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>> i want to note that commissioner preston is joining
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usury moatly today. madam clerk, i want to thank our sfgovtv producer michael. with that, madam clerk, please call the roll. >> for members of the public to participate in this board meeting we welcome your attendance in person in the legislative chamber. room 250 city hall or watch cable channel 26 and stream live at for those wishes to make public comment remotely dial 415-655-0001. enter access code 24958718322. press pound and pound again. you will be able to listen to
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the meeting in realtime. when public comment is called for the item to speak on press star 3 to be added the queue to speak. do not press again or you will be removed. when you are unmuted the operator will be advising you two minutes to speak. then we will move to the next caller. calls are taken in order received. speak slowly and clearly and turndown volume of the aiddio. commenters first from the members in add attendance in the chamber then from remote speakers on the telephone line. thank you. roll call. commissioner chan. >> present. >> commissioner dorsey. >> present. >> commissioner mandelman.
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>> present. commissioner moore. >> present. >> commissioner melgar. >> present. >> commissioner peskin. >> here. >> commissioner preston. >> present. >> commissioner ronen. >> present. >> commissioner safai. >> absent. commissioner stefani. present. commissioner walton. >> present. we have a quorum. >> thank you. i know that commissioner walton will be needing to leave at 11:30 a.m. i will move to excuse at that time. madam clerk, could you please call item 2. final approval of the resolution making findings to allow
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teleconference meetings under california gold section 54953e. action item. >> thank you. at our last meeting of the board of supervisors a number of us expressed desire to see this not appear again on a board of supervisors agenda. i feel similarly about having this item not appear again on our ta agenda unless colleagues have strong feelings otherwise. it makes sense to give us one more month. we have one colleague appearing remotely today. another month is fine. in the interim i am planning to take advantage of the rule 3.26 which allows the chair to limit public testimony to 30 minutes per item. i will be doing that going forward at least for this month.
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we should probably take public comment on this item. this applies for the community advisory for the next 30-day to enable the transportation board to conduct meetings in person with one or more attending remotely. it would earn able the communite committee to meet remotely. this applies to transportation authority board and community advisory committee for next 30-days.
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>> let's open up to public comment. i don't see anyone in the chamber. any remote public comment? >> checking for remote on item 2. there is no public comment. >> public comment on item 2 closed. motion to approve item 2? moved by walton. second by mar. could you please call the roll. >> commissioner chan. aye. >> dorsey. >> aye. >> commissioner mandelman. >> aye. >> commissioner mar. >> aye. >> commissioner melgar. >> aye. >> commissioner peskin. >> aye. >> commissioner preston. >> aye. >> commissioner ronen. >> aye.
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commissioner stefani. >> aye. >> commissioner walton. >> aye. >> we have 10 ayes. the item is approved. >> thank you, madam clerk. item 3. >> item 3. chair's remarks. this is an information item. >> i do have remarks today. i want to start by welcoming our newest colleague. commissioner matt dorsey. welcome to that swearing in where you say transportation authority. here you are. glad to have you. moving on. i want to highlight the delivery of two signature prop k projects over the last month. first off we celebrated the long-awaited opening of the m.t.a. improvements project april 1st. that including the city first ever bus route on the transit corridor and new traffic smalls,
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crosswalks and lighting and under ground utilities. i had the pleasure to joining ribbon-cutting with stefani, melgar and safai. that was a great opportunity to appreciate the many benefits of this project for transit riders, pedestrian safety and hard work that went into this accomplishment. i want to recognize the ta's role leading the planning stages providing $45 million to support every phase of the project and reit thanks to our funding partners and staff and construction crews who planned, funded delivered this may beingover. any discussion has to come with recognition it was a long time coming and real test endurance. i know we are all hoping this is
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an opportunity for city agencies to learn important lessons about delivering these kind of major transportation capital projects. we hope they are diligently working to incorporate lessons in upcoming projects. we at the ta, vice chair peskin and i have been working with ta staff to make that more than hope. to try to do sort of some real work this spring with relevant city agencies and come back. we hope in june. we might talk more about this. with the results of that working group. it is important to recognize the benefits to transit riders already being seen with muni and golden gate transit reported 35% faster travel times in the first month of the brt service. that is great.
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secondly, commissioner stefani and i got to go out and join for the opening of battery bluffs. a new six acre park envisioned by the parkway designer two decades ago. we were joined buys his family as well. the transportation authority was the early champion leading through environmental approves for $170 million of the funds with the public private partnership to deliver on time and within budget. i want to congratulate presidene former executive director who was there with his mom, which
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was very sweet, along with director chang. i hope we will be able to fund be and deliver great projects like they with sales tax renewal measures this board supported we are working to put on the balvote consideration this fall. more at today's board meeting. finally, i want to take a moment to thank and recognize the deputy director of capital projects derek c ordova after 20 years of service including oversight consultant. incredible asset to the ta and city and delivered major infrastructure on the federal agencies.
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we thank you for your amazing service to the city. you are a native of san francisco. i know this is a passion for you. we have a little certificate for you which we will be presenting in -- i will present in appreciation of your dedication and leadership over as many years. we all want to wish you happy retirement and the very best going forward. i want to ask ifner -- othercommissioners want to sy anything. >> you have been cool, calm, steady, on budget which we do not see in major capital projects. be missed. thank you for your service and professionalism and time and attention you paid to every
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single detail. >> thank you, vice chair peskin. commissioner ronen. >> completely agree. working with you is such a pleasure. you are always so skill full. we will miss you very much. thank you for everything you have done for san francisco. >> we would all be at your going-away party this afternoon if it were not happening in the middle of the board of supervisors meeting. clearly a sign they did not want us to attend. >> i can understand. we would like to get a photo with you. we invite you to the well. all of the commissioners will get up for a picture.
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(applause). that was my chair's remarks. we should open that to public comment. i do not see nip in the chamber. we will look for remote public comment. >> remote public comment on item 3. there is no public comment.
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>> public comment on item 3 closed. please call item 4. >> item 4. executive director's report. information item. >> director chang. >> good morning, commissioners. i will begin with an update from in april we hosted israel transport and road safety minister and director general along with the offices. it was an honor to receive the delegation to exchange experiences on the topics of rapid transit, managing mobility and the treasure island mobility management program. you may or may not know they approved the peak period pricing program for the city of tel aviv. the goals are reduce congestion
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and increase transit. the funds are to improve the metro project. turning to other updates. in late april the high-speed rail authority approved the final e.i.r./ers for high-speed veil. valley to valley link to progressing high-speed rain to the bay area. with this clearance nearly 400 miles between bay area and northern l.a. county is clear as well as section between burbank and los angeles. next document to be considered will be san jose. update on downtown congratulations to the vice chair of the transbay joint powers authority last month as well to reelection of chair
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jeff gee invited by the two chair and vice chair. there were several notable achievements last year. including the new executive director and the caltrain downtown rail extension manager. the team obtained entry to the federal program. completed $400 million in savings and deferrals and secured local bond including approval of san francisco bos. we support the work in partnership with multiple state, local and regional agencies and update to caltran finance committee and secured the endorsements for project for state and federal funds. i want to wish directors walton and commissioner ronen for the support. m.t.c. update regarding the major project advancement
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policy. major regional priority exercise for the m.t.c. for competitive funding programs. almost two decades they are refreshing the major project advancement project to help with regional support for common set of major transportation projects around the region. this is timely and important after last fall and how important it is to be effective in speaking with one voice as bay area. this is to achieve that consensus on capital project funding to improve our success rate and grants that are coming out including the muni core capacity and metro modernization. m.t.c. is providing updates to the committee tomorrow on this policy and focus of commission workshop later this month. a advocacy trip to washington,
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d.c. in june. commission expects to adopt this policy in july. thank you to commissioner ronen for leadership on behalf of san francisco. turning to the local level. very happy to receive the caltrans planning grant $642,000 in april for brotherhood way active transportation open space planning effort. supported by commissioners melgar and safai. to improve the connections through engle side neighborhood to the city core active transportation and regional transit including bart. we engaged to support the ocean view site and reenvision the access to seven acres of land adjacent to brotherhood way. it will kickoff this fall and we anticipate completion in 2024.
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m.t.c. received $500,000 occupancy verification grant to assist detection of occupancy in vehicles for carpooling. they received $1.15 million grant for the muni metro core capacity planning study. this is good news. it matches prop k funds which you approved last month to help muni plan liability improvements for the metro system. turning to some neighborhood studies outreach underway in districts 5, 6, 7. will take place in may for three studies in these districts. the improvement study, transportation and ocean mobility action plan. that survey is out with hundreds of responses. we invite folks to take the
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survey that is online. virtual town hall on may 3rd. thank you for supporting that. transportation island study and action plan are planned to go live in a couple weeks. they will be with other multi lingual outreach and other community-based organizations. octavia seeks final inputted to prioritize recommendations for access to and through the area and will help prioritize the impact funds and treasure island study to understand workers continued needs for access on and off the island including shuttles to other sites to look at other potential destinations for shuttles and transit.
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ocean action plan is sponsored by commissioner melgar with commission from commissioner melgar with task force members working for the past half year to identify improvements for ocean avenue corridor fund santa fe. again, please reach out and sign up for updates and look for the survey as well. turning to some updates in that mobility. the commercial services expanding in san francisco. we have been tracking with partners at s.f.m.t.a. started fully autonomous vehicles last month. things are going smoothly. they are using their own employees pending the permit from the california p.u.c. to offer commercial services to members of the public.
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crews did receive the permit to offer driver less services for overnight in san francisco in february. recently extended free autonomous passenger services to over 70% of san francisco in terms of area in early may. they are seeking c p.u.c. commercial passenger services permit to allow to charge members of the public without a safety driver right now and they are seeking that and could be granted by the c p.u.c. as early as mid-june. seeking public comment and we are preparing input in coordination with s.f.m.t.a. another topic is uber and taxis collaborating in terms of the platform. in april they approved extension to allow tax see flywheel to
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partner with you ber. uber. it would differentiate from taxi meter rate. it is reported uber users will have the option of riding with taxi with x ride as well. cross marketing and operational partnership. flywheel taxis will join uber drivers and pick up passengers if the vehicle is nearby. the taxi driver will accept or deny drives. they are in london and new york city this year. bikes and going forward. san francisco will be celebrating bike to wherever day may 20th rather than bike to workday. transportation authority is sponsoring bike rides across the city. look out for those and enjoy
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that day on your bike. please check the san francisco bicycle coalition website for other details. two project delivery updates district 5. the project completed with support by the prop k program. thank you to public works who completed the new sidewalks along buchanan mall with bulb outs at golden gate avenue last year. in addition the lighting projects completed supported by the vehicle registration fee program. thank you, public works for completing the project last week. all 14 new pedestrian lights between filmore and webster are installed and 13 additional lighting fixtures on filmore between golden gate and church
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streets. it was identified as priority in the community-based transportation plan. we want to appreciate commissioner preston for requesting the improvements as follow up. on behalf of our staff and our entire management team who are here today, i want to add my thanks for helping and congratulations for deputy eric cordova. it is amazing to work with a colleague. it doesn't come around often with the experience and generosity and sharing the experience with the city. it is almost three decades. eric has been a valued colleague and tremendous leader for the agency. assembled hundreds of millions of dollars for ramp and freeway projects and infrastructure projects across the city. he delivered the i-80 off-ramp
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downtown and the east side ramp and inter- change project happening right now on the yerba buena island. west on the 280 south and north inter changes on ocean. there are so many in the pipeline and eric's success reflects decades of experience. a trussed partner for local, regional and state agencies. the study that was requested. we hope to deliver with his help in the next month. we will miss you, eric, thank you for your leadership, mentorship, your love of san francisco and good humor and you are a fan of giants and warriors. thank you for your dedication and service to ta.
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go giants. >> thank you for that comprehensive report. i don't see any comments from colleagues. let's see if there is any public comment in the chamber. i don't see any. check virtual public comment. >> your two minutes begins now. >> a lot of interesting things. i will take out what is first and foremost in my mind. i am looking forward to autonomous transportation. i also support the pilot of the collaboration between uber and taxi industry. i want more options, not less. i was in los angeles a couple weeks ago. it was hard to get a ride.
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autonomous vehicles can help us with the shortage of human drivers. the facilities that over those that need it. i will be happy to show military id. another thing why i support the autonomous vehicles. they do not discriminate. they don't care i wear a skirt. drivers might not want to pick me up because i am wearing a skirt. it didn't happen to me but happened to others. i look forward to getting a autonomous ride. what i like about the payment when i pay upfront i don't have to worry about long hauling, getting in the car and the driver takes you all over town. then you pay three times what you are supposed to pay. we are happy. i ask you remember those with
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disabilities and concerned about discrimination and support the autonomous vehicles. thank you. >> there is no more public comment. >> public comment on item 4 is closed. please call item 5. >> community advisory committee report this. is an information item. >> chair larson. are you with us? >> yes, i am. good morning, chair mandleman and vice chair peskin. i am the chair of the community advisory committee to report on the april 27th meeting. we are going to have hybrid meetings at the end of the month. they adopted motions of support on items 8-11 on your agenda.
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item 8 from district two the repwanted the disability communities consulted about the elvator modernization project. it was to test the improvements from the task force to be factored to the redesign. item 8. the -- item 9. the $7 million programming component of the county framework is district 4 to ask if the plan to restructure the administration of the safe routes to school srts would impact services provided on the infrastructure program. staff replied the current r.f.p. calls for higher budget on
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implementation versus administration side of the program. in response to the question from the repabout identifying safety issues around schools. they were informed the srts noninfrastructure program coordinates concerns from schools and gets that information that the teams focused on the infrastructure side to evaluate the improvements. item 11. awarding of contract for design phase for the i280 southbound ocean afoff-ramp project generated a number of comments. the reps from district 5 and 6 inquired if heed des street crossings would accompany a new planned traffic light near the off-ramp.
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the train delays are resulting from the crossing night work against adding a single crosswalk. the college student to re-enforce the need of the crosswalk to avoid jaywalking across ocean avenue. suggesting adding to avoid having to do extensive remediation in the area. i added a comment to the district 7 rap when it straddles the line with district 11. i recall this at the first meeting as a cac member 8 years ago. given the caltrans right-of-way is comcatessed and there are always permitting processes. this is going to work for design phase of the project. proposed plan is not that much different than 8 years. they have not gotten any favor.
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we also heard a information item about jfk drive access study. they supported the plan with questions about access build from equity communities. district 8 asked if protected bike lanes are part of bike lane improvements identified as need by focus groups from the three district studies. these were not included in travel to the park. they sought information how the community based information shuttle would provide people a way to the park from the e.p.c. the lack of closed in dropoff to locations that are attractions and jfk or accessible parking
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was an issue. i would like to ask for a personal of personal privilege to relay experience as a transit leader. i was with my husband on the way home from work. my husband told me he had been asked by bart for no apparent reason if everything was all right. my husband is african-american was was waiting for me with our dog. the san francisco cop and security guard profiling the person of color waiting for their spouse in glen park is the way law enforcements is responding to increases in street crime for fears on bart,
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muni and transit operators. they need their deployment of resources. that is one person's perspective with access to you today. i thank you both. >> thank you, chair larson for sharing your husband's experience yesterday. >> public comment. i don't see anyone in the chamber. any virtual public comment? >> checking for remote comment on item 5. there is no public comment. >> public comment on item 5 is closed. thank you, chair larson. we will look into what happened to you and your husband yesterday. madam clerk, please call item 6. >> eye testimony 6. approve the minutes of the apri,
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2022 meetings. this is an action item. >> i do not see any comments. i don't see anyone in the chambers. >> item 6 virtual public comment. there is no public comment. >> public comment on item 6 is closed. thank you vice chair peskin. seconded by mark. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> commissioner chan. >> aye. >> commissioner dorsey. >> aye. >> commissioner mandelman. >> aye. >> commissioner mar. >> aye. >> commissioner melgar.
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>> aye. >> commissioner peskin. >> aye. >> commissioner preston. >> aye. >> commissioner ronen. >> aye. >> commissioner stefani. >> aye. >> commissioner walton. >> aye. >> we have 10 ayes. the item has final approval. >> item 7. state and federal legislation update. action item. >> public policy manager. >> i will turn it over to mark remotely. >> thank you, amber and chair and commissioners for the opportunity to speak to you today. i am going to update you on the
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state budget. we have two new support positions for legislation at this point in time. where we are in the budget process the revision which is the update process by which the governor is able to update revenues and cost figures is typically done today. we are hearing it may be thursday or friday at this point in time. in preparation for this the budget committees have been working diligently to clean out items that have not been completed. next week will be dedicated towards looking at may revision proposals from the governor in all of the budget policy areas. this is a very exciting time when the rubber meets the road and real negotiations take place. in terms of the legislation. >> can i interrupt you?
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is there a way to change the captions? there we go. >> i appreciate that. the two new bills or bill positions recommended for support are, one, a b2147 by mr. mr. king would establish statewide enforcement on jaywalking laws. eliminating the ability for police officer pedestrian for traffic infractions. it was not completely followed. this is a similar bill to a bill proposed by mr. king in 1921
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your board approved governor vetoed it. we will see how that goes at this point in time. standards on that measure in the appropriations committee on the suspense file which we will take up next week so it should move ahead for the discretions will tighten up a bit. the other is sb942. staff recommends support. it deals with low carbon operations program which is the greenhouse gas reduction fund programs authorized a decade ago. it is funded by 5% of the auction revenues from cap and trade auctions. that 5% is distributed on
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formula basis throughout the state. this bill would relax or broaden the ability of formula based expenditure to not just be used to start up free transit program or similar programs but in addition allow funding on ongoing basis. it is a hall mark change in the lctlp program and it is well worth endorsing. i think the staff is giving you a good reason to support it. finally, policy director amber has asked me to turn over the presentation to her at this time. i thank you for allowing me to address you. >> thank you. back to you, ms. crab. >> good morning. i am going to go over two bills we recommend adding to the watch
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list. first is 2237. friedman. this is one of several bills she has that would need to realign state transportation with the state climate goals. it is far-reaching. that is why we are bringing to you. it is a new role in local planning and project prioritization. not just looking at state funding. it is also looking at making recommendations for how to realign local expenditure plans to the degree allowed by law to align with climate goals. we recommend a watch. the amendment is pending. we would like to engage. the second bill we are recommend toking the watch file list is 2594 this. is member ting to reform road
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way and bridge tolling to make it easier for people to access toll tags, reforms penalty structure and requires payment plans among other things. we are recommending a watch on this as well. similarly the author the working to resolve it and we expect an amendment soon. quick update on senate bill 917. senator becker to help the region move toward comprehensive network planning and fair integration. the amendments are moving to address the concerns the transit operators have. most notely implementation to funding availability. the author is still working with
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transit operators to resolve outstanding concerns and we will keep you updated. i will be happy to answer any questions as would mark as well. >> commissioner melgar. >> i don't have any questions. since we are saying good-bye i want to thank ms. crab profusely. president walton and i sit on the air quality management board. before every meeting we get a thorough analysis. it is well researched just like your report to this board as well. i want to thank you so much for always doing your homework so thoroughly and helping all of this stuff for us. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner
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melgar. if you and possibly director chanare up for talking a little bit about the bill and the -- the bay area movement or goal of having integrated transit systems are attractive and there are concerns what that would mean in practice. that is why we have this as a watch. could you reiterate some of what we and other operators are concerned about. directorsor either one of you. >> there was a lot of interest on board members last month. we invited m.t.c. staff to come and talk with us at the second may meeting or june. part of the context of this legislation that senator becker is carries is transformative
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network management plan which takes it to heart we have to be user focused. everyone agrees. this body took a position in general on that goal and transit vision. what matters how this legislation will cause us to implement that in a particular timeframe. what are the particular specific goals around perhaps integrated fair which sounds really good. when you transfer from one system to another there shouldn't be a penalty to do so. we should make that as streamlined as possible across systems through the fare policies such as common discounts for various types of user groups. one of the things we are looking for is common bus fair. we are concerned about that. muni in san francisco has subsidized muni operations to such a degree and we have a
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strong commitment to affordability. other transit districts in the region may not have subsidized their services to the same degree. if a district needs more budget we are concerned this could come from a pot that could disadvantage operators that have made that commitment to affordability. that is one example. we are working closely with s.f.m.t.a. director tumlin and his team tracking this more closely in conjunction with the small, medium and large operators across the area. >> thank you both. let's open this up to public comment. i do notes see anyone in the chambers. check for virtual comment. >> your two minutes begins now.
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>> thank you. a lot of good things here. i support 2147. i don't think jaywalking should be criminalized. there are more important things to do than stopping people from crossing the street. they are bigger things to worry. 942 i am in support. i am a disabled passenger. if we can use that money for reduced fare for longer periods of time it is better than returning to what happened before. i guess what that means. 2594 i am watching. it is important work. you can pay for it in person.
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i have a map in the state. i am not keen on payment plans. i have not found that to be away. that is a great problem. you are better off to help those in need. seamless transportation, yes, i want be fare integration. uniform system of payment for riding trains and buses. cheaper for me to use bart in san francisco than muni. i use bart. i will support that forward. i ride the buses. they do this? new jersey with the express bus lane through the lincoln tunnel. it is in operation for 50 years. they move 1800 buses a day. there are a lot of good things in here.
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we want to refine it. >> there is no more public comment. >> public comment on item 7 is closed. >> moved by peskin. second by ronen. please call the roll gloom commissioner chan. >> aye. >> dorsey. >> aye. >> commissioner mandelman. >> aye. >> commissioner mar. >> aye. >> commissioner melgar. >> aye. >> commissioner peskin. >> aye. >> commissioner preston. >> aye. >> commissioner ronen. >> aye. >> commissioner stefani. >> aye. >> commissioner walton. >> aye. >> we have 10 ayes. the item passes. >> thank you, madam clerk. please call item 8. allocate $2,790,000 in prop k
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funds with conditions for two requests. action item. >> good morning, commissioners. deputy director policy and programming. i will present these two requests to you this morning. both from the bay area rapid transit agency from bart. first for funding to replace the 50-year-old bart traction power substation located at powell station. confers electric power to supply energy to the bart system. it will help improve the batter system reliability and sustaining service in san francisco. this is for design phase of the project. the second request from bart is for elevator modernization at two stations. powell street and civic center stations. these are existing elevators.
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the project will reduce elevator service interruptions, improve maintenance and maintain ability at the joint stations. the scope includes modernizing the cabs, the pulleys, doorway panels, hoist door panels, excuse me, heating and ventilation and communication. this scope for these three elevators will be included as the base contract for a larger contract that includes of the 8 elevators in san francisco. at five stations. these are illustrations of the location of these elevators. you can see that they both are serving bart and muni patrons. that means that they are under the umbrella of coverage of the
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joint maintenance agreement between bart and muni for the shared improvements to the shared spaces at stations where the spaces are utilized by both passengers in the systems. that means the cost is shared between the two agencies and there needs to be agreement on the funding strategy scope and schedule. this is part of the condition put on the construction phase funds that the board approved last month for this project from the vehicle registration fee program. we have agreement between the two agencies. we can answer questions. >> thank you. commissioner walton. >> sorry about that. >> i don't see any comments or questions for you. open this for public comment. >> there is no public comment in the chamber.
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virtual public comment. >> your two minutes begins now. >> back again. both of these are very, very important especially the elevators. a couple weeks ago i was in san francisco and a companied the friend at the 16th street mission for barth and got to see what it was like to an extent. we need to keep these elevators up. i think replacement is appropriate given that bart is almost 50 years old. thank you for the diagram. it is very helpful. this is a no-brainer. needs to be done. the substation is very important. it needs to get back to full-service and more service than it ever had.
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we are going to recover and we are going to run more trains, they will use more electricity. the substation will be about time. that is older than my apartment. the last thing we need is not enough power and popping breakers and getting things hot. we have to fund the system that is going to be able to carry the load. on my apartment i can't use. i turn everything on i am not going to come close to the capacity that i can run to my apartment. that is my electric service for me. bart. i appreciate that you are willing to pay into it and help bart to get to the next level because it is a system that
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truly serves the people in the region. i ask you approve the substation as well. thank you. >> there is no more public comment. >> public comment on item 8 is closed. motion to approve item 8? moved mar. second by peskin. please call roll. >> chan. >> aye. >> dorsey. >> aye. >> mandelman. >> aye mar. >> aye. >> melgar. >> aye. >> press kin. >> aye. >> preston. >> aye. >> ronen. >> aye. >> commissioner stefani. >> aye. >> commissioner walton.
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>> aye. >> we have 10 ayes. the item passes on first approval. >> great. thank you, madam clerk. item 9. >> item 9. adopt the one bay area grant obag cycle 3 county framework and recommend programming $7,082,400 of san francisco's estimated share of obag funds to the san francisco municipal transportation agency's safe routes to school. 22 $00,000 to the transportation authority for the congestion management and $52,855,600 to projects to be selected through a call for projects. this is an action item. >> good morning.
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i am happy to present this item for the one bay area grant cycle. these are federal funds distributed through m.t.c. and spread across a series of programs in the bay area. this is the third seek kyle for fiscal year 23-246. half of the funds $340 million where available throughout the region for the program targeting investments and priority development areas. most recent board of supervisors adopted pdas are here. near high-quality public transit planned for new homes, jobs, community amenities for land use and transportation. m.t.c. requires 70% into the pdas. they expanded to include projects convicted to pda or one
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mile of the boundary. in san francisco that covers the entire city. the obag county program provides flexibility to invest in local priorities. and the congestion management agency cma the transportation authority is responsible for nominating projects based on a funding target. we are required to use the screening criteria. [please stand by]
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the school program is in partnership with the school districts and department of the environment and it seeks to increasesafety at the schools and i'm joined by krista , the sfmta safe routes program manager and she will provide details on theproject in just a moment .
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and then for the cma planning fundsthey will be used to focus on long-range planning such as connect asked after and san francisco transportation plan and ongoing studies as well as pda planning and other local studies . and for the project, most criteria do come from mtc. they're looking for projects that help implement that bay area strategies andhave demonstrated community support and projects that can meet the federal deliveryrequirements . and those are shown in attachments in the packet . and then for our local criteria, our decisions are in the underlying text in the attachment and we're proposing to retain most of the criteria from cycles one and two such as projects that have multimodal benefits, are coordinated with other projects and improve
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safety and in line with mtc's emphasis on deliverability we will give strong consideration to project project readiness. we're looking to prioritize projects that can demonstrate equity benefits whether that's within an equity priority community or has benefits outside of the pcs and will include consideration for projects that have difficulty writing other funding sources as well . so for the projects we are hoping to release that today after board action and then we will ask that applications are due to the transportation authority july 1 so we can evaluate them before the board in september with our recommendedprojects in time to get them to mtc by their september 30 deadline . they will evaluate the funds in january 2023. not like to invite up krista heifield for the after school program >> good morning miss heifield.
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>> thank you, i and the program coordinator forsafe routes san francisco and i'm excited to tell you more about our program . what we've been doing is what we hope to do with the successful donation forfunding. i will give you an overview , trying to be as brief as possible but i'm so proud of our work that i'll try to control myself . then i'll tell you what's coming for our program structures and again what the successful nomination for program funding would mean for us .so that safe routes to school program is a national initiative the long history in san francisco and the sfmta took overmanagement of the infrastructure in 2019 . then we have programmatic goals specifically and concretely measuring our progress which are single-family trips to and from school and reducing safety concerns around the school
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sites with traffic collisions. we view the data-driven prioritization process to build equity for whichwill get our focused attention .we have improved coordination with sfmta's other school focused programs and we managed to continue delivering high-quality meaningful programming even throughout the pandemic which is a challenge as you can imagine for programs focused on trips to school when students were not only always heading to a schooland we've engine initiated annual reporting which we are in the process of doing right now . our annual report is in the works and are funding right now goes through november. so the non-infrastructure elements that i'm talking about today encompass activities, classesand events that give education , encouragement and really engaged students in school communities with using bicycling, walking, carpooling and taking transit to school.
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a small sampling of our programming includes annual event at the recently concluded bike and rolled to school week. thank you everyone listening attended. we had so much fun. we offer bicycling classes to all ages, even to parents are looking for guidance on how to bicycle with their children . we do walking school buses which are safe group supervised walks to school and offer personal safety training to help folks feel comfortable navigating are a very urban environment . so last year, we attracted participation from over 22,000 students and 88 percent of sf usd's non-charter public schools which given the restrictions we've all been facing because ofthe pandemic we are so proud . we are really enthusiastic about the participation of students and families in our program. one thing that makes the san
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francisco safe routes to school program stand out is equity is builtinto the very core of it . i mentioned our data-driven school prioritization program process. we look for two types of schools. one is a type of school where based on how many students are currently arriving in cars versus how many live within a mile of school half a mile of school we believe there is an opportunity for more students and families to choose walking and biking.our second category of schools are those who we've observed a higher than average within a quarter-mile of the school site. and with a highpercentage of students eligible for the federal free and reduced school lunch programs . those two indicators tell us that there are safety concerns we might be able to help address and there might be limited capacity in a school communityto address those themselves so we want to focus our attention there . especially when we're looking atour equity schools , our
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emphasis onchanging the way people get to and from school is reduced . instead we focus on supporting folks in the way they are arriving to school, making it safer and more convenient for the families and lookto align with theschool priorities and goals . how can our programming support them ? we also commit to long-term dedicated staff presence so that we can really do the heavy lifting on our programming whereas at other schools we might be trying to mobilize volunteers from the beginning so we can help them organize and take it overfrom there. we really commit to staying at our equity focused schools . one thing that didn't make it into the slide but i'll save verbally. at both our equity schools and any school reaching out for our programming we offer our materials and inasmuch as possible in multiple languages so we have multilingual staff and try to get them out to as
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many schools as possible to offerprogramming in spanish and are translated materials are also in filipino and can be available in arabic and vietnamese . as we transition our funding we are also looking to transition our management structure through issuing a competitive request for proposals. we have been working with for contracted partners on individual contracts. and in the new structure we will be seeking one prime contractor to deliver the same level of expertise and services but much less administrative cost so we expect this to bring in efficiency with lowered administrative burdens and also bring in very important transparencythrough this competitive process. everyone will be able to see who is bidding for this work and why they were selected . which ever proposals come in as
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we review them we will be makingsure that we can maintain a program that centers equity, that delivers high quality programming , that continues to make progress on safety goals and that allows us to continue coordinating acrossthe city and engaging deeply with our school communities . the obag3 funding is so critical. it's never been funded for more than two years at a time which means we are regularly re-engaging with setting up new contracts, issuing new administrative documents and it really slows us down on the important work that we want to be out in the schoolsdelivering . this four years of funding at $2 million a year including the local match will allow us to dig in creating stability and consistency inour programming .
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building trust at the schools we are working with because they will be able to know we will be there. we confirmed we will be able to continueoperating at the level we come in at and we can commit to longer-term planning . all this is so critical especially at our equity focused schools where we need to be able to go in and make these commitments of stability and consistency in the long term to build programming for our school thank you very much. always happy to provide more information and answer questionsagain. i'm so excited about this programming and what the funding will allow us to do in the future . >> thank you miss heifield. commissioner melgar. >> thank you chair mandelman. i'm so excited about thisand i'm excited for you . your enthusiasm comes through so that'sgreat . this isthe program that is
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really near and dear to my heart . and my question is about infrastructure part of what we need to make it safe for kids and families to walk and bike to school. we have a school in my district that is dangerous to get to and it's also you know, dangerous even to drive their for the folks whoare like walking . and you know, we were able to work with the mta to get from infrastructure there but i'm wondering how that relationship goes between the infrastructure that we did and sometimes slow and lengthy process to get that approved and what you are hearing through the relationships that you have withparents, pta, families . i'm wondering how that interplay goes and how an increase in the non-infrastructure funding will allow you to help perhaps
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advocate or create new systems for focusing on the infrastructure part. >> thank you so much for the question. we are the non-infrastructure side that as you noted we do help connect school communities with the teams at sfmta who work on these infrastructure projects so we hear concerns. we hear desires from families, from school staff. we help them identify what information they need to communicate to the sfmta teams to understand what's needed at the school and we take that information and deliver it directly to the teams who focus on it so we have traffic teams, school site engineering teams would take it from there once we deliver the information and we have recently started
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meeting with them regularly to make sure that these concerns keep moving forward and keep getting checked in on. and that those who bring us the concerns if they provide us with a way to get back in contact with themwe can close the loop and let them know their concerns have been heard . the best way i can see the funding impacting us is by freeing up our capacities. i mentioned with many contracts running at once a lot of time is spent just a bring the contracts. when we have less staff time going towards administering multiple contracts we will be able to put more of our focus on these coordination efforts, these two mitigation efforts and on really pissing the strategic direction of the program. thank you. >>. >> chair: commissioner melgar.
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>> thank you chair mandelman. i wanted to start by saying i'm extremely supportive of this allocation of the obag funds to provide safe funding for the coming years and this is the work of satan schools has been a high priority of mine in district for in supporting families to get their kids to school and otherlocations . safely through alternative sustainable transportation modes. i did have a question about how this safe routes to school's work is being coordinated with other sort of connected work that mta is doing, particularly the flow streets and the planning right now on the future of slow streets post pandemic because it seems like there could be and should be potential good coordination to slow streets planning and safe
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routes to schools. >> thank you, yes. with the shift of administration of the non-infrastructure program to the sfmta we've been able to tighten up our coordination on both the civic the school focused programs and programs like slow streets that you mentioned that are being run by sfmta for various reasons for the entire citiesbenefit. with slow streets in particular we have been able to capitalize on thoseas a resource . for our supervisor walks and bike trips . so we love having access to slow streets or what we call bike trains where we organize a group of students with supervising adults to bicycle together making sure that the students know how to operate their bicycles obviously and also know how to navigate the streets safely and guide them along in our walks where
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similarly we have adult supervision keeping students together to improve their safety so similar programs are so useful for creating those corridors are students can walk down and bike down safely . we do communicate with the different programs and obviously we don't necessarily directly influence them but we do talk with them and stay up-to-date on each other's programming so that we can find those opportunities to support both of our goals. the student safety and the overall safety and free flow of through the city. >> thank you for that and maybe to citeone example , in my district ortega is 41st avenue has been slow streets but they also happen to be the intersection of where two major schools are located on sunset elementary school .and i've participated in the walking
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school bus at sunset elementary a few times including during the pandemic so that's a great program . safe routes to schools is involved in but there's also questions and concerns from the school leadership and parents about the slow streets and how they could positively impact families getting their kids to those schools through biking and walking but also make it more inconvenient or negatively impacted for those families that have to drive and especially when there's 2 slow streets intersecting atortega and 41st . i'm just signing that as an example and just curious if you're aware if there's any communication between the slow streets team and the safe routes to schools specifically around 41st and ortega. >> i can't call to mind exactly
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which slow streets we were in direct communication around that there was a wonderful but delayed medication that happened where school communities were concerned that slow streets would impact their drop-off zones. a very valid concern and they understandably went to the slow streets team and i will say that in that instance safe routes to school was not aware of it at the time. when we became aware of it, we were able to help you make it between the schools and the slow streets team to highlight how the slow streets and be an opportunity for much safer drop-off areas. anything we can do to reduce the number of vehicles in those drop-off zones, to lower the can congestion to schools creates a safer environment for those who are walking, who may need to cross the streets even
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if they are getting out of the car. you have to walk that last space to the school and that can be a dangerous period if you have a congested and confused what zone so we initiated some events we call park and walks and park and ride and they were particularly well-suited for areas with slow streets because by encouraging parents to stop their cars just a few blocks away and walk or bike with their children that last stretch we can really impact that congestion and that danger around white zones. so the role we would like to play and we are able to play a little bit late is to help documentation around how to take advantage and make these resources work for the schools instead of being an inconvenience or a concern about how it may change theway folks have been used to using those spaces . >> that sounds great and one final point on this topic is right now in the sunset
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district where working with mta on the sunset neighbor waste project which will be a network of nine streets in district for that are prioritized for biking and walking and the school communities are very much centered in the planning forthe sunset neighbor ways . i was wondering if the safe routes to schools program was into medication with the mta staff that are working on the sunset neighbor ways because it seems like you guys would be a greatresource and partner in this project . >> where not yet so thank you so much forbringing that up it's a very timely reminder as we move into our summerplanning phase . thank you so much >> thank you . >>commissioner chan .>> thank you chair mandelman. my question is more about i think the idea of the program is great and i appreciate that.
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what i would love to see a bit more is how to better understand the deliverables. that is really making an impact. i appreciate the goal of 2030 and making that goal as part of your presentation but what i would like to see in knowing that we're talking about dedicating $7 million for the next 4 fiscal years what i would like to see is a bit more specific annual goals and also meaning then it will be 2026 s what are we reaching by 2026 instead of 2030 ? i think that it will be great to have data talking about equity, to have a breakdown. i love the fact you talked about its 22,000 students that you have reached but we would love to see a breakdown of where they live in terms of either districts or zip codes. i would love to see a raising income level breakdown.
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i think those are truly the data that help us understand whether this program really is meeting the goals that we're trying to reach. i'd love to learn more about, i know you have most of these events including walking school busthe walking school bus. we try to encourage that but it's not as easy . it's really supervised, if you're having volunteers it's really a volunteerbasis . it has to be supervised routes . it's not really feasible to be frank for a lot of working parents to be volunteering their time let alone to think about people who are essential workers. they probably can't even really have the ability to take that time to walk or volunteer their time for allwalking school bus so how do we then , those are the people that the families that we would want to encourage
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to help their children to bond in the committee and neighborhood. so what is the strategy to help with that? itch means again, it goes back to just deliverables of how many walking school buses we have forming in one fiscal year or what its target goal is to begin with and at the end of the fiscal year whether we are meeting the target or not and why not or if we're exceeding what it says. how do we leave to those successes. those are things i am looking forward to learning more about knowing that your funding is running out in november 2022 and that we're going out to try to solicit more applicants to help us to do this work and so those are the expectations that i would like to have when we evaluate applicants. thank you. >> thank you commissioner. i don't know if you want to respond.
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>> thank you, those are such importantpoints that you are raising . in terms of that mode shift goal reducing to 30 percent family vehicle trips by 2030, we measure that through biennial school tally. we go to each of the schools and we get a sample of students at different gradelevels to tell us how they traveled to school that we track that every two years . we were thrown off our schedule by covid. there were no schools for students to be going to but we will be re-engaging and we plan to do our next traveltally next year. we will give you updated numbers although with the impact of the pandemic we have no idea what to expect this year . we definitely do keep track of
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where our activities are running and i can get back to you with that information. i would love to highlight one of our longest running sets of walking school buses which is operating in district 3 and serving i believe the jean parker and johnny hall schools. the way that we approachthat , knowing that so many families cannot walk their students to school. those schools we've identified as needing additional support we have the staff walked with the students so thatparticular walking school bus which is one of our most successful longest running involving so many students year after year , we had a staff member walking with it. and we've committed to keeping a staff member there. in other schools where there is more capacity, where there's more availability amongst the
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parents to volunteer their time before and after schools we try to identify those families so that we can hand it over to trusted volunteers and then bring our staff time back to the schools that need that ongoing presence . it is near and dear to our hearts and the structure we try to create in all our programming to find all in tears at the schools are able to source volunteers and hand over our activities and events so that our staff time can be devoted to those schools where it would be a burden for families to be asked to run this programming themselves. >> okay. >> i think that's exactly what i would love to understand. whatdoes it take ? if some of these goals that were sent out to be really part of the goals for the safe routes to school including for example i'm just highlighting thewalking bus because i think that's a great program . then if it's dedicating staff time to form these , what are
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the successes? how do we make sure we want walking school bus in 94118 and we want to see how many are formed by this year. and so that will help at least someone like me to understand whatdoes it take for the program ? is it staffing left and mark other ways to couple of different funding to meet the schools or maybe there are different ways to evaluate it so that we can meet those goal . >> thank you commissioner. thank you commissioner safai for your restraint. i know you're interested in helping us get through our meeting. and with that let's open this item thepublic comment . i don't see any in the room so let's see if we have comments. >> your two minutes begins now. >> hello.
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>>. >> i'm a family and school supporting a walk san francisco and a member of the san francisco bus to school partnership and i'm just here to express my strong support for the safe routes to school program as a vital community resource. partner with schools and families in the solar and the bayview neighborhood and these are all communities that have seriously been underserved. areas of the city we know have the most damage. and the work we do in schools can help families and schools to get to school. and for our communities. and we get kids safely to schooland provide an
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alternative to private vehicles, to our walking schools program . and i also support the school leaders and students. schools were off to celebrate their participation and one of the reasons that i love doing this work is just because i know the parents have a lot to worry about during the day and it feels good just to be able to make one less thing to worry about. this program is critical to san francisco because children are among our most vulnerable pedestrians and the safe harbor schoolsare foundational to our vision zero goals . this program also helps provide safe and sustainable education. i urge you to improve this funding and continue to support this program and thank you . >> thank you caller.
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hello color, your two minutes begins now. >> good morning board members, my name is matt dove, and the parents of a sf ust can i run the san francisco black education program which is the current partner providing safe routes to school program managed by the sfmta. i'm askingyou to support continued funding for the program . we work with directly with the education department at sfusd. we've been working with them since 2009 tosupport their efforts to bring bike education to every in the district . we help train teachers at sites and help facilitate classes at schools that don't have their own fleet and assist with curriculum development and many other things. providing bicycle education in school is an important part of
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preparing our kids to take advantage of access and financial benefits that can come from beingable to use a bike for transportation and recreation . our city is dense and not every parent has access to the time or equipment to teach their kids how toride by offering these programs we can make sure all students are able to benefit from learning to ride a bike , not just the most privileged . please support sfmta's bicycle education program by approving this item. iq. >> thank you caller. hello color, your two minutes begins now. >> good morning commissioners, this is christopher white. i'm deputy director of the san francisco bicycle coalition which is one of the partners in san francisco's safe routes to school program and i'm in support of the adoption of this framework for the area grant
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and in particular programming of funding for safe routes to school. three weeks ago the city set up a safe routes school events and many ofyou participated in the schools in your district so thank you for your participation . about 85 schools across the city participated from pre-k through the high schools. hopefully those of you who were able to participate saw the joy and excitement that gets sparked instudents when they're able to access safe and active transportation to get to school . students used those modes to arrive at school energized, focused and ready to learn and the city moves closerto its goals of reducing single occupancy vehicle traffic and getting closer to vision zero . funding for this final program has been repeatedly threatened because of unpredictable funding cycles and i want to thanksfmta and staff who have worked hard to develop a framework to stabilize the funding for this program . the funding from obag is an important linchpin so i ask you commissioners andthank you in
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advance or supporting the framework that's been proposed . >> thank you caller. there is no more public comment. >> public comment on item 9 is closed. is there a motion to approve item 9 lester mark let's move forward.>> thank you chair. if i could address the board i wanted to clarify the action that you're taking today. which is to approve the framework for the one bay area grant cycle three and that is the proposed funding distribution for cna planning, safe routes to schools non-infrastructure as well as the funds that would be available for the competitive call for projects and also part of the framework of the screening and prioritization criteria that would guide staff selection of projects through the open call for projects . if the board wishes he could
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certainly have the municipal transportation agency report back at a future meeting with some of the information that was requested at your leisure. >> let's talk with commissioners off-line and see how they want to proceed. the item has been moved by vice chair peskin is there asecond? seconded by mar. call the role . [roll call vote] >>. [roll call vote] we have 10
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aye's. the item is approved. the item passes on first approval. >> i'm going to make a motion to excuse commissioner walton from that vote for the remaining moments. is there a second? seconded by stephanie. look, please call the role. >> the role? >> chair: please call item 10. >> item 10, award a two-year professional services contract to wmh corporation in an amount not to exceed 2 million $700,000 for the design phase in caltrans right-of-way approval of the hillcrest road widening project. this is an action item. >> great and i believe we have mike .
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perhaps virtually. >> thank you chair mandelman. let me pull up my slide. chair, can you see my slide? okay. great. let me talk about that hillcrest widening project and then our objective for this particular design project is to widen the existing hillcrest road to meet public works standards. just currently in the background of this photo you can see that hillcrest road it as existing right now is a very narrow 2 lane road, one road in each direction and we would actually like to add eight-foot shoulders on both sides to improve site distance as the cars drive around the contours of the hill. we would also like to add
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additional safety features and a class 2 bike lane and also make preparations for the future pathway project which will be adjacent to this project. now, i want to kind of go over the hillcrest project and how it relates to other construction projects at the moment. so on the right side of this graphic, this is the southgate road project which is currently in construction. also on the left side we have the left side bridges and in between these two projects this is the hillcrest road widening project and this is kind of like ace section of hillcrest road and part of treasure hill road that needs to be upgraded
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while the other projects are beingimproved upon . this will be the gap closure able to make the occasion between the west side bridges and south gable project. and this will be an interim once the hillcrest project is completed of what hillcrest road will look like. we will go from the narrow 2 lane road i showed earlier into both two lanes. and in one direction, this will have shoulders on both sides and this will improve the site distance and also for this eight-foot shoulder on the right side that will be a potential class to that we can strike there. for my next slide as we make preparations for the multi-use pathway project this will come
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after that hillcrest project is completed. this is a conceptual rendering of what it will look like at the widest point in which we have hillcrest road on the left side and we have the multi-use project on the right side. that will include the bike lane and also pedestrian pathways. this will in my opinion help improve the safety on the island. here is another conceptual rendering of hillcrest road. this is on hillcrest above the ied freeway and just above the portal. and in this case in this particular rendering we have one lane and we also have the bike lane and also pedestrian lane . let me go to the next slide.
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these are the primary contract working at specifications and estimates. there will be a lot of structural engineering because of the series of retaining walls. to the north side of hillcrest road we are also looking at gettingadditional technical studies and reports . and this will help us to basically develop the roadway design along hillcrest in order to meet sf public works and sfmta approvals and update their standards. there are also caltrans right-of-way approval . this would be for the clearance above theied freeway tunnel . which we will be working with caltrans in that regard. our request for proposal we issuedthis on september 23,
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2020 . the proposal due date on january 28 was 21 and we also had an evaluation panel includes data staff members. wmh was the one who submitted a proposal and they've exceeded the 15 percent distance enterprise goal. i also want to go on just to the next part on preliminary estimates. our design phase costs approximately $3 million. the construction phase is approximately 23 and a half million dollars. our preliminary construction management estimate is 3.2 million and construction we are estimating in spring of 2024
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through spring of2027 . i also want to mention this project is fully funded with 30 million in infill infrastructuregrant that was awarded . and with this it is fully funded but we are also keeping a close eye on inflation and so we're watching the construction estimate veryclosely . i also want to mention that there was a delay in basically from the infillinfrastructure grant that was awarded . to basically our rfp when we issue it and currently when we're planning to work this and that was mostly due to a lot of the approval process at the state level for grant funding and execution of the grant itself. and for my last slide i want to basically request that we award
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a two-year professional contract in an amount not to exceed 2.7 million for the civil engineering design phase and right-of-way approval. i also want to mention that there is a slight typo on the agenda which is the eight-year contract. it'sactually a two-year contract . we would like to request a motion to actually amend the staff recommendation to revise the contracts from three years to two years. this concludes my slide presentation andwith that i'd be happy to take any questions . >> thank you mister tan. i do not see any comments or questions. i don't see any in the chamber. let'ssee if we have additional public comment .
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>>checking for virtual public comment . and there is no public comment. >> public comment is closed. i'm going to excuse vice chair peskin and commissioner chanwho has to leave . and i'm going to ask for a motion to amend the title of this item to a two-year professional service agreement rather than three-year moved by mar, seconded bydorsey . madam clerk can you please call therole . >> so a vote on the amendment for item 10. let's see. commissioner dorsey. [roll call vote]
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>>. [roll call vote] we have eight aye's. so the amendment is approved. >> now i will entertain a motion to approve the amended item made by dorsey, seconded by mar. >> commissioner dorsey.
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>>. [roll call vote] we have 8 aye than the amended motionis approved , passes on its first approval. >> please call item 11. >> -11is award a two-year professional services contract to mark thomas in an amount not to exceed 1,000,850 thousand dollars for the design phase and right-of-way approval of the eye 280 southbound ocean avenue offramp project this is an action item . >> mister tan, you areback . >> thank you chair.let me pull up myslide also for this project . chair, can you see my slide.
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>> i can. >> thanks. let me go quickly over the southbound ocean avenue offramp project. this is a safety improvement project so this is located at eye 280 southbound. our objective in this particularcase is to enhance pedestrian safety crossing conditions . the existing offramp itself is a three right turn offramp and there is a conflict issue at this point because a lot of the vehicles are coming off the freeway at very high speeds and there is also very limited sit distance . we also have pedestrians and bicyclists at this particular location right next to city college and we are going to realign this offramp into a t intersection and toreduce those conflicts . here i have a conceptual rendering of what that offramp will look like onceit becomes a
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key intersection . it will be a two lane offramp instead ofone lane . there will be a traffic no for westbound ocean avenue traffic and for the offramp itself. and we are also going to prevent a biplane at this particularlocation . finally this project will also be for the specification estimates in the design phase. there will be structural engineering for a retaining wall along the westside of this offramp . were going to be conducting borings and doing roadway design. and we also going to meet standards and get the approval on this particular project and also caltrans right-of-way approval since we are predominantly located on right-of-way. as for the procurement process
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itself, we issued the request for proposal earlier this year . in january the proposal was on february 11 we received two proposals and the highest ranking firm was mark thomas and company.and they have also exceeded our business enterprise goal. our requested action is to award a two-year professional service contract to mark thomas and company in an amount not to exceed 1.5 million for the design phase of this project and caltrans approval and with that this concludes my slide presentation and i'd be happy totake any questions. >> . >> chair: commissioner melgar . >> thank you chair mandelman. i want to profusely director chan cpa staff for having gotten to this point. last year along with my
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colleague commissioner safai we created a working group to go through the 27 different plans that have been developed for improving transit pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on ocean avenue but have not really moved forward . we what you see in the map is besides the city college we have bicycle across the street and we are adding thousands of units of new housing on freda callow and ocean across from city college so it is an area that we've seen a lot. every morning i would see just scores of kids walking across with no crosswalks on to this freeway on-ramp and i don't know how there were not more crashes and injuries and grateful that we are finally
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there. it will be a massive improvement or the entire court or and the students in city college. thank you chair and thank you staff. >> thank you. >> i like to echo the comments. thank you for the hard work of the cta. it is something we've been talking about for a number of years and the impact to the residence and students and those that traverse that area often in a precarious way. the cars come offthe freeway pretty quickly . so important to have a real measure and thoughtful reorganization of this particularofframp . even when cars are exiting there can be problems at times in terms of almost getting into accidents becauseof the backups so this is an important project .i'm supportive of it and as
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the supervisor said the amount of students in the area and those that are actually even trying to get to multiple connector points to bore the mta meeting the buses, it's a major congestion point. i'm very supportive of this. thank you to staff and caltrans for supporting this and now on to the office. >> thank you commissioner. as a former student and city college trustee i thinki've spent 10 years of my life dashing across that street . and i can share with my colleagues who actually represent the area the tremendous need for this. let's open this item to public comment . don't see any in the chamber. anything from our virtual friends. >> thank you for your public comment. there is no public comment. >> public comment on item 11 is
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closed is there a motion to approve ? moved, seconded by safai. please callthe role . >>. [roll call vote] >>. [roll call vote] we have 8 aye's. the item passes on first approval . >> just a little housekeeping for folks keeping trackof our agenda. i'm going to ask wemove item 14 to our next meeting . madam clerk, please call item 12 . >> yes sir. item 12, award contracts to 17
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shortlisted consultant teams for a three-year period with an option to extend for two additional one year period for a combined not not to exceed $8 million on on-call project management and engineering service fees this is an action item . >> miss waldman. >> donald waldman assistant deputy director at the transportation authority. to present this item today. if that's going to help me pull this up real quick. apologies. thank you. our on-call project management and engineering services contract is to support our
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program of project development and oversight over thenext 3 to 5 years .as you can see there is a large number of projects we are either delivering or doing oversight on the delivery by other partners using prop k funds.the scope of the request for qualifications includes 4 primary tasks. project management and project control, this is largely for projects we areleading development on . projectoversight and monitoring , this is to support our role in projects by our partners. project development and delivery support services which is an important area we have been working on across our whole program and then of
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course engineering and technical services to support our staff. the procurement process started on february 17 when we release a request for qualifications. a week later for a 24th we had pre-submittal conference to allow smaller firms and larger firms to network with each other and form teams. our dde goals for the contract overall is 12 percent so that networking event helped support meeting that goal. on march 21 when proposals or qualifications were due we received 26 statements of qualification. those were evaluated by a team of sf cpa and caltrans staff and some firms were selected to move on to interviews whichwere held between april 5 and 14th .
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the results of that evaluation process was to award to 17 firms. those you can see listed here are also in your packet other attachment 1, item 12. the participation of dvds is up significantly from our existing on-call bench. with about a 50 percent increase. we also have a very large increase in women owned firms supporting these or the lead on these which is up 110 percent from previous on-call bench which is great and overall we just have a very large percentage of dvds and subs in general. so i recommendation today is to award contracts to these 17
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shortlisted teams for the 3 year period and with the potential to extend twice for one yearfor a maximum of five years and this would be the $8 million . >>. [please stand by]
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>> commissioner dorsey. >> aye. >> melgar. >> aye. >> preston. >> aye. >> commissioner ronen. >> aye. >> commissioner safai. absent. commissioner stefani. >> aye. >> we have seven ayes. the item passes on first approval. >> thank you for sticking with us. one more item.
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these call item 13. >> 13. introduction of new item. information item. >> we have emc research to present finding of voter opinion survey on sales tax reauthorization. you will recall that the board endorsed the 2022 expenditure plan for the sales tax back in march. metropolitan transportation commission approved as required by the transportation authority state statute. this cleared the way for the board of supervisors to take the next step and later today i plan to introduce an ordinance to place the measure on the november ballot. thank you to all cosponsors. we welcome cosponsors. the voter opinion survey as we think about going to the voters,
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it makes sense what they think about transportation in san francisco. i want to thank sarah from emc research for being here today to present the findings and the rest of the folks for their great work. take it away. >> thank you very much. good afternoon. i am sarah principal with emc research. thank you for having me. we have a short presentation with the survey with voters in san francisco. we did the survey with likely voters november 2022 conducted in late march and early april.
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the survey was conducted late march, early april. we conducted 1329 interviews for the margin of error 2.7%. interviews both online as well as by phone in english, chinese and spanish. quick overview of findings here. first operators are focused on public safety and housing affordability. they do recognize the importance of continuing to invest in
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transit and transportation improvement for san francisco. it is currently supported by two-thirds of likely voters that is needed to succeed. enhancing pedestrian safety and repairing roads and supporting transit for vulnerable populations. while voters believe continued transportation investment is important to support the pandemic recovery, they have concerns about taxes and confidence in local government. walking through the results quickly. we see that voters aren't in a positive mood. 65%, 30% right direction. this is consistent with polling in san francisco and across the bay area. while transportation and public transit aren't necessarily the
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top of my issues i am concerned about. on the left almost 80% see the need to continue to invest in transportation improvement to fight climate change and help the city emerge and people travel post-pandemic. we do see over 60% agree take safe high-quality streets, roads transited are worth paying taxes for. we see support in general and confidence in government are low. they value transportation as place for tax dollars there is some hesitation generally. this slide shows the current vote on the measure as we asked on the left-hand side. you can see to the ballot question, which is a draft question to reflect what could be placed on the ballot, we see support at 66%.
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remembering that there is a two-thirds threshold. right at that threshold with three point margin of error within range of success. about a third opposing it in the initial ask. we asked about a number of potential priorities that might be included in the potential measure. we see that improvements to pedestrian safety, muni reliability and transit for seniors and people with disabilities, street repair. a wide range of projects high priority for voters. a lot of interest in those projects in the reauthorization. this is a continuation of the second half of that set of questions. you can see transit maintenance is a priority for voters. some of the other priorities in the measure have a narrower
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appeal and many are very popular. we also provided some additional information. this was the information on education that can be provided to the public. we see information about the measure support for transit services for vulnerable populations, potential impact on air quality and climate as well as spending for streets to improve road surfaces and improve safety. as well as generally discussing how it can support the economic recovery. continuation of the information so they are ranked by the percent that had positive reaction. you can see the support for sales tax as way to gain matching funds for grants and deliver things for capital
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projects in san francisco. after we provided that list of priorities and additional information we do see support not changing. as we said earlier some hesitation about taxes, trusting government, not strong, not in a super good mood. support stays consistent with additional information. finally, we did give them an opposition statement. fairly broad statement. we see that on the far right-hand side. that is the support after the general opposition statement about a measure. support does drop. a little vulnerability to the potential measure should that gain traction. quick conclusions here and i am happy to take questions. the sales tax renewal does show potential for success. it is important to be viewed as a continuation of a existing
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tax, not increase. continued investment in transportation in san francisco. many projects and programs the measure would fund are highly attractive including air quality and climate change and roads programs that incorporate traffic congestion reduction and safety improvements. public education efforts should focus on continued investment in transportation and public transit for san francisco to support economic recovery and combat climate change. providing information on the potential for accessing significant matching funds without requiring tax increase can help then reinforce without raising taxes. >> i do not see comments or questions.
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we are grateful for your work. open to public comment. >> your two minutes begins now. >> again, she and her for the record. this is very important. i hope we can pass this. i don't have standing. i am not a citizen of san francisco, but i speak anyway because i use transportation in san francisco. it's a necessary part to getting around. i think about transportation anyplace i go. this is renewal not increase. how do we make the case for
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importance of investing in public transportation in san francisco. the average car of operating a car in united states is $700 per month. probably gone up because we look at gasoline over $6 per gallon many places. who are the objectors? people who own automobiles? i have never -- i would pay $700 in sales tax against one time when i bought a car a long time ago. who are those objecting? we did pass rm3 and bart and caltrain rr. i hope we can meet the objections some people may have. i think the consequences of not having this tax renewed to people like myself especially
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those with disabilities will have a harder time to get around. continue to build this up so it will pass. thank you. >> thank you. there is no more public comment. >> public comment on item 13 is closed. we are going to push item 14 of to the next meeting. item 15. >> item 15. adjournment. >> no. it is introduction of new items. >> my apologies. introduction of new items. >> last year we concluded district four mobility study in partnership with ta we are working on new recommendations. the network is the first project from the study to improve safety
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on lincoln. the great highway and prepare strategic case for west side subway service. all recommended by the study. today the first step forward for implementing another recommendation and request ta to prepare district plan for district four pilot project. identified the shuttle as new strategy to provide alternative to driving and improve access to commercial corridors and neighborhood destination. with business plan we can conduct outreach to inform the future of potential service, identify service models and establish operating requirements of successful service. this includes outlining the cost and signing strategy. i am impress with the on demand
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community shuttle in a dozen neighborhoods. in my hometown while we are moving forward for community shuttles for bayview and treasure islands. i am excited to bring this service to the sunsets where we have 17,000 drive alone trips each weekday and only 4% of the trips use transit. we need to reduce emissions. improving the options for walking and biking to bring us closer to the goals in the sunset. thank you. >> i don't see any other colleagues with new business. let's open item 15 to public comment. there is nobody in the chamber. any virtual comment? >> on item 15. there is no public comment.
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>> item 15 is closed. please call item 16. >> adjournment. >> i apologize. it is general public comment. >> again nobody in the chamber. check on virtual public comment on item 16. >> hello, caller, your two minutes begins now. >> thank you again. she and her. i appreciate you taking general public comment. never forget that. a lot of good things today in this meetings, items of interest. i do ask of you in your consideration to remember the transportation in san francisco is not just about people who live in san francisco.
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just as the new york city subway bus system is not just about people who live in the city of new york. same can be said of any transportation system. we may not have the same standing i am not even in the state right now, i speak on these things because they are important to me. san francisco is my second home. i use various systems such as bart and muni and caltrain and walking and biking and the occasional ride share. i don't own a car. i choose not to. i haven't rented a car in about a decade. i don't know if i ever will. for me as a person by virtue of having disabilities that result from military service, transportation is truly
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essential to me. consider the testimony of all regardless of who they are. i am a person who does not need to establish that. i do believe i can speak respectfully and intelligently about transportation in san francisco because i will leave you with this. i do not live in san francisco. it is a city that i truly care about and enjoy and look forward to returning to. thank you. >> thank you, caller. there is no more public comment. >> public comment on item 16 is closed. madam clerk, please call item 17. >> item 17 is really adjournment. >> we are adjourned.
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>> i strive not to be a success but more of being a valued
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person to the community. the day and day operations here at treasure island truth in family is pretty hectic. the island is comprised of approximately 500 acres, approximately 40 miles of sanitary sewer, not including the collection system. also monitor the sanitary sewer and collection system for maintenance purposes, and also respond to a sanitary sewer overflows, as well as blockages, odor complaints. we work in an industry that the public looks at us, and they look at us hard in time. so we try to do our best, we try to cut down on incidents, the loss of power, cut down on the complaints, provide a vital service to the community, and we try to uphold that at all times. >> going above and beyond is default mode. he knows his duties, and he doesn't need to be prompts. he fulfills them.
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he looks for what needs to be done and just does it. he wants this place to be a nice place to live and work. he's not just thinking customer service, this is from a place of empathy. he genuinely wants things to work for everyone and that kind of caring, i admire that. i want to emulate that myself. that, to me is a leader. >> i strive not to be a success but more of being a valued person to the community. the key is no man is an island. when anything actually happens, they don't look at one individual, they look at p.u.c. stepping in and getting the job done, and that's what we do. my name is dalton johnson, i'm the acting supervisor here at treasure island treatment plant.
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>> president moran: meeting of the san francisco public utilities commission to order. please call the roll. [ roll call ] vice president ajami is excused. we have a quorum. this meeting is held in person at the san francisco hall room 400 authorized by the california government code and mayor breed's 45th supplement to february 25, 2020 emergency proclamation. i like to remind individuals present and attending in person today, all health and safety protocols and building rules must be adhered to. hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building and masks are available upon request at any of the