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relationship with many of the tenants, so she's been working with 'em there -- with them. we had a meeting and want to assure the three of you and the tenants that they will maintain the same rights that they have now as far as rent control, right to return, and the conservatory wants to be a good neighbor and make sure that the tenants are taken care of. with that, i would like to introduce david stolle. >> it's an honor to be here. if we can cut to the slide deck, we can go to a couple of slides. this is the site as it is today.
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we're excited to being able to, first of all, make sure that the existing tenants are able to return to the site. and we've worked closely with our friends to make sure that we can accelerate this transition. the conservatory itself is excited about this new building. it's a rendering of what the building would look like. this will, in fact, be not only an excellent source of student housing, which builds community for them and walking distance to the school, but does have the performance spaces. there will be 600 performances a year. more than that. of the performances, 9 out of 10 are open and free to the public. it gives a chance for families and people that want to engage music to come into the space.
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the space at the lower level is highly transparent. as we come back away from the space that it has a low profile and provides a wonderful penthouse on top. it is also open to the public. 9 out of 10 concerts will be free and will provide a beautiful evening for people that wish to engage music. the floor plans, this shows you essentially in the southwest corner, this gorgeous recital hall. it comes to the corner that you will be able to see, master classes. the school is the only stand-alone conservatory offering music degrees west of the mississippi that's fully accredited, but we also have programs for children and adults. i should point out that 98% of
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our students are on financial aid. we give back 53 cents of every $1 we collect. we're the most diverse and top five in the world and 38% of our students come internationally to study at the school. this is from inside the performance space. it gives you a sense of how bright and light that space will be. it's the entry lobby that takes you into the space. this is a student center. it will provide them a place to have meals, get together, play ping pong. it gives you a sense of the activity in the building. this is looking at the performance space and restaurants that will be on the corner that faces davies hall. live jazz and chamber music and concert lectures. this gives you an outline of replacement housing. everyone comes through the front
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door. there's a private elevator that takes you up to where the units are located. all of them are facing the street and have light. you see the student housing design plan. there are suites that are quads. 62 students will be housed per floor. on the very top of the building, you will see a performance hall. the vista to the north is spectacular. you will see city hall in the distance. to the west, glass sweeps up and you look out to the setting sun. and this is a public performance space. we look forward to welcoming families and visitors from the community here on a daily basis. this is the rooftop garden and this will look out towards the city, finding a wonderful view of the city. from davies, this is how you will see the building as you look off to the east.
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there's the building at night. the project for us has been a labor of -- a great effort. i want to thank the team that's worked on this. i really would love to thank supervisor kim and district board of supervisors and city for working so closely with us. we're committed to getting our students into the space and also assuring that the tenants have a phenomenal experience in this transition. we appreciate their help and cooperation. >> supervisor kim: thank you. and i want to thank you for your work as well. when the project sponsor first came to my office, i was very skeptical about any project that would demolish rent-controlled units. and efforts have been extraordinary to get us to the place where the residents and you are in agreement and moving forward. so i'm happy this is moving forward. at this time, we'll move forward with public comment, via the chair. and i do have some comment
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cards. i have so many pieces of paper, i lost it. so i do want to first bring up sive vanderhorst, lead tenant, working with the households. demarcus davis. jorge turkoo. alicia sandoval. >> hi. i just want to thank you for everything that you did. when randy kwon and i showed up at your office to meet danny, you were really great. the conservatory has been great. we're getting ready to go to beautiful units and to have the opportunity to live in such a nice place after living in a dump for so many years, is
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really nice. i'm not going to take up a whole lot of time. i just want to say that at first when we found out that our building was being torn down, we were so squared that we would be homeless and in the street and we all met downtown stairs and we decided that we wanted to stay together as a community and that we wanted to live where we live. because we had decided this together, i -- you know, it's important to acknowledge that this was a community effort. and i speak up because i'm that kind of person, but i don't want to pretend that i was something better than my neighbors because, you know, they stood up, too. and i just hope that this gets
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passed so we can get across the street. and this time next month, laying by the pool. >> supervisor kim: thank you. thank you for your efforts. >> good afternoon. i'm demarcus davis. i'm study violin performance at the conservatory and serve on the student council. i'm here on behalf of students to show our support for the project. this is a special place for us. we're the most diverse conservatory in the country, or perhaps the world. of all the students enrolled, we have 423 enrolled. 98% of us are on scholarships. that's a huge, drawing factor to get top talent and students to study with world-class artists that teach at the conservatory. what the housing project would mean for us, one, the students that live in our current space,
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it's about 220 students. so it would allow us, one, to come together as a community and house our rapidly growing population, but, two, to create a sense of community the students come from around the world. for many, this is their first time in america and being away from home. it's important to have a place that we can call home and is ours so we can open up our doors and go out and know each other. being away from home is scary. this is my first time not living in georgia and the conservatory has welcomed me in. i'm grateful to be a part of that. for my colleagues from other countries, it's not easy. many don't speak english as their first language, so it's important that we can cultivate that experience. we could you would do everything that you can to get this moved along and we want our future
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students to have the same opportunity. >> supervisor kim: thank you, mr. davis, and welcome to san francisco. next speaker, please? >> my name is alicia sandoval, housing life committee. i've been working with the tenants at 200 van ness, which are in support of this project. as long as there is a just relocation plan that will benefit the rent-controlled tenants. when this project came in front of the planning committee, the conservatory they'd a commitment that they with not change the terms of a contract. looking at the new draft, i have a lot of concerns.
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we're asking for the conservatory to respect the original lease for each tenant. we need more time so that the tenant lawyer and conservatory music lawyer can have a dialogue. we want to be sure the contract is finalized before any other things happen. also, we're looking at if there is any way to revoke the 90-day notice until we're able to come up with something that will benefit the students. we'll continue a dialogue between the tenants on the table and also representation from supervisor kim's office. what will happen if they don't move in 90 days? what if the tenants don't agree with the change of terms that
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would allow them to move back after two years? those are some of the questions we have. we need more time to discuss before the tenants sign the new contract. thank you. >> hello. i'm one of the tenants at 200 van ness. the transition has inconvenienced the tenants. i think those are very, very important points. as much as the p.r. and packaging looks incredible, there is a lot to be desired
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about credibility, comprehensiveness. they gave us 90 days notice on february 20. that's illegal. in the last two weeks, it's been harassment from those collecting thin process. what is interesting is that michelle obama has a wonderful quote, "the presidency does not change who you are. it reveals who you are." i think everything that happened in the last two weeks revealed the underlying subtleties of the conservatory, who maybe don't play the game that they promised
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and advertised from the building. susan brown is a mouthpiece for the president and this iconic instrument of marches. i want to susan brown she secured for the transition period. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much. that's your time. we're happy to take the rest of your comments that you've written. thank you so much. next speaker, please. by the way, i'm sorry. two more speaker cards, marlene morgan and edward mason. you can go ahead and speak.
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>> i'm a long-term tenant at 200 van ness. i've lived there for 20 years. i want to support it, but i want to list some changes. in january, the conservatory delivered a packet including a relocation plan and invitation to a town hall meeting. i did not receive it until february, after the town hall meeting. i find the situation very disserving. i'm the only original lease holder in the entire building that has a college education that speaks fluent english and has the diligence, the capacity, the willpower to read through the documents and understand what the implications are and i didn't receive a document. the building is surveilled. where did my document go? had i been given the package at
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the same time as everyone else, i would have reviewed them and attended the town hall meeting. and i would have raised questions. and this has happened even though i've been on top of requesting updates, in the summer and fall of 2017 i checked in with the conservatory on three occasions regarding updates. this -- i don't know if you can see it. here's an example of how communication can be improved. this letter looks like anything that anyone can print and out distribute. i found this letter rolled up and jammed into my doorknob. no letterhead. no signature. i requested a letter with a signature and letterhead sent to me. it took two weeks to get a
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response. another issue is proper notification. tenants were not notified about the building being bought. >> supervisor kim: thank you for your time. do you currently live in this unit? >> yes. i live in this unit. this is a picture. >> supervisor kim: will you say on the record that you've lived in the unit the entire 20 years? >> it will be 20 years in a couple of months. >> supervisor kim: have you lived in the unit? >> yes, me. >> supervisor kim: i understand you have a sub tenant? >> no. it's me and a roommate. >> supervisor kim: okay. thank you very much. hi, ms. morgan. >> hello, supervisors. i'm here on behalf of the van ness neighborhood corridor coalition. and several months ago we wrote a letter in support. i will not speak to the tenants'
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issues, because there are some things that are going on there that you will want to deal with, but we feel it has incredible value for the corridor. we support enhancing the performance arts district and bringing students -- having student housing there. we would like to see more student housing around universities. that's a great thing. we're excited about a performance arts high school going in there. it's a nexus for students to find work and internship where they live and not having to commute long distances. and we think that the way that the conservatory integrates on the ground floor and top floor be rehearsal spaces so the public can watch the students perform. it's an integrated project. it enhances the performing arts district.
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we support it and hope there's a good outcome for the tenants. >> supervisor kim: thank you, ms. morgan. thank you for supporting the project. >> hello, everybody. i'm annie wong of apartment 302. i have a question. we have to move out before -- no later than june 11. i'm ready to move out if they arrange everything. somehow somebody can guarantee. they can work 24 hours. so in case between that time we're not able to move, who will take the responsibility? where will we stay and also moving back in 2020? so we will be there two years and if it has to extend, who will take care of their part.
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and for the key, that i have to handle it with the new apartments manager. it will be fine for me, because i believe the other building they will have nicer management. but i've had a bad experience in my apartment. okay, fine, come. and then one guy coming into the apartment. and the other standing outside my door. and the other guy came straight into my apartment. so they walk straight, through my sitting room and into the kitchen. and he is facing me. he has a camera in front of his body. that means he's testing nothing. he just keeps taking pictures in my apartment. and i think that is not right
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and i report this to ms. trudi and she promised never happen again. so i ignored that because when he sends me a message, no. nobody is going to be in my apartment. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much. >> i'm brandon. i'm a long time resident at 200 van ness avenue. i would like to echo the same sentiments. and the main concern is the transparency of our notices received and security and tangible guarantee that we will move back into the newly restored van ness apartments. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much. seeing no further public comment. okay. if you want to speak, you have to line up. otherwise, we'll close public comment.
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>> sorry for my delay. i wanted to coordinate with the tenants there. i'm not a tenant there. so i wanted them to be able to speak. i live in the mission district. i'm a renter. when i see a 27-unit apartment building being demolished, it concerns me because my building could be next. i'm here with solidarity of the tenants. i found out about the project on new year's eve when i saw the notice for a planning commission hearing. as far as i can tell, the tenants did not have their own advocates other than themselves and i think that was wrong. in this city, there are so many groups that when this project first came in front of the planning commission, in front of your office, the first call should have been to the housing rights committee, we have
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issues. these tenants need to be supported and need representation. now we see there are issues. it's great that the conservatory will rebuild the housing for the tenants and i believe that it's acting in good spirit. however, there are issues. until the issues are resolved, it would be ir responsible for the committee to finalize the development agreement. i want to say that they've issued a 90-day notice to quit. the 90-day notice to quit depends on the development agreement. there's no way it should be preceding at that time period. i don't believe that the conservatory has the legal right until the board approves of the agreement. i recommend that you allow the tenants and landlord to approve the issues before you approve moving the project forward. thank you.
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>> supervisor kim: thank you very much. any more public comment? through the chair, public comment is closed. i would like to bring up karen -- i hope i pronounce it directly -- titeman. i know you are tenant attorney for the conservatory. there were some questions. if the construction takes longer, what will happen then? that was one of the questions. and a second, guarantees of right to return. will there be a formal contract? has the contract been signed with the 27 households? some of the comments that came up during public comment. >> right. so with regard to your first question about what happens if the construction takes longer. the arrangement is that the conservatory is master leasing
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the units and the tenants are sub tenants of the conservatory. the tenants are subject to just cause for eviction under the lease we've proposed. so the conservatory will have to continue to pay their rent differential for as long as the construction continues. the only basis to terminate is just causes under rent control ordinance and when the permanent units are available. >> supervisor kim: just to make it utterly clear -- the conservatory will be a master lessor of 27 units at 150 van ness? >> i think there are 23. there are a few units. >> supervisor kim: you think or are you sure? >> is it 23? yes. 23. >> supervisor kim: so 23 households at the site today. the conservatory has taken on 23 units at 150 van ness. and every one of those households will be paying their
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current rent and will be under the protection of the rent control ordinance in the units for as long as the construction takes place. >> that's correct. >> supervisor kim: when they return to the units, rent control will still control for the tenants? >> yes. the contractionual agreement is between the the tenants and the city. and this shows the tenants' right to concern. >> supervisor kim: what guarantee to they have of the agreement? >> that the city can enforce that. it's an obligation that you, the city, are imposing on the conservatory as part of the agreement. >> supervisor kim: okay. is there anything -- one of the questions that came up was, is there something formal, on letterhead, something to provide that can give them that
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assurance? on top of the development agreement between the conservatory and the city. >> we've provided the tenants letters outlining the relocation benefits. they were on letterhead and we can provide the tenants with subsequent letters that would document that. >> supervisor kim: i think some of it is a trust issue. it's uncomfortable when the agreement is not between them and the conservatory, but the conservatory and the city. i understand that distinction. it's important for the tenants to hear that and sometimes it might help as an extra layer of assurance to see it written out on letterhead, so the understanding is there. to reiterate that for members of the public that are here and for the tenants, the conservatory has agreed with the city to ensure that the 23 households will be under the protection of rent control at 150 van ness and
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when they return to the original site and that agreement is with the city directly. if the project sponsor reneges, the city will enforce rent control. so we'll be your protection to be sure that the sponsor keeps to its word. that agreement is what this board is voting to approve, here today at land use, and full committee in two weeks. thank you very much. any other questions or comments? >> supervisor safai: i want to say as somebody that is greatly impacted by the pressure of need for student housing, our district is book ended by city college, which has thousands of students, as well as san francisco state. i can tell you firsthand the
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pressure borne by residential neighborhoods from universities that are not thinking about the impact on the housing market. i think for a long time in the city's history, maybe homes on the westside, park merced, the richmond, would absorb students and the price not have seemed as exorbitant for people to double up or triple up or six or seven in a home, but this example about the conservatory and how they're forward-thinking, one, providing space for their students that are coming from all over the world, the united states and san francisco, as well as the impact it could have in terms of driving up rents. seven people sharing a rent
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versus one or two, it's not equal footing. i want to commend the supervisor. and trudi, i've known for a long time and her consideration working with the tenants and others that have worked together to bring together a solid package for san francisco. this is an example. i really hope san francisco state looks at this. it's short when it comes to the housing they need to provide and impact they have on neighborhoods like mine. i would encourage the planning department to push them and work collaboratively with my office. we'll work together. it's my job, too. but to push universities to look at what the conservatory has done in this instance. i want to commend them for their leadership and all of the players, office of economic
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development. i'm excited about this the community space is provides and respect for existing tenants. this is not to minnesoimize in shape or form. we understand the loss of someone's home, but what great fortune to be able to move across the street. and supervisor kim will make sure that all the paperwork is provided for everyone to see. i feel good about supporting this project and what it means for san francisco and so i commend the conservatory and everyone involved putting this deal together. thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you, supervisor safai. as a former flutist, i'm excited about this project. and i think you thought thoroughly about how you would respect the people that are living in this community already
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and i think they probably -- as we talked about, it's a deal that sounds too good to be true, so i understand the apprehension about that. we sitting here in this public meeting are holding the project sponsors to their word and it's memorialized in an agreement as well. so i think that -- i hope the tenants that spoke today will understand that. yes, we know that supervisor kim and everyone will make sure that those agreements are honored. it's wonderful. and i love how you've found a way to incorporate a community and free concerts, so it's a place for everyone. it will be -- it will be a gem in our city. so look forward to seeing this break ground and to completion. so with that, do we have -- we
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have amendments. >> supervisor kim: yes. 5 want -- i want to reiterate that we know it brings a lot of insecurity moving to another unit. this agreement is one that is being signed with the city. when the board votes on a development agreement, it's an agreement between us and the sponsor and we'll enforce the contract. there are a ton of fears and anxiety when moving. having worked on relocations before as an organizer, i understand one for one replacement is not enough. it's just as important to keep communities together and keep them where they have their amenities and services and transit lines and routine. so i just -- i'm glad we were able to work this out.
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150 van ness is a beautiful building and i'm grad that the tenants can move there. i do understand the tenants have concerns to make sure everything that's stated will be enforced. i want to reiterate that the city and the board is committed to that. some of the tenants had their own attorneys that represented them. 1 of them said it was the best deal he'd ever seen. it goes to show a lot of effort was put into place to move this forward. so i do have a motion to amend. i have three. one on each of the items one on 3. it's a technical amendment. changing resolution number 20104. inserting that it, in lieu of
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20107. and in 4, amending the planning code. insert 20105. in item 5, amending and inserting 20106. page 4, deleting "by this ordinance." changing square footage from 500 to 525 in 308. that's the motion to amend. >> supervisor tang: we can do that without objection. on the item as amended, if we can get a motion on that. >> supervisor safai: i make a motion to send to the full board with positive recommendations. >> supervisor tang: we'll do that without objection.
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congratulations. mr. clerk, can we call number 6? >> clerk: amending transportation code of eliminating nonstandard vehicles without operating with a permit. >> supervisor tang: thank you. we have m.t.a. >> good afternoon. i'm phillip crenna, legal affairs. this is making it a violation to operate without a permit. by way of brief background, historically, they started 100 years ago. and they were regulated under
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the police code, but after the completion of bart, there was a barked decline and police stopped issuing permits in the '70s. the regulations were repealed in 2011. in 2014, new entrants gone to operate. the last one is chariot. the distinction is that they're app-based. other services like computer shuttles, tour buses, casino buses, are under the jurisdiction of the p.u.c. operations of chariot are within the city and county of san francisco. in early 1700, it was determined that it was under sfmta jurisdiction and took the permit
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program. the board has approved the project. they did so in 2017. this included fines and fees. the key ones are that the operators need to stop in safe, legal location, generally yellow zones or white zones, as well as driveways, provided that the operator has permission. new routes must complement muni, not compete with it. we also will provide data to see how it fits into the transportation system. and it provides assistance for persons with disability. chariot has applied and we anticipate issuing a permit.
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it makes it a violation to operate without a permit. this would ensure compliance and allow us to bring in new operators under our permit scheme. i will be able for any questions, if needed. >> supervisor tang: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, chair. i just want to say -- no questions. i want to make a few comments. our office worked come -- collaboratively to put together a partnership that i think that chariot, teamsters and city ran with. we're proud to say it's a model project that can be in other
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parts of the united states. i know that chariot is part of the ford motor company. i know the permit program was designed to complement our public transportation system. i know they worked to ensure that that process would be one that would be about complementing. and so for district like mine that have been identified as transportation deserts, as it pertains to the last mile in particular, there can be difficulty and overcrowding and buses in the system. we sat down with chariot and talked about increasing services and we'll present that shortly. we just want to commend all the parties coming together. this service in general is
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designed to get people out of their cars. it's not about a single-occupancy vehicle with one driver. it's encouraging people to carpool and utilize the service the last mile or get them to a final destination. so we're very supportive of this program and want to comment the -- commend the parties involved. >> supervisor tang: thank you. i would say that i'm glad that given that this service has come in response to demand by individuals who would like to do ride-share or carpooling, that we have a ring at -- regulatory system in place. i wish we could do that for
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other things, but we're limited due to regulation. we don't have a lot of oversight or input over. with that said, i mean, i think it's fine that we have a regulatory framework. so look forward to seeing how this will play out in our communities. at this time, i know we have a couple of public comments. edward mason, tony dilario, kendra watkins and anemia rahimi. come on up. we'll open up public comment. >> edward mason, thank you. the permit is perfectly required, but they need to proceed cautiously. these circumstances have staged around the corner idling.
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they operate in bus zones, block bike lanes, they operate in taxi zones and enforcement should not have to rely on neighborhood vigilance and percent fear especially. it's a replication of the commuter bus program. four years later, that program is experiencing violations that should not be occurring and the responsibility for monitoring it should not be the responsibility of the neighborhoods. i realize it's touted as being a carpool and van pool. i think what you are doing is taking away ridership from muni
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and in the domaine. so proceed cautiously with this and take into consideration all the violations that have been absorbed in the neighborhood and the city. whether this will be a model for the future remains to be seen. until we come up with a robust system for muni, this is a program fraught with violations that will need to be corrected. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i'm tony dilorio, teamsters 665. i represent 200 drivers that work for chariot. teamsters and chariot have worked together. we've built trust and have
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arrived to a great first contract for their employees. chariot is a good partner and that's rare these days. teamsters are supporting the enforcement piece when it comes to the permit. just like how they've worked in good faith when we organized the work force, they've demonstrated that same partnership with sfmta. thank you in advance for your support. >> good afternoon. i'm kendra whatkinwatkins. this is the first time i've spoken with board of supervisors. i spoke with the board of directors and i've been there at least twice. i'm a commercial driver for
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chariot of the i've been there a year as of last week and i'm pleased to say i come from a nursing background and also alcohol and drug counsellor but i've never been happier when i worked for chariot. when i came here, i envied my fiancee's work. i meet my alarm clock today. i'm happy. and the company allows us to meet the nicest passengers. it's a work-cation. i'm a native of oakland. and i never liked the city, but it's a gorgeous place. i'm in love with it. i wish i could live over here,
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too. i want to thank you for allowing the company to grow. we have great benefits. and tony has been helpful since we became a union. i have braces on my teeth. i have kaiser. i want it thank you, again, for getting the company forward. i'm glad to see that there are ladies and gentlemen on the board and i know some of you are running for office and i encourage you and i will pray for you. god bless you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. like kendra, i just celebrated my one year with cheriot as well. i've been part of the process from the beginning. we partners with sfmta staff.
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as part of that regime, cheriot agreed to share data and for administering the permit program. they've moved problematic stops and changed our routes. they've agreed to expansion criteria, designed to complement and not compete with public transit. cheriot has worked with the teamsteres to make sure we're getting good wages. this is what partnership looks like. we have a tremendous task ahead when it comes to san franciscans tackling problems as our population grows. chariot is committed to complement public transit. we'll share our data and serve our communities of concern and
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grow a skilled labor work force as proud partners with the teamsters. thank you for your support. >> supervisor tang: any other members of the public that wish to comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. questions, comments or motions? >> supervisor safai: i would like to make a motion to send this item to the full board with positive recommendation. >> supervisor tang: we'll do that with recommendations. any other matters before us? >> clerk: no. >> supervisor tang: thank you. our meeting is adjourned. women
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sustainable future . >> san francisco streets and puffs make up 25 percent of cities e city's land area more than all the parks combined they're far two wide and have large flight area the pavement to parks is to test the variants by ininexpensive changing did new open spaces the city made up of streets in you think about the potential of having this space for a purpose it is demands for the best for bikes and families to gather. >> through a collaborative effort with the department we
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the public works and the municipal transportation agency pavement to parks is bringing initiative ideas to our streets. >> so the face of the street is the core of our program we have in the public right-of-way meaning streets that can have areas perpetrated for something else. >> i'm here with john francis pavement to parks manager and this parklet on van ness street first of all, what is a parklet and part of pavement to parks program basically an expense of the walk in a public realm for people to hang anti nor a urban acceptable space for people to use. >> parklets sponsors have to apply to be considered for the program but they come to us you know saying we want to do this and create a new space on our street
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it is a community driven program. >> the program goes beyond just parklets vacant lots and other spaces are converted we're here at playland on 43 this is place is cool with loots things to do and plenty of space to play so we came up with that idea to revitalizations this underutilized yard by going to the community and what they said want to see here we saw that everybody wants to see everything to we want this to be a space for everyone. >> yeah. >> we partnered with the pavement to parks program and so we had the contract for building 236 blot community garden
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it start with a lot of jacuzzi hammers and bulldozer and now the point we're planting trees and flowers we have basketball courts there is so much to do here. >> there's a very full program that they simply joy that and meet the community and friends and about be about the lighter side of city people are more engaged not just the customers. >> with the help of community pavement to parks is reimagining the potential of our student streets if you want more information visit them as the pavement to parks or contact pavement to parks at
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