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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. the members of the public who will call in, the number is 1-(415)-655-0001. the access code is 2496 304 4629. press pound and then pound again to be added to the line. when connected you will hear the meeting discussions and muted and in listening mode only. when your item comes up, dial star 3. if you dial star 3 before public comment is called, you will be added to the queue. when you are called for public comment, mute the device that you're listening to the meeting on and when it's your time to speak you will be prompted to do
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so. from a quiet location and speak clearly and slowly and turn down the device. public comment during the meeting is limited to three minutes per speaker unless otherwise established by the presiding officer of the meeting. an alarm will sound once the time is finished. speakers are requested but not required to state their names. 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
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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 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
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quorum. >> president laguna: great, thank you. commissioner ortiz-cartagena will you read the land acknowledgement? >> it would be my honor, president. 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.
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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. >> 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
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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. 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
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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 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
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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 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.
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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. 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
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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 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
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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 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.
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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 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.
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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 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
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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 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.
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>> 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 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
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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. 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
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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 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.
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>> 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 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?
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>> 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. 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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.
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>> 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 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
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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. 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
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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, 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
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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 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.
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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, 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.
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[roll call vote] 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.
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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, 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
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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 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
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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. 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
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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. 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
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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 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.
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>> 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 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.
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>> 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 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.
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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. 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
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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." 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
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"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. >> 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
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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. >> 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
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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, 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
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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, 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.
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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 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
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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. [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
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>> 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 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]
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commissioner dooley is absent, commissioner huieis absent, commissioner laguana . [roll call vote] >> 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 .
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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.
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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 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
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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 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 .
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>> 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 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
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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 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 .
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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 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
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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. 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
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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. >> motion by the president, secondedby commissioner adams . [roll call vote] >> motion passes5 to 0 with two outs and .
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>> next itemplease. >> died in the general public comment, this is a discussion item which allowsmembers to comment on items within the 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
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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 . 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 .
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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 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 .
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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 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
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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. 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
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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 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
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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. 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
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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 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
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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 $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.
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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. 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
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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 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
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administrator or the contracts expired and so we're in the process of the rfp for that new rfp for the grant program is 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.
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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. 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,
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recognizing and honoring individuals at the board of supervisors meeting even though right now it is virtual, we should expect that this program 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
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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 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
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ordinance. so these fines were season fines wereput on hold . while working on hold or waive while during its some they have 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
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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 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
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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 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
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acknowledgment and support. i do think we have some options of looking at sometemporary support .that i will be discussing with director's office. 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,
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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 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
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and i think you've got in mission hiring calls. you brought in self-help for the elderly. hospitality house and 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
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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 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
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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 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 .
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>> 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 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.
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>> vice president zouzounis, not only does he, we had discussions about this. we have run a couple of trial tests working with him actually 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,
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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 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.
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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 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 .
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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 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.
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so just to share with you all i learned these numbers. prop hnew businesses that have taken advantage of proposition h . 84 percent bipoc. 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
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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 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
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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 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.
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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 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
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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. 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.
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>> 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 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.
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president laguana. and vice president zouzounis. motion passes 5 to 0 with two absence at meeting is adjourned at 6:20 9 pm. >>
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>> this is one place you can always count on to give you what you had before and remind you of what your san francisco history used to be. >> we hear that all the time, people bring their kids here and their grandparents brought them here and down the line. >> even though people move away, whenever they come back to the city, they make it here. and they tell us that. >> you're going to get something made fresh, made by hand and made with quality products and something that's very, very good. ♪♪ >> the legacy bars and restaurants was something that was begun by san francisco simply to recognize and draw attention to the establishments. it really provides for san francisco's unique character.
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♪♪ >> and that morphed into a request that we work with the city to develop a legacy business registration. >> i'm michael cirocco and the owner of an area bakery. ♪♪ the bakery started in 191. my grandfather came over from italy and opened it up then. it is a small operation. it's not big. so everything is kind of quality that way. so i see every piece and cut every piece that comes in and out of that oven. >> i'm leslie cirocco-mitchell, a fourth generation baker here with my family. ♪♪ so we get up pretty early in the morning.
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i usually start baking around 5:00. and then you just start doing rounds of dough. loaves. >> my mom and sister basically handle the front and then i have my nephew james helps and then my two daughters and my wife come in and we actually do the baking. after that, my mom and my sister stay and sell the product, retail it. ♪♪ you know, i don't really think about it. but then when i -- sometimes when i go places and i look and see places put up, oh this is our 50th anniversary and everything and we've been over 100 and that is when it kind of hits me. you know, that geez, we've been here a long time. [applause] ♪♪ >> a lot of people might ask why our legacy business is important. we all have our own stories to
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tell about our ancestry. our lineage and i'll use one example of tommy's joint. tommy's joint is a place that my husband went to as a child and he's a fourth generation san franciscan. it's a place we can still go to today with our children or grandchildren and share the stories of what was san francisco like back in the 1950s. >> i'm the general manager at tommy's joint. people mostly recognize tommy's joint for its murals on the outside of the building. very bright blue. you drive down and see what it is. they know the building. tommy's is a san francisco hoffa, which is a german-style presenting food. we have five different carved meats and we carve it by hand
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at the station. you prefer it to be carved whether you like your brisket fatty or want it lean. you want your pastrami to be very lean. you can say i want that piece of corn beef and want it cut, you know, very thick and i want it with some sauerkraut. tell the guys how you want to prepare it and they will do it right in front of you. san francisco's a place that's changing restaurants, except for tommy's joint. tommy's joint has been the same since it opened and that is important. san francisco in general that we don't lose a grip of what san francisco's came from. tommy's is a place that you'll always recognize whenever you lock in the door. you'll see the same staff, the same bartender and have the same meal and that is great. that's important.
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♪♪ >> the service that san francisco heritage offers to the legacy businesses is to help them with that application process, to make sure that they really recognize about them what it is that makes them so special here in san francisco. ♪♪ so we'll help them with that application process if, in fact, the board of supervisors does recognize them as a legacy business, then that does entitle them to certain financial benefits from the city of san francisco. but i say really, more importantly, it really brings them public recognition that this is a business in san francisco that has history and that is unique to san francisco.
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>> it started in june of 1953. ♪♪ and we make everything from scratch. everything. we started a you -- we started a off with 12 flavors and mango fruits from the philippines and then started trying them one by one and the family had a whole new clientele. the business really boomed after that. >> i think that the flavors we make reflect the diversity of san francisco. we were really surprised about the legacy project but we were thrilled to be a part of it. businesses come and go in the city. pretty tough for businesss to
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stay here because it is so expensive and there's so much competition. so for us who have been here all these years and still be popular and to be recognized by the city has been really a huge honor. >> we got a phone call from a woman who was 91 and she wanted to know if the mitchells still owned it and she was so happy that we were still involved, still the owners. she was our customer in 1953. and she still comes in. but she was just making sure that we were still around and it just makes us feel, you know, very proud that we're carrying on our father's legacy. and that we mean so much to so many people. ♪♪ >> it provides a perspective. and i think if you only looked
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at it in the here and now, you're missing the context. for me, legacy businesses, legacy bars and restaurants are really about setting the context for how we come to be where we are today. >> i just think it's part of san francisco. people like to see familiar stuff. at least i know i do. >> in the 1950s, you could see a picture of tommy's joint and looks exactly the same. we haven't change add thing. >> i remember one lady saying, you know, i've been eating this ice cream since before i was born. and i thought, wow! we have, too. ♪♪ shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services
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within our neighborhoods, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> my name is ray behr. i am the owner of chief plus. it's a destination specialty foods store, and it's also a corner grocery store, as well. we call it cheese plus because there's a lot of additions in addition to cheese here. from fresh flowers, to wine, past a, chocolate, our dining area and espresso bar. you can have a casual meeting if you want to. it's a real community gathering place. what makes little polk unique, i think, first of all, it's a great pedestrian street. there's people out and about all day, meeting this neighbor and coming out and supporting the
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businesses. the businesses here are almost all exclusively independent owned small businesses. it harkens back to supporting local. polk street doesn't look like anywhere u.s.a. it has its own businesses and personality. we have clothing stores to gallerys, to personal service stores, where you can get your hsus repaired, luggage repaired. there's a music studio across the street. it's raily a diverse and unique offering on this really great street. i think san franciscans should shop local as much as they can because they can discover things that they may not be familiar with. again, the marketplace is changing, and, you know, you look at a screen, and you click a mouse, and you order something, and it shows up, but to have a tangible experience, to be able to come in to taste things, to see things, to smell
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things, all those things, it's very important that you do so.
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. >> president yee: of the 26 neighborhoods we have in west portal, it's probably the most unique in terms of a small little town. you can walk around here, and it feels different from the rest of san francisco. people know each other. they shop here, they drink wine here. what makes it different is not only the people that live here, but the businesses, and without all these establishments, you wouldn't know one neighborhood from the other. el toreador is a unique
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restaurant. it's my favorite restaurant in san francisco, but when you look around, there's nowhere else that you'll see decorations like this, and it makes you feel like you're in a different world, which is very symbolic of west portal itself. >> well, the restaurant has been here since 1957, so we're going on 63 years in the neighborhood. my family came into it in 1987, with me coming in in 1988. >> my husband was a designer, and he knew a lot about art, and he loved color, so that's what inspired him to do the decorations. the few times we went to mexico, we tried to get as many things as we can, and we'd
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bring it in. even though we don't have no space, we try to make more space for everything else. >> president yee: juan of the reasons we came up with the legacy business concept, man eel businesses were closing down for a variety of reasons. it was a reaction to trying to keep our older businesses continuing in the city, and i think we've had some success, and i think this restaurant itself is probably proof that it works. >> having the legacy business experience has helped us a lot, too because it makes it good for us because we have been in business so long and stayed here so long. >> we get to know people by name, and they bring their children, so we get to know them, also.
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it's a great experience to get to know them. supervisor yee comes to eat at the restaurant, so he's a wonderful customer, and he's very loyal to us. >> president yee: my favorite dish is the chile rellenos. i almost never from the same things. my owner's son comes out, you want the same thing again? >> well, we are known for our mole, and we do three different types of mole. in the beginning, i wasn't too familiar with the whole legacy program, but san francisco, being committed to preserve a lot of the old-time businesses, it's important to preserve a lot of the old time flavor of these neighborhoods, and in
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that capacity, it was great to be recognized by the city and county of san francisco. >> i've been here 40 years, and i hope it will be another 40 yeararararararararararararararr >> hi today we have a special edition of building san francisco, stay safe, what we are going to be talking about san francisco's earth quakes, what you can do before an earthquake in your home, to be
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ready and after an earthquake to make sure that you are comfortable staying at home, while the city recovers. ♪♪ >> the next episode of stay safe, we have alicia johnson from san francisco's department of emergency management. hi, alicia thanks to coming >> it is a pleasure to be here with you. >> i wonder if you could tell us what you think people can do to get ready for what we know is a coming earthquake in san francisco. >> well, one of the most things that people can do is to make sure that you have a plan to communicate with people who live both in and out of state. having an out of state contact, to call, text or post on your social network is really important and being able to know how you are going to communicate with your friends, and family who live near you, where you might meet them if
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your home is uninhab hitable. >> how long do you think that it will be before things are restored to normal in san francisco. >> it depends on the severity of the earthquake, we say to provide for 72 hours tha, is three days, and it helps to know that you might be without services for up to a week or more, depending on how heavy the shaking is and how many after shocks we have. >> what kind of neighborhood and community involvement might you want to have before an earthquake to make sure that you are going to able to have the support that you need. >> it is important to have a good relationship with your neighbors and your community. go to those community events, shop at local businesses, have a reciprocal relationship with them so that you know how to take care of yourself and who you can rely on and who can take care of you. it is important to have a battery-operated radio in your home so that you can keep track of what is happening in the community around and how you can communicate with other
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people. >> one of the things that seems important is to have access to your important documents. >> yes, it is important to have copies of those and also stored them remotely. so a title to a home, a passport, a driver's license, any type of medical records that you need need, back those up or put them on a remote drive or store them on the cloud, the same is true with any vital information on your computer. back that up and have that on a cloud in case your hard drive does not work any more. >> in your home you should be prepared as well. >> absolutely. >> let's take a look at the kinds of things that you might want to have in your home. >> we have no water, what are we going to do about water? >> it is important for have extra water in your house, you want to have bottled water or a five gallon container of water able to use on a regular basis, both for bathing and cooking as well as for drinking. >> we have this big container
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and also in people's homes they have a hot water heater. >> absolutely, if you clean your hot water heater out regularly you can use that for showering, drinking and bathing as well >> what other things do people need to have aren't their home. >> it is important to have extra every day items buy a couple extra cans of can food that you can eat without any preparation. >> here is a giant can of green giant canned corn. and this, a manual can opener, your electric can opener will not be working not only to have one but to know where to find it in your kitchen. >> yes. >> so in addition to canned goods, we are going to have fresh food and you have to preserve that and i know that we have an ice chest. >> having an ice chest on hand is really important because your refrigerator will not be working right away. it is important to have somebody else that can store cold foods so something that you might be able to take with
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you if you have to leave your home. >> and here, this is my very own personal emergency supply box for my house. >> i hope that you have an alternative one at home. >> oh, i forgot. >> and in this is really important, you should have flashlights that have batteries, fresh batteries or hand crank flashlight. >> i have them right here. >> good. excellent. that is great. additionally, you are going to want to have candles a whistle, possibly a compass as well. markers if you want to label things if you need to, to people that you are safe in your home or that you have left your home. >> i am okay and i will meet you at... >> exactly. exactly. water proof matches are a great thing to have as well. >> we have matches here. and my spare glasses. >> and your spare glasses. >> if you have medication, you should keep it with you or have access to it. if it needs to be refrigerated
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make sure that it is in your ice box. >> inside, just to point out for you, we have spare batteries. >> very important. >> we have a little first aid kit. >> and lots of different kinds of batteries. and another spare flashlight. >> so, alicia what else can we do to prepare our homes for an earthquake so we don't have damage? >> one of the most important things that you can do is to secure your valuable and breakable items. make sure that your tv is strapped down to your entertainment cabinet or wall so it does not move. also important is to make sure that your book case is secure to the wall so that it does not fall over and your valuable and breakables do not break on the ground. becoming prepared is not that difficult. taking care of your home, making sure that you have a few extra every-day items on hand helps to make the difference. >> that contributes dramatically to the way that the city as a whole can recover. >> absolutely. >> if you are able to control
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your own environment and house and recovery and your neighbors are doing the same the city as a whole will be a more resilient city. >> we are all proud of living in san francisco and being prepared helps us stay here. >> so, thank you so much for joining us today, alicia, i appreciate it. >> absolutely, it is my pleasure. >> and thank you for joining us on another edition of building
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