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that i am very sad and very excited for amy, who is retiring from her position as a legislative aide. this is her last meeting today. i think it's rare when a legislative aide leaves that the entire board of supervisors feels it as strongly as the supervisor herself who is losing her chief of staff. it was so funny the other day, at the personnel committee, t.a., tilley said that losing amy is going to be one of the hardest things that happens to her this year. and i jokingly said, this is going to be hard for you? and then supervisor mandelman and peskin chimed in and said it's going to be hard for us, too.
and i think that's a testament to how extraordinary amy is as a person, as a professional, as a brilliant life long housing rights activist, affordable housing developer, just person extraordinaire. when i hired amy over four years ago and i first called her up on the phone and asked her if she would ever consider working for me as a legislative aide, she immediately responded thank you so much, but no. and it wasn't until i put on the hard sell and really told her how much of a difference she could make at the local level around housing policy and land use, that she accepted and i think that was the best hire -- being able to hire her and work with her the last four years, i will count among one of the best
successes of my life. amy, your politics, your unwavering passion or justice, our disgust with greed and b.s., your intense hard work ethics. you are irreplaceable and i'm going to cherish for the rest of my life the four years i had working by your side. i love you. we love you. and i'm so grateful to you for all your extra ordinary work. and congratulations on your much deserved retirement. i held on for dear life and got her to stay close to a year longer than she wanted to. so i also appreciate you, amy, for doing that. thank you very much, the rest i submit. >> >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. we will miss you amy.
thank you for your help and service. >> supervisor safai: thank you, madame clerk. colleagues, as we have all been struggling over the last 18 months to do our best to help to lead the city, there have been considerable challenges that many of us have not confronted in these positions before. one of the most glaring challenges we've had to deal with is the rise in brazen crime, particularly rampant commercial and retail theft, home invasions, car break-ins and the like. november 19, we saw the culmination of what we never thought this city would experience in union square. much of that has been exaggerated and exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic. while i understand that retail theft and brazen activities is up across the united states in
many major cities, in the hearing that we had in the fall, industry leaders talked about san francisco as being one of the epicenters of this activity in the united states. and it was there that we really learned and dove in on the conversation about organized retail crime. this is not a term that i coin. it's not something that i embrace for our city, but it's just the reality of where we are today. and obviously, something that we are trying to do our best to respond to. for more than a year now, we've been tackling this issue and for the last six months, we've been working with industry leaders, civil rights groups, law enforcement agencies and others and we put together a working group that included many different folks from many different aspects of this problem. what we called our commercial retail prime working group.
in there was the naacp, the alliance, the california retailers association, the hotel council of san francisco, the chamber of commerce, san francisco travel, labor organizations, united food and commercial workers on the front lines. we consulted with -- i actually those that are impacted in the industry as well, also the council of district merchants, those representing small businesses across san francisco. along with our chief of police who was the co-chair, chief bill scott, our sheriff, our district attorney, adult probation, juvenile probation and others. so many were involved in this conversation and from there grew out of that -- those conversations what we pass today, which was our 10a legislation to bring forth
commonsense policies i believe will not be the final solution, but will be a step in the right direction to addressing this rise in brazen retail theft. i don't think it will completely deter it all together, but we feel it's a step in the right direction in helping to make our city safe. as legislators are confronted with these problems, we have to make very difficult decisions. and one of those continuing the conversation we're introduce today is the desire to curb those on our streets without vending permits selling goods and wares that are the step of this illicit activity. the idea is to stop the sale of illegal goods and fencing. the legislation will require a city-wide permit for street vending of nonfood-related items. after several conversations of
announcement of this introduction, working with the mayor's office, she and i are introducing today as this legislation, this is the beginning of a conversation. we believe that it will require a community -- further community voice and input, but we are happy to embrace this together and i appreciate the mayor embracing and leading on this. i definitely am interested in hearing more community input back from you colleagues and we look forward to its passage. as our city recovers from covid-19, i believe it's all our responsibility to ensure our resident workers, visitors and always feel safe in our city. don't feel they'll be a victim of crime or witness a crime if they come to our city and work in our city. i know this is a difficult conversation to have. i think we can begin to address
justice and still continue to embrace the conversation around justice reform. i think that's very, very important and i'm committed to that. secondly, colleagues, on a bit of a lighter note, i am extremely proud to announce that district 11 own balboa buck nooer team is a championship. this is the first title for them. buccaneers. they beat them 43-0 this past saturday, december 11th. so go bucs. i want to give a big shoutout to them and players and what an amazing season they've had. lastly, colleagues, today i'm introducing a resolution that is very, very personal to me. you've heard me talk about dyslexia awareness month. the importance of that issue as my son is diagnosed with a
learning difference of dyslexia. senator has put forward s b237 at the state level. this is a commonsense piece of legislation. this would require -- it's in its second year. it would require that students in california be screened for dyslexia in first grade and there would be a process to establish that screening. we have reached out to other senators. we've reached out to the governor's office to have conversations about this. we believe this is an extremely, extremely important issue. and i am not exaggerating when i say that this is one of the -- this can be one of the civil rights issues of our time. supervisor ronen addressed earlier today in her comments the horrendous, horrendous
reading proficienty levels in our schools. i can guarantee you, colleagues, with almost 20% of our population, close to 20% having some form of dyslexia. many of whom go undiagnosed until later in their education career, this is an issue. and on top of that -- and this is the sad point and i've said this before -- when you look at the prison population, you want to talk about school to prison pipeline, the prison population has an even larger percentage of individuals that have dyslexia. -- represented in their population. so this is very, very personal to me. there is an assemblyman in southern california that is refusing for this bill to be even heard in their committee. i think with commonsense and
engaged negotiation we should be able to move this forward, but it is one of the most common learning disabilities that we have. i want to thank the governor for his leadership on this issue and putting more attention and focus on the issue of dyslexia. but we need to support s b237. as i said, it's very personal to me. and hopefully, all of you will support this unanimously. with that, colleagues, i hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season since we will not be in session. and as supervisor peskin said, i really, really enjoy working with all of you. i appreciate your thoughtfulness. i appreciate the engagement and debate. and letting me bother you half the time with my jokes. [laughter] so, have a wonderful season and to you, madame clerk, and your team, thank you for the tremendous effort you've put into this session and to all of
you, have a wonderful holiday season. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, madame clerk. i was just going to submit, but since supervisor safai congratulated the balboa high school football team, i wanted to give a shoutout to sacred heart, actually in district 5, but my son is a junior there, they won their first championship. i want to thank the mayor for recognizing both balboa and sacred heart. i know the city hall will be lit in their colors. our kids have gone through so much and sports is such an important part of that. i want to say go fighting irish. and everyone have a happy
holiday season and happy new year. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor walton? >> president walton: i, too, just wanted to say to amy, you will be missed. i remember when you actually left the affordable housing community to come to city hall and that was a loss. and, of course, our team enjoys working with you in the district 10 office. wish you the best of luck in whatever you do next. i want you to know we appreciate all your work here in city hall. today, i have a few introductions and one in memoriam. first, i would like to give a birthday shoutout to our newest san franciscan, mr. jean duden, who celebrated his 100th birthday. he was raised in floor in the great depression and moved to san francisco in 1946 to settle after serving in the navy during world war ii. he met his wife on the dance floor and they were married for 67 years before she passed away
in 2013. as an avoid sports fan of the 49ers, he was a season ticket holder for 67 years from 1946 to 2013. and still follows them today. gene is much loved by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and is blessed and thrilled because they had him for so many years. we would like to thank and wish mr. gene a happy 100th birthday. the first piece of legislation i'm introducing today is an ordinance to authorize an open source voting pilot in san francisco. this legislation will allow the department of elections to submit a pilot for review with the secretary of state before february 8, 2022. this has been a long time coming. and i would like to thank then supervisors tom and scott wiener
for supporting the creation of open sourced voting system. i would also like to thank elections commissioner and director of clean money campaign for their advocacy on this. i want to thank the deputy city attorney for drafting the legislation. the director for moving forward with the province and my chief of staff for helping to make this happen. i also want to introduce a resolution urging the san francisco bay railway republic services to recognize workers rights to unionize. the nine workers at the san francisco bay railway located on port of san francisco property have been trying to unionize since october, but the management at republic services has been denying the workers the right to organize and refused to recognize the workers' desire
for union reputation. the public services is operating well below the area standard for wages and health care benefits. for example, family health care coverage workers are required to pay over $900 a month premiums, plus high deductibles, in and out of pocket maximums. we have always supported workers' right to unionize and we urge them to engage in a fair recognition process with the sf bay rail workers. thank you to my co-sponsors, supervisors peskin, ronen, preston, stefani and chan for signing on. i also want to introduce a hearing on the closure of juvenile hall recommendations. the work group met over the last 18 months during a major pandemic and i want to thank them. they worked to hear from community, experts and departments on the services offered at the current juvenile
hall facility and they have submitted a list of recommendations for the board to review. our goal for the hearing is that the board can move forward with adopting and implementing the recommendations put forth. and this will be assigned to our youth, young adults and family committee. i'd like to thank my legislative aide for staffing work group meetings and the director of the human rights commission for anchoring these meetings. my colleagues, supervisor ronen, supervisor haney, for joining me in leading the charge to close juvenile hall along with the majority of the board of supervisors. also calling on the hearing for the resources allocated for the dream keeper initiative, specifically on which programs have been funded and assessed what other needs this program can address. last, i have an in memoriam for
-- as he liked to be called -- dram, who sadly passed away while crossing the street after his shift in the morning at the southeast treatment facility. dram was a refugee at a young age and came from new delhi with his parents in 1947. he worked hard all his life and while he wasn't highly educated, he worked his way to being a technical officer with the indian institute of mass communication where he retired in 2001. he was a good father to his three children and dedicated husband to his wife for almost 60 years. he valued family and he valued work. he also moved to san francisco in 2011 to be with his grandkids and make the city his home. he loved walking in this city
and loved taking muni to discover parts of the city he hadn't yet seen. sadly, his life was taken away too soon. our office will continue to work with m.t.a. and other city departments to make sure our streets in district 10 are safer as well as across the city for pedestrians and to prevent future tragic accidents like this from happening. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. president. supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: thank you, madame clerk. today, colleagues, i'm introducing a charter amendment for the june 2022 ballot as a clean measure. let's face it, the city has --
budget, but year after year, the city just seems not to be able to deliver services that it promises to our residents. now we have to discover through investigation. it is really because political cronyism and a lack of transparency have fostered a pay-to-play culture in city hall. so the best way it counter this corruption is to shine a bright liability into all aspects of city government and reform city operations. all of it. so i'd like to thank my colleagues supervisor ronen, aaron peskin and dean preston for co-sponsoring this measure. i want to thank my legislative aide for all her hard work on this. we both have been in city government for a long time. we recognize there are many things that we can fix. and i think that this is not the only way to fix it, but this is definitely a fundamental way to change the culture and the structure of our city
government. this charter amendment i am calling a good and clean government because it's going to do a couple of things. one, it's going to really create an independent city administrator who can focus on delivering city services free from political cronyism. and second is for us to share appointments to charter commission between executive and legislative branches. it's around delivering the basics, providing quality service. clean streets, public safety and reliable transit coordinating work between city departments and managing the city's public asset. the measure will also provide checks and balances and transparency for all city departments sharing appointments to charter commissions between the mayor and the board of
supervisors. and i also want to take this opportunity to thank amy, you know, and i know that my team has always been super grateful to her and just her experience. i know that we came back when we were co-sponsoring the inclusionary housing mandates with supervisor ronen's office and amy had that brilliant one pager. it explained it all. it's hard to find people who are so brilliant and so kind and have such a strong moral compass on doing the right thing. we're going to miss amy as well. of course, i wanted to join in memoriam for judge harry lowe. i met him when i was a young aide working for attorney kamala harris and then he already retired, but still very much a
strong figure among the chinese american community. and we always look to him for his leadership, for his guidance. i know that young lawyers that work in our community for asian law caucus, api outreach, look to judge lowe for his guidance and support and that's including one of actually our former police commissioner lee who is the current ethics commissioner, also was under the guidance and mentorship of judge lowe as well and she has learned a lot. from her, i learn a lot. so you see that just pass on to generation to generation. and so just so grateful to him and my condolences to former rec and park commissioner alan lowe and his family and definitely
sending them my love and all my thought and prayers. thank you. with the rest i will submit. >> supervisor haney: thank you. colleagues, today i'm introducing a resolution in support of the faculty at the csu to fight for a fair contract. it's the largest four-year in the country, with 23 campuses, including state university and has a downtown campus in my district. educates 473,000 students every year and producing half of our state's bachelor degrees. this makes csu the backbone of our economy. the california state university is one of the ethically diverse
systems in the united states. while students and faculty return to campus after a trying year of coping with you on over the world's worst health crisis, the student to counselor ratio remains below recommended standards. 1 counselor for every 15 students. translating to inability to access needed care. csu's own data shows that the university system receives significant covid-19 relief dollars, saw substantial increase in state funding and university revenue exceeds expenses. management continues to show faculty they have other priorities for using this historic money which includes a 10% pay raise for campus presidents. when appointed in december 2020,
the chancellor took a decrease. after a near and a half of negotiations, they have rejected the proposals on anti-racism and social justice demands including adequate parental leave, job stability for the most exploited faculty. in some cases, the csu has proposed increased fees that would equate to a salary cut and has created additional barriers for faculty of color and women. this is of importance to us. csu campus is in our city and huge numbers of san francisco students who attend csu around the state. i want for us to stand with the faculty, librarians, coaches and counselors of csu and encourage fair contract that reflects the
cost of living, particularly in the bay area and minimizes the divide between tenure track and faculty and the critical social justice demands. i also want to share my gratitude to amy for her service. amy is someone we have all benefitted from and it's been a privilege to work with her. i know my staff, as does all of yours, greatly appreciates her partnership and leadership and look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role in the community. i'm sure she will continue to make sure we do the right thing here. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: i will pile on to the expressions of
affection and gratitude for amy. i was trying to think about when and how i met amy. because i know it was long, long before i started working in city hall. i think it might have been when i was a young attorney doing affordable housing. our paths might have crossed there, but they certainly crossed a number of times. i knew she was awesome before i entered this building to work. and have only had that confirmed on numerous times. so we all wish you well, amy, and we're really grateful you've done here and before here. i want to thank supervisors peskin and chan for sharing their personal thoughts about judge harry lowe. i remember hearing about him as a kid, you know. his reputation, you know -- and his accomplishments are truly
extraordinary. my legislative aide over the weekend was digging in to pull together the sort of biographical details i'm going to read now and which i think tom is going to turn into a wikipedia entry. but he truly was extraordinary and he happened to be a district 8 resident. so, aaron shared the story of the note that he received when he was a janitor over a summer in high school. to harry low, a fine lad, but worst cleaner upper. but he knew the law was in his future and after junior college, he went to berkeley and was accepted to the bolt law school. he married his wife who would be his wife for the next 69 years.
he graduated from berkeley law school at time when there was five asian american attorneys in the entire state of california. he remained being a teacher assistant. following brown's assent to the governors's office, he worked for stanley mossk and thomas lynch. in 1966, in his final term as governor was coming to an end, pat brown appointed harry to the san francisco municipal court. when we had a san francisco municipal court. making him san francisco's first asian american judge. he would serve on the municipal court bench for seven years and presided over the summer of love in haight ashbury and the black studies protest, which he remarked was a wonderful training ground for a judge.
he was as supervisor peskin noted, an active democratic party member which stopped him from receiving further appointments from governor reagan, but he mounted a campaign with help. again, a first. he was the first chinese american person to serve on the superior court and would serve in the position until 1982. he was appointed by another outgoing governor brown it when in 1982, jerry brown appointed him to the first district court of appeals where he made history again as the first chinese american judge. he would serve on the court of appeals for nearly a decade, retiring in 1992 as presiding judge. judge lowe didn't get to relax for long, when following retirement, he received a call and the mayor said, now that you're retired, you can take on
the roll as president of the police commission. -- role as president of the police commission. that included aftermath of the rodney king riots and four different police chiefs. he was appointed to san francisco's human rights commission where he served as chair. he received another appointment. insurance commissioner. harry lowe again made history as the state's first asian american commissioner and helped restore confidence in the office and helped to turn it into one of the premiere regulators in the mission. he worked as a mediator, particularly in cases involving
the san francisco chinatown community and supervisor peskin spoke to those. he helped found the chinese international school, served as a board member in the laguna honda hospital foundation and volunteered providing counseling to at-risk youth. he received many honors for his lifetime of accomplishments, including the 2002 excellence award from the bar association. the 2003 distinguished alumni award. the 2007 san franciscan of the year award. commendation from the board of supervisors as part of the 2018 asian american heritage month celebration and even emmy award for part in the broken promises broken dreams. harry lowe was a proud resident for almost 60 years. he had been rejected countless
times trying to purchase a home because of his race, but they were welcomed into diamond heights in 1962. and he fought against the attempts to build a freeway through glen canyon, the defining district 8 fight. spent countless hours with his children in diamond heights elementary school. it is an enormous honor to have represented such an accomplished and trailblazing constituent. and he is survived by his wife may ling lowe, still my constituent. our condolences go out to all of them. rest in power, harry lowe. >> clerk: thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you,
madame clerk. i do want to also express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, community of harry lowe. our city and especially the asian american community has lost a giant and a true trailblazer, mentor and role model for so many. but his legacy will live on in our city. also really want to acknowledge and thank amy for all of her amazing contributions to supervisor ronen office and work in our city. i've known amy for many years before i had the great opportunity to work with her on the board of supervisors and i look forward to continuing to work with her as she transitions to her new role. colleagues, i have two items today. first, the first one is regarding the controller's audit on the public utilities commission social impact
partnership program. really three years ago, labor leaders began ringing the alarm bells on concerns they had with the controls over sight and implementation of the community benefits program. i shared those concerns. in the spring of 2019, an audit of p.u.c. programs was the first audit i commissioned through a motion passed unanimously by this body. this is before nuru was charged. the b.l.a. audit deferred to a controller's audit and last week we finally got it. i'm grateful to the controller's office for the work on the audit. it's a long time coming. i'm grateful to the building trades leadership that first requested this. the program is important and we can deliver millions of dollars
in benefits for our impacted communities, but only if we have a program that is transparent, accountable and effective. and, unfortunately, the program has fallen short of that. so today with my co-sponsors supervisors stefani and preston, i'm calling for a hearing on the controller office public integrity report on the sfpuc partnership program so we can have an open dialogue with the sfpuc about their findings. we're anticipating this hearing to be held on january 20th in the new year and very much looking forward to it. colleagues, i also want to take this opportunity to announce that i've asked the city attorney office to draft legislation requiring sfpd to create foot patrol and community policing plans with input from neighborhood stakeholders and
based on city-wide guidelines. recently, there has been a lot of public attention focused on organized retail theft impacting corporate chain stores and high end retailers. these are real issues and i believe -- but i do believe they've been sensationalized by a media frenzy and in response, mayor breed, sfpd and district attorney have announced new initiatives, including the anti-retail theft initiative and increased foot patrols in the union square and other tourists areas, these are important, but what is missing from discussion and action on these issues, is the voice of our neighborhood small businesses who have also been impacted by increase in property crime and less able to respond. last week i held a hearing in the public safety and neighborhood services on public
safety strategies and our neighborhood commercial corridors and at the hearing small business leaders spoke about how their struggles during the pandemic have been made even more difficult by increased burglaries, vandalism theft and property crime. in response, as a first step, again, i've requested the city attorney to draft legislation to strengthen sfpd's foot patrol by creating a clearer framework for community engagement at the sfpd district station level. each part of our city is unique. it's important that sfpd foot patrol and community policing plans are tailored to the needs of each neighborhood and created through a partnership of
community stakeholders. this will also include input from neighborhood and merchant groups and as well as requiring the district stations to have a plan to ensure language access for our mono lingual and immigrant communities. i want to thank supervisor haney and president walton and i look forward to fuller discussion with all of you as i bring the proposal forward in the new year. the rest i submit. >> thank you. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you, madame clerk. so, first i wanted to express my deepest condolences to the lowe family and thank supervisor mandelman for that very thoughtful in memoriam. i really appreciate that. i also wanted to say thank you so much to amy who i've known actually longer than i've known supervisor ronen from our
adventures in the affordable housing world. she is by far one of the most thoughtful and hard-working people in, you know, our area. and really gets in the weeds and is detail oriented and really has such a strong moral core and deep commitment to what we're trying to do. i'm so sorry to lose her as a coworker here and i know she'll do amazing things and good luck to in you in replacing her. today, i'm introducing a charter amendment to reform the building inspection commission and department. i am joined in this effort by supervisors peskin, ronen and mandelman. thank you so much for your input, your thoughts, your ideas and your co-sponsorship. i also want to thank the city attorney robb kapla and pierson
for their assistance and the new attorney david chiu who i bounced off a bunch of ideas off of. so this charter amendment will do several things, but above all, we are seeking to restore the confidence of the public in the building department inspection. i want to acknowledge also the men and women who work in the building inspections department who day in and day out serve the public in the city. and have been demoralized in seeing the constant press and, you know, corruption that has happened in the department despite their hard work and commitment to our city. and i just want to make sure that we acknowledge them and see them and, you know, promise to do better. the charter amendment seeks to
reform the commission to do several things. one is to mirror the process that nearly all commissions follow in terms of the nominations. it will be a nomination between the mayor and the board, but follow the process of going to the rules committee having transparent input about community, having public comment and then a vote on the commissioners. it strips away the requirement that commissioners have dedicated seats. right now, it is a conflict of interest in my opinion of the regulated being the regulators and having dedicated seats for architects, engineers, builders. so we will not have that and do away with the potential conflict of interest as that brings when commissioners represent a specific constituency that is regulated by the department. this is just a launching point
and we will continue to by ordinance create the conditions of more transparency and efficiency in the building inspection department. i also want to acknowledge this department overseeing the security of our neighbors in building and we want to make sure that the public can once again trust that the department's activities are -- that they support our safety in our life and the life of our loved ones and not cut corners or respond to corrupt activities. you will see this legislation go through the actual process and i welcome your feedback and your
input into this. and thank you for your support. i'm also introducing a resolution urging the san francisco municipal transportation agency to prioritize improvements around playgrounds, school zones and senior zones. i want to thank supervisor stefani, supervisor chan for your input and thoughts and supervisor mar for their co-sponsorship. a few weeks ago, colleagues, we saw a teacher who was killed by a speeding car in front of a school. a teacher who had not only attended that school as a child, but then worked there as well. i think, you know, now that ab43 was passed we have a tiny little plan as we heard this morning to make improvements in slow corridors. i want to urge the san francisco transportation agency, the folks
who oversee the school zones to be proactive, to not just respond to requests for help, but actually prioritize. quick-builds and engineering fixes around schools, playground and areas where seniors and people with disabilities are crossing the street. and thank you, supervisor chan, for your input of the last point. we are not on track to meet our 2024 goals as we heard this morning during our c.t.a. meeting. children are among our city's most vulnerable population. they need to be protected. so prioritizing traffic safety around school zones is a key solution. it's crucial that the m.t.a. advance and uplift programs, like the school crossing program and muni routes serving city
schools. these do augment safety around schools, but it's crucial we reduce speeds and we make the physical improvements we need so that children are safe, seniors are safe and the areas around schools and playgrounds and senior centers are prioritized. i am also asking the m.t.a. to work with the sfcta and come to the transit authority board of directors to create an analysis of what streets in the high-injury network and the school zones should be applied for the quick-build tool kit by next year. and the rest i submit. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president, seeing no names on the roster, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president walton: thank you so much, madame clerk. and now we are at public comment.
>> clerk: at this time, this the board of supervisors welcomes general public comment. the best practice to use your touch phone to be in live sync to both listen to the proceeding and provide public comment. throughout this meeting, the telephone number has been streaming on the screen. it's 1-415-655-0001. and when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting i.d., 2499 319 6320 # #. you know you'll have joined the meeting once you hear the discussion, but your line will be muted. once you're ready to get into the queue to provide public comment, that's when you should press star 3. when it your turn, listen for the prompt you have been unmuted and begin speaking. you may speak to the approval of the minutes as presented for the november 9, 2021 board meeting minutes, the latter section of the agenda hosting items not heard in committee, items 38 through 52, that's the adoption
without reference to committee calendar and the matters that are not on the agenda today, but are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board of supervisors. all other agenda content has had its public comment requirement fulfilled at committee. as stated earlier, we do have interpreters on standby and ready to assist. i would love it to have the interpreters introduce themselves and the service they provide with the public. we'll start with filipino, then spanish and then chinese. welcome, interpreters. >> interpreter: [speaking filipino]
>> interpreter: >> [speaking chinese] >> [speaking chinese] >> clerk: thank you to all three of you for being with us this evening and this year. much appreciate your help. we have 17 callers listening and i believe we have seven callers ready to make their comment. operations, let's hear from the first caller. i will say, if you are one of
the 17 and you'd like to make comment, don't forget to press star 3. let's welcome our first caller. welcome, caller. >> thank you. this is legal council for the fifth church of christ scientists. the applicant for the 450 farrell street project. i'm speaking on item 42. my comments are in opposition to the board of supervisors disapproval of the decision of the planning commission to approve the project. we submitted a public comment letter earlier today with more detailed comments. that comment letter identifies that the board's disapproval is a clear violation of state housing law, including the housing accountability act. it is undisputed that the church
project is subject to the housing accountability act and that as required, the project requires with standards. the statutory deadline for the city to contend otherwise has passed. yet the draft resolution before the board would disapprove the project without making the findings of unavoidable public health and safety violation required by the housing act. such findings could not be made here. consequently, this disapproval is a clear violation of the act. our letter also address how the findings are arbitrary and capricious. even under the standard that refers to city, the board funding would be insufficient. for housing projects, recent case law affirms that the act
will give the fullest object weight to the interest of and the appropriate approval of housing. deference is not give ton the city. we know that the state and housing department is investigating the city's decision here. [bell ringing] >> we don't want to interrupt anyone this evening, but we are setting the timer for two minutes. >> good evening. i wanted to calls at mayor reiterates that the police might be a helpful to our homeless and fentanyl crisis in the tenderloin. the iron law of prohibition. it's described as the cardinal rule of prohibition.
tonight i want to emphasize that two years ago we had a heroin problem. today we have a fentanyl problem. this is predicted previous. it's based on the -- fentanyl, because those more potent forms offer efficiency. economists write that the iron law of prohibition undermines the argument in favor of prohibition. because the higher potentcy forms are less safe for the consumer. we can see this today in our teenager's use of alcohol, where in the united states they use vodka and -- this is causing
violence on our streets. this situation wouldn't exist if it weren't for the police forcing it to be this way. so i'm calling tonight to say, end the war on drugs rather than funding another round of failure. >> thank you. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> caller: hello? hi. my name is victoria pierce. i'm a local resident and i'm here todays the head troublemaker for california rental legal advocates known as carla.
not to mention the mini series which end after one episode. i hear that some members of this body are concerned about gentrification and traffic impacts. as you're aware of the state department of housing has sent you a beautiful letter saying that your obligations didn't -- gentrification and traffic in the past decade, but it hasn't passed any legislation. and thus san francisco does not legitimately believe that these concerns rise to a level of importance where action is to be taken. in 2018, the city of san mateo tried to -- we appealed. ultimately, the court of appeals ruled that the h.h.a. is real law and both applies to
chartered cities. and back then, carla had a budget under $200,000 with only two employees. this is different. h.c.d. and the housing strike force is backed by the fifth largest economy on the planet. this is more money and more power than you or i have ever yielded and that's who you're up against. whatever resources you think, you wager, sacramento will have ten times that. everyone has realized they're a figure leaf of a cover over what you're trying to do. [bell ringing] next speaker, please. >> caller: good afternoon. san francisco of the chapter of
the american institute of taerkts. on october 22nd of this year, the department of building inspection on request of the fire department suspended pg o2, which code exception created by d.b.i. to meet the requirements of the state building code to provide an emergency exit from all bedrooms below the third floor. the openings provision requires unobstructed access for firefighters to reach and a clear path to the public right of way. due to the lot line develop and varying topography in san francisco, there is no access for firefighters to carry ladders to the rear windows nor is there a clear path to the right of way. recognizing that they cannot meet the building code requirements, d.b.i. has provided two amendments to the california building code alternative to provide for safe
exiting. the first allows a passage through the garage, provided the garage has a system and that the garage level is accessible from the rear yard. on many lots in san francisco, that is impossible. this provision is costly to implement and not physically possible. the second alternative provided by the d o2 said it was met if the safe provided from 25 feet from the rear of the subject property. no substitution has been offered before the acceptance of the code and any project submitted to d.b.i. after september 22nd that cannot meet the requirements as required by the stakeholders now dead in the water. this is affecting hundreds of current renovation addition adu and new construction projects, additional -- [bell ringing]
>> we have 18 listeners and there are nine callers in the queue. if you'd like to make comments that evening make sure you're pushing star 3. i apologize if i'm interrupting anyone, we are setting the timer for two minutes per person. i welcome the next caller to make public comment. >> caller: good afternoon. evening. supervisors. cory smith on behalf of the housing action coalition, also speaking to two items at 469 stephenson and 450 o'farrell and respectfully request that you reverse your decisions on both of those projects and approve them to build housing. thank you very much.
>> thank you for your comments. next caller, please. >> caller: good afternoon. my name is robin. i live in district 5. i'm speaking with regards to items 42 and 44. i'm asking you to not pass the findings reversing -- the findings therein. i think several callers have stated previously, these findings are spurious at best. you are likely going to be violating state law. in doing so, you're going to be wasting a lot of the city's budget on a legal battle facing california department of housing community development and/or the attorney general's office. the city has not given findings disapproving the permits as requested -- required by state
law. the city is likely using ceqa in bad faith to deny housing project in the case of 469 stephenson street. recent research out of uc berkeley i believe shows is that the median time for housing approval in san francisco between 2014 and 2017 was 26 months. that means that half the housing projects took two years to approve. that's the longest in the state. the san francisco website fort board of supervisors states that san francisco is in violation of the permit streamlining act and has no plans to rectify this. these issues must be rectified for housing process, you might as well do it now and save yourself the trouble of having
to face the state in the legal action later. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right, we have 21 callers in the queue. 13 ready to make comment. if you're one of the 21 and you haven't already, press star 3 now. and highly discourage you all for attempting to approve those projects. it's shameful. it shows san francisco is not
>> hi, this is the executive director at gimli law, calling about 459 stephenson and o'farrell. you should not adopt these findings. we've sent you lots of letter. i just want to talk about the findings for 450 o'farrell because, you know, many of you may not have read them, which is a shame, because if you vote for them and you're endorsing them, you're associating yourself with the ideas and words that are in the findings and the ideas and words are embarrassing. so there is one in particular that i think is like -- i know that everybody on here wants to be known as a smart person, a respectful person. one of the findings for 450 o'farrell is that it should not be built because -- like it aren't financially successful. first of all, what is your job?
is it to protect investors? that's not your problem. you shouldn't be going out there and saying you shouldn't build the building because we think it's a bad business plan. it's ridiculous. even worse, the findings specifically mention the panoramic which the city just bought. october 19. you just voted to buy the panoramic and the findings for 450 o'farrell say you shouldn't build 450 because projects like, like the panoramic, are up for sale right? so you should definitely build 450 o'farrell if you think it's a bad business model and soon will be available for sale and soon the city can buy it and use it -- i hope you understand what i'm trying to say and hopefully
you did read the findings and you can at least adjust them. it also says in there there is -- >> thank you for your comments. we apologize if we interrupt anyone's comments, but we're setting the timer for two minutes. let's welcome our next caller. we have 18 callers listening and 11 ready to make comment. welcome, caller. >> hi, good evening. thank you supervisor haney for putting together -- i'm a professor at the political of science. i represent the faculty on all 23 campuses. i'm asking you to pass the -- i think the csu administration needs a lot of -- to do the right thing. as you saw in the resolution, it
where i teach climb communication and i give personal testimony about the lecture or experience in the bay area and in deed across the state and around the country. i grew up in san francisco and san francisco state and my two children attended daycare and preschool at sfsu so we are about as san francisco state as you can get. i've been lecturing at the university for five years i am working 50 hours a week and i make under $50,000 a year with no real job security, and no
real future with the university. the majority faculty at san francisco state university and we are often times considered the gig workers and even though i have a partner who works full time, we could not keep up with the rent prices in san francisco after going through owner-move in eviction and we had to move in with family and both commute hours a day and we are homeless. san francisco state is and has been for higher education for many in california but especially for low income and bipoc students in the bay area and sfsu will be dedicated faculty and staff that cannot pay livable wages and provide job security unable to meet the needs without these changes. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. and i just want to apologize for the interruption. we are setting the timer for two
minutes this evening. all right, mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: good evening, board of supervisors. this is gilbert of district 8. i'll calling about muni. muni only cares about fare hikes and service cuts. i'm here for transit justice and transit equity. we need the buses to be on the street, not parked at the muni yard. i went by the muni yard and saw thousands of buses just parked at the muni yard.
those buses need to be on the streets picking up senior, disabled and poor folks to get around the city. not parked at the muni yard with the infrastructure bill that congress passed muni is getting a billion dollars. they need to hire drivers and get the buses on the streets. to poor neglected neighborhoods. people do have access to clean drinking water and food and restore service and expand service. why is the central subway still closed? the central subway should be open. people have spent a billion dollars on the central subway and what are they waiting for? another billion to spend on the central subway? we need to get the central subway open and so people can go from the gastro to chinatown. thank you. >> thank you.
do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> caller: hello. my name is eric staten and i live in bernal heights. this is the board of item 15 but really it's just a general statement about gratitude to the people and city of san francisco. three years ago last saturday my heart stopped beating, fortunately, i was in front of my husband and he unlike carrie bradshaw began cpr and called 9-1-1. he kept up cpr one handed because he was partially paralyzed for eight minutes and it's that reason i'm still alive so i'm internally grateful to him. i have a lot more to be grateful and i thought about this since we put up the christmas tree last weekend. we've talked about them some today and there are many but there's much to be thankful for here. i'm grateful to live in a city that values public-health around
the world-class trauma and emergency care hospital just minutes from my house. i'm grateful that a team of emts and other first responders showed up quickly and were able to restart my heart. i hope we fight so that everyone can have access to that level of care. i'm grateful to live in a city that welcomes people from all over the world. the doctors and nurses not counting kaiser from north, south and central america from europe, asia, africa and india and the middle-east including those from the countries that we were told to be afraid of worked hard to keep me alive and i thank they will all. i am grateful for the nurse and support staff, some from ex odd tick places and work tirelessly without thanks and not mention the name in the medical reports, nurses rock, hospital staff rock, and i thank you. and i'm grateful to live in a city that values and respects my marriage.
my husband was treated with the utmost respect and courtesy by medical staff during this ordeal and never once questioned or diminished in anyway. his advocacy -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. we appreciate the general personal nature of your comments but we cannot have you tie those items to any particular item and on that part of the agenda, and definitely not that item that was already disposed by the board of supervisors. but i let you continue only because you were really focusing on your personal experience. so, thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, can you please -- let's hear from our next caller, thank you. >> caller: good evening. this is peter wartfield executive director of library users association
email@example.com and p.o. box 157055. i'm concerned been a number of things. two in particular this evening. one has to do with a fee and one has to go with open hours. it's my understanding in general the supervisors are supposed to be approving any fees or charges that city agencies make and they have done so in the past and this time, the library has provided charges for copies which are frequently used and they have a brand new system and it has problems but the initial open with $10 of free copies and that is 100 black and white pages and at 10 cents a page and
more for color copies without discussion whatsoever with the board of supervisors to my knowledge and certainly not at the library commission whatsoever. there wasn't even a mention of ofit helps preserve materials bt there was no discussion to approve or to in anyway review what they were doing and i think it's an unfort basically an increase that is being created. there's only half of the libraries own seven days a week and 14 of them are only open five days a week and there's a clearly a prejudice again and a cut of evening hours and libraries were. >> thank you for your comments, i apologize we are setting the
timer for two minutes this evening. we have 14 callers who are listening and six callers in the queue. prepare to make remarks. if you are one of the 14 and you'd like to make comments this evening, if you have not already, you should press star 3 to get in line to speak. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: hi, my name is ire kaplan and i live in north beach and i'm calling about the written findings and the dinal and 450 and a majority vote inside recent months to deny housing at these two sites. these were anti-housing decisions by a body that claims to be pro housing. in fact, several of how made comments about how pro housing you are immediately before taking an anti-housing vote. you can't just say you are pro
housing, it requires action. if you take anti-housing votes, that makes you anti-housing. no matter what you say. the good news s. it's not too late. you have an opportunity tonight to reverse your previous decisions on these two projects and support housing at these two sites and then you can truly live up to your word as pro housing members of the board of supervisors. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. at cups, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> i'd like to ask the fc ford of supervisors to change their boats and it's 450 and 469 stevenson and the two projects combined add up to around 800 homes and that is likely one to two thousand people who have been excluded from san francisco as a result of your votes.
you may not know who those people are, but they are real people. like, they're actually maybe a thousand people you've excluded from the city by denying these two projects and not only that unethical and they will not stand up especially when we're currently under the microscope. if you vote for these drafted findings you are tying your name to these findings and you should be reluctant to do that without reading them. the findings and most of the arguments don't qualify as substantial evidence for any number of conclusions and that
is in the drafted findings. so, please reverse your votes and i think from the public's outcry, after those votes, it's clear this was a mistake. i hope you do so and take care. >> if you are one of the 10 listening and you'd like to make comment, press star 3 otherwise we'll take the last three callers to the very end. welcome caller. >> caller: good evening. my name is tim chan. on behalf of the san francisco league of conservation voters i'm calling in support of 450 or farrell and stevenson projects and as many of you know, we are environmentally focused organization that cares deeply about housing, especially affordable housing and the number of you have received
endorsements from us. this important projects are located in neighborhoods with rich transit bike and networks and commits a lot of affordability with strong support from many community based groups. we are speaking about the housing crisis and now is the time to deliver. too many people have used ceqa as a weapon to stop or delay critical projects and as a result of your action the to find additional financing that will delay these projects and we cannot delay any songer if your truly serious about providing affordable housing for people who desperately need it. we urge you to support these projects. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> welcome, caller.
>> caller: -- >> mr. atkins that may be a silent line. let's go to our next caller, please. >> hello, i was like to oppose the motion affirming the rejections of 450 and the defactor rejection of 459 stevenson street. they do not meet the standard of the housing accountability act. the motion essentially parrots supervisor peskin shameful concern trolling when they said to be transient renters despite it would apply to all our s.r.o. residents and when he says it's not the goldilocks he wants because it has too few amenities to housing and too many amenities to be grout housing, these are classic arguments and are not progressive and do not
meet the requirements of the h.a.a. and as sonia explained, his claim there's a glut of group housing laughable. also, please don't down zone group housing like peskin introduced an ordinance -- >> can you inform him not to speak of certain supervisors. >> if you truly care about the new residents, instead, should you raise the 207 dwelling density limit so they can have kitchens in their housing unit and affirm the 469 stephen seen ceqa denial. he is not an environmental impact and though claim about geotechnical impact that would be addressed during geotechnical engineering are not a ceqa impact so reverse the rejection of 1,000 units of housing. thank you.
>> thank you for your comments. operations do we have another caller in the queue please. >> welcome, caller. >> caller: all right. that caller must be on its unattended line. mr. atkins, any other callers in the queue? >> madam clear, there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you, sir. mr. president. >> thank you seeing no other speakers, public comment is now closed. adam clerk, let's go to our agenda items 38-52. >> clerk: items 38-52 were introduced for adoption without reference to committee a unanimous vote is required for resolutions on first reading today alternatively a supervisor may require a resolution to go to committee.
>> thank you to any of my colleagues want to sever any items? supervisor ronen. >> item 41. >> thank you supervisor ronen. supervisor peskin. >> item 39. >> thank you supervisor peskin, supervisor haney. >> 44. >> thank you supervisor haney, supervisor preston. >> item 51. >> thank you supervisor -- 51? thank you. >> madam clerk on the remaining items? >> clerk: that would be on items 38 through 40 and 43, 46, 47 and 48 and 50. >> 51 and 49 supervisor ronen
you called to be. >> 41 is supervisor ronen. >> ok. >> 45-50. >> and 45-50. >> correct. >> supervisor peskin. >> aye. >> [roll call vote] >> there are 11 ayes. >> thank you without objection, the resolutions adopted and the motions are approved unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 41. i'm sorry, 39.
to urge the planning director to improve the clarity and effectiveness of the state density application process by amending director bulletin number 6 to require that project sponsors submit a financial and have been evaluated and confirmed by our qualified third party consultant as determined by the planning department. >> thank you supervisor peskin. >> thank you, president walton and colleagues i circulated by e-mail and with hard copy 3 non substantive clarifying amendments on pages 1 and 2 and like to make a motion to adopt those amendments. >> thank you, supervisor peskin. do we have a second. seconded by supervisor chan. we take that motion same house same call to amend. >> i would like to thank chan. >> seeing no one on the roster
we'll take the amended 39 same house same call and without objection, number 39 is adopted. call item number 41. >> a motion to set july 1st, 2022 as the transition date for purposes of establishing the sanitation and streets commission pursuant to the charter and the sanitation and streets department will come into existence three months an the transition date. >> thank you supervisor ronen. >> thank you. i wanted to call up the acting director of public works carla short, who i want to thank for staying this whole meeting to be available for questions and comments and i asked this item not to be severed not to hold up
this item or not approve this item but to have a public information and fulfilling the goals and what i like the public voted for when someone voted for proposition b which to have cleaner streets and we desperately need representing the mission directing and the streets are in unacceptable conditions and the majority of the time and number two, presenting or completing projects on time and on schedule which is something that we have seen over and over again and it's not happening in the city. my worry, being one of the two supervisors representing the board on the implementation committee, is that the current acting director of d.p.w. or city at straight or, carmen
chiu, the mayor's chief-of-staff sean elseburn have all said they don't believe that implementing prop b will solve the two problems that i believe voters expect to be solved and 24n is 4 people that make up are myself and supervisor haney and the city administrator and the public works director and the mayor's chief-of-staff and the controller, which are the people in the city that are able to make decisions together that could actually accomplish the goals of prop b and so, i wanted to have this public conversation
and ask if acting director short could talk to us about what is needed, the voters has spoken. prop b is passed and it's a law that needs to be implemented. if it's not going to meet the goals that i laid out and that i believe the voters expect of this city, what do you need from us so that we can accomplish those goals? because, whether you believe prop b was the answer to the problems that we have in this city around clean streets and projects being completed on time and it is now the law and if wore going to do this work we should take advantage of the fact that it's brought us together and we should do and so, i wanted to bring this conversation to the full board and this item gives us an opportunity to have this conversation and it's been very trouble some to me in the implementation committee we're hearing over and over again that implementation of this law will
not get us cleaner streets and not get us better project delivery. >> thank you, supervisor ronen. director short. >> >> thank you, good evening, supervisors, interim director of san francisco public's works. if i understood the question from supervisor ronen, i think that the recommendations that has has come out of the city administrator office and the city administrator since july has been convening both working groups for operational efficiencies and finance and administration as well as the executive steering committee meeting that supervisor ronen referred to and to try to really figure out the best way to implement the new law that was passed and in a way that would
actually deliver on what we believe the intent of the voters was. unfortunately, i believe as written, the law is going to cost the city a significant amount of money and not result in cleaner streets. the proposal that i think the city administrators landed on would be to continue with two of the major components of prop b as it was authored which welcome back a department of sanitation and streets and a department of public works under one agency and one commission which would then allow us, the city, to save a number of resources that would go towards simply administrativeungs of establishing a second commission and duplicating a lot of the
costs and put those resources into directly into street cleaning and specifically highering additional laborers to provide street cleaning services. i think the costs have been estimated at 12 to $13 million to none would be street cleaning directly and also, i think the sense is that there are one of the concerns of the law was the delivery of projects and by separating out some of the functions of the department, we're likely to see less efficiency in the delivery of projects. we have the building the
building that house and there was an issue with work that was done by the contractor and and because we were one public works department our colleagues in the building contacted our colleagues and the cement shop at operations and they were able to perform that work and save the cost of the change orders and it's just one example of the many ways that the different divisions of public works interact together and work together to support the delivery of he projects and so we understand that there is a desire for cleaner streets in san francisco and we share that desire, strongly, i think it's also important to recognize that much of the street cleaning that is done is effective at the
moment in which it was completed and we have challenges with street behavior that contributes to the streets being dirty again very shortly after we have cleaned them but if we really want to deliver on promises to the voter of cleaner streets we need resources to go directly into street cleaning rather than into additional administrative function and bureaucracy. >> i don't mean to interrupt you. i do think that this is going a little bit beyond the question that i'm posing to you. watching the clerk in the city attorney it looks like they're getting nervous because it wasn't° it looks like we're ok. i don't want to relitigate prop b. we held several hearings on prop b and there were campaigns that happened and it was passed, so,
absent a second ballot measure that i don't think anyone is proposing to undo it, it's the law and it is happening. i'm sure supervisor haney could and if he wants to has the opportunity to debate the merits of prop b again and i know it happens several times, during the legislative process when it was first booked for us and what i want to bring to the forefront and the conversation i want to have is probably it's happening as far as i can tell and it's being implemented and i i know that you and administrator chiu are doing that work but you are also simultaneously saying it won't achieve the results we want to achieve. what i'm saying is i get that you don't think this is the best way to do it but that ship has sailed.
that time has passed so i don't want to do all this work and i've said, i'm going to resign from prop b implementation committee unless we have a joint commitment o appropriating the funds that are necessary and to creating -- to any leeway that we have in terms of the implementation process and the law that was passed by the voters, to accomplish those goals. my question to you and i'll do it in not such a long-winded way, what do you need -- we are implementing property, property is being implemented. what additionally do you need from us to achieve the two goals of obtaining cleaner streets and better project delivery. >> well i would say we need $10 million in funding for
street cleaning. >> ok. >> ok. >> and -- >> and i think project delivery, we need realistic deadlines and we need to -- we need to understand that in san francisco, there's a lot that is unknown in terms of what exists underground which can be a lot of unforeseen conditions is one of the major causes of project delays and i think that we are well within the industry standard on most projects in terms of unforeseen conditions and change orders but i think realistic about how long it's going to take to deliver a project is and rather than promising something it will take less time that it actually will.
we need to i don't think people are going slowly intentionally. >> that's within the department's prerogative to set those deadlines in the first place, right. that's not there's not some outside body that is setting deadlines here is the timeline if you want to accomplish that project. >> yes but it's important to know these are multi agency projects and political pressure to deliver projects quickly so yes, we need to stick to realistic deadlines and be firm in those deadlines when there's pressure to deliver more quickly. >> i don't want to take up a ton of time today. i wanted to inform my colleagues
and the public that we got a problem here. in terms of -- i'd love to also hear from supervisor haney on this, that the administration itself doesn't believe that implementation of prop b is going to achieve what the voters expected from us and so collectively, as city leaders, what we're hearing from the interim director of the public works is that we need to appropriate $10 million in street cleaning and we need to grill all of our departments on project deadlines to see if they are realistic and that is what is going to accomplish those
goals. i guess, i just, from my participation going forward, like it or not, here is where we are and so to spend all this time, implementing prop b, and then not achieve its fundamental goals doesn't make sense to me so i hope that the mayor does appropriate in her budget, for next year, the money that is needed to have a basic semblance of cleanliness and order in our streets and if $10 million is what we need in order to do that, i think we should seriously consider it and seriously look at it instead of just throwing up our hands and defeat and saying we're not going to accomplish these goals, et cetera. and i thank you for letting me have this conversation in public. it's been really upsetting me and i've honestly been going back and fourth trying to figure out if i should resign from this committee or double down and actually try to get some meaningful work done, especially as a supervisor of a district
that has a neighborhood in it that is unacceptably dirty. thank you, i'm looking forward to hearing from supervisor haney. >> before you speak supervisor haney, this obviously we can have a hearing on this process, we can have a hearing and conversations at budget committees and budge proteasome budgetappropriations, but theree things we can do as a board to address your concerns and vet it in a more thorough way. supervisor haney. >> i think that's president walton's way of telling me to keep my comments brief so i will do that. i appreciate supervisor ronen, your partnership on this from the introduction and authorship of prop b to serving on the committee and i agree absolutely with the approach that you are taking that the goals of prop b and what the voters wanted us to
achieve with this charter amendment, i think they're clear. they want a clean and healthy streets and sidewalks and they want effective accountability and oversight over a department that has clearly lacked it. this is a department that we all know very well and the voters and residents know and it's not working right now. the residents -- our city doesn't believe it's working and the people who work there don't believe it's working and a new structure battle around built ad accountability and effective oversight is what the voters have mandated. [please stand by]
>> chair borden: i call to order the sketches, 2021 of the board of directors. please call the roll. [ roll call ] >> clerk: you have a quorum. >> chair borden: please call the next item. >> clerk: announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting. we have no announcements. item 4, approval