18-2007

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

SEPTEMBER 28, 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, September 28, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., President Moylan presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Middlebrook, Sanders, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan

Directors Absent (8): Directors Brown, Dufty, Kerns, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Newhouse Segal, Pahre and Reilly

Staff Present: General Manager Celia Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; Attorneys David J. Miller; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Susan C. Chiaroni; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Division James P. Swindler; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Marketing and Communications Director Kellee Hopper; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Captain Locati

Visitors Present: Marcie Keever, San Francisco Beautiful; Jerry Steach, San Francisco resident; Cathe Cornellio, U.S. Women Connect; Peter DuMont, Star Alliance Foundation; Jerry Grace, Oakland resident

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Director Dietrich Stroeh led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Public Comment was received relative to Agenda Item No. 8.A., below.

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 (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Middlebrook, Sanders, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (8): Directors Brown, Dufty, Kerns, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Newhouse Segal, Pahre and Reilly

 

       
1.

Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings:

a.  Transportation Committee/Committee of the Whole of September 14, 2007;
b.  Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole September 14, 2007; and,
c.  Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of September 14, 2007.

Carried

       
2. Denial of Claims
       
  a.

Claim of Marina Krupnik

Carried

  b.

Claim of Anar Desai

Carried

  c.

Subrogation Claim of Travelers Insurance
(Insured: Constance Cote)

Carried

  d.

Insufficient Claim of Stanley Vaughn

Carried

  e.

Insufficient Claim of Maria Torres

Carried

  f.

Claim of Joel Conroy

Carried

       
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
       
3.

Presentation of Retirement Gift to Michael J. Wertz, Pusher Ironworker, Bridge Division

President Moylan presented a retirement gift to Michael J. Wertz, Pusher Ironworker, Bridge Division, for thirty-five years and five months of service, and expressed his best wishes for a long and happy retirement on behalf of the Board of Directors.

       
4.

Presentation of Retirement Gift to Raul Amador, Lead Bus Servicer, Bus Division

President Moylan presented a retirement gift to Raul Amador, Lead Bus Servicer, Bus Division, for thirty-one years of service, and expressed his best wishes for a long and happy retirement on behalf of the Board of Directors.

       
5.

Presentation of Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Susan C. Chiaroni, Deputy General Manager, Bus Division

President Moylan presented a Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Susan C. Chiaroni, Deputy General Manager, Bus Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

       
6.

Presentation of Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Michael P. Fowler, Bus Operator, Bus Division

President Moylan presented a Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Michael P. Fowler, Bus Operator, Bus Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

       
7.

Presentation of Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Thomas Ng, Vault Officer, District Division

President Moylan presented a Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Thomas Ng, Vault Officer, District Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

       
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
       
8.
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 one matter of pending litigation, Greg McCulloch vs. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
       
ENGINEER’S REPORT
       
9.

District Engineer Denis Mulligan reported that all items contained in the Engineer’s Report were informational.

At the meeting, Mr. Mulligan announced that Phase IIIA of the Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project (Phase IIIA project) will be re-advertised on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, having received final approval from the State of California, Department of Transportation.

Celia Kupersmith announced that on September 25, 2007, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) publicly announced that it would be providing funding to the District for the Moveable Median Barrier project, as Bill Dodd, the Chair of the MTC, had first reported to the Board of Directors at its meeting of August 24, 2007. She further stated that the MTC will take formal action to approve this funding in November 2007.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Hernandez inquired regarding the changes that were made to the contract documents for the re-advertising of the Phase IIIA project. In response, Mr. Mulligan provided a summary of the administrative and technical changes that were made with the goal to encourage more bidder participation.
  • Director Sandoval inquired as to whether the design work undertaken for the re-advertising of the Phase IIIA project was done in-house or by outside consultants. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that about half of the District’s technical engineering work is done in-house by the Engineering Department and the other half is out-sourced. He further stated that with regard to the Phase IIIA project, the design work associated with the re-advertising of the Phase IIIA project was done by an outside engineering consultant firm, HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • Director Ammiano expressed his satisfaction that after 10 years, the Moveable Median Barrier project will be able to move forward with the funding from the MTC.
  • Director Stroeh inquired regarding the logistics of moving the barrier transfer vehicle at either end of the Golden Gate Bridge. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that with monies budgeted in the FY 07/08 Bridge Division Capital Budget, staff is preparing to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for engineering and environmental studies associated with the Moveable Median Barrier project. Mr. Mulligan further noted that the consultant selected for this RFP will undertake the necessary engineering studies regarding the movement of the barrier transfer vehicle at the ends of the Bridge.
       
REPORT OF THE GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF AUGUST 24, 2007
       
10.

Discussion Regarding Implementation of Phase II of the Golden Gate Bridge Partnership Program

In a report to the Board of Directors, Marketing and Communications Director Kellee J. Hopper and General Manager Celia Kupersmith provided an informational report entitled, Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Implementation of Phase II of the Golden Gate Bridge Preservation Partnership Program (Preservation Partnership Program), which matter the Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee, at its meeting of August 24, 2007, had recommended for approval by the Board of Directors at its meeting of September 28, 2007.

The memorandum described the three public open houses which were held on September 10, September 17 and September 18, 2007, in Petaluma, San Francisco and San Rafael, respectively. In addition, staff conducted several media interviews, gave a presentation to a committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and prominently posted on the District’s web site informational materials describing the proposed Partnership Program. The report included a description of the public comments that the District received on the proposed Preservation Partnership Program since November 2006, when Phase I of the program began. The report also noted that several individuals who attended the public Open Houses stated that they appreciated the opportunity to become better educated about the proposal. In general, a majority of attendees did not oppose the web site platform, “off-site” corporate advertising or corporate identification in temporary materials (literature, videos, etc.) being proposed. Some opposed the permanent display of corporate logos on fixed property at the Golden Gate Bridge, including the South Visitors Plaza, while others opposed any display of corporate identification.

At the meeting, Director Boro, Chair of the Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee (GAPI Committee), provided an introduction regarding previous discussions of the proposed Preservation Partnership Program by the GAPI Committee and the full Board of Directors. He noted that during these discussions, it was suggested that the District conduct additional public outreach by hosting Open Houses. He also noted that any action on this matter is being postponed until the October 26, 2007, meeting of the Board of Directors, due to the fact that several Board members would be absent at the September 28th meeting.

Celia Kupersmith provided a brief introduction regarding the proposed Preservation Partnership Program, noting that the Program is intended to mirror the successes of the National Park Service’s Proud Partner program, with minimal on-site corporate presence and a preponderance of web-based presence.

Kellee Hopper briefly summarized the oral comments received at the public Open Houses, as well as the written comments received since the Preservation Partnership Program was first proposed in November 2006. She noted that one of the most common concerns expressed at the Open Houses was the fear of “advertising creep,” meaning that if even minimal advertising is permitted at the Golden Gate Bridge, it may eventually lead to more prominent advertising in the future. In response to these concerns, staff emphasized that there would be no naming rights or intrusive advertising anywhere, particularly on the Golden Gate Bridge or at the Toll Plaza. She noted that a Style Guide will be developed to outline the limitations and uniform standards for the use of any corporate identification or logos.

Ms. Hopper stated that 92 written comments have been received since November 2006, which is significantly less than what the District received during outreach for a proposed toll increase or transit service reductions. She described the content of the written comments, noting that of the 92 comments, 84 comments were opposed, 2 comments were in favor and 5 comments provided suggestions regarding the proposed Partnership Program. She further stated that of the 84 comments expressing opposition to the proposed Preservation Partnership Program, 25 percent opposed any naming rights for the Golden Gate Bridge, 25 percent opposed any corporate logos on or around the Golden Gate Bridge, 15 percent offered alternative suggestions for revenue generation and 35 percent were general comments.

In conclusion, Ms. Hopper stated that the Open Houses were very productive, in that they allowed staff an opportunity to communicate and educate the public, as well as answer their questions and concerns regarding the proposed Preservation Partnership Program.

Ms. Kupersmith elaborated on the intent of the proposed Preservation Partnership Program, noting that there were many concerns expressed regarding the future project scope, particularly the possible future expansion of the proposed Preservation Partnership Program by future District Boards of Directors. She stated that any future Board can make decisions that differ from those made by previous Boards, and that any future decisions cannot be bound by any decision made at the present time. Ms. Kupersmith clarified the difference between permanent and temporary on-site corporate presence, providing the example of interpretive signage that would temporarily display the corporate logo of the partner for two to three years, the length of the sponsorship period. At the end of the partnership period, the logo would be removed, but the interpretive signage would remain as a permanent enhancement to the South Visitors Plaza. She further noted that the feedback received from the public has been very beneficial, allowing staff the opportunity to further refine and clarify the proposed Preservation Partnership Program plan.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Ammiano inquired as to whether staff has met with the editorial boards of local newspapers. In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that staff has met with the editorial boards for many local newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, the Marin Independent Journal and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. In addition, staff met with producers of various electronic media, as well as individual reporters covering the proposed Preservation Partnership Program.
  • Director Middlebrook noted that the proposed Preservation Partnership Program is a discretionary Program, and that a future Board of Directors could also make a decision to abolish the Program. In response, Ms. Kupersmith noted that if the program is approved, the current Board of Directors, as well as any future Board of Directors, as part of the process, will be approving the components of each potential partnership arrangement. She stated that there will be many opportunities to tailor the Program or to eliminate a component if it is not consistent with the Preservation Partnership Program Style Guide.
  • Director Boro made the following comments:
    • He requested that staff and the Preservation Partnership Program consultant bring back to the Board of Directors a modified plan that does not include on-site corporate presence in the form of logos on benches or trash cans. In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that at the October 26, 2007 Board of Directors meeting, staff will present a version of the proposed Partnership Program plan that does not include any on-site presence, with associated fiscal impacts.
    • He stated that he supports a “Wall of Recognition” that would give visible credit to the partners who participate in the proposed Preservation Partnership Program.
    • He noted that many sports stadiums around the country, including AT&T Park in San Francisco, have gone through numerous corporate name changes, which generates concern among the public regarding naming rights.
    • He emphasized that any partnership arrangement must fall under specific guidelines and must be done very tastefully.
    • He stated that the Preservation Partnership Program, if approved, should be revisited periodically in the future, in much the same way as the Board periodically revisits the District’s Mission Statement.
  • Director Grosboll made the following inquiries:
    • He inquired regarding the status and estimated cost of the painting of the Golden Gate Bridge South Tower. In response, Kary Witt stated that the $20-$30 million project is in the District’s 10-Year Capital Plan, and that it has been over 30 years since the South Tower was last painted. Denis Mulligan added that new regulations pertaining to sandblasting and painting of bridges would require a contractor to erect containment systems and work platforms in order to undertake the project.
    • He inquired regarding the status and estimated cost of the Main Cable Restoration project. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that this project is in the FY 07/08 Capital Budget.
  • Celia Kupersmith briefly described plans for a Golden Gate Bridge museum and other visitor enhancements, noting that it is important to make visiting the Bridge more conducive to its beauty and grandeur, as well as its magnificent setting within a National Park. She noted that during the District’s period of financial constraints that began in 2001, it has been difficult to find the approximately $1 $2 million in discretionary funding that would be needed to undertake improvements to the South Visitors Plaza.

Public Comment

Marcie Keever, Program Director of San Francisco Beautiful, expressed her appreciation for providing additional information about the proposed Preservation Partnership Program so that members of the public could better evaluate the proposal. She expressed her organization’s continuing opposition to any corporate logos on signs or other objects anywhere on Bridge property. She stated that in her opinion, any advertising on or near the Bridge would tarnish the image of the Golden Gate Bridge, and that once such advertising is introduced into public spaces, it is sometimes impossible to remove it. She further noted that although the Preservation Partnership Program is being compared to the National Park Service’s Proud Partner program, in her opinion it is not comparable, since the public space at the Golden Gate Bridge is so much smaller that any corporate advertising introduced at the Bridge would have a larger impact.

Jerry Steach, San Francisco Resident, expressed his concerns regarding the proposed Preservation Partnership Program and encouraged the District to consider other ways to generate revenue. He further stated that the District should look at intangible, intrinsic costs of the potential commercialization and degradation of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is considered to be a national treasure by so many people.

Cathe Cornellio, member of National Board of U.S. Women Connect, an organization operating under agreement with the United Nations, described her travels around the world, where she has encountered people who have visited San Francisco and feel a sense of ownership about the Golden Gate Bridge. She suggested that the District consider alternative revenue generation methods that would prevent “advertising creep,” such as group sponsorship of individual Golden Gate Bridge construction workers who helped build the Bridge. She described her idea, which would entail having non-profit groups or individuals sponsor, for a limited time, a Bridge worker’s name, history and contribution honoring the building of the sacred space that is the Golden Gate Bridge.

Peter DuMont described the work of his non-profit organization, the Star Alliance Foundation, which promotes peace and ethics around the world and helped contribute to the end of the Cold War in the 1980s. He noted that the Golden Gate Bridge is an international symbol of bridging cultures, and pledged the support of the Star Alliance Foundation in developing a global public campaign for the preservation of the Bridge, similar to the way newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer developed a public campaign to raise funds to build the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor in the 1880s. He described an idea he had for a partnership between the public, the District, local merchants, major corporations and his organization for a type of membership card that would give people discounts at local stores while raising money for the preservation of the Golden Gate Bridge.

       

REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 27, 2007

       
11.

Authorize Execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Anchor Environmental, LLC, Relative to RFP No. 2008-FT-3, Consultant to Provide Berth and Channel Maintenance Dredging Design and Permitting Support Services for the Larkspur Ferry Terminal

Directors EDDIE/COCHRAN
Resolution No. 2007-082
authorizes execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Anchor Environmental, LLC, Seattle, WA, relative to Request for Proposals No. 2008-FT-3, Consultant to Provide Berth and Channel Maintenance Dredging Design and Permitting Support Services for the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, in an amount not to exceed $470,000, to provide assistance in obtaining the necessary permits, to prepare design plans and bid documents and to provide technical support during the construction phase of the project; and, authorize a contingency fund in the amount of $47,000; with the understanding that requisite funds (80% Federal/20% District) are included in the FY 07/08 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget.

Adopted

AYES (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Middlebrook, Sanders, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (8): Directors Brown, Dufty, Kerns, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Newhouse Segal, Pahre and Reilly

       
12.

Approve Actions Relative to Contract No. 2007-FT-13, Larkspur Ferry Terminal Storage and Inspection Station, with Bay Area Structural, Inc.

Directors EDDIE/AMMIANO
Resolution No. 2007-083
approves the following actions relative to Contract No. 2007 FT-13, Larkspur Ferry Terminal Storage and Inspection Station:

  a.
Authorize execution of Change Order No. 3 with Bay Area Structural, Inc., in the amount of $25,718, for the removal and disposal of unforeseen hazardous asbestos cement concrete pipe; and,
  b.

Authorize a budget increase in the FY 07/08 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget in the amount of $37,000, to increase the contingency fund to increase the contingency fund from $25,520 to $37,000, to cover any changes in the scope of work, to be funded with $29,600 Federal Transit Administration grant funds and $7,400 from District reserves, as concurred with by the Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of September 27, 2007.

Adopted

       
 
AYES (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Middlebrook, Sanders, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (8): Directors Brown, Dufty, Kerns, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Newhouse Segal, Pahre and Reilly
       
13.

Authorize Award of Contract No. 2007-MD-3, Janitorial Services for District Facilities, to Universal Building Services & Supply Company

Directors EDDIE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2007-084
authorizes award of Contract No. 2007-MD-3, Janitorial Services for District Facilities, to Universal Building Services & Supply Company, Richmond, CA, in the amount of $145,815, to provide janitorial services at the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, San Rafael, Novato, and Santa Rosa facilities, for a 15-month term, commencing October 1, 2007, with a one-year option, at an increase in cost of up to five percent based upon a corresponding documented increase in the Contractor’s costs, exercisable by the General Manager or designee; with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the FY 06/07 Bus, Ferry and Bridge Divisions’ Operating Budgets (100% District), and with the further understanding that requisite funds will be included in the appropriate future fiscal years’ Operating Budgets.

Adopted

AYES (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Middlebrook, Sanders, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (8): Directors Brown, Dufty, Kerns, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Newhouse Segal, Pahre and Reilly

       
14.

Authorize Award of Contract No. 2008-B-3-CMAS, Golden Gate Bridge Video Surveillance Equipment, to Metro Video Systems, Inc., Relative to California Multiple Award Schedule (CMAS) Contract No. 3-00-58-0151A

Directors EDDIE/BORO
Resolution No. 2007-085
authorizes award of Contract No. 2008-B-3-CMAS, Golden Gate Bridge Video Surveillance Equipment, to Metro Video Systems, Inc., El Segundo, CA, in the amount of $273,714, for the purchase of video surveillance equipment and a digital recording system through California Multiple Award Schedule (CMAS) Contract No. 3-00-58-0151A; with the understanding that requisite funds (100% Federal) are included in FY 07/08 Bridge Division Capital Budget.

Adopted

AYES (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Middlebrook, Sanders, Sandoval and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (8): Directors Brown, Dufty, Kerns, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Newhouse Segal, Pahre and Reilly

       
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 27, 2007
       
15. All items contained in this report are informational.
       
CLOSED SESSION
       
16.

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 two matters of pending litigation listed on the agenda as Item No. 6.B.1.a., Greg McCulloch vs. District.

After closed session, President Moylan called the meeting to order in open session with a quorum present. Mr. Miller reported that the Board of Directors met in closed session, as permitted by the Brown Act, to discuss the matter listed above. Mr. Miller further stated that with regard to Greg McCulloch vs. District, the Board unanimously provided settlement authority for disposition of this matter.

       
ADJOURNMENT
       
17.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m., in the memory of Mary Looney and Christy Ann Marie Maguire.
       

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