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>> chairman: good morning, everyone. welcome to the april 13th meeting of the san francisco county transportation authority. i'm raphael mandelman mand. we are joined by our vice
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chair aaron peskin and our clerk is brittany milton. madam clerk, will you please call the roll. >> commissioner chan? >> chairman: commissioner chan is on her way and will be here shortly. >> clerk: chan absent. commissioner hayden? >> present. >> clerk: commissioner mandelman? >> present. >> clerk: commissioner mar? >> present. >> clerk: commissioner melgar? melgar absent. commissioner peskin? >> present. >> clerk: commissioner preston? >> present.
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[audio stopped] >> clerk: commissioner ronen? >> present. >> clerk: commissioner safai? safai absent. >> clerk: commissioner stefani? >> present. >> clerk: commissioner walton? >> present. >> clerk: i will now make an announcement about public comment. public comment will be available via telephone by calling 415-655-0001, and then enter i.d. 1870065630 and then ##. once you join, you'll be able to listen to the meeting. to make public comment dial *3. do not press *3 again or you'll be muted.
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the operator will advice you when to speak. calls will be taken in the order in which they are received. best practices are to speak slowly and clearing. clearly. >> chairman: great. thank you, clerk mill milton. before i ask you to call the next item i want to acknowledge that i myself, and colleagues on the board, and staff have been receiving a great deal of public input on great highway which provided safe space for rec rating in a socially distanced way. neither of these two items are on today's agenda. we are participating we'll have agendaize them as part of the sustainable
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access study at onech one of our may meetings and june meetings. with that, madam clerk, please call the next item. [audio is breaking up] >> clerk: citizens' advisory report. this is an information item. >> chairman: good morning chair lars larsen. take it away. >> all right. good morning, chair mandelman vice chair peskin and commissioners. i'm john larsen. and i'm here to report on the march 24th c.a.c. meeting. it was supportive of the three prop "k" requests before you today as item 5 on your agenda. particular because of their focus on traffic calming and safety, and two of the requests are neighborhood transportation improvement
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programs addressing community concerns. the c.a.c. requested followup as the project proceeds, notably, the quick build implementation at merced. for the amendment physical year 2021 budget, item 8 on your agenda. because of budget planning for reduced tax revenues, the budget impact was a downward budget revision of only 13%, compared to the 30% drop in sales tax revenues. delays in projects going to covid allowed funding shifts and timeline adjustments that further lessened what could have been a much more severe budget in impact. during public comment, it was cited over the distribution of federal funds, noting that another county transit agency currently has a surplus it was still receiving additional relief funds. c.a.c. members asked the
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authority staff to follow up with regard to the equity concern in terms of the distribution of relief funds to the most affected counties, in particular of course, san francisco county. the c.a.c. also heard a presentation on s.f. m.t.a.'s recovery, which i believe the board already heard. a member expressed surprise that fares were remaining down by approximately 90% so far in 2021 with service returning. sfmta said they would re-evaluate in the spring to see if full ridership is increasing as service increases. and there was a expressed a concern about the jay church trans line. judy crisshon of the sfmta said that pre-train congestion was increasing in the tunnel, and longer
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trains would be more efficient as moving passengers (indiscernable), and that given jay church are one-car trains keeping them out of the tunnel was a solution that was being followed up on. the resumption that hilltop bus service was also welcome, given that this was a service gap that affected a number of residents on twin peaks, (indiscernable), and fort davidson, and full closure me. disclosure me. and there was discussion about the bike lanes, and there was a concern about people using sidewalks for bike lanes especially at the embarcadero. and, lastly, there was continued enthusiasm and support expressed my c.a.c. members for keeping low-car areas permanent, and in particular making the closures at golden
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gate park and ocean beach long-term, with adequate transportation officers available to accommodate people who want to use both these recreational opportunities. and that concludes my report. thank you. >> chairman: thank you chair larsen. i don't see any comments from my colleagues. so let's open this up o public comment. o publicup topublic comment. >> clerk: checking right now you can press star if *3 if you would like to speak on an item. at this time, there is no public comment. >> chairman: so public comment on item 2is closed. thank you, chair larsen. madam clerk, please call item 3. >> clerk: item 3, approve the minutes of the march 23rd 2021 meeting. this is an action item. and i would like to acknowledge we received
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one public comment on this item and it has been posted to our website. >> chairman: thank you, clerk milton. shall we open this to public comment. we've been joined by commissioner chan. hello, commissioner chan. >> clerk: there is no public comment at this time. >> chairman: great. public comment on item 3 is closed. is there a motion to approve the minutes of the march 23rd, 2021, meeting? moved by peskin. is there a second. >> second, melgar. >> chairman: seconded by melgar. thank you, commissioner melgar. madam clerk please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 3, approval of minutes minutes.
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[roll call] >> clerk: the minutes are approved. >> chairman: great. thank you. please call our next item. >> clerk: item 4, state and federal legislation update. this is an action item. >> chairman: and i believe we have mark watts and amber crane. >> good morning, chair and
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commissioners. pleased to be here and present to you today. today's report, prepared by your staff, recommends support on five items, so there will be an action requested at the end of the presentation. five measures are recommended for support and i'll just briefly go through them. the first one ab43, the assembly chair laura friedman, deals with traffic safety and a number of the current and most recent amendments were by the m.t.a. and the bill deals with local speed setting and providing more flexibility. the bill was listed previously as a watch item, and now the staff is recommending support. a second measure is ab455, by mr. bonta's office.
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i assume one of the co-authors will assume the bill. the deals with a bridge fast forward program. it was amended to greatly simplify the bill so that it authorizes bata to designate transit-only lanes on the bay bridge. the staff has made a recommendation to support although they note that a regional process to determine if the lane is more preferable than a state mandate. it is another measure that has been on watch and is now before as a support item. the third measure is ab550 by mr. chu. this is a speed safety distance title program. and this measure would require the secretary of transportation to develop guidelines to implement speed safety systems, which are essentially
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fixed radar, laser or other devices. the citizens advisory committee did look at this measure at the request of the staff, and they took a unanimous position of support to recommend support to you, and as a consequence the staff is recommending a star position for this measure. another measure is recommended for support, and it deals with video imaging of parking violations. m.t.a. currently as the state authority to impose parking violations. this would allow a public transit operator -- any public transit operator in the state -- to have this same author, and it would also, in addition, allow the citation of vehicles that park in the bus stop zones. so this measure is recommended for support. and, finally, ab1238 by
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assembly member ting deals with pedestrian access and cleans up a number of pedestrian activists that are prohibited under state law, for example a jaywalking issue would no longer be a violation. and, consequently, this is another measure that puts the burden on the driver for enforcement, not the walker. and that's a fifth bill before you for support today. i would close by just mentioning that there is a number of things that have been occurring up here one of which was the surprise at the last transportation commission to seek an additional $2 billion for active transportation promise. i have kept staff aware of this, and we'll be monitoring this very closely. it could be very beneficial in the long run if the legislature and the governor's office comes to an agreement in this.
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and with that, i bring my presentation to a close. thank you. >> chairman: all right. thank you, mr. watts. i do not see any comments or questions from my colleagues. so let's open item 4 to public comment. >> clerk: there are no public comments. >> chairman: all right. public comment on item 4 -- >> mr. chair if i might. i neglected to turn the mic over to amber crane, your staff person for federal report. i apologize for that. thank you. >> yes. hi. i'm happy to provide that if you would like. great. thanks. so there are two major efforts currently under way. the first being, as you have probably heard, that the biden administration recently announced its american jobs plan a $8 trillion bill, which
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includes 650 billion for transportation, for electric vehicles and state repair. it has been presented at a pretty high level, and the administration has indicated it wants the details to be flushed out by congress, including the important sector of how to pay for it. they also would like it to be developed in a bipartisan manner, which is typically possible for infrastructure bills but it is looking challenging with this congress. we've heard that the administration is targeting july 4th for approval which is a very ambitious schedule. we are currently working with the mayor's office and sfmta to identify packages that correspond to the major themes of investment in the bill, so that includes climate change reliliency, equity,
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and safety. concurrently, congress is continuing to work on the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill which expires on september 30th. and this would be substantial new funding, in addition to the jobs plan. the house and senate are both working on their own language, with the house quickly advancing an updated version of the reauthorization bill that we saw in 2020. the senate is proceeding on a longer timeframe due to the change in the majority with this congress but it is anticipated it will also be their bill, or at least start with what came out of the environment and public works committee in 2019. similar to the american jobs plan, the administration will also like this to be bipartisan, but similarly it is a challenging climate right now. we want to note that we heard the health version is going to include
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earmarks, for the first time since 2011, and health members have asked its members to submit requests this month for earmarks, so we've been working with sfmta, the mayor's office and regional transit operators to identify priorities and to submit several requests to the speaker's office. the senate has signaled they're interested in earmarks, but we don't know, to date, what their process is going to be but we will, of course work with senators' offices once we know more. so with that, i'm happy to take any questions for -- just as a reminder that the action before you is on the five approval positions for state. >> chairman: all right. thank you. i don't see any comments or questions.
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let's check again on public comment, whether there is any public comment, now that we've had the federal report. >> clerk: chair at this time, there is still no public comment on this item. >> chairman: then i'm really closing public comment on item 4. is there a motion to adopt the staff recommendation to support the five bills that have been described by mr. watts? >> so moved. >> chairman: thank you, commissioner walton. is there a second? >> second, melgar. >> chairman: second, melgar. thank you. madam clerk please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 4. [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes, the item has approval on its first reading. >> chairman: great. thank you clerk. as both five and six deal with prop "k," can we call them together. >> clerk: yes. [inaudible] this is an action item. item 6, amend the san francisco municipal transportation agency relocation transportation demand management project with condition. and we have received a
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public comment for item 5, and it has been posted to our website. >> chairman: ms. lafort? >> good morning commissioners anna lafort for policy and programming at the transportation authority. let me pull up my presentation. can you see it, mr. chair? >> chairman: we can. >> great. so we have three requests to present today, all three of the requests are from the san francisco municipal transportation agency. the first request is for $50,000 to replace legacy speed bumps at about four locations in the city. and you can see a picture of what i'm referring to at the top of the photo, the top photo. these are standard traffic calming devices that were used in the 1970s and the 1980s. they're narrow and apt bruptabrupt,and they were done insets of three.
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and in contrast, they have a more gradual profile, and they're engineered to minimize noise. we receive a handful of requests every year and this would fund the replacement of those devices. in addition, the project would include replacement of devices that have been damaged or removed by paving or other projects and the m.t.a. would be using other funds for that work. the next request is for the vision zero proactive traffic calming program. this would be to install traffic calming measures, mostly residential traffic calming measures in the visitation valley and portal neighborhoods and the district 9 neighborhood. program funds have been added to this request to supplement the number of locations in the portal and neighborhood. and the locations have been identified by the department of public health. and in an analysis of
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data, and this is of traffic injury data fatal or serious injuries, for seniors or people with disabilities, locations that were an end point of at least 100 transit trips per month, infrastructure serving seniors or persons with disabilities and areas of high densities of seniors or disabled residents. this would be to implement measures in these particular locations as recommended by the public health department. the last request is for a district 7 neighborhood program project. and this would be to advance the planning, primarily the outreach that would be done. public outreach as well as the final design for a quick-build project on lake merced boulevard from skyline to john mere drive. this would allow for the project to explore traffic-control devices
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such as roadway and curb paint, and traffic signal retiring, and basically exploring the toolbox of quick-build measures that could be implemented along the project area. and this would position the project for implementation with the next round of quick-build funding that the transportation authority has programmed and is available for allocation around the end of the calendar year from the transportation network company the t.n.c., as well as prop "k" funds that are available to fund those improvements. and i will also just quickly hop to the next item, which is an amendment to an existing grant. in 2018, the transportation authority board allocated $383,000 to m.t.a. for a transportation demand management business relocation project. and so what the project was originally intended to
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do was to target businesses that were relocating to or within san francisco, and targeting their employees to adopt sustainable commute patterns and travel habits from the get-go, as they were commuting to work. now with the pandemic, m.t.a. has requested to amend the scope of that project and to refocus the project on existing office space businesses that expect employees to return onsite and to work soon. so the project would target mid-sized businesses, of between 250 and 1000 employees, and it would create a website to post public health guidelines and guidance for businesses and transportation information, and also service updates and safety procedures for muni and regional transit operators. so with that, i can answer any questions. and we also have project managers here as well.
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>> chairman: thank you, ms. lafort. if there are no comments or questions from colleagues -- but there is from commissioner melgar. go ahead. >> i just wanted to, in advance, thank my colleagues for supporting the allocation of prop "k" funds for the quick-build around lake merced, and thank ms. lafort for the presentation, and m.t.a. for all of your work. and this is something that a former president started in my district, along with a bunch of neighbors and stakeholders, but because there has been so many incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists around lake merced we feel an urgency right now, and i'm grateful that their work was done ahead of time, and i'm looking forward to it being implemented, particularly along the top section of
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the lake between skyline and sunset boulevard because the closure of great highway has put more traffic there. and people, of course are enjoying the outdoors now that the spring is here and it is a little bit warmer. so i'm grateful. and thank you all for supporting this allocation. >> chairman: all right. thank you commissioner melgar. let's open up items 5 and 6 for public comment. >> clerk: just as a reminder, members of the public, right now we are taking public comment for items 5 and 6. if you wanting to make a comment for a previous item please refrain from making the comment at this time. and you can make it at the end of our meeting during general public comment. and if you would like to make a comment, you can press *3. thank you. we do have one call at this time.
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>> chairman: great. >> hello, caller you're two minutes begins now. >> caller: thank you, and good morning, chair mandelman and commissioners. my name is brian hopson, and i san francisco walk advisory. i want to express support for the two items. i'm a member of the steering committee for the lake merced along with members from the neighborhood and schools, and kind of every aspect of the street we looked at makes it more clear that lake merced needs so much more work to become safe for people walking. the death of a 26-year-old father just in february was a terrible reminder that on a wide, 40 mile-an-hour street accidents are much more frequent and serious. and we're grateful to commissioner melgar's
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office for putting this offer. we appreciate this program which focuses specifically on those who are most vulnerable on san francisco streets, seniors and people with disabilities, and we know in the valley, where nearly 46% of households include at least one person 60 years or older (indiscernable) and we need every safety tool to have better ways of getting around. and similarly, in the portala, and even neighborhood streets that should be calm streets are high-injury quarters. and we're grateful to commissioner ronen for adding in the funding to make this possible. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you. caller. we have another caller at this time. hello caller, your two minutes begins now. >> caller: hello. >> clerk: yes caller. please begin. >> caller: my name is charles perkins, and i'm a
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31-year resident of the sunset district. i just wanted to pick up on something that commissioner melgar just indicated about the need for traffic-calming measures around lake merced being heightened due to additional traffic based on the closure of the upper great highway to automobiles. that closure results in 18 to 20,000 cars every day having to find alternative routes. and the great highway itself is the safest north/south route for cars to traverse the sunset district. there is not a single four-way intersection with cross traffic which is where almost all accidents happen, or the most significant accidents, and it is a divided highway, with 18 to 20000 additional cars every day
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being forced to flood through the residential streets of the sunset district or sunset boulevard or 19th avenue, which is under construction for the next three years. the additional hazards and liabilities for injuries and accidents is inevitable. this is absolutely contrary to vision zero. you're going to have 18,000 drivers, where kids are playing and running out, chasing balls, going to school. it is unavoidable that the closure of the great highway, regardless of any calming measures when you force 20,000 cars into residential streets, you're going to -- you are hurting the safety of san franciscans the residents, the bicyclists, the pedestrians, the other drivers, and the great highway was working perfectly for all interests. there was no problem that needed to be solved.
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>> clerk: thank you caller. >> clerk: there is one more caller. hello, caller. you're two minutes begins now. >> caller: thank you, chair mandelman and board. i'm luke borne, and i'm a 10-year resident and one of the volunteers. i want to speak in support of both measures as an advocate for safe streets. these projects will begin to address speeding and other safety issues for our more vulnerable street users, including children, seniors, and people of color. so i just wanted to emphasize an echo of walk s.f.'s call to push these projects forward. and hopefully we'll implement any changes that they identify as soon as possible. and i also want to thank
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commissioner melgar for pushing this forward for lake merced in particular. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. at this time, there are no more callers. >> chairman: all right. so we'll close public comment on items 5 and 6. if my colleagues don't object, i think we probably can take them together. is there a motion to approve items 5 and 6? >> so moved, melgar. >> chairman: moved by melgar. >> seconded. >> chairman: seconded by ronen. okay. please call the roll. >> clerk: on items 5 and 6. [roll call]
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traffic calming program. traffic- calming program. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. items 5 and 6 have approval on their first reading. >> claire: great. please call item 7. >> clerk: item 7 (indiscernable). this is an action item. >> chairman: i believe we have april smith and erin mccall from sfmta. >> good morning. i'm april smith. i'm happy to present this
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item today. do you see my screen? >> chairman: yes. >> great. in 2018, the metropolitan transportation commission established the f.t.a. program to be administered with organizations like the transportation authority. there is the regional lifetime transportation program, and the small trans operators' program. the revenues are from diesel fuel (indiscernable) before the covid-19 pandemic. they require by may 1stof this year, congestion management agencies submit their programming recommendations for the fund. with revenues being significantly down since the pandemic, for physical year 2021, the board directed all three million to support sfmta operations.
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similarly, we are recommending the same for physical year years '21/'22. we want to help older people and people with disabilities for transportation. [inaudible] we anticipate returning to the board in springs of next year. with this i would like to invite erin mccall from access and emerging mobility to present on m.t.a. and the transportation. >> thank you. i'm going share my slides. just one second please.
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thank you, april staff, and the commissioners. you will see on this introduction shied, slide which was supposed to be presented by annette and she had a bit of a hiking accident this weekend. her prognosis is good but she needs some rehabilitation. she expresses her support of the program especially during the pandemic. i will give a quick update on the transportation services and the program with the focus on the transfer noticing and (indiscernable). they all continue to operate as normal with the exception of group trips, including the group van services and recreational shuttle
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which are funded based on health guidance. over all there have been reduced rider demand across all of our programs. the service has been operating at about 40% to 50% of its normal ridership. [inaudible] probably as a result of that being a direct ride and not shared. general reduced programs mean less expenditures which have led to some prop "k" fund savings. and reduced service demand has given us the capacity for paratransit resources in the covid-19 response. our contractor has reassigned operators and vehicles to essential services, such as the e.m.s. transport program for covid-19 positive individuals, who need transport to service, as well as the shuttle for the shelter of pier 94.
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we are grateful to the staff for their flexibility and the take on these new services. and the sfmta is recommending that the board of supervisors exercise the option to extend the paratransit agreement for another five years. the e.p.c. program is another example of how the staff has gone above and beyond to expand the new project. launched on april 16, 2020, it is a taxi subsidy program that provides additional services for older adults and people with disabilities. at the start of the program, riders were able to load a taxi card to receive $60 per value every month to make their essential trips. since the inception of the program, we have taken on a few initiatives to better serve drivers and reach those who need assistance the most, including riders who need to take more trips, and riders who cannot afford
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the subsidies, or rider who's didn't understand riders who did not understand how to download. the first opportunity is available for riders who need more than $60 a month to make their trips. riders who need this increase, can request up to $120a month. it is available to any rider but we targeted our outreach to riders who live in communities of concern who had already taken trips with a cost of over $20 one way and riders who spent more than $55 of their monthly allotment. new rioters riders are immediately advised of this opportunity. the other opportunity sa is a one-time increase of $60 available to all riders, to pay for trips to and from vaccination appointments. we informed every participant of this
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opportunity through direct robo calls e-mails, and for riders who indicated another language other than english, we made direct phone calls in their language. to date, 40% of riders have taken advantage of this one-time increase. and we heard that some riders, particularly on the lines for muni, were having trouble paying up to $6 for every $30 received. [inaudible] we in listed a local non-profit who would pay that amount on the rider. we know from our intake process that the most common way riders find out about our programs is through (indiscernable) and our staff have been focused on strengthening communication to help get out informational
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material. i'm going to wrap up with an overview of ridership and participation and program funding. by the end of march this year, we enrolled almost 3500 participants who have taken over 46,000 trips, and 36% took place in communities of concern. trips have increased every month with a considerable increase from february to march because of the two allotment increased opportunities i just described. when you add the e.c. c. program trips to the number of rides, the taxi industry is actually providing more rides through our programs than it did pre-covid. the majority of participants are over aged 65 and 20% are under 65 and qualify because of a disability or impairment that makes it difficult to access muni core service. we ask riders to provide
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demographic information such as race and ethnicity, and we compare these data to both the citywide senior population and the city population over all to get a sense of if there are any high-level overall trends. i will be using this information to conduct deeper studies once we reach the one-year mark this week. finally, the program is funded this physical year '21 by prop "k" and by sfmta's operating funds. and it is from the reduced demand. based on the projection, we are confident we'll be able to continue offering the program through the entire physical year of 2022. based on current growth, that projected cost would be between $1 million and $2 million, and there you funded by regional trans
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transportational (indiscernable). and i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chairman: thank you, ms. mccullough. commissioner melgar? >> thank you chair mandelman. i want to thank erin and all of the staff very much for your flexibility and your nimbleness during this pandemic to work with the community particularly the community living campaign and folks in the senior and disability community. so district 7 is one of those districts that has been sort of cut off, as i know district 1 has as well. and this program -- this
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e.c.c. program has been a lifeline for our seniors and people with disabilities. i am so grateful that the staff engaged with the community and the advocates to, you know, expand the program and tinker with the things that needed to be tinkered with. thank you for the graphs. we could see the vast increase in ridership and folks taking advantage of it and in particular or latinx folks. i want to say it is a double bottom line because it is also helping our taxicab industry that is struggling so much during the pandemic. so thank you so much for being able to be nimble on your feet and to address the needs of the community. i really really appreciate. >> thank you. >> chairman: thank you, mrs. melgar. commissioner chan? >> thank you, chair mandelman. i concur with the
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comments that commissioner melgar just made. and, really, i think for the seniors and the people with disabilities in district 1 the essential trip card program has been really critical for us during the pandemic, especially in the case where there is -- when the vaccination was rolling out, and that lack of community sites in district 1, and really the lack of options to go in especially the north/south direction, safe options for our seniors and people with disabilities, and, you know, going to the city college site, going to muscony, so being able to remind our community in district 1there there is an option. so colleagues, i urge you to continue to support
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this program. it is really critical for us, especially right now during this pandemic keeping our seniors and people with disabilities safe and still have accessibility to many things that they need for their day-to-day living. so thank you. >> chairman: thank you, commissioner chan. and i would myself, echo commissioner melgar and commissioner chan's comments, when we learned that a pretty significant chunk of the district 8 was going essentially be left without bus service in the early days of the pandemic, and through much of the pandemic. i was very worried about what was going to happen to these folks. i'm glad to see some of the bus lines have being restored having this program has been, like in the name, essential for a lot of people.
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and i think we can open this item up to public comment. >> clerk: as a reminder, members of the public who are calling in, you can press *3 at this time. there appears to be no public comment. >> chairman: public comment on item 7 is closed. is there a motion to approve item 7? >> moved, chan. >> chairman: moved by chan. is there a second? >> second, melgar. >> chairman: seconded by melgar. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 7. [roll call]
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>> clerk: we have 11 ayes, item 7 has approval on its first reading. >> chairman: imrailt. great. madam clerk, please call item 8. >> clerk: amend the adopted fiscal year 2021, budget to increase revenues by $15 million, and increase $18.6 million and other sources by $15 million, for a total increase of $48.2 million. this is an action item. >> chairman: i believe we have ms. lily yu to
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present. >> good morning, chair mandelman and commissioners. >> chairman: good morning. >> today i will be presenting the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget amendment. this is an opportunity for us to revise revenue and expenditure protection since the adoption of the budget this past september. the revisions typically take place after the completion of our annual physical audit, which was presented back to you in february. our physical year spans from july 1-69d 1st to june 30th of each year. we are proposing to decrease revenues by
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$16.8 million, decrease expenditures by $18.6 million and decrease other financing sources by $15million. first i'll go over the major changes in revenues. this slide shows comparisons between the adopted budget and the proposed amended budgets in the blue bars. we want to decrease sales tax revenues from 93million to 81 million. we have been reportedly monthly to the board that san francisco has been hit the hardest in terms of sales taxes. [inaudible] we are projecting a slower recovery from the pandemic than originally assumed. over all, we're seeing a total decline of approximately 30% from pre-pandemic levels. however, with the increase of vaccination rates, we do expect to see sales tax
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revenues rebounding later in the physical year. our sales tax projections also aligned with the city controller's office. i will discuss other revenues here. our budget revision is also recognizing a few new grants that we've received since the adopted budget. in july 2020 we received a caltrans approval for the right-of-way phase for the westside project. we're also adding $120,000 for new neighborhood transportation improvement projects, including the district 4 mobility improvement studies and the golden gate park sustainable travel study. in addition, in february, the board approved the prop "k" appropriation for the trail yard project. this amendment includes spending down the first year of this appropriation. in addition to sales tax revenue decrease, we are proposing to shift $4.5 million of program revenues to next physical year.
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they are the federal state, and regional revenues, and this is mainly due to the delayed start of construction activities for the south gate road realignment improvement, as well as the public pier often known as pier e-2. for the t.n.c. tax, we're projecting to decrease revenues on $701,000. this revenue stream continues to be deeply affected by stay-at-home orders. in terms of expenditures, we are proposing to decrease expenditures by $18.6 million. our expenditures consist of three major categories: capitol project caught, ads administrative costs, and debt service costs. the largest decrease is the in capitol project cost
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of $18 million, and it is due mostly to delayed reimbursement. and we're proposing to decrease by $14 million for the sfmta vehicle procurement for light rail. (indiscernable) we're shipping out approximately 2.3million mainly for the south gate road the project is still on schedule to be substantially completed by june 2022. and for the tax program, we're decreasing 1.2million related to the vision zero quick build program. sfmta is using its own prop "c" general fund first. the project is still on schedule and anticipated to be completed by 2022,
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and sfmta is using their own funds. and there are several projects reducing approximately $450000. and the decrease in the tima program is to reflect the deferral of the system integration work until toll policies are approved. we will be presenting that at the up coming tima board meetings. we also conducted a full review of our operating costs and have taken the following costs to reduce expenditures, including the delay of hiring staff positions, decreasing debt service costs, and reducing administrative operating costs and expenditures. finally, we are proposing to reduce the revolving credit agreement by $50 million from the adopted budget, and this decrease is mainly due to a higher ending fund balance at the end of last year, with capital expenditures coming in lower than
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anticipated. we will continue to monitor capital spending closely, and if we pull down from the revolver we will bring it to the board for approval. next year we'll be presenting the 2022annual budget and work program for information with the final proposed budget for adoption in june. and with that, i'm happy to take any questions. >> chairman: commissioner melgar? >> yes. thank you. thank you very much for the presentation, ms. yu. i do have a question. in the decreased expenditures from prop "k" funds, you said that the largest chunk was for the vehicle procurement for the light rail vehicles, and i'm wondering if this decision will have an impact in the timeline of bringing back the light
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rail service that is right now not running, specifically the k.l.m. i don't know if you have the answer or somebody can answer that question. >> sure. i will direct that question to our deputy director for policy and programming. >> thank you for your question, commissioner melgar. our understanding is that the schedule of procurement is not impacted. it is really just a timing of when we're expecting the reimbursement requests from sfmta to our agency. so there is still a budgeted amount of several million -- tens of millions of dollars that we are expecting in reimbursements. it is just fot as not as high as we thought it would be at this time last year. >> okay. thank you so much. >> chairman: great. i do have a question for director chang. which is, um...we've heard
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a lot about the downtown concongestion pricing study and the desire for some folks to see additional public outreach going into the fall. i understand that is not part of this amendment. >> correct. >> so how would we deal with -- if this board wants that to happen, what is the path on that? >> yes. certainly. thank you very much for the question. it is not currently in our mid-year budget for this physical year, but with your guidance and the board's support we would be glad to extend the study and bring back a proposal for how to fund that in our physical '22 annual budget. i believe next month we'll bring you the first look at our physical '22 budget, and the action approval would happen in the following month. so may information, and june, action and we can
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certainly work to bring that back. >> chairman: all right. thank you. let's open this item to public comment. [please stand by]
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[roll call] item 8 has approval on its first reading. >> thank you. madam clerk, please call item 9. >> clerk: item 9.
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the amount not to exceed $1,000,700 this is an action item. >> thank you. i believe we have yana wadman. >> yes. hello, chair, and commissioners. i'll share my slides now. let me know when you can see them. >> chairman: we see them. >> perfect. thank you earnveryone. this is for the 101280 manage lanes and bus project. you have heard about this before and we are bringing it back for consideration and engineering and environmental planning services. the scope of the project for
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everyone is shown here on the map. we are breaking it into three components to make them a little bit more bite-sized as we move through the work. you can see phase one here in green which is the northbound portion of the project from about 18th street to the existing transit lanes on 3rd street. the area here is fairly wide and so we are able to we would be able to provide an extra car pool or transit lane and we believe this work is very
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achievable in the near term. phase two would be the remainder of the project. it would look at adding car pool in the express lanes or in the project where 280 ends down 2280 to 101 and also looking at potential for the remainder of the northbound lanes on 101 to 280 and what that may look like would be the result of the future study. the project would also look at options to improve and expand
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transit with many of the existing lines and there complementary studies that have occurred for these lines and continued and expanded in phase 2. >> chairman: uh, oh, ms. walden? did we lose you? >> why don't i just jump in chair mandelman. this was an item that was paused last year. it is a project that whose goal is to develop a continuous car
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pool facility between san francisco and santa clara. it's a three-county collaboration to develop this facility for not only transit riders but car poolers and everyone who could benefit even folks on a general purpose lane. so what we're proposing here is a reduced contract in the amount of $1.7 million. this is smaller than what we had brought to you all last year just to cover some preenvironmental practice as well as the phase one project development that is the northbound shoulder lane bus and car pool lane. this is also considered by mta a muni equity strategy because it does express the services the 14x in that it would close a reliability.
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also public transfer services and they would also take advantage of these lanes. so this is really a multi-model study that's trying to advance the set of options to environmental and then in our first stage this work that we're looking at this contract would just be the traffic engineering and some of the environmental planning for that first phase narrowing down a subset going environmental. this is again something that would be coming back to you after we're completed in our outreach and technical work. i should also mention that the equity analysis and the equity study that goes with this work is also already advancing. it's not in this contract but it's funded by the t.a.'s allocation and is not w.m.h.'s role but another consultant
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who's using us by income by neighborhood as well as engaging deep we with the neighborhood about what it is they proceed the problem to be and how they would like to shape the solution including the use of funds for transit or other uses such as making the parallel route safer as well as other improvements that the community would like to see. they do bear a lot of the brunt of the traffic on the freeways. we also understand that some of the managed lanes options that involve toll lane also have been concerned about afford ability from the public and it's something that would have to be developed either through the city program such as the region which is proposing a 50% means toll policy and is impeachmenting that within the region. the first corridor i believe is the 80 corridor in the east bay
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and further counts an exemption or not doing towing at all and just looking at a car pool lane and high quality. this is the equities just to give you all that's happening. it's being coordinated by our team through another part of our budget. then the next slide would show the summary of our schedule, the existing conditions and engagement work is already under way. the co-creation would be our activity through the summer and the vaulgsz of alternatives brings the public outreach and the technical work in the fall with a final report expected by early next year on the equity study. san mateo is already moving. they're a bit a step or two ahead of us. as you may know they're building 14 million miles of
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express lanes from redwood city to s.f.o. airport the 280 limit and they're developing that four mile stretch in coordination with us. as yana mentioned downtown on king street. so here's a picture of what's happening in the region. commissioner ronen knows very well, this network of car pool in many cases express lanes is moving forward and has been doing so for many years now. we've been trying to coordinate and raise up san francisco's issues and concerns as well as our priorities for how the system should be developed and this opportunity to really shape and model how we should
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be doing express lanes and manage in general in the region. i'm having a very equity approach and not just looking at tolling and not just looking at h.o.v. lanes on their own. next slide. there we are. with that, i'll pause, i'm sure they'll be a lot of questions and comments from the board. thank you. >> chairman: thank you ms. walden and thank you director chang. commissioner safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you director. can you talk to one of the things that is important to me is how the outreach is going to be done. how the stakeholders will be in the process and your ability to participate when they don't have the access to do it through an online format. that was my big concern last
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year. everyone was sheltering in place. traffic was very minimal. it still is in a lot of ways in a lot of different areas along the area that you're proposing in phase one. i don't think the traffic has increased back to pre-pandemic levels on 280 as much as it has on 101. so this study probably will anticipate that. the other thing too at least in the report and the background and discussion you know, when using things like the project as anticipated to be implemented in two phases do you mean the actual study is going to be implemented in two phases or is it that this is a preconceived notion in determining that this is a determined outcome? >> right. thank you for those questions. yana do you want me to go ahead and start this answer and present on if i missed
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anything. your outreach question absolutely we understand how challenging it is to do outreach at this time. this has been the concern for many studies. the suggestion pricing study the open streets studies as well as the whole conversation citywide. so i think we would just rely on the ability to reach out through newsletters and the direct communication with c.b.o.s to see if we can get on the agenda. we've been able to have the co-creation sessions both virtually and in person by really relying on the c.b.o.s to advise and organize those opportunities. we do pay c.b.o.s for their assistance and we also pay program participants for their time. it's not always possible to do that virtually. so what we would rely on is ways to go to the community
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where they are. whether tailoring, whether it's going to food pantries and providing notices to the public. we have also successfully at least used text-based surveys. those are not ideal. you cannot do engagement on a complex issue via that. at least to notify folks. so we're very open to the best practices and this is a very important conversation that we're having with all the other agencies that are also trying to do good outreach and engagement during this time. >> commissioner: well, i would just say as we begin to open back up, the kind of impacted areas, you have a lot of monolingual households that are not going to be at the traditional areas. i think you all need to get back to a grass roots model outreach something on this scale similar to the way they conducted the consensus during
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the pandemic, people were on the ground knocking on doors. i think a traditional letter in multiple languages and phone calling. i think you need to use all the different methods for something like this. i think it's words while i support this time around. i think we can do a study. as long as it's a study. >> it is a study. >> commissioner: as long as it's that intense. the other thing i want to say is i'm still not convinced on the express lane model, the idea of tolling in an environment. yes there are commuters that come from the peninsula to access mission bay and the northeast part of downtown but there's a significant number of san franciscans that use this and that and a lot of them are low income, a lot of them are
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working families that would have an impact on them and, you know, you took us down to the model in los angeles. i mean los angeles is such a fast metropolis. i think that it's easier to use that model in certain locations. it's harder in san francisco. but again, i'm open. i appreciate the opportunity. the thing that concerns me now is how the outreach is done and to ensure that it's done in a manner that you're actually getting solid input. we worked with the m.t.a. to do a study on permit parking. we did a mailing multiple languages. they did door to door. we had multiple community meetings and they had, and one of the ways to measure the response is people would mail in their responses. so you're actually getting a return response and it provided them a way to participate both
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via e-mail and through the mail and we had a significant response rate. i think it was closer to 35%. so i just want to ensure that you're using all the appropriate methods as you use because i would hope that that's close to $2 million would be done for is primarily to really get an impactful data and that includes the businesses that are in that area. there's a lot of the food marts, there's a lot of light industrial, there's a lot of businesses over in that area. >> thank you for those excellent suggestions and we'll connect with m.t.a. about the mail survey. that's a great response rate. thank you for that. as to your second question about phase one, phase two that is just to distinguish the northbound -- shoulder lane
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segment as a potential early action that would still come back to you all for approval before we would seek any funding but there are funding opportunity that is are happening sort of flexibly and we want to be ready for that if the board wishes to go forward that northbound shoulder lane option for the bus and h. ovmentd s. that would be good for the city. >> commissioner: as i said, i'm not opposed to car pool and high occupancy of vehicle lanes. the thing i have the most heart burn about and i'm not convinced is the toll lane and the express lanes.
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>> understood. understandable. >> commissioner: thank you director. >> chairman: commissioner chan. >> commissioner: i have expressed this before. you know, just really looking forward to seeing the focus on bus lanes. i think that on the local level, it will be tremendously helpful for some of the southeast residents to be able to get to get around the city, really through the bus lanes. there are many friends of mine, like, you know growing up just living in the southeast sector trying to visit chinatown and having a dedicated bus lane will be really helpful and efficient. and encouraging for people to really take public transit instead of driving and so i
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really look forward to seeing the study and some really got some feedback on how bus lanes can really be helpful for us on a local level. so i look forward to that and hope that -- so i personally would love to see that and see results on that survey and really making sure that that is part of really you know the outreach and conversation moving forward. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner. >> chairman: okay. let's open item 9 to public comment. >> clerk: okay. >> commissioner: chair. >> chairman: go ahead, commissioner walton. >> commissioner: i just want to associate my comments with
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supervisor safai's. with outreach on who provides feedback and i want to make sure we're not charging low income families to move around the city. i also want to make sure who are having economic hardships are not affected by any type of toll and congestion pricing. they're already strapped for resources already having a hard time providing for families, but i don't want to do anything that's going to make it harder of a burden on families. >> chairman: thank you, commissioner walton. now let's open item number 9 to public comment. >> clerk: okay. there are two callers. hello, callers. your two minutes begins now. >> good morning supervisors. so first of all, i'd like to echo the comments by commissioner safai and walton
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with regard to the contract phase two. carpool should always take priorities over express lanes. specifically if you want to when it comes with an existing lane to an h.o.v. lane you should not come to the h.o.v. lan to express unless m.t.a. resurface the capacity lane. that's very unlikely. the form about the [inaudible] this is being addressed by m.t.a. exactly the way we are addressing sole ability on public transportation. specifically, the program is called fast track start on public transit.
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the last point i'd like to make if you look at slide 11, i want to bring to you another issue in san francisco whereby the [inaudible] is proposing. i'm getting feedback. the v.t.a. is composing converting h.o.v. lanes to express lanes completely forgetting the fact that there's no h.o.v. lane whatsoever south of morgan hill. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. okay on to the next caller. hello caller, your two minutes begins now. caller >> yeah. my line is open but there are some type of disturbances and even as i am speaking
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something else is going on. so this is not the way to conduct a business. okay. this is not the way to conduct business. having said that we need to change the way we do outreach. and if you do not know that, let me tell you there are some sell-outs and they're the ones who are always approached for some sort of opinion and not educated on issues. they do not know nothing about transportation. they know nothing about nothing. i have a nonprofit enterprise. most of the people have spoken know that i participate in these deliberations not one time i contacted. why? because i don'tthey don't want to hear the truth. what ya'll do is [inaudible] . you cannot take the taxpayer for a ride again and again and
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this is what ya'll are doing. >> clerk: caller are you still there? hello, caller? caller, are you still there? okay. i believe we have lost contact with that caller. >> chairman: all right. do we have any other callers? >> clerk: there are no more callers. >> chairman: we do have a little bit of an echo i'm noticing. so if folks can mute themselves if they're not speaking that would be great. so let's close public comment on item 9.
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is there a motion to approve item 9? i will move it but i need someone to second it. >> commissioner: second haney. please call the roll. >> clerk: of course. on item 9, [roll call]
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we have 11 ayes. the item has approval on its first reading. >> chairman: great. please call item number 10. >> clerk: item 10, san francisco municipal transportation agency capital program audit. this is an information item. >> chairman: thank you. so, colleagues the controller's office issued an audit of the m.t.a.'s capital project and found that communication and collaboration problems and inadequate use of data contributed to delays and cost over run including delays over one year alone. the audit also included specific recommendations for improving accountability communication and collaboration among mvmentd t.a. division and stakeholders.
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as we look ahead to a significant biden infrastructure bill and a once in a generation opportunity to reinvest in our transportation metwork it's important to take a close look at what's not working in the way we execute on capital delivery projects and what we need to do and fix that needs fixing. for renewal of our problem k transportation sales tax and potentially other revenue measures to restore muni service through our post pandemic recorpse. we must do everything we can to ensure voters everyone involved is single mindedly focused getting projects done, on time and on budget. this hearing will give the m.t.a. an opportunity to share what they're doing to respond to the reports findings and recommendations and how the lessons are being applied to up coming projects, but before we
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hear from the m.t.a., we're going to hear from mark delarosa and matt thomas from the controller's office who will provide a brief overview of the controller's climbing. then we'll hear from jonathan brewers and tom mcgire from m.t.a.. do we have our controller folks here? >> yes. we're here. that's right. this is mr. dela rosa. good morning. thank you for the opportunity to present to you today. our audit i'm de la rosa. i'm joined by audit manager as well as matt thomas who helped lead this audit. we will be presenting to you an audit of the capital planning and delivery processes audit that we conducted and completed a couple of months ago.
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just by way of background this is part of a multi-year effort over audit to the various divisions within sfmta this being the seventh as part of that multi-year audit. we have been conducting the last 10 years at m.t.a. and before i turn it over to matt i just want to say thank you to the s.f.m.t.a. leadership. they have been responsive and collaborative throughout the process so we thank you for that and i'll turn it over to matt. >> thank you, mark. i'll go over a little background before we dive into the findings. as mark touched on this is the seventh divisional audit our office has conducted at sfmta. this is the collaboration and decision-making within sfmta
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specifically looking at whether the agency plans and delivers capital projects. at a high level, the audit found that inadequate communication and collaboration contributed to increased project costs and delays that certain project delivery processes could be improved and last that sfmta can make better delivery of its planning and delivery processes. this slide speaks to the audit scope and objectives. i touched on the objectives in the previous slide. but for the scope we selected the capital projects for our overview. and those were the sent 6 tunnel project and the fullton project. i wanted to note that the construction portion of the fullton project was delivered by public works.
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and then a little more background on how we conducted the audit. we interviewed various sfmta and public works employees and involved in castle planning. we also developed and distributed a survey to employees to engage how they perceive the communication and collaboration decision-making. we reviewed and analyzed project documentation as well as documents and policies relevant to capital planning and project delivery. we also contracted with a subject matter expect to review and assess and preliminary engineering reports and the sources of criteria identified as the list of reference in the report. and now getting in to the findings we divided up the slides of different high level areas i spoke to previously with improvements to processes being the first one i'm going
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to discuss. the first improvement i'm going to discuss that we identified for sfmta's project delivery is in our review of the sample products we found that sfmta only considered safe history. however for that project, sfmta and awarded the contract with a closed safety violation. the contractor was cited with serious violations which the contractor is contesting. by not incorporating safety aspects sfmta with industry
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standards. our contracted from our expert basket the bollton project and concluded that the report. some of these flaws are identified in the table on the screen. and the third major improvement we identified is expert classification. generally aligned with best practices. the agency does not track requests which would be the transit division for the sample projects. allowing sfmta to identify trends and opportunities for improving internal processes.
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this takes us to our next high level area. we found that sfmta does not effectively use its strategic prioritization tool. to improve use of a strategic prioritization tool would result in greater transparency and consensus among stakeholders and allow sfmta to better resources. this could also help develop a more accurate five-year improvement program. and based on our contracted subject matter expert's analysis of the three p.e.r.s identified on the table on the screen. sfmta significantly underestimates the cost of its capital projects.
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sfmta insured employees involved have the appropriate skills for large capital projects. this takes us to our final section touching on how insufficient communication collaboration contributed to project delays and increase costs. we wanted to start by discussing a few examples where inadequate contributed to delays before we identify improvements can be made. for the 26 tunnel project, communication around the project's scheduled closure of the tunnel and service disruption was incomplete at various times throughout the project. ultimately sfmta decided to shut down the project and rebid the project increasing the total cost by $35 million and delaying the project by 1.3
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years. in the initial example, the design documents identified the need to test for and remove hazardous materials. this was not effectively communicated through actual construction resulting in insufficient testing and replacement of contaminated in the tunnel. and in contractor estimated potential of up to $9 million additional costs. and lastly for the fullton project, the public works records indicate that sfmta was often unavailable to provide and to indicate such as for closing roads and deenergizing muni causing significant delays for the project. various processes.
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this enefficient accountability and collaboration were also sent out. some of these processes that could be improved include that sfmta does not effectively leverage the evaluation process for cross division collaboration that the transportation capital committee which provides a forum and to provide oversight for capital projects. its ineffectiveness was weakened due to consistent absenteeism and that training was not provided to employees to address these collaboration efficiencies. and last sfmta has not managed performance measures including
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measures that other transportation agencies have implemented and to make informed decisions. some of the recommendations we identified for improvement that sfmta to improve accountability, communication, and collaboration are identified on this slide. these speak to leveraging performance requiring communication and collaboration training for employees involved in the capital planning and project delivery processes and using performance measures to track delivery performance thank you for your time today. i know sfmta also has a presentation. so i'm sure if you want us to field questions now, we are available to answer any of your questions. >> chairman: unless my colleagues have questions now i think it probably makes sense
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to let the m.t.a. explain what they're doing to address the issues that you've identified. so let's hear from the m.t.a. >> good morning chair vice chair jonathan brewers. >> chairman: hold up, i believe commissioner chan may have a question or comment. >> commissioner: yeah. i think it's both question and comment. you know it's interesting and about the effectiveness of the communications. i think i would like to understand it's a little bit more about the organization chart of sfmta and because you kind of mentioned like absenteeism, you know amount like the team and so they are not really essentially i think in a late person perspective.
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like what you're trying to tell us seems like the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and not communicating well. for me, i would like to understand a little bit more. i'm sure it's a large agency with many decisions but do this problem that you highlighted maybe it will help this body to understand a little bit better where exactly the problem is with the organization chart. i don't expect you to provide it right at this moment but i think it will be tremendously helpful. >> yeah. i think it will be helpful. for the projects that we identified that was only for projects where the project owner was the transit division and so we were looking at collaboration between mostly the transit division and the
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cpmc which is the capital planning and construction division. so that was most of the communication collaboration that we were looking for is we were working together to deliver these projects but that's where a handful of the divisions the sfmta might be able to speak to it. that's where a lot comes together to develop that c.i.p. capital improvement program and the five year capital improvement plan. so we looked at that collaboration as well. >> commissioner: okay. i think that essentially, the question really is you know just looking at managing construction project delivery and not communicating change order. that's essentially where the key to deliver any project on
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time and on budget and not having a projected timeline and projected possible usually able to somewhat be we're about to exceed the budget where we could be running some of these problems is because we don't have the organization to troubleshoot along the way. i, again i'm not trying to figure out who's fault is it but in some way i am within the organization. how do we identify. it's not to me it seems like it's a lack of an understanding among the team. who's in charge and who is supposed to be doing what and who is supposed to be responsible and there seems to be a lack of leadership of either informing teams or each other's teams. so i wonder because i'm
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summarizing this presentation correctly. >> i think you are and through the chair, it certainly is a very one of the key things that we identify in auditing is looking at the root causes of the things that happened and obviously having a project management tool and using them to the fullest ability to they track things on time on budget and scope is important. part of the problem is even though you have the best tools, the communication among the various teams even within the same organization is not always happening either timely or fully, so that's why the information that there is division and teams within sfmta they're not always on the same page and i know that will speak to a lot of the multi-team
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effort and speak to some of the root causes of the issues. >> commissioner: great. and i look forward to the presentation along the line of how many people are we talking about, sort of the level of management and executive management. just' wanted to get a better understanding of the organization of people. people are our best resources and their expertise are really key to success for us to do anything and definitely billions of dollars of contracts. i really look forward to learning more about this just thinking about the second phase of it and wanting to learn more about what happened. you know, it was almost $200 million over our original budget. these are the things that really erode public trust.
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we need to do better immediately and now so i i look forward to the next presentation. >> chairman: happy to call on you although it might be good to get the m.t.a. in here. >> commissioner: absolutely. i completely agree with you mr. chairman. >> chairman: good. let's do the m.t.a. presentation and go to vice chair peskin. >> good morning. i hope you can all see my presentation now. actually i really appreciate commissioner chan's comments. just, again, i do want to thank the controller's office. again this is a partnership and there is a continue program of audit.
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but absolutely correct it absolutely does impact the public with regard to service and the safety of our streets. we did go through an internal process in 2016 kind of looking at the same portfolio projects noting a lot of the issues that came up in this audit and we've been implementing a program, kind of a constant program of improvements at the agency focused on constant improvement and lessons learned from prior projects and tom mcgire will follow me immediately kind of talking about our next generation of projects and some of these actually pay dividends. in 2016 we did a full assessment of project delivery across all of our divisions and different delivery arms at m.t.a.. this was in august 2016 of us developing a project delivery
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framework which has various recommendations on how to improve projects. as commissioner chan just noted we have a very large organization that's matrixed in a way that we attempt to do multi-model projects across the agency. the second quote that came from our project delivery framework, the matrix delivery organization requires a clear and consistent management structure effective tools and processes and a government structure so problems can be resolved. weakness in these areas can lead to delays cost increases, or project objectives not being achieved. we absolutely own up to this and, again, we are working on a program of constant improvement to deal with this exact topic. one of the keys to internal coordination and one of the recommendations out of that
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project delivery framework was that we developed an internal project management office and that includes our deputy director's delivery across the organization work on very specific issues around project delivery and processes within the organization. general notices are sent to within all of the staff responsible for project delivery from the most junior engineer. here are the recommendations out of that project delivery framework. to date, we've completed about half of them. a lot of the recommendations around training are still in process and then we do eventually want to get to a very specific program around apprenticeship noting that project management specifically is a discipline that we should train to internally within the sfmta beyond just a typical technical engineering or architectural discipline.
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here are the general notices and you'll see kind of that pattern since we created the general office manager. how are capital program managers with that higher level of management. how are they responsible, what is their role? standardized data and auto mated reporting is very important for us. but to get all divisions within that system and create a standardized way of reporting has taken us a period of time to date all of our divisions report. a very important topic for you and the board of transportation. we took that on. you'll see again in 2018 and how to work on that.
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and updating how we do public outreach. we have worked systematically to make improvements in these areas from 2013 to 2019 and 2020. our next generation projects are starting to see these results and we continue to work on improvements. this is the current work. so you'll see the recommendations onboarding and annual training. we're working on in this this 6-month plan we will integrate a lot of the recommendations. i do want to focus a little bit on tools and process. also noted in the audit and the agencies work in that specific area. we are in the process of developing a project delivery play book. we're in our second version. the first was completed in july 2019. this was a full end to end
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two-hour workshop with all the disciplines in the m.t.a. looking at the process to deliver a project and where we could look to be more streamlined and innovative processed we laid out all of the phases as you'll see here on slide 11 and the standard deliverable that is required can meet a milestone. so you'll see the preliminary engineering report is a key component of that process where we try to finalize the scope and the schedule budget after doing initial engineering work. so a sleep and performance across those different types of projects. so we went through a project to map the milestone of our standards which is on the left. we could see as commissioner chan noted where are their
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problems. are we seeing patterns on certain types of projects. we we manage the performance around the project's delivery. here's an example specifically around preliminary engineering and that process map that we did create. so when the project manager their role decision and responsibility. so we continue to work on this process constantly and the controller's office audit reinforced a lot of work that we knew and the work we were doing and also provided areas of weakness where we need to have additional work done. we looked at the cost of project delivery over completed
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projects. what this does is this allows them to look at hard specific costs and gives them an estimate of the different solutions. bus tifrment. those are all things that should be included in the standard cost estimate. we are currently working on refining this to also help us manage our cash flow management. so we're adding additional tools to the cost estimate template. adopted just over a year ago. on the data side and the prioritization of the project, we are working on integrating in our last five years which again was adopted this came right out of our controller's office. we really made it a requirement to include our state of good repair data in determining whether or not we were making
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the correct investment based on the age of a particular asset, how much was required within the particular capital program. you'll see in the upper right it's very tiny. we did very specific reports against our asset classes and when projects were developed, really had staff focus on areas of investment. in this next integration of our five-year c.i.p., we will include cost benefit. so the maintenance and the operational cost savings with regard to a particular proposed project so we are working on that and continuing to reiterate and do better. lastly on training and investing in the staff we created a p.m.o. site that 300 to 400 staff use on a regular basis to get financial data on their projects. the play book is there. tools and training. so we have done some video trainings. these are available on the site. the general notices and bulletins the standards with regards to how a project should
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be delivered and access to all the tools to support people to be successful in project delivery at the agency. so, with that again, there's definitely work to be done and i don't think tom and i are going to deny that in any way. we continue to work on divisional collaboration, standardization reporting across all divisions of the m.t.a.. what i will say is it was great to work with the controller's office and the date that this audit was published, we immediately closed five of their recommendations based on the work we had already done within the agency during the course of the audit. the eleven remaining recommendations we will continue to work on and have committed to completing most of them. with that. i'm going to turn it over to
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tom mcgire who is our director. >> chairman: director mcgire, we cannot hear you. are you here? >> okay. sorry about that. so i'm going to talk a little more detail about the work we're doing in our capital project which is the subject of the large amount of the controller's audit as also responsible for delivering a wide range of our projects big and small as well as some other projects that thankfully have flown below the radar. a little better in some of the things that were focused in the controller's report. we have three baskets of activity which very much align with the controller's findings:
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first, it's investing in our people. and that was the key scene we heard the controller's talking about and that means a lot of things. it means that making sure that as we do more and more work on our system and our streets that specific skills like cost estimating not only do we have the tools that the methodology that jonathan talked about but the specific technical skills of our staff are where they need to be and it's necessary to be supplemented through peer review. there were some specific comments within the controller's report about collaboration and design review. i take the need to communicate internally very seriously and there's specific training we'll do around that because some of
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the stuff is technical but it's also cultural. we need a culture of collaboration we need a culture where an engineer or a project manager who works in designing or building a project at the m.t.a. feels a direct relationship with the ultimate what we sometimes call the construction of the owner which is the media operation's leadership and people have to own and maintain these assets for the next 30, 40 50 years. it's not just investing in staff. there's other things we could be doing to make the m.t.a. as a client and a manager of construction a little bit better. changing the bit environment to one in which we get which contracted fighting to come work with us in san francisco. that's the division we want to get to. that's not where we are right now. typically we will put out construction projects worth tens of millions of dollars and sometimes we'll only get
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qualifiers. there is a multi-agency effort across the city to make san francisco in general and our infrastructure agencies sometimes the industry called owners of choice. those were the clients that contractors want to come back again and again and work for. not because they make a huge profit, but because they know they'll be treated fairly and they know that their work will -- their working conditions will be transparent between clients and owner. that does not mean that we want to in any way lessen our oversight of contractors and that's where the third bullet comes from. there's a lot that involves shifting the risk. typically in san francisco, we design what's called a build method.
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that gives us a maximum control of the process. we control the design. and then we and then the m.t.a.'s construction managers manage to the design contract. there are other models that our work is exploring. the construction management general contractor model where the construction contractor has a role in finishing a partial design and then bids on it. even more aggressively design built. there are some projects, not all projects where having our staff working in concert with some private sector designers who are intimately connected with the construction team. we know we want to see the project delivery. you want to get it right you want to get the right price, but we know i've talked to everybody on this commission in your capacity either as commission supervisors. it takes too long in our districts.
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we have to find a way to speed things up and that's to look at more creative delivery models. next slide. let's go to the next slide after that. the good news is we have some examples of projects that have gone right and we want to both learn from the very helpful and clear findings of the controller's audit. and i'll speak to the gallery projects. but what's the lesson being learned here. in summer of 2020, we completed the reconstruction between 3rd street. there were construction was not perfect but it was done on time and budget. it brought in a wide range of features. we rebuilt a ton of utilities. and having much more report about what we knew about the utilities under the street which are so often the schedule
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hang up. really help keep this project on time and from a lower program programattic point of view. you all have very high expectations for us in of color and can have life threatening consequences for people of color. and our sfmta community is concerned. thank you to the board for supporting these bills and please continue to be vocal supporters and advocates for these bills going forward. thanks again. >> clerk: thank you, caller. hello caller. your two minutes starts now: . caller hello. your two minutes begins now. >> hi. this is patricia eric.
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our leader of concern residents of the sunset which has 153 members and i'm calling to comment on the mobility study about the dc closure or the permit closure of the upper grade highway. there were a lot of problems serious problems with that report but the most glaring problem is that the data collection conducted during the height of the third wave of a global pandemic, this was back in november and december you as the board of supervisors should reject this report. the city wants to permanently close the invaluableal alterior. unphased traffic conditions on the streets to pedestrians and misery for the working
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commuters who must sit in pollution proned grid locks from work and home or to get their kids to school. you have to wait after the emergency probably in june we have to wait four months for the highways to re-open. you should wait six months and then do your data collection under normal conditions. also, there's no compromise here. nobody wants to compromise and open it up during the weekdays when the commuters are sitting you know, voters and taxpayers are sitting in grid lock. why not open it up during the week? there's hardly anybody up there. everybody who lives on the great highway will tell you that. >> clerk: thank you, caller. >> thank you for listening. >> clerk: hello, caller your
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two minutes begins now. >> hi. i completely agree with what the last caller just said the deforce mobility study is an embarrassment. it would not pass any peer review. not even close. it would be laughed out of any courtroom. but anyway that's just one point. there's been a lot of discussion about the congestion pricing and i spoke and participated in a recent public meeting on that. and one of the points i made is that there's a new paradigm going forward in terms of traffic in downtown. governor newsome just said that government employees are going to work from home basically in perpetuity, many private employers are doing the same. they have to to compete with one another now. so my point was it's premature to be spending money on all
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this stuff until we see what the lay of the land is three or four years from now. i also said it looks like as far as you folks are concerned and i was assured that's not the case. well, just recently, mille chang in politico was quoted as saying, "we're having congestion crisis as a revenue raising initiative not to actually reduce the congestion. we don't care if traffic goes down, we still want congestion pricing even though there's no longer a congestion problem in order to raise revenue." that's in politico. so i think going forward, they should call a spade a spade and say what this is really about, but also it's the families that get hurt but all of these additional costs families and poor people. san francisco's already the
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least family-friend city in the country. i've had to drop my kids off at school. >> clerk: thank you caller. >> and get to work by 9 for my job. i had no choice. >> clerk: thank you, caller. >> okay. >> clerk: there are no more callers at this time. >> chairman: all right. public comment and item 13 are now closed. please call item 14. >> clerk: item 14. adjournment. >> chairman: we are adjourned. thanks everyone.
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- >> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges resident to do their showing up and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique successful and vibrant so where will you shop & dine in the 49 san francisco owes must of the charm to the unique characterization of each corridor has a distinction permanent our neighbors are the economic engine of the city. >> if we could a afford the lot by these we'll not to have the kind of store in the future the kids will eat from some
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restaurants chinatown has phobia one of the best the most unique neighborhood shopping areas of san francisco. >> chinatown is one of the oldest chinatown in the state we need to be able allergies the people and that's the reason chinatown is showing more of the people will the traditional thepg. >> north beach is i know one of the last little italian community. >> one of the last neighborhood that hadn't changed a whole lot and san francisco community so strong and the sense of partnership with businesses as
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well and i just love north beach community old school italian comfort and love that is what italians are all about we need people to come here and shop here so we can keep this going not only us but, of course everything else in the community i think local businesses the small ones and coffee shops are unique in their own way that is the characteristic of the neighborhood i peace officer prefer it is local character you have to support them. >> really notice the port this community we really need to kind of really shop locally and support the communityly live in it is more economic for people to survive here.
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>> i came down to treasure island to look for a we've got a long ways to go. ring i just got married and didn't want something on line i've met artists and local business owners they need money to go out and shop this is important to short them i think you get better things. >> definitely supporting the local community always good is it interesting to find things i never knew existed or see that that way. >> i think that is really great that san francisco seize the vails of small business and creates the shop & dine in the 49 to support businesses make people all the residents and visitors realize had cool things are made and produced in san
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>> hello everyone. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and i'm really happy to join you all today. can we believe that it's been over a year now since we've been living in the new world of the covid-19 pandemic. and i know that i'm smiling right now and it has everything to do with the fact that all of what we've done and everything that we've talked about in the past in terms of where we need to get to we're finally getting there. and so today as a result of the work from our governor and the state, today is the first official day for those who are over the age of 50 can actually get the vaccine.
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we've announced before people over the age of 65, emergency workers, restaurant workers, public safety personnel, essential workers grocery store clerks, muni drivers and others are still eligible. but we are now adding an additional group to the eligibility pool. here in san francisco, our efforts have been really incredible and dr. colfax will talk a little bit more about that. but at least 45% of san franciscans have received their first dose. and over 62% of those over the age of 65 have received their second dose as well they're fully vaccinated. this is higher than the national and state average. san francisco is doing an incredible job with vaccinating people and some of you probably have seen some of the reports
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that suggest san franciscans in general are those who most likely want the vaccine. that's why our efforts have been so successful. and yes, we know it's been challenging with certain communities and we knew that if we didn't embed equity in our outreach efforts to address this pandemic from day one with testing and resources, but also with the vaccine, then we wouldn't be where we are today. this is why in neighborhoods like the bayviewpoint and other places where we are seeing high rates of infection. this is why we have set up pop-up and mobile sites and locations in those neighborhoods and have made it easy for people to access vaccines without an appointment because we knew that was going to be critical to getting those who are a little hesitant about
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getting the vaccine. it would prevent them from doing it. we knew that especially many of our seniors didn't have access to the internet and may not understand how to use a computer and it was important to make it easy for them to access the vaccine. and our partnership with people like annie chung who you will hear from in a moment with the seniors, the large senior population we have in chinatown and the work she's done and the outreach she has made to reach those seniors. meeting people where they are and putting equity at the forefront of everything we do is why san francisco has been a leader, not just in the number of case rates and the number of deaths in our very dense city but a leader on rolling out the
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vaccine and getting people back to the lives that we know and love. but we're still not there. we expect by this weekend we'll be at 50% of san franciscans vaccinated. and, by mid may we expect to be at 80%. so we're moving right along but we also have to remind ourselves that this is not over. we are still in a pandemic. we still need to be cautious around others, wearing our mask, socially distanced and following the health guidelines in a way that's going to keep us safe and keep our numbers down. we have about 20 people in thetwenty people in the hospital right now. one of the lowest numbers we've experienced since this pandemic. we should be proud of what we've been able to accomplish in this city and i can't wait
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until we're at that point where we are able to socialize without masks. where we are able to go back to events. and that time is coming sooner rather than later. next friday is opening day. the san francisco giants opening day. and although they are limited in the number of people that they will be able to allow in the ball park they work with our department of public health to come up with a plan to keep people who are in the ball park safe as they buy concessions and go to the restrooms and interact with one another. they're limiting the number of people who can come to the ball park. you have to have proof of a vaccination or proof that you've been tested within a certain time period but you know what that's better than not having opening day allow fans at all. so there will be fans there will be games. we will see this city start to
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come alive again one day at a time on this beautiful sunny day where the temperature is expected to be over 82 degrees. let's not get too comfortable because i know most of us are going to want to go hang out in our parks and enjoy the outdoors on this beautiful day in san francisco but we still need to be mindful. we're still in the pandemic, and if we want more days like this, if we want more opportunities to open more things in our city, it still requires each and every one of us to do our part. now this sunday is easter sunday. and, i don't know about you, but easter is one of my favorite holidays because what it means is that spring is here. and when i was growing up we got to wear our hats and new dresses and that's when we got our new outfits. it was always easter sunday. i look forward to coming together with my family and my community. and this year is going to be a
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little bit different. so i want to ask you all to be very careful. i know that a lot of you may want to have events and gatherings and so one of the things that dr. colfax will talk about or the guidelines in what we suggest you to do in order to safely gather with friends and family because we don't want you to do what you might of typically done. we want you to do what's safe to do so that we can continue to get out of this pandemic. with that, i want to introduce dr. grant colfax. >> thank you. hi everybody. and thank you, mayor breed for your ongoing leadership in this
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unprecedented time. i'm delighted today that we're able to make vaccines available for all san franciscans ages 50 and over. with this expansion and eligibility thousands of san franciscans will be able to get protection from covid begin to safely interact with vaccinated loved ones, contribute to our collective effort to vaccinate the entire city to achieve herd immunity, and allow us to more safely open our economy. this expansion and eligibility comes as we are very close to reaching the milestone of 50% of our adult population having received at least one dose of the vaccine. and, for our residents 65 and over who we know are most at risk for complications hospitalizations and dying from covid-19, an impressive 82% have received at least one dose
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and 62% are now fully vaccinated. as a city overall, we are doing much better at slowing the spread of this virus. at the peak of our surge, earlier this year, we were averaging 370 new cases a day. as of last week that number was down to 33. so i am optimistic for our future, but we also still need to be realistic about where things stand today. by no means are we out of the woods yet and cases in san francisco have slowly started to climb again. now we're still at a low rate, but just in the last week we've seen an increase of 20% in our case rate. this is not unexpected. we know as cities re-open including in san francisco, cases gradually go up.
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the virus is again spreading so we must be vigilant in wearing masks social distancing, and following the precautions that we know slows the spread. after all, together we have beaten back three surges. and i know we do not want to see a significant fourth surge here. we are seeing alarming conditions in other parts of the country. as you know, the cdc director and other health care experts are worried. that is why it's so important for us to fully immunize our city. until we reach that all-important herd immunity the virus will always have the possibility of surging again. and, of course variants remain a concern. they are here in the bay area and we must remain vigilant. and though the state's expanded eligibility comes as welcome
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news and i'm grateful for this we still don't have enough vaccine supply. our ability to serve all those who are eligible depends on that supply and we don't have enough supply yet. so we are ready to go when those vaccines come. we have the infrastructure in place to vaccinate at least 20,000 san franciscans a day. we are ready to get those vaccine into arms we just don't have the vaccine. and if we have sufficient supply to achieve our capacity we could have over 80% of adults vaccinated with first doses by mid may. now although the state does now currently allow for fully vaccinated individuals to interact indoors with fully vaccinated people from other households without masks, the san francisco health department agrees with the cdc around
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small private indoor social gatherings. once the state allows us and we're hopeful the state will follow the cdc guidelines very soon because they are based in science and evidence and give people fully vaccinated a chance to engage with others in a way we haven't been able to do so for over a year we will loosen restrictions so that vaccinated individuals can safely interact indoors and small gatherings unmasked with other household members that are also fully vaccinate or otherwise low risk single households. this is yet another reason to get vaccinated. i have to also include a reminder in this that even if you get vaccinated and are fully vaccinated if you get symptoms or are exposed to somebody with covid-19, please get tested. testing remains a key cornerstone to our ability to slow the spread of the virus. these vaccines are excellent and safe, but they aren't
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perfect. as we expand eligibility to more san franciscans, our admission is to bring vaccines to those communities most impacted by covid-19. and therefore, we will continue to prioritize equitable distribution throughout the city. one great example of how we can do this is through our mobile vaccination teams and tomorrow alone we will be conducting vaccinations at the white house for the blind and at ping u.n. housing site in chinatown. still using our shelter-in-place in town. today i was at next door shelter where i have a clinic and it was amazing to be able to take patients i was see right over to the mobile vaccine team getting vaccine to arms in realtime. as we gradually move forward in the opening of our city, we will do so carefully. we will make sure that as we loosen restrictions to support
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businesses bring back jobs, and restore the vibrancy of the city. we are on the right path we are making great progress. thank you. keep the mask on. stay strong. get vaccinated when you're eligible and it's your turn and let's hope that vaccine supply to improve. thank you. >> thank you, dr. colfax. and now i want to introduce annie chung with self-help for the elderly. thank you so much for being here today. >> good morning everyone. thank you, mayor breed. and dr. grant colfax. may i thank you really the department of public health and all your teams that are working on the covid response.
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we feel really proud to be a community partner because every time when our community is facing challenges whether it's with testing or with the vaccines rolled out, we always feel there's someone at d.p.h. that we can go to and express our concerns and very quickly i think mayor breed and her team have responded you know to our community needs. for example back in january and february when we found that vaccines are beginning to be available none of our seniors and none of the community who don't speak english well could navigate those sign-up sites. when we expressed the need for bilingual materials, your team came up with the flyers. yet the sites were still in
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english. so they couldn't get the vaccines. so i think as we work closely with the response. and we feel that -- it's really important that we bring the vaccines to the community versus waiting, you know for those diverse community who don't have the internet nor the language capacity to sign up for a vaccine appointment. so really, thank you, on behalf of all of our seniors for listening and responding to our needs. we work closely with the all-american medical group, the chinese hospital the chinese health coalition the ymca chinatown coalition, and also cdc. so as a group we can go around and do outreach and also education work on how important it is for our community to be
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vaccinated. when d.p.h. expanded the qualification considering s.r.o. residents to qualify as congregate housing, we were very happy. so as of tomorrow, you will start to see all the residents in public housing as well as s.r.o. residents in chinatown. we'll get them vaccinated very soon. we work closely with aamg doctors who are all bi-lingual. where the seniors are picking up their daily meals and right there, the community doctors also give the injections and the vaccinations to our seniors. you can see the big smiles on our seniors' faces despite they were worried they would have some side effect, but because they have their own doctors during the i inoculation and
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they are excited they are really familiar and comfortable, so that lowered the sense of discomfort and fear. so i think that's a good model, director colfax to bring the vaccines to really where the patients and the clients are and then they get a sense that you know the whole city and the whole community is taken care of, their needs. we are thankful for the departments and mayor breed particularly for your team. thank you, really so much. we appreciate the efforts that you're opening up the vaccine to people from 50 years and older but we're still concerned that there's 10% to 20% of seniors that are still not vaccinated. so we'll work closely with your staff to bring the vaccines to the homebound seniors as our next project. it's a labor of love but from
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our experience in doing the covid response work, we're not short of volunteers. i think there are many volunteers who are willing to be drivers, volunteer doctors and helpers to bring the vaccines to the thousands of homebound seniors and persons with disabilities. so we'll work closely with you on that project. so thank you very much mayor and dr. colfax. we need our community to be vaccinate. thank you. >> thank you, again annie, for being here with us today and also the work that you do to take care of so many seniors and i cannot wait until we're open again so i can go visit them and enjoy the entertainment and food and festivities. i know it's especially hard for some of our seniors living in
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isolation. so having self-help for the elderly and keep that connection with them is so critical in getting people vaccinated is so important because i know more than anything, they want to come together again. so with that, thank you all for joining us. and, at this time we'll take a few questions. >> the reality of people [inaudible] employment right away what do you think of people who might get frustrated trying to navigate the system? are you concerned for the people who are eligible before this group [inaudible] now that more people are trying to sign on? >> i'm not concerned because of the efforts that we talked about as far as equity because we have mobile sites. we have people who are going to certain neighborhoods where we see high infection rates who are providing the vaccine to people and so we're taking our
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lead from community based organizations, but we did this from the very beginning. that's why over 62% of people over the age of 65 in san francisco are vaccinated and over 80% of them have already received their first dose. that's unheard of on a national level. i'm not concerned about reaching those communities. and keep in mind i don't think we'll ever get to 100% because there are some people who are hesitant and that's why i got the vaccine. i wanted people in the western edition where we had a lot of folks who were saying i'm not going to get the vaccine. i wanted them to see that i got it and that it's safe and that they should get it too and i know there were a few people including one of my friend's mom and she said i'm only here because you're here, mayor, and i'll go ahead and get it. that's really where we are and what we're going to do.
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i'm not concerned because of the city's efforts and our work and the prioritizization for certain zip codes and the places where people can drop in and get the vaccine, but you know, we're going to have more supply on top of that. so it's going to be a lot easier and it just requires people to be a little patient and we're going to get there. >> more than two weeks fully vaccinated. are you feeling any differently? >> i am smiling more i think. i think, for me i'm still wearing my mask and doing my part and keeping my distance. and i still -- i think it's now out of habit but i'm looking forward to maybe before i probably would have never gone to the giants opening day but now i'll probably stop by and check it out a little bit. so i'm a little bit more comfortable i think, going out in public. for the most part, i'm hoping
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we get more san franciscans vaccinated. >> [inaudible] >> yeah. i just think that it's unfortunate and it's another distraction from getting our kids back in school. i think, you know, when the grown-ups all of a sudden become the story and become the distraction and this case and many other things that have sadly happened at the school board, then it takes away from what's most important and no one person should be more important than protecting and supporting our kids and getting them back in school. >> [inaudible] >> i'm not prepared to provide any updates as to where we are. i mean this is a pending lawsuit so we want to make
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sure what's appropriate to say and what isn't appropriate to say before we start talking specifically about things that we plan to do. i do know this is one of the reasons you know not necessarily a lawsuit, but the lack of movement by the school district is one of the reasons why we're developing this program "summer together" because we can't just wait for them to sit around and get their stuff together. we have kids struggling now. and if you think about it the achievement gap was problematic and it's gotten worse. and you think about what's going to happen to these kids if they don't get the kind of education they deserve to get within the next couple of years then we're going to have a problems. i'm focusing on what they're going to do. the kids will have the ability to participate in a program that will help with the learning loss that they i'm sure experienced over the course of this past year during
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the pandemic >> [inaudible] >> as i said i am not prepared to talk about that at this time. i want to make sure that i understand the legalities. it just happened yesterday. so before i make any public statements or comments i want to make sure i understand fully what this could mean and what the city can do to participate or be involved in this in any kind of way. it is a lawsuit that's geared towards specific members and the school district and we know that the school district is its own entity. we also know that the city stands ready and willing to help to support our kids in any way we possibly can. and as i said, this is another you know unfortunate failure of you know a particular individual in this case as it relates to our children. if you really care about kids,
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then there are things you just will do or will not do to impact their lives and i think it's unfortunate we're at this state of affairs. >> [inaudible] >> well the appetite you mean of the people once folks are in a better place of being vaccinated? well, i know that most people are going to want to come together with people that they may have not been able to come together with before especially those who have elderly parents. i'm hearing a lot about people who had babies and they wanted the babies to meet their grandparents. and so i'm seeing a lot more of
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that where people are feeling a lot more comfortable and less afraid of possibly having an impact on someone who is more vulnerable. i think that people are going to want to get together more. i want to go see a play or a concert or -- i'll take anything at this point, but i'm going to be more interested in doing things that we haven't been able to do as a result of this pandemic. i'm looking forward to seeing people singing. like right now, there's a prohibition right now on those who can go out and entertainment, there's some limitations here because we are still in this but we have to proceed with caution because the last thing i want to do is come to the people of san francisco and say, yes, we're at 80%, first vaccinations of all san franciscans, but guess what, we're seeing a surge and i have to shut the city down again. like that's the last thing i want us to do. so i think we're still going to
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need to proceed with caution. we're going to have to ride this wave and continue to do our very best. >> [inaudible] >> i can't hear you at all. i'm sorry. >> [inaudible] >> the advice to find an appointment for the seniors? we're going to be doing a lot of outreach not just with self-help for the elderly but we have aging and adult services. a lot of our programs to be able to identify seniors in those hardest hit communities through outreach and the various programs we fund and offering you know rides to seniors and letting them know about the specific locations and being able to walk with the seniors and i'll give you an example. so maxine hall where i got my vaccine in the wherein district
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location. you don't need maxine hall. so folks that are part of an organization of seniors like people at the senior service center there are people there who offered to walk them or use the vans to drive them around the corner if they want to get their vaccine are canning them every single day and there's just another of organic outreach everett that's happening with a number of agencies that serve senior communities throughout san francisco. >> i was going to ask more about the following [inaudible] >> okay. anything else? >> [inaudible] >> i can commit to san francisco's what? >> you can commit [inaudible] >> no. i can't commit that. all right. thank you.
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>> candlestick park known also as the stick was an outdoor stadium for sports and entertainment. built between 1958 to 1960, it was located in the bayview hunters point where it was home to the san francisco giants and 49ers. the last event held was a concert in late 2014. it was demolished in 2015. mlb team the san francisco giants played at candlestick from 1960-1999. fans came to see players such a willie mays and barry bonds over 38 seasons in the open
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ballpark. an upper deck expansion was added in the 1970s. there are two world series played at the stick in 1962 and in 198 9. during the 1989 world series against the oakland as they were shook by an earthquake. candlestick's enclosure had minor damages from the quake but its design saved thousands of lives. nfl team the san francisco 49ers played at candlestick from feign 71-2013. it was home to five-time super bowl champion teams and hall of fame players by joe montana jerry rice and steve jones. in 1982 the game-winning touchdown pass from joe montana to dwight clark was known as "the catch." leading the niners to their first super bowl. the 49ers hosted eight n.f.c. championship games including the
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2001 season that ended with a loss to the new york giants. in 201 the last event held at candlestick park was a concert by paul mccartney who played with the beatles in 1966 the stadium's first concert. demolition of the stick began in late 2014 and it was completed in september 2015. the giants had moved to pacific rail park in 2000 while the 49ers moved to santa clara in 2014. with structural claims and numerous name changes, many have passed through and will remember candlestick park as home to the legendary athletes and entertainment. these memorable moments will live on in a place called the stick. (♪)>> hi, my name is jamie hooper.
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in this episode, we are featuring the romantic park locations in your very own backyard. this is your chance to find your heart in san francisco with someone special. our first look out is here at buena vista park a favorite with couples and dog lovers. it is as old as its neighbor and both have a significant forest a refreshing retreat from urban life. the pass that meander we do
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under a canopy of 0, redwood, pine, and eucalyptus. chill out and this environment and you might see butterflies, and dandelions. blue jays fly between the eucalyptus. it is ada accessible. public transit is plentiful. six, 24, or 71 bus. we have conquered the steps we walked the dogs, and we have enjoyed a beautiful view the park has to offer. this is the place to take someone special and enjoyed a beautiful look out. " come to corona heights, located in the heart of this district. it offers a spectacular view of the downtown skyline, the bay bridge, and the east bay. the park is one of the best kept
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secrets. unlike twin peaks, it is hardly ever crowded. on any given day, you will run into a few locals. hop on a 37 bus to get there with that any parking worries. locals can bring their dogs to run with other dogs. there is also grass for small dogs. >> it is a great place. it is a wonderful place for the city to provide these kind of parks. the dog owners appreciate it. >> take time to notice the wildflowers on the grassland. and keep your head on the lookout for hawks and other bird life. take your camera and be prepared to review the city in a way you will not forget. it is prominent with beautiful formations that are perfect to watch the sunrise from the east over the bay.
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this is another one of our great look out. we are at mount davidson. it has the highest point of elevation in san francisco 928 feet. this is the place for you to bring someone special. enjoy all of the pathways, trails, and greenery that surrounds you. it provides a peaceful oasis of public open space and great hiking trails. the spectacular view offers a perfect place to watch the sunrise, or sunset, with someone you love. >> it is a good place to get away from the hectic life of the city. get some fresh air. the view is fantastic. >> wear sturdy shoes to conquer the trail, you have the feeling
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of being in a rain forest. mount davidson is also a great place to escape the noise and the apostle of the city with your partner. -- bustle of the city with your partner. it is quite a hike to the top at mount davidson but the view is worth every step. this is the place to bring that someone special. for more information about reserving one of these romantic locations, or any other location, 831-5500. this number is best for special ovens weddings picnics, and the county for building. for any athletic field and neighborhood parks, call 831- 5510. you can also write us at permits and reservations.
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or walking in and say hello at old log cabin, golden gate park. and of course you can find more information at
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