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discussion of two resolutions supporting climate-related ordinances sponsored by the department of the environment and a vote on whether to adopt each resolution as recommended by the policy committee. the sponsor is deborah raphael, director. the speaker is cyndy comerford, climate program manager. resolution file no. 2019-08-coe regarding ordinance in board supervisors file no. 190972 concerning municipal he electrifycation. file number 190708 concerning electric preferred buildings. explanatory document resolution file no. 2019-09-coe. item for discussion and action. >> commissioner sullivan is going to do the actual motion. thank you. >> save your voice. >> great. so as commissioner sullivan can
attest to, we had a really interesting policy committee meeting on these issues. and we wanted to ask cyndy our climate program manager to give you a brief outline of what was discussed not nearly in the same level of detail. but as lowell said, when you look at our -- where we've got emissions coming out, it's pretty clear there's not a lot of mystery here. our buildings are a big part of the story. and where those emissions are coming from, cyndy will talk a little bit about that. but more and more, they are coming from natural gas. and while we will be developing a climate action strategy that you will hear a lot more about for 2020, we don't wait for that to be finished before we adopt policies along the way. and there's a particular moment in time now that is very important because the building code gets updated on a three-year cycle.
and we are -- and that starts now in 2019, the new cycle. so we wanted to weigh in to be in alignment with that statewide cycle. and i'm going to let cyndy take it from here. >> good evening, commissioners. my name is cyndy comerford. i'm the climate program manager. and i'm going to give a brief summary of the presentation that i gave to the policy committee several weeks ago. and so what we are here for today is to ask for your support on two ordinances that anthony mentioned. one i'll refer to as our electric preferred code and the second ordinance is our municipal electrifycation ordinance. the municipal ordinance inhabitant has not been scheduled for committee yet. so i just want to start off talking about our energy future
in san francisco to kind of set the stage for this brief presentation. i know that our current model of energy in california looks very bleak for the third year in a row, we saw horrific wildfires. and pg&e said the shut offs that have been happening could last for ten more years. so i want you to know the city of san francisco is taking this very seriously. the city has recently put a bid in for pg&e's assets, infrastructure that serve san francisco so we can secure our energy future and depend less on the rollover grid. it's really important that we start electrifying our buildings. and that's what i'm going to talk about today. in addition to our electrification, we want to invest in smaller power supplies and microgrids and backup battery storage and also around smart inverters and expanding
solar. these types of measures can help us keep the power on when we have these types of events that we've seen recently. and in addition, it's really important that the city leads by example. and that starts with our pal buildings. so at the crux of the two ordinances that i'm going to talk about today is really about the reduction and elimination of natural gas. and i won't go into all the detail i did in the last presentation, but natural gas has many impacts. as a super greenhouse gas, it's mostly methane. and it's 86 times stronger or traps more heat than carbon dioxide. it's a combustible and hazardous material. we've seen explosions all over the united states. in 2010, we saw our neighbors south of us have a massive natural gas explosion where
there were eight fatalities. there's impacts to our health, not only from the extraction of natural gas but the use of it in houses. and the more studies that are connecting natural gas cooking to increases in childhood asthma. in addition, natural gas is just not as reliable or resilient in major disasters as electricity. and so as lowell kind of talked about when we look at the big picture of our emissions, about half come from buildings and the other half comes from transportation. and this slide kind of dives in a little deeper to show the emissions just from our building sector. so in our commercial and residential builds, our natural gas use is mostly from hot water, heating, air-conditioning and cooking. and we can see that most of our
residential and commercial emissions around natural gas and almost all of our municipal emissions are from natural gas since all of our electricity comes from a carbon-free source. so kind of to achieve our climate goals, the elimination of natural gas is actually critical. and mayor london breed established very ambitious goals of achieving net zero emissions in new buildings by 2030 and all buildings by 2050. in order to achieve these city goals of net zero emissions by 2050 and make sure that we are abiding by our parent agreement to limit temperature increases to 1.5 degrees celsius, increasing electrification in our new and existing buildings is absolutely necessary.
so that brings us to our policy proposal. and as director raphael said, just to give a little bit of background, every three years, the state of california goes through a code cycle. and so we are coming to the end of that code cycle. we are going to adopt new building codes. and in california, you have an option to adopt what's called a reach code. so to go above the state standard. and this is mostly done for environmental reasons. and san francisco has been doing this for years. we've been a pioneer in this field. and what we are here to show to you today is a new reach code to help with our building electrification and also our climate goals. and so what this slide shows is our policy proposal. and this is for new construction in private buildings. and so what we are looking here, if you build your building to be all electric, you just have to
meet the state standards. and if you decide not to build all electric, what this policy does, it makes it more difficult for you. so if you choose to build a mixed-fuel building, you have to go above the state standard. and that increase is around energy efficiency. and so this is the policy package that's our electric-preferred code that has been sponsored by supervisor mandelman. and the second ordinance which has been sponsored by supervisor brown is around the municipal buildings. and for municipal buildings it's the complete elimination of natural gas. so there will be no more natural gas in the new construction of municipal buildings. so this just shows an array of different buildings in san francisco from municipal buildings to existing buildings
to private construction that have already been built all electric. so we know that the technology is there and that it's possible and we are really excited to work with our stakeholders to embark on this next phase of building all electric in san francisco. and so that concludes my presentation. i'm happy to answer any questions about the policy proposals. >> okay >> this is where i jump in. thank you, cyndy, great presentation. commissioners, any questions? you don't have to raise your hand because you can't see the -- >> commissioner wald. >> i have a question about the resolution. thank you. i have a question about the resolution. >> this one? >> that i think we are talking about, which is the first one in
our packet >> okay. >> which -- wait a minute is 190972. requiring new construction in major renovations to exclude natural gas. >> okay. that is if one for municipal buildings. >> that's the one for municipal buildings? because it wasn't clear to me whether it applied to all buildings. that's my question about that. and -- okay. so on the second one, i am just -- and i apologize for not being able to make the policy committee meeting at which you discussed this. but i'm just wondering whether it would be possible to give a
stronger signal, if you will, to the building industry that this might not work, and if it doesn't, we are going to demand that all buildings are exclusively electric. >> i think that is a wonderful suggestion. we are just about to launch in coordination with the mayor's office and supervisor mandelman, zero emission building task force. and supervisor mandelman has said within six months that we are going to propose a all-electric for new construction. so that is on our agenda. we have some additional stakeholder outreach. we need to do with our advocates and the building community to make sure that we can address the issues around technology, labor, workforce development and
equity. and so that is our next step. and just to kind of look at some of the other cities, the electric preferred code, that is through the building code and to make sure our steps are legally defensible with the city. but our second step is what you mentioned. so hopefully this resolution is the first step signaling that, and then launching the task force and hopefully having another ordinance within six months that does exactly what you suggested. >> okay. thank you. >> commissioners? >> did you want to amend the resolution or are you okay with the resolution as is? >> well -- [laughter] >> stronger language -- >> i heard it's not the time for that. so i will, rather than propose
amending it, i will vote for it. but make note on my calendar that in six months, i hope we can lead this issue. >> absolutely, me too. >> thank you. >> i have a question. this is probably not the right time. commissioner heather. this is sort of out of the realm of these resolutions but it's maybe the time to say this. i look at the construction that's happening throughout the city, and of course there's tons of new construction happening but there's also tons of renovations happening. is there a mechanism or any idea of doing this kind of work in three years or as part of the cycling to suggest that renovations also have to move toward all electric? >> absolutely. so i should have mentioned as my
last come, the zero emission task force for buildings that will be launching is going to have four subsections. one is going to look at all electric for new construction. and then there will be other workgroups that are going to look at existing construction around municipal and commercial and residential buildings. so our goal is within one year to have a road map for existing buildings, how we retrofit them and electrify them. >> and would that be holding to the three-year cycle to get it into code that if people are applying for permits for renovation? >> it makes it easier if you do these updates to the building codon that triannual cycle. but you don't have to. so that's something we are going to have to think about and work with our stakeholders as we go through the process. it makes it easier for the building community, but i think that remains to be seen. >> i would like to just add the
municipal is for major renovations as well. so we were looking at renovations that were above a certain threshold would mean -- because we want to get it when your boiler goes out, when you are doing a lot of work on a building, no, you are not building a brand new building, it's the perfect time to be thinking about going all electric. so for municipal it is for major renovations as well as new construction. >> i have one question or maybe it's a comment. i think i read in the last week that the restaurant industry sued the city of berkeley on this very issue. and as a city where our restaurants are important, and we have a foody culture, i wonder if it would be possible to stage this process so that commercial restaurants are the last ones to be forced into all electric, just a thought for the future. >> that's a great suggestion.
and the golden gate restaurant association will be invited to participate in these conversations and be a really important stakeholder. >> if i may, commissioner, that is precisely why we aren't suggesting an all-out ban for every building type as of january 1, because we have not done the work that we think is important to build the support from the community and the understanding. and as we talked a lot about during the policy committee meeting, the contracting community needs to understand how to do that. they need to understand how do you offer an electric alternative. so we have, for example, in february, we are going to be doing electrification expo in golden gate park at the county fair building where we are going to invite residents and contractors to learn about heat pump technology and understand what's possible. so we are building a socialization. and with the intention as
commissioner wald said, to send a strong signal to the marketplace that this is step one and there are more steps to come. >> could i add to that that it's not only, you know, a city buildings and commercial buildings that are faced with the example that you gave debbie, that your furnace stops working or your heater thing stops working and those are emergencies. and in the absence of having the kind of information that you need or the conversation that you need, people, it's already happened to me this year, are going to buy a regular water heater because you need to have a water heater. and we somehow have to figure out -- i urge you to help us
figure out how to get ahead of that problem so that when somebody is faced with this emergency, they can get help from whatever is the appropriate community with a minimum of effort. like two hours at the most. >> i couldn't agree with you more. we definitely as director raphael said, we have a lot of work to do in educating our community around electrification. and we are going to take that very seriously in the upcoming year. >> maybe it's a thing that we should think about doing like neighborhood meetings where we can talk about these issues and the options. once you figure out what they are and what the solutions are. yeah. >> absolutely. thank you for your comments.
i appreciate them. >> any other commissioner comments or questions? if not, i understand we are going to do public comment and vote on these one by one. so first, is there any public comment on resolution 2019-08-coe regarding municipal electrification? seeing none, is there a motion and a second on this matter? >> i move. >> motion by commissioner wald and seconded by commissioner stephenson. all in favor say aye. >> aye. >> all opposed say nay. motion carries. our second resolution is resolution 20109-09-coe regarding electric preferred buildings. is there any public comment on this resolution? seeing none, we have a motion to
approve? president bermejo. is there a second. >> second. >> commissioner wan. we have a motion and a second. all in favor say aye. >> aye. >> all opposed. the motion carries. the next item is item 9, director's report, update on the department of the environment administrative and programmatic operations relating to budget planning, strategic planning, clean air transportation, climate and energy public outreach and education, environmental justice, habitat restoration, green building, zero waste, toxics reduction and urban forestry. the speaker is deborah raphael. explanatory document is the director's report. this item is for discussion. >> the next item. >> i would just say i want to -- there's so much we could talk about but we have a lot of new staff here who i'm going to have them introduced in a minute. i want to talk about a couple things that are going on that are really meaningful for us. in order for us to get to a
climate action strategy that is compliant with the paris climate accords, we need to have a deep and extensive community engagement process. and in addition to that, for our mayor to feel comfortable and excited about doing some of the bold policy initiatives we need, she has said to us you need to bring others along. and so we are hearing -- and we also believe that in our hearts as well. and so we are embarking on some interesting methods for engaging community on what can be a very wonky subject, how to get off of natural gas, for example. so what we have just launched is something we call the anchor partners initiative. and that is a shorthand for saying rather than the department leading on community outreach, why don't we have trusted community partners lead and we pay them to do so.
we honor the fact that they can't volunteer. so cyndy and her team selected two wonderful anchor partners, emerald cities and poder to help us answer the question how are we going to design a system to transfer off of natural gas in the existing residential building stock. because when we go to our lower income families and say we would like to improve your building and make it all electric, the first answer is, number one, oh my god, how much is that going to cost me. but number two, am i going to get displaced. if you fix up my building, am i not going to be able to afford them anymore because i don't own it. and so we understand that those are big barriers and hurdles to get across and for us to ban natural gas, do such a bold thing, we must do it with people along with us. so we had our first of those anchor partner-led meetings last week.
and it was focused on labor, how are we going to work with labor. the next one will be focused on affordable housing. so each one of those anchor partner teams is focused on a particular target audience. so i use that as an example in my director's report, because it speaks to the intentionality of our work to bring people along to an order to get to that statement, we will be banning natural gas. we are not jumping there. but we are going there with a how conversation, not a whether. and that how conversation is how do we do this so that people aren't displaced, so people can afford to live here. so we meet our climate and our social needs together. we will also be having conversations about how do we ban natural gas in new construction, not just have electric preferred by bringing along the trades and bringing along the restaurant
associations and everyone else as well as how do we get off natural gas in existing municipal. that's going to be along with the puc. so lots of conversations happening, but cyndy is shepherding because ultimately in november we need our new climate action strategy to be adopted, and that's a city wide strategy that needs to have encompassed that feedback. and as i said earlier, we do that attempt that we find opportunities to take action as we go along, building code, let's lead by example in municipal. let's get to electric preferred and send signals that we are serious about going further. i would like to also say that we had a really wonderful hearing on urban forestry between -- two hearings in front of the board of supervisors. one on biodiversity and one on urban forestry. and what is so important about that is when we talk about our climate action strategy, 08100, this is a way to focus on roots
explicitly and the board heard loud and clear if need for additional resources and the need for city agencies to work with them and the department was part of both -- central to those conversations. and finally, i would just like to say that on december 4, i'm going to be doing a field trip to look at what our school district is doing from 10 to 12:30, 10 a.m. so if any of you can join me -- anthony, did you send out the e-mail. >> i will tomorrow. >> he will send oute out an e-ml tomorrow to see what they are doing in their initiative but also in their school lunch program. we will be going to the high school to look at their new cafeteria and looking at how that promotes the roots part of things, local organic food and also zero waste. so if you can join me, that
help push along the environment's mission. thank you. i was with a strategic firm that focused on the energy sector so i worked with energy utilities. >> thank you. >> good evening, commissioners. my name is minho park and i'm rounding out my first month with my title is transportation outreach associate so i'm engaging in outreach measures regarding our sustainable transportation measures and initiatives. and providing other support on the projects as need be. before this, i'm actually a recent berkeley grad. i graduated in may. in terms of professional experience, i worked with the natural resource defense council and clean energy team last
summer. >> good evening, commissioners. my name is means goldman and i work with the environmental education -- the school education team within the department of environment. i work as an environmental education aide so i go into schools and give presentations on compost, recycling and waste management. before i joined the department, i joined in early september and i was working as an educator in-house for about three years. so thank you. >> good evening. my name is monica dwight and i'm an environmental education associate for the school education team and i largely focus on providing water presentations to elementary schoolers and also support in providing zero waste outreach to
our schools. and before working for the department of environment, i was teaching english in spain. >> good evening, commissioners, i work with the school education team of an environmental education aide. as my colleague said, we go into classrooms and provide field trips to students so they learn more about what their field strips will be about. we also work on outreach in assemblies in schools and we go and show students how to recycle and really talk to them about why it's important for us to protect our beautiful world many of before i came to the department before i was welcomed here, i was working at ucmerced. i was doing a fellowship that provided paid internships opportunities undergraduate students in the energy and environmental fields.
>> hello, my name is adam webber and i've been for six months at the department but it's my first time on the meeting so it's time i said hello. i'm an intern and i'm doing some work on the antibiotics ordinance that passed a few years ago now and so getting data from grocery stores and trying to go through that. i currently also work at a financial planning firm so i still do that now. thank you. >> good evening, my name is anna bailey. i'm an intern for the toxics reductions and healthy ecosystem team. i'll work on eight variety of projects but i'm looking at microplastic filters for washing machines and the cost of divvy efficiencies of the filters that exist. i'm a grad of the university of michigan.
i'm very excited to be here. thank you. good evening. my name is mintu lay i'm a graduate from sf state. i work with the toxic reductions team on the healthy nail salon programs. i used to work in a nail salon in about 15 or 16 years so i know a little bit more about that. i also offer a program since day one so i have been with them about five or six years and also, i work with other projects on non stick cook ware and other projects with the toxic reduction team. thank you for your work. what an amazing group.
[applause] >> any comments? >> any public comment on this item? >> i have a question. what is the significance of the fact that these new people are from just two programs? are those programs having a big jump in existing staff numbers or do they have an unusually large turnover? i mean, there's only two programs here. >> i paid attention. [laughter] >> some of it is timing. you met people from other programs. so there's -- you've got some interns here who have been with the program for a while that are coming up to say hello now and it is cyclical. so the school education program
has an annual cycle and you will seeing it with or new team and you are seeing something that is significant if that we have had some vacancies in our outreach program at the leadership level for quite some time now. you remember luke, he left. you remember margaret. these were people who were there° margaret wasn't there for so long but luke was. it takes a while to fill those positions with the right people. jennifer, we're so thrilled that you are here. i mean, she's essentially taking luke's position if you will and then two over from her is alex, who essentially took margaret's position. these are very competitive positions and we want to make sure that we get the right person in them and so if asia was here, she would jump up and down in excitement because she's got a full team now where she
didn't before. so, on the toxic end, that's just serendipity that you are seeing them all and on the outreach end, it's a combination of normal cycles and finally we got through some heavy duty recruitment. so thank you for noticing. >> thank you. next item. >> congratulations to you all. hope to see a lot of you. [applause] the next item is item 10. committee reports. this item is for discussion. >> commissioner walls, would you like to give us an update. >> mr. solomon -- >> i don't have the -- >> i've been tapped for this. >> sorry. my bad. >> at policy committee meeting we heard three presentations. the first was from cindy, climate program manager. she gave an expanded presentation on the pro electrification ordinances we heard today and recommend the policy committee recommended
adoption by the full commission of the resolutions we just adopted. we next had a presentation from dorthy of the california air resources board which is a division of the cali approximate a on the emergence of rechargeable landscaping equipment. so i think lawn mowers and weed whackers and it was a nice convergence in the work they're doing and the work we're doing because these things are often used to mechanically deal with plants that you and otherwise need toxics to deal with. and lastly, we had a presentation from dan flannigan who is the urban forestry council president on the work that the council is doing and especially on the recently completed strategic plan which he presented to us just before presenting to the board of supervisors. >> commissioners --
>> on october 16th, the operations committee met and we had four different presentations. jose lem, who ijoejoe salem gavn update on the operations committee. we meet four times a year. just the nature of how the budgeting process works is that almost every time we have a meeting we're having a conversation about the budget either the pre planning, the big show or the update on what happened. the budge set in good shape. he does an amazing job. it's always in good shape. the department came and gave us an update on the racial equity initiative. we heard about this a couple of years before. maybe a year and a half before. we got an update on the department's efforts there. several members of the department have gone through a training process and the next step for this is they're going to come and speak to us in january and give the full commission an update on the
initiative. cara gurney of the outreach team came ask gave us on the multi family mailer campaign it was part of a new zero a system roll out and it was exciting to see all that in action and see the materials the outreach team came up with. cindy has been busy. she's the climate program manager who just spoke with us and the spiel committee so she's been very busy. she came and talked to us about how the department is planning to reach out and engage the community on the revisions to the climate action plan that debbie mentioned earlier. >> commissioners, any questions? any public comment? >> on the next item? on the director's report on this item? >> it is the director's report.
>> do you want do give comment? >> we're going to move back. >> ok. >> so we go to announcements. >> yeah, is there any objection to moving back to item 9 to take public comment? ok. without objection, here we go. >> susan paradox, california native plant society. welcome. >> i'm susan with the california native plant society. i wanted to thank the department of environment for your biodiversity resolution. because you implemented a bio diversity resolution, our local ecosystem have benefited. the urban forestry council has added our local native trees to their proved tree lit. the san francisco department of public works is designing the sunset boulevard improvement to include our local plant
communities and local pollenate or plants and rec and parks department is designing francisco park with local pollenate or plants and rain water caption reuse for irrigation. if you sthank you so much for td work. please, consider implementing a die owabio diversity strategy ad policy that vancouver and new york have done. that will enhance our local seekosis tom, improve human health, mitigate climate age and i hope it will be part of your climate action strategy in 2020. and thank you to anthony valdez for all your good work. thank you. >> next item is item 11, announcements, this item is for discussion. >> no announcements or public
comment. the next item is 12, new business future agenda items. anthony valdez, this is discussion and possible action. >> so, commissioners, in charles' absence i will do the new business today. at the january commissioner meeting, we'll be having the regular items which is the voting on the budget and the recommendation that comes from the operations committee. as well as voting on the annual report and the recommendation that comes from the policy committee. there's an election of officers as well as a couple of presentations from the climate team about hazard and resiliency
plans that the cities is working on. so that's what we have so far in store for january. as well as the racial equity plan. that's coming in january. there you go. >> ok. any discussion on this item? any public comment? next item, please. >> clerk: the next item is item 13, public comment on all matters pertaining to the went subsequent closed session. >> before we move into closed session do review, director rafael will take public matters. is there any public comment?
>> the next item is 14, vote on whether to hold closed session to evaluate the performance of the executive director, california government code section 54957af admin code 67.10b. this item is action. >> thank you. so we need a motion. >> i move. >> moved by commissioner wong second. >> it's been moved and seconds. going into closed session to evaluate the performance director rafael. say aye. aye. any we are back in open session. >> the time is 8:48 p.m. >> do i hear a motion to not
disclose any or all discussions held in closed session? >> so moved >> second. >> moved by commissioner sullivan, seconded by commissioner wan. is there any discussion? any public comment? all those in favor of moving to not disclose any or all discussions held in closed session, signify by saying aye. >> aye. >> any opposed? motion carries. the next item. >> the next item is item 16, to make a recommendation to the department of human resources to increase the compensation of the executive director. this item is discussion and action. >> the commission can make a recommendation to the san francisco department of human resources on the compensation of director raphael. the motion that we will vote on
is to recommend to the department of human resources to increase the compensation of director raphael. do i hear a motion? >> i move >> moved by commissioner wald. >> second. >> seconded by commissioner stephenson. is there any discussion? is there any public comment? those in favor, signify by saying aye. >> aye. >> any opposed? the motion carries. the next item, please. >> the next item is item 17, adjournment. the time is 8:50 p.m. >> okay. thank you. >> thank you >> we are adjourned.
... . >> the san francisco carbon fund was started in 2009. it's basically legislation that was passed by the board of supervisors and the mayor's office for the city of san francisco. they passed legislation that said okay, 13% of the cost of the city air travel is going to go into a fund and we're going to use the money in that fund to do local projects that are going to mitigate and sequester
greenhouse gas emission. the grants that we're giving, they're anywhere from 15,000 to, say, $80,000 for a two year grant. i'm shawn rosenmoss. i'm the development of community partnerships and carbon fund for the san francisco department of environment. we have an advisory committee that meets once or twice a year to talk about, okay, what are we going to fund? because we want to look at things like equity and innovative projects. >> i heard about the carbon fund because i used to work for the department of environment. i'm a school education team. my name is marcus major. i'm a founding member of climate action now. we started in 2011. our main goal it to remove
carbon in the public right-of-way on sidewalks to build educational gardens that teach people with climate change. >> if it's a greening grant, 75% of the grant has to go for greening. it has to go for planting trees, it has to go for greening up the pavement, because again, this is about permanent carbon savings. >> the dinosaur vegetable gardens was chosen because the garden was covered in is afault since 1932. it was the seed funding for this whole project. the whole garden,ible was about 84,000 square feet, and our project, we removed 3,126 square feet of cement. >> we usually issue a greening rft every other year, and that's for projects that are going to dig up pavement, plant trees, community garden, school
garden. >> we were awarded $43,000 for this project. the produce that's grown here is consumed all right at large by the school community. in this garden we're growing all kinds of organic vegetables from lettuce, and artichokes. we'll be planting apples and loquats, all kinds of great fruit and veggies. >> the first project was the dipatch biodiesel producing facility. the reason for that is a lot of people in san francisco have diesel cars that they were operating on biodiesel, and they were having to go over to berkeley. we kind of the dog batch preferentials in the difference between diesel and biodiesel.
one of the gardens i love is the pomeroy rec center. >> pomeroy has its roots back to 1952. my name is david, and i'm the chamber and ceo of the pomeroy rehabilitation and recreation center. we were a center for people with intellectual and development cal disabilities in san francisco san francisco. we also have a program for individuals that have acquired brain injury or traumatic brain injury, and we also have one of the larger after school programs for children with special needs that serves the public school system. the sf carbon fund for us has been the launching pad for an entire program here at the pomeroy center. we received about $15,000. the money was really designed
to help us improve our garden by buying plants and material and also some infrastructure like a drip system for plants. we have wine barrels that we repurposed to collect rain water. we actually had removed over 1,000 square feet of concrete so that we could expand the garden. this is where our participants, they come to learn about gardening. they learn about our work in the greenhouse. we have plants that we actually harvest, and eggs from our chickens that we take up and use in cooking classes so that our participants learn as much as anybody else where food comes from. we have two kitchens here at the pomeroy center. one is more of a commercial kitchen and one is more setup like a home kitchen would be, and in the home kitchen, we do
a lot of cooking classes, how to make lasagna, how to comsome eggs, so this grant that we received has tremendous value, not only for our center, for our participants, but the entire community. >> the thing about climate, climate overlaps with everything, and so when we start looking at how we're going to solve climate programs, we solve a lot of other problems, too. this is a radical project, and to be a part of it has been a real honor and a privilege to work with those administrators with the sf carbon fund at the department of environment. >> san francisco carbon grant to -- for us, opened the door to a new -- a new world that we didn't really have before; that the result is this beautiful garden. >> when you look at the community gardens we planted in schools and in neighborhoods, how many thousands of people now have a fabulous place to
walk around and feel safe going outside and are growing their own food. that's a huge impact, and we're just going to keep rolling that out and keep rolling thatstree. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i wanted to wish you a best wishes and congratulations the community has shifted a lot of when i was growing up in the 60s
and 50's a good portion of chicano-american chinese-american lived in north beach a nob hill community. >> as part the immigrant family is some of the recreation centers are making people have the ability to get together and meet 0 other people if communities in the 60s a 70s and 80s and 90s saw a move to the richmond the sunset district and more recently out to the excelsior the avenue community as well as the ensuring u bayview so chinese family living all over the city and when he grape it was in this area. >> we're united. >> and growing up in the area that was a big part of the my leave you know playing basketball and mycy took band
happy enough is enough. >> i grew up volley ball education and in media professional contrary as an educator he work with all skids whether or not caucasian hispanic and i african-american cumber a lot of arrest binge kids my philosophy to work with all kids but being here and griping in the chinese community being a chinese-american is important going to american school during the day but went to chinese school that is community is important working with all the kids and having them exposed to all culture it is important to me. >> it is a mask evening. >> i'd like to thank you a you all to celebrate an installation of the days here in the asian art museum.
>> one time has become so many things in the past two centuries because of the different did i licks the immigration officer didn't understand it became no standard chinese marine or cantonese sproupgs it became so many different sounds this is convenient for the immigration officer this okay your family name so this tells the generations of immigrants where they come from and also many stories behind it too. >> and what a better way to celebrate the enough is enough nuru with the light nothing is more important at an the hope the energy we.
>> (speaking foreign language.) >> relative to the current administration it is, it is touching very worrisome for our immigrant frames you know and some of the stability in the country and i know how this new president is doing you know immigration as well as immigrants (fireworks) later than you think new year the largest holiday no asia and china those of us when my grandparents came over in the
19 hundreds and celebrated in the united states chinese nuru is traditional with a lot of meani meaning. >> good afternoon my name is carmen chu assessor-recorder i want to wish everything a happy new year thank you for joining us i want to say. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i'm proud to be a native san franciscan i grew up in the chinatown, north beach community port commission important to
>> good afternoon, everyone. the meeting will come together -- to order. this is november 21st, 2019, special meeting of the budget finance committee. i am chair of the committee. i would like to thank san francisco government tv for broadcasting this meeting. colleagues, can we please have a motion to excuse supervisors catherine stefani and raphael mandel and? we can take that without objection. thank you very much. are there any announcements? >> silence all cell phones and electronic devices. complet s