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


Thursday, January 14, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call
Chairman Daniel Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m. 

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call:  Mary Burns, Steve Ferrario, Griffith Humphrey, Daniel Murphy, Cesar Perez, Janel Sterbentz, Susan Vaughan, Daniel Weaver, Ruth Wheeler and Jamison Wieser

SFMTA CAC members absent at Roll Call:  Joan Downey

SFMTA CAC members absent:  Art Cimento, Greg Riessen, Norman Rolfe and Dorris Vincent

2. Adopt minutes of December 3, 2009: 

On motion to adopt the minutes of December 3: Adopted
Ayes – Burns, Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Perez, Sterbentz, Vaughan, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
Absent – Cimento, Downey, Riessen, Rolfe and Vincent

3. Public Comment: 

Tariq Mehmood stated that the taxi industry wanted a director, not a dictator.  He stated that Chris Hayashi did not allow drivers to speak at some meetings.  He stated that Ms. Hayashi closed the list without notifying drivers.  Rights need to be equal for everybody. 

Al Sugatim stated that he tried to apply for a medallion, but the list was closed.  Therefore, he no longer qualifies for a free medallion nor can he purchase one.  He questioned his future in the industry. 

Dragani Gupta stated that she had not thought about the list, but she would like to be on it.  There were signs posted about meetings, but there were no signs to warn about closing the list.  With all the talk about medallions, drivers should have been given time to sign up. 

Jane Bolig stated that Chris Hayashi spoke on numerous occasions about closing the list, and many people signed up.  Ms. Bolig stated that Ms. Hayashi proposes to offer medallions for sale to applicants on the list based on A-card seniority.  Tariq Mehmood had a chance to get on the list; therefore, his complaint is moot.

4. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy

Chairman Murphy stated that he will not be present for the Feb 4 CAC meeting, and he appointed Steve Ferrario to be the Chairman in his absence.  Chairman Murphy stated that he had presented the CAC resolution to Norman Rolfe, and that he would e-mail a copy of the resolution to a CAC.  SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel Ford and SFMTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan presented a special recognition to Mr. Rolfe for his service  

Joan Downey arrived at 5:42 p.m.

5. Staff Report (Discussion/Action)

The staff report was provided.

Joan Downey stated that the instructions from Deputy Chief John Murphy regarding the police patrolling SFMTA properties are vague. She requested a copy of the Proof of Payment training.  Roberta Boomer, board secretary, SFMTA, stated that she would provide a copy of the topics covered in the training.

Public Comment


6. Structure for CAC Committees and 2010 Work Schedule (Discussion/Action)

Chairman Murphy stated that, because of staff limitations and increasing CAC business, the CAC will be limited to the Council and four committees.  The PMC has been eliminated, and its responsibilities will be handled by the EMSC and the OCSC.  A calendar had been drafted to tailor the number of meetings. The CAC and committees will be busy during the first quarter of 2010 with the FY10 budget deficit, the FY11 and FY12 budgets, the fiscal emergency, taxi reform options and service standards.  The SFMTA Board will act on budget items in April.  Under Proposition A, the Board must adopt a balanced budget by May 1. 

Chairman Murphy stated that if committees have not already done so, their regular meeting times should be agendized and adopted.

Public Comment


7. Recommendations forwarded from the Ad Hoc Rules Committee (Discussion/Action) Roberta Boomer

Chairman Murphy stated that an Ad Hoc Committee was formed to make improvements to the CAC Rules of Order.  Roberta Boomer, secretary, SFMTA Board, provided an overview of the revisions. 

Joan Downey moved to adopt the revisions to the CAC Rules of Order as recommended by the Ad Hoc Rules Committee.  Ms. Boomer stated that clerical errors will be corrected. 

Public Comment:


On motion to adopt revisions to the CAC Rules of Order as recommended by the Ad Hoc Rules Committee: Adopted

Ayes – Burns, Downey, Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Perez, Sterbentz, Vaughan, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
Absent – Cimento, Riessen, Rolfe and Vincent

8. Report on Taxi Industry Reform Options (Discussion/Action) Chris Hayashi

Chris Hayashi, director of Taxis, stated that the reform options are being developed.  Steve Ferrario stated that there will be a special Taxi Committee meeting on January 28 to review the proposed reform options.  The options will be reviewed by the SFMTA Board. 

Public Comment:


9. Committee Reports:

10. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests: (Discussion)

Sue Vaughan:

  • She asked about the coordination between the deployment of SFPD patrols onboard vehicles and SFMTA proof of payment officers. 
  • Requested a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between the SFPD and the SFMTA. 
  • She asked about cost recovery for motor coaches dispatched to transport SFPD personnel to citywide events. 
  • She asked about the bicycle signal for the Panhandle path at Fell and Masonic Streets.    
  • She stated that she would like to hear a presentation of the Peak Oil Preparedness Task Force.  Chairman Murphy stated that the matter would be heard at a future CAC meeting.

Dan Weaver stated that the signs at the Jules Avenue and Dorado Terrace key stop which direct people to the high level platform need to be cleaned of graffiti. 

Mary Burns:

  • Requested a copy of the Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Central Subway Chinatown extension.
  • She stated that the flashing red signal at St. Francis Circle is out of sync.

Joan Downey:

  • She asked about the maintenance schedule for Global Positioning System (GPS) on vehicles and NextBus transmission to the central computer.
  • She asked for information contained in the Daily Operations report on not-outs regarding buses being pulled from the 47 Van Ness line.
  • She asked for a report that lists the number of buses scheduled for each line. 
  • She asked about the status on the installation of a crosswalk at the San Francisco Arboretum.  
  • She asked about the purpose of the pedestrian button on the Great Highway. 

Janel Sterbentz:

  • Ms. Sterbentz recalled that the Nelson/Nygaard report contained information about GPS.
  • She asked for information on SFMTA’s policy for improvements to traffic signage in response to pedestrian deaths at crosswalks.

Chairman Murphy asked to verify if the purpose of the pedestrian button on 9th Avenue and Irving was an audible signal or was it to activate the visual signal for pedestrian count-down.

Jamison Wieser:

  • Mr. Wieser requested information about the green bike box at Scott and Fell streets.   
  • He asked for the status of the Transit Effectiveness Project.    
  • He asked about revisions to the Capital Investment Plan.  Chairman Murphy assigned the matter to the EMSC.

Steve Ferrario reported a hazardous signal light at Market and Eureka streets.

11. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled:

Next regular meeting:  February 4, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074

Steve Ferrario stated that the February 4 CAC agenda will include the taxi reform options, the budget and the Declaration of Emergency FY 11/12.  He encouraged CAC members to attend the Taxi Committee meeting on January 28 and the FAC meeting tentatively scheduled for January 26.

12. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.

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

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