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matter of policy to understand the rules that govern the conduct of these vehicles. i want to assure the public, i want to assure residents in my district that my office will continue to do everything we can to get to the bottom of what took place and to ensure that there is accountability and full transparency with respect to this tragedy. lastly, i would like to ask the board that we adjourn the meeting not only on behalf of myself, but on behalf of the entire board of supervisors in the memory of christine vandermere who passed away last week.
christine was a loving partner to her husband [speaker not understood] and had recently become a new mother to her 11 month old daughter, issa emilie. christine vandermere attended western university where she earned degrees in sociology and eco tourism. she was a lifelong dancer and even performed at the world cup in south korea as part of a professional dance group. she was also an ordained zen monk and life coach and felt that it was her responsibility to try to do as much as possible to make this world a tender, gentler place for our sons and daughters to be in. i want to thank the bernal
heights community that i know has been really moved by this tragedy, and i want to thank this community for coming together to rally behind, to support the vandemere family. i would like to thank those that have contributed to the christie vandemere family fund on indy go go. thousands of dollars have already been donated. breast milk has been donated to help the baby and a lot of encouraging words have been sent to the grieving father. i would like to thank all the neighbors, including the first responders, the police officers, the firefighters, and the paramedics who came to the rescue of this woman. i want to thank the true nurses who live in the vicinity and
who took it upon themselves to give mouth to mouth resuscitation. it is in the spirit of bernal heights and san francisco that the entire community has rallied behind this family. i want to thank all the people who have come forward with information not only about this incident, but general information about this issue of safety in our parks. and i don't know that anyone has the right words to fully express how tragic this is. and once again, i ask that we adjourn the meeting in christine vandemere's memory on behalf of the entire board of supervisors. >> colleagues, if we can do that without objection, that should be the case. [gavel] >> madam clerk? >> thank you, mr. president. thank you, supervisor campos.
supervisor mar. >> thank you, madam clerk. i'd like us to adjourn the meeting as well in the name in honor of amazing poet, teacher, gardner, and artist susan her on zibot. i want to thank you for being here as well. you lost your father, reverend lang zibot recently as well. susan was a beloved poet and teacher and a resident of our richmond district. after a four-year struggle with cancer, she peacefully passed away on saturday afternoon, august 31st. she is survived not only by her husband of nearly 50 years, david who is with her at the end, but she is survived also by her children thomas valentine jurda and philip and her seven grandchildren. susan worked in and supported
california poets in the school. that's how i met her first as the acting director and president of the board for more than 25 years. she was an amazing person that made poetry and learning so fun and helped us integrate it within our school system as well. she is a published poet and a founding member of 16 rivers press, a respected publishing -- respected publishing cooperative with more than 2 dozen poetry titles in print. her long years of activism in the schools and deep involvement in community gardening and community supported agriculture as well as involvement with several writing circles leaves a large network of friends and colleagues mourning her passing. susan was born in san diego on april 26, 1942, ands in the middle of five daughters. she studied english at brown university for two years and graduated from university of virginia in 1965 with a b.a. in
education and a z society award. then she won a woodrow wilson scholarship, attend northwestern university and graduated with a masters of art in english in 1966 with an emphasis on american literature and 19th century fiction. she went on to complete a ph.d. focused on the work of henry james and henry adams. in 1984 susan finished the second masters in creative writing from san francisco state university. in 1991 she received a fellowship to study at the bunting institute at ratcliff harvard and began reimagining the work of theodore a [speaker not understood] in her role as [speaker not understood] to henry james. from 1993 to '96 she was at the head win [speaker not understood]. after moving to san francisco in 1969 with her husband david she grew i don'tthctionv literature. she was active in food
cooperative, school reform, several short business jobs ~ and raising her amazing children. she was a volunteer coordinator at mccoffin school. that's where my daughter went, from 197a to 1980. in 1978 she got involved with the ~ incredible [speaker not understood] community garden and has been active up until this year. she believed in community supported agriculture and the biodynamic food her family received from live power farms for years. when susan became a california poet in the schools in 1984, she worked extensively with children kindergarten through eighth grade in san francisco, oakland, and san jose. she was gifted at her work with the younger children and would make books of their poetry. with a legacy of some 4 dozen collections that often become prized possessions. she is saleslady beloved by the teachers at jefferson school and former lafayette elementary in the richmond where she taught for many years.
donations in her name would be the best expression of your respect. send any honorary donations to california poets in the schools care of tina paskuenz oh, [speaker not understood],. condolances to david and the family and to all of her friends and students and everyone that she's touched. i urge us to end our meeting in the honor of susan heron zibot. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor cohen, you wished to be re-referred. >> yes, thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, i would just ask that we could adjourn the meeting -- i'd like the entire board to recognize the memory of gail bishop and we can adjourn on behalf of the entire board, not just myself. >> colleagues, we can do that without objection, that should be the case. [gavel] >> thank you for the consideration. >> thank you, mr. president. thank you, supervisor cohen. mr. president, seeing no other names on the roster, that
concludes roll call for introductions. >> at this time why don't we go to general public comment. >> at this time the public may comment generally for up to two minutes on the policy discussion between mayor lee and members of the board and on item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board including items on the adoption without reference to committee calendar. please note that public comment does not allowed on this items which have already been subject to public comment by a board committee. pursuant to board rule 4.22, direct your comments to the board as a whole and not to individual supervisors noer to the audience. speakers using translation assistance will be allowed twice the amount of time to testify and if you would like a document to be displayed on the overhead projector, please clearly state such to sfgtv and remove the document when you would like the screen to return to live coverage of the meeting. >> let's hear from first speaker, please.
good afternoon, supervisors. i'm peter [speaker not understood] executive director of library users association. this week, in fact tomorrow, marks the 40th anniversary of the very ugly coups in chile 1973, many were murdered and many others were disappeared. the story on impact continuing to the present, many were still searching for loved ones or trying to find out what happened or seeking some justice. the family of victor hara has filed suit against the person they believe killed him. here in san francisco you would expect a willingness and interest because of our large latino population and because many chileans immigrated here after the coups. but here in san francisco, we had a kind of assassination of our own and certainly a disappearance. in the very place where people
expect history and memory and, yes, good art to be preserved, we had last year in october the destruction of the community created victor hara mural. it had been on the library for 30 years, bernal heights library. i'll using overhead. the role of this board of supervisors in this destruction was your silence and inaction as supervisor campos helped set up a secretive undemocratic process to carry out the destruction. he appointed one person to head a committee. that person selected the committee members. the meetings were not publicly announced, there were no agendas, no minutes, and finally, nobody was asked whether they wanted the destruction of the mural at public meetings they were asked what they wanted on the new one. as we mark the chilean coups we
must mark the city's own destruction, beware of schemes that shrink democracy here in san francisco. thank you. >> thanks. next speaker. i want to say blessings to all those lives that have managed to live in the city of san francisco and all those that are coming. my name is joshua christian dig man. i was born on new year's date at st. mary's children's hospital 1970. it's an honor to be here. i wish there was more people in the audier yesctiontionv ~ audience and i'm sure they may be here in television. i've been working very hard in my life. i'm not sure for what yet. can i please get your attention, supervisors? hello? well, they choose not to pay attention, thus their right. i'm running for mayor of san francisco. i'm not making a public
announcement -- >> excuse me, sir, we do have a rule in the board ham berg you can't use public comment period to campaign for any offices. so -- i apologize and i understand that. well, i'm concerned about today is how difficult it is for people to work within, say, the health and human services department. i'm a little embarrassed how dirty the city is. and i'd like to say to all, thank you for your time. i'm not here for any gain of any sort. in time it will show. i ask the city of san francisco to do the best of all of us can do to clean up and show the world how beautiful the place we live in. thank you. aloha. >> thanks. next speaker. i have something i would like to put up here for you [speaker not understood]. i would like the attention of all of you supervisors today
because if you don't, i'd like this to go down in history. [speaker not understood]. i was appalled and very disenchanted when i seen this article in what they call the new fillmore. this article here, even as i speak now i choke up because a lot of people i knew, african americans that died under this man here. but the killing thing about it, ladies and gentlemen, this man was ushered into our community by some people that are still living today, some people in the hierarchy of the government. so, it tells the truth of what i'm getting ready to say. i've been coming up here for years. i'm tired, i'm sick and tired of it. i have no other choice. if it don't work today, putting the city on notice. now, my supervisors, just one supervisor. we have another black supervisor. but they can't do it all. this is a city effort for all of these supervisors to jump on
board about the outmigration of the african-american black knee grows. the other thing is the fillmore in which redevelopment has come. ~ negros it is so discouraging and i've asked for them to come for a public hearing and i'm asking my supervisor as the rest of y'all, to chime in on this in the fillmore. i mean, you can see all these businesses [speaker not understood] are shutting down and because of this article here -- put it back on there. show this. show this. this man here was ushered in by some of my own people. i'm not going to name them today, but in a book that i'm writing, it is disgracing that they would put this in in light of all of our black businesses closing down. and the bottom of it, it says [speaker not understood] of the situation. right now this paper here which i wrote four years ago -- i'm going to find out from the manager what is going on. but i am requesting that y'all help my supervisors, my black supervisors for attention, i'm asking for a public hearing for what's going on in the fillmore.
>> next speaker. supervisors, daniel landry for the record. i just want to put you on notice that, number one, first of all, i'm from the fillmore western addition, and i'm here today to announce an issue that's developing in our area regarding the fillmore harris center. originally in 2006 i was one of the supporters of that project and over the years we have watched this center go up and down and a lot of crisis happening in our area. like ace just said, we do have an issue with black businesses closing. and, you know, an issue happened a few months ago where the yoshis which is currently facing bankruptcy was telling our community that it wouldn't be wise to set up in the lobby area and do any business or
conduct anything without their permission. and i brought to their attention that this is a public use space and we need to be very careful who we invited in, which was yoshi's 1300 to overlook the community. now, i got a lot of information here, but one of the things when i did a record request is i seen there was a clause of community benefits that really haven't got out to the community. some of the things that i thought was really appalling was that, you know, at this time, all the money had been put in this project, it could be considered not only a trouble project which is the term they use under hud, it could be even considered a failed project because it's so much money have been invested in the fillmore harris center and it's time to take a good look at the records and compliance. the community deserves to know the direction of the fillmore. we speak about, you know, just hang on, hang in therersctiontion things are
going to get better. let me bring to your attention, we have banners that say the fillmore is the heart and soul of the city. if the fillmore is dying, that means the city is dying. so, i look forward and i will be engaging supervisors, of course our supervisor, thank you. >> next speaker. my name is eugene gordon, jr., and i have context, quote of [speaker not understood] tracing [speaker not understood] moscow first printing 1966 printed in union of soviet socialist republic. in calling upon the german people to fight for, quote-unquote, not ideals in naziism. [speaker not understood] was buying up the states. fascist choice [speaker not understood] was not accidental. it is said he decided to buy the states in this area because hitler liked these places and [speaker not understood]
counted on having him frequently. many other leaders of third raich had a stake around meklinberg [speaker not understood]. chief executive department and in charge of concentration camps. [speaker not understood] quote-unquote objectives [speaker not understood], death camps on way from berlin. [speaker not understood] frequently visited these camps, watched thousands of people die, issued orders, then went on to their orgies at their estates. the state, so much effort to convince as it self-destructs. [speaker not understood] a military regime that is, unquote, quote, the state's
effort to [speaker not understood]. received invaluable assistance from [speaker not understood], conform with the desires of meklinberg, other landowners, [speaker not understood] monopolies. >> next speaker. good afternoon, supervisors. stop the corporate rape of our public library. don't give money to the friends of the library. don't accept money from the friends of the library. what is at stake in the san francisco public library is one of the great privatization scandals of all time. except it is business as usual. i have pointed out for a number of years the city library in san francisco has received from the friends of the library both a discretionary fund and
[speaker not understood] fund totaling $65,000 a year. these used to be called slush fund. these funds were never reported in the city librarian statement of economic interest nor are there any 801 gift to agency reports filed. i filed an official complaint with the california fair political practices commission on april 17. despite having the power to investigate without informing the perpetrator, they sent a letter to him anyway on april 24. at that point, the letter had first been sent to jim sutton. the decision to actually investigate was sent to me on may 7 with a cc to the law firm only. the city should ask itself why does the california fair political practices commission in san francisco know in advance that if there is a violator of ethics and financial disclosure laws in san francisco, jim sutton is his lawyer.
the answer is straightforward. [speaker not understood] is so institutionalized in san francisco it is taken for granted. i call this buying exception from accountability, but in fact the influence of the drifters and the thieves of political assets is so entrenched that it is the sort of respectability to be a part of that. the occupied movement is correct. you're going to bleed the society until it collapses completely. the damage is to the faith of our citizens in our society. david chiu having me arrested does not solve society's problems and the lies cost more [inaudible]. thank you. >> thanks. next speaker. hello. thank you, board of supervisors. i'm a medical interpreter at ucsf medical center as well as a free-lance state certified medical interpreter. in principle i'm in support of ab 12 63 because there is a shortage of qualified and
especially certified medical interpreters and collective bargaining rights for free-lance medical interpreters would go a long way toward filling that important gam in meaningful access to health care for patients. i would appreciate if you consider the passage of this bill. the context of the actual environment of care from english proficient patients at ucsf one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation. i need to point out a few draw backs of this which should be addressed especially when access is juxtaposed to quality or even equity in health care ability in light of an emerging and unevaluated use of technology to deliver health and human services. medical interpreters at ucsf sent us a letter to senior ucsf management to migrate our in-person interpreting to [speaker not understood]. for the record i have taken it upon myself to send this to you so i don't want to put any of my other colleagues' jobs in jeopardy as a result of my
actions. the data used by management to justify migration is not based on ark tail utilization data [speaker not understood]. the so-called inherent structure inefficiencies of inperson interpreting used as justification by management is actually due to serious mismanagement. this is documented via years of e-mail as well as incident reports on behalf of patients who either did not receive interpreting or received substantial interpreting bilingual employees and minorses to interpret. the inherent draw backs in the use of video technology include primarily the problem that medical interpreters vital role as cultural brokers completely being disregarded by this and could be seriously compromised if we are over a video screen. [inaudible]. >> thank you very much. next speaker.
can i use this one? can i use this? >> we can hear you. is it on? >> it is on, sir. i can't hear. okay. john [speaker not understood] from the san francisco. i read this in the year 2002. it seems like some things never changed. in these days the so-called freedom fighters, enable this, enable that, perhaps it would help if we came to the realization that this evil in the world stems from a worldwide sickness of the human heart, a sickness stemming from broken hearts, broken dreams, misery, despair, rejection, loneliness, resentment, misunderstanding and fear. what a heart break for humanity.
instead of pointing fingers at evil, at one another, perhaps we should throw our arms around each other worldwide and have ourselves a good old-fashioned cry for this tragedy that is engulfing the human spirit today. watch obama's speech tonight. thank you for listening. >> thanks. next speaker. this is neil [speaker not understood]. statewide historic preservation in oakland california. we had a policy of commemorating events that took place 70 years ago. the reason that this is about 70 years was about as long as people who are alive either participated or witness historic events. and this particularly pertains to those right now in this
period of world war ii. the event that i want to draw your attention to tonight or this afternoon is regarding an action of this very same board of supervisors on september seventh, exactly seven years ago to the week of 143. it was special order 359 2, urging repeal of the chinese exclusion act ~. and the chinese exclusion act had been passed in 1882 as you probably know and the subsequent action reinforcing or extending its impact. and by 1943 the national situation was changed very greatly and and it was seen there was a great deal of interest on the part of interested parties in having this act of 182 [speaker not understood].
the purpose of this was to put the chinese people in the system. it didn't matter how many, but that was the important thing. every country had a different number quota. i just want to mention supervisors, the vote was passed 11 to 0 to abrogate the 1882 act by supervisors brown, coleman, younger, guard man, queen, mcfee, need, meyer, [speaker not understood] shannon and ewell 11 to 0. and it was very influential across the whole country because san francisco had [inaudible]. >> thank you very much. next speaker. hello, members of the board. thank you for the time. my name is judd holtz man. i'm a sit san of san francisco and i'm here representing ~ 350
san francisco. i'm going to bring you back, if you permit me, to the business that we have heard here today, namely the mayor's comments about the clean power sf program. given the support that the board has given the program, i'm sure that a lot of this will come as no surprise, but while i didn't plan on speaking, it was impossible for me to let certain assertions made by the mayor stand in the public record without being challenged. i appreciate supervisor avalos's comments trying to set the record straight. and i would second all of those. i would just like to additionally point out it is represented as though the contracts which is clean power sf, i would just like to point out one more time that this is a small portion of the clean power sf program as proposed. it would be less than 5% of the total power provided by the program. the contract would be for 4-1/2
years with shell. the actual green benefits of clean power sf do not come from the power revised from shell but building local renewable generation sufficiency here. the funds to provide that come from selling power, for example, from shell or another provider. the power from shell is not the main event. the rates the mayor was discussing are maximum ceiling not to exceed rates. humans will not actually pay these rates. the actual program rates are yet to be set, but currently puc staff say they are competitive with pg&e brown power rates. that is being completely ignored. i would just like to point out that when we talk about homes being under water in the bayview and we're talking about mortgages, the more time that we spend debating this issue, we are actually talking about homes under water in the bayview, real water. we need to act sooner rather than later. i support everything that you're doing [inaudible].