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of the mta, as the ta has been tapped in helping address some of the larger chronic problems certainly experienced by a sister agency, the municipal transportation authority. i believe that many of these are big topics in the legacy, and the progress we have made will be measured are the next several that it did not want to thank supervisor campos and supervisor mar and all of you for the focused energy and clarity have brought to the discussion of the many important policy issues that we have faced at the transportation authority over the past 12 months and previous 12 months peter i am grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the authority's executive director and staff. i greatly appreciative of the due diligence and excellence that ta staff have provided a there is plenty yet to be accomplished, but i leave with a clear sense that we have moved the agenda forward.
it has been in awarding experience. thank you for the trust you have invested in me and for the opportunity to serve as the authorities chair. i look forward to seeing the operatives work from the fourth floor and promise to keep in touch. thank you. mr. executive director -- >> mr. chairman, commissioners, a good morning. i am the executive director. my report is on your chair. many take a moment here to bank and acknowledge the outgoing chair for his distinguished role as the steward of the jurisdictional authority over the last year. we have worked very closely with him and have never been disappointed in his ability to find the true policy content out of all the discussions we have
had with him. and, as he said earlier, there are many issues that are legacy issues. there are others that he did not mention in his remarks that i think will continue to occupy us. the one that comes to mind right now is the new measure that will replace level of services, our measure of performance of the transportation system, which is something that he pioneered several years ago, actually, and we have been working with them ever since, and getting to the point where we will be blazing a new trail not just for san francisco but for california in terms of how the ceqa transportation impacts fincher is looked at from here into the future. and i, i am fund of making predictions, predict that the work alone, one adopted by local community groups, will have a larger impact than sc375 in
setting us on the right course to sustainable development. thank you, mr. chair. on behalf of the staff of the transportation authority and myself, we wish you the very best of luck in your new capacity. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. >> i do have a few items i would like to highlight. we cannot have a report without an update on what is happening in washington, d.c., on the reauthorization of the six-year service transportation act. you all heard about this at some length at the last meeting. the house, under the leadership of chairman micah, had worked to put together what looked like was going to be a five-year bill. we are, however, again back at the point of discussing what their revenue is going to be. there was some sense of an
agreement just a month ago about using royalties from extended oil and gas exploration to pay for the revenue gap, but that has fallen apart as republican members of the house have backed away from that. then we had the valiant efforts going on in the senate, led by senator barbara boxer, to try to put together a two-year bill there, and the gap there is smaller. it is still $1 billion, but it is still a gap that appears at this point to be almost insurmountable as far as the political will in congress to find the revenue source for it. it has not helped that this task as a sort of collided with the goal of at the supercommittee on deficit-reduction, which of course has a much bigger mountain to climb. and i think it all boils down to confirming my prediction of about a year ago that we were
unlikely to see reauthorization, certainly not a multi-year reauthorization, before the presidential elections. what we do have is an extension that brings the current bill, is essentially, to march 2012, and i will predict today that we will have another extension that will bring it beyond the november election next year. the other rather alarming aspect of the lack of action that the federal level is that until expiration of the $230 per month federal transit commuter tax benefit allowance, which expires at the end of this month. we have not yet seen the willpower to extend it. it could bring as to the point where the commuter tax benefit for transit users is reduced to $125 per month, while the parking benefit for people driving goes up to $240, which
really is the absolute opposite of the kind of policy we should have are in this country, considering climate change and everything else. so we are actively trying to work in the coalition's to get congress to recognize the importance of passing this bill i am and i give the new and evaluation of the chances of this at this point, because the climate in congress is very strange, but i am and hoping for the best. i will keep posted about this and report back in january. and like to thank supervisor campos and supervisor wiener further testimony on december 8 in front of the senate committee on transportation and housing, the state senate committee headed by the senator, which took up the issue of ab57, which is the bill that proposes to change the voting composition at
ntc. unfortunately i was out of the country that day. i was not able to attend, but in this then they were there, as well as one of our assemblymen, and there was a very interesting and in-depth discussion of the possibilities for regional consensus on a bill that would address whatever fairness issues may have been raised by other counties in the region. i understand that mtc will be voting on its legislative agenda for the year 2012 later this month and that ab57 will be a big part of the discussion, and i am looking forward to supporting our mtc commissioners in that endeavor. the regional transportation plan has continued to move forward as well, and now we have the issuance last week of mtc's and abag's results of the five
alternative scenarios and their performance towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other performance targets. and we see something that i think we all expected, which is that the performance of these scenarios falls short. in some cases, 50% short of the targets that the region should be observing. this is serious stuff. it is coming at a time when the world is talking about moving away from the kyoto treaty and the durban treaty is in question as well, and it shows the importance of the region's taking concerted approach to meeting these goals, is 15% reduction goal is not unattainable, but as we have said before a number of times, it will require measures that they're a little bit more grave
than we have on the table today, including potentially some pricing-related alternatives, in my opinion, going beyond parking and repricing to get to solutions. the other thing i wanted to highlight is the really untenable set of results that we are seeing related to affordable housing and related to the percentage of income, of household income, that is predicted to become necessary in order for people to afford living in the bay area. those percentages are very, very high. for households earning less than $30,000 a year, we go from 77% to 87% to 89% in 2014. people will be paying for housing at the expense of food and transportation. that obviously has to change. it echoes supervisor campos'
comments about really any need to address the affordable housing issue in the mix. we will have to focus on that as we move forward and continue to press for communities that are doing something about affordable housing to get credit on the infrastructure investment side. because if we're doing our share and more than our share, we should be getting more money for infrastructure. that is nothing new, but it is a message that i think is worth delivering again. as you know, i spend a couple of weeks seemingly on vacation, but i was teaching a course in argentina on strategic planning for transportation investments. i came back with an invitation from the chancellor of the university there in rosario, my hometown, to try to open up an exchange program, and i will be pursuing those ideas a little bit further and will give you more of a report next month. it is very exciting to the topics are familiar to us, high-
speed rail, parking pricing, bicycle lanes, how to deal with the density, all of the same issues we deal with here. i think it is an opportunity from all -- for all of us to learn. i spent a day on the way back from argentina in washington, d.c. our deputy of projects joined me there to have meetings with the federal highway administrator to try to sort out the final stages of the federal funding byrd is a vision for the second phase of the presidio parkway project. which, as the chair mentioned earlier, is nearing completion on the first phase, which will be open to traffic on -- in february, but we need to make sure we do not have a gap on the start of the second phase in the private-public partnership. i anticipate that we will need further work with the mtc commissioners on this issue. there are some complex issues related to the funding plan .
i will keep close to, but i am hopeful we will resolve one of our issues in time for the financial close of march 2012. the van ness windy environmental impact statement and report, the draft, as you know, is circulating. i want to remind people that the close of public comment is in december 19, just next monday, and that the public can obtain information about the project in the eir at our website. i encourage everybody to heed that comment deadline. we have reached out to over 20 state groups in the last month since the eir draft was published. i anticipate that we will have the final ready for you to adopt in the fall. we have also been working diligently on the update of the
countywide plan. i will not say a lot about that, but we're now at the stage where we have developed a framework for evaluation of projects and have over 100 projects submitted by the public and public agencies over the past couple of months. and we're now beginning to go through the evaluation of those projects for performance. the public is invited to go to our website on the transportation plan, which is www.movesmartsf.com, to look at the details on what we're doing on that. i am very pleased to report that the jfk bikeway project is moving forward, that it obtained the approvals that it needed from the concourse authority and the recreation and park commission. you may recall that the authority allocated over4
over10 -- over $400,000 for prop k in september. the funding is in there, including approvals, so we expect the installation of the bikeway will start in january 2012. this is to not miss a the holiday season in the park. but january 2012, we can look forward to biking along jfk on this brand new bikeway, paid for with prop k money. i think that is a very good news. there has also been in progress on the progressbikeway improvements project, but i will not go into detail there. you may recall that you also allocated $165,000 a prop k to that project. finally, two items. the central freeway, this is ancient history now, but the central freeway opened in 2006
-- i am is sorry, octavia boulevard, replacement of central freeway. at the time, we had an agreement with the city that when some of those parcels of land sold, we would do the ancillary projects that had been promised to the neighbors in the areas around the new boulevard. well, finally, the real estate in that area is beginning to sell, and now the city is in a condition to start implementing those ancillary projects that were promised as part of the octavia boulevard plan, and you'll see some action in that plan starting very, very soon, i enginery 2012. that is already beginning to implement projects around the area as, including some of these small streets were the closure of the local streets to accommodate the landing at the new central freeway at market
street generated some problems. so we're looking forward to seeing that happen. the final thing i have is a thank you to cynthia fong who is not here today because of a health issue, for giving us a seventh year of clean audits. they are in the packet for you to approve today. it is really a testament to her very good work in the work of her staff. the last thing, and i will say it now so i do not say it later, i wish you all a very, very happy holiday season and a well- deserved rest until january. thank you two concludes my report. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you, mr. executive director. any public comment, please come forward. >> as you know, item number
three and four are just informational items, but it is an opportunity on behalf of the concerns of san francisco to thank you, the chair, for doing excellent work. as no, you can do that because long before you became a supervisor, you're an advocate. i would encourage the next chair to address quality of life issues. having said that, i listened to the long speech given by the director of the san francisco county transportation authority, where he touched on many topics, some local, national, and others international. i would like to ask the san francisco county transportation
authority to address the heavy congestion on some of our avenues and streets, like market street, lombard, 19th avenue, third street, stockton, of van ness -- i could go on and on. san francisco is very well known all over the world. but when it comes to ingestion on our streets, we do very poorly. so we can talk about conceptual plans and we can talk about international agreements, but when we go to ground zero and if you have the guts to address our issues magdalene to empirical data -- our issues by going to
empirical data, particulates and more, and seeing that all of you who are supposed to be addressing quality of life issues impacting our constituents of san francisco have done very poorly. and there are some tricks that people will bring. they're called machinations. [bell rings] and you can see that whatever is going to be done on a van ness, the comment period is kind of focused during the holiday season, and and what has been extended to december 19, i think from december 12. and i spoke about this before. more time should be given. having said that, i want to wish you, jerry mirkarimi, all the best as the sheriff.
thank you very much. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you, mr. da costa. i appreciate that. any more public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> item number 5, accept the audit report for the fiscal year ending june 30, 2011, action item. supervisor mirkarimi: discussion? public comment? cnn, public comment is closed. safehouse-st. paul. change car roll call. >> item number 5 -- >> supervisor avalos? >> supervisor campos? >> supervisor chiu? >> supervisor chu? >> supervisor cohen? >> supervisor elsbernd? >> supervisor farrell? >> supervisor kim? >> supervisor mar? >> supervisor mirkarimi? >> supervisor wiener? >> item passes. supervisor mirkarimi: next item. >> item 6 to authorize the executive director to execute a
memorandum of agreement with the treasure island development authority in an amount not to exceed $100,000 for the fiscal year 2011-2012 operating budget and work plan to initiate implementation of the treasure island transportation program and authorize the executive director to negotiate the agreement. action item. supervisor mirkarimi: discussion? public comment? step on up, please. >> at one of the committee meetings, i addressed this issue, and i would like somebody on the rep side of the san francisco county transportation authority to find out more about how exactly mechanisms have been put in place at treasure island. we know that redevelopment is phasing out, and i suppose a model called the ifd is going to
be used. i would like to know how moneys are going to come to treasure island to address whatever projects are going to happen over there? i also stated that i think that the san francisco county transportation authority has a lot to do within the projects were linked to the projects that it already has. i know this is a small amount of money compared to the millions that san francisco county transportation authority doles out, some $100,000, but i would like to know why some other independent entity could not do it. why does it have to be the san francisco county transportation
authority? thank you very much. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you, sir. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. i believe we have same house. take this without objection. >> item 7, increase the amount of the legal services contract with nossaman llp by $330,000 to a total amount not to exceed $960,000 to provide general legal counsel services and authorize the executive director to modify contract terms. supervisor mirkarimi: public comment? seeing none, closed. safehouse-same call. some of. item eight. >> age, allocate $340,000 and prop k funds with conditions to the san francisco municipal transportation agency for balboa park fast-track intermodal of permits and appropriate 65,000 defender dollars in prop k funds with conditions for the balboa park station areas circulation's study. this is an action item. supervisor mirkarimi: public
comment? >> again, at an earlier meeting, i have spoken about this, and i think we're looking at the balboa park station, and we need to look at it in a very holistic manner. and one of the factors that i discussed at the earlier meeting was that we need to connect the third street light rail the other way. right now, it starts at fourth and king and ends in the middle of visitation valley. we should look forward somehow in the near future, like what you mentioned regarding the other projects, two connected from the middle of nowhere in visitation valley to balboa park. thank you very much. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. in the the public comment?
seeing none, closed. safehouse-send all. next. >> item number 9, allocate $4,088,713 in prop k funds would conditions to the center and municipal transportation agency for five projects. one under $24,750 and prop k funds with conditions to the department of the environment one project. $179,000 and prop k funds to the department of public works for one project. this is an action item. supervisor mirkarimi: public comment? the sea in none, public comment is closed. safehouse-7 col. so moved. next item. >> 10, certified the final environmental impact report pursuant to the california in our middle quality act, improve the findings of fact, a brief statement of overriding consideration, and adopted the avoidance minimize in -- avoidance, minimization, and mitigation monitoring plan for the yerba buena island rams improvement project.
action item. supervisor mirkarimi: public comment. >> at an earlier meeting, i had pointed out to the gentlemen who was giving some sort of a presentation that we must all remember that this area we call san francisco belongs to the first people. and in case you ladies and gentlemen do not know who they are, they are the [unintelligible] having said that, at yerba buena island, hundreds and hundreds of remains are found. so we have people who come and talk about the eir, and they talk about ceqa, and they talk about this, that, and the other, but they do not have the decency to address the cultural
or archaeological factors over which they simply override. in fact, if you go to the university of berkeley, uc berkeley, there are over 10,000 remains, and we have this in the year 2011. so all these things, you know, improvements that we call, should be holistic. we should have some compassion. all these things that we build, they will collapse. but if we, in our arrogance, do not do what is right and there are federal laws that the native american graves and protection act, which the gentlemen it has not read, nor have you so-called
representatives, but i am just pointing this out to you because again and again and again in this city and county of san francisco, in our arrogance, we fail to first respect the first people. and secondly, to give them the new honor. thank you very much. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. any other public comment? see none, public comment is closed. some house-7 col. very good. so moved. next item. >> item 11, approved alternative 2b as the preferred alternative for the yerba buena i land grants approved the project. supervisor mirkarimi: public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. safehouse-cent call. >> item 12, ever the 2011 san francisco congestion management program. this is an action item. supervisor mirkarimi:
discussion? public comment? public comment is closed. same house-7 col. >> item 13, introduction of new items, information item. supervisor mirkarimi: introduction of new items. public comment? public comment is closed. next item. >> item 14, public comment. supervisor mirkarimi: public comment on public comment. ca none, public comment is [closedislaughs] only the bench is laughing. the redundancy speaks for itself. all right, public comment is closed. next item -- >> mr. chair, if i may, i do not know this is the right time or place to do this, but i wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your service as chair of the transportation of authority, and i appreciate the work that you andou