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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. 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 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. >> 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 mirkarimi: any other items to introduce, colleagues. public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. continue that to the call of the chair. next item, place? >> item 11, public comment. commissioner mirkarimi: another opportunity for public comment that you might have missed
previously. anybody who would like to come to public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. next? >> adjournment. >> i just would like to thank sfgtv for their on going good work. commissioner chen -- cohen, your name just came up. it just flashed. commissioner chen: my comments are brief. i would like to welcome matt lee to the transportation authority and thank them for hiring him. commissioner mirkarimi: thank you for adding to the welcome. if there are no further comments, colleagues or discussion, the meeting is now adjourned. have a good rest of the day.
get up that early for the rest of my life. >> it's hard to get good jobs. you can get well paid working at restaurants i was making good money that's not my 50 year goal working as a waitress. it would be better to have something to fall back on i wanted something where i would in 10 years accumulate properties. >> 3 months is a long time to be busy all day. i'm putting myself further in debt with the understanding it's worth the sacrifice. eating raman for 3 months. it's not fun but i think it will be worth it. >> we all want to graduate we are all tired of this class. been 11 weeks. one more week to go. >> i need to get these mraps
out. >> my purpose is to get the recruits prepared for the construction training. >> what you do is get a 2 by 6 sitting on the saw horses. we will cut 10 feet. everybody going to get one and you measure up 6 inches. you sure you got 8 feet. >> as a carpenter you have to let them know what's expected and they need to know the stuff to get going on the trades. >> the main thing they need to know is how to carry the stuff on the job and the hussle. >> you can't work with the gloves. >> my part is a small part. my part is the best part. the part that really teaches them how to go out and fish rather than go to the fish
market. my job is how to teach them to fish when the fish market is closed. >> this requires i thinking. when you go on the job site they will pay you 20-15, dollars an hour you have to think and figure stuff out and get the jobs done in a record time. >> one of the things we try to teach with the construction trades is your attitude going to work. how employers look on new workers and it's about profitability and productivity. it's not how much swings it takes to drive, you know, ita about do you have the right attitude? can you show up on time? can you make the company money? >> 12.5 times 15.
>> i don't want you to use the calculator. >> the students go through approximately 420 some hours of training. we operate at the campus of the community college a 12 week, full time program, 7-3:30. >> if you were going to figure out how much [inaudible] you need you rounding up. >> average age of individuals in the trades is in the 40's from what we are told. in the 50's quite frankly those folks are getting ready to retire. we see a void. >> the average is making 60-80 thousand dollar a year more with benefits much it's hard work i will not lie. >> if you like working with your hands and creative and you look at a building and say, i
did that finish and that building is there for a hundred years. come to my program you will work for anyone in the country. >> we send people to the dry waller the carpenters and the plummers. >> we are conscious who we give a job referral to. >> we look at the skills part as far as hayou do with a hammer and nail there are other components to be able to be a team player. be able to take directs and be precise and punctual things like this you need to help you keep your jobs. >> we will looking at the interviews today and doing the critiquing from the papers.
>> i was thinking last week we were talking ask that was so much thinking going on about the interview and how i was going to do it. >> i feel like, me, as an african-american woman and older woman with children i feel i have to set an example. a lot of people don't know how to deal with anger and conflicts. the kids here look up to me. if i do something and don't set an example then they are going to follow. since i've been a positive roll model, coming to school everyday. some of those kids pick up on that and i see the improvement in them. >> one thing that i knew but the class helped reinstate is
that you have to check yourself. we are all grown adults. >> i try to be motivated in everything i do in my life. if you don't encourage yourself to do something or do things for yourself you can't expect somebody else will do it for you. some people didn't make it to class because they have a bad attitude and decided it wasn't worth it. >> when you do something you have to understand why you are doing it and you can't say and come in and say, i will make good money. construction's not like that you have to want to do it because it's not aedz work. you have to want to get up and go to work and do physical labor for 8 hourses. >> i lived next to biotechnology companies and was a recruiter. i was getting tired and felt sluggish. >> i knew from the first day we
were outside being outside having fun, climboth ladder and hammer and the physical labor i knew it was something i would enjoy. to say i put 15 years into this and not retire a multimillionaire but retire healthy and feel good about the work i have done. >> the greatest accomplishment is you drive by a building or bridge and say, i helped build that bridge or helped build the building on market street. the most greatest reward for me is i taught that student to work on the bay bridge.
taught the student operating the crane that student was in my class. >> our goal is to have a core group of people, we are hoping it's over 50 percent of your grads complete and become journey people andup standing good roll models and citizens. the largest public works our city has season in many years going on now the private project that 1 rincon hill. huge project. we had 5 or 6 people work on that project thus far. the rebuilding of the academy of science in golden gate park. the rebuilding of our public hospital laguna honda this is on going work with the same contract ors that move successful apprentices from one project to another and keep them
today we are visiting southern exposure in san francisco alison prepares to launch a fantastic new project called beautiful possibilities. we will send them on a two-year adventure crisscrossing the united states to investigate american history and contemporary culture. it is using a traveling road show as inspiration. she will sit down and talk with residents in search of stories and experiences that reveals exactly what makes us americans. >> beautiful possibility is a traveling research project that i will take on a five-month journey across the united states and lower canada. i document this tore on a map that i painted for the project
and also from previous projects called the road map to lost america. on the map i have taken all of the contemporary borders off the map and replaced them with native territories, and then overlaid it with contemporary highways. i have scheduled venue stops at different areas along the tour, from california to south dakota, that will serve as headquarters for my local research. when i was researching the traveling medicine show, i came across this. they had put out an elixir, and it referred to the elements that came out because of the high stress, high-pressure life, mostly because of the industrial revolution. anyway, i was fascinated by the term american-itis, and i thought it did a lot about the stress-related illnesses, and i
was impressed that they picked up on that and the 1800's. i did a survey to see if it was irrelevant element today. i have a series of eight painted banners that are retellings of american history. i am particularly interested in transition history between native and european histories and retelling them as if they were a popular myth. there is a mix of eras and characters and times drat these banners. -- and times throughout these banners. i use the olympics and the melting pot, or things reduced down, and come out of this reduction. and something else transforms out of it. they had this strict code of who we should be as americans, and then i had andrew jackson fanning the flames.
this first contact, down to george bush in 2008. all of the characters that appear are real characters that are taken from my research. we are an interesting mix and i want to provoke wonder about who we are. every one of the characters are taken from actual photographs or documents that i found in my research on american history. in a lot of my banners, you conceal -- uc the melting pot, the imagery and myth that we use in our culture. talking about these reductions of all these different mixes of people, how you distill the experience. that is something i want to think about, collecting the ideas and ingredients, and i wanted to do the san francisco de lexie. -- elixir. we found a spring water
underneath a church in cow hollow. we put rosebuds in the water to attract peace, and it made a meade. it was sitting in the gallery. we distill that through local herbs. it was really surprising how delicious it was, because we were mixing a lot of seemingly in congruent ingredients, and it was delicious and different from anything you have ever tasted. i would have been happy if it was medicinal. the idea was more important to me. but it was very good. it is something i think a lot about, especially transition history, native americans, how they have this combination of dress, from the clothing from trade companies, mixed with traditional dress. i love how reflective it is of who they are, and also the
merging history's coming together. what would we look like if we carry our history with us? all of the merging of cultures, reflected in our address? i am thinking of my own history with early europeans coming in and intermixing with native cultures. the one thing i would like people to take away from after seeing my work is a sense of wonder and who we are as americans. that we are really these beautiful mixes of people and we should really be looking backwards at who we are. i think we are all kind of historians in our own life, and there are great presidents behind us -- president behind us that could give us insight into who we are. >> oliver road trip on her website. check at often. new experiences will be added after every stop.