SFMTA Board > Sept. 21, 2010, minutes
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
Chairman Nolan called the meeting to order at 9:00 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.
Chairman Nolan welcomed Bonnie Nelson of Nelson/Nygaard who would serve as the facilitator for the workshop.
Chairman Nolan requested a report regarding ethnic or race based incidents on Muni and an update on fare gates. Exec. Director/CEO Ford stated that he would report back regarding incidents at the next meeting and reviewed the status of the fare gates. Director Beach requested information regarding how other cities have dealt with the fare gate issues.
Director Heinicke requested an opinion from the City Attorney regarding whether a Public Convenience and Necessity hearing was legally required.
5. 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 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.
6. Presentation and discussion regarding Prop A. mandated training concerning the role of a City and County of San Francisco Board or Commission, the role of an individual Director, the role and responsibilities of the SFMTA Board and governance structure. (Explanatory documents include a slide presentation.)
Julia Friedlander, Deputy City Attorney, presented the staff report.
Chairman Nolan asked the Board Secretary to prepare a calendar item that would change the start time of SFMTA Board meetings from 12 noon to 1 pm.
Howard Nelson discussed the problems with the Clipper Card at light rail stations and on the rubber-tire fleet. He suggested that the SFMTA should make its current system as efficient as possible before moving on to other things..
Herbert Weiner stated that he sees signs for bicyclists that say “Share the Streets” but pedestrians have problems sharing the streets at intersections. He has seen cyclists pulled off of their bikes by irate pedestrians. The SFMTA has a responsibility to get on the problem. Pedestrians have rights too.
Dorian Maxwell stated that the Clipper Card needs a faster process for giving people their money when they put it on the card. People who board buses say they put money on the card but they can’t access it. The Board needs to ride with the operators once a month and experience what’s going on out there. There was a bus on Sunday that lost braking and acceleration. The system broke down and he couldn’t stop the bus.
Following public comment Board members discussed the desire for more in depth presentations from staff regarding items such as budget and finance, the TEP, taxi regulation, SFpark, vehicle replacement and long range transportation planning.
7. Presentation and discussion regarding the SFMTA’s FY10 Year End Report and 2008-2012 Strategic Plan. (Explanatory documents include a slide presentation.)
Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel Ford presented the report.
Rafael Cabrera, TWU Local 250-A, stated that it’s hard not to look back at what happened in 2005 when the SFMTA had a fiscal emergency. In 2007, voters approved Prop A to add service, and said they wanted first class transit. The 22 line is supposed to be a trolley bus line ,but motor coaches are on the line. That tells us that we need to fix the fleet now. Props. E and A gave the SFMTA the opportunity to seek additional resources. Let’s focus on the “Transit First” policy.
Herbert Weiner stated that the groups that are favored by the SFMTA aren’t representative of the stakeholders. The CAC is a rubber stamp. Most riders are dissatisfied. He expressed concern that residents in the eastern sector of the city are being neglected as are retirees. There is a congestion problem and parking needs to be addressed. He also questioned how to define contributions that result in operators dying at the wheel because they can’t afford to retire. The SFMTA has some of the highest paid managers in the city. The TEP was disastrous.
Howard Nelson stated that he was speaking on behalf of the 60-foot fleet, aging baby boomers, students and disabled patrons. Low boarding coaches would be beneficial and would speed up the boarding process. The Board should move aggressively as costs are up but low floor coaches will save time and money.
James Bryant, SEIU 1021discussed problems with the fare gates in the Metro. This past year has been the most difficult. Members would love to work with the SFMTA. They listen to the public and deal with angry customers. The only way to address negative press is to address the problems.
Following discussion by the Board regarding priorities, Chairman Nolan referred the SFMTA’s Strategic Plan to the Policy and Governance Committee.
8. 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.
RECESS REGULAR MEETING AND CONVENE CLOSED SESSION
9. Call to Order
Chairman Nolan called the closed session to order at 12:36 p.m.
10. Roll Call
11. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6(a) and Administrative Code Section 67.8, the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors shall meet in closed session for:
CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR
CCSF Representative: Debra Johnson and/or her designees
TWU, Local 250-A
_X__ Working Conditions
12. 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 2:03 p.m.
Director Heinicke left the meeting.
13. Announcement of Closed Session.
Chairman Nolan announced that the SFMTA Board of Directors met in closed session to discuss labor negotiations and to conduct a performance evaluation. The Board took no action in closed session.
14. Motion to disclose or not disclose the information discussed in closed session.
On motion to not disclose the information discussed: unanimously approved (Heinicke-absent).
15. Presentation and discussion regarding Prop. A training provided by the City Attorney. (Explanatory documents include a slide presentation.) (Julia Friedlander)
The City Attorney’s Office presented the training.
No public comment.
16. Public Comment
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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