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A meeting of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Municipal Railway Improvement Corporation was held on February 26, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. The meeting was held at 401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 334, San Francisco, California.

The following Directors were present at the meeting:

  • Mr. James L. Ludwig, President of the Board
  • Mr. Michael J. Moylan
  • Mr. Rudy Nothenberg
  • Mr. Joseph Ozan

Director Lily J. Cuneo was not present.

Also present at the meeting were the following individuals:

  • Thomas C. Escher, President and Owner, Red and White Fleet
  • Nancy C. Lenvin, Partner, Browning, Wholey & Lenvin
  • Jose Cisneros, Deputy General Manager, Capital Projects & Legislative Affairs, San Francisco Municipal Railway
  • Audrey Rice-Oliver, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, MTA
  • Ann Carey, Financial Manager, San Francisco Municipal Railway
  • Erika Crowder, Executive Secretary, San Francisco Municipal Railway
  • Scott Emblidge, Partner, Moscone, Emblidge & Quadra
  • Douglas Wright, Principal, Douglas Wright Consulting
  • Norman Rolfe, member of the public

1. Call to order

Board President James J. Ludwig, having determined that a quorum was present, called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m. Mr. Ludwig requested that agenda items 5 (nominations for new Board members) and 4 (election of officers) be considered before item 2 (public comment). Members of the Board concurred. Mr. Ludwig also noted that Mrs. Cuneo had expressed an interest in continuing to serve on the Board; the issue will be revisited at the next meeting.

2. Nominations for new Board members

Mr. Ludwig introduced the two prospective new Board members, Nancy C. Lenvin, attorney at law and a Partner with Browning, Wholey & Lenvin, and Thomas C. Escher, President and owner of the Red and White Fleet. Mr. Ludwig provided a brief summary of each candidate's background and experience with the city and in the private sector. Ms. Lenvin provided a copy of her resume and Mr. Escher provided a copy of his biography, and both candidates described their interest in serving on the SFMRIC Board.

After a brief discussion, the Board agreed to forward the names of the nominees to Mr. Michael Burns, Director of Transportation, for his consideration, with a recommendation that he appoint both of them to vacant positions on the SFMRIC Board.

3. Election of officers

Mr. Nothenberg moved to continue this item to the next Board meeting, noting that with the approval of the nominees by the Director of Transportation, the new members would be eligible to vote. Mr. Ludwig and the Board members concurred.

4. Public comment

Mr. Norman Rolfe inquired how the nominees were identified. Mr. Ludwig referred Mr. Rolfe to the December 4, 2002, meeting minutes, which describe the process that was followed. Mr. Rolfe was provided copies of the nominees' qualifications. Mr. Ludwig requested that meeting attendees contact Mr. Scott Emblidge, SFMRIC legal counsel, for additional information regarding the nominees.

Mr. Rolfe requested a copy of the FY02 audit referred to in the December 4, 2002, meeting minutes.

5. Approval of minutes of the Board meeting of December 4, 2002

The minutes of the December 4, 2002, Board meeting were approved as submitted.

6. Presentation by Legal Counsel on Board finances

Mr. Ludwig noted that the trustee had made the investments as instructed by the Board. He then requested that payment be made to the former legal counsel's widow, Mrs. Arnaud, for the legal services rendered by her late husband. Mr. Ozan concurred that all outstanding invoices should be included in the final payment to Mrs. Arnaud. The Board approved making final payment to Mrs. Arnaud. The Board agreed to discuss any additional financial matters at its next meeting.

7. Presentation by Douglas Wright Consulting regarding the Kirkland economic evaluation and land use study and MTA request for contract amendment

Mr. Jose Cisneros, Deputy General Manager, Capital Planning & Legislative Affairs, gave a brief overview of the project. He explained Muni's request for a contract amendment to allow the consultant to review additional alternative uses for the Kirkland site.

Mr. Douglas Wright, principal of Douglas Wright Consulting, provided an overview of the study and described the additional mixed use alternative to be examined. Ms. Lenvin expressed an opinion that there may be greater value in retaining the property, and questioned whether the study should look at retention as well as disposal. She noted that there is a trade-off between one-time revenue from outright sale versus continuous income from retention and development. The Board discussed development options, and suggested the study look at possible impacts on the neighborhood, businesses, and on Muni financially.

Mr. Cisneros explained Muni's need for capital funds to support acquisition of replacement property for the new Metro East facility, and Muni's interest in deriving capital funding from the disposal of the Kirkland site. Mr. Ludwig expressed his concern with an outright sale of the property, but noted that it had considerable value and was not currently enhancing the neighborhood.

Mr. Rolfe inquired whether he could obtain a copy of the report. Mr. Wright explained that a draft is being prepared for submission to the MTA, at which time it will be made available. Mr. Rolfe asked whether the report would consider impacts on Muni's operating costs from changes such as deadheading to the new facility, schedule changes, and relocation costs, which would partially offset income from the property's sale. Mr. Nothenberg clarified that Muni had already looked at service impacts when it initially considered whether to close the Kirkland Yard.

The Board approved an amendment to the agreement for consulting services with Douglas Wright Consulting and Bay Area Economics, in the amount of $12,400, to examine an additional alternative use of the Kirkland site.

8. Other business

Mr. Ludwig noted that questions on the status of the development of the Mission-Steuart project can be answered by Mr. Chip Conley, of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, one of the project partners. Mr. Cisneros advised that a contract is in place with Joie de Vivre Hospitality.

9. Next Board meeting

The members agreed tentatively to set the next Board meeting date for May 21, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Emblidge was instructed to confirm members' availability to ensure a quorum is available.

10. Adjournment

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

Recorded by:

Erika L. Crowder
Executive Secretary

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