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as your report on the power plant in san francisco, there was the issue of who was responsible for cleaning up that contamination, and if that is a cost of the program, we would be interested in knowing whether someone is going after who should pay for that cleanup. thank you. >> good afternoon, commissioners. just two points -- one, i was able to go to the caliso meeting with the activists and environmentalists working with the goals as the general manager closed the power plant, and we came with a letter signed by the sierra club, the green party, and a lot of folks united to get this thing shot, and we heard one piece of good news, that
when that cable is running, the power plant is not. that is good news, but what i heard on that day is that the cable has to run for a month and a half straight for us to get the green light for us to say we are now in the final stage with this issue of a notice with intent to cancel, but the main thing is they were very straight up claim communicating with us letting community folks know what is going on. even the governors were saying that they want the thing gone as bad as we do. with one thing, i think we want to see this shutdown on super riser maxwell's watch. she has been working tirelessly.
she is out of office at the end of the year, and we expressed how critical it is that this thing shuts down on her watch. -- we want to see this shut down on supervisor maxwell's watch. last year, the use to want to kick us out of the room, and they never succeeded, but they still wanted to do that nonetheless. the other point i wanted to make was to echo ms. jackson's statements about the good faith effort approach to local hiring, a lot of us are working to strengthen and eliminate the good faith effort approach to local hiring, hopefully, to get the kind of system where we can get everybody who is out of work right now, especially the folks that are struggling as much as folks on the ground in communities to really get more of -- what we're looking for is union jobs. to get folks in the community in good, solid work, and to get our brothers and were -- brothers
and sisters from the rank-and- file to work. we think the way to do that is to eliminate good faith effort. we even published a report called "the failure of good faith" because we feel very strongly about this because we feel that it failed. so i'm going to give you a copy of this. and that any further public comment? -- >> any further public comment? seeing none, we can move on. >> mr. president, the next item is the consent calendar. all matters listed here under the consent calendar can be
redeemed by the public utilities commission and will be acted upon by a single vote. it authorizes the san francisco public utilities commission to executed public services agreement for the amount not to exceed $3,000,750,000 for the duration of the time. b, approved modifications six to water enterprise water system improvement program project to mounting cascade increasingly contract for a total contract duration of war ended 26 consecutive calendar days.
the increase in contract amount and time extension is to adjust piping and structural steel design. c, approved project manual and construction task catalog award general construction san francisco/peninsula/east bay to hetch hetchy for a not to exceed amount of $5 million to the lowest qualified responsible and responsive bidders, selfless construction and property management, to accomplish general building construction work to accomplish restoration and bureaus. d, approve the plans and specifications and a warm water enterprise program funded in main-installation on 20 of street in the amount of $1,283,000 to the lows, qualified, responsible, and responsive bidders.
treatment administration tenant improvement item of $763,159 to the lowest, qualified, responsible, responsive bidders. h, accept work performed by shop pipeline for waste water in a prize for replacement program, contractww 422 -- contract ww 422, for a just and to actual quantity used, increasing the contract and authorize final payment. i, approved modification to waste water enterprise contract ww-477 job order contract spots or repair to perform spot so were repair work in san francisco, increasing the
contract, and with a time extension for a total contract duration of three years. modifications of the contract will allow for continued spot sore repair work and investigations in about 17 major locations brought the city. commissioner crowley: ok, michael, take a deep breath. [laughter] colleagues, on the consent calendar, does anyone want to pull any of those items? comments? ok, it has been moved and seconded. any questions from the audience? >> we have no speaker cards. commissioner crowley: hearing and seeing on, all those in favor? opposed? ayes have it. >> next item is the regular business calendar, agenda item eight, presentation and discussion of findings and
updated information on the ongoing effort to develop a comprehensive community benefits plan that will facilitate real opportunities for city residents on sfpuc projects. >> good afternoon. i am actually pleased to invite the consultants up to give a report, but also, i would like to say that i am very excited about handing the soft as will as juliet comes on board -- handing this off as soon as juliet comes on board. with that, i wanted to bring of two people to bring an update, but i also wanted to give special thanks for helping facilitate the consultants in doing their research to get to where they are today, so with that, could you guys come up?
>> good afternoon, commissioners. i am with davis and associates communications. with me today is but neither reagan with meriwether and williams, and we are happy to bring our initial findings of the development of the community benefits project, but first, i wanted to thank and applaud the commission, a specially commissioned a julia ellis -- commissioner juliet ellis for your commitment developing a robust community benefits program. we would also like to thank everyone for their assistance in the project. you have taken on this work with a view towards sustainability. we sought a wide breadth of programs that we researched and talked to so many people within the out -- within the agency and
outside the agency. there is a breath of programs and much opportunity for staff and leadership to maximize what your doing to achieve greater community benefits. i will be taking you through the first part of our presentation, which is the outline of what we have done to date, provide an overview of our findings, and bonita will walk you through a first draft of our definition of community benefits, and lastly, our recommendation. because there's so much work around work force development, we concluded that work force development should primarily be directed by oewd and integrated into the overall benefits program. she will address this later in our presentation. thus far, the project has been a huge undertaking, and we have spent many hours going over lots of documents, talking to folks in other cities, so now, i would
like to direct you and walk you through what we have done to date. initially, we met with the commission, with the senior management and presented our project goals to you, the commission, in april. we conducted over 30 interviews, one-on-one, with people both internally and externally. we have held focus groups. we created a web site and an online survey, which you can find on sfpuc's website. we developed a mission to conduct a nationwide survey and contributed to the work force strategy. we have also visited many of the facilities and toward the community benefits sites, and we have created an enormous, incredible inventory of community benefits programs.
specifically, what we have done, as it relates to our research with the utilities we look that brought the nation, three of them being the top in the country, meaning the largest agencies in the country, we selected them based on geography, the size, and the location of those utilities as we did our research. we look at new york, chicago, los angeles, portland, san diego, santa clara, and east bay. we wanted to see where sfpuc was on the pendulum of community programs and how it stack up with other agencies across the country. in terms of utilities, the good news is we are way ahead of the curve. you have some terrific programs. they cover many different areas. they can create sustainable relationships with the community
and its customers, and we will talk about what we think should be the next steps. we also found that there is not a standard definition of community benefits. nobody has won. there is no set of guidelines anywhere throughout the country. even in australia. we look as far as australia to see what they are doing. they are very much in the leadership in this area of community benefits. all were subject to some kind of economic or political climate structural organization or legal restriction. most utilities offer the baseline of community benefits like education, sustainability, tabling at community events. what we concluded was that out of all of those agencies was that there were three models -- there was a de-centralized model, which is one that is
based primarily on a budget. whoever is in line first for community programs get that program. second, there was a case by case model, which was either based on pressure from the community. second, if you knew someone in the agency and are able to sell them your idea. thirdly, it was based on a particular -- excuse me -- it was related to a capital improvement program. those were the three ways that a case by case model work. the centralized model is an overall community benefits program through a well-defined
community actual program. under this model, the ordinance should have centralized leadership, which reports to the commission, board of directors, and has a quarterly reporting process, which reports on the overall progress of the program. project-specific, and projections for the future. the program sets the needs of the communities that they serve, while also converging the goals and interests of the municipality. so it was a centralized model, it would be someone like juliet leading up that charge and creating consistency with the programs. some examples are in los angeles, they have the million- tree program, which is a program with the utilities giving away free residential shade trees to help conservation. it was a neighborhood council
collaboration where they funded a collaboration of community groups throughout the city that were broken up into segments, and they assisted them with how to deal with government entities and how to request -- how to have government participation. in new york, they have a floating quality, which is a 20,000-square-foot sustainable design floating poll as part of a recreational investment. that is the new york utility system. that also have the historic park, a 10-story-deep project beneath the van cortlandt park in the bronx to address the construction of the bread and loss of the use during its construction, a utility offered $243 million worth of improvements to dozens of parks throughout the bureau, hired and trained residence during construction, but dissipated in
an apprenticeship program -- participated in an apprenticeship program, and provided education. they also have the way wall -- we've wall, which is based on a 1% fund -- wave wqallall, and ty use that money to beautify the exteriors. it forms the perimeter of the coney island water pollution prevention control plant, and it is funded through the city's mandate. you also in portland have the hydro park, which is the water facility that now serves as a public open space, and they are usually in deficient communities where there is a deficiency of parks, and the agency works with the community to create hydro parks by installing binges,
walking paths -- installing benches, walking paths, and that is to give you an example of some of the programs but some agencies are undertaking and underwriting through their community benefits program. we also have compiled a list of over 80 programs that sfpuc has going as we speak. there are 80 or more community benefits programs that are either managed, funded, or managed and funded by the sfpuc. they are a wide range of programs, and we have compiled a list in a binder here that we will provide to you both electronically, on the website, and we will leave copies as well. a lot of them are organically developed. they are developed by people within the organization that
felt the passion to do something more for the community. oftentimes, it is not sustainable because if that person leaves, there's no one to pick up the torch. we have also conducted stakeholder interviews and talked to almost every executive manager in the puc as well as senior staff, community groups. we talked to the southeast jobs coalition, save our sunol, se utilities commission, bay works, as well as the environmental justice subcommittee, and we still have more to go. as a result of this, our findings show that the public is very excited about the fact that puc has made a tremendous effort to reach out to communities.
particularly in sunol. the folks there were so delighted to have someone there just to listen to them and help address some of the issues that have been plaguing that community for a while related to puc projects and properties managed and run by puc. what we did find was that the community wants more. they would like to have a stronger community partnership, and they would like puc to be more part of their community. we have developed a community benefits website, and it is to increase public input. it is an opportunity for people to learn about what we're doing as well as to provide input back to us through the online survey, and you can find that again on the sfpuc website. we have a banner there that will
take you directly to the information about the community benefits program. with that, i would like to turn it over to bonita to talk about our definition of community benefits. >> good afternoon. i'm very excited to be here, and i would like to add my congratulations to the general manager, t juliet ellis, a friend of mine, and someone we hold in high esteem. i think it was a brilliant decision to uphold this position or expand its response ability to really consolidate your action, and we want to thank the commission for the commitment to developing community benefits. you have a wide range of programs, and we will be touching upon them as we go
through the definition. we were not able to find a universal definition of community benefits, not surprisingly. however, based on all the research we conducted, and we put the definition here at this part of the program, because it was informed by the many discussions we have as stakeholder outreach, the research we did, including independent research beyond what other utilities are doing, to come up with a definition, and we believe our definition complies with state and local requirements. we had some really great conversations about proposition 218, and about the administrative code, so we created a definition that we think is they're tight and that also reflects the values of the public utilities commission -- that we think is air tight and that also reflects the values of the public utilities commission.
that is balancing the goals of equity, environmental sustainability, and economic strength, and we believe the puc is very good at looking at the economic issues and has done an amazing job at looking at the environmental. we being the equity 1 is an area where there's a lot of room for improvement. we're talking about the stability. we're talking about given the bradth of the area that sfpuc covers, how community services are delivered. our recommendation includes 10 categories that have consistently come up. the definition reflects our agreement with commonly accepted principles that community benefits must be measurable and have appropriate nexus to sfpuc services and activities. our draft definition, and we
have provided you, the commission, with the draft definition that appears on the website. this presentation short of truncates it a little bit. we have also made some copies of the draft definition available for the community. as i said, it is also on the website. we are seeking the feedback of the community on this definition, as well as stakeholder feedback, which we hope to gather through the website and through the survey that is online where anyone in the community can look at the definition, look at what we put on the website, and give us input into what we are proposing. the draft definition reads -- " community benefits are those community impacts resulting from operation of its water, wastewater, and community services, and this is on page 13 of your hand out on the powerpoint. "the sfpuc seeks to be a good neighbor and promote stability by trouble bottom line, which
balances economic, environmental, and social equity goals." what you do not have in your powerpoint hand out, but which does appear in the draft definition and on the website is what one might call a value statement. the sfpuc creates measurable outcomes and devote sufficient resources to achieve the following 10 community benefit outcomes -- the first one is stakeholder and community involvement, and we put this first for a reason -- we believe that having your stakeholders involved in the design, development, the implementation, the monitoring, and the evaluation of your programs is critical, and you have some excellent examples in terms of the community advisory committee, the dead just a task force, and eight range of other communities stakeholder involvement vehicles throughout your area. the second area is workforce
development. we look at both internal and external. we know there is a great deal of interest being paid to what we might call the extra oil issues around local hiring, a round mandatory local hiring, and around a citywide project labor agreement, and we have been closely tracking the activities of the facilitated discussion that has been called for or at least is helping to informed decisions at the supervisor level. we know that the supervisors are very interested in coordinated work force development, and we believe it is important for puc to work closely with the office of work force development. we have seen in many areas that that is happening, and we are very encouraged by many discussions recently and actions that we think will result in greater hiring of residents and opening up opportunities for those stakeholders in the community who are dying to get involved. internally, we were delighted to
learn about bay work. we think this is an excellent sample of both how puc can look at session planning, identify key knowledge skills that are necessary for people to do the work and deliver the and deliver sfpuc seeks to deliver, and we think there are opportunities to open it up so that not only people are pleased with their work, but that those opportunities that will emerge from so many of the advance, and experience who may be retiring soon, that those positions can then be filled by folks in the lower ranks and also members of the community who seek to work with puc. the project labor agreement that is part of the wsip program, has delivered excellent results, and we know there are steps taken to really strengthen the job training and opportunity program.
with -- we know that they're working with a range of local work force development organizations. we know there is a small business task force. there are lots of ways the community is involved and the community benefits are delivered, and we look forward to both helping to strengthen that and move it along. we also saw it within the work force development arena, a number of internship programs. we think there are some opportunities to really streamline what is happening, reduce any redundant efforts, and again, create opportunities for young people to know and understand what sfpuc is doing and see that as a possible career that might help them in their studies to do better and see that there is some in point and some success that they could have in their young lives as they prepare for their careers in the environmental justice of
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