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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (SFMTA CAC)
Regular Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call
In absence of Chairman Murphy, Vice Chairman Steve Ferrario called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m. 

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call:  Mary Burns, Art Cimento, Joan Downey, Steve Ferrario, Griffith Humphrey, Cesar Perez, Norman Rolfe, Janel Sterbentz, Dorris Vincent, Daniel Weaver, Ruth Wheeler and Jamison Wieser

SFMTA CAC members absent:  Greg Riessen

2. Adopt minutes of April 20, 2009: 

On motion to adopt the minutes of April 20, 2009: Adopted
Ayes – Burns, Cimento, Downey, Ferrario, Humphrey, Perez, Rolfe, Sterbentz, Vincent, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
(Absent – Murphy and Riessen)

3. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: 

Carl Macmurdo stated that disabled medallion holders are forced to drive due to a misinterpretation of Proposition K.  The concept of peak-time cabs is a good idea.  Medallions should be sold with the revenue going to the city.

Michael Spain stated that Mark Gruberg linked with Supervisor Chris Daly to pass a resolution urging the SFMTA to look for other sources of revenue. 

Chairman Dan Murphy arrived at 5:45 p.m.

Hansu Kim stated that the Paratransit debit card project will be deployed in 2009.  He stated that medallions are issued in a way that gives most drivers no opportunity to own them, and mature medallion holders can not leave the industry with grace.  This is a rare opportunity for the SFMTA to reform the taxi industry, provide healthcare and retirement benefits, and raise money. 

4. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy

Chairman Murphy welcomed Janel Sterbentz, who has been appointed to the CAC by Supervisor Chris Daly.  Ms. Sterbentz has a Masters’ degree and work experience in the field of transportation.  She is interested in traffic calming and safety for pedestrians. 

5. Staff Report (Discussion/Action)

The staff report was provided.

Joan Downey stated that she was unconvinced by the response to her inquiry regarding the frequency for greasing tracks. 

6. Budget FY10 Update (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose

Sonali Bose, chief finance officer and director, Finance and Information Technology, presented an update on the FY10 budget.  The SFMTA must resolve the additional deficit of $19.3 million that resulted from:

• The state’s decision to borrow city revenues from property and gas taxes,

• Labor concessions, pending union ratification, and

• The purchase of liability insurance.

On July 14, 2009, the SFMTA Board will have a workshop to consider revenue ideas. 

Chairman Murphy moved the following recommendation:

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the following measures be taken to address the addition deficit in the SFMTA budget:

(1) Increase meter rates by $0.50 in the downtown area,

(2) Extend parking meter hours to 10:00 p.m. in areas where it would be cost effective to do so,

(3) Extend parking meter hours to Sundays in areas where it would be cost effective to do so,

(4) Increase the transit violation penalty,

(5) Apply special collections to transit violations,

(6) Increase the disabled placard penalty,

(7) Increase the cost of the short-duration residential parking permit, the tow fee, the boot fee, and cable car and historic streetcar rental fees,

(8) Aggressively seek changes in work rules which would lead to a major reduction in operator absenteeism,

(9) Instruct parking control officers to more aggressively enforce sidewalk parking, double parking and bike lane violation, and

(10) Relax maximum parking durations, during nights and weekends at parking meters in commercial districts.

On motion listing CAC revenue suggestions: Adopted
Ayes – Burns, Cimento, Downey Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Perez, Rolfe, Sterbentz, Vincent, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
(Absent – Riessen)

Jamison Wieser moved the following recommendation:

WHEREAS the SFMTA has aggressively cut expenditures by $99 million from the FY10 budget,

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board be equally aggressive in seeking new revenue sources and re-evaluate the suggestions that have already been researched by staff.

On motion regarding new revenue sources: Adopted
Ayes – Burns, Cimento, Downey Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Perez, Rolfe, Sterbentz, Vincent, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
(Absent – Riessen)

7. The Bike Plan and Legislative Projects (Discussion/Action) Timothy Papandreou

Timothy Papandreou, assistant deputy director, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report will go to the SFMTA Board on June 26, 2009. Staff will make a recommendation to adopt the California Environmental Quality Act findings, approve the bicycle plan, and approve the legislation of projects. Staff anticipates that the Superior Court could lift the injunction in fall 2009.

Mr. Papandreou stated that while funds have been locked in, staff will continue to pursue additional funding sources.

8.  Committee Reports: 


9. Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee (EMSC)

Motion 090520.01

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board adopt the California Environmental Quality Act findings related to the bicycle plan Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report, approve the San Francisco Bicycle Plan, and legislate the bicycle projects therein.

On motion regarding the bicycle plan: Adopted
Ayes – Burns, Cimento, Downey Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Perez, Rolfe, Sterbentz, Vincent, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
(Absent – Riessen)

Janel Sterbentz departed at 8:00 p.m.

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

Joan Downey stated that the Daily Operations Report for June 3, 2009, noted that nine K/T trains were missing during the evening commute.  She wanted more information about how lines and/or runs are prioritized as far as reassignment of vehicles when service is missing. 

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

Next regular meeting:  July 2, 2009, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, at 5:30 p.m.

12. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

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

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