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City & County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (SFMTA CAC)

Notice of Regular Meeting and Agenda
Thursday January 8,
2009 at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074
San Francisco, California

Daniel Murphy (Chairman), Steve Ferrario (Vice Chairman), Mary Burns, Art Cimento, Joan Downey, Emily Drennen, Griffith Humphrey, Cesar Perez, Greg Riessen, Norman Rolfe, Dorris Vincent, Daniel Weaver, Jamison Wieser and Ruth Wheeler


Engineering, Maintenance & Safety (EMSC)
Daniel Weaver (Chairman), Steve Ferrario and Jamison Wieser

Finance & Administration (FAC)
Daniel Murphy (Chairman), Emily Drennen and Griffith Humphrey

Operations & Customer Service Committee (OCSC)
Joan Downey (Chairman), Mary Burns, Daniel Murphy and Norman Rolfe

Planning & Marketing Committee (PMC)
Jamison Wieser (Chairman) and Norman Rolfe


The SFMTA CAC may be contacted as follows:
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Citizens’ Advisory Council
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor – San Francisco, CA  94103-5417
PHONE 415-701-4666    FAX  415-701-4502

City & County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC)

Regular Meeting

Thursday, January 8, 2009
at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074
San Francisco, California


Item #


Estimated Time


Call to Order/Roll Call



Adopt Minutes of November 6, 2008  (Discussion/Action)



Public Comment - Concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council not on the agenda.



Report of the Chairman (Discussion) Daniel Murphy



Staff Report (Discussion) Caroline Celaya


Staff-Initiated Items


Revenue Panel Options (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose



Taxi Rules/Regulations (Discussion/Action) Chris Hayashi


Council-Initiated Items


Committee Reports



Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
Finance and Administration Committee (FAC)

Motion 081119.02:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board adopt the Revenue Panel recommendations.

Motion 081119.03:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA study the potential revenues and expenses of a 0.5% payroll tax, dedicated to transit, offset by a free Muni zone in the downtown corridor.

Motion 081119.04:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA more strictly enforce the 90-120 minute window for transfers, avoiding the issuance of transfers valid for longer than the intended period.

Motion 081119.05:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider an increase in the Real Property Transfer Tax.

Motion 081119.06:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider a Utility Users Tax, with an exemption for low income utility customers certified through the CARE program.

Motion 081119.07:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider a parcel tax for transit, providing that such a tax is graduated based on a measure such as property value or square footage.

Motion 081119.08:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider a parking congestion impact fee in the downtown area, in the form of a surcharge for entering or exiting off-street parking facilities during times of peak congestion.

Motion 081119.09:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider charging users of disabled placards for parking, but keeping the placards themselves free, and providing additional blue ADA spaces citywide to offset the impact to users of disabled placards.

Motion 081119.10:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider a general obligation bond for capital expenses associated with the revenue-enhanced version of the TEP and other agency projects and ongoing capital needs.

Motion 081119.11:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA work with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to assess a new carbon-based car registration fee in San Francisco or the Bay Area to be collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and then dispensed by the Air District to support transit operations in the counties from which the fees were collected.

Motion 081119.12:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board place at least one revenue measure on the ballot on or before the November 2010 election.

Motion 081119.13:  WHEREAS, The SFMTA and other city agencies aim to create beautiful streets, design safe bicycle access, provide world-class transit, and ensure public safety;

WHEREAS, Curb cuts (driveways) are built to provide automobile access from a public street to a private garage or other parking area, and are currently regulated by the City;

WHEREAS, Curb cuts reduce the space available for on-street parking, trees, transit shelters, furniture, illumination, and other amenities, which decrease the public benefit of the street;

WHEREAS San Francisco has set goals to reduce automobile travel and ownership, in order to decrease pollution, congestion, noise, collisions, and greenhouse gas emissions, and to make streets more livable;

WHEREAS, San Francisco needs to provide more housing, particularly low-income housing, but every new housing unit constructed in most neighborhoods requires the construction of an off-street parking space;

WHEREAS, The SFMTA needs to identify new revenue sources, in order to meet voter-mandated service standards and compensate for cuts from state and federal funds;

WHEREAS, On November 18, 2008, the SF Board of Supervisors approved a fee on new curb cuts ($100 per year), but this does not apply to existing curb cuts; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA staff, in collaboration with the SFMTA Revenue Panel, Planning Department, Department of Public Works, and other city agencies, explore the feasibility of a curb cut fee to be levied annually upon the owners of property that maintain active driveway access to a public street and exclusive use of curb space, as compensation for the decreased public benefit of the street resulting from said driveway.  In conjunction with this fee, staff should also examine the elimination of minimum parking requirements in the San Francisco Planning Code for new residential and other development, primarily in retrofitted spaces originally constructed as vehicle garages.

Motion 081119.14:  The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board tie revenue measures to specific services and amenities the people of San Francisco will receive.



Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
Engineering and Safety Committee (EMSC)

Motion 081119.15:  WHEREAS, Carl Street neighbors have waited more than six years for track replacement on the N-Judah line;

WHEREAS, Carl between Arguello Boulevard and the Sunset Tunnel is the narrowest residential street with rail in San Francisco;

WHEREAS, The Bredas have caused excessive noise and vibration resulting in damage to homes along Carl Street;

WHEREAS, $1.6 million in repairs have been made in this area in the past five years; now therefore be it

RESOLVED That the SFMTA CAC again urges the SFMTA to expedite Carl Street track replacement and to utilize a direct fixation track method.



Council Members’ Questions and Comments (Discussion)



Agenda planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled: (Discussion)

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 5:30 p.m., 1 South Van Ness Avenue,

Conference Room 3074





Notices of meeting and agenda, and minutes are available at the San Francisco Public Library (Main), 100 Larkin Street - Government Section (5th Floor) and on SFMTA’s website at

Written reports and background materials for calendar items are available for public inspection and copying at One South Van Ness Ave, Seventh Floor, during regular business hours.

Disability Access

This meeting will be held at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, San Francisco. From the 1st floor lobby, take the elevator to the 3rd Floor.

The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. The closest BART station is Civic Center. The closest SFMTA Metro station is Van Ness. Accessible SFMTA bus lines nearest the meeting location are the 7-Haight, 9-San Bruno, 47-Van Ness, 49-Van Ness/Mission, and the 71-Haight-Noriega, also the F-Market & Wharves (Historic Streetcar Service). For more information about SFMTA accessible services, call 415-701-4485/TTY 415-701-4730.

There is accessible on-street vehicle parking available in the vicinity of the meeting location. A bicycle rack is located outside the main entrance to 401 Van Ness Avenue. The Civic Center Garage (entrance on the south side of McAllister Street, between Polk and Larkin Streets) includes bicycle racks.

For assistance with special needs (large print agendas, sign language interpreters, etc.), call Debra Reed at least 72 hours in advance of need at 415-701-4666.

In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity, or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products.  Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

Use of Cell Phones, Pagers, and Similar Sound-Producing Electronic Devices

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

(Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)

Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the peoples’ business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the peoples’ review.

Written reports and background materials for calendar items are available for public inspection and copying at 1 So. Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, during regular business hours. Notices and agendas are posted on SFMTA’s website at

For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail at Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415-554-7724; by fax at 415-554-7854 or by e-mail at

Individuals interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code from the Internet at

Lobbyist Ordinance

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, Section 2.100, to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA  94102, telephone 415-252-3100, fax 415-252-3112, or visit their website at

Accessible meeting policy – One South Van Ness Avenue

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