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operating contingency and reserves. right now we are looking at a self-sufficient efficiency point in 3,000 units. [please stand by]
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>> the $25 million shortfall that you see is going to be subsidized by the developer subsidy. we would put that towards core
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services, transit services, and a p.d. program fund. we are also looking to fund an affordable program and now we're looking at how to fund the reserves and capital contingency. we are also looking to make sure that these figures are correct so we don't over correct for the contingency, so those costs, we're also looking to secure low or no cost financing with public backing or possibly looking to work with the developer to provide
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subsidy. right now, we project that this program will reach financial viability in about six or seven years. next steps, we continue to work with our partner, the regional developers, and the district about ferry vessels and charting infrastructure, caltrans, and we are looking at the congests corridors. we're digging into the infrastructure bill that was just passed and looking at the state transportation funding, as well, and other public and private financing options or a own from so-called patient
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investors or an infrastructure bank such as m.p.c. or the city of san francisco. and this funding central gee will be located in the titip update, and we'll bring remember updates back to the committee. so that concludes my presentation, and i'm happy to take any questions. >> chair haney: thank you for that. i know there's shortfalls in different pieces of this and we're going to have to work together to make sure this is sustainable. is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: yes, there is. and again, members of the public, we are taking public comment on item number 6,
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program costs and funding strategies. hello, caller. your public comment begins now. >> i'm sorry. i wanted to speak on public comment. >> clerk: okay. hello, caller. your two minutes begins now. >> thank you. [indiscernible] thank you for getting funding for us. we've been trying to get that for two-plus years. the cost of the ferry bus
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service and the on-line [indiscernible] is only $37 million. as supervisor haney said, you have significant shortfalls. it looks like the developer will have to burn through most of their subsidies in the next five years. why not push back implementation and toll -- the financial implementation of all this infrastructure makes sense and subsidize the bus and ferry for the riders for the next five years? thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. there are no more callers for item 6. >> chair haney: great. public comment is closed. this is an informational item. thank you so much for this
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presentation, and i'm looking forward to more discussions about this. madam clerk, can you introduce the next item. >> clerk: item 7, introduction of new items. i don't see any commenters on this item. >> chair haney: public comment. >> clerk: we don't need to take public comment because there are no new items introduced. >> chair haney: madam clerk, can you please call public comment. >> clerk: item 8, public comment. hello, caller. your two minutes will begin
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now. caller? we'll move onto the next. >> hi. ben [indiscernible], treasure island transit agency. first, i wanted to thank chair haney for coming out and trying the ferry with us. i wanted to ask some questions about the ferry. the slides we all saw said they would start in 2024, so what will be the frequency of the ferry service, and also, will it be like public transportation, where you have two hours to connect to services, etc., or for example, if i wanted to make a trip into the city for 30 minutes, could i return on the ferry and use my existing pass or is it pay each way, no matter how long you've been in the city?
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>> clerk: is that it, caller? >> yes. >> clerk: okay. will there be a response or should i move onto the next caller? >> chair haney: since this is public comment, we'll move onto the next caller. >> clerk: hi, caller. your two minutes begins now. >> hi. this is steve stallone from the
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treasure island development committee. [indiscernible] along with other ferries on the bay, and i'm not quite sure how that's going to work. i guess my question is, whoever's going to be operating this, that we use union crews. not only because it's the right thing to do to pay our workers good wages, health benefits, retirement benefits, but also the union ferry workers are trained, licensed, able-bodied seamen. and they are trained in safety on the water, which i think is going to be a concern for any
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of our people using that mode of transportation. so i hope that all the stuff that we've seen so far in the m.o.u. and slides today don't mention union crews at all, i'm hoping that will be part of how our ferry system operates. we would have to hate to have to walk the lines at the treasure island terminal, but we really need these to be union jobs. we really have to. >> clerk: thank you, caller. hello, caller. your two minutes begins now. >> jim morowski, treasure island [indiscernible] committee. we've been asking [indiscernible] for this for
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several years. however, i would urge some of the supervisors to watch some of the outreach sessions that are recorded, given the fact that there's a level of frustration, and it's not because timma and sfcta can't doing their job, they can't answer the questions we've been asking for a long period of time, the world has changed, and most of the questions that were gone out to planning were ten years ago, and we need them to understand what the impact of a toll would mean on the business community and the community as a whole. i encourage both tida and the supervisors to make an outreach to the community to understand
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and really answer the questions, and not look at it through just the [indiscernible] of san francisco planning. they're doing a good job, but they simply can't answer the questions the public had, and we'd like the san francisco brs does -- board of supervisors and tida to be close in the background. >> clerk: thank you, caller. hello, caller. your two minutes begin now. >> hello. alita dupree, my pronouns are she and her. i'm going to talk about treasure island because that's what this meeting is about. treasure island is important to
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me, and i want to see an aspirational sense of building this island community. i mentioned roosevelt island because about two months ago, i was in new york, and there's this island called roosevelt island, and it's sandwiched between bronx and queens, and they have a ferry line that i first used about 40 years, and they have a subway and bus station. certainly, an electronically powered ferry system, much like the ferry -- i think it's called the basto ferry -- i think it's in norway, the battery powered ferry between
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norway and denmark that makes 40 trips a day. there shouldn't be a toll barrier. it should be easier to access for residents, but i would like more things to do on treasure island. if there's more thing to see do on treasure island, i'd definitely want to go there and enjoy it more, just like my time at roosevelt island, seeing the f.d.r. park on the southern tip, and they have some good places to eat. so while you won't have a tramway, let's have a treasure island that will bring visitors in to enjoy. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. there are no more callers. >> chair haney: public comment is closed.
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i did just want to -- there was a question at the beginning about the frequency of the new ferry and more details on the ferry and such. is there a place where we can find it without going too far into it now? where can people find information about the timing and the ferry and all of that. >> hi. i think that kevin griffin from trcd is still on the line, and he can speak to that. if not, we will be bringing this item back next month, and we can bring information to you on information that's already publicly available later today so we can make it available for anyone who is interested, but kevin, please feel free to speak up if you're still here. i know it's over time.
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>> hi, alana and commissioners. i am still here. we are still working on the details, so we don't want to publish a schedule that's inaccurate just yet, but i can say that the goal it to run the ferry in 30-minute headways during peak hours and every two hours at nonpeak headways. we don't have the schedule finalized, but we hope to have it finalized in the next six weeks. >> chair haney: and i wanted to make sure it is a union operator. is it a union operator? >> it is. >> chair haney: thank you so much. madam clerk, are there any other items in front of us? >> clerk: no, item 10 is adjournment. >> chair haney: okay. this meeting is adjourned, and i'm guessing you want to have everyone stay on?
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>> clerk: correct. everyone that's staying on, please stay on. we will begin once sfgovtv confirms that they are ready.
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>> chair mandelman: good morning and welcome to the november 9, 2021 meeting of the
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san francisco transportation authority board. i chair the board, and brittany milton is our clerk, and i believe you have an announcement. >> clerk: yes. we are going to cancel the november 9, 2021 meeting of the san francisco transportation authority board to allow the public more time to review the items on the agenda. we apologize for the inconvenience and will see you next meeting. >> chair mandelman: thank you, everyone, and we apologize to staff. >> clerk: thank you, everyone, and thanks for joining.
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>> flyshaker pool was a public pool located on sloat boulevard near great highway. it operated from 1925 to 1971 and was one of the largest pools in the world. after decades of use, less people visited. the pool deteriorated and was demolished in 2000. built by herbert flyshaker,
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pumps from the pacific ocean that were filtered and heated filled the pool. aside from the recreational activities, many schools held swim meets there. the delia flyshaker memorial building was on the west side of the pool. it had locker rooms with a sun room and mini hospital. in 1995, a storm damaged one of the pipes that flowed to the ocean. maintenance was not met, and the pool had to close. in 1999, the pool was filled with sand and gravel. in 2000, the space became a spot for the san francisco zoo. these are some memories that many families remember swimming
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at flyshaker pool. shop and dine on the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within neighborhood. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and vibrant. where will you shop and dine in the 49? san francisco owes the charm to the unique character of the neighborhood comer hall district. each corridor has its own personality. our neighborhoods are the engine of the city. >> you are putting money and support back to the community you live in and you are helping small businesses grow. >> it is more environmentally friendly.
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>> shopping local is very important. i have had relationships with my local growers for 30 years. by shopping here and supporting us locally, you are also supporting the growers of the flowers, they are fresh and they have a price point that is not imported. it is really good for everybody. >> shopping locally is crucial. without that support, small business can't survive, and if we lose small business, that diversity goes away, and, you know, it would be a shame to see that become a thing of the past. >> it is important to dine and shop locally. it allows us to maintain traditions. it makes the neighborhood.
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>> i think san francisco should shop local as much as they can. the retail marketplace is changes. we are trying to have people on the floor who can talk to you and help you with products you are interested in buying, and help you with exploration to try things you have never had before. >> the fish business, you think it is a piece of fish and fisherman. there are a lot of people working in the fish business, between wholesalers and fishermen and bait and tackle. at the retail end, we about a lot of people and it is good for everybody. >> shopping and dining locally is so important to the community because it brings a tighter fabric to the community and allows the business owners to
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thrive in the community. we see more small businesses going away. we need to shop locally to keep the small business alive in san francisco. >> shop and dine in the 49 is a cool initiative. you can see the banners in the streets around town. it is great. anything that can showcase and legitimize small businesses is a wonderful thing.
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>> after my fire in my apartment and losing everything, the red cross gave us a list of agencies in the city to reach out to and i signed up for the below-market rate program. i got my certificate and started applying and won the housing lottery. [♪♪♪] >> the current lottery program
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began in 2016. but there have been lot rows that have happened for affordable housing in the city for much longer than that. it was -- there was no standard practice. for non-profit organizations that were providing affordable housing with low in the city, they all did their lotteries on their own. private developers that include in their buildings affordable units, those are the city we've been monitoring for some time since 1992. we did it with something like this. where people were given circus tickets. we game into 291st century in 2016 and started doing electronic lotteries. at the same time, we started electronic applications systems. called dalia. the lottery is completely free. you can apply two ways.
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you can submit a paper application, which you can download from the listing itself. if you apply online, it will take five minutes. you can make it easier creating an account. to get to dalia, you log on to housing.sfgov.org. >> i have lived in san francisco for almost 42 years. i was born here in the hayes valley. >> i applied for the san francisco affordable housing lottery three times. >> since 2016, we've had about 265 electronic lotteries and almost 2,000 people have got their home through the lottery system. if you go into the listing, you can actually just press lottery results and you put in your lottery number and it will tell you exactly how you ranked.
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>> for some people, signing up for it was going to be a challenge. there is a digital divide here and especially when you are trying to help low and very low income people. so we began providing digital assistance for folks to go in and get help. >> along with the income and the residency requirements, we also required someone who is trying to buy the home to be a first time home buyer and there's also an educational component that consists of an orientation that they need to attend, a first-time home buyer workshop and a one-on-one counseling session with the housing councilor. >> sometimes we have to go through 10 applicants before they shouldn't be discouraged if they have a low lottery number.
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they still might get a value for an available, affordable housing unit. >> we have a variety of lottery programs. the four that you will most often see are what we call c.o.p., the certificate of preference program, the dthp which is the displaced penance housing preference program. the neighborhood resident housing program and the live worth preference. >> i moved in my new home february 25th and 2019. the neighborhood preference program really helped me achieve that goal and that dream was with eventually wind up staying in san francisco. >> the next steps, after finding out how well you did in the lottery and especially if you ranked really well you will be contacted by the leasing agent. you have to submit those document and income and asset qualify and you have to pass the
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credit and rental screening and the background and when you qualify for the unit, you can chose the unit and hopefully sign that lease. all city sponsored affordable housing comes through the system and has an electronic lottery. every week there's a listing on dalia. something that people can apply for. >> it's a bit hard to predict how long it will take for someone to be able to move into a unit. let's say the lottery has happened. several factors go into that and mainly how many units are in the project, right. and how well you ranked and what preference bucket you were in. >> this particular building was brand new and really this is the one that i wanted out of everything i applied for. in my mind, i was like how am i going to win this? i did and when you get that notice that you won, it's like
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at first, it's surreal and you don't believe it and it sinks in, yeah, it happened. >> some of our buildings are pretty spectacular. they have key less entry now. they have a court yard where they play movies during the weekends, they have another master kitchen and space where people can throw parties. >> mayor breed has a plan for over 10,000 new units between now and 2025. we will start construction on about 2,000 new units just in 2020. >> we also have a very big portfolio like over 25,000 units across the city. and life happens to people. people move. so we have a very large number of rerentals and resales of units every year. >> best thing about working for
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the affordable housing program is that we know that we're making a difference and we actually see that difference on a day-to-day basis. >> being back in the neighborhood i grew up in, it's a wonderful experience. >> it's a long process to get through. well worth it when you get to the other side. i could not be happier. [♪♪♪] 2021. and the meeting is called to order at 4:32 p.m. and the small business commission thanks media services and sfgov-tv for televising the media on sfgov2. or live streamed.
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sfgov-tv please show the office of small business slide. president laguana you are muted >> president laguna: i don't know how i screwed that up. we begin with a reminder that it's the public forum to voice your opinions and concerns about policies that affect the economic vitality of small businesses in san francisco. the office of small business is the best place to get answers about doing businesses in san francisco during the local emergency. and if you need assistance with small business matters particularly at this time you can find us online or via telephone. and as always, our services are free of charge. before item number 1 is called i would like to thank media services and sfgov-tv for
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coordinating this hearing and the live stream. and special thanks to matthew who will will be running the meeting. matthew will moderate the public comment on comment line. call item number 1. >> clerk: item number 1, call to order and roll call. [roll call] all right, we have a quorum. >> president laguna: great, thank you. commissioner ortiz-cartagena will you read the land acknowledgement? >> it would be my honor, president.
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we acknowledge that you're on the unceded lands of the original owners of the san francisco peninsula. and in accordance with this tradition, we have have the responsibilities as caretakers of this place as well as for all peoples who reside on the traditional territory. and we recognize that we have benefit from living and working on the traditional homeland. we wish to pay all respects by acknowledging our ancestors and elders and by affirming their own rights as first peoples. >> president laguna: thank you. please call item number 2, please. >> clerk: item 2, approval of legacy business registry applications and resolutions. this is a discussion and an action item. richard carillo, the office of small business will be presenting.
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>> president laguna: welcome, richard. please proceed. >> sure, can i have my powerpoint presentation? you can see that? >> president laguna: yep. >> good. good afternoon president laguana and vice president zouzounis and commissioners and city staff and members of the public. richard kurylo, legacy business program manager. and before you the consideration for the business registry. each application includes a staff report, a draft resolution, and the application itself, and a case report and resolution from the planning department. the applications were submitted to planning on october 6th. and heard by the historic preservation commission on november 3rd. item 2a is biordi art imports. the business is an italian ceramic store founded in 1946 in the north beach neighborhood.
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biordi art imports is the premiere destination for high quality italian ceramics and pottery, featuring handpainted cook wear and decorative items that celebrate a variety of styles. most items are utilitarian. previous owners of the business traveled throughout italy in search of the most famous artist ans with long-lasting relationships with those represented in the store today. biordi art imports is to celebrate the italian culture and they satisfy their mission in a beautiful and practical way. the core feature of the business was maintained to remain on the legacy business registry is pottery and ceramic store. item 2b is blue danube coffeehouse. the business is a coffee shop in the inner richmond neighborhood since 1979. blue danube coffeehouse sells all coffee beverages, beer and
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wines, juice, breakfast items, salads and sandwiches. there's also an assortment of pastries and desserts from bakers. blue danube aims to take care of people and the owner believes that the heart of any business is its relationship with its customers. the bohemian-style coffee shop has artwork and vibrant colors and their display spaces for local artists to display work. blue danube has weekly events for comedy night, music and poetry reading nights. the core featured tradition the business must maintain is coffee shop. item 2c is button down. a business that is a retail store selling men and women's high-end and luxury clothing and accessories and furnishings it. carries high quality and independent brands from europe
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and local manufacturers. they first opened in 1980 in the calhalla neighborhood and moved to presidio heights in 1990. features of button down store has classic storefront configuration and large window displays. the retail area is composed of eclectic, vintage decor, furniture and items such as antique trunks and sports equipment and model airplanes. they have an in-store full-service barbershop. button down is a retail and fashion anchor in the sacramento street commercial corridor. the core feature tradition that the business must maintain and clothing and accessory store. item 2d is dee dee boutique. it is a beauty store founded in 1988 in chinatown. dee dee boutique is a one-stop-shop for asian beauty products and skincare advice with a personalized model for its customers.
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known as one of the most popular and the oldest beauty stores in chinatown, dee dee boutique has a niche customer base in the chinese community and has moved and relocated several times within the neighborhood. they also have a store in mullberry. and dee dee boutique has highly trained staff certified to provide personalized customizations to customers and continuously receive training through seminars and other tools to ensure the highest level of customer service. the boutique ensures that its customers are well-informed by staff about skincare and health the core feature tradition of the business must maintain is cosmetic store. item 2e is harris' restaurant. the business is a family-owned and operated american steakhouse that opened in 1984 at 2100 van ness avenue where it remains today. named after its founder, anne
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harris, it exuses old-school san francisco elegance and charm of a bygone era with leather boots and brass chandeliers and dark wood features throughout. the restaurant uses only the finest corn-fed midwestern angus available. mainly from kansas and nebraska and aged on premise for three weeks. san francisco is one of the fine dining capitals of the world and harris' restaurant has contributed to that status since it opened, serving classic, thoughtful american fare to generations of san franciscans and returning visitors alike. the core feature tradition of the business must maintain is restaurant featuring steakhouse cuisine. item 2f is shear's beauty and barbershop. the business is a family-owned hair salon and one of the few remaining black-owned businesses on the bayview neighborhood. originally taking root as billy's beauty and barbershop
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since 1949, the business sold in 1971 and underwent a name change to shear's beauty and barbershop in 1980. the business makes an effort to give back to the community that supports it, from backpack giveaways to local youth to discounted haircuts for foster families much the business' longevity is a testament to the power of family ownership, even as the community it serves changes. family member owners choosing to remain and to operate the business in the bayview hunters point neighborhood is a testament to the commitment that they serve. the core featured tradition that the business must maintain is hair salon. and item 2g is teevan company. the business was established by james teevan in 1963. moving to san francisco in 1978 the company services include painting, carpetry and restoration and their arrival in san francisco coincided with the emergence of the historic
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preservation movement in response to displacement, destruction and demolition of redevelopment activities during the 1960s and the 1970s. this timing, along with teevan's restoration skills established the company as a contributor to the restoration industry. teevan has painted and restored hundreds of properties in san francisco and received local, regional and national awards for preservation of san francisco's buildings. the core featured tradition that the business must maintain is building, restoration and remodeling. item 2h is vj grocery. the sentence a family-owned neighborhood grocery store located in the heart of knot hill. it is named after its opening on august 15th, 1945, by victory over japan day. vj grocery is a retail store with tables outside for customers to enjoy coffee and
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snacks it. stocks everyday items such as groceries and beverages and tobacco products and over-the-counter medications and toiletries. beyond its function as a mart, it is a congregating point for the community. vj grocery is well known for being featured in several motion pictures, including the famous film "bullet" in 1968, and starring steve mcqueen. in the film, mcqueen's character frequented vj grocery to buy frozen foods. vj grocery was also featured in "hereafter" with matt damon and directed by clint eastwood wood and as well as numerous commercials. the core that the business must maintain is grocery store. all eight businesses met the three criteria for listing as a legacy business registry and all eight received a positive recommendation from the historic preservation commission. office of small business staff recommends adding the businesses to the registry and drafted eight resolutions for your
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consideration. the support of the business should be framed as a motion in favor of the resolutions. thank you, this concludes my presentation and i'm happy to answer any questions that and there is a business representative on the line that might like to speak during public comment. >> president laguna: thank you, rick, i appreciate that very much. before we go to commissioner comment, i would like to recognize the supervisor chan who is here to speak on behalf of the businesses in her district, and a very hearty welcome and i appreciate having you here, supervisor. >> supervisor chan: thank you so much, commissioners and thank you for your leadership and the dedication to really helping and supporting our small businesses and i really want to thank mr. richard kurylo for all of his hard work supporting our legacy businesses. in this case i really am
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speaking on behalf and in support -- on behalf of our community in the richmond. and to speak in support of blue danube. i know jimmy, and his wife, ashley. who also has a business on clement. and his partner, jake, that has a wishing well that is a laundry mat. this is -- i'm so fortunate to have great small business owners on clement. and jimmy is one of them. and i cannot be more proud to recommend them and to nominate them to be for the legacy business. let me just say that even my son who -- and thanks to blue danube, being able to offer the smoothie that has spinach and mango in it. i can get my son to actually have some greens. and it's just a wonderful -- wonderful spot for our community.
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if you join us at the farmers market you will see that blue danube is right there where before or after you have shopped at a farmers market, that's where our community really gather. and it is not just for our farmers market, but every day you can see our community being able to gather in both the indoor and the outdoor space there. and so i'm really hoping that while they established since 1979, i really hope that they have many more years to come to be able to stay around in our neighborhood, supporting our community. and for our community to continue to support them. again, thank you, president laguana, indulging me and allowing me opportunity to speak before the commission. >> president laguna: of course, it was an honor to have you and i share your desire to get your children to eat more greens. it's a never-ending battle. and, certainly, any business that can facilitate that is a
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great business indeed. so thank you. and we're honored to have you here today. so thank you, commissioner, for that -- excuse me -- supervisor, for stopping by. commissioners, do we have any comments? or questions? seeing none, we'll check to see on public comment. is there any public comment today? oh, while we wait for public comment, vice president zouzounis. >> vice president zouzounis: thank you. i wanted to welcome our legacy businesses that are on the line thank you for serving san francisco in the way that you have. i wanted to give a special shout out to vj groceries, a legacy
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business, family. so i'm really honored to have your legacy as part of our meeting. so thank you for your contributions to the city and for being, you know, a great model for a corner store that represents different eras and is still here. it really captures the heart of san francisco, with -- with being iconic for our city. so that is really neats. and congrats to everyone for getting on the agenda, and we'd love to hear from you. >> president laguna: thank you, commissioner adams? >> commissioner adams: yes, i want to also contact all of these businesses, these new businesses, that are legacy businesses in the verse. i love it. but i have to give a shout out to harris' steakhouse. the best steak in the city. and it's a go-to steakhouse.
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so it was -- it's very cool to see them finally, finally, making the legacy business. because they are san francisco's legendary legacy steakhouse. >> president laguna: great. thank you. you know, as president, i would like to thank you, all of you, for your applicant -- for applying. and here we go, commissioner ortiz-cartagena? >> commissioner ortiz-cartagena thank you, president. i too want to give a shout out to when i have sparking lot, and that's my midway point from the marina to the beach. so they're always great and make you feel welcome. harris -- i concur with my co-commissioner, and also i think -- [indiscernible] i
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usually take them to "the nutcracker" and before "the nutcracker" we go to eat a the filet and show them a different way. and you always have someone [indiscernible] so congratulations and i'm just so excited. >> president laguna: you know, listening to you guys is making me think that we should have the annual off-site at harris steakhouse. that would be -- that would be like a great place for us to have a meeting. we could do that, right? we can have these meetings anywhere now on zoom, right? so, listen, thanks to all of you for applying and congratulations in all of your contributions to the city. we're very grateful to have you here. we're extremely grateful for everything that you bring to this city. so with that, can we -- sorry -- >> i am so sorry, i just jumped
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the gun on you. we do have public comment in the queue. >> president laguna: i was about to go to public comment. >> clerk: apparently it's six people listening and three people in the queue. >> president laguna: perfect. thank you so much. please proceed. >> caller: good afternoon, commissioners. for the record my name is marcus tart and i'm with entrepreneur center in the bayview. i'm here to express my support for really all of the legacy applicants, but especially for shear's barbershop and beauty salon which has been a beacon in the bayview-hunters point community, especially for the african-american aspiring entrepreneurs and established entrepreneurs that have seen just the tremendous loss over the years of black businesses. shear's is more than just a place where you go to get your hair done. it is a place where folks come to share information, exchange
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information, learn about resources, talk about their problems, get guidance. unfortunately, i spoke to the owner earlier today and she can't be here, but she did want me to express her sincerest and deepest gratitude to the commission for this recognition so thank you. she also left me with one other thing -- she left me with her father who started this business more than 50 years ago, would be really proud today as we all are. so i just want to thank you for giving me this time. i want to thank you for your service. >> president laguna: and thank you very much. next caller, please. >> caller: hello, my name is tom tatelis, i'm the owner of vj groceries. i want to thank all of the commissioners for all of the support. i mean, those words were really -- really warm and it
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just -- it's motivating to hear from all of you. i would like to also thank rick he's been great throughout this whole process. every email that i sent or phone call, he's been extremely responsive. him and his colleagues. so the way that you guys are running things are excellent. i have a brief reading over here, just a little description of what vj is all about. first off, i just want to thank everyone for the opportunity to be a part of this historic program. when i think of the word "legacy," i think of the rich history that san francisco represents and how it relates to the legacy of my family. my great-uncle migrated from greece without knowing a word of english, living the american dream and opening up vj grocery in 1945, which coincidentally fell on vj day which obviously stands as victory over japan.
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after 30 years, my great-uncle sold the store to his nephew, which is my uncle. which was inherited by his brother due to his sudden passing which was then sold to me. over 76 years of san francisco history is in our blood. this is the legacy of my family we are proud greek americans that we have a saying that we go by, whenever we mention the store -- we always say that you have to hurt for the store, which means that you feel the pain when the littlest thing goes wrong. it may be a bit extreme, but then again vj grocery has been a part of san francisco and our family for almost eight decades throughout the years, we have established beautiful and personal relationships with our customers. vj grocery isn't only a place where people come to shop and it's also a place where people come to unwind. it's sometimes reminds me of the show "cheers" where people just come in and they're just saying,
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you know, whatever they want to say. you know, it's like we have customers that come in and tell us all of their personal problems. >> president laguna: i'm so sorry, we -- all speakers have a two minutes of speaking time. i apologize, but we have to move on to the next caller. >> caller: oh, okay, that's fine. >> president laguna: okay, thank you, thank you though. next caller, please. >> caller: hello, my name is deborah valdini and i'm the owner of biordi art imports. first i'd like to thank the commissioners and the small business commission for supporting and considering biordi art imports for this legacy status. that means so much to us. my husband and i, michael, purchased biordi's three and a half years ago. we were long-time customers, my husband for over 30 years and myself for 20 years and we were registered here when we were married and it was always that
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very special place that we would come to get that very special gift. so when we have the opportunity to buy it, john franco savio, the former owner -- we knew him well. and he gave us a call and said that he was selling it and we talked about it and really decided that we wanted to buy biordi's and we wanted to continue the legacy. partly because it meant so much to us, but we also knew that there were so many other people, not only in san francisco, but everywhere that loved biordi and loved the beautiful ceramics that we sell. so i would like to thank all of you and i, you know, for us it would be so incredible for us to be a legacy business. and i want to ensure you that we will continue building the business as a legacy business and continue, you know,
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everything that's been done over the last 75 years. so just thank you all. >> president laguna: thank you. next caller, please. >> that completes the cue. >> president laguna: okay. seeing no more public comment, public comment is closed. commissioners, any closing remarks or questions? do we have a motion? >> a motion to approve this slate of legacy businesses. >> i second it. >> clerk: motion by commissioner adams and seconded by commissioner dickerson. and i will now call the roll. [roll call vote]
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motion passes, 5, with two abcent. 5-0, with two absences. >> president laguna: congratulations to all of our new legacy businesses. thank you. we love you. we support you. and thank you for taking the time to go through this process and we look forward to visiting your businesses. next item, please. >> clerk: item 3, board of supervisors file 211098-public works code -- waiver of temporary street space occupancy permit fee -- sidewalk sales during the holiday season. this is a discussion and action item. commission will take action on an ordinance required by public works code section 724.1 [b] for temporary street space occupancy permits on certain designated city streets on saturday,
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december 4th, sunday, december 5th, saturday, december 11th, and sunday december 12th, 2021, to promote sidewalk sales of merchandise during the hollywood say season. and today presenting we have emily abraham, legislative aide to supervisor stefani. and, emily, you should have screen controls. >> president laguna: another familiar face from supervisor stefani's office. >> i am here. can everyone hear me? >> president laguna: we can hear you beautifully. >> okay, great to see you all, commissioners. and thank you so much for having me. it's a joy to be here. and as announced, my name is emily abraham and i am staff to supervisor stefani. this legislation was introduced on the 19th required by public work section for 724.1 [b] for temporary street space occupancy permits on certain designate the
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city streets on december 4th, december 5th, december 11th and december 12th. this is to have sales for our local businesses. an effort to promote street activation and an effort to shop local over the holidays we did consult with wodd and had a temporary street space occupancy fee waiver for major merchant corridors throughout the city. the original legislation before you has a long list of streets that were included. and i'll go into more background of those in a minute, but first the dates were chosen as best to complement the existing shop local campaigns as well as to be inclusive of multiple holidays throughout the holiday season. and this legislation does follow precedent set by prior sidewalk sale fee waivers and as passed by the board. and for numerous years in the past, most recent in 2019.
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so like i said the original legislation that you have before you has a few different streets, primarily mcdds and a few mctts. however, before and since introduction we have been working closely with other districts and supervisor -- supervisor staff and offices to try to incorporate these inclusive as possible. so based on that input, we did -- we are working with the city attorney's office to make this more city-wide. so not just -- those listed streets, so anyone that wants to participate can. we think that this will be helped -- sorry -- be more inclusive. we have also included the diagnose of the term retroactive in our amendment draftings to allow as many businesses as possible to participate. we are working with other districts so they can spread awareness of this offering as well as the san francisco chamber of commerce, cmda and other merchant groups.
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this item will be heard at budget and finance on the 17th. i thank you all for your time. and i hope that we can get your support on this item. i'm here for any questions that you have. thank you again for having me. >> president laguna: thank you, emily. commissioner adams. >> commissioner adams: yes, yes, yes, thank you very much. and thank you supervisor stefani. this is -- we have not had sidewalk sales now for almost two years and i'm just so happy that you're going to be doing this over the holidays. it will be a boost to these neighborhoods. and a boost to these merchant corridors. so this is awesome. thank you. thank you. >> president laguna: commissioner adams. sorry. i kept calling -- for some reason -- you know -- my voice is shot and i guess that my brain is shot too. i concur with commissioner
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adams' remarks that this is fantastic and very helpful. do we have any other commissioner comments? seeing none, do we have any public comment? >> clerk: i believe matthew is having a power issue. so i think maria is going to take over. give us one second. >> president laguna: sure. >> clerk: actually it looks like there's no callers. >> president laguna: okay, seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, do we have a motion? >> move. >> i'll second. >> clerk: motion by vice president zouzounis and seconded
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by commissioner adams. i'll read the roll. [roll call vote] motion passes, 5-0, with two absences. >> thank you, thank you to the supervisor's office. >> president laguna: yes, thank you to both of you. >> thank you for having me. >> president laguna: all right, next item, please. >> clerk: item 4, board of supervisor file 211099-waiver of banner fee -- "shop and design in the 49," campaign, and commission will discuss and take action on ordinance waiving the banner fees under public works
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code, section 184.78, for the placement of up to 300 banners per year, for three years, starting on november 20, 2021, by the office of economic and workforce development to pub publicize the city's "shop and dine in the 49" campaign. and affirming the planning department's determination under california environmental quality act. we have marianne thompson, office of economic and workforce development. >> good afternoon, commissioners, and thank you for letting me attend. so "shop and dine in the 49" was started in 2016 as part of the then commitment to supporting small local businesses. and it came from his quarterly business small roundtable. the campaign was originally focused on may and december to support small business week and the holiday season. in previous years, it was a holiday campaign, two pop-ups at city hall and a bayview pop-up.
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unfortunately, in 2020, it was solely online but with a very, very robust holiday campaign. in 2021, we came back to support recovery in san francisco, and took on projects like fleet week and the neighborhood banners. and the banners will be up for three years, which interestingly enough, coincides with our expansion of "shop and dine in the 49". and our support for recovery. in 2022, we're going to broaden the campaign to be a year-round campaign. to support the recovery and to include more neighborhood activation, such as the fleet week band, and the holidays and lunar year to just name a few. we would like to pause at this moment and thank supervisor stefani for her sidewalk sale. the sidewalk sales are exactly the type of complement that we're always looking for for equip shop and dine in the 49."
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i thank you for your time. and i am here to answer any questions that you may have. and thank you. >> president laguna: thank you, marianne. commissioner adams. >> commissioner adams: i want to publicly thank marianne thompson for everything that she has done in "shop and dine in the 49" and you have been going at for several years and you're the force behind it and i just can't tell you enough how much i appreciate everything that you have done for these neighborhood corridors and the "shop and dine in the 49" program. it's just -- it's amazing. and i see everybody with their "shop and dine in the 49" with stickers and logos on their windows in the neighborhoods and you should be very proud of yourself with this one. this is something that works. i hear people all the time saying that, yeah, "shop and dine in the 49." so thank you for creating that buzz and this program.
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>> thank you. thank you guys for being champions. you and commissioner laguana, everyone -- you know, you lead the way. so thank you. >> president laguna: thank you, commissioner ortiz-cartagena? >> commissioner ortiz-cartagena i want to copy and say thank you to marianne thompson. i don't know how you do it, you're amazing. and every neighborhood that i go, they love you, they talk about you, so you're out there -- you're out there in the weeds with us, so i appreciate you. and i want to recognize again this program for what it is, and it wouldn't be what it is without you. so thank you, thank you, thank you. >> thank you. >> president laguna: thank you. and also, you know, while we're talking about all of the great work that marianne does, she also spearheaded fleet week this year, and that was a huge massive success. so thank you, marianne, for all of your work. >> thank you. >> president laguna: commissioners do we have a motion? sorry, do we have any public comment.
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>> clerk: we do not have anybody on the line. >> president laguna: seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, do we have a motion? >> i'll move. >> i'll second. >> clerk: motion by commissioner ortiz-cartagena and seconded by president laguana [roll call vote] motion passes 5-0, with two absent. >> president laguna: thank you. >> thank you so much. >> president laguna: thank you, marianne, we appreciate you. next item, please. >> clerk: item 5 is a possible closed session regarding nomination for appointment -- office of small business,
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executive director. this is a discussion and action item. it's got several parts. members of the public will be allowed to comment on all matters pertaining to item 5, including public comment on whether to hold item 5 [c] in closed session. commission will discuss and possibly take action on whether to hold item 5 [c] in closed session. commission will discuss and possibly take action on the public employee nomination for appointment -- osb executive director. this item may be held in closed section pursuant to california government code section 54957 [b] [1] and san francisco administrative code section 64.10 [b]. if closed session is held, the commission will reconvene in open session. commission will take action on whether to disclose information from closed section, as specified in san francisco administrative code, 64.12 [a] commission will report any action taken in closed session,
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as specified in california government code section 54957 [a] [5]. >> president laguna: this is to consider the executive director and san francisco administrative code and the brown act allow for this discussion to be held in closed session. if a small business commission votes to convene in closed section the commission will move to a separate remote meeting space. during the closed session discussion, we may review potential candidates and nominate a candidate to the mayor for appointment as a new executive director. the following staff members will be present. reginaa ortiz-cartagena director, and the secretary. and before the vote is taken to convene in closed session, the public comment will be take own all matters pertaining to item 5, including public comment on whether to hold item 5 [c] in closed session. whether the commission should make a nomination at this
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meeting or a future meeting. and whether the commission should disclose the contents of the deliberations. any public comment? matthew? >> clerk: i believe that maria took over, but i don't see any attendees. >> president laguna: as there's no further comment, i now entertain a motion for the commission to move into closed session to consider the appointment of the new executive director of the office of small business. this closed session is being held pursuant to our statutory authority under california government code section 54957 [b] in san francisco administrative code section 67.10 [b]. do we have a motion? >> i motion that we go into closed session for the appointment of the office of small business executive director. >> president laguna: i second the motion. >> clerk: motion by commissioner adams and seconded by president laguana. i'll now call the roll.
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[roll call vote] motion passes 5-0, with two absences. the commission will now move to a separate remote meeting space commissioners, remember to log out of this meeting and use the link provided in >> we are back to the small business commission meeting. >> president: processing meeting is now reconvened. i'd like to thank members of the public watching for their patients during the closed
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session. the small business commission will decide whether to disclose any all of the discussionheld in closed session except to the extent the discussion is confidential under federal or state law . chartered or nonwaivable privilege. standard ofdisclosure is whether the majority used is closer to the public interest . may i have a motion not to disclose any of the items in closed session? >> i mentioned we don't discuss any of this in closed session i send it. >> motion by commissioner adams,seconded by president laguana .[roll call vote] commissioner dooley is absent, commissioner huieis absent, commissioner laguana . [roll call vote]
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>> motion passes with 2 absent. >> president: we are recording the commission voted tomake a nomination for appointment in closed session and to forward that nomination to the mayor for her consideration . the matter of closed session i now concluded . next item please. >> i'm six, racial equity subcommittee updates, this is a is. members will provide updates on the resort outline future projects vice president zouzounis community chair is presented. >> vice president: thank you to thedirector on your work . setting a new part of this policy bond set up inaction , we have been meeting and mainly arm and this point is to go through the action plan that
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has been issued by racial equity by december 2022 so i'm going to runthrough a couple of updates to where we are with that . and what we havelooking forward . we have ... there's 11 items on the action plan and two items have been completed thus far. accident 7146 which passed a resolution on the band acknowledgment which we have done and are reading the beginning of the commission meeting as well. we have also completed action item 7.17 which removes any requirements on citizenship and
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voter registration for individuals to serve to the boardcommission and advisory . and the action items that we are currently working on our 711.1 which is the review of order to include more inclusive language with the departments racial equityaction plan . and 7.13 which is to have our commission.a resolution around racial equity which kerry had drafted a great piece that we reviewed in the last meeting, did some feedback but we are hoping to have this the january meeting. we're excited to share it. i think it's going to be a good blueprint for our policy
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recommendations and our policy purview moving forward. and as well as we're working on 7.15 which expands the ability for the commission members to hear from diverse voices and that's going to come in the form of presentations for our racial equity committee and the first one that we are having schedule is the 11th 18 meeting and that's i think going to help us in more action oriented party because there's a lot of relevant campaigns that communities and business organizations are currently working on that relate to access to capital, that relate
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to commercial ownership, those sorts of things. it will give us a lot of reference points to organize in that space with small business entities outsidethe public realm . and then let's see. 7.12. some of the items are internal and are going to have staff really take those on so 7.12 is data related. mostly demographic data with us along with the department of staff appointment and yes, there's a lot of other internal points. we also want to start looking at standardizing protocols for
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accommodation requests related to disabilities, working people, parents whether that comes in the form of allowing meetings or translations. that's another item that we will get to. >> sounds like themeat of it is coming in january, is that right ? >> going to have our resolution which is kind of our foundational reference point for a lot of policy holes that we're going to build off of the internal processes are going to be ongoing within our administrative side of things. but i want to make one last point, and that is as i
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mentioned we have internal goals and policy related goals so the economic litigation working group is part of this racial equity work and we will be prioritizing some of those recommendations as part of thi process . >> understood. commissioners, are there any questions or comments? commissioner adams. >> clerk: commissioner adams, you are muted . >> i just want to say thank you to vice president zouzounis and commissioners ortiz-cartagena and huie for this task force subcommittee.it's important
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work and i'm really proud of you vicepresident . i like this and you know, this is, your things that need to be looked at and i appreciate that. thank you. >> i think what a lot of us want to work on now we have the infrastructure to do it. that's sf wall street isone of the organizations reach out to present on .i think like i said there's a lot of existing work that we can better connect to this body. >> i just can't think thank you as a committee enough for bringing this work to us. >> i like to echo taking on the
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additional responsibility additional work and the additional meetings. there are important elements of this are very challenging. and time-consumingand involves a lot of input and conversation . i'm looking very much forward to putting the proposals to work and to seeing some results. and i hear you loud andclear on theeconomic mitigation work working group . did i get that right ? and i support you about present. completely 100percent thank you .on meeting sure we get that work through. i echo what commissioner adams
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said about theimportance of this work . about how meaningful it will be and i wish commissioner q. week was here. to hear from us but we will have to tell him next time i guess . >>. >> is going to be fun to get to roll it out. i'm looking forward to thatpart of it . i know it's careful work so that's why it takes time. but anything worth having takes time and takes effort so appreciate you guys doing it. okay, is there any other commissioner comments. i'd probably go on for the lif . words are justbailing me . all right.
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i'm not seeing any other commissioner comments. is there any public comment. >> we have no colors. public comment isclose . unless there's anyfurther, commissioner comments i will move on to the nextitem . i don't see any. next item please . >> item 7 approvalof draft meeting minutes . this isan action item . >> are there any comments or amendments or adjustments or edits to theminutes . >> non-online. >> anypublic comment on the minutes . >> we have no colors in queue. i will move to remove the minutes.>> i'll second.
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>> motion by the president, secondedby commissioner adams . [roll call vote] >> motion passes5 to 0 with two outs and . >> next itemplease. >> died in the general public comment, this is a discussion item which allowsmembers to comment on items within the
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small business commission's jurisdiction but not on today' calendar . and suggest new agenda items for the commissions future considerations . >> any members ofthe public would like to makecomments on items on the agenda ? >> clerk: we have no colors . >> public comment is close, next item . >> item 9, directors update and report on office of small business and small business assistance center department programs policy and legislative matters announcements from the mayor andannouncementsregarding small business activities . this is a discussion item . >> evening commissioners. i will start off by providing some updates on the city and office initiatives andprograms . so at the last meeting i made note that the workforce side of the office ofeconomic and workforce development was holding a job fair .
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on november 3that took place last week and an amazing event . the job fair brought out over 1000 jobseekers. to connect with 50 different businesses. >> director, i apologize. but i just interrupt briefly to say that they were expecting 300 and over 1000people showed up . >>. >> what i want to highlight is we have been hearing many of our small businesses in a neighborhood commercial corridors . about the challenge of hiring and finding staff. so there's a real opportunity with the development of the new workforce link sf job board. in the past used to be just available for businesses that
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have some nexis to the city. in terms ofeither contracts , and the job had to be a prevailing wagebenefit . this isnow changed . and as not only are those jobs are of the workforce job links job board but i did talk to ellie romulus who is working, who staffed the workforce sf job board and they do want to make it available to small businesses in our neighborhood commercial corridor . so for example, i think our businesses and our commercial corridors may be somewhat ... this may help facilitate and broadcast their jobs a lot further and what they're able
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to do right now. this is something that you may want to think about putting on a future agenda. if you give a presentation of the workforce sf job board and for us, not me but for you to figure out a way to promote this and connect oursmall businesses . i really think we know that free covid hiring was starting to be a significant issue and if we are taking a look at our economic recovery, our small businesses are challenged in hiring and challenged in hiring in terms of finding employees, then that's going to affect their ability to generate more revenue and again, thinking back to the accumulated debt, it could be with rent.
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and also if it's known that it is challenging to hire staff, this could slowour recovery until we fill a vacancy . finding ways to help our small businesses connect with employees, this is onepotential opportunity . and you know, what a good job workforce to be able to access and pass jobseekers. and then to provide updates for the office so the business assistance center and i want t provide some updates on the business assistance center from staff .we i noted a couple of months ago that we had one individual, walter maki who was on a temporary assignment. he left and found a new job so
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he's not here and then maria maldonado will be going onleave . shortly and december 6. through may 22 so we did have floor staff, we will now be down to two. we do have two positions as were initially targeted for the permit center staff. we have definitelyone go over there .so i will be meeting with director surface to take a look at what we can do in our interim not only for hiring and bringing on the's new staff but as a result of this we are now having to again sort of reduce down our in-person services and cutting them back to half days on tuesday wednesday thursday.
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again where available through email and phone. the reason being is that the peril and martha also have other projects they have to get done and the days that we are open it's nonstop. so it's nonstop withclient services . but this is the plan that we have in place. at least for the next 4 to 5 months until we can get a better assessment on our how to get a little more personnel in for our businesses or the timing for bringing on the tube staff. then for the legacy business, proposition j requires the controller's office to do a five year report on the grant program. that are under the legacy
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business preservation fund. this has been delayed a year due to covid so the controller's office is completing this report. we should have it completed before the end of the year. from my departure for you to view. so the report by the controller's officeis nearly completed . and i want to let you know that is coming to do a report from the controller's office and the economic analysis of the two grant programs under the venue fund. i mean under the legacy businesspreservation fund created by prop j .then rick has is working with digital services to set up an online application for the additional
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$400,000 in back funding that we got grants. for the legacy businesses. that will open next monday november 11 and will run through january 14. the application will close mid-january 2022. and then will be administered through the end ofjanuary probably into early february . the job position for the legacy business that was also provided through back, position was posted. it's close and now the next stepsare to begin to set up interviews . the venue fund, rick is working with digital services again to update the online grant program. we have an online grants application program through the first round of the venue fund.
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we are getting, preparing to issue the second round. though the remaining funding of the initial 3million . and this will be issued in early, the application will go live in early january 2022 and this is to allow for any donations that may come through from bids to be credited towards the remaining amounts of this venue fund. the neighborhood anchoring business, this will watch and the first quarter. of 2022 into the beginning quarter of second quarter of 2022 so the calendar year. the job posting is making its way through our hr processes and should be posted at the
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very latest by the end of the year. the ada grant program i am sure we've been hearing a bit about the number of lawsuits that have been taking place. we did have an ada grant program prior to covid that helps pay for past infections and a little bit of remediation for our door for those businesses that were required to install them under the essential business insurance program by their propertyowner . so because of covid the grant administrator or the contracts expired and so we're in the process of the rfp for that new rfp for the grant program is
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out but we're doing it in concert with all of ewb's programs and so there's been a bit of a delay in issuing the rfp so i had hoped that we be able to launch this in early january but there may be a delay because of ewb delay in issuing the rfp for the administration of the funds. and then lastly i want to just let you know that i'm preparing transcript documents for you at the new executive director. there are as for example there are a couple commission responsibilities that some of the, some of you commissioners and there will likely be you commissioners later next year.
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that we have not been able to do in the last two years due to covid and one of those is facilitating a small business honoree programduring the month of may for the board of supervisors and the mayor . so these are some of the items that i want to make sure our highlighted for you and know that it is a legislative responsibility that has been delegated to the commission to do and so because the board of supervisors has returned to doing recognition and honoree, recognizing and honoring individuals at the board of supervisors meeting even though right now it is virtual, we should expect that this program
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will be able to reinstate this program may of 2022 . and then lastly to move on to legislative matters. i did inform you at the last meeting that supervisor mandelman introduced legislation to increase the numberof bars in the castro neighborhood commercial district . we have not scheduled that for you just yet at the commission meeting but two new pieces of legislation that or ordinances thatwere introduced last week . one is supervisor mandelman's introduced a ordinance that will temporarily suspend the cannabis business through december 31, 2022. the 30 day hold was waived so we will have to check and see if the timing of this whether it will come before the
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commission. waving the 30 day hold is pretty unique so that is an indicator that there is a need to expedite the process for this piece of legislation through the board ofsupervisors . and then supervisor peskin introduced legislation lifting the suspension of the issuance of certain violations and reinstating the collection of certain fees and fines mostly around graffiti removal and the public works abatement ordinance. so these fines were season fines wereput on hold . while working on hold or waive while during its some they have
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to choose legislation to lift that and then lastly i noted a our last commission meeting , that supervisor katie had introduced a resolution that regarding ada and so he pulled back resolution from being heard at the board of supervisors . and referred to committee and then so i will let you know if there's going to be any furthe action on that . so with that, i am happy to that concludes my report and i'm happy to take any questions. >> commissioner ortiz.>> i wanted to comment on the job fair . it was amazing. it was a real job fair. people actually got jobs. i know several people that got
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jobs out of the job fair . it's one of those things that actually work really well received . i want to give a special shout out to george sweitzer. he just killedit . i want to give a shout out to the task force in conjunction with ewb. there is at dollar to show people from the board so jenny over there i want to give a shout out. you just killed it.you killed it. it was simple and it was. it was awesome. that's all you need to know. so i gotwe want to highlight that . then director you mentioned about our phone line staffover there at the hospital . our commission or offices small business over therewith mark and caroline . you definitely need to find out
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how we can be more supportive. i know we bombarded them with clients and that's just one neighborhood . i don't even know how to do it to behonest . you always get positive feedback in the community from them. so we need more bodies. it's just impossible to work and then once going to the new building. i'm concerned because it's just human way impossible. i want to put that on record as we figure that out at the commission. that's it from me. >> thank you. director, did youwant to comment or reply ? >> thank you for that acknowledgment and support. i do think we have some options of looking at sometemporary support .that i will be discussing with director's office.
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though it does doesn't hurt to consider the short term and needing to sort of fill why we are filling some of the long-term . so again, feel free to i will pass on your need, your express need that we do find short-term solutions and long-term solutions to ensure that we are able to you know, provide more services. i will say in person services are absolutely critical for our businesses who you know, english is not their first language and really being able to take the time to walk them through the permittingprocess . explaining why certain things areas they are . as you know, as we all know him
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things don't necessarilyseem intuitive . but we are able to explain all of that andtake the time to do it . so yes. i just want to add to commissioner ortiz. really the work that josh and director are stated was just incredible. and you know, just to mention a few ofthe other partners . the way you get from 300 people to 1000 applicants is you do a lot of hard work reaching out to a lot of community partners and i think you've got in mission hiring calls. you brought in self-help for the elderly. hospitality house and
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francisco, young community developers, chinese for affirmative action . bay areacommunity resources . you mentioned gary bauer donated buses to help shuttle and then hired people at the job fair. there were people getting jobs who literally just walked up and by the time theywalked back now they have a job . and there were people just you know, after a couple of minutes were walking away with jobs and obviously that's incredibly helpful for our businesses but it's incredibly also helpful and inspiring for the folks in our communities who are looking for work and ready for work and it's also great to see a this
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time, this paradigm shift in hiring has resulted in wages also going up so it's winter winter all around. thetargeting paid better. employers are hiring folks . and i just can't say it. i was there at that event and i overheard the mayor saying to josh weneed to do this every month . and talking about doing it at cityhall so that was great to see as well . just to echo and amplify that that was a huge success. >> i'd also like to direct director or say did an amazing job and in addition he has us assembled amazing i think amazing team. and so while some of his team
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members and while some of the job fairs may not necessarily be a retail store in one of our neighborhoods commercial districts have more jobs is not necessarily a fit for the job fairs. but they are also very committed and being able to really try to connect, help these businesses as well so i just also wanted knowledge his team as well for being really committed and working really hard . put on such anamazing event . >> is there unless there's more commissioner comment i will check for public go ahead . >> you made some really good points the rector and i mean, i know so many mom-and-pop stores
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that are businesses working for helpright now . i know we talked a little bit about how to improve our commissions coordination with workforce. maybe there's some room for brainstorming there about how we can help mom-and-pop shops need to hire as well get in front of potentialapplicants . because yes, that then you and like the structure is not really set up for that type of hiring what i'm sure director per se has some creative solutions. >> vice president zouzounis, not only does he, we had discussions about this. we have run a couple of trial tests working with him actually
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i hired somebody through that workforce program so, but your comments are very well taken and i think that's an excellent avenue to push forward on. and i'd be delighted to help facilitate that conversation perhaps. perhaps we could invite director irsay to present on his work and how potentially to move forward with smaller mom and pops. >> even a lot of small businesses need service providers to. that could be union companies, i know we talked about this before but janitorialstaff is such a huge turnover for small businesses . so tbd. >> let me just say just because we talked about it before doesn't mean it's not worth reminding ourselves and each other that it's because things
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do get lost in the mix. and if there's opportunity we need to help hold each other accountable so that we can not miss out on the opportunity. i know for a fact that director irsay would be thrilled to work with our office. >> we love to be included in those conversations. >> let's make it so. >> anybody else western mark c9, is there any public comments on item number nine. >> i don't see anyone in the queue. >> public comment is closed. next item please. >> item 10, commissioner discussion and new business . vice president and commission to report on small business activities, make announcements of interest to the small
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business community and make inquiries to staffallows commissioners to introduce new agenda items or future consideration . this is a discussion item . >> is there any commissioners who would like to make the news items. while we wait, i'm going to introduce too little bits of good news. one, you all may remember during the pandemic we passed prop h which was a small business development measure to help streamline and you know, make iteasier for people to spark start new businesses . during that campaign, i tried to push for it anyway i could. anywhere i could, i talked to anybody that would listen and a lot of people who didn't want to listen but really wanted to do everything i could to help
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make prop 860. we have some initial results on what prop h has done in terms of streamlining and making it easier for businesses to start a new business and it was always my belief and it remains mildly that when we make it harder to start new businesses adversely and disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, people of color, women and when we make it harder, we also it's a form of redlining almost. a form of segregation. so just to share with you all i learned these numbers. prop hnew businesses that have taken advantage of proposition h . 84 percent bipoc.
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84 percent.45 percent women and or lgbtq and 26 percent immigrants so this program has ... and those numbers are far greater than what we typically get interms of percentages on starting new businesses . i was thrilled to see this program working as intended and it's making it easier for all kinds of people to start businesses which is what a goal i know we all share. any other even newer news i want to share with you. this is so new that nobody knows about it and literally i heard this five minutes before the meeting directly from supervisor ronen's office. you remember the first year free program that makes it free for new businesses tostart in
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their first year . we are barely into this progra . it just went live. we already have 66 zero businesses that have applied to use this program so that's very inspiring and encouraging and i think it's programs like this that will go a long way towards filling these vacancies that we have all over the city and helping the city again to recover. one other thing i want to mention, the downtown is in this district as many of you all know has been particularly problematic for us small businesses, many of them have had to close because without office workers they don't have customers anymore and sometimes people lose sight of the fact that it's an ecosystem. we need both customers and businesses and for traffic and
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we may complain about these big tech companies they also enable a lot of small businesses to succeed and thrive and without them , we're infull . well, the new as of just two days ago new office rents being close our pace we haven't seen since before 2019 so there is signs of office space recovery. i think san francisco is really starting to come back and that is going to be good news for all of us. i think companies out there that are wanting to do remote work i think that works to appoint there's a lot of advantages to an serendipity when you worktogether . i know in my visits i encouraged staff to come back
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as they feel safe because it's a lot easier to have conversations with four people once rather than have it with oneand asking them to pass it on to the next one or catch somebody on some zoom meeting at a random time . so to those companies i recommend they get out there andget their lease signed and rents space now become before the rent goes up . san francisco is coming back. and i think that's going to be great news for our small businesses downtown area i'm also very excited for the holiday season. shop and 949 is coming up and we have a new director robbie silver of the downtown cvd in the plans he shared with me for the holidays sounds amazing. i don't want to spoil his surprise but i can't wait to see it. let's put it that way.
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so thoseare my updates . >> i don't i don't see any other updates so i will check for public comment. >> we have no attendees. >> all right. see non-public commentdisclosed . nextitem . >> clerk: item 11, adjournment. thisis an action item .>> i move. >> clerk: i think the president has to read aclosing item 1st >> president: duly noted commissioner . we will end with a reminder that the small business commission is the official public forum place your opinions and concerns about
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policy and the economic vitality of small businesses in san francisco and that the offices small business is the best place to get answers about doing business in san francisco during alocal emergency if you need assistance with small business continue to reach out to the office of small business .your turn. >> sorry. it was on youth. motion to adjourn by commissioner ortiz-cartagena. is there a second? seconded by commissioner adams. commissioner adams. yes, commissioner dickerson. commissioner dooley is absent. commissioner huie is absent. president laguana. and vice president zouzounis. motion passes 5 to 0 with two absence at meeting is adjourned
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>> everything is done in-house. i think it is done. i have always been passionate about gelato. every single slaver has its own recipe. we have our own -- we move on from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another
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commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself. >> we created a move of an area where we will be visiting. we want to make sure that the area has the gelato that you like. what we give back as a shop owner is creating an ambient lifestyle. if you do it in your area and if you like it, then you can do it on the streets you like.
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