For Immediate Release - August 13 2008




WHEN:         Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 9 a.m.

WHERE:        San Francisco City Hall, Room 416 (Fourth Floor)

WHO:              Members of the Building Inspection Commission (BIC)

WHAT:         The BIC, the policy-making and supervisory body that oversees the City’s 300-employee Department of Building Inspection (DBI), today convened a Special Commission Meeting and voted unanimously to appoint Vivian L. Day as Acting DBI Director to replace Isam Hasenin, who is resigning to take a private sector position.  Her appointment is effective August 14th.

Day managed the City of Alameda Permit Center for 20 years prior to joining DBI as Manager of Permit Services in August 2007. She has a BA degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, numerous technical certifications, and a wide range of International Code Committee (ICC) credentials. Day also is a Certified California Building Official.  Part of the new executive management team brought into DBI last year by Isam Hasenin, Day participated fully in the Business Process Reengineering (BPR) review and is actively managing implementation of many of its 200 recommendations. She also played a key role in the new DBI fee tables just approved that become effective on September 2nd and ensure the department recovers its costs.

“I’m honored to accept the Commission’s appointment, and share the exciting reform vision provided by the Commission, the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors,” Day said. “We will continue to move forward to take the practical steps required to make DBI more efficient, transparent and more customer-responsive, as well as to make our review and approval process more predictable. I’m proud to be part of DBI, and give you my commitment that we are on track to utilize fully the many talents of our dedicated staff, and to continue DBI’s delivery of quality building safety services.”

Editors Note:

The BIC met initially in closed session on this personnel matter, but announced its selection for Acting Director prior to adjournment and took public comment on its action.

MEDIA CONTACT:                 William Strawn, Communications Officer, DBI, Tel. (415) 558-6250, Cell (415) 850-9816, email 

For Summary Biography

DBI oversees the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of City building, housing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and disability access codes for San Francisco’s more than 195,000 buildings. New Fee information will be available Friday, August 15, 2008.