tv Transportation Authority Full Board SFGTV May 24, 2022 10:00am-12:31pm PDT
>> clerk: we have quorum. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, madam clerk, and i believe you have a public announcement. >> clerk: for members of the public participating in this board meeting, we welcome your participation in this board meeting here in room 250 here in city hall or you may watch on cable channel 26 or 75, depending on your provider. or you may stream the meeting at www.sfgovtv.org. for those wishing to make public comment remotely, the best way to do so is by dialing
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public callers on the line. and let the record show that commissioners preston and melgar are in attendance. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. after our last meeting, i asked our legal counsel to look into the question of excusing people from the t.a. board, and the most appropriate way to do that, unlike the board of supervisors, our rules do not address that. the chair has the ability to excuse people unless the members want to do it some other way. this morning, i think commissioner melgar is going to need to step out, and i think commissioner ronen is going to need to step out, so i am going to excuse them from portions of the meeting that they are going to miss. i'd like to invoke rule 3.26 to limit total public comment to
no more than 30 minutes for today's meeting. i think that is he aall i've got, so madam clerk, would -- i think that's all i've got, to madam clerk, would you please call the next item? >> clerk: item 2 is approval of the minutes from the may 20, 2022 meeting. this is an action item. >> supervisor mandelman: okay. i don't see any comments or questions on the minutes. is there a motion to approve the minutes? moved by mar. is there a second? seconded by dorsey. let's open the minutes to public comment. i don't see anybody in the chamber. do we have any virtual public comment? >> operator: checking for public comment on item number 2. i see no hands raised. there's no public comment. >> supervisor mandelman: okay. public comment is item 2 is closed. madam clerk, please call the roll.
is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? moved by stefani, seconded by peskin. i can take that same house, same call without objection, right? great. then we'll do that. we'll take that without objection. madam clerk, please call item 9. >> clerk: item 9, bay area transit transformation action plan and seamless transit transformation act, senate bill 917 update, this is an information item. >> supervisor mandelman: the task force was charged with creating a transit transformation act plan to identify actions needed to reshape the region's transit system into a more connected, efficient user connected mobility network. i believe we have m.t.c. staff
virtually to give us an update on the bay area transit transformation action plan and seamless transit transformation act and senate bill 917. all right. m.t.c. folks, are you here? >> here. good morning, chair mandelman and commissioners. thank you for having us here today. i'm melanie choy with m.t.c., and joining me is rebecca long, director of public affairs. i'm the program manager of the blue ribbon task force. i'll provide the overview of
the plan itself, and then, i'll turn it over to rebecca for an update on s.b. 917. i have a number of slides and plan to go through them quickly, and thank you for the recap of the blue ribbon task force. i won't go over that portion of it. during the process, the task force developed this definition to guide their work, and what this definition does is it laid the groundwork for the items that were outlined and some of the components contained in the plan. some of them, i will call them out. all of this is working towards
a goal of increasing transit ridership and reducing the m.t. slide three. next slide, please. so as the task force convened, it was important for them to have -- so have some focus, and so they developed these outcomes to guide and ground all of the action plan that's came out of the task force's work, and so there are 27 actions that are outlined in the action plan, and they are aligned to these five outcomes. the first two, fares and payment, and customer information, have been cited as being key for riders to navigate and use the transit system. the third is focused on the transit network and the
importance of establishing a more unified, nimble, and effective transit system. and the fourth is accessibility and addressing the need of vulnerable populations. and the last is funding. securing new funding and revenues is effective in meeting the need of the region and for completing this action plan. next slide, please. so in development of the action plan, the outcomes guided it, but there's also some overarching key themes and elements, and the first one was collaboration was essential in the development of this document as well as moving forward in implementing the plan, and the focus really was been, in terms of the components of the actions has been focused on the one-to-three-year time frame, so the near term. the additional element is that
alignment of new funding with existing funded is needed. the action plan is ambitious, and over time, they will be needed to be adjusted. next slide, please. so the next four slides, i will walk-through the action plan and the first four actions fall under three accelerated initiatives, and the reason we are calling out three accelerated initiatives is to really focus on these efforts, creating resources and a strong priority for them to be achieved is being called out. and these initiatives, these three three initiatives that i call out, a lot of the work has already been jump started before the blue ribbon task force convened, so it's really elevating and advancing these initiatives to the next stage. so the first accelerated
initiative on this slide is the fares and payment, and under this, there was the fare coordination and integration study, and its alignment with a lot of the recommendations and visions stemming from that work. and the second accelerated action area is focused on the mapping and wayfinding work that is underway and has been underway. the third priority is transit priority, getting transit out of traffic congestion. there's a lot of jurisdictions involved in this work, from the state, from cities to the counties to c.m.a.s or c.t.a.s and transit agencies, and importantly, this does also include actions ranging from the highway system as well as
arterial and local roadway systems. next slide, please. so the next set of actions that are spelled out in the action plan, the first two slides covered all of the accelerated actions and focus, and these next two cover all of the actions that are also important that go along with supporting a lot of the transit improvements that -- to be laid out in the future, and so much of this, this first category is focused on network management reform, and the second category under here is connected network planning, as well, and then, the next component is the data to feed into all of this analysis work. and so in particular, what i will call out is items number 13 and 16, which have been important assessments that are currently underway, and these are anticipated to be completed
by the end of this year. broadly, the list of actions completed on this slide are a lot of important planning efforts, some that we have underway, but others that we also plan to have underway in the coming years. and the last, accessibility and funding. for accessibility, there are five actions, and then, the fifth category, funding, is focused on evaluating existing resources as well as any new funding. and with that, that summarizes the 27 actions. the next slide delves -- next slide, please. the next slide delves into accelerated funding for the accelerated action items, and so our focus has been on the
three accelerated initiatives, and last october, we developed a need for developing the initiatives. we will need to continually seek additional funds to fully deliver on these initiatives. particularly, on fare integration, in the near term, we are planning to pursue the institutional path pilot and work on the free and reduced cost transfers, and both of these were recommendations from the fare coordination and recommendation study as well as the business course case work. secondly, on the mapping and wayfinding initiatives, in the near term, we are pursuing consistence design standards as well as the underlining digital mapping and supporting the customer wayfinding system. and then, the last estimate that we developed discreet components for is transit
priority, and these include transit improvements to the bay bridge. this may also include work on transit lanes on the bay bridge corridor as well as the 101 corridor. some projects are in line right now. this summarizes, gives you a high level of action plan, and as we shift into implementation, its success relies on the continued partnership of all agencies, and i'd be happy to answer more questions at the end, so with that, i'll turn it over to rebecca for the overview of s.b. 917. >> thank you, chair mandelman and other board members. rebecca long, m.t.c. staff. thank you for having us today.
if we could go to the next slide, and the next one. so i was asked to provide an overview of s.b. 917, senator becker's bill related to seamless transit. the bill is sponsored by a number of bay area agencies, including the bay area counsel, b.u.r., and seamless bay area, an organization that is advocating in the space. and the bill just, for a little bit of legislative update, the bill just did pass the senate yesterday by a vote of 30-3, so it is getting strong support. it has a lot of bay area coauthors, and m.t.c. does have an official support position on it. we sought a number of amendments in march, and those were incorporated into the bill. we understand that senator becker is very committed to working with the transit operators, as well, on a bill
that, ultimately, they are comfortable with, too, so we do anticipate further amendments in the assembly. so there really are four key components of the bill that stem directly from the transit transformation action plan that melanie just walked through. there are some provisions related to integrated fares, although it's quite limited in scope, and i will provide more details on that. there's a requirement with some dates and specificity as to the scope of a connected network plan, which was also one of the action items in the transit transformation action plan. there's a requirement with, again, some specificity and dates related to the regional transit mapping and way finding system that is under development by m.t.c., and then finally, a requirement that m.t.c. adopt data standards that operators need to follow in order to provide truly
reliable real-time transit information to riders. next slide. so on the fares, which is, you know, of greatest concern to the operators, understandably, because this deals with their revenue that is used for operating the system, the bill essentially codifies some actions that are already planned that stem from, really, a two-year study that m.t.c. coled with b.a.r.t., and there was a task force, a number of operator general managers on it that really worked in parallel to the blue ribbon transit recovery task force, and one of the items coming out of that is a new approach to transfers so that when a rider goes from a local bus, let's say, to b.a.r.t., to bus, to ferry,
that local fare would essentially be credited, and the only fare that the rider would pay would be the regional fare. there would be a sharing of the cost by the local operator and the regional system. it's not being borne only by the local operator, but the rider would only have to pay that additional fare. so again, that's something that the operators have embraced, and it's planned to be implemented next year in conjunction with the roll out of next generation clipper, but the bill requires that that happen, and so you might say, well, why are we even putting that in a bill? why is senator becker doing that? i think it's just to make sure
that does happen. there can always be changed made, backsliding, and the bill just codifies that approach which was found in the study to be quite beneficial in terms of ridership. and then, secondly, the bill requires that m.t.c. develops, in consultation with the region's transit operators, a cost estimate of the annual impact of two other components that were studied in the plan. these two components were identified for further development, so the operators did not fully embrace these, knowing that they still have some substantial fiscal impact, but they were identified in the study as having ridership benefits, and they were agreed to keep being studied. so one would be a bay area
transit pass, and it would give you access to every system within the region. so, you know, today, there are other passes within specific operators. again, this would be all agencies, so something that the regions talked about for a long, long time, and the bill required that we identify what that cost would be. and if the funds are security either through state appropriation or other funding, it be required that it be funded for three years. and likewise, the other component that fits into that same methodology is a common regional stair system that's only applicable to regional
operators. so it doesn't apply to any transit operators like munny. it would apply to caltrain, b.a.r.t., the ferry system, and those two policies would cost approximately $100 million each year in order to price them at a level that would optimally attract new riders, so that's a significant sum to secure, and it would need to be secured with a clear three-year commitment in order for these policies to take effect, so it's setting a pretty high bar for that part of the bill to advance. next slide. so then, just some of the other provisions related to the other
components. the connected network plan, again, something that the blue ribbon transit recovery task force recommended. it's required to be developed by end of march 2024 unless we can -- excuse me, end of march 2025 unless we can find additional funding to accelerate it, and this is something that m.t.c. requested because while we are committed to work on this, and we want to do it right, it is an ambitious scope to make bus service more reliable as well as identifying key hubs and optimal travel time between destinations, so we are to do it on a faster timeline than planned, we do
want to secure additional funding. a lot of what the blue ribbon task force recommended was work that was already underway, so we have been working for an extensive amount of time on a regional transit mapping and wayfinding system that would include branding, and it's something that we're actually in the process of bringing on a contractor within the next month or two to develop. and the bill would, you know, add some timelines that, you know, are always helpful, to require that it be completed by july 1, 2025. and then, it also requires the operators to comply with it. keep in mind that this is going to be something developed very much in mind along with the operators. they will be involved in a
technical advisory capacity, really alongside m.t.c., but with the investment that we're planning to make in designing a system that is harmonious across the entire region, we want to make sure that, at the end of the day, that operators adopt it, so the bill would require that. and it also does call out the need to identify what aspects or needs of the system would required to be adopted across all operators, and what operators would still have the ability to customize. and then lastly, for real-time transit information, the bill requires that we adopt open transit vehicle standards for location, arrival, and departure times, setting a high
standard, what's known for gtfs for all operators. many operators do have some sort of real-time system, but it's not consistent across all operators, and we'd like to see a more equitable level of service provided no matter what agency a rider is relying on. next slide -- i think that might be -- here we go. so i think this is the last slide, and it provides a little bit of the funding provisions in the bill. there's some conditional provisions related to the fares and the connected network plan that would only go into effect if additional funds are identified in the budget or other avenues. but the bill also does incorporate a reference to state transit assistance, which is one of the funding sources
that is disbursed through m.t.c. we have in current law a requirement that m.t.c. makes sure that operators are already meeting certainly regional connectivity standards that we set, that this has been in existence many decades, that the bill drills down into that deeper in each of these programs. so basically, it says that operators are expected to meet these standards. if they don't, they can sort of appeal to m.t.c. and explain why. m.t.c. can make recommendations as to what steps they need to take to come into compliance, but essentially if there's no exception granted and they're not demonstrating good faith, it allows our authority to freeze their funds until they come into compliance. this is the oversight provision that's provided.
even though we've had this authority for many years, we've seldom had to use it, but it is an important component so this isn't just wishful thinking, if you will. with that, i will close and see if anybody has any questions, and thanks for having us again today. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you for your presentations. commissioner preston? >> supervisor preston: i wanted to ask questions around some of the systems and how this would affect if at all to work towards free transit in past in the local jurisdictions?
>> thank you, supervisor preston. the bill actually includes a provision specifically stating that it does not prohibit any agency within the region from offering free transit or discounted transit, and so that opportunity would remain. >> supervisor preston: so i understand the bill wouldn't prohibit a just diction from doing that, but i'm -- prohibit a jurisdiction from doing that, but i'm trying to understand from a regional fare system. and i'm trying to understand. maybe a regional fare system is not necessarily regional equivalent around fares, but if you could explain that further. if san francisco were willing at some point in its future to fund some level of free transit, i'm trying to figure
out how that would fit into the program. >> there's a requirement for us to develop a regional pass for all operators if we can secure the funding to do so. and then, there's a common regional fare for regional service only. there wouldn't be any changes made to sfmta's local service at all, and if muni wanted to offer free transit, they would go about doing that however they wanted to do that. so i just say one more time that the bill doesn't regulate local transit fares at all. >> supervisor preston: thank
you. and just wondering if the t.a. had any comments on it. just trying to get some clarity, that i think it's uncertain to what extent there will be from the state or locally free transit. i just want to make sure that there's nothing about this bill and the planning that would in any way impede a free transit as a pilot or as a more comprehensive system. >> supervisor mandelman: and maybe we could hear from the t.a. and also from the m.t.a., and also, if i could just add onto that, i'm still having problems figuring out the money flow into a system.
sfmta. you know, while we can answer the question, i think it's important we share with you our oral perspective on the bill and appreciate that our colleagues from m.t.c. are here to talk about the transportation action plan that stemmed from the work of the blue ribbon task force, which we were very involved in, and the implications around that for s.b. 917, which is currently pending in the legislature. and while we support the efforts that are underway on all aspects that support the transit experience in the region, i would add that the sfmta is directly involved in
the work outlined by m.t.c., and we are also participating in the on going work with the region's integrating task force. we are generally supportive of the provisions of bill that align with this work, related to way finding, real-time data standards, to improve information for our customers and the efforts that were outlined to develop a connected network. our concern lies specifically with the provisions related to the integrated fare structure and basically the overreach granted to m.t.c. in the provisions of the bill. these directly infringe on san francisco's role as a charter
city. ultimately, the cost of this bill are real and the cost identified as the top three actions in the transformation action plan as noted in melanie's presentation are north of $120 million, and so we would really like to make sure that san francisco has a clear understanding of where this funding is coming from. while no funding is identified, there are clear punitive measures if agencies do not implement this bill.
the state is in prolonged recovery due to the impact of covid both in san francisco and the region. so at this point, you know, i would suggest that the bill itself -- and we're not here to take up a position on the bill, per se, but would suggest that it's premature. i think you can see that work is still underway, and we would like to see progress in that action when it comes to fare setting in particular. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, ms. breen. commissioner preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you, and thank you for the responses and additional information. i will just say, no surprise to
anyone at the t.a., any improvement in transit should move closer to transit funded by the state, and if the state won't get their act together to do that, as they're nibbling at in some of their act proposals, then we will act on it, and i appreciate all the work being done on it. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. i would like some [indiscernible]. >> right. through the chair, i would be
interested in m.t.c. staff to a response to miss breen's concerns. we have different willingness to subsidize transit, and we have different fares, so i think a lot will hinge on what this means by integrated fares and what they mean by a regional transit fare. i think i heard from rebecca that there's not any regulation of local fares, but i think that's important because backing off the fare to a regional and local split, i think the regional is meant to subsidize that. that funds does have an opportunity cost, so the question is what is the priority, what is the source of that funding, presumably,
another ballot measure that could help, as well? the home rule could have implications for us locally to then subsidize or makeup for fares if the fare is set too low, and then therefore, members of the counties would have to makeup the revenue. >> supervisor mandelman: we would be giving up authority to set our fares. we are asking the region for a subsidy for our local region, which we may not get, and then, our system deteriorates or not. >> yeah. i think the home rule question
is another question for us to figure out, figuring out, does it just pertain to muni or does it pertain to any other system that san francisco is a member of? >> supervisor mandelman: do you want to say something? >> sure. i'll take a stab. it's a complex subject. as to the home rule question, we haven't seen any detailed analysis of this from the city, so i think it would be helpful to read about the concerns. i think from conversations i've had with sfmta staff, i think, you know, to some extent, it's a philosophical concern. there could be an opportunity to change that.
i think we can navigate our way through that just in response to miss chang's comments about the transfers and impact to local service, it is true that no cost local-to-local service would affect sfmta. no proposed regulation of what the actual local fare would be, but there is a proposal to make transfers from local to local and local to regional no cost. but i think a key point there is the operators have already agreed to that as a great first
step towards moving to regional fare integration, and m.t.c. has identified funds for the first year at least to cover those costs, and i think this is all being approached in the context of ridership having, you know, fallen tremendously due to the pandemic and agencies wanting to make the system more rider friendly. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. commissioner dorsey? >> i wanted to make sure that i heard right, if there was a study about fare pricing and how that would attract more people to use transit? i know that senator becker's
stated aim in this was to do precisely that, to get more people out of automobiles and into transit regionally. did i hear that right? was there some sort of a study on that? >> yes, that is correct. it's a fare integration study, and it's something that m.t.c. and b.a.r.t. led with significant engagement, and we can provide you with the findings of that study. but it's what the costs were and what the estimated ridership impacts would be. >> thanks. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, commissioner dorsey.
there's this notion of a regional funding transportation measure, something that may not be moving forward any time soon and want to hear from m.t.c. what they're thinking about that aspect of the transportation plan. >> thank you, chair mandelman. this is something that we really haven't made a decision about. as you probably are aware, there was a lot of activity before the pandemic and in 2020 looking at authorizing a new regional measure, and it was framed as a capital measure, the mega measure. i think in light of federal funding from the infrastructure bill and state funding, as well, i think there's a recognition of where the needs are is particularly on the transit operation side of things.
we're going to be looking at a lot of decisions that have yet to be made, but it's certainly on our front burner that within a year or so many of our operators are going to be looking at a fiscal cliff as the federal covid relief funds run out. >> supervisor mandelman: all right. thank you. let's open this item to public comment. there's none in the chamber. let's see if there's any virtual. >> operator: chair, we do have public comment on this item. going to the first caller. well come, caller. your two minutes begins now.
>> thank you, chair. for the record, my name is alita dupree. my pronouns or she and her. i think the biggest premise that i see with this bill is that it acknowledges the regional nature of transportation and users of transportation in this larger community that is bay area soil. and it's not just about bringing people back to transit, but it is about being able to create a more user friendly experience and a more predictable experience. one reason why people drive their own cars instead of taking public transportation is perception because you have ownership and control over your car, that you're more likely to
get to work on time, and i maintain that public transportation is a good way to get to places on time, and i've used it for over a decade, and it's generally been true that i've gotten places on time. but people want to know how much it will cost, and transfers take time, and it's going to be hard getting 27 agencies together, but i think we can. i think we can do this, but we can't look at the numbers in a vacuum because i think that our future's going to be more people taking public transportation. just as the new york city subway recovered from a lull in 1980 to more than doubling ridership during the pandemic, but i think we can't be partisan about it. i think everybody needs to come
to the table and recognize that the sum of the parts is greater than the individual whole, w-h-o-l-e, if you will. >> operator: thank you, caller. welcome, caller. your two minutes begins now. >> so my name is francisco dacosta, and i have attended many meetings, many sfcta meetings and sfmta meetings, and everybody should remember as long as you get certain funding, you need the input from all those who are physically challenged, input from the drivers, which you all conveniently ignore, and
synchronize how [indiscernible] during this covid people using the mask. there is no enforcement, and i put people in terror. those are the things that you have to enforce and maintain before you talk about this presentation, which i paid attention to. it's very convoluted. it's more the consultants telling us to do this and that, and the beltline funding requirements can be in peril if it's taken to a higher level of adjudication. so we do have our sfcta that is broke, our m.t.a. that is broke. the only time that anything happens is when somebody steps
up and gives them a lot of money, so that's what i have to say. stop giving us these convoluted presentations. thank you very much. >> operator: thank you, caller. welcome, caller. your two minutes begins now. >> good morning, commissioners. roland [indiscernible] from san jose. a couple of quick comments is i did attend the [indiscernible] and my recollection of the m.t.c. study is that 95% of the respondents indicated that the cost of fares were not a significant factor in their decision whether to use transit or other modes of
transportation. my last comment is i do believe the study indicated that integration aspects are much more important. i can tell you personally through coordination between c.t.a., bus, light rail, and b.a.r.t. connections, i was able to save between 30 and 40 minutes on the line between san francisco and san jose. thank you. >> operator: thank you, caller. chair, there is no additional public comment. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. public comment on this item is closed. well, it seems there remains a lot of uncertainty around s.b. 917. it seems like the additional
questions are being asked by our staff. i would love to be walked through what the additional impacts to san francisco would be, but it would be nice to know exactly what the proposal is to be able to do that. keep an eye on this, folks. it looks like you, director chang -- >> yes. we can help clarify what the bill says and second what m.t.c. is proposing and third what the operators' response has been to date. there's been a little bit of confusion of what the operators' response to m.t.c.s latest proposal would be, and then, on the fare setting and other transit-type policies. so we'll address that by trying to put that in a memo and
presenting it to you at a future date. >> supervisor mandelman: that would be helpful. madam clerk, please call next item. >> clerk: item 10, major capital project update, better market street. this is an information item. >> supervisor mandelman: so the discussion continues. today, we have christina olea to bring us more updates, as well. >> good morning, chair mandelman and commissioners. my name is christina olea, and i am the project manager,
public works. i'll be providing a project update, and then we'll be providing an update on community business support during construction. i'll start by going over our schedule. we will be awarding the construction contract hopefully by the end of this month, but definitely this spring. this summer, we'll issue the notice to proceed. we'll be mobilizing for construction and conducting public outreach. you'll see the ground breaking this fall, and the construction duration is 16 months, so we expect construction to be completed by winter 2023. this is a map of our project area. we'll be working from fifth to mcallister, skipping the area of the future f-line loop, and picking back up just west of
seventh street and going to eighth street. this includes repaving the traffic lanes and repairing sidewalks, constructing new a.d.a. compliant curb ramps, widening the corners at sixth, hyde, and grove, and mason and turk. we'll be widening corners and planting new trees, installing new benches and bike racks. we have reduced the amount of utility work. there will be just minimal sewer work, including catchbasins. we're relocating one low-pressure fire hydrant and minimal o.c.s. work. these are the trees that we
will be planting in this area. we'll continue to readd or plant the london plain tree, but we'll be adding in london elm and brisbane box to maintain the habitat. we'll be adding more benches and new concrete pavers at the corners. this is a better market street funding plan. it hasn't changed since our last presentation. we are working with the u.s. department of transportation on an amendment to the bill grant, and we're also working with the mayor's office of housing on our affordable housing and sustainable communities grant, but none of the numbers have changed, and all of the funding sources remain the same.
as chair mandelman said, we wanted to minimize the impacts of businesses and people walking along the corridor. lanes will be provided for people to walk in all during construction. for bicycles, we'll be providing a seven-foot bicycle lane for bicyclists during peak hours. we looked at the bike volumes between 2019 and 2022, and even though the volumes have decreased significantly because of the pandemic, we still see that 9:30 is when the majority of bicycles have already used the corridor, and we're sort of on the decrease side, so we'll
be providing a bike lane up until 9:30 a.m., and then, no bicycle access between 9:30 and 7:00 in the inbound direction. for outbound, you can see that bicycle volumes really takeoff starting around 4:30 p.m., so there will be no bicycle access westbound between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 4:30 p.m., we'll provide a bicycle lane for bicyclists heading west. [please stand by]
would have howard or folsom as your alternate routes. if you find yourself on market street, the main detour route is 5th to howard to 11th to get around the construction zone. now i'll hand off to jada jackson from the office of economic and workforce development. >> good morning, commissioners. my name is jada jackson. i'm a project manager with office of economic and workforce development. next slide, please. so little background, in 2018 sfmta, public works, oewd and p.u.c. signed that m.o.u. to create the partnership that as the business support services component to the construction projects.
led by oewd's invest in neighborhood division, the support business owner as they navigate through construction project. in this role, i serve as a business liaison and point of contact for businesses around technical assistance, the corridor-specific marketing campaign, known better as open-for-business as well as business support and in extreme cases where there are significant delays, our office manages the directive business support program. so these suite of services have been put together to support the short-term and longer-term needs of businesses. so, in this role, the -- my responsibility is to continue strengthening efforts pertaining to construction mitigation with our partner, other city agencies and merchants to take a proactive approach, pre-construction, during
construction and after construction with wraparound services tailored for merchants to provide business education by leveraging city resources from other programs and maintain an active presence as a member of the project team. so, oewd works with a program that we house, the small business development center to provide the technical assistance to small businesses. some of the key elements is businesses will partner with a small business advisor. they will get to develop an action plan and there is constant evaluation and ongoing support. oewd also provides business education and leverages other services and programs such as the legacy business program, the small business revolving loan fund and the women's entrepreneurship fund just to name a few. so during this time, businesses have the opportunity to come
forward with a need. usually around training or one-on-one consulting. it's really a to z personalized services. this is a list of some of the areas. lease negotiations is a popular one. legal issues, access to financing and capital and training. so a little bit about the corridor specific marketing campaign. the open-for-business program provides direct marketing support based on the unique identity of that corridor where construction is taking place to attract residents, visitors and customers to the neighborhood. so it's an excuse the mess, we're still open for business. we work in close coordination with the merchants. in this instance, we have formed or are in the process of forming a better market street working group and they will help guide
the program direction and priorities for this corridor. so far we did send -- go around around do outreach to the small businesses identified in the construction zone. so the reason that we conducted that round of outreach was to develop a connection with the merchants to make sure they were aware of the project, to share information about plenty of small business services that oewd offers, including grants and loans, and then also to invite participants or merchants to join the working group to help direct the open for business marketing campaign.
ambassadors, if they didn't reach the merchants to person, then they followed up via phone call or e-mail so we could try to reach businesses that are operating remotely or with limited hours. so there were 105 businesses on our list. 31 businesses chose to complete the survey. we were able to reach 67 of the businesses. there is a lot of construction under way and sometimes we just didn't have a way to contact the businesses. 17 businesses expressed interest in joining a working group, which is huge. we usually have 6-10 businesses that are interested. 14 appear to be eligible, a small business on the corridor
with the store front and 14 businesses initially signed the requesting-more information around additional service business supports. so the next step is additional outreach which i will be performing in june going door-to-door to the businesses, providing a resource guide that details resources available for small businesses. everything from technical assistance, ada assistance, as well as access to loans and grants. the resource guide contains a blurb about the project and all contact information. i will definitely continue to inform small businesses with connections they can connect with. i'll continue to engage with both the better market street project team, but we are scheduling a kickoff meeting with the working group for creating this marketing campaign. thank you.
and my contact information is on the screen. if anyone has questions, feel free to e-mail me or call. >> thank you. i'm looking to see if colleagues have questions or comments. they do not appear to. let's see if we have any virtual public comment? >> we're checking for comment on this item. i see no public comment. >> chair ronen: public comment on comment 10 is closed. thanks for the presentations. madame clerk, please call item 11. >> major capital project update caltrain modernization, this is an information item. >> we have caltrain.
>> yes, good morning, chair mandelman, commissioners. i'm joined by our chief of communications and the head of the caltrain modernization program. really wanted to thank the commission for the opportunity to present this item. we've had several important milestones since we last reported, including the completion of all 3,000 concrete foundations along the corridor and the arrival of the first train sets on the property. we also had a major effort in which we updated the project budget at the end of 2021. and we instituted several new methods to control costs and to incentivize the contractor which includes incentives for them finishing early and the establishment of a shared risk pool by which the contractor and the j.p.b. would share with, but
also manage risk. we've seen that as very successful. we established this pool in the time since we reset the program, so we'll call it the last seven months, only $400,000 out of $50 million has been used. previous our contractor was coming to us with 8-10 change orders a day. and so we're really seeing some benefit from that. so i just wanted to highlight that. the others will also highlight that in the presentation. we appreciate the collaboration from the staff and that is embedded in the program as part of the change management board. finally, i want to thank the commissioners for their support of the program. we can see the finish line for electric find service.
>> hi, everyone. wonderful. you have a longer presentation in front of you, but i'm just going to focus on a few key slides, so you'll see me skip through those, but they're in your packet for you to review at a later time. a québec reminder, caltrain is 77 miles, but the portion of the caltrain corridor that is electrified is owned -- south of that union pacific and we're not electric phiing at this point.
just a quick reminder, the downtown extension will need electrified service. san jose has efforts to rebuild there and high speed rail will be using that same infrastructure on the corridor. a reminder about the project and the details, caltrain's been around 150 years, and we're at this key moment for the change for the corridor which is really exciting. the details are it's a 25-kv system. that's the same infrastructure we'll be using and we'll have six trains per hour per direction when electrified and we'll be replacing 75% of the fleet. the reason we need the diesel fleet is for the additional extension and to get to 100% electrified. we'll be the first diesel to electric railroad in north america. it's something we should be proud of and we're leading the country in this transformation
to a cleaner environment. for the timeline, we started construction in 2017. as you see in later slides, we've been building during a pandemic so we have faced challenges in the last few years. but we're excited about the milestones. we'll tell you what happened this year and 2024, just two years away, we'll have passengers on the corridor. as far as the milestones, a large one for us was the completion of all the foundations in january of 2022. over 3,000 were needed to be dug into the ground of this 150-year-old rightaway. you can imagine we found lots of different things and had to move them around. when we finished that, that eliminated a large risk for the project, because all the other work going forward is above ground and has a more known quantity to us. the trains, the first two sets have just arrived.
our poles will be complete later this year. the wire will be finished in 2023 and we'll do the testing of the next few years. again, 2024 is the key date for us. a picture of the trains we're so proud of on the corridor. we hope to have you to events this summer and events for the public later in the fall. i do not want to forget that we're happy supervisor walton joined us last year for the event on the foundation and we hope to have a broader group attend this summer when we'll have a safe place looking out for the health concerns of the community. i'm going to skip through these to get to the meat. we have safety improvements with the project, technology in place, going from diesel to electric, very large sustainability and energy independence goals we're meeting. in terms of equity, you can see on this map, communities of concern and where we're going to
be having a cleaner environment for them. as well as we've changed our service to improve our midday and off-peak service and when we have new electric trains, we'll be able to improve that performance. we're touching 36 different states, so it's not just about california. it shows that these big projects, you know, can touch the whole country. here's a couple slides i want to focus on a little more detail. again, the new project update of cost is $2.44 billion. we saw a cost increase around 262 and then we received some funding, so the funding gap we're looking to fill right now, $410 million. some of the reasons for that, the new signal system, we needed to have enhanced scope from the original design and make sure that was approved and compatible with the needs of union pacific, f.r.a., the federal railroad
administration and the high speed rail authority. some of the other cost increases, supply chain constraints, again work during the pandemic, labor shortages, direct covid-related delays and all the underground conditions we talked about. reminder the change in management board. we have members from san francisco on the board. they meet on a regular basis. we have an open-door policy with them and their action is required on any changes over $200,000, so they true are part of the effort for the project. some of the strategies we're looking at to fund the project at the state level, i'm sure everyone is aware, there is nearly $100 billion surplus that is discussed. we're very much in the conversations about what that package could look like, how this project could receive a significant amount of funding for that and we're if feeling hopeful. we're at this unique moment in time when there are not only opportunities at the state
level, at the federal level there are opportunities because of the passed bipartisan infrastructure bill. we have listed here some of the target programs we're going after. we can talk in detail around our efforts around any of these, but we do have opportunities at the state and federal level to meet this funding gap. we cannot thank again all of the support for the project. we were just in d.c. last year and -- not last year -- two weeks ago, and we really are grateful for the support we have at the federal level, the state level, at the local level for the members that are here with employers, labor, environmental, transportation entities, riders, we're all excited about seeing this project hit the finish line which is right around the corner. with that i'll turn it back over to the team.
>> any final comments? >> i don't. we're looking forward to any questions you may have. >> chair ronen: you may be in luck, because i don't see any. let's open up our remote public comment. >> okay, chair, we do have public comment on this item. going to the first caller. welcome, caller, your two minutes begins now. >> caller: thank you. [indiscernible] very good presentation. i've been going to these for a long time, caltrain meetings for five years. i learn something new every time somebody gives these presentations, so thank you. i filed the foundation work -- followed and that was really the big centerpiece of building this
project, because -- [indiscernible] -- wiring in, pictures, foundation. so that got done and now there is work going on with the wires and the poles and i think i read somewhere that a major milestone was reached with the signal system. so, i ask all of you to really support this project. it's tough doing projects like this. they do go up and costs, but it's great and it shouldn't stop just with the 52 miles. i would certainly say look at some kind of locomotives for -- [indiscernible] -- so we can run them under electricity in the -- territory and then switch over to the -- 25 miles or so down to gilroy, so we can maximize the use of the electrical
infrastructure. i hope that caltrain will keep coming to see you and keep you updated, because we all need to be informed. i'm very appreciative for caltrain once again coming out to show you. it's good work. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. hello, caller, your two minutes begins now. >> caller: hello again, commissioners. rowan. i'd like to circle back to where you were 10 years ago. the estimate at that time $1.2 billion, not 2.4. and the estimated completion date was 2019 not 2024. the current project manager is a fifth one. the fourth one was --
[indiscernible] -- which i had inspected and i believe most of you also, too. -- respected. -- budget and schedule issues is the very reason why we have been having these governments discussions. -- i personally don't see any way that project can be completed in 2024. thank you. >> chair, there are no more additional comments. >> chair ronen: public comment is closed. thank you, director and chief communications officer and we will look forward to hearing further updates as that gap is closed and we get closer to
finishing the project. madame clerk, please call item 12. >> item 12, internal accounting report, investment report and debt expenditure report for the nine months ending march 31, 2022. this is an information item. >> hello, good morning. can everyone see me. director fong. okay. great. this is your quarterly update for the transportation authority's financial position for the third quarter for fiscal year 21-22. this quarter we earned $96.1 million in revenues, $74.5 million were for our sales tax revenue. i'm happy to see that sales tax revenue is coming in strong as covid-19 restrictions have been released -- or have been more relaxed by our public health
office. we also have $3.5 million in vehicle registration fees. $3.1 million in traffic mitigation tax and we have a total of $14.8 million in total program revenues. revenues have been slightly higher than our budget targets, which is wonderful. expenditures, we've incurred $91.8 million of expenditures. this includes $19.6 million in our biannual debt payments. we have $7.3 million in personnel costs to this point. and that often includes non-personnel expenditures. for project costs, we have $64.8 million for expenditures up to date. these expenditures are still under our budget target and that's typical for third quarter. we're about 60% of our anticipated expenditures for the year at the first nine months of fiscal year 21-22.
now at this point we have approximately 56% of our investable assets sitting with the treasury pool. these are in compliance with the code and adopted investment policy. this is needed liquidity for us and in terms of our debt compliance, we continue to be in compliance and make our debt payments timely. we haven't drawn anything from our $125 million revolving credit agreement loan with u.s. bank. with that, i'm happy to take any questions. >> chair ronen: thank you, deputy director fong. i do not see comments or questions from colleagues. let's open this to public comment. >> public comment on item number 12. i see no public comment. >> chair ronen: public comment on item 12 is closed. ms. fong, continue to keep us in
good financial shape. madame clerk, please call item 13. >> item 13, introduction of new items. this is an information item. >> chair ronen: anybody on the roster -- nobody on the roster, so please call item 14. >> item 14, general public comment. >> chair ronen: do we have any remote public comment? >> yes, we do, chair. i'll go to the first caller. hello, caller, your two minutes begins now. >> caller: thanks again, chair mandelman. she and her -- i just had cashews. good meeting today. informational work is just as important as action items because it informs us as to the actions that will be taken.
i saw the theme in today's meeting. the early emphasize of the importance of regional thought and significance because san francisco is not an island. it's surrounded by water, but it's not an island just as manhattan is an island and is connected by something like 16 subway tunnels and bridges. we don't want to be an island. so how we reach out to those who need to use san francisco transportation on the regional basis in an inclusive and wholistic manner, because -- challenges in one that is very different from us. so as you think about transportation, i ask that you consider the importance of people who are not like yourselves that may be uncomfortable to be around people that are not like yourselves, but i ensure you it is not unsafe.
i look forward to once again coming to my beloved san francisco. even though i'm sitting here on the 702, i ensure you that san francisco is always with me and i look forward to being back and using san francisco transportation. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. hello, caller, your two minutes begins now. >> caller: good morning, supervisors. i'd like to welcome commissioner to the party i guess. i look forward to sitting there with the staff and introduce ultimate alignment that emanates impacts on soma instead of --
90° after proposed widely the -- [indiscernible] -- and when we do this, i look forward to explaining to him the full length platform which are currently half -- [indiscernible] and also how we're going to be able to continue all the way to embarcadero. we're going to be crossing the bay. the impacts on the high rise building. thank you. >> thank you, caller. chair, there are no more additional callers. >> all right, public comment is closed. madame clerk, please call item 15. >> item 15 adjournment. >> we are adjourned.
about what kind of contribution i can make on a personal level to the environment. >> it was really easy to sign up for the program. i just went online to cleanpowersf.org, i signed up and then started getting pieces in the mail letting me know i was going switch over and poof it happened. now when i want to pay my bill, i go to pg&e and i don't see any difference in paying now. if you're a family on the budget, if you sign up for the regular green program, it's not going to change your bill at all. you can sign up online or call. you'll have the peace of mind knowing you're doing your part in your household to help the environment.
>> it is a ranger. it has the same responsibilities as a ranger, security of the watershed, assisting the public. providing interpretation when necessarily and protecting water quality. i love to help people in many waves. path has that experience and training. his professionalism is there when there is danger. we hope there isn't. i know accidents can happen. when they do, it is important to have someone like path -- like pat available. they were treating weeds using the utv. it is an off road vehicle seating two peak. they rolled the utv in a remote area.
pat was first on the scene. >> i was 100% relieved that pat was there to calm the situation down, to know what to do for the injuries we had and to make sure the right people were on the way. i think that in that moment, pat shined as he would in that type of situation. >> it is important for us. we are a small staff with a large area to patrol. if we don't have the support of the public we will not have their eyes on our watershed. we work closely with the neighboring organizations, whether they be east bay regional parks or the garden club. we try to involve them in protecting the watershed. >> there is a lot of ways pat engages the community and stakeholders in every case. i would say pat does it in a
professional and uplifting way because of his personality. >> it is a team effort. that is what i like best is that we have successfully created a team to work well together, play well together and they do a good job on the watershed. >> pat the wore she of the -- worthy of the award. he cares about the community that engages the land and fellow employees. pat is about the team. always willing to lend a hand when somebody needs a hand. i have worked with him for three years and witnessed firsthand the benefits of the professionalism, commitment and passion. he is wore these of the golden pride award inmize mind. >> i am pat jones the watershed keeper for san francisco water.
outlast me and make a mark on a landscape or industry. ♪♪♪ we do a lot of the big sexy jobs, the stacked towers, transit center, a lot of the note worthy projects. i'm second generation construction. my dad was in it and for me it just felt right. i was about 16 when i first started drafting home plans for people and working my way through college. in college i became a project engineer on the job, replacing others who were there previously and took over for them. the transit center project is about a million square feet. the entire floor is for commuter buses to come in and drop off,
there will be five and a half acre city park accessible to everyone. it has an amputheater and water marsh that will filter it through to use it for landscaping. bay area council is big here in the area, and they have a gender equity group. i love going to the workshops. it's where i met jessica. >> we hit it off, we were both in the same field and the only two women in the same. >> through that friendship did we discover that our projects are interrelated. >> the projects provide the power from san jose to san francisco and end in the trans bay terminal where amanda was in charge of construction.
>> without her project basically i have a fancy bus stop. she has headed up the women's network and i do, too. we have exchanged a lot of ideas on how to get groups to work together. it's been a good partnership for us. >> women can play leadership role in this field. >> i tell him that the schedule is behind, his work is crappy. he starts dropping f-bombs and i say if you're going to talk to me like that, the meeting is over. so these are the challenges that we face over and over again. the reality, okay, but it is getting better i think. >> it has been great to bond with other women in the field. we lack diversity and so we have
to support each other and change the culture a bit so more women see it as a great field that they can succeed in. >> what drew me in, i could use more of my mind than my body to get the work done. >> it's important for women to network with each other, especially in construction. the percentage of women and men in construction is so different. it's hard to feel a part of something and you feel alone. >> it's fun to play a leadership role in an important project, this is important for the transportation of the entire peninsula. >> to have that person -- of women coming into construction, returning to construction from family leave and creating the network of women that can rely on each other. >> women are the main source of income in your household. show of hands. >> people are very charmed with the idea of the reverse role,
that there's a dad at home instead of a mom. you won't have gender equity in the office until it's at home. >> whatever you do, be the best you can be. don't say i can't do it, you can excel and do whatever you want. just put your mind into it. >> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses, and challenges residents to do their shopping within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services in our neighborhood, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i am the owner of this restaurant. we have been here in north beach over 100 years. [speaking foreign language]
it across the city. [♪♪] the tenderloin is home to families, immigrants, seniors, merchants, workers, and the housed and unhoused who all deserve a thriving neighborhood to call home. the tenderloin emergency initiative was launched to improve safety, reduce crime, connect people to services, and increase investments in the neighborhood. >> the department of homelessness and supportive housing is responsible for providing resources to people living on the streets. we can do assessments on the streets to see what people are eligible for as far as permanent housing. we also link people with shelter that's available. it could be congregate shelter, the navigation center, the homeless outreach team links those people with those resources and the tenderloin needs that more than anywhere
else in the city. >> they're staffing a variety of our street teams, our street crisis response team, our street overdose response team, and our newly launched wellness response team. we have received feedback from community members, from residents, community organizations that we need an extra level and an extra level of impact and more impactful care to serve this community's needs and that's what the fire department and the community's paramedics are bringing today to this issue. >> the staff at san francisco community health center has really taken up the initiative of providing a community-based outreach for the neighborhood. so we're out there at this point monday through saturday letting residents know this is a service they can access really just describing the service, you know, the shower, the laundry, the food, all the different resources and referrals that can be made and really just providing the neighborhood with a face, this is something that we've seen
>> we are providing breakfast, lunch, and supper for the kids. >> say hi. hi. what's your favorite? the carrots. >> the pizza? >> i'm not going to eat the pizza. >> you like the pizza? >> they will eat anything. >> yeah, well, okay. >> sfusd's meal program right now is passing out five days worth of meals for monday through friday. the program came about when the shelter in place order came about for san francisco. we have a lot of students that depend on school lunches to meet their daily nutritional
requirement. we have families that can't take a hit like that because they have to make three meals instead of one meal. >> for the lunch, we have turkey sandwiches. right now, we have spaghetti and meat balls, we have chicken enchiladas, and then, we have cereals and fruits and crackers, and then we have the milk. >> we heard about the school districts, that they didn't know if they were going to be
able to provide it, so we've been successful in going to the stores and providing some things. they've been helpful, pointing out making sure everybody is wearing masks, making sure they're staying distant, and everybody is doing their jobs, so that's a great thing when you're working with many kid does. >> the feedback has been really good. everybody seems really appreciative. they do request a little bit more variety, which has been hard, trying to find different types of food, but for the most part, everyone seems appreciative. growing up, i depended on them, as well, so it reminds me of myself growing up.
. >> president yee: of the 26 neighborhoods we have in west portal, it's probably the most unique in terms of a small little town. you can walk around here, and it feels different from the rest of san francisco. people know each other. they shop here, they drink wine here. what makes it different is not only the people that live here, but the businesses, and without all these establishments, you wouldn't know one neighborhood from the other. el toreador is a unique restaurant. it's my favorite restaurant in san francisco, but when you
look around, there's nowhere else that you'll see decorations like this, and it makes you feel like you're in a different world, which is very symbolic of west portal itself. >> well, the restaurant has been here since 1957, so we're going on 63 years in the neighborhood. my family came into it in 1987, with me coming in in 1988. >> my husband was a designer, and he knew a lot about art, and he loved color, so that's what inspired him to do the decorations. the few times we went to mexico, we tried to get as many things as we can, and we'd bring it in. even though we don't have no space, we try to make more
space for everything else. >> president yee: juan of the reasons we came up with the legacy business concept, man eel businesses were closing down for a variety of reasons. it was a reaction to trying to keep our older businesses continuing in the city, and i think we've had some success, and i think this restaurant itself is probably proof that it works. >> having the legacy business experience has helped us a lot, too because it makes it good for us because we have been in business so long and stayed here so long. >> we get to know people by name, and they bring their children, so we get to know them, also. it's a great experience to get to know them. supervisor yee comes to eat at
the restaurant, so he's a wonderful customer, and he's very loyal to us. >> president yee: my favorite dish is the chile rellenos. i almost never from the same things. my owner's son comes out, you want the same thing again? >> well, we are known for our mole, and we do three different types of mole. in the beginning, i wasn't too familiar with the whole legacy program, but san francisco, being committed to preserve a lot of the old-time businesses, it's important to preserve a lot of the old time flavor of these neighborhoods, and in that capacity, it was great to be recognized by the city and county of san francisco. >> i've been here 40 years, and
i hope it will be another 40 yeararararararararararararararr (♪♪) [applause] >> thank you, lion dancers. [applause] you know it's a special occasion in san francisco anytime that you see the lion dancers here. and we are certainly celebrating a special occasion today. so it's so wonderful to see everybody. the weather is wonderful. the pre-program with all of the
skaters is wonderful. and it's great to see everybody here today. and you know what we're celebrating, right? [cheers and applause] we are celebrating because this 3.3 mile stretch of road behind me is finally permanently car free [cheers and applause] and it's wonderful to see so many people still behind us just walking and biking and skating. and it's wonderful to see people of all ages enjoying this promenade. my name is carol ann tyler and i'm your m.c. for this long overdue celebration. [applause] i was a news reporter and an anchor at abc 7 for more than 30 years.
[applause] thank you. i covered a lot of the city's challenges, and also successes and this is certainly a major success. [applause] j.f.k. drive is such a massive success that it is resonating all over the country. people are talking about what you have managed to do here. it's hard to believe that this oasis where now we're going to see all sorts of cyclists and pedestrians and walkers and everybody coming out and enjoying it, it's hard to believe that this is once on the high injury network. can you believe it? now it's off permanently. [applause] and that success is thanks to all of you and it is thanks to the bold leadership of our mayor, london breed. [cheers and applause] who has
always been a strong advocate for the city's parks and open spaces. i was hoping that she'd come out here on roller skates, but guess not today. but, please welcome to the stage the honorable london breed. [applause] >> thank you, carolyn. well, i really was going to come out here in roller skates, but then i got a little nervous. i didn't want anyone to catch me falling on video. i will say that i i'm just really happy about what we're doing here today. and i don't know about you, but i'm a big fan of "bridgerton" that is on netflix, and i always wanted to promenade down some sort of walkway, because they always talk about going somewhere to promenade and now we have our own promenade here on j.f.k. it's going from a
drive to a promenade, a place that we can all enjoy. and i remember coming here with my aunt who went to washington high school and i thought that i was a big girl hanging out with all of the high school students this place was always packed with people on roller skates with those radios that we had to use the big batteries with. and a lot of people would roller skate and some bike, and mostly roller skaters back then and david miles will remember that time because i think that he was a grown-up during that time and i was just an itty-bitty kid. and the fact is that, you know, this is an incredible park. and it's a huge park filled with open space, with plenty of opportunities for so many different things. i know that many of you are so happy and grateful for what we were able to do together, not just me but all of you who advocated for this for many years as well as the members of the board of supervisors who are joining us here today.
supervisor mandelman and supervisor mar and supervisor preston. and getting that level of support, because it does take courage and i know that this was not an easy thing to do. but at the end of the day this was the right thing to do for the people of san francisco. that's why i'm so proud to be here and so proud to kick this off. golden gate park is a special place and when i traveled all over the country and all over the world to talk about san francisco, to talk about reasons to come to san francisco to visit, to convention, i talked about golden gate park and the fact that j.f.k. is now car-free and the fact that we have a battery bus opening up. and tunnel top park and san francisco park, and all of these great, wonderful open spaces in san francisco that are available. and i will say that this park
was my saving grace during the global pandemic. i know that many of you felt the same way. because i would come up here on a regular basis in disguise. and i would see the people with their babies in strollers. i would see folks in wheelchairs and i would see people on their bikes and i would see kids rollerskating and i would see them on their scooters and the thing that i saw more than anything else was not just all of the folks who were using this area, but i loved seeing the smiles on people's faces to be able to be out here in this way and to enjoy this incredible open space. so this is a victory for san francisco. this is something that we will be able to treasure, that kids now growing up and going roller skating and hanging out on j.f.k. promenade will be able to share with their children in this city. and i want to really thank so
many of the various mommy groups because, man, when moms get together and they want something to happen, they don't mess around. you better get out of their way and i want to thank all of the parents, the families, the community. i want to thank church on wheels and david miles. [applause] i want to thank the grannies over there too, and all of the great people. this is just really a beautiful day for san francisco. and it means so much and i'm so proud to be here today to sign this legislation, and i want to thank the rec and park director phil ginsburg, and the director of m.p.a., jeff tumlin. and they drove me nuts through this process, but they were fierce advocates for what they knew was right thing to do. the city has changed. people are using various modes
of transportation and how we get around is so perspective. but also -- important. but also how we have open space where we can feel safe. san francisco is one of the densest cities in the country and that's why a space like this being car free is so critical to ensuring that we have the ability to move around, to skate around and to bike around free of vehicles, because this is not a place that should be a highway or a freeway, or a cut-through. it needs to be a place for people to enjoy. and it's a space that you guys are going to enjoy, that you're going to take care of and you're going to continue to be proud of. so i'm excited to sign this legislation, but clearly somebody wanted to have a party today. so i think that i'm going to leo introduce phil or do you want me to bring him up? okay, you want to come on up. but, clearly, somebody wanted to have a party today because it's
a big deal and it is a celebration. and as carolyn has said, you know, people are talking about this all over the country, and really surprised and happy that we were able to make this happen. i think that this is going to be something that can happen for other large parks in the u.s. so i am just glad to be here and i am glad that you are all here and this is your golden gate park, enjoy it. >> thank you, madam mayor. i mean, golden gate park is definitely one of the crown jewels of this city and is known really worldwide and so it's great to have the car free stretch that the mayor is going to sign into law today. as she said, if we learned anything during the pandemic, it was that our parks are not luxuries. they're necessities. mayor breed talked about coming here to golden gate park in
disguise. well, i went to my neighborhood and walked all the time along the marino green and into chrissy field and it really helped during those dark days. these parks are really essential to our mental and physical health. they are some of the highest points during those dark days for us, during the health emergency. and they will continue to be here for us so that we can enjoy. i mean, just look around and it's so beautiful and so amazing. and the beautiful parks in san francisco are maintained by a very hard-working staff at the department of rec and parks. and we would like to give a hand clap to them. [applause] and our next speaker is the general manager of the department, phil ginsburg. [applause] >> hey, let's give it up for carolyn.
thank you so much for being here today to celebrate this. so someone once said that the best way to avoid criticism in life is to do nothing. that's not what we did today. great cities do great things and great leaders, mayor, help cities to do great things. and that takes bold leadership, it takes courage, and we are really grateful to you for your vision and for leaning into this, for steering us. thank you. thank you, thank you. [applause] we also really want to celebrate and to acknowledge the co-chairs of the legislation, assemblyman matt haney and our three board members from the board of supervisors, give it up for them. [applause] so golden gate park has always been the keeper of san
francisco's stories. it housed refugees during the 1906 earthquake, and fire, and it's seen the heartbeat of love. and it has memorial grove and you can see it right here is a place of national reflection for all touched by h.i.v. and aids. and most recently as the mayor noted, golden gate park provided connection and healing during the covid-19 lockdown. and for me one of my greatest personal challenges during the covid-19 lockdown was indeed having a mayor in disguise here every single day. today we're adding a new chapter about the future of our city. this story is one of joy and safety, of people-centered parks and the determination of families. urban planner fred kent who was probably the founder of the modern placemaking movement said, that if you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get --
you get cars and traffic. if you plan for people and places, you get people and places. of course that is easier said than done. and we couldn't have done it all without our partners from sfmta we are incredibly grateful to mta staff for their hard work and jeff tumlin -- where are you? just come on out and take a bow, please. [applause] jeff is our leader. he is a visionary in the pursuit of healthier, safer and more sustainable san francisco. and he's here every day too. i got a handful of difficult customers. anyway, jeff, thank you for leaning into this with your technical expertise, but most importantly, with your heart and empathy for making sure that
this park is accessible and available for everyone. thank you, jeff, so much. i also, as carolyn mentioned, i really want to thank our rec and park team who shepherded this project over two years and served with impassionate debate on all sides and our director of public affairs who worked so hard on this whole project for two years and worked so hard on throwing a great party today, sarah madlin. [applause] but none of this happens without all of you, so we want to thank all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to secure this space thank you, david miles, thank you, where are you? the hardest working man in skating. the church of eight wheels, walk s.f. and the mayor's office on disability. and san francisco bike coalition and so many other wonderful grassroots organizations, i really want to thank tilley
chan, with the transportation authority and the sfmta board of directors and our very own rec and park commission for leaning in and sitting through some sawflly long hearings. but the last and the most important thank you goes to all of you. more than 10,000 san franciscans engaged with us during this conversation over eight months of outreach. and your input has not only led to a permanently car free j.f.k., but 45 different access improvements to ensure that everyone can enjoy this space. you all made the next chapter of san francisco's story today, you made history. thank you very much. and madam mayor -- we have a little something for you. a sign which we hope that adorns your office. you no longer need to be here in disguise. you are welcome along j.f.k. promenade anytime. [applause]
>> now if we could only find that guy from "bridgerton" to go with you. [laughter] mr. hotness, yes. [laughter]. thank you, phil, for those words. you know, car-free j.f.k. at its heart is all about kids as the mayor mentioned. i grew up in cheyenne, wyoming, and it's big open spaces and i never had to worry about a car running my down when i was trying to learn to ride a bicycle. in a big urban city like this, that's not necessarily the case so when you think about car-free j.f.k., i think about the kids who can learn how to skate, following in the footsteps of david miles, or can learn to ride their bike with their parents. things like that. they can get out in nature. they can play. the fresh air is accessible.
those are the things that really make a difference. and parents as the mayor mentioned played a huge role in advocating for this car-free space. and so we want to recognize one mom but she really encompasses the work of a lot of the moms and dads who have been pushing for the last couple years trying to get this going. so please welcome to the stage now district one mom and advocate, leanne chang. >> thank you. [applause] i am so honored to be here today with madame mayor london breed. i'm leanne chang, one of so many parents who love this space for our families and who got involved to help to make it permanent. almost exactly two years ago,
mayor breed created a car-free space here in golden gate park and mcclaren park so that we could have space for socially distanced recreation. and i want to share a little story with you from the very earliest days of the pandemic when we were sheltering in place. after many days of saying inside of our apartment, the first place that i took my son, he's over there in the pink pants -- jay -- he was three years old at the time and it was golden gate park. and on the way over here, it just felt like a revelation to me to be back in this city, like, back on streets of this city which, like, was so much more beautiful than i remembered. and i know that jay felt it too as we were crossing the street just up there at 8th avenue and we could start to smell the trees and see people walking and sitting on the grass, suddenly jay belted out "i love this
town." i love everything in this town. i love everything and everybody in this town. and that was his song as we made our way to a quiet corner of the park where we reconnected with nature. and from an extremely safe distance we reconnected with other safe san franciscans. and then mayor breed created a safe car-free space here on j.f.k. and suddenly we had a space where we could be not only in the city surrounded by the diversity of people and activities that you can only find in a city and really only in this city of san francisco. and at the same time, be safe from dangerous traffic. so, jay could listen to the music and join the party here at the skating place, and get a snack from a food truck. in fact, riding his bike, and, at the same time to see and meet
other kids and adults, learning and even practicing tricks on theirs. and all of this was so much more carefree for me, you know, not feeling like i had to constantly watch for cars. so i will be forever grateful to you, madame mayor london breed, for seeing that this safe family-friendly, climate-friendly space, could benefit san franciscans for so much more time after the pandemic. for every kid who now gets to grow up with the j.f.k. promenade for generations to come, i thank you. your leadership -- [applause] your leadership in creating the j.f.k. promenade makes me feel the way that i think that my son did when he sang out, i love this town, i love everything in
this town, i love everybody in this town. so, thank you. [applause] >> thank you, leanne. i love this town! [cheers and applause] i love this new promenade. and i'd like to thank everybody who came out today to celebrate so we're going to conclude our speaking portion of the program but we want all of the speakers to gather around because the mayor is now going to make this promenade official. she's at the picnic table. everybody should go over there as she signs the car-free j.f.k. ordinance into the law of the land. [applause] >> all right, are we ready to see this become law?
>> hello, friends. i'm the deputy superintendent of instruction at san francisco unified school district, but you can call me miss vickie. what you see over the next hour has been created and planned by our san francisco teachers for our students. >> our premise came about for san francisco families that didn't have access to technology, and that's primarily children preschool to second grade. >> when we started doing this distance learning, everything was geared for third grade and up, and we work with the little once, and it's like how were
they still processing the information? how were they supposed to keep learning? >> i thought about reaching the student who didn't have internet, who didn't have computers, and i wanted them to be able to see me on the t.v. and at least get some connection with my kids that way. >> thank you, friends. see you next time. >> hi, friend. >> today's tuesday, april 28, 2020. it's me, teacher sharon, and i'm back again. >> i got an e-mail saying that i had an opportunity to be on a show. i'm, like, what? >> i actually got an e-mail from the early education department, saying they were saying of doing a t.v. show, and i was selected to be one of the people on it, if i was interested. i was scared, nervous.
i don't like public speaking and all the above. but it worked out. >> talk into a camera, waiting for a response, pretending that oh, yeah, i hear you, it's so very weird. i'm used to having a classroom with 17 students sitting in front of me, where they're all moving around and having to have them, like, oh, sit down, oh, can you hear them? let's listen. >> hi guys. >> i kind of have stage flight when i'm on t.v. because i'm normally quiet? >> she's never quiet. >> no, i'm not quiet. >> my sister was, like, i saw you on t.v.
my teacher was, i saw you on youtube. it was exciting, how the community started watching. >> it was a lot of fun. it also pushed me outside of my comfort zone, having to make my own visuals and lesson plans so quickly that ended up being a lot of fun. >> i want to end today with a thank you. thank you for spending time with us. it was a great pleasure, and see you all in the fall. >> i'm so happy to see you today. today is the last day of the school year, yea! >> it really helped me in my teaching. i'm excited to go back teaching my kids, yeah. >> we received a lot of amazing feedback from kiddos, who have seen their own personal teacher
on television. >> when we would watch as a family, my younger son, kai, especially during the filipino episodes, like, wow, like, i'm proud to be a filipino. >> being able to connect with someone they know on television has been really, really powerful for them. and as a mom, i can tell you that's so important. the social confidence development of our early learners. [♪♪♪]
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