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1.0     CALL TO ORDER 


Commission Chair Willie B. Kennedy called the Wednesday, May 27, 2009 meeting to order at 6:12 p.m. in the Alex L. Pitcher Community Room at 1800 Oakdale Avenue.   Commissioner Kennedy read the Sunshine Ordinance.


1.1      ROLL CALL


6:12  p.m.                                 Commission Secretary – Carla Vaughn


Commissioners Present:            Kennedy, Brown, Sampson, Churchwell, Jones, Yang


Commissioners Excused:           Chung  


Staff Present:                            Toye Moses, Executive Director

                                                Ken Olivencia, Management Assistant

Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary




Commission Chair Willie Kennedy announced the Consent Calendar.


It was moved by Commissioner Jones and seconded by Commissioner Churchwell to accept the minutes of Wednesday, April 22, 2009.  The minutes were approved.






Sam Murray, Manager, SFPUC Communications spoke regarding the digesters and advised the Commission he would provide updates of the on-going process.


Marlene Walker, City College of San Francisco, Bio-Technology Coordinator, provided a follow-up regarding the status of the Southeast Campus.  She expressed the desire of students and staff to initiate outreach to the community and asked the Commission for any help or suggestions they might have.


Al Yates, Vice-President, Student Association, City College of San Francisco, Southeast Campus, advised the Commission the Southeast Campus is a family oriented campus and reported on plans for outreach to the community throughout the summer.  Mr. Yates told the Commission they just received notification the campus would be closed for the months of June and July due to budget cuts.  He asked the Commission for suggestions to keep the campus open.


Dr. Joe Canton, Advisor, Associated Student Council, Southeast Campus, said the student government was in place to give the students a voice within the Community College governance.  Part of the council’s agenda is to develop an outreach program for City College , Southeast Campus.


Commissioner Kennedy thanked the speakers and said the Commission would support their efforts.  She invited the City College representatives to return to the Commission and have their issue placed on the agenda for further discussion.


3.0            COMMUNICATIONS


Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary announced the following:


a)     Press Release:  Mayor Newsom Signs Legislation Establishing California’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Installation At Sunset Reservoir

b)      Press Release:  Mayor Newsom Names Diane DiPrima As 5th SF Poet Laureate

c)      Press Release:  Mayor Newsom Appoints Maria Su to be Permanent Director of Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, and Regina Dick-Endrizzi to be Permanent Director of Office of Small Business

d)      Letter of Invitation to John Scott, President of John Scott Consulting, Inc. to provide an update on the progress of the Parcel A/Phase One construction at the Shipyard

e)      Letter of Invitation to Chris Jackson, Trustee, SF City College Board to meet him and congratulate him on his recent election to the Community College Board

f)        Statement:  Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Statement On President Obama’s Historic Proposal To Establish National Fuel Economy Standards

g)      Press Release:  Mayor Gavin Newsom Aims To Pay For Cigarette-Butt Cleanup by Charging Fee On Cigarettes

h)      Statement:  Statement From Nathan Ballard Communications Director, Mayor Gavin Newsom

i)        Statement:  Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Statement On CA Supreme Court Upholding Prop 8 And Denying Marriage Equality

j)        Press Release:  Mayor Newsom Announces Results Of Pilot Project To Help Low-Income Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency

k)      Press Release:  Mayor Newsom Kicks-Off San Francisco ’s 2010 Census Efforts

l)        Press Release:  Think Round, Inc. Announces Eloise Westbrook & Espanola Jackson take to the stage… the BayView Opera House On June 4, 2009


4.0            PRESENTATION


Commissioner Kennedy introduced Mr. Jed Silver, Project Manager, Business Development, Inc. to speak to the Commission regarding the Environmental Impact Statement for the BayView Waterfront Project.


Mr. Silver introduced Patrick McCay and Melanie Kito, U.S. Navy representatives.


Mr. Silver said the environmental impact statement was done around the transfer and reuse of the Hunter’s Point Shipyard.  Business Development, Inc. has been in the BayView community for 30 years.  They are a local firm and their job is to update the community on the environmental impact statement and get the input of the community.  Mr. Silver described the outreach program and said his job was to go into the community and make sure everyone had a voice within the process.


Mr. Silver provided a Fact Sheet and a power point handout along with his contact information.


Mr. Patrick McCay, U.S. Navy representative provided background on the many uses of the Shipyard over the years.  He said the FEIS (final environmental impact statement) was completed by the Navy in 2000 based on the City’s 1997 reuse plan.


Mr. McCay spoke regarding the Navy’s scope and responsibility as the lead agency for the SEIS (supplemental environmental impact statement), which was created due to substantial changes to the City’s proposed reuse/redevelopment, (i.e., stadium, etc.)  He told the Commission the Navy is not the developer, but is the property owner and therefore shares some responsibility.


Mr. McCay provided the following three alternative plans for the environmental cleanup.

·        Stadium Plan Alternative

·        Non-Stadium Plan Alternative

·        No Action Alternative


Mr. McCay provided the following issues for consideration and discussion within the community.

·        Transportation

·        Hazardous Marerials & Waste

·        Socioeconomics & Environmental Justice

·        Geology and Soils

·        Utilities

·        Public Serv ices

·        Land Use

·        Noise

·        Visual Resources

·        Air Quality

·        Biological Resources

·        Cultural Resources

·        Water Resources


Commissioner Churchwell had questions regarding the total number of acres involved.


Mr. McCay referred to the Fact Sheet which showed 242 acres in the Stadium Plan Alternative.


Commissioner Brown had questions regarding the meetings being held for the community.


Mr. Jed Silver said there had been one meeting so far within the Chinese community and the meetings for other communities were in the process of being scheduled.


Commissioner Brown asked if there was any outreach to the churches.


Commissioner Sampson said his church was around the corner and had not been contacted regarding any meetings.


Mr. Silver said the outreach efforts were on-going and he was available to sit down and work with the Commission to pinpoint who should be contacted.


Commissioner Jones requested the acronyms used in the presentation be spelled out to provide a better understanding.


Mr. McCay stated the acronyms were spelled out in the fact sheet.


Commissioner Brown said although outreach was provided to the Chinese and Samoan communities she wondered why the African-American community was the last to be contacted when they were originally the dominant group in the community.


Commissioner Kennedy had a question regarding the surplus portion of Hunters Point Shipyard referenced in the fact sheet.  She noted the meetings were a new component.


Sam Murray, SFPUC Communications Manager, had questions regarding what the Navy expected to receive from the transfer and reuse of the former naval shipyard.


Mr. McCay responded the goal of the Navy was to cleanup the property, make it safe, and put it back into the economy.


Sam Murray, SFPUC Communications Manager suggested the process should include internships for the community.


Dr. Harrison Parker, community activist spoke regarding the purpose of the transfer and reuse of the shipyard.


Mr. McCay responded the city put the plans together and the Navy looks at the environmental impact and handles the cleanup.


Commissioner Churchwell had questions regarding a time limit being set for the cleanup.


Melanie Kito, Navy representative, responded the work would be done based on the environmental laws which would fine the Navy if the cleanup exceeded the specified timelines.  Ms. Kito said the cleanup should be completed between 2014 and 2016.


Commissioner Brown asked what would happen if the Navy ran out of money before the cleanup was completed?


Ms. Kito responded if an area was more contaminated than expected the cleanup would continue moving forward on the next budget the following year and property would not be transferred until it was fully cleaned.


Tony Caruso, citizen, had questions regarding the Navy’s decision making process.  He said he attended meetings where questions were asked by community leaders and there were no answers provided.


Mr. McCay said the Navy has a separate environmental cleanup program being conducted by Melanie Kito.  He again referenced the three alternative plans that were being offered:

·        Stadium Plan

·        Non-Stadium Plan

·        No Action


Commissioner Kennedy encouraged everyone to read the fact sheet which was provided.




Commissioner Kennedy reported the retreat would be held on June 27th at the PUC Wastewater Enterprise, Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant Conference Room from 9 am to 4 pm.  She stated the purpose of the retreat and the short and long-term objectives.  She said the retreat would serve to summarize recent accomplishments of the Commission and to discuss the challenges, objectives and opportunities for the current fiscal year and beyond.’


            Commissioner Kennedy asked all Commissioners and staff to attend.  The retreat

            is open to the public.




Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary reported the retreat pre-planning meeting would take place at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, June 9th, and was expected to last from 1½ to 2 hours.  The facilitators requested to meet with the Commission Chair and Co-Chair to create an agenda for the retreat.


Dr. Toye Moses, Executive Director introduced Kenneth Olivencia who recently joined the Southeast Community Facility Commission staff as Management Assistant to Dr. Moses.  Mr. Olivencia previously worked for Clean Slate in the District Attorney’s office.  He is familiar with the community and is also fluent in Spanish.


Kenneth Olivencia said it is an honor to serve this community and thanked the Commissioners for the opportunity.


Dr. Moses reported the budget was moving and would go from the Mayor’s office to the Board of Supervisors.  He thanked PUC personnel for all of their work in the budgeting process.


Dr. Moses said hand sanitizer provided by the SFPUC would be available to the Commissioners at the next meeting.


Dr. Moses said the Ad-Hoc Committee assignments would take place at the next meeting.


Commissioner Kennedy reported visiting the E.P. Mills Auditorium and said she was not satisfied with what she saw.  She noted there seemed to be a change in personnel at the Whitney Young Child Development Center and the Commission and Executive Director were not properly notified.


Commissioner Kennedy requested sending a letter of invitation to the Executive Director of Whitney Young Child Development Center to address the Commission and provide an explanation for the current situation.


7.0              NEW & ON-GOING BUSINESS


Dr. Moses responded to a question raised at the previous Commission meeting by Commissioner Brown regarding Sunday Streets and the impact on the Third Street Corridor relative to community access to churches and parking.


Dr. Moses reported the Sunday Streets would now be held in the Mission District until further notice.


Commissioner Jones reported meeting with the SF Superintendant of Schools on May 6th.  She said the meeting was good and Superintendant Garcia liked what was being done in the community.  Commissioner Jones informed the Superintendant the school participation was not what it should have been.  Superintendant Garcia has made personnel changes and has assigned a new Assistant Superintendant who will work with the schools in this area.  They agreed to limit the participation to elementary schools this year and then branching out with participation of middle and high schools next year.  The Superintendant will support the Commission by having his Assistant Superintendant work closely with the principals to make sure they communicate with the parents and students and having various activities in the schools to coincide with the Health Fair.


Commissioner Jones conveyed it was suggested by the Committee that the Health Fair planning start earlier and she will meet with the Principals at Dr. Charles Drew Elementary school on June 11th at 10:00 am.  Commissioner Jones said it was important to have input from the principals and Superintendant Garcia agreed.     




Dr. Moses said Henry A. Alvarez, III, the new Executive Director of the SF Housing Authority and Phil Ting, the City Assessor – Recorder would like to address the Commission.  Staff was directed to send invitations to Mr. Alvarez and Mr. Ting.


Regarding E.P. Mills, staff was directed to invite the President of the Whitney Young Board of Directors, Karen Wing to answer questions set forth by Commission Chair Kennedy and her recent visit to the Whitney Young Child Development Center.


Chair Kennedy directed staff to forward letters of invitation to Henry Alvarez, III, Phil Ting, and Karen Wing.








Chair Kennedy announced the SF Juneteenth Celebration kickoff on June 5th, Comedy Show June 19th, Parade June 20th, and the festival June 20th – 21st


Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary announced representatives from City College would be placed on an upcoming agenda to share with the Commission their goals for outreach.


We received notification from SFPUC advising us they are cancelling their request to hold their Commission meeting at the Southeast Community Facility Commission until further notice.  They will contact us with alternative dates.


Commissioner Kennedy directed staff to forward a letter of invitation to the Board of Supervisors to request they hold a future Board of Supervisors meeting at SECFacility (Alex Pitcher Community Room).


Dr. Harrison Parker announced a program through Alemany Farms to provide free vegetables to seniors.


Dr. Moses suggested staff provide more information on the service.




The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.


Respectfully submitted

Carla Vaughn, Commission Secretary