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make it free for everybody. and as my colleagues know, here in san francisco, that's a $200 million a year proposition what i worry about again is that we will spend years arguing over how to fill a $200 million revenue hole of our own making rather than seeking new revenue for the capital and operating holes that we already have. and i do think that debate is going to come four square in front of us. we've been nibbling around the edges with lower-income travelers and kids and seniors for many years. and they're all surrogates and that will get to the question of should transit service cost the passenger anything? and we aren't there yet but we
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have reached the last lap in that debate and i worry that we are, as i said, going to spend a lot of time trying to make up revenue that we ourselves are going to decide to lose. now with those words of caution, as i indicated earlier, i certainly do intend to support this budget and i want to say, if i could, a word of thanks. and i know i speak for all of us, to speaker pelosi in washington, because without the $1.3 billion that her legislation got the bay area, we would be in a world of hurt and in budget debate would be just brutal. so thank you to her and thanks to her leadership and we're able, i think, to hobble across the finish line here with a budget that doesn't do too much damage. and let's home jonathan's
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revenuerevenue estimates are ass they've been in the past so we can ride this budget to a better tomorrow. thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you, director. director rubki. >> thank you. i wanted to start with a quick question. when would the fare increases go into effect? i know the city budget is being delayed somewhat, but when would our passengers be affected? >> i will let leo clarify that, but it would be 30 days after the board of supervisors takes action, which would be november. >> that's correct. but also, the board of supervisors could take no action, in which case under the mayor's new calendar, this would
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go into effect november 1st. if members decided to reject the budget, then none would go into effect until something they could accept. our budget would go forward in the sent we would have appropriations to operate under our existing policies, but neither the fare increases, nor the other changes would go into effect until the board allowed a new budget to go into effect. >> so the earliest would be november? >> november 1st. >> and i think this question was asked and answered earlier, but i want to be clear. from what i understand, we'll get an update novemberish, on the updated fiscal outlook and you were saying early in january, february, woe would get
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an update. updates earlier and more frequent more be appreciated depending on the circumstances. we trust you to make that call. just in general, thank you so much for all of your work. i think everyone has given you thanks and i want to pile on the thanks. i am in full support of this budget and i know the fare increase is really hard for all of us in light of the public comment and very compelling public comment, but i feel that as a member of the board, of this agency, we have an obligation to ensure the financial sustainability of our transportation system and i want transportation dependent folks like myself to have a system that we can rely on in the future. so that is one of the reasons i support our fare indexing policy in general and i hope that we can look to more smooth times ahead where we can rely on those
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that provide transparency and predictability for our riders, as well. so i just want to say thank you and i think this budget balance is a tough choice that we all need to make and i'm in full support. that's all i have. thank you. >> thank you. director brinkman. >> thank you. jonathan, leo, thank you both so much and all of your staff, the work has been amazing, from the very first discussions about budget at the board workshop, we've been able to go in depth into this and you've taken all of the feedback and you've come back with what i think is a good compromise and intend to support this. i just want to note that when we first start the wited with clipd offering a discount, i was 100% all in on clipper. i was looking at the golden gate ferry or whenever one was losing
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clipper that went to a high adoption rate so quickly and thought, we could do that and go there. but the big difference is, our riding public just doesn't have access to clipper load sites. bart is so lucky, there are clipper machines at every bart station. so if you're riding bart, you have access to reload your clipper card and so much of the city doesn't have that and we need to keep that in mind. as much as i would love us to go 100% to clipper, you're right, it's cheaper than running two parallel fare systems, we're not there because we don't have the ability for our citizens to easily put money on their clipper card. so until we have another method of fare payment or our turnstyles are phone-clipper enabled or something. again, i fully support this budget as is and thank you to leo and jonathan for all of the
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of the work. >> thank you so much, director brinkman and i think that covers all of the directors. jonathan and leo and director tumlin, i'll give i a final comment and we'll move forward to a vote. first of all, i do appreciate the accommodation given to our taxi drivers through the fee reductions. one of my regrets and time on the border i board is that i han able to do more for taxi drivers in this situation where uber and lytt have basically eaten into their income. we've tried and we tried as a board. i tried personally and i'm glad we're able to do this in the last meeting for me. i am proud for the reasons that director hemminger suggested to go forward with the muni, free muni for youth and thank you for pushing that forward and i think we will be building a new
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generation of riders and that will enure to the benefit of the city and system. and frankly, those young people, as well. two lessons that play out here in this discussion today. indexing, i was a big proponent of it early after going through a few discussions where individualized fare proposals and fine proposals were made. i think we see here over years how indexing works and what will happen if you stray from it. i would urge you in the future not to stray from it. it is a system that in my view, over time, has worked and then
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when there are extreme situations, there canning exceptions made but those wh shd be rarely made. coming full circle, when i started on this board just a few years in, i saw firsthand the importance of the conservative physical planning and maintaining a reserve and it's not lost on me that i'm now coming full circle and seeing it again. this sort of crisis budget or this crisis plan that we're putting forward today still maintains our reserve policy, still has a 10% reserve. this is where most agencies are dipping into that, violating internal policies because they need the money. because this board was conservative at the direction of sonali and now leo and others, we have this cushion. let me say this to you, as your years go on, there will be times
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in this very budget process where people will come to you with what sounds like a great proposal. some short-term or long-term proposal out of that fund balance and say, why should we have that money sitting there? we should use it and use it now. remember this moment the same way i've remembered the 2009 crisis, this is why you have a fund balance and this is why you plan conservatively, so when we get in a situation out of our control, we can maintain the core critical services and not spend money on shining new objects but maintain core critical services for the mean need them the most. so i am proud of the fact that we have this fund balance there and i'm very grateful to jonathan and leo the way they're continuing to respect it. so thank you to the staff for this. it's a rewarding, final meeting to see this all come full circle and with that, unless there's any other comments and i don't
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see any, i will entertain a motion on the budget. >> i approve. >> second. >> director, eakin and director brinkman has seconded and miss boomer, would you please call the role. (role call). >> mr. chair, you have a 7-0 adoption of the budget. >> great. and with that, my understanding is that means that the may 5th e canceled and so for my final act, i will cancel the may 5th . the next meeting possibly will be may 19th, which would be
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director torez's best meeting and best of luck. and to the rest of you thank you and i'll see you soon, because we'll come back and do some things but thank you for what's been a really remarkable experience. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> that concludes the business before the board today. (applause). >> thanthank you very much and n meeting a adjourned.
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>> roughly five years, i was working as a high school teacher, and i decided to take my students on a surfing field trip. the light bulb went off in my head, and i realized i could do much more for my students taking them surfing than i could as their classroom teacher, and that is when the idea for the city surf project was born. >> working with kids in the ocean that aren't familiar with this space is really special because you're dealing with a lot of fear and apprehension but at the same time, a lot of
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excitement. >> when i first did it, i was, like, really scared, but then, i did it again, and i liked it. >> we'll get a group of kids who have just never been to the beach, are terrified of the idea, who don't like the beach. it's too cold out, and it's those kid that are impossible to get back out of the water at the end of the day. >> over the last few years, i think we've had at least 40 of our students participate in the city surf project. >> surfing helped me with, like, how to swim. >> we've start off with about two to four sessions in the pool before actually going out and surfing. >> swimming at the pool just helps us with, like, being, like, comfortable in the water and being calm and not being all -- not being anxious. >> so when we started the city
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surf project, one of the things we did was to say hey, this is the way to earn your p.e. credits. just getting kids to go try it was one of our initial challenges for the first year or two. but now that we've been doing it three or four years, we have a group of kids that's consistent, and the word has spread, that it's super fun, that you learn about the ocean. >> starting in the morning, you know, i get the vehicles ready, and then, i get all the gear together, and then, i drive and go get the kids, and we take them to a local beach. >> we usually go to linda mar, and then occasionally ocean beach. we once did a special trip. we were in capitola last year, and it was really fun. >> we get in a circle and group


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