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outcome. we could actually provide prevention and health care to people who had no other way of getting health care, those without insurance, it might be more cost effective >> commissioner [kpwrao-eupbl/]. bonilla. >> here. >> commissioner levitan. >> here. >> commissioner mcdonnell. >> here. >> mine is on >> they should be on now. >> yes. thank you. so just a few quick eminders to please turn off any sound-producing devices. if you need to have a conversation, we would ask that you take it outside, so we can run this meeting as efficiently as possible. also, each person will have three minutes to comment under "public comment" on each item. if you would like to make public comment on an item
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that is not on calendar, but does fall under the jurisdiction of the recreation and parks commission, you may comment under item 4, "general public comment" and will be continued to item 13, if you do not have the opportunity on item 4. last, when you are making public comment, please address your remarks to the commission. the commission -- neither the commission, nor staff will respond to questions during public comment, but the commission may -- may ask staff to respond once public comment is done. so with that, we are on item 2, the president's report. >> i'm going to defer to comments made under another item. thank you. >> thank you. any public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. we're on item 3 of the -- oh, before we get started, commissioner buell, item no. -- hold on -- item no. 11, the open space fund
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undesignated contingency reserve victoria manalo draves park. >> i know supervisor kim wants to address this issue and she will appear here at 10:30 and we'll call that item out of order when she is . ed with, that item 3, general manager's report. >> good morning, commissioners. a few announcements. as you know tpc harding park is one of the premiere golf courses in the nation, but it's operation staff is equally stop notch and have been awarded two awards by the tpc network for outstanding performance for 2015 and the tpc network is the pga's golf course division that comprises owned and licensed golf courses and top performing courses are represented by the network and presented an award to significant any achievement. receiving such an award is a
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monumental accomplishment for any club in the network and we're really proud that we have some of the industry's best overseing our operation ateds harding park. to congrats to tom smith and his crew out there. it has been about 75 degrees, giant's fanfest has come and gone. pitchers and catchers have reported. so it's time to play ball. the 2016 san francisco youth baseball league season is set to begin. we ever our opening-day festivities on february 27th from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., featuring team and player photos, baseball activities, raffle, food, team parade emceed by none other than san francisco giants brooks moon. just across the street at hamilton rec center later that day, on february 27th from noon to 4:00 we encourage everyone to join
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rec and park, the western edition family resources urban series, the ywca and bridge the gap for the annual black month celebration, featuring spoken word, food, youth displays. the event is organized each year by our own renne strong, who is just awesome and does an amazing job at hamilton is really beloved by her co-workers and community alike. i hi think she has received favorable recognition here at this commission. moving through spinning march 12th, rec and parks with the department youth and families and san francisco unified school district and other city agencies for the summer -- annual summer resources fair at pier 70. showcasing more than 150 free and low-cost summer programs for kids and this summer rec and park features more than 80 summer day camps from traditional like pine lake and silver tree to adventure
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camps fishing camps and each year our own summer camps are the most popular and affordable options for the [p-frpblt/]s and proud of our efforts to ensure that everyone has a chance to get out and play. offering nearly 5,000 camp scholarships each summer to the tune of roughly $750,000. overall we give away well over $1 million in program scholars, but the bulk of it is for kids during the summer. summer camp register begins march 19th. and registration for our general summer program schedule is march 5. visit sf rec to visit our cat lozing. we're in the process of hiring more than 200 youth for our summer recreation programs and where teens work side-by-side with our own recreation professionals to gain valuable work and leadership skills and also looking to fill summer position forcamp mather
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including lifeguards, camp mather camp assessances, cooks and bakers, program coordinators. so those interested in joining the sf rec and park team can find out more at sf and job some really good news about the pending renovation of the golden gate park tennis complex, established in 1901, this historic 21-court facility hosts professional-level tournaments, leagues, camps and recreation play. our partner the san francisco tennis coalition is moving forward with a campaign to renovate the tennis complex. they have done some amazing work so far. they've been able to raise some significant funds. they have got some preliminary ideas on design. they have got some great programmatic ideas and the first community meeting will be held thursday, march 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the county fair building. and i would like to encourage
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members of the public and our commissioners to attend to provide input at this early stage. i would real like to thank commissioner levitan for her involvement and support of this project, which is really moving. it's the little engine that could. and public tennis will. last, but in the least, extra ganza, save the date for our annual event in golden gate park march 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring egg hunts, carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food trucks and the annual bbq cook-off between rec and park, the san francisco police department, and the san francisco fire department. it is one of our four family-focused events that we do throughout the year, where we welcome familis to different spots in our park system for just some good old-fashioneds fun and tasty bbq. so that concludes my
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report. with the exception of this month in parks, which elton is going to queue up. we have a very special guest in our video, and special welcome. i feel athletics is the heartbeat of this department. i am jimmy chen, one of the recreation supervisors for the sports and athletics competency. i have been work 31 years for the san francisco recreation
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and park department. along with my other supervisor jerry and our manager, we plan and prepare citywide recreation programs and special events. a typical day i go and i inspect our recreational facilities and its programs. i take the feedback, evaluate the feedback and assessing how we do to ensure that the park user and the participants are enjoying themselves, having a great experience in a safe environment. and celebrating the chinese new year for this month, it makes me proud to be an american-asian, working for this department, and to be involved with all of these different chinese new year events throughout the city. youth sports going beyonds just learning a physical
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skill and we provide sports for kids to be better kids for life. happy new year! >> that concludes the general manager's report. >> thank you. >> anyone wishing to make public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed.
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we are now on item 4, general public comment, up to 15 minutes. anyone here wishing to make general comment, essentially on an item not on calendar today? being none, item 4 is closed. item 5, the consent calendar. anyone who would like to make public comment on the consent calendar? being none, public comment is closed. we do need a motion. >> entertain a motion. >> so moved. >> second. >> moved and seconded. all those in favor, say aye? >> aye? >> so move >> we are now on item 6, the election of officers. so [kph-eurpgs/]s, commissioners we're going to start with the election for president. i need a motion to open the nominations for president, and then i need a second, and then i need a vote. can i get a motion? >> yes, i would like to continue the great -- >> oh, i apologize, it's not the actual nomination, but to open the nominations. >> so moved.
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>> second. >> all those in favor? >> aye. >> thank you. >> now -- now eloquence -- >> i thought you said elephants looking at the zoo. i would like to make a motion to have commissioner buell serve as president once again under his great leadership, he has kept the parks and open space on the right course and i think he will continue his fine work with the commission and the department. >> do we have a second? >> second. >> okay. all those in favor? >> aye. >> all those opposed? the ayes have and congratulations commissioner buell! [ applause ] . >> thank you, i will wait for further nomination and they then make comments. >> moving to election of
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vice president to open nomination. >> so moved. >> second. >> thank you. nominations. >> with great respect and admiration and affection that i nominate allan low for vice president, who despite the fact that he went to the university of california at berkeley -- of is an esteems member of this commission and proud to call him a colleague and i hereby nominate you. >> is in >> there a second? >> second. >> all those in favor? >> i have one quick -- [laughter ] -- so if we have been having this election a week-and-a-half ago, i would have put in full, full support. however, it has come to my attention that the honorable commissioner allan
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low has been spreading incriminating information about me -- the photo -- [laughter ] >> we had an agreement. we had a pinky-shake agreement. >> so with an understanding that photo will go no further. i'm happy to support this nomination. >> i'm deleting it. i'm deleting it. >> all those in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? the as ayes have it. congratulations, commissioner low. [ applause ] . >> thank you. >> i wanted to thank my fellow commissioners. i genuinely appreciate the support, and the work that you all put in to make us all look so good. let me comment on a few things that i think reflect this last year and the work of the commission: the commissioner reaffirmed its commitment to the job-training program at gleneagles golf course in mclaren and to encourage
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individuals sharing the generosity of time, talent and skills and naming the program mario del torre and commissioner harrison thanks for all you did novthat forward. we have had out of the open space contingency undesignated fund that the commissioners' portion we have seen pre-apprenticeship program and seen the walter hoss connector trail and thank you, commissioner bonilla and i know commissioner levitan participated in that as well. the improvement of the larson playground and the plane. with that i thank commissioners levitan, low, and mcdonnell for using that portion of the fund. we also have an item on today's calendar, and i know commissioner kim, i believe is going to come and speak
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to that. so making sure it worked for the people as intended and we sent a message and thanking commissioner low for his work on that that "shadows matter on parks." and that we're trying to be as detailed, and attentive to that as we can, and i think commissioner low has brought us all to re-focus on the importance of the resolution and how we proceed. we've seen groundbreakings at south park, mclaren park, randall museum, which i think is going to be terrific. they have done a great fundraising job and it's a unique piece for the city. we have seen the opening of the joe dimaggio playground and dolores park twice, in two phases and larson playground and beach chalet
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and parenthetickally to say that i'm delighted to see that the federal government wants to analyze fears that somehow this turf may be a threat, but so far there is no substantive evidence of that fact and so we have found, i think, a have good method to increase by 300% the use of these fields, and reduce the watering and everybody who sees them are stunned by them. so the opening of the kimball playground and buchanan street malay great community project that really reflects a unique transition of an area that opened up. i compliment the commission on moving that forward. with that, the cadillac match play which came to us and i congratulate staff and commissioners. that was a lot of fun and brought a lot of attention to the parks system. with that, i thank all of the staff. i think we really have a first-class staff from the
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management at the top-down. and all of my fellow commissioners, i thank you for allowing me this honor. [ applause ] >> when i was nominated it wasn't with affection -- [laughter ] >> well, talk to the guy who nominated you. [laughter ]. >> you have to work for that >> let me nominate you next time. [ [ laughter ] >> is there any public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. i guess we probably should have taken it before the vote, but we're on item 7. the san francisco zoo. this is on your monthly report only. >> correct. >> okay. >> good morning, commissioners. tonya peterson is away with her children. my name is danny latham, director of marketing. thank you for having me today.
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for this month, senior sweethearts month we're celebrating seniors with two for one admission in the month of february. as you see our two elderly chimps and we actually have three. international polar bea day working with an ice company to bring in ice and snow and snow enrichment for ulu the the oldest polar bear in captivity and speaks to the care that our staff and others give to the geriatric
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animals. it's leap year this year. and so we are offering a free day for san francisco residents on the 29th of february. during that weekend though we're giving leap activity books for kids, featuring different games that they can take back with them and features the most iconic leap animal, the frog. new animals. we are excited that we have an andain condor, 25 years old ian condor, 25 years old and she came to us from new jersey and in talks that maybe she might be permanent. she is going to be here at least for six months. so an
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amazing bird, amazing specifis is for people to see. and we have a new kudu, the african exhibit -- they are from southern and eastern africa and they are listed on least concerned on endangered species list, but they are hunted for sport and so happy to have that and we had a walleroo joey and verified she is a girl. being marsupials, we think she was likely born last june, but she has been spending time outside of the pouch and we captured a photo, with her favorite thing to sit in her food bowl. for cold months and while rain is here and so forth, what we have coming up in the spring this weekend on
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saturday it's world pengalin day. their numbers are jumping because they are thought to be a cure-all for cancer and mental illness. we have a sculpture of a penguin in our plaza and one of the reasons we did build the sculptured learning plaza so people could see species not represented actually there the live collection. so that is whole penguin day and doing such spiders weekend with a highlight on insect zoo and spider-man is coming to the zoo to meet the kids. leap day activities as well and big bunny spring flynn, 11-4 march 26 and 27th again with egg hunts and live entertainment and bunnis that children with see w. that
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had concludes misreport. >> thank you very much. >> any public comment on this item? >> let me just close public comment. >> public comment is closed. >> seem to be speaking at the wrong time today. i do want to thank the zoo for a great show yet and came out to presenting 300 seniors a pass to attend the zoo, a great showing with supervisors kim, the police department and just a great city showing and great contribution and thank you for your generosity. and the kinkajou is featured today. it was a great -- and the seniors loved it. thank you very much. it was a great offset event
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and the zoo is a great partner >> thank you i would like to take item 11 out of order and inspite supervisor kim to come to the podium. >> supervisor kim, would you like to comment before he makes the presentation or after? okay, dan, come on up. >> good morning commissioners, dan [phra*-ur/] mauer with the capital division to allocate $161,000 from the open space fund undesignated contingency reserve for new batting cage at victoria manalo draves park. some time ago the community rallied together and approached commissioner low about this proposal to put a
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batting cage out there. and with that nexus of energy, they came to the general manager, and we looked and explored the options of putting a batting cage similar to the batting cage we put at kimball playground. and so with that, we came to the capital committee to present this and labor days because it's contingency reserve it has to go to the full commission for your review and approval. i'm sure you are all familiar with the victoria manalo draves park. it's a very active facility across from the soma rec center and it hosts children's playground, tennis or basketball courts. community garden, open space with picnic tables and benches and a small baseball field. and the goal here is to put the batting cage out there to activate that space a bitplore so more youth can come out and play baseball. it's that time of year again. with that, there has been a tremendous amount of support
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for the project. the friends of gene friends rec center and united players' association and commissioner low and commissioner buell supported it at the capital committee as well and with that made a recommendation to approve the allocation of $161,000 to complete the project. >> thank you. >> supervisor kim. welcome. >> commissioners, good morning. thank you again for all of your work on behalf of all of our parks and open space and to our director as well. we're really, really excited about the batting cages at victoria manalo draves park and i'm happy to support this. i do want to personally thank commissioner allan low for allocating this portion of the open space contingency reserve to prioritize a need that our south of market
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community has been asking for a long time. as you know i'm here before you on occasion district i represent has the fewest and smallest parks of any district in the city, just trailing behind district 3, not on is it important for us to acquire more open space as we continue to grow and develop this part of the city, but we also want to make sure that the open space we do have is well-utilized and we're maximizing every recreational opportunity and victoria manalo draves is a park that the community is very proud of and continues to inmake a jewel in center of the south of market. we look continuing to working with rec and parks particularly in the soma neighborhood, where there continues to be tremendous growth over the next ten years. they haves a positive impact on our boys and girls who play baseball or want to
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participate and be part of a team, as well as the community as a whole. and seeing that needs that they prioritized are getting invested in by government. thank you for this community victory. >> thank you, supervisor. >> anybody else wishing to make public comment on this item? come only up. >> hello, i'm ben woozley and coming to an organization for dedicated to improving quality of life for people in western soma and we're very much in support of this project. because we see victoria manalo draves park as a currently underutilized park that would benefit a lot from a few specific infrastructure investments, this being one of them. >> thank you. >> thank you,. >> next speaker. >> good morning commissioners, general manager, my name is heather
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phillips and asomow soma resident and parts of the friends of victoria manalo draves park group. this batting cage is just a dream come true for a lot of folks. the park space be activated and i want to take a moment to thank commissioner lowell for your work, for your willingness to take the voice of youth seriously. i know a lot of times when middle schoolers make a suggestion, it's sort of like, sure, that is great. but to really see the way that these youth have been motivated to see things happen in their neighborhood and to be involved with the process. quickly, just yesterday we were able to be at one of our new high school freshman's first varsity baseball game where he was the starting
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pitcher. a year-ago he was the recipient of his very first baseball glove as part of a program funded through the parks alliances playing at victoria manalo draves. so it makes a difference in the individual lives of children to have these facilities available and open to them in their own neighborhoods. i just wanted to say thank you for making this investment in our neighborhood and in our youth. thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> good morning commissioners and general manager. thank you for your continued support of our communities. my name is glen doug with the soma youth collaborative a coalition of different youth programs in the neighborhood, businesses and one and only public school betsy carmichael center and we have a united and vested interest in supporting the youth and their families in the neighborhood. i'm here in support of the
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batting cages at vmd park and this would reactivate the park, providing our neighborhood with more positive activities, promote ang activity lifestyle and giving opportunities to develop the youth's athletic skills and utilizing the park, one of the scarce public green spaces in soma and we know that the batting cages will be utilized and it's in the backyard of the elementary campus. so with the partnerships of the school and soma rec center -- and to speak that our community has a lot of challenges. a lot of concerns around crime, et cetera. so this is just more reasons for us to support projects like this, so youth
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can develop a healthy identity, pride in where they are from and also help guide them into taking care of what is theirs as a community. there is also had a misconception there are little to no families in soma -- some of you might have heard that? and i believe that time and time again our community has proven that to be completely false. one of the best things of being part of the community and my job is to interact with the youth and families and helping them find opportunities to thrive. and also just to see them through their struggles and progress. so in closing i'm here to ask you commissioners to be part of the progress for the soma youth and families by approving this project. thank you >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon commissioners. i made it. i have gotten way to used to early commission hearings and didn't expect to be here until later in the afternoon. thank you for having us
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today and i want to thank commissioner low for his leadership on the issue and helping the community get this need met that has been there for a long time. i also want to support and thank president buell for your support in the capital committee and i'm not sure if heather touched on it, but we spoke last week how the young people in the neighborhoods wrote a grant to get baseball going not everybody is blessed with the gift of height for basketball and so while basketball is well-taken care of in san francisco, and soma and the gap in athletic opportunities for our kids. they themselvess have really voiced to us this is something that they want, something that they want a place to practice and get better and try out for their high school teams. a couple of our 8th graders are having a great time and sports is such an important thing to help kids stay on-track
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academically, stay out of trouble, keep busy, stay healthy and we just really want to thank you for supporting this and making this happen in our neighborhood. thank you. >> thank you. >> anyone else who would wish to make public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. >> commissioner low. >> i just wanted to say that this was really a community-led process. and it's not one person that creates a park or one person that can take credit for the park. thank you for the recognition, but this was really the soma youth collaborative and united players and friends of gene friend, which really brought my attention to the need for a batting cage at victoria manalo draves. my fellow high school classmate eric mcdonald might have forgotten i played baseball and not basketball. we're not pulling out yearbooks -- anymore [ [ laughter ] so it was an important idea
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to me what a batting cage would do. but i was really convinced and swayed that when talking to the soma youth collaborative and united players and the kids, it's really about building dreams not just dream ofs for student-athletes, but dreams period. it's a community investment in a high-needs neighborhood. so i whole-heartedly support this. >> thank you. >> would you like to make the motion. >> before i get a motion, i want to thank commissioner low for his participation and mr. ginsburg, you would like to make a comment? >> i wanted to extend a couple of different thanks. first of all the to the commission generally for your sort of guidance and use of this small, very small piece of the open space fund where projects that are smaller
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projects, community-driven projects that would otherwise be difficult for us to get to. president buell you summarized quite eloquently the ones in the last year and activity recreation, commissioner low, is a passion. it's the core part of our department as jimmy chin noted in the video, sports and athletics. it's certainly a core passion of mine and to be able to offer -- which is a really special amenity in the space is really terrific. last to supervisor kim and to the community, to united players and crossroads and everybody involved in this, thank you as well for your advocacy and for reminding everybody how important parks are in quality of life of our communities. >> here here, thank you. with that we'll entertain a motion. >> omoved. >> second. >> all those in favor? >> aye. >> so moved. thank you. [ applause ]
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>> we are now on item 8, the san francisco zoological society. >> hello again. i'm here today to request possible action to approve a request from the san francisco zoological society to one, retroactively approve the purchase of a wireless digital x-ray machine and renovation of the george family gorilla exhibit and allocation of $375,000 from the city to san francisco zoological society per the lease management agreement and between the city and county of san francisco and the san francisco zoological society. the x-ray system is a new system based around the cannon wireless digital
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plate that can be used with stationary x-ray unit in the hospital at the zoo and mobile x-ray unit used in the zoo to image larger animals. these images are stored in the zoo's computer server and can be viewed in workstations and conference rooms as well. those x-rays will be stored for archiving and also can be forwarded to the zoo's radiologist for reviewing . this is important for providing major animal care and the hospital and cost is $100,000 and $275,000 in capital funds for renovations. we continue to improve animal husbandry and best practices with the building and grounds improvements and these improvements include the purchase and installation of a backup generator, electrical upgrades
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throughout the building. modification of the electrical control panel, including several additional shutoff features, holding area, door removal, installation of safety glass viewing for the public which also restricts debris from falling into the exhibit k sliding stainless steel is lift doors with safety features -- that is what i have. >> thank you. >> any public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners? >> i have a question, primarily, when are we seing this as retroactive? what happens if we don't approve this? >> i would have to check with our cfo to see what the answer would be. >> was there an emergency that you had to order this, or why didn't you come to us
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-- that is my question. >> i will turn to my cfo to elaborate on that. >> thank you. >> the way i understand it the funds were set aside by the board of supervisors to fund these projects. and i'm not sure how that works internally within the city, but what we did was we needed to accomplish some of these tasks early on. so the zoo went ahead and spent the money to buy the equipment, and also, make the renovations. >> i guess my only observation is that we meet once a month. so when you are going to spend $375,000 and it's not an emergency, that has to be done, i would just suggest for fiscal prudence that you come and get approval first and then spend the money. >> so noted. >> entertain a motion. >> so moved. >> second.
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>> moved and seconded. >> all those in favor? >> aye. >> thank you. >> we're on item 9, the recreation and park department of budget fiscal year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. >> good morning commissioners. >> good morning. >> i'm here today to ask for your approval of the budget for fys 16-17 and 17-18 and before i begin my proposal, i do want to note that while this presentation focuses on the department's general fund, you do have a summary of the open space fund in your packet. as well as a
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general plan referral from the planning department for open space fund which is a requirement under the existing amendment in the charter. i wanted to note for the record that we have met that requirement. >> we need a general plan referral for? >> the open space fund budget. >> okay. >> i don't know why. >> okay. >> so the department was in a pretty unique position this year as we prepared our budget to submit to the mayor's office. as you were all aware of, there is a charter amendment pending at the board of supervisors that will create a general fund baseline for the department. the measure guarantees that the department would have a stable-level of general fund support by ensuring our subsidy doesn't drop below
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the current-year level $64.2 million and increase general fund support by $3 million a year for each of the next ten years. and then by the percent that the general fund -- the city's overall general fund increases or contracts, for the 20-years after that, this measure would last until 2045. the department then would be protected from having to make reductions to its general fund subsidy to help balance citywide general fund deficits in future years. this protection comes with a cost however, and that is that the department must absorb all cost increases and revenue changes within its new baseline and all one-time expenditures such as capital and equipment that were previously funded through the general fund, must now be covered within our base budget. in addition to guaranteeing
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baseline funding the measure also expands the department's strategic operational and capital planning processes. and includes a requirement that we perform an annual equity analysis, and that we develop a set of equity metrics. the mayor's office has instructed the department to develop our budgets for '16-17 and '17-18 that this is placed on the ballot and voters approve it. so the proposed charter amendment has really changed the way my staff and i think about and track our budget and account for the changes that we're making as we prepare the budget for the mayor's office. instead of having to achieve a general fund reduction target, we are now balancing to a total enhanced amount of general fund support. which next year is $67.2 million. and the year after that is
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$70.2 million. when we started the budget process in january, and the budget system opened to us, the base budget had $57.9 million in '16-17 and $53 million in '17-18 and that number was basically loaded by the controller's office and included a range of salary and fringe benefit changes. that was the base that we then build our budget for the next two years on. so when you subtract the amount that we're guaranteed for the coming fiscal years from the amount that was in the base budget when we started this process, we had $9.2 million available to spend in year 1, and $16.7 available to spend in year 2. but we know that we have to address revenue corrections, and expenditure increases within those amounts. so we had revenue corrections of
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about $1.3 million in year 2, $1.7 -- sorry, in year one, $1.7 in year 2 and expenditure increases include the fact that the department has committed to funding a $15 million general fund capital budget in each of the next two years. this is really one of the great benefits of the baseline for the department. item going to talk a lot more about capital shortly and we knew we wanted to fund $1 million in general fund equipment over the next two years. we knew we would have to absorb work order increases. i had originally assumed that we could see fairly significant work order increases, but we're seeing because we have been reducing our water usage, we're seeing a pretty significant savings in the water work order from the puc and that savings is offsetting increases in other
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work orders. that means we'll be flat -- i'm assuming at this point -- we're flat on our work orders in year 1 and about $100,000 increase in year 2. we know that we are implementing an active net, replacement for class, which is our recreation registration program registration and permitting software next year. that will have additional costs. and then we're also applying a cost of living adjustment to our temporary salaries budget for our recreation program delivery staff. those of us who are permanently budgeted get an automatic cost of living adjustment through the budget system. the budget system does not add cost of living adjustment to temporary salary budgets and we have to add this amount in order to be able to deliver the same amount of program services next year, when all of these staff get a 3.25% raise on july 1st. when you add all of these
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changes up, we actually end up in a deficit position for each of the next two fiscal years of a little over $2 million for each of the years. however, the good news is that we have some increases in our earned income, as well as in open space; that will cover that shortfall and then also allow the department to make an investment in our operating budget in each of the next two fiscal years. in fiscal year 16-17, we were looking at a base budget shortfall of $2.1 million. we have revenue of $4.5 million between earned income and open space. so we're making $2.4 million worth of operating investments in year 1. year 2 $2.2 million shortfall with additional revenue of $5 .7 million, allowing us to
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invest $3.5 million. capital investment of $15 million and we have a source that we can use for one time investments and using that to the tune of $12.4 million over the next two years. this is just -- $4 .2 million. you'll note that we're expecting about $1.3 million in increased revenue in parking garages primarily from civic center garage. we're also expecting growth in concession and citywide rentals, golf fund and as i
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mentioned in the open space fund. the reduction to the programs fee budget reeve reflects the amount of revenue that the department is collecting. we were a little too aggressive in our budgeting last year so we're just reducing the budget to more actively reflect what we are collecting. the open space number are preliminary. they are from the controller's office at 6-month mark and will likely change between now and july 1st. the details of our incremental new revenue: golden gate park concessions including things like the segway concession, bike rentals -- we expect to increase by $67,000. the japanese tea garden, man that place is amazing. i am able to budget $600,000 in additional revenue simply from the traffic that we are
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seeing walking through the gate. it certainly the drought is really good for outdoor attractions. and so we are benefiting from that over the next couple of years. we expect to see $160,000 in additional revenue from facility rental permits. so this would be from say, rentals of kezar stadium, balboa, et cetera. athletic field permits a little bit of additional revenue, $50,000 in each of the next two years. additional revenue from the outside lands concert, also a gift that keeps on giving. the coit tower elevator keeps tourists traffic at coit tower continues to increase and we're able to budget additional revenue there. and then a little bit of additional revenue from a variety of citywide conventions and leases. and i do want to note that in all of the cases where the revenue increases are coming in places where we charge
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fees, again, this is a result of increased traffic, not as a result of the fees themselves increasing. parking garage revenue: as i mentioned civic center garage continues to be very strong. the palace of fine arts is a revenue line that we had reduce in last year's budget, not knowing what the situation would be with rentals at the palace. so we expect for one thing that the theater will continue to be in that space over the next two years, as well as some other rental whether it's ihangar or somebody else in the space over the next would years and able to restore some of the revenue that we had reduced last year. we are able to budget $200,000 that our partnership division raised to offset the cost of scholarships in each of the next two years. harding park, while they are seeing increases in their
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reimbursable costs are also going to generate additional revenue from greens fees and from the restaurant and proshop. and then some really nice growth in the open space fund over next two years. a little over $1 million next year, and $2 million the year after that. as you all know, you approved a strategic plan for the department last summer. we are really using that plan as the tool to help us guide our budget investments over the next two fiscal years. so just to remind everybody, there are five strategies: the first is to inspire public space, to keep today's parks safe, clean, and fun. promote our parks' historical and cultural heritage and build the great parks of tomorrow. strategy 2 to inspire play, pro[#340-e9/] activity living
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and well-being and community form san francisco's diverse and growing population. strategy 3 to inspire investment through community engagement, advocacy and partnerships to cultivate more financial resources to keep our parks and programs accessible for all. strategy 4 is to inspire stewardship. to protect and enhance san francisco's precious natural resources through conservation, education, and sustainable land/facility management practices. and then strategy 5 is to inspire team, to encourage innovation and cultivate a connected engaged and aligned workforce that delivers outstanding service. so how are we going to spend our investment over the next two years? so i have laid this out by strategy. the first strategy is focused on improving our public space and enhancements include an
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additional project manager for deferred maintenance projects. an electrician to help support deferred maintenance work. a plumber, also for deferred maintenance. an it analyst to support deferred maintenance planing with our ta work orders system. additional funding for equipment for our park rangers. an increase to our waste diversion aka the ecology budget. and then an enhancement that i'm particularly excited about, which is on top of the $1 million that we assumed in our base budget submission, another $1.35 million next year and $1 million the year after that for equipment for the department. this is an area where i really feel like the department is being slowly starved and it's an area again where i think the general fund baseline is going to help us make some
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additional investments. so some of the things that we'll be able to buy with this additional funding are cargo vans for our custodial staff and excavator to replace one well past its useful life and one of my particular favorites a tub grinder, 778,000 thousand dollar piece of equipment vital to our green waste in golden gate park. this is the piece of equipment we use to turn logs into chips and mulch and other products that we use throughout the park system and it's incredibly expensive, obviously. so it's very difficult and an item that is really hard to get the mayor's office to fund for us, but now that we have an additional resource we're able to make that investment. we are also again making a
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really nice investment in our general fund capital budget over the next two fiscal years that goes to strategy one, inspiring public space. i did want to point out some of the highlights in the general fund capital budget that we are submitting. so we are funding our general facilities maintenance budget at $1 million each of the next two years. that is a 36% increase over the prior year. we are able to fund camp mather at $750,000 next year, and $1 million the year after that, which is 186% increase over the prior year. we're funding synthetic field replacement over the next two years. we are able to fund a $1.25 million budget for grass field rehabilitation, which
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is a 1487% increase over the prior year, which is a $68,000 budget. so we're able to go from $68,000 to $1.25 million to actually get out and do real maintenance, rehabilitation of our grass fields, which is certainly something that the public is going to see and appreciate. we have new funding in the budget for urban forestry in the next two fiscal years. we're increasing our court resurfacing budget by 200%, $750,000 over next two years. as i was out doing my public budget meetings in each of the meetings we had a nice cohort of people who are tennis players who came out to advocate for court resurfacing. also a new project in the budget, we're funding paving at $500,000 for each of the next two years this. is
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also an area where the department has really significant needs, pathways, parking lot, roadways that are in dire need of new pavement. strategy 2 is to inspire play and focuses on recreation. we're adding a new recreation supervisor for our sports and athletic programming, which is really the busiest competency of ours and they need some additional supervisorial help. we're adding a recreational specialist, who among other things is going to reach out to disadvantaged communities including people who live in public housing, to encourage them to take advantage of our programs and services. we are adding funding to the budget to help transport kids to programming outside of their immediate neighborhoods. we're adding funds for pool maintenance, as well as
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funding for senior programming. strategy 3 is to improve community engagement and inspire investment in our parks. we're adding funding for what staff has dubbed "the lifecycle project." which is a project that demi and dawn and i are leading with the work group within the department. the goal of the project is three-fold. the first is to bring in a consultant and to do an updated condition facility assessment of all of our buildings. so this would update our existing comment system with information about the condition of all of our facilities and assets, and what it might cost to bring those facilities up to working order? the second thing that we would like to do is develop a business process that helps us understand what needs to be done to maintain each of our assets and facilities over
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its life? so from the day that a playground opens, to the day that a playground shuts, to be renovated, every day, every week, every month, every year, what are the maintenance activities that need to be done in order to keep that asset in good working order? how do we take care of it over its life? and then the third thing that we hope to get out of this process is a way to help the department prioritize how we invest to work through our over a billion dollars worth of deferred maintenance? as we are now making an investment in additional funding to address deferred maintenance, how do we most strategically direct that funding? how do we have the most impact on those problems that need the most help? so we're proposing over the next two fiscal years to put funding in the budget for the lifecycle project, really for consultant services.
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we are putting funding in the budget to help us develop a more robust user-friendly website. we're funding a land use planner and also, a little bit of funding to help activate civic center plaza over the next two fiscal years. strategy 4 focuses on environmental stewardship of our open spaces. we are adding a new integrated pest management position over the next two years. we're bringing adding three arborists to the budget, which i'm particularly pleased about. a new environmental planner. an urban agriculture site coordinator to help manage alemany farms and also very cool we're going add an additional class to our greenagers program. strategy 5 is focused on building the department's
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team. here we are proposing to add an additional class of apprentice gardeners in the second year of the budget. we're adding funding to support the pre-apprentice program at gleneagles. we're adding four human resources exam analysts and the reason for this is that as we continue to add positions to our operations division budget, we just don't have the bandwidth in the hr division right now to get all of those positions hired, as well as do all of the summer hiring, as well as to do all of the hiring that is associated with our as-needed recreation delivery/program delivery staff. so the goal here is to add these four analysts. we're going create two different divisions within the hr division, and really try to have a focused, efficient group of staff, who are able to work through what is a very significant
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backlog of recruitments right now. we are proposing to enhance our staff recognition and training programs next year and the year after. we're increasing the budget for staff safety gear and these are items actually required under the collective bargaining agreements that include rain gear and safety boots and the cost of these items has been increasing and we just haven't budgeted properly for it. so we're fixing that. we're also including investment in the next two years as we have over the last several years to continue to bring high-speed connectivity to primarily to our rec facilities. this allows us to provide better customer service, of. it allows our staff to be better connected to the lodge, and really it's just something to bring the department into the 21st
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century. as we moved through the budget process to reach out to the community and the open space advisory committee and park advocates including parks alliance. there were some really well-attended meetings and people by and large were very positive about the budget that we're proposing. just a reminder of the timeline. the budget is due this coming monday to the mayor's office. and then the mayor as always will submit his budget to the board of supervisors on june 1st. and before i conclude, i just want to thank the general manager, all of my colleagues, and most especially my budget staff antonia, connie and evelyn for all of their hard work
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and support and helping me and the department to construct what is really a solid and exciting budget. i'm happy to answer questions. >> thank you, katie. >> any public comment on the item? being none, public comment is closed. >> mr. ginsburg. >> thank you, commissioners. i just wanted to offer a few comments and a few things and just to put the budget in perspective. because we have been doing this for a while now and we have gone through some tough budgets, gone through some so-so budgets. this is the strongest budget that we have done, that we are submitting under my tenure, period. >> how many new positions are represented in this budget? >> i think -- i would say maybe ten or so. maybe a few more. >> i think it's a little more. you don't have to go through it. i was just struck by how many places we're trying to pick up where we should have and haven't been able to. >> i was going to talk
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about -- it's not just the healthiest budget, but the proudest budget for a few different reasons. one, this really starts to tackle both analytic and nuts and bolts side of our deferred maintenance challenges. that is really a blessing to have the opportunity to do that. this budget also -- yes, as i mentioned also gets us into more of a planning cycle. katie talked about the lifecycle process. the budget itself is really linked to our strategic plan, which we went through last year. so we're really making investments that guide our strategic plan and guide our initiatives. this budget focuses on equity. and you can see sprinkled throughout and you will see in more detail as the capital budget comes to bear, we are really going to be making investments in communities that need it and investing in programs such as alemany
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farms and greenagers and the able to resurface courts at some of our worst play groundses in some of our densest neighborhoods. so it's a budget to be really proud of and katie has her list of things that she is happiest about. one of the things i'm happiest about is the investment in our hr staff. you can acids add all the positions you want and our civil service system is not simple and it does take a long time to fill vacancies. so to build our internal capacity and get boots on the ground more quickly is a blessing to people like our park services area manager and those really responsible for what happens on the ground. i wanted to carve out a couple of special thanks. dave is here and katie mentioned the lack of increase in work orders and the reduction in work orders. the work that our operations team and dave is really
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become our in-house irrigation specialist. the work that our men and women on the growing have ground have done to control our water and without costs not only regulatory mandate and a success reducing our water consumption 40%. i real want to thank dave for that. we're in this position because of the leadership of our mayor, supervisor farrell and san francisco parks alliance after years and years of discussion, really are taking a step with this revenue measure to help us create a more sustainable operations system. you see the park openings and capital investments, which is great, but we have to have the ability to maintain and sustain what we do. and this measure that is winding its way through the
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board now and has enabled us to make these investments is the reason that we are here. so special thanks to them and thank you to you for the leadership to get us to this point. people understand why it's important to invest in parks and open space. a big thanks to my staff and i brag about her when i introduce her at every single public meeting, there is nobody with more integrity in the budget process anywhere in the city than katie petrucione and it's one of the reasons that we are trusted and she has displayed such incredible leadership throughout my time working with her and throughout her tenure at rec and park. she is awesome at what she does. but to denny and to my entire team, who has worked really, really hard not just on getting the revenue measure to a place that is
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implementable, and in being willing to embrace the concepts of equity and extra accountable and transparency, but in the careful thought and planning that has happened in this budget. it's good work. >> thank you very much. commissioner mcdonnell. >> thank you so much. just a couple of things to echo frankly what some of the general manager has already highlighted. first, thank you. this is obviously a very strong budget. frankly it's exciting to see the tumult to opportunity to make the opportunities that are not been available in the past. this next comment -- it's not as evident on the surface, but the detail -- so i would just echo in appreciation for the commitment and look forward to seeing in many of the areas making the investment,
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general maintenance, defer maintenance and grass field rehabilitation and as we heard last month, the report on our parks. and the conditions thereof. again, hopefully won't get tired of hearing me see this i don't want to see 9, 10 and 11 districts continuing to lead from the bottoms. so if there are ways to make more evident and transparent the commitments to again, in particular in the context of increased investments and maybe some of this shows up in the lifecycle project, where it can be clear to equity as general manager said would be really helpful. also more broadly and it really excites me the investment in your staff. hr certainly, but that all inspire the team and you are increasing investment in that is really exciting. thank you for overall this effort. >> thank you, commissioner.
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commissioner harrison. >> this is the best budget i have heard since i have been on this commission. and to look and see what you have done on path repairs, surfacing of courts and grass repairs is an indication of how far we have fallen in past times, unable to take care of those things. now with a little money, and you guys looking at these things, compliments to katie and denny, what your name -- phil [laughter ]. >> he looks familiar. >> greatly, i cannot tell you how excited i am about this. this is just what the doctor ordered. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner. commissioner bonilla. >> i don't want to be a doubting thomas here, but if the bond doesn't pass, would you -- would we be in the situation where you would be
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coming back to us with a modified budget? or what would be the impact? >> katie, let me take that one, if you don't mind. so just for technical purposes, it's not -- this is -- it's not a bond. >> oh, right. >> the revenue measure. if it doesn't pass, if it were not to pass and, by the way, it's not on the ballot yet. >> right. >> it's been introduced at the board of supervisors and hopefully would be put on the ballot at the next meeting, which is why we can still talk about it as a policy issue. it would require -- it requires a 51% vote -- not two-thirds vote, which is why i'm bringing it up. the mayor's office and thanks to the mayor and mayor's budget director kate howard has said this is how we want you to submit your budget this year. so this would be our budget this year, regardless, if it does not pass, then going forward we would revert to the old system. >> okay. that is good.
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>> thank you. >> i had some other questions. >> please. >> so i know there was different ways to arrive at this, at this new budget. and one was more general fund-driven as opposed to a set-aside with property tax. could you tell me why the overriding reason why we hitched our wagon, so to speak, to this type of general fund-driven as opposed to the property tax? >> i'll grab that one, too. there were lots of conversations -- you know, the great thing about this measure, we were in a supportive role. i think we are managing our operations. i think we have articulated the need and we were asked
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to identify where would he make investments and how we would manage our resourcesin the policy for how it was crafted was crafted in conversations in large part between the mayor, supervisor farrell, and the parks alliance, with us, i think in a supportive role. and it was really sort of -- as everything is, a negotiation on how to best balance different types of priorities? i think the parks alliance, when they have raised the issue originally, they were looking for an increase to the amount of the open space fund, and they were looking to create a baseline for their general fund. and where it ended up was with the baseline, which by the way, we are in the largest period of economic expansion or have been in modern u.s. history and as we all know, there are storm clouds -- economic storm clouds on the horizon and we're excited about the
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baseline and stability that the measure will provide. so we don't have to go through what we all went through in 2008. and talk about significant cuts to our general fund. this is going to provide us with stability, and it doesn't provide -- probably as much growth as the parks alliance had hoped initially. but again, the mayor is balancing a lot of competing needs, and this is where they ended up and felt comfortable. >> you felt perhaps this offered the more stability? >> yes. it had the broadest amounts of consensus between of mayor and board of supervisors, who are again balancing different needs. and different issues and different stakeholders. so this is sort of where the conversation ended up, and you know, we have gotten to may a place, and we looked through a simple lens, is it good for works? it's a solid step in the right direction
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for parks. >> one comment, i noticed we did not include any additional funding for park patrols, is there a reason why that is the case? >> the reason that we made the policy choice had a that we did because of prior budgets with the limited resources that we have, we have prioritized our rangers. this gets to the hr and hiring thing. we have 23 active - i believe 23 active rangers on the ground, but we have over? burb [ [ inaudible ] >> that is my point. this year we're going spend our time filling all of our vacant positions rather than adding new ones to this particular budget. we want to get fully staffed. we have a wonderful new chief ranger and we'll take another look at making investments again in our park rangers in the subsequent year. but we wanted to spend this
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year just adding the bodis that we already have in our budget that haven't been filled yet. >> so you wanted to accomplish that? >> yes. >> it doesn't speak to the fact that we don't need anything more or anything like that? >> definitely not. >> i just wanted to make sure. >> we're always balancing -- and we felt that the community and public will see an increased amount of ranger coverage because we'll be filling a lot of vacancies this year that were added in last year's budget. >> great. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner. seeing no other comments well we'll entertain a motion. >> moved. >> second. >> moved and seconded. all in favor? >> aye. >> thank you, commissioners. >> item 10, annual general fund capital program fiscal year 2017-2018. >> i'm pinch-hiting for dawn who is on vacation this week
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and this is asking for commission approval for the capital budget submission for the next two fiscal years. the submission actually was due to the mayor's office and the capital planning committee at the end of january. but it is very fluid. so we make a submission at the end of january and in your packet is the list of both the general funds capital requests, as well as what we're requesting for the marina yacht harbor, the golf program and in the open space capital budget. we have made a submission. there is always a period of negotiations between the department, the mayor's office and capital planning staff. and so while this represents our first submission, the numbers for some of these
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projects will likely change. projects may be added. in the past, it's been a negotiation of how much more can we get out of mayor's office? i think that process is going to change with the baseline. because we are funding the general fund projects in particular through our existing general fund baseline, there is -- we have a lot more flexibility than we have in the past. we are not hat-in-hand with the mayor's office and capital planning staff. as i noted, some of the highlights in my overall budget presentation, in my opinion, general facilities maintenance, additions to camp mather facilities maintenance, forestry, paving, erosion control, we are also asking to fund in this budget parking -- new
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parking control equipment for our parking garages. we're doing this in partnership with mta, replacing out of life parking control equipment at port mouth, et cetera. that is a significant investment. we're going to spend at least $3 million over the next two years. -- sorry over the next three years. we expect over the next three months to get more detail from the mayor's office on how collaboratively we might decide to spend those funds. so there will be more detail there before the budget
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actually is submitted to the board of supervisors. we have funding here for irrigation systems, signage and information, security and lighting. so again, i think that the general fund capital submission is a particularly strong budget. >> is there any public comment on this item? being only none, public comment is closed. >> mr. ginsburg. >> so you understand what you are seeing here, this was reflected in our overall budget. this is part of our budget submission. this -- we have made a policy choice, which is to take -- well, in '15-16 through under the old system, and through the city's capital planning committee, we were given a certain amount of general fund dollars for capital projects. and it was a larger amount than we have gotten in prior years.
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as you recall, there were some extra monies that were given to us to manage the telegraph hill erosion and rockslide. there were a couple of other big-ticket projects and this measure frankly protects that money. we can use it for whatever we want, but we have made a decision to use for capital to attack deferred maintenance this. is a healthy amount and as you see as katie indicated more money for court resurfacings and grass fields and fencing and paving and forestry and things like that. again, this is another benefit of the revenue measure and is something that i'm very, very excited about because it gets to the nuts and bolts of what park users see in their neighborhood parks. >> thank you. seeing no comments, entertain a motion. >> so moved. >> second. >> all those in favor? >> aye. >> so moved. thank you, katie. >> we are now on item 12,
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the open space fund undesignated contingency reserve. >> good morning, commissioners. mr. ginsburg, i'm dave did -- i have recently passed by one-year and the honeymoon is over. >> we're keeping you. >> congratulates, congratulations thank you. >> i'm here to discuss the purchase of animalproof trash receptacles. we're to create co-existence with wildlife and park patrons and companion animals. unfortunately we have had some unfortunate incidents
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with coyotes and dogs where a beloved dog was killed by a coyote and two other dogs were injured. so there is a lots of complexities with co-existence, but a very simple item is to eliminate human-generated trash and food waste as a food source for these animals. we have identified 30 parks and 127 receptacles that need to be updated and replaced. so with that, we're recommending the approval to purchase the receptacles with our contingency reserve fund. with that i will take any comments or questions. >> thank you. >> any public comment? yes? >> i realized that i'm probably in the wrong spot. i should have come to the subcommittee meeting instead of this general meeting.
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but in looking at this, it occurred to me our park sunnyside wasn't on the list. that is because as far as i'm aware we haven't had any coyote sightings in the park as opposed to several blocks down. because we are close enough to glen park, and mount davidson that i'm sure there is a way -- a path through there. i'm wondering why these animal-proof trash containers can't be just the default for the parks? right now we have, like, five or six really ugly recycling bins that are always part of our park, that people dump trash into, and i'm sure that some of the neighbors dump their trash, too. it's always unsightly. if we had the animalproof ones would make it so that if the trash didn't make it inside, it wouldn't spill over. and i just think it would be
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a much more aesthetically pleasing position. so i'm not sure why these animal-proof ones couldn't be, like i said, the default. couldn't be the priority, when we are redesigning or repurchasing? i recognize you wouldn't want the animalproof ones for trash receptacle inside a clubhouse or rec center. i understand there are some places where they are not, but i suspect there are a lot more places that they would be appropriate than not. so i put that out. >> so noted. so noted. thank you. commissioner harrison? >> is there any other public comment on this? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> commissioner harrison. >> i have a question. on these new waste baskets or waste cans, how ergonomically are they for the workers to take them out and empty them? >> it is a little extra work.
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there is a couple of models that we can choose from. the one you can stick you hand up open the doors below and access the 40-gallon containers inside the receptacle and close it back up and lock it because we have had human interaction. so the animals are not able to get into them. >> i hope that they are easy enough to operate that no one is going to get injured or hurt. >> commissioner, these are well-establishes in park districts across the country and also use them in golden gate and toggle between -- as parks are being renovated and where we have identified funding we're trying to get rid of the old cans which are much worse than the new
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models ergonomically. two-stream cans offered for both trash and recycling and bear-savers at-larger spots. we're making a move to put bear-savers where we have identified that hopefully will enable us to offer appropriate, cleaner, nicer-looking trash receptacles at all of our parks. >> thank you. >> the general manager get and a plus on his response. >> so noted. >> to the ergonomic question, they are side-opening. we looked at this when we choose the bear-saver option. for two reasons, ergonomics. they are side opening so you
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get them out rather than having to lift them up, which is where we get a lot of our injuries. the size, the gallon-size of the receptacle inside the container is such that it should be manageable lifting it into the trash truck or wherever they are going to be putting it. >> thank you for that very much. >> okay. with that, i would entertain a motion. >> so moved. >> second. >> moved and seconded, all those in favor? >> aye. >> thank you. >> so we're now on item 13, general public comment. is there anyone who wants to make general public comment? being none, this item is closed. oh, nope, there is someone. sorry. >> thank you. >> again, i will be very brief. when i was on my way here, i was thinking about commenting on this in general, and then i thought, no, i wouldn't, but i have changed my mind
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in terms of what you just talked about and what commissioner mcdonnell talked about in terms of equity. if we're going to deal with the parks that have been underserved in the previous past 20, 30, 50 years, however -- one of the things that i think this department has not been very good at, and it's just simply communication. you have to let the people know what is going on in their parks. and the brief example that i want to use is that when we renovated our park and put in the new picnic tables, we wanted some of the picnic tables reserved for first-come, first-served. there was no response from anybody that we got. but i discovered about a month ago, when i went to the website, that when i clicked on this certain table, they
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were marked as not reservable. they were first-come. i was oh, my gosh, our first-come, first-served tables in our park that nobody knows about. my concern is not only that these tables are first-come, first-served, but i am concerned because nobody has told us when we asked? oh, yes, we didn't buy a permit because this was first. so that brings up a whole other question is the rec and parks department charging people for sites that are listed on there? that aside, i can't tell people what i don't know. it would have been simple. and i don't expect a telephone call for every decision that is made in the department of, but somebody in the department now that andrea and i have been advocating for sunnyside park for a long time. it seems to me this would be
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not something to claim credit for, but to be able to tell other people that this is how you can use your park, and not have to pay the permit fee for it. it just certainly -- it's something that seems -- and particularly, this is a problem that -- and a problem that i have experienced. i'm sure there are people in district 11, in district 10, who just do not see their parks as someplace that they can be involved with and involved in. that, i think, is something that this department will need to address in terms of getting those funds and getting those people involved. thank you. >> thank you. >> is there anyone else who would like to make general public comment? being none, this item is closed. we're on item 14, closed session.
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conference with legal counsel regarding existing litigation. is there anyone who would like to make public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. commissioners, we do need a vote on whether to hold closed session to confer with legal counsel? >> so moved. >> second. >> moved and seconded. all those in favor? >> aye. >> so moved. >> okay. so before we start closed session, i do need to ask all staff, and members of the public to exit the room, pleas.
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>> for hearing this meeting to the public every time we meet let's start with the roll commissioner frost commissioner lee commissioner joseph commissioner president tan we have quorum concept indicated he is on his way but going to be wait and commissioner caminong will not be here this evening. >> all right. we have not yielded a full house but we have a fairly short agenda


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