tv BOS Budget and Finance Committee SFGTV November 13, 2021 7:30pm-12:01am PST
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items acted upon today are expected on the agenda of today unless otherwise dated. >> chair: thank you, mr. clerk. can you please -- i don't know if we have somebody from d3 yet. >> clerk: i'm not seeing them, mr. chair. >> chair: can you please call item 2. >> clerk: that is a resolution approving amendment 3 between the san francisco aids foundation and the department of public health to provide city aids prevention services through city-wide syringe access and disposal services
to increase the contract amount by $6,507,312 for a total amount not to exceed $42,115,471 with no change to the contract term of july 1, 2016, through june 30, 2026, to commence upon board approval. ( members of the public who wish to comment should call 415-655-0001 meeting id 2416 316 6412. please dial star 3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. chnchts we have tracy packer to comment on this. >> i am tracy packer, the director of health equity in the health department and we are here to request your approval for this resolution of amending this contract between the department of san francisco
public health and the san francisco aids association. i have my two colleagues here. the first is nicole trainer, the contract manager and the second colleague is ilene mocklem who is an expert on the program. nicole, i'll turn it over to you. >> thank you so much, tracy. good morning, board of supervisors. my name is nicole trainer, contract manager with the community equity and promotion branch. as tracy mentioned to you today, efforts to meet the needs through covid and the expansion of services throughout the city, we are expecting an approval of a resolution and approving amendment 3 between the san francisco aids foundation and the department of public health. the purpose of this contract is to provide expanded syringe
access and disposal which includes wrap-around services, including counseling, substance use treatment, and h.i.v. # testing. this is approved services. the board of supervisors has approved this in the past. the san francisco aids foundation is an agency with four partner agencies which includes home use alliance, [indiscernible] to provide these services. the program funded under this contract has been a strategy to reduce h.i.v. and hep-c. i would also like to note that we agree that the budget and
legislative analysts and the report recommendation. if you have any further programmatic questions, my colleague is also here as a representative. thank you for your time and consideration. >> chair: thank you. can we hear the budget -- the bla report, please. >> thank you, chair. nick bernard from the budget analysts office. this proposed resolution would approve the third amendment to the public health contract with the aids foundation. as we show on page 6, the amendment adds spending to the current contract, exceeding the contract to not more than $42.1 million. as we show on page 5 of our report, the contractor was generally providing the services required by the contract, but the data available for our
review was from fiscal year 2020. we request that the board request a written report that includes the monitoring data from fiscal year 2021, the most recent fiscal year once the evaluation for that period is available, but otherwise we recommend approval for this proposed resolution. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chair: great. thank you. colleagues, questions or comments on this item? supervisor safaie. >> thank you, chair. i think this is an important piece of work that the city is doing, but i do have a few questions. my office reached out to the department of public health. i just want a couple of questions answered on the record. so my understanding is that as well as doing needle
distribution, is this contract or the individuals on the street handing out fentanyl strips and can you talk about that for a moment? >> i work with nicole and tracy. distribution of the fentanyl test trips is part of every interaction. along with that is training on how to use the sfent nil test strips properly. i often say that syringe access and disposal is not the proper name for it because it is comprehensive and it is an opportunity to connect people that are often not connected to
services. so we often offer this as a gateway for those who use drugs. >> what are the priority neighborhoods you have identified in this contract or the work that you're doing? >> the syringe sites are at set locations. your office did reach out to me about hot spots and they are determined for either syringe disposal or for enhanced outreach efforts. the way that they are identified is either through calls with supervisors or calls brought to the attention with district owners. the collaborative meets monthly. i attend meetings and it is an opportunity for us to discuss trends that we're seeing in the community as well as transitions
as far as trends. i mean, we are well aware of hot spots in the downtown area, but in your district we would be more inclined to hear through phone calls or connections with residents and neighbors. >> can you describe a little bit about the outreach teams? i understand or i believe there are potentially doctors or nurses or medically trained professionals that are part of this work. and is it simply about getting people the necessary -- either the needles or, as you said, holistic in terms of if there are other needs that are there. is there any discussion of utilizing contingency management and trying to veer people away from their addiction as part of this process? >> absolutely. we have low-barrier medical
services at six of our syringe sites. and what i mean by that is that's when a medical doctor and/or nurse are part of the regular shifts at the syringe sites. that creates opportunities to connect people to medically assisted treatment. we just recently added -- i'm sorry? >> that's more harm reduction. did you add contingency management? >> we recently added contingency management outreach and the doctor to our bayview site which meets every monday and the outreach for that is real specific because we're calling it fentanyl outreach because we have seen such a rise in the use
of fentanyl. every access, although syringe access is part of the services that range from harm reduction to abstinence based treatment and the programs are there to assist someone anywhere along this continuum where they are ready to go. a lot of times people may be ready for low-barrier and then get to a point later where they want to transition to in-house treatment and abstinence. that is the goal of the program. a lot of the people accessing the syringe program have very fractured relationships with the healthcare system. so we're just trying to think of more ways to have those multiple touch points to engage people and services.
>> do you track how many individuals partake in abstinence versus harm reduction versus coming and getting a needle and not taking any services at all? >> they do not track abstinence, but i mean they do track the number of people who get connected to buthormorphine and want to make that level of change. we're thinking how best to foster these engagements. yeah, so i mean the tracking of the abstinence piece, that would be more challenging because the conversations come up and it is often more of a handoff. >> i was referring more to any type of tracking all the different ways.
i mean contingency management is pretty low barrier. it is a reward-based system. we're giving you this for a small reward. we're able to track. for stimulant-based addiction, it has a pretty high success rate. fentanyl and some of these others don't fall into that category, but it would be my desire to see some more of that data tracked because these are the individuals -- you're a street team and a contract that's out there, interacting with people on the street on a daily basis. they have the best opportunity to gather that information. i think we're missing a big opportunity here. i understand the tracking of the saboxin and the other
harm-rediction -- reduction dugs. there is a significant cost associated with that. i'm very interested to see whole-person tracking of data. that tells us how many interactions you are having related to recovery. >> we just started this piece at the bayview site. and we just met nicole, myself, and the behavioral health about the importance of tracking and what that's looking like. i think as we have more time in the field, it will be a great opportunity for us to review the data and see, okay, is this working, what can we do better? and the people we are engaging into services and what that
looks like. >> i mean, because at the end of the day -- i mean, do you have an idea of how many individuals you all unduplicated you are giving out needles with fentanyl help? do you track the number of people you interact with that are unduplicated? >> our community partners do track those numbers. >> do they then track the number of individuals who then move on and who are no longer coming back for the services? >> well, they don't collect names so that's where it gets a little complicated. though they have a good relationship in the community, oftentimes someone will utilize the syringe site of their first contact, highway, i'm done, i
want to get into treatment and the syringe program does the handoff or it's the situation of not seeing someone at the site and asking, hey, what's going on? and the person transitioned to an abstinence-based program. i can say from a community services perspective, there is nothing more rewarding than when someone comes to you from the community that you've worked with saying, i'm done and ready to get into treatment. we're ready to make that transition to our partners and the behavioral health treatment program. >> can you explain to me why we don't track individual names? >> yeah, for syringe programs, the reason we do not track names is because the service has to be low barrier. i mean, there's a lot of, as i
mentioned, distrust in the community and for people accessing supplies for drug use, if we were to ask for names, then we would have a low utilization rated and we don't want that. our goal is to prevent the spread of h.i.v. and hep-c. >> is that proven by data. if you ask people's names, will they walk away and not participate? >> it's evidence-based, a standard practice. >> i just -- i don't doubt what you're saying. my only question is how do you know and track and measure success. how do you say -- i mean, i guess that's a question of how you measure success. success may be we're getting
many people on the street so people are not passing needles and disease. that might be one measure of success. another measure might be that we're interacting with people who are addicted and then we're helping them get into treatment and then recover. so i guess it would be hard even if you would just say matt, what's the first letter of your last name. that's all we need to know. we have some way of knowing. otherwise, how do you know? how are you even able to track? >> i mean, for our measure of success, san francisco has done such a great job in preventing the spread of h.i.v. and hep-c and as a program that has -- we've been funded as an h.i.v. program since strategy, i would say that's our measure of success.
nationally we are a leader and that's because we were supported as a program to -- by the government, by the health department out of the gate compared to other jurisdictions who did not have syringe programs whose h.i.v. looks differently than it does here, so as a strategy. >> no, i respect that. i don't doubt that in any way. we as elected officials are asked what are you doing measurably to deal with the crisis of addiction. and supervisor haney has done and pushed for a declaration of crisis with the fentanyl overdose. we're trying to put additional resources into that. it feels in naflt ways that we're holding the linea lot of we're holding the line.
and the fentanyl overdoses exceeded over 700 individuals last year and we're on pace this year. i think we need to adjust what we measure as success. i think absolutely what you all have said in terms of being a national model in terms of the spread of disease, i think that is unquestioned, but we also have a major addiction crisis. i'm not saying anything you don't all know. there is some shifting happening in the bayview for contingency management. you will be able to measure the success rate of that. and that may be transitioned to other parts of san francisco. i've been a big advocate for contingency management. we've put in to the budget last year and we're going to be checking in as the year proceeds
an abstinence based model for people asking for that model. it is a therapeutic community. it is not a licensed drug treatment facility. it is very different, but very similar and part of the continuum. as i said, as an elected official in the city, we need to keep asking these questions and how we can then adjust because something we're doing needs to change to begin to get more success and i think you're right. my last question would be i know as part of this contract there is needle gathering or getting the needles. does the city also do that and is this done in partnership with the city or is this a duplication with existing services or can you talk about what that does? that's another thing we hear in the city, there were needles here or there and what that
entails. >> thank you. i really appreciate your last comments about the meetings to kind of tie everything together. i just wanted to touch on that, that we are having those conversations with our colleagues in behavioral health how we can more closely link our abstinence based and harm reduction programs to demonstrate that continuum. now to address syringe disposal. yes, the city does syringe disposal through 311. there was three years ago the need of community members was not being met. so we started -- it was then-mayor farrell who encouraged us to started with the pick-up crew.
the pick-up crew worked seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to clean up syringes. they are more of an immediate response as compared to 311. people can call or text the number and they will respond within an hour or two. if you send them a picture, they will send you a picture back when the area is cleared and they work on building relationships with community members. for example, if there was an area on a street that was having some problems, they would develop a relationship with the members on that street and start to proactively go to that area. it's been a great community service. they also attend some of the
local police community meetings just to make sure they are known as a service in the community. additionally, in response to the overdose crisis, they have all been trained to carry naloxone. not only are they responding to syringe litter, but also the overdose crisis. >> supervisor safai? supervisor? well, i'll jump in. i know that we had worked together on some new approaches
related to fentanyl, a new program, and we added that to the funding that was in the budget, actually part of the conversation about the budget surplus in the last budget year. is that included here? it sounded like you were talking about that program, but what is the status of that program specifically? i know it was with the sf aids foundation. is it being fully implemented? what's the status of that specific -- i think it was maybe about $1 million or so that we added last year. what's the status of that? >> nicole, can you speak on that? >> sure. i right now don't have --
supervisor haney, could you describe the program on fentanyl implementation? you kind of cut out on my end. >> ilene, could you describe this? >> it's part of the fentanyl outreach. part of it is what is happening in the bayview. there are so many pieces, that that's just a small component of this work. the reason we're starting it in the bayview is that we really want to address the disparities in overdoses and overdose deaths. that's why it's starting at the bayview site. in addition, it wasn't approved under that funding, but we were able to have additional funding
[indiscernible] -- also included and while that has not been implemented yet and that is because there is a comprehensive training program that goes alongside that, but that is exciting because they can be able to go to different areas of the city and do the drug checkin. the fentanyl outreach is a tiered level of counseling and engagement with fentanyl users. i mentioned earlier that a lot of the population that we work with are very disconnected to the community and fentanyl users as another barrier to it. it's a low-barrier approach to engage people into the service in a few counseling sessions with the goal of being able to
connect them with the harm reduction center or other options. very exciting. >> thank you. i'm familiar with the drug advice -- device. >> how many times has it been used, what is the status of it? i think supervisor safai spoke to this. the scale of the crisis, everywhere i look, people are dying. i know you're on the front lines, but i continue to feel that whatever it is we are doing is never near enough. how are we reaching people using fentanyl on the streets of the tenderloin with this device and
getting them into coaching and counseling and how many since we approved that funding have been supported by that program? >> that funding was just approved this year in 2021. we're in the process of implementing that device with our partners. >> and just to clarify. the spectrometer has expensive training before that can be implemented. the san francisco foundation has met numerous times with new york city who is also in the process of rolling out this system. i believe new york city was able to roll this out with their device. there's not only the process, but when it rolls out, you need
confirmatory testing. so hopefully that lines up. we're hoping to have that as the training is lining up or the san francisco aids foundation staff, hopefully by the end of this month we hope to have that implemented and on the ground earlier in the year. until that we are distributing hots of fentanyl test strips and engaging with people about safe use and reiterating that with the unregulated drug supply, whether someone is actively choosing fentanyl or their drug is tainted with fentanyl, that you just don't know what you're getting and to be prepared and don't use alone and to have naloxone. >> okay. we did approve something in march of this year specifically on fentanyl. i think it was the around a
million dollars. sorry, there is destruction in my building. i don't know what the status of that is specifically and how many people have been served. i know it was november so it was 2021, about eight months ago. i would like to know more what the status of that funding is and what it is used for and what the results were. that was part of our contract. >> the syringe access is big. adding money to this contract has been problematic. that's why we're working closely with our partners in behavioral health who do a lot of the
contingency management work and trying to shift money into their existing contracts which would not fit into the syringe access contracts. the san francisco aids foundation, we always think about syringe access and disposal, but they also have their contingency management stonewall that has a lot of their street-based protocols to get this out to the community as soon as possible. >> i appreciate that. we approved $1 millimetre for very specific purposes, a million plus, earlier this year. i've yet to hear whether those specific positions and services have been deployed and who has been certified. that was something that came to me in a proposal that we included in the surplus, over
the $125 million surplus. there was a specific program that we funded related to fentanyl in march and is that included in this? i'm frustrated that i'm not hearing anything specific on that allegation and what happened to that? can i have a report on that. if we don't have any indication on that. that was something that we worked on as part of the crisis that is killing multiple people a day mostly in my district and i also have not heard anything about that. >> yes. tracy, were you going to say something? >> yes, supervisor, we are working on implementing all of those pieces that came from the
[indiscernible] -- >> great, thank you. can we go to public comment, please. >> clerk: operations, let's check if there are callers in the 14-day quarantin queue. there are no callers in the queue. >> i would be inclined to have this continued and come back and have a conversation about that. i know that some of the things are part of this contract, but some are not. we definitely have huge respect for the aids foundation and the work they do, but with a contract of this size, further
there in favor of the sf aids foundation. we want to make sure we have a full understanding of what we're doing and giving them the support and working with them to get it done and save lives. thank you. mr. clerk, can we go back to item 1? i believe that supervisor peskin is here. >> clerk: that is the ordinance authorizing the municipal transportation agency (sfmta) to set parking rates at the kezar stadium parking lot, and golden gate park underground parking facility in accordance with park code provisions that authorize sfmta rate-setting on park property and subject to board of supervisors approval, and making conforming edits to the park code; increasing parking rates for berth-holders at the marina small craft harbor; clarifying that the fines for certain violations of the transportation code apply to similar violations occuring on park property; clarifying the authority of park patrol to enforce the park code and
issue parking citations; and affirming the planning department's determination under the california environmental quality act. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001 and meeting id 2496 396 6172. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. mr. chair. >> chair: thank you, appreciate it. we have supervisor peskin to present on this item. >> thank you, budget committee chair and members of the cheat. thank you for hearing this item and taking the amendments suggested by the city attorney last week. i have no additional changes
because the changes were deemed to be substantive by the city attorney. this obviously was duplicated in committee some time ago back in the budget process, it went to the full board where the file was tabled to allow for the amendments allowed. i have no additional comments and recommend it for forwarding to the full board for our consideration. >> chair: great. thank you. is there a bla report on this item? >> no. >> chair: all right. colleagues, any questions or comments? i do not have any either. can we open this up to public comment? >> clerk: operations are checking if there are people in the queue. members of the many public wishing to enter the queue,
press star 3. do we have any callers in the queue? >> hello, good morning, everyone. i just want to thank everyone for their work on this. originally this was chilled and kicked back to the budget and finance committee. i appreciate the work that's been put into it. it stood for a week and it's back up. i think this will help access in particular the golden gate park concourse garage. i support the work and hope it's approved and move it to the full board. >> thank you very much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> can you hear me now?
>> i just had two minor edits. i noticed on page 5, line 7 in violation, that should be 6.01. and on page 8, line 1, the rates to be charged for parking in the golden gate park i would senator "concourse" underground parking facility. that would conform with the section title elsewhere. i didn't want to weigh in on the policy underlying this. i saw the letter from ilene boken and i just wanted to get the language correct. so those are my suggested edits.
i believe they are non-substantive and would not require a continuance. >> i can agree that the changes proposed would not be substantive and as they don't change the actual proposal would not require consent by the mayor's office. they're non-substantive corrections. >> clerk: as a reminder to the public, when the system indicates that you have been unmuted, that is your queue to begin your comments. next speaker, please. >> [indiscernible] -- just urging this to be passed to the
full board. urging everyone. as many of you know, golden gate park and jfk in particular has been a widely used area and any concerns about access to the museums can and should be addressed using the museum concourse garage and this will allow for new and better pricing for that garage so it can be better utilized on weekdays and offer better pricing, ideally subsidized or free parking for people with disabilities as well as people from the southeast part of the city as well as low-income individuals in the city who need to access the park using a car. thanks for your work and encourage you all to it happen the good work to increase access while keeping the kids safe in the car-free space of jfk
intact. >> clerk: are there any more speakers in the queue? >> operator: mr. clerk, there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. chair. >> chair: thank you. public comment is closed. any other comments or questions? >> if you, chair. relative to the two suggestions made by a member of the public on page 5, line 7, that is original language that was not amended that was already in existing code, but i do agree that inserting a period between 6 and 0 so it reads as was submitted makes sense and would respectfully suggest that you make that non-substantive
amendment and on page 8 at concourse, insert that word. i do not particularly care about that one. if manu likes it, i recommend it to you. if he doesn't care, i don't recommend it to you. >> i think the intent of the section is clear without concourse. you could add that word. >> insomuch as he doesn't care i don't care. i think adding the dot between the 6 and the 0 would be a good thing. >> i agree on that. >> can we have a vote on that amendment, please. [ roll call ].
>> chair: can we call item 3. >> clerk: item 3 is a resolution approving an emergency declaration of the san francisco public utilities commission pursuant to administrative code, section 6.60, to contract resources for tree removal, slope repair and debris removal in stern grove, which was damaged by flooding caused by a failed air valve on a water transmission pipeline, with a total estimated cost not to exceed $4,000,000.
>> thank you for welcoming me here today. this item is to approve a declaration that was declared and it impacted stern grove. i will walk you through this declaration. as of august 23, 2021, puc crews were working on a leaking air valve on a transmission water pipeline. this type of pipeline is not the type of pipeline that serves a home or a hotel or a school. these are our transmission mains, so they are very large and they are moving water through reservoirs. they are quite large. as we were tightening a bolt, the air valve failed, sending pressurized water into the air and flooding stern grove. approximately 700,000 gallons of
water was released due to this failure. the damage made it heavily eroded making it unstable. there was water and soil intrusion which occurred into three buildings. the creeks and culverts in the water which usually carry stormwater had debris. over 60 trees were damaged and had to be removed and there was flooding of the tennis court and undermining of pathway and slope adjacent to the tennis. there was concerts that had to be rescheduled. unfortunately that was another impact as well. here's some photos for folks if they get the scale of the damage that's here. first on the top-right corner, you can see just how big the water release was. for scale, our streetlights obviously that are there and our
staff significantly higher and again, this is a transmission main. if you go to the left of the water, you can see the stage and the meadow completely flooded with debris and water. the top-left photos in one of the back stage buildings. significant water and debris in there. the bottom left is the slope and shows the water damage and the damage to the historical stone walls. the middle bottom, erosion and debris on the pathways. finally on the bottom right shows how much soil and debris came down and surrounded trees and just throughout the park. quite a bit of damage due to this break of the water transmission line. there was an immediate emergency declared from our manager.
we jumped into action working with two vendors with engineering and the builders who employ union labor. we have an existing contract that hernandez was working on. we were able to deploy them to secure the site, remove debris, and secure the back buildings. we are bringing in builders to perform the remainder of the work, completing slope repair, restoring the tennis courts, replanting the impacted slope with trees, replanting and feeding the meadows, and refurbishing any damaged structures, including the back stage structures. the estimated cost is $3 to $4 million. the soil removal was $1 million
and the concert restoration was $500,000. these cost estimates are based on similar projects in size and scope in our past. the estimated completion of spring 2022 and we will be ready, stern grove will be ready for the summer 2022 concert series. we know how important that is to the district and the entire city. we will be ready for that summer 2022 concert series. just a quick update on the status. we've installed fencing to secure the site to make sure the general public will make sure this is safe. we've removed approximately 1500 cubic yards of soil. we've started the remediation.
dehumidifying the building. removing damaged building materials, disinfecting. we're doing all this testing under the supervision of a specialist to make sure as we rehab these buildings, they are safe for use by staff, performers, et cetera. we are reducing the damaged trees i discussed, eucalyptus trees. we cleaned the storm drains and established slope stabilization materials. we are doing surveys to make sure these slopes are done in a safe way and they hold up based on public use and storms. what are our next steps? we need to complete the slope design and the clearing of the slopes. we need to do regrading. we need to haul in place and recompact the slopes.
we are installing key terraces to prevent future soil erosions. we want to make sure we put the slopes back better than they were. we are removing but reinstalling historical rock walls. obviously restoring the tennis court for future use. again, i talked about replanting the meadow and replanting the trees, installing irrigation facilities for the planting. and finally, obviously, restoring the buildings that were damaged on the interior and exterior of the buildings. the question for the committee today is to please support the approval of the emergency declaration by our commission and again reiterating that this work will be completed by spring 2022 in time for the summer 2022 concert series. [ please stand by ]
the damage and i just had a few questions. actually the first one is more broader for the -- given the extensive damage that was caused. i guess fortunately was only to stern grove and didn't impact homes or businesses and other things. is this something that we should be concerned about possibly happening with a transmission pipe or other parts of the city or what steps is the p.c. taking to prevent such a disasterous impact on what seems like a fairly routine work that was being done. >> my colleague is on the line. i think she is. there she is. katie, do you mind taking this one? >> sure.
hi, i'm catie miller, director of capital water programs for p.u.c. and i was the division manager of the city distribution division for five years prior to this. the city distribution division is taking a close look at the maintenance that they were doing. mind you that this is on the portion of the pipeline that san andreas pipeline number two that was installed in 1928 and this air valve is very old and that is the reason that it was leaking. so, that contributed to the failure. but they are doing a lessons learned and looking at if they could depressurize the pipe before doing this kind of maintenance work and how they can better schedule that work in the future so it won't cause such catastrophic failure. this pipe will eventually need to be replaced or refurbished, but the pipe just on the other side of this air valve that was
leaking was completely re placed through stern groveful you may remember that about five years ago and was -- we have a new seismickly reliable pipe going through stern grove and this is just on the other side and our geo tech engineer found that that pipe was in relatively good condition although it was old so probably won't be replaced in the nearfuture. near lot of it was because the water wasn't shut off for
many hours and that's why there was 700 thousand,000 gallons. so i was wondering if you could address that. yeah. if there are steps that can be taken to -- hopefully it is not the case. but if these happen in the future, that the water could be shut off sooner. >> i do not know the very specific response of that, but i do know that these large transmission mains, they're not something that you can turn off instantly. and it does take some time and we're well aware of that. for example, living with earth quaix, we're well aware that this is something that we'll need to address to get these pipelines back in service within 24 hours with the understanding that you don't just turn off a pipe like this in a very short amount of time.
it really does take depressurizing and stoping the water that is coming up the line. it's going to have some place to go so it really means backing off to the treatment plant and also looking at customers that would be impacted along the line to assure that our wholesale customers, in addition to the other pipelines that this pipe serves, that we are aware of where those shutoffs are going to occur and we can manage that opt mali. -- optimally. so unfortunately it is not something that happens quickly but we have something that is called a shutdown outage request anschutzdown plan and aless lesson learned from this is it takes a harder look at how we mitigate when there is a failure so that we're -- we have thaougt through ahead of time. so that will go back into the lessons learned process. >> mm-hmm. great. thank you. and just glad to hear that there is -- yeah, a process in place to learn from this
catastrophic disaster and to prevent it. i had a question around the actual emergency declaration and the contracts with the two vendors. so i know it looks like there is a waiver of quite a few of our provisions of our contracting, important provisions in our contracting guidelines and, for example, provision that requires if there is found to be collusion between the contractor and city officials that, you know,, that the contract be suspend and, you know, there is a provision that's being waived that provides a more detailed cost estimate. as part of the contract.
and also the provisions around local hire and prevailing wage requirements so i was wondering if you could explain why these important contracting policies are being waived. >> i can give it a go. i do want to verify that our resolution doesn't ask for additionals, but just goes with chapter 6.60 which then waives those. so, maybe the city attorney can chime in. when we file the declaration, we just file it under 6.60. 6.60 is what waives all of those kinds of things above and beyond a 6.60. do i want to point out maybe before the city attorney can chime in on all the various co-sections of 6.60, that the two contractors that the p.u.c. contracted with,
they're union labor shops so we're not waving any prevailing wages or anything like that. we have gone with the two contractors that already have those. so, we're not asking for them not pay their folks but maybe the city attorney can chime in on all the various waiving of 6.60. we weren't asking for in additional about that. >> greg lyman is here as well from our contracts group. >> this is deputy city attorney. would somebody at sfcuc-1 address that first? i heard the name greg. >> good morning, supervisors. greg lieyman, construction contract manager for the san francisco public utilities
economy.sing as john has indicated, both are union shops so we're not asking for that specific waive easier and we are just asking for the standard waivers to enter into the contract as quickly as possible so we can get work done as quickly as possible. >> thank you so the section 6.60, the emergency public works contracting includes a waiver of the waiver of all of those contracting provisions. is that correct? [background noise] >> this is the deputy city attorney. i'm happy to jump in to be helpful and you are correct that section 6.60 is a prostlaition authorizes emergency contracts. and because they are entered
into in an emergency, there is a recognition through the passage of that at leasting certain things need to be waived to expedite them. that section specifically waives the requirements of chapters 6, 12-a, 12-b and 14-b. >> section 8.1 of the administrative code is regarding when the contractor is found to have covid with city officials, then the board can nullify the contract so this is being waived and why -- i'm trying to understand why, for example, that one would be waived because this is an emergency contract. it doesn't seem like that would somehow impact the
ability to implement the contract quickly. >> i can't speak to the policy choice that was made in section 6.60 which authorizes a broad waiver. and i don't know the terms of this specific contact and whether a choice was made to include that provision not with standing the authorizations to waive it. i would defer to mr. lyman to represent whether that particular provision is convenient. >> we'll be using our standard contract languages so that provision will be in the contract. >> ok. thank you. yeah. it just see that the proposed ordinance waives its requirements but you're saying that it will -- section 6.81 will be in the contract.
>> yes. >> ok. >> i don't know, and maybe we can work with anne off-line next time this comes down. but like about a lot of these emergency declarations over the years and it's just like a sort of template resolution, you know what i mean? and then use this to move forward. so maybe in the future we can be more specific in referencing what parts really and this is just for expediting and getting the contracts as quick will i as possible. >> thank you. nick from the b.l.a.'s office, do you have anything to add to this? >> yeah, thank you. the contract is not final yet so we did not -- there was no contract for us to review.
it is not required for us to be final by the time it comes to the board in this kind of emergency authorization. i just want to make clear that there is no contract here for us to review. thank you. >> great. well, thank you for all of your work on this. john and. the p.u.c. this is really important for my district and for the west side so i would love to be added as a sponsor to this item. thank you, chair. >> thank you. >> thank you. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> yes, chair haney, i'm having camera difficulties. nick menards. this proposed resolution
would approve the public utilities commission declaration of emergency and related emergency work to repair stern grove for a total not to exceed amount of $4 million. as stated by the department earlier in the hearing that the department expects to use two contractors to resort to stern grove which was flooded by a burst pipeline. the contract of the main contractor and builders still being finalized. we showed the budget for our emergency work on page 11 of our report and based on the information that was available to us, we do recommend approval of this resolution. >> great. supervisor safai, anything to add there? could we open this to public comment, please?
>> thank you, chair haney. operations checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to comment on this item, please press star 3 now to be added. for those who are already on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and that is your cue to begin your comments. do we have any callers? >> caller: i appreciate michael, steve, katie, john and others at p.u.c. and unnamed people at rec park for their work on this. i do note, i'm not sure if it was in the b.l.a. report that it's not just the water enterprise that will pay but ultimately it is the rate payers of the city that will pay, unfortunately. these things happen and, yes, it's somewhere in the budget. but we're all paying for this. i do smourts the proposed resolution to get the repair
work as quickly as possible. it does waive various contracting provisions, that was a good discussion on that point. i would just respectfully suggest, i don't know that you need to add it to the legislation, but i would suggest that you ask p.u.c. and rec park to jointly send a report to the board of supervisors upon completion of the work in the spring, perhaps with photos and a little description about how the work being done, how many trees got replaced, the tennis court -- you know, that everything is good and that there is some final report that can go on the pages and be included in this file. ultimately. to close that out. i think that makes sense. to close the loop on this kind of emergency declaration.
those are my thoughts on this item. thanks. >> thank you, david, for your comments. do we have anymore callers? >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> thank you bunch. mr. chair? >> great, thank you. public comment is closed. appreciate that. questions and comments from colleagues? >> yeah, chair haney. i just wanted to actually -- i like the suggestion from david of adding in amending the resolution, just requiring p.u.c. to provide a report when the project completed, just so we -- yeah. we have that. and if the report can also include the lessons learned and preventive measures that are being taken to -- yeah, will be taken to prevent these in the future, that would be good. i would like the move that we amend the resolution to add that and then i would also
move that we recommend the resolution as amended to the full board with positive recommendation. >> ok. great. first, on the amendment, for city attorney, is that clear? we're asking for there? >> i think that is clear. unless anybody thinks it's not. [laughter] >> ok. all right. we'll add that and add that to the resolution. could we have a roll call on the amendment, please. >> on the -- to accept the amendments offered by supervisor as stated. [roll call] >> we have three ayes.
>> thank you. can we now take that motion to move this to the full board with a positive recommendation as amended? >> on that motion i believe also offered by member mark to forward the item to the full board with a positive recommendation. [roll call] >> we have three ayes. >> all right. this will go to the full board a positive recommendation as amended. i want to take an item out of order, mr. clerk. can you please call item 6. >> yes, chair haney. item number 6 is a resolution authorizing the office of contract administration to enter into a second amendment to the agreement between the city and the county of san
sunset scavenger, golden gate disposal and recycling company, d.b.a. reckology golden gate and reckology san francisco at city services facilities, increasing the contract amount by $7 million for a total not to exceed amount of approximately $16.9 million and extending the term by seven months from december 1, 2021 for a total contract duration of one year and seven months of december 1, 2020 through june 30, 2022. members of the public who wish to provide public comment, call the number on your screen. the system will prompt that you have raised your hand. please indicate until the system has indicated that you are unmuted and may begin your comments. mr. chair? >> thank you. welcome. the presentation on this item. >> thank you very much. and i believe that city administrator chiu is here to introduce this item. city administrator? >> great. thank you. thank you to chair haney and supervisor safai and marr. woe are putting this item before you today as a seven-month contract extension for waste services, for municipal facilities. just to note that this does not include residential or
commercial accounts. this is strictly for city facilities. our offices -- our office buildings, etc. i would note that the budget analysts recommend approval of this contract with modifications to the contingency which we do agree with. i want to make sure that i'm here to answer questions and wanted to let the committee know that i'll be in transit in a car so we'll be getting on to this meeting by phone in just a little bit. but our acting purchaser for the city and county of san francisco is actually just steped into this role relatively recently and i want to take a moment to thank her for filling in in this important role and her six months of deployment to the covid command center where she was pretty critical in terms of the logistics response there. with that, i'll turn it over to her to provide a quick overview and presentation to you and i'll reconnect by phone. >> thank you very much, city administrator chiu and thank you for the introduction. good morning. i am here today to request your approval to amend the
city's contract with reckology for city-wide refuse collection services. forgive me. i'm having trouble forwarding my presentation. ok. so, justs a brief history of our city contracts with -- for refuse collection services. since 2004, we have collected our refuse collection services through city-wide contracts. mostly issued by office of contract administration. these contracts have been with reckology. the last full-source contract was approved in 2014. this was for six years and was the final not to exceed contract value of $48 million. in november of 2020, o.c.a. brought a new negotiated refuse collection contract to the board. however, no action was taken at that time. so, to ensure continuety of
refuse collection services, o.c.a. did enter into an interim contract covering december 2020 to november of 2021. the contract is now at $9.9 million and it is expiring on november 30 of this year. as such, we're seeking your review and approval for an extension of this contract. with an increase of the not-to-exceed value commensurate with expected usage. so the major provisions of this amendment, we will -- we are requesting an increase of the contract value to essentially to $15.62 million. it is an increase of 5.72 million and to extend the contract by seven months to the end of the current fiscal year. the contract includes favorable terms for the city. including a 20% compost
credit, which is a discount off the monthly buildings to account for materials, the city reuses on site. this discount is essentially a clear and transparent discount, often the base rate charged to the city and does align the contract with the city's environmental goals as it incentivizes greater diversion of the city waste facilities. additionally, the city is not charged for new accounts as we were with the past contract. s so this amendment essentially allows the continuety of the trash collection services for every departments across the city while we coordinate with the department of environment to development an issue for a new contract. i do want to make clear that seven months will not be enough time to complete the process. of a solicitation and entering into a new agreements and i will cover this timeline later in the presentation. but the shorter extension makes sense at this time essentially so we can come
back to the board to you to update you on our progress. it also recognizes that there are a couple of other parallel efforts that the board may want some more information on, including the work of the refuse working group and any continued work from the controller's audits. so, this is heavily used contract by our city departments. we see generally a monthly spend of anywhere between $750,000 to nearly $900,000. the expected spend for the seven-month extension is about $6 million and so with contingency of the final m.t.e. for this country, if extended, will be $15.62 million. we are in alignment with the budget legislative analyst on this amount. i do want to point out the calculations do include an increase to the monthly spend
as we're expecting increased usage with the return to the office of city employees as of november 1. and the contingency essentially accounts for any new locations that are added and any other potential charge such as the addition of the green boxes at certain sites, contamination charges and other ancillary services that are allowed under the contract. so here i'm just providing an example of the monthly charges to the city by department. essentially, again, as note they are roughly -- the use of how this contract can reach about $900,000 per month as you see here. there are roughly 30 departments that utilize this contract, about 300 city sites, the i'm not mistaken. so, again, just reiterating that this is a very heavily utilized contract and it is essential for all of our city departments.
so in terms of next steps, we are coming to you now for this contract extension that takes the contract out to june 30, 2022, end of this fiscal year. but we are expecting to come to you for an additional contract extension in roughly may or june in 2022. that said during this time of the extension, we will be initiating a concurrent competitive solicitation process. i've outlined some of the steps here. first we rel will be working closely with the department of the environment to develop the scope of work and minimum qualification requirements. we are planning to issue the solicitation subsequent to that and that will take, we expect, roughly four to six months contract. there is always contract negotiation and contract execution that could take a
few months and there are additional variables here that will impact the timeline, which is somewhat unusual, i think, in terms of the o.c.a. or city contracts. the contracts that o.c.a. issues and vendor compliance is generally -- generally always happens with every city contract that you see here and there are additional items that will be required, including b.p.h. permitting, the potential for a ceqa analysis and then finally there may be some implementation that are involved. that could take some time. and i indicated t.b.d. here and i'm happy to discuss a little bit further what this might involve. that's the end of my presentation. thank you very much for your consideration and i'm happy to take any questions. >> thank you.
do you want to jump in? >> no, that's fine. b.l.a. >> let's hear the b.l.a. report first. >> thank you, chair. this proposed resolution would approve the second amendment to the city's contract with reckology, including the not to exceed amount by $7 million to $16.9 million and extending the term through the rest of the fiscal year through june 2022. as we show on page 19 of our report, o. c. a.'s projecting $8.7 million five many total expenditures through that extension period. and the -- but the proposed not to exceed amount currently includes a 15% contingency for unexpected needs. however, that amount is calculated on the total spending of the contract, rather than the expenditures and the extension term. so we believe a contingency for new expenditures appropriate and, therefore, recommended a amendment to
reduce the not-to-exceed amount to $15.6 million. in may of this year t board of supervisors approved a settlement agreement that required recology to repay $7 million related to refuse rate increases and in 2017 that were based oin inaccurate information provided by reckology during the rate-setting process and also related to unlawful gift of city officials. the settlement required a reduction in residential and commercial rates as well going forward. so this proposed contract extension provides refuse collection services for city facilities while options for alternative providers for refuse collection are identified through that solicitation process that was just discussed and changes to
the refuse service mod are evaluated by the working group. we therefore recommend approval of this proposed resolution as amended. >> thank you, appreciate it. supervisor safai? >> thank you, chair haney. just a couple of questions on the presentation. i understand that this work has been done as a soul source contract for a really long time. i'm trying to understand why it takes five months to put together a scope of work when you all are pretty familiar with the work that is being performed. so can you explain that to me? >> certainly. solicitation development generally does take some time for contracts. you know, we generally work with city departments when o.c. is issuing contracts.
this contract in particular is fairly complex. while we do know what the general scope of services is, we are undertaking essentially a very significant assessment to determine what the minimum qualification might be for any vendor. that might be for facilities, any equipment they need, financial capacity. >> i'm sorry. i guess what i'm asking is don't you have an existing contract with them? >> we do and we do have an existing skoem of services. that is correct. as i'm mentioning. we do need to assess what requirements we might need to put in place for any new potential vendors that we might see working with this contract including a financial capacity to do the work, facilities and equipment. i think those requirements have not been well-defined in the past. and doi have my colleague here from the departments of the environment who might be
able to respond additionally to that question. >> good afternoon. i'm with the department of the environmental waste team. and as the acting director has mentioned, this is the first time we've gone out for solicitation. so, we with -- this gives us an opportunity to get a better understanding of the other jurisdictions and other companies that might have equipment and facilities. we haven't had the opportunity to do that before so this might let us look at it and see what they provide for city and being in alignment with our goal of zero waste. >> if i can actually add to that, supervisor safai. the contract currently,
essentially, wrather than to raise structure that's been in place generally since we start these contracts and the rates are built upon the commercial rates that are charged by reckology with some additional contract terms and charges that we allow additional discount as i mentioned. if we are potentially to work with any new vendor, we would need to also consider if there are other types of fee structures or fee models that we might instead want to consider and sole thats assessment will take a little bit of time. so, we're take our time to do our due diligence, to put together the best solicitation, the most thoughtful solicitation that will provide the most detailed information requirements to any potential vendor that might propose so they can put together a very thoughtful proposal for us. >> if i may add, supervisor safai, thank yous for the
question. i wanted to just add to it that the tentative timeline that we laid out, which includes the five-month period of time to develop a skoem of work is just that. it is an estimated timeframe based on our conversation and discussions with the department of environment. they are part of the benefit of going forward with this proposal at a seven-month exsentencing that we know that it is not enough time to complete fully a solicitation but gives us the opportunity to share with you how things are going and if we find that we did not need the five-month period of time and we're able to do in its a quicker fashion, we advance the schedule and we would be able to share that information with you. we don't haves to wait until the end of the seven-months extension to provide those updates with you. we're happy to share along the way our progress on that and just so folks know, our intention is to already have
initiated the conversation so we'ves already been in conversation with the department of the environment on how to begin that work and will be doing that throughout this period of time. >> thank you for the clarification. that was my concern. if this were something that we're starting from scratch, if there were not an existing contract, i would probably make more sense. i also know that there is not many vendors in the bay area that can actually meet our zero waste requirements and what we require in terms of how we deal with waste, recycling, composting in general waste and so i know that it's not that many different facilities and companies to look at. so it just seems as though, since we're dealing with something that you identified
as being sole-sourced, given the environment that we're working under, it seems as though that was an extensive amount of time. one of the criticisms we hear that the pace at which government moves too slow so that is what i'm responding to. i appreciate you telling us that that is an estimate, that you have the ability to come back sooner and it is why you asked for the seven-month extension and hopefully we'll see a quicker progress than what was laid out in the tentative timeline. thank you, mr. chair. >> thank you, vice chair. >> i just had a few questions around the rate structure. and also for this new contract amendment and the relationship that this has
with the legal settlement with recology that is not around the rates for residential -- well, for commercial service. and actually just starting with that, so obviously that -- you know, the issue of -- or the scandal, i guess, of reckology, overcharging our residential and commercial customers ands the collusion and pay-to-play practices, that helps support that. it is a very important part of the context for this item. even though, you know, that is -- that was really -- those issues were around the residential and commercial rates. i understand that with the city contract with recology,
it is based on the commercial rates s. that correct? >> that's right. >> so, when the city reached the settlement agreement with recology where they repaid customers, including commercial customers, $94 million and then civil penalties back in april and the commercial rates were reduced by 6.8%. as a result of that, was there any similar kind of compensation made by recology to the city for the city contract with recology given that the rate structure was based on the commercial rate? >> thank you, supervisor mar for the question.
we will defer to the controller's office to speak to whether there is any remission of payment to the city. i think the controller's office has more information potentially on that information. i think on the settlement, though, just one thing to note, i think there are two questions or two issues embedded in the question that you raised. the first is how the rate structure is proposed and to qualify, this would assume basically the commercial rates that are negotiated through the regular contracts for general, uniform commercial accounts. on top of that, there is a 20% discount that is provided to the city through negotiation. my understanding is that from the previous settlement that you referred to, supervisor, is that the settlement really did not include any kind of funding or payment and basically did not account for any negotiated contracts which this contract would be. i wanted to clarify that.
compensation made by recology to the city for the city contract with recology given that the rate structure was based on the commercial rate? >> thank you, supervisor mar for the question. we will defer to the controller's office to speak to whether there is any remission of payment to the city. i think the controller's office has more information potentially on that information. i think on the settlement, though, just one thing to note, i think there are two questions or two issues embedded in the question that you raised. the first is how the rate structure is proposed and to qualify, this would assume basically the commercial rates that are negotiated through the regular contracts for general, uniform commercial accounts. on top of that, there is a 20% discount that is provided to the city through negotiation. my understanding is that from the previous settlement that you referred to, supervisor, is that the settlement really did not include any kind of funding or payment and basically did not account for any negotiated contracts which this contract would be. i wanted to clarify that. i don't believe that the settlement related to any negotiated contracts, which is what we had before us as a city contract and the controller's office can speak to any other financial considerations from that settlement. >> good afternoon. my unctioning is that it considered only the rates that were charged to residential and commercial customers and not to the city so i'm not aware that there is a [inaudible] of that settlement that requires repayment to the city. if the controller has additional information, i would absolutely welcome them to weigh in. >> good afternoon. i do not and i'm happy to confirm that and i can get back to the committee. >> ok. thank you for just confirming. that was comparable to the settlement agreement that was reached back in april. even though our -- the rate structure for our city contract with recology is based on the commercial rates. so i don't know if that is something that we hadn't looked into, whether how much we would -- the city was being overcharged. given that the commercial rates were, you know,
recology was overcharging commercial customers. any idea how much that might be worth? >> we're happy to work with any overages on this contract. >> i was going to say that we would work with o.c.a. >> ok. great. thank you. would appreciate that work and would love to see what you come up with. thank you. thank you, chair haney. >> thank you for the question. let's go to public comment, please. >> that, chair haney. operations checking to see if we have callers in the queue. for those already -- for those already in line, please press star 3 to be added. for those already on hold, please continue to hold until the system indicates that you have been unmuted. do we have any callers? >> good afternoon. dave pillpel again. several points here. the controller's refuse working group has only met once in may of this year. i've been eagerly awaiting more meetings so i seriously doubt they will issue a report this month. they've only met one. -- once. i'm still not clear why this proposes a seven-month extension when staff says that 20 months are needed. why not package this as a 20-month extension at this time. i don't understand that. the 2020 proposal that's in board of supervisors file 21213 had a new and different cost structure. i'm not sure that that different rate structure is in this particular proposal. i believe that an r.f.p. will likely result in one responsive bidder and that
would be recology. i note that there is a letter in the file from services but i'm not sure they would have the facilities and equipment and wherewithal to perform the work so i don't understand why not just negotiate a soul source agreement as with recology as has occurred in the past. i believe the effort on the new r.f.p., ceqa review may be more costly than any time savings here. i'm sorry to say, this is only a million dollars a month. it is not and even if the cost savings are 10%, that's only 100,000 a month. it could cost a lot more than that to go through all of that effort. i don't understand. why postser? and there is no guarantee that there will be cost savings with the proposed
r.f.p. process. in the end, i still have serious questions about the recommended path forward. i would recommend updates and the next extension from seven months to 20, long before june so the board has omtions. >> thank you for your comments. anymore callers? >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> thank you very much, mrs. chair. >> thank you. i think that the points that my colleagues make are ones that i agree with. we want to make sure that this happens and doesn't get dragged out. too lodge. and that we actually do the due diligence and how we do
it in an expeditiously as possible. i know there was a question from supervisor marr. i don't know if you wanted to give an answer on that today before we move forward. or was that something that we wanted to wait for? >> i think we can wait. it sounds like the controller's office and o.c.a. are going to look into how much we were overcharged for contract. since it was based on the commercial rate structure and commercial rate payers were overcharged and do you get a refund? and we don't need that today. but i look forward to their work on this and their updates. >> great. supervisor safai? >> yes. i appreciate the -- oops. hold on. sorry. i appreciated the public from
the comment. that is part of what my point was about. i think it's pretty apparent what the result will be, given the size and scope and need of the city in terms of our requirements and so that was what my hope was, that this could be expedited in terms of the analysis and the response. i'm absolutely fine with it going out for a competitive process. even if the city might know and predicts what the result of that might be. because i think that is in the realm of good government. and i don't necessarily believe that we should be soul sourcing contracts of this size, scale and nature. given the bad history of some of the things that have happened with regard to soul-source contracting and, in particular, with this company. i do want to say that the amount of time it should take should be condensed dramatically.
given the fact that there is an existing contract, given the fact that we know what we need on the sides of our diversion, both requirements and needs. so, i don't think that the analysis will take that long and i appreciate city administrator chiu saying that she intends and believes that it will be done in a much more expedited fashion. and the result will be good government and more scaout knit for these types of contracts and that is also important given what was said, the recent year of corruption and overcharging and rate payers impacked by the behavior. so i appreciate that. thank you, mr. chair. >> great. thank you. agreed. i always think this is an unusual dlat we have in relationship and unique
relationship that we have with recology and on many things they have done a great job for us without a doubt. and i know that we all here have tremendous respect for their workers and a lot of appreciation for the structure of their company and the way that it shares their revenue with their workers, there's also, as you said, supervisor safai, also no doubt that recology management at the top, or particularly over the last year or so did some things that were unethical and in some cases were criminal. at least allegations of criminal behavior. so we have to be very intentional about how we move forward and ensthaur we have a process that are contracting that reachs the
highest levels of integrity and accountability and our rate payers, our residences, our small businesses gate fair deal and there is nothing that takes advantage of them at the same time. we have tremendous represent for workers themselves and we have to deliver for our folks. so for our residents. and there were some things that need to happen and picking up the trash is one of them. i know we set big goal around doing it, zero waste and the requirements of our contract are special as well when it relates to recycling and trash and waste. so, with that i think we expressed our views on this here.
i am going to, unless there are any further questions or comments here, i want to make a motion foister accept the b.l.a.'s recommendation to amend this item. could we have a roll call vote on that, plea. >> on the motion to amend the resolution to accept the b.l.a.'s recommendations -- [roll call] we have three ayes. >> could we please want to make a motion to move item 6 to the full board for the positive recommendation as amended. >> to the full board as amended with positive recommendation. [roll call]
we have three ayes. >> great. thank you so much, everyone, for your work on this and we will undoubtedly see you all soon to continue this conversation and the next steps. thank you. >> thank you. >> mr. clerk, can you please call item 4? >> yes. item number 4 is a resolution authorizing the human services agency to apply for and accept a county child welfare agency allocation for an amount of approximately $459,000 from the california department of housing and community development under the transitional housing program to help young adults secure and maintain housing. members of the public who wish to provide public comments on this item should call 415-655-0001. meeting i.d. 249963166172 and
then press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please press star 3 to line up to speak. the prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand. mr. chair? >> thank you. welcome suzy smith from h.s.a. >> thank you, thank you. my name is suzy smith. i'm deply director for policy and planning from the san francisco human services agency. i'll note that agenda item four and agenda item five are closely related around the same source of funds so i don't know if you want to call and get with them together or separately. >> can you call item 5 as well with this item? >> yes. item 5 is a resolution authorizing the human services agency to apply for and accept a county child welfare agency allocation for
an amount up to $147,000 from the california departments of housing and community development under the housing navigator program to help young adults secure and maintain housing. and members of the public who wish to speak on item number five can also call 415-655-0001 and meeting i.d. 24963166172 and then press pound twice and dial star 3 to line up to speak. mr. chair? >> thank you. ms. smith? >> thank you. as mentioned, the state of california departments of housing and community development recently issued two related funding opportunitis to help young adults in the child welfare system secure and maintain housing. the first grant opportunity is an $8 million statewide allocation to support the transitional housing program and that provides direct
subsidies for current or former foster youth agency teen to 25. the second is a $5 million statewide allocation to fund housing navigation services to help young adults aged 18 to 21 to apply for suitable housing. in other words for san francisco to access these two related housing funds, the board of supervisors required to approve resolutions which gives health and human services toosing apply for and accept the funding. upon the receipt of our application, they will determine how much money san francisco will be awarded based on the number of youth in our child welfare system as well as the number of other countis that applied for this funding. the maximum we could be
awarded for transitional housing program is up to $573,950 and the maximum we could be awarded for the housing navigation program is up to $183, 775. you'll note there is an -- there are two amendments to these resolutions to increase the amounts that we originally requested. and this simply gives us flexibility to accept a greater amount of the state funding in the event that other counties fail to draw down their allocated funds. so t the state initially issued one form with one amount and then they requested greater flexibility for us to accept additional funding should other counties underspend. so the goal overall of this program is to reduce homelessness for foster youth. servicess will include
applying for housing, prehousing drex services, housing subsidies and stabilization and [inaudible] services. we have until at least the end of the school year '23 to spend these funds should we be awarded them. and briefly on the issue in terms of homelessness at the inner child welfare system and why this is so important for your young adults, young adults currently were formerly in child welfare faced challenges with homelessness and housing stability in our high-cost market, data from the latest noinlts time. 29% of youth respondents in the survey reported history of foster care involvement. over one-third of youth reported a history of foster care. living in foster care, sorry,
immediately before becoming homeless. and 17% reported aging out of foster care is the primary cause of the homelessness. that is really what these grants time address. how do we help people who provide housing support as they exit our system. so these two resolutions would authorize to accept the allocation for both of these programs and help them secure and maintain housing and avoid homelessness. i'm happy to answer any questions that you or others may have. >> thank you. much appreciated and thank you for noting to call these together. obviously both connected and appreciated. is there a b.l.a. report on these items? >> chair haney, we do not report on these items.
>> great. thank you. not seeing anythinging from colleagues. can we open this up to public comment, please? >> yes, chair haney. operations is checking to see if there are any caller in the queue. members of the publics who wish to provide comment on items 4 and 5, please press star 3 to be added. for those already on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and that is your cue to begin your comments. mr. adkins? >> mr. clerk, there are no callers in the queue. >> thank you much. mr. chair? >> great. public comment is now closed. i know there are amendments that are being made. did you want to offer those ms. smith?
>> yes. the amendments are around the flexibility to receive additional funding, should the state want to add to our allocation. so, originally we had applied for and accept up to $459 *shs 200 for transitional housing program. we have amended that to allow us to apply for and accept up to $573,950 for the transitional housing program. so we can see on the red lines the second page under further resolve, it allows the san francisco human services agency, it says that if the departments of housing and community development advises sfhsa that they are available for the remaining funds, they hereby authorized and directed to accept this additional allocation of funds. that is what these two amendments are just giving the state flexibility to say if other counties underspend, we can add to the grant without having to come back
for another resolution to the board. and there is the resolution for the second program, the housing navigator program we originally had an allocation amount up to $147,020 and we amended that to receive up to $183,000 on page two of the amendment. >> got it. are these substantive amendments to our city attorney? >> yes, i believe these are substantive amendments and, therefore, i'll threat city attorney weigh in. >> good afternoon. this is deputy city attorney.
we're actually not subsidizing. >> oh, great. [laughter] >> all right. well first of all i want to make a motion to move these amendments. could we have a role call vote? >> on the notion accept the amendment on both items, number four and five as stated -- [roll call] >> i am sorry. let's see. sorry.
oh, wait. we did take public comment. there were no speakers. ok. i am -- ok. so safai, aye. so sorry. we have three ayes, mr. chair. >> great. and now i want to make a motion to move this item as amended to the full board with a positive recommendation. sorry. i want to make a notion move items 4 and 5 to the full board as amended with a positive recommendation. >> thank you, chair haney. on the motion to recommend both items 4 and 5 to the full board as amended. [roll call] >> we have three ayes. >> thank you. thank you again for your work. much appreciated. mr. clerk, can you please call item 7. >> yes. item number 7 is an
ordinance, retroactively authorizing the office of the mayor to accept and expend a grant in the amount of approximately $3.4 million from bloomberg philanthrophies, ordinance number 109-21. the annual salary ordinance for fiscal years 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023. to provide for addition of one grant funded class. 0904, mayoral staff. 16 position. at the office of the mayor and two grant-funded class 1043 engineer positions at the office of the city administrator and two grant funded class 253 senior business analyst positions. the office of the city administrator for the period of october 1, 2020 through august 21, 2024. members of the public who want to speak about this
item, should call the number on your screen and meeting i.d. 2496-316-6172. and then press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please press star 3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you haves been unmuted and that is your cue to begin your comments. mr. chair? >> thank you. and welcome the mayor's office. >> thank you, chair haney. thank you members of the committee. i will share a brief less than three-minute presentation, hopefully. is that working? >> confirming it's visible. >> wonderful. thank you. so this is the -- the item before you is an expension worth $3.4 million over three years so that is
approximately 12k4rr million a year, not $3 million per year. the majority of which will be spent on salaries and this ordinance creates a new position of authority for five positions, one in fact mayor's office and four at the city administrator's office which will be the basis of a new team coordinated through the mayor's office, but with a number of people across the city and you'll see that the majority of these positions are technical in nature so i'll get to the overall structure of this grant and then how he intends to use this office. so, first, this is a competitive grant program so apply for this grant and was awarded along with five other cities in this cohort is part of a general group of about 40 cities that received the innovation grant over the last several years and bloomberg really looks for a few key things in their innovation offices.
the sf*irs that they look for direct axe sayses to either the mayor ors city manager and that is really so that they can have assurances that there is a certain amount of political clout that is really focusing on the key issues that the city is facing and not kind of like working around the edges, so to speak. they want -- they look for somebody who can -- who is willing to use data, human-centered design and digital technology to address those big media issues that are facing the city. and they operate in a strike team model where you are able to take on a single project for six to nine months and then move on to another item. for san francisco and our only case ining particular, we have some really great infrastructure already that i will get into between digittal services, data s.f., our office of civic innovation and city performance team at the controller's office. so, we were really not trying
to reinvent the wheel here, but leverage all of that really great expertise, uplift the work that has already been done and direct those resources such as they are where fobl more strategic issues. and beyond the digital innovation, building of websites and making things more technologically savvy and really creating a culture of innovation and pulling up what i think we call the sensible solutions that frequently exist at a staff level but have trouble breaking through up to, you know, a higher level. things that don't always make it to the mayor's office but there is a lot of really great, you know, information and talent and creative solutions that happen as a line staff level and we're trying to infuse a culture of being able to bring those ideas up and give them more direct access to leadership in the city. and is this came up earlier with item number two.
we are hopeful that this office will be able to allow us to use a better define and measure success across a number of our priorities and then where we have those indicators then not just have that data and exist in open data s.f. as it currently is, but have that drive policy decision through the mayor and board of supervisors. so this is really an existing structure and has digittal services that work at a.d.m. and are work-order funded and intend to be hired by the departments to work on a specific project. there is not a lot of opportunities for them to identify a new program. data s.f. helps departments dig through and understand what data they they have and what they might be missing. the office of civic innovation a partnership-focused program as it intends to work primarily on a program called civic bridge which brings in
pro bono help from for profit companies to work on projects that are pitched by individual departments and then city performance in the controller's office is, you know, they go through and adit our services and make sure that the public has access to information about whether we're doing things well. what we sfienld that all of these intend to work a little bit in silo. there is not a great opportunity to take the learning and the needs across these individual groups and elevate issues up to say, you know what? really we have a citywide permitting problem. it is not d.b.i. permitting problem a fire permitting problem. it is a general cross departmentstal issue and needs to be dealt with in a cross departmentstal way. we're proposing an office of innovation that would be eight people, five of which are the positions created here funded by this grant and then drawing in the office of civic innovation. they would still be d.t.e.
employees and pulling their expertise in to create a policy-focused office that can look across all of these different groups, particularly digital services, data s.f. and o.c.i., understand what needs to happen and more of a policy level and create that strike team that is not based on work order dollars, that is generally grant funded. and then have that reinforced by the city performance team. we are going to work very closely with them as we pull out what would n theory, be a successful [inaudible]. and that is the end of my presentation. i'm happy to take any questions. i hope i got through that quickly. >> i think somebody has me on repeat there.
you're really speaking my language here in this presentation. i don't know if you're aware of this, but i held a hearing in this committee a few months ago on this very topic and had all of those offices come and present. and we spent hours on this. my rel daysing to them was essentially what you proposed here, which is coordinated across the whole city and that their respective roles are that are built for collaboration and that they actually address their own kind of challenges around a collaboration before we are in position to fix those for the rest of the city. and looks like that is what you're building here, which is really great. this is something that we did
when i was at the school -- the school district, actually. something to look at and not many examples to look at with the school district. unfortunately. but that is something that we [inaudible] there and they have an office innovation that co-ordinates the professional developments and has potentially strike teams on individual challenges across the district. a ever that structure works well. is this part of the mayor's budget proposal or basically announced right now entirely anew? >> it was not part of the budget proposal and that is why we had to come to you with this ordinance. we had, in mid june, late june, we received word that we would be receiving this.
but we had to go through the details of what the grant agreement would look like and a lot of those negotiations. so, you know, at the time of introduction on june 1, we had not been awarded this yet and decided not tot go through an amendment process in june. we would rather goat our ducks in a row. >> has it already started in what is the timeline for in -- for this? >> no, it is technically retroactive. because the draft agreement that they sent us starts october 1. that said, we have not yet received or accepted any dollars. we have not posted any positions. it is technically retroactive, but awaiting your approval before moving forward. >> great. and the eight positions will be additive and then they will help to coordinate the work of --
>> five of them are added in. it is the director, the four positions which are -- i can bring them back up -- a project manager, a technical promise manager a data analyst, a u.s. or systems designer. we'll try to figure out based on what our first project looks like, which is more appropriate and then a software evening naoer who can focus on websites and the like. and then the three other positions are the people who already work in the office of civic innovation and we'll pull that partnership team in and see how we can lift that work up and make them a little bit -- they are very siloed right now and i think, you know, we're really wasting their talents so we'll pull them in and have a universal eight-person team. but it is mostly technically
focused and the current innovation director being like the -- i don't know. the strategic vision, if you will. >> i think it is very exciting and i'm sure there will be a lot more conversation about where their focus will be and how they're going to measure the impacts and, you know, just -- there are so many challenges that they can focus on and ways that they can have an exponential impacts on creative and human-centered responses to the challenges we're facing here in government. great job and very exciting especially in light of the long hearing that we had where basically the outcome of that was we need something like this. i'm happy to see this happening. colleagues, any questions or comments? i'm guessing there is no b.l.a. report on this item, is there? >> actually, there is a b.l.a. report.
this ordinance retroactively authorizes the mayor to accept and expend the $3.4 million grant from bloomberg philanthrophies for three years. the legislation also amends the salary ordinance to create five new permanent positions shown on page 23 of our report. which expand the existing teams for innovation, digital service and data policy. this grant does not fully fund those positions. it requires a $1.1 million match. the mayor's office reported to us that they intend to do fund raising to meet that match. but the positions are permanent and need to be funded through new revenues at the end of the grant term and will likely require general fund moneys to be funded at the end of the grant term. because this grant could result in new general fund
costs, if the fund raising is insufficient and at tend of the grant term, we consider approval to be a policy matter for the board of supervisors. >> great. >> thank you, chair and thank you for the presentation on this really exciting kind of new opportunity for the city and, yeah, i think this sounds -- yeah. really positive. and i appreciated the digittal innovation that we had. that really opened my eyes and started my thinking about how technology -- how we could better use technology to improve our city functioning. city government functioning. so this opportunity to access the bloomberg foundation funding sounds like it is connected to a cohort of
other cities so that is exciting, too. it sounds really positive. i think my only concern is that this is sort of really new. you know, it's sort of moving -- it's really trying to -- it's like new tools and strategies for the city government to improve how we function so that is all positive. but it is a business fuzzy. in the b.l.a. report, i mentioned three potential priority projects. that this new team would focus on. small business navigation, mental and behavioral treatment coordination and government accountability for city-funded programming. is that -- is that pretty set? >> no, our original application went in of november of 2020 and they asked for some sample
projects that the mayor might prioritize. at that time, that is kind of what we came up with. i think we have since done a little bit of delving. certainly at least for the first project. and it is a media problem and a priority for the mayor and i know for you all is probably not the best project for a brand-new team. so we're going to kind of, like, hold off on that. i think certain examples of things that we were thinking about, nothing is set yet. you know, after this is approved, we're supposed to send in our priorities letter and, again, those are high policy levels. i think that the mayor is interested in focus in on that last item looking at how we can look at a lot of our contracts and existing programming and services across the city and understand better what we're doing and what we're doing well. communicating that.
but what we are doing well in communicating that to the public and making sure that everyone has access to it and we're not doing well holding ourselves accountability. supervisor peskin has been interested in the office of small business and how those grants work. workforce development would be a big priority. you know, obviously homeless >>s always top of mind. again, would be a big chunk of something to chew on for a first project.
better use technology to improve our city functioning. city government functioning. so this opportunity to access the bloomberg foundation funding sounds like it is connected to a cohort of other cities so that is exciting, too. it sounds really positive. i think my only concern is that this is sort of really new. you know, it's sort of moving -- it's really trying to -- it's like new tools and strategies for the city government to improve how we function so that is all positive. but it is a business fuzzy. in the b.l.a. report, i mentioned three potential priority projects. that this new team would focus on. small business navigation, mental and behavioral treatment coordination and government accountability for city-funded programming. is that -- is that pretty set? >> no, our original application went in of november of 2020 and they asked for some sample projects that the mayor might prioritize. at that time, that is kind of what we came up with. i think we have since done a little bit of delving. certainly at least for the first project. and it is a media problem and a priority for the mayor and i know for you all is probably not the best project for a brand-new team. so we're going to kind of, like, hold off on that. i think certain examples of
things that we were thinking about, nothing is set yet. you know, after this is approved, we're supposed to send in our priorities letter and, again, those are high policy levels. i think that the mayor is interested in focus in on that last item looking at how we can look at a lot of our contracts and existing programming and services across the city and understand better what we're doing and what we're doing well. communicating that. but what we are doing well in communicating that to the public and making sure that everyone has access to it and we're not doing well holding ourselves accountability. supervisor peskin has been interested in the office of small business and how those grants work. workforce development would be a big priority. you know, obviously homeless >>s always top of mind. again, would be a big chunk of something to chew on for a first project. but, you know, theres a lot of just within that individual item there is a lot to work on but nothing is set in stone yet. and that will drive a lot of our hiring, i think. >> thanks. it makes sense to have the mayor's office and city administrator being the lead on this and -- but i'm just thinking for the board and our role in terms of oversight and policies, it would be good to have some reporting and sharing of what the plans are with the board and throughout to the public. i don't know if that is an ordinance or amendment. >> and we would be happy to both do individual readings or hearing about what we're working on and what we're finding. i imagine there is a first phase of what this primary project will be and that, you know, think would probably be better done however you like and then certainly in six to nine months when we have our first deliverable, we would lom to come back and tell you about it. >> great. thank you. >> thank you. this is exciting. that is a similar question to what i was going to ask. since this money is going to come in and you will have staff dedicated to doing research. it would make sense to have a well-defined target and project as quickly as possible. i'm sure you intend to do that. i don't know. i'm not as excited about the
contract part but it is not my call. i think something more exciting for the work and for the money. i know that this will carry, as i understand it, this will carry funding for three years and then the hope is that additional funding will be sought after, grant based and that will be part of the job as a director of this office. and the grant funding will be driven by the work that is being done. obviously even going back to item number one today with our needle exchange, our addiction problem and fentanyl overdose. there is a lot of different things that this office could take on and the strike team fashion to really kind of delve into and then really inform on a policy basis that would be exciting for all of us. given the speed that this office can work and interface with all the different departments. excited and very support *ift of this. would love to add my name as a sponsor to this. >> thank you, mr. chair. >> when one person does it, i don't want to be left out. so i should be added as well. we didn't call public comment yet. can we call it, please? >> yes. operations is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of public that wish to provide comment, please press star 3. mr. adkins, can you confirm if we have any speakers? operator: mr. clerk, there are no callers in the queue. >> thank you very much. >> public comment is closed. i want to make a motion to move item seven to the full board with a positive recommendation. could we have a role call vote, please? >> on the notion move the item to the full board with a
positive recommendation -- [roll call] >> we have three ayes. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. >> mr. clerk, will you call item 8? >> yes. item 18 an ordinance appropriating approximately 71,000 previously appropriated to the departments of public works. and approximately 69.2 of previously appropriated to the city planning department. and reappropriating approximately $140,000 to the departments of public works for a safety needs assessment with k through 8 community school in fiscal year 2021 to 2022. members of the public who wish to provide public
comment should call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2496-316-6172 and then press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please dial star three to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand. mr. chair? >> great. thank you. and we have jennifer lee from supervisor ronie's office. welcome. >> hello. good afternoon. thank you for allowing me to speak today. unfortunately supervisor ronen is at a meeting and could not leave. chair haneys and community members, thank you for hearing this item today to
reappropriate $140574 for infrastructure spending last month, supervisor ronen held a hearing on the dangerous conditions of the [inaudible] facility. for years, faculties and parents have logged countless complaints about exposed radiators and temperatures reaching 90° in december, falling ceiling tiles, faulty wiring and more. last year in 2020n two separate reports, the san francisco unified school district rated facilities as in good repair status and clean, safe and functional. yet three major life-threatening incidents took place this year alone, including a dangerous gas leak that went unchecked for a week and a half [inaudible] and dismissed it as the smell of dead birds. it was only caution after pg&e was called and the company evacuated the premises. one of the demands is to have
the school facilities assessed by an inspector. therefore, supervisor ronen has asked to do a third party assessment of the school. this will have unspent money from 2019 to 2020 city-wide with spending plan that was originally slated for the planning and outreach for land use and transportation of business. that went on pause in the pandemic and with the larger p.u.c., some water projects and those funs will not be needed. public works has submitted the cost of facilities in the range of $145574. the original ordinance that was introduced last month would appropriate $121365 but our office has worked with the controller and planning departments to unem cumber the remaining $18210 and substituted the legislation to reflect reappropriatation
of the full $145574 to public works. since that hearing they have unanimously passed board member [inaudible] to allocate $40 million in 2016 bond money [inaudible]. however, because of the design process is much longer and could take months if not years, we would have public work dos an immediate assessment of urgent work that knees to be done. [slightly muffled] i want to thank you for being early co-sponsors to this legislation and look forward to occurring this resource for our beloved community schools. on behalf of supervisor ronen, i would like the ask for approval. thank you for hearing this item today.
>> thank you so much and supervisor ronen for their leadership. as a former school board member, i'm definitely familiar with this school and the shameful condition that it is in and i'm greatful for the leadership of supervisor ronen and supervisor safai and alexander and others who have stepped in and provided support for the city on this. it is unacceptable for these conditions for our kids to be learning in so i'm glad we're steping in and doing this and would love to have my name added as a co-sponsor as well. do we have a b.l.a. report on this item? >> we do not report on this item. >> great. could i open this to public comments, please? >> thank you, mr. chair. operations is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, please press star 3. for those already on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates you have
been unmuted. can you confirm we have no callers? operator: mr. clerk, there are no callers in the queue. >> thank you very much. mr. chair? >> public comment is closed. colleagues, any questions or comments? i'm sure there is nothing but support for this. [laughter] with that, i want to make a motion to move this to the full board with a positive recommendation. >> on the motion to forward this item to the full board with a positive recommendation, vice chair safai? >> [roll call] >> please add me as a co-sponsor as well. thank you. >> noted. >> we have three ayes. >> great. thank you so much. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you, ms. lee. >> thank you. mr. clerk, are there any other items in front of us today?
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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 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. 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. >> 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. 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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. 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, 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 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, 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] 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, 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 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. 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. 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 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 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 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. 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." 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. >> 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. >> 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, 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]  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, as specified in california government code section 54957 [a] . >> 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 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. [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 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] >> 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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. >> 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 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 . 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 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 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. 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 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. 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 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 $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. 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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. 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 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 at 6:20 9 pm.
>> 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. ♪♪
>> 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. 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 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 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.
♪♪ >> 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.
>> 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 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 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 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. >> 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. >> 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 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.
my name is nita riccardi, i'm a painter for the city of san francisco and i have my own business as a painting contractor since 1994 called winning colors. my mother was kind of resistant. none of my brothers were painter. i went to college to be a chiropractor and i couldn't imagine being in an office all day. i dropped out of college to become a painter. >> we have been friends for about 15-20 years. we both decided that maybe i could work for her and so she hired me as a painter. she was always very kind. i wasn't actually a painter when she hired me and that was pretty cool but gave me an opportunity to learn the trade with her company. i went on to different job
opportunities but we stayed friends. the division that i work for with san francisco was looking for a painter and so i suggested to my supervisor maybe we can give nita a shot. >> the painting i do for the city is primarily maintenance painting and i take care of anything from pipes on the roof to maintaining the walls and beautifying the bathrooms and graffiti removal. the work i do for myself is different because i'm not actually a painter. i'm a painting contractor which is a little different. during the construction boom in the late 80s i started doing new construction and then when i moved to san francisco, i went to san francisco state and became fascinated with the architecture and got my contractor's licence and started painting victorians and kind of
gravitated towards them. my first project that i did was a 92 room here in the mission. it was the first sro. i'm proud of that and it was challenging because it was occupied and i got interior and exterior and i thought it would take about six weeks to do it and it took me a whole year. >> nita makes the city more beautiful and one of the things that makes her such a great contractor, she has a magical touch around looking at a project and bringing it to its fullest fruition. sometimes her ideas to me might seem a little whacky. i might be like that is a little crazy. but if you just let her do her thing, she is going to do something incredible, something amazing and that will have a lot of pop in it. and she's really talented at that. >> ultimately it depends on what
the customer wants. sometimes they just want to be understated or blend in and other times they let me decide and then all the doors are open and they want me to create. they hire me to do something beautiful and i do. and that's when work is really fun. i get to be creative and express what i want. paint a really happy house or something elegant or dignified. >> it's really cool to watch what she does. not only that, coming up as a woman, you know what i mean, and we're going back to the 80s with it. where the world wasn't so liberal. it was tough, especially being lgbtq, right, she had a lot of friction amongst trades and a lot of people weren't nice to her, a lot of people didn't give her her due respect. and one of the things amazing about nita, she would never
quit. >> after you prove yourself, which i have done, i don't face that obstacle as much anymore. i'd like to be a mentor to other women also. i have always wanted to do that. they may not want to go to school but there's other options. there's trades. i encourage women to apply for my company, i'd be willing to train and happy to do that. there's a shortage of other women painters. for any women who want to get into a trade or painting career, just start with an apprenticeship or if you want to do your own business, you have to get involved and find a mentor and surround yourself with other people that are going to encourage you to move forward and inspire you and support you and you can't give up. >> we've had a lot of history, nita and i. we've been friends and we have
been enemies and we've had conflicts and we always gravitate towards each other with a sense of loyalty that maybe family would have. we just care about each other. >> many of the street corners in all the districts in san francisco, there will be a painting job i have completed and it will be a beautiful paint job. it will be smooth and gold leaf and just wow. and you can't put it down. when i first started, it was hard to get employees to listen to me and go along -- but now, i have a lot of respect.
>> 2021, the time is 9:03. i item one, roll call. president kathrin feinstein. >> u a present. >> vice president nakajo. >> present. >> commissioner covington. >> present. >> commissioner ken cleaveland. >> present. >> u a commissioner morgan is excused today. >> i have chief of department, janine nicholson and let me unmute her here. >> present. >> present. >> okay. >> all right. we have you present. via telephone. >> good morning, everybody. to commence our meeting, please allow me to make this