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>> good afternoon, everyone. my name is mustafa, and i moved here ten years ago and i started driving four years ago because it was the only way i could make enough money while going to city college. every year, it gets more expensive to live in the city. we've seen our rates go up over time, so in order to make the same amount of money, i need to work 70 to 80 hours a week, and that's not good for everyone and dangerous for everyone else on the road. i have to live with six other people in a studio apartment in the city, and lots of people have to live in their cars so they can save money and support their families while the c.e.o. of uber just purchased a $17
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million mansion in san francisco just a couple of months ago. we shareholder the cost of gas, upkeep, and depreciation of our cars. uber employees are set to become millionaires and gain more work than they already have. next month, uber and other companies will make millions, but we still deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please.
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>> -- i come to ride share driving after two years of recovery from a severe neck trauma. when i started, i could support my family and ride share looked promising. now it looks like these companies want to destroy protections put in place. these companies are trying to make a game out of people's livelihoods. uber and lyft workers are becoming millionaires while i'm struggling to make ends meet.
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>> i'm jennie worley from a.f.t. 2121 at city college of san francisco. increasingly over the past ten years i've noticed my students moving farther and farther to the far east bay, commuting from places like antioch. the free city program has helped a lot, has let a lot of san francisco students go back to school at city college, but i'm still seeing students really struggling every week to pay their rent. last week, i had a student in my women's literature class who is a newly single mother who was struggling to get out of a dangerous housing situation. she couldn't move in with her mom because her mom had already had to move out of san francisco. she couldn't move in with her dad because he was living in a tiny apartment, driving for uber. so she was missing classes
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every week. i had the student report to me hopeful going to another open house for an apartment, and had another applicant show up and give a year's rent in advance and get the apartment out from under them. our facility are commuting from far away, and despite a new contract that we got, thanks, supervisor mandelman, we're having trouble recruiting faculty? they'll research the housing costs in san francisco and decline the job. so we're hemorrhaging positions in departments like nursing and unfortunately, computer science. the college has been forced between offering a living wage and covering classes that the community wants and needs, and we're currently in the process of cutting classes across the curriculum. this can't go on.
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we need to turn up a new generation -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i'm pretty good at numbers, and i did a thesis on the information through information that was placed newspapers during the time -- placed in nups during the time that ed -- newspapers during the time that ed lee was alive. i told them $217 billion of uncollected payroll taxes. i went to peskin's office and made a presentation in front of him. i told him you can't keep doing this because you're going to create a negative cash flow. the last seven months of ed lee's life, he told each and every department you have to cutback 10%, stop employing people in your department and cutback on your expenses because you had an $85 million
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cash flow. and when you took over after his death, you still had an $88.5 million cash flow. when the president did his tax cuts and unnecessary tax regulations, all the big companies, multibillion dollar companies such as apple came back to the united states and started booming. apple brought back 500 billion to the united states. that's how you got your 11.5 in your budget. the tax figures that you presented today were disproved by ed lee. companies including twitter broke all the records yesterday, so your figures are not up to date because the record was just broke
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yesterday. and about the tech boom, the tech boom starts with the races, justin herman plaza, when you started with the fillmore and displaced my people -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. my name's kathy burik. i'm a member of seiu 2121. i'm intersectionally here. this wasn't what i planned to say, but after i heard the student with uber speak, they have to be taxed. when he heard the -- when i heard the person talk about how the deals were made in 2012, why weren't community people or community organizations not at the table? why was it just deals with the
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corporations and whose jobs were being lost? i'm sorry, it's like -- i won't go there because that wasn't what i planned to say. what i wanted to -- when i read this article about tech real estate agents from a firm called compass said, are we going to see a one bedroom condo worth less than $1 million in the next five years? probably not. and i'm not surprised because i saw condos built right across the street from where i live starting at $1.1 million. meanwhile, one of the supervisors had to move out of the neighborhood. she was sharing three bedrooms with five people, and she had to move because the rent jumped from 3,000 to 5,000.
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this is a really low estimate of homeless students on ocean campus, 120 to 150 each semester. and those are only the students on ocean willing to go to apply to qualify. even at u.s.f., we have -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is danielle arribe. i'm an east bay native, and i've lived in district one for 20 years. and i've been personally affected just in the stress and worry that i might lose my rent controlled apartment. i've seen friends had to leave, and what i want to talk about is development without displacement because we need to take care of our local residents. all those people that are coming from all over the country and all over the world to make $100,000 and more, what
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about also training locals, 10, 15, whatever percent, having -- putting pressure on these companies to train locals in the tech industry, however they can work in these industries, have a living wage with benefits and everything, whether it's uber or lyft or whatever companies there are? we need to take care of our local people so they don't have to move out, and also, that would impact housing. if you keep more people here, then, it'll help with housing costs and racial inequality, and it's just about time that the government takes action on this. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. good afternoon. my name's kathrin kung. i'm here with just cause and also as a provide citizen.
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i just recently made the move from tech to nonprofits, so that informs a lot of my perspective on this. we are talking about money that's insane, beyond what we can really comprehend. also, i think what we're not mentioning is there's a great amount of support for some kind of tax law on these companies for people who are -- i think that the working class people and the people who are being displaced and disenfranchised need to be at the forefront. however, there are people working at these companies who aren't going to get these cuts. they're living in these communities. they're also being squeezed out, but they're also seeing people that they care about and -- you know, being displaced, as well. there's a lot amount of support from folks that are not in the room today. there's this middle class of people that are also in great favor of san francisco standing up and doing the right thing.
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they don't believe that the companies will do the right thing, so i guess it's someone else's job, and we're all looking to the city to do it. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello. i'm leslie with housing rights committee, also here as an individual who's been evicted twice in two years by costa hawkins and russell flynn was the last major evictor who's flipping the apartments in order to get in higher paying tech employees. this is actually happening everywhere. cities across the world look to us to see what we're doing tangibly because we handle it first? germany is handling it because they're saying hey, google, you can't have your office here. we need to get bold here, this is serious. i'm going to back up jobs with
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justice and s.f. rising and their call to tax them. but we have to do more. we have to stop speculation right now. to do this, we need you to fight for rent control, for vacancy control. we need you to do something about the housing issue, starting with stopping the sweeps. the city is the evictor every day over and over and over for these people, many who used to be tenants, 21%, actually, when you were born and raised here. so we ask that you take a bold step and do something because these i.p.o. winnings are wage theft. they're making money overall of our data. folks growing up right now don't even know what this is. we need to do something bold and take a giant leap forward. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name is megan.
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as we all know, we have a housing crisis here in san francisco. last week, the atlantic reported that -- more than 50% of properties purchased in san franciscos are purchased by -- san francisco are purchased by tech employees. two of the companies going public, lyft and uber, have never turned a profit. uber is valued at $120 billion. [inaudible] >> even outside of the social yo economic impact of these i.p.o.s, stress is being placed on the city because of them. when pinterest went public,
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they landed at the bar at 10:00 a.m. it was complete chaos, i was told. the lack of completely responsibility impacts all of us who are not earning tech incomes. there should be a degree of response based on multibillion dollar corporations that go public and launch in the city. let's work towards addressing the rampant inequality that exist exists in san francisco. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> i'm here to share my story of the effects that the income inequality has had on myself and my peers. last year, i was homeless and it was because rent was too high. and as a student that's going to school full-time as well, i couldn't afford to live
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anywhere here in the san francisco in the bay area. i couldn't move in with my parents because they're not here in the bay area. the experiences that i've had have been awful because if we're living in one of the richest cities, it's astonishing to me that there's not enough services for people that are placing displacement, facing all of these challenges by the injustices -- housing injustices we face here. i was looking at hearts at ccsf, and there i saw firsthand how my peers were suffering because they didn't have a place to live, couldn't afford a place to live. a lot of them were living in shelters. now i'm at causa justa, and
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landlords are converting their apartments for techies that will pay more rent. all the money that's being flushed in is only going to increase our rent, is only going to make the lives of people living here harder, and people are going to get d displaced. it's obvious that more demand for housing and a population that's willing to pay more is going to increase the rents, so i'm asking you to please -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. thank you so much. next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is tom hartford, and i'm here to speak for some of my members who are unable to live in the city that we
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actually work and take pride in working. many of us have lived in the city from an early time and got apartments that are affordable, and they cannot move and will not move because it benefits them. the rest of us that are coming in as younger members have to travel from great distances, sometimes as far as vallejo to be able to live. those times and distances and the costs in our wages and our labor really affects how we can perform and be a part of this society and community in san francisco. we would much rather not living here and be a part of the city and a part of this.
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on an annual basis, even though i belong to a union, if i take every show, i make $48,000. i ask that you consider making these changes to help all people, even the harder -- upper middle classes that are still within the poverty levels of san francisco. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you, supervisor mar, for opening up this incredibly important conversation. as a young public policy student some decades ago, i remember very, very clearly when a professor made it clear that tax policy is not just fiscal policy, it's not just a fiscal issue, it's a moral and ethical issue. and today in san francisco, we have a moral and ethical crisis
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on our hands, a good one. i'm not going to repeat all of the tales that my colleagues have said today that are heartbreaking, really truly heartbreaking and unconscionable. we need to do something quickly. the wealthy hold their money in property and in stocks. and we have something right now with looming i.p.o.s is a massive opportunity to actually address huge wealth opportunities in the city. we need to look to it towards an eye with not just fiscal efficiency, but an eye towards the people who need it most. you are who we look to in this city to make moral action on this issue, and just to repeat what one sister said earlier, please do the right thing.
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thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is c.w. johnson. i'm coming here as a private citizen. this has created a lot of disconnect. i am so scared to go in the hospital. i have to go in the hospital to get an operation pretty soon. i work 40 hours a week. i've lived in the city for 37 years. the last seven years, i lived in an s.r.o. -- i mean, studio,
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affordable studio. and i'm afraid to go into the hospital because i'm going to lose everything i have, and i'm going to be in had a wheel with chair, sleeping on the sidewalk, the one that you're sitting around, talking about what are you going to do with these people? i see so much disconnect in the community. people, places -- i got lost in the city that i call home for 37 years because i didn't recognize the neighborhood. that's ridiculous. we have to do better by our citizens, by our people. if these i.p.o.s are going to invest in us, we need to know about all of them, not just the actual bank accounts. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. is there any other members of the public that wish to speak on this issue? seeing none, public comment is closed. i want to really thank all the diverse community members and workers and advocates for
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sharing your experiences on the i.p.o. and tech earthquake that the city is facing for everyone that's not super wealthily. thank you for the informative presentations from the budget and legislative analysts. colleagues, i know we're going to be having much more discussions about these issues ahead. i actually have some closing remarks and an announcement to make in response to the information presented at the hearing, but i just wanted to see if you had any comments or remarks to make. >> supervisor fewer: i just wanted to say thank you for bringing this forward. i think today we all learned a lot, actually, and i think that this board has been looking for
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ways to level the playing field a little, and it is our job as legislators to actually protect the most vulnerable here because this is the job of city government, quite frankly, too, and our job and responsibility. so i just want to say thanks to everyone who came out, and thank you for the wonderful b.l.a. report. and also, also to our econo economyists, and i think we will be in touch for deeper conversation about this. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. any other comments? well, in closing, first of all, i did want to be clear. the conversations that we're having is not just about i.p.o.s and the tech sector, this is about who you are. we have the highest income gap and the highest housing costs in the nation. they didn't happen by accident.
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over the last decade, we have seen an incredible amount of wealth flood this city, wealth concentrated in the hands of too few, as our wages shrink and wealth grows. we rolled out the red carpet for these companies to tap up and grow here, and -- step up and grow here, and when they threatened to leave, we cut their taxes, gave them offices and luxury condos, and here we are. these companies have been incredibly successful, and i commend them, and i'm glad businesses find san francisco attractive, but success isn't theirs alone. it comes from the service workers, of the public sector.
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while we need a diverse economy for success, that diversity in every record is threatened by this success and the run away inequality by these companies. we know that i.p.o.s did not cause income inequality but they have and will exacerbate it. so today i'm announcing a proposal to tax the i.p.o.s to fund programs to address income inequality. i've worked with a variety of community nonprofits to craft this, organizations representing workers, immigrant families, young people and communities who have already borne the brunt of extreme income inequality in san
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francisco. with the more than $100 million raised by this corporate tax, we will establish the shared prosperity fund with the purpose to protect and stablize working families. this includes funding for affordable housing, programs for vulnerable youth and families, support for low and middle-income workers and stall business stablization. it's time we turn the page on trickle down concepts of the past. it's time to work towards a future where all people benefit from the prosperity that san francisco helped incubate, where the success experienced by many doesn't benefit the few. where corporations are responsible neighbors and where technology and innovation acts in a service to society instead of the other way around. it's time we asked wealthy corporations to start paying
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their fair share. i look forward to working with my colleagues on the board in the coming weeks to put this on the ballot. i'll have more details to share soon and much more discussion to be had. we know what led us here, we know the crisis we face. the only question is what we're going to do about it. the i.p.o. tax won't solve all our problems, but i hope it will turn the tide towards a more just and equal future. thank you to chair fewer and the committee members for your time and consideration in this fairly long but very important hearing. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. mr. clerk, do we have any other business before us today? >> clerk: that completes the agenda for this morning. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. this meeting's adjourned. .
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the city's future but for considering a career with the city and county of san francisco >> this neighborhood was livedco for approximately 22 years. >> yeah, like 21 years. >> 21 years in this neighborhood. >> in the same house. >> we moved into this neighborhood six months after we got married, actually. just about our whole entire married life has been here in excel. >> the owner came to the house and we wanted to sell the house and we were like, what? we were scared at first. what are we going to do? where are we going to move into? the kids' school? our jobs? >> my name is maria. i'm a preschool teacher for the san francisco unified school
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district. >> my name is ronnie and i work in san francisco and i'm a driver from a local electrical company. >> we went through meta first and meta helped us to apply and be ready to get the down payment assistant loan program. that's the program that we used to secure the purchase of our home. it took us a year to get our credit ready to get ready to apply for the loan. >> the whole year we had to wait and wait through the process and then when we got the notice, it's like, we were like thinking that. >> when we found out that we were settling down and we were going to get approved and we were going to go forward, it was just a really -- we felt like we could breathe. we have four kids and so to find a place even just to rent for a family of six.
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and two dogs. >> we were going to actually pay more for rent and to own a house. >> it feels good now to have to move. it feels for our children to stay in the neighborhood that they have grown in. they grew up here and they were born here. they know this neighborhood. they don't know anything outside san francisco. >> we really have it. >> we'd love to say thank you to the mayor's office. they opened a door that we thought was not possible to be opened for us. they allowed us to continue to live here. we're raising our family in san francisco and just to be able to continue to be here is the great lesson.
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>> third thursdays at the commons is a monthly event series to really activate krisk centkrisk -- civic center, fulton mall, and other locations through social operation. >> in 2016, an initiative called the civic center progress initiative was launched, it was launched by a bunch of city agencies and community partners, so they really had to figure out how to program these places on a more frequent basis. i'm with the civic center community benefit district, and i'm program manager for the civic center commons. also, third thursdays will have music. that was really important in the planning of
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these events. >> we wanted to have an artist that appeals to a wide range of tastes. >> i'm the venue manager. good music, good music systems, and real bands with guitar players and drummers. >> we turned uc center and fulton street into a place where people want to be to meet, to laugh, and it's just an amazing place to be. there's a number of different exhibits. there's food, wine, cocktails, and the idea, again, is to give people an opportunity to enjoy what really is, you know, one of the great civic faces in america. when you look from the polk street steps, and you look all
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the way down the plaza, down market street, daniel burns' design, this was meant to be this way. it's really special. >> the city approached us off the grid to provide food and beverages at the event as kind of the core anchor to encourage people who leave a reason to stay. >> it's really vibrant. it's really great, just people walking around having a good time. >> this formula is great food, interesting music, and then, we wanted to have something a little more, so we partnered with noise pop, and they brought in some really fun games. we have skeeball, we also have roller skating lessons, and we've got a roller skating rink. >> if you're a passion jail
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skeeball player like me, and you're deciding whether you're just going to roll the ball up the middle or take a bank shot. >> our goal is to come out and have fun with their neighbors, but our goal is to really see in the comments that it's a place where people want to hold their own public event. >> i think this is a perfect example of all these people working together. everybody's kind of come together to provide this support and services that they can to activate this area. >> there's no one agency or organization that really can make this space come alive on its own, and it's really through the collective will, not just of the public sector, but both the public and our business partnerships, our nonprofits partnerships, you
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know, neighborhood activists. >> i really like it. it's, like, a great way to get people to find out about local things, cuisine, like, it's really great. >> it's a really good environment, really welcoming. like, we're having a great time. >> we want to inspire other people to do this, just using a part of the plaza, and it's also a good way to introduce people if they're having a large scale event or small scale event, we'll direct you to the right people at the commons so you can get your event planned. >> being a san francisco based company, it was really important to connect and engage with san franciscans. >> how great is it to come out from city hall and enjoy great music, and be able to enjoy a
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comtail, maybe throw a bocci ball or skee ball. i find third thursdays to be really reinrig rat reinriggating for me. >> whether you're in the city hall or financial district or anywhere, just come on down on third thursdays and enjoy the music, enjoy an adult beverage, enjoy the skee ball; enjoy an >> good morning. thank you so much for joining us
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today. as you can tell for a monday morning, we have quite a crowd. as i was just talking to both jim and greg, who have the pleasure of the challenge of living here. this is nothing compared to what you might see on a warm summer day where there is in the height of tourist season. i am proud to be working with our san francisco county transportation and introducing ab1605. this is one of the most famous streets in the country. we get 2 million visitors a year. people will be here for 10 hours just to get the opportunity to drive down, take a few minutes to drive down this very famous street. we are so proud that people come from all over the world to visit
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our city, but we also have to be acutely aware of how it impacts our residents. that really is the idea behind ab1605 that they have been working on and studying this, and, finally, after the study has come out we have come to the conclusion it is time to really start to pursue a reservation system similar to muur woods. it is the idea to give people the system so you don't have a long line and traffic constantly blocked. it also allows this neighborhood not to feel the intense pressure of what it feels often time on a daily and hourly basis. this is the very beginning of our legislative process.
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the authority would be given to the city and county of san francisco, at which point we would turn it over to supervisor stephanie and the board to come up with their own plan of exactly how they want to implement it. we give them a lot of latitude what that is and how it would look to the public input. we are excited to work with everybody. the time has come to implement a reservation system to tourist can enjoy and so residents can get their life back. this is supervisor stephanie. it is an honor to work with you on this issue. >> supervisor stefani: thank you for being here. i want to thank everyone who helped get us to this morning. assembly member tank. and the head of our
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transportation authority and andrew for actually dedicating so many hours to studying this issue here and coming forward with a resolution. they have been incredible partners to me. first as legislative aid and now as district two supervisor. i want to thank greg the president of the lombard hill association and the other community members who have been actually tire less advocates for this neighborhood. i am thrilled to stand at the bottom of the iconic street in san francisco to talk about solutions to an issue we tried to address for years. we all know there are so many tourists. san francisco is one of the most beautiful places to visit. the crooked street is one of the top tourist destinations 2 million visitors each year. tourists are vital to our city and economy.
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they present challenges. on a busy day 20,000 people visit this area by foot and in cars. for a decade i worked to manage the crowds by trying several different things. i started the lombard ambassador program to assist visitors. we added parking control. we have signs. we increased police enforcement and did a pilot program to shut street to traffic to see what that would do. each action has made an impact. they are unable to properly manage the crowds with the rapid growth of visitors. as i said in the last community meeting we have yet to nail this. this is something we must try to address the congestion that jams all of these streets and the surroundings areas.
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the bumper to bumper traffic is an environmental problem and can make this experience miserable for tourists. rather than waiting in line for 45 minutes visitors will have a reservation and drive down the crooked street with no problem. i am excited this pilot program is coming together. one of the steps necessary is to get step approval. i want to thank you for agreeing to allow the implementation and pricing system. i look forward to the continuing work to try something that is going to make a difference in this area. now, i would like to introduce the president of lombard hill association and my friend. >> thank you. it is a pleasure to be here this morning. it iwe have worked for five or x
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years with supervisor stephanie and her predecessor. it is a long hall. during tha whole period things didn't get better, traffic picked up. it was an increasing hurdle for us. supervisor stephanie mentioned andrew who has been tire less working on this project. i think he has what makes sense. it will free up the neighborhood, not just the street. our group that we represent, everyone lives on the street and on montclaire, the whole area is affected by the congestion in the summertime. it goes four blocks each way in terms of traffic jam. this will help. it is really the start. it is half of the hurdle that we have.
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the other hurdle is to get control over the pedestrian traffic in the future. this is the first start. gosh, i am really excited we are at this point. as supervisor stephanie said. it is a pilot program. we want to see where it will go. we have unbelievable support. the paper said the support is mixed. at the town hall meeting two months ago it was over whole manying. two people spoke against it and one was a tour bus guide. the support is strong behind this. we are excited this day has come, and we look forward to seeing where this goes. thank you. >> thank you. you have heard some of the reasons why we are all working together to do this while we want to treasure to be seen from people around the world and visitors, we also want to be
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able to make sure the neighborhood is liveable for the people who do live here. again, i want to thank the supervisors and stca for great work. are there questions? >> can you address the full aspect, where the money will go? >> the city and county need legislative authority from the state. it needs to go through legislative approval and signed by the governor. that process will go through its process. our timeframe is we have until mid-september to get our bills to the governor's desk. he has until mid-october to sign them. >> it is up to the board of supervisors. >> basically the fee will be
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used to operate the system and for any safety measures in the area and for our ambassador program. >> we haven't decided but we are looking at around $5 for the price point. the board of supervisors are commissioners on the transportation authority. we would advance the proposal after we get state approval. >> do you know how much money that would generate? >> we are still studying the cost. it could generate a couple million dollars a year to cover the cost of the reservation system and supporting measures. the ambassador, perhaps even paid off-duty officers. >> would that go back to the city or to the neighborhood? >> i believe the idea is to fund the program. whoever the board or city would choose to implement the program would have that to add more the program -- to ad to administer e
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program. >> we are not looking at a physical gate. we are looking at license plate readers as a form of being able to either read the license that is going down that has the reservation. we are not looking at putting any physical structure here. >> i noticed it is a pilot program. is there any evidence this will reduce traffic if traffic is the concern? >> absolutely. that is why we are doing it. muir woods is an example of that. we have been studying this for years. after not nailing this we have tried so many different things. asking questions for months. >> 20% reduction? define it? >> sure. right now we see a focus of 45 minute wait on any given day.
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that spin of the congestion can go 10 hours on a weekday. that is to reduce that from three blocks to the first block before you head down the crooked street. not only in the woods we see it in a lot of different venues, museums, the anne frank house in europe. you see venues popular using this method to manage the dema demand. >> people that don't know there is a fee and end up turning and trying to find parking. >> we are already talking with sf travel and the various folks in the tourism industry to make sure folks would understand this is how you make the reservation. we would have paid staff in the initial pilot for the customer
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service for a good experience. if you didn't have a reservation you would be advised where there is a reservation available and we would help you on the spot. >> a campaign to reach people from all different countries around the world? >> absolutely, sam. we had a similar situation where the north parking lot on the golden gate bridge. the golden gate bridge is probably the only thing more famous. that north parking lot is now closed for a number of weekends only open to to your buses. the bridge authority runs that and work with sf travel and do signage to make sure residents have known that. part was to relieve congestion. what happened is people would get to the north parking lot. it would create congestion all
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the way through the park up 19th avenue. i live a block from 19th avenue. the cue would go all the way down there. that is how much congestion that would cause for people waiting for the parking lot on a summer day. it can work with proper outreach and information. with the internet it is easier to get information out to people coming. other questions? >> what opposition do you anticipate? >> we don't anticipate opposition. the discussion is trying to ensure the neighborhood and residents have a robust discussion to find exactly the right fee as well as the right thing to do for the neighborhood. >> an issue regarding congestion
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and safety. is far for car break-ins? what are the safety issues you are looking at. >> first of all, pedestrian safety. you can look around you and see this is a situation that with cars and pedestrians that could, you know, could end up in a fatality or injury. we want to make sure we have the right amount of parking control officers and police to make sure everyone is taken care of. >> do you have examples of people hurt here? >> definitely. we can have greg speak to that. the car break in is why we have had police officers here to make sure that tourists are taken care of. they don't realize they can't leave things in cars. we are beefing up security. >> in terms of safety, i have lived here 22 years it is a good
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record, to be honest. there are about four major accidents, cars flip over. there has been one little girl pinned between the wall and car, broke her leg and some other things. there has been no deaths that i know of. the crime situation has picked up dramatically. it is one of the worst part of the city because of car break-ins because of the tourists. what we are going to do here, i think, will help. >> thank you for coming. we appreciate it. ♪
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