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>> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. i want to welcome you back to the budget and finance committee. it's 10:02 a.m. i want to thank the broadcast of sf governor tv. the clerk is linda wong. thank you for being here. i have supervisor stefani on my right and supervisor fewer on my
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left. call items 7 and 8 together, please. >> yes. [ agenda item read ] i pledge allegiance to the flag >> thank you. just procedurely, we have to take public comment on this item. >> correct. >> is there anyone would like to comment on items seven and eight? items seven and eight? all right. seeing none, public comment is closed. i would like to make a motion to
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continue the call to the chair. without objection, the motion passes unanimously. thank you. all right. madam clerk, call one, two, and three. >> clerk: [ agenda item read ] resolution retroactively authorizing the office of the district attorney to accept and
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expend a grant in the amount of $306,666 from the california governor's office of emergency services for the innovative response to marginalized victims program for the grant period january 1, 2018, through december 31, 2019. 4/3/18; >> thank you. supervisor chang, we have two ladies from the office that are here to present on this item. these resolutions are three grants for the district attorney from the governor's office for emergency services. would you like to make the presentation? >> good morning. my name is jackie ortiz. i'm the deputy chief of victim services. yes, i have my powerpoint here. i have packets for each of you, if you would like a copy. >> sure. we'll take a copy for the record, and sfgov has your slides ready to go. >> thank you. i would like to start off with
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item number one, which is our victim witness grant. we have 10 positions in that grant that covers the cost. we also provide direct services to victims and witnesses. when i started here 31 years ago, we only had three advocates back then, and our grants have definitely increased and improved the quality of services we're able to provide victims and witnesses. in this grant, we were able to acquire two courthouse facility dogs. the courthouse dogs have gone out to meet with victims of crime. they comfort them. they soothe them. they help them through court preparation, through trials. and they were recently deployed out to las vegas to assist. each dog assisted over 300 victims and helped them through the process.
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we are able to also provide training with this grant. last year, in 2017, we served 8,626 victims, and we provided 85,821 services. and that means crisis intervention follow-up services, navigating victims through the criminal justice system, emergency assistance, relocation assistance, and a plethora of services we're able to provide victims. also with me is dr. castro-rodriguez. i will let her continue with the powerpoint. >> thank you very much for having us. >> good morning. >> good morning. the second grant that we are asking for approval of is the elder abuse grant, the xe grant from the california office of emergency services. we work with anyone 65 and older or a disabled or dependent
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adult, but it also allows us to do a lot of prevention work in the two areas that are critical to elders. financial fraud abuse and pedestrian safety. we were able to the a rebust campaign on each of those issues, reaching thousands in san francisco. we're currently in the middle with campaign vision zero where we're putting up banners all over the city to remind people to slow down for seniors in the crosswalk. we have a high raid of pedestrian fatality. the other thing we were done is able to create a program with the crisis intervention team and friends so we can meet the victims and work with their families when there is a pedestrian fatality right way so we can support those survivors after the loss of their family
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member. we provided 4,653 services. the big focus is on the prevention. these are the signs that will go up all over san francisco. drive slowly. give seniors a break. the seniors tend to miss the light because it takes them longer to go through and we want people to slow down. then the ki grant. it was an innovative grant. it was to respond to victims who usually don't come forward for services. we have placed two full-time advocates out in the community. one is in the bayview and serve the visitation valley and the mission. the outer mission district will be served. we have a lot of crime, but we
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don't have a lot of people coming forward to receive services. so we were able to place culturally appropriate, linguistically appropriate advocates to be more responsive to crimes, to go door to door, to meet neighbors, to collaborate with service providers. in the last years, we've seen an increase in the members we've been able to serve in the bay district, including a drastic increase in the amount of money we were able to give. we don't have any numbers since it's the first year in implementation, but we'll have new numbers after this year. thank you. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> thank you. i have a few. so i'm glad to see these three grants coinciding with the public information hearing. as you know, we'll be hearing with a member of our street violence prevention program later this afternoon.
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i was wondering if you could tell me about the victims' services advocate program, particularly whether or not this has been successful in other cities. >> so every jury instructions in california and many across the united states have victim advocacy programs. we're one of the largest in california. los angeles, san diego, a lot don't serve as many as we do. the goal is to go out into the community and meet victims where they are and engage with them in prevention and intervention. a lot of counties do do that. as a result, the number we served last year, half of those are uncharged cases. so 4,250 victims are uncharged cases. those are people that are victims of a crime. [overlapping speakers] >> how do we determine whether or not the program is successful? what are the benchmarks we're using to determine if the program is serviceable.
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i understand we're the largest. that doesn't mean we're the best. >> some of the things we use is the amount of money we give out. last year, $6.5 million to the victims in san francisco. and for the community, we have a rubric we use to show where people are. everyone who comes to have has been a victim of a crime. we move them to thriving. i have data that shows 60% improvement for outcome of the bare people we everybodied and now we're using that to determine what we're doing in the community. we do short-term intervention, connecting to services and supporting the criminal justice system, so these are the only measures we have right now. >> okay. thank you. i'm also interested in your hiring and training process. you mentioned one primary difference between the advocates and the victim services is that these positions will try to gain
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the trust of the community that doesn't trust law enforcement, particularly through attending community and stakeholder meetings and having competent services in the community. i was wondering if there was more you would like to share with us that you didn't touch on in the presentation. >> yes, one of the last several years, we've been trying to hire people from the community, from the community agencies in san francisco. we've been very successful at that. [overlapping speakers] >> hold on. you say you've been very successful. why do you say that? >> we have a diverse staff. in the bayview grant, we were able to hire someone who has a lot of connections in the bayview. she's come from the mission. good connections. 85% of staff are people of color. our staff speak eight different
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languages. we provide a lot of opportunities for people to move up in our organization. >> okay. is the grant expected to recur? it's three years right now. we're hoping to be able to improve it. we don't know until the state knows how much money they have. >> is it reasonable for this body to expect incoming budget cycles, that you will be back? >> yes, it could be. if we're able to apply again, we will. if not, we'll try to implement into existing services. my goal is to have advocates in the community in san francisco. we're trying to figure out how to fund that. our advocates carry 6 to 700 cases a year. trying to maneuver that and move those around is a challenge for us. that's why we go for outside funding all the time. >> i understand that. thank you very much. i appreciate you answering my
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questions. supervisor fewer? >> yes, thank you very much. i'm wondering if any of these services go to people -- chinese people who have been victims of the scamming. so we do a lot of prevention work in asian communities around financial fraud. two years ago, we did a lot of work on the blessings scam. we continue to do a lot of prevention and outreach in the community. all of our materials are translated into four languages. we have people going out to bayview and other areas where we have chinese-speaking individuals at a lot of risk. we do a lot of prevention. the state does not allow us to provide financial compensation for financial fraud.
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so our goal is to prevent it. >> do you work with the families after an elder has been the victim of this fraud? >> we do. some of the things we can do is make sure they're on to do not call list. we stop the mailings coming from their home. sometimes we change their phone numbers, help them change their phone numbers. we help them file their complaints. some seniors require mental health assistance following those events. we help with all those services. >> does any of these money go to victims of sex abuse? >> the vw grant, the general grant supports those victims, but we have a grant for vulnerable victims that we applied to, so we have two only working on sexual assaults. it's charged and uncharged. a very few number of those will be charged, but we work with hundreds of victims, even if the cases are not charged. >> i guess my question is this
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is not a lot of money. i mean, it is money, but it didn't a huge amount of money. it seems as though it's spread in a lot of different ways. so i think i have the same question as supervisor cohen. it's really about impact. so when you're trying to accomplish so many things with this amount of money, it seems as though it's spread all over. are we really having the impact on individuals because we're doing prevention, and then we're also after their victims. we're working with families and the victims themselves, and then this vision zero. it's a different thing. did we write these grants. >> these are supplemental to the budget. we have general fund we work under. i have a staff of 42 people working with these victims of
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crime. so these are just grants that were opportunities to expand our work, but we have a pretty robust foundation for the work we're doing. like i said, our staff works very hard. they carry six to 700 cases. we work very collaboratively with people in the community. our work should be an intervention at the point of being a victim of crime. then we work with the community partners to be the long-time support for those survivors. >> okay. thank you very much. >> all right. thank you very much. we'll take public comment. i appreciate both of your presentations. if there's any member of the public that would like to comment on items one, two, or three. you have two minutes. seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you. i will make a motion to approve this with a positive recommendation. ladies, all right. we'll take that without objection. madam clerk, please call item four, please. >> clerk: yes.
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item number four. apply for, accept, and expend grant - metropolitan transportation commission - onebayarea grant - $19,346,000 resolution authorizing the filing of an application for funding assigned to the metropolitan transportation commission (mtc); committing any necessary matching funds; stating assurance to complete the projects; and authorizing san francisco public works to accept and expend $19,346,000 in onebayarea grant funds awarded through the mtc. (public works) >> we have rachel alonzo. >> good morning supervisors. rachel alonzo, transportation finance analyst at public works. this resolution authorizes public works to accept and expend just over $19 million in feder federal funds for two projects. these federal transportation funds are a part of mtc's one
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bay area program. they're responsible for soliciting the applications and awarding projects in san francisco. the project was approved last july and september by the ta board, which is made up of the same members of the board of supervisors. they're here because of the expand process and mtc requires it to be passed by the legislative body. i'm joined today by the project managers of these projects. we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. i also understand there's interest in the overall cost and funding plans for better market street. syme happy to speak to that now, if you would like. >> we would like that. >> okay. so since we approved for obag
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funds for better market street in april of '17, we've updated our costs to reflect the current state of the project. as we reported to the ta board last summer, a power substation has been removed from the scope which has reduced the cost by $100 million. so the total cost is 503 million. together, the plans, environmental, and design phases are estimated to cost 57 million. the remaining 446 million will include construction, necessary underground utility, core capacity to make the transportation system more efficient. like many projects of this size and scale, better market street will be funded with a variety of local, state, and federal sources. to date, we have secured $234 million for the project of which 97 million is proposition
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a transportation go bond funds, and other committed funds include federal fta, state of good repair money. general fund, impact fees, and local sales tax. now that the city has developed a proposed consensus design for the first time, the team is aggressively seeking more. we did not received a $39 million state fund grant for the local program. we have other sources we can seek in the coming years, the active transportation program, build as well as spa capital investment grants. public works and mca are committed to filling and completely funding the entire project. as expected, we've also segmented the project for delivery, and we'll advance the stretch between sixth and eight streets for the first segment of construction. this allows us to deliver an
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independent portion of the project and also allowing us to use the funds we've already secured in a timely manner. again, happy to answer any questions you may have. >> all right. supervisor stefani? >> thank you for your presentation. just a couple of questions. how much has been spent so far planning this project? >> as reported to the board in july, it was 13 million across all agencies. i would expect in the time since then, it could be up to 14 million now. we're advancing design now that we have the consensus, so spending will be ramping up. >> okay. and so you said without the power substation included, we're at a price tag of $503 million. >> correct. >> seems very high. very high. i'm just wondering why is it so high. what will it cover? we're talking about market street -- that's half a billion dollars. >> right.
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it is a lot. i think because it covers such a comprehensive and wide variety of scopes. typically we're used to seeing a project with costs that are not as extreme. at market street, we categorize the scope elements in three different categories. one are major state of good repair investments. it's not the sexy or news making elements, but the things we have to do underground and above ground, so sewer and water will be a part of the project and updating the mta rails on market street, that's a part of the project. and then the second bundle of scope items we talked about are core capacity improvements. that includes boarding islands, muni overhead fixed wires, the path of gold lights -- what else is included in that? the bicycle facility, the other traction power plants and the
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s-line loop. rather than have it run all the way down to octavia, it will turn around earlier at mcallister and charles benemann street. and the third scope of times we talk about are enhancements or pedestrian realm items. so trees, sidewalks, updated pavers, curve ramps, site furnishings, the nice-to-have place makeing items. >> is any of the funding coming from sb-1 at the state? >> a local program is part of sb-1. we applied in january. we just found out yet that better market street did not receive that grant. to the extent that upcoming calls for project or grant funds are made available as a result of sb-1, we'll be seeking that funding, but so far, nothing
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from sb-1 is funding better market street. >> and the time line for the start of the project? >> so we're starting environmental, and we're shifting from planning to design, and we expect to have design and environmental complete by the spring of 2019 for environmental, and the end of 2020. so december 2020 for design. for construction, as i mentioned, we've split up the project. we always intended to do this for delivery and construction. it maybe it more palatable to bid out and get a wider variety of contractors on board. the segment one construction, which is six to eight that, schedule is june 2020 to june 2022. currently i imagine the rest of the project will be separated out into additional segments, but right now, we just have two construction schedules. one for segment one and one for
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the rest of the project. so for the first, it's june 2021 through june of 2023. >> i have one other question. with the costs and impediments they're running into -- now we know they're digging by hand, i asked a question at ta about how to prevent that going forward in the future. is that project and all the delays on that project informed how this project is being carried out? >> not that i'm aware of, but i will look to the project managers to see if they're able to speak to that question. [off microphone] >> i'm sorry. it doesn't work that way. you need to come to the microphone and identify yourself. either one. >> so amy from mta. i'm more managing the engineering team for better market street to minimize the lessons learned, i understand the when the project picked up, they slow down the construction, but
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for the better market street, currently, we sent the whole team to do the potholing. first of all, we'll get all the information, utility joined from all the agency, and also we'll base on the current information to really identify a multiple location to really do some potholing. after that, we'll reach out with all the other utility agencies to see how we can coordinate the effort before the construction. so this effort will be working during the phases. >> potholing? >> potholing means we'll have a a contractor identify a small area, like maybe some area that we can pick a little bit small area, so we can identify the underlying utility. >> okay. thank you. >> thank you.
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>> all right. i think that's it. we're going to take public comment. thank you for your presentation. >> thank you. >> any member of the public that would like to comment on four? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleague, i would like to make a motion to approve with a positive recommendation. without objection. approved. >> item 5. accept and expend grant - federal highway administration - emergency relief program - addressing severe erosion along o'shaugnessy boulevard - $2,789,354 resolution retroactively authorizing the director of public works to act as the agent of the city and county of san francisco, as a non-state agency, to accept and expend federal financial assistance under public law 93-288, as amended by the robert t. stafford disaster relief and emergency assistance act of 1988, from the united states department of transportation federal highway administration, and/or state financial assistance under the california disaster assistance act, for an amount not to exceed $2,789,354, to reimburse the local funds used to cover the 2017 emergency response costs and pay for the federal share of the permanent restoration to address the emergency condition of the severe erosion along o'shaughnessy boulevard. 6. 180327 accept and expend grant - state of california department of housing and community development - housing-related parks program grant - $3,276,582
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resolution retroactivelin janua system brought high winds, flooding, causing severe damage and eroding along ah shawn psi. it resulted in dropped boulders and debris onto the boulevard, blocking the southbound lane. due to the extensive statewide damage, governor jerry brown requested that california department of transportation. that includes 419,000 to reimburse us for the emergency opening work that already
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occurred as well as 2.37 million for future permanent restoration work, which is expected to be completed by may 2019. approving this resolution means public works will have 85.3% for the costs of the permanent restoration work. we'll be using the program funds for it. i'm joined by the project manager of this project, and we would be happy pa answer any questions you might have. >> thank you. i will go to the budget legislative analyst at this point. thank you. >> do you want me to be put on both items? >> you know, i just realize -- let's do item five, and then i will have to open up and go back to item four. >> so on item five, this is a
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grant that is retroactive. as said, some of the funds have been spent to date. we do have a budget on here on page 6. it commits $307,000 in city funds to match the grant, so we do have one amendment that there is an incorrect number in the matching grant and the resolution, so we recommend amounting it to say that the actual grant matches $307.40, so it's correctly stated. otherwise, recommended approval. >> all right. i appreciate that. thank you very much. i will go to public comment and we'll take up those amendments. all right. ladies and gentlemen, this is a grant to repair the erosion issues. is there anyone that would like to comment on it? >> seeing no public comment, public comment is closed. i will make a motion to accept the amendments and then i would
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like to approve and send with a positive recommendation, if we can do that without objection. thank you. without objection. thank you. madam clerk, what i would like to do is make a motion to rescind the vote for item four, and i would like you to call item four, and we'll hear from the bla, and we'll take public comment and then well au take action. so i make a motion to rescind item four. without objection. thank you. recall item four. >> clerk: [agenda item read]. >> all right. i appreciate that. now, the floor is yours. please tell us your thoughts. >> just very briefly, this
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approves the 19.3 million from mtc, but it commits the city to 19.4 million in matching funds. we show budgets on page five and six of our report in terms of the grant allocation, 16 million goes to the better market street design. our understanding is which would complete the costs for about $34 million. then on page six, the other is the school roots project budget. this commits about $400,000 in proposition case sales tax money as a matching funds, and we do recommend approval. >> thank you. i appreciate that recommendation. let's get to public comment. seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you. now i would like to make a motion to approve with a positive recommendation,
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accepting the blas recommendations. and we'll take that without objection. thank you. >> recommend it to the full board? >> yes. moving on. that leaves us with item six. >> item six. resolution retroactively authorizing the recreation and park department to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $3,276,582 from the state of california department of housing and community development to fund four park and community center projects identified in exhibit a of the grant standard agreement, and delegating authority to the general manager of the recreation and park department to reallocate funds among approved projects as appropriate to maximize city recovery from grant for the period of november 22, 2017, through june 30, 2019. >> this is a resolution to extend a grant. we have the margaret heyward playground and the vietnamese youth development center. today we have tony miranda presenting. >> good morning, community
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members. thank you for the introduction. that pretty much covers it. those are the projects we'll be funding with the housing related parks program grant. this grant program is a formula grant based on the number of low-income housing units that were permitted for construction between 2015 and 2016 calendar year. grant funds must be extended on capital improvement projects that last more than five years. dollars are also granted through the program if all of the parks that received the funding are located in a disadvantaged community and a park district community. to maximize the award, all the parks had to meet all criterias. all the grant funds must also be expended between november 22nd, 2017, and june 30th, 2019. this is a very short grant performance period for a capital
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project, so that was one of the aspects that was considered when selecting the projects that would be funded through this program. as stated by supervisor cohen, 2.1 million will be awarded to margaret hayward, and another 1.61 million will be awarded to the boys and girls club at columbia park and the youth development center. i'm happy to answer any questions you may have, and i have staff from the mayor's office of housing and community development here also that can bring information just in case. >> got it. i don't think we have any questions. this is pretty straightforward. it's great. exciting. let's continue to move it forward. i would like to take public comment for item six. seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you. colleagues, is there a motion for item six. >> yes. i would like to make a motion to
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move this to the board with a positive recommendation. >> all right. we'll do that without objection. thank you. >> all right. madam clerk, any other business before this body? >> no other business. >> all right. we're adjourned.
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i want to thank everybody for
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joining me here today for this special announcement. we're all here today because we care about our home. we care about the city of san francisco. san francisco is a world class city. we have world class attractions. world class institutions. we have world class residents. and a world class civic leaders. but we have a world class problem right now. our streets are filthy. filled with debris, litter, human waste and drug paraphernalia. it's unacceptable. the status quo on our streets today is unacceptable. a child should not have to walk over a needle on their way to school in the morning. a business owner should never see garbage strewn across their store front in the mornings. this is not confined to one neighborhood or district, it's plaguing communities across the entire city of san francisco and
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affecting residents and families in every part of our city. and we need to act as a city government. so that is why today, i'm introducing our city-wide and comprehensive street cleaning plan. a far ranging plan that seeks to address these challenges across the entire city of san francisco. over the next two years, i'm committing over $13 million in new funding that will make our city cleaner, safer, and healthier for all residents. and i am making clear today that this is a top priority for me. and i will work every day as mayor to see this plan through. these new investments will include 44 new neighborhood cleaning workers. which means every single supervisor -- and i want to thank supervisor safai for being here, supervisor kim for being here, who has started atlantic lot of the -- a lot of the
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conversation inside city hall. they will be able to allocate where the street cleaners will go, because it is our neighborhood supervisors and their district supervisors that know their own neighborhoods. that know their own districts. they will target corridors that are most in need of this help. we're also going to have a dedicated cleanup team in the south of market district. the area where we have the most residents, visitors and people working in our city than any other neighborhood in san francisco. if you've taken a walk there lately, you will understand the need for street cleaning in that area. in addition, we're going to be extending our pit stop system. pit stops which are safe monitored public toilets, or proven model to reduce human waste in our industry. let's be clear, san francisco resume departments, our visitors, the people who work here should not be seeing human
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waste on our streets. when people defecate and urinate on our streets, the city has to do something about it. we're increasing the pit stop hours at five of our existing pit stops. they're going to be added to high risk communities, where we see the most amount of human waste in the city. we want to make sure people have a dignified place to use the bathroom, in a dignified environment. an environment that will keep our city streets clean. we're also supporting these additional new staffing and operations with additional equipment. our two-year budget will include over $3 million for new equipment which includes some of these rival street cleaners that you see today. after we're done, there will be a demonstration of the new street cleaners if you would like to be here and stick around. these street cleaners make a difference in our neighborhoods,
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they make a difference on our streets and that's what we want to do with the funding initiative. these are all great new investments and we're also pairing them with other initiatives. so we have a great fix-it team here in the city of san francisco, led by sandra. i want to thank her for being here today. there she is. [applause] these fix-it teams have been created for a specific reason, to respond to our neighborhood needs and respond quickly. each community in san francisco, each neighborhood in san francisco we know has its own issues. whether it's broken streetlights, graffiti, needle pickup. our fix-it team is pounding the pavement every day, addressing quality of life concerns in a quick and efficient manner. i know every single neighborhood that has seen a fix-it team has been overwhelmed with response and positive by the effect we're having in the neighborhoods. i want to thank sandra who is
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here today for leading the team. she does an amazing job listening to our community and coming up with specific plans for every single neighborhood. because of her team success, we'll grow from 25 to 35 teams across the entire city of san francisco. and these new street cleaning investments where we see the fix-it team expanded will build upon the existing efforts we're leading on our streets today. earlier this week, we announced the creation of a new rapid response team specifically dedicated towards picking up our needles and syringes. they'll be canvassing hot spots, identified by residents, and they will address this health epidemic in our city. we have a needle epidemic and we're finally doing something about it. so together this is an ambitious effort. and i know i only have a few
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months left as the mayor of this great city of san francisco, but i plan on sprinting to the finish. i know i'm surrounded by dedicated city officials, elected officials and committed people who want to see our city cleaned up and who are eager to carry out these initiatives. i want to thank mohammad, our department of public works director, and your entire team, many of which are behind us today. [applause] again, i want to thank supervisor safai, whose district we're in today, as well as supervisor kim, who has been pressing on these issues or some time. this is an issue that affects every single resident of san francisco. this will be a sprint to the finish. but i want to make sure that san francisco residents know that as mayor of this city, i am committed to make sure i leave our streets in a cleaner, safer environment than they've been
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before. with that, i want to thank you all for coming and i'm going to bring up muhammad nuru, head of the department of public works. >> let me begin by thanking mayor farrell for the leadership who has shown in providing some of the resources that we need to clean up all the things that the mayor said. our city is a beautiful city and we have some areas, challenges we're faced with every day. these resources will definitely go towards helping change some of those concerns that we have. those 44 sweepers that will be in the various neighborhoods in san francisco, i will work with the various supervisors and they'll tell us some of the areas they're concerned about. those sweepers will be block sweepers. many cities all over the world, paris, london, shanghai, it's this model they have used, having someone on the block that
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takes care of several blocks and that person makes sure it's clean, free from graffiti, but more importantly build a relationship with the people on the blocks so there is communication and dialogue and then we're able to get that back to the department level and bring our partners in to respond. i know this will make a difference, because it's on the block, block by block, we'll take our city back. the additional hours to the pit stops will also make a huge difference. when we started this program, since two years, 2014, we have seen a huge increase in the number of flushes. so increasing hours will definitely make more bathrooms available to people who want to use them. it's for everybody, not just the homeless or just a certain group of people, all people can use them, they're staffed, clean and they're a good place. when you want to go, there is a new place for you.
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five new locations also. we will look for those locations all around the city and that will make a difference. our fix-it teams, we're really excited about the work that they do. they're the arm that really gets into the neighborhood and gets to hear the concerns that people have about the city and they work with all the city departments to address those problems. so it's not just the quality of streets, or the trees, it's also the parking signs, the crosswalks. it's all the things that affect the quality of life. all these programs, in addition to the funding for new equipment will help us. right now, because of all of the demands, we're getting hundreds and hundreds of calls every day and we're double and trip-shifting our steam cleaners and a lot of our equipmentment with this funding we'll be able to buy more equipment and focus in the many hot spots in the areas that we get calls. and i'm really excited about that. i want to thank the supervisors for their leadership, but most
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importantly mayor farrell has taken a step in the right direction for this city and i'm proud to lead the department of public works, because we're ready to do what san francisco expects from us from public works. thank you. [applause] thank you. welcome to district 11, i'm supervisor safai. i want to start by saying that this is a real proposal. this is a real solution. i happen to have started my career in the department of public works working for muhammad and we started ambassador program under mayor newsom. we gave people an opportunity to work and to focus on areas of the city that needed the most focus for cleaning up. it's not just about trash on the street, it's about working with businesses, working with residents to educate them on their responsibilities. people think that it's just the
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city's responsibility to clean the streets. it is the city's responsibility and i want to thank mayor farrell for the massive commitment in the right direction. 44 people will make a difference in what we see. but they will also be about educating people. in the past year i've worked with director nuru and our former mayor lee. we redoubled our efforts from silver to geneva, we've increased the amount of people cleaning on our streets, but i get calls daily about illegal dumping. i get calls daily about how the trash has increased all over our city. and particularly in my district, obviously because that's the calls i get the most. but the thing i like most about this proposal and i'll end with this, this is a balanced proposal. this is spreading out resources all over the city, because trash is not just located and the frustration and filthy streets are not just located in one part of san francisco.
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it's all of san francisco that is feeling this frustration. so thank you to mayor farrell, thank you to director nuru and sandra and the fix-it team, they have made a difference, but this money, street sweepers and pit stops will make a difference and every neighborhood should benefit, so thank you very much, mayor farrell. i'm going to bring up a neighborhood resident, linda, she's going to talk about things from the neighborhood perspective. >> thank you, supervisor. thank you, mayor farrell. and supervisor kim. and all the other city officials who have worked so hard to make street cleaning and our neighborhoods a priority for this type of life experience. i am just one resident, but i'll tell you, there are dozens and dozens of folks like me who want
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to see our communities cleanedup and want to pitch in. and want to know what we can do to help. i agree, this is a very balanced proposal and this shows what we can do when we put our heads together. we've talked for years in our neighborhood about anti-littering campaigns through the schools and with the kids. and in our parks. pack it in, pack it out, leave no trace. those kinds of things can work. and those campaigns, but with the extra money and the extra feet behind that, that is going to make it even better. so as a 20-year resident of this neighborhood who loves our community and wants to see it thrive as we know it can, we need this assistance and i appreciate everyone who is here to bring this together. thank you so much. [applause] >> i also just want to thank mayor farrell for taking a
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leadership role in ensuring that we'll have the investments that are needed in all of our neighborhoods in san francisco. we know that street cleaning has become an issue and we see it in the e-mails we get in our office, but also when we walk in our own neighborhoods. but the data showings it as well. in 2015, we had roughly 40,000 additional calls for services. and two years later, that number has doubled to close to 80,000. so we know that we're seeing a need for additional street cleaners. so i'm so excited about the 44 new sweepers that we'll have on the block that will be manually cleaning our busiest corridors. i'm very excited about the machines and the performance that we'll be getting after the press conference. but finally, i'm incredibly excited about the expansion of the pit stop stop. i want to thank mayor farrell for investing the money. we have 18 pit stops currently throughout the city and they started in the tenderloin neighborhood.
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i was proud to lead that with director nuru and it has been a tremendous success. in every block, we've put one in, we've had reduction of cleaning request, which led us to save water, which is a precious commodity here in the state of california and san francisco. so thank you again to everybody. i want to thank all the men and women at public works. they do the hard job of picking up the trash, the litter, the needles and to sandra, who personally visits our businesses and our residents on a daily basis and responds to a lot of very difficult complaints. i just want to thank you for your leadership and thank all of the members of your team. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor kim. supervisor safai, linda, muhammad, the entire team, everyone helping with the effort, this press conference is over. we are going to a demonstration of the ravo machine, i don't know if muhammad is driving it,
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we'll see, but i'll stick around for questions after as well. thanks, everyone.
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(>> and so first order will be item number 4, presentation from public works about the 201 # one road repaving and street safety bond program and possible action by the committee in response to such presentation.