05-2007


GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MARCH 9, 2007


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, March 9, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., Acting President Boro presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President and Acting President Boro

Directors Absent (4): Directors Dufty, Kerns and McGoldrick; President Moylan

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; Marketing and Communications Director Kellee Hopper; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Karen B. Engbretson; Captain Michael Locati

Visitors Present: Jerry Grace, Berkeley resident

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

Jerry Grace expressed his intention to attend the Board of Directors meetings on a regular basis and informed the Board of his upcoming birthday on March 19, 2007.

CONSENT CALENDAR

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

AYES (14): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Dufty, Kerns, McGoldrick and Sandoval; President Moylan

       
1. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings:
       
  a.
Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole of February 22, 2007;
  b.
Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee/Committee of the Whole of February 23, 2007; and,
  c.

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of February 23, 2007.

Carried

       
2. Denial of Claims
       
  a. None.
       
3.

Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller

Resolution No. 2007-017 (Finance-Auditing Committee, February 22, 2007) ratifies actions taken by the Auditor-Controller, as follows:
       
  a.
Ratify commitments and/or expenditures for the period of January 1, 2007, through January 31, 2007, totaling $63,766.00;
       
  b.
Ratify investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period January 16, 2007, through February 12, 2007, as follows;
       
SECURITY

PURCHASE

DATE

MATURITY

DATE

ORIGINAL

COST

PERCENT

YIELD

HSBC Commercial Paper
01/16/07
02/28/07
7,813,692.44
5.28
GECC Global Notes
01/29/07
02/01/11
4,996,750.00
5.22
Toyota Motor Credit Corp Commercial Paper
01/31/07
03/01/07
6,531,260.89
5.25
Dexia Delaware, LLC Commercial Paper
02/07/07
03/01/07
5,849,173.50
5.27
FHLMC Notes (Callable)
02/12/07
01/09/12
4,988,850.00
5.42
       
  c.
Authorize the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board, investments maturing between February 12, 2007, and March 12, 2007, and all other funds not required to cover expenditures that may become available; and,
       
  d.

Accept the Investment Report for January 2007 prepared by Public Financial Management.

Adopted

       
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
       
4.

Announcement

General Manager Celia Kupersmith announced that Security and Emergency Management Specialist Lisa Locati has been selected to join an research team of 12 transit professionals from agencies across the United States on a study mission for the International Transit Studies Program established by the Transit Cooperative Research Program.  Ms. Kupersmith stated that the focus of Ms. Locati’s team will be on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery in the Transit Industry and that the team will be traveling to China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan for two weeks in March 2007.

       
5.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award for March 2007 to Edward Dean, Chief Bridge Service Operator, Bridge Division

Acting President Boro presented the Employee of the Month Award for March 2007 to Edward Dean, Chief Bridge Service Operator, Bridge Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

       
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
       
6.
Attorney David Miller 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 TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MARCH 8, 2007
       
8.

Approve Implementation of a Nine-Month Demonstration Project for Operation of a Dedicated Weekday, Midday-Only Shuttle Service Between the San Rafael Transit Center and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal

Directors BROWN/MARTINI
Resolution No. 2007-018
approves implementation of a Nine-Month Demonstration Project for Operation of a Weekday, Midday-Only Shuttle Service Between the San Rafael Transit Center and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, effective June 2007, through March 2008, with the understanding that the service is intended to be sustainable without additional District subsidy; and, with the further understanding that regional passengers on this Demonstration Project shuttle service would pay the ferry fare to San Francisco upon boarding at the San Rafael Transit Center and receive a bus transfer to the ferry and local passengers would pay the local bus fare set by the Marin County Transit District; and, with the further understanding that the service will be reviewed in December 2007, in order to assess the cost-effectiveness of the service, and at that time a recommendation as to whether or not to continue the service beyond the March 2008 deadline date will be presented to the Transportation Committee and the Committee’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the full Board of Directors for action.

Adopted

AYES (14): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Dufty, Kerns, McGoldrick and Sandoval; President Moylan

       
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MARCH 8, 2007
       
9. All items contained in this report are informational.
       
REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MARCH 9, 2007
       
10.

Approve Actions Relative to the District’s Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing Program and Related Policies

Directors PAHRE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2007-019
approves the following actions relative to the District’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Program and related policies:

  a.
Amend the District’s Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing Program relative to random drug testing level from 50 percent to 25 percent for the designated District safety-sensitive employees, subject to the Federal Transit Administration’s regulations for drug and alcohol testing, in accordance with minimum testing levels specified by the Federal Transit Administration’s regulations (49 CFR Part 655), as amended in a Notice published in the Federal Register (Volume 72, No. 5, Pages 1057 through 1058) dated January 9, 2007; and,
  b.

Authorize the General Manager to modify the Drug and Alcohol Testing Program and related policies in the future, to comply with amended federal regulations, subject to a review and analysis as provided in the guidelines, with the understanding that any provision or change which exceeds the minimum standard required by law will be subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

Adopted

       
 
AYES (14): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Dufty, Kerns, McGoldrick and Sandoval; President Moylan
       
ADJOURNMENT
       
11.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 a.m., in the memory of Mimi Boyle, Ann Patterson, Bob Husak, Emmett Condon, Kevin Devine, Laura Whitworth and Joseph Hanes.
       

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District