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>> a way of life in san francisco. when the next major quake hits, the city hopes a new law
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requiring seismic upgrades to five story buildings will help keep more residents safe and sound. tell me a little about the soft story program. what is it? >> it's a program the mayor signed into law about a year and a half ago and the whole idea behind it was to help homeowners strengthen buildings so that they would not collapse. >> did you the soft story program apply to all buildings or building that were built in a certain time frame? >> it only applies to buildings built in the time frame of 1978 and earlier. it's aimed at wood framed buildings that are three or more stories and five or more units. but the openings at the garage level and the street level aren't supported in many buildings. and without the support during
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a major earthquake, they are expected to pancake and flatten ~. many of the buildings in this program are under rent control so it's to everybody's advantage to do the work and make sure they protect their investment and their tenant. >> notices have gone out to more than 6,000 owners of potentially at-risk properties but fewer than one-third have responded and thousands might miss an important deadline in september to tell the city what they plan to do. let's talk worst case scenario. what happens in a collapse? >> buildings have the tendency of rolling over. the first soft story walls lean over and the building collapse. in an earthquake the building is a total loss. >> can you describe what kind of strengthening is involved in the retrofit? >> one of the basic concepts, you want to think of this building kind of like rubber band and the upper three floor are very rigid box and the garage is a very flexible
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element. in an earthquake the garage will have a tendency to rollover. you have to rubber band analogy that the first floor is a very tough but flexible rubber band such that you never drive force he to the upper floors. where all your damage goes into controlled element like plywood or steel frame. >> so, here we are actually inside of a soft story building. can we talk a little about what kinds of repairs property owners might expect? >> it's a very simple process. we deliberately tried to keep it that way. so, what's involved is plywood, which when you install it and make a wall as we have done here already, then you cover it with this gypsum material. this adds some flexibility so that during the earthquake you'll get movement but not collapse. and that gets strengthened even more when we go over to the
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steel frame to support the upper floor. >> so, potentially the wood and the steel -- it sounds like a fairly straightforward process takes your odds of collapse from one in 4 to one in 30? >> that's exactly right. that's why we're hoping that people will move quickly and make this happen. >> great. let's take a look. so, let's talk steel frames. tell me what we have going on here. >> well, we have a steel frame here. there are two of these and they go up to the lower floor and there is a beam that go across, basically a box that is much stiffer and stronger. ~ goes so that during the earthquake the upper floor will not collapse down on this story. it can be done in about two weeks' time. voila, you're done.
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easy. >> for more information on how to get your building earthquake >> good morning. welcome to the san francisco seventh annual walk-to-work day. my name is jody. i an amexective director of walk san francisco. i am grateful for all of you know matter if you live in the city or commute in the city. thank you for walking the walk this morning. a huge thank you to the number of city officials who walked in all the way to city hall from all different areas of the city.
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(applause). supervisor fewer walked two and a half-miles from the richmond district. [applause.] supervisors brown and haney and mandelman as well as mayor breed. every day it is part of every a long journey. the ability of walking is so powerful. it makes us healthier, it is good for the air, climate. it connects us to each other, and it grounds us to our communities. today is purely a celebration of walking, and everyone who walks. the beauty it is all of us. at walk san francisco we firmly
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believe that san francisco can and should be the most walkable city in the united states. [applause.] we are not quite there yet. our major street like market where over a half million people per day walk is one of the most dangerous streets in the city. on average three people are hit each day across san francisco while walking. sadly, already this year we have lost six pedestrians and one person riding a bike from traffic violence on the streets. we are ready for things to change. [applause.] we are ready to end-all severe and fatal crashes in san francisco. we are ready for san francisco where everyone of every age and
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ability can get around safely and easily and affordably. we are ready to show the nation san francisco is putting people first and what it is possible to do when you chase that goal. i believe our city leaders here with me today are ready to commit for the vision for san francisco. one person committed is our mayor, london breed. (applause). she is a vision zero champion pushing the city to fix the most dangerous streets and fast because she understands that lives depend on it. she is pushing hard to bring quick fixes to our most deadliest streets and has taken a stand on some streets that usually don't get the treatment they need like sixth street and taylor street. [applause.] she has helped secure fundings
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for a major project we are working on now, better market street. [applause.] her leadership is saving lives. please join me in welcoming madam mayor breed. . >> thank you. first of all, i want to thank walk sf for not only coordinating today's walk-to-work day, but mor more importantly the advo cassie they do to make sure we are accountable to adjust the streets so people are safe when they walk and move around the city and county of san francisco. let's be clear. when we make improvements to add dedicated bike lanes, when we make improvements to do
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daylighting and the things that we know that changes the infrastructure of the streets, it is about public safety, it is about keeping people safe. we have to continue to remember all of the lives that we lost because we haven't moved fast enough. the seven people that we lost in our streets this year alone is seven people too many. we know that when we delay with bureaucracy, when we delay with process, we know that means the delay could involve losing another person, which is why these changes in what we need to do to make our city safer, more walkable, more livable for all of us is so critical. [applause.] i spend a lot of time all over san francisco, and often times, when i see in terms of elder ofl
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elderly people trying to get across the street. we need to make those changes as well. we need vehicles to slow down, and we will be stepping up enforcement in this city. [applause.] how we move people around is so critical, and what that means is there are people walking, biking, there are people driving, and the only way we are going to get to a better place where not one more life is lost is if we make sure that we look out for one another, we make these improvements, get people to slow down. there is tons of work to do, and i know this board of supervisors although we don't agree on everything. we "glee" the i agree the improo
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make san francisco safe is something we can agree on. we will get the job done. thank you all so much for walking to work today. [applause.] >> it is my honor to introduce board president another vision zero total champion. >> thank you. i want to say that we need to change the culture about walking in san francisco. walking is not a privilege to walk safely. walking should be a right to walk safely in san francisco. we need to change that culture. i want to thank walk sf not only walk sf but all departments involved to try to make our streets safe, whether it is enforcement, engineering, education. thank you for all of these departments that really are kicking it up for us.
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[applause.] i really -- it is not enough to walk one day and have a little rally. it is about doing things all year around, getting changes done. we need to join together. we need to tell the state to let us have automated speed enforcement. i don't know what is going on outside of san francisco, we want it here, we need to send a loud message to the legislators to say we need it. the other thing we are going to do, and i am writing to the legislature for a local ordinance to make it safer than it is now, i want the quarters to be daylighted. when you cross the street the cars can see you. i don't know why we are not doing this now. we need to do it now, not tomorrow. join me to make san francisco a safe place for pedestrians to
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walk. thank you very much. [applause.] >> district one supervisor. >> good morning, everyone. i just want to give a shout out to all of my folks in d one who walked with me this morning. in fact we made great time. we stopped for a doughnut. this is a great way to start the morning. you know, on a more somber note, i have had two fatalities in my district within one month of each other. seniors, older chinese women in crosswalks. ththe infrastructure is importa. people need to slow down and pay attention when they are driving. i have been telling my residents that all of the time. i want to give a shout sought to the san francisco police department for beefing up the traffic unit. it is about enforcement, also.
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we don't like a ticket. this is saving lives. deputy chief red mon is there. we have been working with the chief to bring enforcement to the streets. i think people are getting sloppy about driving. we have a lost of congestion. my husband and i are walkers. we walk all of the time. when i hear about another pedestrian being hit it could be me or any of us here. pay attention. let's walk off. let's keep ourselves healthy by walking. it is something everyone can appreciate that we can do. i want to say thank you for coming out today, especially many, many thanks to walk sf. thank you. >> district the five supervisor brown. >> thank you. i want to say this is a great birthday present. thank you everybody. it is my birthday.
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i don't know where are the balloons? i just want to say i think a lot of my colleagues and mayor breed have said how important it is to have the pedestrian safety in place so we can walk. i am a walker, and one of the things that i think when we are walking and anybody that is a walker, you will understand this. we have to train in san francisco to be walkers, safe walkers. when you step into the streets, first thing you do is catch the eye of the driver that stopped at the stop sign. make sure they are stopping. if they are turning, catch their eye. these are the things we shouldn't be worrying about. we should be able to step out when the light is green for us to go, and for me i want to talk about the positives of walking. i walk through parks from eight
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ash bury. i will walk through buena vista park. then to alamo square. as i walk through my district, one of the things i can say is walking makes you feel so good especially in a place like this. it is absolutely a booster of your mood. i want to make sure, though, as we move forward, you know, and i'm thinking about this because it is my birthday. we are getting older. seniors in the city we -- our count down lights don't give us enough time to get across. when we look at these things, look at ways to help people get through the city and walk through the city and be safe. thank you everyone for coming. >> supervisor of district 6. >> happy walk-to-work day!
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let me start out with a confession. i walk to work every day. i live just a few blocks from here on high street. i have the privilege of being able to walk to work every day to city hall. as supervissor brown said it is the right way to go to a building to have that time coming to work and also walking home each night. we left late last night and i was able to walk directly home a couple blocks from here. i want to thank all of the folks from district 6 who walked in today. a special shout out to save passage. it is an organization through the tl cbd. every day when i walk into work they are there. not just protecting me but looking out for all of the kids and families as they walk to and
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from school every day. this is a community effort. we have a lot of work to do. sadly there have been a number of pedestrians hit in district six a few blocks from here on golden gate and leavenworth a woman was struck and killed by a car, and unfortunately there were a number of others since then on the same street who have been hit. i want to say we can't wait. we need to make immediate changes now. we need to, first of all, deal with crosswalks, daylighting, slowing traffic, actually making real changes in the streets, getting past some of the one way streets and absolutely enforcing things around uber and lyft and other bad actors to keep everyone safe. thank you. we are in this together.
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let's keep people safe. thank you. [applause.] >> thank you. now, i would like to welcome supervisor of district 8. >> good morning everybody. so many politicians speaking. i will be brief. we had a fantastic district 8 walk. district 8 folks, make a little noise. we were joined from supervisor mar's office in district four and stephanie came with us as well, district two. i think all of the districts in san francisco there is no day late around this issue. we are committed to vision zero, we need to make the streets safer. we need more enforcement. i was pleased earlier this year to pass along the climate emergency resolution. we all know there is no strategy to get us to saving the world
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that does not get people out of their cars. it is absolutely essential that people bike, take public transportation and walk. we also know there are so many -- one death -- any death is one too many. any severe injury is one too many. i will say i think having a board led by someone the personal experience in norman yee. the survivors and friends of those who died or have been severely injured in the crashes are most effective advocates. it is meaningful and powerful to have that leadership in city hall. thanks everybody who walked this morning. [applause.] >> director of the sf m.t.a. please. . >> morning. happy walk-to-work day everybody.
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it is meant to be a time to remind us walking is the best form of transportation. it is the best way around the city. it is fun and enjoyable especially on a day like this. it is good for you in terms of personal health and health of the city. it is good in terms of congestion and emissions. it is the best way to get around, and we see as our charge in making sure that the streets are safe and inviterring so that people see walking as a more viable option for more trips, not just on walk-to-work day but throughout the year. to that end we are working closely and furiously with our partners at public health, public works. police and fire, planning and all of us working with community leaders and supporters to make the streets safer. the urgency from the mayor and
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board of supervisors is shared by the board of directors. we have the message from our city leaders that we need to do more and better and faster. i accept jody's challenge that we make san francisco the best walking city in the country. vision zero's goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. every death is tragic. we are working to make the streets safer. we will help truly make us the best walking city in america. thank you for coming out. happy walk-to-work day. [applause.] >> i would like to welcome the director of the public works. >> good morning. walk-to-work day is one of my favorite events of the year. not only do i get to meet people
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i don't see all of the time we get to talk about what is going on in the city. more importantly it is very, very important that we embrace vision zero. the live ability of the city and making sure the sidewalks are safe. coming soon change is on better market street to bring a new streetscape will make walking better all over thety. we will make our city much more walkable for everyone. i am proud to be in partnership with sf walk. from public works we will do our part. thank you. [applause.] >> i want to congratulate you all. what a beautiful day. thank you walk sf and thank you communities for supporting what we do. my bosses are the 11 members of
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the board of supervisors. we have been working hard for about 30 years. we are really proud to distribute your voter approved sales tax fund and vehicle registration funds that go to to projects voters approved to improve safety. we are backing it so thank you, voters. also approving measure 3 funds for walking and biking, a partnership to make our streets safer. thank you very much. [applause.] >> before we close two quick things. i want to give another round of applause to all city leaders that walked today. [applause.] >> i would like to highlight sf police department deputy
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director, environment director, m.t.a. director and mtc commissioner and college board member for joining us this morning. [applause.] also from phil king's office. thank you. it takes a village. finally i would like to invite one person who understands safe streets in a deeply person way. jenny's mother stepped in a crosswalk in 2011 and was hit by speeding car. judy survived and she and her children eleven would lives forever changed. she is a founding member of the sf safe streets.
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it helps tell their stories. this group is made of survivors of loved ones kill by crashes on our streets. join me in welcoming jenny. [applause.] >> i am jenny. some of you may know me through my mother's story. iit is not easy to tell or hear. eigheight years after being hite was suicidal. she thinks her children are evil and plotting against her. we live in a state of fear and hopelessness. this is what a severe injury with can look like. there are more than 500 severe injuries on san francisco streets every year. when i share my story i hope people will understand and demand safe streets.
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today i want to say i am looking to each of you and the city leaders behind me to do everything in their power to end traffic violence on our streets. we are all pedestrians and all deserve straight streets. thank you. >> thank you it is a beautiful morning. i appreciate everybody coming out bright and early. thank you so much. have a wonderful walk-to-work day. [applause.]
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>> my name is alan schumer. i am a fourth generation san franciscan. in december, this building will be 103 years of age. it is an incredibly rich, rich history. [♪] >> my core responsibility as city hall historian is to keep the history of this building alive. i am also the tour program manager, and i chair the city advisory commission.
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i have two ways of looking at my life. i want it to be -- i wanted to be a fashion designer for the movies, and the other one, a political figure because i had some force from family members, so it was a constant battle between both. i ended up, for many years, doing the fashion, not for the movies, but for for san franciscan his and then in turn, big changes, and now i am here. the work that i do at city hall makes my life a broader, a richer, more fulfilling than if i was doing something in the garment industry. i had the opportunity to develop relationships with my docents.
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it is almost like an extended family. i have formed incredible relationships with them, and also some of the people that come to take a tour. she was a dressmaker of the first order. i would go visit her, and it was a special treat. i was a tiny little girl. i would go with my wool coat on and my special little dress because at that period in time, girls did not wear pants. the garment industry had the -- at the time that i was in it and i was a retailer, as well as the designer, was not particularly favourable to women. you will see the predominant designers, owners of huge complexes are huge stores were all male. women were sort of relegated to
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a lesser position, so that, you reached a point where it was a difficult to survive and survive financially. there was a woman by the name of diana. she was editor of the bazaar, and evoke, and went on and she was a miraculous individual, but she had something that was a very unique. she classified it as a third i. will lewis brown junior, who was mayor of san francisco, and was the champion of reopening this building on january 5th of 1999. i believe he has not a third eye , but some kind of antenna attached to his head because he had the ability to go through
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this building almost on a daily basis during the restoration and corrects everything so that it would appear as it was when it opened in december of 1915. >> the board of supervisors approved that, i signed it into law. jeffrey heller, the city and county of san francisco oh, and and your band of architects a great thing, just a great thing. >> to impart to the history of this building is remarkable. to see a person who comes in with a gloomy look on their face , and all of a sudden you start talking about this building, the gloomy look disappears and a smile registers across their face. with children, and i do mainly all of the children's tours,
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that is a totally different feeling because you are imparting knowledge that they have no idea where it came from, how it was developed, and you can start talking about how things were before we had computer screens, cell phones, lake in 1915, the mayor of san francisco used to answer the telephone and he would say, good morning, this is the mayor. >> at times, my clothes make me feel powerful. powerful in a different sense. i am not the biggest person in the world, so therefore, i have to have something that would draw your eye to me. usually i do that through color, or just the simplicity of the
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