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1.   Call to Order

    Chairman Vaughns called the closed session to order at 4:02 p.m.

2.   Roll Call


  • Shirley Breyer Black
  • Wil Din
  • Michael Kasolas
  • James McCray, Jr. - absent at Roll Call
  • Peter Mezey
  • Cleopatra Vaughns

   Also present:

  • Michael T. Burns, Director of Transportation
  • Roberta Boomer, Board Secretary
  • Julia Friedlander, Deputy City Attorney
  • Stuart Sunshine, Deputy Executive Director
  • Vince Harris, Deputy General Manager, Construction
  • Rob Stone, Deputy City Attorney
  • Dennis Tsai, Senior Project Manager
  • Robin Reitzes, Deputy City Attorney
  • Drew Howard, Project Manager

3.   Discussion and vote pursuant to Administrative Code Section 67.11(a) as to whether to conduct a closed session and invoke the attorney-client privilege.

On motion to invoke the attorney-client privilege: unanimously approved (McCray-absent).

CONVENE CLOSED SESSION - Chairman Vaughns called the closed session to order at 4:03 p.m.

Director McCray arrived at 4:04 p.m.

4.   Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 and the Administrative Code Section 67.8 (a) (3), the Municipal Transportation Agency Board will meet in Closed Session to discuss and take action on attorney-client matters in the following case:


Existing Litigation:   

(4.1) Gannett Fleming, Superior Ct. #RG03104587 filed on 7/26/02, for $525,000 (MTA to receive)


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED:   AYES - Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey and Vaughns

5. Pursuant to Government Code Sections 54956.9, and Administrative Code Section 67.8 (a)   (3) the Municipal Transportation Agency Board will meet in closed session to discuss attorney‑client matters in the following case:


Anticipated Litigation:

___ X ___ As defendant __ X ___ As plaintiff

ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION AND RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING - The closed session was adjourned at 4:32 p.m.



1.   Call to Order

Chairman Vaughns called the meeting to order at 4:33 p.m.

2.   Roll Call


  • Shirley Breyer Black
  • Wil Din
  • Michael Kasolas
  • James McCray, Jr.
  • Peter Mezey
  • Cleopatra Vaughns

3.    Announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting.

Chairman Vaughns announced that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at the meeting.   She advised that any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices might be removed from the meeting.

4.   Approval of Minutes

On motion to approve the minutes of the November 16, 2004 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved.     

5.   Communications

     (5.1) Announcement of Closed Session.

Chairman Vaughns announced that the Board met in closed session to discuss Gannett Fleming vs. CCSF with the City Attorney.   The Board voted unanimously to settle the case. The Board also met with the City Attorney to discuss anticipated litigation.   There was no action taken on that matter.

     (5.2) Motion to disclose or not disclose the information discussed in closed session.

On motion to not disclose the information discussed: unanimously approved.

The Board Secretary announced that Item 13, Revising Muni's Schedule of Fees, had been continued to January 4 at the request of staff.

6.   Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members

Director Din provided a list of questions regarding wheelchair lift limitations and requested a response from the department.

     -Update on Traffic Calming and Bicycle 5-year plans

Executive Director Burns reported on the Traffic Calming and Bicycle 5-Year plans.   The Policy Framework for the Bike Plan is undergoing environmental review.   The Traffic Calming and Pedestrian 5-Year Plans are closely tied to the Transportation Authority and will be presented to the Board in the spring.  

Director Kasolas requested that staff provide a memo to the Board on the status of the Traffic Calming and Bicycle plans.   He also requested an update in four months.

7. Executive Director's Report (For discussion only)

    -Special Recognition Award

    -Ongoing Activities

Executive Director Burns stated that he was pleased to present the December Special Recognition award to Tony Tufo who began his career at Muni in 1984 and currently served as a maintenance planner and technical assistant to the Deputy General Manager of Maintenance.   Tony has been responsible for coordinating various projects and programs such as the historic vehicle procurement and rehabilitation and also serves as the liaison to Market Street Railway.    He was instrumental in acquiring the New Jersey vehicles and securing funds for the Geneva Canopy project.   He has been a champion of the historic fleet.   Tony's   "we can do this" attitude has helped him build a strong team building relationship with his co-workers and Market Street Railway.  

Rick Laubscher, President, Market St. Railway, presented the MSR 2004 "Don Chee" award to Tony Tufo.   Chairman Vaughns recognized and commended Mr. Tufo on behalf of the Board.   Mr. Tufo introduced his wife, Linda.

Over 150 school-aged children from the Bayview Hunters Point community gathered to leave their hand imprints and initials in cement as a part of Muni's 3rd Street Light Rail "Creating Community Connections" project.   The "Children's Walk of Fame" event was held on November 17th .   The MTA thanks Mitchell Engineering for their participation in the project.

The MTA had been working with the Fire Department on the development of citywide accessible defibrillators.   Muni has purchased several for placement at all Metro stations and divisions.   Employees would be receiving appropriate training.   Mayor Newsom would be holding a press conference Friday, December 10th at the Powell St. station.

At the San Francisco Municipal Railway Improvement Corporation's annual meeting, the SFMRIC board approved funding for several projects including historic vehicles, the purchase and rehabilitation of street cars and installing a canopy at the Geneva Yard.   SFMRIC funds are restricted to capital projects and are not available for operating costs.  

Staff was continuing to solicit public input on the New Central Subway project.   The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm and will be held at the Pacific Energy Center at 851 Howard Street.

Bond Yee, Director, DPT presented the Collision Report.   The report is a comprehensive evaluation of all traffic collisions and shows a steady and significant decline in injury collisions involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists since 2002.   These results are due to programs implemented by DPT citywide and at specific high-risk intersections and by the efforts of the Police department.

8. Citizen's Advisory Council Report

Dan Murphy, Chairman, CAC, presented several recommendations to the Board regarding the reorganization, budget, and the Golden Gate Concourse garage.   He expressed the appreciation of the CAC to the Executive Director for soliciting their input.   Chairman Vaughns stated that the Board appreciated the CAC's comprehensive and provocative thoughts.

9.   Public Comment

Bob Planthold stated that too many passengers don't trust Muni, don't know the directors and don't understand why service was bad and neglected.   He noted that on some vehicles, the pull cord didn't extend to the front door, which is a safety concern for seniors.   He called the on-time platform announcement system unreliable.   He challenged the MTA to make the public understand why management should keep their jobs when un-repaired, hazardous conditions continue to exist.  

Ellen Murray, a 19-year operator, stated that hidden service cuts were happening due to management directive regarding "not-outs".   The Board should investigate and get statistics on the number of coaches that leave the barn and immediately break down.   She also stated that at the Potrero Division there were a number of ETI buses that were out of service due to unavailable parts.   She commented that selling the ETI warranty meant that it would cost more to fix technical problems.

David Pilpel stated that while the Director of Transportation was eligible for a $7,000 bonus last year, Mr. Burns had chosen to forgo that bonus in light of the budget shortfall.   He thought that fact was something positive that should be called to the attention of the public.   He provided information on historical pay hour statistics that reveals that scheduling efficiency is not as high as it has been in the past.

Barry Taranto acknowledged Ricardo Olea for making it easier for cab drivers to take passengers through city.   Mr. Olea should be honored next month as an unsung hero.   Took care of anti-cruising signs on Mission.    He suggested using PCO's in the evening and during weekends to help make Muni more efficient.   He would like the police to enforce diamond lanes and PCO's to ticket vehicles parked at taxi stands.

Andrew Sullivan, Rescue Muni, commended staff for the reorganization plan.   He recommended that the planning director should report directly to Mr. Burns.   He stated that Rescue Muni didn't support the current plan for Martin Luther King Drive.   It will lead to additional traffic delays.

He commended the Agency for expanding fast-pass sales and suggested other ways to expand the sale of fast passes.

Tom Radulovich, Executive Director, Transportation for a Livable City, stated that they are in agreement with the CAC's recommendations.   He noted that the money in Prop K for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) could help Muni in the future.   He suggested that BRT be considered as a strategic direction for Muni.   He commented that the disadvantage to ending the BART-Muni fast pass will be increased service in the Mission corridor.

Howard Strassner stated that the Sierra Club had endorsed moving forward quickly with the Bus Rapid Transit and Transit Preferential Streets programs.   He suggested that the MTA could re-implement charging for parking meters on Sundays and could extend evening hours for parking in commercial areas.   He also suggested charging a premium for people who enter garages during rush hour and implementing a resident garage impact fee. Muni should investigate long-term solutions such as the sale of air rights.

Alice Mosley spoke in favor of a local environmental impact development fee. This fee would also reduce the toll on residents because it would reduce police, noise, pollution, and medical costs, and would reduce congestion in the downtown area.  



10.   All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Municipal Transportation Agency Board, and will be acted upon by a single vote of the Board.   There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Board or the public so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item.

(10.1) Requesting the Controller to allot funds and to draw warrants against such funds available or will be available in payment of the following claims against the MTA:

A. Sharon Buchanan, Superior Ct. #417501 filed on 2/19/03 for $2,000

B. Progressive Marathon Insurance, Superior Ct. #418387 filed on 3/14/03 for $5,210.85

C. Carrie Lane, Unlitigated Claim #0500264 filed on 7/23/04 for $8,509.65

D. Marlene Palacios, Unlitigated Claim #0500814 filed on 9/7/04 for $10,020.11

E. Winford Morgan, Superior Ct. #431283 filed on 5/12/04 for $15,650

Chairman Vaughns requested that Item 10.1A be severed and continued to the next meeting for discussion.


(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:

A. ESTABLISH - UNMETERED MOTORCYCLE PARKING - Francisco Street, south side, between the driveways of 1567 - 1569 and 1573 - 1575 Francisco Street and Dolores Street, east side, between the driveways of 401 and 405 Dolores Street.

B. ESTABLISH - RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA "Z" (2-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 8 AM - 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) - Sanchez Street, both sides, between 27th and Duncan Streets.

C. ESTABLISH - RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA "W" (2-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 8 AM - 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) - York St, west side, between 19th and 20th Sts and 25th St, both sides, between Kansas and Rhode Island Sts.

D. ESTABLISH - RED (NO PARKING ANYTIME) ZONES -Dolores Street, east side, from 17th Street to12 feet southerly.

E. ESTABLISH - PERPENDICULAR (90-DEGREE ANGLE) PARKING -Anza Street, south side, from Masonic Avenue to 500 feet westerly.

F. ESTABLISH - NO PARKING ANYTIME -Anza Street, south side, at Collins Street along the sidewalk extension.

G. RESCIND - LEFT LANE MUST TURN LEFT -Anza St., eastbound, at Masonic Ave.

H. ESTABLISH - NO TRUCKS OVER 3 TONS, NO TOUR BUSES - Chestnut Street, between Lyon Street and Richardson Avenue; Greenwich Street, between Lyon and Divisadero Streets; Filbert Street, between Divisadero and Lyon Streets; Baker Street, between Richardson Avenue and Union Street; and, Broderick Street, between Richardson Avenue and Union Street.

I. RESCIND - MUNI BUS ZONES and ESTABLISH - WHITE (PASSENGER LOADING) ZONE, 9 AM to 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY - Geary Boulevard, south side, from 315 feet to 264 feet west of Fillmore Street.

J.    ESTABLISH - GREEN (SHORT-TERM PARKING) METERS -Geary Boulevard, south side, between Steiner and Fillmore Streets. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, and resolution.) (DPT)


(10.3) Accepting Contract No. MR- 1174, Muni Metro New Key Stops Phase D; authorizing execution of the final Contract Modification No. 2, to extend the contract to March 29, 2001; reduce the contract amount to $ 1,865,500; and authorize closeout. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and financial plan.) (MUNI)


(10.4) Authorizing the Director of Transportation to accept and expend $212,490 from MTC to perform site preparation work at MUNI facilities necessary for the installation of TransLink equipment. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, and resolution.) (MUNI)


David Pilpel stated that the staff report didn't discuss the long-term operating costs of Translink. He questioned whether the MTA should continue with Phase II if there was a net increase to the MTA's budget.   (Executive Director Burns stated that the MTA was moving forward with implementation as authorized and staff would provide a financial breakdown on the grant application to the speaker.)


On motion to approve the Consent Calendar (Item 10.1 A and 10.4 severed)

ADOPTED:   AYES - Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey and Vaughns




11.   Discussion of FY2005 and 2006 budget and possible policy options. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.)


12. Public Hearing to consider a declaration of fiscal emergency for the Municipal Railway for the 2005 calendar year pursuant to the California Public Resources Code section 21080.32 and California Environmental Quality Act Implementing Guidelines.   (Explanatory documents include a staff report and fiscal analysis.)

Chairman Vaughns requested that the Board Secretary call Items 11 and 12 together.

Executive Director Burns stated that both items were scheduled as public hearings and that the Board wasn't being asked to vote on either item.   He reviewed the specifics of Item 12 first; stressing that item 12 only dealt with the need for environmental review and did not subvert any other approval process required for adjustments to service.   He stated that any future action to adjust service would require a full public process, including public hearings, MTA Board approval and approval by the Board of Supervisors as necessary.    

Mr. Burns stated that, with respect to Item 11, staff would present options for resolving the budget deficit to the board for discussion.   The MTA was facing significant budget shortfalls for the remainder of this fiscal year and for next fiscal year.   In the past, the MTA had been able to deal with shortfalls through fare increase, parking fee and fine increases and staff reductions.   The MTA also relied heavily on one-time measures that are not available to the Agency for the current shortfall.   Health care and retirement program costs have also continued to climb.   Staff is looking for input from the public and the Board of Directors to resolve this problem and bring the budget into balance.  

Alicia Fletcher, Budget Manager presented the public hearing on the declaration of fiscal emergency.   Muni is currently facing a deficit of $9 million in FY2005 and $55 million in FY2006.    This is due primarily to the two failed tax measures, higher than budgeted expenditures, and the failure to implement service reductions.   She stated that the California Public Resources Code provided a definition of "fiscal emergency" and provided a formula for determining if a fiscal emergency existed.   The code also required a public hearing on the declaration and a response to comments made by the public within 30 days of the hearing. A fiscal emergency did not implement changes to fares or service.   Those changes would require a full public process including action by the MTA and review by Board of Supervisors.   A declaration only allows the MTA to implement changes without environmental review.   All one-time cuts and revenue sources have been tapped and ongoing revenue increases have previously been implemented through increases in fixed route fares and parking fees.

Exec. Director Burns added that they are doing everything possible to avoid layoffs.   Last year, staff eliminated approximately 270 positions with over 100 people losing their jobs.   Upon close examination of staffing levels, there is little opportunity to achieve savings through layoffs without sacrificing service.   He is looking to reduce expenses or raise revenues to resolve this deficit, however he couldn't promise that the Agency won't have layoffs going forward.   

Director Mezey suggested that the faster that the MTA was able to make changes, the better the chances that the problem could be solved without layoffs.

Alicia Fletcher presented the FY05 and FY06 budget shortfalls and options to address the deficits.   Staff had identified some policy considerations for discussion and kept in mind the Transit First policy, the need to align service with existing resources, linking increased fares and fees to service safeguards, diversifying revenue sources, and seeking solutions that would have long-term benefits.  

Exec. Director Burns reiterated that the sole purpose of the declaration of fiscal emergency was to negate the need for environmental review.   The declaration did not provide any emergency powers to the Agency or to him to implement any changes without the full public process. He added that staff was not making any recommendation about how to solve the deficit and they remained open to other ideas.

Chairman Vaughns stated that the Board valued and gave serious consideration to the input received from the public.   She also stated that the budget deficit was of a magnitude that would require actions that would hurt, but were necessary to resolve the revenue crisis.


Norman Rolfe urged the Board to raise rates at city-owed garages immediately.   Rates at private garages are much higher than at city-owned garages.    The MTA should also expand the hours during which meters operate, increase parking taxes, fees and fines and provide better enforcement of parking violations.   Staff should also look into the possibility of having a fee that applies to commercial buildings citywide.  

Bill Sisk, President, Local 250-A, stated that TWU was opposed to the fiscal emergency and to comments that reductions in service wouldn't reduce a driver's salary.    He suggested charging .25 cents for a transfer and supports increasing fares and a parcel tax.   TWU also supports an increase in garage rates, parking fines and a local environmental vehicle fee.   TWU won't accept a cut in salary.

Rafael Cabrera stated that the Transit First Policy in Prop E requires a safe and reliable transit system.   He supported increases to the garage rate, parking fees and fines and at parking meters.   He suggested that the MTA look at establishing a transit assessment district.   Downtown should pay for transit since they benefit from the service.  

Stuart Baker, Commuter Check Program, stated that if Muni increased the cost of fast passes; that they increase payment to vendors who sell those passes.   He suggested that BART and Muni consider creating a premium fast pass for riders who use both systems.   People who directly benefit should bear the cost.

Paul Mori stated that he had been working on traffic calming plans for his neighborhood.   Muni is one of the largest traffic violators in their neighborhood with nearly empty 23-line buses that run by his house seven days a week from 5 a.m. until midnight.   In view of the fiscal emergency, he questioned why Muni runs empty buses.   He suggested eliminating service on the 23 line, evaluating other lines where service could be reduced and increasing taxes, fees and fines.   The city should review all routes prior to any increase.

Andrew Sullivan, Rescue Muni, stated that they were concerned about service cuts and fare increases.   They agreed about increases to parking garage fares, fees and fines and suggested that the city should also expand meters and meter hours and increase the parking tax.    Cars should help subsidize public transit.   He suggested that the city consider a "congestion zone" similar to what exists in London and Singapore which could result in significant revenue for Muni and would improve service quality at the same time.   Rescue Muni is opposed to eliminating the Bart Fast pass and charging for transfers.   Both would be bad for riders.

Susan King voiced opposition to cuts in service or increases in fares however she expressed interest in raising fees associated with driving or parking.   She encouraged creative enforcement of parking laws such as installing cameras on buses that would photograph cars that block transit.   She suggested further consideration of how a fare increase would impact lower income people.  

Howard Strassner, Sierra Club, suggested that raising the fast pass less than the daily fare would encourage people to buy and use a fast pass.   He noted that raising parking fees to encourage people to use Muni rather than drive.   With more cars in the city, staff should find out how to increase fees on those vehicles.  

Charles White, Muni Operator, stated that he doesn't like hearing about tax and spend proposals or layoffs.   The problems should be fixed rather than throwing money at a broken system.   Management has lost control of the system at its lowest level.    There is no security or law and order on transit vehicles.   The public willingly gets on vehicles, and refuses to pay which leads to assaults on drivers.   Staff should look at fare evasion to solve the problem.  

Ellen Murray, Muni Operator thought that the packet prepared by staff was aimed at the operators and riders and that the downtown corridor and large developers were left out of the proposal.   Supervisor McGoldrick said that transit provides a huge benefit to downtown corporations so staff should go after them especially since large corporations were let off the hook with the recently failed tax measures. War profiteers such as Bechtel should be taxed.    Level 1 fare increases disproportionately affect minorities.

Sandra Boldridge stated that the 23-line is packed in the Bay View Hunter's Point neighborhood. She was opposed to fare hikes for the disabled and if increased, will pay her fare in pennies.

Barry Taranto didn't think that the basic fare should be raised but staff should charge for transfer.   Other fees should be raised as long as it doesn't hurt business elsewhere or the city in the long run.   The system needs to be made more efficient and staff should look at extending the paratransit broker fee from cab permits.

Herbert Weiner stated that he was flatly opposed to a declaration of fiscal emergency.   The emergency was political and not real.   He spoke about the need to go after uncollected property collections from corporations. He was opposed to hiring part time workers or undercutting full-time worker benefits.   Some grossly incompetent high-salaried managers should be sacked.

David Pilpel referred to his written comments regarding the fiscal emergency.   He called the declaration premature until specific information is provided on the proposed budget solutions.   He requested detailed information about the total fund balance for TIDF and Lease/Leaseback monies.   Providing less service on lines with fewer people without violating policy headways is a good idea as there is more service on the street than current demand.   Now is time to cut service. The MTA shouldn't pursue a fare increase or other tax increase, other than the parking tax, at this time.

Roger Bazeley stated that transportation in San Francisco is a bargain.   He thinks that the Muni fare should be increased to Tier 3 and special passes should be provided for people who can't afford the increase.   $1.75 is not too much for a single trip. Students could handle .50 cents a trip and seniors could handle .75 cents per trip.   Fast pass shouldn't increase.   Muni needs more schedule efficiencies because of the empty buses that run in the middle of the day.   Parking fees and fines should also increase.   Implementing Bus Rapid Transit should increase efficiency.

Tom Radulovich, Transportation for a Livable City, stated that San Francisco was on the back end of an economic boom with fewer people working and taking public transit.   Transportation for a Livable City recommends increasing taxes, fees and fines on cars before service cuts.   They don't think fares should be increased.    

David Tornheim, Central City Progressives, expressed concern about the need for more notification for these hearings.   Staff should get information about these hearings to bus riders.   He is opposed to the fiscal emergency.   Money spent on the Third Street light rail project should be spent on service.   He suggested that staff skip fare increases and service cuts and go for the increases that will affect cars. The Assessor, Mayor and Board of Supervisors should go after big business.   Cutting overtime is also a good idea.

PJ Williams, Muni operator, stated that he appreciated that Mr. Burns came to his division asking for solutions to the budget.   He is opposed to raising fares and thinks that the MTA should focus on collecting fares rather than talking about getting more money out of people.   If there were a security presence on the buses, this wouldn't be a problem.   If staff collected the money that's out there, they wouldn't have half the problem.  

Charles Kalish stated that he has always been stunned that people don't pay their fare.   About 40% of the riders on the Mission line don't pay.   He is shocked that the MTA's aspiration wasn't to provide transit service for free.

Leonard Taylor, Potrero Operator, has been at Muni for 5 years. He doesn't think that Mr. Burns is a problem solver and that operators always get the shaft.   The wrong staff was hired and managers bought the wrong equipment.   Staff should talk to the drivers who make the system run and have to deal with a lot.   Cutting operators will create bad feelings and will only lead to more problems.  

Mike Bernardo, Potrero Operator, agreed with comments made by prior operators.   Nobody prevents fare evaders coming through the back door.   The MTA needs to have more security and needs to collect fares.   People who do pay are tired of subsidizing cheapskates.    

Ishael Martin, Woods Operator, stated that operators have already given up a lot.   Service reductions would affect a lot of riders who heavily use the system.   He has reviewed the various proposals and doesn't know that the MTA could do anything more with the users.   He doesn't know if the employees, who have already given up quite a bit, could give more either.

Alice Mosely spoke about back-door entrances.   There should be more inspections to eliminate back-door fare evaders and to get people in the habit of paying their fare.

Chairman Vaughns closed public comment.

Director Kasolas requested that staff look at transfers and provide information to the Board about savings that could be achieved; look at fare collection and quantify the size of the problem and what they're doing to address it; and get back to the board about the cost to run empty buses.

Director Mezey requested a report on what a 5-10% reduction in managers' salaries would mean.

Director McCray requested staff to meet with the drivers regarding their concerns.   He asked staff to identify the routes with the biggest security problems and report back to the Board.   The report should include actions being taken to mitigate the problems.

Director Kasolas requested that a report on revenue be presented to the MTA on a quarterly basis.  

Chairman Vaughns stated that staff will revisit each item presented and will provide additional analysis on the options at a future meeting.

Exec. Director Burns stated that while Prop E requires the budget to be presented to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors by March 1, anything prepared by that date would be replete with assumptions and guesses.   The City's deadline for other department budgets is June 1, which would give the MTA time to work through issues and allow the MTA budget to be consistent with the City's budget.   Missing the March 1 deadline may violate the Charter but could easily be justified.   Exec. Director Burns will investigate the legal ramifications and will report back to the Board.

Dan Murphy stated that the authors of Prop. E achieved the March 1 deadline by working back from the Mayor and Board of Supervisor's deadlines.   They felt that the March 1 date would leave room for discussion and action if the Board of Supervisors voted to reject the MTA's budget, leaving Muni without funding in the interim. Exec. Director Burns stated that there is a provision in Prop. E that guaranteed funding for the Agency if that happened.

Chairman Vaughns stated that extending the deadline would afford staff an opportunity to investigate and analyze suggestions received by the public and the Board.

13. Revising the Schedule of Fees for use of Muni's vehicles and facilities for excursions and film shoots, and for the rental of the Cable Car barn and museum which shall take effect on January 15, 2005.   (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and fee schedule.)

This item was continued to the January 4 meeting at the request of staff.

14. Authorizing the Director of Transportation to terminate Contract No. MR-1182R, Muni Metro East Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance and Operations Facility Project, with McCarthy Building Companies, for the City's convenience; negotiate a termination agreement with McCarthy; execute an agreement accepting the assignment of any subcontractor or sub consultant of McCarthy; reject those bids received by McCarthy on the trade subcontracts that the Director deems appropriate; and revise and issue plans and specifications to re-bid the work under the traditional project delivery method. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, and resolution.)

No public comment.

Chairman Vaughns requested that the resolution be amended to protect existing consultants and sub consultants, specifically, Butler Enterprise in association with Railcar Quality Service and R.W. Dotson Management Consulting as the DBE technical assistance program.


On motion to approve as amended:

ADOPTED:   AYES - Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey and Vaughns

15. Authorizing the Director of Transportation and the Director of Property to negotiate and enter into a lease with One South Associates, for office space on the third floor of the building at One South Van Ness Avenue, including a potential exercise of the option to purchase the property.   (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and term sheet.)


David Pilpel expressed support for the lease but thinks that given the fiscal situation, people shouldn't be moved if they are currently located at city-owned property.  


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED:   AYES - Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey and Vaughns


16. Authorizing the award of Department of Public Works Contract No. 0777J: Potrero Avenue Traffic Signal Upgrade, to St. Francis Electric, as the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, for a total contract amount of $1,202,896.20 (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and financial plan.)

No public comment.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED:   AYES - Black, Din, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey and Vaughns

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.

Roberta Boomer

Board Secretary

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