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>> that is all that i have. >> any other questions, directors? >> not so much, questions, just a few comments, if that is okay. there were goals stated on the record for the agency. i think that goes to the advertising perhaps for the apps that are currently in use and we talked about the traffic but i think they send end of the day is the goal of having a city wide app that really leverages the entire or a large portion of the fleet and we have two apps that are hopefully getting closer to that but that is really the goal here. and so, to enable that, we need the data, and to enable that we need to gather the data and i think that when we first envisioned this, my goal personally and i think that there are others here who agreed with this and maybe including the director is that
the companies would supply this data. and you know, it has been mandated that they collect the data internally and it would obviously save us money if we got the data from them, there are some claims that they have not gotten a written spec, so forth and so on, there is some claims that the companies have not been giving the ability to provide this data, i think that rather than figure out who spilled whose milk here and we have certainly heard it from both sides and the thing to do is that as the existing. proposal says is to give to the first to give the data time to be provided and have the written spec given in the clear form to the taxi cab companies to move forward with the data gathering and regulatory, you know, assessment aspects of the
contract. i would propose an amendment if that is all right, madam chair woman. >> yes. >> and what i would say is that we postpone or take the portion of the contract dedicated to the expenditure for the on board devices. and postpone that portion until after february first, making clear that after february first, it will require board approval for the agency to make
that expenditure portion of the contract, the rest of the contracts would go forward. and in the meantime, let me be personally clear, i have heard from the taxi cab companies that we did not have the real chance to give this information to the agency. and mr. son made the point in public comment. okay, now is your chance, you are going to get a written spec, and so let us know if you don't. and then, use this opportunity to see if we can work this out so that the information can come from you, practice rather than putting another on board device in the cabs at the expense of the mta and raising all of the issues that we have talked about today. with that amendment, which i guess that i should just say, that is my proposed amendment. and did i state it clearly enough? >> could you, could someone rephrase the amendment, please? >> so the amendment will be to require additional action by
the sfmta board of directors, prior to the expenditure for the on board devices after february one, 2014. >> okay. >> and i would like to get a motion and a second and then i would like to open it up for public comment on the amendment only. >> could i have a motion? >> move to approve. >> second. >> and i would like to open it up for public comment on the amendment and if you like to comment on it please line up and you will have two minutes. >> directors, thanks for making that amendment and i do want to point out clearly that you are giving a contract to a company despite what they said have never facilitated it and never put a dispatch system in the fleet and it is very suspect from this industry, and as a matter of fact, i feel very strongly, that this vendor wants to put in equipment so that they are, and we are beholding to them in terms of
services and equipment that they control in the future. i just want to make that clear and put it on the record. i suspect this company wants to use a cloud based meter system and make sure that they can charge for air time and other services using the equipment that they would deploy. if we are able to use the existing equipment, i want to address the fact, please, if you owned a small business, do you think that it is appropriate for a government agency to say, we are going to take your data, and we are going to give it to any third party, for-profit company with or without your agreement, to start putting your business in making profits for this company, and i cannot tell you how disruptive this will be. and it is another thing to give it to a company without the choice and consent to put the cabs on the network, that is in this plan and it is not being
addressed. and is it unreasonable, for me, as a small business owner, to say, please, let me have some say in, that data that i give you, about giving it to someone else before they put all of my cabs on their network. that is still in this plan. please, i ask you, respect my business. respect the efforts that i am doing to provide service and look at that very carefully. finally. the private industry has already done this. flywheel has two-thirds of the cabs on the network and soon, probably every cab, and we are going to go to the ford with this? >> thank you. >> next speaker here we are and i can tell you about the transportation and i know them really well and if you have been to las vegas, you know that there is no dispatch cabs, as much in the suburbs as there is in san francisco. and it is the airport to the
hotel. 900,000 people are transported from the airport to the hotels, okay, and so when you can't call a cab and you can't flag a cab in las vegas, you have to be at a hotel. and that is how it works down there, and you can't go on the streets to flag a cab. >> specifically addressed to the amendment. >> just the amendment, cnt has already given the information to donovan and you can ask him that he has everything that he is looking for our computer dispatch and it is already there and you know what? it is free. >> thank you. >> our next speaker. >> all right. andrew, and i will speak directly to the amendment and i appreciate the opportunity to address you, i think that it is important as i said to provide the written specifications and i think that it would be unreasonable to say that the written specifications if they are written in such a way that we can't respond, there ought to be an opportunity at least to take a look at it, and let me give you an example. right now the staff requires a
15 second, real time data and i think that most of the cab companieds are 20 and i think that it is likely that we can get to 15 seconds but i would hate to see the specifications say that i want all of the items in red ink and knowing that the data comes in blue ink and so i would like to get the written specification and like to have the opportunity to come back and say that these are all of the things that we can do and there is a little bit of at least a discussion about how we can make that data meet the requirements that are written. because sometimes, i think in error, some people will write up some things knowing that they cannot be met and i hope that is not the case here but we are a little bit concerned. we have the data and we are more than willing to provide it to you, the written specifications will organize that data and make sure that you will get it but i hope that the written specifications that come out of fti are not written in a way that does not allow us to respond appropriately. thank you, next speaker.
>> with regard to the special attention to the hardware or the software, i think that kim is correct, to ring a bell of warning about the efforts to retool the whole situation so that through the cloud computing or whatever sorts of devices with webb 2.0 or other ways of administering the fees. and more comes under the rubric. and it is in our gate. and so, if there is a sneaky way of creating more fees, that is not going to work, very well. and certainly will not be popular. >> thank you. >> next speaker?
>> the heart is that they do not want a universal app system. they want to have their own appand they want to contract with the companies that they desire to contract with to provide these app services. and their objections are basically the same that they had to centralizing or integrating the dispatch and it is, it is proprietary and understandable that these are understandable and private business and they like to control everything that they possibly can. and first of all we are in a regulated situation, second of all, we are in a competitive crisis, right now. and we have to have the tools and we have to take the steps that are necessary to combat that. i am still greatly concerned about all of this information sitting in the mta's computers, and without any guidelines or standards, for their use, i would, you know, if this goes through, i would love to see
some of that put in the form of regulation. and so that we know what the information is going to be used for, how and where and when and why. >> however, that does not mean that the eta system should not go forward in and off itself, it is simply a matter of having a method of locating a particular cab so that is on the cloud based system there can be contact between a rider and a driver. and i think that it makes sense to do that on the city wide basis if we don't, we are digging a deeper hole for ourselves, >> thank you. >> next speaker? >> i know that you have given this a lot of thought and i appreciate that you are trying
to make an amendment here to make it, you know, more palatable for everyone. my concern is, that i am thankful for the thought process of the first step that has been taken and my concerns will remain for a while on some of the things that have already been mentioned about the data collection and how it is going to be used and so forth and i guess that my concerns are, yes, we are regulated and it is never going to change and, we are regulated more than any city that i am aware of in the country and i don't expect that to change. i just don't want it to get to the point where it is so over reaching that somebody has forgotten about, that they are the regulators and we are running in the private business and we need to follow the regulations and we don't need to tell someone how to run the business, and i think that is where our concerns come and it is not a matter if we don't want to cooperate but we are running a private business and we are do follow the regulations as soon as the people tell us that here is how you have to do it, we get
concerned. thank you for your amendment, and director, and you have proposed. and i think that i am sure that we are going to continue to watch things closely. so that we don't or something else does not jump out of the bag and bite us. okay, thank you. >> thank you very much. >> any more public comment? >> we have a motion and a second on the amend. >> could i have a vote? >> all in favor >> aye. >> and no, opposed and now we have the amended before us, do i have a motion on the amended, and a second? >> second. >> second, all in favor? >> aye. >> aye. >> great. >> and the aye have it and that passes as well >> madam chair and directors, that concludes the business before you this evening, >> just a reminder that we are adjourning in memory of..., thank you, sorry. >> thank you. >>
union square is a quiet corner stone of san francisco's our community to the meridian gallery has a 20-year history of supporting visual arts. experimental music concert, and also readings. >> give us this day our daily bread at least three times a day. and lead us not into temptation to often on weekdays. [laughter] >> meridians' stands apart from the commercial galleries around union square, and it is because of their core mission, to increase social, philosophical, and spiritual change my isolated individuals and communities. >> it gives a statement, the idea that a significant art of any kind, in any discipline, creates change. >> it is philosophy that attracted david linger to mount a show at meridian. >> you want to feel like your
work this summer that it can do some good. i felt like at meridian, it could do some good. we did not even talk about price until the day before the show. of course, meridian needs to support itself and support the community. but that was not the first consideration, so that made me very happy. >> his work is printed porcelain. he transfers images onto and spoils the surface a fragile shes of clay. each one, only one-tenth of an inch thick. >> it took about two years to get it down. i would say i lose 30% of the pieces that i made. something happens to them. they cracked, the break during the process. it is very complex. they fall apart. but it is worth it to me. there are photographs i took 1 hours 99 the former soviet union. these are blown up to a gigantic images. they lose resolution. i do not mind that, because my images are about the images, but
they're also about the idea, which is why there is text all over the entire surface. >> marie in moved into the mansion on powell street just five years ago. its galleries are housed in one of the very rare single family residences around union square. for the 100th anniversary of the mansion, meridian hosted a series of special events, including a world premiere reading by lawrence ferlinghetti. >> the birth of an american corporate fascism, the next to last free states radio, the next-to-last independent newspaper raising hell, the next-to-last independent bookstore with a mind of its own, the next to last leftie looking for obama nirvana. [laughter] the first day of the wall street
occupation set forth upon this continent a new revolutionary nation. [applause] >> in addition to its own programming as -- of artist talks, meridian has been a downtown host for san francisco states well-known port trees center. recent luminaries have included david meltzer, steve dixon, and jack hirsch man. >> you can black as out of the press, blog and arrest us, tear gas, mace, and shoot us, as we know very well, you will, but this time we're not turning back. we know you are finished. desperate, near the end. hysterical in your flabbergastlyness. amen. >> after the readings, the
crowd headed to a reception upstairs by wandering through the other gallery rooms in the historic home. the third floor is not usually reserved for just parties, however. it is the stage for live performances. ♪ under the guidance of musical curators, these three, meridian has maintained a strong commitment to new music, compositions that are innovative, experimental, and sometimes challenging. sound art is an artistic and event that usually receives short shrift from most galleries because san francisco is musicians have responded by showing strong support for the programming. ♪
looking into meridian's future, she says she wants to keep doing the same thing that she has been doing since 1989. to enlighten and disturbed. >> i really believe that all the arts have a serious function and that it helps us find out who we are in a much wider sense than we were before we experienced that work of art. ♪
>> good afternoon, welcome to the san francisco board of supervisors meeting of tuesday november 26, 2013. madam clerk, can you please call the roll. >> supervisor avalos? >> here. >> avalos, present. supervisor breed. >> here. >> supervisor campos. er >> present. >> chiu. >> present. >> supervisor farrell? >> present. >> supervisor kim? >> kim absent.
supervisor mar, mar present. >> supervisor tang. >> present. >> tang, present. >> supervisor wiener, wiener present. supervisor yee, yee present. mr. president, you have a quorum. >> can you please join us in the pledge of allegiance. (pledge of allegiance). >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> colleagues, we have up to the 22nd, 2013 board minute meetings, motion by supervisor mar, second by supervisor breed, they are approved. madam clerk, any communications? >> no communications today. >> can you read our 2 p.m. special order. >> it is the policy discussion between mayor edwin lea
representing the odd districts, distributes 1 and 3, the board may address initially up to 3 minutes, the supervisor will present their own question to the mayor, follow-up questions are in order, five minutes per supervisor. >> mr. mayor, welcome back to the boerpd, if you have any initial comments, we'd love to hear them. >> thank you, president chiu. thank you supervisors for inviting me back and also thank you to the audience for being here as well. good afternoon. yesterday i had the opportunity to meet with 2030 transportation task force as they concluded their work. as you know, i convened this task force to plan for the city's future transportation needs. task force included supervisor chiu, supervisor wiener and supervisor avalos and i want to personally thank each of you for the valuable time you spent with that very large group of
people who were thinking through all these needs. i also wanted to thank the co-chair, monique zamuda and gate hahaf, the task force identified more than 10 billion dollars in needs for transportation infrastructure and we've identified some funding but it's going to take everyone in this room to make sure we proerl fund and care for our transportation infrastructure that is vital to providing our residents a system they can rely on today and ao into the faou khu, i look forward to working with each and every one of you to make this happen. also, as the holidays approach, i'd like to remind everybody, it is the season of giving and it's time when we highlight organization that is are so important to our fabric of social safety net for our city, the organizations that support our veterans, our homeless and those most in need of meal, shelter and essentially human services every day of the year.
we also must continue to be the global citizens we are and help friends and family ins the philippines who are in trem men deuce need of our help pr the devastation of the typhoon and i know all of the supervisors have been participating, community benefit events, i want to thank each and every one of you for doing so, as i join you on citywide events, we'll continue to do our best to make sure we raise as much funds as we can to help the recovery effort. it's going the take years but it is certainly something that's always on our minds. the campaign that we're all engaged in encourages the city's residents and business owners to dedicate whatever they can through the season of giving campaign so they can continue show casing our city as a world class city with a world class heart. and with that, we keep ensuring everyone that we continue to be the city of st. francis, so now
let's proceed with questions, thank you. >> thank you, mr. mayor, our first question will be asked by our district 1 colleague, supervisor mar. >> thank you, mayor lee for being hair, the displacement is on the minds of many san franciscan, from the budget analyst report on the eviction crisis between 2009 and 2013t richmond district adds a whole has had 79 el sack evictions and 202 no vault evictioness placing my district among the highest of all neighborhoods in these categories. we also have a very high percentage of renters who are seniors and people with disabilities, many with serious mobility issues. the richmond district and the entire west side of the city lacks tenant focus services that are concentrated on the east side of town. given the tremendous need for
tenant services and the geographic inequity in their distribution within san francisco, i would like to begin exploring hopefully with your assistance the possibility of providing a multiservice center in the richmond district that would include tenant focused services. can you commit to assisting my office on working on this? >> supervisor mar, thank you for your question and i am willing to explore with you and each of the other members of the board for ways of delivering our city funded services in a better and more effective way. as a city, we have to be open for delivering government service, we should be looking how best to tailor the services in our city and the people who live there. i'm committed to exploring the best way to reach residents of the richmond district with you, supervisor. i also share your deep concern that rez densest throughout san francisco including the richmond district are facing displacement as a result of
ellis act and so called no fault evictions. as you know, i started my career as an affordable housing add voluntary cant and tenants right lawyer and pride myself to to extend the -- of an ellis act eviction and in turn help tenants remain in their homes for as long as we could. with our economy recovering from recession, there are speculators looking to take advantage of the strong real estate market at the expense of long-time tenants with no place to go. buying a building with the sole intent to evict rent controlled tenants, speculators are undermining the affordability of our entire stock, in past economic cycles, we've seen the number of el evictions as property values increase. i'm committed to taking action on the ellis act before this
disturbing trend start to spiral in even great e larger crisis, so what can we do, colleagues? well, the heart of the matter lies with the state law itself. the ellis act is being abused by real estate speculators so we need to go to the state and change that law. i will ask you, supervisor, and every member of the board of supervisors to stand with me, we need to end the real estate speculation that is destabilizing our neighborhoods, and while we're fighting this battle, we must also stay focused on growing our own city back here at home. we need to build more housing for our growing workforce at all ranges of income -- of the income spectrum and be more attune to the needs of our seniors that are aging in place. every rental or ownership unit that comes online is one little
bit of pressure released from the market, the more we build, the more affordable san francisco can remain even if it's just incrementally, supervisor, i look forward to working with you and your colleagues on the board to protect san francisco's tenants through changes to the ellis act and through full implementation of the housing trust fund. thank you. >> i have the second and final question for today. mr. may yo, every day, we are seeing rental and homeowner ship prices -- reach san franciscans, to address our current affordability crisis, your office has been working with me and community members to prioritize housing, stabilize housing for people who live in non-permanent inlaw units among other initiative, while building subsidized affordable housing won't solve