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>> commissioner vietor: good. >> so to ask the question, if we are going to work with the school district, they're creating a curriculum and it's the basic curriculum. teachers have liberty to make adjustments, correct? >> right. it's the building blocks that teachers take and adapt into the classroom. >> and the question i would -- or maybe direct staff, at what point do we have flexibility to add in more up-to-date topics? not only commissioner courtney may have an issue, but given this administration, we may want to highlight another component which is a lower level. i want to see what type of flexibility we have, because this is sort of the building block, but there may be an opportunity to take a deeper
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dive in certain areas. so maybe what we can do is come back as part of this and get some commitment in areas where we want to take a deeper dive and we have that flexibility. >> certainly. i think that's still possible and wouldn't hold up moving forward today. i think we can come back and be specific where the touch points should go deeper and for review and lay it out in a timeline going forward, four years on this agreement. >> commissioner vietor: i concur with what's been said and i appreciate your efforts, because i think it's a very exciting project with a lot of potential. let me add on to whatever it looks like, but i know we've had some conversations around the watershed center and at some point, i would like to have a better understanding of the opportunity that this might present to really develop and
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update that curriculum, that water center, in alignment with the basic building blocks. and understanding that they might, again, have different add-on criteria or requests because of the unique nature of that facility. as we're talking curriculum and salmon integration, and may be able to pull that out and look at what is going on with sunol as well. >> absolutely. one of our main goals with the big ideas was it have a framework that applied beyond city and county and applied regionally and we would love to partner on the waterside with the watershed. >> i want to make sure. as you know, part of the program is that we're trying to have field trips to different
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locations. and so one is the cottage hill learning. and so that's one of the things that we're supporting, because it represents what we're doing. it could be -- sunol is pretty far, but as you are working on the curriculum at sunol as well, definitely would like to get some thoughts of how we can incorporate that. trying to travel to the school district, buses -- >> getting kids out to college hill, some of our sites, to see our watershed as part of the curriculum and learning experience, is part of the experience. it feels like there could be an opportunity. but it's the opportunity to talk about the other projects and
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move it more regionally. it's incumbent on staff and that planning that there's a lot of interest to build out the programming. >> the next opportunity we can update or present, we can be clear and lay out how we see those opportunities, whether it be field trips, tours, with all of our assets, regionally, not just here in the city. we're certainly thinking about it. >> i will appeal to my colleagues. it's not the kind of thing where we had a development project on the waterfront and it was signed, sealed and delivered and then people said, we have to build housing there. this is something that i take seriously when you talk about the citizens, children and the public school system. 56,000, that ain't a small number. and i think what i have heard and i will stand corrected,
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nobody here -- and we're policy makers -- thought they were part of that process. what causes me a little bit of frustration is that we did take it upon ourselves to get involved in this conversation specifically with respect to big ideas. this is over a year ago. this was over a year ago that we had that first conovversation a we got really nothing but fram staff except for the same thing we started to talk about it. and yet i'm supposed to believe that i'm a policymaker or at least i should know what the policy is. i cannot emphasize enough how much i truly believe that animal agriculture is probably the biggest threat to the environment and our water system as we know it. when you are talking about 56,000 little minds and impressions, i'm really disappointed -- that's not a
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little thing. it's a really, really big thing, but we'll talk offline about how to collect some of that data. but it's $370,000. it's four years. at some point, we're supposed to feel like we're a part of that conversation. that's my appeal to my colleagues. >> commissioner vietor: i can't imagine that it wouldn't automatically be part of the curriculum. if you want to put it in specifically, fine, but i would imagine, having a background in science myself, my undergraduate is biology, that that would be part of the overall eight years of education. >> if i may, commissioner courtney, you are speaking to an issue that's near and dear to my heart. prior to joining the p.u.c., my
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work was food and ag. i understand your plea. >> commissioner courtney: then just do it. >> we will work on it. and commissioner, there are ways that are touch points. we mentioned our college hill learning garden. there is curriculum there where based around animal husbandry, that gets at the principles of how the environment is affected by the food choices we make. how we raise our animals, etc. that curriculum is based kindergarten through 5th grade. so it's pretty simplistic terms. up to 12th grade. that's where it comes into the s.t.e.m. and science background that blair was describing when we talk about pollution in our waterways. it's there. and it may not be packaged the way we would like to see it, so we'll continue to work on that, but it's very much a part already. >> commissioner courtney: it's
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important enough to belabor the point. corporate interests are infiltrating our school system and minds of our future leaders. that's a fact. now that i know that you know, a lot of this stuff is wickedly politically charged. so the organizations that we usually think are guarding against wrongdoers, evildoers, they're not in the game, whether it's sierra club or whatever it is. government still has a role to play with the children. this is government. that's why i'm raising it. again, i'm deferring to commissioner vietor, but the point that we have real dialogue about how we're going to influence young minds with legitimate impressions -- and not just hope that the teachers put it in front of them, but know it's part of our big ideas. that's when i will feel like we've accomplished something that's legitimate in terms of a policy objective.
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>> understood. >> commissioner moran: and you actually touched on something that i was going to bring up, but i will reinforce it. k-12 is a huge range of information, interest, and ability to delve into significant issues in a meaningful way. and i guess my hope would be that the curriculum that applies to the upper grades have the kind of substance attached to them that can get into those, those kind of issues that commissioner courtney is talking about. >> president kwon: i will add a closing comment here. as a parent of two sfusd kids, it's awesome. harlan and i were talking over lunch about how in chicago kids didn't know where milk came from. for a kid that lives in the city that doesn't know that, there's a big opportunity to know that.
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>> commissioner moran: it comes from almonds. >> president kwon: it's all about more important. concepts like land use, water, it's esoteric, but in san francisco, there's terrific hands-on application. so i think this work is important. to vice president courtney's comment, things like where the water comes in the tap and where it goes when you flush the toilet, that's 101. now 201, there's a website called planet vision, put together by folks at my day job that talk about the solutions. the whole idea is starting with basic building blocks of information. i'm not a scientist, obviously, but once you build on that, you can say, eat less meat. don't waste food. in the public schools at this
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age early, early on, instills in them, not just a value system, but a working understanding of where they're at. the idea of field trips is terrific. if they can go see these things, it's hand-on. it's bold to do. it's a rare opportunity to do this. i'm glad that the team has been prepared to get in there while the curriculum is being rewritten. the next generation of science standards are something that we want to differentstill down to youth. and i read the news booklet. thank you. that's our discussion here. >> i want to make sure we're clear. so when is the next touch point where we talk to the school and get a better idea of what their planning for the curriculum? i want to make sure that i give
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the commission an opportunity to really think about what else we need to -- it would be nice to incorporate it and then we need to work with them to find out age-appropriateness, maybe some basic concepts early on and then more detail later on. so when do you think that next touch point will be? >> certainly. if this item were to pass, i will defer a little bit to blair on specifics, but it would be in this upcoming year, where the ramp-up period would begin. do you have anything to add? >> yes. we've been speaking with sfusd for many, many months in the development of this proposal and potential partnership. and they've been thoughtful as to how to role this out, as you mentioned, commissioner moran, it's a wide range of ages. so how do you integrate this into the young ages and the older ages?
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and to understand how complex it is to roll it out to 56,000 students and so they have a thoughtful process in which they will draft the curriculum. it will be reviewed by sfpuc staff. it will be piloted at a few schools. and then they will gather feedback and then it will be rolled out to the rest of the cohort the p.u.c. will be able to give a good idea of direction and working with our sfpuc experts when they're integrating these concepts. >> if i were to maybe ask the commission, you know, through the president, that we have an animal waste -- animal agriculture, we have that. commissioner caen would like to
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-- maybe we can identify her as the person, if you want to kind of see -- or do you want them to come up and -- i don't know how many curriculums that they will send to us. i'm trying to get a process where we involve the commission more on what we're presenting to folks. >> i appreciate that clarity. i think what will be easiest is if this item were to pass, we can come back to you with a timeline over the next year of implementation and ramp-up where we pinpoint the moments that blair was mentioning that the school district is giving their starting point to us. we're making sure we're integrating key components and go from there. we can lay out a timeline over the next year once we have the authority to move forward with this. we would need to work hand in hand with the school district to make sure that timeline will work for them. >> what if we try maybe for the
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-- when do you think we can provide that? maybe we can put it on the commission agenda in the next couple of agendas or meetings? >> provided this passes and when have the authority to move forward on this, yes, i think a couple of weeks to a month would be reasonable for us to come back. >> so if this passed, then in a month, you would come up with a timeline and have communicated with the school district and maybe bring someone from the school district to hear from the commission? >> if that's what -- if that would be happyful, we can do that. or we can have meetings offline. we can work with what works best for the commission, but we would want the authority to move forward. >> commissioner moller caen: i know it's summer. i'm working on a big project with oakland unified. and it's pretty dark over there right now because the teachers and administrators are out. so want to put that out there. i don't know if it makes more
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sense to wait a couple of months or if you feel like you would have enough to present. >> i believe we can present that in short order. we've got in the body of the grant what will happen over each of the next four years and that's in the body of the grant, but we can come back with a condensed version in the next commission or two. >> so this coming fall, will certain schools in sf unified be using this curriculum? >> if this were to pass, we would work with them right away it develop that curriculum and they would begin piloting probably in the spring. >> so i will make one last comment on this. i would urge my fellow commissioners of being in a role of informed rather than
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consulted. i want to let the educators put together the curriculum and we have to put a wick on it so they can move on this. with our backgrounds we can inform the process, but i don't want to cause too much of a vetting process where curriculum is delayed. nature bridge field trips have changed. early on, they talked about watershed, bio diversity, etc., but they've changed to food waste under the auspices of water conservation. they try to get the kids to get the food waste down to under 1 pound, then under 1/2 pound. and they talk exactly about how they use it. they did stick something in there about meat. i am from chicago. i like my steak. i'm sorry, but we learned, too, that when you consume things
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like red meat, it has an impact on the environment. they use more water, more resources, than normal. those are complex topics to get through to a third grader, second grader. but not to take too much mac and cheese and throw it in the garbage, that's a simple way to do it. that's a parental note. but i would urge the commission that we try to pave the way and remove barriers and understand that you take our comments into the account. so we appreciate your understanding in taking our comments here. with that, before we take our vote -- we need a motion. >> i'd like to move the item. >> second. >> president kwon: any public comment before we take a vote? all in favor? opposed? it's approved. >> commissioner moran: i was looking at our website. i could not find a link to the framework document. so if -- >>
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>> commissioner moran: okay. >> president kwon: next item. >> clerk: item 13. approve amendment number 3 to agreement cs-242a with baseline environmental consulting agreement cs-242b and esa orion joint venture and agreement cs-242c with urs corporation americas to continue to provide agreements and cs-242a-c to increase each by $4 million to not to exceed $9.6 million per and cs-242c only to execute a name from from urs corporation americas to urs corporation.
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>> irena tory. i think the item is pretty clear. so unless you want a presentation, i'm here to just answer any -- >> i will move the item. >> second. >> president kwon: public comment? all in favor. opposed? approved. thank you. next item. >> clerk: item 14 approve and authorize the general manager to execute an assignment and assumption agreement for cs-242d from rmc water and environment to woodard & curran and approve $4 million to not to exceed $9.6 million. >> i move this one as well. >> second. >> president kwon: any public comment? all in favor? opposed? approved. next item, please. item 15. approve amend manned no 5 to
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cs-716 authorize g.m. to excuse increasing by $2,415,000 for an agreement of $30,915,000 and extending the term by 13 months for agreement duration of 16 years, 10 months. >> i move approval. >> second. >> president kwon: before we vote, any public comment on item 15? with that, all in favor? opposed? approved. item 16, other commission new business. anything, commissioners? okay. with that, this meeting is adjourned. thank you, all, for your time.
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>> providing excellent customer service to each other so that we can succeed together. because we're a small division out here, and we're separated from the rest of the p.u.c., a lot of people wear a lot of
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different hats. everyone is really adept not just at their own job assigned to them, but really understanding how their job relates to the other functions, and then, how they can work together with other functions in the organization to solve those problems and meet our core mission. >> we procure, track, and store materials and supplies for the project here. our real goal is to provide the best materials, services and supplies to the 250 people that work here at hetch hetchy, and turn, that supports everyone here in the city. i have a very small, but very efficient and effective team. we really focus hard on doing things right, and then focus on doing the right thing, that benefits everyone. >> the accounting team has several different functions. what happens is because we're so remote out here, we have small groups of people that have to do what the equivalent are of many people in the city.
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out here, our accounting team handles everything. they love it, they know it inside out, they cherish it, they do their best to make the system work at its most efficient. they work for ways to improve it all the time, and that's really an amazing thing. this is really unique because it's everybody across the board. they're invested it, and they do their best for it. >> they're a pretty dynamic team, actually. the warehouse team guys, and the gals over in accounting work very well together. i'm typically in engineering, so i don't work with them all day on an every day basis. so when i do, they've included me in their team and treated me as part of the family. it's pretty amazing. >> this team really understanding the mission of the organization and our responsibilities to deliver water and power, and the team also understands that in order to do that, we have a
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commitment to each other, so we're all committed to the success of the organization, and that means providing excellent customer service to each other so that we can succeed
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>> look at that beautiful jellyfish. the way to speak to students and motivate them to take action, to save the planet, they do, they care and my job is to speak to them in a way that they can understand that touches their heart and makes them feel powerful with simple actions to take every day. ♪
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♪ >> i was born and raised in the desert of palm springs, california. my dad was the rabbi in the community there. what i got from watching my father on stage talking to the community was learning how to be in the public. and learning how to do public speaking and i remember the first time i got up to give my first school assembly, i felt my dad over my shoulder saying pause for drama, deliver your words. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a teacher. and then when i got into high school, i decided i wanted to get into advertising and do graphic art and taglines and stuff like that. by the time i was in college, i decided i wanted to be a
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decorator. but as i did more work, i realized working my way up meant a lot of physical labor. i only had so much energy to work with for the rest of my life and i could use that energy towards making a lot of money, helping someone else make a lot of money or doing something meaningful. i found the nonprofit working to save the rainforest was looking for volunteers. i went, volunteered and my life changed. suddenly everything i was doing had meaning. stuffing envelopes had meaning, faxing out requests had meaning. i eventually moved up to san francisco to work out of the office here, given a lot of assembly through los angeles county and then came up here and doing assemblies to kids about rainforest. one of my jobs was to teach about recycle, teaching students to reduce, reuse, recycle and
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compost, i'm teaching them they have the power, and that motivates them. it was satisfying for me to work with for the department of environment to create a message that gets to the heart of the issue. the san francisco department of environment is the only agency that has a full time educational team, we go into the schools to help teach children how to protect nature and the environment. we realized we needed animal mascot to spark excitement with the students. the city during the gold rush days, the phoenix became part of the city feel and i love the symbolism of the phoenix, about transformation and the message that the theme of the phoenix provides, we all have the power to transform our world for the better. we have to provide teachers with
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curriculum online, our curriculum is in two different languages and whether it's lesson plans or student fact sheets, teachers can use them and we've had great feedback. we have helped public and private schools in san francisco increase their waste use and students are working hard to sort waste at the end of the lunch and understand the power of reusing, reducing, recycling and composting. >> great job. >> i've been with the department for 15 years and an environmental educator for more than 23 years and i'm grateful for the work that i get to do, especially on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. i try to use my voice as intentionally as possible to suppo support, i think of my
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grandmother who had a positive attitude and looked at things positively. try to do that as well in my work and with my words to be an uplifting force for myself and others. think of entering the job force as a treasure hunt. you can only go to your next clue and more will be revealed. follow your instincts, listen to your gut, follow your heart, do what makes you happy and pragmatic and see where it takes you and get to the next place. trust if you want to do good in this world, that >> san francisco parks, golden
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8:49 am >> when i open up the paper every day i'm just amazed at how many different environmental issues keep popping up. when i think about the planet i want to leave for my children and other generation, i think of what contribution i can make on a personal level to the environment. ♪ clean power sf is san francisco's key way of fighting climate change by renewable energy and offering it to san francisco customers. i'm from the san francisco public utilities commission. the program came about with state wide legislation in 2002
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to enable people to take more control over supplies. i first heard of the program when the organization was advocating to launch clean power sf. what i'm most excited about, it's going to bring 100% renewable energy to my home and reinvest into renewable energy infrastructure and jobs. i had gone to a lot of street fairs and heard from the staff at the san francisco public utilities commission to sign up for clean power sf even before it launched. >> we learned about clean power sf because our sustainability team is always looking for clean operations. linkedin is the largest online network. there are about 530 million
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. >> we'll start with the pledge. [pledge of allegiance] >> thank you. >> this is a reminder to silence all electronic devices. fire commission regular meeting wednesday, june 27, and the time is 5:02. item 1, roll call. [roll