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focus that is becoming more structured towards an objective that is delineated by a set of goals and principles outlined by both public policy, has been passed on ordnance level, and by a number of commitments expressed by the organs of city hall to go in the same direction. i do not want to leave this room without reflecting on the fact that there is a bit of a milestone in this discussion. i want to extend my compliments to the puc and lafco staff and to the commissioners for remaining open-minded and vigilant about asking the right questions that have helped us to a right that this particular place. i can only hope that we continue to move forward to a place that delivers before the year is out acc cca program.
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that will be history for san francisco. supervisor campos: thank you to the parent members of both commissions and the staff and to the people who over the years have been working on this. that includes the past general managers and the leadership of others as well. let's open it up to public comment. members of the public will have three minutes to speak. >> good afternoon. i am eric brooks representing the green party and our city. i have worked intensively on this for the past seven years or so. i would agree with the commissioners that this is a milestone. however, i would also point out
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as i did in my letter that you received through emailed that we could be in a much better place if we were handling this differently. i want to get to some of the specifics that are raised in the email. -- that i raised in the mill. to the study data itself, some of the key flaws i indicated in my e-mail, it only gathers information from residential customers. most of the electricity sold in san francisco is too large commercial customers. without that information base, we are not heading in the right direction. we do not have the proper information base to make decisions like this. i would argue that because of that, the study itself has a big flaw in it. the biggest problem i see with
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the proposal of the san francisco public utilities commission itself is the idea that commissioner torres was getting at. that is the higher cost of the product to consumers. in marin county, they have been very conscious of this from the beginning. even though they have a procurement only system, they have bent over backwards to keep its price truly competitive with pg&e. it has been very difficult. it has not been always perfect. it has been much better than the proposal would suggest. the thing that mitigates this is that when you do the full bill out of energy efficiency with solar and wind that advocates have been pushing hard for for the last seven or eight years, you build up a set of assets. with the efficiency, you lower
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the rates considerably over time such that you can amortize the entire product over 15 or 20 years and do not need to offer a product that is more expensive. that is why it is crucial that before you approve any contract on just this track that the sfpuc wants to pursue of the procurement model that marin is pursuing, you also need to make sure that the advocate track of doing the bill that we got them to commit to is done at the same time. not as phase two, but as a dual track to lower the cost. [tone!] needed higher than 70%. -- we need higher than 70%.
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supervisor campos: thank you. any other members of the public who would like to speak, please come up. >> good afternoon. i am with the san francisco de area sierra club. the sierra club has always supported this program. we think it is a great move. we would also agree that we would like to see the strongest local gold out eventually. we want to see clean power sf running as soon as possible. i am very excited to see that it is 100% ruble and will have no dedicated nuclear power. that is very important to sierra club since we are against all forms of nuclear power. thank you. supervisor campos: public comment is closed.
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commissioners, this is a discussion item. unless there is anything else to add, madam cleark, please call item five. we can now hear from mr. campbell. >> and the director of the committee choice abrogation program. this is a brief item. a lot of it got covered in the discussion earlier. the big items -- one is the generational reflecting coming up. that has been discussed as a key element that will drive how we time the program and how we design our rates. the other is to give you a status update. the commission continues to move forward on -- the california
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public utilities commission continues to look forward on how it charges the fees charged to customers. we're hoping it will help the fees to be reduced. that is in the face before the proposed decision even gets -- in the phase before the proposed decision even has an initial ruling. last week as miss hale -- lastly, as ms. hale was noting, we have been sponsoring sp 970 that helps to clarify and clear up a lot of issues with the statutes to make the climate for cca more friendly and to
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level the playing field. thanks to the good work of miss hale, don weiss, the sierra club, and others, that was able to get through committee as barbara and noted. that is continuing to move forward. we're hoping to get some relief there as well. supervisor campos: commissioner moran? >> to have any idea on when they're likely to act on the fee issue? on the exit fees. >> there is no timeline set that is published. given where things are and having worked at the sfpuc for a number of years, they are taking final briefs.
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i would expect a decision from them in the next several months. a month or two after that, the commission may act. it is a big issue for cca and direct access. it is one that the cpuc a wrestle with for a while and the way making a decision on because of the political realities. supervisor campos: is there any member of the public that would like to speak on item five? public comment is closed. item six? >> legislative update on community choice every nation issues. supervisor campos: it is a related item. mr. campbell? >> a cut ahead and did items five and six together. supervisor campos: supervisor
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mirkacommissioner mirkarimi? supervisor mirkarimi: i am wondering if the exit of one may give us an opportunity to send a message to pg&e that we sit down and talk question if they are headquartered here in san francisco. we have gone through a number of disagreements and battles like proposition 16. based on the information we received through their shareholders' meetings and the board of directors that have bubbled out about the reason why they wanted him gone, it had to do with the fact that he had to be recalcitrant and not very engaged on a positive level with municipalities in pg&e service
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jurisdictions. i do not know if that particular reason for the exit would help to flavor the quality. i would like to grab the opportunity on behalf of the city to say that we would like some co-existence through the cca. let's try to find a way to have that kind of common respect. i wonder how formally we can do it. i legislated an invitation, kind of tongue-in-cheek, after proposition 16 to invite mr. harvey to come be with us. i did not get his message if he called. i am thinking at this time, there may be somebody there at pg&e who will take our in t invitation seriously. >> hope springs eternal. we had a similar conversation at our commission meetings. we will pursue that.
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we will see if that is something that can be combined effort by the puc and board of supervisors. supervisor mirkarimi: may be mayor lee can also offer a formal invitation. let them dismiss other higher elected officials or something. let's make this invitation to the point where it would almost seen impolitic for them to end north it and do everything we possibly can. if we are going towards it, i think today is a signal that we are. i think it needs to come out in the open about where they are. >> the relationship would be improved by easier dialogue. supervisor campos: would be helpful to do a formal invitation on behalf of lafco
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and the puc? >> let's do some feelers with pg&e. some combination may be the way to do it. we may come back with a recommendation. supervisor campossupervisor mir: something, potentially. we need to figure out what that would look like. supervisor campos: you do not want to post a letter and "the guardian." colleagues, any questions on item six? is there any member of the public who would like to speak on the item? see none, public comment is closed. >> i do not want this first meeting with our new chair -- joint meeting with our new chair to conclude without saying thank
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you for the four years of leadership from our past chair supervisor mirkarimi. we would not have gotten to the day or get to the finish line without your leadership and advice. i want to publicly thank you for everything you have done to help cca laid the groundwork. supervisor mirkarimi: i have been share for five years. supervisor campos: public comment. this is an opportunity for members of the public to comment. >> eric brooks from san francisco green party and the local grassroots organization our city. this is for both commissions, but especially the san francisco public utilities commission.
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i believe you received an e-mail from me there is even more scathing than the one you got for me today about treasure island. i think i mentioned in the e- mail i mainly focused on a problem with projections and preparation for tsunami dangers. that is just the tip of the iceberg of some serious problems that have arisen with the treasure island project. the state of california is threatening to remove redevelopment funding from redevelopment projects. the anchor developer and staff have decided in the last month to completely change both the funding and government structure of this thing. it is sort of like redevelopment.
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what it means in real terms is that this treasure island project -- many groups have already raised many problems with it on the environmental impact report like transportation, sea level rise, as tsunamis, etc. this project will in up with about 20% less funding than it had before. that has created a profound pressure on the project itself. not only have staff and the developer's proposed to cut the affordable housing component of the treasure island project from 17% -- by 17% from what is now, but they have a situation where we're going to do to mitigate problems all depend on future funding from revenue of the project. in the last month, we've seen
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the mayor's office staff, other stuff, and the developers scrambling to make this look like it is ready to go win is not. -- when it is not. there has been a major cut in funding. please read my e-mail. i try not to send too many. it has some key information about tsunami danger that is very scary. to lafco specifically, the other thing changing the size the funding is the governance structure. the planning department and board of supervisors will get a little more authority. however, the treasure island development authority will be getting a lot more walled off authority than it used to have. that is a serious question. i think maybe lafco should take a look at that. supervisor campos: public comment is closed.
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before we move on to the last item, let's go back to items 4, 5, and six. i would ask that we have a motion to continue that. there is a motion by commissioner mirkarimi that is seconded. without objection. madam clerk, call item 10. >> adjournment. supervisor campos: the meeting is adjourned. enjoy your weekend. thank you again for all the work that has been done. ♪
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>> welcome to "culturewire."
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since december 2005, the museum of the african diaspora, known locally,moad, has presented programs that celebrate and explore the culture, history, and art of people with african descent throughout the and added states and throughout the world. the director of cultural affairs recently met with the museum director. to learn more about the current expedition, textural rhythms, constructing the jazz tradition, contemporary african american quilts. >> welcome to "culturewire." today, we are at the museum of the african diaspora, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary occupying one of the premier cultural district in the
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world, the yerba buena cultural arts center in san francisco. joining me is the cultural art director. tell us what moad's mission is. what does it do? >> the museum of the african diaspora showcases the history, art, and cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of africans throughout the world. we do that through compelling and innovative exhibitions, public programs, and education programs. our goal is to celebrate and present for appreciation to our broad and diverse public the controversial energy contributions of people of african descent to world culture in all aspects in all areas, including politics, culture, economics, education, just in all aspects of cultural forms of expression. >> one of the fascinating things since 2005 when the
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museum was established, is that it has become clear from science that all of humanity originates in africa. how does that influence the education programs or presentation here at moad? >> obviously, being able to attenuate that, and there is a sign at the door that says, "when did you know that you were african?" our point is that we share a common dna, and it connects us on a number of different levels. this institution is an institution available to everyone, a resourced for everyone. >> you have both permanent and temporary exhibitions, right? >> we do. our temporary exhibition program is one that we are restructuring. i have been here now for about a year and a few months, and as a former curator, i'm very interested in this aspect of developing the visual arts
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program. part of what we are looking at is using the four core seems that define our program -- origins, migration and movement, transformation, an adaptation -- as a framework for our thinking about the kinds of exhibits we present. >> we want everybody to come and see the permanent exhibition. there might be a special opportunity to visit with the current show that you currently have, which is constructing the jazz tradition, which is a very striking exhibition of quilts. >> it is a compelling exhibit on a number of different levels. visually, it is compelling. in terms of the subject matter, in terms of the approach to materials, it is so rich and diverse. it is a colorful show, a show that is deep in content, and we know something of the history of the "'s tradition within the african-american community. it is a tradition that came from
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africa, has its roots in africa, but during slavery, this was a combination of things. one was a way to be able to communicate with each other, a way to create beautiful objects, and a way to create functional, utilitarian objects for the family and community. the other part that makes it so interesting is the focus on jazz. there are two attritions being celebrated here. certainly, the tradition as we know it -- these are not traditional quilts. they have their roots in traditional aspects, but what you will find in this exhibition are works that include materials on the surface, new processes, copying, and putting photographic images on the surface. you will find packets sewn onto the surface, so the methodology from traditional " making has changed from how traditional quilt makers use the medium.
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>> our visitors can visit the web site, which we will be showing on the segment, so follow the link to the website, and get all of the latest information about all these events related to this exhibition, and, of course, you guys are very active. throughout the year, with all kinds of special programs. >> yes, we are. this is what i'm so excited about. >> this may take us off track a little bit, but a couple of things i wanted to highlight is that the creation of moad is one of the flagship creations of the redevelopment of san francisco. it is housed inside -- what is the building? the regency, right? >> the st. regis museum tower. >> the st. regis museum tower, which is one of the development projects that was promoted by the redevelopment agency is what allows the city to -- and the
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development agency to give form and establish moad in the yerba buena cultural district. now, we are looking at governor brown oppose a proposal, which means that in the future, it he is successful, they would not have had the rebel the agency to promote these economic and cultural projects. it is something that has relevance today in terms of public policy today, what is going to happen in the future if we do not have a redevelopment agency to promote this development. >> yes. moad is the result or culmination of a public/private partnership that included the redevelopment agency and former mayor brown, and included the developer of this area.
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we had an opportunity to develop, create important cultural components of this public/private partnership. i understand the concern. i'm delighted they are here and will continue to be here and will continue to do the good work we are doing. >> absolutely. thank you so much for being part of "culturewire." >> thank you for having me. >> for more information about the museum of the african the museum of the african diaspora, visit