SFMTA Board > May 24, 2005, minutes
11:30 a.m. – SPECIAL MEETING
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to Order
Chairman Vaughns called the meeting to order at 11:34 a.m.
2. Roll Call
Absent: Michael Kasolas – with notification
3. Announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting.
Chairman Vaughns announced that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at the meeting. She 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.
Director McCray arrived at the meeting.
4. Approval of Minutes
On motion to approve the minutes of the May 3, 2005 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved (Kasolas-absent)
Board Secretary Boomer announced that shortly before the start of the board meeting, staff requested that all consent calendar items be continued to the next meeting.
6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members
Chairman Vaughns requested Director Din to share any observations that could be of benefit to the Board and staff from his recent trip to the Orient
Director Din stated that he spent 24 days traveling in the Orient, visiting Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Bangkok had taken the opportunity to make their sky trains a moving billboard. The advertisements were well done and fit with the decor of the city. There was no graffiti on the vehicles. He stated that he was impressed with the cleanliness, ridership culture, and efficiency of their transit system. He added that their schedule was reliable and the fare was reasonable.
Director Din expressed concern regarding storage at Parking Authority garages and requested staff to address them at the next meeting. Exec. Director Burns stated that staff would be happy to address his concerns and would prepare a report for the June 7 meeting.
Director Mezey thanked Exec. Director Burns for the information regarding the cost to resurface city streets. He expressed disappointment over the small amount of funds available given the size of the need and asked about the possibility of additional funds. Exec. Director Burns stated that the Department of Public Works was looking at a bond measure as the biggest source of potential funds.
Director Mezey stated that the Board had received an e-mail from Stephen Roddy regarding Mr. Roddy’s mistreatment by DPT staff. He requested that staff to look into it and report back to the Board.
7. Executive Director’s Report
-Update on the FY06 budget
Exec. Director Burns stated that Caltrans announced that DPT would receive an “Excellence in Transit” Award for their vehicular traffic upgrade project. With the installation of LED signals, DPT significantly improved pedestrian safety and reduced power consumption by 70%.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the main library to commemorate the installation of new bike racks as part of California’s “Bike Commute Week” and the Bay Area’s “Bike to Work” day. Exec. Director Burns commended Director Mezey for participating in Bike to Work day in wet and windy conditions. He stated that the bike program often gets a bad rap because of the time it takes to get through various city processes in order to get projects implemented but DPT had been very active in facilitating bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation. Mr. Burns reviewed the projects that had been accomplished over the past year.
Exec. Director Burns stated that the Telegraph Hill Dwellers had proposed that DPT establish a no parking zone at Coit Tower on Saturdays and Sundays in July except for residents and people with disabilities. The implementation of this proposal would require extensive public notification and enforcement and would require approval by the Board of Supervisors. Staff is working with the community and the Board of Supervisors on a pilot project and will keep the Board updated.
World Environment Day will be celebrated June 1-5. Mayors from around the world will meet in San Francisco to participate in the conference. The MTA is working to provide alternative fuel buses for the conference. On June 3 the MTA Board is invited to lunch with the Mayor of London.
Chairman Vaughns congratulated DPT for the honor on behalf of the Board. She stated that the Board was fully aware of the good work that DPT does and that it’s nice when the work is recognized by others.
John Thomas, Project Manager, Central Subway, reviewed the Central Subway 4th Street Alignment project. A request that the Board designate 4th St. as the “locally preferred alternative” will be presented to the Board at the next meeting. This designation will allow the project to be included in the federal “New Starts” funding process. The Central Subway environmental process will take a year to complete.
Exec. Director Burns presented the FY06 budget, timeline and alternative balancing plan. He stated that the Board had adopted a budget on February 28th that was based on the best information available at the time. That budget was based on a shared approach to resolve the $57.3 million deficit and increased Muni fares and parking fares, fees and fines, reduced service and used one-time capital money. He stated that using capital money is a no win situation that would create a deficit-producing situation down the road.
On May 10th, the Controller released his third quarter financial report that projected increased revenues for FY05 and FY06. In response, staff prepared and presented an Alternative Balancing Plan to the Board of Supervisor’s Budget and Finance Committee on May 12th. The MTA’s proposal to increase parking fines and rates was amended by the Committee. The Committee reduced the amount of the increase for parking fines and meter rates outside of the downtown area and reduced the parking meter hourly rate in neighborhood commercial districts from $2.00 to $1.50.
Exec. Director Burns stated that he wanted to be very clear that the MTA became aware of the Controller’s revised projections on May 10th when the Controller released his report. The Budget Analyst was unaware of the revised numbers until May 10th as well. Some people have tried to represent that this was money that the MTA had hidden and was found by Budget Analyst. That representation is incorrect. Both the Controller and the Budget Analyst made that clear in the Finance Committee meeting. Any implication that this was due to MTA mismanagement is being done for their own purposes.
The Controller’s second quarter report projected a $15 million deficit for the current fiscal year. As a result, the MTA had to institute some draconian measures that would bring the Agency within budget by end of the fiscal year. These measures have impacted service. As part of the Controller’s third quarter report, the Controller projected additional funds that would be available to the Agency for this fiscal year. These additional monies will be used to restore some service levels, fill service runs, and hire maintenance workers.
Shortly after the release of the Controller’s third quarter report, the Governor presented the State budget that included the release of Proposition 42 funds for transportation projects. These funds are a one-time source of money that will not be available until the State budget receives the approval of the Legislature. The Controller would have to certify that the state funds were available.
As a result of the additional funds, staff was proposing to maintain owl service at the current levels, eliminate the proposed increase to the senior, disabled and youth case fare, eliminate the proposed increase to the monthly adult Fast Pass and partially restore the capital and maintenance budget. These recommendations were based on and are responsive to comments made by the public on fare on service issues.
Director Din requested a list of the deferred maintenance and capital projects. Exec. Director Burns stated that most of the projects were related to tracks or overhead wires. He added that the FY05 budget borrowed money from the Breda funds. The MTA had committed to repay those funds. Staff continues to try to avoid to use capital money to fill the operational deficit.
Director Din discussed Berkeley’s “rhino meters” and asked staff to look into the possibility of installing them in San Francisco.
At the request of Chairman Vaughns, Exec. Director Burns reviewed the MTA’s community outreach efforts regarding the budget and proposed service adjustments. He stated that since last October, staff has presented the budget and service adjustments at 26 meetings. Information has been posted on the website and on Muni vehicles. There has been ample opportunity for the public’s input into the budget.
Director Din requested a map showing the various parking meter areas in San Francisco.
Director McCray requested information about the restoration of owl service and its impact on operator layoffs.
Director Mezey expressed support for the balancing plan and called it balanced, reasonable and realistic.
Chairman Vaughns stated that the Board encourages Mr. Burns to move forward with the Alternative Balancing Plan.
8. Citizen’s Advisory Council Report
Daniel Murphy, Chairman, CAC stated that the CAC recommends that the tow contract be approved. The CAC had previously recommended establishing a reserve fund and that a larger portion of the budget deficit solution should come from increased parking fines and fees.
9. Public Comment
Ernestine Weiss stated that she regretted that she had to complain about several items. She requested that the bus zone at Grant and Clay be enforced and that Muni also enforce the no drinking policy on board. She recommended increasing parking fees to deter cars from going downtown and urged stricter enforcement of parking regulations.
THE FOLLOWING MATTERS BEFORE THE MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD WERE RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION AS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION, AND CITY ATTORNEY WHERE APPLICABLE. EXPLANATORY DOCUMENTS FOR ALL CONSENT AND REGULAR CALENDAR ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT 401 VAN NESS AVE. #334.
10. All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Municipal Transportation Agency Board, and will be acted upon by a single vote of the Board. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Board 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 MTA:
(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:
A. ESTABLISH - PERPENDICULAR (90-DEGREE ANGLE) PARKING- Rhode Island Street, east side, from 17th Street to 190 feet northerly
B. ESTABLISH - TOW-AWAY, NO STOPPING ANYTIME - Bayshore Boulevard, west side, from Industrial Street to Silver Avenue
C. ESTABLISH - BICYCLE LANES - Bayshore Boulevard, southbound, between Industrial Street and Silver Avenue
D. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONES - Bayshore Boulevard, west side, from Boutwell Street to 100 feet northerly
E. ESTABLISH UNMETERED MOTORCYCLE PARKING - Norfolk Street, between the driveways of 49-51 and 55 Norfolk Street
F. ESTABLISH - RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA “I” (1-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 9 AM TO 6PM,MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY - 2700 and 2730 Mission Street, between 23rd and 24th Streets
G. ESTABLISH - RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA “J” (2-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 8 AM TO 5 PM, MONDAY THOUGH FRIDAY) – Moraga Street, both sides, between 12th Avenue and Funston Street
H. ESTABLISH - RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA “Z” (2-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 8AM TO 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY)- 26th Street, both sides, between Church and Dolores Streets
I. ESTABLISH - 2-HOUR PARKING TIME LIMIT, 9 AM TO 6 PM, EXCEPT SUNDAY Kansas Street, east side, between 16th and 17th Streets. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, and resolution.) (DPT)
(10.3) Concurring with the Controller's determination that security guard services for Fiscal Year 2006 at Parking Citation and Hearing Offices at 1380 Howard Street can be practically performed by private contract at a lesser cost than to provide the same services with City and County employees. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and certification.) (DPT)
(10.4) Concurring with the Controller’s determination that for Fiscal Year 2006 vehicle towing, storage and disposal services can be practically performed by private contract at a lesser cost than to provide the same services with City and County employees. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and certification.) (DPT)
(10.5) Concurring with the Controller’s determination that for Fiscal Year 2006 services for a parking citation processing and collection system can be practically performed by private contract at a lesser cost than to provide the same services with City and County employees. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and certification.) (DPT)
(10.6) Concurring with Controller’s determination that for Fiscal Year 2006 services for a parking meter management system, which includes collection and coin counting services, can be practically performed by private contract at a lesser cost than to provide the same services with City and County employees. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and certification.) (DPT)
All items on the Consent Calendar were continued to the next meeting at the request of staff. Director Mezey requested that the Curtis Lowe case be scheduled for discussion in closed session.
RECESS REGULAR MEETING AND CONVENE CLOSED SESSION
1. Call to Order
Chairman Vaughns called the closed session to order at 12:55 p.m.
2. Roll Call
Absent: Michael Kasolas – absent with notification
3. Discussion and vote pursuant to Administrative Code Section 67.11(a) as to whether to conduct a closed session and invoke the attorney-client privilege.
On motion to invoke the attorney-client privilege: unanimously approved (Kasolas-absent).
4. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6(a) and Administrative Code Section 67.8, the Municipal Transportation Agency Board shall meet in closed session for:
CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR
CCSF Representative: Larry Williams and/or his designees
TWU Local 200 and Automotive Mechanics Local 1414
_X__ Working Conditions
ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND CONVENE SPECIAL MEETING - The closed session was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
11. Announcement of Closed Session.
Chairman Vaughns announced that the Board met in closed session for a conference with their labor negotiator. There was no action taken.
12. Motion to disclose or not disclose the information discussed in closed session.
On motion to not disclose the information discussed: unanimously approved (Kasolas-absent).
ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 1: 17 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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