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i have to spend $2 every time i come back and forth. you know, we really want you to support us. chairman brinkman: thank you. >> i am from mission high school. i will be translating from -- for her. >> [speaking spanish] >> this is my second time it being here. i will keep coming to support the people. >> [speaking spanish]
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>> i have a question, and it is mostly -- we have the same question. if we have no money -- >> [speaking spanish] >> how come they keep on raising the price for everything? and we cannot get free muni? >> [speaking spanish] >> we hope to have your support and together, we can do something. chairman brinkman: thank you.
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[applause] >> [reading names] >> good afternoon, members of the board. bob allen with urban habitats. i want to acknowledge the entire city family. in the five years i have been working on issues, we have not seen this type of unprecedented effort to leverage funds. just a couple of points quickly. we want to focus on the intent and use of some of these funds. we have met with mta and we agreed on how much we think is available. we have worked closely with mta
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to identify projects that might mean the funding going forward. the intent of this program is to see pilot projects and to meet the needs of the community-based transportation plans. it is to identify funding for projects that need piloted efforts and to also see projects that are identified -- if you look at the kennedy based transportation plans, cost of their -- community-based transportation plans, cost of fare is always at the top of the list. as someone who has spent a lot of time analyzing the use of the funds, it is exactly what we need to be doing. we have set aside $7 million to cover existing projects that i talked about earlier. it leaves us with a balance of $10 million.
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again, it is not clear -- there were concerns about project's funding going away. some of those projects, mta has applied for federal funds. take away that this is an appropriate use of funds. chairman brinkman: brinkman thanthank you. >> i am speaking on behalf -- she had to leave early. the pilot program is free muni for all youth. mtc would be hard pressed to
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represent a higher amount if the program is killed b the money wg to -- is scaled back. some of the money is tied to helping san francisco achieve climate goals. if we give free passes only to low andincome youth, we feel that encouraging higher in, youth to take transit. thank you so much. [applause] chairman brinkman: thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is jane martin. i am excited that we are here today. i want to thank all of you for your work. we are an organization of very
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low income members. the folks i work with our super low income. we wanted to propose the right policy decisions. that is why we are supporting free muni it for all youth. we want to invest in our system and encourage more san franciscans to care about how the boss is doing and whether it gets there on time. we talk on the revenue paddle about how hard it is to make an investor of -- investment in the muni that is felt by the riders. this is something very different. this is something that people will feel as soon as it is implemented. i want to reiterate that there are some assumptions and the staff calculations. we have been working closely with them. there is an assumption that a
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percentage of youth in school is the same the percentage of youth on the bus that is low income. we really hope the mta will use something much higher than that. it is only 47,000 for a family of four. the cost of the low-income option would be much more than what is represented in the report. i hope you consider that. all -- i hope you consider what we have said about the lifeline funds being available for this project. thank you for your time. i want to ask everyone here who supports free muni for youth to raise their hands. thank you so much. [applause] names]
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>> because i have to leave -- i am with the sierra club. i am here today to support power and all of the other groups that do want to expand muni for all. this is a chance once again for san francisco to lead the nation and lead california. we believe in this because expanding beyond low-income because the definition of low income in san francisco has changed so much. working-class families need to have that option. you did address the issue of stigmata. -- stigma. there are some administrative issues when you develop, implement, and evaluate a program. how you determine a low income and all of the administrative issues that go with this. speaking on the issues of sierra
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club, when we help the city developed climate change goals, we looked out emissions. we look to achieve those goals by reducing cars. once you build the ridership from the public, you have less people driving, less commissions, less impact. for all of those reasons, the sierra club supports -- also, you brought up the issue of free rides from school. the cost of muni fast past has risen. i think it is going to be cleaner and easier and more fair. it will be a win-win for all. i realize that revenue stream is an issue. having worked on policy for many years, where there is a political will, there is a political way. we ask you for all those
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reasons to please expand muni for all. [applause] chairman brinkman: supervisor olague. thank you for your patience. i would like to let the supervisors speak. supervisor olague: we are in the middle of the meeting. i have to rush back. i want to reiterate my support for free muni for youth. i think it should apply to all incomes. it is very much in concert with the transit first policy that we promote. there are some on static impacts -- unstudied impacts the are greeted by parents dropping their kids off at private schools that we have not looked back. there is double parking. there is the stalling of
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traffic. there are neighborhood impact that occur as a result of parents transporting their children to private schools. at one time, transportation to schools was something that was given to most children. private schools and public schools, it should be something that is encouraged by the city. finally, i want to mention that there are a group of seniors here from chinatown tenants association. they are getting a little tired and i was going to ask if at of courtesy, they could speak after me. they could have one person representing them, i suppose. i didn't want to make mention of that. again, thank you 8 -- i did want to make mention of that. thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak. chairman brinkman: thank you, supervisors. may we have the seniors?
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i would like to go ahead and have the seniors. thank you for your patience. > >> [speaking foreign language] [applause] >> good afternoon.
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i am the vice-president of the tenants' association. we are the largest tenant space organization and the city. -- tenant based organization and the city. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> accessible public transportation is very important to the community. a lot of immigrant working class families are dependent. if we can help alleviate some of these financial burdens by providing free transit for youth, that would improve quality of life for these families. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> thank you. >> seniors rely on public transit as well. consider options that can ease the burden on seniors. public transit is a necessity for senior residence. affordable and the accessible transit is a fundamental matter
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and we will continue to advocate for that. [applause] chairman brinkman: thank you for coming. thank you for providing the translation. >> [reading names] >> good afternoon, everyone. [speaking spanish] >> i am here supporting free muni for all youth. >> [speaking spanish] >> i am a member of power and i used need to travel to all different places. -- muni to travel to all different places. i used muni to take my children to the store, to the doctor, to appointments.
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as low-income people, we are also concerned by the proposal - income families. because of the challenges that we confront an
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>> [speaking spanish] >> for example, with the adult lifeline, we often have to wait on revlon lines. sometimes only get to the end of the line, the window is closed. the documents we have will not let us access the lifeline. >> [speaking spanish] >> sometimes the days you can access the lifeline or try to fill out an application or only during week days. those are the days we are working. that limits our ability to apply for today's program spread -- apply for these
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programs. what is going to happen with parents to work who do not have a document to prove, and they make? how can we overcome these barriers? >> [speaking spanish] >> i want to thank you for your time and for listening. [applause] chairman brinkman: thank you. >> [reading names] >> good afternoon. the points i want to make today,
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many families do not even a word to get a clipper card. -- even know where to get a clipper card. the documentation has prevented many families from getting there. you need a birth certificate or a state, city, or permanent resident card. many youth do not have governmental i.d. it can be a difficult process. it is even harder for immigrant families who often have more trouble getting berkshire dividends from their native country. -- giving birth certificates from their native country. we are begging you to work with us to change the list of the acceptable documents for proof of age. some options are the school
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transcripts. if we do not help our kids now, but happens to them later? chairman brinkman: thank you. supervisor mar? >> i am strongly supportive of the community coalition and urging you in a difficult budget to consider the needs of young people in our communities. my daughter, her school bus is the muni system. i feel that -- i understand the concern about low-income youth. many young people debated the issue for many months. i strongly stand behind their decision to say that it should be free for all regardless of their income. it's an important precedent that san francisco supports their young people to use public transit. the coalition has been very clear about that. i know how difficult the budget
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situation is. i strongly urge you to support the proposal that the communities are strongly demanding. i thought the seniors were awesome, but i think the young people are speaking up in a strong voice. thank you so much for listening. [applause] >> [reading names] >> [speaking spanish] >> good afternoon. i am a member of power. >> [speaking spanish]
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[applause] >> i come here before you today as i did over a year and a half ago to express the needs of our community. i want to reiterate what we have been fighting for from the beginning. all of the youth have a right to a free and fast pass in the city. >> [speaking spanish] >> this is a representation of what we have been working on.
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>> [speaking spanish] [applause] >> we want to -- people who have fought hand in hand have signed in paper or over the internet. we have gathered over 7406 signatures in support of free muni for youth. >> [speaking spanish] >> we have also had families use -- whether taken pictures of themselves in support of this
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campaign. people will not take pictures of themselves unless they believe in the cause. we unloaded those photos so you can see the faces of those who been supporting this. -- we uploaded those photos so you can see the faces of those who have been supporting us. >> [speaking spanish] chairman brinkman: thank you.
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if you could please translate. thank you. >> [speaking spanish] chairman brinkman: thank you. if you could please translate those last statement. >> i want to thank the board for listening to us, but i want to challenge you to listen to our full cry and give us what we have been asking for. asking for 100% of what we have been fighting for. i want to recognize that if you support us in this way, the community will also support you in this way. if we feel you only supported 50%, you will also feel that from the community. this is going to fall on your shoulders and it will be your names seen on a national level. [applause] chairman brinkman: thank you.
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>> [reading names] >> good afternoon. i am representing the public defender's office as well as a nonprofit collaborative. we are in line with the families, the various agencies, the u.s. commission, and community activist letter urging -- -- the youth commission, and community activists. a monthly pass of only $20 may not seem like it contributes to much of a financial barrier, please consider if we can keep multiplying this over a period of nine months, the typical length of the school year, $189.
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that adds up per child depending on the household. assuming that each job requires the use of the pass, that adds up to $576 your fourth three children. -- a year for three children. for a family of four children, -- again, this is only nine months. a summer program increases the cost. muni cost for youth directly affects disproportionately. with 59% of african-americans and 56% latinos expanding assets poverty, we urge you do consider
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the costly fees per child to get to school. this does not include other school related costs for families. many are harassed, with the greatest impact creating a culture that criminalizes our cities youth and poverty. chairman brinkman: thank you very much. that was your time. >> [reading names] >> i want you to support what has been presented to you. free muni for youth. here is my card. some one talked about a citizens' advisory committee. i did not know anything about this committee. when you start talking


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