tv Transportation Authority Board SFGTV January 12, 2022 10:00pm-12:31am PST
and then access code 24969897349 pound and then pound again. dial star three to be added to the queue to speak. do not press star three again or you will be removed from the queue. when the system says your line has been unmuted, you will be allowed two minutes to speak. when your two minutes are up, we will take the next caller. the best practices are speak clearly and slowly and turn down any television or audio streaming. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. please call item two. >> clerk: item two is a final approval on the first appearance approve the resolution making findings to allow teleconferenced meetings under california government
code section 54953e. this resolution allows public agencies to continue to exclusively meet via teleconference. the agency must make certain findings including that it has considered the state of emergency and that conducting in-person meetings and public health and safety. this resolution applies to the transportation authority board, community advisory committee and the advisory committee for the next 30 days and then that concludes my statement. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. we should open this item to public comment. >> there's no public comment at this time. >> chairman: all right. public comment on item two is closed. is there any motion to approve item two. first by ronen and seconded by preston. thank you, commissioner preston.
this is an action item. >> chairman: i don't see comments or questions from colleagues. let's open this item to public comment. >> there are no callers. >> chairman: all right. public comment on item three is closed. is there a motion to approve item three, the minutes? ronen and seconded by peskin. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: item three, approval of minutes, [roll call]
we have eleven ayes. the minutes are approved. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. please call item four. >> clerk: item four election of chair and vice chair for 2022. this is an action item. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. we will begin with chair nominations are in order for the office of chair and i see commissioner melgar in the queue. >> commissioner: thank you, chair mandelman. i want to start by saying i have so admired your chairmanship of this board this past year. i have found you to be so thoughtful in and outside the meetings. you know, we have had great conversations about everything transportation related and how we're approaching all of the planning issues that we have
both the local and the regional level. so, for that, i'm just proud to nominate you for another year as chair and i'm excited to have you in this leadership position and look forward to all the things we'll do together. >> chairman: thank you for the kinds words and the nomination. is there a second? thank you, commissioner ronen. let's see. are there further nominations? i'm not seeing any further no, ma'am nominations. we should open this to public comment before we vote. >> there's no public comment. >> chairman: public comment on the election chair is closed. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: of course, on the motion in favor of electing commissioner mandelman as
hope the pandemic supporting with and holding accountable our department transportation agencies. so i look forward in doing that with all of you. now, our nominations are ordered for the office of vice chair and are there any nominations for vice chair? i see commissioner chan in the queue. commissioner chan. >> commissioner: thank you, chair mandelman. i think that, you know, just seeing that vice chair peskin as a former chair and now continuously playing that role very supportive of your leadership especially this year, i would really like to nominate vice chair peskin again for the vice chairship to contain just supporting you but also helping us as a body to
move many things forward like you said, especially the renewal and downtown extension. and thank you, vice chair peskin for all your service. >> chairman: thank you, commissioner chan. is there a second? seconded by ronen. i will echo commissioner chan's comments. i have appreciated vice chair peskin, aaron's support and guidance. he has a wealth of relationships within san francisco across the region and across the state that have been invaluable and i have also very much appreciated his council on a number of difficult issues. so we should open assuming he's willing to accept the nomination.
>> vice chair: i accept the nomination and look forward to continuing vice chair into the new year. >> chairman: thank you. let's open the election of vice chair to public comment. >> clerk: okay. members of the public, we are taking public comment on the nomination for vice chair. there's no public comment. >> chairman: all right. public comment on the election of vice chair, and, with that, item four is closed. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: of course. on the roll electing commissioner peskin for vice chair, [roll call]
we have eleven ayes, the motion passes. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. thank you, colleagues. please call item five. >> clerk: item five, appoint up to two members to the community -- >> chairman: let's go back. commissioner walton. >> commissioner: thank you so much, chair. i want to thank both of you. i appreciate working with both of you as you know we have a lot of opportunity to have conversation about all things here in san francisco and i appreciate working with both of
you. so i'm excited about you both continuing on. so thank you. >> chairman: thank you, commissioner president walton. and now we can go on to item five. please call item five, madam clerk. >> clerk: item five, appoint up to two members to the community advisory committee. this is an action item. >> chairman: mike pickford is here senior transportation planner. >> all right. good morning. the transportation authority has an eleven-member community advisory committee with each member serving a two-year term. the board appoints any individual to fill the open seats and neither staff nor c.a.c. may make religiouses on appointments. applicants must be san francisco residents and must appear before the board to describe their interests and qualifications. in the packet is a list of applicants and the enclosure
has details on information. district nine and district six danielle so. a third vacancy due to the expiration of district five representative stephanie lou's term will be agendized next month as we continue to take applications. i can take any questions and i believe mr. ortis and at least one more candidate is here if you're ready to hear from them. >> chairman: yes. let's hear from district 6. >> hello chair and commissioners. my name is eric rozell and i've lived in the tenderloin.
salsalido. ensuring safe and reliable transportation of cargo throughout the country and into canada. as an added bike rider, i've been involved in several crashes involving vehicles quickly backing out of driveways or pedestrians bolting into the bike the mental and fiscal toll on people is often overlooked and something that needs to be considered in street safety designs. and my task force, i work with supervisor haney's office to lower the speed limit in the tenderloin to 20 miles per hour and implement no turn on red throughout the neighborhood. i also work closely with t.l.
community, svmentd m.f.t.a. and golden gate, levinworth and jones. i also helped in the creation of street projects that in the city. to improve transportation funding, paratransit and street traffic safety projects in the region. also, i've participated and assisted with community outreach. as a pedestrian safety manager, i regularly ordinary care on the front lines in the tenderloin, leading a team of safety captains and outreach for street projects throughout the community. this provides me with the lived experience and the opportunity to speak with people on a regular basis about the importance of the flexible, affordable, reliable, and safe
transportation. my primary objectives for serving on the c.a.c. is to provide the transportation authority board feedback on transportation projects and communicate these projects to district six residents, businesses, community based oralers and businesses. initially, my objective is to strengthen capacity building with neighbors, seniors, and disabilities and other agencies and groups to improve citywide transportation. i know district six is a diverse place that includes the tenderloin, yerba buena. my goal is to reflect the diversity of the district. therefore, my objective is to reflect c.ta funding and communications are shared throughout the district and city. i look forward to the opportunity in bringing in my personal profession and passion
and knowledge of transportation to the community advisory committee. thank you for considering me for this position and for your time. thank you. >> chairman: thank you, mr. rozell. i see commissioners ronen and haney in the queue. did you want to speak now or after the applicants? >> commissioner: i was going to speak about eric, but i can speak about after. >> commissioner: likewise. >> chairman: okay. do we have any other district six applicants? sounds like we don't. let's hear from kevin ortiz. is kevin ortiz here?
>> chair, i don't see kevin. >> chairman: commissioner ronen will likely be speaking on his behalf. all right. we can -- then we can hear -- we can open this to public comment. let's open this to public comment. >> okay. hello, caller. >> caller: hi. my name is -- sauod prodan and i'm one of the applicants as well. i live and work in the east cut. i'm one of those people that moved to san francisco just as covid was starting and i would love an opportunity to speak
about why i want to join the c.a.c. and i heard the person before me speak about their qualifications and while i don't have 15 years of living in district 6, i've in the short time that i've been here, i have loved this place and i've tried to get as much out of it as possible which means using the bikes that we have. buy my own bike eventually using muni and b.a.r.t. to get around and love living in this district and the next step of that was to get involved in some way with the community and, you know, i really -- i want to be here for the long term and that means getting involved and making it a little bit better. i think that i can do a good job of getting other people that are now seeing san francisco as maybe another
opportunity for where they want to start their career or their lives and making district 6 be the place that they want to do that. that they see it as not just the headlines we get misrepresented with, not just district 6, but san francisco as a whole and really show as a young person who is eager to start their lives and their career that our community here is the place and a big part of that is transportation. i was born and raised in europe and bulgaria and europe and greece and moved here for college and stayed here for work and i've seen what functioning and useful public transport can do for a community and i think that i can work with you and work with the, you know, just the others
in city government to make district 6 even better and to represent the people that are not here that want to move here that don't have the opportunity to and don't have a voice yet. and i do work in the company, but i'm really -- i want to give back to the community and that's why i wanted to apply for this position. thank you. >> thank you, caller. hello, caller. are you calling in regards to the c.a.c. appointment or did you just want to make a comment? >> caller: no. actually, i am also calling in regards to an applicant for district 6. my name's tre ely. >> okay. >> caller: excellent. thank you. i appreciate it. hello, board.
and everyone who is on the line today and thank you for your consideration. my name is tre ely pronounce he, him, his, and i'm also applying for the community advisory council for district 6 as well. district 6 is on fire parentally today, all good. i am very active, engaged and enthusiastic in san francisco. i've been here for 11 years. i moved here from mobile, alabama, and where there is no transit whatsoever there. i did not realize the level of impact and influence like having equitable access to public transportation has on individuals' lives and my liveded experience over my more than a decade here in san francisco has really changed the way that i think and approach my overall community and transportation throughout the metropolitan area.
i am employed kind of in the south bay and i meet a team of five. i understand the mechanisms of scale and consider myself somewhat of an expert on learning, behavior change, awareness, and i'm hoping for an opportunity to be able to contribute those skills to san francisco. i weigh in quite a bit on quality efficiency. i actually joined or actually when i moved to san francisco, i remember taking the 22 filmore on kind of a tour around the city to learn a little bit more about the lay-out. i fell in love with muni, bart, and cal train. i started using them on a regular basis. i started using cal train to
and from work in cupertino. after being in san francisco for about a little over two years, i got rid of my vehicle and relied on public transportation exclusively and when i have people visit from alabama, i use public transportation to kind of show them around the city. i have tons of ideas about what i think that we could be doing. i have a huge appreciation for what you all are giving an opportunity. i want everyone in san francisco to take public transit. i do feel we should be doing our darnest to create a for every man, woman, and child to feel safe getting from destination a to z and to have equitable access to all of the bay area. so i really appreciate the
consideration and that's all for me. thank you. >> thank you, caller. hello, caller. are you calling in regards to c.a.c. appointment or did you want to make a public comment? >> caller: i wanted to make a public comment in support of one of the applicants. >> okay. well, your two minutes begins now. >> caller: perfect. hi, my name is evan and i'm calling in support of the candidacy of eric rozell. i can't think of a better candidate for the transportation authority community advisory board. i currently chair a task force that works with city staff to advance street safety projects. for the past 18 months, i've worked very closely with eric as the vice chair of the task force. his commitment to his community is admirable and the breath of his knowledge is considerable.
he's also an incredible person. his work has made streets safer and i'm confident he'll make the c.a.c. stronger and a safer city for everyone. thank you for listening to the comment and i truly hope that you appoint eric rozell. thank you. >> thank you, caller. hello, caller. are you calling in regards to public comment or did you want to discuss your c.a.c. appointment? >> caller: yes. i would like to discuss my application. good morning. >> go ahead, caller. >> caller: hi. my name is sauod alzahrani. i live in district 6. this is my first attempt to actually engage in my community as a u.s. citizen. i became a u.s. citizen one month ago. i moved to san francisco bay area about 17 years ago.
12 years ago in san francisco tenderloin have been in the same building since then. i work here and i got educated here. this is my people. this is where i live. this is where i belong. i have -- sorry. i'm nervous. this is my first time. but i have so many ideas and i would like to bring them to the table. one of the things i would like to talk about is admitting the big truck delivery hours, the busy hours in my area. first of all, i would like to improve the reliability of transit in my area, like the 27 to 38 traffic, 19 folk. so i would like to talk about
-- excuse me, sorry. one second. >> caller? >> i'm sorry. somebody was coming in. so i would like to [ indiscernible ] the reliability of buss and bike lanes. and would like to have more bike. one of the things i would like to talk about here with you guys to teach people about how to ride safely, how to ride muni safely.
i have about three years of transit appearance as a transit operator and i'm here on the capacity of representing myself and not anybody else. i also would like to more people using public transit in my area and in san francisco in general because we have too many cars here and too much pollution going on. i would like to san francisco residents to use more muni bike as possible. another thing i have to mention is in the san francisco area, buses sometimes do not come on
time and i understand that there are so many things that could go wrong. we want to always help and be positive help in making sure the bus and there's no obstacles and no one sleeping in the lanes and that's something i would like to discuss, you know, security issues around making sure the bus comes on time. street parking in my area, there's so many car parks here and we want to limit it to ten to five minutes so people can make their deliveries and drop-offs and pick up and leave. car parking here all day long and all night and they have no plates and they have no anything. this doesn't look good and the cars are just staying here
where we hope that those people make different changes and move their car somewhere else just on different way of moving around. >> okay. thank you, caller. you have 10 more seconds and then if you can conclude, please. >> caller: i am strong here. this is where i live. i would like to be part of the change and thank you so much for giving me this opportunity and i hope whoever gets this position makes the best contribution. thank you so much. >> thank you, caller. there are no more callers on the line. >> chairman: all right. public comment on item five is closed. commissioner ronen. >> commissioner: thank you. thanks to all of the incredible applicants. district 6, it looks like there's a hard decision before
you. district 9 is a little simpler. kevin ortiz has been an excellent representative on the c.a.c. for us in the previous term and i enthusiastically am supporting another term for him aside from being very familiar with the mission district and transportation issues and concerns specifically in the latinx community. mr. ortiz is a staffer for speaker nancy pelosi, so it kind of gets to pay attention to funding and transportation issues on a federal level and bring that knowledge home to us in this way. so i just wanted to say that i strongly support his application and hope you will join me in that.
thank you. >> chairman: great. want to make that a motion? >> commissioner: i would love to. thank you. yes. >> chairman: if commissioner haney doesn't object, we can go ahead and take care of d9 first. so, commissioner ronen has moved the reappointment of kevin ortiz to the d9 spot, is there a second? >> commissioner: second, preston. >> chairman: seconded by preston. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: of course. [roll call]
we have nine ayes. the motion to appoint kevin ortiz to c.a.c. passes. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. commissioner haney. >> commissioner: thank you. it's wonderful to see so many of our residents willing to step up and i just want to say for all of you, i hope that you can work together on these issues and please reach out to me in my office and we'd love to find ways for all of you to be able to serve in some capacity. so thank you very much for your
interest and your commitment to public transportation and safety on our streets. i am very proud to nominate eric rozell. eric, as you heard in his comments has been involved in every effort here in this neighborhood to make our streets safer which is just a critical live line and really brought forward some transformation changes. he is somebody who walks and bikes and takes transit and i just want to say in addition to all of those things, as someone who walks this neighborhood myself and my district pretty much every day, i think i can safely say he is the person that i run into anyone. usually a few times a week. so that is the kind of person that we want to have in this committee and really deeply connected to the community and
thank you, eric, for stepping up to serve and thank you to everyone whom i expressed interest. we have an abundance of leadership in district 6 and we will find a way to have all of you have an opportunity to serve. i'm going to nominate eric rozell to serve on the district 6 seat. >> chairman: okay. is there a second? seconded by ronen. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: thank you. [roll call]
we have ten ayes, the motion passes. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. thanks to all the applicants and thank you commissioner haney and ronen for helping us figure out how to move forward. madam clerk, please call item 6. >> clerk: item 6, allocate $2,163,640 in prop k funds, with conditions, for two requests. this is an action item. >> good morning, commissioners. let me pull up my presentation. mr. chair, can you see my presentation? my slides? >> chairman: i can. >> okay. so real quick, just two requests came from the board this morning. the first is from the sfmta to
replace 27 of the paratransit vans that are in the current fleet that have reached the end of their youthful lives. these 27 vans include 26 cut-away vans that are similar to the vans that are currently in service and there's one smaller van as you can see on your screen which has a slightly smaller footprint, but it allows for more maneuverability and flexibility with ridership demands and service routes so you can park in smaller parking areas and also on narrower streets. the vehicles to be in service by the end of -- sorry, by summer of 2023. and the other request from sfmta is to replace signal equipment that has reached the end of its life. the approximate locations are 36, in your materials that are supportive in your pact for
this meeting and this is important to do in order to do in the state of good repair so that folk who is are relying on these signals, that they are not caught in a situation where the they unexpectedly fail. and it also allows for the signal crews to keep on track with planned signal projects for vision 0 supportive work as opposed to being redirected to deal with emergency situations. those are the two requests. we have some project managers here if there are some questions. >> chairman: thank you, director. i don't see questions or comments. let's open this item to public comment. >> there's no public comment.
>> chairman: all right. public comment on item 6 is closed. is there a motion to approve item 6? moved by ronen. is there a second? seconded by melgar. >> commissioner: that's okay. don't worry about it. i didn't move quickly enough. let's just vote on it. >> chairman: did you want to say something? >> commissioner: look. i just wanted to say what a lifeline paratransit was to district 7 into your district 2, by the way because when muni was shut down and so many folks with disabilities live up in those hills, paratransit is what kept them connected and the m.t.a. moved very fast to make sure that that subsidy was expanded. so i'm so glad we are suring up the system. it's what needs to be done. so thank you. and i second.
>> chairman: great. madam clerk, please call item seven. >> clerk: item seven, accept the audit report for this fiscal year ended june 30th, 2021. this is an action item. >> chairman: deputy director. >> good morning, commissioners. deputy director for finance admission. today i'm happy to report. before i hand it over to our audit partner, i'd like to thank and appreciate my staff. cal, cchrista, lena, and the auditors, of course, for producing the 127-page annual fre hencive report and completing a successful audit. i'll hand it over to our auditor to share himself our power point presentation. >> chairman: great. hold up. it looks like commissioner ronen is in the queue. >> commissioner: i just wanted
to take the opportunity to thank ms. wong for your incredible work. you're just over-the-top amazing and the fact we get a perfect audit almost every year is such a testament to you and your staff and i want to recognize you and thank you for all your extraordinary work. >> chairman: thank you, commissioner ronen. mr. edelman. >> okay. and i'll just add, you know, getting a positive audit that is all on them. that's on the folks that work and are responsebling for putting this together i am the independent external auditor and if i did this correct, you
should have the slides ahead of you on the screen. first and foremost, financial statements and i'm talking about timma. i'm talking about the t.a., but also pretty much everything i say with a few exceptions also applies to timma. it's a separate legal entity to it does produce a separate set of financial statements and those further get wrapped up and combined with the t.a. financial statements. so all of the stuff here applies to both entities, but asking the question, do they comply with the governmental accounting standards? is it complete and accurate information for decision makers? there's also a federal compliance audit called the signal audit which probably
would make the most sense. with the grant fund with what they said they were going to use them for. and then the last item on here is there are internal deficiencies identified as we come in and say things need to be done different in order for financial statements to be request accurate and correct. it's really just to report back. and like i said, management that was involved with accounting they are really
responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the accounting information for making sure that the information that they and ensuring that the internal controls are all working. kind of the timing of the audit, it goes on for timing of the audit, it goes on throughout the year. early in the year, there's planning and risk assessment that we go through kind of in that march to may time frame. there's interim audit work looking at internal controls and some of the compliance. june 30th is the end of the fiscal year. they close the books, they prepare for the audit, we do the bulk of the work september to october time frame and kind of november to december towards
the end of the year, but the audit was done earlier. the result is doing all the things that we do. number one, there's no opinion. so within that 180-page document is our header that opinion on the financial statements goes on for i guess a couple pages, actually but the most relevant excerpt in all material respects at the transportation authority and very similar opinion. that is the most exciting thing that the auditor can be telling you which means that they are good correct that they are complete and accurate. internal control. there's a second opinion towards the back.
that would be internal control deficiencies. we did not identify any deficiencies it goes on. but that's a positive, clean, unmodified kit. number three, involving compliance which really is that yerba buena project. but no instances of noncompliance are required. you know, that's where if there were instances of noncompliance, that grants were being used, that's where that would be. it would be called out again. clean compliance and then also in your packet is a management,
but supplementary information where you'll see if things that we said need to change rgs but they're too small to actually change. it appears there were nonidentified difficulties encountered. and i'll just point out there's a couple things involving significant risk and significant and those are things when we do our risk assessment, they require special attention not necessarily, you know, nothing that results in the modification.
so, with that, i'll turn it over for any questions. if there's any questions from the commissioners, i'll try and answer those. >> chairman: thanks to cynthia fog and her team. let's open this up to public comment. >> okay. hello, caller. your two minutes begins now. >> caller: can you hear me now? >> yes, caller.
>> caller: great. it's david pillpell. just one quick question or clarification from the auditor on slide number five, item four which was just referenced. other matters, it uses the term past adjustments. i'm just wondering if that was an error and should be past adjustments as in adjustments in the past or if there is something else that i'm missing about the term past adjustments if someone can just clarify that point. otherwise, a clean audit is always a good audit. >> thank you, caller. >> do you want me to respond real quick? >> chairman: let's get through public comment. >> there are no other callers. >> chairman: all right.
public comment on item seven is closed. would you like to address past versus passed. >> it's correct. it's passed as in -- that's where audit adjustments that were not posted that we aren't doing anything about because they're immaterial where those would be identified. in this case, there were none. >> chairman: all right. thank you. well, with that, is there a motion to approve item 7? >> so moved. >> chairman: seconded by melgar. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: [roll call]
we have ten ayes, the motion passes. >> chairman: great. thank you, are madam clerk. please call item 8. >> clerk: item eight approved programming of $4,055,000 in senate bill 1 local partnership program formula funds for construction of the yerba buena island west side bridges seize mick retro fit project. this is an action item. >> good morning commissioners. i am kaylee lions with the transportation authority. happy to present this program
with the local partnership program formula fund. the partnership program rewards local jurisdictions that have sought and received voter approval solely dedicated for transportation here's $200 million available annually and the program is administered by the california transportation commission. 60% of the funds are distributed through a formula program. as prop k and prop aa administrator is eligible for formulaic and we share funds that come from the t.n.c. tax as well. the current fiscal cycle covers fiscal years 2021 through 2023. and we're receiving $6.1 million in formula funds this cycle. the program has brought eligibility including improvements to state highways,
very excited to go ahead. if you can go to the next slide. what you have in front of you is a graphic of some of the past work we've done, the on and off-ramps, the work that is under construction now. the subject in front of you is the west bridge project. a significant infrastructure project. a lot of challenges here that we've identified as part of the engineering work. very excited that we're at this point. very excited about the grant money and just wanted to let you know that the future work on the island, what is called the hill crest road widening project, we'll update you on in the
future. just the history here for the west side bridges retrofit project. you're talking about demolishing eight bridge structures. those structures on the foreground of the photograph, which are over 80 years old. building retaining wall structures, retrofitting one of those bridges, crossing structure. if you recall, this same board approved the construction manager general contract and delivery method for this project where we brought in a construction contractor, frankly, a couple of years ago now. early in the design process and i stress early to make sure that we understood what the risks were, the challenges were and be able to come up with cost estimates that went ahead and put us in the best position to manage risk. right now we're targeting the summer of 2022 for construction. this job will take about close
to 40 months to construct, so over three and a half years. some of the challenges that are part of this project, unstable soil conditions, very steep terrain. construction access is difficult. we're basically talking about building a very large wall structure. rock anchors. tieback retaining walls and as always we have to make sure we're in compliance with any of the environmental constraints for the project. cost containment is one of the biggest through the pre-construction phase. the next slide provides you right now with the estimate for construction line item. significant construction contract. about $85 million worth of work. agency furnished materials, a couple million on top of that. we're budgeting close to 8% range. construction engineering at about another 15%. as well as finance costs here,
because the work -- the money that we use primarily federal and state money, there are limitations how much we can draw down every year. let's talk about the funding. we have committed funding, federal, what we call highway bridge program, h.b.p., state proposition 1b, the previous funds from tida, our partner in all of this. the toll authority and as we just indicated, $18 million from the federal government in terms of the variant. next slide will indicate to you what we are currently planning and actively pursuing in working with our funding partners. we're requesting additional funds from the state of california for the federal h.b.p. money. working with the bay area toll authority to help in terms of the contribution. a small contribution from tida. and in terms of other potential
funding sources here that we're proactively pursuing. next slide. so what this does, this $4 million really helps match the money that we have today at the table. the plan ahead for us is to go ahead and work with the ctc and submit the project to them, later in about a couple of months here. and tie up all that funding and start construction in the summer of 2022. that concludes our presentation. thank you. >> chair mandelman: thank you, mr. cordova. let's open this item to public comment. >> hello, caller? your two minutes begin now. >> great, david pilpel again. i have not followed this
specific project on treasure island ybi at all. haven't heard about it until now. i'm just wondering about the construction staging location or locations, construction mitigation, and how that is going to impact folks on both on the bay bridge and access to and from ti and ybi as it sounds like it's a 40-month construction project with constrained site location and access. and the difficult issues about that. so i don't know if you want to address that now, but it's just a concern i assume that the ceqa issues have either been addressed or will be prior to construction, but it seems like it's a challenging project. just wanted to make those thoughts known. thank you. >> thank you, caller. there is no more public comment.
>> chair mandelman: public comment on item 8 is closed. mr. co-dova, do you want to try to address concerns about construction impacts? >> sure, love to do that, because it's important to recognize that the access to and from the island is limited. and what i shared on the screen previously, the different projects, one of them is southgate. and what we're going to do is go ahead and open the previously closed eastbound off-ramp to southgate road to allow people to get on to the island coming from san francisco on that -- on that off-ramp structure. that's planned to occur in the spring of this year. the latter part of this spring. so that allows us then, in essence, to take that western side of the island and limit vehicular traffic along that side. so we can go in there and reconstruct this side of the
island, the roadway structure. so that's a very good question. i appreciate that question. and it's one that we have planned for and is being incorporated as part of our infrastructure on the island. >> chair mandelman: thank you. and thank you -- although it looks like you have a path to closing your gap, when are you going to know whether we're there or not and whether the project can actually happen this year? >> the next two months are critical, frankly. over the next two months, they're to go ahead and work with cal tran who is the entity that we've been dealing with to obtain additional funding and work with our partners. we're hoping to bring back to this board recommendation in the april time frame. hopefully no later than may so we can start construction in june. >> chair mandelman: okay, thank you.
all right. seeing no further comments or questions, is there a motion to approve this item? commissioner haney? >> commissioner haney: happy to do it. >> chair mandelman: thank you. is there a second? second chan. thank you. madame clerk, please call the roll. >> item 8, commissioner chan? >> commissioner chan: aye. >> chan aye. commissioner haney? >> commissioner haney: aye. commissioner mandelman? >> commissioner mandelman: aye. >> commissioner mar? >> aye. >> commissioner melgar: aye. >> commissioner peskin: aye. >> commissioner preston: aye.
>> commissioner ronen: aye. >> commissioner safai: aye. >> commissioner stefani: aye. >> commissioner walton: aye. >> we have 11 ayes. motion passes. >> thank you, please call item 9. >> item 9 approve the san francisco transportation investment and growth strategy 2021 update. this is an action item. >> i think we have rachel hyatt here. there you are. hello? >> yes, good morning, chair and commissioners. yes, rachel hyatt, the acting deputy for planning. and please move to the next slide. so this transportation investment and growth strategy, also known as t.i.g., is a
requirement of the m.t.c. as the congestion management of san francisco, they're required to prepare one of these growth strategies as part of the regional one bay area grant program. or obag program. as you probably are aware, the program seeks to integrate transportation, planning and land use in response to senate bill 375, greenhouse gas emission reductions act. and so sfmta is responsible to support our priority developments areas, or pdas, and these are the areas that we and other local jurisdictions in the bay area have identified as the locations for our transit-oriented and infill growth. so the obag fund framework requires them to develop this
growth strategy that reports out on our housing production in our priority development areas and describes how we're planning for transportation to support the housing growth in our pdas. so, we have 15 total pdas. and the most recent time san francisco board of supervisors acted to designate pdas was in 2019. and prior to that, most of our priority development area was on the eastern half of the city of san francisco. we added the board of supervisors -- excuse me, the board of supervisors added four new pdas, so we had 15 total. what this means, these are areas eligible and will be competitive for regional funding from the obag and other programs. something else that the board of
supervisors adopted in 2019 as part of this was a new priority pilot production area, or ppa. and that's the area shown in the hatched area. and this is a new part of the framework that the region has set out to promote middle-wage jobs. and so we now have one priority production area. next, please. the last thing to know is that we have priority conservation areas, the last type of designation. we have eight priority conservation areas and these designations may -- these areas are priority or competitive for the obag. next, please. so the tig is required to identify our trends in housing production. and the policies that san francisco has adopted to promote
housing production. and we have a mixed to report in the sense that on the one hand, we have a significant housing deficit. i have colleagues from the planning department today who contributed to the housing report. and the tig can speak to the housing. housing jobs fit report, but on the other hand, we're doing the best in the region at producing affordable housing and i'll talk about that a bit on the next slide. actually, let's do that. yeah, thank you. so the housing incentive pool, or hip, is a regional grant program created in 2018. and it provides transportation
grants or will provide transportation grants to support and promote affordable housing. and this will be administered by m.t.c. in part through the obag framework. so the hip qualifying units are moderate, low, and very low income, affordable housing units that are produced within pda. m.t.c. will distribute over $70 million in hip program funds to the jurisdictions that produce the greatest number of eligible housing units. during the five-year period from 2018 when this was established through 2022. and so the grants will be awarded after the 2022 housing data becomes available. so far, this report shown here is for what we have available, which is 2018 and 2019. and so far, san francisco is the top producer. we do not yet have the analysis
of 2020 or 2021 yet. but we will look forward to hopefully continuing our high performance there. next slide, please. the last two pieces of the tig are to describe the transportation half of the equation, so we describe the transportation planning effort under way or recently adopted in san francisco to support the priority development areas and the overarching planning effort in that regard is the san francisco transportation plan, s.f.t.p., which is under way as the investment policy blueprint for san francisco. the very last component is to document how san francisco has invested our one bay area grant program fund. and again these are programs
that gives priority to and is most competitive for p.d.a., priority development areas. let me show you the next slide how we used the cycle one obag fund. programming to support nine projects and this was years 2013 through 2017. $35 million total of our county share. and then lastly, in the next slide, the second cycle which was 18 through 2022, and $42 million in total for seven projects. again, priority development areas are prioritized. and right now, m.t.c. is in the process of developing the framework for the obag cycle three, the next cycle, to pick up after 2022.
and we expect that we, sfmta, will be able to call for projects, a san francisco call for projects in late spring with recommendations due to m.t.c. in the fall. and that concludes my report on the transportation investment and growth strategy. thank you very much. i also have my colleague james poppies from san francisco planning department to answer any questions about the housing component. >> chair mandelman: thank you, acting deputy director hyatt. let's open this to public comment. >> okay. we are checking public comment on item 9. there are no callers. >> chair mandelman: okay. thank you, madame clerk. thank you, ms. hyatt, for all of your work on this.
and we need a motion to approve? moved by -- commissioner mar. seconded by commissioner chan. madame clerk, please call the roll? >> clerk: thank you. on item 9 the, commissioner chan? >> commissioner chan: aye. >> commissioner haney: aye. >> commissioner mandelman: aye. >> commissioner mar: aye. >> commissioner melgar: aye. >> commissioner peskin: aye. >> commissioner preston: aye. >> commissioner ronen: aye. >> commissioner safai: -- [indiscernible] >> safai absent.
>> commissioner stefani: aye. >> commissioner walton: aye. >> commissioner safai: aye. we have 11 ayes. motion passes. >> chair mandelman: thank you, madame clerk. please call item 10. >> item 10, introduction of new items. this is an information item. >> chair mandelman: looking to see if anyone has new items. not seeing anyone. madame clerk, please call item 11? >> item 11, public comment. >> chair mandelman: lines open for public comment. >> there is no one on the line. >> chair mandelman: public comment under item 11 is closed. madame clerk, please call item 12. >> item 12 adjournment. >> chair mandelman: we are adjourned. >> thank you.
>> we are right now in outer richmond in the last business area of this city. this area of merchants is in the most western part of san francisco, continue blocks down the street they're going to fall into the pacific ocean. two blocks over you're going to have golden gate park. there is japanese, chinese, hamburgers, italian, you don't have to cook. you can just walk up and down the street and you can get your cheese. i love it. but the a very multicultural place with people from everywhere. it's just a wonderful environment. i love the richmond district. >> and my wife and i own a café we have specialty coffee drinks,
your typical lattes and mochas and cappuccinos, and for lunches, sandwiches and soup and salad. made fresh to order. we have something for everybody >> my shop is in a very cool part of the city but that's one of the reasons why we provide such warm and generous treats, both physically and emotionally (♪♪) >> it's an old-fashioned general store. they have coffee. other than that what we sell is fishing equipment. go out and have a good time. >> one of my customers that has been coming here for years has always said this is my favorite store. when i get married i'm coming in your store. and then he in his wedding outfit and she in a beautiful dress came in here in between getting married at lands end and
to the reception, unbelievable. (♪♪) >> the new public health order that we're announcing will require san franciscans to remain at home with exceptions only for essential outings. >> when the pandemic first hit we kind of saw the writing on the walls that potentially the city is going to shut all businesses down. >> it was scary because it was such an unknown of how things were going to pan out. i honestly thought that this might be the end of our business. we're just a small business and we still need daily customers.
>> i think that everybody was on edge. nobody was untouched. it was very silent. >> as a business owner, you know, things don't just stop, right? you've still got your rent, and all of the overhead, it's still there. >> there's this underlying constant sense of dread and anxiety. it doesn't prevent you from going to work and doing your job, it doesn't stop you from doing your normal routine. what it does is just make you feel extra exhausted. >> so we began to reopen one year later, and we will emerge stronger, we will emerge better as a city, because we are still here and we stand in solidarity with one another.
>> this place has definitely been an anchor for us, it's home for us, and, again, we are part of this community and the community is part of us. >> one of the things that we strived for is making everyone in the community feel welcome and we have a sign that says "you're welcome." no matter who you are, no matter what your political views are, you're welcome here. and it's sort of the classic san francisco thing is that you work with folks. >> it is your duty to help everybody in san francisco.
>> the city has undertaken a pilot program to hook up private privately -- owned hotels. >> the community members say this is helpful for them especially for the seniors and families with kids from seniors being able to connect with the family during the pandemic and too watch the news has been really helpful during this time where they are stuck inside and are not able to go outside. for families it is important to stay connected to go to school, to get connected so they can submit resumes to find jobs during the pandemic. [speaking foreign language]
>> challenges that might seem for the fiber in chinatown is pretty congested. the fiber team found ways around that. they would have to do things such as overnight work in the manholes to get across through busy intersections, and i think the last challenge is a lot of buildings we worked on were built in the early 1900s and they are not fitted with the typical infrastructure you would put in a new building. we overcame that with creative ideas, and we continue to connect more sites like this. >> high-speed internet has become a lifesaver in the modern era. i am delighted that we completed three buildings or in the process of completing two more. i want to thank our department of technology that has done this
by themselves. it is not contracted out. it is done by city employees. i am proud and i want to take a moment to celebrate what we are doing. good afternoon everyone. thank you for joining us here today. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and i'm joined today by supervisor matt haney as well as the director of the department of emergency
management mary ellen carol. the department of public health behavioral health director dr. hillary kunis and we are also joined by our police chief bill scott. i am here with our various leaders in san francisco to officially declare a state of emergency in the tenderloin community of the city and county of san francisco. we know that there have been a number of challenges that have happened in this community and have persisted over the years. but if we take a step back, when this pandemic first hit san francisco, of course, we immediately in light of what we knew was inevitable declared a state of emergency to deal with the global pandemic of covid-19 and, in fact, what we saw over the last almost two years was
san francisco step up, remove the bureaucratic layers and the opticals that get in the way of actually being effective and collaborating with our various city agencies and what we were able to do to deal with the pandemic was extraordinary. we are one of the densest cities in the country and with less than 700 people who lost their lives throughout the entire pandemic, we saw one of the lowest death rates of any other major city in the u.s. and san francisco not just because we acted quickly and shut down early, it's because we had the ability to move quickly and set up our various locations including a covid command center embedded equity into our response to help deal with challenges all over the
city. but the sad reality is when we look at the loss of life in the pandemic which every lost life is tragic, we had over 700 people alone die due to a drug overdose last year in san francisco. we have over 600 and counting this year. when we look at the conditions on our streets, it is really unfortunate, it's sad, it's heart breaking, and i must say, what doesn't get publicized enough is the fact that not only do we say and we are a compassionate city, the amount of money that we spend on services to help people
struggling with mental illness, substance use disorders, programs. our street overdose team, our wellness team. additional resources for narcan. the additional organizations that assist us with those struggling with addiction and mental illness. the significant increase in number of behavioral health beds in our system. a mental health sf, we've done a lot of work to try and turn things around because we know that suffering from those things are not easy. it is not just about homelessness. it's about addiction. it's about the fact that there is clearly in the tenderloin community with the conditions of not just the streets, but the people living there and the
people suffering that we are in a crisis and we need to respond accordingly. it's not just about our police response to make sure that when people cross that line and commit crimes, we hold them accountable. it's about getting people the help that they need and being able to do so quickly. i've said this time and time again, if you don't know what it's like to experience an addiction and i hope to god you never find out, we have to meet people where they are. we can't wait for something to be set up. we have to move quickly. we can't wait until something goes through a layered process. we have to move quickly. too many people are dying in this city.
too many people are sprawled out all over our streets. and now we have a plan to address it. a robust, aggressive plan to address it. earlier this week, i made it clear that there are going to be a number of things that this city is going to do to address public safety and part of that is a police response. part of that is accountability. part of that is making sure that we are consistent, but the other part is being aggressive about getting people into services and support and not allowing what has happened on our streets to continue. not only the fact that people who are suffering from these things are randomly committing
acts of violence towards people who are just walking down the street not to mention the number of shootings and stabbings and other things that are happening randomly in this community, but also the high number of people who are dying from fentanyl overdoses. so leading this effort to address this emergency will be mary ellen carol and the work that we have in place after our assessment will allow us the ability through this emergency declaration to move quickly, to move fast, to change the conditions specifically of the tenderloin community. this is necessary in order to see a difference, in order to
people walk down the streets of san francisco, they should feel safe. they shouldn't have to see someone sticking a needle in various part officer their body laying out on the streets and wondering what can i do to help them. they shouldn't be spit on. we have to have an honest conversation about people who suffer from mental illness and substance use disorder and that crosses a line and impacts other peoples' ability to feel safe in our city, addressing
those challenges, understanding what people are suffering through and meeting them where they are. and i'd like to introduce supervisor matt haney of district 6 to say a few words. >> supervisor haney: i want to thank the mayor for her focus for her urgency and courage in today's announcement. the tenderloin is a community of residents who want and deserve safety, who want and deserve health and who want to survive. they need help. and this is a statement of the urgency that help is on the way. our city came together over the last few years and through everything we had to confront a deadly epidemic.
and because of those actions of the people who are standing up here, we save lives. and we have to do that again. the overdose epidemic is taking the lives of nearly two people a day in our city. most of those people in the tenderloin are south of market and mostly fentanyl. and if we are going to stop the epidemic, if we are going to save lives. we are going to once again throw everything we have at it. we need resources. we need coordination. we need tracking and we need it now. we cannot wait to take action. every day that we wait, anything that is getting our way to move slower, may cost lives. and this is something that we know we can do. decades ago, there was another
epidemic that we faced which was hiv and aids. and this city came together we led the way and we saved lives. and so even though this is an epidemic that's not only affecting our city and the tentder loin, it's a national epidemic. we have to demonstrate through commitment and compassion not only looking the other way, but confronting the problem. i think if there's anything we've demonstrated over the last year and a half under mayor breed's leadership that we can absolutely do this. but it takes us treating it like the emergency and the crisis it is and that's what we're doing today. thank you, mayor breed also as
a resident of the coo at the scale of the problem we're facing and you have my full support and partnership. and i want to thank chief carol and director scott and chief kunis for your partnership on it. i want to introduce the person who is going to lead this effort through the covid-19 pandemic bringing together resources, bringing together staff. unprecedented focus and speed to confront a pandemic. we have to do it again with this deadly epidemic of drug overdose. so i want to welcome up now director caroll. >> director: thank you, mayor breed, and thank you, supervisor haney. in emergencies, people need
resources immediately and not months from now. an emergency declaration allows san francisco to cut through the red tape, to obtain the contracts, the resources and the personnel that we need to address the crisis conditions in the tenderloin. we only have to look at our covid response to see how an emergency declaration allowed us to quickly lease hotels, hire critical staff and establish testing and vaccines. if you remember, when we did that declaration, there is a lot of questions about why we were doing a declaration so early before we even had a case in san francisco. it is because we knew the lead time that we needed and we knew how important it was to have the ability to conduct those resources. that's what it's about. this includes speeding up the establishment of a linkage
center that once activated. the site will connect individuals in crisis to resources like substance use treatment, counseling, and medical care. to date, we have conducted neighborhood assessments, community stakeholder engagement. we've coordinated interventions, and helped people in crisis connect to social services. i just want to reiterate that the emergency declaration is really about removing obstacles so that we can go in and conduct the work we need to do to help the residents of the tenderloin. our goal is to get those services coordinated as quickly as we can in order to alleviate the overall suffering that people are experiencing in the neighborhood. thank you very much. i'll turn it back to you.
>> so, with that, are there any questions? >> question: the chronicle was told two months ago, if you declare it an emergency, it could practically allow -- not practically allow, but you can do anything [inaudible] today. what does this mean in two months? >> can you go back to the first question? >> question: [inaudible] >> so the challenge we have with our conservetorship process is we wait until someone is 51/50 which is a 72-hour hold before we can implement a course of action which goes through a lengthy court process. from my perspective, it's not strong enough to be as
effective as we would like it to be and i think that's why we have to use our alternative of not giving people any option when they are struggling with addiction and have challenges with mental health. we have to take them somewhere. so either that somewhere is going to be san francisco general depending on their condition or that somewhere is going to be a location that we will set up as a result of this emergency declaration and the goal is to not let anyone stay out in the streets and not give them an option and to enforce many of our various laws that are on the books including sit lie and camping and sleeping and other things. so we're going to be a lot more aggressive with implementing existing laws on the books in order to get people off the streets and unfortunately the conservatorship does not work as effectively as is it should.
>> question: and why the change in two months? if we did declare an opioid crisis that we would not be able to do anything that we're not doing now. so i'm wondering what's is changed in two months? >> what's changed is at that time we were working with the department of public health and the city attorney's office to understand how we can get more creative on declaring a state of emergency because the problem we were having is technically under some of of 0 our various laws, it wasn't in terms of what was put forward and what was suggested, it wasn't something that technically we could use legally as a basis. so we had hunkered down, got creative and workeded with our attorneys to figure out a way. even at that time, it was a
crisis. this is not something that just all of sudden happened. we were able to find a way which we needed in order to address it and so that's what we did. >> question: mayor, do you think this declaration will save lives? >> my hope is that it will save lives. people laid out on the streets, we don't know if they're dead or alive. the ability for our street wellness teams to do checks, but most important, that person probably needs to be monitored and so part of our process is removing them from that location and moving them inside to a location where we have the kinds of folks that can monitor, that can provide resources, but more importantly, we're not here to judge. we're here to say, we're here, we're paying attention, we don't want you to die and so we're going to do everything we
can to support you but we've got to they you off the streets. >> question: a public defender said that expanding police presence is going to be harmful to people who are already overpoliced and it cuts the promise you made in the wake of the george floyd murder death. what is your response to that? >> answer: it doesn't. you see significant investments in programs including commitment to the african american community for $60 million a year ongoing. and so you tell that to the families who i met with who are in tears from the attacks and telling me that they want the police there. telling me that they call the police and they want them to show up. the families and the people who live there, has anyone from the public defender's office or anyone else had a conversation with these families who feel
uncomfortable walking their kids down the street. so have the public defender give them a call and see what they want and they need to protect their lives and their children. everyone in theory can is talk about all the policies they want around no police and defund the police and all of these other things, but at the end of the day, if someone beat your kid like that 11-year-old girl, who are you going to call to protect you? and that's the point of this. we have worked very hard in this city to turn things around with the challenges that have existed historically in the police department of san francisco and i'm very proud and confident in bill scott and his leadership and the various trainings, anti-bias trainings, the new recruits which have made the department more and more diverse and understanding of various communities, making sure that we're sensitive to the need and we're not creating these barriers to those who in
the past have historically had challenges with the police. we have people who want a relationship. businesses in the tenderloin who want a relationship and treat their police officers with kindness and respect, the same with the police officers towards them. so folks can say what they want about all of this going back on your word this and that, but at the end of the day, the people in this community are not safe and it is not fair and it's not right. and part of the response to this is definitely police officers. >> question: [ indiscernible ] >> answer: and they're deployed in the tenderloin too. but let me just be clear and the chief can talk about that.
this declaration of emergency is more so about making sure that we are dealing with our public health crisis on the streets and part of it separately from that is definitely a significant increase on our police response. so, if you want, i can bring chief scott up if you have a question. yes. >> thank you, mayor. everything that was said today only enhances our ability to do our jobs. enforcement, we have to enforce. we have to arrest drug dealers. a lot of what people complain about are the street conditions, open air injections of whatever is being injected in peoples' arms and toes and those things have to be addressed. the other side of that is our officer has said time and time again, let's have a system where we can get the social
workers involved and that's exactly what this does at the front end so we can go and do the things that the public wants us to do. arrest people that are hurting people. stop the open air drug uses. stop some of the craziness that's going on on our streets and that's what most of us came on this job to do and this only enhances our ability to do that because our officers will work in partnership with the health department and social services so they don't have to do that. we know to treat people with dignity and respect. we came on this job to be cops and this will only enhance that and the deployment that's already been increased. and i want to echo that in my comments that the mayor said. thanks to the mayor and the support of her budget office
than any other community by far year to date. all this needs to come together. we will continue to invest in the tenderloin, our officers have worked a lot of hours and they don't mind doing that, but they want good outcomes. so when we enforce, we want consequences when the evidence is there. we need to support so they're not doing social work. we understand we have to treat people well and do the job the way we have expected. and we need the support. the emergency declaration and my professional opinion will give us that support right now. so thank you. >> question: mayor breed, you mention an intention to move people to a place they need to be monitored. can you expand on where they will be moved to?
>> answer: yes. mary ellen caroll can answer that. >> yes. so we made reference to a linkage center and we will have people who are experiencing substance abuse disorder, they can link up with the department of public health resources. they can link with community based organization resources and treatment. we can find out where they are in the housing system if they need housing and we can also meet them where they are with some basic hygiene, food. we really want people to -- this is really intended to be a warm intervention with people to engage people. i think i can tell you personally and i think a lot of people feel frustrated with the lack of intervention and the lack of ways to intervene with
people who are suffering on the street. and so this is a place that we can pull people in and get them warm, get them dry. get them fed and have them connected to all of the many services and resources that the city has. >> question: [ indiscernible ] >> answer: yes. it is voluntary. people can come in on their own. people will also be given choices. so there is a push pull. our intention is to be more pull than push, but there will be and as the chief has talked about, there may be instances where people have a choice. you know, you're doing something illegal, something that's harmful in the neighborhood in this situation. we have this option for you to go here and we're hopeful that people are going to take us up on that option as much as