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1. Call to Order

Chairman McCray called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.

2. Roll Call


  • Shirley Breyer Black
  • Wil Din
  • Michael Kasolas
  • James McCray, Jr.
  • Peter Mezey
  • Tom Nolan
  • Leah Shahum

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 January 2, 2007 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved.

5. Communications


6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members

Director Nolan requested that staff look into televising MTA Board meetings.

Director Shahum requested a report from the Treasurer’s office regarding their efforts to increase parking tax recovery from public garages.

(6.1) Election of MTA Board Chairman and Vice Chairman pursuant to MTA Rules of Order

No public comment.

On motion to elect Rev. Dr. James McCray, Jr. as Chairman: unanimously approved.

On motion to elect Mike Kasolas as Vice Chairman: unanimously approved.

7. Executive Director’s Report (For discussion only)

-Ongoing Activities

Executive Director Ford discussed the events over the past weekend including the soft launch of the T-Third line and the Martin Luther King “Freedom Train”.

E.D. Ford introduced Julie Kirschbaum as the new program manager for the Transit Effectiveness Project.

E.D. Ford stated that Governor Schwarzenegger released the state’s FY 2008 budget. The budget proposes to fully fund Prop 42 but some expenses will be shifted to it. The result of this shift could result in a decline of over $7 million in funds to the MTA.

8. Citizen’s Advisory Council Report

Daniel Murphy, Chairman, CAC, presented the report. The CAC will hold their first meeting tomorrow to discuss the proposed FY08 budget. CAC member Bruce Oka has been appointed to the Taxi Commission. A number of CAC members were at the soft-launch of the T-Third St. line. The CAC is interested in meeting with potential bidders to hear how the Agency can become more customer-friendly and with regards to the bus shelter contract, to hear about bus shelter designs.

9. Public Comment

John Legaspi stated that an estimated 860,000 people will be attending meetings and conferences in San Francisco over the next few years. The MTA should market its’ passes to this market. It could be a large revenue generating force.

Bob Planthold complimented Peter Albert, Julie Kirschbaum and Carter Rohan for their willingness to listen to and engage the public. While they don’t always agree with the point of view expressed, they respond. This reflects a change in the management culture.



10. All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Municipal Transportation Agency Board or Parking Authority Commission, and will be acted upon by a single vote. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Board/Commission 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:

  1. Clifford Puente v CCSF, Superior Ct. #434492 filed on 12/14/05 for $2,500
  2. Mary Linda Wolfe v CCSF, Superior Ct. #437516 filed on 1/4/05 for $4,500
  3. Maria Espinosa v CCSF, Superior Ct. #439690 filed on 3/22/05 for $5,000
  4. Roy Adams v CCSF, Superior Ct. #447660 filed on 12/14/05 for $7,250
  5. Naum Tikhman, Unlitigated Claim #0602413 filed on 3/24/06 for $11,100
  6. Mary Jane Butler-Duffie v CCSF, Superior Ct. #449487 filed on 2/15/06 for $11,500
  7. Anna Guzman, Unlitigated Claim #0700705 filed on 9/20/06 for $11,500
  8. Susan Penway v CCSF, Alcatel and Breda, Superior Ct. #424331 filed on 9/11/03 for $11,533.33
  9. Matthew Growhoski v CCSF, Superior Ct. #446720 filed on 11/14/05 for $20,000


(10.2) Authorizes the Executive Director/CEO to execute a lease with WCP I. LLC for office space at 1508 Fillmore Street, Suite 303 at an annual rent of $56,400, for a term of five years for use by MTA’s Employee Assistance Program. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and lease.) (Sonali Bose)


On motion to approve the Consent Calendar:

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum


11. Presentation and discussion of the FY08 budget and process. (For discussion only. No explanatory documents.) (Sonali Bose)

Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer, presented the FY08 budget, goals and process.

Director Black inquired about bringing the bus shelter contract “in-house”. Exec. Director Ford stated that staff would examine the cost and will treat it as an internal proposal which will be compared to the successful bidder on the transit shelter advertising contract. Staff will report back to the Board when the ad contract is presented.

Director Shahum requested that staff begin discussion of future budgets with the Board in November or December and requested additional detail on work orders with other city departments. Director Shahum also requested information on the list of potential revenue options.


Bob Planthold stated he was unaware of the January 24 stakeholder meeting and inquired about who was invited. There are groups that have a long history of transit advocacy that don’t know about this meeting. Mr. Planthold stated that there is a group organizing to cap, restrict or lower parking fines or meter rates. The MTA isn’t part of existing regional transportation planning groups.

Barry Taranto stated that the Board should know about paratransit funding. It’s important not to raise fines but look at how the MTA could increase enforcement. Don’t just increase meter rates and don’t punish outlying commercial districts. Mr. Taranto suggested that the MTA could do a better job of encouraging late night transit service.

Norman Rolfe stated that parking garage rates are a source of revenue and suggested that rates be raised to just below private garages rates. The MTA should revive tokens. Fare box recovery is not necessarily a good indication of a transit system’s efficiency. Mr. Rolfe asked when the stakeholder meeting would be.

12. Public Hearing to consider the assessment of a $25 Special Collections Fee on citation delinquent accounts for the purpose of recovering service and processing costs associated with collection efforts. (For discussion only. Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Sonali Bose)


Barry Taranto expressed surprise that more people weren’t at this meeting. The hearing needed to be publicized more. The cost is way too high. People will sell their cars or will move away. Mr. Taranto stated that maybe an incremental assessment would be better.

Board Secretary Boomer stated that pursuant to the MTA’s Rules of Order, an ad was placed in the newspaper which informed the public that a public hearing would be held. The ad ran for five days.

No action was taken.

13. Approving changes to Line 26-Valencia as follows:

  1. DISCONTINUE - LINE 26-VALENCIA ROUTING – On 8th Street from Market Street to Mission Street, on Mission Street from 8th Street to Mint Street and on Jessie Street from Mint Street to 5th Street;
  2. ESTABLISH - NEW LINE 26-VALENCIA ROUTING –Regular inbound route to Market Street at 8th Street, then continuing on Market Street from 8th Street to 5th Street, then right on 5th Street from Market Street to terminal at Jessie Street; return 5th Street to Mission Street and continuing via regular route. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and maps) (Carter Rohan)

No public comment.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum

14. Amending the current Advertising Policy to include a statement that the advertising space on MTA property constitutes a nonpublic forum; to require a disclaimer on the all advertisements stating that the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the MTA; and require that all pilot programs or experimental advertisements must be approved by the Executive Director/CEO. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, policy and resolution.) (Sonali Bose)

No public comment.

Director Mezey requested information regarding what it would take to review all ads “in-house”. E.D. Ford stated that the information would be forthcoming as part of the analysis of managing the ad contract internally.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum

15. Authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to advertise a Request for Proposals for a Transit Shelter Advertising Agreement. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and RFP.) (Sonali Bose)


Mark Madden, Cemusa, stated that Cemusa was excited about bidding on the contract. Mr. Madden stated that while they will meet the deadline for submitting RFP’s, 90 days is more common for submitting proposals. He stated that some options in the RFP such as the term of the contract and a transition plan make for uncertainties as to how to respond to the RFP. Mr. Madden submitted his comments in writing.

The Board postponed action on item 15 and convened closed session. Following the closed session, the Board took action on item 15.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum

16. 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.



1. Call to Order

Chairman McCray called the closed session to order at 4:06 p.m.

2. Roll Call


  • Shirley Breyer Black
  • Wil Din
  • Michael Kasolas
  • James McCray, Jr.
  • Peter Mezey
  • Tom Nolan
  • Leah Shahum

Also present:

  • Nathaniel Ford, Director of Transportation
  • Stuart Sunshine, Deputy Executive Director
  • Roberta Boomer, Board Secretary
  • Julia Friedlander, Deputy City Attorney
  • Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer

3. Pursuant to Government Code Sections 54956.9, and Administrative Code Section 67.8 (a) (3) the Municipal Transportation Agency Board will meet in closed session to discuss attorney‑client matters in the following cases:


Anticipated Litigation:

___X___ As defendant ___X__ As plaintiff (2 cases)

ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND RECONVENE OPEN SESSION - The closed session was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

17. Announcement of Closed Session.

Chairman McCray announced that the Board met in closed session to discuss anticipated litigation with the City Attorney. The Board took no action.

18. Motion to disclose or not disclose the information discussed in closed session.

On motion to not disclose the information discussed: unanimously approved.

The Board returned to the Regular Calendar to consider Item 15.

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 5:12 p.m.

A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.

Roberta Boomer
Board Secretary

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