tv SFMTA Board of Directors SFGTV April 15, 2021 12:00am-4:01am PDT
>> secretary silva, welcome back secretary silva. can you please call the roll? >> yes, chair borden? >> here. >> vice chair eakin? >> here. >> director hemminger? >> here. >> director hinzcy. >> present. >> hinsey. >> present. >> director lye? >> present. >> and director brinkman is not expected to join us today. madam chair, you have a quorum. >> thank you. >> the next item? >> we have no announcements
since we are in a virtual meeting. item four, approval of the minutes for the march 16, 2021 regular meeting. >> chair: great. are there any directions to directors? before we open to comment? hearing none. are there any people on the line for comments wishing to speak for the march 21-2021 regular meeting? >> i apoloapologize, i did not the number. for members of the public who wish to make comments on this item, call 888-068-69289, 9961164, to address the board, dial one and then zero. thank you.
>> chair: great, we'll give that a meeting if anyone wants to call in. are there any callers on the lining to comment for our march 16th, regular meeting? >>. >> you have two questions remaining. >> chair: if you are here to comment on our march 16th minutes, please press zero. for other items, look for the appropriate spot on the agenda. hello, is there a commenter on our minutes? >> i think i dialled the 10 at the wrong time. >> chair: we look forward to hearing you later. can you go to the next slide? >> you have zero questions remaining.
>> with that, we will close public comment. do i have a motion? >> so moved. >> second. >> great. >> director hinsey. can you call the roll? >> silva? >> on that motion to approve the minutes, chair boarden? >> aye. >> vice chair eakin? >> aye. >> director hemminger? >> aye. >> director hinsey? >> aye. >> director lye? >> aye. >> director ilkutia. >> aye. >> that places you on item five, communications. >> two things, i just wanted to note that one of our later items on the agenda, item number -- let me make sure i get it directly. 12? let's look back and see if i
have in a correct. item number 12, we're going to be hearing this item today, but we will not take action, members of the public we will be hearing, comments will be taken, but we will not take an action on the item today. that's the first communications i wanted to give. secondly many of you may have seen that board chair halsted passed away on march 12th, we will add journ the meeting in her honor. she was an amazing civic leader involved in a number of things related to activism. she served as the first co-chair she was a member of the san francisco redevelopment commission, a member of the port commission. chair of the northeast waterfront advisory committee.
and 15-vice chair of the bay transportation. . she just really was always a wobderful supportive smiling person, she was warm to anyone in anyway she could contribute, she always extended her time, i think she will be duly missed, and i look forward to ending the meeting in her honor. and wishing her family condolences. next, i will do my chair announcements. all members and staff are participating via teleconference. we ask the public to remotely writing to the board or leave a voice mail message. we appreciate having received
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at the appropriate time the chair will ask for phone lines to be open. this is when you dial one then zero. there will be an automated voice that the tell you when it's your turn to speak. when your microphone has been unmuted, you will hear us ask you to state your name, we'll announce when you have 30 seconds. item 6, introduction of new or unfinished business by board members. >> are there any items? >> yeah, thank you, chair. and anticipating the directors -- at some point you could give an update on the
whole situation with the drive closure, that would be great. >> will do. >> chair: any other directors have new or unfinished business items today? >> thank you, madam chair. i believe we were all advised a couple weeks ago, if this recall measure against the governor qualifies for the ballot at the end of the year, we would have the opportunity, we the mta to submit a funding measure to the voters at that election. and i am hopeful we will explore that question seriously. and remind my colleagues that the caltrain board confronted a similar question not too long ago. there were a lot of people who indicated -- trying to pass the measure in the middle of a
pandemic was a fool's errand. we did it, and achieved a 2/3 majority. i think some polling would help flesh out that question but obviously it's going to be a short lead time, if we do head down the path, so i hope we can have an early discussion about that soon. >> do other directors wish for us to have a discussion on it? looks like it's -- director tomlin, you can let us know if your team is able to put something together and get back with us. >> we will need to provide regular yum dates on the topic of getting to the ballot and figuring out what a path to dealing with our structural deficit will be. >> other directors have comments under new unfinished work.
>> i do. thank you so much, thank you very much for the opportunity. three things, one, i would be remiss if i did not acknowledge some of the staff that i met on the various tours that i went on over the last two weeks, so first with director hemminger, we toured the cable car barn, we met the acting senior manager. regal hernandez who has been there for over 40 years, and rigo, he has stories to tell. if anyone hasn't met him, he just retired, actually, it was awesome to meet him. we got an indepth look at inspections from the cable car crews. we met a deputy of maintenance.
sal endock who has been with the agency for many decades, sal was the operations acting divisions manager. thank you for your over 40 years of service. tommy was a dispatcher. ron who is the receiver, and the regular receivers name is lydia soler. we met amy alivore. and greg valentin, the assistant division manager, we had a wonderful conversation. director lye and i toured the subway tunnel from church and castro, the tour was conducted by roger winn, thank you for that tour. i have a goal of visiting every major sfmta building and meeting as much of the staff as i can.
slowly but surely getting to that goal. two things i wanted to bring up for new business. one is better market street opinion we talked about it a while ago, it's come to our attention, it's part one of three parts, so i would love for us to open up the conversation of -- if there's anyway we could reduce the amount of time that market street is closed to folks, given how important that corridor is going to be for our economic recovery, if we haven't overturned every stone, i would like to see it take wles time. it's a lot of delays and a huge street. we all heard the governor's announcement that he wants the restrictions to be lifted on june 16th. the small business commission and oewd to think about what
would a economic recovery plan marketing promotion letting folks know where their muni lines can take them. which commercial corridors have muni service. to kind of work with this june 15th time line to let folks know that san francisco is back, and they should shop locally and go to the commercial corridors. i don't know if that's something we're working on, we talked a bunch about, once we kind of know when the state is thinking about lifting restrictions, how can we make sure that we're doing our part to take folks to small businesses to support them. and i think it would be great, now that we know june 15 is a line in the sand, how are we able to do our part. those are my two requests and i appreciate it. >> are there other directors that want to hear or learn more information about this -- these topics?
>> if there are things that you can provide. separately, that person on our team can meet with the director and find out what if anything is going on. i think this probably -- that effort probably would be more of an oewd effort. >> i'll briefly say i'm interests in how we avoid the disruptions years and years -- less construction on market street. i join in that request. and the only other thing i
wanted to mention today, every meeting, we raise different requests for you, i was reading the minutes to the last meeting, i asked about hearing from the director of the environment and how the department of the environment connect. i wanted to raise a request request or raise the issue of how you're circling back to the board with the request we make of you. we know that your plates are extremely full, just getting ready for these meetings, and you get additional requests from the board during the meeting. i don't know if there's a running list. or if you're able to circle aback. we planned that doe mention for may, whatever it is. just so we have some sense that these requests are moving through the system. so we can have some loop back. >> yeah, and to that, director, that's why i'm asking, if there's not a majority that wants that. maybe it's more of a conversation as opposed to a formal presentation.
so. >> no? >> director tomlin, maybe you can talk good it. sometimes they're doing special disaster worker work, and hours and things are unusual. maybe you could talk about how you're thinking about some of these requests, even if the ones that say the whole board is not interested in, how it's easiest for you to mc, or maybe you can talk about what your work plans are. and in three or four months, we could take up. >> the short version of the story, is that your entire staff has been working at an unsustainable pace for the last
13 months. new requests that come in, come in at the expense of our core recovery work. so we're happy to provide information that's readily available. but putting together board items is, you would be surprised at how much staff time it takes to actually deliver that. so what that means is not doing something else or for example delaying a major program like slow streets forn a few months in order to take up these new items. one of the things that would be great, when are these items a simple request for information that we already have at our fingertips, when does the item request significant new analysis that would require that we would stop doing some analytical work that we're doing, for example on our racial equity plan. and when the item requires a
full board presentation. in order to get those questions, i think it's helpful to have a few of vsh -- view of what the board as a whole thinks. i think we don't necessarily have a procedural answer to those questions right now, but i think it would be worthwhile to explore those questions in a little more detail, perhaps i can work with secretary silva to come up with a better frame and propose that to the chair if that makes sense to the board and the chair. >> i think that works really well. director hinsey you had a question, and then director lye? >> you're muted? >> we can't hear you.
>> sorry about that. official welcome back to secretary silva. >> thank you. director lye? >> great. thank you, chair. and thank you, director hinsey. i think maybe as a follow-up to the director's request around businesses even if we don't have a specific hearing around support for small business or if we're going to help with the economic recovery of small businesses, it would be part and parcel of our continuing transit recovery discussion, so acknowledging that director hirschbaum had mentioned coming back to us every other week, i
think if possible that can include information around the tier removal date. it's probably not considered an expansion of our request, and i'm looking forward to in a information. i think the comments said before me is very correct. like now that we know an actual date we can plan around as opposed to previously we're sort of reacting to the tiers and it slows in either direction, now that we have a target date, it's a period that we continue to plan more concretely for the ramping up of service. >> yes, and we're happy, all of the transportation recovery work we've been doing is in support of the city's economic recovery. and that includes the work that our communications division does
around providing information and feedback from all the city's commercial directs. we can describe the work we've been doing. between now and june, we will be very over subscribed in all of our divisions to accommodate the opening. >> are there any other questions or comments at this time? seeing none, we will open it up to public comment. we cannot discuss those items any further, but you can provide comments on the requests that we've made on those items, and we cannot respond to those items, because they're not
officially agendaized. with that, are there any callers on the line, if you'd like to speak specifically on new and unfinished board members, please press 1-0 now. >> you have three questions remaining. >> first speaker, please? >> hello? hello. if there's a caller that pressed 1-0, you are on the line. hello? >> hello? >> hello, we can hear you. okay, it sounds like that caller may not have wanted to speak,
could the moderator move on to another line? >> you have four questions remaining. >> first speaker please? >> can you hear me now? >> yes, we can. >> good afternoon, so reflecting on some of the comments that were just made to director uechetile's long discussion about what he's been up to i would encourage him and one of the other directors to visit one of the friday engineering hearings at 10:00 a.m., that function as the feeder route for some of the traffic -- parking traffic modifications you see on your consents and regular calendars, but have also evolved to be a bit of a community discussion. and you sometimes hear the usual suspects comment on items, but
you also hear from average people in the neighborhood both in favor and in opposition and with other comments about proposed parking traffic changes, and i really appreciate the work of abraham and the rest of the planning and engineering staff on those calls. i would encourage you to check out those friday 10:00 a.m. engineering hearings. as to how the track the various requests from directors, i would encourage you to take a look at the public utilities commission. they have an item on their calendar called the advanced calendar, which is two to three pages which lists upcoming meetings and routine requests, whether they're annual or quarterly, monthly and when they're next scheduled and particular requests from commissioners. >> 30 seconds. >> and it's a nice little tool
that you might use to track requests from board members. and just finally, thinking about the project out here in the neighborhood, that seems to be wrapping up part of the phase west of sunset, and it would be great to have improved signage so people know where stops are happening both during the day and at night. that's it for me at the moment. thanks very much. >> you have four questions remaining. >> next speaker? >> hi, i'm a resident of district eight, i'm calling to ask the sfmta board to continue expanding the price for residential parking permits. i know there's some legal questions arrange it, but recent cases in literature suggest that prices can be raised and and i
think that would be a perfect way to help fund muni going into the coming years and using it as a way to not only maintain, but actually expand service for everyone in san francisco which will be helpful in the climate and equity perspectives. so yes, just wanted to implore the board to kind of explore those options and just look at ways to get more value from our parking spaces which objectively are valuable pieces of land rather than just letting people store their cars there. indefinitely for free. >> chair: thank you, next speaker please. >> you have four questions remaining. >> hello, i live in the richmond
district here, and i just am calling into say that the closure has been useful during covid, but i personally -- and most of my neighbors don't feel it's something that should be continued permanently after the pandemic. i use the street to do local essential errands, and it's very inconvenient. but the main concern that i have is that people walking in the street are not necessarily safe because i've noticed twice there have been near misses with cars
either driving through at the intersections or accidentally getting on to the slow street and before they get off. they're driving very fast. ignoring the slow -- >> are you equalling about our renewed and unfinished business or the slow streets later on the calendar? >> i'm calling just to give my opinion on the slow street cabrillo pp. >> right, that item is on the agenda later on, so that one is item number 12. anyway, we're talking about slow streets under item number 12, and so that's when you want to dial 1-0. right now, this is comments on new and unfinished business for the board of directors. comments we specifically made. >> i'm so sorry.
>> no worries. >> the only reason i called was, i had difficulty doing the survey online and that is why i'm calling. so i just wanted to make a comment that there's some glitch in the survey, where i couldn't get past 50% of doing it, that's why i called in. should i call later? >> yeah, i think, just point of clarification, the survey is not the subject of item 12, i know there's surveys in specific neighborhoods, slow streets. is that correct, there's a specific -- i know we got one for a special neighborhood. are there different neighborhoods that have specific questionnaires? >> yes, the item later on the agenda is face 4 expansion. so technically commenting on cabrillo now is fine, and we can
certainly receive that comment. >> okay, great. so it's the cabrillo slow streets survey you couldn't access, is that what you wanted us to know? >> i attempted to go through it, and i would get up through 50% of the survey, and it kept saying there's an error, and i would go back to make sure i -- i'm experienced at taking surveys, i'm a retired schoolteacher, so i i think there was a glitch, i couldn't get to complete the survey. >> great. >> i have some concerns about the closures and i want to make it very brief. most of the people that live in the neighborhood i feel don't want it as a permanent thing. when things get back to normal, there are plenty of places to walk or ride bikes or skateboard
in a safe environment and the closures in my opinion hamper the smooth flow of traffic. >> okay. thank you so much, your time is done, but we appreciate your comments and we'll make a note about the survey and have someone check it. >> okay. >> next speaker please? >> thank you. >> moderator, can you go to the next call on the line. this is on item number 6, introduction of new business by board members. >> you have four questions remaining. >> first speaker, please? >> all right, man, appreciate you. >> appreciate you. >> you too, man. >> you know how long the process is going to be? >> no. >> excuse me, moderator. can you drop this line and maybe
go to another speaker. >> okay. >> you have two questions remaining. >> next speaker please. >> hi, my name is megan, i live in the petrero hills neighborhood. i'm calling into to provide comment for the slow street programs. >> that's item number 12 on the agenda. we are only talking about the item we were just discussing under number 6, which is the introduction of new or unfinished business by board members. better markets. >> am i able to. >> no, under that item. because it disclosed to the public when we're going to discuss the item, it all has to happen at that time, because other members of the public can't respond to your discussion. you can call back on item 12.
>> great. thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> you have one question remaining. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon board members, just wanted to say a few things briefly based on director hemminger other comments, it's good to look at any funding we can before 2022, 23 there is an election later this year, i think it's a good idea. i'm glad it sounds like there will be updates on that, that's good to hear about the second thing that was talked about, as businesses reopen, i think demand is going to pick up very sharply, it very is. the met electromarkets are continually passed. you can say we don't have enough resources to bring back the l, the k and m, but those are essential as the commercial
districts reopen, as the city reopens, if the construction is turn and the only constraint and hiring and constraining operators, we better get on that. maybe we stop training bus operators for a little bit. and train all the rail operators right now, while we're doing all the tests for the operators and then we switch back to bus, something to speed it up, waiting until 2022 when the city is going to reopen this summer is not acceptable, and it's going to hurt the city's reopening. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> moderator, are there any additional calls on the line? >> you have zero questions remaining. >> great. with that, we will close item number 6 which was interest discussion of new or unfinished business by board members. moving on to item number 7, directors report?
director tomlin? >> thank you, good afternoon, director. i have several updates for you. i want to start with an important topic, which i'm sure you all have heard about, we have received many reports of targeted violent incidents on muni against asians and pacific islander communities. as a result of that, kimberly burres and her team in security have been coordinating closely with the san francisco police department and other organizations in order too make sure that we had a proper response. that started with -- in collaboration with the san francisco police department, making sure there is additional police preference, particularly on the stockton, union and geary lanes. and targeting other lines as necessary, based upon the daily data.
kimberly has been providing additional uniformed presence. we've been coordinating closely with the street violence intervention program. particularly with our transit a.m. back door -- ambassadors to provide specific guidance on bystander training, as well as reporting incidents. i'd like to share my screen briefly. and show you some of the work that we've been doing. so part of our work is a public service announcement campaign that is putting messages in most of our vehicles, most of the messages translated into
chinese, filipino and spanish. we've also been working with the federal bureau of investigation who purchased two light rail reps to decrease hate crimes. these will be starts in may. again, focuses on training and additional reporting. we've also been working around internal communications, focusing on messaging to operators about the faults around the country and informing them how to respond. this is helping to deepen the training that they have all already received around supporting safety on board the vehicles, in particular, protecting themselves through deescalation training. we've been doing a lot of employee messaging, including
the operator portals and our video screens. this has been led by director burress. we looked at the past three years of reported assaults against transit operators and compared that against the ethnicities of our operator workforce. as you can see here the demographics of our workforce fairly evenly matches the assaults glens our operators with api operators representing about 40% of our workforce and representing about 36% of reported incidents. similarly, african-americans are about 40% of our operators and represent about 37% of the assaults. latin x operators, about 12% of our workforce, and represent 15%
of our assaults. as we look in more detail of the data, the information is more concerning. as you can see here in the dark blue line, the rate of inning crease against asian operators has been significant. asian operators have gone from 22 assaults in 2018 to 38 in 2020. a significant inning crease. and and something that we are deeply concerned about. the other data that we've been looking at is gender and assaults, and we're finding that women are about 20% of our operators and represent about 19% of our assaults. we're going to be monitoring this data much more carefully in the coming months and years. previously we had not linked our databases from hr and security, in order to allow us to
seamlessly keep track of data by gender and race. we will be able to do that in the future moving forward. the next key topic is vision zero. and unfortunately, we had two fatalities in the last reporting period. one was on march 27th, it was a single dirt bike rider fatality that occurred on mclaren park in cambridge. the writer struck a metal gate, the rapid response team is pending. and april 3rd, there was a pedestrians killed at a hit and run the driver has been arrested rapid response is underway, including coordinating with our folsom street scape project which was recently funded.
finally, there is some significant news in the state legislature with this session moving forward with policy committee hearings on our two top priority bills. staff is working with the authors of both bills and coordinating with all the other large city departments and advocats in order to build support. these bills include ab-43 which is being led by the assembly transportation committee chair laura friedman, which would allow flexibility in setting speed limits. it's first hearing is monday april 19th. the other critical one is ab-550, authored by member chu and wing as co authors. this would direct the state to develop guidelines for speed safety cameras, and authorize local and construction work zone pilots. the bill is not set for a
hearing, we anticipate it will be heard later this month. the next topic is car free market street enforcement. as you all know, back when we started car free market in january, in coordination with the san francisco police department, we and the sfpd did a significant amount of enforcement and information and guidance in order to get a very high level of clients for better market street. of course, during covid, both the police department and our own parking control officers were directed elsewhere. as many of you have seen out there on market street today, compliance has since declined and so we are again stepping up enforcement of market street east of 10th, in order to make sure it is only used for muni, other transit vehicles, taxis, licensed commercial vehicles, emergency service vehicles, and people walking.
we will continue to evaluate these efforts to make sure we are getting a high level of compliance while we move forward with a quick build portion of the next phase of market street construction in order to provide more self-enforcing car free design. the next topic is our virtual permit transition. as we talked about over the last couple years, sfmta is moving forward to replace the stickers that people stick on their bumper for their residential parking permits, we will be switching to a license plate recognition technology. folks will no longer need stickers, and instead our parking control officers will use license plate cameras in order to identify vehicles with and without permits. and mail citations to people who don't have permits. this transition not only makes enforcement a lot more cost
effective, but makes the service more customer friendly. allowing people to register for their permits and get permits for any length of time that they want. we're looking forward to rolling this out, we will begin this month, all rpp's issued from here on out will be license plate based and no longer be stickers. another great news item for this month is that our very successful sunday streets partnership with livable cities will continue this month, and it's been retooled for the remaining covid era for small format programming throughout san francisco neighborhoods as part of the rise together season. this is a key component of the city's economic recovery effort that we are very much supporting, while also supporting the department of public health around reducing covid spread.
in this program, we are leveraging shared spaces to bring small businesses, arts organizations, and community services together to support neighborhood based economic recovery projects with small health forum events created in partnership with community, to provide programming in the spaces an provide health and wellness programming where it's needed the most. the first rise together was assisting the chinatown merchant's association with a relaunch of chinatown rewalk weekends. for those of you who have not been out on weekends on grant avenue, it is spectacular, and provides a lot of programming with the chinatown community. along with health, information and other programming. it runs saturday and sunday from 11:00 to 5:00, between california and washington streets. and will run through the end of june, at which point we'll reassess.
the other, start was an event that started this last saturday out in the bayview. it's bayside saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that is part of celebrating hunter's point boulevard and b magic. the federal infrastructure bill, as all of you know, president biden has proposed a$2 trillion jobs program that provides improvements across a large swath of industry. there's a lot to digest, but we know that it's currently proposes, it creates remarkable benefits for the sfmta including modernizing public
transportation and funding for transit expansion. significant amount of money for passenger and freight rail services. money for conversion of transit fleets to electric vehicles, money for transportation accessibility in disadvantaged areas, something we have been funding significantly during covid. for the first time about $20 billion in road safety investments in the safe streets for all program that will fund state and local vision zero programs to increase investment in reducing crashes and fatalities, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians. a lot of money for infrastructure resiliency, particularly for protecting our yards. dedicated funds for major projects that benefit the regional economy. and very interestingly, a significant investment in workforce development programs,
including the apprenticeship programs that we are, woulding hard to relaunch at the sfmta. that's the end of my director's report. happy to take any questions. >> great. we'll start with director lye. >> thank you, madam chair. that was a lot of information, but a very very good report. i really appreciate all of the various updates. and i know you're expecting -- you know that i will be asking questions at the follow-up on the violence report, first of all, thank you to you and your staff for putting together a memo to the board that was very helpful, and you have reflected some of that information in your slide. but you had shared during this meeting, so i think as you know, i've been very concerned about the climbing violence, particularly against the api community and women of color,
which we know from national reports and statistics, that there is absolutely an increase, and i think your investigation into this has substantiated it. as you highlighted essentially a 52% increase in the violence levied against our api staff is very concerning. as you highlighted the overall increase in violence on all of our staff by 38%, is also very troubling. i -- you know, i think we can all infer part of that is is pandemic related issues. even prepandemic, we have a concerning baseline. i am appreciative about this look at it, without being able to identify and quantify the problem, we can't address it.
this is something that is very important to me that we address. transit safety, and operator safety, in general. i think the -- you highlighted that you're going to continue to focus on understanding tracking the violence on our female staff, i appreciate that. i think the area that we have not quite been able to grasp is really the violence on our systems with our riders or people using our system or in and around our station. i understood that we have data that we have on hand reflecting our staff, instances with our staff, but not broadly with our passengers, which -- can you speak a little bit about the challenges of why we may not have the data readily available. what you think we can do in order to get access to that information? >> yes, so as you point out, we
have a much richer dataset for incidents against our own workforce. including detail of the incidents, as well as really understand the underlying issues. those underlying issues are very complex. so that analysis informs our reaction and preventative programs. the greater challenge is for incidents against our passengers, those are reported through the san francisco police department and their method of collecting data is different than our own. it makes it challenging in order to get data that we feel is accurate enough to be ready to share. we have some information but the datasets are not as thorough as we would like. we're going to continue to
partner with sfpd. we have a lot of interest in getting data from sfpd, but it also -- the more data they are required to collect as part of their effort, it limits their ability to be efficient in their police work. it's one of the things we're on a citywide level struggling with, what is the optimal amount of data to collect. they have quite good data that is rooted in geography and the criminality that occurred, but the locational specifics are harder to track, so we don't know did this occur on a muni bus or inside a store. >> thank you for that explanation. and i do understand that we're basically trying to get
transparency and insight into someone else's information. and there's certainly some technical hurdles we would have to try to figure out how to work more smoothly across agencies, i understand this is an on going conversation, not specifically asking staff to create a new program, but still would personally like to see if this work will continue, i think it's important for us to have that communication with pd. i think, you know, the -- what is relevant for me in this violence is a testic, and really study into it, is the fact that we're facing reopening right now, more of our passengers are going to need to rely on public transit, and the safety component continues to be a concern. i -- you know, speaking for myself and in my own experience
when i have encountered crime on muni, the reporting is not easy, i can only venture to guess that crimes, especially against people of color, women, mono lingual community is highly underreported. it's a fact from other international studies, i have a concern about how we're not able top track these incidences with a lot of accuracy as you put it. i -- there's not a request here per say, this is a concern i'm highlighting for myself. i was on the bus yesterday. and certainly still don't feel quite safe. so just trying to think and plan forward for the rest of our community as we move to june 15th. hopefully some of the very positive campaigns that you have set in place with the bystander
training, hopefully that would be helpful in just raising awareness and the community really we have to rely on one another to keep each other safe at this point. i was hoping you could use this opportunity really while we're on the subject to information folks who may be listening in on the conversation about what is the appropriate steps in terms of reporting crime, if you're witnessing act of crime. protocols of what happens. if you don't feel this is a good time to do that, share back with the public as so where we can get that information. thank you. >> yes, so the detailed information about how to be an effective bystander and how to effectively report crime has been the central part of our messaging. i can put links in the chat here, it's obviously a lot of material and probably more than we can cover at this meeting, plus, i am not the expert, i
would want kimberly burres to provide that information and that training. but we can certainly follow up on the chat and publish information that we have shared on social media. >> thank you. director hinsey? we can't hear you if you're speaking, director hinsey. sorry. director hinsey? i think you're on mute. >> who's excited for in person meetings again. >> computers. >> now we can hear you, go ahead, director. >> my apologies.
>> director, i addressed one of the points i was going to speak to in my last -- my comments here, i will put in a plug for livable city and all of the work that they do around the rise together season and streets in general. and i would also say that i would like to look at potentially expanding the programs to the capacity of livable -- giving the capacity of livable city, but also potentially expanding the other work that a livable city does, like streets and et cetera. i would encourage us to look at that. also encourage the public to engage with all the programming
offered. >> we agree. >> does that conclude your comments? >> yes. >> thank you. dr. hemminger? >> thank you, madam chair, with your permission, just to backtrack a second, i neglected to thank you for your really warm words about ann halls death. the sfmta committee was the only commission she never served on. she was an easy person to underestimate. you did so at your peril, i found. one quick anecdote. mtc like a lot of public bodies. we would have a lobby. and take the whole crew back. we would bunk out at the hotel, and ann would stay with senator feinstein. she was in a class by herself. as far as lobbying for our city
and community. my question for you, jeff, is i didn't note you announcing that the central subway project had met substantial completion last week, which i think it was scheduled to do, i hope that just slipped your mind. >> tom, would you like to jump in? >> great and timely question. one i think about 24/7. when we did that modification, it was a lift of specific things that had to get done by march 31st, they have turned that checklist over to us, that we are walking to the subway right now, making sure the work is done as claimed and importantly, the quality control which is a really key part right now, we don't want to make sure we just get it done, but get it done right. my answer is pretty tentative
until we see the results of that checklist process. that will generate the punch list, the punch list will be work. >> in the meantime, is the clock ticking or what? >> clock ticking on what? >> i thought they had agreed to march 31st and also to damages if they didn't meet it. >> yes. >> have they met it or not? >>. >> the accepted process i described will determine whether or not the product they gave us on march 31st, met the criteria you all agreed to in that contract modification. >> okay. >> they gave us a product of march 31st, it's our job to confirm it's complete. >> in the meantime we had begun things like scleerns testing, systems testing, you'll hear about that in an item. we have a large crew down there.
>> thank you. >> thank you. director eakin? >> thank you, madam chair, thank you for the report, just one question, when you spoke about av 550 legislation, just wondering if you have thought through, if we're fortunate, and this legislation passes, how quickly sfmta could have this technology on the ground deployed toward our 2024 vision zero goal. >> that would depend on the details of the legislation, depending on what the path to approval would be, which is still not defined. if it does pass and we are given a pass to approval, it will move to very high on our list of priorities for implementing. as i stated previously, there is
more value than basically everything else we are doing for vision zero. >> i'm thinking about to the discussion we had at the last meeting, which was the proposed use of funding that director brewer brought forward, if this becomes an opportunity we want to make sure we have the funds available to take advantage. >> it will be -- just to be clear, it will be an expensive program. and we will get no revenue from it. because speed safety cameras are the program best demonstrated to save lives it will go to the top of our priority list. >> thank you. let's see if any other directors have questions before i open it up to public comment? seeing none, we'll open it up to members of the public, if you are on the line and you would
like to speak specifically on item number 7, the on going activity of the agency that director tomlin talked about. or any comments the board of directors made in response to his comments. this is the time to speak. please see further down the agenda. at this point if you are on the line to speak to item number 7, please press 1-0. are there callers on the line? >> you have six questions remaining? >> first speaker, please? >> caller, is there someone there? >> caller, is there a speaker -- are you on the line? maybe moderator you can switch to a different line and we can come back to this one if the
person presses 1-0 again. >> you have seven questions remaining. >> first speaker, please? >> hayden miller, just wanted to talk about a few things. >> i am very excited about the legislation. it's a priority moving forward. the other thing i'm thinking about in terms of speed, in the tender loin, we were able to reduce the speed. are there other areas in the city where we're not in the lowest limit? if so, how do we move to the lowest possible limit that we can have, and like i've said in the past i think it's necessary to take big action and maybe put in speed bumps down the middle of the streets, reduce the amount of lanes, something to
slow the cars down, it's crazy. nothing is going to happen unless we take action about the other thing i want to talk about is the violence and assault. it's very clear it's under reported. both on the side of passenger being assaulted, violence. and also against the operators, there's a lot of fear among operators, if i go out after i get assaulted, am i going to get paid, am i going to lose my job? there's a culture of management, field supervisors. >> 30 seconds. >> talks about operators get spit on. management tells them, they end up getting blamed. you instigated it, blah blah blah, and it's a really bad culture at the agency still, and you keep talking about, oh,
we're fixing the culture, transparency all this stuff, it's still a culture of fear among your workers, and that's a major issue. >> thank you. next speaker, please? >> you have five questions remaining. >> li, my name is jillian. we sent you a petition on reenvisioning parking space. it's $13 a month, that's 1/10 to a 30th of the market price, on the conservative end. roughly a half a billion dollar annual program to subsidize driving.
there are more valuable uses for curb space like playgrounds and mobil small businesses. here's our recommendation, one two uc davis law professors explained, we don't need a ballot initiative to visit rpp. so let's put discussions into prop 26 and 218 to rest. let's use the electronic rpp to step up. three, expand rpp to all residential areas, while also creating permits for those who live in their cars. expand the pair permit pilot so visitors are charged with the curb space they use. phase in equitable pricing for residential parking. that means higher prices for those who can afford it and also meeting the needs of contractors and small businesses.
finally, think beyond cars. whether that's markets that allows for uses, or administrative measures that curve out space for playgrounds and gardens. let's reallocate space away from private cars and make public space better for all of us. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, 00 please? >> you have four questions remaining. >> next caller? >> can you hear me? >> yes, we can. >> several items here, i heard director tomlin discuss use of automatic license plate readers for residential parking permits, i don't recall seeing that as a use case before the privacy and surveillance advisory board, and ultimately the city's information technology if director tomlin can assure us
that has gone through or will go through that process prior to its use, i would feel better and i don't have to pursue a sunshine request on that topic. as to the federal bill, i think this would be an opportunity for transit agencies around the country to seek not just capital support for projects but transit operations dollars from the feds, which used to happen -- used to be a more significant source of revenue, and has gone down to zero in the past 20, 25 years, now may be a chance to revisit that question, and i'm sure director hemminger can give us more of the history on that. i don't think i heard today about assembly member chu's ab-629 and what that would do for regional transit coordination, maybe we can hear
more about that in the future. finally, there was some discussion between director lye everyone tomlin just now about memos and putting information in the chat, the public does not have access to the chat. and any memos and correspondents that go to directors that would otherwise be available under 67.9 and 67.23 under the admin code has not been available to the public, i would encourage you to find ways to make that information available to the public in the mode of sunshine and transparency, which again have not been available under covid, thank you. >> thank you, maybe a point of order. perhaps secretary silva, any sort of chat ping that's related to an item on the agenda ah, maybe under the minutes that link could be shared. thank you. >> i'd be happy to add those links to the minutes.
>> thank you. next caller, please? >> is there someone on the line? hello? >> you have four questions remaining. >> next speaker, please. >> yes, hi, good afternoon, happy april. this is barry toronto. what i need to relate, the topics director tomlin regarding taxes today, i did get feedback from some of my taxi passengers they don't feel safe taking muni, they continue to use the app and call dispatch for taxis, because they don't feel safe. they feel that there's a lot of questionable behavior and unsafe behavior they observe going on on buses. it's a concern to figure out a way how to make the bus lines
safer and travel safer without people feeling they're putting themselves in a dangerous situation. i feel bad for the transit operators having to deal with some of the people they confront and the behavior they observe. so i appreciate that you do take some action to make public transit safer. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker, please? >> okay. >> you have three questions remaining. >> hi, my name is mark jane and i'm the business representative to machinist local 1414. and i'd like to make a general comment in reference to director tomlin's report where he referenced albeit slightly electric buses, and i just want
to say how much we are looking forward to as machinists to working on your electric buses. thanks very much, appreciate the time. >> thank you. next speaker please? >> you have two questions remaining. >> my name is alexis wallace. i drive a car, ride a bike, walk the hills of our fair city, rides muni sometimes all in the same day. since the pandemic, i've seen the streets be transformed, stroller mushing, dog walking. i want to encourage the mta to hear my support of the expansion of perm nancy of those streets. i do believe that geographic equity is crucial for the success of the program. i personally spent time walking with a friend and her baby in
the stroller in the richmond. walked with family on sanchez. biked on a road with fewer cars. and to a lesser extent. a problematic design that i hoped would improve, spent time on arlington street with family in glenn park. i would encourage the board to make this permanent, expanded and a far better design to make sure we're actually committing to prioritization of people space over cars. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please? >> you have one question remaining. >> next speaker? >> hi. this is megan again. i just wanted to echo the last speaker, my comment is about the
market street enforcement. that was sort of my main play for the board to focus really on the expansion and permanent of the streets program, i think it's a massive improvement. >> right. just so you know, this item is on the director's report. slow streets are item 12. if you're talking about market street, that's kind of okay. we're actually on -- we won't get to slow streets until item number 12. >> okay. sure. ditto to the above. but on the inforcement on market street, i wanted to encourage -- to encourage the directors and sfmta to really prioritize enforcement of the market street. i was a commuter, or was up until the pandemic sent me to be
remote. i saw massive improvements in biking/commuting experience. and sort of experiencing a feeling of safety in my commute with the opening of market street and closing to cars, so the success of that pilot for really being a skinny pick for the rest of the city is paramount in rolling it out elsewhere. as a bike commuter, as a major supporter of incidental exercise, i would really advocate my city representative to focus on successful rollout of that pilot so other neighborhoods can look to that as an example. >> 30 seconds. >> thank you for the time.
>> thank you. next speaker please? are there any additional callers on the line? this is again on the director's report, item number 7. >> you have one question remaining. >> next speaker, please? >> hi, my name is hakim ibrahim. i work with the sfmta, i too mistakenly booked this conference line for the mtab hearing as well as a hearing we're holding. i'm calling to let everyone know that if you are here for a taxi hearing, we have a new conference i.d., 415-646-2800, the conference id is 689409 pound. you can come over to participate
in the 25678cy hearing. 415-646-280000. and the conference id is 8696794 pound. thank you. >> great, and to that point, is it just the general taxi hearing or a particular topic? should anyone call in here we can direct them your way if necessary? hello? >> i'm sorry, say that again? >> is it a specific topic, if anyone calls in here i want to be able to make sure we let them know, is there any particular topic of the hearing? or it's just all taxi issues? >> it's all taxi. >> thank you, perfect. thank you so much. >> moderator, are there any additional callers on the line. >> you have one question remaining. >> next speaker? my name is luke bornhammer.
a 10-year resident the. i want to applaud the virtual parking permit program, and applaud the trigger of tickets and fines electronically, to discourage parking violations and increased safety for vulnerable population. people with disabilities and bicyclists. and i wan the to applaud the board's change in speed limits and turn restrictions. in high injury corridors. as we all know, lower speed limits turn restrictions -- and enforcement cameras improve safety for vulnerable users and discourage reckless driving. i want to thank mta staff who has been out hipping with market street enforcement, and
encourage -- discourage driving on car free market street. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. moderator, are there any additional callers on the line? and again, is this is on item 7. >> you have one question remaining. >> next speaker, please? >> thank you, chair and board members. my pronouns are she and her. i'm very much in support of this virtual program for parking. it's about time. i think this really -- all of muni services should allow for remote participation. i remember in 2013 when i went to get a clipper car. the reduce fare office on van
ness i waited for quite a while. we have to be past that. enforcement on market street is essential because i'm a user of those bicycles and scooters. and the more cars there are on the road, the greater the risk it is to me as a rider of a two-wheeled vehicle and pedestrians. so we really have to stay on top of that, covid or not, market street is our busiest street as far as what i can tell. we have to focus on this. very much so. i want to feel safe out there on the road. >> so i think we have a good report. i want us to be safe on muni, and everybody do their part. keep our employees and our passengers safe. >> 30 seconds. >> i ask that we not forget the
passengers, that's who keeps the system running. thank you. >> thank you, mr. prex. moderator, are there any additional callers on the line. >> you have zero questions remaining. >> with that, we will close public comments and move to our citizens advisory council report. i understand that mr. ballard is here today, mr. ballard? >> thank you. and good afternoon, directors. allow me to pull up my report. here we are, so the cac had a very productive meeting in april, which resulted in six recommendations, you have received all those recommendations in your packet as usual. so i will summarize some of those here, and others i'll read in full. first the cac recommends that employee affinity groups be invited to weigh-in on the quarterly updates that the board
is going to be receiving on the racial equity action plan. second and third we have two recommendations about the agency's 20 year capital plan, both of which i'll read in fulp p the first capital plan recommendation reads, the sfmta make transit service reliability a top level value in its capital plan criteria. recognizing that the charter amendment specifies this as a key criterion for the agency's performance about the second plan recommendation reads, they urge the sfmta to adopt trans parent policies in compliance with local state and federal law. and then we heard a presentation on the shared spaces program. so our fourth recommendation was a recommendation in support of the staff proposal to continue the shared spaces program, as
long as shared spaces do not block transit stops. now, this motion was not unanimous because cac -- certain cac members who voted against it did so because they felt they couldn't make an informed decision without seeing finalized legislation for the program. and that the members wished that the perm nancy of the shared spaces program be deliberated after the public health emergency ends, which hasn't happened yet, and i understand that this may be something that this board will be considering a little later, so perhaps we'll have more to weigh-in on. with that level of concerns at the cac level. this may be something that we take up and discuss in a little more detail. there was enough support among members to generally say that
this is a good idea. and speaking for myself as someone who works at a small that has managed to stay open because of a shared space that they use, i -- i've seen how the good parts of the program and why it could be something that really is a boone for the post pandemic future. finally, cac passed two recommendations about sfmta's towing policy. the first towing policy recommendation reads, sfmta encourage compliance by design. if reminds vehicle owners of their unpaid citations or expired registrations before being towed. explore increasing the 72 hour parking limit. and expand low income parking
citation and fee waivers to include people making 30% of the area median income. right now our understanding is that the exemptions for -- the application of discounts and fee waivers for towing citations are tied to a federal poverty standard. making that something that's more in line with regional standards is our recommendation there. our second towing policy recommendation reads the sfmta collect information about the recipients of the citations. with that, i will conclude my report and i will welcome any questions or comments from questions. >> directors, do you have any questions for mr. ballard? seeing none, we will move to public comment.
moderator, are there commenters on the line? >> you have one question remaining. >> first speaker, please. >> hello, good afternoon again, hayden miller, on this item first i wanted to say that i believe the letter that's normally posted was initially posted on the website agenda, but i'm looking at it right now and i don't see the letter there, if that could be put back up there, that would be appreciated. the other thing i wanted to comment is just the issues with the shared spaces programs in many cases, which the resolution did note. in a lot of cases they are blocking bus stops, it makes it very hard to access the bus. i was at carl and cole the other night, and the restraunt had all of their tables blocking people
from getting on and off of the 43 and 37 bus there, and it's frustrating. i want to use the public space to help businesses that are struggling, but when we're taking public space and giving it to private businesses, they need to be respectful of the people that need to use the public services there like our transit. the other thing i want to talk about is in terms of enforcement. i support the recommendation to collect data. i requested some reports that were referenced at the meeting where they talked about that. and it's very staggering. it lists the percentage of fair evasion on certain lines. [ please stand by ]
that we don't have encroachments on these transit stops, whether it be through shared spaces or through double parking, parked personal vehicles, taxes, rideshares, delivery trucks, etc. as a disabled person, i want to fully participate in muni, so i ask that we [inaudible] encroached upon. thank you. >> thank you, mr. prix. are there any other callers on the line? >> operator: you have zero questions remaining. >> thank you for coming and reporting on this, and thank you for all the hard work you do for the c.a.c. >> thank you, chair borden and everyone for all you do. >> thank you, this brings us to
item nine, public comment. this is the time for you to comment on items that are not on the agenda but within the subject matter jurisdiction of the m.t.a. >> operator: you have five questions remaining. >> hi. this is richard rossman. it's just getting harder to live in the city as a senior citizen, and something you need to be aware of. and the other thing i want to talk about is the great highway. i live in the outer richmond. i'm a member of the park and
open space committee, with the great highway closed, that's causing a tremendous impact on the chain of late. cars are backed up all the way across the whole golden gate park, and also, you need to know where the cars are coming from. the biggest employer in the richmond is the v.a. hospital, and most of their employees are back at work, and that's how they get to pacifica and daly city, is the great highway. so if you close that off, you're on the chain of lights. i'm disappointed at m.t.a. they only look at little things, they have to look at the big picture. i think supervisor chan has asked them to look at the big
picture. and while we're in this, why don't we look at the great highway. maybe just open two lanes or open it on the weekends. let's try these different modes and not wait until it becomes permanent. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have nine questions remaining. >> next speaker. >> hello again, board members. hayden miller. it feels like i'm talking so much today. oh, well. what i want to talk about now is i want to talk about the transit ambassador program, mtap, and the people who are standing at the bus stops, basically. and it's really frustrating to see m.t.a., how resource
strapped we are, but they're just standing there. and then, they look at that, and they look at the ballot, and they say huh, should we give m.t.a. more money, and they see these people standing around. it's better if they would be sitting in an office somewhere, doing nothing. they parked illegally, they were parking on the cable car tracks. it's, like, on the sidewalks, in the red zone. it's so frustrating, smoking at the bus stops, on their phone, and they don't have masks that they're handing out, like you claim. i just -- i don't know what a member of the public must be doing, looking at that, when you have people standing around
likes this, it changes -- like this, is changes the perception of san francisco for these people. it seems like a lot of standing around. some of them are at mission and lowell. a lot of them don't realize that that's the last stop on the 14 rapids, so these people can go help them get the passengers off the buses. but no, they stand around, and they stand on their phones, and it's a waste of m.t.a. resources, really. >> thank you. thank you, mr. miller. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have eight questions remaining. >> next speaker, and this is general public comment, items not on the agenda today. >> thank you. good afternoon, m.t.a. directors. my name is hector [inaudible]
and i am with who all work to make sure that public investment in transit and infrastructure benefit families, especially for historically marginalized group. san francisco m.t.a. is a purchaser of u-flyer. i'm here with some colleagues and fellow workers to share some concerns about conditions at u-flyer facility. i've submitted the board to the e-mail address, but what i want to share today is a company who profits with the contracts from public agencies and public funds, we want to encourage the
board to verify the concerns found in the report [inaudible] workers surveyed revealed that $6,500 annual wage gap exists between black and white workers, 43% of workers weren't comfortable reporting safety concerns because of fear retaliation. we want it to be a better company for its workers, for its neighbors, and for the community, so i urge you to please review the report and urge u-flyer to review this report with community groups in alabama. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have seven questions remaining. >> next speaker. >> hi. my name is parker day, and i'm calling today about the sfmts
call for increased policing in the better market street plan or the better market street project. if you take a look at some of the 311 reports that have been submitted, you'll see that there's been, since march 29, an increase in sfpd ticketing drivers, but for better market street, the better market part of market street. but they're pulling people into the protected bike lanes and actually creating safety hazards, and sfmta p.t.o.s i think are probably better -- they're better for enforcing the traffic restrictions along market, but currently, when -- like, at fifth and market, you
go there today, there's a p.t.o. in the protected bike lane on fifth street, and that creates a hazard for cyclists, so i'm not very happy with how the enforcement of market street is happening right now, and i would just like sfmta to think about the impact that it has on the community along market street. thank you. >> thank you for your call. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have seven questions remaining. >> good afternoon. i live on sanchez street, and i would just like to share how the residents living on sanchez street feel. we do not support a permanently closed sanchez. >> clerk: if i may interrupt, this item is item 12 for slow
streets. >> sanchez isn't one of the items under item 12. >> clerk: oh, i apologize for that. go on ahead. >> this meeting was the first opportunity that sanchez street residents had been given to discuss the negative impact of the slow streets program over the last year. resident over resident spoke up to share their story and invoices their concerns about a permanent closed sanchez. it includes an increase in noise, congestion, crime, trash, conflict, and a decrease in quality of life. sanchez street has become a destination spot where thousands of visitors descend on the street in promenade
groups. residents have experienced tension and conflict because of slow sanchez. many residents have been harassed and yelled at when trying to enter and exit their homes and take out their trash bins. it is less friendly, less inviting, and creating conflict instead of connection. this is all counter to the goals of slow streets, which appear to be aggressively evolving. sfmta is not equipped to solve these programs. their focus is on traffic issues, and they tell us it's not within their just diction to solve the problem that their slow streets have created. thank you.
>> thank you so much. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have seven questions remaining. >> next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is [inaudible] maldonado, and i live in district 7? just wanted to call to thank the sfmta for leadership and opportunities of expanding, like, closed street, the accommodation for pedestrian or bicyclist initiative to help within the existing short-term [inaudible] and ultimately, like, long-term as well and how we can shape a closer san francisco to walking or cycling, as well. and to that, i really like the opportunity to create a supply of avenues [inaudible] s.f.
citizen just go about and traverse within san francisco, and i think that long-term, this will result in a demand in, like, ridership, net positive, things like that? so i just wanted to say thank you in regards to that, and hopefully, this is something long-term. have a good day. >> thank you. next speaker, please. this is on general public comment, items not on the agenda for today's meeting. next speaker. >> operator: you have six questions remaining. >> next speaker? >> hello. thanks for taking the time to hear my concerns. my name is matt lalu. i'm a welder out of minnesota,
and we build buses for sfmta. i'm not welding, i serve as represent 800 members in two locations, st. cloud and curbson, minnesota. because we have a union, we have been able to work with the company on many issues, a privilege our co-workers at u-flyer's other american plants have. we are able to address concerns. if a safety concern is brought up, union and management as a team work to find solutions. in the long run, the ability to address all issues makes a better product for our
customers. a difficult [inaudible] can be reengineered to make it more ergonomic. some co-workers don't feel comfortable talking directly to management [inaudible] i'm routinely able to have dialogue with all management on behalf of employees to find amicable solutions that work for all of us. we have a voice. our issues get consideration. other plants don't have that same option. i'm troubled by what i've heard at other new flyer plants. sfmta should take these allegations seriously and urge new flyer to negotiate a new c.b.a. agreement -- >> great. thank you so much. i'm sorry to say your time is
up, but thank you for sharing your thoughts. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have five questions remaining. >> next speaker. >> hi. my name is lindsay collins, and i'm a teacher. i live in bernal heights, and i was only able to jump on the meeting about an hour ago [inaudible] twin peaks, but i wanted to give my sense of a closure of the roads before opening and after. it's a delicate balance to opening up twin peaks again to cars and especially tourists, and the preferences of people walking and biking, but as a teacher, i'm sure you can imagine and have heard it's been a really difficult year, and having twin peaks, i've been riding my bike up to twin peaks every day since it
closed, and this has been such an amazing adventure. since it's been reopened on the o'shaugnessy side, it's covered with broken glass, and i've had cars barrel down on me, and it's a place that no longer feels safe and it's aggressive. i wonder if the trash problem has been an overnight development, and i wonder if there can be increased cleanups of the area because it feels like to have this place open suddenly, or i'm wondering if it could be open only on the weekends or if other proposals are being considered. thank you for hearing any comment. >> thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have four
questions remaining. >> yes. next speaker, please. >> yes. this is barry toronto. i have a list of items that i'll quickly go through, no importance in order. let everybody know that i believe they're in the process of setting up a taxi staging area on the golden gate bridge. next is the issue of j.f.k. i support the discussion of the --um -- having taxi access to golden gate park. i believe the only access we have at this time is on the lincoln street side, and it would be great to have access on both sides. i had access from the academy
of sciences over the weekend, and i rejected the order because i was coming from the northside of the city, and i could not figure out how to get there in a timely manner and not worry about the potential passenger of walking off and not being able to find the person after spending 20 minutes to get there. so we need to address taxi service to golden gate park as well as you i think it's worthwhile exploring the concerns that supervisor shamann walton had in his editorial. i don't think it needs to be laughed off. it would be great if you would take a look at the wonderful work they finally did to repave lombard street. last, but not least, i'm going to bring it up, concern about enforcement at night. the request for service has
gone up. ask your nice people who are answering the phones in the evening, especially operator 409. she's such a pleasant person, but if you don't have staff responding to calls, it's a problem. >> mr. toronto, thank you. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have two questions remaining. >> my name is herbert winer, and i have two concerns. i have missed two buses in the last month because i have to walk to buses that are two blocks away from the transfer point. what did you people have in mind with your planning? what i would like to see is a survey of how many people have missed their buses. i think this is very important
because of speed of transportation is very running down. sometimes you have to wait a long time to get another bus. secondly, what have you done for motorists? you are supposed to work for everybody. right now, it's not a question of what have you done for motorists, it's a question of what have you done to motorists, and i think you have a responsibility to serve them as much as every other person who takes transportation in the city. right now, there is a clear bias against motorists, and it should not be. everyone should benefit from your planning, which has not been the case. thank you. >> thank you, mr. winer. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have one question remaining. >> next speaker. >> oh, hi. this is tim france, and today,
i'm representing the sierra club. we [inaudible] the plants that employ well trained union workers not only provide good green jobs but also provide a better product that's built to last. so we're aware of the challenges at the new flyer plant in alabama and see room for improvement. it would be good for s.f. muni to send a strong message that it's supporting these signals. thank you very much. >> thank you. moderator, are there any additional comments on the line? >> operator: you have zero questions remaining. >> so with that, we will move onto our consent calendar. >> before we move onto the
. >> that concludes the consent calendar. >> great. and i will note that director hinze wants to note that when we take up calendar matter 10.5, that we take it up separately. with that, moderator, will you please open up the line for public comment. this is public comment on our items on our consent calendar we are -- these are the items that are under the 10 section of our agenda. so 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, and 10.5. moderators, are there any callers on the lines? >> operator: you have two questions remaining.
>> go ahead, mr. miller. >> can you hear me? >> yes, go ahead, mr. miller. >> perfect. hayden miller. on the consent calendar, two items. first, 10.4, i think eliminating these waivers are good. we shouldn't be subsidizing these tows for people's bad behavior at the expense of transit riders who depend on the sfmtas service. the second thing i want to talk about is item 10.5. i don't even know what to say. the central subway has to be
the biggest disaster on top of all the other m.t.a. disaster projects. how are we -- we just keep pushing back and pushing back the date. it now says that the service should commence by late summer 2022. the last thing in november, it said oh, yeah, you know, early summer, spring 2022. every six months, it pushes back. when is the public going to get a date of when this opened? i talked about this last december when there was, like, another program, like, a safety project at the agency. this is a culture of fear. nobody says anything. when they see stuff is wrong. this is why the ballot is all messed up in the other tunnel.
it's why the other tunnel was shutdown. it's a sign of the m.t.a. culture. you can be working on it, but it's a lot of work. >> thank you, mr. miller, for your comments. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have one question remaining. >> next speaker? >> hi. this is barry toronto. i want to point out 10.3 regarding parking around the hall of justice. they're restricting it to cars with sfmta permits. why now, during the pandemic, do they need all of this parking? soon, it's going to open up, and also, there's going to be a lot more tickets. you go to the haul of justice to either pay your fines or have a court hearing or have a traffic hearing, and i'm wondering why they're taking a lot of parking away around the
hall of justice for m.t.a.-permitted vehicles. i'm wondering why they need all that space when before, they didn't, so i'm wondering if something changed, so i'm asking that question about that concern. also, i want to welcome christine, her first meeting. congratulations to your first 3450e9ing, and i wish you luck on this. -- your first meeting, and i wish you luck on this. all right, cheryl brinkman, is she still on the board because i don't see her on any of the screens. >> thank you, mr. toronto, and director brinkman is still on the board, but she's not on any of the screens. thank you. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have one
question remaining. >> hello. is there someone on the line who would like to speak? hello, is there someone who would like to speak on the consent calendar? okay. why don't we move on, moderator, and if the person decides they want to speak, they can president one, zero -- they can press one, zero again. operator, is there any remaining public comment on the speaker line? >> operator: you have one question remaining. >> hello? next speaker. hello? next speaker, are you on the line? mr. toronto, are you on the line?
>> operator: you have zero questions remaining. >> great. with that, we will close our public comment on the consent calendar. i see we have a member of the board of supervisors staff. miss chung, would you like to speak at this time? which item would you like to speak on? >> yes, i would like to speak on -- i forget the number, but it's on the transportation code for towing. >> okay. yes, go ahead and introduce yourself. >> yes. i am lorraine chung, and i'm staff with supervisor ahsha safai? the side shows have been an unfortunate occurrence with our neighborhoods, and sfpd was
powerless to stop it? but following a fatal side show in our district in september 2020, supervisor safai put together legislation to tow these vehicles for unsafe driving? it resulted in cars being impounded for two weeks for the first offense and a month for the second? we're now seeing another uptick in side shows as we are slowly coming out of this pandemic, and there's been a glaring loophole in the transportation code for those people having their vehicles towed to claim low-income. recently, there's been side shows that have resulted in
injuries and gun violence, even, so we are working that sfmta work with sfpd to make sure that vehicles towed and are released only in accordance with this legislation in the transportation code? and eliminate the waiver for vehicles towed for misdemeanor or felony offenses going forward, and this loophole must be closed so that we can properly enforce this legislation that supervisor safai passed at the board of supervisors and properly deter those who would engage in these illegal side shows, so thank you for your time. >> thank you. we really appreciate that. so why don't we -- i know that director hinze wanted us to discuss 10.5, so why don't we have staff present on 10.5 on
this point? director hinze, do you have a specific question or would you just want staff to present on this? [inaudible]. >> so staff can, like, go ahead. >> thank you, director hinze and director borden. my name is [inaudible] and i'll be presenting, with tom mcguire's support, item 10.5. are we all set? >> yes, we are. thank you. >> okay. today's presentation is about the work being done for the central subway system on the automatic subway system, atps, and i'm going to set up some
context and allow tom to set up how we got to this point. mr. mcguire? >> are you going to put the slide up on the screen? >> oh, i have it up. can you not see it? >> we'll go off the camera when everyone else can see it. >> while lisa does that, i'll share two pieces of context. the first piece is i very much appreciate the comment that the member of the public made about the service of summer. our current service day continues to be spring 2022. when lisa shows you the calendar for the acts contractor, you'll see the completion date for that contractor is recommending to be moved to, i believe, a date
in april 2022, so that is a typo in the calendar. calendar service date is spring 2022. as lisa gets the presentation up, i'm not here to talk about the technical part of acts. i want to give some context and make sure it makes sense in the term of the central subway and when we came here a month ago. you asked me to show you an all and estimated completion for not just the actions that were reported that day, but any other actions that may be coming down the road, and one the items on your list was item number six, and one of those
would be tutor items on the contract. they include t.d.g., acts contractor. what lisa is going to show you is a change order for approximately $13 million, and just for apples to apples context, the money that she's talking about today comes out of this $22.8 million line item. so we always budgeted in it and assumed it would be in the estimated completion and in the overrun numbers that i gave you on march 2. this is just actually a contract modification to get the work done, but this does not change the price tag in the central subway that i showed you a month ago. it's just asking you to approve a piece of line six in this table, and that's the context that i had to share. >> thank you, tom. so a little more background is that the contract entered with
towtor and tallis in 2019. and then, we had a cmod in 2021 [inaudible] this particular change order that you have in front of you today really has three distinct items within it. one is the station aisle work information to carry on with some of the construction constraints, meaning that we had to change some layouts
around the portal entry and devices and emergency platform buttons and some changes in track design based on the constraints that we found as the construction moved forward and completed. that particular piece of work is around 400,000, 398,040. the second is automating the part of the fire code ventilation, and this was done because the fire codes changed for ventilation in the tunnel. so we actually did a ventilation study to understand what we could do and how much we could run through that at one time to ensure that we could still maintain safety and throughput for headway. that is a new feature to our
train control to better manage safety and throughput in the chinatown crossover cavern and ventilation cavern because with the change in fire code, we have to ensure that there is never more than one train in that cavern at one time, and that is both sides. we also have to -- because we found a delay in the process, we also had to pay for acceleration, additional teams to tell us -- to assure we get the work done by april 29, 2022, because that will allow us to run the [inaudible] service. [inaudible] then there's also a delay claim that we're asking
here in this particular modification, and that is for about $2.5 million. it started to -- for about a year plus, little over a year of delay, and they were provided seven different start dates because as we were working through the issues between tutor and thales and severing the contract, we were constantly looking at the operation of equipment in these tunnels. this is a proprietary system. there's no way we can go out to market for different resources and different equipment to manage or to implement in this area in this particular system. this is a proprietary system built by thales.
out of the board, going to crossover, going to not crossover, being pulled off to the right to wait. so we couldn't allow or even think about having our train controllers at t.m.c. trying to manage all this traffic manually, so we had to make sure as trains enter the corridor and come into a.c.t.s. territory that they understand what trains are already in the portal, where they're at in the tunnel, so assure that they never allow more than one in this area at the time. they will wait in support skpo stop them until the other train leaves. again, another picture of the crossover area. with a person standing there, gives a little more context of
the size, and trains are going to be rolling through here. and here's some drawings. i don't think the drawings are really representative. it's much better to see the picture. one thing that does do for us, as well, because we did the extensive ventilation assessment and survey, it does set us up for any other changes that we need to make in this area once we start running revenue service again, and if we were to change services, it would get to the point where it doesn't inhibit us for putting out our r.f.p. later in the year and changing systems, should that come up, when we determine a new vendor for our new train control transit system, so it sets us up well for these to understand what we
need in these specific areas of our tunnel. and that's all i had to present, but i'm happy to answer any questions. >> directors, are there any questions? director lai? >> so director, could you please tell me the year the restrictions changed? >> i became aware of the restrictions right after covid. i'm not sure if it was made
prior to others. i'm not really part of the central subway project team that was working that, but i'm happy to provide that date back to you. >> okay, great, but that was obviously part of a new discovery, not a part of the original station engineering or designs, and obviously, we have a safer condition for this particular usage agency here. so i think that you were trying to explain to us that this was really a unique scenario that currently does not exist in other parts of the system, right? can you clarify a little bit about why we have this particular condition for the chinatown station? >> it really has to do with the
setting the stage, sort of hitting the level that we expected and maybe just one further point of clarification from mr. mcguire, please. so you had showed us the line item six, which is the $22 million that you expected, which was to close out this particular contract as well as two other contracts. just looking for confirmation from you that the remaining balance of the $22 million after we payout thales' modification here, that you feel confident that the other two line items will stay within that budget? >> i'm very confident that we'll stay within that budget. >> great. thank you, chair. >> thank you. director heminger? >> thank you, madam chair. i hadn't planned on commenting on this, but i do want to ask about the operating impact of this holdout rule.
so do we have an operating plan for the service now, what the headways will be, how many trains per hour, all that sort of stuff? >> i don't have that answer, to be fair, director heminger, and director kirchbaum is not on the call. one of the reasons that we did that was to maintain the throughputs and the headways that we committed to on this project. other than that, i don't know the exact service plan that they're developing for the tunnel. >> well, maybe just to sharpen the question, you know, how many trains on an average day are going to be stopping, and for how long?
that's the question. >> and on a perfect day, none would be stopping, right, but you know that we have very few perfect days when they're really traveling after covid-type service, so i think we need to understand what that service plan will be. >> well, maybe someone can follow up with that and get us that information. that would be useful to have. >> absolutely. >> thank you. >> directors, are there any more questions on 10.5 specifically? seeing none, are there any questions on the rest of the consent items? if not, do i hear a motion? >> i'll move the consent calendar. >> second. >> on the motion to approve the consent calendar -- [roll call]
>> the consent calendar is approved 6-0, and that places you on item 11, presentation and discussion regarding the racial equity action plan and the quarterly update for human resources. >> great. i'm so excited to have this report, and please tell me how to say your name right. >> oh, it's [inaudible]. >> welcome to the sfmta. this is your first meeting officially presenting to all of us, and we're excited to hear about the update and work on the report. >> thank you so much, chair and directors. so i'm looking forward to giving our first quarterly update on the racial equity action plan. this is focused on the internal
equity action plan, and then, my colleague, kim, will give an update on the h.r. so starting first with updates from the office of race, equity, and inclusion, the primary goal is to build an infrastructure for the office of race, equity, and inclusion, or orei. a lot of my work in the first couple months has been creating on staff roles with the team that i will be supervising, and much of this will be ensuring robust research so we're not duplicating roles, and the
racial equity roles are on going policy and practice improvement that can support not only the work of our team but the support of the entire agency, and also, a lot of this work is building work out in advancing racial equity. we believe strongly that racial equity is not a role or a task or a project that has an endpoint but an obligation that we hold throughout the agency. and then last, also, we're also working on voting a webpage both internally for our staff and to the public. this will be where we're hosting the racial equity action plan dashboard, which we'll talk about extensively more in the update, and the dashboard is meant to be a public space for an
accountability so the public can see where we are in our metric set out in the racial equity action plan. so i would like to start with some updates about the action plan, first focusing on phase one and then giving the board and chair an update on phase two. so the racial equity action plan, or what we call r.e.a.p. or r-e-a-p, first, we've developed quarterly reports. these are quarterly reports that are going to be happening both for -- within our staff so that staff who are managing different functions and different portions of our action plan are reporting to us at the office of racial equity
and inclusion and also have important reports, as well. it will most likely be me, until we have more staff on board, and then, we'll have more team members giving on going presentations. currently, the main report that we're expecting to deliver is at the end of this calendar year? a date has not been announced, but we've been given a heads up that we'll be expected to give an update on the progress on our action plan, and also, as you'll see at the bottom of that slide, some equity action plan feedback. so we are using a rubrick to give feedback for all departments and note areas of improvement? they're particularly interested in pushing divisions in departments to be more specific
about transformational change as it relates to the most glaring racial equity or inequities in the workforce, and they're also working to give some input about the framing of phase two. so just one thing that we should anticipate in our action or conversation in the next couple months that we will be getting a list of recommendations from the specific departments on specific ways that people with operationalize racial equity goals as well as push people to be more transformational in the outcomes. there will also be tangible recommendations that will be sorted by seven category areas that have been identified as the orie as racial equity action needs. coming up, phase two of the racial equity action plan, will
have to do with the external equity focus. there are a lot of opportunities to integrate promising and innovative practices around transportation equity and also to streamline our approach to having racial equity in everything. the specific dates to develop phase two have not been set by the human rights commission, and based on the last face one planning cycle, we -- phase one planning cycle, we anticipate a couple months, so more information will be forthcoming as it relates to the specific timeline for that action plan as we work to get the office of race equity and inclusion staff hired, and i can talk about more about where we are with
that, but we do plan to have more formal staff and working on getting more formal pipeline to support this work even in advance of specific dates for the action plan being announced. i can talk about the needs and assessments that i've been doing, and as we move towards external, which is forthcoming, we have a lot of opportunities to streamline and think about what is the optimal way of engaging not just our staff but the communities that we serve. while we build on the really great work that i cannot take credit for, but my predecessor and many colleagues across the agency that have done, there was a lot of thought to go into formulating the racial equity action plan, and we have been talking to those many different stakeholders identifying a lot of areas for growth, in
particular as it pertaining to expanding opportunities for staff who work a flexible schedule or don't work from one vanness. so given that the second half is focused very much on external facing issues, we're really interested in expanding beyond one south vanness to staff who work different hours and also different classifications and the agency as well as having an over arching comprehensive strategy based on racial or other types of inequities, so we really look forward to expanding on the great work that's been done so far and our logistics and making that eventually approved by the mtab. and if we can go to the next slide. if we have times toward the end, our colleague is on the
line, and he can support us sharing the slide towards the end of kim's presentation. i want to go back for a moment, and a dashboard has been created. this is an external facing website, so this is currently launching as an internal webpage, and it'll be duplicated as we make a webpage for orei for the external stakeholders to see our external action plan. you'll see that on the far right, it's sorted into key areas that map over into the racial equity action plan, which you all are familiar with. one thing that i had mentioned was quarterly reports, so now with this first month that i've been on board, and now in the second quarter, we have a
quarterly report, and it can be refined. if things have evolved, more details have been found, or if a project has been delayed, that information is updated in our dashboard. i would also share that for specific items that have not been started. if a project has not been started, the links will not work. so first was action 3.1 -- sorry, 1.3.1, specifically updating the minimum qualifications for our positions. you'll see these positions are very h.r. heavy, as we wanted to focus where we found some of the biggest areas for growth as it pertains to equity issues. so one was to specifically update the recommendations around manager roles for
minimal qualifications. these are used to determine the baseline skills before a person can be considered for my management classifications. and we do have classifications for management roles across the boards as well as our progress. depending on the number of staff manager supervise, there has to be different qualifications written, so there wouldn't be able to be one description written across the board.
also, this is to track and understand what the trends are as it pertains to demographic data along the civil service process, so there is a form that has been created. there's acrat of that almost completely, and h.r. team is working to get feedback? and that will be a document that the h.r. analyst who typically it assigned to each job as being hired will use to track data as every step -- at every step of the process. before the h.r. analyst can approve that and before it can be used, there needs to have training that will need to happen on the process. core one -- this is both hiring
and finance. core one, 2.1.1 [inaudible] so luckily we had some federal stimulus money come in. the layoffs are unlikely before the fiscal year 22-23, and the cost control call have been expanded to include more diversity in terms of demographics of who's in the room to decide on budget items. item 3.1.1, that is to establish an agency wiet corrective action policy -- agency wide corrective action policy, and that is in process still. if we can go back, please. thank you so much. if we can go back one more
slide. so i think we -- okay. thanks. we have a disciplinary dashboard, so specifically tracking disciplinary actions cross the board, and if -- across the board, and if we can go back two slides, before we review the listing sessions, i'll just review a few talking points. so yes, we have 3.3.1, so specifically looking at the discipline action tracking process, we have an automated form for managers to actually fill out so that if there's any discipline taken, there's a consistent record of tracking that, and our h.r. team is working specifically with transit to start, so compile the rules and understand all the rules across the board around discipline. in addition to transit, we want to look across the board to be tracking all discipline that's
happening to have a robust understanding of who's being disciplined and what's happened to understand the incidents specifically. so i mentioned the quarterly updates specific to the racial equity action plan. we're also doing updates as you'll see on the planning reports that has to do with a series of on going priorities and commitments that are made as a part of the commitment report. finally, we're working to finalize the implement for reporting, tracking, investigating, and revolving any internal complaints that are not within the e.e.o. scope
of work. we are in the process of hiring an ombudsperson, and we're expecting to have them on boarded in june, and kim has some exciting news about what is on for that so far. i'll hold off for time in sharing the racial equity action board, and i'll share that towards the end of kim's presentation, which we're hoping to have definitely before the end of the fiscal year. it is a little bit of a challenge with staffing, but the website is definitely a key priority, and it'll likely be before june 30, but definitely
by the end of the fiscal year, with the internal one launching first. i can just wrap up by giving a general update on the listening sessions, and again, kim will share more about high level h.r. updates. i wanted to close about giving you an update on the agency wide listening session. so there was a lot of data collected through different methods. we know that our staff, on many occasions, have shared concerns. we know that staff have identified disparities, and they've made new recommendations. also, i'm new in this role and also trying to adapt and identify resources needed, both staffing and budget wise, it's really important to me that we
have as equitable as a process as possible to have staff across the department an opportunity to weigh-in. i'm trying to understand what are our challenges as it relates to racism racial inequity, from everything from language to religion to sexual orientation to gender identity. and what are the resources and opportunities and how should we be advancing and also measuring racial equity. this is going to be using past data from several different reports, whether it's the planning report, racial equity action plan, as well as other realms of feedback as well as things like our employee engagement surveys as well as i want to have a series of standard questions that everyone gets to weigh-in on so that we can identify what the
gaps are and make sure we're not missing opportunities to engage with staff. i would say we've had about 30-plus meetings and those have been with directors across several agencies as well as with managers across the sections. so we have the -- several groups that are agency specific, and we've met with some workplace committees, as well. now that we've had a general path, we are shifting towards agency wide listening sessions, so these will be likely several dozen, and we've got 20 to 40, depending on how many languages we accommodate the sessions in and how many agencies we're
able to go to, but the goal is to, before june, complete a listening session so that every single department across the board has an opportunity to weigh-in. we'll be excited to share updates about what the key things are. our performance team, they work within -- they do a lot of work, including our employee engagement survey and our strategic plan, and we're using these listening sessions and racial equity programs across the agency to get feedback on the internal values that we want to have reflected in our agencies and implement across the board. so we're excited to be partnering with the performance team, as well. with that, i'll stop with the racial equity action plan update and pass the mic over to
kim, who can give a human resources update. >> and there was a question that director hinze had, if you don't mind. >> hi. welcome to your role. >> thank you. >> i just wanted to ask you if you wanted to give us sort of a, like, 50,000 overview of what your team will eventually look like and roles and maybe your vision point for your team and also thinking about how recent assaults on muni and our operator issues with that that we talked about earlier, how does that maybe impact your feeling as you move forward?
i know those are big philosophical questions, but maybe a brief answer, maybe. >> thank you so much for that, director hinze. i can give a brief overview in the scopes of work, but a lot of the work has been focused specifically on partnering with human resources because so much of the work is related, and we want to make sure that we're not duplicating effort. it's really more of a policy, practice, and improvement body as well as transportation equity and capacity building and support building, so we want to have clear roles and we're not duplicating a role.
at a high level, that's sort of our function with other teams. i would say specifically, the teams of work we see ourselves working in is definitely policy and practice improvement, so whether it's looking across the board as policies like discipline, practices around hiring, doing outreach, really having internal strategies to monitor data, to create intervention, and also to consistently, like, support practice improvement across all the different functions such that we are integrating racial equity into several different areas of work, and that's one big stream of work. another is transportation equity, so equity in service provision. that's also extends to the park and control officers as well as any function that we have to
render services as well as the work by our communication and policy team. we can also have mutually reinforcing opportunities where the partnerships that will be built for one area work can be expanded to other areas, as well. this next is more so like a sister department to many of the h.r. teams, so when we think about h.r. talents, how we do pipeline acquisition, so how we do workforce development supporting retention and hiring and pay for current staff as well as promotion for current staff as well as staff wellness and training, those are the core areas where we've had a lot of overlap. we've made sure that orei is
supporting that while making sure a third-party entity will support the racial equity framework. there are ways in which those core areas of work we have very clear needs and goals, understanding where there are gaps, and then filling in gaps in terms of increasing our ability to be very robust in our outreach. when we think about supporting people in various communities, whether they're high school students, middle school students, or people who are on their third career, there are lots of ways we can have overarching strategies for different groups, so we're seeing our role as the cultural comprehensive expert, so at a
high level, that's our role for staffing, and we'll likely to have to have some level of staffing communications, as well. ideally, we'll have a manager for each team with an assistant manager supporting. we do plan to bring on fellows as well as interns, but we are looking to make the office of race, equity, and inclusion a pipeline program. so in your first question about the vision and role, that's the more immediate work, and as we have more staff on board, that's further refine that. it's interesting that you asked that, director hinze because just in the first few weeks, there's been a lot of emergent
crises around racism, and one would argue that's always been the case. staff within many different communities have been living with racism for many years, for generations, and it's only in recent years organizations are grappling with how we combat this, and how we support staff, as well. a lot of my work has been partnering with whether it's director tumlin, our communicating and marketing team, or other teams, as challenges emerge. when it comes to first communication strategies, we are looking to hire more staff across the board, but one role is around strategic communications for internal staff mitigation. one thing that's come up is around what do we see when something inconsistent happens or when staff are hurting or when staff needs to be directed
to resources? that's also a challenge, not just in times of crises but in terms of a cultural incident. these are things that need to have an overall racial equity stat gee. and i'll be consulting with our sister and brother departments across the agency to have a more robust strategy around that. and definitely, when it comes to responding to incidents of violence and racism, a lot comes up with how do we refer to staff support, how do we name not just the atrocities in the world but mitigating racial disparities. i would say that's related to the threats of violence. [please stand by]
-- so roughly every month we're meeting on an ongoing basis and updates and we learn about the timeline for action plans and the time for receiving feedback and recommendations. in addition i felt that currently two members of our team, both tiamaqa are involved in a cohort, so we meet with other departments such as the airport and the public utilities commission and parks and rec and similar infrastructure, bay city departments, that have ongoing conversations and peer support discussions. we had one last week and the
focus was racial equity for justice. and we see how other public jurisdictions have driven, like these values, what is the benefit and burdens of key groups facing racial inecwitdy and how does that translate to our operations. so there's ongoing structures or support across the agencies. and as i mentioned there's going to be recommendations across the board so there's general governance that the h.r.c., the human rights commission, is sharing with all of the departments part lie based on mayor breed's feedback as well that they ultimately report out to you. so there's ongoing instruction as we have more staff, we'll be able to give them more rebust and our presence and our leadership with driving those conversations and sharing some of our best practices with our department colleagues across the city. >> vice-chair eaken: thank you so much. >> thank you. >> chair borden: if there's no more questions we can go on.
>> thank you, chair borden and directors. i appreciate this opportunity. i'm going to share my screen with you all right now. okay, so, you know, advocacy, as i'm going through a few of these slides there's an intersection between h.r., and we are collaborating on a lot of these suggestions. so i wanted to mention first, which is important for me to mention that back in september we developed our h.r. data policy. and part of that policy was developed (indiscernible) that had a focus around our racial equity action plan objectives.
that's really important because that really gives us a baseline because one of the things that we want to do as we go through the next year and through our implementation of the next three years, actually, we want to monitor to see what we're being successful at and what are areas in terms of equity that maybe we're not doing so well. so we're looking at metrics to hiring, what does our hiring look like in our diversity. and how about our promotions, who is getting promoted within the organizations? and we're looking at compensation and pay disparities that we will know how to better address those as well. and, of course, discipline, i know that we have talked about that in some of the previous meetings and i will also touch on that as well. so as mentioned there's seven focus areas in our plan. several of those pertain specifically to h.r., we have 37 objectives which we are responsible for working on and partnering with our office, with
e.a.o. as well as the upcoming ombudsperson. and those center around hiring, retention, our talent acquisition, how we retain our employees, discipline, separation, professional development. and also, you know, our own culture and our workplace in terms of how we're doing in terms of that. so each one i'll touch on briefly. so the first area that is focused is talent acquisition. and there are a couple of things that we have been doing. you know, i'm proud to say too that there's racial equity access plan was approved in december. so in three short months we definitely are making progress towards accomplishing some of our objectives and not just accomplishing, but also moving to influence them so that we can complete them within the timeframe. we are working and partnering with the r.e.i. office in terms of our interview questions, and
answering questions on advancing equity and making that part of the interview process for all positions. we are looking at diversity outreach methods. it's interesting because as short as a year and a half ago we were only posting jobs through the city job app. now we have expanded that. we are actually going to linkedin and transit talent and posting our positions on workplace diversity websites. so various different sources that we were not previously. we're also posting through job app for the city where we actually have community agencies and community organizations actually get emails with different job postings and that goes out to 1500 different contacts and community organizations throughout the bay area, san francisco and the bay area. so that's exciting. there is still a lot of additional outreach work that we need to do. one of the things that we want
to do is to be able to hire diversity recruiters. so then we'll focus on networking opportunities and going to city events, recruiting opportunities, so that we can actually have visibility within the community. so it's definitely a goal that we want to accomplish. josephine mentioned a little bit about the qualifications and we're definitely making progress with that. and what i think that is really important for me to emphasize here too is the staff engagement. we're partnering with the kennedy group and the management staff and transit, etc. so really making sure that we have a full engagement of everyone and really to be a collaborative effort. we're also looking at ways to have a reporting pathway for panelists to make sure that the interview process and panelists on the interview are advised.
and that is something that we're definitely partnering with josephine on. and then as jeff mentioned earlier in the director's report, we're making a lot of effort with our agency internship and apprenticeship programs and making sure that we're looking at it from a diversity and an equity lens and making a lot of progress with that. the other area is the retention and promotions. i love this picture, this is one of our graduates. that had graduated to become an operator. we are looking at our process for our assignments. we will have a policy in place so that that will be -- we'll have various opportunities for employees who can actually go through a process or be appointed and that's really important. because sometimes that assignment is a great
opportunity for employees to go through and to develop additional skills that will help them in promotion and for those in line for promotion. so we're excited about that. the other area that was identified is monitor and salary increases to identify pay inequities. this is something that really we have been working on in the past, i would say eight to 10 months. prior to that time, increases were done really at a division level. and now what we're doing is we're really looking at it from a macro-perspective. i sign off on anything outside of the normal increase and we also do analysis before we actually approve them. so we're looking from a gender perspective, from an equity perspective, and being able to view it from that lens, which is extremely important. the third area of the plan with operation. i know that josephine touched on
this and i want to elaborate a little bit more and we're making progress with this over the past three months. we have developed a tracking tool which josephine mentioned and basically it's a online tool so that managers can go in and complete and track discipline. and the reason why that's important is because, number one, for consistency. to make sure that we're documenting information from every act of discipline and violation. and then the other piece that's really important is that we are going to have a mechanism in place that the director has to sign off when an employee is receiving discipline that is outside of what is warranted in terms of the transit rules and regulations. so let's say they're getting less or more, and it would be documented and we'd be able to capture that and have that as a record retention. the other key piece to this is that tracking mechanism will then go to our employee labor relations, staff, who will then use that information to input into our hris system, our people
and pay. and that's really important, right, because we want to document accurately all of our discipline and what is occurring. the tracking mechanisms have three phases, and transit first all of the rules and the regulations have been input on technology is working on that now and then the second phase is with streets and then the third is for all other employees and admin. associated with that we are also developing a corrective action policy that will go with that as well as adaptations, and we're working with the transit in terms of assisting them in certain aspects of operating their roll. and so a lot of progress that we're making, we're moving forward. and the group is making good progress on that. and the fifth area in terms of mobility and professional development, i just want to mention two things here briefly about tracking our training
opportunities. that is something that we really are working to not only track the training opportunities, but to make sure that we have a training that is available and mandatory for all managers and staff. i know that we have talked about that, and that is upcoming over the summer. and these are actually really important to make sure that our managers have the tools that they need to do their job successfully. and organizational culture and inclusion and belonging, i wanted to mention a bit about the landing dashboard here because there's an overlap between this in a few areas. so i just wanted to mention a couple of things. one is the recruitment from the ombudsperson. we are excited about being able to move forward with that and that's a really critical piece to pulling our r.i.f. efforts and the equity efforts together
we received 40 applications for this position. they are diversified applications. and we expect to have that completed in june. as you all know, that position will report to director tumlin, and that will be a key person who will be triaging any complaints that come into the organization. and from there we'll then be able to determine whether it will go to our e.a.o. office or to h.r. and employee relations office. that is part of the racial equity plan as well. also i wanted to mention too that our tracking discipline or the training that was identified on our dashboard and our skelley training which we'll have in may which is skelley training for all managers and any h.r. staff who actually sit on skelley hearings and conduct those. lastly, the employee workplace
culture. this is really, really important. because if we don't have a positive workplace, you know, it's a lot of problems that can happen. and this is something that we work really hard on and the racial plan improves our work/life culture. and several other things that we're doing is the employee survey. h.r. team is partnering with the performance team who is advocating the staff office in developing employee survey. it's going to be biannual because the first year, this year, will be conducting the survey and putting the results together, the analysis and reporting out. and the second year is putting together an action plan for those particular, you know, issues that come up and so that's year two. so we look forward to getting input from employees on that.
that will be a complement to josephine's listening sessions as well. and we have town hall meetings and conference halls and those are happen, and as a matter of fact josephine will have one, partnering with my chief of and that's centered around covid. so we have really episodic meetings. and we also meet quarterly with our employee affinity groups. jeff and i are committed to having listening groups with the employee affinity group. we meet with each group one time during the quarter period. and we also are partnering with the department of human resources on a pilot project. so we're excited about that. employees go through the process and the complaint is not -- is determined that it is -- it's
not any violations and sometimes employees are still upset. so the peer mediation is a great way that we can engage through the manager and the employee in a setting that is off-site by someone who is impartial and help to really to improve the workplace culture for that employee and that manager. or it could be through call in. and i think that is really important because a lot of times when employees file complaints and they feel like it's a valid complaint, but the h.r. may say, hey, it's not, they don't feel valued and they don't feel validated. i think that this peer mediation program will really help with that. so a couple of things that i want to kind of end with here is the ombudsperson having that position on the board, in addition to the h.r. team, working to accomplish the objectives and the e.a.o. office
and josephine and her team. and i'm really confident that we're going to really make some significant progress this year in terms of our racial equity, you know, efforts and improvements and improving the workplace culture in the organization. the other thing that i wanted to mention as well is that, you know, my door is always open. i have an open-door policy. i have employees who sometimes, very frequently, very often on a weekly basis, email me wanting to just talk. maybe they don't want to go through the e. o. process or just have to have someone to listen to them. but i think that is another engagement opportunity to really reach out to employees and let them know that you are there and you value them. i have heard several of the callers today, you know, calling in and saying that there are still workplace culture issues. yes, we do still have a long way to go, but i think that it is really important that employees have different avenues that they
can reach out to, whether it's josephine, the new ombudsperson bud, and myself and one of my teams and we're here and there's many different forces. so one thing is that if we don't know about it, we can't correct it. and we are committed to making, you know, the workplace culture better for all much our employees. so i want to thank you today for your time and for this opportunity. i really appreciate it. and, certainly, i really appreciate -- >> chair borden: thank you. we'll move to general public comment and come back, i don't see any commissioners with hands up so we'll move to general public comment. i know that we have talked about showing the dashboard really quickly if that is possible. or another portion that i missed? >> i have the dashboard up now
so i can share it, is that helpful chair borden? >> chair borden: yes. >> one moment. i'll give a sense of what is expected of the dashboard and, again, this is duplicated on th so when you go to the landing page there's an overview and shares what the commitments are about. and it's seven areas of focus and these are all tiered. so you can click to get on an area to get status updates where we are. i will try to make it bigger because it's hard for folks who can't see from that far away. from the far left, which you will see on the scroll up, is the actual action. here, i'll make it smaller. the actual action. and then you will see on this column, an overall timeline of the second column, this shares the projected completion date, that progress updates and you will see the action leads. so there's one or two people responsible and we coordinate
for the action updates. then there's a status update. so some are briefer than others and this one has a note about language being around corrective action policy. and here's another one around resources that are alternatives to discipline and you can see an update where we are. and the peer mediation program that is explored at the city level. so it's similar to all of these areas are similar. so for actions that are not started it's red to show that it has not started. many of these projects will likely lend themselves to multiple facets of work, while a project might be complete as specified in this very specific action, what we explore and find as far as the need for process and improvement across agencies it might be more projects that are ongoing. so that would be reflected in our updates on an ongoing basis so, again, before the end of this fiscal year we plan to have an external website and the board will have access in real-time as will the public.
>> chair borden: great. and for status, if there's an end product, will there be a link to it or whatever? if you complete a document or something that people can see? i don't know in every instance that would be the case. >> i would say that one of the managers hopes to have on board is around accountability reporting and that's one thing that we want to look at. there's big interest across the board what a system of accountability looks like. so in addition to the dashboard which is great, and the follow-up culture with people that we work with. and also what the public needs to know what we are, if it's help to feel have a final product archive link and we can look into that. and it might be that we're linking people to new actions that emerged as a result of the next phase of the project. we can take that feedback and it would be helpful. i will say that with much of what we have in the phase one plan, we're seeing more to be continued actions versus the boxes checked and we're done with it and we're good. >> chair borden: well, thank you so much for that and if directors don't mind we'll move
to public comments at this time so, moderators are on there comments on the line? for people calling in we're on the item number 11 on our agenda and that's the only item that we're discussing. so if you have any comments to contribute to that item, please dial 1, 0, to join the queue. >> you have two questions remaining. >> chair borden: caller, please join us. >> caller: good afternoon, chair borden and board members. my name is dustin white, i'm a planner in streets divisions at the sfmta. i'm joining today on behalf of white people working against racism, an employee affinity group at the agency. and we are very excited to welcome josephine and the new race and equity inclusion officer and we're grateful for the time that she spent with us during a lengthy listening session last month and the great
progress that she shared with you today. we want to acknowledge the tremendous effort that has gone into the development of the first phase of the racial equity plan as well as the structuring of this new office of racial equity. we also wish to remind the board that this ongoing work has sometimes been done by staff with support from managers, but, unfortunately, there's been times when it has been done in spite of management pushing back against transparency and against changes to the status quo. we wish to remind everyone that we need to continue to normalize and prioritize anti-racist approaches to the work ahead of us. we urge the board to hold all of us at the agency accountable for effectively implementing the first phase of the racial equity action plan and, importantly, beginning the development of phase two. in order for us to make meaningful progress, we must prioritize resources and access
for our race equity and inclusion officer and for the office of racial equity. we ask that you please listen to our race equity and inclusion officer, as she tells what you she needs to be successful. please hold us all accountable. thank you. >> chair borden: thank you so much for calling in. next speaker, please. >> you have one question remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: hello, my name is famal, and i'm from district 7. i wanted to say congratulations, josephine, and i really appreciate to hear the comprehensive overview and the guidance of how -- the sfmta is looking at leading this effort, and the diversity and equity
support. and also i appreciate the comprehensive analytics as well as was interesting. i'm looking forward to that being publicized on the external site. but, yeah, just thank you. >> chair borden: thank you. any additional callers on the line for this item? >> you have zero questions remaining. >> chair borden: so with that we'll close public comment. if there are no additional comments from directors, this concludes this item. thank you so much, we're so excited to see this, this dashboard looks beautiful, so i look forward to the results in the dashboard. and i feel encouraged to hear all of the work that you have undertaken. i know that it's going to take time to staff up your office and to have all of the assets that you need, but know that the board is 100% behind these efforts and whatever we can do to be of assistance, please do let us know. >> thank you so much, madam chair, and the board.
and thank you again for the collaboration on the h.r. report and we look forward to seeing you at future meetings. >> chair borden: great, thank you. with that we move to item 12. just to note to the members of the public, while you are welcome to speak on this item today we're not going to be taking action. we will bring this back as a consent item later for actual action. but today this is the opportunity to comment if you are on the line for item 12. so why don't we go ahead and have staff -- actually have the secretary to read the item first. >> clerk: yes, item 12 approving corridors for closure to thru traffic and for inclusion into the slow streets program to be in effect for 120 days after the conclusion of the covid-19 emergency as listed in the agenda. >> chair borden: great. who is -- i guess that shannon -- and parks is presenting
today? we can't hear you. hello? >> hi, chair borden. sorry. sorry about that. and i just wanted to clarify something upfront first. and that is that we are -- there's a key (indiscernible) thing that we face, all of the work and the tension between our desire that we expressed to this board to move really quickly to change the street status as possible to achieve our goals. and moving diligently in consultation with the community and the last 30, 40 minutes of discussions, it's important in the equity neighborhoods with a long history of people from
downtown and making the decision about the future of neighborhoods where people who, frankly, don't look like me live. if we're going to do substantive work like the davey community transportation plan which we're implementing, we need to be especially intentional about how deep our outreach is in these neighborhoods. there's four streets in the bayview neighborhood in the recommendation for slow streets that you will see today. we worked with a number of community-based organizations and members to develop the recommendations. that work took place in the fall of 2020 and early 2021. we are hearing a desire for more direct community engagement before taking action on these streets and we are firmly committed to moving forward with the slow streets program. and we're committed to going on-the-ground engagement rights and to acknowledge that there's a lot of san franciscans who are here today who want to share their views in favor and against
slow streets that are on this item. so the staff recommendation to the board is that we hope to have a robust discussion with the members of the public, and to delay taking action on this item for a few weeks so we can do that intentional work in the bayview that we're hearing a call for. and the last thing they want to say with my operations and implementing hat on is that delays the action by a couple weeks is not going to impact the goal conversion of the slow streets per34eu9. permits. there's a backlog with slow streets that were already approved and they're working on that throughout april and may and we're waiting for the material that you see in the presentation to even arrive. so taking a brief pause before approving the item won't prevent us from rolling out a huge number of slow streets this spring and summer as we go through the reopening process. so that is -- that's my
introduction to shannon higg's presentation and my request to you about how you time your approval of this project. and with that i'd like to hand the microphone to shannon higg, from our slow streets team. >> thank you. chair borden and vice-chair eaken and directors, i'm shannon higg, the manager for the slow streets program. and i'm here today to talk about the slow streets and the outline of the process for making some slow streets permanent. it's part of sfmta's result to the health crisis. prior to the start of the program, narrow sidewalks and cues outside of potential businesses made social distancing defendant for people walking or -- difficult for people walking or biking. and it had limited transportation options for san franciscans.
the slow streets program was created to restrict thru traffic on certain residential corridors so that it was just more safe for people walking or biking in the roadway. the first few months of the program were a big expansion period. we brought three phases of the program to the board in four months. and since then we focused more on redesigning more durable materials and creating a process to make some slow streets permanent. but today we're talking about the fourth phase of slow streets which we've also been working on during that period. so beginning last april, we began planning for and implementing temporary slow streets to provide additional space for social distancing during essential active transportation trips. so these slow streets had temporary barricades and signage at designated intersections to designate street as a shared space for vehicles, bicycles and people walking. to implement this emergency
program, we used what we had in stock, which were the temporary barricades and signs. and this is still the treatment that is out there on most of our 26 slow streets a year later. just to clarify before i move on, slow streets do remain open to local access. there's no change with parking or deliveries. instead, these are thru traffic restrictions. if the final destination is not on the slow streets segment. so this is the new material that we'll be working with. so the materials that we deployed last year were not intended to be used longer than, honestly, just a few weeks. so we're moving towards new treatments for all slow streets that use flexible delineators and signs to designate slow street corridors. over the coming month we will replace barricades with these delineators on all slow street corridors and we plan to deploy the phase four corridors that
we're discussing today with these materials right off the bat. skipping the step of implementing them with barricades. this will drastically reduce ongoing maintenance costs and allow us to install materials at most intersections along a particular slow streets corridor. so the first phase was from city-wide community suggestions, but once we completed the era of really expanding the program rapidly we realized that there were significant gaps in the network. not only gaps in the infrastructure but there were also gaps in who we heard from in our early phases of the program. while we have received over 70,000 suggestions from the community for slow streets to be implemented, residents in five zip codes have been the vast majority of the suggestions. so our online questionnaire was not really allowing to us hear
from many san franciscan -- many of san francisco communities. so we decided to take a different approach for this phase, for phase four. so for this phase of the program we decided to work on a nashed you scale instead of a city-wide scale. we identified seven neighborhoods in the city that had access for slow streets and did a month-long outreach process to generate the fourth phase of slow streets. we ended up with nine corridors which is in line with other phases of the program. but the level of outreach to these corridors is very different than the first emergency phases of the program at the end -- we held a month-long outreach process and we held virtual office hours and community meetings, attended neighborhood and merchant group
meetings and mailed postcards along the corridors and posted fliers along the proposed corridors. we worked with our community contacts to understand community needs and identify how slow streets might meet those needs. much of this was done during the second wave of covid so we could not hold in-person meetings. but we heard from many in this process. we collected feed back in the neighborhood specific surveys and we learned that these neighborhoods had very different perceptions about slow streets and how they might affect each individual neighborhood. so at seven neighborhoods we heard general support for potential slow streets in six of them. and the majority of residents in oceanview and park side and lakeshore did not see a need, but identified other priorities so in phase four we do not recommend slow streets in those neighborhoods. and also today we want to establish nine corridors of temporary slow streets and we
request the same authorization as other temporary slow streets for now, allowing to us implement these quickly. once the corridors are established we'll survey the residents and stakeholders. and this is our very first slow street corridor in district 6. these corridors connect to city-wide bike facilities and green spaces and they will enable improved connections to low stress bike routes as part of the city's recovery. the slow streets program was initially developed to provide space for social distancing and it's grown to really be part of the city's economic recovery while muni's capacity is limited. it is a true public space for neighborhoods, providing a needed benefit during the shelter-in-place order. switching gears slightly, i would like to talk about briefly our outline for how some slow
streets would become permanent. this is a sneak preview of what i will present to the board in july. so over the coming months, all slow streets will begin the path to permanence process to consider permanent slow street designations. the first step is where most of our existing slow streets are right now. figuring out how the slow streets are working. so to inform that we surveyed residents living within a quarter mile of all slow street corridors over the past four weeks with mailed postcards and online serving tools. and we received over 12,000 responses collectively on our slow streets corridors. and we're working with our community partners to better to understand what's working and what's not on existing slow streets. we're also using these surveys to determine the support for permanence, whether the residents think that some elements of the slow streets should exist beyond the pandemic. we started with three corridors that had a bit of a headstart on the surveys, and we will return
to the board with designs for these corridors and the result of the evaluation of our existing slow streets in july. so that board meeting -- at that board meeting we will present a network of proposed permanent slow streets corridors that would exist beyond the state of emergency, and that also lets us to open up the toolbox on permanent slow streets just beyond barricades or even the more durable delineators to use traffic calming tools and traffic tools and tools to reduce the vehicle thru traffic pending board approval on the phase four corridors, we'll begin to install them as soon as the materials arrive. we are anxiously waiting for our new materials to arrive in our shop. while we also replace existing slow streets with these same more durable materials, we will continue to evaluate how our
slow streets are working and when we return to the board in july with a recommendation on a future network of permanent slow streets, we will also have the final design for a first batch of corridors. thank you, and i'm happy to take any questions. >> chair borden: why don't we go first to public comment. moderator, are there callers on the line? >> you have six questions remaining. >> chair borden: if you're here to speak on item 12, press 1, 0 >> caller: hello, my name is david wu with soma filipino cultural heritage district. some filipinos are in support of the slow streets being discussed today. these streets in soma are a critically important part of the
heritage of some latinas and are also located in an area with a high concentration of seniors. the current lack of slow streets in soma is a key example of inequity with pedestrian safety while other areas have enjoyed the use of slow streets during the pandemic, soma has yet to see anything implemented. soma has among the lowest rates per capita open space in the entire city, with dense housing types and while no slow streets have been created in soma, dense housing projects continue to be approved at the planning commission. and pedestrian safety, as i am sure that you know, is a huge issue, and as we have unfortunately already heard about today the recent hit -- and-run on 3rd and folsom. so approve the long overdue soma slow streets. thanks. >> chair borden: thank you, next speaker, please. >> you have eight questions
remaining. >> vice-president kwon: good >> caller: good afternoon, my name is mary wilke with the binary equity center. we serve san francisco seniors and adults with disability. i'm calling today in support of the expansion of the slow streets program in south of market. specifically with identified streets on different areas between folsom and harrison. and the expansion of the slow streets program in this area will highly benefit the seniors who live in proximity at the mendelson house. and these seniors are in dire need of safe and open spaces, especially in a district where green space is lacking. and at a time where attacks against elderly asian-americans are rising. and with the passing of the 78-year-old durono, with a hit-and-run incident, we know
this is needed. a client of ours lived within the streets within soma. within the first three phases ofthe project, soma was not reflected so we're glad to see that spaces in the neighborhood have been identified and we urge that more streets to be included. our ask is simple, ask is for the board to provide the same level of safety and quality of life for soma residents and at the same urgency as with other communities in the city. thank you so much for your time >> chair borden: thank you. next speaker, please. >> you have eight questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: good afternoon sfmta board of directors. i'm a filipino working in the south of market for some time. i'm calling today in support of the soma slow streets before the date, especially for these
streets from folsom to harrison street. these streets are very important to our community. they are very culturally relevant. and also this area is, there are a lot of filipino seniors. so we all know that we work with families who live in soma who have been greatly affected by the pandemic. and they experience crowded living situations. those who live in the s.r.o.s, those who are families who lack open spaces in the neighborhood, and they're also not feeling safe enough to leave their homes because of the crowded sidewalks. the slow street programs has existed for over a year now and we have not seen a rollout in soma. this is a matter of equity. our families and seniors and people with disabilities deserve access to the free, safe and open spaces as much as anyone else across san francisco. and due to the lack of parking n
our community, slow streets is the next best thing to give our residents the ability to reclaim the public space for people. though we are excited to see these slow streets moving forward, this process is taking too long. >> 30 seconds. >> the board of directors reviews, we encourage you all to look at this program through an equity lens and to work with urgency in expanding slow streets to other streets in soma. soma residents can't wait for another year for spaces to congregate safely outdoors and we need places where our children and families can play. we need them now. thank you for your time. >> chair borden: thank you. next speaker, please. >> you have 10 questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: hi, my name is tim hickie, with the neighborhood association and we sunday a letter of support -- sent a letter of support in for the
lyons creek slow streets and i wanted to let you know that i think that this would be an excellent addition to the district 5 livability. it would connect two very important slow streets right now, which is golden gate avenue and pate street, two well-used and well-loved slow streets in the community. it also intersects with the panhandle park which is really important to get people outside safely. and the traffic volume on lyons street would be especially -- is among the lowest in the area, which lends itself really well to safety anyways. but adding it as a slow street would make it even safer. i would ask that as i have seen, i would love to see more infrastructure, the temporary type for now, because once they get past the barriers they do try to accelerate mid-block, and when there are people outside,
children outside, it's not as safe. but i do want to, and on behalf of the neighborhood association, we request that lyons street to be approved when it's on the consent calendar and let you know that there's been a lot of support in the community for this specific street. thank you. >> chair borden: thank you. next speaker, please. >> you have 11 questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: good afternoon, chair borden and directors. my name is paul valdez and i live in district 9. at the beginning of the slow streets program i have been grateful for using shotwell to move about with my bicycle during the pandemic. i use shotwell and connect to get to my destination safely with. that said i favor supporting the approval of the nine new slow streets, especially those serving neighborhoods such as bayview and soma and outer mission and the like.
along with what the director said i suggest a more robit of the outreach to educate the community around the purpose of the slow street. though i'm aware of the slow street intention, i'm afraid that my community around shotwell did not get that education. and people drive with vehicles and ignore the tiny signage and speed through a narrow street and this is dangerous, especially when i see families or elderly walking on the street. so i support the slow streets so other communities can enjoy a safe pace to aid in their well-being during and after this pandemic. thank you. >> commissioner bell: thank you next speaker, please. >> you have 10 questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: hello, my name is aiden miller and i'm on the bus right now so i'll keep my comments brief. but i wanted to support the entire program. i think that it's great to see it expand, but i think that the
key is having effective signage and so far the little plastic posts -- even in the areas along paige street where they have been implemented successfully, or successful in quotes, you should say, there's still issues with drivers not understanding that they're not supposed to travel through. and i'm afraid that just having a tiny little sign that says local traffic only as opposed to the big giant sign that says no thru traffic is very confusing, actually, and it may actually make the program less effective but overall i'm in support of the expansion of slow streets and i look forward to them being implemented. and i think it also is concerning that there are no slow streets in ingleside and park mersid and oceanview, but i have talked about that a lot in
the past. so, yeah, thank you. >> chair borden: thank you. next speaker, please. >> you have 11 questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: hello, my name is roman, and i'm part of district 7 in ingleside location. and i recently became more active within the participation, attending meetings like this, and to give an opportunity to do surveys in the past regarding slow streets in my area. but i and other younger individuals still have the opportunity to navigate around my area and other areas safely. thanks to particular avenues where cars don't go as much within my region. and i would like other locations within the community of san
francisco to have that same kind of opportunity that i have, particularly to either, like, other demographics or age groups as well. in particular, i wanted -- and i support the nine new slow street initiatives, and supporting other demographic types, individuals that come from other demographic types in the next coming years, and to have that equity for allowing them to have a safe space to have and to be involved with the culture as well, and to participate. and in last few days there was a situation that i wouldn't want to happen again in the future. so providing that opportunity for others, especially those
groups is very important. thank you for your time. >> chair borden: thank you. next speaker, please. >> you have 11 questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: good afternoon, directors. good afternoon, directors. my name is kristin lucky and i'm an organizer on staff at the san francisco bicycle coalition. i will keep it short. i wanted to call in to share my utter disappointment at delaying slow streets in soma again. we just had a senior killed at 3rd and folsom. this is next to where we're delaying the project now. this has been delayed for a year notice and neighbors have advocated time and time again to see it implemented. we need to work with urgency. i do not want to see another person hit and killed because we delayed another couple of weeks we don't have another couple of weeks. we're already too late. please, listen to the soma community and bring slow streets
to soma today. thank you for your time. >> chair borden: thank you. next speaker, please. >> you have 10 questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: good afternoon, directors, this is clair from the san francisco bicycle coalition calling in support of soma slow streets. when this program rolled out over a year ago we were told that soma and the tenderloin did not qualify to have slow streets, that the streets are too unique and complicated. here we are today proving that isn't true. the soma community has been vocal from the very start about the dire need to reclaim public space and to give residents the same opportunity to move freely in their neighborhood as those across the city. this past saturday a senior was struck and killed by a driver at 3rd and folsom street, the exact location where soma slow streets is proposed and should have been a year ago. it shouldn't have taken this long, and if equity was the
center of your discussion. why is it taking this long? why are we putting soma slow streets on pause and we have literally talked about it for the last year? i grew up in soma and this neighborhood is more than skyscrapers and office spaces to me and many other folks on the call today. it's a cultural district and a residential neighborhood and where families have children. we encourage you to work with urgency and to roll out this program in soma now. our community needed this program last year, and don't have another year to wait. we don't even have another two weeks to wait. so as we know that justice delayed is justice denied. >> chair borden: thank you. next speaker, please. >> you have nine questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: hi again, sfmta board. i am parker day and i wanted to call in and to voice my strong support for slow street, and my disappointment to hear that it could potentially be delayed.
i have been riding my bicycle more than ever, both for transit and recreation. and slow streets have been a huge part of that. i live in district 3, which is a district that is largely a slow street desert, like soma. and slow streets give me the confidence in and most are dominated by car traffic. and phase four expands the current network and opens up the possibility for more people to use their bicycles for more trips across the city. that sounds like in mind with the transit first policy and i don't think that it should be delayed. i also wanted to take a meementt to encourage the slow streets in place to be made permanent and improved to make them more enjoyable for all users and all uses that do not involve driving a private automobile. that means direct signage and better barriers that force the
drivers to slow down and to not use these streets. these streets are public space and it seems that san francisco is just scratching the surface on what is possible and i am very disappointed to hear of the possible delay. so thank you for your time and please expand the slow streets program to more neighborhoods and to more people. thank you. >> chair borden: thank you. next speaker, please. >> you have eight questions remaining. >> caller: hi, i am one block away from slow streets on excelsior avenue. i think that it's highlighting the severely dysfunctional conservativism of the city. walter safai claimed to care about minorities and communities, but when it comes to access for people who cannot drive, there's no serious support. there are zero slow streets in district 10, excelsior is the
only slow street in district 11 and it's not good, it's deep. and it should be part of a network of slow streets but every time that sfmta proposes a slow street, it's shot down and it's gone. and so i suggest not only tending to the physical shape of the slow streets, but also you should ask how can rollout of slow streets with equity. or highlight the structural issues and why they don't roll out in neighborhoods. all right, thank you. >> chair borden: thank you, next speaker, please. >> you have seven questions remaining. >> caller: hi, good afternoon again, this is baro toronto. and i appreciate you holding off to get more community feedback. one month of outreach is not always the best, considering that in the bayview area, 66
people responded to surveys and provided input. that's not a lot of people considering how many people live in, particularly in district 10 so great to get more feedback. i just want to address just out of the nine there's only three that i have concerns with. i know that they wanted in the area -- actually, some streets are mid-block. so i don't know, say, it's not right there at 3rd and folsom, and 3rd and folsom is at least a couple hundred yards from where the first street would start. i'm concerned and not having thru access to taxicabs could prevent service to a lot of people who need cabs from the filipino community over there. so i'm a little concerned if it's closed all of the time that it would create a problem to service in that area. and there are a lot of smaller streets in soma that i think that would be appropriate for
slow streets, and that should be considered. i can say harriett might be one of them and a few others. and regarding the 8 and 9, in district 8, mendel is a street on the east side of 3rd street and to not be able to have access to use that, to get to people in the hunter's point and bayview area is a problem. or to add more money to people's fares. god knows how many times i didn't get full fare from people. and if you continue to force us to increase the cost of the fare and get someone yelling at us for increasing the cost of the fares is the problem. so preventing -- so having a thru access on mendel would hurt us. and the last to hurt us is the service to food co on williams. it's access from the north to have access to food co. thank you very much. >> chair borden: thank you.
next speaker, please. >> you have seven questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: hi, i am harold, and i love slow streets, i use them every day. unfortunately, not everyone in my neighborhood, so i go elsewhere. they are spaces of inclusion and spaces where everyone is welcome, just not their cars. finally our streets are beginning to improve those people from the car era. people who were cast aside when it was car domination. so it makes perfect sense for the slow street program to include the groups marginalized by society. by all means, expanding geographic equity is right thing to do. no matter where anyone lives that human need is met in streets by people. of course people are looking at the society inequities and other needs too. car use and streets for car use only cover up those needs and
allow inequities to continue. cars never solve them. absolutely, slow streets should be extended to every neighborhood. and sfmta should get out of the role of supporting car use that perpetuates social inecwickets that we are -- inequities that we're unwilling to solve. it's only the beginning of reimagining streets for people. and we should be (indiscernible). >> chair borden: are you done with your comments? okay, next speaker, please. thank you. >> you have five questions remaining. >> chair borden: next speaker. >> caller: hi there, i am andrew sullivan. (please stand by)