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included to the clerk. items will appear on the february 25th 2020 agenda unless otherwise stated. >> please call the first item. >> to consider the issuance of type 57 special on-sale beer, wine and liquor doing business as shack 15 at the ferry building will certainly the public convenience for necessity. >> we heard from the alu last time and i want to see if the applicant has any additional words you can speak or don't have to and we should take public comment. so if there are members of the public who would like to speak, line up or i will call some names. bl lotty ben davis and anyone else. if you have prepared a
statement, leave it with the clerk for review in the file. we ask that speakers avoid repetition and come on up. >> i'm the founder and ceo of jar world wide, a california nonprofit bringing quality education to children. ai'm in the bay area working to change the world and there's been very few spaces i felt belonging. shack 15 is one of the first spaces i felt empowered to follow my dreams and change the world. they took me in and gave me a home against a community who has changed my life and provided me with a workspace. this is a space for people from underrepresentatived communities, unparalleled. i'm able to bring my friends from all backgrounds, such as musicians, artists and more as
guests and we attend the amazing events that shack 15 puts on. i don't even drink and i'm in support of shack 15 serving alcoholic beverages because i know how impactful this will be for galas to support initiatives to galleries focused on artists from underrepresented backgrounds. have this license will ensure that all can succeed. thank you. >> next speaker. >> i'm clark supreno, a founder of the art's alliance, which is a new nonprofit bringing
cutting-edge art to san francisco. shack 15 has been one of the earliest supporters and they've made space available for our speaker series and fundraisers for our nonprofit. holding events in the historic and iconic ferry building has such a profound impact on all attendees and shack 15 has offered their space for free to keep our production costs low and to build our community and support our mission. continuing this work with the help of shack 15 will allow the public to learn about organization. immersive art's alliance is in support of alcoholic beverages that will only add to the events only taking place in this magnificent space to support art artists and producers like us. >> thank you, next speaker. >> thank you. i'm ben davis, founder and ceo
of illuminate, an organization in san francisco, our flagship project is the bay lights on the side of the bay bridge which live in beautiful juxtaposition to the ford tower view. i've had a great pleasure of working with the team at shack 15 from early on and have found that the space is incredibly inspiring for us to bring people together and this includes civic leaders dreaming big for the regency wanregion imagine and it the location. i know from working closely with the port and others, there's a little interesting tid-bit that few folks now. it has more multimodal transit connections than anywhere west of the mississippi. every muni comes through touching sanfrancisco and the bart system brings through with every line and the f line and e line pass in front every bus route to market street comes right by it and the petty cabs and bicycles and everything else that rolls in the city.
it is an amazing place that has accessible transit to complement bringing people together inside this space and i think there's an extra special measure that whthatshould be given. and that includes the ferry system, as well, of course. >> next speaker. thank you. >> i'm katie vandyke, the event programme manager at shack 15. shack 15 is a co-working space created for entrepreneurs of all kinds and we are working -- co-working space with a focus on events and programming to engage with the wider san francisco expect and we look to share the space. the ferry building partnerships book buildings and our goal is to support their mission by attracting new consequences and opening doors to provide a
complementary place in sf to gather and share ideas. we aim to provide a workspace for those in san francisco to gather around by offering day passes, longer term co-working passes and programming open to the public. shack 15 intends to be -- is and intends to be a place to bring people together, where different backgrounds can interact, learn and support each other. we look forward to the opportunity this mission. >> any other members who would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed and colleagues, i understand that supervisor peskin is in support of this request and if there are no comments or questions, i wil thk we can direct our clerk determining this license will meet public convenience and necessity and i will move that
we forward that to the full board with positive recommendation and we can take that without objection. mr. clerk, please call our next item? >> number 2 is an ordinance submitting the police code to require the police department to obtain gun violence restraining orders in some circumstances. >> vice chair stephanie, this is yours. tell us about it. >> thank you, chair. and i'm really actually very excited that we have this ordinance before us today. i just want to take a moment to explain what gun violence restraining orders are, also known as gvro or red flag laws. they empower families, household members or law enforcement officers to petition a court in order to temporarily remove a person's access to firearms before they commit violence.
this is under consideration in four others including virginia which took an legislation last month which is notable since this is the home of the nra. we know in many of the mass shootings that occurred in this country, family members or friends noticed signs that the shooters were dangerous and at risk of hurting themselves or others. california's law passed. it was passed in response to the shooting on may 23rd, 2014, on a disturbed and angry young man, shot ten people in ila vista, california before turning the gun on himself. the killer displayed behaviour that the parentbased on existins
guns or take him into custody. this ordinance, the one before you today creates a gun violence restraining order program in san francisco and it also propertied the san francisco police department which i'm very thankful for, to create a gvro policy. law enforcement and the public need to take advantage of every opportunity to disarm those who present a threat to themselves or others. whether that's homicide or suicide, this ordinance gives law enforcement and family members the ability to intervene before a crisis occurs. law enforcement and members of the public are left with too few options to stop these tragedies. while 5150s can prevent gun violence in some cases, law enforcement cannot always use a temporary psychiatric hold to take weapons away from an individual. the gvro is another tool, a civil, not a criminal one, to prevent tragedy before it occurs. a uc davis study found in the
first three years since the passage, the law may have prevented 21 mass shootings. however, today, sanfrancisco has not implemented a robust program. we can only find evidence in two instances. broward county whether the parkland county o occurred filed 250 petitions and seized 212 guns that same year. law enforcement has described them as indie indispensable ande need to make that case here. in april of last year, a young man suffering from serious mental illness was in possession of five guns, including one next to a window overlooking a school in my district causing much alarm and claimed that voices in his head were telling him to commit a mass shooting. law enforcement correctly placed him on a psychiatric hold, but we also need to make implementing a gun violence
restraining order standard operating procedure when incidents like this occur and this was the incident that galvanized me to draft this legislation and the need for it remains as strong as ever. because in this case, family members knew that this person was a danger to himself and others. and law enforcement had been called out to that home several times. family members, before a psychiatric hold was necessary, could have pursued a gvro with law enforcement or petition the court themselves before, like be said, a psychiatric hold was necessary. also, in october of last year, a 21-year-old woman was shot and killed by her boyfriend near a high school after months of increasing violent abuse. the people around this individual knew he was unstable and dangerous but did not have the tools to successfully intervene, even though this law has been on the books since 2014. according to the most recent
support from the medical examiner's office, there were 51 gun-related deaths in 2018, 31 homicides and 22 suicides. every time there's a gun-related death or injury, there's an opportunity for a gvro. there's no single way to win the fight against gun violence, this epidemic plaguing our nation but we will not win unless we pass this legislation and swiftly implement the policies on the books. so the final step to insuring this policy has the maximum impact, is to work with all our community partners and the public about the availability of gvros and i know that our police department will work on that and, again, i thank them for our willingness and everything they've been doing since we've. working together. wee must educate hospitals, our community benefit organizations and our departments in the city about the new policy. i look forward to passing this at the full board as soon as possible and i want to thank
deputy chief lazarre and the sanfrancisco police department who helped draft this, that will be used, actually to implement this ordinance. more importantly, i want to thank chief lazarre for enthusiasm for this program and everyone for championing it within sfpd. i believe we have officer raj viswani and then i'll wait and say a few things. thank you. >> with me is lieutenant lou, in charge of our cjic, they do illegal firearms, working with federal and state government and they also are responsible for gun violence restraining order
and they're a lee yeah amazo lie officers, and the federal government on that. for gun violence restraining order, we put out a department bulletin just recently in december of 2019, informing our officers of the steps to get the three different types of gun violence restraining orders and also being able to educate family members and careworkers of the availability of these gun violence restraining orders. currently, the officers do know that they can get a temporary emergency on-scene-order and they also know they can get the exparte order per an investigation if they're not at the scene. our investigators know that and
we're expanding an education program that deric derick lou wo out and advise the officers on how to get the different orders in situations and give them examples. we did give them several different examples of when these orders would be critical to try to get and we'll expand that outreach. i read 36d and i understand we are in the process. >> quickly, sorry, can you give one or two of those examples? >> so some of the examples that were given to the officers that's actually in the general order is like an elderly father
who has dementia and has made threats and a family member can remove the firearms. somebody who legally owns firearms and illegally discharges the firearm in their backyard. the other one is someone who legally possesses firearms and starts showing signs of mental illness but does not meet 5150 criteria. and i have reached out to our mental crisis unit that does outreach and they have secured gun violence restraining orders last year and i know lieutenant lou's unit -- lieutenant lou, his unit has secured gun violence restraining orders and also, srd has done it and these are all at the ininvestigative level. >> and we do realize that with a
ab12 and 61, we'll modify our orders and make this a more permanent from department notice to a department policy. and i know deputy chief lazarre is working with the city attorney and chief's office and that's in the final draft phase. and in addition to this, we also educate the officers on some of the domestic-violence type of dpo orders and we'll make that a part of the training so they understand the different options from removing firearms from homes where someone can use them in a dangerous situation and is there anything that you would like to add? >> i think in practise, it
closely reflected the examples that we put out there on the department notice and so some of the ones we secured were threats involving firearms and we had another real-world incident of a negligent discharge in the city that would have endangered folks and that gvr was put into effect. so the ones obtained will match the ones we put out there. >> could the previous speaker please identify himself. >> your name? >> derick lou. >> thank you. >> and then, in talking to the mental crisis outreach unit, some of the examples they gave is the person who walked into mcdonald's in the bayview with a dead raccoon, followup was conducted and we did remove firearms -- we did seek a gun violence retraining order against him. another one was a guy who had
come here and was shooting in the air recklessly, and i think that's the one you had mentioned. we did do an investigation, get a gun violence retraining order against him and another one was that was experiencing mental crisis and we removed because he had threats to family members and neighbors and we did remove guns from his house. >> supervisor walton. >> supervisor stephanie did mention the case of mental health expert and family, saying someone was dangerous and had the opportunity to be harmful to themselves and others and we know as a result, there was a mass shooting. what about incidents like that, where people around or associated with someone says they're either a harm to themselves or a harm to others? >> yes, i think in a situation
like that, where there didn't meet the 5150 after the officers responded, they could use the restraining order if the person did have access to firearms and the ability to get firearms. >> thank you. will this be taught in the academy, as well? >> at this point, what we were talking about is doing outreach at line-ups for active officers on patrol and i could definitely relay that, if that's something you think would be beneficial. >> i do, actually. i think that right out o out ofe gate this is a tool because it's so necessary. i want to make sure people know that it's not like a police officer or family member thinks someone is a danger to themselves or others and guns can easily be removed.
i mean, this goes through a due process hearing in the courts, in front of a judge and the person has an opportunity to present evidence, and evidence must be presented and proved to the judge that this person is actually a danger to himself or others, and, of course, there are always penalties for preventing false evidence to a judge and this is not a situation where anyone can just falsely claim someone is a danger to themselves or others. because i hear this all of the time from the gun lobby and a lot of people, this is just a tool to take people's guns away. it is not. it is due process in front of a judge and, obviously, we know that anyone who pros false evidence to a judge will then face their own penalties. so one question, too, about gvros last year, we know that in 2018, i believe, that there were two issued. do we know how many were issued in 2019? i understand it was fewer than
ten. i know at that time we'll be educating our program and the police can then interact with those groups to let them know that this is the tool. is that on your radar, as well? >> that definitely is. so when that goes into effect, i think in september of 2020, we'll make sure that our policy reflects that change. >> ok. >> and do you have any ideas about how we can better educate the police force and family members about the availability of this tool? i know you said you'll go to line-up switch, which i think is
great, and you'll take my suggestion that we began training in the academy on this. how else do you think we can get out the information to the department of public health? does the police department have any ideas about how they can better work with all of the departments they serve? >> so we already work with advocate groups within the domestic violence arena, elder -- a lot of the adult protective services is a good avenue to get outreach for people that might have dementia or advance alzheimer's, where some of the symptoms of alzheimer's is anger, if somebody has guns in that avenue, and also, our unit that actually goes out and does a lot of the mental crisis evacuations, they're a good tool because they work with gph closely. so i think those are avenues for
the police department to look at avenues for education and from what i see, the ordinance itself, i'm sure you're going to be doing outreach through social media and those avenues. >> thank you, and i know we've worked together on the family violence council, as well, on this. >> yes, and also our sros work with the different public schools in the city so that's another avenue, because i know the program does allow gvros under that. >> right, thank you. >> great. thank you. >> thank you. are there any members of the public who would like to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is now closed. vice chair, stephanie, do you have any closing thoughts? >> thank you, chair. i want to thank, again, the san francisco police department for
working on this with my office very diligently and i thank you so much for your work and your service and i want to encourage my colleagues to support this legislation. i think you know how much it means to me and, you know, this is something that is so important, not just to the state of california, t but to our nation. 85% of the american people believe in red flag laws like these and 78% of gun owners do o and it's time we take back the country from our gun lobby and this is one tool to could it and i encourage your support. >> thank you, vice chair stephanie. >> i would like to be added as a cosponsor and supervisor walton. and thank you for your ongoing steadfast leadership on these issues. would you like to make a motion to forward this to the full board with full recommendation? >> i would, so moved. >> i think we can neighboring tt
the emergency? >> san francisco 911, police, fire and medical. >> the tenderloin. suspect with a six inch knife. >> he was trying to get into his car and was hit by a car. >> san francisco 911 what's the exact location of your emergency? >> welcome to the san francisco department of emergency management. my name is shannon bond and i'm the lead instructor for our dispatch add -- academy. i want to tell you about what we do here. >> this is san francisco 911. do you need police, fire or medical? >> san francisco police, dispatcher 82, how can i help you? >> you're helping people in their -- what may be their most vulnerable moment ever in life. so be able to provide them immediate help right then and there, it's really rewarding. >> our agency is a very combined agency. we answer emergency and non-emergency calls and we also do dispatching for fire, for
medical and we also do dispatching for police. >> we staff multiple call taking positions. as well as positions for police and fire dispatch. >> we have a priority 221. >> i wanted to become a dispatcher so i could help people. i really like people. i enjoy talking to people. this is a way that i thought that i could be involved with people every day. >> as a 911 dispatcher i am the first first responder. even though i never go on seen -- scene i'm the first one answering the phone call to calm the victim down and give them instruction. the information allows us to coordinate a response. police officers, firefighters, ambulances or any other agency. it is a great feeling when everyone gets to go home safely at the end of the day knowing that you've also saved a citizen's life. >> our department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365
days a year. >> this is shift work. that means we work nights, weekends and holidays and can involve over time and sometimes that's mandatory. >> this is a high stress career so it's important to have a good balance between work and life. >> we have resources available like wellness and peer support groups. our dispatchers of the month are recognized for their outstanding performance and unique and ever changing circumstances. >> i received an accommodation and then i received dispatcher of the month, which was really nice because i was just released from the phones. so for them to, you know, recognize me for that i appreciated it. i was surprised to even get it. at the end of the day i was just doing my job. >> a typical dispatch shift includes call taking and dispatching. it takes a large dedicated group of fifrst responders to make ths department run and in turn keep the city safe. >> when you work here you don't work alone, you work as part of
a team. you may start off as initial phone call or contact but everyone around you participating in the whole process. >> i was born and raised in san francisco so it's really rewarding to me to be able to help the community and know that i have a part in -- you know, even if it's behind the scenes kind of helping the city flow and helping people out that live here. >> the training program begins with our seven-week academy followed by on the job training. this means you're actually taking calls or dispatching responders. >> you can walk in with a high school diploma, you don't need to have a college degree. we will train you and we will teach you how to do this job. >> we just need you to come with an open mind that we can train you and make you a good dispatcher. >> if it's too dangerous to see and you think that you can get away and call us from somewhere safe. >> good. that's right. >> from the start of the academy to being released as a
solo dispatcher can take nine months to a year. >> training is a little over a year and may change in time. the training is intense. very intense. >> what's the number one thing that kills people in this country? so we're going to assume that it's a heart attack, right? don't forget that. >> as a new hire we require you to be flexible. you will be required to work all shifts that include midnights, some call graveyard, days and swings. >> you have to be willing to work at different times, work during the holidays, you have to work during the weekends, midnight, 6:00 in the morning, 3:00 in the afternoon. that's like the toughest part of this job. >> we need every person that's in here and when it comes down to it, we can come together and we make a really great team and
do our best to keep the city flowing and safe. >> this is a big job and an honorable career. we appreciate your interest in joining our team. >> we hope you decide to join us here as the first first responders to the city and county of san francisco. for more information on the job and how to apply follow the links below. >> hi. welcome to san francisco. stay safe and exploring how you can stay in your home safely after an earthquake. let's look at common earthquake myths. >> we are here at the urban center on mission street in san francisco. we have 3 guest
today. we have david constructional engineer and bill harvey. i want to talk about urban myths. what do you think about earthquakes, can you tell if they are coming in advance? >> he's sleeping during those earthquakes? >> have you noticed him take any special? >> no. he sleeps right through them. there is no truth that i'm aware of with harvey that dogs are aware of an impending earthquake. >> you hear the myth all the time. suppose the dog helps you get up, is it going to help you do something >> i hear they are aware of small vibrations. but yes, i read extensively that dogs
cannot realize earthquakes. >> today is a spectacular day in san francisco and sometimes people would say this is earthquake weather. is this earthquake weather? >> no. not that i have heard of. no such thing. >> there is no such thing. >> we are talking about the weather in a daily or weekly cycle. there is no relationship. i have heard it's hot or cold weather or rain. i'm not sure which is the myth. >> how about time of day? >> yes. it happens when it's least convenient. when it happens people say we were lucky and when they don't. it's terrible timing. it's never a good time for an earthquake. >> but we are going to have one. >> how about the ground
swallowing people into the ground? >> like the earth that collapsed? it's not like the tv shows. >> the earth does move and it bumps up and you get a ground fracture but it's not something that opens up and sucks you up into haddes. >> it's not going anywhere. we are going to have a lot of damage, but this myth that california is going to the ocean is not real. >> southern california is moving north. it's coming up
from the south to the north. >> you would have to invest the million year cycle, not weeks or years. maybe millions of years from now, part of los angeles will be in the bay area. >> for better or worse. >> yes. >> this is a tough question. >> those other ones weren't tough. >> this is a really easy challenge. are the smaller ones less stress? >> yes. the amount released in small earthquakes is that they are so small in you need many of those. >> i think would you probably have to have maybe hundreds of magnitude earthquakes of 4.7. >> so small earthquakes are not
making our lives better in the future? >> not anyway that you can count on. >> i have heard that buildings in san francisco are on rollers and isolated? >> it's not true. it's a conventional foundation like almost all the circumstances buildings in san francisco. >> the trans-america was built way before. it's a pretty conventional foundation design. >> i have heard about this thing called the triangle of life and up you are supposed to go to the edge of your bed to save yourself. is there anything of value to that ? >> yes, if you are in your room. you should drop, cover and hold onto something. if you are in school, same thing, kitchen same thing. if you
happen to be in your bed, and you rollover your bed, it's not a bad place to be. >> the reality is when we have a major earthquake the ground shaking so pronounced that you are not going to be able to get up and go anywhere. you are pretty much staying where you are when that earthquake hits. you are not going to be able to stand up and run with gravity. >> you want to get under the door frame but you are not moving to great distances. >> where can i buy a richter scale? >> mr. richter is selling it. we are going to put a plug in for cold hardware. they are not available. it's a rather complex. >> in fact we don't even use the richter scale anymore. we use a moment magnitude. the
richter scale was early technology. >> probably a myth that i hear most often is my building is just fine in the loma prieta earthquake so everything is fine. is that true ? >> loma prieta was different. the ground acceleration here was quite moderate and the duration was moderate. so anyone that believes they survived a big earthquake and their building has been tested is sadly mistaken. >> we are planning for the bigger earthquake closer to san francisco and a fault totally independent. >> much stronger than the loma prieta earthquake. >> so people who were here in '89 they should say 3 times as strong and twice as long and
that will give them more of an occasion of the earthquake we would have. 10 percent isn't really the threshold of damage. when you triple it you cross that line. it's much more damage in earthquake. >> i want to thank you, harvey, thanks pat for >> we can sweep by in front of a house in a matter of seconds. the only people who don't like it are the people who get the tickets. >> this is a street sweeping sign. don't let it get you. pay attention. [♪] >> in the morning, when we first go out, we start at six in the morning or seven in the morning. we call that our business run. we sweep all the main arteries of the city.
after 8:00, we go into the residential areas and take care of all the other customers. >> the idea with the street sweeping program is to get the leaves and the debris off the ground. >> we -- for not only appearance and cleanliness but safety as well. >> we will get anywhere from 2- 7,000 pounds per truck depending on the season and the route. the street sweeper and the choice of the use right now is an error sweeper. they have a motor in the back and it blows winds down one side and carried by air into the hopper. what will mess this up is new -- large pieces of cardboard or sticks or coat hangers. anything that is more than 12 inches. the tube on the tracks is only 12-inch diameter. >> people asked what they can do to help to keep the city clean.
there are people that letter. leaves are one thing. any of the garbage you see is from people being careless. [♪] >> one cars parked in the way, we can't sweep under the congress. to deal with this, we have parking control officers that are provided by m.t.a. and they go in front of our sweepers and pass out citations to people that are parking the wrong way. once the sweepers sweep past in san francisco, you may park behind the street sweeper. we all know parking is a big issue. north beach hasn't been swept since the eighties because of opposition. but we are getting a lot of requests to sweep. basically our trucks are 10 feet wide. we stick the brooms out and they
are may be 12 feet wide. >> there are a lot of blind spots when driving a large truck pedestrians and bicyclists and cars. and navigates this 22,000-pound truck through the city. >> we involve the public here -- to adhere to traffic laws. these routes were developed back in the eighties around the capability of the sweeper. things have changed since then so we have to adapt. luckily, public works is embracing technology and working on a system to alter our maps. this is literally cut and paste -- cut and paste. we will have a computer program soon that will be able to alter the maps and be updated instantly. we will have tablets in the checks for all of the maps. we will send a broom wherever it needs to go and he has the information he needs to complete the safety. what is needed about these tablets as they will have a
g.p.s. on it so we know where they're at. you do get confused driving along, especially the inner sunset. recall that to the be made a triangle. >> thanks for writing along with us today. i enjoyed showing you what we do and i urge you to pay attention to the signs and move your car and don't litter. >> i went through a lot of struggles in my life, and i am blessed to be part of this. i am familiar with what people are going through to relate and empathy and compassion to their struggle so they can see i came out of the struggle, it gives them hope to come up and do something positive. ♪ ♪ i am a community ambassador.
question about what services are available. checking in, you guys. >> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us. we can direct them to the services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and
adults to commute through the streets. when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the residents. >> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me to grab, you know.
doing this job makes me feel good. because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i am at now. >> when i look at an old neon sign that's working or not working, i feel the family business that was in there.
>> since 2009, citywide, sf shines, has supported businesses and sites like the ones that receive new neon signs. >> you know, sf shines is doing an amazing job to bring back the lighting and the neon glow of san francisco. >> sf shines is such an amazing program, and i can't think of another program in another city that gives matching gunned funds to store owners, mom and pop owners, and if they've got a neon sign, they've really got a great way to advertise their business. >> this is a continuation of the sf shines program. >> focusing other neon signs is relatively new to us.
of the seven neon signs, we've invested about $145,000. >> a good quality sign costs more, but it lasts infinitily longer. as opposed to lasting five years, a good neon sign will last 15 to 20 years. >> in san francisco, the majority of neon signs are for mom-and-pop businesses. in order to be able to restore these signs, i think it gives back to your community. >> part of the project has to do with prioritizing certain signs in the neighborhood based on their aesthetics, based on their current signs, and base on the history. in the time that we've been here, we've seen a number of signs restored just on eddy street. >> there are a number of signs
in the tenderloin and many more that are waiting or wanting to be restored. i have worked with randall and al, and we've mapped out every single one of them and rated them as to how much work they would need to get restored. that information is passed onto sf shines, and they are going to rank it. so if they have x budget for a year, they can say all right, we're going to pick these five, and they're putting together clusters, so they build on top of what's already there. >> a cluster of neon signs is sort of, i guess, like a cluster of grapes. when you see them on a corner or on a block, it lights up the neighborhood and creates an ambient glow. if you havy got two of three of them, you've created an atmosphere that's almost like a movie set. >> some of the hotel, we've already invested in to get those neon signs for people to
enjoy at night include the elk hotel, jefferson hotel, the verona, not to mention some we've done in chinatown, as well as the city's portal neighborhood. >> we got the fund to restore it. it took five months, and the biggest challenge was it was completely infested with pigeons. once we got it clean, it came out beautiful. >> neon signs are often equated with film noir, and the noir genre as seen through the hollywood lens basically depicted despair and concentration. >> you would go downtown and see the most recent humphrey bogart film filled with neon in the background. and you'd see that on market
street, and as market street got seedier and seedier and fewer people continued to go down, that was what happened to all the neon strips of light. >> the film nori might start with the light filled with neon signs, and end with a scene with a single neon sign blinking and missing a few letters. >> one of my favorite scenes, orson welles is chasing ririt rita hayworth with neon signs in the background. >> i think what the office of
economic and workforce development is very excited with is that we'll be able to see more neon signs in a concentrated way lit up at night for visitors and most especially residents. the first coin laundry, the elm hotel, the western hotel are ones that we want to focus on in the year ahead. >> neon signs are so iconic to certain neighborhoods like the hara, like the nightcap. we want to save as many historic and legacy neon signs in san francisco, and so do they. we bring the expertise, and they bring the means to actually get the job done. >> people in tenderloin get really excited as they see the signs relit. as you're driving through the tenderloin or the city, it pretty much tells you something exciting is happening here. >> knee an was created to make the night more friendly and
advertise businesses. it's a great way of supporting and helping local businesses. >> there's so many ways to improve public safety. the standard way is having more eyes on the street, but there's other culturally significant ways to do that, and one those ways is lighting up the streets. but what better way and special way to do that is by having old, historic neon signs lighting up our streets at night and casting away our shadows. >> when i see things coming back to life, it's like remembering how things were. it's remembering the hotel or the market that went to work seven days a week to raise their money or to provide a service, and it just -- it just -- it just[gavel]>> good d
>> we have quorum. >> can you please call the first item. >> i'm 2, the citizens advisor report. >> i'm john larsen, chair of the citizens advisory committee, and i'm here to report on january 22nd meeting of the c.a.c. we began the meeting welcoming to members, representing district 5 and 9, so we're currently on full strengthe strength of te c.a.c. item 6 on your agenda, the c.a.c. members discussed the vetoed legislation relating to a paved area
the time, resources and funds being allocated towards a project that might have a limited impact on overall congestion, while benefiting a very specific neighborhood, could possibly be used better in neighborhoods of concern. and other thing is exploring a tax assessment around the affected part of lumbar street. sb50 was also discussed by the c.a.c., specifically linking housing proposals too closely with additional funds for transportation and infrastructure. one member expressed concern that efforts for needed additional housing should not be slowed or scuttled because of complex issues about transportation not being decided, setting up catch 22 situations, where transit infrastructure is expected to be in place prior to approval for increased housing density,
but transit plans won't be approved without specific commencements to housing already in place. turning to item 7 on your agenda, allocation of $8 million in prop "k" funds, they focused on the reconstruction project. members umped tha urged that any timing of the closure of the bridge or any detours be timed to concert and events in the area, and be sensitive to local needs, given the vital role that third street plays in the community. and they want to keep the bike routes open as much as possible during the time of the bridge. the pier e2moa for the quarters 9 and piere pier e2.
and expressed excitement about the design and rollout of pier e2 and future development of the adjacent torpedo building. lastly, a great deal of discussion was generated by a presentation on the public information and outreach campaign for the u.s. 101deck replacement and a alemány replacement. they asked about prioritizing public transit in the corridor during the traffic diversions, such as implementing a bus-only lane. additional recommendations were for adding traffic control for the outer bart stations to accommodate traffic spillover from people exiting the freeway early, before they get to the affected area. caltrans promised to refer the suggestions to bart and local authorities. caltrans was also strongly urged to conduct
preferential hiring among residents impacted. the district 10 c.a.c. rep emphasized that whoever was engaged to assist with d.b.e. really reach into the local community to do their hiring. another c.a.c. member recommended internet search because the caltrans replacement project website currently appeared in the web. we look forward to welcoming mr. tomlin to the c.a.c. in the near future. and that completes my report. thank you. >> thank you, mr. larsen. and thanks for that information. are there any questions for mr. larsen on behalf of the c.a.c.? seeing none, is there any public comment on this item?
seeing no public comment, public comment is closed. >> item 3, approve the minutes of the january 28, 2020 meeting. this is an action item. >> chairman: ms. smith. >> we're approving the minutes first. >> chairman: my apologies. i've jumped ahead. are there any comments on the minutes of january 28th? seeing none, is there a motion to approve the minutes made by commissioner preston, seconded by commissioner walton. roll call, please. [roll call] >> we have final approval. >> chairman: the next item. >> item 4, appoint one
member to the citizens' advisory committee. >> good morning, april smith at the transportation authority. the transportation auth has 11 members, which each member serving a two-year term. the board appoints any individuals to fill any open seats. to qualify for appointments for the c.a.c., applicants must be san franciscan residents, and must appear before the board to speak about through qualifications. in the packet is a list of applicants, and it has information on each applicant. the vacancy under consideration today as a result of the term expiration of mr. tanon. >> chairman: any questions for ms. smith? seeing none, mr. tanon, come on up. >> good morning, chair peskin and members of the commission. i'm peter tanon, a
district 8 resident seeking re-employment. prior to returning, i served at the program manager for s.f. m.c.a. p.so so i have a city employee's knowledge, and institutional knowledge, and experience of transparency issues, and i'm an involved citizen who use muni and bicycles almost every day. my most important c.a.c. objectives are the implementation, monitoring, and following up. muni workshop and recommendations to the new sf m.t.a. director, who is making the leap for more than 20 years as a very well-connected consultant, to head a $2.2 million public agency, which has had a history of problems. and key issues to track
include operator shortages, transit supervision, especially in regards to the effects of bus bunching, the short and long-term subway reliability, and an application of lessons learned from the van ness project to the garry project. and secondly, a continued monitoring and increased regulation of transportation network companies bicycle and scooter sharing. [buzzer] >> and, thirdly, input to the downtown congestion management pricing study. i'd be happy to answer awe questions, and thank you for your consideration. >> chairman: thank you, mr. tanon. are there any questions? seeing none, are there any other applicants who would like to testify? is there any public comment on this matter? seeing none, we will close public comment. and is there a motion to reappoint mr. tanon to the
c.a.c.? i'm sorry, supervisor mandelman. >> thank you, mr. chair. we did interview several qualified, extent applicants for this position. i wish we could appoint all of them. the incumbent, however, as far as i can tell, has been doing a great job. he is the longest-serving member of the c.a.c., and he is active and engaged, he has chaired it and vice chaired it, and i see no reason to not reappoint him. i would like to move we reappoint him. >> chairman: motion made by mr. mandelman. and seconded. next item, please? >> item 5, state and federal legislation update. this is an action item. >> chairman: mr. watts. >> good morning chair and board members. i'm grateful to be here this morning because i got to get out of the wind up in my area.
so this is a very nice res pit for me respit for mere. me. a week from friday will be the last day to see bill introductions. it has been a slow period for the last several weeks of maybe a dozen or two a day, and i think it will pick up in the next coming weeks. we will most likely have a lot of bills to bring forward to you at the next cycle. on your agenda, on table 1, we have a couple of bills that are poised for action. first is ab1848 by assembly member lac lackey out of southern california. his bill would propose to appropriate as much as $4 billion from the remaining proposition 1a high speed rail bond program specifically to the regional transportation -- regional rail corridor in southern
california, operated by metrolink. as a side note, we know that the high-speed rail authority is going to be seeking an appropriation this year to continue the work on the central valley to bay area segment that is under way. so that's -- so that measure is in direct competition with the efforts that the administration and the high-speed rail authority board will be seeking. a second measure that we're recommending opposed unless amended is ab1964, by mr. fraser, the chair of the assembly transportation committee. essentially it deals with remote-operated autonomous vehicles, and provides a slightly expanded definition to bring that category into the autonomous vehicle regulatory scheme. but the amendments we would like to see are similar to what we sought in the past, which would
be at least language requiring consultation by the commercial operators with local entities on safety issues that may be anticipated. and that will be right out of the gate, the first thing we push for on that measure. two bills that we have down for a watch position are very similar in concept, but slightly different. ab1350by assembly member gonzales from san diego deals with free youth passes by transit. and similarly, assembly mr. chu has introduced ab2012, which would require the availability of free passes for seniors. in both cases, they have a similar trigger in order to qualify for a certain state transit funds, and the transit agency would have to adopt these operating principles.
so we have those as watch for now. there is a concern about the amount of revenue that could be affected. and we don't have a good handle on that yet. so until we know how much it is going to be redirected for these purposes, the staff is recommending a watch position. i want to comment on two of the bills that -- in the wake of the 2019 half of this session and the two-year month of january having passed, whereby any bills in the first house had to pass. there are two notable bills, ab40, by mr. king, which failed to meet the deadline, and that bill would have limited the eligibility for cv rp, assistance for is electric vehicle programs and manufacturers. unless the manufacturer of the vehicles had entered
into an agreement with the state of california, and in this case, the measure was not able to muster enough votes, so it was not taken up for a final vote. in addition, a bill that was very carefully monitored throughout the year, sb50, by senator weiner, and i think you know the outcome of that. it was not ready to move forward this year. we do expect, and by all accounts understand, that senator weiner's office and senator weiner will be working on this issue throughout the remainder of this half of the legislative session. so we expect to see more activity in the housing projection arena. a couple of hearings of interest i want to height. highlight. one is underway later this afternoon. the senate transportation committee hearing on an update on sb1, how the programs have been implemented, how well is the money getting out the door, how well are contracts being let, and trying to flag or identify any problems in the sb1
arena. that update will be completed later today. in addition, a second hearing is scheduled on february 25th by senate transportation committee dealing with t.n.c.s. there was an initial t.n.c. hearing in the fall. this one is going to look more closely at privacy and data-sharing. your t.a. staff plans to in in attendance to monitor this hearing. i've been in touch with the senate transportation consultant, and we have had access to the agenda. and i think we'll have a good handle on that and be able to report that out when that happens. for the november ballot, there is the -- the staff asked me to double check the status, and i have on the revision to prop 13, the so-called split roll initiative. that is one of the lone items ready for november
nov 2020 at this point in time. and there are some pending initiatives as well. the one bit of news is there is a reference in the summary document at the controller's office -- i'm sorry, the secretary of state's office, that indicates they have seen the legislative analyst's revenue estimate, and it looks like an annual estimate of $6 million to $10 million, depending on the market for housing. and as a reminder, 40% of that would go directly to schools, and the other would be retained for distribution within the communities from wence it came. in closing, staff member maria lombardo has a presentation briefly to talk about a couple of the
bay area's specific members. with that, i bring my part of the propertytation t presenta close. >> chairman: thank you, mr. watts. are there any questions for mr. watts? seeing none, ms. lombardo. >> i'll be very brief. i wanted to talk about two regional bills. one you've probably all seen in the news, ab25727 bbyassembly member chu. it tries to get our 27 transit operators to operate in a way that is more customer-focused and seamless. many know you have to struggle with sometimes didn't payment mechanisms, findings and maps that require a degree. there is a lot to make our transit operators work together as a single
system, with the goal as making it easier in helping us to achieve many of our environmental goals, getting people to ride transit. one of the sponsors of the bill is seamless bay area. and we have ian griffith, the co-founder of the organization, if you have any questions. owfeour understanding is right now this is a spot bill, which is why we have a watch bill. there are few sentences describing the intents. our understanding is when the bill is amended, there will be a provision to appoint some sort of commission or blue ribbon panel that is recommended to come up with recommendations. those who would need legislative authority would then go back to the legislature. this could range in the gamut from consistent mapping and way finding, coordinated schedules, and so forth.
on the very high level, this all sounds great, and we're very supportive of it. and we will, in fact, be bringing back an action to the c.a.c. in march to adopt a position of support for those high-level principles. but like many things in life, the devil is in the details. i'll give you two examples. we're working with many of the stakeholders and assemblyman chu's office to provide some input. when you form a commission to do this, the tendency often in sacramento is to go on a population basis, or one county representative. that probably won't work for us here. the urban core tends to get diluted. and when you think about it, muni, bart, and a.c. transit, the three biggest operators, i believe they are 80% of the bay area transit ridership. that should be reflected in the composition of that panel. and one of the proposals is to try to come up with
a common-based fare. it might very well be possible, but it warrants a lot of study. each transit agency has different financial setups, some with voter-approved measures, places like san francisco with a strong history of supporting transit first, and we have regularly subsidized our transit system. we don't want it being diverted to catch everybody else up with where we are. so we are looking very much forward to working with the author at seamless bay and others to make this workable because there is certainly a lot of room for improvement. the last bill i'll highlight is sb278, from the south bay, and this is a spot bill. this is the place holder for the potential regional transportation measure that is being led by commissioners from business interests, and right now they're looking at a one-cent, nine-county
sales tax for primarily regional transit and first and last mile. it is also being looked at with a mandated contribution from employers that would take the form of requiring them to provide, like, shuttles or subsidized transit passes for their employees. i'll come back to that in a second. that is one of the regional numbers. i want to point out two others because they're all in the race together. we also have ab1487, which was authored and approved in the prior year from assemblyman chu, that allowed a variety of reach maregional housing mechanism mechanisms to be approved and then put on the ballot. the housing folks are looking at a $10 billion general obligation bond for november for housing.
and we also have sb797, that would go to the sales tax, which commissioner walton is well aware of. all of these -- because the timeline is so short, by proceeding in concert, it was just at the end of january a workshop, and i know commissioner ronen had tended. and the direction was, keep them all moving forward right now, knowing we'll have to make some tough decisions about what stays on the ballot. the other piece of news i want to give you: there was recently a poll done that polled a combined measure, one-cent sales tax, with housing and transportation, and fit them both together, and it looked like it hit the two-thirds threshold for approval. if transit and housing got together and see if it made sense to go together
for a joint bill or go their separate ways. we expect we'll bring back regular updates to this body in the next few months. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. commissioner ronen? >> yes. i just wanted to add -- or clarify maria's comments about the poll. yes, there was a poll that we saw the answers to without the questions for them, showing over two-thirds for a one-cent sales increase for a combined housing/transportation measure. but i'm very skeptical of seeing the pol without poll witt seeing the actually questions. when i tried to drill down on the questions, the question was avoided and avoided and avoided until i finally got them to answer that they were asking sort of in a vacuum whether or not the regions' voters wanted to
see traffic congestion improved or wanted to see more affordable housing. it wasn't in relation to would you be willing to pay? i think the polls presented a falsely rosy picture for a very aggressive tax. i want us to remain extremely skeptical about that. and i don't think we're alone in our skepticism. >> chairman: isn't the entire document a public record? >> we were not given the entire poll. we were given pieces of it. >> i believe, chair peskin, it was a private poll, but i'll see if they've released it. >> chairman: it seems like the right thing to do. all right. are there any speakers on item 5? i have one speaker card from ian griffith of the
seamless bay area. some decostus, you're up there, go ahead. come on up, ian. >> good morning, my name is ian griffith, and i wanted to come here today and introduce myself and offer to continue to work with the board of supervisors, as well as staff, on the details because the devil is in the details of this proposed legislation, ab2057. seamless bay area, we're a non-profit group. we're about two years old, a lot of transportation professionals and advocates who want to see a better transportation system. we want to see a more rider-friendly system that will, over the course of the next several decades, substantively approve the system and make it more human-centered. this is a can we've been kicking down the road for decades, avoiding this topic of how our governance affects the outcomes of our transit to
deliver services that are competitive with driving. we're stuck with 12% transit mode share regionally, and it is much higher in san francisco, but so many people in our region and commuting across county boundaries. this is something that the city of san francisco must work in combination with our regional and transit agencies to address. we have been -- as discussed, this is just a spot bill at the moment, and one of the reasons for that is because we're continuing to get feedback from c.p.a.s and transit agencies to ensure somewhere e a bill thawe havea g what we want to achieve. i look forward to coming back to this group in the coming months, we more details, as well as with hopefully a resolution supporting a policy direction of the seamless semi-system,p this is, and thisa
petition signed by over 1500 individuals. and we hope that the city of san francisco will be the next city to endorse this resolution. thank you very much. >> chairman: thank you, mr. griffith. next speaker? >> so we had two speakers here, each one speak about so many issues. and in order to understand the issues that impact us on a regional basis, we need to have the right people represent us in sacramento. we know a person like scott weiner has not done justice to us. but we can, through our local agencies here, have our seniors and others who are interested, just like the speaker before me spoke, to go to sacramento
so that those representatives can hear us out. we're not paying attention, really to the elder population, regional-wise, by making it easier on them. they're making it very difficult on them. i know that because i've tried it out. and it is not really taking the a.c. or the muni -- it is, like, what if you take the ferry? and two days ago, or three days ago, you could take the ferry, say, to oakland, and then there were high winds, and the ferry was not operable, so you had to take a.c. transit, and if you're a senior, you pay so much money it is like a joke. [buzzer] >> so we need to study this by doing a needs assessment. what we have here is we
pay consultants to come and tell us whatever they say about the legislation. but we need representation from the people. that's the key thing. that's the democracy. when the representatives hear it from the people and not from a consultant. thank you very much. >> chairman: thank you. are there any other members of the public on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. and is there a motion to move the positions that mr. watts described? made by commissioner mar, seconded my commissioner manhandle men, anmand del men.e. and we have a different house roll call. [roll call]
>> we have first approval. >> chairman: the next item, please. >> item 6, approve the 2020 state and legislative program. this is an action item. >> good morning. amber grabb with the transportation a authority. this is an item you see every year, goals and strategies to guide our goals for the year. this is general goals and strategies. so, um, the specific themes that we anticipate here this year at the state level, we don't expect any new transportation revenue measures. however, we will work to find ways to better align existing programs with san francisco's priorities and policies. one exciting bit of news,
with respect to vision zero, the state recently released its final report from its zero traffic fatalities taskforce, and it did include recommendations for two key areas. the first giving local jurisdiction to approve their own speed limits, something that has been restricted by the state for a long time. the second, recommending enforcement methods that included automated speed enforcement. so both of these are things that as a city we're really excited to see legislation hopefully move forward this year on both of those topics. another effort at the state level will be engaging in efforts to regulate emerging mobility and new transportation technologies, so things like lyft and uber and autonomous vehicles -- in prior years, we had a goal
advocating for policy that ensure safety, equity, and accessability, and ensure local access to data. similarly, we're also participating with s.f. m.t.a. on rule-making, in particular with the calgary humancalifornia p.u.c.,h respect to autonomous vehicles, as well as practical functionality about how they're operating on our roads. and we'll report back to you on those items. with respect to the lumbar cricket street, governor newsom vetoed our legislation that would have implemented or given us authorization to approve a reservation program on that part of the street. the governor's message was clear about not wanting to see fees as part of the reservation system.
so we are working with his office in exploring the possibility of a no-fee reservation program. so we'll come back to you with a report on that once we finish our study. as mark said, we expect housing to again be a major focus of the legislature and the governor this year. we do anticipate something like sb50 to come back, but also other measures that will get new revenues for housing, as well as streamlining of the process of providing us housing. so we did take to heart the amendments that this body requested in december, and we'll be working with the senator and other legislators to try to advance those amendments, alongside any of the new legislation. as maria said, there are two spot bills on bay area legislation, and we'll be working closely on the seamless mobility and the new regional transportation as the spot bills are more flushed
out. at the federal level, hopefully the biggest opportunity is the upcoming reauthorization of the federal transportation bill, or the fast act. i would give this about a 99.99 likelihood of not going anywhere this year until after the election. however, there is work being done behind the scenes to kind of craft what that might look like next year. and we're focused on either maintaining or increasing funding for transportation, and in particular, funding for transit. something that is potentially moving forward because there is bipartisan work being done, is around what is the federal government's role with respect to emerging mobility and autonomous vehicles? basically, what role should they play? similar to the state level, we'll be focused on advocating to maintain
local and state regulatory roles. things like enforcing safety on local streets, as well as mandating access to data to ensure safety equity and accessability. with that, i'm happy to answer any questions you have. >> chairman: any questions for ms. grabb? commissioner preston? >> thanks. just on the anticipated legislation around speed limits, just curious if we know who is going to author that, and, also, in a best-case scenario, when that would -- assuming that passed, are we looking at something that would take affect next january? or is there any chance that would be an urgency bill to take affect sooner? >> the report literally just came out last week. so right now we don't have -- wo much in the way of if it will be moving it forward,
who will be moving it forward. but we know there is interest by many jurisdictions across the state. as soon as we have more details, we'll bring it forward because i know it is something s.f. m.t.a. and other city agencies are very interested in in helping with the vision zero goals. >> do we know if there is opposition from other jurisdictions? >> there was a lot of concerns through the taskforce, which is why they convened it, to try to get some resolution and agreement. i haven't specifically heard of opposition, but hopefully that process, the fact that the recommendations did include it, that there has been some kind of resolution, or at least agreement, reached by parties who opposed it in the past. >> thank you. >> chairman: are there any members of the public who would like to testify on item number 6? seeing none, public comment is closed. is there a motion to approve the 2020 state and
federal legislative program made by commissioner mandelman and seconded by commissioner yee. and we have a different house roll call, please. [roll call] >> we have first approval. >> chairman: next item please. >> item 7. this is an action item. >> chairman: m ms. lions, good morning. >> i'm kaley lions with the transportation authority, here to present seven requests. this month, all requests came from the s.f. m.t.a. the first is for the bridge reconstruction.
this is a $1 million request to upgrade the overhead context system that provides electrical power to the light rail line as it crosses the creek between moran and cargo streets. this is part of a larger public works project to rehab the bridge. this project will increase transit reliability and reduce maintenance and take advantage of opportunities for construction coordination. i did want to call out there will be a necessary bridge shutdown for two to three months. we'll know more about the timeline for that once the contractor is brought on board, which is expected for this summer. and we have included a deliverable, where m.t.a. will provide us with a detailed plan for what happens during that shutdown phase, and that will include alternative bus service. and then we have five signals-related projects. the first sa $2.3 million
request for transit signal priority. this will replace aging devices or install new devices where they were not installed last time, likely due to construction at intersections. this is important because it improves vehicle management and travel time reliability and communication among the traffic signals. this request will fund between 40 and 200 signalized intersections, so you can see there is a wide variation in the costs, and we'll know more once the sites are further evaluated. and then we have a $220,000 request to upgrade traffic signs. these are pedestrian crossing signs, school ahead crossing signs, and the street name signs. and this will fund over 700 signs over 500
intersections throughout the city. the locations were identified through m.t.a.'s sign shop inventory data base for signs that were installed in 2005 or earlier. and the list of locations begins on page 30 of your enclosure to this item. and then we have a $330,000 request to replace traffic signal hardware. so this helps to ensure that they are in a state of good repair. this project will replace accessible pedestrian signals at eight locations, and traffic cabinets at eight intersections along oak and selk street. and the data base, as well, that tracks the age of signals. and then we have a $330,000 request for traffic signal visibility upgrades. this is where there are
existing signals already and they're being upgraded from eight inches to 12 inches to improve safety and visibility, and this will be implemented at about 15 prioritized locations. and that list is on page 64 of the enclosure. and then we have a larger signal design contract request for $600,000, and this is for major signal-related upgrades at 19 locations. those locations are on page 73 of the enclosure. and upgrades will include new pedestrian signals, accessible pedestrian signals, new curb ramps where they don't exist now, and then replacement of aging infrastructure. and locations were prioritized based on collision history, traffic volume, benefits to roadway users, and proximity to schools. and the final request is a
$1 million request for the school's engineering project. this is part of the safe routes to school program, and it includes planning, disciple, and construction of three different engineering-related pieces. so there is the traffic operations program for new and upgraded signage and curb markings at 35 school sites, school loading zone traffic calming, which implements measures on up to 15 residential streets, and a school walk program, which will identify safety improvements at up to pfife schoolsfiveschools. and it is quick to implement infrastructure improvements as well. and on page 88l 88 of your enclosure shows the schools that were selected in the previous cycle for improvements and locations for this year are still being determined. and with that, we have project managers here for each of these, and they're happy to answer any questions.
>> chairman: thank you, ms. lions. commissioner haney? >> thank you chair peskin, and thank you for this. this is all very much-needed. on the traffic signal hardware visibility upgrades and traffic signal upgrades, i was surprised to not see many that focused on intersections in the tenderloin. is there somebody who can speak to that, particular considering the level of need there, the number of collisions in the entire neighborhood, which i think is on high injury corridors? >> hello, commissioner, my name is geraldine billion. with regards to your question regarding upgrades in the tenderloin, i believe there were some locations identified in our traffic signal visibility upgrade, and i know we're
considering other projects as well for signal upgrades in the tenderloi tenderloin. >> chairman: do you know which of these will be in the tenderloin? >> um...if you give me a second to look at the list. so, like, for example, on, i believe page 64, for the traffic signal visibility upgrades, we do have a list of over 48 intersections that we've -- that we're considering for this upgrade project. at this point, we are coming in for the allocation for this year. so we will probably be selecting about 15 intersections from this
list. and these locations have been selected based on looking at collision history, of locations where there has been an history, in particular, of a pattern of right-angle collisions, and we have an opportunity here -- we haven't quite finalized which locations to select, and we could potentially public locations from the tenderloin from this list. and if there are other locations, we could also consider that as well. that are not on this list. >> chairman: commissioner fewer? >> thank you very much. on that same note, of course i'm looking at my district, and there are very few traffic upgrades in my district. so, i'm wondering, should we -- would it be helpful if we were to point out some intersections that could use some upgrades?
>> we certainly could do that. i would point out, as well, in addition to the upgrade projects that we're bringing up today, we do have some other projects that are under design and are further along in the process in terms of implementation. >> okay. because i think it would be nice to coordinate it also with we are doing in traffic calming meetings, actually, on our high-injury corridors, so it would be nice to coordinate that together. thanks. >> chairman: seeing no other comments from members, is there any public comment on this item? >> i would like to talk about san bruno avenue, where we have up to 16 years some traffic lights,
and i'm looking at maybe mentioning to the people who are in charge of this, and the experts are here, that they should revisit the traffic lights there and see whether they're functional. for example, you have one traffic light for the children, where every time the children gather to cross, they have to press a button, and the traffic doesn't stop because they're not used to those traffic lights. they are not the traffic lights that you know of, you know, the bigger ones. it is, like, horizontal flashlights, and the traffic just goes on. so if that could be addressed. the other thing is, by the walgreens -- and i know our supervisors should be doing this, but when
somebody else has to come in and tell you what to do -- tt the walgreens is a regular traffic light that is there for so long that there is a traffic backup. so what is the use of having a traffic light when it causes congestion. [buzzer] >> so lots of money is spent, maybe a quarter million dollars or more, to put up traffic lights, but then there is no evaluation done after it is put up. and that's what happens with our so-called experts. they do something but they don't follow up. just like legislation that you pass, and then you all have to follow up and get some input. thank you very much. [buzzer] >> chairman: thank you. next speaker. >> good morning, chair peskin and commissioners. my nak name is jody medirez,
and i'm with walk san francisco. i want to put my support in for signal and signal upgrades. they are not a sexy item, but they are lifersavers, particularly for pedestrians. i want to echo supervisor haney's comments, in neighborhoods like the tenderloin, where 100% are on the high-injury network. and traffic signals are so old, they can't do simple things like create scarmbles. i do ask -- $6 million is a drop in the bucket. we need to be looking at how we can start investing more in traffic signals. like i said, they are not sexy, but they're known, simple devices that not only help pedestrians, but also people however they're traveling around the city. definitely think about prioritization. if we're not prioritizing
those neighborhoods who haven't done any investment in areas that haven't done any in 40, 50 years it is something we need to start asking. and as partners in the safe rides to school program, i do support this $1 million investment. again, i ask the question: is that enough? should we be investing more? they are going to be doing a handful of changes with this $1million, and this is our most vulnerable. how are we looking to protect our most vulnerable in san francisco. thank you. >> chairman: seeing no other members owner the public comment, public comment is closed. is there a motion to allocate the prop "k" funds made by commissioner mandelman, seconded by commissioner pres tin. on that item, a roll call, please. [roll call]
>> we have first approval. >> chairman: next item. >> item 8, adopt fiscal year 2020/21, transportation fund for clean air. this is an action item. >> chairman: mr. picford? >> good morning. it reduces motor emissions and improve air quality. it is collected by the d.m.v. by all vehicles in the bay area. 40% of managed by the counties with s.f. m.t.a. administering the program. as such, the programs are between $700,000 and
$800,000 annually. a recap of last year's program, we funded some d.c. pass charges for electric vehicles at publicly accessible locations. bart early bird routes, and they run before the rail service begins, and to plan, design, and install 1300 bicycle racks. and we recommended funding less than the requested amount due to our limited funds available. so in the coming fiscal year, we expect to have at least $730,000 in t.f.c. a. funds available. they require each of the county program managers to adopt local expenditure criteria, and that's the
item before you. eligible projects are bike facilities, infrastructure, and ride-sharing, which covers things like shuttles and transit incentives. we typically fund four to eight projects a year. and in past years, we funded a really diverse range of projects, including the aforementioned items. and even building clipper availabilities, and student i.d.s to fas statfacilitate bart recommendations. so for this yearrs we're not proposing any changes to the local expenditure criteria.
we have prioritized non-vehicle projects, which is our top priority in san francisco. and our local criteria have also prioritized cost-effectiveness, and vehicle emissions reductions, and consideration of project readiness, program diversity and past delivery track record. last year the board approved three additional criteria: community is support, benefiting communities of concern, and for projects where there is a non-public sponsor, which is eligible in vehicles, investment from that non-public entity. finally, here is our proposed schedule for this year's funding cycle. with the adoption of the local expenditure criteria, we expect to release the projects by march 6th, and then after reviewing and evaluating, we'll bring our recommendations to the board. with that i can take any
questions. >> chairman: commissioner walton? >> thank you, chair peskin. can you go back to slide six, please? >> let's-seekers whic let's seee was that? the project types slide? >> so we talk about alternative-fuel vehicles and infrastructure, what types of projects fall under that? >> so it's anything that is either a vehicle or infrastructure, we're talking about chargers. this program can fund direct purchase of the vehicles that we have funded, and we have funded some hybrid sedans that s.f. m.t.a. uses, and we've funded incentives for taxis that provide a little increment to encourage taxi owners to buy hybrid or electric vehicles, instead of a gas vehiclement and we've funded electric vehicle chargers. >> through the chair,
knowing that the auto industry has several different types of electrical vehicles with several types of chargers, how do we determine what chargers go where? >> that's a great question, and so we -- last year we had -- maybe it was two years ago -- we had pretty robust discussion with a private company about how they would go about doing that. so they provided some information on what they look for, including availability of power, which is a big consideration. because it can be very expensive to bring a high-capacity power to a certain site. but i think more broadly, where we locate in the city, we also adviced them to be -- if there is a location that has power and other things -- >> i'm more so talking about how do we prioritize what vehicle chargers are going to be there.
because all of the chargers are different for the vehicles. what determines what vehicle actually gets to have a charger station in the area? >> literally what kind of plug? >> why would we put a tesla there or why -- >> so, um, i'm not a super expert on this, but my understanding is the chargers we have funded are industry standard, so it could charge different brands of car. we have not funded chargers that are specific to a certain type of vehicle. >> got it. because i was under the impression that these things were different, or at least some were different. >> the only one i know about is i know tesla has their own chargers. we haven't funded anything like that. >> thank you. [please stand by]
make sure you understand all the different types of improvements that are ongoing. what we need to do is make sure south gate road is complete and makala road is complete, and then, we can close the west part of the island to build the bridges project. it's estimated to be $100 million in cost, funded by the seismic retrofit and the prop k seismic retrofit. we intend to start construction in 2022. this just shows another artist's rendering of the
bridges in play. we're moving the road way into the hillside and building retaining wall structures. the screen in front of you shows the, in essence, the p.d.a.s need to be executed by next month, march of 2020. it's a firm commitment to scope, schedule and delivery of the project. we're nearing the end of the proposition 1-b seismic retrofit programs, so the c.t.c. wants to make sure we fi fulfill our contract. any questions there? >> chair peskin: no questions from members. >> okay. item 10, thank you. this is for continued operations and maintenance and new maintenance for what we're
calling vista pier e-2. quite a nice space we've set up for the pedestrian and bicyclists on the island as well as folks coming from the east bay. i just want to give this as lower of a location map. what you see in the right hand corner is what we refer to as pier e-2. when caltrans demolished the old bay bridge, they decided to go ahead and retrofit that into a pedestrian space. we're excited to bring some excepts forward in spring of this year. can't wait for the ferry terminal. we think this is going to be important in getting bicycles and pedestrians all the way to the ferry terminal in the fewture. this is an artists rendering of the vista point at pier e-2. the pier position's been refigured, and it's planned to
be open later this spring. and the item in front of you is to go ahead and in essence -- since we're going to go ahead and reconstruct south gate, we're also going to go ahead and put a arrive on the histor historic torpedo building, so we're requesting authorization for the executive director to execute amendment number five to the existing m.o.a. with tida. >> chair peskin: thank you. is there any public comment on these two comments? seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> chair peskin: is there a motion to authorize the executive director to execute the eight agreements and amend number 5 -- execute amendment number 5 with tida?
motion's made by commissioner haney and seconded by commissioner yee, and we will do that same house, same call. gav [gave [gavel]. >> chair peskin: next item, please. >> clerk: item 11, internal accounting report, investment report, and debt expenditure report for the six months ending december 31, 2019. >> chair peskin: thank you. miss fong? good morning. >> totwe have collected nearly% of the amended budgeted revenue expenditures. we've collected approximately 21% for the first six months of the year. in terms of our debt compliance, we remain at 71% spent at bond proceeds. we had not spent any bond proceeds in the last quarter since we haven't received many
invoices from our sponsors. fourth quarter and first quarter of the fiscal year for fourth quarter of fiscal year 19 and first quarter of the fiscal year 20. we have approximately 82% of our cash sitting in the city pool. this is in compliance with the california government code and the t.a. fiscal policy. at this point, we have approximately $53 million left upon proceeds to be spent, and we're anticipating we will spend that by november 2020, which is the third year of our bond -- third year of sales tax. with that, i'm happy to answer any questions you may have. >> chair peskin: are there any questions for miss fong? seeing none, are there any members of the public who would like to testify on this item?
>> good morning, everyone, to opening day of san francisco better market street. it is my great honor to introduce the mayor of san francisco, ms. london breed. mayor breed. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: well, well, well. this has been really a long time coming. there are so many people that made this possible. you know, we are really excited about what today means, and i know this will prove very challenging for a lot of people in the city, but our city is changing. when we think about the past and when market street was actually built over 150 years ago, the folks who had the vision for what market street
could be stood right here at this very area and pointed west towards twin peaks with a vision to make market street possible to extend to the hills of san francisco in twin peaks, and look at where we are today. in that time, they made it 120 feet wide, which was large back then, just knowing that market street would be a significant street and a significant street for san francisco and its future. and at that time, of course, over 150 years ago, the population was over -- a little bit over 50,000 people. and today, we have more than 800,000 people in san francisco. our city, at a time when i was growing up, you didn't see a lot of bicycles. you didn't see a lot of folks who were walking along market street other than mostly the downtown area at 5th and
market. and now when you look at how much san francisco has grown, when you look at how many more buses, you see how many more cars and scooters and different modes of transportation and people getting around, we know that there has to be something that changes in order to ensure not only the ability for people to get around more efficiently but to ensure safety. and, you know, sadly, we've had more than our fair share of collisions that have occurred along market street, and we know that there is a need to do something different, and we've already moved in that direction. the red bus lanes have been helpful, but it's not enough. we want to be able to get people to where they need to go in an efficient way, but this also is a way to support and protect our environment by
increasing the ability to make muni more reliable, more people will use it, making trips 25 -- making trips 25% faster will change how people look at muni. and let's be clear. i know we have a lot to do to get to a better place with our public transportation system. it's not just more buses and trains, it's not just more drivers, it's changes to our infrastructure. and that's why this is so important, and that's why so many people advocated for a car-free market street because they knew that as the population increases, as the number increases with the number of job opportunities, we need to ensure that we have a reliable transportation system that get people around, and we make changes that may make
people uncomfortable to the infrastructure to get people to rely on our system. that's why we do what we do. i want to thank someone who is no longer on the board of supervisors but was really an advocate and pusher for this project, and that is our current assembly member, david chiu. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: i remember when i first became a member of the board of supervisors, and i'll tell you, david chiu was president of the board. he came to talk to me about closing market street, and i want lik want -- and i was like, are you crazy? and it's so funny. just looking back over the years and the changes and what we need to do for the city, i basically agreed that this is something we needed to do. and i'm really proud to be here as mayor, and i want to thank
david chiu for his advocacy. i also want to thank scott wiener for his advocacy for public transportation systems. i want to thank a number of people who have been at the forefront of closing market street to public vehicles. thank you to walk sf. thank you to the san francisco bicycle coalition, and thank you to market street railway, who actually has a great museum just right down there. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and it does take people who are not only a part of the community to help make this happen, it takes a city village. and i want to thank the san francisco m.t.a. for their leadership and their guidance and the work that they're doing. really excited about jeff tomlin and the work that he's
going to do to continue to lead this great organization. thank you to the p.u.c. department, the planning department, public works, the county transportation authority, and the office of economic and workforce development. so many great folks who really are going to be at the forefront of helping to make this possible, and i'd also like to give a shoutout to the san francisco police department because the work that they are going to do around enforcement to ensure that as we make limits on vehicles on market street that we have enforcement so that we can make sure that we're communicating and making people aware, but we also know that having a tool to enforce what we know needs to be a car-free market street is going to take some work, and the police department is going to be an important part of that work. [applause] >> so today, as we extend over
two miles of car-free market street, i'm looking forward to seeing the results of what this does for san francisco. we talk about a goal of vision zero, and we've been talking about it for so many years, yet what's been happening with the number of fatalities on our streets, it just looks like we're never going to get there. and i think this is a step towards getting there, and helping us to realize those goals of keeping people safe and ensuring that no one, because they're traveling and trying to get around the city to and from work, is at risk, and this is just really an incredible step forward. this is so significant, so great. that's why we're here, and i just want to thank everyone for their support and their advocacy and their patience as we move through this process because you know if you do anything with the city, it does
take patience. but we are here, and today, we celebrate, we ensure, and we look forward to really transforming san francisco and making market street one of the safest corridors in our city. th thank you all so much. [applause] >> good morning again. my name is jeffrey tomlin. i am the head of the san francisco municipal transportation agency, and i am pleased to be here this morning. may i have another round of applause, both for our mayor and her stalwart support, but also, gabe todd, bell ringer of the san francisco municipal transportation division. [applause] >> so as the mayor said, this has been a long time coming. we've been talking about this
for over 60 years. our success would not be possible without our advocates who worked on this project and our board of supervisors who saw our vision zero goals, who saw a market street that was not just moving cars, but moving goals. may i please introduce supervisor matt haney. >> supervisor haney: it's been one month, and he's already got market street done. give a hand to jeff. no, i'm excited for what's going to come next with your leadership of m.t.a. i want to thank mayor breed and her championing this project. first of all, this is an
exciting day. finally, we are putting people first on our most important thoroughfare here in san francisco. there are over 500,000 people that walk on market street every day. there are over 6,000 people that ride their bikes on market street every day, and there are thousands and thousands of people that ride muni. and finally, we are going to be designing this street for them. [applause] >> supervisor haney: we are going to celebrate the culmination of decades of planning to make market street a street for the people of san francisco. today marks the beginning of a historic transformation of the main corridor of our city into a safe place to walk, bike, and transit. market street is not only one of our city's most important
corridors, it is one of the most dangerous. the only way we will achieve vision zero is by urgently bringing radical street safety improvements and being unapologetic to our commit to street safety. a car free market street will also pave the way for future car-free spaces across our city. i'm hopeful that we'll be looking at other places in district 6, including in the tenderloin, where we have dangerous and sometimes deadly collisions for school children, seniors, and others. the complete transformation of market street will redefine or downtown. it will bring new activation to a street that has long been overlooked. i'm excited to see what this will bring to the businesses and residents of district 6 not just for what it brings around
here, but you will see a dynamic, revitalized area. again, i want to thank mayor breed, the bicycle coalition, and walk sf, and i want to thank the countless people who worked for years, the citizens advisory committee, who made this possible. thank you so much for being here. this is only the beginning. [applause] >> government agencies throughout california face difficult budget challenges, including structural budget deficits that are built into the system here. making projects like this happen would not be possible without an sfmta board of directors ready to make the really tough choices about how we allocate our budget, to what degree to we raise revenue or
reduce revenue in order to achieve our service goals. i am honored to serve on a board that is practical and holds my agency accountable, and i'm pleased to introduce the head of that board, malcolm heinicke. >> well, thank you, and congratulations on this day. i want to thank mayor's newsom and lee for their leadership and the roles that i have now. i want to thank the leadership, and ed reiskin who came before them. i want to thank board members brinkman and eaken, who came before me. this is a magnificent market
street. this is going to be -- yeah, let's cheer that adjective. it's a good one. it's going to be magnificent for transit, for pedestrian, for cyclists, for equity, for the environment, for visitors, for businesses, for everything that makes san francisco so special. it will not be long before broadway is referred to as the market street of manhattan. for transit, our buses and trains will move 15 to 25% faster on this corridor. bus riders will enjoy the same right-of-way preference that i enjoy on my subway ride in the morning. this will be the above-ground subway. for pedestrians and cyclists, we will address one of the most dangerous corridors in our city and not only solve the safety issues but make this a destination for walking and cycling. this is, indeed, an exciting
time. now i do want to clarify one important policy thing, and i don't want to be the dusty baker who hands the ball to russ ortiz, so i'll keep this in vague terms. but this ban on cars on market streets will not aplply to parades. for example, a parade on behalf of a sports team who happens to be super -- super, and we're going to stop there. she has slapped me down before, but i think that was the first time in front of a bunch of cameras. any way, back to the topic at hand. this is a glorious day, and a magnificent project. it is sort of the culmination of my career as an sfmta board member. let's not wait another decade
or 13 years to do this again. yesterday, i called on our staff to look at a project like this for valencia street. you heard -- [applause] >> you heard supervisor haney who's been such a leader on this issue doing some work like this in his district. folks, this is going to be magnificent. let's not wait. let's do it again. onward. [applause] >> doing this work has required deep engagement with the community, and some of you may not realize that some of the greatest concentration of families living with children in san francisco live adjacent to market street and the tenderloin and south of market, in the civic center area. this street of market street is also home to five of the top ten highest injury intersections in all of san francisco. we could not have done this project without the support of
a broad array of community organizers who helped us along the way, and among those, i would like to introduce jodi maderos of walk san francisco. >> i am jodi maderos, director of walk san francisco. i walk this street every day, and for years, we have known that it's one of the most dangerous for people, and today is very exciting because that is about to change. i'm here to say thank you to the partners and particularly, the city's leaders that we have seen and heard today and all of the city departments and agencies who have made this vision of a car-free market street come true. thank you for adding san francisco to the list of
leading cities around the world with car-free spaces. thank you for showing that san francisco is willing to take bold action for our city's future and for the planet. mo in 2019, oslo, norway, zero people were hit and killed in traffic crashes, zero. a huge reason for that is that they have taken bold strides to putting car-free spaces and reducing traffic in our downtown corridor, and that is exactly what market street is about to do. we invite our city's leaders to take more action, bold strides. valencia street, j.f.k., embarcadero. let's think bold where we can put more car-free spaces in our city, all the way to vision
zero. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you, jodi. as san francisco grows, our streets are not getting any wider, and the challenge becomes how to ensure our streets better move more people. i believe this morning from my own informal counts that market street has moved more people this morning than it has on any normal weekday since the middle of the 20th century. i'll need to verify that, but those were my counts this morning. morning importantly, as i was riding my bike up market street this morning, something struck me that was utterly extraordinary. not only was the ride more pleasant, but i struck up five conversations on the street, in the street, on my bike, with people i wouldn't have otherwise been able to interact with because i would have been afraid of being pushed out of
the way by an uber driver. the changes to market street in san francisco i think will not only allow us to move more people but change the stability of san francisco. and this work also would not have been possible without another one of our key organizations, the san francisco bike coalition. >> thank you so much, director tomlin. it is a beautiful day to ride a bike in san francisco today. i want to extend a sincere thank you to mayor london breed. this decision is going to help save lives in our city. thank you. and thank you to supervisor matt haney for supporting the district where you live and i live, as well, and the many safety improvements in your district. director tomlin and the staff at the m.t.a., i know you are
working hard to pull this off, the rally, and finally, i want to thank all members of the san francisco -- our members of the san francisco bicycle coalition who have been fighting for decades to see this day come to pass, yes. [applause] >> today marks a new era for san francisco as we celebrate san francisco's largest car-free space on market street. and by creating that right here on this thoroughfare, san francisco is sending a message that by improving travel for people bicycling and walking is at the heart of achieving vision zero as well as our climate goals, and from today forward, it will be at the heart of our city. now cities across the country and perhaps around the world
will be looking to san francisco to see what's possible, and we will lead the way with the further physical transformation of market street, which we expect to break ground sometime this year. this leadership doesn't have to stop at market street, as you've heard. from the embarcadero to j.f.k. and golden gate park and streets around the tenderloin, we in the city can continue to make bold action when it comes to encouraging more people to walk and ride a bicycle. so i look forward to the day when every neighborhood in our beautiful city enjoys safe, accessible and liveable streets. for now, however, i'm excited to get on my bike and ride, and i invite you all to come pedal with me. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, brian.
as i was out this morning, talking with our bus operators and traffic control officers, they were all excited to see this change, a change that will make it easier for all san franciscans to get around. it will also make it easier for our glorious street cars not only to achieve better mobility but for people from all over the world to see the mobility. i owe a debt of gratitude to the head of market street mobility, mr. rick lasher. [applause] >> madam mayor, director tomlin, supervisor haney, director mcguire, who had a lot to do with this, and all of the officials, thank you very much for your leadership and your
persistence. as the mayor says, it takes patience in san francisco, but we're being rewarded today. more than 150 years ago, rail transit came to san francisco in the form of a steam train, and then it was a horse car and then cable cars, and then since 1906, electric street cars. i was born after 1906, but not by a whole lot, and i grew up on market street in my families delicatessen on market and grant. i can tell you in six decades and more of experience on market, this is going to be the best market street of my lifetime, and thank you all for making it happen. we are very proud to help keep the past present for the future of market street through our nonprofit, which is muni's nonprofit preservation partner. starting today, the street cars and buses will get riders to
their destinations faster. they'll make it safer for bicyclists, pedestrians, and scooter users, too. we're proud to have been long time advocates for a better market street, and we congratulate everybody. thank you. [applause] >> please join me in one final round of applause for the staff people who made this work possible. most particularly, the director of sustainable streets, tom mcguire, who was interim director and was actually responsible for making much of this work happen, along with director of transit, julie kirschbaum, and all of the folks in the traffic sign and paint shop, and p.u.c., and the police department, all of whom came together incredibly rapidly to make this happen. thanks them. they're the ones who made this work. and meanwhile, i want to thank all of you for joining us to
them. >> the community bike build program is the san francisco coalition's way of spreading the joy of biking and freedom of biking to residents who may not have access to affordable transportation. the city has an ordinance that we worked with them on back in 2014 that requires city agency goes to give organizations like the san francisco bicycle organization a chance to take bicycles abandoned and put them to good use or find new homes for them. the partnerships with organizations generally with organizations that are working with low income individuals or
families or people who are transportation dependent. we ask them to identify individuals who would greatly benefit from a bicycle. we make a list of people and their heights to match them to a bicycle that would suit their lifestyle and age and height. >> bicycle i received has impacted my life so greatly. it is not only a form of recreation. it is also a means of getting connected with the community through bike rides and it is also just a feeling of freedom. i really appreciate it. i am very thankful. >> we teach a class. they have to attend a one hour class. things like how to change lanes, how to make a left turn, right turn, how to ride around cars.
after that class, then we would give everyone a test chance -- chance to test ride. >> we are giving them as a way to get around the city. >> just the joy of like seeing people test drive the bicycles in the small area, there is no real word. i guess enjoyable is a word i could use. that doesn't describe the kind of warm feelings you feel in your heart giving someone that sense of freedom and maybe they haven't ridden a bike in years. these folks are older than the normal crowd of people we give bicycles away to. take my picture on my bike. that was a great experience. there were smiles all around. the recipients, myself, supervisor, everyone was happy to be a part of this joyous
occasion. at the end we normally do a group ride to see people ride off with these huge smiles on their faces is a great experience. >> if someone is interested in volunteering, we have a special section on the website sf bike.org/volunteer you can sign up for both events. we have given away 855 bicycles, 376 last year. we are growing each and every year. i hope to top that 376 this year. we frequently do events in bayview. the spaces are for people to come and work on their own bikes or learn skills and give them access to something that they may not have had access to. >> for me this is a fun way to get outside and be active.
most of the time the kids will be in the house. this is a fun way to do something. >> you get fresh air and you don't just stay in the house all day. iit is a good way to exercise. >> the bicycle coalition has a bicycle program for every community in san francisco. it is connecting the young, older community. it is a wonderful outlet for the community to come together to have some good clean fun. it has opened to many doors to the young people that will usually might not have a bicycle. i have seen them and they are thankful and i am thankful for this program. >> working with kids, they keep you young. they keep you on your tones -- on your toes.
>> teaching them, at the same time, us learning from them, everything is fulfilling. >> ready? go. [♪] >> we really wanted to find a way to support women entrepreneurs in particular in san francisco. it was very important for the mayor, as well as the safety support the dreams that people want to realize, and provide them with an opportunity to receive funding to support improvements for their business so they could grow and thrive in their neighborhoods and in their industry. >> three, two, one! >> because i am one of the consultants for two nonprofits here for entrepreneurship, i knew about the grand through the
renaissance entrepreneur center, and through the small business development center. i thought they were going to be perfect candidate because of their strong values in the community. they really give back to the neighborhood. they are from this neighborhood, and they care about the kids in the community here. >> when molly -- molly first told us about the grant because she works with small businesses. she has been a tremendous help for us here. she brought us to the attention of the grand just because a lot of things here were outdated, and need to be up-to-date and redone totally. >> hands in front. recite the creed. >> my oldest is jt, he is seven, and my youngest is ryan, he is almost six. it instills discipline and the boys, but they show a lot of care. we think it is great. the moves are fantastic. the women both are great teachers.
>> what is the next one? >> my son goes to fd k. he has been attending for about two years now. they also have a summer program, and last summer was our first year participating in it. they took the kids everywhere around san francisco. this year, owner talking about placing them in summer camps, all he wanted to do was spend the entire summer with them. >> he has strong women in his life, so he really appreciates it. i think that carries through and i appreciate the fact that there are more strong women in the world like that. >> i met d'andrea 25 years ago, and we met through our interest in karate. our professor started on cortland years ago, so we grew up here at this location, we out -- he outgrew the space and he
moved ten years later. he decided to reopen this location after he moved. initially, i came back to say, hey, because it might have been 15 years since i even put on a uniform. my business partner was here basically by herself, and the person she was supposed to run the studio with said great, you are here, i started new -- nursing school so you can take over. and she said wait, that is not what i am here for i was by myself before -- for a month before she came through. she was technically here as a secretary, but we insisted, just put on the uniform, and help her teach. i was struggling a little bit. and she has been here. one thing led to another and now we are co-owners. you think a lot more about safety after having children and i wanted to not live in fear so much, and so i just took advantage of the opportunity, and i found it very powerful to hit something, to get some
relief, but also having the knowledge one you might be in a situation of how to take care of yourself. >> the self-defence class is a new thing that we are doing. we started with a group of women last year as a trial run to see how it felt. there's a difference between self-defence and doing a karate class. we didn't want them to do an actual karate class. we wanted to learn the fundamentals of how to defend yourself versus, you know, going through all the forms and techniques that we teaching a karate class and how to break that down. then i was approached by my old high school. one -- once a semester, the kids get to pick an extra curricular activity to take outside of the school walls. my old biology teacher is now the principle. she approached us into doing a self-defence class. the girls have been really proactive and really sweet. they step out of of the comfort zone, but they have been willing
to step out and that hasn't been any pushback. it is really great. >> it is respect. you have to learn it. when we first came in, they knew us as those girls. they didn't know who we were. finally, we came enough for them to realize, okay, they are in the business now. it took a while for us to gain that respect from our peers, our male peers. >> since receiving the grant, it has ignited us even more, and put a fire underneath our butts even more. >> we were doing our summer camp and we are in a movie theatre, and we just finished watching a film and she stepped out to receive a phone call. she came in and she screamed, hey, we got the grant. and i said what? >> martial arts is a passion for us. it is passion driven. there are days where we are dead tired and the kids come and they have the biggest smiles on their faces and it is contagious.
>> we have been operating this program for a little over a year all women entrepreneurs. it is an extraordinary benefit for us. we have had the mayor's office investing in our program so we can continue doing this work. it has been so impactful across a diversity of communities throughout the city. >> we hope that we are making some type of impact in these kids' lives outside of just learning karate. having self-confidence, having discipline, learning to know when it's okay to stand up for yourself versus you just being a bully in school. these are the values we want the kids to take away from this. not just, i learned how to kick and i learned how to punch. we want the kids to have more values when they walk outside of these doors. these doors. [♪] - working for the city and county of san francisco will immerse you in a vibrant and dynamic city
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alternative to an arrest and the county jail. >> we are seeing reduction in drug-related crimes in the pilot area. >> they have done the program for quite a while. they are successful in reducing the going to the county jail. >> this was a state grant that we applied for. the department is the main administrator. it requires we work with multiple agencies. we have a community that includes the da, rapid transit police and san francisco sheriff's department and law enforcement agencies, public defender's office and adult probation to work together to look at the population that ends up in criminal justice and how they will not end up in jail.
>> having partners in the nonprofit world and the public defender are critical to the success. we are beginning to succeed because we have that cooperation. >> agencies with very little connection are brought together at the same table. >> collaboration is good for the department. it gets us all working in the same direction. these are complex issues we are dealing with. >> when you have systems as complicated as police and health and proation and jails and nonprofits it requires people to come to work together so everybody has to put their egos at the door. we have done it very, very well. >> the model of care where police, district attorney, public defenders are community-based organizations are all involved to worked
towards the common goal. nobody wants to see drug users in jail. they want them to get the correct treatment they need. >> we are piloting lead in san francisco. close to civic center along market street, union plaza, powell street and in the mission, 16th and mission. >> our goal in san francisco and in seattle is to work with individuals who are cycling in and out of criminal justice and are falling through the cracks and using this as intervention to address that population and the racial disparity we see. we want to focus on the mission in tender loan district. >> it goes to the partners that
hired case managers to deal directly with the clients. case managers with referrals from the police or city agencies connect with the person to determine what their needs are and how we can best meet those needs. >> i have nobody, no friends, no resources, i am flat-out on my own. i witnessed women getting beat, men getting beat. transgenders getting beat up. i saw people shot, stabbed. >> these are people that have had many visits to the county jail in san francisco or other institutions. we are trying to connect them with the resources they need in the community to break out of that cycle. >> all of the referrals are coming from the law enforcement agency. >> officers observe an offense.
say you are using. it is found out you are in possession of drugs, that constituted a lead eligible defense. >> the officer would talk to the individual about participating in the program instead of being booked into the county jail. >> are you ever heard of the leads program. >> yes. >> are you part of the leads program? do you have a case worker? >> yes, i have a case manager. >> when they have a contact with a possible lead referral, they give us a call. ideally we can meet them at the scene where the ticket is being issued. >> primarily what you are talking to are people under the influence of drugs but they will all be nonviolent. if they were violent they wouldn't qualify for lead. >> you think i am going to get arrested or maybe i will go to jail for something i just did because of the substance abuse issues i am dealing with.
>> they would contact with the outreach worker. >> then glide shows up, you are not going to jail. we can take you. let's meet you where you are without telling you exactly what that is going to look like, let us help you and help you help yourself. >> bring them to the community assessment and services center run by adult probation to have assessment with the department of public health staff to assess the treatment needs. it provides meals, groups, there are things happening that make it an open space they can access. they go through detailed assessment about their needs and how we can meet those needs. >> someone who would have entered the jail system or would have been arrested and book order the charge is diverted to
social services. then from there instead of them going through that system, which hasn't shown itself to be an effective way to deal with people suffering from suable stance abuse issues they can be connected with case management. they can offer services based on their needs as individuals. >> one of the key things is our approach is client centered. hall reduction is based around helping the client and meeting them where they are at in terms of what steps are you ready to take? >> we are not asking individuals to do anything specific at any point in time. it is a program based on whatever it takes and wherever it takes. we are going to them and working with them where they feel most comfortable in the community. >> it opens doors and they get access they wouldn't have had otherwise. >> supports them on their goals.
we are not assigning goals working to come up with a plan what success looks like to them. >> because i have been in the field a lot i can offer different choices and let them decide which one they want to go down and help them on that path. >> it is all on you. we are here to guide you. we are not trying to force you to do what you want to do or change your mind. it is you telling us how you want us to help you. >> it means a lot to the clients to know there is someone creative in the way we can assist them. >> they pick up the phone. it was a blessing to have them when i was on the streets. no matter what situation, what pay phone, cell phone, somebody else's phone by calling them they always answered. >> in office-based setting somebody at the reception desk
and the clinician will not work for this population of drug users on the street. this has been helpful to see the outcome. >> we will pick you up, take you to the appointment, get you food on the way and make sure your needs are taken care of so you are not out in the cold. >> first to push me so i will not be afraid to ask for help with the lead team. >> can we get you to use less and less so you can function and have a normal life, job, place to stay, be a functioning part of the community. it is all part of the home reduction model. you are using less and you are allowed to be a viable member of the society. this is an important question where lead will go from here. looking at the data so far and seeing the successes and we can
build on that and as the department based on that where the investments need to go. >> if it is for five months. >> hopefully as final we will come up with a model that may help with all of the communities in the california. >> i want to go back to school to start my ged and go to community clean. >> it can be somebody scaled out. that is the hope anyway. >> is a huge need in the city. depending on the need and the data we are getting we can definitely see an expansion. >> we all hope, obviously, the program is successful and we can implement it city wide. i think it will save the county millions of dollars in emergency services, police services, prosecuting services. more importantly, it will save lives.