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a lot of moving parts the meeting spot rich in culture and artists and musicians epic people would talk with you and you'd getetetetetetetetetett awe a this meeting will come to order. i'm haney joined by safai and supervisor mar. >> madam clerk, do you have any announcements? >> yes, mr. chair. due to the covid-19 health emergency and to protect board
member, city employees and the public, the board of supervisors and legislative committee and chamber are closed. members will participate remotely taken pursuant to the row cal orders. the members will attend as if they are physically present. each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speak. public comment is available via phone call at 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. (187) 921-7002. when the item of interest comes up, press star 3. call from a quiet location, speak clearly and slowly and
turn down the television or radio. you may submit public comment by emailing it to myself, the clerk. it will be forwarded to the supervisors and will be included as part of the official file. items acted upon today are expected to appear on june 25 unless otherwise states. this concludes the announcements. item one. >> an approving the fourth modification of the hotel management agreement with the hyatt corporation and the on-airplane hotel at san francisco international airport to reduce the management fee paid to hyatt corporation douring hotel operating years 2021 and 2022, extend the
trigger dates, extend the initial term by two years and to increase the contract amount not to exceed $23.8 million to commence upon board approval. members who wish to provide public should call 415-655-0001, 187 921 7002, then press pound twice. if you have not done so, dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand and when you are unmuted you may begin your comments. >> president: thank you so much, madam clerk. we have a member here to prevent on the airport. >> good morning. thank you for having me. the hotel management agreement between the airport and hyatt corporation to reduce management fees in 2021 and 2022 paid to hyatt through hotel operating
revenues by $1,158,535. extend an agreement and extend the termination. the hyatt operates a 351-room on-site hotel built and owned by the airport. following the opening in 2019, they received numerous accolades during the first year of operation. since the covid-19 pandemic began, the hotel has experienced a substantial reduction in income and limited operations due to the pandemic and compliance with related health orders. high t ya has worked hard -- hyatt has worked hard, additional relief is needed to help with the modification in the near term and unavailable to other california airports is a unique amendment. we have recommended approval and
i am happy to answer any questions. >> thank you. and i believe there is a bla report on this item. >> this resolution would approve a modification to the existing hotel agreement and would extend the agreement by two years from 10 years to 12 years to 2031 and in 2021 and 2022 reduce the management fee paid to hyatt under the agreement and approve the term over the total agreement to $23.8 million. and with the fiscal report of the resolution, the reduction in
the management fee of about $101 million and the total increase would be about $3.9 million and we recommend approval. >> president: thank you, ms. campbell. colleagues, any questions or comments? i do not see anyone. madam clerk, can we go to public comment. >> a members of the public, call star 3 to provide public comment. wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted. are there any callers who wish to comment on item number one? >> a we have no callers. >> awe thank you.
mr. chair -- president: colleague, any questions or comments? seeing none, i want to make a motion to move item one to the full board for a vote. madam clerk, roll call vote. [roll call vote] >> there are three ayes. >> awe please call items two, three, and four together. >> an item two, resolution approves a third amendment between the city and moonstar buffet restaurant for the administration of the great plates delivered program to extend the contract term by 8 months for june 22, 2020 through december 31, 2021 and increase the contract amount by $8 million for a total not to
exceed amount of $17.4 million to commence on may 1, 2021. item three is a resolution approving third amendment between the city and san francisco new deal for the administration of great plates delivered program to extend the contract term by smoefrnts for a total term of june 1, 2020 through december 31, 2021 and to increase the contract amount by $21.1 million for a total not to exceed amount of $46.9 million to commence on june 1, 2021. item four is raze lution between the city and off the grid services llc for the administration of the great plates delivered program to extend by seven months for total term of may 29, 2020 through december 31, 2021 and to increase the contract amount of $21.4 million for a total not to exceed amount of $50.1 million to commence on may 29, 2021. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on these items should call 415-655-0001, 187 921 7002, then
press pound twice. if you have not already done so, dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until the system indicates you have been unmute and you may begin your comments. thank you, mr. chair. >> a thank you, madam clerk. we have melissa mcgee here to present on this item. >> thank you. good morning, supervisors. i am a manage we are the office of community partnerships at the department of disability and aging services. i am here to request your approval for the contract amendments with off the grid llc, sf new deal and moonstar for administration of the great plates delivered program. it was created to the pandemic in which older adults deemed to be at serious risk by covid-19
and the program was with the twofold purpose to provide meals adults 65 and older and adults 44 and older who were at high risk and to support local restaurants and other food provideers during the crisis. the great plates delivered program provides free restaurant prepared wheels seven days a week and delivers meals to recipients at their homes. the recipients are screened for eligibility through the department of disability and aging services which created intake unit and assigned to the great plates provider. with the off the grid and sf new deal worked with restaurants and creators to fulfill the
requirements of the program and lone star as an independent restaurant and provides a variety of cuisines and meets other dietary restrictions of the program recipients. off the grid works with 46 restaurants and new deal with 40 restaurants. there are restaurants in every district city and recipients in every district and employs 298 san francisco resident. and sf new deal 635. and moonstar 35. thus far the great plates program has the served 2,463,000 meals to 3,885 recipients and supporting 129 individual restaurants and food creators. i am happy to answer any questions.
>> thank you so much. another bla report on this item. campbell? >> chair haney, members of the committee, can three resolutions approve the amendments to three contracts as part of the great meals through december 2021 and increase in the expenditures of page 12 of the report and based on the information provided and shown in this case, we will have some recommendations. we recommend amending file and
to and to amend the file 210448 with the contract with off the grid to reduce the amount by 4.2 million for a total of approximately $46 million. and we recommend approving all three resolutions as amended. and i am available for questions. >> great. >> is your department amenable to the bla amendments? >> yes, we are. >> okay. >> seeing no members of our committee to want to ask questions or make comments, is there any public comment, madam clerk? >> clerk: we are checking if there are members in the queue. press star 3 now to be added to the queue. there are those on hold, continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. are there any callers on items
two, three, and four? >> there are no callers in queue. >> public comment is closed. >> vice chair safai? >> aye. >> a member mar? >> aye. >> a chair haney? >> there are three ayes. >> great. motion is accepted. madam clerk, i want to make a motion to move the item to the full board with a positive recommendation as amended. roll call vote please. >> clerk: on that motion, vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar. >> aye. >> chair haney? >> aye. >> there are three ayes. >> a thank you. this item will go to the full board for a positive recommendation as
prepared a brief presentation for the accept and expend resolution. the purpose is toed a vance economic justice -- to advance economic justice for communities impacted by cannabis prohibition and by supporting local equity applicants and licensees with the start up and ongoing costs for $2 million with a term of april 15, 2021 through october 21, 2022. the office of cannabis collaborates with the cannabis
oversight committee to inform eligibility criteria as a part of the grants program and you may recall a similar effort was conducted last year with go biz, the governor's office of business and economic development. here we can see the recommendations with technical assistance recommendations and funding allocations. part of that effort also rolled out technical assistance to provide significant one on one support for the social equity community. and that concludes my presentation. the office of cannabis's presentation. and i would be happy to address any questions. >> thank you for your presentation and for your work. colleagues, any questions or comments for mr. schwarz? . . not seeing anyone. is there a bla report on this item?
>> chair haney, we do not have a report on this item. >> madam clerk, is there any public comment on this item? >> we are checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment, press star 3 to be added to the queue. for those on hold, wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. are there any caller who is wish to comment on item 5? >> public comment is closed. >> thank you for your work and i am excited to see this implementation and is something that has been an important part of the overall move towards
adult cannabis use in the city. and this will be supportive of those equity goals. so with that i want to make a motion to move item 5 to the full board with a positive recommendation. >> on that motion, vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar. >> aye. >> chair haney? >> aye. there are three ayes. awe grate. thank you. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you, mr. schwartz. >> thank you. madam clerk, please call item 6. >> item 6, resolution retroactively authorizing the department of public health to accept and expend a monetary gift in the amount of $90,000 from the epic charitable fund to help low income and at-risk populations for a period of march 27,2021 through march 27,2022. member who is wish to provide public comment should call
415-655-0001, 187 921 7002, and press pound twice. >> great. thank you, madam clerk. we have the department of public health here to present on this item. >> good morning, chairperson and supervisors. eric grafton, chief information from dph. this morning we seek the recommendation to accept and expend the $90,000 from the epic charitable fund to honor those who operate safety care organizations with the low xhk and vulnerable populations. as a refresher, epic is the electronic health recorder provider. the epic charitable fund is the source of this gift distributed
through fidelity. the safety net gift is not what we apply for but a donation to many safety net organizations that use the epic system. we may or may not receive the gifts in the future. we confirmed on march 27, 2021 that the electronic funds was the safety net gift with no accompanying gift letter and fidelity did not alert us of the transition of funds, both of which were unexpected and worked quickly that the package could be presented to the committee today. to deploy the epic system which is underway right now.
i am pleased to answer your questions. >> thank you for your presentation. colleagues, any questions or comments on this item? you may have covered this in some amount, but i know it is a retroactive item. can you explain the retroactively little bit more. >> certainly. we don't normally know when we're going to receive a gift like inform and we were not aware that the fund were transferred to the city. the city strarter to brought it to our attention and confirmed the and no communication with the transmitter funds, we didn't know it has transpired. as soon as we were able to identify and confirm with epic that this was the safety net gift, we were able to move pretty quickly to get this
before your committee today. >> supervisor mar. >> i want to understand the relationship with epic. for our contract with epic, how long have we had that contract? and what -- yeah. do you know the total amount of the contract and the contract term? >> we started work in 2018 before my arrival in the city. i want to give you the incorrect
number and the total cost of the platform which is with the total staffing over the 10 years and happy to get back in touch and provide this specific contract dollar value. this particular gift is not written in in any way to the agreement. this is something that the epic charitable fund makes an independent decision on which is why we don't normally understand or know that we're going to receive it. and until we get a letter. we did not receive a letter this year from fidelity. >> got it. thanks. have we received other gifts from the epic charitable fund in the past? or is this the first one? >> we received one last year for $105,000.
>> it is not in the -- these gifts are done through the charitable fund, and not -- >> correct. >> and it is its own instrument. okay. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor mar. is there a bla report on this item? >> no, we do not have a report. >> great, thank you. madam clerk, is there any public comment? >> checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment, press star 3 to be added to the queue. those on hold, continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and are there any caller who is wish to comment on item number 6? >> i want to make a motion to move this item to the full board
with a positive recommendation. >> there are three ayes. >> thank you for your work. madam clerk, please call item 7. >> resolution supplementing resolution no. 12-17 authorizing the issuance and sale of one or more series of special tax bonds for city san francisco community facilities district 2016-1 treasure island with respect to the improvement area no. 1 in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $41.3 million and approving relating documents. members who wish to provide public comment should call 415-655-0001, 187 921 7002, press pound twice.
er if you have not already done so, dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until the system indicates you have been unmute and you may begin your comments. >> thank you so much, madam clerk. we have the controller's office here to present on this item. >> thank you, chair haney. the item is the resolution authorizing the issuance of $41.3 million for the treasure island with the development of the island to consist of 261 residential units on the island. this is the second issuance of bonds for area no. 1. the first happened october 2020.
and we have come with the authorization due to the pace of development on the island with 124 units and the bristol is currently under construction with the estimated completion. so before you the that are land secured bond that are unique consideration. and which is until fully invoked out, some degree of development risk and to struggle and may be abandoned by home owners and developments and taxpayer if the bond is secured by only the vertical developer at the time. that will change as residential
units from the with the with the recognition and is covered under certain circumstances to commence the foreclosure with respect to the taxes on property. with the item approved is the preliminary official statement under federal security law that staff is aware of and material to the repayment of the bond. in connection with to the bond, the with the developer
3:1 limit. the bonds will be primarily financing the reimburse tonight the developer of infrastructure on the island completed to date and to capitalize interest and with the account. >> is there a bla report on this item? >> chair haney, we do not have a report on this item. >> colleague, any questions on this item? >> any public comment? >> dt seshgs checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members who wish to provide public comment, press star 3 to be added to the queue. for those on hold, continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. and are there any caller who is wish to comment on item 7?
>> there are no callers in the queue. >> an i make a motion to move to the the full board. >> there are three ayes. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you so much for your work. >> madam clerk, call item 8. >> the resolution approving the purchase option agreement between the city and prologis l.p. with the unilateral right to exercise an option to purchase property subject to a series of preceding action, including satisfying any
conditions or requirements under the california environmental quality act and future legislation be adopted by the board of supervisors to authorize the city's exercise of the option and purchase of the property. and authorizing the director of property to make modifications and take actions of this resolution as defined herein and the purchase option agreement. members of the public who wish to provide public comment should call 415-655-0001, 187 921 7002, press pound twice. if you have not already done so, dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> thank you so much, madam clerk. we have the department of real estate here to present on this item. >> good morning, chair haney, safai, mar, director of real estate. i am here before you seeking your positive recommendation for resolution.
a purchase option for approximately 4.9 acres of raw land located in 1236 caro avenue in the bay view. the purpose of this purchase option is to lock the purchase price which will give for up to 12 month which is will give the city time to prepare for acquisition and adjacent property of approximately 2.6 acres owned by the port. you will see on the screen if you can follow the cursor the photo of existing condition. to orient you, we are in the bay view. this is carol avenue and arm strong avenue.
there are paper streets and this is hauz hawes that runs down the middle of the lot here. bancroft and griffith. the the acquisition and the site map view of the same property, this is an assemblage involving two separate owners. the with the purchase options with blocks 4852 and 4877. the port property which is still under negotiation is shown here in yellow. as this triangular piece and the streets of bancroft and griffith. again, hawes is outside the project area as is carroll
avenue and armstrong. we are basically looking at this block here for the site of a new fire training facility. the fire training facility is located in two locations. one the main is from that is the that is the with the with this function from the location at treasure island to the bayview site as well as the with two two
paper streets and is owned by prologis. and the city would be pie buying the subject property, merging the lots and creating a 7.5 acre which would be the site of the fire training facility. >> it needs to move from treasure island for the with just enough time for us to acquire, plan, and permit and
build out with this in the from the bay view after we have been unable to locate others in the the county and out and commence on board approval but no later than june 11. if not approved and executed by june 11, there is the option of walking away from this transaction. it can terminate in one of three ways. this is the purchase option. one, while the board and mayor authorizing the underlying purchase of the property or upon the expiration of the term after 12 months. or at the city's option. if at any time we find it would
be infeasible to acquire the port property, the city can unilaterally terminate the purchase option on two days notice. the option price is $15,000 per month and the payments are not credited against the purchase price of $38.5 million which is fixed for the term of the option. the source of the funding for the option price is capital fund for the approval of the port acquisition and also while we're
taking that time to have the port property ready, it keeps the prologis property off the market and locks the purchase price. the purchase price has been subject to appraisal and review appraisal. those -- that appraisal and review appraisal was done during the covid period. so we believe that the price is an accurate reflection and if not a discount of the true value. the purchase and sale aagreement is signed by the following terms. >> one, it will be coming to the board for your consideration around january of 2022. at which time we believe that we will also have the port property ready for your conversation. the purchase price $38.5 million. and it was the appraisal and appraisal review and i just mentioned was done during covid.
with the purchase and the condition and is substantially the same as when the option started. ie, a prologis has the obligation to retain the and the bond 2020 and escrow closing is anticipated in february 2022 so meaning that the board finds favor and the property property. that is under negotiation but right now we are looking at an mou at the port that mou would have a term of 10 years. it would commence upon board approval, port commission approval and state lands approval and the state legislature with the to be done
by january 2022 and terminate upon the full payment of the purchase price. right now the terms a preliminary. we are looking at a target purchase price of about $5.8 million with $1.5 million paid at the time of escrow close with the balance paid over the term of 10 years. and it can be prepaid without penalty. i want to emphasize these are target terms. they are still under negotiation. there has been an appraisal and appraisal review that supports the $5.8 million purchase price. >> the source of funds would be to the general fund for the one-time up front ask money with the balance coming through the operating budget.
i do want to bring to your attention a minor amendment to the resolution. the original resolution and the title had an amount not to exceed $195,000. >> i am asking this committee to entertain an amendment to change the $195,000 to $180,000. that additional $15,000 was going to be a contingency in case we needed an extra month to prepare the port property. we believe we can bring this transaction back to the board for its consideration. well within the 12 months and the option period so that contingency is no longer needed. that concludes my presentation. chief nicholson and olivia scanlon from fire are available to answer your questions as am i.
i would lastly like to thank the bla for their hard work on this item and we concur in their recommendation. thank you. >> i am sad it will be leaving district six and treasure island, but am happy and grateful we seem to have found a location for it and one that will work for fire. i know that this was a big question even very recently in my conversations with fire. so i want to thank you, director penning, and the port as well as chief nicholson for your hard work in identifying options. it's obviously a critically essential facility for our city and our firefighters and our
first responders in having this facility in san francisco. and in adequate size, land, and meeting all the qualifications was a huge priority. i am glad that we have identified a way forward. supervisor safai. >> supervisor: thanks, chair haney. thank you director pennick for your presentation. i think it is laid out and also excited that we'll have a great facility. i think most of us went through the training and it was pretty amazing to see a small glimpse of what our first responders go through to be ready to respond to the multitude of emergencies that we have in our city. having something close by and having something on site, having
something that is safe and we had a tragedy this past year as one of the training facilities and so insuring that we are well trained and people go through o rigorous course to assume the responsibility of being a first responder, sing one of the highist priorities that we have. and i appreciate director pennick, the negotiations and the option and the timeline. the only concern that i have is the final slide where you reference that the purchase will have to come out of the firefighters, fire department's operating budget. i know the majority of much of the work can be done through e-serve because it meets that requirement. because this state lands commission, it has to come out of -- it can't come out of esser, so it doesn't meet the requirements. i wanted to make sure how you
plan on doing that. there is an up front payment of $1.5 million. if v you finalized the final purchase price with the port? is that still under negotiation? and secondly, what assurances this committee has to not affect other aspects of the fire department's operating budget. i will direct that to you first, director pennick, on the purchase price with the port. do we have anyone here from the port? or not this morning.
authorization and with the purchase option and the majority of the terms have been negotiated but the fund haven't been identified. for purchase. and that is not exactly correct. the purchase option is for the prologis property. and it has been fully negotiated and the p.s.a. is and with the purchase. >> and to approve the property and going at risk. and to provide time and and that basically puts in states if you will. and the prologis transaction which is ready to go and gives us time with very little monetary risk to move forward with the port transaction.
the proposed option and the 1236 careroll avenue. the option is for $15,000 a month up to $180,000 over the 12-month term of the option agreement. and was noted with the purchase price would be $38.5 million and this is confirm bid the appraisal and appraisal review both of which we have review and we recommend approval. >> thank you, ms. campbell. is there any public comment on this item? >> press star 3 to be added to the queue. for those on hold, wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. >> there are no callers in the queue. >> thank you. >> public comment is closed.
we know that we wanted to -- we had an amendment that dr. pennick spoke to, so i want to make a motion to accept that amendment. let's get a roll call vote on the amendment please. >> on that motion, vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar. >> aye. >> chair hane. >> there are three ayes. >> awe great, the amendment will be accepted and if we could have -- i want to make a motion to move the item to the full board with the positive recommendation as amended. >> on that motion, vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar. >> aye. >> chair haney. >> there are three ayes.
>> thank you for your work and leadership. >> thank you, supervisors. >> item 9, resolution approving the sheriff's office and electronic monitoring program rules and regulations and approvaling evidence of financial responsibility demonstrated by program administrator sen ten yell offender services llc for fiscal year 2020-2021. members of the public who wish to provide public comment should call 415-655-0001, 187 921 7002, and press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until unmuted to begin your comments. >> thank you so much, madam clerk. i believe this will be continued to next week's meeting on may
26, but i wanted to take public comment. madam clerk, check if there are any members of the public who wish to speak on this item. >> members of the public should press star there pob added to the queue. for those on hold, wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. are there any caller who is wish to comment on item 9? >> we have no callers in the queue. >> great. public comment is now closed. we will hear this item next week. i want to make the motion to continue item 9 to the march 26 budget and finance committee meeting. can we have a roll call vote on that please? >> yes, mr. chair. for clarification, it would be the may 26 budget and finance committee meeting. >> yes. >> thank you. on that motion, vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar. >> aye.
>> my nave is jeffrey and i'm the director of the san francisco municipal transportation agency and i am so excited to be here and to inago rate the restart of the san francisco subway system and our f-line. it has been a long 14 months and we are not out of the woods yet. i am so grateful to my hard-working teams. everyone who has been work to go try to get service restarted. muni is the life blood of san francisco. it's how college students get to school and it's how people around and how we function as a place and brings service back is absolutely essential to san francisco's economy so with no further adieu, i would like to introduce our mayor, london breed. [applause]
>> thank you, jeff. first let's give it up for the official band of san francisco! the gay and lesbian band. i don't know about you, but i'm excited to be here. we're listen to go live music for a change. san francisco is truly coming alive. and one of the things that happened at the beginning of this pandemic, so many of us basically said, i hope san francisco will do a better job at some of the construction projects so that they don't interfere with my commute to work or to school when the city begins to reopen. well, in some cases we couldn't necessarily do that. but the good news is, we have an incredible leader in jeff tumlin and an amazing department m.t.a. and the commissioner who is joining us here today. they knew this was an opportunity and an opportunity to make significant improvements to muni. because let me tell you, as we
begin to open our city and begin down the path of recovery, having a good public transportation system is going to be critical. now, some of the nuts and bolts, mostly don't sound really exciting to people, but they're exciting to the people who ride muni, who for example, want to access the internet when they're underground, this is something i've been work on since i was supervisor and scott wiener was helping for this cause. here is the good news, a lot of the work we were able to do is making it possible to make muni more efficient than ever. it was a struggle, yes, but we are in a very, very good place. we're asking for people to be patient. so here is what we have planned. first of all, the f-line, the
historic cars, the museum, that's over there that talks about the history of rail in san francisco and just how important it is, bringing those cars back is really important, not just for transportation but for tourism and the f-line that goes from the castro to fisherman's wharf, those with the open covers and the closed covers, those lines are starting back tomorrow. [applause] under ground. i know we missed the different underground trains to take us from downtown all the way to the west side in rapid speed when it's working right, right. muni underground is coming back in effect tomorrow. we did a lot of the underground work and you know how sometimes you get stuck in that tunnel at
church street, and you are like, man, and all the trains get backed up because our system wasn't necessarily equipped to handle the number of riders that we see and jeff had the foresight to look at this along with a number of experts in transportation and we're going to combine the t and the k line and we're going to make that line more efficient but let me tell you, i'm most excited about this because this is something that i've been working on, again, since supervisor. they will have two car trains in every instance instead of one for all those folks who wait where i used to campaign at when i was supervisors at the early stages of my political soft involvement, it was providing better service for then june a. i'm excited about it. just imagine being late to work
and school all the time because of then june a. the other thing that will happen, which is really great, i think, is we'll have wifi underground and publicard and better mow efficient service so i can tell you this but you are going to experience it. you will fee. i was listed a a celebrity announcement and your mayor welcome you you back to san francisco muni train and that includes the voice of renelle brooks moon and jerry rice and
there's also one other person ledge on dar tee actor bd wong so great voices including mine so this is a good day for san francisco and we have a need to make sure our transportation system is up and running and getting us from point a to point b. i want you all to return to muni and i want you all to be patient with us we're keeping our cars clean and keep service working more and i want to take this opportunity to especially thank many of the drivers of our trains and our buses because let me tell you, this pandemic has hit our city hard and when you look at the city data for those impacted by covid it was many of our drivers who were on the
front line and they put their lives on the line to continue to make sure our essential workers and people got to and from work and i really want to thank them and thank you all so much and thank you for the work that you continue to be there for the people of san francisco and make sure you treat your drivers with kindness and respect because they go through a lot in this city trying to get people around. all the staff and all the parking control officers and all the of the folks who have been out there trying to direct traffic and do all the things that make sure we can efficiently get from point a to point b. there's a new day in san francisco, i appreciate you all being here and we're here with a number of officials that will speak and i've went on for way too long but at this time i want to introduce someone who has been a true champion of public
transportation for this city. i miss him when he was in san francisco fighting the good fight but i'm excited about his fight in sack ra men co and it's why the government is making a big announcement about a significant increase in support for transportation no one is aggressive and support, calling financial support for this city and this state for public transportation to make it better and more efficient for all of us than our state senators, scott wiener. [applause] >> thank you, madam mayor. i have to say, i do miss when the mayor and i were on the board of supervisors together and we were probably a little irritating to m.t.a. at times because we were pushing and pushing but in the end, we were all able to work together to make muni run better and so thank you madam mayor for your
leadership and thank you to jeff tumlin, who i was so excited when he agreed to come in at the m.t.a. it's an exceptional leader and visionary and jeff and i actual low road muni from castro and market today. it felt like the old days when we would get on muni and take the f-market down market street and now that's going to be the new days because the f is coming back and that is so exciting. so, i have pretty long relationship with muni. i've been a regular daily muni rider since 1997. obviously in sacramento i'm not riding it. it was how i commuted and i didn't drive my car, i took muni. thank you again to the muni drivers who have gotten me around for 23, almost 24 years here and who have stood with us during this terrible pandemic.
and so, this matters to me personally but it also matters to my community. so many people in this city are dependent on muni. they don't have a car. muni is how they get around. it's how they get to work and to the doctor and it's how they go shopping. and so the idea, when we were starting to hear things, during the pandemic, about would -- there we go. [ bells ringing ] i'll wait a second. >> i'm compete against the bell. so, when we were hearing during the pandemic, that what would muni be like after covid. would muni still be around in the same way? were we going to loose lines? what bart going to be around in
the same way. for a lot of us, it was really scary because san francisco would not be san francisco without muni. san francisco won be the transit oriented climate change friendly place that we are without muni and it's part of not just our life blood but our core values as a city and as a community and so i am so excited that muni will come back as strong as ever many of the subway, the f-market and we'll keep these bus lines riding because so many people rely on the buses as much as we love the subway and i am optimistic about where this agency is going to heaved. i want to really thank congress and our federal government for throwing repeated life lines to muni, to bart, to all of our transit systems and had congress not stepped up and dramatically funded transit, multiple times, we would not be here today. i don't know where muni would be.
i don't know how we would get reopened. how do you do that? where would bart be. so what the federal government did, was absolutely life saving for these transit systems. and we are working very hard at the state level toll make sure that this amazing budget surplus that we have, because of income tax and because of our stimulus relief, that we're using a portion of that for transit and other sustainable transportation. and the governor just made a big announcement today and i am very, very excited about what we're going to be able to put in as a state. thank you to everyone. thank you muni for helping get us around and let's keep fighting and making this system as amazing as it can be. thank you. >> i am so grateful to have a state senator who i can randomly run into on my morning commute on muni. i am so grateful to mayor breed and scott keener's support and helping us come back and also to
the federal government because we would not be here today. we're also going to be grateful to the state for using some of their surplus on capital investments because while we've made a lot of progress in the subway over the last 14 months, we still have a jenky system that runs on floppy disks so things will be better tomorrow but they're not going to be perfect. what i can promise you is we will continue to be honest with the public about the state of our conditions and what our service is like and what you can do if things don't work as well as we moment and that has been my over all strategy as director sfmta. we're grateful for community partners who have helped us come back and continue to advocate for our success. one of our port post art
partners is market street railway and so i would like to introduce. >> thank you, jeff. isn't it great to be vaccinated. let's all thank the mayor in her leadership in bringing us through the fog of this pandemic. [applause] you have been a great light to this city, mayor breed. thank you to jeff and julie and the entire muni team, mta team. from the very top all the way through the ranks to the front line people who made this happen. you know, a famous leader in america, another great woman leader, said it takes a village. that's what made the return of the f-line possible. it was all up and down the mta pulling together with operators taking the initiatives to say we
want to come back and how can we help? they helped design the protective barriers you will see in the street car as it pulls up. in the all the street cars you ride on the f-line, you will be able to be safe and this is a very positive development. it was a real collaborative effort and the shop team put them in at an unprecedented pace. i have never seen such collaboration in my 40 years around muni so i want today hear a shout out for the operators and the maintainers. [applause] also i want to give a shout out to all the business leaders and the neighborhood groups, the cbds and bids and all those alphabet agencies that bring our businesses, our small businesses together to make their neighborhoods a better place to do business and they stepped up, they talked to their district supervisors and they talked to jeff and they got results and
the folks in castro, and andrea yellow the people up in the wharf, randel scott and on and on and on, they've all done a great job. are there any neighborhood representatives here? and robbie silver from downtown. and karen flood from union scare. they were all here. you guys were all great. one more shout out is to michael dellard, an old friend who has been a stalwart businessman here at one market restaurant for a long time and he stepped up to us and said what can we do to get the f-line going and by the way, we would like to give you a merge of every proceeds from every ruben we sell in our new newdeli. you help us when you help yourself to a ruben. it's a brooklyn sandwich but it's a san francisco generosity.
we appreciate that. it's all part of our san francisco village. it's a city that honors its her tige while it strives to correct mistakes we've made in excluding people, denigrating people and keeping people down. we work to make this city better all the time and that's what our future is. that fits right in with our organization's motto, which is keeping the past, present in the future. and we are glad that these street cars are going back to work, helping to rebuild our economy, and helping to carry people where they want to go and helping to draw visitors back to our city. we're going to be riding on this wonderful boat tram and that vehicle was brought by our non-profit along with a second one to san francisco years ago and our board is led by our chair carmen clark, who is here and i want to shout out to. carmenwho used to run muni.
and our board members, ron fisher and cat siegel are here. we are proud to have done that and told the story of how for transit built a livable city and keeps renewing it. we're open, go in and get a free calender from us because the rest of the year is going to be a lot better than the months we've had. thank you to our mayor, thanks to this team. thank you all, very much. [applause] >> thank you, rick. well, many of us spent the pandemic behind our computer screens at home and in our pa jam a. the entire sfmta front line crews have been out there everyday during the pandemic getting essential workers to work. i am so grateful for their resilience and hard work through all of this. they're why i work the hours that i do. and so i would like to introduce
one of our operators, alena galloway who worked at agency for over 25 years with 19 years of safe driving experience and someone whom we rely upon for her direct advice. >> good afternoon. there's some expressions of gratitude in order. thank you to london breed, union, roger moranko, market street railway, rick lobsher, president, engineer body and pcc shop for their craftmanship when building the operators safetien close you'res. san francisco board of supervisor, citizens advisory committee, thank you to sfmta for placing the f-line back in
business it takes a village to get our float rolling again. from castro and market to the west field shopping center past the railway museum and down the embarcadero to pier 39 and on to fisherman's wharf. the f-line transporting a diverse ridership in our diverse city on a uniquely diverse historic street cars. from all around the world, our cars are so unique, that people travel far and wide to get photo ops or a ride. now along with san francisco's resilience, and survival instincts, that is something to be proud of. it's an honor and a pleasure to be a operator in the city of san francisco. ladies and gentlemen, please help me help you a arrive at
your destination safely by wearing your mask and practices all cdc guidelines. thank you and i'll see you out there. [applause] getting through the pandemic has required all sorts of new partnerships. it's required a depth of pippa cross almost every city department and so, i would like to introduce the director of the ports, elaine forbes, who is here along with our key policymakers. including sharon lie who is on the sfmta board and of course, member of the board of supervisors ahsha safai. and in order to introduce our last speaker, i want to say while the sfmta is mostly about mobility, we are about so many other things as well. our vehicles are a symbol of san francisco and support the visitor economy.
we're also a primary driver of supporting small business success which is why we have been such staunch supporters of the shared spaces program from the very beginning and one of the many reasons we're so happy to be bringing back the f-line the way it supports small business recovery and so now i'd like to introduce joseph who is the owner of a restaurant here at the ferry building to say a few words. [applause] thank you, mayor breed for in inviting me to speak and forgive me if i sound a little nervous, i'm a baker not a speaker. i also want to say thank you to the sfmta for reopening the f-line. i run a bakery line and it's a charge. i can't imagine running a whole transit line. my name is joey and my wife and i opened in 2008 and which
started at farmers' markets which led us to a spot in the ferry building. in that time, we've been in the ferry building for 10 years, in that time we've enjoyed the crowds shoulder and shoulder crowds of international travelers, bay area commuters, and then also experienced charges more recently of of course the last year with the pandemic. with the ferry building being opened during the whole time, you know, it gave us and our colleagues in the marketplace the opportunity to continue to service our communities and to give our ploy's a place to work and really was a lifeline to keep and stay open. so, with that, with the farmers market and the marketplace, i've been firsthand witness to see
what public easily accessible transportation does to a small economy and it not only brings more traffic into the areas but it also brings more diverse crowds. i think some of our customers would probably not make it to us without places without the f line. i think right now, as we see san francisco and the bay area seeing air recovery, it's a great time to be opening up the f line. not only is it a beautiful streetcar, it's also a need that allows bringing people into the
area. i think the cable cars are the world, the world can have the cable cars but the street cars are ours, they're very san francisco. i'm really looking forward to welcoming back our customers and really want to saw thanks to everybody. thank you, very much. [applause] >> thank you so much, everyone for being here. i just want to take a moment to say how excited i am to see elaine a here today and i didn't recognize her because she still looks the same since i was a kid. her grandmother, miss redman, used to press my hair and all the kids' hair in the neighborhood in the back of her house. you can get a press for $8 and if you didn't have enough money, her grandmother would let you slide and that was, her grand
mother was less than 100 pounds, the cutest woman you want to see but the toughest woman you want to meet. those hands were brutal. she would get your hair straight as i nails. i'm so excited to see her, someone who has been working for muni for so many years. along with so many people who have an incredible history in this city. and that same history that is existed for some time are resilience and how we've been able to look back and use the examples and the mistakes and the challenges that existed in the past to bring us forward towards a future is exactly how we're going to recover as a city. i'm looking forward to it. i'm excited about it and let me also just sigh, it's small business month in san francisco for the month of may, stop buy some of the small businesses and provide support and go to a restaurant and different places all over the city. hop on muni to do that and smile and say hi to your muni driver and enjoy and be patient as we
being the coronavirus of habitat for humanity greater san francisco and we're so pleased you can join us. we're here in diamond heights to break ground on a very important project to us. there's not very many community occasions that is exciting as the ground breaking except for the day we give the keys to the family which is coming soon. as we begin, i would love to invite a champion for affordable housing and a good friend to habitat for humanity, pastor teresa chow sigh a few words and to bless us all. pastor chow. [applause] thank you. a house carries very significant importance. it's more than just a shelter, for some it's a sanctuary, place
of rest and belonging. for my parents, who emigrated to the u.s. from south korea a house was a dream, however their dream didn't stop at owning a house for themselves, but being able to provide a house for their children and grandchildren. 20 years ago, when i moved to san francisco, newly married, my parents' dream was realized as they helped my husband and i purchase our first home. and it's why i chose to wear this particular stolz today. this korean fabric means many colors. during very difficult times through out korean history, parents would don their children in these colorful fabrics as a symbol of their hope. they carry the hopes and dreams of the community and i wear this carrying dreams many of us for not just housing but affordable housing. to make this dream come true, it takes the community to put fourth the sweat equity, to push fourth just policies, build a foundation, network the
resources and carry the hopes with determination. i love that the homes that will be built here on this land begins with community. city officials, faith leaders, volunteers, neighbors, homeowners and home dreamers, which truly makes it our house. in the korean angst possess i have pronoun, my is rarely used. we use our. my house is our house, my dream is our dream, my land is our land. however, when we say our house, we also carry the responsibility of not only the hopeful future but the past so that our dreams do not -- are not at the expense of others and that's what it means to be a community. so in the spirit i would like to share this house blessing by poet jan richardson and acknowledging this is on the ancestrial home lapped of the
aloney people who are the or not inhabitants. think of the year as a house, door swung wide and welcome, threshold swept and waiting a grace spaciousness, opening and offering itself to you. let it be blessed in every room, let the it be hollowed in every corner. let every nook in the refuge and every object set to holy youth, let it be here that safety will rest, let it be here that health will make its home, let it be here that peace will show its face and let it be here that love will find its way, here let the weary come and let the aching come, let the lost come and let them find rest and find their soothing and let them find their place. and let them find their delight. and may it be in this house of a year that the seasons will spin in beauty and may it be in these turning days the time will spiral with joy and rooms will
fill with ordinary grace and lights spill from every window with welcome to the strangers calling it home. amen. [applause] >> thank you so much pastor. we appreciate you and your congregation for your friendship and your advocacy on housing and your on going support. i want to welcome our guests here with us today. because of covid we had to limit the crowd. i appreciate all of you who are here with us, and physically and in spirit. i'm delighted to say that mayor breed is with us today. since her inauguration, mayor breed has been a true champion and leader prioritizing affordable housing. under her leadership, the mayor's office of housing and community development has continued and increased their
work supporting families and communities across the city. today, san francisco has a robust pipeline of affordable housing and ready to be built and available at all levels for all family sizes. madam mayor, it's great to see you and we look forward to bringing hundreds more homes that we have in our pipeline in the next several years forward to partner with the city. i also couldn't be happier the district 8 supervisor mandelman is with us today. there are few people who have worked harder more thoughtfully than you have to get more affordable homes built with the needs of each neighborhood. it's good to see you. i'm going to come back to a would be wonderful proposal of yours in a little while. eric shaw is also with us today. thank you for your leadership and your vision and we really appreciate it. we also have with us three san francisco habitat homeowners
today. den ice, jenn, and jeanette. if you can all just wave. like all habitat homeowners, denise jenn and janette know their way around a construction site and experienced home builders. i know they can't wait to welcome new families to these homes and help them on their journey. i'm so pleased to see bryn smith here today, a fantastic volunteer who has worked hundreds of hours both here in san francisco and overseas across the globe. thank you, bryn. you live a stone's throw away and we'll see him working on the homes. representing our amazing dime opened heights neighborhoods, i can see betsy eddie, thank you, co president of the diamond heights community association, and betsy is such a strong supporter of this project. from the moment i first called her to say yes, how can we help and i really appreciate you. last time we were together, just up the hill at the police academy, we had about 70
community members join us to learn about and support the project. i was so impressed that we had almost everyone 68 out of the 70 who said yes we want to see this project happen. something that doesn't get enough recognition here in our city. our architectses, toby is here and you can see the beautiful rendering behind me and it will turn into a beautiful community for the families that live here. and you can see reflected in the design the compliments of the neighborhood as you look around. several members of our habitat for humanity greater san francisco board are with us today. mark and ken preston and thank you for coming out and if i missed anyone, sorry. we have a board meeting later so i'll hear about it. normally, of course, in pro covid times, we would be able to welcome many more of our hundreds of homeowners and thousands of volunteers to this event. i feel so blessed that we've been able to be here together and gather as many friends.
i know we're all excited to be moving forward with this path to a gradual and safe reopening. we're starting the project with a very special story attached to it. on this site, right here, stood the home of a great san franciscan maria collish. she was one of the first people to move into the diamond heights neighborhood in the '50s when all of this was in open meadow. she was a chemist, activist, medical researcher whose circle of friends included chemist line, artist, and venture and architect fuller and photographer imaging cunningham and if you look over at the plaque, you will see the beautiful image that the shot of her that we memorized on a plaque. she loved her city and had he loved the people who live here. the site was donated by her son and his wife. in her honor and memory they wish to help more hard-working families stay in the city that
she cared for. today, mischa at 99-years-old is resting at home and he is looking forward to seeing a video of us all later today. the flag recognizing his mother will be a fix to the building when finished. the sculpture is based on a photo. this will stand as a reminder to all of the life maria left and her generosity to families in san francisco. so now where there was previously one home, there will be eight homes. three and four bedroom homes for families. this type of urban refill project typically more manageable numbers on units on smaller parcels o of land has potential to contribute to the number of homes that low income people can be homeowners in in san francisco. that's why we're so supportive of sensible proposals such as those by supervisor mandelman to make it a little easier to build
smaller size projects and certain locations that are in keeping with the neighborhood character density and transportation availability. just yesterday, the supervisor introduced legislation to make four-unit buildings easier to build and we support that effort. so what makes a habitat project? well, all of our homes are affordable homeownership. because we know home opioid allows families to realize potential, to build wealth and equity and accomplish their dreams. habitat serves as both the general contractor, the developer and the mortgage lender with a zero down and zero percentage interest loan for families. we cap all families housing costs at 30% of their income and this pro voids predictability, stability, and for the next generation, and for this generation as well. our homeowners invest 500 hours working alongside their neighbors and the community. they will be joined by hundreds of volunteers who live and work
in san francisco and who want to make sure families have a chance to stay and plant their roots in the community. these homes are forever affordable as habitat buys them back when families move on it market rate homes or relocate after their children are grown and the process starts over again with another family. san francisco loves volunteers, pound for pound we have the most generous people in the country right here in san francisco. we've already been inundated with offers from volunteers who are anxious to safely get back to work after the past year of quarantine. this will be supported by habitat pro commercial construction staff and they have kept our construction sites safely and productively across our region. habitat san francisco is building in and to see so much affordable housing gun o in our.
and the balboa reservoir projects last year. we're excited and proud to be homeowner developers in these projects. this is being supported by the mayor's office of housing and community development with $1.5 million in construction and permanent financing. just like so many affordable developments, the mayor will drive them to the finish. i want to acknowledge eric. when he learned that 85% of habitat homeowners were bipoc family in san francisco and we look forward to carrying the legacy forward in awful our projects. and as our reopening process proceeds, we listen to the guidance from local government, we look forward to restarting our critical repair work which has helped so many of our neighbors stay safe and warm in the homes they know and they've been in for a long time, especially in the buy view and san francisco. tur for being here. i'm delighted to introduce you
to the woman who needs no introduction, and the leader mayor london broad. breed. [applause] madam mayor, welcome. >> thank you, i had to put my hair back. it's windy out here. first of all, let me say how excited i am about this project and i am not surprised the community here in diamond heights rallied together to support it. this community is a very active community and i have a history, believe it or not, with the diamond heights community when i worked at treasure island when the city was considering moving the police academy to treasure island. this community fought to keep the police academy right here in this community and they were successful. along with the work and the advocacy around george christopher park and we broke ground on a new playground and in that particular area, a couple weeks ago. and so, this is an amazing
community. it's a resilient community. it's a community that has a history that was just talked about. maria polish, one of the first residents here in the 1950s when it was just a meadow and now look at it. a neighborhood and a community where children are raised and people shop and see each other at the grocery store and we know that this project is going to be an important part of this community too. so, i am excited about it. i'm especially excited because some of you might have remembered when i served on the board of supervisors i introduced neighborhood preference legislation and that legislation made sure that when we build affordable housing in communities, the right of first refusal for the certain percentage of those units goes to the people who actually live here who are qualified for the affordable unit. in order to allow for opportunities for your children or grand children, who may have grown up in this community, to have at least the possibility of getting access to these homes.
so in this particular project, neighborhood preference will be used for home ownership. i can't be more thrilled to be working with habitat for humanity because of the incredible work that they do the hardest part of owning a home is putting together a down payment. and in san francisco, that's at least a minimum of $250,000 in order to own a home that many people sometimes can barely afford. and here, no down payment. no more than 30% of their income used to pay representative. a place that people will call home and be able to raise their families. and if they are so fortunate enough to excel in life and generate more revenue for their household and move on to purchase another property, the home will still be affordable to the next generation. this is an incredible project for our city. and i couldn't be more thrilled.
i wanted to say how much i appreciate all of you the voters of san francisco. when i first became mayor, we put on the ballot an affordable housing bond which wow supported overwhelmingly and since i've taken office, we've been able to, along with that affordable housing and other resources, we're able town vest over a billion dollars in affordable housing in san francisco. that's why it was not a hard sil for us, immediately providing the resources necessary to get the job done for this project so it's your support, your advocacy and everyone coming together and it really does take a village and this village came together to provide incredible opportunities for home ownership for families and i'm looking forward to being here when we cut the ribbon in the first families move in. thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] thank you so much, mayor. now i want to introduce someone well-known to us and well-known further afield for his
thoughtful approach to an environment where more affordable homes can be built. i want to welcome rafael mandelman. welcome. >> thank you. samson bloom. this is a little bit of like a collision of my multiple world's. i want to grad school 20 something years ago with eric and hey eric, and i worked when i was a lawyer in private practice representing local governments on many teams, are you representing kappa chat? you are on the board. awesome. well, good to see you. so, at any rate, everybody, i am so excited about this particular moment. from the moment that i started as a supervisor, i wanted to see more affordable housing built in district 8 and district 8 is a hard district to get affordable housing built in notwithstanding the displacement that has happened from district 8.
it's hard because we're built out and we don't have a lot of available sites because land values are high. from our very first meeting with mayor breed, i've been asking her for help with affordable housing in district 8 and she's been delivering it. she acquired a big giant property on market street that is going to house lgbtq queer seniors and friends. this particular project is really exciting and required moe and eric to do outside the box thinking about how to use the funds. in district 8, projects small projects like this habitat projects, affordable home projects make a lot of sense on these small sites. but it's been something that most have been funding before and i'm sure partly through the intervention of our mayor and doing things like this and it
showed great flexibility around funding this and i have all sorts of people who i should thank. got the mayor and eric shaw and of course habitat for humanity and the tremendous work you do and you are pushing us to think outside the box about getting this project done. all of the volunteers and of course the neighbors. betsy, deserves praise all the time in every way but it's wonderful to be in a neighborhood that is welcoming affordable housing and wants to see it built here and i'd love to say this was courageous to have this project here but the neighborhood wants it and people have been e-mailing us saying when is it getting done. there's excitement and enthusiasm and of course finally to mischa and his family for making this opportunity availability this is exciting. thank you, everyone. >> thank you so much.
so as we get ready to mark the occasion with some photos. we're going to put some shovels in the ground. i want to thank everyone for being here and lending your support. thank you mayor breed, you are well served by your staff and they were amazing to work with and thank you supervisor mandelman and your team, also amazing and thank you to our neighbors here in beautiful diamond heights we can't wait to see you out on the construction site in the spring and be ready to start with our volunteers, right, err on, and all our communities of homeowners, volunteers, board members, staff, donors, thank you, thank you, thank you. and a most special thank you to my friends, and our generous donor mischa and the vision and donation of this hand in honor of maria, began journey and brought us here where today. thank you all. thank you very much and we appreciate you joining us. we're going to move over to some
photos. 3, 2, 1, turn that dirt! >> we're in business!. >> neighborhood in san francisco are also diverse and fascist as the people that inhabitable them we're in north beach about supervisor peskin will give us a tour and introduce is to what think of i i his favorite district 5 e 3 is in the northwest surrounded by the san francisco bay the district is the boosting chinatown oar
embarcadero financial district fisherman's wharf exhibit no. north beach telegraph hill and part of union square. >> all of san francisco districts are remarkable i'm honored and delighted to represent really whereas with an the most intact district got chinatown, north beach fisherman's wharf russian hill and knob hill and the northwest waterfront some of the most wealthier and inning e impoverished people in san francisco obgyn siding it is ethically exists a bunch of tight-knit neighborhoods people know he each other by name a wonderful placed physically and socially to be all of the
neighborhoods north beach and chinatown the i try to be out in the community as much as and i think, being a the cafe eating at the neighborhood lunch place people come up and talk to you, you never have time alone but really it is fun hi, i'm one the owners and is ceo of cafe trespassing in north beach many people refer to cafe trees as a the living room of north beach most of the clients are local and living up the hill come and meet with each other just the way the united states been since 1956 opposed by the grandfather a big people person people had people coming since the day we opened. >> it is of is first place on the west that that exposito 6 years ago but anyone was doing
that starbuck's exists and it created a really welcoming pot. it is truly a legacy business but more importantly it really at the take care of their community my father from it was formally italy a fisherman and that town very rich in culture and music was a big part of it guitars and sank and combart in the evening that tradition they brought this to the cafe so many characters around here everything has incredible stories by famous folks last week the cafe that paul carr tennessee take care from the jefferson starship hung out the cafe are the famous poet lawrence william getty and jack herb man go hung out. >> they work worked at a play
someone special. welcome to corona height located in the height of the cast strow district the eye kong bay bridge and on towards the east bay. cone oi shakes park is one the city's best kept secrets on lake twin peaks it's hardly crowded on a day any day you will run into a new lolls and hop on a bus to get there without any parking worries and lolls bring their four-legged fronds run freely with other dogs and a small touch of grass for the
small dogs and wild flowers carpet the grasslands keep on the look out nor hawks and ot ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> the san francisco playground's hitsvery dates back to 1927 when the area where the present playground and center is today was purchased by the city for $27,000. in the 1950s, the sen consider was expanded by then mayor robinson and the old gym was built. thanks to the passage of the 2008 clean and safe neighborhood parks bond, the sunset playground has undergone
extensive renovation to its four acres of fields, courts, play grounds, community rooms, and historic gymnasium. >> here we are. 60 years and $14 million later, and we have got this beautiful, brand-new rec center completely accessible to the entire neighborhood. >> the new rec center houses multi-purpose rooms for all kinds of activities including basketball, line dancing, playing ping-pong and arts can crafts. >> you can use it for whatever you want to do, you can do it here. >> on friday, november 16, the dedication and ribbon cutting took place at the sunset playground and recreation center, celebrating its renovation. it was raining, but the rain clearly did not dampen the spirits of the dignitaries, community members and children in attendance. [cheering and applauding]
chamber and committee room are closed but members will participate in the meeting remotely. this precaution from the declarations. public comment will be available on each item on the agenda. each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speak. comments or opportunities to speak available by calling 415-655-0001 meeting id 187 921 7002. then press pound twice. when connected, you will hear the meeting discussions but you will be muting and in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up, star 3 to be added to the speaker line. you may submit public comment
e-mail to myself, the budget and appropriations committee clerk. if you submit via e-mail, it will be included as part of the official file. items are expected to appear on the board of supervisors agenda may 25th unless otherwise stated. >> supervisor haney: can you call item number one and two together? >> clerk: support free muni pilot program in july, august and september. item two administrative code to create a special fund for a free muni pilot program setting conditions for use of the fund. members of the public who wish
to provide public comment on these items should call 415-655-0001. meeting id, 187 921 7002 then press pound twice. if you haven't done so, dial star 3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> supervisor haney: thank you madam clerk. i believe we have supervisor preston who is going to make some comments. >> supervisor preston: thank you chair haney and thank you to you and the committee for the robust discussion on the item and the amendments to companion ordinances last week. really want to reiterate my thanks to you chair haney for introducing this with me, the original co-sponsor and to our additional early co-sponsors, president walton and supervisors
ronen and chan. and thank you supervisor mar for statements at the last hearing. the ordinances before you would appropriate $12.5 million for a three month free muni pilot to start july 1st. and my office has continued to engage with mta leadership and other stakeholders about the pilot and we will continue to do that as the item moves forward. i think we have a unique opportunity here with low ridership, low fare revenues coming in, a need for people to return to transit, rising congestions and a budget that allows us to fund this pilot if it's a priority. i think it's a direct way to get money into the pockets of people in san francisco during the recovery period and we're all trying out a fare free period of time to welcome muni riders back
on buses and trains. i urge the committee to advance the proposal to the full board with recommendation and i want to thank you again for your time and consideration for what i know is a busy budget season. thank you. >> supervisor haney: thank you supervisor preston. is smta here? is there a representative here? in the meantime, supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you chair haney and thank you supervisor preston for bringing this forward. i know you had discussion last week and i wanted to add my $0.02 and hopefully i won't have to even pay that when riding muni this summer. i believe that this is a really, really smart investment for the long-term future of public
transit in san francisco. i think that people are still scared to get on public transit and being able to try it out without paying quite frankly, a lot of money for a ride, i can't even believe how expensive muni and bart have become. this is a chance to regain confidence, to try it out and to send a message to san francisco that we have their back during this time when they're trying to economically recover from the pandemic. and that one way we can help and they can rebuild their lives and get back to work and school is through public transit. as a transit for environmental reasons and congestion reasons, we want to encourage every single way we can. i don't know a better way than
to have a pilot program to make muni free for three months. when i worked for former supervisor, he loved the term free muni free use and the results of the program are fantastic. there's so many young people than would be riding the bus in san francisco and starting that routine and that practice relying on public transportation as their major mode of getting around. again, i wanted to thank you for championing the effort. >> supervisor haney: thank you. president walton. >> supervisor walton: thank you chair haney. i'm going to be brief. my colleagues have said everything and i know we had a thorough hearing on the item last week. i want to reemphasize, this is
the best time to do this pilot in a fiscally responsible manner and because we owe it to mt a to do everything we can to get people back on our buses and rail system and reducing the barrier of cost when we can afford it is the right thing to do for muni and its ridership. thank you supervisor preston for bringing this forward and i look forward to continuing to support this. >> supervisor haney: thank you president walton. we said a lot about this at the last hearing. i do want to say that, and maybe it was only something reported publicly, and we knew it at the time, there was an article that put out there that muni ridership was at 30% of prepandemic levels. if that doesn't tell us that we need to do all we can to get people back on buses and trains, i don't know what does.
30% of prepandemic levels on muni and we're almost at 100% of congestion already even though we haven't fully opened as a city. this is urgent, this is the right time. one of the challenges that mta is facing that we talked about last time, they are experiencing some service challenges that are more related to the distancing requirements and the capacity on the buses. and i do want to reiterate that those are likely to be lessened in the coming weeks and months as we move past june 15th. and during that time when this free muni pilot would go into effect, we're going to need to do everything we can to get people on buses and trains. i also think it is important
to underscore just the economic argument around this. our residents have just been through a pandemic, many of them are still struggling. many have lost income, many are in debt. we should let them keep the money they would otherwise use on a bus or train when we so desperately need them to take buses again. it is the right thing to do and it will help put our own version of an economic stimulus by allowing people to keep the money and use it on their kids, education, small businesses, and we absolutely have the funds to do it and it doesn't in any way compete with fighting for service from muni. i'll turn it back over to you supervisor preston if you have anything to say in closing. >> supervisor preston: no additional comments other than
to thank you all for your statements of support and co-sponsorship and look forward to hopefully moving this forward and having our colleagues on the full board hear it as soon as possible. >> supervisor haney: is there a bla report on this item? >> we reported last week, the only change is the amount of appropriations increased to 12.5 million to cover the estimated reduction in fare revenues during the pilot and provide equity with paratransit riders. this would come from the covid response and economic loss reserve. if approved, the reserve balance would be $492 million after approval. we consider this to be a policy consideration for the board. >> supervisor haney: thank you. madam clerk, can we open up to
public comment please? >> clerk: yes. i wanted to note with supervisor preston being present, there are six supervisors in the remote meeting and we are a special meeting of the board of supervisors. i will check to see if there are callers in the queue. members of the public who want to speak on the item, press star 3 to be added to the queue. are there any callers in the queue for items one and two? >> there are five callers listening but no callers in the queue currently. >> clerk: thank you. >> supervisor haney: public comment is now closed. i want to make a motion to move items one and two to the full board with a positive recommendation. do i have a second? >> supervisor walton: second.
>> clerk: (roll call vote) 4 ayes and one no. >> supervisor haney: thank you supervisor preston for your leadership. >> supervisor preston: thank you. >> supervisor haney: can you call item 3? >> clerk: hearing on fiscal year 2021, nine month report. if you wish to comment on this item please call 415-655-0001 and then id 187 921 7002. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted to begin your comments. >> supervisor haney: great.
so we have a presentation on this item. mr. controller. >> i'll hand the floor over to michelle who will start the presentation and i'll join towards the end of it. >> good afternoon committee members. i'll kick off the presentation of the budget status report issued last thursday. overall, we're reporting a net improvement of $157 million since the six month report projection. as you know, the six month report, surplus was $125 million
appropriated by the board. this is in the addition to that previously identified surplus. the main factors that are driving the surplus is transfer taxes with additional very large commercial transactions than we previously projected. and new revenue driven by guidance by the state controller's office. as well as $30 million of improvement in revenues and expenditures. on the other side of the coin i guess, we are seeing additional and continued weakness in most of our other local tax revenues. particularly sales tax, business taxes and hotel tax, which we'll talk about.
we report somewhat separately on the covid emergency response revenues and expenditures. at this time we are projecting at the end of the current year we'll have about $53 million of spending authority remaining that we can apply to emergency response needs in the budget year. which is slightly less. about $23 million less than reported at the six month report. this is a high level look at the revenues. i'll pick out a few lines for you. you can see the total increase in these kind of city-wide revenues, not particular to a particular department is just under $118 million, really driven by property taxes and transfer taxes. we'll note that it's a good news
transfer tax story and transfer tax is volatile so we're just showing you the history. what we had budgeted is the dashed line and what we're projecting now is the top black line and just a reminder to folks of what a tax increase on the highest brackets in this revenue source means. we're seeing in the current fiscal year to date, a continuation of last year, a small number of transactions driving the revenue. there's 3% of the transactions giving us 75% of the revenue we see here to date. the story with property tax, i think there's a lot of continuation of the news we provided at the six month report, which is really that a
lot of this is changes in approximate policies and procedures at the state level. notably a change in the redevelopment of agencies can bank and hold on to tax increments and allocate it at a later period to the developers with whom they have agreements. we no longer do that. that means we keep more money in the current fiscal year. by far the lion's share is the state controller's guidance on charter schools. it's different in san francisco than any other county in california. we have always had the power -- taken the power of not giving 100% to the redevelopment agency and that was recognized by the state controller's office. this is a trust we looked --
>> supervisor haney: excuse me, i just have a question about the last slide before you go on. given that the increase to excess with such a significant part of the new surplus that is shown in the nine month report. can you explain more about the state controller's office guidance that changed that resulted in that, looks like a net increase of over 83 million and if we expect that increase to continue looking ahead. >> so the -- san francisco, unlike any other city or county had redevelopment that was
governed by the board of supervisors that made decisions about property tax for the city and county was making decisions about allocation of property tax increments to the redevelopment agency, unique to the state of california. the board never decided to allocate 100% of the tax increment to what is now ocii. i think the change is the state controller's office is now kind of understood that we are unique in the state in this way. we have always had what is after redevelopment, residual tax increment. they kind of recognized that we always had residual tax increment coming into the fund.
that should be factored into the calculations. it's a quirky change but meaningful because we are now recognizing the revenue from that for 2020 and 2021 and have updated going forward. i'll share this useful chart that the airport puts out. it really explains a lot of what we're seeing in local tax revenues. the red line at the bottom is the current fiscal year at fso, down from the prior year. you can see the very end of -- it's trending up, in the right
direction, that's a positive sign, it's just that the line is substantially below the historical average. so we'll keep looking at this. i think the very historical low level of employments is driving what we see in other revenue sources. such as sales tax. this is another chart that we looked at together after the six month report. this is just looking at san francisco versus some of our jurisdictions in the state that we find kind of enlightening. san francisco is per capita sales tax receipts are the bold green line formally at the top of the chart. you can see the weight of decline in the sales tax receipts per capita have dropped at -- we have outpaced the rest
of the state in terms of sales tax losses. we did that in the first pandemic, the third quarter of 2020 but the following quarter as well. so just on the side, i'm showing this for comparison. our local losses are multiples of the bay area and state. some of that is probably population shift. a lot of that is no one coming into the city for travel or tourism purposes or coming in for work purposes. we are losing sales tax from both groups of visitors. i'm going to turn it over to ben to walk through a little more of the analysis of our revenues.
here you see the budget adopted by the mayor and the board last year. what it assumed in terms of losses from the prior year across big taxes. the budget assumed we would decline $197 million from the prior year in transfer taxes and lose about $55 million in excess given discussions going on at the time of the state's budget adoption at the state legislature and all other local taxes, hotel tax, sales tax, climbing by about $144 million. those are the assumptions at the time of the budget adoption. shortly after the budget was adopted, the city began to see
an additional -- a new surge as we recall heading into the winter surge here. it became clear at that time that our expectations for the pace of the rebound here would not be equivalent to what was assumed in the adopted budget. the first quarter report, you can see here we didn't provide projections, we pulled down our projection of all local taxes significantly to look at the economic restrictions and expectations of how quickly the economy would rebound. the next set takes us to the six month mark where we see the trends and good news in the last six months. you can see the significant improvement in tax projections
from our six month report and a couple of very large transactions. we went from $200 million down earlier in the year to 181 million at the six month mark and good news we received at six months regarding charter schools, $86 million improvement there, the red bar. i think it's an interesting part of the story this year that these two factors have been driving good news and we have seen underlining deterioration of the tax base as a city. our six month report, although it reported net good news of 125 million, included in that was continued weakening. and we see the same trend play through here and on the nine month report. we've now with the most recent
updates, we have basically climbed back to our level the prior year for transfer tax, which is a significant improvement versus the losses seen in the budget. we have now received additional good news in the nine month report, this time related to residual redevelopment. and those things together, you can see transfer taxes approved since the time the budget was adopted by almost 200 million and the rest of the tax picture continues to be very anemic. we remain at about $424 million in projected across the tax base. we have had improvement as the year has gone on.
there's underlining revenue trends to watch, with a lot of the good news being driven out of these two revenue sources. michelle touched on this briefly, the report has more detail related to what is going on with department operations. we are reporting at this time about $29 million in improvement in the department operations versus the six month report. this is showing total versus budget. the majority of this improvement is being driven by departments at the top of the page here that reported larger net problems at the six month report on the revenue side in particular. it's driving up improvement across the bottom line.
the other thing i think a high level to note, the department projected operations, we don't expect any department to overspend for the year. we don't expect any need for appropriations to carry department operations through the fiscal year. there's additional detail for the covid operations budget in the report itself at a high level. overall spending has declined modestly since the last projection. some services spending more and some less, mass vaccination services are projected to spend more in the current fiscal year than we expected earlier. ppe and testing is costing less. some expenditure reduction but a larger reduction in expected revenue to offset that.
that's the result of two things. one, our claiming experience as we have worked through the years leading us to lower expected claimability than previously expected and in addition, we're starting to receive some question costs from external auditors and fema, causing us to be more concerned. net across this, we still expect the city to end in the black. it is down by about $24 million at the six month mark. nothing -- just briefly, only to highlight here an issue we are monitoring that doesn't affect the numbers at this point but worth putting a point on. i think it's somewhat
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