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essentially all but other services. that would eliminate the weekend service to giant games and so on, and also the elimination of the san jose-to-gilroy leg and elimination of seven to 10 stations. there is a significant amount of activity over the last month trying to deal with the issue. the hearing will be held on march 3 to receive public comment concerning the proposed declaration of fiscal emergency and associated service reductions. this is not really the time for a discussion about this, but the structural deficit has to do with the way that the joint powers board is structured and the three partner agencies that are contributing to the annual operating budget, including the san francisco valley
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transportation authority, san, mateo, and sfrkt. they have had to pass that on to cal tran. cal tran depends on those three agencies' contributions for more than 35% of its operating budget. as an aside, you are aware that the authority contribute capital money to cal tran through prop k, but not operating money. a couple of advocacy grooms have formed around this issue. there is a group called the friends of cal tran that has organized several meetings. it is headed by the former mayor of palo alto. and another group has been active trying to address this
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issue. there was a meeting in january of that group that i know commissioner elsbernd attended, and several of my staff as well to try to onlyize the options for dealing with this. it is a serious issue. it is a serious mobility issue, and a serious air quality issue potentially for the peninsula and san francisco, and we will continue to track it and be involved in it, looking to structure a policy-level solution. not just a band aid for this year, but something that can help us into the future. on other regional related news, the regional transportation plan and the san francisco transportation plan have released calls for project. there is a joint call for project going on now for the regional plan and the san francisco long-range plan, which we are putting together, talking about the update to the san francisco long-range transportation plan. these are documents that
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essentially become the blueprint for hour investment happens in transportation over the next two and a half or three decades. so they are important. the san francisco trance -- transportation play rests in the regional plan, which is in turn for the receipt of federal money to transportation projects in the region. currently we are encouraging the public to submit comments. our website has a web-based form that people can use to suggest projects. we are encouraging people to particularly suggest projects that would contribute to the region's ability to achieve it's air quality goals. but we are also planning meetings with all of you and your staff to make sure that we have specific guidance as to the priorities in your zrict. it maintains a hotline in addition to the website and hot lines.
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the number is 415-593-5244. for people who are listening and interested in suggesting projects to the plan, that is the number. i made a comment last week already that i think is worth reiterating today, that the secretary of transportation, ray, lahood made an announcement last week for a $53 billion high speed rail initiative, leading to achievement of a goal of having 80% of the population of the u.s. within reach of a high speed rail line in 25 years. it is very ambitious, which kicks off with $53 bill over the next six years. it has already run into a serious opposition of the house
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as the new leadership of the house prepares to make budget cuts, including that program. it is nevertheless a very interesting opportunity, and i think it is visionary of the administration to put this on the table at a time of climate. we are confronted with a number of climate change issues that need to be addressed. the authority is dealing with a number of new funding opportunities that require calls for projects. those are all on our went. they are summarized in a memo. i will leave it at that not to make the report so long. there is and annual call for projects for prop k that is coming up which has a due date of march 25th, and that is for the programic aspects of prop k. those are the line items that include a lot of small items like the bicycle facilities, traffic signals and so on. we understand that those are items that tend to be of significant interest to you in
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your individual offices, and there four we plan to structure the approval of those items over a would--- two cycle period. we will bring them to you as an information item in may and then get approval in june to give you opportunity to interact with the democrats affected and give us guidance on how to get this prioritized in june. the clean air funds are up for a call for projects right now, which we issued on february 3. there is $750,000 available for projects like bicycle facilities, alternative fuel facilities, and ride sharing programs. those will come to you for approval also at the june meeting. and there is a safe routes to school for capital projects as well that was released on january 20th. projects are due on march 8th. that is a $17 million regional
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fund, of which $2 million is done as a region-wide competitive call, and the other $15 million are allocated to counties based on school population. k-12 school enrollment. san francisco is getting about $1 million of that money, and we have already programmed $500,000 in this fiscal year for the education and outreach program of safe routes to school. and the our $570,000 is part of this call for projects. those i anticipate will come to you for approval at the board meeting in april. the report on page three also has an analysis of prop k allocations to date which i find rather fascinating. as you recall, we went through an exercise of prioritizing what should be programmed in prop k over the next 5-10 years.
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so we came up with a programming capacity of about $412 million for fiscal years 2010-2011 and 2009-2010. of that $412 million, only $288 million has come in and been allocated. in other words, eligible departments have left $123 million of prop k capacity on the table. so, our allocation records so far on average is about 70% of our capacity. i am not sure how much more to say about this right now, but my initial conclusion is that we may be looking at perhaps a delay in the date when we need to issue debt because of this dynamic. a couple of final things. a very, very important announcement, commissioners. the president's draft budget, which was released yesterday
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essentially on the transportation side includes $30 million for the bus rapid transit project. that is a very nice a lot of money, a great piece of news. it includes $200 million for the central subway, which is another excellent piece of news. the budget needs to go through congress, but the fact that the administration has put this much financial clout behind the projects is a clear indication of how important they are to the administration. we are looking forward to seeing the projects move forward. on the other side, the administrative draft will be released at the end of this month in february, and we expect that the public documents, public draft, will be circulated in april. so we are moving forward expeditiously with that project and making sure that we can capture the funding largesse from the federal government on the project. also to reiterate, we have
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concluded the commercial close on the presidio parkway project, and the financial close will be on schedule to happen toward the end of the summer. and finally, i would like to introduce two people that have joined the authority team. first of all, matt lee, who joins the capital projects division as senior engineer. he is a san francisco local. he has lived in six of the 11 districts over 30 years. he is, like commissioner cohen, a grade wait locally, and he has an underdegree from the university of cal davis, and a masters in engineering from san francisco state. he has spent part of his life in the public sector and some in the private sector.
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he is great to work with, and i am delighted to welcome him to the authority team. i was like to introduced alex chiu. he is part of the outside counsel bureau, and we are delighted to have him as well. commissioners, that concludes my report. >> welcome, gentlemen, to the staff. commissioner mirkarimi: colleagues, any comments or questions for the executive director or myself? any public comment? seeing newspaper, public comment is closed. madam cleerk, read item five. >> approve the 2011 state and federal legislative program, an action item. commissioner mirkarimi: any discussion? seeing none, any public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. roll call, please.
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>> 11 ayes. commissioner mirkarimi: very good. read item number 6, please. >> award a contact to 12i carshare not to compete $1,700 for e-fleet carsharing electrified project and authorize executive director. >> any discussion? no discussion. any public comment? closed. so moved. >> item number after. appoint wendy tran to the advisory economy. >> any discussion on this item?
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seeing none, any public comment. public comment is closed. take the same call. very good. so moved. item number 5eu8. >> allocate $35 in prop k funds with conditions to the transportation agency for the citizen of the 14th and market street curb bulb project. commissioner mirkarimi: long overdue. any discussion. public comment? public comment is closed. so moved. next item please. >> amend the baseline funding plan for the san francisco municipal agency central subway project. affirm the authority's communicateding commits. commissioner mirkarimi: any discussion on this item? public comments? one after the other. >> my name is art michelle.
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i am a member of the citizens advisory group for the central subway, and i want to take the opportunity to ask you to support the funding for the central subway project, which will be -- will provide much improvement for the central corridor across the most congested portions of the city. thank you. commissioner mirkarimi: next speaker please. commissioner wiener, i see your name on there. can wait until after public comment? >> yes. commissioner mirkarimi: as you see fit. >> good morning. i am with the richmond association. i am also the chair of the land use committee. i am here today -- i am normally more interested in land use issues, but this muni -- this central subway i think
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people who take muni haven't heard, and they are not fairly represented, and i think their concerns have to be addressed. in regards to the central subway, i think the transportation authority, m.t.a., muni has to provide accurate and honest information to the board of supervisors. i am not sure if all the pros and cons have been discussed thoroughly. this is such a huge budget item that is going to have impact for the future of muni. central subway may benefit some people. i don't know what percent. perhaps 5% or 10%. but the 90% or more, their concerns i don't think are being considered, and they are not being addressed.
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i didn't realize i only had two minutes. i have to say i admire the public defender and his courage to stand up and point out an issue or problem that needed to be addressed. and in the same way, with the members of the board of supervisors, understand and see the future effect of this central subway and that you also could understand the problems. if you see an issue, if you oppose this, please stand and oppose this. thank you. commissioner mirkarimi: thank you, sir. next speaker, please? >> good morning, commissioners. my jamaica is jackie saks. i am not only a member of the citizens advisely authority, but i helped prop b and re-authorize prop k years
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later. the 3rd straight light rail was part of problem b. i have been working on this since day one, and i have gone to all their meetings and their workshops. there is no -- like michael said at the plans and programs meeting, there is no reason to stop now. let it go forward. let the project be completed, because this is what the money is there for. this is what it is allocated for, and i see no reason why you should not oppose it. please vote for it. thank you. commissioner mirkarimi: thank you. next speaker, please. >> howard wong with save the central subway, as we all know, started as a politically inspired project, not a transportation project.
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over the years, growing opposition in the neighborhoods and even many of our elected officials privately and our top transit leadership privately have acknowledged that this is a very poor transit project that disconnects the entire market street corridor from the muni system. that doesn't even serve the needs of chinatown, but it is driven for political reasons because of federal funding. meanwhile, $636 million of state and local funding is being taken from high priorities. we have $2 billion of deferred san francisco needs. we have a crumbably infrastructure. buses are goingoff line regularly and computers are failing. in eight years if rebuilt, the central subway will not provide
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transit improvements to several hundred miles of muni transit lines. 1.7 miles of the system should not hold up the necessary improvements that we need for muni right now and within the next few years. we have tunnels that are crumbling. in an emergency i fear that we may have a very crippled system . rails, traction, old tunnels -- tracks, old tunnels. leadership has to look beyond the political and federal funding issues and look at how we can extend the limited resources we have now to help 700,000 riders per day. thank you. commissioner mirkarimi: thank you, sir. next speaker, please. >> good morning. my name is wilma pang, and i am from chinatown.
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i just want to question one thing about the validity of the center subway for seniors. i am older than most all of you, so i can speak on behalf of the seniors. supposedly if i live in sunset, i have to taking the l or the n car, and then get off on powell and mark streets. but there is no connection. so i am forced to walk from market to union square. one way or the other, it is about a thousand feet. then i will take the subway to chinatown, which is clay and washington, a mile and a half. but if i wanted to go to broadway and pacific, where most shops are, then i have to walk. is there a bus going that way? it is too much trouble. the bus service will not it officially anyway. and then after that, with bags
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full of groceries, i have to walk back to clay and stockton, then go down all the way to the subway station, take the bus to union square, then walk again to powell and market. i say hey, that is too much trouble for me. i would like to take the bus or just forget about the whole thing. take the bus. but is there a bus system going directly from market street to chinatown? it turns out the bus system will not be as frequent as now. so i want you to consider a better plan to help seniors. most of us take buses anyway. so if this truly is really serving seniors, thank you. commissioner mirkarimi: thank you. next speaker, please.
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>> good afternoon, commissioners. forward, my name is linda magellon. i am with the union square business improvement strict. it is a pleasure to be here in support of something for a change. we do support the funding amendment today. we are now in the midst of the utility re-election -- relocation construct for the project. it is not fun. but i think there is no gain without pain, and we expect by the end of this project that the city will be better served, that we will be better served, and that the 30 and 45 lines that run on stockton will always be complemented. so we encourage you to support this amendment before you today. thank you. commissioner mirkarimi: thank you. next speaker. >> good morning. my name is cindy lu from chinatown community development
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center. i am also here to urge you to support the amendment. i want to point out that chinatown is the most denies neighborhood west of manhattan that 82% of the households in the neighborhood do not own cars. for us, it is not just a transit project, but a transit justice project, about getting reliable transit to the people who rely on it every day for grocery shopping, going to the doctors, going to their jobs, meeting their families. like linda, we want to work with the c.t.a. and others to make sure this is a project that works for the neighborhoods. we want to see the almost $1 billion in investment do to our neighborhoods, but we want it to mean jobs, open space and neighborhoods that we can believe in, not just the transit project ilt receive. i wanted to reiterate that the $1 billion in federal money cannot be spent on any or project, that this is solely for this project, and it a
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match of three-to-one for every dollar spent by local government. again i want to stress that we want reliability transit for the people in chinatown, and this project is one the community has been behind for over 20 years, and we appreciate your support today. commissioner mirkarimi: thank you. any further public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. the matter is back before the commission. commissioner, weiner? commissioner wiener: thank you. i will be supporting this item, and i do support the central subway. we do need better norton-south service in the -- north-south service and better access to chinatown. i do believe it is important to keep reminding ourselves that the has not gone or is not going as far as i would hope that it could go at some point in the future. we have a history in the bay
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area and san francisco of building rail and subway systems that are not extensive enough. we made a huge blunder in building bart and allowing some counties to opt ow. we are now paying the price for not having an extensive enough bart system. we have another transportation system covering a small portion of the city, leaving the west side to struggle without transit system. this line, although i support it, is not long enough. i hope we will do whatever we can to extend it up to fisherman's wharf. i think that is important for the future transportation needs of the city. i also just want to note an additional concern that i know a lot of people share, that we do not do nearly good enough job taking care of the muni we have now. we are seeing all sorts of
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infrastructure problems that are causing service problems from our tracks, to our overhead wires, to the doors, because we are just not doing a good enough job in taking care of equipment. remember not prioritizing infrastructure maintenance. i do have concerns about what this will do to muni's operating and maintenance budget. we need to all be watching that and making sure that muni is taking care of its entire system. with all those concerns, on balance i do sfment this project, and i am glad to see it moving forward. commissioner mirkarimi: any further comments, colleagues, or discussion? commissioner david chiu? commissioner chiu: i want to thank commissioner wiener for his comments and could not agree with them more. obviously as we think about muni's finances, we have to be very careful as we move forward that we think about how are we going to invest in our public transit system really for the next century in a way that will
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give access to everyone in the city, no matter where you live in the downtown corridor, whether you live close to transit or not. i do think, though, that the central subway project is at the heart of moving our transit vision forward, as was stated by one of our speakers. this is a project that has been in the works for several decades. certainly after the [dog barking] the he could embarcadero dareo freeway project came down. we have something that we can leverage federal dollars for every dollar we invest in it. we have to take advantage of the dedication we have had with our federal officials to get these resources to san francisco. with that being said, i am happy to work with commissioner wiener and all of us to move forward a larger vision around what public transit ought to
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look like in san francisco. commissioner mirkarimi: especially to the west side of the city? commissioner wiener: absolutely. mirkarimi first quarter any other comments? commissioner avalos? commissioner avalos: i want to put in a word for the south side of the city. commissioner mirkarimi: any other comments or discussion? seeing none, may we sake this same house, same calls call? so moved. next item, plea. >> number 20, introduction of new items. this is an information item. commissioner mirkarimi: commissioner elsbernd? commissioner elsbernd: thank you, mr. mayor. i would like to ask staff, the plans and programs committee if we could have a hearing on the cal transition two. things we should discuss. one, whether or not san francisco will follow san mat yo -- mateo's lead.
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and if we do have to make that decision, or even if we don't and the funding situation at cal tran is still so leak that the potential scenario of no weekend service, no late-night service, just the morning and evening commute service actually does come into play, a discussion of how that impacts muni, and potentially what decisions need to be made with muni's service to try to accommodate what very well may be a new demand on its services. commissioner mirkarimi: well said. i believe we can do that for next month. is that correct, director moskovich? >> we will talk about the programs with commissioner campos' blessing for the upcoming meeting. commissioner campos: we will be happy to put that on the agenda. thank you, commissioner elsbernd, for raising. commissioner mirka:


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