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1.  Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lee at 10:03 a.m.

2.  Roll Call


  • Cheryl Brinkman
  • Jerry Lee
  • Bruce Oka

3. Approval of Minutes

On motion to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2011: unanimously approved.     

4. Executive Director’s Report

  • Ongoing activities

No report.

5. Public Comment


6. Presentation, discussion and possible action of upcoming SFMTA Board/Parking Authority Commission items. (No explanatory documents.)

  • Youth Passes

Sonali Bose, director, Finance and Information Technology, presented the report.


Margaret Brodkin, New Day For Learning, expressed support for the summer youth pass.  Last year it was fabulous.  Lower income students need to continue to learn over the summer.  This program prioritized neighborhoods with low income students.  The program ran smoothly and drivers loved it because it was orderly. 

Sheryl Davis, Magic Program, stated that programs can’t afford to take students on field trips if they can’t get the passes.  Students with an organized program won’t sneak onto the buses.  This is an opportunity for low income students to explore the city.

Adrienne Williams, Village Program, stated that last summer, the passes were helpful for youth.  The biggest challenge they have is getting students to and from programs.  She asked that the passes be provided again.

Caroline Grannan, Summer Learning Network, stated that students can’t get to places or do things without the passes.  She urged that last year’s program be repeated.

Jerry Trotter, Booker T. Washington Learning Center, stated that many families don’t go out of their community.  San Francisco has a wealth of resources and programs that many families don’t connect to.  Muni is the means to do that and with the summer youth passes, it’s cost effective.  He urged the continuance of the program.

Sharon Johnson, Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, stated that they offer several programs that take daily field trips.  These programs teach students how to travel and students get to experience the diversity that San Francisco has to offer.  They learn how to be good students and neighbors. 

Neil Hatton, Bayview Hunter’s Point YMCA stated that the passes are crucial.  Programs are stretched now and are in greater need than last year since the Recreation and Park Department has cut back their services.  They want to get kids to other parts of the city.   

Sheila Chung Hagen, Office of Supervisor Campos, expressed appreciation for the level of cooperation for the Youth Lifeline Pass.  A majority of students live at or below the poverty level and with the increase in cost for passes; it is difficult for families to afford them.  Providing transportation is critical for families to be able to access services, school and programs.  The need is greater than the 12,000 passes approved.  Their office is trying to look into free Muni for all youth.  They are trying to identify funding. She expressed support for all three proposals.

Ruben Urbina, Everett Middle School, stated that he runs a summer program that has close to 250 students, most of whom are immigrants or are in foster care or with a transitional family.   Families don’t have the financial ability to move throughout the city.  They need help.

Jessica Externa, OMI Beach Center, expressed her appreciation for the program.  Students in her program visit different neighborhoods and this will help them get around the city.

Yvette Robles, SFMagic, stated that providing safe public transit supports agency with their work to reduce violence.  With more children going on field trips, there is more need to access public transportation.

Paul, SMART, stated that they support highly motivated low income students.  The chance to have a Muni pass one day week is huge.  He appreciates the passes provided last summer and hopes it will continue.

Chairman Lee and Directors Brinkman and Oka expressed support for the continuation of the summer youth pass program.  Exec. Director/CEO Ford stated that he would authorize the summer pass under his authority.  

Chairman Lee requested that the other two proposals be presented to the full Board after staff has worked through the issues.

  • Parking Enforcement and Deployment

Joy Houlihan, deputy director, Parking Enforcement, and Bryant Woo, traffic engineer, presented the report.

Chairman Lee requested additional information regarding the number of sidewalk complaints broken down by neighborhood.  He also requested information regarding the impact that special events and construction have on PCO deployment.  He requested additional discussion regarding PCO overtime at the next meeting.

No public comment.

  • Service Performance Report

John Haley, director, Transit Services presented the report.

Chairman Lee requested additional discussion regarding staffing issues for rail vehicles at the next meeting.

Director Oka requested information regarding the cost to replace the yellow strip with blue strips.

No public comment.

  • Financial Report

Amit Kothari, manager, Off-Street Parking, presented the report.

No public comment.

  • Overtime Report

This item was not presented.

  • Strategic Plan

Tim Papandreou, deputy director, Planning presented the report. 

No public comment.

  • Masonic Avenue Street Improvements Project

Ricardo Olea, Traffic Engineer, presented the report. 

No public comment.

7.  Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the operation of the SFMTA Board of Directors/Parking Authority Commission. 

No items were discussed.

8. 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.

The closed session was cancelled.

ADJOURN – The meeting adjourned at 12 p.m.

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.

Roberta Boomer
Board Secretary

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