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inspectors. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon chairman nolan, members of the board, director reiskin. it gives me great honor and pleasure to be here today to acknowledge two of our fare inspectors who really are just nothing short of heroes in the incident that i'm about to read you. on july 2, 2013 at approximately 1915 hours transit inspectors cheryl garrison and justin were on duty at powell street station and heard someone screaming from the platform. they ran to the source of the noise and discovered that a patron had fallen on to the track way in his wheelchair. the inspectors jumped onto the tracks to assist the patron. as they began their rescue effort
fare inspector observed an lrv approaching from the in bound direction. with no regard for their own safety they remained on the track way. fare inspector garisson assisted to assist the patron while the other inspector signaled the lrv to stop with his flashlight. after it was stopped within a safe distance they assisted the patron onto the platform floor and with his cheryl cheer. he requested the incident and requested support for the patron. the patron was transferred to san francisco general hospital and rail service continued. fare inspectors like these were truly heroic and reflect great credit
upon themselves and the unit and the sfmta. the agency is proud to recognize them for their actions and i could not be prouder of them. [applause] >> congratulations. ms. garisson, the board and the entire city ask you and mr. mogabo thank you very much. we know you have family members with you. we would like to meet them. >> thank you very much. to first with [inaudible] a hero. we did what we were supposed to do for the city and county of san francisco. that's what we are known for and i believe my
co-inspectors would have done the same thing if they were there. before i say anything i want my commander lee to come over here with me. [applause] i want to thank each and every one of you with trust in me [inaudible] and ed reiskin for making one of the best choices i have seen in mta. i could not have been prouder with them being here with me. when i first met her and first introduced -- somebody wanted to introduce me. she said "no, i know him. he's justice" and continued and [inaudible] the atmosphere at the job was so low but when she came the the moral
was so high. in a scale of 10 to one we're now eight to nine. i want to thank you so much for making that good choice and also the deputy here chris, my best partner cheryl garisson and inspectors [inaudible] >> justice, introduce your wife. [applause] let me say something more. when mta ed reiskin appointed her to be the head of us there were two things she said that caught my attention. she said "i am here not to micro manage this department. i'm over here as a
sister, as a mother, and anything that you need that she would be there for us. she said two things that caught my eye. she said "i don't want [inaudible] i don't want people bickering. if you work so hard your rewarded and she kept her promise. she used her own personal money to give us a gift when any of the inspectors achieved the goal she wanted by giving us a 50-dollar card for you to do whatever you wanted to do, so we have the mta, ed reiskin, board members and thank you very much. [applause] >> congratulations. >> i like to say i am honored to receive this and like justice
said i wouldn't have had it any other way. it's a natural intircht that i had and we jumped in and did what we had to do and thank you everyone, fare inspectors and my husband to support me, dave morgan. [applause] , my daughter anita garisson, my daughter. [applause] thank you. >> thank you. your jobs are so difficult, so important. really thank you for going way above and beyond job description. thank you. director reiskin. >> yeah, i would echo the job of the fare inspector is a very difficult one. it's one that often doesn't receive a lot of gratitude but they do their job extremely well everyday and not surprising given this circumstance two of them would jump in and act the way they did, so thanks to the whole crew and your leadership for the great work that you all do.
another great crew was celebrated last week at the 50th muni car cable bell ringing contest in union square. we were happy to have the vice chair and director lee on hand and the board of supervisors and members of the public. i missed it. apparently the 49er's cheerleaders were there. i would have gotten in trouble if i was there but it was a great day, the fifth annual, tradition for the department, for muni, for the cable car division. the way it works there are the professionals and there are the amateurs and the amateur division third place went to kimmy taylor, second place to pillar [inaudible] and first place of scotty of cbs local media, all of them really
outstanding performances. the mistress of ceremonies were debbie durst, the comedian and entertaining and funny and there was music by the slot blades and a cable car band -- i guess a muni band, very talented group of folks that keep it lively, but the real excitement is when the professionals, the cable car conductors and grips got up and i think i wasn't a judge but i think the judges had a difficult time because all of them were really outstanding, so please do announce that the third place went to joseph sue, second place ken lain regardy, and the first place winner, defender champion, held on to the championship was trit whitaker and he's here with us. he's been with muni for 13
years and cable car for 11 years and worked as both a grip and a conductor and second time in a row winning so we would like to call him up and congratulate him and maybe we can entice him to give us a little -- [applause] >> i just want to say once again to the fare inspectors you all do a great job and i appreciate -- i interact with them very little but i have seen them in action and they have patience and i want to say thank you to you all. [applause] once again i am here in front of you. i am still nervous but now i'm feeling like you guys are family so thank you again for having me. it's a privilege and honor to be in front of you today. >> congratulations mr.
whitaker. outstanding job. >> oh i have a beautiful wife too. [applause] and i want to recognize her co-workers which is her boss and nadia sinca and anthony -- i don't know where he is and i wanted to acknowledge them too. >> so we're going to have a little demonstration. >> yes. >> oh good. >> [inaudible] (bells ringing
demonstration). [applause] champion cable car ringer. thank you and congratulations again. moving on i wanted to acknowledge part of -- you know our strategic plan for safety is the number one goal. we also have another goal in the plan is to strengthen the work force. the way we're trying to bring those two together and reinforce and strengthen the culture of safety in the department is by
acknowledging and rewarding those parts of the organization for their safe performance, so at some point last year gerald williams, the head of industrial safety started a maintenance safety award and he looks at the safety statistics of all the different maintenance divisions in the mta and each quarter. whoever does best gets the award and this quarter's award goes to the scott center maintenance team which is lead by rich von seka and this is kind of behind the scenes operation. the scott center is where we maintain the non revenue vehicles so all of the vehicles that support the muni support and the rest of the mta are maintained by the scott division and they were chosen because of their reduction of lost time injuries, their demonstration of leadership in safety, monthly inspections
compliance, safety employee commitment and active of safety within the work place. they work in the scott garage -- it's kind of across the street from animal care and control and an old facility not really designed for the purpose that it's being used so safety is all the more important so we just want to recognize rich and his team. i'm not sure if they're here and recognize the team for their great work to keep his employees safe and congratulate them, and finally i just wanted to give you i guess a quick report out on the bart strike, especially since we may need to dust off the plans again. we had as you know -- not only did we have the strike that lasted for about four and a half days, but it came real on the heels of the supreme court rulings and the celebrations, pride weekend. we had the holiday of course in there, july fourth. we had
america's cup and shortly thereafter we had the plane crash and the assistance there, so there was a lot of activities happening in july already, and then we have obviously the bart strike come in. it was a pretty significant challenge for the transportation agencies in the bay area. we worked very closely through mtc and coordinating throughout the region. there were 25 agencies that came together to try to fill the gap that bart left, so just some highlights. our ridership -- we had put more service on the mission corridor in particular where we could pick up people that normally would come in through daly city, balboa, glen park and the part stations and our peak ridership was up 10, 15% each day during the strike so we were able to absorb some of that. the other
kind of main part of our operation was traffic management. we had a lot more people driving into downtown than would normally do so. the pco's did a phenomenal job of trying to keep the traffic moving dealing with the very, very heavy rush hours. we did coordination with casual carpool, charter buses and folks on the sustainable street side were working trying to manage all of that. we did a lot of outreach. we had 80,000 fliers distributed in three languages. we used 511, the website, a lot of social media, press releases, employee newsletters. we actually deputized a bunch of non operational employees to be ambassadors and fan out to bart stations and other places to direct people to alternative modes of getting around so the agency really came together.
there was great leadership from john daly and his team and others and particularly scarlet lamb and my great hire apparently lee mill teleo at the helm did a phenomenal job to keep san francisco moving and just an incredible effort by a lot of people, so we are not one to rest on our laurels. we are doing after action analysis. for everything that went well there were things that we felt we could have done better so we're refining and tightening up those plans. we maybe at the same situation again at the beginning of august. if that -- of course we hope it doesn't happen but if it does happen we will absolutely be ready, and that concludes my report. >> thank you mr. reiskin. members of the board questions or comments to the director?
seeing none. members of the public that wish to speak to the director's report. >> mr. whiner. >> yes thank you. >>i am seeing no one to address the board. we will move to item eight. >> brand-new chairman. congratulations. >> thank you. >> dan murphy is going to be the vice chairman. >> correct. our stationary is all fixed up. >> congratulations. >> thanks to the great staff. >> we appreciate you taking leadership at this point. welcome. >> and have a few motions and resolutions that we put together last month. let me start out with review actually that occurred over two of our meetings, on the title six transit policies proposed by the agency to the federal transportation agency. they were presented last on july 11. we recommend that the policies that were proposed be adopted
by this board with two exceptions. we recommend that the policy be applied to changes in span of service on a route of more than one hour per day. in other words, the process of reviewing possible disparate impact in terms of route changes, times and so forth, schedules, is particularly important when you've got routes that are late at night or early in the morning and they're spread far apart and it could have particularly adverse impact on the people that depend on those routes so we recommended that be added to the plan. also that the staff should reconsider thresholds once ridership data becomes available to insure that the thresholds are not less restrictive than consensus base thresholds and reevaluate the thresholds in that case.
second motion, mta, recommend that whenever possible funding is provided to the division to adequately manage traffic for special events including parades so enforcement can adequately deploy enough personnel for these events. next sfmta recommends that the events team communicate with other transit agencies about special plans and traffic management. mta andm ares post evaluation for all events be done. we understand that is done. we recommend that it be done more fully. finally on the subject of the mission bay loop project our engineering
maintenance committee weighed in with this recommendation. mta /pac recommends that the sfmta board to the board of directors board that the mission bay loop project be expedited and completed as soon as possible. that's our recommendations for this meeting. thank you. >> thank you. members of the board have questions or comments? >> i do have a question on the loop project. did the cac weigh in on an option because it's my understanding there is discussion going on whether it's north or south of channel? and did the cac have an opinion on that? >> we did not weigh in on that potential issue, although we have been -- some of our members have been watching this for years. before the mta decided to go ahead with it, or in the interim read when nothing was.
>> >> done we didn't have a presentation on that issue on the meeting though. >> okay thank you. >> thank you for always thoughtful recommendations by the citizens' advisory council. we will consider them seriously. thank you. other comments on the citizens' advisory council? >> no members of the public asked to address you regarding the citizens' advisory council report. moving on to public comment. this is the opportunity to address the board on items that are within the jurisdiction of today's agenda and not on today's calendar. sara coalborn followed by fell lippy coalborn and lance karns. >> okay. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. i am a resident of san francisco and live on the out skirts of north
beach. i'm really opposed to the tunnels [inaudible] extension at the central subway to north beach. this will turn north beach in noisy area [inaudible] and in the neighborhood across from washington square park, one of the prettiest parks in the city and cost 17 million in project funds and 9 million in local bus and transit funds. the central subway will work just as well without this useless extension and finally when it's completed there will be no north beach station. this is a lot to ask the neighborhood [inaudible] construction -- [inaudible]
benefit. please remove the tunnels go to option from the central subway project. save 17 million and 9 million and let north beach enjoy its village and especially for the tourists. we live by the gateway and we had months and months of trucks and that i can tell you it's been awful and it's just going to ruin north beach. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> [inaudible] coalburn. lance karns. burt whiner. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. i am a resident of san francisco and a will -- a will you ever of north
beach and this comes down to money and many think that the millions spent in north beach is free money so why not take the gift? the central subway is projected to have 400 million over run by the time it's finished. this money would not come from federal funds but local funds. for example muni bus operations and repair, expanded parking, meter placement, taxi fees, additional city taxes, et cetera. the simple fact is we can't afford the tunnels in the face of such an huge over run and the damage it will do to the muni system overall. muni director ed reiskin said in his examiner op-ed in may "if we continue to not fund this it will go into
more disrepair." solution, cut the tunnels in the subway project and chinatown will work just as well without them. the project is much needed 17 million richer and that taken from the all already weaken muni and train systems. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker please. mr. karns i think. >> sorry. >> okay good afternoon. >> mr. karns and herbert wiener and nick camora. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. my name is is lance karns and a resident of north beach and here to talk about muni's poor communication and lack of communication with the people of north beach. beginning in late may we got notices start dates for demolition of the pagoda
theater in north beach. demolition has not started. on july 1 with unannounced meeting with muni engineers and offices and select residents it was revealed that the contractor has no plans and no demolition or possibility of starting construction. these possible illegal notices create uncertainty for those that live in the neighborhood and for merchants that depend on a hospitality business climate and further reduce the credibility for the muni agency and the person should be replaced by someone who can give us accurate information. further unlike the select meeting attendees mentioned before most residents and businesses in the vicinity have not met with muni or told of the impacts that the demolition and construgz will cause. muni owes north beach
some hard facts. when the plans are available schedule a meeting with all concerned and explain what will happen during the construction. we understand there are hazardous materials at the site and want to know how they're going to be disposed safely and which streets will be used and possibly block off. to keep us in the dark any longer shows muni's contempt for the wishes and welfare of the people of north beach. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> [calling speaker names] >> good afternoon mr. wiener. >> herb art wiener impauled stakeholder. i wish you would address an atrocity. i attempted to travel to 38th and tara vel and caught a shuttle. i waited for several minutes for the 28 bus. the information
panel kept fluctuating. finally the bus came. it was full and passed us by. the next bus would come in 80 minutes so i had to travel to lombard street to catch the 43 and in turn connected me to l at forest hills station and i arrived at my destination after one hour and 50 minutes. the punch line is that i would have gotten there much earlier had the 29 bus been available, but no it was discontinued by the transit effectiveness project. now, what happened to me could happen to other people, and this is basically the dirty work of the transit effectiveness project which was rubber stasmd by mta and sanctioned by this board and you all should be ashamed. in addition i would like to have a
response from mr. hailey from my email about switchbacks. it's been two months and his response is slower than a muni bus. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> nick kemora, kelly cutler. >> i am nick and volunteer with the coalition on homelessness and here with solidity with the community living in their vehicles currently experiencing displacement crisis as a result of the over sized pilot parking ban and i am here to summarize some issues i realize that were not in the agenda but the outreach was supposed to be done by the sf hot team but we are getting reports that sfpd are doing the outreach and handing out the fly ares and reaching out to the vehicles and we believe this is a terrible
strategy and increases police mar rasesment and the fear of being displaced by the police. second, tickets have been written to people living in their vehicles. from what we heard you stated in public it wasn't going to be before july 15 that tickets are issued and we're here to tell you they're issued and this could create a mistrust and we are looking to avoid that and nit to outreach to july 15 and people are getting tickets and will hinder that and lastly there has been a death of someone living in a vehicle in san francisco that reported increased stress and anxiety before their death. i think this is an incident of this legislation adding stress to people in a moment of crisis and without housing. we anticipate increase in physical and mental pr