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we can take this item same house same call. this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item number 31. >> clerk: an ordinance to amend the administrative code to repeal the city employee's sexual privacy ordinance to direct the department of of human resources to request that applicants for city employment voluntarily provide unanimous sexual orientation and gender information to direct city departments to request that employees provide unanimous sexual orientation and gender identity information when responding to surveys and to direct d.h.r. to develop systems to retain sexual orientation and gender identity information. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: this is a good and important piece of
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legislation. but in the time between getting voted out of committee and coming before us, department of human resources realized in conversation in departments that we ought to make changes to it. those changes are substantive. i will ask that we move amendments. then send it back to committee and it will come back here. the issue is that the legislation that we had been considering refer to the anonymous collection of that data. if we're doing this consistently, it needs to be confidentiality. there are some changes related
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to that and clerical cleanup item in there. the amendments are before you. i like to move the amendments. >> president walton: do we have a second? seconded by supervisor ronen. on the motion to amend. >> clerk: on the motion to amend item 31. [roll call vote]. safai absent. >> president walton: there are 10 ayes. this motion passes unanimously.
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>> i like to rerefer that item back to rules committee. >> president walton: seconded by supervisor peskin. on the motion to rerefer. >> clerk: mr. president, refer it back to the rules committee where it came from. on the motion to refer item 31 to committee. [roll call vote]. supervisor safai is absent. this is a motion to send item 31 to the rules committee -- back
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to committee. there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this motion passes unanimously. please call item number 32. >> clerk: a motion to appoint louisa mendoza and marc wilson to terms. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. this motion is approved unanimously. please call item number 33. >> clerk: a motion to appoint christine knellson and john kauper, paul bellar. >> supervisor peskin: there's been few gunmans -- there's been a few developments. i would like to make some non-substantive amendments namely to strike so strike scott
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spertzel, he's withdrawn his request to be appointed. then to put mr. bellar back in that seat 8. strike paul bellar per his request and then to put ms. elizabeth zareh in seat number 5 leaving seat number 6 vacant which we will conduct a recruitment for as soon as possible. would like to make those amendments. >> president walton: thank you. do we have a second? seconded by supervisor chan. on the motion made by supervisor peskin. seconded by supervisor clan. please call the roll. >> clerk: on the motion to item
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33. [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this motion is approved unanimously. motion is approved unanimously. on the amended item. >> clerk: item 33 as amended. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, the amended item is approved unanimously. please call item number 34. >> clerk: a motion to appoint scott patterson, betty packard and ann merrill to the ballot simplification committee. >> president walton: same house same call. this motion is approved unanimously. we are now at items 52, 54 and
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55. call them together as item 53 was not sent as a committee report. >> clerk: item 52-55 were considered by oversight committee on thursday september 30, 2021. item 52 was recommendedded as a amended. it's a resolution to respond to the judge of the superior court on the findings and recommendations contained in the 2020-2021 civil grand jury report continuity report to urge the mayor to cause the implementation of accepted findings and recommendations through the development of the annual budget for the items. as president said, item 53 was not send to the board as a committee report. item 54 was recommended as
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amended with the same title, the resolution to respond to the presiding judge of the superior court on the findings in the civil grand jury report. the fluid concern, san francisco must approve resilience and urge -- item 55 was recommended as amended with the same title. item 55 is a resolution to respond to the presiding judge on the findings and recommendations contained in the 2020-2021 grand jury report. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you. i want to give a little context and some well earned thanks to folks for getting all these materials together and going through what is quite a bit of
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material on these four reports. last thursday, we leader these four civil grand jury reports. responses that are before you are in response to their findings and recommendations and i want to start by as i did in committee, recognizing and thanking all the members of the civil grand jury for their work to shine a light on potential inefficiencies and point to improvements that can be made in our government functions. each response requires detail response as provided in statute by the board of supervisors. i want to thank my colleagues on
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g.a.o. we tooked lead on different reports and responding to them. my office led on the breaking through to a living age and continuity report. supervisor mandelman led and is leading on the van ness report, which is the one item that is still in committee and will be here soon. i want to recognize all our staff who have worked on those responses. the van ness report, was
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continued in committee to allow our committee to get further clarity and guidance on the important issues raised in that report. we'll be hearing that again this thursday. hopefully before the board soon. lastly, i want to recognize again as i did in committee, our g.a.o. clerk, john carol, who put in lot of time and energy in coordinating with departments and the san francisco superior court. finally, the various departments who also had to provide responses in mayor office. i want to thank them for their thorough responses as well. finally, turning to the one grand jury report that i took the lead on. i wanted to make some brief remarks on that.
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that's breaking through a living wage report. civil grand jury report. came out at a really critical time a moment when many san francisco residents are living with unrelenting financial insecurity. they are looking to change careers or stuck in jobs that do not pay a living wage in our responsive city. i think the report does many things really well. one of the things is really highlighting the important distinction between minimum wage and a living wage. living wage which allows an individual to support themselves and families, minimum wage often does not. this report also really makes clear the connection between education and existing certificate programs and building the ability for low income san franciscans to actually achieve a living wage
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and doing so at tuition free city college. the grand jury report discusses oewd. i look forward to continue to track the outcomes of these efforts. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor chan?
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>> supervisor chan: thank you. i want to echo our chair of the g.a.o., supervisor preston's sentiment of thanking everyone. i wanted to highlight for you in the civil grand jury, also the civil grand jury themself specifically on field resilience. we partially disagree on a few items. really mainly is the approach that we really think it's timer the city and county of san francisco shifting its dependency on fuel. to really identify ways and plans to move away from that. we ask for a hearing on the item to ask city administrator to report back for a plan that they are supposed to be able to put
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together. another part that we partially disagree civil grand jury is about a location where a site could actually store fuel. we have to disagree that the southeast sector of the city to be an ideal site. there are different kind of plant exists. we thought that for equity, city wide, we should really identify other sites. also mindful of the environmental impact. ultimately we thought the civil grand jury should look or the city should move away from fuel dependence. we understand should the next big earthquake hits us, we got to be ready. those are paths we can take on to work on.
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i wanted to let you know that is what we have learned. thank you. >> president walton: thank you so much supervisor clan. madam clerk, seeing no one else on roster, i believe we can this same house same call. thee resolutions are adopted unanimously. please call item number 56. >> clerk: considered by rules committee at a regular meeting on monday october 4. to appoint ryan to cannabis oversight committee ending december 23, 2022. >> president walton: we can take this time same house same call. this motion is previewed unanimous. we'ral roll call for introductions. >> clerk: supervisor safai is
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first up to introduce new business. >> supervisor safai: i'm presenting a resolution as well as two hearing requests. my first hearing request is regarding -- i'm seeking to receive a better understanding on how we're addressing childhood obesity. this hearing will seek to examine the data and prevalence childhood obesity spanning the past five years. seeing what support we can provide as a city in multiple areas. we're asking that the department of children youth and families and the department of public health are present to talk about these issues with us. second, the second hearing request i'm calling for is has
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to do with the department of public works. it's rather long process when it pertains to hiring. the number of hiring of people and staff particularly in the operations department, the am -- the amount of vacancies and the amount of time it takes to fill a position in that department. one of the most important departments in the city responding to calls for service. in the most recent conversation we had, there might be as many as over 70 vacancies in that department. all of that is impacting calls for service. we think deserves a hearing and attention to this matter. we would like the department of public works, the operations division and the leadership, along with the human resources department and our city administrator to come present
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and be part of that conversation. finally, i'm introducing a resolution that mirrors what has happened in many cities around the country. urging the secretary interior to recognize the plane crash site of roberto clemente as a historic landmark. he was an iconic american baseball player, model citizen. i first puerto rican player in baseball. roberto clemente challenged stereotypes in the major legislate. sadly on new year's day, he died in a tragic plane crash on his way from puerto rico to nicaragua to deliver humanitarian aid to hurricane victims. we would follow in the footsteps in many cities around the country and urging the
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department of interior to recognize this plane crash state as a historic landmark. the rest i submit >> clerk: supervisor stefani. >> supervisor safai: thank you. i'm introducing a resolution to declare october domestic violence awareness month. in san francisco we do not have such a declaration. i have confirmed that. domestic violence awareness month was launched nationwide in october 1987 as a way for individuals and organizations to raise awareness for issues relling to domestic violence. domestic violence is largely still considered a family issue and for families to address in private. however, in the united states over 10 million adults experienced domestic violence annually and one in four women and one in ten men will experience domestic violence. in 2020, 7241 domestic violence
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related 911 calls were made. 3379 incidents were responded to by the police. of those incidents, black american and latinx communities were over represented with share of 29% and 27% of the incidents. in 20 between, 79% of survivors of family violence who sought set shelter in san francisco were turned away. domestic violence continues to be a pervasive public health issue that is only been exacerbated in the past year and a half. social isolation, financial hardships and general uncertainty related to covid-19 has created a shadow pandemic with rates of domestic violence intensifying worldwide. qualitative reporting from community-based organizations showed feelings of decreased safety for survivors after the
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shelter-in-place order took effect. concerns were raised over the potential for underreporting of family violence due to decreased interaction with mandated reporters because of the pandemic. lastly, dramatically increased throughout the pandemic, gun sales surged across the united states. we know that the presence of gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%. every 16 hours a woman is shot and killed by a spouse or intimate partner in the united states. that is insane. in response to this month's call for domestic violence awareness, i introduced a hearing on the findings and recommendations made in the family violence council tenth annual report in san francisco.
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on october 28th, my legislation requiring the d.a. to publish information on cases each month will be heard. specifically that legislation called for reporting on how many cases are presented per month, presented by the police to the d.a.'s office, how many cases d.a. offices filed charges on, what type of charges are filed and what are the final outcomes of those cases. addressing domestic violence requires meaningful intervention, such as 52-week programs focusing on abuse prevention, treatment for mental health and addiction issues or time in custody when necessary. i hope with this resolution we can slow that we stand with all those who have been affected by domestic violence. recognize those individuals and groups who step forward to break the cycle of violence and recommit to cultivating an environment that refuses to accept incidents of abuse as the
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norm. i want to thank my co-sponsor supervisor mandelman, mel g peskin, ronen, safai, president walton and chan. to mention that thanks to this board, two years ago, 2019, we passed italian-american heritage month for the month of october. i want to thank you for that. san francisco joined los angeles and boston and proclamations by presidents obama, clinton and george h. w. bush in declaring october italian heritage month. this past sunday my daughter and i joined the 86th annual madonna del luma at fisherman's wharf. it was such a nice ceremony and celebrate our italian heritage.
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this weekend, there are many activities in north beach. this is all in supervisor peskin's district. it's a huge importance to me as well. we will be honoring and celebrating our italian heritage in the contributions made to san francisco by italians and italian-american who came over here starting in the 1840s. on washington night there will be a lighting and it will be the kickoff of the italian heritage weekend. that will be on friday night from 6:00 to 8:00. also on sunday, very excited about this. it's the first parade out of the pandemic. we'll be back for 153rd san
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francisco italian heritage parade. that sunday starts at 12:30 at the foot of jefferson and stockton street and it will end in washington square. happy italian-american heritage month and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor walton. >> president walton: submit. >> clerk: supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you. my family love movie nights. the reason i'm introducing a resolution in support of the workers of international alliance of theatrical stage
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employees. also known as aofse. they are production in coordinators, writers, cinematographers, customer, script supervisors, technicians, designers and other below the line employees that are the backbone of film and division production. there are near 60,000 workers across the united states and 52,000 in call. in san francisco we have two locals. our union sibling have been in contract bargaining with the alliance motion picture and television placer -- producer. unfortunately, their negotiations has stalled over some basic workplace conditions, including excessively long work
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days that have developed their own slang. that means when friday work days extend deep into saturday. they are also asking for breaks for meals and rest so they can put down their equipment for a moment or even sit down. for adequate periods of rest between work days and time to sleep as well as sustainable wages for the same work across platforms. nearly 90% of the members i believe is over 56,000 of them, voted overwhelmly at over 90%
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authorize a strike. that tells you. they've been suffering. if they strike, this would be the largest private sector straight in the -- straight in -- strike inthe u.s. this would shut down film and television production in california. today's resolution is to let them know that the city and county of san francisco, this union town, stands in solidarity with their fight with fair wages and urges alliance of motion picture and television producers to bargain in good faith on fair contract. we talk a lot about social economic and racial equity and this immigrant kid, i know lot of my friends back in the day, probably curious and wanting to work in the movie industry.
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yet, as good kids go, we're asked to choose between our passion or job that pays to support our families. if we support these workers, perhaps that they are going to be a generations of kids that don't have to decide a good job that pays, versus something that really they're passionate about. thank you to supervisor peskin, ronen and walton for being an early cosponsor.
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families of color have faced discrimination from the allowing mark due to racism and inequality. preventing them from building equity and security and widening the gap. i think that will be come in handy for many families working families san francisco. this new program will allow qualified home buyers in the program to build equity. while at twice the race of a conventional 30-year mortgage. we they that black latinos and native americans are under
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represented in california mortgage lending. this is why i'm in this resolution urging mayor's office to work together to identify ways to help income residents to purchase their first home and for the pressure's office to continuing working with us and reinvestment in san francisco working group, board of supervisors and -- thank you for cosponsoring. >> clerk: supervisor haney? submit thank you. supervisor mandelman? smith, supervisor melgar,
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submit. supervisor peskin? submit. supervisor preston. submit. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: i want to mention that i'm cosponsoring a resolution approving the an agreement between the city and pg&e to ensure that new affordable housing projects are able to use clean safe public power. something we've been fighting with pg&e about for a long time. this is a major step forward. affordable housing the most important. i wanted to congratulate s sfpuc. >> clerk: mr. president, that concludes the introduction of
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new business. >> president walton: we will go back to 11s-13. >> clerk: items 11-13 before the board, these three items comprised motions for the conditional use authorization >> president walton: supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: i'll defer to supervisor haney. >> supervisor haney: -- there's been outpouring of letter about this project. i weighed those as part of our responsibility here to determine whether the requested conditional use authorization. for a group housing project has
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currently designed is necessary desirable on capable for the neighborhood. spent lot of time with the planning department over the last few weeks to come up with a set of conditions that can bring the project in line with the needs of the neighborhood. i want to thank all of them as well as my aid to resolve this and find a way forward. the units are small and tiny and lack full kitchens. we have come to the conclusion that the conditional use that is request to authorize this
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project does not meet the need of the neighborhood. as relates to clear need of neighborhoods for housing for families. the project will provide level of affordable housing that is half of that that will be required if the project of proposed today. that is deeply problematic. i cannot imagine a project which is 13.5% affordable. the original conditional use authorization was for 176 unit project which was broadly supported by the neighborhood and welcomed more closely conformed to the community hosing needs and the plan to build more housing for families and single adults. this original already approved project which is also a very large project will be one of the largest market rate projects in the tenderloin in recent history.
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the original 450 o'farrell project sit well within the context of this tenderloin historic district. this original project preserves the need for a new facility for the church. i confirmed with the planning department that the project sponsor can still move forward under the original conditional use authorization for this project which will provide nearly 200 units of housing, that is compatible with the neighborhood. that conditional use authorization i support. this one i do not. i'm moving to uphold the appeal
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and preserve seasonal use organization of the previously approved project which better meets the needs of this neighborhood. i will make a motion now -- the motion i will make is to table items 11 and improve items 12 and 13. >> supervisor peskin: let me -- at the neighboring supervisor who shares portions of the tenderloin with district 6, address some of the thoughtings that i expressed. some of you expressed at last tuesday's hearing. supervisor haney ash ticklated them. i like to do so more in detail.
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i want to further what i think we can conclude and statistic also is a group housing projects that are currently in the tenderloin mid market areas including those with very high turnover of nonpermanent residents that primarily serve
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transient and temporary populations. i want touch on something that was touched on last week, which is the issue around the inappropriate grandfathering of the 13.5% inclusionary requirements. on first point, the original policy with the happy -- earlier the same year, that original 2018 project that was approved the planning department released its housing for families with children report that i'm incorporating by referencing this part of the record, which offers guidelines addressing the needs of families including
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affordability, unit size, number of bedroom, unit storage space like on site child care as well as the general mismatch of housing topologies. it's clear that the current proem erodes bomb of the -- i tg administrator has made it clear that planning has taken the group housing unit size to the very ceiling at 850 square feet and i think he expressed that even that was pushing the envelope and was a line called.
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he agreed with that statement. i would argue that the current proposal does not -- is not necessary and is not compatible and is not desirable as it relates to kitchen facilities. the appellant spoke to the need of kitchen facilities which has been the bear minimum for group housing projects. including market rate and affordable group housing projects. the ability for group housing residents especially families to have functional adequate, food storage, preparation, cooking facilities is essential. this board of supervisors closed a loophole in our housing code to protect group housing from kitchen, demolition and removal. the most recent annual report
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issued by the san francisco food security task force through the department of public health, clearly shows, district 6 is the most at risk for food insecurity in the entire city with the most families depending on some kind of government subsidy to food access. community-based organizes like the tenderloin neighborhood area, shows one reasons families and residents are food insecure. the ability to prepare and store healthy meals set forth on page 12 is essential to meeting family food security needs. and in the 12 report speaks on needs of housing residents in the project sponsor said that
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under the counter, fridge and microwave is insufficient to meet the requirement, these are much more consistent with dorm rooms. in 2005 zoning administrator interpretations of the planning code that allowed for fast and loose interpretation of limited kitchen as being sufficient in group housing. there's a very good case that this housing is not intended for permanent residents. stating recently department
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practices, has been allow limited kitchen facilities in hotel rooms or suites or tourists hotels with stays less than 32 consecutive days. these units are not intended for permanent residency. the project sponsor of talking about charging, which he said was $3500 per month average which meant the top was $5000. i think that we're looking at a new project that will likely have a high level of vacancies or it will be short-term rentals which relien an extremely high turnover and transit client mace. we already made findings in our short-term rental legislation that speaks to the impacts like
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the t.l., which is why we have laws, regulating the residential and hotel construction and conversion. [please stand bring]
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>> supervisor peskin: part of that is by holding project sponsors accountable for projects that don't meet the needs of the communities. the department of building inspections annual unit usage report which i also incorporate by reference speaks to the high rate of vacancy and having gone through the process of having to identify the group projects upheld by the potential acquisitions of the city to serve as supportive permanent housing through what we've been discussing today. i can tell you that there is a reason that so many are on the market including the panoramic which was the efficiency unit project that was supposed to bring down rents in the mid market and soma areas in which the city is now looking at
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buying because it wasn't successful and has vacancies. the transient needs from these communities is not what the community asked for. it had been at its best with engaged permanent residents to advocate things like open streets, patronize local small businesses and volunteer in the neighborhood activities and, finally, on the last point, there is legitimate concerns. i know the housing project wants to qualify as group housing, but we're not going there, not today, and hopefully not forever. baseded on all of these issues, i am happy to second the motion to table item 11 and approve items 12 and 13. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin.
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supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. thank you, supervisor peskin, for those excellent remarks. i appreciate that. i will be supporting supervisor haney's motion and i just wanted to talk a little bit of the district as a supervisor. we have a bunch of our districts zoned for religious use. and we are seeing a lot of these institutions whose memberships are dwindling looking at ways to reuse their properties. and i absolutely support that and i think we as a city should support that and make it easy for folks to be able to meet community needs. and also, you know, the needs of those congregations, so i'm very excited about that. that being said, i just wanted to address specifically some of
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the arguments that were made by the project sponsor when we heard this last. and, basically, what they said was, you know, the 2018 entitled project lost financing. and, what that means is the project sponsor had a plan the project went to the money people. the money people looked at their assumptions and said, there's no way you're going to get that rent for these apartments in the tenderloin, of course. so coming back to entitle a different project that can make the same level of profit that they were expecting wrongly to make in 2018 and i just don't feel like as a city that is a responsibility that we should take on in terms of guaranteeing a return for the investment of a particular project. we are looking at what's necessary and desirable and, sure, what's doable, but that's
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not something that should guide an appeal for us and i think that in terms of good policy making, we should look at this world that we're now living in and helping institutions reutilize their land, but it has to work for the community and i hope that we can all get that done. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: yes. colleagues, i do want to support the motion. i also want to draw your attention to the fact that this isn't the only promise that has promised one thing when getting entitled and then pulling a major 'switch-a-roo' after the fact and i want to thank supervisor chan for her early
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co-sponsorship of that because we've seen this movie before and it's just not right. and so i wanted to just take a moment to alert you all this would be before the planning commission and then the land use committee up coming, but this is a problem we need to fix legislatively for the future. this project is a little different, but it's following that same trend of entitled projects being -- it's significantly changed after the fact and there being very little process or consequence around that. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. and i would just say i want to add my comments or equate my comments to supervisor melgar, supervisor peskin, and supervisor ronen and just say that this type of housing is
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anti-family. it's anti-community and so we have a responsibility to combat that. with that said, we do have a motion on the floor which i believe is to conditionally disapprove the decision of the planning commission and disapproving the conditional use authorization at 450 to 474 o'farrell street and 532 jones street to approve items 11-13. >> clerk: on the motion to table item 11 and approve item 13. [roll call]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. and without objections, item 11 is tabled and items 12 and 13 are approved. madam clerk, i believe we are now at public comment. >> clerk: yes. at this time, the board of supervisors welcomes general public comment. and avoid the signalled delays to listen from your touch phones where you'll be able to provide your public comment. the telephone number is streaming on your screen. it's (415) 655-0001. when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting id 24983281045 press pound twice. you'll have joined the meeting, you'll hear the discussion, you'll be muted and in the listening queue. to be added to the speaker's queue to provide comment, press
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star three and when it is your turn, the system will send you a prompt. listen carefully for you have been unmuted and just begin speaking your comments. during this public comment, you may speak to the subject matter jurisdiction of the board of supervisors. and items 59 through 65, the item on the without reference to committee calendar. all other agenda content has had its public comment requirement fulfilled at the committee level. we do have interpreters on stand by and they are ready to jump in to assist public with their interpretation. operations, let's see here. i think we have three callers who are listening, and one caller in the queue. this could go very quickly. if you're part of the three who are listening, press star three now to make your public comment. mr. atkins, let's hear from our
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next caller, please. >> caller: good evening. this is peter warfield, executive director of library users association. library today facebook was once again the center of the hearing in the senate. on the subject protecting kids online testimony from a facebook whistler. we learned that facebook, well, for some people it's already well-known, facebook does not respect users' privacy. facebook prioritizes its products over safety and profits versus harm including to children. and its own research has shown that facebook prungts has caused increased the thoughts of suicide by those who are using its instagram and fully understand this is part of social media addiction which they knowingly seek for their users. so what does the library have to do with all of this?
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the library is continually tauting facebook to the library's users. the library likes to say it's a safe environment for all of its users, so why does it taut the use of facebook? example: the library's monthly use programs of the library events. the library repeatedly tauts using facebook and instagram. on page two in the october issue as an example, a headline reads 'get social' and then tauts facebook and instagram. page seven has a similar box saying, 'get social with friends' and it says 'stay connect wednesday all the latest happenings,' and the bottom of the page shows icons of facebook and instagram. this is really contrary to ethical librarianship to protect the privacy of library users as being essential to
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library freedom and should not go on. we've been talking to them for a long time and they haven't done a thing about it. this is something you should look in to. thank you very much. >> clerk: all right. operations, let's hear from our next caller, please. welcome, caller. >> caller: yes. this is david elliott lewis with just a couple of items. one, tomorrow, wednesday, at 3:00 p.m., there's going to be an outdoor memorial celebration of the life of gale packwood c. graves. gale has worked on several supervisor campaigns including matt haney and others and it will be at beau decker park at 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for people who want to say a few words. up to two minutes per speaker, just like public comment here. i hope i'm just putting out that invite to the community.
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it's hopefully covid safe, masks required, socially distanced, outdoor event celebration of gale packwood c. graves. so you're invited and thank you for your last vote on 450 o'farrell. the community really appreciates it. that's all. have a great night and thank you for your good work. signing off. >> clerk: thank you for your good comments this evening. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> caller: good evening, supervisors. i'm the co-chair with family services. i just wanted to support the resolution which would urge the biden administration to direct fema funding to sustain support for san francisco's shelter-in-place hotel program. that program has been really critical and has supported so many people that have that
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sense of dignity they get. the door closes when they have a safe place to sleep and a safe place to shower. and i only wish we had not proceeded with our s.i.p. hotel wind down so soon. i really wish we dill had those programs as we advocate for this. thank you very much for the resolution and the community fully supports it. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. we have six callers who are listening. three callers in the queue. so if you'd like to provide comment this evening, press star three now otherwise we might take this last group to the very end. welcome, caller. >> caller: yeah. thank you. good evening, president walton, supervisors. my name is wesley saber and i am a policy manager for glide. thank you, supervisor haney, for introducing legislation urging president joe biden to
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direct fema for the s.i.p. hotel program on behalf of glide. i urge the board to vote unanimously on this resolution. we know in the midst of the pandemic, things are constantly changing, and when that mind as the city continues to relocate current recipients and hotel acquisitions that we applaud to ensure every unhoused person has the option for safe shelter. the newly emptied hotel rooms should be made empty. i've committed an associated letter and testimony from one of our case managers about the strengths and successes of the s.i.p. hotel and we are seeing all sorts of people at glide's doors and through our outreach asking for assistance and these are necessary and responsible moves. thank you very much and, again, we urge your support for the
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resolution. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's hear from another caller, please. >> caller: good evening, supervisors. my name is carlos watkins. i'm the organizer on the coalition for homelessness. i'm calling to thank supervisor haney for bringing forth item 59 on the resolution to urge president joe biden to extend the fema funding for the s.i.p. hotel and i want to encourage the rest of the board to support this resolution. it's really indescribable without seeing for yourself how impactful the s.i.p. hotels for every person that's been able to stay in them. and it's been essential to providing some level of safety from the covid-19 pandemic to some of our most vulnerable populations. and, are as we've seen over the last year and a half or so, the nature of this pandemic is
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super unpredictable. i mean, most of us thought it was over during the summer and delta came in and totally caused havoc and then we began winding down our hotel programs. we need to be keeping these hotels as long as possible so we know for sure we're past this pandemic and our vulnerable communities are safe from it and we need to be allowing as many people as possible to stay in these hotels. and to treat housing like it is as a human right and as of an essential form of health care and really extending the lives and the health and the well being of as many people as possible using federal funding. so thank you. please support this resolution. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: good evening. this is anastasiya. i just want to thank all of you
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supervisors and the secretary for all the work that you've put in for us. the residents of san francisco homeless or at-risk residents. you've been doing a wonderful job and i know your heart is in the right place all of you working together. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> caller: yes. my name is michael nulty. one of the previous meetings you misspelled my name. it was spelt n-o-l-t-e. i'm calling because i'm the
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executive director. i hope that the board seeing the impacts of group housing in the various neighborhoods including the tenderloin and could do some legislation which has happened in other neighborhoods and the tenderloin. i think this kind of legislation needs to happen and needs to happen now. so no more developers start planning unnecessary development in our neighborhood because it causes the volunteer organizers and volunteer residents having to organize that don't get paid and have to go through a whole process of dealing with a planning process
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that a lot of tombs we don't know how long it's going to take for our neighborhood to get heard about these kinds of issues. so, could you please help us with our needs and come up with legislation to ban any further group housing in our neighborhood? thank you. >> clerk: thank you, mr. nolte. we'll get it right. all right. next caller, please. >> madam clerk, there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: okay. thank you, mr. atkins. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much to all of our callers. seeing that no one else is in the queue, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, let's go to our adoption without committee reference agenda. please call items 59 through 63 and item 65 as item 64 has been addressed and approved
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unanimously. >> clerk: items 59-63 and 65. alternatively, a supervisor may require a resolution to go to committee. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you. can you just remove item number 62? >> clerk: 62. >> supervisor safai: yes. >> clerk: okay. >> president walton: remove it? >> supervisor safai: i mean, sever. sorry, aaron. gosh. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. seeing no one else on the roster, madam clerk, would you please call the roll for items 59, 60, 61 and 63. >> clerk: and 65?
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okay. for items 59, 60, 61, and 65, [roll call] >> president walton: thank you. and without objections, these resolutions are adopted and these motions are approved unanimously. madam clerk, would you clooez call item number 62. >> clerk: item 62 is a resolution to recognize every october as dislexia awareness month in the city and county of san francisco. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you, mr. president. i was just reminded by my son. i just wanted to add a couple things. he wanted me to remind on the record for this month, talk
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about some of the famous people that are dislexic. i want to start by one of his favorites which is muhammad ali and then his second favorite is albert einstein. steve jobs, motsart, governor wilson, all had dislexia and have found ways to get that. so i just wanted to get that on the record. also, another point to contrast that with, there are estimates at 30% to 40% of our prison population also suffers from dislexia. so it's two ends of the spectrum. those that have the support early on. those that have the family support and the early education support and those that don't in what that means in terms of early awareness and early intervention. i just wanted to get that on the record. there's also a tremendous
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number of people that are not diagnosed until later in their lives that are confronted with so many times they're told to try harder, work harder, apply themselves more, focus more and it's something that is somewhat of a psychological burden that they carry for their life if they're not diagnosed at an early age and given that support and many times turned off from our educational system in the worst case in prison because of what has happened to them in their lives in terms of isolation. so i just wanted to get that on the record. i also wanted to thank president walton, supervisor chan, supervisor ronen, supervisor preston for sponsoring me. thank you for your support. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai.
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supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: please add me as a cosponsor. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: likewise. >> president walton: thank you. we appreciate you for calling attention to this matter. >> supervisor safai: thank you all for your support. >> president walton: thank you. and seeing no one else on the roster, i believe we can take this item same house same call. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items? >> clerk: i have none to present, mr. president. >> president walton: colleagues, this brings us to the end of our agenda. madam clerk, is there any further business before us today? >> clerk: that concludes our business for today. >> president walton: as we part, never forget that justice
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is what love looks like in public. cornell west. this meeting is adjourneded.
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good morning everyone. i bet you all are wondering why we're here today. aren't you wondering? this is probably the worst kept secret in san francisco, politics, but today i'm here to make a very important announcement. yesterday, the public utilities commission approved the contract for our city attorney dennis herrera to become the next director of this incredible department and i'm so grateful to our city attorney for the work that he has done to lead this city for the past 20 years, an office of dedicated public servants who fight every single day to focus on the things that mart the most to the people of san
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francisco. and with our city attorney moving on, we now have a vacancy potentially soon. and, as a result, we have to fill that vacancy. and i can't think of anyone better to serve as the next city attorney for the city and county of san francisco than assembly member david choo. some of you ask, why david? many of you have reached out to me and expressed the interest in seeing someone like david become city attorney. now many of you may know him as the board of supervisors, but his extensive career, getting his law degree from harvard.
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working for the nineth circuit court of appeals. working as an attorney for the united states senate. working for lawyers committee for civil rights for the district attorney's office. he has an extensive career in law, one even before he stepped foot in the world of politics. that's why when he served as the president of the board of supervisors, he was a consensus building. he was someone who was dedicated and worked hard to tackle many of the issues he now continues to tackle in sacramento. focuses on tenants' rights, focusing on employment rights, civil rights and discrimination, there is a number of things that david and i continue to work on time and time again because it centers around the best interest of the people of this city. we are here today at a location that david will talk about in just a little bit, but it's
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just one example of the work he did as an attorney to fight for those who are immigrants to san francisco to ensure that they have access to affordable housing just like anyone else and his work with the a.p.i. community and a number of other challenges that existed during this pandemic demonstrates his commitment to fairness. it demonstrates his commitment to san francisco and it's why i know he'll be an incredible city attorney. and before i bring up david to talk a little bit and answer questions, i first want to just say a few things about our city attorney. you know, we have been so fortunate in this city to have dennis herrera as our city attorney for the past 20 years and, before he took office, he
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took office as a pledge to the people of san francisco that he would ensure integrity in public institutions and time and time again and every fight that this city attorney's office has taken on, he has done just that. starting early in his career with pg&e and the fight to shut down the power plant which was an environmental harm to the people of the bayview hunter's point community. the work that he did to ensure that same-sex couples can marry legally just like anyone else was historic and went all the way to the supreme court where we have accomplished our goals, although, there are still fights that need to be done to ensure equality. his work when we first discovered sadly some of the challenges that existed with a number of city departments here in san francisco. he and our controller ben
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rosenfield investigated, dug deep, uncovered, and made recommendations of decisions that are currently now being implemented to restore public trust in those particular departments. his career is a long one, but one that has established him as the city's attorney, but most importantly, the person that we all rely on. the person that we all respect and trust when it comes to implementing policies and dealing with cases that are the right thing to do and that will continue to protect our city. this is why i'm so grateful to him, so grateful and honored that in the wake of the challenges of the public utilities department, he is taking on this new role. and although i know he won't be very far away from the city attorney's office, i know that he's going to do some incredible work for the public
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utilities commission especially with everything we need to do to continue our fight for clean power and the challenges of distribution and running our own power system here in san francisco. our water, our sewage, our infrastructure, long-term planning and also just making sure that the people who work in that department know that they have someone to count on to lead that department and make good decisions on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. with that, i want to bring up city attorney dennis herrera before i introduce david chu. >> thank you, madam mayor. i see one of my last roles still as city attorney. when you get the pleasure of being an official, you can correct the mayor. she said potentially an opening. i submitted my letter of resignation, you accepted it.
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come 11:59 p.m. on october the 31st, halloween, i will no longer be city attorney. and it's been an honor and privilege of my life to serve the people of san francisco as their city attorney for nearly 20 years. i've accomplished all that i could ever hope for and more as city attorney and while now is the time for new professional challenge for me, i'm thrilled to be able to lead this office in the hands of someone who is committed to the mission, the values and integrity that have made the san francisco city attorney's office so remarkable for so long the nation's preamanent public law office. i knew david chu way back when. he is committed to transparency
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and clean government and he is independent which is the most important thing you can do as san francisco city attorney. i just want to give you a few examples of his dedication to the people of san francisco. one focuses on everyday issues and david and i worked together to support the entertainment industry through legislation that made it safer for patrons to frequent night life venues in san francisco. that was david chu's leadership. another example shows his commitment to clean that tightened rules and regulations and expanded accountability and
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access. that was david chiu's leadership. and finally and most recently, david worked with us fighting for california consumers. some of you, probably most of you remember that cities throughout the state won public nuisance law against the lead paint industry. that made sure we saw remediation of thousands of use of lead paint throughout california. the lead paint industry didn't like the imposed remedy and they went up to the legislature and tried to sneak through a bill that would have limited traditionally imposed liability. david chiu took the leadership, phoned me, worked clearly with our office to make sure california consumers were protected and that those traditional remedies stayed in place and that millions of californians would benefit. more than anything else, that's
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what you need to be a good city attorney and he won't be doing it alone. i can tell you the professional integrity of the attorneys, the investigators and the industry leading staff and the attorney's office is unquestionable and they will continue to do their job for the people of san francisco and they will work tirelessly to ensure a smooth and seamless transition and make him the best city attorney he could be. it is my honor and privilege turning over this office to somebody who will be a tremendous steward of our traditions. thanks very much. [ applause ] >> thank you again to our city attorney dennis herrera for your service and thank you for your commitment to san francisco. the city attorney's office here in this city is arguably the
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number one city attorney's office anywhere in the country and it is because of the leadership of our current city attorney and i know there are big shoes to fill and so in making a decision like this, it's not a decision that you take lightly. it's important to do what is in the best interest of the city and ultimately assembly member chiu will be doing this job for the next couple of months until you, the people of the city of san francisco make your decision. he is the peoples' attorney. he represents the people of the city and county of san francisco and, ultimately, you are the ones who decide and i think that over the years many of you and hands down, he is one of the most gracious, hardworking, consensus
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building, structured, relentless, pursuit of justice person i know. i've worked with him for many, many years on so many issues starting with the board of supervisors and before i bring david chiu up to say a few words, i remember when i was elected to the board of supervisors and one of the first supervisors who reached out to me was david chiu. and we met and he had a binder like this thick. and he said this wasn't it, there were a number of other things that i needed to read before i do my job. he wanted me to be prepared for what the job entailed. not when i got to the job, but before i set foot in that chamber, he wanted to make sure that i was ready to do the business of the people and we went on to work on so many
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pieces of legislation together and even when he left to go to sacramento, he would still reach out to partner on important issues impacting the city. he is one of the hardest working legislators i know and what's so interesting as an attorney, it's always from a lens, a legal lens of trying to get to the point to really make sure that the policy is effective. and i think based on what our city attorney dennis herrera has already said about his work, his consistency, his involvement in important issues and protecting the public's best interest regardless of who the fight is against, he will continue with that same drive, that same commitment, that same spirit of love for the people of san francisco. ladies and gentlemen, i introduce you the next city attorney for the city and county of san francisco david
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chiu. congratulations. [ applause ] >> good morning. i am so humbled and grateful for this appointment. and let me start first by thanking mayor breed not just for this opportunity to serve, but for her tremendous leadership during these incredibly difficult times and i'm looking forward to working with her and alongside her with every single member of the board of supervisors, with 100 city departments and commissions to move our city forward. i, of course, want to solute my friend, our current city attorney dennis herrera. for the past 20 years, he has established the gold standard for public law offices in this country. i think it would take us an
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hour to summarize his accomplishments, but let me just say in short, our city owes dennis herrera an incredible debt of gratitude. and i am looking forward to working closely with him during this transition and with him in his new role. i also want to take a moment of personal privilege and thank my dear wife, candace. in addition to her public interest job, she has for the past seven years held down the home fort while i have been in sacramento looking over our very rambunxious five-year-old son. growing up in boston, none of
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us ever expected that i become an attorney because my family, none of us had ever met an attorney, had ever known an attorney, but something happened my college freshman year. i got a call from a friend about a hate crime involving eight asian students at a nearby school who were on their way to a formal dance, who were attacked by football players who hurled racial epifats. and the most incredible thing about that experience is those football players were never disciplined. that moment among others changed my life. i became a student activist. i studied the civil rights movement. i changed my major from bio chemistry to government. i wanted to fight for justice. the fight for justice is why i
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became a public interest attorney. why i clerked for the nineth circuit. why i served as a criminal prosecutor. why i served to the democratic council. why i then became a civil rights attorney. the fight for justice is why i moved to san francisco because in our city, we stand up for those who are more vulnerable than we are. we right wrongs. i first came to san francisco to work for the committee for civil rights as we were challenging proposition 187. an anti-immigrant initiative that would have kicked immigrant kids out of schools and hospitals. a couple years later, i represented a number of affordable housing organizations including mission housing and i want to thank sam moss and your leadership because, at that time, there were rules in place by governor pete wilson to kick immigrant tenants out of their homes.
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immigrants like my parents, homes like the ones behind us. well, for those two lawsuits, we prevailed. justice prevailed. for the last 13 years, i have been so honored to serve as a local then as a state lawmaker for san francisco. and during that entire time, the fight for justice has been front and center. i've been fighting for our collective civil rights, offering laws not just to expanded rights of housing and the rights of our immigrants, but the rights of our lgbtq community, the rights of women, the right to choose. and as your next city attorney, i look forward to furthering that right for our collective civil rights because in the wake of "me too," "black lives matter," and anti-asian hate,
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we have a right. i've taken on some of the most entrenched corporate companies in america. big pharma, gun manufacturers and lead companies. wall street and big predatory profiters for schools. i'm going to fight to make sure that we are protecting workers, we are standing up for consumers and we are going to hold corporations accountable if they cross the line. as a policy maker working with our good mayor, our supervisors, our city attorney, i've worked hard to address the pressing issues of the day. whether it be getting folks to work or making sure tenants are housed after this pandemic. as your city attorney, i'm going to work with these policy members to look for ways and opportunities to use the law,
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to address the pressing problems of the day. homelessness, public safety on our streets. the existential. let me just close by observation about what is happening in our country at this moment. we are living in dark days. there are rights that we have taken for granted that are literally in danger. the right to health care. the right to choose. the right to vote. but the san francisco city attorney's office has often stood up during dark days when no one thought marriage equality was possible. when donald trump targeted our sanctuary city. when mayor breed needed legal advice in how to defend san francisco from a new virus called "covid-19." and the incredible professionals at the san francisco city attorney's
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office have wielded legal swords and legal shields for our city and state time after time after time and i'm looking forward to standing alongside each of them, to standing alongside the office. and standing up for san francisco and fighting for justice. thank you. [ applause ] >> and, to talk a little bit about assembly member chiu's work, i wanted to bring up sam moss who is the director of mission housing development corporation, mission housing. sam. >> thank you, mayor breed. to say it's an honor to be up here is really putting it lightly. i never thought ten years ago when i first started at mission housing we'd be here today, but it is a true honor to be up
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here and help david move on to the next part of his career, but most importantly to usher in such a great person to the city of san francisco. there are a few people in the affordable housing industry's experience that have fought as hard for low-income tenants than david chiu and i don't just mean, you know, fighting hard with a tweet here and there. david really, he writes the legislation, he calls you up. he wants to know what you think. and it is rare that a politician truly believes in what they're doing that doesn't just want to write legislation for legislation's sake. david really hits the ground running and he understands. mission housing would not be where it is today without the hard work and support of david chiu both as a city supervisor, the president of the board of supervisors, as well as a city person up in sacramento and i
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think it's fitting we have this event today. to have this press conference here i think it brings it all back home. so i want to thank everyone for coming and say again what an honor it is to be here. congrats. [ applause ] >> all right. there it is. the worst kept secret in san francisco is finally out. with that, are there any questions? >> city attorney herrera, where does that city wide corruption investigation stand and how do you pass it on? >> let me just say, first of all, you are correct that we've been working diligently over the course of the last year and a half both the controller's office and the law enforcement agencies to make sure that our departments live up to the
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highest ethical standards. and we have over the course of that time rolled out numerous recommendations, actions, which demonstrate how seriously our office and the controller's office take our investigation. while i will not comment on the specifics of any investigation, as i've said all along, our investigations continue and irrespective of whether i'm in that office or not, they will continue because these type of investigations are made up not necessarily of the folks at the top. we have some of the most dedicated legal professionals anywhere, veterans u.s. attorneys offices and other agencies that are committed to this work and will guide, advise assembly member chiu as the investigations continue and they will continue and they'll go where they are and the next
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city attorney will make his decisions and his recommendations in the actions he chooses to bring and he'll continue to advise mayor breed about the best way to ensure we're living up to the truest and highest ethical ideals. that will not slow down and it will continue. >> thank you. and i'll just add that some of the investigation that the city attorney and controller's office has done for various city agencies have led to a number of recommendations which i immediately through an executive directive implemented certain directives like the department of building inspection and the department of public works, so i will continue to do what is necessary to get our city on track and to restore public trust after a very challenging time for our city and this is why in making decisions about who is running these various
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agencies that were, of course, of concern from the public. that's why it's so important to have people like our city attorney at the helm of the public utilities commission as well as other agencies and making those decisions, you can be assured that these public servants like david chiu and like dennis herrera have their own established reputations and will be extraordinary leaders in helping make these decisions in these various conditions. all right. no more questions. easy crowd, huh. all right. thank you everyone. [ applause ] all right. on 5,
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2, 1 you innovation on or was on over 200 years they went through extensive innovations to the existing green new metal gates were installed our the perimeter 9 project is funded inform there are no 9 community opportunity and our capital improvement plan to the 2008 clean and safe neighborhood it allows the residents and park advocates like san franciscans to make the matching of the few minutes through the philanthropic
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dungeons and finished and finally able to pull on play on the number one green a celebration on october 7, 1901, a skoovlt for the st. anthony's formed a club and john then the superintendent the golden gate park laid out the bowling green are here sharing meditates a permanent green now and then was opened in 1902 during the course the 1906 san francisco earthquake that citywide much the city the greens were left that with an ellen surface and not readers necessarily 1911 it had the blowing e bowling that was formed in 1912 the parks commission paid laying down down
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green number 2 the san francisco lawn club was the first opened in the united states and the oldest on the west their registered as san francisco lark one 101 and ti it is not all fierce competition food and good ole friend of mine drive it members les lecturely challenge the stories some may be true some not memories of past winners is reversed presbyterian on the wall of champions. >> make sure you see the one in to the corner that's me and. >> no? not bingo or scrabble but the pare of today's competition two doreen and christen and beginninger against robert and others easing our opponents for the
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stair down is a pregame strategy even in lawn bowling. >> play ball. >> yes. >> almost. >> (clapping). >> the size of tennis ball the object of the game our control to so when the players on both sides are bold at any rate the complete ends you do do scoring it is you'll get within point lead for this bonus first of all, a jack can be moved and a or picked up to some other point
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or move the jack with i have a goal behind the just a second a lot of elements to the game. >> we're about a yard long. >> aim a were not player i'll play any weighed see on the inside in the goal is a minimum the latter side will make that arc in i'm right-hand side i play my for hand and to my left if i wanted to acre my respect i extend so it is arced to the right have to be able to pray both hands. >> (clapping.) who one. >> nice try and hi, i'm been play lawn bowling affair 10 years after he retired i needed something to do so i picked up this paper and in this paper i
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see in there play lawn bowling in san francisco golden gate park ever since then i've been trying to bowl i enjoy bowling a very good support and good experience most of you have of of all love the people's and have a lot of have a lot of few minutes in mr. mayor the san francisco play lawn bowling is in golden gate park we're sharing meadow for more information about the club including free lessons log [♪♪♪]
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>> my family's starts in mexico in a small town. my parents are from a very, very small town. so small, that my dad's brother is married to one of my mom's sisters. it's that small. a lot of folks from that town are here in the city.
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like most immigrant families, my parents wanted a better life for us. my dad came out here first. i think i was almost two-years-old when he sent for us. my mom and myself came out here. we moved to san francisco early on. in the mission district and moved out to daily city and bounced back to san francisco. we lived across the street from the ups building. for me, when my earliest memories were the big brown trucks driving up and down the street keeping us awake at night. when i was seven-years-old and i'm in charge of making sure we get on the bus on time to get to school. i have to make sure that we do our homework. it's a lot of responsibility for a kid. the weekends were always for family. we used to get together and whether we used to go watch a movie at the new mission theater and then afterwards going to kentucky fried chicken. that was big for us. we get kentucky fried chicken on
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sunday. whoa! go crazy! so for me, home is having something where you are all together. whether it's just together for dinner or whether it's together for breakfast or sharing a special moment at the holidays. whether it's thanksgiving or christmas or birthdays. that is home. being so close to berkley and oakland and san francisco, there's a line. here you don't see a line. even though you see someone that's different from you, they're equal. you've always seen that. a rainbow of colors, a ryan bow of personalities. when you think about it you are supposed to be protecting the kids. they have dreams. they have aspirations. they have goals. and you are take that away from them. right now, the price is a hard
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fight. they're determined. i mean, these kids, you have to applaud them. their heart is in the right place. there's hope. i mean, out here with the things changing everyday, you just hope the next administration makes a change that makes things right. right now there's a lot of changes on a lot of different levels. the only thing you hope for is for the future of these young kids and young folks that are getting into politics to make the right move and for the folks who can't speak. >> dy mind motion. >> even though we have a lot of fighters, there's a lot of voice less folks and their voiceless because they're scared.
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>> how i really started my advocacy was through my own
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personal experiences with discrimination as a trans person. and when i came out as trans, you know, i experienced discrimination in the workplace. they refused to let me use the women's bathroom and fired me. there were so many barriers that other trans folks had in the workplace. and so when i finished college, i moved out to san francisco in the hopes of finding a safer community. >> and also, i want to recognize our amazing trans advisory committee who advises our office as well as the mayor, so our transadvisory community members, if they could raise their hands and you could give a little love to them. [applause] >> thank you so much for your
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help. my leadership here at the office is engaging the mayor and leadership with our lgbt community. we also get to support, like, local policy and make sure that that is implemented, from all-gender bathrooms to making sure that there's lgbt data collection across the city. get to do a lot of great events in trans awareness month. >> transgender people really need representation in politics of all kinds, and i'm so grateful for clair farley because she represents us so intelligently. >> i would like to take a moment of silence to honor all
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those folks that nicky mentioned that we've lost this year. >> i came out when i was 18 as trans and grew up as gay in missoula, montana. so as you can imagine, it wasn't the safest environment for lgbt folks. i had a pretty supportive family. i have an identical twin, and so we really were able to support each other. once i moved away from home and started college, i was really able to recognize my own value and what i had to offer, and i think that for me was one of the biggest challenges is kind of facing so many barriers, even with all the privilege and access that i had. it was how can i make sure that i transform those challenges into really helping other people. we're celebrating transgender awareness month, and within
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that, we recognize transgender day of remembrance, which is a memorial of those that we have lost due to transgender violence, which within the last year, 2019, we've lost 22 transgender folks. think all but one are transgender women of color who have been murdered across the country. i think it's important because we get to lift up their stories, and bring attention to the attacks and violence that are still taking place. we push back against washington. that kind of impact is starting to impact trans black folks, so it's important for our office to advocate and recognize, and come together and really
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remember our strength and resilience. as the only acting director of a city department in the country, i feel like there's a lot of pressure, but working through my own challenges and barriers and even my own self-doubt, i think i've been try to remember that the action is about helping our community, whether that's making sure the community is housed, making sure they have access to health care, and using kind of my access and privilege to make change. >> i would like to say something about clair farley. she has really inspired me. i was a nurse and became disabled. before i transitioned and after i transitioned, i didn't know what i wanted to do. i'm back at college, and clair farley has really impressed on me to have a voice and to have agency, you have to have an education. >> mayor breed has led this
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effort. she made a $2.3 million investment into trans homes, and she spear headed this effort in partnership with my office and tony, and we're so proud to have a mayor who continues to commit and really make sure that everyone in this city can thrive. >> our community has the most resources, and i'm very happy to be here and to have a place finally to call home. thank you. [applause] >> one, two, three. [applause] >> even in those moments when i do feel kind of alone or unseen or doubt myself, i take a look at the community and the power of the supportive allies that are at the table that really help me to push past that. being yourself, it's the word of wisdom i would give anyone.
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surely be patient with yourself and your dream. knowing that love, you may not always feel that from your family around you, but you can >> we worked very hard with the san francisco venue coalition, the independent venue alliance to advocate for venues. put this issue on the radar of the supervisors and obviously mayor breed. the entertainment commission and the office of small business and we went to meetings and showed up and did public comment and it was a concerted effort between 50 venues in the city and they are kind of traditional like
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live performance venues and we all made a concerted effort to get out there and sound the alarm and to her credit, maybe breed really stepped up, worked with matt haney, who is a supervisor haney was a huge champion for us and they got this done and they got $3 million into the sf venue recovery fund. >> we have represented about 40 independent venues in san francisco. basically, all the venues closed on march 13th, 2020. we were the first to close and we will be the last to reopen and we've had all the of the overhead costs are rent, mortgage, payroll, utilities and insurance with zero revenue.
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so many of these venues have been burning $1,000 a day just to stay closed. >> we have a huge music history here in san francisco and the part of our cultural fab lick but it's also an economic driver. we produce $7 billion annual' here in san francisco and it's formidable. >> we've been very fortunate here. we've had the department of emergency management and ems division and using part of our building since last april and aside from being proud to i can't tell you how important to have some cost recovery coming in and income to keep the doors open.
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>> typically we'll have, three to 400 people working behind the teens to support the show and that is everything from the teamsters and security staff and usualers, ticket takers, the folks that do our medical and the bar tenders and the people in the kitchen preparing food for backstage and concession and the people that sell key shirts and it's a pretty staggering amount of people that are out of work as a result of this one verne you going tarkanian. it doesn't work to open at reduced capacity. when we get past june 15th, out of the into the blue print for our economy we can open it it 100% and look at the festival in full capacity in october and we're just so grateful for the
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leadership of the mavor and dr. coal fax to make us the safest ♪ america and this is been hard for everybody in san francisco and the world but our leadership has kept us safe and i trust them that they will let us know when it's safe to do that. >> a lot of people know about america is military stuff, bullying stuff, corporate stuff. when people like me and my friends go to these foreign country and play music, we're giving them an american cultural experience. it's important. the same way they can bring that here. it sounds comfy buyia, you know, we're a punk band and we're nasty and we were never much for peace and love and everything but that's the fertilizer that grows the big stuff that some
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day goes to bill graham's place and takes everybody's money but you have to start with us and so my hope is that allel groups and people make music and get together because without out, hanging together we'll hang separately, you know. >> other venues like this, all over the place, not just in the san francisco bay area need to exist in order for communities to thrive and i'm not just talking about the arts communities, even if you are here to see a chuckle bucket comedy show and you are still experiencing humanity and in specific ways being able to gather with people and experience something together. and especially coming out of the pandemic, the loss of that in-person human connection recovering that in good ways is going to be vital for our entire society. >> it's a family club.
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most our staff has been working with us for 10 years so we feel like a family. >> what people think of when they think of bottom of the hill and i get a lot of this is first of all, the first place i met my husband or where we had our first date and i love that and we love doing weddings and i expect there to be a wedding season post 2021 of all the make up we haddings and i hope that many people do that because we have had so many rock ep role weddings. >> i told my girlfriend, make sure you stand at the front of the stage and i can give you a kiss at midnight. at this got down on one knee at the stroke of midnight. it wasn't a public thing, i got
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down on one knee and said will you marry me and is he she had are you [beep] kidding me and i said no, i'm dead serious and she said yes. we were any time homicideel of the show. we just paused for new year's eve and that was where i proposed to my wife. this is more than just a professional relationship it's more than just a relationship from a love of arts, it's where my family started. we'll always have a special place in my heart. >> venues, you know, represent so much. they are cultural beckons of a city. neighbors can learn and celebrate and mourn and dance together. venues and arts and culture are characterized as second responders to crisis and they provide a mental health outlet and a community center for people to come together at and it's the shared history of our city and these spaces is where
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we all come together and can celebrate. >> art often music opens up people to understanding the fellow man and i mean, taz always necessary and if anything, it's going to be even more necessary as we come out of this to reach out and connect with people. >> we can sustain with food, water and shelter is accurate and does anybody have a good time over the last year? no. >> san francisco is a great down. i've been here many years and i love it here and it's a beautiful, beautiful, place to be music and art is key to that. drama, acting, movies, everything, everything that makes life worth living and that's what we've got to mow proteasome no san francisco and that's what is important now.
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[♪♪♪] >> i love teaching. it is such an exhilarating experience when people began to feel their own creativity. >> this really is a place where all people can come and take a class and fill part of the community. this is very enriching as an artist. a lot of folks take these classes and take their digital imagery and turn it into negatives. >> there are not many black and white darkrooms available
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anymore. that is a really big draw. >> this is a signature piece. this is the bill largest darkroom in the u.s.. >> there are a lot of people that want to get into that dark room. >> i think it is the heart of this place. you feel it when you come in. >> the people who just started taking pictures, so this is really an intersection for many generations of photographers and this is a great place to learn because if you need people from different areas and also everyone who works here is working in photography.
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>> we get to build the community here. this is different. first of all, this is a great location. it is in a less-populated area. >> of lot of people come here just so that they can participate in this program. it is a great opportunity for people who have a little bit of photographic experience. the people have a lot, they can really come together and share a love and a passion. >> we offer everything from traditional black and white darkrooms to learning how to
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process your first roll of film. we offer classes and workshops in digital camera, digital printing. we offer classes basically in the shooting, ton the town at night, treasure island. there is a way for the programs exploring everyone who would like to spend the day on this program. >> hello, my name is jennifer. >> my name is simone. we are going on a field trip to take pictures up the hill. >> c'mon, c'mon, c'mon.
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>> actually, i have been here a lot. i have never looked closely enough to see everything. now, i get to take pictures. >> we want to try to get them to be more creative with it. we let them to be free with them but at the same time, we give them a little bit of direction. >> you can focus in here. >> that was cool. >> if you see that? >> behind the city, behind the houses, behind those hills. the see any more hills? >> these kids are wonderful. they get to explore, they get to see different things. >> we let them explore a little
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bit. they get their best. if their parents ever ask, we can learn -- they can say that they learned about the depth of field or the rule of thirds or that the shadows can give a good contrast. some of the things they come up with are fantastic. that is what we're trying to encourage. these kids can bring up the creativity and also the love for photography. >> a lot of people come into my classes and they don't feel like they really are creative and through the process of working and showing them and giving them some tips and ideas. >> this is kind of the best kept secret. you should come on and take a
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class. we have orientations on most saturdays. this is a really wonderful location and is the real jewel to the community. >> ready to develop your photography skills? the harvey milk photo center focuses on adult classes. and saturday workshops expose youth and adults to photography classes. >> hi. i'm chris mathers with channel 19, and you're watching coping with covid-19. today, i'm going to be talking about exercising during the pandemic. first, i'm going to tell you what i've been doing, and then i'm going to be checking in
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with some friends and family. i've been riding my bike. all i take is a pair of gloves and a mask if i come into contact with anyone. i try to ride my bike during the time i'm sheltering in place. i try to ride for at least 30 minutes. surfing is my other regular outdoor activity. california state guidelines recommend you don't drive more than ten minutes for a spot to exercise, and although i'm close to ocean beach, i'm a bit wary to go there, so i'm using the time to do some maintenance. filling in gouges and dings,
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and sanding it down. i'm also repairing holes in my suit. fellow sfgovtv producer chris took his first yoga lesson a couple of years ago and used to go to a class regularly before the lockdown. he and his wife set up a space in their garage for exercising. this routine is from an on-line class by power yoga. deann and andy have been using the ping pong table that they bought off craigslist and set it up in their back yard. ellie has been using this home gym to stay fit. it has everything she needed.
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and lastly, if the weather is bad outside, you can exercise your mind by doing a puzzle, sudoku, or just by reading a good book. here's a quick recap. since i started this episode, the guidelines have changed. for instance, jack may be able to go golfing with some restrictions. go to to get the most up-to-date
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good morning everyone. i bet you all are wondering why we're here today. aren't you wondering? this is probably the worst kept secret in san francisco, politics, but today i'm here to make a very important announcement. yesterday, the public utilities commission approved the contract for our city attorney dennis herrera to become the next director of this incredible department and i'm so grateful to our city attorney for the work that he has done to lead this city for the past 20 years, an office of dedicated public servants who fight every single day to focus on the things that mart the most to the people of san francisco. and with our city


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