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for that infrastructure is now. this incredible tie-dye program is a godsend both to the families as well as the community. we believe it's time we move forward and we greatly encourage you to do so. thank you. >> good evening, members of the planning commission and treasure island authority. my name is tom, and i'm here representing the san francisco board sailing association. we've worked long and hard with the city. i want to acknowledge our thanks again to the city working with us and with the navy to open up the island and give access to the island for board sailors over these last five to 10 years. a year ago or even six months ago or even three months ago we would have been supportive of this plan. however in, the last few months the plan has changed and we're just not sure. there was formerly in the plan
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a clearly-shown access to the water and two access points and parking. many changes have taken place to the plan. even our ceqa -- in-house ceqa expert has had trouble following all the changes. we'd like to ensure that planning commission and the treasure island authority at large understand that the water immediately adjacent to the island is one of the premiere windsurfing and board sailing and kite surfing spots in the united states. i brought copies of the pages i'd like to pass out after i speak that clearly show, i think, the changes, and it's just too vague. we'd like to point out that these sports, as with big-boat sailing, are equipment intensive. while we'd all like to be able to take public transit out to
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the island, it's not feasible to carry this stuff on a bus. he we need a rigging area, parking areas. in the 2006 plan, they were showing 125 parking spaces. however, in the 2011 plan, we can't find any. the transportation implementation plan -- this is figure 3.10, page 38. thank you. president olague: thank you. where's the clerk? you can, i guess, leave them up here. >> good evening, commissioners, directors, i'm ken cleveland, representing the building owners and managers association. we represent commercial real estate interests throughout the city, and the bulk of the high-rise office buildings in the city. many of our members' projects have come before this body, before the planning commission,
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for approval. but few, few have had or will have the impact that this treasure island development will have on the city. as you've heard from many of the speakers already tonight, so much good is going to happen from this project. and it's been studied and it's been studied, and there's public hearing and there's been public hearing, and i think the time now is for some action. we're in a recession. we're coming out of a recession. we need to get people back to work. we need to expands the city's tax base. this project is a marvelous project. we are blessed in san francisco to have these kinds of redevelopment opportunities. so i say don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good and approve this e.i.r. and approve the subsequent approvals for the project. thank you very much. >> good evening. my name is wilhelmina parker and i'm the business and community director of treasure island job corps. we're located on treasure
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island and we serve youth between the ages of 16 to 24, and we have in excess of 600 students currently. one of the things that has proved to be an extremely motivating climate and a vision of tomorrow for our students who are engaged in a variety of trades, including the construction trades, looking at green jobs, has been an extremely motivating vision of jobs for the future, as conveyed by the redevelopment team. they spent the time to communicate a transparent process of the we've talked about opportunities that might involve the students and going the extra mile in studying and doing the due diligence to become versed in the work that they will be practicing. it is a delit to know that these students will have the capacity to have jobs that are high-paying, quality and really validate the work that they put into their training. thank you. >> hi, my name it levina da
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silva, i'm the clubhouse director for boys and girls clubs of san francisco located on treasure island. i'm here to support the e.i.r. and all the items on the agenda. i want to thank tie-dye for all their support for the past 11 years since we've been here on treasure island. we've seen our families really rehabilitate and we work closely with our families and have been extremely successful. we're really excited about this development, and just really looking about more of the opportunities that it comes. with 2,000 units currently, we have 6 to 18-year-olds and around 400 children a year that are on the island in summer at school. we see that being an amazing opportunity. we're one of nine clubhouses, and what i found -- i've been with the organization for over 15 years. treasure island is amazing. just breaking a locality of the barriers that our youth see every day. it's amazing, it's beautiful and it's an amazing community.
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and we provide wrap around service, mental health services, academic success, teen services, job readiness, outdoor education and healthy lifestyles. and if we move forward with the projects, which i really hoping we will, it will be amazing for our youth and our families and our parents. thank you. >> good evening. my name is john stewart, and i'm here to support the treasure island project enthusiastically. our company became involved in 1999 at treasure island when it was empty. we entered into a leasehold agreement at the time and invested $10 million in the moderate rehab of the navy units at that time. the youth -- the use is interim, not permanent.
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we now have approximately 1,000 residents that are still on our lease out there. treasure eeled has a particular fond spot in my heart, because would like to see its reincarnation in a positive way. i'm dating myself, so don't do any mental arithmetic. we have been working with a firm for many years now and they've been transparent, very direct, very thorough, very professional in the transition plan. and in the course of that involvement, as we segue from our interim lease, which originally had 650 residents, now has 400 and some odd leases. we've looked at their plan fairly carefully, and i have three comments. one pertains to the use of public transportation. so we have, i would offer, some
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empirical data on who uses public transportation and who doesn't. our survey, which is very current, because we update it every month, shows this -- we have 991 residents that live in -- that are in our leases, which are the market rate portion of what's out on the island. they are all over 18. of that amount, 80% use the bus. of that 80%, that would be 700 -- [chime] president olague: thank you. >> 80% use the bus. president olague: thank you. >> good evening, commissioners and board members. i'm scott with the bay area council. we'd like to strongly support the project, certify the e.i.r. and approve the project tonight. the council is a member organization of about the top 300 businesses in the bay area,
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with about 4.5 million employees and approximately $2 trillion in worldwide revenues. the problem here is the region in his trouble. there's a lack of housing, a lack of affordability, there's congestion, conflicting regulations. there's different growth projection that is are not going to be able to sustain the region. one of the best ways to solve a regional problem is to look at infill projects that are significant, that are positive, and that will reduce our carbon footprint. this is in line with all of the state-mandated sp-75, all of the community strategy goals. this project -- it's fundamentally and it significantly moves not only the city, but also the region forward in what we're trying to accomplish. in addition, it creates jobs, it creates housing, it creates retail and commercial space and improves not only the business environment, but also the quality of life for the region. so i strongly urge you to certify the e.i.r. and approve
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the project tonight. thank you very much. >> good evening, commissioners. i'm tim, executive director of the action coalition. it's fair and balanced and addresses the environmental issues appropriately. on the question of housing, which we strongly, strongly support, we deeply mourn the loss of those 400 affordable housing units. but that's much more the fault of the economy and the questionable status of the redevelopment agency than anything else. we would support doug shoemaker's suggestion that if the economy improves and conditions improve, that first call be put on funding to restore the affordability as it was before. on the question of transportation, what we really, really like is the sharp emphasis that has been placed on reducing private auto use. this is clearly the direction development like this and re-use of old bases like this
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has got to go. we hear controversy about the bridge, but the idea that commuters are going to go out to treasure island and then say, great, i'll get on the bridge and drive down 101 to go to silicon valley doesn't make any sense. they won't come here. similarly, that folks would come out to treasure island and say, great, i'm going to drive my car to downtown san francisco, where there's 15 minute of headway ferry service doesn't make any sense. we like that they're dee emphasizing it, providing other alternatives, not making it easy for driving and charging for it, and using that to funds trance it. because the success of this will stands or fall on how it works on transportation. and then on the question of -- well, i think we shouldn't be bound by what exists today in terms of cars and bridges and what not. it's a 20-year buildout, and $6 to $8 gasoline will take care of a lot of problems, which we might very well see at the time this is finishing being built.
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and then on the question we've heard some stuff on the seismic issues, a tsunami. in a former life i was a geologyist. those are engineering calculations, not environmental impacts. president olague: thank you. >> good evening, commissioners and directors. i'm peter, representing the san francisco planning and urban research association. spur has been supportive of this project for many years. we work very hard to make sure that the density increased enough to allow for commercial and for ferries and so on, which it wouldn't have in the original project design. so we urge you to support the -- vote for the e.i.r. and the other items on this agenda. and i want to point out that treasure island is very special because there's no other land in san francisco where you can
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create a wonderful 21st century sustainable transit-oriented neighborhood. because we're out of land. so this is the opportunity to show the world what we can do with our talents and our abilities, and so we should do it. thank you. >> good evening, commissioners and supervisors. my name is mimi manning, and i'm a member of the board of directors of the treasure island museum association. over the last several years the developers have been very supportive of our organization as we re-envision our museum for the next chapter of the island's life. we look forward to working with the developers and citizen groups in making treasure island a wonderful new neighborhood and resource for all of us. we hope that this project will move forward, in spite of the existing conflicts, which we hope can be resolved fairly.
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thank you very much. >> good evening, i'm andy thornly with the bicycle coalition. i'll limit my comments to the transportation issues of the ceqa analysis. we're concerned and skeptical. the parking ratios are probably too great. but as previous speakers have said, we are evolving towards unaffordable driving, and the peels of this project that compels us to afford -- piece of this project that compels us is the pricing. this product has the state's first roadway pricing strategy in place. it is legislated as ready to go. and we have faith and will work to make that the control. if you own a car and live on treasure island, i will have to pay to drive off of the island. we will be able to turn up that number until it is not
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appealing for you to drive off the island. that's an important planning aspect of this project and it's part of why we're excited about the project. we did review the e.i.r. we make comments. you know we come and we speak to you and all of our comments had responses that we were satisfied with having to do with bicycle circulation, and especially anticipating pedestrians and bicycle access on the brinl. that access does not exist today. we're certain it will. we will work to make that access exist. it has to exist. and in 20 years it will exist. in 10 years it will exist. so we can't be planning for next year. we have to plan for 10 and 20 years from now. so, again to, the extent that the transportation analysis had any issues that we commented on, our comments were responded to, we look to the pricing control to be effective and a pioneering measure in discouraging private auto ownership. thank you. president olague: thank you.
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>> good evening. i'm abby and i work with catholic health care west at st. francis memorial hospital, and we are here tonight to urge you to pass the e.i.r. and the related legislation. we have been impressed in the planning of the treasure island community that's taken so many considerations and factors that impact health and are really looking forward to working with the various community agencies and our partner, mercy housing, to ensure that the health delivery system is there to serve the very healthy population. we won't have much to do. so thank you very much. >> good evening, commissioners and directors. my name is john, and i'm the general manager of rubecon landscape. our mission is to prepare low-income people to achieve national independence. we support the development and urge your support of all the issues being considered tonight
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because our presence at treasure island has helped us provide numerous opportunities for very disadvantaged people. we've been on treasure island since 1992 when we did landscape work for the u.s. navy. and we've been there ever since. all our hiring and entry-level workers is through the tie-dye and we have created over 70 long-term jobs for disadvantaged san francisco residents. we focus on individuals with a history of homeless and similar barriers. we help them by providing steady employment, a supportive environment, medical and other benefits, job training to make them professional landscapers, and this builds confidence and determination. we strongly support this development because it gives us more opportunities to help more people. thank you. >> hi, my name is dave alexander. i'm an employee of rubecon.
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nine years ago i was at rock bottom, homeless, jobless, etc. within those nine years they offered me a job landscaping. i now ha help of others, to be able to keep the island clean and green. thank you. >> good evening, board members and commissioners. my name is peter mccaffrey, the owner of wine valley catering and pavilion by the bay. i'd love to encourage you to support the e.i.r. and the whole agenda this evening. we supply real jobs to real people that live on the island, and in this economy, it is so needed. some positive news for so many individuals. i feel that this project is wonderful for the environment, it's wonderful for san francisco, and i just strongly encourage you guys to support it. thank you very much.
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>> good evening, commissioners. i am currently owning a business and a resident at treasure island. the address is 2 avenue of the palms. and i'm there on a daily basis. i see a fair amount of people, tourists and other people. most of the customers are tourists. they come to the store. and when they come, they ask me what's on this island, can you pass through the gate? i told them yes. it's residential. and they ask if there's restaurants, is there shops, is there things that we can buy on the island? and i have to tell them no. basically you get the feelings and you feel how they -- the look on their face, that they're kind of disappointed. as far as san francisco, why is nothing here? they ask a lot of questions that i'm not able to answer, except tell them that there's some new development coming soon. that's all i can tell them. they are really excited. i think the island will be a
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good place for tourists and people to live and businesses as well, and i'm very supportive of this project. thank you very much. >> good evening, commissioners and title board members. my name is betty mackey. this is my seventh year of residence on y.b.i. i live with a lifelong disability and i'm hanging on by my fingernails to hang on to my apartment in a safe neighborhood. i'm asking you for the disapproval of the transition housing plan as it exists today and for the creation and fair and reasonable plan which will include rental housing offered on y.b.i. for returning residents and affordable purchaseable housing offered on y.b.i. for returning residents as well. in addition, i'm asking for relocation options in safe, clean housing throughout san francisco, not just on treasure island. i am an older woman. i'm living with a disability which makes me incapable of
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outrunning anybody. i simply cannot move to a higher crime-rate neighborhood. the relocation must offer an option to relocate me to an equally safe neighborhood. please don't make me a victim with this existing transition housing plan. i offer for your perusal crime-mapping statistics which compare yerba buena island versus treasure island and the crime rate on treasure island is 2500% higher than yerba buena island. thank you for your time. >> hello supervisors and commissioners in. my name is brian. i've been on the island for three years. i currently am on the island due to commercial ventures. i come from a different perspective. the new winery just opened six months ago. a lot of people encouraged me
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from moving forward and doing business on treasure island. it is difficult to get to and nobody will ever come out. we have seen a lot of support, not only from the treasure island development authority but also from the community. people are looking for reasons to come out to treasure island, if you look at what my pred -- predecessor said, people come to the gate and ask what is on treasure island. he has to tell them nothing. well, there is starting to be something. there are businesses that are bringing people out to the island. in our first six months we've had 10,000 tourists and people out to the winery and we have seen this development as being something that could be great for the city and something that we know are going to be transitioned and are going to have to work with the developers with the transition but we see it as a good thing for san francisco overall. we have ended up hiring a number
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of people. we have created jobs and we have created something to do on the island, so we are in support of the efforts mere here to develop the island and we see it as a challenging and realistic goal and we think it could be a great part of san francisco. thank you. >> good evening commissioners, supervisors. my name is tony rodriguez and represent the fire union. i'm in support of the e.i.r. i feel it is a well thought out project. on another note, though, a lot of people, construction workers or represent construction workers who haven't worked in a year, a year and a half, during the recession, construction is the last industry to come out of the recession. right now, a lot of these construction workers are hanging
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on and don't have a lot to look forward to. a lot of the work has disappeared now. that won't happen for maybe a year or two years. a project like this will supply a lot of work. i guess we're here to approve or disapprove of the e.i.r. i urge you to approve the e.i.r. and not delay the project that would allow many construction workers to work. thank you. >> commissioners, board members. mibling, construction and building council. i think we have read recently about tsunamis and the effect of earthquakes on the island. i recently had occasion to read a fairly detailed droichings how the island would be reengineered. the work that is involved is work that we can do and do well. public transportation, there will be a brand new ferry
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terminal, a primary connection with the city of san francisco that does not now exist. that is work that we can also do well, the construction of that ferry terminal. there will be thousands of units of new housing that the city needs eds but in a neighborhood that -- needs but in a neighborhood that is well contained. it is work that we can do well and work that we want to do and work that we need. thank you. >> good evening. i'm here in support to have e.i.r. i'm also in support of getting our members back to work. we have to get them off the out of work list and often unemployment. this is very important. this is very important. i think it is very important that we understand what's going on here and that we need housing and that we need jobs for our members. thank you. >> good evening commissioners.
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eric brooks speaking on behalf of san francisco green party and the local grassroots organization of our city. those of you who have already heard me speak about tsunami danger please listen. the san francisco green party in our city also just as sierra club insists this e.i.r. be recirculated. it is extremely deficient. you have seen my remarks hopefully about sea level rise. since those remarks, we have seen the japan tsunami happen. we have seen reports and n many newspapers about what would happen in the case of a similar tsunami from alaska which would raise at least by 10 feet the water level in an immediate sense around treasure island in the midst of that kind of an event. since then, however, i have also learned, and please look this up
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before you make a vote on this e.i.r., you can look it up online. look up cascadia zone, the fault off the coast of canada, washington, oregon and california and it is a fault that if it had a serious earthquake, it had one 300 years ago. it has one ever 300 years. it is a tsunami events. we are due for one and it would raise the water levels much higher. instead of four hours from alaska, it would be less than 30 minutes. the idea that you're going to evacuate 20,000 people from treasure island in 30 minutes is absolutely crazy. this e.i.r. must be redone because of that factor. and in the e.i.r. itself, it says people will be evacuated on ferries during a tsunami. you have got to be crazy. if you saw what happened in santa cruz, you know that people will die if that happens. it is also suggested in the
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e.i.r. that people can shelter in the higher floors of buildings. if you watched what happened in japan, buildings caught onfire because the salt water interfered with electrical systems. that is not an option. this e.i.r. must be recirculated. finally, staff has admitted to these inadequacies in these hearings and said this is a matter of emergency design and not design for the project itself and so it doesn't have to be in the -- that is insane. this has to go back. >> thank you. >> good evening. i'm president of the treasure island family center foundation, a non-profit based on treasure island for the past 10 years. i'm here in support over the e.i.r. on behalf of our board and the children and individuals that we have served through our
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programs. we are very proud to put 1,200 kids through our programs each year. most of which have not had experience on the waters in the past and have some sort of form of scholarship, but we can do better. the plans that we have been working on for the past 10 years with the treasure island community development, will give san francisco an excellent resource, an excellent place for our community and our citizens to go sailing and be able to have access to the bay. there are cities across the country that have fewer citizens, less desirable places to sail that have done a great job of getting them access to the water. we can do better. we will do better but the project needs to move forward in order to do that. the time is now. the america's cup is coming to san francisco. we're all very excited about we're all very excited about that, but let's make sure it is