tv Transportation Authority Board SFGTV December 7, 2021 10:00am-12:31pm PST
morning, everyone. welcome to the december 7th meeting of the san francisco county transportation authority board. i am rafael mandelman. i chair the board. i want to excuse commissioner melgar who had a death in the family and i'm going to excuse vice chair peskin from the early portion of this meeting as he is delayed but will be joining us. madame clerk, could you call the roll? >> commissioner chan: present. >> commissioner haney: present. >> chair mandelman: present. >> commissioner mar: present.
mr. chairman, i am present. >> clerk: haven't got there. melgar absent. >> vice chair peskin: present. >> commissioner preston: present. >> commissioner ronen: present. >> commissioner safai: present. >> commissioner stefani: present. >> commissioner walton: present. >> clerk: we have quorum. >> chair mandelman: great, thank you, madame clerk. you have announcements. >> i would like to make an announcement about public comment. to make public comment on the item -- i'm sorry -- public comment is available for each item by calling 1-415-655-0001
and when accessed to press the access code 2492 822 2026 # #. once you join, you will be in the meeting as participant to make public comment on the item when it is called. press star 3 to be added to the queue to speak. the live operator will -- be allowed to speak. when your two minutes are up, the calls will be taken in the order received. the best practices is to speak clearly and turn down televisions or radios behind you. that concludes my announcement. >> chair mandelman: thank you, madame clerk. please call item 2. >> item 2 is the committee advisory committee report. this is information item and we also have received one public comment for this and it is posted on our website. >> chair mandelman: thanks. i think today we do not have chair larsen.
i think we have c.a.c. member jerry levine and there he is. >> there i am. good morning, chair mandelman, vice chair peskin and commissioners. i'm a member of the c.a.c. and i'm sitting in for john larsen, the chair of the committee, who was unable to attend today. i'm here to report on the virtual c.a.c. meetings for october 27th and december 1st, 2021. from our october meeting, in discussing the allocations and appropriations of prop k and aa funds that comprise item 5 on your consent agenda, the c.a.c. voted to sever and remove the request from bart from $1.1 million in prop k funds for -- sorry -- for public address system improvements and the installation of the hearing loop
technology to assist individuals with hearing aides. this c.a.c. asked if the project was being coordinated with the sfmta so that agents for bart and muni in the joint use spaces in market street subway station could share the hearing loop technology. bart staff said that even though there is regular coordination, they have had to approach sfmta about sharing the technology and report back on any impacts that would have on the system implementation and delay. c.a.c. members were mindful of the possible impact on low-hearing riders of delay, but felt that inquiring about the efficiency and comprehensive use of the technology for both systems in the shared stations was worth pulling the item, barring any significant project delay. at our december meeting last
week, bart returned to the c.a.c. requesting a recommendation of approval for $950,000 for the public address system improvements at powell street station, part of the requests you're considering in item 7 of your discussion agenda today. bart is requesting these funds now because the p.a. system is at the end of its useful life. the c.a.c. recommended approval of the request. with regard to another request included in the consent agenda today, the c.a.c. members representing district 7 and district 11 were pleased that the ocean avenue mobility plan was advancing. the sfmta shared that project staff was conducting a full
inventory of past projects in the previous plans and whether unimplemented projects could be advanced and incorporated into the current plan. this seemed like a useful exercise for a lot of long-term project areas where there have been multiple plans over the years with various degrees of fruition, such as the m motion view 19th avenue corridor. the c.a.c. also recommended approval in october of item 6 on your consent agenda, the geary rapid transit phase 2 request. members in particular praised the fact that the project change to side-running buses throughout the corridor would reduce the overall cost, be quicker to deliver and achieving improvements in travel time and greater flexibility than the project that included center-running buses.
when asked if the long voice desire of members of the public that it be light rail ready, sfmta staff replied because geary is a top priority as well as pairing with link 21, the need for a surface rail ready brt project had greatly diminished. it's a long agenda here. as part of the legislative update we received in october, c.a.c. members were very positive about assembly bill 43 and the ability for cities to more easily lower speed limits. however, a concern was raised about biased enforcement of the changes in the law in certain neighborhoods and especially
during the period when drivers would be adjusting to lower speeds, the amount of traffic stops involving racial profiling could increase. turning to the rest of the items before you today, in your discussion agenda, during discussion of the request for funds for the junipero serra pavement renovation project, c.a.c. members commented on the long crossings at ocean avenue intersection and the safety concerns these presented. in particular, because of the nearby elementary school and presence of light rail. project staff was asked if there were any safety improvements that were tied into the paving project. while sfpw said no particular streetscape or pedestrian improvements were included in
the proposed, sfmta staff shared past efforts at improving safety at the intersection after a student was struck several years ago. one c.a.c. member cited the improvements completed at st. francis circle as a good model and urged continued attention to the ocean and junipero serra intersection. the c.a.c. members also recommended approval of item 8 on your agenda, the san francisco congestion management plan. particularly praising the depth and presentation of the data. however, members also urged an outreach in communication plan that could disseminate the information in more accessible ways to communities that may not have ready-access to the internet and knowledge of how the congestion mapping in the report might have affect their communities.
-- might affect their communities. finally, item 10, the better market street update was presented to the c.a.c. members wanted to know what kind of outreach had been done to taxi drivers and how proposed closures would affect them for the disabled. the c.a.c. also recommended clarifying the bicycle time restrictions on the corridor along with bike detour options and detailing the breakdown of soft costs in the budget summaries of the project more prominently. that concludes this report. i thank you. it was a long report, but it was covering two different meetings and so that's why it was so long. >> chair mandelman: thank you, member levine for your report and for your service. and i do not see comments or questions, because it was so
thorough. perhaps we can open this to public comment. >> thank you. >> clerk: there is no public comment. >> chair mandelman: i think i was told there is no public comment, so i'm going to close public comment. thank you again, mr. levine and, madame clerk, please call item 3. >> item 3 is approve the minutes of the november 16, 2021 meeting. this is an action item. >> chair mandelman: let's open item 3 for public comment. >> there is no public comment. >> chair mandelman: public comment on item 3 is closed. is there motion to approve item 3? moved by peskin. second? seconded by chan. thank you, commissioner chan. please call the roll. >> on item 3, approval of
minutes. >> commissioner chan: aye. >> commissioner haney: aye. >> commissioner mandelman: aye. >> commissioner mar: aye. >> commissioner peskin: aye. >> commissioner preston: sorry, aye. >> commissioner ronen: aye. >> commissioner safai: aye. >> commissioner stefani: aye. >> commissioner walton: aye. >> clerk: there are 10 ayes. the minutes are approved. please call items 4 through 6, concept agenda. >> item 4 through 6 comprise the consent agenda. these were approved in the board meeting. staff is not planning to -- but is available for questions --
sorry. >> chair mandelman: thank you. as i mentioned earlier, commissioner melgar cannot be with us, but she asked for us to make time for her staff to make comment on item 5. >> hi, i'm here, can you hear me? >> chair mandelman: we can. take it away. >> great, good morning, commissioners, thank you chair mandelman and commissioners. aide to commissioner melgar, i wanted to convey a few words to you all and the public. commissioner melgar is ecstatic the ocean avenue mobility action plan and the task force are formally being established but the transportation authority. she is looking forward to the plans that will be selected and implemented by 2023 and these plans are in -- and proposals
have been in the works for some time now. they've been on the books for decades and years and finally are going to be acted upon and selected by the community and for the community, so she's excited about that. the corridor is a multifaceted area with families, students, institutions, such as city college, that has and will be able to benefit from these changes and we will be able to make that from this crucial step. our office is looking forward to working with you all along with the city agencies, transit p.a., m.t.a., d.p.w. and planning to name a few, to make this commissioners' vision a reality. this action plan will take a holistic view and is working to prepare for new developments that are set to come online, such as the reservoir and the residents who will be coming in to district 7 will be benefitting from the work.
i will pass it back to you, chair mandelman. >> chair mandelman: thank you, ms. imperial. i don't see any comments or questions from colleagues, so is there a motion to approve items 4 through 6? moved by vice chair peskin. is there a second? chan. oh, let's let ronen do that. thank you, commissioner ronen. and madame clerk, please call the roll. >> on approval of the consent agenda -- >> commissioner chan: aye. >> commissioner haney: aye. >> commissioner mandelman: aye. >> commissioner mar: aye. >> commissioner peskin: aye. >> commissioner preston: aye. >> commissioner ronen: aye.
>> commissioner safai: aye. >> commissioner stefani: aye. >> commissioner walton: aye. >> clerk: we have 10 ayes, consent agenda has final approval. >> chair mandelman: great, please call item 7. >> item 7 allocate $11,216,003 in prop k funds and $3 million in tnc tax funds with conditions and appropriate 3,500,000 in prop k funds for eight requests. this is an action item. note that there will be 120 public comments that are posted on the website in support of the project, which is the allocation request. and these are posted on the website. >> chair mandelman: thank you, madame clerk. >> good morning, commissioners.
anna laforte, deputy director for policy and programming at the transportation authority. mr. chair, can you see my slide. >> >> chair mandelman: we can. >> great. the first request to present to you this morning is from the transportation authority. there is for $3.5 million in prop k funds to support the ongoing work that transportation authority staff is doing for progress management -- program management, oversight and support of the downtown rail extension. the work we're focused on right now involves the lead -- the tasks that we are lead or colead for, including the funding plan, delivery strategy and demand forecast work in addition to the technical oversight we're doing for design, cost and risk activities. the funding request is in support of a request for entrance into the federal new start program, a capital
investment program that is one of the primary sources of federal funding for major transit projects or transportation projects in the u.s. and we are working -- we were just accepted into the program for entry into the program, so moving in that regard, planning support and oversight for the rail yard preliminary business case is also a minor scope of this appropriation and this would allow to assess the needs and opportunities at the site for rail operations and maintenance in addition to site development. this next request is from bart. this is for public address system upgrades at the palace street station. the current system is at the end of its useful life and the new system will improve sound quality and speech ability. western addition signals, this is a project with 16 locations
included in the scope. the improvements include new signals at two locations, flashing beacons and speed radar signs at two locations and larger signal heads at 12 locations. so it's a combination of new signals, and improvements to existing signal. the work will be coordinated with other projects, including buchanan mall restoration, two paving projects, so those projects could construct the underground infrastructure needed for the projects. junipero serra paving. this is a 17-block project that the public works department is requesting $4.4 million in prop k funds to execute. the work includes all of the scope that is related to the
paving work, including curb ramps and sidewalks and traffic control. the contract will be led joint with puc sewer replacement project and the signal infrastructure in the corridor. this next request is what is the tnc tax request for $3 million along with a prop k request for $2.8 million for the next group of vision zero quick build projects that sfmta will be implementing. the project list is shown in the attached -- or in the enclosure to your packet and that you can access online. for folks watching at home. and these are to make improvements on the network. the scope varies by corridor, but includes bikeways,
signal-timing changes, curb management, painted safety zones, et cetera. we are also proposing to allocate funds for evaluation outreach and program management as well. page slow street. this is from sfmta to do public outreach and field testing and ultimately identify -- ultimately seek final approval for a long-term safety and streetscape project on the corridor on page street. this will -- the work that will be done with this funding is a lot of outreach and evaluating and adjusting temporary measures to ultimately come up with preliminary engineering recommendations for the permanent measures. curb ramps. this is the first of two curb ramps requests for public works. this is for 16 ramps in the city at five intersections that are shown in your packet materials.
the scope includes work at 17th and church street, which is a complex intersection and in order for the work to be done safely during construction, the contract involved coordination with deenergizing the overhead lines to allow that to happen and that will trigger the need for bus substitution for about 28 days. and that work would be done, as we understand, not before the second half of 2022, but we'll look forward to seeing that work done. and then mansell street curb ramps. this is for 12 additional ramps being added to an existed curb ramp project on mansell. so this will bring the total number of ramps to 42. mansell is the street -- is a steep street. it's a concrete street and concrete is more expensive than
asphalt to replace and also because of the grade, the public works is going to need to do some additional engineering and installing some handrails to provide for the accessibility that the curb ramps provide. so, the cost per ramp is slightly higher than a standard ramp. and with that, i can answer any questions. we have a lot of project managers here as well. >> chair mandelman: thank you, deputy director laforte. i don't see -- oh, i do. commissioner preston. >> commissioner preston: thank you, chair mandelman. and, you know, i did want to just address some of this. there is a lot of amazing stuff in that presentation, some of it explicitly spelled out in the slides and some in the supporting documentations for my district and i just wanted to highlight a few of those and thank you, ms. laforte, for all
of your work and the presentation. but really three things of particular interest in my district. i'm just thrilled to see these moving forward. the first as mentioned, the slow street project on page which which combine the emergency page slow street measures in response to covid and the page bike-lane pilot project which was implemented right before covid in february of 2020. it's been described of what some of the work is, including improvements along the way. this has been, i think, one of the most successful, if not the most successful slow streets in the city. really overwhelming support for this. it's been exciting to see it take shape, but also there are real issues around vehicles, you know, speeding on the slow streets, the intersections and i appreciate all the attention from m.t.a. and now the funding
as well through the t.a. to address and improve this as we get on a path to making the page slow street permanent. the second project mentioned that is hugely important is phase 1 of the western addition area traffic signal upgrades. i just want to highlight that this project comes directly from recommendations from the community through the western addition community-based transportation plan that was completed in 2017. and appreciate ms. laforte highlighting -- there is a lot of amazing proposals here, but particularly, the new signal at buchanan street and golden gate that were highlighted. there is a lot of investment at state level and the city level in renovations at the buchanan mall and pedestrian safety issues are really important, particularly with some of the
families and seniors using the mall. so, the flashing beacons have been described. i just really want to thank t.a. and m.t.a. for prioritizing the western addition community-based transportation plan, which, you know, so much work went into and there was so much outreach in the community. we want to particularly note the community-based operations in the western addition, particularly nclf and citizen stone, who continue to elevate these projects and conduct a lot of outreach and push for safety improvements within the western addition transportation plan. and then the last one mentioned, this one is very significant in district 5. it's sort of buried in the attachments, but i wanted to name it as one of the vision zero quick-build projects that i
think is going to make a huge difference and that is the creation on oak street of a quick-build protected bike lane, designing that and implementing that. this is something in district 5 and really relevant to anyone commuting through district 5 by bike, that has been talked about for -- i don't know -- decades and it is just -- i'm just absolutely thrilled that this is moving forward with funding to the next steps. you know, oak and fell are dangerous high-speed freeways through the heart of residential neighborhoods. they are a problem. and tackling that problem is a really high priority and, you know, these were designed for high-speed car traffic and they
are part of the high-injury network and i'm very proud of work that was done around fell street during the pandemic, the collaboration. high level of collaboration between m.t.a., the fire department and our office to, not only successfully launch the bike lane on the length of the pan handle on fell street, but meeting regularly to monitor data to make sure it's not creating congestion, that it's not slowing response time for emergency vehicles, but it is providing safety improvements. so, to me, i think how that has rolled out on fell is really a model for interdepartmental collaboration and with local supervisors as well. i want to commend everyone involved in that and we're
really trying to replicate that now on the other side of the pan handle on oak street. so looking to working close with m.t.a. and the fire department in a similar fashion. these are really big developments towards living up to our vision zero goals and i just want to reiterate my thanks to m.t.a. for their partnership and leadership on this effort. specifically, tom maguire and his staff and in particular jamie parks, slow streets director and mike salisbury, engineer with liberal streets. and i want to thank director chang and anna laforte, all their support in this project. finally last but not least, just to acknowledge all of the advocacy organizations who have really planted the seeds for this project on oak. watered these seeds.
pushed through years of tireless effort of bike coalition, and our friends at north of pan handle neighborhood association along with other groups and individuals, including preston killgore on my staff who has worked tirelessly on this. thank you, chair, i appreciate the time. >> chair mandelman: thank you, commissioner preston. let's open the item to public comment. >> hello, caller, your two minutes begin. >> good morning, commissioners, i'm janice lee are the advocacy director of the bike coalition. item 7 before you today is a feel-good story and i encourage approval of the item. your interest in these projects will go a long way to include
our implementation and i encourage commissioners to speak on this item today. i want to first thank to vice chair peskin whose leadership around the proposition d in 2019, that paved the way for san francisco to be the first city to collect revenues from uber and lyft which is part of the revenue you're allocating today. i want to give thanks to commissioner haney, which allows street safety improvements recognized in record time. the end of the day, vision zero, making meaningful impact around street safety comes down to allocations like this. this allocation proposal for protected bike lanes on oak street, slow streets and in the western addition, thanks to commissioner preston's leadership. four years ago if there was hope for bike lanes on fell or oak, i would tell you that would be years long planning process.
commissioner preston's leadership is helping this be done in a fraction of the time and fraction of the dollars. shoutout to potrero, including the sf bike coalition members for the improvements on 17th street. commissioner walton, your firm support for these improvements will go a long way. so, i'll just say, $2.8 million is funding 10 projects, so, again, thank you for your work. thank you for bringing the projects today. we ask for your aye vote. >> thank you, caller. >> what i want to say -- my name
is francisco, we have to revisit our environmental impact report when it comes to all the changes being made, especially regarding the bicycles. i understand bicycle coalition, it has political action -- pac. it's loaded with money. and it may say what it wants to say, but also remember that in the beginning they tried to impress and do things on their own. they went to court. and they haven't learned their lesson. i listen to the meeting on the
mobile bicycles and vehicles on market street in front of the embarcadero, but i would like to see an environmental impact report rather than people just making general statements. we need to follow some standards. and we need to put the seniors and those who have -- who are physically challenged and others when they walk on the -- we don't have to put them in an adversely impact them. >> clerk: thank you, caller.
hello, your two minutes will begin now. >> my name is brian hog and i'm walk san francisco vision zero organizer. as the city's pedestrian advocacy organization, walk san francisco supports these. this first list of 10, 2022 quick-build projects is a great start to chipping away 80 miles of high injury streets. to identify the funding to take on 20 quick-build projects per year. we're looking forward to seeing the second round announced for 2022 later in the year. to make sure that we're on track. you know, because quick builds can be one of the most effective programs that the sfmta takes on. they're much faster and they're a tenth of the cost of the capital projects and they've
been shown to bring down dangerous speeds and make intersections safer, especially for people walking. crashes like the one that killed andrew zeeman can and need to be prevented. and the city really needs to act fast to make sure that these wide, fast streets are made safe. while we know for franklin street, for example, this is a first step. walk s.f. is committed to working with staff and residents on using the safest design. signal upgrades are one of the most important investment we can make for improving accessibility, bringing down dangerous speeds. we fully support your approval of the long anticipated western addition traffic signal upgrades and thank you to commissioner preston for continuing to push for the page slow street project moving forward. and continue to learn from the slow street treatment in the past year and a half.
we have ask for your approval of these projects to bring down the behaviors that cause hundreds of severe and fatal crashes each year. thank you. >> there are no more callers. >> chair mandelman: thank you. public comment is closed. is there a motion to approve item 7? >> so moved, preston. >> chair mandelman, my name was on the roster. >> >> commissioner stefani: i want to point out because last month in my district there was a terrible tragedy at franklin and union. a member was struck and killed by a vehicle and although the woman ran a red light, we know there is definitely more than can be done and should be done to reduce speeds.
the teacher, andrew zeeman, was simply walking to work that day and he had every right to get there safely as do all those students and those who work at sherman elementary school. that intersection has not been considered on the high injury corridor, but it has been one of the most dangerous in my district. and it has presented issues for that community for quite some time. i do want to thank the sfmta for quickly working with my office and installing rapid response treatments at that intersection, including daylighting and painted safety zones. i also am pleased to see that in this allocation that the franklin corridor that been included on the list of quick-build projects and i'm very happy to be voting on that today. i'm grateful for the outpouring of support for this allocation and members of the sherman elementary school who i believe have written in, public comment.
and this has shaken so many people in my district and at the school and it should not take a fatality for us to react. when we know streets are dangerous, we need to do everything we can to slow down traffic, especially around our schools, every school in san francisco. so i want to thank, again, the sfmta for working with my office and my legislative aide who has been working on this. thank you to jody with walk s.f. i want to say to the sherman elementary, we made a promise to you we're going do everything we can to address the intersection and the speed along franklin. it's a start, by no means are we finished. i'm happy to be voted on this today. >> chair mandelman: commissioner preston has moved approval. commissioner stefani, would you
like to second this? seconded by stefani. madame clerk, please call the roll. >> on item 7 -- >> commissioner chan: aye. >> commissioner haney: -- haney absent. >> commissioner mandelman: aye. >> commissioner mar: aye. >> commissioner peskin: aye. >> commissioner preston: aye. >> commissioner ronen: aye. >> commissioner safai: aye. >> commissioner stefani: aye. >> commissioner walton: aye. >> commissioner haney: aye.
>> we have 10 ayes. the motion to approve passes. >> chair mandelman: thank you, madame clerk, please call item 8. item 8, approving the 2021 san francisco congestion management program. this is an action item. and also we received two comments for this item and they're posted on the website. >> chair mandelman: great. i believe we have senior transportation modeler. >> yes, good morning. i'm senior transportation authority for the transportation authority. i will be presenting the results of performance monitoring for the congestion program 2021. as the congestion management agency of san francisco, the updates on congestion management program, c.m.p., every two
years. we report broad range of performance measures as part of it. let's look at the key findings this year compared to 2019. covid has significantly macked all of the -- impacted all of the metrics. these findings are based on data from april to may this year. auto speed, transit speed and reliability have increased significantly. bicycle and pedestrian conditions have dropped significantly and so have the volume. transit reliability has decreased slightly and ridership is down considerably. looking at the long-term trend, this is the first time in the past decade when speeds have improved significantly between cmp updates. increases in speed suggest that people are spending less time in congestion, however, there are
other potential impacts on safety since increased speeds lead to greater collision severity. we track auto to transit speed ratio to see how competitive transit is to auto. transit is relatively less competent compared to 2019. a new measure for all of the liability has been added, called the buffer time index. this is the time you need to budget if you don't want to be late more than once month. reliability has improved on both arterials and transit reliability has declined slightly. the website presenting working metrics has been updated with the latest results. this significantly improves
access to data and performance over time. rapid changes after covid, we developed a new tool for monitoring called the covid era congestion tracker. it track many of the same metrics, but with much greater frequency. we update this every few weeks as opposed to once in two years for the long-term tracker. approximately 20% reduction in -- [indiscernible] -- bicycle has declined even more. bike counts dropped 49% compared to 2019, pedestrians dropped by 17%. we track safety-related metrics for bike and pedestrian collision. between 2020 and 2019, there was
a 35% drop in bike and pedestrian injuries, but the count has dropped even more by 70%. fatalities have reduced for bicycles and pedestrians, but they're still too high and the city continues to work on getting them down to zero. transit ridership, these numbers are indicative of april through may. data suggests that the ridership is improving gradually. different transit service frequency levels was added. we calculated the percent total population that is within a five-minute walk of the transit service. over 95% of the population had access to some level of transit
service. in 2020 when substantial cuts were made, this was reduced to 70%. however, as of spring, 90% of the population had access to some level of transit. here are maps showing the changes in coverage. the 2021 map shows extent of the services restoration as of april through may of this year. muni has proposed more restoration in 2022 that is not reflected through this. major freeways in san francisco have almost recovered to pre-pandemic levels during peak periods. we conducted a travel survey pre-covid in 2019 and we have results from that. these charts show the share for local san francisco trips,
regional trips. the majority of local trips were walk trips with over 40% more. for the regional trips, transit and drive was dominant. combine local and -- we're in the process of implementing a program that we are able to provide more regular updates to the numbers. we're also planning to go to the -- next year to collect more data. finally, covid has -- there is a need to monitor the transportation system conditions as new policies evolve and transit services are restored. a strategy to manage congestion involves a mix of data collection and supporting economic recovery through planning, capital investment and policies. and that's it. thank you. >> chair mandelman: thank you.
don't see comments or questions from colleagues. so let's open item 8 to public comment. >> clerk: caller, your two minutes begins now. >> when it comes to quality of life issues and how muni eliminated many lines for 18 months, many people were adversely impacted because services were cut. even the underground system was
not operational. is there any way that the ones who put this report on the back side, that we can find out what surveys were taken or if questions were asked in the survey if people were satisfied with the many muni lines that were cut? and also the many accidents that happened on the park place, not so much maybe downtown, the districts, thank you very much. >> thank you, caller. there are no more callers. >> chair mandelman: thank you. we'll close item 8 to public comment. i guess i do have one question.
so the chart showed sort of modest -- looked like it was showing a modest decline in accessibility in 5-minute and 10-minute accessibility to transit. i think i understand why that might have been, but i was wondering if you could extrapolate? >> i believe, chair mandelman, that the essential services which were not reduced to that extent. most of the high frequent city routes i believe were not taken out of service. >> chair mandelman: yeah, just the chart looked a little bit like there had been a decline even prior to the pandemic, just a modest one. i'm just curious what that was, but, all right.
well, is there a motion to approve item 8? moved by vice chair peskin. is there a second? >> second. >> chair mandelman: seconded by commissioner walton. madame clerk, please call the roll on item 8. >> clerk: on item 8, commissioner chan? >> commissioner chan: aye. >> commissioner haney: aye. >> commissioner mandelman: aye. >> commissioner mar: aye. >> commissioner peskin: aye. >> commissioner preston: aye. >> commissioner ronen: aye. >> commissioner safai: aye. >> commissioner stefani: aye.
>> commissioner walton: aye. >> clerk: we have 10 ayes. the item has approval on its first reading. >> chair mandelman: thank you, madame clerk. please call item 9. >> item 9, amend resolution 21-51 to approve a revised schedule for a development of a new expenditure plan for the half-cent sales tax. this is an action item. >> chair mandelman: it's all you. >> thank you, chair mandelman and commissioners. i'm principal transportation planner for government affairs, here today to talk to you about the development of a new plan for the half-cent sales tax. i'll give you an update on the schedule. the action before you today is amendment which would revise the approval schedule for this work. after that i'll be giving update on the outreach activities to date. we're currently planning to bring a new 30-year plan to the
voters in 2022. this would keep the same half-cent sales tax with transportation with no tax increase and establish a new set of programs and projects for the use of the funds over the next 30 years. the action before the board today is approving an updated schedule to pivot our effort from a potential june 2022 election to november 2022 election. we recently learned of the state law initiative for a constitutional amendment that would appear to void the sales tax measure if it were approved in the june 2022 election. the initiative would require any proposed tax using -- seeking order approval be consolidated with a regularly scheduled general election fort members of the governing body of the local government with a few exceptions and would apply retroactively to any adoption. after consulting with the chair and vice chair on the matter, rather than risking voter approval of the measure in june
2022 and potentially having to go back to the voters again, we're asking the board to amend 21-51 which established our original schedule, to update the schedule to reflect the november 2022 election. you see on the slide before us, we did want to provide a reminder why we want to go to the voters in 2022. in addition to the recently passed federal infrastructure investment and jobs act, the bipartisan infrastructure bill, it provides an additional motivation for new eligibility for project types so we can queue up for funding and ensure we have local match for the federal dollars. so our revised schedule is seen on this slide. we're continuing outreach into the spring of next year. we're polling the citizens advisory committee and continuing those meetings as well. to be on the november ballot, we would like the board of
supervisors to take action in may and june and all of our deadlines follow from there. as we develop the new expenditure plan, we're doing a number of efforts while also drawing on outreach that has been done for other efforts such as connect s.f. and various community-based transportation plans. for this effort, we have conducted some one-on-one interviews with community-based organizations. we held focus groups, one in spanish, chinese and russian, in partnership. and those are seeking feedback from the mono lingual communities who may not again in transportation planning. we're holding town halls and making presentations to groups that are interested. overall, we've heard a lot of different things. there is varied needs and desires from different communities based on parts of the city. finally, a part of the process that we're using to develop the new expenditure plan is work
with the expenditure plan advisory committee. and a full roster is available online. it's a very great group of very engaged folks who are going to help us get the project over the finish line. we met with eight community-based organizations. we recognize that most are busy helping the communities navigate and recover from the pandemic. what we heard that transit is critical, especially to restored service levels and needs to be safe and affordable. we heard a lot about street safety, pedestrian safety in particular, across the board. we also heard public safety concerns and updating signals. equity has come up a lot, including investing in low-income neighborhoods, providing resources in multiple languages and the need for better transportations to
school. especially with some of the muni service cuts and the lack of the yellow school buses. put those in language focuses, we heard a few different things. we heard about the need for safety and accessibility improvements again, including safer crossings. we heard about the importance of transit including reliability in particular. we heard about those with strollers being passed up. we heard about the street service. and we heard concerns from groups with the street closures and removal of parking that can make it difficult for those who drive to get around the city. our online survey was released in the end of september and we have received 208 responses. we're keeping it open longer and encourage folks to check it out.
you can go to our website. the link is at the top of the page. the survey asks about the importance of the ongoing programs and some of the new programs considered and also asks if there are other types of investments they'd like to see funded. we asked them to rank those investments from not-important to very-important. focusing on this first chart, ongoing programs, it's ranked in order for highest number of most importance to the lowest. and the topics with the highest number of very important included transit maintenance, followed closely by street safety, muni reliability and street resurfacing. it showed new program ideas. again, transit rises to the top in the form of increasing capacity and expanding bus and rail services.
as we look at these survey responses, we're keeping in mind who is taking in the survey. we can see here that responding to identify hispanic, latino, latinx are underrepresented. they make up 17% of the population, but only 7% of the respondents while those who are white alone are overresponding. the survey is not -- it balances part of the are why we're doing the targeted priority community and in-language outreach as well. as i noted, we're also reviewing findings from prior outreach and seeing a lot of consistent themes across the board. returning to our citizens advisory committee, we have brought them an update and will continue to do so so they can use those in deliberations on the expenditure plan. we're asking them to shape the policies and how we administer
the expenditure plan. and they will forward their recommendation to this board according to the new schedule in february. and on this slide, if any members of the public are interested in learning more can taking the survey or signing up, you can visit the website. and finally, all of the meeting information is available both on the expenditure plan website or on the transportation authority's main meetings and events page as well. and you can e-mail us on the entire project team at expenditure plan at sfmta.org. i'd be happy to take questions. >> chair mandelman: thank you for all your work on this. let's open the item to public comment. >> clerk: there is no public comment. >> chair mandelman: all right. public comment on item 9 is closed. is there a motion to approve?
moved by vice chair peskin, thank you. is there a second. seconded by chan. thank you, but before we vote, commissioner walton. walt just a quick question. we're voting on the plan or the plan to plan? >> chair mandelman: we are voting on the plan to plan, but ms.? >> that's correct. it's for the proposed work. >> chair mandelman: we have a motion and it's seconded, madame clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 9, commissioner chan? >> commissioner chan: aye. >> commissioner haney: aye. >> commissioner mandelman: aye. >> commissioner mar: aye. >> commissioner peskin: aye.
>> commissioner preston: aye. >> commissioner ronen: aye. >> commissioner safai: -- safai absent. >> commissioner stefani: aye. >> commissioner walton: aye. >> commissioner safai: safai is aye, sorry. >> we have 10 ayes. >> chair mandelman: thank you, call item 10. >> item 10, major capital project update. this better market street. this is an information item. >> chair mandelman: ms. allaya, you're back. >> thank you. i'm with the san francisco public works. i am the better market street project manager. i'm also joined this morning by peter and brit from the sfmta
and jada from the office of economic and workforce development. i'll be giving you a brief presentation with our quarterly update for better market street. let me share my screen. >> chair mandelman: there we go. >> perfect. so we are happy to tell you today that we did advertise the construction contract for phase 1, which is market street between 5th to 8th. we finished design in october. we advertised october 13. and we held a pre-bid meeting with interested contractors on october 28 and then opened bids last wednesday december 1st.
we did receive two bids. we're reviewing those bids now and hope to proceed with the lowest responsive bidder. our goal is to award the construction contract by the end of january and then issue the notice to proceed in february. the construction duration we originally advertised as 642 calendar days. as one of our addenda, we reduced to 600 calendars days. we did delete some auxiliary supply system work and looked at production rates in the sequencing to bring it down by six weeks. we also planned out the construction so that the first 120 days for planning -- sorry
about the dog -- are for planning, submittals, procurement and mobilization. so what we're providing for is 480 days of active construction. and we did use an as-needed consultant to help review the schedule and the construction sequence so we could validate the overall duration. as far as impacts to the community, we will leave one lane in each direction, the center trackway, open during most of construction. we're providing for up to four two-week shutdowns of market street, which means nothing will get through. no vehicles or bicycles through the two-week shutdowns. however, during regular construction days, or the rest of the construction time, bikes will be allowed on market street in the peak hour, in the peak
direction. and so that means inbound from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. the contractor is required to provide a bicycle lane inbound. and then outbound between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m., and the contractor will finish work by 4:30 and provide a bicycle lane for people riding outbound. throughout the contract, there may be limited night work that could be for water work, tying into a water main, or connecting some of the overhead wires, but it will be very limited and we'll be working closely with the community in advance, so they're aware of any night work that will be happening. our cost estimate, our construction cost estimate was $30 million for phase one. that includes the traffic signal upgrade, the curb ramps and repaving that goes to all the
streetscape improvement. we provided for $3 million contingency and then $12 million in soft costs, which include the construction management, all the engineering support and bus substitutions. so our estimate for phase 1 was $45 million. our funding sources actually total almost $50 million. and as you know, we have the federal build grant in the amount of $15 million and obag in the amount of $3.4 million. our state affordable housing and sustainable communities grant just under $3 million. we're using prop k sales tax, local certificates of participation and the m.t.a. geo bond. and then there is a small portion of funding from bart for improvement to the intersection of 8 grove height and market. so as i mentioned, our total comes to about $50 million.
we do have the two bids came in at 36 and 38 million, so you can see it's a little bit over our engineer's estimate and also slightly over our total construction spending. but we do have some flexibility or some additional funding that we may be able to use from prop k as well as the m.t.a. obligation bond to help fill that gap. we also wanted to highlight our public outreach and business support. we conducted a site walk within the project area of phase 1 in october with oewd. we're working closely with jada and her team at oewd on developing a construction mitigation plan for businesses. we're also creating a business
working group in order to recruit members for the business working group. we'll be sending out a survey to local businesses. and then we're also developing a list of enhanced measures for businesses, but the business working group will be critical in determining which of those measures we implement or provide for mid market. our better market street community advisory committee continues to meet either monthly or every other month. we provided information with them about the project as well as we asked them to share project information with their networks and their organizations. and then throughout the project we've been meeting with community business districts in the area and we will continue to do that as we prepare for
construction. as far as future phases go, we do still need to identify funding for the full corridor. but this is sort of how we envision implementation rolling out. as part of our phase 1 construction contract, there will be pot-holing along the full corridor. this will help inform our design of the other phases. we're also looking at opportunities for quick-build projects. two that come to mind in the near-term would be the forced right turn at geary and then the forced right turn at hayes and larkin. so those are quick-build projects that we could implement in the near-term. we're also looking at replacing the existing lane crossover on market street between 5th and mason. we need to do that before we construct the f-loop.
and that will help us provide f-line streetcar service between fishermen's wharf and union square before construction over the loop. phase 2 is the f.-loop. that is new f-line track along the pallister and brennan, allowing trains to service the fishermen's wharf and waterfront without reducing service to the castro. and then the other segments that we still have to design and construct are union square, so east of 5th street, the financial district, and then the hub which is west of 8th street
toward octavia. that concludes my presentation and i'm happy to answer any questions. as i mentioned, i have m.t.a. and oewd here as well to answer your questions. >> chair mandelman: thank you. i don't see questions. i have a couple. one is, i notice the you are using lowest responsive bidder to select between these folks that are wanting to do this work. one of the takeaways from the van ness project, at least the civil grand jury, that lowest responsive bidder is a problem. so can you talk a little bit about why we're using it here? and i'm hoping there are important respects in which this project is different from van
ness b.r.t. and maybe you can go into allaying my concerns that is using a method that seems to have failed so terribly on van ness now again on market street? >> yes, so the lowest responsive bidder is still the city's primary construction contract selection process. we have done a few other selection processes. we have done -- based on qualifications, we've also looked at a plus b where we factor in other criteria besides the bid price. we talked a lot about it for better market street phase 1. i think one of the reasons why
we stuck with lowest bidder was that the scope of work was pretty straightforward, pretty simple. you know, it's our traffic signal upgrade, repaving and landscape, so similar to many of our other joint projects with m.t.a. or puc. it's sort of the least complicated selection process. i'm not in contract admin, so i'm not as familiar with all of the nuances between the different construction methods -- or sorry, selection processes, but i know we did talk about it and in the end stuck with the lowest bidder for simplicity and for speed of going through the evaluation process.
now, we did something that is different from some of the other low-bid contracts, we did include minimum qualifications for the contractor in terms of experience with working in track right-of-way and working on similar scope of work to better market street phase 1. and so we did try to do minimum qualifications, have more evaluation criteria. >> chair mandelman: i think my office has signed on to pursue the civil grand jury recommendations around lowest bidder, so we may want to have more conversations with you all and your folks around how that is working on market street. another question i have is just, so, i think it's a good thing for now that this project has
been -- that the big giant unknown infrastructure project under the ground has been kind of like pushed to the side for now, but i presume -- i know we don't have anyone from puc here, but i presume there is still a big giant infrastructure project that some of the folks believe need to happen on market street at some point. and so i'm curious how -- i mean, to the extent that you know or anyone is trying to figure that out, like, who is trying to figure that out? and, you know, maybe -- i suppose it may not be a transportation authority question, but i'm just wondering how we're going to approach that? and i know it seems like the director of the sfmta sort of wanted to do a block of kind of
really checking out what is going on under the ground, which we're not doing for this. so how are we thinking about whether we need to and how we're going to set up that bigger infrastructure project? >> so the san francisco public utilities commission is focused on the water, sewer, and auxiliary water supply system throughout the city and market street as well. we work closely with puc staff and they continue to attend our project meetings. they are the ones who will be monitoring their systems during construction and throughout, you know, as time passes. they've said that the most 311 calls they get are on the sewer lateral. so they will continue to replace sewer laterals as needed or as they fail.
they will also, you know, respond to any emergency work that happens or that is needed along the corridor. they have said that their infrastructure, you know, it will last for several more years. the concern with the water and the a.w.s.s. is a lead joint. so in the vent of earthquake, those lead joints can fail. but we're continuing to monitor the infrastructure and, you know, if repairs need to be made, puc will move that forward. our plan is to -- as far as better market street -- is to complete the underground utility work when we build -- or as part of a package to replace the f-line rail, build new islands and do all of the more intense
construction work that is tied closely together. >> chair mandelman: is that off to the indefinite future or is there a notion we're going to try to do that at some point in the next 10 years, say? >> well, we're looking at it -- there is a possibility we could complete the work between 5th and 8th as part of phase 2, the f-loop. we'll be in the area and it's part of the construction of the f-loop, we need to also construct the center boarding islands at 6th and market. they'll be the accessible stops for the f-loop. so that gives us an opportunity to do it as part of the f-loop. because of the build-grant, there is a condition that we start construction of the f-loop by 2025. so, 2025 would be sort of the next opportunity where we could build in some of this underground utility replacement
in mid market. we could also, you know -- what i was going to say was that we do have additional potholing as part of phase 1, so that will help us identify some of the infrastructure and also the conditions. that gives us an opportunity to look at things a little bit more closely underground. so those are sort of the two strategies that we have -- continue to monitor, do more potholing and then as every future phase of better market street, we'll evaluate the underground utilities, the rail and the center boarding islands. >> chair mandelman: okay. and then lastly, and i think you touched on this, but if you could just go a little bit deeper -- a little deeper for me, so, cyclists are going to be able to go down market street, down and back market street
during commute hours. but if they're not going downtown in the morning or coming back in the evening, they're going to have to do something else for these -- what we hope are two-week -- our four two-week long periods. so where are they going to go? >> so during this shutdown, they will have to detour off of market street. so south of market, they could take fulsome howard, where we have bike lanes already. or brannan, depending on where their destination is. north of market, they could take mcallister or grove. you know, many cyclists may choose to detour before they get to market street, depending on if they're going south of market, they could take folsom or harrelson from their.
but that is only during the four two-week shutdowns. during regular construction periods, there will be a bike lane during the peak hours and there will also be a bike lane after construction stops. so at the end of the day when construction is done, bicyclists will be able to continue to use market street inbound up until the morning -- the end of the morning peak. and, you know, if there is no work on the weekends, there should be a bike lane available as well. so nights and weekends, bicycle lanes will be available. >> chair mandelman: are we going to be having sort of suggested -- i presume there are going to be a whole lot of confused cyclists that find they can't get up and down market street and are not going to immediately -- i mean, i think what we don't want is a whole bunch of people trying to bike on mission, which
seems pretty dangerous. so i'm hoping there will be, like, smart way finding and sort of, oh, you landed here and there is nowhere for you to go, we suggest you turn right and go down to whatever street or something like that? >> yes. so we'll have signage. we'll have orange construction signage or, you know, additional signage specifically for bicycles. and then we'll also have monitors along the construction route. and we can look at having additional monitors along the detour route as well, but we'll have signage. we'll have both fixed signs as well as changeable message signs. you know, guiding people to the detour route. and we'll do that both for drivers as well as for people
bicycling. preds will be allowed to -- pedestrians will be allowed to use market street even during construction. we don't expect to have continuous closures for the sidewalks or the pedestrians, so they'll be able to walk through even during the shutdown. >> chair mandelman: okay. thank you. let's open item 10 to public comment. >> okay. >> so i've been following this project for the last six years. and the only improvement i see is the park place and a lot of drug-selling. so i don't know what is happening with this project and initially when i heard the first
two presentations, they were very obnoxious and now i don't know who else is going to give public comment but me, but this project is going nowhere. and with bidders that are going to get something that is of quality tells me that looting will happen on van ness. it's six years now. and all these people are doing, the transportation agency, is kicking the can down the street. and with the supervisors, you know, asking some general but stupid questions, are going nowhere. in the end, those who have
mobility problems, seniors who have a lot of problems -- will have a lot of problems. and we have to include the police department for the rampant drug-selling and the flea markets. >> 20 seconds. thank you, caller. >> there are no more callers. >> chair mandelman: public comment on item 10 is closed. thank you for your presentation and your work. madame clerk, please call item 11. >> all right. item 11, san francisco transportation plan update. this is an information item. >> chair mandelman: great.
over two topics today. the first is the streets and freeway study and second is introduction to the san francisco transportation plan which is our long-range county-wide transportation plan. so connect s.f. just a quick overview, again it's our multiagency process to build a transportation system for our future and it's rooted in these five goals. there are three phases. phase one, establish a transportation vision. phase 2 identified our transportation needs. and included two modal studies, the transit strategy and the streets and freeway strategy. now we're shifting into phase 3 where all the work comes
together in the transportation plan and the continuation element of the -- transportation element of the general plan update. the streets and freeways study identified five strategies and outreach was conducted this past summer. the overview of the outreach findings focused on four primary questions around the strategy areas. so as i mentioned, outreach took place over the summer and included an online story map and survey and in-language town hall meetings. the project team provided these efforts across the city. in total, there were 671 responses to our survey. and they were completed in four different languages, english, filipino, chinese and spanish. we asked about the importance of
expanding transportation network through neighborhood street improvements, dedicated bike lanes across the city and connections to transit. all three of these options ranked high, between 70% and 75% from respondents with a slight preference for walking and biking over transit. we asked people also to select strategies to prioritize efficient travel modes on our streets. again, these are the top choices that were selected. all around 50%. the first is managing curbs to reduce conflicts. traffic-calming to create comfortable and safe space for people walking and biking. and the third is rewards and discounts for transit. this ultimately can help us shift trips and make more space on our streets for the efficient mode.
we also asked priorities to make streets safer. these are the top-rate strategies around 50% support for each. here there are overlap in responses with the previous slides which emphasizes the high priority for creating more space for people walking and biking and bringing traffic-calming to our streets. reducing speed limits is also in the top three. and then a close fourth is advocating for the authority to speed safety cameras. that came in around 40%. next slide. the fourth question we asked in our survey was around the priorities and principles to guide major freeway and road transportation -- transformations to connect communities. all three principles were noted as important with a preference for complete streets. notably, the other two options on the right and left of this chart have higher portions of
unsure responses and this supports the need for more outreach on these priorities to increase awareness and have more discussions on what these would entail in the future. here are some examples of the transformative changes to our freeways and major roadway structures to reconnect communities and repair harms. all of these concepts are recommended for ongoing and future studies. so to transition to the s.f.t.p., which is then the next phase of connect sf, that is a long range transportation plan. it serves as a 30-year blueprint. it's updated every four years along with plan bay area and provides input into our regional
and state plans and federal funding opportunities. sftp covers all operators that serve san francisco and brings together the recommendations of connect sf, other strategic planning and policy initiatives and the plan identifieds priorities for state and federal funding with two plans. the first is an investment plan which considers revenue. and the other is a plan to considers future potential revenues. the new expenditure plan for the sales tax and leveraging will help implement the sftp. the sftp has many inputs, including commune-based plans, regional transit operating plans. and the sftp builds on the efforts to identify our funding priorities.
ultimately, the plan will identify revenue estimates for the investment and vision plans to find transportation needs and performance metrics to guide prioritization and investment scenarios and include outreach and engagement. so will shape the investment scenarios. we anticipate adopting sftp in mid 2022. as a note, plan bay area was adopted in october. the investment and vision plans are based on revenue estimates tiered from the long-term revenue forecast developed as part of plan bay area. each of the plans is made of different types of revenues. so, first is committed funds. that's the dark green in the bar chart. and those have a set of eligible uses or are already committed to specific projects.
as an example, can't be used for things like transit. the light green, discretionary funds, have the most flexibility how they can be allocated. and then the vision plan on the right includes the orange section which is potential new revenues, which is a new transportation measure, which would need voter approval. here's a breakdown of funds. local funds remain the biggest and most important source and are critical for leveraging. within the committed funds, about $48.5 billion or 72% of it is dedicated to transit operations. and 13.3, or about 16% of the
revenues estimated as discretionary. it will build on the goals of connect sf and the vision plan. the sftp will draw on the two modal studies and consider balancing strategies like maintenance and enhancing our network and strategic expansion, expanding and filling gaps in transportation networks and opportunities to reconnect communities. we'll evaluate our transportation needs and the impact they have on our goals to create draft packages that will be brought to the public for feedback and input. this is the work made of us -- ahead of us in 2022. so s.f.t.p. will address key policy topics, including areas of work, such as those on this screen. and next slide.
and a quick overview of the schedule. so the effort will continue into next year with outreach in february and march and a final plan at the end of the year -- towards the end of the year. and then final slide. another aspect of phase 3 of connectsf is the transportation element which is led by the planning department. this will also build off the outreach and engagement that has been done for connectsf. and the transportation element will update the city's general plan consistent with the city charter and state law. the work will update the general plan and the planning code consistent with the policies that we adopt. this will enable the city to continue to implement policies and projects consistent with the city's goals to address racial
inequities as well as the climate crisis. the element will also be integrated with the environmental guidelines and the housing element which are both under development by the planning department as well. and these two projects, sftp and the transportation element update do have similar timelines, so in 2022, we will be continuing to coordinate through connectsf for meaningful outreach in the coming year. and that's it. thank you. i'll take any questions. sorry about the computer issues. >> chair mandelman: no worries. thank you. i'll see if any of my colleagues have questions or comments. i don't think they do. let's open item 11 to public comment. >> okay. again, we are -- [indiscernible] -- for item 11.
there is no public comment, chair. >> great. public comment is closed. thank you. and madame clerk, please call item 12. >> item 12, internal accounting report, investment report, and debt expenditure report for the three months ending september 30, 2021. this is an information item. >> chair mandelman: deputy director welcome? >> thank you. good morning, commissioners. deputy director for finance. this is the quarterly update to the transportation authority financial position for the fiscal year. we have so far earned a total of $27.8 million in revenues for the majority of that is $22.2 million for the sales tax revenues. revenues are close to the budgeted target. as far as expenditures we've incurred $25 million, 14.9 for capital project costs. expenditures are under the budget target as they are typically for the first quarter. in terms of our investment
compliance, we have approximately 65% of the assets in the city treasure pool. these provide sufficient liquidity to meet our expenditures for the next six months. in terms of debt compliance, we continue to be in compliance. we're continuing to make payments two times a year and are very timely on those payments. with that, i'm happy to take questions. >> chair mandelman: thank you. let's open this item to public comment. >> there is no public comment. >> chair mandelman: public comment on item 12 is closed. we'll forward to the next update. madame clerk, please call item 13. >> introduction of new items, this is an information item. >> chair mandelman: colleagues, anybody have new business?
seeing none, madame clerk, please call item 14. >> item 14 is public comment. and also just to note, we received one comment for this item and it's posted on our website. >> chair mandelman: okay, let's open up general public comment. >> okay. hello, caller, your two minutes begins now. >> good morning, supervisors. as you probably know by now, yesterday caltrain increased their -- for the third time. from $1.2 billion in 2012 to $1.9 billion in 2017 and now $2.4 billion. i just -- the board to -- back in 2014 and 2017.
we predicted pretty much what happened yesterday. i also -- the issues have the same of caltrain. this is precisely why the resolution 2020-42 has a condition for putting measures on last november's ballot. fast-forward one year and -- have no intention whatsoever of revisiting the caltrain government. they're not proposing to use measure rr funds to cover up the latest. in closing, the sfta are quite frankly, you will risk losing the trust of the voters the next time you try to put another tax measure on the ballot. thank you. >> thank you, caller.
>> everything is done in-house. i think it is done. i have always been passionate about gelato. every single slaver has its own recipe. we have our own -- we move on from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the
location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself. >> we created a move of an area where we will be visiting. we want to make sure that the area has the gelato that you like.
the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow. for example, it would be traditional things like helping them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education. we have had some great experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the most recent example was one that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the
city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco. i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san francisco. we started our line with wedding gowns, and about a
year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle company. we sell bikes made here for people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care
about good design, and people like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room, i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're making everything here locally. over the last few years, we've
been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us, so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to
wear perspective and making things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a wedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the opportunities that we've been blessed with economically and socially as possible,
>> as a woman of color who grew up in san francisco i understand how institutions can have an impact on communities of color. i think having my voice was important. that is where my passion lies when the opportunity to lead an office in such a new space came up. i couldn't turn it down. i was with the district attorney's office for a little over nine years, if you include the time as an intern as well as volunteer da, all most 13 years. during the time with the da's office i had an opportunity to
serve the community not only as the assistant district attorney but as director of community relations. that afforded the opportunity to have impact on the community in an immediate way. it is one thing to work to serve the rights of those without rights, victims. it is really rewarding to work to to further the goals of our office and the commitment we have as city employees and advocates for people who don't have a voice. i don't know of anyone surprised to see me in this role. maybe people have an impression what the director of the office of cannabis should be like, what their beliefs should be. i smash all of that. you grew up in the inner city of san francisco. my career path is not traditional. i don't think a person should limit themselves to reach full potential. i say that to young women and
girls. that is important. you want to see leadership that looks diverse because your path is not predetermined. i didn't wake up thinking i was going to be a prosecutor in my life. the city administrator reached out and wanted to have a conversation and gave me interest in the new role. i thought you must not know what i do for a living. it was the opposite. she had foresight in realizing it would be helpful for somebody not only a former prosecutor but interested in shaping criminal justice reform for the city would be the right person for the space. i appreciate the foresight of the mayor to be open how we can be leaders in san francisco. i was able to transition to the policy space. here i was able to work on legislation, community relations, communication and start to shape the ways our office was going to reform the criminal justice system.
it is fulfilling for me. i could create programs and see those impact people's lives. i am the change. it took truants youth to meet with civil rights movement leaders who fought to have access to education. being a young person to understand that helped the young people realize this was an important thing to give up. what we find is that young people who are truanted have a really high homicide rate in our city, which is a sad statistic. we want to change that. >> coming from a community we are black and brown. i don't reach out to other people. i don't think they feel the same way. >> i had the great opportunity to work on prison reform issues and criminal justice reform issues. we created a program at san
quentin where we brought district opportunities to lifers and talk about how we are all impacted by the criminal justice system. we brought over 40 elected das to san quentin for the situation. now we are inviting the police department. our formerly incarcerated group born out of this programming asked for the opportunity to work on a project where we could bring the men in blue on the outside to come speak to the men on blue inside to start the healing dialogue around how the criminal justice system specifically in san francisco impacts the community. i was attracted to the role. there was a component of equity that was part of this process. the equity community here in san francisco is a community that i had already worked with. before i took steps to visit cannabis businesses i thought it was important my team have a chance to go inside and speak to
men who had been impacted. that conversation needed to happen so we know how we are making an impact with the work that we are doing. the da's office as we were leading up to the legalization of marijuana in the state we started having conversations on the policy team what that could look like. the district attorney was really focused on the right side of history for this. we realized it would be quite a heavy lift for individuals who have been negatively impacted by the war on drugs to expunge the record. it was important to figure out the framework to make it seamless and easy. they put their minds to it after some time and many conversations the data analysts and other policy walk throughs on the team came up with the idea to engage
the tech community in this process. code for america helped us developed the rhythm to be used for any jurisdiction across the state that was important to create a solution to be used to assist all jurisdictions dealing with this matter. the office of cannabis is the first office to have a completely digital application process. we worked with the digital team to develop the online application. there are going to be hiccups. we are first to do it. it is one of the most rewarding parts to offer a seamless -- to offer a seamless approach. that is how they can find solutions to solve many of the community challenges. the best way to respond to prop 64 was to retroactively expunge 9,000 cannabis related records for san francisco. it feels like justice full
circle for my personal experience. in the past i was furthering the war on drugs just as my directive. really coming from a place of public safety. that was the mandate and understanding. it is nice to see that pass a society we are able to look at some of our laws and say, you know what? we got it wrong. let's get this right. i had the privilege of being in the existing framework. my predecessor nicole elliott did an incredible job bringing together the individuals super-passionate about cannabis. >> the office was created in july of 2017. i came in early 2018. i have been able to see the office's development over time which is nice. it is exciting to be in the space, stickily in thinking about her leadership. >> looking for the office it is
always we might be before my time when i was working for the forboard of supervisors. i learn new things every day it is challenging and rewarding for me. >> we get the privilege to work in an office that is innovating. we get to spearhead the robust exprogram. >> i am excited she came on board to leverage experience as a prosecutor 10 years as we contemplate enforcements but approaching it without replicating the war on drugs. >> i was hired by cam laharris. i haven't seen a district attorney that looked kind of like me. that could be a path in my life. i might not have considered it. it is important that women and
certainly women of color and spaces of leadership really do their part to bring on and mentor as many young people as they can. it is superimportant to take advantage of as many opportunities as they can when they can intern because the doors are wide open. plans change and that is okay. the way this was shaped because i took a risk to try something new and explore something and show that i was capable. you are capable, right? it was about leaning in and being at the table to say my voice matters. you find your passion, the sky
y>> 5, 4, 3, 2 , 1. cut. e sky >> 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 check one two. it's that time. first, let me introduce phil ginsburg, the general manager of park and rec is going to introduce the mayor. let's welcome phil ginsburg. >> happy holidays everybody. >> welcome back after a really difficult couple of years. welcome back to golden gate park. it's crazy out here.
first thing i want to do is let's hear it for our incredible mc. unique. all right. so my job is to welcome you all to the annual lighting of our beloved uncle john tree and the kickoff of the lights. brought to you by the recreation and parks department. the san francisco parks alliance, illuminating the conservatory of flowers and the national memorial grow. all right. i only have about 20 more minutes. it will be good.
so let's talk about how important this celebration is. this special v.i.p. i'm going to bring up in a second has been lighting holiday trees and and menoras all over the city for a week. there's only one city holiday tree and it's right behind you. let me tell you a little bit about this tree because to understand this tree, to understand our city and to understand golden gate park. this tree, uncle john's tree named after john mclaren who was the longest serving parks director in city history, 56 years. madam mayor, do you know the second? uncle john's tree is a cyprus and it was planted in 1986.
of the that's 125 years ago. this ceremony tonight this ceremony tonight has been going on since 1930 which is the first time this tree was lit. so we are here on its 91st year which is pretty mazing. and madam mayor has been coming to this tree lighting since 1970 started by mayor liota. for 51 years. that's longer than the mayor's been alive. so with that history in mind, golden gate park is always magical during the holiday season and this year, madam mayor, it's bigger and better than ever.
so let me tell you, let me walk you all we're going to light the tree. afterward, we're going to walk down to that music concourse for part two to see the magic. one of the most popular installations of all timeses, this is an illuminated meadow of interchanging lights. it's fantastic. right across from intwined and a little closer to us is the circle of light and it did it just two nights ago and you see the conservatory of flowers. and then you keep walking past how many people went on the sled tonight. let's give it up for the recreation and parks department. and then we keep going and all the trees around jfk, they're
all lit up and then we work our way into the music concourse and there's doing to be free music on that big old 150' ferris wheel is lit up. that's how we celebrate the holidays in san francisco. all right. so a few thank yous and i'm going to bring up the woman who's in charge of lighting this tree, but i want to thank all of our wonderful artists and performers, charles is here. of the joshua hubert has lit up all the trees. oliver did the circle of lights. dana king who did the incredible exhibit monumental reckoning and the music concord, ben davis who's here. i want to thank you to all our
partners and then behind me, we had some amazing people the incredible department heads. our entire recreation and park commission. our staff who worked so hard to put this on and then a special thank you to our parks program. in our san francisco police department and offer safe spaces. that's what parks are. safe spaces. healthy recreations for park visitors of all ages, for building jobs and leadership skills boosting college readiness and giving kids a good time. over the last four years, rec and park has hired 100 kids from our park program in just
four years. we have 100 kids working for us, but tonight, they're only job is to help us with the count down. our park champion and chief. she's everywhere. she's keeping people working. she's keeping people happy because she loves the fun and she loves her parks and she's been all over the last couple of weeks lighting trees. but tonight, madam mayor is the night. so give it up for our mayor. the honorable london breed. >> first of all, i don't think i've ever seen this many people at this tree lighting and it just makes me so happy because as you know last year, we couldn't come together in the same way, but we're here to
celebrate the holidays and it just takes me back to when i was a kid and i used to beg my grandma, please, mom, i want this doll for christmas and please, mom, can we go downtown to woolworth where we can get toys and have fun and my grandmother would say only if you did good. only if you did your homework, only if you listen. and i tried my best. i did the best i could. but during the holiday season, i can't help but think of the memories when i was a kid and what the time that i spent in san francisco and looking at the kids here now and thinking about the memories that they're creating. they're going to remember the days that they came here with mom and dad and grandma and uncles and just a different program to light this tree. so just remember this moment, remember where you are and remember who you were with because today, we're creating
memories. and i want to take this opportunity to really thank the rec and parks department for all the work in this pandemic. let me tell you. this pandemic has been hard on so many of us and because our parks were still open and available to us, it was really the only sanity i'm sure many of us had especially the parents and i want to thank them for their work and all the commissioners that are here. thank you to the families and all the people in san francisco. last but not least, before we light this tree i know we're tired of hearing talk, i just want to say we're at 70% of san franciscans vaccinated. so i am really excited about continuing to re-open our city. continuing to enjoy the holidays. so at this time, it is time to
light the largest tree in san francisco to celebrate the holidays. happy holidays, mayor christmas, happy hanukkah and all the holidays in between. phil, can we get this thing starting? count it down. you can help me count it down. okay. are we ready? we're going to start at 10 and count backwards. are we ready? all right. ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one! turn the switch!