15-2005

                                                                                                                                                      

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

AUGUST 12, 2005

 

The Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) met in regular session in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Friday, August 12, 2005, at 10:10 a.m., President Middlebrook presiding.

 

ROLL CALL

   
 

Directors Present (13): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

 

Directors Absent (5):  Directors Ammiano, Dufty, Pahre, Sandoval and Shahum

[Note:   On this date, there was one vacancy on the Board of Directors.]

 

Staff Present: Acting General Manager and District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; Attorney Patrick Miyaki; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Planning Director Alan R. Zahradnik; Budget and Program Analysis Manager Jennifer Mennucci; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Assistant Clerk of the Board Karen B. Engbretson

 

Visitors Present: Tom Harrison, Heather Tarantino and Ruth Delutis
   

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

   
  Director Sabrina Hernández led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
   

PUBLIC COMMENT

   
 

There was no public comment.

   

CONSENT CALENDAR

   
 

Directors EDDIE/MOYLAN moved approval of the Consent Calendar.  All items were approved by the following vote of the Board of Directors:

AYES (12):  Directors Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

NOES (0):    None

ABSENT (6):  Directors Ammiano, Brown, Dufty, Pahre, Sandoval and Shahum
   
1.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of July 22, 2005

Carried

   
2.

Denial of Claims

 

1. Subrogation Claim of Progressive Insurance Company

(Insured: Kathleen Merrill)

Carried

2. Claim of Tony Leong/Safeco Electrical Supply Company

Carried

3. Amended Subrogation Claim of Allstate Insurance Company

(Insured: Bopha Sam)

Carried

   
3.

Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller

Resolution No. 2005-071 (Finance-Auditing Committee, July 21, 2005) ratifies actions taken by the Auditor-Controller, as follows:

a. Ratify commitments and/or expenditures totaling $52,496.49;

b. Ratify investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period June 14, 2005 through July 11, 2005, as follows;

Security Purchase Date Maturity Date Original Cost Percent Yield
Yorktown Cap. Corp. Comm. Paper 06/30/05 07/29/05 7,765,430.30 3.28
Morgan Stanley DW Comm. Paper 06/20/05 07/21/05 6,004,201.41 3.24

c. Authorize the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board, investments maturing between July 12, 2005, and August 15, 2005, as well as the investment of all other funds not required to cover expenditures that may become available; and,

d. Accept the Investment Report for June 2005 prepared by Public Financial Management.

Adopted

   

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

   
4.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award for August 2005 to Tom Burchell, Senior Steel Inspector, District Division

President Maureen Middlebrook presented the Employee of the Month Award for August 2005 to Tom Burchell, Senior Steel Inspector, District Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

   
5.

Announcement

 

Acting General Manager Denis Mulligan announced that on August 29, 2005, a press conference will be held at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to launch a 30-day security-related pilot project to test ferry passenger screening technologies.  He stated that the project, entitled Secure Automated Inspection Lanes (SAIL), is a joint effort by the Transportation Security Administration, the United States Coast Guard, and the Ferry Division of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

Director Reilly inquired as to how the District was chosen to participate in this event out of the various ferry system operations nationwide.  In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that Golden Gate Ferry was selected because of the reputation of Deputy General Manager/Ferry Division James P. Swindler in the ferry transit industry and the reputation of the District’s ferry transit operations, in addition to the fact that the Larkspur Ferry Terminal has a paid waiting area for boarding passengers.
   

ATTORNEY’S REPORT

   
6. Attorney Miyaki reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report were informational.
   
ENGINEER’S REPORT
   
7. No written report was presented by District Engineer Denis Mulligan.  A written report is presented to the Board of Directors by the District Engineer at the second Board meeting of the month.
   

REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF JULY 21, 2005

   
8. All items contained in this report are informational, as the item requiring Board action was acted upon by the Board of Directors at their meeting of July 22, 2005.
   
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF JULY 21, 2005
   
9. All Non-Consent Calendar items contained in this report are informational, as the items requiring Board action were acted upon by the Board of Directors at its meeting of July 22, 2005.
   
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF AUGUST 12, 2005
   
10.

Authorize the Setting of a Public Hearing Relative to a Regional Bus and Ferry Fare Restructure Program

 

Directors STROEH/BROWN

Resolution No. 2005-072 authorizes the setting of a public hearing on Thursday, September 22, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board Room, Administration Building, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, to receive public comment on a proposal for implementation of a regional bus and ferry fare restructure program, consisting of the following changes to the current fare ordinance:

  • Consolidate regional bus fare zones 7 and 9 with zone 2; and consolidate regional bus fare zone 8 with zone 3.  Eliminate zones 7, 8, and 9 from the regional bus fare matrix.
  • Remove local Marin County bus fares from the regional zone fare matrix and establish a separate fare table for local Marin bus travel.
  • Remove local East Bay and inter-county East Bay bus fares from the regional fare zone matrix and establish a separate table for East Bay bus travel.  Set the inter-county bus fare from the East Bay to all points in the District’s service area at the current zone 10 to zone 3 fare.  Eliminate zone 10 from the regional bus fare matrix.
  • Redefine the ferry youth fare category from ages 6 through 12, to ages 6 through 18, to be consistent with the current bus youth fare category definition.
  • Increase the discount for the regional bus and ferry youth fare category to 50% of the adult cash fare from the current 25% to be consistent with discounts provided to seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Eliminate the weekend ferry family fare plan category.
  • Eliminate the ferry children and senior group fare categories.
  • Establish TranslinkP® as the Golden Gate Transit bus and Golden Gate Ferry regional fare card to eventually replace Bus Ride Value Tickets and Ferry Frequent Rider Tickets, expand the convenience of pre-paid fares to youths, seniors and persons with disabilities, and offer automatic fare collection to all District regional transit customers.

Adopted

AYES (13):        Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

NOES (0):         None

ABSENT (5):    Directors Ammiano, Dufty, Pahre, Sandoval and Shahu
   
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Authorize an Increase in the Youth Discount from 25% to 50% of the Adult Cash Fare for Local Marin County Travel on Golden Gate Transit Bus Routes

 

Directors STROEH/BROWN

Ordinance No. 2005-03 authorizes an increase in the youth discount from 25% to 50% of the adult cash fare for local Marin County travel on Golden Gate Transit bus routes, resulting in a change in the youth fare from $1.50 to $1.00 per ride, effective August 22, 2005.

Adopted

AYES (13):        Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

NOES (0):         None

ABSENT (5):    Directors Ammiano, Dufty, Pahre, Sandoval and Shahu
   
12.

Authorize Execution of Amendments to the Marin County Transit District Agreement to Include the Addition of Local Bus Routes 117, 123. & 127 and Elimination of Local Bus Route 132

 

Directors STROEH/MOYLAN

Resolution No. 2005-073 authorizes execution of amendments to the Agreement between the District and Marin County Transit District (MCTD) for intra-county public bus transit service to transfer the responsibilities for Routes 117, 123 and 127 to MCTD and to eliminate Route 132 from the list of MCTD local bus routes operated by Golden Gate Transit, effective with the start of the upcoming 2005/2006 school year in late August 2005, and with the September 11, 2005, quarterly bus schedule sign-up.

Adopted

AYES (13):        Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

NOES (0):         None

ABSENT (5):    Directors Ammiano, Dufty, Pahre, Sandoval and Shahu
   
REPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF AUGUST 5, 2005
   
13. All items contained in this report are informational.
   

ADDRESSES TO THE BOARD

   
14.

Director Martini, who was a participant in the San Francisco Marathon, expressed his gratitude to staff for their efforts to ensure that the runners/walkers were safe as they proceeded across the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the more prominent routes of the Marathon.

Director Brown stated that the public hearing held on Thursday, August 11, 2005, beginning at 5:00 p.m., at The Whistlestop in San Rafael, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposal to eliminate Golden Gate Transit Regional Commute Shuttle Bus Routes 32 and 34, was very successful, with 20 members of the public providing testimony.  In addition, Director Brown, on behalf of the Board of Directors, expressed his gratitude to Customer Service Representative Glen Woods for the excellent job of translating on behalf of Spanish-speaking attendees.
   

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

   
15.

Presentation to Tom Harrison in Honor of First Vice President Maryanne P. Harrison

President Middlebrook expressed the Board of Directors’ sincere appreciation to Tom Harrison and daughter Heather, on behalf of the late First Vice President Maryanne P. Harrison, for her dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the District.  Of note, President Middlebrook acknowledged Director Harrison’s special attributes, including her exceptional preparation for all matters brought forward to the Committee and Board of Directors meetings, her active participation at transit-related conferences, the unique style and grace she brought to the Board, and, especially, her infinite love for the Golden Gate Bridge structure, as well as the love she had for the Directors, staff and employees.  President Middlebrook presented to Tom and Heather a framed Resolution of Appreciation and a framed photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge, including a brass plate with the engraving, “Honorary President of the Board of Directors.”

Tom Harrison expressed his gratitude to the Board of Directors, stating that Director Harrison had been delighted to be a member of this distinguished Board of Directors and oftentimes visited the District Divisions where she would not only tour the facilities to receive an update on its activities, but would take the time to talk with individual employees, expressing her appreciation for their fine and proficient work performance.
   

ADJOURNMENT

   
16. All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m., in the memory of William R. Seeger, May Murray and Neal Hickey

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino

Secretary of the District