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what to do with these old photos or old junk, whether it is hippie stuff or punk stuff, or stuffestuff from their grandpar, if they bring it here to us, we can preserve it and archive it and make it available to the and make it available to the welcome to the transportation authority meeting for today, tuesday, may 12th, 2020. my name is aaron peskin. and i am the chair. our clerk is ms. angela tsao. ms. tsao, if you could please call the roll. >> clerk: yes. commissioner fewer? >> present. >> clerk: commissioner haney? >> commissioner haney: present. >> clerk: commissioner mandelman? >> commissioner mandelman:
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present. >> clerk: commissioner mar? >> commissioner mar: present. >> clerk: commissioner peskin? >> commissioner peskin: present. >> clerk: commissioner preston? >> commissioner preston: present. >> clerk: commissioner ronen? >> commissioner ronen: present. >> clerk: commissioner safai? absent. commissioner yee? yee absent. we have quorum. >> supervisor safai is here. >> clerk: safai present. thank you. >> madam clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes, i do. thank you. public comment will be available for each item on this agenda via
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telephone by calling (888)204-5984. -- 204-5987. enter access code, as seen on the screen. then follow the system prompts. once you join, you will be able to listen to the meeting as a participant. when you wish to speak on an item, dial one, zero to be added to the queue to speak. when your two minutes are up, we will move on to the next caller. calls will be taken in the order of which they are received. best practices are to speak slowly, clearly, and turn down the volume on your television. please allow for audio visual delays and a 30-second lag time during the course of the meeting. >> commissioner peskin: thank you, madam clerk. can you please read the item. >> clerk: this is an information item.
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>> commissioner peskin: mr. larson, good morning. >> good morning, chair peskin and vice chair mandelman and commissioners. the last time i appeared before you, at the march 10th -- was at the march 10th t.a. board meeting. subsequently our march 25th and april 22nd c.a.c. meetings were canceled, but i'm happy to inform you that we will resume our meetings on may 27th through a virtual meeting like this one. and we're going to have a practice session this friday to prepare. so i'm sure it will go smoothly. in the meantime, the t.a. staff has kept themselves available to brief any of the c.a.c. members on issues that have come before the t.a. board in the interim. they've been keeping us informed and up to date we do look forward to getting back to business and bringing forward our comments and our suggestions
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and our points of view to you at your next meeting. so, thank you very much. >> commissioner peskin: thank you, mr. larson. and we look to the results of your next meeting. madam clerk, can you please -- any public comment on the c.a.c. report? >> clerk: there is no public comment. >> commissioner peskin: okay. seeing no public comment, public comment is closed. [gavel] next item, please. >> clerk: item 3, approve the minutes of the april 28th, 2020 meeting. this is an action item. >> commissioner peskin: is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: there is no public comment. >> commissioner peskin: okay. seeing no public comment, public comment is closed. [gavel] is there a motion to approve the minutes of april 28th -- >> >> commissioner preston: aye. >> chair peskin: is there a second? commissioner preston moves. is there a second for that motion?
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>> commissioner mandelman: second. >> chair peskin: on that item, a roll call please. [roll call] >> clerk: we have approval. >> commissioner peskin: thank you. the minutes are adopted. next item, please. >> clerk: item 4. allocate $3,257,155 in prop k
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cals tax funds, with conditions, and $140,000 in prop aa vehicle registration fee funds for seven requests. this is an action item. >> commissioner peskin: ms. laforte, good morning. >> good morning, commissioners. anna la fort deputy director for policy and programming. i'm pleased to be with you today. i'll just start with some base remarks, as requested by chair peskin. we have evaluated the requests that we are presenting to you today, in light of the covid-19 pandemic and the shelter-in-place. and we have confirmed with the agencies that are requesting these funds, sfmta and s.f. public works that these projects continue to be priorities and staff resources are available to deliver the projects, according to the schedules and the materials that you have. and so with that i'm going to pull up my presentation.
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and we will start with the first request from public works. this is for the replacement of street repair and cleaning equipment that has passed the end of its useful life. and these are pieces of equipment that are compliant with the air resources board and the service date is around this time next year, at the end of june 2021. this request is a request that we see every year from public works for public sidewalk and curb repair. this is to repair damaged infrastructure that is not caused by street trees. so these are for locations that have -- that have been impacted because of equipment or age or poor original construction to begin with. so there are -- there's a backlog of locations that are shown in your packet of materials for folks watching at home. you can request a public sidewalk repair by calling 311.
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next request is a funding request that we also see every year from the department of public works. this is for streets and planting. in the past, this category and the prop k expenditure plan has funded both tree maintenance as well as tree planting and establishment with the passage of the prop e tree maintenance fund from the general fun set-aside passed in 2016 street tree maintenance is now funded through the general fund. so the planting and the establishment of newly planted trees is funded by the prosecution k sales tax. and the locations that have been cleared for utilities, these are empty basins. there was a backlog of locations that was shown in the materials that you have in your packet. there's about 630 locations or so that will be -- that are ready for plant. and public works prioritizes empty basins as well as areas in the city with low canopy cover.
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similar to the public sidewalk repair requests, members of the public can call 311 for a tree planting. the next two prop k sales tax requests are from the san francisco municipal transportation agency for the residential traffic-calming program. the first request is to design the locations that were accepted into the program from the applications received in june of 2019. there were about 92 locations that came in, or that have been accepted. and so just about about 100 locations with 47 blocks citywide. and these are mostly speed humps and speed cushions, as you can see in the two photos on the screen in front of you. examples of those two types of infrastructure. and a couple of years out, public works -- i'm sorry, m.t.a. will come back to the board around this time next year to request funds for the
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construction phase. the next request is to evaluate the request that come in to sfmta on june 30th of this year. so this is the planning phase. m.t.a. is not changing the date that the applications are due. they are still due june 30th. however, because of shelter-in-place, they are no longer requiring the petition requirement from households on the block at a minimum of 20 signatures have to come in. that is waived this year. and so on sfmta's website, under the traffic calming program, you will find the application. by this time it should be modified to state it does not require that. so any individual household can submit the application this year. the next two requests are from the department of public works for prop aa vehicle registration fee funds. they are both for the design phase of these projects, that i'm pleased to present to you today. first is for the western
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addition pedestrian lighting project. and this will fund new lighting on mccallister street from fillmore to webster and fund additional lighting on fillmore from golden gate avenue to church street. these are recommendations that were in the western addition community transportation plan, which was also in a transportation improvement program or ntip prop k program planning project. so very pleased to see these projects -- this project advancing. next request is for the potrero gateway loop pedestrian safety improvements. this is for safety improvements at 17th street, vermont street and san bruno avenue, adjacent to the 101 freeway and it will fund a host of very needed improvements to replace making and safety along the u-shape along the 101 freeway. both of these requests are for
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the design phase, as i mentioned. public works will be requesting construction phase funds for these projects in the future, for the potrero gateway loop project. it will be leveraging a state grant from the affordable housing, sustainable communities program. and requires that construction start i believe it's by the end of 2021. so it has some timely use of funds requirements for the construction phase for this particular project. and with that i can answer any questions and there are also project managers available. >> commissioner peskin: thank you, ms. lafort. are there any commissioners who have any questions or comments on this item number 4? commissioner preston. >> commissioner preston: thank you, chair peskin. no questions but a comment. i just want to thank you for all the work on the western addition
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pedestrian lighting project. really excited that this is moving forward in the design phase is funded. as you mentioned, the project comes directly from the recommendations from the community, through the western addition community base transportation plan from 2017. and this project, in the fillmore, will improve pedestrian safety, enhance community connections to recreational spaces, and help with the overall walkability of community-identified priority streets in the western addition, by installing additional pedestrian lights. i also want to note that this lighting plan is one of a number of projects that we're trying to get off the ground and advocate for in the area, including the buchanan mall and the project will include new pedestrian lights and tree trimming on mccallister. as you mentioned, between fillmore and webster and additional lighting and tree trimming on fillmore between
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golden gate and turk. a lot of work has gone into that. and i just wanted to thank some folks, michelle wu at the department of public works, ms. laforte and mike pickford at the t.a. all of the m.t.a. staff, including those involved with the western addition transportation plan, in particular shada who did a lot of the community outreach for the transportation plan. and also wanted to thank mo magic collective, citizen film, s.f. public utilities, rec and park department, police department, planning department, and all of the community members in the western addition that took part in project. really pleased to see this moving forward and thank you for all your work. >> commissioner peskin: thank you, commissioner preston, for those comments. any other members of the commission who have any questions or comments? seeing none, is there any public comment on this item number 4? >> clerk: chair, there is no public comment. >> commissioner peskin: okay. public comment is closed.
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[gavel] is there a motion to allocate the -- $3.25 million of prop k money and $140,000 prop aa money? motion made by commissioner? >> preston. >> commissioner peskin: and seconded by? >> commissioner yee: yee. >> commissioner peskin: on that item, a roll call please. >> clerk: commissioner fewer? >> commissioner fewer: i.o.c. >> clerk: commissioner haney? >> commissioner haney: aye. >> clerk: commissioner mandelman? >> commissioner mandelman: aye. >> clerk: commissioner mar? >> commissioner mar: aye. >> clerk: commissioner peskin? >> commissioner peskin: aye. >> clerk: commissioner ronen? >> commissioner ronen: aye. >> clerk: commissioner safai? >> commissioner stefani?
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>> commissioner stefani:i. >> clerk: commissioner yee? >> commissioner yee: sorry, i didn't mean to beat you. aye. >> clerk: we have approval of first read. >> commissioner peskin: thank you, next item, please. >> clerk: item number 5. approve the transportation authority project priorities for the senate bill 1, local partnership program competitive grant program and amend the prop k five-year prioritization program for the pedestrian circulation and safety category. this is an action item. >> commissioner peskin: all right. ms. laforte, the floor is yours again. >> thank you. anna laforte, deputy director for policy and programming at the transportation authority. let me pull up my presentation.
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okay. so the item before you today is in regards to the local partnership program and this is a program that has been established by the california transportation commission, that rewards local jurisdictions that received approval of taxes or fees, that have been imposed on transportation. there is a formula portion of the program for 60% of the funds and then also a competitive portion of the program, which is the subject of the item today, about 40% of the funds go to. the transportation authority is eligible for both pots of funds, if you will, as the administrator of the prop k has sent transportation sales taxes, as well as the prop aa vehicle registration fee. and the city and county of san francisco is eligible for the formula and competitive programs, as the administrator of the prop d transportation network company's tax, the
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t.n.c. tax that passed in november of 2019, as well as self-imposed fees for the portion -- that portion of the transportation sustainability fee. the guidelines for this program -- oh, i'm sorry. let me put it on to the first slide. the guidelines for this program allow for an agency, the eligible applicant, like the city and county of san francisco or the transportation authority, to identify a different entity as the implementing agency for the projects. and so that agency assumes the responsibility and the accountability for delivery and the use and expenditure of the funds, should that project be successful in receiving a grant. in the first cycle of this program, the c.t.c. awarded $6.7 million to the transportation authority with public works, s.f. public works as the implementing agency for jefferson street improvement phase two.
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this next funding cycle is for three years of the program. and it will provide just under $190 million over that three-year period statewide to competitive projects. this is -- this broad eligibility for both transit and highway and streets and roads types of projects. but it will only fund the construction phase of the project and it requires a dollar-for-dollar local match. as well there is also a minimum grant size of $3 million from the local partnership program. so plus the local match, you are looking at a minimum cost of a construction phase of $6 million. the c.t.c. also requires that agents submit these project nominations in priority order. these are just some of the conditions -- or criteria that the california transportation commission uses to establish projects for funding, cost
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effectiveness, and projects that are ready to go, project that leverage more than the dollar-for-dollar match as well as having air quality benefits and local and regional support as well. we have worked with eligible or potential project sponsors since january in preparation for this call for projects being released. and we received requests to support the nominations of two projects. we considered the local partnership guidelines and assessed the project status, as well as the potential for the projects to be competitive at the statewide level. and in close coordination with staff from the mayor's office, we recommend submitting project nominations in the following order, as again required by the california transportation commission. so the first priority for the project submissions is the mission geneva safety project. this is a muni-forward and
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vision zero safety project, that will include improvements on mission street, from geneva to trumbull, geneva from mission. this has a host of traffic signals and new pedestrian crossings and transit bulbs. environmentally cleared through the transit effectiveness project. design is under way in part funded by the prop k funds that were allocated a couple of months ago. these are on high-injury network and so we are also recommending, along with this request for the priorities, a five-year prioritization program amendment to the pedestrian safety category and prop k for the five-year plan for it. and this is to reprogram funds from the civic center, let's see, grove street civic center
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project to the mission safety project. this would allow for the local match to be fully funded and increase the competitiveness, c.t.c. requires the funds to be committed at the local level at the time of allocation or at the time of the recommendation and grants awards. and local match also includes prop b general punt set aside and sustainability fees. the second project priority is the mission landing from the port of san francisco. this is for construction of a sing approximately float to berth ferry landing to provide to the mission bay area.
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the project has several things going for it, including it is ready to go, design is done. the project is environmentally cleared. reducing vehicle trips -- we have confirmed with the county of san francisco that 28 be submitting both projects in the same priority
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>> i'm glad we're finalizing the design and hopefully begin construction on this corridor work in 2021. and so everyone knows, there is a small portion of this work, some of the improvements that could begin as soon as we get the award. but it's many crosswalks. it's traffic signals. it's crosswalks, it's ball bouts, it's moving transit stops. it's essentially bike improvements. this is an extremely, extremely
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important project. and probably one of the largest investments that the city will have made in district 11 in terms of infrastructure, in the last 50 years. totaling over $20 million. so i thank everyone again prioritizing this and making a priority for a part of town that's often forgotten when it comes to these types of improvements. thank you, mr. chair. >> could you reiterate why the passionage of prop d, the t. n.c. tax is generating more money out of sb-1. i didn't quite understand that. >> it is what allows the city and county of san francisco to qualify for formula funds. so the formula -- the sb-1 funds are contributed among the state,
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there's now the-south split and a by population and generated by the different measures that are passed. so we now -- the city and county of san francisco now qualifies for a portion, for a distribution of the sb-1 formula funds, because it has passed the tax and because of the revenue it was projected to generate. >> clerk: there is no public comment. >> okay. public comment is closed. is there a motion? commission safai, would you like to make the motion? >> yes, sir. so moved.
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>> commissioner peskin: made and seconded. a roll call, please. [roll call]
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>> clerk: the tomorrow is passed on its first read. >> next item, please. >> clerk: award a one-year professional services contract to mcmillen jacobs associates in an amount not to exceed $1 million for rail tunnel planning services for the pennsylvania avenue extension project. this is an action item. >> chair peskin: mr. cordova, good morning. >> great. goodgood morning, chair peskin, commissioners. >> commissioner peskin: now, you're actually at work. >> yes, i am today. yes. okay. let me start right there. hopefully you can see that. happy to report on the item 6 here, pennsylvania avenue extension. let me give you a little brief history here, first. let me see here if i can get my -- there we go.
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project history. as you know, the city planning department prepared what we refer to as the rail yard alignment and benefits study. this work here that we're proposing is to go ahead and continue that effort. and the key goals in improving street connectivity and safety, overall train operations and really what we're looking at is basically undergrounding the caltrans system from in essence 4th and townsend, 4th and king to the south, near the 22nd street station. it's important to recognize that we'll continue to work closely with the power authority. the board adoptioned resolution 1912 back in september timeframe of 2019. in essence identifying what this as we refer to the pennsylvania alignment as the preliminary preferred route.
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just another pictorial here, as it relates to thought process, undergrounding as i indicated previously. those green arrows show the opportunity to reopen the street network in essence, which would be a very large benefit to the city. let's get into more of the technical thought process here, as we move forward. this is a major thought tunnel in es pence. we're going to take a look at alternatives, as it relates to you believing. set up a risk management system in that regard and take a look
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at the overall cost and funding for the project. with the goal in essence of identifying alternatives that we would further evaluate in the future environmental processes. let's talk about the procurement process. we issued a request for proposals in the february timeframe, received proposals in april, went through an interview process with in essence our partners as i had indicated previously. and went ahead and established a $1 million budget, not to to exceed a goal of 20%. we received five proposals and we interviewed three teams. the highest ranked firm was mcmillen jacobs association. our recommendation is to award a professional services contract to mcmillen jacobs, not to
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exceed $1 million for the rail tunnel planning services and to authorize executive director to negotiate the payment terms. >> commissioner peskin: thank you, eric. are there any questions for mr. cordova? seeing none, i will note that roland la before run is pleased with this contract and this vendor. so i will say that on the record. are there any members of the public who would like to make public comment on this item number 6? >> clerk: yes, chair. we do have members of the public. >> commissioner peskin: first speaker, please. >> thank you, chair. >> commissioner peskin: and members.
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alita dupree for the record. let the record reflect that my pronounces are she and her. this is very, very important work. i've been following this project. under grounding this busy railroad in san francisco is important, especially from a safety standpoint. as this is engineered, the 22nd street station needs to expeditiously made a.d.a. accessible. this plan has precedent. the idea of under grounding railroads in cities is not new. considered that in new york city, there is a four-track main line called the park avenue railway. and it runs into a legendary and historic train station called grand central term 23458, and it has 700 train movements a day. caltrans has the potential of increasing its volume. so we want tounder ground it
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expeditiously, so we can eliminate these great crossings and have a more seamless rail transportation in our great city. thank you. >> commissioner peskin: thank you. next speaker, please. >> operator: you have one question remaining. >> clerk: welcome, caller, your two minutes begins now. >> good morning supervisor. >> commissioner peskin:. thank you for reading my email into the record. i mean, this is truly a defining moment. to me this is a first time in ten years that i can actually see a transit center at the end of the tunnel. you after you've seep what these people can do, so it is truly
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remarkable. maybe you will consider allowing them to look somewhere north of townsend street. this is all i'm asking for this time. >> thank you, mr. la brun. any other members of the public who would like to testify on this item? >> clerk: there are no more members of the public.
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. >> this is my update for the first mine nos of nine months of
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if fiscal year. i will be back for fiscal year 20 and three month provisional budget for 21. this is an information item. with that i am happy to answer any questions. >> thank you for the briefing that you gave me last week. are there any commissioners that have questions or comments? seeing none is there any public comment on this information item. >> yes, there is public comment. >> first speaker, please. >> you have one question remaining. >> welcome, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller. >> mr. de koss take. would you like to comment on item 7?
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>> mr. dkcosta would you like to comment on item number 7? >> okay. are there any other members of the public to comment on this information item with regard to our nine months ending march 31st? >> there are no additional callers. >> public comment is closed. this is an information item. colleagues any introduction of new items? >> seeing none. any general public comment? >> there is no general public comment. >> okay. public comment is closed. the transportation authority is adjourned.
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>> hi. my name is carmen chiu, san francisco's aelectricitied assessor. today, i want to share with you a property tax savings programs for families called proposition 58. prop 58 was passed in 1986 and it was helped parents pass on their lower property tax base to their children. so how does this work?
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under california's prop 13 law, the value we use to calculate your property tax is limited to 2% growth peryear. but when ownership changes, prop 13 requires that we reassess properties to market value. if parents want to pass on their home or other property to their children, it would be considered a change in ownership. assuming the market value of your property has gone up, your children, the new owners, would pay taxes starting at that new higher level. that's where prop 58 comes in. prop 58 recognizes the transfer between parents and children so that instead of taxing your children at that new higher level, they get to keep your lower prop 13 value. remember, prop 58 only applies to transfers between parents and children. here's how the law twines an eligible child. a biological child, a step
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child, child adopted before the age of 18, and a son-in-law or daughter-in-law. to benefit from this tax saving program, remember, you just have to apply. download the prop 58 form from our website and submit it to our office. now you may ask, is there a cap how much you can pass on. well, first, your principal residence can be excluded. other than that, the total tap of properties that can use this exclusion cannot exceed $1 million. this means for example if you have two other properties, each valued at $500,000, you can exclude both because they both fit under the $1 million cap. now what happens hwhen the totl value you want to pass on exceeds $1 million. let's say you have four properties. three with current taxable value of $300,000 and one at $200,000, totaling $1.1 million in value. assuming that you decide to pass on properties one, two,
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and three, we would apply the exclusions on a first come, first served basis. you would deduct properties one, two, and three, and you would still have $100,000 left to pass on. what happens when you pass on the last property? this property, house four, has been existing value of 2 -- has an existing value of $200,000, and its existing property value is actually higher, $700,000. as i said, the value left in your cap is $100,000. when we first figure out your portion, we figure out the portion that can be excluded. we do that by dividing the exclusion value over the assessed value. in this case, it's 50%. this means 50% of the property will remain at its existing value. meanwhile, the rest will be reassessed at market value. so the new taxable value for this property will be 50% of the existing value, which is
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200,000, equaling 100,000, plus the portion reassessed to market value, which is 50% times $700,000, in other words, 350,000, with a total coming out to $450,000. a similar program is also available for prepping transfers fl interest r from grandparents to grandchildren. if you're interested in learning more visit our website or
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>> everything is done in-house. i think it is done. i have always been passionate about gelato. every single slaver has its own recipe. we have our own -- we move on from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand.
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this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself. >> we created a move of an area where we will be visiting. we want to make sure that the area has the gelato that you like. what we give back as a shop owner is creating an ambient lifestyle. if you do it in your area and if you like it, then you can do it
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>> as a woman of color who grew up in san francisco i understand how institutions can have an impact on communities of color. i think having my voice was important. that is where my passion lies when the opportunity to lead an office in such a new space came up. i couldn't turn it down.
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i was with the district attorney's office for a little over nine years, if you include the time as an intern as well as volunteer da, all most 13 years. during the time with the da's office i had an opportunity to serve the community not only as the assistant district attorney but as director of community relations. that afforded the opportunity to have impact on the community in an immediate way. it is one thing to work to serve the rights of those without rights, victims. it is really rewarding to work to to further the goals of our office and the commitment we have as city employees and advocates for people who don't have a voice. i don't know of anyone surprised to see me in this role. maybe people have an impression what the director of the office of cannabis should be like, what
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their beliefs should be. i smash all of that. you grew up in the inner city of san francisco. my career path is not traditional. i don't think a person should limit themselves to reach full potential. i say that to young women and girls. that is important. you want to see leadership that looks diverse because your path is not predetermined. i didn't wake up thinking i was going to be a prosecutor in my life. the city administrator reached out and wanted to have a conversation and gave me interest in the new role. i thought you must not know what i do for a living. it was the opposite. she had foresight in realizing it would be helpful for somebody not only a former prosecutor but interested in shaping criminal justice reform for the city would be the right person for the space. i appreciate the foresight of the mayor to be open how we can
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be leaders in san francisco. i was able to transition to the policy space. here i was able to work on legislation, community relations, communication and start to shape the ways our office was going to reform the criminal justice system. it is fulfilling for me. i could create programs and see those impact people's lives. i am the change. it took truants youth to meet with civil rights movement leaders who fought to have access to education. being a young person to understand that helped the young people realize this was an important thing to give up. what we find is that young people who are truanted have a really high homicide rate in our city, which is a sad statistic. we want to change that. >> coming from a community we are black and brown.
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i don't reach out to other people. i don't think they feel the same way. >> i had the great opportunity to work on prison reform issues and criminal justice reform issues. we created a program at san quentin where we brought district opportunities t to lifs and talk about how we are all impacted by the criminal justice system. we brought over 40 elected das to san quentin for the situation. now we are inviting the police department. our formerly incarcerated group born out of this programming asked for the opportunity to work on a project where we could bring the men in blue on the outside to come speak to the men on blue inside to start the healing dialogue around how the criminal justice system specifically in san francisco impacts the community. i was attracted to the role. there was a component of equity
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that was part of this process. the equity community here in san francisco is a community that i had already worked with. before i took steps to visit cannabis businesses i thought it was important my team have a chance to go inside and speak to men who ha had been impacted. that conversation needed to happen so we know how we are making an impact with the work that we are doing. the da's office as we were leading up to the legalization of marijuana in the state we started having conversations on the policy team what that could look like. the district attorney was really focused on the right side of history for this. we realized it would be quite a heavy lift for individuals who have been negatively impacted by the war on drugs to expunge the record. it was important to figure out
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the framework to make it seamless and easy. they put their minds to it after some time and many conversations the data analysts and other policy walk throughs on the team came up with the idea to engage the tech community in this process. code for america helped us developed the rhythm to be used for any jurisdiction across the state that was important to create a solution to be used to assist all jurisdictions dealing with this matter. the office of cannabis is the first office to have a completely digital application process. we worked with the digital team to develop the online application. there are going to be hiccups. we are first to do it. it is one of the most rewarding parts to offer a seamless -- to offer a seamless approach. that is how they can find
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solutions to solve many of the community challenges. the best way to respond to prop 64 was to retroactively expunge 9,000 cannabis related records for san francisco. it feels like justice full circle for my personal experience. in the past i was furthering the war on drugs just as my directive. really coming from a place of public safety. that was the mandate and understanding. it is nice to see that pass a society we are able to look at some of our laws and say, you know what? we got it wrong. let's get this right. i had the privilege of being in the existing framework. my predecessor nicole elliott did an incredible job bringing together the individuals super-passionate about cannabis. >> the office was created in
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july of 2017. i came in early 2018. i have been able to see the office's development over time which is nice. it is exciting to be in the space, stickily in thinking about her leadership. >> looking for the office it is always we might be before my time when i was working for the board oforboard of supervisors. i learn new things every day it is challenging and rewarding for me. >> we get the privilege to work in an office tha that is innova. we get to spearhead the robust exprogram. >> i am excited she came on board to leverage experience as a prosecutor 10 years as we contemplate enforcements but approaching it without replicating the war on drugs.
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>> i was hired by cam laharris. i haven't seen a district attorney that looked kind of like me. that could be a path in my life. i might not have considered it. it is important that women and certainly women of color and spaces of leadership really do their part to bring on and mentor as many young people as they can. it is superimportant to take advantage of as many opportunities a as they can when they can intern because the doors are wide open. plans change and that is okay. the way this was shaped because i took a risk to try something new and explore something and show that i was capable. you are capable, right? it was about leaning in and being at the table to say my voice matters. you find your passion, the sky
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>> i went through a lot of struggles in my life, and i am blessed to be part of this. i am familiar with what people are going through to relate and empathy and compassion to their struggle so they can see i came out of the struggle, it gives them hope to come up and do something positive. ♪ ♪ i am a community ambassador.
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we work a lot with homeless, visitors, a lot of people in the area. >> what i like doing is posting up at hotspots to let people see visibility. they ask you questions, ask you directions, they might have a question about what services are available. checking in, you guys. >> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the area and we are here to promote
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safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us. we can direct them to the services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and adults to commute through the streets. when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about escorting kids and having them
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feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the residents. >> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me to grab, you know. doing this job makes me feel good. because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are caught up with their addiction
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because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i am at now.
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>> announcer: you're watching "coping with covid-19." today's special guest is dr. steven getnick. >> hi, i'm chris man us and you're watching "coping with covid-19." today my guest is the director of the behavior therapy center of san francisco and professor emeritus in counseling psychology at the university of san francisco. doctor, welcome to the show. >> thank you. >> let's talk about managing anxieties during this pandemic. what types of issues are people facing at the moment? >> there are a number of issues and i really want to point out
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that this is affecting everyone and has come on very quickly. so it is normal. if you are not experiencing some anxiety, something is a touch off because this affects us all. i think some of the main ones are our health and worried about getting the virus and our developing serious complications. i think for a lot of people who are single, living alone, in isolation, has been very difficult. i think being in close quarters with people who we normally have some space from now are together 24/7. that's produced a lot of stress and anxiety. that loss of connection with others. we already addressed. and having kids home. for a lot of people. >> yes, absolutely.
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what are the other problems that they might have? >> i think without that dynamic, the good things are not a problem. it is the difficulties we have. and when we're together 24/7, again it's like hooking everything up to an amplifier. >> so, what kind of problems could be created from working home from home, perhaps for the first time in your career? >> a lot of people are not used to working at home and a working at home just isn't the same. for one thing, there is a lack of social interaction. some people find that that affects them greatly. some people are actually finding they're getting more work done at home without distractions from work. the lack of structure is probably the most common. we see it here with work at the
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office. people are kind of watching. we know that our schedule is, suddenly you're at home and you are on your own. >> absolutely. if those are some of the issues people are facing, what are some of the techniques people can use to overcome their anxiety? >> caller: i think there are many. one of the first is how managing and keeping track of your thinking, we think and talk to ourselves a lot. that's normal. we have a dialogue with ourselves often and we need to monitor that a bit. people tend to ruminate versus problem-solve. that is they tend to worry about all the things that might go wrong. and what i suggest is, look, there are things that can go wrong, but ruminating about the worst-case scenario is not going to be very productive. sit down, figure out what the things are that you have to deal with and try to problem-solve.
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i think any of the self-control techniques for anxiety can be helpful. and there are dozens of them. the common ones are meditation, relaxation techniques, yoga, for example and another is diaphragmattic breathing. if you google that, you can learn diaphragmattic breathing in about 10 minutes online. it's incredibly simple and it is a really nice way to reduce anxiety in the moment. self-control procedures, exercise. whether if you're fortunate enough to have equipment at home, that's great. if you're not, get outside and go for a walk, keep your safe distance, of course. but you need to be active. that's helpful. >> i think people marry be dealing with information overload at the moment. how do you suggest people manage that?
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>> i was just going to say that. i think it is really important to kind of limit the information you get. not in terms of accuracy. i think in terms of accuracy, you want to identify a few sites where people are coming with evidence-based information and scientific information so you can form yourself well. once you've informed yourself, you need to not be watching all day long. i've talked to people who are mesmerized from the tv and a it keeps that anxiety going so you need to limit your viewing for sure. this can be stress for people who have economic concerns and worried about their family and friends and loved ones who are essential workers. what would you suggest they do to help manage anxiety and stress? >> there is a number of things.
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one of major ones for depression is behavioral activation. simply, it really means that people will tend to not be depressed as a number of reinforcing activities to engage in. whether it is hobbies, you read, you listen to music, you crochet, you -- whatever. these kinds of things are very important so you want to make sure that you're engaging in activities that literally make you feel better as opposed to sitting around ruminating, worrying about the worst-case scenarios that might happen. >> what about trying to do some self-development? >> yeah. it's a very interesting time. i've talked to a couple of my own clients who are finding, in a very positive way, that this isolation, while at first can generate a lot of anxiety, particularly if you're just not good at living alone. for a number of people, it's
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giving them a chance to sit back and really think about what is important in their lives, what are the priorities. i think that maybe if there is any silver lining in this epidemic, it's really forcing all of us to kind of rethink what's really important. >> indeed. you know, though, at the same time, there are people who are feeling very lonely at home. how would you encourage them to overcome that? >> you get online. facetime, skype, zoom, like what we're doing right now. you can stay connected. it's very possible. most connections are important. we are social critters and we need that connection. i think for people who don't have those options, pull up photos, take a look at pictures of family. you need to stay connected. and it's very important. >> and finally, do you have any suggestions that are specifically for families? >> yeah.
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well, again, i think one of the interesting things that's come about from all of this, is i talked to families on video is they're obviously spending more time together. while it's a bit awkward, particularly for parents who are in the house working a lot. it's a chance to really deepen relationships and spend more good, quality time together. i think parents really need to step back and kind of plan their day a little bit. not micro manage it, but have some ideas. can the family play games together? a lot of people i talked to, they're even together as a family for the first time. so i think there are a number of things that people can do. i think it is qulaouzful for the families to take five, 10 minutes and say how did the day go? i talked to someone in the phone book before we started
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who said they noticed what time of day all their anxiety kind of comes together and they start sniping at each other. now they're taking a few minutes at tend of the day to say, ok, how are we doing? >> i think they need modeling good behavior, something you can do within the family, too, to try to -- >> that's right. i think that's relevant. very relevant to how children are going to do. most of the research from crises, particularly things we can't control showed that children do as well as their parents do. so i think it is important for parents to think about how they're react aing and they stay calm because whatever they do is modeling, coping for their children. so, that can be very useful. it can also be problematic. >> when we talked earlier, you mentioned that acknowledging that your kids are afraid is
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important. >> yes. i think that ties to your last question. i think modeling -- you know, it's not incompatible with saying, yeah, you know, mom or dad is a little nervous, too. it means a lot of stuff is going on, but we're going to be ok. we're going to stay together. we have our time together. we're going to be safe. we'll -- fill in the blank. so you can do both. you can re-assure but in a realistic way that once the kids know it's normal to be anxious in these times. >> thank you for coming ton show, doctor. i really appreciate the time you've given us. >> you're welcome. thank you for having me. >> and that is it for this episode. we'll be back with more covid-19 related information shortly. you have been "coping with covid-19." thank you for watching.
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>> hi. i am cory with san francisco and we're doing stay safe and we're going to talk about what shelter in place or safe enough to stay in your home means. we're here at the urban
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center on mission street in san francisco and joined by carla, the deputy director of spur and one of the persons who pushed this shelter in place and safe enough to stay concept and we want to talk about what it means and why it's important to san francisco. >> as you know the bay area as 63% chance of having a major earthquake and it's serious and going to impact a lot of people and particularly people in san francisco because we live on a major fault so what does this mean for us? part of what it means is that potentially 25% of san francisco's building stock will be uninhibit tabl and people can't stay in their homes after an earthquake. they may have to go to shelters or leave
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entirely and we don't want that to happen. >> we want a building stock to encourage them to stay in the homes and encourage them to stay and not relocate to other locations and shelters. >> that's right so that means the housing needs to be safe enough to stay and we have been focused in trying to define what that means and you as a former building official knows better than anybody the code says if an earthquake happens it won't kill you but doesn't necessarily say that can you stay in your home and we set out to define what that might mean and you know because you built this house we're in now and this shows what it's like to be in a place safe enough to stay. it's not going to be perfect. there maybe cracks in the walls and not
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have gas or electricity within a while but can you essentially camp out within your unit. what's it going to take to get the housing stock up to this standard? we spent time talking about this and one of the building types we talk about was soft story buildings and the ground floor is vulnerable because there are openings for garages or windows and during the earthquake we saw in the marina they went right over and those are -- >> very vulnerable buildings. >> very and there are a lot of apartment buildings in san that that are like that. >> and time to. >> >> retrofit the buildings so people can stay in them after the earthquake. >> what do they need? do they
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need information? do they need incentives? mandates? >> that's a good question. i think it starts with information. people think that new buildings are earthquake proof and don't understand the performance the building will have so we want a transparent of letting people know is my building going to be safe in it after an earthquake? is my building so dangers i should be afraid of being injured? so developing a ranking system for buildings would be very important and i think for some of the larger apartment buildings that are soft story we need a mandatory program to fix the buildings, not over night and not without financial help or incentive, but a phased program over time that is reasonable so we can fix those buildings, and for the smaller soft story buildings and
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especially in san francisco and the houses over garages we need information and incentives and coaxing the people along and each of the owners want their house to be safe enough. >> we want the system and not just mandate everybody. >> that's right. >> i hear about people talking about this concept of resiliency. as you're fixing your knowledge you're adding to the city wide resiliency. >> >> what does that mean? >> that's a great question. what spur has done is look at that in terms of recovery and in new orleans with katrina and lost many of the people, hasn't recovered the building stock. it's not a good situation. i think we can agree and in san we want to rebuild well and quickly after a major disaster so we
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have defined what that means for our life lines. how do we need the gasolines to perform and water perform after an earthquake and the building stock as well, so we have the goal of 95% of our homes to be ready for shelter in place after a major earthquake, and that way people can stay within the city. we don't lose our work force. we don't lose the people that make san francisco so special. we keep everybody here and that allow us to recover our economy, and everything because it's so interdependent. >> so that is a difficult goal but i think we can achieve it over the long time so thank you very much for hosting us and hosting this great exhibit, and thank you very much for joining
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