SFMTA Board > January 29, 2008, minutes
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
Chairman McCray called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m.
2. Roll Call
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.
5. Citizen’s Advisory Council Report
6. Public Comment
Deirdre Lehn expressed concern about King Security and stated that she doesn’t believe they were a responsible company. They are violating the California Labor Code and disrespecting workers rights and they don’t deserve contract. In 2003, King Security violated the minimum compensation and healthcare ordinances. King Security has run into similar problems at EBMUD. EBMUD cancelled their contract. King Security has retaliated against Muni workers. SF should not tolerate these practices and not do business with them.
Carlos Cordero stated that he was fired by King Security on January 18 after he started organizing. Mr. Cordero stated that he wanted to make sure that workers have a decent wage and health care but when he stood up for what was right, he was fired. Co-workers and I deserve better than King, Muni deserves better than King.
Sharrian Marshall read a letter from Harry Helgot, an employee with King Security. Mr. Helgot writes that his job is to keep Muni revenue and employees safe and that he wished King Security would treat us better. He has not gotten a raise in 8 years and he was suspended for three days when he asked for a raise. Employees work hard to protect public and money and we hope to have a company that respects workers.
Tyler French expressed appreciation to the SFMTA regarding the concerns raised over the security contract. He stated that charges have been filed with the Labor Relations Board. Mr. French expressed hope that the SFMTA shares their concerns that the city must use responsible contractors.
In response to concerns expressed by members of the SFMTA Board, Antonio Parra, Deputy Chief, Security and Enforcement, reviewed the process that the SFMTA used for the contract and stated that none of these issues came to light during the RFP process. He added that the SFMTA is at a critical point because the current contract ends at the end of February and as of March 1, there will be no security coverage. Mr. Ford stated that staff was working on a contingency plan in the event that the Board of Supervisors don’t approve the contract. Mr. Ford stated that he would relay the concerns expressed by the SFMTA Board to the contract and he would report back to the Board.
THE FOLLOWING MATTERS BEFORE THE SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION AS STATED BY THE SFMTA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO OR CITY ATTORNEY WHERE APPLICABLE. EXPLANATORY DOCUMENTS FOR ALL CALENDAR ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT 1 SOUTH VAN NESS AVE. 7th FLOOR.
7. Presentation and Discussion regarding the SFMTA Strategic Plan. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Debra Johnson)
Debra Johnson, Chief of Staff/Director of External Affairs presented the staff report.
Bob Planthold stated that he was the Chairman of MTC’s Policy-oriented Advisory Council. This Council often hears from MTC staff regarding transit property systems and programs but the Council rarely hears directly from the transit properties themselves. Council members attend meetings in Sacramento and they have direct connections with policy and decision makers. This Council could be of assistance to the SFMTA.
8. Presentation and Discussion regarding Implementation of Proposition A. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Sonali Bose/Debra Johnson)
Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer presented the staff report. Purpose – walk through implementation of Prop A.
No public comment.
9. Presentation and Discussion regarding the Transit Effectiveness Project (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Julie Kirschbaum)
Julie Kirschbaum, Manager, Transit Effectiveness Project presented the staff report. Ms. Kirschbaum stated that she would be presenting the TEP recommendations to the SFMTA Board in early March.
Bob Planthold acknowledged Julie Kirschbaum for her work. Mr. Planthold suggested that the SFMTA talk with the MTC regarding revisions to their 511 system and the inclusion of private shuttles. Destination shuttles may be a viable way to extend trips and are important not only in San Francisco but for the entire region.
Vice Chairman Nolan requested that the SFMTA receive copies of the “Free Muni Service” study that discussed in the morning paper.
Director Beach suggested an additional metric that would measure the cost per passenger.
Chairman McCray stated that from the discussion, the Board supports the framework principles.
10. Presentation and Discussion of the FY08 Second Quarter Financial Report and the SFMTA FY09 and FY10 Operating and Capital Budgets. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Sonali Bose and Carter Rohan)
Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer presented the FY08 Second Quarter Financial Report and the FY09 and FY10 Operating budgets. Carter Rohan, Senior Director, Transportation Planning and Development, presented the FY09 and FY10 Capital budgets.
Vice Chairman Nolan requested information about the work of the Blue Ribbon Panel and an analysis of the recommendations.
No public comment.
ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 1:40 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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