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see hospitalizations continue to decline, i think we'll be in a good place. i'm pretty optimistic and hopeful, and i think that we are in a very, very good place to not go backwards, and it also is going to be contingent on our behavior, as well, but i think a combination of vaccine and our behavior is going to put us in a situation where we most likely won't go backwards. [inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: laura, do you want to talk about that? >> yeah, i'll be happy to. so we've always had the restaurant workers -- we provide p.p.e. if they want it, the face masks. we've all followed the sanitation guidelines for the sanitizers. you guys have seen it if you've gone out, wiping the tables
between, following strict guidelines on capacity, and yes, there's always been an amazing sick pay program in san francisco. prepandemic, we always offer up to 72 hours a year. if you do the math, that's nine days on a normal eight-hour day, and then at the federal level, there's the ffcra program which goes until the end of march. if somebody can't come in due to covid, the businesses can actually payout that sick pay and then ask for reimbursement from the federal government. so we're ramping up our vaccines, we're getting them to the people, and we need them to be able to operate.
[inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: my response is that all of you know, san francisco was the first major city to shutdown, and we've been extremely conservative about every decision we make. in fact, dr. colfax and i argue every single day because i want to do more. and even though the state gives us permission to do more, we're still doing things stricter than the guidelines even. what i will say is that san francisco has been the most conservative when it comes to the implementation of the lockdown, and i'm confident of the decisions of the department of public health to move forward in this decision. [inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: well, i think dr. colfax should probably address that directly, but ultimately, i think that, you know, when you look at our case rate, when you look at our death rate, when you look at
what we've done in san francisco, i think the numbers speak for themselves even though it's been a challenging time for all of us. [inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: okay. thank you. make sure you have lunch at pier 39. >> chair haney: the meeting willorder. this is the march 1700 21 budget appropriations committee meeting. i am matt haney , joined by committee members president
walton, supervisors ronen, safai and mar and our clerk is missed linda wall. i want to thank sfgov tv for broadcasting this meeting. do you have any announcements. >>linda wong: due to the health emergency , employees and the board of supervisors legislative chamber and committee will meet but members will beparticipating remotely. this precaution is pursuant to the various local state and federal orders . committee members will attend the meeting through videoconference and participate to the safest extent as if they are physically present. public comments will be available on each item on sfgov.org or streaming of the number across the screen. each speaker will be allowed one minute to speak. comments are available viaphone call by calling 415-655-0001 , meeting id 187 251 8978, then
press pound, pound. when connected you will hear the meetingdiscussion but you will be muted . when your item of interest. dial star 3 to be added to the speaker line. best practices article from a quiet location, speak clearly and slowly and turn down your television or radio. you may submit comment as an email to myself for the committee clerk at email@example.com. it will be forwarded to the supervisors and included as part of the official file. items acted upon today are expected to appear on the board of supervisors agendaof march 23 unless otherwise in . finally supervisors melgar and preston are participating.
>> chair haney: thank you madam clerk. before we call item one i want to thank all of my colleagues for the workthey've done to prepare for today's meeting . we are going to hear of incredibly important items that relate to how we are going to spend the projected hundred $25 million surplus in the current year. i again want to thank all the committee members and supervisors floor here. every supervisor had some input into what is in front of us and i wanted to thank the mayors office for their partnership and the mayor for her leadership. i'm proud to say the spending plan will direct resources and support to the people most impacted during this crisis including small businesses, families, tenants, artists and animals local residents and it is a package that will keep small businesses open, like th
opioid affidavit, support cartesian family and ensure tenants can stay in their homes . it's crucial because we have an unexpected set of money in the current year he put directly into the pockets of our residents and small businesses that are suffering andaddress our most urgent priorities for recovery . our city residents need us to work togethercollaboratively and deliver real solutions and we got here today . thank you to mayorgreene and her staff , president walton and all the supervisors and committee members .i know we are already getting started on our full process which i believe will be one of the most important budget decisions we will make in the history of the city and i think our work together on this service spending plan is a very good sign things to come including our ability to work together and address the most urgent priorities facing rcc for recovery so with that clerk will you please call item 1.
>> item 1 approximating 10 million general reserves to the mayors office of community development for risks under the resolution and relief funds and approximately 10 million foot acquisition creation and operation of affordable social housing under the housing stabilization, facility in fiscal year 2022 2021. members who wish to provide public comments to call 415-655-0001, meeting id 187 251 8978. then press pound twice and if you have done so please press star agreedto line up to speak. a system can't initiate you are ready to speak and you may begin your comments . >> chair haney: thank you madam clerk and we have supervisor preston here with us on this item. >> you so much care and let me just start by thanking you for your leadership on this
committee during what art really unprecedented times in so many ways and thank you for your engagement around the whole spending plan and in package committees considering today. a lot of the vice chair safai for our extensive conversations particularly around this item and potential uses of disability fund money and also thank you committee members walton, ronen and mar. i'm here to ask for your support in carrying fourth the will of the voters and the intent previously stated by the board of supervisors to allocate initial funding from proposition i revenue to the resolution and really fun and to the housing ability fun. i was before the budget and finance committee on february
24 where we introduced substantive amendments increasing the amount of the supplemental request to reflect updated revenue projections. i spoke extensively at the time of the context of this request and the use of funds and the in the interest of time we will provide a preview today but also duty to provide some context and also recognize that we have the full committee with additional members who were not present for that discussion last time. so the background. october 2020 board of supervisors unanimously 2 ordinances . one establishing the resolution and really and the other establishing the housing ability fun. in addition the board unanimously approved a resolution stating our intent to use funds from the increase in the transfer tax on high-end
real estate sales for these programs. divided equally. the voters by a considerable margin and the increase in the transfer tax through proposition i. about supplemental beforethe committee is the next step in this process . on february 12, the controller's office issued a six-month status and 14 which projection for prop i was increased to this 16.1 million or $21 million after basedon . the budget and finance committee on december 24 amendments to the ordinance to reflect the increased projections. as mentioned at the committee in february, much has changed in a landscape of rent relief since prop i was originally passed in november.
that time our rent resolution of the lease program was the only existing proposal to provide such assistance from public funds to small property owners and for the benefit of tenants to address unpaid rent. what remains the case though is that the programs proposed by the state and the funding provided by the federal treasury are orders of magnitude short of protecting all tenants, preventing evictions and addressing all the rent that . on the recently published city website on the rental relief program updated just on march 15, there's a recognition of this dynamic and it means quote, the city is actively working to identify and secure additional funds for covid-19 assistance and assistance is not for all who apply.
we need to take advantage of every possible source of funding to prevent covid related displacement, assisting small landlords facing hardships. there should be no question that prop i revenueshould be used for its intended purpose . my office has met with the tenant advocates community, with leadership in the san francisco apartment association as well as with an ocd leadership enter seems to be an emerging consensus that the funds for rapidly can and should be used to fill gaps on the state program and our local fully funded program. these funds, the funds will make sure no one including undocumented tenants, working-class tenants whose income may be slightly above any applicable, or others are left behind by covid related
hardship and this is in keeping with the city of st. francis as reflected by the this measure. this will necessitate a tracking on the existing programs to allow analysis of emerging gaps in real-time and with and requested an ocd report back on an ongoing basis and certainly no later than june on such information as demographic data, on tenants who receive the support and the amount of support theyreceive, demographic data on tenants whose applications were denied , data on landlords including united amounts received from other programs, the number of units they own and the number of tenants households that are in arrears in their san francisco portfolio. this will inform the use of the funds to fill gaps particularly
with respect to those whose applications are denied so by improving response we ensure that they will be used promptly to address debt relief for tenants in small property owners who might otherwise be left out and i ask for your support of the urgent rent really need. the supplemental also seeks to allocate initial funding for the housingstability . the purpose of which is to provide a dedicated funding stream to scale non-commodified permanentlyaffordable housing . it can be a source to pursue a range of strategies including small site acquisitions, community land trusts, i'm municipal housing and other energies with an emphasis on those strategies that lack access to funding. and oversight board will discuss which strategies are best to pursue and provide recommendations on budget allocations to both the board
and mohcd and thank you for moving forward with recommendations for the appointees to the membership of the oversight body which will be before the whole board of supervisors next week at our meeting. the full board blessing should that occur, we intend to move to convene the initial meeting so that initial recommendations can be made on allocating this first round of funding and if there are any projects that require funding that fit within the scope of the housing stability fund ordinance , nothing stands in the way of the oversight board recommending that initial funds get out the doorquickly. and that's something i didn't want to say on the record . i've raised in some of my conversations with including my recent conversation with vice chair safai the desirability of
looking at ways to immediately activate some or all of the initial song. my hope is that this committee recognizes that in order to create systemic change that will fundamentally alter how we house the people of san francisco and to avoid the crisis of displacement persists in our city that we need to find new ways. we need new ways to permanentl , to fund permanently affordable housingand this is a major first step in that direction today. i want to offer one final thought as well as amendment before closing . the figure in the supplemental isbased on revenue projections provided in february . we know that even this number, even after was increased as i've described is well sort of what prop i will bring into city coffers and i want to know in just a single real estate transaction that i know many of
you are familiar with, the sale of the dropbox headquarters reported on march 8 valued at $1.08 billion. just from that transaction the transfer tax increase from prop i in an additional $32 million to the city which would not have existed voters not approved the measure. as one sale generated 125 percent of the revenue projection in the ordinance before you today. i want to make clear this supplemental should be considered incontext . while not a dedicated tax, prop i was understood by voters to be part of a broader package where we wealthy real estate transactions to fund rent relief and social housing. this is not an unexpected windfall. this is and has always been our
plan, our planet as a board of supervisors and electorate working exactly as intended. finally i want to offer an amendment or request that the committee moved amendment made at the suggestion of the controller . the ordinance as written seeks to allocate from the general reserve. but given the recent update we believe it makes sense to allocate property tax revenue instead and artifacts to the chair and controller for flagging this issue and making the suggestion. amendment which had been distributed by my office to members of the committee reflect this updated revenue source and i informed that change is substantive in nature. i'm happy to read the amendment if necessary. i will assume you all received but with that i ask for your
approval of the amendments and for your support ofthis effort going forward . i'm available and happy to answer any questions you might have and thank youvery much . >> chair haney: thank you so much supervisor preston for your leadership and for allowing us to make some changes in terms of how the funding will happen andbringing it in and presenting again to us here at this committee . i am going to before we take the amendments i know there are anumber of members who want to make comments . supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you chair me. thank you supervisor preston. these are ideas many other localities aretalking about . these are ideas that many other localities are fully rely on federal relief and that will be
ephemeral in nature. it will not be a lasting source. we had a lasting source of income will address some pretty important things. i know in the immediate, the idea of theneed for rent really is actually . in our last ports that we received prior to this hearing when we first started the conversation, the report from the bla said that the need was estimated to bebetween somewhere between 90 and 180 million . with this 10 and a half million to the pot on top of the additional federal money brings us to around 65 million with a projected 44 million coming in in the third round of stimulus which puts us ataround 100 million . i know you and i have these conversations last year in the beginning of covid and los angeles did 100 million. we are now going to have around 100 million.
i think that's a good place to be and let's see how it impacts both our small property owners, property owners that have a hard time paying their rent as well as tenants facing possible interactions with mounting debt. one question i wanted to ask to make additional comments about the social housing. i appreciate the point about small gaps. about filling the gaps in an effort to help small landlords one thing that was not 100 percent clear was how this would impact payment. initially you have talked about having landlords agreed to wipe away about 50 percent of the debt they took these funds. have adjusted that or have there been conversations about adjusting and having more in line with the federal to ensure that landlords partake and that
was one of thethings that the bla highlighted . >> supervisor preston: we have not engaged in discussions about changing those criteria but we have been in very active discussion with mohcd. obviously all this is new in terms of federal and state money . so i think the assumption is that particularly the federal money probably would be the most attractive for those that qualify and would probably be the first money out the door. so we're mindful of that and we're trying to work with mohcd to immediately identify the gaps where folks are not qualifying for that and view these funds as coming in.but this time they would be pursuant to the ordinance that as you referencesupervisor , lays out the 50 to 65 percent
reimbursement. i think we will need to see on the uses rent and whether in light of additional funds any tweaks need to be made and we're certainly willing to have that, keep an open mind on that but our assumption is that it would befolks who don't qualify for the higher level reimbursement would be using . >> supervisor safai: good to hear you open to further conversations on that because that would be my concern that there is additional money coming down and that would put us kind of in the larger bucket spoke at the state, federal and initial previous monies for this 10 and a half will be i guess last will goin so i'm glad yousay . secondly to talk about the social housing parts . it sounds like in terms of
household eligibility has no restrictions as law, just before we get into social housing . there's no restrictions on that as well and provide for good flexibility i appreciate that part of the original design . secondary on the social housing, i know we had some conversation about this. in terms of filling the gaps for overall affordable housing. i appreciate you really emphasizing trying to get the oversight committee seated , talking to them aboutimmediate needs . i know that we don't have a consistent sourcefor small sites. i think that high contender for thismoney . i know that there are a lot of projects . for instance in mydistrict we were very beneficial , and fortunate that we allow money to come in a couple years ago and then shifted to propagate but still allow us to be competitive on the state level so for 100 percent affordable
housing so having this potentially as money for project shortfall. also the seed money we received has decreased dramatically over the years. this could be which are also used to help shortfalls of 100 percent affordable housing so i think that's all good and i also wanted to say i really appreciate you being firm and holding firm bam islands and mirroring what we've done these sites where the average would have to be around 80 percent amr. which allows for more working families and teachers, janitors and others. i think there's somewhat of a shortsighted debate from some people in the city that are really not cognizant of the fact that the janitor can't afford to live in the city both inprivate sectorhousing and affordable housing , we're doing something really wrong in the city .that we, we're not
working families. we're forgetting about that missing this social housing in the original ordinance placed pays homage to that, is cognizantof that ensures this will be applied in a real positive manner so i appreciate . i will say that it would be really helpful to this committee as soon as the oversight committee is seeking to come back as quickly as possible with those immediate needs. because i think that's the best way to activate this money in an environment where there's so muchdemand there. again, i wanted to say i think this is a wonderful time . as was written about the other day, there are other areas in the bay area, talking about social housing that don't have any money to implement it so this is something that i think has been very beneficial so i appreciate your hard work on this and appreciate your
openness. the last thing i'll say we did talk about was her oversight committee and the need at least in the future to have a conversation about having someone representative in public housing and i appreciate your openness to that conversation movingforward . i know that's a large part of our affordable housing's . and i know you have a lotof good representation on that body . but it would be good to keep thinking about public housing aswell . >> supervisor preston:thank you . >> chair haney: thank you so much vice chair safai. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: first i wanted to thank supervisor preston very much. for your leadership. and many more ways than just one. i think you and i have worked on tenant issues before. you and i got on the board i've
always appreciated your commitment and your clarity of thought around all of these issues. i'm appreciative of the flexibility that you have shown in making sure that we fill in the gaps in between the local and state sources and address the needs of those who just have the most urgent need for rent relief andparticularly folks who are undocumented . i see folks who have lost their livelihood because of covid and are at greater risk of losing everything . their homes, their livelihood. their kids. so i can't thank you enough for yourleadership on . now, the social housing part of this appropriation you and i have spoken about two. i am with you 100 percent about the need for having a place of
innovation. i think that we are remarkably uncreated as a city in on the affordable housing. we've been very conservative and i want to see a place where we have new tools, new models. we can replicate best practice . we can leverage different types of funding. all those things i think that we need in order to solve the problem of affordable housing in our citywhich is complicated . it's not unidimensional. there's an entire folks who can't afford housing here. i must say i disagree over the by colleaguesupervisor safai . i don't want to see this money replacing decreases in funding or gaps in funding in other places because i think this is the place for new things and
innovation. however, i think something that's valuable in this pot of money is that we have chosen to fund a lot of our affordable housing in san francisco with the balanced receipts. the problem with that is when there's not a lot of development like is happening right now the fees godown at a time when we need affordable housing the most . so there's thiscounter cyclical event that we have built into the structure from the get-go . but are coming from realistic property taxes and transfer taxes , we find even that because our real estate transfers remainsteady so that's genius . thank you so much. i am appreciative that this is a structural fix to a problem that we have built into the system. that being said in my conversation with you i also raised the issue of the committee and i wanted to see
the diversity, the wonderful rich diversity of our city reflected in that committee. i appreciate youbrought a lot of young voices to this . i love that. i wish there was more gender balancein the community . that came out of rules and more voices for people who live in public housing and in social housing and, you know, in affordable housing at only by nonprofits . maybe some trans folks as well. i will make a plug for dinner diversey. it is important.women experience the affordable housing shortage, particularly women who are parents on their own . in different ways. i think those are voices we need to represent as well so with that i will just say i am in support of this and i want
to thank you and appreciate yourleadership and all of these things . thank you. >> chair haney: thank you supervisor melgarand i love the jacket . happy st. patrick's day everyone. did you want to respond to that before i turn it over to ... >> supervisor preston: now, thereare other commenters. i'm happy to answer questions andappreciate all the comments . >> chair haney: supervisor mar . >> supervisor mar: i wanted to express my thanks to supervisor preston for his extremely proactive andstrategic work , including work on prop i that led to, created the basis for this ordinance which i'm proud to cosponsor. thank you.
thank you for how comprehensive this approach has been addressing the immediate needs of tenants and small property owners through the rent relief program and addressing the longer-term need for us to create new models for affordable housing in our city . so i'm really looking forward to both of thesepieces moving forward . particularly around the social housingand housing innovation fund . i would just an comments from supervisor mar, the importance of us looking at new models. also on how we can create affordable housing that's needed for our low income and working-class folks in our city and for social housing to co-ops. i think especially in a district like mine which is mostly young single family homes andresidential , we
really lack opportunities for development under the traditional model of 100 percent affordable housing development that we've been focused on . we need to look at new models to create affordable housing on smaller sites all the way down to single-family homes which is something i've been working on with somestakeholders aspart of the discussion of our h1 . i really lookforward to this exciting work moving forward . thank you so much supervisor preston . >> chair haney:thank you, supervisor ronen . >> supervisor ronen: two. i don't have that much to add. just a lot of agreement as a lot of my colleagues spoke before me. i also just want to express my appreciation to supervisor preston 's missionary work on
prop i and the position is put us in during a time when we affordable housing options and funds to keep people in their homes more than ever. we also have an opportunity now to create visionary ways of purchasing more land and more buildings for affordable housing than at other points in history so the timingreally could not have been better of this initiative . i'm really glad it's your brainchild and your perseverance that made this happen. i just want to recognize and appreciate you so much for the. i also similarly wanted to mention to my colleagues i have signed on to the demands of state in action which is an incredible group mostly made up of latinx women who are the
women supervisor melgar ascribed that are often homeowners who need an experience public housing for affordable housing in general is very unique. one of their demands is that we have timely access to rental assistance right now as many of them were laid off from their jobs during the pandemic and need that so supervisor safai laid out the different pools of funds that we have is incumbent on all of us in the city to make those funds easily accessible during this time so i think that's the challenge here that we need to work on. then finally i wanted to wish a very happy birthday to supervisor melgar who is one of ournewest colleagues and has
been an affordable housing advocate for decades . i think combination of visors melgar and preston with tenants rights affordable housing expertise is so powerfuló . it makes me so happy and optimisticabout our future so thank you so much .>> chair haney:ditto, happy birthday supervisor melgar . we will try to buy some time o our agenda to sing you happy birthdaylater in the meeting . president walton . >> supervisor walton: of course i have to start by saying happy birthday to supervisor melgar and i want to reiterate supervisor ronen's comments. your work on prop i and
thanking the votersfor the passage of prop i and for your continued commitment to focus on the intent of what prop i was put in place for. that's very important . we're able to receive the additional millions of dollars because of prop i and because of your leadership on that so for all of us who fought for prop i we appreciate the voters and our job and i want to work hard with you as well as our colleagues to make sure that the resources go to what they were intended for so thank you very much for that and i'm just excited about this first allotment that will go towards social housing and wherewe are as a city in terms of affordability . >> chair haney: thank you president walton and i want an everything that's been said . of course, your leadership supervisor preston has been extraordinary. early on in the pandemic of us were concerned course first and foremost with people's health and safety and really right below that was the year of an
explosion in elections due to an inability for people to be ableto pay their rent .you together with the mayor jumped into action right away to make sure that people were protected from elections but that eviction protection is only part of the overall strategy we have to take to make sure that people get through this pandemic, get through this economic crisis able to stay in their homes and we know there is tens of millions of debt that renters, tenants have accumulated in recent months and to be able to have real solutions for them at the scale that's needed, not just around the corner the scale of relief that's needed to action. vision and i want to thank you for that and as president walton said, as long as we are here on this budget committee we will fight to fulfill the
vision and commitment and was also one that the voters supported as well. that is something that we are staying true to today and we were not willing to on and we will not stray from the commitment and move forward so supervisor preston i saw your name on it if you want to respond to this and we also have the public comment and we want to make these amendments. >> supervisor preston: i just want to thank you colleagues for the kind words and joinin wishing my colleague supervisor melgar a happy birthday . i hope you have a wonderful day and a chance to celebrate also wanted to give credit where it is due. you have given a lot of kind words my way and i just want to emphasize first off that this
was a community driven effort . moving forward with prop i. and second, at the time we were envisioning this was considered a fairly radical proposal and a question of whether it could pass at the balance. i just want to recognize my colleagues, all of whom are in this committee i realize. my name was not the only one thinks to the signature line on prop i. and in fact while other supervisors were on it as well i want to recognize president walton, supervisor ronen, supervisor mar and our chair on this committee, chair haney for the the 4 other supervisors along with myselfhe signed on to prop i which is why it ended
up on about . and i appreciate all of you for the same thing you have to spend appreciated of me in terms of your vision on this item and your willingness frankly to go out on a on something that was fought very hard at about area i think we all recognize that and just i think my appreciation for all of you as well as especially to the voters for giving us this tool to address the housing crisis and the rent debt in our city. >> chair haney: thank you. supervisor ronen, did i see your name pop upagain ? >> supervisor ronen: someone keeps texting me sayingput your name on it so can you add me as a cosponsor ? >> chair haney: thank you. all right, so we have a couple ofother things to do . we had a bla report on this, mistercampbell .
>>. [inaudible] welcome, men are from the front office so is is $20.1 million from the general reserve and transferring 10 million to the relief fund and $10 million to the housing disability fund and on page 5 of our report we know the funding sources and programmers of the various relief efforts in the city and that mohcd is developing rules for its program. because this proposal is consistent with board policy we recommend approval of the proposed ordinance.however we recommend the board request a report back from mohcd regarding the final implementation. >> chair haney: thank you. and before we take that amendment and the other
amendment, madam clerk can we check if there's any public comment? i want to say for public comment today and all our items because we have a number of them to deal with we're going to keep public comment to one minute each soif you can check for public comment . >> linda wong: checking to see if there are any colors, members of the public who want to provide public comment please press star 3 to be added to the queue and for those on hold wait until thesystem indicatesyou have been on muted . any speakers in the queue ? >> there are 22 callers listening and eight in the queue. >> linda wong:could you please unmute the first caller .
>> caller: i was calling to respond to item number two, property tax fund. >> linda wong: if you could press star 3 to lower your hand, you can press starthree again to raise your hand. next speaker please . >> caller: sean davis and i want to thank you for doing this. it's really important and i was an enthusiastic supporter for prop i and prop k last year. i thinkthis is really something that we need . we need rent relief we need social housing which is a new paradigm for basically
integrating people into a 30 percentstandard. that's what social housing is and even though my focus areas of supportive housing , social housing can help abortive housing tenantsmove on so thank you very much for doing this supervisor preston . happy thursday supervisor melgarand i yield the rest of my time . >> linda wong: next speaker please. >> caller: hello, it's anastasia on novelist, i support the amendment to allocate property taxes and i am thrilled that this is coming about right now at this time during covid. we need this relief. as far as renters, no one should beevicted for nonpayment of rent through no fault of their own during the pandemic . it's urgent for asmall property owner to have the money to meet expenses . as faras the social housing programs , that oversight
committee i participated in the hearing. i like you to know there are three women on it and one trans woman on the committee and a gayperson . so there is some diversity and there are very sharp minds that will do the work that's needed area thank you everyone for your enthusiastic support. >> linda wong: next speaker please. >> caller: i a resident of district 7. i'm calling to support supervisor preston's prop i. gentrification and the climate crisis are causing massive displacement with the greatest impact on poor communities of color we need to build a
society where housing is no longer a commodity and everybody lives in a safe affordable sustainable housing not fear of election or displacement and that's why reliefand social housing are important . >> linda wong: next speaker please. >> caller: my name is carlo kissinger in district 7 and i'm a member of the essay san francisco and the ego social committee and i'm calling to support supervisor preston's ordinance as well which would allocate prop i funds for social housing. rent relief is sorely needed right now and tenants are struggling to make their rent and other prop i we have no program to fill the gaps in state funding and pay off a huge scale of the rental debt. beyond the immediate rent crisis we need to make sure money is being provided for social housing and middle-class
san franciscans. they allocate half the funds, we can pursue strategies such as nonprofit affordable housing and municipal social housing. you saw the voters approve prop i and prop k so we have a unique opportunity here to launch a pilot program for municipal social housing it would be under local control and we could censor our values on racial economic equity. >> linda wong: thank you for your comments, next speaker please. >> caller: on director of organizing programs at the lotus street community services . i wanted to continue to voice public support with this appropriation. as part of the displaced, we are seeing up close how the
state and other are not going to be enough to address all the outstanding debt unless we also expect the funding to run out quickly and appreciate commitment and attention of the voters to ensure that this allocation takes place and also the recommendation with the la to request full review of the landscape so that we do prioritize this funding moving forward. if you. >> linda wong:next speaker please . >> caller: my name is carly gomez, i live in district 6 , chair haney's district and i am a member of the homelessworking group and i'm here to call for support for supervisor preston's ordinance , inclusive of his recent amendment for
prop i funds to be allocated to rent relief andsocial housing and for the funds to be utilized in the way that voters intended . i'm frankly annoyed at the benefit system of people who live in the city. given the city has no other plan to relieveordinary tenants and many landlords of their rent burden , the prop i funds are our only option and it's the option that will have the most positive impact in our community right now and long-term . you guys have been talking about something that super important as we think of solutions for howyou respond to crises . that's all i have to say and i yield the rest of my time. >> linda wong: thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: my name is susan marsh and among other things and also a memberof the democratic socialists of america . i also think it's absolutely obvious how desperately needed
the rent relief funds are and i think it should be equally apparent from our experiences with other alternatives that the solution to this crisis and the ongoing housingcrisis we had long before the pandemic is the commodified and therefore social housing . i want to thank supervisor preston for introducing this and i want to thank all of you or your support thank you and have a good day . >> linda wong: next speaker please. >> caller: i'm gabriel haldeman, also a member of the essay san francisco. i live in district 2. i'm calling alsoto support supervisor preston's ordinance . using funds from prop i for rent relief and social housing, we really need to become a high survival and the private market has jailed a lot of san
franciscans and i also under covid believe rent relief is needed as tenants face millions in debt and have no way to get this money. up to 33,000 renters may be able to rent due to lost income. all the things in terms of insurance will expire so it's really important to provide that money and not have instability in suffering for working-class san franciscans . >> linda wong: thank you for your comments, next speaker please. >> caller: my name is eric is like and i'm calling from district 4 and i'm really just calling to thank supervisor preston and supervisor mar.
it's very excitingand we need it . the housing innovation that may come from this is very excitin and i thank you. we have a wonderful board of supervisors . and i want to be sure you knew affordable housing advocates in district 4. quest class as a reminder if you wish to comment on item number one, please press star 3. for those on hold until the system indicatesyou have been muted next color please .>> caller: my name is emily and i member of the essay ego socialist committee calling to support supervisor preston's ordinance. for funds to be split between rent relief and social housing and i wanted to thank everyone forsupporting this .
as an ego socialist i believe we need to the commodified basic survival and the private market has failed to house thousands of san franciscans, gentrification and the rapidly worsening climate crisis and they're already causing mass displacement and more is on the way with the greatest impact on poor communities of color we must build a society where housing is no longer a commodity and everyone lives in safe affordable stable housing without fear of addiction or displacement and that's why i request a board allocate funds for readily . >> thank you for your comments, next speaker please. >> adair, i don't have many words to say otherthan thank you dean preston . 92 the cosigners. and i'd like to thank also i'm speaking on behalf of the tenants that call me, i counsel on the housing rights committee. it's beautiful. the time is now. and we have stepped up san
francisco once again as ever as san francisco. and i can't tell you, i am a whole bunch of people who are not on this call. are ecstaticabout this so thank you very much. i yield my time back . >> linda wong:mister chair this completes the queue . see one i did see also president walton on the roster. >> thank you so andi just wanted to make sure i was added as a cosponsor . >> chair haney: supervisor preston i'll turn it back over to you and iknow we have amendments to be made . >> supervisor preston: i know you have many things on your agenda so i will refrain from
closing remarks. i did neglect to recognize that chair any and supervisor mar previously asked to be cosponsors of this measure and i appreciate that very much and thank you resident walton and supervisor for adding your name is cosponsors.hopefully others will as well. now or later and i just want to hurt support for theamendment and for the item and i really appreciate the time to go through all of this . thank you. >> chair haney: thank you. we have the amendments that you put forward that you circulated. we also have theamendment from the bla which would require some reporting back . if you're okay with that as well. and we want to makesure both of those are reflected . deputy city attorney pearson, are these house amendments ordo you have any other comments for us on these amendments ?
[inaudible] >> chair haney: great. colleagues, is there a motion to accept the amendments western mark supervisor, seconded by president walton. roll call please not import . >> on that motion device care safai. [roll call vote] five prop i. >> colleagues, is there a motion to continue item number one. to a special board of appropriations committee meeting on tuesday. march 23. as amended.
moved by supervisor mar. seconded by supervisor ronen roll call please . >>. [roll call vote] thank you, president walton. >> chair haney: notthem, understand the process here. we also need to recommend this with a positive recommendation now or do we do that atthe meeting next week ? >> linda wong: this can be done at the special meeting next week .>> chair haney: we will hear this again next week.
then we will vote on it later that same day. supervisor, anything in conclusion or you're all set. >> just my fax. >> thank you as well. this will be heard at the special budget and appropriations committee meeting on tuesday, march 23 as amended. thank you. non-clerk can you please call item, were going to take this a bit out of order.so madame, can you please call item 5. >> item number five ordinance extended the deadline for certain businesses to pay the business restoration fee for fiscal years ending june 30, 2022 tonovember 1 2021 rarely defending november 1 2021 . penalties for late payment and measures fees and point-of-sale efficiencies filled by the test collector on or after march 2020 and on or before october 1, 2021 and the funding suspended penalties paid to the city members of the public who
wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415655 euros 01 meeting id 187-251-8978, then press count twice if you have not already done so plus are 30 tospeak . a system prompt will indicate you haveraised your hand . wait until thesystem indicates you've been muted .>> chair haney: we have amanda freed from the treasurer's office who is here to present on this item. i believe wehave the mayor's office here as well to answer any questions . >> thank you. good afternoon supervisors. this proposed ordinance would extend the deadline for most businesses to pay their business registration feefor fiscal year 2021 , 2022. which is normally due on may 31 2021 and would then be due november 1 2021.
any business registration certificate was issued for the year would continue to be valid throughnovember 1. 2021. and this ordinance would also temporarily suspended late payment penalties .for certain rates and measures fees and point-of-sale. these are any fees that were built by our office, the treasurer tax collector from march 17, 2020 through october 1 2021. and businesses would have until november 1 2021 under this ordinance to pay those fees withoutany additional penalties . thank you. >> thank you so much mister pre- area and is there a bla report on this item. >> yes here there is.
as noted by ms. freed, this proposal would extend the deadline for most businesses to pay registration fees for this fiscal year frommay to november . it would also temporarily suspend late payment penalties for certain weights and measurement fees and point-of-sale stations. as we point out on page 23 of our report the controller's office makes a one-time $32 million revenue loss in this fiscal year that would be received in the next fiscal year. we consider approval of this legislation to be a policy matter for the board . >> i do have some amendments that i want to share but before we do that, colleagues is there any questions for ms. freed. i don't see any immediately.
madam clerk, can we see if there's any public comment on this item. >> he is checking to see if there are any colors in the queue. members of the public to provide: item number five please press star agreed to be added to the queue. forthose on hold continue to wait until the system indicates you've been rooted . miss when he got, arethere any callers in the queue area .>> linda wong: there's one color in the queue. i'm sorry, there is now 2 callers in a few. >> linda wong: please unmute the first caller. >> caller: this is pressed writer, ceo of yellow cab san francisco and i wanted to say hope you approve this because it will have a big impact on the industry . we're incorporated in these weights and measures fees and we're still facing penalties for not being able to pay our
fees on time due to the pandemic and this would be a huge boon for us so we appreciate you guys attention in this matter. >> linda wong: thank you for your comments, next speaker please. >> caller: thank you supervisors, this is mark hoover on behalf of green and i want to thank you. i echo the remarks of chris twice for thisordinance . the pandemic has hit the taxi industry awfully hard and this is still an in honest hardship as business has not come back and basically we'regoing to have 2 years of fees now .now as of november 1. so i wish there was a way, maybe it's not realistic but i wish there was a way these fees
could be waived but if not we appreciate the fact that you are giving us that much leeway to pay. so thank you and that's it. >> linda wong:thank you for your comments, i believe we have one additional color . >> caller: my name is barry from hill and i want to endorse the comments of chris twice and mark gruber. a taxi driver i am verymuch concerned that if you make more of hardship on the color scheme or the companies , then you are creating a problem for the cabdrivers to make for the rental of the italians and the vehicles and right now on nearly, i'm not even making half of thecity's minimum wage . the result of the increase of the gas prices, i'm paying $.40-$.50 more per gallon than i did at the beginning of the
pandemic and the business is not that good and i can't even use the stands because they are occupied by private cars and to get parking initial officer or police officer to show up to tag the vehicle or have it removed as become a huge headache and very difficult and is created conflicts between myself and the people legally using the taxi stand. >> linda wong: thank you for your comments. this completes the queue. >> chair haney: public comment is now closed. i did have an amendment that had been circulated to the committee. the current ordinance extend the deadline to pay the business registration fee for fiscal year 21, 22 from may 1, 2021 november 1 21 for most businesses. these amendments would limit the application of that
november 1, 2021 extension two businesses engaged in business in the city in 2020 san francisco gross receipts in 20 $25million or less . for businesses that commenced business in 2021. and also for businesses engaged in business in the city in 2020 who had sf gross receipts in 2020 in excess of 25 million will extend the payment deadline only to june 30, 2021 so it is still a bit of an extension for them not an extensionall the way to november . only businesses with 5 million will have their deadline extended to november 1, 2021. is argued the substantive amendments . [inaudible] rate.
i want to make a to accept these amendments for this item. is there a second? seconded by supervisor safai. can we have a role call on the amendments madam. [roll call vote] >> linda wong: there are 5 aye . >> supervisor safai: i think this is the recommended and having this be targeted towards businesses that are really smaller innature , that could
really be additional help during this financial time . kind of making the coffee 25 million is the right amendment and it allows it to address many of the other needs or proposals that are on the table today . it frees that money so i appreciate your work on that and your leadership and i think that is the right move for the business community and those that will benefit from it the most so i hope and i wholeheartedly support this. >> chair haney: thank you for your leadership and partnership with don on this as well. i believe that from the numbers that were shared with us that the, close to 99 percent of businesses or people who pay for businesses that adcs will have the extension to november so it really will still be a very small number of just the largest businesses that will be
required to pay these fees by the end of june but we're still giving them an extension for that which i think is also important area we worked closely with the treasurer's office and i want to thank this free for her support and partnership on this. i don't see any othercolleagues who have any questions or comments about this item . so because these amendments are not substantive we can send them to the full board witha positive recommendation . i want to make a motion to move this item to the full board with a positive recommendation asamended . is therea second ? seconded by supervisor safai. roll call vote please. [roll call vote] >> supervisor mar: >> chair haney: >> supervisor safai: please ad
me as a sponsor on this item . >> linda wong: there are 5 aye . >> chair haney: great, thank you. this will go to the full board with apositive recommendation . madam clerk, can you please call. [inaudible] >> linda wong: item 2, appropriating of 1.2 million for property tax to the general services agency with the administrative to the arts commission for arts impact endowment. 4000 for the cultural center and 4.4 million forcultural equity endowments for fiscal year 2020, 2021 . item 3 ordinance appropriating 20 million property tax revenue to the office of economic workforce development for fiscal year 2022 2021 to provide relief to 2000 low
income businesses, in particular those most impacted by shelter in place orders and those that have not accessed state or federal financial programs and loan programs which spend existing local and state initiatives aimed at providing relief for small businesses struggling as a result of covid-19 and item number four is an ordinance operating 15 million from property tax to thedepartment of children and families for number programming , learning and activities for youth for fiscal year 2022 2021. members wish to provide public comment on these items to call 415-655-0001,meeting id 187 251 8978 . press pound, pound. if you have not done so press star 3 to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have lined up to speak, waituntil you have been on
muted and you may begin your comments . >> chair haney: thank you and i do want to first say on amendments, we are going to make substantive amendments for item 3 and we're going to address those when item 3 is called and in this will capture some of the amendments that will also be discussed for items 2 and 4 so going to go through 2 and 4 first and then to 3and deal with all the amendments altogether . for item 2 i want to ask the mayor's budget director ashley to present on this item. >> ashley groffenberger: i am here today to talk to you about the proposed supplemental to backfill funding for arts and culture programs funded through hotel so i will change here,
give me a moment. okay. hopefully you all can seethat . so as a reminder, the voters passed proposition e back in 2018 to allocate a portion of the city's hotel taxcollection to various arts and culture programsincluding grants for the arts, cultural districts, cultural centers , the cultural equity endowments and arts impact endowment . of course, given the historic loss in hotel tax revenue in the current year, this has created a significant gap in what was budgeted for these programs and how much revenue has been collected in this current fiscal year so the supplemental that is before you today would backfill commitments that have been made in the current year for these
programs.this table here is meant to show you for each of the programs what was originally budgeted and the budget the mayor adopted this past october. and how much hotel taxwas actually projecting to collect in the current year . as you can see only $4 million availableto support $26 million worth of expenditures . the supplemental before you today would backfill funding for programs and spending that has already been committed or has already gone out the door such thatwe do not have to hold back any grant awards that have already been made .i have ralph remington and kevin quan from the heart arts commission with me as well as aleah brown and brian hsu from the mayor's office of housing andcommunity
development and if there's any specific questions you might have about the programs ported as part of this supplemental . >> chair haney: thank you, i appreciate that. colleagues, supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: a cosponsorof this measure so obviously i am supportive of . i have a question of why cultural statistics were left out and i know supervisor haney and i were requesting this, adding it back in through other means but i don't understand why you would have left itout in the first place . >> ashleygroffenberger: thanks for the question supervisor . cultural statistics were not includedas part of this particular supplemental because we had identified other sources of funds to meet the
commitments in the current year . so the mayor's office of housing and community development was able to utilize other funds intheir budget as well as prior year unspent funding for cultural districts that had been accumulated from prior years and unspent . so while it is not part of thi supplemental we were confident there was sufficient funding to support the commitments made i the current fiscal year using other sources . >> supervisor ronen: ,was it and whatwere the sources ? >> ashley groffenberger: the cultural appropriation in the fiscal year was 2.4 million . 1.1 million that would be supported by prior year unspent cultural district funding and the other 900,000 would come from other sources of funds in thatapartment , in the mayor's office of housing andcommunity development . other non-general fund savings they had available.
the final 400,000 is how much hotel tax would be allocated to cultural districtsbased on what was collected in the current fiscal year. >> supervisor ronen: so that madethem whole . >>ashley groffenberger: yes, that's correct >> supervisor ronen: yes . , that was not my understanding . maybe i questioned chair. the 1 million that included for cultural districts, we knew that that was in addition to what the cultural districts got in the previous year? i wasn't aware of the mayor's office of housing had found additional funding. or is that to supplement i guess, is that basically the 1.1 unused money from prior years, are the cultural districts saying that they were planning on using that money
and so it's therefore this million is meant to replace that ? is that what happened there? >> chair haney: miss groffenberger, you seem to be innotting . >> ashley groffenberger: yes, there are some proposed amendments to this item today which would add $1.1 million to the cultural districts so that they do not need to utilize prior year unspent money to backfill them in the current year . >> supervisor ronen: i see. so you have not included that inthe original proposal becaus you didn't realizethey had plans for that money , is that right ? is that the communication ? >> ashley groffenberger: that's right and the mayor's attention in the supplemental is to make sure we were able to backfill
encumbered contracts or for spending next already gone out the door. so we have heard from the cultural district that there were plans for that money and are supportive of adding back the 1.1 prior year unspent allocation to become available. >> i guess i bring this up and i think the arts are a crucial part of our city and what makes it amazing and why it's a world-class city and believe that all of the supplemental appropriations are completely appropriate. i don't want the cultural districts to become like the stepchild sort of part of our system in san francisco. i believe the cultural districts horse help create and expand theconcept , are as important as any of our other arts infrastructure . in the city county of san
francisco so going forward, i will always fight to make sure that in times where we're prioritizing parks and keeping artful based on crisis like were having a moment that cultural districts are treated in a similar way to every other piece of our arts infrastructure. and i want to make that point today because that's not what happened in this instance with this budget supplemental in the first place and i'mglad we are able to remedy that and we're all on the same page . but this cultural district concepts is not only about preserving the arts and culture and the labor of our different neighborhoods in san francisco. that makes san francisco chinatown, michigan, japan town. the african-american cultural
districts, all of those neighbors and their character are what makes our city so he. and part of that is very much the people that we can't , that we displace the people we want to culture that is where the cultural district concepts is broader and more visionary. then just, and just appropriating for taking the amazing cultural products of people and then being okay with displacing them. that we believe that we all benefit from that rich diversity of our culture and we need the people here in order to continue to preserve it so it doesn't, neighborhoods don't become disneyland a different cultural identities that are truly the home and the neighborhood of people. so i just felt that it was
important to bring this issue up because i believe cultural displacement is part of our vision in san franciscoand contribute accordingly . >> appreciate that supervisor. colleagues, supervisor safai. >>supervisor safai: a quick question to miss groffenberger . i understand grants for the arts and culturalcenters , cultural equity endowments, art impact endowments. those are all normally ended by the hotel tax. our cultural districts also funded by the hotel tax or are those things through mohcd? >> ashley groffenberger: they are funded as part of the hotel tax.
>> that was just a point of clarification. thank you. what's the final. i know we in our report it was one number and i know we added to that based on some of the final negotiations. thefinal negotiation that were doingthis particular appropriation ? what's the final number . is it 26 point something? >> one moment. and can you put that screen back upif you have for a moment ? please. >> ashley groffenberger: a presentation i showed you reflects the original supplemental that was introduced. is not incorporate the amount today. do you still want me topull that screen up ? >> that was confusing me. go ahead and pull but i want
to ask a question because i know the majority of the money was designated for programs in arts that had alreadygone. it would be additional funding . those thatallow, what's the final revised number . it's down there, 21 million. wait. >> ashley groffenberger: understanding of the amendments would be an additional 7million . to support these allegations. >> supervisor safai: what the total number we are putting on mark. >> ashley groffenberger:$24.1 million . >> supervisor safai: so will some of that number be going into the upcoming year, some of that number will not necessarily be for grants and programs that have already funded, correct ? >> ashley groffenberger: right. my understanding is there will
be money that will be appropriated today to offset the gas we anticipate for next year. so yes, that would support those allocations and then future awards. >> supervisor safai: 90 for yourhard work on this .i think that just to end on a positive note i think it's super important to have a cultural center or cultural districts and grant for arts programming usesmusic and entertainment , otherwise and even our cultural centers in our districts, without this funding, withoutadditional support , so many things would be lost so i'm super excited that we have asufficient funding and thank you for the negotiation . madam clerk, can you please add me as a sponsor western art i thought i already was for this i'm looking and if you couldadd
me i would appreciate . >> chair haney: thank you, president walton . >> supervisorwalton: thank you so much chair haney. a question about the carryover . is the carryover because organizations and cultural districts didn't want to use the resources and didn't request the resources to draw down or is itsomething to do with us , when i say us, the city not getting the resources outdoor ?this is probably more for miss groffenberger. >> the original source of the carryover tarted off because when we got our first allocation of the hotel tax fund it was before most of the
district was up and running. we had about a year's worth of funding that rolled over each year. this last year we allocated a significant portion of that rollover for a one-time project that were designed to support covid-19 related programming 265,000 per cultural district. after we made that allocation we had about 1.1 million left and that money could be utilized for similar one-time programming in a successive year so that's what that was. >> supervisor walton: for me i think it's important our cultural districts get all the resources they can use and obviously we have to to fight to supervisor ronen's point to make them whole next year and
increase revenue but i think that it would have been great if we could try to get as much money out the door in the previous fiscal year before this fiscal year and that money could have been spent because there's so many projects i know across the city that are fighting to make happen and they want to utilize those resources. i want to make sure we are allowing them to use their resources because they are available and not trying to hang ontothem and carry them over from year to year or do anything like that . >> brian chen: yes, thank you. >> chair haney: thank you presidentwalton . director groffenberger, do you have any amendments or did you cover all of that in your comments ? you are on you. >> ashley groffenberger: that was all i had formy comments for today . >> chair haney: rate.
madam clerk, is there any public comment onthis item ? >> linda wong: would you like toopen public comment for items 2, three and four together ? >> chair haney: let's go through the other items and then take public comments altogether. so i think that unless there are any other comments from ... yes. >> if i may i was hoping to have acouple minutes to say a few words about this appropriation . i thought it would be helpful to share some background information about the appropriation with the committee and particularly how it relates to proposition eight which as you heard was passed by the voters in 2018 and transferred to 1.9 percent of the hotel tax into an account for five enumerated purposes.
i want to add to the background you heard from miss groffenberger to explain the legal side of this area proposition e specifies the dollar amount each of the five purposes receivedout of the account . with the remainder or excesses being transferred to the general fund. and under proposition e the dollar amounts are just up and downbased on changes in the city hotel tax collections up to a maximum adjustment of 10 percent annually . so hotel tax collections if they had remain at or near the amount collected in the pandemic years this would have meant the amount available for programs would have fluctuated by no more than 10 percent in any given year but because the hoteltax collections really collapsed as a result of the pandemic , the 1.5 percent of the hotel tax collection that is transferred into the pond for arts purposes is insufficient to satisfy those specific dollar amount that are
listed in the funds even after adjustment. even though opposition he has the specificdollar amounts in it , those figures are only binding on the city it 1.5 hotel tax that's collected is sufficient to satisfy those dollar thresholds .this year when the 1.5 percent was smaller than the dollar threshold those thresholds do not apply. and proposition e doesn't mandate more appropriategeneral fund money to make up the differences . the voters can't adopt an ordinance sets minimum baseline funding for thegeneral fund . to do that they would have to adopt hr and proposition e was an initiative ordinance and not proposition amended so without sufficient funds allocated under proposition e and without a specific amount set aside by the charter, the only way to fund these purposes is from operation from the general fund
approved by the mayor and board of supervisors as has been proposed here. i just wanted to share that background information. >> thank you deputy city attorney thurston, thank you for that clarification and that we are following the rules here appropriately with this operation. so we do have someamendments to this item but as i saidyou're going to take a minute for 2, three and four altogether . we discussed item 3 . as well as public comment on items to bring in for when we discussed item 3 area so with that, we are going to item 4. and i believe we have director maria sue was here to present on this item. but before i call on director sue i didn't want to get an opportunity for some of the other sponsors of this item to also say some words in introduction.
it is supervisorchan with us ? >> chair. thank you so much for calling on me and allowing me to share the comments today and first and foremost i want to thank your leadership in bringing this item forward today and of course our cosponsors supervisors ronen and melgar, i couldn't have done this without all of you and i'm grateful. the reason for this appropriation is to support and get a much needed relief to our working families free all day summer programs available for every public school students. especially it really is for thosewho are currently enrolled in the san francisco unified school district buteverything
that our families have been struggling with , with during this year of pandemic , it's critical that our families have low access to sign up for these summer programs and that they get to choosethe types of programs whether one was more academic support for more recreational activities . really they get to really make sure that they can do what really works best for their family. so this funding is not only that it's going to cover, it's not going to cover this entire program it did jumpstart our department collaboration and now if we learn that there is a donation, really hoping kick off this fully funded version of this summer programming so i really want to thank the department of children, youth and families read the cif and our recreation department at the san francisco unified school district and for your
work and in serving thechildren and families for the last 10 months and really thank you for your incredible partnership in this effort . i just want to say thank you and it's really good to see this like here as anitem and it's amazing that it's all coming together so i'm grateful , thank you. >> thank you, supervisor ronen c6 hi, sorry. sorry. i am so excited about this program. it's an opportunity to offer universal summer programming this summer to every single student at sf usc is what these students and their family.
they have been out of school for a year. it has been incredibly trying on both children and their families. and we have this summer an opportunity to, and i'm going to say. it is learning loss. when you look at the data on simultaneous testing that took place for fourth and fifth graders, what the data shows is that african americans, solicit pacific islanders and latin students, homeless students, students in foster care and students that are low income students living in public housing . our years behind their grade level in basic reading and math. that could take them off course
for the rest of their lives. and the opportunity to use this summer to begin to remediate that is essential. and i am so proud of the cys and rec and park andthe mayor's office , of my colleagues supervisors can, melgar and haney for joining together with me to make this a reality. supervisor melgar and i are not something this summer area you are going to take what we do this summer and were going to extend it for the rest of our days at sf usc because we have got to take this moment of better understanding than we've ever had before what is an important role sf usc plays in the life of so many children
and so many families in the city really in the city being able to function at all. we have to make sure that we appropriately fund this institution . so that we are turning out our students to meet and continue in their fullest potential. that's what is the role of government and its universal right to be quality and education and even though we don't run the school district, we control one of the biggest municipal budgets in the country. and our youth and our public school system should be a major priority to the city and county of san francisco and i am so proud of us for making it that way. i want to share one thing with you that our erector of easy white shared with me and all of us in the meeting the other
day. there is a programcalled springboard which is a national program . that has proven results that in five-week period, it can take a child one grade level in their reading proficiency. imagine that. it is an extremely expensive program and it's perhaps a bit expensive because it works and it's almost miraculous in how it works. you know what, every single one of our children in sfusc deserve the best and they deserve to take advantage of programs like this that often times only students that are wealthy or who come, who are part of families that have a good income are able to take advantage of the most amazing
educational programs out there. that's not going to be the case anymore in san francisco our board of supervisors anything to say about it and partnering with sfusc with the department of children and family and with reckoned parks. the idea about this universal program this summer is that families and parents and students to choosefor themselves what do i need this summer ? and i caught up on my academics ? i need to be outside running and playing and jumping and being with my peers and finding some of that social and emotional support i've been lacking for this entire year. if i'm a child behind in academic subjects, i get to choose programs like springboard and like other academic programs that the cys is going to offer and make sure i can use this summer to catch up and to be ready to learn next year without being far
behind my tears. this is such an important program and i'm so proud of us for making it a reality and i cannot wait to hear from maria assuming about where we are in this process. thank you so much and thank you colleagues in advance for supporting this budget supplemental that is going to join with private foundation funds to make sure that we are able to collect the dream, the best quality summer programming based on the needs of children for free, for every sfusc child. thank you. >> chair haney: thank you supervisor ronen, supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: i'm not going to repeat other stuff that my colleagues have very well said. i want to thank supervisor chen for your amazing foresight and
having this be the beginning of our recovery strategy for youth and families in our city and for chair haney for putting money into it in this way. thank you so much for your quick action and flexibility and to supervisor ronen for being the fierce advocate for youth and families in our city . i want to point out 2 additional things that haven't been spoken about. this will the programfor everyone , itprovides free summer programming for all youth . and the purpose of that is because there's an ecosystem in terms of the programming that happens. there are ceos that run very high quality programs that have to hire staff and train them starting now actually so the fact that this is for everyone and we're making available for
everyone is going to really build the capacity of our community organizations to serve and to help in their recovery which is something that wouldn't have happened otherwise if we weren't having this very large, robust number program. the other thing i want to point out is as supervisor ronen alluded to its that for low income families. the summer learning loss is a real phenomenon and it is cumulative so that when you track low income income communities who do not participate in summer programming you compare them to the outcomes of kids who do have high quality programming and the cumulative learning loss year after year of being home for three months without engaging in your mind catches up and by the time you they get to high school they've lost a lot of opportunity because they
don't have access to that. i am hoping that this will be the way that we open this opportunity for everyone in our city and i'm very excited for the opportunity to get started. i am incredibly grateful to supervisors chan and ronen and haney for their work on this and also to mayor reed for recognizing its importance and to maria sue for being that advocate who's always a couple steps ahead of us and to the folks at sfusc for making it happen and i see supervisor mar is going to talk about his part but i want to make a plug that part of what we do in the summer is higher high schoolers get wonderful workforce training at the same time as they are helping their little brothers and sisters and cousinsin the community have a
great number of wonderful experiences , learning and having fun so i want to thank you colleagues for getting behind us and for taking the issues of low income and all kids in our city seriously and incorporating them in our recovery strategy with some real action. thank you. >> thank you supervisor melgar, supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: i want to thank you for this bold and incredibly needed summer youth program proposal. again as i noted yesterday's board meeting i'm proposing along with share any and amendment or really an extension to this and specifically to support high school students to recover from the damage this past year that it had other academic and social development as well as mental health and career readiness.
as a parent of a highschooler myself i have experienced firsthand how challenging this past year has been and also seeing how little attention or resources have been focused on the needs of our teenagers from the school reopening plans to the community learning hubs. we have an opportunity to nurture the talents of older youth as we emerge from the pandemic. through this program this summer by school students will get to support the development of younger sfusc kids while working in paid internships connected to city college courses and field experience credit. not only are we supporting young people who lack access to these opportunities we're strengthening public institutions as well and today'sinterns are tomorrow's indicators , staff and leaders in theunified school district and other educational settings . so in summary this is a $2.6 million supplemental budget
request and its funding to bolster sfusc's early college programs during the summer which is an innovative partnership with the college of san francisco so i do want to highlight the internship model has a track record in successfully read reaching students from equity groups including lack and latin communities, immigrants, low income and working-class families and strengthening college readiness and matriculation .i school students will participate in a paid internship combined with enrollment in a career technical education course at city college andreceive college credit . the proposal provides 800 internships in july and august running 35 to 150 hour rising 11th and 12th graders are generally the target age for the internships but this program seeks to conduct early intervention to guide some rising 10th-graders to the secondary success and in
addition, the class of 2021 graduating seniors is predicted to under enroll in college due to academic social and economic losses from the pandemic when compared to the last pre-pandemic class of 2019 so a group of targeted june and july graduates will be supporting the transition from high school to collegematriculation bios summer course work and a longer internship . sfusc's college and career readiness team will coordinate the program as well asthe internship placements . most students will in turn with you andbe part of a pre-educator pipeline . others will be part of a community health program for general internship placements to learn job readiness skills. interns will be placed at varioussfusc school sites,
partner sites and other sites such as businesses and law firms and three quarters of the interns will work in educational settings . finally i did want to say this program really adds to the other important effortsto support summer recoveries for children and youth including the proposal from supervisors chan , melgar and haneyfor free summer camps . as well as the summer together initiative signed by mayor reed and superintendent matthews and again opportunities for all in the mayor's youth employment and education program. i just have a few questions because i wanted to ask of the school district just to clarify a few points around this proposal. idon't know if this is a good time to ask this questionor i could wait until after other discussion . >> . [please stand by]
>> supervisor safai: -- really, really elevating the importance of dcyf and how we will continue to tackle so many of the shortcomings and so many of the areas that we can help in this city and our public education system, whether it's through foundation support, whether it's through institutional support and staffing support, so much of what has allowed us to get through this year has been about the work that they've done, so i really, really and truly want to appreciate maria. i know she works seven days a week, along with director ginsburg in rec and park. they're working tirelessly to make these things work for us and help our children and help the city and unified school district be as successful as they can with the resources that they have.
so wanted to highlight that. would like to be added as a cosponsor, as well, and i think this is just the beginning -- as supervisor ronen said, this is not the end of the work that we're going to do, this is an on going work that we're going to continue to elevate and strengthen the community, and i'm totally committed to this, as well. >> chair haney: thank you, supervisor safai. i'd like to jump into the presentation, and if there's anything you'd like to add, director su, we'd like to hear how this is going to fit into the larger education of young people over the summer. >> thank you, chair haney. thank you to every member of the board of supervisors. just reflecting on the fact that we are at a one-year --
i'm not sure if we want to call it an anniversary, but the one-year mark of shelter in place. it's been a long year, and a long year in particular for our children and families. i just want to thank you for your support of me. supervisor safai, you said that i work seven days. you do, too. every one of you. every single time i've called you, you've answered my calls, you've helped me through this, because, as our mayor stated, in the beginning of this whole pandemic, it will take a village to get our children and families back on track. and a village is what we've created. i'm just so, so honored and proud to be able to partner with my partner in good, phil ginsburg over at the rec and park department, and honestly, it's not just phil. it's his entire department who
literally stepped up, stepped in, and rolled up their sleeves and said what can we do. also, those at the libraries stepped up and steps in. and every single person who said yes to us -- department of i.t. who went out and helped us wire all of our public facilities. from the department of public health to make sure there are no holes in our community hubs. these are some of the lessons that we have learned during this pandemic. i don't know which supervisor said it, but you're absolutely right. we need to learn how do we do government better, and how do we do partnerships better because we absolutely need to learn to build these coalitions.
i wanted to take this time to share with you the latest coalition that we are building in san francisco. we're calling it summer together. i do have a slide deck. i know that we're short on time. i wonder if i could just run through the slide deck quickly? can i do that, chair haney? >> chair haney: yes. >> madam clerk, can i -- great. >> so the summer program that we're building is summer together. we are building a free summer learning program in which we will bring in the nonprofits, the business partners, our city departments and pretty much anyone who's willing to pitch in to help, to help with getting sites ready, help with
donations, help with supporting our families. we're working on building a virtual platform for all of our school children. as you mentioned, it has been a really tough year. all of the presentations you presented, supervisors, have talked about dealing with the severe mental health and stress on our communities, and this here is to help support our children, youth, and families. don't need to go into details. our children have struggled with accessing the remote learning that our school district has been providing. our young people are missing being with their family -- with their friends, seeing their teachers, being with each other, and, of course, hearing
with pediatricians, our young people are also experiencing a lot of mental health issues as a result of the isolation and the lack of connections that they need. and, of course, we know that all of these things are exacerbated in our marginalized communities, but there is hope. we need to now pivot into creating a summer for recovery, and that's what this is all about. we are going to double down on all of our children. we are going to make sure that we focus our summer programs towards continuity of learning, supplementing the traditional summer camps and summer programs that we always have. we're going to build inside our summer programs curriculums to combat learning loss.
we're going to build inside our summer programs comprehensive supports for these young people and their families, and, yes, we're going to build inside these programs mental health supports for these kids. we're going to ensure that learning happens everywhere, but we're going to make sure that there's fun, as well. we're going to have to work on our school district to ensure that young people, particularly juniors and seniors who need the additional credits to graduate will get them, and we're going to infuse ethnic studies into these programs.
we're going to start soon. we need to work with our children to make them understand that we are all in this together. it's not an us against them situation. we are all in this together. so what does that mean? we are looking at providing all of our sfusd families and children opportunities for independent learning, and this means partnering with our public libraries to ensure that there are books that children can take and keep in their homes to build their own libraries. we're also building out special programs that are geared towards virtual support for families who still feel that virtual programming is the right thing for them and their children. we're going to build academic in-person learning for 20,000 children. it's going to be very focused on integrating academics during the day so that children can have the opportunity to catch
up, and then, in the afternoon hours, they continue to have their summer fun and, you know, bowling and just enjoying themselves in the summer. we're partnering with rec and park to standup the usual phenomenal rec and park programs. we're also offering scholarships for families who choose to go to other types of camps and programs. and i also talked about the virtual supports that we will be providing for all of our children. just want to emphasize that it's not just dcyf. although i greatly appreciate your acknowledgement of dcyf, it is all hands on deck. we have rec and park centers that are going to open up for their phenomenal rec and park programs. we are looking at over --
operating school district sites in partnership with sfusd so we can make sure those curriculums lineup with those children. we are working with our libraries, we are reaching out to all of these private camps so that they can offer spots for our children, and we are hiring thousands and thousands of teachers and youth development professionals and other support staff to join me in making this a reality. i'm grateful that we have the school district, the libraries, and better together s.f., and out partners at head start. for families who are interested in this initiative, please go
to summertogether.org, and enter your information so that you can learn more. we will start registration in april, to stay tuned for -- so stay tuned for that, and we will have more information as the days get closer to april. thank you. >> chair haney: thank you, director su, who, i'm sure, some of my colleagues have questions or comments now, as well, but i did want to turn it back over to supervisor mar, who had some questions for miss moggy, who is here from sfusd. >> supervisor mar: just wanted to say thank you for your presentation. super excited for this. yeah, i did have a few
questions for miss mogge for some of the items that came up and director su for her proposal and the investment in early college internships and college interest models, and particularly around the existing funding for this program because it is a model that the city college and district have been developing for a few years. so yeah, i -- i -- so i guess the first question is just wanted to confirm that the city has funded high school internships programs with a pipeline to college classes over the past through years through -- through -- i -- past few years through -- through -- i believe through eraf funding, and i believe without renewed source of funding, the program expansion to 600 students over
the last few years -- per year over the last few years would need to be cutback drastically, and you would no longer be able to support a significant number of high school students along the path to internships, college credits, and future careers. can you just -- yeah. >> hi, supervisor mar, and chair haney, and members of the board of supervisors. thank you so much for that question. yes, the college and career team has been able to implement this program prior to the eraf funding to about 63 to 64 students. and thank you to director su and to the board of supervisor to allow us to use the eraf funding. in the last few years, we were able to build an infrastructure to support 600 students total, so the additional funding did allow us to do that. as the funding will end in the spring, nard to continue the same amount of students, we
will require the additional amount for the summer. i think for the amount that was allocated this summer, we would be able to go actually up to 800 students, and i think we're -- that's a very exciting number for us. the students will be able to not only benefit from in-person internships and virtual classes. i think this will be just a great pipeline for our students, as you said, to work in a lot of city agencies including sfusd. >> supervisor mar: thanks. and the next question is similar, but it's about the -- the -- the -- the state government has created a $4.6 billion fund for -- to
address learning loss for students, and these are things that school districts can apply for and access. i guess whether the [inaudible] would be able to qualify for this funding, and, yeah. >> sorry. i think i have a bad connection, so i'm going to turnoff my video. am i back? >> supervisor mar: yeah, you're back. >> i think it's a.b. 88 -- a.b. 86, i'm sorry, for the learning loss fund, it is actually meant to be dealing with in-person learning and services. the in-person, it'll be an
internship. however, the classes will still be virtual. in addition to that, while we will be receiving the funding with just our summer funding, we're already exceeding our budget, and trying to figure out how we can maximize our funds and support these programs, as well. this will be a super great benefit for our high school students, however, we are still trying to manage the funds that we are receiving from the state to support our summer programming that will be in person. >> supervisor mar: great. thank you for that. i don't have any other questions, chair haney. >> chair haney: thank you, supervisor mar. colleagues, any other questions or comments on this item? i did want to thank, again, director su and her team for
their extraordinary work, and this really is an effort that's happening together, and we are all stepping up for all of our kids, really, in approximate a year that has been one of the toughest imaginable for them. they've been kept out of in-person learning. many of the opportunities for social, emotional, physical, wellness, have been taken away, and for that reason, at the soonest moment that we're able to step up and be there them, programming -- there for them, programming, we need to be, and i think when we had the opportunity for this surplus to provide some additional support, i spoke with supervisors chan, ronen, and melgar, and all of us felt immediately -- and i know it was reflective of the entire committee and the board, that we needed to invest in our kids and our families, and thankfully, with your leadership, with the mayor's
leadership, we were able to have it be part of this broader commitment. and now with supervisor mar and sfusd, we can also include in a really creative innovative proactive way our high school students, so this is -- as everyone has said, something that is a very appropriate needed use of the funds that we have, and i really am proud of the work that has everyone has done, and now, we have a lot of work to do. so this is the commitment that we have to have to our young people as a city going into the
fall not only to makeup for what has happened over the last year but what we now has been underfunding and undersupporting of so many of our young people for so long, so i hope this is an opportunity to change direction with a much greater commitment and collaboration all-around. so support su or miss mogi, anything you want to add before we move onto the next item? >> chair haney, i do want to add a couple more things. i know supervisor melgar brought this up to me. we should be able to add additional spaces that will be colocating, as well. to be able to increase the numbers. thank you so much for that feedback, and we do want to continue to work together with this not, you know, outside of the funds that supervisor mar has been supporting us. and also, including i really
appreciated supervisor ronen's feedback on spring board. i'm glad this has been going on with our schools even before the summer. any kind of more direct -- i know that director su has just been incredible with us about hearing what are some other interventions that are working but can be extremely expensive, but she has been trying to find additional funds from philanthropic funds. it's a lot to collaborate, and i'm learning very quickly, but it's been a wonderful opportunity, and we're really grateful for all the additional funding that's coming for our students, all of the students
in the city, so thank you. >> chair haney: thank you. i will note that many of the supervisors that we have here are parents of sfusd children, and they bring their expertise and their knowledge and their commitment, so i think you have a very supportive and understanding but also people who really do want to see this get done, and they have the personal experience and knowledge of that, as well. and so especially thank you to the authors of this, the moms, because this is the kind of commitment that we have. so is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> yes, chair -- yes, chair
haney. there is. you're talking about -- >> chair haney: item 4. >> item 4, excuse me. so item 4 is a proposed ordinance that would appropriate $15 million in property tax revenues to the department of children, youth, and their families for a summer learning program for children? as described on page 19 of our report, dcyf estimates that the proposed appropriation would fund approximately 10,000 slots for an approximate nine-week summer program. we do consider the program to be a policy for board of supervisors matters. >> chair haney: great. thank you. so seeing no further comments or questions from the board -- or, sorry, from the committee, we are going to take amendments for this item when we -- after we discuss item 3, and we're
going to bring all of it together in one, so with that, we are going to move to item 3, which has also already been called, and i would ask -- i'd like to ask diana ponce del de to present on the city grant and loan programs to provide relief to small businesses affected by covid-19. >> thank you, chair haney and board members, to present to the board. we're seeking $20 million of property tax revenue to the office of economic and workforce development in fiscal year 2021 for a grant program to provide relief to over 2,000
low-income small businesses across the city. it's been a year since our shelter in place order, where we've seen many of our businesses closed and our loved ones impacted by covid, and i would like to take a moment, too, to honor your partnership in this relationship. while i was at covid command and using our framework of equity, we hit some of the hardest hit neighborhoods to make sure we had access to testing and vaccines, and together with our staff, we joined the departments of public health, department of emergency management, and others to make sure that our neighborhoods that were most impacted were able to be supported during this very difficult time. so i just want to acknowledge that because we worked so closely with your staff, and i know that all of us have had to take on additional roles in order to support the communities in san francisco.
with that, in addition, invest in neighborhoods was able to set up actually a p.p.e. distribution center in partnership with the port and was able to deliver p.p.e. to organizations so they could get this out to small businesses as reopening was happening. in addition, we've allocated 24 million in small business loans and grants over that same period and supported over 1,000 businesses through that allocation, of which about 57% of those awardees were women owned businesses and 67% were minority owned businesses. so while we're at reopening again, we have to keep our eye on the prize and really looking to the partnership in terms of working towards recovery, getting vaccinated, and making sure that our neighborhood corridors are supported and our small businesses. so today, i am going to be
reviewing the proposal for the $20 million allocation that, once again, that's for city dollars allocated. we know that there's a greater allocation coming from the federal government, but what this does, it helps provide immediate relief for those businesses while we wait and collaborate to make sure that those dollars get to our small businesses here in san francisco. so with that, i am going to be quickly sharing my screen and presenting on this item. excuse me while i do that. i do want to say that i shared a very expansive deck with you
all today that i'm not going to be getting into, but it went into how we were going to be spending the $20 million and the impact that our grants have had on our small businesses. so with that, i'm just going to go ahead and go into the slide that covers this specific appropriation. so the 20 million appropriated would be divided in small business loans for all the resources that we have. now the proposal that you will see before us today was a result of feedback that we received from multiple
stakeholders, one-on-one meetings, focus groups, and some of our stakeholders? and what we heard from them was many were tired of applying things for things that they would not qualify for or would run out before they would get to them. we also heard that they wanted a desire to remove barriers to those who needed the funds most, like minority or low-income businesses or maybe legacy businesses or in cultural districts or really serving our low-income neighborhoods of color. so with that, we created two grant programs of which we proposed two different pathways. one would be in the small business storefront equity
grant, and the other the community storefront anchors grants what you will see is that we focused on the storefront specifically that serve our community of san francisco. the total amount of awards with this proposal would reach 1,580 small businesses, so -- and i'm going to go into a little bit in detail about each of these grants and what the qualifications and the criteria are. for the small business storefront equity, that one has no limitation in terms of employees. it could be a business owner that's running it. there is no limitation there. the grant is up to 5,000 -- it's actually $5,000. not up to, but it is a $5,000 grant, and it focuses on those businesses that were closed by the restrictions at least six months? the bars and restaurants and
salons that could not reopen. they were barred from reopening by our public health order. the businesses that were located in communities. some criteria was if the business had made less than $2 million in gross revenue, had not received loans exceeding $5,000 or loans exceeding $20,000 and they must be from low or extremely low-income households. the start date -- this is one thing that we heard from some of the businesses that had started between june and december had been left out of federal programs, they wanted to be out of this. in this case, we would really limit the amount of paperwork in this category so that we can make sure that we're getting
the funds out to businesses as fast as possible. in the next category, community storefronts, you may have noticed that there's two amounts there. one for 10,000 and one for 25,000. the amount category would be based on number of employee. the amount for -- in the 10,000 realm would be for those businesses that have employees from five to nine, and anything above ten would be -- they would be allowed to apply for the $25,000 grant. now, this is precovid numbers, so part of this from the feedback reflects the opportunity that they will have to hire, hopefully, their employees back and continue their strong -- to serve strongly in the neighborhoods that they serve. so these would be community storefront anchors such as businesses that are 15 years or older, entertainment venues, and for those that are located
in cultural districts or opportunity neighborhoods, they would have to be five years or older in order to qualify. there's also been a setaside for life entertainment venues in this $20 million of 1.5. and the minimum, once you do meet any of those categories, is you must make less than $10.5 million of gross revenue, and this one, you must prove at least 20% loss of revenue, and nonprofits may qualify also within this category, and they will need to provide proof of eligibility. and the application process is going to be on-line, again, based on the feedback that we received, we limited the
categories to really be targeted to businesses, so we're proposing to have a survey up front with so much of these minimum qualifiers where they wouldn't need extra documentation before a business even applies so they can know if they'll really qualify or not, so that's what we're adding as a new part based on feedback that we received. for the loans, so currently, we are -- our total loan portfolio has been 14.6 in response to covid? we are proposing an additional $7.3 million as part of this appropriation. so the 7.3, we're proposing 3.4 will be for immediate investment in the state's california rebuilding fund. this initial investment will leverage, we're expecting, up to $10 million in loan capital with this partnership. and then, 3.9 would be available after this first
phase, depending on demand of this loan product. so in terms of the loan proposal and the loan details, again, this is a partnership with the california rebuilding fund, so the loan requirements would be based on that partnership, so it's a maximum of up to $100,000. the interest rates, which is what we're buying down, also, to make these terms more attractive and favorable to some of our small businesses in neighborhoods in san francisco would be 2.5%. no principle payment for the first 12 months, and all of these funds would be flexible in emergency room its of what the business owners need and what they see best to use the funds for. in this case, it would be the eligibility of 50 or fewer
employees as of march 2020, and the gross revenue requirements will be based on 2019. the net positive income, 2019 again, and they must have been in operation since june 30, 2019. and with that, that concludes my piece of the presentation. i also have colleagues -- oh, sorry. one more thing. so the 300,000 is for the application to help support both application, marketing of our products, again, in preparation for federal resources coming on-line, trying to make sure that our local partners and c.b.o.s are ready to responsibility and connect our businesses to some of these resources. we also understand that there is a federal program that will be boosting our support, but we want to make sure that we're building our capacity and getting ready for that, which
is what we heard in the b.l.a. report and the report. with that, that concludes my presentation, and i and my colleagues are available for any questions that you may have. thank you. >> chair haney: thank you so much, miss ponce de leon for your work and your very thorough presentation. colleagues, do you have any questions or comments? supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: sorry. thank you, miss ponce de leon. thank you for your presentation. one of the things that i want trying to understand was the reasoning behind -- and i'm glad we're moving so quickly. this has been helpful. trying to understand -- i saw one thing you pointed out was a
limitation was that if someone had received a loan of 20,000, that they would not be eligible for certain types of the grants. i know, for instance, talking to a lot of the businesses, many of them are in debt between 50, 60, 80, $100,000 and they're taken on loans, some of which, obviously, are forgivable, if they keep employees employed and themselves just in terms of payroll. just trying to understand why we would add that limitation because it seems as though if you've set the gross receipts of the business, you're going to be targeting lower income business, lower gross revenue generating businesses, so i want to understand why you guys put that in there? >> yeah, so that was based on the feedback we received of really the intent of trying to reach businesses that have not had access to basically loans, grants, or very little in very
small amounts, so that was the intent behind that. >> supervisor safai: has that been the case? is that what you've heard, that you haven't had businesses -- because i think a lot of the businesses have had access to some form or another, even a small amount, but i just feel like we certainly wouldn't want to exclude people based on the current requirements. is that flexible or is that a hard rule in terms of the way you've set up the program? >> no, that's definitely flexible. again, it was based on the feedback in trying to narrow that, but that's -- yes, we're open to your feedback on that. >> supervisor safai: okay. great. i think it's been great. i know a few of the businesses that have benefited from some of the grants in our district. i assume, when you say excelsior, does that also include lakeview in my district?
excelsior is a specific neighborhood, but lakeview is in mine. i know you were in charge of the person in investing in neighborhoods in any district for a long time, so that included or excluded in the neighborhoods that are named? ? >> so the opportunity neighborhoods are specific corridors, which is -- excelsior's covered. however, o.m.i. is not covered. however, all neighborhoods can qualify if they're low-income, right, household businesses, and they haven't receive any amount of, like, support currently. so they would still be able to qualify, and that applies citywide if they meet that criteria. so it would be one of the categories. either your opportunity neighborhood or you've been closed, like, like, the barber shops -- we have a few salons and barber shops along broad and randolph. >> supervisor safai: right. >> that would qualify as long
as they haven't -- >> supervisor safai: i know you have a larger -- i guess it, bayview, chinatown, excelsior, mission, and tenderloin, and it says serving communities of color. i wonder if it was an oversight not to include o.m.i., but to call them out specifically. are we able to do that? >> so again, i think they would qualify under one of these criterias, so it exists under one of the criteria that they would qualify. so it's called down specifically to one of our neighborhoods of opportunity -- >> supervisor safai: but the o.m.i. is not an opportunity neighborhood? >> that's correct. >> supervisor safai: oh, okay. well, i guess we've got to talk about that, too. then. thank you. those are my only questions. >> thank you.
>> chair haney: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thank you. first want to thank miss ponce de leon and the mayor's office for much needed financial support to small businesses, particularly those that have not been able to benefit from the prior opportunities. and i also want -- want to present or propose an amendment to this, and a small expansion, really, to create the fund for small business victims of crimes, and this is to address an important and overlooked program that has been harming our communities throughout this pandemic on top of concerns about our public health and restrictions on businesses, our commercial corridors suffer from the added insult and injury of crime, burglaries, vandalism, arson, and their aftermath. while the overall crime rate
has gone down, crime incidents like these compromise the safety and feeling of safety for other businesses, residents, and patrons, and for groups who are already being racially targeted during covid-19, like the asian american community, criminal attacks on minority businesses, and cultural communities have exacerbated harm and fear, and we need to do better as a city in response. while we continue to work with law enforcement agencies to investigate crimes, we must respond immediately and provide tangible support to small neighborhood businesses that have been victimed of crimes, and we -- victims of crimes, and we must also invest in their overall safety along the corridor. so this will directly support storefront small businesses with financial relief in the after math of a crime to restore the harm done. not only will we try to make businesses whole by addressing the direct proper damage and costs as a result of crime, we
can make them even better. the fund will also allow small businesses to make capital improvements that enhance security and [inaudible] and this could be for a replacement lock, a new security gate, fixing an alarm system, adding new lighting. when we invest in one business, we support the security of businesses nearby and the safety of people in that community. and colleagues, in all of our districts, we have heard of the heart break that comes from a storefront is attacked, and we know of the trust that someone -- we know of the trust that something will be done by the city, so i look forward to working closely with oewd and law enforcement agencies to make this program a success, and i'm glad this program is being considered as one part of many. thanks. >> thank you, supervisor. looking forward to that, also. >> chair haney: thank you, supervisor mar, and thank you for your leadership on that,
and i absolutely agree. i've heard from, you know, a lot of businesses in my district, as i'm sure we all have around the property image. even when they're not open as much or some have been closed altogether, and they've experienced property damage, i think this will also add a needed supplement and support that we can provide to small businesses who have suffered in many ways through no fault of their own because they've lost revenue, because of changes in what the city can allow with our health orders or required closures or, in some cases, damage to their businesses, so i think it's absolutely consistent with what we're doing with this overall approach, and i'm going to be happy to support it as part of the overall amendments that we're going to take today. i -- i -- so what i would like
to do, we do have another -- >> clerk: chair haney, supervisor ronen is requesting to speak. >> chair haney: sure. didn't see her name there. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. i'm having one of those days where i didn't have my charger, and so i'm participating my phone. i can't figure out, from my phone, how to put my hand on the roster. madam clerk, thank you for having my back. just very simply, i just wanted to, a, welcome deanna ponce de leon back to oewd. thank you so much for what you did as an emergency worker, but our small businesses need you, and you're such an amazing champion for them, so-so glad
you're back. thank you. >> thank you for that. >> supervisor ronen: and i just wanted to thank my colleagues, all of you, and just really say that i'm very proud of oewd, the mayor, and this board's work to champion small businesses. we have collectively somehow, and really, over many years, and probably unintentionally, made it very difficult for small businesses to open, grow, and survive in the city. as we know, it is the vehicle for so many people to pursue their passions, and also to be their own bosses, and to be able to earn a living in a way that is on their own terms, and it's such an important part of economic development, not only for communities that are often left out of traditional paths
towards economic freedom, really, but it's also -- it's one of the biggest job creators in the city. and i just feel very proud to be part of this board of supervisors and to work in conjunction with this mayor and our collective attention and support to small businesses that frankly have been left behind and ignored for way too long. so i think the budget supplemental with supervisor mar's excellent addition -- businesses in my district have been victim to property crimes and just can't afford it more so now than always. i just wanted to chime in to really thank all of my colleagues and to thank oewd for all of your tremendous work and to say it is time to focus
on the small business community and to really make material changes to help them succeed. and the last thing i'll say is, you know, this nightmare of this pandemic has -- has shifted our perspective in such a radical way that i feel like we're finally focused on the essential right places, and they're so little to appreciate about this pandemic, that focusing on these small businesses in approximate an economic and tangible way is long overdue, and i really appreciate everyone's, you know, service, you know, working together to do that. thank you. >> chair haney: supervisor ronen, thank you. you can always let the clerk
know you want to speak, and i really appreciate your comments. i think oewd has done a tremendous job in working and supporting businesses during this time. we appreciate their work on this and thank the mayor on bringing this forward and are glad that we're going to be able to supplement it in a number of ways, both with an additional investment in small businesses that have experienced property damage as well as an increase in the support for our independent music venues who were some of the first to close and the last to reopen and many of them have been closed throughout this last year. many have not received support from other sources and are really struggling to survive these last couple of months and, i know, we can't imagine our city without our
performance venues, or arts venues, and the music and culture they provide to our city, so i'm glad we are going to be able to increase support for those venues. i know we have some other changes that i'm going to describe in the amendments. there's also additional support for shared spaces in this proposal, and i don't know if that is something that you would, miss ponce de leon, that you would present on or someone else from the mayor's office would present on, but there are some other things that i want to focus on, some of the critical investments that we're going to be able to make today. >> so what i can say about the amendments is that this proposal currently for the 20 million, so definitely happy to -- those other pathways -- incorporate and work with the board on how to best -- you
know, do we need a separate program? do we added, you know, the separate options that exist so that we make sure we're hitting the target as intended for those funds. so it would be incorporated as part of our existing programs or pathways. so whether it's this or others, that's what we'd be looking at. >> chair haney: great. thank you for that. so i think what i'm going to do now is i'm actually going to -- and i know risa sandler is here from the controller's office, and i want to make sure that everyone is fully aware of the set of things that we are going to be voting on today, which have been circulated to all of you, which are, of course, the things that have been presented to us, with items 2, 3, and 4, but also some additional amendments, some special expansions, some of which have been discussed by supervisor mar, in some cases, and there
are a few other things that i want to make sure we are all clear on. so the amendments have been circulated, and the amendments include part of items 2 and 4 and were related to the projected spending proposal related to the six months' surplus. they provide relief to families, small businesses, cultural centers, cultural districts, youth learning, and will also help to prevent opioid overdoses, and i can speak to that item specifically. but i wanted to ask risa sandler from the controller's office if she might be able to go through this itemized list and answer any questions about the specific line items. and then, i also, after that,
want to call on president walton to speak on one of these items. miss sandler? >> supervisor, sure. i'm risa sandler from the controller's office, and i think what i've been asked to do is explain the contents of what's before you. as supervisor haney said, what's before you is two other supplementals plus what was included in what we call the small business supplemental. so there are several items there related to small business relief. there is one change, one amendment to the dollar amount that was listed in the original supplemental for small business grants. that was reduced by 1.5 million, and that was allotted to another item, i
think it was the small venue recovery. another was 2.5 million for shared spaces, 1 million for small businesses impacted by property crime, and a total of 3 million for the music and entertainment venue recovery. in arts, entertainment support, there are a number of items that were pulled as they were initially in the mayor's proposed hotel, arts -- hotel tax arts supplemental, and those were for the arts, cultural arts, and endowment equity. additional items were 1.1 for cultural districts, and then, 1 million labelled as a contingency loss in case there's additional loss in decreased hotel revenue that comes in. there's another $5 million that's looking ahead to what
fund, along with a reserve. and that's based on the $125 million that our service projected minus the rent relief and housing proposal and the items that i outlined above, and that's the summary. >> chair haney: sorry. having issues. thank you for that. i want to say to my colleagues, we have heard most of these items today. there are some key ones that i think have not been spoken to
today. in the small business and entertainment venues, there's some support that is so important. we're all aware of the venue recovery fund that's been put forth where these funds will go to, some additional funds for shared spaces, and then, in the proposal for arts, there's a slight increase because of the additional losses, projected losses in the hotel tax in the current year as well as some additional funds for the cultural districts, and then, $5 million for next -- next year, when we, unfortunately, expect there to be a shortfall. and then, in the youth summer learning piece, we had an increase of 2.7 million, which will go to the sfusd dual college enrollment, and then, there are a couple things that
are true but are also programs that i know you all are very supportive of and are aware of. [inaudible] >> chair haney: sorry. somebody's either trying to speak or not on mute. okay. so with that, i want to turn it over to -- quickly, before i turn it over to president walton, i did want to ask you to speak to the shared spaces part of the small business support. this is something that is new and just want to make sure that everyone understands for the record how this will be used. [please stand by]
is a steep climb so this additional money is very intentional and important and i think it helps compliment some of the things that deanna was saying in the targeted neighborhoods where you might not necessarily see this. so, i'm a big pro phone pa prone ant ofthis and we've be shared spaces program so this will help allow more businesses that have not been able to afford to get this off the ground to get it going and up and running so thank you for that clarification. >> thank you supervisor safai and your leadership on this issue and so there's one thing that i wanted to actually turn it over to president walton to speak to. there's a new piece of our over all proposal that we're going to vote on today which is a program i know we're familiar with but
needs additional support and helped to ensure urgent and critical resources for some of the families and individuals in our city who have not been able to access other types of support and who are. >> i just want to thank all of my colleagues. if you remember, during the early parts of this pandemic, when we figured out that even though support was coming from the federal stimulus, and there was some additional supports from the state, we realized there were populations of folks here in our city that were not going to be a beneficiary of those particular opportunities and so, we worked together to put legislation in place to provide family relief for those
individuals who were not eligible for that type of support and fortunately we worked closely together with the mayor's office and did not have to do it through the legislative process and we did a lot of philanthropy and we pulled resources from our own budget to make sure we provided their family relief. the money did not go far enough and we want to make sure the resources are available for family relief. we were promised an additional $5 million for family relief. we haven't located the total amount so we're going to be asking for 2 million and this supplemental to go in along with our right to recover and it's something that we all are familiar with and we've been working with our essential hubs here and working on gaging with the needs of our communities and written relief has been one of the most major supports that
have been requested as well as the loss of income support and we need this continued funding in order to help our residents during this pandemic and so that they can meet their basic needs and whether it's for rent, bills, clothing, food, and of course support of education materials that are needed and during our first round of family relief, we distributed resources to over 4,900 families and we exhausted the resources and as i mentioned before, we're promising a million more and so this is going to help us fulfill the promise of making sure that we address the gap for those families that need resources that don't qualify and these are four uncockmented families and people we actually rely on to do our jobs everyday and for survival and right now, we have a couple of thousand families who are not waiting list and i'm
excite today announce this $2 million which is included in the community amendment that's have been circulated so thank you chair haney and i want to thank just the entire board and the championship for supporting the opportunities for families and have no other plays to turn to. >> thank you. president walton, thank you for your leadership. i think we all agree that seeing there were some additional resources available this year we had to put it in the pockets of people who were left out of other forms of support from the federal or state government or who have been most impacted by this crisis and most in need of additional resource and support and i think that program is obviously reflective of both of those priorities.
so, colleagues, we have a number of, w. i shouldn't say say number, we have sort of a collective set of amendment amendmentswe're going to take at to actually is, before we do that, i think we can end with that. i want to now go to public comment for items 2, 3 and 4. and again we are having one minute per speaker, madam clerk, can you open up public comment for items 2, 3 and 4. >> yes, mr. chair. we are checking to see if there are any callers of the queue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on items 2, 3 and 4 press star 3 to be added to the queue and for those on hold wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. >> yes there are 15 callers in the queue.
to the folks providing these services in your community and find if there are gaps and talk to us about it but i really appreciate keeping our arts community who else. we're really devastated. a lot of us are unemployed and they're struggling so this helpful. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: thank you, very much. supervisor of the budget and finance committee. i'm here to urge your support for the agenda number 2. requesting full funding for all eight cultural districts of san francisco for this and next fiscal year. active member of the japan town cultural district and our community has been on the verge of disappearing for the last 20 years and after struggling with the devastating and in late
60s and 60s and 20 years after returning and reestablishing japan town that was decimated as we triple back from release in german camps. specifically, if we loose japan town community district all of our energy to protect, preserve, plan for our future community will be for not. we will lose our dedicated staff and we will surely, as japan town, chip by chip from the face of san francisco. you have all made tremendous efforts during this pandemic. we deeply appreciate your commitment to our city and our communities. we support and ask -- >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: hi, my name is marie sorenson. i'm with ia24.
cultural districts define who we are as a city. cultural districts are the soul of our city. where we are necessary partners with the city, cultural districts are, and with businesses, residents, artists and the history of our town. we need to help define the past, the present and where we will be in the future and in terms of the cultural district, we have been instrumental in testing and helping vaccinate. this is how important cultural districts are. please, support item number 2. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, chair haney and supervisors. i'm rachel. an artist and arts and cultural
administrator. thank you haves for your support. it's no coincidence that cultural districts are experiencing compounding impacts of this pandemic. our people are being attacked, excluded and pushed out. because of prop e funding and the support for -- districts are not one size fits all. this funding, prior to the short falls resulting from shelter in place, did not cover our baseline needs. this amendment is crucial in moving the cultural heritage, housing economics, sustainable strategy that we're partnering with the city on to be accountable to our diverse neighborhoods. in turn, we'll continue to lift up our unsung heroes because of that women know that we will come out of this pandemic stronger with new creative healing spaces and more public arts honor and make history. thank you. >> thank you for your comments.
next speakers, please. >> caller: hello, i've been a resident and voter in district 8 for 40 years. i wrote a one-minute statement to urge you all to suppose art the full allocation for the cultural districts. after hearing the comments from the members of the budget committee they would have been redundant and you brought up all my points. i wanted to thank the sponsors who are on the committee, ronen, haney and walton. it was either mar or safai who asked to be added to it as a sponsor and thank you so so much. i echo japan town must survive before we are further decimated.
thank you. >> caller: i'm the director of diversity equity and community for the san francisco opera. we're in district 6. under supervise or haney. thank you for your subpoena or support forthe arts. we are large, small and mid sized organizations but we're one arts culture community and we stand in solidarity with each other as we're all part of this healthy arts echo system and i want to give a special shout out to supervisor ronen for the comments it will serve to honor the voters. i want you to remember we're one of the largest employers in northern california that supports eight unions and a thousand employees and we're doing everything we can to keep people played and i also want to
remember we are all traumatized and we can process that trauma through arts and culture programs that serve as a mechanism for healing, building communities and i'm so excited that this bill was moving forward and. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, you are unmuted. >> perhaps we can circle back to this caller and take the next
one. >> caller: so, supervisors, you have made so many amendments and you are ramblings have been so long and you are just giving us a minute. so, i know how to deal with a situation by writing what i need to write about. this pandemic has allowed us to see how young can respond to the people. so, i'm going to give you all a rating. it's f . having said that, i'm going to address my comments on my blog because y'all have not even fulfilled the standard of brown act. making drastic changes without any input, without any meaningful discussion, from we, the taxpayers who pay your
weekend our culture workers are grieving and as relive the closing of our doors on our middle eastern co production, 365 days ago we grieve the disappearance of over two years of work cumulatively from inspiring black future narratives and mythology to our latinx centered work calling out displacement and it's tenuous if we do not receive funding from the supplemental and our workers who inspire our future world are desperate for groceries, basic healthcare needs, meeting the rent and the basic human need to be valued by us. thank you mayor and supervisors for supporting this critical supplemental and the will of the voters in support of san francisco cultural sector which is facing defamation. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, this is allison collins, commissioner, and vice president
have -- the cultural districts are going to provide intrinsic in the recovery of the city and i thank you for this stanely cup mental. it will help the current a cultural and future cultural districts in full recovery and. >> i wanted to comment on item number 2. the american indian cultural district of made up of two full time staff and a coalition of eight organizations and elders working to make up for decades of systematic racism in the city and we have community members excited about having a homebase in the city on our own native land and losing funding for our staff of you're cultural district and only undermining
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