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made for equity by both commissioners campos and ablow, and commissioner wiener led an intense discussion on a fifth scenario that san francisco argued should be excluded because it encourages additional growth in the outer bay area, which is the kind of sprawl we have been trying to combat for a long time. unfortunately, that did not gather all the votes needed, but came close. i do expect these issues are going to get more and more difficult and controversial as we go on. these are really fundamental to our advocacy at the individual level. i think we need to stay focused on them. we have been trying to do our part at the staff level, in terms of local education. both the deputy for planning and
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our principal planner have been called upon to make presentations in the last couple of weeks. the department of public health at an event recently looking at housing as well. the chamber of commerce, the presentation was made on these issues. we are continuing to try to educate the public and opinion makers on all of this. kanuris and i was not at the meeting last week. -- the reason i was not at the meeting last week, i accepted an invitation to the transportation development policy meeting. it was a three-day meeting in bogota that was intended for sustainable transportation, asked to present on san francisco's experience on various issues, particularly, the development of new project
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delivery methods, and the public-private partnership on presidio parkway, and also the method of value capture for transportation infrastructure for tax increments. i presented a number of those items and advised them on several issues related to sustainable transportation. i had a chance to see the city's transportation system, and their bus rapid transit network. next month, i will try to work with the chair to show you a presentation on that because it is a fantastic example of how to do things right. there are many parallels with the brt program. i am pleased to announce, just moments ago, the mta board meeting made an award for the
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tunnel contract for the central subway. this is a $230 million contract. the low bid is a joint venture of an italian firm partnering with healy engineering. the bid was called hundred dollars under the estimate. we are looking forward to seeing that move forward. -- $1,200 under the estimate. i am looking forward to putting that in front of the board this coming month as the project begins to move forward into the construction phase. i wanted to also highlight, continued progress on the transportation plan and our team has been preparing for meetings
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with our advisory committee, other committees as well, preparing scenarios for the main themes. world class infrastructure, livable condition. better market street is also making strides. they have completed the existing conditions analysis with probably the most comprehensive examination ever of transit operations on market street. we had over 30 volunteers riding muni for a total of over 20 hours to try to document transportation issues on market and mission streets, both functioning as for the course for transit. -- corridors for transit. we met with the citizens
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advisory committee on monday night. we will be generating the next set of guidance but symbols. on the van ness brt, we are preparing to launch a 30% design effort, and also for the annual submittal to the transportation administration on draft starts. that is expected to begin circulating to the public as a draft eir/eis in the early fall. we are looking forward to making sure that the detailed designs start on time. the authority and got a joint award, together with the san francisco mta, for the greatest national impact from the department of the environment,
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for its work on the climate action strategy. we are very honored for the award. the bayview hunters point mobility study has continued to make progress and we are currently in the process of interviewing and working on basic needs issues with the community-based organizations, we have had detailed interviews with the bayview hunters point multi-purpose center, the southeast health center, and san francisco air transit. finally, i would like to take a moment to highlight the last two things in the report. first of all, it gives me great pleasure to introduce a new member of staff, filling the principal engineer position. she is standing over there. she joins us with a distinguished record. she is a graduate of the uc-
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berkeley graduate school, like myself. she has an ms in civil engineering. she has worked extensively for the private and public sector. she has also worked as a consultant for the california high speed rail program, in the program management office, developing th. she brings program level management experience. she has even been the owner of her own firm. we are delighted to have her with us. commissioner mirkarimi: welcome. >> the last thing, when the annual audit, auditors have
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finished the field work. although they have to continue their detailed work in september, i can predict a clean on it again. thank you to cynthia fong and her staff. -- clean audit again. and that concludes my report. commissioner mirkarimi: thank you. colleagues, any comments or questions for either my report, or the executive director's? any public comment? public comment is closed. item five. >> item 5. reappoint jackie sachs to the citizens advisory committee. this is an action item. commissioner mirkarimi: comment? seeing none. public comment is closed.
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roll call. we have 10 ayes. commissioner mirkarimi: item 6 please. >> item 6. approve the fiscal year 2011/2012 transportation fund for clean air program of projects. this is an action item. commissioner mirkarimi: comment, question? public comment? public comment is closed. roll-cacommissioner weiner: does include the projects around the schools, speed zones? the next item, sorry.
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>> [roll call] 11 ayes. commissioner mirkarimi: next item please. >> item 7. allocate $25,287,291 in prop k funds, with conditions, for fifteen annual requests, subject to the attached fiscal year cash flow distribution schedules, and amend three 5-year prioritization programs. this is an action item. commissioner mirkarimi: commissioner wiener? commissioner weiner: i have a question for staff relating to the speed zones around schools, which is important. the question is, is there an enforcement plan for the zones, in terms of collaborating with
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sfpd? the second question is the timing of when this will happen, related to the school year. >> if i may, commissioner, you're really referring to item eight. i am sorry that we misled you. we can take that item first, so we can answer the commissioners question. commissioner weiner: i thought we were on the8. why don't we wait until we are on that item. commissioner mirkarimi: any conversation on this item? ok. is there anyone from the public that would like to comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. same house, same call. colleagues? so moved. now item eight. >> item 8. allocate $1,255,420 in prop k
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funds, with conditions, for six projects, and appropriate $78,866 in prop k funds for planning and implementation of the integrated travel demand management partnership project, subject to the attached fiscal year cash flow distribution schedules, and amend the relevant 5-year prioritization programs. this is an action item. commissioner mirkarimi: commissioner wiener. commissioner weiner: ditto. [laughter] >> related to your question, the short answer is, there is not yet an enforcement plan attached to that item. further comment on that is we have made the point a couple of times, that it is important to have an enforcement plan before and after to understand how we are expending funds on this. this will have a real impact. enforcement has been the weak
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link, so to speak, in the process, for many years, installing signs. whether it is stop signs, speed signs, if driver do not respect them, and foresman does not happen, and then they are ineffective -- and does not enforcement does not happen, and then they are ineffective. mta might be here. i believe day may want to make a comment and provide details of what their findings are. >> good morning commissioners. sfmta sustainable streets division. regarding street signs, we want to move ahead with the implementation and procurement of funds.
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as part of the mayor's directive, as part of the pedestrian safety task force, there is a committee that is currently developing a plan for this project. we had a meeting today. this is one of the items on the agenda. as we start collecting funds and design, we will start this process. commissioner weiner: do you anticipate and limitation by the end of the school year? >> we plan to have it under way by the beginning of the school year. we want to work with the community, press, to get the message out as close to the school year as possible. commissioner mirkarimi: commissioner elsbernd. commissioner elsbernd: i have got a question about the $78,000 for this integrate travel demand management. can you talk more about what that is? there is not very much in the
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packet about it. what are you going to be doing with that money? >> commissioner, let me ask one of the staffers most involved in that. this is a piece of funding that compliments a fairly large craft from the mtc to work on various issues related to more efficient use of the resources we have in transportation demand management. let me ask one of our plan is to talk to this. >> thank you for the question. integrated partnership project has several project elements, a collaboration of the authority, sfmta, department of the environment, planning department. there are two large pieces. first is a planning and policy
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task to look at how the city is doing tdm kermit across the four agencies and where there is room for reform. the second part is focusing on several pilot projects. as the effective director noted, the large grant funding of this project is from mtc, through their climate initiative program, which was recommended previously. the grant projects are designed to test a range of strategies across the region. everything from electric vehicles to ride a share, school travel demand management come and evaluating the collaboration of the four agencies. central recommendation of the strategic analysis report, which is also on the agenda. pilot a shuttle management and planning capacity of sfmta. secondly, look at cash out policies, which has been an interest of this body,
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particularly chair mirkarimi, in conjunction with the part of the environment. finally, clever and with major institutions and employers across the city in different ways, doing what we're calling a flexible transportation management association a perch, so they have a more streamlined way to interact with the city on tdm interests. commissioner elsbernd: so it is the first part of the last section that has been concerned. part of this is the notion that we will start charging these private shuttles fees, which i have a real issue with. how much of the dollars it are going to be used to push that concept? commissioner mirkarimi: commissioner elsbernd, excuse me, it is a little hard to hear you. >> we will be glad to address this more fully in the context of the sar. in short, none of the money will
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be used to push a particular regulatory program or fee structure. the whole idea laid out in the strategic analysis reports is to pilot the program in a fashion that does not require us to recover the cost of the program during this period, so we can investigate the need for the program and the valley with potential ways, if any, what a fee would be, if for corporate, if assessed. commissioner mirkarimi: commissioner jkim. commissioner kim: i was happy that we are putting in 50 mile per hour school's own signs. i know we were permitted to do this by state law, and i think it is important we focus on child safety, especially where a lot of our seniors are located. i am really glad to see this moving. i wanted to thank the tsa for that. commissioner mirkarimi:
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commissioner mar. commissioner mar: thank you. i did have some questions about the 15 mile per hour school zones. i know the department of health has been promoting this as a health issue. i think there is someone from dph here as well. i was going to ask about the multi-phase out allocation. $321,000 savings from the park presidio -- 19th avenue signal upgrade. what is the total cost of this project, including other departments? commissioner mirkarimi: to direct skirt -- director mosque in which moscovich. >> the answer to your question is on page 37. the total cost is $361,000.
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this does not include outreach or enforcement. this is just the physical work, getting ready for it. commissioner mar: are there other expenditures included beyond that $361,000? >> that is essentially what we have. planning is part of that. for $1 and dollars for planning. about the same amount for design -- $41,000 for planning. about the same for design and construction. commissioner mar: according to research, it seems like that may save lives, and that would be a minimal cost for the tremendous benefit. hopefully, we can have some pilot projects beginning before the school year.
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supervisor we raised the question. i hope it is not delayed too long and we can start many -- in many of the zones. i think there are 105. in each of our districts, if we could have a couple the start before the school year. is that going to be possible? >> i think the process is still under way, in terms of deciding the final set of areas where this is going to be implemented. i would reiterate the importance of both making the commitment to safety improvement, and also measuring it. understanding the affect. commissioner mar: i really appreciate the data that you gave on schools per district, including parochial and private, public schools as well. i know for my district, the richmond, there are attend schools in group 1, 7 in group two. what is the difference?
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>> let me ask you the director of the program to explain. >> my understanding is the mta roughly divided the number of potentially eligible schools into half. at the plans and programs committee, some commissioners asked whether there was the ability to shift schools between group two and a group one, and mta said that the crews were already being legislated, but there could be some flexibility to allow certain schools to begin before the others. commissioner mirkarimi: any other questions or comments for staff? any public comment? is there anyone from the public that would like to comment on this item? >> my name is nick,
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sustainability director for the school district. i have not come to grips with climate change it. on the other hand, in my job, i have done a lot to promote alternative transportation to and school districts. i am mindy appeared to see if you have any questions about our program -- i am mainly appear to see if you have any questions about our program, in general. this summer, we will be expanding a solar power program. we will also be finishing up the bike rack installation that every school by the end of the summer. this also includes 15 schools this year and we now have more money to continue that. we are also working with mtc to spread the word about the new school pool website that will allow parents driving from one side of the town to another to link trips.
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of course, the 15 mile per hour zone would promote health safe ar. we are creating a climate that is conducive to that request. i am mainly appear to answer any questions you may have, but of course, we are fully in support of 15 m.p.h. zone. commissioner mirkarimi: director moscovich. >> [unintelligible] commissioner mirkarimi: thank you to the school district. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioner mar. commissioner mar: i was going to the knowledge reggie bahtia is here from the help department. he has been championing this
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issue. commissioner mirkarimi: any other comments or questions? same house, same call. so moved. next item. >> item 9. approve the strategic analysis report on the role of shuttle services in san francisco's transportation system. this is an action item. commissioner mirkarimi: any comments or questions, colleagues? commissioner weiner. commissioner weiner: thank you. first of all, i want to thank tsa staff for this study. this was requested by my predecessor, supervisor dufty. although corporate shuttles are in various parts of the city, there isn't a significant presence of corporate shuttles in district 8, particularly in noe valley, parts of the castro. these corporate shuttles, in my personal in view, provided a
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critical service to our city and many residents of our city, in terms of allowing people to live here who may not otherwise do so if they were required to commute by car every day, and by getting a lot of people out of their cars, providing significant transportation service to the city that we do not have to pay for. it provides significant benefit to the environment. of course, it is appropriate for us to make sure that we are working closely with these corporate shuttles, making sure they are being respectful of our streets, neighborhoods, and i applaud the ta for undertaking this study so we can move to a system where the shuttles can do what they need to do, but in a way that is very collaborative with the city, mta. one thing i want to stress is
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that the vote today is not to approve implementation or every recommendation, finding in the plan. my understanding is we are accepting the report. i know there has been discussion that some of the data in the report was from several years ago and there had been changes since then. it may be inappropriate to refresh some of the data. for example -- it may be appropriate to refreshed some of the data. for example, a few years ago, when the data was collected, there were more shuttles on the streets but there were fewer complaints. so we need to consider that there may -- the industry may be self-regulating in a way that has improved the situation. after today, the mta, working with the ta, shuttles, will move
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forward on possibly crafting a regulatory scheme. that will move through the mta. they will be ultimately responsible for implementing that schema. e. again, just saying, today's vote is not treating the regulatory scheme, just accepting this result, which was a lot of hard work and byta. i just want to put that out there. >> commissioner weiner, a summary that you have made of this is correct and your assumptions are correct as well. as i have said to you and others on the board before, i am not a friend of excessive regulation and i do not want to see a new bureaucracy spring up, a new issue. we could be getting benefits
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rather than an impact. but it is appropriate for the city to understand what its relationship is to this phenomenon, which is getting people out of their cars, clearly, and benefiting sustainable transportation and so on. the intent is to be able to look at this in a rational way. we are hoping that the structure is as minimalist as possible. if there is anything that should cause regulation, it will be minimal, and it will be there to guide the relationship, more than to impose a burden on private sector transportation. the other thing i would like to say, which is more important, is the fact anat