14-2006


GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

 

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

AUGUST 25, 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, August 25, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., President Middlebrook presiding.
     

ROLL CALL

     
 

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

Directors Absent (3):  Directors Ammiano, Kerns 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; Director of Risk Management and Safety William L. Stafford; Marketing and Communications Director Kellee Hopper; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Bridge Captain Michael Locati

Visitors Present:  Jerry Grace, Oakland resident
     
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
     
  Director Newhouse Segal led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
     
PUBLIC COMMENT
     
 
Jerry Grace requested that the Memorandum of Minutes (Minutes) of the Board of Directors meeting of August 11, 2006, be amended to more accurately reflect his remarks during the Public Comment period.  In addition to the statement included in the August 11, 2006 Minutes, he requested that the Minutes be amended to include the following verbiage:  “In order for the public to attend any future offsite meetings in Santa Rosa, the time of the meeting should better reflect the Golden Gate Transit bus schedule.”
     
CONSENT CALENDAR
     
 
Directors MOYLAN/BORO moved approval of the Consent Calendar, including the amendment as requested by the public speaker, Jerry Grace, as stated above.  All items were approved by the following vote of the Board of Directors:
     
 
AYES (16):     Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (3): Directors Ammiano, Kerns and Sandoval
     
1.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of August 11, 2006

Carried

     
2. Denial of Claims
     
  a.

a. Subrogation Claim of Mercury Casualty Company
(Insured: Toni Goodrich)

Carried

  b.

Amended Claim of Cindy Mitchell

Carried

  c. Amended Claim of Peaches Scott

Carried

  d. Amended Claim of Ariann Jessica Reyna

Carried

     
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
     
3.
General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith reported that all items contained in the General Manager’s Report were informational.
     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
     
4.
Attorney David Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report were informational.  Mr. Miller also reported that a closed session would be held just prior to the conclusion of the meeting to discuss a matter of pending workers’ compensation litigation listed on the agenda as Item No. 6.B.1.a., Christine Kislowski vs. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.  

Mr. Miller noted that, with regard to Item Nos. 6.B.1.b., Labor Coalition Negotiations and 6.B.2., Approve Actions Relative to Various Memoranda of Understanding with Employee Bargaining Units Whose Contracts Expire on 6/30/06 and to Non-Represented Employees (Exclusive of the Officers of the District) Regarding Salary, Health and Welfare Benefits and Other Terms and Conditions Related to District Employment, the various unions have not yet ratified the offer presented to the Union Coalition by the Advisory Committee for Labor Relations.  He further reported that this matter will be continued, and if an agreement is reached, it will be presented to the Board of Directors for action at its meeting of September 8, 2006.

     
ENGINEER’S REPORT
     
5.
District Engineer Denis Mulligan reported that all items contained in the Engineer’s Report were informational.
     
REPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF AUGUST 4, 2006
     
6.
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 August 11, 2006.
     
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF AUGUST 11, 2006
     
7.
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 August 11, 2006.
     
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF  AUGUST 24, 2006
     
8.
Authorize a Budget Increase in the Bus and Ferry Divisions’ Operating Budget for FY 06/07 Relative to State Operating Assistance Income
     
 
Directors STROEH/MARTINI
Resolution No. 2006-068
authorizes a budget increase in the Bus and Ferry Divisions’ Operating Budget for FY 06/07 relative to State Operating Assistance income as a result of an increase in funding to transit operators, as follows:
   

a.   Increase in the FY 06/07 Bus Division Operating Budget in the amount of $2,194,096; and

b.   Increase in the FY 06/07 Ferry Division Operating Budget in the amount of $301,357.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (16):     Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (3): Directors Ammiano, Kerns and Sandoval
     
REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF AUGUST 25, 2006
     
9.
Authorize Execution of a Memorandum of Agreement with the City of Novato Redevelopment Agency Relative to the Novato Bus Facility
     
 

Directors EDDIE/MARTINI

Resolution No. 2006-069 authorizes execution of a Memorandum of Agreement with the City of Novato Redevelopment Agency (Redevelopment Agency) for the purpose of allowing the Redevelopment Agency staff to develop a feasibility plan for the potential relocation and redevelopment of the District’s Novato Bus Facility, with the understanding that all costs associated with any study and/or preparation of reports will be borne by the Redevelopment Agency.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (16):     Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (3): Directors Ammiano, Kerns and Sandoval
     
10.
Authorize Execution of a License Agreement with American Tower, L.P., for Use of the Mt. Tamalpais Communications Site
     
 

Directors EDDIE/HERNÁNDEZ

Resolution No. 2006-070 authorizes execution of a License Agreement with American Tower, L.P., for the use of operating the District’s radio communications equipment at the Mt. Tamalpais site, for five years, in the amount of $36,000 for the first year, with three (3) five-year options, to include 4% annual increases for the initial five-year term and all options, automatically renewed unless terminated by either party, with the understanding that requisite funds for the first year of the License Agreement are available in the Bridge Division Operating Budget for FY 06/07 and that funds for the remaining fiscal years of the License Agreement will be included in the Bridge Division Operating Budget.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (16):     Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (3): Directors Ammiano, Kerns and Sandoval
     
11. Approve Actions Relative to Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 2007-D-1, Exterior Bus Advertising Services
     
 

Directors BORO/MARTINI

Resolution No. 2006-071 approves actions relative to RFP No. 2007-D-1, Exterior Bus Advertising Services, as follows:
     
  a. Reject all proposals for RFP No. 2007-D-1; and,
  b.

Authorize staff to re-advertise the RFP, by revising the RFP to include an additional alternative compensation cost proposal to afford the District the maximum revenue that may be generated by advertising on the exterior of its buses.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (16):     Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (3): Directors Ammiano, Kerns and Sandoval
     
CLOSED SESSION
     
12. Attorney’s Report
     
 

Attorney David Miller, at the request of President Middlebrook, stated that the Board of Directors would convene in closed session to discuss a matter of pending workers’ compensation litigation listed on the agenda as Item No. 6.B.1.a., Christine Kislowski vs. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District).

After closed session, President Middlebrook called the meeting to order in open session with a quorum present.  Attorney Miller reported that the Board of Directors met in closed session, as permitted by the Brown Act, to hear a report and a recommendation from the Finance-Auditing Committee with regard to the case of Christine Kislowski vs. District, a workers’ compensation claim.  He stated that the Board unanimously provided settlement authority for disposition of this matter.
     
MEETING IN RECESS
     
13.A.

President Middlebrook requested that the Board of Directors approve a motion to recess the meeting of the Board of Directors in order to accommodate the late arrival of former Director Leah Shahum, for presentation of the Board-approved Resolution of Appreciation in recognition of her outstanding and dedicated service while serving as a member of Bridge District Board of Directors.

Directors EDDIE/MARTINI moved approval to recess the meeting of the Board of Directors until the arrival of former Director Leah Shahum for the reason stated above.

Carried

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

Upon the arrival of former Director Leah Shahum, shortly after the Board’s approval to recess, President Middlebrook asked Ms. Shahum to come forward to the front of the room for presentation of her award.

President Middlebrook presented the framed Resolution of Appreciation and the commemorative Golden Gate Bridge bookends to Ms. Shahum.  President Middlebrook took a moment to express to Ms. Shahum the Board’s gratitude and appreciation for her dedicated service on the Bridge Board.  President Middlebrook especially thanked her for the many hours Ms. Shahum spent on preparing herself for the various standing Committee and Board meetings.  Finally, the President thanked Ms. Shahum for the thoughtful questions she raised at the various meetings about important financial and contractual matters that faced the Bridge District Board of Directors, providing her colleagues with valuable knowledge when casting a crucial vote.

Ms. Shahum thanked the Board of Directors for the recognition and expressed her appreciation for the support afforded her by the Board members and District staff.  In closing, she stated that the Bridge Board will be one of her most treasured appointments, that the Bridge staff is an outstanding team of professionals and that the Bridge District employees are a great group of individuals dedicated to their jobs.
     

ADJOURNMENT

     
14. All business having been concluded, the meeting, including the recess, was adjourned at 10:40 a.m.
     

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District