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calling 415-655-0001, and when prompted entering 1468698117, and then ##. then press *3. the live operator will advice you'll be allowed to speak. when you're two minutes are up, we'll move on to the next order. best practices are to speak slowly, clearly, and turn down the volume of any televisions or radios around you. item two, this is an information report. >> chairman: thank you, ma'am madam clerk. i have been enjoying
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outdoor dining through the shared spaces. and i hope you all have, too. this past sunday i met up with director chan, where she gave me a master class on a number of san francisco and regional transportation issues. thank you, director chan. i been digging into the nuts and bolts of establishing a permanent program, which i know is a topic of interest to many of us. it has been refreshing to see our local businesses out in the streets and on the sidewalks again, but we also know we have a long way to go, and that our economic recovery will have to include the return of transit service that has been severely limited during the pandemic. i want to thank commissioner melguard for her resolution, and i'm encouraged by the conversations our offices are having with m.t.a. on that front so far. and i want to thank
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commissioner chan for her recovery plans that we will look forward to next month at our second march meetingly. meeting. in the meantime, she and my staff is have been busy with the bart and capitol corridor announcement of the link 21 version of the bay area reginald air. it would promote equity, improving travel time, and benefiting the economy and environmentally -- benefiting the economy and environment significantly according to the bay area council economic institute business finding. the expected trans bay rail link, a standard gauge rail for teletrain, capitol corridor, or bart. the plan is just
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beginning, and it will take at least 20 years, maybe longer than that, but there is a possibility of service beginning in 2040. secondly, last week i had the opportunity to meet with bart directors evan dusty and janet lee to talk about how bart and san francisco can coordinate more affectively on a range of issues. we discussed bart's recent efforts to advance alternatives to policing and the use of ambassadors and social workers to provide safe experiences for all riders, and for people experiencing homelessness or behavioral issues at san francisco bart stations. i look forward to forwarding with bart leadership to stabilize and strengthen our regional transit system over the coming year. this month i met with the t.g. a. leadership to discuss the progress of the downtown rail system,
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and i look forward to having similar conversations about regional governance as well. and my office hag been working with m.t.c. and our s.f. planning department and t.g. on the equity alternative, which we discussed is something that our san francisco delegation, including supervisions ronan and mar pushed as an alternative to the last-minute changes to the final bay area draft plan. those last-minute changes, you will recall, will dramatically shift growth from urban areas to some of san francisco and the region's most vulnerable population. i know supervisor ronan and mar have been working on this, along with the
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board of supervisors' president. we look forward to keeping you apprised and engaged on these efforts in the coming weeks and months. with that, i will conclude my remarks. >> checking for public comment on item number 2 -- i do not see -- oh, we do have a public comment. let's go ahead and get that ready. >> all right. >> good morning, caller. >> caller: good morning supervisors and chairman. the only comment i have to make is you should be looking forward to a trans bay crossing in 2030, not 2040. thank you. >> thank you, caller.
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>> chairwoman: do we have anymore callers? >> there are no additional callers. >> chairman: public comment is now closed. please call the next item. >> item 3, executive director's report. this is an information item. >> good morning chair and commissioners. thank you so much. it was a pleasure meeting with you, chair. thank you for making the time to talk about the regional issues. turning to the federal level, just an update that president biden proposed $1.9 trillion covid relief, and it does include a new infusion of state and local aid. and another round of transit emergency relief, which is sorely needed and much-appreciated,as well as housing assistance. the bay area's share of the transit relief portion, a total of about $30 billion as proposed would be about $1.67 billion to be distributed
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by the n.t.b. this bill also includes $350 billion in state and local aid, with the bay area estimated to receive 3.1 billion if passed, and it expected to advance quickly through the house, with or without support from the republican side. turning to cal tran, a quick announcement that tomorrow evening, 6:00, there will be a virtual community meeting about caltrans' electrification work within san francisco, which is picking up. over the next few months, crews will begin the installation of poles and stations. so the meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction with particular focus on district 10. the project hot line is 650-399-9399.
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and our staff is also happy to help assist. there will be a panel for this meeting for those interested in hearing a presentation from bart and capitol corridor, and i'm pleased to be able to participate in that, along with darnell from transform, and ian from london cross rail. on housing, i'm so pleased to report that m.t.c. staff provided an update at the february 10th committee, detailing how much affordable housing san francisco is producing, or protecting, near transit. in fact, we're a regional leader. san francisco has delivered 54% of the qualifying units across the region, that is produced or protected near transit. so thank you all. and you all and all of your staff and the mayor's office and administration really for doing all of this incredible work. the 54% of qualifying work
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works towards other jurisdictions, and it positions us well for a pot of the housing incentive program funds, about $71 million that the region had made available to reword jurisdictions for doing this work and achieving these results. and that program will be distributed in 2023. at the air district, the regional quality management district, there is an announcement here about the clean cars for all program, which includes incentive for 8500 dollars to trade in an old vehicle for a plug-in vehicle. so we're very excited about the transit and ebike benefits, and that system helps get folks out of their cars. households may purchase
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multiple ebikes with this benefit. the program has limits, though, for eligibility. it is primarily in districts 5, 6, and 10, are eligible at this time. it is important for anyone interested in the program to read over the eligibility details on the "clean cars for all" web page. as you may have read and heard last week, muni and m.t.a. have announced the return in the spring of the service from west portal to the embarcadero by may of this year. if there are conditions that permit, that possible date could be accelerated. the bus service is anticipated then to continue to run in place. however, on the "k" and engel side and ocean views through the spring.
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however, the return of the muni metro to west port will free up some buses to bring back service on some other routes and help with other priorities, such as repair, vision zero, and slow streets. so we look forward to the transportation recovery hearing that commissioner chan had requested. and we'll be agendaizing that for a march 23rd meeting. and last week mayor breed announced that starting today muni will be free for those traveling to their covid-19 appointments at the city's various sites, to help ease the transportation and cost barriers for those trying to obtain that vaccine. the trips are available to high-volume sites, hospitals or anywhere else that is offering vaccines. as a muni rider, just have is your vaccine confirmation on hand, and that can be in paper form.
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and those will be eligible also for this service, and they must also call in advance, however, to make a trip reservation, and indicate they're going to get their covid vaccine. taxi riders will have an additional $60 loaded on to their essential trip car, their taxi credit card, and this will be valid for up to two months. in case that original $60 is not enough, an additional $60 is available for thes who qualify for the essential trip card. this is great newscast and we really appreciate the partners that have made this possible at s.f. m.t.a. and the city. last july, the board allocated $10 million to this program, and we're very happy to be partners to s.f. m.t.a. in this regard.
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turning to the vision zero action plan at s.f. m.t.a., they're in the process of updating. the strategy will be coming forward sometime in the next couple of months. and s.f. m.t.a. does this update every two years to identify further actions to advance vision zero and work to meet the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities on our streets. there is a survey and a story map available at their website, sfmtagettingaround/walksf and the story monopoly provides contents by laying out current strategies and policies.o commissioner melgard
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requested a hearing on traffic, and so it will be at our very next meeting. on the golden gate parks travel study, and that was requested by then commissioner fewer, continuing with commissioner chan and commissioner mar, that study continues and we've had two good meetings, with a working group of stakeholders from the disability community, park institutions, and bicycle and pedestrian and other advocacy organizations, as well as citywide representatives, to assess the park needs at the pilot stage and to see what should happen at the permanent stage. the group has met, as i mentioned, a few times, to share relevant data, to discuss strategies, confirm goals, and we really appreciate rec, park, and s.f. m.t.a. staff who have attended,
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and are we do anticipate bring the strategies back to the working group for our anticipated final meeting in march, and we'll bring an update to the board following the final meeting this spring. on project delivery, the transportation has funded some electrical vehicle charging stations to our transportation fund for clean air program. easy go, who is a sponsor, has just completed installation of chargers at the lucky supermarket at fulton, and they have received additional ones for the safeway, which are expected to be open for use in may. the program is unusual, among the fund sources, that we administer in that private entity, that are eligible. to make sure that the public is getting good value, we require easy go to contribute a commensurate amount to the
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construction project, and to locate them in areas that do not have many existing charging projects. and s.f. m.t.a. has completed a sales tax-funded project, to perfect the bike lanes leading to golden gate park through the panhandle. and this was the final component of the prop "k"-funded overall project that had begun in 2017. i wanted to recognize the transformative impact this project has on the park and for cyclists through the area. m.t.a. has constructed 10 tables and dozens of intersection upgrades all across the park that have calmed traffic and improved safety for all road users. we're continuing the conversation about how to balance that use going forward. and we wanted to celebrate this achievement at this
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time. finally, on the management side, prop 1b, the state bond program, completed a performance audit, and there were no findings, and it was a clean audit issue recently at our agency. i want to thank cynthia fong and her team for a job well-done. the focus was a performance review of the island ramps project, which was completed in 2016. and we're continuing to work on the interchange and are setting up our west side bridge's program, hopefully for advertising later this year. thank you very much. >> chairman: thank you. i do not see any questions popping up from my colleagues. i do want to express my enthusiasm for the expansion of the e.t. c.
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program, which is a big deal for people on the hill who lost their bus service. with that, let's open this up for public comment. >> clerk: checking for public comment on item three. if you wish to speak, please press *3. and seeing no hands raised, there is no public comment. >> chairman: great. public comment on item 3is closed. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 4 through 7, and item 5 through 7 were approved and are now before the board for final approve. >> chairman: let's take comment on item 4.
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>> clerk: if there is public comment for item 4, please raise your hand right now by pressing *3. okay. seeing no hands, there is no public comment. >> chairman: please call the roll on items -- oh, chair peskin? >> i move the consent agenda. >> chairman: thank you, vice chair. >> is there a second? >> second. >> chairman: what that melgard? thank you. please call the roll. >> clerk: commissioner chan? >> aye. >> commissioner haney? >> aye. >> commissioner mandelman? >> aye. >> commissioner mar? >> aye.
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>> commissioner melgard? >> aye. >> commissioner peskin? >> aye. >> commissioner preston? >> aye. >> commissioner ronan? >> aye. >> commissioner safai? >> aye. >> commissioner stefani? >> aye. >> commissioner walton? >> aye. >> clerk: we have 11 ayes, and there is approval. >> chairman: thank you. please call the next item. >> clerk: item 8, final approval, allocate $11,634,000 for better market street, fifth to eighth street. and this is an action item. >> chairman: ms. laforte? >> good morning, commissioners. anna laforte, deputy
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director for policy and programming at the transportation authority. by way of a reminder, on february 9th, the board unanimously approved the recommended action on first reading for this item, and commissioner haney noted that his vote on second reading would take into consideration the project team's progress on two of three followup requests. specifically, he called for a detailed plan for enforcement of car-free market street, including the number of parking control officers, timing for their deployment, and when and how cameras could be used to assist with enforcement. secondly, he asked for an update on engagement with the taxi industry on their recommendations related to the project. for example, the desired use of the center transit lane. please see the memos that are included as an enclosure in your packets, or available online, to this item, provided by the
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better market street project team to address these requests that were made by commissioner haney and public works and s.f. m.t.a. staff are available to summarize the memos or to answer any question that you may have today. commissioner haney's third request was that the project team return to the board no later than may of this year to present a long-term, transformative plan for the full corridor-along market street, and so we anticipate bringing that information as part of our regularly scheduled quarterly progress reports to the board in may. and with that, i'm happy to answer any questions, and the project team is here as well. >> chairman: thank you, ms. laforte. i am not seeing any names popping up in the chat to ask questions or make comments. commissioner haney? >> is g.p. w. and the
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project team going to present? i got an update yesterday in response to these requests, and i responded to the director that i really was not satisfied, and they continue to be incredibly vague and not strong commitments around enforcement, or clear commitments. he gave me the indication he was going to come forward today, and they were going to come forward with some additional information. so i would love to hear that information and those plans because as i responded yesterday evening, i really don't think we've heard yet what those plans and clarity and commitments are. and i'm happy to ask questions around it, but i wanted to know first if you could please give us any further updates. >> hi, i'm brook tanner. if i could speak to that. i don't think director tomlin is coming today. i understand the concerns. we share the same concerns.
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we want to ensure that we have compliance on market street. we want to address the safety issues and to reduce traffic injuries and deaths along the corridor. so our goal is to find the best balance between affective compliance and enforcement measures, and also to provide the self-enforcing design that the capitol project that you're approving the funding for today will provide. however, to your specific concerns, we're about to kick off a data collection effort to help us understand exactly what is happening on the street. we had intended to do what is called an after-study in march of last year, and of course covid hit so we did not do that data collection at that time. we now will be doing some new data collection to help us understand how many cars are on market street, and where are
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they? and that will inform our enforcement plan going forward. we are committing to deploy p.c.o.s to control market street, but until we have a sense of where the needs are, we can't give a specific plan until we have the data to inform that enforcement deployment. we're also meeting with the police today, and we are going to be working with them to discuss what options they have for putting people on the streets. and we would be happy to update you once we had that conversation. we had, at the beginning of car-free market, partnered with them, and they had deployed their traffic company to help with enforcement as well as the local stations that cover market street. we are, at this time, emphasizing using human resources on market street because they're very flect able.
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flexible. once we have the data, we can say the issues are here at this time, and we can send people out to help address any issues that are there. we will be monitoring how affective that is, and if that is not ble to maintain the level of compliance that we would like, we will look into supplementing that with additional tools, such as working on additional police report, or perhaps using cameras at very targeted locations. we're primarily focusing on making car-free market self-enforcing, and that's why we have this important capital project you are doing today. but we're also doing some quick-fill measures. we're adding some required right turns to get cars off of market street, and commercial vehicles as well, and we're going to be eliminating some current street configurations that force cars on to market street. for example, we'll be converting jones street
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from one way to two ways. so cars going to the proper hotel right now are forced to turn on to market street because of the way that the street works. so that is what we're doing for enforcement. and we're taking a step back and doing another data collection effort to quantify the impact on traffic. this summer we're going to do an evaluation of exactly how taxis and buses interact. that will be used to confirm whether or not it is the best approach to move the taxis out of the center lane in into the curb lane. when the transit lane is extended east from third street, that section will be muni only. currently third street through eighth street allows taxis to use the center lane. so we'll have two sections to compare what is
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happening between transit and taxis, and it will allow us to use data and be able to point exactly to what is happening on the street as we make that decision. so i think those were the two areas that i can answer. and that cristina leah is here to talk about the transition to market street. >> chairman: good morning, ms. aleah. >> good morning. we will return in may to provide data. as we mentioned in the memo, it is somewhat depend on the transportation recovery plan for the city and transit service along the corridor. and as we said before, this first phase of construction will address an important
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infrastructure, repairs and replacement. it does not preclude us from building the full vision that we have been working on for three years. so we'll sort of put together information and we'll have a presentation for you in our may update. >> chairman: thank you. commissioner haney? >> yeah, so i'm a little confused because i did send a note to director tomlin when i received the letter. it seems the letter not only didn't provide a more robust enforcement plan, it actually scaled back some of the things that it sounded like had been committed before. it said that s.f. m.t.a. is not going to recommend automated photo enforcement. it didn't give any more specifics on p.c.o.
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deployment, and when or what to level of compliance we're looking for. and why this is a concern is because we made this big commitment and current reality, which is supposed to be no private cars on market, and anyone who goes on market street right now can see even in the current situation, that's not the reality. and it is becoming almost a farce, where you almost have to put car-free in air quotes because there are cars everywhere on market street. i understand that this particular project that we're approving today is not directly related to that, but it is directed related to the broader vision for market street, where we're going, and, you know, again, some of these changes of what we're approving today won't be in place, from my understanding, until three years from now. i'm trying to understand what we're going to do in
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the next three years to make sure this vision we've had for market street is a reality. director tomlin did respond to me and said staff is on it and will be ready to address it. is there any updates from what was sent? there it is. there is director tomlin. were there any updates from what was sent to us yesterday? or is that where we're at? >> chairman: director tomlin? >> great. sorry that i'm late. we, of course, have our own board meeting on the same day, which i'm trying to correct. so, brit, did you want to cover the work you have done up to date, as well as the work you are doing right now with the police department, or should i just dive in? >> i tried to provide a summary of that information. i think the critical issue that i think i heard from supervisor haney -- sorry, commissioner haney, was --
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i would like to point out photo enforcement is not a quick thing. we would need to provide contracts to install them. so using the human resources that we have now is the quickest way for us to improve compliance on market street, and yet we can't do that until we know where the issues are.so that's why our first step is collecting data, which we are doing literally this week, about where we have cars on market street, and how many there are. so were can more efficiently deploy those resources. because they're recently supporting vaccination efforts. and we want to make sure we're doing that as strategically as possible. and, director, please add anything else. >> of course, we also have good data from the work we did back in january through mid-march, where we had both police department and p.c.o.s
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directing traffic, actually, really for just a couple of weeks. one of the things that surprised us was, after an initial blitz of rather intense staffing, we gradually ratcheted down the staffing to see what was the minimum amount of staffing that was necessary in order to get a really high level of compliance. what we found, to our surprise, was after that initial blitz, we ratcheted the level of staffing way down and we were still able to maintain an extraordinarily high level of compliance, once motorists sort of figured it out. so from then we were able to direct staff only to where there were hotspots as they cropped up. so the data has been an important part that goes back january to march of the original better market street pilot, but also right now so that we can understand where have motorists reverted back to inappropriate behavior?
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and the other thing we found was that while police presence was super important, and obviously the police are the only ones who can issue moving violations, we didn't actually issue many citations. most of the compliance was achieved mainly by having uniformed presence. so even though the police partnership is incredibly valuable, from a motorists' standpoint, we were getting nearly the same level of compliance from our own officers simply being visual and directing traffic. so that's our commitment. and it is an easy commitment to achieve based upon what we were able to demonstrate january to march. >> and there was some comment around the quick
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bills, and when will those be completed and what kind of impact you believe that will happen -- is that going to happen in shorter term? >> the quick-bill elements in the spring and summer include the two-way conversion of the unit block of jones street and the unit block of spears street. the required right turn eastbound at hayes, which will be for commercial vehicles, and we're doing the main street, which will be an important part for taxis and muni interacting. >> okay. i think that, director tomlin, we've already had, at this point, a lot of frustration with the folks who are the stakeholders for this project. and there is sort of one
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last plan and commitment that they're wanting here is a bit more clarity and focus on the enforcement plan. and i'm struggling with the fact that i still don't feel that we have that. you know, i mentioned to you that, for example, we could say staff will monitor conditions at hotspots on market twice a month, not just in march, to track when conditions worsen, and access of "x" vehicles an hour or some other metric. something that is demonstrating more than right now the plan is to collect data in march. which i understand why that is important, but for folks who have really fought for this project for a long time and are now feeling in many ways let down by it, i would really like us to not let them down on what i think is a pretty reasonable ask, for a bit more
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specificity around this plan of enforcement. is that something -- i recognize that you don't have something of that specificity today, but based on what happens in march, is there a time when you can commit to get us a bit more specificity on the plan so people can be confident that market street, in the near term, will actually be car-free? >> so i -- we are certainly ready -- i think it is important for us to have some outcome-based targets so that we can direct our resources to market street. because i think we all agree it is a critically important corridor, and that enforcement is going to be -- that combination of enforcement, plus design, is going to be necessary in order to deliver the market street that we want in this interim time period. so let me make a commitment to once we have
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a more solid base of data, that we can then develop something that looks more like a plan, rather than just a commitment, and make a commitment to work with your office regularly to make adjustments as we go along. i think one of the things we're going to see, based upon our experience, again, back from january, is that that behavior is going to be a little unpredictable. and i want to make sure that our plan accommodates making adjustments, as we go along, based on our experience on the data. >> okay, chair, i think there are some folks who want to go to public comment, and they want to contribute to this conversation, too. >> the only other thing i could offer is if you are inclined to go forward with the second vote on
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this today, perhaps having that report come back to this body for a public discussion by some date, might be other path forward. let's open this if -- if there are other comments from other commissioners, let's open this up to public comment. >> clerk: taking public comment, we'll go to the first caller. welcome, caller. you're two minutes begins now. >> caller: hi. this is barry toronto. i made sure i woke up in time because i'm a night driver, normally a night schedule. but i made sure i got up in time. i want to thank, first, commissioner hain haney for bringing these issues to the forefront because they'll continue to be ignored if we don't get proper answers. so thank you. first about enforcement, yes, particularly in the
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nighttime hours, there is not compliance. i did see one officer stop a private car once, but i don't know what was the purpose on market street. but enforcement is so lackadaisical, and the drivers totally ignore the signs, even though they are glaring. regarding access, as you know, between 7th and 8th streets, there is a lot of need for disabled access. and ms. tanner keeps mentioning we have access. yes, if we go all the way up to mccallister and golden gate, adding $4 or $5 to our taxi fare in order to pick someone up there. that is not an economically viable solution for us. so taxi service to the disabled people will be non-existent in that block if we're forced to turn right on to 8th street.
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ms. tanner is not a taxi driver. she doesn't know the ramifications of what they're forcing us to do. i want to thank you for bringing this up. and, also, there is a right-turn requirement in the curb lane at 1st street. did we have to be forced to turn right when you go further down oarket street heading eastbound. i would appreciate if getting addressed. i appreciate them taking a step back to look at the numbers and to see if we actually interfere with transit in the center lane. thank you very much, commissioner haney and everybody else for taking these concerns to heart. >> clerk: thank you, caller. >> clerk: good morning caller, your two minutes begins now. >> thank you so much. good morning commissioners. my name is janice lee. and i'm speaking on behalf of the san francisco
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bicycle coalition today. i really want to thank commissioner haney for the followup request. i think they're on point. i want to focus on what i'm calling in for, calling for an enforcement plan. i really want to call it a compliance plan. i'm pretty disappointed by the lack of detail that has been shared here today. we know that there are pre-existing issues regarding car-free market that are further aggravated given the phase 1 of better market street that has now put bicyclists back now into the street, sharing that curb lane with vehicles. i get that additional data can be helpful, but we're all well aware of the created issues here. i'm hearing that self-enforcing -- i agree that it is more scaled back from what was presented in recent months, leading up to the m.t.a. board approval, things like automated
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enforcement, and cameras being off the table. [inaudible] these are the kinds of essential trips that are happening on market today. i don't fully get why market can't get the same treatment. i think it is important to use new methods that does not rely on adding more cops to ticket. i really hope that s.f. m.t.a. shows more of commitment and natural plans around compliance. thank you, commissioners. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good morning, caller, yourtwo minutes begins now? >> caller: good morning, that is bob planthold, speaking on behalf of the san francisco alliance for retired americans.
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we raised the issues of restrictions on market street out of concern it would impair transit use, pick-up, drop-off, anywhere along market treatment when there were requirements for taxis to turn off market. it goes to commissioner haney's request for responses about the taxi industry. so i want to say that based on what staff of the better market street are planning to do on muni capabilitiy and taxi usage in the center lane, i think it is a helpful approach and it shows responsiveness to the concerns of people who felt left out. i also want to say there is still an unaddressed concern about data. we've been asking, once the subway opens, there will be fewer buses on market street, apparently, so how and why would taxis in the center lane apparently affect,
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restrict, hinder muni access, which is what m.t.a. has been saying all along, and yet they haven't provided data, despite requests to do so, on market street now in the future. we're asking for responsiveness to prior requests, as well as, i will say again, thanks for what the staff are doing on the study. and with that, i hope this can proceed easily so the contract can be formulated and we can proceed. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good morning, caller. your two minutes begins now. >> caller: good morning. my name is jody mederas, and i'm the executive director of walk san francisco, and i'm on the market street c.a.c. i wanted to thank chair mandelman and commissioners for an opportunity to speak on
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this topic. we are incredibly grateful that commissioner haney is asking for a very complex plan for compliance for car-free market street, following up about private vehicles on market street, which we celebrated a year ago is car-free. but we have half of the city's most dangerous intersections here. and so we're really surprised that the use of cameras were already taken off the table. and for one of the reasons that the agency used for that was because of cost. i feel like it will be very helpful to understand the city's philosophy around the use of technology for law compliance, especially since you were saying that the use of technology is one of our transformative policies, and yet we have this technology at our fingertips, and we could be using this on market street, it is already legislated, and that is not being taken as a fair
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consideration. and i do want to say, like, now it is the time to ask for clear articulation on how and when technology will be used for traffic compliance, and what is it going to take if we are really all pushing at the state level for automated speed enforcement. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. welcome, caller, your two minutes begins now. welcome, caller, your two minutes begins now. >> caller: thank you, commissioners. third quarter is mark luburg, a taxi driver. and first, let me say, i do believe that the enforcement against the private vehicles is very important. i am mildly encouraged by
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the fact that the m.t.a. seems to be willing to take another look at market street and at taxis on market. i hope this isn't an effort to just kick the can down the roads a little ways until maybe some of the furor dies down. i hope that they will do this study, and that will yield that taxis can, in fact, use the center red lanes and it is not going to unduly burden muni. the other thing i want to say is that i really do believe that bicycles deserve their own lane. as i understand it, the original plan for market street, which was nine or 10 years in the making, and it has been pushed aside for budgetary reasons, but, um, you know, i would rather see this whole project -- i
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know it is kind of late in the game for this, but i would rather see the whole project drawn to a halt at this point until such time as the original plan can be implemented. i understand that certain of the infrastructure improvements have to be done because of federal funding, and those should go ahead. but that the project really best be put on hold until more satisfactory solutions could be found. i think this is just moving forward on its own method right now. and much of the rational for it has really disappeared, and it is really unfortunate. we're kind of towards the end, or at least a long ways along, in what has been a very merky process, and only recent engagement of stakeholders, such as
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the taxi industry and disabled community and others, while decisions were being made on this. >> clerk: thank you, caller.
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private vehicles off market street. we are just swept up in that. i want to remind everyone. taxis serve a purpose in the plan to encourage sustainable transportation. we are not there to compete with muni. we are not priced to compete with muni. we are there to provide a
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service to the people who can't take more sustainable modes such as disabled or people who on occasion need a ride and a car. we are a limited number of vehicles already. we are highly limited right now, and if we are forced off market street in the future, it will be devastating. half the taxi fleets in san francisco, over half the fleets, is banned from working at the airport. to take to derive us of more opportunities to make a living would be devastating to taxi availability overall. thank you for the study. i hope that, like mark said, it is not just window dressing to address our concerns. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. >> do we have additional
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comments? >> clerk: there is no more public comment. >> public comment is closed. commissioner haney. >> i appreciate the callers and everybody working on this. thank you to if folk in the taxi industry and the bike coalition and being in solidarity with the people who use market street and express concerns around the design. director tumlin is still here. what would be the date when you could come back to this body and also for chair mandleman around providing updates with the plan as a result of your data collection in march? >> before i commit to a date. let me check in with my staff person.
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can you give us a date? >> it is going to take us awhile to get the data analyzed by the consultant and then work through it. maybe we could roll it into our may update. the quarterly update. we are scheduled to come to the board at that time and can include the vision update as well unless they want to offer anything else. >> i think that sounds fine. we can have those. we wanted to cover construction mitigation. i think we can do those three things in may. >> great. if there is a way to come forward before that, i would appreciate it. i understand if that is when the data is prepared. i should say for my colleagues,
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i was clear on what i was conditioning the second vote on. i am going to vote no. it is not my intention to hold up the funding. i want to be clear that i had some expectations around the compliance plan that i wanted to see today that haven't been demonstrated today. i am not going to support it. i understand if we need to move forward for funding purposes. thank you. >> commissioner haney. any other comments or questions from other commissioners? >> is there a motion to approve this item? >> moved. peskin. >> second?
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>> second. melgar. >> please call the roll. item 8. commissioner chan. >> aye. >> commissioner haney. >> no. >> commissioner mandelman. >> aye. >> commissioner mar. >> aye. >> commissioner melgar. >> aye. >> commissioner peskin. >> aye. >> commissioner preston. >> aye. >> commissioner ronen. >> aye. >> commissioner safai. >> aye. >> commissioner stefani. >> aye. >> commissioner walton. >> aye. >> we have 10 eye as. the he -- 10 ayes. time approval.
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>> item 9. adopt fiscal year 2021/22 transportation fund for clean air local expenditure criteria. this is an action item. >> let me bring up my slides. >> all right. the transportation fund for clean air funds projects to reduce motor vehicle emissions and improve air quality is funded by $4 surcharge on motor vehicle registrations in the bay area. 60% of the funds are managed by shuttles and ed chargers and 40% by the counties including the transportation authority administering the program in san francisco. this year we expect to have $730,000 available for projects. it is important to know the air district establishing the requirements and project types. it require county to guide the
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selection of the project which is the item before you today. we typically fund four to eight per yes. we are able to fund all. in the past we funded bike parking, shuttles, low emission vehicles, chargers and building in the clipper transit pass into the student id card. they must meet the threshold that affects the amount of money we give to the project. for this year we are not recommending any changes to the local expenditure criteria as compared to last year. they do include prioritizing zero emissions nonzero projects bike facilities, shuttle services and vehicle projects such as car chargers.
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the criteria prioritizes cost-effective emissions reduction and program diversity. it prioritizes projects with demonstrated community support and benefit communities of concern. applicants aren't public agencies. you heard about the chargers earlier. they give priority to projects that include investment from the nonpublic entity and we can establish other conditions such as locations of chargers. this is our proposed schedule this year for the cycle. once our local criteria are adopted we will release call for projects by march 5th this year and after reviewing and evaluating the applications we present the staff recommendations to the board in june. with that i can take any
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questions. >> i do not see public comments or question in the chat. two minutes. >> clerk: checking for public comment on item 9. if you would like to speak press star 3. seeing no raised hands, there is no public comment. >> public comment on item 9 is closed. is there a motion to approve this item? moved by peskin. second by haney. please call the roll. >> item 9. commissioner chan. >> aye. >> commissioner haney. >> aye. >> commissioner mandelman.
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>> aye. >> commissioner mar. >> aye. >> commissioner melgar. >> aye. >> commissioner peskin. >> aye. >> commissioner preston. >> aye. >> commissioner ronen. >> aye. >> commissioner safai. >> aye. >> commissioner stefani. >> aye. >> commissioner walton. >> aye. >> we have 11 ayes. it is approved on the first reading. >> please call the next item. >> item 10. accept the audit report for the fiscal year ended june 30, 2020. this is an action item. >> we have cynthia bonn here. >> thank you, chair. good morning, commissioners. deputy director for finance and
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administration. this was especially challenging was the audits. they usually happen in person and extensive and hands on. the finance division not only had one audit but multiple audits this year. this is why i would like to first give a thank you to the finance staff who led each of these various audits and to those for support and also to the auditors for their work on the audit. they have out done themselves this year and deserve a huge pat on the back. i would like to hand it over to walk you through the results of the federal audit of the inter
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change improvement project. >> good morning, everyone. i am the person in charge of the audit. i have a very quick presentation here to the scope of the audit. i will share my screen. confirming you can see my screen and powerpoint presentation. let me know if you cannot. the scope of the audit to assure the june 30, 2020 scope as well includes report on the control over financial reporting. we look at the manner, purchasing, payroll, hr relating to the financial statement and review process and segregation process and including compliance with federal guidelines they receive for funding of the
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projects in there. they are to undergo a single audit in accordance with uniform guidance. as the cope is to ensure these are fairly stated. they are the responsibility of management with the commissioner's oversight. they are representing the. [indiscernable] we do testing and sample and test account balances. reasonable assurance and absolute insurance if they are fairly stated. we look at the segregation in there. with the audit it is three faces. interim to look at controls and test the compliance. most of the expenses have been d
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by may or june. we look at the balances on the financial statement. confirm them. the revenues and cash and investments, receivables, much is confirmed. we work with management on finalizing the comprehensive financial report which is reviewed and received a award for compliance. i am pleased to let you know we issued an unmodified opinion on the financial statement. no material weaknesses with respect to internal controls or noncompliance. with respect to federal compliance clean opinion again. no material weaknesses or noncompliance reported. i will hand it over to my manager here for a quick recap
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over here. there are estimates in the financial statements mainly these are estimates. no new accounting, most of which were postponed by the specific standards due to covid. i am going to introduce my manager here to discuss what he did in the audit. then we will take questions. go ahead. >> thank you, commissioners, for having ut. thank you for the introduction. we work closely with the controller at the authority. we did not experience any sort of difficulties in performance of the audit this year as cynthia was stating. the method in which we performed the audit was different. the documentation as prior with
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the authority provided to us electronically, extraordinary job doing that documentation and we did not experience difficulties nor did we have disagreements with management in relation to pin or findings. >> with that we will be more than happy to take any questions. >> thank you. colleagues, any comments or questions? i do not see any. we will open this item to public comment. >> clerk: checking public comment on item 9. no hands in the queue. >> public comment on item 10 is closed. any comments or questions? a motion to approve item 10?
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>> peskin. >> second from chan. >> please call the roll. >> item 11. commissioner chan. >> aye. >> i think we are doing 10. >> i am sorry. item 10. commissioner chan. >> aye. >> commissioner haney. >> aye. >> commissioner mandelman. >> aye. >> commissioner mar. >> aye. >> commissioner melgar. >> aye. >> commissioner peskin. >> aye. >> commissioner preston. >> aye. >> commissioner ronen. >> aye.
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>> commissioner safai. >> aye. >> commissioner stefani. >> aye. >> commissioner walton. >> aye. >> we have 11 ayes. the item has approval on the first reading. >> next item. >> item 11. internal accounting report, investment report and debt expenditure report for the six months ending december 31, 2020. this is an information item. >> deputy director finance and administration. this is six months of the fiscal year. total assets $270.5 million. liabilities $301.9 million. $253 million of the balance represents repayment for sales tax revenue bonds we issued back in 2017. total revenues for the first six months amounted to
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$57.7 million. exceeds expenditures. sales tax revenues are trending about 12% lower than anticipated collections as compared to fiscal year budget. 27% lower than prior years. very anxious to receive december sales tax revenues which will come any minute now. this will set the tone for remaining six months of the fiscal year. total expenditures $47 million within the budget for this period. investment compliance we have approximately 76.5% investments in the treasury pool providing sufficient liquidity to meet expenditure needs for six months. no outstanding balance on involving credit. $3.5 million left to spend on sales tax revenue bond. i hope to complete that next month. we are in compliance with investments and with that i am
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happy to take any questions you may have. thank you. >> any comments or questions? open to public comment. >> clerk: public item 11. there are no hands in the queue. >> public comment on 11 is closed. information item. thank you. next item, please. >> 12. introduction of new items. information item. >> colleagues. does anyone have any new business? seeing none. please call item 13. >> item 13. public comment.
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two minutes each. >> clerk: public item 13. you may press star 3 now, if you would like to make public comment. there are no raised hands. no public comment. >> public comment for 13 is closed. next item. >> item 14. adjournment. >> we are adjourned. thanks everybody. >> thank you sfgovtv.
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