SFMTA Board > Oct. 18, 2011, minutes
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
Chairman Nolan called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.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.
4. Approval of Minutes
On motion to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2011 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved.
Board Secretary Boomer stated that on May 17, 2011 The SFMTA Board of Directors unanimously authorized the Executive Director/CEO to execute a Purchase Agreement with Norman P. Chan for the acquisition of the property at 933-949 Stockton Street for the Central Subway Project for $6.9 million as well as other provisions. The Purchase Agreement was approved by the property owner in October.
6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members
Director Oka asked that staff bring a calendar item to the Board that would continue and expand the medallion sales program.
Chairman Nolan acknowledged receipt of a letter from City Attorney Dennis Herrera. He urged Board members to call Ms. Friedlander if they had any concerns.
7. Director’s Report (For discussion only)
Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin presented special recognition awards to Romulo Exala, transit fare inspector, Safety, Training, Security and Enforcement; Patricia Fieldsted, manager of Administration, Sustainable Streets; Frank Lem, electronic maintenance technician assistant supervisor; Debra Franks, transit manager II; Woon Wong, electronic transit shop supervisor; Douglas Lee, electronic transit mechanic assistant supervisor; Paul Peterson, transit manager; Myra Phillips, transit car cleaner; Noon Lim, custodian and the ARC of San Francisco.
Director Reiskin provided an update on the Clipper Card, the On Street Car Sharing Project, the Central Subway project, the Church and Duboce Improvement Project and the Ocean and I-280 Intersection work; recent service enhancements, the reintroduction of part-time operators; Bayview Summit and the Cam Beach Dedication event. He also announced that Lea Militello, SFPD Commander would receive an award from the Human Rights Commission.
Director Heinicke requested information regarding how the SFMTA coordinates and plans for annual citywide events.
Peter Witt asked when taxi drivers were going to be recognized for their value to the city. He is still waiting for his driver appreciation award. He stated that he has done a taxi user survey every year for the past 14 years. He wondered how much money a survey would save and whether the SFMTA knows how much it costs to do two surveys. This is priceless information. He mentioned car sharing, cab sharing, peak time service, and waiting for peak time taxis. There are solutions to help during peak times. Taxi service is bad because Muni pulls back its Owl service.
8. Citizens’ Advisory Council Report
Daniel Murphy, chairman, Citizen’s Advisory Council, presented the report and reviewed the recommendations made by the Council at its recent meeting regarding all door boarding; written policies for community outreach and the extension of the F-line to Fort Mason.
Cheryl Chen expressed concern about the stop of the F-line on Beach Street. There are more than 50 people who work at that location.
Larry Silva stated he would like to see the F-line to be extended but he is nervous about the stop next to the Buena Vista Café. He doesn’t feel that those who work in the area were meaningfully notified and wants their concerns to be heard.
Dick Knoble expressed concern about losing his street artist space. He suggested moving the stop to a space near Ghirardelli. A stop at the corner of Hyde and Beach will add to the congestion that already exists.
James Millard stated that he has a petition signed by 200 street artists who are opposed to locating the F-Line stop at Beach and Hyde. It would take up 12 parking spaces and knock out 30 street artist spaces on that block. These artists have had these spots for over 40 years and it is unnecessary for the stop to be put there. Putting a stop there will create an enormous amount of congestion.
Brian Hopper noted that just beyond Larkin there is a Muni stop which is a more logical place for the stop.
Howard Lazar, Arts Commission, stated the street artists program is amazing. They are a cottage industry so if their space is impacted, they lose business which hurts their families. These artists can’t go anywhere. These spaces were designated by the Board of Supervisors. He urged the Board to consider moving the stop. Moving the stop will eliminate the traffic hazard and won’t add more congestion to the area.
Roland Wong discussed the proposed bike path on John F. Kennedy drive. He expressed concern regarding the ability of people with disabilities and families to get to the curb safely.
9. Public Comment
Roland Wong discussed communications in the subway. BART provides notices regarding the status of their elevators. The SFMTA should notify people when their elevators are out of service. They should also notify people when they are back in service. The SFMTA’s pilot program isn’t working well. It’s spotty.
Charles Walker stated that when the SFMTA put light rail on Third Street they promised they would put in off-street parking. They haven’t kept their promise. He has complained week after week after the unnecessary no left turn signs. They are just a way for the police to harass black children.
Marvin Robinson stated that there appears to be false promises made by SFMTA. They were going to assist merchants affected by the construction but not one merchant was helped. In addition, jobs were promised but the community only got flag positions. They have social blight but no jobs. There is parallel parking on all side streets but now the neighborhood only has one lane.
Barry Taranto stated that it was a touching and sensitive presentation to the cab driver. He expressed hope that Mr. Reiskin will do nothing but great things. He listens to people and speaks extemporaneously. On Sixth Street, staff wants to remove a lane headed inbound during rush hour. This will hurt cab service in the evening. He urged the Board to watch the Board of Supervisors committee meeting about credit cards and to act before the Supervisors do. Cab drivers got a meter increase but that doesn’t offset the credit card charges.
Dan Hinds stated that the Taxi Advisory Council was established to oversee the medallion program and advise the Board about its’ progress. The TAC has given a preliminary endorsement of the program and encourages the MTA to immediately re-open the program to give potential sellers the chance to sell. The TAC also recommends expanding the age limit to 60. It is important for the Board to act as quickly as possible.
Peter Witt presented the 2011 taxi survey to the Board. The Board already has the 2009 and 2010 surveys. Mr. Witt discussed how long it takes to put the survey together and for his customers to take the survey. The history of the Taxi Commission is disturbing. They never included his survey or reports in their PC&N process. In the August 2 “Better Practices report, there is no mention of the survey. Staff is biased and withholding pertinent data. (Mr. Witt provided a statement which has been attached to the minutes.)
Tariq Mehmood stated after Ms. Hayashi went cab company owners on a fishing trip; she slammed drivers with credit card charges and electronic waybills. This is a continuous fight between drivers and companies. A driver was fired for not accepting a credit card. Staff tried to stop us from speaking the truth and found an outside consultant. The people they interviewed were friends of Ms. Hayashi.
Charles Rathbone asked that the taxi medallion program be restored. They have a long time driver at Luxor who needs an option. Some inequities have arisen since the program began. Another driver recently passed away and her family gets nothing. There are willing sellers and buyers. He urged the Board to continue the program until it is decided what to do long term.
Carl Macmurdo expressed concern that the TAC’s recommendations are not being communicated to the Board. At a recent meeting, the TAC urged reopening the medallion process to people aged 60 and above. There is an estimated 300 people who will apply. The permitting process is dysfunctional as it is but there are scores of people who want to buy and sell.
Tim Lapp expressed agreement with the comments made by Mr. Macmurdo and Mr. Rathbone. He is baffled as to why the Board hasn’t been approached about what to do next. He urged the Board to take this up as soon as possible and find out why the Board hasn’t been informed.
THE FOLLOWING MATTERS BEFORE THE SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION AS STATED BY THE SFMTA 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.
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. Ada Wu vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #CGC10497378 filed on 3/3/10 for $12,000
B. CCSF vs. CBS Outdoor, Superior Ct. #CGC11512568 filed on 7/18/11 for $70,000 (City to receive)
C. Manudath Gurudatha vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #CGC10495776 filed on 1/5/10 for $108,589.12
D. Lana Johnston vs. CCSF, Superior Ct., #506176 filed on 12/15/10 for $110,000
(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:
A. ESTABLISH – 15 MILES PER HOUR SPEED LIMIT WHEN CHILDREN PRESENT - 9th Street between Eureka and Castro streets, 22nd Street between Church and Quane streets, 24th Street between Dolores Street and San Jose Avenue, 29th Street between Noe and Dolores streets, 30th Street between Castro and Harper streets, Burnett Avenue between Gardenside Drive and Hopkins Avenue, Burnside Avenue between Chenery Street and Paradise Avenue, Chattanooga Street between 21st and 24th streets, Chenery Street between Surrey Street and Lippard Avenue, Collingwood Street between 18th and 20th streets, Corbett Avenue between Clayton Street and Hopkins Avenue, Day Street between Castro and Sanchez streets, Diamond Street between 18th and 20th streets, Elizabeth Street between Douglass and Noe streets, Fair Oaks Street between 24th and 26th streets, Graystone Terrace between Villa Terrace and Corbett Avenue, Noe Street between 29th and Laidley streets, Alabama Street between 23rd and 26th streets, Banks Street between Cortland and Crescent avenues, Bartlett Street between 23nd and 25th streets, Gaven Street between Bowdoin and Merrill streets, Florida Street between 23rd and 26th streets, Folsom Street between Cortland and Ogden avenues, Prentiss Street between Jarboe and Crescent avenues, Tompkins Avenue between Gates and Nevada streets, 20th Street between Connecticut and Mississippi streets, 25th Street between Potrero Avenue and Vermont Street, Bacon Street between Holyoke Street and San Bruno Avenue, Burrows Street between Holyoke Street and San Bruno Avenue, Conkling Street between Waterville Street and Silver Avenue, Cora Street between Visitacion and Sunnydale avenues, Dwight Street between Dartmouth and Brussels streets, Elliot Street between Teddy and Arleta avenues, Girard Street between Felton and Wayland streets, Goettingen Street between Felton and Wayland streets, Harbor Road between Bertha Lane and Middle Point Road, Holyoke Street between Burrows and Woolsey streets, Leland Avenue between Rey and Cora streets, Mansell Street between Hamilton and Brussels streets, Middle Point Road between West Point Road and Hudson Avenue, Missouri Street between 19th and Sierra streets, Olmstead Street between end of road (600 block) and Bowdoin Street, Raymond Avenue between end of road (500 block) and Delta Street, Revere Avenue between Silver Avenue and Selby Street, San Bruno Avenue between 24th and end of road (1400 block), Schwerin Street between Leland and Visitacion avenues, Silver Avenue between Thomas and Quesada avenues, Somerset Street between Felton and Woolsey streets, Sunnydale Avenue between Delta and Peabody streets, Texas Street between 19th and Sierra streets, Thomas Avenue between end of road (2100 block) and Silver Avenue, Tomaso Court between Sunnydale Avenue and end of road (unit block), Utah Street between 24th and end of road (1400 block), Visitacion Avenue between Rey and Cora streets, Wisconsin Street between 23rd and Carolina streets, Amazon Avenue between Edinburgh and Athens streets, Ashton Avenue between Pico and Holloway avenues, Capitol Avenue between Minerva and Broad streets, De Montfort Avenue between Ashton and Faxon avenues, Excelsior Avenue between Mission and Edinburgh streets, Farallones Street between Orizaba and Plymouth avenues, Howth Street between Ocean and Geneva avenues, Italy Avenue between Edinburgh and Athens streets, Jules Avenue between Ocean and Holloway avenues, Lisbon Street between Avalon and Brazil avenues, Lobos Street between Orizaba and Plymouth avenues, London Street between Avalon and Brazil avenues, Lowell Street between Mission Street and Byron Court, Madrid Street between Avalon and Brazil avenues, Morse Street between Mission and Lowell streets, Naples Street between France and Geneva avenues, Paris Street between Avalon and Brazil avenues, Vienna Street between France and Geneva avenues, and Whittier Street between Brunswick and Mission streets
B. RESCIND – NO PARKING ANYTIME, ESTABLISH – PERPENDICULAR PARKING and ESTABLISH – 2-HOUR LIMIT, 8 AM TO 9 PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, EXCEPT RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA C – Salmon Street terminus.
C. ESTABLISH – RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA J, 2-HOUR PARKING,
D. ESTABLISH – TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING ANYTIME, MID-BLOCK BULBOUT (6-FEET WIDE) – Clay Street, north side, from 161 to 208 feet west of Stockton Street and Clay Street, south side, from Joice Street to 22 feet easterly.
E. ESTABLISH – CROSSWALK – Clay Street at Joice Street (east leg)
F. VARIOUS – TRANSBAY TERMINAL PROJECT –
G. ESTABLISH – BLUE ZONE – 648 Howard Street, north side, from 0 feet to 20 feet west of crosswalk line at parking meter stall #648.
H. ESTABLISH – BLUE ZONE – 800 Rutland Street, west side, from 18 feet to 38 feet south of Leland Avenue.
I. ESTABLISH – BLUE ZONE – 815 Buena Vista Avenue West, west side, from 0 feet to 20 feet south of mid-block curb ram. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.)
(10.3) Amending Transportation Code Division II to restrict commercial vehicles with a capacity of nine or more passengers from operating on Mason, Powell and Stockton streets between Lombard and Francisco streets, and on Lombard, Chestnut and Francisco streets between Mason and Stockton streets. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and a resolution.)
(10.4) Approving traffic regulations to allow Muni vehicles to operate eastbound and westbound on Haight Street between Laguna and Market streets. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and addendum.)
Item 10.4 was removed from the Consent Calendar at the request of members of the public.
PUBLIC COMMENT on Item 10.4:
People opposed to Item 10.4: Joe Pasternak; Ron Johnson, Janna Sanders, Pamela Gloston-Zeck,
David Price Weldy, Charles Knuffke, Barry Taranto, and Keith Toh
People in support of Item 10.4: Tom Radulovich, Elizabeth Stampe, and Robin Leavitt
Lawrence Le, Lower Haight Merchants & Neighbors Association, stated that they have asked for assurance for pedestrian safety. He asked staff to address the neighbor’s concerns if this plan moves forward.
Britt Tanner, project manager, reviewed the staff recommendation.
Director Heinicke requested that staff report on the impact of the change on the neighborhood after implementation and in particular, whether the additional lane for traffic is needed.
On motion to approve Item 10.4:
ADOPTED: AYES – Bridges, Brinkman, Heinicke, Lee, Nolan, Oka and Ramos
On motion to approve the Consent Calendar (Item 10.4 severed):
ADOPTED: AYES – Bridges, Brinkman, Heinicke, Lee, Nolan, Oka and Ramos
11. Presentation and Discussion regarding the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project. (Explanatory documents include a slide presentation)
Darton Ito, manager, Long Range Planning, presented the report.
Tilly Chang, Transportation Authority expressed appreciation to the SFMTA for the collaboration on the project.
No public comment.
SPECIAL ORDER - 4:00 pm
12. Presentation and Discussion regarding the Youth Pass. (Explanatory documents include slide presentation.)
Sonali Bose, director, Finance and Information Technology presented the report.
People expressing support for providing free Muni for youth: David Campos, Steve Williams,
Gloria Esteva, John Avalos, Sonia Esteva, Estella Rosales, Alma Merlin, Jaron Browne, Jane Kim, Yeashan Banks, Milton Washington, George Williams, Amy Huang, Michelle Zhang, Gabriela Rodriguez, Angel Carrion, Anonymous, Jonathan Baer, Morgan, Arianna, Haley, Kayla, Fasha Alfaro, Latona, Theresa Alvarez, Donaji Lona, Sarah Armstrong, Leah LaCroix, Jaedon Brassil, Jose-Luis Mejia, Katrina Molnar, Bob Allen, Javante Holloway, Manuela Esteva, Willie Landers, Trilce Santana, Mario Yedidia, Mishwa Lee, and Delia Sanchez,
Edward Mason stated that whatever the decision, the SFMTA should let people know how to ride. He urged billionaires to cover the cost.
Following discussion by the Board, Chairman Nolan requested staff analyze and return to the Board with various options for consideration including free Muni for all under 18 years of age; free Muni during certain hours and days; reducing the youth fare; having an option for low income youth and the status quo.
Item 13 was continued.
14. Presentation and Discussion regarding Charter Section 8A.102 (c) (3), legal training and financial responsibilities of the Board and the Agency. (No explanatory documents.)
Item 14 was continued.
15. 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 REGULAR MEETING AND CONVENE CLOSED SESSION
1. Call to Order
Chairman Nolan called the closed session to order at 5:45 p.m.
2. Roll Call
3. 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
4. Pursuant to Government Code Sections 54956.9 (b), and Administrative Code Section 67.10 (b) (2), the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors will meet in closed session to discuss attorney‑client matters in the following case(s):
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL
__X__ As defendant or __X__ As plaintiff
ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND RECONVENE OPEN SESSION - The closed session was adjourned at 6:28 p.m.
16. 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. There was no discussion of anticipated litigation.
17. 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 6:29 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.
The Ethics Commission of the City and County of San Francisco has asked us to remind individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [S.F. Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 2.100 et seq.] to register and report lobbying activity.For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 415.581.2300; fax: 415.581.2317; 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, SF, CA 94102-6027 or the web site: sfgov.org/ethics.
MATERIAL SUPPLIED BY PETER WITT FOR INCLUSION IN THE SFMTA’s MINUTES OF OCTOBER 18 2011. To ensure that the comments are accessible, this material is reproduced exactly as provided by Mr. Witt. His actual statement will be attached to the printed meeting minutes.
Item 9# Public Comment
This is the 2011 survey I’ve sponsored for P.C.& N. hearings. You have the 2009 and 2010 copys….b…..But I see there not complete.
The bottom line of data is cut a little short and you might need a new copy. It costs me about $35 to produce
To be entered with Oct. 18th MTA’s Regular meeting
It takes me about 6 hours to catiloge 4 hr.s tape them together and about two hours to copy them….. 2 mouths to survey 1000 customers…….and about one to five minutes to fill one out. Randomly given I get a 93% rate of return.
I’d like to thank each and every customers who put up with me and did one. Especially the ones ….who get car sick. .
If anyone has question you can e-mail me at …….email@example.com
The history of TCX is very disturbing. They never included my survey or reports in there PC& N process….except for one year.
In your Aug 2nd “BETTER PRACTICES” report there’s no mention of it either. It mentions …something about a ….”STAFF review” of available, relevant data.
And it goes on to mention TASK ONE a …..”taxi user survey”.
I think Staff is Bios and is withholding pertinent data.
How can that be ….is their hired consultant aware of the existence of another.
It takes thousands of dollars to recreate what is already complete, not counting two years of time.
Can taxi customers wait ?? Can the public afford redundancy.
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