tv Board of Supervisors SFGTV September 21, 2021 10:00pm-2:01am PDT
>> caller: i'm sorry, i'm in support. i must have gotten in the line too soon. >> clerk: so do we have another caller who is in support of the appeal or perhaps against the project? we're taking public testimony from those callers only. >> madam clerk, there are no more people in the queue. >> clerk: thank you very much. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. public comment is now closed. and now we will have of the 10 minutes for representatives of the planning department. i believe that we have ryan anderin starr on. >> good afternoon, aaron starr, with legislative affairs for the planning department. i'm joined by ryan, one of our new planners, who is also a planner on this case and he'll present for the planning
department today. we'll both be available for questions after. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. the planner with the sf planning department. this is to uphold or overturn the approval of the conditional use authorization for this establishment of a cannabis retail use measuring 2,055-square-feet of vacant commercial space. within a two-story mixed use building. the project report authorization for this establishment of a cannabis retail use within the excelsior outer mission neighborhood district. the three issues are in the written appeal, that the project will contribute to clustering, that the project is in an area with a high density of children and that there was a lack of appropriate outreach to monolingual residents. and in response to the first issue, the planning code establishes a 600-foot buffer around parcels for which a valid
permit has been issued from the city's office of cannabis. for a cannabis retailer or a medicinal cannabis retailer. the project does not fall within 600 foot buffer. further, this application is the first cannabis retail application that has been approved since the legalization of adult use cannabis in late 2017. as such, the planning commission did not find this project contributes to clustering. regarding the second concern over the project being in an area of a high density of children, the planning commission found that the proposed project will not increase the access and exposure to cannabis. in addition to the code required buffers between cannabis retail locations and schools, the project has been designed to respond to this condition by placing a waiting and check-in area at the front of the tenant space, as well as ensuring that -- as well as ensuring that the cannabis products are never
visible from the exterior of the store. finally, over the lack of outreach to monolingual residents, the project sponsor had all outreach as required by the good neighbor policy. the virtual good neighbor meeting included a notice in english, spanish, traditional chinese and filipino, and the planning commission hearing for the project was also noticed for the city's language access rules. which include mail posting, and for the reason above the planning department recommends that the board uphold the planning commission's decision and in adopting 20933. and approving the conditional use authorization number 200-207152cua. thank you. >> president walton: thank you so much. colleagues, any questions for planning? i don't see anyone with
questions. and since we have no questions, we will now call up the project sponsor to speak for up to 10 minutes. and i believe that we have heidi henley and edward brown speaking on behalf of the project. are they available on teams? >> ms. brown is logged in. >> hello? >> president walton: hello? [echo] >> hi, you can hear me? >> president walton: yes. >> can we have the presentation brought up, please. >> president walton: hold on one second.
>> hello esteemed members of the board of supervisors and thank you for your time today. slide two, please. my name is heidi hanley and i'm here before you as a verified equity apkantd for 5801 mission street. a little bit about myself. i'm a mother of two and wife, i'm a mexican-american, native san franciscan and attended all k-12 grades in district 11, where the proposed site will be located. i'm an army veteran having served eight years. and i have over 14 years experience in the cannabis industry here in san francisco, being the second woman cannabis operator and the first latina legacy operator here in the city. slide three, please. the story is a lengthy one but i have a short timeline showing the facts. we opened stores in 2005 as a
grandfather dispensary and we were able allowed to move forward with a medical cannabis permit. in 2008 we became the third licensed at 1284 mission street and in 2018, we had our permit. we were hit with the blow in early 2019, and our landlord experienced a federal banking issue with their bank not supporting a cannabis tenant and after a good legal fight we were made to close our doors in december 2019. so the 11 years prior to closure, we operated and became an important part of the community in district 6. this slide is a letter of support from supervisor matt haney. slide four, please. the department of public health oversaw enforcement of a cannabis program for many years and still does today. this support letter is from the head of the department of public health cannabis program stating that relief operated in overall
good standing since 2008. slide five, please. and release has been about the community. we have provided discounts to veterans and seniors and disabled and had compassion programs. we support many advocacy groups and held events. this shows one of our neighborhood outreach events that we happily held for all of our street merchant neighbors and merchants as well as customers. over 200 were enjoyed that day. slide six, please. on june 10, 2021, the san francisco planning commission approved our project with the 4-2 vote with the following commitments. to bring a clean modern space to the area. we will operate an educational and multilingual experience at our dispensary. we will have a program for free cannabis for low-income
patients. we will be the first dispensary in the area to hold this policy we will conduct local job training and education for staff. we will also have a dedicated community liaison to support any community concerns. i present to you the reasons why we ask you to uphold the planning commission approval and to reject this appeal, edward brown. >> thank you, madam hanley. the matter before you is nothing more than one organization's shared opinion of our project. an opinion fueled by their -- next slide, please -- i'm sorry perfect. yep. so this is an opinion fueled by their stigma of legalized cannabis and thc products.
they have used negative information. and incorrectly stated it was not 40%, but 17% of the residents who supported this appeal which would have fallen short to have this matter heard today if not for the appellant's contributing land mass totaling 19.3%. next slide, please. this is a letter from the planning department as you just heard from ryan, suggesting that the decision to uphold the cua be upheld. next slide. the appellant's appeal point one. the appellant argues that three dispensaries are enough and anymore constitutes suffering. supervisors clustering for cannabis retail is not supported by any city code. the project represents increased cannabis access for the neighborhood as the nearest dispensary is 3,143 feet from our location. whereas the city only requires
us to be 600 feet away. the appellant does not dispense cannabis but their opinion here on the adequateness of meeting the community needs is not supported by their evidence. the appellant point two that you should not allow this dispensary because of the high density of children present near the project. ms. hanley as you heard have sensitive to the youth density concerns. to address this as you have heard from the planning department, the dispensary will not be designed to display any live cannabis products on the floor, nor will products be visible to children passing by. additionally, many of the youth facilities mentioned such as the learning hub by the appellant and their supporters, are adequately staffed and children are likely under adult supervision at all times.
and we can guarantee that the residents -- we can guarantee residents that you will never smell cannabis walking by as all of our products are pre-packaged. next slide. appeal point three. they argue that we did not do appropriate outreach to the monolingual residents. i myself, a black american, and ms. hanley, a mexican-american who is fluent in spanish, we approached the neighborhood with diversity in our hearts and genuinely and respectfully, holding all requested meetings and full transparency of the projects. it is our plan to offer cannabis retail support for the monolinkual and immigrant community. next slide. this is a letter to pastor gibbons which demonstrates proof
of our sincere intention to find common ground for neighborhood solutions. next slide. this is a follow-up letter to pastor gibbons, again, seeking to have communication regarding neighborhood solutions. the appellant has never responded to our letters. supervisors, you can draw your own conclusions why we were never given a response. next slide. supervisors, we acknowledge that every project before you has different concerns and different merits but we want to convene your wisdom and progression on cannabis designation. supervisor walton, you said that cannabis businesses are the most responsible businesses that we have. next slide. supervisor melgar, you spoke of approving cannabis projects to repair 100 years of criminalization. next slide. supervisor ronen, again,
mentionings the responsibility of cannabis businesses. next slide. supervisor preston, he called dispensaries a net benefit for neighbors. next slide -- now let me send this back to madam hanley for the last word of our presentation. >> thank you. supervisors, the appellant has not demonstrated a legal argument or alleged any wrong doing by the planning commission's decision. we urge you to vote with your conscience and uphold the decision to approve the first social equity project in district 11 and further san francisco's equity goals. thank you so much for your time >> supervisors, do we have more time on our clock? >> clerk: a minute 20. >> just very quickly i wanted to get to a couple points. our site has a parking lot in the back that is going to be able to prevent double parking
and also deliveries. so we can be able to deliver cannabis goods very safely and transparently because we do have a parking lot which is different from the other dispensaries in the district. secondly, we have reached out to the s.f. food bank and our parking lot is a back-up site for the sf food bank. we have heard the concerns that the neighbors have mentioned about lack of access to groceries and we intend on providing some services for that. and then, lastly, there was a note about heidi not being an equity applicant. at this time she's 100% owner and that's verified with the office of cannabis and she's met every single requirement that the office of cannabis has had. thank you for your time. >> president walton: thank you so much. and i don't see anyone on the roster for questions for the project sponsor.
so, madam clerk, we invite the members of the public who wish to speak in opposition of the appeal for public comment. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. i would like the interpreters to indicate that we are now taking public comment in opposition to the appeal or in support of the project. there will be up to two minutes for each caller. the telephone number is streaming on their screen, 1-(415)-655-0001. the meeting i.d. is 2492, 715, 3068. and press pound twice and you would have joined the meeting. and you will hear the discussion and you'll be muted and in the listening queue. if you are going to make comments on this matter, you will have to press star, 3, when it is your turn. the system will send you a prompt. listen carefully for you have been un-muted and begin speaking your comments.
thank you, madam clerk. >> clerk: thank you, very good. all right, operations can we hear from our first caller, please. >> caller: good afternoon, board of supervisors. it is an honor to speak with you today in support of this lease. i am greg ledbetter, the pastor of universal church of god and christ san francisco. i have lived in san francisco some 59 years. and i also am co-chair of black and brown just cannabis policies. i am a medical cannabis activist and a member of access and gloves san francisco. as a person of color, i urge the board to reject this appeal because it has no legal
standings. yes -- and support the conditions -- the conditional use granted to heidi hanley, the owner of this lease by our city's planning commission. if this was [indiscernible]we not be in this conversation. if it was a chinese herbal pharmacy, no one would oppose. so i ask you what is the difference? we had a compassion program since they opened their doors over a decade ago. the first latina owned. they should be approved on their merits as an asset to our city. don't be fooled. they are supported by every organization in the bay area.
in closing, compassion and equity, know what you know in your heart is right. please don't kill compassion in san francisco. bless you and thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. okay, operations, let's welcome the next caller who would like to provide testimony in opposition to the appeal or in support of the project. welcome, caller. >> caller: -- [coughing] >> hello, caller, can you hear us? we are listening to you. >> caller: thank you to listening to voices in the
community. my name is ryan miller and i was born in san francisco and i'm a marine corps veteran and educating veterans about cannabis. i'm glad that a member of the community mentioned the need for health services in the district since 2015, they have sponsored support for the most deserving portion of this city's military population, military veterans. veterans are double the rate of suicide than the general population. we have not only prevented suicide in soma but extended the length and enhanced the quality of life for our members. i'm glad that another community member mentioned trash. not only have i personally witnessed the owner of the leaf frequently picking up litter and sweeping the sidewalk in front of the leaf and adjacent businesses, but our veteran members have picked up dozens of trash bags of litter in soma and we stand by to ready to help to beautify the excelsior and outer
mission community. and many mentioned car break-ins and children. a recent review of 42 different studies revealed that crime in the proximity of cannabis dispensaries remains flat or decreases. teenage use in legalization states has fallen since legalization, and property values near dispensaries are not affected or even rise. enough fearmongering. the veteran members enthusiastically support this and we vote. thank you for listening. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. operations, let's welcome the next caller who is in opposition to the appeal and in support of the project. we have 53 listeners and 14 callers who are in the queue. welcome, caller.
>> caller: good afternoon, supervisors. my name is david goldman and a long-time resident of san francisco since 1973 and a homeowner since 1977 and a medical cannabis patient. i am also the president of the san francisco chapter of the valley mary democratic club, a club for cannabis policy reform (please stand by)
democratic club. >> clerk: we have 55 who are listening and 14 in the queue. if you are expecting to make public comment on behalf of the project sponsor and against the appeal, now is your opportunity to speak. let's welcome the next caller. welcome, caller. >> hi. my name is johnny [inaudible], the nation for first aid access, the country's largest medical cannabis organization. i am here to speak in behalf of luis. it would be a shame to see another legacy business
shutdown. dispensaries keep cannabis off the streets, keep citizens protected, provide security. dispensaries should be welcomed in san francisco, not reefer madness. thank you for your time. >> clerk: all right. operations, let's have our next caller who's in support of the project and in opposition to the appeal. all right. operations, let's go to the
next caller, please. >> yes, my name is sarah furman. i'm been a long time relief patient, and i oppose the -- i support relief because it does so much good for the community, and something like that shouldn't be held back. they should be able to go -- go ahead with what they're doing. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. operations, let's welcome our next caller. >> hello. >> clerk: welcome. >> hi. my name is [inaudible] and i wanted to give an official statement on behalf of the whole team on behalf of
[inaudible] both teams are founded by ron doe and leslie [inaudible]. we're calling in support to -- of heidi opening her new retail location. we need more leadership like heidi in industry, and we need more representation like the industry has been. just on a personal note, outside of representing myself for the company, i don't agree with a lot of the fear based or fact based things that cannabis does for the community. of course, i don't blame the community for a lack of education in cannabis and education barriers, but at the other end of it, how can they
proudly. >> clerk: thank you. operations, can we have the next caller, please. >> i went down to soma for relief because i found them to be the most helpful people they are. they're like one big family down there. they care about the people they serve. to have them be close to my house would be such a pleasant thing. please, please approve this. they have 100% of my support. >> clerk: thank you. we have 49 people listening and 14 callers in the queue. if you're one of the 49 and you'd like to make comments regarding your support of the project and opposition to the appeal, you need to press star,
three to get into line to speak. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> hi. my name is [inaudible] and i'm [inaudible] american, and i'm from access of love cannabis, and i support heidi. i don't understand why we have to fight so hard to have heidi open her club. is it because she's the original and the last of the mohicans and believes that quality cannabis should be for everyone? she has shown compassion for san francisco, the low-income, the homeless, the disabled, the veterans, by providing cannabis with not only a compassion program but one that people can afford. today is my 45 birthday, and
since 9:00 a.m. today, i went to every cannabis club that i could go to to get my birthday joint, and every single one of them told me that they couldn't do it because it was against the law. s.b. 34 says that every club can give the right if they want to, and they would if they wanted to, if they cared that patients suffer. shame on you, the church and the people who are trying to take the support from heidi. i believe this is just about more than that. it's about you guys not wanting our kind of people in the neighborhood. i believe it's discriminatory and unjust. you have no right to police our
only friend left in the city that allows us to heal and be happy. i need cannabis to survive and to take care of my six-year-old son. i believe that we need heidi to fight for us and that's why we will fight for her. >> clerk: thank you. thank you. i do apologize if we are interrupting anyone. we are setting the timer for two minutes, so hopefully -- we're grateful if you can condense your comments into two minutes. if you'd like to send your comments, you can send them to the board of supervisors, san francisco, california, 94102. all right. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please.
>> good afternoon, supervisors. it's a pleasure to speak before you. my name is [inaudible] and i'm speaking today not just from an organizational perspective but from a daily operations perspective. heidi was my neighbor for a decade, and she was a great neighbor, a well run local business serving the local population, the working class, the middle class, predominantly people of color, and she has shown over the years that she runs a well organized business. she has worked with everyone in the community, that every single patient organization nationally and locally is standing behind this legacy owner and wanting san francisco to coordinate its first latina owned dispensary in the district that she was bornexem
that we are trying to shape. i encourage you to vote your conscience today to advocate for the patients and parents and homeowners and the equity companies that you've heard from today, and to support our planning commission. in the words of commissioner moore, let's get a woman owner in san francisco. it's past time. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please.
. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i wanted to call in support of this cannabis business and in opposition of this continued appeals process. what i first wanted to emphasize is that the process that we have created here doesn't just obstruct cannabis stores, it also obstructs ice cream store and see restaurant -- stores and restaurants, and it's creating a cannabis crisis. in this, i think that this cannabis prohibition is of the same root. as law enforcement becomes more intense, the potency of substances increases. put it this way: the harder the enforcement, the harder the drugs. now what i want to emphasize here is that continuing to
prohibit those substances believing sold legally leads to them being sold illegally. however, this is emphasized by our children, and that we can see that alcohol, it's more commonly used as liquor than beer or wine, and the reason for that, reliablely, is our system of prohibition. where the system of prohibition doesn't occur, we don't see those changes. so i call for the supervisors to standup for the system of sciences that says that the system is legal. >> clerk: thank you, caller, for your comments. all right. operations, let's welcome our next caller. we have 56 callers who are listening and 16 in the queue. if you'd like to provide testimony on behalf of the project sponsor, now is your opportunity to make sure you
press star, three. sorry about that. all right. operations, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hello. >> clerk: welcome, caller. >> hello? can you hear me? hello? can you hear me? [inaudible]. >> okay. thank you. my name is [inaudible] i created a cannabis company after i went to a legal dispensary and tried cannabis for the first time and it cured me of my insomnia. heidi is an incredible person who has proven in the cannabis industry to be a community builder, to be someone if you have a problem with her or a concern, she'll reach out and always have a conversation with
you [inaudible] this is a safe basis, it's providing a medicine for people who need access, and the conversation about impacting children is not visible, it's not being promoted, it's not being sold for them, and the deeper conversation about cannabis, it's also being used to cure children of having [inaudible], so thank you for your time. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you for your
all right. can we hear from the next caller in support of the project and in opposition to the appeal, please? >> yeah, hi. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. welcome. >> yes. my name is lee, and i'm a resident of district 11 since 1985. i am a vietnamese cantonese american, and i think i can speak for everybody on the phone that has anxieties. heidi has helped me find relief and helped me get my life back. i am a father, as well, and for me, i educate my children about the use of cannabis, so there's really no reefer madness that's
happen. all of this kind of stuff that they say happens just doesn't happen in front of the store, and i'm in support of heidi opening her business. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. operations, let's welcome our next caller. [inaudible] . >> clerk: all right. operations, let's well come our next caller. >> aloha. am i on? >> clerk: yes. >> thank you. aloha, honorable board members, and thank you for your time. my name is kim ferrari, and i am in full support of the san francisco planning commission approval of [inaudible] at its
new location. heidi hanley, san francisco's first latina business owner of a decade old marijuana dispensary, she should be allowed to run her grandfather's business. she provided high quality medicine from reliable sources, lab tested before its time, and safe. she has an exceptional staff that provided extra security and street cleanup in a dangerous neighborhood. my husband recently passed away, and i saw firsthand the compassion that compassionate care provided to the community. medical patients, veterans, who
gave tribute, thanks, and respect to relief and their staff. relief changed their lives by providing education, relief from pain and anxiety and mental health support, all thanks to heidi's compassionate care practices and service to the community. i urge you to approve this as soon as possible. it hurts everyone to see this delay and discrimination where the positive benefits to the community are abundant. thank you so much for your support. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. we have 46 listeners, and we have 11 in the queue to make comment. if you are one of the 46 and you'd like to make comment this afternoon, press star, three to get into the queue to speak. all right. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please.
>> hello. my name is seven, and i'm calling in support of the project at 5801 mission street. i'll keep my comments brief, but i'd like to comment on a couple of the points brought up. just like any business, parents are responsible for protecting them from and educating them on the use of these substances and ensuring that they don't have access to them, but these types of businesses actually go above and beyond by not allowing anyone who's under age access. there's security and strict regulations from a local standpoint so that they can't be seen and children can't get
access. it's up to the parents to really educate them as well as the other adults in their lives to make sure that they are protected from that, but these businesses take extra special steps to make sure there is no community access. there is a 24-7 armed guard on-site who will be monitoring double parking around the business, ensuring there's no consumption around the business, ensuring there's no trash. furthermore, there will be involved, as they said and already demonstrated within the community through outreach with community groups, local businesses, and other things going on in that community.
heidi should continue on with her business. >> clerk: thank you. operations, can we have the next caller, please. >> i am in support of this project because of the upstanding values that heidi and the relief team has cued for the past 15 years in the cannabis industry and has followed all of the city regulations to properly acquire her permit, including being more than 600 feet away from
schools. allow her to at least try to open her cannabis retail before shutting down this latina's business proposal. when it comes to teenagers, they're much more knowledgeable when it comes to cannabis use. a new program based on harm reduction started in 2019 in san francisco. students who went through the program showed improved literacy and research skills and were better critical thinkers going through this program. when it come to see crime, it's been found that in 2018, cannabis business locations saw a decrease in 6% in violent crime compared to less than 1% increase in s.f. thanks for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. operations, let's welcome the next caller in support of the project or in opposition to the appeal. >> hello? yes, how you doing today?
my name is antoine brooks. i am the owner of [inaudible] america. most of the things i was going to say has already been said, but one thing is that the churches have been allowed to speak not only in these proceedings, but they've been able to speak repeatedly in the process of this appeal. one thing that's been overlooked in this process is [inaudible] and for them to be able to speak, that prevents them from being able to have the tax exemption status that they're supposed to have [inaudible] so with that being said, we appreciate, you know, the church's look at morality and stuff like that, but in modern daytimes, a lot of people have so many different looks on religion, to each his own. now as far as the child care
goes and the issues with criminology, normally, when you put a cannabis business in any location, normally, it holds or maintains or elevates the property value and it also provides people a great deal of education. now myself and my company, i own two businesses. i am a lifelong resident of san francisco, and i have seen myself the different aspects that the hanley family has provided the residents of san francisco as far as cannabis relief. they have been a very good proponent and stopping the crime rate of san francisco with a lot of the things that they do with the youth. so with that being said, please allow them to continue to operate because there are many
businesses that would like to support them -- >> clerk: thank you, sir. thank you for your comments. we have 49 listeners and nine callers who are in the queue. if you are one of the 49 and you would like to speak on behalf of the queue, there are nine callers left. some of them are unattended lines, and they may go very quickly. >> hello? >> clerk: yes. >> yes, thank you so much for having me today. i am lisa bose, and i am a cannabis owner in san francisco. i am in support of heidi. she has proven to be a
respectful successful business owner, worker in the business community, [inaudible] i believe that everyone has a right to their religious beliefs, but this is a whole different type of business. i wish her all the luck and blessings in the world. thank you very much for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. operations, let's welcome our
next caller. welcome, caller. >> hello, can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. >> thank you for your time, commissioners. my name is jazmine henry, and i am the parent of cannabis business owners. i want to emphasize that having successful parents in the cannabis industry is no different than having parents in any other industry. we are raised in the understanding that cannabis is used for medicinal purposes for those who deal with pain, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and other things. it saddens me to hear accusations in the field and question the legitimacy and the
equity program as well as the approval of our city council. please disregard this appeal as we fought hard and will continue to fight hard to open up these doors and help them in the mission district. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. operations, let's have the next caller, please. >> good afternoon, san francisco board of supervisors. it's an honor to speak to you today in support of releaf. my name is gregory mills. i'm a retired veteran. i've lived in san francisco since 1959. i'm a medical cannabis activist and a member of a group that supports the use of cannabis. i've been a patient of releaf for, like, five years now, and
one thing i can say about them personally is they would be a benefit to any neighborhood that the business would be allowed to. and, like, them being at 5801 mission street would make it even more convenient for myself, as well, but being a veteran who's dealing with pain and has went through the rigamarole of opioid medications and it's not all they claim it to be. that's it. >> clerk: all right. thank you for your comments. we have six callers in the queue. there are 43 listens, and if you would like to speak on behalf of the project sponsor and in opposition to the appeal, press star, three now. operations, let's welcome our next caller.
welcome. >> good afternoon. my name is john glenn. i'm with access of love, and i am a resident in the area that really used to be -- and i can sincerely tell you that them leaving has created more crime in that particular block, so much so that muni has taken out that bus stop that used to be at the corner of 8 and mission due to all the criminal activity that's going on around there. so i want to say i'm strongly opposed to the appeal and find that releaf would be a credit to whatever neighborhood and would result in a better neighborhood to whatever area they relocate to. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. all right. operations, let's hear from our next caller, please.
>> good afternoon, board of supervisors. my name is [inaudible] my family was part of the portola annex on mission, so we've been here for a very long time. i'm a medical cannabis kak tiffist and advocate. i'm a veteran, and i -- activist and advocate. i'm a veteran, and i advocate for cannabis to help people get off of alcohol and substances and drug abuse. we've been very successful in getting our veterans off of
drugs, and a big part of that is our releaf's compassion program that allows veterans access to cannabis so we're not busy spending our money on other drugs that are literally really bad, okay? so a businesslike this is a viable business in san francisco. it'll bring [inaudible] to some, and it'll increase the viability of the business, as well. i am in support of relief and in opposition of the hearing process. thank you so much for hearing me. >> clerk: thank you so much for your comments. i'll just make this announcement. there are three callers left in the queue. this could go very quickly, and we'll take the last three to
the end unless one of the 42 presses star, three to join them. operations, let's welcome our next caller. >> hello. hello, this is denise dori. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. welcome. >> i'm a resident of san francisco and an access of love member for over 15 years. they helped keep a family member alive with the help of dispensaries like releaf center, which gives away free cannabis so you don't have to die from [inaudible] of the lungs. the block where releaf was was very, very safe, and it's not
as safe now. releaf provides health care, and they aren't greedy, so please, please, on behalf of access of love and myself, approve the permit and do not vote in favor of the appeal. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. let's go to our next caller, please. welcome, caller. >> yes, hi. this is -- this is june bug. good afternoon, and it's an honor to have the opportunity to speak on this item. releaf has been a big time support in the community. as someone who's born and raised here and who has dealt with trauma, who's dealt with poverty, who's dealt with homelessness, cannabis is
definitely a medicine that's helped me medically and mentally, and i think that we can all agree on that today, and we also need to agree on the conversation with access. this honors cannabis as a medicine that saves lives that actually helped marginalized communities that actually takes a look at what access really means: affordability, location, a compassion program, a program that, once again, honors prop 215, you know, making sure that patients who are marginalized have access to this medicine. in dispensaries, you actually do the research and studies, it actually decreases crime, it actually helps surrounding businesses, and the fact that, you know, we're having this
conversation as if, you know, having this access to this medicine is going to be bad for the community when it's actually something that saves our lives, we need to support this permit, we need to support releaf. we need you to vote what's right for the patient, and that's safe access. releaf provides safe access. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue who's willing to give testimony in support of the project sponsor? >> hello? hello? >> clerk: yes, we can hear you. [inaudible]. >> clerk: ma'am, this is the
appeal on behalf of the 5801 mission street. >> no. will you have public comment for that item? >> clerk: yes, we will. press star, three to get back into the listening mode, and we will call general public comment after this item and several other items still need to be heard and considered by the board. thank you for your patience. operations, can we go to the next caller, please? all right. welcome. >> hi. my name is robert kahn, and i'm a resident. i'm in support of this is project. i feel that heidi has
demonstrated a good operator and that she can bring a lot of good to the community. she has a great neighborhood outreach. i've been a medical cannabis patient since 2010, and this is my medicine to cure my anxiety, my insomnia and in many ways, and i believe her opening this business will help in many ways. i can say that i've been to a lot of cannabis shopping facilities. i do feel that this dispensary is going to bring good to the community rather than harm it, and that's all i have. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we have two callers left in the
queue and there are 39 listening. we are going to hear from the last couple of callers who are wanting to provide comment in support of the project sponsor in opposition to the appeal. let's hear from our next callers. if you're one of the 39 listening and you'd like to provide testimony, press star, three now. otherwise, we're taking the last group to the end. welcome, caller. >> am. this is antoine brooks ii. he mentioned in 1954 that said that congress passed an act that said there are no religious church that's can speak on any political form, and that's what i'm doing right now to remove and restrict and remove any statements from [inaudible] to remove their tax
exempt status. and then, on the other side of the coin, as far as a lot of the different things i've been hearing, most of that stuff -- most of that stuff is just, like, lies or something. it helps people get off drugs and get into a calmer state of being and stop doing things that cause crimes and have them be able to think. if you have as many veterans as we've heard, wouldn't you want to help them? that's what i think. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. operations, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hello. my name is sarah shrader, and
i'm here to speak out in favor of the project and in opposition to the appeal. i support heidi in reopening this cannabis facility as it will benefit the patients and the customers that she serves. she will be a good fit for this neighborhood, and i wish her all the best. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, ma'am. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> hi. this is lawrence kelly. i am a social equity operator on mission street, and i'm calling in support of heidi being in the cannabis industry since 2014. i find heidi very [inaudible] always opening her doors for relief and education and not only that, but providing community resources.
i think that she would be a valuable resource for other entrepreneurs in the city that are also trying to make their way and that would need relief from the system and drugs. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> hello. >> welcome. >> hello? yes, my name is ron [inaudible] and i'm in support of releaf. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> operator: madam clerk, there are no more callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president? >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk, and seeing that there are no other speakers,
public comment is now closed. lastly, i would like to allow the appellant to present a rebuttal argument. you will have up to three minutes. is a representative from the appellant still available? >> clerk: operations, do you see a representative of the appellant? >> operator: i do see [inaudible] and dallia fitzpatrick. >> president walton: thank you. you have three minutes. >> thank you. this is not about the business.
it's not about access. we've already got plenty of that. we just don't need another one to be in this community with the large population of youth, children, and seniors. we need to recognize that majority of the population of the community did not want this,. it just so happens that this location is in the wrong place. this owner or sponsor mentions and showed parking lots or parking lot that they will be using for food distribution and be using the parking lot for their customers. when i called all day solar, in that picture, it shows their truck. now, i called the owner, and he says he needs that location for his trucks and also the tenants
from the condos use the parking area, as well. there's only one spot -- parking spot available. there's too many lives being told. you need to fact check. this is not right, and you should not shoulder the community against their will to have another cannabis club. the details need to be vetted. all along in this process, she said that the owner died and the heirs of the owner had a dispute. now she's saying that the federal government seized the property. why are we being told all these lies? we need to fact check everybody in equity, in this equity program. we need to fact check. why are you holding the community at risk? thank you.
>> president walton: thank you so much. this public hearing has been held and is now filed, and as previously discussed, we are now going to consider whether to approve or disapprove the appeal of the conditional use authorization at 5801 mission street. colleagues, do you have any comments to make or supervisor -- [inaudible] >> clerk: operations, please? thank you. >> president walton: i do see supervisor ronen on the roster. would you like to speak before supervisor safai, supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: sure. i'm just getting the agenda up. i would like to make a motion to reject the appeal and support the underlying project.
>> second. >> president walton: my apologies. can you repeat that for the record? i'm not sure if the microphone was on. >> clerk: the microphone was on, but perhaps it's our masks that -- >> supervisor ronen: i'm sorry. let me get that. i would like to make a motion to approve item 28 and to file number 29 and 30. >> clerk: i believe that was a motion to approve item 28 and table 29 and 30? >> supervisor ronen: yes. >> president walton: got it. and it was seconded by...supervisor melgar. thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, mr. president. thank you, colleagues, and thank you to all the callers
that called in today, both for and against. these are not easy decisions. as many of you know, we've been through this before on these types of topics, and this is a particularly -- this appeal is a particularly tough decision for me for many reasons. initially, when i ran for office, i heard from all different segments the community, many of whom you heard from today. black, white, young, old, chinese, latino, filipino, the broad spectrum of my community who asked for no more dispensaries to come to my community. not because they were in opposition of the business but because of the number and the types of business in the
corridor. since then, i've worked with the community members to uphold these desires throughout the years, and we were personally involved in stopping at least six or seven additional dispensaries at the time, two of whom were some of the [inaudible] and one that was -- that predated this particular application a couple of years ago. the operator is in jail now for murder for hire for killing her partners in the east bay. these are the kind of stories that terrorize and strike a lot of fear in the hearts of neighbors. but i do know in my heart that not all operators are that way, and the industry has come a long way in three years.
one in my district is typical of how a dispensary should operate. they are a community director, they have security, they have a smart cart that roams the neighborhood, they have a parking arrangement with the adjacent property owner, and for those of you that know district 11, you know that parking is one of the most paramount issues that we hear about over and over and over again. many extended families living together with multiple cars. despite our transit first policies, there's a lot of families that still rely on the automobile, and this is a very important issue, so this owner in particular worked out an agreement that has enabled them to be a good neighbor. then, we have others that are
in close proximity to this dispensary who have been bad actors. i can't even get them to put do not leave valuables signs in your cars up because so many of their clientele come straight from the airport and are getting broken in, and now subsequently, many of the neighbors in the neighborhood are having their cars broken into, so i'm concern bd this in in -- concerned about this in terms of clustering. technically, it doesn't meet the definition of clustering, but it certainly meets the spirit of it. this particular applicant today, and i want to say some words about here, originally from district 11, attended local schools. her equity status has been verified. she's a female operator, first latina and a woman-owned business that's coming forward from my district, and again,
this is why i go back to this is a tough decision. i deeply believe in equity. many of you that were on the board with us when we did the original amendment, supervisor mandelman, ronen, peskin, we were all here together, amending the legislation. we stood for the next round of applicants would be equity owners until there's parity. we ensured that equity owners would have to have at least 40% ownership in their operation, and we also said that they would have to hold their businesses for a certain number of years so they would not be enticed into selling their business before they actually learned the principles of business and also if they hadn't already understood them but also they had time to invest in the community. so these are policies that helped shape where we are today. we also supported policies that
creates good neighbor policy -- created good neighbor policies, equity organizations. so on the one hand, i have two competing organizations with differing interests and desires, but without a doubt, part of the original conversation for our district was were we served well? we have three in our district, two immediately adjacent, and more on the way. so the idea was our commercial corridor feels as though and our neighborhood feels as though and our district feels as though we have done and have a true number of businesses here today that -- and enough businesses that serve in this particular area, that we have enough for them, and that's essentially a necessarily desirable standard. it's does it fit into the needs and desires of the neighborhood? so because of that, and because
of the feel and the desire of the neighborhood -- again, i feel conflicted because this neighborhood served and operated for 15 years in district six and only left because of trouble with their landlord, and my belief in the equity program, but also, i gave my word to my voters, i gave my word to my constituency, and my word is my bond. so because of that, colleagues, i -- i ask that you actually not approve this operator today and that we reject the decision of the planning department. i will say i have called here for a hearing to see where we are with the cannabis program citywide, and we will be coming forward with some additional proposals. thank you, and thank you again to all of the people who called
>> clerk: there are eight ayes and three noes, with supervisors safai, mar, and chan in the dissent. >> president walton: thank you. with that, item 28 is passed and item 29 and 30 are tabled. madam clerk, can we go back to item 7? >> clerk: yes. item 7 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to prohibit landlords from evicting residential tenants for nonpayment of rent that came due between july 1, 2021 and december 31, 2021. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor preston?
-- if we are successful and the state can be persuaded, either the governor or the legislature or both, to lift the preemptions, then we want this ordinance to take effect without delay, without restarting the legislative process. that's why advocates have asked us to move this legislation forward, and, therefore, i would like to make -- to amend the
ordinance. i've circulated amendments. the bottom line is to amend it so it doesn't take immediate effect upon being passed as that would be preset. ed by state law, but instead, takes effect immediately if the state does the right thing and allows for local protections as we continue to urge. in addition there's several amendments to the purpose and finding section, mainly to update references in the relevant state law. we have circulated the ordinance as amended and i want to thank kyle smeely, my legislative aide for all of his work on this, and particularly on the amendments and getting those out so quickly. and we would be happy to answer any questions that there are around the amendments. before we vote on this, a couple things. i want to acknowledge a letter sent yesterday by the california apartment association that you all have received. the letter amounts to an attack
on efforts to protect tenants with a looming eviction cliff. in that letter they write, quote, the unclear why you would waste taxpayer funds, considering an ordinance that is so clearly prohibited by state law and otherwise unnecessary. the residents and taxpayers of the great city and county of san francisco deserve better. let me be clear that i will not rest until we have exhausted every avenue to make sure that renters are not thrown out of their homes because of a pandemic that they had no control over. i agree perhaps on one point with the california apartment association that that is that san franciscos do deserve better. they do not deserve to have corporate real estate lobbyists in sacramento dictating whether or not their city leaders can offer them basic protections. they don't deserve to lose their homes so wealthy interests can increase their profit margins. and i want to make sure that
folks understand that what the state and apartment association are doing is not about protecting landlords who need their rent money. thanks to federal investment and our local investments, rent relief money is available for landlords. the california department association has intervened not to protect small landlords but to empower predator landlords as an cute to evict low-rent and mostly rent controlled tenants. that's what is at stake. 10 days from now our protections against mass displacement are set to expire. we will not take this sitting down and we are working with advocates to increase pressure for state action. governor newsome and leaders atkin and rendon should be ashamed of their inaction here, or even worse, their action to
>> president walton: thank you. this ordinance passed unanimously on first reading as amended. madam clerk, let's go to item number 9. >> clerk: mr. president, did you want me to read nine and 10 together? >> president walton: my apologies. >> clerk:resolution approving amendment number 2 to the board area f specialty store lease number 12-0086, and stellar partners. and item 10, the lease modification to the 2011 lease and use agreement number 10-0096, with taca international airlines and an estimated rent of approximately $4.3 million. during the extension of the term. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor chan.
>> supervisor chan: i recognize that due to the economy it's been -- due to the impact from the pandemic we see that tourism is down and our economy is suffering. i totally understand that the airport is in need to making these adjustments. but i just have some questions for the airport, trying to understand, you know, i think that it's as of today that we now to see the future of opening travel with places like e.u. and u.k. from the united states. you know, i am cautiously optimistic. i think that we are recovering from this pandemic. we are making progress. while i know that the projection from the airport, still thinking that the tourism recovery is way out, like five years from now, but i'm also interested to see in the event that tourism does recover much faster than we
anticipate, what mechanism is actually in place that we don't really lose out on the dollars that we could really gain from these types of agreements. so do we have the airport here today so i can ask a quick question? >> yes, hi, supervisor chan, this is deana rolac with the airport. >> supervisor chan: thank you. i think that my main question is that i do see, you know, these types of -- especially and particularly for the airline, that when it comes to estimated rent, we know that these rents, it is set by the -- based on the rate set by the airport commission. so i want to understand and that is set annually, so i want to understand that what is the approach and make sure that the airport is using presenting the rate and -- so if you could first walk us through how is the rate set and approved by the
commission? second, what is the metric and the approach that the airport has to present these rates? >> great. so this -- you're asking specifically about our lease and use agreement related to the taca airlines, is that correct? >> supervisor chan: correct, and i think that just airlines in general, right, because you do set a one set rate annually? >> right. and so, yes, so the rate -- lease and use modifications, we set on an annual basis through our airport commission. we have a residual late setting methodology for landing fees based on our airport rate and charges. so, unfortunately, i don't have that specific details about that methodology. i can provide that information to the board separately and get the people who are the experts on that methodology to you.
i just know in terms of this lease, for the lease and use agreement, we were going through negotiations about -- to reinstate that. but because of the current situation we're asking for an extension so that we can understand as you had said what the current environment will be but in terms of the exact methodology, i would have to get that information to you separately. >> supervisor chan: through the president, so i'm trying to understand then what is the ax e approval process for those rates? >> it is through our airport commission. >> supervisor chan: so the airport sets the rate for the commissioner to approve? >> correct. >> supervisor chan: and the vote is typically up and down? >> yes. >> supervisor chan: right. so i think, again, you know, colleagues, i think that just giving -- in light of some of
the conversation around corruption and, you know, just knowing that just a lot of things going on and really in need of holding our commissions -- and i'm not talking about specifically right now about the sfo or the airport commission, but just in general when it comes to approving contracts, approving rates, we would definitely love to learn more about just the matrix and the methodology of how you approach these rates and presenting this rate. and the process for approval. and really for, you know, the -- how does the commission really determine these rates and approving them. i think that it is impacting sort of the way that making sure that there's a transparency and accountability through the process for approval.
it comes to the board. i think that the commission is the first line of defense so to speak to make sure that our city departments and these types of contracts are screened through. so i think that's really all i have today for now. i am in support of this. i do understand that these types of lease agreements at this moment, you know, making a change is to, you know, to address the challenges that the airport is facing. but before you return, i do hope that for other items that i hope that i could get those answers. >> definitely. >> supervisor chan: thank you. thank you, president walton. >> president walton: thank you, diana and thank you so much, supervisor chan. and i don't see anyone on the roster. i believe that we can take these items same house, same call. and without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item
11. >> clerk: a resolution authorizing the director of transportation to execute contract sfmta for procurement single and multi-space parking meter hardware and support services for with mackay meters, inc, to replace existing hardware in an amount not to exceed $70,557,894 for the option to extend five additional years. >> president walton: same house, same call. without resolution this is, adopted unanimously. madam clerk. can you please call items 12 and 13 together. >> clerk: resolutions pertaining to two department of public health or dph agreements with the california department of health care services for item 12, this is retroactive authorization to the dph to enter into a performance contract that incorporates the
mental health services act, lanterman-petris-short act, projects for assistance in transition for homelessness, community mental health services block grant, and substance abuse treatment and prevention brock grant and a training program for a period of july 1, 2021 through to june 30,, 2024. and item 13, retroactively to sign an amended agreement for the accordation of health, behavioral health and social services to extend the program by one year for a total term through december 31, 2021. and to increase the agreement amount by $35.8 million for a total amount of $198 million. >> president walton: thank you. same house, same call. and without objection these resolutions are adopted
unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 14. >> clerk: excuse me. item 14 is a resolution to acknowledge notice from the general and manager of the public utilities commission of the potential need to secret row active board of supervisors approval you the charter for contracts with costs of $10 mill or more, revenues of $1 million or more, or terms in excess of 10 years, or contracts requiring binding arbitration for the purchase and sale of energy-related products necessary to meet regulatory compliance obligations in 2021. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor preston. >> supervisor preston: thank you. as you saw in the last few items retroactive approvals do from time to time, almost on a weekly basis, come before this body. it is certainly not our preferred method of approving these instruments. although i do have to say that in recent times the clerk has
done a great job of eliciting responses from departments as you saw on items 12 and 13 as to why departments are seeking retroactive approval. and i think that has been very healthy for good governance. in the case of this item number 14, there was a period of time when the puc actually wanted this board of supervisors to delegate our charter authority pursuant to section 9.118 to allow the general manager and/or the commission to approve these without this board. instead, i think that we have ended up in a much better place where we do maintain our checks and balances and oversight as laid out in this item number 14 so i wanted to acknowledge that
the puc is not only going to bring us some retroactive community choice aggregation retroactive approvals, but that they are starting out with notice. and if you read the whereas, you will see that already in 2021 -- i'm looking for the right site -- clean power s.f. has already issued five requests for offers and when those come in, they need to move quickly. but i thought that we might just take a moment to ask the puc to speak to this and to let us know what they foresee coming to this board for us to approve retroactively. i think that it should all be out there and very transparent. but i do think that we have arrived at the right formula
wherein this board did not delegate and i'm not pointing any fingers at the puc, but we all know what happened when -- with best of intentions -- we for public works waived contracting provisions for a homeless crisis and then the head of that department, mohammed nuru, we now know that used that for all sorts of nefarious purposes. so i think that we've got the right formula there but i'd like to give the puc an opportunity to speak to that in more detail >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. i believe that we have barbara hale online. did you hear the question? >> yes, i did. thank you. thank you, chairman, and thank you commissioners. or excuse me, supervisors. i am barbara hale, the assistant
general manager for power. thank you, supervisor peskin for that introduction. we are in a point in time where we are concerned we're going to need to come forward with contracts that will need to be signed and require retroactive approvals by the board to provide some context for that. and we have resource adequacy requirements that are placed on us by the state of california. they're applicable to all entities that provide electric service to customers. so for san francisco, clean power s.f. and hetch hetchy power, the two programs that we run at the p.u.c., both have these requirements. the requirement itself is intended to ensure that there's enough electricity, enough electric generation, resources available, to meet unusually high levels of customer demand. in providing the notice to the board, commission staff is
anticipating that there will be market and regulatory conditions that will lead us to retroactive approval requests this year as there were last year. the factors that we see in front of us are causing us to come forward are uncertainty with regard to the outcome of regulatory proceedings that are underway at the california p.u.c., and the california independent system operator. those are the entities that will determine future requirements of both buyers and sellers in the market. the potential for extreme weather events that could drive up peak demand and the need for more capacity to be available to the california independent system operator. we're also all experiencing persistent drought. those drought conditions in the state of california reduced the availability of hydroelectric generation in both california and throughout the western states that are interconnected
on the electric grid. and then finally the potential for increases in the california p.u.c. mandated procurement obligations that we face in 2022 that might further reduce available resource adequacy capacity in the near term. so to address these circumstances as the supervisor mentioned in his introduction, we have some ongoing efforts to procure to meet these compliance requirements. we have to report our compliance to the state by the end of october. so far earlier this year we issued seven separate solicitations for resource adequacy capacity. we submitted bids into six other solicitations conducted by other parties. to date we have not obtained sufficient resource adequacy capacity supplies to meet the clean power s.f. expected 2022
resource adequacy capacity requirements. we anticipate issuing an additional three to four solicitations prior to the complients deadline. and we also anticipate in participating in five additional solicitations held by third parties over the coming two months. these solicitations that we issue or participate in over the next six weeks will not allow us sufficient time to receive approvals prior to execution. but we will be up against the regulatory deadlines and the need to act. so with that background, i hope that you'll be comfortable recognizing this notice. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, ms. hale, and thank you, colleagues, for allowing me to spend a little bit of time on that. i just want everyone to be very clear on the fact that we are authorizing the general manager
-- never mind -- i take that back. that is an early codicile, we are good. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. i don't see anyone else on the roster so we can take this item same house, same call. without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, call item 15. >> clerk: item 15 is a resolution to authorize the general manager of the san francisco public utilities commission to execute the first amendment to the existing grant agreement with 181fremont street llc for an onsite water reused street at 181 fremont street, extending the term of the agreement by seven years to january 5, 2032, for a total duration of 17 years. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. i don't see anyone on the roster. we can take this item same house, same call. without objection this
resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, call item 16. >> clerk: item 16 is a resolution to authorize the issuance and sale of one or more series of special tax bonds for city and county facilities district number 2014-1, not to exceed $35 million to approve the related documents as defined herein, including an official statement, the third supplement to fiscal agent agreement, bond purchase agreement and continuing disclosure undertaking, and determining other matters in connection as defined herein. >> president walton: seeing no one on the roster we can take this item same house, same call without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk please call item number 17. >> clerk: item 17 is a resolution authorizing the execution and delivery from time to time of tax-exempt and/or
taxable commercial paper notes in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $2.4 million to provide financing for the costs of the acquisition of vehicles and authorizing other related actions as defined herein. >> president walton: seeing no one on the roster, can we take this item same house, same call without objection this is adopted unanimously. call item 18. >> clerk: item 18 is a resolution to retroactively authorize the department of public health to accept and expend a $315 how to grant from the centers for disease control and prevention for participation in a program entitled, ps21-2103: integrated viral hepatitis surveillance and prevention funding for health departments," through april 30, 2022. >> president walton: no one on the roster. with we take this item same house, same call? without objection this
resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk. call item 19. >> clerk: to amend the planning code to designate ingleside terraces sundial and sundial park as a land mark and to make the appropriate findings. >> president walton: supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: so this landmark sundial is in my district, district 7. and it is, in fact, much, much less than 500 square feet from my family's home. so i need to recuse myself from this item. i want to thank supervisor peskin for assuring it through the land-use committee and i need to leave if you will excuse me. >> president walton: thank you so much. before you go, can we have a motion to excuse supervisor melgar and made by supervisor peskin and seconded by supervisor safai. on the motion, madam clerk. >> clerk: on the motion to excuse supervisor melgar from item 19 [roll call vote]
thought that you were there for the motion. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton and colleagues the resolution to initiate was introduced by the then supervisor, our former board president norman yee for this very cool sundial that is obviously too close to supervisor melgar's house for her to participate, although i don't think that it has any financial advantage or disadvantage to her. i just want to point you all to the really neat case report prepared by ms. lavallee at the planning department, which is a great read if you have the time and i am very pleased that we are getting more landmarks on the west side of san francisco. and thanks to the historic preservation committee and the former supervisor yee, and the planning department for bringing
this forward. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor peskin. seeing no one else on the roster, madam clerk, can we have a roll call for item number 19. >> clerk: on item 19 [roll call vote] there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. >> clerk: with supervisor melgar excused. >> president walton: thank you so much. and we welcome back supervisor melgar. madam clerk, please call the
next item. >> clerk: item 20 is an ordinance granting revoablgable permission to hv community association, inc, to occupy and maintain the irrigation system, sidewalks, curbs and ramps for ada-compliant passenger loading and a portion of the retaining wall footing, with all such encroachments located generally along portions of fairfax avenue, acacia avenue, and ironwood way and catalina street and middle point road, fronting hunters view phase 1, 1101 fairfax avenue, for all phases of the project and to adopt the appropriate findings. >> president walton: please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 20 [roll call vote]
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 21. >> clerk: o item 21 is an ordinance to amend the health code pertaining to alternate water sources for non-potable applications including certain administrative fees and to further amend the business and tax regulations code to update certain annual license fee amounts for operating alternate water source systems and to affirm the seqa determination. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. can we take this item, same house, same call. without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously.
madam clerk, please call items 22 and 23 together. >> clerk: items 22 and 23 compromise two resolutions that determine the issuance or transfer to liquor licenses that will serve the public convenience for item 22, this is an issuance of a type-64 special on-sale general theater liquor license to bigote de gato arts and music inc, doing business as teatro tin tan, located at 251 and 2521 mission street. and item 23 is a transfer of an off-sale general beer and wine and distilled liquor license to la loma number 7, inc, at 2695 san bruno avenue and to request that the california department of alcoholic beverage control impose conditions on the issuance of both licenses. >> president walton: thank you. colleagues, i don't see anyone
on the roster. can we take these items, house, sail call. adopted unanimously. call item 24. >> clerk: motion number 24, to appoint cris plunkett, and diana almanza, and traci watson, and gabriella avalos to the shelter monitoring committee. >> president walton: no one on the roster. without objection this is approved unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 25. >> clerk: item 25 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to require the police department to consult with the district attorney on all juvenile delinquency cases under california welfare and institutions code, section 65,
and provide the d.a. the opportunity to commence proceedings in the juvenile delinquency court in the san francisco superior court. >> president walton: supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you so much, president walton. colleagues, this ordnan codifies the exists what is presented to all juvenile delinquency cases to the district attorney who will have a first right of refusal in deciding if and how to charge the minor. it also provides the opportunity to decide whether to file charges in san francisco and bars sfpd to present a case to a district attorney in another county unless the san francisco d.a. decides not to move forward with the charges. my office worked closely with the police department and the district attorney to craft this legislation and it is supported by both departments. i want to thank chief william scott and deana from the police
department, and district attorney beaudoin for their collaboration on this, and at my office we did not expect this to be controversy as it simply codifies the existing practice. so we were surprised that it took a lot more work than anticipated but i think we got to the right language that all parties feel very comfortable with. so with that, colleagues, i hope to have your support on this ordinance. >> president walton: supervisor ronen, and supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, president walton. i want to thank supervisor ronen for her legislation. i have informed supervisor ronen that i am not supporting this item today based on my feeling that the premise upon which it is based is unnecessary that the
police actually form shop for juveniles. i don't think that is something that is actually done and i am not comfortable with the verbage that the district attorney is the only one who should make the decision where and when to prosecute juveniles who have committed crimes in california, that code 651 clearly gives three choices for where to best prosecute a juvenile if the d.a. in one of those jurisdictions feels such prosecution is necessary. i have informed supervisor ronen that the just my feeling of how i do not feel that the current prosecutor, the current d.a., in any way has earned my trust to be the only one to make that decision. yes, he is elected, but so were the assembly members and the senators who passed -- well, for
the section 651. and i believe that this d.a. would be the only d.a. to have such authority in california. and i, again, the premise that -- on the one case that was mentioned and i won't go into it, when this all came about, that our police department was form shopping is something that i refuse to buy into. and for those reasons today i will not be supporting this legislation. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: yes, thank you. i -- again, i continue to be a bit dumbfounded that this is controversial legislation. there was -- there was disagreement between the police department and the district attorney about one case which has brought about the need for this legislation. they disagree on whether or not a case was brought to the d.a.
first to choose, unlike adult cases that, must by law be tried in the county where a crime occurs. in juvenile cases, the d.a. is able to take into account several factors, including where the juvenile lives, what is most convenient for the well-being of that juvenile that has been accused of a crime. and so the d.a. takes that into account usually when presented a case by the police department for a crime committed by a juvenile or, you know, that a juvenile is accused of committing in san francisco. there was disagreement with whether or not a case was presented to the d.a. here in san francisco for the d.a.'s choice on whether or not to prosecute that crime here or in the juvenile's home county. or whether the police -- you know, for whatever reason
circumvented the district attorney which normally that's the process that happens in san francisco and always has happened in san francisco in order to form shop. and make their own -- the police making -- the individual police investigator making his or her own judgment on which d.a. might meet, you know, jibe most with that individual police officer's politics. so i thought what a good opportunity to codify an existing practice here in california and i'm not making a judgment on whether or not that particular case that both supervisor stefani and i are referring to, if it was or was not presented to the d.a. i think that it's irrelevant. that case is done and it's been handled. what i think that is relevant and what is the policy choice before us today at the board and what i think that it is important for us and again, when
i started this process i thought that this would be the easiest piece of legislation that i've ever seen. but i realize that there is really a policy matter for us to opine on, and that this simple piece of legislation has turned into very significant legislation because the question is, do we want individual police officers to decide who is the best district attorney to present a case to when a juvenile commits a crime in san francisco? or do we want to say that the voters elected the district attorney right now, today, that is this person and it could be someone else some other day, but that elected district attorney that we've elected based on the values that that district attorney, you know, who ran for election presents to make that simple -- that simple decision. if the district attorney -- and this is an important piece and why we've worked so hard on this legislation -- this last piece of language for the legislation was drafted by the chief of
police. so, you know, we worked hard on it. and if the district attorney in san francisco chooses not to prosecute or not to pass a case of a juvenile on to the district attorney and the judicial's home county, then the police can choose to then give it to a district attorney after the fact. what we don't want the police to do, or what i don't want the police to do and which i'm codifying this in law is to make that choice for his or herself. i think our elected district attorney should review the case first to decide whether or not in that district attorney's opinion that it makes sense to try that juvenile in san francisco or in another county. it shouldn't be an individual police officer who is deciding that, it should be our elected district attorney who we entrust to make those types of decision so what i thought that would be simple is actually a less simple
policy matter. and i hope that you agree with me that we would rather ask our elected officials to make those policy choices opposed to individual police officers and will support this ordinance. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. i think that for me the most relevant aspect of this is that this is codifying existing practice of the san francisco police department. so although supervisor ronen has framed this as a policy choice, it's a policy choice that is already being made in the police department and we are affirming that, and i am comfortable doing that. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor mandelman. madam clerk, can we have a roll call vote on item 25. >> clerk: on item 25 [roll call vote]
there are 10 ayes and one no with supervisor stefani in the dissent. >> president walton: thank you. with a vote of 10-1 this ordinance is passed on first reading. madam clerk, please call item 26. >> clerk: item 26 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to authorize leave by members of the board of supervisors and city boards and commissions. >> president walton: thank you so much. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. first i want to just thank my colleagues and the committee for
considering and approving this legislation. it's a long time coming. i also want to thank former supervisor elliott pierre for going through this herself and seeing the lack of policies that we have implemented into the many parents who serve on boards and commissions today. you have to balance care taking responsibilities with their civic duty and contributing to the life of our city. i understand that there are still some issues that are not addressed in this policy partly because when our charter were written, people were not thinking about surrogate pregnancies or any number of ways that we currently enter into parenting. we also didn't have zoom or teams or any of the things that we're currently utilizing to
meet today. and i just want to let you know that we fully intend to pursue a charter amendment to seek some of those things that need to be fixed in the charter, just to bring our policies up to modern life and to the expectations that parents have to be able to juggle, you know, work and, you know, contribution to our city and also their duties as caretakers. so thank you, so much, president walton and colleagues, for considering this today. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton. i think that it is to that future charter amendment which i suspect that would actually have to happen that i would like to speak which is to the extent that somebody serves on a commission, whether it is for need of a quorum or representation as, for instance,
is currently happening on the planning commission where one seat has been vacant now for -- for four months. it is the notion that there be some sort of mechanism which i think that currently does not exist for in many instances in the charter for a temporary appointment. so that in the case of very important commissions like the planning commission, a community is fully represented during that period of parental leave, whether it's 16 weeks or as long as set forth in this administrative code provision as long as 32 weeks. so i think that we've got to get our hands around what we can do with proxies or temporary appointments during that period, because i -- we're definitely experiencing it now at planning
and i'm hearing it from the community. so i endeavor to work with supervisor melgar on trying to figure out how to do that and hopefully it will be on a ballot near us soon. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor haney. >> supervisor haney: i wanted to thank supervisor melgar for her leadership and ask to be a co-sponsor. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor haney and i too want to thank supervisor melgar. as president of this body, i was surprised to say the least when i did have a conversation with a commissioner who was expecting and we don't have provisions in place. it's almost like saying that if you plan to be expecting at some point you can't serve on certain commissions and that's a problem. so thank you so much supervisor melgar for my work on this and i am looking forward to what we put together to change this charter because that's something that a city like san francisco we should have been able to
address by now. thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll on item number 26. >> clerk: on item 26 [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, i believe that we will go to committee report. item 32 as item 31 was not a
committee report. >> clerk: that is correct for the record. item 32 was heard at a regular meeting of the land use and transportation committee on monday, september 20, 2021, and was recommended as amended but with the same title. item 32 is a resolution to call for the creation of a "beach to bay" car-free connection and urging the recreation and park department and san francisco municipal transportation agency to improve park accessibility and to create ecittable access to golden gate park. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton and colleagues i want to first thank president walton and supervisor peskin for believing in this resolution that we can achieve beach to bay car-free connectivity, but at the same time to have equitable access to golden gate park. so i really appreciate your
co-sponsorship. i also want to take this opportunity to thank those who came before me and try to do this, including supervisor jake mcgoes aldrich and supervisor sophie maxwell who was the former land use chair. and also supervisor sandra lee fewer, my predecessor, who formed the golden gate park sustainable and travel study and the working group. colleagues, this resolution i want you to take away today is this -- that this really is a resolution to affirm a policy goal to create a beach to bay biking and walking connectivity without cars. and with that is to understand and recognize the social, economic and racial challenges that the city has faced to provide equitable access to
golden gate park. and so the resolution really calls for that and trying to identify ways that creates the access. equitably for everybody. but that is it for this resolution. the hard work is actually still ahead of us. after this, that there's still a process that is going to have to be coordinated by rec and park and sfmta public process with community outreach. in that process, i really urge them to continue to hold the stakeholders like walk s.f., bicycle coalition, and the museum and the academy of sciences and so many more together with the residents and the merchants living adjacent to
golden gate park, but also afar and i'm also going to take this opportunity to urge all of the groups that have been involved, all of the stakeholders that have been involved, to truly to say that this is a moment to problem solve. this is not the moment to hold on to your campaign slogans. and the campaign signage. and to think that that is the way to get to yes for this beach to bay vision. so with that during this public process though, i will continue to represent the richmond. i will continue to make sure that our community will be heard. and whatever solution that may come from there on out is a solution that really not just serves one group or one stakeholder, but it's really
serving everyone involved. but most importantly to have safe and equitable access to golden gate park. thank you. and, of course, i urge for your support on this resolution. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. and i do just want to say that i believe that equitable access to golden gate park is of the utmost importance. golden gate park is really a gem of a park in this country. especially here in san francisco. and we need to make sure that it is accessible for our pedestrians, for cyclists and for people of color, for people with disabilities, for children, for adults, for all residents in san francisco. and we need to make sure that they all enjoy. and so i just want to say that by working together on a compromise that is really how we're going to get to a point of achieving that equity and i know that we have a long way to go as
we work together across the city, but i want to appreciate supervisor chan for this step, because we do have a lot of who work to do, but i do believe that we can come up with an equitable solution for everyone thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: yeah, i just wanted to take a moment to thank supervisor chan for taking a big step forward and trying to come up with what i believe is a good step in terms of a compromise and beginning that conversation. you know, i appreciate the references to the institutions that are there. you know, as a city planner, i can't help but put my city planning hat on and to look at this park in a way that other people might not. and when you go around the world and you look at other parts of the country and you look at how public parks are made. you know, central park is a good example. the major institutions in that park are on the periphery.
but the institutions in this park are smack dab, you know, in the center of the park. and so -- but then we also have changed as a city. we've also changed and cities evolve in terms of how they approach transportation and the ways in which we view mobility and respect mobility is extremely important. so i appreciate the reference there is, you know, to looking at the curb management strategy for the concourse and looking at how the institutions will continue to be served in terms of getting the resources in and out of there. and also people with disabilities. i also appreciate the references to the workforce that is real. a lot of these folks are frontline workers and they have worked through and waited for the opportunities to come back to work. and then also the actual calling out based on zip code of where
working families are and those are those that need the most assistance and access based on their income, one of which is in our district. and so i appreciate you listening to that loud and clear, but i also know that we have to have a comprehensive plan to protect space that would not necessarily be accessed by automobiles. and that's the true reality. i'm looking forward to a comprehensive strategy and conversation, in-depth conversation, for the entire golden gate park. so i think that you tried to strike a really good balance in terms of access and in terms of protecting space and in terms of looking at the history of the park. a lot of people don't know, and i know that you do in terms of the history of why the park still has these institutions, why the parking structure was paved through by philanthropy, i see you smiling because we've
had conversations about this. but at the end of the day this is a good step forward and we'll continue to work together and i appreciate you bringing this resolution forward and your openness to work with all of us and the departments and getting the departments to come up with a more equitable compromise. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. (please stand by)
>> clerk: first to introduce new business is supervisor preston. submit? thank you. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: yes. colleagues, today i have three items. the first is a resolution urging president biden to limit distribution of covid boosters to people who are -- i don't know why i'm having trouble with this word. immune -- >> supervisor peskin: immunocomprised. >> supervisor ronen: say it again, supervisor peskin. >> supervisor mandelman:
immunocomprised. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. thank you, supervisor mandelman. i can't say this word as well as to support the world trade organizations waiver of intellectual property rights to help low-income countries manufacture vaccines. this pandemic has had devastating effects across the world. as one of the richest countries, our infrastructure has allowed us to vaccinate over 60% of our citizens nationally, and over 80% or probably around 82 at this point of san franciscans. this is in stark contrast to the low to middle-income countries and their inability to vaccinate their population. 80% of the vaccines administered globally have gone to high and upper middle-income countries and only .4% have gone to lower income countries.
many in the world are waiting their first shot presents a huge ethical issue and a public health issue. as a nation with a surplus of vaccines, we have a moral duty to provide these countries with vaccine. in addition, vaccinating more of the global population is the best and only way to stop the emergent of new variants that could prove more dangerous to us all. my resolution urges the president to continue to pause boosters for the general population until 40% of the global population is vaccinated and provide a distribution of vaccines to those countries in
need. further, my resolution urges president biden to support the world trade organizations trade waiver and allow for information that would accomplish this. i look forward to your support so that we can send a clear message to washington, we need to [inaudible] is connected to the well-being of all of us. we need to know act to match this understanding. second, i'm calling a hearing -- similar hearing we had in june of this year to understand when the city's ten crisis response street teams,
ten, we had ten of them -- when they -- who are they serving on our streets, what are their hours of operation, what is their watch date, and what is the best way to contact these street response teams to deal with people in crisis on the streets of san francisco? last week, i encountered two people that needed intervention, two elderly gentlemen on the street, and i realized i didn't know exactly who i was supposed to call to get the street team out in these cases. we needed more of a medical intervention for these two individuals. so i contacted our fire chief, and in both situations, she sent out a fire truck to
respond because she is the most amazing and responsive fire chief that i've ever known. who does the general public contact when they have -- when they see individuals in need of crisis intervention on the street, and i got a response that it's 911. i myself am reluctant to call 911 because it's been drilled in to me as it had as to so many of us that it's the utmost life or death immediate emergency that you call 911. on top of that, one of these gentlemen that needed intervention was african american, and i'm always afraid that the police will come out and it will devolve into a situation, so we need to have that conversation. if it's 911, how do we make sure that it's the crisis intervention teams and not the
police that intervene? i say this not to disrespect the police. they do incredible work on the street every single day, but we've made a policy choice that we don't want the police responding to homeless individuals or individuals with mental health or substance abuse crisis. we've created ten, literally ten nonpolice teams to deal with this on the street, and yes i don't believe we have enough of these teams up and running to respond to these incidents, so i feel like we're being unfair to the police at this point. we're telling them we don't want them to respond to these situations but yet we're asking them to respond to these situations. we need clear messing with the teams, we -- messaging with the teams, we need clear messaging with the public, and hopefully this will provide some clarity on at least the timeline on
when we're going to get to this vision of nonpolice response that we all hold as a city, including the police. lastly, colleagues, it is with great sadness that i am sharing an in memory am of allen fisher. he grew up in palo alto. he grew up as a photographer, machinist, and spent a decade as a steel worker. he returned to school for a graduate degree from ucla in order to focus his work on addressing economic inequality. in 1986, he became the founding
executive director of the california reinvestment coalition, the federal community reinvestment act had been passed by congress and signed into law by jimmy carter nearly a decade earlier in response to years of blacked out red lining that prevented people of color from accessing homes and suffering from other services including the credit industry. under allens leadership, the california reinvestment coalition grew to the largest reinvestment coalition in the country. for 20 years, allen was fierce in the fight to hold banks
accountable, and always working to build leadership in the pow among communities who have borne the brunt of discriminatory banking practices. allen's deep commitment to [inaudible] and on the board of the bernal heights neighborhood center, focusing on expanding the impact and financial stability of impersonal heights neighborhood center affordable housing development work. allen was an avid and adventurous traveler and an intelligent and generous man of integrity. his passing is a great loss to his family and wide ranging friends and admirers. we send our condolences to the family and friends that allen leaves behind. your legacy lives on, allen.
may you rest in peace and power. did you want to say -- no? thank you, colleagues, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai? thank you. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, i would like to close today's meeting in memory of maureen rosch who passed away peacefully at her home at the 76.
maureen was a warrior, fighting injustice at every turn, and she instilled that in her daughters and grandchildren, who are all amazing forces of good in this world. she will be terribly missed, and i offer my condolences to all those who knew and loved her. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor walton? >> president walton: i have nothing to submit. >> clerk: thank you, president walton. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you. today, i am urging the governor to sign two bills on his desk right now, the first is
assembly bill 71, it would create a system that is used by [inaudible] corporations like amazon of allowing increase for warehouse workers injury. many workers have to neglect their own basic needs like using the bathrooms or skipping breaks. since amazon has one warehouse in san francisco and purchased the recology site on 7 street with the intention of turning it into a distribution center, it is important that we protect our warehouse workers in san
francisco. my second resolution is to urge the governor to sign bill 62. this one really is to protect garment workers and making sure they can be paid minimum wage and protect their health and safety. when it first enacted in 1989, it was a landmark worker protection law that sought to end wage worker theft in the industry. many garment industry workers, many of them were actually new asian immigrants from china, from asia, so that law sort of impacts many immigrants workers in san francisco. so retailers and manufacturers have found many ways to
circumvent the law to avoid liability, resulting in thousands of workers in california continuing to be exploited, experiencing wage theft due to subminimum wages and being unable to recover stolen wages. adding to this is the onerous wage that garment workers are being paid: by the piece, each piece that they're done. they can earn as low as three cents per assembly operation. that is despicable. garment workers are constantly racing against the clock to compete, to complete as many items as possible. this also, again, take the ability away from even taking a break that they need. this garment workers protection act will strengthen the law to
protect garment workers rights, prohibit the practice of paying garment workers by the piece so this way he we can pay them at least -- way we can pay them at least by the minimum wage. this will authorize the labor [inaudible] to investigate and cite companies for wage theft. again, i'd like to thank president walton for his cosponsorship. last -- oh, this is not last, actually. at the request of small business, i am introducing an ordnance with supervisor peskin and ronen to transfer $400,000 from the legacy business administration. this would allow the office of small business to develop and fund the program that is more responsive to business needs.
i would like to thank my cosponsors and their staff for working together with my team and the office of small business. i'm sure we can get these funds out the door to our legacy businesses as soon as possible, and thank you, really, colleagues, and also budget chair haney for your support during this budget for this add-back funding. lastly, i would like to request that we adjourn today's meeting in memory of mrs. nicky roth man, a loving and dedicated neighbor in the richmond. nicky dedicated her work to supporting others and retire as a l.v.n., a life and vocational nurse. nicky truly enjoy life as she liked to travel and explore places near and far. every year, nicky made it a priority to visit yosemite, to
admire the true beauty of nature, and like a true district 4 girl, she enjoyed getting pizza from a legacy business and not a chain. thank you, and the rest i will submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you, madam clerk. today, i'm introducing a resolution urging our leadership to admit more afghan refugees in our united states. the on going uncertainty in afghanistan has created an
environment of violence. women and children, lgbtq, those with direct ties to the u.s. government, those who are shia muslim or those who look like they don't adhere to the muslim faith are targeted. the state of california and specifically the bay area is home to the largest concentration of afghans and afghan americans in the united states. this community has a unique and moral responsibility. the bay area has a unique and moral responsibility to welcome afghan refugees, providing support to organizations that will serve the refugee community and showing support
for the afghan community during this particular time. our community has been the destination for refugees from around the world that have faced civil war displacement, and we need to continue that welcome by welcoming afghan refugees to our city and providing our advocacy to not only the federal and state government but make sure we have our own services so we can welcome afghans to our cities and make sure they have the opportunities and services to settle here safely. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor haney. supervisor mandelman? okay. submit. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you.
today, i have an in memorial, carol pellegrino. she loved san francisco and lived here her entire life. she attended hoover middle school in west portal and she and her husband, mario, just celebrated their 24 wedding anniversary. their son, roman, is in his senior year at georgetown. elizabeth was a tireless volunteer and supporter of many causes, an active member of the st. cecelia and arch bishop
communities, but her proudest achievement was her family. elizabeth was one of the kindest and most open hearted people and a loyal friend to both st. cecelia and riordan, and i would like to extend my deepest condolences to elizabeth's children, husband, family, and friends, and we are all deeply saddened by this loss. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, a year ago in october, october 26, the legendary kcbs reporter who worked in this building for over three decades, barbara taylor, passed away a year to the day after buck delventhal,
our legendary city attorney, passed away. i adjourned the meeting in her honor 11 months ago, but today, with the cosponsorship of supervisors mandelman, chan, melgar, preston, stephanie, safai, and ronen, i am introducing a resolution naming the unnamed city hall press room for barbara ann taylor. there's much to say about her. she covered seven mayors and countless boards of supervisors. she was at once at empathetic and hard hitting beat reporter with stories ranging from the assassination of mayor moscone and supervisor milk to jonestown to the legislation
that generations of supervisors passed. she was fair, she was incisive, but her humanity and the way that she treated all of us like real people and did not, as her then-colleague and now city employee rachel gordon said at her memorial service on saturday, engage in the gotcha journalism that marks some of her successors today. so thank you all for your cosponsorship. this is, i think, a very fitting tribute for barbara taylor, who will be very missed by her family, her widower, mark maper, and all of us. i am also calling for a hearing on the status of trees and proposition e together with
supervisors mandelman and safai to get an update on how that is going both as to maintenance, new tree planting, sidewalk replacement, as that has now been on the books for a number of years. the woman who ran that bureau, the bureau of urban forestry, carla short, is now the acting head of the department of public works, and it would be nice to hear from them, given that there have been some concerns around watering of newly planted trees, so i want to get to the bottom of that, so thank you to supervisors mandelman and safai, for your cosponsorship on that. i ask that that be referred to the psns committee for a hearing soon, and the rest i refer to my colleagues. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor preston?
>> supervisor preston: thank you. i just wanted to be added to supervisor ronen's memorial for allen fisher. >> clerk: mr. president, there being no other names on the roster, that does include the introduction of business. [inaudible] >> clerk: okay. at this time, the board of supervisors welcomes your general public comment. the best way to provide public comment and avoid signal delay is to listen on live stream. the telephone number is streaming on your screen. it's 415-655-0001, and when you hear the prompt, enter the immediating i.d. 2492-715-306 #. press pound twice, and you'll have -- -3068. press pound twice, and you'll enter the meeting and be in listening mode. when you hear the item called
that you wish to speak to, press star, three, and when you hear the prompt that you have been unmuted, you may begin your comment. you may comment on the mayor's comments and items 35 through 37. we are setting the timer for two minute -- all other items on the agenda have had their required public comment. we are setting the timer for two minutes. operations, let's hear from our first caller. welcome, caller. >> my name is timothy allen simon, and i'm a native resident of san francisco. i'm calling to pose my opposition to the proposed
vehicle triage center to be placed in candlestick point state park. the data that we the residents have collected and analyzed supports the fact that a high concentration of recreational vehicles and vehicle housed people are in the bayview-hunters point more than any other area in san francisco. in fact, over the past two years, we have seen an increase of over 176%. we have over 300 r.v.s in our region -- that being the candlestick point region and the bayview. we believe, or at least i believe that an equitable distribution of our unhoused residents who unfortunately are forced to live in vehicles, including recreational vehicles, should occur throughout the city and county of san francisco along with facilities and services, not
this high concentration in the candlestick point bayview area. it is inhumane to allow our brothers and sisters to live like this, but it's even more inhumane to expect our community to have this very high concentration. for that reason, i ask you to oppose this effort being presented before you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. all right. operations, let's welcome the next individual who'd like to provide general public comment. welcome, caller. >> hello, supervisors. i'm here to speak on the proposed vehicle triage center at candlestick state park introduced at the september 15 board of supervisors meeting. i am also opposed to the
vehicle triage center like the previous caller. i also have sympathy for people who have to live in cars and r.v.s, and i also have sympathy and consideration for our environment which the city seems to have forgotten about, and i propose it for five reasons. first, bayview has more than its fair share of homelessness resources. we have three navigation centers and many other dedicated services. second, adding 155 vehicles will concentrate poverty in this area. at the nearby alice griffith site, 50% of our neighbors are living below the poverty line. third, encampments have been the site of murders, drug overdoses and the dumping of untreated sewage has impacted
the quality of water in the bay. second, the city refused to enforce any kind of illegal parking or activity, and i am concerned that these issues will only increase. the city is proposing to take away six acres of state parkland, and this land has been in disrepair since 2010. that's over a decade ago, and letting it fall into disrepair and overgrowth and then calling for a vehicle service site is unfair. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next caller, please. >> good evening. my name is [inaudible] for wanting fair and equitable
transit for muni where it is fair for everyone. stop the service cuts on muni. restore service to a full level of service for muni. open the central subway. people that are -- that have had service cuts in their neighborhood don't have access to food, clean water, medical treatment, or life saving medical medicine. we must restore service, full funding of muni. you should not approve any contract that muni comes to you with $100 million or so and not having services restored. people are suffering throughout the city, can't get out of their poor and neglected neighborhoods because of the service cuts.
we need to restore these lines. when you have an executive director that lies to the public, lies to the board of supervisors, lies to the mayor, i mean, he's a trump crazy person running muni. >> clerk: thank you, mr. criswell. all right. i understand we have five callers in the queue and several more who are listening. if you are one of the 11 and want to speak, press star, three, otherwise, this may go pretty quick. operations, next caller, please. >> good evening, supervisors. i called specifically to address hillary ronen's comments in her closing. she has commented that the best and only way to reach mental health s.f. and the homeless
outreach team is to call 911, and thankfully thanks to the supervisor's previous actions, that is not the case. you can call s.f. 311, and they are able to reach out with their services in a nonviolent manner and without police attention. so as she commented, 911 can be reserved for emergencies, and 311, as the supervisors have widely noted, can be used for other services, so i encourage the use of 311 over the use of 911 to abuse our homeless neighbors. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. all right. operations, let's welcome the next caller, please. >> thank you, madam clerk. over 63 years ago, the san
francisco behavioral health commission was organized by this body, yet they refused to abide by on ordinances of this body. one such resolution requires this body to inform the commissioners who have been absent without excuse four or more meetings in a one-year period. arthur curry submitted his resignation six months ago. wilson, who occupies seat 16, has had unexcused absences from regular meetings of the commission in may, june of 2020 and april of 2021. since then, the commission has had five regular meetings and two separate meetings, none of which has supervisor safai
attended. the commission was required you to inform you of these acts so you can deem these seats vacant. i have sent them correspondence three times this year alone on this, and their leadership has refused to hear. they set the level of commissioners artificially high at nine commissioners [inaudible] consequently, they have been unable to attain quorum at several meetings within the last year. back to you, madam clerk. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please.
>> my name is [inaudible] hermann, and i'm concerned about censorship of this board -- [inaudible] >> clerk: all right. operations, let's well come our next caller, please. >> hello, good evening. as a homeowner on gilman and aurelius walker drive, my neighbors and i worry about drivers doing doughnuts on the street in the middle of the night, trash dumped on the street in the middle of night, seeing more animals because of
the trash. being a homeowner, we shouldn't have to deal with this because of the homelessness on gilman and varney way. i just want to say i oppose the [inaudible] because the city has not addressed the issues that i just spoke about. right now as we speak, they've got hazardous materials, flammable materials on aurelius walker drive. [inaudible] in candlestick park.
thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> hi. this is devon duffy, and i am calling to thank supervisor aaron peskin for submitting a measure to name the press room for barbara taylor. barbara grew up the daughter of a navy man. her mom was a dancer, and she grew in to being one of the most powerful people in and around san francisco, and she became powerful because of her integrity as a journalist, her hard work, and translating some of the most major and traumatic events that affected san francisco. i can remember press conference after press conference, whether it was mayors, supervisors, department heads, and we're selling our wares, and barbara
would say, well, that's all well and good, and the next 20 seconds would be a question that really cut to the heart of the matter. barbara was such a presence for over 30 years in san francisco, and i think it's time to have a working woman in journalism in the 70s and 80s remembered, and i think her legacy will loom large, and i think she will be greatly i say missed. i just want to thank my colleagues for letting me say these words, and i hope that you all would cosponsor aaron's resolution. i would like to see the entire board of supervisors recognize what an important presence barbara was here. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you, director dufty. nice to hear your voice. all right. operations, we have about five callers who are in the queue
and nine who are listening. hello, caller. >> hello. my name is shirley moore, and i am a 40-year resident of candlestick point, and i am the vice president of the neighborhood hill association. i oppose the proposed vehicle triage center in candlestick state park, and i want you to know that the supervisors that our park is not closed. our park is just laying in disrepair and laying without resources to repair it. as the vice president of the [inaudible] hill, we have been addressing the state assembly man for this issue to allocate
repair money for repair of candlestick state park, and it has not been done since 2010, and that this vehicle triage center is not a place for our state park. i suggest if they -- if the -- for the r.v. dwellers, which i'm sorry that these people have to go through this, but the state park is for the community and not for the dwellers, and if they want to put a signed solution to the problem, they should try out the [inaudible] housing program. that would be a better fit. and i say again, this process is not closed. this park was dedicated to us by the ex-honorable mayor agnos for the community. i suggest that they take the $5.6 million that they raised for this park and the $11 million that will maintain the project in the park, to allocate it to the park to
repair the deferred maintenance and the disrespect. thank you again, and i oppose the vehicle triage center. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> thank you so much. this is ava cristante. i've been on this call since 2:00, and i really enjoyed it. i just want to say in the interest of democratic participation, public comment should probably come at the beginning of the meeting. there's some road noise and some wind, so i apologize, and i'm a little out of breath after about 40 miles. so it's interesting that [inaudible] came up. it's always interesting to hear the name of art agnos, and barbara taylor came up in the
discussion of journalism, and what journalism could be, and what it is right now. i wanted to ask you, and i have asked questions about the board of supervisors so far, and i've left some messages, and i haven't received call backs. but it looks like there's a real problem with transparency with some of the donations coming from silicon valley and going into so called independent news organizations, whether it's ones like kqed, mission hill, etc., someone is trying to influence the news stories. i do want to touch on myrna melgar's story. supervisor melgar wrote an article regarding allegations made about jocobo, and she stated that we learned that
this incident had happened. in fact, that's not the case. we did not learn that said incident occurred, we learned that there were allegations about the case. i ask that supervisor melgar retract it, because you don't want to be in the position of poisoning the jury pool. i probably don't have much time, so i thank you for your time. >> clerk: that is your time. okay. operations, let's welcome your next caller, please. >> thank you, madam clerk. i am a resident of bayview-hunters point. i've lived -- i don't live -- i live pretty close to the candlestick park. i am calling to oppose the vehicle triage center at the candlestick. this is hard. i run around the park, and i see people in their vehicles, and it's heartbreaking, but why another burden on bayview? we already have the shipyard,
the treatment plan, the illegal dumping, the [inaudible] and now the upcoming aircraft maintenance technology program. the community already bears the brunt. it suffers from shockingly horrible environmental air quality. the quality of life is already severely degraded and so is the health. i've been sitting here for the last five hours hearing self-serving statements about the working class, asian americans, african americans, and equity, oh, we hear a lot about equity, so why aren't other neighborhoods sharing the burden. every supervisor talked about equity. thank you, madam clerk. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. all right. so there are eight listeners who are listening in the queue and two who are ready to make comment. if you're one of the eight and
you'd like to make comment this evening, please press star, three now. otherwise, we'll take this last caller to the end. ops, let's welcome the next caller, please. welcome, caller. welcome, caller. >> hello? yes, this is [inaudible] a resident of san francisco, and i want to speak in favor of resolution to support the disappear of el salvador. we have many people from el salvador here in the san francisco area. many of us have relatives that have disappeared in el salvador, and we would like san francisco to recognize the
disappeared people of el salvador, so i would like to speak in favor of that. thank you very, very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. operations, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> operator: madam clerk, there are no more callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. [inaudible] >> president walton: with that said, there being no other speakers, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, we will now go to our for adoption without
committee reference agenda, items 35 through 37. >> clerk: a unanimous vote is required for adoption of these resolutions today. alternatively, a member may require a resolution to go to committee. >> president walton: thank you so much. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: i'd like to sever number 35, please? >> president walton: supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: i'd like to sever item 37, please. >> president walton: say that again, please? item 37. thank you. madam clerk, can you please call the roll on item 36. >> clerk: on item 36 -- [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 35. >> clerk: item 35 is a resolution retroactively declaring august 30 as international day of the victims of enforced disappearances and observing this date every year thereafter, and condemning enforced disappearances in el salvador. >> president walton: thank you.
supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. [inaudible] >> supervisor melgar: -- and the pain that families still feel over folks and their families who disappeared during the war in el salvador. i want to acknowledge the work of various organizations, which has, since the 1992 peace agreement in el salvador, has been working relentlessly through the courses in el salvador -- through the courts in el salvador to call attention to the disappearances of loved ones and the lack of closure and the injustice of not having their loved ones'
disappearance recognized by the government or funded it, so i thank you for acknowledging the pain of people from el salary have a do remember, and i hope that you can -- el salvador, and i hope that you can support this resolution. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you, president walton. i thought i was a cosponsor, so if you could please add my name. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. madam clerk, would you please call the roll on item 35. >> clerk: on item 35 -- [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 37. >> clerk: item 37, resolution to recognize september 21, 2021, as korean chuseok day, and honoring the korean center,, inc. , for its contributions to the korean american community in the city and county of san francisco. >> president walton: supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: yes, i wanted to call attention to this one more day. a lot of people are watching, and hopefully this resolution honors that and recognizes that it is chuseok day in the city and county of san francisco. it is one of the most widely and celebrated holidays in korean culture, and honoring it honors our korean community in
the city of san francisco. i just wanted to thank them again for the center, which is in district 2, for the decades of support, and i wanted to wish best wishes to all of you who are watching and happy chuseok day. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor stefani. madam clerk, please call the roll on item 37. >> clerk: on item 37 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is adopted
unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items? >> clerk: i have nothing to report, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you, that brings us to the end of our agenda. do we have any further agenda items for today? >> clerk: the memoriams today. >> president walton: oh, yes. thank you, madam clerk. do we have any further business for today? >> clerk: we have no further business for today.
>> president walton: and as we close, i want to read a close from barack obama on race relations. your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams, that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of america prosper. this meeting is adjourned.
from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself.
>> we created a move of an area where we will be visiting. we want to make sure that the area has the gelato that you like. what we give back as a shop owner is creating an ambient lifestyle. if you do it in your area and if you like it, then you can do it on the streets you like. >> you're watching quick bites, the show that is san francisco. and today you're in for a real treat. oh, my! food inspired by the mediterranean and middle east with a twist so unique you can only find it in one place in san francisco.
we're at the 55th annual armenian festival and bizarre. this is extra special not only because i happen to be armenian, but there is so much delicious food here. and i can't wait to share it with all of you. let's go. armenia, culture and cusine has had much cultural exchanges with its neighbors. today armenian food infuses he flavor from the mediterranean, middle east, and eastern europe. >> this is our 55th year and in san francisco we're the largest armenian food festival and widely recognized as one of the best food festivals in the area. we have vendors that come up from fresno, from los angeles showing off their craft. we really feel like we have something for everyone in the neighborhood and that's really what it is, is drawing people to see a little bit of our culture and experience what we experience weekend in and weekend out. >> we are behind the scenes now watching the chef at work preparing some delicious
armenian kabob. this is a staple in armenian cooking, is that right? >> absolutely, since the beginning of time. our soldiers used to skewer it on the swords. we have a combination of beef and lam and parsley. and every september over 2000 pounds of meat being cooked in three days. >> after all that savory protein, i was ready to check out the fresh veggie options. >> this is armenian cheat sheet. it's tomatos and mint and olive oil. that makes summer food. and what i'm doing is i'm putting some nutmeg. it is kind of like cream cheese. in armenia when they offer you food, you have to eat it. they would welcome you and food is very important for them. >> in every armenian community we feel like we're a
"smallville"age and they come together to put on something like this. what i find really interesting about san francisco is the blends of armenia that come together. once they are here, the way people work together at any age, including our grandmothers, our grandfathers, skewering the meat, it's fun to see. fun to see everybody get together. >> we call it subarek. it's a cheese turn over if you want. we make the dough from scratch. we boil it like you do for la san i can't. >> the amount of love and karin fused in these foods is tremendous. they come in every day to prepare, cook and bake bread, all in preparation for this big festival. >> nobody says no. when you come them, they have to come tomorrow for the feast. >> what a treat it is to taste a delicious recipe, all made from scratch and passed down through generations. it really makes you appreciate the little things. >> it's one of the best festivals.
it's outstanding, a marvelous occasion. >> we're outside checking some of the food to go options. i grabbed myself a ka bob sandwich, all kinds of herbs and spices. i'm going to taste this. looking fantastic. one of the best i've had in a long time. you know it's delicious b i have just enough room for dessert, my favorite part. we're behind the scenes right now watching how all the pastries get made. and we've got a whole array of pastries here. honey and nuts and cinnamon, all kinds of great ingredients. this is amazing. here's another yummy pastry made with filo dough. oh, my god. really sweet and similar, it's lighter. this is what i like. we have a lovely row here. looks like a very delicious and exciting surprise.
i'm going to bite into it. here we go. um. this is great with armenian coffee. now we're making some incredible armenian coffee. >> we buy our coffee, they have the best coffee. they come from armenia, specially made. and would you like to try it? >> i would like to try. >> would you like sugar or no sugar? >> no sugar today. i'm so excited. really earthy. you can really taste the grain. i think that's what makes it so special. really comes out. i hope you try it. we're having a great time at the armenian festival. we ate, we saw, and we
definitely conquered. i don't know about you, but i have to go down to the food. check out our blog for so much more at sf bites at tums abler.com. until next time, may the force be with you. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> first of all, everybody is welcome and we ask two things when they get here. one, that they try something they've never tried before. be it food or be it dancing or doing something. and if they feel like it was worth their while to tell one person and bring that person, that family member, that friend down the street to come with them. >> we're going to have to do a lot of eating so get ready. >> get ready. and you diet tomorrow.
>> we have private and public gardens throughout the garden tour. all of the gardens are volunteers. the only requirement is you're willing to show your garden for a day. so we have gardens that vary from all stages of development and all gardens, family gardens, private gardens, some of them as small as postage stamps and others pretty expansive. it's a variety -- all of the world is represented in our gardens here in the portola.
>> i have been coming to the portola garden tour for the past seven or eight years ever since i learned about it because it is the most important event of the neighborhood, and the reason it is so important is because it links this neighborhood back to its history. in the early 1800s the portola was farmland. the region's flowers were grown in this neighborhood. if you wanted flowers anywhere future bay area, you would come to this area to get them. in the past decade, the area has tried to reclaim its roots as the garden district. one of the ways it has done that is through the portola garden tour, where neighbors open their gardens open their gardens to
people of san francisco so they can share that history. >> when i started meeting with the neighbors and seeing their gardens, i came up with this idea that it would be a great idea to fundraise. we started doing this as a fund-raiser. since we established it, we awarded 23 scholarships and six work projects for the students. >> the scholarship programs that we have developed in association with the portola is just a win-win-win situation all around. >> the scholarship program is important because it helps people to be able to tin in their situation and afford to take classes. >> i was not sure how i would stay in san francisco. it is so expensive here. i prayed so i would receive enough so i could stay in san francisco and finish my school,
which is fantastic, because i don't know where else i would have gone to finish. >> the scholarships make the difference between students being able to stay here in the city and take classes and having to go somewhere else. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> you come into someone's home and it's they're private and personal space. it's all about them and really their garden and in the city and urban environment, the garden is the extension of their indoor environment, their outdoor living room. >> why are you here at this garden core? it's amazing and i volunteer here every year. this is fantastic. it's a beautiful day. you walk around and look at gardens. you meet people that love gardens. it's fantastic. >> the portola garden tour is the last saturday in september
[♪♪♪] >> i had a break when i was on a major label for my musical career. i took a seven year break. and then i came back. i worked in the library for a long time. when i started working the san francisco history centre, i noticed they had the hippie collection. i thought, if they have a hippie collection, they really need to have a punk collection as well. so i talked to the city archivist who is my boss. she was very interested. one of the things that i wanted to get to the library was the avengers collection. this is definitely a valuable poster. because it is petty bone. it has that weird look because it was framed. it had something acid on it and something not acid framing it. we had to bring all of this
stuff that had been piling up in my life here and make sure that the important parts of it got archived. it wasn't a big stretch for them to start collecting in the area of punk. we have a lot of great photos and flyers from that area and that. that i could donate myself. from they're, i decided, you know, why not pursue other people and other bands and get them to donate as well? the historic moments in san francisco, punk history, is the sex pistols concert which was at winterland. [♪♪♪] it brought all of the punks on the web -- west coast to san francisco to see this show. the sex pistols played the east coast and then they play texas and a few places in the south and then they came directly to san francisco. they skipped l.a. and they skipped most of the media centres. san francisco was really the biggest show for them pick it was their biggest show ever. their tour manager was interested in managing the adventures, my band. we were asked to open to support
the pistols way to that show. and the nuns were also asked to open the show. it was certainly the biggest crowd that we had ever played to. it was kind of terrifying but it did bring people all the way from vancouver, tee seattle, portland, san diego, all up and down the coast, and l.a., obviously. to san francisco to see this show. there are a lot of people who say that after they saw this show they thought they would start their own band. it was a great jumping off point for a lot of west coast punk. it was also, the pistols' last show. in a way, it was the end of one era of punk and the beginning of a new one. the city of san francisco didn't necessarily support punk rock. [♪♪♪] >> last, but certainly not least is a jell-o be opera. they are the punk rock candidate of the lead singer called the dead kennedys.
>> if we are blaming anybody in san francisco, we will just blame the dead kennedys. >> there you go. >> we had situations where concerts were cancelled due to flyers, obscene flyers that the city was thought -- that he thought was obscene that had been put up. the city of san francisco has come around to embrace it's musicians. when they have the centennial for city hall, they brought in all kinds of local musicians and i got to perform at that. that was, at -- in a way, and appreciation from the city of san francisco for the musical legends. i feel like a lot of people in san francisco don't realize what resources there are at the library. we had a film series, the s.f. punk film series that i put together. it was nearly sold out every single night. people were so appreciative that someone was bringing this for them. it is free.
everything in the library is free. >> it it is also a film producer who has a film coming out. maybe in 2018 about crime. what is the title of it? >> it is called san francisco first and only rock 'n' roll movie. crime, 1978. [laughter] >> when i first went to the art institute before the adventures were formed in 77, i was going to be a painter. i did not know i would turn into a punk singer. i got back into painting and i mostly do portraiture and figurative painting. one of the things about this job here is i discovered some great resources for images for my painting. i was looking through these mug shot books that we have here that are from the 1920s. i did a whole series of a mug shot paintings from those books. they are in the san francisco
history centre's s.f. police department records. there are so many different things that the library provides for san franciscans that i feel like a lot of people are like, oh, i don't have a library card. i've never been there. they need to come down and check it out and find out what we have. the people who are hiding stuff in their sellers and wondering what to do with these old photos or old junk, whether it is hippie stuff or punk stuff, or stuff from their grandparents, if they bring it here to us, we can preserve it and archive it and make it available to the public in the future. >> when i look at an old neon sign that's working or not working, i feel the family business that was in there.
>> since 2009, citywide, sf shines, has supported businesses and sites like the ones that receive new neon signs. >> you know, sf shines is doing an amazing job to bring back the lighting and the neon glow of san francisco. >> sf shines is such an amazing program, and i can't think of another program in another city that gives matching gunned funds to store owners, mom and pop owners, and if they've got a neon sign, they've really got a great way to advertise their business. >> this is a continuation of the sf shines program. >> focusing other neon signs is
relatively new to us. of the seven neon signs, we've invested about $145,000. >> a good quality sign costs more, but it lasts infinitily longer. as opposed to lasting five years, a good neon sign will last 15 to 20 years. >> in san francisco, the majority of neon signs are for mom-and-pop businesses. in order to be able to restore these signs, i think it gives back to your community. >> part of the project has to do with prioritizing certain signs in the neighborhood based on their aesthetics, based on their current signs, and base on the history. in the time that we've been here, we've seen a number of signs restored just on eddy
street. >> there are a number of signs in the tenderloin and many more that are waiting or wanting to be restored. i have worked with randall and al, and we've mapped out every single one of them and rated them as to how much work they would need to get restored. that information is passed onto sf shines, and they are going to rank it. so if they have x budget for a year, they can say all right, we're going to pick these five, and they're putting together clusters, so they build on top of what's already there. >> a cluster of neon signs is sort of, i guess, like a cluster of grapes. when you see them on a corner or on a block, it lights up the neighborhood and creates an ambient glow. if you havy got two of three of them, you've created an atmosphere that's almost like a movie set. >> some of the hotel, we've already invested in to get
those neon signs for people to enjoy at night include the elk hotel, jefferson hotel, the verona, not to mention some we've done in chinatown, as well as the city's portal neighborhood. >> we got the fund to restore it. it took five months, and the biggest challenge was it was completely infested with pigeons. once we got it clean, it came out beautiful. >> neon signs are often equated with film noir, and the noir genre as seen through the hollywood lens basically depicted despair and concentration. >> you would go downtown and see the most recent humphrey bogart film filled with neon in
the background. and you'd see that on market street, and as market street got seedier and seedier and fewer people continued to go down, that was what happened to all the neon strips of light. >> the film nori might start with the light filled with neon signs, and end with a scene with a single neon sign blinking and missing a few letters. >> one of my favorite scenes, orson welles is chasing rita hayworth with neon signs
in the background. >> i think what the office of economic and workforce development is very excited with is that we'll be able to see more neon signs in a concentrated way lit up at night for visitors and most especially residents. the first coin laundry, the elm hotel, the western hotel are ones that we want to focus on in the year ahead. >> neon signs are so iconic to certain neighborhoods like the hara, like the nightcap. we want to save as many historic and legacy neon signs in san francisco, and so do they. we bring the expertise, and they bring the means to actually get the job done. >> people in tenderloin get really excited as they see the signs relit. as you're driving through the tenderloin or the city, it pretty much tells you something exciting is happening here. >> knee an was created to make
the night more friendly and advertise businesses. it's a great way of supporting and helping local businesses. >> there's so many ways to improve public safety. the standard way is having more eyes on the street, but there's other culturally significant ways to do that, and one those ways is lighting up the streets. but what better way and special way to do that is by having old, historic neon signs lighting up our streets at night and casting away our shadows. >> when i see things coming back to life, it's like remembering how things were. it's remembering the hotel or the market that went to work seven days a week to raise their money or to provide a service, and it just -- it just -- it just
>> hi today we have a special edition of building san francisco, stay safe, what we are going to be talking about san francisco's earth quakes, what you can do before an earthquake in your home, to be ready and after an earthquake to make sure that you are comfortable staying at home, while the city recovers. ♪♪ >> the next episode of stay safe, we have alicia johnson from san francisco's department of emergency management. hi, alicia thanks to coming >> it is a pleasure to be here
with you. >> i wonder if you could tell us what you think people can do to get ready for what we know is a coming earthquake in san francisco. >> well, one of the most things that people can do is to make sure that you have a plan to communicate with people who live both in and out of state. having an out of state contact, to call, text or post on your social network is really important and being able to know how you are going to communicate with your friends, and family who live near you, where you might meet them if your home is uninhab hitable. >> how long do you think that it will be before things are restored to normal in san francisco. >> it depends on the severity of the earthquake, we say to provide for 72 hours tha, is three days, and it helps to know that you might be without services for up to a week or more, depending on how heavy the shaking is and how many after shocks we have. >> what kind of neighborhood and community involvement might
you want to have before an earthquake to make sure that you are going to able to have the support that you need. >> it is important to have a good relationship with your neighbors and your community. go to those community events, shop at local businesses, have a reciprocal relationship with them so that you know how to take care of yourself and who you can rely on and who can take care of you. it is important to have a battery-operated radio in your home so that you can keep track of what is happening in the community around and how you can communicate with other people. >> one of the things that seems important is to have access to your important documents. >> yes, it is important to have copies of those and also stored them remotely. so a title to a home, a passport, a driver's license, any type of medical records that you need need, back those up or put them on a remote drive or store them on the cloud, the same is true with any vital information on your
computer. back that up and have that on a cloud in case your hard drive does not work any more. >> in your home you should be prepared as well. >> absolutely. >> let's take a look at the kinds of things that you might want to have in your home. >> we have no water, what are we going to do about water? >> it is important for have extra water in your house, you want to have bottled water or a five gallon container of water able to use on a regular basis, both for bathing and cooking as well as for drinking. >> we have this big container and also in people's homes they have a hot water heater. >> absolutely, if you clean your hot water heater out regularly you can use that for showering, drinking and bathing as well >> what other things do people need to have aren't their home. >> it is important to have extra every day items buy a couple extra cans of can food that you can eat without any preparation. >> here is a giant can of green
giant canned corn. and this, a manual can opener, your electric can opener will not be working not only to have one but to know where to find it in your kitchen. >> yes. >> so in addition to canned goods, we are going to have fresh food and you have to preserve that and i know that we have an ice chest. >> having an ice chest on hand is really important because your refrigerator will not be working right away. it is important to have somebody else that can store cold foods so something that you might be able to take with you if you have to leave your home. >> and here, this is my very own personal emergency supply box for my house. >> i hope that you have an alternative one at home. >> oh, i forgot. >> and in this is really important, you should have flashlights that have batteries, fresh batteries or hand crank flashlight. >> i have them right here. >> good. excellent. that is great. additionally, you are going to
want to have candles a whistle, possibly a compass as well. markers if you want to label things if you need to, to people that you are safe in your home or that you have left your home. >> i am okay and i will meet you at... >> exactly. exactly. water proof matches are a great thing to have as well. >> we have matches here. and my spare glasses. >> and your spare glasses. >> if you have medication, you should keep it with you or have access to it. if it needs to be refrigerated make sure that it is in your ice box. >> inside, just to point out for you, we have spare batteries. >> very important. >> we have a little first aid kit. >> and lots of different kinds of batteries. and another spare flashlight. >> so, alicia what else can we do to prepare our homes for an earthquake so we don't have damage? >> one of the most important things that you can do is to secure your valuable and breakable items.
make sure that your tv is strapped down to your entertainment cabinet or wall so it does not move. also important is to make sure that your book case is secure to the wall so that it does not fall over and your valuable and breakables do not break on the ground. becoming prepared is not that difficult. taking care of your home, making sure that you have a few extra every-day items on hand helps to make the difference. >> that contributes dramatically to the way that the city as a whole can recover. >> absolutely. >> if you are able to control your own environment and house and recovery and your neighbors are doing the same the city as a whole will be a more resilient city. >> we are all proud of living in san francisco and being prepared helps us stay here. >> so, thank you so much for joining us today, alicia, i appreciate it. >> absolutely, it is my pleasure. >> and thank you for joining us on another edition of building
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>> thank you. thank you, brothers and sisters of the san francisco building construction trades council for leading the celebration by providing these incredible instructions, demonstrations with our citybuild students cycle 35, so thank you, trade students, for being here. [applause] >> again, we recognized earlier this morning, the unions that were here, right, because without them, citybuild would not be here. thank you, and we have district council 16, laborers local 261, plasterers, local 266. masons in the front, local