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when we look at the 2016 numbers, they mirrored some of the earlier slides, you can see some of those opportunities and challenges. and i think one important story that we need to tell within san francisco is the role of public transit as a strong climate tool. and you can see why i -- i am an -- i'm going to argue for that position. when you think about the million or so people that move throughout san francisco on public transit, which is safe, affordable, reliable, helps us build a more equitiable city, and you realize only about 9% of the sector's emissions calm from that form of mobility, you realize the alignment of public health, environment, economics, all coming together. and i think we're going to see that 8%, which is generally from caltrain, b.a.r.t., and
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ferries, shrink even more. ferries are moving toward renewable diesel, and our trains are going to electrify. as director raphael mentioned, some of our biggest challenges come from the private sector, and this is cars and trucks moving through san francisco every day. there's really a couple of pathways we need to pursue. i think we need to pursue some bold and innovative actions if we're going to realize the trajectory and realize some of these midcentury climate goals. so this has also been alluded to. this is sort of our city's climate framework or climate brand. it comes from the department of environment. i think it's very effective for us, when we go out and communicate with stakeholders and the public. what i'm primarily talking about is our mode share goal. this is the 80. this is really a reflection of
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the city's transit first policy and how that gives us guidance on how we organize the public right-of-way to achieve a number of transportation, safety, economic, public, health, and climate and environment goals. and i think when you think about when transit first was passed by the voters in 1973, you realize that they were thinking more about just shifting away from single-occupancy vehicles. they were also thinking about some of the environmental implications. so i'm going to spend a couple minutes on slides that come from our 2017 travel decision survey. this is a survey that m.t.a. administers every year. and modes are -- are more or less your form of mobility, so airplanes are a mode, boats are a mode, walking and biking are distinct modes, and vehicles are modes. and so when we talk about mode
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share, we're really just trying to characterize, how do people move around? so this survey, it basically -- the sample size is about 800 people. we administer it once a year. we ask people to think about the trips they've made in the last two days, and a trip is determined between a point a and a point b, so if you think of your daily travel behavior, you may start in the morning, say in the mission, and walk to 16th street b.a.r.t. that is one trip. you then may ride b.a.r.t. to civic center. that is a separate trip. so you realize over the course of a day, somebody's trips may be about half a dozen trips, and this just summarizes in a fiscal year how san franciscans move around. i think this is quite unique. if you think of other cities you visit, you will not see as many walking trips or transit trips, and i think some of the presentations we saw from the tenderloin, san francisco is a
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very walkable city. this is why we see so many people walking, and that's not accidental. some of the programs you administer and some of the work that our city family is doing really are trying to make sure that that sidewalk space and that public right-of-way are inviting places to move and low carbon forms of mobility. so you can see sort of the breakdown of how we move around, and this is a slide that shows how that changes over the city and throughout the region, because the survey does ask people for their trips to, from, and within san francisco. and i think something that's important to note, if you look at the three kind of pie charts that are floating in the bay, the -- the top one is for trips to the north bay. the middle one is trips to and from the east bay, and the last one is for our partners in the
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south bay. i think something that's really important to take note of is the middle one. you can see that the green area, which reflects transit is really dominating in the pie chart. i would argue that is because of the investments that the region made in b.a.r.t. in the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's. it was -- it is paying us a climate dividend now, and i think as we look at the investments that we need to pay today and tomorrow, they pay climate dividends for multiple decades, and that's a really important thing to take note of from this survey. i think the other thing you can kind of glean when you look at the different zones is particularly zone one and two which tend to be a little bit more dense, parts of san francisco. we see that really, a lot of people are walking. so how we shape our sort of built environment and our
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sidewalks really does allow more people to walk, and walking is a really low carbon form of mobility. we really want to support that going forward. then, this just shows you some trends over time. we've been administering this survey since 2013. you can see we're moving in the right direction. we've been meeting this goal, which is part of our strategic plan, and the which we've characterized this since the 2013 climate action strategy, was we sort of bend them into nonprivate and private. i don't think it's worth getting distracted about how we've characterized that. you could just sort of think about that from a sustainable and nonsustainable way, and you can see we're making progress in the bulk of our trips every year are these sort of sustainable trips. currently, we have a new strategic plan at m.t.a. it's going to span the next two years, and we are actively
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working with colleagues at m.t.a. and sf environment in determining what types of trips actually are sustainable, and i think one thing, as you probably are all well aware, the mobility landscape has changed dramatically just in the last five years. we see a lot more choices. not all of them are equal when it comes to their carbon footprint, and we really need to dive into this deeply to understand what types of trips are sustainable so that we can be sure we're lining with some of our policies and priorities going forward. and i think as i have alluded to around the transit first policy, this is a useful slide to kind of illuminate, one thing san francisco is not going to be doing in the years ahead is probably making more streets and more public right-of-way. that's not something cities do. we are really constrained, in particular in san francisco being bound by water on all
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sides. real estate is incredibly valuable, and we look at this public right-of-way which is basically the sidewalks and the road way, it's a very limited resource, and we need to do a better job of using it efficiently and making sure it aligns with some of these over overarching policy goals. this on the left, you can see how much space is taken up by 50 people when they travel by bus. in the middle, it's 50 people by bike, and 50 people by single occupancy vehicles. and i think it orients you to how much more real estate and space you have some people are moving in some of these sustainable modes like walking, biking, and transit, and what you can do with that real estate and with that public right-of-way. you can do a lot more when it's not filled with cars that are also contributing to
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particulate matter. i think it is a useful slide, and hopefully as we move forward and make sure that we're making investments so in the years ahead we can realize the 2030 goal, you're going to see more and more projects that are captured on this slide. so we, especially with our partners at the t.a. are making significant investments in the infrastructure today. the subway, the salesforce transit center, gus rapid transit, all of those hopefully will pay climate dividends in the years ahead. we also are making sure that we are providing dedicated red lane priority access for our transit and for our bike community so that they have safe networks to travel between home and work.
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and we want to make sure that we are creating walkable and livable sidewalk spaces and integrated some of that green infrastructure and sort of that green infrastructure that can make san francisco more resilient in the face of climate impact in the years ahead. we also want to use some policy levers like pricing when we encourage people to shift to different modes. and our own sf park program as we're expanding right now, this is looking at how do we price the curve to really try to drive some change in travel behavior. so that concludes my presentation, and i'm happy to take questions at the end of everyone's presentation. thank you. >> anthony, the next item. >> clerk: next item is item c, presentation on regional efforts to achieve san francisco's transportation and climate goals, including the
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recent passage of measure 3 of 2018. the speakers of tilly chang, executive director, san francisco county transportation authority and michelle beaulieu, transportation planner, san francisco county transportation authority. >> so in june of this year, san francisco voters voted to put in place regional measure three, and that raises tolls in regional state owned bridges. when i first heard this, i thought what is the difference between a regional measure and a proposition? they're all on the ballot together. what i didn't realize was how rare regional measures are. so to give you some context, regional measure two was approved by voters in 2004. regional measure one was back in 1988. so these are not that common, and they are way that's we address -- and they are ways that we address goals in money
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for transportation infrastructure, but they are a real statement of the priority of what the region is thinking when they decide to put this on a ballot because we know how many propositions they are on every year on every ballot. so this regional measure is something to pay attention to. and because it is so rare, and because it is so recent, we thought it would be very helpful to help us to understand what's in store for san francisco and what's in store for the region now that it's passed. and it turns out that we've got a super hero in our midst in tilly chang, who is the director of the transportation authority. and because we're a city and a county, we have an m.t.a. and a c.t.a., and the c.t.a.'s function is really that long-range planning, the delivery of large-scale capital improvements and undefunding.
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and so we work a lot with the c.t.a. on grants. would we work on long range projects together. it's a very complicated landscape, and she has been incredibly generous with our team. last week, her colleague, warren logan came to the policy committee and was talking about their draft he mernling mobility evaluation report. i like to call that what do we do with the network transportation company's report, and it was verien lightening and interesting. she has a lot -- very enlightening and very interesting. she has a lot on her plate, and i just thank you so much for being here tonight. >> thank you for your kind words. president bermejo, and commissioners, i'm tilly chang,
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director of san francisco county transportation authority. i want to thank you for allowing me to present on measure 3, and thank you to your director and her team for prioritizing this topic and really being strong partners with us in achieve be our ultimate goals in reaching our climate -- meeting the goals and challenges of our climate imperative but also being very sort of interdisciplinary because the sum is greater than each of the parts if we do coordinate effectively. i want to appreciate debbie and her team especially for being partners in the climate and leaders, especially, with work that is happening this fall as well with the summit. in terms of our strategy, in terms of how we invest in the public sector and private
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sector. it's a complex task and we value the partnership. in fact we appreciate things like the programs you're implementing using the prop k sales tax funds. two parts of our agency are county wide coordination planning and funding. thank you again for this opportunity. i have a few handouts, and i'll present those on the overhead. just by way of background, regional measure three began with the drafting of the legislation by the legislature last summer, so i really have to thank everyone for prioritizing this in the form of sb 595. this was signed by governor brown last year. it really was a banner year for transportation funding. they also of course extended cap and trade, which you all know. we've been successful partnering together with sf sliermt and other agencies and winning from grants from that
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program. even most recently on the affordable housing sustainable communities pot. but sb 595 and regional measure three was a way to create some funding for growing pains, growing congestion. as you know, we've been growing as a community and a region. there's a tremendous need to maintain our system, but even as we do that with measures such as the state gas tax, these things are happening at the same time as our growing pains. so regional measure three is our third attempt to go to the voters and seek approval for funding to raise the tolls. the goal was to reduce traffic congestion and approve trafg options in the maiden corridors and the options leading to that. and what we were able to achieve was the toll increase passed by voters in june
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represents a $3 increase in $1 inkments in the next seven years. it's not at all once. we recognize it's tough. it's a very -- we have an affordability crisis. we recognize that this is -- nobody really likes to pay more in tolls. however, with you do view this as an important investment, and we appreciate and are grateful to the voters for their support this past june. in sum, the program will finance $4.5 billion in investments, and they range from a set of specific regional projects to some operating funds totaling $4.5 billion. i'm just going to flip this over, and this is available on m.t.c.'s website as the metropolitan transportation commission as well as our own website, but zooming in a bit to the bay area core in san francisco, what this will fund
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is a tremendous enhancement to our core transit capacity. a whole set of transit programs, including b.a.r.t. expansion cars, b.a.r.t. as you know, is 40-year-old system. we are maintaining it thanks to the voters' prior approval of the b.a.r.t. bond funds from a few years ago but this will fun expansion cars to help b.a.r.t. reach their fleet of 1,000. we also have an expansion of ferry services that will be operated by the water emergency transit agency. muni vehicles and also muni train control and main nance facilities are also included in the program. and most importantly or very importantly, our caltrain downtown extension which will currently extend the tracks that currently end at 4th and king. it will bring the tracks up to the terminal, and service the
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salesforce transit center, which will be opening soon. all these transit investments will sort of coordinate with existing, you know, bus services and private services as well on our regional freeways. freeways now adays are looking at creating carpool lanes, so this idea of connecting san francisco to san jose with a carpool system, possibly a quick lane system, that's a potential. we will see a west bay tril connection for bicycling and walking on the connection from treasure island to san francisco's main land? that's very exciting. m.t.c. is leading that work. and of course, to the south bay, some major capital investments will include b.a.r.t. to san jose. dun bart and rail, and some
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other projects around the region. so they're just going to be starting to be programmed out. the first dollars will start to be collected in 2019, and we're expected to begin seeking some of those funds with our partner agencies starting this fall. i just wanted to turn attention a bit to another program that was very important that is going to be using these r.m. 3 funds and matching them with state funds. what this overhead slide shows is senate bill 1 projects, and the governor and the legislature worked last year to pass senate bill one, which is the road repair and recovery act, and it raised the statewide gas tax so that we could invest and as i mentioned in the main nance of our system. this was a $5 billion peryear program that will fund a whole host of highway and transit
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projects statewide. san francisco will actually receive about $60 million peryear of this funding to maintain our roads and repave them. what we'll do is it'll sort of be like a financial sort of puzzle. we put together the limited funds that we do collect locally here through the sales tax, and we that much that money four to seven times with regional measure three and sb 1 funds. what you're seeing on this map is a collection of projects that span through street resurfacing and repaving projects, transit projects for muni, and also some regional projects that will be receiving formula funds as well as competitive funds from several pots. this will include everything from transit inner city rail program that funds b.a.r.t., muni, and caltrain to active transportation projects that fund bike paths and walking -- and pedestrian safety projects. there are a whole host of
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transit and pavement projects in the neighborhoods, as well. i would refer you to our website at, and we're hoping we can certainly protect these funds. unfortunately there are folks that don't agree with that senate bill 1 revenue source with the gas tax, and there is an effort to repeal the gas tax, unfortunately, on the state built, -- ballot, it qualified and it will be on the november ballot. we feel that it's very important to recognize that these funds are the first in a generation at the stayed wide level that can produce these much needed types of rescue, and rehabilitation benefits. and the protection of the funds i think is something that we're going to need to be educating folks about as to what would happen if we didn't haven ate
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bill 1 gas tax funds. until the legislation was passed last year, the gas tax had not been raced in california for 20 years -- raised in california for 20 years, and i believe at the federal level, it was about 20 years, as well. so at the fefl and state levels, we had not been investing and we continued to feel we needed to invest those funds. we took the position on no position on proposition 6. we continue to educate the public statewide about the importance of that funding. so in closing, i really want to thank you for the opportunity to discuss some of these important transportation funding measures. we have a $22 billion shortfall. each of these pieces are part of the puzzle of how we're going to get to our climate and transportation goals. thank you very much. >> now we'll have questions for our three presenters, sarah, tim, and tilly.
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commissioners, questions? commissioner sullivan? >> i have a question for tim, our m.t.a. representative. it's about sf park. sf park is the dynamic pricing intended to always kind of create 10 to 15% open spots on commercial areas. >> correct. >> what's -- has that now been rolled out citywide, and what's the status? >> yeah. that was a pilot. it was initially federally funded, and just this year -- actually maybe last year, it left the pilot phase and has been expanded citywide? i'm happy to send you a link and that the sort of principle behind that is, you know, the curve in our public right-of-way is an important resource, and it's also an important tool for us to use in order to achieve the mobility system that aligns with some of the policies and priorities we
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have. and pricing is obviously something that the public responds to. so that -- that's sort of the -- the sort of underlying, underpinning of sf park is a dynamic pricing. it doesn't fluctuate a whole lot? i'm not an expert on sf park, which is why i'm happy to provide you a little bit more detailed information if that's something you're interested in. >> what i'm saying is it's not -- i'm just wondering if it's gotten to the finish line of what it was planned for. >> i can look and see if they've been collecting data now that it's been rolled out to see how that's kind of increasing parking availability on the -- on the -- on the on-street parking resources that we manage and get back to you on that. >> okay. thank you. >> thank you. >> okay. thank you. commissioner wald? >> thank you, president bermejo.
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first of all, i want to thank all three of you for coming this evening and giving you a slightly over whel with himming -- more than slightly -- overwhelming, if i'm truthful, but a big thank you for your effort. i have one specific question for sarah, and that has to do with your carpool campaign. clearly, you had a lot of success on social media, and i was wondering if you were able to measure any impact of all the advertising and all the efforts on actual number of people who were carpooling to the schools you were focusing on? >> i will give a caveat that i am more on the outreach team and less so on the safe routes team per se, so i can say -- from what i know, that data has not been collected yet or is
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still in the process of being collected. perhaps margaret has a better answer on that, but if not, i'm happy to get back to you. >> can say a longer version of what sarah said, which is the -- obviously, the ultimate goal is not just to do a fantastic advertising campaign, which we did, but also mode shift, the word director raphael introduced at the beginning of tonight's meeting. so the department of public health is the agency that currently conducts all the evaluation for the safe routes to school partnership in this work. they are the lead agency. so in the summer, as we currently are, that's when they go through all of the data that they've collected to do the evaluation from the previous year? so my understanding is that that evaluation is currently in progress, and we hope to have a better sense of what our numbers are before we start the fall. margaret mccarthy, seat belt i don't remember transportation
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marketing -- senior transportation marketing seenist. >> thank you. commissionero commissioner ahn? >> buses seem to be getting a lot of play in terms of how they're going to reshape our public transportation system. i know that the board of supervisors has already approved a program to begin piloting -- [inaudible] >> yeah, thank you for that question. m.t.a. has been a pioneer in using low carbon fuels for decades now. most of our fleet is powered by renewable diesel which is much cleaner than the traditional diesel fuel used by most other transit agencies. the overhead line that you see out on our streets, that's bringing renewable energy from
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hetch hetchy or other providers such as our partners from the p.u.c. and pg&e. so that's why we only contribute 2% of the city's emissions because we're already using low forms of carbon mobility? but to your question, yes, we are thinking about the next technology and even cleaner fuels? and so recently our board adopted and is committed to having an all renewable fleet by 2035. that may seem like a long time away? these vehicles that we buy, some of which are blended by federal funds, have a life cycle so thus we need to start piloting new technology with electric vehicles you till we're sure that they can perform in san francisco's tough conditions? but we're pretty confident that with the pilot, we should be able to make this 2035 commitment of all electric
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transit fleet. >> yes. thank you for the question, commissioner, and to build on tim's answer, we are coordinating -- and really, department of environment is really taking the lead with debbie's work and jessie's work on how we're going to really promote that electrified technology. a.c. trap sit is another partner with us on the treasure island mobility program, and they'll be the first to use electric bus in their system in the bay area. of course sfmta will be setting their pilot program and will be setting that goal of 2035. weta, the ferry operator in the bay area is partnering with the first electric ferry in the bay area. that's kind of an experiment, and cap and trade it's our goal to aggressively seek and receive those federal funds and
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fund all kinds of pilot programs in the bay area. >> any other questions? if not, we'll go to public comment. public comment on the three presentations? okay. i guess, hearing none, anthony, the next item. okay. hearing none, going to the next item. >> president bermejo, if you wouldn't mind, would you miepd to pass the reports? >> no mind. >> clerk: okay. the next item is item 10, director's report, this item is for discussion. >> okay. well, director's report. this could be really long, but
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i won't do that because our last commission meeting in this formal capacity was in april, which, when i looked at my director's report, and i saw the mayor's earth day breakfast on, i thought what? how can that be? that feels like ancient history, but to -- for full accuracy, yes, i want to announce that we had a wonderful earth day breakfast back in april. and it feels like a long time ago, but it was, and it was a phenomenal success, and many of you know, we have been very busy since our last commission meeting with our outreach efforts to promote battery recycling and drum circles. we were hoping to do a presentation on that at the operations committee meeting, but we had to postpone that meeting due to scheduling conflicts. we had a wonderful announcement about renewable diesel in our ferry fleets, and that is something that tim doherty referred to, that our ferries
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are going to be the first ferries in the country to switch to renewable diesel. and we've been rolling out the new service for zero waste. it's now in the bayview and has had wonderful acceptance. less than 20% of people say they don't want the small bins or we want our big bin back, so it's very, very good acceptance level and environment now, and the zero waste time and recology are out educating people. it's big a huge effort, a big lift for all of us. as you know, we get no general fund money, and so the good news is that we -- our budget was approved, so that is very good news. and the other good news is that we've been pretty successful on grants in the last few months. so we got a grant from the
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department of forestry and fire protection to work with friends of the urban forest in tree planting, which commissioner sullivan is very well aware of and all his great work is appreciated. we got a grant from -- i'm sorry. we got a grant from the california energy commission to do a blueprint for electric vehicles, so very much figuring out how we take our draft road map and make it actionable and start to figure out how to get electrical infrastructure in place. and we were awarded from air district, the bay area air quality management district, a pilot that is working with our small business community to help them with their refrigeration, making it more energy efficient, making sure leaks aren't happening and them them maintain it. it's one of those very unsexy sounding projects that has so
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many magical side benefits with improving affordability because of the energy bill, decreasing the leakage of the short lived climate pollutants that are so potent and helping people get much more life out of arthur equipment, so all of those benefits from working with our small business community. so those are just a touch of the 15 pages of things from the director's report that you have before you. looking forward, it's going to be a very busy couple months. we have the global climate action summit in sept. y -- september. you will be hearing much more about that in terms of the commissioners' engagement. i would put in there are two great websites if you would like to understand what is going on, the governor's website, which is the not too catchy, but accurate in
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terms of what it's representing. that is where all the delegate subjects will be talked about. and then the and that is for the community to discover what pledges they can take, what individuals and businesses can do, and how to get more information. and humsum is humanity adding solutions, so that is where that catchy name came from. we've got our joint commission -- well, not our next commission meeting, but our october commission meeting is going to be a very exciting. that'll be a joint commission meeting with the commission on the status of women where we're going to be looking at gender and climate change and bringing
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together some very interesting thinkers to ask the question, what are the impacts, even in a city like san francisco, how is it different for women in our city? in terms of the legislative front, we will be talking about one piece of legislation that's moving forward having to do with litter and single use plast plastics. we have another piece of legislation with supervisor safai but it has not been calendared for a committee hearing, but it's a very bold piece of lemgs lation that will tackle the -- legislation that will tackle the largest generators of waste in our city, which are the large commercial office buildings and the multifamily towers and looking at how we might require them to hire facilitators if they fail audits for their conversions. so it's shifting from the nice
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guy asking please, outreach kind of focus, to it's been ten years, all right. it's time to do some enforcement and time to do some enforcement. you can imagine there's a lot of interest in this, so we are working hard and we will bring you more information as we have it. i'd like to end my director's report by inviting some of our new staff. so to come up to the podium and introduce yourself, and by new, it means you've never been to a commission meeting. so i know some of you aren't brand-new, but some of you have not been to commission meetings, so if you would come and lineup and introduce yourselves to the commissioners, tell them how long you've been here, what you do, and anything else you'd like to share about yourself. >> welcome. >> hello. thank you. my name is -- can you hear me now? >> yes. >> hello. my name is deidre, and i'm with
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the environment now team. i'm really thrilled and excited to be a part of san francisco department of the environment to spread the message of zero waste. thank you. >> hello. great to meet you all. my name is maura, and i'm the new director of the business executive on climate change. i just started. think my fourth week, so i'm really thrilled to be here, and i also wanted to have my colleague, christie, introduce herself as well why case you haven't met her, so i'm going to give her a shot. >> my name is kristina, and i'm with the business council on climate change. i've been with the project two years, working on a renewable energy procurement program. this is not my first meeting, this is my second, but this is
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my first opportunity to introduce myself, and i'm thrilled to have maura on board as our new executive director, so you'll be seeing more of us. thank you. >> thank you. >> hi. good evening. my name is lauren. i'm with the environment now team. i've been here three months, and i moved here from texas, so i am yobeyond excited to be he in san francisco to have -- just a world of different experience in this field, so thank you. >> hello. good evening. my name is miguel, and i started as an environmental outreach aide on april 3, and i like to go wild flower hunting. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> good evening. my name is ronald, and i'm part
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of the san francisco department of environment. i've been here about three months. nice to meet you all. thank you for this opportunity for me to experience this. thank you. >> and lastly, i'm devon. i work with the energy team at the department of environment. this is a great place to work. director raphael just does a great job. she's -- really gets me enthusiastic and revved up about our mission, so thank you for having me. >> thank you, everybody. and yes, director raphael does get us revved up about our mission, so lots of work to do. thank you very much and welcome from texas. we have better weather for you. and public comment, and any
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questions from the public? no? commissioners? i think we can move onto our next item. >> clerk: the next item is item 11, committee reports,
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highlights of the april 18, 2018 precisions committee meeting and the march 12, 2018, may 14, 2018 1k3 june 18, 2018 policy committee meeting. >> commissioner wald, the policy committee? >> thank you. i have three meetings to report on. the first was on march 12 of this year, and at that meeting, we received a report from the department's urban forestry coordinator, who discussed the impact of san francisco's tree policies on the carbon storage potential of our urban forest and the san francisco urban forest plan. we also had a presentation by the toxics team on chlorinated testimony cals. we discussed what the city is doing in terms of procurement and legislation to rid ourselves of these harmful chemicals. on may 14, 2018, the committee received a comprehensive presentation on the effects of natural gas on san francisco's climate action goals and the opportunities to eliminate or at least minimize natural gas from buildings. wendy and sylvia of the climate team discussed the national discussion going on right now, and the severity of natural gas, which is really methane leaks, to our planet. rachel golden of the sierra club joined us and told us about the future of electric vacation and moving away from natural gas. and finally, the san francisco unified school district san francisco unified school district talked about some of the innovative ways about how the school district is taking to take the lead to move towards electrifification. and then, a report that studies the various type of he mernling mobility services, everything from lyft and uber to scooters and then discussed various ways the city can address the industry, including a path forward to developing a system that establishes a standard permitting process for new technologies. we also voted to recommend that the full commission support the single use food ware plastics,
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toxics, and litter reduction ordinance after hearing a presentation from the sierra waste team, and that ordinance is on the agenda for this evening. >> thank you very much. our entire operations committee is excused, and so anthony, would you like to give a report of the april meeting? >> sure, president bermejo, on april 18, the operations committee received a presentation on the impact of the department's media social media outreach in 2017. there was also a presentation on school education outreach fore the new zero waste programs, discussing innovative ways the school has been teaching students about the new
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bin waste system. >> thank you. commissioners, any questions on the presentations and the policy and the operations committee? any public comment on this item? okay. hearing none, we'll go to the next item, please. >> clerk: president bermejo, if there's no objection, would you mind returning to item nine? >> no objecti >> no objection. [agenda item read] >> director raphael? >> thank you, president bermejo.
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so we are all painfully aware of the growing plastic pollution crisis. we saw it on the cover of national geographic. there are countless articles about this issue, and we've really been struggling as a department to think about well, how can we be part of the solution? the problem is so huge, what can we do? and in the past, we've tackled this? a number of ways, by banning plastic bags and styrofoam. those are products that are going to end up in the environment. we can't recycle them in our current systems. those policies don't stay in san francisco. they've gone beyond. we've been very aware of plastics being a carrier of toxic chemicals into our bodies as well as into the marine environment. so today we're going to be talking about a forward thinking policy that we understand is not the whole picture, but we think it's a very important first step in addressing the global plastic
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pollution. and with the wonderful partnership and leadership of supervisor katy tang, the supervisor single use food ware plastics, toxics, and litter reduction ordinance was born. it has made it past its first hurdle in a hearing at the committee of the board. we held a rally about that on the steps of city hall, and i want to thank the commissioners who came out to that. we're really appreciative of it. it's passed its first reading, but not without controversy. there's a tremendous amount of support, and there's also a lot of questions that arise on unintended consequences or impacts that we're making as we move the market. we have worked very closely with stakeholders, whether they're affected community members or members of the disability community to make sure that whatever policies we put in place are done with the utmost care and support for
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those impacted. so with that, i will turn it over to jack macy, who will give presentations on our efforts today. take it away, jack. >> yeah, thank you, debbie. good evening, commissioners. jack macy, commercial zero waste senior coordinator, and i've been involved with this ordinance for sometime. and as debbie mentioned, you know, we are -- we're having -- there's been an acceleration of plastics in the environment, and i guess the good news, you could say, there's a tipping point, i would say, in the awareness and information about it getting out, which is evidenced by national geographic's very dramatic cover, with a plastic bag as an iceberg. you know, they talk about 9 million tons of plastics going into the ocean every year. a big study came out within the last couple years that projected the growth of plastics in the oceans that
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would reach a point by 2050 where there's actually more plastic by weight than fish. we've got visible plastic and microscopic plastic. it's a huge problem, and we're seeing it as litter in the streets. a lot of cups and other food ware, including straws, and -- on the streets, on the beaches. a lot of beach cleanups that have found that the -- of the top ten items, straws are in the top ten, cups are in the top ten. most of it is food and beverage ware. there's been various studies showing stuff that's going 234509 bay, particular hot spots that are surveyed, and much of that is single use food and beverage packing. so we have a problem with that
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getting into the streets, getting into the bay, getting into the ocean. in terms of recycleable, when they get too small, even the most sfrist indicated sorting facility, and ours is among the state of the art with recent multimillion dollar upgrades, and optical sorters, when you get down to straws and plastic little bits, they're really very hard to recover or kba impossible. and so this ordinance is focusing on two overall goal things. one is toxics created by single use disposables, but it has a benefit of enhancing the dining experience and making it environmentally friendlier. you heard about the rally we had last week. it was a great success, and thank you, commissioner ahn and sullivan for coming.
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this is really shows how there's a lot of energy around straws. there's sort of an international wave of policies and actions, particularly focusing on straws. but it's only part of five parts of this ordinance. so the first part that we heard most of the attention on is banning straws, stirrers, cocktail sticks, splash sticks, and so forth, that are made with plastic, including compostable plastic, because they still have -- they don't breakdown quickly in the environment, and they still have the same kind of litter, environmental impact, and there are better choices made with wood, for example. and secondly, by just having food establishments just asking customers if they want it and not automatically hand a lot of
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disposables, if -- we'd see big reductions. so this means it's going to be on request, but that can include self-service. then, we require that all food ware be certified compostable and be fluorinated chemical free, and then finally, we have the option of setting recycled content. so here, we've got the pictures of straws, stirrers, plastic pucks, tooth picks. we want to encourage reusables and plastic free alternatives, including stainless steel, bam boo, and then, silicone, so things keep coming up -- there's even edible straws out
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there. there's been some concerns raised out there primarily from the disability community, that they kind of feel that there's this waive of banning straws. we're like no, wait a minute. we need them. we feel like we need plastic straws, so there's language in there that nothing in there is to prohibit them from meeting their needs, and we have to work out the details of how places will have a supply of the appropriate straws that they need, but we're engaged in dialogue on that. and so the on request is key. it's not just for straws, but it's really all accessories. so if you're doing take out, you might get the take out container, but everything else, the idea is to have it on request, self-serve, is a key part of that. all these different things is, for example, an example of self-serve. another key point, and i would say this is very important. it's not getting very much attention in the press, but this is to deal with the
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toxics. so what we've found is this is a new generation of the teflon chemicals that the industry used and got boned, fluorinated chemicals, but they just got shortened, but that material comes off into the identified, and it's these chemical -- these fluorene carbon bonds that are strong, probably the strongest bonds that humans have made so far. they don't breakdown, even in composting, and they're limpnk to a lot of concerns, like reproductive concerns, cancer, and there's more evidence on the stuff that's been banned so far, which is the older generation. but there's a lot of evidence, a lot of scientists saying we need to take a precautionary approach, are there other
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approaches, and there are. there are alternatives. our toxics team has done a good job about communicating with folks in the industry. and the good news is they've works with the key sort of certification agencies that certifies whether products meet the compostability standards, and they're going to add the test for fluorinated econochem. and having that certification will also help make sure that everything is fully compostable because we've also allowed some flexible with polyethylene coastable paper. there are some boxes and papers might have that. now, there are enough alternatives that are fully compostable, so the
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certification's going to help us make sure that we are keeping plastics out of the compost. and that's what the certification logo looks like. it's about compostability in industrial facilities, not home composting. and then, there's a reusable cup in outdoor events. we are the first in thinking about this, and we've had some very prientrepreneurial events you know, it's from being able to sell or provide reusable cups, encouraging people to bring their own, a variety of strategies, and we work closely with special events, so it gives us a good avenue to do that. and then finally, we have -- to
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kind of help address the sort of real challenge we have in the recycling markets that you may have heard about, and to kind of help close the circle, it's valuable to sort of push for recycled content in products. we didn't push for specific numbers because it would need a little bit -- for us to evaluate markets and for things to shake out. imagine, for example, around paper cups, starbucks use 10% recycled content, so an easy first step would be around paper cups and then maybe plastic cups, and so we've looked at that and we like having the ability to set recycled content. so that's a fifth and final part of this. so we do say that there's concerns about some increased costs, maybe, for nonplastic straws, but the benefit of this ordinance, by going to on request, we're seeing a reduction of generally well over 50 to 90-plus percent in
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the use. this is outerlands cafe, where they were -- last year, they switched to on request, and we've reduced by over 90% their straws. so even if straws cost several times more, they will save money by having that level of reduction. and pagan idol's a bar that switched to paper and wood -- paper straws and wood picks and all that. and before that, they had so many pieces of food that had plastic in it, and it was too much time and effort to separate it. and they were putting it all in the trash. amazingly, by switching to compostable straws and picks and all that, they were able to reduce trash to save $900 a month, over 9,000, almost 10,000 a year. surf rider, a key organization
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that's done a lot of work, they've got over 100 establishments, 80 san francisco and the rest nearby, they've gotten people to switch from plastic straws. we work with stores that have an inventory, seeing what they have, seeing what they can't send back, and accommodating for that. so we're all about helping businesses comply by making reasonable, good faith effort and not being rigid in our enforcement. timeline, we have the first set of dates are july 1, 2019, which is when straws and associated stirrers, etcetera, be plastic free. feed ware, those and other accessories be on request, and bpa free and 2020 is when the


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