HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Minutes of Special Commission Meeting Tuesday, March 11, 2008
440 Turk Street San Francisco, California
A regular meeting of the Housing Authority Commission of the City and County of San Francisco met at 440 Turk Street, San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, March, 11 2008, at 4:00 p.m. President A. Brown called the meeting to order at 4:11 p.m. 1.
ROLL CALL PRESENT:
Rev. Amos Brown, President Neola Gans, Vice President (arrived at 4:25) George R. Brown, Commissioner Millard Larkin II, Commissioner (arrived at 4:15) Jane Hsu, Commissioner Dwayne Jones, Commissioner Matthew Schwartz, Commissioner (recused at 4:27)
NOT PRESENT: A quorum was present.
Ms. Mirian Saez, Interim Executive Director Mr. Roger Crawford, Assistant General Counsel
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Commissioner G. Brown moved to approve the request to approve the agenda and Commissioner Schwartz seconded the motion. This request was passed unanimously. 3.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
February 28, 2008 Special Commission Meeting: Commissioner Matthew Schwartz moved to approve the request and Commissioner Jones seconded the motion. This request was passed unanimously.
March 11, 2008 FINAL MIN
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Interim Executive Director Mirian Saez informed the Commissioners of the Summer Internship Program of the City and County of San Francisco. 5.
REPORT OF SECRETARY
Ms. Saez stated that she has met with tenants from Ping Yuen and the Citywide Counsel regarding security concerns. She informed the Commission that Commander Linda would be assisting with responding to those complaints. Ms. Saez also informed the Commission that the Eligibility Department had made progress with the public housing and Section 8 waitlist taking the active files from 558 to 388. Eligibility has also purged the waitlists which has improved our referral list. Ms. Saez stated we plan to phase in our roll out in regards to the Authorityâ€™s Asset Management plan. The first phase will be ready for roll out on April 1st with the second phase being completed by July 1st. 6.
Diversity Committee No report. Finance Committee No report. Personnel Committee No report. Development Committee Report of March 6, 2008 Meeting: Commissioner Larkin reported on the Development Committee of March 6, 2008 stating that the information could be found in the report in the Commission binders. 7.
REPORT OF GENERAL COUNSEL
Mr. Roger Crawford, Assistant General Counsel, stated that there would be a closed session to discuss pending litigation. 8.
TENANT REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
City Wide Council - Senior/Disabled Public Housing Tenants Association (PHTA)
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Kimberly Hill-Brown, President of the Tenant Housing Association, reported on a shooting that occurred causing damage in her unit and threatening the safety of her family. She also stated that she would like to see a handbook for the Hope SF Redevelopment so she and other staff can answer questions from the tenants. 9.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS: LIMITED TO 2 MINUTES NOTE: The public will have the opportunity to comment on agenda items prior to any action taken by the Commission pursuant to the San Francisco Housing Authority Rules Governing Public Testimony adopted 2/23/95 as Resolution No. 4423. Prior to adjournment, after Item No. 11, the public will have the opportunity to comment on items not on the agenda. Speaker Name Development Company/ Comment and/or Concern Representing
Requested a Tenants Association and also wants closure to her ongoing homicide case.
Concerned about Career Opportunities after the rebuilding of Sunnydale. Concerned about residents from Westside Courts being relocated during the revitalization as well as the conditions of the new development. Hope SF participant describing the program and how it has helped them acquire new skills and trades. Expressed Concerns about redevelopment at Westside Courts stating that she hopes the developers maintain the standards they stated during the selection process. Commented on the history of Westside Courts and its impact on minorities. Hope SF participant describing the program and how it has helped them acquire new skills and trades.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS - None
A. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH MOVING COSTS FOR RESIDENTS WHO ARE RETURNING TO THE REHABILITATED CAL 1-39(B) 951 EDDY PROPERTY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $28,900
Commission Meeting Minutes March 11, 2008 Page 4 Ms. Saez explained that this resolution was the proper documentation for the assistance of the residents displaced by the fire at 951 Eddy. Barbara Smith stated that it was no fault of the residents that they were relocated. Commissioner Jones moved to approve this request and Commissioner Hsu seconded the motion. The request was passes unanimously. B. INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION: HOPE SF OVERVIEW Ms. Saez explained the background for the presentation and introduced Doug Shoemaker, from the Mayorâ€™s Office of Housing as well as Barbara Smith to present. Mr. Shoemaker continued with a summary of the program highlighting the evolving initiative. Mr. Shoemaker stated that Hope SF was an effort to rebuild 2500 of them most distressed units identified by the Authority as well as the Task Force. Kyla Price, Project Manager for Hope SF, informed the Commission that Hope SF is an effort to integrate communities and respond to issues identified by national practices. Mr. Shoemaker informed the Commission that a key opportunity would be to rebuild the sites by replacing all the public housing units and including some new and affordable home ownership and market rate rentals. He stated that there would be no loss of public housing, a goal of creating an economically integrated community, maximizing new affordable rental and for sale housing, involving residents at the highest levels both during the construction process and long term, and a very high level of environmental stability. The initiative relies on a 1-for-1 replacement and creates a series of housing choices you can assess as you grow economically. The goal is comprehensive community revitalization through parks, childcare centers and in some cases retail opportunities. Mr. Shoemaker explained the commitment of two million dollars for repairs for 2007 and 2008. 1.5 million dollars was used for pre-construction at Hunters view and if all goes well the construction process will start in 2009. Lastly, Mr. Shoemaker stated that the only way that Hope SF will work is if all the City agencies feel as responsive as the Commission wants them to as it relates to social services, heath care, education etc. He informed the Commission that at the Mayors direction, they are working with department heads from various City departments to reach that goal. C. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO NEGOTIATE AN EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATING RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF MERCY HOUSING CALIFORNIA & THE RELATED COMPANIES OF CALIFORNIA FOR REVITALIZATION OF THE CAL 1-3 SUNNYDALE AND CAL 1-18(7) VELASCO PUBLIC HOUSING SITES Ms. Saez informed the Commission that staff reviewed the proposals, evaluated the proposal and is now ready to make recommendation to move forward with exclusive negotiations. She introduced Barbara Smith to go over the details of the selections.
Commission Meeting Minutes March 11, 2008 Page 5 Barbara Smith stated that the exclusive negations will allow us to develop revitalization plans, obtain environmental approvals and entitlements, develop financing plans, and negotiate ground leases and other related development documents. She explained the usual selection process was used with a panel including the Housing Authority Redevelopment Department and the Mayors Office of Housing and various community leaders stating that Mercy Housing scored very high in all categories. President Brown stated that he wanted to applaud our Mayor and City for being creative and thinking outside the box. He also wanted to make sure that we do everything we can to ensure diversity and equality of opportunity in the rebuilding of these developments. Commissioner Neola Gans moved to approve the request and Commissioner Jones seconded the motion. This request was passed unanimously. D. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO NEGOTIATE AN EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATING RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF EM JOHNSON INTERESTS/TMG PARTNERS FOR REVITALIZATION OF THE CAL 1-8 WESTSIDE COURTS. Barbara Smith stated that Westside Courts has a very high density and is slightly more challenging then other developments. The usual selection process was used with a panel including the Housing Authority Redevelopment Department and the Mayors Office of Housing and various community leaders. EM JOHNSON INTERESTS/TMG PARTNERS was the overwhelming choice of the panelist and staff requested approval of this resolution. Commissioner Jones moved to approve the request and Commissioner Larkin seconded the motion. This request was passed unanimously. E. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO NEGOTIATE AN EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATING RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF BRIDGE HOUSING CORPORATION & BRIDGE URBAN INFILL LAND DEVELOPMENT FOR REVITALIZATION OF THE CAL 1-2 POTRERO TERRACE AND CAL 1-10 POTRERO ANNEX PUBLIC HOUSING SITES Barbara Smith stated that the usual selection process was used with a panel including the Housing Authority Redevelopment Department and the Mayors Office of Housing and various community leaders. Bridge Housing and Bridge Urban Infill was the unanimous selection by the panel. Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex have 34.4 million dollars of immediate capitol needs which makes it a priority for redevelopment. The team worked on North Beach and exceeded the goals for resident hiring. Commissioner Larkin stated that thru the Development Committee the residents were pleased and want to move forward with this process. Commissioner Brown requested clarification on the partnership between Bridge Housing and Bridge Urban Infill and wanted to know if the firm was local. Representation from the firm explained the partnership between Bridge Housing and Bridge Urban Infill and Build which is a sister company. The firm also maintained to uphold the Authorities goals for resident hiring and development opportunities. Commissioner Jones moved to approve the request and Commissioner Gans seconded the motion. Commissioner Larkin abstained. This request was passed unanimously.
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PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ITEMS NOT ON AGENDA
Speaker Name Donetta Cavness Maripousa Tufetee 13.
Comment and/or Concern
Expressed concerns regarding her Property Manager and Anthony Ihejetp
Requested a Tenants Association and also wants closure to her ongoing homicide case.
COMMISSIONER COMMENTS AND REPORTS
Commissioner Larkin requested clarification regarding the notice of closed session and Ms. Saez informed him that the notice was sent in a timely fashion and that he would understand the immediate need during the closed session.Commissioner Jones commented on the intent of Hope SF and how important it is reach the communities expectation. He also commented on how we are going to connect residents to education and careers training in addition to the physical improvements Hope SF will implement. 14.
CLOSED SESSION A Closed Session was scheduled with the Interim Executive Director and Agency Counsel under Government Code Section 54956.9 to update the Commission on pending litigation. The Commission went into Closed Session at 5:47 p.m.
RECONVENING OF COMMISSION MEETING
The Commission reconvened from Closed Session at 6:25p.m. Mr. Crawford stated that President A. Brown, Vice President Gans, Commissioner Hsu, Commissioner Jones, and Commissioner Brown were present. The Commission made the no decisions during the closes session. 16.
There being no further business to come before the Commission Larkin moved to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Jones seconded the motion. President A. Brown adjourned the special Commission Meeting of March 11, 2008, at 6:34p.m.
Mirian Saez, Secretary/ Interim Executive Director
Rev. Amos Brown, President