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we do not have the scanned images until the project is almost finished. >> is there anything that prevents the mayor's office of disability to, and asked the department to see the agenda package? >> we sent a copy of the agenda to the mayor's office, and if they want to see an item on the package, it is there. it is online, yes. >> i'm sure it is similar to what i do when i see an agenda item on the board of supervisors. i go down to the clerk and just ask. is that correct? >> yes. >> any further comments? the question is what was the main reason why the supervisor wanted a copy sent at the same time >> i do not know. i was never contacted. i was never asked. this just showed up. it was sent to the access
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appeals commission by an art instead of sending it to this commission. -- by ira b --y error -- by error instead of sendind to this commission. >> so they could view the documents without having to incur the costs of getting a copy. >> yes. >> i would like to propose that we just continue this and have someone from the supervisor's office come over and explain what exactly they want. >> i would, too. the only thing is this is going to the board of supervisors, so it will happen if we continue to the meeting, and it is a done deal anyway. >> let them know that we asked. >> we do not know much about it. >> it would be helpful to know the underlying reasoning.
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i value the work that they do, and i want to make sure we at the department of mares office of disability --of the mayor's office of disability, that they have a chance to come and tell us what this is about. >> is there anyone from the code advisory committee here that could tell us what their discussion was? >> we did not ask for public comment yet. we asked if there is someone from code advisory. >> he is code advisory. >> my apologies. >> and actually on the disability subcommittee. we looked at it in a number of ways. this is creating another layer of bureaucracy. i do not really see why we have to go to the city, to the mayor's office to do that. you have another layer of
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bureaucracy, but also, we have had stuff go to the jobs, and they will wait forever to get a response from them. it is not like dbi where you can get the plan checked over the counter. when these go out in the field, they check for the correct dimensions here we as of this was really a necessary to be done. for every job to go in, we just feel it is unnecessary. >> good morning, commissioners. i'm also on the code advisory committee. there may not even be an interest from the mayor's office
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on disability in doing and receiving a packet, from what i understand, this seems to be some miscommunication going on. they would like to discuss it among themselves, but i do not think there is a lot of support for this, from what i understand. >> maybe that is why there is no representative from the mayor's office of disability. >> when we had our code advisory committee, there was not any input from the office, and we typically request that when a supervisor proposes legislation and wants us to review it, that they send a representative to speak to us to explain the purpose of what he would like to have done, so i think your suggestion of tabling it may be a good idea. >> and we notified the
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supervisors that it was on the agenda. all right. >> thank you. >> move to table. >> public comments. and i had an experience when i was going through the planning commission -- >> i had an experience when i was going through the planning commission. i think they were more open before. there is more bureaucracy. that is why -- how i discovered that this alteration of the building was not an alteration a de facto demolition, so i went to the planning department, and the plans were available to me, but when i complained after winning, was that i still wanted to have a plan of demolition,
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but they did not allow me to save for the plan, although i was a tenant that was effected with the demolition, so i would like to request action to make it more accessible so that the tenants or whoever is involved has to be given a copy. it has to be a full sized plan. >> thank you. any further public comments? seeing none. >> so move to continue, or maybe, procedurally, what do we do if we want to continue? >> if you want to continue it,
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you can continue to the call of the chair, so it can be put on the [inaudible] bic hearing. your other options are to recommend approval or recommend rejection. i remind you that under the charter requirements, we need to hold a hearing on legislation that would amend the building code, so if you decided to continue it, there is board approval for it. >> i move to continue to the call of the chair. commissioner murphy: let's have a vote on that.
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no. hechano-- commissioner hechanov. lee yes commissioner mar: yes. >> the motion carry 4 vote of-2. next item is 6, discussing possible action regarding amending 26 of the sentence is the fire code by adding section 2611 -- of the san francisco fire code adopting findings required by california health and safety code section 1.95, dipping the club of the board to forward the amendment and findings to the california commission.
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this is sponsored by supervisor mirkarimi. >> good morning, commissioners. the supervisor was unable to attend and asked me to come in his place. what we have before you is what we feel is a public safety issue. it is a band towards apply roofing noncombustible roofs, and the california fire code does is moving that is two minutes using membranes of your by heating with the torch and melting as fullback instead of laughing for good reason, basically, you have these rules that are put on a moving, and propane torching used to attach them. it is an open flame on a wooden roof, and in san francisco, with our high density of wooden structures, this is a recipe for disaster, and it would only apply noncombustible roofs. it would not apply to non- combustible. they would still be allowed to
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use them. we have heard from the fight apartment at about 7 to 10 and moving fires happened a year -- we have heard from the fire department. this came to our attention a few years ago when there was a fire in our district that destroyed several apartments where there was a neighboring building where the fire lead to a neighboring apartments and destroyed several apartments. primarily, this is a safety issue. it bans using open flames on a combustible roof. it is also a competitive fairness issue. we have heard from local union 40 that they support this issue.
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because reputable movers do not use a torch-apply roofing on combustible moves. there are other alternatives. it is really sort of fly by night roofers undercutting the more responsible roofers. when you get one of these ro by nightofers -- fly by night roofers. so we feel that maybe this will eliminate this unfair competitive advantage that can be had by using this unsafe practice cheery lastly, i will bring up the point of the enforcement issue this. we have regulations that are
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applicable where you need a one hour fire watch after the fire is completed, which is hard to enforce at the end of the day. one person is supposed to stayed behind to watch, but it is hard to enforce. you do not know if they had a permit or it was hard to get a permit. the letter that you have from the associated contractor, looking for clarification about the definition of noncombustible roofs to specify the details,
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putting a non proprietary customizable coating, drafting legislation to amend it and address. >> questions, commissioner? >> can you explain to the public a little bit the difference between a compulsion roof and a non compulsion roof. what is the difference? how would you describe -- describe that? >> a combustible roof is a wooden roof, it can be caught on fire with a torch. noncombustible might be an asphalt roof or a plastic or ceramic coating. the association of roofing contractors, where a light board to be put on or a fiberglass board, put on to insulate the
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wooden roof from the woofing. -- roofing. making sure that there is no chance that the roof could catch on fire. >> you are proposing to ban the torch completely from the job site? >> to ban the use of forges on wooden roofs. . -- torch's on wooden roofs. >> how many of these type are installed every year? >> i do not think we have the right numbers on that. i do not think the process takes down the tight. but it is something that we look into. >> how many fires are being caused by this? do we know? >> we have heard from the fire
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department about seven to 10 roofing fires happen every year. >> how many? >> 7 to 10. >> do you know of those were permitted or not committed? >> i do not have that break down. i think that there are cases of both. >> do you know how many fires are caused by propane barbeques on wooden decks? >> i do not. i know that there are many other causes of fires. i think that the reason we are exploring this one is because there are alternatives that can be used to prevent this. even use a hot glue approach or a hot lot.
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people but the code revisory committee brought the case of plumber's using propane torch is and they cause all ties of fires. basically because there is not a viable alternative. this is something where if you look at reputable movers they do not do this practice because it is on save and we think that we should reward the reputable movers by taking away this cheaper, and save option from less reputable competitors. >> it sounds to me like a witch hunt on small roofing contractors. bigger companies recommended putting different services on the roof before they put the roof line. >> if you want to use it. >> in my opinion that would cost an additional $8 to $10 per square foot. small homeowners are the ones who are going to pay for this. we have been doing it this
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traditional way in san francisco for how many years? how many fires as a cause in 100 years? in the san jose or a word, where you have these newer buildings, i could see where this could work, but in san francisco we have all of these old victorian buildings with carpets and all kinds of cornices that have to be roughed up there and it is hard to get up there and do a roof the traditional way with a cattle and from endicott. we say a lot of reputable movers, union roofers, still using a torch. this whole thing does not make sense to me, where we are going with this. that is just my opinion. commissioner? >> the other thing i would follow up on, how does this legislation affect existing groups that use this method? what happens is someone needs
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to repair it? could that be done? >> i believe that this would ban the use of torch's for repairing roofs. i would have to look into that. i believe that that would be banned as well. i believe that there is the alternative of using the glue approach to putting down new asphalt. >> so easy with the stroke of a pen to add costs on to the construction of it. people sometimes wait 30 years to be able to afford to put a new fund. adding all of this cost on their. >> do you know, this man on the use of torch's on the wood frame, the raw wood frame roof, you talked about the glue guns or the hot mopping.
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do you know how those costs compare? >> i believe that they are somewhat more expensive, but cheaper than the cost of putting down an entire new coating of non-combustible layers on top of the roof. >> seven to 10 fires each year? assuming * 100, giving a significant fires. i would dare say that most of these buildings are wood frame, next a wood frame. generally is not just the buildings that could damage, but the ones next to them. i understand the cost issue, but i also, especially in the light of the fact we are changing our name to the department of building safety, these are issues of great concern. when you have the opportunity to avoid setting fires and you have options within the realm of cost, it is good for us to
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consider. . >> is my belief that these kinds of roofs are more durable. has anyone looked to compared to see how they work compared to other options? tar and gravel roofs, they do not last as long because the sun cracks the roof surface. >> it was my understanding that the hot modified approach of roofing is similarly durable to the force applied, basically the same materials being used. i believe that with a hot glue method, it is the same method, just instead of a torch you are using the hot glue approach. i imagine that the durability would be the same as it is the same fundamental roofing material being used.
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>> i have one question. on the glue to be used, are there environmental issues associated with the type of glue be used? >> not that we have heard of or as far as we know. there is approved glue. >> is a water based? >> it has not raised any environmental or safety issues. >> any other public comments, commissioner? >> good morning, commissioners. i am a resident of 1161 hayes. in the constituent that brought this issue to the supervisor in the march of 2007. there roofers in the building next two hours on the square and the result of their using fortified roofing, the fire went
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into our suburb of, a predominately in my apartment, essentially destroying my apartment and the apartment next to it. since that time, this legislation was introduced. two years ago the apartment fire in my place was three years ago. i understand some of the concerns around cost, but i will present to you and other options as far as cost, the cost to me as far as a constituent and my neighbors who had to leave their apartments for eight months, the $500,000 in damage to my building owner's apartment building to get handled, and in addition the fact that there are seven out of 10 fires each year happening in san francisco. the question before the apartment of building inspection is whether or not this practice is a practice that san francisco wants to allow or not allow regardless of cost. as was mentioned, new york city
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in 1999 and torture by moving completely. i spoke with a fire inspector last week in new york city and he asked them about that ordinance and he remembered the fire, brought back to the city council on behalf of the fire marshal, who said that this would be a good idea for york city with his preponderant of wood frame buildings. the concerns of increased costs in addition to the effect on small roofers, they will adjust in 11 years. new york city has infinitely more construction than seven sisters and a density that is on par. as a constituent here, seeing the apart -- department's response and the fire department's lack of response, we went for this legislation two years ago. they know it is a consistent
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issue. to date if you have concerns regarding the band, personally i have yet to see anyone with a vested interest in terms of a written policy or any part of the fire department to proactively address this issue. and it is an issue. seven to 10 fires each year but there is no change in the permitting process, enforcement admits that they do not really enforcing. two weeks after my fire, picking up the remains of my belongings, the roofers came back to finish the job with the same court to apply roofing. only upon by yelling at them and eventually having to call the police department, because no one answered of the fire department, did anyone come up to say and ask them to stop what they're doing, even though the police apartment admitted they had no control over permits. i ask for your support in supporting the man. >> thank you.
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>> commissioner? >> i would like to make a motion to support the ban on fortified roofing. -- torch applied roofing. >> what is before us today is prohibition. banning the practice this material is wonderful for rooftop backs. they are all over the city and it is a wonderful material that is lightweight, expanding and contracting with the material. i have no problem with paying more money to have a system put in if it is safe for the neighbors and the building occupants. of course, this has come up a number of times where there have been fires due to this.
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this certainly should be watched and carefully monitored, but to take a product that is an excellent product and prohibit it from use, it really works well in san francisco. particularly on these rooftop decks. their light weight compared to the old fashion systems with many layers that are heavier on the buildings and light weight in an earth rate -- earthquake prone area, which i think we should certainly regulate. no doubt about that. thank you very much. >> thank you. the next speaker? >> good morning, commissioners. luca brian. we wanted to weigh in on this. i think it is a bit of a monument to the reaction of the action that occurred.
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i detected from the speaker whose fire was affected some emotional backlash from what happened to him, which is very understandable, but we would caution ourselves not to let emotions said in and dictate decisions that we make. i would like to investigate this a little bit more. i have been around job sites for many years, putting on routes myself. -- roofs myself. fortunately i have not had an incident like this. be reminded, commissioners, that it is not the torch that was responsible for the fire. it is the use are flying the torch and using the device, as well as the manager involved. not the process.
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that would be a much more appropriate decision to take, to say we just manage it. -- ban it. cars blame people every year -- cars kill people every year, but we blame the people, not the cars. this is not an epidemic that we are dealing with, it is being overblown. a slight reaction to a situation looking for a problem. at best i would recommend a recommendation to look at enforcement safety on the job site. i am a little bit worried, but
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the other motivation, i am worried about how much that plays into this as opposed to the safety issue. that is a concern i have. thank you. >> i have a question. as the previous speaker said, basically is the people that use the equipment knowing how to use it. it is a matter having a fire watch, someone out there watching this, you would not have it happening.