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to do a lot of outreach to our merchant corridors to make sure we're educating people about the impacts of sugar and what this measure would do and not do. i would have to respectfully disagree with the means we're going about this, but by all means, interested to see how voters will decide on this in november. >> thank you. supervisor campos. >> thank you. i'll be very brief, but i want to thank all my colleagues for their words and clearly this is a very important issue and there's a lot of passion here. i will simply say that i think every -- i don't know that any of the points that i have heard are disib general would you say. i think everyone here is genuinely trying to address a very complicated issue and i speak as someone who is supporting this measure. i think that many of the points
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that have been raised against it are very valid points and ultimately i'm supporting this measure because i believe that in a close call with something like this, i'm going to air on the side of giving voters the choice and that's why i'm supporting this, you know, to give voters the opportunity to decide for themselves what the right approach is. and i do think that -- for me, the fact is unless we do something different, unless things change, the health issues we're identifying that supervisor mar and others talked about, are only going to continue and get worse. that said, i do think that there are legitimate concerns about this measure. it is a regressive tax, it is a regressive tax to say to the pop haitian that has been targeted by these companies, that you're the ones that are
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going to bear the brunt of how to pay for the funding of education and other things. that's an issue for me. that said, i still don't know what the right proper, you know, non regressive way of funding something is and i'm open to that. i also think that there is something big brother about this and i have concerns about that. but again, it's -- i think in a close call like this, i'm going to air on the side of giving voters the choice, and that's by supporting this and i do think that one of the benefits of this measure is that it will spark conversation that, by the way, is not taking place and not taking place in the very communities we're worried about. i know in the immigrant community we're not talking enough about this disproportionate height rates of diabetes so my hope is one
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benefit of this measure is there'll be more discussion. >> thank you. supervisor kim. >> i want first i didn't get to clarify some of the points i wanted to make. again, i want to reiterate that i appreciate the commitment and intent of the supporters of this ballot measure. i just want to bring up examples of other ways besides education that i think we can reduce the consumption of unhealthy food items. i'm a huge supporter of our healthy corner store campaign, something erik mar initiated with supervisor cohen. i think that's great of looking at ways to convert lick kwor stores to be corner store. reducing their sales and of tobacco and alcohol and more to produce. that's incentivizing small business owners to change their owner.
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food gardens, we have an amazing food garden, they give out 400 pounds of food a month for free, residents of tenderloin all fresh and healthy vegetables. it's been great.
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i get that diabetes has a higher impact on low income residents and i think i have a lot of feelings and thoughts about that. i think labeling is important. i think what then mayor bloomberg i think those are all things that we can look at. we certainly did this with cell phone antennas or attempted to several years ago. we attempted to label and education consumers about the potential usage of cell phones. i don't want this vote to be viewed as not thinking this this is an important issue on an epidemic. again, i just want to reemphasize that i just question whether this is the medium. if this is a question of whether this will go to the vote and, you know, we were the sixth vote or another thing, i
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think that we'd want the conversation to move forward to the voters. i think this conversation has been super interesting and i've learned a lot even have to debate with so many folks on this issue, but there are the votes necessary to bring it to the voters and i think that this issue is different from so many others that we bring with unanimous support and that's, again, why i'll be picking a decenting vote, but this doesn't go against, i think the work of the advocates and our sponsors, even supervisor wiener was emailing me late last night with more information and research. i really appreciate that. i read through much of that and want to make sure that we are having the right conversation and moving forward. >> president chiu. >> thank you mr. chair. first of all, i want to eks press my strong support with the support of this measure.
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ing soda licenses in our neighborhoods. at the end of the day though for me, it's about facts. i know there's been some suggestions about what causes diabetes and obesity and the fact that one out of two kids today is going to get type two diabetes. we've seen a 300% increase in
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adolescent obesity over the last three decades. wut one out of three of our kids are obese. if you're wondering why this is caused we know plenty of folks who have it what didn't physicians here in this chamber, we have the san francisco medical society, we have hospitals, we have healthcare experts who have told us repeatedly they know these empty sugars are kling our kids. at the end of the day i think we have to set an example and i appreciate the idea if we could do this nationally, at the state level, if we didn't have to be the only jurisdiction leading on that issue, i would agree with that. but at the end of the day congress has not acting, the state legislature has not acted and san francisco sets examples. people wanted to do it nationally, people wanted to do it at the state level it wasn't about to happen. before the idea of living wage or environmental protections we set a standard so i think we're
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going into new territory. we are starting and incredible conversation about how we ensure that the next generation of our kids does not have to go through what diabetes patients today have to go through, but i think we have an responsibility to try new things and fight the fight and see where this goes, but to ensure that we are steeped on our side with the facts and science and i think that is important for us to remember as well. again, i want to thank the coalition that's come together, i want to thank supervisors mar, wiener, cohen and avalos for your leadership and look forward to encaging in this conversation in the coming months. >> thank you. . supervisor breed. >> thank you. i have said from the very beginning i had serious concerns about this ballot measure. you specifically voted to support this measure in committee and i supported moving it to the full board for decision. at the time i made it clear i
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didn't support it and today unfortunately i won't be supporting it because i don't want my name attached to this ballot measure when it goes before vote es. i thought long and hard about it, but i'm concerned about how this ballot measure attacks some of the low income communities without a clear direction of how these monies are going to be specifically used for these particular community. by distributing them through the various departments there's no clear oversight or accountability and nothing that makes it clear to me that anything is going to change so today i won't be supporting it and i will appreciate the comments of all of my colleagues here. i realize there are fact or data, there's information, there's a lot that's out there. not everywhere opposed to this bat lol measure is associated
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with the beverage industry and i want to make that cheer because i feel as if this is being forced down peoples' throats and -- was that, like, a pun or something? [laughter] but ultimately i think that already better ways in order to address this problem. had it before for sugar in general i would be more open to it. it's specific to beverages. i understand what the data says in terms of consumption in beverages and how you consume or -- absorb that at higher rate than you do other things that have sugar, but the data is just not -- doesn't make sense based on what i've done in my own community and what i've been exploring and the questions i'm asking various organizations that exist in my district. in district 5 i know it's
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different from other parts of city, but the data's just not connecting for me and i don't -- i'm not there with supporting this measure and i don't want my name attached to this so unfortunately i won't be supporting it. thank you. >> supervisor mar. >> i want to thank my colleagues for their thoughtful comments and just reiterate again that there is an oversight committee that is made up, even with youth on it and parents that will ensure that the money, the 40% to the school district, 25% to parks and open space and 25% to public health would be spent wisely. i also wanted to say that as others have said, doctor john maw from the medical society is here as well that's been to so many of our meetings, someone from shape up sf and chuck collins as well, they've
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advocated that science is on our side, that we could reduce harmful beverages by 30 to 40% in our city. that's reducing harmful beverages and the funding -- the up to $50 million a year goes to the exact programs that supervisor kim was raising as what she supports so it's going to programs that you actually support the healthy corner store coalitions in the bay view and tenderloin areas. water fountains and drink tap stations in all the schools. it's help -- i'm working on efforts in licensing in tobacco control issues. that $50 million a year goes to equity and efforts in our communities. i'm a parent of a young child. perhaps that's why the ptas are so strongly supported. if you understood the crisis before us and our children and future generations are being
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besieged by the marketing of big soda and those corporations that are going to flood our mailboxes with misleading mailers in the next few months you'd understand that it's a bat against very powerful interests as we stands up for the public health and future of our children. that's why i strongly urge you to let this go to the voters and vote yes today. thank you. >> supervisor wiener. >> thank you. i will say, i never have a problem with anyone agreeing or disagreeing with me or anyone. we are all elected represents and have an obligation to make an independent judgment on whether to support or not support anything. i completely respect my colleague's disagreement. there's no rule or requirement that anything coming out of this board needs to be unanimous and sometimes disagreement can be healthy. it's democracy.
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what i do have challenges is when i hear statements that are not founded. i mean, to suggest this is being forced down anyone's throat, there is no basis for that. this has gone through almost a year of process. we have had three hearings at budget, multiple meetings at other committees, various meetings throughout the community. if we had frequent flier miles for the traveling we've done around the city to talk to community groups about this measure i think we'd all be in some sort of high elite frequent flier status. also, this will not become the law of san francisco unless 2/3 of the voters adopt it. we have to go to the voters and make the case to the voters to adopt it. this is not forcing anything
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down anyone's throat. and in terms of oversight and accountability, in addition to the fact that this is a special tax, we could have gone the route of general tax, 50% plus one to go into the general fund. we chose not to do that because we wanted to make sure we knew that the money was being spent on school lunch, on expanding rec center hour, dental care for low income people and expandsing access to clean drinking water and that's why this is a 2/3 special tax. not only do we have our controller and or normal process and citizen oversight committee, but we have language in here, which i'm sure gave the controller some heart burn that this money cannot be replacement mob knee. money. rec and park can't sweep out active recreation money and use this to back sell it. this has to be new money to
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expand these nutrition physical activity and health programs. there is strong oversight and accountability in this measure. i have want to thank the colleagues for at least acknowledging that the [inaudible] all support the strong link between sugary beverages and diabetes and this type of tax. it's ucsf that's the ep center of showing that these impacts will be effective. it is -- the science is not refutable and the beverage industry doesn't dispute the evidence. that's why the entire medical community supports this measure. i want to really associate myself with the remarks president chiu made about it would be better if this happened at a federal or state level. supervisor tang, i will say i agree a thousand percent, but
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this is a congress that has not passed a budget in about six years, that is incapable of even reauthorizing the highway -- federal highway fund. our state legislature has killed this measure repeatedly and could not even move a labeling bill out of committee in the assembly. we have to do what we always have done and lead. >> any final comments? madam clerk call the roll. role. >> kim no, ma i, tang no, wiener i, yee no, breed no, campos i, chiu i, cohen i,
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farrell i. there is six is and four nos. >> the motion is approved. [applause] >> and with that, colleagues, why don't we go to our 23:30 special commendation. >> thank you very much mr. president. it is my great honor today to provide accomodation to a very special individual timmy trong. timmy here? [applause] if you could please come up to the podium right there. today it is my great honor to recognize the amazing work and service of an incredible leader and youth advocate. our outgoing director of the san francisco youth commission, sammy trong. arriving in san francisco more
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than a decade ago to attend san francisco state, sammy came to the youth commission in 2011 after having served as an employment coordinator with the vietnamese youth development center and became the commissions director in march of 2013. during rur incredible tenure, she for youth program that is now serving more than 30,000 young people here in san francisco. i know that i in my office had the pleasure of working closely with sammy and the youth commissioners during that campaign and i personally have been so impressed by her dedication, her passion, her tenacity, her leadership. she's also done phenomenal work staffing the employment priorities and helping to
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launch a highly successful summer jobs program, launched in 2012. this has bng hailed as a national mod dell and is now in its third year. she supported youth commissioners and advocates in ensuring that youth of all background could be included in that program, including undocumented youth so we thank you for that. more recently for me, support youth inclusive process for the revision of the children's fund legislation. she worked with these commissioners, these youth and so many advocates and members of the community to ensure the legislation that was put forward truly made an investment in our youth and that whatever decisions were made, that the decisions were informed by young people's experiences and insights and i believe we were successful in making that happen.
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she understands that effective youth leadership models involve mentor ship. she instituted a dynamic and impactful [inaudible] which is now has been running for three years. she has always taken the time that is necessary to have one-on-one with youth commissioners, local youth leaders, with her staff, and with advocates, not only from san francisco, but for other parts of the country. she's known for holding incredibly high standards for youth commissioners and then working with them with her dedication to make sure that they succeed in meeting those standards. and she does this while maintaining a joyful and always friend live office. it's greatly appreciated. unfortunately for us, she'll be moving back to los angeles to be closer to her family. san francisco's loss the truly los angeles's gain and we can
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all say you'll be sorely missed. i thank you from the bottom of my heart for your leadership, your compassion and the amazing legacy of youth empowerment you leave behind her in san francisco. if you change your mind, we'll always be here. thank you very much. i know other colleagues want to say a few words as well supervisor mar. >> thank you. i wanted to thank you so much for working with young people, giving them a voice and helping to empower them. i think i see the chairperson nicholas per sky who was here earlier.
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just amazing appreciation and respect for your work and helping our young people develop legs and a voice to have power in this chamber. i want to thank you for your work in community based organizations, always linking up policy from the bottom up and giving that sense of empowerment to the young people and hopefully they take that on in future careers aez well. we'll miss you. thanks so much. >> think supervisor kim wanted to say something too. >> i think supervisor mar talked about your accomplishments. thank you so much for your service. i think [inaudible] we have it within our four walls, inside city all and that we can come to the youth commission for advice and for recommendation and feedback on policies, but you know, it's really a testament to the history of really strong staff members at the youth commission that makes
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that possible. folks that are really committed to empowering the voices of young people here in san francisco and you're certainly a part of that len i can't imagine, so thank you for your work and good luck on your next steps. >> i want to say thank you. our youth commission is made up of individuals and residents who are going to be in our future leaders and you have been mentoring them, you've been ensuring that they have had an amazing voice in our local community and i know whatever you're going to do you'll continue that fight and i want to thank you as well. supervisor cohen. >> thank you. i feel like we were just in the chamber yesterday welcoming you to the leadership position and now here we are a bittersweet moment to say good-bye. i've enjoyed working with you and admired your leadership style and how you've been able to inspire the young minds to get civicly involved and that's the leadership we need to
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continue to see being developed in our young people, so thank you. >> thank you. , again, to my colleagues. would you like to say a few words? >> i just -- yeah. thank you very, very much, supervisor, and members of the board. i feel so overwhelmed with love and appreciation and i just feel incredibly honored, extremely fortunate to be surrounded by our youth commissioners. it's an amazing body of pourerful individuals and i'm so lucky to have been able to share the past years with them and be around young leaders who are working tirelessly to make their san francisco a place of equity and unity. i know their work could not be done without the support of the board, your work to ensure their voices are heard and your trust in their worth and abilities. thank to the youth organizers who have made it this work so
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incredibly worth it everyday. thank you for my colleagues who have worked alongside me and for everything they do for our jout and a special thank you to the clerk of the board for her constant support, mentorship and belief in me. it is with a heavy heart that i'm leaving, but i know the commission is in good hands. i ask that you ask yourself, what would the youth commission do? and last but not least, my deepest gratitude to our courageous youth commissioner. it has been such a privilege to serve you all. hank you. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. would my colleagues like to take a picture? ?
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[applause] >> okay colleagues, what i'd like to propose is we finish up the items before the 230
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special order and move to our 3:00 pm special order. can you call items 36 and 37? >> item 36 is an ord taxable general for the seismic safety loan program in the mayor's office of housing in fiscal years 2014, 15. item 37 is a resolution to authorize and direct the sale of a not to exceed amount of 24 million in an aggregate principal amount of obligation bonds safety loan program. >> [inaudible]. >> on items 36 and 37. supervisor kim i, mar i, tang i, wiener i, yee i, breed , i campos i, chiu i, cohen i, farrell i. there is ten is.
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>> item 38. >> [inaudible] at 400 through 60020th street between the port commission and [inaudible] pier 70 for a term of 66 years to commence following board approval. >> colleagues same house same call in this resolution is adopted. item 39. >> item 39 is a resolution to approve a license between the board commission and pacific gas company for the embarcadero project for 50.3 million [inaudible] 26 year option. >> same house same call? this resolution is adopted. next item. >> item 40 is a resolution to approve [inaudible] for approximately 2.3 million. >> same house same call. this resolution is adopted next item. >> item 41 is an ordinance to amend the administrative