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>> ladies and gentlemen, let's give a warm welcome to district 10 supervisor and acting mayor malia cohen. cheers cheers >> mayor's education advisor and school board member hydra mendoza, san francisco unified school district superintendent richard carenza. united educators of san francisco president dennis kelly. and the mayor's 23rd team teacher of the award winners who are joining us tonight. and now please welcome superintendent carenza. >> thank you, anel. you are such a leader in our
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community. and thank you to the san francisco giants and to all of you for your support of our fabulous teachers. cheers cheers >> although our mayor, mayor lee could not be here tonight to celebrate and honor our very special awardees, i'd like to thank him for being such a great partner and advocate for our teachers and students. i also want to thank all of our amazing sponsors and supporters and the 300 plus teachers in the stands for joining us tonight to honor the mayor's teacher of the year award winners. [cheers] >> it is my distinct pleasure to honor and acknowledge the dedication of our superb public school teachers in san francisco. the five teachers honored tonight were nominated by parents, students, peers and community members who understand the value of an excellent teacher. these teachers standing here have exceeded all standards. they have dedicated themselves to creating a classroom
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environment that fosters learning, diversity, and character development. they have one of the most important jobs in america. and this award is a symbol of our imitude for all of their tireless work. they represent the best in san francisco. in collaboration with the san francisco education funds bank thank a teacher campaign, it is my privilege and honor to present this year's teacher of award winners to all of you, the best baseball fans in america. (applause) >> so, i'd like to ask the acting mayor, supervisor malia cohen, to help me in congratulating our teachers of the year from the presidio early education school, andrew young. [cheers] >> for marshal elementary
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school, andreas tobar. (applause) >> from el dorado elementary school, jennifer mullis. (applause) >> from roosevelt middle school, mr. joe austin. (applause) >> and from woodside learning center, constance walker. (applause) >> congratulations to our teachers of the year. and at this time i'd like to turn the mic over to the president of the united educators of san francisco, president dennis kelly. (applause) >> thank you. these five teachers standing on the field with us today are incredible. they are dedicated. they are hard working. they are innovative. they are exactly what we need
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in every classroom. i am privileged and proud to be here and to honor them tonight. to the teachers who are with us in the crowd, all 300 of you, to all of our hard working san francisco unified school district teachers and paraprofessionals, we thank you for your dedication to san francisco and to our young people. on behalf of the united educators of san francisco, all of the teachers, all of the paraprofessionals in san francisco, thank you to the giants, and to all of you for your support of the students and our schools. go giants! (applause) >> thank you all so much. ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause as we celebrate our teachers tonight. thank you. congratulations again. ♪ ♪
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i'm nicole and lindsey, i like the fresh air. when we sign up, it's always so gratifying. we want to be here. so i'm very excite ied to be here today. >> your volunteerism is appreciated most definitely. >> last year we were able to do 6,000 hours volunteering. without that we can't survive.
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volunteering is really important because we can't do this. it's important to understand and a concept of learning how to take care of this park. we have almost a 160 acres in the district 10 area. >> it's fun to come out here. >> we have a park. it's better to take some of the stuff off the fences so people can look at the park. >> the street, every time, our friends. >> i think everybody should give back. we are very fortunate. we are successful
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with the company and it's time to give back. it's a great place for us. the weather is nice. no rain. beautiful san francisco. >> it's a great way to be able to have fun and give back and walk away with a great feeling. for more opportunities we have volunteering every single day of the week. get in touch with the parks and recreation center so come
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>> welcome to our special rules committee meeting for thursday june 27,2013. i am supervisor norman yee and will be chairing this meeting. to my left is supervisors cohen. to my right is supervisor breed. the clerk today is linda wong. the committee would also like to acknowledge the staff at sfgtv, jessie larsen and jennifer lowell who record our meetings and make transcripts to the public online. madam clerk are there any announcements? >> yes mr. chair. please silent cell phones and. >> can you call item one.
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>> to amend the charter of the city for retiree health care trust fund for retiree health care cost for employer subtrust are fullied. allow for disbursement are greater than 10% and the payroll cost even if not fully funded. for the guidelines recommended by the controller with the city's governement accounting standards board actuary and by the mayor and to the retiree health care trust fund board permit by a participating employer governing board and make the control of the city treasurer and the executive director of the san francisco employees' retirement system or the designees members of the retiree health care trust fund board.
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>> thank you. joining us in the rules committee is supervisors farrell and he will be speaking on item one. supervisor farrell. >> thank you chair yee and colleagues. i am back today to discuss the charter amendment i introduced a number of weeks ago to solve the retiree unfunded liability here in san francisco. i talked a lot last week so i'm not going to belabor the point. the goal is switch to a fully funded model in san francisco. i think it's the right thing to do for the retirees and the financial perspective in san francisco and as we grapple with growing and retirees here in san francisco and plan securely as
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a city and solidify the governance of the structure of the trust fund. it's going to do a few things. first it will result in major cost savings for the city of san francisco and income investment and compound and used ultimately to pay the benefits over time. in 30 years have a significant decreased burden for our general fund and for me personally and i know a number of folks in the audience one of the most satisfying factors of this charter amendment and how it was constructed we're not requiring any additional contributions from employees. we're not reducing benefits for retirees and within approximately 30 years we're going to eliminate a 4.4 million dollars liability off of the books here in san francisco. to me it's a win-win situation. we
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accrued this liability in several generations and if we can solve it it's the right thing to do for the city. i want to thank so many people in constructing the ballot measure and have an impact in the future. local 1021 and the associations and firefighter's association and thank you tom and the san francisco chamber of commerce and the san francisco district of merchants and protect our benefits and claire and i see everyone back there. thank you very much for your support and continuing to come out and i think as most important thank you to the board of supervisors, supervisor yee, supervisor breed, supervisor chiu and i will keep this short. i look forward to have this in
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front of the voters and colleagues i certainly ask for your support today. >> thank you supervisor farrell. colleagues are there any questions? okay. yeah. since we were able to hear this -- actually it was two weeks ago -- >> so colleagues what is in front us. we had it last week. we introduced the amendment and technical adjustments and confirm how the different city departments who might opt into the trust fund would be -- what jurisdiction they have over their assets so we have to take be public comment again on this item but that's what we have before you today. >> thank you and we had an opportunity to ask questions last week that's why you're not seeing a lot of questions. at this point is there any public comment on this item? you have two minutes. state your name
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and position. >> good afternoon. i am rebecca rhyme and with the municipal executive association and i want to know this is an example of the story that doesn't get told about government working together with employees and retirees and the citizens to do the right thing for right reason. good public policy that is good for public employees. we committed to this process in 2008 to deal with retiree health care and pensions. this is part of making sure that employee benefits for public employees are sustainable. in this case it's about making sure the money is used as intended and available when needed and these are on-going efforts that keep the promises and for programs and resources. i am grateful to supervisor farrell for bringing us in early, asking for input,
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listening when we talked about the steps we already taken and acknowledging them, and i want to say i think it's part of a much larger discussion that includes transparency and accountability from the providers and health care reform and structure and it's really about getting maximum value for every dollar that we spent so the municipal executive's association support this is and again our appreciation for the supervisors for taking it on. thank you. >> bob miss cat executive director of local 1021 and the labor council committee representing all of the city employee unions and just to follow up on that we want to thank supervisor farrell for reaching out and having the discussions with us. i will point out that in the past we have supported measures that
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have increased contributions for city employees and those cases where it made factual sense to do so. we invested heavily in passage of ballot measures that raise our contribution rates because it was a necessary part of the solution. in this case the facts showed it's not necessary. the alternate plan as supervisor farrell and others have developed will solve the problem without increasing cost to public employees and we are appreciative when the solution to a problem like this is fact based and not political because it could have had political implications and supported for all the wrong reasons for a solution not based on facts so we're appreciative of that. we try to take a long-term view what is best for the city's long-term financial health and align that with what is good for employees as well and the two go hand in hand and we see this as
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an important step forward not only on good financial strategies for the city but also another example of our ability to function together in a competent fashion. thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. sharon johnson retiree from the city and county, and vice chair protect our benefits and former member of health system and i just have one concern, and it's the same concern they brought up last week, and that is about the part where once the board makes a recommendation to the -- fully funded that the makeup of the 2/3 of the board, the trust fund board, the controller, and the mayor's office can go in and use the funds, and i just think there has to be safeguards made
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around that. if that safe guard adds to it has to be at least two thirds fully funded sore that body of people who can do this could only do it once every 10 years and no more than that. i think if we are very prudent with around that body of governance that we will provide long time security for our city. we will be taking into account the whole city and city and county's financial well being, and it keeps this house in order, and it also will keep our bond ratings higher, so i would urge you to look at that one piece and make an amendment so there are safety factor there that will protect the city, the employees and the retirees. thank you very much. >> good afternoon supervisors.
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i am tom o'conner president of the local firefighters and i am here to support this effort for the unfunded liability and the firefighters we support this measure as we have done with other city measures to make sure we're responsibly paying for the benefits that we receive. the firefighters have worked with the city and we are not asking for additional funds from city workers who are giving more during the difficulties that arose in 2008. this measure will significantly address our rising unfunded retiree liability and it will save our city and tax payers money in the future and to us and to me this is a monsense measure that deserves wide support from this
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committee, the full board of supervisors and from san francisco voters as a whole. i urge this committee to support this measure and we look forward to working with supervisor farrell, the board of supervisors, the business and labor and all communities in san francisco as we go forward so thank you very much. >> thank you. >> hi. i am kay walker and i'm a member of pov and a member who did not like this proposition, this legislation. one of the reasons is, and that is on page six that it gives the city apparatus and makes very political the disbursement and i could read it to you, but also which i may in a second but i only have two minutes, but also the idea that we are always called unfunded liabilities is
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an accounting term, but it's being used in a demeaning manner along with the fact that city employees are a drain i mean retirees are a drain on the budget. okay. this to me -- it sets up this whole panic that we need to find a way to take this money from other places other than the general fund which is what this is all about. as an expense like wages and streets and whatever this whole dialogue wouldn't have started, but you hadn't considered this an expense so it's being considered in the press as in a demining fashion. i am tired of it. it's like demeaning senior scpis think that needs to be fought in the court focus we have to and this is going on in terms of social security. >> >> gas bee rules are changes anding the concept of what an
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unfunded liability. they can be called a lot -- can be determined in various ways but it doesn't have to be, according to the new rules, and i don't know -- i really -- i understand this. i read gssby, a lot of the articles on gasby and confuse employers, this new funding, and they could start panicking and raising the entire amount -- >> thank you. >> that the unfunded liability is -- >> thank you. >> i think -- >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is claire and i'm a former member of the health service board. i'm a member of pov and vice president of the seiu retirees. i am here to thank all of you again and
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thank supervisor farrell for bringing us on board early and for helping us to secure our retiree cost -- health care costs in the future. i am here to support what sharon johnson brought up. we had discussions and considerations about maybe strengthening that prudent standard with regard to the gasby actuary and looking at putting in a protection that says the sub fund must be two thirds funded before anything can be considered for withdraw and maybe even to consider adding the timeline as well. that might be a more prudent safe guard that we really mean we want this safe guarded. we want it protected and limited in the future for whatever the city might need, and we understand that we talked about difficult
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budgetary times that would perhaps open the door to drawing on these sub funds earlier than sooner and that is basically what we're here to suggest today if there is time for further amendment that amendment be considered and that we have the opportunity to work with you on the wording so thank you very much again. we think that overall this is a very prudent amendment and that it should go forward. thank you. >> thank you. >> i'm so sorry. i have a question. you have an amendment? >> we are requesting further language in the safe guard prior to be fully funded -- >> what exactly is the language you're suggesting? >> we are suggesting that we consider putting in language that says the sub fund must be two thirds funded according to
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the gasby actual determination and says it should be fully funded but if there is an yearl withdraw and that is the mayor and the trust fund board and says two thirds funded before considered withdrawal and or put in a 10 year time limit as well that it can be only 10 every 10 years prior to funding of the sub fund. >> and this is in an effort to protect the funds and not drawn down during hard times. >> correct. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. any other public comment? seeing none public comment is now closed. supervisor farrell, i would like to hear what your thoughts are. >> sure, i think two things to address some of the comments and i appreciate people coming out and those that spoke in favor had suggestions. first of all
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i am sorry if there is sentiment that is targeting retirees to the negative. to me it's the positive and actually doing nothing but 100% guaranteeing retirees that your health care is provided in the future and not reducing any benefits and i am surprised this is the first retiree i have talked about this and thought it was a negative but this is designed to make sure that political football is not played with your retiree benefits. in terms of questions around the provision, the escape valve if you will and to me this is good government that we have in the most extreme circumstances there is optionality for -- to use some of the funds of the retiree trust fund but to be clear how that would go