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which are spiders that exclusively kill and eat other spiders. they are under the microscope here. research done and the california academy's i rhinology lab suggests that the assassin spiders have been doing this for over 150 million years. this glassed in room is a real scientific laboratory, and the people in that room are preparing specimens of vertebrate, that is mammals and birds. the way they do this is to remove the skin, sew it together in a relatively lifelike pose, and ensure that it does not decompose. >> i am a really big class actress fan, so i am here to see them, and beer week. >> i wanted to learn something
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and have fun. >> i always enjoy it. i am not all is well -- always working as i am tonight. sometimes i come to enjoy the music and to dance. ♪ >> culturewire covers the arts in san francisco, and one of my favorite culture artists is here tonight. jason, thank you for being on culturewire. tell us about some of your posters that we have here today. >> most of the posters here are four specific shows or tours. i am hired by the bands or the venue. >> what is the inspiration behind these posters? >> no, disease of the related to the bay and, of course. music -- it is related to the band, of course the musical content or isn't related to the bed. album covers can come from anywhere. ♪
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♪ >> class actress was great. we have been having so much fun. i did not realize how beautiful the cal academy looks than that. what other events take place here? >> we do corporate events that night on a regular basis. but nightlife is your best bet to come in as a regular person pharmacy the academy at night, and visit with friends. we have details for the next few
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weeks. you can get tickets online in advance or at the door. >> thank you so much. thank you for watching culturewire on sf gov tv. ♪
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president fong: welcome to san francisco planning commission regular meeting for thursday
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june 28, 2012. please turn off all mobile devices. when speaking before the commission, speak directly into the microphone and speaker your name for the record. at this time, i would like to call roll. [roll call] first on your calendar, commissioners, the consideration of those items for a continuance. minnie and lovie ward playfields renovation is continued until september 12 -- actually, september 20, 2012. item 2, for 2764 greenwich
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street, fifth proposed for continuance until september 20, 2012. also under the regular calendar, we received a request for item 11. mechanical car wash facilities -- this is continued until july 20, 2012. that is all i have. president fong: public comment on the items proposed for continuance? >> i'm an appellant regarding the minnie and lovie ward playfields. i have not been notified -- president fong: excuse me, sir.
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can you state your name. >> oh. we supplied 50 pages of comments on this report. they included cancer findings from the world health organization and the international agency for research on cancer, among others. our comments pointed out lot of data as well as data gaps within the report. president fong: i'm sorry to interrupt you again. we are taking comments in regard to the continuance. >> i'm advocating for continuance, so. our comments pointed out data gaps and the report -- in the report. the report omitted the proximity of this project to an elementary school as well as the toxicity
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of the environment. we believe that in light of the fact that no responsible report has yet been produced, that july 12 -- approximately two weeks from now -- is an insufficient amount of time to appropriately review the report. this two-week window could only exist if the report were produced to date. to release at a later report would only compound the insufficiency. the public should have 30 days after the report is released and made available to thoroughly review. president fong: thank you. any additional public comment? commissioner sugaya: i do not think there is a comments and responses documents with
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planning declarations. >> that is correct, commissioner. it is not an eir. president fong: is there a motion? >> issue the continuous calendar to the date today. >> second. >> commissioners, on the motion to continue -- [roll call vote] so moved, commissioners. that motion passes unanimously and puts you under your consent calendar. on matters listed hereunder constitute a consent calendar and are considered to be routine by the planning commission and will be acted upon by a single roll-call vote of the commission. there will be no separate
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discussion of these items on as a member of the commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which even the matter shall be removed from the consent calendar and considered as a separate item at this or future hearing. the first item -- 2012.0041b de haro street. i have no speaker cards. commissioner miguel: i recused myself from this item. i live on the 600 block of de haro, but not far enough away that i am not under a financial obligation to do so. commissioner sugaya: i would like to hear this. >> would you like to hear it
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now? commissioner miguel: whenever. >> if staff is prepared. >> good afternoon, commissioners. the project before you is a zoning authorization for 444 de haro street which is seeking to convert 90,000 square feet into office use. currently the building as 100,000 gross square feet, of which 24,000 square feet is dedicated to parking. the subject building will receive authorization for 49,000 square feet of office space. there are no alterations proposed under this application.
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the project sponsor has submitted a concerned maintenance plan. it would result in 140,000 of gross square feet. the proposed project requires the use of planning code section 8 cents bid has been found it eligible for the california register. 220, the historic preservation commission review the proposed maintenance -- june 20, the historic preservation commission reviewed the proposed maintenance plan. step was received no public comment on the proposed project and recommends approval. thank you. president fong: is there any public comment? >> good afternoon, commissioners. john on behalf of the private
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sponsor. the building was built in 1920's as an industrial building. it underwent renovation in 1984. it is currently being proposed to be completely converted to office use. there are no interior or exterior renovations proposed as part of the project. the current building owner has been a good steward of the building. it is in good condition. as part of the project approval, it also includes the mandated maintenance plan to ensure that the building will be kept in good condition into the future. i wanted to mention a couple other things. i wanted to mention that they could create a consistent use plan throughout the building, so the building could better serve the tenants, since they are all the same kind of tenants.
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and finally, it is an the close -- it is in close vicinity to a number of transit options. if you have any questions, we are here to respond. thank you. president fong: thank you. is there any public comment on this item? commissioner sugaya? commissioner sugaya: yes, a couple of questions for the project sponsor. is the square footage being proposed for conversion currently occupied? >> uh -- part of it is. most of it is not. the uses could be showrooms, pvr, water -- what ever else is
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allowed in the zone. commissioner sugaya: the space that is the office space in the building right now -- >> in 1984, the mix of the building was office and showroom and circulation space. at this point, the tenants, i believe, are under that office space. commissioner sugaya: ok. and it is staff -- and to staff, in terms of non-office use, can you tell me what will be allowed on the ground floor? >> currently, with the rezoning, part of how they are able to do with the ground floor
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is a retail or other uses on the ground-floor level. >commissioner sugaya: i can remember -- does it also allow for other regional type of ground-floor uses? >> yes. commissioner antonini: this seems like a good project to make. it has been pointed out, it only uses 90,000 square feet toward the office space that is available. is also mentionethat it was built by staff this use would help to enhance the ability to preserve the building, which is something we do want to preserve, because we have active rent in there and it would have acted uses, which it lacks now. the also mentioned in the report, although i'm not sure
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why the existing businesses in their our office-type businesses. so, there is a bland. b-s that are not could stay, obviously. -- the ones that are not could stay, obviously. i moved to approve. >> i second that. commissioner moore: just one question. the public is always concerned with these office conversions. transit impact, the office fees. there is a sentence in the staff report following the table on page 3, which it says we would like to have an explanation from the director. "please note that these are subject to change after planning department approval."
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what does that mean? >> it relates to the annual update to the feed. the exact dollar amount might increase depending on what the -- dbi-- the fees it raised annually. commissioner moore: ok it does not disappear? the public might read that and think "oh, there are some deals being made." commissioner miguel: the reason i seconded this is since i've lived in the vicinity, i am very happy to see this building renovated after 38 years. the only reliable space there for years was of betting the company that is no longer there and has not been for some time. the configuration of the building is not really conducive to a ground-floor retail.
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he would have to destroy a part of the historic fabric of the building to even do that. so, judging from the uses and the general vicinity, i think this is an excellent situation. president fong: any further comments? commissioner sugaya: i am going to vote against the motion because i am trying to hold the line of pdr and other uses. >> we have a motion to approve with conditions. on that motion -- [roll call vote] so moved, commissioners. we are under commissioners' questions and matters. item four. commissioner antonini: thank
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you. an article in today's business section talk about the increase in housing prices in some cities in the united states, and one of them was san francisco, which never had a huge fall in prices, but did have some areas that were challenged. there was conjecture in the article as to why this happened, and one thing that was mentioned was cities where a large number of upper income households with better incomes during the recovery. it mentioned that to under 11,400 professional service sector jobs were reported recently in san francisco, and that is an increase of 12,400 from last year. to give you a perspective on why this is importanct, downtown
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areas of lack of jobs to attract people. for example, i think san diego and charlotte -- the figures i have show only 45,000 jobs in the downtown area. of jobs are not there, and they are sometimes attractive to people to live in downtown areas. they're facing a long commute in the same area. the jobs would have to come first. there is certainly nothing wrong when we are building housing to note that large number of -- numbers of housing -- the market rate housing is above the 20th percentile, because if someone buys them or rinse them and adds the tax revenue and moves to new citizens into san francisco to
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create jobs for our citizens and our work force here -- i think that is an important thing to look at if we consider this. a lot of cities would love to have this problem. they have been trying to do some things in phoenix to create a downtown. even though they have a lot of projects there, the large concentration of residents in the downtown area, student housing connected with the branch of the university and other cities can attract detail -- cannot attract retail, even some of the glamorous city's. that people want to be here is very beneficial and we should keep that in mind as we talk about other subject later -- subjects later in our calendar. thank you. president fong: commissioner miguel. commissioner miguel: yes, i had a few meetings this week on
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items on today's calendar. 1 regarded the project at parcel t, the old central freeway parcels. natoma and 14th. i went to a meeting with the mta.