SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY FACILITY COMMISSION
Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6:00 PM
100 Whitney Young Circle, Earl P. Mills Community Room
San Francisco, CA 94124
1.0 CALL TO ORDER AND SUNSHINE ORDINANCE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Commission President Willie B. Kennedy called the Thursday, January 13, 2011 meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. in the Earl P. Mills Community Room at 100 Whitney Young Circle.
1.2 ROLL CALL
At 6:12 p.m. roll was called by Acting Commission Secretary – Lee Ann Prifti
Commissioners Present: Kennedy, A. Brown, B. Brown, Chung, Ellington,
Commissioners Excused: None
Staff Present: Toye Moses, Executive Director
Frances Starr, Senior Management Assistant
Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary
Lee Ann Prifti, Acting Commission Secretary
Marilyn Ramos, Secretary
1.3 CONSENT CALENDAR
Commissioner Kennedy read the Consent Calendar and welcomed the new Commissioners to the Commission.
Commissioner Brown invited the new Commissioners (Armina Brown, Theo Ellington, Brigette LeBlanc) to fully participate and share ideas to create a better Bayview and Southeast district.
Commissioner Kennedy thanked the out-going Commissioners (Louise C. Jones, Kenneth Sampson, Caesar Churchwell) for a job well done and said they will be missed. Commissioner Kennedy said the Commission looks forward to their continued participation and the sharing of their talents within the community.
Commissioner Kennedy read the Sunshine Ordinance and the Consent Calendar.
1.4 PROPOSED ACTION
It was moved by Commissioner Brown and seconded by Commissioner Norman to accept the Consent Calendar and the minutes for Monday, November 22, 2010, Thursday, December 9, 2010, and Monday, December 20, 2010. It was unanimously accepted.
2.0 PUBLIC COMMENT
Michael Janis, General Manager of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market on Jerrold Avenue, advised he is working on a presentation for the February 10th Commission meeting. He invited the Commissioners to take a tour of the market prior to the presentation. The market opens at the unique hour of 12 am and closes at 10 am. Commissioners can visit the market between 8:30 am and 9 am for a thorough ½ hour tour. In closing Mr. Janis invited the Commissioners to coordinate with Director Moses and his staff if they are interested in touring the market before the February 10th presentation.
Commissioner Chung had a question regarding the nature of the February 10th presentation.
Mr. Janis advised the market is undergoing a future planning process and in conjunction they were given an environmental review. It is important to the market to provide outreach within the community and the SECFC is the first commission they have contacted.
Director Moses thanked Mr. Janis for everything he has done for the Commission, including providing fresh fruit and vegetables at the previous Health Fairs.
Commissioner Kennedy welcomed Commission Secretary Carla Vaughn on her return to the Commission and thanked Acting Commission Secretary Lee Ann Prifti for her hard work and stellar attendance during Ms. Vaughn’s leave.
LeeAnn Prifti, Acting Commission Secretary announced the following Press Releases:
a) Mayor Newsom Announces Broadband Access In All San Francisco Public Housing Facilities
b) Mayor Newsom Announces Approval And Issuance Of All Permits For New Downtown Target Store
c) Mayor Newsom Announces Launch Of The Better Market Street Project
d) Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Statement On San Francisco’s Selection To Host The 34th America’s Cup Agreement For The 34th America’s Cup In San Francisco
e) Mayor Newsom And Police Chief Gascón Announce Continued Drop In S.F. Violent Crime Rate
f) San Francisco Celebrates A New America’s Cup
g) Mayor Newsom Swears In New Appointments To City Boards And Commissions
h) Mayor Newsom, City Attorney Herrera, City Controller Ben Rosenfield, Board President Chiu And Asian Art Museum Foundation Announce Proposal To Restructure Foundation’s Debt
i) Edwin M. Lee Sworn In As 43rd Mayor Of San Francisco
Acting Commission Secretary LeeAnn Prifti reminded the Commissioners and guest that copies of all Communications were available.
Copy of confirmation that Gary Dowd, Manager Real Estate Services will be scheduled for the Facility & Economic Ad-Hoc committee meeting on February 7th, along with Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager.
5.0 PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Commissioner Kennedy opened the floor for the nomination of a Commission Vice-President.
Commissioner LeBlanc nominated Commissioner Bobbrie Brown.
Commissioner Kennedy called for other nominations, hearing none, the nominations were closed and Commissioner Bobbrie Brown was unanimously accepted as the Commission Vice-President.
Commissioner Kennedy provided the goals of the Community Advisory Ad-Hoc Committee to each Commissioner which highlighted the following recommendations:
a) To seek a Legislative Ordinance from the Board of Supervisors that the Southeast Community Facility Commission, now advisory in nature, be amended to become a chartered commission.
b) To pursue a resolution to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to amend Charter 54 making Southeast Community Facility Commission a chartered commission.
c) To implement a “revenue-sharing agreement and maintenance/operational standards “i.e. economic benefit based on volume of sewage and adherence of maintained to protect the Bay View Hunters Point community.
Commissioner Kennedy announced the Chair of the Community Advisory Group Ad-Hoc Committee will be Commissioner Bobbrie Brown, the Co-Chair will be Shirley Jones, community leader and former Southeast Community Facility Commissioner. The members of the committee will be Commissioners Al Norman and Armina Brown, with Commissioner Brigette LeBlanc serving as alternate. Commissioner Kennedy serves as Ex-officio on all committees.
The community members are as follows:
Claude Everhart, Dwayne Jones, Dr. Parker, Doris Vincent, Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt, and Executive Director Toye Moses.
The coordinator and contact person is Francis Starr, Senior Management Assistant who will work closely with the Chair, Co-Chair, and the Commission secretary to schedule meetings.
Commissioner Kennedy provided the goals of the Facility & Education Ad-Hoc Committee as follows:
To oversee all the facilities and childcare centers under the jurisdiction of the Commission; (review rules & regulations for the Alex Pitcher Community Room & E.P. Mills Auditorium and review tenants leases & sub-tenants leases and make recommendations to the full commission.
The Chair will be Commissioner Kennedy. Members will be Commissioners Al Norman and Bobbrie Brown. The alternate will be Commissioner Armina Brown.
The Health & Housing Ad-Hoc Committee’s goal is as follows:
To advocate, promote and increase awareness of health problems (prostate, cervical, and breast cancer, asthma, and environmental hazard’s) affecting the Bay View Hunters Point residents.
The Chair of this committee will be Commissioner Bobbrie Brown. The Co-Chair will be Theo Ellington. Commissioner Kennedy requested a volunteer to become a member of the committee. She noted the success of the yearly Health Fair which is organized by this committee for the community.
The Community Outreach & Public Safety Ad-Hoc Committee’s goal is to promote and increase awareness and access to services through outreach and public interaction as well as boosting attendance at the full commission meetings.
The Chair will be Commissioner Al Norman, and the Co-Chair will be Commissioner Brigette LeBlanc.
The Economic Development Ad-Hoc Committee’s goal is to advocate and encourage the promotion of entrepreneurial business opportunity in the Bay View Hunters Point/Southeast Sector.
The Chair is Commissioner Chung, and the Co-Chair is Commissioner Ellington. The members are Commissioners LeBlanc and Norman. Staffer Francis Starr will work closely with the Chair and Co-Chair.
A list of the Committee Chairs and Members was provided to each Commissioner.
6.0 AD-HOC COMMITTEE REPORTS & UPDATES
· Facility Committee, (Chair, Willie Kennedy)
The next Facility and Education Ad-Hoc Committee meeting will be February 7th. Mr. Gary Dowd, Manager Real Estate Services and Mr. Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager will address tenant’s leases, specifically the Southeast Campus/City College, its sub-tenants, Decorative Plants Services, its tenants, and PAC/Redevelopment Agency.
Although this is a Committee meeting all members of the Commission are
encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place at 1800 Oakdale in the
Southeast Community Facility Commission conference room #SB-214.
· Community Advisory Group, (Chair Bobbrie Brown, Co-Chair Shirley Jones, Community Activist)
· Health and Housing Committee, (Chair Brigette LeBlanc, Co-Chair Bobbrie Brown, Member Theo Ellington)
· Community Outreach & Public Safety (Chair Al Norman, Co-Chair
Commissioner Norman advised he would be meeting with Commissioner
LeBlanc to improve outreach efforts within the community.
· Economic Development Committee, (Chair Karen Chung)
Director Moses advised the Commissioners that Francis Starr, Senior Management Assistant was available to coordinate meeting dates. Also, he reminded the Commissioners that all meetings must be noticed to the public 72 hours before meeting per the Sunshine Ordinance.
7.0 STAFF/DIRECTOR REPORT
Director Moses thanked Commission President Kennedy for all of her support and pledged to provide the Commissioners with all of the help needed to fulfill the goals of the Commission. Director Moses advised a tour of the facilities under the jurisdiction of the Commission was available, along with a tour of the Wastewater plant through Sam Murray, Manager SFPUC Public Relations.
Director Moses advised the budget for 11/12 fiscal year is in process.
Francis Starr, Senior Management Assistant reported on the renovation of the Alex Pitcher room. He provided photos of the scaffolding and painting, and reported the vendor/painters were given a deadline of February 4th for completion. To date the work is moving ahead of schedule and Mr. Starr expressed confidence that it would be completed on time.
Regarding staffing issues we are pleased that Ms. Vaughn has returned and now we are waiting for our 5th respondent for the Senior Clerk Typist position. The as-needed person selected did not pass DHR’s checklist so we will set up another round of interviews.
Director Moses and Commissioner Kennedy acknowledged Marilyn Ramos, Secretary, for her work and contribution to the Commission. Ms. Ramos has done a wonderful job handling the phones and coordinating the use of the Community room.
8.0 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION STAFF REPORT
Larry Spillane, Superintendent Wastewater Enterprise, reported on the progress in the Alex Pitcher Room and offered to answer any questions the Commissioners might have.
Commissioner LeBlanc had a question regarding what renovations were being done.
Mr. Spillane responded major cleaning and repainting of the walls was in process. Also, there is a need to replace the huge cloth acoustic panels which are for soundproofing. Current purchasing goals precluded the ability to get the panels at the same time the scaffolding for this job was available. They also plan to work on the stage itself. Once the panels are purchased there will be a need for scaffolding and Director Moses will be consulted to advise the best time to shut down the Community Room for a shorter period of time.
Director Moses thanked Mr. Spillane for his help on this project and Commissioner Kennedy thanked him for his report.
9.0 NEW AND ONGOING BUSINESS
Commissioner Kennedy announced the Commission meetings were regularly held on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Wednesday of each month and she asked whether the Commissioners wanted to change the dates.
It was moved by Commissioner Norman and seconded by Commissioner Chung to retain the current schedule. The Commission unanimously approved and the motion was carried.
10.0 NEW BUSINESS REQUESTS
Commissioner Kennedy invited the Commissioners to introduce new agenda items when they see issues affecting the community that need to be addressed.
Commissioner LeBlanc offered the following items for consideration:
a) An update on the sewage plant
b) Information regarding the Water Master Program
c) Underground piping and projects
d) The Clean Water Master Plan
e) The Emergency Response Plan
f) An update on the upgrading of the City Water Treatment
g) PUC Summer Youth Program
h) What is the responsibility of the PUC outreach?
i) Employee concerns at the plant
j) Review of the tenants rent history
k) Have community scholarships taken place since the Commission has been established?
Director Moses advised the items would be reviewed and prioritized for submission to the Public Utilities Commission and some items would be forwarded directly to PUC General Manager, Ed Harrington to address during his visit to the Commission.
Commissioner LeBlanc directed staff to invite General Manager Harrington to a future Commission meeting to address said items.
Commissioner Norman requested the Commissioners follow all of the activity of Governor Brown regarding his plans to abolish redevelopment which would set the community back 20 years. Commissioner Norman stated that unlike other communities Redevelopment is one of the only economic programs our community has. He urged the Commissioners to pay close attention to the activity of the Governor surrounding abolishing Redevelopment.
Director Moses suggested the Commissioner direct staff to invite the Director of
the Redevelopment Agency, Fred Blackwell to update the Commission regarding
this current activity.
Commissioner Kennedy thanked Commissioner Norman for bringing this item
to the attention of the Commission.
Commissioner Kennedy offered the following item for consideration:
A Commission Retreat to include Heads of Departments connected to the Southeast Community Facility Commission, and also to provide information regarding how the Commission was formed and how it runs.
Director Moses advised two years ago plans were in place for a retreat to be held
at Oceanside, and to be funded through the PUC, however, there were issues with
the Commissioners schedules.
Commissioner Kennedy requested a date be found and Commissioners would
make themselves available.
Commissioner Kennedy directed staff to send a letter with her signature directed
to the E.P. Mills Auditorium tenants advising the use of the E.P. Mills Auditorium should be scheduled through the Southeast Community Facility office and that the auditorium is for community use and should not be used for storage. Copies of said letter should be directed to the Department of Human Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Children and Families.
Commissioner Kennedy directed staff to send letters of congratulation and invitation to the newly appointed Mayor, Edwin M. Lee, and newly elected member to the Board of Supervisors for District 10, Supervisor Malia Cohen.
Commissioner Kennedy directed staff to send letters of congratulation to our newly elected Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom, and newly elected Attorney General, Kamala Harris.
11.0 PUBLIC COMMENT
Emily Wade Thompson, Director of Family and Community Outreach for the Bay View Zone, welcomed the new Commissioners and asked if there were any more items the Commission wanted Dr. Gray to address during her visit to the Commission at the January 26 meeting.
Commissioner Brown requested a comparison between the progress of the students in District 10 and students in other districts throughout San Francisco.
Ms. Thompson reminded the Commissioners that on January 14 at the Bay View Opera House the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators will have their annual banquet. Essay and art winners from Mr. Stuart’s room at Dr. George Washington Carver will be announced.
Also, on February 9th at St. Mary’s Cathedral the African American Honor Roll celebration will be held. On February 10th the San Francisco Black Student Unions will have a summit at the state building.
Ms. Thompson offered to contact Dr. Crawford, educator in charge of after school programs, to expedite an invitation from the Commission to address the issue of the closing of the After School Programs within the Bay View district.
Commissioner LeBlanc had questions regarding the continual closing of schools in the Bay View, particularly Willie L. Brown Academy.
Regarding the Willie L. Brown Academy Ms. Thompson advised it was hoped that within three years a state of the art building would be built. It is anticipated that it will be a bond item on the November ballot. Ms. Thompson advised she is planning a bus trip with Willie L. Brown parents and other parents within the community to look at Tenderloin School which is classified as a community school. They will also visit Helms School in the East Bay which is a state of the art community school, so parents can be informed as to what community schools look like and what they have to offer.
Director Moses reminded the Commissioners to notify Francis Starr of their availability for Committee meeting dates before leaving.
Ms. Thompson advised the Commission of community meetings that were on-going regarding the desire of some in the community to change the name of Burnett School to Leona Havertt, the first African American principal in San Francisco. She noted that no one had come to the Commission regarding this issue so she was bringing it to the attention of the Commission.
Commissioner Brown asked who was requesting the name change and Ms. Thompson advised there was a committee headed by Amos Brown.
Director Moses advised the Southeast Community Facility staff would work on the issue and gather more information.
Commissioner Kennedy adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
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