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tv   Mayors Press Availability  SFGTV  February 15, 2017 10:00am-12:31pm PST

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- working for the city and county of san francisco will immerse you in a vibrant and dynamic city that's on the forefront of economic growth, the arts, and social change. our city has always been on the edge of progress and innovation. after all, we're at the meeting of land and sea. - our city is famous for its iconic scenery, historic designs, and world-class style. it's the birthplace of blue jeans, and where "the rock" holds court over the largest natural harbor on the west coast. - our 28,000 city and county employees play an important role in making san francisco what it is today.
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- we provide residents and visitors with a wide array of services, such as improving city streets and parks, keeping communities safe, and driving buses and cable cars. - our employees enjoy competitive salaries, as well as generous benefits programs. but most importantly, working for the city and county of san francisco gives employees an opportunity to contribute their ideas, energy, and commitment to shape the city's future. - thank you for considering a career with the city and county of san francisco. >> i want to thank dr. ehrlich. i also want to thank san francisco general hospital for hosting this event and for start by saying we are here because at this facility one out of two patients is the victim of a traffic crash. as
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we often do at gatherings of survivors and families of crash victims, i asked that we begin by observing a moment of silence in memory of the 88 people who lost their lives to traffic incidents on the streets of san francisco and san jose this past year. and the hundreds who died in recent years. a moment of silence. >>[moment of silence] >> every 18 hours a child, a parent, a grandparent, a husband, a wife, or a friend is severely injured or killed on our city streets. these are tragedies that are completely preventable candidate you will hear from family members of
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these victims. now we are here because san francisco has the highest number of collisions per capita in california. speed is the leading cause of fatal and serious traffic crashes. speed kills. if you are hit by a car at 20 miles an hour, 1190% chance of surviving. if that car is going 40 mi./h were chance drops to 10%. san francisco and san jose have both adopted a policy of vision zero. which i strongly supported was on the board of supervisors. a policy that reflects our collective commitment to bringing traffic fidelity's down to exactly 0. not 20, not 10, but zero. the work is not done. for years we've known about one solution that is proven. automatic-automated speed enforcement or ase. automated
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speed enforcement is given city to pluto to magically reduce speeding and fatal traffic incident in over 140 communities around our country the facts are the facts the numbers are the numbers. portland, new york, denver, a 30% drop in speeding. maryland, it 59% drop. in washington dc, a city with similar density as ours, an 82% drop in speeding. a 70% reduction in fatalities per but despite these dramatic results california has not yet allowed ase. today, i am announcing with our community the introduction of the safe streets act of 2017, 80 342. to them, and a five-year pilot program for the two cities of san francisco and san jose. to bring proven safety improvements to our streets, to address drivers who disregard safety, by driving over 10 mi./h above a speed limits.
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speed grotto [inaudible] due to speeding since the data shows that 70% of fatal and severe traffic collisions occur on the handle of streets often in neighborhoods with many low income senior disabled and minority residents. i want to take a moment and think everyone who is here today of public officials, or pedestrian advocates, transportation experts, law enforcement and public health advocates, community members and families. for helping us to get here. working with us to address privacy, equity, and due process concerns and for the future work we must do together. i also want to thank our bills
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first co-authors, state sen. scott weiner, san jose state sen. jim built and that some women are filled think it is one take a moment and first thank nicole frerotte from wok san francisco and were incredible leadership over many years. brian we matter of the san francisco by coalition. and the over 40 member organizations of the vision zero coalition who are here. that may just end my remarks by saying that this legislation will not be easy. it will not be easy. we've a long road to go. but we don't have a choice. we over to the families of victims for those kids who are going to school. those cyclists were heading to work, those seniors who are going home. we over to them until the vision of zero victims is actually a reality. thank you. >>[applause] >> our first speaker today is someone who is been committed to vision zero here in san francisco from the beginning. who has been willing to put our cities dollars where we need to. someone who is been fighting to get these numbers down to zero, the 43rd mayor of the city of san francisco aer
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edwin lee. >>[applause] >> thank you. some women david chiu and thank you for your leadership because as you have said, we've got to do the right thing. it's never easy to do the right thing for the right reason. all of the people standing here beside me have been in hours and hours of deliberation around how to best fill our toolbox with things that would make our streets safer. and the vision zero is not just about automated enforcement systems. they are part of invaluable tools. in san francisco, with the vision zero, we are-as you can see readily, even right outside, redesigning our streets to make them safer, slow down traffic. we are working with all of our
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communities particularly with a very strong education program, and in partnership with her educational leaders to slow down traffic, to make sure that people using cars are understanding the consequences could the consequences that literally end up right here at zuckerberg general hospital costing the city some $35 million a year to respond to car crashes and victims of them. we are working very intentionally with our police officers and i want to note and thank the police officers from the san francisco police department, as well as the san jose police department because they know what happens on the street has in large part to do with speed. and enforcing our laws are police department has been focused on the five top things that cause pedestrian
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safety to be less safe. so we're doing a lot of enforcement but they need help. they certainly need the help of technology tools that this legislation will offer the cities like san jose and san francisco. i'm going to have a special thanks to a mayor who is cosponsoring this with me, mayor sam ricardo for not only coming up here from being a stalwart transportation in general and for also being a stalwart on making sure his streets, my street, and our streets are safer for pedestrians i want to thank our board of supervisors and i know norman yee are not getting any younger. were faster in our walking of our streets but we do do a lot of walking and we have personal experiences that we do see speed is going to be of great help in this toolbox. but enforcement and education redesigning our streets are all about the collaboration that mta and the county transit authority along with all of our partners in the community and
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community advocates, work with our police department's our large enforcement officers, traffic experts, to make sure we do our best to vision zero is about all of those things but it's also about adding new tools but it's also about educating ourselves to make sure anyone who is driving, whether they are big rigs, or muni buses were cars of every sort, slow down. we need to enforce that make it a big deal. this will help. as a some women chiu has quoted, it is held in other cities did in fact 142 other cities have automated speed enforcement and it is working to reduce collisions, particularly, pedestrians by very serious percentages. i've-we need to have those percentages down to zero in san francisco. so we
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are going to commit to supporting this. we will work with other colleagues brought the state. we will have that dialogue, that is difficult in the face of opposition but again, it is always going to be hard to do the right thing for the right reason and having automated speed enforcement is the right thing to do especially with the speeds that we are experiencing good so thank you to everybody for continuing to work hard on this and to also continue to make that toolbox as large as it is because that's how we are going to eventually get to vision zero. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you mayor lee for your leadership. i'm honored to introduce our next speaker in the following way. i'm going to out him very briefly. about 20 years ago he was a former resident of san francisco and he bike and walk in our cities.
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he knows the challenges of our city. but in more recent years he has been leading efforts in his hometown of san jose on transportation issues as well as in particularly, but it comes to safety on our streets. the mayor of the largest city in the bay area, mayor of san jose, sam ricardo. >>[applause] >> thank you some remember chiu. he did mention that the reason why he knows that i used to live in san francisco is that he's a former housemate of mine. so don't get me started about outing anybody with stories. >>[laughing] here in san francisco and in san jose and throughout silicon valley we know too well the expression that the future is already here. it is simply not well distributed. unfortunately, as we know the future of keeping our pedestrians safe on the streets of our cities
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necessarily involves automated speed enforcement and other critical technologies. we have the future distributor to 142 cities throughout this country but not the cities of san jose were san francisco. how ironic here in the heart of silicon valley, because the laws of the state of california do not allow us to utilize this very vertical technology to keep more pedestrians from having to enter the doors of this hospital. i want to acknowledge our team from san jose who came out to join us. we are all in on this pic is critically important to us is a chance provisioned jim--lieut. steve payne from san jose police department as well as capt. kings were the good we have got our whole time managing laura
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wells from the department of transportation because we know how critically important this legislation is and we know how courageous the something number two is for leading this effort. there are powerful forces aligned against this bill. we can only hope that the voices of the families of all too many victims will be heard by the rest of the assembly and the senate as they consider this critical legislation for keeping our residents safe. between 40 and 60 fatalities occur every year in the city of san jose and so many unnecessarily because of our inability to regulate the speed on the roads. as assembly member chu indicated, that speed is the critical predictive indicator for whether or not individual will survive or not. we can do far more. and we look forward to partnering with that san francisco on this and many other important innovations and improvements in our test rotation infrastructure. i feel very blessed to have an
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extraordinary colleague in mayor lee who has been both innovative and collaborative and we look forward to many more partnerships like this. i certainly want to thank assembly member to his leadership as well send her belt and so many others who jumped on top of this bill yet this is important. we need to bring it home. thank you. >>[applause] >> now that i saw the microphone to start sharing some stories about sam ricardo. we have with us the most important boys is in this discussion that is the family members of the victims and survivors of traffic crashes. i would like to actually-because i know they're walking about here a little late if you could these, join us at the podium. like to invite up to introduce the bay area news for safe streets organization julie mitchell. >>[applause] >> hi. my name is julie mitchell and i'm here because on may 23 2013, my families
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life was changed forever when a garbage truck ran over and killed my 21-year-old son, dylan. while he was riding his bike to work. his death has devastated our lives. dylan was the oldest of my four sons and such a ray of sunshine and positive role model to his younger brothers and so many friends that knew him. he was just starting out his adult life as an electrician, apprentice for ibew could do is making everyone proud following in his father's footsteps and four generations of electricians in our family. he was deeply loved by so many. it's a daily struggle knowing i'll never see my precious son again. no parent should have to bury their child. all hopes and dreams for his future were
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destroyed because of a crash that could have been prevented. this is why i decided that i would do whatever i possibly could to prevent any other family from having to face the same devastation. i know i needed to do something positive in my son's memory and i wanted to make-i want to help change the culture of driving so our roads don't just move traffic as fast as possible without consideration of the safety of everyone on those roads. so i turned my grief into action and together with other people have faced similar tragedies, we started the san francisco bay area chapter of families for safe streets. we are part of a growing national movement of families affected by traffic violence who are want to put an end to these needless deaths. we will share our stories and fight for policy changes to prevent future families from suffering as we do. since the
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launch of our group, the number one thing that we've committed to as a group is getting speed ab - past. that's why being sold being here today so important to me and i'd like to thank assembly member chu for introducing the legislation for automated speed enforcement. i like to also thank everyone from the families that took the time to be her date to show their support for asc. thank you. >>[applause] >> julie, thank you for your voice. and your courage and we we hearing from other family members shortly. our next speaker is someone who's been an advocate in her days during the board of supervisors and in the state legislature now with the chairwoman of our state board of equalizers and fiona monk. >>[applause] >> thank you very much. when i
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first got elected to the board of supervisors representing the sunset district, we have a number of fatalities along 19th ave. that will be prompted our need to do something along the state highways especially. the senator and i worked on a number of pieces of legislation. one was the double fine zone along 19th ave. a second was working with caltrans and chp officers to install 35 countdown signals along the most dangerous intersection, along 19th ave. and it worked. fatalities have decreased. but, as we all know, they have not increased in other parts of the city. we need to do our part to be vigilant to slow down, to look around, to work with the advocate groups were here, were raising the awareness and to support legislators and good legislation like a summary member david chiu. it is not
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easy being in the legislature as i know. on these important life-saving legislation but it impacts all of us. impacts all of us standing here in the room, everybody who is on the streets. i do want to commend our law enforcement officers by the men and women were out there everyday protecting our lives, saving our lives, and this will give them an additional tool to help them do their business better. for the community. sauna thank everyone for being here did thank you assembly member chu for your leadership in the two matters as always for doing the best that you can to protect our citizens. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you fiona. those of you from san francisco know that our san francisco board of supervisors has unanimously not always supported vision zero but the idea of moving forward automatic speed enforcement did i want to invite up
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representative from the board of supervisors, someone said not just a personal experience in this issue has been the leading voice on the board on this issue. norman yee. >>[applause] >> thank you a summary member assembly manchu. and thank you mayor ricardo and mayor lee for being here and being not only supportive but our champions on this issue. i am norman yee supervisor in san francisco and this issue of traffic fatalities and collisions is a real important issue to me. i was one of the co-authors of vision zero policy in san francisco. i am the chairman of the vision zero committee in san francisco and, you know we are going to throw-i'll give you data and galore about why
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we should do this but what you need to do is listen to these family members who have been impacted by these coalitions. i am one of those victims. a little over 10 years ago i was hit by a car that i was in the middle of an intersection. i looked down the street and was no vehicles for almost a block. so the car that rammed into me must've been fine down the street because by the time you need to turn breaking and everything, it's recorded that he had hit me at 25 miles an hour. on a turn. so i'm actually one of those lucky people, lucky victims, that i'm not on the data that says i am dead. so if you were not for this hospital, i probably would be dead. so i think it's important that-and am very supportive of families for safe streets. i know that there are
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stories that will convince others that assemblyman chu is trying to convince to pass this very important piece of legislation. we know it works. we don't know why we don't have it in california. we need to have it. lives are important and it's really up to us to shout out loud enough to say, get this thing passed so that we can be one under 43 and one or 44 cities that will have this. i want to also thank our partners in the city. we are united on this effort. so we have the department heads, ed reiskin from mta. chief scott from the police department and also to leachate from our key eight transportation authority,
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good we have partnered to make these things happen. engineering, education, and enforcement. thank you very much. >>[applause] >> thank you norman for your leadership and yes, it is about the voices of our family members. her recent resident of the bayview and not too long ago in the bayview at the corner of third and cargo, stood armand leser. here to speak about him is his father alvin leser. >>[applause] >> thanks for everyone coming out could i appreciate your concern on this issue. it's a grave issue. it's about saving lives and i don't think there's nothing else that is higher, a higher calling especially for me. about my son, he was eight-my son, to go right into
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my son with him on was my only child. he was a child i thought it would never would have. he became dear to me when i discovered that his mother was pregnant. at his birth i witnessed his first breath into the world. the doctors allowed me to cut his umbilical cord right before he was weighed. kaman had the most wavy curly silky jet black hair. when he-when he turned one eyewitnesses for steps. as he stumbled towards me, as he grew into a young man, i was overjoyed with many of his first. i'm on change my life and i learned how to sacrifice for him as a father. by thinking about among the first. he taught me how to provide as a father could kaman tommy how to love as a father. he gave me a future to look forward to. as a father, had to learn to take care of my-of a life other than
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my own could kaman came to live with me at the age of eight and up until he graduated from skyline high school in oakland. he began his adulthood. amongst personality was jubilant. he was my little warrior. when the situation was tough, he never quits. he worked hard until the problem was solved and he got the results he wanted. my son was very respectful to others. willing to up anyone he came across his back. kaman loves his family, his friends, and his gigantic smile from ear to ear was pleasant to see. all the time i spent teaching him on how to become a man and how to navigate through life as a productive adult. he took the responsibility working hard seriously he held three jobs, one full-time job, two-part times, along with being a part-time student at san francisco city college. up until his death among future
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was bright. i was excited for him as a father. since my son's death i have vowed to dedicate my life in honor of oman no parent or loved one feels the pain and suffering that i and my family have to endure daily. every year in san francisco about 30 people lose their lives in over 500 people are seriously injured while traveling on the city streets. on november 1 2014 my son among leser was one of those killed. that's why i'm committed to putting a stop to preventable crashes. we are a car culture nation with more than 30,000 deaths a year have been accepted far too long. but i know-but i along with the other families, were part of the san francisco families for safe streets don't accept this. cities have to be shared and have to be safe for everyone.
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one of the best tools to slow cars down and put an end to the deaths of people walking and biking skateboarding and driving is automated speed enforcement asc. there are numerous states around the country that already have ase programs in effect and have proven that safety cameras work. ase saves lives. they can help change the culture of speeding in san francisco across the state and the nation. in the mons-in a month memory, and as a member of the san francisco bay area family for safe streets, i'm proud to stand with assembly member chu, mayor lee mayor ricardo. and so many others who support ase legislation to save lives. i invite you,-i invite you in ending this carnage on our streets by signing a petition
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today or online at sf be a families for safe streets.org. to demand that our state leaders adopt ase legislation. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you, allen and we are doing this or kaman. automatic automated speed enforcement is obviously a public safety approach. i very much appreciate the work we've done with law enforcement here in san francisco and in san jose and sacramento to really ensure that this is a policy that will work. i'm also proud that we have had a strong line of police in the city and county of san francisco who have been 1% behind ase and with that i like to introduce the newest police chief of san francisco chief liam scott. >>[applause] >> good morning and thank you
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a summary number two for your leadership on this important legislation and thank you mayor sweet and mayor regard up for your leadership in making this happen. in october of 2016 the san francisco police department in partnership with the san francisco metro transportation agency and the department of public health wants a citywide effort to reduce speeding in support of vision zero. on sunset speed is one the leading cause of the spirit and david traffic collisions in san francisco. as a component of the san francisco safe speeds campaign, we have implemented regular high visibility enforcement on high-end corridor and all 10 of our police district. our officers are equipped with lidar and honor streets to change on safe driving habits. automated speed enforcement were ase will be another tool we as a city can use to help reduce speed in san francisco and save lives. ase
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has been a success-has been successful in other cities across the country such as chicago, denver and new york city look for to working with a summary number two and mayor lee to bring that hereto san francisco. this new tool will build on the san francisco police department's focus on the five campaign to issue half of our citations for the five most common causes of injury collisions and those five are speeding, violating a pedestrians right away, running red lights, running stop signs, and failing to yield while turning. let's be clear. speeding is going over the posted speed limits. this new enforcement campaign is an effort to simply save lives good our goal is not to write tickets as a police department. it is to get drivers to slow down. that's why we are talking about it now and we will keep the public informed as these tools are installed in san francisco. we hope that the public knowing more enforcement will happen. speeding change
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behaviors under most collision prone streets. if our drivers [inaudible] opposite across every police district will enforce the law. so these, join me and him and women of the san francisco police department to make our city safe for all users of the road by slowing down. thank you very much. >>[applause] >> thank you, ticket i just want to thank you and him and women of the law-enforcement or your support on this as we move forward. to speak about another facet of why we are here today in a hospital, to talk about the tremendous impact on medical and economic costs of crashes on our streets that are preventable if dr. lucy kornbluth from the san francisco general hospital trauma center. >>[applause] >> thank you. i am dr. lucy
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kornbluth. i may trauma surgery and critical care fellow here at zuckerberg san francisco general and additionally i completed my seven years of general surgery training in the ucsf system where i spent a significant amount of time on the trauma team at zuckerberg san francisco general. from this experience i can really speak firsthand to the impact traffic collision has on patients and families and the community overall. we are the city's only level i trauma ctr. which means that all the most seriously injured people are transported directly here for the highest level of care by the team of specialty trauma providers. we treat approximately 4000 patients a year here solely for trauma and nearly half of those people are injured in a traffic collision. that that over the course of
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your that means that the pager of the trauma surgeon on call goes off approximately five times a day, every day, to respond assess and treat a person who was injured in a traffic collision. the trauma surgeons here truly understand an attitude of this public health crisis. we are seeing on our streets as a witness it every day. particularly, tragic to be the head and neck injuries which are spirits by a third of people walking and biking. we see the friends and families mourn the promising futures of young patients whose lives are often asked extended but not fully recovered, and on a frequent basis we have to inform loved ones of the inability to save their family member were their friend despite extraordinary efforts. a recent analysis estimated the medical costs of traffic injuries treated at zsfg to be $35 million in direct costs. a
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year. and these are solely the medical cost. this does not come close to even capturing the immeasurable cost two people were injured or killed or to their families and friends who we have heard from today and we will hear from some more. this is why zuckerberg san francisco general, surgeons and staff having actively and very centrally involved in the vision zero initiative since it began providing both expertise and collaborating with public health epidemiologist to better understand both the problem as well as solution. as you have heard, we know that vehicle speeds are a main factor in predicting whether someone survives a crash and how injured they are in a crash. that there is very strong scientific evidence that policy that slows speed does save
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lives and it keeps patients out of our operating room. that is why we all stand here today with our elected officials, our city partners including sfmta eight and the sfpd, and the families of the victims to support this very important moments. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you dr. we have a few final speakers could i would like to invite up jenny you was a daughter of jenny-who was seriously injured in san francisco at the corner of hands-on park presidio. >> hello. my name is jenny you and i'm here today because of the not only my mom was severely injured by a driver who was speeding. i am also we
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are representing by family members, friends and the people around us both impacted by the responsible action by a driver in one of the city's most dangerous intersections. this reckless action cause my mom to suffer many physical injuries. including a fractured spleen waves and the damage for brain severely. my mom's brain is missing many pieces and parts and she is of your cognitive impairments. this crash took away my mom's ability to live a life. she no longer has ability to do what she has loved and has no real purpose in life. my mom now is a person who goes from multiple different personalities within her within a given our. sometimes she is someone with a severe all timers disease that sometimes she someone with a severe suicidal depression. sometimes she is someone was like an eight-year-old and sometimes she suffers from severe posttraumatic stress disorder. my siblings lots of altered since our day on february 22, 2011. the past six years we still wake up every day wishing this crash speed was just a
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portal nightmare. but we are reminded and face a daily struggle of not knowing who my mom will be that day. and how she will be throughout the day day in and day out. emotional pain and frustration are indescribable. we physically adjust our schedules monthly, weekly, daily sometimes even hourly, to see how we can do what we think is best and do what we can do to try to take care of our mom. things haven't given up to our health has taken a toll. the list is and was. but why i stand in front of all you guys today and relive this painful story is to urge our leaders to support families like mine with what is needed to stop these preventable crashes from happening. our streets should not be dissuaded and we have to take an action to to stop it. we also need to share our stories as families and individuals will experience such a tragedy so policymakers realize the impact on us when they don't take action to improve safety. the tragedy of
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the tornado [inaudible] how overwhelming frustrating painful and stressful days can be. san francisco bay area families for safe streets is here to put an end to these preventable tragedies by advocating for policy that save lives. on behalf of my family, i want to trust my gratitude to assembly member to and mayor lee and mayor ricardo and many others for taking a critical step towards achieving the vision zero by introducing automated speed enforcement legislation today. if afc had been in place my mother might not have been hit or her injuries may not been as severe with a reduction in the speed of the driver was going at. we cannot allow these preventable crashes to continue. ase is proven to tackle that speed of
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the and save lives. i urge everyone was listening today to take a step towards saving lives and stopping these crashes. we all need to play her part to change it. you can take that step by signing the ase petition here today were going on on sf va families for safe streets.org. >>[applause] >> >>[non-english speaker] >> sign the petition.
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>>[non-english speaker] >>[applause] >> thank you jenny. our second and final speaker is representing the san francisco missile transportation agency that is in leading our citywide efforts in this area and if we were to receive state approval will be responsible for
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carrying out ase. the chairman of the board shall bring them. >>[applause] >> thank you all very much. thank you for coming out to support this joint effort for automated speed enforcement. one particularly thank our director of transportation edit reiskin and are sfmta board of directors for their unwavering support for this. this feels like it's been a long road to get here advocates and agencies in san francisco have been talking about this for over 10 years to be here at this point is a big milestone. but we've all heard the numbers. we've all heard the emotions and we felt the emotions and we know what an impact speed has on safety under city streets. so i just want to talk for a brief moment about how we are going to get this bill passed and who's going to sport this bill. if you ask any parent in the
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bay area, any parent in the state what it is that are most frightened for their children when the kids leave the house by themselves those parents are going to tell you it is traffic violence. i talk to coworkers live out in the lovely suburbs of the bay area don't let the children bike or walk alone because they are so worried about the idea of traffic violence nurse so worried becoming a member of that club that none of us want to belong to. they are so worried about having to see the effects on their family of traffic violence. safely we have a way to change this. thank you so much assembly member to berkeley this-dissolution in front of us did so now i just want to make sure we all know were going to work very hard to get this bill passed but i think listening to all this today we understand what the benefits are good so we know that we can do this and if we all work very hard together we
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are actually quite to make our streets so much safer than when we make the streets of san jose and san francisco sabre other cities in the state are going to look at us and say, we want that. we want to stop the senseless loss of life that comes from cars and drivers speeding to our streets. so we are ready for this and we are going to go ahead and work very hard to pass this i thank you all so much for your support on this. >>[applause] >> thank you cheryl and i also want to thank a moment and thank director reiskin giggling paul rosen katie mccarty the team it sfmta eight been working on this for years. our final speaker is the mother of her daughter and she will tell the story of what happened at school crosswalk in san jose could elizabeth chavez. >> hello everyone. i will begin by introducing myself. my name is elizabeth and i represent [inaudible] who would've thought on may 14, 2013 our lives would've changed? on the afternoon of may 14 received a phone call from my oldest daughter.
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despite her innocence in a weak voice, she tells me, mommy, my sister is on the floor. she is dead. write them before she said coolly it was, i don't know if there was a mother's instinct i close my eyes and the first image that popped into my mind was eileen. i don't know how i got to the scene of the crash but once i arrived, i could see from a couple feet away her favorite pink converse sneakers and my daughter's body laying on the floor covered with yellow sheets. my five-year-old daughter was cut short. an inattentive driver struck my sister-in-law and two youngest daughters. eileen was pronounced dead at the time of the crash. despite the laws here in california, if you have a clean driving record you can get away with almost anything.
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as for the young gentleman he was only sentenced for 30 days in county jail and three years probation. i have no examined against this young gentleman. on the contrary. i thank you for calling 911. someone else in his use of hit and run. but it is that young gentleman was not speeding maybe my daughter would still be here. there is not a day that goes by and doesn't bring me back to that afternoon when i receive that phone call. i'm here today sharing my story pain that no other family goes through this when my family and i have gone through. if i could have-if we had automated speed enforcement in 2013 my daughter eileen could have been spared. she would have been in school today like every other child and i would have been working. i'm here to fight for ase that will
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prevent people from reckless speeding in our streets. thank you. >>[applause] >> thank you. that concludes today's press conference that i want to thank the members of the media were here good i think rather than taking questions i like to give all you view an opportunity to individual interviews with all of the many voices who are here and what effect are two great mayors. why think all the community and elected officials who are here vertically think our families and just and with one thought. from numbers of the public were wondering if this is the right policy, think about your family members. think about what you would do if you came home and one of them wasn't home. and that was something we could do to prevent it. we are here for alvin son, for julie sun, for jenny's mother, and for elizabeth's daughter. we have to get this done. thank you. >>[applause] >> >> >> one of the major tasks i
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was asked to do is water system improvement program and one thing i looked at is about the 4.8 billion dollars wurthd of work and a lot of the work was regional. we looked at how can we make sure that we provide opportunities for san franciscan's and people in the region and so we looked at ways we can expand our local san francisco lb program. so, we thought about it and worked
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with general manager at the time to form an advizry committee to talk about how to include local businesses in the region. >> i was on the first committee back about 10 years ago and the job changed over time. in the beginning, we just wanted people to know about it. we wanted to attract contractors to come into the system which is a bidding system and bid on some of these projects. our second job was to help the sfpuc to try to make themselves more user frndly. >> i like that they go out of their way, have contractors trying to teach and outreach to small businesses and lots of creative ways. help the community as well. there is so much infrastructure going on and repair, new construction
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that i think is helping to get construction back on its feet. >> my faiv rlt part of the committee has been that we have played a opportunity for many small businesses. [inaudible] women owned business to come in and [inaudible] sfpuc. it is a great opportunity because some are so small they have been able to grow their companies and move up and bid other projects with the sfpuc. >> everyone i was talking about with any contractor [inaudible] and super markets and things like that and i realize the transition was on the sfpuc. he got that first job and knows
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about the paperwork qu schedule and still works on this type of job, but he works with general contractors that also did other things. pretty soon it is like he did that one and that one. it completely changed his business. >> my name is nancy [inaudible] the office manager and bid coordinator for [inaudible] construction. worked on 10 plus puc, lbe contracts. today we are doing site maintenance on the [inaudible] chr site and currently the gentlemen behind me are working on every moving and basic specs of plants. in order to be success you need to work hard, bid low and keep a look at the sfpuc website for future bidding opportunity. >> this is a successful program
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because it provides opportunities to regional communities that might not have opportunities to work for large scale projects. the sfpuc is a fortunate agency we have a lot of capital program that span over 7 counties who also to see how some businesses like [inaudible] and bio mass started as small micro businesses grow and expand and stay in the program and work on several projects before they graduate from the program. that is what warms my heart. >> my name is college willkerson, the principle for bio mass. bio mass has been in business since 2006. 3 partners. small businesses fill a niche but apply and
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being a part of the program helped us be more visible and show the city and county of san francisco we can also perform services. >> this program had tremendous impact to the region. in fact, the time we rolled the program out was during the recession. this has h a major positive impact and certified over 150 firms in the rejen and collectively awarded $50 million in contracts, and because of the lbe certification it open many opportunities to work with sfpuc. and, i significantly helped the business. it is one of the major contributors to our success. .
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>> (clapping.) >> in 2013 san francisco legislators newsom agreed to allow the reciprocate of our soft story buildings those building house one and 20 thousand resident a program of that collect requires extensive outreach and this continuation of that process who is here and bill graham the perfect venue so in 2014 we have the first earthquake retrofit a huge success we're repeating this model what we've done it put together venues that are time professionals and contractor are financing institutions a other services that help people comply with the retrofit and as you can see the thousands of members of the public their assessing over one
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hundred vendors to comply with the ordinance or make improvements on their property i came to get specification information and puck h picking up information if you don't know what twaur doing i take it overwhelming. >> we're pleased a critical mass of people are keying into knowing their relents and understanding what had are the next steps to take and they're figuring out who to talk to not only the contractor by the mustards and the architect and the structural engineers and getting the full picture of what options are necessary and being pro-acti pro-active. >> so i'm very pleased to see the soft story buildings 99.9 percent complies the highest of the program of this scale of the
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history a citywide effort high blood pressure in every stretch of san francisco to understand real risks associated with earthquake and those are universally agreed on. >> at some point you need to gather information i'll be talking to another engineer to come out and take a look at it and basically get a second opinion i'm for second and third opinions it is inspiring to see all the property owners that want to do the right thing and for proactively figuring out what the solutions to get them that. >> what is amazing to me here we are over two years of first retrofit fair and at the time we are rh2 out to contractors to help us and reaching it out to design professionals that soft story buildings is in any and people understanding how to comply now it is different an
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industry that springs up as a result of the - their professed and gotten the costs down with lower financing options and these are defined and now the gene progression and have the buildings are buildings and the compliance we understand the 2020 one and 20 thousand san francisco's 15 messenger of our population will live in a retrofit building those people buildings or lives in buildings with 5 or more residential building is soft story and wood frame and built before 1978 that house that one and 20 thousand san franciscans. >> san francisco is being the leader in getting in done and as you may know los angeles passed their retrofit law two months
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ago at the sort of taken san francisco's lead on the one and tenth anniversary as the residents san francisco this is a road map to the city and going to give us us plan are these to keep folks here on a disaster and steps to build a resident waterfront by 2020. >> this involves more than one and 80 individuals and over 60 nonprofits and other companies this is a huge plan and what are the challenges we realize that people are concerned about climatic change, sea level rise and not only the affiliated hazards but things hike you're our amp infrastructure and consumed by social and other things we see this in society everyday and how we try to mitigate those are ultimately a direct result how resident we
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are after earthquake other issue out of the strategy of the concept after a major earthquake of keeping 95 percent of population here in san francisco that's the single best thing to help a equitable recovery to keep people here keep people back to work and kids in school and a residents of normal after a disaster. >> alliance energy in our partner undertook comprehensive bid process we interviewed a half-dozen of folks who wanted to have a part of our soft story buildings are ordinance so alliance energy project programming is a clean assess energy a special financing that is done using the taxed authority of local multiples and one of the interesting features the loan is tied to the property
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not the vital if an individual didn't have good credit but it is another option for people not able to comply to find another avenue the assessment is actually places on the property and the builds for in that come literally a line item on the tax bill that's how you pay off the segment and tax. >> 20 or thirty years is all paid up front there are advantages your property tax well it is important to give people on option and many private banks that provide loans over a are shorter term we wanted to create a longer pay back term. >> i think the next step for property owners after at the create themselves to take the plunge and quit the working
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downey done and have works of work done right of the right rest of the property owners can understand this process across the city. >> we need to do it. >> it is safety you know that's the bottom line safety. >> earthquake safety a everybody's responsibility that is providing the resources that people need to get done if you want to know more of the resources as a san franciscan please visit the
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