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if the motion fails today, community input will contribute to a more transparent process that can yield a fully informed and beneficial policy that includes best practices that would address and incorporate best practices from communities across the country so good jobs are available for all of san francisco workers. thank you very much. thank you for your comments, next speaker?
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the policy you have before you incorporates many movements by us in the direction of the city administrator and others to try to accommodate what concerns we could identify.
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the monthly payment you heard about is not a payment to the unions, it is a payment for health care. it is a payment for pensions, it is a payment for workers. that is what we in the union stand for. that is what we ask you to stand for and we don't think that has to be done at the expense of small business, but we can work together and profit together. thank you. thank you for your comments. next speaker, please? good afternoon, my time is tony rodriguez. we do work in online bay area counties. i've done this position for 11 years. for 11 years, i've dealt with project labor all over the bay area. they've worked for 11 years and people keep coming back to do them.
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when you all stood in front and said how great this was for the workers, we could haverr.nnnnns nezt::::::(vbed we weren't fast tracking. the last thing i'll say is in union, contractors that are signatory to our union. i've been in my union for 35 yea years. 31 of those contractors were formal workers who decided to go into business for themselves. they were making a living, decided to stay union. when i hear about small contractors or small businesses, it all works. it's a protection for the workers is what the pla is about. anybody who is against the pla is really wanting to continue
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to abuse and take advantage of the workers. i think everyone here really said they were for protecting the workers when we presented this. thank you. thank you for your comments. next speaker? good afternoon, supervisors. happy election day. my name is julianna choice summer. i'm not up here to discuss the merits of pla. we shouldn't be doing this today. i don't want to discuss the merits of pla next week either because we need more time. you've seen all the speakers who have gone ahead of me. we need a bit more time. listen, small businesses, we don't have lawyers on staff. we don't have people that can come to city hall on our behalf. we have to take time off work. these guys are busy. that's why you may not have heard from them yet. you will hear from them. we need to slow it down a little bit. there are a lot of folks that want to chime in. let's just allow them to do so. please vote no on item 28. we're having good conversations now, but i don't think we can
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complete it in a week. let's keep going with it. please vote no on 28. thank you. thank you for your comments. thank you, madam chair. i represent 2500 electrical workers here in town. i'm here to speak in favor of item 28. we've heard a bunch of people say no, but i'll say yes. mike touched most of the issues that we would normally hit, as did tony. we heard from the people from the avc and we heard other people talk about opportunity for people of color, for women, e etc. our apprenticeship for inside wirement alone has more female apprentices than the abc has in northern california, just in
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san francisco. where is that opportunity? we go out, we recruit. we weren't a great organization forever, but we've made great strides. and whether it's y cd asking me to come out and speak to a classroom of three people prepping for our test, we go out and do it and we make that outreach. we do work for the community, we are the community, our workers are. there's another side to this shining city. and on the other side of this shining city, people are getting robbed every day on public works projects. and the administrator's report that came out vastly underestimated it. we found more on two school
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projects, just electrical workers, than what they quoted. it's rampant. and without union workers on site, you won't be able to protect those workers. thank you for your time. thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. thank you for the opportunity to speak. i'm with the chinese american democratic club. we are also opposing the motion to pull the city wide pla from the government audit and oversight committee. you know, we're not against the pla, we're not. we believe that the unions do a lot of great things. but what we do need is we need opportunities for small businesses, which are predominantly -- many of which are minority and women-owned businesses, to be able to grow and thrive and then to become union signatory. it's a symbiotic process if
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it's done right. when irresponsible pla's are put in place, when small businesses are locked out, many of which are minority and women-owned. it affects the livelihoods of every single one of them that has put in blood and sweat into their businesses. i would urge the board of supervisors today to deny the motion to call up the issue into the committee as a whole. and i would encourage you to allow the unions and small contractors to continue to negotiate and to get it right. we've got an equity program and other issues. we need an equity program in our pla, thank you. thank your for your comments, next speaker?
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i'm here to speak on item 28 in support of item 28 for the project labor agreement. i've heard people say that this thing has been rushed through and they don't want it rushed through. nothing could be further from the truth. we've been working on this for er a year and a half. we've had multiple meetings. some of the people who spoke against item 28 were in those meetings. and the building trade has made concessions, huge concessions on some parts. so we listened and we decided the best thing to do was to meet with the small businesses and hear what their problems are. we did that and we did that multiple times. we made huge concessions. it's not like this is kust flying up here and no one's been talking about it. otherwise, like a few of my guys said earlier, we would have pushed this through months ago. but we didn't want to do that.
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we wanted to make sure everybody was heard. as far as the comments about people of color not getting due process, i agree with that. but i agree that it's the people of color that are the workers that aren't getting due process. the worker that is are being exploited on all these jobs. as far as i'm concerned, this pla is about san francisco workers. union and non-union alike to make sure that they're getting what they're supposed to be getting by law. and what's right for them. and isn't this city all about that? i think it is. the small businesses still can prosper under a project labor agreement. it's been done at the school district, it's been done at the puc. i can tell you firsthand.
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we've been watching on behalf of the labor council this been going on for a long time. we've been in the meetings that some of my brothers have been and sisters have been talking about recently. and that is to make sure that this is done right. . this has been in committee for over a year. there have been many amendments made.
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there have been amendments galore. by the way, the labor council is in 100% support of this project. so it's time to move this forward. this is just looking like delay tactics to us when we find out that there's gonna be yet another hearing and possibly other things moving on. so we're urging you to vote yes on 28 and let's get this process finalized after all these many, many, many months. thank you for your comments. next speaker? supervisors, my name is hanson lee.
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i have a sister, we go to church together and i wish to use her minutes if that's okay. no, that's not allowed in here. you can use up your two minutes and she may use her's. okay. i guess my minutes are suddenly cut in half. supervisors, i've been here many, many times when i was president of the asian american contract association. let me remind you this item 28, there's a sponsor.
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four years ago, i had liver cancer. doing work there is way more full and wholehearted. but this week, i watched a movie. what we are doing now is people of color exclusive. and we are all race to the bottom. this union brother told me they want to talk to us.
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i guess the city or the mayor don't want to include us. race to the bottom. this mayor, you know i wasn't a big fan of our mayor lee. but compared to this white mayor -- thank your for your comments. thank you for your comments. madam president? sir, i'm sorry. your time is up. i'm sorry. i apologize. your time is up. we have to give everyone equal time. thank you. thank you. tom gilberti, it doesn't seem like 28 is ready to go. but i'm gonna switch subjects. there was another election 50 years ago. and a gentleman won the election and then lost his
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life. robert kennedy, what does it mean to be against communism if one's own system denies the value of the individual and gives all the power to the government. just as the communists do. the cold war long provided for the allies to abuse their own populations. but kennedy was declaring those days must end. everywhere the senator went, he challenged his right host. in the last years of bobby kenne kennedy, he became increasingly estranged from the washington political light. his critique of the american foreign policy became more passionate as the war in southeast asia drew on and drew the doubtful eye of the white
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house that began spying on kennedy as if he was a hostile foreign agent. and then there was mr. garrison during this time. excellent book, i just finished it. we have gone a long way in the wrong direction. the labor guys right here with telling it. we need to firm up this country again and our city. it's not very well. thank you. thank you for your comments. next speaker? madam president, madam clerk, i think we can vote on 28 today.
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it seems like you're gonna make somebody unhappy. i have an item for you that probably won't make anybody unhappy. i sit in the back of the room and i kind of watch what's going well and what's not going well. and you know, i noticed that there wasn't an in memoriam for dwight clark. there was? there should be an in memoriam for dwight clark. we have 30 years of football dominance in the bay area if you include the high schools, the colleges. that had an economic and financial positive for the area as well. thank your for your comments. next speaker? madam president? any other members of the public who'd like to provide public comment at this time? seeing none, public comment is now closed. and just for clarity, i submitted an in memoriam for dwight clark and did not make
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any comments, thank you. madam clerk, please call the items for adoption without reference to committee. if a member requests an item may be severed and considered separately. thank you very much, i'd like to sever item number 28. >
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supervisor fewer? thank you, president breed. colleagues, i am a strong supporter of labor and i am proud to have authored the largest and strongest project labor agreement that the san francisco unified school district has ever seen. that said, i have some questions coming up about the proposed city wide pla before the board now. and frankly, i don't understand what the urgency is. to pull this legislation from committee after 1 1/2 years of this sitting at the board. many stake holders are coming forward with concerns about this legislation that i think need to be addressed through amendments. and these amendments are likely
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to be subjective, requiring discussion at more than one committee meeting. i also understand that there are many stake holders who would like to weigh in on this legislation through public comment. ultimately, the best pro-tess for this to happen is that committee, not at the full board, and i've spoken to colleague supervisor kim who has committed to scheduling this legislation at the government audit and oversight committee on june 20th. the controller's office conducted a risk benefit analysis of the proposed city wide pla in march of 2016. we acknowledge that this will result in increased costs to the city and county. and i have heard directly from one works rec and park that they expect increased costs. we have not seen a fiscal analysis of this legislation. and since it was moved from budget and finance, and i believe that this analysis is important to understand before taking action as a board, as the fiscal impact could be considerable. i also do not understand what
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the impact of this legislation would be on small contractors, particularly small businesses owned by women and people of color. after hearing serious concerns from dozens of small contractors, this issue deserves further discussion. in particular, i don't believe this pla, as currently written, addresses my concern about pathways to good jobs for formally incarcerated people in san francisco's construction industry as disadvantaged workers. for all these reasons, colleagues, i urge you to vote no on this item today to allow for the discussion, thank you. thank you, supervisor fewer. supervisor peskin? thank you, madam president, colleagues. first of all, let me concur with supervisor few er. what we're discussing here is whether or not we're gonna have a committee meeting in committee or a committee meeting at the board of
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supervisors as a whole. that's what's before us here today. every once in a while, we saw this a few weeks ago, it requires somebody, in this case, supervisor safai, to move the process forward by challenging us to a committee of the whole. what this has brought about is the fact that there will be, on a date certain, i've heard two different dates. june the 11th and june the 20th. i would personally prefer june the 11th, which is actually a day earlier than the full board would have heard it on june the 12th. that aside, i want to send a couple of messages. because i want to pass a pla, i would like to pass it soon. it has been sitting around for too long. and it has been sitting around for too long because no one has really, i think, done the tough work of convening the parties and hammering out the last few things that need to be hammered out. and so yes, that is on a mayor
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and we're having an election today and it will be on whoever is the likely mayor in the days ahead. and i beseech the parties to do some really good work between now and six days from now, if that indeed is the date. i also want to say, as a supervisor, when you have the city administrator, who we all voted unanimously to re appoap and department heads coming and expressing concerns, my instinct is to say okay, i need to get you in a room and let's iron these things out. that has clearly not -- i don't want to say it hasn't happened, it just hasn't been successful yet. i'm not sure exactly why. but i did actually ask if there were some meetings. and yes, there were. they didn't go anywhere, in one
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person's opinion. i really think it's incumbent that that hard discussion happens. it's incumbent on the parties that that hard discussion happens in the next few days. i want to pass a pla,i wanto do it quickly. i think that it is right that it happen in committee. it is very extraordinary that we have a committee of the whole. and i hope that we can get this done next monday or in the next couple of meetings as the gao committee. thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor safai? thank you, madam president. much of what i was going to say supervisor peskin said. just for clarity, the process of pulling something from a committee to the full board still allows for there to be a committee hearing. that's why we call it a committee of the whole. this process, we have been meeting with many folks in the lbe community. we have been meeting with folks in the building trade. myself and president breed have met with city departments and the city administrator.
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as supervisor peskin said, there has been progress. the amended version that you see in front of you today from the perspective of the building trades, as you heard them say, has made some significant concessions on their side. that does not mean the debate is done. that means that we are going to have a committee hearing. and i met with five members of the folks from the community as well as president breed's staff just this last week and we received even more comments and we are still continuing the conversation and we're happy to continue that conversation. i don't want to get into any of the merits or any of the policies of the pla. that's not what's before us today. before us today is scheduling. and supervisor kim and i had been in conversations. we had looked at multiple dates over the last three weeks. there wasn't an ability, given all the things that were going on, particularly today being election day, to find the right time. meetings were going to happen,
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those meetings were cancelled. there was one that was tomorrow. i think everyone would be on the floor exhausted. so that does not make sense either. we had discussed having it on monday, june the 11th. if that's the will of the chair of that committee, i will support that. and there will be a process. the idea that there would be no democracy in a committee of the whole is absolutely not trued. that was proposed two weeks ago by supervisor fewer to have a conversation about apartments and operation maintenance agreements. we were trying to have scheduling conversations. we were able to resolve that and we did have that committee hearing and we moved the process forward. i am in support of having it on june the 11th. i am in support of having a pla. i am in support of respecting the great work that's been done in the history of this city to support lbe's and incorporating all that great work into something. but my perspective is the perspective and always will be
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the perspective of workers first. and that's how i approach this conversation. thank you, supervisor safai. just for clarify, i sit on gao committee and i've made it clear that i will not be here on june 11th. but i am planning to attend the meeting on june 20th. supervisor kim? thank you. as chair of the committee, i just want to clarify that we are working to schedule this now on monday, june 11th. we are still working to confirm this with the agenda. supervisor peskin and i will be there. so it would be great to have a replacement so that we can walk around. but i do just want to warn members of the public that we do sit on land use committee at 1:00 p.m. as much work as can happen on wednesday, thursday and friday to hammer this out and get to a consensus so that we can pass this out of committee on monday, june 11th, is appreciated. but we will be scheduling it. i think it's much more
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appropriate to be heard at committee than at the full board of supervisors. and i'm happy to schedule it. thank you, supervisor kim. supervisor safai, would you like to continue to support the committee as a whole? i guess we can table that item. motion to table made by supervisor safai. seconded by supervisor peskin. colleagues, can we take that without objection. without objection, this item is tabled. madam clerk, any other items before us today? please read the in memoriam. today's meeting will be adjourned in memory of the following beloved individuals on behalf of president breed, dwight clark. on behalf of supervisor ronen for the late renee yenes. madam clerk, any other
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items before us today? that concludes our business for today. ladies and gentlemen, today is election day. the polls will be open until 8:00 all over the city, including city hall. please make sure that you go out and vote and have a wonderful day. thank you. we are adjourned.ssion for tuesday, june 5. happy election day. could you please read the roll? [roll call]
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we're waiting for sfg-tv to get with us. all right. [roll call] you have a quorum. directors borden and torres will not be here. prohibition of sound-producing devices. ringing of phones and pagers and other electronic devices are prohibited. if one goes off, you may be asked to leave the room. cell phones on vibrate cause microphone interference. the board requests they are off. approval of the minutes. >> do i have any public comment? seeing none. closed. do i have a motion? second. all in favor?
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approved. >> communications, madam chair. i have none. new or unfinished business? >> any new or unfinished business? seeing none. we'll move on. >> director's report. >> good afternoon. members of the staff and public and board, want to recognize some of our employees. i want to ask our director of sustainable streets, tom mcgwire, to come forward and recognize one of his staff. >> good afternoon, tom mcgwire, sustainable streets director. i'm here to ask you to recognize thomas moyer, trainee for our colored curb program. he started last year and took over the responsibility of a color curb program clerk. quickly learned the challenging job of running the colored curb program. he has processed more than 2,000 311 curb requests as well
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as email, phone, and in-person requests, to the point where you think you see freshly painted yellow or white or blue curb, thomas probably had something to do with that. if you see something with the great logo, thomas definitely had something to do with it. he's been instructal in training personnel and passing on his expertise. want to recognize the human services agency. thomas came to us from h.s.a.'s trainee program, a program that connects people on public assistance with opportunities to work for 6 to 12 months in a job with the city and county to improve job kills, hard and soft skills, and prepare them to enter employment in the city. we're happy to have been part of the partnership with h.s.a. and happy to have had thomas on our team helping us to move the colored curb requests forward. >> thank you. thank you so much for the job that you have been doing for the agency.
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it's another one of those unseen jobs that is so important and we appreciate your work so much and it sounds like your co-workers also appreciate your amazing baking talents as well. [laughter] would you like to say a few words, please? >> i would like to thank you very much for this award. it's -- it means a lot to me. i also would like to thank mr. nehaw for being a great manager to work for and everyone i worked with, it's an incredible environment. i really appreciated it. learned a lot. enjoyed a lot. i'm wondering, is this a lifetime meeting pass? [laughter] thank you very much. >> and thank you. [applause] >> and next i want to ask our director of transit, john haley, to come forward to recognize a group of folks who are involved with a much more visible part of the sfmta operation.
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>> mr. haley? >> good afternoon, board members. i will introduce you to 22 individuals who did a remarkable job some time ago. on the morning of may 25, the friday of memorial weekend, we heard a sound that is one of the worst sounds that you can ever want to hear if you are in the rail passenger business. and that is -- [alarm sounding] you may not recognize that, but that's, in fact, something called a derailment alarm that occurs on the vehicle. and just after 6:30 on friday morning, that alarm sounded,
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which told us in our vernacular that we had a 732, which is a derailment of an outbound train leaving castro station. the good news right away is that there were no injuries. the train had serviced the station. and it immediately activated the emergency response unit of the individuals that you see standing -- i was going to say behind me, but our rehearsal was brief and unfocused, so they're standing to the side. what i would like to do is to describe for you, if i may, the fact that this is an 80,000-pound vehicle, which the center trucks -- there are three trucks on the car. the front and the back trucks carry the weight of the motors and the center trucks are supported by two airbags, which
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look like -- if i could describe it, two donuts on top of each other that are inflated and served to stabilize the suspension system. we know right away from looking when the first mechanic arrived on the scene, the cause of the derailment was determined to be the airbag, a valve on the airbag, which regulates the amount of air in and out of the bag, was left in the in-between position. so in a period of hours, the air gradually leaked out. the bag began to flatten. and when it got to -- when the train left the station at castro, where you begin in automatic and where you begin to climb, the center trucks came off the rail. and so this crew, led by the gentleman on my left, randy katinak, the quarterback of the emergency response unit, and who over a period of time, devised a
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plan that would involve, first, assessing the damage. second, bringing in work equipment. and also once the damage was assessed, you have an unstable 80,000-pound piece of metal, which then has to be raised very carefully. it's unstable. it has to be cribbed. take in pieces of wood that support it. it has to be raised or jacked safely. and throughout that, you have to stop several times and make sure it's stable, because you have individuals on there trying to recover the train. so over a period of just roughly an hour once they got there, conducted several job briefings. first, the rail mechanics. dennis callahan was randy's right-hand man in terms of teamwork, collaboration and coordination because of the
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track department both supported the recovery effort to get the train back up on the rail and then quickly stepped in, inspected the rail to make sure there was no damage. did, in fact, replaced some clips on the rail and got us back in service. so i would just -- this -- my description probably does not do the work of the individuals justice. this is a herculean feat and remarkable effort of skill, ingenuity and planning with careful and continued focus and persistence on safety. not only their own safety but the safety of the riders to make sure that once the train was up, we were able to move it out. we put tests in. it's truly an honor to introduce you to this group, both a
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combination of rail mechanics and folks in the track crew and, randy, do you want to add anything to this? >> could you speak in the microphone? thank you. >> it was really nice working with all these guys because, i mean, we were able to put this many guys in the same group and nobody got injured. we practiced the safety rules. we had safety briefings one after another, every time a person would be added to the group or one would leave and we made sure we had the head count and got the job safely completed. want to thank everybody here for that also and without the guidance of our boss, john haley, i don't think we could have done it either, because he really presses us to do job briefings and safety briefings, so we just took his leadership on that. so thank you. >> i love a guy that stays on script. [laughter]
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dennis, anything to add? >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. >> what randy was saying is true. we take pride in safety. we work together a lot in other aspects, not just derailments. these are professional people behind me. and i'm proud to be a supervisor for the track department. i'm proud to work with these guys every day. we don't look for accolades. we love what we do. so for us to get this is an honor. that's it. >> good. >> thank you. >> thank you. mr. haley, do you want to have anyone else come forward or do you want to -- >> actually, make one final comment on dennis. dennis actually walks the walk, just as he said, because i lost
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a gentleman's waiver to dennis on the over-under of how long it would take them to rerail the train. [laughter] he made me look bad, but, again, he backed it up. and, finally, i would say, this played out. there were some challenges. a work train broke down. they had to unload equipment on to another train. it was quite an arduous task, but after -- some time around 12:15, we were able to get everything cleared and inspected and lineer? [inaudible] [laughter] >> thank you, all, so much, gentlemen and lady. we're not all just gentlemen here. what an amazing team. you seem to work together well and practice for a drill, unfortunate you have to do it, but you practiced for it and it sounds like you worked so well to keep the system and recover
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the system and keep things moving. on behalf of the board and the entire city and riders, thank you for the work you do. thank you for doing it safely. thank you for winning the bet with john haley on how quickly you could do it. and thank you so much for coming in today. [applause] >> as they're making their way out, i will note that this was not only a tremendous physical feat to move this 80,000-pound vehicle, but it was in very tight quarters and with immense pressure of the service that was being significantly disrupted in the process. i do want to credit our communications folks and a lot of other folks that jumped into action to help folks get around the situation for those -- for that friday morning, but it was under immense pressure and
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difficult circumstances that they did this and the fact that they did it so well and did it safely is just a testament to their skill and professionalism. so we're lucky to have so many workers like that. next i want to invite up another familiar face. as you know, the future of our city are our children and the future of muni ridership are our children. and we're very fortunate to have sfmta alumni whose passion has continued since he has retired from sfmta service and we, i think, this is chair brinkman's suggestion to invite him here to share what he's been doing with all of you and the public. so peter albert. >> mr. albert, welcome back. >> good afternoon, chairman brinkman and members of the board. i would like to invite up three
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people that will co-present with me. lydia and denise, fredo, if you could come up. thank you for inviting us to come down and talk about this transit course idea that's been a lot of fun. i would like to explain why we are talking about this. we live in a city. it can be tough on families or it can be fantastic for families. and we see muni and the walkable sidewalks as critical infrastructure to help children learn how to get independent, learn how to have healthy growth and enjoy and embrace the city for all it can offer you when you are a city resident. we know that kids need to be safe and feel safe. it's excellent that we're coming on the heels of that presentation about safety. but also, not every parent can take the time to orient their children as they're going from, let's say, elementary school and middle school and learning to ride muni by themselves. too often, the parents have
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difficult choices. they either chauffeur their kids everywhere or turn their kids loose on muni and hope for the best. none of those options are optimal and both are stressful. this is to empower and entrust kids with responsibility and we believe if we guide kids and give them a chance, that they will more than measure up to our expectations. the course had four, basic parts. we'll go through and then hear from speakers. it began with a mapping exercise. each kid was given a blank sheet of paper and pencil and we asked the kid, draw where you are in the city. draw your closest transit station. draw your walk from where you are to the transit station. of course, it was difficult for people to do from memory. we said, don't sweat it. pay attention to what you didn't get as you try this exercise. over the span of a week, go in and fill in the gaps. be aware of your environment. be clear about what it is to walk through the city, crosswalks, stop signs, all
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that. the next thing we did, we put together a list of good and bad. and by good and bad, we need good behavior, good conditions, bad behavior, bad conditions. good was drivers welcoming people on the bus. polite riders. people being considerate to people withdisabilities, pregnant women. was the tin overcrowded? did we wait a long time? what were the sidewalk conditions like? and for listing the bad, we're trying to help children feel more in touch with their intuition. to be safe on a train is to know that you are comfortable and nope that the driver is there and the station agent. and to know what can happen if you are not very attentive and they can contribute by being more self-aware to a better, safer muni ride. and then we did the ride. we had after school enrichment program. and 826 program.
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and we have a student that will talk about her experience. we rode muni to forest station. what we saw was observing kids that knew how to behave and that watch for behavior, understanding what it can moon and what muni can mean for them. we wrapped it up with a debrief. we talked about the fun we had and how these students are the ambassador for a better city tomorrow. i'm going to stop now and i will invite lydia to talk about her experience as a member of the after-school aenrichment progra at mckinley school. >> i would like to share my positive experience in the after-school course. it was taught by peter albert, who used to work as a planner for sfmta. he had a lot of great information to share with us. i think a lot of students could
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learn very important skills in this course, such as to ride muni to and from school, how to be careful and courteous on muni and how to enjoy public transportation and maybe not need a driver's license later on. next year, i will be starting 6th grade at hoover middle school and taking muni home some days. the muni course taught me about planning my route and making transfers. when i travel home from school next year, i will have to transfer from the l at the castro to the 24 bus. the tips that were shared with us will be helpful. i also hopefully will have a phone by that so i can put the muni app on there, so i can see when the bus or train arrives i'm feeling more confident taking muni by myself next year. another important skill that peter taught us during the muni course was how to be safe and polite riding the bus or train. he gave us tips for looking for
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available seats and being aware of who we are sitting next to. if something starts to feel or seem strange, it's okay to get up and more closer to the driver or to a different part of the bus or train car. also he told us to be aware of people who may need our seat such as someone elderly, disabled or pregnant. and to offer our seat to them when they get on. i think these examples of how to be safe and responsible on muni were some of the most valuable parts of the muni course. a part of the course that i really enjoyed was looking for the go station. i tried to show it to my mom while we were riding the l, but she couldn't seem to see it. i also appreciate the idea that if more people in the city use public transportation, it will eventually be less cars on the road and less pollution. for me, being more comfortable riding muni helps me to enjoy the experience looking out the window and seeing the surroundings it will be a long time before i can get a driver's license and
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this knowledge will help me be an independent traveler. in closing, i think the muni course taught by peter albert was a very valuable experience that all students can benefit from. thank you. >> thank you, olivia. [cheers and applause] >> hello. one of the experiences that i learned on the muni trip is that people with disabilities and pregnant and elderly people need it have a seat. now that i know that, i will give a seat to them. the first trip i took, i undetood the muni map. another thing i learned is that now i know the streets. we took the j. i thought the driver was kind, because when we got off the muni, he waved goodbye and showed his teeth with, a big smile. thank you for giving us this fun trip and for the muni for letting us get on the train and
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teaching us something new. lastly, thank you, all, for coming on this very special day. [applause] >> thank you so much. >> hi. i'm denise donaldson. i'm a parent -- i'm not checking my email. i'm checking my notes on my phone. i'm a parent of two children at saint brendan's school. my oldest is a rising 5th grader and my husband and i use public transportation all the time and we want our children to use it and feel safe and comfortable using it. when i heard that mr. albert had given a muni tour to rising middle schoolers, i had asked a friend of mine to put me in touch with him, a friend that knew him. and asked him if he would be so kind to give my daughter's girlscout class a tour and he said he would. most of the girls in the school are familiar with muni, but they probably don't use muni very frequently. everyone had used it, but not frequently. it was great to see them have a mature conversation about the
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good and the bad parts of muni and to identify an amazing amount of good aspects of muni. and just to have the awareness of various concerns that they should keep in their mind. it made me very comfortable as a parent to see this sense of empowerment in the children. and probably two of the biggest takeaways that i saw all the girls have was that if they're using muni alone they should sit near the driver. [please stand by]
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-- got this really cool muni bag, so that every time you are shopping or whatever, you want to know how to get home, you have the map. so, i think every one of the students got that. bart also gave away some pins, so bart was a partner in this as well. and we look forward to it being not just a one-off but for everybody who wants to learn how to use muni but is not comfortable with it without some guidance. >> thank you so much, mr. albert, and for all of you for sharing your experiences with us. we work hard to make sure you feel comfortable riding the system and that muni goes where you need to go, i'm pleased you'll be able to take advantage of it, and peter, thank you so
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much, and thank you for coming down and continuing to support our public transit system in your retirement. [applause] >> ok, thank you. madam chair and thanks again, peter for coming and for that work. definitely want to figure out how to school and sustain and grow that. so, a number of other things i want to touch on, some relating to past things that you have either acted on or asked about. so, first with regard to vision 0, we hear often and i'm sure by at least one member of the public about educating people about riding bikes on the sidewalk. i think it was vice chair heincke asked us to come back and talk about the issue, when the scooters hit the street. in short, we manage bicycle
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education classes and sidewalk rules, meaning they cannot ride on sidewalks, part of the curriculum of every class. we fund bicycle outreach activities, that include sidewalk riding, postcards handed owl as well as on a spinning prize wheel. we are going to use the social media outlets communicating over the summer and the fall, and vision 0 education strategy includes a program to educate bicycle riders on how to ride safely and we will ensure that sidewalk riding is prominently included in the campaign, so, we agree with the concern that it's not safe and puts pedestrians, particularly more vulnerable pedestrians at risk, and we will do everything we can to continue to encourage responsible behavior of people on bicycles as we expect of all other road
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users. and speaking of scooters, last week, maybe the week before, may i joined city attorney dennis herra and the director of public works to announce the shared power scootered in san francisco, what we are calling them. as you know, the city law was unanimously passed by the board of supervisors and signed into law by the mayor that says any company operating the shared powered scooters must use, must have a permit from the city in order to access the public right-of-way. in compliance with the new law, which took effect yesterday, any scooter company that was operating in the city needed to have a permit to operate and since none of them have permits, up to this point, the three that
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had been operating have removed their scooters from the city sidewalks. we did at the, when we had our announcement on may 24, made available an application for a new permit that we developed and that you authorized at i guess it was our may 1st sfmta board meeting. the applications for this first pilot, you'll recall restricted the number of scooters and companies, due date for that for those applications is 5:00 p.m. on thursday, june 7th. and we'll review those as expeditiously as we can, and with the hope of being able to qualify companies for permits by the end of the month. i will just to manage expectations from our experience with previous similar permit problems, it