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>> clerk: mr. president, you have a quorum. >> president walton: thank you very much, madam clerk. the san francisco board of supervisors acknowledges that we are on the ancestral land. -- land of the ramaytush ohlone. the ramaytush ohlone have never ceded, forgotten, or abandoned their responsibilities to this place. as yet, we recognize that we benefit from living on and working from their traditional homeland. we wish to pay our respects by
acknowledging the members, elders, and ancestors of the ramaytush ohlone. please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> president walton: and on behalf of the san francisco board of supervisors, we would like to acknowledge sfgovtv who records each of the meetings and making them available on-line. madam clerk, are there any announcements? >> clerk: yes.
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>> thank you, madam clerk. >> clerk: thank you to all the interpreters for allowing us to share your services today. quickly, mr. president, i'll just say if you do have trouble getting onto this meeting, we do have someone standing by. 415-554-5184. thank you, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk, and i would say and due to the recent verdict in the george floyd trial, and we know and understand what this may do across the country, and the fact that we finally see someone being held to action
for their action, we will go to roll call, and if anyone wants to comment on the verdict, they may, and then, we can come back to, of course, approval the minutes, madam clerk. >> clerk: okay. first to introduce new business is supervisor mandelman. if you're here, supervisor mandelman? and if not, then we will go to supervisor mar. >> president walton: you know what, madam clerk, now that i think about it, because this is definitely not -- not going to be that fair to my colleagues, colleagues, we're going to start moving through the agenda, but if you could prepare for comments and remarks and prepare for introductions because i know it's going to come to the end, and some is -- some folks may
still be getting ready for it. >> supervisor peskin: mr. president, this may be inappropriate, but i would like to recognize the president for roll call. >> president walton: thank you. and i am 100% delighted to go forward when we get to that point, but i would like to give my colleagues a little bit more time to prepare. so colleagues, a little bit more after we go through the consent agenda, we'll go through roll call, and supervisors, i would be glad to go out of turn if that is your suggestion. so madam clerk, why don't we go to approval of minutes, and then we'll come back to roll call. >> clerk: okay. we're now ad approval of the meeting minute -- at approval of the meeting minutes of the march 16, 20201, recognize board meeting minutes, and the
march 17, 2021 special meeting minutes at the budget and appropriations committee meeting, which constituted a quorum of the board of supervisors. >> president walton: okay. colleagues, i don't see any questions. can i have a motion, please? >> supervisor peskin: so moved, peskin. >> president walton: i have a motion to approve the minutes. may i have a second? >> supervisor chan: chan, second. >> president walton: i have a motion and a second. may i please have a roll call vote, madam clerk. >> clerk: on the motion to
approve the minutes -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are ten ayes. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. with ten ayes, the minutes are approved unanimously. would you please read the consent agenda. >> clerk: all matters listed hereunder constitute a consent agenda, are considered to be routine by the board of supervisors and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the board. there will be no separate
discussion of these items unless a member of the board so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the consent agenda and considered as a separate item. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, can we have a roll call vote, please. [roll call] >> clerk: there are ten ayes. >> president walton: madam clerk, i'm going to wait for supervisor mandelman, so would you please call item 6. >> clerk: item 6 is an emergency ordinance to require property owners of high-rise buildings with 50,000 square feet or more of nonresidential floor areas that use mechanical
ventilation systems to certify that such systems are operating in compliance with applicable laws, to require businesses operating within those buildings to post certification within their work spaces, and to require the department of public health and the department of building inspection to post information on their websites about how to file complaints about noncompliance with workplace ventilation standards, and to coordinate to ensure that all such complaints are inspected within five business days. pursuant to charter section 2.107, this matter requires the affirmative vote of two thirds of the board of supervisors for passage. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: i would request that we postpone this to the end of the agenda for adoption without reference committee. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, will you please
note that? supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i was going to agree with supervisor safai to continue this until later in this meeting. >> president walton: thank you, and we will accommodate that. madam clerk, will you please call item 7? >> clerk: item 7 is an ordinance retroactively authorizing the public defender's office to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $250,000 from the crankstart foundation and a grant in the amount of $35,000 from kelson foundation, to expand by 25-30% the capacity of the clean state unit to meet the increased demand for clean slate services for the period of january 1, 2021 through december 31, 2021, and to amend the annual salary
ordinance number 166-20 and to provide for the addition of two grant funded positions, one f.t.e. in class 8177 attorney and one f.t.e. in class 8173 legal assistant. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you for the work on this. i want to thank the public defender for the work that they've been doing under the clean slate program and actively pursuing philanthropic work. clean slate has worked with justice involved individuals by cleaning up criminal record history after eligibility requirements are met. the unit currently assists
approximately 5600 clients per year, and this need remains. this program doubles the number of client the program will be able to serve. it will enable the public defender to hire a full time attorney and paralegal dedicated to working exclusively with clean slate clients. we want to ensure that folks are not defined by their mistakes or punished by lifetime barriers. this ensures that those who have paid their debt to society and taken responsibility for their actions can turn their lives around. we know this is critical for people working on rehabilitation to succeed in life.
colleagues, i want to thank you for your support of this program and the success of the public defender and the clean slate team for providing this public service. thank you. >> clerk: mr. president, if i could ask miss brown, if you're here on item 8, if you could turn your camera off until we get to that item, that would be great. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, mr. president. i just wanted to thank
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, this ordinance is finally passed unanimously. madam clerk, let's call item 8. >> clerk: item 8, resolution approving amendment number one to the agreement between central city hospitality house and the department of public health, for behavioral health services, to increase the agreement by 6.2 million for an amendment not to exceed 15.1 million, and to extend the term by 1.5 years from june 30, 2021 for a total agreement term of july 1, 2018 through december 31, 2022. >> president walton: thank you very much. i don't see anyone wanting to speak. would you please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 8 -- [roll call]
light of the decision that was made and the verdict that was made today in minnesota, madam clerk. >> clerk: and then back to you, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you very much. colleagues, the first thing i just want to start off by saying is we all can recall last memorial day, we witnessed one of the most heinous acts by a police officer that i have ever witnessed in my lifetime, and this was unfortunately not an uncommon incidents here in the united states, when we see several black men or people of color die at the hands of law enforcement. it just happens where folks now are getting caught on camera for the injustices that they are committing in our communities. but this particular murder of george floyd was very cruel as the world witnessed a police
officer lean his neck on a human being for more than eight minutes while taunting the audience, while listening to his pleas and his cries, trying to hold on for dear life. it sent a shock wave throughout this country and throughout the world where people started to realize and started to see what we were talking about as black people and people of color when we say that there are times that law enforcement arbitrarily commits crimes arbitrarily to our people. and there are times that people thought what we would say what we have witnessed, what we would say we have been a part of is untrue, and they would take the side of law enforcement, even when they
were wrong, but because of cell phones, because of videos, we see more and more in the law enforcement community attacking people of color, and they're capturing it. again, this is not necessarily uncommon, but what is different about the murder of george floyd at the hand of law enforcement is the fact that we had a jury that reached a verdict today and found derek chauvin, the officer who murdered george floyd, put his foot on his neck for eight minutes, be convicted of murder against him. this is a pivotal verdict, this is a pivotal time for us in this country and this city, and for law enforcement to understand that if you're going to wear a badge, if you're going to be in community, your job is to work with the
community to keep people safe, and it's not to attack people of color and communities of color. so my hope is that nothing like this ever happens again, but that law enforcement, communities across this country, and quite frankly across this world understand that if you're going to do something to a human being, you're going to be held accountable regardless of if you have a badge. i know that we need to make changes to policies like qualified immunity. we need to make sure that we're not hiring people to serve in law enforcement that have histories of violence or that have histories of negative attitudes against communities and people of color. and as you know, we've been fighting to change some of those policies right here in san francisco, and we are going to continue to do that.
it's going to be hard to get through this meeting because i'm so emotional, but i know we have a job to do and we have business to do. i want to thank my colleagues for recognizing the travesty that we saw last year, and the action that we took to make sure that people of color are treated equitably just as everyone else across this city and across this country. i also want to thank you for this time this afternoon, because this is important for us to take time to make comments about this, what i hope is a shift, a historical shift in terms of how law enforcement treats people of color in our communities. and i'm also going to take the
time at the moment to say that i'm introducing three grants at roll call, and this will give my colleagues time to prepare for comments at roll call, as well. the first one is a resolution in support of the vision act, a.b. 937, which will prevent jails, prisons, and other public space and local agencies from funneling community members who are eligible for release to i.c.e. jails, where they endure deplorable conditions and face permanent separation from their family family -- families and communities. i'd like to thank my cosponsors along with community members. we also travelled to the border for the caravan for the children to learn about the conditions our children face at
the border. we want to be a part of real immigration reform and do everything we can to help children be released from these cages and provide everything they need, so we're going to be working on policies and strategies that we can address here in san francisco. last wednesday, workers at imperfect food, located in my district, voted to unionize with local food union 5, and many of them also residents of my district and across the city. however, imperfect foods has used an antiunion tactic, such as requiring workers to attend an antiunion meeting and requiring a signature drive.
the results of the election have been certified by the national labor relations board. however, imperfect foods is now contesting the ratifying results, so we are introducing a resolution, of course, in support of the workers, and we want to make sure that we stop these union busting tactics and also make sure that all of our workers have the right to protection and supports that are afforded to them as employees. i also want to introduce a resolution to highlight san francisco's efforts in the affordable housing movement and for the sixth annual affordable housing san francisco has been able to pioneer affordable housing models that serve as a model for cities worldwide
through the rich activism of our residents, colleagues, and voters. i'd like to thank my cosponsors, supervisors ronen, mandelman, peskin, and haney. lastly, i'm introducing a retroactive accept and expend for the healing justice initiative to approve a philanthropic investment with community leaders to expand and
restore [inaudible] this comes during victims rights week, and the 2021 theme is to support victims, build trust, and engage the community which emphasizes the importance of leveraging community support to help victims of crime. and before i pass it back to you, madam clerk, again, i just want to thank the jury in minnesota for seeing the truth and for understanding what a murder actually is and for understanding whether or not you have a badge, you do not have a right to dehumanize. you do not have the right to take someone's life away from them in a manner you so choose just because you wear a badge. thank you, madam clerk. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. and before we go to supervisor mandelman, who's at the top of
introductions, supervisor peskin, your name is on the roster. do you have a point of information? >> supervisor peskin: sorry, madam clerk. this is rather unorthodox, but i will take it in order. >> clerk: okay. thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, madam clerk. i just want to say i think we're lucky over the last year to have the leadership of mayor breed, the leadership of mayor walton, and the leadership of mayor scott. and like the president, i would like to acknowledge --
and just system that protects us all, protects george floyd, his family, my family because it is so extraordinarily rare that we see justice prevail in matters like this, that police were held accountable. george floyd and his family deserve justice, and black people in this country deserve to have a criminal justice system in this country that works for them.
we must continue to work to repair, heal, and transform how we as a nation will uphold the sanctity of people's rights and protections. to move forward and create a better world, we must first dismantle these systems, and here in san francisco, let us continue to work on crisis intervention, on deescalation, on community based solutions, on education against violence, on gun control, all these issues that people face. thank you, colleagues, for this time, and thank you, president walton, for your right on words. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor melgar. next is supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madam clerk, mr.
president, members of the public. my legislation, i will submit, but on this day, as relates to a modicum of justice in a very clear case on the other side of this country, i would like to focus on the city and county of san francisco on which all of us are local legislators. i would like to remind us, and i think we all have many great cops. so many of them are community based and lovely people, that this is the same town that had an officer named ian furminger who sent abhorrently racist text messages, and i don't know what the outcome of that is at this time.
i want to acknowledge our police chief, bill scott, and community-based chiefs that are trying to reform this at the local level. as someone who's been on this board for the better part of a fifth of a century want to remind you that the police union used to come from the dark ages. i am not sure, but i am hopeful that that organization may be on the cusp of change, as well, but that only happens if they denounce and separate themselves from the ian furmingers and derek chauvins within their ranks, so that is what i want to say at this time. george floyd's summer led to a result in one -- a good result
this is a rare moment of accountability. for that, i really appreciate the jurors in minnesota for upholding their duty and delivering a just verdict. and i think as other colleagues have referenced, while this brings some measure of accountability in this particular case, there's so much more work to be done to address white supremacy in this country and reform policing the way it's done. it should not have taken the murder of george floyd to ignite a discussion of the deeply racist policing in this
would have been so easy not to speak out. because some prosecutors are now willing to prosecute murder as murder even if that involves a police officer, and we need to encourage and support that. and because some in law enforcement have been willing to call out abuse by fellow officers in a trial, which we saw in this trial, rather than defending it, which has been the norm. but really, above all, because absivists and leaders, especially black leaders, have
been speaking up and demanding -- activists and leaders, especially black leaders, have been speaking up and demanding change. i'm thankful for the jury for standing up, i'm thankful that george floyd's family may get some relief, and i'm thankful that the movement that once was considered radical and now less so never stops pushing to expose the radical racism and never stops pushing for change. and i want to thank you, president walton, for creating this safe space early in our meeting because i think this is a top priority of our board. i do have one item that i will be introducing today. colleagues, i am introducing a resolution in support of california assembly
under banked are immigrant or communities of color. it should not be expensive to be poor, but that is the reality of our current banking system. a.b. 1177, the california public banking act, authored by assembly member santiago, and sponsored by seiu california, works to address the needs of the unbanked and underbanked, bank cal will offer no-fee checking accounts, billpay, and funding deposits to all californians. i'd like to thank my early sponsors of this legislation, supervisors peskin, haney, and
safai for your support and seiu local 1021 for their support on this. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor preston. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you. colleagues, it's nice to be here with you during this historic day and moment. it's very heavy that, for once, having the right verdict. i don't know that many of us feel much lighter about the situation that got us here, but i do want to express some gratitude. i want to express my thanks to
president walton who shows us every single day what leadership is about. i want to thank keith ellison, the attorney general of minnesota, who is an incredibly inspiring person, who not only had the bravery to prosecute derek chauvin but did so with -- with so much professionalism, so much care, so much exacting attention to detail, and i want to thank the jury for doing the right thing.
and the only thing i'll say because so many of you have said this already with such beauty, is that the only way that we're going to wipe our hands of centuries of blood, because that's the reality of our country, is if we let this one trial and this moment of accountability, and it's not only being murdered by law enforcement, but it means not being poor and looked down upon
by people in your workplace. it means not having health disparities in every single indicator that you could look like. it means not having the wealth gap that we have in this country. we have begun a reckoning of our racist past and our system of white supremacy that led to the murder, the brutal murder and that we're talking about today, and as keith ellison said, it's on all of us. if we're going to have justice in this community and in this country, it's on all of us, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, madam clerk. thank you, mr. president, for giving us this space to talk in
this moment when it's fresh. i know this is very emotional for all of us, and a lot of folks, who supervisor ronen, have said in such a beautiful way how many of us are feeling. i know there are a lot of people here and around the nation were on pins and needles waiting for the verdict. i know many of us, some were trying not to be pessimistic in that it wouldn't be a repeat of rodney king, where the outcome seemed so obvious, and then, the outcome went in a different direction. i'm happy that the jury in minnesota found this officer
guilty of murder on all charges, and that justice for george floyd was recognized. it's sad that he was not able to recognize so many other things in his life, but he will have a legacy, and his death was a really telling story of the treatment of black people and communities of color in this country, and it was recorded, as president walton said. i think that's one of the biggest differences that we see now versus many other times in our history, is that we have the ability to record these
i am introducing assembly bill by david chiu, 666, which would require a workforce needs assessment that would give us what we need. there are fewer than 20,000 addictions specialists licensed in the country. this is a piece of that that we believe should happen at the same -- at the state level. i have other items, but i would
just submit them in honor and will not take up anymore time. thank you, mr. president. thank you. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, madam clerk, and thank you, president walton for allowing us this time to reflect and comment on what i think has been traumatizing to so many over this past year. like you said, this is one of the worst videos i have ever seen, and then, to see it over and over again. one wants to look away, and every time i've wanted to look away, i say no, you watch, you watch. as a former prosecutor, i'm just very relieved, and i wanted to add words of
gratitude. i think this might bring us a little closer to justice for the floyd family and those families who have had members killed by law enforcement through the united states. this is one moment in time where we got the verdict that we were all hoping for, and what's left is a lot of trauma. i think about that little nine-year-old girl who was yelling at him and telling him to get off. my daughter, around the same age, watching that, sobbing, wondering how anybody can do that to anybody else, and also, the mother who talked about this with other mothers, watching this him, and him call
out for his mom, is just horrific. so it's traumatizing in a lot of ways, and, of course, for the george floyd families and a lot of the communities that have come to know that this is what they can expect and it has to change. no verdict can bring back george floyd, and it might not prevent similar incidents from taking place in the future. we have to fight and focus on accountability and reform both in san francisco and across the country. i want to thank chief scott for those reforms and for leading our police department. last year, we asked congress to pass the policing act, which
was renamed the george floyd policing act bill. even in congress, we must use every tool at our disposal to fight for justice and make sure that at least the george floyd policing and accountability act is passed in the senate. i'm just very grateful to all of my colleagues because i know we all feel the same. it's something that i know that together we can all work for more justice in our communities to feeling safer. thank you, president walton, for the time, and the rest i'm
going to submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, madam clerk, and thank you, president walton, for giving us this opportunity to -- earlier in this house to speak in reacting to the verdict, but the reality is historically our black and brown communities, communities of color already know too well that local bias among law enforcement agencies threaten their lives and civil rights. we have known and have always known that we must push to transform our law enforcement system and this mental racism.
we know we have to make sure that our police force focuses on their duties to keep the public safe from violent crime. we bring this home back to san francisco today. as we reflect on this verdict, we know that we have to be visible and continue to reflect on this moment and make the changes that we know we deserve in the interest of public safety. our communities can no longer wait for police reform. we have to keep fighting until public safety and justice are delivered, even in san francisco. and it really means that i look
forward to us coming together in the following months under the leadership of president walton, that we really think about our budget and where -- who are we serving, and who are we -- who are our -- who are the people that we're serving through our city services, and who are supporting and who are we investing? and i urge that we invest in our public health care system, our public schools, key economic and job development opportunities to truly really prioritize our black and brown communities, and to really think hard when we say that we advocate for our community, we put our money where our mouth are. so thank you, and i do want to take this opportunity to thank
starting march 1, 2020, and the rest i will submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you, madam clerk. first, i want to thank you for all of your heartfelt words and comments and leadership. i just want to echo a lot of things that have been said already. first, i want to thank president walton. i want to thank you for allowing us to have this space, for your leadership, for your friendship. i've been able to serve with president walton just over six years now, and i continue to learn with you and will follow your lead as we take the next steps in this moment of reckoning for change in our city and in our country. this is something that should
have not been something that we were on pins and needles for this; we cannot change the fact that this was murder, and yet still, we were unsure what the verdict was today, and that shows how far we are from having basic levels of accountability and justice and committing violence against black people in our community. this not only took a video, this not only took law enforcement, which is so rare, saying what one of their own did was wrong, it also took one of the largest protest movements that our country has
ever seen to be able to deliver some basic levels of accountability. we saw in our own city tens of thousands of people hit the streets, demanding justice, demanding accountability. as it relates to accountability and transformation of how we even think about the role of law enforcement, but also antiblack racism in our country and, yes, here in san francisco, as well, where
people have been dehumanized, they've been denied, they've been disbelieved in every way, and our responsibility is to fulfill the changes that this moment demands not only with law enforcement but also with what is happening in our city and what we have control over as leaders and elected officials. and so i echo all of the gratitude for the jury and the prosecutors and everyone, and for our own elected officials and leaders, including our mayor -- i read our mayor's statement. i want to thank and recognize her for her leadership and commit with all of you to work with everything that we have control and responsibility over to bring the change that this
demands. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor haney. mr. president, i don't see any further names on the roster. with that, i believe that concludes new business. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. i believe supervisor peskin wanted to be notified. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madam clerk and mr. president. for me, as a board of supervisors member, i want to concentrate on the local, and i absolutely agree that this is systemic in our country, in our society, and in our city. and i think that what happened today is profoundly important, and i concur with all of the words that are said.
but i mentioned the p.o.a. earlier. so we have a paramilitary organization that is the sfpd, and we have a parallel organization that is the p.o.a., and i said something about the p.o.a. earlier and the fact that i hope that they are turning the page, and i do believe that they are, to a certain extent, and i named some names. i named some deeply racist horrible things that have happened within this department. and it was not murder, but it could be tantamount to murder when it comes to furminger. and the behavior of gary delanus was toxic and poisonous to the p.o.a. i hope that the new leadership
will repudiate his behavior, his bad behavior, and turn the page. i want to repudiate the bad behavior of gary delanus on the record for many years and thank you for your indulgence. >> president walton: thank you, colleagues. i want to thank you for your words today but your continued fright against injustice here in san francisco. as we know from the tragedy that we've all had to witness last summer, we've all been hard at work in track willing injustice here in san francisco and working to -- in tackling injustice here in san francisco and working hard in communities of color. i just want you to know that i
am excited to serve with each and every one of you. supervisor peskin, i stand beside you in your words about the p.o.a., and i will go so far as to say i have not seen the change in the p.o.a. that we have been working on and working towards. i hope that what we've seen in this verdict today and across this country is law enforcement being held accountable, that policies change in organizations like the p.o.a. and organizations that have no problem with making statements or putting out publications and that are racist against people of color. so i hope this is the start of the change and the move forward. and i just want to thank all of you again for irsupport and all of our work together as the work continues. madam clerk, thank you so much
forren -- for indulging the board, and i believe we are now at item number 8. >> clerk: and mr. president -- >> president walton: i apologize. >> clerk: yes, item 9. this is a resolution to authorize the department of technology to enter into a contract between the city and mythics, inc. for the purchase of oracle products, with a not to exceed amount of $60 million for a fib year term of may 1, 2021 through april 20, 2026, and with -- a five year term of
may 1, 2021 through april 30, 2026, with one five-year option to extend. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: thank you. on item 9 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 10. >> clerk: item 10, resolution to authorize the city's chief information officer to enter a customer participation agreement under which city employees will provide customer feedback to oracle america,, inc. , with an indefinite term and which will grant to oracle america,, inc. , a perpetual,
irrevokable license to use the city's feedback for any purpose, including the development, modification, marketing, or publicity of products or services, without identifying the city or its employees in those materials. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. i had some questions. how is the city going to keep this data in -- separate and apart from oracle? so if d.t. is here, if they could clarify for me if possible. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. madam clerk, who do we have here to speak. oh, i do see director [inaudible]. >> thank you, and good morning, supervisors. thank you, supervisor chan, for your question.
i'll make one comment, and jack can fill in the details. this is just one of those odd agreements where in order for us to provide feedback to oracle about their product, like this function needs to do it this way, not the way it was designed and delivered to us, or this product needs these new features in order to serve the city, it's very common for vendors to have user communities or user groups and get feedback that way. this is oracle being very formal and making sure that there's an agreement that any feedback that we give them about their product, they can use and probably not have us come back and say -- lay claim to whatever enhancement they do to the product.
this is very common in i.t. where users provide feedback and hope that you get on their list for improvements, whether it's networking equipment, whether it's salesforce service now, esri. we provide feedback all the time to vendors because we want them to make the changes. it makes the product better for us, for goodness sakes, and it adds to the value of the tools and the progress that we make investment in. so jack, would you like to make a comment? >> absolutely, linda. it's about the product and providing feedback and how we would like the product changed. it's nothing around our data collection system or data housing system. none of that resides with
oracle. we maintain that ourselves. it's just our opinion on how we're using these products, and it gives us a chance to collaborate with other investors of oracle, collaborate them. you see changes in some of these modules, and if we get some agreement, we can build up consensus and get oracle to put changes on the road map. >> supervisor chan: i guess, let me try to clarify again. it means that it's not, then, that oracle actually automatically track your usage but, more formally, that you do provide specific feedback on your usage. >> yes. >> supervisor chan: is that correct? >> yes. >> supervisor chan: basically, they're formalizing the feedback of the -- from the
usage that you provide, but it's not where oracle is tracking the usage. >> yeah. they're not tracking anything in their own systems. we run all the software on our own machines in our data center, so we're in full control of the data. it's just our opinion on how they created their software and how they're changing their software. we're just chiming in to have a voice at the table to say here's how we'd like you to change the software so it can work better for the city. >> supervisor chan: thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton. i actually raised the same concerns as supervisor chan. based on the concerns of the department head and her staff,
i will defer, but while we're naming names, i trust larry ellison, not et al.. if they breach that agreement, i would trust that the city of san francisco would sue oracle for breach of that agreement. this seems a little funky, but on linda's advice, i will go for it reluctantly. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. madam clerk, would you please call the roll on item 10? >> clerk: yes. on item 10 -- [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this item is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, let's go to our special order, please. >> clerk: item 17 is a hearing of persons interested in or objecting to the determination of exemption from the environmental review under the california environmental quality act issued as a callical exemption by the planning department on february 4, 2021, for the proposed project at 2651-2653 octavia
street, assessor's parcel block number 0554, lot 002, for the construction of a fourth floor vertical and horizontal rear addition that incorporates decks at the tech backs to an existing three story two family home within an rh-2 zoning district and 40-x height and bulk district. 'item 18 is a motion affirming the determination by the planning department that, item 19 is a motion conditionally reversing the determination, and item 20 is a motion directing the clerk to prepare findings reversing the determination.
>> president walton: we will proceed as follows. up to ten minutes for presentation by the appellant or their representative, two minutes per public speaker in support of the appeal, up to ten minutes for the department to present, and up to ten minutes for the project sponsor or their representative, and two minutes per public speaker in opposition to the appeal. and then finally, up to three minutes for a rebuttal by the appellant or their representative. seeing no objections to proceeding this way, the public hearing will proceed as indicated and is now open. supervisor stefani, would you like to make any opening remarks? >> supervisor stefani: not at this time, president walton. i'll wait until all the presentations and ask questions appropriately throughout the presentations. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor stefani.
and with that said, we have the appellant present, and you have ten minutes to make the presentation. >> hello? >> hello. >> okay. great. we're going to share a screen, as well. first of all, we want to say thank you to president walton and all the supervisors for your moving words on george floyd. can you see the screen? >> clerk: not yet. >> so we're waiting for them to give us the invitation to share the screen. >> clerk: i believe you have it. >> okay. i'll start. my name is maureen holt and my husband is kelly, and this is my husband. we want to reiterate again, as we have in previous d.r.s and
last year's board of supervisors -- [inaudible] >> can you see our screen? >> clerk: yes, we can. >> we want to reiterate that we are a group of neighbors that want to protect the library. this is solely about the impact on the library. today, we've had probably more than 30 letters of support submitted to the board of supervisors website, including associations like the golden gate neighborhood association and s.f. land association. orfocus is on the potential for negative impact on the golden
gate valley library. this's the jewel in the crown of the seven carnegie public libraries in san francisco. at the time of the renovation, it was significantly improved with solar panels and windows to maintain environmental status. the reading room here was designed to maximize the amount of natural light entering the space. we find ourselves here in front of the board of supervisors a second time. the golden gate library has acknowledged this as a historic resource under ceqa guidelines, and ceqa guidelines state that if there is such finding, that
they cannot be bypassed. given that ceqa exemption is intended to be used when the possibility of impacts to historic resources are minimal, any substantial evidence to the contrary makes the use of the ceqa exemption invalid. substantial evidence is defined as facts or reasonable assumption based on facts or an expert opinion based on facts. in the record before you, there's substantial information from five internationally and locally renowned experts showing that this project may have an impact on the integrity of this local resource, and under that, the project cannot
be exempted under ceqa. the national register recognizes properties that possess high artistic value. these are not a list of physical features but come from the way that those features are put together and how they shape people's experiences of a place. among the standard features of carnegie libraries, several of them specifically address the provision and purpose of light, the dimensions, spatial volume, proportions of the reading room, placement of windows, and the site of the building are all designed to maximize light. the presence and meaning of light bring together three components of library design. light is a normal practical aspect of any building, light
serves the program of the library and its fupgs, and light symbolizes the higher purpose and function of the meaning of a rieb rear. michael corbett, in review of the project, analyzes the following. [inaudible] violated ceqa, commonsense, cultural landscape analysis, the secretary of the interior standards, and decades of practice in the evaluation and practice of historic resources. this letter provides substantial evidence that light is a character defining feature, and there is evidence that this project would diminish the national light that enters the -- the natural light that enters the library. there is nothing obscure or subtle about this issue. we've had additional
independent reviews of the different research analyses provided by the planning department, and they were conducted by four professional lighting design and architecture experts whose credentials are significant. i'm not going to go through all of the details of their experience and expertise, but i encourage you to look at them, their c.v.s, and the record. in addition, all of these experts donated their time and expertise to the analyses. they believe the reports are flawed, and they want to support the library. the proposed project would diminish the level and quality of natural light into the reading room. shading on the library solar array would be increased, increasing the library's footprint. even moderate shading on one array can significantly impact
the solar output. the shading impact of 2019 -- shading impact report of 2019 notes 69% impact on one solar panel alone. the planning department's own expert acknowledges many of the issues raised by the appellant experts. in addition to this evidence, just a week ago, this board passed a motion 10-1 reversing the ceqa exemption issued by the planning department on 476 lombard, another property ineligible for exemption. the arguments in that case were clearly presented in that hearing. there have been a series of procedural and factual inconsistencies throughout this entire process. in september 2019, planning issued the first exemption without proper analysis and due diligence, and it was only ten months after the exemption was issued that the formal analysis
using the secretary of interior standards was issued. in december 2019, the shading impact analysis report was issued three months after the kemgs. in july of 2020, the first board of supervisors hearing, the exemption was overturned unanimously, and as supervisor stefani and peskin criticized the planning department for doing review when no review was [inaudible] a second ceqa exemption and attached a flawed and misleading daylight impact report. in february [inaudible] and in april, just nine days ago, this was a post hoc addendum indicating the project introduced shading on the solar
panels. let's remember why we have ceqa in the first place. the purpose is to avoid environmental impacts and to foster informed and transparent public decision making process by providing information to decision makers and the public concerning impacted of proposed projects. public review permits accountability and informs self-government. public review ensures that appropriate alternatives and mitigation measures are considered. there are too many impacts identified in this process to exempt this project from full
environmental analysis and public review. there could be measures acceptable to both sides but we can't know that until planning prepares a ceqa document. there have been fair hearings with multiple experts stating negative impact on the library. these same experts raise doubt on the planning department analyses, and if there's doubt, one has to err on the side of the historic resource. we're asking the board to address oversight. the board directed the planning department -- to -- [inaudible] >> clerk: i'm sorry. a moment ago, i said that you had two minutes left. did you hear that? >> yes. >> since the board last heard this project in july 2020, no changes have been made to the design of the project to
mitigate any impact to the golden gate library. and finally, we have a question. why is it up to neighbors and library supporters to protect an historic public library to step in and protect the library from the city itself? the project concerns actions that cannot be undone. >> president walton: thank you for your presentation. we will now open it up for public comment from those who are in support of the appeal. remember, press star, three and you will have up to two minutes to provide your comments. for those that oppose the appeal, there will be an opportunity later in the
appeal. >> clerk: yes. thank you, mr. president. i would provide the phone number for those calling in just now. 415-655-0001 chl meeting i.d., 187-068-9523, press pound, and pound again, and you'll have two minutes to speak. operator, are there any callers? >> operator: yes, we have seven callers lined up to speak. >> clerk: hello, callers. >> my name is kandise [inaudible], and i live across the street from the library.
there are no restrictions for the height of trees, tents, umbrellas, or portable partitions installed on the roof deck, so it would add more height to the project. it provides a full bayview, a significant increase in value for sale by the developer. our library renovated at residents' expense in 2012 for use by local residents, children, and toddlers, requests designated donations, and renovations included high
performance south facing solar windows and shades, energy efficient lighting, and mechanical equipment, all signature components that resulted in a 20% reduction in the annual operating costs. the proposed height and horizontal addition of this project will block light to the solar panels in the spring, fall, and winter months and require supplemental electric lighting, thus requiring higher electrical and heating costs. the golden gate valley branch is a san francisco treasure built in 1914. the reading room is one of our great neighborhood and city gems. this public space should not be negatively impacted by an oversized private expansion -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. i apologize to interrupting the public speaker.
we are setting the limit at three minutes. i understand we have 14 listeners and four in the queue. if you're waiting now, press star, three to get into the line to speak. all right. welcome, caller. >> good afternoon. this is peter warfield, executive director of library users association. there is, of course, a great deal to be said about this very beautiful library. i myself have spent years going there and enjoying the soaring ceiling, the wonderful light that comes in, whether it's a sunny day or the darkest rainy day we might have in san francisco. this is worth saving from any
degradation or diminishment, which it appears this project will do. we find it astonishing that the news of this construction project next door, which presumably would be communicated to the folks nearby, including the library, has been completely concealed by library management from the public. there has been no discussion whatsoever or information, for example, at the policy setting body of the library, the library commission. not even a small report or a copy of the letter that city librarian michael lambert sent to weigh-in on his upon about about -- his opinion about what he thought which was a wash because he said he didn't have concerns either about the electric impact or the light impact.
but it's astonishing that the public would know nothing. there's nothing to tell anybody who's a library user, the very public who would be using this branch and anybody else in the system who might care about architecture and occasional visits, there was nothing at all that would let people know that this even existed. please let people know about this as you go forward with your public review, and please save this library from diminishment. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> i believe i need to be on the other side of the call. sorry about that. >> clerk: thank you. just stay on the line, and we will be taking public comment in support of the public sponsor and the project in just a moment. operator, do we have any other
callers in the queue who is in support of the appeal? >> hello, supervisors. thank you so much for giving me the chance to weigh-in on this really important topic. my name is jane. i am a homeowner on green street between laguna and octavia, on the very same block as the library, and i've lived on this block for almost 13 years. in addition to being taxpayers in the neighborhood, we were donors to the library. san francisco as a city should be protecting this public resource and going through the well-established ceqa process. the whole point of ceqa is to take the time to analyze the evidence to determine the impact, and it's really the obligation of the planning department to do this. it will, as people have said, identify what are the best ways
to mitigate the impact on the library, and i'm sure that a ceqa analysis could also find the common ground between what the project sponsor wants to do and what people who want to save the library to have happen. so i urge you to put this project back to planning where it belongs with a proper ceqa analysis and to really do what is legally required here to analyze it. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. okay. operations, let's hear from another caller, please, who's in support of the appeal. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is bradley wiedmeyer. i'm a 45-year resident of the city, and i'm very concerned about the treasure that is the golden gate valley branch. surprisingly, it's not a landmark. somehow it's fallen through the landmark project.
the architect, earnest cox, has had other libraries, the san mateo library, for instance, that has been torn down. so we just have this one, and this is probably one of the gems of the city. this is probably one of the top branch libraries. now as a previous speaker mentioned, we need the ceqa process. i'm opposing the exemption once again because the plan that's being put forward is just the dumb plan. there needs to be a ceqa analysis so that they can see that they could use the north facade of 2651 and -3 to have windows. plus, the fourth floor needs to be withdrawn from the property line and scaled back. maybe they could have a bigger penthouse on the fifth floor to makeup for the loss in floor
space, but we want to have not the minimal just blank wall there, but a wall of windows, and it hasn't been considered, but it consider. they need to have considered having an investment light between that 2653 and the library. when the library was built, there was only a two-story building there, so somehow in between then and now, there's the mistake of allowing a three-story building. these light readings on the roof, diminishing the photo voltaic cells on the roof -- >> clerk: thank you to the
caller. apologize to the caller. we are setting the comments at two minutes. operations, do we have any callers on the line waiting to speak in support of the appeal, please? >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about the golden gate valley library. i am one of the neighbors of the golden gate public library. also spoke at the last hearing during public comment. during normal nonpandemic times, the golden gate valley library is open seven days a week and it's a prime example of how one of these facilities can provide benefit to the public. there are tremendous services and programs that are offered to a very diverse population
that ranges from infants to school age children to seniors and everyone in between. there's an extraordinarily rich range of programs for everyone, including reading courses, film night, stem courses, and to give you a sense of the popularity of these practices, when i spoke to the branch manager, they have approximately 70 people per session. this is a very popular library branch in our neighborhood, and it provides free resources to all visitors, and i think it's important that we preserve the experience of the visitors. i don't think we need a ton of experts to tell you that from our own lived experiences that
natural light is completely different from electric or artificial light, so all the studies that you're being provided with, that's all well and good, but if you could use your experiences -- commonsense to tell you what your own experience would be like in something like that, you would hear about our comments. >> clerk: thank you. is there any other callers in the queue? >> operator: madam clerk, that completes the queue. >> clerk: okay. thank you. mr. president? >> president walton: seeing no other public commenters, public comment is now closed. we will now have a ten-minute presentation from representatives from the planning department to speak on
this issue. >> i'm sharing my screen. >> president walton: got it. >> can you see my screen? >> president walton: yes, we can. >> good morning, president walton. my name is [inaudible], and i'm with planning staff, and i'm here to address the categorical class 1 exemption issued for the 2651-2653 octavia street
project. this project was appealed to the board by the same appellant at the july 28, 2020 public hearing, the board overturned the first categorical exemption. on september 22, 2020, the board unanimously passed motion number m-20-129, adjusting findings reversing the first categorical exemption. in that motion, the board directed the department to provide further analysis of the character defining features of
the golden gate valley library, which is a category 1 historic resource. the board asked to determine whether or not the project would significantly impact the character defining features of the library. the first categorical exemption complied with ceqa, and no further analysis is required. the board conducted additional analysis to evaluate whether the light level in the library's reading room should be considered a character defining feature of the library. the department first determined that indoor light level is not a character defining feature of the library. despite this determination, the department evaluated the project's impact on the indoor
light levels to determine the project's impact on indoor light levels in the library's main reading room. the report was prepared at the direction of department staff. the study concluded that the project would not substantially impact the library's indoor light reading levels. on this, the department issued the second categorical analysis from compliance with ceqa. on april 12, 2021, the appellant submitted two supplemental appeal letters on april 15 and 16, 2021. the department reviewed these letters and determined they do not provide any new information that changes the conconclusion of the department's april 12, 2021 appeal response. contrary to the appellant's conditions, the department has
determined that the light in the reading room is not a character defining feature of the library. the department made this determination by reviewing the 2008 historic resource evaluation report prepared by the department, the 2020 landmark report, and because the library is a carnegie library, the department also reviewed the character defining features of the six other landmarked carnegie libraries in san francisco. none of these captured light as a character defining feature of the library. the department would like to state that the department agrees with michael corbett
that lighting is a significant component in architectural design, especially in the design of libraries. however, the quality and level of lighting are variable in that they change from day to night, winter to summer. moreover, as mr. corbett points out, the library has always had the mixture of natural and artificial lighting, and that mixture has changed over time. the design is still expressed under all lighting conditions; therefore, the department has determined that it is not a specific level of quality of light that is character defining. even though indoor light is not a character defining feature of the library, a daylight impact
study was prepared at the department's direction to fully address the impact of this motion in the prior appeal. as i previously noted, the daylight study concluded that the project would not impact the lighting in the reading room. two supplemental analysis reports were voluntarily prepared by the project sponsor in april 2021 to provide more detailed analysis of the project's impacts on indoor light levels. one of these reports demonstrates that the current use of existing gray [inaudible] inside the library reduced indoor light levels more than the proposed project. consequently, given the existing light conditions at the library, even if the light were a character defining condition of the library, the impact of the project on the light levels would not
proposed product did not qualify for category 1 because the project was partially shade existing solar panels on the roof. in july 28th, 2020, action. in addition, contrary to the appellant's contention, the appellant is not required to answer the question whiches and when the project results in a significant impact due to a conflict with a land use policy for categorically exempt projects. >> clerk: two minutes remaining. >> thank you. stated in guideline 1550, state secretary resources found that the classes and products in article 19 do not have a significant effect on the environment. and that are categorically
exempt. none of those exceptions apply to the proposed product. even if the proposed product was not categorically exempt, it still would not result in significant impact. there are no laws, policies or regulations that prohibit in any way on the library's solar panel. finally, i'd like to know the correspondence from the san francisco public city library stating that san francisco public library has no concerns regarding the library's solar panels. therefore, the department correctly issued the second categorical exemption. the appellant has not demonstrated that the
january 2021 with the guidelines. therefore, the planning department we're available to answer any questions you may have. thank you. >> thank you so much. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, president walton. through the president, i'll direct my questions to whomever may be responsible for answering whatever questions. first of all, i want to get on the record and discuss how the
planning department whether future of historical resources is character defining. >> good afternoon, supervisors allison gunderson on behalf of department staff. i'll be determining -- sorry. can you hear me okay? >> president walton: yes. >> thank you. in determining character for historic resources, the planning department determines which features of the resource are expressing historical significance of the resource. so for architecture, it's usually the architectural details that expressed in style, period capture the architect's design. while there are usually physical elements, they could also be things such as arrangement of space, volume, or placement on its
surroundings. historical resource that is are significant with the so-or significant for people, the character-defining features focuses less on ark interesting churl resource in relationship to the historical events or trends that resulted in insignificance. it's significant for association with public protest. it would be the location of the open area that supported the public gathering rather than say a specific painting, material, or a type of bench. >> supervisor stefani: thank you. i do have a question of natural light. >> the quality or level of specificity in calling out natural light was not identified as a character defining feature and any other
context that were landmarks. those reading room and placement of the library similar to the ones that were identified by the planning department and mainly and her landmark nominations for the library. >> supervisor stefani: thank you. and, through the president, i do have a couple more questions. i'm wondering since we sent it back do you, we sent it back for specific reasons obviously and i'm wondering if you can elaborate on the findings published in the daylight's publishing and the result on the first appeal. >> yeah. so the daylight study that was done by synthesis tests whether the project impact the levels inside the main library room. the proposed project would not
substantially reduce and that it would result in a fairly small reduction of natural lighting to the library. i can obviously get into more details on that or so can the project sponsor and the consultants that prepared the analysis. but that was the main outcome of the study is that there was a minimal reduction of daylight and that was clear days, overcast days, or partially cloudy days. it also looks at the relationship of daylighting to electric lighting and i noticed that there were a level of times when it's either overcast or partially cloudy days where electric lighting was definitely needed and so that
basically the change there would be even less noticeable in regards to those because electric lights would already be on. >> president walton: i think you're on mute, supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: of course. i am. through the president, with regard to that main reading room which is obviously a subject of concern, wondering would there be any impact to the light enjoyed by the patrons in the main and children's reading rooms separate and apart from the question whether or not natural light is a character defining feature? >> so based on the study that was done, it's our understanding is that there would not be a significant impact to the comfort or the experience of the patrons. i think, it's been called out,
you know, as we know, the quality of light changes throughout the day so the balance of artificial and natural light would see some changes, but had that be experienced by the library patrons would be based on a variety of factors which also change such as if the shades were drawn or not. but the basic finding was that the project would result in a minimal change to the library instructor. >> supervisor stefani: okay. one of the things that struck me from the second appeal was that i found out looking at the renovations that were done in 2008 to 2011 to this branch, the golden gate valley branch library, the south facing windows in question were replaced with low e glass
windows which are designed to have efficiency. and whether or not you recall any issues related to possible impacts to the historic resource that the library is that were related to these window renovations we're not aware of anything. >> supervisor stefani: thank you for that. and, through the president, i have a question, this might be for the city attorney because based on the fact that there are seems to be a disagreement between experts, i'd like to ask a question with regard to that. if there's a disagreement between experts, i would like to know whether the planning department or the city attorney explains what the law says we should do when challenges like
this are presented? >> this is deputy city attorney kristin jenson. in this case, the issue of whether or not the library is a historic resource and the related question of, if so, what character defining features define that. what to the substantial evidence. so, in that case, the department needs only to find that there is substantial evidence in the record to support their findings and if there is contrary evidence in the record that's irrelevant to the determination, it's not a fair argument standard that was referenced earlier. instead, it's a substantial evidence test. >> president walton: you're back on mute, supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: i'll never get used to this. through the president, one last
question, if natural light were a character defining feature, what would substantiate a significant impact to the historic resource? >> department staff. so if natural light were to be identified as a character defining feature, it would be identified as one of many character defining features that were identified for the library. and these features, i won't get into all of them, but they do have to do with the various exterior composition of the library, of course, the arch windows, various taricotta detailing. the plan of the library placed on the lot. a lot of exterior and interior details. to cause a substantial adverse change, it means there needs to be physical demolition, construction or alteration of the resource that the significance of the historic
resource would be impaired. a project can result in some changes to character defining features, but that would not result in a significant impact. it would take more than just a reduction of natural light than to result in an adverse change. things like complete loss of daylight from one side of the library or reduction along with removing some of these other character defining features that would help to express the design's intent of the architecture and the reason why it's significant under the california register. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, very much. and president walton, i do have questions for the library, but i see my colleagues on the roster supervisor peskin so i'd like to refer to him. and then i do have some questions for the library after that.
>> supervisor peskin: thank you supervisor stefani. i really have one question and i appreciate the line of questioning from supervisor stefani and, indeed as referenced earlier by the appellant. i was involved in making the findings in the first one. given the level of analysis, why did the department choose to issue a second categorical goal as opposed to the second declaration? when you do that level of analysis, it seems to me that the negative declaration would have been more appropriate that was my question.
>> are you still there? >> supervisor, through the chair, i would like to try to answer your question. so when the department identified no significant impact and then if the project qualifies, one of the classes or categorical exemptions, we are not required to analyze the project and it allows us to issue the categorical extensions. instead of declaration. >> and, i'm not trying to be argumentive and, thank you, president walton, for your indulgence, but what i'm -- this is not uncommon that actually this has happened a couple of times in supervisor stefani's district. where the department has come
back twice as this board of supervisors that ultimately pursuant to state law and sequa has the ultimate right to hear this appeal and the department has come back repeatedly in some cases with an additional categorical exemption. and what you just said is you did the categorical analysis. what is the departmental policy that you keep trying to stick that peg in that hole. why don't you come back? >> that's a good question and i'd like to refer to our environmental review officer on your questions. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. and, president walton, if you would indulge me, i do want to clarify for the record all of
my colleagues are in receive of an e-mail of ms. gibson. last week, i did not say that it was not permitted to have a continuance. i just want to state on the record it's an entirely different item, that i did not think that the project sponsor or the department had appropriately asked for a continuance. i am fully aware after 14 of the last 21 years that the board could have granted a continuance. i just wanted to get that off of my chest. but thank you, mr. zushi. >> president walton: hopefully we'll get that 15 seconds of our time back at the end of our meeting. ms. gibson. >> so president walton to supervisor peskin, thank you very much for your clarification regarding last week's hearing and intent of your comments. i'm very pleased to have that
acknowledged. regarding your question as it pertains to this appeal, the question was why in this case and perhaps in others why have we not gone ahead and prepared a negative declaration after the board upheld an appeal and directed us to do further analysis? the answer is because we basically followed the board's direction. the findings in this case were that the planning department needed to conduct further analysis to determine whether the project would impair, have a significant effect on any of the character defining features of the library and we did so. the preparation of a negative declaration involves preparation of initial study conducting an initial study which is utilizing appendix g of the sequel guidelines to go through a whole list of
approximately 20 different topic areas of analysis and as my colleague kay zushi indicated previously, we do environmental analysis as is required and in accordance with the california department and the law does establish, the legislature has established that there is a class of projects that is considered not to have a significant effect in the environment unless an exception applies. we conducted further analysis as directed by the board and determined in this case that the exemption was appropriately issued, you know, the we do our
review in accordance with that and we don't direct that further beyond what the law requires is unnecessary and here in this case again, we have substantial evidence supporting our determination and want to note that this review that we have conducted is very expensive. i'm not sure what the count is for this project but i'm certain it's in the hundreds of hours and it is sufficient to support our conclusion and yet, were we to go to a level of doing a negative declaration, we'd be looking at 20 different environmental topic areas that the board found there was no evidence of inadequate review
and we've followed the direction of the board and that is our practice and that is the law. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. and supervisor stefani, i believe you had some questions for the library. >> supervisor stefani: yes, i'm wondering if roberto holmbarti is still on the line. >> i am and available for questions. >> supervisor stefani: thank you. mr. lombardi, obviously, we visited the library and i wonder if you can tell us how many windows are in the golden gate valley library? >> that's a great question. i think it's about eighteen. there are five on the subject side of the property and quite
a number. >> supervisor stefani: and, on that side, the south side, are shades drawn on any of the windows and, if so, under what conditions are they usually drawn? >> they're typically drawn. they're difficult to operate so typically they are drawn. i visited the library recently this week and i found them all drawn. i should mention partially drawn, not completely drawn. i think you'll voice in the appellant's presentation shows the shades completely open, but there's another photo in one of the presentations that was presented to you was partially closed which is more typical. >> supervisor stefani: and, one last question through the president. we know that librarian lambert wrote in terms. does it relate to how natural
light illuminates the light in that room. >> i actually don't believe it will impact anyone's experience in the room. you know, my basis is 40 years in architecture and construction management. and i do want to acknowledge the concern of the neighbors and we really value it when neighbors value our library so highly. so i do acknowledge their concern, but i do feel comfortable that the experience will remain very much the same way. >> thank you, i have no further questions. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor stefani. and, thank you, to the planning department as well as our library. i appreciate you and our city attorney >> thank you, president walton. >> president walton: now, we are going to hear from the project sponsor and you will
have 10 minutes to present and i believe jane cook, ryan patterson or olivia penitive. >> yes. i'd like to share my screen if possible. >> all right. staff has made you a presenter, so please feel free to organize. >> okay. just a moment. oh, ryan, would you be able to share your screen. i'm sorry. mine is going to boot me out and then i'll have to re--
>> i'll try. >> okay. thank you. good afternoon, president walton and supervisors. my name is jane cote cook. my husband and i searched for over a year for a two-unit property so we can live independently as a multigenerational family. our wish is to remodel the building to accommodate our needs for our elderly parentings, our own adult child who needs [inaudible] a home office. i'm here before you to once again defend our project. i respectfully request that you
uphold the exemption. and there is just no factual evidence that a renovation will harm the beautiful golden gate valley library. i'll now turn this over to my attorney ryan patterson. >> thank you. can you hear me? >> yes. >> thank you. good afternoon, president walton and supervisors. jane and chris's neighbors are asking this board to overturn environmental planning for their renovation project. these neighbors now marketed as the golden gate valley friends have no factual evidence that the project will harm the library. it is important to note that the golden gate valley library friends do not represent the views of the library staff. michael lambert, the sf city librarian has been tracking this project and reviewed the
details with the executive director's manager. he concluded in writing they have no concerns with the project, neither the amount of light on the building nor the solar panels on the roof. the ceqa exemption to be overturned today. it seems they're not satisfied with the results of four exhaustive expert daylight settings. as explained by the california supreme court in berkely hillside, it's not enough for a party challenging an exemption. the party challenging a categorical exemption has the burden to prove there is no substantial evidence at all supporting the planning department's position. otherwise, categorical exemption must be upheld. to date, the appellants have failed to produce any credible facts to warrant the categorical exemption. synthesis does not demonstrate
that the project will have significant impacts to the library. ceqa guidelines section 16604 when the substantially and materially alters a character defining feature. the appellants admit that the ceqa definition is an actual physical component of the structure. natural light is not a physical component. it is unsurprising then that the other six carnegie libraries did not list natural light as a defining feature. michael garabalda confirmed in his report that natural light is not a character defining feature of the library and there are a categorical exemption cannot be overturned. he goes on to note that even if light could be a character defining feature once it is significantly altered to the point it no longer attains its
this is a case of wanting to be right instead of asking questions to get it right. the appellant's expert should have extended the professional courtesy to pen tear of synthesis to ask questions about specific issues they've had with the study. they did not and they made serious false assumptions as a result. the largest of the many errors was the software that was used to run the calculations.
the experts wrongly assume it was eco techs which in fact, he used radiance and one of the appellant's experts george himself uses. and has provided analysises for hundreds of residential and commercial projects. he has provided a point by point response. he's present here today if there are any questions he can answer. in the prior appeal in the board's decision, line 21, it was further removed that on all other appellant issues, thus, the solar panel issue brought forth has been decided already and in reality should not be part of this hearing. with respect to impacts to solar panels, the appellants themselves admit there are no local and state laws protecting solar access. impacting solar access is not part of the ceqa process.
analyses that the board reviewed on which equates to approximately $178 per year. the appellants claim that the shadow on one panel of the array will shut off all the other panels on the same circuit. however, this is not accurate. solar panels built in the last fifteen year, the library's panels are nine years old have bypass diodes which reroute power to other strings within the panel. the project sponsor jane cote cook heard loud and clear that the city needs more housing stock. she will investigate adding an adu on the first floor and is willing to do this if feasible. the planning department has
adeptly and thoroughly carried out the direction of the board. there's sound and decisive evidence that the project will have no significant impact on the library and the preservation and environmental planning commissions, and the city librarian staff. the proposed project adheres to all california and san francisco laws building codes and guidelines. wherever the appellants have not produced any factual evidence to prove the contrary. the ceqa categorical exemption for the project must be upheld. thank you very much. >> president walton: thank you so much for your presentation. do we have any comments or questions from colleagues? i don't see anyone right now, so we will take public comment and we're taking public comment right now from those who wish to speak in the opposition.
if you wish to speak, please press star 3 to be added to the queue to speak. you will have up to two minutes. madam clerk. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. i understand we have two waiting to speak and eleven listening. we may take these two callers to the end. operations, let's hear from the first caller please. welcome, caller. >> hi. my name is sonya strauss. i'm calling from [inaudible] and i'm also a resident of the bay area that wants local government to work well. obviously, i'm in opposition to the appeal. we need more housing, of course, and this is another 2,000 square foot residential square footage so that's important, but even more
important is the overall idea here which is whether it's appropriate to hold up projects because they cast asia doe on something that might be historical. and, i think that it's clear that this really isn't about this project, you know, that in general, like the city is not going to be able to function if we have a rule that says that any time you build something that casts asia doe on something that might be historic, you know, that's grounds to do full ceqa analysis. there's a lot that's historic and casting asia doe cannot be enough to stop a project or hold a project up. so, please, turn this appeal down again, you know, just like you did before. no more merit now than it had before. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you for your
comments. okay. operations, let's hear from the next caller who is in support of the project and in opposition to the appeal. >> hello. i'm going to try and keep this quick. my name is mike capani and i've been a resident of san francisco since 1977 and i support the ceqa exemption, i'm opposed to the appeal and while i had a very long thing that i wanted to say today, i think that just listening to the planning department, listening to mr. zushi. i echo the planning department on that. i'm very respectful of lisa gibson and how she's been a good stuart with the funding that we've had and i'm glad she used her judicious ways to conduct that as well, but it's also very enlightening to hear
what roberto lombardi had to say regarding the shades and i don't want to go without the low e glass. i think that really does impact a lot of the light, but i support ryan's analysis of everything and i just wanted to urge the board the work that they did originally to oppose the appeal, i just want to support that and i'm aligning with the planning department and others for you to reject that. so thank you for allowing me to speak. >> thank you for your comments. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> yes. hi, good afternoon, supervisors. i did try to call in during the previous public comment, but i couldn't get the star 3 key to work. so i'd like to speak now if that's possible.
>> clerk: please proceed. one moment, ma'am. mr. president, i will just state that this caller indicated that she missed calling in or wasn't able to get the system to function for her during the previous public comment section in support of the appeal and is calling in on at this time to make her public comment. just wanted to note that for the record. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. we'll accept it for this caller. if anybody else missed their time, they're going to have to send an e-mail. >> clerk: okay. please proceed and i'll set the timer for two minutes. >> thank you very much. sorry i wasn't able to get in earlier, but i am call engine support of the appeal. this is bridget mayly. you will recall just a week ago on april 13th, 2021, your board passed a motion 10-1 reversing the categorical exemption for the project at 476 lombard
street and i think the reasoning in that case was presented to you during that hearing and that those arguments are relevant here as well. further, you upheld both categorical exemption appeals for the project at 24/7 teen green street under similar circumstances. i think what i'm asking you and what our neighbors are asking, the library neighbors are asking that you be consistent in what you ask the planning department to do with regard toll ceqa and that the planning department is consistent in its reviews. i think you do have conflicting information in the record here by qualified professionals and i would like to just lastly state that in terms of the landmark designation report that i crafted for this library, i did try to parallel it with the other six libraries that were already landmarked. and the language i used was that the spatial volume of the
main reading room is a character defining feature and i certainly think that the light that comes in to the library contributes to a user's understanding of the spatial volume of the library. thanks so much for your time again. sorry i couldn't call in to get it to work earlier. >> clerk: thank you for participating. operations, do we have another caller, please? >> madam clerk, that completes the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. and, now, my apologies, but seeing there is no more public comment. public comment is now closed and we want to thank everyone for their comments. last week, we'll invite the appellant up to present a rebuttal argument and you will have up to three minutes. >> thank you. i'd like the supervisors to keep in mind that the planning department is relying heavily on a report that four experts,
credentialed experts have reported as inconsistent measurement and simply flawed conclusions and there is material in their reports. the flaws in their reports that the planning department led were minimal numbers. they cherry picked the numbers that supported their predetermined outcome. they obscured inconvenient facts. there were no measurements on december 21st. a serious flaw at this and that can't be overlooked. this isn't me saying this. this is our four credentialed experts saying these are serious flaws in their report that they're relying on: michael corbett stated that light is a character defining
resource. i would like to correct the gentleman from the statements earlier. there are 14 windows in library. the shades they talk about are variably used. they're used as much for privacy as they are for light. we all have shades in our homes. we use those as needed. those are not up 100% of the time. sadly, the visit to the library by the library gentleman was done yesterday, those shades have been up since the pandemic closed the library for the past 14 months. in addition, we'd like to talk just a moment about the solar panels. so the importance of solar. san francisco encourages energy in the general building codes to develop land use policies with encouraged use of renewable energy resources. san francisco itself is
actively pursuing the strategy on buildings above 10 stories. the city itself is installing solar on its own buildings including libraries. part of the sfpl green stack strategy. as we asked, please apply the same standards that you did last week, that you do for ceqa and we're relying on supervisors to carry the opinion of so-called experts. thank you, that's all. >> president walton: thank you so much for your rebuttal presentation. this public hearing has been held and is now filed. and, as previously discussed, we will take consideration of affirming or conditionally reversing the exemption determination at the site on octavia street. any more comments from
colleagues? i don't see anyone on the roster. supervisor stefani, do you wish to make a motion at this time? >> supervisor stefani: yes. thank you, president walton. i want to thank everybody for coming out for public comment and testifying and also wanted to reiterate that when this matter came before us last year, we sent it back because we didn't think planning studied the issue enough. they now have in my opinion and i take these appeals very seriously as we should, we sit in a quad cities eye traditional role when voting on ceqa matters. what is the law in front of me what is the evidence in front of me and if an expert has an opinion based on lack of evidence, it's very hard then to take that expert's opinion to heart. i'd like to say that last year,
this board directed the planning department to go back and analyze the potential historic resource impacts on the project on the character defining features of the adjacent golden gate valley branch library and one of the reasons we did that, different facts from if all the other cases that have been brought up is because the way in which they conducted their review was basically bumpy. the planning commission didn't have the right report. there were different things that cast doubt on whether or not that cadex was one we could rely upon. for those reasons it was sent back. and we were very clear about that. i was very clear about that in my talking points. at that time, this board also directed the department to specifically consider whether the potential impacts of the project on the lighting inside
the library was significantly impact those character defining features. our decision to reverse the categorical exemption determination made by the planning department was due to the fact that the department had not adequately analyzed potential impacts of the proposed project on those character defining features of the library. in a timely enough manner. this analysis was not documented in the categorical exception form and as such it was returned to the department for further we view of the light issue. in the same motion that was made when this appeal came before us the first time, this board unanimously determined that for all other issues raised including those relating to the library's solar panels, the planning department's analysis conformed to the requirements of ceqa and was adequate, accurate, and
objective. this board also determined that the record did not include substantial evidence to support their argument that the project may have a significant impact or effect on the environment and that for all other issues besides the lighting, no further analysis was required. these are the facts, and this is on the record. this is what i judge my opinion by. that means that any objections to this project related to the solar panels that had been brought during today's hearing have already been rejected on their merits and they will not be considered today. an appeal before us today, the appellants continue to assert that the proposed project may adversely impact a historic resource through its potential impact to natural light levels enjoyed by patrons in the main and other reading rooms and that the project should be disqualified from the class one
categorical exemption from ceqa. natural light is independently a character defining feature of the historic resource. however, the planning department has affirmed that light is not a character defining feature for the golden gate valley library. nor is it for the other six carnegie libraries in the city. and this is something that i'm very concerned with to make sure that light was not a character defining feature and in the evidence that i read in terms of what has been used before in the six carnegie libraries and also supporting this conclusion is a july 22, 2020, landmark designation report for this branch submitted by bridget mayly to the planning department. and, in that report, natural light is not identified as a character defining feature. so if you agree it's not a
character defining feature and go one step further the project would be dominomous. i've been in that library several times in the 21 years i've lived in cal hallow. the proposed project was reduced to library's average indoor daylight levels by only 1.8% on clear days, 4% on overcast days, and 11.1% on partially cloudy days is compared to existing conditions. once more, the planning department's daylight study found that at present, overcast and cloudy days already require supplemental i aluminum nation from artificial light. patrons experience on overcast and partially cloudy days
therefore would be no different than current conditions and the anticipated reduction in indoor daylight levels on clear days would be insubstantial. this analysis supports the library's current practices with respect to lighting. the visit yesterday to the library, i did confirm that the custodians already take significant steps to control the light that enters the reading room including the use of those semi-permanent black window shades. no objections were made by the public in response to the 2008 to 2011 window renovations particularly where the windows in question were replaced with low e which can minimize natural light and that the library status and this is what's important. when those renovations were made and those windows were changed out with low e windows,
the library's status as a historic resource remained in tact. i'm confident the planning department has met this sustainable aevidence standard in establishing that light is not a fact -- is not in fact a character defining feature of the historic resource. and furthermore with respect to the expert agreement regarding the light, a fair argument that the project may have a significant and adverse effect on historical resource has not been established by the appellant through substantial evidence. after hearing today's testimony, reviewing the planning department's response in materials provided by the appellants and project sponsor and visiting the library myself and the site myself on a separate day, i believe that the evidence that has been presented to us is conclusive. i do not believe the proposed project will have an adverse impact on the character defining features of the
library. and daylight is not a character defining feature of this historic resource and i want to make very clear that this library is a gem in district 2. it is a library that i care deeply about. it's a library that we were able to refurbish thanks to the voters on the bond. it is a library that does not need saving. it is a library that has been saved by that bond and that, the patron's experience in the library will continue to be one that will not be impaired by this project. i would like to make a motion to approve items 18 and items 19 and 20. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor stefani. do we have a second. >> supervisor melgar: second,
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: awithout objection. items 18, and 19 approved. thank you, colleagues for being available and attending to that hearing. madam clerk, please call item 11. >> clerk: item 11 is a resolution to retroactively authorize the recreation and park department to accept and expend an approximate $1.6 million in grant funding from the california department of parks and recreation for the rasid pool renovation project. and to approve the recreation of park department to maintain the project for the duration of the contract performance determine through june 30th, 2048. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll on item 11. >> clerk: on item 11, [roll call]
resolution to retroactively support the department of housing to give operational housing consulting services related to the city's shelter in place hotel rehousing proposal not to exceed $125,000 in value from tipping point community for the grant period december 21, 2021. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll on item number 12, [roll call] [please stand by]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 14. >> clerk: item 14 is an ordinance to suspend provisions of the graffiti removal and abatement ordinance regarding issues -- issuance, excuse me, of certain violations and waiving certain unpaid assessed fees and fines due to the covid-19 pandemic emergency, subject to specific conditions, and to affirm the ceqa determination. >> president walton: thank you,
madam clerk. please call the roll. >> clerk: thank you. on item 14 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this item passes unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 15. >> clerk: item 15 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to authorize the public utilities commission to contract with developers that are installing
infrastructure, pursuant to a development agreement, to install electric equipment that the public utilities commission would otherwise be required to install without competitive bidding, subject to specified conditions. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. please call the roll on item 15. >> clerk: on item 15 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes.
>> president walton: without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 16. >> clerk: item 16 is a motion to approve the mayor's nomination for the appointment of james byrne to the police commission for a term ending april 30, 2024. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: yes. colleagues, thank you. i must admit i was a little bit skeptical of this appointment at first because i didn't see in mr. byrne's resume that he had a history of police reform. but after talking to him, he made a really great point that all of his work and all of experience working in the late 90s on the peace agreement between northern ireland and ireland, and critical to that peace agreement, in fact, a
major part of it, was to create an impartial police force that both communities, irish and northern irish found legitimate and that they trusted, and it's because of that, he feels really excited to be working on police reform here in san francisco and in the united states. as someone who often feels that getting out of the context that we're in and only seeing things one way and having the experience to bring to our local situation, that that could be a good one, and that that, on top of mr. byrne's
incredible history and knowledge of immigration law, i think make him a really great candidate. so colleagues, i'm very much looking forward and excited to supporting mr. byrne's candidacy for the police commission today. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you very much, president walton. those are very astute comments, supervisor ronen. i will be supporting mr. byrne's nomination. aside of that, i empathize his work with immigrants from central america, where i'm from, and young people in the courts, mr. byrne has been very
active in my district, district 7, due to the irish american historic center working on immigration issues, but also working on making sure that to this country, particularly immigrants from ireland have a chance to have the community support that people need to be successful, and i know him to be just a kind, gentle soul who deeply believes in the need for police reform and for justice and an equitable society and have the system working for them. i do believe that mr. byrne has a lot of community support, so for those reasons, i will be supporting the nomination.
>> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you, president walton. i think mr. byrne, as supervisors ronen and melgar spoke of, he has an important perspective to bring to the police commission. he's worked on immigration law, he has a deep understanding of human rights. most importantly, i think he's going to bring integrity to police reform, especially about the conversation that we were having today. i think he brings the exact perspective that we need, so i'm very proud to support him. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor haney. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you, president walton. colleagues, i, too had an
opportunity to speak with mr. byrnes about immigrants from a whole host of countries and was interested in the stories that he told to draw parallels of treatment of catholics by the police and to create true police reform. he's someone who's dedicated his life to helping others, and i think he will be a great addition to the police commission, and his willingness to work with others and continue to work with this board and listen and learn, i think, is the most important factors that i heard from him and his tremendous experience, so i will be supporting him, as well. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. madam clerk, please call the roll on item 16. >> clerk: on item 16 -- [roll call]
are not a member of the board of supervisors, please turn your camera off. >> clerk: okay. thank you, mr. president. at this time, the board will welcome your general public comment. telephone number scrolling on your screen. 415-655-0001, and enter the meeting prompt 187-068-9523. press pound and pound again, and then press star, three and listen for the queue to begin your comments.
we are limiting public comment to items not on the calendar and items for adoption without committee reference, specifically, items 23 through 36. all other items have had their public comment fulfilled. we have interpreters standing by, and they know to jump in. we have ten listeners and five members in the queue. operations, let's hear from the first caller in the queue. welcome, caller. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is rush, and i'm calling the board of supervisors to recognize what's happening with 30 right now. jordan now has been on hunger strike for 18 days because she hasn't receive a commitment from the mayor on whether 30
will be funded. she's doing this to stop the reality in support of housing today where some tenants have to pay so much in rent that it becomes difficult to even afford food, and so she's doing this in solidarity, and if we're talking today about racial and economic justice, it's important to know that 30 right now is funded. i'm here to ask that the 30% standard for rent and housing be fully funded and implemented this year, and for the board of supervisors to please reject the mayor's budget this year if it doesn't have that badly needed 30% rent reduction for housing tenants. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue for general public comment? >> hello.
thank you, supervisors, for the opportunity to speak to you today. my name is curtis bradford, and i'm a members of the tenderloin people's congress. i'm calling because i'm concerned for the health and safety of jordan davis, who's on an 18-day hunger strike to make sure that the 30% legislation that was funded by the board of supervisors will be included in this budget. this affects a huge number of folks in the city who definitely needs the support. i know i'm sort of speaking to the choir here. you all have voted in support of the legislation unanimously, but we really need to find a way to get the message to the mayor that this is the priority, and we need it in
this year's budget, and we need a limit from the mayor to -- to that effect. jordan is counting on us. we're fighting for her, so i'm here to support jordan's effort to get this funded this year. please support 30 right now. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hello. my name is roxanne [inaudible] on behalf of the armenian national commission, i'd like to commend you for your legislation on
armenian genocide and calling on president biden to calling out this issue. you'll be acting as a force or truth and a force of resistance against the government of turkey and its ally, azerbaijan. the photo that i hope you'll see as i speak, it was taken during san francisco's fourth of july parade in 1918. the turkish government had just wiped out its armenian population and forcing the few survivors to flee in terror.
these armenians a world away were celebrating with america in independence and speak out for those left behind. attacks reinforce our belief that public actions like your -- >> clerk: okay. thank you, caller. we apologize for cutting -- interrupting your comment. we did show your photo on command, and we are setting the timer for two minutes per person, so apologies to you, ma'am. thank you. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please?
>> good afternoon. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, welcome. >> thank you. my name is martha hollins, and i am the president of the plaza east tenants association. plaza east has been going through a lot of meetings and a lot of things that's been going on over here in this community. i just want to say thank you for having me. what i want to do is i'm a little nervous about it, but i just wanted to comment on one particular thing that's happening here at plaza east. since i am the duly elected president of the tenants
association with my five other constituents on the board, we are the ones that were elected to serve our community and the residents thereof. i'm commenting on our district 5 supervisor, mr. dean preston. we have been trying to get -- >> president walton: please make sure you direct your comments to the entire board and not to a specific member. >> excuse me? we've been trying to get a meeting with him, we've been calling him, we've been asking him. he has failed to come and sit with us and talk to us about plaza east. he talks about everybody else except the residents of plaza east resident council. i want to know why he doesn't
want to meet with our resident cocc. -- council. i want to see if we can talk to him to meet with our board so we can discuss things about our community -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. thank you for your comments, ma'am. apologies to interrupt your comments. we are setting the timer for two minutes per speaker, and the rules of public comment are that you address the entire board of supervisors, not to any one member of the board, so okay. we do have office hours on mondays and fridays if there is anything we can do to further the conversation with you, ma'am, on the -- the rules and -- of how we conduct public
comment, so i'm happy to work that through with you. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hi, guys. this is luke. i'm a supportive housing tenant in the tenderloin. we have a corrupt mayor. we all know we have a corrupt mayor. i see london breed is being investigated by the f.b.i. she takes bribes, she loves cops. she doesn't know the difference between [inaudible] and molotovs. so [inaudible] i ask the board of supervisors to unanimously reject the mayor's budget if she fails to allocate adequate rent supports for vulnerable tenants. it was my understanding that we
would only pay 30% of rent for affordable housing right now. so thank you. >> clerk: all right. thank you to the caller. are there any other callers in the queue, operations? >> hello. my name is [inaudible]. i'm a resident of san francisco and a member of the armenian apostolic church. [inaudible] from 1915 to 1923, resulted in the murder of 1.5 armenians and the post exile of more than 500,000 people.
the american people contributed substantially to the survival of those who survived the armenian genocide. the city of san francisco, like many more other cities, welcomed armenians with open arms, and acted as custodians for the mount david cross. unfortunately, the hatred that our members fled 100 years is still alive. our school was attacked and our church offices and culture center were destroyed by arson. [inaudible] crimes against humanity, the united states house of representatives and the u.s. senate passed resolutions in 2019, recognizing these events as a
genocide, yet the white house has yet to do so. it is our hope that president biden will follow suit and recognize the armenian genocide this year. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. so we have 16 listeners and four members of the public in the queue. this is your opportunity to press star, three to get into the public queue, otherwise, we're going to take the next four callers to the end. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> linda chapman. i've been trying to come before you to talk about d.b.i. corruption and impact on people and therefore the extreme necessity of having the --
charter changed that supervisor mar was planning. but there are so many reasons why it's needed, and something drastic has come up for me, which is the corruption of [inaudible] neighbors, for one thing, in destroying the neighborhood of nob hill and also, it turns out, corruption of the planning department. who would have thought? we used to have the most wonderful relationship with him. i'm pleased to finally hear from scott sanchez and the director calling me up to hear about the reports that i made more than a year ago that, you know, buildings were being approved that zoning prohibited the height. i should know. i was the one that organized the gathering of 5,000 signatures to lower the height limits on most of nob hill to between 50 and 65 feet.
all our neighborhood commercial [inaudible] if you have a chance, you might just listen to general public comment at the planning department. i was number one, just to get the gist of it, and following me, a couple of people later, was a native san franciscan, also working in the tenderloin, living in the lower polk neighbors area, confirming that they're doing things completely inappropriate for a neighborhood association. i'm completely satisfied that supervisor peskin continued that this time. i've had to pay sue hester this time. what happened with the shutdown, now, three of the nob hill -- >> clerk: apologies, miss chapman, for the interruption of your comment. we're setting the public
comment at two minutes this time. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue. >> yes, this is david elliot lewis with the tenderloin people's congress. i strongly support the 30 now campaign. this is why i support it, and you should, too. look at the cost of safe sleeping sites or shelter in place hotels, allowing people to spend 30% of their income at a single room occupancy hotel is just a tiny fraction of the cost of these programs. keeping people off the streets and homelessness is a superior solution. second agenda and final item, there's a new proposal going
around that i helped work on with others for the last year called c.a.r.t., the compassionate alternative response team. i hope you will support that this takes police out of policing homelessness. it's different than the scrt team, the street crisis response team. you can find us, learn more at cartsf.org. that's c-a-r-t-s-f.org. thank you for your attention,
and be well. >> clerk: i believe we have 11 listeners and three listening. operations, let's hear from the next caller. >> hello, supervisors. this is john elliot. i had a moment today when i was in golden gate park and sitting in car free j.f.k., looking at the yellow flowers that i realized were the same yellow flowers that i was looking at last april, and george floyd was alive, and a year later s he was not alive, and i was listening to -- and a year later, he was not alive, and i
was listening to the verdict, and i was so grateful for living in this city and calling it hope. [inaudible] i care a lot about the slow streets and the j.f.k. and there's a lot of debate to be had about that, and i understand. i just look at people calling about the armenian genocide and the fact that we're here, trying to create an equitable place to be is just very challenging and very special, and i just -- thank you for trying. i just believe -- i believe we're doing our best and we're trying, and it's challenging,
and just one step at a time. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. thank you for joining us this evening. operations, do we have another caller in the queue? >> good afternoon, supervisors. calvin click on behalf of the san francisco youth commission. i'll be brief today. i am calling in about two matters. first want to remind the board that the youth commission has been supporting the 30 right now campaign for well on over half a year now, and we are urging the board and all of
the -- and urge the board to fund that proposal this year to the maximum extent, and thank you for your time and that's my comment. >> clerk: thank you. commissioner click, for your comments. okay. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> hi, san francisco board of supervisors. my name is stan [inaudible] and i'm calling from oakland. i'm a former san franciscan. it's where i got my education at the san francisco school of law, and i wanted to call and comment and urge the board to uphold and support the resolution to affirm san francisco's commitment to
recognizing the armenian genocide. from my understanding, the last step of a genocide and the on going step of a genocide is genocide denial, and that's what the armenian community is seeing today, with turkey and azerbaijan continuing to deny the existence and events of the genocide. that's important because azerbaijan today is [inaudible]
and thank you, supervisor peskin, for proposing this resolution, and thank you to the board for listening on this very historic day. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. thank you for joining us this evening. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> is that me? >> clerk: yes. mr. warfield, i'll set the timer now. >> thank you. this is peter warfield, executive director the library users association. we can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org. i wanted to talk about something more general and that is a sense of withdrawal of government being accessible by folks. one used to be able to go to city hall and be able to access supervisor offices. whole range of offices, in fact, 40 hours a week. one used to be able to pick up a phone pretty much within 40 hours a week and call, and generally whether one came in person or called, there was some way to reach not only to reach the front office which could help direct whatever it was that a person was calling about or even individuals
working their 40 hours at an office. with covid-19 since march of last year, those avenues of contact with the government have been shutdown completely, and we're often left with not even a sense of how to get in touch or when there might be a response. many offices simply say there's nobody at the office. we're working remotely, send us an e-mail. lots of people don't have e-mail. i recently called recology, same thing. used to be able to call them, talk about something and settle it right away. now they said send e-mail. lots of people don't have e-mail, and of course, at the library, they focus on problems for people who have computers.
>> clerk: thank you. to the members, i'll state, in our office hours, you can calculate hours over the last year that we've worked with mr. warfield, so we're happy to state that your board of supervisors and clerks are working on behalf of the public. operations, do we have another caller? >> operator: madam clerk, that completes the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president? >> president walton: thank you. public comment is now closed. madam clerk, would you please call items 23 through 36. >> clerk: thank you. items 23 through 36 were introduced for adoption without committee reference. a unanimous vote is required for adoption of these
resolutions today. any supervisor may require any resolution to go to committee. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: item 29. >> president walton: supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: item 23, please. >> president walton: supervise stefani? >> supervisor stefani: item 30, please. >> president walton: madam clerk, would you call the roll for items 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34 -- [inaudible] >> clerk: excuse me, mr.
unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 28. >> clerk: item 28 is a resolution to support california state assembly bill 257, authored by assembly member lorena gonzales of district 80, to enact the fast-food accountability and standards recovery act, legislation that would empower and protect california's 500,000 fast-food workers. >> supervisor mar: thank you. colleagues, yesterday, i attended a rally to set industry wide health and safety standards and hold corporations accountability for keeping workers safe. we heard from women workers at mcdonalds about repeated and
blatant failure by managers failing to follow covid-19 health measures, resulting in several women testing positive for covid-19. and even before the pandemic, fast-food workers have been endured rampant workplace violations and uses, including wage theft, sexual harassment. a.b. 257 would also require corporate fast-food giants like mcdonalds have the resources
they need to operate safely and in compliance with the law. i want to thank assembly member lorena gonzales for sponsoring this legislation and the cosponsors of this legislation, supervisors walton, chan, ronen, and safai. thank you, colleagues. i urge your support of this resolution. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: mr. president, i'm for item 29. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: i just wanted to be added as a cosponsor. thank you. thank you, president walton. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar.
resolution to designate april 24, 2021, as armenian genocide commemoration day in the city and county of san francisco and urging president joseph biden to formally recognize the armenian genocide and the san francisco board of education to reaffirm its commitment to teaching the historical facts of the armenian genocide in our public schools. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: this is a resolution that i've introduced every year that i've been on
the board, but what's changed is other than we have two new members on the board than what we voted last year, in july and september of 2020, we had two armenian hate crimes in the city and county of san francisco, one of them the arson fire at the armenian cultural center, which subsequently mayor breed and many of us attended in solidarity with the armenian community as well as the armenian school on brotherhood way in district 7. what's changed is our newly elected president of the united states has set forth a commitment to finally formally recognizes the armenian genocide, and if we do not
acknowledge and embrace that history, we are destined to repeat it. having said that, colleagues, you are all in possession of a small nonsubstantial change, a provision that states, whereas the california department of education includes the armenian genocide in its history, so i'd like to make an amendment to put that recital in on said page at line six, so i'd like to make that motion and then would like to pass it as amended. >> president walton: there's a motion to amend. can i have a second? [inaudible] >> president walton: motion to amend, seconded by supervisor safai, and we will take that up after comments.
supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: yes, thank you, supervisor peskin, for your continuous advocacy, and please add me as a sponsor. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you, supervisor peskin, for introducing this resolution and for having consistently supported this cause to bring attention of the world and for the last 14 years of introducing resolutions. yet to this day, there continues to be a continuance of denial by the turkish and azerbaijan government that this ever happened.
we have seen the vandalism and the hatred and how that has caused fear and insecurity for the community and for the kids who attend the armenian school and their families? our places of refuge should not be places of fear, and we must consistently condemn these acts, and we need to remind ourselves and remind the world that this kind of hatred will continue to rise if we don't at least acknowledge the mistakes and the terrible things that have happened in the past. defending human rights is not only a global issue but it is one that we must embed locally. this sunday, the armenian association of america bay area chapter is organizing a protest to acknowledge the lives lost in the genocide but also to
instill recognition of the resilience of the armenian people, and thank you, once again, supervisor peskin, for your continued support of the community. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, supervisor melgar. very well said, and thank you, supervisor peskin, for ensuring that we're shining the light on this armenian genocide. many of the armenians in san francisco are armenian-rahns, and they could not defend
against the many atrocities that happened over the centuries. very proud to support you, supervisor peskin, and the city and county of san francisco, so thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, supervisor peskin. as you know, we were in district 2 at the church after the arson, and we all came together and united in support of the armenian community, and i just want to thank you for continuing to advocate, and i'd like to be a cosponsor for the
resolution. >> president walton: supervisor peskin, if you want to get back on the roster, i would certainly accommodate that. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. i received a message that it's on saturday and not on sunday. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you, president walton. supervisor haney? -- denial also has its continued persecution and trauma, but as folks have said, we still have acts of discrimination and racism against the armenian community in san francisco, and i would
love to know when that event is so i can come and join you, as well. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor haney. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, president walton. supervisor, would you add me as a cosponsor? >> president walton: thank you, supervisor mandelman. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you, president walton. i think my staff has already taken care of this, but if not, i would like you to add me as a sponsor. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: yes. please add me as a sponsor, as well. >> president walton: and i would like to be added as a cosponsor. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you and sorry for the interruption,
without objection, the item is adopted unanimously. >> clerk: the amendments, mr. president. >> president walton: yes, thank you so much. the amendments are passed unanimously. now the roll call on the resolution as amended. >> clerk: on item 29 as amended -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: and without objection, this resolution is adopted -- this
amended resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 30. >> clerk: item 30, this is a resolution to recognize the month of april as earthquake preparedness month? >> president walton: thank you. supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, president walton. colleagues, before you is a resolution declaring april earthquake preparedness month. as many as 10,000 earthquakes occur each year in california, and the purpose of this is to encourage everyone to take mitigation measures that will save lives and minimize community hardship. it's important to use opportunities like earthquake preparedness month to look at what solutions we can
implement. california is the first state in the nation to offer free cutting edge technology designed to alert californians before an earthquake is felt. technology solutions will provide users with a few moments before shaking can be felt to take protective action to protect their homes and their families. the events of this last year made very clear we don't know when quakes will strike. i was getting my second shot at the produce market, and i was looking at how the capacity for one disaster builds the capacity for the other disaster. two days ago we commemorated the 115 anniversary of the 1906
earthquake. i want to thank my cosponsors, supervisors mandelman, chan, preston, haney, and mar, and i hope you will all join communities across california in recognizing earthquake preparedness month. thank you, president walton. >> clerk: mr. president, i believe you were muted, sir. >> president walton: my apologies. thank you, supervisor stefani. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 30 -- [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 36. >> clerk: 36 is a motion to approve final map, number 10674, comprised of lots one, two, and three, each a three residential unit condominium project, located at 215-2166 hayes street, being a subdivision, and to adopt the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: let me just start by recognizing that
maps are administerial acts of these items. the project site is located on hayes between schrader and cole street in the panhandle next to the haight-ashbury. the site was occupied by two three-story medical office buildings constructed in 1957 that totalled 17,850 square feet in size. the buildings were cleared of all the service providers, demolished, and in their place, three four-story residential units containing three units in each building for a total of nine units were constructed. one of those units was the
haight-ashbury psychological services, called haps. for years, they operated out of 2166 hayes street, providing low cost psychological services to those in need. haps was a fixture of the haight-ashbury neighborhood. the clinic worked with up to 15 interns from masters and doctoral programs from schools all over the bay area, with each internal carrying a caseload of eight to ten clients. in a neighborhood where we know too well the need for more services, haps was crucial in getting the people the mental health services they need until 2016 when they were broad sided
that the owner intended to demolish their facility and replace them with condominiums. they ended up on geary boulevard, well outside the neighborhood that they served for nearly 40 years. and it's not only haps. the property was home to a number of other nonprofits, including substance abuse counseling programs, marriage counseling programs, a pharmacy, and other neighborhood serving entities. long before i became supervisor, the property owners received city approval for their plans. they demolished the buildings and built the project that is here before us today. at this point, the nine luxury condominiums now being built, and in a place where vulnerable san franciscans once received low fee psychological treatment and services, one can now
purchase a condominium unit for between $1.9 and $2.6 million, which is what each of these units is on the market for. not a single one of these is below or at market, and there will be no services offered at this site, even on the ground floor. this continues years of scaling back the safety net infrastructure in my district by driving out service providers by haps. it's something i've been working hard to change, and i will just say if people wonder why, and many do, so many people suffering from serious mental health illness and addiction are on the streets, they can look to this site and the elimination of these critical neighborhood services. we desperately need these services, and yet city hall stood by despite pleas for help from the tenants operating out
of these buildings and allowed those who give services to those in need to be banished and demolished and luxury housing built. colleagues, i have reached out to public works and look forward to meeting with them and would like to move to continue this item to our next regularly scheduled board meeting on april 27. >> president walton: okay. do we have a second? >> supervisor peskin: peskin, second. >> president walton: seconded by supervisor peskin. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i was just going to say, i've been through this administerial
rodeo one time, and i think we can second it, so let's do it. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor preston and supervisor peskin. we have a motion on the floor to continue item 36 to next week's meeting on april 27, seconded by supervisor peskin. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on the motion to continue item 36 to april 27 -- [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: and without objection, this motion carries. madam clerk, please call item number 6. >> clerk: item 6 is the emergency ordinance for the enforcement of workplace ventilation standards for covid-19. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you. i'll be very brief. we have heard from parties that are still at the table. finally, some additional progress is being made, and i'd like to continue this item for one more week. >> president walton: second, supervisor safai -- was that a second, supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: yes. >> president walton: motion to continue made by supervisor safai, second by supervisor peskin. madam clerk, can we have a roll call vote? >> clerk: on the motion to
>> the hon. london breed: we are here today to sign legislation which will provide an additional $10.9 million in grant resources for small businesses throughout san francisco. and let me tell you why that is so significant. when we first closed down over a year ago, people who had businesses like hair salons, nail salons, night life venues, places like a lot of these locations here in japantown, they basically had to close and figure out how they were going to close and figure out how they were going to pay their rent, they had to figure out how they were going to support and feed their families. it took us a while to get it together to make sure that we
are in a where people were -- people were okay financially. we had to save lives in the decisions we made -- in the decisions we made, but more importantly, we had to think about other ways in which we were going to support our businesses. so the city stepped in, and, of course, deferred fees, tried to provide some immediate relief at first, starting with chinatown, which was hardest hit because of the discrimination and xenophobia that hit even before the emergency. we helped with a number of loans. mission district and the latino community, a revolving loan fund, places that we knew under no circumstances that could open because of covid. now, the reason why the
$10.9 million that we're announcing today is so significant is because it would be provided as grants for many of these businesses, anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 per grant, and these are for businesses that in the last year couldn't open up for at least six months. businesses like the hair salons, barber shops, night life venues, and a number of other places that continue to struggle, and restaurants that didn't have the capacity to set up an outdoor shared space or didn't have the support and resources to do the whole delivery systems that some people were able to do. we know that getting access to the p.p.p. loans from the federal government was challenging. we know that here in san
francisco we had to make adjustments. we already saw that -- we have already seen that so many businesses have closed their doors for good. many of you know that i grew up in this neighborhood, i grew up hanging up around here, japantown bowl, right across the street, and i know this is an active community. it's not just an active community for people who live here, it's an active community for people who visit one of the largest japantowns anywhere in the country, and so they suffered a lot. many of the places in here were not open, and we wanted to make sure that when we provided relief, it wasn't just relief that was going to serve businesses that also had access to other resources, it was going to serve those mom-and-pop businesses that we need to make sure as we recover as a city, that they are also
able to join us in that recovery, as well. many of those are family-owned businesses. they also hire people in san francisco. i love walking around san francisco and popping my head around japantown or any other commercial corridors where the people who work there are the people who have probably worked there for generations, and that's why this is so important. we have to make it easy for people to have resources to stay in business in this city. and so today, signing this legislation will ensure that it goes into effect right away; that instead of taking all day to get money to small businesses, we're able to get them a check as soon as possible. we're not here to micromanage how they use it. we know they have employees, we know they have expenses, we
know they have back rent, and we need to be here to support them. in san francisco, we provided loans to small businesses up to $1 million. that doesn't include the state and federal resources. that includes fees that we have not just deferred, but fees that we paid off that businesses owed to the city because they weren't making money to pay the city in the first place. so we have to make sure that we're thinking about that because we sacrificed so much. we sacrificed so much because in san francisco, when we closed down this city, we all did our part. we wore our masks, we socially distanced, we stayed away from our family and friends for the most part, and now, san francisco has much to celebrate. we're one of the densest cities in the country with one of the lowest rates of infection and the lowest death rates in this country, and over 50% of san
franciscans have been vaccinated. that's more than the state and national average. san francisco, we should be proud of how far we've come, and we did that because all played our part. now, it's time for us to come back. we're a strong, resilient city, and when we come back, we're going to come back stronger and more resilient than ever before, and this is $10.9 million is just a start. it's what we need to do along with so many other things that are going to bring our businesses back, that are going to bring our economy back. the city will do its very best to invest resources, but we also need the customers and the people to start to shop local and to return to the businesses that we all know and love. so before we sign this
legislation, i want to ask ray who's with the community business district in j-town, i want to invite him up to say a few words about the efforts that we're doing to revitalize this community. i was here just a couple of weeks ago. there were lines of people supporting these businesses, so after this legislation is signed, i'm hoping you'll go in here, have lunch, and start shopping. so grace? [applause] >> thank you, mayor. thank you to japantown, and mayor breed, welcome back to j-town. we are so honored today to stand behind the mayor as she signs the legislation for the small business recovery act, something that's so important for our small businesses, especially our retailers who have had the hardest time
during this pandemic. who would have thought that when shelter in place went into effect last march, that one year would have to pass, yet our community is resilient. as the mayor said, san francisco is resilient, as well, and we'll come out of this. the japantown community benefit district has worked closely with people like steve nakajo and sandy mori from the japantown task force really putting our forces together to help our small businesses because without them, j-town would not be j-town. mayor breed, if times were normal, you would be here to do the kickoff for the cherry blossom festival.
we're going to have a hamani, which is a cherry blossom viewing. we also have to give huge appreciation to the mayor's office, the office of economic workforce development, the san francisco department of health, sfmta, and many others who really helped us get the tools we need to keep our small businesses alive and thriving. so with that, thank you very much, and thank you, mayor. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: thank you so much, grace. and you know, sometimes i get a little comfortable when i come back to japantown because it's like home. i was a supervisor, as well, in this district, and so, so many great people, so many familiar faces, and so i'm so glad to be here. i was just at kasura two weeks
ago because from covid, i went from having zero plants to 31. it's a better habit to have than most, and they have some great stuff in there, and so the owner's here with us today, so a business like hers will also have benefit from legislation like this. sandy mori, steve nakajo, who's also on the fire commission, they work so hard so we can be here today, so with that, let's sign this legislation. [applause] >> i'll take my check now.
recover our businesses. we are couraging you to take the -- encouraging you to take the small business challenge, and the small business challenge, is for the month of may, can you shop and dine at only small businesses. with that, i'd like to introduce mayor breed, who's been such an advocate for small businesses. it's been a pleasure to work with her office in creating shared spaces, so with that, mayor breed. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: hello, everyone. i am really excited to be here at manny's, with manny, who is not just the owner of this really wonderful space, but a commissioner with sharky on our small business commission, when we put these two together, they
make magic happen, and part of that magic is really advocating fiercely for small businesses in san francisco. throughout the pandemic, they have been key for pushing for supports and fee and permit waivers for a number of small businesses in san francisco, especially for the people that they play. in san francisco, i'm proud that we stepped up early on. we waived fees, we provided grants and loans and no interest loans and other resources to small businesses. in total, san francisco has provided about $75 million throughout the course of this pandemic, not including state and federal resources, but to help our small business community. last week, i was in japantown,
announcing an additional $10.6 million in grants for small businesses who could not get access to p.p.p. loans and some of the other resources. because when san francisco starts to open, what's important to me is that we all recover together, and what that means is making sure that we support one another. not just through city resources, but by going to our local stores and our businesses and our communities. now since this pandemic began, i am really proud that i would go out and walk in the neighborhoods, i would go to some of the these businesses, i would just walk down the street if i needed to pick up a plunger for my toilet or anything else -- go to the local hardware store or anyplace where i needed anything, and you know what? if we just take a moment to look around us, all the things that we may typically honestly
order on amazon, we can find them right here in shops right here in our city right here in our neighborhood. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: now although i appreciate the selection and fast delivery of amazon because i have needs, i also appreciate and want to keep in business mom-and-pops, like sammy, who he and his mom get up every morning at 4:00 to make it to their dry cleaners at 6:00 to get all the machines ready and do all the work. this is a family-owned business, and i've been going here because i was a kid, and because people aren't getting things dry cleaned as much, they've been struggling. it's important to me, as someone who uses them, it's important for me to continue to use them even when it's a small thing and i could probably
clean it myself. it's important for me to support plant stores during the pandemic. i went from zero to 31, and i think now, i have 33. as soon as i walk past or drive past any plant store, i have to go in. there's an aquarium on clement street that has not just fish but really good plants. there's furniture stores right here in the mission? what's the name of fiona's place? >> harrington furniture. >> the hon. london breed: it's a third generation irish family that owns it. you can go visit fiona, and she can get you anything that you
want. there's something about connecting to your community. there's something about connecting to the small businesses in your community. it helps them stay in business, but it also helps us stay a better community as a whole. some of you remember food land. it turned into another store, but we all called it food land, and we knew everybody that worked there because that's what being in the community is about. when we take the time to do that, something different happens. we connect, we connect with community. so what we're asking people to do for the month of may is to
connect with community, to connect with our small businesses, to go out of your way, to go out of your way -- well, not just go out of your way, but to make effort to buy locally. during this pandemic, this is what i've been doing, is going to my businesses. crystal way and a number of other crystal shops, they've been taking all my money, and plant shops have been taking all my money. i have a candle obsession, and i've been buying some candles at places down the street, as well. there's so many opportunities to shop locally, to dine locally, to help san francisco locally. let's roll up our sleeves, san francisco, in may, to buying our coffee locally, to support
a small business that we've never visited before, and i'm committed, as we come out of this pandemic, our recovery begins, and we come out stronger and more vibrant and more resilient than ever, and that means that we leave no san franciscan and no san franciscan business behind. thank you for joining us. don't forget, #sanfranciscosmall businesschallenge. ultimately, i will be supporting small businesses in san francisco, and i invite all
of you here to take the challenge. >> we put some crystals down here for the mayor. >> the hon. london breed: good energy. >> so we have a special surprise guest. state assemblyman david chiu will be making a couple of marks. >> good morning, san francisco. we ready to shop locally? all right. so usually, i'm in sacramento on a wednesday, but i happened to be in town for a few hours, and i got the word this is happening. i have to tell you, i am so excited about this challenge, and the mayor, i know, has laid out just how incredibly challenging it has been for our small businesses. in chinatown, a year ago, in february, the small businesses in our country's oldest and most historic chinatown reported a 50% drop in business because of the expectation that, somehow, covid was
floating around chinatown, and that has impacted not just that neighborhood but every commercial corridor in our city. i think the stats are close to 60% drops in revenues in small businesses in our city. so when i was contacted by sharky and ben bleiman and others about this idea, it's brilliant, but i know it's going to take a commitment, and i will tell you, as i was running out of the house to join this, i asked my wife, i said hey, babe, i'm going to take this challenge. can you join me, and it literally delayed me five minutes because she said, dave, we often buy at big box stores. how are we going to do this challenge? i promised i am going to be buying all the groceries, but we have to do that because our small businesses are the heart
of our economy, are the heart of our character and the heart of our city. i want to say, i just want to thank all the small business leaders. years ago, my very first position -- my first public position in this city, i was a small business commissioner. and 14, 15, 16 years ago, we did not have the energy, the vision, the creativity of the leadership that we're seeing right at this moment, and we need that leadership more than ever, so just want to thank all of you who are hearing, moving this forward. let's get this done, make the challenge, and keep it going. thank you so much. >> and dave, i just want to say, my wife and i had the same discussion, and a 15-minute debate. so with that, i'm going to introduce manny yekutiel, who is the owner of manny's and who
is a small business commissioner. >> thank you. i just want to say welcome to manny's. it's many things in one, and i just want to say how happy i am to be able to stand here on our shared spaces and say, we survived, we made it. honestly, i think a lot of small business owners were sure that this day would come, and i want to say, i think a third of the businesses that were opened in january 2020 are closed. we don't know how many are closed temporarily, how many are closed permanently. but i am so excited because one, if you take this san francisco, if you get your
token and you use it, you will be bringing much needed business to small businesses like mine. secondly, with this challenge, it'll change some of the behaviors of our fellow san franciscans, and next time we want to order something off amazon or something for convenience sakes, they will remember the mom-and-pop hardware store in the neighborhood. they'll remember the small coffee shop in the neighborhood, and they'll say, i'm going to go support that small business. thank you to sharky laguana, the president of the san francisco small business commission, for taking this idea and making it so amazing and running with it. thank you so much to mayor breed for our tireless support of small businesses for the last 1.5 years, for getting it up and passed, and helping our retail and small business establishments survive, for
finding $1.75 million for grants for our small businesses. thank you to assemblyman chiu for fighting for small businesses in the california state assembly. and thank you to everyone who will, for the next 30 days, will take the challenge and say, for the next 30 days, i pledge to only shop at small businesses and help san francisco small businesses emerge out of this pandemic. thank you so much. >> thank you so much, manny, and we'll take questions at this time. [inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: you know, san francisco has really been very conservative in its
reopening efforts, so even though the state has given us permission to go into the orange tier, we did not allow all of what was allowed under california state law to happen. we've proceeded with caution, and now with our hospitalization rates down, the number -- our reproductive rate and other things, we are able to do more, so we're able to allow live music, we're able to allow venues and other places, and as you can see, the ballpark can allow for fans. when we're starting to open more, we still have a requirement to wear a mask, and the businesses and the entertainment, they will understand what those requirements are, and we expect them to be followed. for example, i was at a restaurant last night, and when the waiter was coming up, we still put on our masks even
though we still were vaccinated. we want to make sure that people get vaccinated. we have about 60% of san franciscans that have received at least their first shot, and we're in a good place, but it doesn't mean we can get comfortable. we still have to follow the health orders. enjoy san francisco, enjoy our small businesses, but do our very best to wear your mask and limit our interactions with people. [inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: no. what we did first, we deferred city fees for 20 and 21. so many of the fees, the bills that people get on a regular
basis, they don't necessarily have to pay, so we deferred them. but then, we took it a step further and provided financial resources so that even though we can't say -- we had to come up with the money when we said to businesses, we're going to defer these fees, but now, you don't have to pay them, and so we had to come up with money in our budget to makeup for that particular resource, so there are going to be many small businesses that will not have to pay city fees, so that's one of the things that we've done. we also have provided grants and loans, no-interest loans, and just last week, i announced an additional $6.10 million of grants to people who may not have been able to qualify for other things. so we have a whole spectrum of things: the latino revolving loan fund, the black resolving
loan fund, so those are some of the major things -- of course, shared spaces, our equity applicants. about 40% of people who have shared spaces are minority owned businesses and have gotten some level of city support to do so. we tried to make it as easy as possible. when the voters approved the proposition to make it easier to streamline the process -- for example, a woman who had a nail salon, she was able to get a permit within one day that allowed her to reopen her business as an ice cream parlor. so it's cutting the red tape so we can get businesses open. the city should not be an impediment to the ability of small businesses to operate in this city, especially as we're
on our road to recovery. [inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: i am sorry. i can't hear you. [inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: i think we're going to have to continue doing some of the things that we're doing. there are a lot of -- i hear restaurants. they're having trouble with hiring people, and we want to make sure a small business owner, that's a mom-and-pop shop, as they expand, they can find people to work in their shop and afford to live in san francisco. it's going to be a balance, so when there are resources available, there will be money in our upcoming budget that i will introduce to allow some additional support for our small business community, but we also have to continue to connect our businesses with the resources -- thanks goodness we have a new president and vice
president because that has been so critical in helping to provide more resources to small businesses who have been struggling the most, so we definitely anticipate we will be doing more. [inaudible] >> the hon. london breed: so part of why we added an additional $10.6 million in grants are for those businesses that are having the most difficult time, where they have to go through a process to access city resources. this is about those who could not get resources, who have, like, six employees or less who are struggling and need support. but also, we're not here to micromanage what they use the money for. we know there's a moratorium against evictions for rent. that moratorium expires for the state at the end of june, i think it is, june 30. we know that rent is still
going to come down, and we're going to need these resources, so our office of economic and workforce development has been working so hard with so many of these businesses. it wasn't a loan pool, it was a grant pool, and we removed so many of these barriers to be able to access this money. all right. don't forget, shop local businesses, #smallbiz, b-i-z, because manny doesn't know how to spell. small business challenge. thank you all so much.
hi everyone. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and it has been a very, very challenging year for all of us in san francisco, but i've got to tell you, we're coming alive again. we're starting to open the city again. i see you urban alkamine. thank you for all the work you do to keep us safe out here. we are here today because we are taking an additional step further to get the city re-opened. i'm joined by a number of our city department heads including our city administrator car men chiu and our librarian michael lambert. and, let me tell you, michael has not only been running this library, he and so many of our librarians and the people who work for the library here in san francisco, they more than
almost any other department have been working as disaster service workers to help address this pandemic. they've been down at covid command at mascone center showing up every day doing whatever it takes. organization. going out to our hotels where we are helping to support our homeless residents. going out to the community hubs to help support our kids. preparing virtual lesson plans and reading time. i did a reading time for kids during this pandemic as well virtually, of course. doing so many incredible things to help get our city going during a very challenging time. i know many of us, we wish we didn't have to go through this this past year, but what we should look at is the sacrifices we made and where we
are now today. san francisco has vaccinated about 60% of the residents here in the city, more than the state and national average. and, over 85% of of those who are over the age of 65 have been vaccinated. we are on the road to recovery. yes, covid is still here whether we want it to be or not. yes, we still have to do our parts and distance and wear a mask and not get too comfortable because the last thing we need is another surge and the need to shut this city down again, but the fact is san franciscans, we are on the road to recovery. we are on the road to building a stronger san francisco. and, that gives me hope for the future and, today is not just talking about our recovery.
it's also looking at re-opening our city. re-opening our libraries. of course, we're going to start with the main library and then we're going to head over to chinatown, mission, and a number of the community libraries and i don't know if you know this, but i grew up in san francisco, and, at that time, there wasn't all this computer internet stuff that we had today. we had to actually go to the library because we would get a look report assignment and the western edition library was my library of choice. i went to ben franklin middle school. and we had to go through a card catalog to find the book, it was in alphabetical order and that's how we did things. now it's all computerized, it's easy. and, in fact, i still have a library card and now i download
my audio books and other things for free. so all those books i forgot to bring back, they just disappear after they expire on my phone. a lot different than it used to be. no excuse for those of us who want to take advantage of reading, of using the computers and other things in the library, we're finally opening and i just, i can't be more grateful to this department and what they have done. all of its employees. all of the people of san francisco, we did this together. we made this happen together. yes, we have our challenges like any other major city. we still have so much work to do to unaddress the inequities that continue to exist in our society. but we're in a good place right now and we should be proud. we can take a moment. we can take a moment to enjoy
this time and to recognize the fact that we are here, that we have an incredible opportunity, and we have a future to look forward to. that's what today is about. it starts with our libraries. the giants and the warriors are now able to play with fans. i saw folks out there soccer leagues, a bunch of kids playing in soccer leagues. i went to the tennis center in golden gate park, packed with people. of course, being responsible, i saw folks walking their dogs and doing all kinds of fun stuff in our amazing parks system. so we are on the road to recovery and i am looking forward to the day when we can finally throw these masks in the area and wave them like we just don't care because i don't even know what any of you look like anymore.
so, with that, thank you so much. today is about opening our libraries as a first step in our road to recovery along with other many of our incredible city assets for the public to enjoy and, with that, to talk more specifically about our library and the work that we're going to be doing to move our city forward is our city librarian michael lambert. >> thank you so much. it feels so good to be here. thank you, madam mayor. thank you, so much for your leadership for guiding us all through this past year and welcome everyone. today is a special day. i'm so honored to be here with mayor breed and announce the books are back and your san francisco public library is
re-opening. as our mayor mentioned, she is a power user of the library's collections and we appreciate all her support for our institution and our library staff. i also want to acknowledge the president of the san francisco public library commission, dr. mary wardell garduzi and library commissioners connie wolf, dr. aronia lopez and commissioner john lee and the executive director marie zapella. thank you all so much for your advocacy and leadership on behalf of our library system. also here, is carol eisen. i have to say carol has been a tremendous partner this past year working with our staff who have been activated as disaster
service workers and more recently helping us to recall staff so we can re-open the library. thank you, carol, for your partnership. it's so excitingtor here at this moment and i am beyond thankful that we're finally able to re-open our libraries for in-person services. it's been a long, hard 13 months, but now we're in a position to safely re-open our libraries for brows and bounce. patrons will be able to experience browsing our stacks again something i know they have dearly missed. we'll also have our public access computers available for printers and high-speed internet access. and, it's really fitting
we'll still be offering spl to go and next week we're going to open the patrero branch and the west portal branch tuesday. we should have all of our branches re-opened by the fall before the start of school. and i really want to thank the community for all your patience and support. you've hung in there and i just really appreciate all your patience as we phase this re-opening and the coming weeks and months ahead. at this time, i'd like to introduce our city administrator carmen chiu. in 2019, city administrator chiu partnered with the challenge initiative to compile a woman's book list to inspire the next generation of women leaders. we're so fortunate to have her support in getting our libraries re-open. city administrator chiu.
>> when i was a little girl, i can remember going to the library. i maxed out every single book i could possibly get with my library card. it was always some kind of a cartoon, garfield or whatever it might have been at the time. and, i have to say how important it was for me to be able to access the library. my parents didn't have a whole lot of money. it wasn't as if we could go to a store and pick out a book or the latest edition we've been hearing about or reading about in school. for me, and many people like me in my community, being able to go to the public library was the one place you got to go where you had the opportunity to get the books you saw in school. you were able to borrow and bring it home. take to your bed or read it on the couch. it was a place that created opportunities. the opportunity to dream and the opportunity to learn. and i think for so many san franciscans, being able to see the libraries re-open, our public libraries re-open is a
blessing. i think san francisco has among the best library system in the entire country and i want to thank michael lambert, our city librarian and all of our commissioners, our friends of the library, our mayor for your support of our library system. today, when we think about this announcement, why i'm so excited, you know, covid-19 has not been kind to people. it's a disease that has required that we went against every single nature of our being staying away from our friends, our families, being disconnected from one another, being isolated and, in particular, for people who are seniors, for our kids. and, so, when we think about bringing back our libraries, it's more than just being able to access books free and wonderful library services and education, it's about coming back together as a community. and, when i think about how exciting it is that not only the main is opening but that chinatown branch is opening and
mission branch is opening, it makes me proud because we're also thinking about the communities that are underserved and not only that, but the community that is live in the most community residential neighborhoods. so i want to thank the library for not only being a place where we can learn but being a safe place for our community to come back together. i want to thank the mayor for all of 0er leadership. i can't imagine a single meeting with the mayor that she hasn't thought about what are we going to do about bringing people back together. what are we going to do about mental health and i want to thank her because she has been constantly pushing not only for us to re-open, but to do it in a safe way, to remember that at the end of the day, we have to make sure we keep our community safe and to do this together. so i want to thank her for her leadership. and, finally, my last thanks really goes to the workers, the staff of the public library. at its peak, there were 600 san
francisco public library workers who were deployed as disaster service workers. the folks helping to pass out food at the pantries. the folks coming to the command center coming to help with all the things we needed. now, we still have 150 who are still deployed. they have been a critical part of our whole response and i just want to thank them for not only the work they continue to do in our emergency response, but for all the work that they are going to be going as we re-open our branches. today is a great day. the sun is shining on us and we are so thrilled. congratulations to the library system. >> thank you. speaking of the san francisco public library staff, we want to thank shauna sherman for joining us today. she runs the african american center here at the main, but she worked as a contact tracer and we really appreciate people like you and others for the work that you continue to do to
uplift the community. and so, i know that and, again, carol, thank you for getting all of the staff back to the library because, let me tell you, i know it was hard work but because many of the library staff felt so dedicated to the work of helping to support the city, yes, they wanted to come back to work, but they also wanted to finish the work they were doing to address this pandemic. so, again, we want to say thank you so much for your hard work and all that you did to help this city throughout this pandemic. and, unlike carmen chiu who probably returned her books to the library when she was a kid, thank goodness i waived all those fines and fees of the past because i'd be in real trouble right now. forgive me, library. forgive me. [ laughter ] but, with that, thank you all again to the commissioners, the friends of
the public library. so many incredible people who care deeply about making sure that people in this city have access to books, that they have access to educational materials to computers and all the things that can help nurture and grow your mind, but also a really good for your soul. so, with that, i want to open it up to questions. do we have any questions? no questions. easy. easy day today. all right. thank you all so much. take care.
market to cesar chavez street. originally residential after the 1906 earthquake it was used as a fire break. many car dealerships and businesses exist on vanness today with expansion of bus lanes. originally marlet street was named after james vanness, seventh mayor of san francisco from 1855 to 1856. vanness heavy are streets in santa cruz, los angeles and fresno in his honor. in 1915 streetcars started the opening of the expo. in 1950s it was removed and replaced by a tree-lined median. it was part of the central freeway from bayshore to hayes valley. it is part of uses 101. it was damaged during the 1989
earthquake. in 1992 the elevator part of the roadway was removed. it was developed into a surface boulevard. today the vanness bus rapid transit project is to have designated bus lanes service from mission. it will display the history of the city. van ness avenue. >> chairman: good morning. welcome to the thursday, april 22nd meeting of the public safety & neighborhood services. i'm supervisor gordon mar, and we're joined by vice chair catherine stefani, and we'll be joined shortly by supervisor matt haney. nd