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>> good morning. i have worked in a department of public health for 20 years. i would like to speak out in support of this resolution. i think in california, every available mental health service is necessary, and i think everyone that troubles the streets, especially at night, has seen the obvious need for more services for the mentally challenged people in california. one cautionary note i would like to make is that in regards to the different programs for mental health services, i would like to caution that the providers of mental health services need to use the services efficiently. one of the projects i have been studying for the last few years deals with the possible misuse of psychological services against whistle-blowers, and i feel that we should make sure
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that these psychological services are given to the most needy and possibly -- and not possibly misused, especially by local government. thank you. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. any other member of the public who would like to comment? we will close public comment. we can move forward with recommendations. we will do that without objection. item three please. >> item 3, ordinance amendment portions of the san francisco public works code, administrative code, and health could to consolidate and streamline department of public works enforcement, abatement, and cost collection processes for public nuisances, including amendments to administrative code chapter 80, public works code sections, and health code article 6, revealing public works code sections 1 74.2 through 1 74.13, 728 through
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734, and seven 35.1 through 735.4, remembering public works code section 707.1 as 706.9, and making environmental and other required findings. supervisor avalos: bank you, madam clerk. >> good morning, committee members. in a legislative aide in a supervisor mirkarimi's office -- i am a legislative aide. he entered this is this legislation at the request of the department of public works. briefly, i will describe what it does. immense fortunes of the public works vote, the administrative code, and the health code to streamline the enforcement of public nuisances and lights. it centralizes the of forssmann of nuisance and light through a consolidated citation appeal -- it centralizes the enforcement of nuisance and blight.
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the city's comprehensive 2008 ordinance focused primarily on the abatement process, but did not consolidate the process for issuing administrative citations for nuisance law violations. supervisor avalos: ok. we also have a presentation from the director of dpw? >> good morning. i have a presentation if you want or need it. otherwise, just happy to answer questions. supervisor avalos: i think briefly if you could discuss the benefit of the ordinance for your work and the work of your department. if you could briefly talk about that, that would be great. >> it is really -- the enforcement responsibilities that the department has for maintaining the public rights of way to be safe and clean and accessible are scattered amongst
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a number of different parts of the municipal code and health code, the police code an ad in code, the public works code. we have two pieces of the existing legislation. the blight ordinance and our sidewalk inspection and repair ordinance, which actually work very well. they are very effective because they are designed to enable us to, once we have identified a problem, if the property owner does not address it, it allows us to address it and recover the city's cost. we do not have that ability with the myriad of other aspects of the codes that we are meant to enforce. they have cumbersome processes and the legal means of cost recovery, so they are, frankly, not very effective. what this proposed legislation does is for all those other elements of public right of way in enforcement that we have responsibility for, it basically holds them into the plight ordinance, allows us to use that process, which we have found has
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been very effective. just so you know, i know you have had questions about blight, and i think have called for a hearing on it. the plight ordinance was initially intended to address kind of a wide range of issues of non-building code property blight building code issues. what we found in practice is the great majority, well over 90%, of the use of the plight ordinance so far, has been graffiti. we had an existing graffiti ordinance, and we used that first, but when people do not comply with the graffiti ordinance, we then issue a blight notice. it has been very effective. we are not getting a lot of requests from the public for non-graffiti blight issues here that said, it has been very
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effective. our sidewalk repair program has been very effective. we want to use the benefit of those ordinances to be able to address all the rest of the aspects of right of way enforcement that we are responsible for. supervisor avalos: ok, very good. just one brief question. you and i met in my office about a month ago. i gave you a few sites to look at in terms of blighted properties. not in public right of way. it was actually the top of edgar street. there were two, maybe three properties, just completely abandoned buildings on the top of the hill that are very visible from a lot of sites around the city. i'm not sure if anyone owns the property at all, or is just sitting there for a long time. how would we go about getting the property been -- is that where we look at dpw or dbi?
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>> somebody at the town hall meeting the other night sent me some info after the meeting as well. we would send an inspector out, and the way we design the process is our inspector will determine which things fall within the admen code, the plight ordinance, and if there are things beyond that that are building code related, we have a process set up. there may be both in these instances, and we would be able to move forward and site immediately based on what is under our jurisdiction, but if we identify building code issues, we would allow that to dbi, and they would send an inspector out. i gave my contact info. he has already followed up. i have already sent it to our inspectors, so they will be checking that out this week. supervisor avalos: very good. great to hear. we will open this item up for
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public comment. no one coming forward, we close public comment. we move this forward with recommendation without objection. item four please. >> item four, ordinance waiting san francisco public works code section 724.1, which imposes temporary street space occupancy fees on saturday may 7 and saturday may 21, 2011, for certain streets in san francisco, as part of small business week sidewalk sales. supervisor avalos: bank appear this is an item that one of the members of the board of supervisors sponsors every year so we can have the conditions to have different stands around the city during small business week. i am offering this legislation this year. it came from the office of small business administration office, headed by regina.
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>> good morning. annually, the small business commission comes before you to request the sidewalk fee waiver for small business week shop your neighborhood day. this is taking place on may 21. before you, you have a list of streets in the legislation that we are requesting the block fee waiver. i have submitted to you a list of the merchant corridors that are participating, and we have a total of 23,000, 100 -- $23,182 in sidewalk sale at the waivers. just to note that the commit -- this is a commission-initiated projects, so if the commission was not initiated the project, the sidewalk sale at the waivers would not be happening. i have also provided you just a document of this year, the small business week committee, we are doing additional promotion for the sidewalk sale day, the shop your neighborhood day, and i have provided you with a list of
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the promotional materials. supervisor avalos: very good. thank you. the first day of the sidewalk sale will be in district 11. we are going to combine it with our our walk event, which will start that evening along ocean avenue. our events in district 11 have been really fabulous. lots of great participation from district 11 artists and neighborhood residents. we have had hundreds of people on the streets at each one of our events. this will be our fourth. >> correct. we wanted to make sure that ocean avenue was able to partake in the sidewalk sale at the labor to be able to do their part what -- their art walk, even though they were not able to join us for the may 21 date. supervisor avalos: very good. thank you, regina. we will open this item for public comments. and we will close public comments. and this item we can move
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forward with recommendations. so done. madam clerk, do we have any other items before us? >> no, mr. chairman. supervisor avalos: we are adjourned.
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>> good morning, everybody. hi. how are you? so nice to see you. that looks like a great play yard. i know you're anxious to get out there and take part in all of the findings today. i wanted to introduce myself. my name is cates -- kate. i am a commentator for the golf channel and i really want to welcome the over 300 students to our golf and leadership party here. [applause] can we did but cheer from the students from lafayette school?
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[cheering] how about a cheer from monroe elementary school? let's hear it for sheridan. [cheering] and a big hello from the students of jefferson elementary. wow. you guys have a lot of energy today. glad to not be in school, right? i know i liked to take a day off from school. we are thrilled to have familiar faces on hand for the celebration, which is the culmination of an effort by pacific gas and electric and the unified school district to teach leadership and call skills to students in -- golf skills in 21 different san francisco elementary schools. that is a wonderful opportunity.
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as a a board member and a professional golfer, it is wonderful to see seven people having a chance to -- to see so many people having a chance to learn the skills provided by the game of golf. i would like to thank the pg&e president. [applause] mayor ed lee. and deputy school superintendent richard for taking the time to join us today. i would like to introduce one of our biggest supporters in san francisco who also is a great golfer himself. mayor ed lee. mayor lee: thank you. good morning, everyone.
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i do not know about being a great golfer, but if i can brag for a moment -- how many of you have a hole in one. how many of you had three? [laughter] ok. those kids have their hands up. why? i have had three, in my last one was here. i am a happy guy whenever i come out here. and of course, i wanted to brag before i teach the kids humility, right? anyway, i am out here with good friends. certainly sandy tatum, who i have worked with for the last two years, who helped initialize the whole first program when we started partnering with the pga. thank you for all your contributions. and you know, the first tee program, the partnership with
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the unified school district, and then this year with the help of pg&e, to really expand that to the fourth and fifth graders, that is a fantastic contribution. i want to thank peony because last week, we -- pg&e because last week, we were doing contributions getting ready for earthquakes, helping our youth there. i want to thank again pg&e for being good corporate partners of the county of san francisco. i want to thank the first tee program. i know a lot of members of the board of directors are here today. it is totally of voluntary efforts to help our kids learn the game of golf, but learn the honest values, the integrity, the sportsmanship that golf brings. and ultimately, the humility that also requires you to have.
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wherever you go -- in the latest example -- i hit 16 shots before they finished 1 hole, and still, they finished the whole round. that was this past weekend. understanding, and humility, but also other values. kids are in for a wonderful experience when you take up the game of golf. i know you're going to love playing this game, but you are also going to love how you get support from all of us. this program is a wonderful program. we have funded it. we have been finding it. this place has been posting the charles schwab cup of four years. it will be right here with all the past pga champion spirited
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play the final, most important round of the season here, and it is a wonderful contribution these professional players have with the first tee program. that is wonderful. it is a wonderful relationship we have with our school district. that is what it is all about. giving hope to the kids. support for them. they are going to take this specialized fitness that pg&e is trying to fund, to use its -- to use it so they can learn golf skills of visitation valley, one of the first areas we opened up. i am so proud of this whole area. being a mayor who plays golf -- i am so humbled by being mayor. i am humbled by the game of golf. i learn something every single
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time i play this game. but i also played a lot in the city of san francisco. it is such a wonderful game for everyone in the city to have, including all of you 300 kids. thank you for coming out. >> and now pg&e president chris dunn. i know you would like to talk next. >> thank you. we are excited to be part of this program and working in collaboration with first tee, is a great organization in the city and county of san francisco and the school district. it is an honor to be here today. mayor, i have had many, many more hole in one span three, but unfortunately they were on a putt-putt course. [laughter] my golf game itself is
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humiliating. it is actually humbling all the time. it is a lot of fun to play. you are going to have a great opportunity, because you are going to be able to learn a lot about lifelong values. this will serve you well. not just in school. but throughout your life. the great part is you get to have fun doing that. you get to play golf while you are doing that. it is going to be a great time for you. i have been blessed in meeting a lot of students to have gone to a first tee program and they have gone on to great things in college and post-college. and they've learned a lot of important things through the program. i encourage all of you to take full advantage of it, to play golf, to enjoy your whole time in the first tee program. we are happy to be a part of the. we are offering a check to fund some of the activities, and i am
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thrilled to give you that. [applause] >> wow. [unintelligible] >> there you go. [cheers and applause] >> now unfortunately, as tiger woods found out, they do not take those at the door. [laughter] >> deputy superintendent caramba, would you like to come up? >> mr. mayer, hole in one --that
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is impressive. i think i have the record for a hole in ten. [laughter] by was bragging about the fact that we are joyful learners. we do not just go to school to learn. but we learn about fund. when i counted three, i want to hear the loudest yell you can yell to show the mayor and the president how joyful we really are. are you ready? here we go. one, two, three. [yelling] ooh, that was a big breath. that is the last time you can yell that loud on of golf course. mr. mayor, thank you for why you and pg&e are doing for the
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children of san francisco. these are difficult times when things are caught and scaled back. physical education does not have to be something you do when time of the day or one half hour of the day. it is a lifelong skill but all of our students will be able to use as they grow older and hopefully get better on the golf course. we want to thank you on behalf of all the 65,000 san francisco unified school district students. thank you to pg&e for giving us an opportunity to introduce the sport of golf to the students of san francisco. as a san franciscan and a father, i will come out here and continue to train and practice and try to get that hole in 10 down to maybe of hole in five. i want to introduce a supervisor in the physical
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education department -- thank you. and her name is michelle. michele, could use that up, please? -- could you step up, please? >> i have a humble gift for pg&e from the physical education department of san francisco unified school district. we want to present you with this black for -- plaque for everything you're doing for the students of the san francisco unified school district. [applause] and we have one last plaque we would like to give to first tee of san francisco. this would not be possible if it were not for the folks who are doing a great deal of work to coordinate with our departments
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so all of you young adults here, please remember that today is your day, and a great deal of effort went into with to make it happen. from our department and san francisco unified school district, we would like to present this. thank you, sandy, very much. greg thank you. [applause] >> i have a voice problem. you have got to be grateful. [unintelligible] [laughter] [applause] >> thank you very much. i do want to acknowledge the president of the san francisco unified school district board of
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education. thank you for being here, being part of this day. so, now we have a party that is going to be kicked off, right? we have a first tee shot that is going to kick off this party. and i know you guys are all ready to party. we have a residence chris dunn, mayor lee, maybe school superintendent? and we have some students. students -- the students will exhort you down. the executive director of the san francisco first tee. it does not look like you have the shoes on. 3, 2, 1, party. [cheering]
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>> about four years ago, [inaudible] look at how beautiful this was. there is our relationship to the planet. these regions are the wealthiest, the most powerful. that really has impacted the planet. it is almost impossible now to go anywhere and had it really be completely dark. there are very few locations that you can find. that means our relationship to the sky, there is a way where we dominate the sky. we cannot see anything really. we are blinding ourselves in a way.
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>> you can look at the images, they are beautiful. when i started four years ago, there was a conversation about environmental issues that was very different. this is not being talked about in the way it is now. . this has just been like an amazing growth. i anticipate the project to be something that opens a dialogue to public interest in these ideas. so the

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