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February 20, 2001 Minutes



1. Call to Order

Chairman Flynn called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m.

2. Roll Call

Present: Shirley Breyer Black
Jim Bourgart
Mike Casey
Jose Cisneros
H. Welton Flynn
Enid Lim
Cleopatra Vaughns

3. Approval of Minutes

On motion to approve the minutes of the February 6, 2001 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved.

4. Communications

(4.1) Announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting.

Chairman Flynn 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 may be removed from the meeting.

5. Introduction of New or Old Business by Board Members


6. Director's Report (For discussion only Director Burns announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ocean Ave Reconstruction Project was held last week but the city has run into some problems with PG&E. Muni staff is working with the mayor's office to get PG&E to fulfill their commitment to the community. Muni is proceeding with the first section of work.

Director Burns discussed a series of meetings and workshops to develop a "constitution" for the organization consisting of a Mission Statement, Vision and Values. Meetings will be held this week with labor unions and then at every division so employee input can be solicited. Burns will provide the schedule of meetings to the board and asked for the board's involvement early in the process.

Vince Harris, Deputy General Manager, Construction and Fred Stephens, Deputy General Manager, Maintenance, reviewed the quarterly report on key capital projects.

Director Bourgart asked if staff could report back to the board about a letter received from the Java Beach Café regarding the rail replacement project.

Lisa Mancini, Chief Operations Officer presented the second quarter Service Standards Report and noted that there has been measurable improvement in the system. She discussed current plans to improve the schedule for the Cable Car division. She also announced a Castro Shuttle starting on March 30 to relieve overcrowding on the K & N lines.

7. Citizen's Advisory Council Report

No report was made.

8. Public Comment

Norm Rolfe wondered why cable car schedules can't be kept when there have been a number of street improvements that should have made it easier to keep the schedule. He believes that the biggest reason why cable car service is so erratic is because of malingering. He urged management to address the problem.

Judy West, Madrina Group, sent a package to the board regarding the Mission Street Right of Way. She has been spearheading a project to salvage the land from 8th and Townsend to Treat and use it as a bikeway and greenbelt. She added that it's a real opportunity to set aside land for future light rail. (Chairman Flynn asked Peter Straus to meet with Ms. West regarding her project.)

Deborah Doyle commented on the recent change on the 19-Polk inbound line that is affecting library patrons. The recent change resulted in the elimination of a bus stop in front of the library. Patrons now have to walk 2 blocks to catch the 19-line, many of them seniors and people with disabilities. She commented that library staff weren't consulted about the change and asked for a solution. (Chairman Flynn stated that the board had received other comments about this matter and that staff is looking for a way to solve the situation.)


9. 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.

(9.1) Requesting the Controller to allot funds and to draw warrants against such funds as are or will be available in payment of the following claims against Muni:
  • Mercury Insurance/Swain vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #0101085, in the amount of $4,474.07
  • Evedel & Salina Benitez vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. Ltd. #175064, in the amount of $7,250
  • Ferdinand Villar and Prospero Luna vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. Ltd. # 175-224 in the amount of $8,000
  • Rebecca McCalmon-Kuntz vs. CCSF, Litigated Claim #98J79, in the amount of $8,048.13
  • Neil Chang vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #00B0395-1, in the amount of $8,500
  • Francisca Perez vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #99T6462, in the amount of $12,353.50
  • Marya Contreras vs. CCSF, Litigated Claim #99T0646, in the amount of $17,204
  • Silipa Masina vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #310203, in the amount of $27,500 Yu Yue Wan & Hi Yang vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #312171, in the amount of $47,000
  • Kwai Sau Ng vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #313966, in the amount of $75,000
  • Tamara Anisimova vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #311937, in the amount of $80,000

(9.2) Certifying that the level of expenditures by the Municipal Transportation Agency for transportation purposes will be sustained at a level that is consistent with the average of its annual expenditures during the 1997-98, 1998-99, and 1999-2000 fiscal years, including funds reserved for transportation purposes, during the fiscal years that the allocations for the Traffic Congestion Relief Program are available for use; and authorizing the Director to execute all Program Supplement Agreements for State Funded Transit Projects. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, and resolution.)


(9.3) Authorizing the Director to advertise a Request for Proposals for Insurance Broker Services for an Owner-Controlled Insurance Program for the Third Street Light Rail Transit Project Initial Operating Segment, Contract CS-137, to evaluate proposals and interview insurance brokers, select the highest ranking, responsive broker, and to negotiate a contract with the selected broker for an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 and for a term of up to five (5) years. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, scope of services, resolution and financial plan.)


No public comment.

On motion to approve the consent calendar:

ADOPTED: AYES - Black, Bourgart, Casey, Cisneros, Flynn, Lim and Vaughns


10. Approving and adopting an incentive compensation bonus plan for Michael T. Burns, Director of Transportation for Fiscal Year 2001 based on the Agency's achievement of milestones in accordance with Section 8A.102 (c) of the City Charter.

Chairman Flynn stated that no Muni staff worked on this item. Ed Harrington, City Controller and Gussie Stewart, an independent compensation consultant, prepared the plan.

Gussie Stewart discussed how this plan was formulated, what factors where considered and how the dollar amounts were chosen. This plan will be implemented for FY 2001 and will be in effect through FY 2004. Each year, the board will have to determine the standards by which the performance bonus is based, the dollar amount for each standard as well as the total bonus amount and conduct the appraisal at the end of the year to determine the total bonus amount.

No public comment.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES - Black, Bourgart, Casey, Cisneros, Flynn, Lim and Vaughns



1. Call to Order

Chairman Flynn called the closed session to order at 7:02 p.m.

2. Roll Call

Present: Shirley Breyer Black
Jim Bourgart
Mike Casey
Jose Cisneros
H. Welton Flynn
Enid Lim
Cleopatra Vaughns

Also present: Michael T. Burns, Director of Transportation
Roberta Boomer, Board Secretary
Robert Bryan, Deputy City Attorney
Lisa Mancini, Chief Operations Officer
Larry Williams, Deputy General Manger, HR/LR/EEO
Michael Lewis, Departmental Personnel Officer, HR/LR/EEO

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.

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:


CCSF Representative: Larry Williams and/or his designees

Employee Organizations:

TWU, Local 200-A;
Electrical Workers, Local 6;
Automotive Machinists, Local 1414;
IFPTE, Local 21;
TWU 250-A;
Laborers, Local 261;
Municipal Executives Association;
Stationary Engineers, Local 39;
Teamsters, Local 853;
Carpenters, Local 22;
Painters, Local 4;
Operating Engineers, Local 3;
Sheetmetal, Local 104;
Glaziers, Local 718;
Plumbers, Local 38.

To discuss:

X Wages
X Hours
X Benefits
X Working Conditions
X Other

ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING - The closed session was adjourned at 7:44 p.m.

11. Announcement of Closed Session.

Chairman Flynn announced 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.

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.

Roberta Boomer
Board Secretary

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