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>> chair: good morning, and welcome to the rules committee of the san francisco board of supervisors for september 27, 2021. i'm joined by vice chair raphael mandelman and connie chan. our clerk today is ms. alyssa samera a. do you have any announcements? >> yes, mr. chair. the minutes will reflect that the committee members participated in this meeting remotely throughvity conference to the same extent as if they were physically present. we invite public
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participation in the following ways: public comment will be available on each item on this agenda. either channel 26, 78, 99, and comments or opportunities to speak during the public comment periods are available by calling 415-655-0001 -- again, 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 24944243217. again, 24944243217. then pound and then pound again. when connected, you will hear the meeting discussions, but you will be muted and in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up, please dial *3 to be added to the speaker line. speaker clearly and slowly and turn down your
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television or radio. you may submit public by e-mailing the rules clerk, victor young at written comments may be sent u.s. mail to city hall, 1 carlton place, san francisco, california. finally, items acted on today are expected to appear on the board of supervisors' agenda on october 25th, 2021, unless otherwise stated. mr. chair? >> chair: thank you. can you please call the first item. >> clerk: item 1 is an ordinance amending the campaign and governmental conduct code to include city contractors, persons seeking to influence city
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officers and employees, registered contact lobbyists, and to prohibit elected officials, department heads, commissioners, and designated employees from soliciting payments from the interested parties. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this should dial the meeting i.d. 24944243217 and please dial *3 to line up to speak. the system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted, and you may begin your comments when we get to the public comment period. thank you, mr. chair. >> chair: colleagues, we're joined by supervisor haney, who is the chief sponsor of this legislation, which we cannot vote on today because it is still under the meet and confer period. so we will need to continue it to
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october 18th, as far as we don't have a meeting on october 11th, but before doing so, i have a number -- this is our third legislative draft. i have a number of amendments that provide further clarification as to solicitations from lobbyists and permit consultants that i think will help clarify the existing language, which i would like to make, but before doing so, and, colleagues, you're in receipt of that language, i would like to turn it over to supervisor haney. >> thank you so much, chair peskin, and thank you, committee, for your attention to improving and strengthening this legislation. i really want to appreciate your leadership, chair peskin specifically, and the whole committee. i'm definitely in support of these amendments and appreciate both the work to strengthen them and also to get them right.
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i will look forward to the continuation of the meet and confer process, which hopefully we'll be able to resolve as quickly as possible and hear from our city employees and their representatives. and i hope to be back here and have a vote on this soon. but these amendments absolutely have my support. >> chair: thank you, supervisor haney. so let me just go over these amendments that i would like to offer today. at page three, lines seven through 14, subsection "d," at the end of that provision, i would like to further clarify, if not narrow, the definition here to add the words "if the contact lobbyists or expenditure lobbyist is set to lobby the designated employees or officers' department," so in that instance is somebody is registered to
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lobby the department of public works, it would apply only to that department. it wouldn't apply necessarily to a department where that lobbyist was not registered to lobby, say the library department. in subsection "e," also in that same area, to add similar language, which is "if the permit consultant contacts the designated employees or officers' department to carry out permitting services," again, clarification narrowing. page four, lines 16 to 17: "permit consulting services will be set forth in article 3, chapter 4." on page five, lines 18 to page six, line two, same language for lobbyists, to add at the end of subsection 4: "if the contact lobbyists or expenditure lobbyist is
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designated to lobby, to the officers' department." and at the end of that provision, "if the permit consultant contacts the designated employees' department to carry out permit consulting services," and i am working with the city attorney to further clarify and define what "indirect" means in the legislation, which right now is a term of art. we're trying to get more specificity on that. hopefully they will be non-substantive and not require any additional meet and confer as they will further narrow. so i would like to offer those, but before we vote on those, why don't we open this up to public comment. thank you, supervisor haney, for the original legislation and for support of the amendments. madam clerk, can we open
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this item 1up to publicup to the public comment. >> clerk: yes. we are checking to eif see if there are any callers in the queue. operations, please let us know if we have any callers that are ready. it does look like we have two callers in the queue. so if mr. atkins could please put the first caller forward, that would be great. >> can you hear me now? >> chair: we can hear you now. >> good morning. david filpo. i support the continuing amendments, including the amendments offered by chair peskin as they were read and subscribed. i understand there is a meet and confer under way. i look forward to additional amendments at the hearing in three weeks. i still think that we should find a way to eliminate the friends of
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city department groups. i think that just continues to provide more -- i think that there are benefits at this point -- ie benefits at this point are outweighed from the negatives that have arisen from those entities. so i think we should find a way in practice or legislation to move on past them. thank you, chair peskin, supervisor haney, attorney attoy attorney, and anyone else for making this legislation better and better again. thank you for the time. >> chair: next speaker, please. >> hi. this is debbie lernman from the human services network. and i want to thank you for your continued efforts to get this legislation right and as said before, this is nuanced stuff and it can have side effects
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or unforeseen consequences. one is how difficulty it will make it for non-profit representatives who serve on city commissions to balance with the responsibilities they have to their organizations, particularly when they play executive roles that volve fundraising. and this is exacerbated by the much broader definition of interested parties, and that includes grassroots advocates, and non-profit board members and contractors. the city values the non-profit expertise for those who serve on commissions, and we ask you to mitigate the impact of these effects on fundraising. for example, by looking at indirect fundraising to ensure that the non-profit organization itself won't be prohibited from fundraising. and to spell out the exceptions in the legislation, rather than having them buried deep in the regulations around things like what is and is not an interested party, around grassroots
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activities, what happens if someone signs a petition, goes to a rally, sends a tweet? and also around public appeals. that stuff should be in the legislation so it is clear for everybody to see. thank you for considering this, and we look forward to continuing to work with you over the next couple of weeks. >> chair: thank you, ms. lernman, and hopefully we will tweak it just rye. next speaker, please. >> good morning. bruce wolf, chair of the sunshine ordinance task force. and like the previous speakers, i really appreciate your ongoing efforts to try to wrangle up this topic and these activities. on behalf of the members in the sunshine ordinance task force, we request that the item be continued after october 6th, as the task force and legal
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counsel will not have time to consider this before then, and they want to provide additional input. the task force has specifically requested to have ongoing reports and presentations when the original ordinance was introduced and approved by the board of supervisors in 2017. if there were to be further amendments. we had not received any notifications to date, and we ended up finding out about this through community members. a 2017 ethics official written opinion that may expend other types of bodies stated to "determine whether the members of the task force would be subject to recording requirements in code section 3.610. we must determine if the task force has been endowed to preside over proceedings. to determine whether the task force has been
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endowed with powers to preside over proceedings involving administrative enforcement, licenses, or other entitlement." it goes on to say, "as a general matter, they are limited to general procedures which (indiscernable) and three result in deterrent (indiscernable). (indiscernable) -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> chair: bruce, your time is up. and i look forward to what the sunshine task force has to say. the point person in my office is mr. lee hefner, so please be in touch with
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him. next speaker, please. >> caller: as i constituent, i wanted to call and say thank you to matt haney for this excellent resource. i think this conversation is vital at this moment, given the obvious and public corruption of our p.u.c., and the obvious and public corruption of our parks and recreation departments. between these two sets of obvious corruption, i think this conversation legally needs to take place, and i appreciate my supervisor for doing it. >> chair: thank you. next speaker. >> caller: linda chapman. again, i wanted to thank you for this important initiative. i have a suggest: as i said before, i'm not the smartest kid in the room, but i work for five federal departments. i would suggest looking really at the federal regulations regarding, you know, ethics and controls and so forth.
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federal departments' heads and program managers like me and so on do not solicit payments for their favorite charities. and, in fact, when i worked for the navy, one civilian manager was soliciting people for a table for some kind of event. i don't know if pern -- with personnel regulations, i don't know what the outcome was, but he could have been fired for that. [inaudible] and also the group that call themselves the nobb hill coalition, even worse that they were just for one particular project. i'm going to tell you about that later. both these operations
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needed rico investigations. 540,000 dollars they are getting extracted. on top of all of the money they have extracted from other projects, including all those bar licenses, that caused the destruction of our neighborhood commercial district, and how much did it cost in policing and so forth.. you know, the epitome of corruption, things we had never seen in the past happening, and under the theguise of being non-profit. >> clerk: your time is up. thank you for your comments. >> chair: are there any other speakers?
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>> clerk: i believe that -- >> mr. chair, there are no further speakers. >> chair: okay. that concludes public comment. on the motion i previously made with those clarifying amendments, seeing no members, any final words, supervisor haney or members of the committee? supervisor mandelman? >> thank you. i am going to be grateful for this additional week. and i think this legislation is two weeks, so thank you. this legislation has changed quite a bit since supervisor haney introduced it. that may be all for the good, but there is quite a bit to process and think through, i think, including the role of elected officials in fundraising for various causes. and it may be that we want to get away from using our elected officials as community fundraisers.
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but it seems like this legislation, at least with the amendments that i understand them, is moving maybe far in the direction of that, and maybe that is a great thing. i just wanted to sort of think about it and understand it a little better, and i want to thank supervisor haney and chair peskin for their work. >> chair: thank you, supervisor mandelman. and as i stated earlier, the attempt here with these amendments, and i think the underlying intent of supervisor haney in the legislation as originally presented, is to prevent officers, whether they are appointed department heads or elected officials such as ourselves, from soliciting behested payments from individuals or organizations that have businesses before their
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respective departments or this board of supervisors. and so i know that people think that this is sweeping, but it is actually intended to be relatively narrowly targeted. and the amendments that you've seen in the intervening weeks, this being the third iteration, and soon to be the fourth iteration, are aimed at doing that. for instance, as far as the board of supervisors actually approves very few contracts, only contracts over $10 million or 10 years in duration, it would be a very narrow universe of where behested payments were prohibited in the case of the board by board members. or in the case of a department, it would be limited to that department's contracts. but i think the fundamental notion here of getting -- i mean, as i said to you earlier, it is
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bizarre to me that somebody like muhammad nuru could solicit a payment from somebody he was doing business with, and that's exactly what happened. so i don't think this is a radical notion. i think it is a pretty common-place notion. i think as ms. lernman said, the devil is in the details, and we continue to wrestle with those. but thank you for those comments. seeing nobody else on the roster, madam clerk, could you please call the roll on the amendments, and then we will continue the item as amended to 18 october 2021. >> clerk: on the motion to amend: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: all right. and on the motion to continue the item as amended to 18october, roll call, please.
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>> clerk: on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: next item, plea. >> clerk: item 2 is as an ordinance to repeal central privacy ordinance. members of the public public wh wish to provide public comment, please dial 415-655-0001 and then i.d. 24944243217. mr. chair? >> chair: supervisor mandelman. >> thank you, mr. chair.
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colleagues, thank you for considering this ordinance. lgbtq people, until recently, have largely been ignored in the collection of information by all levels of government. thanks to legislation in (indiscernable) san francisco now requires many city departments to collect sexual orientation or gender departmentcation idenn on their clients. it will help us to determine if we're effectively and equitably meeting those needs. the ordinance today will expand (indiscernable) to collect sogi data. the city and account of san francisco is the largest employer in san francisco, with approximately 37,000 employees who reflect the diverse communities that constitute san francisco. the city currently
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collects certain anonymous demographic information, but we do not collect data about the sexual orientation or gender identity. this is due in large part to chapter "e" of the city's code which prohibits it city from inquiring into sexual orientation, practices, or habits of city employees. chapter 12e was necessary at the height of the aids epidemic to protect lgbtq employees from potential discrimination. at the time, it was often assumed that any member of the lgbtq might be living with hiv/aids, and it had a tremendous sigma attached to it. fortunately, the perceptions have shifted over time, and the discrimination and harassment has since been prohibited under federal, state, and local law. the ordinance we are
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discussing today would amend the administrative code to repeal chapter 12e and would allow us to begin to collect sogi data on future applicants. by collecting this data, we can better track our citywide equity goals, address any gaps, and identify strategies to attract lgbtq employees interested in public service. we have paul walters who can talk about this ordinance in greater detail. >> chair: thank you, supervisor mandelman. who are we going to start with? >> i believe pou. >> thank you, supervisors. i'm going to share my screen. i'll be sharing on behalf of both of us today. here we are. good morning, supervisors. thank you so much for having us here. i'm the director of policy
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and programs at the office of transgender initiatives. and i prepared this with my colleague who is the chief of policy at the department of human resources. in this presentation, we'll cover a little bit about the city and county's current workforce data, the changes proposed by the legislation, the importance of collecting this sogi data, and how we will ensure the privacy of city employees, and next steps for implementation. so as supervisor mandelman mentioned, the city and county of san francisco is the largest employer in san francisco, and we do currently collect some data on our city employees and applicants. for example, we collect information on racial and ethnic identity, gender identity in a binary way, as well as some other helpful information around appointment type or disciplines, promotions, etc. currently, we don't really know how many city
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employees identify as lgbtq, plus what type of city employment they have access to and how they perform or are perceived to perform in these positions because as supervisor mandelman mentioned, the city collects no information from its employees or applicants on city employees or applicants. the legislation before youtoday is intended to address these gaps, to repeal the sexual privacy ordinance. this was necessary at its time in order to address potential discrimination against lgbtq people and people living with h.i.v. but it is no longer necessary because we have other protections based on h.i.v. status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. the last thing i'll say about this change to the employees' sexual privacy ordinance is that the current employee sexual
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privacy ordinance inflates inquiring about and discussing sexual practices, meaning currently we understand sexual orientation as an identity and a way to be part of -- and claim being part of the lgbtq community, but the employee sexual privacy ordinance does not allow those lgbtq identities to be acknowledged in our workforce data. the second change is this legislation would direct h.r. to request the applicants and employees voluntarily provide sogi data, including more nuanced gender identity information than what we currently have, and would also develop systems to anonymously collect and retain that information for aggregate reporting. this legislation also would direct city departments to add voluntary sogi questions to ask about other
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demographic information from our employees or applicants. so why is it important to collect sogi data for employees? basically it would allow us to document inequities in accessing and remaining in city employment, address possible bias trends, address the unique needs of lgbtq city employees, and better retain lgbtq talent. i have on this slide a graph that is an example of how helpful city workforce data can be. this shows the breakdown of city employees by race and compares it to the rates of corrective action and discipline. so on the graph, you can see that black and latino city employees are disciplined a lot more than other groups. and this comparison wouldn't be possible without the data on the racial identities of city
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employees. so in summary, this legislation would be a first step towards identifying and addressing similar issues with regards to lgbtq equity and city employment, and hopefully eventually being able to look at our city workforce data in a more comprehensive way and hopefully comparing racial identity and lgbtq identities together as well. and then, finally, our next steps for implementation will be that d.h. r. will add the sogi questions to its applicant tracking system, and will develop standard systemsto collect and retain ths information anonymous. d.h.r. in my office will develop guidelines on how these questions will be asked to city employees and applicants, and to communicate and reassure city employees that these questions are voluntary
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and anonymous and will only be in used in aggregate forms. and then the legislation will go into affect on january 1st, 2022. so i would be happy to take any questions, if you have any. >> chair: no questions from members. so why don't we open this up to public comment. are there any members of the public who would like to comment on this item. >> clerk: yes, mr. chair, operations is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. if they have not already done so, please press *3 to be added to the speaker line. it does appear we have three members of the public lined up to speak, if mr. atkins could please put the first caller through. go ahead, caller.
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hello, caller? >> caller: can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. >> caller: hi. i'm from the city of san francisco, and i was just wondering why we're still using sexual and orientation together. can't it just be orientation? can we take "sexual" and just make it "orientation" as a form of identity? because i think that would encourage people to volunteer information about their orientation and their ethnic background without it being attached to their sexual identity. >> clerk: does that conclude your comments? >> caller: yes, it does, thank you. >> clerk: thank you so much. may we have the next
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caller? >> caller: can you hear me now? >> clerk: yes, we can. >> caller: great. david filpo again. on item 2, first to the clerk, if you could please check and possibly correct attachments three and four. it appears that the wrong legislation was attached. it looks like it was filed 210740, and it should have be 210739. the d.h.r. should be able to request and report aggregateed anonymous sogi data. i think that data is useful to know if the demographics of the city workforce is similar to the public at large, if that is our goal, that the city workforce, to the extent possible, mirrors the public that it serves, then it is useful to know
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that at an aggregated level, not to an individual employee, but certainly to the city's overall workforce. i hope that is useful. thanks very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. do we have any callers left in the queue? >> there are no further callers. >> clerk: thank you. mr. chair? >> chair: thank you, madam clerk. with that, vice chair mandelman, would you like to make a motion? >> yes, i'd like to move that we forward this item to the full board with a positive recommendation. >> chair: on that motion, a roll call, please. >> clerk: yes, on the motion for item 2: [roll call taken]
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>> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: thank you. the motion passes. would you please call the next item. >> clerk: yes. item 3: a hearing to consider appointing one member, term ending september 5, 2022, and four members, terms ending september 2, 2024. there are five seats and five applicants. >> chair: thank you. why don't we hear from each of the applicants in the order they appear on the agenda. if you guys can -- there we go. mr. spirtzel. >> thank you for your time. i am scott spirtzel. i'm up for reappointment for the assessment appeals
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board number one. i have been a member for the past 12 years. i'm a certified fraud examiner. i believe with my c.p.a. background, it is different than many of the other members of this board and provides some unique experience. and i look forward to, hopefully, serving for another three years. with that, i'm available for questions. >> chair: thank you. any questions? i don't see anybody on the roster. why don't we move on to john calper. if i pronounced that correctly? >> actually. no. can you hear me? >> yes, sir. >> it is pronounced "kiper." i'm a commercial real
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estate licenser. i'm a certified general in the state of california. and i have quite a lot of experience with appraising property in san francisco. and i'm doing three san francisco appraisals right now. so i think i probably bring a pretty fair amount of knowledge to the assessment appeals board. and with that... >> chair: thank you for that. i appreciate your words and your applying. why don't we go on to elizabeth zoria. >> i'm an attorney and i serve as a pro tem in superior court. i'm obviously an attorney of 23 years, with doing litigations both in real
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estate and commercial business. i have my own practice here in san francisco. i've been on the board for many years. i started with board 2 and then changed to board 1, and now it is time for reappointment to the board 1. and we've had a lot of legal hearings and legal issues that needed to be dealt with, and i've been trying to provide the board with my expertise. >> chair: thank you, mr. zoria. why don't we move on to christine nelson. >> okay. i'm putting in my picture. hi, i'm christine nelson. i, as well, started on board 2. i'm now on board 1. i'm a certified general appraiser and involved in real estate. i've been appraising since the '80s, and been in real estate that long as well. so i understand real
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estate values and hope to continue and help with board 1. >> chair: thank you so much. and that takes on to paul beller. >> thank you. i appreciate it. i am residential appraiser here in san francisco. i only focus on san francisco county. i have about just over 10 years' experience, and i have enjoyed the past three on the board, the assessment appeals board, and i would like to continue. thank you. >> chair: thank you. ms. nelson, if you could turn your camera off, that would be great. and why don't we open this up for public comment. >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. >> there are no callers. >> clerk: thank you, mr. atkins.
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>> chair: there are no callers for this item. okay. colleagues, i want to thank all of the ap applicants for board 1, the complex assessment appeals board and make the following suggestion to keep things fresh, which is as follows: some of these seats are regular seats and some of them are alternates. i hear good words about all of the folks that i was thinking that we might want to elevate, if you will, some of the alternates into the permit seats and do a little switch around. and to that end, i would make the following
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recommendation colleagues: john calper, whose name i continue to mispronounce to seat number two. christine nelson to seat number four. paul beller to seat number five. elizabeth zoria to seat number six. and scott to seat number eight. and if that is okay with you, i would request a roll call on that motion. >> clerk: on the motion as stated by chair peskin: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: and then we will send that to the full board with recommendation.
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does that require an additional roll call? >> clerk: you just created the motion in committee and then passed the motion as recommended. >> chair: okay. so we can move on to item 4. thank you all again. >> clerk: item 4: a hearing to consider appointing one member, term ending september 4, 2023, and four members terms expiring september 2, 2024, to the assessment appeals board. there are five seats and two applicants. >> chair: okay. as with the previous item, why don't we hear from the applicants in the order they appear on the agenda. ms. mendoza for seat number one. and a new applicant, mark wilson for either seats five, six, seven, or eight. ms. mendoza, good morning. >> good morning. good morning to everyone. my name is luisa mendoza.
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i'm a long-standing member of the board. i really enjoy being on the board. and i'm an alumni of golden gate university. i've been a real estate broker for about 18 years, in the real estate industry, though, for more than that. i'm also a mortgage broker and a property manager. and these days property management is very, very challenging. and i look forward to continuing to serve on the board. i take lots of pride in serving the community and the city. as a result i am asking to
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be able to continue my seat on board 2. thank you. >> chair: thank you so much, ms. mendoza. mr. wilson. >> hi. mark wilson. you have my resume. i'm applying for board 2. i spent 35 years as a real estate broker, representing buyers and sellers of apartment buildings. i owned an apartment building management company that managed 500 units for 35 years, and i have been buying and managing my own buildings during this time. i'm a past president of the san francisco apartment association. i was on the board there for 15 years. i provide expert testimony, expert witness testimony, in property disputes and housing provider tenant litigation, that kind of stuff. and i'm looking forward to doing some quality
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volunteer work. >> chair: thank you, mr. wilson. and are there any members of the public comment for this item number 4 who would like to make public comment? >> clerk: there are no speakers, mr. chair. >> chair: all right. public comment is closed. and thank you, ms. mendoz arks for your service, and mr. wilson for your willingness to serve. i would like to make a motion to recommend that ms. mendoza be reappointed to seat number one, and that we appoint mr. wilson to seat number five. on that motion, a roll call, please. >> clerk: on that motion as stated by supervisor peskin: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are
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three ayes. >> chair: all right. the next item, please. >> clerk: item 5: is a hearing considering appointing three members (indiscernable) to the ballot simplification committee. there are three seats and three applicants. for those who have not already done so, please press *3. please wait until we call for public comment and the line indicates that you have been unmuted. mr. chair? >> chair: thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, i just want to thank the members of the ballot simplification committee, particularly ms. packard, who is applying yet again and has been nominated by the national academy of television arts and sciences northern california chapter for her years of very good service, for a thankless, grueling job, as well as mr. scott patterson, who
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has been nominated by the same organization to succeed himself in seat number one. and then thank ann merrill for her willingness to serve in seat number three, and has been recommended by the league of women voters. with that, why don't we take those applicants in the order that they appear on the agenda, starting with mr. patterson, ms. packard, and then ms. merrill. before we do that, we will go to supervisor chan. >> thank you, chair peskin. to save everyone's time, i have the general question for all candidates, and i would like them to add it to their comments individually. so the general question is: what will be your approach to understand the intent of the ballot measures, whether to work with the legislature that
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put forward -- the policy-maker that put forward the ballot measures, as well as the petition for the ballot measures? if you could add a little bit of a comment on your approach, i would really appreciate it. thank you so much. >> chair: thank you for that great suggestion. all right. mr. patterson? >> hi, folks. can you hear me okay? i'm not sure you can hear me. you can? >> chair: we can hear you. >> thank you. thank you very much, supervisor peskin. i'm scott patterson, and i'm looking forward to serving on the ballot simplification committee again. it is a committee close to my passion, which is encouraging everybody to vote. and that's my driving intent by being on this committee, is by the work we do, hopefully being able to encourage greater voter participation in the
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elections for the city and county of san francisco. as to supervisor chan's question, yeah, it is really hard. the charge of the committee is to write a digest that explains what the intent of the legislation is in language that you would hear on television on read in the newspaper. and in some cases, that is very easy, and in other cases, it is very difficult. where it is easy is where the legislation is written very clearly. and where it is not easy is where the legislation is not written very clearly. it gets real hard, especially if those things are in conflict with each other. the goal for me is clarity with an eye towards helping people make
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informed decisions when they're completing their ballot. i hope that addresses your question, supervisor chan. >> chair: thank you, mr. patterson. ms. packard. are you there? >> clerk: mr. chair, i believe ms. packard is out of the country or out of the state right now. she did send an e-mail she was not going to make it. >> chair: okay. i didn't see that. but ms. packard is an awesome, very long-term member of that body and deserves her vacation. so we will go on to ms. merrill. >> good morning, chair peskin, supervisors chan and mandelman. my name is ann merrill, and i've been nominated by the san francisco league of women voters to fill
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seat three. i'm a member of the san francisco board, and my focus is on voter service initiatives, which includes registering voters, and then more relevant to this conversation, to providing them with non-partisan materials during each election cycle. it dove tails very nicely with the work. in addition to my experience in the league, i bring my experience of many years working as a professional technical writer, where my job was to communicate complex information in simple, accessible language for a wide range of audiences, from construction workers to "k" through 12 educators, to chemical engineers. so i have a lot of experience that i can bring in this skill set, from bringing that
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translation from very technical -- in this case it would be legislative language, to straight-forward language that is accessible to voters of all sorts. if i'm confirmed, my goal would be, once again, to continue the excellent and important work of providing voters with these concise summaries of the propositions before them. i personally know from my experience as a voter in san francisco, that having access to these summaries raises voter engagement. it certainly has raised my engagement in the topics that are covered by these propositions, and enables us to be able to make more informed decisions when we vote. and not everyone across this country has access to these kinds of summaries. i've heard from friends and colleagues across the country that they are jealous of us having these kinds of summaries available to us.
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so it would be a great honor to be me to participate in this and make this kind of contribution, just turning out the vote and enabling our voters to take responsible votes when they cast their ballots. thank you for your time and consideration. i welcome any questions you may have. >> chair: thank you, ms. merrill. indeed, the ballot simplification committee is a unique san francisco feature that our colleagues in other municipalities do not have, or share, or benefit from, or have to go and argue with you as to why a comma should be changed or sentences not conveying to the voters that we intended. so we look forward to spending a lot of time with you as december approaches. treat us well as we beg and grovel before you.
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with that, are there any members of the public that would like to comment on item 5 on today's agenda? >> clerk: mr. chair, we are checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. mr. atkins, if you could please put the forward through. >> chair: i'm sure he is going to have something to say. >> clerk: it appears we have two members of the public in line to speak. >> chair: mr. filpo, we can hear you now. go ahead. >> caller: how did you guess? wow! if you know the lottery numbers for this week, feel free to share it because that would be nice to know as well. david filpo. i attend ballot simplification committee meetings, i support these appointments, and i ask that the appointed members and the other two members be open to public input. that is generally the
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case. there were some instances in the last cycle where i found the members to be slightly defensive about the language that was proposed, or that the city attorney had drafted orthat they had drafted. while the members are ultimately responsible for the content, but the overall goal should be to make the information as clear and simple to the public, and it should be a collaborative effort to try to get it right and as best as possible with input from all. and so -- but i do support these proposed appointments, and to chair peskin and the other members and the clerk, thank you for handling this now and not close to an election, as has happened many times in the past. i think it is good to have the members seated so there is clarity about the
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appointments, since we may have one or more special elections next year, for which we'll need to be prepared with the people and resources in place. thanks again. >> chair: yeah. i suspect that there might not be anything goes to ballot simplification on those measures. but neither here nor there, thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> good morning, supervisors. thank you for taking the time to hear this item. i'm a board member of the women league of voters of san francisco. we're very enthusiastic in nominating merrill as our lead representative for the ballot simplification committee seat three. she has been an active member and contributor to our membership and voter services committee since 2019. prior to her leadership role with the legal women
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voters in san francisco, she has decades of civic engagement and volunteerism, with vote like a woman and democracy action, and brings a wealth of experience and a variety of research and dedication to the demographic process. she will be an active and effective representative. lastly, i would like to thank our current representative, lauren hardin, for her hard work and dedication on the committee. thank you. >> chair: thank you. are there any other members of the public for this item? >> mr. chair, there are no further callers. >> chair: okay. public comment is closed. any comments from committee members. supervisor chan? >> thank you, chair peskin. i just want to thank everyone for your previous service and also upcoming, you know, services as
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well, should you be confirmed by the full board. i do want to say one thing about the ballot simplification language, how much i appreciate it, that also as a language voter, even though i vote in english, i also check the chinese. and it is so good to see that the language is clear and translated really well in chinese. i think that really helps a lot of chinese-speaking voters in san francisco, to both increase their participation -- i think the better you understand it, the more you will participate because now you understand it and you can engage. so i really appreciate your work. thank you. >> chair: thank you, supervisor chan. and seeing no comments from our third colleague on this panel, i would like to make a motion to
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send these applicants to the full board with positive recommendation. on that motion, a roll call, please. >> clerk: and just to clarify, we're putting scott patterson in seat one, betty packard in seat two, and ann merrill in seat three? >> chair: that is correct. >> clerk: on that motion: [roll call taken] [please stand by]
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shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services within our neighborhoods, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> my name is ray behr. i am the owner of chief plus. it's a destination specialty foods store, and it's also a corner grocery store, as well.
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we call it cheese plus because there's a lot of additions in addition to cheese here. from fresh flowers, to wine, past a, chocolate, our dining area and espresso bar. you can have a casual meeting if you want to. it's a real community gathering place. what makes little polk unique, i think, first of all, it's a great pedestrian street. there's people out and about all day, meeting this neighbor and coming out and supporting the businesses. the businesses here are almost all exclusively independent owned small businesses. it harkens back to supporting local. polk street doesn't look like anywhere u.s.a. it has its own businesses and personality. we have clothing stores to gallerys, to personal service stores, where you can get your
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hsus repaired, luggage repaired. there's a music studio across the street. it's raily a diverse and unique offering on this really great street. i think san franciscans should shop local as much as they can because they can discover things that they may not be familiar with. again, the marketplace is changing, and, you know, you look at a screen, and you click a mouse, and you order something, and it shows up, but to have a tangible experience, to be able to come in to taste things, to see things, to smell things, all those things, it's very important that you do so.
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>> 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
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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
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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.
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>> 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.
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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 every year. mark your calendars every year. you can see us on the website >> we worked very hard with the san francisco venue coalition, the independent venue alliance to advocate for venues. put this issue on the radar of the supervisors and obviously mayor breed. the entertainment commission and the office of small business and we went to meetings and showed
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up and did public comment and it was a concerted effort between 50 venues in the city and they are kind of traditional like live performance venues and we all made a concerted effort to get out there and sound the alarm and to her credit, maybe breed really stepped up, worked with matt haney, who is a supervisor haney was a huge champion for us and they got this done and they got $3 million into the sf venue recovery fund. >> we have represented about 40 independent venues in san francisco. basically, all the venues closed on march 13th, 2020. we were the first to close and
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we will be the last to reopen and we've had all the of the overhead costs are rent, mortgage, payroll, utilities and insurance with zero revenue. so many of these venues have been burning $1,000 a day just to stay closed. >> we have a huge music history here in san francisco and the part of our cultural fab lick but it's also an economic driver. we produce $7 billion annual' here in san francisco and it's formidable. >> we've been very fortunate here. we've had the department of emergency management and ems division and using part of our building since last april and aside from being proud to i
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can't tell you how important to have some cost recovery coming in and income to keep the doors open. >> typically we'll have, three to 400 people working behind the teens to support the show and that is everything from the teamsters and security staff and usualers, ticket takers, the folks that do our medical and the bar tenders and the people in the kitchen preparing food for backstage and concession and the people that sell key shirts and it's a pretty staggering amount of people that are out of work as a result of this one verne you going tarkanian. it doesn't work to open at reduced capacity. when we get past june 15th, out of the into the blue print for our economy we can open it
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it 100% and look at the festival in full capacity in october and we're just so grateful for the leadership of the mavor and dr. coal fax to make us the safest ♪ america and this is been hard for everybody in san francisco and the world but our leadership has kept us safe and i trust them that they will let us know when it's safe to do that. >> a lot of people know about america is military stuff, bullying stuff, corporate stuff. when people like me and my friends go to these foreign country and play music, we're giving them an american cultural experience. it's important. the same way they can bring that here. it sounds comfy buyia, you know,
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we're a punk band and we're nasty and we were never much for peace and love and everything but that's the fertilizer that grows the big stuff that some day goes to bill graham's place and takes everybody's money but you have to start with us and so my hope is that allel groups and people make music and get together because without out, hanging together we'll hang separately, you know. >> other venues like this, all over the place, not just in the san francisco bay area need to exist in order for communities to thrive and i'm not just talking about the arts communities, even if you are here to see a chuckle bucket comedy show and you are still experiencing humanity and in specific ways being able to gather with people and experience something together. and especially coming out of the pandemic, the loss of that in-person human connection recovering that in good ways is
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going to be vital for our entire society. >> it's a family club. most our staff has been working with us for 10 years so we feel like a family. >> what people think of when they think of bottom of the hill and i get a lot of this is first of all, the first place i met my husband or where we had our first date and i love that and we love doing weddings and i expect there to be a wedding season post 2021 of all the make up we haddings and i hope that many people do that because we have had so many rock ep role weddings. >> i told my girlfriend, make sure you stand at the front of the stage and i can give you a kiss at midnight.
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at this got down on one knee at the stroke of midnight. it wasn't a public thing, i got down on one knee and said will you marry me and is he she had are you [beep] kidding me and i said no, i'm dead serious and she said yes. we were any time homicideel of the show. we just paused for new year's eve and that was where i proposed to my wife. this is more than just a professional relationship it's more than just a relationship from a love of arts, it's where my family started. we'll always have a special place in my heart. >> venues, you know, represent so much. they are cultural beckons of a city. neighbors can learn and celebrate and mourn and dance together. venues and arts and culture are characterized as second responders to crisis and they
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provide a mental health outlet and a community center for people to come together at and it's the shared history of our city and these spaces is where we all come together and can celebrate. >> art often music opens up people to understanding the fellow man and i mean, taz always necessary and if anything, it's going to be even more necessary as we come out of this to reach out and connect with people. >> we can sustain with food, water and shelter is accurate and does anybody have a good time over the last year? no. >> san francisco is a great down. i've been here many years and i love it here and it's a beautiful, beautiful, place to be music and art is key to that. drama, acting, movies, everything, everything that
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makes life worth living and that's what we've got to mow proteasome no san francisco and that's what is important now. [♪♪♪]today. >> (clapping.) >> i've been working in restaurants forever as a blood alcohol small business you have a lot of requests for donations if someone calls you and say we want to documents for our school or nonprofit i've been in a position with my previous employment i had to say no all the time. >> my name is art the owner and chief at straw
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combinations of street food and festival food and carnival food i realize that people try to find this you don't want to wait 365 day if you make that brick-and-mortar it is really about making you feel special and feel like a kid again everything we've done to celebrate that. >> so nonprofit monday is a program that straw runs to make sure that no matter is going on with our business giving back is treated just the is that you as paying any other bill in
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addition to the money we impose their cause to the greater bayview it is a great way for straw to sort of build communicated and to introduce people who might not normally get to be exposed to one nonprofit or another and i know that they do a different nonprofit every most of the year. >> people are mroent surprised the restaurant it giving back i see some people from the nonprofit why been part of nonprofit monday sort of give back to the program as well answer. >> inform people that be regular aprons at straw they get imposed to 10 or 12 nonprofits. >> i love nonprofits great for a local restaurant to give back
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to community that's so wonderful i wish more restrictive places did that that is really cool. >> it is a 6 of nonprofit that is supporting adults with autism and down syndrome we i do not involved one the wonderful members reached out to straw and saw a headline about, about their nonprofit mondays and she applied for a grant back in january of 2016 and we were notified late in the spring we would be the recipient of straw if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer thems in the month of genuine we were able to organize with straw for the monday and at the end of the month we were the recipient of 10 percent of precedes on mondays the contribution from nonprofit monday from stray went into our post group if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer theming fund with our
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arts coaching for chinese and classes and we have a really great vibrate arts program. >> we we say thank you to the customers like always but say 0 one more thing just so you know you've made a donation to x nonprofit which does why i think that is a very special thing. >> it is good to know the owner takes responsibility to know your money is going to good cause also. >> it is really nice to have a restaurant that is very community focused they do it all month long for nonprofits not just one day all four mondays. >> we have a wall of thank you letters in the office it seems
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like you know we were able to gas up the 10 passenger minivan we were innovate expected to do. >> when those people working at the nonprofits their predictive and thank what straw is giving that in and of itself it making an impact with the nonprofit through the consumers that are coming here is just as important it is important for the grill cheese kitchen the more restrictive i learn about what is going on in the community more restrictive people are doing this stuff with 4 thousand restaurant in san francisco we're doing an average of $6,000 a year in donations and multiply that by one thousand that's a lot to is.
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>> chair: this meeting will come to order. this is the september 22, 2021, budget and finance committee meeting. i'm matt haney. and i'm joined by committee members saf clerk, do you have any announcement? >> clerk: the minutes will reflect that committee members participated in this remote meeting through video conference to the same extent as if present. we invite public comment in the following ways. public comment will be available on each item on this agenda, in channel
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26, 78, or 99. each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speaks. comments during public comment period are available by calling 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 24855346023 and press the symbol pound twice. you will be muted and in listening mode. when your item of interest comes up, dial *3 to be added to the speaker line. best practices are to call from a quiet location, speak clearly and slowly and turn down your television or radio. you may also submit public comment in the following ways: e-mail to the budget and finance committee clerk. if you submit public comment via e-mail, it will be forwarded to the
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supervisors. written comments may be sent to city hall, 1doctor city hall.items acted on today e expected to appear on the board of supervisors' agenda on september 28th. mr. chair, thi concludes my announcements. item 1, ordinance authorizing the municipal transportation agency to set parking rates at the parking lot, golden gate underground parking facility and marina small craft (indiscernable) on park property, making conforming edits (indiscernable) and affirming the planning department's determination under the california environmental equality act.
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members of the public who wish to provide public comment, call 415-655-0001. if you have not already done so, please dial *3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. >> chair: great. thank you. you have ms. ketchum from the department of rec and park to present on this item. >> good morning, supervisor. dana katchem from rec and park. i'm joined by my colleague, ted grass. the legislation before you allows us to modernize the pricing structure at the music concourse garage and the parking lot. it enables to implement or demand responsive pricing. in 2009, the park code was amended to add section 6.14 to allow the m.t.a.
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to allow the department to set new rates for parking and park property. at this time, other provisions were also amended to allow sfmta to adopt rates at city-owned garages and parking lots. the purpose is that m.t.a. is the expert and parking and traffic management, and this provision, 6.14, would give them the same power for all city garages and parking lots. it acquires the board of supervisors to approve the locations of paid parking areas, but provides for the implementation of restrictions. parking rates are done by the commission. the park code rates for those two facilities were still in the park. as section 6.14 has never been implemented to apply two kisar and the music
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concourse, as a result those parking lots have had flexed rates that increase each year. this ordinance will clarify that 6.14 should be used to set rates at those parking rates going forward. kisar, its primary purpose is for events at kisar stadium and pavelium. it provides monthly parking for residents and those working in the neighborhood, including ucsf, and it validates parking to merchants in the neighborhood. the music concourse garage is actually owned by the music concourse partnership. under a lease of the underground land for the department. m.c.c. p. was a non-profit that built the garage in 2004using debt financing,
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and currently has debt outstanding of more than 25 million. historically, that bond debt expense has exceeded over 50% of their revenues, with the remaining expenses to cover the expense of the garage. the lease between the department and m.c.c.p., that was adopted at the time, provides rates cannot go below an amount sufficient to maintain debt payments and maintain certain reserves. the commission requires that any changes to the rates of the m.c.c.p. garage would have to be approved by the music concourse community partnership as well to ensure debt coverage. please note that the mayor's office has submitted an amendment to remove general paid parking at the marina from this legislation as we need to conduct further outreach at that site. but we are still proposing to increase the rate for
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annual berth holder parking passes. they will continue to receive two free parking passes, but the annual rate increases from 156, to $600, which is comparable to other marinas in the area. i'm happy to answer any questions. thank you. >> chair: thank you so much, ms. ketchum. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> chair haney, nick bernard from the b.l.a. we do not have a report on this item. >> chair: i know that vice chair safai, did you have something you wanted to add or say on this? >> yes, thank you, chair. simply, supervisor chan has reached out to me and asked if we could duplicate the file? >> chair: sure. before we do that, can we take public comment on this item. >> clerk: yes,
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mr. chair. d.p. is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. any members who wish to provide public comment, please press *3. are there any callers who wish to comment on this item? >> there are five callers. >> clerk: thank you. please unmute the first caller. >> good morning, members of the committee. my name is parker day, and i'm calling in to ask for your full support for this ordinance. and hopefully management under sfmta control. it is pretty clear that the current pricing management does not work for many people. there are conflict of interests with how the pricing is set, and the rates. an indicator that we could be doing a better job managing this public investment.
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it is obvious that the garage has the ability to increase the parking and provide parking for employees. [inaudible] managing pricing would be a step towards removing or reducing conflicts over management of the garage. i think it would be a step forward to finally making sure that the garage lived up to the intentions of serving our park patrons. garage pricing and management (indiscernable) in golden gate park as well. but with the current fragmented administration and out of sfmta's control, we rely on the government's influence to act beyond the museum's interest. so passing this ordinance today allows sfmta some
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control, and the transportation plans for golden gate park can become a little less fragmented, and in the endmore people will have access to the park. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: i oppose this legislation. [yelling] >> caller: these increased parking spies fees area conspiracy! >> clerk: next speaker, please. >> caller: good morning, supervisors. my name is dave alexander. i live in direct 1, and i fully support this ordinance. i want to thank the mayor's office for introducing this ordinance and legislation. it's long overdue that
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sfmta take over pricing, and eventually the management of this very important garage on public land. that's the music concourse garage in golden gate park. in 1998, voters approved the garage as part of prop "j," in exchange for creating a pedestrian oasis. the pandemic has showed us how good that oasis could be. we have the opportunity to uphold the prop "k" by making eighth avenue an entrance to the park. if you've never checked out the garage, check it out. it is actually amazing. i recommend you hop on a bike and check it out. the sfmta can put the garage to its best use on public land, including lower parking rates, and affordable parking for police. the board has been
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governed by using trustees and contractors for the entire existence. today six of the seven garage floor members are from the two museums. three years into the garage's life under the governance of the board chairs, $4 million was embezzled by the garage c.f.o. he was put in jail, but left an ever-increasing debt and increased parking rates for garage visitors. the garage only averages 20% occupancy. in a 2019 rec and park study, they found only 50% capacity over the busiest parts of the day. this conflict of interest has never been disclosed in the i.r.s. filings. we must end this conflict of interest and get this garage out of their control. next, let's get this garage fully into m.t.a.'s control. >> the time has lapsed.
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>> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: my name is josh kelley. i'm calling in from district 4. i'm happy to voice my 100% support for this ordinance, and echo what some of the other callers have said, that this taking over pricing should be the first step to sfmta fully managing these garages. this is public land. the garage is clearly being mismanaged between the embezzlement and the low capacity rate. i think it could be a lot better utilized to increase a.d.a. access. so, yeah, i'm in full support. them so much for putting this forward. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: good morning, supervisors. my name is jody mendarese,
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and i'm the main director of walk san francisco, which we advocate on behalf of anyone who walks in our city. yesterday the full board of supervisors unanimously approved a resolution for a bay to beach community route. thank you to all of you for voting in support of this resolution. the ability for the sfmta to set dynamic parking rates, especially in the music concourse garage, will get us closer to our call of an inviting destination for all. we believe the 800 park garage is a viable solution in making golden gate park is more equitable space. having the flexibility to lower rates for zip codes with historically low income and underserved residents, especially for children and their families from the bay view, chinatown, o.m.i., imitation valley -- they should all be able to easily come and enjoy the
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park, and all of the glory the park has to offer. thank you for voting yesterday to move forward with these changes and for voting today to make these edits to the park code so we can all move forward with a safe and accessible golden gate park. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker. >> caller: hi. my name is jay bain. i'm a resident of district 1. i'm calling in to voice my support of this measure and legislation. and i also wanted to say that i agree that it is extremely important that the operations of the garage work as hard as possible to pay off the bond and the money owed for the construction of the garage, and also that we minimize vacant spaces in the garage as well. there is a framework for capturing capacity data or
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available space data called the parking data guide published by sfmta in the city. while we also adjust parking, i ask that the available spaces at any given time are available on line and on the sign out front so that people coming to the garage know how many spaces are available and the likelihood of them being able to park there. thank you so much. it is an important part of our tool kit in making sure -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: hi. my name is shay -- hello, can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: hello. my name is shahin, and i
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live in district 7. i'm calling in support of the item to put pricing under control, pricing and management to public parking as a component of our public transportation system. and it should be managed by the agency accountable for public transportation. better management is needed. thank you for putting this forward. please pass this ordinance today. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> caller: hi, this is lisa church. i'm a resident of district 3. thank you for the opportunity to speak today. i fully support sfmta having the ability to dynamic pricing on all of these spaces, including the berth parking increase that was mentioned as an amendment. what i wanted to bring up was included in previous comments, which i thought were great. so i'm not going to repeat that, other than to say i
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believe sfmta is the best organization to serve in this role, especially in line with some of the other ongoing positive changes we're making to make this city more accessible to people not in private vehicles. fully utilizing, in particular, the music concourse garage will actually help make all other forms of getting around, whether it is on muni, on paratransit, walking, biking, whatever, much more accessible to people in the city. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: thank you, supervisors haney, mar, and safai. i'm one of the leader organizers of kids safe s.f. i want to thank the mayor for putting this ordinance forward, and encourage you all to pass the ordinance
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unanimously. it is long overdue for sfmta to take over pricing and management of this garage. in 1998, voters approved the prop "k." the pandemic has showed us how good that pedestrian oasis could be. we have the opportunity to uphold the premise of prop "k" by keeping s.f. kid-safe. and directing car parking and dropoff to the giant, underutilized garage. the m.t.a. can put the garage to best use, including providing ample a.d.a. parking and affordable parking for employees. unfortunately, the garage has been governed by trustees and contractors. six of the seven garage board members are from these two museums. three years into the garage's life, under the governance of the deyoung
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and chair, $4 million was embezzled by the garage's c.f.o. he was put in jail, but it led to increasing debt and increasing parking rates. the garage only averages 28% occupancy. they found it barely 50% capacity on the busiest days on weekdays. it owes more than $2.5 million in loans. this conflict of interest has never been disclosed on their i.r.s. filings. we must end this conflict of interest and get this garage out of their control. today is step one. please allow m.t.a. to set pricing, and let's get this garage fully out of m.t.a. control so we can best serve the public. >> clerk: thank you for
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your comments. are there any other speakers in the queue. >> we have one more speaker in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. to the callers who have dialed in and would like to comment on item 1, please press *3 now. >> caller: good morning, supervisors. mike chen, district 2 resident, calling in support of the legislation. the garage seems to be underutilized, and allowing m.t.a. to set the rates would allow better access to all people, including folks who are disabled, and to have more accessible parking. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. are there any other speakers in the queue? >> there are no more speakers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. >> chair: all right. public comment is now closed. colleagues, any other comments or questions?
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i know there was -- do we have to make a motion to duplicate the file? >> no. >> clerk: you do not. >> chair: you do not. okay. all right. well, then i want to duplicate the file and i also want to make a motion to move item 1 to the full board with a positive recommendation. can we have a roll call vote, please? >> clerk: yes. on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: great. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you to ms. ketchum and everybody who called in. madam clerk, can you please call item 2. >> clerk: mr. chair, before we do that, we need to take action on the duplicate version of this ordinance.
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just to continue the matter -- >> mr. chair, i think we just want to have it continued to the call of the chair and committee. and supervisor chan will follow up with this committee. >> chair: okay. great. i want to continue that item to the call of the chair. >> clerk: on that motion to continue the duplicate version to the call of the chair: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: great. thank you. we continue the call of the chair, madam clerk, can you please call item 2. >> clerk: item 2: resolution approving a professional services agreement between s.p. park corporation for a three-year term with one-two-year option (indiscernable) to commence on november 1st, 2021, through october 21, 2024.
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members of the public who wish to provide public comment, call 415-655-0001. if you have not already done so, dial *3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. mr. chair? >> chair: great. thank you. >> thank you, supervisors. the airport is seeking your approval of the curbside management for a term of three years with one-two-year option to extend. it manages and coordinates commercial ground transportation operations at s.f.o. the contracted firm monitors and dispatches taxi services, monitors curbside limousine, and monitors the shared ride and limousines.
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they are contracting with s.f. parking a 100% latino-owned company for administrative services provided in this contract. the airport is in agreement with the b.l.a.'s recommendation to reduce the contract not to exceed amount by $600,000, for a total not to exceed $20,100,000. the amendments were provided to this committee for your review. the contract is funded by fees charged to ground transportation providers. i'm happy to answer any questions you may have, along with my colleagues from the inside operations. >> chair: great. thank you. could you clarify a bit what exactly the services are that -- a $20 million contract is a large contract. what exactly is their role. >> i would like to call on my colleagues to further talk about those services.
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>> chair: welcome. >> hi, this is daniel wu from the san francisco international airport. i can speak to the services. so the services provided by the contractor will be for curbside management at the terminal curbside for the transportation modes that dianna has just specified. the limousine, the transportation companies, and the taxi modes, as well as the operation of the staging lanes towards those vehicles, while they wait prior to their dispatching to the terminal curbside. we have five staging laws. a few four taxis, a few for the t.n.c. modes. so there are staff at the staging laws who have a dispatching of those vehicles to the terminal
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curbsides. >> chair: got it. and what is the -- you said that this is paid for by charging the ground transportation companies. what does that fee structure look like? are they, you know -- who pays and how much? >> correct. so right now our fiscal year '21/'22 fees for each trip made by the modes are 450 for t.n.c. vehicles -- i'm sorry, i misspoke, 550 for t.n.c., limousines, and taxi vehicles for each trip they make to the san francisco airport. >> chair: so you charge each individual driver, not the sort of companies themselves? is that how it works? >> so we charge the -- the amount goes to the
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t.n.c.s for the t.n.c. rides, and also to the limousine, and for the taxis. and those fees are subtracted out of the revenue collected by the individual operators. >> chair: okay. got it. and we charge taxis the same amount that we charge ride share? >> yes. >> chair: why? >> perhaps abu, would you like to explain that a little more? >> sure. supervisors, taxis get charged only for pickups, and transportation companies get charged for dropoffs and pickups. and this works on a cross-recovery model. the airport takes all of the costs of ground transportation, including roadway costs, maintenance costs, staffing costs, and that goes into a model where it is divided up between the ground transportation modes that
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operate at the airport. each specific mode has a percentage that is allocated from that pool of money, saying this is how much you used our system, and that's how the trip fees are calculated at a cost recovery model. >> chair: it's a cost recovery model, except we're charging the ride shares twice and the taxicabs once. is there a difference in costs that they -- is there -- how does that reflect itself in a cost recovery model if -- is it more expensive for us to support the operations of the ride shares? >> yes. ride shares, charters, and vans, those type of vehicles are regulated by the california public utilities commission. they set the rates for these vehicles, and we collect for -- for
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c.u.p.c., we collect for dropoffs and pickups. taxis are regulated by the san francisco sfmta. there is a regular rate for the taxis. and taxi drivers who decide to come and pick somebody up -- first of all, only s.f. taxis are allowed to come. when we have a shortage, we allow others to participate. each driver that participate in the program, they get charged we tha go up to the curb to pick somebody up. the reason we don't charge for dropoffs is because taxis come from all different jurisdictions, not only from san francisco. and they drop off as well. so we don't charge san francisco taxis because that would be a disadvantage to the san francisco taxis.
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no taxi company that operates from different municipalities get charged for dropoffs. and the only ones that get charged for pickups, and that is the san francisco taxis. we have staff monitoring them and staff dispatching them. this contract does the monitoring, the dispatching, and coordination of rides for passengers requesting a taxi. >> chair: so the role of this company is -- if you're coming out of the airport and you're going to get a taxi or ride share, they are the ones who are standing there at the taxi line and making sure that the taxi is coming, and making sure you know where to go and all of that? they're providing those services? and on the other hand, with the ride share, there is sort of a whole other process where you have to go to get the ride share. i don't know if you have
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to get a bus or go to a certain part of the parking lot where you get the ride share. and then they're operating all of that? are they the ones helping to transport people to get the ride share? what is the specific role that they're playing with it comes to ride shares and taxis. i'm a little confused. >> for ride shares, this particular contractor monitors the staging lots where the ride-share companies stage their vehicles. we have currently one staging lot open. but during the peak, before covid, before the pandemic, we had three separate lots open for ride-share companies to stage. these vehicles stage in that lot, and the staff there monitors the lot to make sure there are no disruptions, and there is customer service provided for the drivers that are waiting. if they have any questions, we provide facilities for them, such as restrooms and things like that. and then once the vehicles are dispatched, they're automatically dispatched
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by the transportation network companies through the application. so once they're dispatched, they go to level 5 of our garage in the domestic terminal. that's where we've done extensive roadway work for them to create a zone for pickup. and so all of that money that was spent goes into the cost recovery because this is a ground transportation service and is spread around through the different modes of transportation that operate here. >> chair: just so i'm clear on the cost here that we're charging them, so for our -- for the taxis, the sfmta is actually setting the level that they can be charged? that then is given to the airport, and then in the case of the ride share, the c.u.p.c. is setting the level they can be charged at our airport and
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then the money goes to us? do we have any say in the level that they're charged? i just think our taxi industry is struggling, and one of the only spaces that they have where they have some consistency in their business is off in the airport dropoffs and pickups. i think we should be support them and not putting a ton of fees and things on them and putting them at a disadvantage. what is our role in settling those fees? or is it entirely done by the sfmta? >> let me clarify. the m.t.a. does not regulate the ground fees, including taxis. the fee is set by the airport. the taxis have an advantage because they're only being charged for pickups.
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and they 100% pass through that to the customer. so the taxi driver is not paying anything. they're not paying anything to the system besides that it comes out of their account, but then they get reimbursed by the customer. so that is already zero. as far as t.n.c., transportation network companies, or any other regulated mode, it is up to that company if they want to pass that cost on to the customer or not. for sfmta, we have allowed the taxis -- the m.t.a. has allowed the taxis to pass on 100% of the cost to the customer. >> chair: got it. okay. i understand that it doesn't have a cost directly to the driver of the taxi, although if they're passing it on to the customer, you know, it could create a situation where the taxi is as expensive, or more expensive in some cases,
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than the ride share. i wonder if there are ways to give them an even greater advantage here so they can keep their costs lower and, you know, and i wonder if these fees are helpful with that? i realize that is not exactly what we're voting on here. we're voting on a contract to support the administration of these folks, so this is, in some ways, a different conversation that i would like to continue at some point. supervisor mar? >> thank you, chair haney. i just have some questions about the workforce and labor issues with this. so this will be a new -- there will be a new contractor taking over this work, it looks like in the fall or early november. and it looks like there might be, like, 40 to 50 employees with the current contractor doing the work.
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so i just wanted to see what the plan is around retention of the jobs for those current employees with the current contractor when the contract changes over in november. and then it looks like there is a projection of increased -- or some hiring or expansion of the workforce for this contract over the coming three years. so what -- yeah, what provisions are there for the workers that have been laid off to be able to offer access to those jobs? >> supervisor mar, let me take a stab at answering that. we have a 90-day retention policy. so the employees that are here will are retained for 90 days by the new company. they will do their own background checks for the 90-day period. and then the employees that were laid off, they are on a list. and that is the list that the new employer will tap
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first to see when they do any kind of new hiring. if those employees are not available or they're saying they don't want to work for this company, then the new employer will be able to insurer other higher otherstaff that are not f the list. the company that is leaving and the company that is taking over negotiated with the same union, so these employees are part of the same union. so there is a lot of protection built in for the employees that are here. >> chair: great. thank you for that explanation. i understand. thank you. it all sounds good. thank you, chair haney. >> chair: thank you. i know there is a b.l.a. report on this item. >> nick manard. good morning, committee members. so this proposed resolution would approve a new contract between the airport and s.p. plus to staff the airport's
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curbside management program. the proposed contract has an initial three-year term through october 2024. the total projected caught for the services provided by this contract is $20.1 million funded by ground transportation provider fees. we recommend a $600,000 reduction in the resolution not to exceed amount from $20.7 million to $20.1 million. we recommend approval of the resolution as amended. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chair: great. i know we have an amendment that we'll move in a minute. but is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. for those already on hold, please wait until the
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system indicates you have been unmuted. are there any callers who wish to comment on item 2? >> you have two callers. >> clerk: thank you. please unmute the first caller. welcome, caller. >> good morning. in my 20 years of watching this, i've never seen a longer airport contract. through the public health examination, and considering the amount of international travel, this contract will lead to more circulation (indiscernable). >> clerk: thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> caller: good morning. thank you for your service and the opportunity to speak this morning. my name is patty, and i'm the owner of s.f. parking l.l.c., a latino-owned
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parking company. i'm excited and honored to be serving as a subcontractor on the curbside management contract program. over the last decade, it has enabled my company to grow. it has allowed me to not only provide amazing union jobs for my community, but has been there when needed beyond the scope of work relationship. for instance, when the mission food hub needed us to pack food items at the onset of the pandemic, s.b. parking immediately jumped in and existed. it is an example of the program working and how in collaboration we were serve our community in many capacities. it is truly an honor for me and my company to be able to serve s.f.o. and represent our great city, where i grew up and continue to live with my family. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. are there any other callers in the queue? >> there are no more callers. >> clerk: thank you. >> chair: great.
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public comment is now closed. supervisor safai? >> thank you, mr. chair. my question to the airport is: what is the size of the subcontract? i'm happy to hear about the subcontract along with the local l.b., and i'm really happy to hear that this company has been able to mentor her business and help it grow and then help to establish local union-paying jobs. but what's the size of the subcontract out of this? i was reading through the contract and i didn't see what size it is designated as. >> i can answer that question, supervisors. so the subcontract would be as dianna mentioned, for the administrative staff. so roughly 5%. >> so 5%.
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and what are the retention policies of the subcontract? it sounds like they have a long relationship, so i'm not as worried about it in this instance, but i just want to know what provisions of retention do you have for the subcontractor? at times primes will get to the point where they say they have met their needs, they don't need the subcontractor anymore, and they're able to let subcontractors go and perform the work themselves or no longer perform the work. can you talk a little bit about that in terms of the subcontract protections that are written into the contract? either you or dianna. >> dianna, would you have any input to this? >> well, the 90-day retention policy is there. so the employees that are there are not going to be laid off for 90 days for sure. as far as protecting the subcontractor, that is an
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agreement between the prime and the sub. we basically provide the contracting mechanism to contract with the prime, and if there is a sub they decided to use as an administrative support contract for that part. we don't retain any controls over it, as far as i know. >> i know when we worked on other contracts with the p.u.c. and other entities, they have a certain amount of time that they have to notify the subcontractor if their services are no longer required, to allow the subcontractor to either appeal or to work with the agency to ensure. so there are usually provisions written into the contract to protect the subcontractors so that they're not just hired on a short-term basis to win the awarded contract and then let the subcontractors go. >> i'm personally not aware of any such provision in our existing contract.
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if cynthia is on the line, perhaps she can share. >> she isn't, but, supervisor, we're happy to followup on that information and see if that is part of the contract and get that information to you. >> this contractor did not have this contract before? they were the one that responded? but it sounds like they have done work at the airport before in some other areas. what are some of the areas that other contractors have done work at the airport. >> there has been a subcontractor managing the s.f.o. airport garages. >> so this is the first time they're getting into the curbside management. who was the vendor before? >> a.b.m. and p.p.m. it was a joint collaboration
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between pacific park management and a.b.m.. and they were here for almost a decade. >> did they apply again? >> they did. but they were not successful in this current round. >> got it. got it. it would be good, dianna, for this committee to know, one of the things we care about -- obviously we care a lot about the l.b.e. program, ensuring that local vendors are protected, what kind of provisions are written into your contract to ensure that. i'm prepared to support this today, but definitely want to know that those provisions are in there going forward. and if you could follow up with our team, that would be great. >> will do, supervisor. and we'll also follow up with supervisor haney in terms of his questions regarding our taxi rates and charges. >> thank you. i appreciate that. we've got to take care of our taxi industry.
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they're having a tough time, and i think the airport is really essential for them. >> chair: all right. with that, i want to make a motion to accept the b.l.a.'s recommendation to amend this item. can we have a roll call vote on the amendment, please. >> clerk: yes. on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: great. i want to make a motion to move item 2 as amended to the full board with a positive recommendation. can we have a roll call, please. >> clerk: yes, on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: great. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> chair: thank you. madam clerk, can you please call item 3. >> clerk: yes. item 3 -- >> chair, i'm sorry. before you call item 3, i
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think if it's okay with you, we can rescind the vote on item 1. rec and park has some amendments they weren't able to get in. it is up to you if you want to wait and do item 3first and then come back to it. i wanted to alert you they have some amendments they need to make to item 1. >> chair: let's come back to that after item 3. >> clerk: item 3: resolution authorizing the recreation and park department to accept an in kind grant of up to $200,000 from t. f. studio for design services (indiscernable) for a project term beginning upon the approval by the board of supervisors, and until the notice of substantial completion. members of the public who wish to provide public comment should call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 24855346023 and then press
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pound twice. and then dial *3 to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> chair: great. thank you. and we have... >> good afternoon. i'm abigail mare with the recreation and park department. and i am sharing my screen just to show you a quick presentation about this in-kind donation for filmore park renovation project. this is an in-kind donation of $200,000 for design services. located in the western addition neighborhood on filmore street, between turk street and golden gate avenue, it is nestled by a three story landmark brick building to the north, a three story private housing building to the east, and a
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one-story restaurant parking lot to the south. a small stage is at the central area that is surrounded by benches and game tables, which encourages neighborhood gatherings, sitting, and picnicking. it includes new community leadership foundation, san francisco beautiful, and t.s. studio. [inaudible] >> the new community leadership foundation, they, you know, of course allow the use of the park a lot, however, the park does suffer from some poor drainage and could really use some upgraded seating and park amenities. so they partnered with s.f. beautiful and went through a community design process. and then they applied for
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and were awarded a community opportunity fund grant, which is a program of the 2012 clean and safe neighborhood parks bond. and these photos show the existing site. the existing lawn, often muddy and inconsistent, keeps park users from gathering informally. and the existing landscape does not provide a sense of peace and relaxation. t.s. studio has offered pro bono design services to do new landscaping, drainage, and seating within the park. i would like to thank our partners on this project, and if anyone would like additional project information, please consider visiting our s.f. park project page for the renovation. that concludes my presentation. and please let me know if
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you have any questions. thank you. >> chair: great. it looks wonderful and exciting. colleagues, any question or comments? not seeing any. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> no, chair haney, we do not have a b.l.a. report on this item. >> chair: is there any public comment on this item. >> clerk: d.p. is checking if there are any callers in the queue. for those already on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. are there any callers who wish to comment on item 3? >> there are no callers. >> clerk: thank you. >> chair: great. public comment is now closed. i want to make a motion to move item 3 to the full border with a positive recommendation. can we have a roll call,
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please? >> i put my name in the queue. i don't see to be recognized that way, so i just waved my hand -- just kidding. i only have one question for rec and park: when will the trees at the mini park grow as big as they are in the photographs? >> oh, that's a good question. [laughter] >> think some of the trees in these renderings are some of the trees that are there. and then we'll probably plant smaller trees and they'll grow over time. >> okay. good. i hope you -- i hope you have some flowering trees so we can get some cherry blossoms or something that is going to bring some nice, good energy to that mini park. i know it very well. i started my career one block away from it and continued my career there. so it is a very important mini park to me
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personally. thank you, chair haney, for making that park a priority. and thank you for all of the families and children in that neighborhood. >> thank you, supervisor safai. that is great to hear. i will definitely share your comments and input with the project team. >> thank you. >> you see why i hesitate before calling on you, vice chair safai -- i'm just kidding. i agree, bigger trees, flowering trees, the renderings look amazing. so we will -- can we take that motion to move this to the full board with a positive recommendation. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes. on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: great. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you so much. all right, can we return
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to item 1, please? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair, would you like me to read item 1 for transparency? >> chair: yes. >> clerk: ordinance authorizing the municipal transportation agency to set parking rates at the key parking lot, the golden gate underground parking facility and marina harbor, provision to authorize sfmta, making confirming edits, increasing parking rates for the marina, small craft harbor (indiscernable) under the california environmental quality act. public comment has already been provided on this item. mr. chair? >> chair: great. just to be clear, i -- are -- de
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amendments to the version that we sent to the full board? >> to clarify, the version we submitted this morning has some non-significant amendments that were moved, charging for public parking at the arena, from the original version that was submitted to you because we wanted to do more outreach with the marina. so that is the change. so my understanding is that we needed you to specifically approve that amended version submitted by the mayor's office. and that we just missed doing that in the first go-round. >> chair: got it. okay. are those amendments clear? i guess first we have to -- i want to make a motion to rescind the vote. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: on that
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motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: all right. and now do we have our city attorney here? are those amendments clear, what we're adding to this? >> yes, deputy city attorney ann pearson. the legislation had originally proposed to make some changes with respect to the parking fees at the marina. they're proposing to remove the changes that were part of the original legislation to restore the status quo while they consider what amendments, if any, to make to those fees. did i get that right, ms. ketchum? >> there are currently no fees to park at the marina. the original proposal included adding fees for public parking at the marina. that part has been delete
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pending public outreach. we're still asking to increase the fee for annual berth holder parking at the marina, but the changes that were given to the clerk delete the sections that would have added general public parking at the arena. and that is the only change, per the city attorneys. >> chair: all right. i want to move those changes. give me a roll call vote, please. >> clerk: for clarification, would you like to amend both the original version and the duplicated version or just the original version? [please stand by]
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>> supervisor haney: great. thank you. welcome, adult protection department. >> thank you, president haney. this resolution is to
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retroactively extend a contract term with northpointe. this amendment language was forwarded to your offices yesterday, and i'm happy to read it for the record right now. so resolution, the amendment that -- that we are proposing that we need to make and hope that you could approve to the resolution is as follows. resolution retroactively approving a fifth amendment to the agreement between the adult protection department and northpointe software, inc. for maintenance and support of the correctional offender management profiling for alternative sanctions system, to extend the performance period by 12 months for a total
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term of 11 years from march 7, 2011, through march 7, 2022, with no change to the total amount not to exceed $752,488. the amendment doesn't change the total amount of the contract. and i understand that -- excuse me, introducing this amendment requires the item to be continued for a later meeting, and at that point, i'll be happy to introduce the matter of the contract, and if you'd like, i'm happy to do so now. >> chair haney: thank you. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> chair haney, we are still
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working on the report on this item. we will have it ready to present next week. >> operator: there are no callers willing to comment. >> chair haney: all right. public comment is now closed. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: yes, thank you, mr. chair. i know this item will be continued, but it would be good to have someone that can come and answer questions that actually manages the performance of this contract, what it does, and the evaluation. i have a series of questions with regard to the algorithm, how it affects bipoc
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communities, and how bias is implicit in how this particular contract is utilized, so if you could have someone from your team prepared next week, we have a series of questions that we want to get on the record with regards to this particular software management tool. >> absolutely. we'll be here with the right team members to respond to any questions you may have. >> supervisor safai: and then just quickly, even though i know we're going to be here next week, but why is this retroactively? this is the fifth amendment to this contract? >> right. honestly, we had every intention to get this item approved through the right channels and on time, but we had to do a number of reviews by the department of
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technology, department of o.c.a., office of contract administration, and all the channels that it needed to go through, so that took a considerable amount of time, and i hate to just say this, but we are very thoroughly understaffed in my unit of finance and contracts, so it just takes longer to do everything, so it took us this long. and then, we got the whole packet submitted just before the board went on summer recess, which i know was already late. >> supervisor safai: if there's a problem with the department of technology, we need to try to anticipate that because otherwise, you're doing the work out the approval of this body, and it causes some
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issues, particularly for our approve authority. >> absolutely. i understand. >> supervisor safai: okay. thank you. we'll talk about it next week. >> yes. >> supervisor safai: thank you, mr. chair. >> chair haney: so i want to make a motion to accept the amendment. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes, sir. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair haney: okay. great. and i want to make a motion to continue this item to september 29 as amended to the budget and finance committee meeting. can we have a roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair haney: great.
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we'll see you next week, miss martinez. madam clerk, can you please call item 5? >> clerk: yes. item 5 is a resolution retroactively authorizing the office of the district attorney to accept and expend a grant in the amount of 914,000 from the california department of insurance for the worker's compensation assurance fraud program for the grant period of july 1, 2021 through june 30, 2022. members of the public wishing to make public comment dial 415-554-0001, meeting i.d. 2485-534-6023, pound, pound. if you wish to make public comment, press star, three to
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enter the queue and wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted before you begin your comment. >> thank you. chair haney, supriya [inaudible] and we are asking for this amount to [inaudible]. >> chair haney: okay. is there a b.l.a. report? >> there is no report from our office. >> chair haney: sorry. not seeing any questions or comments. is there any public comment? >> clerk: yes, mr. hear, d.t. is checking to see if there are any caller in the queue.
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members of the public who wish to make public comment, press star, three to enter the queue. >> operator: threw no callers. >> chair haney: yes, and did you give any explanation for why it's retroactive? >> yes. it's actually part of the regular budgeting process and it doesn't require a separate process, however, as part of the grant making requirement does require the separate resolution, and we don't receive confirmation of the grant amount until typically this period in the fall, and then we have the resolution.
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>> chair haney: all right. okay. i want to make a motion to move this item to the full board with a positive recommendation. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: on the motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair haney: great. it will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, can you please call item 6? >> clerk: yes. item 6, ordinance retroactively authorizing the office of cannabis to accept and expand a grant award in the amount of 1 million from the board of state and community correction for the proposition 64 public health and safety grand program for a term of may 1, 2021 through october 31, 2024 and amending ordinance number 1 ##
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-- 166-20. members of the public who wish to enter public comment, call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2485-534-6023, then press pound and pound again. press star, three to end the queue and wait until the system prompt indicates you have been unmuted. >> chair haney: okay. thank you. >> thank you for your time. [inaudible] the purpose of the legislation before you is to fund projects addressing public health and safety associated with the implementation of the control regulate and tax adult use of marijuana act. the grant term is may 1, 2021 through october 31, 2024, an
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award amount of $1 million for three years. programs include facilitating an educational campaign [inaudible] additionally, funds will be used to create a new position, an 1823 senior administrative analyst to be completely funded by the grant and terminate at the end of the grant term. they will oversee complex matters in the cannabis space, including on-site inspections for permanent operators and following up regarding cannabis complaints. thank you again and i'd be happy to address any questions. >> chair haney: great. thank you. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> no, chair haney. we do not have a report on the item.
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>> chair haney: is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: d.t. is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. for those who have already done so, please star, three to enter the queue. if you have already done so, please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted before you begin your comments. >> operator: there are no callers. >> chair haney: public comment is now closed. not seeing any other questions or comments. i want to make a motion to move this item forward with a positive recommendation. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair haney: thank you so much for your time, mr. short.
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madam clerk, can you call items 7 through 9 together? >> clerk: yes. item 7 is resolution approving for purposes of internal revenue code section 147-f, the issuance and sale of revenue obligations by the california enterprise development authority in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed 17 million to finance the acquisition and renovation of educational and related facilities to be owned and operated by chinese american international school. item 8 is a resolution approving for purposes of internal revenue code the issuance of tax exempt obligations in an amount not to
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exceed 35 million for the purpose of financing the abri significance, construction, renovation, equipping and furnishing of senior residential and care services. item 9 is resolution approving for purposes of internal revenue code the issuance and sale of revenue ablgss in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed 9 million to finance and refinance the acquisition, construction, renovation, rehabilitation, improvement and/or equipping of educational and related facilities to be owned and operated by presidio hill school. >> chair haney: thank you. and we have [inaudible] with us. >> good morning, supervisors, chair haney. i apologize i was not able to
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[inaudible] my name is [inaudible] describe each of the proposed financing, the terms. representatives from each of the nonprofits are also available. if there are questions, they can speak more in detail about their organizations if needed. [inaudible] by nonprofit organizations through joint powers authority. these resolutions [inaudible] federal tax law requires that the governing body of the jurisdiction in which the project is located approve the financing of the project after providing an opportunity for a duly noted public hearing before the bond can be issued on a tax exempt basis. the jurisdiction, which of course is the city and county of san francisco is not obligated for payment on the biopsied. the first resolution before you is for chinese american
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international school or cais, which is a federal 501-c-3 organization. the debt will be issued through california joint debt authority. this hearing was published on the city noticed website on august 18, 2021, and public hearing was healed by the [inaudible] on august 30 [inaudible] proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be a total amount not to exceed 17 million [inaudible].
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some background on the borrowers. cais opened in 1981 in the basement of a downtown building and has [inaudible] a faculty of 80 and a staff of 27. as a dual language emergent school, it seeks to build white powder -- build upon a -- the stated core values, and the legislation is being sponsored by supervisor melgar. approval of the legislation [inaudible] to the city and county of san francisco. the second resolution before you is for [inaudible] also known as san francisco home for jewish leaving [inaudible]
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hearing notice is published on the city's website on august 6, and a public hearing was held on august 16. no comments were received through the public hearing process. the proceeds from the sale of these bonds will total 35 million [inaudible] in connection with the provision of senior residential and care services. the project is located at 302 silver avenue in san francisco. the owner and operator of all capital improvements to be financed with the bonds will be [inaudible] doing business as jewish home of san francisco. per its website, apologize for the background noise, jewish home of san francisco traces its roots to 1871 when the business was organized to establish a home for orphaned
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children. over the years it has expanded to provide high quality care and services for its residents [inaudible] this project is located in district 11, and that legislation is being sponsored by supervisor safai. [inaudible] approval of this legislation will have no physical impact to the city and county of san francisco. the third resolution is [inaudible] this debt will also be issued through c-debt, the california enterprise debt authority. the information was published on the web [inaudible] via teleconference on august 19. no comment from any members of
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the public were heard or received through this hearing process either. proceeds from the sale of these obligations will be [inaudible] in a total amount not to exceed $9 million to refinance a 2014 tax exempt bond [inaudible] located at 3839 washington street in san francisc [inaudible] of additional educational facilities through 3839 washington street and san francisco [inaudible] it was established in 1918 as the oldest of record school in california. in keeping with the heritage, presidio hill continues to offer students a challenging
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curriculum, and the school instructs students to be critical problem solvers with a commitment to the whole child. the school has an enrollment of 220 students in grades k through 8 on their website. approval of the legislation will have no physical impact to the city and county, with that i'll end and take any questions you may have about these resolutions, skm as i mentioned, representatives -- and as i mentioned, representatives are here from the three institutions, as well. >> chair haney: thank you for that detail. supervisor safai, do you want to be heard of your district? [inaudible] >> chair haney: okay. somebody needs to mute.
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>> this is sfgovtv. i believe you are unmuted. >> chair haney: i was able to mute them. i actually have super powers. >> that actually muted the p.c. line, and we'll have to rebridge. if you could give us a moment, we need to fix it. hold on. >> chair haney: okay. >> clerk: would you like to take a two-minute recess? >> yes. could we take a two-minute
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recess to reestablish the bridge line? >> chair haney: and could >> chair haney: welcome back to the budget and finance committee meeting. madam clerk, do we need to call the items again or can we just continue? >> clerk: we do not need to call the items again. >> chair haney: okay. because that could take ten minutes to call them alone. do we have any public comment. >> clerk: yes.
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members of the public who wish to make public comment, dial star, three to enter the queue. >> chair haney: seeing no public comment, i'm going to close public comment and make a motion to move the items to the full board with a positive recommendation. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes. on the motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair haney: thank you for that, and i have learned my
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lesson to never mute that item. madam clerk, call item 10. >> clerk: yes. item 10 is a resolution leveeing property taxes at a combined rate of 1.18 cents on each $100 valuation of taxable property for the city and county of san francisco, san francisco unified school district, san francisco county office of education, san francisco community college district, bay area rapid transit district, and bay area air quality management district, and establishing a pass through rate of.07 sents per 100 of assessed value for residential tenants pursuant to administrative code chapter 37 for the fiscal year ending june 30, 2022. members of the public who wish to make public comment dial
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415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2485-534-6023, then press pound and pound again. then press star, three to enter the queue and you may begin your comments when the system indicates you have been unmuted. >> chair haney: thank you. and i believe i see my colleague, jamie [inaudible]. >> yes. the property tax rate, the secured property tax rate will be applied to about 210,000 real properties assessed values as determined by the assessor-recorder and will be -- this rate will be applied to those values to produce property tax bills in the
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treasurer and tax collector's office in about a month. the 1% portion of the tax rate is set by prop 13, the california voters approved in june. the .114% is san francisco voters general obligation bond tax rate factors. that raises the [inaudible] on general obligation bonds approved by san francisco voters, and the remainder is for voter approved general obligation bonds approved by voters issued by the school district, college district, and b.a.r.t. for a comparison year over year, i used the median taxable
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value of a single-family home in san francisco, $628,289. this is just for the ad valorem project tax. there are also typically parcel taxes or direct charges that are on the property tax bill, and those are extra. that is it for my presentation. i'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. >> chair haney: great. thank you. appreciate the information on this. is there a b.l.a. report on
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this item? >> yes. as mr. whitaker just mentioned, we do show the change in property tax rates on page 9 of our report, and we recommend approval. >> chair haney: great. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thank you, chair haney. i just had a question just to try to understand this a little bit better. so the proposed -- it looks like it's about a 1.3% decrease in property tax rate from the prior year, and that's really based on the debt service -- my question is, where's that really sort of 1.3% decrease
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come from? >> sort of a combination -- thank you for the question, supervisor mar. it's a combination of the assessed secured value and the assessment role is, so it grew about 4% year over year, and also how much do we owe, what do we owe the investors that bought the general obligation bonds from the various taxing entities, and it turned out that the growth and the assessed values, the tax rate, what we need to charge to cover the debt service, the rate is a little bit less than it was last year. but there's two values: the assessed value and how much we owe -- what we need to generate from property owners. >> supervisor mar: got it.
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and then i don't know if there's a raw estimate if how much that 1.3% reduction represents in total with property tax collection in the city? >> well, i would say that the rate itself is what the reduction is. the total being collected is going up, and i believe that's $1.3 billion, and that's for all counties, not just the city and county of san francisco. i want to say that last year, it was probably in the neighborhood of $3.2 or $3.3 billion, but i believe what we're collecting overall is increasing as the assessed value went up year over year, if that helps. >> supervisor mar: yes.
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thank you. thanks, chair haney. >> chair haney: for sure. thank you. i don't see any other questions or comments. can you open this item for public comments, please. >> clerk: yes. members of the public who wish to provide comment on this item, please press star, three to be entered into the queue. for those already in the queue, please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. mr. cooley, please indicate if there are any callers wishing to comment on item 10. >> operator: there are no callers. >> chair haney: public comment is closed. thank you so much, mr. whitaker. appreciate it. i want to make a motion to move item 10 to the full board with a positive recommendation. may i have a roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes. on the motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair haney: thank you.
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appreciate it, and thank you for being here for your work, mr. whitaker. >> yes. >> chair haney: madam clerk, is there any further business before us today? >> clerk: there's no further business. >> chair haney: great. if there's no further business, this meeting's adjourned. thank you.
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>> this is a huge catalyst for change. >> it will be over 530,000 gross square feet plus two levels of basement. >> now the departments are across so many locations it is hard for them to work together and collaborate and hard for the customers to figure out the different locations and hours of
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operation. >> one of the main drivers is a one stopper mitt center for -- permit center. >> special events. we are a one stop shop for those three things. >> this has many different uses throughout if years. >> in 1940s it was coca-cola and the flagship as part of the construction project we are retaining the clock tower. the permit center is little working closely with the digital services team on how can we modernize and move away from the paper we use right now to move to a more digital world. >> the digital services team was created in 2017. it is 2.5 years. our job is to make it possible to get things done with the city online. >> one of the reasons permitting is so difficult in this city and county is really about the
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scale. we have 58 different department in the city and 18 of them involve permitting. >> we are expecting the residents to understand how the departments are structured to navigate through the permitting processes. it is difficult and we have heard that from many people we interviewed. our goal is you don't have to know the department. you are dealing with the city. >> now if you are trying to get construction or special events permit you might go to 13 locations to get the permit. here we are taking 13 locations into one floor of one location which is a huge improvement for the customer and staff trying to work together to make it easy to comply with the rules. >> there are more than 300 permitting processes in the city. there is a huge to do list that we are possessing digital. the first project is allowing
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people to apply online for the a.d.u. it is an accessory dwelling unit, away for people to add extra living space to their home, to convert a garage or add something to the back of the house. it is a very complicated permit. you have to speak to different departments to get it approved. we are trying to consolidate to one easy to due process. some of the next ones are windows and roofing. those are high volume permits. they are simple to issue. another one is restaurant permitting. while the overall volume is lower it is long and complicated business process. people struggle to open restaurants because the permitting process is hard to navigate. >> the city is going to roll out a digital curing system one that is being tested. >> when people arrive they
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canshay what they are here to. it helps them workout which cue they neat to be in. if they rant to run anker rapid she can do that. we say you are next in line make sure you are back ready for your appointment. >> we want it all-in-one location across the many departments involved. it is clear where customers go to play. >> on june 5, 2019 the ceremony was held to celebrate the placement of the last beam on top of the structures. six months later construction is complete. >> we will be moving next summer. >> the flu building -- the new building will be building. it was designed with light in mind. employees will appreciate these amenities. >> solar panels on the roof, electric vehicle chargers in the basement levels, benefiting from gray watery use and secured
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bicycle parking for 300 bicycles. when you are on the higher floors of the building you might catch the tip of the golden gate bridge on a clear day and good view of soma. >> it is so exciting for the team. it is a fiscal manifestation what we are trying to do. it is allowing the different departments to come together to issue permits to the residents. we hope people can digitally come to one website for permits. we are trying to make it digital so when they come into the center they have a high-quality interaction with experts to guide then rather than filling in forms.
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they will have good conversations with our staff. >> growing up in san francisco has been way safer than growing up other places we we have that bubble, and it's still that bubble that it's okay to be whatever you want to. you can let your free flag fry -- fly here. as an adult with autism, i'm here to challenge people's idea of what autism is. my journey is not everyone's journey because every autistic child is different, but there's
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hope. my background has heavy roots in the bay area. i was born in san diego and adopted out to san francisco when i was about 17 years old. i bounced around a little bit here in high school, but i've always been here in the bay. we are an inclusive preschool, which means that we cater to emp. we don't turn anyone away. we take every child regardless of race, creed, religious or ability. the most common thing i hear in my adult life is oh, you don't seem like you have autism. you seem so normal. yeah. that's 26 years of really, really, really hard work and i think thises that i still do. i was one of the first open adoptions for an lgbt couple. they split up when i was about four.
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one of them is partnered, and one of them is not, and then my biological mother, who is also a lesbian. very queer family. growing up in the 90's with a queer family was odd, i had the bubble to protect me, and here, i felt safe. i was bullied relatively infrequently. but i never really felt isolated or alone. i have known for virtually my entire life i was not suspended, but kindly asked to not ever bring it up again in first grade, my desire to have a sex change. the school that i went to really had no idea how to handle one. one of my parents is a little bit gender nonconforming, so they know what it's about, but my parents wanted my life to be safe. when i have all the
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neurological issues to manage, that was just one more to add to it. i was a weird kid. i had my core group of, like, very tight, like, three friends. when we look at autism, we characterize it by, like, lack of eye contact, what i do now is when i'm looking away from the camera, it's for my own comfort. faces are confusing. it's a lack of mirror neurons in your brain working properly to allow you to experience empathy, to realize where somebody is coming from, or to realize that body language means that. at its core, autism is a social disorder, it's a neurological disorder that people are born with, and it's a big, big spectrum. it wasn't until i was a teenager that i heard autism in relation to myself, and i rejected it. i was very loud, i took up a lot of space, and it was
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because mostly taking up space let everybody else know where i existed in the world. i didn't like to talk to people really, and then, when i did, i overshared. i was very difficult to be around. but the friends that i have are very close. i click with our atypical kiddos than other people do. in experience, i remember when i was five years old and not wanting people to touch me because it hurt. i remember throwing chairs because i could not regulate my own emotions, and it did not mean that i was a bad kid, it meant that i couldn't cope. i grew up in a family of behavioral psychologists, and i got development cal -- developmental psychology from all sides. i recognize that my experience is just a very small picture of that, and not everybody's in a
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position to have a family that's as supportive, but there's also a community that's incredible helpful and wonderful and open and there for you in your moments of need. it was like two or three years of conversations before i was like you know what? i'm just going to do this, and i went out and got my prescription for hormones and started transitioning medically, even though i had already been living as a male. i have a two-year-old. the person who i'm now married to is my husband for about two years, and then started gaining weight and wasn't sure, so i went and talked with the doctor at my clinic, and he said well, testosterone is basically birth control, so there's no way you can be pregnant. i found out i was pregnant at 6.5 months. my whole mission is to kind of normalize adults like me. i think i've finally found my
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calling in early intervention, which is here, kind of what we do. i think the access to care for parents is intentionally confusing. when i did the prospective search for autism for my own child, it was confusing. we have a place where children can be children, but it's very confusing. i always out myself as an adult with autism. i think it's helpful when you know where can your child go. how i'm choosing to help is to give children that would normally not be allowed to have children in the same respect, kids that have three times as much work to do as their peers or kids who do odd things, like, beach therapy. how do -- speech therapy.
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how do you explain that to the rest of their class? i want that to be a normal experience. i was working on a certificate and kind of getting think early childhood credits before i started working here, and we did a section on transgender inclusion, inclusion, which is a big issue here in san francisco because we attract lots of queer families, and the teacher approached me and said i don't really feel comfortable or qualified to talk about this from, like, a cisgendered straight person's perspective, would you mind talking a little bit with your own experience, and i'm like absolutely. so i'm now one of the guest speakers in that particular class at city college. i love growing up here. i love what san francisco represents. the idea of leaving has never occurred to me. but it's a place that i need to fight for to bring it back to what it used to be, to allow all of those little kids that come from really unsafe
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environments to move somewhere safe. what i've done with my life is work to make all of those situations better, to bring a little bit of light to all those kind of issues that we're still having, hoping to expand into a little bit more of a resource center, and this resource center would be more those new parents who have gotten that diagnosis, and we want to be this one centralized place that allows parents to breathe for a second. i would love to empower from the bottom up, from the kid level, and from the top down, from the teacher level. so many things that i would love to do that are all about changing people's minds about certain chunts, like the transgender community or the autistic community. i would like my daughter to know there's no wrong way to go through life. everybody experiences pain and grief and sadness, and that all
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>> he is a real leader that listens and knows how to bring people together. brought this department together like never before. i am so excited to be swearing in the next chief of the san francisco fire department, ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome, jeanine nicholson. (applause). >> i grew up total tomboy, athlete. i loved a good crisis, a good challenge. i grew up across the street from the fire station. my dad used to take me there to vote. i never saw any female firefighters because there weren't any in the 1970s. i didn't know i could be a fire
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fighter. when i moved to san francisco in 1990, some things opened up. i saw women doing things they hadn't been doing when i was growing up. one thing was firefighting. a woman recruited me at the gay-pride parade in 1991. it was a perfect fit. i liked using my brain, body, working as a team, figuring things out, troubleshooting and coming up with different ways to solve a problem. in terms of coming in after another female chief, i don't think anybody says that about men. you are coming in after another man, chief, what is that like. i understand why it is asked. it is unusual to have a woman in this position. i think san francisco is a trailblazer in that way in terms of showing the world what can
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happen and what other people who may not look like what you think the fire chief should look like how they can be successful. be asked me about being the first lbgq i have an understands because there are little queer kids that see me. i worked my way up. i came in january of 1994. i built relationships over the years, and i spent 24 years in the field, as we call it. working out of firehouses. the fire department is a family. we live together, eat together, sleep in the same dorm together, go to crazy calls together, dangerous calls and we have to look out for one another. when i was burned in a fire years ago and i felt responsible, i felt awful. i didn't want to talk to any of
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my civilian friends. they couldn't understand what i was going through. the firefighters knew, they understood. they had been there. it is a different relationship. we have to rely on one another. in terms of me being the chief of the department, i am really trying to maintain an open relationship with all of our members in the field so myself and my deputy chiefs, one of the priorities i had was for each of us to go around to different fire stations to make sure we hit all within the first three or four months to start a conversation. that hasn't been there for a while. part of the reason that i am getting along well with the field now is because i was there. i worked there. people know me and because i know what we need. i know what they need to be successful. >> i have known jeanine
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nicholson since we worked together at station 15. i have always held her in the highest regard. since she is the chief she has infused the department with optimism. she is easy to approach and is concerned with the firefighters and paramedics. i appreciate that she is concerned with the issues relevant to the fire department today. >> there is a retired captain who started the cancer prevention foundation 10 years ago because he had cancer and he noticed fellow firefighters were getting cancer. he started looking into it. in 2012 i was diagnosed with breast canner, and some of my fellow firefighters noticed there are a lot of women in the san francisco fire department,
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premenopausal in their 40s getting breast cancer. it was a higher rate than the general population. we were working with workers comp to make it flow more easily for our members so they didn't have to worry about the paper work when they go through chemo. the turnout gear was covered with suit. it was a badge to have that all over your coat and face and helmet. the dirtier you were the harder you worked. that is a cancer causeser. it -- casser. it is not -- cancer causer. there islassic everywhere. we had to reduce our exposure. we washed our gear more often, we didn't take gear where we were eating or sleeping.
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we started decontaminating ourselves at the fire scene after the fire was out. going back to the fire station and then taking a shower. i have taught, worked on the decontamination policy to be sure that gets through. it is not if or when. it is who is the next person. it is like a cancer sniper out there. who is going to get it next. one of the things i love about the fire department. it is always a team effort. you are my family. i love the city and department and i love being of service. i vow to work hard -- to work hard to carry out the vision of the san francisco fire department and to move us forward in a positive way. if i were to give a little
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advice to women and queer kids, find people to support you. keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep trying. you never know what door is going to open next. you really don't. [cheers and
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>> chair: good