the priority is to promote and support successful homeownership and access to home buyers financing for low and moderate income to bayview hunters point households. the assistance to financial assistance is providing affordable and acceptable home-buying financing, including first mortgages, assistance for qualified participants. the bayview hunters point legacy foundation homeownership program, also known the legacy program will prioritize existing bayview residents for the
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program area which include zip code -- which includes residents in zip codes 94124, 92134 and 94107. purchasing homes in the -- [inaudible] next is existing bayview residents of the program area purchasing a home in san francisco. and finally, san francisco residents purchasing homes in the program areas. on november 18, 2019, the legacy foundation board voted unanimously to -- mayor's office of housing and community development as the administrator for the legacy in town grant program. based on their experience and
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their expertise in administration of existing homeownership assistance programs for the city and county of san francisco. ocii can make a one-time payment of $180,000 to the mayor's office of housing. they would then make available five loans of $32,500. these loans are no interest and no monthly payment loans. the loan amount decrease 20% each year. and the loan would be for -- in its entirety at the end of the fifth year. the mayor's office of housing would be entitled to 9,000 or 5% of the fund to cover the
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administrative fees associated with administering the program. the funds will be transferred to the mayor's office of housing within 90 days of execution of the m.o.u. i would like to give information about next steps and what is coming up for the legacy foundation approval before opii commission. the next program would be the bayview hunters point scholarship program for $475,000 and the college which has allocated $50,000. the scholarship and educational support will make post-secondary education possible for students in the bayview hunters point
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area up to the age of 30. the legacy foundation will partner with qualified organizations to administer these scholarships. that concludes my presentation. i'm available for questions and we also have tamly little from the -- tammy little from the mayor's office of housing available to answer any specific questions you have about the administration of the grant program. thank you. >> chair bustos: madame secretary, anyone from the public who wishes to speak on the item? >> secretary: at this time, members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call
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1-415-655-0001, 146 413 2620. you will need to press star 3 to be placed in the queue. if you're already listening -- to anyone listening by phone already, press star 3 if you would to -- like to provide a comment. i'll allow for a few moments for people to call in. >> madame secretary, there are no callers on the line. >> secretary: thank you. mr. chair, at this time, there are no members of the public on the phone wishing to comment on this item.
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>> chair bustos: okay. hearing no request to speak on this item, i'll close public comment and i'll turn to my fellow commissioners for their comments and questions. let's start with commissioner scott. >> commissioner ransom-scott: thank you, mr. chair. i just can't thank you enough for this comprehensive presentation you just gave us and thorough presentation it is. i am just excited and was excited as i was reading about this for the hope, especially during a time like this. that is gives and so much light at the end of the tunnel for homeowners and would-be homeowners and students. this is great and i'm very moved by it. and thank you for it. and i just totally support what is coming forth.
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>> chair bustos: commissioner brackett? >> commissioner brackett: i have several questions. my first question, when was the last time that the legacy foundation members met? >> the last meeting was before covid in february of this year. there was a march meeting scheduled, but in abundance of caution, that meeting was postponed. the legacy foundation is planning to have a meeting in the next few weeks as they are reviewing information for -- not only the scholarship program, but also the contract assistance program. >> i was also reading that the current board of supervisors and that you were trying to replace additional members. could you give me a listing of who is currently sitting on that board of directors for the
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legacy foundation? or who would be the representative? so is the member at large still ted hunt? >> ted hunt is still a member. he, unfortunately, is having a couple of technical difficulties today, but he's trying to get on the line to come on and speak in support of the lit program. so hopefully, he might be able to call in before the meeting is over. but, yes, ted hunt is still a member, active member of the legacy foundation. >> and bell? >> yes, still an active member. >> and kelly? >> carmen kelly resigned earlier this year. however, we have reached out to the supervisor to see if they may have a recommendation for a replacement.
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>> commissioner brackett: dr. honey cut? yes, dr. honeycut is the chair. >> >> commissioner brackett: what about the mayor's representative? is there a representative there as well? >> we do -- we do take advice from the mayor's office, but not currently. we do have other members that are active. neil legan, joyce armstrong and joyce eloise patten are also members of the legacy foundation. >> commissioner brackett: okay. then my second question is, this strategic plan was approved back in 2017.
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what efforts have been made to take into account the current economic climate? and the impacts of covid on this new legacy as we move forward with this strategic plan? >> you're correct, it was approved in february of 2017. can you be a little more specific about what information you're looking for of how it would be related to covid. >> if i may, if i may. this is nadia sesay. that is a good question. we had challenges in meeting. we have to make sure that it satisfies the current needs. so we'll be working with them to
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see if there is an important to see what other changes we can accommodate. as you can see, reaching the expiration. we're more than halfway there. so this could potentially be an opportunity to -- because we haven't had a meeting since covid, this could be something the board will discuss at that next meeting because circumstances are different. that is not changed materially, but everybody is having those conversations at every level on how covid is impacting the community and what can we provide in support and benefits? >> commissioner brackett: my other additional question, this amount that is allotted for homeownership will only serve five families over five years, is that correct? >> yes. there are -- there will be five
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loans that are available. and it will be on a first come first save basis for families that qualify. -- first come-first serve basis. the families can work with the mayor's office of housing to try to get the funds as soon as possible. so the plan was to roll it out over five years, but i think since we are, as director mentioned, about halfway, the goal would be to get the funds out to families that are qualified as soon as possible. >> commissioner brackett: my other question is, how many families in the past have you worked with that have interest
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in part of being a down payment program. a lot of people, minor, or none at all? >> well, the legacy foundation itself has not actually worked with any families because they don't administer the program. but they did meet with the mayor's office of housing community development staff on several occasions as well as had listening sessions with community members and organizations to come to the recommendations that you find in the program, including the homeownership or the need for homeownership down payment assistance program. >> commissioner brackett: i guess i was trying to figure out the need in terms of the community. when i'm looking at the legacy foundation grant, it's heavily on workforce development and education, which isn't a problem, but there is a problem in terms of access to
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homeowner -- home buyer programs for people who would like to get into the new properties that are being built. my concern was if we're only serving five families with the larger part of the grant and we know that's the complaint in the last five years, if that is something that the legacy foundation had thought about or had discussions about, maybe changing the amount that they may be diverting over to home buyership and reducing the scholarship amount, or if there was any discussions on that? >> okay. so i know probably maria wants to give overview, so i'll let you do that as the homeownership program at large and then we can talk more specifically to the legacy foundation and what more they can do. >> thank you, director sesay.
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this is maria benjamin from the mayor's office of housing development. so good to see your faces. our hope is that this amount, this grant that is targeted in these zip codes will be used in combination with some of the city's other programs, the other down payment assistance programs we have where we give $375,000 toward down payment. or on the purchase of a b.m.r., one of those units that are coming in the future in that neighborhood so that this will be in addition to those programs that are already there. it's a small -- you're right. it's five homeowners, but we've been really doing a lot of community outreach and working
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in the community. as you know, commissioner, this is one of the -- this is one of the main things that people are saying, hey, help us. and so we are -- we're working on targeting the community and we see this as another way of -- because if this is going to work, then perhaps there are other funding sources that can come towards this model. >> thank you, maria, i think that, in our minds, as i think about this, there is an opportunity to refine the strategic plan. there is also an opportunity to see this as a pilot if it's successful and there is additional need -- which we know there is plenty. the reason we targeted this in partnership with mohcd is because we know the costs and
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other things. combining this, as we continue to grow on it, but the five-year strategic plan is an opportunity to refine that. of course the legacy foundation has all the authority to do that, but i'm sure listening to the feedback we're hearing from you, i'm sure they'll explore that and take that into consideration as they revisit the five-year strategic plan and meet again. >> commissioner brackett: my last question. how does the impact of our vote affect the time line? as we know it's slated to be to 2022. does that mean if we don't approve it or approve it today, it may impact us drawing down the money and continue with the program, or does it get pushed out further? >> it does. if i may, it does delay the use of those funds. again, as you saw in one of the slides, this will be a subset of
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the almost $1 million that is programmed within the strategic plan for phase 1. so there is still a substantial amount remaining, but because we've been working on this for quite some time and this is really providing resources to the community and they have blessed this since last year, but because of covid and trying to create this new initiative, it took us a little longer to get it in front of the commission, so that is something we can use and we believe it's a model for other programs. so, yes, it will slow us down. but again, the point i'm making, there is still additional dollars in the legacy foundation that need to be deployed. so we're going to be coming back to you. we come back to the commission to give update every year. during covid this summer. so you're always going to get a bite of the apple.
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i'm basically urging we move this forward so we can show some progress and try to deploy the funds and get mohcd to do the other two identified as upcoming programs. and that would allow us to inform legacy foundation what opportunities exist. programs that have been identified and the allocation in the strategic plan, is that consistent with current needs? or is it something we need to resist? but again -- revisit? but again, legacy foundation makes the decision. we're going to convey the feedback you're giving us right now. >> commissioner brackett: my only concern is that if we approve dollars set aside and approve a bunch of things coming down the pipeline and there is no more money, then we're stuck with the bucket we've chosen as a commission. but i do also understand the urgency of getting the fund out
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there so our constituents and the community at large can take advantage of this opportunity because people really are trying to figure out a way to anchor themselves here in san francisco via home buying. i know maria has been working hard with eric on trying make the program as flexible as possible, but they're still confined within certain things. i just want to make sure that as a commission we're doing everything possible to kind of think about those things. and to kind of make sure all of our partners and amazing people who work on the commission, we don't want to stress them out and put extra work on them, but these are things coming from the community and we want to be mindful we're paying attention to those. that's the reason i'm asking the questions i am today. >> i appreciate that. >> i would like to add, please, the difference in the phase 1 and phase 2 funds, presenting
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the program in one strategic plan, these are two separate programs and two separate buckets of money. and the phase 1 programming was money that the legacy foundation did have a bit of flexibility in being able to actually fund and respond to the different needs after hearing from the community in these listening sessions with community members and community organizations. but the phase 2 funds with the scholarship are actually prescribed and specified in the d.d.a., but there is no flexibility to change any of those funds or use them on another program. they're specifically to be used for scholarship purposes. >> commissioner brackett: thank you for that. agbossoumon agbossoumon bo >> chair bustos: thank you for the very good questions.
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>> vice chair rosales: the question that i did have was basically presented by maria benjamin and answered. i was very pleased to hear the presentation that this grant program down payment assistance program will be paired or will be coordinated and collaborated, if you will, with the other existing and much more robust down payment assistance programs. and i just want to put a pitch out there and i'm sure you've thought about it. this money. the m.o.h. programming and of course, the c.o.p. focus. i'd like to be able to say that in every lens that we use, particularly when we have so much opportunity, that we pay close attention to the c.o.p. holders to be front in line for
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these opportunities thank you. >> chair bustos: thank you, vice chair.i totally agree. thank you, maria benjamin for the work you're putting into this and thank you also for being vigilant to make sure that we are able to expend these resources or approve these resources to go to the families that need them. my dream would be to have more folks come back to san francisco. folks who have the city in their blood and dna. so that would be wonderful. so thank you, everybody. commissioners, may i have a motion to approve this item? >> excuse me, chair, it looks like we have a member from the legacy foundation who wanted to speak and i believe he's on the public comment line right now. >> chair bustos: okay.
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we'll listen to his comments and then we're ready to vote, though. >> secretary: okay. miss phone operator, do you have the caller? >> caller, do you want to speak. if you want to speak, please press star 3. >> thank you. >> hello? >> yes, hi, caller, state your name and provide your comment. >> thank you very much. this is dr. veronica honeycut. good afternoon to all you wonderful commissioners. you know what we're trying to do. we understand what our community needs. they need educational resources and they certainly need access
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to homeowner assistance and access to financial resources. this program coupled with the mayor's office of housing and community development will allow us to get started on helping five families. we're very excited about this. this program. i have heard that you are cognizant of what our community needs and this is the beginning with this homeowners' assistance program. we hope that we'll be able to do more in the future. thank you so much for this opportunity to speak with you. we urge that you vote in favor of moving this measure forward. thank you very much. >> chair bustos: thank you, doctor. madame secretary, is that everyone? >> secretary: do we have any additional callers? >> we have one additional. >> secretary: thank you. please put them through.
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>> caller, go ahead. >> hello, good afternoon. can everyone hear me? >> yes, your name? >> this is lashaun walker. good afternoon, commissioners and director. just wanted to call in representing part of the development team for these community benefit funds come from and say, yay, glad this is finally come before you this afternoon for a vote. it's been a while coming for all the reasons that have already been outlined. and thank you to maria and mohcd because as she has outlined and dr. honeycut outlined, these funds will be stacked and combined to try to meet some of
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the needs that commissioner brackett has talked about. we are excited. there are some limitations, commissioner brackett, in terms of the d.d.a. it's already been outlined for the phase 1 funds, but the phase 2 funds allow for more flexibility because the community members that sit on the legacy fund are concerned about the current needs. i thank you in advance and wanted to come on and say, yay, thank you. >> chair bustos: thank you. anybody else on the line to speak is this -- speak? >> no additional callers. >> chair bustos: thank you. commissioners, we have this item before us. i'm looking for a first -- >> commissioner brackett: i would like to make a motion to approve agenda item 5c, authorizing memorandum of
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understanding with the san francisco mayor's office of housing and community development governing the administration of the legacy foundation homeownership grant program and authorizing payment of $180,000 on the phase 1 community benefit fund to mohcd to fund the legacy foundation grant program and hunters point shipyard and the redevelopment project areas. >> chair bustos: great. may i have a second? >> i second that motion. >> chair bustos: thank you very much. madame secretary, we have a first and a second. please take roll. >> commission members, please announce your vote when you call your name. >> commissioner brackett: yes. >> commissioner ransom-scott: yes. >> vice chair rosales: yes. >> chair bustos: yes. >> secretary: mr. chair, the vote is four ayes. >> chair bustos: motion carried. madame secretary, please call the next item. >> the next order of business is
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item 6. public comment on non-agenda items. >> chair bustos: madame secretary, anybody wishing to speak on this item? >> at this time, members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 1-415-655-0001. enter access code 146 413 2620. press the pound sign then pound sign again. when prompted -- press star 3 to get placed in the queue. if you're already listening by phone and would like to provide public comment, please press star 3. we'll give them a few moments. >> madame secretary, no callers on the line. >> secretary: thank you. at this time, mr. chair, there are no members of the public wishing to comment on this item.
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>> chair bustos: okay. i'll close public comment. madame secretary, please call the next item. >> the next order of business, item 7, report of the chair. mr. chair? >> chair bustos: i don't necessarily have a report, but wanted to just share with the commissioners as well as members of the public that, you know, at o.c.i. reconsider not only staff, but those who come before us from the public as family. and there has been a long period of silence from some of our regulars, many who may not have agreed with us and shared their concerns. but i just want you all to know that i did get a chance to speak with ms. vincent, ms. james and ace washington and just wanted to on behalf of o.c.i. give them a call to check in and see how they're doing and if they need anything. they're all doing well. i just want everyone to know
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that, our family is still complete. so we thank you all of the leaders in the community for their hard work and when they're not around, it is noticed by us because their voice is very important. just wanted to share that. madame secretary, please call the next item. ? >> secretary: the next order of business is item 8, report of the executive director. item 8a, informational mum dumb on the transbay essex hillside maintenance request proposal. item 8b informational memorandum on intension to issue a request for qualification for a lead developer replacement to develop up to 112 units of affordable housing on blocks 52 and 54 in the hunters point shipyard redevelopment project area. >> thank you, madame secretary.
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through the chair, item 8a before you is informational. responsible for monitoring and maintaining the property identified in the description. and we currently have existing contract with mgm management which expires january 31, 2021. and is planning extension because we know how much time it takes, staff is now requesting and seeking to issue a new request for proposal to maintain the property. maintenance of the existing park. the next item, with regards to hunters point shipyard block 52 and 54. in 2018, we had a development team that consisted of salazar as leads, bayview hunters point
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multiservices with additional architects as well as property management jon stewart and company. and the rest of this year, mbs contacted oci to communicate they were withdrawing and terminating their participation within the development team. so in order for us to proceed with the development, we issued to replace them as lead developer. we intended to keep paying the remaining team members and any contracts that are in place. the idea is not to cause disruption. it will cause a delay, but would like to keep the team intact. if there are no questions, the staff will proceed with issuing these. happy to answer any questions
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and respond to questions if you have any. >> chair bustos: thank you. madame secretary, any speaker cards for this one? >> secretary: at this time members of the public who wish to provide public comment on these items should call 1-415-655-0001. enter access code, 146 413 2620. press the pound sign then pound sign again. press star 3 to be placed in the queue. if you're already listening by phone, press star 3 if you would like to provide a comment. madame secretary, there are no callers on the line. >> thank you. mr. chair, there are no members of the public wishing to comment on these items.
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>> okay. hearing no request to speak on the item, i'll close public comment and turn to my fellow commissioners for any comments or questions they may have. commissioner brackett? any questions? >> commissioner brackett: can you come back to me last? thank you. >> chair bustos: commissioner scott? >> commissioner ransom-scott: i'm wondering if there is anyone that we know of right now that will be -- position as the developer? not yet? >> that is the proposal of the -- we have the usually players, so -- usual players, so there will be a developer who responds. i understand we don't know yet. but there are participants that we've worked with that are skilled in this field. they have to go through the process, review, interview and
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then select. >> commissioner ransom-scott: so there are hopefuls? >> yes, yes. >> commissioner ransom-scott: wonderful. >> chair bustos: vice chair? any comments or questions? >> vice chair rosales: i had a question. if it's a public record, do we know why the mccormack team is -- withdrawing? >> it's a combination of factors. it's the ply indication of the -- complication of the site as well as the delay in the work that is being done. we can talk more about it if you like. we did not get anything in writing or communications with them. but that is what we know. >> vice chair rosales: okay, thank you.
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>> commissioner brackett: i notice various deadlines that are coming out. are those hard-set dates for the r.f.p., or are those a general outline of what you're proposing? >> for now, you know, they are hard-set dates, but as we know, reserve the right as a agency to change. for now, this is what we intend to require, but we have the right to make changes as needed. >> commissioner brackett: okay. thank you. >> chair bustos: okay. madame secretary, please call the next item. >> secretary: the next order of
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business is item 9. commissioners' questions and matters. mr. chair? >> chair bustos: i don't have anything. commissioners, anything you may have? seeing none, okay. madame secretary, please call the next item. >> the next order of business is item 10, closed session. a, conference with real property negotiators pursuant to california government code section 549 a 6. a closed session calendared to give direction to staff regarding the potential sale of the property described below. the property is 200 main street, portion of block 3739, lot 008 rchlth known as transbay block 4. negotiating parties for f4 transbay partners llc, a delaware limited liability
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company, a joint venture of urban pacific development, affiliate of hines interests limited partnership and broad street principal investments and goldman sachs, consisting of mercy housing california, f4 transbay partners and low-income housing tax credit investor limited partner. under negotiation will be both price and terms of payment. mr. chair? >> chair bustos: do we have any speakers in line for this item? >> secretary: at this time, members of the public who wish to provide comment on this item should call 1-415-655-0001. enter access code 146 413 2620. followed by the pound sign and found sign again.
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press star 3 to be placed in the queue. if you're already listening by phone, press star 3 if you would like to provide a comment. again, we'll allow the public a few moments to call in. >> madame secretary, no callers on the line. >> secretary: thank you. at this time we have no members of the public wishing to comment on the item. >> chair bustos: hearing no request speak, i'll close public comment. we're going into closed session. i ask fellow commissioners to log on to a separate link that was e-mailed to you. we will return after the session has concluded. thank you.
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>> will that turn off? i hear a little bit of the music. mr. chair, before we -- >> okay. so actually, we're back on. thank you. sorry, dr. scott. if you want to -- did you wanted to say something first? >> yes, along with recognizing many of our -- are we okay? can you hear me? >> i was just saying you recognized some of our people that we're not able to see and we haven't heard from that have been to our meetings in the years. i've been also checking on them
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and giving calls like linda richardson and dr. walker and others. so they're doing and they're still boots on the ground and everything. and serving well. so some of them have said they're praying for us and thinking about us and keep up the good work. nadia, yeah. so that's it. >> chair bustos: thank you for sharing that, dr. scott. madame secretary, do you want to get us back out of closed session? >> secretary: we're back. we're back on. so thank you for -- members of the public, we are back in regular session and there is nothing to report from the closed session items. mr. chair, if you'd like to go ahead and conclude, or i'll call the last item, item 11, adjournment. mr. chair? >> chair bustos: thank you,
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madame secretary. can we have a motion to adjourn? >> i move, mr. chair, that the meeting be adjourned. >> chair bustos: okay. and commissioner brackett, okay with seconding? she seconds it. all right, thank you, ladies and gentlemen and members of the public. we are now adjourned at 3:05. thank you very much.
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>> hello and welcome to the tuesday, october 20, 2020 committee meeting of the entertainment commission. the city hall meeting rooms are closed and members and employees will be participating in the monthly meeting remotely. this is taken under the directives and commission members and employees will attend the meeting through video conference and participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were physically present. public comment will be available on each item on the agenda. and channel 26 and sfgov are streaming the number across the screen. each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speak. opportunities to speak during the public comment are available using zoom with meeting
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>> all right. first order of business is public comment. and this is for any items that are not listed on the agenda and i will if you have any public comment. >> good evening, commissioners. good evening, president bleiman. i am checking the queue and there is no one with their hand raised. and there is no chat. >> okay. excellent. all right. the next agenda item is number two which is approval of the minutes for the october 6, 2020 meeting. i will ask if there is a motion to i a prove the minutes from the october 6, 2020 meeting. >> so moved.
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>> second. >> all right. there any public comment on the minutes from october 6, 2020? >> i am looking right now and there is no hand raised and no comments in the chat. >> okay. >> commissioner bleiman? >> an aye. >> a commissioner caminong? >> aye. >> commissioner falzon? >> aye. >> a commissioner thomas? >> aye. >> commissioner wang? >> aye. >> a commissioner lee? >> an aye. >> a commissioner perez? >> an aye. >> all right. the minutes have been approved. moving along. the next agenda item is report from the executive director. >> thank you, president bleiman. good evening. a special good evening, commissioners. so this evening i have a pretty brief update in comparison to last hearing. my apologies again for the long
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item. i hope you all enjoyed those updates, though. just wanted to let you know about the jam permit. and some changes that were just released in a new version of the health order moments before this hearing began. and so i want to highlight those for you because these will be -- these changes in some ways will impact the issuance of jam permits. and it's something that we have been anticipating for about a week. and so it may shed a little bit more light on where our numbers are at currently. and a little bit more background on that. and so we do have a new version of the stay safer at home health order along with some mu directives relative to outdoor gatherings. and i just want to pull up the biggest changes that we are seeing essentially in the small outdoor gatherings that we were going to be using as a
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permissible underlying use to add a jam permit use. so either amplified sound or entertainment being added to an outdoor gathering. previously the rules were written for an outdoor gathering that you could have a maximum of 12 people and that you could only have six people if you added food and drink. but that there was the possibility to hold simultaneous outdoor small gatherings as long as you could separate the groups. due to new state guidance, the city had to reconcile the small outdoor gathering rules with more restrictive rules that were coming from the state. so that is what we're seeing now. multiple small outdoor gatherings are no longer allowed at the same space at the same time. and so there is one particular permit application that we were working with folks and i don't think i will go into the details of the permit application but let's just say it was a fabulous
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idea. to have a couple simultaneous outdoor gatherings that would no longer be permissible with a jam permit. the other parts about us that make it more restrictive and really do not lend itself to us permitting it because it speaks a little bit more toward the personal social gathering as opposed to a commercial gathering is the fact that they are now limited to no more than three different households. so although the number has actually increased now for the small outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 25 total participants, this group of commissioners wanted to get together outside of zoom, only three of you could attend since you are coming from seven different households, if that makes sense. and so that is a really challenging one that we're going to have to figure out how to permit and regulate. we are still going to keep it as an option with our permit
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application, but i think we're going to have quite a few denials because of these rules. so i definitely wanted to let you know about that sooner rather than later. and then just to give you a little bit more on that, the other high bullet point for that is eating or drinking take place at small outdoor gatherings, again, the limit is no more than six total participants. and limited to no more than three households. the more restrictive is what you have to comply with. and just a note that indoor social gatherings among different households are still not allowed. and so what we're hearing from the city attorney's office as well as the health officer is that these rules are not going to impact current outdoor religious, cultural, or protest gatherings. they are not being changed by this. we will still continue to permit and regulate anybody that wants to add amp, sound, or entertainment to those activities.
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this does not impact outdoor dining either. that is where we're going to see the majority of jam permits being issued and where they are going easily right now. and so a little bit more on that is that, for example, with street closure applicants that want to add entertainment, the only way in which we could do that is if it was permitted to a business using it specifically for outdoor dining. we will only see those in smaller alleyway where is a restaurant is closing it to host the patrons out there and they can add a performance with it. because it is so much more regulated. so with that knowledge, here are some of our numbers right now. so again, our goal with all processing all of the permit applications is that prior to denial our staff are working to try to find other pathways to bring them into compliance with entertainment or amplified sound
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as opposed to outright denial. we will say this doesn't work, but here is what you could do. so most of the applications are in various stages of review right now or waiting for missing information from the applicant. and in some instances we're waiting for review from sfpd, although again, just so you are aware we are just doing 72 hour review with those folks, so once that threshold has been met, they get moved on to the next step in the process. so we have only issued at this point 15 applications. it has been -- or 15 permits. it has been fairly challenging. i sat on 10 of them for the past week as we have been waping nor updated small outdoor gathering guidance because that was the underlying use they wanted to use. and then i just heard from dylan and crystal and tony who have been working so hard that i have
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seven in my queue to review for approval at the director level, so that is good news. but 22 out of about 90 applications, it is proving challenging for us to issue these in the submission format that they submit to us. so what we are realizing is we need to do an overhaul of our transaction page. we need to better educate folks on what is permissible on the front end. because the way it is written down now, it doesn't help people as much as it can. we need to be much more clear here are the ways in which you can add entertainment and amplified sound. right now it is really add it to your outdoor space. but what we really need to say is you can add it to the outdoor space if you comply with one of the following. so let me know if you have questions. it's been an interesting process so far. >> i just want to be really
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clear before we start with questions and i know you already said this, but this doesn't apply to all of the people who are -- this doesn't apply to the permits that we're issuing that effect people taking advantage of the shared spaces program with outdoor dining. unless they are trying to do something bigger, right? a normal restaurant that has a speaker outside is still permissible under the rules, correct? >> they just would apply. that would be a really simple one to approve. and so i think that to your point the ones that we have been seeing coming in the first wave were probably really excited, creative folks. the second wave is what we want to focus on in terms of bringing the people who are already doing this and doing it in compliance with the health order into compliance with the jam permit. and we're doing that by focussing on anybody that has had complaints first and foremost. then we're moving on to more
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proactive outreach. >> are there questions? let me get into gallery view here. comments? >> i have a question. you mention the exemption for religious and political and you ls a said cultural events. what is the definition of cultural in that context? >> that is a good question. i literally just read that directly from an email about the changes. so i would have to look -- i can probably do a quick search and see if i can find the word cultural in here in this directive. cultural ceremonial gatherings. so it's pointing back to the religious and cultural gatherings directive specifically about that. it says cultural ceremonial
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gatherings throughout. looking for the definition. but -- >> you can get that later. >> wedding ceremonies. funerals. that's what they are saying. >> got it. thank you. >> so maggie, so just to clarify, again, so if the business is applying for the shared street program. let's say there is an alley they want to block off. and it is to serve outside and whatever. is there a limit of people that can go inside this alley? or is it just basically distance everybody 6 feet? >> the limit would be based on outdoor dining and complying with outdoor dining rules which limits 6 per table and tables 6
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feet apart and maintain a.d.a. compliance. >> what happens if there is more than one business that applies for the same closure? then they can have -- >> shared spaces would mitigate that. so if you are applying for a closure for the most part you need to get buy in from any other business or resident on the street from what i can understand because even for shared spaces that want to expand into another business's curb lane, for example, could do that if they had written permission from the other business owner next door. >> and we can apply for the jam -- or not we. but them can apply for the jam? >> for outdoor dining, it is pretty easy for us to do those ones because it is so much more, as i said, regulated with rules that keep people socially distant. and now these outdoor small gathering rules feel more restrictive because of the three household limit. they feel more unattainable for
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us to regulate because of that reason because can you imagine our inspectors going up to the group and trying to say, okay, who lives together. and -- >> it is ridiculous. >> it is not feasible. >> so in my opinion i think i need to leave it as an option on the application and vet them as best i can. and some of them may be able to comply with, for example, say you want to do an outdoor live streaming situation. and you have a couple -- whatever. like i think you could do it in certain situations that are more regulated. so i'll keep it as an option, but it just feels like it is not written for commercial businesses at all. >> does the application have any scenarios like an example, you can't do this. here is the example. so that they at least know before they apply? or you just kind of -- >> that is a good idea, commissioner. no, it doesn't. but that is mostly because it's
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not the format that digital services uses in a user experience. and so it would be more so asking a question, having a field below for your entry and below that help text in certain instances that help the person jog their brain about what they need to fill in there. that is the way it's currently set up. and it could be improved. but we're -- what we really need to improve is the initial transaction page. really laying it out step by step because right now it feels slightly inaccurate. just because it's not -- it says check our rules but doesn't specifically say you have to have an underlying permissible activity such as blank to be able to add this. >> i am sure it gets confusing. and so maybe during the q&a with a little help and have question marks and push on it and possibly has some scenarios like if they have questions or maybe
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that will save some time of going through the process and getting denied. >> i think dylan manages this work with digital services so i know he is listening right now. and maybe even at the top right now we say "like" and use examples that are really basic. they could be an it will bit more specific. >> great. sounds good. >> i am definitely listening and taking notes. >> any other questions, comments? all right. is there any public comment on this agenda item? >> president bleiman, director wyland asked me to post the slides more frequently. so let's give it a short moment. people can look at it again.
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just looking at the queue right now, there is nobody with their hand raised. there is no chat comments. >> we other going to close public comment on this item. the next agenda item is number four which is a report from -- am i correct? hold on. sorry. from deputy director azevedo. >> thank you, president bleiman. congressmening, commissioners. we are going to be speaking about the jam enforcement report. i sent to your google folder a brief and edited version. i will not be doing a screen share projecting this so if you would like to follow along with where i am at, it is under item number four in that document. so in total thus far, we have received 53 complaints since the
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beginning of september. those are all documented here. you can see that there are complaints about multiple complaints about the same business. and i want to just give a lot of credit to inspectors for doing a really excellent job and getting boots on the ground to work through a lot of the sound complaints. this is a lot of unknowns and we are all in this gray area time in between when jam actually was launched and there was outdoor entertainment that was allowed under the health order. so with that said, our inspectors are doing a really excellent job of bringing folks into compliance and educates them about the jam permit. and you will see that quite a few of the businesses who have repeat complaints on the enforcement tracker have, in fact, already applied for that
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jam permit. i also want to make mention that a couple of these -- i will get into that in a moment. if you are following along, i am going to talk through some of the highlighted yellow complaints. and you would see that under the action column. and so the first one that i would like to speak about is the valencia room. we, as you know, it holds a place of entertainment permit from our office for indoor entertainment. they are not technically a part of the valencia street closure but are close. they have been having a live d.j. and amplified sound occurring outside for their shared spaces and outdoor dining program. so we have received multiple complaints about the valencia room. and inspectors worked really closely with the manager and the sound engineer to come to a happy medium about volume that is comfortable for all parties
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involved. so since director wyland has issued the jam permit and we set a sound limit for them, we have not received anymore complaints about this business. so i wanted to bring that to your attention. moving on to the saloon, i wanted to raise this to you because it is an example of a band playing unrelated to a business. the saloon had permitted a band to play outside of the bar. but the bar itself was not open or functioning as an outdoor dining establishment. so basically they were just pulling power from the business itself. and this is not permitted because it is not in conjunction with allowable underlying activity of outdoor dining or another permissible outdoor activity under the health order. so our inspectors provide great education. furthermore, the band was not in
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compliance with the health order and there were unmasked instruments -- i'm sorry, unmasked performers but also instruments being played that are not currently allowed under the health order. so we worked with them and i actually spoke with the lead singer of the band and let him know the rules and he decided they would just cease their operation. moving on to temple, this is another example of a business that holds an entertainment license from the office but migrated to outdoor activity. they have set up a full outdoor dining program in an adjacent parking lot to the business. and they are doing a really great job of social distancing the tables and a whole concept that is working. however, we have been receiving complaints nearly every weekend about their sound. inspectors have also been working closely with the management team at temple. they have applied and have
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applied for a jam permit. and that is near the finish line to be issued. and inspector savino made contact with the complainant to hone in on that direction and in that area sound travels in a way where it effects individuals in their apartment that are actually not that close. it is something we are working through and coming up with solutions that work for the business and with the tenant who is in the surrounding area. the last complaint that i want to speak to is about hotel via. they hold an outdoor llp permit from our office the so they are permed to have outdoor entertainment daily until 10:00 p.m. we received a sound complaint about them on saturday and the inspectors responded right away. upon arrival did notice some health order violations which he
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was able to mitigate on site. furthermore, inspector savino went back the following day and provided education about their rooftop party in compliance for sunday. we worked really closely with this business, to bring them into compliance immediately. it was a super effective strategy and they were able to be in compliance with the permit and the health order right away. i want to mention that the great example of a project that the staff is working on right now providing current llp and poe holdersover outdoor entertainment with basically a one sheeter of this is how to be in compliance with the health order and with jam. the permits do allow for outdoor entertainment, but there is some nuance to what is allowed based on the health order. in the very near future those businesses will be receiving instruction on how to comply with the health order under their existing outdoor llp or
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poe permit. that is my recap. i am happy to answer any questions that you have about this report. just let me know. >> questions, anyone? i just have a quick question, deputy director. and you may have said this, so apologies if you did. we're getting a lot of complaints. are they -- are we getting a lot of complaints on things that are outside of our jurisdiction basically? like things that maybe the police or others would have to be dealing with. is that still a trend? or have you noticed any trends around covid? >> so as far as it being handled by a separate agency, specifically about the police, that is not happening often. in fact, i want to say to date we have only encountered that occurring two times where police intervention -- three times,
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excuse me. three times where police intervention was necessary. the other just speaking in transparency, our inspectors are also very much aware of the health order and what compliance or violations look like. and so when they are out responding to sound complaints, they are also aware of how the business is operating under the health order. so those are being -- those violations or compliance that they are in is being documented as well. so perhaps that might need to be sent to the department of public health for their own follow-up. we are seeing complaints that are coupled with not just sound but also safe social distancing. and those come into our queue. >> got it. anymore questions? >> all right. i am going to open this up to public comment. are there any public comments on the deputy director's report?
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>> flashing on the screen just in case. first glance we have nobody with their hand raised and no chat comments. okay. i am going to go ahead and close public comment for this and move along. the next agenda item is number five, hearing and possible action regarding applications for permits under the jurisdiction of the entertainment commission. i will ask deputy director azevedo to introduce the item on the agenda. >> the only permit application tonight is for a place of entertainment change in ownership and an extended hours permit for 1501 folsom street formerly known and the d.b.a. name is to be determined. the new owner shami plans to maintain the business as a
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nightclub and an event space by hosting d.j.s and live performances as well as utilize the rooftop patio with ambient prerecorded music. the proposed indoor hours of entertainment are daily until 4:00 a.m. or as needed. and the outdoor hours of amplified sign are 12:00 a.m. daily. please note the previous owner was approved by the planning commission to use the rooftop with the conditions that there will be to live entertainment outside. and that the prerecorded music must end by midnight. the new owners have been made aware and they will inherit these new conditions and they are will willing to comply. as you will see outlined in your file, they conducted extensive neighborhood outreach. they spent a total of 182 letters to tenants and building owners in the surrounding area. additionally the owners spoke directly with the other owners of local businesses. he also met with the sfpd
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southern station permit officer who has recommended the standard conditions listed below on your form. and i did receive one inquiry from the public about the permit application via email, but i responded to them and then they never wrote me back, so that was a dead end. and i did want to mention that the outreach letter they provided included my contact information and the applicant contact information. so here to talk to you tonight is the new owner, ghazi shami. >> so i let in rachel shami. >> ghazi will be speaking. he is on the meeting as well. ghazi shami. >> is the name empire by chance? >> yes, that is probably it. >> i will let in empire. >> thank you. appreciate that. >> sure. no problem.
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i will ask them to unmute. okay. >> can you guys hear me? >> yes. >> okay. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> katelyn, thank you for the intro. you said everything that i thought i was going to have to say. and i am willing to be compliant and to speak about anything that you guys need me for. >> great. so i think it would be helpful if you just kind of started from the beginning a little bit and just tell us a little bit about why you are excited about this project, what you intend to do in there. >> sure. >> what kind of programming, what kind of sound system you're going to have. what kind of outdoor lighting and anticipating steven lee's question. and all sorts of -- just give us a sense of what kind of quality programming you plan on running there? >> sure. so i am a san francisco native.
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i have been in and around the night life scene pretty much most of my life. i have seen the ups and downs, the good, the bad, the ugly. i decided to go into the music business about 20 years ago. and i built a fairly successful record label and publishing company. and i have also established a pretty successful recording facility on 10th and brian. right on the alleyway of dorn and brian. and over the course of the last maybe five years, i have been doing a lot of events in the city around the holidays, around valentine's day, record release parties, mixers with a lot of the tech companies that we do business with because we're also a software company. and i found myself spending a lot of money all over the city to do a lot of these events. and at some point it just made more sense for me to steer the narrative by my own venue and be
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able to create these cultural gatherings where i can do my own events whether they are holiday parties, record release parties, sometimes, again, we do tech mixers with companies like twitch and twitter, you tube, apple, google, and i just felt like it was time to put together an event space and have my own space. i have always had an affinity for restaurants. i always imagined one day i would own a restaurant. it's just something that, i don't know, kind of like a passion of mine is food. and i even had an instagram page just dedicated to the places i eat when i travel the world. and i just saw the location was for sale and it felt -- i took a tour of the building and it felt right. especially with slimmy's going out of business across the street. i have a myriad of artists from across the world assigned to my label from nigeria to indonesia
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to china, domestically, latin america, and i thought i would have a cool showplace to show case the artists. and maybe combine it with a little bit of food on the roof deck certain days of the week. as far as the sound system, i am a sound engineer by trade and a mix engineer by trade. that is what i did most of my life before i went to the business side of the industry. we have talked to mark sweet who is the engineer who is the seni senior manager of integration at spider ranch and they did the install on the sound system. it is a pretty nice sound system. i haven't had a chance to meet with him in person because of covid but as soon as i have a chance to meet in person, we will do a run through of the system. i believe they have done some sound tests in the neighborhood and we past the sound tests or the previous owner passed the sound test with the spr rating. and i think that's kind of where it's at. we've also met with the security
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company when it was k11 and they drew up a security detail for us. the name of the company is foreign diamond security and we have decided to work with them and they are very very familiar with the building and the premises and written up a security plan for us. so we pretty much have everything down and i know it will take quite some time for something like this to open again, so i don't anticipate opening before next summer. >> all right. steven? >> how you doing? >> good. how are you? >> so your space. i actually like that space. that space has a lot of history. it's very dear to the community. and can you give me your past experience -- you are an event promoter. have you had any experience of actually running a food and beverage facility before? or -- can you give me some of your experience or what you did
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these events, obviously you rented facilities that already were in the business. so can you tell me how much training have you had to really run an operation? because i was like you at one time. i was an event promoter. when i got into owning my own club, it is a whole new world. i am just curious about what you expect and how -- just tell us your experience that you have in this industry. >> well, my first job in san francisco -- i don't even think my wife knows this. i was 18 years old and i was working for a company called jug shop incorporated. and they were the company that basically ran the showplace, the galleria, and they ran a lot of the venues. and so even from the time i was a child i was involved in bar backing, running the bars, and bussing the tables, and so on and so forth, doing the nightly
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sweeps and organizing everything. i spent a significant amount of my life in the night life business both as a spectator and participator. and on the other side a significant amount of my family is in the grocery or restaurant business both from a distribution side delivering dairy goods and things of that, cheeses and milk and things like that into places like starbucks and some of the upper echelon restaurants in the city all the way to operating restaurants and delis. so i have been around a lot of different night life, hospitality, restaurants type of environments, so i don't think it will be a difficult transition for me. and the parties that we have thrown in the city have been pretty expensive. we have done parties at august hall. at the w hotel. and we've spent a significant
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amount of time integrating with the staff and working and in hand with the staff to make sure that the events materialize in the fashion we wanted them to. and those are events that we have done in the city. outside of the ones in the city, we have done large scale grammy parties in los angeles and new york. we have done parties with soul train with black entertainment and b.e.t. tv. we have done events all over the the country. and actually outside of the country, too, with events in london and in latin america. so we've moved around quite significantly, and i have been pretty involved in a lot of the events. and i have a staff here internally just on the record label side that used to produce a lot of the events for cameo which is one of the primary signals in san francisco. she was the program there and she was the head of staff internally here, the head of event staff. i anticipate when we do move in and take over the building, i'll be doing quite a bit of hunting to find, i guess, a general
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manager for the building that is either come of the night life or has run restaurants and bars before so that i can work hand in hand with them and make sure they can help me develop the infrastructure. i am very much an infrastructure person. i heavily believe in dotting all your i's and crossing your t's before you open the front door. >> how long did you work for jug shop? >> probably from the time i was -- 17 or 18 until i was maybe like 21. 22. >> you worked with gary and dan then. >> dan, yes. the old man. >> yes. >> as a promoter, i worked with them. and at the concourse. >> we did all those and the exot exotic erotic balls and the drag ball. >> how do you plan to promote or how do you plan to use strictly all social media? or going to be -- >> i think a lot of our events are going to be private events. i am not really trying to open
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to the public too much. that is one angle that i have taken. i am probably also going to consult with golden boy who golden boy powers all the shows at the regency and the social hall. and see if maybe i can work with them and maybe ate golden boy venue for thursdays and fridays so that they can handle the scheduling for some of the different acts that come to town. but i haven't made a full on decision on how to do that yet just because after we come out of covid, we will see how -- what sparks people's interest in the night life scene. are they looking for a club vibe, are they looking for something intimate and loungey which is where i imagine it would go. i would rather err on the side of upscale and quiet and control than loud and violent, and that is not really my vibe. >> that street is very congested. there is a lot going on.
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good luck to you. i think you have enough experience and i know working for dan and gary, it is a good experience. because i have seen their work. i am not going to get into the security situation. i let commission falzon handle that, but good luck and if you need assistance, we are their help you. >> thank you so much. >> hi. first of all, i just want to just begin by saying i think the intersection of tech and culture is really exciting and just in terms of witnessing just what's been put out in the last couple of years. i think it is exciting that there is actually a global record label based in san francisco. and lake you said, you have been throwing parties all across the country and all across the world. and it's nice to be able to have that kind of synergy that would have san francisco kind of put on the map. i have heard many times a lot of conversations around how san
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francisco is a world class destination, night life city. but it's kind of been dwindling in the last few years. a lot of large venue clubs have been struggling. and it's really just refreshing to be able to see that somebody during covid actually wants to invest in a brick and mortar. and so listening to you answer commissioner lee's questions kind of answered some of what i wanted to hear more of, which is your vision and the fact is, we just don't know where we're going at this point. there is a lot of time here and it sound like -- and correct me if i am wrong, but to incubate and kind of figure out what you are building. >> absolutely. >> i am just curious if you can kind of speak to what your experience man like in the last year before shelter in place with booking different venues
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and what they offer? and what you want to kind of see and improve on and enhance and bring to the table? >> sure. i think the things that made me want to go into the night life business and get a venue was that we're a fairly significant record label at this point. we're basically hand in hand, toe in toe with columbia and epic and interscope and atlantic and all these historic labels. i am flying these artists from all over the world to come to san francisco for meetings and usually the meeting ends with, hey, where can i go out? and i found myself struggling to give them an answer. that kind of made me sad because in my teens and in my early 20s i remember being able to go out in san francisco and being able to go to three, four, five, six
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venues all in a row in one night. the fact that i struggled to try to find a place to take people kind of brought me to a realization point that i am from the city. i am born and raised in the city. i employ almost 100 people who come in and out of the city every day. that i wanted to give these people not only my own employees and own fabric of the people and the network i built around me a place to go, but the people they entertain that come from out of town a place to go. so i think we did our holiday party last december at august hall. it was an amazing event and i was able to draw a lot of a-list artist and music executives and people from twitch and instagram and facebook. it was a cool cross section of culture where you have tech meeting music. the streets meeting corporate. and it was just like really awesome party and event. and i had my wife and family
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members there. and my cousins got to see things and experience things they never knew imaginable that you would only imagine you experience in new york or los angeles or london or paris or maybe tokyo. at that moment i remember looking at -- don't laugh at me, but i looked at the bill and what it cost, and i was like, i could probably pay mortgage on a place for a year. and when i was driving by 1501 folsom and it shut down, i have been a big advocate for the last five years, we don't have enough roof decks in san francisco, and boom, shar main, the via hotel, and others pop up, and you have the cool places having roof deck. i think that san francisco is an amazing city that can have amazing roof deck culture. and a cool corridor along 11th street which it was an amazing corridor in the 90s. i am hoping that we can revitalize and progress and bring it back to where it was at some point. and i spent a lot of time
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talking to the owners at butter and holy cow and so on and so forth because i used to frequent the clubs under different management or different names back in the day. i just want to do my part as a kid that is from the city, that grew up and was inspire bid the city to become what i am today and what i am doing today. i want to put money back into the community and back into the city and hopefully i can inspire other people to do the same and watch the night life thrive here in our city. >> thank you. i appreciate that. and i am born and raised in san francisco, too. >> we're unicorns at this point. >> i am from excelsior. >> i used to go to nick's all the time. right there be where excelsior starts. >> it is not there anymore. >> it went away? >> it is not there anymore. >> they use to be one of my favorite. >> plenty of amazing el salvador
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spots. >> on 16th and mission right on the corner and they used to have -- and the food -- i live in mission bay now. they used to have a food truck park there had. they took it down, though. i took the food truck down. >> i do appreciate a lot of what you shared in terms of just giving a nod to the 90s and also kind of recapping the year 2019 which feels like a million years ago. >> it really does. and i hope we can restore some sense of normalcy very quickly. i believe that on the 27th we are allowed to go into yellow as far as covid response. i just saw a message about it today. and i should note that also my wife is an attorney, so she is helping me do a lot of the paper work and is instrumental in doing a lot of the leg work and the ground work on this, so i am very thankful for her helping me with this. >> i want to give a nod to your outreach effort.
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that is the most organized, very categorized outreach effort and being able to look at 126 businesses have been contacted is amazing. and just seeing the diversity of who you contacted in that area, props. >> great. thank you. appreciate it. >> is there anything else that i can answer? >> really quickly. hi. i am the land use commissioner here. but i just wanted to also join in and commend you on all the due diligence. you said you like to dot every i and cross every t. those efforts are clear and it seems like a team effort. ghazi, rachel, really well done. steven eluded to the history of the particular site. i am a native here, too, and i know that that exact address was
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where the first leather bar on folsom was ever established in the 60s. wandering if you have any program that speaks to the diversity or the community in the city? and secondly wanted to hear more about your extended hours from 2:00 to 4:00 and what are some of the plans during those hours. >> sure. as far as diversity, i really when i do the remodels, one of the things is extensive remodels and that is why i don't know when i am going to open. i would love to put memorabilia on the wall that commemorates. if i am not mistaken, it used to be joined to the venue next door and used to be one big venue. steven, maybe you could speak to that and correct me, but i want it to be a music space. and the very first music studio in san francisco was on hyde street y the grateful dead and tupac recorded. i would be walking down the hall
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waist and george clinton would be randomly wondering the hallway playing instruments. i would love to commemorate -- i am big on history, like legacy is probably my greatest currency in terms of what is important to me. i live in mission bay and i chose a condo to live in where i can actually see the apartment that i was born in. because it just means something to me to know humble beginnings to where i am now. i would love to maybe steven or some of the people on the board can help me understand the history of the place to commemorate the history when i put plaques and frame things on the wall and create a vibe. i lived in avenues for a long time and frequent the cliff house a lot. i would read the paintings and the history of playland and the different things that transpired there. my wife has been in the city with me for over 10 years and she sees me scouring all the time. looking for things that i find
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relatable to the history of our family. we came to petrero hill in the 50s. i have been in and out of the city my entire life but from 18 going forward, i have been here. and to answer your question about the diversity and significance of the venue, i would lover to figure out a way to commemorate that in the venue. >> and also asked about the 2:00 to 4:00. >> i'm sorry. and then as far as the 2:00 to 4:00, so i have a music studio that is two blocks away. and often times we shut our recording sessions down around 1:00 or 2:00. so what i was thinking is go 2:00 to 4:00 there and migrate people there and bring food down and hang out and shut the doors and make it some private space and just have private entertainment or maybe 30 to 50 people. it is quiet, it is a cool vibe. and we can play some music internally and listen to some of the records we were just working and and just give people a
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second destination to go to. >> okay. very cool. well, again, in these times of uncertainty, really appreciate you investing and being part of the night life recovery here. thank you. >> thank you. >> just to follow up on ben's comments, i recommend reaching out to the san francisco leather and lgbtq cultural district. they have been doing a lot of work trying to commemorate buildings and events and people in the soma area, cal, the director of the leather and lgbtq cultural district. i am happy to put you in touch with him. but -- >> what was the name? >> cal callahan.
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>> yes. callahan. and sf leather is their website. they have been doing stuff with the eagle and some of the other venues in the south of market area. >> got it. >> they are one of the holders of cultural history in the area. >> good. a whole folsom street and they just raised the flag like maybe a year or two ago. >> yep. >> okay. >> thank you. i noted that. >> president bleiman, if i ask questions when we get an opening. >> please. >> good evening. thank you so much for appearing. i got to say your enthusiasm is addictive. also i got to say for a man who didn't want to say very much, you certainly found your path pretty quickly. and it is very exciting. but if we can go back and spend
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a minute, i think without question you have dialled in the cool factor. it sounds very exciting. but with all that can come big crowds, can bring a lot of responsibility. can you speak specifically to your security plan and how it is going to work? maybe even break it up into normal business hours and then maybe what your late hour vision might be? >> sure. i think one of the things that i am very fortunate and blessed in this predictment is that i am not really opening this business for profit. i'm not. it is an ancillary business to me and i am not really terribly concerned about profit. a., i am not trying to overpack the place to make more money on tables and the bar and so on and so forth. and also on the flip side of that, because i am not opening it for profit, and as long as i am running a relatively stable business in terms of not just throwing money away for the sake of throwing money away, i have told the security team i don't
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want to skim on any security. i would rather over do it in terms of guards rather than underdo it and try to save some money. so the primary thing when they did the security detail, traditionally in some areas they would have one person at this door and we can have two. do you want two? in every instance where we could oversecure the building i said yes to them when they drew up the security detail. and we doubled up on room to double up and the roof deck, the main entrance the side entrance, a couple of staircases on one side of the building that you can use the elevator to go to floor one, two, three and a staircase to go floor, one, two, three and another staircase on the other side. and we just discussed with them to basically whatever they had traditionally done in the locations, if there was room to
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add a second security guard without violating fire codes, we want to have extra security because one of the main reasons that is very important to me is because the the level -- and the type of individuals i am going to bring there are going to want to feel secure or they are not going to come. >> you are bringing in a vip crowd who expect that level of security. >> absolutely. >> and a lot of the artists come in with their own security details as well. >> right. so give me a sense of numbers. like how many -- on a given night when you would be at capacity and successful evening, what do you see in numbers? >> you mean in terms of how many patrons? >> guards. >> guards. rachel, what was the -- you had the security detail. i think it was 16 or something like that. >> so between thursday and sunday, we have about 16 guards.
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and then we have one per every 75 guests. and that would include, for example, like ghazi was saying, more than one guard in specific areas. in the vip lounge we want two versus one. i believe that the requirement is one per every 100. we have one per every 75 guests is what we are anticipating. we also have two guards attending the roof deck and restaurant area during the open hours in addition to the evening events. >> okay. and are you guys -- will you folks be hiring your own security or are you contracting with a security company? >> we are contracting with -- the name of the company is four diamond security. and they were the previous secrkurty there at the location and they are familiar with the building. they have come out recently and they helped us with the questionnaire and fill out the
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security plan working on the entertainment permit application. they came out and met with ghazi and the owner -- the the current owner opened up the building to take a look and redraw up the plan. and so we were able to get them mark the x's and on the floor plan to kind of show us where exactly they will be standing. they were able to provide us with a plan on the cotton on the outside if that was going to happen. and if there was smoking we decided no in and out's on smoking currently. we don't have a smoking area, for example. and so they have given us a pretty detailed plan. we are going to commit that to that once we obstain the building. >> sure. and also should note that the camera systems were pretty primitive there, so i will be installing them. >> you just read my mind. >> it is very primitive. so i am very much -- i am very tech forward. so i will be redoing the whole
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place with a very sophisticated camera system so we have eyes everywhere. there is only so much a security guard can do. there is a lot of blind spots. [please stand by]
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>> well, i've got to say, the fact that you're not going to be chasing profits means you're going to be making smart decisions.
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the place where they start to get in trouble is when profit starts dictating the business plan. i wish you guys the best of luck. it sounds like a really good venture, and it sounds like a really good suite of companies. >> thank you. >> thank you. appreciate it. >> good luck. thank you, president bleiman. >> thank you. commissioner perez? >> hi, ghazi. hi, rachel. thank you for coming in. i want to commend you and thank you for your optimism for starting your own club in san francisco and to help activate and cultivate and expand the night life in san francisco. i have some questions about the mailers that you showed us, or the lists. so this one mailer, how many
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times did you mail it out? >> i can answer that. it's one mailer, and kaitlyn has a copy of that. >> we got that. >> okay. great. we had one mailer, and we mailed all the tenants and the owner of the building, as well. letters went to everyone, whether they were tenants or residential tenants, and then, a letter went to each of the owners, as well. so some of the letters went back to san mateo, completely out of the city. i believe there was 180 letters that went out, and got these folks to approve this.
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otherwise, it was one letter that went out to the surrounding, basically. >> okay. so you guys had a lot of contact with the people that are speaking out about the noise level already? >> so i believe one person spoken to ghazi, and i think she's no longer an issue. ghazi, do you want to speak about that? >> yeah, i think she gave gina a little trouble at halcyon, and they got it straightened out. as long as i stay within the
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rules and the sound ranges, that there wouldn't be any issues. >> and how would you guys handle any noise complaints from neighbors? how do you handle that real-time? >> you know, i think you have to document it, get their information, their e-mails. it depends if the complaint is from a civilian or from a business owner, and then, you would -- you know, you deal with it on a case by case basis. i run a record label where i deal with thousands and thousands of compliants, everything from a mom and pop business to huge corporations with teams of lawyers. i think you figure out the business that you're dealing with and try to understand the landscape of what you're dealing with. i think maintaining your
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professionalism is always key to every situation. >> and i think if it ever became an issue, we would reach out to kaitlyn. she's been easy to work with, so definitely reach out to her. >> yeah, and i forgot officer gabriel was -- actually told me to reach out to him, as well. everybody seems to be very helpful and highly communicative, as well. sk >> as far as i remember, a neighbor came and said, turn down the noise, is that a reasonable request? >> absolutely. i think a reasonable request is the key to the entire
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situation. my ego, there's no ego here. it's just about maintaining a symbiotic relationship with the community so they see you as a part of the community and not a nuisance to the community. >> just one last question. are you guys planning on adding any sound proofing or sound dampening? >> i think that'll probably happen when i do the remodel. i'm probably going to do some cool fabric and things like that on the wall to make it look a little more luxurious. i've built many studios, so i'm
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very much into aaccucoustics. >> okay. anybody have any other questions? i think the night life in san francisco has been up and down, lately, more up than down, which is something that's nice to see. this area literally was designated by zoning as the first entertainment zone in the city. i can't speak for everyone, but i have to say i'm impressed. the business is awesome, and your background is clearly legit, and the idea of having something like that in san francisco is cool for me. it's great. >> thank you. >> you know, the -- there's a
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push and pull. they built an entertain being zone, but right outside the boundary of the entertainment zone are people who own property, and often, they're owners, not renters, and those people have been very vocal over the years when there are violations or issues that they see are happening in that area, and so it's been an area that we've had to become involved and pretty intimately over the years, at least since i've been involved with and before then in all of these other places. so i just want you to be aware of that. it's almost crazy. it's nobody's fault, but the zoning is, like, put the clubs and the music venues right here, and then don't give a buffer zone. there's no buffer. it's just there are people that live right 2 inches outside of the line of it, right? so we're a little
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hypersensitive to this neighborhood, but also, we believe in the promise of the entertainment zones and how incredible it could be. which is why we're so excited for projects like this to come along that also see that value, right? >> can i ask a question of the board? >> sure. >> is there any other future development along that corridor that i should be aware of? you know, and i'm talking from a positive perspective. >> oh, we can ask -- you mean, developments in emergency room its of, like, housing developments? >> no. is there any new entertainment or night life going in? i heard the old flynn's is going to be transformed into a night club. >> yeah. >> and i seen a food truck going up in the middle of the block, some new steel piping. >> maybe director weiland, do
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you know? >> i don't know about that. >> we focus on these -- like, when they apply for them, and then, it's our job to work through the licenses. >> and how far on 11th street does that extend because i know there's another club on the corner? >> yeah. it was intended to be between 11th and folsom, but there's other little things. the point is that it's simultaneously, like, did ebaty one of the best places in the city, and whether there are issues and they've come up, to the credit of this commission, we've been able to mitigate those issues, for the most part, and to manage the issues as they come along. >> can i get -- >> i was going to say, my last question is, i'm seeing that some of those venues are also starting to build, like, patios outside. i think it was -- maybe it was butter or in front of halcyon,
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they were building out, like, a patio. there's one venue down there that also doubles as a restaurant, i believe. and my question is, i'm a big fan of how all that is rolling out in the city. i think it's pretty amazing to see. i don't know how much you health covid, as far as the zoning commission or whatever, are you guys going to allow those to remain or on a case by case basis? >> that's a great question, but that's not our purview. >> okay. >> i think from the standpoint of us, so i just want to finish what i'm saying here -- what's important for us to see is that you're working with neighbors and neighboring businesses and being very, like, active and proactive to concerns that they have. >> sure. >> i think in that specific
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division, in that area, we have seen the businesses that are really proactive and become a part of the community. they've really -- they do fine, right? it's when people kind of get really defensive and say, you can't stop me and don't have the conversations and don't communicate that we've seen issues come up, so we would just urge you to have communications and talk with people. >> understood. >> again, you've done this, and that's great. we just have to say that anything that comes up in this neighborhood -- [inaudible]. >> understood. >> it is a great place to do business, but you just need to understand the dynamics of the street. and then, with covid and the pandemic, just to see somebody investing in an area, it makes me so happy personally, it makes me so have faith in the future, and it gives me hope. so i want to thank you for that, and i really appreciate
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having some [inaudible]. >> thank you so much. >> great time to do it. >> [inaudible] opportunity, man. >> and i'm not a native. i've only been here 19 years, sorry. but i love that you have the native thing going. and the last thing, and then i'll stop, is the issues that we have is where people see the entertainment commission as their opposition or as a foil that they need to get over. and time and time again, we have built a -- we have built a system here and it came way before me and many of the people here, but that really works with clubs and night clubs and health. and rather than seeing us as opposition, if -- if some of our license holders or permit holders see us as collaborators and helpful, we always have succeeded in what we need to do.
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so i would just encourage you and your team to look at us as partners the best you can, and sometimes, we may have to deliver some bad information to you, and -- and work with you to solve problems. but in general, we're very, very supportive of projects like this, and we want to make them -- [inaudible] >> okay. >> keep us in the loop. call us, call director weiland, and we will help you. >> okay. >> and that's it. >> kaitlyn, do we contact you to get everybody's information so that if we have -- >> yeah, just go directly to the staff. >> okay. >> absolutely. if you contact me, i'd tell you to go to the staff. that's all i can say. i meant to say contact the staff. >> hey, president, can i say one quick thing? an extra precautionary? the best thing is we support small business here, but we also want to, you know, live
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with our neighbors. but just unless you're building your club, the best thing is preventative maintenance. anticipate things that you might think will come up, and that'll save you a lot of time and operation and headache later. >> okay. >> so talking to your neighbors. if you are going to do some remodelling, obviously, your sound's going to change, so bear that in mind because when i remember when leticia added soundproof, but if you're going to be doing some elimination and things, you better make sure you put some things in for preventative maintenance so you don't have people bothering you during operations. >> understood. >> that's what i've learned over the 30 years i'm doing this. >> it's 8:30 sorry. it's the 20 years i've been doing this. >> anymore questions or comments from the
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commissioners? all right. thank you very much for coming. we appreciate it, and we're -- >> thank you so much for everybody's time. i appreciate it. >> thank you. we're going to turn things over to public comment here. analyst rice, senior analyst rice, do we have any public comment? >> i'll just flash the screen. i'm looking at the queue, and there's nobody with their hands raised, and there is no chat on this. >> we'll give it a second, just in case. all right. we're not hearing any public comment, so we're going to close public comment on this. we can open it up to voting. we'll need a motion and a second. >> i'd like to make a motion to approve with the staff recommendation.
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>> i second. >> can i ask -- i'm sorry. before we vote, can i ask a qualifying question -- oh, you said staff recommendation. sorry about that. >> do you want me to repeat them? >> sorry. >> okay. [roll call] >> all right. congratulations. your permit has been approved. please follow up with our staff at your earliest convenience to find next step social security. thank you very much. >> all right. thank you. appreciate your time, everyone. >> appreciate it. >> have a wonderful week. >> thank you so much.
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>> all right. we're going to move onto the final agenda items, which is commissioner comments or questions tonight. does anybody have something to say? >> can i just make a quick plug? so tomorrow is october 21, wednesday. we are hosting mayor london breed's filipino american history month celebration, 5:30 via livestream on her facebook page, instagram, and twitter, so i would like everyone to come join us and celebrate filipino american history month. thank you. >> thank you. anyone else? i just had a quick comment.
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it looks likely today that we're moving into yellow, for san francisco, which i think is a huge giant great thing that's happening here that we have accomplished as a city, considering no bay area counties and no urban areas in california have been able to move into yellow yet for their covid response, but i am very cautious and kind of feeling a little bit nervous about everything. it looks like we may be able to open, according to the mayor, indoors at 50%, and it looks like sometime halfway through next month, they may examine the idea of outdoors, without serving food, which i think is a long time coming. but while i have this pulpit, i just want to encourage all the
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actors to follow the rules as much as they can. i think there are some venues in san francisco that are not following the rules, and not only is that not fair to businesses that are doing their best to follow the rules, but also, it's a health risk. and unfortunately, if there are more outbreaks in the city, it means that everybody's going to have to go backwards and close down, so i would just implore everybody to use their community minded feelings and focus on that so we can get out of this as a whole. that's all i want to say. >> hear, hear. >> is there any public comment on commissioners' comments and questions? >> i'm looking in the queue, and i don't see any hands raised, and there's no chat coming. >> all right. thank you. then i'm going to adjourn this
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meeting at 6:52 p.m. thank you very much, everyone. appreciate your time, and that -- that -- that last permit applicant made me hopeful for the future. >> end on a high note. >> end on a high note. thanks, everyone.
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[♪] >> you are watching coping with covid-19. today's special guest is -- >> you are watching coping with covid-19. my guest today is the acting director of san francisco public works. he is here with us today to talk about how his department has pivoted to help the city during the pandemic and talking about some of the ongoing projects. welcome to the show. >> thank you. >> i know there are some unique challenges for our unhoused population during this crisis. namely handwashing -- handwashing and social distancing. how has public works been addressing these problems? >> you know, ever since public works got involved with the response to covid, it really began from day one. we have been working with the unhoused community and the city more broadly doing things like something to identify and design
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and construct a safe sleeping sights. we have been helping other areas like helping to do some of the prep for the testing centres that are all over the city now. we have also been helping to retrofit and design some of the medical facilities. we are prepared to address the surge if and when that does happen. we have also been working on the aberration side where we have been able to double the program. [indiscernible] it's just some of the things that we are regarding specifically to covid, but then on top of that, we have been doing our day-to-day work that
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we always do in helping to resolve some of the -- and the encampments across the city, working with the city to make sure we are doing extra cleaning at the food stations in areas where they are trying to distribute food. and it's something that we have been doing more recently which is imparting with our colleagues at the m.t.a., planning, and other departments to set up the shared spaces program. so you can bring that to san francisco. [indiscernible] you are seeing businesses being able to operate in the white -- right of way. there are some areas in the city where they are occupying the entire street. we are hoping that all of these efforts are going a long way to make the city bounce back.
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>> absolutely. it's great to see the city is coming up with ideas that will keep people safe and let some of our businesses partially reopen. >> absolutely. >> i understand that most workers are also categorized as essential workers, but at the moment, a lot of our buildings are still closed. how has your staff been redeployed to help out during the pandemic? >> there are 100 people assigned as emergency operations centres. they have worked on everything ranging from finance and logistics to accounting, to a communications. we have also had some of our staff been reassigned where we had people who were working within the bureau and we had them redeployed within the street cleaning groups. we are trying to solve problems as best we can. >> some city interior painters
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would normally be working inside city buildings and have been repurposed to work outside and remove graffiti. >> yeah, and that really -- and that is also a good example of trying to find ways that we can use those same individuals, those same skill sets but use them in a way that is safe. the one thing we have learned throughout this process with covid and shelter in place is that, you know, if you are inside, it is more at risk. so you could be an individual resident, or you as an employee or worker for the city and county of san francisco, getting you outside is important and for everyone, if you are at home, you may have to go on a walk around your neighbourhood, you know, you don't want to see graffiti and things like that. we are trying to make a conscious effort to clean those things up. >> that is great. i'm glad to hear that the
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pandemic hasn't halted ongoing construction. can you tell me how the new animal care and control centre is progressing and how about the ambulance deployment facility? >> they are moving along very, very well. and the care and control facility, it addresses a lot of the facilities that they have. and being able to separate the animals in a safe way and that project, along with the ambulance and deployment facility, those are all on track to be wrapping up towards the end of this year and at the latest of the beginning of next year. we had -- we just want to understand what the rules are in operating and construction. we worked closely with a health officer and other departments across the city along with the contractors to come up with
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rules and the way it would work and the way we have had to implement things. we are trying to limit the number of people that are going up in lifts and things like that one of the things i am proud to say is procedures are not just used here locally or regionally. they were adopted across the state. it is one thing i'm very proud of. the speed at which the city and county of san francisco are working with our partners to keep our projects going. these are a handful of examples that are now on schedule to be built on time. >> people are pretty fascinated by the floating fire workstation 35 project. how is that going? >> is that. 22.5. it is a two story building. it will be 15,000 square feet. this is a floating station. it was built in shanghai and it
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is currently over at pier one in treasure island. it will be there for the rest of this year. the plan is to flow it over across the bay and it will find a permanent home at the embarcadero at the beginning of next year. >> finally, i understand we are doing street improvements. how has the jefferson street scapegoat in. can you tell us about the upper transit and pedestrian improvements? >> those projects are going well it is one more example of the thought and the collaboration of the project team at public works along with the merchants that will be impacted by those projects. once we go to a soldier -- shelter in place, we could pivot and realize realize, okay. it could be time for us to speed up the schedule. because as the number of the storefronts were open.
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what we are able to do is speed up the schedules on the upper haight street and we were able to be able to speed up the schedule and finish early on that project and likewise for the project on the jefferson street project where we were able to make up some ground that we had lost, allowing us to do things some sidewalks and school streets. that is something we would not have been able to do without the partnership and the collaboration between the contractor, public public works, and emergency. >> thank you so much. i really appreciate you coming on the show. thank you for the time you have given us today b thank you. >> that is it for our episode. we will be back with more information shortly. you have been watching coping with covid-19. thanks for watching. [♪]
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>> we broke ground in december of last year. we broke ground the day after sandy hook connecticut and had a moment of silence here. it's really great to see the silence that we experienced then and we've experienced over the years in this playground is now filled with these voices. >> 321, okay. [ applause ] >> the park was kind of bleak. it was scary and over grown. we started to help maclaren park when we found there wasn't any money in the bond for this park maclaren. we spent time for funding. it was expensive to raise money for this and there were a lot of delays. a lot of it was just the mural, the sprinklers and
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we didn't have any grass. it was that bad. we worked on sprinkler heads and grass and we fixed everything. we worked hard collecting everything. we had about 400 group members. every a little bit helped and now the park is busy all week. there is people with kids using the park and using strollers and now it's safer by utilizing it. >> maclaren park being the largest second park one of the best kept secrets. what's exciting about this activation in particular is that it's the first of many. it's also representation of our city coming together but not only on the bureaucratic side of things. but also our neighbors, neighbors helped this happen. we are thrilled that today we are seeing the fruition of all that work in
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this city's open space. >> when we got involved with this park there was a broken swing set and half of -- for me, one thing i really like to point out to other groups is that when you are competing for funding in a hole on the ground, you need to articulate what you need for your park. i always point as this sight as a model for other communities. >> i hope we continue to work on the other empty pits that are here. there are still a lot of areas that need help at maclaren park. we hope grants and money will be available to continue to improve this park to make it shine. it's a really hidden jewel. a lot of people don't know it's here.
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>> good evening. [speaking foreign language] to this year's latino cultural heritage month celebration. i'm the cultural curator, san francisco native, and i'm honored to be your mc this evening. we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the native people of this land, also known as san
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francisco. we are in their sacred space, and we honor and thank them for allowing us here. also, while we cannot gather in person here at city hall this evening for our regular reception, with lots of incredible food, we have a great list of latino-owned restaurants in our facebook event for you to choose from. be sure to check them out and order one of their specials for this event. this year's theme means always united. we have always been here, united by land, ancient trade routes, mother tongues, spirits and gods. [speaking foreign language] today more than ever in the face of adversity and injustice we must look at ourselves as a people and find strength in our multiracial, multi-ethnic, multi-faceted identity, identities with deep roots in this land.
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we will still be here despite covid-19, a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted our latino community, a community that is essential to the cultural and economic fabric of this country. it is our resilience, respect and love for one another that has helped us persevere throughout the century. this moment is just a chapter in our story in this land. only together will we overcome the impossible once again. now it is my honor to introduce our opening performance, a mission-based group of traditional dancers with origins from the valley of modern day mexico city.
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i want to thank today we are traditional dancers here from the mission district. [speaking foreign language] viva las americas. we are here, it's an honor to be here and we are very proud to represent all the cultures from mexico through all the south. viva las americas. gracias. ♪ ♪ >> i first met, gosh, over 30 years ago, and i remember the first time i met her, and here
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was this grand woman full of confidence and just this presence, and i thought, wow. >> almost 20 years ago when she first began her journey through the department of public health. she had great capacity from the very moment i met her. what i saw in her was an ability to see things in a much higher scale than most people. she was on a quest, a vision quest. >> when maria would say i can help you with that, she was going to be full on making sure that she did what she promised e would do. >> her -- was about making sure that -- were heard. after her passing, there were ways in which i didn't even realize she was working with the people and the hath that she
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had. >> she just had joy. she walked through life with a sense of [indiscernible]. >> certainly her passion for art and for the artists in her -- believed that art is essential to create change, to carry that through in whatever she did. >> every community has something to offer to the city, and she worked very hard to make sure that that was echoed in the cultural centers. it was important for her to listen to artists and cultural workers and staff and bringing their ideas to the table and leading in that way. >> one of her biggest loves, her main love, espanola. she was raised to be the beautiful woman that she is, she has left so many gifts for palloma, and paloma was the greatest joy for maria.
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>> for sure when she left this earth, she felt loved. it's such an honor to speak to her today and to call her name, and i want to thank all the community members for this celebration, the latino heritage, that she's being recognized. it's very important that we never forget her and to keep her memory alive. >> and the passing of her from so many different people and all these different projects and within the health department, just about how much she meant to them in terms of her encouragement and her leadership and her mentoring of people, from all ages and all walks of life, and that's a huge impact and legacy that she has left. >> she had an ability to see things in people that sometimes the person themselves could not see. i certainly benefited from that. what she would leave that i couldn't accomplish, things at a time i wasn't sure i could
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accomplish, and i felt like maria believed in me, then i could do my best. >> maria martinez was an incredible leader in our community, and we miss her deeply. a sincere thank you, gracias, to her daughter, paloma, who is watching tonight, for sharing your mother with the world. your communities here for you and your familia as we grieve this tremendous loss. now, i have the honor of introducing our host, the 45th mayor of the city and county of san francisco, mayor london breed. >> good evening. thank you so much for that introduction, rodrigo. it is so great to have a reason to dress up. i wish we could be at city hall right now to celebrate together in the rotunda, but we are still
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able to have an event that celebrates and honors our incredible resilient and united latino community. thank you again, rodrigo, for serving as our emcee tonight and for our host committee for their hard work. that tribute video for maria x. martinez was absolutely incredible, and i know that her legacy and the work that she did for not only the latino community but for the arts and so many other people throughout this city will live on through her work. tonight we are here to honor a community that has faced significant hardships and difficulties this year, but who has also stepped up to the challenge and showed the world what it is made of. this community has worked to minimize the impacts of covid-19 in our latino community, but despite our early focus on equity and collaboration with
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the community, disparities have persisted. we know the numbers. nearly half of all covid-19 cases in san francisco are in the latino community despite only being 15% of our city's population. these numbers are proof that what we are doing was not enough. this community organized and advocated for more funding and more resources, and i am proud to work with them and our city department to deliver. and this is just the beginning. we need to continue working together, not just to minimize these impacts but to go above and beyond in supporting one another and creating long-term and impactful changes beyond covid-19. this includes economic and workforce development, housing, food security and family support, and of course other resources for our residents and our small businesses. it includes making sure that our latino community is not only in
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the room but at the table when these decisions and policies are being made. it means supporting our latino-owned businesses from the mission to visitation valley to the excelsior. it means standing together, always united, to push for more equality and just in all of our diverse communities. tonight we honor that unity and that spirit of community that fuels our work. and as one of our honorees might say, feed the soul. i hope you all order from your favorite latino-owned restaurant for dinner tonight in place of our regular reception. i have my tacos, my crispy tacos, from puerto alegra, which i absolutely love. we have a wonderful show in store for you tonight. we'll be honoring three amazing leaders, roger, melva, roberto,
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people that i absolutely love and adore, folks who are doing incredible things in the community. there will be some more amazing performances, some spoken word, and even some comedy. the arts are how we truly celebrate and lift up our cultures, especially in san francisco. while we recognize the immense hardships and difficulties that we all have faced over the years, but especially in our latino community, tonight we celebrate hope, hope that we'll emerge from this pandemic stronger and more resilient than ever before, hope that we will inspire future generations of leaders to step up and to serve like the many leaders who are stepping up today. hope that we'll always be united. thank you all again for tuning in, and i hope you enjoy tonight's celebrations. >> thank you, mayor breed.
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now i'd like to take a moment to recognize an incredible group of latina and latino leaders and organizations that are working to meet the needs of our community members city-wide, the san francisco latino task force on covid-19 is collectively minimizing the barriers between latino and latina families and the resources available by the city and county of san francisco, the state of california, and nationwide. they are the greatest example of community uniting to provide and support one another. >> it's a group of organizations that are working together to minimize the impacts that covid is having on latinos. we have a number of committees to make sure that latinos have access to resources, to make sure that latinos stay alive and healthy and safe, and they have what they need to not only be healthy but to just thrive in the city of san francisco. >> the food distribution is one
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of the most crucial gifts that we can give as a community to our community. it is a matter of economic and financial survival. they don't have to worry about using the money to go to food. they can pay their rent or they can pay bills, so during covid, if we can keep our community fed and sustained in a healthy way, they can survive in other ways. they can figure out the other ways to survive. >> the need that we're seeing spans across young people, parents, grandparents, immigrant folks, people who don't have access to technology, people who don't understand how unemployment works or how governmental systems and bureaucracies work, so one of the things we're really proud about with lts as far as the resources is that all of the services and employments that we have, they are offered in
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person. that's intentional, right, that there's somebody who looks like you who speaks your language who can explain things to you in a way that makes sense. >> we also have a testing hub. we try to target the latino community, the undocumented community, and also the essential services for this community. we try to make sure that we target that population because as the data shows we are 51% of the positive cases. >> one of the things about growing up in the mission and learning from our elders and our activists is that we do things in a way that is very -- it's with self-determination, and our value system and our guiding principles are this: community led, community implemented and community driven. with those three guiding principles, we decide how things are done in this community. >> that's really how it works, is we call upon each other to come and support.
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we need volunteers to give away food, we show up. we need people to staff our resource hub upstairs, we show up. that's just the nature of the community and that's the nature of the community that we lead. >> good evening, everyone. it is an honor for me and i am moved to play the distinct role of introducing to you the recipients of the -- community award. roberto has deep roots in the mission community, and throughout his life he had exercised passion in every single advocacy role that he played with our community. he is a father. he is a grandfather. most recently a young -- congratulations, roberto, by the way. roberto has a unique talent of
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feeding and quenching our thirst for culture and bands and music throughout san francisco. however, most recently due to the covid-19 pandemic that's mostly affecting latino families in san francisco, he has taken up a role in distributing thousands of food bags throughout the city and primarily from 701 alabama street. thank you, roberto. i appreciate you. i love you, my good brother, and most importantly i want to say that i take joy, much joy, in those calls that you make where you start the conversation with a couple of hilarious jokes that make it difficult to remember the rest of the conversation. [speaking spanish]. we're here at the mission food hub which i started
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actually out of my house back in march, and through april, and then the need just kept growing, and so i was able to work with our community partners who own the building here. a shout out to them for giving us this space. started in may on cinco de mayo and started with 500 families and the need just kept growing and growing and the lines kept growing, and so today we are now servicing 7,000 families three days out of the week. what's really cool is that we provide latino-culturally appropriate food for our bags. for me, it feeds my soul, my heart, my spirit, my mind that i've been able to collectively work with hundreds of volunteers to provide the most basic human need for people during this
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crisis, and i really believe that food needs not only your stomach but it feeds your mind and it feeds your body. for me it's been a miracle of how not one single person that i reached out to to come help have told me now, to this day, and in fact, people have told me thank you. i say, no, thank you, and it's been beautiful for me to know that there's so much amore and so much love that is within the latino community, and even outside the latino community, of people that from all races have contributed in one way or another to get us through this crisis. this award recognizes the miracle that has happened here in the mission and that just
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organically grew and now supports people in the excelsior, the valley and the bayview, and it's just, like, grown. and for me, it's a blessing, you know, to be surrounded with so many people who just care and are dedicated and committed to human life. >> our second performer is a social justice advocate who uses the power of art and spoken word to organize, educate and heal communities. she is a bilingual poet, muralist, community educator and organizer hailing from san francisco, california. her passions have taken her around the u.s. and the world to places like spain, france, belgium and morocco. you can also find her murals in art galleries, restaurants and various businesses throughout san francisco, oakland and
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valejo. please join me in welcoming her. >> i dedicate to the peacekeepers, everyone who put down the gun and picked up the pen to write, to make art, poetry and posters for rallies. this one is for you. and for anyone who fight against gun violence. i woke up at 2:31 a.m. to rounds going off. i dropped to the floor, heart beat accelerated. are you okay? i checked for survivors and i skipped myself. trauma, it's an out-of-body experience. and gunshots this friday night proved the plague of violence is a direct correlation with mattresses on the floor. symptomology includes surviving by any means necessary. encompass the death of children and young adults. hurry, call 911, and tell them another innocent person got shot today by pain, desperation, poverty, racism and depression. the glock is still hot from
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setting off three rounds, pop, pop, pop! nine left in the clip and nine millimeters never felt so big. car scrapes off, burning rubber, leaving fingerprints on concrete, evidence blood shed and regret. fast cars revving, making geometric landmarks. we call those hood scars. the coroner's office is calling someone's mama tonight to deliver heartbreak and trauma. your child was identified by the coroner. you can pick up the body once you choose a mortuary. call us back once you're ready. case number, we don't care. you can pick up the body monday at earliest. enemies are out for vengeance, blood for blood, eye for an eye, causing the same cycle to repeat again, same nightmare tomorrow, same time, same place. living in hostile territory creates mutations in behavior where we don't sleep near
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windows, we don't stack bunk beds, we don't start fights we can't win. we close every curtain and shade. we lock every window and door before bed. we say our prayers before we sleep because bullets have no name. we close our eyes to dreams and just a moment's sleep when another drive-by wakes us up again, fire on both sides means -- is dead, can i get off this roller coaster of emotion? no! i'm told bullets take no days off. so we drop the cover, palms sweating, heart racing, automatic responses to hit the pavement, so mattresses are purposely left on the floor for safety. thank you very much. my name is sports to fly. can you follow me on instagram and facebook at force to fly to see my tour throughout mexico. thank you for your time.
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good afternoon. i'm here to introduce this year's recipient of the neighbor award. it's my great honor to introduce roger. i go way back with him, when he was just a youngster, organizing his mission district, organize his block, his family, his neighbors against an unlawful eviction during that time. and i got to meet him as an organizer, got to really see his revolutionary spirit, eagerness, his boldness to just, you know, fight for the rights of people, and i see it to this day as president of the twu, 258, and so i'm just proud of him. i'm proud to introduce him. he's my comrade, my
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confidentant, good friend. for many of us, a great source of pride, and we look forward to -- so we looked at him to do many more amazing big things, fight for the needs of our people. ♪ ♪ >> my name is roger moreko, president of the transport workers local 258. i've been in this position for approximately two years now. i started working in driving about seven years now i believe, and one of the reasons why i got involved with the union is i saw that there was sort of a need to organize the membership and to
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mobilize our workforce, and so me being a grassroots organizer and a mass mobilizer in district nine, the mission district, i decided to get involved, and i started pumping people up, getting them ready, getting them educated, teaching them about whatever the case may be, you know. little things here and there. how to get involved, why to get involved, what actions to take and why it's important just to get involved in general. being an operator for me, i guess i would have to say that it's a way to express the vital essential services that we as transit operators provide. what do i mean by that? i mean that i consider the transit operators to be givers of life. we give life to this city. we are the bloodline that gives life to this city. without us, nobody goes to work, school, church, shopping, the doctor's office, nothing happens without muni transit operators, and so that's what that means to me, that i'm a giver of life. i give life to this city in the
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same way that all my other union brothers and sisters, transit operators, give life to this city. that's what that means to me. it means a lot being recognized for my work. i guess if i had to sum it all up, i'd have to say it gives hope, hopeful meaning that the struggle continues, the struggle lives on, and there's hope in terms of us continuing to educate ourselves, organize ourselves, mobilize ourselves so we can continue pushing our issues forward, pushing our agenda forward in terms of acquiring better working conditions, improving our overall general health and safety, the well-being of our members. so i would say that this award means hope. i wasn't born in the city and county of san francisco. i come from elsewhere, but i was pretty much raised here in district nine, the mission district, and receiving this award as a latino man is once again i have to refer back to the word hope.
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it gives me and all my other latino brothers and sisters hope and an understanding that city hall is watching, city hall is listening and city hall is acting in some way, shape or form. so i'm very grateful. i'm proud, and it's an honor receiving this award. >> congratulations, roger. now it's time for a few laughs. our next performer is known for her work in solo performance and standup comedy, and for being one of the first openly lesbian performers in the nation. she has appeared on logo, showtime, comedy central and hbo. she also teaches solo performance in classrooms and online and is a tenured artist and resident at our beloved brava theater. please join me in welcoming maria gomez. >> i'm marga gomez.
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if you're bilingual, i'm marga gomez. i'm sending you a big -- from brava theater, san francisco to san francisco city hall. i hope that you are all enjoying this ceremony, and congratulations to the honorees and that we are feeling the community, the power of familia and that we are motivated to take care of each other and this world. i am motivated. i am motivated today, even though i have a terrible headache. i've had a headache since last night when i watched the presidential debate. oh, oh, i watched the debate, and i don't know how you felt, but i'm like, oh, i wish this was on zoom because on zoom there's a mute button. so many insults, so many belittling digs. i felt like i was back in couples therapy. but i am single now, senoras. senoras is a spanish word for
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ladies. i'm trying to get who's spanish, check this out. [speaking spanish]. i am not just here to celebrate with my beloved community. i'm not just here to ask you to vote, because if you are at this event, you're going to vote. i'm asking you, everyone who can hear me and see me right now, if you have not volunteered already, please take a volunteer shift at a phone bank or a volunteer shift to send letters out to the contested states. and if you volunteered already, volunteer again. i'm volunteering for a phone bank tomorrow. i haven't done that in ten years when they sent me home because i was too temperamental. i just have a problem with the
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undecided voters, you know, and they set you up, and they tell you just read the script, and i'm an actor, i should be able to read a script, but i go off. i go off. i go rogue. i'm like, yes, oh, that's nice, yes, oh, so much to talk to you, yes. you're undecided, huh? well, now that you've heard me, do you plan to go to the polls and vote on tuesday? and they are like . . . make up your mind. what's wrong with you? that's not how you do it. you got to do it, like, you know who would be good phone banking? that singer adel. i know this is -- this latinx heritage month, but she has latino hair. i'm going to go "hello, it's me the volunteer, i was wondering after these four years if you'd like to vote."
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because if you don't vote, we might not have four more years of anything, and i don't want to single -- i don't want to call anybody out in this debate, you know, because i know that it's city hall and we're bipartisan, so i didn't say who it was. or is it bisexual? i don't know. i get so confused in san francisco. muchos gracias. good evening. as we celebrate latinx heritage month, first i want to thank mayor breed for her leadership and support for the latino community. i'm here today to introduce dolores puerto. she's -- my mentor for over 50 years she has distinguished herself for her leadership around civil rights, immigrant justice and liberal rights, and i'm so honored to be here to -- this award for her legacy in our community and deep commitment. she's so focused on centering
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the community at the forefront of the movement, and that's why i'm very honored to be here tonight. thank you, and for your continued leadership. ♪ ♪ >> i want to thank the mayor, mayor london breed, for this honor. i want to thank all of those in the community who chose us to receive this incredible award. i want to thank the team which makes it possible for us to serve the people. and of course the board of directors of my organization which are amazing and supportive of everything i do.
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and this is not about today. doing for the people is not just now under covid-19. beginning with my own family who has supported me in everything i've done for so many years. you know, like my husband, my daughters, my son. i have to have a special shout-out to my granddaughter vivien, and for my grandchild n grandchildren. it's the award i'm being honored today who coined that saying, and it means a lot. yes, we can. and when you work in unity with
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your peers, when you work with unity with your city officials and you have unity in purpose, yes, we can. and for that we are eternally grateful. when we think about the people, just think about good trouble. we think about the time. we think about, you know, serve the people, and those, it's exactly the struggle for so many years to do good, to do what you supposed to do, and to do what's necessary. and that for me is very important, and that is what has guided my trajectory in life in terms of seeing what makes the
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results and we listen to what people need. it's very important. at the same time, we have to be able to lead and to take that stand when sometimes it makes other people uncomfortable. but you know that that's what you need to do. so thank you so much and continue the struggle serving the people. >> maria x. martinez and other members of the community fought for response to the crisis at our border that was rooted in love and respect. through this song, the artists are calling attention to the cruel and injust caging migrant children and families due to the zero tolerance policy put in place by the current
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administration. the project also demands the immediate release of all migrants held in such detention centers, and for a path to permanent status to be created for them. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ if this is really the home of the brave, may our kids not be hopeless for you have the courage to walk through a
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perilous fight with a child in your arms ♪ ♪ our children are sacred ♪ our children are beautiful ♪ our children are human ♪ our children are sacred ♪ [singing in spanish] ♪ our
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children are sacred, our children are beautiful, our children are human, our children are sacred ♪ ♪ here they come, arms wide open to the -- ♪ ♪ and they come . . . ♪ [singing rap style]
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♪ [singing in spanish]. ♪ ♪ our children are sacred ♪ we welcome and embrace them ♪ our children are sacred ♪ and give them the love ♪ our children are sacred
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♪ we declare that sanctuary ♪ our children are sacred ♪ building bridges, not walls ♪ our children are sacred ♪ we must protect our children ♪ our children are sacred ♪ show them how, that love is really real ♪ ♪ our children are sacred ♪ they got to know, got to know, got to know that love, love is in the world ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ our children are sacred ♪ our children are sacred ♪ our children are sacred ♪ ♪ our children are sacred ♪ our children are sacred
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♪ ♪ our children are . . . ♪ ♪ >> all right, everybody, now we're ready for some musica. our next performer is not just a group of dancers, though. they also pride themselves on teaching the younger generations the traditions and techniques of brazilian dance and to develop confidence, discipline and cultural consciousness. they have won many awards for the performances in san francisco, especially right here in the city. their dances unite us in joy, spirit and rhythm. please welcome them.
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[applause] >> to close out tonight's celebration, i'm excited to introduce our final performers. two cousins pioneering a new blend urban sound mixing hip hop, reggae and dance hall music. this grammy-nominated duo has
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set out to inspire fellow performers to become successful no matter the circumstances. they call themselves the businessmen. i call them the future. please join me in welcoming them. [speaking foreign language] ♪
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♪ ♪ >> raka [speaking spanish]. thank you, guys for having us. make sure you look for us on our
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website, >> thank you, gracias for joining us tonight as we celebrate our latino heritage month. i humbly ask that we all do a few things to stay united and strong. shop local, support local-owned latino restaurants and businesses, not just this month but year round. businesses in the latino cultural district, the greater mission, the excelsior, soma, bayview, the tenderloin and all over the city. stay informed and educated with sources like the newspaper, the oldest and longest-running bilingual newspaper in california who this year is celebrating 50 years of resistance. stay connected to resources through the latino task force located on 701 alabama street
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where you can find resources related to covid-19, food, free testing, financial assistance, housing resources. vote and take the census. let your voice and presence be heard and counted. we are essential, so let us not become invisible inside our own nation. and lastly, stay positive, focused and spiritually grounded. [speaking spanish]. ♪ ♪


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