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conversations. it was a conversation and not single touch points but something that we've come back to using different tools. noticing the first circle is where we're here today and this is the initial phase of this over all program and there's more exciting work to come. i'll talk about that at the very end. i mentioned the nature of our outreach. we really took on the challenge to try to reflect not just the folks who can come find us and want to engage on transportation but every day people who experience it. it's part of their life but it's not top of mind. we obviously used online surveys to try to reach volumes of people. we took on a couple of new techniques focus groups and we sat down for a couple hours with small groups in communities, in language, across using different demographics to be able to
unpack the conversation a little bit further from what you get from a quick-touch conversation. we also went out and spoke with the stake holder groups and essentially anybody that was interested or that would take us in, we sat down and wanted to be a one-on-one conversation or with small community groups to help them understand the questions we're grappling with. this nature where this wasn't usually a one stop shop but we came back a couple times throughout this process. when i mentioned this process, it was built around changing how we think about future planning and not thinking that we can aspire to a point in the future and then straight line proceed in that direction but there are outside factors of our transportation and land use planning that actually have a very significant level of influence on what the city, the shape the city takes in the future. so during these two and a half-day workshops, we went
through what we call drivers of change, things we know are out there and likely like earthquakes, aging populations and things that we see as fourth coming but perhaps don't quite understand what the potential impacts could be. automated vehicles, something that wasn't brought up in lots of discussions but is here today is electric scooter sharing. there's things we can't predict. we need to plan and build capacities to react to some of these unknowns in terms of what they are in their magnitude of influence. ultimately, this group of task force members identified inequality in polarization as a huge determining factor of what our future of san francisco looks like. and also, our ability to come together and make decisions and address issues from a governance perspective is really going to determine where we head as a city. using these two drivers of change or uncertainty, we were
able to develop future scenarios, glimpse into what san francisco may be under a range of conditions and outcomes. again, the two uncertain tease in the vertical direction, social and political will. the perspective on how we can come together in self govern and then across the horizontal, is changes in the economic system meaning how are we integrating equality into the over arching economic system of the city. working around starting in the upper left in a clock wise manner, it's one of the first scenarios we labeled mine the gap. this is where san francisco is desirable and elite enclave with services that work well for residents but only those who can afford to live here. moving to the upper right, building bridges is a scenario where san francisco's come together and a regional-minded nature with effective governmental institutions and
engage citizens. the lower right mosaic it's a collection of unique but disconnected san francisco neighborhoods, some more self-sufficient with different identities and then in the lower left wild west inc where san francisco is a neo company town, corporations and the market forces are really what drive decision-making and outcomes for the city. so with these four scenarios, we went back to our stakeholders, the general community to try to understand what people preferred and the trade offs they found they're in and along the top, we clearly saw a preference for building bridges. they were distinct points that focused on unacceptable and building bridges the most pallet able within the focus groups we saw a very similar message. overwhelming support for this building bridges future and similarly at our task force the
same message came through across the spectrum, there was future for san francisco that everybody aspired to see, which was this building bridges which we've entitled connect sf vision diving into that that vision. it encompasses five goal areas. the first economic vitality, environmental sustainability and safely and liveability. these are typical or what are often expected from long range planning processes but the fiscal area about accountability engagement was one that we added through the middle of the process. recognizing that we heard consistently not just from task force members but public and focus groups that the ability of government to get stuff done and to come together to progress the city was really important. we've added that fiscal area around the vision. to hit the high level of what this vision is about, and then just some quick snips, it's a
high-growth city that is in the pursuit of equitable and affordable outcomes for its residents and visitors. it has robust transportation option and faster project delivery resulting from strong civic and government engagement. i mentioned the numerous transportation options. these are also affordable and so the need to own your own private automobile is dramatically decreased. integration with regional transit is also significantly enhanced, not just at key notes but across the city so that where you live doesn't pre determine where you can travel. the streets are dedicated in prioritized for fishing and sustainable modes, walking, biking, transit are taking priority physically in the right of way. and there's construction. the city is look to go accommodate a rising population in increasing workforce and in doing that we can provide a more affordable and equitable city
for future residents. and that infrastructure projects are built and delivered more quickly and in turn more cost effectively. that means transportation but it also means housing and other services that san francisco needs and that neighborhoods are safe and clean and it's a vibrant enjoyable for people to reside. these are quick glimpse. if you haven't take a closer look. these are foundational elements in perspectives of where we want san francisco to go and where we want it to be. and that high level look at very important for what is coming next in the second phase, which is we move from the vision statements and the goals into what are the projects and policies particularly taz pertains to transit within the city and how our streets and our freeze function and serve as the
circulation system and then that is part phase 2. where we'll work in a manner with the city to identify what those projects and policies are and then through the county wide transportation plan, and in update to our transportation element, we would actually prioritize funding towards what those projects are investments might be and cod a fie the policy between the county wide plan and our transportation element so we then have a clear path to start processing towards that vision while remaining on this long-term outlook and regularring we may need to continually reiterate on those projects and policies. >> thank you. i know it's pretty monumental task what you all went through. putting together the task force and gathering people together. getting input is hard for people to understand what a big project
that was looking at the end result here, which of course seems very logical and very well thought out and put together. i think for me, when we have something like this come to us to the board and we do need to, if we chose to we vote to approve this today, i think for me sort of the biggest take away is that the connect sf work is going to inform spending not only in the city but in the region. it's going to inform what policies we embrace and push going forward. is that a correct statement how the work on this is going to inform the work that we do here on this board? >> yeah, this initial phase is that foundation which that work will be built. there's lots of details to workout but yes, the incentive is to move towards the projects and policies we need as a city to adopt and embrace to move us towards that future. >> if any director have any clarifying questions or comments, i'd like to hear them
now. it looks like we have a member of the public who wishes to comment. do i have any questions. >> the graphic design work is amazing. >> gorgeous, isn't it. >> i have to give credit to the planning department on that one. they always do good graphic design work. we knew our team skill set and we asked them. >> i think there's a market for t-shirts and notebooks and tote bags with those graphics on it. they're gorgeous. >> any other questions. >> let's go to public comment. thank you. >> first one ted olsen. followed by cruta singa. >> chairwoman, director riskin and board members, my name is ed olsen. as a third generation san francisco i'm a member of citizen policy committees including connect sf and vision zero. and i am here to urge your support for connect sf vision
report. as we approved a similar resolution last night at the market cac. i com the staff for their outreach in training of our committee as well as of the public and the stakeholders to understand the multifaceted issues surrounding this effort. however, since this is a 50 year plan with commitment to review and update i ever five years, i urge as a matter of civic education, during the plan's life, we engage our community's either through extra sessions at our local libraries or schools to educate our citizens in these multiple issues and the process of scenario planning which could help all planning agencies such as yours in our city. i am very grateful that our connect sf plan is regionally oriented and ex 'em police car of such thinking but particularly that it compliments and implements the strategies of vision zero now that at least
the three largest urban areas in the bay area have made a similar commitment to this decade-long effort which i shown such impressive results reducing our traffic incidents by 41%. i urge you as i urge connect sf to support its implementation, senator wiener's city wide policy when he was supervisor of assuring our transit base keeps pace with our residential density and it is continuation of his new proposal for developing along our major transit corridors exemplary transit paired with high-rise housing density with appropriate on side bmr ratios, thank you for why attention. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. i am a planner at the metropolitan transportation commission. the metropolitan transportation commission and association of bay area government support the
san francisco municipal transportation agency, the planning department, county transportation agency and the office of economic workforce developments vision in moving san francisco into the future. you are invited to be part of the task force and we applaud the over all community and stakeholders engagement and collaboration undertaken in developing division throughs the connect assess process. the goal is identified are consistent with the core principles of sustainability, mobility, and equity included in plan bay area 2040. the bay area current regional plan and sustainable community strategy. we encourage approval of the connect sf vision and we look forward to collaborating with our san francisco partners on the second phase of connect sf to identify and incorporate major transportation investments into our horizon long range
regional planning process and initiative and also our next regional plan, plan b area 2050. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> the last person to turn in a speaker card. >> herbert winard. you know, 40 years ago san francisco had an excellent transportation plan farce muni was concerned. it represented the density of the city, the plan was comprehensive, it covered most of the city. and now it is being picked clean with these new bus routes and changes. what's happening is it doesn't represent the density of the city.
>> putting bike rings all the way out on certain streets and pet projects putting in stands for corporations and we don't see enough projects focused on the public's needs. that is the links, the loops, the creation of new public transit that going to solve the traffic problems we have. with all the density and po
posals for bart and everything else, we don't see the money being reinvested adequately in our existing infrastructure. whether it's an existing station like the balboa park station whether it's another station like daily city. changes that have to occur. over on the high speed rail line where all the developments in d10, d7 and d11. the population growth needs transit infrastructure we have to have the dollars for it and have projects ready to go. we talked about the perfect example of where we can really make very short, quick change, it's only 1.8 miles to link them back up to saint francis circle back downtown. makes perfect sense. and i don't think it's a big jump to make that decision and get the money forward for that type of projects. you create a loop.
you create a secondary system that a louse you to run more trains and run things more frequently. that's the type of solution we need at balboa park station and i think it has to be jumped up in the cue. we'll never catch up at this rate with all the housing go up and mr. wiener is right, we'll be in a real serious situation. >> thank you, very much. do i have anymore public comments. no, seeing none. public comment is closed. directors, does anyone have anymore questions or comments or do i have a motion to approve? >> i will say this is exactly the direction we need to go in the transit land use connections are really important. having been to hong kong and singapore, which are much more dense cities they still feel livable and walkable and they have a combination of a lot of, from the time you land in the airport you see nothing but highrises but at the same time you still see trees and greenery
and in singapore there's a sense of calm. we have to be realistic about the future and we always complain about traffic congestion but if people can live here, right, if we can actually build enough housing where people to live here you would take cars off the road like in those cities. surprisingly traffic isn't as bad as you think it would be. it's actually rush hour in singapore, it didn't bad. which was surprising considering how dense it is. we have to be creative and we have to think about a vision and we often think that we're only san francisco is in the situation that we're in and you could be other areas in the world where they've done it effectively. we know it can be done we have to believe it can be done and not let old thinking limit us from reaching the potential of our future. >> thank you. >> do i have a second. >> i will provide a second with comment if i might. >> i deeply want to -- i really want to appreciate the effort
that went into this process. i was able to participate in some of it and got to see some of the extra efforts, the extraordinary efforts the folks that worked on this went through to make sure they had a very inclusive representation of public opinion. it was really refreshing and someone has been working on plans and planning for over 15 years now. i deeply appreciated this idea of getting us all on the same page and making sure that we all have the same vision. we might not all agree yet on how to get there but we all know where we want to go and i think that that was -- it's going to really help move these opportunities ahead that we've got in the future. my one complaint would have been that it would have happened sooner and we would be in less of a mess we're in but we've got it now and i deeply appreciate it and i'm super happy to support this. >> thank you, very much. >> i have a motion and a second. >> does anyone have any further
feedback or comment? we'll go ahead and take a vote. >> all in favor aye. >> it is approved and thank you again for the presentation and for the team and we look forward to those amazing graphics popping up on some things. >> madam chair. item 14 is discussion and vote as to whether to envoke conducted a closed session. >> do i have a motion. >> second. >> all in favor of going to closed session, aye. >> my
>> on december 28, 1912. san francisco mayor, sonny jim rolph stared into the crowds of those who have gathered. a moment in history. the birth of a publicly own transit system. san francisco municipal railway. muni as it would become to be known. happy birthday, muni, here is to the next 100 years. the birth of muni had been a long-time coming. over the years the city was disjointed privately owned companies. horses and steam and electric-powered vehicles. creating a hodgepodge of transit options. none of them particularly satisfying to city residents.
the city transit system like the city itself would have changes during the san francisco earthquake. the transition that will pursue from this aftermath would change san francisco's transportation system once again. facilitated by city boss, abe ruth, ushering in the electric city car. the writing was on the wall. the clammer had begun for the experiment including public transit people. owned by the people and for the people. the idea of a consolidated city-owned transit system had begun traction. and in 1909, voters went to the
polls and created a bond measure to create the people's railway. would become a reality three years later. on december 28, 1912, mayor sonny rolph introduced the new geary electric streetcar line and the new san francisco railway. that he said would be the nucleus that would host the city. and san francisco gave further incentive to expand the city's network. a project by way of tunnel leading into chinatown by way of north beach. in december the first streetcar was driven into the tunnel.
just two years after its berth, muni had added two lines. and k, l and m lines that span out from westportal. in 1928, the j line opened heading west to the beach. in 1944 san francisco voters finally approved muni take-over of the market street railway. by then motor bus and trolley bus improvement had given them the ability to conquer san francisco's hills. after the war most of the street-car lines would be replaced with motor or trolley bus service. in 1947, the mayor recommended replacing two lines with motor coaches. and it appeared that san francisco's iconic cable cars had seen their final days.
entered mrs. cluskin, the leader to save the cable cars. arguing that the cable cars were a symbol of the city, and she entered a charter placed on the november ballot. it passed overwhelmly. the california street cable railway was purchased by the city in 1952. there were cut backs on the cable car system and in 1957 only three lines would remain. the three lines that exist today. in 1964 the cable car's future as part of california's transit system was sealed when it was proclaimed a national historic landmark.
in february, 1980, muni metro were officially inaugurated. in that same year, muni received its first fleet of buses equipped with wheelchair lifts. in 1982 when the cable car had a shut-down, they added an alternative attraction to the cars. the festival was a huge hit and would continue for the next four summers in a permanent f-line that would extend all the way to fisherman's wharf, by 2000 the f-line was in place. and in 2007 muni extended the third line to the southeast corner and returning to third
street. for the first time in 60 years. in the course of last 100 years, muni's diverse workforce forged by men and women of innovation have reflected the many cultures that flock to the city. muni's ground-breaking antidiscrimination has guaranteed equal opportunity for all. the city's policy mandates the course for the future, as they work diligently to increase options and increase multialternatives, and deduce -- reduce the carbon footprint. it continues to improve the systems. during this sen -- centennial year we reflect on the transit
system. driven notgood morning, everyon. good afternoon. i want to thank you all for being here today to talk about not only the success that we've had here in the garage in the mca with the police department, but also talk about what we're doing around car break-ins. i want to thank the director, scott, peskin and stefani, who have been at this and talking about this for some time. you know, we have and have had a car break-in epidemic in the city of san francisco. in 2017, we had 30,000 break-ins in the city of san francisco. as we talked about for months and i have as mayor, it should not be a gamble to park your car on the streets of san francisco. this affects people who visit the city of san francisco, the
people that work in the city of san francisco and it affects the people that live in the city of san francisco. and the current conditions on the street, is something that is unacceptable. i want to commend chief scott. at the end of last year he implemented reforms, creating a dedicated unit in the police department and increasing foot reforms, we've seen 17% decrease this year alone, but as we talk about all the time, we're not resting on our laurells, it's still unacceptable what is happening, so we're moving forward. we're here in the stockton garage. this is a garage that is one of the most popular in the city. right next to the financial district, right next to union square, right next to places that people come to visit. last year, 2017, it was a hot spot for car break-ins.
a high of 62 one month. but thank foss the reforms, we have seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of car break-ins here in the stockton garage. specifically an 83% decrease in the amount of car break-ins here. so in january, we had 44 break-ins. in february, 12. in the month of march, 9. and knock on wood, this year, so far -- this month so far, we've had zero in the month of april. so if you think about that from a high watermark of 62 last year per month, to now zero so far in the month of april, we need to acknowledge, celebrate and respect this as the city of san francisco. and we need to think about moving forward and what we're going do do about it. we thank chief scott, dedicated foot patrol officer here in the
garage, which i know we can't replicate everywhere, but we've installed cameras, done fencing around the infrastructure to reduce the loitering. a ton of software and hardware upgrades, entry kiosk, monitoring system. simple but effective hardware and software upgrades making a difference for the people that park their cars here in the garage. it's with great excitement we're here to celebrate that. we're doing this in other garages, six throughout the city of san francisco. a garage that supervisor stefani represents, when i was a district 2 supervisor was the bane of our existence on pier street, now down 55% thanks to the efforts of the mta and the police department. i want to thank captain engler representing the area. we are doing it right and the
sfmta and our city garages are doing it right. this is where we can lead by example. we can control this property. and we can focus on efforts that are going to work for car break-ins. so today, we are not only celebrating and honoring what we have accomplished so far, at stockton and these other six garages, but we're announcing also today that all 22 city-owned garages, by the end of next year, we'll be implementing all of these reforms at all of our city-owned garages. car break-ins are epidemic, but don't have to be moving forward. just the other week, we launched the parks mark campaign, a number of announcements are coming in the next weeks and around street cleanliness and homelessness, but as it relates to car break-ins, what we're doing now is working and we're going to now put the pedal to
the metal and make sure that every one of our city-owned garages republiclicates what we seen. we all want to see it replicate the success we've had here as well. thank you for coming here today. with that, we'll introduce the chief of police, bill scott. >> thank you, mayor farrell. first let me say thanks to mayor farrell and supervisors peskin and stefani for their leadership. keeping the focus on the issue is important in terms of us moving the needle and turning the epidemic of car break-ins around. i'm going to talk about mr. ed riskin, head of mta, but today's approach, we know is the way to go. we have to be a more resilient city. we talk a lot about prevention,
don't make yourself an easy target, but there are other things we can do to be more resilient and prevent the crimes from happening in the first place. the things that have been implemented here, the fencing installed, to stop unauthorized entry, the lighting and the surveillance cameras to discourage would-be thieves, this is a team effort. and this is what collaboration brings to the table. again, go back to mayor farrell and his leadership and before him, mayor lee in order to force this issue, force a collaborative partnership that has led us to some success this year. we are working hard to continue the effort as the mayor said. this is going to be spread to all the city parking garages. although the deployment is part of that factor, we'll do what is necessary in terms of having the visibility and the presence to
make sure that people know we're out here. that was part of our doubling of the foot beat. the people that are apt to victimize others need to see us, they need to see their police officers out here visible. i think that gives everybody not only a sense of security, but also it deters these crimes from happening in the first place. we know we can't have a police officer at every corner every hour of the day, and that's why we need other measures, fencing, lighting, cameras to help us identify people that are apt to victimize others. so with this initiative, we believe that we will continue in the direction that we're going in terms of reducing these types of offenses and as the mayor said, we have about a 17% decrease year-to-date which is over a thousand less victims. i think that's something we can all be pleased with.
but we still have a lot of work to do. i would like to introduce ed riskin, the head of mta. >> thank you, chief. good afternoon. we're happy to be able to be here. it may not be sexy stuff, but parking garages are an important part of the transportation system here in san francisco. we want people to be able to find parking and feel their car is going to be safe when they leave it, whether it's on the street or off the street. the parking garages are ways for people to find parking, not spend time looking for parking on the street, and we want them to know when they leave their car in a public parking garage in san francisco that their car is safe. so we have been working on this in a number of different ways, partner with the police department, the leadership of chief scott has been critically important. a lot of the success that you heard the mayor and the chief talk about at this garage in particular has really been the
presence of san francisco police department. and we work with them in districts around the city where we have our garages to try to focus their resources as strategically as we can, because as the chief says, we can't have a cop in every garage all the time. to that end, we're using old technology and new technology to make more sustainable improvements in the garages, so that we need to -- so that we can really rely on the police only when we need them. the old technology as you heard, it's fencing, lighting, signage and we've seen some pretty good results already from some of those activities. and then there is the new technology. a number of years ago, doing an assessment of our garages, what we determined was that a lot of the technology in our garages was old and out of date, not just from security perspective, but operational and revenue
collection. so we developed a program a number of years ago supported by mayor lee and board of supervisors and the mta board of directors, that culminated in a three-year project to modernize and upgrade all our garages. we're about a third of the way through this 3-year project and these improvements do include things like high-definition cameras that hope us both monitor activity in realtime, but also help the police after an incident make positive identification of suspects so they can -- and particularly they can identify repeat offenders and really target their investigative resources appropriately. it includes more secure gates for folks getting in and out. communications equipment so that patrons can communicate with garage staff. a number of other improvements
to make our garages safer and secure facilities. as you heard from the mayor, the initial results at the pier street garage which i used to hear about from mayor farrell back when he was supervisor farrell and supervisor stefani, it had been a problem area. you heard the results, 55% reduction since the new improvements were in place. this is success we hope to replicate everywhere. we're not declaring victory here. you see a park smart sign, not a mission accomplished, because as the chief said there is more work to do, but we'll continue and complete these installations by 2020. we'll continue to coordinate with the police department and the d.a.'s office and are grateful for the strong leadership we have in our mayor and board of supervisors and the mta board of directors to ensure that our garages can be safer for people to park. thank you. >> thank you.
and for your leadership. i would like to bring up two members of the board of supervisors who have been focused on the issue for a long time now, and have been leaders on this, supervisor peskin and supervisor skef stefani. >> thank you, mayor, chief scott, ed riskin, the working men and women of the police department. i want to note a number of great cases that the cops have made in the last number of days, 11 arrests out of northern, central and southern stations, so thank you, captains, for that work. and then supervisor stefani and i are doing our part today by funding that $32.5 million which is to say that we're parking here and those parking validations, those parking costs go to pay that. we're always worried about the money. this has been extremely
frustrating, not only as a supervisor, but somebody who had his car broken into on the street. and i cannot tell you how delighted i am that we are addressing it. and those numbers are extraordinary numbers. 83% drop in this garage in a few month's time is really something to celebrate. i was just across the street at my optometrist and she said they have noted the immense change. so i heard about it from people on the street before i actually heard about it right here from the mayor. i want to thank you again and look forward to getting it to zero. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor peskin. last month at the budget committee, we approved the resolution of transferring this back to the sfmta and i raised questions about their greater public safety measures at this location and all the garages under their jurisdiction. i was motivated to do so not
only on the terrible story of someone's dog thrown off the garage, sorry to bring that up, but it was devastating to many people and its owner. and the only way the police were able to identify the perpetrator was because of a private dashboard camera that captured the crime. but i was able to do so based on my own experience sitting in the pier street garage and witnessing sophisticated criminals staking out cars while i tried to call it in. they laughed at me while i was on the phone with police. this is criminal tourism and it must stop. this is a garage in desperate need of help and i want to thank the sfmta for their attention to these issues. we've heard everything that has been done in the garage and after the installation of 12 cameras, new lighting, signage, the pier street garage saw a significant decline in break-ins. with a 55% reduction in six
months after the upgrades. i cannot thank everybody enough. i hear from constituents every day they do not feel safe and we're responsible and accountable for the safety of our community and cannot allow opportunities for people to be victimized. i am encouraged by their progress we have seen here, due to the measures put in place through our partnership with the mta. improving public safety and reducing car break-ins takes a multi-pronged approach and we have to use all of the tools available to us. i applaud the sfmta and the police department for working together to address this epidemic. this type of collaborative approach will combat future problems. i'd like to thank mayor farrell for his amazing leadership to make sure all departments are working together to make significant improvements in the area. as the numbers show, special attention and the presence of security enhancements actually do work.
it is my priority to fight for these resources. we know that when captain joe engler of northern station assigned police officers to the palace of fine arts, a hot spot for auto break-ins, there were zero break-ins. we know what works outside the garages and inside them and we must invest in those resources to keep our communities safe. these initiatives are just the beginning to tackling this crisis head on. last month, i called for a hearing to review the progress of safety measures in place at our city-owned parking lots and garages and that hearing will take place in june. this is yet another chance to learn about initiatives at these sites and to receive updates on what is working. i know today that we all agree that residents and visitors to san francisco should not be fearful of break-ins or their own personal safety in parking garages or lots and we must do everything we can to keep them safe.
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considering a career with the city and county of san francisco >> third thursdays at the commons is a monthly event series to really activate krisk centkrisk -- civic center, fulton mall, and other locations through social operation. >> in 2016, an initiative called the civic center progress initiative was launched, it was launched by a bunch of city agencies and community partners, so they really had to figure out how to
program these places on a more frequent basis. i'm with the civic center community benefit district, and i'm program manager for the civic center commons. also, third thursdays will have music. that was really important in the planning of these events. >> we wanted to have an artist that appeals to a wide range of tastes. >> i'm the venue manager. good music, good music systems, and real bands with guitar players and drummers. >> we turned uc center and fulton street into a place where people want to be to meet, to laugh, and it's just an amazing place to be. there's a number of different
exhibits. there's food, wine, cocktails, and the idea, again, is to give people an opportunity to enjoy what really is, you know, one of the great civic faces in america. when you look from the polk street steps, and you look all the way down the plaza, down market street, daniel burns' design, this was meant to be this way. it's really special. >> the city approached us off the grid to provide food and beverages at the event as kind of the core anchor to encourage people who leave a reason to stay. >> it's really vibrant. it's really great, just people walking around having a good time. >> this formula is great food, interesting music, and then, we wanted to have something a little more, so we partnered with noise pop, and they
brought in some really fun games. we have skeeball, we also have roller skating lessons, and we've got a roller skating rink. >> if you're a passion jail skeeball player like me, and you're deciding whether you're just going to roll the ball up the middle or take a bank shot. >> our goal is to come out and have fun with their neighbors, but our goal is to really see in the comments that it's a place where people want to hold their own public event. >> i think this is a perfect example of all these people working together. everybody's kind of come together to provide this support and services that they can to activate this area. >> there's no one agency or
organization that really can make this space come alive on its own, and it's really through the collective will, not just of the public sector, but both the public and our business partnerships, our nonprofits partnerships, you know, neighborhood activists. >> i really like it. it's, like, a great way to get people to find out about local things, cuisine, like, it's really great. >> it's a really good environment, really welcoming. like, we're having a great time. >> we want to inspire other people to do this, just using a part of the plaza, and it's also a good way to introduce people if they're having a large scale event or small scale event, we'll direct you to the right people at the commons so you can get your
event planned. >> being a san francisco based company, it was really important to connect and engage with san franciscans. >> how great is it to come out from city hall and enjoy great music, and be able to enjoy a comtail, maybe throw a bocci ball or skee ball. i find third thursdays to be really reinrig rat reinriggating for me. >> whether you're in the city hall or financial district or anywhere, just come on down on third thursdays and enjoy the music, enjoy an adult beverage,