REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS

PUBLIC HEARING

A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE SPECIAL EVENT BUS FARES

JUNE 22, 2006

 


The Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) held a public hearing in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Thursday, June 22, 2006, at 9:30 a.m., for the purpose of receiving public comment on a proposal to increase special event bus fares.

Directors Present (10): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Martini, Newhouse Segal, Pahre and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

Directors Absent (8): Directors Ammiano, Dufty, Kerns, McGoldrick, Murray, Reilly and Sandoval; Second Vice President Boro

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

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; 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; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Principal Planner Maurice P. Palumbo; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Karen B. Engbretson

Visitors Present: None

     
1. Purpose of Public Hearing
     
 
The public hearing was conducted by President Middlebrook and she announced that the purpose of the public hearing is to receive public comment on a proposal to increase special event bus fares.
     
2. Public Outreach
     
 
District Secretary Janet Tarantino reported that in compliance with District policy, the following forms of public outreach were undertaken by the District:
  a.
a. The Notice was mailed to organizations and individuals on the District’s mailing list;
  b.
Copies of the Notice were posted in various locations on District properties;
  c.
In compliance with Resolution No. 2006-046, adopted May 26, 2006, legal notices of this public hearing were published in the Marin Independent Journal, during the period of May 30, 2006 to June 8, 2006;
  d.
A press release on the public hearing was issued May 26, 2006, and posted to the District’s web site, resulting in several local newspaper articles;
  e.
Display ads were placed in the San Francisco Chronicle (North Bay Edition), the Marin Independent Journal, the Sonoma Index Tribune, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the Commuter Times during the period of June 8, 2006, to June 15, 2006;
  f.
f. The notice and staff reports were posted on the District’s web site and on www.511.org;
  g.
E-mail updates were sent to subscribers on June 2, 2006, and June 20, 2006; and,
  h.
Posters were placed on Golden Gate Transit buses and at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
     
3. Staff Presentation
     
 

At the meeting, General Manager Celia Kupersmith called upon Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire to provide the staff presentation.

Mr. Wire summarized the public hearing staff report (a copy of which is available in the District Secretary’s office and on the District’s web site), outlining the proposal to increase special event bus fares, effective August 1, 2006, for round trip special event bus service to San Francisco 49ers football games at Monster Park in San Francisco from Larkspur, Santa Rosa and the Town of Sonoma.  The Board of Directors, by Resolution No. 2006-046 at its meeting of May 26, 2006, approved setting a public hearing for the purpose of receiving public testimony on the proposal.  Mr. Wire stated that the proposed fare increase is necessary in order to cover the increased cost of providing this special event bus service.  A copy of the report is available in the District Secretary’s office and on the District’s web site.
     
4. Public Comments
     
 
President Middlebrook then opened the hearing to receive public comment, noting that all comments will be entered into the record.  She stated that cards are available for those who desire to speak on the subject and that each person will be given three minutes to express their concerns.
     
  a. Written Comments
     
   

Ms. Tarantino reported that three public comments had been received prior to the public hearing.  She summarized the comments as follows:

   
  1. Two comments expressed opposition to increasing the special event bus fares, noting that the new fares will be too high, and that it could be more economical to drive to San Francisco 49ers football games.
  2. One comment expressed general dissatisfaction with Golden Gate Transit bus service, unrelated to the proposed special event bus fare increase.
   
  b. Oral Comments
     
   

There were no oral comments provided at the public hearing.

     
5. Closing Remarks
     
 

President Middlebrook stated that staff will present its recommendation to the Finance-Auditing Committee at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 13, 2006.  It is anticipated that the Board will take action the following day at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 14, 2006.  Both of these meetings will be held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California.

     
6. Conclusion
     
 
All business having been concluded, the public hearing was closed at 9:35 a.m.
     

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District