tv Full Board of Supervisors SFGTV December 5, 2021 8:00am-11:31am 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
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>> 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 difficult. this is something that should be bureaucratically fixed, and
>> clerk: there are eight ayes and three noes, with supervisor melgar, stefani, and peskin in the dissent. >> president walton: thank you. and madam clerk, let's go to our 2:30 order. today, we have supervisors mar, peskin, and safai presenting, and we will go in row by that 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 work. >> thank you, supervisor
walton, and supervisor peskin, and the fellow board members. that call came in at 1:30 a.m. we initially were responding to four individuals that were off of marshall's beach which is on the golden gate cliff area just west of the golden gate bridge. 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.
>> 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' tips and using it to supplement
their income. the behavior was frankly shocking and caused me to publicly call on l.o.s.e. to investigate and take action. quite frankly, i forgot about the complaint until last week, when i had received a call that olse had solved the case and 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 years of support.
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
families. they have a diverse set of clients that represent san francisco. many are monolingual families, many of whom pay as little as $25 a month, which is so important to our immigrant families. mission child care also provides a high quality work 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 is passed on first reading
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
25 and 26 together. >> clerk: they will both serve the public necessarily and convenience of the city, and requesting that the california department of alcoholic beverage control impose conditions on the issuance of the license contained in item 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]
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 funds are, if not penalized,
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 does not agree to bring down the medallion prices, we have a
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 only parties in this that have a personal stake in the matter,
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.
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