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board today. >> supervisor fewer: okay. i think i'd like to make a motion to do that. cope cone okay. miss gorman, did you have anything you'd like to say? >> no. >> president cohen: okay. supervisor fewer, you can make a motion now. >> supervisor fewer: we're going to accept the amendment as -- >> president cohen: let me take a stab at it. we're going to accept the amendment that the budget analyst is recommending, modifying the square footage figure, and then, we will accept the lease as written and forward that with a positive recommendation to the full board. >> supervisor fewer: yes. >> president cohen: all right. >> supervisor fewer: okay. >> president cohen: we can take that without objection. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: thank you. thank you very much. madam clerk, could you please call items eight, nine, and ten together. >> clerk: yes. item number eight, resolution retroactively approving a
contract agreement with baker place for behavioral health services in an amount not to exceed approximately 55.4 million for a total contract term of july 1, 2018 through june 30, 2022. item number nine, resolution retroactively approving a contract agreement for behavioral health services in an amount not to exceed 40.5 million for a total contract term of june -- joule 1, 20 -- july 1, 2019 to june 30, 2022. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. so we've got three resolutions for contract amendment agreements in there for mental health care services across the continuum of care, and we've got michelle ruggles from the department of public health here to present.
thank you. >> yeah. so the first contract is baker places. it is, as you mentioned, it's 55 million for the term of the contract. it's about $12 million peryear. actually, with baker, it is mental health, but really, more, what's different in this contract, it's a new contract, actually, as a result of a solicitation which was recently completed, and this is the implementation of something new in the city called the organized delivery system which came out of a state -- a federal waiver through the state. and what this is allowing us to do is basically provide an organized delivery system with the goal of improving treatment by being more coordinated from a city perspective and a department perspective, we'll be managing a substance abuse department managed care system. but it also expanded the he eligibility of services that
were available under drug medi-cal, and so services that we've provided most of our residential treatment that could not drawdown medi-cal, we're now able to drawdown medi-cal. what it means to the provider, which in turn will be a benefit to the clients, is that the treatment -- some of the changes are the treatment will be more medical and professional, moving beyond peer support. there's a requirement for evidence-based care, and then outcome measurement. so this is a very transform atiff change to the city, which we're very grateful that our former director, barbara garcia was behind. baker places, the program looks the same from the prior contract. there's ten programs. all the sites, the names, the residential treatment, they're
all the same, but they're moving forward under this new solicitation with the new requirements for them and an improvemented treatment system, we believe. and i think this recommendation was approved, so we're in full support. >> president cohen: thank you. thank you, michelle. let's hear from the budget legislative analyst's office. >> good morning. so each of these three contracts, one with baker place, the one with seneca center, and the one with healthright 360 all were selected through a competitive process in 2017. they've all been on an interim contract while the department was going through negotiations, and all of them are for retroactive approval back to july of 2018. we have reviewed them, we recommend approval for all of them. for item number nine, we do actually have a clerical clarification, that the contract amount is not to
exceed $40,429,444, which is different than what is stated in the contract and resolution. and for item number 10, the proposed contract with healthright 360, neither the resolution nor the contract itself has an extension option, but in our discussions with the department and they've forwarded to us the actual r.f.p. that was submitted, there was supposed to have been a five-year extension option, so we're recommending an amendment to the resolution to provide for an option extension through 2027, otherwise, we recommend approval. cone do >> president cohen: thank you. we'll take that recommendation. we're going to go to public comment. public comment is open for items eight, nine, and ten. >> these kind of situations
here, you always appear to be on the right track, but it bothers me and irritates me because these kind of programs are providing services to the most disadvantaged people in the city. you turnaround and give million trillion and billion dollar breaks to billion and trillion-dollar companies that don't need a break. and then, when a department is helping the most vulnerable people that need help, it's not getting no break. twitter has got tax free money from this city of unpaid taxes which is less than half of the amount of money that's being proposed and asked for by the previous speaker. and along with the other high tech companies. so in order to level the playing field, give them a break. i think they should get approximately $5.5 million more than what they're asking for in
order to level the playing field. they're the ones that need a break. people shouldn't have to come in here and plead like this to you to help the people that's most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged, a combination of both mental and physical disabilities when you give million of free money that's untaxable to the high tech companies. her department herself, they're paying payroll taxes. it's not fair. it's not fair. so when people come up here and is for money for services for people that are most vulnerable, whatever they're asking for from here on out, give them $5.5 million more than what they're asking for. i repeat, any department or any organization such as the hospitality house, providing services for people that's homeless in the shelter system, $5.5 million more than what
they're asking for. >> president cohen: thank you. is there any other speaker there? seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: i have a question for you, miss rugals. i want to know the metrics that we use to evaluate and their success. >> well, we could an annual monitoring -- we do an an monitoring, but as a general, it's looking at recidivism, it's looking at, you know, how many people get into the programs, how long they stay -- i don't know, did you -- >> president cohen: so based on what you've just described, it's like a counting. you're keeping track on what the numbers are. i want to know, what is the goal, what is the standard and, i guess, a clearer picture of the tool that you're using to
evaluate these contracts? how do we know that they're successful, that they're meeting their mark? are we just using it based on the number of people that they're serving? okay. this gentleman seems to know the answer. >> yes. there's two staff that can speak to -- one, the seneca program is a children's program, and allison can speak to those measurements, which is really measuring change in their improvement, but she can speak to that. and then, jim stillwell will speak to the substance abuse measurements. >> president cohen: thank you. welcome. >> thank you so much. for the seneca programs, they're all children's programs, and they mainly serve children who are involved with the juvenile probation system or the child welfare system. in san francisco we use the
child adolescent programs. when they graduate -- and that assessment is done every year. when they leave the program, whether it's at the year arc, there's another cans that measures the progress of the child and the family while they've had the intervention of the seneca services. in addition for the seneca r.a.p. program, which is the biggest program that seneca has, in collaboration with our partners at juvenile probation and child welfare, there's a huge study that's done annually that not only looks at the cans assessment, but for child welfare and j.p.d., it looks at recidivism, looks at arrests, and looks at child change of placement. >> president cohen: when you say looks at, what -- can you
quantify that? >> yeah, sorry. so child -- both child welfare and juvenile probation have their own databases which track how many times a child has had to change placements. so as part of the overall annual report, they mine data from those databases to look at -- for a child that's enrolled in the program, they track how many moves that child has had because that's one of the measures as to whether or not the intervention is successful. >> president cohen: okay. thank you. and the benchmark that you're using, is this an industry standard? >> the cans is an industry standard. >> president cohen: okay. thank you. that answers my question. nope, that's it. to the gentleman. >> thank you. jim stillwell, department of public health. so for the alcohol and drug programs, really, the primary mechanism is reduction in drug and alcohol use. the methods are the california
out come measurement survey, and it's a fairly intricate system because the outcomes are compared also to the person's health state and their drug use, alcohol use at the beginning of the episode, and it looks at the change for that population. it's normed against statewide populations and also normed against city populations, so it's a fairly elaborate system without a single benchmark, but it is validated statewide at multiple places. >> president cohen: okay. thank you. >> in addition, we track 20 other variables, like housing status, employment status, family education, legal, things like that, but we have a pretty clear idea of program success. >> president cohen: well, i know you have a clear idea. i was looking for a better
clear idea. i hope that you as a manager have an idea. >> well, yes. >> president cohen: the only thing -- i hear all these qualitative words used to describe how you're evaluating. i just want to know -- this is a budget committee, so i'm looking for the numbers. how are we determining that these programs are meeting their mark? you know, i mean, this is a request for contract agreements on mental health care services across a continuum thing of care. >> probably the best -- >> president cohen: to be fair, we can look out on any streets in san francisco and say there's still some unmet need there. so my question to you is i want to be convinced that you're being successful, instead of just asking for more money to reup the contract. >> i just had a very broad level. our programs perform at an
average or above level when compared to similar programs, similar populations statewide. i would say the vast majority of clients have clear physical measurements indicating they are better at the completion of the program. to really -- i didn't really bring a complete sheet of numbers, but we can provide that. >> president cohen: okay. thank you. i'll appreciate it if you provide it, and always remember it's the budget committee. we love numbers. love numbers here. all right. let's go to the b.l.a. and hear what her thoughts are for these items. these are items eight, nine, and ten miss campbell. >> i think we did already report, but i want to point out we have a couple of recommendations. on night nine, there was a clerical error. on item number ten, to be consistent with the r.f.p., we're recommending a five-year option to extend the contract that's not currently there.
>> president cohen: okay. thank you. colleagues, are there any discussions? we've taken public comment. public comment is closed at this time. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: i would make a motion to approval the b.l.a. recommendations. michelle ruggles? the department was good with the recommendations, so i'll make a motion to approve this and send this to the full board with a positive recommendation. okay. thank you. mofrg on, item 11. >> clerk: approving a 2011 lease and use agreement between thomas cook airline limited to conduct information at the san francisco international airport. >> president cohen: we've got cassy widener from the airport again. this contract was starting this past august. >> cassy widener with the san francisco airport.
the airline, thomas cooks, has been operating at the airport under a permit. the item before you seeks your approval for thomas cook become a signatory to the irairport's use status. >> president cohen: explain to me a signatory status. what's the significance of that? >> so in 2011, the board approved the lease and use agreement with the 53 airlines that were operating at the airport. this is the agreement that is the mechanism that allows the airlines to provide flight operations, rent terminal space at the airport. it provides a common set of lease provisions such as base rents and fees, permitted uses of terminal space. it's also the mechanism that allows for the airport to make the annual service payment to the city every year.
it's essentially a master lease. >> president cohen: my question is they're not a signatory and now you're requesting for them to become one. i want to understand why. >> there are some benefit to see the airlines. they receive signatory -- airlines receive 25% lower landing fees. we are required to provide a little less in bond assurances, but it also gives the airport a mechanism for long-term planning for our facilities, flight operations, and to base our terminal rent space. >> president cohen: so i'm unfamiliar with this airline. is it a small airline? >> it is a small airline. it's a seasonal airline. they operate at s.f.o. july through october every year. just starting last year, two weekly flights between s.f.o.
and manchester, england. it will add thomas cook as a signatory airline. they will pay the airport approximately $76,000 a month for the season that they operate, which is july through october. because they are seasonal, and they only operate two flights a week, they are charged on a prorated fee perpassenger based on their use of the international terminal as well as their joint landing fees. the budget analyst does call out their monthly rent of $76,000 permonth and recommends approval, but i would be happy to answer questions if you have additional information that you're looking for. >> president cohen: you've answered my questions. i don't have any -- i don't see colleagues on the roster, so let's go to the budget legislative analyst and here
her thoughts. >> these thoughts are summarizes on page 30 of our report. because it only operates between july and october, they don't pay year around rent to the airport, so they're paying based on the airport's rates and charges which are approved annually by the airport commission. so for 2018, for their operating for four months, they would pay basically a service and charter fee totaling about 305,000 for the four month period. >> president cohen: you said 305,000. >> yes, for the four month period, and then they would pay a landing fee of 554 per-5,000 pounds of the landing fee, and these two change annually based on the airport commission's changing the rates and charges, but i recommend approval. >> president cohen: thank you. i take that approval under
advisement. let's open public comment. seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: colleagues, i'll make a motion to accept the b.l.a.'s recommendation and with a positive recommendation. can we take that without objection? all right. thank you. [ gavel ]. >> miss widener, you have a question before you leave, if you can just come over here. i'm going to call item 12. >> ordinance amending the administrative code to increase the hourly compensation rate of city contractors out of a nonprofit or corporate entity to $17 perhour and followed tlafr by annual cost of living increases. >> president cohen: colleagues, this is our final item on the agenda. this ordinance increases the anyone mum profit for for profit workers on san francisco
city contracts with certain exclusions such as prevailing wage contracts to $17 an hour, also beginning on november 3 of this year. this includes the airport workers who despite being dee contractors have been making substantially less than the san francisco minimum wage since they are located in san mateo county. i've circulated a few cleanup amendments that you should have before you, and it is recommended by the city attorney, and i'll ask him to explain, if he'd like -- no, i think they're pretty self-explanatory. all right. so the cleanup amendments are, i think, self-explanatory. i hope to have your support on this item. i don't -- i don't think we have any other comments. i want to look to the b.l.a. and see if there's any remarks that you'd like to make. >> no. we don't have any new information since last week. i think we have both said in our report that the impact to
the city would only occur if there -- at the time of the lease or contract renewal, but at this point in time, we don't have any numbers if there is a fiscal impact to the city. >> president cohen: all right. then we'll go to public comment. public comment is open. >> you're on the right track, but you're going the wrong way again. in your item, you specifically explain the annual cost of living in order to live in san francisco. you do the math on that $17 an hour, eight hours a day, five days a week, four weeks a month, 12 years -- i mean, 12 months in a year, that comes out to $32,640 a year. every brand-new apartment complex that's built and housing opportunity comes out of the mayor's office on
housing. you set the lowest income requirement to be a tenant at the minimum at a minimum of 80,000 a year, 95,000 a year, $125,000 a year, and then, you have the audacity to say that's below market rate and affordable housing. that's disgusting. that's called price fixing, and it's a criminal act, and i'm calling it to your attention again. you have an emergency housing situation that's declared by the governor and the city of san francisco and you're deliberately fixing these rent prices where people in low-income brackets can't afford to be a tenant in the building. then, when you have us out in the street, you complain about it and belittle us. it's disgusting. u.c. berkeley just did a study on how this price fixing is the reason why you've got people that are homeless out in the street, and you use the word
gentrification when the truth of the matter is the word is discrimination and you're displacing low-income people by price fixing based on the income of the high tech people. then you've got the poop squad making $86,000 a year, and they're scooping up feces off of the sidewalk. >> president cohen: thank you. your time's up. [inaudible] >> president cohen: is there any other member of the public that would like to speak on this item? all right. public comment is closed. thank you. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: all right. i'd like to make a motion to accept the amendments. all right. and i can take that without objection? thank you. and also make a motion to accept the ordinance and send it to the full board with a positive recommendation. and i'd like to make a motion to send it by the full body.
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and park and fast ball, soft ball and volley ball. i started the first volley ball league and very proud what i have done with that. being a leader for girls is passion and showing to be confident and being ambiggish and strong person. [inaudible] for about 5 years. programs offered thraw thirty-three rec and park and oversee thg prms about a year. other than the programs we offer we offer summer camp squz do [inaudible] during the summer and that is something i wherei have been able to shine in my role. >> couple years we started the civic center socking league and what an amazing opportunity it was and is it for kid in the neighborhood who come together every friday in the civic center plaza on green grass to run and play. you otonly see
soccer and poetry but also see books t. is a really promoting literacy to our kid and giving them to tools to make it work at home. real fortunate to see the [inaudible] grow. >> girls get pressureed with society and i know that is obvious, but we see it every day, magazines, commercials the idea what a woman should look like but i like to be a strong female role for it goals that play sports because a lot of times they don't see someone strong in a female role with something connected with sports and athleticism and i love i can bring that to the table. >> soccer, poetry, community service. we now have field of dreams. we are [inaudible] all over the bay area and excited to be share our mission with other schools across the bay to really build the confidence and
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>> good afternoon, everyone. i am the mayor of the city and county of san francisco and i am here to welcome mayors from all over the country, including the u.s. conference of mayors on the centre for climate and energy solutions, to this great city. we are all gathered here today for a common cause. of taking meaningful action to combat climate change. as we all no kak this is an issue that is bigger than one of our cities, one of our regions and this country. climate change is the defining issue of our time. and the choices we make today, the commitment we can agree on
and are sustained cooperation, will determine whether or not we rise to the challenge. i am proud that san francisco is one of 150 cities that took part in the survey conducted by the alliance for a sustainable future. writing climate change takes all of our cities working together to share information, practices and ideas so we can come to -- come up with effective solutions that will protect our environment for generations to come. and san francisco, we are truly proud of the work we have been doing for years it for years to implement sustainable policies that work while growing our economy. since 1990, we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and cut our landfill disposal in half, all while growing our economy by 111%. to do this, which champion zero waste policy, advanced clean
energy initiatives, reduced emissions from public transportation and our home to some of the most sustainable buildings in the world. but we are not stopping there peerk we are adopting policies to meet our goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. by the year 2013, we have committed to cutting our landfill waste -- waste in half, to carbon icing all of our new buildings, and achieving -- by the year 2013 -- 30, we want to be more sustainable. we can achieve this by working across our borders as one a global community, to push for strong environmental protections together, we have the ability to create a cleaner and greener sustainable future for generations to come and as we move forward this week, san francisco, as you know, will be
hosting the global climate action summit. i'm so excited that jerry brown has chosen the city and county of san francisco, we have been a leader in the effort to combat climate change. as we bring people from not only all over the united states, but all over the world to san francisco, we will continue to push the envelope and demand action. the whole point of this climate summit his action. it is about coming up with solutions. san francisco, is much as we live in a bubble, we can't do it alone. we need everyone here and the leaders of many of these great cities who are joining us today will help us lead the way. with that's, i would like to introduce the president of the u.s. conference of mayors, from columbia, south carolina, mayor benjamin doshi has been a great leader and a wonderful leader
with the u.s. conference of mayors. mayor benjamin. [applause] >> thank you, so much for having us here today. we are honored to be with you and i appreciate your generous hospitality. we are looking forward to working with you in the days ahead. my name is steve benjamin. i'm the mayor of columbia, south carolina have a privilege of serving as president of the united states conference of mayors. if you grabbed me a brief point of personal privilege, i will go down a line and have our colleagues here, both the mayors and guests and partners introduce themselves and see who is here and talk really loud. please. >> i'm from california. >> mayor rob rankin. >> mayor thomas [indiscernible].
>> the united states conference of mayors has long been a proponent of need to address climate change. mayors have been on the front lines, taking action on climate protection efforts and in many cases, launched local energy efficiency programs to reduce our carbon footprint in american cities. the president's decision to withdraw from the paris agreement was not only shortsighted, it was not representative of our nation process leaders and their communities. the fact is, the nations of mayors have never waited on washington, d.c. to act. you will see, in the next weeks and months and years ahead, mayors continuing to use our collective power to lead the nation on this critical issue, regardless of what happens at the national level. at the same time, it is critical we have a federal government that takes climate protection seriously and is willing to step up the two the plate to deal with this national and global issue.
we do call on the administration and on congress to reengage and work with us as we tackle this incredibly challenging issue. our efforts are strengthened by the support of strong partners. that is why we've formed an alliance with sustainable future to help us engage with the business community. the alliance's purpose is to bring mayors and businesses together to identify ways we can work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build more resilient communities and create a more sustainable future we had a great session earlier this morning. we heard about what cities and business communities are doing together to reduce our carbon footprint. we discuss how this best practices could be replicated throughout the united states. today, the alliance is releasing a new survey of which cities are doing to advance climate solutions and to meet the challenges ahead. the report demonstrates cities of all sizes are committed to
action. in fact, we have 75 smaller cities, those less than 100,000 citizens respond to the survey. this demonstrates there is broad-based support in urban america, suburban america and rural america up for action, if we have access to the right tools and strategies. shows that climate change impacts all of our communities. collectively, we are making a significant difference. right now, our nation needs thoughtful leaders who care about the environment and care about the world that we have inherited from our ancestors. at you care deeply about their world we are passing on to our children. you need to look no further than america's mayors for this leadership. mayors get things done. fighting climate change is no exception to that rule. i would like to ask my friend, a fantastic leader, the chair of the alliance for sustainable future top our salt lake city
mayor to unveil the major findings from our reports. mayor? [applause] >> thank you. thank you, mayor benjamin. i wanted to give you a few brief highlights from the survey. this is the second year we have conducted this research. with this work, our plan is to continue to monitor the progress so -- cities are making towards achieving their climate change goals and to share this information across the country. we are confident this information exchange will identify ways cities and businesses can match up with one another so that policy and programs can be replicated quickly and efficiently. we need to learn from each other and identify resources to help each other achieve our goals.
on the reasons why are abundantly clear. as you can see from the answers of a new question, we asked this year, has your city experience impacts of climate change in the last five years? and the answer is no surprise. ninety-five% -- 95% of the cities said yes. right here in california, you can see the impact most directly through devastating wildfires and droughts, issues impacting my city as well. it is also important to note that cities are not just experiencing one impact of climate change. they are experiencing several changes all at once.
so what are we doing about it? our survey found that more than 70% of the cities have energy efficiency policies for new and existing municipal buildings and more than half have established energy-efficient -- energy efficiency policies for new and existing commercial and residential buildings. in the area of transportation, nearly 60% of city governments have a green vehicle purchasing policies with an additional 26% considering such action. cities have tremendous purchasing power. with cities purchasing over 13,000 vehicles annually, while gas and diesel vehicle purchases are still prevalent, you can see that with these policies in place, a real shift is not only
possible, but is underway. besides municipal fleets cap cities also have options for their residents. with 94% of city respondents having best transit and 92% bike lane policies with implementation. this scrap -- of this scratches the surface of our findings and i encourage you to take a closer look at the survey and thank you very much for being here today. [applause] >> now i would like to introduce mayor john mitchell, the mayor of new bedford, massachusetts for some remarks. >> thank you, mr president. good afternoon everybody. i want to thank mayor benjamin
for your leadership in the space you are one of the mayors he pushed very hard for all the mayors to sign up to the 100% renewable pledge. i want to commend jackie for her leadership as well in promoting this report and making this happen. everyone should take a close look at it's contents and spread the word. because it is a reminder of two things. that mayors are the big problems facing america and facing the world, americas mayors are meeting the challenge. secondly, those challenges are very real. i want to thank tom cochrane executive director, for being in the space for a long time before it was popular to be that way for america's mayors and the staff is well. america's mayors clock by the very nature of their job, don't have to remove themselves from the abstract and get real.
we are where the rubber hits the road and every respect. and it is true of climate change in our particular case, new bedford is the biggest commercial fishing porridge in the united states. we see, over time, in the fish that come in. a few years ago we are one of the biggest lobster ports in the world his. we are no longer that because the water has gotten warmer at those lobsters back even though they have small legs, have migrated north. they are no longer around in southern new england. it is one example. i see our beaches where -- which are not nearly the size of what they once worked when i was a kid. and we see what happens this week. i just wanted to throw this out there as food for thought about the kinds of things that mayors deal with. mayors on the east coast of the united states have to be mindful of hurricanes. mayors from miami all the way to new bedford. and this week i was asked on an
am station, what about the storm , florence that is in the middle of the atlantic? i said, you know, we are keeping an eye on it. we always do. i should probably take a closer look. i had my team take a closer look at it and i did my own google research. i found a washington post case. this is three days ago that said that the storm, florence, where was the atlantic three days ago was in a place where no storm had hit the united states since 1851. out of 67 identified storms in that time. sixty-seven, not a single one hit the united states. the folks in the carolinas are about to learn clock you will shortly -- and fortune experience in a few days, it will hit the east coast. so the aberrations are becoming the norm.
and we see it all the time. that is why a report like this helps us focus on not only what we can do to prevent the problems today, but also, ten years from now, 20 years from now, 50 years from now. the survey reported that cities spend $1.6 billion annually on electricity, which represents a significant amount of purchasing power and opportunity for cities , as mayor benjamin was alluding to, catch a loop -- use collective influence to make change. so we do. think do it in columbia and they don't salt lake city and across america. fifty-four% of the cities have renewable energy goals another 80% are considering setting a goal. these goals have made real results in cities. they have reduced our electric consumption considerably from fossil fuels. in our particular case, we are at 71% renewable. there are eight cities in
america who have hit 100% and more that are rapidly approaching. sixty-five% pure care for municipal operations. and they derives the vast majority of their needs through renewable sources. i will add these other data points, 37% of cities have set communitywide renewable energy goals with another 19% considering it at 51% of cities have policies or programs that help citizens and businesses cues renewable energy options. these numbers are going to grow in part because of the idea sharing mechanism that is the u.s. conference of mayors. we talked to one another and share ideas. again, this is another place where we are sitting dorsett single standard. as mayor benjamin mentioned, we do not wait for the federal government to act. thank you, everybody. [applause]
>> thank you, mayor mitchell. i will invite the trustee of the u.s. conference of mayors and the mayor mayor of des moines, iowa. >> mayor benjamin, all mayors, we are proud to be her as a mayor of san francisco said. it is a convening of people who are elected, and others to talk about the future of this planet and talk about the future of this country and talk about it from a perspective that is local quite frankly, for all of us, remembered some of the work -- and a look at tom cochrane back here and remembering being in copenhagen. boy, we had some great hopes and thoughts and hopeful outcomes that were going to happen as a result of that convening. but we all know that not
everything happens that we wanted to have happen. i will tell you that it is local government leaders like the people that are here before you today whose voices jumped out. after that occasion, all the way to parents, we had to show not only in the united states that local government that this is where stuff happens. this is where the consequences of actions and inactions on climate change actually manifest themselves. someplace, somewhere. it is not just the mayors here, it is a mayors around the world. i know that we continue, through the conference of mayors, to speak with other mayors around the world and i believe that it is those mayors at the local levels that spoke out and gave the courage to the heads of state to vote for and accept the paris climate agreements. in spite of the fact that there is debate as to whether the united states is still in, i
want you to know that there is over 500 mayors that have said we are still in. we are still part of this wasp was to go along with thousands of other mayors around the world , as we celebrate that moment in knowing that this is also where it happens. this is where we will have to take the actions that are necessary to meet those paris goals. with that, i will say that in des moines, iowa, we sit in the middle of the country and you always wonder, what are they doing here? there is no sea level rise and there's probably not a hurricane there, but you should have been in joint -- des moines on june 30th this year, you would've had a nice day up until about 9:00 and then it started raining by about 1230, there was areas
in des moines that received over 10 inches of rain and three and a half hours port i have to tell you, that is like a monsoon. out in the middle of the plains in iowa and the cornfields in the streams on the rivers, they filled up really fast. and those are becoming more normal. we have to decide how we will work to do it and how we will achieve our goals. i will tell you, it is not only those of us at the local government level, but it is partnering with our businesses, with our residents that are in each and every one of our communities in making a plan and working for a plan and often, those are led by the city. in our case, one of the great accomplishments that has happened in iowa and in des moines, art -- our disc attributed -- our distributed energy provider. started in 2004 when they had two% of their power created by
renewables. today, it was just verified by the iowa utility commission, at the end of 2017, mid american energy, through wind, has stepped up now to 50.8% of their energy that they produce is by renewables. they have also committed -- they have two new projects going along that will boost their investment and went into. as a look at my partner over here from salt lake city, by over $14 billion. by 2020, we are hoping that we will effectually create 100% of the energy produced by mid american energy in iowa through their sources in the energy they
provide that will be renewable. that is a kind of gold that we need to reach. that is a kind of partners we need to have. let's hope we can accomplish it and maintain and retain this planet for all of our future generations. thanks. [applause] >> thank you frank for your comments. we are all available for questions. our president, our chairman, executive director and c.e.o., tom cochrane is here with us as well. he did not introduce themselves earlier but he and bob have been doing fantastic work making sure the business community of mayors have been working together for the last several years. we look forward to watching that partnership grow. questions? i will say this. i am with you -- if you get no questions, you wrap it up really quickly, i do want to congratulate mayor breach, not
only taking her leadership role here in city hall, but almost immediately thereafter, she was named a cochair of mayors for the 100% clean and renewable energy partnership that we have with the sierra club. we are ready for 100. this leadership, i want to highlight because mayor bree joins myself and others in a barbed -- bipartisan, bicoastal commitment to this. this is not d.r. or red or blue issue. this is an issue that seems to protect america's feature and of course, make sure we maintain our rightful place in the world. as you meet people over the next several days, i am going back home to south carolina to deal with the issues presented by hurricane florence. as you meet people, make sure it is clear to them that america's leaders, may be, save one are committed to working on this issue together in a thoughtful,