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youth employment opportunities. the san francisco youth survey has been ministered to thousands of young people over the last few years. consistently, the activity that young people request in the city are job opportunities. i raise this because we are involved in a number of the community programs, and i realize there are a lot of impact on some of the current proposals, but what i'm here to talk about are what is already going to happen as a result of the loss of stimulus funds. i realize that it is -- a lot has been said about our inability to offset reductions from the federal level, but what i'm here to raise awareness about is the fact that it is actually the stimulus fund that mitigated cuts at the local level. what is going to happen this year is as a result of the fact
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that we have budgeted, based on the fact that we have funds available, this coming year, we're looking at probably at least 1000 less youth employment opportunities for this city alone. that is only taking into account some of the larger programs in the city, and i think we can all agree that among some of the smaller programs, we are only going to see even additional declines. i have here a summary of what i'm talking about. i think it is imperative that as we continue to have -- as this budget process moves forward, we think about what reductions were already made. i have this year to leave for you all today. thank you. supervisor chu: thank you. are there other members of the public like to speak on this item? why don't we close public
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comment? we have two items before us. supervisor chiu. supervisor chiu: i want to thank our chairwoman as well as members of the public that have come up to testify on behalf of this resolution. i have spoken to many service providers around the community, and the cuts we are facing this year i think are nothing like what we have faced in prior years. i've often said that in recent years with the budget, we have had to cut to the bone. this year, we are going to have to be cutting bone. the news we are getting from the federal government is incredibly bleak. i have a feeling that all of us will be supporting this resolution. i certainly urge that and i urge all of us to work with community members, particularly the folks that came here today, to get the word out to folks that these cuts are unacceptable and hopefully asked representatives in congress to fight for what we need to have happen here. supervisor chu: thank you. do we have a motion --
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supervisor kim? supervisor kim: if we are taking co-sponsor ships from supervisors, i would love to [no audio] supervisor chiu: i would be happy to be added as well. supervisor chu: do we have a motion to file item two and 2 cents item 3 forward with recommendation? okay, without objection. thank you. item four please. >> item four, a hearing on monthly overtime reports discussing the five city departments using the most overtime in the preceding month. supervisor chu: thank you very much. this item -- we will be scheduling overtime reports for current year expenses in the subcommittee. i apologize. this will be at our subcommittee meetings in the future. the controller will give a
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presentation on this item. >> good afternoon, supervisors. each month we issued an overtime report on the highest earning city departments in terms of overtime use and then slice the year we issue a more comprehensive report. we issued to the most recent report on march 1st and i can provide a couple of snapshots from it. generally speaking, the city overtime spending and the current year is projected to remain below the peak from several years ago but has inched up in the last year. we project overtime spending of $132 million across all departments.
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this is $12 million up from the actual from last year. to provide some longer-term context, three years ago the city at its peak spent $167 million in overtime. we have seen a significant increase in overtime spending. we are still projecting to spend approximately $25 million less on overtime for a reduction of about 17% from peak. we have had a significant drop- off for two years and we have seeing a modest increase during the current year. in terms of hours, which is not necessarily the same thing given what is going on with wages, we project that 5.6% of our salary hours will be paid as overtime
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and that is down from 6.6% three years ago. again, up modestly in the current year. as we have talked about before in this committee, we are really talking about five city departments which accounts for about 80% of spending across the city. the five largest city department's account for 88% of overtime spending. within those departments, we see increases in three and decreases in two verses there actuals from the prior year. the mta is projected to spend approximately $5 billion more. public health is under $2 million more and that the fire department, approximately $6 million more. those account for the majority of the increase that i talked about that is a $12 million
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increase, those three departments. the other two large overtime using departments show a decline during the current year versus actual spending last year. the police department is expected to spend a million and a half less than this year. the sheriff's office to spending approximately 1.5 million less on overtime than they did last year at this time. we have seen a mix of trends that consume the overtime expenses for the city. the mta, fire and police are all a absorbing their overtime expenditures within budget. dph and the sheriff's department
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are anticipating meeting a supplemental to cover some of their costs. some are overspending but absorbing this within their budget. that is the case for three of the five. the board placed a cap of 624 hours per individual per year on overtime use. this has an exemption in it. as of this point of the year, 74 employees have exceeded that cap. 70 have exceeded it -- have received an exemption. the majority of the employees are in the fire department or the mta with a three and the sheriff's office.
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i'm happy to answer any questions that the committee might have. >> just a couple of points of clarification, you mentioned the five overtime departments, the mta, fire, police, they will be able to cover the overtime budget within their overall budget? >> that is correct. >> we're not expecting any supplementals? >> that is correct. >> these are two departments that are not -- observing anything within their salary line. >> correct. >> do you know when they will be coming forward with a supplemental and what those values might be? >> i don't have the values with me right at the moment but the supplementals will be coming forward within the next couple of weeks. they are currently being drafted. sheriffs are about 6 million. the health department is in the
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teens. the supplemental general fund will be backed by hospital revenues as we have seen for the last couple of years. >> given the actions that this board has taken, what is in our general fund reserve? >> a good question. i don't have that number off the top of my head. there is a budget $25 billion fund in the current year. i believe the board approved a supplemental corp. -- appropriation. these accounts for about $5 million leaving the balance of approximately $20 million in the
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current fiscal year. >> we have spent about $5 million of the 25. one last item, on the numbers that are currently exceeding the 24 hours, there are 74 that exceeded but only 70 that received exemptions. what happened to the other four? did they not need exemptions? >> anyone that exceeds requires an exemption and this will be a new process. there are occasions where someone pushes over the cap and an exemption is not sought or received in advance of that happening. >> thank you. why don't we open this up for public comment. are the members of the public that wish to speak on item
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number four? seeing none, public comment is closed. if there are no further comments or questions, can be taken action to file the item? without objection. mr. clark, do we have any other items before us? and you, we are adjourned.
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>> i work with the department of environment and we are recycling oil. thank you. we can go into a refinery and we can use it again. they do oil changes and sell it anyway, so now they know when a ticket to a. hal>> to you have something you want to get rid of? >> why throw it away when you can reuse it? >> it can be filtered out and
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used for other products. >> [speaking spanish] >> it is going to be a good thing for us to take used motor oil from customers. we have a 75-gallon tank that we used and we have someone take it from here to recycle. >> so far, we have 35 people. we have collected 78 gallons, if not more. these are other locations that you can go. it is absolutely free. you just need to have the location open. you are set to go.
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supervisor mirkarimi: good morning. welcome to the transportation authority san francisco city and county. >> item 1, roll call. [roll call] we have a quorum. supervisor mirkarimi: 90. please read item two. >> item two, approval of minutes
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of the february 15, 2011 meeting. this is an action item. supervisor mirkarimi: any comments on minutes? seeing none, public comment on minutes, please? seeing none, public comment is closed. may we take this without objection? or we do need roll-call. we have a new house order. >> on item number two. avalos aye. campos aye. chiu aye. chu aye. cohen aye. elsbernd aye. farrell aye. kim aye. mar aye. mirkarimi aye. wiener aye. there are 11 aye. item passes. item three, chairs report. item four, executive director's report. these are informational items. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you.
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this past month, we had quite a bit of activity in the transportation of grain. -- transportation arena. i went to washington, d.c., march 13 through 15 for meetings on the hill with the obama administration to talk about san francisco transportation funding needs and progress on ongoing projects. we had a very productive meeting with the u.s. department of transportation with the deputy transportation secretary, and we also joined several mta board members in staff meetings. the prospects for the new federal funding for transportation continue to be less than glowing. there is no agreement in congress about a funding source, and there seems to be universal acceptance that the concept of a federal gas tax will not be raised, at least until after the next presidential election. there is a distinct possibility that the reauthorization of the
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six-year surface transportation act, if that happens prior to the presidential election, could actually contain less funding than the current levels. stayed tuned for future updates, but do not hold your breath about future money -- stay tuned for future updates. the name of the game seems to be do more with what we have. able it was also dodged last week in sacramento when the legislature approved and the governor signed assembly bill 1052 from last year's $1.5 billion fuel tax loss. the bill also contains other provisions that make it possible for the state to support transit operations at a level that will avert a crisis. i'm sure that the executive director will expand on this in his remarks. last but definitely not least, last week, the transportation committee unanimously approved bill 57. the bill which is now moving to the legislative process, to the
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best of my knowledge, going to the transportation authority has registered opposition to the bill, even though we all voted at the board of supervisors to oppose the bill. this is a great concern to me and, i know, to many of you. i feel that the issue needs to be addressed decisively and probably this very week by our mayor's office through the legislative advocate in sacramento and also by our legislative delegation so we can have an opportunity to shape the discussion and protect san francisco's interest in the region. lastly, i have to say that after our visit to washington, believe it or not, in particular, san francisco, is doing a lot better on transportation and transit- funding projects than many other projects in this country. -- many of the pockets in this country. we were given the opportunity to see exactly where other cities are fairing, and i have to say, despite these hard times, it looks like we are still very much better -- to see exactly
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where other cities are faring, and i have to say, it looks like we are still faring much better. i'm going to ask supervisors campos and cohen about how they felt about washington, was the food good -- i'm kidding. sorry, director. i do not mean to put you on the spot. supervisor campos: bid by may, i do want to echo what you said about where san francisco is in terms of other jurisdictions on a number of these transportation issues. in our meetings with not only representatives from the department of transportation, but also members of congress, there is the sense that we in san francisco are ahead of the game in many respects. that said, i do think that there are things we can also do better, and i think we also have
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to have some humility in recognizing that there are things that other jurisdictions are doing that san francisco has not done enough on. one of the things that certainly was evident was around bicycling in the city. the bike share program that the district of columbia has is certainly a model that we should look into. as much as we have done around that issue, we are really behind the game in terms of our efforts around that issue. i do want to thank the mta commissioner for pointing out those issues to us. i think that as much as we have done, there is a lot to be done in that area, and i hope we continue to push the issue forward. i am also very proud of the way in which we have handled some of the capital projects, which are
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getting federal funding. one of the things that was clear was that it is very important for us to maintain the level of scrutiny in terms of how the project continued to be run -- how those projects continue to be run. it is clear that in d.c., in a time of limited resources, that they want to see that level of scrutiny and oversight. i think it was a very good thing that we can say that we are carefully watching how those projects are being run and that there is a collaboration between the mta and the county transportation authority. all of those things are very positive. it is important for us to have the visibility. again, kudos to our congressional representatives. i know leader pelosi has been doing a tremendous job moving these things forward. i also want to thank the mta
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staff for the work that went into planning the trip and not only making the logistical arrangements needed, but also making sure that we had a substantive discussion with the right people in d.c., which is an important thing to do as we are moving these projects forward. thank you. supervisor mirkarimi: well said. commissioner cohen, if you would like. supervisor cohen: thank you for your leadership in organizing the trip. campos and mirkarimi pretty much covered everything, left nothing for me to share. it was refreshing to be in washington, d.c., with so many public transit professionals and having thoughtful conversations around regional priorities with the undersecretary as well as
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speaking with minority leader nancy pelosi. i think it was a feather in our cap that we had a stellar group that went there. the conversations that transpired with thoughtful and rich with policy substance, so i want to thank the transportation authority for pulling it together. look forward to seeing you again. supervisor campos: if i may add something, which i think was an important piece that was added to those discussions, was that there was an interest on the part of folks in d.c., especially in the department of transportation, on how certain underserved areas of the city, how those needs are being addressed, and i think that having the supervisor for district 10, the supervisor for district 9, and supervisor for district 5 at the table was
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something that was very meaningful. there was certainly an interest in making sure that the needs of those communities are address. it was a very positive thing to see that on the part of people in b.c. who are doing the work on the ground. supervisor mirkarimi: i quite agree. i just want to say, for not just, i think, the very important perspective that was shared by commissioner cohen on behalf of district 10, it extended to the concerns of supervisor avalos of district 11 and the west side supervisors as well. i think we can all agree that in the west side and south side of the city, we are definitely short shrift in being able to provide the kind of transit we would like and those kind of modalities we would hope those populations benefit from. it was not just about specific districts, but on the city wide concern, that i have to say i was impressed by both commissioners cohen and campos
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in being able to depict that picture that links of all neighborhoods, and i think it was well heard and well received by those we were meeting with. both in leader pelosi's office and the leader transportation. exactly my opinion that when we go to washington, we go not as just supervisors, but with a citywide focus. i left with the feeling at least that that expression was well achieved. supervisor avalos: thank you. i really appreciate that focus that you had. looking city-wide when you went to washington, d.c., imagining the south side and the sunset as well. i have been trying to hammer home that we expect to be a transit first city, and often, we have fewer options for transit in district 11, four, and 10.
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to have that understood and it titillated by other members of this body is, to me, really gratifying. supervisor mirkarimi: consider this the new mantra. ok, executive director, please. >> mr. chairman, commissioners, good morning. before i get into the meat of my report, let me take a second to add to the discussion for a second. first of all, to thank the chair and commissioners campos and cohen for making the time to do this kind of a trip to d.c., which was essentially 48 hours and a lot of time spent on airplanes. hardly a tourist trip. a lot of action in a couple of days. to reinforce also the impression that i got in feedback from
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members of the administration and others that i work with on an essentially regular basis about how involved and how aware of details and of projects, expectations, and so on the members of my board are, and that is a very nice impression to convey to federal organizations that are responsible for funding our projects. they know that this is not just my message, but it is really your message in representation of the city -- citizens of san francisco. so i am very gratified about that. the other thing i wanted to say is that this administration is particularly focused and interested in the issue of underserved populations, and they regard san francisco as a veritable laboratory to address some of those issuesi


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