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about construction at night and requests that us to assure their other visible alternatives lastly public outreach are doing the best they can to get the word out to the public of promises we have few staff to handle the municipal or multiply projects our proposed budget didn't include adding additional staff for public outreach this slide shows a picture of our 2014-2015 budget the 200 and $47 million of which 10 percent or $53 million is general fund support we're working closely with the mayor's office to have the proposed 2015-2016 budget this slide here give us a sense
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of staffing picture over the last 10 years as you can see the major crux from 2009 to 2012 you'll see the dip in the slide though our head count is growing the incident in 2014-2015 represents the addition of staff that have been hired prior to the projects and provides staff to the department the provision staff has been reduced 18 percent and make up 14 percent of the positions shown in the following slide as you can see - in the area of capital we've grown but compared to the year 2006 we've actually
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declined in both operations and finance and management preparing for on economic downturn in terms of that the reality is that we will need to prioritize services for potential reductions to mitigate loss of staff we use flexible staffing and 3 year positions when feasible we also budget conservatively to insure we're not living outside of our means another way to prepare ourselves with the use of mobile to increase our efficiency and specifically the use of tablets in the field allows staff to stay in the field longer so they don't have to upload other
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things lastly it is important that we continue to seek long term funding sources for street reas far as i am concerned the general fund constituted $11 million through the years 2014-2015 capital budget this can't continue with the economic downturn if we want to continue to improve our streets findings the dedicated sources in the long terms is critical with that, i'll conclude my presentation thank you all for allowing us and looking forward to working with you on the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 budget i object to take questions and my staff who do all the hard work and getting this package ready. >> thank you, colleagues will
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have questions a few comments and thank you for the presentation and you talk about coordinating with other mta and puc i think part of this ever san franciscan feels your streets are being dug up another a record pace but it is a necessary project in terms of what are the agencies you work with the most how would you breakdown that the most the puc given the sewer project is it mta. >> i think most common agencies are are the ones we work with frequently with the mta and is one of them and mta primarily because of the recent bonds passed but also the living bond those require coordination but prior to the $15 million ever sewer and water every year to to
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capture the best benefits of taking the street at a certain time the 3 agencies work closely to coordinate those projects to completely the project granted that is probably a little bit more sdrurngs than you usually expect but one time period we don't need to come back. >> i think everyone gets frustrated and loves the streets afterward. >> it saves quite a few dollars we're work together and usually the projects go out to one contractor so it is easier to manage. >> if you look at our staffing levels the capital projects have increased quite a bit is that in large part due to the road resurfacing or the other projects. >> the road resfaurg bond is
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one of them but we handle the san francisco general and we finished the public safety building and the terminal we're working on the fire stations and we have a lot of staff working and recently staffed up to help with the mta structures and the blaring. >> thanks and one last thing that was in here he saw recent comments from folks open franklin how do we approach the night time planning. >> well, the first step to work with the community and get a sense of the best 7, 8, 9 to do the project and bones on the community feedback after with the committee feedback and the city agencies working together
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again in this case frankly the mta a trying to decide when is the best time not to create congestion in traffic. >> mostly in residential areas while w we'll try with the daytime saves and in the other area night time. >> your department is great to with with thank you supervisor mar. >> thank you supervisor farrell and mr. neuroyou're happyly named mr. clean it's a pleasure with w work with folks in 200 my district we're tloord the may 167 district one clean up after the city of middle school i want to say this hearing an neighborhood liveability is
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critical i'm glad we're hearing that i know as we the budget committee passed the neighborhood stabilization funds in the past under is a more severe crisis we're looking at small arts and neighborhood organizations to help to stabilize i note as we talk about liveability we're in a truth of the matter displacement of housing in those champs filled with the district resident and community groups the ethnic and the cultural in the district is being threatened we need to do more on human safety net services it is often a balance we as at budget committee last melting meeting we heard about the arts
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transparent a process where fund it equality we expand the whole by i'm glad that others in the champs are with you a few minutes the silver tsunami and the senior organization and people were strongly united for the city to put it's money where it's mouthed it if we're going to call ourselves a family-friendly city i'm glad for champs are full with people relaying e represent the healthy side my question the coalition on homelessness gave me a few suggestions they're concerned that resources of the public works i everything goes to keeping the streets clean i think there is a concern that we're not doing enough to coordinate with the homeless
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outreach teams and that we may be spending too much resources clearing out people that are homeless without homes and their encampments versed there's long term solutions can you respond to the coalition concerns or concerns. >> the agency works with the other city agencies along with some of the organizations you mentioned i mean our job to keep the city clean and we guess and we have a process that we work with and in the first process so beautify the sidewalks and in most cases we do our jobs and are gone continuous presence at a certain places engages the hot team they do what we do best trying trying to understand the
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situation i'll ask them to move to a right location recently the city is doing a great job because a little bit different than what we're used to dealing with the populations as a whole not just an individual when we come into an encampment we are working with the entire encampment four or five people are together they get transported to the navigation center we've seen success and they're able to bring their belongings and animals and once they got to the navigation center they get assessed it is definite a different game-changer that works so if i had to answer our question more of the sires where we receptionist people and try to put them in the right place and
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in a long term place that is the best place as far as public works we're to keep the city clean we do everything everything and someone asked though do we insure we're being equitable about repaving the project not just the affluent areas we're working with the vision zero coalition to insure that as we repave streets that we're not only promoting multi mode transportation like biking walking as well as driving but also we're being equalities e equitable how streets are being repaved. >> we work closely that walk sf we meet monthly and go over the
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citiesing plan is decided based on pc score based on the condition of the street areas we find loopholes we try to figure out how to each those areas but a huge number of fatalities is in a small area of the city so those areas are the areas we need to focus on so i think we have a great relationship i think we've never seen a good time like we have now the mta, public works and puc and planning all the agencies working together to solve one problem with the heads together and marketing and doing much better we meet the goals of zero fatality by 2020. >> supervisor wiener. >> thank you very much
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two things first of all, mr. neuro. >> and the men and women of the public works for the incredible work you do with limited resources you have so many parking spaces to clean and landscape and to fix and you don't have in my view i appreciate the hard work in my district we see again and again terrific efforts whether it greening the street and the process that the community loves or other landscaping cleaning work and very difficult area it is you guys do terrific job so thank you for that and i hope we can get you more resources to do the work and even higher level i in terms of the following up
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on supervisor mar's question and comments about cleaning i in my experience dpw works very well, that the outreach and i see in my district and i know especially in some of the early morning cleansing to sometime saurng conditions the department didn't pour water everywhere by with the police to make sure that everyone is safe and try to get people services they're hard and unknowledgeed job i want to see more cleaning off the public spaces we have challenges a question about which i raised and here a couple weeks ago with
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the department of the technology you eye haven't spoken about this i raised it again, when the board my extreme frustration around the city's failure to lay conduit in the street as they're ripping up every street in the city supervisor farrell is right the road is very, very disruptive but it is important we're feinstein accelerating the sewer work and the waterline work and pacific gas & electric work and the great infrastructure happen at a faster pace but we're coffee up the streets without putting conduit down so we have better broadband access whether a municipal system or a system we
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allow private entities to lease that space and last year, we passed legislation unanimously requiring that the conduit be laid with various exemptions and approximately the department of technology it was going to go into a enter departmental process the public safety or an indication that could take years and years in the meantime, we're covering up the streets i want to see the conduit laid now in the five or six most not one inch of conduits it's not dpws responsible but dpw plays a key roll in the departments i'm concerned we're going to see bureaucratic obstruction the ability to lay the conduit i want to see your thoughts in terms of getting the conduit laid now and in every street.
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>> one ordinance is which your refer to a little process had not been made we i've met with the department of technology staff within the last few weeks we've come to a position we system that will work wherever the permit is being permitted we'll install that pipe they've agreed to pay for the pipe depending on the price the unit price of the linear footage so the code when you go for a permit we're able to capture that we have a formula you're right nothing has been done since the ordinance passed but conversations and we're ready to
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start the main pipe. >> when do do you think the conduit will be laid. >> they're willing to pay that was the last catch when the permit comes we'll ask the contractor to make that part of their job. >> if a contractor whichever department the puc which even the puc or whether it is pg&e and the depending for reis it fair to say if an excavation permit that comes in tomorrow will that be reviewed. >> like the street reas far as i am concerned. >> you're right you're right. >> a grinding of a couple inches on top but the opportunity presents its that's a requirement and so literally
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tomorrow penguin comes in and says we need to do the gas work or public works want to replace a sewer dpw will evaluate that permit. >> that's right. >> and do you anticipate what kind of push back do you anticipate because again, you and i have gone through those through those boards on the same side for example, you've had a lot of challenges where the puc for public safety projects want to charge an enormous amount of money for bulb outs so i don't chris criticize their projects but i'm worried about the departments having a million reasons not to put conduit here and there do you think we can
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run the interference and get the con aid. >> i feel technology want to happen so i don't think if you're doing a thirty foot trench or 50 to the trench but if you're doing four or five or 6 blocks it make sense we'll see the opportunity and all the conversations moving towards that step. >> i'll stop i know there are other - i know that the department wants to do it are there other departments even dpw has challenges offer coming observations from the department you know how to do it d t has not done that historically what i've indicated pub i don't want to do fallout legislation but
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i'm closely monitoring this where the ability to lay conduit is obstructed i'll moved with legislation with a blanket mandate with more than x feet of construction it will be in the code i don't want to go this route i'm glad you are in you can solve it. >> i'm come to our office to give updates. >> supervisor yee. >> i also want to join the choir and say your department has always been a pleasure to work with i wanted more responsive for the departments have worked with i'm just wanting to follow up
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with supervisor wiener's comments in terms of coordination and so on and so forth there's an opportunity actually, if you want to test what he's talk about in terms of the laying down the conduit i'm sure you're aware of are we're breaking up west portal avenue and digging up for 6 months i believe that so there's an opportunity to coordinate something there and, in fact i'm hoping as we move forward that project i know that there's some discussion and mta trying to replace their tracks hopefully, we doesn't have to repay that that's one we need a lot of coordination in deciding up trenches and there's going to be public safety improvements and then right behind that hopefully not behind that digging up the tracks and so hopefully, we'll be able
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to coordinate things to resurface ones and not resurfacing twice the question i have around the staffing so you've done a great job in the cut we've seen in the last 10 years going from the high of 4 hundred and 27 staff members to 3 this year as you ramp up i'm curious in terms of when we start losing staff or you start losing staff what did we do less of and as you ramp up what are we're going to do more of and maybe relate that to trees in general as a lot of us have xepsz concerns who is going to
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do take over the trees on the sidewalks and certain people that can actually take it offer and i've spoken to quite a few people on fixed incomes the seniors that won't be capable of handling it economically can you respond. >> so tree talk so with regards to tree the city only has a limited number of oort with work so we've never had a large number of oorts in the past as the city grows and the demand on trees is even higher so that means did amount of work we're able to get to say a lot less than we were because we have more trees and this trees are older we're a wind i didn't aide
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with older trees almost every few nights four or five trees go down we're limited in staff that didn't give us the errors to you stretch beyond our own maintenance of the trees we're responsible for the department has 40 thousand trees living in the right-of-way so just if we were to take the step now to look after the city trees alone we don't have the resources we never have had them. >> through the ordinances the citywide has several planting programs and in some cases a misunderstanding of who's tree it is but for many, many years have been looking after the trees the whole progress of maintaining the trees is to
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bring everyone to a level the playing field if you want to call that that the property owners are responsible for their trees i agree and i know that you know the city should look after all the trees but the city didn't have the resources to look after all the trees and scott has lead a lot of sessions to make it happen until then we have to maintain what we have and in the process what we think we have to make the property owner responsible to in the process of relinquishing the tree whether a pruning or other repairs we have to do that to turn that tree over so you know simply don't have enough resources to meet all the demands we're in a fighting mode
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so mostly responding to emergencies we have to prune trees for signals and prune trees for signs and prune trees to have people walk under them those come daily not time to give you routine maintenance of trees that are needed every 3 to 5 year circles. >> what's our response in furtherance of wrapping down the staff and ramping back up. >> we're paying the price sngz we don't have enough resources we've gone from our agency does that better than any other agency partnering with the neighborhood and getting the extra hands and educating people. >> what kind of you've lost hundred staff members a quarter of our staff
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so what services were they madam clerk, we lost. >> in the streetscape area we had people on the situations that diverts people a lot to provide those services so on a normal routine basis parts of city that don't get the routine services because we're deal with more emergencies to that is one example same things with gardeners we're doing more greening in the city and landscaping we used to have landscape that was dug up for, you know for more plants or green this is great but it requires more maintenance that moves from the concrete that we would send someone once a year to a place you'll go three or four time a year; right? so as
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we develop more sustainable practices in our city we you know requires small labor and resources if needed we're trying to get to 0 o a level to look after what we have now. >> one last question you showed the pie chart for this year's budget and then i know you have several slides you talk about individual budget so in regards to the budget year 2015-2016 what would be the total ask this year's is $237 million. >> uh-huh. >> what would it be what