tv Full Board of Supervisors SFGTV January 20, 2022 12:00am-5:01am PST
>> clerk: mr. president, all members are present. >> chair: thank you. the san francisco board of supervisors acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the ramaytush ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. 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 on 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 and
elders of the ramaytush ohlone community and by affirming their solemn rights. please stand with me and 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. >> chair: on behalf of the board i would like to acknowledge the staff at sfgov tv. today we have kalina who records and makes the transcript available online. let's go to our 2:00 special order. i believe the mayor is present .
>> clerk:pursuant to charter, sections 2.103 and 3.100(7), and administrative code, section. 2.11, the mayor shall discuss the following eligible topic submitted from the supervisor representing district 1. the mayor may address the board initially for up to five minutes. discussion shall not exceed two minutes per question or answer. >> today i want to provide a few developments in our covid response as we face omicron cases. first, on the matter of testing, as you know, we have a significant need for more testing in the city. this is not just a san francisco problem, but an issue across the country. san francisco has doubled its effort and is averaging 10,000 tests per day. we will keep pushing to add more
tests where we can. but the truth is we need more support from our private providers. in august 2021, the department of public health issued an order to require all healthcare facilities to provide a test in 24 hours of their staff who are symptomatic or who have been in close contact with someone with covid. this is an important responsibility to provide basic healthcare services like testing for their members. in order to ensure this is being followed today, i announced a mayoral order for all healthcare providers to submit weekly proof to the san francisco department of public health that they are meeting this requirement. if they don't, they could be subjected to fines. my goal is not punishment. i want to see more testing for
residents from healthcare providers. we still will have a need for testing moving forward. living about covid means having the testing infrastructure both publicly and privately in place. the other area we have a real need is in supporting our schools. i know a number of you have reached out to learn how we can do more including some of our supervisors who have been working hard. know that we are work closely with the school districts. the deputy of public health and others have collaborated with the district to identify what their needs are. scurenlt the department of public health sent an initial thousand rapid tests to the
districts to help educators and students return to the classrooms more clibleg. this is a part of 150,000 raptq. this is a part of 150,000 rapt rapid tests we are distributing to the schools and the skilled nursing facilities with our others having another shipment arriving next week. we're providing 500,000 surgical masks for students which will help get them through the rest of the school year and we're providing 150,000 kn95 masks for staff. after such an extended period of distance learning, we've seen the effect it has on our students and it is critical that we continue to safely operate in person. i want to thank you for your support of our residents. these times are time and the city and people are resilient. just like we've been getting through this pandemic all along, we will continue to get through this.
>> chair: thank you so much, madam mayor. madam clerk, would you call the first topic. >> clerk: the first topic submitted by supervisor chan is the future of road measures put in place during the pandemic, including in golden gate park, the great highway, and slow streets. >> chair: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor chan. >> thank you, president. thank you, madam mayor, for being here with us today. as you know, there has been a lot of attention on the future measures put in place in the pandemic, specifically great highway and various slow streets throughout the city. my question today is very straightforward, but i would like to put things in context. these measures have changed the way people recreate and move around the city. we know we can do better for safety infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. others are frustrated by reduced public transit options and having to rely on cars to get
around. i appreciate it and we expect your leadership on a great highway compromise in august and directing the great highway to be reopened on weekdays. this would allow the residents of my district who do not have many north-south public transit options to access the highway, while providing residents a car-free promenade on the weekends. the debate over making j.f.k. drive has been going on for decades. many solutions address long-standing issues that have been identified. thanks to my colleagues, this board of supervisors unanimously passed my resolution based off the working group's report calling for a car-free connection from golden gate park
through j.f.k. drive so along as we address the access needs at 8th avenue and the parking garage for those with disabilities and those living in neighborhoods that lack public transit. there has been outreach on whether to open j.f.k. to cars when the emergency order is lifted. unfortunately the departments chose not to pursue to include in their survey -- >> chair: you're -- still have time. >> we know that over 10,000 people responded to the survey and the vast majority supported keeping j.f.q. closed to cars, but there is additional outreach because demographics like seniors and communities of color and non-english speakers were
not served by the survey. as you know, madam mayor, we represent all of our constituents and after spending almost entire 2021 discussing and listening to them, there is a notable divide where both sides say they represent san franciscans. i want to take an opportunity what you envision for these roads. thank you. >> is there a question? >> i just want to take the opportunity to learn what you envision for the future of j.f.k. drive, great highway, and slow streets. >> okay, thank you. i think i understand what you're asking. at the start of this pandemic our decisions were about prioritizing the health and safety of our citizens. on streets it meant giving more safe to be outside to physically distance while they socialize and move around san francisco.
as we look beyond the pandemic, we need to think about what we should continue and what we should reconsider. right now the city staff is engaging in an analysis that will support us as policy makers as we make those decisions. rec and park and sfmta are collecting data on the e-cigarette highway which will inform the future use of that street. in golden gate park, there is feedback sought on a border range of proposals to increase mobility and accessibility. sfmta is considering the slow streets by looking at what a formal program could include and they hope to formalize a process by many summer. none of these processes have been completed and i want to wait and see what the data says before we make a decision. ultimately there will be some
who are happy with what we decide and some disappointed. that is what we experience. ultimately i'm hopeful that from community data from all san franciscans that we will then have the best data, the best input for how we make a decision on what is in the best interest of the city as a whole. >> chair: thank you, madam mayor. supervisor chan, you may ask a follow-up question directly related to the opening question. >> i want to make sure how much time i have. >> chair: you're not timed on these questions. >> great. thank you, madam mayor, for sharing your vision -- >> chair: real quick, supervisor chan, my apologies. actually two minutes. >> no problem p i think i can finish in two minutes. i laid out my vision for golden
gate park which would allow a portion of that park to remain car free. that's where i stand. and for great highway i had a proposal in august, but i would support a wider promenade on one side and two directional lanes on the other side. and slow streets should be decided on a case-by-case basis. that is where i stand. the question i have, madam mayor, if i may say, you know, i agree we should gather data. we should see what san franciscans want and then make the policy decisions. but regardless of that, though, at the end of the day all these measures will serve as transparent and inclusive public processes led by city departments which should encourage compromises by all
stakeholders rather than a winner-takes-all approach. this is a transparent process [indiscernible] -- >> unfortunately, you seem to have a problem with the process. ultimately, as i said, you know, we are doing everything we can. these meetings are public. the process is transparent. a lot of stakeholders, various groups on both sides of the issues have provided their feedback to this particular matter. no decisions have been made. as far as i'm concerned, these departments are doing everything
they can to get the data they need to solicit feedback and to help to make the best decision. to imply that this process is not transparent, that this process has not been open and fair and not a responsible way to try and gather what we need to make the best decision for san francisco as a whole. it seems as though -- i know there are a number of people not happy and they want to hear a decision one way or the other. it's not a winner takes all or one size fits all. it doesn't work that way. this is a major city and it requires when we make significant decisions like this that people have a place at the table to provide input. i have complete disagreement about some of the comments you made about this not being an open process and feedback from bilingual groups and others. that is far from the information i have. i would be happy to make sure
the various department head in this process provide you with that information so you know that we are taking the feedback seriously. >> chair: thank you, mayor breed. you may ask a question to supervisor chan or any other supervisor in attendance on the same topic but not necessarily related to the same topic. >> thank you so much, supervisor, for the opportunity to appear before the board. >> chair: thank you so much, mayor. we appreciate you. madam clerk, that concludes our mayoral discussion. we are now at communications. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. >> clerk: the: public may view
this meeting on tv or on the live stream. the most efficient way to provide public inclement is to listen from your touch phone connected to the call-in system where you will be allowed to provide comments. the telephone number is streaming, it's 415-655-0001. when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting i.d. 2489 498 7430 and presses # #. you'll know you have joined the meeting when you hear the discussion, however, your line will be muted. when you want to provide your comment, press *3 to get into the speakers' queue. wait for the prompt that you have been unmuted and begin speaking your comment. the board of supervisors will request your public testimony to be taken on the special orders not to begin before 3:00 p.m. there are two noticed on the
agenda today, each with its exclusive opportunity for public testimony. items 11 through 14 is a public hearing within appeal of conditional use authorization approval for 832-38 street and items 15 through 19. that is a public hearing. the board will sit as a committee of the whole. once item 24 is called, the board will request your general public comment. there are four areas you can speak to, the policy discussion in the mayoral appearance, the board meetings of december 14 and 19. the matters on the agenda listed for adoption without reference to committee items 25 through 31
and the matters not on the agenda but are in the subject matter jurisdiction of the board of supervisors. all other agenda content will be reported to an appropriate committee where public comment was previously fulfilled. the board will accept your correspondence if you use the address 1 dr. carlton b. goodlett place, room 244. interpretation will be provided to assist speakers for the public testimony provided during both the special order and general public comment. at this time, i will welcome the interpreters to please introduce themselves and the important service they are providing to the public. for chinese, we'll start with
vivian lou, filipino and spanish. i will have themself introduce themselves during general public comment or during the special order at 3:00 p.m.ing p.m. finally, if anyone is experiencing trouble connecting remotely, call in. that concludes my communication. that concludes my communication. >> chair: just a friendly reminder to mute your microphones when not speaking. we are at approval of meeting minutes and we are approving the meeting minutes from the december 7, 2021, and december
>> chair: without objection, the minutes will be approved after public comment as presented. madam clerk, let's go to our regular agenda, unfinished business. please call item 2. >> clerk: item 2 is -- >> i would like to make a motion -- the caption said approval of minutes. >> chair: it was. >> then you called item 2 -- my apologies. >> chair: no worries. >> clerk: the reason there is an item 1 on the agenda because when there is a question for the mayor, we then call it item 1, whereas when there are no questions for the mayor, we do not. item 2ordinance appropriating
scoipt $3,244,846 from the general reserve to the department of elections to support additional costs from unforeseen elections for the san francisco school board of education; this ordinance requires a two-thirds approval vote of all members of the board of supervisors pursuant to charter, section 9.113(c). this requires eight votes for approval. >> chair: thank you, madam clerk. i don't see anyone on the roster. please call the roll. [ roll call ] >> clerk: there are 10 ayes and one no with supervisor peskin in the h not in agreement. >> chair: this ordinance is passed by a 10-1 vote.
madam clerk, please call item 3 to 5 together. >> clerk: items 3 to 5 are three resolutions that approve amendment on a distinct agreement with the san francisco department of public health. item 3 is no. 2 to the agreement between the san francisco public health foundation and the department of public health (dph) to provide program administration and support services to the community health engagement program, to increase the contract amount by $10,668,262 for a total amount not to exceed $20,027,567 for a total agreement term of january 1, 2020, through december 2024. item 4 is approving amendment no. 2 to the agreement between helios healthcare, llc and the department of public health (dph), for behavioral health
services, to increase the agreement by $18,239,925 for an amount not to exceed $27,904,325; to extend the term by six years and six months from december 31, 2021, through june 30, 2028, and item 5 is a approving amendment no. 2 to the agreement between health advocates, llc and the department of public health (dph) for uncompensated care reimbursement recovery services, to increase the agreement amount by $2,085,454 for an amount not to exceed $20,100,000; and to extend the term by two years from december 31, 2021, through december 31, 2023, for a total agreement term of january 1, 2014, through december 31, 2023; and to authorize dph to enter into amendments or modifications to the contract prior to its final execution by all parties that do not materially increase the obligations or liabilities to the city and are necessary to effectuate the purposes of the contract >> i just wanted to note what i have previously what is a pattern coming from many departments which is the entry into contracts just below the
$10 million threshold which does not trigger a board review, particularly items 3 and 4. i do want to thank d.p.h. and michelle rodoz in particular for taking some time with our office and walking through the office with these so we don't have to do it on the record. for item 4 there is an amendment that was sufficiently done because there was time to get board review specifically done from the $8.4 million up to $9.664 million and now this amendment which bumps it up to $27 million and crosses the threshold. this is not exclusive to the department of public health. i appreciate the engagement from the city administrator and others around trying to address this going forward, but i didn't
want to flag the latest example which sing it is problematic. there are problems in the process where it takes too long to come before the board, but we shouldn't be contracting around those. >> chair: thank you, supervisor. madam clerk, call the roll for items 3 through 5. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes.
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> chair: without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 7. >> clerk: item 7 is authorizing the recreation and park department to accept and expend grant funding from the state coastal conservancy priority conservation area grant program in the amount of $500,000 to support the twin peaks improvement project retroactively approving the grant agreement and to retroactively requires the recreation and park department to maintain the project for a 20-year period commencing upon project completion, pursuant to charter, section 9.118(b); and to retroactively authorize the recreation and park department to enter into amendments or modifications to the grant agreement and to execute further agreements that do not materially increase the obligations or liabilities of the city and are necessary to effectuate the purposes of this resolution.
>> chair: thank you so much, madam clerk. i don't see anyone on the roster. please call the roll for item 7. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> chair: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call items 8 and 9 together. >> clerk: items 8 and 9 called together are two 2023.
authorizing the department of public health to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $3,000,000 from the substance abuse and mental health services administration for participation in a program, entitled “the care coordination and transitions management project,” for the period of september 30, 2021, through september 29, 2023. resolution authorizing the department of public health to submit an application to continue to receive funding for the ryan white act hiv/aids emergency relief grant program from the health resources services administration; and requesting $15,590,728 in hiv emergency relief program funding for the san francisco eligible metropolitan area for the period of march 1, 2022, through february 28, 2023. >> chair: thank you, madam clerk. seeing no one on the roster, please call the roll for items 8 and 9. [ roll call ].
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> chair: thank you. without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 10. >> clerk: item 10 is a resolution retroactively authorizing the department of emergency management to accept and expend a gift of new air filtration units with an estimated market value of $100,000 from the bay area air quality management district to support implementation of the wildfire air quality response program for the project term through july 31, 2024. ( >> chair: thank you, madam
clerk. seeing no one on the roster, would you please call the roll for item 10. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> chair: thank you. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, would you please call our 2:30 p.m. special commendations. >> clerk: yes. the special order at 2:30 p.m. is the recognition of commendations for meritous
service to the city and county of san francisco. i have four supervisors signed up, supervisor safai, supervisor stefani, supervisor mandleman and. >> chair: we will go in order of special commendations, starting with you, supervisor safai. >> thank you, mr. president. so today, colleagues, it is my honor to honor an entire service provider institution within district 11 that's been part of the latino task force l.t.f. covid response in san francisco here that we call [speaking spanish] and it is our excelsior hub located in district 11 for their tremendous work
particularly around rent relief. we're joined live by the housing lead for the latino task force. the hub is viewing the live-streaming services today. since may of 2020, the excelsior hub has helped over 3,000 families with rent relief and the organization has got over $2.4 million into the hands of families at risk of being displaced. many times i see them out in the community actually hand delivering to and meeting personally as so many have. the funds go through the catholic rent relief known as housing is key and key programs.
as many of you know and have participated in, our district has one of the highest if not the highest access of this program and the need for it. this is all possible through collaborative work through the latino task force. excelsior works, meta mission centers and [indiscernible]. the excelsior hub provides room for people coming in for their appointments and in so many ways and they believe that each community member should be treated with respect. i've seen that and people i've talked to that have personally benefitted from this. their team started a tracking system to record every applicant for rent relief. that system became a follow-up tool with clients and ultimately
for other needs. currently the hub is embarking on a mapping program which creates an interactive map showing vacancies for the team. so far data from this project has shown that district 11 is one of the most densely populated areas of the city and they are working on a long-time priority for my office. on behalf of the board, i would like to thank this organization for their hard work, keeping families housed during the pandemic. i would like to allow sharon to say a few words. >> chair: thank you so much, supervisor safai. sharon. >> dear community members, i want to first thank the office of district 11 supervisor safai and his legislative aide for
opening the space for us. to share with you a fraction of the work we have dedicated to continue doing in our community. the purpose of our organization is to provide culturally competent community outreach to provide community members access to resources for the covid-19 recovery for the district 11 latinas community. it has been a pleasure for me to join the task force. when i started working on this, one of the main goals was to provide excellent customer service to the people coming for their appointments because that is the respect and dignity the community deserves. despite the different waves of rental relief that our staff needed to train to give the best services to our community, we are excited to announce that our
team has served over 400 families to apply for the rental relief program and receive that financial aid. we have distributed a total of $2.4 million in rent relief for those coming through our organization. i want to express my gratitude to the mission economic development agency and excelsior works who served clients during appointments and make sure that they submit a complete application. i also want to thank those in charge of internal processes where the applications were processed. specifically i want to thank those on the team as well as the
project managers and last but not least, i also want to extend my infinite gratitude to the team members who were vital for the hub operations to make sure our community had a safe space where they had the opportunity to receive help and to submit this application. i want to extend my gratitude to the hub coordinate, the manager, and the intake lead for the excelsior site. without their help, this could not have been possible. we are still providing these resources for our communities because we understand that this will be a long path to recovery from the pandemic we're facing today. thank you so much for opening your space. we really and truly appreciate your time. >> chair: thank you so much,
sharon. [ applause ]. >> thank you, mr. president. >> chair: thank you, supervisor safai and to the excelsior hub. supervisor stefani. >> thank you, president walton. colleagues, today i would like to recognize and commend john naggucci for his 34 years of service to the city and county of san francisco. john and i overlapped serving under the administrator. i've seen his dedication and commitment. he began his tenure at the convention facilities for the city and county of san francisco in 1988. by 1990 he was promoted to deputy director and served as director for the department since 2004 overseeing the daily operations there. throughout his career, john led three conventional center expansion projects, including
handling the $500 million expansion. john played such a critical role ensuring the center remains ready to support the covid command center which was critical infrastructure at a very unprecedented time. john later facilitated the transition of the center back to a full-service accredited convention facility. aside from working to serve residents and visitors there, john also gives back to the community serving on several boards, including san francisco travel, the tourism district, the san francisco chamber of commerce. john has also been committed to highlighting and celebrating the rich japanese american history in the city, helping to strengthen the core values of inclusiveness. john is embarking on another exciting chapter in his life and he is looking forward to
spending time with his family. i want to thank you for your dedication to san francisco and to public service these past 34 years. you've just been amazing. i know there's other people including our deputy city administrator who would also like to add a few words. thank you so much, john, and congratulations. >> chair: thank you, supervisor stefani. ken. >> i am ken and i am here on behalf of city administrator carmen shoe to express thanks to john on behalf of the san francisco residents and businesses and visitors. as supervisor stefani said, john has been integral in guiding the center. he has made this the premier meeting site in the united states.
he is one of the most welcome ambassadors and one of the biggest promoters. san francisco is the place to visit and to hold a convention. it's hard to think of john without thinking of his friendly smile and handshake. as was noted -- aside from his convention work, john has played a vital role in highlighting and celebrating japanese history in san francisco and promoting japan town, one of the few remaining in the united states. john represents the very best in public service. city administrator chu and myself are thankful he is being recognized today for his contributions to san francisco and we thank you for the opportunity to share in this recognition. >> chair: thank you so much, ken. congratulations, john, and you have the floor. >> thank you, everybody. good afternoon, president walton, and members of the board. i know you have a number of amazing individuals to recognize
today along with a full agenda so i'll keep my comments brief. first of all, thank you, supervisor stefani, for presenting me with this wonderful commendation. it is truly an 340ure7b. i've told others i worked with overhonor. i've told others i worked with over not only did i manage the center, but i worked hand in hand with the dedicated hospitality industry. thanks to the unwavering support of the mayor, our business here thrives, breaking attendance records every year right up until 2020. then everything changed. as you all know from march 2020 to july 2021, the center was repurposed to become the city's massive covid center. not only did we store supplies and equipments in the exhibition halls, we converted the inventory to accommodate
hundreds of city employees reassigned from their everyday jobs. through amazing operation and all of us at the building, we were proud to respond to and to manage the pandemic. rebuilding our industry is crucial to the city's economic well-being. the faster we can get back to what we do best and hosting 1 million conventioners every year, the better off the city will be. i want to thank you all. particularly carmen shoe for her tireless support and guidance as well as her leadership for the city's economic recovery. i had a great run and enjoyed every single minute. thank you so much. [ applause ]. >> chair: thank you so much, john, congratulations again. thank you, supervisor stefani. now we have supervisor
mandleman. >> thank you, president walton. today i am offering a commendation for margaret thee as she retires from a 40-year career with the city and county of san francisco. margaret immigrated to san francisco from hong kong when she was just 6 years old and her career and public service was with the office administrator, department of public works, and public utilities commission. her hard work, expertise, and her outstanding performance earned her various promotions. meanwhile, her calmness left a lasting impression on countless colleagues. they describe margaret as warm, patient, and knowledgeable, a go-to person on all things payroll. she made sure those who paviour streets, clean our buildings, inspect buildings and more get paid accurately and on time.
margaret is an outstanding public servant, sharing homemade food, making space for children and always 19ing time to support colleagues. margaret will be missed by friends and co-workers throughout the government and her legacy will endure as an example of public service at its finest. i want to offer my personal and our collective gratitude for sharing so much of yourself with the city for so long with the positive marks you've made. thank you, margaret, and we wish you all the best in your well-earned retirement. >> chair: thank you so much, supervisor. i do want to say congratulations, margaret, and i appreciate you, supervisor, for taking the time to acknowledge her. now we have supervisor melgar. >> thank you so much, president walton and colleagues. i am very excited for this
opportunity to present this special commendation to michael yu and glen louis. i learned of the work of this inspiration mother-son duo from district 7 last year from katie ting who was at the department of public health and now at the office of small business. michael yu is a high school student at lincoln high school. his mother gwen is a behavioral health nurse at the omice family center on ocean avenue. both of them have creatively and enthusiastically organized supply drives to serve families and young people during the pandemic. gwen says, my goal has been drawn to community service at a young age because his younger brother, christopher, is impacted by awesome.
michael has a strong sense of duty in the pandemic. he helped families isolated because of remote learning and he helped put together school supplies to donate to various organizations serving children with special needs. but moreover, he helped to involve his brother and other students with special needs in the process. michael and his family started a community service group called share s.f. they donated supplies like masks and planted a sidewalk garden on ocean avenue to help patients with their mental health. last year children became eligible for vaccines and michael took it on himself to purchase and assemble vaccine card holders to distribute to classmates and young people at the clinics. michael and his mom gwen also
purchased goodies like colored pencils, lip bottom, hand sanitizers, and other things to make gift baskets to distribute to children at the vaccination sites last year. they distributed over 200. it was a scary experience for many kids, so it is really heart-warming to see a young person turn that around and exercise this kind of leadership. i am so proud of young leaders like michael who have made this experience so comforting for others with his positive presence and little gifts. on halloween, michael and his family visited vaccination clinics with michael dressed up as a covid-19 vaccine vial, calling himself mr. vaccine and his brother dressed up as antibodies. it brought laughter and joy to workers stopping by the clinic. sometimes it is easier to
succumb to helplessness and it is people like michael and gwen among many other generous volunteers who remind us of our humanity and it takes one person's act of kindness to make an impact. michael has been recognized on the radio and he was featured on abc news. michael and gwen, i want to take this time to recognize you and to thank you for being so generous with your time and energy and to get you involved in any way you can. your service is so valuable. michael was planning on being here to accept this commendation virtually, but he is a very good student and he didn't want to miss class. so they will be submitting a video along with his mom gwen. mr. president, if we could now
play that video. that would be great. >> chair: thank you, supervisor melgar. madam clerk. >> clerk: can you please play the video. thank you. >> happy new year. >> hi, i am michael yu, a senior from abraham lincoln high school. >> i'm gwen, michael's mom. >> thank you so much for the commendation. i am truly humbled and honored to receive this. community service projects give me a chance to meet different people and to learn interesting and new things. i think it is important to help each other and to make our world a better place. i would highly encourage everyone to find time to get involved in something they believe in. to me community service is fun and rewarding. >> good job, michael. it is important for young people to find opportunities to learn new skills not taught in the
classroom. when you're involved in something bigger than yourself or helping someone in need, you will need to be passionate, empathetic, and tolerant. >> i was excited when the department of health was partnering up with our school district to set up vaccination clinics across san francisco to help vaccinate residents especially younger children. this is important because we want to make sure everyone is safe and healthy. >> we're accepting this commendation on behalf of everyone who is dedicated and working diligently every day in this vaccination effort. together san francisco rocks. thank you! [ applause ]. >> chair: thank you so much, michael and his family. it is always great to see our young people at work here in the city and thank you, supervisor melgar, for acknowledging
michael and his work. madam clerk, this concludes our 2:30 p.m. special order and this. we are on to item 20. >> clerk: item 20, in item was considered by the land use and transportation committee at a regular meeting on monday, january 10, 2022. this is an ordinance to permit bars in the castro street neighborhood and to affirm the ceqa appropriation and make findings. >> chair: thank you, madam clerk. i don't see anyone on the roster. would you please call the roll. [ roll call ].
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> chair: thank you. without objection this ordinance is passed unanimously on first reading. madam clerk, would you please call item 21. >> clerk: item 21 and 22 were considered by the rules committee at a regular meeting on monday, january 10, 2022, and were recommended as committee reports. item 21 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to provide members of the public works commission, sanitation and streets commission, and sheriff's department oversight board with health insurance coverage through the san francisco health service system. >> chair: thank you, madam
clerk. would you please call the roll on 21 and 22. >> clerk: should i read item 22, mr. president? >> chair: yes. >> clerk: item 22 is an ordinance to amend the municipal elections code to require the director of elections to submit information documenting the city's intended open source voting pilot program to the california secretary of state on behalf of the board of supervisors and upon approval of the secretary of state to implement such a system for use at the november 8, 2022, election. >> chair: thank you, madam clerk. on both items. [ roll call ].
supervisor mandelman. seconded by supervisor peskin and before we vote on the motion, we need to have public comment on the motion. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. to operations, at this time, the board of supervisors requests public testimony specific to the continuance of items 11 through 14, the appeal of conditional use authorization approval for the 18th street project. the board is taking up to two minutes of testimony. telephone number is streaming on your screen. it is (415) 655-0001. and when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting id, 24894987430. you'll press pound twice, you will have joined the meeting as a listener, you will hear the discussion, but your line will be muted and once you're ready to get into the queue to provide public comment, that is when you should press star three and when it is your turn, listen carefully for the prompt
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>> caller: hello. i've lived in san francisco for the next 40 years. okay. >> clerk: i'm going to interrupt you and recommend you press star three. that will put you back into the queue this is specific. we're taking comment on the conditional use authorization for the 18th street project which is considered to be continued to february 8th. >> caller: hello. thank you for having me. i call upon you to stop making
continuances and making a decision. i hope like supervisor stefani and chan. let's get people houseded. thank you for having these remote meetings. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. to the remainder of the callers in the queue, this is the items pertaining to the conditional use authorizization for the 18th street project. we're going to go to our next caller and operations, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> clerk: all right. unattended line. let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: hello. i am attempting to comment on
the jfk drive issue. >> clerk: all right. thank you for waiting. we appreciate your patience. operations, do we have another caller in the queue for the 18th street project and the potential continuation to february 8th. welcome caller. all right. that's another caller perhaps who's waiting for general public comment. operations, do we have another caller in the queue. >> caller: thank you. i'm waiting for the other commenting. >> clerk: thank you. and we do appreciate your patience. all right. operations, any callers in the queue for the 18th street project. >> madam clerk, there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you, mr. atkins.
mr. president. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no other speakers, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, i need to continue these items to the february 8th meeting made by supervisor mandelman and seconded by supervisor peskin. >> clerk: on the motion to continue items 11 through 14 to february 8th, supervisor safai. [roll call]
>> president walton: without objection, continues the hearing to february 8th, 2022, is approved unanimously. madam clerk, we'll call the next item to order, items 15 through 19. comprise the next special order item 15 is the board of supervisors to convene in the setting as a committee of the whole. this item is scheduled pursuant to a resolution with the board of supervisors on october 19th
specifically as the board acting as the legislative body for the i.r.s.d. and it is the culmination of the public hearing and then the results in the resolution calling in the special election and that is going to be a landowner election and we have been working with the landowner who is are the developers for treasure island and they've been supportive and involved in the amendment process and at such, they've submitted waivers to typical election law requirements for timing and ballots and i believe that we've already sent ballots and received them back for most all of the landowners. the second two items are to be continued for consideration by the future meeting date and
february 1st which follows the special election which will be at which time ballots will be canvas which will only be considered by the board acting in his capacity. as a result of the election and at least two thirds of the landowners having approval of the territory. just for context. on trrp island. to finance specific infrastructure and affordable housing costs within the
project area. this spring as well as so here is the map of the as proposed amended that's currently our five project areas a through e with a comprising all of yerba buena island as the first part being b through e. regarding treasure island throughout the years. with along the sort of leeway to where we are today. we've had multiple csd bond issuances approved by the board and we've issued and been able to reimburse developer for public infrastructure
completed. this item is the next step in order for us to be able to issue bonds for the irsd and we plan on coming back to the board for issuance this spring. so the irsd has pledged a portion of the city's property taxes with 82.5% of those taxes reimbursing the developer for eligible public infrastructure cost towards funding affordable housing as well as paying administration costs. and just a reminder for the proposed i.f.p. amendments that we've gone through and approved and are going to be seeking approval from landowners via election is the changes in project boundary areas which are identified by the controller's office as the administrator for the irfd. these amendments are largely administrative in nature.
as well as work with in order to assign areas which better allow for the 40 plus years of administration that will be going on for this district and for this project. and so at the time of the original formation in 2017, development parcels in certain project areas look as they do in the above map as they do and certain parcels grew inside while others shrank in the original parcel boundary. unfortunately, in order to administer the collection of tax increment and tax lead areas, the project area boundaries have to match actual apns in order for the board to assign. because of this, we're amending the boundaries for actual parcels and we're also adding certain parcels to project area e which is in the purple color due to knowledge there are
changes for development parcels due to pending maps to be recorded that will change shapes of parcels that will cut a street through previously not there and so all of the property that's being added is tida owned property, that's not planned for any development and is open space and we're simply adding it not to increase or to capture any value so to make sure that as the parcel boundaries change, we are not including any portion. the second amendment is a result of the changing boundaries. due to laws for any reason not explicit laid out. this amendment would add stability for the this is not
allowed in the city to correct people in the financing plan which laid out the distribution of the 1 it did not break the county from the 1% from the city's portion. i said it's not included in the amount pledged in the i.r.f.d. which prohibits educational fortunes of the 1% property tax from being pledged. shows the new amount from the county office education portion broken out and excluded.
questions? >> president walton: thank you so much. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton. mr. brewer, historically or at least early on in the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment and the reliance on what i call poor man's tax increment ifds or ifrds, there was concern particularly by the office that you represent that there could be in the general case of default. >> so i say with any debt issue
that has our name on it, there are concerns, but i will not say that the general fund is liable in any way apart from the portion of the tax increment which is pledged to the irfd chsz a source of the funding to repay debt. but with our name being on bond. we, of course, are looking as we are going to issue debt to issue in a way that is take into consideration all of the different factors at the time of issuance. >> supervisor peskin: what you are saying is that if there was a default, the general fund would have to come to the rescue in order to not be
downgraded and affect our bond rating and the value of the rest of our debt. is that what you're saying? >> is that would be a worse case scenario. there's a number of provisions when we're going to issue debt that allow us to do fast fore closure that would allow us to have multiple steps including debt service reserve fund. that would give us ample time to find solutions other than the general fund in order to make the property tax payment
efficient to meet that sort of requirement. so that would be the absolute worse case scenario which we do not expect to see. there will also be that service coverage requirements that issuance that will allow there to be, you know, small nonpayments in order to continue to make sure the debt service requirements are met even in those. >> supervisor peskin: is mr. rosenfield on this call? i know he was worried about the cumulative impact over time and i could have asked this about the last i.f.d. or ifrd but i don't want you to put -- i'd love to hear from the controller if he's on. >> president walton: we do have control every rosenfield here. did you catch that? >> i did, president walton. good afternoon, supervisors. i concur with mr. brewer. and i think supervisor peskin's questions are good ones. any time we establish a special taxing entity like andishing
bonds through it. while we are not legally liable for the cost of that service should there be a default by that, there is created for the city of that eventuality and so every time one of these proposals comes forward to initially create an ifd otherwise it's part of the care our office is taking in to kind of vet that out and then to work into the financing deal, the provisions that minimize that risk too. what we believe is an acceptable level and i know we are often reporting to the board our feelings on that.
the initial findings come forward. so these are the same questions we ask ourselves. we remain comfortable with the districts we're talking about here and the amendments today don't materially change any of those risks to file for the city, but i do appreciate the good questions. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. i don't see anyone else on the roster provide two minutes of.
>> clerk: when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting id 24894987430. press pound twice and you'll have joined the meeting as a listener. you will hear the discussion but your line will be muted and once you're ready to get into the queue to provide your testimony, that's when you should press star three. when it is your turn, you will hear the prompt you have been unmuted and just begin speaking your comments. as stated earlier, we do have interpreters on stand by ready to jump in and assist anyone with interpretation needs. we do appreciate the patience of those other individuals who are online waiting until general public comment is called. we're coming up to that item in several minutes. so operations, let's hear from our first caller in the queue. >> there are no callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you, mr. atkins. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you, seeing no speakers, public
comment is now closed and this hearing has been held and is now filed. supervisor haney. >> supervisor haney: thank you, president walton and colleagues. i want to make a motion to continue items 18 and 19 to the february 1st board meeting. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor haney. there is a motion to continue items 18 and 19 to the february 1st board meeting. do we have a second? seconded by supervisor peskin. >> clerk: on the motion to continue items 18 and 19 to february 1st, 2022, [roll call]
17. >> supervisor haney: just call it. >> president walton: i just want to make sure. do we need a motion? >> clerk: no. >> president walton: no motion. my apologies, supervisor haney. madam clerk, 16 and 17. >> clerk: on items 16 and 17, [roll call] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, without objection. these resolutions are adopted unanimously. and now madam clerk, i believe this concludes our 3:00 p.m. special order. would you please call roll call
for introductions. >> clerk: yes. first up is supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, i know these last few weeks, i'm sure many of you like our office have been bombarded. supervisor preston, sorry i didn't get your permission, i just wanted to see for myself what i had been hearing and the lines were literally down the block. in my district, the lines were around the corner for four blocks and as you know, this
and a dramatic need. i'm putting forward the department of emergency management to establish a covid command center to address the omicron surge. our schools are being bombarded. our students. if they are vaccinated. and are exposed, they have to monitor and come back and test. there's a lack of supplies z. i know our city has done everything we can to support, but we need to do everything better and we need to react as quickly as we can. grocery stores are being bombarded. lines out the door. our muni bus drivers, our first responders and these are people
that are vaccinated. our community based organization as i referred to all over the city, they don't even have ppe to hand out for families that want to isolate and try to ensure that the rest of the family is not being exposed. for the past two years, since mayor breed issued the clearing, we have done a tremendous job in this city. a tremendous job, but the amount of calls that we're getting, supervisor ronen, i know that this is something that you fought for in the beginning, are being the program itself is running out of findings currently right now
to support that. with their rental assistance, any support that they need. as dr. colfax said to me last night, our testing sites that were contracted for about 3,000 tests a day are exceeding 10,000 tests. we are overwhelmed in this system and i believe from what we have done over the last number of months, we have the ability to redirect. we have the ability to put the resources in place. now, yesterday on the phone with dr. earlich at san francisco general, they are down 400 staff right now and so much of what we're trying to do with i also think we can do better and so i also look
forward to working with the mayor and look forward to working with mary ellen carol, director carol and her team and dr. colfax and his team. we also need to be emphasizing people to do more boosters at this point. we have a good percentage compared to the rest of the country but how are we going to do that if lines are around the block if we don't have the staffing there. i know we can adjust it at this moment and i as supervisor melgar said earlier, this is something that needs to happen, it needs to happen yesterday and so working with the department of emergency management and department of public health. they cannot handle this surge right now. but it's just not enough right now. so we're seeking to establish something not at mosconi center
because we can't, conventions are back, but we believe a smaller site on a smaller department head level basis to have the coordination that we've had previously to handle this surge and, with that, colleagues, the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: submit. >> clerk: thank you. president walton. >> president walton: i have nothing to submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: thank you. if i could have one quick minute. so today i am submitting a motion along with supervisor haney. the motion is for the board of supervisors to sit as a committee as a whole to hear actually what supervisor safai has just talked about too. you know, it's really about the
department of public health's response to omicron surge. in december, during our hearing about the declaration of emergency in the tenderloin, i asked that the department of emergency management how they were going to balance that responsibility with the ongoing needs of covid response. what we heard or what i heard during that meeting is that the department of emergency management was passing that responsibility onto the department of public health. colleagues, i have been also asking this question just about in general on testing thinking about our downtown and our economy recovery and just understanding that when people travel nonetheless whether they're vaccinated or not, they still need to get testing. so we always know that testing has been a critical piece of this, but now with omicron surge, it's even more critical
than ever and i know that, you know, supervisor ronen and melgar during the committee will be hearing also the testing specifically for our school students. but now we're hearing, you know, what supervisor safai just mentioned. hours long lines for testing. primary partner caller just had to close a facility due to technical glitches and license testing facilities are popping up in every neighborhood. you know, we don't know and still we are investigating who these people are so colleagues, i know you share our concerns and each of us have been working really hard in our own capacity to get answers and so with that, i hope, you know, that you'll join me for all of us to get an update about the city's plan and response and its critical for our residents to have the opportunity to get the latest is the reason why
i'm calling for the committee as a whole at our next board of supervisors meeting on tuesday, january 25th. thank you and the rest i'll submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor haney. >> supervisor haney: thank you, madam clerk. i want to thank supervisors chan and supervisor safai for their leadership on this issue of how we're responding to testing and i'll be joining supervisor chan and calling for a committee as a whole. i know it isn't just two or three supervisors, it's every supervisor that has been scrambling in to support every one of our residents who've been experiencing concerns about how they can get tested when they've been exposed to covid, when they need to return to work or school and we as a city need to have an all-hands-on-deck approach to how we respond to this surge. we are currently experiencing over 1,300 cases a day.
a year ago which was the previous highest surge during the pandemic, we were experiencing less than 400 cases a day. so we are at over four times the number of cases a day in san francisco. thankfully, we aren't seeing the same levels of spikes in hospitalizations, but hospital izations are creeping up. this is a huge demand for tests that the department of public health or as supervisor safai said stepping up to deliver at a higher level than we've ever seen, but it's still not enough. we are still not meeting the demand. i think that one of the things that i hope we can talk about in this hearing is not only how we're responding, how we're providing testing, but also how we're communicating. i think that's something that's come up again and again as people are being told when certain things happen like they need to go back to school or work or they believe they have
symptoms that they're supposed to get a test and then they go to try to make an appointment and then they can't and understandably, that's leading to a lot of anxiety, panic, it's creating log jams within our systems of emergency response as we know. people are calling 911. they're showing up in emergency rooms because they don't know where they're supposed to go for information because the information we're being told is that they should be concerneded for their health if they were exposed and so they should urgently be tested and they can't and that's creating a lot of, you know, challenges for people to be able to go along with their lives and creating huge backlogs and log jams in our system. and so i look forward to this hearing. i definitely concur with
on easter which has grown from its home base in san francisco into a worldwide spiritual community service and activist and artist organization offering sanctuary with its communities and housing 60 u.s. cities and 14 countries. the sisters have been perpetual activists. lgbtq+ youth. prison reform, immigration, and the environment. in 1982, sister vishnew and the sisters introduced a dog show that was one of the first for people with hiv and aids. also introducing the first halloween in the castro and the celebration went on to attract
as many as hundreds of thousands of attendees and under funded lgbtq+organizations. in 1993 at the creating change conference, the first ever demand of speakers in stonewall 25th anniversary. the history of activism began long before she introduceded the first gay pride, became the second person in the united states to apply for a same-sex marriage license in 1976 and attended the white knight riots in 1979. between 15th and 16 has been selected for the commemorative street name for several reasons. it's very close to sister
vishnew. finally, on the corner of alert alley and delores street. delores street community services has operated a residential program for people with hiv and aids which began as a hospice in 1995 to attend unit residential care facility for formally homeless men and women with disabling hiv and aids. the name of a tireless activist and fundraiser for people living with people on this corner even more appropriate. i want to thank staff at the sfmta at the department of public works for their help with this resolution. i also want to thank sister roma who brought the idea of naming a street in the mission delores neighborhood after sister vishnew to us for whom this has been a passion project and who has worked hard to bring us to this point. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you supervisor mandelman. supervisor mar.
>> supervisor mar: submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: submit, thank you. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madam clerk. i have a couple of items for introduction today. first in the midst of the unfolding corruption scandal here in san francisco implicating city officials and the revelation that the beneficiary of san francisco's monopoly's waste management contract for 90 years, ricology to the tune of almost $100 million together with all of you colleagues and the mayor, i'm introducing an initiative ordinance to reform the broken system that has been the law of the land for almost one century. i want to thank mayor breed and her staff particularly andres power, our controller ben rosenfield and his team, deputy city attorney and his
colleagues at the city attorney's office as well as the members of the refuge working group for all of their work to get to this point. as was widely reported this morning unfortunately, ricology has submitted their own version of a watered down reform which as i said in one of those publications is among the most spectacular displays of cynicism and hubris that i've seen in my two decades of public service. i'm also recently informed and believed that the extent of recology's abuse goes well beyond the $100 million in excess charges that were previously reported and settled after dennis herrera brought suit and, in fact, may include upwards of another $100 million in overcharges and ill be gotten profits.
that recology would rebuff ongoing, good faith discussions around reform and file title and summary on their own watered down proposal just to get the signatures spending a quarter of a million dollars of rate payers money for that effort is frankly appalling and beyond the pale. i look forward to moving these through the legislative process and towards the ballot and i believe that the voters will be with us. they are smart and not the reckless expenditures of an entity that is already abused the public trust is under a deferred prosecution agreement with the united states department of justice and has already admitted to bribery. >> that would require the automatic sprinkler systems in all existing high-rise residential buildings in san
francisco that do not currently have them. this is legislation that i've been working on for over a year now ever since the horrifying at least some of the fault lies with regulators and industry representatives to install auto mated sprinklers in that building. i've been working with the san francisco apartment association and high-rise building owners and furtherance of this legislation and look forward to continuing that work in the
weeks and months ahead with those parties as well as with all of you, colleagues. today, i'd also like to adjourn the board meeting in the memory of two individuals. timmy 'tiki' jim. he was very proud of his indigenous oneida roots in northeastern wisconsin. can often be found long black hair and ready smile. the pandemic hit many people hard, but particularly those in the service industry struggle during the worst lows of the
pandemic shutdown including jimmy. he had a deep love for the city and made it a personal mission to be a grass roots community builder and supported the arts to come together. i want to extend our deepest condolences to the 16th street community and family for this profound loss. i'd like to offer an in memoriam today for tony ryan. a north beach fixture who can be nound his triangle specks, the cafe in vasuvio's as well as other north beach haunts and the list goes on hess an online book seller you'd actually never have known that he'd live
in the east bay give him in the east bay and after a fire devastated his east bay home, he moved into an sro unit adjacent to specks and passport full of stamps. it is no surprise that his death bed literally amounted to piles upon piles of books almost on the ceiling. he died of heart disease at the age of 73. memorial service is planned for his birthday. and board of supervisors, i won't offer my sincere condolences to his surviving families. your brother's quintessential life for a constant inspiration. we are all miss your sense of humor and all kinds of leftist literature. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you,
supervisor peskin. supervisor preston. >> supervisor preston: submit. >> clerk: thank you. and supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you, colleagues. first, i wanted to let you know that i have been vigilantly watching the right to recover fund. it was originally prior to the omicron incredible contagious spread, it was working wonderfully and we were set to have funds all the way through this budget season, of course, that all got blown up quite recently i was planning on keeping the right to recover program going today to see if she could find alternative funding. we're happy to do that, but not going to wait much longer because this fund has been
critical to especially low income individuals and families who have to quarantine at home and not work during covid. so i just wanted to let you know, we are on top of it. again, a huge thank you to oewd and in particular josh arse and chad keyston i believe is his last name who have just been running this program with such confidence and such care and i just really appreciate them. we get weekly updates and have since we passed our budget allocation to them giving us projections on how long it would last. so we've been monitoring it closely all along thanks to their great work. so thank you so much, colleagues and we might be looking for your support for a budget supplemental if needed. secondly, today i'm introducing a resolution in support of sb
830 authored by state senator anthony portontino. it would fund california public schools on their annual enrollment instead of their average daily attendance. it would result in $3 billion more a year in public schools. the current formula is not stable. school districts plan for budgets based on the number of students enrolled. for example, school district enrolls 100 students, but their attendance rate is 90%. the school district must still prepare as if 100 students will attend class every day, but only receives funding for 90 students. it of course, hits lower income schools or schools serving low income children even harder as life is just more unpredictable
and getting sick and not being able to get to school is harder. so i hope you will join me in supporting this resolution and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. seeing no other names on the roster. mr. president, that concludes the introductions. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. >> clerk: the board of supervisors welcomes general public comment. the best common practice if you're using your touch phone to provide your public comment. throughout the meeting, the telephone number has been stream on your screen. it is (415) 655-0001. and when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting id 24894987430 and you'll press pound twice. you will know that you have joined the meeting as a listener once you hear the discussion but your line will be muted and once you are ready
to get into the queue to provide public comment, that is when you should press star 3. and when it is your turn, listen carefully for the prompt 'you have been unmuted' and begin speaking your comments. during general public comment, you may speak to the december 7th, 2021, board meeting minutes. the mayoral appearance at the beginning of this meeting. the latter section items 25 through 31 and matters that are not on the agenda today, but that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board. all other agenda content has had its public comment requirement fulfilled. as stated earlier, we do have interpreters on stand by ready to jump in to assist you with your interpretation. so, to that, we have how many callers in the queue. i believe we have about 25 who are listening and there are nine who are actually ready in
the queue to make their comment. so, mr. atkins, let's hear from our first caller, please. welcome, caller. >> caller: hello, supervisors. my name is parker day and i'm a resident of district 3. my partner and i are huge supporters of both streets. these spaces are so important they provide a space for recreation and safe roots for us to travel across the city, not in a car. these changes during the early days of the pandemic the potential for freedom of speech for recreation, potential for community building. potential for noncar transportation and potential to help us reach our climate goals. the city should continue to work to build on the success and improving them to function
even better to meet this potential. thank you to the many hours that city staff have just mta, rec and park and dpw have spent keeping these going challenging of times. i want to thank the mayor for this time she's taken to support these agencies and their staff working through this extensive and transparent process. one thing i wanted to mention is that people around the the world see what we're doing here in san francisco. over the weekend, the new york times included the great highway park in a list of 52 places to visit that are showing environmental leadership. i hope you will continue that leadership and continue to show what's possible. these car-free spaces are really something special. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please.
>> caller: dear supervisors, i work at the dejeoung museum. i'm on the receiving end of now thousands of letters from our visitors have disabilities or mobile it is the only access point for the museum's essential operations and the disease. for staffing from the public. the level that my colleagues need for experience is disturbing particularly my colleagues of color. this is clearly creating an
unsafe environment. many throughout the entire pandemic, the essential workers who come on site each day. i really urge to consider the logic of this closure. if you choose the other side of the park. >> caller: i think because of the lack of transparency despite the mayor's comment, we need to reset and open all the roads until there is a transparent process. two, there's food trucks up on the great highway. another example of ginnsburg's
commercialization. three, it's destroying the environment because people play around and cut through the median and destroyed the dunes. four, there's traffic and safety issues because emergency vehicles cannot get through. there's road rage and many accidents have occurred on the lower great highway given the diversion. five, there is collusion amongst the park and rec staff sfmta and other groups like the bicycle coalition who very much favor no cars anymore. six, it's very ironic that everyone drives who comes down to the great highway drives their cars with three bicycles on their roof parks, ties up traffic and then rides their bike down the highway: that seems to be counter productive. and, six, climate control
demands that the highway be re-opened because of the issues for protection of the species that are protected. thank you very much. i appreciate the mayor's interest, but i think that given the findings of the task force last week, mr. ginsburg has been cited for willful intent of withholding documents and many examples of corruption were developing. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, can we hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: hello. my name is denise mayfield and i'm coming to you on behalf of the retired san francisco employees. my mother nancy jenn was a city
planner and was a retired city employee for over 30 years. i'm sorry -- november 27th, she passed away. and if we wait until november of next year to give people that are her age group the money that has been already set aside for them how many more are going to pass away. taking care of mom last six years of her life was very expensive for assisted living and then she broke her hip and dementia started. we had to find a nursing home that specialized in dementia. not all retirees are that fortunate. the pre96ers deserve this
money. my mom always wanted to remind all of you that hopefully you will live to be able to be a retired city employee and you should think about the ones that came before you. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, ma'am, for your comments. accept our condolences for your mother's passing. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> caller: good afternoon supervisors. i'm a huge support of slow streets, the great walkway and really some of the only good things to come from this pandemic. every one of you voted for city's climate goals last year. you all voted that 80% of trips in just eight years from now. you all celebrated the city's climate action plan and you
also board the bedrock like transfirst and vision 0. yet, when it's time for action, where are you. i recently and i'm concerned that this board passed its own transportation and climate goals and then disappears leaving junior city staff the thankless job simply for trying to carry out the policy you all voted for. you all passed uncomprising transportation policies. the policies should be executed without compromise. what we're endlessly talking about here are changes to a fraction of a percent of thousands of streets in the city. with a third of all households in the city car-free and half of all trips taken without cars. a few streets prioritized with something else is not too much to can for. car-free jfk is not too much to ask for. over 72% of residents support
the prom fad. the agency's have done the hard work. i was also puzzleded by supervisor chan's association are disrespecting the resolution that you all passed. the resolution should develop options. that's exactly what they did. just like you asked me to do. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller.' we have 31 listening and there are 14 callers ready to make comment. welcome, caller. >> caller: good afternoon, supervisors. my name is sheila presley. as a director of communication at the dejeoung museum i ask
that the needs of abled bodied individuals not outweigh those with disabilities and that the desire of those fortunate enough to live close to golden gate park. to weigh in on this issue. thank you. the road closure has hit community members with limited mobility including people with disabilities. those with ada plaquereds. the elderly and families with strollers are especially hard.
students and teachers, families, people with disabilities and those attending talks in classes each year. in addition, visitors with disabilities and those receiving medi-cal and food assistance benefits are also granted free admission to the museum. we also offer free general admission for all residents of the san francisco bay area every saturday. thank you to all of the supervisors for taking the needs of those who want to utilize the resources of the city owned museum into account. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please?
>> caller: you've heard about the closure of jfk drive to automobiles has excluded many people with disabilities plus seniors and others. just one example, the recent light shows in december. this is the second year in a row that banning cars from jfk has made it impossible for many people to see the winter light shows. the only way to see these shows from any people including myself, i use a wheelchair full time and i have muscle dystrophy. many people who walk with difficulty and precariously, they cannot walk far and it's literally impossible to get there and to view the light shows without a car. winter evenings and nights are cold and often windy and this past december, unfortunately, there was a lot of rain. many of us need the shelter of
being in a car and many including women alone don't feel safe walking in the park after dark. being in a car is safer. i think you're probably aware of the several disability rights, complaints at the u.s. department of justice about this. another aspect people were talking about and the mayor was about mta and rec and park they claim to be dated, but if you look at their fact sheet, they say technical analysis and public input to decide which streets should be closed to cars post covid. not to the question of whether streets should be closed, and their survey is so flawed within an hour. >> clerk: thank you sir for your comments. apologies for interrupting your
comments. we are setting the timer for two minutes this afternoon. all right. thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue. i understand we have 34 listening and there are 19 callers in the queue. welcome, caller. >> caller: hello supervisors. my name is david alexander and i have two small kids and we get around san francisco by walking, transit, and biking. i want to thank staff for their hard work and public outreach for the project. i truly feel they try to rise to the moment to meet the demand of our supervisors especially mar, melgar, and supervisor chan. i also want to thank the supportive agencies. our city staff are getting basically attacked at community meetings. i'm not going to lie, so i'm
really happy that mayor breed came out in support. i want to thank supervisor haney, mandelman, and preston. the great highway is so important for our community to more active and sustainable modes. we're building communities each day coming out to these car-free streets. also noise and air pollution throughout our city. kids and people of all ages and disabilities for places to walk, play, and commute. so, again. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: good afternoon supervisors. i'm calling to ask you to exercise compassion and respect
for all san franciscans of all economic status and mobility. the jfk drive road closure is illegal. it is in violation of park codes 6.12 and 6.13 which codified the hard fought negotiated compromised agreement of april of 2007 in which all of the opposing parties came to the table and debated all night and through the next day to come to that agreement. that agreement gave an additional half of the road, half of the year road closure on saturdays during the day in addition to the already existing daytime sunday road closure. and so the people, the working class people of san francisco of that time only had the full day of saturday as well as the other days of the week. but one of the two days, when
they have a day off, they had full access until from 1967 when the road was closed on sundays during the day, to 2007. so this negotiated compromise gave an additional half of the road from garden drive to transfers drive on saturday during the day only from april until september. so returned to that negotiated settlement. nighttime closure is a sin againstern and it's completely beyond the pail. the voters voted down the saturday road closure and two different ballot measures and to close at 24/7 is just an abomination. nobody teaches a kid to ride a bike during the night. there's no reason to deprive everyone from full access and deprive the multi-generational
families. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. apologies for cutting you off. we are setting the timer for two minutes this afternoon. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> caller: hi. good average everyone. my name is wesley pan living in district two. we have already connected active transportation working for san francisco. and protecting by claims. we believe that this network is essential to meeting our city's climate goals i'd just like to read some of the comments we've received so far from the pe car
>> clerk: we have 20 callers lined up in the queue to speak. let's hear from our next caller, please. welcome, caller. >> caller: hello mayor breed and supervisors. i live near the great highway in golden gate park. thank you for listening to my comments and considering them. i'm concerned you may not all beware of the reasons why there are allegations of as supervisor chan mentioned earlier. i exand we have limitations that rendered them unreliable to count pedestrians and
bicyclists on our urban streets. i've sent this to each of you. rpd is reluctant to produce documents to the public and the sunshine task force has found mr. ginsburg and his department guilty of willful misconduct and the matter was sent to the ethics commission. we cannot get any official documents concerning the process by reliable equipment with independent oversight. let's share our great highway with people in or out of vehicles and not make it a miserable experience to drive
[♪♪] >> clerk: thank you for your comments. thank you for your comments. all right. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> caller: thank you for this opportunity to comment on road closures and in particular the closure of jfk drive to cars. my name is jessica gainer, my zip code is 94217 in district 7 and i continue to live in the voting district where i grew up. currently, i'm a retired psychologist giving back to the city i love by serving as a community volunteer. in thinking about road closures in particular the jfk drive
closure, i have some observations, but they all accessibility. accessibility is defined as equal, equitable access for everyone and specifically to golden gate park's wonderful public facilities, public program and publicly funded cultural institution. how do accomplish this challenge for those with mobility issues and those with toddlers and jfk drive is closed, the remaining parking spaces allocated as currently planned are too distant from some of the park's attractions. which are not adjacent to cultural attractions. such as the academy of sciences and the dejeoung museum. these are places that multigenerational families, the young and old can gather to experience fun, learning,
and/or personal growth, navigating paths to the academy and to the museum can be difficult even for someone without mobility or visual limitations. also, please note the jfk drive currently does have a bicycle lane with paths on either side of the road and inline skating area and open space for and museum is erratic at best. as susan kirkland stated in today's chronicle, my best friend is often late or doesn't come at all -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. and i apologize for interrupting you, we are setting the timer for two minutes this afternoon. thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue. i believe we have 39 who are listening and there are about 19 lining up to make their comment. we welcome the next caller.
>> caller: hi. my name is jay elkin and i'm not a resident of san francisco but i've come to speak to you today at this meeting because i have been working towards becoming a foster parent for the county of san francisco and i had the pleasure of actually being an emergency personal assistant through ggrc for a young man who has been in the system. so he's about twelve and has multiple diagnosis and frankly from what i understand is one of the most difficult kids in the county. in the month of october, i got the chance to help him because he didn't have a placement and so sfhsa came to me through dtrc, they were supposed to hire me as an emergency personal assistant and i worked as a personal assistant for the
entire month of october -- i'm sorry. i get emotional because i just feel i've been so disrespected. i haven't. cdrc hasn't paid me for a month's work i didn't have a day off. i worked every day and i lived with this man and i want to be his foster parent again and i'm fighting for him right now because i know i can help him. but i want to be paid and i want to be paid fairly and i don't have anyone on my side because i'm just a person i don't work for anyone. [please stand by]
>> thank you, mr. da costa. please direct your comments to the board as a whole and not to individual members of the board. all right, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hello, my name is -- i'm a driver, a bicyclist. there are climate issues and equity issue concerns. i'm also a runner in district 11, like mayor. i want to say i applaud the mayor's driven approach to j.f.k. highway, slow streets and other considerations pertaining to the conversations. -- [indiscernible] by keeping the status quo, but
rather -- i definitely see that. for example, in june 2010, an 81-year-old resident went missing and her body was -- police, but not create space for every -- that could not fit only -- but we can watch over the -- [indiscernible] space. today in the richmond review, you see personal mobility issues loving the space for j.f.k. and that's what's wonderful. even today, there are concerns of pedestrian issues, like today was a pedestrian that got hit by a car, webster and washington, a person who is bleeding from the head and we're still talking about, oh, should we have -- space and things like that? considering why i as a driver would want to have safe space.
ran out of time. thank you, have a good day. >> thank you for your comments. >> we have 38 listening and 20 in the queue. can we hear from our next caller, please? >> dear policymakers, do you think the lincoln center could get we coerced -- i mean connected. i've only acquired the migraines since the board of supervisors meetings in pursuit of affordable housing. and while on the topic of treatment of the unhoused, is there any chance to s.f. mental health, the folks that thought ellis act evictions were not crazy. what is the difference between a woman using a tenderloin pay phone to call an eviction
defense lawyer and a mayor in a jazz club just three blocks away dancing without a mask. the difference is thousands of dollars spent on facials. dear policymakers, how many behavioral health bionic women -- i mean enhanced social workers, does it take to tackle the hand of an unhoused person as they wait the 12 hours on average the housing authority says it takes to get housing assessed. it takes as many as can fit through the eye of the needle. and the eye at the sky at the same time. speaking with the sky, why does -- fortifying infrastructure, because the chronicle can't remember when sf voters voted against cameras installed on street lamps. not anticipating a state of emergency could afford the
mayor's absolute power to veto their votes. how can homeward bound get an unhoused person back home who born and resides. fly into new zealand for merciful asylum, sanctuary and second hand smoke-free housing by 2025. madame clerk, call me citizen 22 -- [bell ringing] >> thank you for your comments. all right, operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> my name is -- and i'm a second year pharmacy student. i would like to make a public comment on the opioid epidemic and harm reduction. the opioid epidemic has been a public issue for the past several decades. unfortunately, drug overdose-related deaths have been exacerbated due to the covid-19 pandemic. over the -- one of the ways to reduce the number of drug
overdoses is to reduce the number who choose to use illicit drugs, particularly increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to treat disorders. we believe pharmacists have so much more potential in having roles in our health care systems. over the past years, pharmacists have been gaining more ability to serve the community. for example, they're now able to give vaccines and nicotine replacement therapy. further more, pharmacists are also able to furnish narcan which is a life-saving medication to reverse the effects of opioid in a person who had an opioid overdose. pharmacists are the most accessible health care in the community. this will allow greater access
to medication assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder, thus improving the opioid epidemic. thank you so much. >> thank you for your comments. we have 31 who are listening and 14 who are ready to make their comment in the queue. let's hear from the next caller, please. >> good afternoon, thank you for the opportunity to comment on slow streets, including the closure of j.f.k. and the great highway. i am a person who absolutely loved slow streets during the pandemic, especially the early stages of the pandemic, when we were largely sheltering in place. i and my family used them all extensively. we thought it was a great idea, a great way to expand our outdoor spaces.
as, however, things have returned to semi-normal, people are going back to work, people are going back to school, i am seeing that this -- the continued closure is having a profound negative impact on our community. if you get on next door, if you get on social media, you'll see very, very nasty fighting among community members. it's caused great divisiveness in our community. there are -- you can see increased congestion on all of the streets that are close to a closed street, including j.f.k. there is massively increased congestion all around the park. you know, if you look at the great highway that caused congestion in the chain of lakes. if you look at lake street, unfortunately, there was a closure of many, many east-west streets in the last two years in
the richmond district which has caused a lot of additional congestion on people who live on those streets, while leaving lake street, for example, as a private drive for those who live on it. all of these places are close to public parks. and as a city that cares about the environment, the fact that people are sitting in their cars one to 10 to 20 for some friends i heard, longer than they were before, because of the closures, we're causing a lot more pollution. and i think we should be concerned about that as well as -- [bell ringing] -- accessibility. >> thank you for your comments. we apologize for interrupting you. we are setting the timer for two
minutes. we have 38 callers in the queue and 20 who are listening. let's hear from the next caller, please. >> hello, good afternoon. this is barry toronto. happy new year to everybody. i'm hoping the new year brings some bright solutions and some easier resolutions so the issues we have today. my concern first, i noticed a lot of callers have been calling about j.f.k. drive. as a taxi drivers, we're not going to weigh in on the actual closure section, except that we need easier access to the concourse area. to only allow us access through ninth avenue. lincoln way is not an option for us to serve the seniors and disabled. and other folks that need to have accessibility challenges in getting into the park. so, we have asked for access on
eighth avenue at fulton. we're still waiting for that. and we are in concurrence that there has to be a better way for people who do not live close to the park and for people with ability to get there. the next issue is the contractors who provide service to the homeless and on san francisco streets. i feel that urban alchemy needs metrics to be met and not just make their executive richer by giving them these lucrative contracts without making accountability. the people who have the bathrooms supervision are rude, condescending and half the time do not have the bathroom available for use. please open more bathrooms. especially the one at market and castro at night. the next issue is regarding the purchase of dining holders.
we're seeing a reduction in business throughout the city due to the expansion of the pandemic infections. and also the airport is a lot slower at this point. so you're not making them any richer to pay off their loans. i'm hoping -- [bell ringing] >> thank you. may we have the next caller, please. >> hello, supervisors. my name is michael. i'm a resident of district 5. i'm here to talk to you about slow streets and what we've done so far in the city. the "new york times" heralded the great walkway saying that san francisco can be climate-forward leaders, but we're not doing enough. we have the same fight over and over for every stretch of road in the city. our extra city staff at muni and rec and park know that equity of access must be prioritized in our car-free spaces and not after thought, but equity of
access means people, not private luxury transportation choices. disabled people are not their cars. seniors are not their cars. 30% of residents of san francisco don't even own cars. our car-free streets are for users all ages and mobility. mobility device users, families with strollers and others make use of the car-free states every day. vast majority of our public space to private metal boxes all of these other people get squeezed on the narrow paths fighting for what little space remains. we can do better for everyone. if we want to maintain better access to amenities in the park, make sure park and rec follows through on their promises to add ada space behind the bandshell. make sure the museum provides lower rates for people with disabilities and allow them to make use of the garage for
drop-offs. there is so many other ways to give people access to our beautiful spaces. thank you very much. i yield the rest of my time. >> thank you for your comments. >> next caller, please. >> hi, my name is harold. it was great to hear the mayor talk about process and transparency, at the same time, you all need to be mindful of the public policy role. we're in a crisis. -- [indiscernible] 2030, 80% of the trips are to be made by -- modes. you can't wait for 2029 and simply flip a switch to make that happen. change has to start now. very least it should be on the -- [indiscernible] j.f.k., great highway, all the slow streets, those should clearly be prominent. it's your job to clear up the
sustainable modes. it's not like even most people are upset. there is not even a tough choice here. the path is clear for you. please take it for the well-being of all of us. and that's really all that needs to be said. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller? caller, please proceed. hello? >> hello. i am live? >> yes, please proceed. >> thank you so much. thank you so much for hearing me today. maya scott and i teach accessible theater and art for city college and i am also blind and partner with an amazing guide dog. i am just reaching out to share
a little bit of my story as far as j.f.k. goes. 25 years ago i had a dream come true and that was to move to this amazing place called san francisco where access and the arts were just so prevalent. and now i feel like i am amidst place that is all about survival of the fit. so home of where people now have to back into their parking spots to make room for the new bike lanes which makes it hard for people like me with guide dogs or people with strollers to pass on the sidewalks. now to j.f.k. drive, where i'm frankly terrified to cross the street as i think about a former friend who got a head injury from getting hit by a bicycle, to trying to step off on the curb and experiencing road rage.
so, i just feel like there has to be a way to do this. we might be this hub of great innovation. we've got this. there has to be some way we can work in synergy. can we close down that little segment of j.f.k. where the blue spots are located? can we make blue spots closer to the museum and to the science -- museum of sciences and the concourse? we are an innovative hub. and we are full of amazing thinkers and creators. let's bring synergy and inclusive design into our community. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller? >> hi. my name is jennifer and i live on fulton street just across
from j.f.k. i support vision zero and slower traffic all over the city. i think it's important to have traffic controls, police officers monitoring speed, red light cameras and safe pedestrian crosswalks all over the city. what i take issue with is that certain unlucky streets like fulton street and california street are absorbing the brunt of the entire richmond district's traffic. while lake street residents get to live on a private road overlooking a national park with end playgrounds. i live on fulton street, i'm also sucking in the wind of all of these cars. i cannot open my front window. and i think that is a real issue
in the designation of these slow streets and in car-free j.f.k. the amount of traffic that is then diverted on to the unlucky streets that tend to be where the homes of middle and working class people are in san francisco. i think there is a real equity issue here and i thank supervisor chan in bringing up the transparency issue around the surveys, because i feel like the bias of the sfmta is real. i understand it. their futures depend on their green profiles. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller? >> this is mike. i live in district 7 and i'm dismayed at the heads of our
city agencies along with our special interest groups friends that think they can force their ideas on the general public without public input. -- found that rec and park director phil ginsburg withheld public records related to the closure of the great highway, not just on one occasion, but three complaints. one complaint has been referred to the ethics commission for the consideration of misconduct. pay to play between the rec and park and the park alliance and other special interest groups is great concern to many san franciscans. it has been shown that sfmta has been colluding with the bike coalition. with all the turmoil criminally affecting our city, school board recalls, the last thing we need to do is continue to divide our population because a few entitled people want to play in the streets.
there is a glaring demographic or those who are pro-closed. as they're predominantly white and wealthy. these people are not representative of the people who need the roads to get to work. they want to play. we need to work. reopen all of the streets and roads for the purposes they were intended. thank you. >> thank you for calling today. can we have the next caller? >> hi, my name is martin. i'm a tenant, pedestrians and transit rider in district 5. i want to take a moment to thank the staff who have taken on the task of the tireless outreach for many months in many languages to ensure a robust community process. i'm disturbed by the disinformation campaign being waged by the museums that appears to have the least divisiveness among our community.
denying there is 100-space garage controlled by some of their board members, a recent survey showed 70% support of the j.f.k. promenade. i support equity for individuals with disability, however, j.f.k. was previously on the high injury corridor where serious injuries and deaths have occurred. they're in the process of fixing these issues while keeping j.f.k. safe. since the closure, there has been zero facilities and injuries. to those who say we need to reset the process, i say this, we can't reset climate change. we can't reset vision zero. we can't reset transit first. it appears that the opponents of the walkway -- this is today, not in the future, but today. we're only asking for a tiny amount of road space to be safe for walking, cycling, and yes -- grounds for people with disabilities out of the many
thousands of streets that prioritize cars above people. many of you have signed -- please act like you mean it. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller? >> thank you for having me this evening, supervisors. joe here. couple of issues tonight. first i want to thank the supervisors and staff again for having, you know, these type of meetings. it's nice seeing who is paying attention and who is not. it would nice to be in person at a safe time to thank you for your service. and hopefully, maybe instead of public comment being break time for supervisors, there be a specific break time supervisors can use the restroom and stuff, because it's a little discomfiting here, but for those paying attention, thank you. i know -- supervisors as a whole, so i just want to say
thank you to those who are listening. i also as a transit rider support safe streets. i support closing j.f.k. drive. there are bus stops to the sports center and a bus drive to the museum and i use muni to get around san francisco. it's awesome and i don't understand why people are poo-pooing it. maybe they should try it before dismissing it. and maybe supervisors could also please have a fair free again and encourage everyone to ride the transit. and i want to give all my best to supervisors chan and stefani as always and the clerk. thank you for your continued public service to our community. >> thank you for your comments. we have 29 listening and 10 left in the queue. can we have the next caller, please? >> hi. my name is lisa church.
i thank you for your time today. and every day. i want to thank the board and all of the city agencies honestly for the work that's gone into the planning, all the conversations around slow streets, car-free j.f.k. and a great highway. these benefits to the city are a bright addition. i want to thank the mayor for her comments earlier supporting staff, particularly some of the sfmta staff who have taken considerable abuse from some of the public during recent meetings. i'm continuously offended by the young representatives pushing the false narrative that j.f.k. closure only serves able bodied individuals. it's an insult to be used to promote their agenda. i'm 60 years old. i very often have limited mobility and have for decades. i live in d3 which is a safe-street desert. i haven't driven in well over a
decade and i regularly cross the city by muni to get both to the park and the great highway. i get much more walking time in because of these features. i really think they're great. i'm also now after decades of support of former fine arts museum member. i'm grateful in the time that we've had so much to worry about that the city has found the way to promote policies of vision zero. climate goals. i don't think we've done nearly enough, but these all help the health and safety of our residents. i hope to keep these streets open and continue to expand the program, not just for the residents, but for the view of the city it brings to us nationally. they're really great i ditions to the city -- additions to the city. thanks for your time and i hope you're all well. >> thank you for being with us here today.
i'm absolutely support our network slow streets, including permanent closures of j.f.k. and great highway. those streets are only effective as the entire network, so i'm disappointed in supervisor chan and others for trying to dismantling the slow streets one by one, they'll be remembered by san franciscans for a long time to come as they absolutely not in line with the city's stated climate goals. personally, i love our slow streets because it allows me to safely bike over to my mother-in-law, to bring groceries from the local groceries like other avenues, all while leaving my car at home. in fact, i've been able to leave my car at home more often than not during this pandemic.
>> i will not take up too much of your time because i agree with all the points that have been made, but i want to add a bob dylan quote, which is "everybody moving, if they ain't already there, everybody got to move somewhere." that is why this is contentious because we are just trying to share the 7-mile by 7-mile spot, and it is challenging. we are trying to figure it out. i believe we will figure it out. we will figure it out. it is going to be fine. i would urge you to not go backward or press reset. let's just keep moving forward and making great calls.
let's keep the streets permanent, everybody that needs to drive, the good news is they can still drive. they can drive everywhere. you can drive everywhere. that is good for them. then we will figure out the infrastructure and all the stuff we have to do as we go along, as we always have. that is it. please keep these. i am on jfk right now. i'm looking at everybody, it is joyous, the son's beautiful, the trees are beautiful, it is quiet. please keep it. that is it. thank you. >> think you for your comments. operations, do we have another color in the queue? >> hello, my name is herbert weiner. i have two issues. one is i would like the board to initiate a measure to decree to
have the benefits restored. people who retired before 1996 are dying. those who have died, and those who i have known personally have been denied benefits. it is a benefit that i enjoy as someone who retired after 1996. so please, it is a human measure. we owe it to the seniors to work for the city to have benefits restored. it is cruel to deny their benefits. secondly,. [ indiscernible ] you are being a very cruel to seniors at the table by denying them access. also, there is -- [ indiscernible ]
-- some people just hate automobiles. public transportation and transportation that should serve everybody, not the selfish few. please restore the great highway. restored jfk drive, and please don't deny back that you are creating congestion like crazy on californian street. now it is congested. this is congested thinking. >> thank you for your comments. >> think you -- thank you. >> do we have another caller? i will just say there are 30 listeners. if you like to make comment this afternoon you should press star three. there are eight callers in the
queue ready to make comment. let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hello. my name is matt. i am a father to young children in the city and a resident of district eight. our family wants to thank the sfmta staff and recreations and park staff for two years of outreach and engagement. we have seen them at farmers markets, we have seen them out in the park, engaging people at transit stops, they have been all over, surveying san franciscans about the future they want for their city. and the survey they did showed over 72% of san francisco residents support a jfk promenade. a promenade that turns it into a place were people of all ages and abilities can move around
and enjoy that piece of the park. i also want to talk about the climate action plan that the entire board signed onto that talks about shifting modes -- shifting travel modes to sustainable modes. our goal is to reach 80% sustainable modes. we have actually gone backwards in the past two years. such changes, as a slow street or the jfk promenade help shift people's transportation modes away from private automobiles. did you know that the 44 bus is three minutes faster now because it doesn't have to compete with congestion on jfk? that is a muni line. that's what i want to see the city doing. especially for our disabled neighbors, we should really get the museums and the directors that control the garage to put one% of the money towards free
parking for disabled neighbors. with an 800 space garage, they could pay for the parking for our community. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> thank you, madam clerk. can you hear that? >> we can hear you. >> that sound is the absence of catch through traffic driving on jfk right now. instead there are families pushing strollers and walking their dogs, kids playing, and countless people who have switched to a more active and sustainable mode of transportation thanks to the jfk promenade. i am a dad and a legal organizer at kids safe at -- could save s.f. i am advocating for safe spaces for kids to play. first i want to thank the number of people, thank you to city staff or your hard work and your
various public policies, and your ongoing public outreach for the promenade, the parks. thank you to the mayor for her support of staffing and agencies, thank you to the supervisors for your vocal support of the kid safe spaces throughout our city. thank you for choosing to commute using sustainable modes of transportation and thank you to the vast majority of san franciscans who have shared their love and support for safe spaces, including the 72% of residents who support keeping it car -- car free for the majority of the people in our city being supported and the majority of all race and ethnicity groups being supported and countless of people with disabilities who love the car free promenade. we would be devastated if it was removed or destroyed with cut -- cut through traffic. there are innumerable benefits to our city. they give kids and people of all ages and abilities places to walk, play, and commute. they encourage people to shift to more active and sustainable modes and they build community
amongst neighbors and city residents, reduce noise and noise pollution and reduce congestion for people who need to drive. i support the mayor's suggestion that we should trust the public process and the countless opportunities for residents to engage. thank you and please have a great rest of your day. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> hello, this is patricia of concerned residents of the sunset. i wanted to address the inequity that we find in city government with these. we know from a record request that there was collusion between these three agencies and the bike coalition where in order to
maximize the bike coalition's responses to surveys and to comments at meetings, these agencies colluded with them, gave them advanced knowledge. one employee even said, let's be sure we are all on the same page. meanwhile, we the taxpayers, are paying for the public servants' salaries, but we are not being represented by them. everybody is paid quite handsomely. in fact the salaries are outrageous, but we are not being represented. you are representing the bike coalition, not the citizens. in order for us to get equitable and fair treatment, we had to tax ourselves twice, we had to all contribute money so that we
could actually bring a law against this, because we weren't getting equitable treatment. so we have been taxed want what times. we pay our taxes and then we have to pay for legal representation so we can get an equitable treatment. this is not fair. i would like to ask that the public servant start treating all taxpayers fairly, and not just -- >> thank you for your comments. please accept my apology for interrupting you. we are setting the timer for two minutes. thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> good afternoon. i think i am in perfect place to make a comment after the prior
caller. it is my understanding that the survey sent out by sfmta was -- you could take as many times as you wanted. if you are part of an organization that was trying to push a certain agenda, you could have all your members take it 50 times, 60 times, 500 times, so when we get that kind of survey, with 10,000 responses, it is immediately invalid. you can't have a valid data collection where people can game the system. so to supervisor chan's point, we need to go back and establish transparency. if the majority of people want the streets to remain closed to cars and jfk to remain closed to
cars, we need to find that out legitimately. that might be what we want. we need to find it out legitimately. so the current state of the surveys is not what we should be adhering to. we need to have a very legitimate survey done so we really understand what we are actually dealing with. and not something that can be easily gained. and justin no. i too am on jfk right now, walking my dog, and it is great. but honestly, there's not enough people to justify the street being closed. there's plenty of room everywhere for people to bike, dogs, and cars if they were here. so i just wanted to make that note, but i think we do need to
do this legitimately before we make any final decisions. >> thank you for your comments. we have 27 who are listening and six callers in the queue. if you are one of the 27, you should press star three now, otherwise we will take this group until the end. let's welcome our next caller. >> hi, i am a native san franciscan here. not a transport, not a snob. the way they have it now set up is a pretty fair compromise for everyone. we can keep jfk closed, and keep the great highway closed on the weekend. during the week it needs to be open. it should not take half an hour to get from one side of the sunset to the other. and not to mention we are being terrible neighbors to the neighbouring cities of daly city and pacifica for people who have been pushed out, who have to move and commute. that is all i have to say. thank you.
>> thank you for your comment. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> good evening, madam clerk, president walton, and supervisors. i am in district eight. i am so happy to hear transit issues being addressed by the public today. i hope to co-op them to stand up for transit justice and transit equity. know that muni is cramped, muni is mismanaged. there are 200 bus drivers out sick today because of covid. what is muni doing? we need to hire more bus drivers to get the buses on the street. when you have 200 muni bus drivers that are out sick, people are less strength -- left stranded throughout the city.
what are you going to do, close the subway again? close all the bus lines? we need to open up the bus lines, stop cutting services, and restore services to full effect and expand muni and expand this. expand the central subway, san mateo and contra costa have been giving free rides to their residents for over six months. it is time for free muni for everybody. thank you. >> thank you. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hi, my name is joshua and i grew up in the sunset. i went to sfusd schools and i also worked for a time for the school district. i want to first say thank you for implementing the slow streets program and i also urge
you to keep the slow street policies in place, including keeping jfk and the great hot -- great highway car free. i have seen firsthand the positive impact on local community and local businesses, which are getting more attention because of the draw out here to the great highway. i think there's a lot of misinformation happening from powerful individuals who can pay for access to certain supervisors like connie chan, who are misleading taxpayers with crazy conspiracy theories that are not bounded -- founded in reality. we need to focus on making things better for our neighbors, our local businesses, and ourselves by emphasizing action on climate change, fostering healthy communities, and stopping allowing the wealthy and the powerful to mislead us. why are we fighting against cleaner air, increased safety for children and people of
disabilities, more community building, and supporting local businesses? i encourage people who are adamantly against closed streets to think about where you are getting your information from and ask yourself why they might want to mislead you. that is all i have to say. >> operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hello, supervisors. my name is lois scott. i am a resident of district five and have been for over 30 years. i am calling about concern for pre1996 retired city employees. i retired myself in 2009 from the planning department. as far as the pre1996 city employees, there are 4,500 of them right now. the average age is over 85, and they haven't had full cola
adjustments for their pension since 2012, and the way to fix that is through a charter amendment. i know that most of them at this point are in -- are often in facilities where they are confined or living at home in a pretty isolated situation, and they couldn't enjoy jfk access. they are really frail elderly at this point. families are helping keep them alive and families are making up the difference where their pensions aren't covering the cost of their accommodations and their health care. we'd hoped for a charter amendment on the june ballot, but it now looks like it will kick over to november. i want to thank the supervisors who are helping on this and willing to sponsor the charter
amendment and i want to thank the public for their support of this group of public employees, retired and knee-deep. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> hi, i'm sherry rosenberg and i live in district one. i am a physically limited senior, with compassion for others, including working people, families, and tourists, also people in daily city. the great highway needs to be opened 24/7. the mayor's compromise with opening it during the week is a good start, but it is completely absurd that the great highway is closed starting at noon on friday. it adversely affects commuters and escalation to our
neighborhood streets. also, cyclists who broke -- block the great highway on thursday afternoons are mean. the police should be instructed to tell them to ride in the bike lane, not to escort them and add to jamming up the commuters, causing much more pollution. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. all right, we have five members of the public ready to make their comment and there are 22 who are listening. if you would like to make comments this evening, this is when you should press start three. otherwise we may take this group to the very end. mr. atkins, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> hello, my name is evelyn. i am calling about the jfk closure. i couldn't agree more with the young representative who spoke on this, and all the others who
spoke so eloquently before me. i would add my dismay and disappointment by the arrogance of the young and the able and their blind spots to the plight of the have-nots. it is a humanitarian travesty. i am a senior and a person living with a disability, and i have poor access to public transit. i was heartened by president walton's underscoring of the redlining issues brought forth by the idea of the jfk closure. if i recall correctly, a supervisor expressed similar concerns. again, i concur with the many folks who spoke so eloquently before me. thank you for listening. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue?
>> hello, my name is fred sanders, i am the president of protect our bennett -- benefits and chair of the city workers. this pandemic has just had a horrible hardship on city government. i applaud you guys to try to work in these horrible conditions, but the group that is impacted most are these people who were hired before 1996. these people -- now, i know these dates are set for the schedule to get a charter amendment on, but they are unreasonable because city government can't function, so we are hoping that we could get an extension, a continuance from the board to carry this over to the february 15th meeting. this is an emergency. these people are dying at a rate
of 50 a month. if we have to wait till november, another 200 will die. i was inspired when i saw a poster at the station of supervisor peskin with his arm around an elderly senior, asking for the public to report elder abuse, this is reporting elder abuse. when these people are dying at a rate of six a month, something can be done to expedite this. the cost comes from the retirement system. they make, in april or may of this year, they made -- a billion dollars a month. the cost will be worked on with people. the cost is around 200 million. it is abuse that these people don't get their earned benefits restored. it is a flaw in the system. please, i beg of you to understand the urgency of this.
if this was your friend, your father, your grandfather, i know you would be trying to do something. if there is a will, there is a way to get it done. please continue this to the february 15th meeting. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> hello. my name is victoria. i have lived in san francisco for 43 years, in a variety of different neighborhoods of the city. i have a lifelong disability and i very often, and very frequently as a young adult and as a middle-aged person took muni everywhere in the city independently. i can no longer do so. because of arthritis and other things secondary to my condition that have increased as i age, i now have to depend on paratransit. i no longer drive, i have to be driven to destinations, either
by paratransit or by relatives and friends. the closure of jfk drive effectively bars me from most of the public programs that are the most popular programs in golden gate park. it is inequitable for me, it is inequitable for people who live in the outlying districts, in the southeast part of this city, it is inequitable for my neighbors who are working people in the mission, many of whom risk their lives in the pandemic to be personal assistance, cooks, housecleaners, nannies, they went to work every day, they are being penalized by not having access to the park because of jfk being closed. there is an easy solution that would be equitable for everyone.
keep jfk open, with safety features like traffic lights, marked crosswalks with audible signals, and low speed limits, and make middle drive a car free route through the park. i am not even a planner, and i can see that. i second the concerns of others who have called in saying that there has been collusion between m.t.a., rpd, the bicycle coalition -- >> thank you for your comments. please accept my apology for interrupting you. we are setting the timer for two minutes. we do appreciate your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? i think we have five that are listening and five that are ready to make comment and 23 more listening. >> hi. >> welcome. >> my name is shirley, i live in district four senior residents.
i drive. i hope that they will reopen all the roads that were closed during the pandemic. the closures have made those of us who live and drive in our beautiful city villains because we know keeping our streets open for all is best. the more closures, the more unnecessary congestion and added fumes into the air and unnecessary -- and in unnecessary areas. the restrictions put upon drivers and there is no reasonable solution. i am sure every car and every home has a car. if you notice in our part of town and the richmond and sunset district, we don't drive every single day as a senior, but you put so many restrictions that are unnecessary. the streets would be safer if there was better enforcements. somehow, you know, there was a time when we could drive our
friends who were visiting around the city, and we can't do that, we can show off our beautiful park anymore if you have more than one guest. you are making people who are older the only way to see the park is to walk or drive, and sometimes that's not allowed, especially when we have senior visitors. i hope that you will reconsider that if you do keep the great highway closed on the weekends that you will change the time from noon to either later in the evening or 6:00 am saturday morning. i think that is a great inconvenience for commuters in our city, and i would just like to also say that no right turns on lynn turn -- on lincoln and no left turns on sloan, i think they just create more dangerous intersections for other areas. so i hope that you will all learn to share the road. i think we need to learn to get along and share.
>> they used the pandemic to close streets and we hear they're being permanent. no environmental reports, no traffic i am path reports. both california street and garry street have become way more treacherous and there's a lot more pollution. there's the two streets as being two of the 10 most dangerous streets? san francisco by closing lake street, they made them more dangerous.
no one quite understand why they took it or why it was shut down. except for the bicycle issue running through this side of town. thank you, very much. >> thank you for your comments. do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> caller: hello, can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, welcome. >> caller: hello, thank you, my name is victoria brown and actually i'm very much with the last caller just mentioned. i'm a lake street resident and i have a very hard time understanding why the street has been closed for so long. there was never nih outreach and even the tax and i'm pretty much blocked. it's created a lot of bad will in the neighborhood. people in california street are getting all the brands of the traffic. we have a street that was safe. we had a street with five lanes
and sidewalks next to a park. if the idea is vision zero which we all want, i have a really hard time understanding why this street like lake street who has had no fatalities in 2014 at least, and places in under deserved areas, that have 800 fatalities are not the ones that are being targeted for some improvements. is here we are on a street designate bid a park where other neighbors are suffering from increased traffic making it more dangerous and then why are the funds coming to the wealthy neighborhoods that didn't need it. i'm happy to pay for taxes but the way the sfmta is running this, it's just not clear, not transparent and it makes absolutely no sense. so, i really appreciate you hearing my concerns.
>> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's welcome our next caller. >> caller: hello, i'm a resident of d4. i wish there was someone in city government and in the police department to have the courage to speak out against the bike coalition members blocking traffic every thursday night starting at 6:00, holding up hundreds of commuters working people, taxpayers, for making their trip three times, four times longer than it need be. very dangerous situation. and nobody does anything about it. i don't understand that. this is not freedom of speech first amendment rights or whatever it's a tantrum by the
bike coalition because they didn't get their great bike way for 24/7. in the future i wish they would stop the madness, it's just outrageous. also, i'm a senior and i'm disabled and i consider myself banished forever for the amenities along jfk which has been closed and can't ride the bus or take a bike and i have to go at a private car and i've never seen the winter lights and i never will because you closed this stretch of the road. i hope we have more equity and fairness and city government. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, i believe we have 17 who are listening and if any of the 17 would like to make
public comment this evening, they should press star 3 right away or this is our last call. let's welcome our last caller, please. i'm calling regarding lake street but generally all those streets in tech. lake street has caused so much uproar in the neighborhood and california street the traffic is crazy and i wish someone from sfmta would come out and watch it and maybe that would help them and also there was a party a week ago on the streets and
and there are rules if you plan to keep the streets open. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president. >> president walton: seeing inform more public comment, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, please go to our for adoption without committee reference agenda. >> yes, thank you mr. president. before i read those items, i will make a statement about item 25. item 25 is the motion to approve a final map number 9475. a six residential unit condo project located at 668 paige street adopt the findings and members as you recall the board
continues item 25 for the second time causing the ministerial approval of the final map and pursuant to government code 66458. this item was rennered moot and no longer before the board. so, the items on the four adoption without reference to committee are items 26-31. a member may request a resolution to go to committee alternatively a member -- unanimous vote is required for adoption of these items this afternoon. >> thank you so much, madam clerk. do any of my colleagues wish to sever any items. supervisor peskin. >> item 28, please. >> thank you supervisor peskin. i don't see anyone else on the roster. madam clerk, would you please call the roll for items 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31.
>> clerk: items 26, 27, 29, and 30 and 31. [roll call vote] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. and the items without objection are adopted in the motions without objection are approved unanimously. madam clerk, call item number 28. >> clerk: item 28 is the motion to conquer an actions taken by
the mayor in the 42nd supplement to the proclamation of emergency to meet the on going local emergency related to the novel coronavirus covid-19 pandemic. >> president walton: thank you, so much. supervisor peskin. >> thank you, president walton. president walton respectfully and i know you are the sponsor of i have concerns to the supplement covid emergency and dubious about delegating the authority to the human resources director without oversight by the board of supervisors or public transparency to waiver modify provisions of memorandum of understanding with
laboringizations, albeit for a brief per idea to the end of march as well as to wave charter and administrative code provisions. i really -- if i was to vote for this, i would really want to hear from the human resources director and the mayor's office about what is intended here and i mean, i think it's a slip row -- i understand that we are having a lot of folks who are out of work in various units of labor ranging from the mta to sworn officers and the sheriff department and fire department what have you. when we start talking about waving provisions of law relative to over time and premium pay, i think this board needs to maintain some level of oversight over that and i mean at a minimum, maybe we can continue this to our next meeting and hear from ms. icean and folks in the mayor's
office. this is the first time one thatt inclined to vote for. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. i know we do not have anyone from dhr represented. i don't know if the mayor's representative that is here in the chamber would like to respond? >> thank you supervisor peskin and president walton. i'm trying to get in touch with my colleague to answer your questions. if someone can log on. i can try and get an answer before you end of meeting, unless you want to revisit in two weeks. >> the way it's written, it's not limited. it's written in a broad way. it says including but not limited to. this could -- i mean, i'm not feeling this one. >> supervisor peskin, is that a motion to continue? >> well, i mean, president walton, you and i have
personally worked with the mayor's office relative to keeping a list of the 40 plus supplemental proclamations and sunsetting them and one of them was introduced and rescind before it got to the board of supervisors because concerns were expressed and i want to sate mayor and her staff have played it straight and i don't think overseeing amendments to memoranda understanding with labor is one of the fundamental roles that -- i need a good explanation as to why this belongs in the emergency. what exactly is intended. it just doesn't feel like something that this board should be waving. i mean, i'm not feeling it and
it doesn't -- it's not limited in scope enough for me. >> president walton: thank you supervisor peskin. from a procedure standpoint and i see supervisor melgar and supervisor mandelman, i want to note that is a motion because we don't have anybody to respond right now from the mayor's team. >> if i had to make a motion, i would make a motion to continue it to our next meeting. >> president walton: is there a second on that? seconded by supervisor ronen. thank you supervisor peskin. supervisor melgar. >> thank you, president. i wanted to understand also, i don't know if mr. paulineo, you know, short of answering the issues and the content of supervisor peskin's questions and if you can talk about the timing of it.
and what that is doing to our city and the shortage is the labor of nurses and testing personnel and drivers and just saying if there's a timing issue vote on it when we understand and it's actually going to present a problem. >> this only applies to two units of labor which is sworn members of the sheriff department and employees of the fire department. sworn employees of those two units of labor so it doesn't include nurses. >> it enclouds paramedics and
all kinds of folks we are short on so i think it's context. >> president walton: supervisor melgar has the floor supervisor peskin if you want to regain the floor you are welcome. >> i guess i have a similar question, which is i have forgotten what the effect of our fail year to take action on these orders is and whether it means that this doesn't go into effect or does go into effect pending taking action. given that we are in an emergency, given that is the basis for all of these borders and it would be great if -- i'm not sure why the mayor's office is not available. and if it was they should be
here. to do about what the observation thank you tive needs to do and come back in two weeks and take that authority away. >> president walton: i do see deputy city attorney anne pearson here. anne pearson, you want to she had some light on that? >> thank you. we've advised in the past when the mayor issues a supplemental order that supplemental to her emergency proclamation it goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until the board takes action to not concur. this order is in effect and if the board choses to continue this matter for two weeks it will remain in effect and the director of human resources will have this delegated authority for the next two weeks and the board can decide whether to to concur or not. >> president walton: thank you so much deputy city attorney
pearson. supervisor peskin. >> that works. thank you through the president and supervisor mandelman for asking that question and deputy city attorney pearson for answering it. i would ask respectfully, if we continue this and if the human resources director uses the provisions to wave or modify mous, charter provisions, admin code provisions in the intervening two weeks and the with that make a motion to continue that item. >> president walton: motion made. supervisor stefani, would you speak to speak on this.
>> it will are not impede the mayor's ability to act under this motion and for me it's just a little bit dish feel like she gets criticized for not highering enough and we have a motion to help hire people and i just feel it's a little bit of saying one thing and doing another and it's how i see it for the first time having heard there might be an issue with it. why mind continuing it for two weeks only knowing that it will not impede the executive branch's ability to respond to the pandemic and the way that quite frankly we've asked her to with regard to the hiring problems that we have that have made the pandemic a little bit worse.
>> president walton: thank you supervisor stefani just reminding everyone the order is in effect. supervisor safai. >> i want to go back to mr. paulineo. i understand it does not impede but i want today see if director icean was available and we can talk about it now. if not, we can talk about it in a week or two through the chair. can we hear from mr. paulineo. >> thank you supervisor. we don't have folks on the line and supervisor ronen. >> when this comes back, i just am having a really hard time understanding this as well. if the problem is that we're understaffed and we need more staff, then why does the human
resource director need to wave provisions for over time and premium pay. it doesn't make intuitive sensor limit the cash out of accrued vacation balances. generally you can only cash out when you are done with your employment. so that just doesn't -- i agree with supervisor peskin. it actually doesn't make any sense so it would be nice to understand what power the human resources director is looking for. >> president walton: supervisor peskin. >> the way it's written, while it's very clear that the human resources directors delegated powers would terminate on it
says compensation that would last so if this is a temporary thing where we're giving people incentives who are not sick, to come to work and work over time and by the way, there are things under the existing mous, the sworn officers from time to time are told sorry, we have an emergency. there's whatever going on and you can't take your holidays during this period of time. this is a common thing for those units of labor. so, i don't want to wake up, not that i'm saying anybody would do this, on april 1st, to find out under this provision, big parts of mous that have been approved by this board that we've considered carefully, in a fundamentally important role of the board of supervisors have basically been changed that modify an mou for the next two years, right.
and that not be ok. >> president walton: thank you supervisor peskin. we have a motion on the floor to continue this item to our meeting on january 25th. made by supervisor peskin. seconded by supervisor ronen. madam clerk, on the matter. >> clerk: on the motion to continue item 28 to january 25th, 2022 -- [roll call vote] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you,
motion to continue item 28 to the january 25th board of supervisors meeting passes unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items. >> clerk: i have none to report, mr. president. >> president walton: this brings us to the end of our agenda. can you read the end memorial. >> today's meeting will be adjourned in memory of the following beloved individuals on behalf of supervisor peskin. for the late mr. anthony borque ryan and mr. jimmy voros. >> president walton: do we have any other items before us? >> clerk: that concludes the agenda for today. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. what you learn in your education cannot be repossessed. there's no further business, we are adjourned.
>> good afternoon, everyone. this meeting will come to order. welcome to the january 10, 2022, meeting of the land use and transportation committee of the san francisco board of supervisor. this is our first meeting of the year 2022. may it be better. i am the chair of the committee joined by the vice chair. the committee clerk is erica major. i would like to thank the folks
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we're going to call it after item 1. please pay attention to the announcement for when to make public comment. [speaking spanish]. >> madam clerk, please call item 1ordinance amending the planning code to designate 2778-24th street (aka casa. sanchez building), assessor's parcel block no. 4210, lot no. 018, as a landmark consistent with the standards set forth in article 10 of the planning code; affirming the planning department's determination under the california environmental quality act; and making public necessity, convenience, and welfare findings under planning code, section 302, and findings of consistency with the general plan, and the eight priority policies of planning code, section 101.1.
>> clerk: ordinance amending the planning code to designate 2778-24th street (aka casa sanchez building), assessor's parcel block no. 4210, lot no. 018, as a landmark consistent with the standards set forth in article 10 of the planning code; affirming the planning department's determination under the california environmental quality act; and making public necessity, convenience, and welfare findings under planning code, section 302, and findings of consistency with the general plan, and the eight priority policies of planning code, section 101.1. members of the public can call 415-655-0001 the meeting i.d. is 2494 264 6753. and then press # #. if you have not already, please press star 3 to be added to the speaker line. madam chair. >> chair: thank you very much, madam clerk. we are joined by supervisor hillary ronen who represents this corridor. thank you for being here. do you have a few words? >> yes, thank you so much, chair. good afternoon, supervisors. thank you for hearing this item today to designate this building as a san francisco landmark under article 10 of the planning code. i have very brief remarks and i'll turn it over to a colleague
for her presentation. newly arrived immigrants first opened casa sanchez as a tortilla factory. they moved to the mission and established a much-loved family restaurant [indiscernible]. this restaurant helped to establish the strong presence of latinx-opened business. there is an expectation that this restaurant will join soon. [indiscernible] during my first term, my office formalized the
structure of cultural districts and a number of cultural districts formed across the city. the specific sites that carry the history and legacy of these districts are crucial recognizing that tangible and intangible elements are important contributors to the historical assets of the city. because of the leadership of this district, 24th street east of mission street has continued to be a high-concentration corridor. the street hosts carnival and other festivals. while this restaurant has moved to a larger production space, the building still houses a latinx restaurant and the iconic sign remains. much thanks goes to the latino
historical society and for those leading the charge to recognize and protect the historical contributions of the latinx community for san francisco's rich culture. i ask for your support to move this to the full board with recommendation for approval. thank you. >> chair: thank you so much, supervisor ronen. this makes me so happy. supervisor peskin, did you want to say something before the next presenter? >> i did. in addition to the others, i would be happy to affix my name as a co-sponsor. i want to note the association of the sanchez family not only with north beach but a latino community in north beach set
forth on pages 7 and 8 of the fact sheet, not only in association with our lady of guadalupe church, but the -- that used to be the entire latin quarter. i never heard of this nightclub. i'm going to do more research on that. hats off on this case report and for the landmarking. i am happy to be a part of it. >> chair: thank you. i heard also that supervisor peskin wants to learn to dance bonda. welcome, ms. lavali. thank you. >> thank you, supervisors. if you could bring up my
presentation. i have a few slides. before you is the ordinance recommending approval for casa sanchez. in 2017, the historical organization added this to their work plan. in coordination with the property owner and the latino historical society, the preservation commission voted to initiate the landmark designation of this building at their january 2021 hearing. casa sanchez is located mid-block on the north side of 24th street in the heart of the commercial quarter of the latin latino district. this is a two-storey commercial building home to the restaurant from 1968 to 2011.
this is the third location of a multi-generation family business that was founded in 1924, as mentioned by supervisor ronen. the casa sanchez company is believed to be the longest-operating tortilla and tamale factory. recommendation on the proposed landmark designation was heard on october 6, 2021. the commission voted unanimously to recommend landmark this designation, finding that casa sanchez is historically significant for association with the family business that dates to the 1920s and with development of the larger latinx community particularly with that of the business district.
this is recommended as being 1968 to 2011 of the period of significance, marking the tenure of the restaurant in the building. thank you to bob sanchez and the sanchez family for encouraging and supporting this designation and also reiterating the comments to the historical society for their research and documentation in support of this designation. thank you and that concludes my presentation. >> thank you. colleagues, do we have any other questions or comments before we move on to public comment? >> i just wanted to thank supervisor ronen for her leadership on this and please add me as a co-sponsor as well. >> add me too, please. the sanchez family has been so
supportive of this area and really all the businesses in the corridor. let's go to public comment on this item, madam clerk. >> clerk: thank you, madam chair. for those on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. we have six listeners. can you unmute the first caller, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. this is woody labounty from san francisco heritage. since 1961, heritage's mission is to preserve and enhance san francisco's unique cultural and architectural identity.
san francisco heritage was previously heavily involved in pushing casa sanchez for listing as a historical place. we definitely support this significant association with the history of san francisco's mission district and the city's latinx communities and culture. we celebrate and support casa sanchez. we definitely support its nomination at the landmark and recommend it for approval. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you. let's take the next caller, please. >> this is marta sanchez. nice to see everybody online. usually i have something to say, but this time i'm filled with emotions of all the memories i had growing up in the mission
and on 24th street and all of the things we've been doing. everybody has participated in everything and i'm very proud to be proud of casa sanchez and the mission district. supervisor peskin, i'm really sorry you missed out on [indiscernible] because those are some good moments. i want to thank you for honoring us. it is not just my cultural -- it is who i am. it is not just something i do but something we are. we started this first factory in the country means so much more than just being part of the family. i love that casa sanchez is here to stay. that means so much to me. i'm honored and thank you. >> clerk: chair melgar, can i make a quick comment.
to further highlight this family's connection to casa sanchez, you can pretty much find marta any day of the week at the testing/vaccine site at cap and 24th street. she was there when i got my shots, when my daughter got her shots, when we got tested. it's this family's connection to the mission community and to the area in particular is profound and long lasting. so community serving. marta, thank you for your community work. >> in fact, i just saw her yesterday. >> clerk: one more caller in the queue. let's take that caller. >> this is the founding member
of the san francisco historical society. we are in the final [indiscernible] input from members and the city spanned over 60 years who are documenting the san francisco latino community history in first voice. i note the community has been a voice in this community for over 150. casa sanchez was one of those businesses. by approval the landmarking of casa sanchez, it will be one of the first properties in san francisco to be listed for the association with mexican american history. in california's 1988 state-wide survey, the 10 mexican historic sites were identified potentially listing in the
national registers. none have been listed to date. so by doing this today, you're making a bold statement. so i want to thank you. supervisor peskin, on the question of sinaloa, there has been a lot of research on that. i think we should set up a meeting so we can chat about those businesses. and my research, i've done a lot in north beach before the borders changed as well as after from the tamale vendors as well as the first tamale business that was recognized by the international world fair. thank you for taking this into consideration and i hope you approve it. >> i may add that tomorrow's board of supervisors is actually voting on a resolution to encourage that the planning
department pursue after it's been on their list for quite a while the north beach survey. i will make sure that the folks who are doing that avail themselves of all the historic information that you have that should definitely be included in that document if it has not already done so. >> clerk: thank you, supervisors. colleagues, do we have a motion to send this to the board with positive recommendation? there it is, supervisor peskin. madam chair, if we could close public comment. >> chair: public comment is now closed. thank you. [indiscernible]. >> clerk: on the motion to item 1. [ roll call ].
>> clerk: you have three ayes. >> chair: congratulations, supervisor, that motion passes. madam clerk, let's call item 3 now, please. >> clerk: item 3 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to require landlords pursuing certain types of evictions to first provide their tenants written notice and an opportunity to cure, unless the eviction is based on an imminent health or safety issue or the non-payment of covid-19 rental debt; and making findings that the eviction protections in the rent ordinance are more protective than those found in state law pursuant to california civil code, section 1946.2. members of the public who wish to provide public comment should call the number on the screen. again, that number is 415-655-0001. the meeting i.d. today is 2494 264 6753. then press # #. if you have not done so already, please press star 3 to line up to speak for item 3. the system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand.
>> thank you so much. madam chair. >> chair: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor peskin, thank you so much for introducing this item. the floor is yours. >> thank you, chair, and thank you for finding room on the calendar for us which is always a challenge. i appreciate you holding this hearing today. colleagues, the board of supervisors has really come together to ban most evictions with limited exceptions for health and safety throughout the pandemic, at least to the
maximum extent we could under state law. we did this as a public health measure, but it's become even clearer that making eviction a last resort is beneficial for all of us and not just a good idea during and as a response in covid, but also more permanently for the future of our city. in that spirit before us today is the eviction diversion ordinance. under the simple but impactful proposal, before serving a three-day eviction notice, a landlord would be required to give a tenant a 10-day warning, allowing the tenant the opportunity to correct the behavior that could lead to eviction. eviction should really be auto tool of last resort and all too often three days really flies by
and tenants are in a position where they could have come up with rent money or otherwise solved the dispute with the landlord, but they simply don't have enough time to access the resources and help that they need. our laws are very harsh. a landlord can commence the eviction process just three days later, even if with the tenant comes up with the rent or cures the breach of contract on the fourth day. so an additional 10 days would really be a game changer. advocates have predicted this would save thousands of san franciscans who would otherwise lose their homes. i just want to emphasize that the fact is as a society we don't resolve any other dispute like this. you know, home foreclosures, consumer debt, car repossession s, you name it, in no other
situation discuss someone have three days before losing their home and property. for some reason and beyond the reasons for our discussion today, for some reason our system accepts three days as disputes leading to people losing their homes. if the pending disputes can be solved, we have a moral obligation to make that happen. i really want to thank all of the early co-sponsors who constitute a majority of the supervisors and include our entire committee. thank you, chair megar and supervisor peskin, and the other supervisors all for their co-sponsorship. i hope we can move forward and
do everything in our power to prevent preventable eviction. thank you. >> chair: thank you so much, supervisor preston, for introducing this item and your leadership throughout this pandemic which has resulted in helping thousands of folks in our city not losing their homes. i appreciate you in your elephants. thank you so much. if there's no other questions for supervisor preston, madam clerk, let's go to public comment. did you want to make another announcement if folks want to get ready if they need to. [speaking spanish].
>> we're checking to see how many callers we have in the queue. if you have not, press star 3 to be added to the line. we have seven listeners with four in the queue. please unmute the first caller. >> my name is scott weiber with the san francisco tenants' union and the eviction collaborative. i've been working on tenant rights issues and largely evictions for over 40 years and i'm very encouraged by this ordinance. it is an eviction prevention ordinance because it gives us a
path to resolution that avoids the legal process. currently there is a three-day notice which is usually done with the assistance of an attorney. this sets in motion a momentum that leads to an unlawful retainer and often ends in eviction. the proposed legislation gives us additional time to driveways this without immediate eviction, whether it's payment of rent or some other breach of the rental agreement. the city has invested quite a bit in community-based organizations as well as the collaborative as well as trying to keep people in their homes. this is a very good way to better utilize those resources, rather than having to deal with an adversarial litigation
environment, they can go to the problem to help the person seek penalty assistance it's not much to ask of the landlord. it's only 10 days. they get the most expedited process in the legal world and it's only 10 days. that might make the difference between having a tenant evicted or not. i support this legislation and encourage the board of supervisors to move forward with this. >> i'm from the san francisco tenants union calling in support of this legislation. it's really scary when you get served a three-day notice and you have to get it together to
go to the eviction collaborative to file papers because you're being evicted. for what reason? it could be a minor reason that the landlord wants to take you to court. they may win or may lose. you don't know. they don't know. to have 10 days to resolve the situation, whatever is the case that there is a breach, you can cure it without having to go through the trauma and the legal process. thank you. >> clerk: we have people in the queue. next listener.
>> good afternoon. this is theresa flander north beach tenants' association. inevitably tenants receive a notice late friday at 5:00 p.m. or if they return from work, they see something in the mail. this gives tenants the time to contact tenant councilors over that weekend which would be closed over the weekend. they would have access to tenant counseling, people to interpret what the notice means in a language they can understand. the thing is that the landlord knows in advance that this is something they are going to do.
the tenant is only notified three days before a legal procedure begins in terms of an eviction. so this gives tenants the time to have the counseling. if they need accommodations for their emotional support animal, that they have time to get a note from their doctor as examples. so this is a huge game changer and i am so thrilled that you, supervisor preston, have brought this forward. please, let's pass this on with a strong recommendation and have the board vote yes in favor. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i'm with the eviction defense collaborative and have over 35 years of experience working with
tenants trying to preserve their housing. i'm so appreciative of this proposed legislation which is a potential game changer for tenants in our city. it creates an opportunity to resolve issues before having to resort to an expensive and drawn-out and extremely expensive court process which is cheaper for all the parties involved, both the landlords and the tenants. it brings san francisco more in sync with many jurisdictions around the country. a three-day notice falls short of what due process would prior. it also brings in low-fault situations, very minor problems that could be resolved with enough of a warning notice so the tenant can seek assistance or request accommodation.
and really be a win-win for the property owner and the tenant so the error is resolved and the problem is fixed and the tenant can retain their housing. so it avoids evictions, saves court costs for the landlord, is favorable to all and the city which has already endorsed this tenant program. our agency is the lead agency for that program. i would be like to be part of the work fighting these unnecessary cases. >> clerk: next speaker, please. this is the last caller. if you would like to make public comment on item 3, you need to press star 3. >> i'm representing some of my colleagues [indiscernible] -- we are pleased to hear your
sponsorship for this ordinance. we recognize the members and individuals experiencing homelessness is rising in san francisco. therefore, [indiscernible] to facilitate access to pregnancy and neonatal resources. extending access to these individuals, what additional measures can san francisco provide in addition to more affordable, neonatal supplies, and low-income populations? >> thank you so much. we have three more callers in the queue. let's take the next caller. >> i am an organizer with the housing rights community of san francisco, calling in on this legislation to create a 10-day
waiting period. evictions are violent and three days is not enough time for tenants to make the best decision. increasing the notice time to 10 days gives tenants and their families enough time to reach out or make plans for how best to respond. thank you, supervisors, for bringing this forward and hope to move it past this committee with full recommendations. thanks. >> clerk: thank you so much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, thank you. i am a staff attorney at the eviction collaborative. i am calling in support of this legislation. i have seen firsthand the importance and the need to postpone eviction cases. there is no reason that they can't have an additional waiting
period before sending them to an eviction. if there was additional time it would provide tenants time to cure the issue in most if not all cases. throughout the pandemic we have seen that more time on cases has benefitted tenants and so we should continue to work towards providing more time for tenants to address the issue underlying issues so we don't have to go through the court process and avoid it if possible. as other people have mentioned it is expensive and time-consuming and we need to find ways to resolve these issues without going to the court. we should all support this legislation. thank you so much. >> clerk: next speaker, please. we have two in the queue.
>> i'm a small property owner in san francisco. i'm calling in and asking the supervisors to oppose this legislation moving forward to the board of supervisors because it's unnecessary and [indiscernible] -- first of all, i'd like to see and i haven't heard any data put forth why 10 days is a good amount of time to give to tenants. is there any research that that will avoid evictions in the future? i would remind the supervisors that tenants already have more than 10 days to live up to their contract, it is the lease to live up to their contract. this is a very -- once again, a punitive action against small landlords like myself incurring costs when legislation like this is passed and i have to adhere
to it. it is no secret in san francisco about all the trip-ups of a three-day notifier and how that can cost the landlord time and money. i would ask the supervisors to block this and not move forward with it as it is punitive and there is nothing to help the housing situation in san francisco. thank you. >> clerk: thank you so much. we have one caller in the queue. let's take the last caller. >> i own rental property in san francisco. i urge you to vote no on the proposed notice. what it looks like is a lot of people don't know how the eviction process works in san francisco. there's already numerous safety valves for tenants, like
court-mandated settlement agreements and mandatory conferences between landlords and tenants. this gives tenants plenty of time to avoid losing their homes even after an unlawful detainer is filed. the proposed notice does nothing that tenants need and it increases the cost of housing because most of us have to hire an expensive lawyer to send out each of these notices and higher legal costs and making the cost higher for tenants. that's what you're doing that. renters don't want that and housing providers don't want it either. please vote no. if you still think tenants need a little more than three days? how about changing the existing three-day notice to a four or five-day notice or 10 days,
whatever. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you. that looks like that was the last caller in the queue. >> chair: okay. well, with that, complement is now closed. any other questions or comments? first, supervisor preston. seeing none, supervisor preston, do you want to make a motion that we send this to the board with full recommendation? >> so moved. >> clerk: in the motion as stated by supervisor preston to recommend item 3. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: we have three ayes that motion passes.
>> chair: thank you. and that motion passes. >> clerk: item 2 is an ordinance amending the planning code to conditionally permit bars in the castro street neighborhood commercial district; affirming the planning department's determination under the california environmental quality act; making findings of consistency with the general plan, and the eight priority policies of planning code. members of the public who wish to provide comment on item 2 can call the number on the screen, 415-655-0001 and the my colleagued i.d. today is 2494 264 6753. >> clerk: we don't have supervisor mandleman with us but we have someone with his office. the floor is yours.
>> thank you so much, chair. i am from supervisor mandleman's office who couldn't be here to give a very brief background on this ordinance. earlier this year we had a local entrepreneur who approached our office about her interest in opening a wine bar with some piano music and light snacks. it sounded lovely. she was calling because she went to the planning department because she was told this would not be possible. bars are not permitted in the castro planning district, which may come as a surprise. obviously as there are a number of bars there, they are effectively all grandfathered in. this is a fine thing for those bars that we love, but this is not a good thing for this lesbian small business owner and others like her who want to add
to the neighborhood. since that conversation, the supervisor discussed this in the neighborhood and the broader queer community including many local organizations. the prevailing sentiment, supervisors, is it doesn't seem fair to preclude new folks, queer folks, trans folks, from opening a an establishment in the neighborhood. at the same time, we also heard clearly there is a desire not to see a complete saturation of the neighborhood with just bars or to see a history of new bars. what the ordinance before you would do would remove the outright prohibition in this area and make bar uses
permitted. there would be an opportunity to get in on a case-by-case basis and for the planning commission to deliberate on that as well. this approach would be how bars are zoned in the other districts. this ordinance was unanimously recommended by the small business commission as well as the planning commission in december and the planning department staff is here as well to convey the planning commission's recommendation. this is a relatively simple piece of legislation that the supervisor believes will make this a welcoming neighborhood and retain its character. i'm available for any questions. thank you so much. >> chair: thank you so much. ms. merlone, do you have a presentation? >> no presentation. just here to convey that the
planning commission heard this on december 16, 2021, and voted unanimously to approve the ordinance as proposed. >> chair: thank you so much to you both. colleagues, if there are no questions or comments from you, let's go to public comment. madam clerk. >> clerk: thank you, madam chair. we are checking to see how many callers are in the queue. please press star 3 to add yourself to the queue. it looks like we have about to listeners today with one person in the queue. >> good afternoon, supervisors. this afternoon i'm speaking on my behalf as a private citizen and a 15-year resident of the
castro. although i benefit from the privilege of quaintness, i have seen what happens. every single bar is owned by a cis gender person. i have spoken with brown and black folks, lesbians and black people who have been heart broken to learn that making it to the united states, there is no place for them here. our friends and family and san francisco's visitors endure ongoing pain and trauma, not only because they don't find those spaces that prioritize them, but these bars set the tone that is reflected in the behavior of staff, performers, and guests. this exclusion of these bar owners is due to a deal cut in the 1980s that has no bearing on
today. i invite you to support this proposed legislation. thank you so much. >> clerk: that was the only caller in the queue, madam chair. >> chair: thank you so much. out of curious, when was this ban on new establishments implemented in the castro? >> thank you, chair. thanks to the great sleuthing at the planning department, it was determined that this had been included in the castro since that neighborhood commercial district was created in i believe 1987. this was a time period when we were creating many of these named districts. >> chair: interesting. thank you so much. so with that, public comment is closed. colleagues, any questions or comments or do you want to -- does anybody want to make a motion that we forward this with
a positive recommendation? >> so moved. >> and this item was noted to have a report. on that motion. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: you have three ayes. >> chair: thank you so much. that item passes unanimously with a positive recommendation. thank you so much. do we have any other business in front of the committee? >> that completes the business for today, madam chair. >> chair: great. thank you so much. we are adjourned. [♪♪♪]
>> welcome to the first -- let me take my mask off. so you guys can see who we're talking about. my name is aaron. i'm the executive director of the northern california martin luther king, jr. community foundation and we're elated to inaugurate with our partners the san francisco human rights commission. and the university of san francisco. hope will spur a continuation year over year to launch our