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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 code
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to create a cancer presumption for firefighter and police officer disability and death as a result of duty requirement benefits. thank you president chiu. >> president chair, we had a discussion about some science and data that have impacted how we think about public policy. this item, and i ask for your support, is also one in which i first learned about scientific evidence of the link between cancer and first responders and frankly, the data, if you have not had a chance to look at it, is stunning. we've had 230 firefighters since the year 2000 who have been impacted by cancer. earlier this year over a three month period we had five firefighters who passed away during a three period. there's a study of 30,000 firefighters around the country that shows sharply elevated learn that the men and women
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who put their lives on the line have also had to fight to get industrial disability retirement in the face of work caused cancer. the legislation in front of us today we drafted it in order to take care of our first responders who are struggling with cancer. the legislation creates a presumption that if cancer is work related, unless there is evidence to the contrary, that a variety of retirement benefits and others would automatically accrue. this is a presumption that would apply when a survivor applies on behalf of a deceased member and it's a standard that exactly mirrors the rebuttal standard in our state workers comp cancer [inaudible] as well as the disability standard for majority of first responders across the state. from my perspective we have to ensure that our first responders if they get cancer due to their work they'll be taken care of to send a mention
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message to our first responders to we'll do our best to take care of their loved once if this tragedy ever hits. this applies to our firefighters and police officers and deputy sheriffs and i think in our city of saint francis we need to protect and support those who take care of us. i want to take a moment who are representing the firefighters and police officers from firefighters local #79s 8, as well as our departments and the retirement system and budget analyst for doing the work it took to move this forward. with that, colleagues, i want to take a moment and thank supervisors breed and wiener and others for their support and ask for your support. >> thank you. i would like to be added a a cosponsor to item # 1. 41. >> thank you. >> supervisor farm. girl. farrell.
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>> same here. >> i wanted to say one more thank you to the san francisco firefighters cancer prevention foundation, who have worked hard on this to bring to the attention of policymakers and want to thank them and their colleagues for their advocacy as well. >> thank you. no other -- supervisor wiener. >> i just want to -- i was happy to cosponsor this and i want to thank president chiu for moving this forward. it's long overdue. our firefighters put themselves in harm's way every day and we recognize that in terms of the fires and emergencies they address, but all too often we've not done enough in terms of longer term health problems that result from the job so this is an important step. >> thank you. with that, colleagues, can we take a role call vote. >> item 41, kim i, mar i, tang
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i, wiener i, yee i, breed i, campos i, chiu i, cohen i, farrell i. there are ten is. >> this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [applause] i'm 42. >> item 42 [inaudible] in the affirmative on behalf of the city as the owner of three par tells of real property over which the board has jurisdiction subject to assessment in the proposed district [inaudible] held on july 29, 2014. >> same house same call in this resolution is adopted. item 43. >> ordinance to amend the building code to establish a
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procedure for maintaining commercial store fronts, including the imposition of a registration fee. >> supervisor tang. >> first of all, i want to thank cosponsors, supervisor chiu yee and mar on this. this legislation really builds upon existing legislation that was started by supervisor chiu to really capture some of the vacant buildings we had in our city. some of which have led to a lot of public safety issues, blight, just to name a few. what our legislation here has intended to do is capture the vacant and abandoned commercial store front buildings that we have noticed have not been included in some of the registries. in 2013 the office of economic and work force development began collecting this vacancy data and 25 neighborhood commercial corridors. they reported about 180 spaces that were vacant and of those, only about 4% were actually
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included in vacant registry. this is to capture those builds that have a commercial store front on bottom and residential unit up top. in our district we have recorded about 50 vacant commercial store fronts and roughly 24 of those, about half one on street alone within district 4. we recognize this can be very problematic and our intent is we don't want to punish the property owners, but want to give them an incentive but give them the opportunity to rent out their spaces. where we can provide additional information to people who are looking for empty spagss to be able to rent out.
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some of the new requirements is we ask that the vacant store front include the square footage, previous use and contact information so that it'll be easier for us to better use our city resources to pay our people who want to look for a tenant or start a business in a vacant store front. with that said, there are certain amendment we're going to be making today on page three, we really wanted the address some of concerns in our committee meelting is that we do provide for an exemption in timing additional time to make any repair work or secure permits such as a in order to give some leeway on the timing that it might take we added amendment that says on page 3, line 16 through 18, unless the department in its sole
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discretion determines that the owner needs additional time to complete the repair, rehab
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>> colleagues, same house, same call. this item is approved. >> item 46 to the board of appeals for a term ending july 1, 2018. >> same house same call. this motion is approved. item 47. >> item 47 is a motion to appoint steven lee to the entertainment commission term ending july 21, 2018. >> same house, same call. at this time i'd like to go to our 3:00 pm special order regarding the university of mountain neighborhood. could you first call item 72 in order for us to sit as a committee. >> item 72 is a motion to sit
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public hearing on the urgency ordinance approving an interim zoning moratorium on constitutional changes of use in the university mountain neighborhood. >> we first have to pass a motion and order to allow us to sit at this moment. let me ask if there are any members of the public that wish to speak in public comment. this is only about whether we should have a hearing today so if you want to talk about the item itself, we'll have please step up. needs to be to that matter. >> sure. i think if the united states of america from the federal level, state level, [inaudible] every city, if the united states of america, the government does
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have such wealthy, wealthy, wealthy potential for every citizen [inaudible] benefit. america is truly wealthy if it can a allow each citizen [inaudible]. thank you. >> thank you. are there any other members of the public who wish to speak on whether we should sit. if we could take this motion same house same call. without objection, the motion is approved so that we do sit as a committee of a whole and with that, could you call our 3:00 pm special item, items 48 and 49? >> item 48 is a hearing on the urgency ordinance approving an
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interim by highway 20 on the north, wayland stree on the south, university on the and item 49 is the urgency ordinance approving the moratorium. >> this is an item that was brought to us by supervisor campos who i'd like to acknowledge at this time. >> thank you very much mr. president and i'd like to begin by acknowledging some of the residents of the university mound ladies home. i think it's sad we have to entertain this item that's before you today. the university mound ladies home which is located in the portal district, unless something is done by this board and this city, will be closing
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its doors, would be closing its doors after nearly 130 years providing compassionate senior care for individuals of modest means. on may 8, 2014 the residents of this institution were notified the facility would be closing and according to the report from the university mound board of directors, increasing financial pressures have left the facility, in their view, with closure as the only viable option. it is actually very tragic that if this were to happen because this would mean the complete disappearance of this community. the suddenness of this closure has been devastating to residents, their families and to the entire community. the importance of providing affordable and compassionate care for seniors in san
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francisco could not be understated. it is with great sadness for the loss of this legacy, frustration, lack of transparency, have unfortunately been demonstrated by this board of directors. you have with you a letter that i just received that kim d that came to the board of directors, board of supervisors, a letter which doesn't really change anything. the fact is that from the very beginning of understanding and knowing that this facility was facing closure, the city and county of san francisco has stepped up and tried to do everything we can to make sure this constitution remains open. i want to thank mayor lee and his office who have been working with my office and we have gone out of our way to offer the board of directors different way s in which the
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city can offer assistance so we can avoid eviction and relocation of these vulnerable individuals. i've been shocked that this board of directors have rejected and notwithstanding our efforts to help them stay open and function as a long term senior care facility, they have proceeded with closure and continue to stand by the eviction notices, with the idea that they will sell this property and change the use of this facility. as a result of the decision of this board, san francisco has not had an opportunity to review or plan for a change in the use of this facility. the planning code provides for
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the imposition of interim zoning controls to accomplish several objectives, including the preservation of neighborhoods in areas of institutional uses for preserving the contacter of such neighborhoods. and conditions associated with changes to the balance of residential and institutional uses and to preserve the residential neighborhood character by imposing a temporary moratorium on changes to the institutional use. as it stands, the current zoning for the university mound ladies home, which is a residential care facility to
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anything other than a residential care facility. because this change would wipe out a legacy and alter the character of this neighborhood, i wanted to take the step to make sure that we as a city have had the opportunity to study the effects on the neighborhood and work with the community and understand how the changes like the one of this board of directors is proposing would impact this neighborhood. the purpose is to provide the planning department the opportunity to study this neighborhood and all its institutional uses. in september the planning department will present findings regarding zoning in this neighborhood and propose ideas to address concerns and potential outcomes arising from the potential closure. the controls that are before you extends beyond the site of the lum. university mound ladies home. it is a temporary measure to allow the study of neighborhood
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to ensure balance of uses. i'd like to address my concern that a for profit entity without substantial plans for affordability would also -- is a potential purchaser of this site. i will be asking the planning department to examine ways to designate this site as a local landmark so we limit the ability to make significant changes. it is my hope that as a city we can find the right balance of this neighborhood and i am concerned for this neighborhood but beyond that i am concerneded for san francisco. i think that we are fighting for who we are as a city by trying to protect these women and men who have dedicated their lives to making the city what it is totd if we allow them to be evicted.
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i have stated on numerous occasions my immediate concern for the 27 remaning residents, as well as those who have already left. i actually have worked with the mayor's office, my staff and have even identified $250,000 as part of the budget to see how we can assist the individuals being impacted. i'd like to thank lonnie kent with the mayor's office, colleen and kelly with the department of public health and hidden and [inaudible] with doss, as well as benson, the san francisco long term care [inaudible]. these individuals have worked tirelessly over the last 7 a days to attempt to save this facility. as we examine the zoning control in this neighborhood i'm grateful for the assistance
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of the planning department. i want to thank the city's attorney's office that has stepped in and acted very quickly to put the controls together. it is with that that i would like to now proceed with the hearing and i look forward, especially to hearing from the residents and the community members who are here to speak on this item. >> at this time why don't we open up the hearing. i want to thank the members of the public who have been waiting patiently. if we could, unless there are any speaker cards, i'd like to ask members of the public that wish to speak on this item, please approach the podium. each member of the public will have up to two minutes and please line up on the right hand side of the xam ber. we have a policy that if you are senior disabled we'd like to ask other members of the public to allow them to go earlier if that is something we can do. so with that, let's hear from our first speaker. >> thank you president chiu,
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i'm patrick here on my own time. i cannot thank supervisor campos enough for his leadership on this issue i've
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been informed that the doss is sitting on over $600,000 in unspent community living fund money that has been sitting there in the fiscal year of 12, 13 account unspent. that money could certainly be placed on reserve and be used to help save university mound ladies home. please do what you can do keep elderly san francisco citizens living in county instead of dumped out of county.
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thank you. >> next speaker. >> good evening supervisors, i'm the executive director of marry elizabeth. we are a 100-year-old non profit organization in san francisco providing nerm innocent housing, comprehensive supportive services and free meals to formerly homeless women who are low income in many who are survivors of domestic violence. we are one of six non profit organizations that partner with the human services agency for the care not cash program. we also partner with provision of designated units for dd survivors exiting dd shelters. i don't think university mound should be anything other than affordable senior housing and with approximately 90 units
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there, there's room for 70 plus licensed assisted living units as well as additional supportive housing units for seniors. i'm in favor of almost any initiative that will proevent the reapproval of these nearly 90 units of affordable housing and the approximate 3 million or so that would be set aside for indirect services will never be effective if there's no fiscal housing opportunities for seniors. seems the best long-term plan is to maintain university mound ladies home for seniors, which is what the original mission is, and what the university board is charged to carry out. thank you.
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>> thank you, next speaker. >> okay, good afternoon, president chiu and city supervisors. i want to acknowledge supervisor campos' work in putting this together. a little bit nervous, my mother's sitting there watching me so i apologize for the nervousness. original mission states university mound ladies home provides affordable care for women -- mostly womening in their 80s and 90s, the residents are treated like people there. they take care of physical emotional needs and they're not just bodies. the purpose of providing compassionate care for seniors cannot be overestimated. you see a large r large mansion from another time in our history to the right of the building is a chapel, stained windows at the front of the chapel. as you enter university mound ladies home you find yourself
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in a very spacious living room, open area with large windows bathed in natural sunlight. very comfortable room filled with sofas, and a fireplace and sometimes they have a [inaudible] performing there. as you move through the living room and towards the left there's aeroopen room called the sun room surrounded in glass with the sun glass ceiling, walls are made of brick, sun raes then you walk into the spacious dining room. i'm not going to finish so i'm cut short. i hate to do that, but no other place like this exists in san francisco lel me say that again. no other police station like this exists in san francisco. other places try to get the sense of community that i've visited and i've visited those
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places and none of them come to the university mound ladies home. one last thing, with if baby boomers being the largest growing ageing population -- >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon, i'm here because i'm very concerned about the news of this place closing. as one of the very last affordable assisted living homes, assisted care living homes in our city, we need to do all that we can to ensure that the residents of university mound ladies home remain there. the world war ii sheet metal worker, alice; the other hard working san francisco residents, the veterans, teachers, marian brown of the famous san francisco brown twins who made you smile for decades. we need to stay there.
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so i beg you -- you have a chance now also to model behavior for children to stand up for our eld rs and treat them with the dignity and respect they di serve. deserve. we do not discard, displace our treasured generation. let us do all we can to restore peace and home to these san francisco citizens and work to ensure that the next group of elders will have a home in their city in our city. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> my name is tom queue and i want to thank you for calling this meeting. i wanted to point out that 130 years ago [inaudible] district was a cow pasture. we're looking at only 20 years after the end of the civil war,
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the university [inaudible] was founded at that time in history. it has survived world war i, world war ii, the great depression, and many other recessions, the earthquake of 1906 and other earthquakes. so here we are today, we have a building there, they're doing a good job, taking care of elderly women. this makes no sense to eliminate that site. it should continue as is . so where do i go when i'm old? do i have to go to bakersfield? no, it's too far. do i go to sacramento. that's too far. i want to stay in my neighborhood and live in a house where i'm safe and taken care of and when it's time to die, go to the mounds hospice. we have a hospice there too, you can't forget that.