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>> good morning everyone. welcome to the tuesday february 9-there is echo on this. february 9, 2016 meeting of the finance committee of transportation authority. i'm eric mar and to my right is london greed-breed and to my
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left is norman yee. the clerk is steve stomose and being broadcast today by [inaudible] and charles kremenak. any announce mentds >> no announcement; breed present. campos, absent. commissioner kim, absent. commissioner mar, present. commissioner yee, present. we have quorum. >> i forgot to say [inaudible] happy year the mungy everyone. please call the next item >> consent calendar items 2 to 3 are considered row teen. staff isn't [inaudible] present if desired. if a member objects the items may be removaled and considered separately. >> thank you. let's open up for public comment. anyone want to talk about the minutes?
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seeing none public comment is closed. motion to approve the minutes. >> i have a question. y r >> i wasn't at the last meeting so need to rekoos myself from voting on the minutes. it looks like we don't have a quorum to approve the minutes. we can continue until we achieve a quorum. let's go to item 4 >> item 4, state and federal update >> were we going to item 3? >> that is part the consent calendar. >> okay. >> good morning. my way of introduction if you haven't seen me before i am mark watts and the representative in sacramento. ia notice on the matrix there is a lot of temporary bills here. this is the time of year where bills
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that fail passage in the house of origin for one reason for or another are swept away so we recommend a host of bills to be deleted from the matrix because they exceeded the year deadline or vetoed or chapter. you will see next muchckt a whole new slate of legislation but today i have 5 bills. the staff is recommending a support position and what is customarily done if it is okay to proceed is tell the bill number and matrix page it is on in case you want to take a look at it and cover it briefly and move on so if that is acceptable i'll proceed. the first measure is ab 1591, this is one of 3 major transportation finance proposals. this one was introduced in 2016 and it generate 7.3 billion dollars a
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year annually, the largest by far of the 3 proposals that are circulating. it does in addition to raises gas tax and diesel fuel tax and registration fees also has significant commitment of cap and trade for transit projects that are eligible for cap and trade revenues. that is on page 18. -of your matrix. the funding is roughly split 50/50. the tax rez new funding between state and local government for dispersement for road repairs and rehabilitation. i'll continue on if you would like to come back for questions or can stop at this point >> you also have it on another page side by side with the governors budget and sbx.1.12 so that is a same bill but side
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by side with a couple others? >> correct. the second measure staff is recommended support for is by assembly member chiu on page 18 and this deals with bus safety inspections. established criteria and requires dmv to notify public utilities commission can when a bus companies first register as vehicle that isn't happening yet so this steps in and takes or addresses that gap in notification. then if there is a inspection and not a satisfactory rating the bus is prohibited to be used from that company. the next mexer measure is special session bill, abx 1 is our framing for
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special session. number 18 is found on page 25 of the matrix. this bill that mr. linder would return state truck weight fees that are collected and used to offset transportation general obligation bond debt service squu mounts to about a billion dollars a year and this is a proposal to return the truck weight fees back to transportation services where they have been used for years and years. it has a potential impact on the general funds because the general fund has the obligation to make debt service payments so that is the fiscal and policy tension bringing the revenue back. >> commissioner breed, >> why does it-we are talking about abx 1-18 >> correct
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>> why does it say recommend support? is there a bond that is still paid? >> that was consistent with where similar bills had been put forth last year >> so they have to find a new source of revenue to pay for bond debt? >> correct. >> thank you for the clarity. >> and on page 34 of your of the matrix is sb 12 by senator hill and this is a little more sweeping overhaul of tour bus safety >> what page again? >> page 34. it establishes a
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higher priority for inspection for new bus companies that have a record of ill compliance with prior inspection so it puts the new buses coming into those companies at the top thofe list jujust the fee setting authority to be more in line with the costs i think there is a feeling that fee setting is at a level that is too low so they are taking a attempt at providing more revenue for had inspection program to accommodate the higher priority and that is the suggested support. the next measure is the last measure recommended for support consideration is found on page 35. this is by senator beall, sba 24. there are several ongoing cap and
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trade funded programs that funds rail and transit and other programs so this is the low carbon transportation program. it is essentially formula program that distributes cap and trade funding to transit agencies on a basis that already exists in law and used to fund projects that are new efforts at reducing green house gas. an example would be a new line put into service that didn't exist before but for the availability of the money and so that would be a eligible project. there are wrinkles in how that was drafted originally. now that we had one year of experience in the field with transit operators dealing with how the money is distributed, the timing and the other small elements of the program are being addressed in in the measure. it isn't in a final
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form but it is the form of [inaudible] support recommendation is being made. one measure that we are looking at has a history from policies that we took last year on page 17, [inaudible] by assembly member gomez. it increases the level of statutory required benefit to disadvantage communities in the green house gas reduction cap and trade program from 10 to 25 percent, setting aside whether that move is something worthy of support at this point intume, the issue for the bay area is in the first round of distribution of founds that have a requirement
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for disadvantage communities, there is the feeling in this community is the way the state defined disadvantage communities works to had regions disadvantage so there is a effort led by mtc and others to address that definition and how that all applies, so until that is fixed, the region is typically taken onposed position trying to force a change in how it disadvantage communities is defined, >> mr. watts and wpt to give my two cents that if it helps east la and low income communities of color to opposing something that may be helpful for cleaning the air for low income communities even though it isn't helping us is the principle thing to do and prefer if we not take a opposition but be neutral and work towards defining communities of concern or whatever we call them more
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carefully so that the bay areas low income communities are included. >> something like watch express concerns and convey with a letter what we are trying to [inaudible] not a opposition position. okay. with that i draw my presentation on the new bills to a close. i would just give a highlight that the due date for bills to be introduced is theened of the month so we got a little more than 2 weeks remaining and i think probably several hundred bills will be introduced between now and then so will pull out the ones of highest visibility and priority. >> any questions, colleagues? >> thank you. >> so you were going through attachment one afterwards? that is the side by side governors budget ab 91 and sb 1
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[inaudible] thank you. >> amber [inaudible] transportation authority. this is quickly we were requested to provide this looking at the 3 proposals moving forward. the assembly and senate and governors proposal. as mark watts said the assimbly proposal is far and away the largest of the 3. that 7 billion, the sbx 11 is lailt over 4 billion and the governors budget is right around 3. page 76. so, the governors
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budget and the assembly 1591 are the 2 that does commit funding for transit. sbx 1 is more focused on highway maintenance and local streets and roads, so i think at this point we are definitely more supportive of ab 1591 but any new ruv new for transportation would be something we would love to see, so we are working closely at the state level and mtc and the other congestion man jt agencies to advance these hopefully including transit and including walking and biking and think maybe mark can add more about the political context but we get a sense the closer we get to [inaudible] the bigger lift we get to pass to the 2/3 vote. if i can follow up on
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commissioner breeds commission from earlier regarding the bond debt service. it is my understanding this is debt service on a general obligation bond so we ruproved by the public so the the intents is it it paided off by the general fund. this would shift it back and other uses typically do-such as schools the debt comes out of the general fund >> the expectation is the payment of the debt service comes from the general fund and it is my understanding that there are concerns with our state budget and a possible major deficit and i don't understand why a decision like this would be made if there is no clear understanding of where we are going to be at where w the budget as a whole, so i
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guess why are we doing this? what is this about? it doesn't seem right to me. >> i think the intent behind it was to acknowledge the huge problem and deficit in transportation funding but it is a policy call and it is something that you don't feel comfortable until you have more information you can recommend revising the position. >> it just seems irresponsible so i think that is my concern, the fact it is recommended to be supported but there is no clear way to pay for the debt service and so this was the anticipated revenue for that particular service and why are we changing it without clearly making sure that we have a pipeline to cover it especially with a proposed deficit in the state budget? i just think it is irresponsible from my perspective based on the information i have. >> definitely understand that. >> thank you. i am wondering
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if mr. watts can explain the political context of the governor versus fraser versus bell. >> happy to you. a scene setting for you. the legislature started a session on transportation last summer, had full set of hearings in the fall, mr. bell who is one of the cochairs along with jimmy gomez from la of the conference committee established, was able to move his bill, sbx 1 listed on the chart from the transportation committee and is pending hearing in the appropriation special session committee and he is drafting amendments to add significant new funding for transit and go beyond just a state rehabilitation and local road
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program but supplementing the cap and trade programs and other programs with new transit funding, so that is due to come up any day. technically he would be able to amend the bill, the special session is one of those techniques the legislature can use for swift action so i expect when we see the language they would conduct a special session and move forwards. the governors bill and mr. frasers bill are on a slightly longer track because mr. frasers bill is introduced in regular session and it is just at the point now where it is clearing the first 30 day quite period and not set for committee hearing until sometime in march. at that point if had leadership gives a go ahead. the governors proposal is a budget trader bill and haven't seen a packet
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like this through a budget before, but there is two ways-we are at a fork in the road, it can go quickly, they can hold a budget subcommittee hearing on the entirety of the concept and move ahead, or they could put it into a more of a retune budget process where pieces are heard in different ujbet subcommittees and comes back together after the may revice so it is hard to see how it will go but we are waiting for senators bells maelts if tee if they fulfill what we are hoping for. that help? >> thank you. i see no questions let's open up for public comment. anyone from the public that would like to speak? mr. plantal. >> bob plantal one of several people here to urge you to ovride it the staff recommendation on two bills, ab
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1641 and abx 125. staff is recommending watch and think it is highly inappropriate >> can you repeat that? yab 1641 and abx 125 by the same author in orange county, assembly member. they would say it is open season for shuttles to operate in transit bus systems. it may sound okay, but you have to think they are small bus company whether it is santa cruz and scotts valley is a tech hub [inaudible] have special commuter runs into sacramento. smaller transit companies wouldn't have the power or ability as san francisco to negotiate. right now the pilot program san francisco had just ended. there is another program in place that may be modified. i think there ought to be learning provided to
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other transit agencies as well as the legislature, lessens learned, issues to be resolved would be writ nl into future legislation about shuttle squz bus stops. i think it better to say opposed now otherwise you give a rel tivly free or blank check to the shuttle companies. gone, think not just of san francisco but the smaller transit systems outside santsa cruz or mother load and foothill. they are not able to withstand the pressure. this is something you ought to be consideration. [inaudible] you have to take into account the negligentful under responsiveness. cpuc isn't someone you want guarding the
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safety the passenger. it is under responsive with people with disabilities so watch isn't appropriate, it is opposed. you will hear about the multiplicity of usage of transit stop squz why this should be opposed. >> thank you. next speaker. mrs. [inaudible] >> i am reiterating what bob said. sue von. i will urge you to oppose the positions of watch for ab 1641 and abx 1-25. these would both amend the vehicle code to alloy privatecarias to operate in public bus stops. we know privatecarias [inaudible] and the evidence also indicates the
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availability of the tech shuttle buses in particular drives up housing price, eviction and displacement. with the expansion of silicon valley check these can be exacerbated. [inaudible]omeployment numbers by 27, 900 in coming years. what is unknown what the housing plan is but living in san francisco and getting free transportation to silken valley companies is offered as a job perk. if the billerize passed there could potentially-there are other bills discussed about raising generating revenue for public transportation and if those bills are passed there can be a lot of money to expand local and regional public transportation and that is what we need, locum and regional
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public transportation accelable to everyone. these two bills give no leverage to disability and low income communities to advocate for their needs. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. edward mason. the bill transfers public space to private use. you have wide turns from the buses that ubtruckt traffic. engine and air conditioning noise are environmental deg aareidating. you have muni delays. fuel consumption, hamp is waisted because the buses return for another trip so last year i estimate there were 1.2 million gallons of diesel used and half was waisted. the bus loan
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safety and we have to board in the street. for the disabled it is a problem because if i am out there with a cane i don't want to board in the street. the bus operates, there is no legislation that prevents the bus from operating without a license. we had sfo [inaudible] for the month operate without a california license plate and dekales in the muni stop. at 24 and church there was a bower bus with no dekales a brand new bus but no dekales. recommend that a regional express system set up for everyone to use it and for efficient use of consumption of fuel. i currently as it is written i recommend that this not be approved. thank you. >> thank you. anyone esthat would like to speak? seeing none public comment is closed.
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could we get some response from mr. [inaudible] >> [inaudible] just to give background on the staff recommendation, we understand the policy discussion is happening in other venues within the city and just for clarification the bill wouldn't issue a blanket authorization, it will allow local tooz make that decision that so we felt given the policy discussion going on, local control was something that we can take a watch petition on but it is up to you to amend if you desire. >> it seems like it is going against the california vehicle code, which is pretty clear it seems but anyway-okay. thank you. colleagues we had a couple recommendation from the public speakers. are there motions on any of the items?
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the suggestion was that the orange county author alan trav isfrom district 72 [inaudible] abx 125, instead of new recommend watch a recommendation was made to oppose. thoughts, supervisor campos? >> thank you very much. thank you for the presentation. i wanted to just reference my thoughts on ab 1641 and abx 1-25. given sortf what we have gone through in san francisco i am very worried about the state putting this forward. i think this takes local control away and i think that while we have
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seen with our own program here is there are many benefits to this and i'm happy that the program is likely to continue here in san francisco, i think that is a good outcome, but there is clearly mitigations that are needed on so many different levels where wl it is congestion in terms of number of stops in a given jurisdiction, whether it is environmental impacts that may occur, to what they actually pay for the use of public stops . too as we see here in san francisco, the potential impact on housing and displacement. i think that i would make a motion to oppose ab 1641 and adx 1-25 in the current form because i do think they take
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away local control and i don't see it as opposing shuttles, i think the fact is we are supporting them here, but i think the way this is being done it actually is harmful to local jurisdiction squz think each jurisdiction has to figure out what make sense and think this takes that away. >> second mpt >> any other comments? so, for the full package this is a action item so there is a motion on changing those 2 items, can we have a roll call on that? it is a motion that we take opposed position on ab 1641 and abx 1-25. >> on the motion to oppose those bills, commissioner breed, aye. commissioner compose, aye. commissioner kim, aye. commissioner mar,
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aye. commissioner yee, aye. the amendment to the item passes. >> now on the full legislative- >> actually i have a recommendation. i have a recommendation that we oppose abx 118. i think as i said before we are-this measure will seek to return the return of truck weight fee tooz the state highway rehabilitation purposes, which would be great if we paid our bill and the source of revenue from this fee is actually used to pay the bond debt and i just don't understand why this would be requested of us if we haven't finished paying the bill in the first place. then again as i said before, we have a proposed budget deficit for the state of california and so here we go adding a additional expense to that and there is no need to do
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that, so if that were not the case or the bond debt was paid off that would be a different story but think we should oppose this until the bond debt is paid off with the revenue anticipated to pay it off in the first place. i would like to make a motion to oppose. >> it is seconded. let's take a roll call on the motion by supervisor breed. >> take public comment- >> no. is there public comment? there is none. so, roll call. can we do same house same call? thank you. now on the full recommendations from our legislative staff, can we take everything same house same call? as amended. thank
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you. now let me just call us back to the consent calendar. the minutes and internal accounting and investment report. let's open up for public common. anyone from the public that would like taspeak? seeing none public comment is closed. can we have a roll call on the consent calendar? >> you can do same house same call if you like. commissioner breed, >> actually i would like to ubstain >> commissioner campos, aye. commissioner kim, aye. commissioner mar, aye. commissioner yee, aye. the consent calendar is approved. >> mr. stam item 5, and >> update on the california road pilot program. this is a
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information item. >> hello my name is michele [inaudible] transportation planner in policy and programming and i'm here to give a update on the california road charge pilot program. i would like to start by going over the legislation that set up the program and discuss how transportation projects are funded that state level and go into the road use charge advisory committee and recommendation frz the pilot program and where we will go next. so, in 2014 at the recommendation of the california state transportation agency the legislature passed a bill that authorized implementation of the pilot program by jen 21, 2017 to test a road u.s. charge to replace
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the current gas tax and funding transportation projects in california and established a road use charge technical advisory committee that will provide recommendations on what the program will look like. the gas tax is the it major funding mechanism at the state and federal level. it was set up as a prushy for road use, the idea being the more you drive on the streets the more gas tax you pay because the more gas you punchs. however, the gas tax has been decreasing and in recent years due to improvements in fuel efficiency and increase in hybrid and electric vehicles on the road. so the road use charge was recommended for study as a replacement to this user fee for transportation projects. it would charge a fee per mile
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oppose today per gallon as the gas tax is curbtly collected. this is made possible in pard due to a number of technology advancements we have seen in recent years. some may be clar with straba which is tracking mileage people are traveling just via bike or by running. so, in this system fuel efficient vehicles will pay the same fee per mile as older less efficient vehicles. so, the road use charge is seen as more equitable due to the fact it charges ever user the same amount for the amount they travel and gets you closer to a true user fee by calculating how much you are driving and charging you based on that. right now what they are studying is how the road use charge would be able to replace the gas tax, but there is a
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potential in the fuch frr it to be a additional fee rather than a one to one replacement. this wood also be more similar to the way we charge for aootilities in other sectors mpt so, the road charge technical advisory committee comprised of industry experts and leaders across the state and met for 12 months and in december 2015 pub lished their recommendation report that provided recommendations for design the pilot program and for how it would be evaluated. the [inaudible] discussed items that focus on creating a program that will replace the gas tax and discussed issues of equity as i brought up, privacy and data security and they also charged with doing public outreach so they did a state wide survey and focus groups across the state and a lot was
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learned from the focus groups. for example, in general public education about this is very important because there is both a misunderstanding today about how transportation projects are funding and what our gas tax goes to, but also a lot of confusion over what a road use charge is in general. they also discovered a lot about peoples preference and the values they hold behind a user fee. in general people thought paying for what you use is a user fee was deemed fair but fairness had a lot of different meanings for people. some thought efficient vehicles should pay less because that is fair and some thought charging more per mile when you have a drive a long distance to your job is unfair so these are questions that will have to be kept in mind throughout the pilot program and in designing any potential future permanent program. so, in termoffs the
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technical advisory committee recommendsation for the pilot program, the first recommendation was that they achieve 5 thousand participants in the pilot program state wide and would like to see a cross section of there slate on california roads today. they are looging for diversity in vehicle type, as well as geography so commercial vehicles, vehicles owned by private individuals and seeing them spread out in the north, central and southern regions of the state. choice and security, the [inaudible] recommended there be a choice in xhrjs and state account managers so for example organ has a program of 3 different account managers one is state run and two of which are commercial. one for example is verizon. so the state would like to replicate a choice and
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account managers in the pilot program. they would also like to see a choice in mileage reporting methods. the chart below demonstrates what the different basis for the fee would be from time to distance and the other reporting methods are manual or automated. on one end you may have a time permit where you pay a unlimited amount of driving in terms of miles ova course of a week, month or year where you are not reporting anything about the amount you are actually driving or where you drive so it preserves the privacy concerns citizens have. on the otherened you vaautomates reporting method that includes rough geo graphic data so this is something you may use if you frequently drive to another state and the system would automatically track the distance you are driving and whether you are in california
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and should pay california road use fee or if you are on private roads or other exempt geography. in terms of choice and security, there is a number of privacy and data security recommendations including making sure the system has authorization and authint ication. there are strong data secure measures in place and only collect the amount of data they need and the data is destroyed after a certain period of time. the technical advisory committee recommendations for evaluation fall in 8 categories and have a total of 5 ocriteria. the meat the program is determining whether this is a feasible replacement for the gas tax that will bring in revenues in
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a way that better reflects the driving happening in california, but also will look at privacy, data security and equity because there may be items not captured in the pilot program but that are important to take into consideration should there be a permanent program put in place such as the difference between paying a fee to the government every time you stop at the pump versus once a month or once a year. so, as i said, these recommendation were released december of 2015 and the pilot program is slated to begin july 1 of this year. it will be a 9 month pilot program with reports out to the ctc and legislature by june 30, 2017 and a recommendation will be folded into the annual report of a road use charge replacing
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gas tax. they are actively seeking volunteers for the pilot program and will likely need 15,000 people to sign up to get to the 5 thousand voln unteer goal so the website is rks with ww.california road charge and encourage everyone interested for signing up for the pilot program. with that, any questions i'm happy to-- >> commissioner kim >> i just have one question which is how does this impact driver incentives to do hi brds and electric cars if the tax is on the number of miles driven and not the gas? in some ways it seem you may discourage better behavior. >> the recommendation from the technical advisory committee is incent vise the purchase of
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fuel efficient vehicles at the time of purchase rather than a ongoing subsidy and some may say the biggest innocentive is they don't have to pay for gas so have lower bills throughout the year and-- >> but isn't there is a concern though that this is in some ways penalizing those that are being more environmental in the driving behavior? >> i think the think to keep in mind is gas tax was not set up as a penalty on drivers purchase large amounts of gas but in10ed to be a proxy fl a road use fee. at the time it was set up made sense because every vehicle was using gas. those vehicles are incuring ware i not putting into the system to maintain it so this is a attempt to return to a fair user fee on all the
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vehicles using the roads. >> i understand that, i'm just not sure if i agree with that policy. i guess we want people to pay for the road usage that they use but i also think that the gas tax is to penalize certain types of behavior and it is there to fix inefficient in the market and one of those isdants on gas and oil so a tax can be both. there to correct inefficient and there to actually draw back peoples useage of roads, so i understand both premise, just not sure i would land on the side of road useage versus penalizing the inefficient in the market. >> [inaudible] i really appreciate your line of questioning. i think it is a complex topic because most see it as a simple fee and view it as a way to how we pay for
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roads and think it covers are road smains i it doesn't. it is useful to think of the charge covering 3 purposes, one is the infrastructure itself as a way to pave as you go for the roads and maintenance of roads and bridges and hiways, the second is how do we want intoo encourage people from a environmental standpoint to travel. the environmental policy is actually what is driving in london to create a low carbon zone. they have gone beyond the congestion charge to modify the policy to focus on low carbon emission. the third area is congestion policy. again, a charge or fee can reflect all 3 of these thingsism how we wish to pay for instructure, environmental policy and profile of vehicle fleet mix we want to encourage our discourage as well as the
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congestion on the roads when we want to encourage people to travel and not travel, give a hov discount for high occupancy veekz and carpool. one the questions that does continue is for example whether we give low emission and electric vehicles access to the carpool lanes in california because the carpool laneerize starting to get full and degrade perform ons thf lanes mpt there you have the collision of environmental policy with mobility policy. i think this is a very important area where a fee can be interpreted and used for multiple purposes. >> i amope toon the conversation and being convinced, just on first [inaudible] i dont know if i agree moving towards that taxation but open to-i know this is a informational item but just want to get those thoughts out there. >> i was going thank michele for the slides. i get the
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picture with the sink holes and [inaudible] but slide number 6 talking about equity as a driving reason for this charge and really reducing the number of vehicles on the road or vehicle mile traveled. i also wanted to say that my guess is people that can afford a electric vehicle and at times hybrid have a higher income than people that still drive the gas guzzler jz hopefully incentvise the purchase of vehicles still can be done but this makes sense to me. i had to wrap my head around it by looking at the slide of the gas taxes losing value and how this makes sense. i'm curious how it technology will work as the pilot program moves forwards and i appreciative of mr. [inaudible] for putting this forward, but i think it makes a
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lot of sense for the future of improving the roads and streets in the state of california. any other comments, colleagues? thank you for the update. mr. stamose next item >> public comment on item 5 >> any public comment on item 5? seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you so much for the presentation >> item 6, introduction of new items. this is information itedm. >> there is no comments. anyone from the public like to speak? public comment closed >> item 7. general public comment. >> good morning. [inaudible]
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having love and passion in [inaudible] establishing [inaudible] good manners wisdom and trust. [inaudible] in making contribution [inaudible] on improvement and virtue of growth [inaudible] but for the concern of universal wellbeing of all [inaudible] and giving help to the needy so we can [inaudible] back to whatever security of [inaudible] that you know. >> thank you. anyone else that would like to speak? public
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comment is closed. is there any other business? >> item 8, adjournment. >> thank you. meeting adjourned. thank you everyone..
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>> shop and dine the 49 promotes loophole businesses and changes residents to do thirds shopping and diane within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services we help san francisco remain unique and successful where will you shop and dine shop and dine the 49. >> my name is neil the general manager for the book shop here on west portal avenue if san francisco this is a neighborhood bookstore and it is a wonderful neighborhood but it is an interesting community because the residents the neighborhood
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muni loves the neighborhood it is community and we as a book sincerely we see the same people here the shop all the time and you know to a certain degree this is part of their this is created the neighborhood a place where people come and subcontract it is in recent years we see a drop off of a lot of bookstores both national chains and neighborhoods by the neighborhood stores where coming you don't want to - one of the great things of san francisco it is neighborhood neighborhood have dentist corrosive are coffeehouses but 2, 3, 4 coffeehouses in month neighborhoods that are on their
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>> we broke ground in december of last year. we broke ground the day after sandy hook connecticut and had a moment of silence here. it's really great to see the silence that we experienced then and we've experienced over the years in this playground is now filled
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with these voices. >> 321, okay. [ applause ] >> the park was kind of bleak. it was scary and over grown. we started to help maclaren park when we found there wasn't any money in the bond for this park maclaren. we spent time for funding. it was expensive to raise money for this and there were a lot of delays. a lot of it was just the mural, the sprinklers and we didn't have any grass. it was that bad. we worked on sprinkler heads and grass and we fixed everything. we worked hard collecting everything. we had about 400 group members. every a little bit helped and now the park is busy all
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week. there is people with kids using the park and using strollers and now it's safer by utilizing it. >> maclaren park being the largest second park one of the best kept secrets. what's exciting about this activation in particular is that it's the first of many. it's also representation of our city coming together but not only on the bureaucratic side of things. but also our neighbors, neighbors helped this happen. we are thrilled that today we are seeing the fruition of all that work in this city's open space. >> when we got involved with this park there was a broken swing set and half of -- for me, one thing i really like to point out to other groups is that when you are competing
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for funding in a hole on the ground, you need to articulate what you need for your park. i always point as this sight as a model for other communities. >> i hope we continue to work on the other empty pits that are here. there are still a lot of areas that need help at maclaren park. we hope grants and money will be available to continue to improve this park to make it shine. it's a really hidden jewel. a lot of people don't know it's here.
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thank you for joining us i'm bryan stretch the acting united states attorney in the northern california i'm joined by to my right is by ron davis the director of
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community oriented policing services office the division of the dictionary o g in one way or another director district attorney's office has been appointed by the president to be the executive director of president task force on 21st century policing and as the director noble ray to my far right chief ray reports drabl to director davis and the chief of the policing practices and other initiative division also known as p pa i say creation follows the rumsz of the president task force on the 21st century policing and it l will oversees and evaluate the rocky mountain for strategies that implement the president's task force recommendations throughout the country transportation authority i'm joined by mayor ed lee as
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well as tsthe chief greg suhr this anyone city officials and federal authorities are jointly now and then the spark the doj acholic beverage reform initiative for technical assistance fireman to the sfod the review is in response by requests by the mayor, from the chief, from elected city officials and community members asking the justifying to look at the san francisco police department and their use of force and practices the acholic beverage reform will focus on san francisco's police departments operations e operational policies and training and practices and accountability systfor pertaining to stops and searchers and for the use of force and importantly there review will examine whether
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racial and ethic disparliaments exists with respect to the action taken and not taken by the san francisco police department director davtsz will explain in future detail by about the program the mayor and chief have requested an exhaust transparent review of the san francisco police department of justice and that is what they're going to get new let me say b a quick word that calls for an investigation into the shooting death of mario woods immediately following the shootings our office and the district attorney's office were in close communication and jointly determined that the district attorney's office will pursue and lead an investigation into the shooting following well established
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doj civil rights protocols the fbi and our office communicates with the district attorney's office and we're monitoring the investigation at the conclusion of the investigation the federal authorities will is a full review fifth after that full review we have identified an unvindicated federal interest we'll pursue a separate fell investigation at that time and now i'll ask director davis for the details about the collaboration. >> director. >> good afternoon, everyone this is a tight room so as the u.s. attorney mentioned i'm bryan the director of the departments community services office in short the office was created in 1994 with the task of nationwide nationwide we do have grants and over $14 million in grant and through
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tech adjoins we're here to announce the acholic beverage initiative that provides the kind of assessment and tech assistance requested before i get there i'll explain fully was we look at policing across the united states we have a defining momentum and understandable high calls for increased taint and accountability the way the police engages our concerns and the tragedy that occurr ed coward in ferguson and new york and last year put together a task force for the 21st century policing since that time the task force has put out a report that has recommended for implementation and one as t the executive director how job to make sure we can help
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law enforcement implement those recommendations as bryan mentions in responded to the president task force we created a policing accountability initiative we appoint will you'll hear if to work with over 16 thousand law enforcement agencies with the united states one of the best ways to implement those and how to build electrotrust that is about this trust and priority the president ae ts and the terrorizing so we look at the acholic beverage form of san francisco and most of cities we're seeing working around the country noble chief ray will talk about that but when san francisco asked for the process in diego to do this process a process we looked at talked to the attorney general and the civil rights division and looked at it where san francisco is at and the teaches elected
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leadership and support of the leadership and whether the police commission or the board of supervisors and came to the conclusion that the best services we provide san francisco at the this specific time and look at the community lisped eir leadership is the review it will be independent and comprehensive it will be very thorough we'll see a candid response what is and not working and help to equip the san francisco community to better understand where the police department is at and good afternoon them to hold the department will accountable not only to the law but the law is a lower bar but to the best practices of the policing in the country we have a police department that can became become a model agency the 21st century policing that's your goal and objective and the way to make sure that we, in fact, do engage at a very
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thorough assessment i want to make sure that before we goat questions or comments that you keep in mind san francisco a unique opportunity to deal with the challenges not unique to san francisco the trust and losing the the record will reflect happens around the crisis we know that many community of color like the franchise do have a trust the law enforcement and we hope that the lessons lenders from san francisco and others incident will help to guides the 16 thousand agencies we can call it a better perform this is to get the elected professionals and don't deeply into the department what is working and not working and have a public process you'll know exactly and come up with a recommendation that will help transform the department that we can be proud that will serve all of san francisco a
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department that is a model for the nation so it may seem like american people ambitious goal we tell the department chief and i have had several communications to know exactly what is happening this is asking for transparency, accountability this is what the chief says and the business is facility not knowing deciding not to know and deciding we don't want to know the truth if so fatality to the relationship of law enforcement the community that is whether an opportunity to talk about the policing our public safety is not just for the criminal justice but to make sure the explicit did living up to the standards of best practices and 72 hours accountable to the community and accountable to the officials and that you have the confidence in the
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ability to provide those kinds of services this is the first step and it is a volunteer process it requires commitment on behalf of the city and when we decide whether to come to a location part of it we need to see the commitment not only from the police and the mayor's making a request but the confidence that the whole city and community want that kind of transformation and they play a significant roll in the process from the elected officials to the board of supervisors and the police department and everyone has to be reformed this process to work if t sit is not it
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is not a good process we're confident we'll start with the people are committed and willing to achieve 2 we're happy to make that announcement and work together i'll bring up as i said we created this office as a retro office to find some place to lead this national district court and chief ray is a long dwifshd career in law enforcement and known for being a social justice advocate and served time the the president and so someone that practices what we preachers and this is the kind of or more we see this and throughout the nation to work alcohol with the capitol hill and other advanced recommendations e recommendations so we brought him here to make sure it san francisco is exactly the amount of services and we're proud and how importanfor this is to us. >> well i'm not the go going to take long people are starting to sweat. >> good afternoon and welcome let me start off by saying i'll coffer two things one to explain with acholic
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beverage reform is so you have a good acceptance of as a federal initiative this is relatively new i want to get into that and talk about the implementation san francisco as well as talk about the open data initiative i understand the mayor and chief has talked about earlier but we'll talk about that and we're formally launching the process for san francisco police department the continue of services the department of justice is calling for it was determined as director davis and he's attorney mentioned the acholic beverage process was the best code of ethics that began with the technical assistance 4 years ago in las vegas and the cops offend the reform efforts have developed a number of excellent responses and has become a
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resource that the law enforcement agencies across the you understand we're currently have reform projects in spokane washington and philadelphia and columbia and california ae and north carolina and other plays in california and milwaukee the acholic beverage initiative is just a collaboration it is important to note that is an independent as what was mentioned and condition to emphasize that objective assessment that the police department has entered into willfully and the cooperation to do this is critical for the success the purpose of collaboration to #k3406 trust providing a means to trochlgs around specific issues it is not a short-term solution for a serious
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efficiency that identifies the issues within an agency that may affect the public trust and offers recommendations based on a comprehensive assessment for how to resolve those issues and enhance the public trust in relationship to the community agency participation the acholic beverage process is voluntary i repeat voluntary it covers the agencies they must demonstrate a recommendation and undertake significant changes as efforts to reform i am confident i am indeed confident chief suhr and mayor ed lee and otherser leaders would be involved let me start by assessing how the process starts it starts by focusing on this the assessment process senators by developing some preliminary input did we get to some goals and objectives
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these are community-based the police department and the community be the community etc. but the goal to create some goals and objectives that will allow us to get to a focus on our assessment following the assessment i'll going get to the assessment following the assessment the cops office has a report detailing the specific recommendation there will be a serious of reports we're talking about transparent we have to practice what we preach and the report my office will help with the recommendations at a 6-month mark and again at 12-month mark and again at the end of 6-month point is takes over 2 years we're robert's rules of order rosters and have our experts and cops representatives that are monitoring the process that
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is being made the goal of the acholic beverage reform is so change the way that law enforcement agencies build with the community partnerships and help it to transformer the community and establish reforms with integrated accountable to do this this is at resources that we have on the ground to conduct our work the cops office had been a group of the interprets the field the bright and conducting combrufz with the command staff aeand as well as as long as community leaders and advocates and bring in technical assistance to conduct interviews and prepare and deliver the recommends for change the city will not ask to contribute many of in their own assets to the assessment
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other than as mentioned voluntary cooperation and available in support of this #234i6789 we consider this a a valuable errors for the police not only for san francisco but w will take what we learn from san francisco and use it as best practices across the nation that's why i have been assigned to the police and practices and accountability we want to replicate some of the things out of the process across the united states acholic beverage remorseful is an opportunity for progressively and better steps and acknowledge there are challenges at various concerns and in the ends the opportunity to part in a transparent process that should improve the best practices and improve the relationships with the community that is the bottom line here when we talk about those things of trust now to start theit is process to start we'll be back here on
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february 24th i will also on february 24th is wednesday the department of justice will host the first of several sessions in san francisco and as of the location to be determined we're in the process of determining the location i wanted to emphasize it is several locations we want to make sure we are hearing from month folks that are effected by the issues we're here today for so this is a number of locations across the city let me contribution to the last issue and talk about something that is a white house initiative as a result the present task force the 15 policing the president kicked off in may of 2015 he announced the
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lounge of the open police data initiative peace officer and let me explain what it is about the purpose of initiative to encourage the police departments cross the country to make better use of their data and some of you requested data an annual report but that report is summarized and your innovate getting the sense of it but open data you can look at and get a better sense of what guess golden going on so better use of data and #2r5i7b89 and to improve policing outcomes the goal is for agencies around the country to release data in an open format like cops and searchers and use of force and officer involved shooting and complaint etc. the police data helps the last night to leverage data from the processes within the department and we've seen
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the pro tem developing bras of data and technology the areas of earlier pension systems, body cameras and #340r79 use of force in incidents and the success of this program is really, really taken hold less than a year it was announced in may 30th departments have as i said open to the police officers open data initiative and have released 50 different data sets from use of force and pedestrian and community meetings and a whole lot more san francisco has signed on to be a site for ltthe police open data initiated which is an important first step the cops office as well as the white house we will cooperate our efforts to move forward with the certificate of appropriateness open data ems to the honorable 3 and 4 >> (clapping.)
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thank you chief ray let me express my appreciation to attorney general lynch and assistant bryan stretch that answered the call that police chief and i made to an independent review of the police practices here in san francisco you've already heard if the chief and director davis what they're approach will be i want to mayor you knew the request was an open effort to make sure that we have the best practices that we can possibly have and that we measure up to the police practices of 21st century as the presidents has articulated and the experience of director davis and chief ray and the others that they'll occur to have on the staffs to review the
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data we will eventually come out with we know that it is an expression that our city our police commission our office of citizens complaints our stakeholders and community and the board of supervisors are all working together to make sure we do doing everything we can to rebuild trust between our police department and the community it serves and make sure we're doing it in a verifiable way in a data driven way in a true way it can be reviewed so that we can off ourselves up in a transparency like never before i think this is good for the city i asked the chief this b be done we quite frankly needs to get the trust and move quickly that didn't mean on a day to day basis we give up on good
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policing every single day we're working with the community to do that we're working during this event we're hosting to make sure everyone is safe and conduct ourselves the higher way and informed way with all our communities members but this review is important to us important simple that we get victims of crime that is truly transparent to everyone that we are more than willing to be the best standard police department the country and that put ourselves out there to insure we gain the criticism that we need to have in order to be a better city i welcomed this i applaud the efforts of our department of justice to do that and come in i know that in talking with mr. davis and attorney stretch that is relatedly a new service the past the department of justice had to force their way into many
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cities without the need of cooperation and as chief ray said this is a acholic beverage effort we'll give up the information and allow ourselves to be imposed by way of practices and the practices we should have and those we should adopt this is what more than cities should do to increase the safety and the trust that we all are the process of building in everything we do i want to see is that it didn't end or start with our police department
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this is obviously one of the most important things we're doing with the department of justice as the mayor i have to be finding on education and focused on in equality and focused on affordable housing have to be focused on making sure our neighborhoods are not living in isolation a lot of people feel that they do sometimes and it starts with the eyes needs for the attitudes that point those goals our city continues to improve itself in every community the city to make sure that our city is responsive i want to say thank you to doj it is just a start we'll put the necessary resources when they're recommendations that are made they won't be in follow-up with the board of supervisors and the city and making sure that we comply more than comply we equally seize the opportunity to be a more modern city. >> thank you and for this chief suhr. >> i too want to join in the mayors comments and saying how appreciatively for the attorney stench and correct davis and others bryan stretch for agreeing to help us to come in and do
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the acholic beverage reform initiative as the appropriate level of review requested we point mayor thank you for your leadership and i will be remiss if i didn't recognize some of the local leaders on the side supervisor cowen who's the supervisor the district 10 the officer involved shooting mario woods and our president of the police commission commissioner loftus and the director of our office of citizens complaints that director joyce hicks and of course there almost goes without no introduction from the very onset has been requesting the review it is important to note that almost immediately after the use of mario woods it was not often anybody the trust for many residents in san francisco
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was shaken and to that end i have conversations with the cops office specifically chief ray and director davis to see if we can engage in a review they thought was appropriate i was familiar about the las vegas police department acholic beverage youth from some years ago the 71 recommends we've began to work on with the police commission i assure you we've talked about the reengineering the use of force as an issue as director davis said they're all struggling across the country with a weapons short of a firearm we have to deal with folks with beverage weapons and other weapons especially folks in country having with something other than a firearm so to that we said on the other hand, ends up we'll speak to the deesclation and
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remind the officers the sanctity of life and not only them but the community and could be suspects of crime to say it work in process we've undertaken the initial start to this with a full review and the help of the department of justice and doing what we can to rebuild the trust shaken. >> open up for questions. >> one comment. >> just one thing i don't know about the timeline i apologize to the community knows how this works over the next - approximately 8 to 10 months will be the assessment and the besides the inspector duffy the officers and thoughts of documents and use of force cases going back several years and the toll members of the committee engaging the community-based
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and one is usually less talked about but the youth organization what are the youths of san francisco that may have concerns especially young felons so take into account the best practices and policy and imperial discipline and others policies and come up with a report we'll stay we'll continue to provide technical assistance and necessary bring in the experts along the way and give you the public report and monitoring our city of los angeles process to engage the community because our #12e789 r assessment may be one part didn't but explicit mean much the community didn't said we're aware that people have difficulty getting this we'll move around the city to people have you know through our preschool process that people have to have a voice they have to know that city
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government and governments are listening they have a fair opportunity to share their examiners we can learn from that. >> at this time i'll open up for questions. >> my apologies at this point. >> the district attorney said there was an obstruction in the investigation for getting documents and is your office go about to an investigation and district attorney can't get the (inaudible) on the murder of mario woods so a great question later today, we'll be meeting with folks our process is without contradiction and one of the things we'll be looking at want transparent of the bart and the sfefkz year and a
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half enough detail whether they should and shouldn't get the documents but leave it up to the district attorney and the families put together our intent to meet with them and the community leader to see their prospective we'll be open and transparent and share and it is we'll be candid if there is an obstruction weigh be crystal before waiting 6 to 8 months to share we share it with the department and now with that said, that is not what is happening i'll leave it up to the city but our process is about trained we'll evaluate that. >> how so that diversity from the civil rights versus the division and any requirement to input our recommendation
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and would there is requirement (inaudible) how. >> that's a great question when 9 gentleman a referring to on the continuances of services there's a process called a pattern practice investigation that's a civil process and a proposals the difference what they're similar and the process the initial assessment 8 to 10 months neiman is where your los gatos an in depth top to bottom investigation and the recommendations and the didn't even did recommendations we come up with the specific recommendations if it is the civil rights they'll be entered spots city and impossible requirements with our process it is not encompassed with a cul-de-sacks but with the public opinion that can be
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just as important when the community knows when the police department is supposed to be doing we're not a civil or a enforcement arm of united states but you'll get an in depth assessment and understanding where the department is at and the recommendation to get mind of them that is not only constitutional but amongst the best practices the 12 policing and the community will be empowered to hold us accountable to those standards this is quite franwhere is the mayor and board of supervisors look at how they embrace those recommendations that is with the police department. >> was there not cops you are in cooperation with the sfpd with them 2 years ago with the lindsey review was
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conducted by your department and the agreement of the san francisco police department. >> no, i don't believe so we have the reform around since 2011 we named san francisco the teeth we've node done an assessment of the san francisco police department. >> is there a element of confidentiality in the mission of transparent the request for candor (inaudible) really. >> without the community being (inaudible). >> absolutely it will be impossible to garter the information so we'll be hearing from the interview but the report one way or the other won't identify the officers alibi as is team goes 2, 3, 4 ride along these we know that part will be
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confidentiality we'll have an opportunity for interviews and talk to the police union and the community-based organizations and concerned about at their own - we're talk to them this is there are issues we should be focusing on but that part we'll not say who we talk to and get people to be open i see our experience your challenge any city we're not - we're starting the process in san francisco one they know i'll ask the community to look at because people are concerned many cases i think my cherns shows the for the right of police officers want to do do right thing this is the opportunity they become very vocal and supportive of the
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idea of change who wants to be not disrespect two wants to want the community to respect them and not have respect to make their jobs safer that makes it better and the crime fooishth relationship better so the level is important, however, we'll not support that's an issue that is a culture whether this is an ongoing investigation. >> go i'm paulette brown i lost my son 9 years ago the homicide on here in to and we want to bring up about the racism we're not (inaudible) i understand mario woods issue but here i've been on the battlefield and met with the mayor and i've may be seated point chief suhr for the last 9 years and if you wanted - more mothers like
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myself we need to be healed i've been around supervisor cowen, commissioner president loftus and everyone knows me, i'm bringing awareness to every mother suffering florida in silence to homicide we want to understand mario woods and we understand but we want the same uproar but our children being murdered and what is happening in our community. >> i'm sorry for your loss i agree with you very much so as we look at building trust the police department the community as we look at the engaging of the best practices we also know that this is also the best way to fight claim to enhance public safety and monitor the trust you have a hive case vicinity people will come forward and
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talk about the murders and find many ways would be against here on behalf of the appellant i think we share that and from the attorney general we're linked fetch constitutional basis to president obama policing is a way to make your community safer and established relationships so with your lost in mind this important it is not about a triggering case but looking at where the department what two as a nation and it is about thousands of cases we're talking about so thank you very much for that question. >> i still want to be on the advisory board. >> i'd like to you to respond (inaudible) .


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