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>> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local people will spend their money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪♪♪ ]>> good afternoon and we1
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regular meeting of the board of1 supervisors. would you please call the roll. >> (roll call). >> mr. president all members are president. >> you missed one.
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>> my apologies. all members are present. >> we acknowledge that we are on the home land. as the original stewards of this land, they are never seeded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as care takers of this place as well as all people who reside in their traditional territory. we realize that we benefit from living and working on their home land. we wish to pay respects by acknowledging the community and affirming their sovereign rights as first peoples.
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colleagues please stand with me to recite the pledge of allegiance. >> (pledge of allegiance. (pledge of allegiance. (. >> are there any comments from m the public. >> the most efficient way to
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provide up to two minutes of public comment is to call in from your touch tone. the telephone number is streaming on your screen. when you hear the prompt please inner the meeting i.d. press pound twice. you'll have joined the meeting as a listener. you'll hear the discussion and your line will be muted. when you hear the item you wish to speak, that's when you should press star three. there is a 3:00 p.m. special order on items. we have a date stamp on behalf
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of the co-appellants wishing to withdraw this appeal. a conditional use authorization for the project despite the withdrawal. items 23 through 26 are expected to be called together. the litigation is the subject of a closed session and litigation are items 25 through 26. these items have been called from the government oversight committee the settlement of lawsuits. with respect to general comment this is item 28. you are permitted to speak to
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the minutes. items 29 through 30 that hosts items that were not heard in committee. the board will accept your written correspondence by u.s. mail. in a great partnership with the office of civic engagement. assistance will be provided with their language needs. if you having any trouble
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connecting to this meeting, please call the clerk's office where a live person is waiting to assist you. >> a reminder to please mute when are you not speaking. today we're approving the minutes. i don't see anyone on the roster. we entertain a motion. >> i do apologize to interrupt you only to say that i understand sfgov is having problems streaming this meeting. it looks like it's back up now. may i have a moment to confer with the deputy. >> definitely. >> thank you.
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it seems to be streaming at the moment. they have intermittent issues. >> thank you, madam clerk. if it does become an issue please let us know so we can make sure that we're keeping the public informed. with that said, we're going to take a mote on the minutes from our september 28, 2021 meeting. we need to entertain a motion. madam clerk, on the motion. >> on the minutes. (roll call).
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there are 11 ayes. let's go to our consent agenda. >> these items are considered to be routine. an item may be removed and considered separately.
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>> i don't see anyone on the roster. please call item eight. >> to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in san francisco. to expend the contract term for 19 months for a total term and to increase the contract amount by 12 point six million. >> thank you. seeing no one on the roster, we can take this item same house, same call. without objection this item is adopted unanimously. >> madam clerk will you please
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call item nine. >> to add energy storage capability to the existing solar capability. a new total cost of 222 million. >> thank you. colleagues, i am in support of this item today, i do want to flag for you as we vote on this item to really think about sustainable local clean power for the city and county of san francisco. as we know this contract which is a long contract but it's really a battery storage located in california. as we really think about clean
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power sf. local build out, which means we're going to think about a local region for sustainable power. while it's still in the state of california, i look forward to have an honest and candid conversation publicly to talk about what local build out really means and what it means for san francisco for years to come. i just want to let you know that is where we're heading for the conversation. >> thank you supervisor chan. seeing no one else on the roster. we can take this item same house, same call.
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this is approved unanimously. will you please call item ten. >> for an amount of 29 point six million. >> thank you. colleagues, i am troubled by this item, not by the work that the japanese youth council does but the fact that this is yet another instance of a grant in excess of $10 million that was supposed to pursuant to section eight come to this board for approval. it was originally a contract in
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excess of $10 million that required board approval. the increase to the contract to almost $40 million is what led to it coming to this board. this is not only about dc yf, obviously this is a problem. this has happened from time to time. i have spoke tone the controller about what systemic controls can be put in place to prevent this from happening. it's an absolute failure and violation of law. there's one commonality is the city attorney's office touches all of these contracts but
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that's not necessarily a systemic control. i'm heartened by the fact that with the new accounting system there are ways to put this in place. i will vote in favor of this, i think the merits are worthy. i think the breakdown of it is an absolute failure. >> thank you so much. controller. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you the president, supervisor peskin has asked different agencies to touch different approval processes. we're in the process of doing that. different control agency nz then
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the city. i will certainly report back to the board, i believe the city's financial system will be contracting grants and other types of agreements can be leveraged for improved reporting. we should get through that scoping work in the coming 30 days. i would be happy to come back to the board in writing at that point to better police this issue going forward. >> that's music to my ears. there's a reason this section of the charter exists. as a matter of fact going back a couple of decades there was actually one of these that came to us retroactively and the board refused to approve.
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the subcontractor was subsquintly not paid. anything over a mfl dollars requires approval by this elected body. that can be used as oversight for corruption and spending. >> thank you. >> i just want to let supervisor peskin know that we brought up the same thing to the committee. after an internal review, it was a mistake on their part. they promised our budget committee that they would do a review of all our contracts.
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they may have found one or two more at the most. i think that's what they had put on the record. one or two that they remembered, that they had fown that also missed review and come to this body. it's a question that we ask every single time. why retroactive approval, why is this process happening the way that it is. i want to make sure members of the board that's something we review on a regular basis. >> you're right. the bla made a recommendation in collaboration with our office look at all the grants that required board approval had
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sought board approval. they assured the committee they were preparing to bring it here. >> thank you. >> thank you. i was going to say what supervisor safai said. i had the good luck to sit in on the committee meeting. the japanese youth council serves as the go between and a bunch of subcontractors that provides opportunities for teenagers. they have greatly expanded because we had a bunch of teenagers at home doing nothing
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and bored. suffering from issues because of the pandemic. i'm really grateful that dc yf was able to expand these things. it was a question to our controller. we saw them expand contracts. they have to front the money, if they don't have the cash to do that, it could be a hardship. is there a separate way to comply with the thing nz the the charter and to be sure in an emergency departments can mobilize quickly.
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>> a number of different questions there, i think. during the emergency the mayor sought to repurpose contracts that normally wouldn't have been possible. it's in this way that dc yf and many other city departments have been able to take preboard approved contracts and respond timely. that's been a provision that's been possible where it typically wouldn't be. modifying that scope takes a process. timely payment and reimbursement to contractors is critically important.
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payments received to keep that number as low as possible. our office actually follows up with departments where we see extremely long lived payments owed. it can permit an advance for contractors we have a long history with. the city can advance money at the beginning of the contract to give the contractor working capital. that serves to provide cash for the contractor to begin work. >> thank you. i appreciate colleagues comments on this as well as the work of the budget committee.
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i'm just trying to understand how it occurs that a department with a contract over $10 million is under the impression that the department did not realize that agreements require board of supervisors approval. i found that pretty alarming. i'm wondering an through the president perhaps the controller or bla if there was some confusion because of the covid rules specifically and the changes or whether the department was more broadly to your knowledge under the understanding or under the misunderstanding regarding which contracts were under board review? >> i believe it was said in committee that this was an error. they do not frequently deal with
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grants this large. i think it was uncommon for them. i also want to as the city attorney's office accept responsibility. we touch all contracts. we do review them. we are working with the controllers office now. we're looking internally at our own policies. we do not approve contracts that require board approval and require board approval. we are for the first time developing a work sheet. we have always provided deputies with guidance and advice. we're hoping this will be a more
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user friendly tool that will be applied to each and every contract. we're also providing a training with our deputies. >> thank you for the tool. >> thank you. thank you deputy city attorney. first off rk i want to thank you all for the commitment to look at the practices and make sure that we're catching these. there's issues external to the department. the controller will be looking to how we catch some of these things. what is less clear to me is the department.
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i want to make sure there's some form of training internal to a department. i would think an hope that anyone handling a contract over $10 million would know as one of the first basic things they were trained that they know that has to come to the board. maybe i should ask that as a question. i'm not familiar with what that training looks like. is it part of the current training of folks who would be approving contracts of this size that folks know it would have to come before the board. you can advise the department but at the end of the day, you're only advising. that department needs to
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principling the matter forward to us. >> i don't know what the training looks like for the departments. i don't if the administrators office facilitates training modules. i can say when department's prepare contracts, they are working from a template that has been preaped by oca and our office. it provides everything necessary to comply with the law. there's something procedurally. >> thank you. please let me in on the efforts to address this. >> i think another thing they
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said in committee. a lot of times the amounts are under $10 million. it was a six point nine million dollar reference, their internal review perfects he is didn't catch it. regardless. thank you. >> thank you. >> not to put a point on it. this skirted the system, not once, not twice but almost three times. the original contract for $24 million is long before covid. that's amenned by almost $10 million almost a year ago in 2020. it's a system that's totally
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broken. every department should know this. it's been there for decades. this is not only dc yf. this happens from time to time. we ask every department to comb through everything and make sure they brought everything to this board that requires 9918 approval. i'm glad the city controller is taking this seriously otherwise our controls are rendered somewhat meaningless. >> thank you. seeing no one else on the roster. we can take this item same house, same call. this item is adopted unanimously.
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madam clerk please call item 11. >> a resolution to approve and authorize the manager for the right of report in the uncorporated area of alameda county. to approve and authorize the sale agreement to make certain modifications as to find here in. to adopt findings that the property is surplus land pursuant to the california purr californiasurplus land act.
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determine the c.e.q.a. determination to determine the appropriate findings. >> i don't see anyone in the roster, we can take this item same house, same call. this item is adopted unanimously. let's call our 2:30 p.m. special order. >> thank you so much mr. president. today it is my pleasure to honor someone i know we all care for and respect greatly. tim for his extraordinary life
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service. he retired over a year ago but because we're just now able to acknowledge people at the board again, i thought it would be an appropriate time to do this. tim was borp in november 1952 in virginia minnesota a small mining town. the sizable tax base matched with progressive work organizing realized the american dream. tim was and still is a prolific writer.
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executive director of the san francisco labor council, billing and construction trade council. just to list a few of tim's
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major accomplishments. justice for janitor's campaign and improve the lives of security officers. he helped to pass the 15-dollar minimum wage law the employee rights benefits. the first union immigrant rights union in the nation. he worked hard to ensure that labor education and pun lick schools and education for the trades are available to young people. academic author who represented the -- was one of tim's role
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models. it seems appropriate to have a quote that represents tim's life. from all of us in district nine. it's my honor to be your supervisor thank you and congratulations. [applause.] >> thank you so much. i want to echo the appreciation and say i'm excited to be able to honor you today for all of your decades of service to san francisco. commitment to labor and being someone who has had an opportunity to provide so many folks with jobs and careers here in the city. i want to appreciate you for
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being a big part of all the pipelines and programs and strategies we
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-- >> i just wanted to add my deep thanks for all of your incredible work in the labor movement for so many decades. i think your accomplishments are tremendous from the actual organizing campaigns and the policies and victories. the broader coalition billing that i think you were essential to on building labor community coalitions in our city over the last decade. thanks again and i look forward
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to seeing you in your new role in retirement. >> thank you. i want to echo some of my colleagues have made. i've had the privilege of working with tim from the minimum wage to project labor agreements. i want to say someone i've always respected and admired and really appreciated and learned from.
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>> i always walk up that windy stair that would end up at room 200 next to the elevators. we would go to one and in the chambers where's you're in right now. we would go back and be out side the mayor's office again. i learned whether it was that day or the next day or a week or even a year later.
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that once you got to number eight, you might not have to go to room 200 anymore. i spent a lot of time with many of you and on behalf of what i did for a living. i just want to thank you. i am a long time resident of district nine. all of you have supported district nine. that part of my life, i'm very proud of. supervisor ronan and your staff
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thank you for squeezing me in today. >> thank you so much. we appreciate you for all of your service and dedication. thank you supervisor ronan. thank you madam clerk. this concludes our 2:30 p.m. special order. we're onto item 12. >> i don't see anyone on the
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roster. we can take these items same house, same call. >> retroactively accept the parks department to accept funding for the project approve the form of the grant contract to maintain the project for the duration of the contract performance. >> thank you madam clerk. i don't see anyone in the rotter. roster. i believe we can take these items same house, same call. these items are adopted
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unanimously. madam clerk can you call items 14 and 15 together. >> the community benefit. these annual reports are for the improvement strict law of 1994. >> thank you. i don't see any one on the roster for these items. these are approved unanimously. >> add laundry mat.
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>> thank you i want to thank the vast majority of you who cosponsored and for your support in what has intervened in a third of the laundry mat's to close down. nighttime entertainment uses and creates a definition in our planning code. it lasts for three years. during which time we can garner information and think about what the appropriate permanent controls are. for the businesses who are low
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income communities and communities of color and interestingly enough remain profitable but not always the highest and best use. we had had a high profile case in my district in a topographically grej area. after discretionary review battle. the lawp ri mat stayed and they gave them a long term lease. i think we should be thinking p ways, we can thank everybody for
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your you support. for the planning department for helping us with this legislation. and of course to the community members. >> thank you. seeing no one else on the roster we can take this item same house, same call. this is taken on the firgs reading unanimously. >> item 17 is an ordinance to update the planning cord and confirm the c.e.q.a. determination and make the appropriate findings. >> thank you madam clerk. >> new mark pet rate rez ten
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shall dement. developers mitigate the impact of new market rate units. regularly updated local requirements. the construction of new market rate housing and consumption of goods and seven ises. we address our need for affordable house inning several ways. legislating protections for rent controlled tenants. building units onsite creating new units onsite or creating land for new affordable housing.
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this legislation establishes procedures and requires with respect to inclusionary timely marketing. the legislation transparency and accountability to the public by amending the code. i want to thank you for your work from the planning department. working extremely hard with my office. i want to thank the moh cd for
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their partnership. and a special thanks to those who offered their support. >> thank you. i don't see anyone else on the roster. we'll take this same house, same call. this ordinance is passed on the first reading unanimously. would you please read item 18. >> i need to entertain a motion to excuse supervisor mandleman.
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>> (roll call). >> thank you. without objection supervisor mandleman is excused from item 18. will you please call the roll on item 18. >> (roll call).
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>> last year the tax for the 2021 tax year. the uncertainty on businesses under struggling under the weight of the covid 19 pandemic. there were non covid 19 factors. the pervasiveness of the high cost of legalized cannabis. at the federal level irs code
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allowed cannabis businesses paying up to two to three times more than other comparable non cannabis businesses. i was one of three businesses who voted against putting prop d on the ballot. it was struggling to get out of the market. i'm at a point where we should not be putting additional fees on cannabis causing the illegalt
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market. these illicit cannabis markets can use unauthorized pesticides. if we extend the suspension of this tax, i request the controller with the tax collector and oversight committee analyze the business
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sales in san francisco, consider factors like state taxation and equity goals an present the board of supervisors on the gross receipts tax that can be implead for the 2023 tax year. it's also possible that during that additional year chaifngs may come at the state and edral level. legislation was introduced in 2018.
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>> there's a continuum of options for people to age in place and with dignity. how are we planning for and providing the housing needed across the spectrum and comprehensively. i'll be requesting that the.
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>> comprise the special order at 3:00 p.m. this item was continued. the office of the clerk of the board was in receipt.
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on behalf of the other co-a appellants withdrawing this appeal. the hearing of person's of conditional use. authorization is a proposed project issued by the planning commission by motion dated may 13, 2021. to approve the conditional use authorization for this project. item 21 is the motion to conditionally approve the findings by the board. in support of the board's disapproval of a conditional use authorization. >> colleagues we have before us a hearing of an appeal of a conditional use authorization. i believe the appellant and the
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project sponsor have reached an agreement. we'll be approving item 20 and tabling item 21 and 22. before we take that vote we must still take public comment. >> at this time the board of supervisor's welcome's testimony. operations do we have any callers in the queue. when you hear the prompt enter the meeting i.d. press pound twice, you'll hear this discussion and your line will be muted. when you are ready to get into
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the queue press star three. listen for the prompt. let's welcome our first caller, please. welcome caller. are there other callers on the line? >> i see the caller is speaking. unfortunately we cannot hear the
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caller at this time. okay. mr. president, we're going to call down to operations to determine -- we understand the caller is still speaking. i apologize to you caller, we cannot hear you. >> thank you, madam clerk. >> thank you mr. president. we want to thank the caller for their patience. i apologize that we cannot hear you at this time. we appreciate the operations team for bringing the caller
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through. operations if you can send that caller through. welcome caller, if you can hear us now? if the caller can hear us, if on a pc, if can you unmute
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yourself. our operations team is trying to see if we can manually have the system unmuted so we can hear you. mr. president, we're go to go ing tohave to ask to you take as to bridge the caller line. >> public comment around items 19 through 22.
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>> all right. to the operations team. we want to first thank our caller for their patience and for any inconvenience. we would love to hear your public comment at this time. >> good afternoon supervisors. my comment today is no matter how many good intentions we have when approaching the general planning conversations we have concerning these units. we do each individual unit a disservice by discussing it. that disservice we experience in
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our rough -- >> i'm pausing your time. we're taking testimony at this time on the appeal of conditional use authorization. items 19 through 22 only. if you're interested in providing comment on a different item we ask that you press star three. >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> thank it the team. >> i would like to make a motion
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to approve item 20 and table item 21 and 22. can i get a second. >> on the motion to approve item 20 and table items 21 and 22. (roll call). >> there are ten ayes. >> thank you item 20 is approved and items 21 and 22 are tabled.
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madam clerk will you please call our next 3:00 p.m. special order. >> items 23 through 26 together. a closed session with the office of the special attorney. item 21 to consider two settlelements. for the city to receive 27 to 50 million for the city to receive 11 million over nine years. once the committee of the whole
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adjourns, they'll enter into a closed session on the litigation. wunsz the closed session adjourned, the board will consider the two settlementsmens presented by item 25. this is a closed session -- excuse me, two ordinances that comprise two lawsuited by people of the state of california. prescription opioids for abatement funds in the range of 27 to 50 million to be paid over
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50 years. johnson and johnson. subsidiary janssen violated the unfair competition law through deceptive marketing of opioids. increasingly large volumes of opioids despite knowledge of the epidemic caused by oap yid misuse as required by state and federal law javment thank you madam dlerk. i necessity prfor with lek to
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dpif some opening remarks. >> these items are settlele ms for their roles in the oap yoidd crisis. we've clearly seen firsthand the fallout from the opioid crisis. just last week this body adopted and urged the mayor to declare a state of emergency.
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i know all of us on this board care deeply about this issue. the opioid crisis effects every single district in the city. because of the broad importance and anticipated interest in these settlements. rather than hearing these two items as we do for other settlements and consultation with the city toarp's office, we called for a committee as a whole so we can deliberate and ask questions from the city attorney before disoiding to a
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prf them. i would like it it it turn the nor over. joo i'll state for the record we are not in a closed session scenario. >> i would like thank the opportunity to talk about this issue. there's some time sensitivity we'll speak to you about in closed session. those are our remarks for now and we can brief you more when
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we go into closed session joovment i don't know if other colleagues have that yous they want to share. >> i don't see any of our colleagues on the roster. before this committee of the whole is filed. let's take public comment. >> thank you mr. president. we understand there is one member of the public at this time for public comment. we invite the individual to be unmuted and provide their testimony. >> good afternoon supervisors. i'm not certain -- the general comment an conversation is to note the daily show which is to
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say this limitation for the laibility and and accepting this committee as a cup ri is unjust an wealth they created through addiction. the sale of oxy couldn't in oxys leaving them with billions of dollars for poisoning our society. i hope the supervisors look at this settlement as the false offering that it is and recognize that the damage that was caused by sales vastly
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exceeds what's being offered here. there's been -- the conversation about last week tonight with john oliver. it was the opioids three episodes he has done. please check it out and enjoy. >> thank you for your comments. operations do we have another caller on the line. >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> seeing no other speakers. public comment now closed. this hearing has been held and is now filed. let's go into our closed session item number 24. >> all right. for the members, we're going to go into closed session.
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we'll just take clerk. [closed session] . >> president walton: all right. colleagues, and to the public, we are back from our closed session for this november 2nd, 2021, meeting. i would love to entertain the motion that the board finds it in its best interest of the public that the board elect not to disclose closed session deliberations. motion made by supervisor preston seconded by supervisor peskin. on the motion, madam clerk. >> clerk: on the motion not to disclose, roll really
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[roll call] >> president walton: without objection, we will not disclose our closed session deliberations. madam clerk, would you please call items 25 and 26 together. >> clerk: items 25 and 26 together and the settlement of lawsuit with johnson and johnson. the city to receive 6 million to 11 million over nine years. these items were called in
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2ke79sdz a bit earlier. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. would you please call the role on items 25 and 26. >> clerk: on items 25 and 26, [roll call] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, these ordinances are passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, we are back at roll call for introductions. >> clerk: yes, and we last left off. supervisor melgar, you're up to
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introduce new business. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, madam clerk, i want to tell you about a hearing we held yesterday at the land use and transportation committee on cooperatively owned housing. we heard from the mayor's office of housing, but also from reverend townsend from the community, san francisco community land trust of the urban home assistance board in new york city. and the outcome of the hearing was really interesting. what we found was that in san francisco, we have thousands of units of cooperatively owned housing in specifically for housing in low income and moderate income people that we have no infrastructure to support them. either to support the people who live in the co-op housing
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which is in districts five, eight, and ten almost overwhelmingly with one recent project in district three. but we also have no financing support for housing. no way to refinance these buildings or keep them affordable or help them in any way. the consensus among all of us is that cooperatively owned housing is an important tool for low and moderate income people it is a large part and it should be in our you city as well and it is a model that we haven't invested in for decades. reverend townsend reminded us the city did invest and
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partnered with labor union pension funds to produce a lot of the housing that is there and executive director ryker from new york reminded us that hud does currently fund co-oped mortgages. out of the minneapolis office. so sections 213 and 232 that fund co-op mortgages are very much still funded and available for us to use, but we have no one at the mayor's office of housing who knows how to use those products. so what i'm here to tell you is that we will be creating a task force of stakeholders to explore the ways in which we can support the people of co-ops in san francisco including the new co-ops that we have in the community land trusts in meta and some of the existing co-ops that are around through technical assistance, training, and professional development of boards in the
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way that new york housing preservation department does and that's in a really important part of the success of these co-ops and not wait until people are fighting that we provide technical assistance. and number two, to explore financial avenues or we can leverage other funding to incentivize the building of new co-ops. and the outcome of this working group will be to present a plan to the prop i committee and to the mayor for potentially funding co-op development in the future. so i just wanted to tell you about this important and interesting hearing that we had in the hopes that you can all be on board for when we carry on and advance this work. thank you. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor melgar.
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supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: submit. >> clerk: submit. thank you. supervisor preston. >> supervisor preston: thank you, madam clerk. a few items, colleagues today, i'm announcing an emergency acquisition plan to prevent pandemic fuel displacement. simply put right now, we find ourselves as a precarious cross roads in our covid recovery. as it has from the start, the pandemic continues to put extreme financial hardship on tens of thousands of working families, seniors and other vulnerable households. this much has been true for the last year and a half and will continue into the foreseeable future. and while the covid crisis initially depressed rents and rental property sales now rents and market trends are on the rebound with increasing numbers of rental properties being put on the markets at rising prices and with growing participation and interests by real estate
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speculators. nonprofit affordable housing providers are reporting a major spike in copa notices. that is multi-family buildings being put on the private market for sale. these nonprofits have the right of first refusal for these properties. the problem is we are told there are insufficient funds for a nonprofit providers to acquire these and the city will lose a time limited to remove a recent report released by members of the housing stability fund oversight board which provides spending recommendations for prop i
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revenue shows the exextent of the problem. the report shows a snapshot in time of multi-family buildings on the private market. citywide, there are 109 buildings totally 1,065 units of housing currently for sale. twelve buildings totalling 70 units in district one. 28 units in district two. 22 buildings with 257 units in district three. and 17 buildings totalling 148 buildings. private equity companies according to a recent bloomberg report entered this year with a staggering $1.5 trillion they can use to buy real estate. they are ready to pounce if we don't act. recent history shows us how that will end. a decade ago during the great recession as real estate values declined. institutional investment firms
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armed with loads of money gobbled up as much property as they could. as a result, san francisco experienced a consolidation of private real estate ownership previously unseen. a trend that occurred across urban america. we have not just an opportunity, but an obligation to take action. on thursday, last week, the housing stability fund oversight board tasked with guiding our prop i expenditures unanimously passed a resolution urging the san francisco board of supervisors to approve an emergency budget allocation quote for the purposes of acquisition and preservation of existing multifamily buildings to prevent displacement. i ask for your support in making good on their recommendations and i want to thank budget chair haney for agreeing to add the projected prop i revenue to the budget
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and finance committee meeting on wednesday, november 17th. the ordinance would deliver on the promise of prop i and the unanimous resolution passed last year by this board and use the transfer tax revenue for social housing. in this moment, in accordance with the oversight board, this would amount to an immediate injection of $64 million to acquire properties scaling up our acquisition program to an unprecedented level in our city's history just when we need it most. colleagues, this would stand to benefit every one of our districts. we have all heard from families living and buildings on the private market worried about what will happen as institutional investors step in. these tenants know they will become a line item on a spread sheet, a drag on a business bottom line with every incentive pointing towards
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displacement. we can present this to hundreds of many long-term stability if we act now. i ask for your support for the ordinance funding this plan to save our residents from displacement through the emergency acquisition program and look forward to talking with you about this item in the up coming weeks and at the budget and finance committee on november 17th. next, colleagues, in honor of one of san francisco's most beloved artists whose fountains grace the pedestrian way in the heart of japantown, i'm introducing a street named designation for the 1700 block to be named ruth asawa plaza. known for her distinctive sculptures, ruth left san francisco on behalf of arts education. her story is one of tremendous perseverance. she was along with her family and thousands of japanese
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americans sent to entournament camps during world war ii. while creating timeless works of art. beginning in the mid 60s, asawa created sculptures and fountains throughout the city. for some, asawa drew upon her life long experience with oagami. it's only fitting then that we introduce this commemorative naming during the international celebration known as world oragami days. a two and a half week celebration of the international community of oragami. though some of her best known work was inspired by oragami, her influence extended far
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beyond the world of art. and later became the first asian american woman to serve as a trustee of the fine arts museum of san francisco. she cofounded the alvarado arts workshop and was instrumental in creating the first public arts high school in san francisco in 1982 which was renamed in her honor in 2010. her legacy and influence are getting long overdue recognition. last year, the u.s. postal service released a series of forever stamps that feature asawa's distinctive fountains and last month, she was inducted into the california hall of fame. colleagues, i have for your support in adding ruth asawa plaza of one of san francisco's most enduring experience. finally, very briefly, colleagues, as you all know, as gao chair, it's my duty to
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introduce the comprehensive financial report and independent audit results for fiscal year 2019 and 2020. this financial report is meant to ensure that the city is complying with government accounting standards. it also requires an independent audit by a certified accounting firm and i just want to thank the independent auditors from n.g.o. and kpmg and the controller's office for taking the time to diligently brief our office and we're looking forward to scheduling the hearing and to hear more about the audit results. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor preston. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. colleagues, i have a few items today. first, i am very excited to be co-sponsoring with mayor breed to allow the city to accept the assignment of the new construction of affordable housing. as most of you know, the parcel that wraps around 16th street
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was the subject of a long, hard fought effort by community advocates to replace the initially proposed project with one that would respond directly to the community's most urgent need which is affordable housing in the city. without question, it could not have happened without the city. my office, oewd, the mayor's office all sharing the community's vision and working together to make it happen. this project will be the kind of project that the whole city is proud of. it should be tall, dense, green, architecturally beautiful and affordable. something that the elected officials at all levels can point to to show that sf is leading the way in creating a 21st century response to our climate and affordability requirements. i'm keeping my remarks brief because this is one step along the path. there will be time and reason
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for exuberant celebration ahead. second, colleagues, i am introducing a hearing request to analyze how long it is taking and # how many positions have actually been filled to implement mental health sf, the ground breaking law that supervisor haney and i authored and passed unanimously at the end of 2019 and it's slowly but surely being implemented and i'll emphasize slowly not only because of the pandemic, but by the fact that our hiring process in this city is broken. it takes half a year just to
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get a vacancy note posted in the city. and then another six months, tests, and then another six months to create a list. and then another six months to get authored. it is insane. and one of the biggest impediments to mental health sf to being fully implemented. so i am looking forward to hearing from d.h.r. and d.p.h. exactly how many positions we've funded in both the 2021 and 202022 budgets. how long between when the hiring process first started and whether someone was hired, how long that process took or whether it was still vacant. it's an imbasement and i think we have got to work on bringing
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our hiring process into the 21st century. next, i wanted to introduce a resolution from november 1st through november 30th for thousands of years prior to spanish colonizers. traditions and spiritual connectiveness to the land. much of this culture has been disrupted or lost. we can educate ourselves. i am proud in district nine, we have one of the largest in san francisco and educate the
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general public about the history of native americans and supervisor mandelman to establish the first in the nation american indian cultural district to provide resources and land, uplift the history and establish and acknowledge a native american stewardship of this land. i by supporting the resolution and in recognition of their work, i would also like to thank the american indian cultural district for their work to keep native american traditions alive and well. and, then, finally, colleagues. super excited. this is just an announcement. first year free starts today. this -- actually, yesterday. it started yesterday. making it free for new store front businesses to open their doors this year or for a small business to branch out to a second location.
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i just heard this morning from amanda freed that they enrolled their first small business this morning. on day two, not bad. small businesses are the life blood of san francisco neighborhoods and employ hundreds of thousands of workers for immigrants, women and people of color, small businesses are often alternative to minimum wage jobs and can be a unique path to building wealth for their families and communities. i know every one of you and my colleagues on the board, saving small business is a top priority. san franciscans agree and help keep beloved businesses alive. we value your contributions, we recognize obstacles before you and we are here as a city to make it easier for you and to invest our money in helping you succeed. the treasurer's office along with oewd and the small business office have put together an amazing outreach campaign and we've been spreading the word to
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merchant's associations. if you need social media or newsletter materials to get the word out. please get in touch with amy barnard in my office who worked really hard with the treasurer's office and oewd to make this program a reality and we hope that $12 million that we put towards this program is used up if you have a talent. if you have an idea, have you cook great food now is the time to share the that talent with the rest of us so i hope you will. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: submit.
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>> clerk: thank you. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: submit. >> clerk: supervisor walton. that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. let's go to public comment. >> clerk: at this time, the board of supervisors will now hear public comment. the telephone number is streaming on the screen in addition to the meeting id. telephone number is (415) 655-0001. when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting id 24953578280 and press pound twice. you'll know you have joineded the meeting your line will be muted. to provide public comment, press star three and when it is your turn, listen carefully for the prompt you have begin unmuted and begin speaking your
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comments. during general public comment, you may speak to are the minutes that are presented. but that are not on this agenda today and items 29 and 30. these are the -- this is the section of the agenda hosting items that were not heard in committee. all other agenda content has had its public comment requirement fulfilled. as i stated earlier, we do have interpreters on stand by today. they're ready to jump in and assist the public with their interpretation. i would very much appreciate it if we could have the interpreters introduce themselves and the service they provide the public. let's begin with speaking filipino raymond bores, and spanish, and chinese. welcome. >> translator: [inaudible]
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>> clerk: mr. boris, can you speak directly into the microphone so we can hear you clearer. >> translator: [speaking foreign language] thank you. >> translator: [speaking foreign language] thank you.
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>> translator: [speaking
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spanish]. >> clerk: i believe we have six listeners and five callers in the cue. welcome, caller. >> thank you so much. >> caller: thank you. my name is jasmine. i have seen things to ask of
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you. one of them is in regards to an out of town out detailing they were able to obtain a city how did this out of town vendor local contract as well. and then also how is it possible for the oca to waive all the minimum requirements one of them being a two-year minimum work experience. i would like to find out why they were able to do that as well. in regards to these three questions, it's being lied to the oca has engaged in
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institutionalized racism as well as inequitable practices. at this juncture, i would ask if you were to research all of these questions that have brought to your attention today. >> clerk: thank you for your call. operations, do we have another caller in the cue please. hello, caller. >> caller: i'm calling myself regarding the car washing contract through oca. the previous caller stated
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there's an out of town vendor who has no qualifications to be in san francisco. none of the local vendors are being allowed to participate on this kind of track and i've asked all of the department heads why i would like the board of supervisors to look into this matter and get back to me. there's a lot of contract steering, back door dealings taking place and i've reached out to all of my supervisors and i'm wondering why it's being swept under the rug. i don't know what to do at this point. with the contract and no work.
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>> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. >> caller: good morning, board. this is matt sutter. i'm purchaser of medallion 771 and we're in a major crisis now. it's gotten to the point where the delays have caught up to us, all of our savings are gone. we did a calling campaign with the m.t.a. and at the end of the meeting and i won't say any names one of the board said we hear you and nothing's being done. competition a readsm. ta upon
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approval with the board of supervisors without the further board of approval. you guys also have this power to give mta all this power. when san francisco needed money, you guys sucked it out of the cab driver. it is time for san francisco now to pay us back. this has failed. the clerk case sfmta clearly states they will never pay the medallion sales program. you all know this is a scam all
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we do is paying interest to the bank. we're going to do something. when? when are we going to do something? this has gone on too long. please, sit down with the m.t.a. and get this resolved right away. we need help. >> clerk: thank you, mr. sutter. operations, do we have another caller in the queue? we have about six callers in the queue and 16 who are listening. welcome, caller. >> caller: yes. hi, good afternoon. this is barry toronto. it's nice to be able to do public comment before 5:00 p.m. on a tuesday. i am in solidarity with the purchased medallion holders. there needs to be some debt relief for them. the deputy city attorney and his closing statement on the
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jury trial with the credit union said that sfmta never not had the taxi industry's back. [please stand by]
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>> i beg of you to help get this taken care of. thank you. >> thank you. operations do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> this is mark. i'm a taxi driver and a board member of the san francisco taxi worker's alliance. when the san francisco federal credit union lost the lawsuit,
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they said this was good news the agency. it wasn't good news for the taxi drivers. many of them are faltering on the loans and many of them are facing financial ruin. there may not be a legal obligation and i believe there's a moral obligation. many who waited years for a medallion and it was striped
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away from them and made to them to buy for $250,000. these holders need to be compensated and redeemed. the mta is not going to do anything meaningful. in my opinion it's up to you. >> there are 18 listeners in the queue and seven are lined up to the speak. >> i'm speaking on behalf of the
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taxi medallion holders. a city destined to destroy taxi drivers. how can we pull through medallion payment. the city left us -- [indiscernible]. our dreams shattered. our situation is out of our kn control. please do not turn your back on
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us. >> thank you. >> i'm a medallion holder. 60% of the medallions sold have been foreclosed on. medallion holders who acquired their permits before adopted have two choices, drive until they drop dead or give up their
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medallion. in addition they have no access to the airports. with the approval of this board, prop s of 2007 gave the mta power to bass a bond measure without go to go the voters. it is my hope you will consider this bond measure and get the taxi industry back on track. we have endured a decade of hardships. it must end. thank you for your time. >> thank you for your comments. operations, do we have another
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caller in the queue. >> thank you for taking my call. i'm going to go -- i wasn't going to speak to the medallion holders but that is a travesty. the city really should give you guys some relief. i'm calling because i listened to your meeting today. thank god you opened up city hall to the general public. i'm calling you because i listen to these meetings and i pull my hair out. you guys are so far over your heads in governing this city. the most basic responsibility you have is to keep the city safe and clean.
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you get an f minus on that. i call -- there's a woman who is completely unable to take care of herself. she has been sleeping out in front of my office for the last five days. i called the city and said you have to help this woman she harming herself. call the homeless out reach. telling homeless people to e-mail us. it's as if they are talking to some corporate secretary. refocus your energy on the real homeless people. not the non-profits that are just wasting the tax payer money.
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but get some real action for the people who need the help. >> thank you for your comments, sir. >> i believe we have four callers who are in the queue and 20 individuals who are listening. if you're listening and one of the 20 you should press star three to get into the queue. all right. operations let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hello. i'm with the taxi worker's alliance. i'm call inning support of the medallion holders who are struggling to pay this debt. i listened to almost all of the
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credit union's trial. he said because tax yif medallions belong to the people of san francisco we want to return some of that value to the people. that's the deal, san francisco wanted some of that value. when the medallions lost their value it's all on the shoulders of these taxi drivers to pay. how can you defend this one sided deal. hundreds of medallions holders are living in poverty.
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they are not going to pay it off before they day. they lost $23 million. hard earned money throne away due the sale program. it's shameful and you have to step up and do something to keep this largely immigrant work force in tact. they are shackled in debt. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> good afternoon. i'm a 17 years cab driver. thanks for your time today.
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the medallion sales program has to be call a failure and needs to be scrapped and go back to scare one. we need to go back to proposition k and a medallion waiting list. the system is such, let's say i owned a bar and i'm selling my drinks and somebody rents out the store front next door. they are selling them a little cheaper. he doesn't have a liquor license and he is taking my customers. his customers order their drinks
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through an app so he doesn't need a liquor license. uber and lift don't have to pay $250,000 for medallions. i think we need to go back to the seniority based waiting list. that's a way forward for our industry. right now there's no way forward. >> thank you for your comments. >> good evening. i'm a district four residents.
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i want to express the concerns for the medallion holders. i want to affirm the affordable housing. the board has rejected two projects that -- we need affordable housing and market rate housing as well. i'm astonished that has become a blank check for the board to delay and reject projects at its leisure.
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>> they have been -- >> ma'am, i'm pausing your time. did you provide public comment earlier in this hearing? >> thank you. we're only allowing individuals to speak for two minutes one time.
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that way everyone gets the same amount of time to testify to the board. >> operations do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> i'm medallion holder number 286. i would like to mention something about the medallion program. when the beginning when we signed the contract with the mta. we couldn't move that, it feels like the lawsuit against the mta was going through in a fair way. with the verdict everything turned around to fail the system for poor people like us.
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as one of the guys mentioned, we'll die before we -- i'm trying to get rid of it and i don't want anything else. i don't want to be behind. i can't have family and can't have kids without the stress and thinking about the medallion. >> thank you, sir. operations do we have another caller in the queue, please.
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the people who pay for the medallions is the way the city pays off whatever. we have 18 individuals and if you would like to make public comment please press star three,
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now. >> hello. i'm current medallion holder. everybody understands that this program doesn't work. i'm wondering what you're going to do when things come to normal and nobody will still buy the medallion. [indiscernible]. we're like slaves. we're stuck in this cycle.
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i know people from india, pakistan, most people are suffering.
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>> seeing no other speakers, public comment is now closed. >> item's 29 and 30 were introduced for adoption. a member may require a resolution to go to committee. >> thank you. any colleagues wishing to sever any items. >> (roll call).
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>> thank you. with that objection, the resolution is adopted and the motion is approved unanimously. any imperative items. >> thank you very much. this brings us to the end of our meeting. when you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this. you haven't. thomas edison. this meeting is adjourned..
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>> neighborhood in san francisco are also diverse and fascist as the people that inhabitable them we're in north beach about supervisor peskin will give us a tour and introduce is to what think of i i his favorite district 5 e 3 is in the northwest surrounded by the san francisco bay the district is the boosting chinatown oar embarcadero financial district fisherman's wharf exhibit no.
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north beach telegraph hill and part of union square. >> all of san francisco districts are remarkable i'm honored and delighted to represent really whereas with an the most intact district got chinatown, north beach fisherman's wharf russian hill and knob hill and the northwest waterfront some of the most wealthier and inning e impoverished people in san francisco obgyn siding it is ethically exists a bunch of tight-knit neighborhoods people know he each other by name a wonderful placed physically and socially to be all of the neighborhoods north beach and chinatown the i try to be out in the community as much as and i
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think, being a the cafe eating at the neighborhood lunch place people come up and talk to you, you never have time alone but really it is fun hi, i'm one the owners and is ceo of cafe trespassing in north beach many people refer to cafe trees as a the living room of north beach most of the clients are local and living up the hill come and meet with each other just the way the united states been since 1956 opposed by the grandfather a big people person people had people coming since the day we opened. >> it is of is first place on the west that that exposito 6 years ago but anyone was doing that starbuck's exists and it created a really welcoming pot.
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it is truly a legacy business but more importantly it really at the take care of their community my father from it was formally italy a fisherman and that town very rich in culture and music was a big part of it guitars and sank and combart in the evening that tradition they brought this to the cafe so many characters around here everything has incredible stories by famous folks last week the cafe that paul carr tennessee take care from the jefferson starship hung out the cafe are the famous poet lawrence william getty and jack herb man go hung out. >> they work worked at a play with the god fathers and photos he had his typewriter i wish i
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were here back there it there's a lot of moving parts the meeting spot rich in culture and artists and musicians epic people would talk with you and you'd getetetetetetetetetett
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>> clerk: president casciato, we may now begin the retirement board meeting of october 13 at this time. this meeting is being held virtually with all members and staff participating today via teleconference. this will