SFMTA Board > Nov. 17, 2009, minutes
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
Chairman Nolan called the meeting to order at 2:01 p.m.
2. Roll Call
Absent: Malcolm Heinicke – with notification
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.
4. Approval of Minutes
On motion to approve the minutes of the November 3, 2009 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved (Heinicke, McCray-absent).
Chairman Nolan announced the passing of former Public Transportation Commissioner James D. Jefferson and stated that the meeting would be adjourned in his memory.
6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members
Director Oka stated that the 31st Annual Paratransit Coordinating Council was exciting.
Director Beach reviewed the Policy & Governance Committee recommendations for 2010 Board meetings. The Policy & Governance Committee recommends cancelling the March 16, July 20, August 17, October 5 and December 21 regular meetings. They also recommend holding a special meeting on March 23 in lieu of the March 16 meeting and tentatively holding special meetings on Friday, April 30 and June 29.
7. Executive Director’s Report (For discussion only)
Director of Administration, Taxis and Accessible Services Debra Johnson, acting on behalf of the Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel Ford presented the report. She reviewed the derailment that occurred in the Twin Peaks Tunnel this morning. She expressed appreciation to Deputy Chief Antonio Parra for his work and introduced Deputy Chief John Murphy. Ms. Johnson presented an update on the FY10 budget, the Bicycle Plan injunction, the N Judah Rail Improvement project, the Market Street Traffic Diversion Plan and the communications campaign for the December 5 service changes.
Director McCray arrived.
Branton Burke asked if the changes being implemented on December 5 were part of the TEP or if it was due to the fiscal crisis reduction. It appears the TEP is being implemented and that cuts aren’t being made in response to the fiscal crisis. He called 311 but they have no information and he was told to call Muni. He stated that the SFMTA is 17 or 18 days away from implementation and it’s a disaster. He has also spoken with staff about the 37 Corbett.
8. Citizens’ Advisory Council Report
9. Public Comment
Hansu Kim, San Francisco Taxi Coalition, discussed taxi medallion reform. The taxi town hall meetings are contentious but productive. A majority of people are trying to reach consensus on a plan. There is an opportunity to raise millions of dollars by selling medallions to taxi drivers.
Richard Rothman stated that the transit police aren’t needed at the subway stations but they are needed at 16th and Mission. He expressed concern that the 9 San Bruno limited doesn’t stop at SF General Hospital. The clients and staff need a stop at that location. Bicycles should be licensed.
Branton Burke stated that he has sent multiple e-mails in regard to the December 5 changes. Muni doesn’t seem to want to tell their customers in advance the new schedule for the 37 Corbett. He also discussed complaints regarding the 37 Corbett service. In the evening there are supposed to be two buses but often there is only one bus. This is difficult for people who are dependent on that line.
Tone Lee stated that he has been a taxi driver for many years. He submitted a transportation plan that will solve the city’s parking problem. The plan will also save citizen’s transportation problems and can result in $700 million if fully deployed.
Marlene Tran stated that that she has made extensive efforts to make Muni more language accessible. Chinatown and Visitation Valley residents are protesting the “top down” decision regarding service. The community has not been involved in any decisions regarding the 9 Express San Bruno line and they are concerned that several stops are being deleted.
Mr. Lum expressed concern over lack of community input over changes to Muni. Two years ago voters approved Prop A, which was supposed to generate $26m annually. A fare increase was imposed but it didn’t result in improved service. Many in the audience are present today to express concern about changes to the 9 San Bruno.
Susanna Yee stated that she boards Muni at either the Rutland or Arleta stops but both are being deleted. There is a high crime rate in the Visitation Valley and riders will have to walk further. Their safety concerns must be addressed.
Paul Choy stated that he was surprised to read about the 9 San Bruno changes and is concerned about Muni’s failure to engage the public about the changes. Riders on the 9 San Bruno Express lines experience overcrowding and long delays. The working class and immigrants are Muni riders and they demand that their issues be addressed. He hopes that the SFMTA will seek input from the community.
Irwin Lum, president, TWU-Local 250-A stated that 250-A understands the community’s concerns. People with cars make a choice to drive whereas working people don’t have the ability to make that choice. Drivers should pay more in the evening and on weekends. Most riders can’t afford to pay more or have reduced service.
THE FOLLOWING MATTERS BEFORE THE SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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.
10. All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors and will be acted upon by a single vote. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Board of Directors 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 SFMTA:
A. Virginia Gregory vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #1000261 filed on 7/29/09 for $10,500
B. Buenaventura Tadem vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #902014 filed on 1/27/09 for $11,000
C. Mary Slade vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #478864 filed on 8/20/08 for 25,000
(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:
A. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE – Diamond Heights Boulevard, east side, from Addison Street to 80 feet northerly.
B. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE – Diamond Heights Boulevard, east side, from Diamond Street (northern intersection with Diamond Heights Boulevard) to 80 feet northerly.
C. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE - Diamond Heights Boulevard, east side, from Gold Mine Drive (northern intersection with Diamond Heights Boulevard) to 100 feet southerly.
D. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE - Diamond Heights Boulevard, east side, from Duncan Street (southern intersection with Diamond Heights Boulevard) to 100 feet southerly.
E. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE - Diamond Heights Boulevard, east side, from Duncan Street (southern intersection with Diamond Heights Boulevard) to 100 feet southerly.
F. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE - Diamond Heights Boulevard, west side, from Gold Mine Drive (northern intersection with Diamond Heights Boulevard) to 100 feet northerly.
G. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE - Diamond Heights Boulevard, west side, from Diamond Street to 100 feet northerly.
H. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE - Diamond Heights Boulevard, west side, from Gold Mine Drive (southern intersection with Diamond Height Boulevard) to 100 feet northerly.
I. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE - Diamond Heights Boulevard, west side, from Berkeley Way (northern intersection with Diamond Heights Boulevard) to 80 feet southerly. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.) (Bond Yee)
(10.3) Awarding Contract No. 1250, Third Street Light Rail Program, Phase 2 Central Subway – Moscone Station and Portal Utilities Relocation to Synergy Project Management to relocate utilities to accommodate the future Central Subway Moscone Station and Portal structure and provide foundation support in an amount not to exceed $9,273,939. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and financial plan.) (Carter Rohan)
No public comment.
On motion to approve the Consent Calendar:
ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Black, Lee, McCray, Nolan and Oka
ABSENT – Heinicke
11. Presentation and discussion of the plans for a new Transbay Terminal. (Explanatory documents include a slide presentation.) (David Hill)
Robert Beck, senior manager, Transbay Joint Powers Authority presented the report.
No public comment.
Chairman Nolan asked that public comment be re-opened for members of the public.
12. Adopting the San Francisco Planning Commission's Final Environmental Impact Report, environmental findings, Statement of Overriding Considerations and Mitigation Monitoring Program for the Balboa Park Station Area Plan; authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to execute the Phelan Memorandum of Understanding with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to obtain funds to finance the Relocation Project and facilitate the sale of the Housing Parcel, both located near the northwest corner of Ocean Avenue and Phelan Avenue to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and the eventual lease of an portion of the Phelan Bus Loop property described as "Plaza Parcel" for the development and operation of public open space; and execute the Purchase Agreement to allow for the sale of the Housing Parcel. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, maps, agreement and Memorandum of Understanding.) (Sonali Bose)
No public comment.
On motion to approve:
ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Black, Lee, Nolan and Oka
ABSENT – Heinicke and McCray
13. Presentation and discussion of the SFMTA Capital Plan Prioritization Process. (Explanatory documents include a slide presentation.) (Amit Ghosh)
Timothy Papandreou, deputy director, Sustainable Streets - Transportation Planning, presented the report.
Francisco Da Costa stated that the T-Third line ends in Visitation Valley but should have been connected to Balboa Park. He was stranded on the T Third line for over an hour because a car was derailed. The SFMTA has no control over many of the issues that it needs to have control over including money and fare inspectors.
14. 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 (Heinicke-absent).
RECESS REGULAR MEETING AND CONVENE CLOSED SESSION
1. Call to Order
Chairman Nolan called the closed session to order at 3:19 p.m.
2. Roll Call
Absent: Malcolm Heinicke – with notification
Also present: Nathaniel Ford, Executive Director/CEO
3. Pursuant to Government Code Sections 54956.9, and Administrative Code Section 67.8 (a) (3) the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors will meet in closed session to discuss attorney‑client matters in the following case:
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL
__X__ As defendant or __X__ As plaintiff
4. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 and Administrative Code Section 67.10 (b), the SFMTA Board of Directors will meet in closed session to discuss:
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION:
Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.
ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND RECONVENE OPEN SESSION - The closed session was adjourned at 5:19 p.m.
15. Announcement of Closed Session.
Chairman Nolan announced that the SFMTA Board of Directors met in closed session to discuss the performance evaluation of the Executive Director/CEO but took no action. A conference with legal counsel regarding anticipated litigation did not take place.
16. Motion to disclose or not disclose the information discussed in closed session.
On motion to not disclose the information discussed: unanimously approved (Heinicke-absent).
ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 5:21 p.m.
A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.
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