SFMTA Board > November 7, 2006, minutes
2:00 ‑ REGULAR MEETING
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
Chairman McCray called the meeting to order at 2:02 p.m.
2. Roll Call
Absent: Shirley Breyer Black – with notification
3. Announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting.
Chairman McCray announced that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at the meeting. He advised that any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices might be removed from the meeting. He also advised that cell phones that are set on “vibrate” cause microphone interference and requested that they be placed in the “off” position.
4. Approval of Minutes
On motion to approve the minutes of the September 26, 2006 Special Meeting: unanimously approved (Black-absent).
On motion to approve the minutes of the October 3, 2006 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved (Black-absent).
Board Secretary Boomer stated that, at the November 21st meeting, the MTA Board would be asked to consider amending their Rules of Order to adopt an attendance policy. This policy was requested by the Board of Supervisors. In order to amend the Board’s Rules of Order, notice to the public must be given at least ten days in advance. Notices will be placed on-line and at the public library. Mailed notice will also be sent.
6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members
Director Kasolas requested an update on the appointment of the Director of the Parking Authority. Director Din stated that the Performance Evaluation Committee had just received the Parking Authority’s proposed work plan. The committee will meet with Mr. Szeto within 30 days to review the information.
Director Mezey requested information regarding the status of the disabled placard legislation. Exec. Director Ford stated that the information would be included in the calendar item requesting approval of the legislative agenda which will be coming to the board shortly.
Director Mezey requested an update on the Paratransit Debit Card contract. E.D. Ford stated that once they receive the mediator’s report, staff will return to the Board with a recommendation.
7. Executive Director’s Report (For discussion only)
Exec. Director Ford presented Special Recognition Awards to Oliver Gajda, Acting Manager of the Bicycle program; Cindy Shamban, DPT management assistant; and Transit Operator Horace Butler. Chairman McCray expressed appreciation on behalf of the Board.
On October 25th, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission held their 27th Annual Transportation Awards Program. This program recognizes the accomplishments of Bay Area transit properties and professionals over the past year. Department of Parking and Traffic was a co-recipient of MTC’s Grand Award for the San Jose/Guerrero Street Improvement and the Octavia Boulevard Projects. DPT’s working partners on those two projects were also honored. In addition, two retired MTA employees, Tim Reilly and Peter Tannen, were also recognized.
A recent article in the Examiner reported that operators were off work due to long-term disability, vacations and sick days. At the November 21st meeting, Diana Buchbinder, Director of Human Resources, will review the status of operator availability and what actions staff and the union are taking to improve performance. The report will include accident and work injury prevention.
Last Wednesday, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hosted a Town Hall meeting for District 5 that was focused specifically on MTA issues and Muni in particular. Approximately 100 people attended, including Director Din. Staff committed to return to District 5 in six months to provide an update on the issues raised by the public.
The next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, from noon-2pm, with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Sophie Maxwell at the Southeast Community Center.
Bond Yee, Director, Department of Parking and Traffic, presented the Oracle Open World event and its impact on traffic and transit.
Ken McDonald, Chief Operations Officer, presented a report on the 1-California Pilot Program.
Barry Taranto stated that he doesn’t think DPT hears him or understands him sometimes. He stated that people park early on Sacramento Street between Kearny and Mason. PCO’s should issue tickets until 5:55 p.m. Cones and a barrier were erected at the Oracle event and event planners didn’t allow taxicabs in. There was no signage and DPT and police cars were parked in the taxi area. Limos are constantly parked in the white zone in front of the Marriott.
Irwin Lum, President, 250-A, stated that 250-A welcomed the pilot study and expressed hope that the line can be fixed. Staff should also try to fix the weekend schedules. There is a problem with double parking at Clay and Stockton, mostly due to parents who are dropping off students. The police department needs to ticket cars that use the transit lane. Hopefully, through this pilot project, people will understand that rush hour extends beyond 6 p.m.
8. Citizen’s Advisory Council Report
Daniel Murphy, Chairman, CAC presented the recommendations from their November meeting. He expressed appreciation to Director Shahum for attending their October meeting and looks forward to having other board members attend their meeting. He stated that Muni and BART needs to come together to allow Muni youth, senior and disabled passes on BART.
Director Shahum requested a report regarding the history of the BART-Muni pass issue.
9. Public Comment
Barry Taranto stated that Steve Patrinick should be commended because he is the guru of bus zones and is a great guy. He hopes the Board and DPT will review the closure of Fourth Street between Mission and Howard next Thursday and that they will let taxis through. Mr. Taranto stated that signal timing needs to be adjusted for when the lights are needed and when they’re not. Signals are needed when there is cross traffic or pedestrians but not at other times.
THE FOLLOWING MATTERS BEFORE THE MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION AS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION, AND CITY ATTORNEY WHERE APPLICABLE. EXPLANATORY DOCUMENTS FOR ALL CONSENT AND REGULAR CALENDAR ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT 1 SOUTH VAN NESS AVE. 7th FLOOR.
10. All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Municipal Transportation Agency Board, and will be acted upon by a single vote of the Board. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Board or the public so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item.
(10.1) Requesting the Controller to allot funds and to draw warrants against such funds available or will be available in payment of the following claims against the MTA:
(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:
(10.3) Approving the designation of seven street-artist selling spaces at Harvey Milk Plaza, from November 15, 2006 through January 15, 2007. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, and resolution.) (Roberta Boomer)
(10.4) Authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to negotiate and execute a sole-source professional services agreement, Contract No. CS-144, Document Preparation Services for Job Order Contracting, with The Gordian Group, Inc., for an amount not to exceed $300,000, and with a duration of three years, with two-one year options. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, amendment and financial plan.) (Carter Rohan)
(10.5) Authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to execute Amendment No. 9 to Contract CS-123, Professional Design and Support Services for MUNI Metro Third Street Light Rail Project, with WPK Third Street Consultants, by an amount not to exceed $200,000, for a total Contract amount not to exceed $10,856,206 and extend the contract duration by one year to provide construction support service through completion. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, amendment and financial plan.) (Carter Rohan)
(10.6) Authorizing DPW to execute Change Order No. 7 to Contract No. 0872J: Contract 31 Traffic Signal Modification, with Phoenix Electric Company, to install Accessible Pedestrian Signals at 4th Street/King Street; 3rd Street/Newcomb Avenue; 3rd Street/Oakdale Avenue; 3rd Street/Palou Avenue; 3rd Street/Donner Avenue; 3rd Street/Fitzgerald Avenue; 3rd Street/Hollister Avenue; 3rd Street/Le Conte Avenue; Bayshore Boulevard/Blanken Avenue; and Bayshore Boulevard/Sunnydale Avenue, for an increase in the contract amount of $106,996.05, to a contract total of $1,475,243.86, and an increase in the contract duration by 20 calendar days. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, and financial plan.) (Bond Yee)
On motion to approve the Consent Calendar:
ADOPTED: AYES – Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum
ABSENT - Black
11. Authorizes the Executive Director/CEO or his designee to execute a contract with Michael T. Leary, PT, dba, Back First to provide back strengthening and wellness services for a term not to exceed three years and a total amount not to exceed $900,000. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and contract.) (Diana Buchbinder)
No public comment.
On motion to approve:
ADOPTED: AYES – Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum
ABSENT - Black
12. Authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to submit an allocation request for Regional Measure 2 funds to improve bicycle access to the 16th Street Bart Station in the amount of $48,700. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and initial project report.) (Sonali Bose)
Director Shahum recused herself due to a conflict of interest.
Andy Thornley, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, stated that SFBC supports the grant request and that they are excited about the “peppy” timeline. He added that planning work like this is permitted under the injunction and that there is plenty of planning that can be done despite the injunction. If we’re going to meet Mayor’s goal of 10% of all trips taken on bikes, we will need more projects like this one.
On motion to approve:
ADOPTED: AYES – Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, and Nolan
ABSENT – Black
EXCUSED - Shahum
ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 3:43 p.m.
A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.
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