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commissioners, item 2 review of past events of the planning commission staff report and announcements >> again departments that. i have no report for you at this hearing could >> that places under commissioner matus. item 3 presidents report and announcements >> i've no reported >> item 4, consideration of adoption for the store preservation commission interview committee meeting of july 15, 2015. >> any comments or considerations? does any member of the couple public wish to comment on the draft meeting minutes of july 15? seeing none, we will close public comment. another motion to approve? >> i moved to approve the minutes >> second >> thank you commissioners on a motion to adopt the minutes for july 15, commissioner hasz metadata, pearlman, ionin, and commissioner pres. wolfram >> yes
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>> that motion passes unanimously 7-0 and places us on item 5. commission comments and questions. >> any disclosures? commissioner johnson >> i have a question about the place making newsletter. that's an interesting we got an e-mail about it. i was curious, for instance, ivan interesting speech on getting to a conference in savanna georgia in october, which is a concept i'm developing, linkage between maritime archaeology in terrestrial historic preservation in other words together. is that the kind of thing? is that considered a news item or you want to just keep it-activities of the commissioners? >> show. we would welcome any information you have on the presentation and i'll forward it to our communications manager, who will follow-up with you >> right >> commissioner pearlman >> i just want to say i time to read the significant amount of it the newsletter, and it's
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very well done and it's a very impressive newsletter. so thank you to the department. >> great. seeing no other comments will move on. >> commissioners, that will place us under you were continuous calendar, item 6 case number 2014.1386. the civic center cultural landscape inventory is proposed for continuance to september 16. 2015 i've no speaker cards >> so this item mr. fry >> commissioners, i want to give you a quick update on our most recent continuance of this item. i am happy to report we received the final draft of the cultural netscape survey. with all of the commissioners comments and mr. hasz comments
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address and were currently reviewing again we think it's good to go. in addition to that we found there was a, the necessity to include a little information about the social and cultural heritage of the civic center plaza. most importantly, its recent history. so, we just recently entered a contract with arg to provide additional research during that her back of significance. so, it's really from the 1960s to about the late 1980s, early 1990s. with that, we hope will be finished in a relatively short period of time. but, we are prepared to bring the cultural netscape survey complete, as you most recently reviewed it to the september 16 hearing if you wish to review it at that time. if you would like to wait for the additional research for
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civic center plaza we could always bring most items to you together at a future hearing. but i want to let you know at least the first component is complete. >> questions? does any member of the public wish to speak on the matter of the continuance of this item? seeing none, will bring it back to the commission. do i have a motion to continue? >> almost into continue to september 16 this item. >> second >> thank you commissioners on a motion to continue item 6 to september 16, 2015 commissioner hasz johnck johns masuda pearlman hibblen and commissioner pres. wolfram that motion passes unanimously, 7-0 voices you under regular calendar. per item 7, case number 2015-0041 case number 2015-004168. des at 350
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university st. this is a landmark designation. >> good afternoon, commissioned my name is shannon ferguson planning department staff gave him here to present the dependence recommendation regarding landmark designation of the university mold old ladies home located at 350 regarding landmark designation of the university mold old ladies home located at 350 university st. the building was added to the landmark designation program on october 8, 2014. landmark designation was initiated on may 20, 2015. the current building that you see here is constructed in 1931, 32 and colonial revival style. replace in brazil building constructed in 1875. the home was originally called the old ladies home. named after james lick left $100,000 and is filled to start a
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retirement home for elderly women of modest means. it was in business at this current location for 130 years and in 2014 was purchased by genesis and they continue to operate a convalescent nursing home in the building today. the home is architecturally significant as embodiment of the characteristics of the colonial revival style and represents the work of master architect martin j risk and offered i copied. the. of significance was 1931-2014 representing the construction date of the current building to the time period it was owned by the university-it's been suggested that period of significantly change from 1931, two 1980. so that incompatible alterations are not captured in that significant state. the building does retain a high degree of integrity. it's undergone very few alterations during that time period. there's character
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defining features on page 24 of the landmark designation report. character defining features such as the living room dining room, and located areas historically publicly accessible. staff has updated the designation report to include an appendix with a brief history of retirement and evolution in the architectural design of retirement homes. also of note, department staff and commissioners from island wicks and johnck met with them at the site and were given a tour of the property. given the residence or support the designation and supervisor campos has also expressed support. the department believes the building meets the established eligibility requirements and landmark status is wanted. the diamond recommends designation to the board of supervisors. thank you. >> any questions?
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>> questions? seeing no questions, when we take public comment on this item. any member of the public wish to comment on the designation of the university mound old ladies on? seeing none, will" and bring it back to the commissioners. i would like to report about our visit today. as ms. ferguson said commissioners johns myself this right in this ferguson all visited the site. we met with madeira-founder of a song with the executive director i think of the particular site, that particular building. as well as david ross from-who is their architect for some proposed rehabilitation. they stress some concern about the flexibility of them to make changes in the future to
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accommodate accessibility issues were coding issues. we walked them through the designation reports. they seem to be amenable to designation. they did not express, i guess, i would say they're fairly neutral. i drove the other commissioners had a sense of- >> i think there were more comfortable >> they were comfortable. we also met talk to a few of the residence there as well and a tour of the facility which ms. ms. ferguson said has great integrity. they are planning to make some changes to improve accessibility at certain locations. we also discussed the potential of changing the front landscaped terrace so that was more accessible. i know there's a set of steps from the building to the driveway. they said they were exploring different ways to
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that of larger outdoor patio for residents that might change the landscaping in the front setting. then, the potential batting elevators in the reader, changes they were also-i was a the one area that they were discussed the most were the ceilings, the painted stenciled ceilings and whether those could be readily retrofitted to include sprinklers and lighting and other features and whether they might consider putting a drop ceiling instead. that was one area that was discussed. then, we finally discussed the role of the farc. should this designation be approved. they would have the resources of va rc to come forward to discuss the potential design changes. does that actually are flat- >> as far as i'm concerned.
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except there was one thing that. there was initially, i thought, some ambivalence on their part and some real questioning, but would we be able to operate this home if it's a landmark? what would this really do? how flexible are you? it seemed to me that was a pretty insightful as to what goes on in the minds of well-meaning people who have never encountered a stork preservation commission before come and probably hurt too many stories about the hbc destroying every ounce of economic value and other peoples property. as we talked, they seem to warm to the idea and they are really interested in exploring with us what could be done to preserve the parts
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of the building that are really worth preserving, but would allow the building to operate in the way that it could be economically sustainable. so, i think that what i got the feeling that they really want to work with us and it might -there could be some real benefits to having them on board with this landmark. >> i wonder ms. ferguson as he could walk us through. there was some changes that need to be made based on what we saw today and also mentioned the corrections that i talk to you about earlier. >> based on our site visit today, there have been some features that have been removed already that were called out in the character planning features in the reports. those include some light fixtures in the living room. i believe the
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dining room and in the chapel that have already been removed and replaced with contemporary light fixtures. we do believe those-they were original fixtures that been removed. so, that would need to be room changed and the character defining features. >> was there any indication the ones that were taken away still exist? >> undergone? >> unfortunately, they are gone. the ones in the chapel may still be around and could potentially be rewired and reinstalled if they are still available. >> commissioner johns >> i was curious with the concerns of the owner and maybe ask you if you foresee any particular difficulty. in my expense this is been on the
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commission, we have been flexible according to the purpose of the facility allows for changes to support the facility and its functions. so i wouldn't necessarily be worried about that. however, if the owner, i guess, were to be prudent to us watch the owner if there are some plans, or ideas that they have for changes, would be prudent to have a meeting with them to further bring them on board. would that be wise? that would be my question. which would mean maybe a continuance, if there was support for that idea. or if we do prove if we
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do approve it now i think would be prudent to meet with them if they have some changes they want to make it or maybe they don't have a plan out? >> i don't think it really drawn out yet. the planning department,-when was this originally provided to the owner? this is been in their hands for a lot while? >> yes. bulimic designation was provided to them well before the initiation hearing on may 20 >> so, the planning department has done quite a bit about reach and i think today perhaps was the first meeting were we had all the parties involved. so we've if we were to continue the item, i'm not sure what, whether there would be a real benefit or not. i don't know. gemini thoughts about that? >> commissioners, jim frey department staff. my thoughts earlier after discussing some of these conceptual plans with property owners, that they could really benefit from some design advice from
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architectural review committee no landmark designation i think would go a long way in facilitating that. so, by the time they come to us with a permit or project or requested we can bring them directly to your design committee to give them the type of feedback. and guidance that i think they could benefit from. >> i have no-i'm ready to move >> commissioner hyland looks >> i don't think we need to continue this. i was impressed with a cared about the building as well as the function in the building. it was under threat about a year ago and this age song brought in some investors to purchase the building and to keep it in its current use and they even said, at one point, all the character defining features that we were explaining to them that were important, they also felt were important and intuitively would pay attention to those things. that being said, i think we do have some challenges, and so would be definitely beneficial for them to bring not only
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before the a rc, potentially have a preservation consultant work with them on some alternatives to the strict building codes. >> great. >> yes, i'm ready to move the designation. >> that motion after motion? >> that the motion. i'm ready. i move. >> okay. >> second >> commissioners move the motion to adopt the recommendation for approval on a motion commissioner hasz, johnck johns matsuda, pearlman hyland looks, wolfram-yes that motion passes unanimously 7-0. >> can i go back to number six or something about the calendar?
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>> number five we can reopen commission matters >> i just wanted to look at august 19 and there's one item in that september 2 there's nowhere comes. i'm wondering from the staff at things coming up? we talked about having these 20 min. meetings that if we could combine some items to other mediums, that would be quite helpful. >> commissioners, there are number of items especially informational presentations on your august 19 calendar. but i don't know any advanced calendar. to my knowledge, it might be an opportunity to cancel the first hearing in september. i think sec. ionin was discussing discussing that with commissioner wolfram >> when we wait till august 19. thank you, then. hearing adjourned. >>[gavel]
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my name is randy shaw. i would like to welcome you all to the tenderloin museum. [ cheers and applause ] >> and you know it's not a dream, it really exist. i brought joaquin torres and amy cohen a few weeks ago. i wanted his honest assessment. i said what do you think? he said, you know, i can't believe it's actually going to happen. that is a common thing. and i want to say
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right at the outset two people who are not with us today who i just want to acknowledge because without their infused spirit and legacy we wouldn't be here. one is lloyd cooper. many of you know that lee roy was a long mentor of mine and from fall of 1979. we met with lee roy in his office and he was selling us this idea that tenderloin could be improved and here we are still doing it. it's quite impressive. the other one is cattle, whose wedding photo is here since 1985. he meant so much with my relationship with him because he opened the door to the sro
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community and became a major donor. we got many many people who care about the tenderloin. you can see it on the board. it's the owners of the tenderloin, people like paul brushte and who dug into their pockets and said we believe in this museum. that's what's happened. i want to thank all of those who donated and for believing in us. we didn't think this was going to happen. thank you all. [ applause ] >> i go to a lot of these
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events and you can have people going on and on thanking each person. everyone here was invited. most of you need some support from the media. the media was great. you all deserve thanks. so please don't associate me not mentioning a person by name as not recognizing. there are some people from institutions that i have to call out today. when we hear about pro bono assistance it can often mean a saturday having your staff paint or an architecture firm or it could mean 6 years on a project. i never forget. i feel like some of these folks like seth
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miser. it's like saying good-bye to the tin man. we've been working on 6 years of working on this museum. perkins and will's contribution. the number of the architecture and design. i do want to call them out. and, [ cheers and applause ] i didn't forget that. there was a series of architects who were working the set and this had to do it during a construction period was matsushida. you did all the the stress work. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> and then of course we had to have someone supervise construction. and everyone knows contractor stories and people have the horror stories from their house and wherever you go
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when you go a people have that story. we don't have that story because we use webcor. you cannot believe the professionalism, the quality. eric was sending e-mails multiple times seven 7 days a week. the organization of this project could never happen without webcor's pro bono support and the dedication of those individuals. we want to call them out and thank them. [ applause ] is rodrigo sanity -- santos here. i asked him to give us a price on engineering and he said i'm not giving you a price. i'm doing it for free and he did. [ applause ] our favorite designer is rob duncan here? i saw rob earlier. i
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know rob is here. all the great designs all the great retail stuff was all designed by rob. rob would occasionally ask for a very small check which no where near covered his cost. it covered the museum design and we got at the elite international firm. thank you, rob. [ applause ] i also want to thank our great hero, my hero john burton for coming. great hero for coming. john and i took a driving tour back in 2010 where he pointed out to me all the places he used to gamble and drink in the tenderloin. [ laughter ] and he remembered them. and also i want to thank tom and ron at pbi for
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going far beyond the call of duty. thank you very much, both of you. [ applause ] so again, i'm not thanking everyone else as well but i want to get to the presentation. a lot of things happened on the morning i -- mayoral's watch. it happened because of mayor lee's watch. people asked me who supports this museum. if i said our biggest supporter is mayor lee. he's been with us the entire time and he believes in the tenderloin. what's interesting is all of us who you see here, we all have a long history, but what i learned in researching my book and for this museum is that mayors haven't done
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very much for the tenderloin in history. they talk a good game and come down for ribbon cutings and they give a lot to non-profit housing but when it comes to this it's been 15 years. we got lucky that mayor lee became mayor. i have to say when you look at the help we got from the mayor's office and when steve comes, he never comes to an event. steve came to this event and the support he gave to us. of course amy cohen and joaquin and someone who gave as much help, jeremy. i wish we had a closed circuit so jeremy knows all the help he gave us. that happens with mayor's in the title. that doesn't happen if you don't have a mayor who says i want all the staff to
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help the tenderloin. ed lee did that. wow further a do, mayor, thank you very much. [ applause ] >> randy, thank you for the introduction. >>mayor edwin m. lee: this is what a sizzler's restaurant looks like. [ laughter ] >> you have to know that part of the history in order to appreciate that line. we certainly do. and those who have been in the tenderloin for many years serving the residents here. i think you are all to be congratulated. i know there is an abundant list of people. but i also want to acknowledge those that maybe do not have a big name but are the small business owners within two or 3 blocks from here that said we want this to happen. every police officer that has served this district wanted this to happen.
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firefighters who have come through here wanted this to happen. nurses, i have a lot of nurses and medical health professionals wanted something here to happen. it shouldn't surprise all of you that when it comes to the tenderloin, when it comes to revitalizing areas in the central market, historically depressed areas, it takes not only the great ground leadership that randy has provided for many years. you have to give randy a huge huge [ applause ] here. [ applause ] talk about this. if i had anything do with it is only because he convinced, he was there and you have a reading. this is our history. this is why we came to study law and do civil rights and work in the communities like this. no different way i feel about chinatown and north beach and some areas
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we worked historically together. but i will also say beyond kind of taking care of our own roots and the people we believe in and giving them the level of respect, i enjoy working with the people you just named. we are working together now today to house what is on the front pages of homeless population and they are doing a terrific job and they are freeing up master leasing with as many units as they can. they are finding us to be more incredible partners on these very challenge populations that have a lot of issues and they are centered in central market and tenderloin and we want to help them. i also want to say that in addition to them and the volunteers, there is just an incredible number of people that go unnamed and the staff. i want to also give another shout out to a
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group of people that continue i think to help revitalize all of san francisco but particularly the most challenging are artist. this museum is part of art. it doesn't surprise me that the museum is the idea that has now come forward to attract investor confidence, to bring people together. and i'm looking at karen from the arts and naomi, the city administrator who was in my previous role in trying to figure out what joaquin and amy and others and how we continue to work with the arts to revitalize and bring forward life because when you have nothing, you still got art. you got a history to talk about. so when we had all of those
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meetings at the wonderful hasteings college, they did a great partnership community and it was neat to tell those stories of what we needed others to do to get people involved. that's why i'm not surprised to explaining the idea of the uptown in the tenderloin in this fashion to be so sustainable that a larger fate is happening particularly in the tenderloin area and we celebrated those milestones on a basin which is more and more to come. but there is investor competence that is also there. there will be companies that will i think appreciate this even more. that's why there is neighbor nest. that's created for low income families that are part of the technologies contribution. there will be more of that as the cba's
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get more life into the community benefit agreements and all the technology employees. they will not just go down larkin street. they are going to chairman and the bistro and they will say where is this museum and they will discover that and hopefully get into the jazz and cadillac hotel again and hopefully into more jazz. as 400 mayor's discovered in one of their most enlightening sessions ever to join our memorial in that session. so there is to say a lot of things happening and it's just a matter of us linking it up, talking about it, and introducing more people to it. when we get the lighting down with the harlan's leadership on the lighting, the pathways are going to be better lit and you see
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people at the park providing for all the people that we want our parts to reflect. on valencia, that's going to sprout. you see ice cream in the middle of the tunnel coming. i can't wait for the day we serve free ice cream in the tenderloin. they deserve it. that will be a lot of fun. there is a lot of new things happening and i think this is a moment to an attribute all the spirit of the people that have come here to make this happen. engineers, there is a reason why they are the most successful and good reputable contractor in the city. they are building the big downtown buildings but also help rehab lead with many others with this incredible museum. i can't wait when they start counting the numbers of people that come through here. because when they come through here,
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all the other shops you have to be exposed to. this is part of uptown tenderloin. it is part of the story, the history to arm themselves with so they will know what they are looking at and appreciate this entire part of our city that now is going to become an even bigger contributor. they have contributed. we just haven't recognized it. and i know that muhammad and others, we struggled in our capacities for public works to allow pathways for more people to come here will continue doing that, but all the agencies are working together now in a much better rhythm because we appreciate the investments that are made here because this is going to cause more investments especially the investment in people and we are going to see more of that from our
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administration. the tenderloin is going to be a great story, but so is church street and bodega and central market and so much more of an investment for people who want to create a better place and time for a chance to celebrate and have this sharing for a lot more people. thank you for this milestone, but i am excited to see this cause even more excitement in this entire community and randy, your leadership, your unfettered commitment to this. i want to say thank you from the entire district. [ applause ] >> i do want to mention that kevin louis is sitting in the third row. he and my paint job, we opened an
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art gallery for art a half block down 236 leavenworth street. and so many people said to me, who did this museum, it's so great. if you need someone to do a museum for you. steve is right there and give him your card and he'll get a hold of you. so i'm very honored by the presence. we have the history on the walls and the history sitting here and reverend cecil williams. one thing i want to say about reverend williams i have been in the tenderloin, i know him. i didn't know in 1963 there were only 35 families as members. he had a remarkable organizing strategy. i don't think anyone would have thought of it. he said we are going to hire a minister for
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youth who has no money. that's what he did. he led the power grass roots and organized this. how many knew that? how many read my books? [ laughter ] the legacy is so much more powerful in the tenderloin. we are so glad you are here. do you want to say a few words? >> greetings, everybody. thank you men and ladies. thank you the people who put the time and effort and money. this is the most important thing that's happened in the city and county of san francisco. no matter what you are looking at and how you see it.
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this place certainly is something that is vital and will continue for years and years to come. and having said that, janis, i could not have done it without you. i'm telling the truth. [ laughter ] in fact she did before i did. we did. what you don't know i will tell you. every inch of this, every group that came to san francisco, we had something to do with them in what they did in this city. you name it. we saw at nighttimes what you can
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probably see on television because we felt very strongly that the voice of those folks who came through san francisco, that led me to be here. we never gave in to their philosophy. we have philosophy and a commitment and an unconditional love as a base. there were moments where it was getting pretty tight at times. actively came here. secondly, we had also to begin to relate closely and openly with gay and lesbian groups. we could find ways in this community, large population of gays and lesbians. that was very important. so we identified with whatever the
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movement was. so as a leader to the nation we responded to the gay and lesbian community. the third thing is i don't know if you know this or not but we have 10,000 volunteers who come through every year. that is something that is very critical. lastly but not least, you need to know this, there is no doubt about it, right in the block from where we are located there are large groups of african americans. there is a large number of african americans in the tenderloin. large numbers. some of them they have problems and confront issues. they are ours and we are theirs. we will always be theirs and they will be ours, always. i want to hear him say,
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janis without your time, i don't know where i would be without you. [ cheers and applause ] [ laughter ] >> talking about all people well generally i was going to open the first office in 1980. ed glide raised it to $75 a month and we said we can't afford that and right next door was a vietnamese community development center which started my work with do. remember we had some refugees who came to the tenderloin and started to transform the neighborhood and i worked with toe for
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10 years until local 2 which is in the tenderloin. i thought the coincidence that you and i met in glide. toddo. [ applause ] >> being here just feels like so much coming home. although i never really left the tenderloin. i came just a little bit from a personal perspective. i came to the lend lion when i was 18 and i'm 56 now and i'm still working on the tenderloin. working as the vietnamese youth development center what is under the leadership of lamb do you -- and the memorial church where we do a lot of community outreach. we provide after school. i was one of those youth that
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benefited from the program and north of market plan and coalition. i think we have one of our first southeast asian housing committee in the city because of the diversity of the members who live in here which is vietnamese laotian and cambodia. we do our best effort to incorporated ourselves to learn about our right as a tenant and also we want to learn about being a part of the bigger picture of passing rent control. we have a lot of memories where we have our first picket line to protest one of the evictions. one of the buildings right here but we have a sad moment where i don't know if you remember where there was a person that died in the building. the cause because of the space between the floor and
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elevator and the space was too small. as a community we overcome a lot. the unite development center is providing youth with a different focus with technology and recreation that we when you are growing up poor you don't have the opportunity but now growing up and you have the location. that is what we do and we also survive a lot of turmoil and that's what you do with us. and reverend i have to remember his name. when our community was going through a lot of turmoil with what's going on in our homeland we continued to be able to be about and provide the best
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service we can regardless of whether or not you are supporting the republican or supporting the reunification of vietnam today. i feel very much at home and thank you for all the work that everybody had done to continue to work the community forward. one thing i have to mention is that because a lot of our members in local two become more self sufficient as working in the hotel because of the effort of you and randy from the planning coalition after making sure that these hotels when they build they are sure she hire a resident from this area. [ applause ] so some of our members graduated from here and able to provide a home and live better. i know they have a
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much better life. the tenderloin is a lot of memories for me and a lot of struggles and a lot of cobwebs as well. [ applause ] i should mention the cultural center used to be the waitresses union. it's the largest waitresses unit # -- union in the united states. we are a big union area. many of you know kathy looper from here friday concerts. i worked with her as long as i have known lee roy and she's 79. everyday when we have our tours, which is really important for this museum because we want people to go out to the community and get to
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know the tenderloin. we have pam coats, one of our tour guided. kathy is also a tour guide. the first time i take everyone is through the cadillac hotel they are blown away because they hear negative things about the sro's. they see it and they say is this the sro? because of kathy is the unsung hero in the tenderloin. kathy? [ cheers and applause ] >> that was all fully sweet. it's night to be in a room full of people who love the tenderloin. i have to tell you it's heart warming to be here and see this with this out pouring of
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support. when lee and i built this, it failed because it was an isolation. there wasn't enough around it to draw people in even just for a meal. if anybody knows me, you know i will get to the point. we need your continued support. we need you to support serve -- every business. we need you to go to the museums, then go to one of our restaurants. randy has done an incredible job of bringing investment into this community. it's not just his job, it's our job. we have to do the same. we have to encourage people to come in and spend their dollars in our community, help support this community and this museum is a great entry way for people
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to do that. so, that's it. bring your pocket books. [ cheers and applause ] >> to continue on that theme because we don't have philanthropic support, we have all kinds of items for sale that are sold in a museum. if you haven't bought any before, buy some today. getting people to come to the museum and pay the admission fee and to have them take the tours which we have on thursday nights. that could help. all of you who are inspired by this and talk the language by mayor lee and doddo is to talk about it. we
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need to you do that you can't just walk away and say that was fun, where is lunch and it's all forgotten. i have told people the story about how sitting down with gratsdz wealthy people and when they are with me it was a great idea but they didn't give any money. when you are here you are excited and back home you are in another environment. if you just give to momma. we are working very hard to raise every dollar in the tenderloin. when you do that, it's great to be here. we have word of mouth and otherwise you have ways to go to the museum. our opening night event at 6:30. we have a rare
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extraordinarily rare assistance. if you see sierra strike and mark. susan striker and victor hernandez. victor the co- director will both be here along with marching and veronica, the activist and if you want to know the gay and lesbian history of san francisco and where it began, it began here right in the tenderloin. cover charge covers the free wine. see you all here and in the future. thank you. [ applause ] 27, 2015 and
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built anymore. we found since then about 15 percent of our total pop ulation live in these buildsings subject to the had ordinance so this is a huge safety concern for the city of san francisco and the update i'm about to give shows good numbers so excited where that is going. again, after 1989 the building inspection commission put together the plan for seismic safety. it involved 100 member thofz community and several small businesses and looked at earthquakes in a holistic sense so what does it mean for the community in san francisco? 17 general policy san francisco should be doing to look at earthquake safety. from then city administrator ed lee put together a safety implementation plan which i oversee today. one of the biggest issues is deal wg the
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soft story buildingsm. the ordinance looks at type 5 or wood frame. [inaudible] buildsings built before 1978 and 2 or more stories over a soft story. this was a data crunch and didvent a existing list of the buildings so had to look at permit records and [inaudible] to get a list of 6700 properties. septof 2013 we sent properties a notice and the notice said they are subject to screening so it means they have 12 months to fill out a document to figure come f the building should be in our out of the policeman. program. the completion was the following year and had 95
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percent complinets rate and within the 3 months following we bumped it up to 99 percent compliance rate. huge numbers, very exvited about that. that is 5 thousand buildings that will be retrofitted by 2020. there are about 20 thousand san franciscans who live in these buildsings. when we look at how that effects small business it is concern. the majority fall in the 4th tier so they are given the maximum amount of time so fl is a different level of care and work ethic involved so want to give the maximum time to comply with the law. there are about 786 buildings in the process. in addition there are 20s 2 that received final completion and sign off. the first deadline are a few years from now. it is great to
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see people getting the ball rolling. one of the other charges we had is alonging at financing options. we know one size fits aul won't work for ret row fit so we talked to private banks. the cities developed their own financing mechanism too. we went live with the financing in december and have [inaudible] which is impressive considering this is several years out. i also handed out a map. this reflects the work we did with office of economic and work force development and looking at the neighborhoods and overlaying where the buildings appear. there is a important caveat i should point out, the buildings reflected here are the noticed buildings so the information isilateal old so they are not the buildings that
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have to ret row fit, they received screening forms. so far we see average numbers come through, the average construction cost is reported 71 thousand dollars and that is based on about the 600 or so permits issued so far looking at the construction cost. the other nice thing is we see creative ways to keep stores in operation during construction. we do this with hospitals. making sure things like ground floor retail are operating is not as difficult as you may think so we have seen a rate of these being very successful throughout the course of construction and if the construction is happening at a steady schedule we are in and out of there. a contractor starts 30 to 60 days and in and out. happy to answer questions the commission may have. >> commissioner adams >> i want to say you are doing a great job. i do know a
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couple landlords that are proactive and starting their construction and know they have a couple buildings done already and they are retail space squz in every instance the retail store was able to stay in place while they were doing the construction. the sit a being more proactive i thought was great and you see more and more as you go into the neighborhoods construction being done especially on the east side. the outreach was fantastic. you really got in front of the land lrds, the banks everybody to put put everybody together so good job. >> thank you commissioner. >> submissioner >> i have a question about the
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properties-that is sth total number-how many of these buildings involve smauz small business? >> it is hard to say because small business can fit into several tiers. the vast majority of small business are in the 4th tier. roughly, i don't have the numbers but assume around 1 thousand buildsings are in tier 4 >> what type of financing are the methods of financing for small businesses in the context of ret rofitting? >> all the financing we look at help the landlord as the business owner because they are required to comply: working withria in the small business there are options for microgrants and thingathizeophorous is doing, but it isn't the businesses responsibility to be complying with the retrofit so the
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financing is geared towards the construction work >> the 4th tier has to comply bine 2020? >> correct >> the business is shut down during the retrofit somebody has to compensate them or they are out of business for a while? >> correct and that is base ond the stipulation in the commercial lease and the agreement for the landlord to come in and do work >> the landlords have been very good work wg the tenants on these, the ones i know of and work with. i do know and can't say the names recollect , but they are in the marina and the landlord gave the tenants break but they are still in business so they are paying rent but not full rent. there are a few
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landslords that are doing that because they have to do it and don't want to luce the tenant >> where the business has to shut down can have a ripple evect on the employees, i was thinking what we can do to protect [inaudible] >> i think we can do more to help the small business so don't think we should be done thinging about that solution. when we talk about correction we talk 30-60 days. the small businesses will fail after a disaster so trying to get them to think in those term squz look at the big picture is where we should focus our efforts and the small business community >> through the president, mr. dwight so i know i live in the upper hate rr so there is a
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fair number of properties in the upper hate so a good number have gone dark and my guess it is happening between leases because several new businesses moved in after the work is done, so especially in those instances, it is a great opportunity to insure the property owner is making their entry way accessible especially if they are have to lower the floor to make a level entry, so is the city at all tracking what accessibility improvements are being done and made through the seismic retrofit? are they tracking it and how much of the work is being done and maybe for those businesses that are not moving out, is the property owner taking advantage of
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making the entry way accessible 1234 >> a couple things, there is a easy data run that can be done if xhrmsh buildsings are doing the soft story work and they would be required to do accessibility as a rule of that. you have to review the plans to figure what the particular interventions were so that level of detail hasn't been looked at yet, but it could. the initial numbers is 71 thousand for the average ret row fit so they are required by chapter 11 b and the building code so they are only required to spent 20 percent. there are several over the threshold so they would be required to bring the building into full compliance. >> commissioners comments or questions? no. >> thank you very much
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commissioners. >> thank you. brian lets move on. >> we need to open for public comment. >> anyone have public comment from this item? seeing none we'll close >> item 5 is discussion and possible action on bos 5150732, building code mandatory disability access improvement administrative fee. this is a ordinance amending the building code to require a building with a place of public accommodation to have primary entries or path of travel into the building accessible for persons with disability or to receive from the city equivalent facilitation technical infeasibility or technical hardship establishing a disability access compliance unit within the department of building inspection and a fee to offset the cost of disubltd
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access improvement program. today we have a presentation by supervisor katy tang >> good afternoon thank you for hearing this item today. i know this is has been a long time effort we spent many years working on and there are several people here who helped work on it. i would like to thank rugina [inaudible] and kathleen dooley, carla here from the mayors office on disability. knroe there are member thofz mayors counsel here as well as richard halren, i want to give him a lot of credit for thinking about how to approach this from department building inspection. spent many years trying to work on the issue of ada and how we do this work and try to encourage accessibility around the small business community. on the one hand trying to make sure we provide access to
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squaerfbd also trying to make sure it is something that is feasible for the small business community and doesn't put them out of business undur ada. we thought oaf various solutions. we started out by giving a free inspection and offering that to businesses and they would post something in the window saying they completed this. we offered one pagers in different languages telling people about the different resources available for financing and finally we realized we needed a larger more comprehensive effort from the city to say that look, this is a very important issue and want to make sure our business community is trying to provide adequate access for everyone who wants to utilize a service and also provide a way for our businesses and property owners to document they made this effort so if there was a lawsuit filed against a
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property owner or business they can show and have proof they made a effort to achuv accessibility improvements. i think the summary that was stated what the ordinance is doing is we put in the building code to require existing building with a place of public accommodation either have all primary entries and path of travel accessible or receive a determination from our access appeals commission for equivalent facilitation, technical infeasibility or unreezable hardship so this is something that is new. we also establish a disability access complinets unit within dbi that we hope to congregate more people from different departments so businesses and property owners are not running to different departments at different times trying to figure what they need to do.
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we are also-i just want to go over quickly the different tiers we are setting up. it is very good convince you had a presentation about the soft kory retrofit program because what we did is model our legislation off that program and hope to conduct that same level of successful outreach on that. we divide the city buildsings into 4 categories. the first are those that probable have main entrances accessible and met the standards based on the california building code 1998. category 2 and 3, you start getting into those buildings where the primary entrance may have a step or 2 or more. category 4 are the ones where we are calling-there are all sorts of issues there so you
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vaprimary entry or entries with more than one step or more than wut element that do not comply with the minimum code requirement so it is the catch all category. based on the 4 categories the first thing we are asking our property owners to do is submit a compliance check list. it ranges from 12-30 monthathize property owners have to submit the check list t. is what the seismic soft story was trying to do and survey because we don't have accurate numbers at the moment. then the next step would be 3 months from when you submitted the compliance check list. that ranges from 15-33 months. the last step is 3 months later
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you obtain the permit. for the third step we do build in an exception for extensionoffs time if the planning department or dbi or any other department held up the permit for whatever reason. most significantly is that we are trying to empower the access appeals commission to issue those determinations so whether there was a technical infeasibility and so forth because right now if a business or property owner were trying to make accessibility improvements what do they have to show that they tried? especially as we talk about potential properties in district 3 where there are historic buildsings and it is difficult to achieve the work, we want a formal something from
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the city to show someone made a effort. we are not guaranteeing this will be upheld in court but at least it shows we are trying and the city is aware and trying to work what other solutions there may be. that is in a nut shell the parameters of the program that we are hoping for and we really do think it is very ground breaking because i thichck it is the first time a city has taken it upon them sevl to have a comprehensive program to make sure building owners are aware of the requirements and allowing the flexibility and the cases especially giver en san francisco's tow pography and many hig touric buildings to allow for the flexibility. i want to thank everyone who wrapped their heads around the issue how we have a program that we hope will be a benefit
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to the people who want to access all our brzs and the businesses who want to provide service to everyone in san francisco. the way that the legislation is written, the responsibility falls on the property owner but we are very well aware in the private contraxual relationship between property owners and tenants they can discuss on their own the arrangement they have but we wrote it in a way that it falls on the property owner. i'm happy to answer questions or can bring up carla johnson from the mayors office of disability for questions >> commissioner dooley >> i want to thank you catty katy for all the hard work and time you put into this. it was grailt to work with the different minds and it is really much needed and thank you so much.
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>> thank you and i do want to give a builated thanksgivings to [inaudible] thaums who was part of the initial discussion as well and felt this was a important issue we as a city should be tackling. >> any other comments, questions? no. thank you very much, supervisor. >> with that i'll bring up carla johnson from mayors office on disability. >> good afternoon, it is so good to see you today. i also want to start my comments by thanking supervisor tang and her aid and commissioner dooley and director regina [inaudible] because what was special and unusual about this work group is it was trying to solve a problem from many different perspective chblt the people that par tit paced in the work group included work groups and your commissioner and director and department of building
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inspectioning, the planning department, department of public works, the mayors office on disability, bomu and others that came together. i think it is apparent today with the seismic safety program is a good program because the comments you may regina were very good about looking at any work we do is a opportunity to improve accessibility. july we celebrated the 25 anniversary of signing of americans with disability act and in 1990 there was the expectation the work would be done now and yet as we go through the city there are many places that for a variety of reasons have not been able to retrofit their entrances and make their businesses fully accessible to all as a civil right and think the legislation tackles the project in a way to insure we
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improve the accessibility of the business squz protect our small businesses from lawsuits through this very thoughtful program to improve buildings over time and use this new disability access compliance unit at the department of building inspection to work together in a way we haven't had the opportunity to do in the past. i do want to thank supervisor tang and look forward work wg you and here to answer any questions you may have on this as well. thank you. >> thank you. commissioner questions comments? no. okay. any memberoffs the public wish to comment on this item? >> i is 2 speaker cards, first up denise [inaudible] and chip [inaudible] welcome. >> welcome. good afternoon commissioners. i thank you for the opportunity to be able to speak with you today. my name is denise [inaudible] cochair
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on the mayors disability council and would like to read in record a letter of support for this building code amendment for the legislation of supervisor tang to include chapter 11 d to the building code. dear commissioners the mayors disability council is writing this letter in support of supervisor katy tangs proposed legislation introduced at the board of supervisors meeting on tuesday july 7, 2015. this proposal would expand access requirements for small businesses and other entities that serve the public requiring that commercial buildings with primary entries and path of travel into any existing buildings be made accessible for people with disabilities. supervisor tangs important legislation would serve to reduce the number of
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physical barriers people with disabilities face when accessing small businesses. people with disabilities will be able to benefit by receiving the same privileges and services as people without disabilities, which will promote full and equal inclusion. just as a importantly, this legislation provides much needed support to the small business community. the mdc empathized with business owners who are concerned about whether they are in compliance with the state or federal disability access law. the [inaudible] disability access compliance unit will provide multidepartmental guide squns outline requirements for each business property owner. personalized through the use of a check list to assess where the property stands with regards to the ordinance. we
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understand that there will be cost associate would the implementation of this ordinance, however the ordinance has a mechanism to grant exceptions where they are extreme cases of physical constraint or financial burden on the property owner. the access appeals commission will be empowered to review the conditions on a case by case basis and render decisions that document technical infeasibility unreezable hardship and [inaudible] the mayors disability council studied this ordinance and found it to be a fair and balanced approach to solving accessibility issues for small business owners and the disability community. as we continue to celebrate the 25 anniversary of ada, let this legislation set a dpmp for the city and county of san francisco by making business
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[inaudible] for all. >> perfect timing, thank you. the value of reading your presentation, thank you. next up. >> good afternoon, my name is chip [inaudible] the other cochair of san francisco mayors disability council. most of my points are contained in a letter read by my colleague. the situation for people with disabilities is there are many barrier tooz the goal of inclusion in american society. we face barriers in employment and education as well as physical access. the legislation is important because it brings our brothers and sisters with disability closer to fuller inclusion in society so i want to urge you to support this legislation and help it move forward. thank you >> any other public comment? seeing none public comment is closed. commissioners. director
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>> i just want to make a comment thmpt to extends my appreciation to supervisor tang for developing the legislation and this is ground breaking and it is historic and to have the city come together to look at what more we could do to help our property owners and small businesses and mostly help individuals with disabilities be able to access our goods and services. so, i think the timing-having patrick [inaudible] and give the presentation to talk about what we are doing with the seismic safety but also to highlight the issuewise the california building code that under the seismic safety even though a business may be required to do some accessibility, but as he
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said, most of the average accessibility cost is 71 thousand dollars which is well under the evaluation thresh hold so additional 20 percent is over 14 dollars and dealing with a entry way especially if you have some sort of step, is going to be much more than 14 thousand dollars if you have to try to deal with lowering it, getting additional structural drawings, possibly going through historic preservation so that business may choose to spend that 14 thousand dollars in another area doing accessibility. we still haven't accomplished our goal which is one of the first things that you need to do-the levels of priority of accessibility are pact of travel and entry way and most of the businesses don't have to deal with path of travel because that is in the public realm so the entry way is the
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first place. so, the timing of supervisor tangs legislation is very critical because there is still a good number of property owners who haven't gone through the seismic retrofitting. while i know a-there are businesses who have been able to stay in-and conduct business but frafr the majority of the properties on hate rr street they had to go dark so it is really critical that we are engaging with the property owners now especially if the business is-if that property will go dark to make their entry ways accessible. the only way to get around as i see it and correct me if i'm wrong richard, but to deal with that 20 percent is to do what we are requiring with the mandate. the timing of these 2 things are really important and while
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i know there will probably be hick ups, but think it is ground breaking and for us to demonstrate not only throughout california but nationally what we are trying to attempt to do is i think extraordinary and important and quite historic. so, just want to extend my appreciation to supervisor tang and to director johnson and richard halren and commissioner dooley and everybody involved to come up with the very smart way of approaching this and also to document situations and cases where it may be technically infeasible or there is a real hardship and that is information we can send to the state or to the federal level as examples of issues or concerns or things to help deal with trying to achieve accessibility.
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>> thank you. any other comments, questions commissioners? >> i move that we support katy's legislation. >> i'll second. roll call? >> commissioner adams, yes. commissioner dooley yes. commissioner dwight yes. commissioner ortiz, yes. commissioner yee, riley, yes. commissioner tour, sarcson, yes. commissioner white, yes. unanimously approve. >> thank you supervisor. >> thank you. all right. thank you all for coming out for that. next up is item number 6 >> item 6 is prezen taiz and discussion on administrative code chapter 14, san francisco health care security ordinance 14.2 j, the department of
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public health plan to maximize enrollment in health insurance and include option frz incenting employers to provide quality. presenting today is colleen chawla druckter of policy and planning. >> i have a presentation also for you if i could get that on the screen would be great. >> colleen i think we can switch the mic if it is easier for you. >> it is on. sorry, now it is. >> is that better? thank you. so, good afternoon commissioners i'm colleen chawla and deputy director of heth dedepartment and here to present the proposal for modernizing the health care security ordinance and certain components chblt the item went to the hement commission for the first of the 2 hearings
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last tuesday and the heths commission wim hear it next tuesday and are interested in the feedback from the small business commission so thank you for had opportunity to be here. san francisco has seen great success enrolling people into health insurance since the implementation of the affordable heth cair act [inaudible] high cost of living in san francisco [inaudible] health insurance remain for some san franciscans. our proposal to modernize the city squaupgz create a employee wellness fund seems to compp lment the affordal care act. just a little overview of what i plan to present today. i was told to give a thorough presentation and know you deal with this issue not an regular basis so it includes health care security ordinance. i'll give a overview and why we are
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proposing it. talk about the health care security ordinance a little one on one on health care security ordinance. talk about proposal in more detail and then discuss what benefits we expect to accrue to san franciscans, to employees and employers and the city. i think you have all received or brought a copy of the memo to the helts commission. from a employer perspective this provides employers with new options to obtain health insurance for low income and part time employees. in addition it provides a opportunities to support employee wellness activities. the proposal insures all low and moderate income san franciscan have access to affordable health care. the proseal levelerages the city option program and in this
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graphic the gray indicates what exists already under the city option program and blue and orange indicate what is new. existing city option program there are medical reimbursement accounts where individuals employers contribute on their behalf. they can use that accounts to reemburse for medical expenses. it also includes healthy san francisco so employers who contribute on behalf of their employees to eligible individualerize enrolled in healthy san francisco. the new components are in blue. we are proposing a new account that continues san francisco's commitment to aca and prioritizes em enrollment for 3 thousand san franciscans. those that are not eligible for this extension
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we continue to allow them to maintain their enrollment in healthy san francisco so nobody goes without affordable health care service. in orange is a new budget initiative the department of public health will implement in 2016-17 called the employee wellness fund and the idea hire is this reemburse employers for eligibility expenditures and i'll talk in more detail about that in a moment. why are we here today with this proposal? san francisco as i said has seen success in the implementation of the affordable care acktd. since 2014 more than 97 thousand san franciscans sl gained helts insurance through med i-cal or covered california. our state
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exceeded federal enrollment rates. it is largely due to seck suss with healthy san francisco we are so far ahead. helthsy san francisco is a coordinateed health care program for uninsured san franciscans and approximately 80 percent of uninsured residence were enrolled in healthy san francisco and that meant we know who the uninsured were. as a result our rate of uninsured has gone down by 54 percent in the city. and yet affordability challenges remain for some. we-some remain unable ta to take advantage of affordsability and [inaudible] some others are exempt for hardship or religious reason squz still others are unabling
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to afford it. the affordsability concerns were highlighted in recent city health care initiatives, the 2013 universal helths care counsel which xhrgzer adams and [inaudible] as well as the amendment tooz the health care security ordinance introduced by supervisor campos and passed in 2014. both of those highlighted the issues of affordability for part time employees, plow wage earners and the health care security ordinance required a plan to come back and address affordsability for helths insurance and that is what is before you today. in that time we did a lot of work. we hired through a grant from the california health care foundation 2 consult ants to review the issue of affordability and address a program. we have 2 focus
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groups of employees and employers. 40 percent of covered california enrollies already struggled to pay premiums so add the cost of living in san francisco and it is exas baited. we convened focused groups and among employees the chief concern is cost regardsless of whether they are insured or uninsured is the primary factor. for employers we found employers said they wanted to offer health insurance but had a hard time do it. sometimes health insurance plans don't allow you to offer insurance to part time employees and other times it was just cost prohibitive. as i said, we engaged 2 consultant to work on this proposal that
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is before you. the first one was the uc berkeley labor center and the reason we chose them is because they created a simulation model that is relied on across california to look at health insurance uptake rates and various elements of the aca implementation so they had soft weir we could use. what does affordsability mean, howmany people do we talk about, what does it take to make health insurance affordable for them? health managementish associates worked with the operationalization of the program. they did financial regulatory and operational feasibility analysis to help determine once we determine the benefit amount is to give to a
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person, how do we get that benefit to had person? what is the best way to get it to them so they qu owe can use it? collectively their research founds there is a high costf living in san francisco chblt they estimated it at 59 percent higher than the national cost of average living. also we found post affordable care act insurance trends that relyoon increased cost sharing leave people between 250 to 500 percent are the most vulnerable. [inaudible] paying the highest proportion of income to their health insurance. as a result this population is at the highest risk of being uninsured or under insured. the proposal that relies on the city option
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is the one considered most viable to address this issue. i will deal with a brief health care security ordinance so you understand what it means when i say modernize the city option. the helths care security ordinance as you knerequires employers to make health care expenditures own behalf of employers. make quarterly expendstures for employees working more than [inaudible] on this chart are the 3 most prevalent ways employers comply. by far most employers provide health insurance. about 85 percent comply by providing helths insurance. about 20 percent comply by
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providing health reinbursement account and another 20 percent using the city option. what we are talking about here is the people who comply by contributing to the sate option so about 44 employers comply with health care security ordinance overall. we are talking about the 20 percent who comply with the sit a option. what does the sit a do? if the person is an-if the employee is a uninsured residence of san francisco we direct them to healthy san francisco program and they are allowed to get discounted enrollment. if they live outside the city or insured some other way they get a reinbursement account. [inaudible] so it is these 2 elements wree prosing to change in this proposal. again, here
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is just a modern ization component of the proposal. the bridge to coverage feature under medical reinbursement is new as is the affordability extension for healthy san francisco. i should say and didn't say this early on, this proposal makes no changes to the way employers contribute on behalf of employees, they occur on the back ends after a contsbution is made and what we do with the [inaudible] more accessible. so, first the bij to coverage, this is a attempt to do what we heard both employers and employees wanted us to do is make health insurance more affordable. so, for san francisco residence whos employers contribute to the city option and purchase
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insurance on covered california and income below 500 percent of positivety they have access to bridge to coverage medical reinbursement account. the currents medical reinbursement account is the value of the employers cont bougzism pr part time it can be small and full time it can be large. what we proposal is calculate the value in the reinbursement account based on what the employee needs to make health insurance affordable. assistance for paying premiums and assistference out of pocket cost. the first one is premium assistance and individuals will be able to get help paying 60 percent of the cost with the monthy premium and that correlates with the higher cost of livling in san francisco so paying 60 percent of cost evens
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it out for contribution for health care. the cost sharing assist sns component. this is when you go to the doctor you have a percentage of a hospitalization you have to pay for, you have a flat dollar amount every time you use prescription drug coverage so the cost sharing assist sns designed to make sure the deduckable in the health insurance is never more than 5 percent. if you needed health care services you couldn't afford to get them and for go [inaudible] this avoids the issue of underinsurance and provides that bftd. the other thing it does is leverage the federal benefits that employees are aurmd elg nl for on covered california. you see in the chart the bars from left to right, those are federal
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poverty levels starting at 150 percent all the way to 500 percent. the bars themselves, they represent the total the average cost that a 40 year old san franciscan would have access in health insurance on covered california. if they had to pay their full dedectable it would be 7 thousand a year for a 40 year old san franciscan. the blue bar representathize amount the federal government will pay toward health care cost. you can see very low income the federal government subsidizes a lot. in the orange is how much this program will subsidize the cost of health insurance so at the low level this program subsidizes somewhat but by far the federal government is making most of the subsidize and as the income goes occupy
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the federal subsidize and the local subsudegoes up and leveled out. this is intented to address the 250-500 percent of poverty for now insurance or under insurance. who are the people that will be helped with the program? there are about 3 thousand. uc berkeley did the analysis of the numbers expected to benefit from the program. 2016, about 3 thousand. most are younger than 40 and health insurance the cost goes up with age so that 40 year old example is really the average cost that we are looking at. 73 percent are part time and work fewer than 30 hour as week and their employers are not subject to the aca mandates. 85 earn less than 47 thousand a year, that is about 400 percent of federal poverty level and 6 aket percent are eligible for
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subsidize on cover california. the overall cost is support pd by employer contribution tooz the city option on behalf ofome ployees benefiting. all employers contributing on behalf of the 3 thousand people will cover the costf the program both program expenses that benefits to the individual. in the first year we anticipate 7 million inb.s will go out. it will cost about a million to administer the program and 8.8 contributions come in and have [inaudible] that was a medical reimbursement account. the affordsability extension for helthsy san francisco is the safety net. this makes sure if people are not eligible for reinbursement accounts and people say they cannot afford helths insurance and the employer doesn't contributes to
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city option they are not without services. we are making 2 change tooz this program. i'll run through this because it has very little to do with whether the employer contributes or not. we increase the upper income limit to 500 percent of the federal poverty level to align with affordsability analysis we did and we are saying that even if you are eeligible for covered california that may not be enough to make it affordable for you and if that is true we'll make sure we can stay in healthy san francisco. these are the eligibility requirements urm that i just described. what we are doing differently with this change is we are ramping up the enrollment and education assistance we provide already. right now if you enroll in healthy san francisco we'll say you can be eligible for helths
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insurance on covered california and can help you enroll but we want to do more education and say this is how much the federal government will penalize you on your tax return if you don't enroll and this is how much it cost to participate in healthy san francisco and here is how much it cost for helths insurance. even after all that calculation and discussion if a person says that is great but i caebt afford it we'll allow them to enroll so beefing up the education and enrollment assistance. the people eligible for this option are those not eligible for affordable care act insurance. largely the undocumented. we have about 15 thousand enrollees now and this can 12 thousand are undocumented. also people that are exempt from the federal mandate that don't have to pay the penty
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we'll allow them to pay. you don't have to pay a penalty if you are homeless or have a hardship or religious reasons. if the cost is too high you are eligible for mandate exemption and if the employer doesn't offer insurance and still unaffordable we allow you to stay. i should point out here just in the first column it is hard see, the total expenses for helthsy san francisco program providing care to about 15 thousand san franciscans is about 112 million a year. [inaudible] of about 28 million a year. the city general fund supplements the cofs the program to the tune of about 83 million dollars a year. and
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then finally the employee wellness fund. this is a idea in progress so we would love your feedback on this. what we are proposing is create a separate wellinous fund that works like a reinbursement account that reinburses employers for approved expenditures. it is separate from the health care security ordinance. we presented this idea to the helt commission and had thoughts too so i'll share their thoughts with you as well. the goal here is really to look at intervening earlier in a persons helths. the affordable care act has a focus on prevention and wellness and health promotion and that is what we want to do here. target the diseases of highest
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prevalence, heart disease is the highest in san francisco. it might make a impact on health status as a city overall so we are looking at that. research the rand corporation had done for the federal department of health and human services found that employee wellness programs reduce health care cost for employers and increase productivity and reduce absenteeism and address employee health issues, specifically related to exercise frequency, smoking behavior and weight control. so, one of the other suggestions that the health department had was maybe looking at not reinbursing employers for what they expend for these programs because it may be complicated for employers trying to run a business to also think about wellness expenditures but having the health department
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provide something of value to employee wellness. flutuate clinics or smoking sussation services. maybe we make those more accessible to business and employees. so, that is the summary and just to recap what we expect the benefits of the proposal would be. generally affordable health care for all low and middle income. this means no one is left without health care and that is good for people and business and the city and everyone. specifically for san franciscan we make health insurance more affordable for about 3 thousand san franciscans and keep healthy san francisco available for those who caebt afford it and promote employee wellness through the wellness fund. for employers we increase access to
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affordable helt insurance for low wage and part time employees, something the focus group participants said they wanted. we also are offering to invest in employee wellness for employers in san francisco. and then for the city overall, the bridge to coverage option is entirely funded through existing mechanisms. the affordability extension we budget frd that to make sure nobody is left behind t. avoids costly charity care reliance on free services at the hospital when we take care out of the emergency room. the employee wellness funds provides opportunity to have new partnerships with the business communities to look at the overall health of san franciscans. that concludes my presentation and happy to answer any questions? >> thank you. commissioner tour >> i have to thank you for your
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presentation. it is a complicated field and you made it quite clear and thank you for the 101 presentation. >> thank you >> this discussion was for the city option only? >> that is correct, >> it doesn't increase the contribution-it is readjusting the budge squt redirecting your efforts in managing. >> that is right >> the employee wellness fund is also limit ed to the city option >> what i didn't say is that we are planning to convene a group to look at what the employee wellness fund would look like. we wanted to address the a ffordability of helt insurance and know employee wellness is another component we want today address so we plan to convene a group in 2016 that will determine the parameters of the program. now we think it is probably