For Immediate Release - February 4 2009



WHEN:            Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 2:00 p.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 Department of Building Inspection (DBI), today convened a Special Commission Meeting and voted unanimously to appoint Vivian L. Day as DBI’s permanent Director. Her appointment is effective immediately.

"Vivian Day is doing an outstanding job of providing leadership and direction to the Department,” said BIC President Frank Lee. “  During her six months as Acting Director, she has integrated herself well into the City family, and earned the respect of civic leaders, community groups, industry, her colleagues and staff.  Today’s unanimous vote to promote Vivian testifies to her ability to work with everyone, including the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and my fellow commissioners.  She is highly competent and completely deserving of promotion to permanent Director."

ppointed Acting Director by the BIC on August 14, 2008, Day played a key leadership role in the Business Process Reengineering (BPR) review, and is actively managing the ongoing implementation of its nearly 200 recommendations with existing staff and resources – action steps that are making DBI more efficient, effective, transparent and customer-friendly.

Day also guided the Department through it first comprehensive fee schedule adjustment in the past 16 years, which was supported unanimously by the Commission and the Mayor, members of the Board of Supervisors and by DBI’s most frequent customers.

                        Day also has worked closely over the past six months with the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) team in studying and making recommendations to address the seismic vulnerability of soft story residential buildings, with the first report scheduled to be delivered to the Mayor and City policy-makers in early February.

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 B.A. 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. 

“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 customer-responsive, as well as to make our review and approval process more streamlined and 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 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 

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