tv Local Agency Formation Commission SFGTV December 1, 2021 8:30am-10:31am PST
>> good morning. this meeting will come to order, the november meeting of the local agency formation commission. i'm connie chan. i would like to thank the staff at sfgovtv for broadcasting this meeting. it is the friday before thanksgiving. i'm not all there. madam clerk, do you have announcements? >> clerk: yes, today's lafco meeting is being held through video conference and members will participate as though they are physically present. public comment will be available for each item on the agenda.
the public comment number is streaming across the screen, call 415-655-0001. meeting id is 2481 940 8777. again, 2481 940 8777. then pound and then pound again. when connected, you will hear the meeting discussions but you will be muted and in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up, dial star 3 to be added to the speaker line. best practices is call from a quiet location, speak clearly and slowly and turn down your television or radio, or you may submit comment to myself.
or by u.s. mail. if you submit public comment in either of those ways, it will be forwarded to the commissioners and included as part of the official file. that concludes my announcements. >> supervisor chan: thank you. would you please call the roll. >> clerk: commissioner chan. commissioner mar. mar present. commissioner fielder. fielder present. madam chair, you have a quorum. >> supervisor chan: thank you madam clerk. i would like to see if there are any agenda changes that our colleagues would like to propose? seeing none, madam clerk, please call item number 2.
>> clerk: findings to allow teleconference meetings under section california code members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item call 415-655-0001. meeting id, 2481 940 8777. then pound and pound again. if you have not done so, press star 3 to line up to speak and the system will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until we call for public comment on the item and the system indicates you have been unmuted. madam chair. >> supervisor chan: thank you. so -- i'm sorry. thank you. so under the california state law, the commission needs the make findings because of the covid-19 public health emergency order. so, let's -- madam clerk, do i
need to sort of dive deep into this whole covid-19 emergency? >> clerk: this is a recuring item we have to do every 30 days. we can take public comment. >> supervisor chan: thank you. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment, press star 3 to speak. please let us know if we have callers who are ready. we have no public comment for this item. >> supervisor chan: public comment is now closed. is there a motion to -- do we need to approve the findings or just move on? >> clerk: it's a resolution you need to approve. i need a mover and second. >> supervisor chan: may i have a motion to approve the findings.
>> motion to approve the findings. >> supervisor mar: second. >> clerk: (roll call vote) there are three ayes. >> supervisor chan: great. the motion moved by commissioner mar and seconded by commissioner fielder. madam clerk, please call item 3. >> clerk: just to clarify, it was moved by commissioner fielder and seconded by commissioner mar. approval of the lafco minutes from october 15th, 2021, regular meeting. members of the public who wish to comment on this item,
415-655-0001, id 2481 940 8777. then pound and pound again. please dial star 3 to line up to speak and a system prompt will indicate you are ready and then when your line is unmuted, you may start your comments. >> supervisor chan: any changes to the minutes commissioners? great. seeing no changes, please do open up to public commen >> clerk: check together see if we have callers in the queue. if you haven't done so, press star 3 to be added to the queue. we have no public comment. >> supervisor chan: great. is there a motion to approve the minutes?
>> supervisor mar: so moved. >> second. >> clerk: great. (roll call vote) there are three ayes. >> supervisor chan: the motion is approved. please call item 4. >> clerk: chairperson's report. members of the public who wish to provide public comment, 415-655-0001, id 2481 940 8777 then pound and pound again. press star 3 to line up to speak and the system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. >> supervisor chan: thank you madam clerk. colleagues, i'm so pleased today to announce that lafco will have
a new executive officer and policy analyst starting next january, january 2022. as you can see from the agenda today, we are appointing jeremy pollock as our lafco executive officer. jeremy sat on the interview panel for policy analyst and the panel has elected -- i guarantee i'm going to learn this name one day. i would like to note that today's meeting is our last lafco meeting of the year. in the new year, i look forward to hammering out some of our agenda, thinking about cleanpowersf and really continuing some of the work that especially commissioner mar has
worked on around jobs and gig workers and hope that we can move some of the agenda forward. and i think that, you know, i'm so grateful to have commissioner mar's leadership on this commission and to really continue to -- as of now, he's like the only one with all of the institutional knowledge. before i took office and came to lafco and he has been really a great support to really help us and because of his questioning and attention to detail, especially around the cleanpowersf initiatives can kind of help us to continue our agenda in 2021. so i look forward to learning more and being better as the chair of the commission in 2022. but i'm so excited to welcome commissioner fielder to be part
of this commission as well. just with her expertise and advocacy in our community and i'm grateful to have her being part of the commission and teach me and educate me on many issues that i lack expertise, especially public bank and we definitely need to move that agenda forward, especially in 2022, a lot of work needs to be done. that leads to how excited i am having jeremy on board as our executive officer. we're all -- it is so good to have jeremy with his expertise as well. i didn't have the good fortune to be on the interviewing panel but seems like colleagues on the interviewing panel feel jeremy is the best candidate for the
job. his experience as an aide to the board supervisors. it's great to have somebody like that with the institutional memory and knowledge to continue some of that work on the commission as our executive officer. i have not had a chance to meet colete but i look forward to working with colete as well. if you have any comments to share at this time, the floor is yours. >> supervisor mar: i'll just take this opportunity to thank you chair chan for stepping up to lead lafco this year.
i think really appreciate the strategic thinking and leadership you brought to lafco and your bold commitment to all the important work that lafco is engaged in. i'm really excited about the coming year with commissioner fielder joining us and new staff team. >> supervisor chan: thank you commissioner mar. commissioner fielder? >> thank you commissioner chan for those kind words and thank you to commissioner mar, this is my first meeting, so it's been a warm welcome. thank you to the clerk's staff as well for making sure that my transition has been as smooth as possible. i'm very excited to hear that jeremy pollock will be the
executive here at lafco and i know will do a great job of carrying the cleanpowersf work and public bank work forward. excited to meet colete and very grateful for your leadership commissioner chan and sounds like we have a solid team for the next while. >> supervisor chan: thank you commissioner fielder. this is great. we're right before the holidays, we get to have this moment. madam clerk, just want to check to see if there are any members of the public who wish to speak on this item. >> clerk: if you could let us know if there are callers ready. if you haven't done so, press star 3 now to be added to the speaker line. for those on hold, continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted.
no callers in the queue. >> supervisor chan: thank you. no action to take on the item. please call item number 5. >> clerk: yes, the presentation on the city's climate policies. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, please call 415-655-0001. >> supervisor chan: thank you. it is my pleasure to introduce
to you ashley gerrity and corro fellow. migrate staff that i couldn't have done lafco without her. this report stems from those active in the climate space and have questions about city climate implementation and how our city measures progress on climate action policy. and really about how a new proposed monitoring system could make our city more accountable to the public. and looking at policies to be written with engagement from community and labor organizations. i'll turn the floor over to ashley. and just want to make sure ashley is here and able to share
the slides. hi ashley. >> can you all hear me? >> supervisor chan: yes, please go ahead. the floor is yours. >> i'm going to share my screen now. all right. hello, i'm ashley gerrity, i'm a corro fellow in public affairs and worked closely with the former executive officer at lafco. as supervisor chan said, i produced a memo on policies. so to summarize, this project came about because supervisor chan and the climate space asked
how the city measures progress. how will the new reporting and monitoring system increase transparency and accountability and how will the policies include deeper engagement with community and labor organizations. we spoke with 14 departments over three weeks and asked the questions as well as questions around how does your department approach implementation of action climate policies and what challenges does your department face? my main takeaways, there's an abundance of motivated staff and the challenges they face in implementing climate action are largely around a need for greater funding and resources and dedicated staff time as well as a need for centralized vision from city leaders to help them move forward these policies. so a little background on the city's climate. san francisco is a leader in many areas and climate is just
one of them. in 2004, they released the first climate action plan and since then, successful policies have been around the areas of greenhouse gases, zero waste and toxic reduction. the updated climate action plan set to be released this fall was developed with greater stakeholder input with updated signs and much more rigorous data backing the policies and recommendations. there are 98 strategies and actions and six key sectors of transportation, housing, building operations, responsible production and consumption and healthy ecosystems. a successful implementation of the plan is still in the works and will require coordinated and deliberate actions from city leaders. so when we were talking to these department leaders, the main challenges that we heard were around funding and resources.
there's a limited funding specifically dedicated to climate. so leaders working within this space to try to push forward climate action faced challenges in securing specific resources. when we think about the implementation of the next iteration of the climate action plan, a centralized vision and discussion will help the department leaders understand which policies need to be prioritized and the resource and budget allocation. and thinking about equity and just transition, over the course of the implementation, there's going to need to be a lot of infrastructure that is built in order to help train local workers in these new technologies as we transition, for example, buildings electric is happening and there's training for local contractors
in this transition and there will need to be more. creating the framework for equity hub that will help contractors, tenants and property owners better understand how to train their workers in order to create these transitions. this is not yet funded but if funded, it will be a centralized resource. moving on to my recommendations that came out of the discussions we had with these 14 departments. the first one is around funding. by and large the most common challenge we heard and often the first challenge that came up. i recommend that the city explore funding sfe through the general fund and it relies on grants, work orders which can be great because it brings funding for climate policies, however it
leads to a system where there's not stable and reliable funding and not as responsive to the public and city leaders in their climate action policies. so this is just a short list of what could happen with greater more stable funding for sfe. they could vastly increase capacity to implement and enforce current ordinances. they could compensate faith organizations and existing staff for the time they spend on the climate policies and work on ordinances. one challenge they have, at the current capacity, they can work through one climate ordinance at a time and when we think about the climate action plan that has 98 ordinances, many of which will be led by sfe, working through one at a time is not going to be able to implement the climate policy at the rate that the city really needs at this moment.
the next one, specific city wide initiatives. as i mentioned, the climate action plan is going to be largely led by sfe. but many of the department specific ordinances will require cross department or department specific work and funding these is going to be imperative for the implementation. and the final point here is that policies are going to be the most effective if they include community-based organizations and community input and recognize that community led action that helps support the city's vision is going to create the strongest most robust policies to creating a more sustainable san francisco. other recommendations, centralize climate discussions and communicate a cohesive city vision. many of our departments wish
there was a centralized facility. many of the policies are across departments and more efficient way to do the conversations would be to have one facilitating body. sfe could serve as the body but at the moment they don't have the capacity to increase facilitation. and then, departments wish they -- would like to have more clearly defined roles and responsibilities for how to implement climate action policies. and finally, an idea that came about through conversations is to explore a division similar to the office of racial equity that allows sfe to implement a city wide environmental framework and the office of racial equity has
the ability to implement the city wide equity framework and similar program under sfe on the area of environment could effectively help the city create a cohesive vision or see through their cohesive vision. on increasing department support, one challenge we heard from many departments, the previous reporting and monitoring system that required them to report greenhouse gas emissions was especially in smaller departments, somewhat of a burden. the new reporting and monitoring system is going to be more robust and largely led by sfe and the previous admissions requirement is no longer going to be part of the system. however, there should still be room for departments to get more
support both in their reporting and monitoring and in their climate policy drafting. one idea that came from a conversation with two separate departments, create a climate coordinator position in every department. these two departments express that though they have experts in their field within their department, they don't have specific climate experts. so a stronger policy can be made by someone who has both expertise in the department's area and experience with the climate. so understanding how the two interact and work together. and then my final recommendation involves including the community. as i mentioned, solutions are going to be the strongest when communities are at the center of the conversation and contribute meaningfully to these discussions. we spoke with labor advocacy
organizations and asked them what kind of metrics do you see as what a successful and equitable climate action plan looks like. these are three ideas they told us. the first is how do the policies and the city's policies prevent gentrification of residents, how does public transportation access every corner of the town and frequently. and how do these policies create access to good jobs for san francisco residents. so in conclusion, this climate action policy is a really strong chance for the city to align its views and become a leader -- more of a leader and an example for how large cities can implement equitable climate action. it's going to require a cohesive vision and clear steps for each of these departments and they
really want to implement climate action. and i just want to note that all of the research for this presentation and conversations we had were before mayor breed's announcement on climate sf. a recommendation i have is to see how climate sf and the plans align with the concerns and recommendations that these departments had that i found through research. >> supervisor chan: thank you ashley. the mayor's climate action that she announced, my last check, there was supposed to be a plan posted on the website. i have yet to see the actual plan but i haven't checked recently. do we know if the plan has come
forth and announced or presented i should say? >> i'm not aware. i haven't been able to see anything. >> supervisor chan: i look forward to seeing the actual plan. colleagues, do you have questions for ashley? i see commissioner fielder. go ahead. >> well, thank you ashley for this important research. i think it's really helpful to understand. i know there's a lot of conversations about what kinds
of reports would be helpful and it is helpful to know the gaps in coordination and it does make sense to me to consolidate some sort of funds, a climate hub, with as much attention to equity as possible. it is really hard to conceive of the city tackling climate goals without being able to formulate around departments. one thing that has been on my mind and may came up later. today the build back better agenda was passed in congress and being considered before the senate. it is supposed to be the most
unprecedented and largest investment in climate and infrastructure historically. and i'm curious to understand how san francisco could perhaps channel some of the funds to these kinds of goals. being able to magnify our funds but just wanted to thank you for our work. >> supervisor chan: thank you. commissioner mar? >> supervisor mar: this is very helpful for you to have done this analysis and put forward
the recommendation while the city is finalizing the updates to the climate action plan and all of the recommendations you presented are spot on. the need for funding or actual funding for the climate action plan and all the priority strategies and actions and the need for us to centralize all the discussions in the planning, with sfd playing a central role in that. and increasing department support. and incorporating racial justice and equity into our implementation of the climate action plan. thank you so much. i did want to maybe highlight,
to use as an example, i think all of your recommendations are things we have been grappling with already around different aspects of the climate action plan. one would be building decarbonzation, one of the six strategies, that has been an issue as you mentioned, some work developing around but not a very comprehensive and bold and sustainable work. i think all of the recommendations you had highlight how we can make the work that is already happening around building decarbonzation or moving to clean energy -- our transportation system and other things. on the funding like sfe until now has been reliant on grant
funding and has received general fund support. that has been a major barrier for us to be able to more strategically and boldly move our climate action work. but in this past year, in the current budget cycle, we did take a small step forward on that. the board of supervisors have two modest add-backs we put in the budget for the department of the environment and it is my understanding it may have been the first general fund support allocated to sfe. one of add-backs to create a climate equity hub and other add-back to support funding strategy for the climate action plan. i look forward to how we can expand on that in the coming budget cycle around resourcing
sfe. thanks. >> supervisor chan: thank you commissioner mar. i agree that it has been a struggle in terms of funding and working on providing support. and moving the climate policy forward. with that, seeing this and madam clerk, should we call for public comment on this item? >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should dial star 3 to be added to the speaker line. please let us know if we have callers who are in the queue. it appears we have one caller. please go ahead. >> yep. good morning commissioners. eric brooks with the local grass
roots organization our city san francisco and coordinating the state wide clean energy coalition, californians for energy choice. just want to first say that -- thanks for the great report and we support all of the elements put forward, especially important to get general fund funding for the department of the environment. with the climate crisis happening, that department is the most important one in the city. and needs full funding from the general fund not to be dependant on grants and begging to get the funding. and then i wanted to also highlight especially, most important recommendation, for the community to lead the process, especially front line communities and underserved communitities that are the first -- that are going to be economically and environmentally hit by climate crisis impacts
and impacts of the current economic crisis. it is not only key that we hear from those communities, but as the communities are asking us right now that they be put front and center to lead the process and tell us what is needed. so that we are no longer doing the traditional privileged white people running the whole show and getting communities that are most impacted to help actually spearhead what is going on to be headed in the right direction. just wanted to remind you of the local build out letter you have all seen distributed a couple months ago and that falls within this and it is really important and that brings me to the last point, which is very important. that and other things that we're planning to do with this climate policy can be done with revenue bonds that pay for themselves.
what i'm getting at is you allocate the funds with revenue bonds to build a big project, big clean energy project and then you use the revenues you get from them. once you put in solar and other renewables, after a few years, they start saving money and bringing in revenue. you can use that to pay back the bonds. there's no need for a lot of up front money for this work. especially if they're wrapped into the build out plan. and folks have approached me asking about doing just that. not just doing the energy that we need but wrapping in building
and transportation -- that's it. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. any other callers left in the queue? >> supervisor chan: i see commissioner fielder's hand is up. would you like to comment? no problem. great. so madam clerk, would you please call item 6. >> clerk: and for the record, no action taken on item 5. item 6 community choice report and customer program landscape. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on
this item can call 415-655-0001, id 2481 940 8777. then pound and pound again. the system will prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait for us to call for public comment and then when the system indicates you have been unmuted, you can speak. >> supervisor chan: we have director michael hyams and perhaps you brought a colleague today with you. for the presentation between the two of you to be kept about 10 minutes, i would appreciate it so we can allow questions from the commissioners. thank you so much. >> absolutely chair chan. i wanted to take a moment to
welcome commissioner fielder and the great news of new executive officer jeremy pollock. we look forward to working with you both going forward. i do have some slides i'm going to share right now. all right. so we have a crisp agenda here for you today focused on providing a quick update on enrollment and service statistics and then as i
mentioned, i'm joined by two colleagues, julia allman from the cleanpowersf team and lowell chu from the san francisco department of environment who are going to be presenting on the program landscape for cleanpowersf customers. enrollment and participation in the cleanpowersf program remains stable. we continue to have a 96% participation rate in the program. 2.1% of our enrolled customer accounts have upgraded to our voluntary supergreen product. that is now more than 8,000 residential and commercial accounts that are receiving 100% renewable energy supplied by new projects and that represents about 6% of cleanpowersf annual
retail sales. i'm going to turn it over to julia for the customer programs landscape. >> great thank you mike and good morning. i'm julia allman, i'm the manager of customer solutions for cleanpowersf and joined by my colleague lowell chu from sfe. and today we'll provide a briefing on the energy programs available to san francisco residents and businesses. with the focus on upcoming cleanpowersf programs and some run by bayren. so first i wanted to start by really talking about the landscape of providers that serve san francisco with programs to help lower energy bills. of course you have cleanpowersf and sf environment offering programs for many years but i
wanted to highlight bayren, in case folks are not familiar with this organization, it stands for the bay area regional network. they are a rate-payer funded program administrator run under the association of bay area government. so a public agency. and they serve programs around the nine county bay area. i wanted to mention that local government staff often run program so lowell and his team at sfe run many of the bayren programs and qualified to speak to the portfolio of services later in the presentation. and of course pg&e has historically administered energy saving programs through rate payer funds, including with local governments but we have seen a shifting in funding away from local government partnerships toward more state wide and regional programs, so that's where cleanpowersf, sfe and bayren have come in to try
to find creative ways to redirect rate payer funds in locally run programs that are specifically targeted toward our local needs. and with that background, i'll jump into the individual program offerings. next slide please. here's an overview of cleanpowersf programs and those soon to launch. i know you have received briefings previously on some of the items and i'll focus on those at the bottom of the screen. the purpose of this program is to help with rooftop solar ensure that the systems continue to operate through the expected
lifetime of the equipment. we know there are certain inverters, it is a critical piece that can malfunction after the warranty expires leaving perfectly good solar panels on a roof but not creating energy. this program was meant to help low income customers bridge that gap and ensure they are getting the full use of that equipment. we have funded the program at about $1 million over 10 years and it is administered through rebates through qualifying contractors, providing up to $3,000 for any repairs or replacements that may be needed. this was helping puc continue to make good on the investment and
helping these systems function long-term. and the program will be officially launching december 1st. we currently have a website up and engaging with installers and we'll be reaches out by mail to qualifying customers on december 1st. i know there's been discussion and interest in this program at previous meetings so i wanted to provide a deeper update here and the opportunity to ask questions. this is a work force development program targeted at contractors to install high efficiency electric water heaters that would replace natural gas units and the goal of the program is really to address a gap in contractor experience with heat pump water heater technology. by providing a combination of training and incentives directly to contractors, we're hoping to
increase the work force that is ready and available to do this important work as customer demand for that grows. and this is a regional effort administered through bayren with participating jurisdictions across the area. cca and public utilities participate to fund in their own jurisdictions. we have budgeted $450,000 through march 2023 for this program and one thing i should mention also, the benefit of it being a regional partnership allows us to layer incentive funds. cleanpowersf is funding $1,000 per unit installed. then bayren's home plus program has an additional incentive on top of that. and then starting next year, there's an additional $1,000 per unit through state wide funds.
that's a total of $3,000 per project that is going to be heat pump water heaters, at current cost about half of the cost for installation and equipment together. we are finalizing the agreement to join this program and expect it to launch in san francisco early next year. and i also wanted to talk about the outreach we are doing around this program. my team has been in touch with the department of building inspections, the permitting office and they recommended having collateral to help engage with contractors. what we'll do, have flyers available there that are in english, chinese and spanish and once we have signed the agreement and fully joined, we'll explore additional ways to engage the contractor community on this program. i want to mention that bayren home plus is co-marketing this program directing it at
homeowners and they're doing outreach as well. next slide please. then the last program i'll talk about today is our food service energy efficiency program. this program would provide free energy audits and heavily discounted improvements to food sector businesses and organizations. this program was developed to address a gap in services where there was no longer a good offering for specifically food service. we wanted to recognize the extreme challenges faced by this industry throughout the covid pandemic. specifically customers who are eligible would be small, medium and large grocery stores, restaurants and also nonprofits addressing food insecurity.
food banks and soup kitchens as well. and the program would be funded through public purpose program funds. that's a pool of rate payer funds that our customers are already paying into on the pg&e bill. we have the right to go and request some of the funds to direct into a local program. so that's what we're doing. we have applied to the cpuc for a budget of $4.5 million over three years. and i want to acknowledge as well, this has been a great partnership with sfe. we have been working with lowell and his team who have great deal of historic expertise running similar cpuc funded programs. namely sf energy in previous years. they have been helpful with technical guidance on program design and we'll partner together for implementation and outreach once the program launches. we are currently awaiting cpuc
approval. once we get approval for the funds, we'll have to enter into a contracting process that will take sometime. we are looking to launch the program for customers in spring 2023. so, with that, i will hand it off to lowell to talk about programs available through ben rehn and sfe. thanks lowell. >> thank you julia and mike. good morning commissioners. thank you for the opportunity to previously present bayren energy efficiency programs. i'm lowell chu with the department of the environment, the energy program manager. and as we discussed, bayren represents a major source of grant funding for the team at sfe. the funding is specifically to implement these programs you see like julia said, back to a local needs. i'll start with bayren business, it provides rebates, financing,
advice to small and medium businesses, especially important during this time that so many local businesses are financially fragile. the goal is to support resiliency of the businesses by lowering energy and maintenance costs while improving the look and feel of the facilities during the recovery. the next program is bayren multi family that provides cash rebates and no cost energy consulting for five units or more to undertake upgrades in the program, specifically designed to save 15% or more of a build's annual energy usage and the rebate is simple, it is $750 peres residential unit. it has electric pathway, multi
family customers can receive additional funding to switch from natural gas, space heating and water heating and cooking appliances to electric alternatives and it is designed for properties that wish to demonstrate climate leadership by deeply reducing carbon emissions. the final program is the bayren single family, like multi family and business, it provides assistance and rebates for home improvement projects that reduce energy and makes them more comfortable. and it has electric pathway program and provides additional rebates for heat pumps, hot water heater, space conditioner, cooktops and range from 1,000 to 300. i'll turn it back over to mike to close it out.
>> thank you lowell and julia. commissioners, that concludes our prepared remarks and presentation and we're happy to take any questions you may have. >> supervisor chan: thank you so much. we really appreciate the presentation today. commissioners, do you guys have any questions? commissioner fielder, please. >> thank you for your presentation. i really appreciated it. it is helpful to know how the programs are publicized regarding work force development and i was wondering how lowell, how the bayren programs are
publicized. >> thank you commissioner fielder. in terms of publicizing the programs, we do outreach. what is really interesting about bayren, as julia mentioned, it's a consortium of local governments. it's county representatives and that's really where the strength of our outreach come from, from the county's adjusting their messages of the program, particularly to integrate with the needs of the community. what i mean by that is each county has the ability to do their own marketing and outreach and publicizing the program offering based on what they see as applicable to their needs. so whether it is different social media channel, mailers, webinars, when we're doing in person, county-wide workshops.
we are reliant on counties to publicize the programs. it is helpful because studies have shown and our own experience, local governments are credible messengers, particularly in hard to reach and disadvantaged communities. we're really leveraging county expertise to publicize the programs. >> thank you. >> supervisor chan: commissioner mar. >> supervisor mar: thank you chair chan. really appreciate the updates on these very important innovative programs to support energy conservation and emission reductions with our residents and businesses. i just would like to maybe understand the funding -- situation a little bit better. so these programs that you highlighted and these are just sort of the newer ones that are
going to be launched in the coming months and we have existing ones on the table that you shared. is most of the funding for the different rebates and incentives and technical assistance advice to residents and homeowners coming from cleanpowersf rate payers? >> sure. of the three programs that i mentioned, two are funded by cleanpowersf revenue specifically from capital programs budget. whereas the energy efficiency program, we're applying to the cpuc for rate payer funds. that's the line item already on the pg&e bill on the distribution side in the state wide pool of funds we are requesting access to. >> this is mike. sorry to cut you off. to elaborate slightly. they are both rate payer funds.
one set is coming from the generation rates that cleanpowersf charges and the other same customers are paying through the distribution charge. i want to clarify, they are all rate payer funds, it's just the collection mechanism is a little different. >> supervisor mar: got it. and it is built into the rates? >> yes. >> supervisor mar: and the program that lowell talked about through bayren -- what is the source of funding for those programs? >> that is also coming from rate payers. >> supervisor mar: uh-huh. and is there an actual budget
amount in the budget or cleanpowersf budget for these types of programs? that's set aside for these programs? >> i can speak to that. as julia referenced, the programs we just talked about are included in cleanpowersf's capital budget and i want to say that we have about -- between 1 and $1.5 million funded per year for programs like these in the capital budget.
the rate payers are the source of really all of the programs. we need to be very strategic with the limited funding capacity we have for the cleanpowersf program to be complimentary to the much broader array of programs being funded like the bayren programs that lowell described that are coming from the much larger sort of community pool of funds called the public purpose fund. >> supervisor mar: thank you michael and lowell. for the bayren funded programs, what is the budget amount for that this year? >> yeah, that's a great question. so for our county, each county has its own budget for each of the programs. so for the bayren business program, our county has allocation of about 1.3 million
per year for the business program. the multi family just for implementation and administration, to run the program, we have about $350,000 and then we have about close to a million of eligible incentives for multi family. the single family i don't know but i can find out and provide an answer back to you. >> supervisor mar: yeah, i would be interested in the single family budget amount, too. >> sure. >> supervisor mar: great. thanks again for all your work and the updates. thank you chair chan. >> supervisor mar: thank you commissioner mar for the questions. i really appreciate it. should we madam clerk, go to public comment for the item. before we do so though, director hyams, i appreciate all your work and with this presentation, too. i would love to strongly encourage commissioners to meet
with director hyams perhaps in preparation for the new year to take a moment if you could perhaps have a one-on-one meeting with director hyams just to learn a little bit about -- myself included, to learn more about the work that he is doing, get a little bit of background and history and context and help to move some of the stuff forward. i often times have to limit his presentation to 10 minutes but i know the subject matter is very complex. so sometime -- i want to encourage you to feel free to before or after the meeting to follow up with him if you have more questions and don't be shy. >> i'm happy to meet with any of the commissioners. >> clerk: checking to see if there are callers ready to
speak. if you have not done so, press star 3 now to be added to the queue. we have one caller in the queue. if you could put the caller forward -- >> good morning again commissioners. eric brooks with our city san francisco and californians for energy choice. i'm glad this discussion is focusing on funding. that is really what i want to highlight. by using the 100% local build out plan that we're calling for as the key example. so the build out, the letter we sent you talked about what it needs to do. but it doesn't talk about funding because that gets into a little different territory and make the letter too long. now it is time to have a discussion between ourselves and the public about how 100%
renewable energy program in san francisco would be funding itself, that is with revenue bonds. for the public, to inform them what it is, it is a bond that you put out there for example to build a toll bridge, you build the bridge with the money you put out a revenue fund for and as the tolls get paid for people who cross the bridge, you pay back the bond. that means you don't have to raise taxes and you don't have to take existing funds to build the bridge. you build it and the tolls pay for it and it doesn't cost taxes or general fund funding. that's what we can do with clean energy. the programs are great but they're only a few million dollars. we can do an entire plan for the entire city and region for local and nearby renewable energy efficiency, etc cetera, those
things all after a few years start to pay dividends and bring in more money and savings. and then you can put on customer bills the pay back of the bonds over 20 or 30 years and it means there's no higher taxes and the bills don't go up. the bills sometimes can even go down. what that means is, we can have a city wide project instead of a few million dollars, a few billion dollars over time to build out this project. the difference between the millions and billions is crucial. that's where revenue bonds come in and that's why we need to get this build out plan underway early next year so we're planning it out and building it with revenue bonds to make this happen faster. so just wanted to make sure people are aware of the dynamic and that the cleanpowersf program used to sort of be the house of the local build out,
however, the scope of it is getting bigger, people are talking about including transportation and electric and expansion of mass transit, they go beyond the main wheelhouse of cleanpowersf and get bigger to where the board of supervisors can take the lead on this. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. do we have other callers in the queue? it doesn't appear we have anymore callers madam chair. >> supervisor chan: thank you madam clerk. could you please call the next item? >> clerk: for the record, no action taken on item number 6. and did you want to close -- >> supervisor chan: seeing no other speakers in the queue, public comment is now closed. next item. >> clerk: item 7 authorityration to appoint an executive officer.
for members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, call 415-655-0001, meeting id, 2481 940 8777. then pound and pound again. press star 3 to line up to speak. >> supervisor chan: colleagues, i'm excited to have this discussion to the possible appointment of mr. jeremy pollock. and i'm really happy to have him here and thought we could give him some time so he can give his remarks and if you have questions for him, we can have the questions thereafter. >> thank you chair chan and commissioners. very honored to be considered for this position.
i'm jeremy pollock, and a little bit about my background. i have eight years of experience as legislative aide member to the board of supervisors, all of whom were serving on lafco. and the last four years as an analyst as the department of technology for the city and county of san francisco. and yeah, i think i was drawn to working for the city and county with the goal of advancing sort of transformative public policy. and like with the gridlock in washington, continuing unabaited, it is more and more important to advance the policy solutions of the state and local level and i see this position at lafco as a unique intersection of local and state levels of sort of deep dive into important and complicated policy challenges. my work at the department of technology, i worked in the procurement team working on
contract negotiations, really learned the challenges of how that works in government and the importance of it. and looking forward to using that in lafco's solicitations, particularly the rfp coming up for the reinvestment working group and also happy to work with dt policy team on projects around bridging the digital divide and co-leading the development of the racial equity action plan. and really honored to be part of the department of technology and see how city government works outside of the policy realm and a great team there that keeps so much infrastructure going across the city to keep city government working and laying fiber cable to provide public housing units with fiber broadband internet and learned a ton from that
team. will miss that family over there. and, you know, i think going back to my experience with the board of supervisors, you know, i was really excited seeing lafco's work plan and the top two items of cleanpowersf and the reinvestment working group working on the public bank, those were two issues near or at the top of my work plan for a number of years. i think lafco is well positioned right now to make progress on those issues and want to thank the outgoing executive officer for all of his work on lafco and elevating the commission and bringing a lot of new expertise in and new projects to it. a lot of contentious fights on
should we have an alternative to pg&e and divided a lot of our leaders in the city. and i was proud of our work at lafco on the report studying potential and proud to work with then commissioner london breed and through that we were able to use lafco's special study powers and really do a deep dive on that issue and use that to help win over the public utilities commission and mayor lee to the implementation of cleanpowersf. and seeing now that 96% of san francisco customers are cleanpowersf customers is just amazing and seeing trying to acquire pg&e's infrastructure and we have a new leader who has
been a leader on holding pg&e accountable, it seems like a great time to move the bar for renewable power for the city. and on the public bank, i think that was an issue that the supervisor and i struggled with for years to advance such a complicated issue and kind of unprecedented for so many municipalities and states looking to how to crack the nut on the public bank and seeing the progress made in rent years is really exciting with the working group and recent studies the city has done and i'm particularly excited about our new city attorney david chu, a leader at the state level on ab 57 to open a pathway to creating public banks and having his leadership and expertise inside the city is really exciting. what else did i want to say?
i'm excited to work with our analyst for the working group. we had a tough choice hiring between several solid candidates and i think he's going to bring a lot of deep policy expertise to lead that group and really looking forward to working with all of you if given the opportunity and getting to know the members of the working group and all the various stakeholders on public bank and cleanpowersf and whatever other initiative you have for lafco. yeah, i think my official start date will be january 10th but happy to meet with any of you all to get up to speed and if you have reading material for me, send it my way and i'll hit
the ground running in january. happy to answer any questions and thank you again. >> supervisor chan: thank you jeremy. don't give him too much reading material though fellow commissioners, he has a newborn at home he has to deal with and a toddler. so he is busy. and jeremy's start day in january because of being on family leave. well deserved family leave. any questions for jeremy? seeing none, jeremy -- commissioner fielder, were you going to say something? >> i just wanted to thank jeremy for putting your candidacy forward and for all of the people who served on the panel to go through this process as well, want to thank the former
director executive for his work, especially as it pertains to public banking and all the other amazing programs. his leadership will be missed and i'm confident that jeremy can actually continue serving the public in this capacity. thanks. >> supervisor chan: thank you commissioner fielder. commissioner mar? >> supervisor mar: i just wanted to add my deep thanks to jeremy for stepping up and into the important leadership role with lafco and really bringing all of your many years of work on the core issues of lafco here in city government. and i know you didn't really mention it, you have been a really important community activist and leader around these issues and so many other important issues in our city. so i think we're really fortunate that you were available and thank you for
stepping in. really excited about what we can do together next year. thank you jeremy. >> supervisor chan: thank you commissioner mar. i'm going to turn this over to our legal counsel to make sure that we read information into the record for this procedure. >> good morning chair and members of the commission. let me pull this up briefly. just to let everyone know under the brown act, we are required to make a verbal announcement when we hire an executive employee with respect to their salary and benefits. if you would bear with me for a second. i opened a new window and i need to go find the appropriate staff
report. thank you for your patience. buried underneath all the other windows i had opened. so jeremy pollock will be appointed at salary step 5 which pays $142,584 annually. and then he will also receive city and county of san francisco employee benefits including health, medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, etc
cetera. and then this job classification is covered under local 1021 mou for anyone who wants more information. that concludes the announcement. >> supervisor chan: thank you so much. with that, are there any members of the public who wish to speak on the item? >> clerk: we're checking to see if there are callers in the queue. if you haven't done so, press star 3 to be added to the speaker line. continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. we have two speakers who are ready. first caller. >> can you hear me now? >> clerk: yes, please proceed. >> good morning. i could not be more pleased. i support the appointment here and very much look forward to the return of jeremy pollock who
will do a fine job. jeremy's been around in and out of government for many years, a great person, again, will do a fine job. i think i remember being on a radio show with jeremy many years ago, where was that, 21st and bryant -- not bryant. york. any way, out there a while back. and i would just say to jeremy, don't be nervous, you're doing fine and hopefully more people will learn about the important role of lafco. it's a very small but important function. and i look forward to jeremy's leadership as the next executive officer. thank you for listening. >> clerk: thank you. next caller please. >> good morning again commissioners, eric brooks with our city sf and californians for
energy choice. jeremy, wow, this is a great surprise. over the very many, many years that we worked for cleanpowersf and stuff like public bank, it's really -- jeremy has been a key person that has been there in the middle of it to help make this all move forward, has a huge amount of experience in all of the things that we're working on through lafco and i can't think of a better appointment. this is a really great development. and needs to be mentioned that jeremy is one of the handful of people that worked in city hall that can be truly be said of that without his work, cleanpowersf would never have launched in the first place. people like board administrator
another name that should be mentioned but jeremy was key. without jeremy, we probably wouldn't have cleanpowersf. that is one example of many of why it is a great hire and then i wanted to expand on, it is great i didn't know about the department of technology experience, that is really important. one of the things that we're going to ask for in this 100% local build out plan is 100% local build out of fiber optics to everybody, starting with marginalized communities. having that in place to every person and business in san francisco is going to be key to building micro and smart grids in the city and having appliances and customers and energy uses all be coordinated together so they work well. so that is just an added reason why this is a great hire for the lafco and i couldn't be more
pleased and i'm sure my other colleagues in this movement who are not on the phone to talk to you guys would share that assessment. so this is great and look forward -- i'll get ahold of you right away jeremy and we can start talking about the build out and the final thing to say, it directly connects to the public bank. public bank will make things like this easier to fund so this all fits together in a nice magic package. well done getting this position. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. i believe that was the last caller? >> supervisor chan: seeing no more public comment, public comment is now closed. i would like to move this resolution and appoint jeremy pollock as our local agency formation commission executive officer. may i have a second to the
motion? >> i second. >> supervisor chan: thank you commissioner fielder. madam clerk? (roll call) there are three ayes. >> supervisor chan: thank you jeremy, congratulations and we look forward to seeing you in january. don't call him right away, he has a newborn. but do call him sometime. just give him a break. okay. so madam clerk, could you please call -- see you soon jeremy. madam clerk please call item number 8. >> clerk: approval of the 2022 regular meeting schedule for members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, call 415-655-0001.
meeting id 2481 940 8777. then pound and pound again. please dial star 3 to line up to speak. the system prompt will indicate you raised your hand. please wait for us to call public comment on this item and the system indicates you have been unmuted and then you can start your comment. madam chair. >> supervisor chan: as a reminder colleagues, this is our last meeting of the year of 2021. so before you are propose dates for 2022, i would like to note for june 2022, we have a special meeting to approve the fiscal year budget for 2022-2023. and that is a requirement. we do not have lafco meetings in august or december of 2022.
there are conversations that we will be having in january about budget as well with the purpose to align our budget process with the board of supervisors but technically we need to abide by the state process and the state requirements. so that's why we need to have that special meeting in june to approve our budget. colleagues, do you have any questions about the calendar? does that work for everybody? great. i really appreciate it. madam clerk, open to public comment. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to speak on the item, press star 3 to line up to speak. the system prompt will indicate you have been unmuted when it is time to start your comments. do we have speakers in line? we do not have any callers madam chair. >> supervisor chan: thank you madam clerk. is there -- colleagues, is there a motion to approve these dates?
>> supervisor mar: so moved. >> supervisor chan: thank you. >> second. >> supervisor chan: thank you commissioners. madam clerk? (roll call) there's three ayes. >> supervisor chan: thank you. madam clerk, item number 9. >> clerk: public comment. members of the public who wish to provide general public comment on items that are within the jurisdiction of this board but not on today's agenda, should be dialling star 3 now to line up to speak, a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted
to begin your comments. do we have any callers in the queue? it does appear we have one. caller? >> good morning one last time. guess who, eric brooks with our city sf and californians for energy choice. i want to flag again for you, especially now that commissioner fielder has joined the lafco. an item that will get slid into the cracks if we don't pay attention to it. that is in regard to -- hopefully you'll have a future agenda item or part of a future agenda item to deal with this. the issue of gas water heat, gas boilers in large buildings in san francisco. like single room occupancy
hotels and i personally live in a big old 100 plus year old building with a gas boiler and piped water heater. we are getting high heat summers because of global warming, there's a huge problem with this old piped water heating system, especially when it is run by gas. that is that the pipes -- you can turnoff your raidater but the pipes in the wall because they are so close to the wall of people's apartments still put out a lot of heat. so there have been times i can just speak personally in my apartment when outside after a heatwave it has been in the 70s or low 80s but in my apartment for days on end, the temperature is above 90° and all because of the retained heat from the heatwave and piped water heat.
as we start working on the buildings we need to solve this problem of this high heat -- these high heat spikes because of the water pipes. we need to figure out how to solve that because this is probably going to hit vulnerable people who have very sensitive health and probably cause deaths because of the high heat. it may have done that in some of the buildings. so i just wanted to flag that. people don't think about it, people don't really know about it. it is something as we move forward with things like clean energy networks, we have to solve that problem before we start seeing regular heatwaves above 100° in san francisco so we get ahead of that and not allowing it to cause health problems and deaths. want to put that on the radar and hope it gets s dealt with in
the future. >> supervisor chan: thank you. any callers left to speak on this item? >> clerk: it appears that was the only caller. >> supervisor chan: thank you. public is now closed. madam clerk, item number 10. >> clerk: future agenda items for members of the public who wish to provide comment on this item, press star 3 to line up to speak and the system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until we call for public comment on the item and the system indicates you have been unmuted and then start your comments. >> supervisor chan: colleagues, are there any future agenda items to note? seeing none, like i mentioned earlier, in january, it's likely item for discussion will be our budget so that we budget for lafco so that we can align with
the board of supervisor's budget process. that is likely what we'll be discussing. seeing no other comments from our commissioners, madam clerk, maybe we can go to public comment. >> clerk: checking to see if we have callers in the queue. press star 3 to be added to the speaker line and continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. it appears we have one caller in the queue. >> hi again commissioners, eric brooks with our city sf and californians for energy choice. i just realized there's one more thing to touch on with regard to the budget you're going to take up in january. that is, the 100% local build out plan we're asking the board of supervisors to commission
contractors to plan out, we're going to seek funding from the board of supervisors to be directed to the lafco for that. so it would be good as you move forward with your budget discussions to keep an eye on where that potential legislation is going and that funding might be heading in. and figure out how to coordinate that all together. hopefully these will move together pretty well so by the time we get to may of next year, we'll have that funding available for lafco. so i just wanted to flag that for your attention. thanks >> >> clerk: thank you for your comment. that was the only caller in the queue. >> supervisor chan: great. thank you. seeing no more public comment, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, any other business before us today? >> clerk: that concludes our business for today.
nuance in how we present those ideas. ♪♪ our debts are not for sale. >> a piece about sanctuary and how his whole family served in the army and it's a long family tradition and these people that look at us as foreigners, we have been here and we are part of america, you know, and we had to reinforce that. i have been cure rating here for about 18 year. we started with a table top, candle, flowers, and a picture and people reacted to that like it was the monna lisa.
>> the most important tradition as it relates to the show is idea of making offering. in traditional mexican alters, you see food, candy, drinks, cigarettes, the things that the person that the offerings where being made to can take with them into the next word, the next life. >> keeps us connects to the people who have passed and because family is so important to us, that community dynamic makes it stick and makes it visible and it humanizes it and makes it present again. ♪♪ >> when i first started doing it back in '71, i wanted to do something with ritual, ceremony and history and you know i talked to my partner ross about
the research and we opened and it hit a cord and people loved it. >> i think the line between engaging everyone with our culture and appropriating it. i think it goes back to asking people to bring their visions of what it means to honor the dead, and so for us it's not asking us to make mexican altars if they are not mexican, it's really to share and expand our vision of what it means to honor the dead. >> people are very respectful. i can show you this year alone of people who call tol ask is it okay if we come, we are hawaii or asian or we are this. what should we wear? what do you recommend that we do? >> they say oh, you know, we
want a four day of the dead and it's all hybrid in this country. what has happened are paper cuts, it's so hybrid. it has spread to mexico from the bay area. we have influence on a lot of people, and i'm proud of it. >> a lot of times they don't represent we represent a lot of cultures with a lot of different perspectives and beliefs. >> i can see the city changes and it's scary. >> when we first started a lot of people freaked out thinking we were a cult and things like that, but we went out of our way to also make it educational through outreach and that is why we started doing the prosession
in 1979. >> as someone who grew up attending the yearly processions and who has seen them change incrementally every year into kind of what they are now, i feel in many ways that the cat is out of the bag and there is no putting the genie back into the bottle in how the wider public accesses the day of the dead. >> i have been through three different generations of children who were brought to the procession when they were very young that are now bringing their children or grandchildren. >> in the '80s, the processions were just kind of electric. families with their homemade visuals walking down the street in san francisco. service so much more intimate and personal and so much more rooted in kind of a family
practice of a very strong cultural practice. it kind of is what it is now and it has gone off in many different directions but i will always love the early days in the '80s where it was so intimate and sofa millial. >> our goal is to rescue a part of the culture that was a part that we could invite others to join in there there by where we invite the person to come help us rescue it also. that's what makes it unique. >> you have to know how to approach this changing situation, it's exhausting and i have seen how it has affected everybody. >> what's happening in mission
and the relationship with the police, well it's relevant and it's relevant that people think about it that day of the dead is not just sugar skulls and paper flowers and candles, but it's become a nondenominational tradition that people celebrate. >> our culture is about color and family and if that is not present in your life, there is just no meaning to it you know? >> we have artists as black and brown people that are in direct danger of the direct policies of the trump administration and i think how each of the artists has responded so that call is interesting. the common
>> known as the gay capital of america, san francisco has been at the forefront fighting gay civil rights for decades becoming a bedrock for the historical firsts. the first city with the first openly gay bar. the first pride parade. the first city to legalize gay marriage. the first place of the iconic gay pride flag. established to help cancel policy, programses, and initiatives to support trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. >> we've created an opportunity to have a seat at the table.
where trans can be part of city government and create more civic engagement through our trans advisory committee which advises our office and the mayor's office. we've also worked to really address where there's gaps across services to see where we can address things like housing and homelessness, low income, access to small businesses and employment and education. so we really worked across the board as well as meeting overall policies. >> among the priorities, the office of transgender initiatives also works locally to track lgbtq across the country. >> especially our young trans kids and students. so we do a lot of work to make sure we're addressing and naming those anti-trans policies and doing what we can to combat them.
>> trans communities often have not been included at the policy levels at really any level whether that's local government, state government. we've always had to fend for ourselves and figure out how to care for our own communities. so an office like this can really show and become a model for the country on how to really help make sure that our entire community is served by the city and that we all get opportunities to participate because, in the end, our entire community is stronger. >> the pandemic underscored many of the inequities they experienced on a daily basis. nonetheless, this health crisis also highlighted the strength in the lgbtq and trans community. >> several of our team members were deployed as part of the work at the covid command center and they did incredit
able work there both in terms of navigation and shelter-in-place hotels to other team members who led equity and lgbtq inclusion work to make sure we had pop-up testing and information sites across the city as well as making sure that data collection was happening. we had statewide legislation that required that we collected information on sexual orientation and our team worked so closely with d.p.h. to make sure those questions were included at testing site but also throughout the whole network of care. part of the work i've had a privilege to be apart of was to work with o.t.i. and a community organization to work together to create a coalition that met monthly to make sure we worked together and coordinated as much as we could to lgbtq communities in the city. >> partnering with community organizations is key to the success of this office ensuring lgbtq and gender nonconforming people have access to a wide
range of services and places to go where they will be respected. o.t.i.'s trans advisory committee is committed to being that voice. >> the transgender advisory counsel is a group of amazing community leaders here in san francisco. i think we all come from all walks of life, very diverse, different backgrounds, different expertises, and i think it's just an amazing group of people that have a vision to make san francisco a true liberated city for transgender folks. >> being apart of the grou allows us to provide more information on the ground. we're allowed to get.
and prior to the pandemic, there's always been an issue around language barriers and education access and workforce development. now, of course, the city has been more invested in to make sure our community is thriving and making sure we are mobilizing. >> all of the supervisors along with mayor london breed know that there's still a lot to be done and like i said before, i'm just so happy to live in a city where they see trans folks and recognize us of human beings and know that we deserve to live with dignity and respect just like everybody else. >> being part of the trans initiative has been just a great privilege for me and i feel so lucky to have been able to serve for it for so far over three years. it's the only office of its kind and i think it's a big opportunity for us to show the country or the world about things we can do when we really
put a focus on transgender issues and transgender communities. and when you put transgender people in leadership positions. >> thank you, claire. and i just want to say to claire farly who is the leader of the office of transgender initiatives, she has really taken that role to a whole other level and is currently a grand marshal for this year's s.f. prize. so congratulations, claire. >> my dream is to really look at where we want san francisco to be in the future. how can we have a place where we have transliberation, quality, and inclusion, and equity across san francisco? and so when i look five years from now, ten years from now, i want us to make sure that we're continuing to lead the country in being the best that we can be. not only are we working to make sure we have jobs and equal opportunity and pathways to education, employment, and
advancement, but we're making sure we're taking care of our most impacted communities, our trans communities of color, trans women of color, and black trans women. and we're making sure we're addressing the barriers of the access to health care and mental health services and we're supporting our seniors who've done the work and really be able to age in place and have access to the services and resources they deserve. so there's so much more work to do, but we're really proud of the work that we've done so far. [♪♪]
when i'm away from it, i miss it like a person. i grew up in san francisco kind of all over the city. we had pretty much the run of the city 'cause we lived pretty close to polk street, and so we would -- in the summer, we'd all all the way down to aquatic park, and we'd walk down to the library, to the kids' center. in those days, the city was safe and nobody worried about us running around. i went to high school in spring valley. it was over the hill from chinatown. it was kind of fun to experience being in a minority, which most white people don't get to experience that often. everything was just really within walking distance, so it make it really fun. when i was a teenager, we didn't have a lot of money. we could go to sam wong's and get super -- soup for $1.
my parents came here and were drawn to the beatnik culture. they wanted to meet all of the writers who were so famous at the time, but my mother had some serious mental illness issues, and i don't think my father were really aware of that, and those didn't really become evident until i was about five, i guess, and my marriage blew up, and my mother took me all over the world. most of those ad ventures ended up bad because they would end up hospitalized. when i was about six i guess, my mother took me to japan, and that was a very interesting trip where we went over with a boyfriend of hers, and he was working there. i remember the open sewers and gigantic frogs that lived in the sewers and things like that. mostly i remember the smells very intensely, but i loved
japan. it was wonderful. toward the end. my mother had a breakdown, and that was the cycle. we would go somewhere, stay for a certain amount of months, a year, period of time, and she would inevitably have a breakdown. we always came back to san francisco which i guess came me some sense of continuity and that was what kept me sort of stable. my mother hated to fly, so she would always make us take ships places, so on this particular occasion when i was, i think, 12, we were on this ship getting ready to go through the panama canal, and she had a breakdown on the ship. so she was put in the brig, and i was left to wander the ship until we got to fluorfluora few days later, where we had a distant -- florida a few days later, where we had a distant cousin who came and got us.
i think i always knew i was a writer on some level, but i kind of stopped when i became a cop. i used to write short stories, and i thought someday i'm going to write a book about all these ad ventures that my mother took me on. when i became a cop, i found i turned off parts of my brain. i found i had to learn to conform, which was not anything i'd really been taught but felt very safe to me. i think i was drawn to police work because after coming from such chaos, it seemed like a very organized, but stable environment. and even though things happening, it felt like putting order on chaos and that felt very safe to me. my girlfriend and i were sitting in ve 150d uvio's bar, and i looked out the window and i saw a police car, and there was a woman who looked like me driving the car.
for a moment, i thought i was me. and i turned to my friend and i said, i think i'm supposed to do this. i saw myself driving in this car. as a child, we never thought of police work as a possibility for women because there weren't any until the mid70's, so i had only even begun to notice there were women doing this job. when i saw here, it seemed like this is what i was meant to do. one of my bosses as ben johnson's had been a cop, and he -- i said, i have this weird idea that i should do this. he said, i think you'd be good. the department was forced to hire us, and because of all of the posters, and the big recruitment drive, we were under the impression that they were glad to have us, but in reality, most of the men did not want the women there. so the big challenge was
constantly feeling like you had to prove yourself and feeling like if you did not do a good job, you were letting down your entire gender. finally took an inspector's test and passed that and then went down to the hall of justice and worked different investigations for the rest of my career, which was fun. i just felt sort of buried alive in all of these cases, these unsolved mysteries that there were just so many of them, and some of them, i didn't know if we'd ever be able to solve, so my boss was able to get me out of the unit. he transferred me out, and a couple of weeks later, i found out i had breast cancer. my intuition that the job was killing me. i ended up leaving, and by then, i had 28 years or the years in, i think. the writing thing really became intense when i was going through treatment for cancer because i felt like there were so many parts that my kids didn't know. they didn't know my story, they didn't know why i had a
relationship with my mother, why we had no family to speak of. it just poured out of me. i gave it to a friend who is an editor, and she said i think this would be publishable and i think people would be interested in this. i am so lucky to live here. i am so grateful to my parents who decided to move to the city. i am so grateful they did. that it never