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restoration of 21 hayes which provides western addition to golden gate park and eighth avenue and fulton on the weekend. thanks to supervisor preston to make sure public transit into golden gate park. we appreciate that. page 6 line 4. insert 94108. because we recognize the fact that is the zip code that is including the good portion of chinatown. that is where that zip code goes to. page 6 line 8 after golden gate park such as providing direct designated weekend public transit to the music concourse
for low income and under service 94124, 22, 34 and 33. these are the bayview, excelsior and chinatown residents. insert develop options for considering managing access eighth and fulton to allow vehicles transporting seniors, people with disabilities and visitors with limited mobility. thank you. these have been provided to you through the clerk. my apologies i forgot who is staffing it. we have shared those with you as well. i welcome any questions you may have. this really calls for did beach to bay walking connection
without vehicular traffic but also calling for equitable access to golden gate park. while we want to provide the conversation there will be a public process. there will be a community outreach process by rec and park and s.f.m.t.a. in months to come. this is the same work of that conversation so we don't take it upon ourselves if it is open to cars but to think about a resolution, solution based conversation for our community around golden gate park. thank you for your time. i really appreciate it. >> thank you so much. supervisor chan, i want to start out by saying i appreciate your leadership and courage inputting
forward a solution to something we have been talking about for almost two decades in our city. i really appreciate your spirit of collaboration of taking in the feedback that you got from the constituent groups and residents so that i think that is our city i appreciate you. my only misgiving is opening up eighth avenue as i told you. i like the language that you have come up with. i look forward to seeing some practical solutions at the m.t.a. and rec and park have to ensure there is access for people with disabilities and not have the cut through for cars. i do think that we can come up with some practical both physical and enforcement solutions to prevent that from happening. i appreciate your hard work and
courage inputting this out there. thank you for reading those amendments. colleagues, any other comments or questions or feedback for supervisor chan? >> yes. >> please go ahead. >> thank you, chair melgar. >> i want to thank supervisor chan for all of her work on this issue. i echo the comments, chair melgar, that you just made. this is on the border line of our district, supervisor chan and my district. our offices have been in touch closely on this. you know, i think this has been a very difficult one to navigate from introduction to really building consensus on the board and talking with everyone in the community. i just want to recognize
supervisor chan and her legislative aids who put in an enormous amount of time and energy to get this right. as she has described balancing the desire to put the board on record really in support of car free jfk and leave the details to be worked out in ongoing communications and outreach. i want to recognize preston kilgore who is working with us on this. just a few remarks or comments on where we are in this. i want to say i view the resolution as a commitment by the board of supervisors. it commits to keeping jfk car free which is exciting. also, allowing rec and park and
s.f.m.t.a. to begin or carryout to explore further improvements to important car free city asset. i did want to thank supervisor chan specifically for two issues in particular that were important to me and my office. one is what you just mentioned, chair melgar, around eighth avenue. what happens on eighth avenue is key in many ways and challenge. it is a tough one. i think that the shift from the earlier draft of urging that it be open for some kind of managed access to instead leaving options open for further consideration which could include managed access. it is the right approach. when i look at eighth avenue i can't help thinking a chain is
as strong as the weakest link. i want to make sure eighth avenue is not the weakest link to promote access and safety in the park. second main thing to highlight and appreciate the amendments on the 21. also just more broadly really i want to recognize supervisor chan your leadership around always centering public transit and the importance of public transit in our city. it is something we partnered on and we will continue to do. i think there are real concerns related to access for those who rely on public transportation to get to golden gate park. we need to provide affordable transit options including 21 and thank you for including that. that is the only direct line to
the middle blocks of golden gate park for residents in western addition and other neighborhoods. 21 is suspended the last 18 months. it draws people at hayes and stanon at that entrance to get to the conservatory of flowers among other parts of north east section of the park. also, very important is 44 which provides critical access through the park to make sure we are prioritizing and doing everything we can to facilitate the 44 and other lines over car traffic in the park. my views on in are certainly no secret. as we share with many of you that you know. i think our city is far too car
centric in many ways. i think we are in a climate crisis, street safety crisis. we need to act boldly to address unsafe streets. car free jfk, great walkway, quick build projects like bike lanes and robust public transit as essential parts of tackling these issues and listening to stakeholders and community members. thank you, supervisor chan. i look forward to supporting this and continuing to work with all of you on this. thank you. >> supervisor peskin, did you have any comments? okay. i just wanted to add that aside from 21. also the 44. i know you included that in the amendments. i appreciate that.
it does for district 7 what 21 does for district 5. with that let's go to public comment. madam clerk i know there is a lot. >> clerk: if you have not done so press star 3 to be added to the speaker line. for those on hold please continue to wait until the system indicates you are unmuted. i see that we have 46 listening and 32 in the queue. if you could please put the first caller through. that would be great. >> hello. i am mike chan, resident of district 2. thank you committee members melgar, preston and peskin.
supervisor chan and walton for this resolution. this is great. 90% of it. i would encourage exploring the right solution. my personal story i like the road. there have been times i have been biking through and where i have had the signal and been biking then i think i am worried about conflicts between people using it differently around eighth avenue. i hope we can find a solution to minimize conflicts and potential for people to be injured. minimizes we don't want people scared away. we want sustainable transportation to make sure there are fast ways to get through the 44.
the cut through and i think we can get through create access through the garage entrance on tenth and fulton. i hope this resolution passes. i am looking forward to seeing what comes next. thank you. >> clerk: next caller, please. >> good afternoon. i am a member of the sf transit riders in district 6. thank you, supervisor chan for her leadership. car-free jfk is one of the few great joys from the pandemic. this is excellent to make the park accessible to everyone. great to include the park shuttle and take advantage of the under utilized garage and free garage parking to those who most need it to make the park accessible and equitable to all.
i share supervisor the concern about eighth avenue the weak link. this is the car-free connection. we shouldn't written it in half with private car traffic in such a busy area in the park. 44 is a equity strategy route to connect southeast neighborhoods to golden gate. we shouldn't make them it is in traffic behind private uber traffic at eighth avenue since the park is accessible without cutting jfp in half. dropoffs could be in the garage and around the music concourse. i ask to amend to prohibit private vehicle traffic at eighth avenue and make transit only entrance to further the transit first policy. further include the existing sections of car free jfk be
maintained to clarify the message to do this without compromises but put private cars back on the peaceful and safe section of golden gate park. i know it is an ask to consider transit only lanes on mlk as well to further prioritize riders on the 44. >> clerk: next caller, please. >> i am calling to support supervisor chan's leadership for equitable access to golden gate park. jfk eliminates free parking that visitors rely on. it is not an ordinary road. it is direct access to museums, conservatory of flowers. access should be restored,
increased. rec and park and volunteer vehicles and 44 bus, park shuttle, fire and police all use this road quite frequently. it is the only access for operations with the museum. hundreds of vehicles each week on jfk drive. needs a dedicated path for all uses. i want to know the supervisor's plans. park and rec announced by conservatory of flowers. to allow closer access to cultural attractions with a small number of parking to improve access for visitors that cannot walk or bike. there are greater needs which continue to grow and escalate. the cultural institutions need to be accessible. if you need a solution, you need one that is realistic and plans
all uses and takes them into consideration. thank you. >> clerk: next caller, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. it is a beautiful day here on jfk and golden gate park. i wish you were here with me. carol branson. i got here on a mobility scooter i learned to ride on the car free highway. it is more than a way to get around. it is magic and san francisco is worth exploring again. i many proved my riding skill oscar free jfk. treasures in golden gate park. i scooted the entire length from the great walkway. in the book san francisco golden gate park 1117 acres of stories. i want to scoot around san
francisco without being hit by a car. this past sunday i was coming back from the farmers market carrier basket loaded with fresh benchtables on the safest route. four-way stop i started to cross. it looked safe. to the right a car stopped started across. i grabbed my brakes and was tipped on the pavement mid crosswalk. i don't want this on car free jfk. i felt safe on the jfk scooting past eighth avenue. please keep it that way. thank you. >> clerk: next caller, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am paul willer. another resident of district 2.
i fully support the kid-safe recommendations. specifically, concerned about what is done at eighth avenue. with covid i started walking on slow streets. it was a marvelous way for exercise. marvelous way to travel without needs to get in my car or on a bus. something i observed. the number of drivers on the slow street no cross traffic i don't be have to stop at the stop sign. it was remarkable. in spite of san francisco's intent to reach zero it has failed for any sort of traffic
enforcement. knowing that jfk is not across street with car traffic and opening eighth avenue to private vehicles is just asking for problems. it is asking for safety problems. i will say that i have also explored the various bus routes to get here. i have made this trip with people who are mobility impaired. it is doable on public transit. i see wheelchairs going by me about four wheelchairs coming through the rose garden right now from fulton to the park. it can be done without cars coming in on eighth avenue and i encourage you to pay attention to the concerns about what opening eighth avenue would due to the safety. thank you.
>> clerk: next caller, please. >> this is howard finley. jfk is an oasis for the city. serenity and quiet. city calms down. it is a wonderful step forward moving where we need to be as a city. equity, safety, most importantly it represents a shift towards recognizing and pushes cars to the margins. not the old way that pushed humans to the margins. traffic crossing jfk at eighth. the objectives can be met through the garage and the other improvements with vehicle use in the park. it is an oasis that would be cut in half.
the traffic violence, slowdown muni service. don't do away with city gains. amend the resolution and prohibit vehicles from fulton. our accessibility needs can be met through the garage. the resolution shows a new path. safety, equity, humanity. true access like the garage and mlk better than it has been without the progress on jfk itself. thank you for all you have done. move forward and get cars off that cut through on jfk at eighth. >> clerk: thank you. next caller. >> i just want to echo that
proposed amendment. eighth avenue is dangerous. i bike through that area three times a week. if you compare and try to walk across fulton almost any intersection and you can see traffic doesn't stop for pedestrians. i don't know why you think they would respect pedestrians on j fk when they do not respectful ton or eighth avenue. it is a conflict zone of additional intersection in the middle of the recreational area doesn't help. endangers everyone on the street. that is not great. calling it that cars are necessary for certain groups of people in and out of the park means you are not providing
sufficient services for the city. no, just fiction for saying we need cars. if people in the city don't have one. it is times that it helps the most advantaged people at the risk of the most disadvantaged. that is my comment. thank you. >> clerk: next caller. >> yes, i am peter tell ton in district 10. i have two kids and fan of car free j fk. my 13-year-old had one of his first dates on car free jfk. it was safe to go on bikes and ride along. i am thrilled that supervisor chan is trying to workout an effort. i think supervisor preston put the issues well, the weak link
here. it is the potential for private cars entering the eighth access instead of being clear this should be transit only entrance for paratransit and tax see and bus. the only thing it is important the map be up-to-date and accurate. my impression the map shows private car access at eighth and parking stops on jfk between 8 and tenth. in the media it was reported that was an older draft version of the map. i hope this map can be updated. finally, because i think this resolution will not adopt the legislation. it is important to amend it to include the existing sections that are maintained as is. thanks so much.
>> clerk: can we have the next caller, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is mr. parsons. my other half is the former member of the golden gate park group. i definitely want to recognize supervisor chan are crafting this resolution which addressing the affordability, accessibility that tend to receive less attention. that said, i'd urge members of the body to be very specific with the language regarding its avenue and a request that 8th avenue be specifically reserved for transit.
i worry if it's too loosely defined, it will be too strict to have all vehicles. by inviting everyone to cut through it. instead, delivering the quality by giving all drivers the same access for drivers at the cost of safety and more. with that aspect of the resolution clarified and buttoned up, i think we would have an excellent model for the path forward for an equitable park and gold gate in san francisco. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is richa pride and i'm the coordinator for the san francisco vice coalition speaking on behalf of the coalition today. i want to thank connie chan for her leadership and the many
hours of work to bring ford this resolution. we also want to thank president walton and supervisor preston for their co-sponsorship. at the end of the day, this is the board of supervisors' intention and ultimately, any actions will require additional legislative actions. the san francisco vice coalition has always been supportive of expanding car-free spaces in golden park: car-free jfk has been incredibly acknowledgeable over the past year and a half. there's no other place like it in the bay area. this resolution gives us a path to make the space permanent and directs equity and access concerns that have arisen. that's why i'm calling to give support to the resolution before you and why we work with the office to seek amendments. we do have concerns with the current claus that directs sfmta to manage access to 8th avenue. the impact of this would impact
golden gate park for all private autos like uber and lyft. we prefer to see the collaborative work and develop changes that increases access for people with disabilities and limited mobility. that explores options on 8th avenue and fullton. we need more data, outreach, and vetting of ideas first. thank you for allowing me to provide public comment and continuing to work with our supervisors for how to expand car-free spaces in golden gate park. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is richard rothman. i'm a district one resident and i believe that there needs to be access to the museums
through 8th avenue and i was mta and the t.a. had a meeting last week about disability issues and putting a.d.a. parking on fullton street about ten spaces. two concerns, one is it's uphill from foam street to jfk and the other is cars speeding by on fullton street and people in wheelchairs and who have special needs have a hard time getting out of the car and the cars speeding by on fullton street is going to make it especially dangerous. for access about 8th avenue, you know, people need access to the front door maybe have the bicycle coalition have volunteers or staff when we just had the san francisco
marathon where they had i'm not sure who this year i didn't see it, but have people control the traffic so when cars come, they can stop the bicycles and pedestrians and let the cars go through so there wouldn't be a conflict and same with the buses. i support supervisor chan's proposal. it's a start and it's a path moving forward and we just have to remember that we all live in the city together no matter what our ages and what our abilities are and that we all have to work together and thank you, supervisor chan, for sponsoring this resolution as a start of the process. or in the middle of the process i should say. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, please. >> linda chapman speaking for the interest of people who tend to be forgotten in these
matters and also in this one who include people with children, people with disabilities, people who are getting old, and the people of knob hill. now, i live in a neighborhood that is largely car-free 2/3 of our households when we did the census had no automobiles. we were proud of that walking to work and all that. it doesn't work for everybody. it certainly doesn't work for people that way in the park. why people interest who are advocating for bicycles and skating feel they should have access to the parts of the park that has the institutions. there are two parts to the park. the wild life park and the children's playground. that's the end of the park that should be open to everybody and cars if they need them and the part in the west could be closed to cars, you know. great for skating and enjoying nature, walking and so forth. i'm the daughter of a polio
survivor. i would never have gotten to the children's playground if there had not been cars. when my cousin who lived in the inner sunset, we were taking two little kids, four adults and a whole bunch of stuff to go to the children's playground, we would of had to take the car or a taxi otherwise or walk which would have been pretty difficult because there are not muni lines serving that way. and we have no green space. i don't want to hear about those zip codes. 94133 as a result is one of the highest housing prices in the city. we had that discussion when we had that discussion of housing costs here. okay. and i pointed out it has chinatown in it. okay. yes. all right. it also is a wash in green space compared to knob hill and our zip codes are 94133 mostly 94109 and 94188. we have one little half a block
of park. >> clerk: your time has concluded. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, ms. chapman. can we have the next caller. >> hello commissioners. my name is christopher peterson. i am a resident of district seven and 94112 zip code. i support much in the resolution especially the provisions calling for improved transit services to golden gate park. the provisions it would allow people from certain parts of the city to parks for free at the music concourse garage regardless of what their household income might be however conflicts with the transit first policies without advancing any equity purpose. the charter requires parking policies for areas well served by public transit to be designed to encourage travel by
public transit and alternative transportation to allow all residents in certain zip codes to park at the garage for free regardless of income, while encourage people from those areas to drive instead of take transit. this is especially true of zip codes 94112, 94133, and also parts of the knob hill parts of 94108. large areas of those zip codes do not remotely qualify as lower income neighborhoods. also, for my zip code 94112, routes 29, 43, and 44 serve different neighborhoods throughout that zip code providing them with direct service to golden gate park. so any discounted parking provided under this resolution should be provided only to lower income households. i agree with most of the
comments regarding 8th avenue in opposition to opening that up to cars and alternative when it's available is for taxis, transit and other vehicles with people with mobility impairments to use the 10th avenue to the concourse garage. they can -- >> clerk: that concludes your time. >> clerk: that's for your comments. can we have the next caller, please. >> hi, my name's ted greece and i'm a resident at d4. i support much of the resolution. like many of the callers, i support having 8th avenue be closed to private vehicles, cyclists themselves and i have seen a near miss first person with a kid on tricycle during the closure. i also wanted to say that these kind of visions for the future
has immense public support. people who are on this call, i live in a car-free area myself and there is so much support behind this, so people in part of this neighborhood will be organizing for a long time. so thanks everyone to be part of this and once the 8th avenue issue is fixed, i'm in full support. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller. >> hi. i am jack. i live in district one and i wanted to echo some of the sentiments we've heard from callers supporting kid safe sf, the amendments they've proposed. i think that we need to make sure the resolution is updated to voice a commitment to keeping increasing sections car-free jfk car-free and that it be updated to explicitly say
the access at 8th avenue should be restricted to muni buss and paratransit only. i am a car driver and i live on lake street which is car-free. i've seen first-hand unfortunately there are enough drivers who ignore existing street rules and i think it would be a serious safety issue to have private car access at 8th avenue across the other stretches of car-free jfk. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller. >> good afternoon supervisors. thank you for this opportunity to give public comment. in support of the resolution for the bay to beach car-free route including the very successful car-free area of golden gate park, i am a 60-year-old inner richmond
resident and i use the park frequently from the fullton side. although i'm a regular d1 driver i'm opposed to any regular jfk re-opening to allow car passing. the only motor vehicles using jfk drive in my opinion should be the muni 44, paratransit and limited hours weekday only for the loading docks. this means no cars at 8th and no cars on jfk drive. let me note for this committee, that the approved changes from 2019-2020 fullton safety project have not been fully implemented and we're now in the fourth quarter or about to be in the fourth quarter of 2021. also, with the recent passage of ab 43, the and this would enhance our vision 0 commitments and pedestrian
safety in the existing park. i hope that comes to pass. thank you for your time. this concludes my comments. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we have 44 listening and 27 left in the queue. can we have the next caller, please. >> car-free jfk in its entirety. i believe people should be able to drive wherever they want include do drag racing and side shows. i think that it's something that needs to happen in golden gate park where we drive really fast and stuff. my name is gourd ashson from and i think that people should be able to drive wherever the hell they want because this is america, not communist china. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next caller, please. >> hi, this is dave. i live in
d9. i'm calling in for safe kids sf. my family loves yfk destination into the beach. i want to thank supervisor chan and staff for this resolution that does so much good, improves muni connections and shuttles. and supervisors the 860 music space concourse garage and it's parking for people with disabilities and garage parking for people with disabilities and under the served residents. let's keep this will entrance transit only entrance from muni and transit and taxis and drivers still have direct access to the museums through the garage which provides the closest possible access. thank you.
>> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, please. hi there. >> hello. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. please proceed. >> hi. i'm a d5 resident and i don't have access to a private vehicle. thank you supervisor chan for this proposal. i like many other commentors are generally in support of the resolution with the caveat that it remains car-free and transit-only. last year, my friend and i started a tradition called "wednesday walkies." we walk to car-free jfk. every week, we've seen the city come together, smile, laugh, cry, celebrate, relax, unwind, and just breathe. you know, we have the solutions now in the park through the garage to avoid car conflict at 8th avenue and still give people in private vehicles direct access to the museums.
i'm asking you all to amend this plan to keep jfk car-free. i'm asking you even more so to trust in our city that this change that goes against our car first status quo will work out. it has to work out. like this is a matter of life and death when we're talking about both day-to-day transit and people on bikes and walking and our larger climate goals. to my fellow san franciscans listening now especially about losing access, i have faith in you and i have faith in our city to adapt to create a more sustainable way forward. i know change is hard and scary and confusing, but we really must work together to see the city through. we really don't have another choice. thanks so much. have a great day. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> may we have the next caller
please. >> hello, my name is kieran far. i live in district 9 and i'm calling with kids safe sf. first, i want to thank the committee members and supervisor chan and your staff for working to keep jfk car-free. and i do recognize the challenge you have challenging everybody's needs. i am one of linda's forgotten people. linda was a caller earlier. i am a faller and i have two small children and for us, car-free jfk is the only safe route for us to access providers on the west side of the city. for us, our bicycle is our primary mode of transportation and muni is our backup. we do love nature, but this is how we get our kids to the
dentist or covid test its on weekdays when it's foggy and cold. while most of the supervisors supervisor chan is excellent. it should be an access point for transit, paratransit, taxis, emergency vehicles, and park maintenance staff. it should not be open for private vehicles to cross through. i would like to ask for the resolution to include the commitment that all existing sections remain car-free as is and we do not put cars back on any part of this peaceful safe section. finally, i want to thank peter for bringing the point up about the math that was publicized. i would appreciate seeing an updated version that reflects it more accurately. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next callers, please. >> i already gave a public
comment. >> clerk: okay. we'll move on to the next caller. thank you. >> hello, my name is lucia cornell. i would like to share my personal experience. as a person with disabilities who works at the museum so you can see a perspective in quotes from the other side of the fence about how this closure has impacted the daily lives of a person with disabilities, more specifically a person with disability challenges. i am an individual who is hoping to have a better quality of life despite my health challenges, but i'm also hoping to shed light on what other people of disabilities may experience. i became permanently disabled about three years ago due to illness, treatments, and side effects from my treatment. even though i have been here for twelve yearses, i was lucky to enjoy biking, hiking, and
other physical activities during most of my life that i know now see as privileges that i i cannot enjoy in my life anymore. significantly more physically painful. on top of all the hardship that is people with disabilities have to endure, the closure remains, i wonder why would the city make it so hard for some of its most vulnerable san francisco and bay area population to enjoy art and nature institutions that are supposed to help with our quality of life. i would like to make it clear that i'm not against the principle of having spaces for people who bike, jog, or walk. i support the slow streets project and the existence of more bike lanes, exercise areas to work but i oppose the location of this closure. it doesn't have to be in the
area of the young museum, the conservatory of flowers, the tea gardens or the botanical gardens. golden gate park is very extensive and has many other areas where permanent traffic closure would make more sense. i feel there are more objections -- >> clerk: your time has concluded. can we have the next caller, please. we have 43 listening and 24 left in the queue. >> my name is michael smith and everybody is on board with making further improvements for golden gate park. that includes the garage access, improvements, more transit, making things more accessible. 30 years ago, i started these efforts. when i worked with supervisors ginsburg and mayor newsome to further close it on saturday. but there's a single part of this resolution that makes the
current proposal unacceptable and that's cut-through traffic on 8th avenue. you cannot, should not, and don't need to do this. first of all, why you cannot do this. so in 1998, voters voted for prop k, a ped oasis as part of the parking cross. that means if you would allow cross traffic on 8th avenue, you would be going against the voters. the traffic issue to the concourse of the authorities. they're the ones who make the decisions on whether there's traffic for 8th avenue or not and they decided not to have traffic across 8th avenue. and, of course, i mentioned that you shouldn't allow traffic across 8th avenue. it's a recreation area. it's the most popular part of the park. the key thing is that you don't need to do this. if someone needs to drive across the park or go to one of the museums, they can simply drive underground through the
existing parking garage at no cost. this proposal that further impacts us, it will make sure that the disabled parking spaces are free and that is a great thing and if somebody needs to drive across the park in order to get to more parking spaces, they can do so through the garage for free. so access already exists and we don't need to cause danger on jfk drive by allowing across park traffic. so please remove this problematic part -- >> clerk: speaker's time has expired. can we have the next caller, please. >> hi. thank you. my name is cliff barger. i want to thank the sponsors of this resolution and i want to
thank the committee for hearing it. this would be a huge step forward from the pre-pandemic status quo on jfk drive. i own a car, but i much prefer to ride my bike or take muni to access golden gate park it makes it a much more pleasurable experience for everybody involved. and not having to worry about parking really makes it a much more pleasant experience for me and the friends i was going with. i want to emphasize as great as much of the elements of this resolution are, we should continue to prioritize transit. to that end, i really hope that the supervisors will advocate for keeping 8th avenue transit-only. we've seen huge improvements to muni's 44 route and it would be
a tragedy to lose those when there's so many great viable alternatives like improving access to the garage. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, please we have 44 listening and 24 left in the queue. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i'd like to point out to you that the resolution says that it's looking forward to improve park accessibility and create equitable access to golden gate park, but the resolution does neither because those of us who are disabled and who cannot walk very far should have equal access of the park belongs to everyone. doesn't just belong to the able body elite. and all these people who have spoken today have the luxury of being able to, you know, are
not at work and can talk about they're able bodied have no idea what it's like i myself can't walk very far and all my life in san francisco, i've been able to drive up and get out of my car and before this, i wasn't as disabled as i was now. i'd like to point out that in 2000, the proposition g and proposition f both failed. so when this was put to the voters, it failed and the majority of the people in san francisco are not aware that this big struggle is going on right now. only the people who are well-organized as let's face it, the bicycle coalition paid organizers to go and lobby you guys. so you hear the organized of elite viewpoints all the time. you don't hear the voices of those people who are, you know,
too busy working to know about this or who are the disabled community because we're not organized like the people in the bicycle coalitions. they have the mailing list. they can send out a blast that everyone can get on. just remember that, you could have an alternative at little drive -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. each speaker is getting two minutes today. can i have the next caller, please. >> hello, my name is helen. and i'm a d4 resident. and i'm calling largely in support of this resolution. i'd like to say just at the beginning of the pandemic, all the new slow streets and car-free spaces like jfk have brought me so much joy. it's so freeing to be able to walk and bike around the city without fear of getting hit by a car or killed or severely
injured. much of this is in connection with the muni and the utilization of adding a parking garage and adding free parking will make the park more accessible and equitable for all. however, i strongly oppose the resolution for cross traffic at 8th avenue. this breaks up this car-free connection from the beach to the bay meaning it isn't really a car-free connection at all. mean interesting will impact muni and the safety of all residents who use this for transportation, play, and recreation. it's disappointing in this transit first city and proposal to create car-free space and alternative spaces are consistently forced to make significant sessions to car traffic undercutting the effectiveness of these car-free entrances. i ask you to prohibit vehicle traffic on 8th avenue and also
include a commitment that all the existing sections be maintained as is. all sf issues can be addressed without people with the noise, danger, and exhaust of cars. to build transit for city, but offer safe, effective, and useful vehicle traffic. thank you for this time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. and, can we have the next caller. >> hi. this is kirsten. running errands to the grocery store, the library, the doctor, and for play dates. picnics in the park, and, of course, the ocean. we ride the park daily. we love jfk. it is so quiet, i can hear my
toddler as we ride. it is so peaceful. my kids demand we bike places rather than drive. we are also long-time members of the d. young. achieving climate goals via mode shift for 20 years. as a city, we have come so far. 15 years ago people were skeptical that more bicycle. people were concerned families couldn't bike. families are biking in incredible numbers. we have come so far, but not so fast. the city has been hemming and hauling about how to make the city more family-friendly, how to reach our climate goals and how to achieve vision 0. car-free jfk is a slam dunk. i applaud supervisor chan and her colleagues for working to find a resolution and stating a comprehensive outreach process. we are almost there. echoing supervisor melgar and
supervisor preston, i implore city leaders and to a on 8th avenue. otherwise protects my 3rd grader as he pedals to school from the cars through the park. car-free jfk is a gem and we should protect it. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, please. hello, caller? >> hi, my name is martin munoz. i'm in strong support of a fully car-free jfk. i want to thank my supervisor dean preston in a car-free great highway. supervisors who ripped away the only safe pedestrian walking route through the sunset, shame on you. to add fossil fuel in the year
of 2021 is unconscionable. the rhetoric of supervisors who are on this call that sided with the loud right-wingers who can't imagine one street being safe for kids cyclists and pedestrians when there are 40 other avenues in the sunset and richmond, two other that are not at capacity. a real compromise would be making 30% of that space car-free. are we not a transit-first city? are we not trying to achieve vision 0 by 2024. are we not in a climate emergency? the great highway has the best air quality in the city. five out of seven days of the week is nothing less than climate arson. if we can close just one street in san francisco, how can we expect the rest of the country to take the steps needed to tackle climate change. frankly, it's embarrassing.
save the great walkway and keep car-free jfk avenue. i want to thank the supervisors for taking this opportunity to listen to us who are vetting for scraps out of the thousands and thousands of miles of car-only streets and asking for some oasis to have us feel not like we're going to die on the streets as pedestrians, transit riders as cyclists. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller. >> good afternoon folks. my name is dave alexander. i organize san francisco family and friends here. i want to thank supervisor melgar, supervisor peskin, and supervisor preston and
supervisor chan. i want to thank supervisor chan who's always responded to any requests that i've had. absolutely amazing and deserves a lot of credit. i've shared this with supervisor chan's office. but we should not be able to open up 8th avenue. it should only be accessible for taxis, paratransit and the 44. this issue is near and dear to my heart and i've been working on this with other folks in san francisco prior to covid. we were dreaming of this prior to this horrible pandemic. also, the garage is built for 88. just go down there. i'm telling you. explore the garage. it's a beautiful place. it's clean and welcoming. you can literally drop a friend or family member off at the door of the d. young and it's ten yards away from a staff member who can help you get to your gallery. it was built for this.
the cal cadvi and you can drop a loved one off at a elevator that goes right up to the d. young. i just want to thank supervisor chan's office for going head deep in this and i look forward to seeing how this plays out in the process. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, please. >> hello. i live in bernal heights and i've lived in san francisco for 47 years how. i'm a member of safe streets san francisco as well as the bike coalition and you must know i don't get paid for any of this. i'm a volunteer. i thank supervisor chan, president walton, and peskin for cosponsoring and all those taking time from their day to comment.
it's essential we create car-free routes throughout san francisco with equity for our many young communities. i congratulate for realizing how important it is to have safe cycling and pedestrian routes. last night, i was at a dinner party and every cyclist showed me scars on their arm from where a driver knocked her down and broke her arm to such an extent that a metal rod had to be implemented. it nearly cost me my life and put me in the hospital for months. my wife and i went down to one car and cycle for most of our transportation. we're older, working class san franciscans. we cycle for the environment, for our health, and to save money. we regularly cycle to golden gate park now that jfk is park-free and especially when you implemented the great
walkway. some day, we may be like parents and pedestrians are valued as much as motorists. i ask that you support this resolution with the change of continuing to prioritize mun i, paratransit, and taxis. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we have the next caller. >> good afternoon supervisors. >> supervisor chan: , melgar, peskin, and preston. we need our city to provide significant spaces for people of every age and ability to walk, bike, scoot, roll, and skate and to do so without fear of dangerous traffic. this is part of you leading cities around the world are getting closer to vision zero and closer to climate goals. the resolution is a really
strong frame work with significant resolutions to boost access. i really want to thank supervisor chan especially for her leadership on this. we support solutions and the resolution that will support easier more affordable and equitable access for people with disabilities including harnessing that parking garage and enhancing transit and shuttle service. so much is possible here and it's great that supervisor chan has called out the need as well for safer routes to the park. in the next month, walk sf is urging supervisors to hold the line in preserving the existing incredible bay to beach space. we are deeply concerned about the alternative that would make the 8th avenue entrance and concourse a dangerous cut through, and also service for the 44 o'seannasey.
there is no bay to beach if dangerous traffic is allowed anywhere on the route. that won't work for young kids, seniors, or anyone. thank you again, you can make history for our city and give generations an unbelievable gift. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller. >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is jordan wing with streets for people bay area. i'm a resident of district 8 and a near daily user of car-free jfk. i think it's a travesty we allowed the main drives to be one of the most dangerous streets in the city for so long. thanks to car traffic. and i want to thank supervisor chan for introducing this resolution which supports making permanent most of the positive changes that we saw during the pandemic. to the street. and i also want to thank supervisor peskin and walton for co-sponsoring.
i want to echo some of the other callers' concerns. that's going to add a major conflict between drivers and pedestrian and cyclists on jfk as well as on the concourse. it's going to recreate the conditions that made jfk one of the most dangerous streets in the first place and i'm also concerned about possible delays to the 44. this is a single lane access point that's going to lead to a concourse. full of cars, picking people up and dropping people off and so that's all going to slow the bus down even further and this is also a direct bus route from the southeast of the city to the park. and it's going to make it even more difficult for those residents to access golden gate park without a car. we should make 8th avenue transit-only. the proposal to add an additional 88 spaces to the barrage and i support supervisors to support lags to do that. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments.
can we have the next caller, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors chan, melgar, preston, and peskin. i'm with groups across the city that support traffic safety. as this bay to beach is i want to emphasize the importance of outreach that considers the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. hosted by sfmta starting tomorrow and the sfmta started hosting virtual sessions, you know, starting with groups like seniors for action to dig in to the real safety and accessibility challenges that exist.
i bring this up to say this kind of engagement is needed in order for a final bay to beach solution to reflect these needs. this can bring a path forward that the city can be proud of and what supervisor chan is proud of biking and walking connect 50 but also we quitable access. you know walk san francisco is part of the vision zero coalition and we'll be doing everything we can do to support people. thanks so much for considering this. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, please. >> hi. my name is shahine and i'm calling with kid safe sf. i want to thank. >> supervisor chan: and her staff for this issue. i think it goes a really long
way to censoring equity and access to safe park for everybody. i do have a major concern about allowing private vehicles including companies like uber allowed on to 8th avenue. it's significantly sped up the 44 bus. it's the best route from district seven. as written, this resolution seems to reduce muni service in the park for neighborhoods like mine by reducing speed and liability for 44. on the other hand, cars have drop off to mlk via the car's only parking garage. really, nobody benefits from 8th avenue. i think there's an easy fix. please amend the resolution to reserve 8th avenue including paratransit which closes the uber loophole, centers equity by improving access to the park. increases muni service by no
extra cost and preserves private car access to the museums, the mlk. supervisor chan, thank you again for your work on this. i look forward to this small amendment to close the loophole. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller. >> hello. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. please proceed. >> very good. hi. thank you very much. my name is steven. i'm a 13 resident of district 5 and i ride and exercise, i ride my bicycle and exercise on jfk daily and it has been an absolute god send since the pandemic and i appreciate all the work we've done to keep car-free jfk as it is for the past year. i wanted to share i recently injured my back and have pain along my left leg and i've been riding on car-free jfk to exercise including the area
around 8th avenue concourse and it's been helpful for my blood circulation. i appreciate having that space. i do want to share, just yesterday while riding through that area, i actually had to stop two private vehicles from entering the park on 8th avenue tailgating behind the muni bus. i have a big sized bike. i was able to physically stop those cars from driving in. while it shouldn't be my responsibility to do so. my point is here if you create a trickle of space for cars to enter, they will absolutely find every inch they can take to get into the park and i implore you to not open up 8th avenue up to private vehicles. as you're well aware, on sundays we've got that wonderful magical linday hop that happens right there at 8th intersection. do we really want a line of stationary cars of revving their engines, blasting their stereotypes to take away from that magical experience.
anyone who has a legitimate accessibility need to access the museum, let's make it so they can easily get into that garage, that enormous garage. free or subsidy for accessibility. so there's absolutely no need for them to have to access the surface roads to get into the park. thank you for your time and consideration and all you've done to preserve this wonderful open space we've had for the past year. i hope you will continue to keep 8th avenue closed to private vehicles so all of us can enjoy it safely. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, hello? >> [inaudible] my school government.
>> clerk: hello? i think that concludes the speaker's comments. all right. thank you for your comments and, can we go to the next caller, please. >> hi. my name's eric caplin. i live in north beach. i'm very excited about the bay to beach car-free proposal. all of the car-free and car-light streets that we've created have been a really bright spot in the pandemic. i am really happy that supervisors are looking for a way of preserving car-free jfk. i think that that part is great, but i'm very concerned about the proposal to allow private cars on 8th avenue. i think that, you know, just
within car-free streets in golden gate park, i've encountered a number of cars driving illegally and dangerously. and if you say that cars are allowed to drive on 8th avenue, they are going to drive on jfk because that's just what cars do. so i'm grateful for this proposal, but i hope you'll amendment it to keep 8th avenue and all of jfk free from cars. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller, please. >> hey supervisors. this is john elliott. i'm a resident of district one and i was just about to take my hand down because i'm just feeling this sinking feeling of deja vu. i've been on hours of these calls about traffic on the
great highway and i was just down there and there's cars down there. so while i appreciate supervisor chan's work here, i'm -- my pessimistic feeling that i'm having in this engagement with politics is that there's just going to be cars. private, automobiles, ubers and lyfts on 8th avenue. i mean, you've just been presented with dozens of very clear and well-reasoned public comments about why that's a bad idea. so i just would urge you to please listen to what people are saying. and i'd also maybe, you know, make it simple. the default right now, the paradigm right now is cars. we need to change that paradigm and so in any given decision moving forward, does this
reduce more traffic. does it bring more private car ownerships and private traffic to a road? and the answer's no. this is wonderful keeping the car-free jfk, but will introducing car traffic to 8th avenue car access bring more cars into the park? yes. okay. that's a no. will ocean front park bring more cars into that space? yes. okay. so that's a "no." prove me wrong. i would love to feel optimistic about the political process in this city that we all love. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> we have 32 listening and 15 left in the queue. can we have the next caller please. >> hi, can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, i can. >> thank you.
my name is jay bane, i'm from the richmond district of san francisco. i wanted to applaud supervisor chan and her team for this resolution. it's a step in the right direction. i'm very concerneded about access via 8th avenue and i feel like even if it's not left to the cars, that fraction of drivers who are entering are the ones who are going to present the greatest risk to pedestrians. speaking about the garage itself, want to say that i think that the concourse authority which is implemented via prop j is supposed to have public meetings, but looking it up, it has its own completely vacant board of directors. how can this board or nonprofit maintain or contribute to problem solving that we're talking about here, it's a shell. it's the rec and park or the board of supervisors or any other agency is responsible for this non-profit. and then when it comes to the community concourse, all the board members of the museum or
parts of the museum boards or financeers where the contribution of modifying the parking fee structure seem to have no incentive to change the status quo and advocate cars on jfk platinum advisors invite-only. as for the garage, propel the garage and publish real time parking capacity data online so people know what their chances are of getting a spot. if you hold up your phone. the sign-out on fullton doesn't always show the available parking spaces. also, consider advanced provided spaces by communities of concern. and then zip codes alone or e.b.t. card holder isn't the most equitable solutions.
>> your time has expired. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> may we have the next caller. >> hi everyone. my name is heidi. live in the outer sunset. i'd like to thank supervisor chan and her staff for the car-free jfk and supervisors and others who have been local supporters. and i'm a mom of two kids and bike car-free jfk nearly every day. it's a very special place and particularly more so after we lost the great highway park during the week in recent months echoing its prior callers' frustration and disappointment with some of the decisions that have been made. i want to voice support for this resolution and call on the supervisors to amend it in a few crucially important ways. amend to increase the car cut. all options can be addressed without introducing car-free.
direct the museums to provide free or subsidized parking for their employees, particularly those with mobility issues. they receive upwards of $20 million in city funding. and, finally, create a painted red transit-only lane on jfk for public transit options. it's 2021. places like the great walkway park for people everywhere free and accessible to all. so please show us that we can prioritize these spaces for all san franciscans and all visitors who come here. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next caller, please. >> hi. i'm calling from [inaudible] >> clerk: hello, caller? >> can you hear me?
>> clerk: yeah. we can barely hear you. perhaps you should talk right into the telephone. >> okay. is that better? >> clerk: there you go. yes. >> i'm calling from d8 taking time off work to speak today and i don't own a car so i can only access the city on foot, bike, or on muni. i want to thank supervisor chan for making this legislation to keep a route through the park car-free. i do think we should amend the resolution as it is to continue to have 8th avenue closed. and open to foot traffic and open to buses and paratransit and not prioritize cars there. drivers can be very dangerous to vulnerable street users. in keeping that route open safe from cars, reducing co2
>> that means keeping private cars off of eighth avenue and to the park. thank you for your time and your hard work. >> thank you for joining us today. can we hear the next caller, please? >> hi, everybody. i am a father of two and organizer. i want to thank supervisor chan for her leadership on this resolution. overall it is very good. i want to thank her staff and leaders from richmond family transit for the trial -- tireless effort of building a health or -- a healthier and safer park for my family. first, the academy received $27 million per year.
they have spent hundreds of thousand dollars per year on city lobbyists, advisors, et cetera, and i'm so upset we heard today from an employee, a disabled employee who is having trouble parking for her job at the museum where there is an 800 car garage mostly empty right below the museum. the museum trustees control this garage. the garage averages 30% capacity and it is the closest accessed for disabled patrons and deploys for both museums. i would love to add another element to this resolution that directs them to use the $27 million in taxpayer funding we provide them and subsidize car parking in the garage for their employees, especially the disabled that need it most. now back to transit. i was one of the writers on the 44 this weekend stuck behind unless car traffic. i was struck when i looked around the boston i thought, most of my fellow passengers are not going to the park. they are writing the 44 to get across town to get back from
their job or go home. we should absolutely not go backwards on eighth avenue and make their trip slower. but more importantly, and again, supervisor chan, there is a different resolution you should add which we should extend transit only lanes from the music concourse into the sunset. supervisor preston, i know you were on here. the intersection of ninth avenue and judah his should be a transit plaza. there were multiple light cycles with the 43 and the 44. you were stuck waiting for cars. you can't do that. we need to prioritize transit. >> thank you for your comments. >> can we have the next caller? >> hello. my name is greg. i am a native san franciscan. i am 73 years old. i volunteer in golden gate park every day. i live by city college and i
have absolutely no problem accessing the park using the 43, the 44 and the seven. i do not want a car. with the j.f.k. and the conservatory drive are closed to cars, the second -- that section of the park is a joyful and happy and safe place for people to recreate and socialize. no fear of being hit by cars. eighth avenue should prioritize the 44 only. no private cars. it will interfere with pedestrians and cyclists using j.f.k. san francisco is a transit first city. we are facing a climate emergency. san francisco is way behind other cities in the way they treat their parks. new york city has made prospect park and nearly all of central park car free. piedmont park in atlanta is
completely car free. we do see the impacts of motor vehicles on the park experience. that is directly from the golden gate park master plan. please protect golden gate park. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. could we have the next caller? >> hello. my name is robin and i live in sunnyside in district seven. i want to say thank you to the supervisors for their work on this, especially supervisor chan for leading the charge to preserve this silver lining of the pandemic on j.f.k. this weekend i was at golden gate park and i also saw many photos and witnessed for myself the gridlock traffic on ninth avenue and m.l.k. and that striking image of the 44 bus stuck in that traffic. it convinced me to bike to the park instead of drive. but what is really needed here
is a recognition that the 44 has improved substantially in its time since eighth avenue and j.f.k. have been closed to traffic. we could do this with the northbound 44 in addition to the southbound by providing a transit only lane on m.l.k. drive. it is an equity route. it provides front door access to the museums from the bayview. we should be doing everything we can to make it as fast as possible. putting cars back on eighth avenue trades off private car access for buses full of commuters. we really want to see this be made transit only and have a transit only lane on m.l.k. to speed up the 44. i agree the museum should be subsidizing parking for employees in the garage. they controlled the garage. they certainly had the budget to fund parking based on what we know about how much money they get from city taxpayers. we also shouldn't be subsidizing free parking for their employees on j.f.k. or other parts of the
park. we know that city taxpayers subsidize free parking. so we should make the museums pay for that instead. i am excited about car free bay to beach connection. >> your time has concluded. >> your time has concluded. >> next caller, please. >> hello. sorry. i am just having audio difficulties trying to do a few things at once. >> okay. i live in potrero hill with my two kids. i am uncompensated and not affiliated with any of the organizations mentioned today. this resolution is truly artful in that it has, how many people calling in to beg for keeping a
little part of the avenue car free so j.f.k. -- j.f.k. can be car free? are you kidding me? the entirety of the park should be car free. central park did it. why can't we? any access to parking lots -- [indiscernible]. >> hello, caller? hello? [indiscernible] >> are you speaking in the phone? >> i am just trained to do two meetings at once. any access to parking lots should be through protective car lengths. so the park system can be even nearly park free. and where is the bay to the beach part of it? how do we get there safely? where is the protected bike lanes? where is the speedy transit?
there is nothing for those living near the bay whatsoever. the city is supposed to be transit first. transit is not cars. it is muni. it is biking, it's pedestrians, it is not car access. the city declared a climate emergency and we are codifying cars and making any one who wants an alternative blat -- beg for a block here and they are. our state and planet are on fire and you are pouring gasoline right on it by pursuing anything but -- [indiscernible]. >> thank you for your comments. >> next caller. >> hello. my name is elliot schwartz. i travel from my kids -- with my kids from d10 to j.f.k. where i know my kids can bike by themselves without being in danger from cars. i am not asking that you make it permanent, but without the cut
through for cars on eighth avenue. having cars turn right onto j.f.k. and then turn left off j.f.k. puts a dangerous obstacle in the middle of it. it means that instead of letting them have their freedom to explore, i need to keep them together and close to me to help supervise their interactions with car drivers at the intersection. we built the tunnel entrance specifically for cars near tenth avenue which allows access for the garage and cost free drop-off. we should not be trading off safety with a redundant road. this cut through is not available before the pandemic and not -- and does not need to be added now. i look forward to biking safely with my kids for the many events. thank you. >> thank you for your comment. next caller, please. >> hello. i reside between the districts.
i am also a person trying to convert off of car dependency to bike. i'm calling in support for the beach to build connection in the park and transit only eighth avenue. with this opportunity you could create equitable and sustainable areas for neighbors that we can all enjoy being around others. i want to focus on one main thing which is safety. and the past months -- in the past months, i have been aware of tragic deaths. some of these deaths are preventable. like for example, an elderly lady missing randomly all of a sudden back in may, and then other pedestrians hit by cars early on in 2021. with this opportunity, we can create a safe haven for people to say, hey,, you can go here, you will be safe. and also people like me, younger
people like me, i can make sure my neighbors and other community members are safe as well bike keeping an eye on them in a safe environment. and with the emphasis again on preventing deaths. we can ensure, as neighbors, we can prevent deaths in the future. moreover, i want to say this provides an opportunity for sustainable transportation for bikers as well. i am cool navigating car traffic and things like that, but a lot of people and families, women, arnot. i would want them to have the same opportunity to feel comfortable biking throughout the city in an equitable way. it's a great solution. and also, elderly individuals as well. that's all i have for myself. thank you for your time. and have a great day.
>> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller? >> hello. my name is jessica jenkins. i'm calling in because i want to thank you for the good parts of this resolution and approving the underground garage, as well as increasing public transit access. i wanted to talk a little bit about groups -- [indiscernible] -- which is public school students. my son goes to a title one sfusd elementary school in district five. that means it's 75% of the students are from low income families. i frequently go on field trips, including a couple to the museum over the past few years. sfusd students exclusively get two field trips via muni and walking. in our case, we take the five or the seven and then walk from fulton or lincoln.
increasing car traffic, including cut through traffic in golden gate park does nothing to help our access to the museums are other parts of golden gate park. it only makes it more stressful to walk with students from the bus stop on the edges of the park to the museum. i would really love to see this resolution of taking eighth avenue -- making eighth avenue public transit only and not allow private cars through. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller? >> hello. good afternoon. i am a 15 year resident of g5. i am a mother and survivor of traffic violence on fulton street. i have a disability due to a car crash 10 years ago in the sunset. i was going to the beach on a
gorgeous, clear, sunny day on my motorcycle and got hit by a high-speed car and a thruway. the lethal street design such as the one that you have proposed violates public health rights and prioritizes senseless car use. this resolution sex. you are robbing the entire bay area and i cannot wait for politicians like you to be tried, convicted -- >> please direct your comments to the community as a whole and do not direct comments to individual supervisors. thank you very much. [indiscernible] >> hello? >> you can proceed with your comments. address the committee members as a whole and not individual supervisors. >> this is not the first time we have called. get with it. we shouldn't be calling in
multiple times. this should have been done at the onset of covid. why didn't you shut the gates and let people move freely? this is ridiculous. again, native species and wildlife live here. we are at risk of being permanently wiped off the earth due to human recent destruction of habitat. you are pacifying the lobby base and nothing else is going on here. you have more than enough options to -- at your disposal. this is been happening for too long. [indiscernible] this is a life and death matter. we have logged 20 miles a month since covid started. [indiscernible] >> thank you. >> thank you for your comments. can we go to the next caller please?
>> we have 25 listening and seven left in the queue. if there are no more collars after this we will take this last group to the end. >> thank you. hello. i am a parent. i don't drive, but i do balk -- walk, bike and ride transit. i appreciate all your proposals, especially for the focus on accessed for folks with disability. i hope we can extend the spirit in equity and people first access to restrict private car access from eighth avenue and limit it only to muni buses, paratransit, and taxis. listings the previous callers and seeing the traffic that can happen in the park, everyone moves more slowly. all people, including my child who is for loves to ride his bike. that is why i'm calling to ask for that.
>> thank you for your comments. may we have the next caller? >> hello. i am a resident of district five. i am a pedestrian, cyclist, i bike for recreation and i drive in the city. i have been using -- [indiscernible] -- after suffering an accident on my bike, i suffered an accident where i could only walk. i was doing physical therapy. i used car free j.f.k. nearly every day as a walker or a cyclist. i think what we are doing to maintain car free j.f.k., the resolution, is good work. and i would like to see it amended in a few ways. primarily to remove the right for private cars to pass through and the reason that is so important is we see car free
j.f.k. used by such a broad floss of the city. you see people learning to ride bikes, little kids, adults learning to rollerskate at the skating plays right by the intersection. it is important to protect those road users and leave this space open. muni bus drivers know what they are doing. they can get through that intersection in a safe matter. they are not rushing to get through. they are not rideshare drivers that are needing to make the most of every second when they are not driving a passenger. it can stay safely in that intersection. i would like to see that intersection remain car free and remain only for muni. and like others have said, i would like to strengthen muni inside of j.f.k. with transit only lines. much has been made of this garage that is owned by the museum. i would like to see stronger oversight from the city.
there's no reason we should be providing free parking on such a vital space for recreation. there is no reason to be storing cars on public dying. it's not in a funds that can't be used to teach kids how to ride a bike, for example. >> thank you for your comments. may we have the next caller? >> hello. my name is shane. i have been texting you guys. i have a website. while everyone is so concerned about covid and a safe place for kids to walk without getting hit by a car, i got hit by a car in february and knocked to the ground and the driver just drove off. not 30 seconds later, 20 yards from me, another lady bashed her
car into the front of hers. and what did the cop pay attention to when they arrived? the vehicle. i will not say it -- day lying down for the next car to come and run me over. don't make it all about the kids. these accidents ruin lives. insurance companies do cheap payouts. previously i have had a foot round over. my foot was run over by a car in the middle of the intersection and the insurance company didn't want to pay for a cab ride to get me to the hospital. do not disregard how dehumanizing these experiences are because they lead to drug addiction, they lead to unemployment, they lead to homelessness, and they ruin people's lives. while i was incarcerated, i had
my arm broken and the united states government wanted to provide me telling all for a broken arm for what ended up requiring a $34,000 surgery and two plates into my arm. i was given tylenol and told to go back to my bunk and file a grievance. wear a mask, save lives, i was literally. >> your time is up. >> thank you for your comments. let's go to the next caller. >> good afternoon. my name is sarah. i am a resident of district seven and a safe streets organizer in sunnyside. and a member of block s.f., the bicycle coalition, and a
volunteer with kids safe s.f. i am an avid transit and bike writer and an infrequent driver. i only travel via bike and bus and i'm a huge fan of car free j.f.k., which i often used to get to my dr. -- my doctor's office. i love the work and this resolution and i support the equity forced -- first reduction to make them transit and taxi only street. i applaud opening up the garage to people with disabilities and low income families. i do not support the current language and potentially opening up 8 avenue to private cars. i just wanted to say that i agree with the editorial published by the chronicle yesterday. the future of san francisco streets to make it more safe for private transportation. we should make it fossil fuel free. however, i think the board
should avoid making design decisions, even in a non-binding resolution before the city staff finishes their study with recommendations for j.f.k. drive. thank you, supervisors, for the direction to pursue a car free area that prioritizes transit and equity access to the park. thanks. >> thank you for your comments. can we go to the next caller? >> hi, supervisors. thank you for taking the time to listen to all the stuff to new. i appreciate it. i am a 30 year d3 resident. i was very happy to see this resolution and i believe most of it is a very positive step. i would strongly urge you to amend this so private vehicle access is banned via 8 avenue and in favor of transit only. i understand and i fully support the goal of equitable access to
the park, but assuming that most people who need better access have private vehicles is flawed. we need to demand that sfmta provides better transit access to golden gate park and to all the open spaces from every neighborhood, starting with those neighborhoods who lack access, it better serves everyone and honours our transit first goal. i am someone who gave up my car a decade ago and i like to be car free for my health, for the city's health, for safer streets. i have limited mobility, but i am a little -- able to access the park with use of the 44 bus. one of my favorite and most used lines. in fact,, i would strongly counter the previous caller from my neighborhood who said this resolution does not serve us. this resolution strongly benefits our neighborhood. precovid i used to access the weekend every weekend -- access the park every weekend. with 8 avenue closed, 44 would be much faster.
the 44 is a much better way to access the concourse and adjacent park facilities than the garages. one way to provide equitable access would be increased frequency of the 44. i'm disappointed, but not surprised that the management are not better community partners and/or not doing better to provide access for the disabled employees. i was moved by that speaker and her employer should do better by her. thank you for slowly moving ahead with safer streets in open spaces in san francisco. >> thank you for your comments. can we go to the next caller? >> hello. i am a 12 year resident of d2. i gave up my car about two years ago. i walk, i bike, i take muni. although the pandemic has made clear the need for safe open space for everybody, we should
maintain j.f.k. as a car free space long after the pandemic is over. i thank you for the work you have done on that and for the proposal on the table. i agree with most of the other callers and strongly urge you to keep the eighth avenue entrance open for muni only. there is the garage two blocks away that we do need to prioritize access. i think muni is the best way to do that and for people who do need to drive and be dropped off. the garage entrance is two blocks away. we should be utilizing that an advertising that resource a lot more. taxpayers paid for it. we authorized it under proposition jay. we need to be taking better advantage of that. and pricing the garage accordingly. we should also be pricing -- it's clear we need to be praising parking in the park along m.l.k., and there is way
too much parking in a way too much car traffic on the southern entrance of ninth avenue and m.l.k., which delays the 44. we could greatly improve access to the park for the southeastern neighborhoods by making a transit only lane or making that transit only altogether and eliminating cars. we are a transit first city. we need to act like it. we should not be coddling car drivers at every opportunity. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next caller, please. >> thank you, supervisors. thank you for your work on this resolution. thank you for all your work. i am one of the lead organizers with kids safe s.f. kids safe j.f.k. or the park
playground is an incredibly popular area with more than 7 million visits. supervisor chan's resolution is almost perfect and notably pushing to push meaningful connections in taking full advantage of the museum garage, adding more parking for people with disabilities in providing garage parking for drivers with disabilities and other served residents. along private vehicles of any kind to access the consequent -- concourse will cut space in j.f.k. in half. supporters ask that the resolution be amended to prohibit private vehicles, and implement transit only lanes on eighth avenue and ninth avenue and m.l.k. between judah and music concourse drive. we want to include a commitment that all existing sections be
maintained as is without compromises that put cars back on any of these sections. it would also be great to see private vehicle cut through traffic prohibited so as to make more of our park kid safe. parks are for people. you deserve free or subsidized parking from your employer whose directive fees coat -- control the garage rates. when they say they can't do anything, don't believe them. demand better. thank you again and have a great rest of your day. >> thank you. thank you for your comments. can we go to the next caller? i believe we have four people left in the queue. >> hello. good afternoon. my name is jury and i am a resident of inner richmond district one. thank you to supervisor chan for this resolution. most of it is excellent, however, i strongly oppose a section calling for private car traffic entering j.f.k. drive at 8 avenue.
i gave up my car in 2006 and used j.f.k. to commute to work. has been a godsend and the best part of my commute. i'm so thankful for this. i don't want to ever have to buy a car again. i argue that safe spaces should make that difference in my life. please amend this allowing muni route 44, paratransit and taxis. i ask that you be specific about your wording. i also would love an amendment to include a commitment from you all that the existing stretch of car free j.f.k. be maintained as is without compromises. drivers can have access and drive around the concourse and have direct access to the garage. [indiscernible]
the garage has been grossly mismanaged and wildly underutilized. it offers 836 parking spaces. we can add more parking for people with disabilities and provide free garage parking for drivers with disabilities. we can park more excessively. please do not cut our beach to bay car free connection in half. supervisor preston mentioned the resolution is only as strong as is the weakest link in allowing for cars to park on any part of j.f.k. is the weakest link. let's fix it and keep it car free. all access issues are being addressed without destroying this peaceful problem not with the noise, pollution, and dangerous. >> thank you for your comments. let's go to the next caller. >> hello. i live in district one.
like many of the callers, i strongly support the direction of the proposal with the amendment. i am a bicycle commuter and i take car free j.f.k. to get to downtown san francisco where i then take part. i cannot express how firmly how important this space is to me and how it is important to see the space maintained as a safe public area for people to recreate and use active transportation, particularly kids and people with disabilities. i applaud the proposal to provide free parking to low income zip codes and residents with disabilities in the garage. i strongly support the equity focus. i would like to see the section about private car access be amended to only allow muni buses, paratransit, and taxis to
access the music concourse. the 8 avenue parkas the view -- one of the few safe ways to cross the street coming from the north side of the park. allowing private vehicles to use that as a cut through route introduces an unacceptable risk for collision. it will break the trail and divide the path. i would like to see that changed. there is also ample space for drivers to take crossover drive or use m.l.k. to get to the access point. it is unnecessary to open up a avenue to private vehicle transit -- private vehicle access. otherwise i think it is excellent. i would only add there should be a resolution calling for all the 2020 j.f.k. closures to private vehicles be maintained as is. thank you for your time. >> thank you for your comments. we'll go to the next caller. >> hello, everyone.
i am a d1 resident. i am a member of the richmond family transportation network. i am calling because i do support the new resolution around j.f.k. - the inclusion of private automobiles being permitted in at the entrance of eighth avenue. it is a great step in the right direction towards improving access and also increasing equity, but we can't forget that there is an 836 car garage below we need to remove all parking and cars from j.f.k. and i would love to see further steps in
increasing access in the garage as well as pickup and drop-off in the garage, which has access to the institutions right there. that is it. thank you very much for all of your hard work, everyone who is involved. >> thank you for your comments. next caller. >> hello. thank you for taking my call. i am a district one resident. i fully support keeping j.f.k. car free. the park is absolutely magical without vehicles. i am calling about access to add to the gate. the legislation proposes vehicle access onto conservatory drive west so that volunteers can access conservatory. i think there is an error in the map. the legislation says
conservatory drive west to allow vehicles, but the map shows the vehicle access on consort -- and conservatory drive east which is the one way westbound road. it goes behind the conservatory and meets up with the two a conservatory drive west. there is no reason for vehicles to access conservatory drive east. please confirm that area will remain car free. second, was -- observing conservatory drive west, there is a barrier and you turn markings where the rest of the building is located. immediately west of the conservatory. please limit vehicle access from this area. volunteers should have access but unlimited access might result in too many vehicles entering the park, attempting to park along the roadway, or to make the u-turn at the barrier, possibly even tour buses. conservatory drive west is not wide enough for tour buses to make a u-turn so please take a good look at the access.
thank you. >> thank you for your comments. can we go to the next caller? >> hello. my name is kimberley johnson. i am a d5 constituent and i am calling with kids safe s.f. i want to ask the pursuit -- i want to praise the supervisors for this resolution that improves access to a space and seven -- that i and 7 million others have enjoyed so much throughout the past year. i have personally run thousands of miles on car free j.f.k. this year and it has been such a source of joy for me. this resolution is excellent and i want more people to enjoy it. i am concerned about the section calling for private car traffic. i volunteered at the marathon this weekend and so many cars, i would say for, or at least. i prevented myself from going
into the course that our runners -- that the runners ran on. i know we have a garage that provides access for people to park at the museum and i don't think this section is necessary as a resolution. it could be greatly improved without it. thank you so much for everything that you are doing to keep our safety -- are city accessible and safe. i ask that you keep them that way. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. do we have anyone left in the queue? >> i believe that was the last caller. >> okay. thank you. thank you so much, madame clerk. with that, public comment is now closed. i need to set -- say that supervisor peskin had to leave and president walton has appointed supervisor chan to the land use committee.
welcome, supervisor chan. i will make a motion that we excuse supervisor peskin. >> motion to excuse supervisor peskin. [roll call] there are three eye. >> thank you so much. supervisor chan, did you want to make comments and address some of the issues that came up during public comment at this time? >> thank you. i just want to quickly read the original language in the resolution addressing the eighth avenue, and then i will also repeat, if that's okay, the proposed amendment and the proposed amendment has been a conversation with the bicycle coalition and walk s.f. that we came up with a proposed
amendment. the language is a clarifying language. i want you to reiterate that you can't, from the original language, about eighth avenue, that is also very similar to the prepandemic intent, as well as the intent during the pandemic, but -- because there is a vehicle -- private vehicles coming through the ninth avenue and m.l.k. direction. not the eighth avenue, however here is the language. the original languages from page six, line 17 is, further resolved that the board of supervisors or -- urges sfmta to manage access of eighth avenue and fulton street in and around the music concourse to allow for vehicles to enter and exit 8 avenue, allowing for disabled,
senior, and limited mobility visitors to access the parking behind the area or for those with limited mobility who may not have a placard to be dropped off and allow -- dropped off along the music concourse. this is the original language. i am grateful to the help with the bicycle coalition and walk s.f. and the language that is proposed to be developed for considering managed access at 8 avenue and fulton street to allow for vehicles actively transporting seniors, people with disability, and visitors with limited mobility. that is the proposed amendment. i just wanted to clarify that to make sure that we are all referencing the 2005 resolution legislated by a different
supervisor about no cut through. i just wanted to clarify that all those proposed amendments and original language in the motion is very clear in addressing eighth avenue. no cut through intent. >> thank you for that clarification. i really appreciate that this is a resolution to address a couple of the callers. we are not designing anything through this legislation. it's just a statement of intent. i think that the language that you just read clarifies what the intent is. i support that. i also wanted to get more in the way of that. i think that there was a lot of comments that were common that had to do with the fear of introducing cars to 8 avenue,
which i do share, but as i told you in my conversation with you, i do think that there are ways to design and mitigates those potential, you know, dangers. i know that the director of the m.t.a. is on this meeting and i was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about some of the things that could be possible because, you know, i think that with the language that you just read, they want to manage access for specific group of people. so the other side of that point is -- [indiscernible] -- what tools can we used to mitigate that? are you on, director tomlin?
maybe not. maybe he left. [laughter]. >> i do not see him in the attendance list right now. >> okay. so much for that, then. [laughter] there is sarah. hi, sarah. >> yes. thank you, chair mel guard. i can speak to that a bit. i am the planning director for the sfmta. this hasn't been something that we have talked about in great detail. we do share the concerns expressed by so many of what the impact might be for access at eighth. it would be very complicated to manage for some vehicles to access the park at 8 avenue but prevent others from accessing
it, and very likely would involve stuffing at that location. that is something to keep in mind and consider. we would work hard to develop physical solutions. it would minimize the need to, but very likely it would involve some level of ongoing staffing at that location. >> thank you. that occurs to me. and also, it would be great if at some point, you know, if resolution passes, we could, as part of what you were doing, you know, explore those tools and solutions. we don't want to micromanage you because you guys are experts, but there is so much interest in this from folks. it's not -- it's a tricky thing. eighth avenue doesn't go into the concourse in a straight line. it makes a little right turn.
i could see why folks would be nervous and i don't want boob or going in there -- i don't want uber. i think people are supposed to drop off folks who are leaving at the airport and, you know, people don't behave in cars. they park, they double park, there's a lot of staffing there to keep people moving, and even then, you know, it's difficult. the airport has put all kinds of things for pedestrian crosswalks and signs and stuff. we don't have any of that at the park. i would really like to see, with the intent of this resolution, the m.t.a. present some tools for keeping the intent of the language of supervisor chan. >> that is something that we
would be happy to be exploring with the public in our upcoming work and our engagement around this. we will be talking about some different options for handling all of the access needs in the park. >> including outreach and signage. if the garage is going to be an option for people being dropped off, like nobody knows about that. i didn't know about that. i am also there quite a bit. signage and information would be part of what i think are a comprehensive set of tools. i think that the signage and the visibility of the tenth avenue interest -- entrance are a little faux right now. that is part of a whole set of
comprehensive solutions that we are excited about talking about. >> would a stop light also be something that the m.t.a. could consider or would that add to the time of the 44? >> within the park? that is something that we would need to explore and also explore with the park. >> okay. okay, reason why people cut through is because there are no stoplights. anything else, colleagues? any other questions for the sfmta? >> chair mel guard, thank you. i think that i just wanted to add the fact that, you know, there is the loading dock with the museum that is on j.f.k. i had a walk-through with the sfmta team in golden gate park, recognizing that it is the design itself.
the museum has as loading dock squarely on j.f.k. between 8 avenue and 11th avenue. it has to be recognized. it has to be managed for those vehicles who go in from eighth avenue and onto j.f.k. to do any type of loading and unloading. i think that so much conversation was focusing on the museum. i also want to highlight the fact that --
>> thank you. i would like to make a motion that we move the amendments, the one you read into the record first. and if we could, -- take the role. >> yes. [roll call] there are three yes. >> thank you. would you like to make a motion that we move this forward as a community report with a positive recommendation? >> so moved. >> thank you. >> okay. on that motion to send item number four as a committee as amended... [roll call]
internationally >> everybody is cop us right now. >> the people that were in charge of the retail this is where that began. >> i didn't think we would have a location at the airport. >> we've set the bar higher with the customer commerce. >> telling me about the operator and how you go about finding them and they get from being in the city to being in the airport. >> so first, we actually find a table and once we know what we want a sit-down we go to the neighborhoods in san francisco and other people seminary of the retail let us know about the rain water and are excited to have the local operators in the airport. >> we have to go going through
the conceive selective process and they award a lease to the restaurant. >> they are planning on extending. >> we that you could out the china and the length evens and the travel serve and fourth your minds and it's all good. >> how long for a vendor to move through the process. >> i would say it could take 80 up to a year from the time we go out to bid until they actually open a restaurant. >> i don't know what we signed up for but the airport is happy to have us here. and, you know, even taking out the track simple things there's a learning curve >> with once we're here they are helpful.
>> it's an award-winning program. >> we're prude of your awards we have won 11 awards the latest for the best overall food address beverage program and . >> like the oscars (laughter). >> the professional world. >> tell me about the future food. >> all the sb national leases are xooirz and we're hoping to bring newer concepts out in san francisco and what your passengers want. >> well, i look forward to the future (laughter) air are we look fo >> okay. sorry. all right. good morning everyone. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and i'm excited to be here at footprint with michael, the owner.
with our captain and our assessor-recorder, the supervisor of the community gordon mar and office of economic and work force development. so many people who work hard to help support our small businesses because we know despite what has happened during the pandemic, so many of our small businesses have been suffering in san francisco. the cost of doing business, the ability to find a storefront and go through the city's bureaucratic process to get open in the first place has changed our city as we know it. often times during the spring time, we're celebrating small businesses in san francisco but we need to do a better job of putting our money where our mouth is when we talk about supporting small businesses. i still go to the same dry cleaner i have been going to since i was a kid. i still go to the same dentist i
have been going to since i've had teeth, i go to the same place to get my nails done when i can afford to get them done. it is an important part of the spirit of san francisco, we love our neighborhood shops and restaurants and businesses and we want to do everything we can to support them and this pandemic has made life very challenging. i remember walking around in the castro, there are a lot of businesses i frequent because they're close to where i live. one day i was walking and i noticed something different. there were a lot of windows that were broken. i was devastated, but i was so angry. i thought now all of the money that they struggle to make during the pandemic is now going into fixing something that they did not do. in fact, in the castro, there was one person who vandalized all five of the windows broken.
in chinatown, 20 businesses were vandalized and thanks the the san francisco police department, that one person that vandalized those 20 businesses has been arrested and is currently being detained in our jails. the fact is, we have to make sure that we are doing everything we can in this city to hold people accountable for the crimes they commit. but we never want those crimes to happen in the first place. if they do, we have to stand by our small businesses. we have to provide the relief and support they need because it's not just about the business owner and their livelihood, it's also their employees who are supporting families themselves. it's a big deal. and so in san francisco, we've tried to be very creative about the programs we have instituted,
especially since this pandemic. we have been able to give out a significant amount of resources for grants, for loans, for facade improvements. for people dealing with challenges. we know that that little bit of money goes a long way. with our sf shines programs and a number of things, we have been able to help support small businesses and in addition to that, just recently the board of supervisors supported an effort to for the next year provide for those who want to open new businesses in san francisco, able to waive a number of city fees that often times are expensive and makes it difficult to open a business. we know we have too many empty store fronts. we have to get rid of the bureaucracy like we did when voters passed prop 8 and small business recovery efforts. we hope businesses notice a
difference and just to be clear, for someone who may want to -- i'm sure you have probably heard about this, change a nail shop to an ice cream bar or shop, it shouldn't take two years to do something that simple. we must do better. but a bakery recently was vandalized, pharmacy ramshacked and they faced two cases of vandalism. frank's flowers burned to the ground. all these incredible places that are institutions in our city. i want to thank supervisor mar for working with us to establish this new program, this vandalism relief fund that will provide anywhere from 1-2 thousand dollars to those who need to provide repairs the first their businesses. we allocated a million dollars in the budget to do that because we know there are so many businesses that have experienced
this. this is one of so many of the programs that we try to offer to help support and protect our small businesses. there's not a one size fits all. san francisco is an expensive city, but i'm really proud of the fact that we continue time and time again to look at creative ways to invest in small businesses. they are the driving engine of san francisco. we can't just keep talking about it and adding more layers of bureaucracy to make life difficult for them. we have to make changes to our policies, we have to make changes to our investment. we have to do that because we need to see a change in the city we all know and love, built on the backs of small businesses. i want to thank you all for being here and i'm really excited that footprints is a beneficiary because of the challenges they experienced and i'm looking forward to make sure at least 500 businesses i think
will benefit from this program and hopefully we won't have to use all of it. i want to take this opportunity to introduce our partner in this effort, supervisor gordon mar. (applause) >> thank you mayor breed and everyone for being here for the announcement of the relief grant program. i'm pleased to be here along with mayor breed, office of economic work force development, assessor-recorder and our merchant association to announce this important, very important new program that the city is start together provide economic relief and support to our mom and pop businesses that have been victims during the pandemic. unfortunately that's a lot of businesses throughout the city and particularly in residential
neighborhoods. during the pandemic, we have seen a surge in vandalism and burglaries, in particular targeting neighborhood businesses in our neighborhoods. here in the sunset district, there's been dozens of businesses that are victims. mr. bread bakery, sugar and water dessert cafe were all burglarized and we have seen it play out in other areas. on irving many businesses have been hit. and then most recently and i think it has gotten some attention, frank's florist,
87-year-old historic business not only burglarized but burned out last week. i want to really thank michael, the owner of footprint shoe store here for first suggesting the creation of the program. i remember when i came to visit michael, after footprint was broken into it and his efforts to recover. michael mentioned that it would be helpful to owners like him who have suffered these losses to have a little bit of financial support from the city in their recovery. and whether it is to repair the broken windows or damage to the storefront, to pay their insurance deductible or to beef up security system, to prevent -- to hopefully prevent crime impacting them in the future. from that conversation i had
with michael back in february, i started working with my staff and colleagues on the board and in june, i proposed $1 million to provide a fund for small businesses and i want to thank mayor breed for working with my office over the past three months to create this program. i know, you know, we are hopefully going to be able to provide support to at least 500 businesses through this program. but the need is even greater and we're going to look at how we can expand the pot. in the budget, i think there's an additional -- some additional funds in this year's budget that we can used to expand the pot if there is a great demand for the program, which i think there will be. beyond that, this is just providing relief to the businesses and supporting them in their recovery. but we really need to look at
how we can prevent the steps the cities can take. i know mayor breed and chief scott in the police department and -- good folks here at this station are committed to as well. i'm going to hold a hearing mid october in the public safety neighborhood committee as to what we can do as a city to address crime in our commercial corridors and ensure safety for businesses and residents. that will be an opportunity to really look at how we can prevent this type of crime from happening in the future. today we are here to announce the launch of the important new program and i want to introduce sunset native who took over this footprint shoe store from the previous owners just before the pandemic kicked in. i want to thank michael for
keeping this important business going in the neighborhood and serving the community and for suggesting that we create the store front relief program. thank you. (applause) >> it's an honor to be here and i want to thank supervisor mar, mayor breed for taking time and putting this program and their entire teams and everybody behind the scenes, putting this grant together so small businesses can come out of this. i want to thank the station after our store got vandalized, the captain reached out personally and was along my side to get through the insurance handling process. he and his team were there for us. thank you. the pandemic has been for me,
never knew what a pandemic was. when i took over the business i was excited to start and two weeks later we were told we had to close. i think something that is positive that has come out of the pandemic is community. i think without the pandemic, this never would have happened. i definitely see this is a positive to come out of covid-19 and i look forward to continue to engage with the city to help small businesses. i grew up just a few blocks from this store. i shop and eat at all of the neighborhood stores and it is very sad to see them struggling. but i do believe if we come together, with the help of the grant for the stores that got vandalized, we'll be able to come out stronger and united as a whole together. i want to introduce people to
come up. grace? (applause) >> hi, i am with carolyn lin -- carlin company hair studio. i just want to take a moment to thank supervisor mar for helping push through the relief bill and mayor breed for signing the bill and pushing it through. it is very much needed. we have been in much -- had many challenges, the construction and pandemic and now crime. it is good to have relief and help from the city in these very hard times. just want to thank you supervisor mar and mayor breed. and i guess i'm the last speaker, we're all available for questions if you have questions for the speakers.
>> i saw that the release was saying that grants aren't to cover stolen goods or shared spaces. >> for -- this is a vandalism relief fund. it is for, sadly, people who have been victims. there are specific requirements we have. for example, if you have been vandalized, we would ask that you report it to the police. so we want to make sure there's a police report and receipts for the expenses. and if you are a victim of graffiti for example, all 311 to report it and as long as we have receipts, we can provide the relief. today we brought the checks for
footprints, not just the vandalism relief fund for what he had to deal with but also sf shines and the less questions you ask, the more time we can spend shopping to spend more money in his good store. christian? >> i'm not sure if it's for the mayor or supervisor, are we talking broken grass, graffiti you talked about. what does it cover? and does it work in conjunction with broken glass? >> just to be clear, it is any vandalism related to anything you would need to make a police report for the vandalism on your store and it could include graffiti and often times people don't leslie make police reports for graffiti but if you have been vandalized and something needs to be fixed because of the
vandalism, that is what it encompasses. the money from the broken windows fund can be used as a tool as well. so for example, say if you had a broken window and then you also as a result have desire to put in cameras and other systems the enhance and protect your store, there's possible support through these various programs to do that with a cap on the idea that we provide. the vandalism relief fund is capped at $2,000 at this time. >> can we have an idea of what is going on? [indiscernible] is it one person or -- >> captain, do you want to talk about that today? >> so we made an arrest recently and it was a series of
vandalisms occurring in the chinatown business corridors and it was occurring up and down ocean avenue. so, from the investigation in that arrest, what we were able to learn was it was basically one person that was responsible for upwards of 30 or 40 incidents. in that case, we do know based on interviewing that person, too, that it was prejudice based. there was vandalism involved but it was driven by prejudice and again, 30-40 incidents is quite a lot of incidents. and across multiple police districts. hopefully that arrest in and of itself will reduce a lot of these incidents. >> feel free to shop if you
small butcher shops hard for small farms to survive we have a been a butcher shop since 1901 in the heights floor and the case are about from 1955 and it is only been a butcher shot not a lot of businesses if san francisco that have only been one thing. >> i'm all for vegetarians if you eat meat eat meat for quality and if we care of we're in a losing battle we need to support butcher shops eat less we sell the chickens with the head and feet open somebody has to make money when you pay $25 for a chicken i guarantee if you go to save way half of the
chicken goes in the enlarge but we started affordable housing depends on it occurred to us this is a male field people said good job even for a girl the interesting thing it is a women's field in most of world just here in united states it is that pay a man's job i'm an encountered woman and raise a son and teach i am who respect woman i consider all women's who work here to be impoverished and strong in san francisco labor is high our cost of good ideas we seal the best good ideas the profit margin that low but everything that is a laboring and that's a challenge in the town so many people chasing money and not i can guarantee everybody this is their passion.
>> i'm the - i've been cooking mile whole life this is a really, really strong presence of women heading up kitchens in the bay area it is really why i moved out here i think that we are really strong in the destroy and really off the pages kind of thing i feel like women befrp helps us to get back up i'm definitely the only female here i fell in love i love setting up and love knowing were any food comes from i do the lamb and that's how i got here today something special to have
a female here a male dominated field so i think that it is very special to have women and especially like it is going at it you know i'm a tiny girl but makes me feel good for sure. >> the sad thing the building is sold i'm renegotiating my lease the neighborhood wants us to be here with that said, this is a very difficult business it is a constant struggle to maintain freshness and deal with what we have to everyday it is a very high labor of business but something i'm proud of if you want to get a job at affordable housing done nasal you need a good attitude and the jobs on the bottom you take care of all the produce and the fish
and computer ferry terminal and work your way up employing people with a passion for this and empowering them to learn sustainability mission, even though the bikes are very minimal energy use. it still matters where the energy comes from and also part of the mission in sustainability is how we run everything, run our business. so having the lights come on with clean energy is important to us as well. we heard about cleanpowersf and learned they had commercial rates and signed up for that. it was super easy to sign up. our bookkeeper signed up online,
>> 5, 4, 3, 2 , 1. cut. >> we are here to celebrate the opening of this community garden. a place that used to look a lot darker and today is sun is shining and it's beautiful and it's been completely redone and been a gathering place for this community. >> i have been waiting for this garden for 3 decades. that is not a joke. i live in an apartment building three floors up and i have potted plants and have dreamt the whole time i have lived there to have some ability to build this dirt. >> let me tell you handout you -- how to build a community garden. you start with a really good idea and add community support from echo
media and levis and take management and water and sun and this is what we have. this is great. it's about environment and stewardship. it's also for the -- we implemented several practices in our successes of the site. that is made up of the pockets like wool but they are made of recycled plastic bottles. i don't know how they do it. >> there is acres and acres of parkland throughout golden gate park, but not necessarily through golden community garden. we have it right in the middle of are going to sp
>> hi everybody, i'm the general manager of your san francisco recreation and parks department. i'm thrilled to be here with all of you and our honored guests. we have our mayor, our assembly men, supervisor mandelman, our new assessor, our commissioners. to all of the honored and elected guests, we have a ribbon cutting for all of you today that is right up your alley. this is actually the ninth ribbon cutting of let's play sf. this happened -- let's play sf, none of us remember where we were in 2012 but if you were a voter here, you passed a parks bond in 2012 that allowed a community of your peers including some of our
representatives i'll introduce in a second, to identify the most needy playgrounds around the city for public and private investment. we're also joined today by drew becker, the ceo of san francisco park alliance, the recreation parks department and our commissioners and elected family here have worked together to make sure each of the 13 most deserving playgrounds is funded and neighborhoods are revitalized through a combination of play, creativity, of connectivity and if you look at this space, you can see the potential of this project. this project is also the beneficiary of the open space acquisition fund that goes back to the 70s. the city was smart enough -- this used to be a rail line, many who live in the community know this. look what we have been able to
do with it. it's really quite special. this particular 1.7 million renovation includes something that is near and dear to my heart and to the hearts of so many children in san francisco, a nature play area. part of our san francisco children and nature initiative. to give every child in san francisco a nature-based experience every day. it is little projects like this that really make the difference. so i'm really thrilled with that. we also have a lot of ada accessibility features in this project so we can all get out and enjoy our parks and play. we even have green space on that end of the alley for dog walking and exercise equipment and all kinds of fun stuff. this project was a mix of funding services from the let's play initiative and we also have funding from the 2012 community opportunity fund and some will
speak to that in a second. let me just say a few thanks and then turn it over to our mayor. first to all of you for being patient. these projects take time. it seems 2012 was a really, really long time ago but in playground time, it was like a blink of the eye. special thanks to dave who leads the jury commoners. i believe dave is speaking in a bit who wrote the application and dr. michael lindsay, i don't think dr. lindsay could be here today, but the school was very involved in the cof application and design and certainly they're going to enjoy the space. quick shout outs to our partners. the san francisco parks alliance, we wouldn't be able to do these projects without the caring, generous support of the parks alliance.
the san francisco children and nature network, our city family from public works. there are several here. thank you dpw, you guys are awesome. i see rachel gordon in the background i think. and everybody has a mask on. i shouldn't be calling out people by faces because i can't see them. again to our commission. to the parks recreation advisory committee, the committee of citizens that works with us to help develop these projects. i know karen and steven are here. thank you for your presence. to my own staff for their hard work. lisa is here, she has been the captain of let's play sf. i see nick here, thank you nick. michelle who leads an amazing
crew. james, robert, i know i'm going to forget somebody. these are the people who so lovelily and talently care for the space. our commission president likes to say victory has many parents and this is another victory with many, many, many parents. thank you to the entire team of people who have worked on this. in the interest of time, i'm going to turn it over to our mayor. mayor breed. (applause) >> thank you. we want to just extend heartfelt thank you to the people of this community, especially. it was your work, your advocacy that made it possible. people ask me in the last year and a half, isn't it hard being a mayor. we just went through a global pandemic. it has been tough.
yes, it has been tough but being here today makes it worth it every day. i'm here with community. i'm here with people who care about san francisco. and who want to create these amazing opportunities for our children, for our neighbors. that's what this city is about. the same thing happened when the pandemic first hit our city. we all came together like never before and yes, we are one of the densest cities in the country, which is why creating spaces like this are so important, but we also saw despite a global pandemic, we saw one of the lowest death rates anywhere in the country and seeing the highest vaccination rates anywhere in the country. so -- (applause) we should be proud. but i'm not surprised. it's what we do best. when an opportunity presents itself, we don't see just a problem. we see a solution. jury commons is a solution for the community.
it created an old rail yard, a place that this community knew about for many, many years and used for many, many years but had a vision to make it into something that can be extraordinary and that's what you created. all the greenery, all the plants, all the play structures and yes, the advocacy it took to get it done. reaching out to apply for fund ing with the city. you know how difficult the city can be and how difficult it can be to get funding from the city as well. i want to thank the parks alliance stepping in with the last bit of cash to get it over the finish line. it takes a village to make incredible things happen in san francisco and the village of jury commons has been instrumental in making this happen for the community around us and the entire city. this is an amazing
accomplishment, one we should be proud of and one to take us to the next level for economic recovery. we know during the pandemic, our parks were everything for us. our open space and parks, they brought us closer together. i don't know about you, but i didn't know a lot of my neighbors. during this pandemic, going outside, meeting folks, walking around, going to parks, you get to know people you never knew lived in your neighborhood. that's what this jury commons will continue. as we begin to open and recover and go back to our lives the way we knew it once before, this will still serve as an important gathering place for this community to make sure that our kids, our neighbors, we continue to know one another, support one another and get through any challenge that comes our way. thank you for being here today. (applause) i'm like to introduce
assembly member chui. (applause) >> thank you madam mayor, particularly for your leadership during these times. i'm a former musician and i usually don't verbalize the songs in my head but i have to at this moment. the song going through my head is the one that starts with "it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood". i'm going to stop there. it truly is a beautiful day here in this very spot. the mayor has thanked so many folks from her perspective as our incredible leader of our city. i'm going to thank so many of you as a parent. as someone who has a ritual with my 5-year-old son every weekend of trying to find a new park to
play in. and what you have created here is not only going to be the destination this coming weekend, you have given not just kids a slide to slide on, adults something to play on, but just another place for us to bring community together. when i'm in sacramento, my colleagues ask me, hey, you represent san francisco, san francisco seems to have a lot. why are you such a park advocate. i explain to folks that in our amazing city, seven years ago when i was first elected to the legislature, i would tell folks in chinatown, you have immigrant kids kicking soccer balls on top of housing projects and in the mission, you have latino immigrant kids kicking soccer balls down alley ways and a few miles away, the bayview, african american kids from time to time kicking balls on top of formerly
toxic contaminated sites. this is why we do the work we do. we need to make sure our next generation of kids have the opportunities that every child should. the opportunity to play, to thrive, to learn how to be in community with each other, to grow strong and to grow to become the next mayor of this city. i just want to thank all of you who are part of this amazing community. this village, whether from the public sector and from rec and park and with the commission, whether you work with rec and park, from the private sector helping to construct the spot. whether you're from the nonprofit with your vision, it takes all of you coming together. in particular, i want to ask, how many are jury commoners? raise your hand. you guys are the ones who really made it happen. let's give it up for them. thank you so very much. with that, it is my honor to
introduce someone who represents this section of the mission, my good friend supervisor mandelman. (applause) >> thank you. there are a lot of politicians to speak today. i will try to be brief. i do want to say three big thank you's. first to jury commoners and the neighbors. this was a project that came out of the community. i think i remember back several years folks in the neighborhood, dave and others were taking care of this park even in its prior iteration. the vision for what this park could become came out of the community, grant applications were done by community. even until the very end in figuring out that this park needed garbage cans god damn it. the neighbors stepped forward and e-mailed us and we forwarded e-mails to rec park and they figured out we need garbage
cans. tremendous thanks. and to rec and park for both providing joy during the pandemic for finding ways to keep us safe, i remember phil put in the dots around in delores park in early days thinking about social distancing and delivering a service i think people love, constantly our controller studies show people love our parks and grateful for the management they are getting and they really love it when we have beautiful new or renewed parks like this. and to the parks alliance, drew and the alliance, thank you for your partnership with rec park and the work you do in district 8. we were doing a movie night which was fantastic and lovely and delightful. but the mayor and i were out for a ribbon cutting for christopher park opening, there's a lot of
great work happening through the partnership. as a neighbor, i live like a block away. and very grateful to have this as a supervisor, i'm grateful for it. speaking of people who helped get us through the pandemic, the former head of the office of economic and work force development and now our assessor controller. >> thank you supervisor. it is a pleasure to be with everyone today, especially when you step away from the evaluations you have to do being your assessor-recorder here in san francisco but most importantly, i wanted to say thank you to dave, to mary for your leadership in making this happen. ensuring we could get the work done and investments in place. i know how important it is to wake up in the morning and know you have greenfield equipment to do exercise on and i'm happy to
see you here in jury commons and to the department of recreation and parks and all of the work you do to make sure the spaces are open, healthy and safe for our communities across the city. whether here, at jury commons, in delores park or all throughout special places, nooks and allies to enjoy each other, breathe fresh air, be safe and be in community, i'm so grateful to all of you and the parks alliance doing this in so many places around our city. it is needed for all of us of every age. and i'm grateful for drew becker and continued work he does to make this happen. with that, drew becker. (applause) >> thanks. i want to bottle that. thank you so much. really appreciate it. so happy to be here today in this amazing new space created by the neighbors for the
neighbors and for this great community. this is part of our partnership with rec and park the let's play sf initiative. basically it's crowd sourcing for playgrounds that will impact about 20,000 children when they're all open in a few short years. we have raised over $12 million for 13 playgrounds throughout the city. i want to thank the board and donors for making that happen. we are lucky to live in san francisco that prioritizes parks. in the past year and a half, we have realized how important they are to our life, specifically playgrounds. if you remember back in the day, a year and a half ago when playgrounds were closed. there was the outpouring of support to open our playgrounds and i think it reached the state house actually. it was amazing to see. it's really the community like you is what changes that. you change this space with that as well.
the san francisco parks alliance is a proud to support the rec and park department and happy to support all of the amazing things it does. it is by no big issue that the rec and park department is one of the best in the city and county of san francisco. people love rec and park department and under the leadership of phil, thank you so much to him and what he has done for the department. phil, thank you. (applause) investments like this are the reason why -- this is amazing, timeout magazine called san francisco the number one city to live in in the world because of great spaces like this all over the city. you're within a 10 minute walk of all public spaces. new playgrounds and parks and
allies that have come alive. that's the san francisco we know and we're proud of. i'm proud to be a part of it and the parks alliance is a part of it and the rec and park department is part of it and proud to be working for a great mayor like london breed making sure her dream is reality. i want to give a shout out to the capital team. (applause) it's under new leadership. stacy, congratulations on that. and then tara and alex, great job on all the work you do. sarah and suzanna and team, thank you so much. we appreciate being a part of it. (applause) >> thank you. >> i live around the corner on san jose avenue. (applause) i've led the jury commoners as we call ourselves since 2009
which literally means i buy the coffee. i'll stay on the thanks train or describe more parts of the thanks elephant. number one, laura who couldn't be here, who started the jury commoners in about 2004. and started the organization that led to the work that led to us all being here. number two, in i think 2014, eric anderson, the park services manager of this area at the time got me to write a grant for the community opportunity fund, which was unsuccessful. a couple years later, mary who is right there in the purple mask wrote the grant that succeeded and that's why we're here today. (applause) super thank you to mary. and then number three, i want to
thank smart folks at rec and parks, i don't think i fully know how it works but assembled with a community opportunity fund grant money from the let's play initiative and it turned into a more substantial project and that's why the whole park is in great shape now. so what that got us, i want to point out a couple of things i'm personally super happy about. anyone who lived in the area used the old park remembers what it was like. the paths were the crater of the moon, you couldn't get through here even with wheels. it is all great now for everybody to get through here and use the whole park. and number two, a new irrigation system, the things we plant will stay alive for a little while. (applause) as a volunteer, i'm super happy
about that. one more thing. if -- for everyone who is here and interested, this is not an end, this is the beginning of the next step. for everyone here interested helping keep this park in lovely shape it is in today, find me before i go or google meet up jury commoners and you'll find us. join the group and we'll start coming and cleaning up and keeping it in good shape. thank you. (applause) i don't know who's next. >> now to the business of this thing and cut a ribbon. >> okay. are we ready? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. (applause)
transformed our neighborhood. >> the playground is unique in that it serves a number of age groups, unlike many of the other properties, it serves small children with the children's play grounds and clubhouses that has basketball courts, it has an outdoor soccer field and so there were a lot of people that came to the table that had their wish list and we did our best to make sure that we kind of divided up spaces and made sure that we kept the old features of the playground but we were able to enhance all of those features.
>> the playground and the soccer field and the tennis fields and it is such a key part of this neighborhood. >> we want kids to be here. we want families to be here and we want people to have athletic opportunities. >> we are given a real responsibility to insure that the public's money is used appropriately and that something really special comes of these projects. we generally have about an opportunity every 50 years to redo these spaces. and it is really, really rewarding to see children and families benefit, you know, from the change of culture, at each one of these properties >> and as a result of, what you see behind us, more kids are playing on our soccer fields than ever before. we have more girls playing sports than we have ever had before. [ applause ] fp >> and we are sending a strong message that san francisco families are welcome and we want you to stay.
and everybody plays, but in the united states, this is a sport that struggles with access for certain communities. >> i coached basketball in a coached football for years, it is the same thing. it is about motivating kids and keeping them together, and giving them new opportunities. >> when the kids came out, they had no idea really what the game was. only one or two of them had played soccer before. we gave the kids very simple lessons every day and made sure that they had fun while they were doing it, and you really could see them evolve into a team over the course of the season. >> i think this is a great opportunity to be part of the community and be part of programs like this. >> i get to run around with my other teammates and pass the ball. >> this is new to me. i've always played basketball or football. i am adjusting to be a soccer mom. >> the bayview is like my favorite team. even though we lose it is still fine. >> right on. >> i have lots of favorite
memories, but i think one of them is just watching the kids enjoy themselves. >> my favorite memory was just having fun and playing. >> bayview united will be in soccer camp all summer long. they are going to be at civic centre for two different weeklong sessions with america scores, then they will will have their own soccer camp later in the summer right here, and then they will be back on the pitch next fall. >> now we know a little bit more about soccer, we are learning more, and the kids are really enjoying the program. >> we want to be united in the bayview. that is why this was appropriate >> this guy is the limit. the kids are already athletic, you know, they just need to learn the game. we have some potential college-bound kids, definitely. >> today was the last practice of the season, and the sweetest moment was coming out here while , you know, we were setting up the barbecue and folding their uniforms, and looking out onto the field, and seven or
eight of the kids were playing. >> this year we have first and second grade. we are going to expand to third, forth, and fifth grade next year bring them out and if you have middle school kids, we are starting a team for middle school. >> you know why? >> why? because we are? >> bayview united. >> that's right.
good afternoon and thank you all so much for joining us. i want to begin by thanking our attorney general rob bonta for coming here to the visitation valley community. it's really great to have you here in san francisco, but especially in this particular community and thank you for cohosting this round table discussion that was so important to talk about the challenges that exist around hate crimes in this city and in this state. especially as we have seen an uptick in violent hate crimes against so many of our communities in san francisco and the bay area and across the state and nation. in just a few short months on the job, he's already taken action on a number of initiatives related to criminal justice reform and racial justice which are issues that we all care