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nine years. i wasn't seeing them in my neighborhood, but i am recently. because through an agreement and through discussions with the chief, we have put through one academy class now. there hadn't been an academy class in three years. and now another academy class is going through april or the beginning may, to train more motorcycle cops. we nee need to have enforcement, absolutely. we can't just make ordinances and not enforce them at all. actually, in my district, i just want to say, i've had two fatalities in one month. and both in intersections, and i think that enforcement is paramount if we want to meet our vision zero goals. having said that, i also think it is imperative on the public agencies to actually give some driving training refresher courses. i think that everyone can benefit from that.
there are new infrastructure that m.t.a. has installed on our streets that people who have been driving for years -- and also full transparency, i'm 62 and i've been driving since i was 19 years old, and quite frankly, people don't know how to drive in san francisco anymore. they don't know how to drive -- what happens at one of those traffic circles with a four-way stop. who the hell has the right-of-way? quite frankly, and europe, there are no four-way stops on these traffic circles. actually, that is something, i think, that m.t.a. could put on, actually, are driver training courses or refresher courses and every neighborhood because i actually think -- and education, too. all those things -- i know that the police officers are with the police department and we're working with the chief on
that, but all of the other stuff could be funded and should be proactively funded if we want to meet our vision zero goals, which, by the way, we're not going to be meeting if we continue on the way that we've been going. thanks. >> chairman: and, madam chair of the budget committee, maybe we can work with the police department and the m.t.a. to find appropriate resources in the coming budget. and, of course, we will be grappling with putting the t and c tax before the voters, and that is also a potential source of funds for enforcement. mr. mccormick. >> good morning, chair. thank you for having me. enforcement is obviously key throughout the entire city, and the embarcadero is obviously a very visible spot for the entire city. so far in the first quarter of this year, we've already issued over
4,000 parking citations along the embarcadero, just on embarcadero, not counting any other streets. all right. so we're continuing to try to increase that enforcement. gridlock enforcement is one of the things we're looking at doing more of at the intersections, where people are just blocking the intersections and traffic can't move at all. we've done it a lot in soma now as far as the afternoon rush-hour. we're doing a lot more of it there. and obviously on the weekends it needs to be more proactive and the embarcadero, where there is a lot more traffic going there. >> chairman: thank you. mr. hilldredge? >> thank you for having me. casey, m.t.a. as project manager for the embarcadero project and fisherman's wharf pier 39, we certainly hear there is going to be a lot of need
for enforcement and other near-term creative strategies as we build towards a longer vision. we are working with our colleagues at the porto think as comprehensively as we can. there is existing p.c. o. and detail out there for certain especially events, and we'll see if we can squeeze water out of rocks for additional measurements. and also bringing, hopefully, a larger conversation around enforcement and self-enforcement from the t.n.c.s. we have not fully engaged them on this particular corridor. we have learned some lessons from similar cor corridors, like valencia, and i'll look to tracking that as closely and quickly as we can. >> chairman: casey, who from your shop serves on the vision zero taskforce? >> that would be haba
cronenburg, i believe, the co-chair. >> chairman: is anybody from the port on that? >> i'm seeing shaking heads, so i'm assuming no. >> chairman: it would be great if there could be a vision zero taskforce, with or without the port's participation, a recommendation wreapped to withd to what the real vision is for beefing up enforcement. >> okay. >> chairman: if you want to take that back. >> thank you. >> chairman: commissioner brown? >> yes, thank you, chair peskin. you know, thank you for looking at -- and some of this is in my neighborhood -- hate hashbury and cole valley, things that will help pedestrians get through daylighting, and speed bumps, especially with t.n.c.s using clayton as a through town, a through
way. this is my question, though: with oakenville, you talked about enforcement. you talked about enforcement with blocking. and right now we're looking at changing page street, going down to octavia, to get on the freeway. this is the way it was supposed to be through the market octavia plan, always it was supposed to be a pedestrian and bike street, safety street. and we've allowed the traffic to go there and also on hate street, even though there is a red bus line. but they're now looking at diverting most of the traffic back on to oak, right, and keeping those, like page street a pedestrian and bike. the biggest worry is blocking. and this is, i think, an enforcement issue because people just go right out in the middle of whatever street they're on, on oak street, trying to get to the freeway, trying to
inch up as they're going, and pedestrians -- i mean, it is a nightmare trying to get around when people are blocking, whether you go out into between traffic, or between cars not paying attention and trying to inch up -- very dangerous. and bikes trying to traverse over to the webster bike lane, which is also crazy to get through oak in the mornings. feld not so bad, but especially oak. i would really love to see when my fellow colleagues are talking about enforcement, we need to get into those kind of areas, too, and enforce blocking. i think this is so dangerous. and we really need to start writing tickets to people to kind of give them that message, that you can't block; wait for the next light. thank you. >> chairman: mr. reeves. >> i think maybe m.t.a. could speak to that a little bit. >> chairman: mr.
mr. hildredge? >> i think you're referring to a project that has been active in the planning phase. a lot of the same messages: we'll work to coordinate as least some level of enforcement as we make changes so there is a shorter learning curve for those drivers. i think we are also looking at the potential of additional markings in the intersection, as something we could look at because we know we can't be out there every day enforcing every single intersection, so enforcing good behaviour and reinforcing the rules of the road is most important -- or especially important when we make significant changes to the roadway. so i'm certainly taking that message back to our team, and will continue to coordinate with sean and the enforcement team as well. thank you. >> chairman: thank you, casey. do you want to say something? >> good morning, chair peskin. i think i'm good. i've got plenty to take back here. it is all very enlightened
conversations, and we're eager to get to work. >> chairman: thank you, mr. ramos. did i open this up to public comment? mr. reeves, is there anything you would like to add? would you like to make public comment? >> i have nothing to add and no public comment. >> chairman: are there any members of the public who would like to testify on item six? please come forward. >> supervisors, this is prop "k" money. and i've been listening very intently. now, you're talking about enforcement in a very general way. i haven't heard whether you supervisors have got an orientation on this project. and you supervisors hold the project manager for a certain project, whether it is va valencia, whether it
is san bruno avenue, whatever, about goals and timelines. it is very nice should show co conceptual plans, and it is very nice to talk about, you know, this is a problem and that is a problem. but it is quite another thing to have 40, 50 casualties when the project is not done in the proper way. and only a really good project manager who understands standards can understand this. so you, board of supervisors, need an orientation. and if you're very busy and don't have time for an orientation, but you all have time here to have side talks while others are talking, then maybe these agencies should put something together and send it to you also, so you all can read, and then
give you all a test, an oral test. or whatever way. i am disgusted that on san bruno avenue it took me over 18 years to get something done. and now we are having casualties for the last two months, and things are opened up and left there. and if you send a message to somebody, they ask you to contact 3-1-1 and see what their response is. and, in other words, they kick the can down the street. thank you very much. >> chairman: next speaker, please. >> good morning, commissioners. my name is cys kristen lecki, on the san francisco bike coalition. i'm here to give our strong support for the funding request for the fulton street safety project. i would like to thank commissioner fewer for her leadership on this project to bring improvements along fulton street.
this year alone, we have seen two seniors hit and killed, and just last week we saw another injured at 37th and fulton, right in front of a senior center. we need to act swiftly to ensure we do not have to mourn the loss of another life in the richmond. last year i sur vaifd the survee edges of goldengate park to figure out possible solutions to what we know is a dangerous, high-speed street. i'm happy to see this funding request and the continued support from commissioner fewer for the planning and design phase. this will fund accessability improvements for those biking and walking, make the iconic goldengate park a funner and safer place to go to. thank you for your time. >> chairman: next speaker. >> good morning, chair
peskin and commissioners. senior community organizer at the san francisco bike coalition. i'm here to express our strong support for the $550,000 for the embarcadero enhancement project, and the $175,000 for the pier 3 39 complete streetdstreets project. both of those are going to bring about our waterfront, in the form of a two-way cycle track on the waterfront side, super important for the area and san francisco generally. i want to make sure we don't lose track of our near-term safety goals on the waterfront as well. this year we are already at seven people walking and biking hit and killed on our streets. the embarcadero is one of them. so this planning and environmental money is really important for the
long-term future of that corridor, but we need near-term improvements now. we asked them to include the embarcadero on their list, o on the 90-day action plan for vision zero. we are looking to push those near-term improvements, which are important to reaching our goal of zero. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. any members of the public for public comment? please come forward. >> commissioners, chair peskin, my name is joanna, and i'm the deputy director of the mayor's office on disability. but i wanted to echo my support for all of the vision zero pedestrian safety improvements, and echo my support for supervisor fewer's and chair peskin's urgent call to action for putting more money into education and
especially enforcement. statistics show that people with mobility disabilities or vision disabilities, as well as seniors, are disproportionately affected by crashes, and yet sometimes engineering options, which so many multiple stakeholders are involved, do not necessarily take into consideration our unique needs. there is something that works better, as least at this stage in our city, as we're beginning to get a culture of sharing the space than enforcement. it is not just cars that are the bad actors, but we also have a lot of emerging mobility, dare i say, electric scooters, and even bicycles themselves, who are involved in a lot of near misses with their near vulnerable populations. i would like to urge you
to find the funding for more education and improvement. thank you for your support. >> chairman: thank you for those comments. are there any other members of the public here on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. and do we have a motion to move item six? made by commissioner fewer. and seconded by commissioner mandelman. and we have -- do we have the same house? >> we do. >> chairman: same house. same call. it is passed on first reading. next item, please. >> item seven, approve the san francisco lifeline transportation program, this is an action item. >> chairman: ms. smith. >> good morning. my name is april smith, and i'm a senior
transportation planner with the transportation authority. happy to present today the san francisco cycle programming recommendations. the san francisco lifeline program, is a program of support projects that improve mobility for low income residents, by addressing transportation gaps or barriers, and doing equity assessments and collaborative and inclusive planning processes. it is funded by the state transit assistance, which is a fund source that can fund transit-related capital and operating purposes, and the transportation authority has the highest priority of transit service this cycle. last year the board approved fiscal years 18 and 19, and 19 and 20. distributing the funds to the program.
only transit operators are eligible to apply for this program. and project examples include new or enhanced or restored transit service, shuttle service, mobility management, and taxi vouchers. once projects are screened for eligibility, the highest priority went to projects that were transit service, benefiting communities of concerns. priority was also given to projects that were ready to go, were cost-effective, had a higher than 10% local match, and geographic diversitiy. we released the call for projects in january and received three applications requesting $4.6 million, as shown in this table. we screened for el eligibilitys, and then compiled a panel to evaluate projects according to the prioritization criteria, shown in the attachment to the memo in your packet.
we are recommending fully funding of the three recommendations, also attached in your memo. the continuing late-night transit service to communities in need will enable continued "l" service to segments on the 48th and 24th treatment. 24th streets. this project has also been funded with lifeline through the former regional program since 2015. as a condition of receiving the s.f.l.p. t. funds, they'll be required to provide quarterly reports to the transportation authority. performance me metrics for this project includes level of service, number of trips and service hours, and the cost per trip or person served per month and year. we are recommending fully funding this project for the requested amount of
$1.6 million. the second project, the san francisco health mobility navigation project is a three-year project. there is a collaboration with the department of public health and the non-profit community living campaign, a transportation liason will be hired and trained to provide one-on-one services with patients, to ensure they have access to transportation options to attend medical services. it would also enroll 75 participants to receive $120 a month for taxi value, for medical-related travel. s.f. m.t.a. would be required to report on the hipa complaint data, and any information on list of appointments, and the number of taxi trips completed. we're recommending fully funding this for the amount of approximately
$393,000. and lastly, the elevator attendant initiative. will continue the elevator program for barr street [indiscernable] this project reduces elevator down times and includes two attendants at each station, all staffed by the hunters' point family. i[indiscernable] we are recommending fully funding this for the requested amount of $2.6 million. lastly, this is a map of all of the projects, and i'm happy to answer any questions, and we have agency staff here available to answer any questions. >> chairman: thank you, ms. smith. are there any questions from members of the commission? seeing none, is there any public comment on this item. item?
seeing no public comment, i think we have a different house -- i do not see commissioner walton. is there a motion for item number seven? made by commissioner fewer. seconded by commissioner brown. on that item, a roll call, please. [roll call] >> we have first approval. item eight, exercise on call project management, oversight, and engineering services, in an amount not to exceed $4 million forks for a combined contract not to
exceed $10 million. this is an action item. >> good morning, chair peskin and commissioners. eric cordova, capital projects, very important for the capital projects group. we're requesting and exercising an option for the oncall project management and over all engineering services. i'll give you a little history here. approximately two years ago, we solicited proposals, request for qualifications, from numerous firms, to assist us in the numerous areas we need help in. over all, general engineering, structural engineering, telling engineering, highway, and you name it in that regard. we took the approach to go ahead and short-list numerous firms, 28 in that regard, to assist us in the different endeavors that we have. at that time, we received approval for a $6 million project. and we basically go ahead to our bench of culture tants, and distribute
through task orders, when it comes from the various assistance that we need. we're basically completeing thcompletingthe secs work. 13 prime firms have gone ahead and received 20 different task orders for projects. what is in front of you are the task orders, and we're in essence utilizing almost 60% from the disadvantaged enterprise firms, and 25% for small business enterprise firms. the next couple of slides will show you the numerous projects that we've gone ahead and executed task orders. a lot of the work on w.b.i. we need management expertise to get those projects to construction. and with the management agency going ahead and getting specific expertise to help us on the
affordability program and all of the other efforts we're bringing to the table. and you can't forget, too, about the larger core projects, the d.t.x. oversight, and we've used that brenc bench for the two, versus three, tract. and all of that sums up to us being at a point where we want to do is go ahead and exercise our option. our first-year option. because, frankly, we're at the end of our existing budget. what we see will be continuing efforts with y.b.i., with tima, and as i've indicated before, not excluding and including central subway, the cal train modernization and d.t.x., and as well as mentioned here previously vision zero, and finally some of the work on the highway-managed lanes. our recommendation is to exercise the first one-year extension to
include an additional $4 million of budget, not to exceed $10 million, and extend the date, end date, to april 2021. >> chairman: thank you. eric. are there any questions from members of this body? seeing none, is there any public comment on this item? >> so my request to all of you all is to review the compliance on this project. your board of supervisor supervisors -- when i reviewed the documents -- don't seem to understand that on many of these projects, the state and federal compliance is not met. and it's not met because none of you all have been given an orientation on state and federal compliance, which is very important.
and to you, from the san francisco county authority, some of you all should know that from the inception, i've been coming to your meetings. i can't come to all of your meetings now, but what i see missing in the deliberations of late is the institutional experience and memory of so many of those that have left. and this is with the -- this is with the municipal transportation agency, too. all these young guys, who are, like, 40 years old, don't have that experience, and so they just speak in generalalities and hood hoodwink you all. the young supervisors are not into transportation, they're not into infrastructure. and so they need an
orientation. much like, you know, you're supposed to get some orientation in ethics, the freedom of information act. some of you all take it seriously, and some of you all don't. but if you want to understand infrastructure, transportation, how the millennial building is sinking and tilting 18 inches and all of that stuff, you all need to get some orientation. thank you very much. >> chairman: are there any other members of the public for this item? seeing none, is there a motion on item number eight made by commissioner brown. seconded by commissioner fewer. and on that item, a roll call, please. [roll call]
>> we have first approval. >> chairman: next item, please. >> item nine, approve the proposed fiscal year '19/'20. this is an action item. >> cynthia fong. if we could have this presentation pulled up, that would be appreciated. at this point -- why don't i just go ahead. >> chairman: you can just move that microphone closer. there you go. >> this is the presentation for the fiscal year '18/'19 budget amendment. the budget amendment includes information for the five different programs at the t.a., and that's the pro prop "k" program, the transportation fund for clean air program, the
prop "a "a a" and." we have just submitted our audit to this board last month, this is a good time to take stock of what is happening in the budget at this point. there are changes to revenues, new grants received, and changes in the two competent chers. expend. we are proposing to increase revenues by $12.6 million. this is attributed to 3% per sales tax revenue, 3.1 million of that revenue we anticipated in the last fiscal year, and are now receiving it in this fiscal year. we're not looking at an increase in sales tax, but just a timing difference in the sales tax of funds we receive. and we're receiving
approximately 7.5 million of new grants. 6.8 of that is for the interstate 80 interchange improvement program, and the remaining of that 7.5 million is for the downtown extension. in terms of expenditures, we're looking at lower expenditures by 46.3 million. and we have projects such as the s.f. m.t.a.'s vehicle procurement and motor and coaches, and the m.t.a.'s enhancement project, and th the renovation project, and the tima program. the reason for the shift is mainly just a lot of the sponsors are seeking reimbursement from non prop "k" funds before
utilizing prop "k" funds. and there are slow billings coming in from our sponsor reimbursements. but i'm witnessing a catchup as we go into the remaining parts of this fiscal year. in terms of debt service competenexpenditures, because of the shift of capital project costs, we no longer need to pull the $120 million i anticipate idin the budget, and there is interest costs for dead service fees and the final loan payment we made on the revolver credit loan we made back in december. here on this screen, i just wanted to give everyone some context in terms of what was the budget at the point of adoption and what we're proposinpro. proposing. you can see that the sales tax makes up the bulk of the revenue, and the federal funds is the next largest source of funds. here is an adopted budget for total expenditures.
this is a decrease of 46.3 million, and 80% of the funds are still attributed to capital project costs. the next largest costs is debt service costs. the interest and expenses that we incur for advancing our projects here. and then it would be nice to note that the operations is less than 5% on both adopted and proposed budgets. with that, i'm happy to answer any questions on the budget amendment. >> chairman: are there any questions for members. i want to thank ms. fong for her off-line briefing in my office. are there any members of the public who would like to testify on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. is there a motion to approve the amendment -- the budget amendment that has just been presented to us. a motion made by commissioner brown. seconded by commission
mandelman. and on that item, we have the same house, same call. next item, please. >> item 10, major capital project update, market street. this is an information item. >> good morning, commissioners. my name is christine o laia. and if you could bring up the presentation. i've got it. i'm here this morning to provide a quarterly update on the better market street project, which runs from stewart to octavia. currently, the design of phase 1a, which is between
fifth to eighth street, is approaching 60%. and our deadline for that is this june. and the rest of the corridor, along with the "f" line loop, phase 1b, has reached 15% designment oudesign.our department's direcs have asked us to validate our engineers' construction cost estimate. to do that, we hired a consultant team to develop an independent cost estimate, and we're now comparing the two costs. but our big milestone that we reached this past quarter was publishing the draft environmental impact report led by the planning department. the draft environmental impact report is available on our website, bette bettermarketstreetsf.org as part of the publication, we did extensive outreach with
the legal notices, as well as postcards, posters, and cards on transit vehicles. there was a hearing by the historic preservation commission on march 20th, and the planning commission held their public hearing last thursday, april 4th. written comments are still being collected and will be accepted through 5 p.m. on april 15th. comments should be sent to christopher thoma email@example.com or by phone. the final report will be going to the planning commission for certification this fall, and we expect federal environmental clearance before the end of 2019. there is ongoing community engagement. our community group meets every other month and has
representation from a good cross-section of people that live and work along market street. we've held four rounds of community outreach since 2011. in '11, '12, '13, and last march of 2018. we're looking to have the next round of out reach this summer. one thing we tried that was new was having a pop-up along the cor corridor and that was in the month of february, and we're considering returning this summer to leech more people. here is an overview of our schedule. we have the public draft, the i.r., came out in february. comments are due next monday, april 15th. we expect certification this fall, followed by project approvals by public works, the municipal transportation agency board, and the board of supervisors.
and then our goal is to advertise safety between fifth and eighth, next march of 2020. we know that a priority for the board is minimizing the impact of construction to local businesses. it is a priority for public works and or partner departments as well. i work with o.a.w.d. and m.t.a. to develop a construction mitigation program, and we'll be meeting next monday to develop a plan specifically for better market street. another strategy to minimize disruption is to break construction up into three-to four-block segments. the first phase will be between fifth and eighth street. i've shown this funding plan at previous updates. the only new funding source is half way down, which bart is contributing
$635,000 for height and market. this wasn't actually new funding, but it is the first time i show i it in our plan. and finally we're working closely with the transportation authority and m.t.a. to fully fund the project. we're also looking at other federal, state, regional, and local funding opportunities to help fill our gap. i think regional measure three has come before you previously. there was also talk about new funding sources and possibly impact fees. for that, i'm available to answer any questions that you may have. >> chairman: commissioner haney? all right. are there any members of the public who would like to comment on ms. o laya's
presentation. >> i was listening to one of the committees that deal with landmarks, and what i notice from fifth to eighth is how we use bricks. i think we can hurry up a job to do a good job to replace the sidewalks that have bricks. like was done the last time around, a mickey mouse job. and i say this because when you go to europe and you go on the sidewalks, those sidewalks are distant because even when the repairs are made, they are made in such a way that you can't tell too much about it. so my comment is, we need to keep the bricks. we need to restore the bricks. we need to upgrade the
technology so that we have a finished product. thank you very much. >> chairman: thank you. seeing no other members of the public, thank you for that informational update, ms. o laya, and we'll move on to duction of new items. commissioner fewer. >> colleagues, we spoke about this briefly this morning, but i would like to request that we have as an discussion in an upcoming meeting of looking at education, specifically how we're reaching seniors in language. the alarming reality in my neighborhood is in the last three months alone, there have been four serious crashes involving elderly chinese seniors, two of which tragically were fatal. i would like an upgrade requiring our safe
streets, which i understand is a critical component of the city's vision or work. in light of these incidents, i hope we can have a strategic discussion about how we can step up our educational outreach, whether it be to chinese language public service announcements on tv or radio, or in print, or through educational messaging. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. and staff is nodding their heads affirmative the. affirmat. and so that will appear on an agenda. is there any general public comment? i'm sorry, commissioner haney, and then we'll move to public comment. >> thank you, chair peskin. there was one issue i was hoping we might be able to have s.f. m.t.a. come back and present on it at an upcoming meeting, and i've shared this with the staff, and that would be to present to us how we are prioritizing transit improvements for communities of concern.
there is a particular concern that i have around the -- in my district around the 25 bus, which services treasure island, which has been a source of some challenges. it is the only way for folks to get on and off the island on public transportation. and it's often a face of many delays and other sorts of service interruptions. and so i wanted to see if s.f. m.t.a. could come back and talk to us about how their prioritizing general concerns, and in particular treasure island. >> chairman: the answer is yes. thank you for the introduction of those two new items. with that we go to general public comment. mr. costa, followed by mr. mason, and anybody else who would like to testify. >> when we have construction and we talk about vision zero, and you have a manhole, which is like a crater, and you
have seniors crossing the road, and when they come to the edge of the crater, they slip and fall, and we have 30, 40 of such injuries and we think that, you know, in order to resolve such things, you need to call 3-1-1, which is a joke -- just try calling 3-1-1 for a resolution. it's a joke. the representatives, if they have the projects in their district, have to have a key person that takes down the complaints, especially if somebody like me sends photographs, not one, not two, not three, but maybe 12 to show you how dumb you are because you think you're a representative and you're addressing issues -- mundane issues, but in your own district, 40, 50,
60 people are falling down, getting hurt. a lot of them are chinese. they don't speak english. even when they get hurt, you have to go -- they don't want you to call the ambulance because they say it costs money when you call the ambulance. they know that. and so you see, i don't want to get too deep into it, but where is the empathy and where is the compassion? i was talking to an m.t.a. guy, and he understands my point. what i do is i take the photographs, and i text them to mohammed furi, ed raskin, who respond to me immediately, and a few others, who i hope they respond to help the community at large. thank you very much. >> chairman>> edward mason, i wd like to address an issue on thursday, march 24th,
we drive you, which is a private corporate commuter bus, stalled on westbound 24th street at dolores on the hill. there is evidently no self-reporting because there was no traffic control in place there. i had to call 3-1-1 and notify them. this caused delays to muni and also a reroute of the 48 line. turning vehicles were surprised to see a bus in their path when they tried to negotiate the intersection. later there was a 35-minute procession through noey valley, towing the bus, and it ended with the scraping of the pavement at dolores on 27th street. they is a continuing destruction to accommodate over 160 buses a day that travel on 24th street. i think we need to
reconsider the hubb study and eliminate the premise of saying, well, we can't inconvenience the patrons more than 30 minutes. the inconvenience to the neighborhood is significant. and keep in mind that this is the 1% of the population that we're transporting on these commuter buses. so i think we have misdirected our efforts and we have disregarded the impact on the neighborhoods. you've got the photos that were sent to you, documenting the sequence of events that occurred, and this is just not a one-time occurrence. this is a continuing occurrence in the neighborhood with stalled or disabled buses that are in our area. thank you. >> chairman: thank you, mr. mason. mr. gruber?
>> chair peskin, board members, mark gruber. last week you heard from taxi drivers who purchased medal yons anions and are now trapped in a system with no exit. for many years a medallion was dangled before them, and then the rules were changed from that point on. the only way to get a medallion was to pay $250,000. many of them did that. and then uber and lyft came along. the city did nothing to protect its taxi industry or the value of its medallions at the time. the me medallion sales program was a bad idea from the start and broke down once uber and lyft entered the scene. medallion purchased loans, sucked money out of the pockets of drivers in an industry we can ill-afford
given the brutal competition we now face. this system needs to go. refund the money paid for medallions over a period of years to amortize the financial impact. this is an essential element in any plan, to return the taxi industry into health. if you can help businesses impacted by construction projects along van ness and chinatown, you can help these medallion holders with transportation funding you control. it is just and fair and proper. and once more, it is smart policy. what it takes is the will and the heart. please have the heart. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. are there any other members of the public for general public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed, and the t. a. is adjourned.
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as a result more interesting and can't get that of minor or anywhere else and san francisco a hot bed for local manufacturing in support that is what keeps your city vibrant we'll make a compelling place to live and visit i think that local business is the lifeblood of san francisco and a vibrant community >> in 201,755.7 million passengers traveled through san francisco international airport. we have on average 150,000 people traveling through the airport every day. flying can be stressful so we have introduced therapy dogs to make flying more enjoyable. the wag brigade is a partnership
between the airport and the san francisco therapy animal assistant program to bring therapy animals into the airport, into the terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. i amgen fer casarian and i work here at san francisco international airport. the idea for therapy dogs got started the day after 9/11. an employee brought his therapy dog to work after 9/11 and he was able to see how his dog was able to relieve passenger's jitter. when we first launched the program back in 2013, our main goal was to destress our passengers however what we quickly found is that our animals were helping us find a way to connect with our pang. passengers. we find there are a lot of people traveling through the airport who are missing their
pets and who are on their road a lot and can't have pets and we have come in contact with a lot of people recently who have lost pet. >> i love the wag brigade. >> one of my favorite parts is walking into the terminals and seeing everybody look up from their device, today everybody is interacting on their cell phone or laptop and we can walk into the terminal with a dog or a pig and people start to interact with each other again and it's on a different level. more of an emotional level. >> i just got off an 11.5 hour flight and nice to have this distraction in the middle of it. >> we look for wag brigade
handlers who are comfortable in stressful situations. >> i like coming to airport it's a lot of fun and the people you talk to are generally people who are missing their dogs. >> they are required to compete a certification process. and they are also required to complete a k9 good citizen test and we look for animals who have experienced working with other orgorganizations such as hospits and pediatric units and we want to be sure that the animals we are bringing into the airport are good with children and also good with some of our senior travelers. i think toby really likes meeting kids. that is his favorite thing. he likes to have them pet him and come up to him and he really loves the kids. >> our wag brigade animals can
be spotted wearing custom vets and they have custom patches. >> there is never a day that repeats itself and there is never and encounter that repeats itself. we get to do maximum good in a small stretch of time and i have met amazing people who have been thrilled to have the interaction. >> the dogs are here seven days a week, we have 20 dogs and they each come for a two hour shift. >> there is a lot of stress when people have traveling so to from these animals around to ease the stress and help people relax a little bit. i think it's great. >> one of our dogs has special need and that is tristine.
he wears a wheel around. >> he has special shoes and a harness and we get it together in the parking lot and then we get on the air train. he loves it. little kids love him because he is a little lower to the ground so easy to reach and he has this big furry head they get to pet and he loves that. >> he doesn't seem to mind at all. probably one of the happiest dogs in the world. >> many people are nervous when they travel but seeing the dogs is just a wonderful relief. >> what i absolutely love most about it is the look on people's faces, so whenever they are stressed and flying is stressful these days you get these wonderful smile. >> i am the mom of lilo the pig and she is san francisco's first therapy pig. >> lilo joined the wag brigade
as our firs first pig. >> wag brigade invited us to join the program here and we have done it about a year-and-a-half ago. our visits last 1.5 to 2 hours and it does take a little bit longer to get out of the terminal because we still get a lot of attention and a lot of people that want to interact with lilo. >> i feel honored to be part of the wag brigade. it's very special to meet so many people and make so many feel happy and people that work here. it's been a great experience for me and a great experience for to totoby.