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>> alright, good morning, everyone, welcome sto our february 11, 2016 rules committee meeting. i am katy tang, to my left is supervisor mali ya cohen and we will be excusing supervisor mar in a moment, our clerk today is derek evans and we'd like to thank jessie larson and leo [inaudible], i would also like to welcome, i believe we have in the house former mayor today, welcome.
with that, mr. clerk, do you have any announcements. >> thank you, please silence all cell phones and electronic devices, completed documented somebody submitted to the clerk, items acted upon today will be appear on the supervisor agenda unless otherwise stated. er >> can we get a motion the excuse supervisor mar from today's meeting. motion from supervisor cohen, without objection. call item 1. >> item 1 is a a motion confirming the mayoral appointment of eleni kounalakis to the port commission term ending may 1, 2016. >> and i believe she is here today. >> thank you very much. members of the rules
committee, supervisors tang and cohen, i'm very honored to be here today and to have been nominated by mayor lee to serve as the san francisco port commission, i grew up in northern california and left my heart in san francisco bh i was a young girl on a special visit to the city to visit family. my husband marcos who like me is a child of greek immigrant parents was born and raised in san francisco. we have made our life here for most of the last 16 years, raising our two children and being part of the civic life of this great city. like many first generation san franciscans, i feel grateful this beautiful, vibrant and ever evolving city is my home. san francisco's waterfront is one of its greatest and most important features, it is a multi-faceted gateway to the city, seeped in history, it includes some of the important sites tourism not just in san francisco but
for the whole state of california, its business operations are robust, generating revenues that supports its extensive portfolio of more than 350 buildings along 7.5 miles of property and of course the waterfront plays a critical role in the lives of families who reside in the many diverse neighborhoods which abut the waterfront, stretching from north to south. the need to protect, maintain and constantly search for new ways to improve the san francisco walter front is an important task for our city, the port commission's responsibilities are central in this effort, if my nomination is confirmed, i will call upon my experiences and expertise in land use and business. i attended the hot school of berkeley where i focused my study ins the real estate program and i have worked for many years in land use and farming in the greater sacramento and central valley
region. because my background includes work in property development, i know very well the importance that civil society plays anymore, but particularly in areas as important as san francisco's waterfront. there are many stakeholders. community advocates, neighborhoods and so many others make up the symphony of voices who actively engage to make sure their perspectives are heard and considered, if appointed, i pledge to respect the many overlapping interests and jurisdictions that drive the decision-making process at the port commission. as you know, i served our great nation as a united states ambassador, i was posted in budapest for nearly four years representing our country was an honor sdp privilege of my life, when i returned to san francisco a little over two years ago, it was the strong desire to continue to contribute as an
active member of civic life, i'm proud to serve as the chair of the california advisory council for international trade and investment, i'm also proud to continue my work with the u.s. department of state as a member of its virtual fellowship program, i believe my continued work in international trade and investment will bring another important perspective to the port commission if i'm confirmed. 16 years ago today, i was married under the same dome here in city hall, i'm very proud that today i'm being considered to serve our city as a member of the san francisco port commission. i ask for your support and if you have any questions, i'm happy to answer them. thank you. >> thank you so much for your presentation and of course for your service on behalf of our country as well. i know that in your remarks, you certainly shared your understanding of the complexity of issues facing the port, and i guess my question to you would just
be, what are some of the issue that is you foresee coming up for the port commission or the port department itself, and you know, just shed light on some of the things you'd like the work on as well. >> of course. so, you know, i don't want to prejudge what i think might be coming down or, you know, what my views are until i have an opportunity to become more familiarize in a more intimate way with some of the issues and some of the proposals and projects that are coming down, but there are few that immediately come to mind, one is of course that monique moirl who swished as the executive director for 12 years is leaving in a few weeks and i know that finding someone who will be able to take up that role and step into what i've heard people say are very big shoes, even though her feet were not so big, so i think that that's going to be very important because certainly the management of over 250
employees and the diversity and complexity of the issues takes a very strong, capable and experienced executive direct torx so i think that's clearly one of them. there are several other major development projects that i know are in the works, the atrozezani side, pier 70, i hate to give examples out of fear of missing anything, and i also have experienced the incredible improvements to the waterfront, just in my life with my family, we like going down there. we've noticed the major changes that have taken place, the blue-green parkway which has made such an inviting atmosphere with more places to have recreation and i understand that this is an ongoing proposal and then of course there's going to be a major updating of the plan, the waterfront plan and that process has already begun, so i think those are going to be
important issues, but again, i hesitate because it's not an inclusive in totality of the issues coming forward again because i think it will take some time to familiarize myself. >> alright, thank you for that, and certainly i do appreciate your backgrounds and experience in land use and business because as many of you know, the port is acting as a landlord to many businesses down there, so having that experience on that commission i think is very, very helpful. so, i don't have any other questions, any questions or comment, supervised sore cohen? >> yes, thank you, good morning, it's nice to see you, i'm excited, i'm here, i'm going to be supporting you, i was delighted to receive information that you're interested in this appointment, i'm glad you are accepting the call from the mayor to serve san francisco. i have to tell you, i know you and most importantly the work that you've done through the women's political community, and supervisor
tang, she's just been an out standing leader and getting women to boards and commissions, being a role model and lifting as she's claimed the ladder herself, so it's a joy to see you today and cast a vote for you. i do appreciate our private conversation and reiterating some of the issues we talked about here in committee today, it's important you have a strong grasp of the underlying issue, particularly to the port and land use, it's critical, it's an ongoing battle along the southeast and southern waterfront, there are many things afoot and i hope that you will have that strength, if not now, at some point in the future to cast a vote that may be against the appointing entity that is appointing you, but nonetheless, i know you carry yourself with integrity and leadership and i know you'll do your homework before you cast every vote and you will talk to people and find the facts, so i'm grateful for your interest in serving and
good luck. >> thank you very much, supervisor. >> thank you. so, i think at this time then i will open it up to public comment because i know there are many people who are excited to comment on this appointment, so please come on up. >> thank you, madam chair, supervisor tang and supervisor cohen for the opportunity to come and express congresswoman nancy po laous sa's support of eleni kounalakis to the port commission, we're grateful for her service to our nation abroad and also here at home stepping up to serve as well, while congressional business keeps her in washington, she's asked mre to come and share her words with you which i will read now, dear
members of the rules committee, i'm pleased to write in support of edwin lee's nomination of eleni kounalakis to the port commission. she's an american businesswoman, philanthropist and diplomat and she will be an asset to the port commission and the waterfront of the city and county of san francisco, from 2010 to 230 20* 13, she served as the u.s. ambassador [inaudible] she's the only green american woman to serve as a u.s. ambassador, she showed an unrelenting commitment to the principles of democracy for the people of hungry and fostering and strengthening international relationship, ambassador kounalakis has worked tirelessly, both internationally and locally for growth relations, govern dmor brown appointed eleni keen lack kis on the investment and trade
advisory council, advising the state government on strategies to take advantage of international business and investment opportunities. previously ambassador kounalakis served as california trade state commissioner and on the children and families commission, a body that oversees child care programs for children and their families throughout california. ambassador kounalakis offers impressive experience and diplomacy for her work and the people she serves, she will be a strong advocate for all the communities that utilize our waterfront and as such, i wholeheartedly support her nomination and encourage her support as well, nancy poll loes see, democratic leader. >> dan, on behalf of nancy po louis sa's ever come the rules nit tee to odd va kate, this is a first. i just want to point that out, good to see you. >> thank you for the opportunity. >> thank you so much. any other members of the
public who wish to speak? now we have the former mayor? my goodness, i don't think that's ever happened either. welcome. >> good morning, madam chair and supervisor cohen, it's a delight to be before your committee, i love your manners, i might come more often because it's a pleasure, the way you handle with such great civility the issues in front of you, on tv as well as in person, my real name is athanasios which translates to [inaudible], it was done in 1900's when my hated came here and went through ellis island and they couldn't say my name, so i'm here the say it with translation services because there are other folks here who sc equally long names with many syllables, the real reason is in my 35 years of public service at various levels from local government in the executive office to the state legislative office and in sacramento as well as
a presidential appointment in the department of housing and urban development, this is the best person i have ever seen come for this kind of an appointment. she has the academic background with an mba in business of course and has implemented that academic background in a very successful business outside of san francisco, she's never really done any business here in the city for herself but certainly been very successful outside of the city in land development which is extremely important in the current and future work at the port, so i think she brings great expertise. am i getting gonged. >> you still more time. >> i will proceed. were you here in 1988? so, she also brings a great
diplomatic and political acumen to this job which is extremely important. when she was appointed a u.s. ambassador to hungary, she noshade a land deal for the united states of america with a hostile government regarding the u.s. embassy, this is not the first time she served our city and has been asked, mayorga v*in newsom appointed her and mayor lee has made a good choice to bring her to the port where we need her now more than ever before and i'm dieted to endorse that nomination and i hope all of your colleagues join you in the unanimous support you're giving to her. thank you very much. >> thank you again for being here today. any other members of the public who wish to speak today, come on up. we have port commissioners too. >> hi, supervisors tang and
cohen, i'm leslie cats, i'm a former san francisco supervisor, i'm delighted to stand before you and urge that you confirm ambassador kounalakis's appointment to the port commission, she will be a wonderful addition, i can't add anything more than what former mayor agnos offered to her credentials, i have known her as well for many years and agree that she's very reasoned, thoughtful, incredibly accomplished, i think will add a wonderful dimension to the port commission, we'd love to have a full complement of members there so we have five commissioners, then we can often have a recess occasionally, or some of us could take a break without having to recess the commission hearing, but in all seriousness, it would be an absolute delight to have the ambassador join the part commission and i think she will serve the citizens of san francisco very well
given her extensive international as well as domestic background and so i just wholeheartedly support her appointment, so thank you very much. >> thank you for being here. >> good morning, supervisors tang and cohen, i'm willie adams, i'm secretary to the treasure of the [inaudible] union on behalf of our president, i rise to support ambassador eleni's nomination and also as president of the san francisco port commission, we also support her nomination. i think her skill set is impeck nl, she is a strong advocate in the community and i think what would be good for us, we will finally have our fifth commissioner, we have a balance, i think the port commission that we have is the best commission in the city, all the commissioners are mavericks, independent thinkers, they engage well in the community, ambassador
eleni, she made it on tuesday, it was director moore's last meeting, she was there, you could tell she was engaged, she was listening and put herself out there and i appreciate having her and on behalf of the ilw and the port commission, we support her. >> thank you very much, any other members of the public who wish to speak x comment on item 1? >> okay, that was an all star crew there ask we will close public comment, the matter is in the andover the committee. er >> i would love to make a motion that we confirm and accept the mayoral appointment to port commission for ms. eleni kounalakis. >> thank you, and i second that, we can take that without objection. alright, congratulations. thank you. [applause]. wow, even applause. alright. item 2, please. >> item number 2 is a hearing to consider appointing one member term ending january 6, 2020 to the small business commission, there is one seat, one applicant.
>> alright, and we have a reappointment here, that's up for william ortiz-cartagena or anyone speaking on his behalf? no? i'm not sure if he was planning on attending, i thought they was when i spoke with him yesterday, maybe we can delay this to the end of the meeting in case he shows up, let's move to item 3. >> madam chair, item number 3, pursuant to board rule 3.37 and the passage of motion number 1615, the item was called from committee and will be heard before the board of supervisors sitting as a nit tee at the whole at the next regularly scheduled meeting on february 23, 2016t public will have an opportunity to comment on the charter amendment at this time. >> this matter is no longer in the hands of this committee, we will mao*u to item 4. >> item 4 is ordinance amending the administrative code to codify the single room okay panzerbacker pansy task force and extend its sunset date by three years
to december 31, 2018. >> do we have anyone here to speak on item 4? no? deputy city attorney john gibner. >> job gibner from the city attorney's office, supervisor yaoe would is unavailable for this meeting asked me to speak to summarize what we're doing here. the sr task force was sunsetting websinger require all advisory bodies to sunset every three years so this ordinance simply reps the task force for another three years and adds the task force into the administrative code, it was previously created and reauthorized by resolution several times. the one substantive change that this ordinance make tos the sr task force is it was a 14 member body, the 14th member was an appointee of the city attorney, a deputy from my office, but the best practice for advisory bodies like this is to have the city attorney act as an advisor,
not a voting member, just like we advise all boards and commission ins the city so, we removed that 14th member, now it's a 13 member body and the city attorney will continue to be the legal advisor and there is one amendment, just a typo in here that we'd like to suggest on page 4, line 2, it still references seat 14 and we would change that to seat 13 if the committee could make that amendment. >> great, thank you very much for that and i see jen low from supervisor yaoe's office do, you have anything else to add to that? no? okay, great, then i understand these changes and we'll open up item 4 then to public comment. any members of the public? seeing none, then public comment is closed. do we have a motion for the amendment? >> i'll make that motion. >> alright, great, so a motion by supervisor cohen to make the amendment that was stated by deputy city
attorney on page 4, line 2, and then as amended. >> as amended. >> okay, we will send forward to the full board with positive recommendation, without objection, thank you. and now we will move on to item 5. >> item 35 is a motion ordering submitted to voters an ordinance amending the administrative code to revise the city's paid sick leave ordinance to include protections to employees under the pslo that largely parallel recent state law enactment pertaining to paid sick leave, primarily the healthy workplaces, healthy families act of 2014 as amended as the election to be held on june 7, 2016. >> thank you, and i believe we have [inaudible] from the office of labor standards enforcement. >> good morning, supervisors. i have a powerpoint. let me see if we can bring
it up. so, lield toik give some background this morning on the san francisco paid sick leave ordinance and the new california paid sick leave ordinance, discuss the goals of the proposed ballot initiative, provide you with a summary of the proposed changes to the paid sick leave ordinance and answer any questions you might have. in 2006, in a campaign that was headed by two women from a small organization called young workers united, san francisco voters enacted the paid sick leave ordinance becoming the first city in the country to require that
employers parade their employees with paid sick leave. i think of san francisco as pee try dish for progressive labor law legislation and we see what might take here and this was one of our successes. our paid sick leave ordinance served as a model for a number of cities that started in washington dc, then the state of connecticut, city of seattle, philadelphia, notably new york city, state of massachusetts and then in 2004, the state of california passed a paid sick leave law called the healthy families, healthy workplaces act, which became effective on july 1 of 2015. unfortunately, our state legislators didn't consult with san francisco and there's some provisions that don't mesh well with our law
and surprisingly, there's some provisions in state law that afford workers greater protections than our law does as our law is nearly 10 years old at this point. the california law can only be enforced by the labor commissioner, which sets up a dysfunctional enforcement scenario, if a worker is denied paid sick leave by their employer, they would need to come to the olsc office of labor standards enforcement office here in san francisco in order to recover what they may be entitled to under local law and then we would potentially send them to the labor commissioner to file an additional complaint, and employers could be subject to enforcement actions from two government agencies.
lastly, the san francisco law can only -- because it was passed at the ballot, it can only be amended by the voters. the goals of the proposed ballot initiative are to incorporate the stronger provisions of each law into our local law to ensure that workers have access to paid sick leave, to streamline the legal requirements to make it easier for small businesses and all employers to comply, and to provide the board of supervisors the opportunity to address potential changes to either state or federal law. i would like to summarize the key new provisions that will be included in our new paid sick leave ordinance. under the san francisco paid sick leave ordinance, accrual of paid sick leave starts on the 91st day of employment. under state law, accrual
starts on the first day of employment. under local law, there's a floating cap on the amount of sick leave that can be accrued for businesses with less than 10 employees, the cap is 40 hours, for businesses with 10 or more employees, the cap is 72 hours, and if someone uses paid sick leave, they continue to accrual until they reach the cap. the state law provides an upfront option whereby employers at the beginning of a year may provide either three days or 24 hours of sick leave. the proposed change would require accrual under the san francisco paid sick leave law to begin on the first day of employment consistent with state law, and an employer who chooses to use the three day or 24 hour upfront
option would have this counted as an advance against their accrual obligations under the paid sick leave ordinance. currently, both local and state law require employers to post a notice to employees informing them of their rights under the law. it's confusing. the proposed change would require the olsc to provide one posting upon certification by the state that the poster accurately contains all the requirements, and the labor commissioner's office is working with us now to create one poster that does just that. state law requires that leave balances be provided on the wage statement, san francisco law is silent on that, so
the proposed change would require that employers include the san francisco paid sick leave accrual balance on the wage statement. state law requires leave to be reinstated if an employee is rehired within one year, local law does not. and the proposed change would add that reinstatement requirement. state law includes permissible uses such as when an employee is the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, this covers medical and non-medical time, and the proposed change would incorporate these additional uses into our local law. if enacted by the voters, this measure would become operative on january 1, 2017, it would be on the ballot in june, and it is intended to
have prospective effect only. lastly, the proposed initiative would allow the board of supervisors to amend the paid sick leave ordinance when state and federal law expands coverage. additional information can be found either on the olse's website or the department of industrial relations website, and if you have any question, i'm happy to answer. >> thank you very much for the presentation, any questions or comments? >> no. >> we looked over this thoroughly when it was first brought about and all these changes are necessary and good, so i don't have any concerns at this time, so maybe with that, then we will open it up to public comment. any members of the public wish to speak on item 5? seeing none, then public comment is closed. if we can get a motion to send this forward to the board.
>> yes. move all of the recommendations. >> so mauled by supervisor cohen and without objection. if we can call item 6, please. >> item number 6 is a hearing to consider the declaration of policy submitted by the mayor to the voters at the june 7, 2016 election, entitled declaration of policy declaring it official policy of the city and county of san francisco to invest in the future of transportation by prioritizing repaving and pothole repair, vision zero safety projects and other bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, and investment in regional transportation insfra structure and vehicles that serve san franciscans such as bart and cal train in the expenditure of revenues from future revenue ballot measures. er. er hi, my name is melissa white house, deputy budget
direct torx i'm joined today on this presentation with director of capital program, brian strong, and the [inaudible], i'm also joined by rachel alonzo and [inaudible] from the department of public works and [inaudible] and i'm really happy to have them all with me here today. so, the point of my presentation is to just give you a little bit of background on why we're doing this, explain the declaration of policy, we're going the give you a recap of the france oration task force and update you on where we are today since it's been three years since that report was is dewed and we're happy to take questions. >> thank you sx, we're now joined by supervisor aver loes. >> great, a member of the transportation task force, we're map pi to see you, supervisor. as you are well aware, in 2013, the mayor and the board of supervisors came into task force, more than 50 transportation experts to
assess the city's transportation system through the year 203, this group had a long exhaustive process over a 9 month period, the main thing was they conducted a thorough needs assessment and figure out how to address the issues na came up through that needs assessment. so, the main findings from the task force were the first thing was that current funding was not adequate to meet the needs of our current system and certainly not enough to prepare for future growth, and really what the group found was from fiscal year and the current year we're in, 15-16 through the year 2030, there was a up to 3.8 billion dollars in likely available sources which left a gap of 6.3 billion dollars left, the task force felt they needed to address that, so the main recommendations that kim out of the task force, there was 3, the first one was really through this needs assessment process, what we heard was a need to
really fix and maintain the core system, so this is really to first make sure that everything we have and operate is in its best shape and then from there to try to enhance our system and finally to expand our system when possible, it seemed like over again what we heard from the agencies is we need to find more money to maintain our core system and get the best positive impact to our system, you'll hear more about that from brian strong, so how do we tackle this big number, and there was three measures or sorry four measure and is three revenue ideas the group came to, the first one is 1 billion dollars in general obligation bond funding broken into two 500 million dollar bonds, the first bond was passed with 72% of the vote in november, 2013 and thank you, supervisor tang for your leadership in that issue and the whole board for moving that guard, we're excited about that and the next one is slated for 2024, the capital plan right now, the next was a vehicle license
fee increase, this is to bring it back up to the 2% which it had been at from 1948 through 2004 until it was lowered by arnold governor schwarzenegger, so all of these measures together equaled about 3 billion dollars, there was a 3.6 billion dollar need, this would address half of that and to get to that remaining gap to aggressively pursue any and all other sources to get us to the full 10, we believed and the i think the task forced talked about, if we went after these dollars, we could show the city was making a commitment and trying hard and it would make it easier for us to advocate for funds from other entities. why are we doing this declaration of policy? i think the idea here is to reaffirm our commit toment the goals, similar to prop k
with housing, we have a plan, it was really well thought through, this is just to try to reaffirm that and also make it official city policy, not just a plan and really get the voters to weigh in on that, so the main kind of summary goals from the group was to maintain our existing assets, improve travel time and reliability, reduce costs by investment in capital so it doesn't impact our operating budgets, serve our planned growth and improve safety and accessibility, and now i'm going the hand it over to caroline and brian and i'll cam back in the end to conclude. thank you. >> yeah, good morning, committee members brian strong with the capital planning program. so, as mel less sa was saying, we want to be competitive with fed wral and state funds and that's been a challenge for all governments, really since proposition 13, the amount of funds available for doing street repaving or a lot of these transit, transportation improvements have been dwindling, we've seen it
starting with the sort of more precipitous drop that we saw in our pavement condition and we'll talk about it more later, we've seen it with the state gas tax where it's dropped about 83% over the past four years, so the amount of funds that -- really what's happening, it's not just for san francisco, we're needing to be much more self-sufficient, much more self-reliability and also putting together strong arguments for getting the federal, the small amounts of federal and state dollars that are out there. so, a big -- i think one of the most outcomes of the task force is being able to quantify the needs that were out there, i think there were a lot of different discussions about that and melissa mentioned the 10 billion dollar number, and it was also getting us to agree on how we're going to attack those needs and from the capital plan's perspective,
we've said we really want to take care of what we own first, the fix it first, take care of what you own, make sure we get the full use out of the assets, we know if we don't repave streets on a regular basis, they end up costing us 4 to 5 times more in the long run, how can we make sure we do that? we know with our fleet, with the fleets, it's a similar situation, if we don't take care of them on a regular basis, they end up costing us more over the long run, we have to take them in and do a complete overhaul as
compared to doing this smaller sort of as you go state of greater repair needs, i would also say for fleet especially, that's something we're not able to fund through bonds, they're not eligible for bond funding and even for some of our road repaving work, some of it is not e eligible either, we're looking at different types of sources, not just relying on one or the other. so, where we are today. so, we've been really working on this i would say since 2008 or 2009 when we made a commitment that we're going the follow a real -- make a real effort to increase the amount of fund hating we have tha, beear able to put into this system. the street repaving program has been fully funded based on what we put in the capital plan, you may recall back in 2008 or 2009, we were looking at potentially going below 60 into the range of 50, and we should mention the pavement condition index score, it's like a math score or a grade school score where you really want to be in the a or b range which is above 80%, and we are striving to hit the c range which is 70%, that's what's in our capital plan, and the 60's are really more toward the d's, and we've been consistently moving up, every year, we've been increasing our pavement condition index score and
now we're looking at 68 and caroline will talk about that a little bit more. we mention -- melissa mentioned the go bond, that was the first time we had put a transportation bond measure on the ballot since 1966, and the one in 1966 failed, didn't pass, so again, there was a reliance on these other source of funds that have been shrink, we have another bond plan in 2024, it's part of our capital plan program where we identify these large needs and we know we can't issue a 3 billion dollar bond right now or something, but we have a plan to progressively attack those needs over the long term. finally we should mention in november, prop b in november of 2014, there was an additional commitment of general fund money to transportation projects and that's in the 25-30 million
dollars a year range so that is also helping. finally before i pass it on, we're also much more coordinated and i think that's something that came out of this task force, that came out of this bond, it came out of some of the capital plan efforts too, we're working together, when we are repaving the street, we're doing safety improvement, making sure we're doing scaoep squaip improvements where we can so we're getting more bang for our buck, with that, i'll pass it on to caroline. >> good morning, caroline kl*ef venn jer with sfmt a i'm here to provide a quick overview with what we're doing with the funds from 2014 that brian just reviewed, in terms of our go bond websinger focused on improving transit reliability across the system, as well
as accessibility improvements which will be come ining the future, muni facility effort, our facility ares in need of a significant need of investment, we're looking at investing across the system and our facility rkts go bonds is not eligible for fleet, go bonds, we're using to purchase additional buses which will expand our fleet which will make our system more reliability and on the pedestrian safety side tgo bond will be going to safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists across the system, as well as 6 million dollars from prop b focused on our high injury network and as well as investments around schools which is significant safety needs. with these additional funds, we're looking to improve the travel time on the muni network by 20% which serves 280 thousand riders daily, mold ernie our facilities to improve the reliability of our system, and advance safer streets, vision zero has been a priority investment for the city and we've been moving forward on our high injury
corridors and we're looking to build up to 27 miles of the bicycle network upgrades to reduce conflicts and improve safety for all users. a few quick accomplishments in this past year, mta procured new vehicles and reduced in-service vehicle breakdowns by 10% which is very internal but it's an exciting statistic for us, we're getting our buses out on the street and our light rail vehicles on the rails much more reliably and we've been able to get 99% of our schedule service delivered which is an all-time high for the agency, we're also two thirds to have way through some service increases with the next one coming this spring which is providing more frequent service on 27 routes across our system and improving services in the rapid network, we were able to secure 4 4* 2 million, getting our local funds to leverage other sources of funds, mta secured the largest cap and trade grant fra the state to fund new
light rail vehicle sos we have 42 million dollars coming from the state, we've been improving our employee amenities, it's important in mta we provide amenity for the people who are driving those vehicles, operator restroom that are being in place and a few more to come. we've delivered the first 24 projects identified with vision zero which is exciting including safer crosswalks, 200 intersection, saver market street downtown and the castro and improves visibility walking in the tenderloin, and the pavement condition, after decades of decline, the pavement condition index which is a measurement of the pavement condition across the city is up for the first time in a long time from 44 to 68, that doesn't perhaps sound like a big increase, moving your pci up is a big accomplishment, going from 64 to 68 is showing measurable
improvements for people as they drive on our roads, with that, i'll turn it over to melissa. >> thank you. so, in summary, this declaration of policy is moving us from a goal to official city policy and i think we've seen a lot of transportation improvements over the last three years as a transit rider, pedestrian and driver, i've seen smoother roadess, the buses hitting the streets, i'm excited about all the improvements but we have a long way to do, we need to finish what we started, we can't stop now and so we need to keep moving the transportation system in the right direction for it to be the most reliable and safe
system that it can be over the long term so, thank you and we're happy to take any questions you might have. >> thank you very much for your presentation. supervisor avalos? >> my god, thank you for your presentation and i'm just not really clear what the overall purpose of this is, if it's a declaration for policy, we have other policies we've put in place in the past and whether the city follows those policies is unclear, but for me, if it's a declaration of policy, why is it even more comprehensive of you spelling out the needs of muni and our transportation system in san francisco which go beyond just the capital side, but what is the real purpose behind this declaration of policy, what's the intention? >> yeah, the intention is really just similar to prop k, kind of this is really important to us and we wanted to take it a step further and say it's been three years since it came out but it is still a priority for the mayor's office sx, we wanted to move forward this measure in advance of the november ballot. >> so, it's looking at the november -- >> yes, any future revenue measures of transportation
that come on the ballot, they should go towards the expenses laid out in the transportation task force report, so reaffirming that the report called for a sales tax to be dedicated to these users to get us not even fully funded but one third funded to two thirds funded, it's reaffirming that. >> right. to the mayor's administration's credit, the focus on t2030 process has been tremendous and it's been something that's been lacking of decades, to see that level of focus on our transportation needs, so i don't want to neglect to say that, i think it's been a really important focus that the mayor's had. i just don't know if this is like the right statement that we need to have when the needs are greater and there's still a huge deficit on the operation side and we also have ways that not just taking care of what we currently have that needs fixing but also the expansion
and growth, whether it's the growth around vehicles or whether it's our projects like bus rapid transit that o going to be huge capital projects but we don't necessarily have a vision for those. having funding coming in from vlf or sales tax would be helpful but i don't see that there's a focus on these emerging needs that the city has that are going to be thing that is are going to need funding well beyond 2030, so i guess my question is, is this declaration of policy really addressing up to the year 2030 period and then what happens after that, a revenue measure could last longer. >> yes, i don't think -- in the report, the task force did not recommend that the revenue measure sunset. you know, i think that you're right, that the need is well beyond 2030, we were trying
to pick a discrete time period that we could do a needs assessment around, you're right, the need goes far beyond 2030 and also many thing ins this report were deferred beyond the peeped, the 10 billion, i'm sure the mta and others would want me to say, it aos not the full need, many projects are not included in here, there is more to do, you know, it's just -- this is kind of one way of trying to constrain that and get a handle on it and figure out how we can make steps forward to get it better and thank you for your support,, it really is a partnership with the board and we're really appreciative. >> to me, the statement is very weak in termser of how to really make investment, even with the identified 10.1 billion that's needed, and does it make a lot of sense that we put out a statement that only covers part of what our desires are in building out our system and supporting our transportation system, does that make sense to move forward, is it too late to
pull this back in any way? >> deputy city attorney, john gibner? >> thank you. it's not too late for the mayor to withdraw the measure from the ballot but it is too late to recommend -- amend the measure in any way. >> i really it's great that the mayor has been having this focus and the mta staff and transportation authority and other part of dbw, they're focused on our needs around transportation system, but to me, this declaration of policy is insufficient to really address the needs and putting it before the voters to kind of constrain what the thoughts are around it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. >> okay. >> not to discount anything you've done on this. >> thank you. >> supervisor cohen? >> thank you, the deputy city attorney answered my
question because really it was a question about you expressed a lot of disappointment and dissatisfaction, so i was curious to know -- and the city attorney's rested, if you had an amendment, but you don't have any amendments because we can't amend at this particular point, thank you. >> i will just state i completely understand some of the concerns that were expressed, i see this as a huge similarity to what voters voted on in prop k as you mentioned, i certainly don't this think encompasses everything, but just to make sure our residents, constituents know we have this focused energy going on around transportation, just like we say we're trying to achieve x number of housing units by x year, so but everyone knows that, you know, even if we were to achieve that, there's still much more to go, so i see what is trying to be done here and understand that. any other discussion on this item then? well, this is a hearing, so then i will open this up to public comment at this time.
item 6, if you would like to comment on this, please come on up. are you here for item 6? this is about transportation. >> [inaudible]. >> it's not about commuter shuttle. >> this is about housing and stuff? >> transportation, if you can keep your comments to transportation. thfrjts as policy statement that the mayor is putting on the ballot specific to transportation. >> here's one that i want to see oner it, it it has to do with the ships on the ocean to begin with, i think we can do paddle wheel boat and is get rid of the whole fleet of fuel by converting it to paddle wheel, that means they would run on water, that's one item that you could do for the ocean because it's polluted, okay, and about the streets, it's the advertisers that are causing the problem and the big buses, the advertisers should pay for all the repairs and all the
roads for all the buses and all the damage they did on the roads to san francisco, but the bay is polluted again, you don't get around very much, i go out to the bay and see all kinds of pollution because of all of the plastic that -- the super bowl, all that stuff, it polluted the bay again, that's why the youngsters i talk to, they say they want to change it, it's going to be a slow process, they're call k themselves the red hawks, these are youngsters that look at what we're doing and we got to do a better job is all i can say because this is what we did to them, and they are tired of it. they call themselves the red hawks which i'm proud to say is a native american bird and we're doing as good as we can, but we have to first of all unpollute the bay, come on, it's polluted tha,'s all i have to say, my name is red hawk because i'm a native american, have a good day.
>> thank you very much for your comments, any other member of the public who wish to speak on item 6? seeing none, item 6 public comment is closed, tla was a hear, let's move on to item 7. >> sorry, madam chair, but we need to take a motion on the hearing. >> i'm sorry, okay. is there a desire to continue to this call of the chair? >> is there a motion -- i'm going to entertain the motion. >> continue the call of the chair? file the hearing? okay, so can i have a motion? >> i make a motion to file to the call of the chair. >> thank you, a motion to file, without objection, item 6 hearing is filed. >> thank you. >> and item 7 now. >> item number 7 is a hearing to consider the proposed initiative ordinance submitted by four or more supervisors to the voters at the june 7, 2016 election entitled ordinance amending the planning code to accelerate the approval and delivery of affordable housing projects through
administrative review, maintain public notice and participation and strengthen design review. >> thank you. this item is due lick tif of another item that was passed by the board of supervisors so at this time, per the request of the sponsor, i will try to entertain a motion for filing this hearing as well. >> sure, not tabled? >> file the hearing. er >> i would like the file this hearing, i make a motion. >> without objection. >> madam chair, public comment? >> we'll go to public comment first for item 7? seeing none, public comment is closed and now without objection, we'll file item 7 and i see that the applicant for seat 1 for the small business commission is here, so i would like to move on to item 2, go back to that item. >> item number 2 was previously called, madam chair. >> okay, so if you would like to come on up. sorry, i don't are have my glasses on. i'm sorry, okay. i don't have my glasses, but are you here for any other item then?
>> no. >> okay, alright then, so going back to item 2, i've met with the commissioner yesterday, i thought he was going to be here, i have observed him on the small business commission, so i'm okay with him not being here today and sending him appointment to the full board with recommendations. >> let's make a motion. >> okay. >> thanks, withouts objection, sorry, public comment for item 2? okay, seeing none, public comment is closed and now we will send forward item 2 then to the full board, the recommendation william or tease cater again na for seat 3. are there other items before us today? >> there is no other business before the commission today. >> okay, thank you, we are adjourned. ( meeting is adjourned )..