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>> this is the tida meeting. due to the health emergency board members are participating remotely. public comment is available for each item. members of the public who wish to comment the phone number is 415-655-0001. access code (187)023-3522. press pound, pound. when your item is called dial star 3 to be added to the queue to speak. wait until you are unmuted. you may begin your comments. you may address the board once
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per agenda item for two minutes. one. call to order. >> director richardson. >> here. >> director tsen. >> here. >> director dunlop. we have a quorum. for the record director prochnik is also on the line. >> i apologize calling from phone and having web ex router problems today. however, the show must go on. i am glad that commissioner tsen will be helping with the meeting today. thank you everyone joining in very early this morning. thank you all. please move to the next agenda item. >> item 2. general public comment. this is to allow members of the public to address the
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infrastructure and transportation committee on items that do not appear on the agenda. public comment is held on each item on the agenda. there is no public comment. >> next agenda, please. >> item 3. consent agenda. approving the minutes of march 16, 2020 meeting. >> i move approval. >> i second that motion. all in favor. aye. >> we have to do roll call? >> director richardson. >> yes. >> director tsen. >> yes. >> there are two ayes.
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item 4. update from treasure island mobility management agency on wetatimma. >> tell us where we are today. >> i am eric cordova, director for transportation authority. i am here to update you on a very exciting portion of the transportation program the ferry implementation. bob, thank you for helping me to pull up this slide deck so i can go to the next slide, bob, our agenda. i want to update you on the transportation program. the overall goals and m.o.u. we are going to execute with the water emergency transportation
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authority. really to get into more detail with a study we are preparing as it relates to the ferry from treasure island to san francisco. the next slide. real quick in terms of usury visiting mobility goals. the incentives are to have folks travel via transit, walking or biking as much as possible. did discourage the use of private cars through the tolling and paid parking that is part of the program. most importantly meeting 50/50% transit walking, biking mode versus driving peak visit mode. the map that shows here is our intent right now. we will focus on the ferry service and discussion. we are also chatting and working with patterners to the east --
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partners to the east. ac transit to establish transit service to and from the east bay. working with s.f.m.t.a. with the existing service and increasing service to san francisco. there is a plan for on island shuttle. today's topic when we are all excited about is ferry service from the new ferry terminal under construction and nearing completion to san francisco. i will talk first about the m.o.u. we crafted. we have been working for the last three to four months with the water transportation authority and tida to prepare m.o.u. to establish the framework of coordinated effort to fund, operate and add more
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ferry service to and from the island. zero mission vessel is attainable. it is something we are striving to work towards in that regard and working closely with weda from that perspective. on may 6, a couple weeks ago we were in front of the weda board and it was approved 5-0. they were excited in terms of opportunity that lies ahead. our intent is to move to the tima board next month. i can advise bob and the committee in terms of specific dates so you can have more clarity. we have to establish the tima committee and board meeting. what i want to do is go through quickly the study, scope. quickly in terms of planning, operations, costs, fare revenue analysis. this is all work to be
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completed. we want to complete here this summer. right now pass one is looking at the service plan for the island. we are referring to two services here. early service plan. seeing what we could do as early as next year knowing that the ferry terminal is going to be opening soon. we have been working with weda to establish whether or not that is a possibility. it is something they have an existing fleet of vessels. given the pandemic could use more usage. we have been talking with them regarding that. really a large focus on the ultimate service plan with ability to access and obtain electric vessels and have more need and demapped on the island
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-- demand on the island in a few years once the island continues to build out. both of those are two of the major issues and items we will review over the next few months. we are doing that right now. we are also going to establish what we consider taking a look at the peer agencies not only in the bay but other parts of the united states to get a better sense how they might approach ferry service and learn. best practices, lessons learned. under task two. that is the in depth operational analysis service plan alternatives. we are focusing on smaller boats because it is such a short run between the treasure island terminal and san francisco ferry terminal. when i say smaller boats, we are talking about in the capacity of 149 to 199 passengers with very
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high frequency. right now the thought process to have every 20 minutes ferry service back and forth which we think is attainable. as always, there is a cost associated. the operations and maintenance costs. those are the issues we will evaluate as part of the study. starting this month and into july we will get into the specifics of that. cost, fare, revenue analysis. estimating capital cost in particular for charging infrastructure. now there is no electric vessel charging infrastructure on the port of san francisco that we are aware of our on treasure island. with treasure islands under development like it is we think this is a great opportunity to include that as part of the overall package here. we think also, too, we can be successful in obtaining grants
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for the charging infrastructure and the vessel the first of its kind in the bay area. we think there is tremendous opportunity here. we are going to take a look at the ferry structure, working with weda to establish the ferry structure for approval by tima and weda. they would be the public agency implementer and carrier of the ferry system. that happens in the summertime. task four now. i want to advise you that we have established a very good working relation with weda to cord nate with the port of san francisco in terms of specifics where the boat would or might dock. looking at other partners, in particular the transit district.
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they operate ferries. as part of any peer group we want to get some potential lessons learned from their end p.we are on schedule to complete by august timeframe in 2021. that is an overview of where we are at today in terms of ferry service planning. i am open to any questions you might have. thank you. >> thank you again for being here. i will yield to commissioner tsen to ask questions. i will have questions for you as well. thanks for that presentation. commissioner tsen. >> thank you so much for the update, eric. we have been looking forward to
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your report and hearing about the ferry service. that is such an important link between treasure island and the mainlands and the ferry building. it will be an exciting event when that opens. it will allow more mobility for the residents and be able to bring visitors to the island. very, very important link in our overall transit plan. you said that you will finish the study by august. when will you be able to report back to this commission on the results of that study? >> my thought process we should be able to report back no later than august. maybe a touch point before that. i would work with bob in that regard. one of the things i did fail to mention. my apologies. we are looking at inter lining of existing routes that weda has
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for exampling fromala need de to see if there -- alameda to see if there is a synergy that can work for the island that is part of the service planning effort. >> there are other points in the bay area that will have access by ferry to the island? >> exactly. part of a study there is another component be looking at touch points on the waterfront. we are excited about that. that is phase two after the august timeframe. we will be at least delving into the potentials. others have said it would be nice to have waterfront ferry along the waterfront there. we don't want to ignore that thought process and keep that in mind as we embark in our work. >> that is great to have more connections along the bay and have access to treasure island.
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i am glad you mentioned that. i would like to ask when you do the analysis and this is something we mentioned before when it comes for ferry service. whether they handle bicycles. how do you bring passengers who want to bring their bicycles to treasure island and part of the effort and capital into creating those wonderful bicycle lanes, pedestrian lanes and bicycle lanes as well. what is the planning for the storage of bicycles on the ferries? >> right. right now we definitely understand that is a large component of the effort. we are excited about the bicycle
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connection. we envision bike sharing and at the transit terminal where folks can store the bike if they like for sure. i also think that electric bikes are now at the forefront more than in the past. that is something to plan for as part of the overall programming. the issue to bring bikes to the boat is one a question how long it takes to load and unload and the ability to -- where to put them. we have to look at all of that as we do this work and we will. >> i am just asking that you really pay attention to that element. these small vessels i don't know how much they can accommodate, and i noted this before. one thing is to look at other places in the bay area that have a lot of bicycle activity.
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sausilito was getting 5,000 bikes each day at one time. i don't know the volume. you will have rental facilities on the island. still, i would not underestimate the desire of bicycles to come on and how can we accommodate them. you are right, the difficulty is essential the loading and unloading. it also dovetails with the ferry terminal platform as well. i look forward to when you come back to have ass on that so that we -- have some answers on that so we can gauge the effectiveness. that certainly should be in the plan. >> we will definitely do that. that is why we want to
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coordinate with the golden gate district for lessons learned. >> the other thing i applaud you for looking at zero emission vessels. that is something maybe even five years ago would not have been a possibility or something to be considered. i am glad as we are building the ferry terminal now for treasure island to look into those to charge. i don't know if there are solar charges. do you know? >> the thought process right now is electric charging. >> that is a wonderful progress to be able to think we might have ferry service and that the emissions would be zero. that is great. those are the comments that i have for now.
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>> thank you, commissioner tsen and to everyone. this is linda richardson. i am calling from the phone. i have some questions for you. it is very comforting from your opening statement that you now have a very robust relationship with weda. that is very significant. i know that agency has had a change in organization structure within last year or so and it is great. at some point the underlying this committee would like to invite weta and host so that we can use the opportunity to talk about what is going on so we can
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host the new director in there. first question has to do with zero emission vehicles. you mentioned that no one in the region has these so tida is first. there is currently no charging stations. what can we begin to embark on to make sure we have this electric charge stations that will be based and the planning processes, acquisition of equipment and all of that? i would like for you to shed light on that. that is my first question. >> sure. you are very astute that as part of the development here with the new infrastructure it is so
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important to plan for and do the appropriate engineering to understand what we must do to charge vessels like this as well as charge the electric type vessels from other forms of transit. we are going to work with treasure island development authority and with the development staff to make sure that we do that planning now. i think that is a very important area for us to be able to show, in particular, to weta, we can charge the vessels here. right now there is none of that capability within the system from what we understand. they are planning for it. we believe that is an important item as we move forward and embark in the long-term relationship with weta. we are starting that work already in terms of planning for that. >> we would like to have involved with that. this would be great if we can
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make opportunity and be the first in the region and probably everywhere that we look into land yumaster plan to -- land use for the master plan so people from oakland can come in and charge there and we can charge them. another way to make revenues, another way to promote the island about sustainable transportation, innovation. this would be significant. another opportunity to provide business opportunities, also. this is very, very exciting. it is part of the development of the island. we keep telling people everywhere we are doing things here that nobody anywhere has ever done. looking to the innovation and
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sometimes it is great. i will challenge you sometime to write op-ed to let people know how we are treating transportation here, how we have infrastructure, bicycles, what we are doing on treasure island. we are a model. sometimes as part of our educational outreach we need to let people know about that. second question. we would like to look at the m.o.u. that was may 6 that it was approved. it is now to the tima board maybe to the director. do we have an m.o.u. to look at? >> definitely. i have provided bob the packet that went on may 6 to the weta
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board with the attachment which is the m.o.u. itself. bob and the development team looked at this. i am more than happy to make sure you look at that. >> all of these agreements we would like to look at them and see how the obligations are aligned and issued and for historical and also for the management of that. please as soon as we can have that that would be extremely important. please if you could have that before august, it would be great. i know you are working very hard. we know that. anytime you have any of this information, make sure that we will get that.
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there are issues that i know candidate for discussion but will be remiss not to touch on baseicly not in detail where we are so our next meeting we would like to entertain just to tell us briefly what has transpired since it has been a long time for the public to let them know that we are going to put that on the full calendar. can you tell us briefly what is going on with the tolling? i understand there are significant welcoming things on the way. >> what we are doing right now is we have had some outreach with the public, with the businesses to what we have been working with them on a co-creation session. better understanding concerns as it relates to tolling to make
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sure we craft an affordability plan that works. we had those meeting as of late. we anticipate coming to the tida board and timma board in the late summer, early fall of this year with recommendations based on what we have analyzed as well as input from the public. that is where we stand as of today. >> that is great. i know that the outreach is out there in the community. yes, please, it is an action item. let us know what kind of progress you are making on that. third, and last question i have, the upgrades with regards to caltran? what are the issues? how can we help here to move the
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dial? >> thank you for asking that question. right now i want to update you on what we refer to as the west side bridges project. basically the retrofit and replacement of bridge stork turs on the west side of the island. we completed design and are making request to the state of california for additional federal highway bridge programs seismic retrofit funds. one issue. that program is over subscribed. in essence, not enough money to go around just in layman's terms. we would appreciate any support you can give us in terms of working towards. we have been applying for funds in different pots of money. we worked with bob for letters of support. we will come to you for support for the time funding. it is shelf ready for construction right now. we are talking about close to
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overall when you include construction management, administration close to $100 million along that west side for improvements. we are working with the state for additional funding. we believe it will take a mix of us working with our partner in the region as well as the state and federal government to obtain the final funding for it. >> yes. this is significant. we cannot complete development of treasure island without that seismic upgrade. it is just that. i am glad you are measuring it. it needs to be escalated and with the city helping us and with tida we would like to move the dial. you know that the housing
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construction and all of those things are going on you just mentioned about the ferries and all of this wonderful transportation improvements, seismic. it is $100 million. we heard about the infrastructure federal grant and no the state of california right now has some money to look at. i know that we have very -- people at the state level including state governor and legislators that also know the significance and sign on on treasure island. they know you cannot do anything without the seismic upgrade that is the bottom line. it is a dangerous thing. if we do not do that, we cannot have people on the island. please keep us informed.
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from this meeting talk to us here and talk to the commissioner tsen. we are on top of this and working diligently, thank you, bob. we would like to escalate this as soon as possible so we can get the powers involved and resolve this timeline issue. it is 2022 is just around the corner. we are now doing that. it is a setback in our milestone. thank you. we would like to talk to you after this meeting and the director and the commissioner tsen to see how we can get the city and state to help us with
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this. >> can i ask you a question, please. >> sure, please. >> thank you. thank you for the presentation. i am excited about the electric ferries. i know they are in europe and around the world. it is great to bring them here. one of the plans i saw. the ferry has electric bikes by the ferry stations set up. have we considered a charging station by the ferry dock to be used for the ferry and bikes and cars? >> actually we are doing that and taking a look at it comprehensively the need as it relates to electric bike charging to see what the vessel would need for the ferry and other type of transit charging that might be needed on the island.
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in my opinion we have a rare opportunity to appropriately plan for it. it is more difficult when you have to do it call it on the san francisco side with a lot of obstacles to deal with. >> good point. i am excited. are you looking at back up power on the island to make sure there is a full charge that is local? >> that is something that we are frankly i need to bring that forth in terms of mind set here to see how best to go ahead and plan for any potential back up system, etc. we are just at that. i appreciate that comment. >> i am excited you are collaborating. there are federal dollars. this is a perfect demo for financial assistance. the other question is on equity. with the ferry system, is there a tiered system for residents of different incomes to have
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benefits for the ferry so they are not incentivized to drive the car? >> we are looking at equity and affordability. i know that weta embarked on the same mindset. we will work with them in that regard to establish a program here that accounts for and is responsive to the need in that regard. >> thank you. i think your point on responsiveness is so important. as the city brings these new components that are expensive. the vision of clean energy future to make sure costs are affordable and equitable. >> one final point we have established a good working relationship with the resources district there are opportunities for grants on the zero emissions side across the board. that is something we are working
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diligently as part of the overall plan here. >> both commissioners said can you add this to remarks on the partnerships what is able to be financed by the city or by other grants to help implement these great ideas? >> yes, definitely. that will be part of the financial side of the house here when we come back with draft recommendations or alternatives, we will make sure we include that. >> thank you so much. i appreciate the work you and your team are doing. >> thank you, commissioner. any question, commissioner tsen before we let him go today? do you have any other thing to add? >> no, i don't have any nor
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questions. thank you, eric. we look forward to hearing from you in the fall when you finish your analysis. >> thank you. >> eric, as always, your agency is top-notch. i want to thank you again. this is exciting. we would like to entertain you as soon as possible, especially with the planning of the stations. thank you so much. let me ask are there public questions before we let him go? >> there is no public comment. >> okay. thank you again, eric. i look forward to seeing you. next thing on the agenda, please. >> wayfinding signage update. item 5. >> good morning.
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.i am with the landscape architecture to give a recap of the wayfinding signage -- way finding signage program. i want to give recap of the approved signage program and preview of the first couple of signs we have planned. the cmg working with the signage
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master plan in 2015. that was presented and approved by both treasure island by the tida board. we put up more detail. we took the sane age to 90% design level. in october i presented and gave you a recap of the signage. there were questions around accessibility and the bicycle wayfinding signage. i will go into more detail about that toed. we gave that in december to the cab and then today i am
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following up. the signage master plan is the framework guiding everything that i am showing you today. that is approved by the board several years ago in 2015. a lot of the signs today are still from this master plan. the goal is later this year to develop the final design and content. right now they are in early planning. we will be back with final graphics. it has the look and feel of the signs and content to be included. we worked with hunt design, national designer that worked at the national mall and projects with the golden gate national recreation area. that master plan is the materials and colors and types of signs for different users, motorists, bicycles and pedestrians. it also discusses code
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compliance and union i verial design and accessibility. for the master plan we looked at great projects around the world and took inspiration from the colors and materials of the san francisco bay for the signs. this is what the signs will look like. content is draft. the concept and what is unique about the signs. the content on one side. you will have the way signing information on the front and back is opportunity to include art or interpretive information about the history or ecology of the island. the signs are in user types, some for pedestrians and motorists and bicyclists. we know that the tida board sets high standards for accessibility. we have been working closely with the public works
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accessibility director and the lighthouse for the blind to develop the programming. we know we need to meet code we want to exceed that and do the best we can with the signage program as accessible as possible. some of the best things are simple. making sure that the text and font is large and highly visible and high contrast of the message in the background. it is the placement of the sign that is important. we want to place them to be visible. they need to be add adjacent to accessible material and pathways so people who use the signs. they need to be at comfortable heights for mobility impaired users. we will also be including universal icons. those are important for ease of
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understanding. they are important for international visitors and residents which english is not their first language. you can see calling out different programs like hiking trails, restrooms or regulatory signs like no smoking. other accessibility features to be incorporated are things like push boxes to read the text of signs, transit stops could have push buttons for the next trip. and there are tactile signs. some won't be in the first phase. it doesn't include the shuttle stop. that comes later. in speaking with the signage be experts. the textile signs are not easy to change. we want to incorporate when the major construction detours are finished.
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we don't want them to be inaccurate. that may be a later phase of the signage design. as we locate the signs on the islands we want to make sure we are looking at the circulation routes and placing in the key locations where people can make way finding signage decisions. starting with arrival at ferry, how we greet people when they get off, main routes through retail and historic, the waterfront destinations and range of parks and other programs we want called out very clearly. the first signs people will encounter as they disembark from the ferry is the digital display in water front plaza. this is a large sign that easy to change. it has up-to-date information to be swapped out on regular basis to let people know transit information or latest events on the island.
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that is the first stop for those planning the visit. from there at a lot of the park entries are the banner signs that include maps to orient to islands and destinations. we work with the signage consultant to make these panels. they look like one sign. it is a three panel system so the map can be swapped out as the island the built out. over time that will change so we want to give people the best information. at the bottom is where we can use the icons to call out programs and amenities available nearby. the back of the signs can also be used for additional information like historical
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information. there will be more simple wayfinding signage to help people navigate between the various sites and sign that call out the easiest ways to destinations. getting into building one and the accessible pathway to the beach will be called out as well. importantly, the trails have a different standard that we will be using. these standards are recommended by the american access board. it includes obstacles so people know what to expect before they start out on the trail. at the major trail head there will be information like link of trail concrete or come tact earth, width and scope of the trail. those signs will be at continuous points around the
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trail system. it will look like this to let people know what to expect so they can make the best decisions about which path to use. all of signs and locations that i have called out so far are part of the first phase of the project. this is a many year project. as the project is built additional signs will be included to help people find those as well. bicycle way finding signage has its own best practices we are incorporating. best practices for sign age include the distance and time to the destination. so people know what to expect. it is best to limit the signs to two to three destinations since people are traveling quickly on a bike and don't have that much time to read.
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signs include bike icons so it is clear who the audience is and similar would be pedestrian signs we want them to be high contrast. i think earlier on the call we have great bike facilities. we want to know where to find them. we look at the different tracks and the bay trail around the island and the facilities in the street to call out where people should be or which bike path people should use. the bike sane age will look like -- signage will look like this at entries and decision points. people will come from the causeway to the best bike route. people leaving from the ferry plaidza will point to the cycle tracks. where the bike facilities meet.
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one where the cycle and bay trail split. this lets them know which route leads to the various destinations. on yerba buena island there are signs so when people are off the bay bridge and come across the causeway at the major intersections letting them know which direction to go. there are a few regulatory signs letting bikes to know to walk or ride. at the ferry will be more congested. that is a bicycle dismount zone. what i am showing now is the signage. as it is built out there will be additional signs. finally, the first two interpretive signs are in
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concept development right now. they are a great way to teach people about the history or ecology of the island. we envision these in a lot of different styles. we have different architects to design them to fit in the context of the park spaces where they will fit. the first sign that we are plans is the port chicago trial. that was the important trial that happened on yerba buena island following the disaster and the trial that followed and the public outrage. that was de segregation of the navy that occurred on yerba buena island. we want people to go about that event. that sign is being planned for infinity point, the western point on yerba buena island
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designed by a design studio landscape architect. working on the content of the sign where the museum. now the concept for the sign is to have metal panels. you can see them here. affixed to the remnant water tank at the major overlook at infinity point. as people read and learn about the disaster and trial they are looking in the direction of port chicago in the east bay. you can see where those signs will below indicated adjacent to the main overlook at infinity point. the second interpretive sign is about habitat management and the island stormwater treatment. we have a range of diverse habitats on the island. we are working with the san francisco department of restoration project and we have
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innovative stormwater treatment plan treating runoff from streets and development. we want to teach people about that as they look at the basins. that sign we are working with the san francisco department of environment on the content for it for habitat management and great restoration work they are doing out there. you can see we are in the first development of these signs. we will be working on them more throughout the summer and coming back with more information and more details and content for both of those signs. next up for the way finding signage. through oust summer we will look for hunt design and the different city agencies to finalize the graphics. we will return to the board to review those with you. after that we will look for fab
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fabricatetor. those drawings will go to the city to review the signage. when approved the signs will be fabricated. the first signs will be installed on yerba buena island in early 2022. that is the briefing for today. i am happy to take any questions you might have. >> thank you so much. it is a wonderful presentation. i am going to -- i think it will be great to have for members of this committee to have the information. i was looking at the old one we have to make a comparison, and i will not be able to do that.
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we would like to look at these plans that you presented today so that we can go item by item. that is the purpose of this committee to be able to look at things very closely and so that we can if guide the process. number one. i am going to yield to commissioner tsen. after her let commissioner prochnik and i will ask my specific questions. again, thank you for the presentation. commissioner tsen please go ahead with your questions and comments. >> lauren, thank you. that was an excellent presentation. you have been before us before and we have given you our comments along the way. i am glad to see the many suggestions we have made to improve the bicycle signage to
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address the ada issues, all of that certainly has been incorporated. i very much appreciate that. there is perhaps one comment that i would like to make. that is about the interpretive signage and what an opportunity there is right now for us to incorporate ways that actually teach our youth as well as just various visitors who come to the island about the ecology, the history you have with the port chicago trial. you have to incorporate that and about the natural environment. i find that when you had these interpretive signs people can learn more about their
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surroundings and go deeper into what they see there. it is really a great way to educate. i wonder whether you have touched base with the exploratorium which has done quite a bit along the other side of the waterfront on the mainlands side of the waterfront. they are doing interpretive signs. i think they can do something for us which goes beyond because they involve signs into it. i think particularly for the youth and for the youth living on the island to find out to learn about what is there on the island would be great. i am not saying just exploratorium, academy of
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science. we have institutions in our community, educational institutions that could be brought in to give more information and to give you insight into what can be done. the exploratorium has done really some great work on fuel stations where the signs are so you can measure things over time whether it is wave action or air quality or wind directions. i think there are some things that can be done in a very active way. perhaps you could look into that. other than that, i think you have done a great job and i appreciate the work you have done so far. >> thank you very much. commissioner prochnik. >> thank you again.
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i appreciate the update. thanks for taking all of the different suggestions and incorporating them. i have a question. on one of the last board meetings we brought up the local community center and the kids working on projects about the native americans that lived on the island in the area and changing names and having more input in the discussion. have we coordinated on those efforts and started looking at different pieces to work in the local knowledge into the signs and way finder components? >> we are in the beginning process of looking into that. >> i will look forward to an update with the information from them.
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thank you. >> one more thing. the very beginning of the presentation she mentioned the electric sign. you are going to needy electricity to power that sign. from the previous presentation if we could set up a micro grid or energy station where that sign is going to be we can ensure that is readable. our wise when the power is out that sign is out. if that is a main center focus that needs to be powered by solar or clean energy that is always on. >> lauren, the solar power of those signs is that something you have looked into? >> i don't believe we have. i know that some of the smaller
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features like the bus stops where you have the audio buttons or interpretive signs, some of those can be powered by solar. we can look into it. right now it would be powered off the island electrical grid. that is a good suggestion to look into. >> thank you again, lauren, for the wonderful presentation. we would like to get the full presentation. let me dive in accentuate the educational aspect of the signage. it is about everything, treasure island and yerba buena island and the engagement with the schools and it is a learning center. i think it is important in the design of the art that we get
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the youth involved. i envision a lot of field trips, not just from san francisco kids but from all over the region, from all over other places coming to treasure island. why? we are going to have open spaces and parks and they are going to be so nice. one thing we are accentuating before and the information how to be digital. i am thinking here relevance to the ada. officially impaired people in our city in the region also are sensitive about those points. as we said earlier on and i know you have incorporated some ideas to make sure whoever you are,
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you come to treasure island you will be able to enjoy it. especially those visually impaired on the bike trails and the places when they land on the island. we need to go the extra mile to really accommodate their needs. all of us on the main land in san francisco through all of these years and decades observed how limited even in a progressive city like san francisco, the development of treasure island is to show the world how we can be innovative and do things differently. these projects allow us to go beyond the duty to show how people with live well. i would like to at some point look at where all of the digital signs are, whether or not they are voice activated, what they look like in relationship if i
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am driving or riding my bike on the trail what measures do we make in there? i think that would be great. i know you have this to help us pull that toeing. we are going to look at that. i am glad that you are working with the treasure island for the port chicago exhibit. that is a great piece. at some point we would like to see what you come out with. that would be extremely pertinent. lastly, when are you planning to come before this committee again? when are you going to go to production? >> we will be in production toward the end of this year. the plan is to work on the
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detailed graphics for the signs. reaching out more to other organizations to finalize those. we plan to return to you later in the summer to review those in more detail. >> that would be great. one suggestion here that the exploratorium are doing wonderful things. all of these agencies are partners. what we have done is look at the agencies, city agencies, commission on environment and exploratorium, all are doing things we wanted to incorporate and work with them. please take that advice and see how we can look at what they are doing and how we can all collaborate together. i would like to entertain you again at that time. it is great to have the presentation so we can spend
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time to look at that. everything that you said today is great. incorporate a lot of stuff. there might be things we do not want to miss that working together. if we could have all of the presentation ahead of time it would be great. thank you again for all of the work that you have been doing. we look forward to hosting you again. i am going to ask the public to ask questions before we let you go. >> there is no public comment. >> no public comments. thank you. we look forward to seeing you soon. >> thank you. >> you are welcome. next thing on the agenda. >> item 6. discussion of future agenda items by directors.
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>> commissioners, are there any discussions? i think for the next agenda, of course, some of the issues we touch about today i will leave that to the directors and the negotiations to inform us on what the agenda should be. that is no problem. okay. next thing on the agenda. >> meeting is adjourned. >> thank you, commissioners. and all of the members of the public watching us today. we look forward to seeing you soon. this meeting is adjourned. thank you all.
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>> you're watching "coping with covid-19" with chris manners. today's special guest is katie birdbaum. >> hi, i'm chris manners and you're watching "coping with covid-19." my guest is katie birdbalm. she's here today to talk about san francisco city programs which transforms city streets into car-free spaces. the program's beginning to start up again. ms. birdbalm, welcome to the show. >> thank you, chris, i'm excited to be here. >> before we get into the details, can you give us a brief overview of how it works.
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>> yeah. it's san francisco's open streets program and it was founded in 2008 as a mayoral initiative under mayor gavin newsome the now governor. the climate change equity program. to be able to transform our streets. the community spaces allow communities historically underserved and suffer from higher rates of preventable diseases can be connected to healthy eating, active living activities and really connect to the rest of the city as well and so that's how we got started in 2008. >> i know that some small scale events started up again in april. could you police man where they were. how they managed safety and what they managed to do? >> yeah. absolutely. we still are in the waning days of the pandemic. we're there, so we do have some
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safety protocols in place. but we really were able to bring back sunday streets this april. we celebrated the opening of a biking and walking path in the bayview indian basin shoreline. we were able to offer fitness classes and things like that as well as covid-19 testing. along the water front and a way for people to basically celebrate our new walking and biking path and be able to get outside and exercise while still being totally safe in terms of covid compliance and plenty of social distancing and ability to control who and where you're around. >> that's great. what can we look forward to in may? i've heard there's going to be new ways to celebrate carnival and cinco de mayo. >> yeah.
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so one thing we've been partnering with san francisco and carnival. there are a lot of large festivals. they've had to change some of their programming to compliance needs and the health and safety needs of our community, but that does not stop the fabulous spirit of carnival coming to san francisco. but we're going to continue our partnership this year and they're going to continue a health and wellness fair. so they're able to access the critical covid-19 resources and also be able to experience some beautiful cultural performances in a safe, compliant format. we're able to do that with them again this year, so we're really excited to bring that program back out and we're helping offer some fitness classes around their health and safety fairs. that's going to be a beautiful way to celebrate spring and celebrate the culture that san
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francisco is known for around the world and then also with that, we're going to be doing a bike ride with them on cinco de mayo, so helping support the latino taskforce food hub and they're organizing a bike ride and active living. we're going to be supporting that and riding out with carnival on cinco de mayo. >> that's cool. we haven't talked about walkway weekends yet. is that an ongoing event? >> yeah, so walkway weekend is one of the anchor sites for this year. so, you know, as part of covid compliance, we're not able to do big events, but we're doing a lot of smaller activation city rides and walkway weekends in chinatown is one of our anchor sites throughout the year. so we were able to access grant avenue car-free, that's from california to washington car-free every saturday from
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11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and it's full with kind of the beautiful culture and art that is chinatown all the time. kind of a fun way to experience that with plenty of extra room in the street. also, as little extra room for us to have things like a lion dance. there's an exhibition that's there every saturday. we're also going to be offering some fitness classes as well as other cultural programming as we're allowed to do it as things open up. >> these events take a lot of planning. i require a variety of resources to get off the ground. i know you work closely with the sfmta and the department of public health to organize them, but could you talk a little bit about the partnerships that make the sunday streets program possible and explain why they're so important? >> yeah. absolutely. sunday streets really at its core, you know, i work for a nonprofit called "livable city"
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and we hold the city streets program and at the center of it, it's been a partnership program. so they're transforming miles anywhere from 1 to 4 miles of city streets into car-free community spaces filling those with community groups, nonprofits, business activities and just kind of unique san francisco treasures wanting to bring their specialness to the streets. it really has always been a partnership program. it's quite literally magic when all of these streets can transform within just a couple of, you know, we end up doing it in about 30 to 45 minutes where we transform 1 to 4 miles of streets into car-free community spaces. every city agency supports it as well as hundreds of community partners. it's a whole family of partners that are stepping forward to make sure that that space and that opportunity is being offered to the community in san francisco. >> could you talk about the
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four concepts of sunday streets. i understand you have something in the planning stages for october and, do you think our residents will be ready for large events by then? >> well, we do have something brewing for october and very much, you know, to answer your question, are people going to be ready to be together and in crowds again? that is part of our strategy for the rides together season as we are starting now with small, like i said, very small comfortable, safe format with not that many people at it, so people can start getting used to being out and about again, right and that it is an activity that can be safe and enjoyable and really just start getting their feet wet in that type of community activity. so the hope is that, you know, we are able to throughout the spring and summer and into the early parts of the fall really get people used to being again
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in community again for ability for us to be able to come back in full force, sometime in the late fall. so we're looking at october is what we're looking at and the hopes is that we can actually create miles of streets for us to come out and celebrate in. you know, we're obviously going to be watching the public health directives and as they unfold and follow them and make sure we're keeping all the community members safe and we'll make adjustments as needed. but the way things are trending right now, we should be able to be out together by the fall in a way that looks and feels a lot more like it used to for sunday streets. >> i'm really excited to see the city open up again and what you're doing with the sunday streets program is promising. and i want to thank you for coming on the show today. this has been really encouraging. >> thank you, chris. we're excited to see everybody out in the streets sometime
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when it's safe. >> thanks again. that's it for this episode. we'll be back with more updates shortly. you've been watching "coping with covid-19." for sfgov tv, i'm chris manners. >> it was an outdoor stadium for track and field, motorcycle and auto and rugby and cricket located in golden gate park, home to professional football, lacross and soccer. adjacent to the indoor arena. built in the 1920s. the san francisco park commission accepted a $100,000 gift from the estate to build a memorial in honor of pioneers in the area. the city and county of san francisco contributed an additional $200,000 and the stadium was built in a year. in the 1930s it was home to
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several colleges such as usf, santa clara and st. mary's for competition and sporting. in 1946 it became home to the san francisco 49ers where they played nearly 25 years. the stayed de yam sat 60,000 fans. many caught game the rooftops and houses. the niners played the last game against the dallas cowboys january 3, 1971 before moving to candlestick park. the stadium hosted other events before demolition in 1989. it suffered damages from the earthquake. it was reconstructed to seat 10,000 fans with an all weather track, soccer field and scoreboards. it hosts many northern california football championship games. local high schools sacred heart and mission high school used the
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field for home games. the rivalry football games are sometimes played here. today it is a huge free standing element, similar to the original featuring tall pink columns at the entrance. the field is surrounded by the track and used by high school and college football and soccer. it is open for public use as well. >> covid-19 emergency. the citizens' bond oversight committee is able to meet in person. each speaker will be allowed three minutes to speak. comments or opportunities to speak during the public comment period are available by phone