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help us get back on our feet, and i signed up for the below market rate program, got my certificate, and started applying and won the housing lottery. this particular building was brand-new, and really, this is the one that i wanted out of everything i applied for. and i came to the open house here, and there were literally hundreds of people looking at the building. and i -- in my mind, i was, like, how am i ever going to possibly win this? and i did. and when you get that notice that you want, it's surreal, and you don't really believe it, and then it sinks in, yeah, i can have it, and i'm finally good to go; i can stay. my favorite thing about my home, although i miss the charm about the old victorian is everything is brand-new. it's beautiful. my kitchen is amazing. i've really started to enjoy
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cooking. i really love that we have a gym on-site. i work out four days a week, and it's beautiful working outlooking out over the courtyard that i get to look at. it was hard work to get to the other side, but it's well worth it. i'm super grateful to the mayor's office of housing for having this for us. . >> good afternoon. my name is ann moller caen. i'm the president of the san francisco public utilities commission. at this time i'd like to call to order the regular meeting of the san francisco public utilities commission. today's date is tuesday, may 12, 2020. roll call, please. >> president caen?
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>> here. >> vice-president vietor? >> present. >> commissioner moran? >> here. >> commissioner maxwell? >> present. >> commissioner paulson? >> present. >> we have a quorum. at this time i would like to make a brief announcement. due to the covid-19 health emergency and given the public health recommendations issued by the san francisco department of public health and mayor brown have lifted the restrictions on teleconference. this meeting is being held virtually with all members and staff participating today via teleconference. this will ensure the safety of the commission, staff and members of the public. if you have not already done so, i am now going to ask all members of the commission and staff to mute themselves to
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minimize background noise. this meeting is being televised by sfu tv. for those of you watching live stream, please be aware that there is a 20 to 40-second time lapse between the live meeting and what members of the public are viewing on sfu tv. we extend our thanks to sfu staff and sfu tv i.t. staff for their assistance. if you wish to make public comment on an item, please call the phone line when the item is called. dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452, and followed by pound and pound again to join the meeting as a participate. dial one then zero to be added to the speaker line. before i call the first item, madam president, i would like to make a note that item 17 is being removed from this agenda and will be rescheduled to a
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later date. and your first order of business, madam president, is item three, approval of the minutes of april 28, 2020. >> excuse me, donna, this is francesca. i just wanted to say it's item 16 that has been removed from the calendar, and not item 17. thank you. >> oh, my apologies. thank you. >> commissioners, before you you have the minutes of april 28, 2020. are there any additions to this list? >> second. >> may i have a second? >> madam secretary, could you open this to public comments. >> members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 3, approval of the minutes of april 28, 2020, dial
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888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and followed by pound, pound. then 1, then 0 to be added to the speaker line.
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>> mr. moderator, do we have any calls? >> madam secretary, we do have one call in the queue. >> thank you. >> you have one question remaining. >> hi, speaker, go ahead. >> my name is francisco de costa, and you may be surprised that i'm still using my time for public comment. and the main reason being i follow all the project, and they are eight weeks into this pandemic and we have a major
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project that is a system improvement project, and we need to know, more or less, but i know that there are some difficulties, how are we progressing on the project, how are we progressing on the outreach, and why do we have dwayne jones and juliet [indiscernible] still in charge of the outreach and they haven't been doing a good job? i know some of the managers, they are now considered essential workers, and we are seeing there's nothing happening at city hall and there's nothing happening at 525 [indiscernible] the public utilities commission.
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so again, we the public need to know how that project, the sewer system improvement project is moving forward. and we need to be notified about a hearing, or at least a general gist of the program on the backside. thank you very much. >> mr. de costa, before you hang up, that was public comment on item 3, approval of the minutes. and i'm assuming you wanted to make public comment on item 4, which is general public comments. >> excuse me, what is happening? what is happening is on this tv, it said public comment no. 4. and what you are saying is the right things that you did not know what i'm observing, so now we've moved it to -- >> okay. >> -- item no. 3, so i do not want to make the public comment again because everybody heard it.
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>> okay. >> so that's [indiscernible]. >> okay, thank you. we are doing our best. mr. moderator, do we have any other calls? >> there are no other calls in the queue, madam secretary. >> okay. given that public comment on item 3 is closed. >> could you take a roll call vote. >> commissioner caen? >> aye. >> vice-president vietor? >> aye. >> commissioner moran? >> aye. >> commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> and commissioner paulson? >> present. >> but do you vote aye on the minutes? >> oh, aye, i'm sorry. >> thank you. it's 5-0, madam president.
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>> president moller caen: please read the next item. >> item 4 is general public comment. members of the public may address the commission on matters that are within the commission's jurisdiction and not on today's agenda. members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 4 dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1, then 0 to be added to the speaker line. mr. moderator, please open the phone lines. >> madam secretary, the lines are open. >> thank you.
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>> madam secretary, we do have callers in the queue and people can continue to queue up while callers are speaking. >> thank you. we have our first caller. >> one question remaining. >> hello, caller, go ahead to speak on general public comments. >> yes, thank you. i sent you a latter yesterday. i hope -- letter yesterday. you hope you had a chance to look it over. it provides suggestions on how we might respond to a very good question the commissioner vietor asked two and a half months ago. it essentially was if the 40%
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unimpaired flow is implemented or voluntarily adopted, how will the sfpuc respond? i'm very much looking forward to having that conversation. i hope this item will be agendaized soon and i hope you get some ideas from the letter i sent you. thank you very much. >> thank you, peter. >> madam secretary, there are no more callers in the queue. >> okay. thank you. public comment on item no. 4 is closed. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, please read the next item. >> the next item is item five, communications. >> president moller caen: commissioners, any comments on communications? i do have a question on 5(c),
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the third quarter budget status report. certainly there weren't any surprises in it, but i was a bit baffled by the fact that our power contracts could be reduced. i always felt that they were long term. so i would like a comment on that. do we have short-term power contracts? >> i would be happy to address that if the commission is comfortable with that. this is barbara hale, power enterprise assistant general manager. so i understand you to be asking specifically about the statement in the item president caen that says that clean power sf has been able to offset reductions in demand through reduced power purchase contracts, through reduced purchase of power. >> president moller caen: yes. >> yes, so our plane power sf
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supply portfolio is made up of a mix of contracts with varying durations, varying terms. some are as long as 20 years, some three to five years, some as short as a month. we do not purchase power to meet 100% of our forecasted demand. so we purchase also in the short-term market up to a day ahead to close that open position since we're not procuring 100%. so it means one month and day ahead purchases that can be avoided when we project the decline in demand like we're experiencing with covid, and the clean power sf savings are attributable to these avoided short-term purchases. >> president moller caen: well, that's very fortunate. thank you for identifying that. i had no idea. >> you're welcome.
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thank you. >> president moller caen: are there any other comments on communications? madam secretary, could you please open to public comment. >> members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 5, communications, dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by found again. then dial 1, 0 to be added to the speaker line.
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>> mr. moderator, do we have any calls? >> madam secretary, the queue is currently empty. >> thank you. given that, public comment on item 5 is closed. >> president moller caen: next item, please. >> madam secretary: next item is item 6, report of the general manager. >> good afternoon, commissioners. this is harlan kelly, and it's great to be here. i can see all five of you, and
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donna, which i think is a great improvement since our last conference. so i just want to give donna a lot of respect and our i.t. team to make a change from one technology to another, and i think it's working well so far. with that being said, i would like to just share with you today all the support that sfpuc is providing to its employees, to our customers and to the city and county of san francisco as we continue to respond to this global pandemic. first, our workforce remains our top priority. employees remain split across three main areas. the first one is we have remote employees, which is about half of our employees are working from home. we made some major investments in new technology and equipment to ensure everyone continued to
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get their job done from their homes. the second group is on-site employees. about half of our employees are continuing to work in physical locations, job sites each day. each of these sites we have their own clean protocols because we want to make sure the areas are safe and clean. we also implemented social distancing practices and are providing personal protective equipment. in fact, we are getting such a large supply now that we can actually, you know, use and discard them and use more p.p.e.s and not try to save them and wear them for multiple days. so i think that is something that we're so happy to have now. also we're getting more supplies
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more frequently working with the eoc, so that's great. also in line with the governor newsom directive, we're filling up our ability to perform health screening, including temperature scans at our work sites every day. and then the third area is that we have disaster service workers, and dozens of our employees are staff at the puc departmental operations center. we call it the doc. and also the city's emergency operations center, which we call the eoc, each week. well over 100 of our team members have served in the eoc from the start of the city response effort. as i mentioned, we started the mandatory health screening a few weeks ago to protect our employees who continue to report to the puc work sites and facilities. each screening includes a health
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questionnaire and an in-person temperature check. employees who show symptoms are not permitted on-site and are provided information on covid-19 testing appointments. mandatory screenings started at the southeast treatment plant, the city's distribution division. since then we've added other areas, griffin yard and oceanside treatment plant included, to the list. as more locations come back online, including our 525 golden gate headquarters, we will begin health screenings in the coming weeks. second, we have made sure our customers continue to have access to wider services. with the support of the -- from the mayor, we extended the
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suspension of water and power shutoffs due to late payments through july 11. we continue to postpone liens and collections and late fees, and we have provided rental arrangement deferment for tenants who are at our facilities. recently we announced a new half million dollar grant program to support small and local businesses in the bayview neighborhoods that are being impacted by this pandemic. this is made possible for -- by our social impact partners, the mayor's office, supervisor walton and the city's office of economic workforce development. and this week we're launching an emergency customer assistance program which will help residents -- residential customers maximize their
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discount opportunities. this effort includes an online form automatically extending the program for current enrol fees and new criteria for new enrollees who are experiencing financial difficulty due to this covid-19. residential customers who have been financially affected as a result of the covid-19 or shelter-in-place orders have a maximum household income under 200% of the san francisco area median income are eligible to apply. enrolling in this customer assistance program will provide a 15% discount on your water bill, a 30% discount on your hetch hetchy power bill and a 30% discount on your waste water bill. this goes all the way to september 4, 2020.
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we also are doing our part, and we are helping the city to address folks who are living on the street. last week we installed six drinking water fixtures in the tenderloin, which we call man folds, and they are attached to a fire hydrant to allow drinking water access. as of now, we are looking at other areas where we can expand this program. and then finally we are moving towards recovery from this pandemic. so one of the themes that we are doing is refocussing on hiring our critical positions across the puc, and this effort has start started. we're studying the budget. we're identifying savings from the current fiscal budget and we are building out a revised
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budget for this upcoming year. we're collaborating on a future way of working because, you know, based on this pandemic, we realize that people's work habits can change, and we've been working with the city and national groups like u.s. water alliance and others to collaborate on efforts to bring our employees back to work in a safe and healthy way. our employees are, you know, playing a lead role in the effort too. we are using our survey and technology to find out how employees feel about the way they are working right now and if, when and how they will feel comfortable coming back to the p.u.c. work site over the next months. i hope to share the results from this survey and our plans to bring our employees back to work.
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and then as another effort that is going on that i thought you may be interested in is that you probably have read in the paper about a research that a lot of universities are teaming up with utility agencies, waste water, and they are looking at the waste from the communities to see if they have the covid-19 virus, and that's something that is sort of new and is very preliminary. we have been in conversations, and we are working with sanford, and they have been collecting samples from us and other cities. they have been freezing them for now with the intent to use them in the ongoing research [indiscernible] involved in this work, and the concept is, you
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know, to really look at the levels of covid virus and can it be used to track levels of community infection and potentially be in conjunction with testing to provide early monitoring and detection of future outbreaks. and so that's something that we're participating in. we plan to talk to some other firms and there are some other universities that are doing the research, and hopefully we can engage dph as a partner and so that as we start rolling out tracing and also more testing, this could be another tool to help us sort of flatten the curve in the communities. and so that is the end of my report. and if you have any questions, i
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can answer them. >> president moller caen: commissioners, any discussion? >> i have a question for the chair, or just a comment. i really appreciate you bringing up this question of i don't even know what they are calling it, community testing and tracing by utilities. i do think it's a really exciting and important opportunity for us to engage in, and i would like to be able to follow it and say, if you wouldn't mind continuing to keep us updated, i think that, you know, as public servants and as the utility of the future, i think it would be really exciting and, as i said, and important to be able to figure out if we can take a specific community in san francisco and be able to do a much more immediate testing response to a
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chinatown, to a bayview, to a neighborhood to be able to see what the level of infection is. the delays right now with the regular testing are not adequate and we are not able to get the data that we need. at a minimum for our utility workers, and at best for city-wide, to be able to have that kind of immediate response, immediate data i think would be -- would really be a game changer, so i would urge you to continue down that path and working with the researchers at stanford and really look at what it would look like to create a discrete project at the p.u.c. >> great. >> president moller caen: is there any implication about safety of our waste water workers because of this? >> so one of the things i -- you know, and i kind of alluded to, as you know, that we were
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deemed, you know, essential workers, first responders and we had to make sure we continued to provide water, waste water and power service, and so it was somewhat challenging because we had to, you know, come up with criteria that will help protect our workers, and so we worked not only with our own staff, but we worked with the construction industry that tim is very familiar with, and we came up with some guidelines that we feel that working with the unions, the industry, trade associations, with some robust protocols. and i think, you know, because of that, we had experienced little -- i think two positives, but the two positives were folks
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who were not at work. they were coming back from vacation. so we are trying to, you know -- you know like i mentioned in my comments, i said that we value our staff and we want to make sure while that work, we make the environment as safe as possible. so we're doing things like the mandatory health screening. no other department, no other place that i know of any utility is doing that. >> president moller caen: well, now the mandate from the governor, is that for all utilities in the state? >> yes. yes, that was one of the criteria guidelines, essential workers and utilities act upon these guidelines, and one was
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make sure that we have temperature checks. and health screening. >> this is commissioner paulson. if you're finished, madam chair? >> president moller caen: yes, i am, commissioner. >> okay. we have so many commissions and so many layers of government in san francisco, and as a p.u.c. commissioner, i'm extremely proud of considering the bulk of work that is done in our three general categories to the amount of safety that is being attended to. not just to the people on golden gate but, you know, throughout the multi-counties that we're responsible for the contracts on, and i'm just really proud. i know that the port and the airport and mpa and effective -- everybody else, everybody is struggling with a lot of stuff, but i just want to commend the
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staff for being so diligent on safety because there is nothing more important than safety, and that is part of the dialogue that's going on, not just locally and state-wide, but nationally about, you know, what is more important. you know, economic health or safety, and the fact that safety has got to be number one on the list of what we should do as public servants in terms of being diligent, i am i guess just -- you know, this particular department has been incredibly diligent, and i just want to be on the record for that. and it's always been, even before the virus, considering the amount of work that has to be done to maintain these important utilities. thank you, madam chair. >> president moller caen: well, nicely stated, commissioner paulson. and well deserved. any other comment on the general manager's report?
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hearing none, madam secretary, please open it to public comment. >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 6, report of the general manager, dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by found again. dial 1, then 0 to be added to the speaker line. ♪ >> president moller caen: that's a nice touch. [jeopardy music]. >> i think there might be a copyright issue with that one.
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>> or we might have [indiscernible]. [jeopardy music] . >> madam secretary, we have one caller in the queue. >> madam secretary: thank you. >> you have one question remaining. >> madam secretary: hello, caller. go ahead. >> commissioners, i heard the general manager give his report, and one of your -- one or two of your comments in general about really what our essential workers are doing. what you commissioners are not aware of is that regularly the
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mayor and basically the department of health and chief of police give reports to the public, and not once has this so-called press conferences do we get a report of the sfpuc, the other essential workers who represent the other departments. so we are [indiscernible] county of san francisco. we have [indiscernible] we have the sfpuc, the upw, we have other departments, and each of these departments have essential
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workers, and what we need to do, commissioners, is have a spokesperson or a report that can be read as to the contribution of our essential workers. and i want the general manager to note this, much like what one of the commissioners said about [indiscernible]. it's very difficult to get testing. you have to meet little requirements, even if you belong to an hmo. those are the things that the sfpuc can contribute because we do have some millions, maybe not billions, that we can apply to the general welfare of the --
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[ buzzer ] thank you very much. >> madam secretary: thank you, mr. da costa. anybody else in the speaker queue? >> madam secretary, the queue is currently empty. >> madam secretary: thank you. we're closing public comment on item 6, report of the general manager. >> president moller caen: next item, please. >> madam secretary: item 7 is new commission business. >> president moller caen: commissioners, any new business today? seeing none, the next item, please. >> madam secretary: the next item -- just one moment -- is item 8, the consent calendar.
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all matters -- >> president moller caen: item 9, i believe. >> madam secretary: we're on the consent calendar. it's item 8. that's incorrect, madam president. it should say item 8, consent calendar. that's my mistake. item 8 is the consent calendar. all matters listed here under are considered to be retained by the commission and will be acted upon by a single vote of the commission. there will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the commission or the public so requests, in which event the matter will be removed from calendar and considered as a separate item. >> i make a motion to approve. >> second. >> president moller caen: i would like to ask if there's any item you would like removed from the calendar. seeing none, madam secretary,
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could you call the roll of the vote. >> madam secretary: would you want to open for public comment, madam president? >> president moller caen: i'm sorry, yes, could you do that, please. >> madam secretary: yes. members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 8, consent calendar, dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1, then 0 to be added to the speaker line. ♪
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>> mr. moderator, do we have any speakers? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> madam secretary: thank you. public comment on item 8 is closed. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, could you please call for the vote? >> madam secretary: president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: there were five ayes.
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>> president moller caen: before we move on, i just have to say how thrilled i am on the fact that we're finally going to have the security fence around moccasin. this has been a project of mine for many years, and, well, i'm just very excited that it's now going to happen. so thank you, commissioners, for passing that. the next item, please. >> madam secretary: the next item is no. 9, approve the [indiscernible] 192a and b and authorize the general manager to execute these amendments increasing each amendment duration by nine months for a total duration of nine years and eight months per agreement with no change to agreement amounts, and agm howe will introduce this item. >> good afternoon, commissioners. this is kathy howe, assistant general manager for infrastructure. this item is asking for approval
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to extend the professional service contract with two of our technical experts providing review for the -- project for an additional nine months. although the construction is complete, we would like the experts to be available in case any issues arise during refill, and so that's why we're asking for the extension to their contracts for duration. i can answer any questions you have. >> president moller caen: commissioners, any questions? >> i move approval. >> second. >> president moller caen: what happens if paliveas doesn't fill by whatever date it was, march of next year? does it just continue on? >> we continually may come back to ask for another time extension, but it could be that
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we don't need them beyond this winter season. >> president moller caen: i see. okay. madam secretary, could you call for open public comment? >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 9 dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1 then 0 to be added to the speaker line. ♪ ♪
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>> madam secretary: mr. moderate orr, do we have any callers? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> madam secretary: thank you. public comment on item 9 is closed. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, can you please call the role -- roll call on the votes? [roll call]. >> madam secretary: we have five ayes. >> president moller caen: the motion carries. next item, please. >> madam secretary: item 10, approve amendment 2 to number
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cs310 and authorize the general manager to execute the amendment extending the duration by four years to nine years and increasing the contract amount by $900,000 for a total agreement amount of $1.9 million, and this will be introduced by our customer services manager. >> good afternoon, commissioners. my name is marge viscara, director of customer services bureau. through this contract about 35% of our bills are delivered to our customers electronically, and over 50% of our payments are received over the web and over the automated phone systems. we seek for your approval to extend our existing contract with our contractor, kubra, for another four years, and increase the contract amount by $900,000. i would be happy to answer any
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questions you may have. >> president moller caen: commissioners? any question? discussion? madam secretary, could you open it up to public comments? >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 10 dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1 then 0 to be added to the speaker line.
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mr. moderator, do we have any calls? >> the queue is currently empty, no callers. >> madam secretary: public comment on item 10 is closed. >> president moller caen: could i have a motion on this item? >> i'll move the item. >> second. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, could you please call the roll? >> madam secretary: president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: there are five ayes. >> president moller caen: the motion carries. next item, please. >> madam secretary: item 11, approve amendment no. 3 to agreement number cs382a and
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authorize the general manager to increase the amendment increasing the duration by nine months for a total duration of six years and 11 months, nine days, with no change to the agreement amount. this will be introduced by agm howe. >> good afternoon again, commissioners. this item is similar to item nine, and we're seeking approval to extend the professional service contract with one of our technical advisory panel members for the project. also just for duration and not for dollar amounts. so i can answer any questions. >> president moller caen: commissioners? may i have a second? >> second. >> president moller caen: madame secretary, could you call for public comment? >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make
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public comment on item 11, dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1 then 0 to be added to the speaker line. mr. moderator, do we have any callers? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue at this time. >> madam secretary: thank you. public comment on item 11 is now
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closed. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, could you please call the roll. >> madam secretary: president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: we have five ayes. >> president moller caen: the motion carries. next item, please. >> madam secretary: item 12, approve the selection of bureau -- north america, the sole respondent to the request of proposals and authorize a general manager to negotiate and execute a professional services agreement for an amount not to exceed $3 million and with a duration of five years. and this will be introduced by agm howe. >> good afternoon,
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commissioners. once again, kathy howe. this item before you is to seek approval to award a contract to bureau viratas that provides witnessing of testing and inspection services for the engineering design team as part of staff augmentation during the construction phase of construction projects. witnessing of testing and inspection is usually necessary for all of our larger mechanical equipment and significant electrical equipment at the factory site. and these factory sites are usually within the united states, but in the past it's also been out of the country where bureau veritas already has engineers or other staff. and i can answer any questions you may have. >> president moller caen: commissioners? any questions? comments? may i have a motion? >> i'll move that.
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>> [indiscernible]. >> president moller caen: thank you. i would like to call for public comment now. madam secretary? >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 12 dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1 then 0 to be added to the speaker line. ♪ ♪ ♪
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mr. moderator, do we have any callers? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue at this time. >> madam secretary: thank you. public comment on item 12 is closed. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, could you please do the roll call vote? >> madam secretary: president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: we have five ayes. >> president moller caen: the motion carries. next item, please. >> madam secretary: item 13, approval of green infrastructure grant to holy trinity greek orthodox church for a total grant amount up to $1.577
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million and authorize general manager to execute the grant agreement for a duration of 20 years and disburse up to $303,750 in grant funds to holy trinity at this time solely for planning and design activities. this will be introduced by agm norby. agm norby? >> agm norby, i don't think we're hearing your audio.
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agm, do you have a headset plugged into your computer? >> this is commissioner paulson. i don't know if this is, madam chair, presumptive. i think we've looked at some of this before, and even though want to hear greg norby, i would, if it's appropriate, make a motion while we move forward and wait to see if he comes in for some extra updates. i make a motion that we approve this item. >> i'll second the motion.
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>> president moller caen: is there any discussion on this motion? madam secretary, please open it up to the public comment. >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 13, dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1 then 0 to be added to the speaker line. ♪ ♪
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mr. moderator, do we have any callers? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue at this time. >> madam secretary: thank you. public comment on item 13 is closed. madam president, would you like for me to call roll vote on item 13? >> president moller caen: yes, please. >> madam secretary: thank you. president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: i see we have five ayes. >> president moller caen: the motion carries. next item, please. >> madam secretary: item 14, authorize the disbursement of
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$358,075 in remaining grant funds under the green infrastructure grant awarded to the san francisco unified school district on october 8, 2019, by commission resolution 19-0194 to construct storm water management features at a middle school in san francisco. and if we have agm norby back, he will introduce this. >> do i have audio now? >> madam secretary: yes. >> okay. thank you. apologies for that earlier. i am calling in my cellphone this time. yes, same grant program, commissioners, and in this case this is one that is further along. you had previously approved the grant and disbursed funds for the planning and design phase. this has been completed by the grant recipient, the san francisco unified school district, and in this case they are ready to move forward with the construction phase, and that is the funding that will be -- you would be releasing with this action that's before you.
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and with that, i'll stop and be happy to answer any questions. >> president moller caen: commissioners, any questions? discussion? may i have a motion, please? >> i move the item. >> i'll second it. >> second. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, could you please call for public comment? >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 14, dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1 then 0 to be added to the speaker line. ♪ ♪
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mr. moderator, do we have any callers? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue at this time. >> madam secretary: thank you. public comment on item 14 is closed. >> president moller caen: would you please call the roll call vote. >> madam secretary: president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> yes. >> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: we have five ayes. >> president moller caen: the motion carries. next item, please. >> madam secretary: next item is item 15, approve the water supply assessment for the proposed san francisco gateway project.
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and this will be introduced by agm ritchie. >> good afternoon, commissioners. steve ritchie, assistant general manager for water. this is a new assessment for your consideration. it is for the san francisco gateway project and it consists of two buildings in the bayview area. this water plant assessment follows the same pattern as the other water supply assessments that you have approved. we recommend that you approve it for [indiscernible] to the planning department as necessary legal information for their consideration of the analysis for the san francisco gateway project, and i would be happy to answer any questions. >> president moller caen: commissioners? any questions? discussion? >> yeah, i have a couple of questions and a comment on this one. can you just talk a little bit more about the [indiscernible] what's the percentage of reportability? do you know? >> i do not know that.
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>> so that's one question that i have. and then the comment, i had expressed some discomfort a while ago about continuing to approve any water supply assessment proposals that come before us until we've made sort of progress on this question around water supply and meeting the demands, both of our urban users and wholesale contractors, as well as enough water for the fish. and i just would -- you know, you know that. i've expressed that publicly several times. and here we are again approving a water supply assessment recommendation for the planning commission. you know, i know that this is [indiscernible] i know there's need. i don't know that much about the nature of this project, which would make me more inclined to move it forward if it were
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indeed serving lower-income or affordable housing. but i'm wondering if you can respond to my question and concerns that we are again approving a water supply assessment when we have not figured out that there -- the water available [indiscernible]. >> so this is harlan. i just wanted to let you -- i mean, my understanding, your role is to determine if there's adequate water supply. it's not about affordability and all that other -- you know, all the things that you mentioned. so maybe, you know, we can have teska talk about the role of the commissioners, to determine if we have adequate water supplies, and we work with the city attorneys to put the language in there to talk about the options and alternatives, and i think we talked about it before, that we didn't want to get into a
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position where the planning department role is to determine that and come here and then we also determine that. i thought we had that robust conversation, and i just wanted to just kind of throw that out there so that if we need to have that conversation again we can do that now. >> well, yeah. if we want to back up to that question of adequacy of water supply, i'm fine to hear the response to that, but i'm not convinced we do have adequate water supply because it feels like we're making a choice between urban use and development and water for the fish, which i do believe is in our burden. >> so what we've done is we've worked with the city attorney, we've worked with the planning, we've worked with the commissions to come up with three options. one is that if we have a voluntary agreement, if 40% goes
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through [indiscernible] we have identified that, we're getting the planning, those options depending on what the outcome is, and that is, you know, our responsibility. so that -- i can -- from our staff perspective, given the three options that planning department had communicated to us that they would need. i don't know if francesca, if you want to speak to that or not. >> i'm happy to answer any questions if anyone has them. >> this is commissioner paulson. our executive director had a question for you, harlan. >> i'm sorry, what is the
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question, harlan? >> well, maybe you can amplify, you know, what is the role of -- you know, that we discuss of our commissioners, what's our responsibility or the commissioner's responsibility, you know, what the responsibility is as it relates to determine the water supply and how we work with, you know, the planning commission, the planning commission's attorneys. we work with our attorneys to, you know, characterize the three options that are three likely outcomes, and that is sort of what we presented in all of the water supply, and we talked about, you know, our role is not
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if a project has adequate housing or low-income housing. that is not the role of the p.u.c. commission. it is just to determine what the the water supply outlook, and so that's my -- i just want to make sure that if that is correct, you know, or if it's not, i just want to make sure that we're all on the same page. so can you speak to that, francesca? >> sure. i mean, right, as you're all aware, your role is to -- in adopting these water supply assessments is to make a finding as to whether the water agency has sufficient water to serve this project as well as other needs in your customer base over a certain projected amount of time and under different conditions. the planning commission then takes whatever you say in your water supply assessment, and that informs the environmental review process, which is obviously separate and which you do not play a role in. and so given the uncertainty
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that has been created around the bay delta plan amendment and the pending litigation over the course of the last year, the water supply assessments even consider three different scenarios and lay out what the water supply availability would be under each of those three scenarios and then what are potential alternative water supplies the p.u.c. would look to if it does not have enough water to serve the project. that's been what we've been doing for the last year, as you know. >> president moller caen: i have a question. did the planning commission come to us about this project and would there be enough water? >> yes, the planning commission -- >> i'm sorry. >> go ahead. >> i was just going to say this is governed by state law, and it's any and all development
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projects of a certain size trigger a legal requirement that you must do a water supply assessment. so whenever a project meets that statutory threshold, planning sends it over to p.u.c. and says please do a water supply assessment, so that's why you're having to do that for this project. >> also i just wanted to maybe, what's the word, bring up what we talked about. you remember, commissioners, that you were concerned about the planning department not understanding our water situation. i think, sophie, that's when you just started. we actually went to the planning department and we gave a presentation, so i understand that we've been very responsive to all the things that you've asked us to do because we wanted
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to let them know what our water supply, so they could understand what was going on. we did what you asked us to do. we provided that information to them, and i just wanted to bring that up, to refresh your memory. >> i might have one thing. at the next commission meeting we are providing our next quarterly update on our water supply planning efforts, which are progressing as the commission has appropriated money for that purpose. we have three staff on board who are working on nothing but those projects right now. >> president moller caen: just to clarify, our current state of affairs right now is that we are basically under a state order that we're going to have to
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release 40% of our water for flow, and we're suing because of that, correct? >> that's correct. >> correct. >> and we have not yet come up with the question that i did ask several meetings ago around if indeed we do not prevail in the lawsuit and we are going to have to give up 40% of our water, how are we going to both meet the needs of the fish -- [indiscernible] requirement as well as be able to approve these water supply assessments on an ongoing basis? we have not really answered that question yet, right? but we still continue to approve these projects. >> that's why the water supply planning process is proceeding, to be able to identify and acquire whatever necessary water, if it's only a little bit or if it's a lot of water, that's the effort. that's our obligation, is to
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meet all these needs, both in our service area as well as making up for our environmental obligations. >> but rather than releasing water down the river, sorry to belabour the point, but i just want to really understand this, rather than the option of releasing more water since we have so few fish left, we are deciding in a vote like this to recommend that we approve the water supply assessment for development project? because that's a choice. >> i wouldn't characterize that. i think you're twisting what, you know, the issue is. the issue is that, you know, we have a flow schedule, and that is what we're living to and we're working on trying to talk about what's going on. meanwhile, planning department
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is moving forward with housing, and so they want us to make an assessment if we have adequate water. it's not to make a choice. we're just saying do we have adequate water, and we're saying there's three scenarios and we're letting them know the three scenarios. and so we're not making choices. we're letting them know that there are three choices, and what we're doing is we're going out, and we recognize that if, you know, we don't prevail in the lawsuit, we have to come up with 40%, we're going to, you know, do all the efforts to try and close that gap with a water supply project. so we're not, you know, saying that we're, you know, if we didn't do this development we will give to the fish or -- i don't think it's a direct connection that you're
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articulating. >> madam chair, if i might. as we've considered this before, it is seemingly a -- it's not an unusual spot to be in because you have this big item, the 40% flow requirement, that's so big and so destabilizing to our planning. what has helped me on this is the question of materiality, that the amount of water that we're talking about for this project is really pretty small, and given our current levels of demand, we will be able to meet this demand and also meet the fish flows that are part of the river voluntary agreement that we've been working on. so in that sense, if we can
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manage the fish flows according to the towalame river voluntary agreement, there is no conflict between this project and fishery flows. if it turns out we have to do the 40% flows, that is so destabilizing to our water supply that the solution will have to be huge, and this will be a tiny, insignificant part of that solution. so again, it doesn't really present a conflict between these flows and any fishery flow. i think the situation we hope for is that we are able to conclude a voluntary agreement that has fishery flows that are adequate to meet our responsibility to the fish and will also be within the supply that we currently have, and that's i think what we're hoping for. if it turns out that doesn't work, then we're going to have to do major projects and
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we'll -- you know, this will not change. if we had to do a big project, this will not change the design of that project one little bit. >> madam chair, if -- this is commissioner paulson. if commissioner moran is done, i'd like to make a couple comments, if i may. >> president moller caen: certainly. >> yeah, so there's a lot of moving parts right here, and as the youngest commissioner -- well, i don't even know if i'm the youngest commissioner, but as the commissioner that has not been around quite as long the times, i do think that there's not a fate decome plit about the various agreements. there have been tremendous amount of negotiations and discussions and lawsuits and collaboration with many different agencies and what have you. so you know, where we, you know,
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end up is not afait accompli anywhere else. so despite connecting one to the other, that's probably true also. the second thing is i've been asked to be, and i will say this on my own, i have been asked to be a planning commissioner for the last 20 years. i refused it. i didn't want to be a planning commissioner. there's a heck of a lot of work to it, and i'm wearing a public utilities hat on right now and i'm trying to figure out the best ways that are moving in, and i have no desire whatsoever to weigh in on the issues, you know, as a commissioner of affordable housing and what have you because i don't want to be an activist person on the planning commission as a public utilities commissioner. so i'm going to absolutely not take that position myself. i think we have a lot of policy that we have to continue to talk
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about, and we will continue to do that. and so i'm going to move, you know, to move this thing forward because i don't believe that it is our role to start talking about the [indiscernible] as it's been done by the professionals. >> commissioner maxwell here, if i may. i think it's important to have the conversations every time, and so thank you very much, francesca, for bringing it to the forefront. i think it's an important issue. people are talking about the fish and concerned about it, and i think it's important that we weigh in every time where we can to let people know what we're doing, where we are and that we are concerned and we are thinking about them. so i think it's important every time. thank you.
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>> president moller caen: at this time i would like to call for more discussion. is there more discussion on this item? >> i'm going to say something. just one quick comment, if i could, to commissioner maxwell, you know, my colleague. it is important that we have these discussions, and not having them is worse. democracy is about having the discussions, so there's no desire on my part to not have discussions about everything. i don't want that ever to be placed on there, but knowing, you know, where we end up on this stuff is based on more than just discussions. it's on analysis, so thank you. >> president moller caen: that's a good point. we should always have discussion. at this time i'd like to call
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for a motion. >> i move that we move the assessment forward. >> i'll second that. >> president moller caen: and may i have a second? >> i can second that. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, could you call for public comment? >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 15, dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1 then 0 to be added to the speaker line. ♪ ♪
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>> madam secretary: mr. moderator, do we have any calls? >> yes, we do, madam secretary. i will queue up the first caller. >> madam secretary: thank you. >> i'm encouraging the future to hear public comment before making a motion because there's a chance that it might change your thinking. i want to say i appreciate commissioners' questions and concerns, and in looking through this, what struck me is it's much shorter than they have been in the past. it's only six pages, and they used to be about 40 pages, so it
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seems like less information is available, and i'm concerned about poor communication between sfpuc and the planning department and the commission. there was a presentation from staff to the planning department last year, but there's never really been any policy discussion between the two commissions. i would encourage a workshop. some of the things that were not in the staff report were proposed project description, and so there's a lump sum of development in a mixed use project, that there's no breakdown of jobs in housing, and that would be of concern to the planning commission because we have a terrible job housing balance and it causes a housing crisis and transportation problems. it's also an issue for you, because there are a lot more jobs than housing, eventually we're going to have to catch up, and that's going to be, you know, a lot more water. so there's cumulative impacts that aren't considered. other items that were not in the
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staff report, additional water supplies findings and communications from the planning department. so i also want to remind you that you have a responsibility from fish and game code 59-37 that you need to protect fish in good health below dam, and the only time that these issues ever come up is every 50 years when there's re-licensing or every five years in the bay-delta plan. but those are ongoing. and the voluntary agreement -- all that right now, possibly even dead, we need to switch gears and not just wait for that decision to be made. so this is tied back to the letter i sent you yesterday. the design is very challenging. commissioner moran pointed out that there are complications from the bay delta plan, but i would say there are even bigger complications from the design drought. i believe it has never been formally been adopted. if i am wrong, i would love to
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see documentation, but i think there's a good opportunity to revisit it, and right now it's incredibly conservative, 50% rationing is based on a demand of 265, which is actually the sales cap, real demand projections are much, much lower. it's the eight and a half year design drive gave you suggestions about modifying that, and assume no new supply will come online. so we don't want to invest in a lot of water that we don't need. i think it's really time to have that conversation that commissioner vietor queued up, and you might consider sending this -- [buzzer] >> madam secretary: thank you, peter. mr. moderator, do we have any other callers? >> madam secretary, there are no more callers in the queue. >> madam secretary: thank you.
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that closes public comment on item 15. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, could you please do the roll call vote. >> madam secretary: president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> no. >> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> no. >> madam secretary: and commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: you have three ayes and two noes. >> president moller caen: the motion carries. madam secretary, i would like you to call both items 17 and 18
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together. item 16 has been taken off the agenda. there should be no discussion on these settlement items. >> madam secretary: item 17 is settlement of unlitigated claim state farm insurance company in the amount of $34,495.14. item 18, settlement of lawsuit sandra hernandez et al. in the amount of $214,000. >> president moller caen: may i have a motion? >> moved to oppose. >> second. >> i'm sorry, we need separate motions for each item, so that first motion will be for item 17. >> president moller caen: okay. >> i move 18. >> oh, one at a time. never mind. >> president moller caen: do we take public comment one at a time? >> madam secretary: we will do public comment combined for
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both. we just need a motion on item 18. >> may i -- >> president moller caen: may i have a motion on item 18? >> move to approve item 18. >> second. >> i would like to make a comment. can i make a comment on 18, which is the sandra hernandez settlement, correct? >> [indiscernible]. >> yes. >> madam secretary: can you please answer? >> yes, so i would just like to extend sympathies to the family because, you know, in reading through the settlement, i just -- it sounded like quite an experience that the family had, and just wanted to extend sympathies to them as part of this settlement.
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>> president moller caen: that was very kind of you. madam secretary, please open to public comment. >> madam secretary: members of the public who wish to make public comment on item 17 and 18, dial 888-273-3658, access code 3107452 and pound followed by pound again. dial 1 then 0 to be added to the speaker line to be a. . ♪ ♪
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>> madam secretary: mr. moderator, do we have any callers for these items? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue at this time. >> madam secretary: thank you. public comment on item 17 and 18 is closed. >> president moller caen: madam secretary, could you please take a roll call on item 17. >> madam secretary: on item 17, president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> madam secretary: and commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: there are five ayes. >> president moller caen: the motion carries. and then again a roll call of item 18. >> madam secretary: on item 18, president caen? >> president moller caen: aye. >> madam secretary: vice-president vietor? >> aye.
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>> madam secretary: commissioner moran? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner maxwell? >> aye. >> madam secretary: commissioner paulson? >> aye. >> madam secretary: there are five ayes. >> president moller caen: motion carried. that now concludes the business for today. this meeting is adjourned. at 3:05.
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>> today's special guest is claudia dume. >> hi. today, my guest is claudia gorham. she's the deputy managing director of the real estate dri division at the city and county of san francisco, and she's my special guest. thank you for joining us. >> thank you very much. >> i know that your department is the department for managing and renting properties, and also cleaning for the city. how has your department been preparing for the crisis? >> well, because our citizens are sheltering in place and our
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buildings are closed to the general public, a substantial amount of city staff and city departments are still open and operating and doing city businesses. so we still have to do the cleaning and engineering on the portfolio and things that need to be service. and the other thing is all our workers are disaster service workers, so we have been providing the emergency operations center with various staffing needs such as drivers of trucks and accounting staff to assist them in this crisis. >> have you obtained additional space for the city to use during this crisis? >> yes. the crisis has actually required numerous transactions, and so we help basically the department of public health, the department of human services, and the department of homelessness determine where they can put the services that they need. so, for example, if they need a testing site or if they need a
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building -- a vacant building to put supplies or if they need to put some trucks, we will help them locate that office building or that property based on their factors that they need. we will then contact the landlord or the property owner of the space or the building owner decides they want, and then, we negotiate the terms that they need, whether it's a permit or a lease, we'll help the city attorney draft that agreement. >> nice. so can you talk about how some of our iconic buildings, such address the palace of -- such as the palace of fine arts, has been repurposed during the pandemic? >> certainly. the city needs as much space as it can use during this
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pandemic, and the department had to relocate to moscone south convention center so that we could do social distancing as required by both the city and the state. we have hundreds and hundreds of staff people working on this covid-19 crisis. all of the department of public health and the departments of homelessness and human services, including several other hundred people, they need several different sites. they need testing centers, they need shelters for the homeless, those with the covid-19 virus, those who need a place to stay after they get out of the hospital. so we've been assisting them with places to stay. you mentioned the palace of fine arts. it has over 100,000 square feet of space. it could
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it -- we were going to use it as a shelter, but now, we're going to use it for different needs. we're going to negotiate a different lease so that the city can use it for this crisis. we're using the bill graham civic auditorium and tfor the deployment of ambulances. the fire department needed additional supplies, so we're using it for that service. >> that's great. i also understand you have a staff of custodians, electricians, janitors and other support workers. how are they helping the city? >> we could not be more thankful for our civic and engineering staff under our real estate division. they have been working 24-7 since this crisis began, not only doing their daily responsibilities to keep the
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public buildings open and operating for the city staff continuing to go into the office but also because once the crisis started, several memos came down as to additional cleanings and how to do disinfecting, and we have to do the c.d.c.s recommendation does. so not only do they do -- recommendations. so not only do they do their regular cleaning, they are also doing deep cleaning and disinfecting in places like the public safety building and the haul of justice. but they're also going in and doing a deep cleaning and disinfecting after we had a suspected case or a confirmed case of a person having the coronavirus. so they're going in and doing this every night since this started. our workers are continuing as laborers to make the buildings safe and secure and maintained. and however we help or however we can help the e.o.c., we do
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that. >> well, thanks for coming on the show, claudia. i'd like to thank you and your entire team on behalf of all the residents of san francisco for all the work you continue to do. >> thank you very much. it's been a pleasure. >> that's it for this episode. we'll be back with another pandemic-related episode shortly. this is coping with covid-19. i'm chris mathers. thanks for watching.
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