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is from vision sf. i can show it or hands it. this is a flier given out. these can be easily put. this is a bicycle coalition flier. these can be put in muni clear channel stalls so people actually can see it. it is translated in the bike coalition, may may update it are for you in the future so these thing cz be put--these things are improvements that can occur with the vision sf program. the last thing is adopting policy changes that save lives. once again that is making sure we have the connections even if from a platform to the sidewalk near a school and mentioned this with supervisor yee about different ideas done and implemented sump as painting or toning the sidewalk at
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platforms especially at transpor takez transfer points so people slow down significantly at the places where people try to board and cross. >> good afternoon again chair yee, commissionersism cathy dulukea policy and program director of walk s.. walk sf is pleased to see vision zero incorporated into city policy documents. it is necessary for us to get to zero that if vision zero approach is woven through all the city's work so really excited to see thishaening. i'm excited marry talked about predictive modeling. walk sf is encouraging the silty to expands how it looks at and designate streets that need improvalments because crashs happen throughout the city and then we rush to fix a intersection where someone was hit and killed but not looking at it before so the city i
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think is getting better taking knowledge from community members. they will do predictive modeling and can keep work wg them to refine the methods for targeting locations. all of that is happening in the backgrounds but think moving forward with this change for the general plan is important and i think what is poncht which we'll talk about later is the vision zero action strategy because that document is what is really going to help us to get to vision zero and have the specifics, so for now general plan amendments are great. thank you. >> thank you. any other public comments on the item? seeing none, public comment is closed. a motion to- >> it's a information item . >> okay. the item is closeed. let's go to item 5. >> item 5, recommend supporting a resolution urging the california state legislature to amend the california vehicle and public utilities codes to enable local jirs dictions to
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permit, conduct and enforcement and access trip data for transportation network companies. action item. >> good afternoon. i dopet know if chair peskin would like to introduce the item, and this is a belt and sus spender production. the board of supervisors passed something all most identical to this yesterday, but i thought it was also important that in our other incarnation as the conte transportation authority that we do that as well. i'm very pleased that the mayor's administration is on board with this policy too and love to hear from our staff as well as kate torn from the sfmta. i think part of getting a handle on uber and lyft and transportation network companies starts with having data and i dont think anybody can be against that no matter
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how powerful uber may be and how many votes they might be able to rustal up in sacramento. with that i will turn it over to staff but want to thank my colleagues voting for this yesterday unanl msly at the full board. >> that is great flews. news. mta have been working together with the deputy for technology data and analysis. understanding the first step is to quantify the impacts positive and negative on the streets in termoffs conjugz, safety, equity access and slew of policy areas. the first focus of the ruzlution requesting data from california pu c which receives monthly reports from lyft and urber so that is topic of the resolution. there are other asspects less reported in the
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news. want to highlight the request for the delegation of some of that authority from the state to the local governments who are interested in permitting and enforcing these services. let me go ahead with this introduction and introduce kate. >> good afternoon, kate 29 kreckter of taxi and accessible services with sfmta. thank you for inviting to provide context. i'll keep it brief but happy to answer any questions. this is certainly an area of concern for the sfmta and certainly accessing the trip reports that are currently required by sth california public utilities commission would be very helpful to our role in managing the streets of san francisco and there are reports required on accessibility, on the number of drivers completing their training courses, the service by zip code, driver violation jz suspensions, annual report
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on hours and miles logged by drivers and this is very rich data and we can see in new york city where [inaudible] required to provide this type of data, the type of report that can be then generated and the understanding of the vehicle miles traveled on the streets. i think that's a really good model for san francisco. in new york city there is one entity the taxi and limo zeen commission has taxi, limoes and tnc type service and with that they have similar requirements and they have data reporting requirements and if you have not read the bruce shaller report in new york sit a i rementd you read it. it is pretty eye opening and some of the data shows that there is 600 million miles of-600 million miles added to the
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streets in mew york city. again, this is not san francisco, but it gives us a idea the impact in another dense city. tnc tranlz ported 15 million passengers per month in new york city so with that type of data we can get a understanding of the impact on roadways, congestion and safety and disability access. we know there has been a impact on the sfmta provided service through our paratransit program, the wheelchair accessible ramp taxi program has seen decline in the range of 40 to 50 percent in passengers so had a huge impact on one side of the street and like to see are the trips taken up by tnc's or not. are wheelchair users specifically not having access to the same level of on demand service as
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those without-who don't use wheelchairs so these are important areas we are looking at rks also in terms of vision zero, some the really important items we are looking at relate to the maximum drive time. we have seen a number of recent newspaper articles about uber and lyft drivers, one, driving from long distances to work in san francisco and driving 18, 19 hours so we are concern td about that. there is a state law on the book regarding maximum drive time and like to see the cpu c enforcing that, or being able to enforce at the local level per the resolution and i have been looking at a audit of the cpu c and transportation enforcement branch and have 37 staff total for the number of permits they
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issue. i don't think they could ever adequately cover all the enforcement activities that would be needed so they may appreciate support from the local level. >> isn't that the same pu c that found that sharing this information that is provided to them-sharing this information with the public isn't in the publics interest? >> thereat is the same pcu c so one would think support enforcement support at the local level would be appreciated. >> i realize you don't work the fr the state but how can a public agency not devulvpublic information to the public? this is a rhetorical question. it is mind-boggling. >> it has been certainly a area of frustration all around that here we are tasked with you know providing safe
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transportation in our streets safe and movement of goods and servicess through san francisco and yet this massive new transportation service that's operating on our streets and that has local impacts that we really don't have one-people say how many tnc drivers are operating now and how many trips or have a complaipt who do i go to. it is always-i found channels but it is very challenging and ta received a number of complaint and pleev a number of constituent are very concern would the congestion and on street behaviors. >> i have a specific question since you are our local representative on that industry, have you had your attorneys try to do information requests? it doesn't make sense to me either. have you
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asked to try to sunshine that information? >> they are not under the same sunshine obligations so there is pu c-someone will throw me a lifeline with the citation but they are not obligated in the same way. we have a government agency in the state that can withhold public information? it is written into our constitution? >> supervisor-in the resolution on page 21 of the packet page 1 out of 4 of the text the resolution, we sited some of the responses from the pu c staff. they cited denying the request from the sfmta and our agency cited required tnc to provide reports to safety and enforcement division documenting the operational data. the requirement is file the reports confidentially and
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are in phase two of a process of rule making set a few years ago. citeing that was the agreement at the time they say that the agreement is the reports are filed confidentialty to the pu c and further cite the pu c provisions of the california evidence code that authorize the commission to refuse to disclose information if diz closure is against public interest andstaff memorandum stated the commissioned preserving confudinchality. >> my question is different that than going to commission and staff. my question is have you asked your city attorney to file and take them to court? >> no, woo haven't yet. >> that is my specific question. >> no. >> if they are citeing the code in the whauv you just said >> california evident code.
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>> the california evident code, it is the commission citeing the law they must have their attorney apine on their behalf, have we asked our city attorney who is very effective taking people to court-why are we not taking them to court? >> we have discussed that and we have a lot of discussions on various aspects of this and the data piece is a topic of discussion and at this point there is pu c code that allows them to not make that information available. >> have you had discussions with your attorneys? >> correct. >> so they have given writ ten opinions saying it would be unsuccessful. >> verbal. not that we would be unsuccessful and challenging but that we discussed the topic generally and that there is-they pointed to the pu c code that allows them to do
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that. >> i dont know about my other commissioners but think that sound like it is ripe for a challenge. >> i guess the question i have is who-is it the pu c state commission that i guess codifys the codes or state legislators? >> we believe the commission is considering closing the phase 2 of rule making and moving to stage 3 so the opportunity is advocate for different rules in phase 3. so the resolution says seek public hearing on the basing of the claim and in favor the tnc over local jurisdiction. in the phase two making and push for phase 3. >> commissioner peskin >> i appreciate commissioner safais notion mpt it is worth looking at for no other reason to get their attention. the other way going about it, the
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31st of the resolution asking the state legislator to tell the pu c to cut this nonsense out and share what should be public information so we can make our streets safer and less congested. this is out of some kind of kafka novel. >> access to data is what we talked about la and oakland and other cities we have engaged on this very topic and think there is certainly a lot of appetite to see the data and get a undering especially in the context of vision zero and congestion and environmental concerns. >> let's be clear, uber has a remarkable amount of power in sacramento. that is how we ended up with the pu c preemption we have to grapple with every day rendering us powerless as the scorj gets worse and worse. we can't cap
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the number of vehicles-i hear this every day in different ways and we just don't- >> you made that clear. let's go to public comment. any public comment on this? >> good afternoon commissioners. charles decharge a community organize with san francisco bike coalitionism we support the resolution to amend california vehicle and public utilities code to enable to correct data from transportation network companies. issues with uber and lyft have risen to the top complaint from members. i especially hear every week or day about the many ways the tnc compromise the safety of people walking and biking. a few things as see agdriver pulling
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in a busy bike lane and seeing a uber or lyft sticker while biking. you have it support of 10 thousand plus members to regulate tnc and believe data collection is the first step. troubles showing lyft and uber add 45 thousand more car tooz the streets. we need afford ways to get around. if we get to zero we need to prioritize biking walking to get around the city. look forwardwork wg the commissioners to work locally and get the taenz of the state legislators. wlaurfb the resolution we are in strong belief the impact needs to effect companies them sevl jz not individual drivers. thank you. >> thank you. any other public comment on this item? >> hi again. just wanted to express walk sf strong support for the resolution. thank you commissioner peskin pushing
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this forward. we know the more vehicles on the streets the more dangerous it is for people walking on our streets. so, this information will help make the streets safer so thank you. >> okay. >> one other thing i like to mention is the accessibility component. when i see google buses and shuttle buses or the bus systems blocking access, hand y cap accessibility becomes difficulty getting from a station to or on to the bus and i think a lot of the buses don't have adequate hanny cap and ada required accessibility to get into them. whether they are shuttle buses they need to conform or a scooter or walker they should have and provide such services. >> thank you. any other public comments on this. ? seeing none public comment is closed. commissioner peskin would you mike to make a motion?
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>> i would like to-this would serve-we are now a committee. this is the only remaining committee of the transportation authority so i would like to recommend this to the full transportation authority commission for hearing on april the 11th. >> okay. any objection? seeing none, the motion passes. let's go to item number 6. >> item 6, overall vision zeer oaf progress report. this is information item. >> i want to say that in the-because we are getting behind in the schedule if you can highlight since we have a written report. just highlights. thank you. >> absolutely. my name is luis montoya at the mta. we oversee the bike and pudist pedestrian
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safety work. this is just a overview of the full report that was included in your packet. we will give the highlights today but want to take this out of order since ab 342 automated speed enforcement before the legislator is a timely matter and want to invite kate vene up. >> kate, director of government affair. since the last meeting and talking about this overtwo years and beyaunds. it is a fundamental action item. february after a lot of work with stail stakeholders in the 6 months leading up assembly member chiu introduced. it is over 8 years since there is legislation that will allow automated speed enforcement. we have a huge battle. the bill is set in prifenacy and
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consumer protection on april 18 and assuming it passes out of committee it will go to assembly transportation on the 24th. certainly can talk btd the deep dive with many stakeholders. we would not bow here without the support the advocates with us and leading us and your leadership. it has been the difference maker and partners at public health. just the doimation and the fact we are still fundamentally battling to make the case speed is a problem. we have not won the battle. happy to share anymore details off line or here but recognize thg time and other items i will stop. >> okay. thank you for the update and you know, i just want to make the public aware that the city leader ship the mayor, the board of supervisors and ta commissioners have strongly supported this effort
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of ab 342 and yp to also give a shout out to families for safe streets going up to sacramento and testifying. i'm sure their testimonys have a strong impact. >> yes, thank you for that. it is amazing to have their engagement. thank you. >> that you thank you. >> [inaudible] department of public health. i'm filling in for leilani schwarcz who is out sick. just looking at the first slide we had 30 fatalities in 2016 compared to 31 in 2015, 31, 2014. so we are relatively flat since vision zero started. people walking are still most impacted so 50 percent of our fatalities were pedestrians. we have seen a slight reduction in the number of pedestrians killed in
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2016, 4 lessism reduction in motorcycle, however we have seen increase in drivers and passengers killed. in particular we had a quigz cligz where three people were killed at once. taking the broad sense nation wide there is a 14 percent increase in fatalities. the fact we are relatively flat we haven't made much progress number wise. the high injury network still accounts for a large percentage of fatalities. saw 63 percent of fatalities on the high injury network so predictive where the thengs are occurring, where the fatalities occurring. along with 30 percent of fatalities in a mtc concern. these are low income communities in san
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francisco. finally, seniors are disproportionately effected by fatalities, so 44 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016 were people 65 and older and goes up to 80 percent age 60 and older. men are still vastly over represented so 77 percent of traffic fatalities were men, which is what we see nation wide. and then primary collision factor in san francisco red light running recollect failure to yield to pedestrians and unsafe speed. any questions? >> what do you attribute the 77 percent of males to? are we dumber or what? >> i guess, i don't know. [laughter]. men typically engage in more risky behaviors
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which is my guess. more likely to ride motorcycle and more likely to die if you are in a collision in a motorcycle. thank you. >> uh-huh. >> so, what we are left is the key question is what are we doing about it? we are have a high number of people dying on our streets so vision zero was adopted in 2014 shortly there after we came windup a two year action strategy we carried out and about to embark on the second two year action strategy. we work would 17 city departments to understand what was everybody doing. we had great participation from police department and public heth helt kwr planning and pubic public works and city an ad mip strairt. what we know is working is enforcement is up
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and that is improving safety on the streets. we had a tremendous effort to get the word out about vision zero, i'll talk about in a second item today and we have been making great strides redesigning the streets. we know we need to do more of all those things, but those are things we think are going well. challenges we tone to face though are as devon pointed out that minority communities are senior citizens are disproportionately effected by the traffic violence. the demo graphics and where you live shouldn't affect how your safety on the street and we know we need to domore about that. that comes down to the corridors we select for implementing the safety measures which is already atomic of discussion and how we reach out to the communities to understand what they need are and their perceptions of what is a appropriate design for the street and how we focus our resources. all those things are going to be worked on
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moving forward. we also mentioned that san francisco is growing and that we have a booming economy. more people walking and biking so scr a challenge of more actavety on the streets and yet trying to get to zero for fatalities so know we have to harness that development to make sure those building sites and streets build in pedestrian safety and safety infrastructure and also as others have pointed out we dopet just wait for collisions to happen before we make an investment and identify areas growing in the city where we know we will have more activity and proactively making change tooz the street design and our policies. so, moving on-another one of our initiatives undersition zero has been the priority projects. this is just a snapshop of our site where we track the project
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that range from education efforts, to safety improvements on the streets and will get a update on those today but want to point out to the public they are available on the website for tracking. in the past few months we had a number of key milestones for traffic signal projects. complete streets project on palou and of course we did-making progress on automated speed enforcement. a list of upcoming milestones. it is great to note the pedestrian count down signals that will go in across town, but especially on a lot of high injury network corridors where we see people walk and get hit. impruchments at mission trumble and others on mission
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street. bulbouts on sutter street and completion of signals and curb design that will set the stage for [inaudible] this is just a overview of the mayor's executive director issued in august 2016 where the mayor issued some specific points for us-13 points to improval on how to deliver vision zireoism in the packet there were update said for each. many touched on today by other presenters but i want to call attention to had fact we are approaching a mile stone set in the executive director for three bikeway projects in 9 months so that comes up in may and we have just about completed two the 3 and the third we plan to take to the board shortly and we do plan meeting that objective. that's all i have for this
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item. >> i realize this is at the end year 3 and i'm delighted that to the extent anybody can be delighted about death that we are flat, but you think we would start to see a little bit of a diminishing number of pedestrian fatalities as these get rolled out. do you have any guesses why we are not seeing that? is it because we continue to add more cars and more congestion at the same time we add the improvement snz >> we do think it is that. nationally the nation is growing, the economy is growing and see so we see crashs up 10 perlt nationally and also up in the state of california so one can look at a stay flat in san francisco as somewhat a positive indicator. the other
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is we didn't get into a lot of detail the different modes of people dying on our streets and did actually have the motorcycle collision jz there were a couple of i think multiple died in single vehicle collisions. a car flipped in soma after a police chase so there are events that were driving the numbers there, but as we dive into the the numbers we hope to see severe collisions especially with people walking going down. we haven't quite finish tracking the numbers for 2016 but hope to see progress there and will continue to report on that. >> thank you. any public comments on this issue? two minute deadlines. >> so, we have-[inaudible] there isn't anything about promoting the issue about
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drivers. i believe the [inaudible] about the fines that drivers will get which makes a severe warning. >> this isn't a back and forth situation here, so you want to make comments, go ahead. >> basically the rest the country is at 14 percent of citizen death from drivers not yielding but san francisco it is 64 percent. we are 4 times higher than the rest the city so want to know specifically [inaudible] amazing maps when we should do billbords so drivers know if you see a sign you will get fined if you cros ovthe line. >> next. >> good afternoon commissioners. richard rothman and represent district 1 on the park and open space advisory
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committee. the planning commission finished a study about issues in the richmond and 76 percent of the richmond district residents walked to golden gate park and 74 percent feel unsafe walking to the park. with speed humps coming in and proposed 15 miles a hour in golden gate park it will just make fulton street faster. i look on the chart, education combined with enforcement, i have never seen any education on fulton street and as far as enforcement, i all most goot hit by a car a few weeks ago and called richmond station and said where are the motorcycle cops? they are on other assignments. i mentioned this before, the only way to slow traffic is cops and if
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they are not there it wont happen. you should have a hearing about the controllers report dated 10-23-16. mta needs to make changes and i think have bin rosenfield make the changes. there are no appeals for stop signs and cross walks so mr. mcguires staff makes a decision and if they say no there is no public comment. i dont know why they won't put cross walks on avenue block on fumenten street. cross walks make it safer and you can't appeal it, if the staff says no there is no appeal to it. the board of supervisors needs to take more control of sfmta like a did before. thank you. >> i want to support what the
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prior gentlemen said. walk first and complete design of intersection is what is critical. we submitted with supervisor norman yees budget that restripe and relook at all the different intersections especially at high corridor area, school crossings and that isn't implemented to my knowledge. i think they are still working on the final version of it for ocean avenue. i think there will be 10 to 12 intersections about this is about transit equity city wide. if we look at the ada implementitation on all cornings throughout the city it is just as simple how to do something low scale not always using technology, using advertisement whether on a bulletin board or use painting of cross walks making sure they are adequately striped when construction occurs and can so longer see the line and striping. the sign done by vision zero sf if you hit someone while driving 5 miles over the limit you are all most
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twice as likely to kill. stick to the limit. very simple slogan, simple signage implemented and placed throughout the city. if we really implement things we don't always have to wait for technology to save the day, i think we can look at low key, low technology solutions that will solve some of the high incident concerns. >> thank you. cathy, you want to come up? >> good afternoon, chair yee. cathy deluke aand policy and program director of walk sf. here to talk about the vision zero action strategy which i'm surprised isn't higher up on the agenda. it is the main policy document that guides our vision zero work in the city. so, i want to talk about that. i want to recognize all the hard work the city put into vision zero, the heart and dedication. unfoch notly that isn't enough to get to zero. we haven't seen any movement in the past 3 years on severe and
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fatal collisions. going forward all the city vision zero efforts have to be laser focused and unfonchinately the new strategy is more like a butter knife than a laser. it spreads out the city efforts rather than focus them so the city can bree successful. the vision zero coalition analyzed the document and found 5 areas where we feel like it needs serious improvement and requested a meeting with city leaders to discus the concerns. we feem the primary focus should be building safety streets. the basis of vision zero is having a transportation system that is forgivering and knes humans make mistakes but doesn't let humans die. the action strategy should focus on strategies that are the most effective at reducing crashs. third, all of the items thip strategy should be specific enough to be measurable. fourth, the strategies should make sure that vision zero
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enforcement narrowly focuses on the top, very top collision factors. number 5, the current action strategy need to be not a stand alone document. have the previous action strategy and in a context of 10 year strategic plan. we know the city can reach zero and look forward work wg you to help get there. thank you. >> hello commission rs. suvolcanoa blide from the sf bike coalition. in lightf the slow progress toward the goal by 2024 we support walk sf and rest of vision zero coalition asking the new action strategy be more focused and robust than the previous two year action strategy. the prime or focus should be safe streets using priveen engineering solutions. 10 of the 29 are the most
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effective reducing injury crashs accord toog the sfmta and department of public health. 7 years remaining we should focus on actions proven to make a impact. in addition, the new strategy should review the previous vision zero two year action strategy and include a 10 year plan for achieving vision zero. thank you commissioners for continuing your attention on vision zero and mayor ed lees executive director on bike and pedestrian safety. >> god afternoon commissioners. my name is catty ludel, a part of the vision zero coalition, the president of the south beach rincon beach neighborhood association. we are a member of the coalition and part the rincon hill cbd. i'm here because i have read through this strategy. it is a good one, but it is just a beginning. what it really lacks is specificity, so as
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cathy deluca mentioned we need to zero in. a lot the things in here are just what i call loosey goosy, just sentence and don'ts have goals and not specific and don't tell who they will target. 2ndly, i just want to mention that the police, the focus on the 5 we need to keep it to 5 or eve n fewer. we don't want to expand in any kind of good sense situation. you know that the more things you try to focus on, the more things row go away from so want to really focus on the 5 or focus on the 2 or 3 things to make sure that we really look at vision zero. lastly, i want to support cathy deluca with a request to meet with city leaders to look at this document. i personally have a lot of suggestions on
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how it can get more specific so looking for withered forward to doing that. thank you. >> thank you. >> hi, thanks. marti martinez with the safe routes to school nalths partnership so a national organization but our northern california region is part the san francisco coalition cathy deluca and walk sf were talking about and a resident of district 8. we recently completed a scan of vision zero policies arond thecountry and i know san francisco is one out of the gate and it is great policy and held it up as a model but as we have done the national scan we found san francisco is significantly far behind for specificity and maybe because other cities that came on later were able to build off what we did here, but i do think the update to the action plan is a
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great opportunity to add specificity to continue to be held up as a model so we join that letter cathy deluca mentioned and look forward continuing the work with the city on that. >> thank you very much. >> good afternoon. ellis roger jz vice president of south beach mission bay rincon association. a lot of neighborhoods in there so doubling up our representation. i'm here to at and reinforce the vision zero coalition list of requests and wisdom that cathy deluca enumerated for you. this is a really wide-spread coalition. it was less than pleasing to see the coalition cited as a copartticipant in this action strategy when infact we were not allowed to review it before it was released and signed off. so, it is very important. thank you.
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>> thank you. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. i want to say, can i ask a question about the straltagys strategies plan? i don't recall, but we might have had a discussion here on this particular committee on this-did we have this in the past? >> yes, in december i think we gave a bit of a preview and also had meetings with- >> before holiday mode? >> 15th. >> so i don't remember it. what is the procedures at this point? are we adopting those plans at this point or how does it work? >> this is a two year action strategy that was endorsed by the heads of 17 city departments and so we work together with staff in order to
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develop a strategy and then they by signature directed their staff to per view. >> since december 15 were there updates? >> yes. >> you know, i think this is a important document and i feel like we haven't had the opportunity to look at it. it all most feels like it should go to the whole ta board for discussion, but i'll talk to chair peskin about this and whether it should go to full board or assist and give a better idea of the differences or changes and whether or not we can provide input and maybe we have more public comments at that point. or, we could have a meeting of the committee on
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this and have discussion but i don't want to wait three mupths to have that so may have a special meeting and i'll talk to executive director tilly chang. >> thank you. >> so, i want to close this information item, but before i close i want to say that we kind of skipped through or didn't really talk about the education piece that much and you know, for our next meeting i want to make sure we have emphasis on that to give a better update. okay? any other comment s? let's go to item number 7. >> item 7, update on safety improvements, to high-injury corridors. this is information item. >> so, this informational item and it's been asked for by request from commissioner safai, so would you like to go
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ahead and read the discussion? >> yes, thank you, chair yee. so, the reason we called this was because since being in office for the last 85 days we had just in march alone we had three pedestrian accidents and we had one fatality at mission and neigh street in my district. around a week later a students on the way to san francisco community school was hit in a cross-walk. thankfully she survived. and two cars were in a major accident on mount vernon. mission street was originally identified as a high injury corridor in 2011 and recently just after that time of the pedestrian hit in the excelsior in supervisor yee pfs district the student hit on monterey
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boulevard on the way to school as well. that goes back to my question of safety around schools and improvements on the high injury corridor. the general sense from a lot of constituents and feedback i have gotten is since it is 2017 there is a lot of discussion about traffic safety and traffic calming but it seems the southern neighborhoods in san francisco haven't gotten significant improvements for engineering and safety. so i want to try to understand now if you look that reports it says that all most every single arterial roadway in our district is classified as a high injury corridor. i want to understand what is implemented in other areas of the city to replicate the work that we have done through muni forward and sfmta and other project said to begin to move on this because there is a lot
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of frustration in my district and know it is felt in the public comments. i like to recognize supervisor yee who dedicated many year advocated for traffic safety first on the board of education and now for his leadership on the board so thank you commission and supervisor yee. i want to also recognize supervisorgeny kim for her work on pedestrian safety and the work she has done on leading the conversation around vision zero city-wide and thank you sfmta and ta staff and department of public health preparing the report. i like to hear report and have follow up questions after that. >> thank you. once again luis montoya from the mta. as you mentioned supervisor we came prepared to speak about invesment in creating safer streets since vision zeery started in 2014. we also want to talk about the future investments so you get a sense of the whole range of what we
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have planned and then also touch on some of the education and outreach in tandem with engineering efts. so, when vision zero was adopted in 2014, we were directed to implement city agencies directed to implement 24 projects in 24 months and i think the imitous here is show a big impact quickly on high injury network streets, a range of geographic diversity and range of different improvement types. i have here some photo's of those. we actually implemented the 24 projects in 22 months so exceeded that goal and in the end implemented 30 of the projects within the 24 month period. also, over the past few years beyawn just those original 24 projects we
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focus on location with highest number of collisions. i have a photoin the upper left och the protected intersection completed at 9th and division on the upper right a protected bikeway all most completed on 7th street where we did have a fatal collision in 2016. i also have photo's some initiatives that were brought forth by the communities where the communities in the supervisors office drove our attention to places like oseansy and soon to be multia and also kearny and clay where we installed a scramble. vision zero goes beyond just a few projects here or there, it is about how we changed our processes so when we pave a street we look at all opportunities to do things like improve bikeways whether or mot on the high injury network. improve traffic signals, add councht down signals. we use
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these coordination opportunities to get the maximum benefit. we also do safe routes to schools that benefit kids who walk whether or not on the high injury network and we make improvements to the transit infrastructure to improve safety for transit customers and people who drive in this case to make it clear to folks not drive down the tunnel. it adds up to more 13 miles of engineering improvements each year which is the goal we set in 2014. that is just counting the infrastructure on the high injury networks but as i mentioned we have been investing across the city. here we just have a simplified map that shows how we have been investing in a number of intersections as well as corridor projects and the reason we make that distinction is a lot of times at intersections where we see the majority of collisions there are context sense tv things like where the bus stop is
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located, how cars are turning we can change relatively quickly and have a tool box called the quick and effective tool box we implement at hundredoffs intersexzs as you see the yellow dots we think these have a big impact improving safety. it is fornt to keep in mind it larger corridor project wheres we are able to do things for the stretch of a street and effect speeding or adding bikeways, improving transit, so improving the transportation options in addition to safety. looking ahead we continue to have the goal of invest ing at least 13 milesanyially and want to focus on reducing speeding because we know that speed is the factor whether somebody dies when hit by a car but also because it is a leading cause of collisions. we also want to keep our focus
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on quick and effective intersection treatments so we effect the locations that are having the most collisions but also to get things in the ground quickly that are not necessarily multi-year multi-million dollar projects. we will continue to pursue the multi'year and million dollar projects through coor dor transformation projects and these are like projects on 6th street and mission and excelsior and 19ict avenue where we take the time to invest in the corridors properly to implement complete streets vaeft improvements. here is a map of the things i listed and many more. it shows the overlay of our upcoming projects and this is about a 5 year period. the reason we use a 5 year period is because that is roughly or known funding timeline so can say we are
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committing to these projects that we have outlined here. in addition to improving the safe design the streets we want to make sure that people understand how to navigate on the streets, what are the issues driving these collisions in general. we embarked on a multi-media campaign with really focused goals using consultant to help create our messages and make sure we are doing the right thing by targeting our messages to the the right audiences over the right media. so many objectives is getting name recognition but what vision zero is so people understand we do have a traffic safety issue on the streets and when they see that word associated with changes on the neighborhood corridor they understand why that is. we are also
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really-these photo's are of outreach efts trying to connect with communities to understand what their per suved issues are the streetsment we don't want to sit and rely on data we want to hear from folks . this is multi'lingual throughout the city to understand their needs. get nothing to more specifics about the campaigns. we are doing a lot of work to educate professional drivers. in the upper left that's a video that we tweped seberal videos for taxi and tnc drivers, large operators of large vehicles, we also have passed messages across the transit fleet and billboard as mentioned by a previous commenter. of course we are making surethality vision zero is a part of
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outreach in schools through the safe routes to school program we reach about half san francisco unified elementary schools so that is a great program that has grown since 2009 where we educate as early as possibly. we are helping the media get the word out about the improvements we are making on the streets and policy changes and hopefully being able to amplify our voice in that way. the last thing i'll show are the examples of messages we are putting out to help folks understand the leading cause of collisions and how they behavior can effect those causes. so, specific things like yielding, speeding, right hook crashs with people bicycling as well as connecting the general public with families who have been efeathed by traffic violence, in
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particular families who lost luved ones to traffic violence and feel this is a really important thing to do to remember the instances and honor the folks and hope we can learn from that and share those stories. the last thing i'll point to is in addition to getting messages out we combine the education efforts with targeted enforcement so this is a map-sure it is probably hard to see, but you can see that we are-this is a grant we received to work with the police department to get specific safety messages about speeding and slowing down out on things like some of the trailer signs, the orange signs that flash messages as well as other medium to get folks the message they should slow down, let them know enforcement is coming and follow up with enforcement. so, this is a program that
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kicked off last year and closely evaluate for its effectiveness. thank you. >> i have a few very brief slide that i can present very quickly if that's okay with the committee and the chair. >> [inaudible] policy and programming at the transportation authority. just quickly, we organize our work program into plan, fund and deliver. sfcta is and continues to be focused on key areas of the work to support vision zero and fundamentally the main forum for policy direction on vision zero is sfcta vision zero committee that we support. the committee was established in 2014 and we provide the staff support. so
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again in the plan fund and deliver context, we have been doing some of the planning work around some of the projects within the city, the freeway corridor management study is related efforts as it advances from long term planning and explore strategies for safety and reliable moving people along 101 and i 280 but the project focus is manage safety and objective and compliments the work we are doing for the district 6 vision zero ramp nrlt section study, which is to study some of the potential short-term improvements that can be implemented at the intersections under the study. there are 5 of them and implemented citylife wide. we
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have caltrans grant for prop k funds which is a more city wide squerft larger effort that will begin soon for longer term improvements up to 10 intersections primarily in the south of market area. work wg caltrans and the city partners. we led the initial planning and environmental work for van ness and geary and also been-we were instrumental in the preplanning work for geneva harny brt. these are multi-modal projects but will implement a host of safety improvements along the corridors. we have been advancing various planning projects for high injury corridor locations through the neighborhood transportation improvement planning work that has been done throughout the city. on thefunding side, we have-the transportation authority board has the most control over the prop k sales
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tax and registration fee program but integrated safety into the bay area grant program. going back to prop k and prop aa is one of the highest priority factors considered when selecting projects for most of the programs under prop k. we also have been a funder of many of the first and second generation projects and safe routes to schools program, large vehicle driver training, traffic calming signals, bike facilities. we are supporting mta and the city and work for advancing automated speed enforcement a well as a host of other activities related to advancing safety at the regional and state levels. lastly, on the deliver side, the work that we have been doing over the last 5 years
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along presidio and ramps at yerba buena, major capital projects that resulted in immediate safety improvements once they open for youth really. the i 280 interchange we have gone over with briefly with supervisor safai but that will advance in particular the intersection at southbound ocean off-ramp and also the wurk that we are doing to support projeths throughout the city that have fund requirements but these are the second streets and other large street transformative projects that luis mentioned funded by federal or state funds to help secure the fund. with that, i can answer any questions. >> i have a few questions, but just ending on the last point, one thing that jumps out in me in this presentation is you
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have a need to balance the larger projects related to freways versus the smaller like neighborhoods. it seems like yerba buena park way and park street and ocean avenue and think the number you gave me was like $13 million which will probably be more than that. those eat up a lot of things that i think what i hear most about from the folks in our neighborhoods want to see. how do you balance that? is this specific pools of money you have to spend on off-ramp or highway related projects because i understand when and present to me ocean avenue, city college there is a lotf pedestrians there but it seems to me like maybe there is a way to if you could-i don't know if the entire off-ramp need to be
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engineered and about bulbouts and traffic lights so how do you balance that because that is a sorfs frustration for a lot of folks in the neighborhood cht i see 24 projects first generation high injury and 57 others and there is limited mount of money, so that is a really important aspect what i hear. >> thank you for the question. we do have the voter approved expenditure plan for prop k that directs fund to specific projecktds. it is a half dozen to dozen. doyle drive, central subway, van ness and geary, brt, transbay terminal but beyond that we have 20 categories so it is up to you as comeitioner and public to prioritize the funds that can go to road improvement or traffic calms and that is a programming and prioritization this body can take. >> we said don't do the ocean
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avenue but focus on the pedestrian area, could you do that >> certainly. >> okay. >> i want to note that work came out of community based plan spanning several years. >> i get a concern when i get feedback in preparation to the meeting and folks say when you have a project thereat is 13 to $15 million. >> that project isn't funded. >> it isn't but hopefully will be. i just use that as a xmp to highlight the hears the cross walks and mainarterial streets, the traffic calm in the neighborhood, the areas in and athround schools. so that is-at least for the folks in our neighborhood because we are not really served in the other manner and so- >> part the decision is you whether you wish to fun or not but we are not the only funding
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source and the city and mta have other sources of funding and do prioritization the fund. it is important to do the capital planning and prioritization together. >> i get it and not to keep hitting home on this point but think it is really important so when folks see a map and see improvements done to district 11 or southern neighborhoods and the example is, the off-ramp on ocean avenue and sthra light and cross walk and people are like that is proportioninate because it is a $13 million project but you spread around all the other stuff where maybe on lombard or over the marina there are more pedestrian things leading to the grownway that are neighborhood based, that is a source of frustration because we cant ask for everything or all the money and neither can supervisor yee. >> we can ask. >> there is a-traffic-
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>> sthr is a finite pool of money so to have all that money spent on a off-ramp to add a additional lane. the other question is, have we identified the 57 other priority projects because i see safe routes to school and that was-i said it before, but folks are really really concerned-we have the highest concentration of children under the age of 18, disproportionate number of schools and there isn't necessarily a sense of safety pedestrian safety around schools so for us that would be a big priority. >> yes, so the specific question about the 57 projects have been identified- >> they have? >> it is a two year work plan. we continue to identify new projects so we are happy to work with your office about where the ninety-two needs are. one thing menged was traffic
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calming and we have funding set aside starting next year to do focus work around schools and where seniors conrogate and parks and be more proactive toward these areas opposed to sitting back and waiting for applications to come in. >> going back the high injury intersections arond public schools, those are some of the things that are really important and see that you identified them. is there a correlation between the high injury corridors and the schools? >> yes, and no. so, i think the high injury networks when we look at the correlations it epd up be agnumber of factors like transit and high auto use and a lot of times sometimes schools are near those, but other times schools are located in neighborhood streets. if you look specifically at what has been called the safe routes to school program, it has been
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a mixture of investing in more heavily trafficked areas like mission and anen daiga or more neighborhood type of streets like things like jefferson elementary off 19th avenue. >> for example on that project you took away the [inaudible] there are a lot of people. do you think about the streetscape as well because again another thing that we got back from that was you added all this concrete and there was no consideration added to greening. >> sometimeatize is challenges because of the funding source so i can't speak in too much detail and anybody feel free to speak up what safe routes to school is able to fund but know some funding sources are strict what you can fund. >> that is something i got a lot of feedback on not to harp on the off-ramp and that is a
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lot of money and when people see [inaudible] filled in that is great because we want cars to slow down and dopet want to crete more concrete. they see a difference in other neighborhoods in the city when it done when you fill that in but there is greening and landscaping associated with it, so want to make sure that is a high priority. my next question is in terms of engineering achievements, we had some traffic circles and calming done but parking is removed and in our neighborhood it is a battle because folks are concerned about having a car. they are somewhat car dependent. there are a lot of children and elderly so when you do that you take the parking away but the cars are not necessarily slowing down and stopping the behavior because you created a quick pattern for folks to get around and illegal behavior like the doughnuts in the middle of the
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intersection because you remove the cars they can do had doughnuts athround round about so you have taking away parking space squz cars are still going quickly and doughnuts are still happening so how are you measure a success on the engineering chuvments? >> there are a couple answers. one is and mentioned in the action strategy we are doing an evaluation plan so we are looking at many of our key safety projects and looking at their effectiveness reducing collisions scr deterring behave ior you described and we also just go and observe the thing. you are pointing to examples right thaly implemented last year and we need to get a closer look whether they are being effective so we are open minded about that and learn from that. >> okay. i know we want to have folks line up for public
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comment but just to end on supervisor yee's point, we have a lot of non english speaking households and elderly and folks car dependent and it is about education so how do you balance doing the engineering or work, what is the education component? and saw the slide and people, it isn't necessarily clear if they are mta or ta or planning or dpw, how that coordinates so when we call for the high injury update informational hearing we wanted to hear from dpw, sfmta, public health and mta together so don't know if there are representatives here. it's okay, we can continue the conversation, this is beginning the conversation and not meant to put anyone on the defensive, just to think about at least when it comes to implementing in the southern neighborhoods and my district and some of the
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other folks that i heard from, other supervisors how do we balance that? because we want to do the big projects but also want the beautification. >> a more comp rehensive approach. letting people know you are coming through a area that is livable with schools and neighborhoods. we hear this a lot. we saw fraexample in district 6 with supervisor kim was grappling with 70 percent of the trips are freeway ramp oriented. >> that is great for her. freeway stuff makes a lot of sense. >> she was worried about what about the neighborhoods crossing the streets with betsa car michael. too much focus is getting through that area and not enough on the neighborhoods so put banner aids and campaigns and some are effective and some less effective. i think we can more a robust conversation about those strategies. >> i will end in terms with the
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way my office operates we want to work with you to include the other departments and then get more feedback. on the pork chop project maybe we can revisit that and add beautification. exactly and same on the round abouts in some areas maybe it makes sense to take away the parking and others it probably doesn't because you don't change behavior and added frustration. >> okay. >> thank you. >> we go ahead and public comment. >> hello again, richard rothman district 1 and i'm surprised public works isn't here. they should be part of the project. an example that didn't work aapparently they got stimulus money in 2008 before i moved back to the richmond and did a
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project from 34th and balboa to 39th and don't know if mta was involved but they didn't have enough money to finish the project and left 38th and balboa in a more dangerous predicament than was before. they wouldn't take responsibility. they wouldn't fix it and so after a number of years hopefully mta next month is going to fix the intersection, so i think there should be more coordination or i dont know how the two departments work or maybe part of it-public works should merge with mta, but from what i see on 38 and balboa there needs to be more coordination in this process and sorry public works
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isn't here because apparently they do streets also, so i don't know how they are involved. thank you. >> thank you. next. >> organizing with the san francisco bike coalition. thank you commissioner sawify for calling this item. i'm here to call to attention the proposed bike lanes opturkwaterered down to a paint only design which offers no protection to people riding. our commitments are clear. the newly released two year vision zero strategy redo zine corridors with high quality treatments especially high injury corridorsism turk street is a high injury corridor and a paint only bike lane will not only be a danger to san franciscans but go against the city commitment to smart design and safe streets thmpt leadership can not continue to gut bike lane projects on
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tougher or any other streets. we hope the sfmta will do right regardless of the hurtlesment look forward working with commissioners to make sure safety is a priority on our streets. thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is natasha [inaudible] community organizeer at walk sf and here >> to address the need for improvement along mission and excelsior. [inaudible] trying to cross mission street this intersection is two lanes each direction with no traffic light or stop signs, cross walks are your only protection. after mrs. [inaudible] timedly dodged through the first two lanes of trach traffic she was hit by a car that showed no sign of yielding. it sped in sending flying into the-air. [inaudible] half way through
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the journey impacted before reaching the safety of the sidewalk. had the cross walk been visible and driver slowed down she would be alived. march 7, a middle schooler from sf community fs hit and injured on the walk to school. she was 15 to 20s fellow class mates who witness thd crash. held a fund raiser to buy new glasses and still deal wg injuries. these crashs are not surprises. mg mission street is a high injury corridor. a street where crashs cluster. there are proven solutions to make the streets safer. we are pleased the city has funding and vision to improve mission street through the 14 hour mission project but must act now to make sure no more lives are lost before the long term solutions take place. walk sf is work wg sfmta and excelsior action to expedite safety along
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the dangerous intersectionism will continue to the work and urge you to insure the city acts swiftly to protect people on mission street. thank you. >> thank you. next. >> hello commissioners. [inaudible] executive dreblther of excelsior action group. thank you for calling attention to the issues happening specifically on mission street. i had a list of things to talk about but think supervisor safai covered most of it. i want to give background of the spatial needs on the mission corridor. we have 22 t intersections along the mission stree corridor out of 27 intersections total so the majority the intersectionerize t. 77 percent the intersections are unmarked or poorly marked. all those need improvements. with that said,
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limitation tooz what mta can do and eag and walk sf is work wg mta for about 2 years performing walk audits, meetings and trying to create a great working relation ship and we have one but the issues coming up from their side and there are delays and delays are because they have inadequate staffing and limitations. supposedly it is 10 per year city-wide and a typical time to install a flashing beacon can take up to 3 yearsism we know the interventions needed but the issue is mta isn't equipt to make the interventions happen so we are trying to ask the commissioners to do is consider how to streamline the efts because the needs are there, the collisionerize happening, the deaths are happening and need solutions. thank you so much.
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>> thank you. >> good afternoon commissioners. my name is holly burke and here on behalf of the green cross located on mission street in the excelsior. we are here to express our great concern about pedestrian crossing on mission street especially at the mission andinate street where a woman was killed in a car accident last month which our security cameras caught and provided to . this is a huge concern because of patrons and neighborhood said crossing the street especially for bart riders for glen park. vehicles speed down mission street all the time every day exceed thg 25 mile per hour speed limit. it is extremely challenging and dangerous to cross the thorough fair. there is very little visibility at night and the green cross has needed to take
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matters in into our hands and put up our pedestrian crossing signs on the mission street. also our security personnel had to help pedestrians cross the street safely every day. in light we also made a 311 request asking the city to take immediate action to know avail thus far. in light of the recent unfonchinate accident we ask you to urge mta to make immediate action to rectify this problem and make it safer for the community at large. thank you very much for your time. >> thank you. >> aaron goodmen district 11. i want to point out the concerns that supervisor safai had mentioned. those are at ocean and almaimy the areas where the built the cut out
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squds there is no plantings. the tool bauxitems implemented need to be rereviewed and reinstalled and changed adapted and fixed and corrected. that is something i dont think we have seen enough of such on the bike corridor and alemany where the cones are knocked out and gone or implemented on bay shore transit platforms and put bike cone lane things on the front end but that wont prevent a car going over and hitting people and step out past the people and step out past the bike lane on to the curb.
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i was just driving around minding my own business... when it came out of nowhere. suddenly, there were lights all around me. i'm like, "they're coming for me!" yeah, it was crazy. i just never thought they'd find me. not out here. it doesn't matter where you drive. if you don't buckle up, you will get caught. cops are cracking down all across the country. click it or ticket.
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>> ladies and gentlemen the chairman has called the meeting to order. please, turn off your electronic devices. and please rise for the pledge of allegiance. >> [pledge of allegiance] >> commissioner turman i like to call roll call turman here, mazzucco present, marshall present, dejesus is excused. tran laura present melara
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present, ong hing present. a quorum is present. also with us tonight is chief of police william scott and the director of the department of police accountability joyce hicks. >> all right. thank you. ladies and gentlemen, and members of san francisco public, welcome to the wednesday, april 5, 2017 san francisco police commission meeting. tonight's meeting will be primarily devoted to a-many of the personal backlog disciplinary issues we need to deal with but we will be open in the beginning to some comments on specific areas. with that in mind, secretary kilshaw would you vote for scott the line item >> item number one press presentation of certificate mr. j allen dikeman will be
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presented with a certificate of appreciation for coming to the aid of a sergeant who is doing with an individual attempting to grab the firearm of the sgt. >> good evening. >> good eveningccommissioners. dir. hicks did chief. thank you so much for taking time tonight to recognize what is truly a heraldic heroic event by citizen coming through your international airport on november 4, 2016. a man who just happen to be in the place he was meant to be at the time where something was happening and unlike others do not stand by but really stepped up and saved one like we know of and perhaps many others. the man is sitting right here today. i just want to take a few minutes to kind of explain the scenario of what happened and bring him up so you can recognize him. so, as you know we police the
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international airport. it's better than 5100 acres of property. there is 24 international gates and 71 domesticate service and 58 airlines to come and go from your airport. there are nine train stations to police and there's also that includes a bart station so there's a lot of coming and going at the airport. in fact 53 million passengers went to that airport in 2016. on any given day there's thousands, tens of thousands of employees, 36,000 employees down at the airport was a very active nonstop 24 seven environment and at the end of the day it's a wide-open campus. so people from the public come and go whether they're dropping people off or whether they happen to end up there. the men and women to police that they know we get people from all over the spectrum of the world coming in a lot of our job is customer service, making sure people get where they need to go. reuniting people with their family getting them to the proper gates, getting the property back to them and then
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preventing and intervening in criminal situations. one of the men that posted on there is jim wilson he's a 22 year veteran for the police department. he learned his community policing in the tenderloin and the terrible up here in the city. he's either a former k-9 officer who served with the station down at the airport and he was promoted to sgt.and left us for a while but in june 2014 he returned him to the airport to provide guidance and leadership as a sergeant jim, i've known since willie his second year in the business because he came to a station that i was at so i've seen him grow throughout the years and he did tremendous asset to the department because he really takes the time to get to know people. very caring, open approachable presence and that works very well for us at the airport and as a sergeant, he leads that way. he gets that from his troops. but it's a tremendous large property that we police in a sergeant cannot sit on their heels and they're
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always walking throughout the terminal. on this particular day, jim was walking just going from the international terminal into the domestic terminal. when he noticed a man that stood out to them that looked in obvious distress. as a 22 year cop, he knew the signs. he knew someone just wasn't looking right and a lot of times people at the airport and up there and they're just lost her they become separated. they are confused. so we'd first try to engage this person in conversation may contact to establish something but that was no response. the man just kept moving. so then jim asked on the air is there anyone who's missing this person. he gave a description do we know this is lost individual that it just ended up-there was no affirmation of that so we continued walking with him in and actually having just viewed the video again today you can see jim for over three minutes
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walking with this man continuing to try to talk to them, continuing to ask them questions to try and help him to try to determine what he needed. but the man had a fixed stare and does not engage with him. does not talk to him. so as the contact progressed they were came across the path of mr. dikeman and his wife were just returning from an international trip and were just hoping to get to their enacting flight so they could go home. despite being tired from what could've been a full day of traveling, mr. dikeman noticed this interaction between the sgt. and the subject. he noticed that the gentleman the sgt. was doing with just wasn't all there and he actually thought to himself, that man has thousand yard stare. so he kept his eye on him even though he and his wife were continuing on their way and as jim and the gentleman moved into the domestic terminal the subject turned to jim and
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made a declaration that really set the tone for the rest of the encounter. he just directly said to the sgt. i want to die. he moved right into grab the sgt.'s gun from his holster. so in addition to being under physical attack in jim's head must have been the thought that goes through all our heads, that this is a person who is desperate to this the person whatever's going on in his life this is going to be a fight that i must win because his intent is for himself to die and there's many ways that can go badly for everyone around. so jim had to protect himself. he had to protect this man and he had to protect everyone around him. he knew he had to get into this confrontation get the confrontation erupted rather quickly with this man intent on going after the firearm. now mr. dikeman by this point had passed where the encounter was but he kept his attention on it and he saw this
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turned into a fight that quickly went to the ground and he saw what was going on and even though he knew that this man was clearly troubled, and that this was a very violent confrontation that this was an officer under attack and he knew how dangerous that could be, he moved right into position to help. he took direct action that saved our sergeants life, save this gentleman's life and save the lives of the people around because there were other people in and around could you can see them on the video many of them for whatever reason, continue to move about their business. none of them step up in a way that esther dikeman did. he not only approached from a safe direction which i don't know people think about that but he really did tactically approach quite well and he got himself in a position where jim was on the ground fighting by the with this minimum pleading with him to stop resisting and you just surrender, he jumped in and put his full weight on the man. it was only because of that that they were able to keep him contained on the ground. the
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struggle had gone on for a full minute by now. the time it took mr. dikeman to move from where he was into a position and get on top of it continued for another minute. so i don't know how to express just how grateful i was as the chief looking at that and seen somebody who's a friend, who is a huge talent and as such was and who is just trying so hard to help someone to have someone step forward and say i'm going to be that person to help you i'm going to get this contained with you. five other officers arrived and it took the sum total of them to help control this person safely to get them into custody safely to put them in a position of recovery to get into the medical attention he needed and then further down the line but mr. dikeman stepped back when he knew there was other help. he stayed in the area and gave statements
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about what had happened and made sure that everyone was okay. i know it was important to him that jim was okay. so that is really one of the most truly heroic things i've ever seen someone do who could have for all things just gone about his business and said, as others probably did, well the police will handle it were someone will handle it but that's not this man. we are very fortunate so thank you for recognizing him tonight. i believe, we have a certificate for him. >> thank you. [applause] >> i will read it out loud to
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everyone can hear it. mr. dikeman, on behalf of the police department i like to read the certificate of appreciation. in deepest gratitude for your performance about sending bravery and service to others, and great personal risk such an example of bravery is worthy of the highest esteem by the san francisco police department. thank you for your service. >> [applause] >> i would just like to say how honored i was to be able to help a cop in need. so it did not seem like a very big deal to me at the time and this is going to go on my wall and home . [laughing] thank you very much. >> thank you >> thank you [applause]
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>> mr. dikeman, sgt. why don't you take a few pictures as well. >> he did bring his wife and mother. >> yes. >> mr. dikeman who did you bring with you tonight? >> [inaudible] >>[photograph] >> [applause] >> mr. dikeman, can you come back to the podium, please?
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commissioner tran laura >> thank you so much for what you didbut i am curious did you make your connection? >> we did, yes >> okay. >> do you live in san francisco? >> no. we live in portland. >> you came down for this? yes, we did >> thank you so much. >> thank you so much. i have to say, there are so many people as deputy chief schmidt said that just would've said someone else will handle it and they would've walked away. we appreciate your courage. we appreciate your sense of citizenship. we depend on people like you and on behalf of this commission and the people of san francisco, i think you so much for caring so much. >> i appreciate it so much it i have children and a lot of coworkers and they will tell you i don't like a lot of nonsense. [laughing]
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>> you are not done yet. first of all thank you for bringing your beautiful family with you on behalf of the commission i want to thank you for what you did this day a lot of anti-police rhetoric. thank you for supporting our office if it means a lot to us as a commission to it means a lot to the public means a lot to our officers think the sgt. for your service and i want to thank you for the way you handled that. this could've ended up a lot differently and the way you handled it say probably your life that of the individual you are dealing with so we thank you for your service. mr. dikeman, really appreciated. thank you. >> thank you so much >> i like to add my congratulations and thanks as well. my thanks as well. we are looking forward to your returning to san francisco many many times. [laughing] >> commissioner marshall >> just to add to it, sir, for me i live in a world of it's not my business and i do want
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to get involved, so just thank you for being a good samaritan. that's what the world needs. >> we are all citizens. so we have a responsibility and obligation. everywhere. but we certainly have it here on our home ground to pay attention to what's going on around us and to protect what we hold dear. so- >> thank you. [applause] >> commission on next line item >> item number two discussion and possible action on selecting a commission parliamentarian, action. >> all right. as i've been reminded, we don't always follow our rules. we certainly during our commission retreat
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we had a long discussion about the rules. we were shown some important information about our rules and so therefore we're going to take this step of making sure following the rules from here on out. certainly, this item is [inaudible] possibly me [laughing] i can sometimes [inaudible] but we need someone to mind us and keep us on track. so, with that in mind, i'm ready for discussion. >> yes. based upon what we discussed in our retreat and we do need a parliamentarian and we have a naturalness commission so before we move into public comment on it, i would love to nominate nominate sonja melara who's been our unofficial parliamentarian to be our official parliamentarian. >> >> second.
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>> any other comments, commission us before we go to public comment on this? >> yes. with all due respect, i want to speak against the establishment of such a position i don't think it's necessary. i think if we exercise common courtesy toward each other as i've seen this group exhibit mostly, that i think that we do fine. we are all familiar with the rules of parliament and i think that we do fine and we don't need that kind of extra formality. so i speak against the motion. >> okay. any other further comment? okay. public comment. >> public comment on this item? >> yes. >> public comment possible action in selecting a commissioner parliamentarian michael petrella's. i wish that there were some information here
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on the agenda as to why this item is on the agenda. why do you need a commission parliamentarian? i feel you have plenty of layers of bureaucracy, transparency, and how to run yourselves. so i think you really owe us an explanation. this commissioner ong hing raised his objections for his own reasons really, why do you need this commission - excuse me - why do you need-that's a question, too. i think we ask once in a while why do we need this commission, but i misspoke. why do you need a parliamentarian is my question . thank you. >> thank you. further public comment? hearing on public comment is close. >> [gavel]
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>> all right. we have before us a motion that's been moved by commissioner trends massey second by commissioner marshall. do i need a individual hand vote? okay. roll call vote >> on the motion to elect commissioner tran laura malley commissioner parliamentarian turman aye mazzucco aye marshall aye dejesus is excused. melara aye ong hing ong hing nay the motion passes, 4-1. >> okay. thank you. commissioner melara is duly elected commissioner parliamentarian. next item, please >> item number three general public comment the public is now welcome to address the
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commission regarding items that do not appear in tonight's agenda but are within the subject matter of the jurisdiction. under police commission rules of order during public comment either police or dpa personnel or commissioners are required to respond to questions presented by the public that may provide a belief response. divisional commissioners and police in dpa personnel shall refrain however from entering into any debate or discussion with speakers during public comments. please, limit your comments to two minutes. >> all right. public comment is now open.>> hello. michael petrella second. just a few months ago down the hall to sunshine speeded task force ruled against this commission for how you conduct general public comment. my complaint had to do with the september commission meeting where i was interrupted by susie loftis because i was naming the acting
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police chief at the chief by name you have to deal with the first amendment and respecting the first amendment and not interrupting speakers during public comment. rachel will fill you in on that. what i want to discuss this evening in addition to changing how you conduct public comment is i want the representative from the office of citizen complaints and the chief to no longer sit on the dais. there has to be a very symbolic and actual separation from the commission and the department, and the occ. as i see right now, there are no nameplates in front of the chief, or in front of the occ representative can that is because they are not members of the commission. only members of the commission should be seated on the dais. it is very important. it is beyond symbolic
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that the chief and the director of occ are not sitting on the dais. that they are either in the audience or they are in the wells. i want this matter considered for a future agenda item. yes, we need the chief here. yes, we need the occ rep here in the room, but the dais should be seated with only the commissioners. i think if we have that, and if you have a discussion about it, it will bring some more accountability to how the commission has to oversee the department and the chief. thank you. >> okay. just for the record, ms. hicks is the director of the department of police accountability now. not-we no longer have an occ. but that was what mr. petrella was referring to. good evening ms.
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brown >> good evening. >> would you like the ordered? >> yes. i would like to use the overhead. i am here again as i come here every wednesday. you guys here at city hall [inaudible] and just bring you up awareness about homicides and trying to get some of these homicides solved including my sons homicide. i just want people to listen out there. to know that,-that we are still working-i can't was waiting for
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his picture to show. >> there it is. >> yes. his name is aubrey abrakasa. he was murdered at the age of 17 years old. he died saving someone else's life. he hollered out and said, run and when everyone ran, my son was the only one left and so they used him as their target for opening his mouth. i want to say today is the fifth right? tomorrow is his birthday. so i'm not really feeling some kind of way. you know, i've chatted a few tears, but his birthday is tomorrow and i don't know how i'm going to feel , but this is something i need to do here today to let you know that holidays, christmas, his birthday, all these things still come up for me even
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though it's been many years. so , i'm saying this because i still have no closure. i still have no closure concerning my son, and you know and bring about other homicide victims. these homicides are not solved either. i want to bring up, to my son was a good boy i to walk across the stage and receive his diploma. he had a father and a mother and we are no longer together because we blame each other for our son's murder. this is all i have left of my son and i want people to see my pain, not cure my pain. this is his father. his father is from nigeria. he is in a lot of pain, but he doesn't show it is much as i do. i want to let
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people see this this is what i've left of my son. this is what keeps me going and i know people don't like looking at it but this is for me. please, solve the homicides. for our children. >> thank you ms. brown. if anyone has any information about the death of aubrey abrakasa and you are listening and you are here the anonymous tip line is 415 the anonymous tip line is 415575 the anonymous tip line is 415-575-4444. please, get in touch if you have any information at 415 please, get in touch if you have any information please, get in touch if you have any information at 415-575-4444. next member of the public to please. seaweedpublic comment is closed >> [gavel] >> i'm >> item number four public
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comment on all matters pertaining to item 6 close session. >> okay. so, before we begin public comment, as i said at the beginning of the meeting it primarily tonight we are devoting-[inaudible] we are devoting this meeting primarily to cases on our disciplinary and personnel matter issues. so, we will be going into-i'll be intestate will be going into closed session after public comment, but public comment on going into closed session is now -as well as the items on the agenda, is now open. mr. petrella's. >> just general public comment? >> no. this is public comment on whether or not we can go
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into closed session. mr. petrella's. >> hello michael petrella second i am again going to ivan done this in the past and i'm going to do it again can i'm objecting to you going into closed session regarding disciplinary matters. every time you go into closed session about disciplinary matters, you do away with transparency. you do away with accountability of complaints against cops. every time you go into closed session, what i see is special privileges given to cops. spafford special privileges that i was never given when i was accused of crimes and anyone who's accused of crimes in the city and across america, we don't get the right to closed sessions like the cops get. it really does a disservice to community policing in all of the good you are
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trying to do with reforming the san francisco police department that complaints are lodged against cops for potential violations of various codes and statutes, and we don't even get to know their names. we don't get any information about the hearings. that is not right. it is undermining all of the good you are trying to do. i also have to file a public records request because i believe, there may be a way to get your minutes you are keeping minutes, i believe, of what happens behind the closed doors. it is time to see if the section of the sunshine code will apply to a request for your minutes of what you're discussing. i believe that the allow for such a request after a six year period. in any event
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i'll file the request and we will take it from there please, don't go into closed session. thank you >> for members of the public listening at home and folks in the audience we don't go into closed session because we want to hide anything we don't want to be transparent. there are state laws that require us to go into closed session and what mr. petrella was nodding his head, yes, i wish he had added we are mandated to [inaudible] supreme court decision not to disclose certain information. if we could, provide certain information i will be gladly do it. go to your legislators we have to follow the law. not only do we have to follow the law because were citizens of california but most of us are lawyers and we are bound to follow the supreme court precedents. we are officers of the court as well. so it is not that we are