SFMTA Board > Nov. 14, 2011, minutes
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
Chairman Nolan called the meeting to order at 9:07 a.m.
2. Roll Call
3. Announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting.
Chairman Nolan 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. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members
6. Director’s Report (For discussion only)
Director Reiskin discussed an incident on the 14L Mission involving a pedestrian and the passage of a general obligation bond that will mostly be used to resurface streets.
7. Citizens’ Advisory Council Report
THE FOLLOWING MATTERS BEFORE THE SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION AS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION OR CITY ATTORNEY WHERE APPLICABLE. EXPLANATORY DOCUMENTS FOR ALL CALENDAR ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT 1 SOUTH VAN NESS AVE. 7th FLOOR.
8. Presentation and discussion regarding the SFMTA’s Strategic Plan. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, plan and slide presentation.)
Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, presented the draft plan and reviewed the proposed vision, mission, goals, objectives and timeline for approval.
Bob Planthold stated that Goal two is in contrast with reality and that the goals may be ambitious. Staff has been abysmal with respect to public relations and they have ignored internal advisory groups. With regards to the bike track in Golden Gate Park, staff is biased towards certain modes. Staff has not spoken to internal paratransit groups. There is a stealth plan for bus stop optimization which was sent to SPUR and the newspapers but not to seniors. “Increase transit efficiency” serves a limited group of people while ignoring those who are transit dependent.
Robin Rosso stated that the plan for JF Kennedy Dr. was approved by the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee. She expressed concern about the design of the plan and discussed access issues for the disabled and for families with children who will have to cross a bike lane.
9. Presentation and discussion regarding the SFMTA’s preliminary FY13 and FY14 budget. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.)
Sonali Bose, director, Finance and Information Technology presented the operating and capital budgets. Overviews of each SFMTA division were also presented.
Bob Planthold discussed the increase in use of cash fares, a penalty for using the clipper card, charging for transfers, issues with deferring maintenance, the lack of support for ballot measures and a vehicle license fee.
Vera Haile discussed issues with providing free transit to youth and the impact it would have on seniors who live on a fixed income.
Bob Planthold spoke about staff unresponsiveness to simple questions and the need to have staff trained in public meeting laws. He discussed several instances, including the pull cords and the TEP stop optimization plan, where he has raised a safety concern or asked a question and has yet to receive a response.
Edward Mason suggested that the SFMTA use the IBM program that pays employees to be well. It’s a way to reduce medical costs. He also suggested having a regional bus driving simulator. It could be used for driver training and it will reduce costs. He questioned whether service for special events are being fully refunded and urged staff to speak with the business community about implementing flexible hours. People are now talking about paying with cell phones so he urged the SFMTA not to get locked into one technology.
11. Discussion and vote pursuant to Administrative Code Section 67.10(d) as to whether to conduct a closed session.
On motion to invoke the attorney-client privilege: unanimously approved.
RECESS SPECIAL MEETING AND CONVENE CLOSED SESSION
12. Call to Order
Chairman Nolan called the closed session to order at 12:45 p.m.
13. Roll Call
14. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 and the Administrative Code Section 67.8 (a) (3), the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors will meet in Closed Session to discuss and take action on attorney‑client matters in the following case:
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL
A. TWU Local 250-A v. SFMTA, Superior Court #CPF11511171, filed on 3/25/11
ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND RECONVENE OPEN SESSION - The closed session was adjourned at 1:05 p.m.
15. Announcement of Closed Session.
Chairman Nolan announced that the SFMTA Board of Directors met in closed session to discuss TWU Local 250-A vs. CCSF with the City Attorney. The Board of Directors took no action.
16. Motion to disclose or not disclose the information discussed in closed session.
On motion to not disclose the information discussed: unanimously approved (Lee, Oka-absent).
ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.
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