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2014, our clerk is miss erika cheng, could you call the roll. >> item one, commissioner breed? >> here. >> present. >> compass. >> present. >> kim. >> here. >> mar. >> present. >> commissioner yee? >> yee, present, we have a quorum. >> thank you, would you call the next item. two, approve the minutes of the march 18, 2014 meeting this is an action item. >> thank you, i see no comments from colleagues. >> can we open this up for public comment? is there anyone from the public that would like to speak on the minutes, seeing none, the public comment is closed. colleagues, could we move this without objection. >> so moved. >> thank you. >> call the next item. >> i will talk a roll call vote on that as well. >> commissioner breed. >> aye. >> campos. >> aye. >> kim. >> aye. >> commissioner mar. >> aye. >> commissioner yee? >> aye. >> item passes. >> thank you. >> i have to remind myself that
we are going to do roll call every item. >> sit ens advisory committee report, this is an information item. >> we have mr. brian larkut from the cac. >> good morning, commissioners we had at our last meeting two items, two action items that were also on your agenda and your item fives and six were our items 7 and 10, respectively. on item five, the approval of recommended two projects for expenditure of 1.15 million dollars and now the newly available prop aa funds and we had some discussion questions which the world will will long remember before approving the recommendation, unanimously for your item six, which we felt was a request for $250,000. i think that you see it as a request for something more than that. but it was for the safe streets awareness and in addition to
that, 39,000 dollars, for balboa park circulation study and again after the study and we voted to approve the $250,000 for the safe streets awareness and decidesed to defer the voting or approving the balboa park circulation study, and the recommendation to implement the findings and the study until we saw the final report. we had a little bit of a discussion on another item which was an information item on the vision of zero update and one of us, me, expressed what the concern that while these are important safety recommendations, implementing them might be difficult because of sequa restrictions, and will effect our concerns about that have, and it is probably minimal, but you as an elected body may have more effect than we do. >> that is the end of it for this month, thank you. >> thank you, any questions for
mr. larkin? >> anything none, let's open it up to the public, is there anyone that would like to speak, seeing none, public comment is closed. >> call the next item. >> item four, recommend appointment of two members to the geary corridor bus rapid transit citizens advisory committee and this is an action item. >> colin dental post. >> this begins on item 18 and it is the appointment of the two new members to the bus rapid citizen's advisory xhity, and aims to bring the pedestrian improvements to the corridor and we are currently in the environmental review phase of the project, and the brt, and the current caa meets bi monthly and provides input as we move forward, and it consists of 13 members, and some of which represents the
specific neighborhoods along the corridor and also, at large seats, and we recently had two members, resigned due to a conflict of interest with new employment opportunities and there is currently one seat that is designated for the representative of the richmond district and a second that are at large seat that are opened on the cac, and we advertised opening on the cac back in august of 2013 and again in december of 2013, and we have been continuously accepting applications since that time. we have received 20 applications for the eligible for the at large seat and of those, 12 are eligible for the richmond seat and the attachment one in your packet, beginning on page 22, summarizes the structure of the cac as well as the applications that we have received. and as a reminder the staff does not provide the recommendations on who to appoint, we just provide the information on the candidates
for your consideration. and there is also an enclosure with all of the applications provided for you. and we have informed the candidates and all of the candidates that we recommend that they attend the hearing today, and although it is not required. and i have heard from several candidates who plan to be here today, and there are several other candidates who i know were not able to attend as well. and so, with that said, unless there are questions, i will turn it over to candidates who are present and would like to say a few words about their candidacy. >> thank you, i wanted to say first of all that as the environmental review is winding up for this critical project for the geary bus rapid transit, we are really close to making some major steps forward with the project so these cac members are really critical and i wanted to thank paul or pabu, neha and matthew goldberg for their service and expertise
that they brought and especially as the richmond district residents knowing transit and transportation issues and i am hoping to replace them with others that are really knowledgeable about the richmond district, but in the whole geary corridor and i want to thank marga. ry for being here on behalf of the planning for the richmond and i know that jonathan forester who is one of the candidates had a work emergency and was planning to be here and could not be here today. and so mr. dental post has asked that any of the candidates could come together to give a statement. >> maybe, miss hum brown and other candidates come forward. >> okay. and miss hum brown? >> please?
>> good morning, i'm actually margy. here? yeah. >> you got that one. >> i just wish it. >> yeah. and that will be better. sorry, either microphone i believe works is that right? >> this one is further away and so you can go with that mic. >> if you could use that mic. thanks. >> please use this mic? >> yes. >> i am margy and i am here as an emergency as well as a representative the planning commission. and planning association for the richmond district and the neighborhood organization and plus have been around since 1970. and as a member of the par, which is just the planning association for the richmond,
we are to follow the brt, project, ever since the inception and we will provide a lot of comments, and our latest comment and public information to our community, was in our newsletter in the winter of 2014. and as you can see, we have a large spread on brt. and so, the idea is to keep our constituents not, informed of what is going on on the project. and i would like to submit this for the members. several copies in there. and for myself, i have been a muni rider, or public transportation rider all of my life. and i have believe in the public transportation. and i say for the analyst i am
>> next speaker? >> hello. my name is jason whitney, and i live along the geary corridor in district two on palm avenue, one block away from the richmond district. and i work downtown and i take the 38 every day, to work. and the reason why i want to join the committee is because i believe that this reindicates quite a bit of economic opportunity for the people living in the area for two reasons and there are quite a few empty storefronts in the richmond and i think that the addition of a professional class that works downtown would create disposable income for people to spend in that area and i think that the same thing is that this project allowed disadvantaged people who do have jobs downtown to avoid the difficulties that keep them from entering the middle class and one story that stuck with me from childhood is the friend that attended school with me in high school and had his
mother's radiator break on his car and because of that payment he was no longer able to make the tuition payments and had to leave the school in the middle of summer. >> that is what people to avoid is having access to cheap and reliable transportation and in the era that is driven by the data, and i think that the government efforts are going to be judged on the return on investment on the taxpayers, and i think that the brt systems that we proposed as a city, and i think that they are really important to the future, of san francisco. and this is why i would like to dedicate my personal time and business and voice to this project. and as a member of the committee. and thank you, whitney, thank you. >> next speaker? >> good morning, commissioners. my name is jeff and i am a member of district six, 925 geary street and i have lived there for 18 years now. and when i first moved into san
francisco in 1970, muni cost 25 cents to go anywhere at any time of day and night and you could get there very easily. and nowadays, that we have the people that come in from the suburbs and using the muni system and the geary street corridor is a nightmare. and services is cut back on weekends and it is like san francisco muni does not understand that there are just and there are more people now in san francisco, on the weekends that there ever have been. and being a rider on a basis, i have five bus lines in a two block radius of my house which is all part of the geary street corridor system we are looking at new having to do the new construction as a new plan is proposed for fillmore and filling in the hole and the widening of the streets there and we are also looking at a junction with the van ness corridor because with the new cpm hospital that is going up
there that is going to bring a huge amount of people into the neighborhood. as having been a community activist as someone who was lived in the city since 1970 on and off i came to san francisco specifically because san francisco has had and still does have one of the world class public transportation systems in the world. so i would like to as a community person and someone who even though i don't know all of the ins and outs of what is going on here at city hall, i do feel that i can come in and that i can bring in a lot of good ideas that may be new because i don't have perspective that other people do, thank you very much and i hope to sit on your committee. >> thank you. >> and actually there is a question from commissioner breed. >> i just want to know how often you take the 38 geary. >> everidy. >> thank you. >> at least once a day. >> and in fact just one more thing, i found out that instead of taking the 38 i can now walk
down and take the underground faster than 38 will get me there. >> and that is the crisis issue. >> thank you. >> thank you, mr. warner. >> next speaker? >> hi, my name, excuse me, my name is renee henosa and i have lived in san francisco for about 15 years now and 6 of those in the richmond and i have used public transportation the whole time that i have lived in san francisco and i am some what of a little embarrassed to say this of a public transportation nerd. and i would like to outline some of the reasons why i think that i would be a good choice for a seat. and i don't really have a specific agenda, and you know, i live in the neighborhood, and i see a lot of what is going on, and i have got the ideas but i don't have a specific agenda or nor do i represent a specific group. i take the 38, not on a daily basis, but just about every day and i take the 1 ax to work and
back on a daily basis but i only live two blocks away from geary. and i worked for the city traffic engineer as an intern for the city of montereywhen i was getting my mp a and i enjoyed the work that i was doing there and it was nice to liase between the city hall and the residents there. and i enjoy the planning and aspect behind it and another reason that i have lived and worked in quite a few different countries and i have seen how different countries incorporate different forms of transportation and i think that is something that i can bring to the table and i would like to, you know, in closing just bring these various experiences to hopefully improve the developments of the gcac. and that is all thatvy for you today. >> thank you. >> and it is mr. kenahosa? >> yes. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> are there any other candidates that would like to
speak? >> seeing none, we will close the candidates and open this up for public comment and is there anyone from the public that would like to speak? please come forward? and it is mr. brian larson from the cac. >> that is who i am. >> and i would like to speak on behalf of brown and i have worked with her off and on coming up on a decade now and both at par and a couple of other smaller community organizations and the work is good and she is a diligent member of the community and i know that she will be an asset to that cac. >> thank you. >> is there anyone else from the public that would like to speak. seeing none, public comment is closed. so mr. dental post, we have two seats, one is at large and one is at district one seat. and colleagues, are there any comments that i did want to speak strongly in favor of margy brown as well and the long time work of the planning association for the richmond,
but also margie's work on behalf of the transit and on behalf of the whole neighborhood and also, i think that representing perspectives and as she mentioned, i think that she will bring a real valuable point of view to the cac and we have been looking for people that have a long term understanding of the corridor and i think that with her many years in the richmond district and also along the whole corridor and accountable many members of the planning association for the richmond and others that participate in their very well atebded meetings every month. and i think that she will bring a strong voice on her own behalf and many from the richmond district. >> he has been taking transit
daily as well and lives in the central richmond area. and he really tried to be here, but there was an emergency that he could not attend, and i know that as a san francisco state employee, and also taking the east and west routes like the 38 geary and other lines as well. but i think that he will bring a tremendous point of view. and a neighborhood organizations as well as a district one rep and a transit rider and a neighborhood activist as well. and so i am going to recommend margie brown for the at large seat. and recommend jonathan forester for the 61 seat as well. >> comments? colleagues? >> commissioner breed? >> yes. thank you. i definitely respect and support your decision to support anyone for the richmond seat. since you are the supervisor that represents that seat.
but, i did have some questions and what would be helpful for me in the future and i think that i mentioned this in the past. is understanding what the existing dem graphics are of the make-up of the committees who know what is actually missing. so for example, when i look at the candidates, i only see one young professional on the list, which is jason whitney and he happened to show up. and he is also a district two resident. and i know for example, with the seats for the fillmore, i wanted to be sure that they were district five residents and the people who are associated with the district in some particular way in order to make sure that that as it
relates to the bus rapid transit not just the folks that are most impacted but just really the diversity in terms of the city and riders and both the senior population and for the young generation and young population and i just wanted to put that out there and i am happy to support your recommendations as well as just really wanting in the future, especially to make sure that we have information about the make-ups so that we are making because i think that it took me some time to fill one of my seats, and i did so with a lot of hesitation and i wish that i could have had some great candidates that could have actually and not only always recommend a district five resident and someone who is consistently taking the transit
and someone who comes from a different demo graphic or something of that nature and i just wanted to let you all know that in the future, and it would be great for us to have a little bit more information beforehand. >> yeah, i think actually before commissioner campos, could we just ask that mr. dentalpost could respond to the diversity of the committee. >> yeah, my comments to that effect, is that we provide all of the information that the applicants provide and so we ask them to self-identify, for race, and identity and gender and we do provide all of the information and not all candidates provide all of that information and not all of our past cac members have, but we can, you know, look at how to...
>> well, they are here, but i guess that i don't have as much information as i guess that i would like, but, so your comments are that, you can only use the information that they provide you with, right? >> right, so we have a section on the application that is self-identified, you know, personal information and what groups that the applicants feel they can represent including the application from the past. >> and you wish that some of them and many of them have not provided. >> okay. >> and the groups like for example the young professionals that is something that that particular candidate felt that that was a group that they represent. >> okay. >> commissioner campos? >> and i see commissioner breed's point though, and i
think that maybe if there is a better way to at least summarize the information that we do have on the current make-up of the body i think that would be helpful for the purposes of insurancing that every person or type of information that benefits is represented and i do want to associate myself with the comments of commissioner breed and i think that you want to make sure that there are folks from different demographics and not just senior and young professionals and i think that would be helpful and i am happy to support the recommendations that have been made but i do think that we need to and that what might be left out and the other thing that i would say to the applicants because i think that every one of you, and i think would do a great job.
if appointed. if you are not appointed today, that you will continue to be involved that many of people who end up being appointed have gone through the process just once and it is just the nature that we have so many great people who are applying and it is hard to make a choice and so i hope that you don't give up your interest. >> thank you, commissioner kim? >> thank you, and i just wanted to clarify, and it is marge, for the at large seat and jonathan forester for the richmond. >> okay. >> and something that would be helpful for me in the future too is not just the global make-up of the actual members that we have on the committee, but also, i am sure that we
must have data on the dem graphics on the 38 gear y and i think that would be helpful. and i know that the ethic break up represents the rider ship and the background of folks and i am sure that a lot of kiaser and ucsf employees ride it as well because that is a major stop for this line. and just making sure that we are not missing anyone and i know this goes through downtown and the tender loin and all the way down to the richmond and i certainly see a lot of immigrant families ride this bus as well and a lot of seniors, and it is great to see ma marge will be able to represent a lot of the senior and disable and chinese speakers, i think that is incredibly important for the cac. >> and i did want to say, mr.
dentalpost that the information that you have given for the existing members of the cac is really helpful, but a little bit more of the information about con stit you entcy that they represent or the self-identification that they have given and i think that on the applicants they have good information about how they have identified and what their con stit entcies that they interact with and whether they are a transit rider and a lot of information and i appreciate the packets that you have given to us and so colleagues, can we approve margie brown for the ad large seat and jonathan forester for the district one without objection? >> thank you. and thank you to all of the applicants. >> roll call? >> okay. >> for item number 4, appointing margie to the at large and forester to the rich manned. >> breed. >> aye. >> campos. >> aye. >> kim. >> aye. >> mar.
>> aye. >> commissioner yee? >> aye. >> this item passes. >> thank you everyone for coming. >> the next item, >> recommend approval of the 2014 prop aa, call for project and programming recommendation and amend of the prop aa strategic plan action item. >> and we have courtney from the ta. >> good morning. and this morning, it is a ten dollar fee that was approved by the san francisco voters in 2010 and it reaches about 5 million annually and that are invested in the smaller, high impact projects that are either shoot repair or reconstruction, or pedestrian safety or transit reliability, throughout the city, and december 2012, and
the board approved the plan which included programming for 26 million, starting in the physical year, 2012, 13, and through 16, 17, the first five years of the program. they can fund them that are not actually advancing, the projects that we can reprogram, and the funds to we identified through the competitive calls for projects which we just recently did our first. and at the time that this called for project was issued in january, and the amount available, and it was still quite variable, it was between one and two million dollars coming up to two projects and in october of 2013, we received word from san francisco state, that it no longer needed prop aa funds for the street
pedestrian and improvements project because it had been canceled and this left about $1 million for reprogramming for other projects and at the time of the call was issued there was a possibility that additional funds, a little less than a million could be available from the san francisco city colleges, and feeling like the pedestrian connector project, which was struggling in the face of city colleges ongoing accreditation issues, and we have been working with the others in the city college, of course to see how this project could still be implemented at this point, it looks like mta may assume responsible for implementation of this project. and along with its adjacent pedestrian plaza project and the details are still being sorted out and we expect additional, we hope for resolution in the next fao months and we will keep the commissioners apprised of that project progress, but due to its future looking more often, and there was only a million dollars available to this