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status activation. it will be announced next monday, november 21. you are welcome to come. you can help us to improve it. >> thank you. we will initiate that. [laughter] ok. >> ok, thank you. thank you very much. >> item 5f, an update on other technology projects. >> we are continuing to focus on other projects. we have been doing web enhancements available over the
web at this point in time. there were 160 inspections available. three are of four requests in a stage of system testing that will allow people to request the report. it does not allow people to get the request over the web. we have put in a new module. >> can they pay for it right there? >> we do not have it hooked up yet. we are looking at the same process that people can use to pay. it is the same system that you
were would -- if you would use to pay your property taxes. >> an electrical or plumbing permits? >> exactly. we will work on that. we have had 130 boiler permit renewed to the web. we have told you on several occasions that all of our servers are going to be out of maintenance service at the end of this calendar year. we have been working with the department of technology to come up with a approval to purchase those. we have gone through several iterations. now they will allow us to do that.
we're working closely with the human service agency to create a regional server. it would be our server room, located in our building. it will be a model implementation that the policy on information technology has said that they would like to reduce, which is the number of service firms. we were the first department to attempt to consolidate and work together and be will be the first apartment to work with information technology. conceptually, it is work.
planning as work. i think that it will reflect well on our participation with other departments. just to jump down rather quickly, we are continuing to work with the department of technology, dtw, the assessor's office and enterprising system is by being able to work with our address in systems. right now there is a parallel in the updating of addresses. this has been a difficult, difficult profit -- project. so, that is a with a good situation.
>> we are 90% there? 80% there? how far away are we? >> between 1% and 100%. [laughter] >> they are smart. it depends on how skeptical you are. >> we hold the city at risk? as a hostage? >> we always have our system. we always have our ability. this is getting a lot of different processes to agree with each other. i do not want to throw out a percentage. frankly, i am not sure. >> well, you would be wrong. >> like a weather forecast. [laughter]
thank you. >> deputy director 11-- item 5g, update on new hires. >> i have two updates today. on the electrical inspection, we are ready for panel interviews. we are getting close on that. the posting closes on 1121. that was the update to the changes. >> have you looked at the electrical inspectors that have previously worked for the department? >> we will be looking at them and new applicants.
>> any questions? >> discussion from commissioners? questions? >> none. >> any public comment on any of these items? the items in the director's report? >> good morning, commissioners. just a few items. first of all, the new website is very great. i look forward to the day that we can have access to all of the department someone website. getting new addresses assigned to properties, i wanted to commend you on that. leslie, getting appointments down for inspection of lime, i tried to do that online and i
had a problem attempting to access that service. i will be going in to check on that. i think that we are all fairly well pleased with what is happening. thank you. >> are there categories that he brought up? >> just in forming an electrical, build and procedure. -- just in farming and electrical, building procedure. boilers. >> is there any additional
public comment? item number six, commissioner questions and matters. at this time, commissioners may make inquiries to staff regarding various documents, policies, practices and procedures, which are of interest to the commission. such as looking into how permits are canceled or notification. dpw, dph, and dpi getting together, as well as digitizing buthe 3r reports. >> i have an inquiry that maybe could be an agenda item sunday. about the ground floor accessibility of businesses, legislation requires the city to give priority to permit
applications. i would like to get an idea of what applications are priority. how many types? how are we doing? how fast are things going? >> the vast majority of permits come from the fifth floor. you get it in a matter of hours. i do not think that that legislation will affect us that much. it might affect planning. sometimes you have to do a ramp or widen the doorway. you can write -- run up against design items. i think that, as far as the building department is concerned, we want to get the job one.
>> i guess this second item, we discussed this at the nomination treaty last week. we would like to get some updates from the committee's that we appoint people to. the code advisory committee. just to get an idea of what they're doing and if they are running into roadblocks. we will have a presentation from them here. >> ok, sure. >> a great idea. maybe as part of our agenda we have an actual update from. since they are doing such important work for us, it is not a bad idea. >> i discussed this with sonya.
she is willing to contact the representatives and they will provide a summary of the target goals. some of them meet only annually. others meet only every other month. sometimes there are disparities or discrepancies and i think that this preliminary report will provide a snapshot on what they have done or what they are doing. >> additional questions? let him know. >> item #6b. future meetings and agendas. at this time, the commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a special meeting and determine those items that
could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the building inspection commission. >> the general schedule for the next meeting, december 21, i think it will burden some of the commissioners. i would like to close out the year with full attendance. there might be, as it is december 21, we basically proposed that we may be moving it up by a week. the 14th. is everyone available? >> is that a special meeting? >> it would be a special meeting. >> if not, is it still going to be on the 21st, if we cannot get a room? >> it would have to be the 21st, then. >> ok.
>> if you could find out, as soon as you can? >> will do. >> is there any public comment on item six, a or b? item number seven, review and approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of may 18, 2011. >> move to approve. >> is there any public comment on item number 7? is everyone in favor of approving the minutes? >> aye. >> the motion carries. item number eight, adjournment. >> is there a motion to adjourn? >> so moved. >> those in favor? >> aye. >> we are adjourned. it is 11:50 a.m.
>> hello. welcome to "culturewire." we are here today with bay area artist jody chanel, and we are here to see the plaza where your piece has just been installed. >> i have been doing large-scale paintings in the galleries and museums, and the idea that in the future, i could do something that would hang out a little bit longer than the duration of the installation the kind of appeal to me. i quickly found out about the san francisco arts commission school and realized there was a pre-qualified school you had to apply to, so i applied to the.
>> how long did it take you to develop this work for the plaza? >> this was a fast track project. design development was about a month. >> let's look at the beautiful mural. i have never seen a mural created on asphalt. >> the heat of the asphalt, a new layer of asphalt. then, these wire rope templates that were fabricated for the line work get laid down and literally stamped into the asphalt, and then everything was hand-painted. >> maybe you could talk about some of the symbolism, maybe starting in the middle and working out. >> [inaudible] the flower of industry. >> it is like a compass.
there's an arrow pointing north. >> within the great bear consolation, there are two pointed stars here. they typically lead one to the northstar, otherwise known as polaris. so i thought it has a layer of theme. >> let's talk about some of the other elements in the peace. we are walking along, and there is a weather vane. there's a sweet little bird hanging on the side. what kind of bird is that? >> [inaudible] the smallest of the gulf species, and it lives around the bay area. >> you want to talk about the types of flour patterns that you send? >> [inaudible] around 1926 or so by the dahlia
society. >> what is this bird here? >> that is the california quail. >> coming up here, we had a little blustery theme. what is this area here? >> this is supposed to be the side view, the expense of the golden gate bridge. >> there it is. >> there are really beautiful elements of architecture still around, i would say that it gives that feeling over to the work. >> what are your hopes for it? >> that in a way it just becomes part of the area. i think it is starting to have that feeling. people utilize it. they sit and, and have their lunch and play on -- they sit and, and have their lunch and play on that -- they sit and
come and have their lunch and play on it. just for it to be part of the neighborhood. that is my hope. >> is such a beautiful addition to our public art in san francisco. thank you for joining us. it was nice to meet you. and thank you for telling us about your beautiful mural. thanks for watching "culturewire." >> i am the director of visual arts programming at intersection for the arts. intersection for the arts is
based in san francisco and has always been an organization that looks at larger social political issues through the lens of practice, and we are here today at our exhibition of "chico and chang." the original inspiration was drawn from a restaurant chain in new york city. half of their menu is -- what struck me was the graphic pictures and a man in a hat on a rig truck carrying take that time is containers and in the black sea to representation of a mexican guy wearing a sombrero and caring a somali horn. it struck me that these two large, very subversive complex cultures could be boiled down to such simple representations. chico and chang primarily looks
at four topic areas. one of the man was is whose stories are being told and how. one of the artisans in the show has created an amazing body of work working with young adults calling themselves the dreamers. another piece of the exhibition talks about whose stories of exhibition are actually being told. one artist created a magnificent sculpture that sits right in the center of the exhibition. >> these pieces are the physical manifestation of a narrative of a child in memory. an important family friend give us a dining table, very important, and we are excited about it. my little brother and i were 11, 14. we were realizing that they were kind of hand prints everywhere on the bottom where no one would really see, and it became this kind of a weakening of what
child labor is. it was almost like an exercise to show a stranger that feeling we had at that moment. >> the second thing the exhibition covers is how the allocation is defined, a great example on the theme, sculpture called mexicali culture. another bay area artist who has done residencies in china and also to what, mexico. where immigrant communities really helped define how businesses look of a business' sign age and interior decoration, her sculptural piece kind of mismatches the two communities together, creating this wonderful, fantastical future look at what the present
is today. first topic is where we can see where the two communities are intersecting and where they start colliding. teresa fernandez did a sculptural installation, utilizing the ubiquitous blue, white, and read patterns of a rayon bag that many communities used to transport laundry and laundromats to buy groceries and such. she created a little installation kind of mucking up the interior of a household, covering up as many objects that are familiar to the i and the fabric. fourth area of investigation that the exhibition looks at is the larger concerns of the asian and latin communities intersecting with popular cultur one best example -- when he's exemplified is what you see when you enter into the culture.
>> this piece refers to restaurants in tijuana. when you are driving, to speak chinese and you read chinese characters. you see these signs. i was trying to play with the idea of what you see and the direction you read. when you start mixing these different groups of people, different cultures, i like the idea. you can comment on somebody else's culture or someone else's understanding about culture. >> one of the hopes we have for visitors is that they go away taking a better understanding with the broadest and the breadth of issues impacting both the asian and latin communities
here in california and how they spell out into the larger fabric of the communities we live and work in. >> sanrio famous for the designs for hello kitty. i thought i would try to make it as cute as possible. that way people might want to read the stories. then people might be open to learn about the deities and the culture. ♪ they reached out to make about five or six years ago because of the book published. they appreciated that my work was clearly driven from my research and investigation.
after i contributed my artwork, the museum was really beside themselves. they really took to it. the museum reached out to me to see if i would be interested in my own space inside the museum. i tell them that would be a dream come true. it is the classical, beautiful indian mythology through the lens of modern design and illustration and storytelling. they're all of these great sketch as i did for the maharajah exhibition. i get a lot of feedback on my artwork and books. they complement. they say how original the work is. i am the first person to say that this is so derived from all of this great artwork and storytelling of the past. the research i put into all of my books and work is a product of how we do things that a--
at pixar. sometimes you will see him depicted monkey-like or as superman. i wanted to honor his monkey coloring. i decided to paint him white with a darker face. it is nice to breathe new life into it in a way that is reverent and honors the past but also lets them breathe and have fun. it is almost a european notion to bring these symbols and icons from southeast asia. they decorate their deities. it was a god they interacted with every day in a human way.
the most important thing has been to create work that is appealing to me. i want to see vishnu to pick did in a modern way. it dawned on me by reinterpreting the deities in a way that is modern and reverent to the history, i am building a bridge for young and old audiences to make friends with the culture and these icons to learn their stories. ♪ >> i came out to san francisco about seven years ago. i was trained as a carpenter. i got sick of the cold weather and the hot weather. i wanted to pursue art. i thought i really be here for
about three years. here i am, 7 years later. ♪ i have problems sleepwalking at night. i wanted to create a show about sleep. a mostly due painting kind of story telling. these are isolated subject matters, smaller studies for the larger paintings. i fell in love with it and wanted to create more of them. it is all charcoal on mylar. it is plastic. i was experimenting and discovered the charcoal moves smoothly. it is
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