tv Full Board of Supervisors SFGTV November 30, 2021 6:00pm-12:01am PST
[roll call] mr. president you have a quorum. >> supervisor: thank you so much madame clerk. i do want to say as we start this meeting to supervisor ronin we're so sorry about the loss of your father and here as a board to support you during this time of bereavement. thank you to the san francisco board of supervisors acknowledge s commission acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland
of the ramaytush (rah-my-toosh) ohlone) who are the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. as the indigenous stewards of this land, and in accordance with their traditions, the ramaytush ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. as guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders, and relatives of the ramaytush ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as first peoples. colleagues please stand with me to recite the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic for which it stands one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
>> on behalf of the board of supervisors i would add like to acknowledge the staff of sf gov tv and we have the transcripts available to the public online. madame clerk, do we have any communications >> clerk: this meeting is accessible on channel 26 or by viewing the live stream at sfgov.tv. the most information way up to provide up to two minutes of public comment is to listen from your touch phone connected to the remote call in system where you can provide your comment. throughout the meeting the telephone number is streaming on your screen, 1-415-655-0001. and when you hear the prompt enter the meeting i.d. 2483 154
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by to assist you to access this meeting. thank you, mr. president. that concludes my communication. >> supervisor: thank you, madame clerk. before we get started a friendly reminder, colleagues, please mute your microphones when you're not speaking. madame clerk let's go to our approval of the meeting minutes from the october 19, 2021 regular board meeting. i don't see anyone wishing to make changes so we'll entertain a motion to approve the minutes made by supervisor stefani seconded by supervisor preston. >> clerk: on the minutes as presented for october 19, supervisor mar. supervisor melgar. >> aye. >> clerk: supervisor peskin,
aye. supervisor ronin. supervisor safai. aye. supervisor walton. aye. supervisor chan. aye. supervisor mandelman. aye. >> supervisor: the minutes are approved as presented. madame clerk let's go to content items 1 through 7. >> clerk: they're on consent these items are considered to be routine. if a member objects, an item may be removed and considered separately. >> supervisor: thank you. seeing no one on the roster we can take the items, same house, same call and without objection the ordinances are passed and resolutions adopted unanimously. [gavel] madame clerk call item 8. >> clerk:
sponsor: mayor 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 occurring 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. >> thank you, we can take item, same house, same call. without objection this ordinance is passed unanimously. madame clerk call item number 9.
>> clerk: de-appropriation - department of public works and city planning department - department of public works - buena vista horace mann k-8 community school - $140,574 - fy2021-2022] sponsors: ronen; melgar, safai, walton, haney and mar ordinance de-appropriating $71,365 previously appropriated to the department of public works (dpw) and $69,209 previously appropriated to the city planning department (cpc), and re-appropriating $140,574 to the department of public works for a safety needs assessment at buena vista horace mann k-8 community school in fiscal year >> the board excuse me from voting because i live 500 feet within the property and request to be excused. >> supervisor: thank you. motion made by supervisor peskin to excuse supervisor mandell. . madame clerk. >> clerk: on the motion to excuse supervisor mandelman from item 9. supervisor mar. aye. supervisor melgar, aye.
supervisor preston, aye. supervisor ronin, aye. supervisor safai, aye. supervisor stefani, aye. supervisor walton. aye. supervisor chan, aye. supervisor haney, aye. there are 10 ayes. >> supervisor: supervisor mandelman is excused from item number 9. supervisor ronin. >> we're voting to re-appropriate to perform a third-party inspection of the horace mann facility and i'm sorry i wasn't hear for the first reading. thank you to supervisor melgar for presenting on the first reading and thank you to my colleagues for voting to approve
this. last month i held a hearing on the dangerous conditions of the horace mann and the community demanded to have a school facility assessed by a non-usfd assessor and the ordinance redirects unspent money from the city wide spending plan originally slated for improvements and that project went on pause during the pandemic and with the storm resiliency project going forward the funds lil -- will no longer be need. the proposal to allocate bond money to fully renovate horace mann's fast because of the design phase it could take months if not years we're having public works do an immediate
assessment of any immediate work that needs to be done and started the assessment. i'd like to thank my co-sponsors, supervisor melgar, president walton and supervisor haney, safai and mar and look forward to add much needed resources to our beloved community school. i ask for your support in voting to improve the much needed funding. thank you. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor ronin. >> thank you, supervisor ronen for your leadership i would like to add myself but only if that does not -- i know it's a second reading so i don't want to do anything that would delay anything but i assume sponsorship would not affect anything. >> clerk: that's correct. >> supervisor: i would like to thank supervisor ronen her work though this appropriation is not
directly related to helps with the redirection of funding from the bond that was approved. i want to thank supervisor ronen for your advocacy because not only is this going to support changes at buena vista, horace mann and i appreciate you for that. madame clerk please call the roll. >> clerk: supervisor mar. aye. supervisor melgar. aye. supervisor peskin aye, supervisor stefani, aye. supervisor walton, aye. supervisor chan, aye. supervisor haney, aye. there are 10 ayes. >> supervisor: thank you, without objection the motion is approved with supervisor mandelman excused.
supervisor mandelman we are looking forward to seeing your return. madame clerk please call item number 10. an ordinance to spend an approximately $3.4 million grant to pay for the following five positions and to amend the annual salary ordinance for physical years '21 to '23 to provide for the addition of the following full-time position in the mayor's office. mayoral staff category 16 position, and at the office of the city administrator for 10-43 engineer positions and two grant-funded class 10-53 business analyst position through august 31, 2024. >> supervisor: thank you, madame clerk, seeing no one on the
roster please call the roll. >> clerk: mar aye. supervisor melgar, aye. supervisor peskin, aye. supervisor preston, no. supervisor ronen, aye. supervisor safai, aye. supervisor stefani, aye. supervisor walton, aye. supervisor chan, aye. supervisor haney, aye, supervisor mandelman, aye. there are 10 ayes and one no with supervisor preston in the dissent. >> supervisor: without objection the ordinance is passed 10-1 with supervisor preston in the dissent. madame clerk, please call item 11. >> clerk: an ordinance revealing
he code associated with oil and gas and amend the definitions of heavy manufacturing 2 and 3 and fuel purposes to affirm the see qua determine fage and make the appropriate findings. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor ronen. >> i'd like to request to be add adds co-sponsor. >> supervisor: call the roll for item 11. >> clerk: supervisor mar, aye. supervisor melgar, aye. supervisor preston, aye. supervisor ronen, aye. supervisor safai, aye. supervisor stefani, aye. supervisor walton, aye.
supervisor chan, aye. supervisor haney, aye. supervisor mandelman, aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: the ordinance is passed unanimously. madame clerk please call item 1. an ordinance to accept the irrevocable offer of a 12-kilovolt pour line mixed use project bounded by third street and mission rock street subject to public power purposes and accept the line for maintenance and affirm the ceqa determine nage and make the appropriate findings. >> supervisor: thank you. seeing no one on the roster we'll take the item, same house, same call without objection the ordinance is passed unanimously. madame clerk, mreel call item 13.
>> clerk: to authorize the sheriff to provide supplemental law enforcement services. >> supervisor: thank you. seeing no one on the roster -- >> sorry. >> supervisor: supervisor safai. >> we're requesting one more week continuance and we're close and the police chief personally reached out to request this continuance. i would appreciate that. >> supervisor: thank you, professor safai. motion to continue made by supervisor safai seconded by supervisor peskin. madame clerk on the motion. >> clerk: on the motion to continue item 13 to december 7, 2021, supervisor mar, aye.
supervisor melgar, aye. supervisor peskin, aye. supervisor preston, aye. supervisor ronen, aye. supervisor safai, aye. supervisor stefani, aye. supervisor walton, aye. supervisor chan, aye. supervisor haney, aye. supervisor mandelman, aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: thank you and the motion to continue item 13 to the december 7, 2021 meeting passes unanimously. madame clerk, please call item number 14. >> clerk: an ordinance to aappropriate of $64.1 million from the fiscal cliff reserve for the acquisition, creation and operation of affordable social housing under the housing stability fund in fiscal year
2021-2022. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor preston. >> thank you. colleagues, this is an emergency found for housing appropriation to make a significant investment in our city's ability to take at risk housing and prevent pandemic-fueled displacement. i'd like to thank supervisors peskin and ronen and chan. this is predicated on prop i which passed last november win the support of 58% of san francisco voters. the voters overwhelmingly approved prop i with the understanding the money would be split evenly between rent relief
and social housing the first two years and thereafter social housing and this reflects the understanding august 11, 2020. the first year the housing stability fund oversight board unanimously the board allocate funding for the purposes of acquisition and preservation of existing multi-family buildings to prevent displacement. i want to thank the body for offering clarity how the funds should be deployed. the oversight board's recommendation respond to prevailing trend in the real estate market which show increasing numbers of rental properties going on the market at rising prices and with growing participation and interest by real estate speculators. they warned we would be seeing a repeat of the market consolidation that happened after the great recession of
2008-2009. where institutional investors pounced on at-risk players and veritas went from a local player to a real estate boheme -- giant and there was 117 buildings between 3 and 50 up its 99 have no connections to big real estate in contrast to the folks lining up to buy these buildings. we're aware of 13 of those buildings already be sold a quarter of which have been bought by veritas investment. it's clear if we don't act now we'll witness the -- we'll bear witness to the displacement that for years have ravaged our city
and cleared out our long-term residents. the time to act is now. i want to express appreciation to many of the non-profit housing providers working with the mayor's office and some colleagues here on the board over this last week to advance broadly shared goals of updating and addressing some of the challenges of the small sites program in particular and while the funding proposal is not limited strictly to the small site program per se we know it's a critical part of the city's acquisition toolbox. to ensure the program is working as intended is necessary and having the funding it needs to succeed. scarce resources have held up the program to date and let's solve that problem. i deeply appreciate the
widespread support this effort has received from more than 40 groups and organizations city wide with no organizations to my knowledge lining up in opposition. i want to note in particular, the support has received and it's important so many of our allies are on board for the plan and a want to specific and speak to the work with jobs with justice and the labor council and supervisor mar here at the board to highlight the housing system in the city has not worked for working class san franciscans and it goes into detail on what it would take to change that and one of the key recommendations was the very type of acquisitions that could
be funded if we approve this appropriation. colleagues, we have before us a significant appropriation to honor the will of voters, to honor our word to prevent displacement and create permanent affordable housing by jumping our acquisition work. i'd like to thank my co-sponsors, president walton, chair haney, supervisors peskin, mar, ronen and chan and recognize the hard work of my staff. i ask we stand together and fund this critical priority. thank you. >> supervisor: thank you so much, supervisor peskin. supervisor preston. >> i want to thank supervisor preston for his leadership and join him in thanking the vast array of supporters of the legislation and repeat a few of
the things i said on the steps of city hall the week before last with regard to the import of this legislation coming from a supervisor who doesn't generally support mid-year supplemental appropriations and has, i think, i a reputation of being physically cautious. if there was ever a time to pass this this is the opportunity that will stabilize people for a long time in the future. and in may and june a handful
were board of supervisors and they wanted to devote this type of money to this program and the board voted man -- unanimously. the promises of the fund have not been fully met and a need to improve and make more efficient the mayor's of housing small site program. i think that's the imperative we can fix it and as i said on the
steps of city hall i can't reconcile how we can be pro housing and not vote for this i beseech you all colleagues to vote in the affirmative. thank you, president and supervisor preston. >> supervisor: supervisor ronen. >> i got tricks going on. >> for the broader anti-displacement measures for advocating for the urgently needed funding. as a said in the budget committee hearing, the small sites program strategy i believe is one of our most important
anti-displacement and housing preservation measures in the city and the lack of stable and adequate funding for the program has been the biggest impediment to the success of the program and the area 2050 update that was just adopted and housing preservation and acquisition is one of the core strategies we did not plan so i also wanted to acknowledge the constructive work and discussions that have happened over the past weeks with the mayor's office and supervisor melgar and safai very much involved and the non-profit housing organization that are central to the small sites program and this discussion took in constructive in identifying some of the challenges to the
program that the non-profit housing organizations have been identifying and highlighting for a while now and so i appreciate the commitment from the mayor's office to updating and restructuring the small sites program so it would be even more effective in the future and i think it's important we work collaboratively with the mayor's office now with the new funding allocation the board's approving in identifying actual acquisitions and threats to anti-displacement threats and stabilization that exists in our communities so the money's put to good use. thank you everyone and i'm happy to co-sponsor and support this. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor ronen. >> thank you, colleagues. i want to first start off by thanking supervisor preston for your relentless fight on housing
i came in today as my father passed away last night and i'm barely moving so i could vote on this and the reason that it is so important to me is because i grew up in a rent-controlled apartment in los angeles and my parents have lived there 64 years and if they didn't have that they'd literally be homeless. that's how important it is and that's the difference it makes in people's lives luckily in los angeles where they live this rent-control building is so old and decrepit no one would want to kick them out and move into it. which is sad for people who don't want a lot of money and
want the conditions to be shitty so they can have somewhere to live and would rather have a house than nothing and all and because we live in an imperfect system that relies on market rate housing development in order to survive we have no federal housing program to speak of that is new today that is building more housing. we only have the very few programs that this city offers. nobody in the federal government building has housing. we don't have public housing in this country. we have to the small sites program and get to work with non-profit developers to get 100% affordable for people like my parents, my father, that's all me have.
every building last year it was still over 70 buildings all the people might not have a home if they're kicked out of their rent-control apartments. that's how important rent control is. so we don't have time to just wait. we have $64 million we can put towards this purpose. why would we not do that. yes, the small sites program needs fixing. in fact, supervisor preston, supervisor chan and i have been working on that for some time. it's wonderful, supervisor mar and mayor breed you're joining us in the effort. we've been working on it for some time, our staffs especially but we need to fix the program as we save families that are being pushed out of their homes, possibly into homelessness on the street. no senior citizen should be
homeless. senior citizens often live in rent control housing. it's the only way they're still living in expensive california. we must save every one of those buildings we can save and it's so important we pass this and the mayor spends this money and don't play stupid political's name with people's lives andth my father's name i'll be proud to vote yes on this ordinance. thank you, supervisor preston. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor melgar. >> thank you, president walton. we agree on a lot, colleagues. we agree on the goals of this program and on the need to spend prop i funds for social housing as we have defined it by ordinance. housing that is affordable and owned by the city or non-profit
not including public housing but that's a different conversation. and a lot of the messaging and in your speech by the sponsor of the legislation talked about emergency acquisition of buildings and i watched the committee meeting where a lot of folks came to talk about the need for emergency acquisition. and i fully support that. i think where we disagree is putting the cart before the horse. so promising folks that we're going to save them from eviction because we're putting money into this program that is not currently viable to me is an
empty promise it's like putting gas in a car with two flat tires and promising people a ride. most the acquisitions for this program have been made actually bin an organization in the mission. there's several buildings under forbearance. i am not willing to keep continuing putting people at risk with restrictive requirements we can't just waive away. you all know it's a process we must go through to change any program requirement. we are just a few weeks out from
negotiating next year's budget. i would rather work with the administration to make sure we do this quickly and easily to get folks on a good financial footing before we can start investing again and do it in a way to protect people not people more at risk. let me add that i think the problems with the small site program have been around for a while. before this administration started, we started talking about a small sites program in 2006. supervisor chris daly first proposed putting funds into the program from the affordable housing fund. it took almost 10 years before the mayor's office of housing put together a program and started making loans and the loans we've learned about those. the market in our collective
capacity to make it happen. but fortunately it has not resulted in changes to the program which has put people at risk. the organizations doing it at risk and i am hoping we will be able to quickly re-pivot and put together a program that makes sense. most importantly for me, a program that can be used in district 7 and district 2 and district 8 and districts where right now the per unit cap and restrictions do not allow for acquisitions to take place and i'm hoping we will do that in time for next fiscal year so we can put the prop i monies into the fund and other promising social housing programs that we can still make up. that's the way i'll be voting. thank you, colleagues. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor safai. >> thank you, mr. president.
thank you first to supervisor preston for pushing the conversation. i think you and i have had good conversations over the last couple weeks. i think without bringing this issue to the forefront, to supervisor ronen's point there's been work to try to get momentum behind fixing this program. this program is broken currently. there was one small sites acquisition done last year. it happened to be in my district. often times it's us picking up the phone, calling the mayor's office and calling any interested party that might be non-profit that might be able to do this work. so i think my position is we are creating -- at this juncture, at this day, false hope we would be able to go out and do acquisitions. to supervisor melgar's point, it's not just about buying the
building, it's about being able to collect the rent. it's about being able to work with the tenants existing in the property. it's about being able to manage the property effectively. and as she said, metahas been the main driver of the program and did a phenomenal job and that'd largest small sites acquisition of 24 units with five commercial space. without that many of those tenants would have had to have compete with open private developer raising their rents because it was not a rent-controlled protected building. so i have and have always been as former deputy director of community development very strong supporter of this program for years and fundamentally believe in it. and back to the original point of supervisor preston, thank you
for pushing this issue. thank you for the ability to have a conversation about consistent funding streams for a program that is much needed for displacement and stabilization. fundamentally believe in that. i will say as vice chair of the budget committee, we are a few weeks away from our midyear budget instructions. we are one month from our six-month report. our economy, folks, as you all know, has not recovered fully. our sales tax revenue has not recovered. our hotel occupancy rate has not recovered. our gross receipts tax from office occupancy has not recovered. and for me, the issue also boils down to being able to make a fully informed decision of where we are economically. this is not about economic austerity. we have money en our account, thank goodness for the ability to have fiscal reserves.
but we need to have the entire picture. last year we have a room full of firefighters and first responders here that will be honored. we have grossly under funded our paramedics for years and we had to make a mid-year budget request. first responders are essential to the services in the city. we were able to use with the ballot measure passed we were able to increase salaries for city employees. we have given cost of living adjustments to non-profit workers. we have a whole social service safety net that relies on our budget. and we need to rededicate to the small sites program. i'm 100% committed to that and
thank you supervisor melgar for using your experience having been one of the original drafters of the work in the office of community development, office of housing going back a number of years pulling on that experience. i think that's important to acknowledge. re-organizing this program and making sure it works and fully funded is the right conversation to have going into the budget process because we will make a firm commitment and i appreciate the mayor and the administration making that commitment that they will fund this program moving forward. when you look at the amount of work it takes to acquire the amount of work it takes to manage and to operate successfully, i think we need have a fully fledged operating program and what i think the reset is about and looking also parallel about our economy and where we are, i think we need to make a fully informed decision
where our economy is before we can start using our reserves two months after we finalize the budget for the previous year. so i will not be supporting this supplemental request today and hope that we can continue these conversations. that's one of the things i urge supervisor preston. i think he's shown leadership on putting this at the forefront of the conversation. i would hope he and the mayor and the board will continue the conversations to get to a fully realized program. thank you, mr. president. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor mandelman. >> thank you, supervisor walton. there's a few things before the appropriation i do not love. i do not love it's a midyear supplemental and supervisor preston was trying to get the board to do this way back when but the mayor and board made a decision not to fund the acquisition program this year.
and in general i feel like when a matter is foreseeable we should be negotiating that and doing that through the budget and really we should only be using supplements for things that are unforeseeable. the other thing i don't love about this appropriation is it is putting $64 million toward a program we know is broken. supervisor melgar has spok en eloquently on the problems and trying to fix them and a want to thank her and for the mayor coming to the table and work on the issue and we've been aware of the small sites program in district 8 because we experienced as a say often the second highest rate of no-fault
evictions in san francisco. we have very expensive properties with long-term tenants who have landlords and new owners can make money by getting the rent-controlled tenants out of the buildings and using those buildings to make a whole lot of money and that is exactly why the buildings are so hard for the small sites program to accommodate because the per unit value is so great. it's an awful paradox for district 8 the program has not been able to address at least in the three years i've been on the board of supervisors. so i've had reservations and expressed those as well and lastly i feel like this vote today and the way it's going to go down is a bit of a missed opportunity because i would have hoped that the board and the mayor could have come together around a shared vision for the
prop i dollars and a plan to spend ongoing money coming from proposition i on a vision of affordable housing that would not have been funded but for the passage of prop i. that is why i'm voting yes today because i think there remains a fundamental disagreement between most of the folks on the board of supervisors and mayor's office about how to think about proposition i and what it did and what it meant. here's where everybody's athletics supervisor preston whether they're voting aye for getting it on the ballot but i think the voters intended it to be for housing that would not have otherwise been acquired or preserved for at-risk tenants or
others that were going struggle in the market. so that is why i cannot vote no on this today. i have to vote yes. and i share the concerns like i said about a midyear supplemental for a program that i do not believe can accommodate that $64 million or spend it over the next six months but i do believe it is important at some point we come together and agree as a government we'll use this money for what i think was the crin intention of the voters which was to fund an ongoing acquisition program to protect vulnerable tenants and others who need that help. again, thanks to supervisor melgar for doing great work over the last couple weeks and thanks to the mayor's office and the mayor herself for hearing that call and committing to the work around small sites but i hope at some point we can come to agreement the prop i money is
housing money and needs to be treated that way going forward. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor mandelman. supervisor chan. >> thank you. i don't think if they didn't push the issue we wouldn't be here trying to fix the problem with small sites program and a want to thank supervisor mandelman about his remarks on why we're doing this today though, yes, i think some of us do share those concerns with midyear allocations and challenges that face the small sites program for the richmond we have acquired thank to leadership we have acquired about three sites and i think with the programs with the small sites acquired in the richmond it stabilized our community in a
profound way that helps our community sustains especially during the pandemic and it's a meaningful effort though it's not perfect and we can continue to improve on the small site program and make it better but the voters have committed to fix the small site and stabilize rents to make sure people stay in their homes. that's a promise we all made when we proposed prop i and voters agreed this is how we should spend their dollars. let me be clear, this is not our money, this is san franciscans
money and said this is how we want you to spend it and when we start to think it's our money or have to leverage over each other, that's the problem. i think it's important when we start to think like that and approach taxpayer dollars like that and so i am in strong support of this supplemental and i really urge for your support, colleagues. i do understand that there's concerns about budget. i for one agree. i think about forecasts and constantly try to better information the projection of our economy and where our money is coming from but again, i think this is the approach to what recovery really means for san francisco. if the working families are displaced in san francisco, then what is san francisco about? who gets to live here?
what are we recovering -- who are we recovering the economy for? it's no longer the people that actually live and work here, the working families that we say we want to protect and serve and support. again, i urge you to support this and i want to share a statistic with you today that is pretty specific with the community opportunity purchase act to the body has voted to support. there were in july 1 through november 15 there were 21 properties listed and in october there were 38. that's an 81% increase. so we know properies are being put up on sale and families are at risk of being displaced.
we need the money now and need to fix the problem now. thank you. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor ronen. >> i wanted to talk a little bit about meta since it's been mentioned and an organization i work with on a weekly if not daily basis that has been the non-profit that purchased the vast majority of the small sites program and this gets into the problems with the small-site program we need to fix and are fixable. it's not rocket science. these are fixable problems. number one, meta has a style and it's helped us have a chance of saving the latino community in the mission. their style is you go bold, you fight life and death issues with everything you got and then you
figure out how to fix it if you get in a little bit of trouble. that's meta's style. it puts me in the position of strong save them but they're always 100% right of the risks they take because it's based on a love of community and on passion and fire to save that community. meta has a particular style. they don't buy small sites we had to beg them to buy the small sites. they don't have that style they're more as you said not the conservative but cautious side and they'll be picky and choosey and knowing the small sites program has financial risk in place. so let's not decide every decision based on a current
financial situation that meta is in which have been working intimately on and intimately linked with covid. the reason the small sites program isn't working now is because of the mass unexpected, unemployment related to a global pandemic. it's not because of an inherent problem with the program. it's because a ton of people lost their jobs and can't pay rent and at more of risk than ever of losing housing. that's why we have to stand up for the small sites program right now and double down on the small sites program right now. that's why the program is more important now than it ever was before. meta is working this out and used fiscal reserves to pay for some rents of the units where the residents have lost their jobs and can't pay rent. it's not it's a temporary problem based on job loss due to
covid. secondly, the second reason the can't put people into those vacant units is because there's ridiculous processes in place that make it a delay of at least six to nine months to get into an a unit and six months go by with a vacant unit without rent. that we can fix. that's what me and supervisor chan and others are working to fix during this debate and there's something fundamentally problematic high cost. to live in san francisco is so expensive. to buy these buildings it's very expensive. to sustain them you have to have an income that's not easy to get. that's not something we can
change. that's a reality that's going to be with us so we can decide to give up on the small sites program and say it doesn't work and have a policy agreement from this today looks like we're in agreement and we have to recognize it's expensive, recognize we live in an expensive city, recognize not only do we want a diverse population but we are dependent on a diverse population in order to have the workforce to keep our city a functioning place. this is not an option. this is a necessity. if it's a necessity and if housing costs this much, why are we not having the discussion today. that's what you're saying, these are not rocket science problems. in fact, i've been workday in and day out with meta to fix it in this particular case. is the small sites program perfect? no. does it need a lot of fixing?
yes. are the fixable? to a degree. those that are not fixable we have to make a policy choice today and say we will spend a lot of this because seniors should not be homeless or we want economic diversity in our city or spend eight of -- a lot of people can't afford to live here. do we want firefighters living in our city so when there's the next earthquake and disaster they're here at home? yes. if we're saying yes to the small site program there's no reason we should not be saying yes to the supplemental today. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor melgar. >> thank you, president walton. i agree with a lot of the things you said, supervisor ronen. i think where we disagree is the problems with the small site
problems are due to covid. this program has had many issues and the covid and the loss of income due to folks not being able to pay rent just put people over the edge of the financial situation that was already thin on the margins. i think the issue for me in terms of tactics is do we get into a protective war with the administration or work collaboratively to fix the problems now? it's not just this one agency we're talking about. other agencies that have used this program have lost millions because of the compliance requirements. [please stand by] . .
>> supervisor stefani: we do know, too, that the speculative market has undoubtedly played a role in exacerbating the housing crisis and have pushed vulnerable san francisco who are barely hanging on outside of your city limits -- our city limits. i voted in support of establishing the housing stability fund. that's why i also pushed for united stephenson street that would have pushed for more housing than this item was required to preserve. but this portion of the budget requires both the mayor and the board to agree. we know we cannot prevent the
mayor from appropriating these funds and she cannot stop us from -- i also want to state for the record that the small sites program is not simply suffering because it is underfunded, it is in desperate need, as we know, of meaningful reforms, and it is desperately understaffed. before we refund this program,
we need to know why it hasn't worked for acquisition citywide, and i need to work on that, and it sounds like many supervisors have been working on that. since 2001, we have not been abled to rehab a small site for permanent affordable housing. it is not for lack of will, it is because for the reasons that have been mentioned in this chamber today. in the past seven years, since the program was preserved, we've only been able to preserve 33 units a year. so the fact of the matter is this program has not worked, it will not work to the level of the scale that the funding will demand, and it's not fiscally
conservative to appropriate funds to a program that has skibtly underperformed. i think that we recyst this. for me, that is -- that has consistently underperformed, and i think that we revisit this. for me, that is my perspective on a program that has underdelivered. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor preston?
>> supervisor preston: thank you, president walton. i have he agreed with some of what my colleagues have said. is this a perfect program? no. does it need some tweaks? yes, but i also get concerned what a program that has done a lot in our city is per -- portrayed as a broken program and that it's not capable of being fixed or functioning. many of us, as supervisor ronen pointed out, have been working on tweaks to this. we submitted a document to the
mayor's office. i do want to highlight the small sites program has saved 47 buildings in san francisco, 386 homes, and this is for people that nothing available under federal law, nothing available under state law, and no other program under city law that would have protect does these folks from displacement and either homelessness or leaving san francisco. is it a perfect program? no, and i want to say and maybe just end on a positive note. i mean, there's been a talk about one provider, and i'm more interested in looking forward than backward, and i think that is a very positive
step forward. to be clear, none of these things need to be changed to the board. the mayor's office of housing and community development could, in a day, an hour, a week, maybe at most, a month, work with the stakeholders and make these relatively small changes to the program to make sure that it is set up for success. and i, for one, in the spirit of looking forward and not back, i look forward to working with the mayor's office of housing and stakeholders to use
this money to get it in the best shape it can be, and to also looking at prop i packaging, recognizing those funds as housing funds, and get more into a discussion of how we want to use them rather than this contentious fight every so often. i look forward to working with you all to -- to get these funds out the door in a meaningful way with the mayor's office in the event that you should see fit to pass this.
thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor preston. i want to say, i still believe that affordability remains at the top of the list, and i believe that one of the ways we can tackle this issue in san francisco is to provide residents with affordable housing. so i want to thank you, supervisor preston, for prop i, and working with us, specifically and more importantly, for working with our residents to acquire more housing. i will say the small sites acquisition should not be this
order, so supervisor mar, you may proceed. >> supervisor mar: thank you so much, president walton. colleagues, today, i'm extremely excited to commend the tremendous work and district leadership of district 4's bishop war. in taking this mantle, he expanded to northern california and northern nevada, becoming the first transgender bishop of any christian denomination, and i think bishop megan deeply for their willingness to serve. bishops are elected a little bit like supervisors, so i also want to thank the lutheran communities of northern
california and nevada for choosing thoughtfully and historically and choosing bishop megan for this role. it is well deserved. we know bishop megan well, where they served on 33rd and ulloa, and where they lived with their wife and family. bishop megan again and again has put forth their faith into action, teaching us to always
lead with love and compassion and to meet fear and division with being our best selves. so in recognition to the service you've made to our neighborhood and city, i wanted to take this opportunity to lift up your tremendous leadership and the power of your example. thank you, bishop megan, for being louder than other people's fear. our city, our country, and our world are made better for it. [applause] >> president walton: thank you, supervisor mar, and we do have bishop rohrer here via teams. >> thank you. it's great, and it's always great to be honored in this
way. a special shoutout to the san francisco fire department, whose members i saw earlier on the screen. as i take on this new role, especially in a way that is kind of historic across the globe, i am able to do this work because i have a safe and caring city that i can come back home to, and to know that i might have to look up whether or not i can go to the bathroom in other places where i have meetings or i can be safe in
other places, but when i come home, i can come home and do this historic work. i'm grateful for all the lutherans who are also doing all this work here in san francisco, doing the same work. another thing that i'm super proud of is to be able to take that step in caring for the community, but i've learned from my day-to-day work in san francisco, and to bring it to
the congregations that i serve throughout this robust region. we go from visalia, up to oregon, and out to elko, nevada. and if you haven't heard yet, chief nicholson, pacific lutheran seminary, which is housed in berkeley, is going to be working to create a certification program and internship program so that all of us can serve first responders. i'm incredibly proud to be a part of this fair city, and for all of the work that you all do to lift up the homeless and hungry and people who live on the lowest streets to the highest street, and so i hope
that you will reach out to me if there are other ways that members of our lutheran faith can help the city, and there might be days that we'll be knocking on your doors to do more to remember the lutheran community and remember that faith really does change the world. thank you for this recognition. i'm extremely honored to be amongst those being honored today. >> president walton: thank you so much for your work, bishop rohrer. [applause] >> president walton: and thank you so much, supervisor mar, for recognizing the work of bishop rohrer. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank
you, president walton. i want to thank the san francisco fire department for your patience of one year, one month, and the last hour. with that said, it is my honor to have members present here in these chambers to recognize something that many of us may have seen a year ago, which was extraordinary, filled with valor and team work, and the daring team 41 rescue. it was amazing because the original 911 calls came in from multiple parties, so it wasn't clear what was going on and how many people were stranded. but the video, which we're
about to see, speaks for itself. i know we all have collective admiration for firefighters, particularly supervisor chan, who's married to one. but we associate firefighters with running into buildings, not some of the less known work that's done. everybody knows that supervisor stefani and i like to have an early morning bracing swim at aquatic park, but the waters were different when firefighters jump in on october 21, last year, not in the bay, but in the pacific ocean,
which, for me, as a 27-year bay swimmer, looked truly terrifying. and i want to picture what they are up against. first trying to find the party in the pitch-black freezing water, with waves crashing all-around them, temperatures in the mid 40s, hypothermic conditions. maybe the best thing to do is to cue up the video, madam clerk. and i want to thank everyone who coordinated this rescue mission just flawlessly, and you will see jonathan baxter does a great play by play, so with that, madam clerk, if you would cue it up.
>> clerk: through the president to the teams, let's play the video, please. [video] >> this is lieutenant jonathan baxter reporting to you from the presidio. this is a surf and club rescue that we have for one individual trapped on the rocks, as you can see there. this came in at 1:30 this morning. we had four individuals lost. we have found that we have one individual that we are attempting to rescue right now. you can see right now, we have -- our rescue swimmers have just gotten the subject. the rescue swimmers have just
gotten the individual onto a rescue board. as you can see there, we're going to be able to get this person rescued. you just saw the actual rescue live here. thank you, san francisco fire department. thank you, captain frank shea. because of your quick thinking, that individual's life was saved. i'd like to welcome to the podium chief nicholson. [applause] >> president walton: thank you. and before you go, chief nicholson, i want to say our
appreciation for all you do here and out in your city. thank you. >> greetings, president walton, supervisor, and clerk. chief jeanine nicholson. we are silvservants. this is what we do, but i would like -- civil servants. this is what we do, but i would like two individuals to come up with me, as well as captain shea. everything we do is team work. what we do every day is team
the four victims were found in about an hour, down along marshall's beach, and at that time, what supervisor peskin relayed to, we didn't actually know there was a fifth victim. and after the primary search and rescue of these four victims, they were brought up to the command center of rescue 7, which is [indiscernible] and myself and captain arnold choi, we actually had to reconvene after the initial rescue to debrief with these four young teenagers that they were actually trying to reach the male victim that evening when he was stuck on a rock, screaming. after getting this secondary
information from these four individuals, we launched another search which lasted approximately 2.5 hours by members on the ground. engine 14, led by lieutenant harry higgins, my station led by myself, and station 15 led by batallion chief [indiscernible]. this area is so rugged and dangerous during the day. imagine doing it with flashlights and small rope bags. at this point, we had three units scrambling around rocks around the water's edge, trying to locate this victim, who was out of site. eventually, we vectored in with
captain arnold choi, got close to him, but we still couldn't identify him. at that time, we special called rescue boat 1 to get eyes have a different perspective. the rescue boat has different technology, fleer technology, and he was flicking on and off his lighter. he didn't even have a phone, and that fleer technology was able to pick up that brief light before his lighter ran out of fuel. at that point, the cliff rescue transitioned to a surf rescue, and firefighters kelly and
firefighter o'donnell suited up as two back up swimmers, and we reconvened and had a game plan with a back up plan in case things went south. he actually had injuries, and the surf was rough, and, of course, the night time rescue added to the whole dynamic situation at the time. i just wanted to say without the fleer technology, we'd probably be out there still looking for the guy. but i have to say, even with all the technology in the world, we still have to send our men and women out there to rescue them. so i want to applaud firefighter kelly and
firefighter o'donnell because they suited up and made the rescue without any hiccups. firefighter kelly had that flashlight, and they had to make that swim all the way out to the rescue boat without a flashlight in complete darkness, so imagine what that must feel like with all the little fishies and sharks in the water. so kudos to team, and if you guys want to come up. [applause]
>> president walton: and again, we just want to say congratulations and thank you for your service. as you know, we are doing the commendations for the first time during the pandemic, and so it's a little bit different. >> thank you so much. >> president walton: supervisor peskin, you are up for your second commendation. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton, for your indulgence, and i am so delighted to call up our next team of city staff who recently
achieved i thought the impossible, the highest wage theft settlement in san francisco history from doordash, from the office of labor standards and enforcement. i'd like to call up director pat mulligan, and compliance officers, administrative analysts, and deputy city attorney. come on up, patton crew, and this commendation has its origins in early 2019 when my office started hearing that doordash was taking drivers'
arrived at the largest settlement in san francisco's history, $5.83 million, and all but $187,000 is being returned to the folks who deserve that money. i was delighted to be saying it then, and i'm delighted to be saying it now, and it actually brought tears to my eyes. the credit goes to olsc, to pat and his team, to the city attorney, and i just can't tell you how delighted i am, and i would like to acknowledge my
staff. thank you to my staff, and director mulligan, i want to particularly commend you on your leadership of olsc. i know you're not one to seek credit, and in every investigation, you graciously credit your staff, and five years ago, since taking the post on, you've kept your head down and done the work, and with that, thank you for your dedication and selflessness, and the floor is yours. >> president walton: and before you go on, supervisor ronen.
>> supervisor ronen: thank you, president walton. thank you, for this historic settlement and for making this complaint. gig workers are finally getting a little bit of justice, but the fact that the settlement goes to the workers is something to be so proud of. i know that the office of labor standards enforcement is without a doubt to me the local enforcement worker rights
agency because i used to go to many of those events. thank you so much for your leadership and work. when i saw supervisor peskin announce this settlement, i literally screamed out loud. we're so grateful for your work. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you. i wanted to add my thank to your team, director mulligan, and your team. of course, i wanted to give a shout out to lin chow tin.
very, very grateful for your team's efforts, mr. mulligan. this is a workforce that, you know, is a force to be reckoned with. i'm so proud of this city and to be a part of the work that you're doing now. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, director mulligan, and to your staff, who does tremendous work. this issue of wage theft is umm umm -- is coming up over and over
again. i think it's really important to hit it from both angles. i just want to commend you and your staff. thank you, sonny, thank you, lee, for your hard work, and i know, supervisor peskin, you really appreciate everyone's diligence on this. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai, and again, congratulations and thank you so much to your team, director mulligan, and i have to say, you are one of the most humble and effective leaders that i know. you have the floor. >> thank you. just wanted to thank the board for their unwavering support of the office of labor standards and enforcement for their 20
>> supervisor safai: thank you. colleagues, today i have the great honor of honoring one of the long time serving nonprofits child care providers which started in the mission. that's why it has the name mission child care consortium, but they had to search for a permanent location. that location has been in the excelsior since the late 90s. they were established in the 1970s to provide comprehensive daycare mostly to immigrant
and educational environment for their staff that are interested in understanding and facilitating appropriate child care education. their numbers shrunk from 224 child care spots to as low as the 30s during the pandemic, but they remained open, and they worked diligently to remain a provider. i'm proud to say one of the things that we did with mayor lee was work with mission child care and enable them to buy their building, which was one of the things that enabled them to survive this pandemic. we're thankful for mission child care and the number of families that they've served over the years.
they are the largest non-san francisco unified school district child care facility in the entire city, and we hope they grow back to the numbers prior to covid, so all that sod -- said, i'd like to turn it over to mission child care for a few remarks. [applause] >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai, and i do see we have melody on teams. >> hi. thank you, supervisor. can you hear me? >> president walton: yes.
>> i want to thank supervisor safai [indiscernible] of the inner mission and excelsior districts [indiscernible] as broad collaborations and unity among other wraparound agencies in the district. i am privileged to have worked with the dedicated staff [indiscernible] we are appreciative of all the mayors of san francisco that have partaken in the development of mission child care consortium. most of all, our biggest thank you goes to supervisor ahsha safai for his support and always having mission child care's best interests and
reminding everyone [indiscernible] of our committed district 11. thank you. i will hand it over to mr. joseph santiago, who would like to say a few words. >> clerk: mrs. santana, your camera is closed. i just wanted to let you know that. >> yeah, i'm having problems with the camera. okay. [indiscernible] my apology. >> my name is joe santiago. i've been working with mission child care since it started
back in the mission district. i am so grateful. i want everybody to know that if it wasn't for mayor ed lee and ahsha safai, mission child care would probably have had to close its doors in 2017 because the owners were raising our rent, and we were not going to be able to pay that kind of rent. we were able to obtain a building, and that was the biggest thing that could have ever happened to mission child care, the consortium with supervisor ahsha safai, and our families are so grateful we have child care in the excelsior. our goal is to reach 224 again so we can keep providing child care services to all the families in san francisco. thank you for this honor.
[applause] >> president walton: thank you so much for your continued work for our families here in san francisco. thank you so much, supervisor safai, and i believe you have one more commendation. >> supervisor safai: yes. i just wanted to double-check with the clerk. is mr. sergio pena -- >> clerk: we just checked a moment ago. they're not there. pardon me, supervisor safai. they are on the phone. they are having trouble signing in, and we are working with them signing in. >> president walton: okay. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you.
the furniture store has partnered with countless nonprofits over the years and provided many, many discounts and free goods to the community members in the district in need in districts 9, 10, and 11. during the pandemic, home delivery, as all of us know, became such a huge part of the ways families received their food services, and so many families were in their home environments on a more daily and consistent basis. as service providers would make deliveries, they would notice that many children were without furniture or beds, and these were things that they heard. sergio and his team would ensure furniture items and beds for the children to ensure that the family was comfortable at their home. sergio thanks and credits his
team for the location and assembly of those items for those families who never would have been able to have those items without those services. sergio believes that this strengthens the community, so i just want to thank him for his tremendous work and giving back to the community when so many others didn't and helping make lives easier and more comfortable both literally and figuratively during one of the worst times in our country's history over the last 100 years, so i want to thank him and el corazon gallery. if he's available, i'd like him to say a few words.
[applause] >> president walton: and i believe we have sergio now. >> supervisor safai: sergio? >> yes. >> supervisor safai: the floor is yours. >> first of all, i want to say thank you to the mission, and i believe a healthy community is a healthy business, and we are here to help the families and support every single family in the city, and together, we can come out of this one. >> supervisor safai: thank you so much. [applause] >> president walton: thank you so much, sergio, and we know that a lot of people have had
to step up and focus and pivot and provide services for community outside of their typical role, and so we just want to say thank you so much for your work during this period. >> thank you. thank you so much, and we hope to be here another 100 years together and help more families and make the community stronger. >> president walton: thank you, and this concludes our 2:30 p.m. special order. madam clerk, let's go back to item 15. >> clerk: thank you. item 15 is an ordinance waiving the banner fees under public works code section 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
publicize the city's shop and dine in the 49 campaign, and affirming the findings under ceqa. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. seeing no names on the roster, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 15 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 16. >> clerk: item 16 is a resolution to approve the amendment to the graemt between the san francisco aids foundation and the department of public health to provide hiv prevention services through citywide syringe access and
disposal services, to increase the contract contact by 6.5 million, for a total amount not to exceed 42.1 million, with no change to the contract term of july 1, 2016, through june 30, 2026. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. seeing no names on the roster, we can call this same house, same call, and the resolution is approved. madam clerk, please call item 17. >> clerk: item 17 is a resolution approving an agreement between the city and county and pacific gas and electric company establishes requirements for certain affordable housing projects to connect to the electric grid for a term of ten or more years. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no names on the roster, we can take this item same house, same call.
the resolution is passed. madam clerk, please call item 18. >> clerk: thank you. item 18 is a resolution ratifying the conditional property exchange agreement and related transaction documents with eqx jackson sq holdco, l.l.c., for a transfer of city real property at 530 sansome street and making the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no names on the roster, we can take this item same house, same call. madam clerk, please call item 19. >> clerk: item 19 is a resolution authorizing the department of public health to submit a one-year application for calendar year 2022 to continue to receive funding for the integrated hiv surveillance and prevention programs for health departments from the centers of disease control and prevention, requesting 5
million in hiv prevention funding for san francisco from january 1, 2022 through december 31, 2022. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no names on the roster, we can take this same house, same call. madam clerk, please call item 20. >> clerk: item 20 is a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of bonds of the san francisco unified school district, prescribing the terms of sail of not to exceed 284.25 million of said g.o. bonds, approving the forms of one or more paying agent agreements, and authorizing the execution of necessary documents and certificates relating to such bonds. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no names on the roster, we can take this same house, same call. madam clerk, please call item
21. >> clerk: item 21 # is a resolution approving and authorizing an agreement for the conveyance and acceptance by the director of property on behalf of the mayor's office of housing and community development and c.h. acquisitions 2, l.l.c., of a parcel of real estate and to adopt the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you, president walton. colleagues, as most of you know, the parcel that wraps around the b.a.r.t. plaza at mission and 16 streets was the subject of a long and hard fought effort by community housing advocates to replace the community housing project
with one that would respond to the community's most urgent need, which is affordable housing. i want to thank supervisors haney and preston for your strong support in this entire effort. the marvel will be the kind of development that the whole city is proud of. tall, dense, green, architecturally beautiful, sitting right on top of a local and regional transit hub, and 100% affordable, a true response to our climate and affordable crises. this is one step with several
more milestones to reach before we get to the end of this road, and i can't wait to celebrate them and to congratulate the plaza 16 coalition and all those who played a part in making this happen. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. i just wanted to say congratulations to supervisor ronen. i remember having long conversations with you about this. i was the president of the planning commission when we looked at the plans and saw hundreds and hundreds of community members mobilizing for a dream that now is becoming true because of your leadership in ushering this project to where it is, so i just wanted to say, from the bottom of my heart, a heartfelt congratulations, and thank you for your leadership and working with community to make this a
reality. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. seeing no one else on the roster, we will take this item same house, same call. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 22. >> clerk: item 22 is an ordinance to amend the business and tax regulation code to suspend the imposition of the cannabis business tax through december 31, 2022. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: i'm sorry. that was a mistake. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. seeing no one on the roster -- >> supervisor peskin: mr. president? >> president walton: yes, sir? >> supervisor peskin: i was informed tangentially, but i may not know what i'm talking about, which wouldn't be the first time, that the united food and commercial workers -- oh, no, wrong item. that's the next item. my bad. >> president walton: thank you
so much, supervisor peskin. seeing no one on the roster, we will take this item same house, same call, and without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 23. >> clerk: item 23 is an ordinance to amend the planning code to exempt grandfathered medical cannabis dispensaries that convert to cannabis retail uses from neighborhood notification and review requirements and affirming the appropriate findings. >> president walton: i think this is the item for my colleagues. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. i would respectfully ask that we continue this item to make sure that individuals are appropriately recognized in this legislation, and i think
supervisor chan -- >> president walton: so we have a motion to continue this item to next week's meeting, seconded by supervisor chan. madam clerk, on the motion to continue. >> clerk: on the motion to continue the item to december 27 -- [roll call] -- to december 7 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. and on the motion to continue item 23 to the december 7, 2021 board of supervisors meeting passes unanimously. madam clerk, please call item
24. >> clerk: item 24 is an ordinance amending the planning code to allow business signs on awnings or marquees in addition to projecting signs in various neighborhood commercial and residential commercial districts and in certain chinatown mixed use districts, and making the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no names on the roster -- supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you. i just wanted to be added as a cosponsor. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. can i be -- >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. we can take this item same house, same call, and the item
motion to amend? seconded by supervisor melgar. thank you. madam clerk? >> clerk: thank you. on the motion to approve the amendment -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. the motion to amend item 25 passes. we can take this item same house, same call, and the item passes on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call items
27. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call item -- i believe we are now at roll call for introduction. >> clerk: yes. first up to introduce new business is supervisor mar. submit? thank you, supervisor. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you, madam clerk. i have two items today, colleagues. the first is an ordinance to establish the housing innovation fund. you will remember in last budget year we set aside $10
million for housing innovation, and we have spent considerable time and effort putting together an ordinance to provide the framework for how to spend it. i am happy to introduce this in collaboration with my colleague, supervisor gordon mar, as we have worked together quite a bit and spoken a lot about specific housing, affordable housing programs that would work on the west side of down as district 7 and 4 share a lot of similarities in terms of zoning and composition. so while we are making some progress on other affordable housing efforts, and our stock in san francisco, i want to acknowledge that the city managed mayor's office of housing and community
development are doing things on the west side. we have a certain way of doing things, and that is what this legislation is meant to do. i want to thank my colleagues for considering this idea and also to mayor breed for doing smings a little bit differently. so we are making these programs be able to [indiscernible] so we want to make sure that folks that are house and cash poor, seniors like those who live in my district that have limited assets, that they can get
services. the programs that we have in place have not targeted these communities, nor do they support building generational wealth, which is the greatest gap right now in america for black and communities that are the most affected. the legislation that i'm introducing today will provide the parameters to introduce the $10 million that's in the budget to help invest in our housing in different ways. the money is meant to invest in assistance for homeowners for
small scale multigenerational housing. number three, for funding licensed child care providers so they can operate home based daycare in their homes, and i look forward to your support. the second thing i'm introducing today is a resolution honoring reeta semul on her 100 birthday. rita turned 100 on november 15, which we're declaring rita semul day. a native of new york, she first
came to san francisco when her parents moved here in 1939. after married her husband, they travelled when he was in the service and shipped overseas. when she returned to san francisco, reeta worked as a copy girl and then up to a reporter for the san francisco chronicle. when she went to work for the chronicle, she had to sign a document, as many women did, that she would give up her job after the war. when her husband came back from war, she became the editor of the newly formed san francisco jewish bulletin. rita spent a lifetime, after she had her daughter, elizabeth, working for lots of organizations in our city.
rita served on the conference that founded the san francisco institute on immigration and race, and became staff at the jewish community relations council, and she worked overturning proposition 14, a successful ballot initiative that had nullified the rumsford act of fair housing. for more than five decades, rita has mobilized broad coalitions to enhance areas of common concern, worked for those most in need and built lasting relationships among the
way area's diverse community. reeta was also appointed by mayor lee to the human services commission. i want to wish her a very belated 100 birthday on behalf of this board of supervisors, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madam clerk. i would like to offer my deepest condolences to supervisor ronen on the loss of her father, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you, madam clerk. i, too, join supervisor peskin in offering my condolences to
supervisor ronen, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor preston. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you. my father, neal ronen, passed away last night. i have to imagine that so much of the man that he was has to do with the complex nature of how his country came to life. on one hand, he accepted family members into his home and lived in a society that was built by those who miraculously survived
the holocaust. he told me a story many times of his cousin who hid during the war in the french country side, and after the war, who came to live with him. one day, when he was eating dinner with my dad, he asked my dad if he had butter on his bread, did that mean he could have marmalade later? that stuck with him. in the army, his dream was to be a pilot, but because his eye sight wasn't perfect, he wasn't allowed, so he did the next best thing, backing a paratrooper -- becoming a paratrooper, so he could be in
the planes. after the war, he farmed land, driving tractors and horses and playing the accordion while fellow friends danced the night away. my dad loved playing basketball and broke his ankle once. when walking with crutches, he ran into [indiscernible] who told him he should be reading instead of playing sports. my dad also loved telling that story. everything changed when he fell in love with an american jewish woman from new york when she spent the summer there. my dad didn't have any money, but he nonetheless got himself
steerage money to get across the sea to be with her. lucky for me, that relationship didn't work out. he started off in new york as an undocumented immigrant who stayed with an old aunt in the bronx until he could get enough money to get his own apartment. he worked as taxi car driver, super shuttle driver, and retired several years ago as an h&r block tax adviser. he fought the conditions he and his fellow workers experienced in his low wage jobs.
he suffered from depression when i was growing up and felt shame never knowing success. my first experience with xenophobia was when i was very little. we were at mcdonalds once, and i remember a cashier once telling him to go back to where he came from. watching his reaction has stuck with me forever. it might even be one of my first memories, but in
preschool, i felt protected of him. my dad was a complicated man. he loved my mother, sister, and i fiercely. he was always there for us and on our side. he would fight for anything we needed and had no trouble loudly making people feel uncomfortable advocating what he wanted for us. he was the first engaged dad i could ever imagine. he took me to school every morning and stayed with me until i stopped crying. i was so attached to him. every weekend, we did something fun. he was my tutor in school, taught me to write and got me through calculus. he counseled me through melt downs and when i didn't think i could get through colleges. he was truly my best friend
growing up which didn't mean that i didn't rebel growing up. a few years ago, my dad started showing symptoms of alzheimer's. he didn't want to die. he loved life. he loved me and my sister and my mom, even when we fought. he loved his grandchildren, his son-in-laws. he loved his sister and nephews and will live in me until the day that i day. amir ronen is survived by
myself, his sisters, his son-in-laws, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, his sister, his nephews, and his great nephew. thank you so much, colleagues. the rest i submit. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor ronen, and of course, we will submit this in memoriam on behalf of the entire board of supervisors. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, madam clerk. can you rerefer me? >> clerk: thank you. supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you. i just want to extend my
deepest condolences to supervisor ronen. since march of 2020, the police have reported that their staffing is down even further. the chief has shared that we now need to hire nearly 500 officers to meet the current demand for service. the fact is that crime is up, including specifically homicide, assault, human
trafficking, larceny, and arson, but the problem is even worse than that in that it appears because daytime population still has not returned to normal. tourism and commuter traffic remain down, which means that it's even more likely that our residents are likely to experience it. retail theft has escalated to new extremes, and shootings have become a daily occurrence, all across the city, including a shooting in cow hollow that remains unsolved. we can see the increased need in the rapid rise for calls in service, as well. in particular, i'm very concerned about priority a calls, which are the most dangerous incidents and include live gunshot incidents, which
have increased by 120%, and response times that have slowed by 17%. it's no secret that the san francisco police department has struggled to recruit and maintain experienced officers. a generation of officers have or are about to retire. the purpose of this hearing is to establish what the demand for service is, how has it changed since that last independent study, and to understand what efforts the police department has made to both recruit and retain officers, and i want to thank supervisor safai for cosponsoring today's meeting with me. also, i want to close this meeting in honor of a special person [indiscernible] at st. ignatius academy.
father tony first arrived at st. ignatius in 1965 and would go onto serve as the school's president for 27 years, from 1979 to 1996. in 1974, father tony temporarily left s.i. as he was reassigned as rector and president of brophy college preparatory in phoenix. after five years, he returned and was overjoyed to be the president at st. ignatius. father tony was known for his
charismatic personality. from his years as an english class teacher to attending sporting events, weddings, and baptisms, to serving for decades as president, he was a fixture of the st. ignatius community. he will be missed by the entire st. ignatius community, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor walton? >> president walton: thank you. today, i have a proposal for legislation [indiscernible] from entering into contracts or renewing their contracts with
the city. i'm requesting to include an option for the city to terminate a contract if the contractor does not correct their violations with the olsc within a certain time period. city contractors should not be able to get away with skirting laws that protect laws or violate labor laws. we have laws in place for a reason, and if a business does not want to adhere to the law, they should not be able to do business with the city and county of san francisco. i also have an in memoriam for coach gerald rankin, sr. he joined his ancestors on november 14, 2021 after 69 years. he is a city ball legend, representing the green and gold of the old woodrow wilson high
school, winning the all city champion boys 150-yard dash and at the city [indiscernible] coach earned his degree from the san francisco state university and enjoyed a 40-plus year career as a baseball, basketball and football official. most recently, the coach founded the bayview baseball academy at gilman park next to the old candlestick park. he loved his family and all of his children, and he is survived by his siblings, his
son, his daughter, and will be greatly missed by all of our community. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. supervisor chan? submit. thank you. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: i do want to share my condolences with supervisor ronen and her family, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor haney. and supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, madam clerk, and thank you to president walton for your introduction of the drafting request related to our airport. colleagues, today, i'm introducing a resolution urging congress to immediately pass h.r. 550202 without any future amendments. a few weeks ago, i met with
safeway, who informed me that the market street safeway had the worst six month loss of inventory of any location in the history of the company. to better understand the issue and to try to understand the city's response, i convened a meeting with chief scott and d.a., and i was encouraged to see our police department leadership take the initiative in scheduling follow-up meetings with safeway's team to focus on safety trainings. i thank supervisor safai for introducing legislation to allow sheriffs to serve as additional security for businesses like safeway and was glad to cosponsor this
important step to ensuring that our retailers have the support from the city that they need. the more that i've learned about retail theft, the more that i've learned that large marketplaces play about the theft of goods. organized retail theft is a $45 billion nationwide industry. cvs expects to close cases with amazon this year, totaling $100 million of goods sold on the marketplace. it is one thing for brick and mortar retailers to face fair competition from business models. it's another thing entirely
when another business profits from selling another business' merchandise. unsurprisingly, e-commerce companies lobbied against the inform act, delaying the bill and resulting in a compromised bill. that bill nonetheless preserves the intention of the original legislation and would represent an important step toward holding e-commerce companies
accountable. san francisco works to take responsibility for our share of the problem by improving coordination among law enforcement, retailers, and prosecutors. we need e-commerce companies to take responsibility for the program. i want to thank supervisor safai, and i want to thank jackie in my office for her work on it, and i also want to express my condolences, as well, for supervisor ronen, and my appreciation for the truly beautiful in memoriam that she had the presence of mind to compose just shortly after his passing. may his memory be a blessing,
and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor mandelman. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, madam clerk. i first want to start off by adding my voice to the condolences for supervisor ronen. i know we will honor her in the meeting of the entire board, but i just wanted to offer my condolences. second, i want to say thank you for supervisor mandelman for highlighting the on going retail legislation in the congress. i think that's extremely important. it cannot be understated how important a role amazon and other retail marketplaces play
in reselling stolen goods. until they're forced through legislation or policy, they don't act, so this is an important piece of legislation, supervisor mandelman, and i'm happy to cosponsor that. next, colleagues, i want to inform you that i have asked the city attorney to begin drafting an important piece of work that supervisor peskin did with regard to street vendors and the work that he did there to limit that to protect existing businesses. we see, again, in the same vein as this on-line marketplace, we see a tremendous amount of goods that are sold on our streets without a license in san francisco. very often, it's very often that they're stolen, but
there's no formal permitting in place. i think this is an important piece of legislation that would seek to disrupt these on street selling of goods. as we've seen and heard from many colleagues today, this is a scene we see all over the city that's reached its pinnacle one week before black friday in union square, where we all saw the tremendously horrific scene of businesses in san francisco. our district attorney recently charged nine individuals that were involved, but there were many, many more involved. those goods are then sold on the internet or they're sold on the streets. question put together an
organized retail crime working group with chief scott which includes our district attorney, which includes our sheriff, which includes many of the retailers big and small around the city, which includes our organized labor, including sheriffs being surprised for security. it's the need to stop the street peddling. we've gotten tremendous feedback from our community benefit districts about this and the need for a permitting process to stop this behavior, so we look forward to stopping that behavior, and it will be a
complement to the legislation that hopefully will be ready to vote on next week, the 10-a legislation. and finally, colleagues, just to add my name to the chorus of fourplex legislation. supervisor mandelman and i have spoken, supervisor mar and i have spoken. the fourplex legislation that i've designed will do a few things. it will enhance the missing middle workforce housing in exchange for some additional density. so in rh-1, rh-2, this piece of legislation that i'm putting forward today would allow the ability to build up to three or four units on these lots in
exchange for a streamlined process that would include affordability, and we think that's an important thing. we look forward to having that conversation that the land use and transportation commit -- conversation at the land use and transportation committee, and we will have all of those pieces together. very concerned about not just having density, that supervisor walton and i have spoken about, but also balancing that out with ensuring that we're not going to encourage displacement or gentrification, so our purpose is to ensure that we are [indiscernible] one thing that i have talked about on this board since i've been elected, extremely high end housing and extremely low end housing, where there's nothing
for that missing middle. we don't have a tremendous amount of that. we have expanded that definition of affordability. thank you, supervisor mandelman, for the work that we have done on the rules to expand that definition, and the work, supervisor melgar, that you did when you were on the planning committee. but now, this would be another tool on the toolkit to potentially expand density and housing but also to add some affordability partly for that missing middle. so i look forward to that debate, look forward to furthering those conversations at the land use and transportation committee with chair melgar's leadership, and then going to the planning commission and hammering this out and getting something
important for our city that will allow for more density, and ensuring that we balance that, not to promote gentrification or displacement. and with that, i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor safai. and supervisor ronen, you asked to be rereferred. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. colleagues, today i'm excited to introduce an ordinance to designate the sanchez building at 2774 mission street.
the fourth generation of the sanchez family is now leading the operation with the expectation that the fifth will be joining soon. in 2014, former district 9 supervisor david campos [indiscernible] since i took office, we've formalized the structure for creating cultural districts and a number of new cultural districts have formed across the city, including the american indian cultural district that spans portions of my district and neighboring district 8. the identification and production of specific sites that carry the history and legacy of these districts is crucial. because of the leadership of the calle 24, it's continued to
be a high traffic corridor with a high number of latin-owned businesses. the building now hosts a new latinx business and the iconic sanchez building sign still remains. i look forward to hearing this at committee and look forward to returning to the board with your full support, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. mr. president, seeing no other names on the roster, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president walton: thank you,
madam clerk. let's go to public comment. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. the best practice is to use your touch phone. you will be in live time. throughout the proceedings, the number is streaming on your screen. it is 415-655-0001, and when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting i.d. 2483-154-1056. press pound twice, and you will know you have joined the meeting as a listener once you hear the discussion, but your line will be muted. once you hear the item that you want to enter public comment, press star, three. listen for the prompt that your line has been unmuted, and you may begin your comment.
items 31 through 33, and matters that are not on the agenda but are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board. as i stated earlier, the interpreters are on stand by and ready to jump in for today. today, we do have chinese and spanish interpreters, and i invite you to introduce yourselves and the services that you are providing the public. welcome. [speaking cantonese language]
the timer for two minutes. we want to -- let's hear from our first caller, please. welcome, caller. >> this is sue hester. i'm talking to item 32. i'm asking members of the board, to one of you please send it to committee to have a real discussion, not today, but before your next extension. there should be a discussion about how we can conduct hearings intelligently that are not remote. remote hearings have all kinds of deficiencies for the public participation and for audibility, and they take more time. so i'm pleading with you to get 32 passed. pass 32, but also set a hearing that is a hearing at committee
that has a noticed agenda where we can have a discussion about the problems at city hall and the problems of participation the best way we have. no more remote hearings, please. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you, miss hester, and nice to hear your voice. all right. so we have 15 callers in the queue, and there are five who are ready to make your comment. if you're one of the 15 and would like to make your comment, now is the time to press star, three, otherwise, the next five callers could go pretty quick. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> good afternoon. as a native and resident of san francisco, i formally propose that a permanent monument be
created and enacted memorializing the number of homeless and unhoused in san francisco. every social worker and outreach professional that i meet is incredulous, alarmed, and appalled due to withheld funds. a committee was explain and account for the exact number of lives lost in between when funds were afforded san francisco and when finally made it to the intended recipients. make the findings public so those benefiting from withheld
>> clerk: thank you. let's hear from our next caller, please. >> good afternoon, board of supervisors. this is matt sutter, purchaser of 771 taxi medallion. first, i want to, on behalf of all the cab drivers, give our condolences to supervisor ronen. your father will be in all of our prayers. the problem that we are facing is if the m.t.a. is not going to admit the failure of the medallion program, and the bank
attack, and i -- you know, same things being said and nothing being done. the m.t.a. has way too much control -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. operations, let's hear from our next caller. we have six callers in the queue. >> hi. good afternoon. good evening now. this is barry toronto. my heartfelt condolences to supervisor ronen. now i know where she her spunk and her energy. what an amazing man your father was. may his memory be a blessing.
also, happy hanukkah and [speaking native language] . i beg you to put this off for a hearing. also, mentioning the new york taxi workers alliance, they got involved in the regulations. how it was phrased was false, misleading, and doesn't represent the drivers' participation in negotiations. i ask you to at least amend it to make sure -- please, i know that supervisor peskin did the best he can with his staff to write this resolution, but we
ask that it go to a committee hearing. thank you very much for your time. >> clerk: thank you, mr. toronto, for your comments. all right. operations, let's hear from our next commenter, please. >> thank you, supervisors. this is mark gruberg. also a member of the san francisco taxi workers alliance, and i also send my condolences to supervisor ronen. this really needs to go to committee. the resolution does not -- the
and only confirms the credit union and the m.t.a. and leaving out the people who are most at stake is wrong. medallion purchasers need a day in any agreement reached. >> clerk: all right. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. we have six callers in the queue. >> hello? >> clerk: hello, caller. >> hello. my name is benjamin [indiscernible] i'm a long time taxi driver. i just thank you for showing up today, supervisor ronen. i know it wasn't an easy day for you.
hats off to the firefighters for the rescue on the rocks and transgender bishop. it's been one heck of a meeting. i am calling on behalf of the taxi drivers, and i want to talk about taxi drivers and medallion reform. they got it done in new york, and we need to get it done here. they bought them for $250,000. they don't need to refund all of it, but they need to find a way to get them part of it because they've been totally hosed, and they just need input in the process. when it comes to medallion reform, sales is a failure, and i think we need to go back to a seniority based system. part of the reason of the failure is these drivers have
lost all the income when they can't rent out their car, and they can't driver 24 hours. how do we attract drivers to the industry? i think if you pass a resolution, if we go back to the seniority system, if you have ten years in the industry, you'll get a medallion from the city for a nominal fee. if you're a driver for uber or lyft, you can say hey, i'll keep putting 90,000 miles a year on my car or i can drive for san francisco taxi and have something at the end -- >> clerk: okay. that is the end of your time.
we have four callers who wish to provide public comment and 13 listening. >> hello. my name is emma [indiscernible] and i'm calling with the taxi workers alliance, and i'd also like to acknowledge that i know what it's like to lose a parent, and i offer supervisor ronen my condolences. this resolution just leaves me conflicted. the lack of transparency on
sfmta's part leaves me conflicted. we have a meeting scheduled with them, but that isn't until december 9, and furthermore, we don't want the new york deal to be held up as a positive model for a deal here that might exclude the medallion purchasers. these are the ones with the most at take and the most to lose. i'm sure you heard what happened in new york. they never -- when all else failed, they embarked on a hunger strike, but they never imagined it would take 15 days. these weren't young people, these were mostly older men in their 50s and 60s.
please acknowledge that those most respected, the taxi drivers, should not be excluded. our model may not be the exact one in new york, but it must provide meaningful relief to those who bought medallions in san francisco. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. >> hello, supervisors. my name is jonathan mead. i'm not speaking on 31, 32, and 33, i'm speaking on something that is relevant to your business. it is #30rightnow, which as you know, is a program that would cap rent for tenants in
supportive housing at 30% income. mayor breed publicly announced that this was going to be funded, and although -- what i want to bring to your attention is i worked in public health and i worked at d.p.h. for 18 years. i saw day in and day out what the effects of not having adequate housing or not having adequate income to live in your housing does to people from a quality of life standpoint, from a public health standpoint. so i want you guys to get our department to do what's right. we don't have that many, you know, buildings where d.p.h. is in charge of supportive housing, but we do have some,
and so i'm asking you guys to get on the phone with grant colfax to talk to the commissioners or meet soon, and do what's right here for our tenants, for legislation that has been funded. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. there are three callers in the queue and 14 listening. if you'd like to provide comments, now is the time to press star, three, otherwise, we'll take this group to the very end. welcome, caller. >> hi, supervisor. my name's david lee. i'm a [indiscernible] holder 370. i'm in a really different
situation here. i actually am in a different situation. i couldn't borrow money, so i borrowed money from my parents, $250,000. no customers, no paid leave, so i really can't make any money. the city should refund our money because it's not fair if uber and lyft can drive for free if we can't drive for free? thank you. >> clerk: thank you, sir.
next comment? >> thank you. my name is [indiscernible] and my pronouns are she and her. let's talk about the teleconferencing. i think moving forward would be something like [indiscernible] because it's ridiculous to require masks in spaces where everyone is vaccinated, and of course, if you're unvaccinated, then you can participate remotely, but i also want to talk about our unaccountable d.p.h., which our previous caller mentioned. you can't e-mail them to complain about restrictions, he can't e-mail the health
commission. i can't even e-mail my own specialist for my vaginoplasty. even though d.p.h. has the funding, the city is not doing anything about it. the department of public health is not held accountable here, so that's why we're having a rally on december 7 in front of the department of public health. we need to make sure that this funding is here. it's just fucking bullshit that i have to keep doing this, and i think it's bullshit that i have to keep giving up my time. >> clerk: thank you for your
comments. all right. operations, we have four callers in the queue. let's hear from the next caller, please. >> my name is [indiscernible] and i am medallion holder. i want to remind you that every other city in the city, it's completely different. san francisco [indiscernible] purchase medallion, we put the name to the lease to get free. [indiscernible] we're talking about 30 years ago. san francisco taxi medallion,
so it was [indiscernible] because it's nothing is like new york. i put my name to the lease for more than 18, 19 years that force me to get the medallion, and i have to get free. and i buy this medallion $250,000 to benefit my retirement. now, i am zero. no future for $250,000. i ask you guys, please. refund our money and the difference be owned to the bank, you want to take it, take it, but these promises to us, the medallion prom is filled.
it is your responsibility to buy them back at the purchase price. please [indiscernible] -- >> clerk: thank you, sir, for your comments. all right. we have three callers in the queue, 13 who are listening. let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hi. my name is victor [indiscernible], purchase medallion holder. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. >> hi. i waited on the taxi medallion list for over 15 years, and that tied me into the cab industry, my prime earning years, waiting to get this medallion. when i finally got near the top of the list, they had a pilot program of selling and giving away the medallions like they did around prop k.
when i was homeless to the top of the list, you ended the program and the city told me i had the option to either go away or buy a medallion. at that point, i bought a medallion. the city was selling the ability to regulate a market. for whatever reason, the city could not regulate the market, and the medallion did not sell what it should have sold for. now i'm living under tremendous debt under the bullying of the sfmta. now they're trying to find a half baked way out without really giving us relief out for our economic disaster. it's like passing on debt to your children after you die. so in a city like san
francisco, the city should help its citizens and not prey on them. we paid over $68 million to the sfmta to use for their pensions and all sorts of things. we need you guys to help and do the right thing and that is to take the medallions back. thank you. >> clerk: all right. we have three callers in the queue and 13 who are listening. we will take this next group to the end until we have another caller. mr. atkins, can we have the next caller. >> hello, supervisors. my name is brad [indiscernible] and i'm the owner of medallion
1557. i'm so sorry, supervisor ronen, for the loss of your father. i think we should have more debate and talk with the taxi medallion owners. i was one of the ones on the list that waited for 19 years, and then when i was at the top of the list, i was told that we were selling them out from under me, and the s-medallion program for the seniors who had never put their name on the
list, i waited for that, and then, i was told that i needed to pony up money for the medallion. 19 years of working for a gas and gauge driver, i was told that a medallion would make my life better. the gas and gate drivers that i know that work shifts are paying far less that i'm paying to keep my cab and keep it rolling on the shift, and it's very difficult to find cab drivers that want to work shifts, so i'm up 24-7, which isn't sustainable for my wife and my family. >> clerk: thank you, sir, for your comments. please accept my apologies for cutting you off. we are setting the timer for two minutes.
all right. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> hi. my name is jay scott evans, and today, i was turned away because the meeting was closed. it's very difficult to discern that from the information that's on your website or agenda, so i would ensure that you do a better job of making sure that meetings that are supposed to be public are made available. lastly, i agree with item 33. i think this item needs to go to committee. if it's good to have vaccinated
in person meeting inside for hotels, restaurants, theaters, bars, etc., it's good enough for the board of supervisors, and you should put yourselves on the same onus that you put on us and set an example. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. we appreciate your patience. all right. operations, do we have another caller in the queue? >> can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. >> hello. my name is [indiscernible] fonseco, and i've been a medallion driver for 34 years. supervisor ronen, may you be blessed, and may you and your
family have the strength to carry on. i wrote you a letter yesterday, two pages long, and it's regarding the taxi industry situation and what the m.t.a. is up to. you know, it's -- it's very hard to call you and not show emotions when addressing the situations of the taxi industry. the medallion fail program is a human tragedy that can only be blamed on the city of san francisco. it's up to you to make it right. the failure of the medallion sales program to this point has affected all medallion buyers, and it became a drag on the entire taxi industry. in my letter from yesterday, i
referred to prop a again [indiscernible] so you can really provide debt relief for -- debt relief for medallion purchases, so i hope that you will look into this matter with more time more carefully. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. all right. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> operator: madam clerk, there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: mr. president? >> president walton: thank you to all the callers for calling in. seeing no other callers, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, let's go to our for adoption without committee
reference. >> clerk: these measures were introduced for adoption without committee reference. a unanimous vote is required for adoption of these resolutions today. any supervisor may require any resolution to go to committee. >> president walton: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you. i'd like to sever item 31, please. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. seeing no other names to the roster, madam clerk, can you please call the role on items 32 and 33? >> clerk: thank you. on items 32 and 33 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes.
>> president walton: thank you. without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. madam clerk, will you please call item 31. >> clerk: item 31 is a resolution urging the san francisco federal credit union to collaborate with the san francisco municipal transportation agency on agreeable medallion prices, loan forgivingness for medallion holders, and other reforms. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i think the title sums it up, but it should probably, as we heard from medallion holders during public comment, be more clear that the collaboration should, in a meaningful way, involve medallion holders, specifically purchase medallion holders. otherwise, i think we're all on
the same page in the wake of the recent litigation brought by the san francisco federal credit union, and this simply urges the parties to come together, put down their swords, and work out an overdue relief and loan forgivingness package as we saw in new york set forth in the purchase resolution. but to make it abundantly clear that we are urging the sfmta to do it in a collaborative manner with the meaningful input of taxi medallion holders. i would like to insert on page 2, line 18, an additional whereas clause that says whereas negotiating its own path forward, sfmta and the credit union can learn from the perspective of purchase taxi medallion holders that will be impacted by the result of any impacting compromise. and finally, on page 3, at line 1, a further resolved that
is -- that says further resolved that purchased taxi medallion holders should be consulted with on any potential compromise, so i'd like to make that motion, and again, thank you to my cosponsors, and hopefully, we can get it together and work stuff out with the credit union to work things out with the purchase medallion holders. >> president walton: thank you. and we have a second by supervisor melgar. and that motion passed, and we can take that same house, same call, and that resolution is adopted. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items? >> clerk: there are none. >> president walton: thank you. can you please the in memoriam items? >> clerk: today's meeting will
be adjourned in memory of the late coach gerald rankin, jr., and on behalf of president walton, to be on behalf of supervisor ronen, for her father. >> president walton: colleagues, that brings us to the end of our agenda. madam clerk, do we have any further matters on our agenda? >> clerk: we have no further matters before us today. . >> president walton: thank you. this meeting is adjourned. -
>> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges resident to do their showing up and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique successful and vibrant so where will you shop & dine in the 49 san francisco owes must of the charm to the unique characterization of each corridor has a distinction permanent our neighbors are the economic engine of the city. >> if we could a afford the lot by these we'll not to have the kind of store in the future the
kids will eat from some restaurants chinatown has phobia one of the best the most unique neighborhood shopping areas of san francisco. >> chinatown is one of the oldest chinatown in the state we need to be able allergies the people and that's the reason chinatown is showing more of the people will the traditional thepg. >> north beach is i know one of the last little italian community. >> one of the last neighborhood that hadn't changed a whole lot and san francisco community so
strong and the sense of partnership with businesses as well and i just love north beach community old school italian comfort and love that is what italians are all about we need people to come here and shop here so we can keep this going not only us but, of course, everything else in the community i think local businesses the small ones and coffee shops are unique in their own way that is the characteristic of the neighborhood i peace officer prefer it is local character you have to support them. >> really notice the port this community we really need to kind of really shop locally and support the communityly live in
it is more economic for people to survive here. >> i came down to treasure island to look for a we've got a long ways to go. ring i just got married and didn't want something on line i've met artists and local business owners they need money to go out and shop this is important to short them i think you get better things. >> definitely supporting the local community always good is it interesting to find things i never knew existed or see that that way. >> i think that is really great that san francisco seize the vails of small business and creates the shop & dine in the 49 to support businesses make people all the residents and visitors realize had cool things are made and produced in san.
>> the meeting welcome to order. to the friday, november 19 meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services committee.i am supervisor gordon mar joined by matt haney and erin peskin. i'd like to thank jim smith and corwin cooley forstabbing this meeting. we are in receipt of a presidential action memo according supervisor peskin as a temporary member of this committee . just for today's meeting. on the appointment of chair stefani and i like to make a motion to excusevice chair stefani . >> clerk: on the motion to excusecommissioner stefani for today's meeting commissioner
haney. >> aye . >> member peskin. >> aye. >> chair mar. >> aye. >> clerk: there are 3 aye's. >> president: can you please call item number one. >> clerk: wouldyou like me to make the announcement first ? the minutes willreflect the committee members participated in this meeting remotely through videoconference . the board recognizes that public access to these services is essential and invites public participation in the following ways.first public comments will be available on each item on the agenda either channel 2678 or 99 depending on your provider and streaming the public: call in number across the screen. comments or opportunities to speak during the public comment are available for a phone by calling 415655 001. again415-65-5001 .
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finally items acted on today areexpected to appear on the board of supervisors agenda on november 30, 2021 unless otherwise stated . mister chair. >> chair: now can you please call item number one. >> clerk: item 1 is a hearing to consider the premise transfer of a type li nonprofit club on sale beer wine and distilled liquor license to treasure island yacht club incorporated to dobusiness as the treasure island yacht club located at one avenue of the homes , building one suite 133 in district 6 and will serve thepublic convenienceor necessity of the city and county of san francisco . members who wish to provide public comment . although public comment number 415-655-0001 and enter the meeting id of 2493 569 4649 then pound and pound again. once connected please press star 3 toenter the cue to speak and a system prompt will
indicate you have raised your hand . please wait for the system to indicate you havebeen unmuted and that is your time to begin your comments . mister chair . >> chair: i believe we have officer tomlinsen from the liaison unit and can you present the alu report on this item? >> good afternoon. treasure island yacht club has a license and if approved this will allow them to office operate in a members only club and i have zero letters of protest,zero letters of support . they are in census tract 1902 which is considered low saturation area. we have no opposition and unit recommends approval with no additional conditions . >> thank you, do wehave a representative from the
treasure islandclub . who would like to present ? maybe not. >> there was supposed to be a john harrison. >> eight or john are you there. richard rosetti ishere. i don't know if you need that . >> this is richardrosetti with the treasure island development authority . the jacob moving to building one to operate for that facility, we've relocated them throughout hangar to do to development activities. so we would like this to be improved and allowed the clubhouse to continue on with their business atbuilding one .
>> chair: thank youfor that. supervisor haney i don't know if you have any extra remarks . what we go to public comment. and. >> members who wish to provide public comment should dial áthree to enter the cue. a systemprompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until the system indicates you have been unneeded and then you may begin yourcomment . operation is checking to see if we have any callers in the queue. please let us know if there are any callers who are ready . >> clerk: there are no colorsin the queue . >> mister chair. >> chair: public comment is closed and given the support of supervisor haney, not objections by the northern station and support i would like to make a motion on directing the clerk to prepare
a resolution determining that this will serve the public convenienceand necessity that we send this resolution to the full board with positive recommendation . madam clerk can youplease call the role . >> clerk: member haney . >> aye. >> clerk: member peskin. >> aye. >> clerk: chair mar. >> aye. >> clerk: there are 3 aye's. >> chair: this will be sent to the board with a full recommendation. please call itemnumber two . >> i hearing to consider the transfer of a type xxi on sale beer wine and liquor license to bottle back located at 4126 to 18 street district 8 and will serve the necessity of the city and county of san francisco.
members who wish to provide commentshould call public comment line 415-655-0001 answer the meeting id , 2493 569 4649.then pound and pound again to connect. once connected press start 3 and a quick system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait for us tocall public comment and when the system indicates you have been unmuted you may begin your comment . mister chair. >> chair: i'd like to welcome back officer tomlinsen to present the alu report on this item . >> bottle back now is a type xxi license and this will allow them to operate on general premise with zero letters of support. they're located in platte for 17 which is considered ahigh crime area in district 205 it is considered high saturation . the station has no opposition and alu approves on condition
the positioner shall monitor the area to prevent the loitering's of persons on any property adjacent to the premise as in abc 253 and as of november 9 they have agreed to that condition. >> chair: thank you officer. is the applicant or a representative for bottle back and now here? >> i am here, i am becky, i am the owner. i just want to tell you a little bitabout myself and the business . i've been in san francisco for 10 years in the food and beverage industry for 12. i've beena server, manager and most recently i was in the back of house 13 bakery . i've always been focused on working at small community driven business and that's the at those i want to carry on to my newbusiness in castro . i want to carry my own
selection and enjoy what i've created as far as bottle bacchanal we are a woman owned boutique bottle shock with natural lines, craft beer and esotericapproachable liquors . it's going to be mostly wine but we're also going to have interesting things and focus on women, bipoc and lgbtq+ producers. we will have books, small snacks and i plan on hosting committee events and classes . i've been in contact with a couple of charities to talk about hosting events and doing what i can as a business owner to uplift the community and neighborhood and the a positiv influence and an addition to the grand opening of sf that we're experiencing. so let me know if you have questions thank you for that discussion of what sounds like a wonderful
new edition to the castro . colleagues if you don't have any questions maybe what we go to public comment clerk. >> members who wish to provide public comment should dialáthree and whenconnected you'll hear the system indicate you have raised your hand . wait until your line has been unmuted and that is your time to begin your comment . we are checking tosee if we have colors in the queue. let us know if we have any callers who are ready . >> no colors in the queue. >> chair: public comment is closed i understand supervisor madeleine has no objections . given that i will make a motion directing the clerk to prepare a resolution determining this license will serve the public convenience andnecessity and we
send this to the full board with positive recommendations . madam clerk could you please call the role. >> did you want me to include the one condition that officer simonsondid acknowledge . >> thank you, sofor item number two member haney . [roll call vote] >>. >> chair:thank you, we will send it back to the board with apositive recommendation . clerk, can you please call item number three ? >> agenda item 3 is a item establishing standards opening the certification of cannabis related programs and processes extend the temporary authorization period to continue operating while the receiving business permit application and adding certain
food prerequisites.members of thepublic who wish to provide publiccomment on this ordinance to call the public comment number 415-655-0001 , enter the meeting id 2493 569 4649 . pound and pound again to connect to the meeting. once connected tileá3 and a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait for us to call public comment and when the system indicates you have been unmuted youmay begin your comment . mister chair . >> chair: i want to welcome supervisor safai who is the sponsor of this application and thank you for your leadership on around issues relating to that cannabis industry and particularlythe workforce supervisor safai, the floor is yours . >> could afternoon colleagues. you know, we have beenworking
on a number of different updates . we did the city grow legislation where we were allowing forpresentation and pathways for employment in industry . we worked on a numberof different amendments . when the legislation for the original legislation transferring fromtemporary article 3 was the final article 16 permits . we spent a lot of time thinking aboutthis industry and how it should be shaped . protecting our small business owners and our homegrown no pun intended businesses. so that businesses would have to own business or seven years before they could sell and there wouldn't be this temptation also ensuring that next round of owners were equity until there was 100 percent parity in the market between equity and nonequity
owners. we spent a lot of time thinking abouthow this industry should develop in san francisco and today is the next step in that . the office of cannabis currently the permitting process it has progress a little more slowly than originally anticipated and as a result mcd's medical cannabis dispensaries are spending significant period of time under their temporary authorizations . this legislation is an amendment to the existing ordinance and clarifies the standards of oewd including license activation processes, underservedcommunity outreach programs, is this plan development training , all of which relates to the mcd and today there are still 35 businesses under the temporary
mcd permitting so existing law authorizes it to establish standards governing certification of pre-apprenticeship programs but it does not specify the types of standards they may establish. this legislation is our equity and apprenticeship programs by legislating participation for all qualified dispensaries in san francisco and the ordinance will require that temporary mcd medical cannabisdispensaries ensure that 35 percent of new hires are certified apprenticeship programs to the extent feasible . and if a medical cannabis dispensary has more than 10 employees and turns into either a labor peace agreement or collective-bargaining agreement with a bona fide labor organization, these requirements already are part of the cannabis dispensary permit, excuse me cannabis business permitting process under article 16. the other police code or other use operation so we're running parity to the remaining 35
businesses that are operating under the temporary permit. this is an opportunity to further bring cannabis to san francisco under one umbrella and create an equitable and parallel experience for all operators and employers. i want to thank the office of cannabisfor working with myself and my team . me and my team want to thank you cw local five, office of economic and workforce to government and bjjones from my team , josh r say director of workforce development and a few other people that were involved in crafting these amendments today thank you for putting this together what i think is a good update to the legislation . >> chair: thank you supervisor safai for all your work on this. do you have any presentations?
>> i don't think so. we can do public comment. ididn't have much designed today other than just resenting the legislation . letting people from the public speech and if they have any questions but other than that wecall for a hearing.we're also going to have a larger conversation . we had at the budget committee talked about yesterday supervisor mar and myself talked about the temporary pause on the imposition of the tax. they're going to talk about how many equity permits there are on the market, how many nonequity permits and get an update for the industry. i think there will be more in depth conversation that. >> supervisor peskin. >> the question i had relative to the hundred 50 day complaint
period is if you have a spurious complaint that's filed on the hundred 49th day and the department has not yet had the chance to determine that it's a spurious complaint if indeed that isso . it seems like this could be a unjust imposition. it seems like they need to have sufficient time to determine i mean, i appreciate the notion that permits should be issued if there are complaints that have been sustained. >> the way this was written, the directors aware of no public safety complaints submitted in the prior hundred 50 days and then it goes on to say unless the dispensary has
demonstrated to the satisfaction of the record that they don't raise significant health or safetyconcerns . somebody could file, they might not like it. i'm not pointing fingers but some supervisors have been more or lessenthusiastic about dispensaries in their districts than others . i've both been enthusiastic in some locations and less so in others. but it just seems like this might create a due process issue and maybe i have concerns about that. that paragraph three on page 3. >> this was legislation we worked on so maybe the acting director i think john pierce can speak about that.
>> this is acting director of the office of cannabis. thank you for your concern. supervisor, this is a modification of the timeline in the code that you're reading. it's actually an extension from 120 days as it is currently written to a longer timeline so to address the main point is not producing the timeline for changing anythingin our process. it's actually giving us your time to address complaints . to your second fundamental question, the reauthorization process is holistic and involves a lot of checks and things that we do including considering the businesses equity considerations andwe wouldn't , if there was a bad faith attempt to lodge a complaint the day before a renewal was due we would consider that as article renewal process. we've never had that before and don't anticipate that in the
future and the other thing i'll flag is that these mcd's are slated tobe transitioned article 60 permits and the not-too-distant future so this is a temporary piece of legislation . >> last thing you said makes me appreciate it . i realize this is a modification of the existing section has never had a provision that says that you are awareof no complaints . there's a difference betweena complaint and a complaint that has been sustained . this is a new factor in ... this wasn't a factor before and to the extent this is temporary and is part of the transition i am less concerned so anyway, thank you for thatresponse mister pierce . >> chair: thank you supervisor peskin for the questions. i just have some questions myself. i'm more on the overall intent of this legislation.
so this is allowing the existing medical cannabis dispensaries to put more time on their temporary permits a bit more time and it's also adding in addition to that it's requiring them to comply with apprenticeship and some other workforce requirements that are already required of regular article 16 applications. did i get that right? >> one point of clarification, the renewal period is extended so apparently theyhave a temporary permit renewed over every 120 days and that's a longer cycle for it to be
renewed . >> chair: supervisor safaiyou said there was about 35 . >> a lot of this had to do with the fact that there's not parity in the way the application number of people who organized labor or some of the folks concerned about what we're training, some of the things that existed out today are required in article 16 permit holders are not required and so they have been going on these temporary permits for a long time as acting director pierce said. the idea is that we will transition them but in the meantime, we have been trying to get this done for months. it took a little bit of time to finalize this we started this conversation months ago with the hope that we would get this finalized quicker in the meantime there are still 35
medical cannabis dispensaries under these temporarypermits and we want to bring them fall into the same fault with everybody else . >> chair: what is the expected timeframe for processing these 35 or so mcd's that are operating under the temporary permits to a regular article 16 permit. >> the office of cannabis is required to promise process permit applications so we cannot expedite them but we anticipate shortly were going to present to the board a new grant from the state that will allow more expensive and once that is complete we think after it wasa higher that we could potentially get all these densities done in around 2 years . >> two years as a temporary
period sothat's part of the other motivation of the legislation . >> chair: yeah and one final question . so these 35 medical cannabis industries operating under a temporary permit that's renewe , they currently don't have the labor requirements so this would be kind of a new requirement. >> i'm sorry,did you direct that me ? >> chair: or mister pierce. i'm just trying tounderstand if this is a new requirement . >> can you repeat the question? >> chair: the collective bargainingagreement . >> it's clarifyingthat and is currently under article 16 . in that light right acting director pierce? >> it's extending the same requirements to article 33 and
associate directorray lodge is here. can you let us know more of the details of what governs the agreement ? >> thank you for this question supervisor mar. it's defined by labor peace agreement requirements which means if and mcd has 20 or more staff then they are required to have an agreement in place but once this legislation causes, then they will need to be abided by the low code requirements which lower the threshold to 10 which means mcd's who have 10 or more staff will need to havelb in place on the pending legislation . >> chair: that sounds good to
me as well. thank youfor all your work on this. mister pierce, supervisor safai , i don't see any other questions for colleagues sowhy don't we go to public comment ? >> clerk: operations ischecking to see if their colors are ready in the queueif you have not done so pressá3 to speak and a system prompt indicate you have raised your hand. the system indicates you have been unit . this jackson do we haven't colors in the queue ? >> caller: i am organizer with the lzw local five we represent cannabis workers here and san francisco and we are in full support of supervisor safai's rent presentation. this will help protect workers as well as conversion to article 16.
by turning into collective bargaining agreements they will ensure apple benefits and maintain a healthy worklife balance and you will provide some much-needed legitimacy to theindustry . the ordinance requires a temporary medical cannabis dispensaries and ensures 35 percent of new hires are certified apprenticeship programs to the extent feasible. it will increase equity drop the industry. these requirements are not different than those that don't use cannabis operations and further bring security to the industry. thank you. >> thank you for your comment. any other colors in the queue? >> there are no furthercolors in the queue .
>> mister chair. >> chair: public comment is now closed. supervisor safai. >> thank you colleagues for your support today as was mentioned by the acting director it still takes time to turn these mcd's and we want to bring parity in the market in the meantime. two years is a long time in the life of our city so if we can support this today i think we will have a goodbenefit on all the areas that wementioned . equity, apprenticeship training , labor peace and it will set a good standard for the entire market. as these 35 transitions eventually to their permanent article 16. >> chair: thanks for all your workon this. i'd love to be added as cosponsor . i would move that we send this itemto the full board with
positive recommendation . madam clerk, please call role. >> on the motion to extend item 3, member he. [roll call vote] there are 3 aye's. >> chair: thank you supervisor safai. madam clerk, please call item . >> clerk: hearing to receive updates on the implementation and funding of the city's urban canopy maintenance waterand retention replacement and expansion plan . including all trees on public property and in and francisco parts as well as the trees. proposition e in 2016 and reflecting public works recreation park department and
public utilities commission to report. i thought our members who wish toprovide public comment they should call the publiccomment number now, 415-655-0001 . enter the meeting id of 2493 569 4649 . then pound and pound again to connect to themeeting. once connected please press star three to enter that you to speak at a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait for public comment on this item and when the system indicates you have been unneeded that willbe assigned to begin . the chair . >> chair: thank you supervisor peskin for calling this hearing and this is a follow-up to part one in october where we had an informative dictation from the department , different departments on tree maintenance and planting work and had a lot
of robust discussion that merited some follow-up. so looking forward tothis further discussion we will have today, supervisor peskin >> thank you for scheduling part one you just referenced and now the continuation of that hearing this afternoon . and as indicated we heard from public works as well as urban forestry from the public utilities commission and from records park as well as many interested members of the public including the new relatively new head of urban forests but we ran out of time and we did not get to hear from actually it was something you instigated which was the report from budget and legislative analyst which is very topical and when we came out a few months ago i think we were all in the middle of everything when it came to in june. and today we are joined by carla schwartz herself who is
both ... she's the acting head of public works. we know her and appreciate her in her incarnation as the head of the bureau of urban forestry in san francisco so i wanted to start by giving the budget and legislative analyst some time to go through what i think is really a timely report follows nicely with what we were talking about in the first part of this hearing as the number of recommendations for public works in the board of supervisors and itstimely and deals with some of the things we talked about relative to asset management , relative to having realistic goals so if we can start with don bouncer from the legislative analyst office and turn it over to ms. schwartz and then hear from the public and this is part of really an expression of serious
ongoing interest by not to put words in your mouth chair mar yourself and supervisor safai is on this meeting. supervisor bowman and others to make sure that we sustain our existing urban tree canopy which is sadly a hair under 14 percent of the city lags behind other urban areas in the united states and it stands back canopy and expands it equitably and maintain that with proper watering on proper cycles. and making sure that making making sure we reverse the trend of using trees and not exceeding that 13.7 percent that we are currently at so with that i'll turn it over to the budget legislative analyst
and look forward to hearing the presentation that you call for supervisor . >> chair: are you ready to present? >> i'm ready to present, i'm not really a presenter.i don't know if the clerk will share the slides or i can share my slides from the computer. >> i'm making you apresenter right now . >> thank you for that introduction and chair. i'm dan gunter with a budget legislative analyst office and supervisor as the supervisor mentioned i will be giving a summary of our findings and recommendationsfrom our audit of the department of public
works which came out in june . but it covers resurfacing and street maintenance but i will be focusing today's presentation on the street treatment piece of the audit. i also want to mention i'm joined by my colleague linda and barry who managed this audit with me and is also available forquestions if there are any for our office . the audit was conducted pursuant to a board motion passed in 2019 as i mentioned it was released in june. we had a total of nine finding areas coming street resurfacing and street tree maintenance on this slide. this summarizes the street resurfacing findings which are not the focus of this. so i willforward . so we had five finding areas covering street tree as at an event includedstreet tree as a baseline pruning progress vacancies in the program . the geographic distribution of
three tree services. the street treecanopy growth and geographic distribution . the data management notations of the program. our review of baseline pruning found the street tree completed 21 percent of the maps address 32 percent of the street trees within the key maps in the first three years of programming and currently jacks that will take a total of eight years to complete key block pruning rather than its initial goal of 3 to 5 years at the outset. because the baseline tree maintenance has not been completed street tree as athas been unable to "plant maintenance cycle of maintaining all city street trees every 3 to 5 years . tree sf have not publicly established annual goals for tree pruning or sidewalk repair that are reported to the public or board of supervisors and have not defined how it measures its success by
completing the worst primer priority key maps so for the baseline pruning our recommendation was that the superintendent of the bureau of urban forestry should establish a realistic annual goal for the number of street tree sf trees to the road each fiscal year and report on the program's requirements inmeeting the annual pruning goal in annual reports and other syndications to the board of supervisors . we also recommended that the head of urban forestry established a realistic annual goal for the number of tree related cement repair spaces to compete he completed the school year and report on the programs performance meeting the annual report goal and other medications. our review of staffing found that he street tree sf positions have been vacant for extended period sometime in some cases for the entire three
year period since the program's inception despite the department participating into citywide recruitments with a third underway when the pandemic began.the program has held onto its authority but reprogrammed the salary savings to contract work tree pruning and removal work. in particular we found an arborist apprenticeship program the goal of which is to develop a pipeline of apprentices to promote the arborist technician position has not filled any of its apprenticeship positions since the inception of the program. and currently street tree sf seeks a 3 to 1 ratio of arborist to apprentices as required by the state board of apprentices and were all the apprenticeships to be hired as a court . however given the programs hiring challenges it is not likely the program will be able to hire a sufficient number of arborist technicians to
establish the appropriate ratio and cohort size so our recommendation for this action were that the superintendent of urban forestry should work with the department of human resources to develop a recruitment for 34 arborist technicians at a specific to the department of public works and also to restructure the arborist apprenticeship program such as revising the cohort size of our firsttechnician, the apprentices and training schedule so that the program can begin to fill these positions and develop lifelines for arborist technicians . our analysis of thedistribution of street trees throughout the city, san francisco's treat trees are not evenly distributed . and that street tree sf has so far focused on areas with high concentration oftrees to maximize tree activity efficiency . thatdid not consider city neighborhood or geographic distribution when initially
prioritizing services . thismethodology resulted in areas of the city worked with low tree density not prioritized for maintenance despite the presence of priority one trees . and prioritizing key maps for cement work the program similarlyconsidered areas of high risk but did not consider geographic locations . as a result some neighborhoods of the city have received very little street tree mrs. during the first three years of the program. so our recommendation for this area was that the superintendent of the bureau of urban forestry consider reevaluating and reprioritizing the uncompleted street tree and cement repair work team at using additional criteria including excuse megeographic location or program activities once the key maps are in the green or lowest tier . so we also looked at the street tree canopy, the rate of growth
and distribution across the city. and what we found was that phase i of san francisco's urban forest plan established the goal of growing the city street tree population to reach 155,000 trees by 2034. so while other city documents including the 10 year capital plan and climate action plan also recommending increasing the number of street trees however we found the city did not have a dedicated funding source for growing the street tree population and the tree maintenance funding cannot be used to expand the urban fores . further the number of new street trees fighting each year is not enough to account for the tree mortality in order to maintain a baseline three tree population of 125,000 bucks less increase the numberof trees to meet the urban forest plan sold. san francisco's population and its associated benefits are not evenly disputed across the city . the urban forest plan
recommends within five years of the class publication the dpw should develop a citywide strategy to develop gaps in tree coverage for a long-term three tree management plan to formalize a maintenance strategy and plan for the succession or the succession of trees. however six years after the urban forest plan was adopted the department has still not yet developed recommended long-term street tree management plan and just completed the planting strategy after the completion of our audit fieldwork the distribution of the city's urban canopy and its benefits will remain unevenly distributed across different neighborhoods without a targetedincrease in street fleet treeplanting to focus on underserved neighborhoods guided by a formal planning strategy so this area we recommended the director of public works work with partner agencies including the urban forestry council , friends of the urban forest and planning
department for the planning department department of the environment . to develop a citywide street tree management plan and the management plan increasing the street tree population in areas of the city with no number of street trees should be prioritized. the recently completed street treeplanting strategy and proposed street tree management plan should be presented to the board of supervisors for review no later than june 20, 2022 and second recommendation for this area was as part of the street tree management plan that the department should develop a street tree planting funding strategy to support the city's new planting needs including the use of state and federal grants , local bonds, general fund support and private shareholder nations that would supplement the existing funding. we also recommended the board of supervisorsreviewed the street tree planting funding strategy prepared by the department of public works in
accordance with the previous recommendation that i just described to you consider allocating general fund support for planting of new trees estimated annual funding . as shown on the slides this illustrates theissue with the challenges with growing the street tree canopy . as shown on this the city's 10 year average of 2154 street trees fighting annually is less than the 5000 three trees that need to be planted each year to ensure that the city street tree population does not shrink. given its one percent tree mortality rate. and our final finding was on data asset management located related to the street tree program and in this area we found the data asset management system was not designed specifically for free maintenanceand urban canopy management and were instead adapted from pre-existing dpw data management systems . it's on the current data management infrastructure
produces unreliable report for basic measures of tree and sidewalk board completed . just to add a reliability challenge has led to inaccurate reporting and hinders the program from tracking progress . so for this area we had full recommendations that the board of supervisors should request the acting director of public works for his or her designee report to the oversight committee on findings and recommendations associated with the consultants review of departments asset management system once it's completed but no later than june 30, 2022 and further request the superintendent of urban forestry report back to the gao on actions taken to implement the robust asset management system for street tree sf not later than june 30, 2022. they also recommended the superintendent of the bureau of urban forestry can share that new asset management system is
designed in a way to enable the street tree sf program to filter exclusively for maintenance and sidewalk repair work on the proposition e and limit the need formanual review of data as a prerequisite to ensure accuracy . and finally we recommended that the superintendent issue a revised fiscal year 20 1819 annual report that correct errors in the number of trees pruned in square foot of sidewalk repair. and with that i and linda and barry are availablefor questions . if there are any for us. thank you for all your work on theaudit. supervisor peskin . >> i want to thank the budget and analyst for that report and i'm glad it has served us and we now have an opportunity to
respond to it and talk about it as it's obviously not june 2022 yet but it will be tuned . so this is an opportune timeto have that discussion . and you as the author or requester of the audit may have questions or comments if not i'm ready to hear from mister sure. >> i'll hold my questions and would like to give mister jordan and opportunity to respond and present. mister short. >> thank you. thank you care mar and supervisor peskin for the opportunity and i want to thank the la for their work on this audit. i think we were pretty enthusiastic within the bureau of urban forestry to go through the audit because while we felt
like we were doing pretty well with the programs we wanted to be the very best possible program that can be often told my team that my dream would be that this is held up at the national international level as the type of urban forestry program that cities should strive for so we welcome the feedback and we are working on many of the recommendations. a couple of comments if i may. it's certainly accurate that we have not completed the baseline pruning. i would like to note that we were projecting to be on track to complete in 4 and a half years so within our first five-year goal before the pandemic hit and obviously affected us in many ways. both our contractors andour internal crews . we support the recommendations to establish annual pruning
goals. we have not yet done this because it's tricky since we're still addressing the deferred maintenance when weinitially inherited the trees . it's hard to judge what future pruning is until we kind of touched everything for the first time but we support that we're working on trying to create realistic goals with the understanding that once we get throughbaseline we may actually adjust those goals a little bit annually . i would say we are strong supporters of the recommendation to develop a recruitment for arborist technicians , classifications before before specific to publicworks . as noted we already have 2 recruitments and yet we have rehired a small number of arborists and because we also had a couple of recoveries in the same time we havenot increased our staffing very
much . that third recruitment which was beginning when the pandemic hit has not even been finalized so we would love any support that the board can give us in trying to advance a department specific recruitment. i would note that we are in fact in discussions right now with dhr and local 261 about relaunching the arborist apprenticeship program so we are eager to get that moving and we will look at hiring a smaller cohort and perhaps breaking it into two or more groupings of trainees rather than holding out for hiring all eight. which would be a preference because of the training schedules but we understand recommendations support that. we also agree with the
recommendation to look at geographic equities. once we are into what we call the green tear. so we felt strongly it was important to address the public safety concern. even if those were not geographically equitably distributed across the city . but there are quite a few red areas we went all the key maps that are all at the same level so as we are hitting those green key maps our going to take a look at geographic equity and prioritize based on that. we strongly support the recommendation there should be dedicated funding for street planting. we have to planting strategy that we had completed that was ongoing while the audit was occurring as well that is not on our website . we areworking on the management
plan . we achieved i think great things as the city when prompted to the task and we got the funding for streettree maintenance . that is pretty unique and i think it is a game changer in terms of the long-term future health of trees insan francisco . however i think what we're calling the unintended consequences of success as we did not also identify dedicated treeplanting money . had we been able to do that we would happily be rolling the urban forest right now because we built into the model for that street tree maintenance program the growth of the urban forest i think that was a really unique and responsible thing for us to do. now if we can identify the funds to plant we can confidently plant those trees and because we know we will have funds to maintain them in the long run we strongly support that recommendation to
find dedicated funding for growing the urban forest. i would note that the management plan, i'm sorry. the mortality rate that we built into the urban forest master plan was about four percent which is very consistent with kind of national standards. i think the good news is we actually have only been removing about 2 and a half percent annually buspar so we hope that our mortality rate might actually and up being lower and that we with our strong program to care for trees that we can actually reduce the number of trees that have to be removed annually moving forward and if we can keep thatmortality rate low , then as we plant more trees we will be growingurban forest more quickly than we had originally anticipated . i think those were the key
points that i wanted to make but i'm of coursehappy to answer any questions . i did also want to address the question of our asset management program because that was something we had ... i sel identified as an issue and have begun to advance . but on it pointed out some key challenges wefaced with our current system. we have the consultants report has been completed . we are currently working on business youth cases that should be actually completed next week for the consultant to then kind of narrow in the recommendations really look at those more bureau specific cases to see if that changes how they recommend that we move forward. and once we get their feedback onthose business use cases , we will be initiating that basically the transition to the
system that's being recommended. one small point is that the system recommended was just acquired byanother company . we don't expect this is going to cause problems or delays for us but that was an unanticipated new piece of information. so with that again really pushing the work of the la. i think it was a great exercise for us to really look at our processes and look internally where did we think we needed to make some improvements and also getting that feedback and really we found it was those recommendations are recommendations we mostly agree with .>> chair: thank you mister short. i have questions and comments butsupervisor peskin , i would defer to you to go first.
>> this is exactly what we were looking for and is a work in progress. since proposition e and nobody anticipated this pandemic pickup and all the things that have come along the way learning , growing and wrestling i think with these recommendations are good and i think we're taking them seriously. one thing i think we discussed at the first hearing touched on at the first hearing is not in the performance on at all have to do with maybe this is again part of a longer-term project but the role of the urban forest council and the fact that the department of the environment you have any ups aboutthat you could share . >> does recommend working with the council on our management plan.
i think the council was set up really within the department of the environment because they were not a managing department and the department who managed trees are all represented on the council but i think based on i was not in any role in the city when the council was established but my understanding was that sort of the policy group was sitting within the department of the environment which is for the most part a policy agency and public works wreck part and the puc often had management roles or by the numbers in the council was maintaining some independence by being in the other city agencies i think it's been a productive relationship with the council. we have gotten advice and feedback from the council over
the years. he played an important role withthe urban forest master plan development . they also played a great role with the development of what ultimately became proposition e and working with supervisor weiner's office on kind of the advisory body. so i think it's working for us in its current form. >> i have nofurther questions . >> i have a fewquestions, thanks again for all your leadership . both in urban forestry and now for the entire department of public works. regarding some of the key findings from the blt report, i think the first one is that the
city and department is really not on track on the timeframe for the first round of tree pruning and maintenance. i was wondering if you could maybe respond or offer a little explanation why that is with an unrealistic goal or timeframe. is that related to the staff hiring problems. >> we did not expect it would be quite as challenging as it has been fired. we did have programmatic authority so if we don't hire we can ship those funds over to contractors. i think we were really on trac . we thought we would be projecting to complete within four and half years of the program so our goal was the
first 3 to 5 years. when a pandemic hit. and so i think we actually were on track to meet that goal honestly we when it hit all our contract stuff water on hold for a brief time but then we had to basically convert them, the initial feedback we had was the emergency work could continue so we had to shift to the emergency portions of the contract and then we were told that because they were city contracts and city work was considered essential to advance so we had to go back, shift backwards. we had a lot of employees who had kids out of school suddenly with nowarning so basically that set us back . i don't think it was unrealistic. i will say there was a lot of deferredmaintenance in the city . we knew that , maybe that was a
little bit greater impediment than we had originally thought but based on the fact that we seem to be ontrack to complete 4 and a half years i think it was a realistic goal . >> chair: thank you for that explanation and certainly the pandemic impacted the work . and you know, most of my colleagues have concerns raised about removal of trees as part of the maintenance program. the street tree sf maintenance program and i was curious if you knew how many trees have been needed to be removed. rather than just fruit and maintain so far. or if you have an estimate on like what's the number or percentage of trees that would need to be removed.>> i can
get that for you but i did do the math a while ago. we've been removing roughly between 2000 and i want to say 2600 trees a year for the first three years so we are about two, 2 and a half percent mortality that we've been removing in thefirst few years of the program . >> the expect that 2020 500 trees to be removed per year to continue into the future or is that just or will it go down because there hasn't been tree sf maintenance until recently. >> as we noted in our previous transportation we tried to start with what we called the
works first so we were trying to address the trees that were in the highest need of pruning or removal in the first few years of the program. so i am actually told that the need for removals will go down but i said that as we continue to plant new trees over time and grow the population, there will always be some mortalityof trees . i don't know that it would be great if we could remain at under four percent mortality annually because that is as i mentioned a pretty consistent number across municipalities. i would view anything under four percent as we're doing pretty well. >> chair: i was just taking a look at the treeplanting strategy and i'm so glad to see that was completed for the
recommendation in the urban forestry plan. it looks like there's a strategy is has a goal of 4000 trees every year for the next 20 years. 2500 of them are replacement trees and 1000 500 our new trees so it's good to see that there's a clear goal . i guess my bigger question us around i think my concern is focused around the finding that the la report and we talked about before we came up in the hearing that we had two years ago on this issue the lack of a dedicated funding stream for treeplanting. and that's something i think we really need to address in order for us to meet our goal in creating anurban canopy that we
need in our city for so many important reasons .in short, did we leave? are you still here? >> looks like we lost director short. her screenwas present frozen she may be having connection issues .>> chair: i did have a few follow-up questions for her about funding strategies but i'll hold off on those obviously. i think we took public comments in this hearing part one so ... >> one thing i'd like to add chair mar is supervisor safai agreed to delay scheduling of article 16amendments and in the in-between time actually a few days ago , yesterday i guess it
was we supervisor safai and i met with joshua cliff and client we desire with regard to some concerns that they had over those changes that have been in part informed by these hearings and supervisor safai agreed to revisit some of those article 16 changes but that will he be heard at some point in the not-too-distant future at the rules committee board of supervisors so i wanted to inform everybody who is interested in treesas to that. so thank you supervisor . >> chair: glad to hear that. >> apologies for the technologies faculties. did you have a follow-up question i can answer.
>> it's around the bigger issue we've been discussing for a few years now or i've been discussing for a few years creating dedicated funding for treeplanting so we could really meet our goal and in planning the urban canopy in our city so it looks like based on the treeplanting strategy that you have, your goal is 4000 trees planted every year for the next 20 years. that accountsfor replacement as well as new trees .>> that's correct. >> chair: how much funding is needed for us toget to that level as quickly as possible ? >> i will note that i always tell folks that's a very scalable goal. if suddenly there was a windfall say in federal infrastructure funding that we
were able to secure for treeplanting wecan always grow the urban forest more quickly . but that goal was designed to both grolier and forest and try to keep up with mortality. so it's kind of what we're calling a more moderate planting for growth of the urban forest. if we find ourselves with a lot of funds we could actually sort of get to our endgame which is what we call.. so the idea that every available planting in the right-of-way would be planted. to achieve that goal of 4000 trees a year we would need a little bit over$8 million . the biggest cost as many of you have heard us say on medications is watering trees. we have hopefully this year we will get some significant rainfall in the winter but basically we have moved to a
year-round watering model. we used the water nine months of the year when i started and we had to change that to watering 12 months out of the yearbecause we just don't have consistent rainfall in the winter . so it's the most expensive part of raising a tree is watering it. we've looked for creative solutions like we had on the mission group on 24th street . they came to us with that idea of the most expensive part of watering, what ifthey take that part out and you can spend all the money you are allocating on planting . so if we can create other creative solutions to watering then as i said we can use more money for planting but we also want to be realistic because we can't, what we don't want to do is plant trees that don't survive. we want to make sure we get all the newly planted trees, a full
three years of regular consistent weekly water so they are well-established and they are ableto go on . so with our current it's about $2000 a tree so that's about 8 million annually.>> on the $2000 per treatment cost how much of that is wiring cost? >> about 1500 about three quarters of the cost is for wondering . and for the mission project, did that are they covering the full cost of the watering. >> we have provided, we
purchased the watering part for them and where providing them with the cops to fill their tanks but the big cost is the labor. and they're doing that on a volunteer basis they are really covering the virtually the whole cost ofwatering . >> chair: that does sound like a great model to look at how we could expand notjust for the cost savings but for the neighborhood engagement and community engagement project to . and then the bla recommendation as part of the streets the management plan was also recommended in the urban forestry plan but you're still in the process of developing that. that wouldinclude a street treeplanting funding strategy . i want to make sure that you guys are working on that and
that's a priority. and looking at especially now it seems like theremight be some like you are mentioning federal or state funding funds that might be tapped . what's the statusof the funding strategy i guess that's my question . >> it's certainly not finalized but while we're working on that plan we are still working on identifying other funds simultaneously so we participated as a vanguard city in a national program led by america's forests to try to advocate for federal stimulus funds to come to urban forestry and i think we're very well-placed if in fact some of those funds to flow having been engaged with that we have a proposal that's ready to go for any money that might become available.
so the challenge that we have is we have a number of potential funding sources but we don't yet have any that have been committed. i have as many cities in that we know our cost when we worked with some of the other vanguard city they say how do you know what you need for that ? we have good information and good data on what our costs are forplanting . workingwith our nonprofit partners, working with other community partners . i think we're well-placed. we have a dedicated maintenance stream.most other cities don't have that. that makes usattractive as a recipient for sure because you know the long-term care is already in place . so the plan is in progress but ithasn't slowed us down from applying for funds . we're doing that simultaneously but we do hope to have that plan ready for presentation by
next summer. >> chair: great. thanks again carla for all you leadership and your work . i look forward to your continuing to work with you and the apartment on especially on resourcing our treeplanting strategy and course working with the supervisor peskin and our budget chair on that as well. colleagues, any other questions orcomments . well, thank you supervisor peskin, thanks again calling for this hearing. and these are very important issues that don't often get the attention that they need or deserve given all the pressing issues that we're dealing with as a board and as a city so this is an important opportunity to get updates and
look at how we can practice our urbancanopy to a higher priority . so i think i would suggest or move that we file this hearing and then we can. >> we need to take public comments mister chair. >> chair: madamclerk, public comment . >> for those who wish to speak on this item please press star three to enter the q will indicate you have raised your hand. that will be yourcue to begin your comments . it appears we have five in the queue. please bring the first caller forward. i am the chair of the parks and
trees to many and also the producer and director of a movieabout birds who love trees , the wild parrots of telegraph hill. i would like you to please add my voice to the street activists who have been trying without success to preserve and enlarge san francisco's pathetically thin urban canopy. the bla report spells out why trees have received so little real care in the city and i hope the changes that are recommended in thereport will be implemented . thaturban forestry . i have a brief example. it has to do with watering. san francisco took the trees back.
they basically took ownership of thestreet trees back a while ago, a few years ago. but in many caseslandlords didn't realize they were still being relied upon to water the trees . i myself watched a single tree on stockton fall through these bureaucratic cracks and did i . it was eventually replaced but the same problem popped up again. so i would like to add to those recommendations that the city stop pointing to the landlords and the landlords stop pointing to the city and let's clarify responsibility for watering street trees and it needs to be clarified and communicated clearly to thepublic . so that the trees thrive. thank you. >> may we have thenext caller please ? >> good afternoon chair. thank you once again for calling this hearing. my name is brian we admire and i am executive director of friendsof the urban forest . i appreciate the work on the
budget and legislative analyst's office in completing this on it and thank youagain chair for calling for it . two things i would like to highlight from their findings. one of the theydescribe the inequitable distribution of san francisco's urban tree canopy . i would go a step further and pacify distribution as an environmental injustice that the communities that are least likely to benefit our street trees are the same communities that have been the victims of racist housing and land use policy from the darker days of sanfrancisco's history much like many other american cities . the second finding i would like to highlight has already been discussed at some length is the urgent need to find a reliable and dedicated fundingsource for planting . if we're going to meet our goals we need to fund this work and i'm happy to hear acting director short also support that finding and to hear of the
words of supportfrom you chair mar and supervisor peskin in particular . we stand ready to work with you as our elected leadership to try and make that happen as soon as possible. we know we are in a race against time. the benefits and trees would last will not be fully felt for decades to come and we will be facing an even more dire linux reality so thank you once again. >> next caller please. >> i appreciate supervisor mark comments because it's more effective to prune and remove and what we have learned through the processes here is what is proposed to be removed is not always necessary and i think 24th street is a good example . as cofounder of want to thank carlos short for this program.
i'd love to push for the creation of a city force process and having sat through innumerable meetings it's clear we have no cohesive letter allowed strategy and no one is looking at urbanforest as a whole .we haven't urban forest prerequisite across the mta and unified school distric . we need someone who's going to ask tough questions and ensure accountability once a week and without anyone or any office overseeing the urban forest citywide we're going to continue on our current trajectory . and taken a step further i like to propose creation of important issues and biodiversity, native green spaces rather large because we aren't overseeing any ofthat at the same level and something a lot of san franciscans about deeply . without citywide focus the result is chipping away at our green infrastructure that
destroys our lives and ecosystems and i want to thank supervisor covid for mar. supervisor safai for his year-long commitment to updating theantiquated laws which have allowed our forests to suffer and supervisor peski for making sure our concerns and voices are heard all the way to the top of city hall . >> do we have to next caller ? >> good afternoon supervisors, catherine howard . thank you for these informativ hearings . i would like to support all the comments. personally i was shocked when i heard probably had no money to plant new trees. many other people who voted for that measure we were getting new trees but here we are. it is clear from the paperport the city needs to allocate more funding for new trees to record-keeping and for necessary staff to take care of our urban forest.
i hope this will be addressed in the next budget 16.5 million from thegeneral fund is a drop in the bucket for our cities multibillion-dollar budget . bond is also a great idea and yes please encourage neighbors to water trees as a standard part of treeplanting . setting aside from personal comments on my sierra club had the sierra club has been submitted to the board in letter in pending legislation in that letter contains suggestions to increase our urbanforest in an equitable manner thank you for holding these heroes hearings . can we have the next caller please. >> this isstephanie pete , i was on the street and we have lots of trees and unfortunately they have not been taken care of but they need pruning but they are oldtrees .
we hope you do not replace them with tiny trees so we don't have to wait so long waterso much to get them growing . i was thinking since water is such a huge problem i think we're replacing the trees, they take a lot of water and hopefully replacing them with doesn't like trees and that's the direction you seem to be going. thank supervisor mar for your comments. i agree with them and i appreciate the comments of all the other speakers.iq . >> clerk: can we have to next caller? >> caller: this is michaelnolte on executive directors line . i've been deeply involved in a number of years now dealing with i guess just community
planning and it's really been a hardship on i guess you want to call tree huggers trying to keep the trees planted that we have until they should be emergency room instead of having to go volunteer people to a bunch of tree hearings to try to point out there'snothing wrong with the tree except it needs to be pruned . so there is a needto kind of have it removed . we see that there's a poor record-keeping. we thought there was going to be some approval by the department for public outreach but that's not really taking place because of covid.
we need to see a city prep plan and when the trees are scheduled for removal there needsto be a removing schedule . it would be stopped to instead of just saying we're going to remove the trees and not replace them. because there's no money. there should be a way to have an implemented plan so the committee understands how long it will take for the trees and not just have a tree stump or no trees at all because they were removed but notreplanted . so there needs to be more of a process and these are the kinds of things that end up being discussed for hours at the board of appeals. i think if some people would take the time to read or listen to a board of appeals hearing how the trees are being dealt with ... >> clerk: thank you for your
comments. mister atkins, can we have the next caller? if you have not done so already press áthree if you wouldlike to speak on this matter . >> caller: this is dave chipola. i want to thank you for paying attention, they are in bad need of it and i would like to draw your attention to a mass removal of trees that's coming up at the hands of sfmta on 16th street. planning to take them 16 trees because somehow there in the way of their transit improvements. i think that they took down in the hundreds on vanness for
their transitimprovements . and i don't know what they're intending to do in terms of taking care of the replacement trees which they have promised. i don't know if they've gotten enough water in their coats or not?i'm really very concerned about the overweening power of sf mta and i think it needs to be taken apart. i don't know if, i just know that you're not in a position to do that but i just want to speak about it to you. thank you for your attention. >> clerk: may wehave the next caller please ?
>> caller: this is lance kearns, couldyou queue up my slide please ? ... >> clerk: it's chilling now. >> caller: good afternoon. my nameis lance kearns . if you could go to the next slide. this was sf policy for the last three years i was happy to see the budget and the legislative analyst reports which is engaged, managed by the bureau of urbanforestry. on the left-hand side are the four main points from the report . on the right-hand side are the same points from an independent report from ucberkeley city planning department .
both reports are available at savesftrees.org/bla. this is in conclusion from the bla . and if you read through this from my observations at sf tree they are incapable of filling these deficits. next slide. the first note based on my study of the past three years, but uses 1980s data tools and has no reliable tree data. given this our urban canopy cannot be effectively planned for,maintained or expanded . next slide please. iput down some notes and recommendations . so first of all they have
inadequate data and has proven itself unable to maintain the urban forest first recommendation implement a new urban managementplan for sf which includes modern forest management methods . acquire a tree management system . such include tree management expertise including automatic punishment budgetplanning and createa city forest officer position to manage three tree policy for all sf trees , dpw, rec and park etc. . these recommendations were taken fromcalifornia cities urban forest management plan which was put into place a few years ago and is a huge success . then francisco can do the same. >> thank you for joining us,may we have the next caller ? >> thank you, this has been an enlightening hearing. this ischarles had , president of the coalition for san
francisco neighbors and san francisco trees. we've been very concerned about the urban canopy and as a matter of fact we recently set a resolution to the city about our concern for the trees around the bart station entrances hoping they would be better maintained .and preserved. i wanted to thank kathy howard for her commentsearlier . she as well as our work with the sierra club has worked with open space committee for csf and for years now and we look forward to working with cr sierra club, with the city and with vero beach canopy. >> thank you foryour comments. do we have any other colors left in the queue ? >> i name is john nolte. can youhear me -mark . >> there's a couple of issues
that haven'tbeen touched on in the last two years , those sf mta and also san francisco puc have implemented their own tree removal process. competing with the urban forestry plan and sections 16 for the city. so our concern is that having competing departments having their own process to move trees circumventing the only real authority which is urban forestry has for maintaining the street trees is a concerning problem for the city and then also we have park and rec that have no knowledge of how they have a tree removed.
do we do a new park? there's a lot of canopy, more than what's been said today lost over the last five years. so i think that because of it's been discussed that there are other ways to look at the canopy and find out how much is actually been lost in the last five years. thank you very much. >>. >> we have the next caller. >> thanks for taking my comment. i'm in anticipation valley and i travel frequently to chinatown now more to the sunset hall three neighborhoods
seriously lacktrees. when it's hot there's no tree shading. when wendy there are no trees that flow down. when it's noisy there are no trees to make noise. it's awful . and when i lookand compare the places throughout other neighborhoods it's unfair. please quickly find the funding to expand the urban forest to more neighborhoods . half a happy thanksgiving. thank you. >> any colors left in the queu ? >> no further colors. >> mister chair. >> public comment is now closed and i want to thank allof the committee members , environmental neighborhood leaders that called in during public comment and sharedyour very thoughtful point about these , how we need to expand oururban forest and urban canopy in san francisco urgency .colleagues, any closing remarks or remarks before we
wrap up this good hearing. >> continued work in progress mister chair. i look forward to staying engaged with this as long as i am around and look forward to working with you and my colleagues on the board and public works to expand our canopy and water the trees and replaced more than we remove. and really want to thank the membersof the public who have been engaged .it's interesting we had a hearing yesterday of government by about corruption in government and while it was important hearing there's much more public interest in our tree canopy and there is in public corruption so thank you to fulton called in today and for their work on the ground and i look forward to engaging them and we will be bringing the article 16 amendments reviseto
the rules committee in the not-too-distant future . >> thank you supervisor. i just wanted to close by saying i did request that bla on it when i was serving on as the chair of gao not only because of the many changes to our three tree program, not only in the passage of property but also because of our urban canopy has been eloquently updated by all the commenters. it's such an underappreciated and form of our green infrastructure in our city. it's critical for us pretty our climate goals and trees clean and remove carbon from the air and we're also just crucialfor so many additional benefits , mental and physical health of our community and cooling. in the face of global warming just for the simple fact that even in an urban environment
trees remind us of our deep connection to nature and that we all feel to do better when nature is centered welcome in our urban environment so i want to thank everyone, supervisor peskin for callingattention to this issue . supervisor safai for his long-standing commitment to expanding our urban canopy. the community advocates that we heard from this hearing and beyond. so definitely this is work that i'm committed to continuing and making a higher priority in our city. so i would move that we file this hearing. and not clerk, please call the role. >> on the motion to file item for member haiti. [roll call vote] 3 aye's. >> chair: any further business?
>> roughly five years, i was working as a high school teacher, and i decided to take my students on a surfing field trip. the light bulb went off in my head, and i realized i could do much more for my students taking them surfing than i could as their classroom teacher, and that is when the idea for the city surf project was born. >> working with kids in the ocean that aren't familiar with this space is really special because you're dealing with a lot of fear and apprehension but at the same time, a lot of
excitement. >> when i first did it, i was, like, really scared, but then, i did it again, and i liked it. >> we'll get a group of kids who have just never been to the beach, are terrified of the idea, who don't like the beach. it's too cold out, and it's those kid that are impossible to get back out of the water at the end of the day. >> over the last few years, i think we've had at least 40 of our students participate in the city surf project. >> surfing helped me with, like, how to swim. >> we've start off with about two to four sessions in the pool before actually going out and surfing. >> swimming at the pool just helps us with, like, being, like, comfortable in the water and being calm and not being all -- not being anxious. >> so when we started the city
surf project, one of the things we did was to say hey, this is the way to earn your p.e. credits. just getting kids to go try it was one of our initial challenges for the first year or two. but now that we've been doing it three or four years, we have a group of kids that's consistent, and the word has spread, that it's super fun, that you learn about the ocean. >> starting in the morning, you know, i get the vehicles ready, and then, i get all the gear together, and then, i drive and go get the kids, and we take them to a local beach. >> we usually go to linda mar, and then occasionally ocean beach. we once did a special trip. we were in capitola last year, and it was really fun. >> we get in a circle and group
stretch, and we talk about specific safety for the day, and then, we go down to the water. >> once we go to the beach, i don't want to go home. i can't change my circumstances at home, but i can change the way i approach them. >> our program has definitely been a way for our students to find community and build friends. >> i don't really talk to friends, so i guess when i started doing city surf, i started to, like, get to know people more than i did before, and people that i didn't think i'd like, like, ended up being my best friends. >> it's a group sport the way we do it, and with, like, close camaraderie, but everybody's doing it for themselves. >> it's great, surfing around, finding new people and making new friendships with people throughout surfing. >> it can be highly developmental for students to have this time where they can
learn a lot about themselves while negotiating the waves. >> i feel significantly, like, calmer. it definitely helps if i'm, like, feeling really stressed or, like, feeling really anxious about surfing, and i go surfing, and then, i just feel, like, i'm going to be okay. >> it gives them resiliency skills and helps them build self-confidence. and with that, they can use that in other parts of their lives. >> i went to bring my family to the beach and tell them what i did. >> i saw kids open up in the ocean, and i got to see them connect with other students, and i got to see them fail, you know, and get up and get back on the board and experience success, and really enjoy themselves and make a connection to nature at the same time. >> for some kids that are,
like, resistant to, like, being in a mentorship program like this, it's they want to surf, and then later, they'll find out that they've, like, made this community connection. >> i think they provided level playing fields for kids to be themselves in an open environment. >> for kids to feel like i can go for it and take a chance that i might not have been willing to do on my own is really special. >> we go on 150 surf outings a year. that's year-round programming. we've seen a tremendous amount of youth face their fears through surfing, and that has translated to growth in other facets of their lives. >> i just think the biggest thing is, like, that they feel like that they have something that is really cool, that they're engaged in, and that we, like, care about them and
how they're doing, like, in general. >> what i like best is they really care about me, like, i'm not alone, and i have a group of people that i can go to, and, also, surfing is fun. >> we're creating surfers, and we're changing the face of surfing. >> the feeling is definitely akin to being on a roller coaster. it's definitely faster than i think you expect it to be, but it's definitely fun. >> it leaves you feeling really, really positive about what that kid's going to go out and do. >> i think it's really magical almost. at least it was for me. >> it was really exciting when i caught my first wave. >> i felt like i was, like -- it was, like, magical, really. >> when they catch that first wave, and their first lights up, you know -- their face
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?oo hi, i'm holly lee. i love cooking and you are watching quick bites. san francisco is a foodie town. we san franciscoans love our food and desserts are no exceptions. there are places that specialize in any and every dessert your heart desires, from hand made ice cream to organic cakes, artisan chocolate and cupcakes galore, the options are endless. anyone out there with a sweet tooth? then i have a great stop for you. i've been searching high and low for some great cookies and the buzz around town that anthony's are those cookies. with rave reviews like this i have to experience these cookies for myself and see what the fuss was all about. so
let's see. while attending san francisco state university as an accountinging major, anthony's friend jokingly suggested he make cookies to make ends make. with no formal culinary training he opened his own bakery and is now the no. 1 producer of gourmet cookies in the biarea and thank you for joining us on quick bites. how do you feel? >> i feel great. >> so i want to get to the bottom of some very burning questions. why cookies? >> it was a recommendation from a friend. hard to believe that's how it all started. >> why not pies and cakes? what do you have against pies and cakes, anthony. >> i have nothing against pies
and cakes. however, that was the recommendation. >> you were on the road to be an account apblt. >> actually, an engineer. >> even better. and it led to making cookies. >> in delicious ways. >> delicious ways. >> this is where the magic goes down and we're going to be getting to the truth behind cookies and cream. >> this is what is behind cookies and cream. >> where were you when the idea came to your mind. >> i was in my apartment
eating ice cream, cookies and cream ice cream. how much fun, cookies and cream cookies. their cookies and cream is not even -- it took a lot of time, a lot of fun. >> a lot of butter. >> a lot, a lot, a lot. but it was one of those things. all right, now behold. you know what that is? >> what is that? >> cookies and cream. >> oh, they are beautiful. >> yes, so we got to get --. >> all right, all right. we treat the cookies like wine tasting. i don't ever want anybody to bite into a cookie and not get what they want to
get. we're training staff because they can look at the cookie and tell if it's wrong. >> oh, here we go. >> you smell it and then you taste it, clean the plat palate with the milk. >> i could be a professional painter because i know how to do this. >> i can tell that it's a really nice shell, that nice crunch. >> but inside. >> oh, my god. so you are going to -- cheat a little bit. i had to give you a heads up on that. >> what's happening tomorrow? these cookies, there's a lot of love in these cookies. i don't know how else to say it. it really just makes me so happy. man, you bake a mean cookie, anthony. >> i know. people really know
if they are getting something made with love. >> aww >> you know, you can't fool people. they know if you are taking shortcuts here and there. they can eat something and tell the care that went into it. they get what they expect. >> uh-huh. >> system development and things like that. >> sounds so technical. >> i'm an engineer. >> that's right, that's right. cookies are so good, drove all other thoughts out of my head. thank you for taking time out it talk to us about what you do and the love with which you do it. we appreciate your time here on quick bites. i hope you've enjoyed our delicious tale of defendant 93
and dessert. as for me, my search is over. those reviews did not lie. in fact, i'm thinking of one of my very own. some things you just have it experience for yourself. to learn more about anthony's cookies, visit him on the web at anthoniescookies.com. if you want to watch some of our other episodes at sfquickbites/tumbler.com. see
>> president honda will be the presiding officer tonight and he is joined by commissioner anne lass russ ex chang and lopez. rick swig is absent and zachary will provide the board with any needed legal advice for items 7 and 8 and deputy city attorney brad russ' will provide the board with the agenda. at the control is the board's legal assistant and i'm julie rosenberg, the executive director. you will be joined by representatives from the city departments that will be presenting before the board this evening. the man of the hour scott sanchez, deputy zoning administrator representing the planning department and tina cam, enforcement manager, joseph duffy, deputy directing overtimw green with dbi