SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY FACILITY COMMISSION
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:00 PM
1800 Oakdale Avenue, Alex Pitcher Community Room
San Francisco, CA 94124
1.0 CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL AND CONSENT CALENDAR
Commission President Willie B. Kennedy called the Wednesday, October 26, 2011 meeting to order at 6:12 pm in the Alex Pitcher Community Room at 1800 Oakdale Avenue.
1.1 CALL TO ORDER AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM PRESIDENT
Commission President Willie B. Kennedy announced the Sunshine Ordinance.
1.2 ROLL CALL
6:14 pm roll was called by Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary.
Commissioners Present: Willie B. Kennedy/ Bobbrie Brown/ Armina Brown/ Karen A. Chung/ Brigette R. LeBlanc
Absent: Al Norman
Excused: Theo Ellington
Staff Present: Toye Moses, Executive Director/ Francis Starr, Senior Management Assistant/ Brenda Jones, External Affairs/ Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary/ Renata Leschinger, Clerk Typist
1.3 CONSENT CALENDAR
Commission President Kennedy read the Consent Calendar.
1.4 PROPOSED ACTION
Commissioner Bobbrie Brown moved to accept the Wednesday, September 28, 2011 minutes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner LeBlanc and passed.
2.0 PUBLIC COMMENT & ANNOUNCEMENT OF TIME ALLOTMENT
Commissioner LeBlanc thanked Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary for doing a good job providing information to the community regarding the many meetings and events going on in the district. She also made the following announcements:
"College Boot Camp" for youth in the 6th -12th grades on Saturday, October 29 at 9am at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. Applications were provided.
Students will learn about intern opportunities at the San Francisco Airport and other information pertinent to obtaining financial aide.
"Town Hall Meeting" with Supervisor Malia Cohen on November 2nd at 1pm hosted by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and held in the Alex Pitcher Jr. Community Room.
"Street and Eat Halloween Celebration" on Sunday, October 30 hosted by restaurants on the Third Street Corridor. Participating restaurants will provide samples of their cuisine.
Karen Wing, Co-President of the Florence Crittenton Services/Whitney Young Child Development Center introduced the new Executive Director, Lawland Long.
Lawland Long, recounted working with Chair Kennedy in the 80's. He mentioned the merging of the boards of Florence Crittenton Services and Whitney Young Child Development Center and said it was done in the hopes of providing stronger services to the community.
Commissioner Kennedy, thanked Ms. Wing and Mr. Long.
Espanola Jackson, Community Activist announced the community was responsible for the creation of the Human Rights Commission in 1962 in response to a demand to include Blacks in the banking industry and as sales personnel on Auto Row. Under Mayor Shelley the Human Rights Commission was formed. After a two year study regarding the disparity within the Black community was developed it was shelved and named "The Unfinished Agenda". Ms. Jackson announced the Human Rights Commission would be meeting on the 17th of November at the WestBay Center and they would be creating a committee to address "The Unfinished Agenda". Ms. Jackson was asked by Teresa Sparks, Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission to invite interested individuals from the community to join the committee. Any interested individuals should provide their contact information to Ms. Jackson.
Francisco DaCosta, Community Business Owner, commented regarding the relationship between the San Franciso Public Utilities Commission and the Southeast Community Facility Commission. He requested the SECFC in conjunction with the community meet with the SFPUC and provide in writing what should happen with the building. In closing, Mr. DaCosta said the SFPUC should be mandated to consult the Commission and the community in order to take the community to a better place.
Commissioner Kennedy announced the Governance Advisory Committee met today and considered these items and were moving ahead to their next meeting on November 9 at 9 am in the Alex Pitcher Jr. Community Room. She invited everyone to attend and to help put the recommendation together. Chair Kennedy thanked Ms. Jackson and Mr. DaCosta for attending the meetings.
Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary announced the following:
Press Release: Mayor Lee Announces A Program Supporting San Francisco Small Businesses
Press Release: Mayor Lee Releases Draft Of The Earthquake Safety Implementation Program
Statement : Mayor Lee's Statement On The Loma Preita Anniversary And A Reminder To San Franciscans To Be Prepared
Press Release: Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco Slashes Greenhouse Gas Initiatives Exceeds International And State Goals
Press Release: Mayor Lee Funds Childcare And Senior Health Programs To Preserve Churches As State Cuts Budget
Statement: Mayor Lee's Statement On Great California Shake-out Earthquake Drill
Statement: Mayor Lee's Statement On Parents Magazine Ranking Of San Francisco As Top City For Families
Press Release: Mayor Lee Announces 1/2 Per Cent Drop In San Francisco Unemployment
Press Release: Mayor Lee Supports Safeguarding Open Bayview Along Waterfront During 34th Americas Cup
Press Release: Mayor Lee Launches FashionSF Economic Development Initiative
Press Release: Introduction to Lawland Long, Executive Director, Florence Crittenton Services and Whitney Young Child Development Center
Invitation: Rotary Club-San Francisco Bayview Presenting "Bayview Bayou" 13th Annual Bayview Bayou Dinner Dance and Auction on Friday, February 17th, 2012
Announcement: San Francisco Department Of Child Support Services In Partnership With The San Francisco Firefighters Union Is Sponsoring the San Francisco Children's Toy Festival
Letter of Invitation to La Shon Walker, Interim Director, Renaissance Entrepreneur Center/Bayview
Letter of Invitation to Tony Lugo, Director, Workforce Development Division Of The Human Services Agency
Letter of Invitation for an Update to Ms. Juliet Ellis, Assistant General Manager of External Affairs, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Letter of Invitation to Mr. Gregory Reed, Interim Executive Director, A. Phillip Randolph Institute
Letter of Invitation to Tiffany Bohee, Executive Director, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
Commissioner LeBlanc announced La Shon Walker was no longer with Renaissance Entrepreneur Center/Bayview.
Jacqueline Flin announced she is the new Executive Director of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute.
Commissioner Kennedy introduced Frances Matthews, Department of The Elections who provided a power-point presentation on Rank-Choice Voting.
(To receive or view a copy of the presentation please contact the Commission Secretary).
The presentation provided the following information:
How we got rank choice voting;
How we mark our ballots that have a rank choice contest on it; and
Which choice is counted.
Ms. Matthews explained what it meant to have an exhausted ballot.
The process is explained to voters through pamphlets, presentations and a web-site which provides a flash presentation in several languages.
Commission LeBlanc requested the power-point presentation be provided to the Commission Secretary for distribution to the public if requested.
Dr. Harrison Parker had questions regarding the rationale of the rank choice voting.
Ms. Matthews advised the Board of Supervisors put rank choice voting on the ballot in 2001 and were looking at repeated December run-offs. Voter turnout was not high but the cost was.
There was discussion regarding write in votes and the process of waiting for the results.
Espanola Jackson commented regarding a voting amendment.
Ms. Matthews said rank choice voting was not responsible for making candidates lose.
Commissioner LeBlanc commented that one of the reasons rank choice voting was introduced was because of the cost of elections. There was a question regarding a Mayoral candidate that was planning to introduce legislation to return to the previous voting technique.
Ms. Matthews said the San Francisco Examiner reported Supervisor Elsberd was planning to introduce legislation to that effect.
Commissioner LeBlanc asked if there would be a return to city-wide elections.
Ms. Matthews said there were a few municipalities with jurisdictions left that had not switched to district elections and they are being sued by the federal government as being discriminatory and not allowing the full diversity of that community to get effective representation.
Commissioner LeBlanc asked how much money was being saved now with rank choice voting.
Ms. Matthews responded that by not having the run-off election in December saved money and voter turnout went up. However, the cost was difficult to compare.
Commissioner LeBlanc commented regarding voters receiving notices to vote far from from their residences.
Ms. Matthews said there was a computer error by the vendor who prints the polling places on the back of the voter information pamphlet. Polling places have been consolidated for this election so there are two precincts voting at one location. A second mailer has been provided saying where the correct polling place is.
Chair Kennedy thanked Ms. Matthews for her presentation.
6.0 PRESIDENTS REPORT
Chair Kennedy said the Governance Advisory Committee met and would take the information presented by Ms. Jackson and build upon it and come up with something that could make a difference in this community. The Committee will meet again on November 9th in the Alex Pitcher, Jr. Community Room.
Chair Kennedy announced the 9910 Interview Panel was being established and she appointed Commissioner LeBlanc to be on the Committee if she would accept.
Commissioner LeBlanc accepted.
7.0 ADVISORY COMMITTEES REPORTS & UPDATES
Governance Advisory Committee, (Chair, Willie B. Kennedy, Co-Chair Brigette R. LeBlanc, , Community members: Alma Robinson, Kitty Morgan, Alternates: Dr Harrison Parker and Greg Doxey, Staff: Deputy City Attorney John Roddy) (Report given See Item 2.0)
Joint PUC/SECFC Advisory Committee, (Chair Theo Ellington, Co-Chair Bobbrie Brown, PUC Representative, Alternate: Commissioner Willie B. Kennedy)
The Committee met. Commissioner Ellington will provide a report at the next regular Commission meeting.
Health, Housing and Public Safety Advisory Committee, (Chair Bobbrie Brown, Co-Chair Theo Ellington, Community Members <see Commission Secretary for List> Alternate: Commissioner Willie B. Kennedy) No updates.
Economic Development Advisory Committee, (Chair Karen Chung, Co-Chair Al Norman, Alternate: Commissioner Willie B. Kennedy) No updates.
Facility Advisory Committee, (Chair Willie B. Kennedy, Co-Chair Bridgette R. LeBlanc, Member: Commissioner Al Norman, Alternate: Commissioner Armina Brown) No updates.
Espanola Jackson had comments regarding the feasibility of combining the Facility Advisory Committee and the Governance Advisory Committee.
Chair Kennedy responded any changes would require amending the by-laws.
Commissioner LeBlanc had questions regarding the process to cut down the number of committees as discussed at the retreat.
Chair Kennedy said the issue would be under consideration by the Commission. There was further discussion on the matter.
Commissioner LeBlanc suggested combining the Governance Advisory Committee and the Facility Advisory Committee as one Committee with the understanding it would be written into the by-laws.
Deputy City Attorney John Roddy suggested placing the item on the agenda of the next meeting.
8.0 STAFF/DIRECTORS REPORT
Director Moses reported staff was preparing the budget for presentation to the full Commission. After the Commission presentation the budget would be forwarded to the Assistant General Manager, General Manager, Public Utilities Commission, Mayor's Office and then the Board of Supervisors. When the process is completely finalized the Commission will be advised. Dr. Moses introduced a new Southeast Community Facility Commission staff person, Renata Leschinger.
Renata Leschinger, Clerk Typist advised she is a Bayview resident.
Chair Kennedy welcomed Ms. Leschinger and acknowledged Commissioner LeBlanc.
Commissioner LeBlanc requested clarification regarding the budget process.
Director Moses provided clarification regarding the budget reporting process.
Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary announced the following presenters would attend the next Commission meeting:
Tempe Priestly, CEO, Renaissance Parents Of Success and Torrance Bynum, Project Manager, City College who would provide an update.
9.0 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION STAFF REPORT & UPDATES
John Powell, Manager Wastewater Enterprises reported there will be upgrades to the Headstart facility based on requests from Headstart.
10.0 ONGOING BUSINESS
11.0 NEW BUSINESS REQUESTS
Espanola Jackson, Community Activist, asked if the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission had provided copies of their plans for changes to the Southeast Community Facility to the Commission. Ms. Jackson requested the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission provide their plans as soon as possible.
12.0 PUBLIC COMMENT
Francisco DaCosta said protocol is missing and someone needs to write a letter to the Public Utilities Commission.
Commissioner Kennedy directed staff to forward a letter to the Public Utilities Commission ensuring the Southeast Community Facility Commission is informed of all changes taking place at the Facility.
Commission President Kennedy adjourned the meeting at 7:30 pm.
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