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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
3:00 p.m.
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70


  1. Action.  Hearing and possible motion to approve issuance or renewal of certificate.

    Michael Hanley - Certificate #5735.  Alleged violation:
    Improper, hazardous conduct of business: (1) Intimidating and bullying a street artist (August 21, 2008); (2) Smoking in Justin Herman Plaza, a non-smoking area (November 15 and December 23, 2008); (3) Disrupting other artists' businesses by setting up an umbrella which blocked customers' view of other artists' displays (November 15, 2008); (4) Verbally antagonizing and confronting other artists in a hostile manner (November 15, 2008); (5) Selling without a valid Board of Equalization Seller's Permit (ongoing); (6) Selling without a valid San Francisco Business Tax Registration (ongoing).

  2. Action.  Hearing and possible motion to approve authorization of Program Director to request Board of Supervisors for permanent designation of nine (9) street artist selling spaces for weekend usage on the north side of Market Street at the intersection of Steuart Street.

    [In Resolution No. 359-08, approved by the Mayor on August 7, 2008, the Board of Supervisors approved designation for six (6) months of nine (9) temporary selling spaces for weekend usage on Market Street, north side, at Steuart Street, exempted said spaces from the regulations of Police Code Section 2405 relating to street artist display size and bus zone, and provided said spaces to be subject to Board of Supervisors review.]

  3. Action.  Hearing and possible motion to approve policy of receiving application and certificate fee payments in the form of checks or money orders only (no cash). 

  4. Action.  Hearing and possible motion to reduce wasteful usage of lottery supplies by rescinding procedure which allows street artists to enter into the space-assignment lotteries the names of street artists not present at the lotteries.

    [On July 1, 2002, the Arts Commission adopted a "continuation of amended lottery procedures" which allows street artists to enter into the lotteries names of street artists not present at the lotteries.]

  5. Action.  Hearing and possible motion to authorize Program Director to select and make honorarium payment to qualified street artists for assisting Program Director in painting markings of spaces in street artist selling areas.

  6. Discussion.  Street Artists Program Director's report.

  7. Discussion.  Steering Committee's report.

  8. Discussion.  New business.

  9. Adjournment.

February 12, 2009

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Suite 240, San Francisco CA 94102 during regular business hours. Tel: INFO: (Howard Lazar 415-252-2583).

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