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

Special Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 10, 2008, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call
Chairman Daniel Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call: Mary Burns, Emily Drennen, Steve Ferrario, Griffith Humphrey, Daniel Murphy, Norman Rolfe, Daniel Weaver and Jamison Wieser.

SFMTA CAC members present, but absent at Roll Call: Art Cimento arrived at 5:38 p.m.

SFMTA CAC absent: Joan Downey, Cesar Perez, Greg Riessen and Dorris Vincent.

2. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: none

3. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy

Chairman Murphy said that since the SFMTA CAC has been busy with extra meetings this month, the CAC will dispense with some of the Summer meetings.

4. Capital Budget FY2009 and FY2010 (Discussion/Action) Brenda Walker

Brenda Walker, Manager – Capital Asset Management program, presented the FY2009 and FY2010 capital budgets.

Emily Drennen left the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

5. Operating Budget FY2009 and FY2010 (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose

Sonali Bose, CFO/Director of Finance and Administration, presented the FY2009 and FY2010 operating budgets.

Art Cimento said that operator absenteeism should be addressed in the upcoming contract negotiations. He added that fare evasion as well as laxness with regards to transfer distribution contribute to the $15 million budget deficit. There is no need to raise fees, fines and fares if the SFMTA would be more vigilant about collecting fares.

Steve Ferrario said that it is costly to request funding from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Mr. Ferrario made the following motion:

Considering the high cost of transportation projects, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's Citizens’ Advisory Council (SFMTA CAC) requests a formal and comprehensive audit, by an independent body, of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority’s (SFCTA) Management and Administration, to determine their overhead (actual costs and percentages) required for the distribution of Federal, State, Regional and Local Transportation Funds and Grants.

This audit should include, but not be limited to, all costs related to procedures and requirements made by the SFCTA for the distribution of such funds and grants and the costs to all grantees for fulfilling those SFCTA requirements.

Further it is requested that such an audit be undertaken and completed before the beginning of the next fiscal year, starting July 1, 2008.

On motion of the SFMTA CAC requesting an independent audit of the SFCTA: Approved. (Ayes - Burns, Cimento, Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Rolfe, Weaver and Wieser.) (Absent –Downey, Drennen, Perez, Riessen and Vincent)

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

Motion 080306.01

WHEREAS, The SFMTA is a multimodal agency charged with implementing the City’s Transit-First Policy, and

WHEREAS, The SFMTA operating budget has not historically included any funds for the Livable Streets, Bicycle, or Pedestrian programs, and

WHEREAS, The SFMTA has committed to installing pedestrian count-down signals at all signalized intersections, and has not identified funding to complete the remaining 400 intersections to meet this goal, and

WHEREAS, The SFMTA will be unlikely to install any new pedestrian countdown signals (except on 19th Avenue and Van Ness Ave) until at least fiscal years 2013-14 due to lack of available funding,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the SFMTA CAC urges the SFMTA to begin partially funding the Livable Streets, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Programs from the operating budget, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the SFMTA CAC urges the SFMTA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis examining the upfront and full externalized costs of completing the remaining 400 intersections all at once within a short timeframe as opposed to the incremental process that won’t begin until at least fiscal years 2013-14, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the externalities include the full costs to the City from increased pedestrian injuries and deaths such as emergency room visits, Muni lawsuit settlements, lost work time, etc.

The motion regarding Livable Streets, Bicycle, Pedestrian Programs and installing count-down signals will be discussed further at a future CAC Finance and Administration Committee meeting.

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

Motion 080306.02

WHEREAS, The new programs funded in the FY2009 budget reflect the policy priority of the Agency, as articulated by the CAC, the TEP and others, the SFMTA CAC recommends that the projected shortfall in revenue be closed by the combination of parking meter rate increases, parking fine increases, and an increase in residential parking permit rates.

The motion to adopt parking rate increases will be further discussed at a future SFMTA CAC Finance and Administration Committee meeting.

8. Council Members’ Questions and Comments

Jamison Wieser said that the Market Street Railway annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the IBEW Hall on Fillmore Street.

9. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled

Next regular meeting: April 3, 2008 at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, at 5:30 p.m.

10. Adjournment: 7:44 p.m.

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

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