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1. Call to Order

Chairman McCray called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m.

2. Roll Call


  • Cameron Beach
  • Shirley Breyer Black
  • Wil Din
  • 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 April 17, 2007 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved.

5. Communications


6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members


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

-Ongoing Activities

Exec. Director Ford stated that the main focus of the May 15 board meeting would be on the budget. Staff will present the FY08 budget and work orders, map out the costs of the strategic plan initiatives plus what it will take to achieve 75%, 80% and 85% on-time performance. Additionally Ken McDonald, Chief Operations Officer will present a status report on Muni operations.

Exec. Director Ford reported on the I-880 incident, the impact of the incident on local transit properties and what San Francisco and the regions’ transit partners were doing to address the situation.

8. Citizen’s Advisory Council Report

No report.

9. Public Comment

Dominic Garrett, Chapter President, Parking Control Officers, stated that the contract with the City says that the City should do a national survey of PCO’s and supervisors. The City’s survey shows that PCO’s in San Francisco are ahead of other cities in terms of wages and benefits. They have done a survey that shows that we’re not ahead. PCO’s in San Francisco do twice as much work as PCO’s in other cities. The cost of living in the Bay Area should be considered. Mr. Garrett requested that PCO wages be adjusted.

Parking Control Officer Nancy Amaya stated that additional work has been bestowed on PCO’s without additional compensation. PCO’s are deployed in the event of bomb threats and demonstrations which previously had been done by the police. PCO’s have received training for terrorism. They endure vicious attacks and abuse and have to deal with aggression. Ms Amaya requested commitment and support from the Board to insure an equitable salary adjustment.

David Canham, SEIU 1021 Labor Representative, stated that they have met with the City however the language in the MOU is vague and doesn’t say that the City has to do anything. Mr. Canham stated that they wanted to give the Board a chance to intervene and help them reach a settlement. They would like to avoid a showdown. He expressed hope that the Board would urge the City to meet with them to adjust their wages and benefits.



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:

A. James Treppa/State Farm, Unlitigated Claim #702208 filed on 2/23/07 for $7,224.33

B. Pamela Piccinini, Unlitigated Claim #702443 filed on 3/21/07 for $12,000

C. Michelle Peticolas vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #438203 filed on 1/28/05 for $20,000

D. State Farm/Peter Winch vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #’s 448573 and 449646 (consolidated), filed on 1/17/06 for $ 16,951.80 and $5,000


(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:

A. RESCIND - PARKING METER AREA NO. 3 (1-HOUR PARKING TIME LIMIT, 9 AM - 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY) AND ESTABLISH - PARKING METER AREA NO. 3 (2-HOUR PARKING TIME LIMIT, 9 AM - 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY) - Sutter Street, north side, between Divisadero and Scott Streets; and, Post Street, south side, between Divisadero and Scott Streets.

B. ESTABLISH - AREA 3 PARKING METERS (2 HOURS, 9 AM TO 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY) –Sutter Street, south side, between Divisadero and Scott Streets AND Post Street, north side, between Divisadero and Scott Streets.

C. ESTABLISH - TOW-AWAY, NO STOPPING ANYTIME - New Montgomery Street, east side, from Mission Street to 80 feet northerly.

D. RESCIND - MULTIPLE RIGHT TURN LANE - New Montgomery Street, southbound, at Mission Street.

E. RESCIND - PARKING METER AREA NO. 1 (1-HOUR PARKING TIME LIMIT, 7 AM - 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY) - Clementina Street, south side, between 1st and 2nd Streets.

F. ESTABLISH - RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA "Y" (2-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 9 AM - 6 PM, EVERYDAY) - Clementina St., both sides, between 1st and 2nd Sts.


H. RESCIND - NO PARKING ANYTIME AND ESTABLISH - TOW-AWAY, NO PARKING ANYTIME - Elizabeth Street, north side, between Sanchez and Vicksburg.

I. ESTABLISH - RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA "W" (2-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 8 AM - 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) - Hampshire Street, both sides, between 26th and Cesar Chavez Streets.

J. ESTABLISH - RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA "L" (2-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 8 AM - 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) - Anza Street, both sides, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

K. ESTABLISH - UNMETERED MOTORCYCLE PARKING - 2037 Hyde Street, west side, between the driveways for #2037 and #2041 Hyde Street. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.) (Bond Yee)


(10.3) Appointing Cameron Beach and Henry Li to the Board of Trustees for the Transportation Workers Union-San Francisco Municipal Railway Trust Fund. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.) (Roberta Boomer)


(10.4) Authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to execute a lease between the Municipal Transportation Agency, as Tenant, and G.J. Yamas Trust, as Landlord for the 2nd floor of 821 Howard Street for use as an office for the Central Subway project. (Explanatory documents include a staff report resolution and lease.) (Sonali Bose)


No public comment.

On motion to approve the Consent Calendar:

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



11. Accepting and endorsing the draft Geary Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study and recommending the study to the Transportation Authority. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, study and resolution) (Carter Rohan)

Director Shahum stated that she needed to recuse herself from this item.

Peter Albert, Deputy Director, Transportation Planning and Zabe Bent, Senior Transportation Planner, Transportation Authority presented the report.


Roger Bazeley discussed different customer travel modes for various BRT corridors and noted that these corridors have problems with parking impact. Los Angeles Metro did the right thing. Mr. Bazeley recommended the center alignment alternative.

Barry Taranto stated that traffic engineers did a great job with timing of traffic signals on Geary. The flow of traffic is improved but enforcement of double parking and other rules is non-existent. The 38-Geary should run 24 hours a day. If you don’t enforce transit lanes then BRT will be useless. Service should improve before the MTA removes a traffic lane.

Howard Strassner, Sierra Club stated that the Sierra Club endorses the Geary BRT project and they hope that the MTA will decide to use the center lane alignment. It will be a smooth approach that will be attractive to riders. A dedicated transit lane can carry twice as many people as a car lane. BRT has all of the advantages of a subway except for the need for priority signals at intersections.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Black, Din, McCray, Mezey, and Nolan

RECUSED - Shahum

12. Authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to execute Contract Modification No. 41 to Contract No. MR-1142, Third Street Light Rail Project: 22nd Street to Jerrold Avenue, with Mitchell Engineering/Obayashi Corp., to increase the contract value by $765,000 to a total contract value of $48,673,334 with no extension of time. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, contract modification and financial plan.) (Carter Rohan)

No public comment.


On motion to approve:

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

13. Presentation and discussion of on- and off-street parking policies and initiatives. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Bond Yee)

Bond Yee, Director, Parking and Traffic presented the staff report.

Tina Olson and Todd Dykstra, Port of San Francisco, presented the Port’s programs for parking.

Donald Shoup, Professor, Urban Planning at UCLA, discussed current thinking and theories in the parking industry.

Tilly Chang and Lisa Young, Transportation Authority, presented the “On-Street Parking Management and Pricing Study.”


Howard Strassner stated that this discussion was an important first step. When considering benefit districts, the City needs to be careful about giving away money for Muni. The MTA shouldn’t be involved in providing residential parking. Rates should be set so people clean out their garages and park there. Mr. Strassner encouraged the MTA to be more entrepreneurial about charging more. Meter rates should be incorporated into the budget.

Tom Radulovich, Livable City, expressed appreciation for the discussion and the idea of integrated planning. Mr. Radulovich urged staff to work with City Planning. He stated that if the City is going to encourage in-fill housing, the City needs to show they can effectively manage parking. He urged the Board to think about a policy/criteria-based approach when setting parking rates.

Dave Snyder, SPUR, stated that SPUR is excited that the Board is looking at this. Parking can be managed in such a way to get more money for the MTA and provide better parking management for the city. SPUR is interested in dedicating increment for parking revenues to the MTA but added that it would probably have to be dedicated to neighborhood transportation improvements.


14. Adopting various policies that set measurable goals to reduce traffic congestion in and around Parking Authority administered parking facilities; establish parking rates that achieve peak occupancy utilization between 70 and 85 percent; establish parking rates that maintain annual transient parking volume between 7.5 to 8.5 million vehicles; establish parking rates that attract short-term customers; establish priority for short-term transient demand and allows the use of the remaining spaces for long-term parking at market rates; makes available parking spaces to accommodate growth in car-pooling and car-sharing at a reduced rate; continues to accommodate bicycle parking at no charge; encourages more garages to offer validated parking; encourages public/private partnerships that increases and promotes commerce during holidays and special promotions; authorizes the director to implement a low-occupancy validation pilot program; requires the director to compare and contrast parking rates at private garages and shopping centers as a means test for future rate increases; requires that storage spaces shall be rented to generate additional revenue. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution) (Ron Szeto)

Ron Szeto, acting Director, Parking Authority presented the staff report.


Howard Strassner, Sierra Club, stated that during peak driving hours, the Parking Authority should charge a surcharge to enter or leave a city garage. The notion of reducing the price for carpools is old fashioned and is not the way to go. When parking fees are high enough, people will make the choice to car pool. The first hour to park should cost the same amount as the first two hours to ride Muni. If private garages charge higher fees for conferences then public garages should charge the same.

The item was continued to the call of the Chairman.

15. Adopting various policies that discontinues the use of free monthly access cards for Parking Authority Commissioners; discontinues the privilege of free parking at the Civic Center Garage for all City Commissioners; continues free parking privilege for non-profit board members during regularly scheduled or special board meetings; discontinues Parking Authority staff from signing-off on parking tickets; requires parking requests from the Mayor’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, other City departments or agencies and/or communities be authorized by the Parking Authority Commission; requires all City employees and/or departments to pay for parking, except those that are legally authorized to park for free; requires all corporate managers, garage managers and office personnel to pay for parking; discontinues parking management firms from signing-off on tickets; requires parking management firms to pay for its full-time, substitute or part-time parking attendants’ parking charges; discontinues free parking for service vendors; and requires parking management firms to pay parking charges when the management firm does not charge a patron for all or part of an amount owed. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution) (Ron Szeto)

This item was continued to the call of the Chairman.

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 6:27 p.m.

2. Roll Call


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

Also present:

  • Nathaniel Ford, Executive Director/CEO
  • Roberta Boomer, Board Secretary
  • Julia Friedlander, Deputy City Attorney
  • Debra A. Johnson, Chief of Staff/Director, External Affairs
  • Diana Buchbinder, Director, Human Relations

3. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6(a) and Administrative Code Section 67.8, the Municipal Transportation Agency Board shall meet in closed session for:


CCSF Representative: Diana Buchbinder and/or her designees

Employee Organizations:

TWU, Local 200

To discuss:

_X_ Wages

_X__ Hours

_X__ Benefits

_X__ Working Conditions

_X__ Other

ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND RECONVENE OPEN SESSION - The closed session was adjourned at 6:33 p.m.

17. Announcement of Closed Session.

Chairman McCray announced that the Board met in closed session for a conference with their labor negotiator. There was no action taken in closed session.

18. 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 was adjourned at 6:34 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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