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supervisors to review the regulations and reject them for modify them by ordinance within a time frame of 60 days from when the director delivers those. and this is actually a template of what i might do in the ordinance. i want to put that on the record. is that your understanding, charles? >> yes, i've seen the proposed amendment and staff is comfortable with the language. >> supervisor peskin: good. the other question i had, was not just on the commercial side, but the residential side. we're developing and in some cases have developed very large residential complexes that have garages over 100 -- i can think of at least one in my district and there is parkmore and one in supervisor yee's district. is there any movement afoot to expand to residential as well?
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>> the e.v. readiness would cover some of those properties that you mentioned that are in the planning or entitlement or yet to be built phase. so when they're built, they will be e.v. ready. that will take care of all new buildings going forward. the existing multifamily unit dwellings, that's still a challenge. we started with the e.v. readiness ordinance. we're now working on this initiative for private sector garages. we've done the same for our municipal garages. so that is a bit of the next frontier. it's something we've been looking at, but it's challenging from a infrastructure and cost perspective, but it's still something we're working on. because the need for charging as we transition the entire fleet is going to continue to grow. we're on step 2 or 3 here and there is a few more after that. >> supervisor peskin: i look forward to having those conversations with you and your office going forward. any questions, supervisor safai?
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>> supervisor safai: yes, thank you. first of all, i would like to be added as a cosponsor. i think this is an important piece of legislation. i know that we -- i don't know if you said this -- a letter from the building owners and managers appreciating the hard work that was done in support of this piece of legislation. i think it's always great when the affected stakeholders have had the opportunity to weigh in and be part of the process. even if they don't -- and then in the end come to the conclusion that they are suppor supportive of the legislation as drafted. i just wanted to say that for the record. i know chair peskin and supervisor haney got that letter today. that's good. thank you to the department of environment stakeholders and others that were part of that conversation along with the mayor and supervisor peskin and mandelman. the other question i had, the question i had is, in terms of
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the pricing. that's one of the things that wasn't discussed today, that encourages or discourages people from using the stations outside of their homes, right? because some people have solar-powered at their house, or access to different rates based on what has been negotiated as part of a larger package. but has there been thought or conversation put into the pricing to encourage people to utilize these charging stations and parking garages? >> sure. so i believe both -- >> the prices can vary. i reason i know this, i have an electric car. >> right. so for electricity rates, i'll start there. there a couple of costs that go into charging your electric car. for rates, i believe pg&e and
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clean power sf have demand response rates to take advantage. >> you're couraged to -- when we drafted the ordinance, we wanted to make sure it wasn't one provider, but two providers, e.v. station charging providers. so not only is the parking facility able to compete in the private sector, but also they can make sure that what is installed is going to be cost effective for the customers that are coming in to use the parking facility. i don't know how much the rates for electricity differ between like e.v. go or charge point. do -- they do have different rates. >> they do. so my question would be, if the city has gotten into the business of delivering energy -- i know they're not a vendor, but has there been conversation
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about the city having ownership over some of the stations since they have their own rates and structures and that might be a way to keep the cost down and encourage people to utilize the stations. >> i would mostly defer to my colleagues on that issue, but i do have history and experience. i think through 2013, maybe 2015, charging at city-owned garages was free. it was a cost effective way to get things going. i think that has lapsed. but especially with some of the developments that may happen on grid ownership here in the city. that might open up unique opportunities for not only city-owned grid, but city-owned charging stations and rates for the charging stations. but i'm getting a little farther into the territory -- >> i get it. and again, i'm adding my name. i think this is a good piece of legislation, but sometimes we create policies and then we fall back less on implementation.
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and if people are not finding that this is cost effective, then only people that can afford that additional cost will take advantage of it on that level. and so i just -- i would like to see more thought put into actually the cost of utilizing it. because we can expand these to as many garages as possible, but if only people with the extra disposable income that can use it. and they will sit there empty or not utilized. >> that makes sense, supervisor, i'm going to take note of that, on the cost for charging. one of the things, when we think about making sure everyone has access. one of the things in the e.v. road map is the ability to educate and make aware to everyone, even those who don't think they have means, there are rebates and incentives by state agencies and entities for
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low-income residents, that can significantly reduce the cost of purchase. it's not exactly the charging up paradigm, but we're looking at reducing the cost of purchasing. >> supervisor safai: the other thing i would say as a person with one of these cars and drives it to the stations. they're not always very user friendly. if you're not a member, you have to sit there and call a 1-800 number and you're looking for, this is 327 at this address. they're like, i can't find it. i don't know how to turn it on. so if you're trying to go into the shopping center and you're sitting there an additional 20 minutes. why do i want to spend 20 minutes trying to get into the charging station when i'll just drive it upstairs? so it's not necessarily user friendly. i appreciate that you're trying to get two vendors, but i think
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the conversation in terms of the contract when you do provide it in a city-owned lot and you're signing those contracts, it should also be about usability. >> i agree. >> supervisor safai: we should make it more user friendly. easy if you could just run your credit card, boom, it's done fast. but sit there and make a phone call and search for the number, it's not really user friendly. i get it. it's new technology. just beginning. the last few years there has been more of explosion and availability of electric cars, but i don't want to see us pat ourselves on the back because we have 5,000 charging stations but no one is using them. >> the scenario you just described is what i experienced when i became a new e.v. owner and i went to charge up. >> 20-minute long conversation. >> there were several phone conversations. i was in the rush, panicked. i had no electricity in my new e.v. that's one of the things we're
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trying to address in the e.v. road map, education and awareness. i think you're exactly right. i know that from personal experience. >> supervisor safai: one last thing. the only one that i know of in -- again this is about garages -- but the only street-charging spot i know of is next the sfpuc. is that discussed in this legislation? thought of? because another way also to expand peoples' opportunity is not just in garages, but you can add parking spots to the conversation. >> sure, so it's not discussed in the legislation. i know the sfmta is conducting a curbside use assessment and that is going to be due later this year. but that is their jurisdiction. so i defer to them on their study and what they're looking at for charging on the curb and what else they want to do for the curb and they're going to
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report back later after that assessment is done on that topic. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. i see a number of members of the public. and commissioner here. we will open up for public comment. please come up. >> i believe it is good policy. one key thing i want to hammer home is question of equity, which supervisor safai talked on all three points. equity in terms of cost, in terms of usage and finally, geography, because the map is beneficial to the northeast section of san francisco. hopefully, we'll be able to build out e.v. infrastructure to support the west side, meaning the richmond district and sunset or low density.
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and the cars have created a car-driven culture, so hopefully curbside charging can address this. for bright line itself, we've worked in bayview hunters, so seeing the lack of charging infrastructure there is disheartening in us to try to promote electric vehicles. hopefully, we can make it accessible for all. >> supervisor peskin: any other members of the public? seeing none, we'll close public comment. and colleagues, we have the aforementioned amendment before us which i've introduced and would make a motion to include. can we do that without objection? so that objection we will take that amendment. and send the item as amended with recommendation to the full board of supervisors. and that concludes our meeting. we are adjourned.
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>> so good morning and welcome. i'm jack gardner and president of the john stewart company. on behalf of our related partners in california, san francisco housing corporation, and ridgepoint non-profit housing corporation, it's my great pleasure to welcome you to the grand re-opening of hunter's point west and westbrook.
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give it up. [ applause ]. >> hunters point east-west in westbrook are two of the city's rental assistance demonstration projects. the overall program consisted of transferring 29 of the housing authority profits to local non-profit and private housing organizations for recapitalization, renovation, and private management. more detailed information is available if you're interested. this mammoth city-wide program which included almost 3500 units of affordable housing throughout san francisco required the collaboration of a host of public agencies, developers, consultants, contractors, funders, and, most importantly, the residents of hunters point east-west and westbrook themselves. the program demonstrates the
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city's commitment to leaving none of its residents behind and we are very proud to have been part of it. none of this would have been possible without the vision and leadership of our local elected and appointed officials, many of whom are here today and we'll do some shout-outs a little bit later. thank you for celebrating with us. let's get started. it gives me special pleasure to introduce our first speaker. i'll tease you a little bit here, see if you can think about who that would be. she's a native san franciscan. a former redevelopment agency and fire department commissioner. former executive director of the african-american art and culture complex in the western addition. president of the board of supervisors. you might be getting it. presently our current and future mayor. so a steadfast champion of affordable housing, community empowerment, and the creation of a more just and equitable san francisco for all.
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great pleasure to bring to the stage our very own mayor london breed. mayor. [ cheering and applause ]. >> mayor breed: thank you. hello, everyone. i am really excited to be here today because this is a long time coming. when we first set out on a path to just reenvision public housing throughout san francisco, it wasn't easy. i remember when i first became a member of the board of supervisors and i went to our mayor ed lee and talked about our priorities, i made it clear that public housing was my number one priority. he supported those efforts. in fact, i grew up in plaza east in the western edition, where i lived in public housing for over 20 years of my life. those conditions were very challenging. it wasn't just sadly the poverty and the violence that existed in my neighborhood.
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it was also the actual physical conditions of where i lived. the mold, the bathroom that basically had a number of challenges. we never even had a shower in the public housing unit that i lived in. the roaches, the lack of support that we got from our facilities crew to actually make the kinds of repairs where we could live in a place that was safe and live in a place that was the way that it should be for any resident of this amazing city. it was important to me that we made a change in san francisco because the same conditions that i lived in are, sadly, some of the same conditions that still exist in public housing today. so we set down this course to try and make changes.
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no, we didn't have the resources completely to basically start all over from scratch, but we did have an opportunity through the r.a.d. program, the rental assistance demonstration program, to really make investments now so that we can change the conditions of where people live now. that was so important. there were people who were concerned, including the residents who were skeptical about whether or not what happened in the filmore would happen in the bayview hunters point community. i too was concerned about that. in fact, the public housing development i lived in had 300 units and after it was rebuilt through hope 6 which was a whole other program before hope s.f., there were only 200 units built. so clearly, everyone was not coming back. that's why when i first started as a commissioner on the san francisco redevelopment agency and we set out on our path to
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try and rebuild double rock and other places, it was important to me that we did it differently than we did in the past, so that residents played a critical role in not only deciding what fixtures and windows and how they wanted their community to be, but they remained a part of their communities. so that's exactly what we did. it did require a lot of patience and moving around and a number of things. yes, again, i know that people were a little uncertain as to whether or not we would get this project done because promises have been made over the years and promises not kept. but today a promise is kept. 439 units of affordable housing for people, for families, for this amazing community. through the r.a.d. program, we have already been able to rehabilitate more than 3,000 public housing units in san
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francisco. no longer are we going to treat our residents, who happen to live in public housing, differently than we treat everyone else. that's why this investment is so important. not only in rehabilitating something as simple as making sure that the windows can open, that the heater is working, that the showers are working, that there isn't opportunity for mold or other things to impact the living conditions, but free wifi. free wifi for all of the residents here so that folks have access to do job searches, housing searches, or anything else that anyone else could do in our great city. so i am really happy and excited to be here because this is a new day in san francisco. part of what my goal is to not only change the physical
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conditions of our community, but to make sure that we take care of these communities and we take care of each other. because we are one community, we're one san francisco. sadly, we have lost so much over the years due to violence, due to hopelessness and frustration. part of my commitment to communities all over the san francisco that feel neglected, that feel like they're forgotten and not necessarily a part of san francisco is that i'm coming to your neighborhood. i'm coming to make sure that we make the right kinds of investments, that we provide job opportunities or opportunities for you to start your own businesses, that we make sure that we are taking care of kids in this community. in fact, our investments in our public school system has been one that's unprecedented. over $80 million of investments, including additional teachers'
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stipends so that we can focus on teacher retention in schools that serve this community. making sure when our kids are dealing with trauma, that we have mental health experts in our public schools. my commitment is to make sure that there are wellness centers in every public school in san francisco. it starts with our kids. it starts with taking care of each other. it starts with developing a new generation of hope for san francisco. so this project is so much more than just rehabilitating units. it's really changing a community and making things better now and for the future. it starts with us and we're in this together. we're going to get there one step at a time. i want to thank the john stewart company, mayor's office of housing, bank of america, and
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who else was part of this project? related. thank you. it means a lot to have incredible partners. we don't do this work alone. but most importantly, i want to thank the people who live here, who trusted us to make this happen, who work with us every step of the way. it means a lot to have the support and trust of a community in order to get things done. that's exactly what we were able to accomplish through this amazing project together. so congratulations. this is just the beginning of i know more that's get to come. thank you. [ applause ]. >> that's what i'm talking about. mayor, you're so good at that. you're just flying without notes. i'm hanging on to these things for dear life. we do the work, but that's the leadership that gets it done. thank you also for the $23
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million in local financing and rent subsidies that made this effort possible. [ applause ]. >> and your unwavering support for affordable housing and ending homeless in our city. >> [ indiscernible ] -- >> i'm about to do it. okay. that's what i was going to say. most recently the leadership, in the form of the proposed $600 million housing bond, which we are going to pass in november, okay. [ applause ]. >> thanks also and a shout out to our current supervisor for his ongoing leadership around the housing issues in district 10. thank you. supervisor walton. our next speaker is bill witty, chairman and c.e.o. of related california. one of california's largest developers of affordable and mixed-income housing. since founding this company 30 years ago, bill has overseen the development of 16,000
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residences, including over 12,000 affordable housing units and he has more than 5,000 units in development. he is a busy guy. earliest this year also completed the rehab of another r.a.d. cluster, 300 units. it's my pleasure to my friend and colleague bill witty up to say a few things. bill. >> thank you, jack. it's a pleasure to be involved with a company, john stewart company, who has not only been a stalwart provider of affordable housing for years, but close friends of mine. i'm particularly pleased that john stewart is here because i'm no longer the oldest person in the room. cheap shot. sorry. i have to tell you, i've been involved in affordable housing in the public and private sector for 40 years. i'm pretty familiar with what's
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going on around the country. there is no mayor in the united states who has spent more energy and effort to ensure that public housing is given new life and upgraded and become part of the community than mayor breed. we should acknowledge that. it doesn't get the attention that it should. you heard why, but we don't read about that so much. it's really a story that needs to be told. i just want to say that this is great. i appreciate the residents' patience in letting this process unfold. but we expect to be judged not just by how it is today, but how with jack and david sobel, how we are as long-term partners and owners. so the story is, as the mayor said, just beginning. i can assure you that it will remain a good story.
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this housing, just so everybody is clear, is permanently affordable. it's not just affordable for 10 or 20 years. this will always be high-quality affordable. [ applause ]. >> i want to thank some people who were operating in the weeds to make this all happen, starting with under the mayor's guidance the mayor's office of housing, dan abrams and his staff who have been involved in all of these around the city. mayor's office of housing technically didn't used to be around public housing. they've taken over the task and done a remarkable job under the guidance of the mayor. the contractors who spent a lot of time and energy to make sure that we got the rehabilitation right. nibby brothers, cahil
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construction who worked on east-west deserve a lot of credit. mimi sullivan who is the architect. while you couldn't change the buildings that much, a lot of time and effort was spent on designing the interior of these buildings so, as the mayor said, these would be market-rate quality units, not just for the short term but for the long term. then our own staff at related. our project manager andrew sccofar in the back and our northern california affordable group. as i said, this isn't the last you're going to see or hear from us. i expect to hear from you if you think that there's something that warrants attention. finally another prop a plug.
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don't just clap. you got to vote. show up and vote for prop a. thank you. [ applause ]. >> show up and vote, bill, because i think your call to me involved a very large check as well. donate as well. he left that part out, but feel free. bill, i hate to break it to you. when john arrived, you were not only the oldest guy, but not quite the funniest guy either. john, we're going to give credit where it's due. bill, thank you, very well said. next up is another of our co-developers and the lead provider of supportive services for our residents here at hunters point east-west in westbrook. david sobel is the c.e.o. of the housing development corporation. a 31-year-old community-based non-profit located here in bay view, hunters point. over the last six years david
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has assembled support and staff. under his leadership, the organization has grown from four people to a staff of 30, which provides housing development, preservation, financial empowerment, counselling, supportive services, economic development opportunities to over 5,000 low and moderate income residents every year. also well-known, at least to me as an accomplished jazz, blues, and rock keyboardist, but you'll have to go to their annual gala to hear that, please help me welcome david sobel. [ applause ]. >> by the way, the board of directors did my performance review last night. it would have been great if you were there. good morning, everyone. we are indeed proud to have partnered with such an auspicious team that others are mentioning in name and i will save time and not repeat everything. it has been extremely gratifying
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to take part in and witness a transformation of extremely dilapidated housing, turning it into safe, comfortable homes for families that remain affordable in perpetuity. but it is also about more than just the housing here. the city has the great foresight to ensure that there was workforce development and onsite service connection to make sure residents have at their doorstep access to other resources. we are proud to have partnered with hunters point family. dev mission on the stem program that we have initiated across the sites here, all of whom are doing fantastic work and enhancing what resources are available to residents every day. i want to call out our services team, an amazing group of people, some of whom are here today. even if they're not, they
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deserve some recognition. [ applause ]. >> this team is fantastic. you show up every day doing challenging work and being a big support to residents. we cannot talk about services without acknowledging hodc who every day, week, and month are pushing, supporting, and guiding our programs, as they should. thank you for that. finally, these past five years are not about all of us speaking today. it's about the residents who endured decades of deplorable conditions. five years of hard work is great. but the people who live here suffered through much longer hardships. that's what this project is
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really about. developing community, bringing onsite services, engaging with residents, having a long-term vision with our city partners and everybody up here and all the residents, that has been the most rewarding part. we have really appreciated the positive impact of walking hand in hand with residents every day. learning from them. they hold us accountable, and we've appreciated that as well. at the very beginning of this project, five years ago or so, when we went to our initial meetings, the residents said this is a ploy to kick us out. they said, you're going to raise our rents. we didn't. they said, you're not really going to renovate these buildings. we did. you're not really going to have services onsite. we did. this was founded to help people stay in san francisco, remain in their homes, communities, schools, businesses,
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congregations, and that's what this project is about as well. thank you for all of your support all around. the resident leadership especially, we've enjoyed working with you. i know we're going to hear from one of the resident leaders. thank you all. it is our pleasure to be with you here today. [ applause ]. >> well said. it really does make one think that how -- while certain leaders in washington seem to be doing their best to pull our country apart, here in san francisco we are doing our best to reknit these properties into the fabric of our communities and neighborhoods. we are doing our best to now bring the san francisco housing authority itself more directly into the family of city agencies that work closely with mohcd and the other agencies at the city to provide affordable housing.
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and the kind of work we do here as david so eloquently articulated, to just bring people together, reintegrate things, and really fight back against the forces that are trying to pull us all apart. thank you, david. well said. while it probably goes without saying, that's when i say it anyway. none of this can happen without money, lots of it. for that, we in the city turn to bank of america, merril lynch. they have been key to our success. we're talking about over three-quarters of a billion dollars in debt and equity for the program. here at hunters point, they provided over $150 million in construction financing and over $120 million tax credit equity as well as funding for residents
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during construction. we went to bank of america for funding because that's where the money was. they were ready to put it to good use. to paraphrase elanie, where is the money at, that's where i'm going. okay. i didn't get it quite right. you can school me later. don't beat box it? okay. i get a little carried away sometimes. anyway, back to the script. it gives me great pride to introduce a proud resident of san francisco herself, liz minik. >> these are always hard acts to follow. thank you so much for having us today. bank of america was founded in this amazing city in 1904. two years after, we had one of our largest earthquakes. at the time bank of italy at the
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time spent most of their resources getting people back in their homes. housing has always been integral to what we do. that's when the call to action and rehabilitating the 3500 units around our city came, we were so delighted and honoured to provide $2.2 billion. so $2.2 billion in financing for the san francisco r.a.d. program. as has been said, this is all about the residences. this is ensuring that people can be in the homes that everyone deserves. again, thank you so much for having us today. i will continue with a thanks for our great partners related, john stewart, and san francisco housing development. our wonderful team who has worked tireless over the last six and seven years to get this done. mayor breed, we couldn't have done this without our leadership. thank you. [ applause ].
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>> $2 billion doesn't go as far as it used to, but it adds pick up. the engagement and support of our residents was absolutely crucial to our success. i'd therefore like to acknowledge quickly and thank all the officers for our three tenant associations at the three different sites, many of whom are with us today. susan mcallister, renitia raina, elise minor, ivan sepulona. those are all from the east association. from the west we have joe nyamalaga, ronald anderson. and from the other associations
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we have many people as well. thank you all. it takes a lot of work. you're volunteers. you're out there helping the residents organize and bring issues to us. you're keeping us honest, committed, and engaged. we appreciate the partnership that that represents. speaking on behalf of the residents today is renée, as i mentioned earlier, president of the westbrook tenant association. she's a passionate community leader who encourages and assists residents in advocating for their own best interests. born in the bay area, she takes great pride in engaging and helping her community, understands the challenges of the residents, has a strong commitment to educational
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values, and her skill and compassion make her both a voice and a beacon of hope for the residents. it is my pleasure to have renée mangdangle to the stage. >> hi, everybody. thank you, mayor breed. i would like to thank related, john stewart company, of course my tenant association. yesterday was my birthday, 9/11. anyways, i'm kind of nervous. i'm not much of a speaker. anyway. this building came a long way. i come from the peninsula, and when i came in here it was like pulling teeth. i did not want to move here, but i did. made the best out of it. i became a community leader.
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and hunters point west with marlene harris, she hired me to be event planner and personal chef for all three sites. then i met hunters point east and of course westbrook residents at that time. i just want to thank everybody. thank you. [ applause ]. >> you're following the sage advice of roosevelt, be sincere, brief, and be seated. you're going to go far in politics. anyway, this is short and sweet. we want to spend time listening to some more music, touring apartments, having some food, breaking bread together. i want to thank again all the distinguished speakers. i want to do a special shout-out
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to our technology program partners for the wifi, the training, et cetera, here at this site. it includes the city's department of technology, monkey brains, dev mission who's been mentioned, the community tech network, microsoft, you've heard of them, adobe. they all pitched in on the technology side. we appreciate it. there are so many companies and public agencies that have contributed their time, energy, and hard work to making these properties a success. i wish i had time to recognize them all. i can't. time is short. i'm going to name a few, sort of speed recognition. our architects, our general contractors did an amazing job renovating and breathing new life into these communities. thank you. i'm going to repeat a few thanks that came up earlier. from the city and county of san
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francisco thanks -- [ indiscernible ]. from the john stewart company itself, i want to shout out to our founder and chairman john stewart himself, margaret miller, dan lavine, jenny collins. and our former project manager adam levine who came from east bay to see the fruits of his labors. i want to say hi to many of those who couldn't be here [ indiscernible ] -- thanks to michael mincus and thanks to all the other people who contributed their time and energy to this impressive effort. so that's it. thanks for coming. please stay for food in the
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community room, tours of apartments, more music. so if i could just get the speakers all to follow. [♪] >> i have been living in san francisco since 1957. i live in this area for 42 years. my name is shirley jackson, and i am a retirement teacher for
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san francisco unified school district, and i work with early childhood education and after school programs. i have light upstairs and down stairs. it's been remodelled and i like it. some of my floors upstairs was there from the time i built the place, so they were very horrible and dark. but we've got lighting. the room seems lighter. they painted the place, they cemented my back yard, so i won't be worried about landscaping too much. we have central heating, and i like the new countertops they put in. up to date -- oh, and we have venetian blinds. we never had venetian blinds before, and it's just cozy for me. it meant a lot to me because i didn't drive, and i wanted to be in the area where i can do
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my shopping, go to work, take the kids to school. i like the way they introduced the move-in. i went to quite a bit of the meetings. they showed us blueprints of the materials that they were going to use in here, and they gave us the opportunity to choose where we would like to stay while they was renovating. it means a lot. it's just that i've been here so long. most people that enjoyed their life would love to always retain that life and keep that lifestyle, so it was a peaceful neighborhood. the park was always peaceful, and -- i don't know. i just loved it.
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i wanted to be here, and i stayed. >> for the first time in nearly two decades fishers have been granted the legal right to sell fish directly to the package right off their boat -- to the public right off their boats in san francisco. it's not only helping local fishers to stay afloat but it's evoking the spirit of the wharf by resurfacing the traditional methods of selling fish. but how is it regulated? and what does it take for a boat to be transported into a floating fish market? find out as we hop on board on this episode of "what's next sf." (♪) we're here with the owner and the captain of the vessel pioneer. it's no coincidence that your boat is called the pioneer because it's doing just that.
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it's the first boat in san francisco to sell fish directly from the boat. how did you establish your boat into such a floating fish market? >> well, you know, i always thought that it would be nice to be able to provide fresh fish to the locals because most of the fish markets, you would have to do a large amount of volume in order to bring in enough fish to cover the overhead. when you start selling to the public that volume is much less so it makes it hard to make enough money. so being able to do this is really -- it's a big positive thing i think for the entire community. >> a very positive thing. as a third-generation fisherman joe as his friends call him has been trawling the california waters for sustainably caught seafood since an early age. since obtaining a permit to sell fish directly to the public he is able to serve fish at an affordable price. >> right now we're just selling what a lot of the markets like, flat fish and rock fish and what the public likes.
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so we have been working for many, many years and putting cameras in them. there's the ability to short fish and we have panels that we open and close so we target the different species of fish by adjusting the net. and then not only that but then the net sort out the sizes which is really important. >> joe brings in a lot of fish, around 20,000 pounds per fishing trip to be exact. >> we had one day one time that we sold almost 18,000 pounds. >> it's incredible. >> i know, it's hard to imagine. >> but this wasn't always the case for joe. >> the markets that we have left in california, they're few and far between, and they really are restrictive. they'll let you fish for a couple months and shut you down. a lot of times it's rough weather and if you can't make your delivery you will lose your rotation. that's why there's hardly any boats left in california because of the market challenges. my boat was often sitting over here at the dock for years and i couldn't do anything with it because we had no market. the ability to go catch fish is
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fine, i had the permits, but you couldn't take them off your boat. >> that was until the port commission of san francisco rallied behind them and voted unanimously to approve a pilot program to allow the fish to be sold directly to consumers right off their boats. >> the purpose of the program is to allow commercial fishers to sell their fish directly from their boats to the end consumer in a safe and orderly manner for the benefit of the overall fishing community at the port of san francisco. we have limited the program to certain types of fish such as salmon, halibut, tuna and rock fish. crab is restricted from this program because we did not want to interfere with the existing crab sales on taylor street and jefferson street. so this is not meant to favor one aspect of the fishing industry more than another. it's to basically to lift up the whole industry together. >> and if joe the program has
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been doing just that. >> it was almost breathtaking whenever i woke up one morning and i got my federal receiver, my first receivers license in the mail. and that gave me permission to actually take fish off my boat. once we started to be able to sell, it opened things up a bit. because now that we have that federal permit and i was able to ppetition the city council and getting permission from san francisco to actually use the dock and to sell fish here, it was a big turning point. because we really didn't think or know that we'd get such a positive response from the public. and so we're getting thousands of people coming down here buying fish every week and so that's pretty cool. they like the fish so much that they take pictures of it when they cook it and they send us all of these pictures and then they ask us, you know, constantly for certain types of fish now. and when they come down here the one thing that they say is that they're so amazed that the fish is so fresh they could eat a little bit during the week and
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it's still fresh all week in the refrigerator. so that's really cool. >> the fish is very fresh and the price is super. i don't think that you can get it anywhere in the bay area. i can see it, and i can stir fry it, wow, you can do anything you want. i just can say this is a good place to shop and you have a good experience. >> this program supports the strategic plan in terms of engagement, people being connected to the waterfront, and also economic vitality. because it's helping the fishermen to make ends meet. they have no guarantees in their businesses, not like some people, and we want to do everything that we can to help them to have a good and thriving business. >> how does it feel to be able to sell your fish locally kind of in the traditional way, like your grandfather probably did? >> when i was a kid and i used
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to work in my dad's fish market, a lot of the markets that we sell to now are second and third and fourth generation markets. so i remember as a kid putting their tags on the boxes of fish that we shipped out of monterey and ship down to l.a. so it's kind of cool that we're still dealing with the same families. and this is probably about the only way that anyone can really survive in california is to sell your own fish. >> one of the advantages of this program is the department people that pull in the fish, they can find out where they caught it and find out more about the fisherman and that adds to their experience. the feedback from the fishers has been very good and the feedback from the customers have very good. and there's a lot of people coming to the wharf now that might not have done so. in fact, there's people that go through the neighboring restaurants that are going to eat fish inside but before they go in they see the action on the dock and they want to kind of
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look at what's happening on the boat before they go in and they have a meal. so it's generated some conversation down at the wharf and that's a good thing. >> as you can see by the line forming behind me getting ready to buy fish, the pilot program has been a huge success. for more information visit (♪) (♪)
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in this san francisco office, there are about 1400 employees. and they're working in roughly 400,000 square feet. we were especially pleased that cleanpowersf offers the super green 100% clean energy, not only for commercial entities like ours, but also for residents of the city of san francisco. we were pleased with the package of services they offered and we're now encouraging our employees who have residence in san francisco to sign on as well. we didn't have any interruption of service or any problems with the switch over to cleanpowersf. this clean power opportunity reflects that. i would encourage any large business in san francisco to seriously consider converting
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and upgrading to the cleanpowersf service. it's good for the environment, it's good for business and it's good for the community. >> evening everyone. welcome to the commission meeting. anthony, roll call. >> this is the meeting of the tran04 tran02. it is tuesday, september 24, 2019 and the time is 5:01 p.m.


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