Paratransit Coordinating Council (PCC) > June 23, 2010, minutes
PCC Executive Committee Members Present: Olivia Santiago, PCC Vice Chair; Marian Gan, PCC Secretary; Ameur Kallel; Byron Yan; Cheryl Damico; Claudia Grubler; Erma Brim; Genya Ehrlich; Griff Humphrey; Jacy Cohen; Jeanne Lynch; John Lazar; Kaye Griffen; Laurie Graham; Pam Martinez; Roland Wong; Ruach Graffis; Russell Green; Ruth Lawner; Sandra Fancher; Scott Blum;
PCC Members and Guests: Jane Bolig; Yetta Miller; Marty Smith; Eric Duarte; John Murphy; Lurilla Harris; Silas Telfor; Robin Krop
PCC Executive Committee Member Excused: Stu Smith; Gilda Chico; Melecio Torres; Joseph Flanagan
SF Paratransit: Marc Soto; Paul Okunewitch; John Sanderson
SFMTA: Kate Toran; Annette Williams
Olivia Santiago, PCC Vice Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:35 am.
Read and Approve Agenda
Marian Gan, PCC Secretary, read the agenda. The agenda was motioned/seconded/passed as presented.
Approve Minutes of May 12, 2010 meeting
The minutes were motioned/seconded/passed as presented.
May 25, 2010 Planning and Review Subcommittee
Griff Humphrey read the following report:
Kate Toran then discussed the proposed By-Laws wording changes, which had been sent out in the agenda packet:
SAN FRANCISCO PARATRANSIT COORDINATING COUNCIL
FULL SAN FRANCISCO PARATRANSIT COORDINATING COUNCIL
Section 4. Election Procedures: During the SFPCC Annual Meeting, caucuses shall be held to elect SFPCC Executive Committee members from the following categories. (The total number of Executive Committee members to be elected from each category is set forth in parentheses).
Affiliated Disabled (6)
Unaffiliated Disabled (5)
Affiliated Elderly (5)
Unaffiliated Elderly (6)
Non Profit Paratransit Organization (3)
For Profit Providers: (6) total
Paratransit van service representative (2)
Taxi services which operate for profit (2)
Ramped Taxi driver (1)
Sedan Taxi Driver (1)
COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES
Section 2. Sub-Committees: There shall be three (3) standing sub-committees which report to the Executive Committee. Each sub-committee will select its chairperson at its first meeting.
a) Grant Review Sub-Committee: The Grant Review sub-committee is responsible for the review and analysis of all grants prior to action by the Executive Committee.
b) Planning and Review Sub-Committee: The Planning and Review sub-committee is responsible for the continued recruitment of participants in the SFPCC and is responsible for reviewing, revising, and approving the bylaws of the SFPCC and any amendments thereto. The Planning and Review sub-committee shall arrange the Annual PCC Meeting, determine recipients of all awards and honors to be distributed at the meeting, and appoint an individual to receive and disburse funds related to PCC activities.
Kaye Griffen stated that the wording, “Paratransit Organization” isn’t clear. Kate explained that there has been at least once vacancy in the Non-Profit Provider caucus for about the last five or so years. In the past, the Non-Profit Providers referred to paratransit providers, such as Shanti, Self-Help for the Elderly, Centro Latino. Over the past few years, the traditional non-profit providers have not participated on the PCC, and the caucus shifted to include a broader interpretation: non-profit organizations that serve the paratransit community. Kate explained that in a number of years ago, the By-Laws were amended, changing the term Non-Profit Paratransit Providers to Non-Profit Paratransit Organizations in Article VII, Section 2. The current proposed change is simply an effort to standardize the language regarding Non-Profit Paratransit Organizations.
Marty Smith stated that the PCC should reach out to non-profit providers because the two entities currently in the Non-Profit Provider caucus (UTW and Taxi Driver Institute) don’t meet the qualifications of the caucus. Jacy Cohen stated that there is nothing lost by changing the language, and that it makes the caucus more all encompassing, more inclusive, and it’s more based in the current reality. Ruach Graffis stated that both UTW and the Taxi Driver Institute do qualify for the caucus, and they both provide services to the paratransit community. The Taxi Institute trains drivers and UTW works with taxi drivers who provide paratransit services. Jane Bolig stated that the Medallion Holder’s Association should also be invited to participate in the Non-Profit Provider caucus.
A vote was called on the report, and it was accepted by a vote of 14 in favor and 5 opposed.
June 2, 2010 PC&O SF Access Subcommittee:
Roland Wong provided the following report:
After the report was presented, Ruth Lawner stated that she is concerned about MPT being on time, particularly for dialysis appointments. There is a resident in her building that she often sees waiting for the vans. She added that sometimes there are not enough tie-downs on the vans.
Paratransit Broker Report
Ruth Lawner stated that she is concerned about taxi drivers saying the debit cards are not working and refusing to accept them as a form of payment. Marc Soto stated that paratransit riders should call John Sanderson to report all instances of drivers not accepting paratransit debit cards. Kate added that she is working with SFMTA’s Taxi Services to establish a discipline process for taxi drivers who are failing to accept paratransit debit cards. Drivers will be called in to be retrained for confirmed instances of failure to convey. Kate added that a new bulletin has been issued to taxi drivers reiterating how to operate the ITE and back-up systems.
Kallel introduced Mark Frailey, the new General Manager at Mobility Plus Transportation. Mark stated that he is working to improve training and communications between the drivers and the dispatchers. MPT drivers will have new uniforms within the next 30 days.
Olivia Santiago stated that at the last meeting, Kallel stated he would provide the analysis conducted of the Trapeze software system. Kallel responded that MPT doesn’t have the final report yet, but MPT staff members have received additional Trapeze training. Marc added that MPT hired a consultant to review their use of Trapeze. They are working with the consultant to understand how MPT can best use the tools provided by Trapeze.
Kallel then introduced Eric Duarte, MPT’s new road supervisor.
Kate announced that there is a meeting scheduled on Friday, June 25th at 10:30 am to review Muni’s Minimum Requirements for Participation in the Paratransit Program. This document was written over ten years ago, and an ad hoc subcommittee was recently formed to review the document and recommend updates as appropriate. All are welcome to attend.
Jeanne Lynch announced that there will be a hearing at Superior Court (400 McAllister) on Friday, June 25th at 9:00 am regarding the lawsuit against the City for lack of curb cuts.
Roland Wong announced that Laguna Honda Hospital will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at 1:00 at the new building.
The next PCC meeting will be held on
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