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h.r. to be a broken department. what i would have loved to see is someone come in who hasn't been part of the department for so many years and hasn't been in leadership position for many years, that had a fresh pair of eyes and could look at starting and rebuilding something new. i say this it's broken, some of my colleagues mentioned, of course the scandal, which is awful and horrible for any of us to see. the disparities in wages and merits and promotions especially when it comes to black community. also, in the basic -- one of the basic and major roles department
of human resources which is to train and hire new employees. in my discussions with virtually every department in the city, the frustration on how difficult it is to hire an employee in a timely manner, is a deep problem that must be fixed. i know that it's not easy. i really did enjoy my conversation with you talking about the sort of different levels of bureaucracy and difficulty and recreating that system. as i shared with you, i have talked to a couple of hiring managers. one in particular was very eye-opening for me in the community in district 6, matt haney's district. for a and a half trying to hire a nurse manager. she whacked me step by -- she walked me step by step
everything she did. she tried to hire a manager, run around she got, changing of the rules and process, the number the requisitions sat on. she couldn't get a reply. meanwhile, i heard that kind of dysfunction from so many city departments. it's unacceptable. we are a world-class city with a huge budget. bigger than some small countries. we should be able to have a functioning human resources department that doesn't have vacancies that last for years on end in understaffed departments. aside from the issue how many employees of color feel like
they are treated, this is basic dysfunction in our city is not right. i struggled very much with this appointment. ultimately, i decided that, i can't guarantee that i don't support your appointment today that another insider won't be hired it's not my choice as member of the board of supervisors who i appoint. i am going to support your appointment today. i do so really begging you to try to come in with a fresh pair of eyes. i know you been there for a long time, trained by the same leadership that hasn't been able to fix it so long. i ask you to do everything within your power. i am happy to partner with you and work however i can, side by side with you to do this.
to reform this department and not only to make sure that all our city employees feel appreciated and welcomed and they have a fair and equal shot getting equal wage and a fair opportunity for advancement. that our department can hire workers in a timely manner. i'm looking forward to working with you on that. hope someone who's been on the inside so long can come in with that fresh leadership and fresh pair of eyes and makes some major change. >> president walton: thank you supervisor ronen. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, mr. president. many of my colleagues said a lot
of what many of the points that i wanted to say. one point in particular that was of concern to me. i will say this to you ms. isen. there's been a consistent practice in many of the departments to contract out certain services rather than work to hire full-time employees. we dealt with that issue with security guard at many of our museums. we have had to deal with that issue with regard to nurses in our hospitals. we're dealing with that now with the issue with e.m.t., private contracting services. it's a consistent practice over and over again. one in which i think from a fiduciary, just purely from a fiduciary perspective, the taxpayers of san francisco are losing out. it increases much more overtime.
it increases much more turnover. it increases much more instability in these departments. i know it's an issue i know you will tackle head-on. this contracting out issue is one that's crucial for you to tackle and one to pay attention to as we approach the time that we're going to work together collectively as a body.
i think you bring phenomenal experience to the job. i think you worked your way up through the ranks. i think you'll be someone that people can work with and listen to. you'll be listening to people. i do think, please pay special attention to many of the aggrieved employees who felt not as though they had a voice.
i think you had good ideas how you will incorporate equity and looking at things at diversity as it pertains to african-american, latino employees. all those things are ones i think are really important. i'm happy to support you today. i look forward to working with you in your new capacity. >> president walton: supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you. i'm going it try not to repeat what colleagues have said. i share a lot of the views that have been raised. this is an example as i shared with ms. isen where we spoke. i was at first skeptical of this, more because of the points raised by preview ronen and others just around general view
of the need, potential benefits for someone outside the department. it's a concern and question is d.h.r. plays an important role to protecting >> s. that was a concern i had. i will say that this is an example of a process where we're getting to know ms. isen talking with people through her willingness to be quite open and honest about and discuss these concerns that really moved in my
opinion on this. i want to say that i very much appreciate long-term service to the city. i was moved by input that i received from an individual that some you have may know, fighting for those most disadvantaged and now things in san francisco. that's former housing inspector ron dix. mr. dix is african-american retired city employee.
worked for city and county for 32 degrees. 30 year at d.b.i. it had back on me when i read his words. as former employee of d.b.i., i know dysfunction. carol isen is the antithesis. i known carol for 30 years. he says carol nurtures a supportive environment where people feel free to express their concerns. she's sensitive to disenfranchised marginalized community. carol is a highly skilled listener. she enhances any environment where she is present. that is consistent what i heard from others and what i experienced in getting to know ms. isen during this process. i look forward to working with
you and working to protect our employees and bring the necessary changes to our city to d.h.r. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you president walton. i think this is a stellar appointment and i'm excited to see what ms. isen will do in this job. in the committee you took strong issue that d.h.r. is broken. it does feel like the city's hire and training processes in
important ways are broken. it is tremendously frustrating to see it playing out in department after department where some of the biggest problems the city has are we find solution to those problems frustrated by the number of vacancies that we seem unable to fill a timely way. earlier today we were talking about the challenges in hiring and training for sfmta. if we go through all the things that need to be done in the
city, it feels like one of the greatest obstacles to get the right people in positions quickly. i would love to hear about some of your thoughts about how you might approach that problem over your time in the job. >> thank you, supervisor for the question. i think this might be the subject at longer hearing. i appreciate having a little time to spend with it. i would say this is a general observation. i'm looking forward to working with every one of you and preview roan -- supervisor ronen. d.h.r. is underinvested organization. its systems are old. we cannot count very well even
what we have, what our work is. the nearest thing to investment at this point in terms of hiring is our applicant tracking system. as a modern employer, that can hire quickly, aside from being home, bound by our own rules. the human resources director oversight of the human resources systems in the city. i want to make sure everybody on the board is aware in the charter, the appointing officers are the hiring authorities. we conduct examinations, mass examinations to create lists
that processes doing that is very cumbersome. the rules around them are cumbersome. the appeal right of every individual who sits for the exam can slow us down. yet these are baked in our system and for good reasons. i can take both sides of the argument. i think it's shining light where requisitions are in the process.
working with office of racial equity, we looked at five major categories involved in hiring and promotion process. that work will be expanded. we're going to be coming back to the mayor and to the board to let you know, and the things you like to see done, what needs to happen to make this possible. despite the notion of d.h.r. being broken, d.h.v. ar. is a relatively small agency. where 40% of agency is worker's compensation.
most important things you're going to be asked to think about i hope you're able to carve out some time to think about some of these fixes. >> president walton: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i want to reiterate comments my made in the rules committee. i the pleasure knowing ms. isen in more two decades when she was local 21 rep in those days. the city was getting ready to undergo a multibillion dollar rebuild of our water delivery system. water system improvement
project. local 21 was beating up the sf p.u.c. and the mayor's office and board of supervisors for contracting out work that city employees could do. ms. isen was at the forefront of that movement. later on went to work at the p.u.c. and implement those policy measures that the board pushed that mayors and general managers agreed to. she was a star at the p.u.c. before she went to a department that has a lot of challenges where i will be trepidation to go. the fact she has the experience inside and outside, i think it's fantastic. i want her to succeed.
we move forward to the vote. i'm in the going to repeat everything. i heard hours of testimony about the ongoing injustices and unfair treatment of black employees and employees of color within human resources department. it's clear that discrimination occurs in the workplace. sometimes subtle. i'm committed to working to help reform our systemic failures. i will be supporting your appointment. i still will be moving forward with a focus on the creation of a working group specifically for african-americans and city employment to be appointed by the mayor and board of supervisors. ly continue to work on creation of legislation to mandate
i'm hopeful that will you continue to meet with the groups that are commit to making these changes. we need you to be responsible for the practices of the department of human resources. i truly hope and know that eliminating these equities should be our collective goal. i will be supporting your appointment and just looking forward to working with you on the changes that need to happen and i hear from conversations that you are committed to these changes and i'm also committed to legislation and supporting, making sure some of those changes happen in a matter of -- whether or not you're the director or i'm a member of the board of supervisors. these changes will be loft so we
unanimously. thank you director isen. please call item 28. >> clerk: a motion to amend board rules of order to create a new rule, 2.21.1 allowing for adoption without reference to committee of appointments to subordinate body who are nominated by district supervisors and subject approval by the full board. another rule, 2.21.2 clarifying the process for direct appointments to subordinate bodies by district supervisors that are not subject to approval by the full board of supervisors. this motion requires eight votes of the board.
>> chair peskin: this would actually truncate that process and those appointments would go directly on the next adoption without community reference calendar pursuant to a letter from the appointing supervisor still subject to public comment and public scrutiny i look forward to all filling vacancies
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection this motion carries unanimously. we are now at roll call for introductions. >> clerk: mr. president, you are the first up to introduce new business. >> president walton: thank you so much and colleagues i know we asked and made a request for update on outside bodies and commissions within your role call. i would ask that you do not -- we have a closed session as you know with the public utilities commission as a joint meeting. i ask that you save the reports for april 6th meeting in the interest of time. i have a resolution today along
with supervisors chan, melgar, peskin, safai and ronen, denouncing the article contracting in the world, what a professor at harvard law school. this article denies the industry of sexual enslavement of hundreds of thousands of people of japanese during the pacific war. it is honored by international community, historical records and. thumb thousand -- these women are known as the comfortable women. these young woman fame from terrify country -- the average
this makes it more difficult to eradicate violence against women. i would like to thank the comfort justice coalition for their advocacy on this important issue and i hope my colleagues can join me in denouncing mr. ramsi's article. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you mr. president. [roll call vote] supervisor chan?
less travel. we had a cyclist in our district struck by a truck. broke both of his legs and sadly had to have one of his legs amputated. two weeks a cyclist was struck by a driver. this female -- these are just a few incidents that can play in the richmond alone. while sfmta had their rapid response team which is deploy when the collision certificates that site and recommend approval.
we understand there's a high injury network. we trying to make improvements to the network. i think essentially is trying to understand is that really good way to -- it seems like the data is driven by deaths and injuries. are there ways to really -- it's more intervention, strategy prevent injuries and deaths.
it's the reason why i'm introducing the resolution in the hearing request today. i'm excited to introduce a legislation that i really have mentioned to you and requested, the first day when i took office during our first introduction, it's finally ready for introduction. i'm excited to introduce legislation that will create a registry and prioritize our small businesses for city grant. i like to thank my co-sponsors, supervisor haney, ronen, preston and president walton. at that time, during my first board meeting, i announced that intent. i'm excited this is finally
i look forward to having your support and feedback are welcome too. >> clerk: thank you supervisor chan. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you, madam clerk. i have one item. today i'm introducing legislation that would require city departments and their grantees including shelters and navigation centers to create and immediately implement overdose prevention policies, training and protocol. unfortunately this came in increase of overdose deaths. 135 people died of overdoses of january and february of 2021.
legislation, each departmental overprevention policy must address how programs will provide drug treatment and harm reduction programs and services. describe where the department will post information about syringe access and schedule. overdose crises in our city is horrific and it's getting worse. we need a response to this crisis that mirrors the scale.
we can prevent overdoses and save live. we need to ensure they are meeting this challenge. every single department and every single grantee and provider has to be part of the slights. there's adequate training and access to narcan, effective monitoring of people at risk of overdose or access to treatment or harm reduction. this legislation would change that by requiring overdose prevention plan and policies not only by all these departments but at the -- i hope we can work
>> supervisor mar: these precious lives lost were mostly women and immigrants, breadwinners and heads of households. they were hard working. they were operational. they cared for their families. no matter who they were, their race or gender or class, no matter where they were or how they worked, they would still be alive and here today. nobody should parish at the hands of an armed shooter. we know there was another mass shooting in colorado yesterday to claim another ten lives. the tragedy of a death in atlanta is felt so deeply in the asian-american community. it comes as a historic moment of reckoning on anti-asian racism in this country. because of dehumanization is all too familiar, dehumanization is
necessary ammunition to happen. it's how we reject the experiences of those with less power over and over again. humanization on the other hand restore us so we can all see each other as whole. despite the hate, there's much butte in the american project. in their stories, we embraces of diversity, cross-cultural sharing interracial families and new ways of being in community. we do not need to know them to honor their story and their humanity. let their loss be not in vain. meet hate with love. meet rage with love. meet sadeness with love. let's honor them with love. i like to take this opportunity
to remind you that asian-american and pacific island heritage month is coming up in may. this annual celebration of a.p.i. history is more important than ever if we continue to struggle as a city for meaningful long-term solutions to the epidemic of anti-asian racism and violence. let's do everything we can to make asian pacific heritage month powerful and important. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you supervisor mar. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you supervisor mar for calling out
names. i really appreciate that you did that. colleagues, today i am announcing that i'm introducing a request to the city attorney to work on the ordinance at looking at our policies. if this pandemic has eliminated anything it's the great gender equity across economic background that women tend to carry burden of child care, elder care and home care. we are in desperate need of normalizing. our workplaces has never fully been parent friendly. i hope we can get past prior political hurdles.
the u.s. remains one of the few countries in the world without any national parental pay parental leave policy. as of 2018, only 17% of u.s. private sector workers had access to paid family leave through their employers. many parents don't take advantage of their full leave. we need to support parents particularly mothers. here in california and in san francisco, we have made some strides and stronger peoples for all parents and for women, expanding paid leave, sick leave and adding lactation rooms at
city hall. one glaring issues that needs to be addressed, if we want to see more representation on the board of supervisors or any of the advisory bodies and commissions and boards, it's to ensure that as a city, we are offering the ability to members to go on parental leave without the fear of discrimination or the fear to relinquish their seat. in 2018 we saw senator tammy duckworth she made history to give birth in office. the ability for her to bring her child on to the floor to cast a vote. the same goes for the viral image of california assemblywoman last year comforting her infant baby on the floor during a speech. she was making an impassion
this law is meaningful, it is impractful that requires locations of teleconference from to be accessible to the public. when the brown act was enacted, teleconferences really meant calling -- it did not have pregnancy or childbirth in mind. since then, i do not believe this board or any commissions have ever formally adopted a policy for member. i ask that the city attorney help us draft legislation to adopt a parental policy for board commissioners and appointed members of advisory body. these are volunteer who are dedicating their time to serve the public. this allows us to feel supported
and also in the request and ability to take a leave and knowing that their seat will be safe to the extent allowable by the charter and law. i'm exploring a policy so we send a positive message that parents are welcome. that we embrace birthing parents and mothers. my staff is engaged reforming the brown act. there are several efforts right now in sacramento thousand -- now.
i would like to give a report back as requested by president walton about my outside activities. i will report on the first five committees that i sit on. eapproved the budget the consolidation of administrative functions. also the dwindling revenues that we are seeing from the state tobacco moneys. that is all i can report back on on that commission. i look forward to reporting on more in the future. finally the moment that we've all been waiting for. that's the report that i am making on our time study with the women' political committee. you may remember that during the
month of march women's history month, we did a time study to analyze the board of supervisors and the committees that we sit on. the san francisco women's political committee volunteers watched us during the first week in march. the methodology of that study was to measure the minutes of men and women and not keep track by individual. we also looked at how many interruptions each member made. -- the committee spoke without
permission and out of turn. this person also quit asking permission after interruption was still counted. if person interrupting of the president of the chair of the committee, they are interpreting somebody else who was speak out of turn, this was not counted either. the president and the committee chair who were speaking for administering the functions set rules for the committee and or discussion.
analyze gender and how we communicate with one another and through political speech. we found that men interrupted 84% of the time as compared to women. men interrupted women at about the same rate as women interrupted men on the board. however, when we looked at how many times men and women interrupted presenters, we found that men interrupted staff or presenters much more disproportionately at 84.5% of the time.
this is not to call out individuals my desire for us is to do analysis how we conduct ourselves and how we communicate with each other and with the public and how men and women internalize our gender roles. thank you so much for that. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor peskin? >> chair peskin: thank you madam clerk, colleagues. as i mentioned earlier, when we adopted item 28, thank you all for the unanimous vote. that was the process improvement rule changes. today i'm introducing a hearing request regarding local
implementation a state law that requires local governments to produce annual reports on commissions oversight committees and boards and other policy bodies who's members are appointed by legislative body, such as this board of supervisors. last year's matty act report was one-page shy of 200 pages. it's a road map not only for the rules committee but for everyone who's interested in applying for a policy body or commission. that reports set forth the qualifications, the mission of the body, inspiration dates. dozens upon dozens of such commissions and advisory committees and task forces. it is incomplete in a number of ways. by the way, for anybody who's watching, can be found on the board of supervisors website. you can get a link to it.
new chair of the rules committee, i believe we can and should go beyond what the state law requires and enhance this reporting requirement in ways that highlight the racial ethnic and gender equity goals of the city. including how those goals are achieved not just through the board but what's missing from the report,s which the mayor's appointments as well. we look forward to working with the clerk's office and office of racial equity and members of the public and members of this board
as we start this conversation. second, i'm introducing amendments to our commercial eviction moratorium in the wake some confusion about its term and unfortunate litigation. if landlords and small businesses would unable to reach mutually arrangement to stabilize the small businesses which are as supervisor chan said, anchors of our commercial corridors, that those small businesses would be able to terminate their leases and not be liable for future rent under the remaining term of the lease. that does not mean that landlords can't pursue other damages. it does emphasize that those landlords have a duty to mitigate losses. as we heard, we all heard, i know from the budget and
legislative analyst report on unpaid commercial rent during covid-19, there were some stark and troubling numbers of the 4 behind million dollars in unpaid joseph all -- overall commercial rent. of the $358 million unpaid retail, more than half of that comes from mixed use neighborhood commercial districts. those are ground floor retail tenants that are so vital to our commercial corridors. a year from now we'll be implementing vacancy tax we delayed because of covid. i want to acknowledge there are many landlords doing the right thing and coming to the table to
stabilize small business tenants. there are others too eager to litigate their losses. i would suggest it is in their best interest to work with the small business tenants around rent forgiveness. as i said, the storefront vacancies taxes is coming. finally, i do have an item for today's imperative calendar after i learned about after our last board meeting. we don't have a board meeting next week. i would hike to make the appropriate findings for sunshine. this is to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the -- anchor business in north beach.
>> clerk: supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you madam clerk. i have two items today. first today i'm pleased to introduce a resolution calling on major chocolate producers including mars and nestle to stop utilizing child forced labor in their global coca supply chain. it's a tragic reality in children in west africa despite empty promises to change the issue persists. last week, colleagues, our office and i'm sure many of you
and coerced to work without pay. i'm not sure if this twisted reality of loss on the executives of these corporations that we are using forced labor of children in africa to make candy for children. as easter approaches this sunday for those who separate -- celebrate that. i hope everybody think about that when thinking about buying bags of mars and nestle. i wish dandelion workers well in their negotiations. college, i urge you to support this resolution condemning ongoing use of forced child labor by some of the biggest players in the chocolate industry. second resolution that i'm introducing today is in support of ab20. the corporate free elections
act. which is authored -- voters in san francisco have made it clear time and time again that we don't want corporate money meddling in local politics. we're not interested in our elections is beholden to corporate donors and condemned of money. there's a disconnect when it comes to electing representative representative. for city rates, direct -- state races, there's no limit preventing corporations from funding candidates. we have a problematic in which san francisco voters made it clear. they don't want it.
ab20 would change that. it's important to understand that right now as we encourage new generations of upstart and activists with lived experience to get involved in the political process and run for office. those who take clean money pledges are at a tremendous disadvantage financially are effectively silenced by massive spending by corporations in these races. in 2020 politicians and campaigns in california have accepted a total of $2.1 million from pg&e according to abc 10's analysis the state campaign finance data. last cycle spending by five companies uber, lyft and dor
dash counted up towards $224 million. imagine if they had given those funds to their workers instead of campaigns. this kind of money has no place in clean elections. corporate money in elections is inconsistent can with the concept of democracy. i appreciate assembly members for leading on this effort. i want to thank my early co-sponsors supervisor and -- rest of submit. >> clerk: supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: i'm introducing a resolution we affirming the city's commitment to using clean and safe public power for funding power
projects. in 2018 after learning that affordable housing under construction in my district was being held up, i introduced a resolution that my colleagues on the board joined in passing unanimously urging pg&e to cooperate with sf p.u.c. and calling on sf p.u.c. to provide quarterly reports on the status of projects preparing to use city power. we regularly tracked these projects. along with sf p.u.c., the mayor office, we have pushed and controlled pg&e. we worked out one agreements to move projects along. the quarterly court continue it tell the story.
well over six months ago. some concerns their investors and -- we as city run utility and individual rate payers are not seeing any real change. the tame for using their bankruptcy status is an excuse in the past. i'm introducing a pair of items today to reform our commitment to clean reliable space to continue the call that we've made to pg&e work with the sf p.u.c to continue these quarterly reports to the board so that pg&e understands that we are still watching them and tracking every project to ensure they do not stand in our way.
>> clerk: supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: one item today. i only have one item today. that is something that i think many on this board and many people have put a lot of energy and effort into for a really long time. introducing a resolution today to support ab854. it was put forward by alex lee
and co-sponsored locally by assemblyman david chiu and among other members in the california legislature. the groups that worked on this was housing clinic. what it does, it was an attempt last year and years before that to -- to require landlords that want to get out of the business to hold the properties that they have for five years at a minimum. -- 78% of evictions that occur are people that invoke that are doing it five years or less.
>> supervisor stefani: in 1928 iris was born in st. louis, missouri who immigranted from russia to the united states. at the and of 20, iris attended a group dance. paul moved to the u.s. iris and paul got married in 2020 this celebrated 71 years of marriage. iris and paul had three sons, robert, allen and john and many grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she loved dearly. listened to and encouraged and provided guidance on their many endeavors. bob is a dear friend of mine and fellow member of the south and growing club. throughout her life, iris was looking for now challenges at a age of 44. she enrolled university of
missouri and graduated bachelor's degree in education. after paul retired, he and iris moved. iris is survived by her husband paul, her three sons, her grandchild and great grandchildren. iris was an incredible woman who will be remembered for her humor and whit and for incredible love of her family. i offer my condolences to all who knew and cherished her. i want to thank supervisor mar for adjourning the meeting in honor of those that were senselessly killed in atlanta on
march 16th. absolutely sicken to learn that an individual shot and killed eight people including six asian women in atlanta, georgia. yesterday another ten dead in boulder, colorado after not horrific mass shooting, this time at a grocery store. we are the only high-end country, we're getting back to normal where it means mass shooting. after listening to victim interview last night on cnn, he said this feels like the safest spot in america. i just nearly got killed for getting a soda. language that we often hear in san francisco, we family like we're in a bubble here.
this can happen anywhere in america. last year, 50 million guns sold a record number on top of 400 million already in circulation in this country. many new gun owners in states that don't require permits, background checks or training. 28 states do not require background checks on all handgun sales. remember three were killed at the garlic festival including a 6-year-old girl who bought a gun in nevada. former fbi officer andrew mccabe was on cnn last night. nothing is going to prevent this from happening again and again under our current laws and regulations. this has become part of the american experience. it is unique to us. there's not another similar
country on other that experiences this. it's america. why is that? it is directly attributable to the profusion and the availability of guns. particularly high power assault style weapons and how easily pretty much anyone can acquire them in this country. because of spineless politicians like senator mitch mcconnell who won't bring a background check to a vote. now even though we're 50-50 in the senate, we're still trying to bring background check bill to a vote. 90% of americans agree on background checks for all gun sales. just days ago the nra celebrated that a colorado judge struck down a life-saving ban on a.r.17
style weapons in city of bowler. they celebrated. their -- just ten days after columbine in 1999. when they were asked not to come, ten days late e after 12 students and one teacher was killed, charleston stood there and mocked everybody saying i will give you my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands. it was said ten days after columbine. as we mourn those we lost to mass shooting, all the victims of gun violence, i will continue to honor their lives with action.
actions that involve pursuit of gun violence prevention here even at home as we see the number gun violence victims going up. we have to fight with action at every level possible. we have to do everything we can to disarm hate. the past couple of days i've been poking to those that i worked with for years. it's all that we can say that we have to keep going. this is a marathon. it is not a sprint. we must honor their lives and do everything we can to prevent this from being a continued american experience.
i like to adjourn this meeting in honor of lives lost in atlanta shooting and bowler shooting. i hope to god i don't have to keep doing this as supervisor p.p.p. repeat -- repeated names after mass shooting. enough is enough. i'm so sick of this. we need everyone to have the same sense of urgency and to honor these lives with action not just with words. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you supervisor stefani. names on the roster mr. president, i don't see any names on the roster requesting to be rereferred. i believe that concludes the introduction of new business.
>> president walton: thank you so much. we are now at our time for public comment. >> clerk: at this time the board >> okay. at this time, the board of supervisors will receive general public comment. the telephone number is scrolling across the screen: 415-655-0001, and when you hear the prompt, 146-065-7775. press pound twice, and you will have joined the meeting as a listener. if you are interested in making public comment, please press star, three, and the system will indicate to you that you have been unmuted and just begin speaking your comments. okay. callers will have two minutes to provide public comment. the government code requires that you address your testimony to the legislative body as a whole and not to individual members. we are losing our interpreters
in one minute, so let's just get straight to it. operations, can we hear from the first caller, please. i believe we have four callers in the queue. >> hello? >> clerk: hello, and welcome. please proceed. please proceed. >> hello? >> clerk: yes, please proceed. i'm sorry. i'm speaking over you. please proceed. >> oh, okay. hello. my name is ann riggs, and the founder of [inaudible] and i am here to address the [inaudible] chocolate industry. i started [inaudible] chocolates in 2007 when i heard the report that was to -- the report that was coming out
about the [inaudible] for the list completely of the chocolate companies that promised to resolve the situation. industry reliance on child labor and slavery has only increased since 2001, when the companies promised to clean their situation up. something has to be done, which is why we fully support the lawsuits filed by the international advocates. the lawsuits continue to pressure the large chocolate companies to help align the horrors of slave trade chocolate and the public feeling. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. okay. operations, can we hear from the next caller, please?
>> yes. my name is [inaudible], and i speak in support of the slave free chocolate resolution. the ifew joins in the [inaudible] with slave child labor decades. their chocolate companies here in san francisco such as dandelion chocolate that has pledged to make sure that they don't purchase chocolate made with slave trade. now let's support people to be able to select the union of their choice without regards--
fear of retribution or discrimination. [inaudible] the way this ordinance morphed along the way. it started as legislation that gave true hope to restaurant workers devastated by covid-19. what it is today is only a partial reflection of what it started as. the number of employees went from 100 to 200 employees. this was a clear slap in the face to those restaurant workers who originally came before you to advocate for an ordinance of this nature. thank you. >> clerk: all right. thank you so much for your comments. okay. operations, can we hear from the next caller, please? i believe we have three callers in the queue.
>> hello. good evening, president walton and honorable board of supervisors. my name is john holden. i'm a native of san francisco, the north beach san francisco francisco -- north beach chinatown area. i worked for recology for years. i would encourage you to get a task force to look into this corruption with public works. it's a long history, going back for years to unwind. we have the department of environment, the impound account, which was originally established with mayor jordan, and it was supposed to be used for a forensic audit because it was very expensive for the city to do that. i would also say that, you know, this is a lot of
communications going on here at the board, but this is the biggest issue facing san francisco. i have been involved with it for 30 years. i know it's hard to go against the teamsters and the big labor in san francisco and then recology on the other side with big business, and mr. san giacomo. i'm actually a shareholder of recology. 250,000 owner shares, i have. but my love is for the city of san francisco, for the businesses of san francisco, and not my own self-interest here. i think every supervisor has to standup and be counted and speak truth to power here for the citizens of san francisco. this has gone on way too long,
and it's designed where you have to inflate the truck purchases, other things, waste diversions in order to -- >> clerk: thank you so much for your comments this evening, and for staying with us so long. sorry to interrupt you. we are setting the timer for two minutes. okay. so operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hello. i am ryan dowling on behalf of ilwu. i am asked to speak on behalf of president trent willis, who apologizes he wasn't able to stay on for the whole time. we want to hold mars accountable for the use of child labor through his chocolate supply chains.
local 10 condemns the practice and we are working to eradicate this despicable practice, but this practice is actually growing, not shrinking. 1.56 million children have worked in the human trafficking and slave labor in cocoa production, of which 1.48 labor have been exposed to hazardous conditions, including machinery, chemicals, and cuts. local 10 is asking for you to support this resolution in an effort to highlight and showcase that this is a growing trend, not a shrinking one, and we'll take this fight not only to this county, but the next,
and the state to make sure these positions are known. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we have eight listeners and two in the queue. if you're one of the eight, and you'd like to speak this evening, please press star, three to end the queue. otherwise, we'll take these callers to the end. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> hello. i am renee [inaudible] thank you for listening to me. i'm speaking today on behalf of the fine arts of san francisco access advisory committee. for 32 years, access advisory has ensured access of the young and people with disabilities of all ages, from seniors to children. all of these people will continue to be impacted by the j.f.k. drive closure. we're concerned about the
closure of j.f.k. drive to vehicular traffic and to suggest that this topic is put on a future agenda expeditiously. the future closure will only continue to negatively impact disabled residents as well as disabled and able bodied visitors nationally and internationally. one in 10 san franciscans, 94,000 people, report a disability. why, then, did a local largely homogeneous nonprofit make a decision that impedes access for thousands of diverse people all while under the cloak of covid? it's deeply concerning and short sighted. the closure was made without any concern or collaboration with the access community. the impact to this group is only now being addressed, nearly a year later with rushed, incomplete, inadequate
solutions made in the absence of basic evaluations like traffic impact studies. much more thought needs to go into a workable solution for all. we request that the road be opened up into a holistic solution is discovered with the rights of all those involved. i thank you -- people of san francisco deserve to access our world class parks and destinations. i thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> good evening, president walton and board of supervisors. my name is christopher christiansen with the ilwu. i'd like to speak in favor of
the slave free chocolate resolution. we have a shared commitment to fighting exploitation and injustice both in the united states and in countries around the world. as leadered of the ilwu and slave free chocolate, we are committed to advocating for a more humane world, free of corporate exploitation and needless human suffering in the need of corporate profit. we thank you for hearing this resolution and hope that you can support it. i'd also like to echo the sentiments of my northern california international organizer in speaking in disappointment with the passing of item 26, the back to work ordinance, where the workers were changed from 100 to 200. that excludes the very workers that it was trying to help. >> clerk: sir, i'm sorry.
item 26 is not on the agenda this afternoon. >> thank you. >> clerk: okay. thank you, sir. thank you for your good comments. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> operator: madam clerk, that completes the queue. >> clerk: thank you, operations. mr. president? >> president walton: thank you so much, and thank you, everyone, for your public comment. public comment is now closed. [gavel]. >> president walton: madam clerk, please call all the items for adoption without committee reference, items 32 and 32. >> clerk: the following items are up for adoption without committee reference. alternatively, a member of the board may require a resolution to go to committee. >> president walton: thank you,
madam clerk. would anyone like to sever any items? is that a hand, supervisor chan? >> commissioner chan: yes. president walton, i would like to sever item 32. >> president walton: okay. seeing no one else on the roster, madam clerk, please call the roll on item 31. >> clerk: on item 31 -- [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. [gavel]. >> president walton: madam clerk, please call item number 32. >> clerk: item 32 is a resolution to support california senate bill number 17 to establish the office of racial equity and the racial equity advisory and accountability council. >> president walton: supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. colleagues, i just really want to make a remark about this item because last week, when i introduce it just exactly a week ago, i had no idea really what was to come that very evening with the atlanta shooting the very same day or, you know, that same evening, and the incident that really happened here with the asian
american workers being attacked all in that same time period here in san francisco. so i just wanted to make that brief remark about that work has always been -- many of us, many members of communities of color always know that hate and racial equity and racial justice, that we always talk about it. we -- we've always been working on it and, including this item that i introduced last tuesday. just little did i know that all the media attention last week or really just the incidents that brought all this media attention to it, that really highlight the need of what we need to do both on the local level and statewide. so i thank you for your support. i really thank you to president walton for his cosponsorship even long before, you know, all these things that just happened last week. but i also want to thank all of
you just during this week. it has been very challenging, and -- and traumatizing, watching my community, asian american community, chinese american community really suffer a lot. many of you have reached out, and i just appreciate it. i want to let you know how moved i am and how fortunate i am to have colleagues like all of you to be so supportive and to have such an understanding about representing not just your district and your constituents but to understand that we're all doing this together and in this time, and just this week specifically for the asian american community. but we know that we really represent all communities, and all communities of color on this board, so i appreciate you and appreciate your support and
appreciate your work. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor chan. madam clerk, would you please call the roll for item 32. >> clerk: on item 32 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. we do have one additional item tonight.
madam clerk, would you please read the imperative item tonight? >> clerk: [agenda item read]. >> president walton: colleagues, we have an imperative resolution which requires two findings of eight votes before a unanimous adoption on the resolution itself. do we have a motion and a second that finds this resolution is for the purposes of the sunshine ordinance finding purely commendatory. >> supervisor mandelman: moved by mandelman. >> president walton: moved by mandelman and seconded by supervisor peskin. madam clerk -- >> supervisor peskin: president walton, could i also make the
brown act findings, and can we take them as one motion rather than making the brown act and the sunshine separately. >> president walton: is that appropriate, madam clerk? >> clerk: yes, mr. president. >> president walton: so let's do them together. >> clerk: so a motion has been made for the brown act and sunshine by supervisor mandelman and seconded by supervisor peskin. take public comment on the item? >> president walton: real quick, madam clerk, do we need the motion for both findings and then the vote? >> clerk: before the board acts, we should take the public comment. >> president walton: i know, but i was just asking if we include the sunshine and the brown act in both? >> clerk: yes. >> president walton: could we take public comment, please? >> clerk: operations, do we
have a member of the public speaking on this imperative item, speaking on the 65 anniversary of the cafe trias? >> operator: madam clerk, we have no callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you very much. mr. president? >> president walton: there is a motion made that this resolution is purely commendatory for the purposes of the sunshine ordinance findings as well as for the brown act findings; that the need to take action came to the attention of the board after the agenda was posted, and thus, this resolution meets the standards of the brown act. motion made by supervisor mandelman and seconded by supervisor peskin. can we get a roll call vote, please, madam clerk? >> clerk: thank you. on the findings -- [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and this resolution is adopted unanimously. [gavel]. >> president walton: congratulations, supervisor peskin. april 1, 2021 will be cafe trias day in the city and county of san francisco. madam clerk, would you please read the in memoriams.
>> clerk: yes. the meeting will be adjourned in memory of the following individuals: on behalf of supervisor stefani, on behalf of miss iris june handler, and the victims of the boulder, colorado shooting. on behalf of the supervisors mar and stephanie, for the beloved victims of the atlanta, georgia, shooting. [names read] >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. do we have any further business before us today? >> clerk: that concludes our business for this meeting. >> president walton: thank you, and i will read you a brief
quote by former first lady michelle obama. success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives. and seeing that there is no further business, this meeting is adjourned, and we will convene for the joint special meeting with the board of supervisors and public utilities commission at 7:30. thank you. [gavel]. >> clerk: thank you. >> chairme