03-2006



GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

FEBRUARY 24, 2006


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, February 24, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., President Middlebrook presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (16): Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

Directors Absent (3):  Directors Brown, Dufty and Sandoval

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; Attorney David J. Miller; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary H. Witt; Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Susan C. Chiaroni; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Division James P. Swindler; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Security and Emergency Management Specialist Lisa J. Locati; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Captain Locati; Lieutenant Brown

Visitors Present:  Mel Blaustein, Sandy Bacon, John Hines, Mary Zablotny, Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California; Robert M. Guernsey, Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge; Chris Clavin, University of California, Berkeley student; Eve Meyer, San Francisco Suicide Prevention; Bob Brockob and Patrick Hines, San Francisco residents; Dave Hull, Oakland resident; Major Lance Ludwick, Commander of the United States Park Police, San Francisco Office

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Director James C. Eddie led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

PUBLIC COMMENT

President Middlebrook announced that the Bridge Barrier Projects Advisory Committee met just prior to this meeting of the Board of Directors and reached consensus on a recommendation to proceed in an incremental fashion with the environmental studies and preliminary design work related to the development of a Physical Suicide Deterrent System on the Golden Gate Bridge, with a further recommendation to proceed with the first phase of a Physical Suicide Deterrent System project.  President Middlebrook further stated that this recommendation will be presented to the full Board of Directors for its consideration at its meeting of March 10, 2006.

The following members of the public expressed their support for a physical suicide deterrent system on the Golden Gate Bridge, including their support for expediting the studies for such a system:

  1. Dr. Mel Blaustein, Medical Director of Psychiatry at St. Francis Memorial Hospital and Chairman of the Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California;
  2. Sandy Bacon, Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California;
  3. Robert M. Guernsey, Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge;
  4. John Kevin Hines, Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California (Golden Gate Bridge suicide survivor);
  5. Patrick Kevin Hines, father of John Kevin Hines;
  6. Mary Zablotny, mother of suicide victim Jonathan Zablotny;
  7. Bob Brockob, a San Francisco resident;
  8. Dave Hull, father of suicide victim and Oakland resident; and,
  9. Eve Meyer, Executive Director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention, Inc.

The following individual described a research project currently underway by a group of civil engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, regarding a life cycle cost analysis of a physical suicide deterrent system on the Golden Gate Bridge:

  1. Chris Clavin, University of California, Berkeley student

CONSENT CALENDAR

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

AYES (16):   Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):    None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown, Dufty and Sandoval

     
1. Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of February 10, 2006
     
2.

Denial of Claims

Carried

     
  a.

Indemnity Claim of Stanley David Groth

Carried

  b.

Subrogation Claim of Allstate Insurance Company

(Insured: Francis Kernan)

Carried

     
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
     
3.
Approve Actions Relative to a Petition from International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 856 for Recognition of an Employee Unit Comprised of Ferry Operations Supervisors
     
 

Celia Kupersmith reported that the District had received a petition for recognition of an employee unit comprised of Ferry Operations Supervisors to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 856. Ms. Kupersmith stated that the Ferry Operations Supervisors seek to become part of the current Transportation Supervisor unit. She also stated that having reviewed the petition from International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 856, she is satisfied that the combined supervisor unit in question is an appropriate one for bargaining purposes. She further stated that there is an adequate showing of interest for the petition by the members of the Ferry Operations Supervisors employee unit. She recommended that the Board of Directors ratify the determination that the Ferry Operations Supervisors constitute an appropriate bargaining unit and authorize that a secret ballot election be conducted by the State Conciliation Service, in keeping with customary practice at the District.

Directors BORO/KERNS
Resolution No. 2006-013 approves actions relative to a petition from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 856, for recognition of an employee unit comprised of Ferry Operations Supervisors, as follows:

  a.
Ratify the General Manager’s determination as appropriate for collective bargaining, a combined unit of Ferry Division and Bus Division Supervisors; and,
  b.

Authorize a secret ballot election to be conducted by the State Conciliation Service to determine whether or not Ferry Operations Supervisors desire to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 856, in the combined unit.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (16):   Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):     None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown, Dufty and Sandoval
     
4. Legislative Trip to Washington, D.C.
     
 
General Manager Celia Kupersmith reported that during the week of February 27, 2006, a delegation of District staff and Board members will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and articulate the District’s need for federal funding for various District projects, including the Moveable Median Barrier project.
     
5. Presentation of Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Robert Paine, Bus Mechanic, Bus Division
     
 
President Middlebrook presented a Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Robert Paine, Bus Mechanic, Bus Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
     
6. Presentation of Twenty Year Service Award to Luis Martinez, Bus Operator, Bus Division
     
  President Middlebrook presented a Twenty Year Service Award to Luis Martinez, Bus Operator, Bus Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
     
7. Presentation of Employee of the Month Award for February 2006 to Bill Owens, Ironworker, Bridge Division
     
 
President Middlebrook presented the Employee of the Month Award for February 2006 to Bill Owens, Ironworker, Bridge Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
     
8.
Attorney Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report were informational.
     

ENGINEER’S REPORT

     
9.
District Engineer Denis Mulligan reported that all items contained in the Engineer’s Report were informational.
     
REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF FEBRUARY 23, 2006
     
10. Approve Actions Relative to the Award of Contract No. 2006-B-10, Golden Gate Bridge North Approach and Side Span Physical Security Improvements, to Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
     
 

Directors BORO/KERNS

Resolution No. 2006-014 approves the following actions relative to Contract No. 2006-B-10, Golden Gate Bridge North Approach & Side Span Physical Security Improvements:
  a. Authorize award of contract to Ghilotti Bros., Inc., in the amount of $2,146,213;
  b. Authorize a contingency fund in the amount of $215,000, equal to 10% of the contract award; and,
  c.

Authorize a budget transfer from the FY 05/06 Bridge Division Capital Budget – Access Platforms Project to the FY 05/06 Bridge Division Capital Budget –Physical Security Improvements Project, in the amount of $985,000, as concurred with by the Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of February 23, 2006.

Adopted

     
 

AYES (16):    Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):     None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown, Dufty and Sandoval

[Note: It was determined that there was no need to hold a closed session relative to the above-listed item.]

     
11.
Authorize Execution of a Professional Services Agreement Relative to RFP No. 2006-BT-3, Bus Facilities Underground Storage Tanks Investigation and Mitigation Services, with PES Environmental, Inc.
     
 

Directors EDDIE/MURRAY

Resolution No. 2006-015 authorizes execution of a Professional Services Agreement relative to RFP No. 2006-BT-3, Bus Facilities Underground Storage Tanks Investigation and Mitigation Services, with PES Environmental, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $800,000, to provide professional environmental investigation and mitigation services for the underground storage tank remediation work at the District’s Novato Bus Facility, San Rafael Bus Facility and Santa Rosa Bus Facility; and, establish a contingency for this Agreement in the amount of $80,000; with the understanding that requisite funds (100% District) are available in the FY 05/06 District Division Operating Budget/Engineering Department.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (16):    Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):    None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown, Dufty and Sandoval
     
REPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF FEBRUARY 9, 2006
     
12. All items contained in this report are informational.
     
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF FEBRUARY 9, 2006
     
13.
All items contained in this report are informational, as the items requiring Board action were acted upon by the Board of Directors at their meeting of February 10, 2006.
     
REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF FEBRUARY 10, 2006
     
14.
All items contained in this report are informational, as the items requiring Board action were acted upon by the Board of Directors at their meeting of February 10, 2006.
     
SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
     
15.
Ratify Appointment by the President of the Board of Directors of Individuals to Represent the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on Other Boards
     
 

Directors Stroeh/Martini
Resolution No. 2006-016 ratifies the following appointments by the President of the Board of Directors to represent the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on other Boards, as listed below; with the understanding that these appointments are subject to review by the Board of Directors no later than March 1, 2008, in accordance with the Rules of the Board:

Golden Gate Transit Amalgamated Retirement Board

(3 Seats)

Directors Boro, Kerns and Moylan

San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority

(1 Seat)

Director Boro

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District

(2 Seats)

Directors Eddie and Pahre

Adopted

     
  AYES (16):   Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):     None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown, Dufty and Sandoval
     

16.

Authorize a Resolution of Appreciation to Major Lance Ludwick, Commander of the United States Park Police, San Francisco Field Office, in Recognition of his Commitment to Golden Gate Bridge Security
     
 

Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary H. Witt introduced Major Lance Ludwick, noting that the United States Park Police is the oldest uniformed law enforcement agency in the United States, formed in 1791. Mr. Witt described the outstanding contributions of Major Lance Ludwick and the United States Park Police to the security of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Major Lance Ludwick expressed his gratitude for being honored with a Resolution of Appreciation and for the opportunity to work with Kary Witt and the rest of staff of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. In closing, he related a story told by his father, who had served in the United States Navy during World War II on Navy vessels in the Pacific Islands. His father always told him that when he and his fellow veterans returned home, sailing into San Francisco Bay, “the first thing they saw was the Golden Gate Bridge and they knew they were safe, alive and that they were home.” Major Ludwick further stated although in New York, the Statue of Liberty welcomes immigrants into the country, the Golden Gate Bridge welcomed its veterans home from war, which meant so much to his father. He stated that it was an absolute honor to have been involved with the Golden Gate Bridge these past few years.

Directors EDDIE/BORO
Resolution No. 2006-017
authorizes a Resolution of Appreciation to Major Lance Ludwick, Commander of the United States Park Police, San Francisco Field Office, in recognition of his commitment to Golden Gate Bridge Security.

Adopted

     
  AYES (16):   Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):    None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown, Dufty and Sandoval
     
ADJOURNMENT
     
17.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m., in the memory of Bruce Frigard, James D. Mahoney and Lea Ridondelli.
     

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District