09-2007


GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MAY 11, 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, May 11, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., President Moylan presiding.

ROLL CALL

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

 

Directors Absent (4): Directors Dufty, Martini, McGoldrick and Pahre

Staff Present: General Manager Celia Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Attorney David J. Miller; Attorney Jerry Schaefer; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Kary H. Witt; Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Susan C. Chiaroni; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Planning Director Alan R. Zahradnik; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Principal Planner Ron Downing; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Captain Locati

Visitors Present: Frank Stahl, Co-Author, The Golden Gate Bridge, Report of the Chief Engineer, Volume II; Norman Rolfe, San Francisco resident; Jerry Grace, Oakland resident.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Director Mike Kerns led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

PUBLIC COMMENT

   
 

Norman Rolfe expressed his opposition to the Doyle Drive Environmental and Design Study Project (Doyle Drive Project) stating that the proposed configuration will cause traffic congestion and urged the Board to not provide funding.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Grosboll inquired as whether the San Francisco County Transportation Authority has formally requested funding for the Doyle Drive Project. In response, Ms. Kupersmith answered in the negative.

Jerry Grace commented that he attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Golden Gate Bridge. He also commented that he won second place in the Volley Ball competition in the Special Olympics.

     
CONSENT CALENDAR
     
 

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

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Dufty, Martini, McGoldrick and Pahre

     
1. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings:
     
  a.
Building and Operating Committee/Committee of the Whole of April 26, 2007;
  b.
Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole of April 26, 2007;
  c.
Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee/Committee of the Whole of April 27, 2007; and,
  d.

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of April 27, 2007.

Carried

     
2. Denial of Claims
     
  a.

Claim of Carol and Arthur Seebach

Carried

  b.

Insufficient Claim of Berta Rodriguez

Carried

  c.

Claim of Jill Anderson

Carried

     
3.
Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller
Resolution No. 2007-033
(Finance-Auditing Committee, April 26, 2007) ratifies actions taken by the Auditor-Controller, as follows:
     
  a.
Ratify commitments and/or expenditures for the period of March 1, 2007, through March 31, 2007, totaling $89,657.00;
     
  b.
Ratify investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period March 13, 2007, through April 16, 2007, as follows;
     
SECURITY

PURCHASE

DATE

MATURITY

DATE

ORIGINAL

COST

PERCENT

YIELD

Deutsche Bank, LLC      

Certificate of Deposit
03/21/07
04/20/07
10,133,000.00
5.27

Svenska Handelsbanken

Certificate of Deposit
04/02/07
05/02/07
8,868,000.00
5.28

Dexia Delaware, LLC

Commercial Paper
04/02/07
05/07/07
5,894,700.21
5.29

Societe Generale NA

Commercial Paper
04/16/07
05/07/07
7,916,680.69
5.25
       
  c.
Authorize the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board, investments maturing between April 17, 2007, and May 14, 2007, and all other funds not required to cover expenditures that may become available; and,
       
  d.

Accept the Investment Report for March 2007 prepared by PFM Asset Management LLC.

Adopted

       
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
       
4.

Press Conference Regarding Announcement to Unveil the New Book: The Golden Gate Bridge, Report of the Chief Engineer, Volume II

General Manager Celia Kupersmith announced that there was a press conference on May 10, 2007, regarding the unveiling of the new limited-edition book: The Golden Gate Bridge, Report of the Chief Engineer, Volume II. Public Affairs Director Mary Currie introduced Frank Stahl, who was a Consulting Engineer for Ammann and Whitney and began working on engineering projects for the District in 1953. Ms. Kupersmith stated that the creation of this new book was a collaborative effort under the leadership of Mr. Stahl, along with the assistance of former District Engineer Daniel E. Mohn and Public Affairs Director Mary Currie. She stated that the new book captures all of the detailed engineering and political history of the Golden Gate Bridge from the 1940s to the early 1990s, including the deck replacement and the suspender rope projects. She also stated that the new book captures how effective the District was at building and sustaining this monumental Bridge. Mr. Stahl expressed his gratitude for being asked to be one of the co-authors of this new book and stated that the new book provides extensive information which will help many people learn about the Bridge.

       
5.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award for May 2007 to Ron Downing, Principal Planner, District Division

President Moylan presented the Employee of the Month Award for May 2007 to Ron Downing, Principal Planner, District 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. Mr. Miller also reported that a closed session would be held just prior to the conclusion of the meeting to discuss labor negotiations and a matter of pending litigation listed on the agenda as Item No. 6.B.1.b., Judy O’Conner vs. the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, et al.

Mr. Miller further reported that Item No. 6.B.2, Approve an Amendment to the Contract Between the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Board of Administration and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors to Increase the Pension Rate from 2.0 percent at 55 to 2.5 percent at 55, which was previously approved by the Board in conjunction with labor coalition negotiations. Employees covered under PERS, having recently voted to approve this increased pension benefit and to pay associated costs of the increased benefit, it now is necessary under applicable PERS rules for the Board to take formal action to approve implementation of the benefit.

       
  a.

Approve an Amendment to the Contract Between the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Board of Administration and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors to Increase the Pension Rate from 2.0 Percent at 55 to 2.5 Percent at 55

Directors BROWN/STROEH
Resolution No. 2007-034
approves an amendment to the contract between the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Board of Administration and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors, effective May 21, 2007, to increase the pension rate from 2.0 percent at 55 to 2.5 percent at 55.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Dufty, Martini, McGoldrick and Pahre

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Grosboll inquired as to the reason why the percentage of deduction for each employee’s share of the cost adjustment had increased slightly. In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the slight increase in the CalPERS cost adjustment from 2.789 to 2.883 for the pension change was due to the additional time needed to reach agreements with the Union Coalition. She further stated that the District’s Negotiating Team did inform the Union Coalition that there could be a slight increase in the cost adjustment, depending upon when negotiations were completed. Further, she noted that, in accordance with CalPERS requirements, ballots for all represented and non-represented employees clearly stated the percentage of deduction for each employee relative to the proposed pension rate from 2.0 percent at 55 to 2.5 percent at 55.
       
ENGINEER’S REPOR
       
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.  At the meeting, Mr. Mulligan expressed his gratitude to the co-authors of the new limited-edition book: The Golden Gate Bridge, Report of the Chief Engineer, Volume II.  He stated that the book has a great deal of information and will be invaluable reference for the Engineering Department’s staff.
       

REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MAY 10, 2007

       
8.

Authorize Entering into a Pass-Through Agreement with the Marin County Transit District for Federal Transit Administration Funds Available to Acquire Paratransit Vans

Directors STROEH/BROWN
Resolution No. 2007-035
authorizes the development and execution of a Pass-Through Agreement with the Marin County Transit District, in accordance with related grant requirements, for Federal Transit Administration Federal Urbanized Area Formula Program grant funds for the acquisition of up to 18 paratransit vans for use in the provision of District inter-county and Marin County local paratransit services.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Dufty, Martini, McGoldrick and Pahre

       
9.

Authorize an Amendment to the Pass-Through Agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for Federal Transit Administration Funds for the TransLink® Project

Directors STROEH/KERNS
Resolution No. 2007-036
authorizes the General Manager to execute an amendment to the Pass-Through Agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the TransLink® project.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Dufty, Martini, McGoldrick and Pahre

       
REPORT OF THE RULES POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MAY 10, 2007
       
10.

Approve a Name Change for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District – Amalgamated Retiree Health and Welfare Plan

Directors HERNÁNDEZ/BORO
Resolution No. 2007-037
approves a name change for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District – Amalgamated Retiree Health and Welfare Plan, by deleting the word “Retiree” from the Plan’s title, as the Plan is maintained for the benefit of both retirees and active employees in the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local No. 1575 (ATU).

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, McGlashan, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Dufty, Martini, McGoldrick and Pahre

       
CLOSED SESSION
       
11.

Attorney’s Report

Attorney David Miller, at the request of President Moylan, stated that the Board of Directors would convene in closed session to discuss labor coalition negotiations and a matter of pending workers’ compensation litigation listed on the agenda as Item No. 6.B.1.b., Judy O’Conner vs. the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, et al.

Attorney Miller reported that the Board of Directors met in closed session, as permitted by the Brown Act, to discuss the matters listed above. With respect to the closed session matters, Mr. Miller reported as follows:

       
  a.

Labor Coalition Negotiations (Item No. 6.B.1.a.)

Attorney Miller reported that the Advisory Committee for Labor Relations met to hear a report regarding labor coalition negotiations with the bargaining units represented by the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific and matters related to early negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local Division No. 1575.

       
  b.

Pending Litigation (Item No. 6.B.1.b.)

Mr. Miller reported that the Board of Directors received a recommendation from the Finance-Auditing Committee with regard to the case of Judy O’Conner vs. the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, et al.  He stated that the Board unanimously provided settlement authority for disposition of this matter.

       
ADJOURNMENT
       
12.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m., in the memory of David Smith, Jacob Freeman, Kenneth Doudt, Lowana Satterwhite and Lou Papan.
       

 

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District