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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council

Finance and Administration Committee


Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 2:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call
The meeting was called to order at 2:13 p.m. by Griffith Humphrey, acting chairman 

FAC members present at Roll Call:  Griffith Humphrey (acting chairman) and Susan Vaughan

FAC members absent at Roll Call:  Daniel Murphy

SFMTA CAC Members present, but not on this committee:  Steve Ferrario 

2. Adopt minutes of January 26, 2010: 

On motion to adopt the minutes of January 26: Adopted
Ayes – Griffith Humphrey and Susan Vaughan
Absent – Daniel Murphy

3. Public Comment: 

David Pilpel stated that the FAC should consider SFMTA policies and practices compared with other city departments regarding job options for employees on non-work status, light duty and other return-to-work programs.   Transit and non-transit operators, incapable of performing their tasks, could possibly be moved to other positions. 

4. Report of the Chairman: (Discussion/Action)

Acting Chairman Humphrey acknowledged the presence of Bruce Oka, director, SFMTA Board.

5. FY10 Budget (Discussion/Action)

Sonali Bose, CFO/director, Finance and Information Technology, stated that the SFMTA has lost $130 million in state funding.  In addition, the Transportation Workers Union 250A (TWU) did not ratify the SFMTA’s proposal for labor concessions.  Revenue from Taxi Services and Proposition K sales taxes are assumptions, as are work-order savings from the City Controller’s report.  The $17.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money, which was defunded from the BART-Oakland Airport Extension Project, can be applied to maintenance and repairs.  However, it cannot be applied to staffing needs.  Therefore, fare increases and a 10% service reduction are pending.  Residential Parking Permit fees will be increased to cost recovery.  Parking citations will be piggybacked with the $2 state-mandated courthouse fee.  On February 26, the SFMTA Board will act on the budget.   

Daniel Murphy arrived at 2:27 p.m.  Griffith Humphrey turned the FAC meeting proceedings over to Chairman Murphy.

Chairman Murphy asked about potential revenue from extended meter hours for nighttime and weekend parking.  Steve Ferrario stated that the CAC passed recommendations for budget solutions at the February 4 CAC meeting.

Public Comment:

Bruce Oka, director, SFMTA Board, stated that there will be another union vote before the February 26 SFMTA Board meeting. 

David Pilpel stated that April 1 is an aggressive timeline for the SFMTA Board to act and implement changes, should the proposed solutions require a review by the Board of Supervisors.  He encouraged the FAC to review the TWU labor concessions and the sales tax money from the Transportation Authority.

6. FY11/12 Operating Budget (Discussion/Action)

Sonali Bose, CFO/director of Finance and Information Technology, stated that, should the Transportation Workers Union 250A (TWU) not ratify the labor concessions, retirement benefit payments will increase the 2011 deficit.  Staff will present to Nathaniel Ford, CEO/executive director, SFMTA, a list of ballot measures, including an automatic indexing plan of Consumer Price Index increases for fares, fines, and fees.  The SFMTA will endeavor to reduce work orders by 10%.  Fares are projected to decline as customers shift between Muni and other sustainable transportation choices.  Revenue from medallion sales would taper when the pilot program ends.  Revenue from citations will decrease as the Department of Public Works cuts street sweeping services.

The FAC discussed cost-effective solutions, such as TransLink, work-order reductions and corporate sponsorship.

Public Comment:

Bruce Oka, director, SFMTA Board, stated that buses wrapped with advertisements are a viable revenue source. 

David Pilpel stated that service cuts are accelerating.  He would prefer fare increases over service reductions.  Surveys should include the question, “Would you rather have fare increases or service cuts.” 

7. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items (Discussion/Action)

The next regular FAC meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2010, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, at 3:00 p.m. 

8. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Debra J. Reed
SFMTA CAC - Secretary

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