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>> thank you so much. we've run into issues. if we give too much time to certain speakers -- we appreciate the video. [reading names] >> i worked as a youth organizer in chinatown, i am here to advocate for the fact that we need to consider free passes, not reduced.
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if we were to have cheap passes, a lot of the kids and families will struggle to get on the bus. a lot of times, we think that 2009, it was jumping to 15 and students are paying $21. for a lot of students i work with, it is not something that their families can pay for every month. the constant pressure is like a groundhog day. it is going to happen and we don't want to be back here saying we need cheaper fares. for the first time, we see a lot of agencies collaborating together and we feel that the pieces are there. let's put it together like a puzzle and collaborate. [chime] >> [reading names] >> i just wanted to talk in
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support of the free muni for youth campaign. the reason this is so strong is not only the collaboration with the board and directors, but also because the youth has really taken ownership over this campaign. a and there is a real need in the community, working-class youth that depend on buses to get to school don't have the luxury to not be aware of their family's financial situation. they know when they have to try to get on the back of the bus and of that they don't get a ticket so that they can make it to school on time. and also what it symbolizes to them, the mobility and freedom of having free access to transit.
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the youth have been saying that it is their school bus, but we want to encourage them to say that it is also home their car. i grew to love writing in the transit system in new york, not just because i got a free metro card, but because of the opportunities it gave me to develop as a person, being able to coexist and to get along with people with the verse backgrounds as me. being able to learn how to navigate a complicated transit system and help me build my confidence as a person and help me develop as a responsible youth. i want to encourage you to make this investment so that they can have this feeling of appreciation for the mta and transit system here. >> [reading names]
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>> i am an organizer with power people and i am here in support of the initiatives mu to makeni fre -- to makinitiative to maken i free for youth. we believe that lowering and reducing fares will not address the economic strain that families feel. there is a parent or guardian that isw3 struggling to pay tha. and there is overwhelming majority of support when we are talking about this initiative, and the appeal is making it free. there are many parents that expressed difficulty in having to pay multiple passes in addition to their island. it is important that we see this issue not only as a youth issue but a parent and family issue.
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it is important that we also see it as the key to independence for young people. many say it is about maneuvering the city and being able to have full access to the city without depending on their parents. many young people to express a lot of pain and having to ask their parents for money that they simply no they don't have. let's think about not putting a price to the value that this has for young people. the board can make this a reality and a huge opportunity that both the city and the mta and vests. >> [reading names] those are the last people that have turned and a speaker card. >> i get on the buses three days out of the week.
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what do you think of this campaign, and it is an overwhelmingly positive response. a lot of use were getting out yesterday and asked a little boy, would you like to ride the bus for free? he said, are you serious? i would not have to worry about getting shot or anything like that. we have had that experience, an incident with the man that was shot. a thing he was so excited, but it was really sad that coming out of elementary school, he has to face that. like many of my comrades before me have said, it is important to think about as something that is free, because we have seen -- muni is already facing financial problems, so we know that we can
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say to reduce it and it will eliminate the problem because we will be right back here saying this is too much. i want to relate an experience of another mother that i met. she was saying that sometimes she is unemployed and she doesn't have the fair had her girls come back from the bus saying that they couldn't get on, the bus driver would not let them on. it is a hassle for the families , and trying to bring some of their stories to you guys to you can understand why we are pushing for this to be free. the things that we do, the low- income people that we talked to. >> i am the director of the san
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francisco youth commission. like they said before me, i just want to speak to why the free passes so important. 17 young people appointed by the mayor, we have been really concerned with the cost of the monthly fast pass. the pass went from $10 to $20. the youth commission policy proposal that his board adopted the use lifeline program looked for a discounted pass for a low- income youth. having that is where the community was a lot of ways a year-and-a-half ago. we have shifted, and i think the shift is really important. that is why a key board of education and the youth commission, they are really so compelled by this campaign. and one really important piece
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of that is the fact that the yellow school bus service will all but be eliminated in the school year 14-15. that is really important, the fact that 70% of the public high school students depend on transit to get to school and that a yellow school buses no longer an opportunity for them is something that i recall the very board making mention of back in october. in addition to all of the other reasonings, don't forget how this new topical fact of no yellow school buses. thanks. >> always good to see you. >> the last person to turn and a speaker card. >> i am probably the most
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unpopular guy in the room right now because i want to speak about the parking plan that this board has. i think this board suffers from a motor fovea. there is a prejudice against automobile drivers. no driver is represented at this meeting and it is totally unfair because they are also part of public transportation. they are part of traffic. the reason why this board advocated charging for a citywide parking is because they are shaking down the motorists for funds that this board meets. they are not going to big business, they are not cutting 6-digit salaries, they are taking it out on the driver. my primary source of transportation is muni. that is why i complain so much about the service.
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people should not be punished for driving a car. are the biker is going to pay for parking? everyone has to share this burden. if you want to take this to a logical extreme, people will be charged parking fees for sleeping in their own bedrooms. the mta needs money and will get it anyway they can short of robbery. >> that is the last person to turn in a speaker card. >> i live in the north mission district where the parking plan is slated to go down. we had some work done and they did some really good work organizing the neighborhood to come to a consensus plan. i hope that as we move forward, the mta can adopt that kind of conclusive approach.
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i also want to speak to fr aboutee muni -- about free muni for youth. that creates a culture of taking transit, and we get a double winner down the road, which would be much more effective getting around town, filling many of our needs. secretary boomer: thank you. ms. chair, there are no others. >> that is the first thing i was going to mention. there were quite a number of former cac members, but i want to call the attention to our newest member, just appointed by supervisor mark farrell, and we
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welcome him to the cac. he has been attending committee meetings for quite some time while pursuing this appointment, so we are especially glad to see him joining the body. he has demonstrated a clear interest in the kind of issues this agency deals with. on behalf of them for us to be able to be included on the bond and oversight committee. me and the former vice chair and current members of the cac, so
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we are grateful. this is the first time we have been doing these bonds, and we are concerned about a successful launch. this is the power that this m.t.a. board has had, and we want to see it goes well the first time out of the gate. i have several issues for you. the first is on your consent calendar today under a 10.2 k and l, which involves a bus route. we recommend that the cac adopt the plan, adopted two before you today, to move the sunset and
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the avenue stopped from 19th and lincoln to cross over and martin luther king. we recommend they consider some supplemental lighting there in order to increase the safety of the stock. there is something at the stop itself which sits just inside golden gate park. we are concerned about having a lot of lightning in the past from lincoln way to the stock, so people will be comfortable going to and from it at night -- in the past from link and all of the way to the -- in the past from lincoln to the stop. the importance of reducing running times, this is something that will contribute to that on the 28 and the 29. i think this chaves, if i recall
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correctly, four minutes off of north bond -- i think this shaves, if i recall correctly, four minutes off the north accountable -- the northbound. we think this will enhance the pedestrian and automotive safety on that block as well. we know that there is some opposition from people who are concerned about having that stop inside the park, feel a bit more threatened than if it were just outside the park, and that is one reason why we think the lighting is something you should look at to make that stop more inviting inns safer and make
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everybody feel comfortable using it. because they will get a faster ride out of it. the next recommendation i have for you pertains to item 13 on your agenda today, which is the transportation sustainability program. there is a lot of interest in this with the cac and a lot of conversation. to the sfmta board and the board of supervisors that all policy based discounts on the sustainability be less than 100%. as we understand it now, the idea is that for things like affordable housing and units of housing where there are no units attached that there would be no paying into the sustainability. -- the sustainability fee.
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we are not suggesting a number that it should be scaled down to, but we think it should be something nonzero, because there are obviously some commendable goals for having more housing that is not accompanied by parking. these do generate transit trips, and this is something that has to be paid for, so if we look at the fiscal sustainability of the agency, we think it is important to look at charging something for this, for these developments. also, i have an item pertaining, a recommendation pertaining to item 11 on the agenda today. we have a discussion about the america's cup, and we recommend
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that the board take measures to ensure that the sfmta budget is protected from unexpected losses related to the 34th america's cup and that the day-to-day service is not negatively affected after the conclusion of the event in 2013. there have been a number of cases where with large sporting events like this, they have generated some infrastructure and then a lot of debt and a lot of unpaid expenses overtime after the event is over, and we just think that the board should look very carefully to make sure that the agency's budget is sufficiently protected so that any cost overruns or what have you do not negatively impact the agency in the long run. peter albert brought to the cac
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and press a transportation plan, which i think is going to be shared with you today. our concern was just that the agency not be on the book in the event the there were some cost overruns from this. so those are the recommendations i have for you today. if you have any questions, i would be happy to answer them. vice chairman brinkman: thank you very much. >> we appreciate it. there are one dozen people behind this to work very hard on these issues and spend a lot of
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time and some late night on this stuff. vice president brinkman: thank you. do we have any public commsecre. there are three people who have put in a speaker card, starting with david wiener -- herbert wiener and then 2 others. >> herbert wiener, i think they should be paying me for writing it. -- riding it. the buses should be running every 20 minutes are running over 25 minutes. there are coaches that are missing. yesterday, the haight-ashbury
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was clogged up. there were about three boxes on top of each other. what is going on here that there has been such colossal mismanagement? if you want to have a transit first agency, please do not make it transit first, passenger last. i have really been putting up with a lot of garbage, and i get very frustrated. i get very angry when i miss a muni bus because i do not know when the next one will arrive, and i am just plain out of luck. this has got to stop. you have to make this efficient. you have talked about getting rid of cars. you in their right mind is going to take a bus instead of using a car if the boss constantly breaks down? now, there really needs to be some fixing, and the policy right now is to fix the passenger, not fix the bus
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system, and this is really wrong. the motto of muni right now is the maximum damage with the least resources and services. that is your banner read, and you should wear it with disgrace. thank you. secretary boomer: thank you. david, followed by another. those are the last two speakers. >> part of the citizens' advisory committee. a couple of things to bring to board attention. i never commented before with the cac and probably before you as well, people trying to take bikes. i think we need to proactively worked -- work to manage compliance to that end, and it is not easy to have a consistent
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message to passengers and other passengers can help reinforce when someone brings a bike, even during a station at night, and get on the platform. there is a lot of that on the second car, the n-judah. there is not always the second car open, particularly in bound on the n judah, sent to the extent that john and his folks and reggie and his folks can reinforce good operating practices, supervision, passenger behavior where appropriate, i think that would be good. i do not know how better to communicate that, but i wanted to bring that to your attention. >> thank you for your service on the cac.
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>> good afternoon. i have some of your emails, and i can send it to you. pulling up in front, on the other side of van ness, and that is just one incident. i know you see this all of the time. another time, i was in the valleyç on halloween, and there was one at 24th and castro, and there was 824 does a derryl -- a division derryl -- divisadero.
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one supervisor of was there. there was a 71 in back of it, and the other bus, i cannot remember the number, whether it was six or 43, probably another six, but there were two buses waiting for the tour bus to pull out of the stock, and i think you should be concerned about this and should look into a policy with the bird -- board of supervisors to charge these buses and ticket them. this is an economic justice kind of thing because i do not work for one of the tech industries. i do not make a lot of money, and people who ride munis tend to make less money, so i really encourage you to look into this.
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we did have somebody come in, and i am a member of that, and testified that they did a ruling to say that it is ok. i could not get no confirmation of that. i called. vice president brinkman: thank you for your comments. secretary boomer: we have one more speaker. and that is the last one. >> i am having a hard time with the distinctions. we have problems regulating supply. if sf park does increase parking availability, this may make it easier. in a city like this, that will be more and more the case. if that turns out to be the case, you will be shifting
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because parking is available. that needs to be studied, because this could delay transit in the long run. the nature includes that steady, but i really think this has to do no harm to transit delay especially for seniors and the disabled who have to walk twice as far, to have as many seats as possible. the other item is revenue. money was given in 2007. that money and fell through the system. we have two folks who are making one quarter million dollars per year on the mta budget. this will call for money. if the agency does not take steps to improve its standing as a reliable conservative resources, then you are not
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going to get any traction to get that two-thirds vote. it is incumbent on the agency to take concrete steps to make sure that they stay in the agency and new resources dedicated are not shifted to other sources that actually beef up transit to provide things for san francisco. vice president -- chairman brinthank you. >> this is an issue we have heard before, but when a member of our cac asks for information, i would ask that she be given the information she is looking for and what we are looking for with respect to those commuter buses. and the second thing i will point out, asking for a bit of personal indulgence, we hear a lot of complaints about the system.

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