SFMTA Board > Policy and Governance Committee April 14, 2009, minutes
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Beach at 9:06 a.m.
2. Roll Call
3. Approval of Minutes
On motion to approve the minutes of the March 24, 2009 Special Meeting: unanimously approved.
4. Public Comment
5. Discussion regarding the operation of the SFMTA Board of Directors/Parking Authority Commission.
Debra Johnson, Chief of Staff/Director of Administration presented the staff report. The calendar item will be presented to the SFMTA Board on April 30, 2009.
No public comment.
6. Discussion of upcoming SFMTA Board/Parking Authority Commission items. (No explanatory documents.)
Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer presented an update on the advertising contract.
Bob Schmitt, CBS Outdoor, stated he would address his questions to Ms. Bose.
Bob Planthold requested a response to the disabled community’s issue regarding the plan to allow bicycles on streetcars.
Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director, Transportation Planning, presented an update on the project schedule for the bike plan.
Amit Kothari, Director, Off-Street Parking, reported on the expansion of the Performing Arts Garage.
Sophie Shellenberger stated that people who work at performing art organizations work long hours at night so having designated parking is necessary. They often have to cross town from rehearsals to warehouses so having to pay to go in and out of garages adds up. She requested that there be designated spots for entertainment industry workers in public garages.
Michael Simpson asked the SFMTA to reconsider the build-out of the Performing Arts Garage. Arts organizations are in financial straits and are fighting budget deficits. Parking lots where staff used to park have been sold and workers are faced with a lack of parking and paying rates above what they’re paying now. He asked that the environmental impact report be moved forward and that staff work creatively with them.
Andrew Dubowski said that it’s not practical for workers to take public transit late at night to their homes. He asked for help to make the Civic Center area a destination for the arts.
Karen Ames stated that there is a real deficit in parking in the Civic Center area. Civic Center art organizations are facing imminent disaster. She stated that there is funding for the expansion and asked the committee to authorize staff to work creatively with us a short-term solution.
Ken McDonald, Chief Operating Officer, presented a report on the DriveCam program.
Irwin Lum, TWU Local 250-A expressed support for the DriveCam contract.
Mary Hiyama expressed support for the DriveCam contract.
Ken McDonald, Chief Operating Officer presented a report on the Automatic Train Control System contracts.
No public comment.
Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer, presented a report on the FY10 budget and the status of work orders with city departments. Ken McDonald, Chief Operating Officer, discussed overtime usage.
Director Beach asked staff to provide clarification regarding work orders that are mandated by City Charter.
Charles Dobbins spoke against the rate increase for motorcycle parking.
Vernon Link expressed concern about losing service on the 26-Valencia, 35-Eureka, 24-Divisadero and 52-Excelsior bus lines.
Norman Rolfe advocated for raising parking charges and revisiting the idea of a transit assessment district. He urged a full accounting of work orders.
Jeanette Berger stated that parking on sidewalks is the main reason that there is a budget problem. She opposes service cuts and supports raising parking fees.
Diane Maluia stated that the 52-Excelsior, 35-Eureka and 26-Valencia cuts will affect her and asked that service end at 10:00 p.m. rather than 8:30 p.m.
Kim McKenna stated that cuts to Muni service will hurt her.
Charles Rathbone expressed concern that if the SFMTA proceeds with medallion transfers, that the plan also addresses the concerns of taxi drivers.
Bob Planthold expressed support for fare increases and service cuts and asked the SFMTA to closely scrutinize work orders.
Irwin Lum, TWU Local 250-A, spoke against work orders and a declaration of fiscal emergency. An EIR should be done to determine the impact on community travel patterns.
James Musalski stated that overtime is horrendous and the budget is being balanced on the backs of riders. Cuts should start at the top.
Paul Wermer spoke about changes to 2-Clement, 3-Jackson and 4-Sutter lines.
Lisa Matthews stated that service cuts will be difficult and walking isn’t an option in hilly areas.
Abdulhadi Hassin stated that cameras will exonerate more operators and will lift morale. Service cuts will result in longer wait time and more pressure on operators to catch up.
Dominic Garrett, SEIU 1021, expressed opposition to a declaration of a state of emergency and support for charging people with disabled placards for parking.
Marian Hiyama stated that money taken from Muni’s budget should be returned and that cars that park in a bus zone should be fined over $200.
Mark Gruberg, UTW, expressed opposition to the sale of taxi medallions.
Lucy Gomez expressed concern about service cuts and raising parking meter rates and support for enforcement on Sunday.
Ryan Brooks, CBS Outdoor, stated that the SFMTA should do their due diligence with every bidder and to provide the same amount of scrutiny for everyone.
7. Discussion and vote pursuant to Administrative Code Section 67.10(d) as to whether to conduct a closed session and invoke the attorney‑client privilege.
On motion to invoke the attorney-client privilege: unanimously approved.
RECESS MEETING AND CONVENE CLOSED SESSION
8. Call to Order
Chairman Beach called the closed session to order at 11:09 a.m.
9. Roll Call
10. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 and the Administrative Code Section 67.8 (a) (3), the Policy & Governance Committee will meet in Closed Session to discuss and take action on attorney‑client matters in the following case:
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL
ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND RECONVENE OPEN SESSION - The closed session was adjourned at 11:25 p.m.
11. Announcement of Closed Session.
Chairman Beach announced that the Policy and Governance Committee met in closed session to discuss the Fan case with the City Attorney. The committee took no action.
12. Motion to disclose or not disclose the information discussed in closed session.
On motion to not disclose the information discussed: unanimously approved.
ADJOURN – The meeting adjourned at 11:27 a.m. in memory of John Byrd, Deputy Director, Rail Operations.
A tape of the closed session is on file in the office of the Secretary to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.
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