Today my legislation to strengthen San Francisco's public power system and provide revenue for infrastructure needs like streetlights will be up for a vote at the Board of Supervisors. This legislation will increase the electric customer base for San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission by granting the PUC the right of first refusal to provide hydroelectric, greenhouse gas free power to private developments. An expanded PUC customer base will bring in more revenue for San Francisco's aging public power infrastructure needs which has over $900 million in deferred maintenance.
Our urban forest is a vital part of our city, but we have done a poor job of investing in this important asset. Our current policy of transferring ownership of street trees to private property owners who didn't plant the trees, didn't ask to take care of the trees and might not have the capacity or financial means to take care of our trees is endangering our urban forest and our streets. Just last week, four trees fell down on a single day, including one that landed on a construction worker.
The Imperial Council is celebrating its 50th Anniversary next year, and today the Government Audit and Oversight Committee approved my resolution to allow the Council to use the offical city seal on its materials during next year's celebration. The Council is an essential part of our cultural fabric, and I'm proud to have helped them secure this rare honor, which has only been granted by the Board of Supervisors 22 times since 1979. I look forward to celebrating with the Imperial Council next year.
Tuesday night was a great night for transportation in our city. Voters passed two transportation funding measures that will provide a significant investment in our transportation system and reaffirmed our city's commitment to making significant investments in a broad range of transit priorites. Prop A, the transportation bond, will put $500 million into capital projects on our streets, while Prop B, will adjust Muni funding to account for our population growth, with the increase in funds dedicate to service improvements (like paying for rolling stock) and street safety improvements.
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Board President David Chiu and I held a hearing this week on the city's street tree relinquishment program, which has resulted in the city transferring ownership of thousands of trees to private property owners. This flawed program shifts the care of our city-planted trees onto property owners who didn't plant the trees and may not know how to take care of them. We need to find a sustainable funding source for the city to take care of our street trees to keep them healthy and thriving.
Safe and livable streets start with smart street design reflecting the needs of all users. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved my legislation to adopt the official street design policies of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). For San Francisco to have a more sustainable future, we need an environment that encourages and allows people to safely and enjoyably walk, bike, and use transit, in addition to driving.
Our misguided City policy to transfer ownership of streets trees to private property owners isn't working. Two years ago I held a hearing where we reviewed potential solutions to this problem, but nothing has been done since then other than to transfer more trees to property owners who didn't plant the trees, don't necessarily know how to take care of the trees, and didn't ask for maintenance responsibilities of these trees.
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the assessment district for the Transbay Transit District. As part of the creation of the Transbay Transit District - with massive up-zoning of heights - the developers in the district agreed to, and are required to, participate in an assessment district through which the developers pay impact fees to help fund both the transit center and the train extension.