SFMTA Board > September 18, 2007, minutes
2:00 ‑ REGULAR MEETING
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
Chairman McCray called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m.
2. Roll Call
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 September 4, 2007 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved.
Board Secretary Boomer stated that Item 14, the Transportation Authority’s presentation regarding Congestion Management Feasibility Studies would be continued to the October 2 meeting at the request of the Transportation Authority.
6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members
Director Shahum requested information regarding the Board’s request for an analysis of Prop’s A and H and their impact on the SFMTA. Debra Johnson, Chief of Staff and Director of External Affairs stated that the memo would be completed in early October.
7. Executive Director’s Report (For discussion only)
Executive Director/CEO Ford presented Special Recognition Awards to Rumi Ueno, Manager, Employee Relations, Human Resources Division; Shahnam Farhangi, Manager of Construction and Contract Administration, Transportation Planning and Development Division; Kermit Arnold, Rail Inspector, Green Division and Cecilia Martinez-Rios, Administrative Secretary, Building and Grounds, Overhead Lines and Infrastructure Maintenance.
Mr. Ford stated that on Monday, Sept. 24, the SFMTA Board will hold a special workshop to focus on where the SFMTA is as an agency and to take a hard look at operational and other factors that influence how the SFMTA does business. This workshop is the official start to the FY09 budget cycle.
Mr. Ford announced that the SFMTA has the honor of representing the city as the lead agency in the Combined Charities Campaign. The campaign will run from October 1 through the 31st.
The Autumn Moon Festival will be held Sept. 20 and 21 in Chinatown. The SFMTA will have a booth with bi-lingual staff who will provide information about the Central Subway Project, the Transit Effectiveness Project and other activities.
The SFMTA launched a Pay by Cell Phone Pilot project on September 10 that will test the viability of using cell phones to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The Pilot will last for 90 days and staff will report the results of the pilot on conclusion.
Mr. Ford reviewed the SFMTA’s service for 49’er and Giants games held on Monday, September 10. Both games started at 7:15 p.m. Customers for both games were cleared within one hour and there were no incidents or delays.
E.D. Ford stated that Assembly Bill 101, which would allow the SFMTA to mount cameras on the front of our buses, has passed the State Senate and now heads to the Governor for consideration. These cameras will help catch illegal double-parkers that block traffic lanes. Staff is currently developing implementation plans including a pilot phase beginning in January 2008.
8. Citizen’s Advisory Council Report
9. Public Comment
Ethel Silverstein stated that she is disabled and walks with a cane. Since riding the new buses, she has had trouble getting on and off buses when there are no curbs. There are no handrails on the ramps. Bus drivers have refused to pull into the curb. She expressed hope that the new buses will have a “kneeler”.
Norman Rolfe referred to an e-mail that he sent to the Board regarding Doyle Drive. The Transportation Authority wants to install toll gates at the Golden Gate Bridge. The congested area is downtown and most people come from the Peninsula or the East Bay. Congestion pricing is in effect in other world cities. Doyle Drive is an ill conceived project.
Barry Taranto expressed concern regarding if taxicabs would have to pay ticket for forward facing cameras. He suggested that closed sessions be held before or after the meeting. The 24 line is inconsistent and taxicabs should be able to share the bus stop late at night. There were a line of illegal limousines on Ingerson after the 49’er game and there were no parking control officers to cite them. He would like to see one more PCO on duty during the evening hours to handle complaints.
THE FOLLOWING MATTERS BEFORE THE MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD OR PARKING AUTHORITY ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION AS STATED BY THE MTA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO, PARKING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR, OR CITY ATTORNEY WHERE APPLICABLE. EXPLANATORY DOCUMENTS FOR ALL CALENDAR ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT 1 SOUTH VAN NESS AVE. 7th FLOOR.
11. Presentation and Discussion of FY07 Year End Service Standards Report. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Jenniffer Hamilton)
Jenniffer Hamilton, Chief Information Officer, presented the staff report.
Rafael Cabrera, Executive Vice President, TWU-Local 250-A, stated that we are short by 100 operators. We are thankful for the 60-80 new buses that were delivered. Things are working for the better but we need to realize that some of these reports give the wrong impression.
Ethel Silverstein stated that safety is affected when people don’t get their meals. If operators are hungry they should be able to eat. They have to have proper time to eat.
Irwin Lum, President, TWU-Local 250-A, stated that operator restrooms are a big issue. Facilities that are normally available for people who work in an office building aren’t available for operators. They have tried to work with businesses at the end of the line but the city doesn’t pay them on-time so those businesses don’t think it’s worth it. The SFMTA needs to re-look at schedules to make sure they’re realistic with the current traffic patterns. Installing a permanent restroom takes time and nobody wants a restroom in front of their facility.
Exec. Director/CEO Ford stated that staff would provide details to the Board regarding the number and location of current restroom facilities and what the SFMTA’s plans are in the near future.
12. Approving and adopting the SFMTA FY08 goals. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and goals.) (Debra Johnson)
No public comment.
On motion to approve:
ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Black, Din, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum
13. Status Report on the Transportation Authority’s Congestion Pricing Feasibility Studies. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Bond Yee)
This report was continued to the October 2nd board meeting.
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.
RECESS REGULAR MEETING AND CONVENE CLOSED SESSION
1. Call to Order
Chairman McCray called the closed session to order at 4:53 p.m.
2. Roll Call
3. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 and Administrative Code Section 67.10 (b), the MTA 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 6:35 p.m.
15. Announcement of Closed Session.
Chairman McCray announced that the Board met in closed session for a performance evaluation of the MTA’s Executive Director. The Board 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.
ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 6:37 p.m.
A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.
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