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transscribing [inaudible] that is what i have been doing the past couple years, teaching myself. california college of the arts, illustration there has really great teachers. robert hunt, vance story taught me a lot. what i'm working on is a portfolio [inaudible] riding a donkey unicorn in the process. >> my name is dawn richardson and musician, drummer and drum teacher. i guess i would say i started my professional path quh i started playing in bands and teaching drum lesson when i was in college. they were definitely not that many women that would do what is doing. in 198 8 i graduated from cal state los ang and studied mostly classical percussion and music
education but at the same time i was in hollywood so played at night in rock bands so was doing two different things. >> the reason i'm [inaudible] the people. there is a extremely vibrant art community especially arounds the red poppy art house [inaudible] as a artist in the past 2 or 3 years there is a event called the [inaudible] every 3 months a free art music festival that i usually play at and just met so many people. >> i was teaching a little bit and doing odd jobs like waitressing and going at night and playing in bands and meeting a lot of people. i chss in ban that had cool break jz get parts on tv shows or things like that. a friend of mine, we had mutual
friends that got signed to a record deal in san francisco called 4 nonblaunds and i addition frd the bands and moved to the bay area. i think things are different now than 30 years ago, the world evolved a lot. it could be a challenge but have to know how to negotiate everything and sometimeatize is [inaudible] it was great to get to a point where i was just treated like another one of the people, a musician not a female musician and that is always what [inaudible] >> you don't hear stuff on the radio [inaudible] i need to write music [inaudible] be more conscious in their decisions and somehow make that poetic so they will be convinced. i think i
will do that. [singing in backgrounds] drawing and writing music since i was a really little kid and fortunate enough to have a good education in art and parentss who supported me. i hope my life will continue to allow me to do both. >> for me now having all male, female girls, boys students it shows the world has changed a lot and people areope toon open to a lot more than they were in the past. you can get a deep satisfaction from responding a lot of year practicing in one thing and becoming really good at something. sometimes i think that it is better to get lost. you have to practice and become good at what you do, so if you have everything together then go out in the world and do what you do and then i
challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files of san francisco. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vi. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries. for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business, you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e community. >> we have a ten-person limb
elimination match. we have a full-size ring with barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies. some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery
for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden district and four beautiful murals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local people will spend their money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪♪♪ ]
metallica that makes them unique is their fan base and their fan club, and as the word of metallica has spread all these years, people from all over the world are coming to san francisco, staying in hotels, taking different forms of transportation, and it's a really wonderful economic boost to the city. and one thing about metallica is that they've always been involved with whatever cause is happening, whether it's supporting food banks all these years or when there were the major fires in california. they raised millions of dollars when we supported the people who were devastated up north, and i'm just so pleased to have been able to represent the --
metallica. and i think what makes them big is their authenticity. they are the real deal, and they do what feels right to them. one day, they did a stadium on the green, and the other, they did a concert in petaluma. whether they do the chase center, this amazing venue in san francisco, they've always been here for everybody. i know you don't want to hear me speak, so let me introduce our amazing mayor, mayor london breed. >> the hon. london breed: well, greg, thank you so much for all you do and what you do to bring
entertainment and life to san francisco with so many great events. there is nothing more important to me than having a good time, as i'm sure some of you have noticed on occasion, and san francisco prides itself on being just this amazing space where incredible artists and incredible talent can come to life. and metallica, i feel they set the stage for that. they set the stage for not only what it means to be extraordinary musicians, extraordinary people, but also how you become embedded in a community where you feel that part of what you owe is to be a part of the fabric of the community by continuously giving back. and so this plan that lars and robert really have for making
san francisco shine, i can't ask for anything more from just really revolutionary artists like them, people that are known not just all over the country but all over the world because they have touched people's lives with their music for generations. my aunt saw us on the t.v. one time, and she's, like, did you get a picture with lars? i've loved him for years? i've loved him since i was a kid. and that's just to say that this group has been just a part of the city of san francisco, and what they are doing not just here but all-around san
francisco is going to be transformative. and i other thing i was going to say, i was on my home, taking the route of the divisadero, and i was, like, metallica was performing at the independent? i had to call my friend, mike, and say mike, was that really metallica playing at the independent? and yes, he said it was really metallica at the independent. as part of this metallica takeover of san francisco includes supporting small businesses in our city. it includes doing a cleanup at the beach and really calling attention to a number of environmental challenges that we have as a city and a
country. it calls attention to the need to support city and night life. and in san francisco, i'm proud that we've waived $5 million in fees for night life to see our artists perform all over san francisco. but the attention that metallica brings that takes this up to the next level is what's going to really make this city shine. you know, we've been through a really tough time. it's been two years of wildfires, seeing the skies turn yellow, the protests and the skies for racial justice, the pandemic, kids who weren't in schools, people who couldn't see their family members. this global pandemic has tested us like nothing else, and what people need now more than ever is hope. hope for the future, hope for what we know is the very best
of us, and today, we celebrate that with music, something that brought us together during the pandemic and will continue to bring us together and move forward. so i wanted to take the opportunity and thank metallica for everything that you've done, for your 40 years of being together, for your commitment and love for this city. you, from my perspective you -- when you talk about san francisco is, you talk about san francisco, you talk about cable cars, and then, you talk about metallica. and on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, i want to officially declare today metallica day in san francisco. [applause]
>> metallica day in san francisco bleed breed that means free parking. >> that's right. that's right. >> the hon. london breed: come on, guys. >> follow that friday. okay. >> the hon. london breed: free parking, free muni rides, get into chase center free. >> that's right. >> the hon. london breed: just wear it on your chest. just tape it on your chest and say, it's my day today. >> that's right. >> the hon. london breed: and thank you so much for what you're going to do with us this weekend. valencia street will be closed this week for all the celebrations. cleanup on ocean beach. you'll have the location of all the festivities, but it is time for us to live. it is time for us to enjoy what
i think is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and i can't think metallica enough for committing to san francisco and making this city shine, so thank you so much. >> thank you so much. [applause] >> san francisco's biggest export to the world, right here. god help us all. i want just to say thank you, mayor breed, thank you, greg, thank you everybody for showing up. the sun is shining, the storms have passed. it's a beautiful thursday. it is metallica day in san francisco. as i'm listening to your wonderful words, i'm thinking about the history. both of you said 40 years. of those who know metallica well, you hear me say this all the time, but we're just getting started, okay? and all our best years are still ahead of us, and we may even actually turn professional soon, so we've got that going for us. and i'm thinking back to those
who now our story, and feel free to boo for one second at least. but we didn't start in san francisco, we started in southern california. we came up to san francisco for the first time in 1982, in september, and played at the stone, and subsequently played at the old waldorf a couple of times, and we had done six, nine months in los angeles, and we did not belong. the reason we all wanted to be in a band was to fit into something greater than ourselves, and we absolutely did not fit into anything in los angeles, the sunset strip, any of that. we felt like complete outsiders. when we came up here in september 1982, and we started playing, we played four shows that fall, like i said, at the stones, at the waldorf, and at
the gardens. and we were taken in, and we felt so loved up here, and there was a sense of community, of music community for people like ourselves who felt like outsiders, things that were not in the mainstream, and that has obviously been a significant part of san francisco's history. so coming up here in 1982, standing on san francisco's culture, and the beat poets, and the hippy culture, and bill graham and everything that san francisco represented, we just felt so loved and, finally, like we belonged someplace. and it's been 39 years of feeling that sense of belonging, to not just a geographical place, san francisco, the bay area, whatever you want to call it,
but it's also a state of mind. you belong to what san francisco represents, and to me, we often talk about this, you know, over a glass of wine at night or whoever you're sharing a good time or tall tales with, but, you know, san francisco also is significantly a state of mind. what it represents, as, you know, the most western city in america before you get out to the ocean and sort of the wild west mentality and independence and freedoms and equality and justice and everything that san francisco has been through since 1849, give or take. we have been so proud to be here, and we have just shouted it from the hill tops into
every microphone and magazine through the years, that san francisco gave us a sense of belonging. we fly the flag of san francisco proud. on our t-shirts, made in san francisco, born in san francisco, metallica, whatever version it says, we are so proud of our connection to everything that san francisco represents and to all the wonderful people, to obviously the great physical and geographical elements here, and the history and the cable cars and the giants and the warriors, and the list goes on. but i just want to say, on behalf of the band, how proud i am for that connection and how much it's just really given us a sense of identity. and those of us who know our story know that we've been fortunate enough to travel all over the world. we've played all seven continents, and there are many, many wonderful places on this
planet where music, compared to where we started -- latin america, southeast asia, places that you wouldn't expect 30, 40 years ago that you can bring rock and roll to that have embraced us, but our hearts and our sense of belonging will always be san francisco, and metallica and san francisco will always be two words that are synonymous with each other. thank you for the two sides of this. and like i said, the important part, we're just getting started. all our best years are still ahead of us. [applause] >> before rob speaks, in true metallica takeover fashion, we've got these cards of just so many events that everyone
out here has been working on, and mary, and so if you want to see all the things that are going on, they're not just playing in an arena, they're adding to every district of the city, night life and economic development, and being in the community, so i just want to know you know those. robert? >> thank you. it's an honor to be here, and thank you, mayor breed, and thank you, greg. metallica, for me, it's just totally surreal. to sit here where the warriors play -- when i used to see metallica, they played where the warriors played, and to actually be here in the venue when the team is doing so
amazing is amazing for me as a warrior fan. and lars is right. the creative energy in the city is so important. i remember, back in the day, i played in a band called suicidal tendencies, and we weren't allowed to play in l.a. for seven years because there was some violence there or whatever. and san francisco took us in and actually became our second family, and i know this also happened with a lot of the skate board community because they were also part of our tribe when i was a part of suicidal tendencies. so the skate boarders from san francisco would stay with the skate boarders from l.a. and vice versa, and in my mind, there's always been a connection. there's the outlaws, the creative types, this
connection. and when i joined metallica, it was a perfect fit. the mindset, the level of creativity, everything about it, and it's just almost 20 years ago for me. i'm happy to sit here with lars and celebrate this moment with you all. thank you for having me. [applause] >> are we going to take questions? >> sure. just not from that guy. [indiscernible] so i work a lot with local musicians, and any
time you talk about the music scene in the bay area was when metallica was coming up. what was the spark of magic that made that time so special, when all of these bands were big, and how can we bring that spark into now? >> that's a great question. actually, i came up here a couple of times before metallica came up here. my dad was a tennis player, and he would play over at the berkeley tennis club. we would stay at the former celli's, and i would go to tower records and rasputina and the people's park and was just fascinated with the energy of that spot. and i heard -- i was standing in front of tower records --
this was about 1979, and i heard something loud walking my way, and it was a guy with a boom box on his shoulder, and i recognized, he was playing a motorhead song. so he -- i asked him, you're playing the song. it's incredible, and we became best friends, and he -- his name was richard birch, and he ended up with the coat on the back of "kill them all." he was kind of in the gateway,
you really had to dig for people that were of the same breed as you, and at that time, i was introduced to dozens and dozens of kids, all 17 years old, who viewed the world the same as i did. i was an only child growing up, and it just gave me a sense of identity. and so when the band came up here -- and stayed in touch with all of these guys and girls. so when the band came up here a year later, that was the beginning of the scene, you knee, and all these kids, you know, most of them ended up in bands. you know, the exodus' of the world, the forbiddens, the lost rockets, and there was just a
scene up here. now, that scene was rooted, i think, in acceptance, in tolerance, in open-mindedness, again, going back to everything you associate with san francisco. here, you don't have to apologize. you don't have to try to fit in. nobody's going to judge you, nobody's going to look down on you and all that kind of stuff. so we all just feel free up here, and we could just be ourselves, and we didn't have to apologize for who we were as 17, 18, 19-year-old disenfranchised kids. obviously, that's 38, 39 years ago. i can't tell you that same opportunity exists today. i would love to tell you, but the world is a different place
that we don't need to get into. the sense of loving, the sense of mystery, the sense that all these bands belong to my group, and the internet, which has done countless amazing things has also turned some of that stuff upside down. so i don't know if all of those possibilities exist today, but i'm always hopeful, and i would encourage any 15-year-olds, ten-year-olds, eight-year-olds -- i can see it in my kids -- i would encourage them to be authentic and just be yourself, and there's no better place to be yourself than just the whole bay area.
>> one of the great things that's happening this weekend is basically our kids, our sons have bands, and they're performing in the city. that's a dream come true as part of in experience. >> part of the takeover. >> yeah, and for us, it's celebrating the live music venues exactly how we came up, and that hasn't happened in a long time in this city, and hopefully, everybody will recognize that and go out and check the music out. i talked to james' son and his
band, and i get so excited to see the look in their eyes when they're creating. >> hopefully your sons will be as successful as del curry's sons. >> the hon. london breed: and i'd just like to add, the city has made too things way too complicated for musicians to just be free to do exactly what we're talking about, which is one of the reasons why, you know, we in the city have made some changes to make it simple for live music at certain businesses. if you want to do a pop-up right here, the process that you have to go through is too
extensive, and so we've cut that red tape. we're trying to make it as easy as possible, and i really appreciate your perspective, and also, what that reminds me of is we have to make it better for the next generation of artists in this city to showcase their talent in various ways. >> lars, if i may, let me speak as a fan [indiscernible] let me speak as a fan. back in the early 80s, when we watched these bands -- lars mentioned some of them. we understood two things occurred. one, metallica is a band, and they're great musicians. believe me, we put on so many bands that maybe are not the greatest musicians in the
world, and the two things that you needed to separate yourself: great musicianship and passion and mania. you need leaders of the band that want it so bad and want to do the right thing, and, you know, there's a couple of bands in the world like that. so we'll take a few more questions. yes, sir. >> thanks. thanks. i think some of this was covered in your last answer, lars and rob. i'm with the s.f. standard, trying to drill down a little bit deeper into thrash metal specifically. i was wondering if you could, without making everybody's eyes
glaze over, or maybe not, but why this area was so fundamental. you could come over here and see one of your shows, and then go across the bay and capture a g.b.h. show. why was there such a convergence of metal and punk in the area? >> it has to start with musical freedoms, and a license to be yourself, and a license to explore the things that turn you on without forfeiting who you are trying to fit in. so i think up here, i think
everyone felt they were free enough to pursue their true calling. so if you want to get more technical about it, then obviously, you know, thrash metal was obviously a hybrid of the more extreme, the motorheads, and the british new wave metals, the iron maiden and the g.b.h. and all the punk bands that would come up from l.a. okay. l.a., the sunset strip, you're supposed to look like this, you're supposed to act like this if you want to fit in, and if you don't do that, you're not part of the scene. none of that existed up here, and that's why it not only felt
so liberating but also so unique to this history. now if you want to talk about all of the beat poets and everything that happened in 1968, and all of these people and why did that movement start here, the grateful dead and haight-ashbury, and this lineage has been talked about so much and all of that. but the one thing i want to remind people is when we talk about these types of questions is there always has to be the x factor, which is -- i call it the energy of the universe, and it's the aligning of the stars. so at that time, 1981, 1982, 1983, just because of what was
going on in music because of, you know, a bunch of kids felt they had been given a voice and what was going on not just in the city but in the east bay and el cerrito, and all of that, there was a lot of stuff happening, but all of that couldn't have taken place without what i call the x-factor or the energy of the universe. a lot of that is -- our publicist, steve, can set up an interview, and we can talk more about that in depth at some point. >> i have to say something that's really important, and people should also recognize that there was a heavy funk movement coming out of the east bay. sly and the family stone influenced prince. you know, michael jackson, and then, you get into grand
central station, tower of power. seriously, that's another whole ingredient in this city that needed to be recognized, too. whether it's pop, r&b or anything, that had a huge influence and impact on that, too, and that came out of the east bay, so that's something also to think about. >> well, we are running a little bit over at this point -- [indiscernible] oh, okay. one more question here. >> for lars and for robert. i just spoke with some fans outside, including a couple of guys, one's 25, one's 40. 25-year-old's from france, 40-year-old is from switzerland. they met at a metallica concert, and they travelled all over even with the pandemic, and now, they're connecting here.
when you reflect over the course of 40 years and to hear generations that come together to travel the world to see your music, what does that mean to you? >> it's the reason we're here. it keeps us going. it fuels us, and it keeps us inspired and just invigorated. the main word that i use is the word connecting. you know, we connect to people through music, and the main thing that we try to do is to breakdown that barrier that exists between a band and an audience. we break that down, and we can try to share a similar state of mind. two years ago, when we were fortunate enough to be asked to open this incredible venue, there was an unexpected thing that happened in the wake of the metallica s&m concerts, as
they were call. unbeknownst to us, metallica fans from 65 countries -- just take that in for a minute. 65 countries -- descended on san francisco for that three or four-day weekend, and to me, that is a culmination of what the metallica thing has reached in terms of a global thing that we touched upon earlier. it's not something we take ownership of, it's not something that we own, oh, look at how big we are, look at how great we are. it's something we want to facilitate, take you in, and we'll go all over the world and try to encourage that to
happen. but we talked in the wake of the s&m concerts a couple of years ago about trying to do more things like that and bring people here to san francisco and bring that international audience to san francisco. and then, obviously, you know what happened for the next 1.5 years, so we're so appreciative and grateful for the fact that, now, 2.5 years later, we've had the opportunity to again bring people in from all over the world and to descend upon san francisco, to take the music in, but to take everything else that san francisco offers, not just fisherman's wharf, but everything that san francisco offers and represents, and it is so amazing to just hear these stories all the time. but i'm more proud of how international our community is than anything else because it really proves that with all the craziness that are going on in the world and all the division
and everybody jumping at the opportunity to find something that separates us, that at least through music, that there's some -- here's where one thing that's refrained from infiltrating, and the fact that 65 countries can be represented in a city like this, in a building like this, and the fact that something like this can happen in the middle of the shitstorm of the last few years, that is great. >> the hon. london breed: so lars, i have one last question. does that mean that this will be an annual event? >> i don't know if you all have plans in ten years, but why
don't we meet right here in 2031 for 50 years? you'll be on your fifth term? >> the hon. london breed: i won't be here. you've got to be here next year so i can come back. >> we'll keep it going, and i just want to thank mayor breed and greg and everybody involved in making this san francisco takeover, our friends at salesforce, and mary and vickie and everybody who's doing such an incredible job, dan, of getting this out and spreading the message of music and connectivity and hope. like i said, it's gotten a little nuttier in the last few days because of covid, and i know everybody's extra cautious. let's celebrate, let's be safe, but let's have an incredible
four days, and metallica takeover of san francisco is in full effect. [applause] >> thank you all for coming. >> one more statement. we are the one. that is our first single that we made. that is our opinion. >> i can't argue with you. >> you are responsible please do not know his exact. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪]
[♪♪♪] >> i had a break when i was on a major label for my musical career. i took a seven year break. and then i came back. i worked in the library for a long time. when i started working the san francisco history centre, i noticed they had the hippie collection. i thought, if they have a hippie collection, they really need to have a punk collection as well. so i talked to the city archivist who is my boss. she was very interested. one of the things that i wanted to get to the library was the avengers collection. this is definitely a valuable poster. because it is petty bone. it has that weird look because it was framed.
it had something acid on it and something not acid framing it. we had to bring all of this stuff that had been piling up in my life here and make sure that the important parts of it got archived. it wasn't a big stretch for them to start collecting in the area of punk. we have a lot of great photos and flyers from that area and that. that i could donate myself. from they're, i decided, you know, why not pursue other people and other bands and get them to donate as well? the historic moments in san francisco, punk history, is the sex pistols concert which was at winterland. [♪♪♪] it brought all of the punks on the web -- west coast to san francisco to see this show. the sex pistols played the east coast and then they play texas and a few places in the south and then they came directly to san francisco. they skipped l.a. and they skipped most of the media centres. san francisco was really the biggest show for them pick it was their biggest show ever.
their tour manager was interested in managing the adventures, my band. we were asked to open to support the pistols way to that show. and the nuns were also asked to open the show. it was certainly the biggest crowd that we had ever played to. it was kind of terrifying but it did bring people all the way from vancouver, tee seattle, portland, san diego, all up and down the coast, and l.a., obviously. to san francisco to see this show. there are a lot of people who say that after they saw this show they thought they would start their own band. it was a great jumping off point for a lot of west coast punk. it was also, the pistols' last show. in a way, it was the end of one era of punk and the beginning of a new one. the city of san francisco didn't necessarily support punk rock. [♪♪♪] >> last, but certainly not least
is a jell-o be opera. they are the punk rock candidate of the lead singer called the dead kennedys. >> if we are blaming anybody in san francisco, we will just blame the dead kennedys. >> there you go. >> we had situations where concerts were cancelled due to flyers, obscene flyers that the city was thought -- that he thought was obscene that had been put up. the city of san francisco has come around to embrace it's musicians. when they have the centennial for city hall, they brought in all kinds of local musicians and i got to perform at that. that was, at -- in a way, and appreciation from the city of san francisco for the musical legends. i feel like a lot of people in san francisco don't realize what resources there are at the library. we had a film series, the s.f. punk film series that i put together. it was nearly sold out every
single night. people were so appreciative that someone was bringing this for them. it is free. everything in the library is free. >> it it is also a film producer who has a film coming out. maybe in 2018 about crime. what is the title of it? >> it is called san francisco first and only rock 'n' roll movie. crime, 1978. [laughter] >> when i first went to the art institute before the adventures were formed in 77, i was going to be a painter. i did not know i would turn into a punk singer. i got back into painting and i mostly do portraiture and figurative painting. one of the things about this job here is i discovered some great resources for images for my painting. i was looking through these mug shot books that we have here that are from the 1920s. i did a whole series of a mug
shot paintings from those books. they are in the san francisco history centre's s.f. police department records. there are so many different things that the library provides for san franciscans that i feel like a lot of people are like, oh, i don't have a library card. i've never been there. they need to come down and check it out and find out what we have. the people who are hiding stuff in their sellers and wondering what to do with these old photos or old junk, whether it is hippie stuff or punk stuff, or stuff from their grandparents, if they bring it here to us, we can preserve it and archive it and make it available to the public in the future. >> roughly five years, i was working as a high school teacher, and i decided to take my students on a surfing field trip. the light bulb went off in my
head, and i realized i could do much more for my students taking them surfing than i could as their classroom teacher, and that is when the idea for the city surf project was born. >> working with kids in the ocean that aren't familiar with this space is really special because you're dealing with a lot of fear and apprehension but at the same time, a lot of excitement. >> when i first did it, i was, like, really scared, but then, i did it again, and i liked it. >> we'll get a group of kids who have just never been to the beach, are terrified of the
idea, who don't like the beach. it's too cold out, and it's those kid that are impossible to get back out of the water at the end of the day. >> over the last few years, i think we've had at least 40 of our students participate in the city surf project. >> surfing helped me with, like, how to swim. >> we've start off with about two to four sessions in the pool before actually going out and surfing. >> swimming at the pool just helps us with, like, being, like, comfortable in the water and being calm and not being all -- not being anxious. >> so when we started the city surf project, one of the things we did was to say hey, this is the way to earn your p.e. credits. just getting kids to go try it was one of our initial challenges for the first year or two.
but now that we've been doing it three or four years, we have a group of kids that's consistent, and the word has spread, that it's super fun, that you learn about the ocean. >> starting in the morning, you know, i get the vehicles ready, and then, i get all the gear together, and then, i drive and go get the kids, and we take them to a local beach. >> we usually go to linda mar, and then occasionally ocean beach. we once did a special trip. we were in capitola last year, and it was really fun. >> we get in a circle and group stretch, and we talk about specific safety for the day, and then, we go down to the water. >> once we go to the beach, i don't want to go home. i can't change my circumstances at home, but i can change the way i approach them. >> our program has definitely
been a way for our students to find community and build friends. >> i don't really talk to friends, so i guess when i started doing city surf, i started to, like, get to know people more than i did before, and people that i didn't think i'd like, like, ended up being my best friends. >> it's a group sport the way we do it, and with, like, close camaraderie, but everybody's doing it for themselves. >> it's great, surfing around, finding new people and making new friendships with people throughout surfing. >> it can be highly developmental for students to have this time where they can learn a lot about themselves while negotiating the waves. >> i feel significantly, like, calmer. it definitely helps if i'm, like, feeling really stressed or, like, feeling really anxious about surfing, and i go surfing, and then, i just feel,
like, i'm going to be okay. >> it gives them resiliency skills and helps them build self-confidence. and with that, they can use that in other parts of their lives. >> i went to bring my family to the beach and tell them what i did. >> i saw kids open up in the ocean, and i got to see them connect with other students, and i got to see them fail, you know, and get up and get back on the board and experience success, and really enjoy themselves and make a connection to nature at the same time. >> for some kids that are, like, resistant to, like, being in a mentorship program like this, it's they want to surf, and then later, they'll find out that they've, like, made this community connection.
>> i think they provided level playing fields for kids to be themselves in an open environment. >> for kids to feel like i can go for it and take a chance that i might not have been willing to do on my own is really special. >> we go on 150 surf outings a year. that's year-round programming. we've seen a tremendous amount of youth face their fears through surfing, and that has translated to growth in other facets of their lives. >> i just think the biggest thing is, like, that they feel like that they have something that is really cool, that they're engaged in, and that we, like, care about them and how they're doing, like, in general. >> what i like best is they really care about me, like, i'm not alone, and i have a group of people that i can go to, and, also, surfing is fun. >> we're creating surfers, and
we're changing the face of surfing. >> the feeling is definitely akin to being on a roller coaster. it's definitely faster than i think you expect it to be, but it's definitely fun. >> it leaves you feeling really, really positive about what that kid's going to go out and do. >> i think it's really magical almost. at least it was for me. >> it was really exciting when i caught my first wave. >> i felt like i was, like -- it was, like, magical, really. >> when they catch that first wave, and their first lights up, you know -- their face lights up, you know you have them hooked. >> i was on top of the world. it's amazing. i felt like i was on top of the world even though i was probably going two miles an hour. it was, like, the scariest thing i'd ever done, and i
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>> item 3 chair's report, this is an information item. >> thank you madam clerk. this is the end of the year, we're doing a bit of a recap and remarks are extensive. grab your coffee. settle in. this weekend, commissioner melgar and i joined bay area transit leaders to celebrate the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill with speaker pelosi and representatives. speaker pelosi and representatives underscored what the new $1.2 trillion, including $550 billion in new funding means for the region and state and highlighted the importance of better connecting our rail systems within the state and especially the bay area, to address the climate crisis and
improve health equity outcomes and create good union jobs. as we gathered in the train station to be in the transit center basement, speaker pelosi made it clear she is particularly wanting to see the downtown rail extension and related investments in the coming year,s. it was a fitting way to cap a productive but challenging year for transit. as you will recall, when we began the year, transit was a precarious state. ridership was at an all time low. over the past 12 months, we have started to recover and there are many positive developments as we move into the new year. together we successfully urged congress and president biden to help save transit and they responded passing the cares act and covid relief packages for substantial services across the
nation. here at the ta, we held many hearings to talk about muni and bart efforts. i want to thank the board for those important discussions. i am glad to see that all but two muni lines are planning to return next year as part of the mta recently adopted 2022 service plan. and we saw sales tax revenues recover and our vehicle registration and tax revenue. and we were able to put them to good use funding vision zero and bus only lanes and other needed transit system investments. thank you to our policy and
programming division who worked hard all year with our partners to support a total of $94 million in prop-k allegations and vehicle registration funds to a variety of projects and programs across the city. kudos to partner agencies who focused on essential travelers and helped us stay focus on achieving our goals. i also want to say congratulations on successfully reorienting muni lines, slow streets and delivering key projects, second street, jefferson street plaza and signals. thank you commissioners for
leaning into capital projects large and small in every district from bike ways in district 10 and neighbor ways in district 4 to 19th avenue enhancements, pedestrian safety and calming improvements in districts 2, 5, 9 and 11. through all of these investments, our finance and administration team has ensured that people can have the highest level of confidence in the stewardship of their tax dollars with the ta earning a certificate of achievement for the fourth year in a row and maintaining the aaa bond rating making the ta one of the highest rated organizations in the state. colleagues, we know we have a lot of work to do next year and i'm glad to see the pieces coming together to support that work. this includes the strong partnership with the transbay
joint power authority, my pleasure to serve as vice chair this year, including our newly selected executive director. we learned the downtown rail extension project received permission to enter the new starts grant program that sets the project up to apply for funding in 2023. thank you to our executive director and everyone for your dedication to advancing the project. as we'll hear later on in today's meeting, i look forward to speed phase reductions in san francisco thanks to the passage of ab43 this year that the board endorsed and finally allow us to take pedestrian safety into account when setting speed limits on local roads. reducing speeds is one of the most important things we can do to save lives and i want to
thank mta staff for being proactive in the implementation of the program with the board approving the first seven speed reduction corridors last week, including 24th street, ocean where speeds will be moved from 25 to 20 miles per hour starting in the spring and the next batch being developed now. finally, the region approved a new long range land use, plan bay area. i want to thank my fellow commissioners for their efforts at the regional level and on our ta staff for guiding us toward a planned bay area that included all of our key transportation investments. we have accomplished a lot this year with many more projects to come as we develop our san francisco transportation plan and new sales tax plan next year
considered by voters in the fall. and i want to thank those serving on the advisory committee, including the chair and vice chair and always thank you to the community advisory committee members. thank you to our production team. appreciations go to our clerk britney milton and excellent behind the scenes operation team. i'm very grateful. i know we all are for the dedication of legislative aides in each office. thank you for advancing transportation access across the
city and region. and finally, deep, deep and abundant thank yous to our executive director for helping guide us through a challenging year. i will conclude remarks by wishing you all a safe holiday season, happy new year and hope you all can take well-deserved time off during our winter recess. and we should open up my remarks to public comment. >> there's no public comment. >> all right. madam clerk, please call item 4. >> executive director's report. information item. >> thank you very much chair mandelman. good morning commissioners and thank you chair mandelman for recapping what was a tremendous year of accomplishment, even
despite the challenge that we have all been through with covid. i just want to add to the chair's mention of the event with speaker pelosi, we will be sending letters of course to our other federal deligation leadership who helped us with all of these successes with the infrastructure bill and grant we were able to secure which is highly competitive. yesterday there was a listening session, thinking ahead to 2024 as we work together to weigh in on the bay area's needs and priorities for the state budget surplus. all of the funds will be important to get projects matched with local funds and compare to compete for the infrastructure bill funds passed
by congress. the listening session was an early look ahead to 2024. there was a focus on maintaining and operating what we have by transit operators and authorities across the region, potentially backfilling regional measure 3 if it is not upheld to the bay area toll program and for bay priorities such as the downtown rail extension and bart and other priorities. other revenue sources on the table other than the sales tax were additional potential sources including a gas tax or road pricing, so there's still many more steps to go on that. but given that some cities are at their sales tax cap, that is starting to really start to expand the consideration of what we might see in a couple of years.
i also want to thank mtc for helping with the governor's office with the 2013 public employees pension reform act that we mentioned a couple months ago. there's reason for a bit more concern now than in october. the department of labor last month notified california it determined that our labor law passed in 2013 was in violation with their laws and their rules for directing federal transit administration funds to california. if this funding is withheld, it may put at risk approximately $1.5 billion in bay area fta grants. the agency employees contribute to the san francisco retirement
system, independent of other state wide public pension programs. they have accepted mta's standing and certified the $248 million in american rescue package grant funds this past week. that is a big relief and we're happy for them. but we are still concerned for all the other bay area and california transit agencies. we'll continue to support governor newsom's office. the state of california has filed a motion to stay the determination and to allow the grant funds to continue. we'll support the administration and mtc and keep you posted. so then turning to local issues. last week we joined to celebrate the san francisco department of environment's release of the climate action plan. this is a multi year effort led by sf environment and mayor
breed announced in a release to quite a bit of good reception, it is a very important piece of work of course to chart a path to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and work towards addressing racial and social equity, resilience and other goals. transportation does represent 47% of greenhouse gas emissions, we want to stay focused on the transportation piece of the solution. 80% low carbon goal by 2030 and aims to increase electric private vehicle fleets to 100% by 2040. rta staff supported development of the land use chapter of the cap and this included a number of strategies that you are familiar with, prioritizing sustainable modes and increasing mixed use transit-oriented
development and zero emission vehicles and public charging infrastructure. and pricing signals incentives as well to round out that package of strategies. we're happy to support that and we'll be coordinating with them to see if there might be a desire to see a presentation on the transportation strategies in the coming year. school access study is moving forward. there's been the coordination event with the department of children, youth and families and so i want to appreciate those partners in conducting the school access study. there was an event in the past few weeks, several outreach events hosted to understand the transportation issues raised by caregivers regarding the policy update and coordination with the district and ongoing initiatives to inform the development of k-5
transportation solutions, especially for the longer distance families who access school and after school activities so working on the school access plan will include ramping up technical advisory committee and outreach late winter and spring. more information on our website. we'll see a lane reduction and signal timing changes implemented in january. great progress continues on that
front. also new sf state bike cages are being constructed, supported by our transportation fund for clean air sources. the parking facility at thornton hall has received a new secure bike cage and funded this cage along with space for about 120 bikes, we're excited to help students and other members of the community choose sustainable commute mode options and continue to look forward to a second bike cage in 2022. i know commissioner melgar is working on bike access from the bart station and we're happy to support her in that effort. now, turning to up coming out reach opportunities and recent activities on november 17th, we hosted a virtual disadvantaged
business interview and local business enterprise outreach event with about 80 attendees to meet each other and learn about upcoming contract opportunities with the agency work and following the main presentation, there were opportunities for folks to connect and for more information, we hope people continue to register on our website. now two more updates, our sales tax numbers in september were even more promising than the prior month in august. sales tax revenues in september reached 9.9 million and that was 26% higher than the prior month in august. just about basically met with just a bit of the prior pre-pandemic figures in 2019. we're pleased to see that. and we are though going to be monitoring everything closely.
we're on track for the fiscal 22 budget. we're not sure what the recent effect of the omicron might be, but we're hopeful we're going to continue the strong upward trend into the new year. and revenue streams that will continue to come in through the holiday season. we'll monitor that and tax revenues through the winter. on the community advisory committee, we are welcoming applicants. there are a couple of -- three openings right now due to two terms. one is seeking reappointment. i believe commissioner ronen has nominated somebody for district 9. we're still seeking districts 5 and 6. we expect to bring an item to the board in january to fill some of the vacancies and want to echo the chair's thanks to
our committees for tremendous and hard work and input and guidance throughout the year. thank you all commissioners as well for your guidance and support throughout the year and on behalf of our staff, to your staff. all the legislative aides who make time for us, we really appreciate that throughout the year. and we look forward to continued good work and success in the new year. have a safe and happy holiday everyone. thank you. >> thank you. let's open the executive director's report to public comment. >> hello caller, your two minutes starts now. >> thank you, if you could just post the executive director's
report on the website, i always enjoy reading that. and i was looking for the 2022 meeting schedule and could not find that and if someone could clarify when the next meeting of the board is in january, i would appreciate that. otherwise, happy holidays and thanks. >> thank you caller. hello caller, your two minutes will begin now. >> i listened to the long-winded remarks both by the chair and the executive director. all i have to say is that we need to include the data when it comes to climate change, when it comes to -- anyone can talk the
talk. we need to walk the walk. and some of you all have been in the same place for too long. we need a change. we need people who can really think outside the box. thank you very much. >> thank you caller. >> when is our first meeting in january? >> i believe it is the 11th. it should follow the bos board of supervisors. >> that is correct, january 11th. >> great. thank you. all right madam clerk, please call item 5.
>> item 5, the minutes of november 7th, 2021, meeting. this is an action item. >> let's open it to public comment. >> there's no public comment. >> public comment is closed on item 5. a motion to approve the minutes? moved by vice chair peskin. a second? seconded by chan. thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> (roll call)
the minutes are approved. >> clerk, please call our consent agenda item. >> the consent agenda, items 6-8. these are now before the board for final approval. staff is not planning to present but is available for questions. >> thank you. is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? moved by peskin. a second? >> preston second. >> madam clerk please call the roll. >> (roll call)
injury traffic trend. from 2011 to 2020. this is an information item. >> thank you madam clerk. i think we have seth pardo and devan morris here. >> hello supervisors. i'm seth pardo and the new director for centers of data science at the department of public health. we're here to present a slide deck on the vision zero strategy and severe injuries. while this report is -- we have included e-scooters. devan morris primarily works data systems integration between the police department, department of public health and mta, including our trans based data set and helping with our
linking while we search for a new vision zero epidemiologist. i thank him for being here with us today. >> i'm devan morris and i will be presenting the injury report. i want to give a shout out and thank you to our former vision zero epidemiologist who is pursuing her doctorate at stanford. and thank her for crunching all this data.
so, zuckerberg sf general is the only trauma one level in san francisco. if you are severely injured in san francisco, you should be taken to zuckerberg general. it is owned and operated by the department of public health that gives us access to data, something no other city or county currently uses. we have an advantage here. in the report, our definition of a severe injury, anyone who is admitted to the hospital overnight. in addition, if an individual has a score greater than 15, they are considered critical injury in the data set. iss is a measurement of injury across all bodily regions with a higher iss score indicating a longer hospital stay and higher likelihood of dying. both definitions are consistent with other health organizations including the world health
organization and department of public health. in all the charts, critical injuries are a subset of severe injuries. in addition, our data from s general includes those injured on freeways within the city of san francisco. march 20th 2020 the first stay at home order. given the unprecedented nature and disruption that has occurred over the past 20 months, i highly advise that anyone using this data use caution when comparing 2020 data to previous years. both significant increases or decreases in severe injuries could be short term as life
slowly returns to normal or not. throughout the presentation, i'll try not to compare 2020 to previous years given how different that year was. i will only be showing data from the trauma registry from 2015 forward. late 2014, new guidelines came out that caused a fluctuation in the numbers due to how people are being counted as admitted to the hospital. numbers back to 2011 can be found in the pdf report on the vision zero website. we can see the total number of severe injuries have declined from 2018 to 2019. it is interesting to note, the police data is moving in the opposite direction, 2019 is
their higher year of recorded severe injuries. this shows the benefit of having two different data sets for comparison. the police definition of severe injury is different than the trauma registry and it comes from the chp 555 crash manual. in 2020 we saw large declines in both zuckerberg general and police numbers of severe injuries, however critical injuries have remained relatively flat during six years, even during the pandemic. big picture, overall we're seeing a slight decline in severe injuries. sf general over the last two years but critical injuries have unfortunately remained flat. looking across different transportation modes, people walking continue to make up
about a third of severe and critical injuries seen. we have continued to see a decline in the proportion of people injured in motor vehicles and critical injuries and people on bicycles and motorcycles continue to comprise a similar proportion of severe and critical injuries compared to previous years, about 20% each, a notably higher share to overall number of trips in the city. so total number of pedestrian severe injuries have been flat apart from 2020, we saw a fairly significant decline. however critical injuries have remained flat year to year, even during the pandemic. for bicyclists, there was a large drop off in 2019 for
severe injuries but gone back to the previous trend in 2020. we're not sure why, as far as we could tell it was just a different year. unlike pedestrians we did not see a decrease in pedestrians and critical injuries for cyclists and pedestrians have remained mostly flat over six years. for motor vehicles, we have seen year after year declines after peaking in 2017 and same with pedestrians, decline in severe injury during the pandemic but critical injuries have also remained flat. severe injuries to people riding motorcycles have decreased but
remain in the historic range. like bicyclists, there's no noticeable decline in severe injuries during the 2020 pandemic and critical injuries mostly flat over the last six years. so in 2018, zuckerberg general started tracking injuries with electric scooters. the 2020 data shows we had five severe injuries, four were critical. and 2020 was the first year on record we saw two people die riding an e-scooter and one person in 2021 has died. this may indicate that e-scooters are a particularly vulnerable mode of transportation. so you can see critical injuries are making up a larger proportion of injuries seen over the last few years we have e-scooter data for.
so next steps, one of the things the department of public health does with the data, a linkage between a patient record at sf general to police crash report record as part of the traffic injury surveillance system. each data set has advantages and disadvantages. from the trauma registry we get a lot of outcomes but not necessarily what caused the crash. and the police have a lot of information about how the crash happened but generic injury categories determined by a police officer who is not a medical professional so we get a lot more rich information when we apply both of them, how it occurred, what were the medical outcomes and costs associated with the injury. there's a subset of records that don't match to police records.
so, it could be that someone didn't call an officer when they were involved in a crash or taken to the hospital before a crash report was filed or solo bike crash, the person was unsure that they had to contact the police or maybe people don't want to go call the police. so this combined data set will go to update the network and my hope is to have that work done sometime early next year. that is my slide deck. thank you for listening. if you have questions, let me know. >> colleagues, comments or questions? we can open this for public comment. >> there is no public comment.
>> all right. public comment on item 9 is closed. thank you for your presentation and it will inform our consideration of item 10. all right. >> thank you. >> madam clerk, please call item 10. >> item 10 is the vision zero action strategy update, an information item. >> all right. and here we have tom mcguire and ryan reeves. >> good morning commissioners. good morning supervisors. i'm going to give a quick introduction to ryan to talk about the next vision zero action strategy. the only thing i want to say is thank you to you and thank you to all of the advocates who might be present. this strategy very much reflects
some strong feedback we got from all of the stakeholders in the city, which you as supervisors and commissioners are key stakeholders. it has strengthened the work product you're going to see from ryan and clarified our approach to how we deal with legislation, transforming the city streets and working with the transportation authority is a key part of the projects and working with supervisors as key supporters. you'll hear about strategies to manage and control speeds and areas where we have work to do in sacramento and hear about increasing the pace of project delivery, something near and dear to many of our hearts. nothing more to say beforehanding the microphone over to ryan reeves who has done tremendous work to make this a more aggressive vision zero
strategy. we were last at the board this summer and we heard your input. we're excited to share today the plan that was released last month by the mayor's office which will reflect the input you shared with us. this plan was developed based on outreach with a range of stakeholders, including the community and -- it pushes us forward to develop a bold and ambitious strategy to get to zero. when we look at other cities
outside of the u.s., we know it will require a major shift in policy, politics and resources. we know we need legislative authority for things like pricing and increased housing density across the region. we know vision zero is possible and we have more work to do. so i'll walk through some of the changes we have made since we last met with you and commitment with the network. we have over 80 miles of safety improvements that are completed or in the planning or construction phase. we're committed to using the quick build toolkit, about 20 quick build projects to complete all of the remaining miles. we're excited about the recently approved funding from the ta board to move forward another set of quick builds. in addition to this, a need of
about 5 million per year planning to identify for upcoming capital improvement plans. so this commitment is a significant increase over previous years. completing about 20 projects a year means we're committing to increase them about 200% since the program started in 2019. significantly scaling up the commitment for safety improvements on the network. and we have updated the strategies to reflect our work to build out the network by 2024. the san francisco bicycle plan will be building out a more significant plan in the next few years and it's a network that reflects the progress we can
achieve by 2024 to support the shift to get to zero. updated strategy reflects the new authority to lower speed limits under assembly bill 43. less than a month after ab43 was signed by the governor, we put forward a proposal for initial speed limit reductions. ab43 allows us to reduce speed in business activity districts starting in january and in 2024, on corridors with the highest rates of crashes. we put together this map that is included in the action strategy that shows the streets that are eligible now for reduction under ab43 as business activity districts. we're working to use the new authority and we have the first seven locations shown in red that were approved by the board
last week and will be getting implementations in early january. the new strategy describes the fee management plan we have committed to. we're going to build out the comprehensive plan to reduce speed limits and list the tools like education and outreach, reaching out to communities about the plans to reduce speed and engaging with our police department on high visibility enforcement which we know is effective and does not result in racial despair advertise and pairing this with our traffic calming work. we committed to updating all the network intersections with core
safety improvements where appropriate. so lighting, crosswalks. we also updated the commitment to completing the day lighting work one year ahead of schedule as well. finally, we've updated the metrics and progress reporting. we'll report on metrics for the quick build project, about 20 per year annually and report on injury trends every two years, building on the data that was just presented and we'll report on safe streets project annually. so we really appreciate the ta board's commitment to the work and the calls from advocates and community to push forward for an ambitious plan and we're moving forward urgently to implement the tools. i'm happy to take any questions.
>> thank you. do colleagues have comments or questions? commissioner melgar? >> sorry, couldn't get in the chat quick enough. so thank you so much for the presentation, that is really helpful and helpful to hear the commitment to increase the number of projects in the future. something i have never understood, how these projects are selected by staff and put forward for approval. so, you know, i understand the high injury corridors and the equity zones. that sometimes it overlaps and sometimes doesn't with areas where there are vulnerable populations -- seniors, people
with disabilities, children. so i'm wondering if we can talk a little bit about that. i'm particularly interested in playgrounds and school zones as well as senior centers, community centers, places with a lot of folks in wheelchairs. and the other thing i'm wondering if you can talk about, recent state legislative efforts to empower localities to slow down. and what has passed and what is in the works in how you think it may help you accelerate the efforts in a way that make sense. >> sure. i'll invite jamie park to join for quick build and i can start with the recent legislation like you mentioned.
so bill 43, signed into law by the governor will start in january. we proposed a set of seven corridors for initial speed limit reductions under ab43. we're going to start implementation in january and able to complete about two per month. we'll be completing the first seven by april. and the map that i showed, we also showed about 20 or so additional corridors that are eligible for speed limit reductions under ab43 but require additional work with engineers to go out and confirm they need public requirements. as an example, half of the land use on a street must be
commercial in order to meet the criteria. we're going to have our engineers go through and confirm the eligibility. we're planning to bring forward the next step of supposed location under ab43 next year and working with the state process to ensure that the definition of safety corridors really reflects the context within san francisco and that additional authority to reduce speed limits will be available to us in 2024. >> thank you. good morning commissioners. again, jamie park liveable streets director with sfmta. the question about selecting the quick build projects.
a couple different components to that. so, first, i think it is important to note as ryan mentioned, our commitment is to complete the quick build across the entire network. it's not really a question of where we're going to do quick build, more how we sequence them. we have a commitment to do it with our toolkit. in terms of selecting projects for funding for the program to date, including the projects that were just approved by this board, often we really look to previous community plans where we have a good idea of what is needed based on community planning effort. whether that is the one done earlier this year or bayview done in 2020 that informed three or four quick builds or working with the tenderloin community. we do try to use task planning
efforts wherever we can. the other thing we look to, coordination, opportunities, particularly if there's a construction or paving project that is going to work in the area, there may be an opportunity to combine that with the quit build. in addition to quick builds, i want to mention we have a lot of other capital programs that we do. specifically around schools, we have a schools traffic engineering program that funds -- we have installed all the 15 mile per hour zones and funds traffic engineering for schools >> we have a traffic engineer that can help them sort out loading, move the white zones around at the signs and we'll
work with specific school communities and walk around the school and identify safety challenges and potential solutions. for senior centers -- >> i'm sorry -- through the chair, i just wanted to ask you about that. so, i'm not sure that folks in the school s are aware of these. is this on a demand basis, if a school administration wants the services, they reach out to you or is it proactive, you know process where you have a list of the schools that have had the worst issues and you take them in priority? >> it's a little bit of both. so for the traffic calming work, that is a proactive program. we are working across all of the schools in san francisco to put speed humps wherever appropriate. that is a proactive program we're simply doing.
the engineering support is sometimes proactive but often request-based. we work closely and they have a coordinator who funnels transportation requests to us. it is mostly requested, though we may in some circumstances try to address specific issues we have observed. and we run the schools crossing guards program and sometimes we get notice from one of them that triggers something because they're out on the streets watching things. and then quickly, to finish up, i wanted to mention our proactive traffic calming program, which is something we worked closely with dph on to target speed slowing measures in areas with seniors and
communities of concern. so a lot of mapping of areas that have high concentrations of seniors. we have worked through the program now in the area where we have installed traffic calming around the senior center there. we have done it in other areas and we have an ongoing project. (please stand by...)
in motorcyclefatalities . and not something that we receivedgrant opportunities to be able to do motorcycle safety work with the community and the police department .another example is the data that we've seen around turns , the prevalence of left turn injuries. we highlighted a left turns program that was recently released and announced, paired with education outreach and we are committing to increasing those left turn traffic pilots
for the city so we use the data from our department to inform where we are focusing our resources. in terms of looking at the other cities i think you're right . there are citiesacross the rest of the world that are making more progress . but it is really with tools that we don't currently have the capacity or the authority for here in san francisco. so there's safety cameras, it's really a key tool that we know we need to make a difference that we see in other cities that have been able to use that have seen a bigger shift in their turning. we also know that we need strobe light congestion pricing.as well as bold and ambitious street design that
we've seen in the cities that you mention as well. i think the strategy really says that there are these shifts that are really needed. so i'll just see if director mccormickhas anything he wants to add as well . >> i do appreciate the question commissioner. i think if i think back to 2014 when we adopted the vision zero strategy which started at the mta we had a lot of different expectations about how we would achieve this goal. we were thinking about networks, thinking of digging up all the streets and pouring concrete and coming up with a permanent final plan for those streets that are very time-consuming and get to a couple of miles a year so to visit to what ryan discussed about shifting towards these
bills, it gets us more safety tools out to more neighborhoods faster. also, a lot of those safety toolswere experimental in 2014 and not proven . so embedded in all the engineering aspects of the strategy is a real learning from where we've been. you'll also see some stuff that we really do genuinely think we would have achieved by now and safety cameras is the biggest one. that 20 mile per hour speed limit purview, it's a consolation prize it's a great tool and we're going to hit the ground running with that in january but where eight years into our strategy . eight years into our commitment but we're trying to suppose we would have a gold banner of steve's feet safety cameras and instead it took us eight years to get.it's still the source of lowering speed limits andcommercial zones but
it's nowhere near the statewide law that we would have hoped . jamie and ryan and i talked to our colleagues in other cities all the time. the unfortunate thing about the last two years is we've backslid badly on traffic safety. countries can experience something like 4000more traffic deaths this year than we would have in 2018 and 2019 . and that's just some out in the contextof coded , there'sa lot of reasons for that . i think one of the big issues is people starting to shun public transportation so that's why it's such an important part of our strategy but you said in your question commissioner would it be worse were we not doing this? i believe it would be worse. we basically held steady achieved a couple of years of dips at a time when most other
cities even cities that adopted vision zero have seen their fatalities increased. it's just an honest answer of where we're at. >> why don't wesee what the public has to say. let's open item 10 to public comment . >> clerk: hellocolor, your two minutes will begin . >> caller: my name is chris rhodes and i live in cole valley. i want to speak as an emergency physician as well as a survivor of an alexa turningcrash and i want to reiterate the importance of the work that you're doing today . i want to thank the sf mta staff for listening to the public and i think there's a real positive commitment to safety in today's plan and also this discussion eliminates the difficulty inaddressing traffic related injuries and deaths . i asked the commissionersto make the project in their
district the strongest as possible . mostly i want to share as someone who treats the results of and was the victim of a big killer accident in san francisco i have strong feelings on the topic. every day for four years i rode my bike over hills and through our vibrant neighborhoods insan francisco on my way to training . every minute i felt connected to the community that i was on the street and these are the people i devoted my life to helping. i love our city streets there wasn't a day that went by where i wasn't also afraid my life was in danger as part raised by me telling me to get out of the road. as a native new yorker i have a thick skin to these things and it wasn't enough to deter me from the happiest part of my day on my way to work i found
myself unfortunately on the street with members of our wonderful sfcommunity who decided something had to be done to protect our commuters across the city . i was riding my bike down arguello and was hit by a car making a left-hand turn. subsequently had to be treated at the emergency department by my friends and family.the saddest part is despite the months of rehab and work that went into trying to get better was that every day ... >> clerk: thank you color. time is up. >> caller: thank you. >> president: we should reiteratethat public comment is 2 minutes . >> my name is monique seamus
andi'm an emergency physician as well .i live in west portal and i work at pfizer. i want to thank you for listening to us . it sounds like emergencies are at the. in this area.which is really, i support the last caller. i'd like to my emergency department as well and it's scary out there . i'm also a parent and i let my children ride their bikes to preschool in the city and i can't even really consider it . i really also asked the president of the san francisco society i urge you guys to act fast and decisively. i think probably constricting quick build and every single high entry street is the best thingwe can do to make sure no more people die . as we heard from the last caller and from my own persona
experience, many people died but so many people are injured and disabled and these things take years to recover from the cost to society are huge. so thank you so much for working on this issue. we really appreciate it . >> thank you color. hello color. your two minutes will begin now. >> good morning chair and commissioners. my name is katie renown and i live in district 6. and the vice president of the mission bay neighborhood association and our organization has been very active in the vision zero effort. thank you so much for your support of our work. i'm here today to ask for your continued support as we tackle these crashes and the misery
they cost. for me it is personal. i entered the pedestrian safety effort back in 2004 when i walked home from lunch to find my neighbor in the street where i lived. she had been hit while crossing on a greenlight , walking in the crosswalk in broad daylight. and the dangerous behavior of driverscontinues . we must stop it. we must create plan to manage speed. we know this is the top cause of crashes so let's make it a priority. we must also construct builds on all thesingle high injury corridors . the sooner the better .again, on a personal note, i use a walker these days and afraid to cross that many intersections i can now truly empathize with those who use any sort of device to assist them. i love san francisco and i feel
a dutywalking around as to hundreds of others . please continue tosupport our vision zero efforts . >> clerk: thank you. hello, caller. your two minuteswill begin now . >> caller: my name is jody majerus and i'm executive director and as we heard this morning from several speakers and on the city's agencies, due to severe injury report we are still facing a disturbing trend that 10 people a week are being sent to the hospital at hospital and 30 people annually lose their lives because of our
city's dangerous streets. i want to thank the commission forengaging with the vision zero coalition and asking mta for a more ambitious planfor the vision zero action strategy . we've come a long way from this initial summer draft . thanks to the mta team forbeing willing to go out of their comfort zone because this plan represents the most important traffic safety solutions for san francisco streets . especially the plan back and done within months and be more expensive than the full buildout. the agency's commitment to management couldn't come soon enough because we know speed is the number one determinant person lives or dies the vision zero coalition is there to help shape the speed management plan. this addresses every high-energy koren are within four years and is the critical
opportunity to repurpose those spaces for faster transit, less dangerous speeding and for people of all ages to get around. active transportation network which was not in the original draft, this is what we all dream about.traffic on the streets that can be run safely. not only for the document but foryou to be begging for this project in each of your districts because of the success of the action plan depends on your support . lastly we ask for your support foradditional tools that will not put the full capacity including red light cameras, left turns and street state projects to build on the success of quick build . thank you so much. >> hello, your two minutes begins now.>> thanks for taking my call. myname is drew banking, district 7 resident .
>> president: i believe the director will be going into further in the new year. we are prepared to go into closed session if that's the desire of this body but we don'thave to are there questions or anycommissioners who would like to go into closed session on item number 12 ?seeing on , thenlet's call the roll on this item . [roll call vote]
>> president: thank you madam clerk. please call item 13. >> clerk: item13 . the annual compensation for the executive director for 2022. this is an actionitem . >> president: colleagues, on this item the personnel committee recommended above a 4.5 percent increase to the executive directors compensation after considering compensation for similarly situated executives at other transportation agencies and looking atincreases that folks within the ta have gotten over the last year . director chan, a first-class human being has requested that we reduce to four percent in light of economic conditions and i am inclined to grant her request although that would require a motion and second by this board. and so i will make that motion
and second it. >> i want to thank our executive director for that more than a gesture as well as for her service and thanked the members of the personnel committee for what i thought were very good and mature deliberations in closed sessio . >> president: we should take public comment on this item since we are changing the personnel committee recommendation so let's open item 13to public comment .>> clerk: we are reminded public comment isfor item 13 . public comment is on item 13 at this time. hello caller, your two minutes will begin now.
>> david fill help again. i have a comment on item 11 that wasn't taken you asked for public comments on item 12. i don't have anything on item 12 but can we go back to item 11? we may need to rescind because i have a comment on the last resultsclause . >> president: let's hear from our next speaker. >> i also have a comment on item 13 so how do you wishto proceed ? >> president: youshould make your comments on item 13 now . >> i commented last year on the director's performance and compensation , i in general support compressing salary ranges with a higher minimum wage in the world and a lower maximum wage . so accordingly i oppose today's proposed increase when it'sfour or 4 and a half percent . without regard to director james, i agree excellent
performance. that's my comment and when do you want me to comment back on item 11 ? >> president: let's hear from the next speaker. >> clerk: there are no more colors. >> president: public comment is closed. as i said earlier the personnel committee took public commenton the other items that were before the personnel committee and the only reason we took public comment on item 13 is we weremaking a change from recommendation of the personnel committee . there's been a motion and a second. and madam clerk , that is a motion to increase the directorscompensation to four percent ratherthan 4.5 percent . madam clerk, please call the role . >> clerk: [roll call vote]
thank youcolleagues andplease call item 13 . >> just a reminder to the clerk to please call a vote on the item as amended . >> i will move theitem as amended . >> president: i will second that. madam clerk, call the role. >> clerk: onitem 13, commissioner chan .[roll call vote] >>. [roll call vote] we have 11
aye's, the motion passes. >> president: please call item 14. >> clerk: i think the executive director. >> i wanted to thank you very much, it's a pleasure and privilege to serve. >> president: thank you. director milton. please call item 14. >> introduction of new items, this is an information item. >> president: anybody have new items? all right. madam clerk, please call item 15. >> clerk: item 15 is public comment. >> president: let's open our general public comment .
>> clerk: we have one color. your two minutes will begin now. >> caller: i'm revealing rule 3.26 of the transportation authority regarding public comment which does provide that public comment is not taken before the board on an item that was previously considered by committee not substantially changed but i believe that runs afoul of the brown act which only applies that provision to the board of supervisors and not to other entities so i believe there's a conflict between that rule and the provision of the brown act . regardless the comment i would have me on the subject of item 11 on the juneteenth holiday is in theresults clause for that item .
result thetransportation authority hereby amends resolution 90 14 to add observed juneteenth as an annual observed holiday the word observed is surplus and should be removed from the results , having no material change to the meeting of that resolution. in addition i would ask the staff to post the personnel manual of the authority on the web under about us governing policies , perhaps noting that the personnel manual is not conducted by this board but is adopted by the executive director and i'm assuming that personnel manual will be appropriately updated to include the juneteenth holiday that you've just recognized. thank you for listening today. >> clerk: thank you caller. there are no other colors.
>> president: thankyou public comment on this item is closed . i'm going to ask that our clerk and council and director look at our resolution on juneteenth and make sure it all makes sense and there's not any clerical cleanup that needsto happen . madam clerk, please call our next item. >> clerk: item 16 is adjournment. >> president: we are adjourned everybody. have agood holiday and new year . >> thank you, you as well. to or