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coordination with casual carpool, charter buses and folks on the sustainable street side were working trying to manage all of that. we did a lot of outreach. we had 80,000 fliers distributed in three languages. we used 511, the website, a lot of social media, press releases, employee newsletters. we actually deputized a bunch of non operational employees to be ambassadors and fan out to bart stations and other places to direct people to alternative modes of getting around so the agency really came together. there was great leadership from john daly and his team and others and particularly scarlet lamb and my great hire apparently lee mill teleo at the helm did a phenomenal job to
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keep san francisco moving and just an incredible effort by a lot of people, so we are not one to rest on our laurels. we are doing after action analysis. for everything that went well there were things that we felt we could have done better so we're refining and tightening up those plans. we maybe at the same situation again at the beginning of august. if that -- of course we hope it doesn't happen but if it does happen we will absolutely be ready, and that concludes my report. >> thank you mr. reiskin. members of the board questions or comments to the director? seeing none. members of the public that wish to speak to the director's report. >> mr. whiner. >> yes thank you. >>i am seeing no one to address the board. we will move to item eight. >> brand-new chairman. congratulations. >> thank you. >> dan murphy is going to be
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the vice chairman. >> correct. our stationary is all fixed up. >> congratulations. >> thanks to the great staff. >> we appreciate you taking leadership at this point. welcome. >> and have a few motions and resolutions that we put together last month. let me start out with review actually that occurred over two of our meetings, on the title six transit policies proposed by the agency to the federal transportation agency. they were presented last on july 11. we recommend that the policies that were proposed be adopted by this board with two exceptions. we recommend that the policy be applied to changes in span of service on a route of more than one hour per day. in other words, the process of reviewing possible disparate impact in
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terms of route changes, times and so forth, schedules, is particularly important when you've got routes that are late at night or early in the morning and they're spread far apart and it could have particularly adverse impact on the people that depend on those routes so we recommended that be added to the plan. also that the staff should reconsider thresholds ce ridership data becomes available to insure that the thresholds are not less restrictive than consensus base thresholds and reevaluate the thresholds in that case. second motion, mta, recommend that whenever possible funding is provided to the division to adequately manage traffic for special events including parades so enforcement can adequately
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deploy enough personnel for these events. next sfmta recommends that the events team communicate with other transit agencies about special plans and traffic management. mta andm ares post evaluation for all events be done. we understand that is done. we recommend that it be done more fully. finally on the subject of the mission bay loop project our engineering maintenance committee weighed in with this recommendation. mta /pac recommends that the sfmta board to the board of directors board that the mission bay loop project be expedited and completed as soon as possible. that's our recommendations for
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this meeting. thank you. >> thank you. members of the board have questions or comments? >> i do have a question on the loop project. did the cac weigh in on an option because it's my understanding there is discussion going on whether it's north or south of channel? and did the cac have an opinion on that? >> we did not weigh in on that potential issue, although we have been -- some of our members have been watching this for years. before the mta decided to go ahead with it, or in the interim read when nothing was. >> >> done we didn't have a presentation on that issue on the meeting though. >> okay thank you. >> thank you for always thoughtful recommendations by the citizens' advisory council. we will consider them seriously. thank you. other comments on the citizens' advisory council? >> no members of the public
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asked to address you regarding the citizens' advisory council report. moving on to public comment. this is the opportunity to address the board on items that are within the jurisdiction of today's agenda and not on today's calendar. sara coalborn followed by fell lippy coalborn and lance karns. >> okay. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. i am a resident of san francisco and live on the out skirts of north beach. i'm really opposed to the tunnels [inaudible] extension at the central subway to north beach. this will turn north beach in noisy area
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[inaudible] and in the neighborhood across from washington square park, one of the prettiest parks in the city and cost 17 million in project funds and 9 million in local bus and transit funds. the central subway will work just as well without this useless extension and finally when it's completed there will be no north beach station. this is a lot to ask the neighborhood [inaudible] construction -- [inaudible] benefit. please remove the tunnels go to option from the central subway project. save 17 million and 9 million and let north beach enjoy its village
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and especially for the tourists. we live by the gateway and we had months and months of trucks and that i can tell you it's been awful and it's just going to ruin north beach. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> [inaudible] coalburn. lance karns. burt whiner. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. i am a resident of san francisco and a will -- a will you ever of north beach and this comes down to money and many think that the millions spent in north beach is free money so why not take the gift? the central subway is projected to have 400 million over run by the time it's finished. this money would not come from federal funds but
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local funds. for example muni bus operations and repair, expanded parking, meter placement, taxi fees, additional city taxes, et cetera. the simple fact is we can't afford the tunnels in the face of such an huge over run and the damage it will do to the muni system overall. muni director ed reiskin said in his examiner op-ed in may "if we continue to not fund this it will go into more disrepair." solution, cut the tunnels in the subway project and chinatown will work just as well without them. the project is much needed 17 million richer and that taken from the all already weaken
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muni and train systems. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker please. mr. karns i think. >> sorry. >> okay good afternoon. >> mr. karns and herbert wiener and nick camora. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. my name is is lance karns and a resident of north beach and here to talk about muni's poor communication and lack of communication with the people of north beach. beginning in late may we got notices start dates for demolition of the pagoda theater in north beach. demolition has not started. on july 1 with unannounced meeting with muni engineers and offices and select residents it was revealed that the contractor has no plans and
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no demolition or possibility of starting construction. these possible illegal notices create uncertainty for those that live in the neighborhood and for merchants that depend on a hospitality business climate and further reduce the credibility for the muni agency and the person should be replaced by someone who can give us accurate information. further unlike the select meeting attendees mentioned before most residents and businesses in the vicinity have not met with muni or told of the impacts that the demolition and construgz will cause. muni owes north beach some hard facts. when the plans are available schedule a meeting with all concerned and explain what will happen during the construction. we understand there are hazardous materials at the site and want to know how they're going to be disposed safely and which streets will
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be used and possibly block off. to keep us in the dark any longer shows muni's contempt for the wishes and welfare of the people of north beach. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> [calling speaker names] >> good afternoon mr. wiener. >> herb art wiener impauled stakeholder. i wish you would address an atrocity. i attempted to travel to 38th and tara vel and caught a shuttle. i waited for several minutes for the 28 bus. the information panel kept fluctuating. finally the bus came. it was full and passed us by. the next bus would come in 80 minutes so i had to travel to lombard street to catch the 43 and in turn connected me to l at forest
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hills station and i arrived at my destination after one hour and 50 minutes. the punch line is that i would have gotten there much earlier had the 29 bus been available, but no it was discontinued by the transit effectiveness project. now, what happened to me could happen to other people, and this is basically the dirty work of the transit effectiveness project which was rubber stasmd by mta and sanctioned by this board and you all should be ashamed. in addition i would like to have a response from mr. hailey from my email about switchbacks. it's been two months and his response is slower than a muni bus. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> nick kemora, kelly cutler.
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>> i am nick and volunteer with the coalition on homelessness and here with solidity with the community living in their vehicles currently experiencing displacement crisis as a result of the over sized pilot parking ban and i am here to summarize some issues i realize that were not in the agenda but the outreach was supposed to be done by the sf hot team but we are getting reports that sfpd are doing the outreach and handing out the fly ares and reaching out to the vehicles and we believe this is a terrible strategy and increases police mar rasesment and the fear of being displaced by the police. second, tickets have been written to people living in their vehicles. from what we heard you stated in public it wasn't going to be before july 15 that tickets are issued
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and we're here to tell you they're issued and this could create a mistrust and we are looking to avoid that and nit to outreach to july 15 and people are getting tickets and will hinder that and lastly there has been a death of someone living in a vehicle in san francisco that reported increased stress and anxiety before their death. i think this is an incident of this legislation adding stress to people in a moment of crisis and without housing. we anticipate increase in physical and mental problems for people living in their cars. we sent you a letter from the coalition to each of you. i recommend that you work with us and find a solution to homelessness in san francisco. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> [calling speaker names]
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>> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. hello my name is is kelly and a volunteer with the coalition on homelessness. our stance on the over night parking ban issues has remained consistent and will fight the restrictions and of the originally passed legislation and while it is called a pilot project we continue to hold concern that this is not a pilot project but rather a fast track city wide ban on over night park against homeless families and individuals. we are concerned that all future decisions will only center the voices of the city powerful business owners and city officials and leaving out the voice of those impacted by the policy and policy
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changes. we have some immediate steps and sliewtionz that mta could implement to support the needs of homeless people currently living in their vehicle. number one, create a mechanism to drop tow changes as a result of this policy. >> >> number two have an assessment of parking in san francisco and outline where signs are posted and parking for over sized vehicles are still available. in addition we would ask this information be made public and accessible so folks can identify safe places to park their homes. number three, reconsider all parking parking policies that negatively impact families and individuals living in their vehicles such as other over night parking bans. >> thank you. next speaker.
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>> [calling speaker names] >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. my name is elsaand intern with the coalition of homelessness. we feel confident we are counter the harm and impact the policy will have on san franciscans. while the mta is not responsible for the issue of homelessness in san francisco we are all responsible to do our part to find a solution, especially those that serve in public office. the mta has no possible -- has no responsibility to pass the buck -- we will continue to reach out to you and offer solutions and organize with the communities affected by this policy and we're hopeful you're open to meet with us and as the pilot projects rolls out and displaces people and we sent a
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letter requesting information and would like to create solutions with you. many of us think those agreed to meet with us and we look forward to hearing from everybody else at the mta. thank you for your time and service to our community. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> [calling speaker names] >> good afternoon. >> hello. my name is melody. within four days of june 4 of this hearing the police began knocking on our doors telling us to move regardless of the fact we were legally parked and instructed to move to another block where it was illegal to park at night. during this kind of stress we cannot rest. it destroys our sleep cycle and not eating right and making bad decisions. lack of sleep leads
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us to poor control of chronic diseases such as hypertension and heart disease. due to the stress i made the mistake of working on getting rid of my things to comply with the rv law instead of going with frosty emptying our trash. he passed a way. i am here to tell you we're law abiding citizens and we need a safe place to park, so please help us. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. next speaker. >> charles mcgregor. nate neary. mary mcguire.
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>> hello i am charles mcgregor and finding a place to park is a serious issue. i thank you for your time. >> thank you sir. next speaker. >> [calling speaker names] >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon commissioners. my name is nathan biery and marks my 48th year in the taxi business in san francisco and i came here to give you a little harangue as usual. when the sfmta took over the taxi regulation i the met with the regulators and we didn't have enough capacity to meet demand. we needed more cabs. this was four or five years ago. best result we've had is a report by mr. haira who is an academic from canada and in response to
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our cancerous problem prescribed aspirin. thank you very much. we still need more. as i stand here today on tuesday afternoon san francisco is about a thousand cabs short of what i would describe as adequate service, adequate. my understanding of adequate is -- we're talking about adequate medical care, nutrition, or adequate education and if you had a chance to get superior for your families you would get superior. we don't even have adequate yet. we have poor and we have to get beyond that and i don't know how soon this is going to happen but the public deserves better. we as an industry deserve better. if you look at yelp i am astonished anybody calls for taxi service in san francisco. we stink and we stink because we don't have
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enough and you will hear from drivers that we get unfair competition because we stink and it has to stop some time and i hope it stops soon. you will have more reports. the ultimate solution is to be at capacity to do our job. do you have any questions? >> thank you. next speaker please. >> mary mcguire, barry. [calling speaker names] >> mary mcguire -- ballpark. i thought we had a cab stand in the area. you can't even get near it because it's loaded up with black cars, town cars, whatever. there's all kind of stuff there. we can't get near it. i thought you hired an investigator to give the people tickets or shoo them away. we can't even service the public. the ad on the muni bus --
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really, better, faster, cheaper than a taxi. are you kidding me? this is the culture of safety you're talking about. i'm going to quote from your agency's comments on the rule making. you note that the insurance policies exclude claims for transported passengers for a fee and you address the ride share claims of excess insurance but pose the question will excess carriers not coverage with it and you say electronic hailing is the way of the future and you might as will tell the truth. we're not going to get t the dispatcher rough statistics and estimate is down 70%. i talked to two dispatchers from two major companies and ours as well. we're smaller. the companies have cabs but don't have any drivers to fill them and as
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pointed out the industry is getten eaten alive by the unregulated industry and how can we fill the medallions if the companies can't fill their shifts. this is a disaster. this is a disaster and i don't know. i have nothing more to say. i have five seconds. >> okay. thank you. next speaker. >> barry toronto followed by howard strausser. >> good afternoon. >> hi. good afternoon chairman nolan, fellow directors. i hope you had a nice 4th of july. i wasn't very happy considering the fact that independence day -- we well are a nation of laws and unfortunately we have a mayor that doesn't consider the transportation code viable part of this city. if you watch tv
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or if you want i can send you an email link to the video. apparently mayor lee called a certain app gay on july 13 in the city. i guess apparently rumors daughter works for that particular app and i am concerned that you have a mayor that appointed you is supporting this app which is know is illegal and in fact the insurance doesn't cover it and more and more insurance companies are contacting the drivers and your private insurance doesn't cover the use of this vehicle so i would allow you guys to get more involved. any day now the ruling from come back from the administrative law judge and you should want to know this information and react to it publicly and be on strong with the taxis. if not -- i am telling anyone in the public now the medallion is worth nothing.
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don't buy it now. don't buy it until we can rule out these apps. if not i'm going to go work for one of them because i'm not going to get shut down. my driving record has been clean for a while so i tell you i would rather do that than have to pay all these fees. the drivers are paying the fees. the cars are getting inspected. the drivers are getting more and more training and the problem is the enforcement has been really bad and in closing the city attorney won't help enforce it like l.a. does. why not? let's get a statement. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. [applause] >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon directors. haw ward strauss ner and want to talk about the parking history in san francisco and every problem that you have to deal with, so early on after the
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people had cars, people built garages under their houses and apartment houses and later i imagine that the city agencies provided parking on city land for city employees and we know where it's leading us now but the first major thing was the union square garage. it was like a wpa project and 39 or so and the merchants realized they needed to have the consumers have a place to park and got together with the city and the first partnership to build parking in the city and under union square and people were asking how did you do this thing all over the country and we built more of these types of garages under parks and helping to pay to keep the parks in business. the next thing that happened started in oklahoma city. they found they had to
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put in meertds to cause turn over for the merchants and of course as san francisco as other cities did this say source of spare change while doing good and turn over with parking but we continue in san francisco doing a pretty silly thing. in 1955 the zoning codes were changed to require that if you want to build a house, an apartment, or anything you have to provide a parking place. now did people want that to park on the street? did they want that so there is no development in the neighborhood? who knows but this is a major problem and increases the number of cars. later on the next thing happen you continued building nor garages and followed by building a freeway virtually on geary street and convenient for people to drive down to the garages. there is more history and we have more time today. thank you very much. >> mr. chairman that's the last
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person that turned in a speaker card. >> thank you very much. >> is there anyone else? >> okay. come forward please. >> art, you wanted to talk about item 14 on the agenda. we're not there yet. we're on item nine. >> we will be there shortly. >> [inaudible] >> okay. thank you. >> all right moving on the consent calendar. these items are considered to be routine and enacted by a single act by the board unless an item is requested to be severed. mr. chairman i have no requests. >> motion to approve? any further discussion? all in favor say aye? the ayes have it and before we leave public comment and there are a