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[ gavel ] good afternoon, welcome to the san francisco board of supervisors meeting of tuesday, september 16, 2014. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> city clerk: yes. supervisors avalos, present, breed, present, campos, presents, president chiu, present, supervisors cohen, pre, ferrell, present, kim, present, mar present, tang present, supervisor wiener, pre, yee present. mr. president, all members are present. thank you. please join us in the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one
nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> >> madam clerk, do we have any communication? >> there is no communications today, mr. president. >> if you can go to our special order. >> the policy discussion between the honorable mayor edwin lee and board of supervisors. the president will recognize the supervisor who will present her own question and following questions are in order as long as the entire discussion does not exceed five minutes.5 minutes. >> thank you madam clerk. mr. mayor, as our usually process, do you have any initial comments to make? mayor: supervisors thank you for having me in chambers again. i hope everyone had a
relaxing summer. thank you in the audience. i see some recent people who just took the oath on our youth commission. i want to thank you for being here as well. as we end the summer and head into fall we are reminding that children are back in school and beginning the academic year and hopefully you have all seen the great news of some major fill tropic gifts to our cities system. lynn, particularly mark knows what a good investment is when he see's one and that's why he's generously doubled down to our unified school district and middle schoolers. his contribution will enable our students to further their education and will give principals and teachers more tools to successfully train our young people to succeed in the 21st century economy.
i know the board agrees that education is a critical piece to keeping families in san francisco and our youth the best investment we can make. wle continue to work together with our unified school district and school board to make sure they succeed in their careers. equally important is ensuring the city remains affordable and everyone should be paying attention to what we are doing with respect to transportation and housing. with that i want to just signal a thanks to president chiu and supervisor ferrell and those of you today and hopefully all of you will consider a very important lease. 250 kearney street and will be introduced today and will provide an additional 130 units of housing focused on chronically homeless veterans
on kearney street. that's very important as a city to all of us to end chronic homelessness and i join in president barack obama's call to do what we can and we are doing our best to end chronic homeless. i will join you to announce that process as well and we can be one of the few cities on the map across the u.s. to say that we are ending chronic homelessness and onto the larger challenges of homelessness in general. housing affordability is on my corner stone of my agendas mayor and on the board as well. our ambitious 30,000 units of housing and middle and low income residents truly sets us on our way. i will stay focused on that as well as working with you on offering to do with evictions and misplace.
ment which forces our seniors out of their homes and we will continue to work on this 100 percent. that's a challenge and i know we can meet it. with that and to question from supervisor cohen. >> >>president david chiu: thank you mr. mayor. >> >> carl cohn: supervisor malia cohen: thank you. i have been an acquiring a property in the valley neighborhood to be used as ab an inter generational space in the community, be this acquisition is complicated due to the ownership and history of the property. throughout this process you have expressed support for this acquisition. what is your vision for this space and how can you move this acquisition forward, thank you. mayor: thank you for this question and for using this question to raise an important issue in your district.
i appreciate your focus in your district, d 106789 you are right, i have supported a plan to transform 66 raymond street. when you proposed the idea i drektsd my staff and department heads to tour this site and create a new valuable source for this valley supervisor you and i have been talking for months to bring this asset back online and spaces for the residential neighborhood. this space is to replicate the tremendous success we had with the property next door at 50 raymond street. we are working with strong non-profit partners and huge agencies and department of youth and family build a community husband to provide resources to families in the area of the city. the building looks nice, the services and 50 raymond are high quality and the
community realizes that and participate 50 raymond tremendously. our mission now to replicate the success on the property next door. and it would be appropriate if 66 raymond once the city is able to control it goes through a selection process to select a service provider, perhaps one to serve our city's seniors. as we encourage aging in place and senior wellness, it's important that we provide san francisco's eld erly and with places to congregate and socialize. this can be the exact place. a community center for seniors and perhaps we can even combine it with 50 raymond street and create one large center serving people of all ages and all backgrounds.
supervisor cohen, i will continue to work with this and did call the owner. >>president david chiu: thank you, mr. mayor. that concludes question time. colleagues let's go to the agenda. items 2 and 3. >> these items are considered routine. >>president david chiu: roll cal. cl eric clerk supervisors yee, avalos, aye, breed aye, supervisor campos, aye, supervisor chiu, aye, cohen aye, ferrell aye, kim aye, mar aye, tang aye, wiener aye. there are 11 ayes. >>president david chiu: those
ordinances finally passed. next item. city clerk: item 4. item 4: avalos4.140918[appropriation - legal services for unaccompanied children and families -mayor's office of housing - $2,127,600 - fys 2014-2015 and 2015-2016]sponsors: campos; avalos and yeeordinance appropriating $2,127,600 from the general fund reserve to the mayor's office of housing, $1,063,800 in fy2014-2015 and $1,063,800 in fy2015-2016, for legal services for unaccompanied children and families on the san francisco immigration court's expedited removal docket. sf 41234 >>president david chiu: supervisors campos? >>supervisor david campos: can we come back to this item. >> >>president david chiu: let's go to item 5. city clerk: item 5: 5.140754[sublease and property management agreement - john stewart company -treasure and yerba buena islands market rate rental housing - $632,806 yearly base rent]resolution approving a sublease and property management agreement for treasure and yerba buena islands market rate rental housing between the treasure island development authority and the john stewart company, with a yearly base rent of $632,806 for a seven-year term, to commence following board approval, with a three-year option to extend. treasure island development authorityy city clerk: sf 51234 >>president david chiu: colleagues, same house same call. this resolution is adopted. item 6. city clerk: item 6: 6.140921[revolving fund agreement - california victim compensation andgovernment claims board - burial or emergency relocation of homicide victims - $75,000]sponsor:
breedresolution retroactively authorizing the office of the district attorney to renew its current agreement with the california victim compensation and government claims board, an agent of the state of california, for a revolving fund in the amount of $75,000 to be used to pay for verified funeral/burial, relocation, crime scene clean-up, and other emergency loss expenses for eligible homicide victims for the period of july 1, 2014, through june 30, 2017. city clerk: sf 61234 >>president david chiu: same house same call? this resolution is adopted. item 7. city clerk: item 7: agenda7.140922[accept in-kind gift - vera institute of justice - prosecution and racial justiceprogram technical assistance - $408,654]sponsor: breedresolution retroactively authorizing the office of the district attorney to accept an in-kind gift of prosecution and racial justice program technical assistance valued at $408,654 from the vera institute of justice for the grant period of january 1, 2014, through june city clerk: sf 71234 >>president david chiu: same house same call? this resolution is adopted. next item. city clerk: item 7: agenda7.140922[accept in-kind gift - vera institute of justice - prosecution and racial justiceprogram technical assistance - $408,654]sponsor: breedresolution retroactively authorizing the office of the district attorney to accept an in-kind gift of prosecution and racial justice program technical assistance valued at $408,654 from the vera institute of justice for the grant period of january 1, 2014, through june city clerk: sf 71234 >>president david chiu: same house same call? this resolution is adopted.
next item. city clerk: item 9: cohen9.140120[building code - earthquake performance evaluation of private schoolstructures]ordinance amending the building code to 11 require that existing private elementary and secondary schools obtain an evaluation by a licensed structural engineer for performance during a future earthquake, 22 assess a fee for building department review and related evaluation processing, 33 exempt certain buildings from the evaluation requirements, 44 provide that buildings where voluntary seismic retrofit work is done to specified standards shall not be identified as a seismic hazard under later-enacted local building standards, and 55 require that a building changing to a school occupancy classification comply with the evaluation requirements; making environmental findings and findings under the california health and safety code; and directing the clerk of the board of supervisors to forward this ordinance to the california building standards commission upon final passage. city clerk: sf 91234 >>president david chiu: supervisor wiener? >>supervisor scott weiner: thank you. i want to thank everyone who helped this legislation become possible. we are embarked on a major effort over a period of years and years to make sure that our city is prepared for the in evitable big one and specifically to make sure that our infrastructure and our building stock is able to withstand a major earthquake. last year we passed a ground breaking legislation to require soft story retro fits for certain apartment buildings. that was a huge step forward and we have other legislation moving forward as well as various stages of the process to make sure our building
stock will with strand and earthquake to keep people safe and that we are a resilient city. this legislation addresses our significant number of private schools in san francisco. we have many children in san francisco who are attending private schools, many families who rely on them and we need to make sure that when the big one hits that the children, teachers and staff and people are able to be safe and get out unharmed. the legislation does not require retro fits, but it requires that within a few years, private schools engage in an evaluation so they know what their seismic vulnerability is and what they need to do to be able to address that vulnerability. this legislation has gone through a fair amount of dialogue because the private school community while making very clear that it's the support of the legislation and doing of the evaluation and keeping their kids
seismically or safe during an earthquake express concerns about the potential impact of a legislation on the ability of some of the schools to is survive. although there is a stereotype that all private schools are wealthy, that is not the case. there are a few private schools that serve low income working class families and those schools do not have ability to whip together a capital campaign and do whatever work they need to do. there was a desire to see this move forward but apprehension as well. working with the mayor's office and representatives of the private community we were able to really have strong dialogue over a period of months and now have an amended version of the legislation that will accomplish the legislation's goals 100 percent while taking into account the unique needs of
our private schools. again, i want to thank mr. -- and the entire private school coalition that worked very hard to get the legislation to move forward and i also want to acknowledge jeff krit in my office who spent time bringing the parties together to what i think is a terrific piece of legislation. >>president david chiu: supervisor ferrell? ferrell ferrell thank you. i want to thank four this. i think we struck a balance. i want to thank the arch diocese as well who has a number of the parish schools in san francisco. we all want our kids with ands teachers and schools to be safe. thank you to supervisor wiener for his leadership. >>president david chiu:
colleagues, any additional comments? i want to echo supervisor ferrell and just note that yesterday marked the first important deadline of our mandatory retrofit program for individuals to step up and conduct a screening process and we saw a 90 percent compliance rate which was an incredibly high compliance rate for this first step. i want to congratulations mr. leaney and look forward to further work in this area. with that, colleagues, can we take this item same house same call? without objection this ordinance is pass side on the first reading. why don't we skip over our 230 :30 special order and go to item 10. city clerk: item 10: 2014.10.140939[board response - civil grand jury - the port of san francisco, caughtbetween public trust and private dollars]resolution responding to the presiding judge of the superior court on the findings and recommendations contained in
the 2013-2014 civil grand jury report, entitled "the port of san francisco, caught between public trust and private dollars;" and urging the mayor to cause the implementation of accepted findings and recommendations through his/her department heads and through the development of the annual budget. clerk of city clerk: sf 101234 >>president david chiu: colleagues, same house same call? this resolution is adopted. item 11. city clerk: item 11: 11.140940[board response - civil grand jury - rising sea levels...at our doorstep]resolution responding to the presiding judge of the superior court on the findings and recommendations contained in the 2013-2014 civil grand jury report, entitled "rising sea levelsat our doorstep;" and urging the mayor to cause the implementation of accepted findings and recommendations through his/her department heads and through the development of the annual budget. clerk of city clerk: sf 111234 zhu >>president david chiu: same house same call? this resolution is adopted. item 12. city clerk: item 12: 12.140941[board response - civil grand jury - ethics in the city: promise, practice orpretense]resolution responding to the presiding judge of the superior court on the findings and recommendations contained in the 2013-2014 civil grand jury report, entitled "ethics in the city: promise, practice or pretense;" and urging the
mayor to cause the implementation of accepted findings and recmendations through his/her department heads and through the development of the annual budget. clerk of the boardd city clerk: sf 121234 >>president david chiu: colleagues, same house same call? this resolution is adopted. with that, why don't we go to, supervisor campos should i acknowledge you now or go to roll call? >>supervisor david campos: we can go there now. >>president david chiu: okay. why don't we go back to item 4. okay, why don't we go to roll call colleagues. city clerk: first on roll call to do new business is supervisor breed. breed >>supervisor london breed: thank you colleagues i have a very lengthy item to discuss. i wanted to give you a pretext before i get into details of what i'm actually proposing. right outside the chambers is the bus of one of our
predecessors, harvey milk. i was told that mr. har vey when he made it up this particular chambers that he walked up the grand stair case. it remind me how hard it took to get here. he mentioned to his friends. today i had a similar reaction. liked around at the polished marble and those before me that it was a privilege to serve. none of the boards that any of the city is entitled to lead. we are not owed these jobs nor have we been given the opportunity to serve the people of san francisco. let me say this clearly. i'm not happy about what i am
about to do this today. i did not want to do it publically. i did not want to do this at all but this is staring me in the face. san francisco's fire department is in disarray, our medical system is in a state of crisis. public safety is? jeopardy and i and many others have lost faith in the ability to fix it. i respect chief and joanne his wife, she's a great person and she has served the city for decades and a great ambassador at the department. but as a former fire commissioner i have to do what is right, before personality, before friendship, before tradition comes service and responsibilities.
putting aside ems and overview of the department will give you a sense of it's trouble. in 2008, the department won a federal court security graj grant for nearly $10 million for a boat and fema gave them two optional one 1 year exemption and the department missed the deadline and asked for a one 1 year extension and it missed again and asked for another extension, for 2013 when no matter what the boat was supposed to be nearly done, the fire department had not started building, the department asking for additional time and fema refused and gave the money to other counties throughout the bay area. administrative failures in the department cost us $10 million and a boat that is over 50 years old. there is little confidence in the fire department promotion and
testing program. even from the rank and file members or from the jurors that had been asked to hear their cases. last october a jury awarded $15 million to 15 firefighters who sued the city for age discrimination and the 2008 promotional exam. at the budget analyst report from january of this year noted, based on interviews with the department employees, confidence in the fairness of the promotional process has not improved. the city currently has three pending lawsuits challenging promotional exams. there have been several troubling employees of the department including high ranking staff engaging in questionable behavior. and involved a chief, earlier this year, a firefighter driving drunk and fled the
scene of an accident. and the head of homeland security hit a car while driving his department vehicle off duty in sonoma. the assistant chief continued following him and he turned on his flashing light and drove past a stop sign. this is the person that is leading the department terrorism and coordination and grant similar to the one received for the fireboat. as the budget legislative analyst pointed out, most like any other department, the fire department lacks succession plan and five 5-year strategic plan or fleet replacement. seeing as a form are fire commissioner i continue to advocate for with noah veil. one firefighter told me that the department's plan is to react react react. moral is clearly down throughout the entire
department. i know this because i hear from members day in and day out. we get their text message and their letters and phone calls and the complaints are not about pay or work conditions. firefighters and paramedics work hard, they are paid well and by and large they like what they do. the complaint of the department of not giving them the tools they need to do their job. they are tired of standing by a patient for 45 minutes wait ong an ambulance that is not available and tired of going to work in the morning knowing it's going to happen again the next day. all of these issues, as bad as they are are the pretext, the lenses of which i ask you to look at the real crisis. the fire department and medical emergency services, constitutes over 70 percent of the calls going to the department. i held a hearing
at the government audio committee on january 23, budget analyst reported when the department literally does not have an ambulance available to send to an emergency increased over 500 percent since 2008. in 2013 the department averaged eight times each day when it did not have an ambulance to send to someone in need and the department is well below it's mandated call response rate under it's own exclusive operating area with the state. this was in january. in february, i introduced and the board passed a motion for the budget and legislative analyst to conduct a follow up audit. specifically about the fire department's allocation of resources in management and ems system, throughout the spring i continued to speak here and to the presentes about the problems in the fire department because it's a public safety issue and it's
important that we as a body address it. on march first the chronicle ran a story then the san francisco mercury news and then the chronicle again. i held a hearing at the go committee on june 12th to hear on the audit and on june 13, the chronicle ran another story "san francisco lacks to meet it's 911 needs" these stories are on and on. has all this attention compelled the department to improve? has the leadership recognized the urgency the situation that we are facing. on saturday august 30, the san francisco fire department had to ask an ambulance company to step in to respond to these
emergencies. the department dismisses this as something that doesn't happen very often. except it happened again on thursday and sunday. if this is happening on an average sunday, what happens in the event of an earthquake or any other catastrophic event that might happen in san francisco? there were 374 occasions where it took more than 20 minutes for ambulance to arrive last month alone. 374 times. i hear horrible reports, an 87-year-old man with a broken hip and cracked skull who had to wait 45 minutes for an ambulance and died two days later. a man in north beach with a finger cutoff sitting waiting 38 minutes for an ambulance, firefighters performing active cpr for 30 minutes waiting arrest -- an ambulance .
15 minutes waiting for a collapsed person during mass. the department and medic to follow, they have no backup, no ambulance to help them if they are injured or the folks they may carry out of a fire. patience -- patients are being transported on the back of police cars. this is an on going public safety. a public health hazard that is only growing worse and worse. our medics are running ragged handling call volumes that exceed all industrial standards or other city's practices. they are being mandated to work over time day after day. there is no training time for medics or emt's because they are waiting for calls. you can assure that they need more
ambulances and approval for more money. this is the most egregious factor of all. we already did. let me read the june audit. the fact that board of supervisors appropriated the funds requested by the san francisco fire department to authorize 16 ambulances in the fire department's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013, fiscal year 2013 and 22 013-2014 and fiscal year 2014-2015 budget. not one ambulance has been purchased to date. as a result the san francisco fire department takes the existing aging ambulances out of service regularly for repairs, reducing the number of units available to respond to calls chltd -- we gave them the money for ambulances and in the face of this crisis they haven't bothered to use it. since i spo