tv BOS Land Use and Transportation Committee SFGTV November 15, 2021 1:30pm-5:01pm PST
welcome to the november 15th, 2021, regular meeting of the land use and transport committee. i'm supervisor melgar joined by supervisor preston and supervisor peskin. the clerk today is erica major and i would like to acknowledge the folks at sfgov tv for staffing the meeting. thank you. >> clerk: minutes will reflect on participation through this meeting, public access to city services is essential and we invite public participation in the following ways. public comment will be available on each item of the agenda. each speaker will have two
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notification and review appropriate findings. members of the public who wish to comment should call 415-655-0001. the meeting id today is 2492 276 7226 and then press pound and pound again. if you haven't done so already, press star 3 to line up to speak. >> supervisor melgar: thank you madam clerk. we are joined by acting director of the office of cannibis john pierce. welcome. and he is joined by who are available for questions and we have the city planning department here as well. welcome mr. pierce, the floor is yours. >> thank you supervisor melgar and thank you for your time supervisors peskin and preston. the legislation we are talking today is sponsored by the
mayor's office and we're going to give a brief overview. so what we're talking about today applies to medical cannibis dispensaries. they existed in san francisco before the legalized cannibis in 2016. some are more than 10 years-old and licensed under article 33 of the public health code. when they opened, they went through the full planning process. essentially, the office of cannibis has been processing cannibis for equity applicants per our mandate and while waiting to process, they have been operating under a temporary authorization to sell adult-use cannibis while they stay under public health code. to be clear, currently these businesses operate under a medical cannibis issued by the department of public health but
also have temporary adult use licences issued by our office. we're approaching the point that the medical cannibis dispensaries will be transferred on to article 16 of the police code, the permit administered by our office. and during that process, these will undergo a full cannibis permitting, including a series of checks by the planning department such as. from the transition to the article 16 permit, they are exempt from a public hearing. we support it for three main reasons. first, the department of planning whose code we are discussing supports legislation. we support their knowledge and judgment on this matter. second, because these dispensaries have been selling adult-use cannibis since legalization, switching from
article 33 to article 16 permit is more of a legal change than operational change and third, as part of our process, the medical cannibis dispensaries will be required to meet with neighbors and draft a good neighbor policy and office of cannibis will review the good neighbor policy, involving a public meeting and notice requirements for that process are in some cases more stringent than the current planning hearing. our applicants have to notify landlords and tenants that the community outreach is going on and require feedback. for all of the reasons above, the office of cannibis is happy to support this proposal and we're available for questions you may have. >> supervisor melgar: thank you mr. pierce. if my colleagues don't have questions, i have a question for
you or perhaps mr. star. you went into it a little bit, i wanted to know how the 311 notification process is different from the process you are going through with these folks just because that is a concern i have heard from some neighbors. how are they going to know what is going on through this process and will people really understand what is going on. if you could talk us through that, i would appreciate it. >> sure. i'll talk about our process and then mr. star can chip in. our process is to notify everyone in a 300 foot area, business owners, tenants, landlords, that the business in question is proposing to transition and that notification is sent out and all of the language is required by the city and involves a community meeting where neighbors come and they express concerns they may have to the applicants and then the applicant drafts a plan and that is sent to our office and we
review and approve it. without review and approval, there's no licence to be issued. our understanding is because these businesses have been there a significant amount of time, we believe most neighbors know what is happening and because they are granted a temporary licence from our office, it is not a substantial operation change. we are aware of the importance of ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to express themselves and incorporated it in our process. >> supervisor melgar: before i ask how that is different from the 311 notification process, if a neighbor wants to provide specific feedback or, you know, weigh in on whether these folks are good neighbors or have been good neighbors and should continue, it is through this process that they would be able to do that?
>> that's correct. and i'll let -- you can jump in. >> thank you john. thank you for the question chair melgar. doing that in addition, the project sponsor requires contact information from the staff member and that member will serve as community liaison. if neighbors have concerns, they can contact the liaison to have questions addressed. that good neighbor policy will serve as a leading document moving forward. if neighbors have questions, talking to business owners, if the business owner adopt any kind of new condition from their neighbors, they will be given conditions and if they don't, they will follow up with business operators. >> supervisor melgar: thank you. mr. star, how is this different
from the 311 notification? >> sure. 311 notification is only 150 feet and not 300 feet and goes to all owners and occupants and lets the people know within that radius that the business will be changing from medical to cannibis retail. they have 30 days to file a discretionary review and that can go to the planning commission for a hearing. i think -- our thinking with recommending approval with this, businesses have been operating for four years already and no material change in the operation of the business from the medical cannibis to dispensary. because we have an office of
cannibis that regulates the licence more efficiently than we could, their process seems like a better way to deal with it in that respect. >> supervisor melgar: we're trusting if someone wasn't a good neighbor and the neighbors weigh in and tell you that, you would have the discretion not to issue a licence. for the retail? okay. thank you so much. colleagues, do we have more questions for these gentlemen? okay. with that, madam clerk, let's go to public comment, please. >> clerk: thank you madam chair. we have -- we're checking to see if there are callers in the queue. press star 3 to be added to the queue. for those on hold, please continue to wait until the
system indicates you have been unmuted. we have no callers in the queue madam chair. >> supervisor melgar: okay. i'm sorry. all right. so with that, public comment on this item is closed. colleagues, do we have a motion to send this out with a positive recommendation? >> supervisor peskin: i think director peskin put up his hand or i'm happy to. either way. >> supervisor melgar: okay. madam clerk, can you call the roll on that? >> clerk: (roll call)
you have three aye's. >> supervisor melgar: thank you. item two please. >> clerk: an ordinance in the planning code to allow signs and marquees in addition to projecting signs in various districts and in certain chinatown mixed use districts. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on item 2 should call the number on the screen, 415-655-0001. id is 2492 276 7226 and then press pound and pound again. if you have not done so already, press star 3 to line up to speak for item 2. madam chair. >> supervisor melgar: we are
joined by the sponsor of this legislation, district 2 supervisor stefani. the floor is yours. >> supervisor stefani: thank you for hearing this item today and to supervisors peskin and preston as well. i feel i have been here a lot lately. the item was what i thought was relatively straightforward item. i hope that's still the case at the end of the presentation. it proposes an amendment to the planning code to allow businesses to have their own business name on both an awning and projecting sign. existing law, and it goes into this in the legislative digest, was passed in the 1980s during the anti blight package of laws meant to beautify neighborhoods across san francisco. businesses out of compliance, those who have the business name on both the awning and
projecting sign are mostly located on the west side and in chinatown. although there are businesses scattered throughout san francisco who are out of compliance with this law. this offers a modest change in that it will legalize more flexibility in how the business sign functions. i'll tell you what it doesn't do. it does not change existing size restrictions on signs city wide, it doesn't change existing elum nations and certainly doesn't allow billboards where they were not previously allowed. 400 businesses across the city have their business name on both and it's all over the city. the reason this came to my attention, during the pandemic, i had a business in district 2
contact me to tell me he was being fined $100 a day by the planning department for being out of compliance while we're forcing them to shut down because he had his business name on both the awning and projecting sign. our planning department was spending resources and enforcing this law to really cost this business even more harm than it is going through because of the pandemic and because he was out of compliance, charging him $100 a day and the money it would have taken to come into compliance by changing the sign, deciding which one to change was honestly to me unbelievable and i knew i had to do something about it. i want to be clear, the matter before you, i really believe presents a policy choice with respect to how we treat small businesses in the city. the covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on small
businesses and we have done a lot to help with that at the board of supervisors. we waived business and registration fees for a year, we have made parklets permanent and i think this law will help as well. it would legalize signage for over 400 businesses out of compliance right now and provide flexibility for future businesses is a common sense solution that will not jeopardize the look and feel of our neighborhoods and not visually pollute our corridors and not degrade our public spaces and not manifest thousands of new signs. i feel like what i have heard is like a sign arm apocalypse is coming. i want to hit this head on, it was mentioned at the planning commission about the grandfathering idea that i'm against and i'll tell you why.
we know as i said 400 businesses are out of compliance. first, i believe the law is nonsensical in the first place. it makes no sense to me that we would prohibit a business telling people who they are on the awning and projecting sign. and if we grandfather in just the 400, it creates a two tier system that is not only hard to keep track of, but at the same time, if you're in new business going into where an old business was that was grandfathered in but now they're going to tell you when you get the permit, by the way, i know that business had its name on the awning and projecting sign but you can't. you can't do that because we only want you to pick one. projecting or awning. that's the only way to have your name on a sign.
these signs serve two purposes. an awning, if you're on the other side of the street, is for pedestrians who are across the street and people driving by. a projecting sign is for someone on the same side of the street who is walking toward the business and in a direction. i truly believe businesses should be allowed to show who they are and where they are to potential customers. the idea that we would charge a small business $100 a day for being out of compliance having their own business name on a projecting sign and awning is absolutely ridiculous.
and the other thing i can't believe, if your signage application is denied, you can pay $5688 for reconsideration hearing to the planning department -- who has -- what small business has that kind of money to appeal a sign. when all they're asking for is to have their business name on an awning and projecting sign that serves two different purposes to show people who they are and where they're at. i urge you to support this legislation as is and to allow businesses to have their business name on both awning and projecting sign. aaron star is here from the planning department. i know the planning department supports the legislation. it got through the planning commission 4-2. the two were about the grandfathering clause. i gave you my reasons why i think we should just change the legislation to make it easy for small businesses and i know that
aaron has visuals for a business to have both if anyone wants to see those. with that, i'll turn it back over to you chair melgar and see if you have questions or want to hear from mr. star. >> supervisor melgar: i would not mind hearing from mr. star. i don't have questions but my colleagues might. do we have questions, colleagues? mr. star? >> i'm just here to tell you that the planning commission heard this october 14th and recommended approval. i do have the deck of slides that we showed and i can show you sort of the mock-ups that the commission requested us to do if you want or not. it's up to you. >> supervisor melgar: i wouldn't
mind seeing the mock-up. >> we took a block, i think this is supervisor peskin's district. but, what they did was added some awnings to it with just the projecting signs. as you can see what it looks like and then they added signage on to the awnings to show what it would look like as well. the commission requested we do this the week prior to get a better sense of what the impact
visually would be on that. that is without and with. pretty much -- >> i guess it would be three, without the blade sign -- not that it matters but -- >> correct. there would be -- without the awning sign, blade sign -- you're right, supervisor. >> supervisor melgar: thank you. any other questions? okay. well, madam clerk, let's go to public comment on this item, please. >> clerk: thank you madam chair. we're checking to see callers in the queue. if you haven't done so already, press star 3 to be added to the queue. for those on hold, continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted.
michael has noted we have nine listeners and five in queue. unmute the first caller, please. >> good afternoon and thank you. i own a business in district 2. thank you supervisor stefani. i thought the presentation for the planning commission was very successful and having everybody get a good feel for how it is such a small impact. the reality is before the pandemic, our industry was experiencing extinction level event. more restaurants were closing than opening for the first time in san francisco's existence and the pandemic has made it more difficult to survive. one restaurant went through two years of red tape to open and that is brutal. the cost of everything is skyrocketing and i feel like san francisco needs to help small
business communities to survive. most neighborhood streets have 33% retail vacancy and we need to make it more in viting. this is one way to do so. we hear about more closures every day. one of the things to survive, as referenced, we need people to know we're here. this is how people see us in a non offensive or intrusive way. i watch every day, people notice us in different ways and the sign is intensely important to who we are and that we're here. thank you supervisor stefani for sponsoring this, i really appreciate that. we need to make it more simple for us to survive. i look forward to the update. thank you supervisors. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon supervisors. i'm against the ordinance.
first off, there's no evidence that business will increase if this legislation is passed. second, perhaps there should have been a report done -- second, this is really overall a failure from the planning department to enforce their own laws. the law they have on the books is a good law. however, overtime since the 80s, they have allowed 400 plus businesses to create this signage problem without enforcement and then one person is selected and goes to supervisor stefani. i look at this as a failure of the planning department to enforce their own regulations. what they should do is get rid
of those signs. i'm sorry small business. and go back to the original law and enforce it. that way we don't have to keep creating laws because our own agencies can't enforce their own laws. thank you very much. >> next caller, please. >> thank you. vice president of the small business commission but i'm calling today as a small business owner, part of merchant associations that represent businesses largely affected by broken window error policies. i really commend supervisor stefani for taking a lead on this and hope it sets precedent for getting the old codes off the books in the future.
this absolutely targets legacy brick and mortars, businesses that don't own their building that have obstacles to making tenant and facade improvement and problems participating in city programs like sf shine. they could be corporately sponsored signs, therefore i really encourage the planning department and the board to take the position of a compliance-based approach instead of just punitive. small businesses need the mitigation and support in getting in compliance with these types of codes and laws. thank you. >> supervisor preston: thank you. can we have the next caller, please. >> hello supervisors. i respectfully disagree with the
supervisor that this won't bring about a large increase in signage. the last math class i took taught me that one plus one equals a doubling and that's no small matter. also, i worked as architectural draftsman and i can tell you the art work showed by the planning department is way smaller than the allowable signage. the signs, awnings, the lettering is all smaller than the maximum allowed. please join the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods and groups across town in opposing this ordinance. it would not assist struggling business. telling a small merchant who may be facing bankruptcy and the closing of his or her business you can go out and spend thousands on a new sign is about
like telling them they can eat cake. a new sign is not what they need. it would mean a big increase in sign clutter. this ordinance lists 58 districts where this increase in signage would be allowed. this would undo decades of hard work to reduce sign clutter. it is important to ask why this ordinance is coming forward now. if adding signage was so important to merchants, this matter would have come forward years ago. you heard from jim, this is coming forward because one in
district 2 complained -- >> that's your time. next caller please. >> good afternoon. we want to do everything we can to support small businesses and letting neighbors know what businesses exist seems to be a common sense improvement to the regulations and rules. the fact that you have this small business community speaking up in support here, i think it's a good indication that this is a good idea. and we encourage looking at all of the rules in san francisco that make it harder to create the outcomes we want like building housing or having our small businesses succeed. thank you. >> thank you. can we get the next caller
please. >> good afternoon supervisors. i'm the president of the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods. you have heard from two of our members. with good reasons why this is bad legislation. i wanted to chime in that if you want to know what the problem with the struggling would be entrepreneurs business people face it's not signage. read heather knight's column in sunday's paper about the trials and tribulations. previously in miami i was the president of the miami dade florida restaurant association. i have been in the business and in the trade and again, the problem is not signage. there are other problems involved. back then when i was in the
trade, and here now. and the problem is not what you think it is. thank you. goodbye. >> supervisor melgar: thank you. next speaker and this is the last caller in the queue. if you want to speak for the item, press star 3 and it will indicate to us you have raised your hand to speak. >> linda chapman, i want to say i think the supervisor is absolutely correct. i think it's a tragedy that such disinformation has been sent around in order to stir up what would you say, alarm about signs. i live in the neighborhood commercial district and i have been a resident for half a century here. i previously lived near union square. i went out and walked around my neighborhood commercial district and half of the stores have
signs that would not meet the existing ordinance and no complaints about the signs. good looking signs. even my two favorite restaurants have three signs. a wall sign, awning with a sign and projecting sign and they look great. they are curated as a person who was an architect and designer spoke to the planning commission only to be told he didn't know what he was doing. just like me. i was -- i spoke about how beautiful powell street used to look, a whole corridor of neon and marquee standing out and one store projected out in the form of a beautiful ship. when i talked about the beautiful neon corridor. people love neon and it is usually projecting. when a business leaves, the neon sign no longer indicates the
business coming in and yet some of them have been saved, especially in chinatown. the owner comes and they put a sign that indicates the current business. furthermore, if there's a projecting sign that has the name and attracts attention from the corner, it doesn't tell you what business is going on in there. he told me i should like it as it is now. he sent me pictures --
>> supervisor melgar: with that, public comment is now closed. colleagues, do we have any questions or issues that we want to raise to supervisor stefani. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: i just had a question because in the attachments from planning, it said no proposed changes to special sign districts. the one example that mr. star put up happened to be from jackson square, the city's first historic district. the way if i'm looking at the packet that planning submitted, it looks like it doesn't apply to jackson square or special sign districts. is that right? >> through the chair supervisor, you're correct. we had a difficult time finding a neighborhood commercial district to take a clear photo
of. that's why we used it. we had one week to put together. >> supervisor peskin: i just wanted to make sure the example you gave that didn't look like it complied with the map or legislation was just a visual example. thank you. >> just a visual example. >> supervisor peskin: perfect. so on the map it applies to the various shades and to the rc's in the oranges and the c districts in the greens, correct? >> supervisor melgar: that's a question for you mr. star. >> my many windows hit my unmute button. those are the places it applies
to, but i think it only applies to -- only to the chinatown community business district. the other two chinatown districts it doesn't apply to. >> supervisor peskin: i saw language in the legislation it did apply to the chinatown visitor retail, right? >> it says except in the district, sign copying on permitted awnings or marquees in projecting signs. i don't see visitors district in that. >> supervisor peskin: maybe i made that up. >> i'm sorry, it has different section for that. more than one section for the chinatown. you are correct. >> supervisor peskin: then i didn't make it up. and in the one spot on the map mr. star where you have a special sign district that overlaps with an nc, how does
that work? >> the special sign controls. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. >> you're welcome. >> supervisor melgar: thank you very much supervisor stefani for introducing the legislation. i will be voting to support it. i think in the world of signage regulation in san francisco and i have to say i am one person who likes the messy clutter. i think it's one of those things that makes our city crazy and creative and great. i love the cows and the jeans and coca-cola signs and all of these things that make for interesting places in the commercial corridors. i know not everybody likes that. some folks like more order but i think the change you are proposing makes sense. it is very small.
and i will be supporting it. thank you. >> supervisor stefani: thank you chair melgar. can i correct one thing said during public comment? i just want to reiterate, there's no change to the size restrictions. it is just allowing the business name to be on both projecting and awning and i have to reiterate, what is really hard to look at in these merchant corridors are empty store fronts. i'd much prefer to see a business name on a projecting sign and awning than the empty store fronts we continue to see in all of the merchant corridors and to do that, we need to make it easier for small businesses just to operate. so i urge your support. >> supervisor melgar: thank you supervisor. colleagues do we have a motion to pass this forward with a positive recommendation to the
full board? okay. i will make the motion that we pass it on to the full board with positive recommendation. madam clerk, can you call the roll on that? (roll call) >> supervisor melgar: that motion passes. thank you supervisor stefani for coming. okay. madam clerk, item three. >> clerk: a hearing regarding muni plans bay 2050 and access
and basic service to people with limited mobility and seniors. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on item three should call the number on the screen, 415-655-0001. the meeting id is 2492 276 7226. then press pound twice after putting in the meeting id. if you haven't done so already, press star 3 to line up to speak for item three. the system prompt will say you have raised your hand. madam chair. >> supervisor melgar: thank you very much. i called for this hearing along with my colleague supervisor mar who is here today. and we wanted to look at policy decisions regarding transportation and housing. before i turn it over to
supervisor mar, i wanted to talk a little bit specifically about how this interests me as a district 7 supervisor and supervisor mar as a district 4 supervisor. we are looking at changes in the service plan for muni along with the housing element. the plan bay area 2050 is coming up and as a city we need to make sure we are making the appropriate planning decisions to have success long-term with all of our plans and we're consistent with how we're approaching things. we need to take into consideration geographic equity in the west side and hear from the partners their commitment to transit and housing particularly for seniors and people with disabilities are consistent with what we're doing in different departments. so, in this presentation, we
will hear from doug johnson from the mta. the county transportation authority and the office of resilience and capital planning and we'll have folks from the department of disability and aging services and oawd available for questions if we have any. and so with that, i will turn it over to supervisor gordon mar from district 4. welcome. >> supervisor mar: thank you for calling for this hearing and pleased to co-sponsor it with you and looking forward to a very important discussion on how we as a city are or are not planning comprehensively to meet the long-term housing and transportation needs, particularly on the west side. this is a really important issue
for me as district 4 supervisor. my constituents adding to chair melgar, your comments and i wanted to highlight some of the key findings from the district 4 mobility study, the county transportation authority just completed this summer. and really highlighted the urgent need to expand transit service on the west side. the study found that there's 345,000 daily weekday trips starting or ending in the sunset district and of those, 76% are driveing trips with 35% being completed with single occupant vehicles. this is among the highest drive mode share rates in the city. we kind of know that, the sunset in the west side is relatively car dependent compared to other
neighborhoods and i would add that the study found that the most common destinations, origin points from district 4 were north and south. and these trips are made almost entirely by car. 96% and 83% respectively. so, again, we on the west side are driving a lot and a lot of that reason is not because we love our cars or we have a so-called car culture, but really a lot of it is due to the lack of public transit options and transit service on the west side. that was really highlighted by the study and one of the key recommendations was to expand transit service, particularly north/south on the west side.
this is an important conversation especially in light of the planning to increase housing opportunities on the west side as well. thank you chair melgar for linking these two issues and i look forward to the presentations by the departments and discussion. thank you. >> supervisor melgar: thank you supervisor mar. i do remember that one of the key destinations from district 4 was in district 5, it is that district on the west side, district 1, 4 and 7 is really important. thank you so much. i'll turn it over to the presentations. julie can then call the other presenters. thank you. welcome. >> thank you for having us. before i dive into the presentation, i appreciate that the board chair is here.
i think given her time on both the planning commission and our board, she is probably uniquely suited to kick us off. i'll turn to her and then we'll get started. >> thank you. welcome. what a pleasant surprise. thank you. >> thank you supervisor melgar and supervisor mar. i want to thank you for the opportunity to greet you all today as a former planning commissioner and when i came to sfmta, i was concerned about transportation. we would approve projects without looking at the big picture of where investments were going, where our connections were, what was the speed and reliability with the existing system. were we overloading people in certain areas and neglecting others. i'm excited to have this conversation. the board has been committed to focusing on speed and
reliability throughout the city and having a five minute network. as you know, we have gone through a global pandemic and looking at how we scale back and we're trying to make sure we have coverage all over the city in all the key routes and looking at how trips have changed with people traveling more around their neighborhoods to other neighborhoods and not necessarily going downtown. there's been a lot of focus on those areas. we look forward to working with you as we plan out our future to become the city we want to be. the one focused on our climate, meeting our climate goals and we want to be the city that meets vision zero goals of no traffic fatalities and that place that transit can be a preferred source for anybody in the west side. i lived in the richmond and sunset district without a car actually and it was quite interesting in terms of time to get around. we look forward to working closely with you.
we are committed to the issues and i can answer any questions afterward. >> thank you. and i believe doug, are you going to run the presentation for us today? >> that is the goal. >> okay. while you pull that up -- >> i'm looking for my permission. go ahead julie. >> thank you for the opportunity to present on this important topic. i know we've had a lot of focus in recent months on how we get muni back to what it was and i think having an opportunity to start talking about what it can be and how it supports our really important shared values
around equity, climate crisis, economic recovery is wonderful. this presentation has multiple agencies because the work is so complex and so integrated. i really appreciate the opportunity to be here with the transportation authority, the planning department and the office of resiliency and capital planning. we're going to do quick hand offs during the presentation, any one of them could have given the whole presentation because this really is a shared work product. before i dive into the short term, i do want to talk about what i think is an interesting example of real world example of what we're talking about. as you all know during the pandemic, we have been restoring service based on our equity goals, based on emerging transit patterns and patterns that we
know we needed to serve better. we put in place something that had been on the books for two decades because of the capital requirements and other work, it took this long to get implemented but it is not a surprise with the 22 fillmore as a result of the change is at 100% of precovid ridership on the weekend and over 80% on weekday because there is such a strong connection and synergy between transportation and land use. we are in the process of the restoreration, when we went out and talked to riders, talked to
stakeholders, what we heard was a need to restore some key pre-pandemic connections, land use patterns in place for a long time. for example getting people up the hayes street hill to st. mary's. preserving and restoring service in the hilly areas. really focusing first and for most on people with disabilities and seniors. i appreciate having the department of adult and aging services here today in partnership to speak to that. and then also starting to think about where we need to address frequency. for example, we are recommending a 20% increase in service on the 38 rapid, a corridor quickly outgrowing the service we put in place. it is why corridors like mission street and 8 bayshore in the middle of the day have more service now than they did pre-covid. next slide. so, just for folks listening and
might have questions about what is happening in the short term, we do have a lot of great information on the website, sfmta.com/22network. we had the opportunity to present to the gao committee and will be presenting to the ta board next tuesday. we'll bring recommendations to the mta board for approval on december 7th with the goal of getting the next service in place by february. we're also very much in the process of hiring and working through some of our funding challenges because we would like to continue service restoration into next fall. and then onwards through some of this important more middle term and long-term work. so with that, i do want to make sure we have an opportunity to
focus on where we're going next. so it's my pleasure to introduce for the next set of slides. >> thank you julie. i'll quickly dive into the connected strategy, which i know some of you are familiar with. connect sf pulled together the long range transportation efforts into one coordinated program and one of the important things about connect sf is it integrates land use into the transportation planning efforts. these two areas are related and interdependent. through our partnership, we are identifying a series of major transportation investment and policy strategies moving us forward today into the coming decades. it is important for us to create better transportation outcomes
while reducing the ambitions of all the trips that are made. we will need to expand the system to accommodate the growth forecasted to occur throughout san francisco as well as the rest of the bay area which my colleagues from the planning department will discuss later in the presentation. so that leads me to these four key long-term recommendations. we need to strengthen our existing transit system and prepare it to handle the demands that our returning economy and future groups will place on it. we need a reliable network of bus service. we need to modernize our existing rail system and we need to build rail on the busiest corridors where buses can't provide enough capacity to carry the high volume of riders who need to travel. next slide please. starting with the near term. maintaining and restoring our
current system, replacing and repairing our infrastructure and vehicles and addressing multi year backlog of maintenance work. as mentioned, we'll continue to restore transit service reduced due to the pandemic. continuing to focus on routes the riders use the most and increasing coverage of the city. and the pandemic has shown us that people who rely on transit the most need the systems every where in san francisco, not just downtown. job centers have been emerging outside of the financial district and activities are more disperse throughout the region but historically, focused on one seat rides the downtown. as we rebuild the system, we need to provide reliable trips to all destinations, including north/south and cross town trips and we need to make it easier for everyone to use. and that includes people with
mobility limitations such as people with disabilities and seniors and families with children as well. next slide please. we are recommending a network of routes blanketing the city. service would be fast, frequent and reliable. the frequent service would mean riders only wait a couple of minutes and that expands the number of places people can confidently reach beyond the traditional one seat ride and closes some of the gaps and strengthens the transit network for people who need it the most. i should emphasize that what is shown as primarily infrastructure plan more than a service plan, there a lot of ways the lines on the map could look and something we need to keep working on with community members. regardless, if we implemented the service without building the streets needed to keep the buses moving, they would get stuck in
traffic eventually and it would be costly to operate and not deliver a lot of benefit to riders. therefore business and infrastructure program to help make the long-term operations more efficient and more cost effective and more beneficial to riders. next slide please. and to help people make long trips quickly, we'll have a network of express routes that take advantage of our freeways and potentially express lanes and compliment our rail and ferry routes for longer trips in san francisco and the region, continuing to partner with the other transit operators in san francisco as we have throughout our connect sf work and provide better connectivity and seamless experience. next slide please. we'll continue rebuilding the infrastructure that keeps our trains moving with the goal of running longer trains and providing much more reliable service. our goal is to renew and
reenvision our network as a modern rail system, meaning more reliable trains, three or four car trains on the subway and providing subway quality service toward the major destinations improve safety for riders and improve speed and reliability. being the work is critical for the modern rail system the city depends on. next slide please. this brings us to longer term, decade plus strategies. there are a few places in the city where there are too many
passengers for buses to carry. those are the places where we'll need to expand the rail system. what you see here is very much a capacity driven rail expansion plan rather than speed or convenience driven one. these are the places where new rails essential to carrying high volumes of riders likely to see in the coming years. the rail line on 19th to serve the most crowded bus corridor and connect with some of the busiest destinations on the west side and to downtown and regional rail services. this will improve north/south trips on the west side and provide additional connections from there. next, a new transbay rail crossing, part of the link 21 program, allowing the rail service to go beyond the capacity and increase transit access throughout the bay area
and northern california, extending central subway would bring rail service to some of san francisco's most populous neighborhoods. >> through the chair, i want to note the six minute timer has elapsed. >> thank you. i'll go on to the next slide please. we are also have a plan to reinvest in our streets and as i mentioned earlier, to prioritize transit as well as other sustainable modes of transportation and prioritize safety for all users. we also are going to need to reconnect the communities that have long been separated by widest streets and freeways. next slide please.
have a fiscally constrained transportation investment strategy, which is constrained by the revenues that the region anticipates being through the life of the plan, so 30 years, through 2050. next slide, please. and there's a strong relationship between plan bay area and the county wide transportation plans that are completed by the county transportation authorities. so here in san francisco, that is the san francisco transportation plan or sftp, which alisa is going to be talking about that the
growth would requiring strengthening existing transit networks in order to maintain them in a state of good repair, to increase capacity, to meet forecasts increases in demand, making strategic expansions that we talked about, as well. to to support the growth in the city, the current plan bay area that was just passed in september does include all of san francisco's investments in that constrained strategy, including the muni forward train upgrade, things like the treasure island mobile management program, just to name a few of those projects, and we continue to work with the local projects and agencies
to ensure that these priorities are advanced, so given the fell infrastructure bill just passed, which is very exciting, but the region's funding goes so far what would be available beyond that bill, we anticipate needing new local revenues as part of our system to address the growth that's forecasted in san francisco. i mentioned local funding, particularly because that can serve as the seed money or matching funds for federal dollars. so with that, i'm going to pass this off to alisa to talk more about the next iteration of plan bay area. >> thank you, michelle. next slide, please. so just to go over the transportation plan, sftp is
our long range transportation plan through 2050. it's updated every four years with plan bay area and provides input into regional and state plans and funding opportunities. the plan identifies priorities for state and federal funding with an investment plan that considers investment revenues and future revenues. the sftp builds on efforts and identifies funding priorities
constrained by revenue estimates. ultimately, the sftp will identify revenue estimates for the investment and vision plans to provide perform i station and investment scenarios and include outreach and engagement to further understand priorities and scenarios that will shape the scenarios. the investment and vision plans, each of the plans is made up of different types of revenues. so first, there's the committed funds that's shown in the dark green. these are funds with a narrow set of eligible uses or already committed to specific projects.
an example of this could be s.b. 1 contributions for street resurfacing. we can't use these for transit. the light green are the discretionary funds. they have the most flexibility in how they can be allocated. the vision plan on the right has more visions, but would need voter plan approval. locate the funds remain the biggest and most important source and are critical for leveraging. about 4.
>> i'm the chief resilience officer for the city, and i realize in this discussion ten years is not enough, and we need to be thinking more broadly, and from the previous presentations that have come before you, we really need to get ahead of these types of issues, otherwise, it's not only challenging for long-term planning and uses resources, it
we lead the policy work with departments within san francisco again around resilience. we're responsible for a few plans. in addition to the ten year plan, there's the hazard mitigation plan, and it helps us receive grant funding, mitigation grant funding. we have the commitment for seismic safety, which was the 30-year plan that came out in 2011, which is around how the city is going to become more he resilient to earthquakes and what are we going to do about structures that may potentially
collapse or fail during earthquakes, and then, we're coordinating the various efforts. there are 20-plus departments that are working on climate change, but there's a lot of around adaptation and how are we adapting to heat or to sea level rise and those types of things. next slide. so our capital plan, you know, we're a little bit of a victim of our own success. we approved close to $1.8 billion just in the pass two years. that's record level even for san francisco where we've been pretty aggressive about doing g.o. bonds. $600 million for housing and that has really impacted our capacity in our program to do more bonds, and i'll talk about that in a minute. we've been looking at other
funds, so we're using the city's business participation program for recovery stimulus with an emphasis on equity and climate change. we just heard today talk about digital equity program that we put $10 million into to provide -- to provide digital access, internet access in affordable housing to people around the city. so this shows a general obligation bond program and what we're looking at for the next ten years, and again, the $1.2 billion, you know, in the
last capital plan, we were close to $3 billion. i think we were at 2.8 or 2.9 billion. so the recent success means we don't have the capacity. so we need to start thinking about alternative sources or different ways that we may want to approach this cap that we established back in 2006. the cap is shown on this bottom graph here is this red line, and what that really means is we are limiting the tax rate that can go up when we issue new bonds. this is our general obligation program. bonds in the light gray are already sold and we're paying debt service on. the white, lightish colored ones -- the darkish ones are the ones that voters have approved, and the colored ones is the ones that we're proposing on the list on the
chart above. next slide, please. so in terms of thinking about equity and so forth, we have been looking at, you know, these different areas that are showing up in our capital plan. we have a building our future section, and again, i mentioned racial and social equity, but an affordability around how we're addressing housing, climate resilience, earthquake safety, and infrastructure. part of that is our transportation bond, which will -- which i think is going to be a topic coming up at our planning committee very soon about how we balance those needs. i have another slide, and we're done. we depend on the long range plans, like our city's general plan and the various general plan updates. we're also updating our public
safety element. yeah, i mean, our public safety plan element is going to be updated, and these are critical to enable us to be thoughtful about how we're going spend dollars as we go forward. with that, you can go to the next slide. i think i'm done, and happy to take any questions that come up. i think that concludes our entire presentation. i don't think i need to say any concluding remarks, but thank you all for having us. >> chair melgar: thank you so much. in speaking to supervisor mar, who shared a lot of concerns not just for transportation equity, but concerns for
seniors in particular and people with disabilities of which their lots in our communities, in districts 4 and 7. i reached out to folks in the senior disability community about how -- both the long-term plans were affecting folks and how they saw it because, you know, we have adapted a lot of really old infrastructure to now a.d.a. accessibility, and as we're building new infrastructure, it is much easier if we do it right and accessible to begin with. and so before i, you know, turn it over to you, supervisor mar, you know, i just wanted to bring up kathy deluca who is
going to give us some information and an advocate. kathy? >> thank you, supervisor melgar. sasha is a d-7 resident. she happens to be a resident who has a disability. i live in district 7, and i'm supervisor melgar's representative on the sfmta advisory committee. in terms of taking paratransit, in my experience, it's often late, and sometimes they pick up and drop off two or three other people. public transit is fine. it's not always on time if i want to go downtown, but it can get really burdensome with transfers and steep hills if i
want to go to different neighborhoods. i haven't used public transit or paratransit since covid hit, but my schedule is going to change drastically in january, and i'll need transit that will enable me not having to leave my home drastically early. thank you very much. >> chair melgar: thank you very much, miss deluca. okay. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thanks, chair melgar, and everyone, for the very comprehensive presentations. yeah, i guess i just -- i wanted to maybe focus in on the -- the housing -- the
planning for increased housing density citywide and particularly on the west side, and given our rhna allegations and projects that streamline development. my question is whether -- or around this and knowing this and really accepting this as a given, how are we planning to ensure that this growth is sustainable? actually, maybe i'll start first with the planning department, and i just wanted to see if you could speak a little more to, like, what the
current rhna, the current rhna cycle, how that's going to be appropriated citywide and how much of that would be on the west side? i know you showed the highlights that there's going to be some new housing on the transit corridors. that makes sense, and in single-family, you know, residential neighborhoods, you know, going up to duplexes and quad plexes, but do you have a projection on how much of the 82,000 rhna goal number would be on the west side? >> yeah, i'm happy to say that i'm joined by one of the project managers for the housing element, and i'm hoping kimia might have a good handle on that figure. and i would -- while kimia is
hopefully unmuting herself, we know that tens of thousands of units are in that pipeline that stretch into the next decade. but as to distribution, kimia, do you have any information on that? >> sure. thank you, supervisor, for that question. so as you know, we started a policy for the housing element, and the first draft was released in april of the current year, and the housing element, it's supposed to plan for the rhna, the eight-year cycle of rhna, but it looks at the next 30 years, so the policy has that long-term implication, as well. as far as the policy distribution, that's one of the
major policy conservations and the equitable distribution of growth and some of the distributions that's currently under conscious is to establish a goal of 50% of rhna to be established in areas that are higher resourced. and we have so far considerations around looking at the next two rhna cycles to achieve that goal, and that kind of timeline is something that is, you know, under consideration. i hope that answers your question. >> supervisor mar: yes. thank you, doug and kimia.
so you said there's sort of a goal of 50% of rhna allocation be in high resource areas. is that correct? >> yes. currently, it's establishing the goal in the next two rhna cycles, so giving the see a little bit more time to make sure that that's achieved. we have 70,000 units in the pipeline already, most of that is outside public resource areas. not all of it will be accomplished in the next eight years because some of it is through large scale master plans and development agreements. >> supervisor mar: thank you. so -- so 80 -- so 72,000 units are in the pipeline that could
count to our rhna goal? >> close to 70. >> supervisor mar: and can you just explain a little -- i'm trying to understand how the goal of 50,000 rhna units would be in areas to meet the goal. >> so two cycles of eight years, meaning 16 years. that's kind of halfway through the 30-year time frame of the housing element. >> supervisor mar: so -- so then if for the next rhna cycle that starts in the year 2023, the eight-year cycle, a smaller proportion of the new units in that cycle are in the high-resource neighborhoods, then you're saying in the subsequent cycle, there would need to be more of the units in the high resource areas? >> correct, and i would like to
also add that, for the next cycle, each cycle, we have to submit a list of cycles in the city that shows that we have capacity to accommodate that growth, and for this cycle, it has to show that we have consideration for housing requirements, which means we have to show we have enough sites within the high resource areas to accommodate the affordable housing goals. >> supervisor mar: thank you. yeah, thanks for that. i know this is not really a hearing on the housing element and the rhna planning, it's more focused on we're doing adequate planning for transportation and infrastructure, you know,
alongside that, but it's helpful to understand what the numbers look like, particularly on the west side. thank you. and then, my next question to the t.a. or m.t.a., michelle said that we're planning for a growth of 200,000 residents in san francisco, but especially on the west side, in the high resource neighborhoods, how can we ensure that this -- more residents don't automatically lead to more cars, more congestion, and more emissions, and how are we planning to build our infrastructure and our sustainable mobility
infrastructure near these sustainable housing increases, especially on the west side? >> through the chair, supervisor mar, i think that the city and. t.a., regional densities, are constantly mindful of how we work together to do that. now single funding source, so single agency can really do it, but, for example, the 19 avenue combined city project is an excellent example where multiple city agencies and funding sources came together. this is, of course, not only
local major arterial connecting the whole west side with the rest of the region, it's also a state route, so we brought together, for example, local sales tax funds, the city's prior bond -- g.o. bond moneys from m.t.a., caltrans, i believe, has funds on it from the public works. so we've got sfmta, sfpuc, municipal transportation authority. i'm probably leaving others out, but we're working to ensure we not only improve the road condition but the utilities under neath, the transit and sidewalk both where we're letting pedestrians and passengers have a safe place to wait for the bus and to shorten the crossing distance from one side of the street to the
other. it's a multisector approach, and we are doing this, as well, on the great highway, particularly the lower extension that has a whole system impact that yourself and supervisors melgar and chan have pointed out that it's really a whole network, so that whole area has to be coordinated with sloat, lincoln, and to brotherhood and ultimately 280. all of these efforts touch each other, and that's the kind of medium term planning that gets updated every few years, and we appreciate the input of yourself and the community to make sure that we're doing this efficiently and effectively, and that none of this is working in a vacuum. >> yeah, i agree -- this is julie kirchbaum. i agree with what tilly is saying. you have to get the big details right, and you have to get the
small details right, and that can only come through really careful collaboration. it means that investing in our major corridors and continuing to build out things like the geary network, and i think we have been successful at partnerships because so many of the agencies here are united on values and goals, but we need to continue that as well as continue the funding piece that brian raised for the committee to succeed. >> supervisor mar: thanks.
thanks so much, julie and tilly. doug, did you have something? >> yeah, i would just add, i think have a transportation element, it's important that we have a policy framework that's going to help us reach not only our mobility goals but on you climate goals. julie's example of a curb cut is a great example of not forgetting very fine details make a huge decision in cumulative. >> supervisor mar: great. thanks. just -- i -- just one follow up question. i guess i'm concerned about the time -- the sequencing of this work, the transportation planning and also the housing planning and just wanting to make sure that they're in synch, and it seems -- that from my perspective, i actually think it's more important that we make sure that we have the proper increased investments in
transportation service and infrastructure even before the housing -- the new housing is developed, and before that, the new infrastructure that's needed, particularly on the west side and the high resource neighborhoods. so yeah, like -- yeah, like, you mentioned the geary rail and subway line, and i think that's something that supervisor melgar has been championing, and i think that's an incredibly important project, but that's also very long-term and decades away, and there's already, you know, a deficit of transit service and transportation options on the west side. therefore, you know, that our residents are, you know, you know, you know, are very car
dependent right now, and so i guess i'm just concerned that the transportation investments and the infrastructure investments are not going to happen, you know, quickly enough, you know, and -- and it's going to lead to more cars on the street, more congestion, and -- and emissions, you know, contributing to the climate crisis. >> chair melgar: thank you very much, supervisor mar. so i had a question of some of the nuts and bolts of how this very high level planning works. like you, supervisor mar, i worry about our existing infrastructure not being enough, let alone the one that's coming, in particular seniors and people with disabilities have much lower rates of car ownership than other folks in the west side
even, and so i do worry that, you know, we will exacerbate -- and people think that everybody on the west side is wealthy, and that's far from the truth. we have populations of folks that are, you know, very low-income and, you know, folks who are socially disconnected, and i want to make sure that in the sort of nuts and bolts of how we are operationalizing these long-term plans that we are addressing those issues. so for example, we are planning a low-income senior housing project at laguna honda on the laguna honda campus, to start doing those designs, very close to the forest hill muni station, and yet, the very steep, you know, walk up that hill is not quite doable. so i'm wondering, when those
kind of things are proposed, what is the specific collaboration of, say, the -- you know, the m.t.a. with the planning department, the mayor's office of housing. when the r.f.p. is put out, how do we make sure all of these policies happen and the points system that's given out for financing or, you know, and the service changes that are being proposed by the m.t.a.? i think that's just one example, but i want to understand when we're operationalizing the things that we do in development, how does that happen? >> so i'll take a first bit at this, but i have a feeling that my friends at m.t.a. will have more to say.
at planning, we have the street development team that gets together to look at the specifics of a given site, but then also with a site like laguna honda, there's going to be a group of folks from planning and m.t.a. looking at accessibility and design of the site to ensure that there's transit access but also safe paths of travel for all road and sidewalk users. i think that geography do play a big role, much that some of the sites that we've worked on are close to the edge of the bay. so there is a team of staff that worked together to try and tackle both big and small issues. julie's example of a driveway,
that is where a driveway, you know, gets sorted out because that driveway not only affects the bus, it affects the folks using the sidewalk trying to get to the bus. >> i could add a little bit from the m.t.a. side, as well. as doug mentioned, we were one of the core [indiscernible] to make sure that all of the elements are designed around it. we actually can get funding for -- to cover some of the costs of affordable housing protection as well as street improvements around it to create accessible paths of
travel to transit stops, you know, groceries, other community services, and the like. so we have had some success in recent years, and winning those grants and being able to produce the housing and the surrounding street improvements at the same time. >> chair melgar: thank you so much. so my last question, it's basically the same question but to the c.t.a. and how that works in interjurisdictional planning. so one of the things that i'm excited about, which is not going to happen in my lifetime but i think has tremendous possibility is the expansion of b.a.r.t., possibly, to that second tunnel. we just had this little jurisdictional issue, which is getting [indiscernible] station
on the b.a.r.t. in daly city could take that very short bike ride to the campus. it's just, like, one little thing can be so complicated. so i'm wondering how, you know, what you're talking about, that involved funding because part of your presentation was about ferries, about b.a.r.t., about all of the other, you know, multicounty systems. >> sure. thank you so much, chair melgar, and again, my other partners at the other agencies will probably join in, but we are all used to working together at multiple agencies, as well. it may not seem clear how these things work, but we're in constant communication. i know, for example, my counterparts in the 101, we've been working on caltrain and
highways on u.s. 101 for many years now, trying to ensure we have carpool and bus lanes for muni and sam trans. i know that director -- transit director kirchbaum as well as general manager and director tumlin are in constant communication with their counterparts with the county transportation agencies in san mateo and santa clara, and we are meeting constantly. whether there's an issue, we have the capacity to coordinate. now being able to actually get the work done in a timely fashion really can depend. it can depend on if everyone has the same priorities, and certainly, when you're coordinating on various bodies such as m.t.c. and abag, that does help a lot. so sometimes any effort can benefit, right, from
coordination at the staff level but especially at the policy level. something like the b.a.r.t. station should not require your time, and we should be able to work on that, and in the future, don't hesitate to call on us, and we'll do so. thank you. >> i can also add another representative example to what tilly said. on the transit investment strategy, we meet bimonthly with the link 21 staff from b.a.r.t. and capital corridor to coordinate our efforts since they are pretty much very much much -- they are very much in a planning and outreach stage right now. similarly, we met with all of the transit agencies as we worked on the development of the strategy, and i should mention that a lot of these
strategies do cross many agencies. >> chair melgar: thank you, mr. rashida. any other questions, colleagues? supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: yes, thank you, chair melgar. forgot to put my name in the chat. obviously, covered a lot of ground, and thank you for, i think, probably lots of questions all of us have on each of these issues, but there were, i guess just a couple of comments or questions i did want to make. and one is something -- and i don't want to repeat things that i said in other settings, but i just want to flag this discussion that's been in a number of presentations around the five-minute network.
there's a saying that chair borden mentioned, that mr. rashida talked about, that t.a. staff have talked about. and i continue to have a concern not about the idea of a five-minute network, not about the idea of buses coming every five minutes, but about what i think are not presented in about that plan, which is a set of assumptions, i think, that i think can be problematic. so when i think folks are talking about transportation, they're not talking about -- they're not focusing on trip length, they're not focusing on the elimination of one-seat rides, which is a problem for, you know, the seniors and the disabled folks in particular, and so, you know, folks on the west side right now may be able to get on a bus, the number 7,
and go all the way downtown. if you change that, you're forcing transfers. and also, what i think is something that we as a board have really taken a strong stand on, which is to make sure that the five-minute network idea, this core line idea, is not coming by sacrificing service on other lines, that we're just -- that we are building out the capacity of our core lines and frequency but not doing so at the expense of the rest of our system and some of the lower ridership lines that i want to elevate that are very important not just my district, but heavy transit. but some of the lower ridership lines are in my colleagues' districts. they're in supervisor melgar's districts, they're in supervisor mar's districts, and
they're extremely important. i just want to say that one of the challenges of transit planning in a city where we have district elections and we each have our own corner of the city that we're looking to support, we have our own transportation, and it matters how people on the west side and the south side of the city get around. the biggest source of traffic in my district is people coming to the freeway from other parts of the city, right, that are coming in on oak and coming out on sell, and it's important to get as many people as possible on public transportation. when i hear this is recommended -- like, this is not an approved plan with the details actually laid out of
whether we are drawing trips away from certain things to serve other lines, whether we are eliminating one-seat rides, and all of these things are very real issues, particularly for senior and disabled riders. i think it sounds great that when we get to our bus stop, we don't have to wait more than five minutes, but let's be aware that it's not been unveiled, it's a part of all of these presentations. and then, just one other thing, and i think this has come up. it's just that some of our muni lines are really overburdened already, so i appreciate this discussion around, you know, looking at things like hub rezoning and ucsf, which is our districts, chair melgar, and looking at a greater scale of density in some of these
projects to make sure that we're ahead of the curve when it comes to transportation needs, not chasing it as an after thought, which i think this kind of discussion and the planning, it helps. but i think too often, the housing plan is done a little bit in isolation from real commitments and tangible plan for delivery of the service that that's going to necessitate. so i just wanted to make those comments, and thank you, supervisor mar, as well, for holding this hearing. [please stand by]
>> so that's what this real opportunity to redesign our streets and redo the transit lanes and that's where it's going to make a difference. we plan on getting together with the planning commission as well but the real idea is more aspirational and making sure we should become a transit-approved city. as i mentioned, i went all the
way out to 48th and lincoln. it took me longer to get to downtown san francisco than it did for them. with that in mind, we do know we really want our network to achieve those goals so that people will get out of their cars and buses can get moving. >> supervisor melgar: thank you so much. chair borden. okay. colleagueses, any other supervisors or colleagues questions? thank you so much. i would like to make a motion that we file this hearing. >> clerk: through the chair, i believe we have to take public comment on this. >> chairman: i'm sorry. of course. thank you. yeah. let's go to public comment, madam clerk. >> clerk: all right. we're checking to see if we have callers in the queue. if you have not done so already, express star three to
be entered into the queue. for those on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. so we have twelve listeners and seven in the queue. michael, if you can unmute the first caller, please. >> caller: i can't believe this. this gross, gross, gross without barely any reference to seniors or people with disabilities, thank you, chair melgar for mentioning that, for bringing this to light. for bringing in notion of tributaries and all the people in those little dotted areas. i resent this notion that we're returning things to the hilly areas.
balogne. and supervisor mar, i'm glad it was extended back and returned to d4. >> chairman: did we lose our caller, madam clerk? >> clerk: it must be a connection issue because i hear her coming in and out. >> caller: can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. go ahead. >> caller: okay. may i continue and have time added to that. as far as aspirations. because my neighbor got a car. so much for car-free and the projections, good god. the gray is coming. every single census has exploded. the senior population is just down the street. all this talk about getting
this one and that one to work and this also. >> that has been -- i shop on mission street. i can't get there. neither can my neighbors. and it's an outrage to see it on clipper street. it's a waste of gas, it's a waste of drinks. it's highly polluting. it's twice as the gradient is twice as steep on this supposed shrt cut that gives 20 -- >> clerk: thank you, michael. let's move on to the next
speaker. each speaker will have fwochlt minutes. so we'll move on after the two-minute mark. >> caller: hello. i'm a senior and i live in district eight and we've been neglected as the previous caller was mentioned. the 48 bus no longer travels along the route to pick up the passengers that it used to and here i am on the j. church line right by 24th and church street, i can't get downtown without having to call a friend to get their car out of the garage to take me some place or take a taxi which costs money and that's more than i can afford right now. so it's -- we have option two, i hope we vote for option two for the winter '22 service plan because it's the only option that centers concerns on
persons with disabilities and seniors and prioritizes coverage over frequency. it's really important that we get the green house gases under control for climate change. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker, please. we have six in queue. >> hi, this is the advocacy director with transit riders. i love this conversation about what muni and our transportation system can be. thank you for leading this conversation. i also want to acknowledge sfmta for managing a difficult situation during the pandemic and for riders across the city to ensure access for those with the least mobility. to restore muni.
let alone expand the service we need to manage these roads and meet our equity and climate goals. so in addition to sales tax, the authorization and transportation geo bond, we need a progressive transportation funding measure to fund muni operations in 2022 and beyond. in terms of transit planning. i'm thank you comments were shared today, but in part because we have not succeeded in centering riders like her in the process. i've been hardened by that
finally, in terms of future that means investment in transit priority and infrastructure and quick build improvements and riders across the city will benefit. this is a core part of not only defining the network. that gets you across the city in 30 minutes or less by 2030. thank you. >> clerk: thank you so much. we have eleven listeners with five in queue. >> caller: good afternoon. i'm christopher peterson. a district 7 resident. thank you for holding this hearing on the relationship between land use and transportation. i'd like to make three points. first, muni is crucial to the
functioning of the city, but it's long-term funding is extraordinarily precarious. i urge the board to strongly support new reliable long term funding that's sufficient to support not only stored services but increased level of transit service. second, as a d7 resident and who also frequently rides north, south, bus routes such as the 29 and the 43 to other districts such as districts one, four, and five, i'm intimately familiar with the weaknesses of those parts of the system. third, the board must also support housing in order to
provide the ridership to sustain frequent transit service. given the number one green house gases in san francisco and better service on those corridors is essential for the city to effectively address the climate crisis. thank you. >> clerk: thank you so much. next speaker, please. >> caller: thank you very much for the time to address you all. my name is margarett crash and i live in district four. i am a senior and the comments that i've heard are very applicable. i'm encouraged to hear about the plans being set forth, but i want to speak very much about planning per se. and i'm going to give you a bad example. when covid hit and all the buses were being rerouted and
everything, there was a plan in district four to have the l-car which is the lifeline of district four carrying it from the zoo to west portal to downtown. the plan that came out from mta initially would have caused those of us who live on the far west side to be involved and have to undertake three separate boardings. that means, the user would have to walk to their stop, board a bus, get off at sunset boulevard, take another bus up to west portal, once more get off, unboard and wait to get the train downtown. now, that meant for seniors with their walkers, with a cane, with their wheelchairs, in the rain, in the cold that
would have been extremely burdensome. and to its credit, mta after a flurry of letters from me, but also i think more particularly after supervisor mar's input to change that plan. i think from the end use or the consumer's point of view. i think particularly when they come to seniors and persons with disabilities and it seems to me it would be a very common sense thing for someone when they put the plan in place actually go out and try it and then think about people with disability. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker please.
we have four in queue. >> caller: linda chapman. i'm so grateful to hear some consideration by the people giving this hearing. last week, i was at a town hall of csfn and the subject came up in both cases that mta and the other hearings, there's very little representation usually as elders and disabled people. the people who know about the online surveys are the organized people like the bicycle coalition. so they all call in and if somebody like me comes along and tries to speak for seniors or families with small children, you know, we get called out. people will call in and say, well, you know, if you were smart, those little toddlers and your disabled mother would have learned to drive bicycles like us. they actually called in and said that i mean, it's just
heartless, the disconsideration. i as a child of a polio mother walking her small amount. her ticket to freedom was having a car with a hand control and i was a long time even so. i didn't realize i developed a spinal cord problem. the agony of going each step where the bus stop wasn't where it used to be because they consolidated bus stops and whatnot. the muni, why would you want to do that. you can have lines like the two and the three that are
convenient for other people. it really makes a difference when you have to go way uphill. van ness now, i protested and so did the planning commission. blocks apart. >> clerk: thank you, ms. chapman. we have four in queue. next speaker. >> caller: good afternoon again supervisors. this is cathy deluca. i work with community living campaign and we serve older adults and adults with disabilities in the city. the majority of whom live on the west side. we're super excited to see more housing opportunities in the city, but making sure folks can travel safely to and from that housing is vital and making sure service providers can come to those houses to give in-home services is vital. i've heard from so many older
adults and folks with disabilities during the pandemic when muni service was cut back. i heard things like i am stranded in my home. i would have never moved to this neighborhood if i knew there wouldn't be a bus. i heard people say i can't transfer to another bus, it's just too hard. i've heard folks say i can't get anyone to come to my home to help me because there's no bus. folks have said, i can't walk to the bus because i can't get up and down that hill with my walker. most of the seniors and people with disabilities that i work with aren't transportation professionals like me. they don't get updates or communications. many of them aren't even online. so they didn't know what was happening with the cut-backs. they have a hard time, many of them following what's being planned. community organizations like mine try to help out, but it's difficult. so i think outreach to older adults and people with disabilities needs a major overhaul and i would urge all
the city agencies here, today listening and not listening to invest in and practice community codesign. plan with older adults and folks with disabilities as an equal partner and that's how we'll best be able to serve all of our residents. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker, please. >> caller: supervisors, good afternoon. this is lorraine petty, resident of district 5, the fillmore and i am a senior. i might urge the supervisors to take care of our community based needs now and in the near future before worried about the region and future commuters. the problem to hold off changes and new routes until covid patterns emerge and until muni
develops the capability of outreach that overcomes a digital divide. i believe it's important to know that muni has stated a priority and people with disabilities. the actions are failing us. of its seniors disabled. so low-income riders and people of color. and it was only brought back after a huge public outcry. it was brought back, but it was missing, its final third route. now, it's in a different market
requiring a transfer up to market street. for 31 balboa to the cal train station. it's going to be restored by never again going out clement street. [inaudible] -- by removing the downtown half of its route. contrary to -- >> clerk: thank you. thank you so much. next speaker. we have two left in queue. again, if you would like to speak, you just need to press star three. >> caller: hello.
i'm a member of the san francisco transit rider and i'd like to thank everyone for this hearing and also emphasize we just don't have then funding to bring back muni and it's not realistic to expect the income ridership from muni or just to rely on these. we really need a different source of funding to have muni that covers what we think is so important in terms of getting people with mobility options, access to transportation i think we're realizing the routes people need are changing and it's important we don't just close routes before we really try to improve again,
none of this investment. >> clerk: thank you so much. this is the last caller in the queue. >> caller: hi. good afternoon, supervisors. i'm with sf transit riders right now we don't have the funds to bring back 100% of pre-pandemic service and need to go well beyond that in order to meet equity goals and
accommodate for housing. and, yeah, we need a funding measure beyond the sales tax and the transportation go bond which is progressive and would really bring in substantial operating funds for muni and i live in district seven and i do think we need to emphasize transit connectivity across town including between neighborhoods. >> clerk: thank you, caller. madam chair, that concludes the queue. >> chairman: thank you. public comment is now closed. thank you, colleagues, for allowing us to hear through all of these issues. it is clear that we as a city
and county have big dreams and our transportation ambitions is related to our job growth and we must look at it in that context in that not looking at it in that context puts pressure on people who are the most vulnerable. i am grateful to supervisor mar for partnering on these very important issues and on making sure that we push the policy discussion and also hold our agencies accountable to those dreams into putting collectively our money where our mouth is to fund our existing public transportation system and our future dreams. so, with that, i don't know if you want to say any final words, supervisor mar, before we file this hearing. >> supervisor mar: i just
briefly wanted to thank you, again, chair melgar and all the presenters from the department and also everyone who called in from public comment. i really appreciated the wide range of important points that you all made and especially the folks, the seniors, and people with disabilities. that's the need for us as a city and especially sfmta to meaningfully engage with you and ensure your needs are included. so i agree with that. and i also wanted to highlight that, we have a hearing coming up in land use and transportation committee on how the city's planning to meet the comprehensive full spectrum of housing needed. i think a lot of the discussion we had today, the need to integrate planning will be apart of that too. so thank you. >> chairman: thank you very much, supervisor mar.
madam clerk, i have made a motion to file this hear, please. take the roll on that. >> clerk: on the motion to file item number three, [roll call] >> chairman: that will motion passes. thank you very much, madam clerk. please call item number four. >> clerk: item number four is an ordinance amending the planning code to lot number 002 as a landmark custodin't with the standard set forth in the article code. members of the public who wish
to provide public comment on that item call the number on the screen. if you have not done so already, please press star 3 to line up to speak and the system prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand and thank you supervisor peskin for introducing this item. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. i would like to make a motion to table this item, colleagues. >> so, with that, madam clerk, can we go to public comment on this item. >> clerk: yes. we have -- >> chairman: go ahead. >> clerk: we have michael checking to see if there are any callers in the queue.
if you have not done so, press star three to be added to the queue. michael has noted we have three listeners, but 0 in queue. >> chairman: okay. with that, public comment on this item is closed. supervisor peskin, that was the motion? >> supervisor peskin: yes. >> chairman: all right. madam clerk, please call the roll on that motion. >> clerk: [roll call] you have three ayes. >> chairman: thank you. the item's tabled. are there any other items on our calendar, madam clerk? >> clerk: that concludes the business for today. >> chairman: great. thank you so much everyone. we're adjourned.
>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses, and challenges residents to do their shopping within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services in our neighborhood, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i am the owner of this restaurant.
explores san francisco's love affair with food. there are at least 18 farmers markets in san francisco alone, providing fresh and affordable to year-round. this is a great resource that does not break the bank. to show just how easy it can be to do just that, we have come up with something called the farmers' market challenge. we find someone who loves to cook, give them $20, and challenge them to create a delicious meal from ingredients found right here in the farmer's market. who did we find for today's challenge?
>> today with regard to made a pot greater thanchapino. >> you only have $20 to spend. >> i know peter it is going to be tough, but i think i can do it. it is a san francisco classic. we are celebrating bay area food. we have nice beautiful plum tomatoes here. we have some beautiful fresh fish here. it will come together beautifully. >> many to cut out all this talk, and let's go shop. yeah. ♪ >> what makes your dish unique? >> i like it spicy and smoky. i will take fresh italian tomatoes and the fresh seafood, and will bring them to other with some nice spoked paprika and some nice smoked jalapeno peppers.
i am going to stew them up and get a nice savory, smoky, fishy, tomatoy, spicy broth. >> bring it on. how are you feeling? >> i feel good. i spent the $20 and have a few pennies less. i am going to go home and cook. i will text message u.n. is done. >> excellent and really looking forward to it. >> today we're going to make the san francisco classic dish invented by italian and portuguese fishermen. it'll be like a nice spaghetti sauce. then we will put in the fish soup. the last thing is the dungeon as crab, let it all blend together. it will be delicious. when i could, i will try to make healthy meals with fresh ingredients, whatever is in season and local. those juicy, fresh tomatoes will take about an hour to cook down
into a nice sauce. this is a good time to make our fish stock. we will take a step that seems like trash and boil it up in water and make a delicious and they speed up my parents were great clerics, and we had wonderful food. family dinners are very important. any chance you can sit down together and have a meal together, it is great communal atmosphere. one of the things i like the most is the opportunity to be creative. hello. anybody with sets their mind to it can cut. always nice to start chopping some vegetables and x and the delicious. all this double in view is this broth with great flavor. but your heart into it. make something that you, family, and friends will really enjoy. >> i am here with a manager at the heart of the city farmer's market in san francisco. thank you for joining us. tell us a little bit about the
organization. >> we're 30 years old now. we started with 14 farmers, and it has grown out to over 80. >> what is the mission of the organization? >> this area has no grocery store spiller it is all mom-and- pop stores. we have this because it is needed. we knew it was needed. and the plaza needed somebody. it was empty. beautiful with city hall in the background. >> thank you for speaking with us. are you on the web? >> yes, hocfarmersmarket.org. >> check them out. thank you. >> welcome. the dish is ready. >> it looks and smells amazing. >> thank you. it was not easy to meet the $20 budget. i checked everybody out and found some great produce. really lovely seafood. i think that you are going to love it.
>> do not be shy. you know this can run you $35 to $45 for a bowl, so it is great you did this for $20. >> this will feed four to six people. >> not if you invite me over for dinner. i am ready to dig in. >> i hope you'll love it. >> mmm. >> what do you think? >> i think i am going to need more. perhaps you can have all you want. >> i am produce the that you have crushed this farmer's market challenge by a landslide. the first, we're going to have to tally of your shopping list and see what you actually spend that the farmer's market. >> and go for it. >> incredible. you have shown us how to make super healthy, refresh chapino
from the farmers market on the budget, that for the whole family. that is outstanding. >> thank you peter i am glad that you like it. i think anybody can do it. >> if you like the recipe for this dish, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to us on facebook or twitter and we >> i went through a lot of struggles in my life, and i am blessed to be part of this. i am familiar with what people are going through to relate and empathy and compassion to their struggle so they can see i came out of the struggle, it gives them hope to come up and do something positive. ♪ ♪ i am a community ambassador.
question about what services are available. checking in, you guys. >> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us. we can direct them to the services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and
adults to commute through the streets. when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the residents. >> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me
to grab, you know. doing this job makes me feel good. because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i am at now. at now. >> manufacturing in cities creates this perfect platform for people to earn livelihoods
and for people to create more economic prosperity. i'm kate sosa. i'm cofounder and ceo of sf made. sf made is a public private partnership in the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow. for example, it would be traditional things like helping
them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education. we have had some great experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the most recent example was one that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their
relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco. i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san francisco. we started our line with wedding gowns, and about a year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle company. we sell bikes made here for
people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care about good design, and people like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room,
i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're making everything here locally. over the last few years, we've been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us, so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with
to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to wear perspective and making things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a wedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the
>> 321, okay. [ applause ] >> the park was kind of bleak. it was scary and over grown. we started to help maclaren park when we found there wasn't any money in the bond for this park maclaren. we spent time for funding. it was expensive to raise money for this and there were a lot of delays. a lot of it was just the mural, the sprinklers and we didn't have any grass. it was that bad. we worked on sprinkler heads and grass and we fixed everything. we worked hard collecting everything. we had about 400 group members. every a little bit helped and now the park is busy all week. there is people with kids
using the park and using strollers and now it's safer by utilizing it. >> maclaren park being the largest second park one of the best kept secrets. what's exciting about this activation in particular is that it's the first of many. it's also representation of our city coming together but not only on the bureaucratic side of things. but also our neighbors, neighbors helped this happen. we are thrilled that today we are seeing the fruition of all that work in this city's open space. >> when we got involved with this park there was a broken swing set and half of -- for me, one thing i really like to point out to other groups is that when you are competing for funding in a hole on the ground, you need to
articulate what you need for your park. i always point as this sight as a model for other communities. >> i hope we continue to work on the other empty pits that are here. there are still a lot of areas that need help at maclaren park. we hope grants and money will be available to continue to improve this park to make it shine. it's a really hidden jewel. a lot of
area. >> what i like doing is posting up at hotspots to let people see visibility. they ask you questions, ask you directions, they might have a question about what services are available. checking in, you guys. >> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us. we can direct them to the
services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and adults to commute through the streets. when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the residents.
>> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me to grab, you know. doing this job makes me feel good. because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i where i used to be and where i
>> testing, testing. there we go. good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the newly renovated maxine hall. [cheers and applause]. i'm san francisco mayor london breed, and i am so glad to be here. and it has been a long time coming. and it has been a trusted location that so many people in this neighborhood would come to time and time again. and there are various challenges with the vaccine, and issues around trust, there's no doubt that when we in this community need maxine hall, maxine hall is
there for us. and this is a trusted place for people of this community. [applause] a friend of mine many years ago -- her mom was struggling. her mom was only in her late 50s. and she went from being a vibrant person and she started losing weight and looking a lot different and looking unhealthy she was a woman almost 60 years old and never went into a hospital. never felt comfortable going into a hospital. and what's interesting is that her daughter was very, very much worried about what might happen to her mom. it was a very scary time for them. and eventually she convinced her to come to maxine hall. and the people here and how she was treated -- she was open to doing the kinds of tests with
needles and blood and things of that nature because there were people here who others had worked with within the community that basically reassured her that she could trust them. and eventually they discovered some things about her health and were able to get her on the right medications to get her back into the way that she did things before. and i see her on a regular basis out and about in the community as if nothing ever happened. she loves maxine hall. she loved coming here when she needs to get her flu shot, or other things. and we know that this location was temporarily moved to elio hutch community center. and i want to start by thanking james -- i'm not sure that he's here, but the eliose hutch community center, because we were concerned that during this project that broke ground in 2019 that this service wouldn't be available to the community,
and we were able to open up a temporary location with a number of trailers and elio hutch community center. want to thank the staff because it was a big thing to work in a way that you have not worked before, and we really preeshed appreciatethat. [applause] this project -- $15 million. new elevator -- elevators are expensive, by the way. i know -- when i was at the african-american culture comflex, that elevator cost us like $300,000, and that was years ago. elevators, accessibility, because a lot of people that get served here are elderly. and they need a different level of support. they can't walk up those stairs and they need this clinic. they need this location. and so accessible -- i know that sometimes food and fruit and other things are given out and
counseling sections, having the privacy in a room to have those discussions. this place means so much to so many people. and i'm so glad that this was prioritized in the 2016 health and safety bond when i served as a member of the board of supervisors and there's no way that i wouldn't make sure that organizations like this that serve the community in such a way would not receive the support that they need. so here with so many folks who are part of this community and here with i think carmen shu, the city administrator -- did she take off? oh, she's on the phone? [laughter] so carmen shu, she is the city administrator and the department of public works and carla short -- i don't think that she is here -- oh, you are? these masks are just throwing me off. so carla short, her department,
the department of public works, they managed this project to get it done on time and under budget. almost. [laughter] you guys sure know how to spend some money, don't you? and i want to thank dr. colfax for being here as well from the department of public health and the work that you do to work with the folks here in order to ensure that there's health in this community and i want to say that it's been a very, very difficult time where the city had to shut down. and we have relied so heavily on our public health folks, our nurses and our folks and our clinicians and our people out there on the field, because of the challenges that existed. and so i know that many of the people who were working at maxine hall, at elio hutch community center, they were the folks who answered all of the questions about covid and dealing with a lot of the concern and the fear from the community. and i want to thank you for continuing to be on the front
lines, even when we didn't understand the impacts of covid and what it would do. and then when we provided the vaccine, that has been a destination. and i sent everybody to maxine hall. i said get your shot at maxine hall. everyone knows what this means -- i can trust this place and i can trust the people who are part of this place, and it has made a world of difference. and now we have this world-class facility that is state-of-the-art and that should be exactly what it should be for the western edition community. and here to talk a little bit about the bond and what it means and all of the specifics who was supposed to be at the beginning of this -- this presentation, groundbreaking or whatever it ir carmen chu. [applause] >> thank you, mayor. you never want to be on the end of the mayor knowing that you're
not punctual, right. but i wanted to just come and to welcome everybody and to say a big congratulations. i know that this facility in particular has a very special place in this mayor's heart. not only because of the community that it serves, but because this is her center, right. this is the place where she grew up, and where the people in the community were served. the a place where people trusts the services here and the people who are here to take care of the community and to make sure that we continue to provide the public help that is necessary for all of our community members. so we do have a number of folks that we want to be recognizing today. and i have to apologize to the mayor, i was actually in the middle of a board meeting, hence, i could not kick off right away. but, again, i just wanted to say thank you. we have carla short here with the department of public works who has helped to deliver this, the department of public health, grant colfax who is here as well and can speak to this. and our district supervisor right now who is dean preston
who has joined us here today as well. without further adieu i would like to invite supervisor preston to come up and to say a few words of greeting and comments. thank you. [applause] >> supervisor preston: thank you, carmen, and it is really wonderful to be here with you all, thanks to the mayor, dr. colfax, director short. and to carmen chu as well. let me just say that the -- what the mayor has said is so true around not only the importance of this center to the community, but also looking back to how the funds come about, and i just want to remind everyone that when those bond measures come on to the balance, and it looks like a bunch of numbers, what we are celebrating today is when the voters of san francisco give us the green light to do big things to serve our community. and this is all made possible
because of that vote in 2016. i want to really thank all of our health care heroes. the folks who work here. the folks who had to operate. everyone knew that it would be a challenge to operate in a temporary location. like, that's tough enough. and then try doing that in the middle of a global pandemic. everyone knew that this would be a big project for d.p.w. to do. think about doing that project in the midst of a global pandemic. think about all of the work for everyone involved with the department of public health and everything that they -- all of the challenges that they have helped this city to overcome over the last year. i remember my late sister ran a behavioral health clinic in the east bay, in oakland. and i remember the incredible
stress in the years before she passed when they were operating in a trailer, in a temporary location. how difficult it was -- not just for the patients and clients, but for all of the staff to come to work in cramped quarters and for people in the community to not even really know where to go to find them. and i remember when they moved back in with the pride and the excitement that i know that folks feel about this amazing facility. and how much it meant to all of the folks who had worked so hard in these temporary locations to actually be in a permanent office to have the city invest in such a meaningful way financially in making sure that there is a home, not just now, but in the years to come, for decades and forever, for all of you to continue serving the community. and i want to especially thank
dr. james who is recently retired for her incredible work [cheers and applause]. during the pandemic. there you are. and lucia, who i know that is around. [cheers and applause]. thank you for your partnership during the pandemic and thank you for all that you do and the team here. i can't imagine who is going to fill your shoes, dr. james, but i know that some folks will try so we will look forward to continuing to partner with you and i want to introduce next the department of public works, director carla short, with thanks from my office for all of your incredible work since you have assumed the directorship of the department. welcome. [applause] >> thank you. thank you, supervisor preston. thank you, mayor breed. and administrator chu, and dr. colfax for your outstanding leadership. it is really an honor to be here with you today.
i'm carla short, the interim director of san francisco public works. and our team -- project managed this and designed this and delivered this project. the very exciting to be here at the re-opening of maxine hall. as the mayor noted, the building was originally built in 1968, and it was our job to bring this building into the 21st century. so with a very expensive elevator as well as seismic improvements and state-of-the-art facility, new patient rooms, larger exam rooms, we really hope that this facility will continue to provide for the community as it has done. i also really want to acknowledge what we just heard. you know, the staff worked throughout this pandemic. our team worked throughout this pandemic. they came every day to, you know, to carry out their essential duties to get the job done. so i do want to recognize a few folks on our team, led by ron alameda, who is the city
architect. and joe chin and charles king of public works. [applause] and especially our colleague at the department of public health it is partnerships like this that we come together that we can really deliver something magical for community. so i too want to thank the voters who approved the public health and safety bond. when you support those bonds, you support these very important projects that really then goes on to support everyone in the community. so we are very grateful for that. and i think -- we just want to recognize the important role that these types of centers -- as the mayor noted -- play when we have a global pandemic. who knew that was coming? but thank goodness that we had a facility like this to provide for folks a trusted facility. so public works is so proud to have been part of this project and the grand reopening today. and thank you all for your support. and with that i would like to introduce dr. grant colfax.
[applause] >> well, good afternoon, everybody. thank you. it's so great to be here on this beautiful day. i want to thank mayor breed, supervisor preston, city administrator chu and dr. short, and the voters, for bringing this project to fruition. it has been a while. most of all i want to thank the dph team, the incredible dph team, who worked on this both here at the clinic and across dph for your resiliency and strength and for getting this work done. this is so amazing. thank you so much. [applause] i also wanted to just say that i have connections with this clinic that goes back some ways i actually trained here as a resident. and i will say that it needed a bit of refurbishing, shall we say, at that point. and i remember talking about the elevators and was recalling
getting stuck in an elevator here at one point and that was a while ago. and really excited to be here. and these renovations are really about ensuring that we provide a caring environment for people to get the care they need, to serve the whole patient. and serving the whole patient means providing an environment that is welcoming for people to get check-ups, for people to get primary care, and women's health care and medical testing and doing that all in one location. you know, in the medical jargon we call this low-barrier access, but that's really just a way of saying that we're flexible, that people can drop in, that we support people and caring for themselves. and it really takes a team in many cases to ensure that people realize their full ability towards health and wellness. it is has been over a year and a half. we've had the pandemic fight and, again, it is amazing what this clinic have done and what the staff have done and most importantly i think what the community has done to ensure that their health and wellness
is maintained as well as possible. i also want to call out james and thank him for his partnership, including elio hutch, especially with the implementation of covid testing and the vaccinations, that took some work and it took partnership. it wasn't always easy. and there were some difficult conversations. but we built those partnerships, and look where we are now. since the start of the panhandle, maxine hall has administered over 17,000 covid tests and almost 10,000 vaccines. [applause] yes, amazing, over 10,000 vaccines. and i just have to say it -- there are some kid over there and i wonder if they're vaccinated yet and they look like they're between 5 and 11, right, and if you are eligible for your booster, get your booster. i also really want to acknowledge westside community services and executive director marianne jones for their important ongoing work. [applause] right. we know how important behavioral health is and this clinic stayed open during construction and
during the pandemic to provide those all-important substance treatments to the community. so we have done well here. part of this is work allows the western edition to have one of the highest rates of vaccination in the city, with 78% of people fully vaccinated. [applause] that's great work. and that is in partnership with the community leaders and people who received their cure here at maxine hall. and in that regard it is my great honor to welcome roslyn fraser with a long-time member of maxine hall advisory committee and has lived in the western addition for a period of time i believe. over 30 plus years. so thank you so much for being here and i appreciate your wisdom and your guidance as we do our work and serve the community. welcome. [applause]
>> welcome, mayor london breed, mr. grant colfax and supervisor dean preston and all of the representatives and the city leaders and also the patient advisors that are here today. thank you, everyone, for coming out to see our new renovated maxine hall clinic. you could have been anywhere else, but you chose to be here with us on this special day to celebrate with us. i know -- i know that mrs. maxine hall is smiling down on us on this special day. she was a big advocate in the western edition and she would have been proud. my name is roslyn fraser and i have been coming to maxine hall health center for more than 13 years. and i have served on patient advisory committees for about
five years. and it have been a pleasure to serve on different projects. such as the hypertension equity group. the city-wide pack. and the subcommittee for the covid vaccine outreach. i thank god for my health and strength for allowing me to serve on these different committees. now that the clinic is remodeled, what i like most about the clinic is that it is very up-to-date, and thank god that we have an elevator. [laughter]. [applause] for the seniors and the disabled. and we have large exam rooms. something we have needed for years. i know all of our patients will really appreciate this. i want -- i personally want to thank the entire staff of maxine hall and the porters and for all of the hard work and dedication
that y'all have done -- have shown during this pandemic. i know that it wasn't easy, but god gave y'all -- each and every one of y'all -- the strength. i know that it was stressful, but you did it. thank you for all that you do. god bless each and every one of you. and thank you. [applause] >> thank you. thank you, roslyn, for your comments and for joining us today. of course i want to say again a big thank you to all of the city departments who helped to deliver this project. i have mentioned the department of public works, the health department, and also the mayor's office of disability with regard
to that elevator. so we definitely want to make sure to remember them. but we have been throughout all of this project really it has been the community effort and how people came together to continue serving the community. again, i want to thank all of you for doing that. and james, i think that the mayor had mentioned our thanks to you to make sure that we continue to have temporary sites and services. of course, we want to thank mary ann and all of the folks here at maxine hall. so without further adieu we are here to cut a beautiful ribbon. so mayor, come on up. and supervisor preston and roslyn, we would love to have you join us. >> thank you. (♪♪)
[♪♪♪] ♪ homelessness in san francisco is considered the number 1 issue by most people who live here, and it doesn't just affect neighbors without a home, it affects all of us. is real way to combat that is to work together. it will take city departments and nonprofit providers and volunteers and companies and community members all coming together. [♪♪♪] >> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own.
there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses, hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone
that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event
are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with
the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming
into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right away, and you can register very easily online. >> a lot of people see folks experience a homelessness in the city, and they don't know how they can help, and defence like this gives a whole bunch of people a lot of good opportunities to give back and be supported. [♪♪♪]