(DISCUSSION/ACTION) Proposed statement in support of the SFUSD’s resolution on Lennar Corporation’s development in Bayview Hunter’s Point.
Comm Beijen commented that he felt this issue is not within the purview of the Commission, and that the Commission has no power to influence it. He said that he would not vote for any issue that does not help the kids of the Dept.
President Queen said that since the SFUSD did not have a representative at the meeting, he would not entertain any action on the issue, but would allow a couple of speakers Pro and Con on the topic.
Al Norman, BVHP, spoke in opposition to the SFUSD resolution. He said their responsibility is to help people get jobs. He didn’t believe this issue should be before the Commission.
Marie Harrison, favored the resolution. She raised the issue of the health concerns that this project is causing. There is a question of the safety from toxics in the dust. They want an independent audit/testing of the dust and its impact. She felt that this issue was splitting the community. She asked the Commission to exercise a moral position on this.
Aurellious Walker, Pres African American Revitalization Consortium, passed out a leaflet that reported that there are no health risks arising from the dust. There is no toxic pollution in parcel A where the development is going on now. He asked the Commission to accept the scientific findings and oppose the school district’s resolution.
Archbishop King said that there is no desire to stop people from working.
Dr Mitch Katz, Dir DPH, said there is no significant risks to people from the construction in parcel A. There were soil testings from city, state and federal authorities. He said that those symptoms of asthma or other respiratory illnesses do not find their origins in the dust. They are pre existing conditions just aggravated by dust. The level of other “dangerous” materials are very small. Asbestos is not a big problem. He said the fears being spread about children being affected are unfounded.
Eric Mar, SFUSD school board member, recounted that the school board heard many accounts of school staff and students in schools in the area, who complained of physical illness and other symptoms of illness from the construction dust. He questioned the level of monitoring claimed by those promoting the development and said the school board’s resolution was not radical; it was just a call for an independent testing of kids and families of those who have had health impacts.
Comm Beijen commented again that this is not an item of business relevant to the Commission.
Comm Stiglich agreed with Comm. Beijen, but said that since people came out to speak on the issue, she thought everyone should be heard.
Donny ( ) a man from ABU, spoke against the SFUSD resolution. He commented that the muslims were out for themselves.
Angelo King, questioned why Lennar was being targeted. He said there is no health risks from the project.
A woman spoke against the resolution.
A woman said there was no direct relation between the asthma and bloody noses and the project.
She was against the resolution.
A man spoke against the muslims
Marcellus Prentiss, YCD Dir of construction talked about the training they give to the workers who do the work so that they can protect against hazardous conditions. They’ve put 80-90 people into remediation work, 6 project engineers.
Pastor Joesiah Bell spoke in opposition to the resolution, and the muslims.
Jeffrey Windham, one of the dust monitors at the project, opposed the resolution. He described some of the training he received in hazardous waste. He said the community needed more education on this issue because there is misinformation out there.
Franklin from Double Rock, spoke in opposition to the resolution and asked that more support be given to making jobs available.
Comm Lingad Ricci asked if this agenda was sent to the City Attorney for review before posting. She said that in the past, just to protect themselves so they “don’t look like fools in public”, items such as this should be sent to the City Attorney to be reviewed. She said she thinks it’s the position of the President to make sure agendas are sent to the City Attorney for approval so that the Commission doesn’t “go across the line”. She moved to have the item removed from the agenda.
Comm Stiglich 2nd.
President Queen commented that the board of education took serious consideration of testimony and that is why they passed the resolution asking for the health testing of kids and families in the area. These are the same kids that may become involved in this dept, so that is why he asked it to be placed on the agenda, to support the recommendation for testing. If the Commission doesn’t wish to consider it, then they can so vote.
Comm Fetico stated that he was very grateful that all the public came to speak up at the commission meeting, related to this issue. He said that such community involvement is essential to get effective policies that impact kids made. He encouraged their continued attendance.
Comm Woodson also echoed her appreciation for their presence and their advocacy for their community.
The motion to remove the item from the agenda was called. Upon roll call vote, the motion carried 5-1, with President Queen opposing.