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support from the national trust for historic preservation for the initiation of the landmark designation for 649 duncan street, next speaker, please. >> this is anastasia and district 8 residents and i thank my supervisor for bringing fourth this preservation are there any other speakers. >> seeing no speakers. public comment is closed. and any final words supervisor
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mandelman? if there are no comments from my colleagues, pursuant to section 01004.1 and which is the missionation and i woulassociatt the full board of supervisors on that motion madam clerk, a roll call, please. >> on the motion as stated, supervisor preston. >> i am pleased to add me as a co-sponsor. >> supervisor, safai. >> please add me as a co-spons co-sponsor. aye. >> an ordinance with the building code to require new
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construction to utilize only electric and many of the environment code to provide public hearings on implementation of all of and findings and member of the public who wish to provide public comment should call the number on the screen. press pound and pound again. if you have not done so press star and 3 to lineup to speak. the system prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand, wait until we get to public comment and the system will indicate that you have have been unmuted and you may begin to your comments. mr. chair. >> i want to thank supervisor mandelman and his staff and the outreach they've done since they heard it on october 5th and i
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want to thank the various community skate holders and i think everywhere that supervisor mandelman and i have been with regard to this legislation, everybody says the same thing, which is, this is a piece of legislation whose time has come and there are a few details that need working out and i want to say i think that they are all worked out or all just about worked out a few of them need to be socialized a little bit but it's just about ready for prime time and i want to thank supervisor mandelman and turn it over to the chief sponsor. >> thank you, chair peskin. thank you committee members for your feedback and on going
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willingness to engage around this legislation. as you will recall, this is to require all electric new construction for buildings that file for permits starting january 1st of 2021 with limited exceptions. and i look forward to continuing this conversation today and i do have a few amendments that should be in your inbox from earlier today. and i want to address some of the issues that have come up in the next that i've spoken to some of you about. with respect to feasibility, as we've discussed, all electric buildings are feasible and including the and it's a nine-storey project with 127 units and now, i've also heard concerns abouts.
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>> if there isn't electric capacity available for a particular site. including third party review and any exception granted or denied by staff will be appeal able to the board of examers, established in the building code and they will provide annual reporting for the department of the environment on the exceptions process as well. colleagues on friday you received additional information in response to these and a few other issues related to
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feasibility. we heard and discussed some at the last hearing on this and so today i plan to offer two amendments that would incorporate some of the language from the dbi bulletin into the ordinance to clarify how some of these it would not be sufficient grounds to determine an all-electric system is infeasible for the purpose of granting exceptions. and to reference a set of electric ready decide guidelines to be maintained by dbi, which you are currently included adds an attachment to the administrative, these are helpful clarifications and if we have a little more specificity around the exceptions process. i also want to address the concerns around restaurants that
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i believe chair peskin referenced. it bears repeating that this ordinance does not effect any existing buildings including renovations in remodel and it pro voids a year of transition time for new building that's will include a restaurant space. they will file for permits for a building that uses gas for commercial cooking purposes and only after january of -- restaurant projects. they would file permits for a building that uses gas for commercial cooking purposes only and until january 2022. since our last hearing, my office is worked with the department of the environment to arrange a workshop and inlined interpretation and last week to afford local restaurants and an opportunity to be here from experts in cooking electric indication. ination d. they have feedback from the restaurant community and some of you would and i like
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to offer an ongoing waiver process after 2022 for restaurants that will require gas facilities for their unique style. they would be appealable for the decision on a waiver earlier before the permit has been issued. colleagues, this would allow for the continued use of gas in my buildingnewbuildings in the futs necessary in a limited way. the waiver will be limited to the commercial cooking building of the area for cook uses only and the space would have to be constructed as electric running. i would like to have an amendment which we'll talk a little bit about regarding applications for the ordinance and with existing development agreement contracts and it includes standard language regarding contracts and strictly to clarify to the and again, let
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me reiterate that the ordinance will not effect existing buildings or projects that file before the end of the year and since that represents about one-third of the current development pipeline or about 28,000 housing union it's and 10 million square feet of commercial development, it's many years of project they're moving forward and will be under construction for years to come as all electric technology continues to become more widely accepted. i believe mr. mazola raises important questions, we've had an opportunity to meet with him and discuss those concerns and
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i'm committed to working together to supporting good junior jobs in san francisco and it's a project i've committed to undertaking and will be continuing those conversations in the next few weeks. with that, staff are here from the department of the environment and d bye for any questions and given the broad community interest in the topic there may be interest to continue it item for land use and i think makes sense and i hope hope we can get to a comfort level with it can be sent to the full board with positive recommendations in a
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week. with that, i'm done. >> like i said at the outset we really appreciate the work that you've done to navigate this very difficult and ground breaking piece of legislation in one of the densist areas of the western seaboard of the united states. i for one, think that you are there or as we discussed there's been questions with regard to the waiver process and i think many of which would likely be promulgated by internal department regulation but we could give some of the contours particularly around due process and appeal procedures so we should probably have those conversations in the intervening week and with that if there are no questions or comments, from members, let's open this up to
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public comment. >> looks like we have six callers in queue. james, if you can please queue in the first caller for public comment. >> caller: i urge you to send the strongest possible version of the gas band ordinance to the full board of supervisors. a yeah and a half ago, the board of supervisors declared a climate emergency existence in san francisco and directed the city to take positive action to address it. the ordinance buff, which mandates that new buildings in the electric is a good first step but you recommend you consider the changes laid out by the san francisco climate emergency coalition ex and other locals groups. i recommend that the board and the city move quickly to develop and task the remaining climate related ordinance and the record-breaking fires this season are a stark reminder of how serious climate change is.
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in two recent executive orders, governor new some accelerated the state's response to climate change and san francisco needs to adopt that same sense of urgency. thank you. >> for committing a lrt last week recognizing the job impacts on plumbers and echo our call tone sure a just transition path for those construction workers that is identified and adopts that will address to job losses. the electric work is gets a small fraction of the work hours
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lost by eliminating plumbing and building and that work is performed by a craft and not create substitute employment at communities for the skilled plumbers who's jobs will be lost by this ordinance. the last thing san francisco needs to to eliminate more blue collar jobs. there's a last on the paper accounted in order to provide a. >> it should be tied to additional requirements to extend intallation of gray one and recycled water systems in new construction. it would provide the workers by this ordinance and the work held benefit of san francisc san fra. we encourage staff to expand
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recycled water, gray water and rain water requirements in new construction to mandate that staff ordinance and within the next six months and to delay the date of electrification requirements until 30 days of the ordinances. it's important for us that this be connected because it does no good to people who jobs and we don't replace them until two or three years down the line and we need to be connected with electric indication and to create better buildings to san francisco and help save. >> thank you, next speaker. >> hello, thank you to the supervisors to bring this legislation forward and i think it's a and bringing forward
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further legislation towards retro fitting existing buildings. i also support a just and transition for union workers and gray water legislation at the speakers was just talking about. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> i'm a san francisco resident. i want to urge the as soon as possible on this crucial measure
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is this is a big crisis and we need to get moving swiftly so we can do it with as much planning as we can get in there to handle the many concerns of people of race. thank you. >> does that conclude your comment, ma'am? next speaker, please. >> caller: good afternoon. bruce willis speaking for myself. thank you supervisor mandelman and supervisors for working on this. this is fantastic. i urge and echo all the previous speakers and add that this is -- we'll have a positive effect on all our work for well over a
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decade now on clean power sf and help move us to be free of fossil fuel oils and others. thank you. >> i'm speaking as part of the coalition and a resident of district 8 and this is now the third time we're hearing this item. at the land use commission and i count the ninth meeting over all and this ordinance has been well over a year in the making and it included conversations and negotiations that not only supervisor mandelman with constituents and various departments and also the department of environment. all i have to say is this ordinance is ready. we're unhappy it sounds like there's going to be a permanent restaurant waiver and it's not required to be in the public of interest and these
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implementations to be left in the hands of dbi with its history of corruption and all that being said, this ordinance is a world-changing step towards fighting climate change. sf would be the largest city to build new carbonization and this step is taken now, like today, will effect the proceedings of the state level for the 22 building code in turn, that will effect other states nation wide and perhaps the world. any further delays on this ordinance. and the climate emergency resolution to take immediate action to address the climate crisis. add up months and we have a year this is the easy part and we're running out of time. this is ready and it's high time for san francisco to leave. please pass this today with a committee report so we can be heard by the full board as soon as possible. thank you.
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>> as a matter of timing it makes no difference. next speaker, please. >> hi, i'm also a member of the san francisco climate emergency coalition and a member of district 9. i would like you with the smoke coming in from the fires, we're lucky right now and we won't be lucky later. this is just going to get worse. we must start to take action on what was resolved in the san francisco climate emergency declaration in the city called for immediate and accelerated action to address the climate crisis and resolve to ensure adjust transition for all people. we cannot afford these goals as daniel said. weeks plus weeks but weeks and
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go on not acting. it is not that we can chose which climate solutions we want. we need all of the climate solutions and building electric indication ielectrification is t will allow phase out some fuels. if we don't do this we won't get here. as a human being on this planet, i'm terrified and i'm terrified from my one-year-old mcneese and and i urge you to what we need seriously and move forward with what is needed to give the pipe gooders and the other people in san francisco who work
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on fossil fuel a just transition and we need action now. thank you very much. please, do the right thing. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> including just within this committee. i think from a climate perspective or a public-health and safety perspective, either way our community is in crisis and we need to act. thank you for your time. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is paul wormer and i'd like to start by endorsing
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previous comments and in particular daniel' comments about the urgency and the comments in general this is really a serious issue and i have a actually a grand nephew and i do not have -- i'm worried about his future. i do want to say that i'm happy to hear there's a discussion on the appeals process because as it stands now, i have the right to appeal the event and i have no idea it happened and i have a right to do it within 10 or 15 days where i'm appealing it but i have no way of knowing it's happening so that is a right of appeal on paper that is not in reality and i do hope you will address that. i want to raise a question specifically on the legislation and page four lines 19 and 20 it
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talks about the site permit or first permit for the building and project and it backs about the permit for a project. project is not as near as i can tell defined and it's used widely and it's for example something as large and a project and in which case you may be granted much greater ex exemptions than you understand and it should be clarified. and i'd like ask or comment with respect to the just transition and the issues with recycled water. the city did have a purple and it's very restricted by where they can have recycled water. as we deal with the climate issue, water will be more difficult to manage and we use
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that purple pipe expansion that is part of the justification and. >> thank you, mr. wormer. >> caller: good afternoon, supervisors, this is alex lance burg i'm a research and advocacy for the san francisco construction industry. i wanted to commend you on moving this forward and the echo the comments we've heard from others regarding just transition for workers. there's a couple things i wanted to underscore and bring up and really repeat of the (inaudible) today. one is really the importance of looking at the (inaudible). we have expanded in the threshold and and through the
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queue to point that and and (inaudible). our work has to be done by (inaudible) contracted but it's something that we're going to get down the line ultimately is the question of how wore dealing with this. i know it's not part part of this legislation and the department of environment and mr. mandelman's office and
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(inaudible). and finally we have some extraordinary modified and is making sure that building on th- >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> caller: this is joannie, resident of the district 10 and totally agreeing with the daniel and helena and the comment and as an urban farmer who has backyard organic vegetable patch and pet chickens were mental and physical health as a grandma who feels the responsibility to
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leave i implor implore you to ms forward. i've been pushing for and following the progress of climate friendly policies since before the board passed its declaration of climate emergency of february of last year and under supervisor mandelman's leadership, thank you for that but what does emergency mean to you? to mean it means action. as stated in the declaration. 2020 has presented us with nonstop overlapping emergencies, all of them requiring immediate accelerated action and all of them requiring that ensuring equity for all is always part of both division and subsequent reality. i know the city can be slow in enacting any change. this is especially been the case with this ordinance, please, speed this process along today and recommend the full board mandate all electric new buildings and please do include amendments to eliminate the
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infeasibility excuse for developers and thank you so much. i'm not going to repeat the comments i'm just going to say we're calling into say that we support this ordinance and we can't afford anymore delays and we strongly encourage the
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adoption and there are a lot more projects that we need to work on like storage and goods that can help us further combat the wildfires and ways that we're experiencing and considering to delay this ordinance delays and takes away from the time that we have advocates have to work on other important conservation issues so thank you for the opportunity to comment. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> my amy and i'm a constituent in mandelman's district. i'll calling in support the excellent comments made by members of the sf climate emergency coalitio coalition.
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i strongly support the passage e of this bill with the urgency that it deserves. as a student, i strongly support listening to the science that says that we must act quickly in the face of the information we have about climate change and also in the information that we know about the health impacts of natural gas. an article shows the damaging often impacts of gas and the issue is getting national attention and sf has a chance to be a leader in this field and i think we should take that opportunity. thank you for your time. >> thank you. next speaker. >> can you hear me now? >> caller: good afternoon, it's david pillpel. just wanted to speak in support of the proposed ordinance. i don't have anything to add
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that other speakers haven't already covered in a fine, fine way and i just wanted to thank supervisor mandelman and everyone else who has worked considerably on this. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. > >> caller: good afternoon, supervisors. my name is ter a scheer and i'm a medical student at ucsf and resident at district 6. i'm speaking on behalf of san francisco based efficient for social responsibility as well as climate health now a state wide network of health professionals mobilizing to protect our patients by addressing the climate crisis. our organizations strongly support passing this ordinance and we know the use of natural gas is i am pot able with a face
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and climate future for our communities as we have out dor threats due to worsening wildfires events and asthma and chronic lung and heart disease so we have an opportunity in pass north ordinance to protect people's health. thank you very much on this issue. >> thank you, next speaker, please.
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the outreach to get this resolution to where this ordinance to where it is right now and to this committee i thank you all. if they would like those they are set fourth pages number three relative to impact to
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children on page four and with to regards around a cooking and restaurants and that you indicated and waivers for restaurants potentially in the future and i think that sums them up is that correct, supervisor mandelman? >> >> just one question and i don't know if this is for you or for deputy city attorney but i just am trying to understand on the non impairment of contracts provision, i understand with respect to the restaurant that if the electric-only requirements don't apply they would still be electric ready
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and i am curious how that applies in the d.a. situation and if for whatever reason after the city attorney consult it is deemed that the electric-only requirements this ordinance don't apply to a particular project that already has the d.a. would it still be required to be electric ready or would that be unclear? >> supervisor mandelman, would you like to respond or defer to council? >> i will try and then i will defer to council. i think it's important that this section 5 language be sort of understood for what it is which is in some ways i think a restatement of it is san francisco's acknowledgment or it's the board's acknowledgment that impairment of contract is a thing and there's legal
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principles around that and we recognize that and we are not trying to break the law or somehow assert west ability to i remember pair contracts. whether the electric ready provisions of this ordinance or any other provisions of this ordinance applied to particular projects or buildings being done under a d.a., it would have to be determined case by case and the city attorney and people would come in foray ply for building permits. it's my understanding of how this would work but i will defer to the city attorney. >> anne pearson. supervisor pandemic, you mandel. it's standard just to clarify that the terms of a contract will be respected and upheld and
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that clause is separate apart and. >> i just want to echo the comments that supervisor peskin made. i really am and want to appreciate all the hard work you put in this supervisor mandelman and it's that we're achieving
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our environmental goals. and, so, i'm really, really excited about this legislation and the more people i talk to. >> talked a little bit about the department of environment today about the economic and workforce development along with public works and the thing that you my experience has been and this might seem little, you did reference it in the smaller project. my question is just for point of on the record. my question is about the feasibility about the technology and about the ability for a water heating system and larger buildings and i have those questions answered really well
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today and from a whole coalition of architects and those in the industry and it was very clear and the technology does exist and it can matter providing the space for these devices and it might be expensive up front but the cost savings are played out overtime in terms of the over all savings as opposed to the diffuses of fuel. there were -- when you get to the smaller building and there's a cul cut off, where you are tag about smaller buildings that may or may not require a transformer and i think you referenced that in your remarks, if you are talking about infill development and talking about something around 10 units or less, then you do get n into a space conversation. they've attempted to public works and planning have tried to work this out, but i would hate
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to, since we've done so much work, i would hate to just leave it up to the department to fight out down the road whether or not, if you can put a transformer under the sidewalk and that is the choice that laws it to go to all electric. i think you did a little bit of that would be to clarify that in the legislation. whether or not and add a considerable amount of time in delay to the project so thi pro. if there's something for you to consider in the week. i don't think it would be a substantive amendment but a clarifying amendment. the second thing and i want to
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put this out there and i know we talked about it and it is ad nauseam and for the folks listening, why want them to say in anyway that this is undermining the legislation or taking away from it. restaurants in many ways are the backbone of our city and when you are building new construction, often times you don't know your tenants. you don't know if you are going to have a restaurant as the tenant but if the building owner is smart and says it might be an option, they're going to put in ventilation, they're going to put in a grease trap and have the infrastructure there. so ask for a favo waiver after e fact to come back in, it's technically infeasible because no longer does the building allow for a ventilation system on the exterior of the building they want it on the roof and
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that can be a problem so you would takeaway an option for the ability to have a restaurant as a tenant and i don't really understand the language and maybe you can explain this to me, what sufficient evidence means and necessary for the specific commercial food service establishment. because, can clarify that. the last thing, i'm sorry i'm giving you all three, the last thing was, on the development agreement, i understand if you look at all the different development agreements and in total, you are talking about 46,000 units, if you add them up, treasure island and all those that could be impacted, what i have heard is that it would be -- not just this non impairment language but there would be a clarification to say
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that if a project has gone through a initial, physical application process, that would be talking approved phase application and that you would be reducing it down to about 4,600 units that would be impacted and i think the reason that's important when i think about treasure island i think of five to seven years worth of planning that went into the over all transmission line, the infrastructure, the compass tee loads, and i'm not 100% even sure for that particular project, if the capacity exists or could exist or could require a significant amount of additional time and so it seems
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to me it would make more sense to clarify a little bit further the language there. if a project has gone through its approved phase application in terms of development agreement, we would be narrowing it down to 10% of the development agreement projects and i think it would clarify rather than leave open the doors for future contention, legal contention that could slow these projects up further if they were believing they were required to do electric on these first phases and i'm talking about treasure island, phase 1, and shipyard phase 1 and some of the public housing sunny dale and the hope sf projects. park merced was supervisor peskin was involved in on his first run on the board and so
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these were projects that are fears and nears in the making and i know i highlighted the most contentious remaining ite items, supervisor mandelman. first one is the transformers and the public right away underground and i heard from the chinese chamber and the san francisco chamber on that and it when you build you don't always know your tenants and that's a little bit difficult and the last one is the development agreements that have been negotiated overtime and we're yoyouwe'retalking about the devt
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and all the rest would be covered. all the remaining 4,000 plus units all the the additional phases would be 100% electric on i think that seems to be. >> thank you, i'm happy on sidewalks and i'm happy tone gage with you and your officer over the coming weeks on this question of or going down to the sidewalk. we had a go with trying to negotiate some of those
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conversations and. >> we can talk about it. >> i have quit quite a bit. it's more of a nature of do we want to allow something into the public right away even if it's underground and the question then becomes and they might be arguing for finance and labor. >> yeah. if you were -- >> it's not a financial waiver but yeah. >> it's not technical
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feasibility, right. >> yeah. >> if you are talking about a small project that if you were to put this inside, potentially you need one unit and you lose space because of the size of it and it pertains to technically feasible and something to consider. sometimes it happens to referee when we write legislation and i would air on the side of being aggressive with legislation as it pertains to the environment and going all electric and i'm 100% for that. i think if it is technically feasible to put it in under that, that would be my preference and allow the building to go all electric rather than having an outlet. >> it's complicated in terms the stuff going on under the sidewalk or what we can impose and the condition and defining
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what sufficient evidence is going to be a process, a regulatory process as i'm envisioning it. along the lines, you know, we already have this other administrative bulletin for this but there would be rulemaking at the building inspection commission it would be a public process and everybody would be able to participate and there would be some set of cases and in which -- you could go further than that and allow natural gas hook ups in more or all cases
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but i do think that that does start undermining the intent of the legislation which is to be moving us towards a future which is at some point between now and 2050 when we don't have natural gas connections or if we do we're not relying on them and so, we don't want throwing in a hook up for a restaurant that may or may not happen on the groundfloor, i think. i don't think if we're trying to move towards a natural gas free future, and also in terms of the
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they don't even want a restaurant on their groundfloor and they know but a lot of times they don't and if after the fact, i guess i was trying to convey what i i've heard from those -- >> to your last point on the development agreements, with regard to the affordable
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project, and make sense for them. the stating language, as we were discussing and how this would contract language work, the point is they have rights and what may be contemplated is short circuiting that process and saying we're going to pre determine that some of these projects and won't be covered by this legislation even if the development agreement woozy wise allow them to be. and you know, i don't know if you want -- it's for the committee it's for the full
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board to think about but i think there are issues around potentially waving the requirements of this legislation many years into the future since these development agreements have terms that are 10, 20, 30, years and even the first phase could be many years in the future. so, you know, if there's going to be some specific set of projects that get sort of grandfathered not because they're development agreement requires it but because we think they should be. what i heard from them was a very specific group and you probably heard this as well. those d.a. projects that have gone through an approved phase application, so they're very
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specific. it wouldn't be leaving this dor open and going into the future forever, it's those that are approved for phase application. those are phase 1 and some of them already are going to plan to be electric or a small piece of that but the remainder i don't believe can or believe that they would have the ability to without a significant cost in delays so, it would be good to hear some clarifying because what you said is not what i heard from the department of the office of economic and workpla workplace. >> i would like to know if we're contemplate organize if the committee would contemplate that and what timeframe we're talking about and is this for the next five years or is this indefinite and do these buildings have to be electric ready? >> yeah. >> so we're requiring everything else to be electric ready so, would we require grandfathered
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projects to be electric ready. >> and just so we're -- just so the public is clear through the area i want to be clear what we're talking about is folks that are doing significant infrastructure and have already put years and years and years of work into the infrastructure and they're laying roads, they're laying sewers and water and they're doing this work and it's never been done in this area but i'm sorry. >> if i may, and so not all of the projects are in the same state of development. so, let me give you a for instance. there are issues of contract impairment and those are dealt with in the amendment that has been proposed by the chief sponsors and all of that notwithstanding, there's a vast difference. let's use the shipyard by way of example and parcel a, which was
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approved a long time ago, all of the subsurface work has been done and the pads have been prepared and the buildings have been building and other parcels, b and c and all the parcel and e and t have radiological damage on them but yes, permits and it's getting a permit and doing work under that permit. if the permit is obtained and it's years until they're actually moving turn around and laying down pipe or transformers or cables, i think that's time to -- that's what we should look for in the future. what we all want to do is capture as much future development as we can within the boundaries of that which is
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legal and is not going to put us in a precarious position and i think that's what supervisor mandelman is striving to do here. >> right. and i think that just what i was trying to distinguish and we're talking about 46,000 units and there's a subset and if the chair wouldn't mind,.
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>> good afternoon, thank you for having me. >> it's in line with the sponsors not leaving an open-ended and years and years down the road so can you explain a little bit about what your office's position as it relates to these development agreements and for the party agreement and when we're talking about approved phase application it would be about 10% of that of 4,600 units? >> that's right. thank you, supervisor safai. we have been in discussions with the committee members and the sponsor supervisor mandelman to see if we can address the kind
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larger multi-phased development agreement projects within this ordinance and our main goal is to create some clarity and consistency of interpretation for this small known universe of units within da projects. what is not addressed is development agreement projects that need a host of additional city approvals that deal with their streets and utility work. so, we have some language to clarify that d.a. project that have approved phase applications would also be included in this idea of grandfathering. so it would be projects that have approved phase applications by the end of this year and this represents projects that have significant work and many years
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that have gone into planning for their infrastructure, planning for the new streets and the utilities. even if within those phases, the specific building permits haven't yet been issued. as you said, supervisor safai, the it encompass and about 4,600 units and our goal here is to simply create clarity so that city staff, project sponsors going into and who are in the midst of reviewing and instal installing and needing specific
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negotiated opinions on each one. what is also does is it guarantees or really helps us clarify that the remaining 90% of those units in the development agreement pipeline, will go all electric. and so that is really the goal it create some clarity and consistency and really to further prevent delays to the projects and the phases that are underway right now which include a quarter of the units of affordable units which could be delayed if we have to stop and look at each one individually. that's our main goal. >> let's be clear, the city and county of san francisco does not repair contracts. that was true before the proposed amendment and it will be true with or bought the proposed amendment so i'm not exactly sure what we're talking
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about. >> i heard some anxiety from the office of economic workforce development. that's why i asked the question, mr. chair. >> we're not therapists. >> i get it. >> how about legal anxiety, how about that? >> ok. >> and if i may, mr. chair, i'm just not sure that i'm hearing legal anxiety. i think there's distinct between what i think mandelman targets and situations where there may be a right under development agreement and we are seeking to not impair that to the extent that your amendments are clarifying that so everyone knows the scope of that, great. to me it's fundamentally different from looking at not what is legally already in the
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d.a. but trying to exempt a whole class of these subset of these up to 4,600 units that happen to be somewhere in their development process with certain things done, certain things not done and expanding the scope and i will feel comfortable in an approach like that. >> i have a question, is mr. charles sullivan available? >> he is. >> can i ask him, since.
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>> yes, ms. pearson. >> yes, he is waved his hand. >> i have a question through the chair. so, i see the non impairment of existing amendment and i appreciate that and what is your interpretation? we heard from the office of economic development, at least i did today, there could be some claims filed we didn't further clarify around the projects that are in the phase application process. i wanted to get your interpretation. is this amendment going to prohibit any future lawsuits? is this enough of a clarity
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around those who have already negotiated this. >> anybody can sue anybody any time over anything. mr. sullivan can't answer that question. with the contract impairment language be giving us a good case on facial charge, of course it would. >> can i have the city attorney answer, i'm sorry. i'm not saying why trust your opinion. i want to hear from the city attorney. >> thank you, supervisors. >> i do think about non impairment of contract language goes a long way if defending any facial challenge to the ordinance and they view it that they would be forced and to perhaps have the city if they did not feel like we were honoring oir contract.
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this a husband us to be clear to honor our contract and i think what you are hearing from lee and oewd and the developers community at some level is what lee alluded to was this enormous lag time between when they start designing a project and if you are building a new neighborhood, and you are putting in all the infrastructure for that neighborhood, you kind of want to know up front whether or not you will have enough to serve those buildings so we're asking them to define what the infrastructure for this neighborhood is going to be. yet, having a process that says you are going to pull a permit for your vertical building down the line and there's anxiety about that and whether or not what are we going to design today if we don't know two or three years from now when we're
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pulling our permit the situation for that baldwin building. that is the complication that you are struggling with it it's not easy. the other thing we've acknowledged in our office, each development agreement is different with slightly different language so oewd has been working with the developers to reach a certainty in compromise and with that they've said, well, the big one and treasure island where the developer has indicated and if we locked in phase one, they have rights that it may impair their contract but they could not go there if we agreed it did not applies to phase 1. that's where oew is pushing harder here.
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>> >> i appreciate that. >> thank you. >> i restaurant issue pales in
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comparison to 4,600 units and there are going to be any number of restaurant opportunities in every neighborhood in san francisco with grandfathered gas for the foreseeable future unfortunately. and many of the buildings contemplated are small infilled developments that won't even have commercial at the groundfloor so this issue that supervisor mandelman and i and others have been sensitive and to is around our exiting development agreements that really would see huge amounts of increase in methane emissions. it's my suggestion, colleagues, with supervisor mandelman's acquiesce we adopt the amendments and continue this item one week and supervisor mandelman, if you would like to
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arrange for this to be sent forward as a committee record no time will have been lost by this one week continuesance and we can socialize the remaining issues and deal with some of the things that came up that were raised by both sides, i believe mr. wormer spoke to the fact that there may be folks who would like to have defined appeal procedures or waivers granted and there may be project sponsors who would like to have a procedure for waivers denied. so, it's much less complicated than the d.a. issue but we'll cross that bridge and with that, let's take the amendments before us and i'll make that motion, madam clerk, a roll call, please. >> on the motion --
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[ roll call vote ] >> you have three ayes. >> i'll make a motion to continue the item for one week. you have three ayes. >> next item, please. >> clerk: item number 6. >> item number 6 is a resolution transportation district board of directors to oppose any effort to issue layoff notices and they announce they would send out worker adjustment retraining certification actses on september 11th, 2020 to 180
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employees and call the number on the screen and if you have been done so already, please press star 3. the system prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand. mr. chair. >> supervisor preston. >> thank you, chair peskin and thank you chair peskin for being a co-sponsor for this and supervisors walton, ronen, hey y and mar. at the request of the inland boatsman union we introduce this resolution and support of the 185 workers who run our bus and ferry transit system carrying passengers between marin and
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sanoma and san francisco counties. they are part of the transit union which is ibu, ought motive machinist local 1414, marine engineer beneficial association and international brother head local 665 and local 856 and they were sent notices on september 11th. colleagues, our board and in particular members of this committee have affirmed our commitment to honor and protect workers, especially during this pandemic and full and fair recovery is dependent on strong and healthy working class and the layoffs of these 185 workers during a pandemic is really deeply concerning. i think we all know that the transit ridership is down including trips in and out of san francisco and it's dropped
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significantly revenue has dropped and it apps federal funding despite the lack of clarity when it comes in and we know we'll get on the paths to recovery and we're already slowly reopening and having experience and and buses and now and a scaled down schedule and it's important we don't lose these workers and i think they deserve our strong support and i want to thank especially ibu president marina who works closely with our office to bring this resolution forward and urge your support for this resolution
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hoping we'll put the board on record as strongly opposing layoffs at this time and in support of workers who are such an essential part of our regional transit system. thank you. >> thank you. is there any public comment object thionthis item? >> >> first speaker, please. >> i want to thank you for your time and consideration and my name is lisa reed and i've been a member of the golden gate transit at the transit operator for the past three years and and
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especiallies he h it there's a decrease in miss mass i can't explain why our daily essentials are spared. or due to the lack of money. i cannot fathom of the thought of making the decision to pay for food for my house and medical treatment and one of my family members may require. i and my fellow operators and brothers and sisters are asking all that all revenues are explored in order to save our livelihood. thank you and i appreciate your time.
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>> thank you, my name is john houlden and i'm a member of atu1575. i'm a native san francisco born and raised in north beach china town area at green and montgomery. i would like to thank chairman peskin and board member preston for bringing this resolution to the board. this resolution is a much more important than layoffs. the board of directors in golden gate highway and transportation district is short two members of the board of supervisors so i
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hope you employ your colleagues to step up and fill those positions because san francisco's economic recovery depends on having a workforce that is ready to transport the commuters back into san francisco and there's the pollution, liveability and traffic and parking issue that goes along with that and mass trance sit a part of the solution for climate change. many city employees who are disaster workers live in petaluma and novato and many police, fire and nurses and district attorneys live in those areas and use the transit and win of my first jobs was in telegraph hill and i used to look down and see the sea of parking lots before golden gate transit was started to bring
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commuters from the north bay. so i really believe that this is a have isa very important measun francisco on many levels and including vision zero. so thank you so much and hopefully we can all get through this together. >> thank you for your comments, next speaker, please. >> caller: my name is andrew and i've been a driver for golden gate transit for almost nine years. i wanted to recognize the board for recognizing us. it feels wonderful to have their backing in this moment that we're all face a charge of. i have a son with chronic asthma
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and i go to work scared of what i might giving him but in the meantime i'm still a part of maintaining society. i recognize and take responsibility for that. i would like to make sure and continue to fight for this and make sure we can get these layouts re-evaluated in january and have everyone with a holiday with healthcare. thank you. >> your line may unmuted and you can start your comment. >> caller: thank you supervisors, especially supervisor preston, for bringing forward this legislation. my name is jason and i live in district 1 and i'm a daily public transit rider. the loss of demand for these jobs is temporary but the loss of these workers may be permanent. there's not a lot of trained bus drivers, sailors and machinist or other of these jobs.
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it's important we cannot afford to be short sided in this area. furthermore, it's unconscionable to cut these jobs where we're in the middle of a pandemic and we cannot be cutting people's livelihoods and healthcare and it's absolutely egregious we're considering balancing budgets on the back of these good and necessary working class union jobs. and i urge you to send a strong message of the bridge board and tell them do not layoff these workers at the golden gate bridge. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker.
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>> caller: good afternoon. i'm the president of animal ga mated transit union representing 250 brave and hard-working bus operators at golden gate. i want to take this opportunity to thank the committee for regularring the efforts and sacrifices these bus operators take on eye baile daily basis. we have an ongoing pandemic and the holidays right around the corner, layoffs could be devastating to these operators and their families. as you you heard a month ago the golden gate bridge sent out 185 warn letters with so many question marks coming out of washington within the next two weeks, it's hard to believe the golden gate bridge wants to move forward with these layoffs. it isn't necessary. the golden gate bridge has $220 million in reserves as well as $20 million in operating reserves and grant funding with speaker pelosi has given the green light to use in emergency situations for administrative leave just like this covid-19
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pandemic. $6 million of this money is earmarked to repave an employee parking lot. that's what what dealing with. with that said, the district has known this was coming. rather than plan with alternative measures other than layoffs such as furloughs they decided to layoff 185 middle-class union positions with the best approach which it isn't. i have brought to the attention of some golden gate bridge board directors and the coalition of unions was never approached to talk about anything other than layoffs. the board is now going back and fourth with the golden gate bring looking at data and trying to come up with these important alternatives that should have been discussed months ago. as we inch closer to the election, possible shift in the white house and more importantly in the senate and the answer of funding mass transit gets closer and closer by the day. we know we're in a bad situation and as unions work tirelessly fort golden gate bridge and the people of san francisco we hope to be treated with dignity and respect through the holidays and we're not asking for time and to delay these layoffs we're only look to go get a clear picture
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after the election about the funding for mass transit and give the opportunity of these operate operators a nice holl date as a bay area resident i know the city has always been at the forefront of respecting what labor has done for this city so we can take this opportunity -- >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. you will be verified your. >> i'm david her era and i am a bus operator here at golden gate transit. i don't want to take a lot of your time. i want to echo what you heard from callers that the thank you for bringing this resolution forward. and the district. it shows your support for your neighborhoods and your communities. it is much appreciated by these effected employees during this pandemic. so, once again, i thank you for
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bringing this forward and thank you very much. >> thank you, next speaker, please. you have two minutes. you will be notified that your line sun muted and you may begin. >> hello my name is robert and i just want to make sure you are hearing me. >> we can hear you. >> caller: thank you, so my name is robert kaufmann and i'm a bus driver and i'm calling to ask you to support this on behalf of my other co-workers myself and my passengers, what they want to speak of is talk to passengers not only are we looking at going ahead laying off drivers we're looking at reducing routes and i've had many of my passengers tell me that they have the option to tele commute or come into the city and we have the bus service has been reduced. it's too difficult for them to go ahead and come in so instead,
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they opt to go ahead and tele commute and i think it's in the best interest if you have business this is san francisco that need these people to come in so they come into work and they support the san francisco economy. once again, i'm just asking you to please support the resolution, thank you, very much. >> thank you so much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, my name is robert and i'm a captain for golden gate ferry and i'm a member of the marine engineering beneficial association and i'd like to thank supervisor preston and peskin for and i have a family and a 2-year-old daughter who relies on my healthcare. as well as my income, since the start of this pandemic, i have been a an essential worker coming into the work in the midst of a pandemic doing public
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service. the district has funding to get us through this past. let's say january, to get us to the stimulus that should be coming towards the end of the year. as it was said before, money earmarked for a parking lot, $11 million for a boat they don't need. i'd just like to" board to push the bridge board to delay the layoffs until we have a stimulus coming. i'd like to point out the economic ramifications laying off the most qualified workers who we do eventually come out of this. thank you, very much for your time. >> clerk: thank you next speak speaker. >> caller: hi, my name is robert and i'm a 38-year resident of district 9 in san francisco.
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i'm a 39 year member of the inland boat man's union. i want to begin by thanking supervisor preston for bringing forward this resolution and i just want to say that i think it's unconscionable the bridge district would consider layering off these 185 workers, the bus drivers, the deckhands, the captains, the machinists and they kept the bridge district and ferry and bus services running before the holidays. the political situation is uncertain but there may be further federal money fourth coming and even if those get delayed, they should be accessed and that is the money that could be kept in people's pockets so they can keep roofs over there heads and groceries on the table and their healthcare intact and
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all toes important things and opposed to something that comes down in the future in the long run and i i want to remind folks what they came and he was told to put things on and in the long run we're all there. once again, thank you very much for considering this resolution and i look forward to speaking on it when it reaches the full board tomorrow. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> my name is art and i'm a district of district six and capture and i just want to echo how unconscionable they would layoff the brave workers and in this time but at all and this is really difficult work that they're doing and basically impossible situation in this time of extreme crisis coming to work in a pandemic and being essential workers and all of that and the city wants to let
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them go like this and it's unconscionable and the city didn't layoff a single police officer and now they layoff 100 operators and actually make our society run and it's time for the board to stand with the work investment and not the capitalist and g vet from this resolution. >> thank you. next speaker, please. you will be notified your line has been unmuted and you may begin. > >> caller: hello. my name is freddy scott and i'm a bus driver with atu 1575 and i want to say thank you to the board of supervisors for their commitment and support. with this very difficult time for each and every one of us, i care for an elderly parent and
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i'm very fortunate to have my 93-year-old mother still with me and i do take care and support her and facing these potential layoffs and it's been quite as stressful time for us and especially going into the holidays season and just having -- just worried and losing our healthcare benefits. i have been with this company for six years and i absolutely enjoy my job. i am a dedicated and skilled essential worker and as well as my other fellow workers, and we deserve more. there are other ways for the district to look for money i
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just want to say thank you for your support and supporting. >> next speaker, please? thank you. i am an organizer with the ilwu. and earlier today, a matter was sent to all the supervisors from the title officers and to the full board encourage our supervisors to do everything within power to get a resolution passed tomorrow so we can accepted a strong message to the golden gate bridge and they need to retain these workers. also, this letter mentions among those will be impacted by the potential layoffs from the
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union, idu, the marine division of the ily and have been an integral for over 100 years and today, they continue to provide skill labor and the failures which is a important part of the transit system as many and have said, these are very skilled workers that the golden gate bridge cannot afford to lose and so we encourage a strong vote today and a strong vote tomorrow and offend the strong message to the board. >> thank you, you have two minutes. >> caller: hi.
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so, i think we all need to acknowledge that this is a difficult time and it does call on us to make some difficult cuts. that's why i'm calling in actually to lend a voice to support cuts to police staffing, corporate profits and real estate speculation, i'm just being handed a card and this is about cutting union jobs and union town. ok, sorry, i must have misspoken it's a bad idea and we shouldn't do that at all. what are you thinking any urge you to vote yes on this message to urge the golden gate transit board to protect these workers. thank you. >> caller: my name is jordan and i've been with golden gate transit for a little over three years now and it's easy to tell you how much we have operators
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appreciate you considering the resolutions to at least get us through the holidays. i have three kids at home. one is a seven-month-old and my other two are five and nine and so distance learning is happening and that's a full-time job in its self. so, between work and home, i have been extremely busy. i'm currently on the extra board and for those of who don't know what it means we do whatever our dispatchers tell us to do. we come in and take breaks and when they tell us to so and since and i haven't missed a day. even when the fires that were happening, and another co-worker getting tested positive for covid, i was still there. i have so many amazing co-workers that are just like me. showing up to work every single day, and doing their job. so, thank you again and for
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everything you are doing to save our jobs and me so many drivers appreciate your efforts and support. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker, please. the system will notified you have been unmuted and you may begin. >> caller: hello, board. this is christopher christianson with the long shore division. i'm just going to echo the statements made by our international organizers august steen ramerez and say these jobs are vitally essential. the boat man's union, the marine division of the ilwu was deemed essential from out the date during this pandemic and without hesitation, have stepped up and gone to work tirelessly during this pandemic and they are also considered essential for any sort of disasters that may
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partake this city and county of san francisco and all around the greater bay area. so, bus drivers, ferry and transit workers are vitally essential during this time and to echo august teen and support the union work in san francisco a hugely supportive thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. land use and community members
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and on september 11th where the country is still mourning a horrific tragedy, i along with my co-workers were issued notices for layoffs. the levels of stress and insecurity has decreased moral and the trust and a growing concern how this would affect our livelihood. it would be detrimental financially and emotionally because my husband has phase 4 reno and is living -- i'm sorry, i'm getting emotional. is living by being on dialysis. next month, it would make seven years for him living with this disease which is keeping him alive. just when he has finally had the trance plant list my job son the line. i cannot afford to lose my healthcare benefits during this pandemic. i urge you could vote no.
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on behalf of all the employees of golden gate bridge highway and transportation, please september my appreciation for this support you and your staff are doing to work with the district board of directors to come up with another solution to avoid these layoffs. thank you and have a blessed day. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> my name is evan i'm a resident of san francisco district 4. co-chair of the laboring committee democratic social of american san francisco. i'm calling because i want to echo what everybody has said in terms of these cuts being unconscionable. right now or every. you heard call in are raising families off these jobs, they're taking care of folks in their lives through their healthcare and they've, along with their
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unions, fought for decades to make these jobs where people can survive and thrive in the bay area san francisco is a union town so i want to thank the supervisors for pushing i pushid the skilled necessary position these are the types of jobs that we need to keep and support and these aren't tech jobs, these aren't jobs that are going to pay poverty pages, these are good jobs and they pay good wages and they have good healthcare and we need to protect those and do everything in our power to keep these people working so thank you, so much. >> thank you, next speaker, please. you have two minutes. >> good afternoon. thank you for taking my call. my name is robert estrada and i'm the region at district offer the inland boat man's union and we're part of a labor coalition at the golden gate bridge
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district. we represent the terminal agents at the bridge district. i would very much like to express my gratitude for supervisor peskin and also peskin, ronen, mar, walton and haney for co-sponsoring. san francisco's long been a labor down and others have pointed out and the forward-thinking region more broadly we're used to seeing issues and setting the model for response here in a positive way and it means demonstrating creative and just solution to problems that present. unfortunately in this case, our region may be on the cutting edge in what we would rather avoid as setting the model. other transit agencies around the country have managed to keep workers on the payroll through national emergency and looking at t. i consider washington state ferries on to our water emergency transit authority here in the bay area and protect the
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workers under the new year and they found a way to do it and we see this is something that the bridge district could in reage and paving a parking lot or the federal coverage and members have said also, i'm not coming up with original original but it makes no sense to lay people off especially considering fact that we may be looking at substantive changes in our national political landscape bringing funding to trance regency so i have this resolution be passed through committee and of course to open up full board ratification and we have 200 families that will be greatly effected by what the bridge district decides in your voices and value assistance to the security the of the daily lives and thank you all in advance for
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your support. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> next speaker, please. >> >> hello, my name is (inaudible) and i'm 20-years-old and i'm a student and worker. i live in marine county and i was born and raised in san francisco. i commute into the city everyday over the golden gate bridge and even through the pandemic and my whole family does. i have so many friends and family take a ferry and the rich and wealthy have made billions off of people's death and suffering and it's unimaginable we're having to fight to protect the jobs of hard-working san franciscans who keep this city running. it's not the board of the golden gate bridge who makes the buses go day by date it's the people you are hearing on these calls who risk their lives to keep our city functional. and the fact that we are having to argue for these people to
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keep their jobs right now, of all times, is disgusting, these people deserve to keep their jobs and this is a union town and we will not fire union workers and we node to make sure that we know who our enemies are. we know who are the people who are benefiting off of this and the people who are making sure that we are helping who we can and royal now firing these workers and redistrict the pain of this pandemic in this economic decline downwards is helping none of us. so thank you so much. please support this resolution and tell the board of the golden gate bridge we have not fire worker unions not now or ever. thank you for your time. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: hello. i'm a san francisco receipt department and dsa member who grew up in the north bay. as the caller before me, golden gate transit were valuable and
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they are an essential transit service for me. i want to thank supervisor preston for bringing forward the resolution and they will take steps to support the jobs and 185 workers who make the public services a success and support the unions who make san francisco a good city for all of us. the city needs to retain a viable city for working class and and the bridge workers it will be difficult and impossible to rebuild our public transit in the future. police officers from layoffs. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. please. >> >> can you hear me now. >> yes, you may proceed.
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>> hello, again, it's david toped and if someone can look at that page three the first two lines on page three, that is actually incorrect. the board of supervisors appoints eight of the directors and the mayor is one of the directors so perhaps that could be amended. and i believe the board, through this resolution, and hopefully what the mayor's signature can put the entire city on record on this issue. [please stand by]
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-- and as a 13-year member of the board of supervisors, the last speaker is correct. we do actually appoint eight, four of them being members of
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the board of supervisors and four others being members at large. so let me just pull up the subject resolution. and see if we want to fix that. that was at what line? >> through the chair, it was on page 3, he said, but i don't see -- i'm sorry -- page 3, line 1. >> he is correct. so, supervisor peskin, this is your ordinance, but i do believe that 9 should become 8 at line one on page 3. >> just trying to locate that line now. >> line nine on the third page. it says the board -- we appoint
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eight of nine, that is correct. >> got it. oh, i see. yes, that's -- >> i mean, we could say whereas the city of san francisco appoints nine or we could say that whereas the board appoints eight. >> why don't we say eight -- the city of san francisco appoints nine? >> okay. >> so before san francisco on line one and remove board of supervisors. >> perfect. so amendment made by supervisor preston. madam clerk, a roll call on that amendment, please. >> clerk: on the motion as stated [roll call] you have three ayes. >> thank you. insofar as that is a
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non-substantive amendment, can we -- supervisor preston, would like to make this a motion to send to the full board as amended. >> clerk: [roll call] you have three ayes. >> madam clerk, read the next item. >> clerk: yes, item 7, ad are an ordinance amending the administrative code to establish the housing stability fund for the acquisition, creation, and operation of affordable social housing developments, and establishing the housing stability fund oversight board to advise the board of supervisors regarding the use of the housing stability fund. the members of the public who wish to provide public comment on item number 7 should call the number streaming on your screen, that is 1-(415)-655=0001. and the meeting idea is
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1467842743. press pound and pound again. if you have not done so already, press star and 3 to line up to speak for item number 7. please wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted when we get to public comment. >> thank you. supervisor preston, the floor is yours for the last item and this item and the next item. >> supervisor preston: all right, thank you, chair peskin. so two weeks ago as this committee contract tw contract f legislation with the ballot measure, prop i, along with two companion ordinances that seek to fund housing stability. so the committee considered and accepted substantive amendments before the item before us, the housing stability fund. and the file as amended now that is before us today. as a reminder, the housing stability fund is intended to
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finance the creation and acquisition of permanently affordable social housing. this includes land banking, community land trusts, non-profit and affordable housing or other social housing efforts where the city or the residents or a non-profit maintains an interest in the property or the land while providing a permanently affordable housing on site. since introduces th introducinge back in june i have worked with a range of experts in affordable housing, including and with thanks to the council of community housing organizations to fine tune the details of this ordinance. i think that a fund of this nature is imperative. in july this committee received a report from the planning department which detailed the shortfall that our city faces each year to meet our affordable housing goals and the amount is daunting, $517 million annually. it is short of hitting our intended targets.
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so the reality is that our proposal and the legislation before us only gets us part of the way there. but if we're serious about building the affordable housing that we need, it starts with dedicating resources to -- particularly to some of the traditionally underfunded affordable housing strategies that we have. and that really is at the heart of the intent of this legislation. so it is in that vain that i introduce an additional amendment today which i'm assured by the city attorney is non-substantive in nature that. seeks to prioritize the educator housing as the fund that it is in an implementation phase. and the amendment on page three that is circulated to committee members at lunch, 15 to 18 that follows, with the intent of the board of supervisors -- or not
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present intent -- the board of supervisor's present intent to expenditures made through december 31, 2022, a min inum of 20% of those funds to be prioritized for social housing developments that provide housing for educators in san francisco. on january 14th of this year, the san francisco board of education passed a resolution in support of educator affordable housing development which call for in part, quote, creative financing models for affordable teacher development by the district in partnership with the city and county of san francisco. the amendment that i proposed today seeks to make good on that partnership called for by that resolution. in addition, i am introducing clerical amendments relative to the oversight board, some of which were suggested by the clerk's office and thank you for these suggestions. they are as follows -- one is to
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allow for a maximum of two four-year terms, so we believe that the oversight board will be well served by individuals who have sufficient time to develop a long-term approach to affordable housing. and so that's been made possible by extending the term limits, instead of folks serve one term and allowing them to serve two. so on page 5, line 8, strike, quote "a four-year" and insert, quote "two full terms." and on page 5, line 14-16, insert, quote "thereafter all terms are for four years for purposes of the term limit serving an additional -- an initial term of two or three years or serving more than half of the four-year term shall count as serving a full term." second of the amendments from the clerk indicate that the board is permanent. it's my understanding that -- that the board rules indicate
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that bodies shall be effective for a maximum of three years unless otherwise provided. so the intention of this body is for the oversight body to be permanent in nature. therefore, we're including language to that effect on page 7, lines 15-18, inserting a section on the sunset clause that says "notwithstanding rules of order which provides that advisory bodies created by the board should sunset within three years, the board intends oversight board to exist indefinitely unless terminated by ordinance." and the next is to reduce the number of seats from 15 to 11 on the oversight body. it's suggested by a number of folks and the suggestions were well received to make this -- proposing this size reduction and the board really to bring the composition more in line with other oversight bodies that are similar in size and easier
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to manage. so these amendments are delineated with the numerical changes that you see on page 4 of the ordinance. and then, finally, in order to provide an opportunity to address any issues on implementation, chair peskin, and supervisor safai, i would like to move also to duplicate the file, continue the original to the call of the chair before we vote on any of the foregoing amendments. after that i would like to make a motion to adopt the amendments that i have described and then move the file to the full board with positive recommendation. and finally i just want to again to thank the co-sponsored, supervisors ronen, mar, walton and haney. and looking forward to continuing to work with those stakeholders and the board members on this critical package before us. thank you.
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>> it appears that some are substantive. so you said that you wanted to duplicate the file before the amendments, keep one as originally presented in committee, continue it to the call of the chair, and then to amend the duplicated file and i think that -- but i'll defer to counsel, that would have to be continued to another committee hearing because some of those amendments may be substantive? but i'll defer to counsel. >> our understanding and counsel can confirm, although they are numerous, they are not substantive. but the city attorney -- >> is that because of the work -- (indiscernible) the intent? >> that's correct. they are numerous but not substantive and that's a reflection of non-binding intent. >> got it, thank you, perfect. thank you miss pearson. why don't we open this up for public comment?
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i don't see supervisor sa safais name on the roster. any members of the public who would like to comment on item number 7. >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. james is checking to see if we have any callers in the queue. james, let us know if there are any callers that are ready and go ahead and queue them in. >> you have seven lined up. >> caller: supervisors, district 5 for seniors on long-term affordable housing advocate in support of the housing stability fund ordinance. but i also support (indiscernible) that we keep in mind we have 8,000 homeless, thousands of low-income singles and seniors and adults with disabilities on fixed incomes,
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and domestic abuse. and (indiscernible) city hall (indiscernible). last year san francisco had built no affordable units and this is a drop in the bucket. you have a pandemic (indiscernible) and put market rate units in the reach. social housing is a good idea but it's for an average of 80% of medium income. many people over 80%, up to 200% of their (indiscernible) and even the (indiscernible) has said that the majority of
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housing should be under 80% a.m.i. you need to amend the ordinance further to increase the (indiscernible) and to favor low-income groups. if we don't there's a danger of just ending up with more (indiscernible) and a further danger of a major conflict later on over different expectations of some. so social housing, yes, but improved through a non-european san francisco equity loan. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> caller: hi, my name is teresa imperial of affordable housing program. and we're here to strongly support the housing ability fund legislation. it will bring more needed
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resources to do more affordable housing for families and communities. and we know that we greatly need it, especially in this time. in this time as well, many people today are impacted by housing cost burdens, overcrowding and displacement and have the impacts of covid-19. we see that in our office every day asking for affordable housing and looking for rental subsidies. we believe that the housing stability fund will promote different kinds of models for different kinds of affordable housing. and we need to have innovative solutions and not just one type of solution. i believe that the housing stability fund will provide that as well. so we strongly support it and thank you supervisor preston. >> supervisor preston: good to hear from you. next speaker, please.
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>> caller: thank you, committee members, supervisors. bruce wolffe, the president of the san francisco community land trust. i want to thank supervisor preston and his staff and the co-sponsors and everybody else who has been working on this, including the council of community housing organizations. this is a very important ordinance to support prop i and we wholeheartedly support it. and i urge you and i vote at committee today. thank you. >> thank you, mr. wolff. next speaker, please. >> caller: good afternoon, supervisors. this is peter cohen with the council of community housing organizations. i do strongly support this legislation, as you have heard from a number of our
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organizations and the organizations really represent those who collectively build and deliver housing and housing services to regular people, everyday folks in our communities in this time of covid and economic crisis that has made the need for affordable housing across a wide spectrum even more urgent and dramatic. so this legislation couldn't come at a better time. you know, there's a basic principle of affordable housing which is that if we need and we want more affordable housing, as everyone seems to agree right now, then we need to program more resources. it's really that simple. and this new fund that's in that important direction -- i want to call on really to appreciate that the sponsor reached out early to us and other affordable housing experts for feedback and vetting in the design of this legislation. this is not just the same old-same old and i appreciate
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that there's been a lot of careful thought to it. i will end by saying that one of the things that this fund can do is to support housing preservation. we do not in san francisco have a dedicated source of funding for housing preservation, and yet we have done so well over the last three or four years with remarkable projects. but it's just been a band-aid approach of getting money together. and this fund could be really be one of the foundations for ensuring that we can step up that work and save homes and save buildings and save people. there was a ucla report that came out this weekend -- just this weekend -- and it is entitled "who profits from crisis?" the subtitle is "housing grabs in times of recovery." and it lifts from the 2008 recession of what we saw thousands and thousands of homes pulled from underneath people, both renters and homeowners. >> your time is up. >> caller: thank you. >> thank you, mr. cohen.
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next speaker. >> caller: linda chapman. i want to thank supervisor preston and, you know, i'm very pleased to having read the oversight board that, obviously, in those three community positions you'd be able to put one or more people who have hard core experience of living in co-ops and condos as opposed to funding them. and maybe of dealing with echo which is the -- you know, what would you say -- the professional association of us condo and co-op owners. i'm hoping that cara will be able to get some state legislation to help regulate the way that these operations function. i have been to some programs, one that was put on for co-os recently before the shutdown, including the national representatives with resources
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and so on. so i have good hope that you might be able to get people to help them. i'm puzzled about the zip codes. certainly when i lived in 94122 where i grew up, that it made sense, a certain uniformity of it. but 94109, i don't know what the impact will be. it seems to have something to do whether you'll locate them and that goes from tenderloin and russian hill and north waterfront or 94133 is supposed to be like the highest priced and most welty i wealthy in terf real estate but it also includes chinatown. so i'm not quite showe sure hows will function. we did analysis by zip code and found that our neighborhood was one of the most diverse economically. we had, you know, lower income and smaller households and more older people and so on. but we didn't include a track
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that went into chinatown because that would have -- although that was part of our area -- it was a different district with different characteristics. >> speaker's time has expired. >> clerk: thank you, next speaker, please. >> next speaker. >> caller: hi, my name is aloxo rama, with the policy and community organizing and we're representing the affordable housing community and we build and deliver housing, affordable housing services, for regular people. and including low-income and formerly homeless people. one of the things that we realy like about this legislation is that it expands uses from our traditional low-income affordable housing projects to a range of innovative and affordable models for which there's little funding currently, including hom homeownerships and cooperatives and limited equity housing
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co-ops. and we need it all above to look at the need continues to widen. our partnership, we work with people that are formerly homeless in low supportive housing and it's always a challenge to have housing that folks would be able to move into as the next step of their housing stability. and i look forward to creating and expanding more of those housing opportunities for all of our community. thank you so much. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors, i am with the council of community housing organizations. supervisors, thank you for this much-needed new fund for housing stability. i think that as peter mentioned earlier, one of the things that is very much on our minds is how we are responding to covid-19
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and to the economic shakeout that is going to happen as a result of the pandemic and as a result of the recession. and for that we need a housing specific response, we need not only to stabilize tenants where they are today, which i believe that we all will be speaking about very shortly, but also how to get ahead with the wave of speculation that is going to happen. that being the funding and the stable source that really addresses the new ways of looking at housing, whether that is new kinds of rental housing and housing preservation and land trust or limited housing cooperatives. we need new solutions on ways to expand the work that our affordable housing developers are able to do. so we're very encouraged by this legislation and by the forward looking nature of this board of
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supervisors to look at these solutions and really to understand the problems that are coming down our way. so i encourage you all to support this legislation. thank you very much. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> that was the last public comment. >> okay. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you, chair peskin. yeah, i -- unless there's questions, colleagues -- >> right. so you duplicated the file as of this, and why don't you make a motion to continue the unduplicated file to the call of the chair. >> supervisor preston: so moved. >> on that motion a roll call
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please. >> clerk: on the motion as stated [roll call] you have three ayes. >> and then motion to amend the remaining file. as previously -- that were previously discussed. >> clerk: on the motion to amend a duplicate file [roll call] you have three ayes. >> then a motion to send the non-substantive amended file to the full board with recommendation motion please. >> clerk: on the motion as stated, [roll call]
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you have three ayes. >> next item, please. >> clerk: item number 8 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to establish the covid-19 rent resolution and relief fund, to provide financial support to landlords whose tenants have been unable to pay rent due to covid-19 pandemic. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call the number streaming on the screen. that is 1-(415)-655=0001. and the meeting 1467842743 and press pound and pound again. if you have not done so already, please press star and then 3 to line up to speak. the system prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand. please wait until we get to public comment and the system will indicate that you have been unmuted and you can begin your
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comments. excuse me. mr. chair. >> thank you, madam clerk. supervisor preston. >> supervisor preston: thank you, chair peskin, and thank you for all of the time on these various items. some short remarks on this one as we considered at our meeting of october 5th and as referenced in my remarks on the previous item, that the rent resolution and relief fund is the second of two ordinances related to the fair recovery package that i've described. the rent resolution relief fund is designed to assist small property owner whose tenants are impacted by covid-19 and have been unable to pay their rent during the state of emergency. under the approach as outlined, if the landlord voluntarily waives the debt obligation for the impacted tenants, the landlord then will be eligible
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to receive a percentage of the rent owed through a grant from this fund. the legislation gives priority to small property owners defined as landlords with 10 or more rental units in the city and as well as landlords facing loss of salary. and i appreciate that the last meeting amendments were accepted and i request that we move the item as previously amended to the full board with positive recommendations. thank you. >> thank you. and supervisor preston, i i didn't say this at the last meeting but this is what we call -- well, it's not a mandate but it is unfunded at this point. i just want to be very clear about that. i mean, this is -- this is early on and i appreciate the fact that you're setting up something. (please stand by)
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>> all right, welcome, everyone. [applause] today is the day, dr. colfax. today is the day. it's the day that our kids get back to the serious business of play, and so i'm thrilled to be here with our mayor, supervisor safai and our director of public health, and many community leaders and wonderful people to celebrate the re-opening of
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playgrounds all across the city starting right now. we are here at mersed heights, so we're not just opening up the gates to playgrounds but we're also cutting ribbons on five amazing playgrounds that have just been waiting for children that have been renovated through the let's play s.f. initiative, which is is an incredible partnership between the recreation and the park department and the parks alliance, san francisco voters who support park bonds, and through let's play s.f. we're actually transforming 13 playgrounds that have been loved to death across our city and to creative places that spark imagination, connection, and healthy bodies and minds. so without further adieu it is my great pleasure to introduce our parks champion-in-chief who has been a great nudge to make
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this happen. thank you, mayor. >> thank you. and thank you, phil, and thank you to all of the families in san francisco for your understanding and your patience as we deal with a very, very challenging time, one that none of us could have ever predicted. and i'm so excited to be here at mersed heights because i know how hard this community worked to get this park to be a priority. for so many years -- i see mary harris over there shaking her head hard. for so many years, and a lot of the people in this community, they have been fighting to make sure that this part of town receives the support and the attention that it deserves. there are families here and there are generations of kids growing up in this neighborhood and in this community. and they deserved the opportunity to make sure that we rebuild the library, which your
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supervisor is pushing for. that we rebuild the parks and all of the other amenities that make life so great in san francisco. and here we are, because i'll tell you, supervisor, not too long ago i know that we came here, and we cut the ribbon -- or we broke the ground -- and this happened really fast. this is pretty amazing. and, you know, to make a park like this to happen, and it is absolutely beautiful! it is so amazing. and i am so happy that today finally kids will be able to play in playgrounds all over san francisco. this is amazing. and i'll tell you that the reason why i'm so happy, because it is hard for children right now. you know, our private schools have opened and our public schools haven't. kids are not in school and they're in front of a screen on
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a regular basis. and that is not good for them. we know that it's not good for them. it's why i have been putting, of course, as much pressure as i can on the public to do our part to wear our masks and to wash our hands and to socially distance ourselves, and as much as we want to be around each other we have to make sacrifices for our children. so that they can go back to school, so they can play in playgrounds, so they can have a well-rounded life, because just imagine -- this is hard on us as adults. just imagine how much harder it is on kids. how tough it is, and how we are seeing even now -- even though we're providing devices and internet and other resources to kids, the achievement gap is still growing wide. so we have a lot of work to do. and that's why today is so amazing. and it's so exciting.
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because it's not just that we're opening up all of these playgrounds, we have renovated a number of playgrounds in san francisco, and so kids are going to have an opportunity to just enjoy something new and exciting in the city. i am excited and i'm grateful to you, phil, and i'm grateful to the parks alliance and the let's play initiative and all of the friends of mersed heights, you will hear from some community members here today, because this work happened because of this community. this work happened because you had an incredible leader in supervisor safai. so with strong leadership, with strong community support, with collaboration and with years -- wait -- decades of advocacy, you have made something incredible happen for the kids of this community, for the kids who are part of this learning hub, who
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are hoping that this press conference is over as quick as possible so they can come and play in this playground. in fact, it won't bother me if they play on the playground during this conference, just let them have a good time. because that's where we are now. and what this also does is that it gives us hope. it gives us hope that the time that we've spent in isolation, the time that we have spent, you know, doing what we needed to do during this pandemic, we know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. we know that good things can happen if we all do our part. and so i really, really, really want to thank all of you so much for being here, so much for continuing to support our parks and the bonds that the voters have always voted to support because that's how this happens. and it is amazing, and it's a beautiful day, and, supervisor, you should be so proud of what you have been able to accomplish for this community, unlike never
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before, and we are so grateful for your strong advocacy and leadership. and, ladies and gentlemen, i want to introduce the district 11 supervisor, supervisor safai. [applause] >> thank you, madam mayor. this day is super special. i'll just say that. when i first started working in this community, the mantra was, why are we always treated like the forgotten part of san francisco? why are we not getting our fair share? why are the working people -- why are the hard-working people that get up and make this city run every day treated like this? and if you saw this playground, if you saw this fence, right, phil, it looked like a prison yard fence. it looked like something that you would never want to bring your family to. the same at mersed -- excuse me,
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allis-chalmers that is open today. and they used to ride by that to say look at how awful this park is, will you please give us money, because down the street was daily city and it was shining. but i can say with full confidence that this community fought hard, this community advocated and never gave up. i want to give a special shoutout to renard menro, working here tirelessly on a little island by himself, using every little resource he has, going into his own pockets often, to make sure that this community had something. i want to thank miss wilma gardner, she couldn't join us today and she lives right across the street there and said i want to see this park rebuilt before i die. that's what she told me when i met her years ago. and i'm sorry that she couldn't be here today. there's a lot of people that couldn't actually physically be here, but all of their blood, sweat and tears went into this.
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i want to thank phil ginsburg and his staff. they have made a commitment to ensuring that the neighborhoods that have the most children, like ours, under the age of 18 get their fair share. and all of their hard-working staff. and i want to especially thank miss mayor, madam, london breed, because every single thing -- now don't get jealous of the supervisors -- every single thing that i have brought to her to talk about this community she has said, yes. when we asked her for a new library, she said, yes. when we asked her for a new job center, she funded that and we opened that up a year ago to this day. when we said three years ago -- not recently -- but three years ago when we said that the african american community is hurting she said, asha, you don't need to tell me, i know. and i said we're investing in this, and she said, yes. so this is one big step forward and i want to thank all of the
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people that have been involved in this, and all of the people that have dedicated themselves to this, and to all of the children and families that will enjoy this for many, many years to come. this is a new day in district 11, thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor safai. the mayor and the supervisor, you know, eloquently articulated the importance of this moment. playgrounds are happy, they're joyous, but for children and their development and their social and emotional development and their ability to problem solve and the ability to take risks and the ability to share and to collaborate, this is really serious stuff to get kids back on our playgrounds again. i think that the mayor said it, that kids have taken it on the chin a little bit during this pandemic, let's be honest. and i'm grateful to the mayor and to supervisor safai and the community for screaming out on behalf of our children. we have to now do the right
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thing. playgrounds are open. we need to keep our kids safe and our families safe. so, please -- yes, there are rules and there are capacity limits. there are -- we are supposed to continue to social distance and continue to wear a mask, right? do not eat and drink in these spaces. let's all do the right things so that our children and san francisco families can be healthy. so the last point they want to make before bringing up our next speaker -- yes, thank you, mayor. okay, do not -- if you are a parent, when you bring your kid to a playground, do not do this -- pay attention. no cellphone. pay attention to where your kids are and how they're engaging on these spaces. again, the goal here is only to allow our kids to have the freedom to play and to do it in a healthy way. one last point which is that this should be a reminder as both the mayor and supervisor safai mentioned about the
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importance of investing in our parks. san francisco has the best park system in the united states of america. it is 150 years old. but we have to continue to invest in it, continue to nurture in it so we no longer have fences that look like jails and playgrounds that aren't deserving of the children who use them. so i want to thank all san francisco voters for supporting the 2012 clean and safe neighborhoods park fund, without which we would not be here today. our most important partner in all of this are our friends at the department of public health who have as a tough a job as anybody right now in trying to figure out how to allow us to safely resume some sense of normalcy. and i am incredibly grateful to dr. colfax and dr. aragon and their team for working with us and truly understanding the importance and the urgency of opening up playgrounds. so dr. colfax, the mic is yours.
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>> well, thank you, director ginsburg, and really to acknowledge our gratitude to mayor breed, supervisors safai, director su, and mr. robert ellis for their leadership in this work. you know that there's been so many challenging days during this pandemic. and so many sad days. and this is such a day of gratitude and beauty. look out it here, and look at the kids playing. this is a pivotal moment as we work together to slow the spread of covid and realize that our children must go back to doing the things that we know that are important for their health and their family's health and the communities' health. the reopening of the playgrounds is an opportunity to get our kids back something that we haven't done since march, march.
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incredible. we at the health department are so happy to be here as we have worked to get san francisco to this place. to back to where kids can get in an environment where they can thrive, starting with school programs, community hubs, and elementary schools, step-by-step, and now playgrounds. we have made tremendous progress as a city. and we know that the sacrifice and the dedications of our families and our communities have made the contributions that have succeeded in slowing the spread of covid-19 virus. and i thank you. we thank you. and we want all of our children -- all of our children -- to continue to enjoy the reopening of activities. and so parents, we need your help in ensuring that we open playgrounds as safely as possible. when visiting playgrounds, please be sure that your family
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follows the health and safety rules for playground visitors. prepare your family for less children and for socially distanced fun. and i wouldn't be doing my job, you know what comes next, if i wouldn't remind people to, please, wear a face covering. they are required for all playground visitors, aged 2 and over. please limit your stay to 30 minutes when other households are present, so that other people can also enjoy the playground. and, please, practice that good hygiene. and although playgrounds are outdoors, we still want to be cautious. we need everyone's help in sustaining our gain and the progress that we have made. so let's have fun today. let's take advantage of these beautiful seasonal days that we have in san francisco, and, again, thank you mayor breed, supervisor safai and director ginsburg for your partnership and work. and everyone, let's continue to
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play it safe. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, dr. colfax. so we're now going to hear from two important community members that have fought for children and for families in this neighborhood. our first speaker, renard monroe, the executive director of youth first. you've been amazing. thank you for your partnership in our community hub program. i want to acknowledge executive director, dr. mariea su, my partner in crime and all things kids and families. but, ménard, you are running a model program and you're doing it for kids who really need the support. and we're so grateful to you for your help in keeping these spaces safe and clean. please come up and say a few words. [applause] >> good afternoon. this is a bittersweet moment for us as a community, because there are some people before ménard
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who really put in some hard work to make sure that we have this space for the children and our community. and i need to acknowledge a few people who didn't make it to see this day. our neighbor, she lived right there, her name was karen mccoy. [applause] she fought and she fought and she had phil's number on speed dial trying to get this place renovated. she didn't make it to see it, she passed away and i'm thankful for her and her daughter, they both passed away. they fought for this park and i'm appreciative of that. and delores, who is also a resident fought for this park. and mary harris and al harris, okay, a lot of people put in -- wilma gardner, a lot of people have been fighting to make sure that this community gets what it
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needs. i'm just happy to be part of the process and i'm thankful for today and i'm thankful for our mayor to allocate the funds and phil ginsburg, he's been awesome. it's been awesome. and i appreciate you. he comes out the first day they put this together and went down the slide with the kids and impressed the kids. it's just one of those things where san francisco is supposed to be about community. and these type of events are so important, especially in a times that we're living in and the covid-19. i definitely want to thank our supervisor safai. [applause] for all of his hard work and pushing for our district to make sure that we can have spaces like this. also i want to thank our community as a whole, first and foremost. our residents right here, up and down the street. using this park every day, and we're so happy to have it back open, to have our kids back playing safely and in an environment, and something to be
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proud of. i'm proud of our district. i'm proud of where we're going. okay, we have organizations and c.b.o.s who are really making a push for this district to get the resources allocated here. and all of the things that we are doing just to make sure that the community gets what it needs and to make sure that children have a future. so, thank you. [applause] >> thank you, renard. so another community leader that had my phone number on speed dial, my phone number, my email and my twitter and my telegraph handle was edna james. and edna couldn't be here today, but she has asked one of her closest community partners to come up and to say a few words. robert ellis. robert is the vice president of the o.m.i. community action organization and a member of the friends of mersed heights playground, and to say a few
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words about the power of community when it comes to getting things done. robert, the microphone is yours. >> hi, i wish i had been first. all of these accolades have been handed out and it's well deserved. and i want to thank our mayor breed for all of her dedication, all of her dedication to the city. and not only she is smart, but she's pretty. so that's a good thing. like i say, i want to thank phil definitely -- if you stand here and you look around you can see the transformation of this park and the future is still bright. i have been on di dixie street r the last 50 years and i have seen the park deteriorate and now it's like a phoenix rising
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from the sun. so you see that it's bringing a whole new atmosphere to the community. not only for the children, but also for the adults and for everybody in the community and the city. and i'm certainly glad to be a part of it and i want to apologize -- not apologize, but i want to give my regrets to miss james, the well documented partner was unable to be here today. so i want to thank everyone that invited me and phil and just say, phil, you're doing a wonderful job. keep up the good work. and god bless you. thank you. >> just a few quick acknowledgements and then we're going to wrap up and if there are any questions you have a few people here who might be able to answer them. just a couple of questions.
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but i i want to recognize through the san francisco park alliance that without the san francisco park alliance, make no mistake that we would not be renovating or ribbon cutting five new playgrounds. their partnership is invaluable and they lead with their heart and they care about the parks. thank you, san francisco park alliance. [applause] and then last to my own team, lisa brampton, lisa, thank you for all that you have done to bring private resources to help to supplement what the voters have done to allow us to renovate these playgrounds. to our park supervisor, brandon young bright and early here, mayor, making sure that this place looked super clean. so, thank you, brandon, for being here. and to dan mauer, our project manager for this particular project, and to all of the rec and park staff who really had to hustle to make sure that you can see these markings on the ground and you can see all of the signs in the last 36 hours we have put
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out maybe 750 signs and have marked playgrounds and, yeah, my staff always rises to the occasion. so a big shout out to the rec and park staff. let's let them play. thanks, everyone. [♪] >> you are watching coping with covid-19. today's special guest is --
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>> you are watching coping with covid-19. my guest today is the acting director of san francisco public works. he is here with us today to talk about how his department has pivoted to help the city during the pandemic and talking about some of the ongoing projects. welcome to the show. >> thank you. >> i know there are some unique challenges for our unhoused population during this crisis. namely handwashing -- handwashing and social distancing. how has public works been addressing these problems? >> you know, ever since public works got involved with the response to covid, it really began from day one. we have been working with the unhoused community and the city more broadly doing things like something to identify and design and construct a safe sleeping sights. we have been helping other areas
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like helping to do some of the prep for the testing centres that are all over the city now. we have also been helping to retrofit and design some of the medical facilities. we are prepared to address the surge if and when that does happen. we have also been working on the aberration side where we have been able to double the program. [indiscernible] it's just some of the things that we are regarding specifically to covid, but then on top of that, we have been doing our day-to-day work that we always do in helping to resolve some of the -- and the
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encampments across the city, working with the city to make sure we are doing extra cleaning at the food stations in areas where they are trying to distribute food. and it's something that we have been doing more recently which is imparting with our colleagues at the m.t.a., planning, and other departments to set up the shared spaces program. so you can bring that to san francisco. [indiscernible] you are seeing businesses being able to operate in the white -- right of way. there are some areas in the city where they are occupying the entire street. we are hoping that all of these efforts are going a long way to make the city bounce back. >> absolutely. it's great to see the city is coming up with ideas that will
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keep people safe and let some of our businesses partially reopen. >> absolutely. >> i understand that most workers are also categorized as essential workers, but at the moment, a lot of our buildings are still closed. how has your staff been redeployed to help out during the pandemic? >> there are 100 people assigned as emergency operations centres. they have worked on everything ranging from finance and logistics to accounting, to a communications. we have also had some of our staff been reassigned where we had people who were working within the bureau and we had them redeployed within the street cleaning groups. we are trying to solve problems as best we can. >> some city interior painters would normally be working inside city buildings and have been repurposed to work outside and
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remove graffiti. >> yeah, and that really -- and that is also a good example of trying to find ways that we can use those same individuals, those same skill sets but use them in a way that is safe. the one thing we have learned throughout this process with covid and shelter in place is that, you know, if you are inside, it is more at risk. so you could be an individual resident, or you as an employee or worker for the city and county of san francisco, getting you outside is important and for everyone, if you are at home, you may have to go on a walk around your neighbourhood, you know, you don't want to see graffiti and things like that. we are trying to make a conscious effort to clean those things up. >> that is great. i'm glad to hear that the pandemic hasn't halted ongoing construction. can you tell me how the new
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animal care and control centre is progressing and how about the ambulance deployment facility? >> they are moving along very, very well. and the care and control facility, it addresses a lot of the facilities that they have. and being able to separate the animals in a safe way and that project, along with the ambulance and deployment facility, those are all on track to be wrapping up towards the end of this year and at the latest of the beginning of next year. we had -- we just want to understand what the rules are in operating and construction. we worked closely with a health officer and other departments across the city along with the contractors to come up with rules and the way it would work
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and the way we have had to implement things. we are trying to limit the number of people that are going up in lifts and things like that one of the things i am proud to say is procedures are not just used here locally or regionally. they were adopted across the state. it is one thing i'm very proud of. the speed at which the city and county of san francisco are working with our partners to keep our projects going. these are a handful of examples that are now on schedule to be built on time. >> people are pretty fascinated by the floating fire workstation 35 project. how is that going? >> is that. 22.5. it is a two story building. it will be 15,000 square feet. this is a floating station. it was built in shanghai and it is currently over at pier one in
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treasure island. it will be there for the rest of this year. the plan is to flow it over across the bay and it will find a permanent home at the embarcadero at the beginning of next year. >> finally, i understand we are doing street improvements. how has the jefferson street scapegoat in. can you tell us about the upper transit and pedestrian improvements? >> those projects are going well it is one more example of the thought and the collaboration of the project team at public works along with the merchants that will be impacted by those projects. once we go to a soldier -- shelter in place, we could pivot and realize realize, okay. it could be time for us to speed up the schedule. because as the number of the storefronts were open. what we are able to do is speed
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up the schedules on the upper haight street and we were able to be able to speed up the schedule and finish early on that project and likewise for the project on the jefferson street project where we were able to make up some ground that we had lost, allowing us to do things some sidewalks and school streets. that is something we would not have been able to do without the partnership and the collaboration between the contractor, public public works, and emergency. >> thank you so much. i really appreciate you coming on the show. thank you for the time you have given us today b thank you. >> that is it for our episode. we will be back with more information shortly. you have been watching coping with covid-19. thanks for watching. [♪] fosda
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. >> clerk: regular meeting of the small business commission held on monday, october 5, 2020. the meeting is being called to order at 5:30 p.m. the small business commission thanks media services and sfgovtv for televising the meeting, which can be viewed on sfgovtv 2, channel 78, or members of the public who will be calling in, the number is 415-655-0001. again, the number is