February 23, 2007
(For Board: March 9, 2007)

 

REPORT OF THE GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
AND PUBLIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE/
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

 

Honorable Board of Directors
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway
  and Transportation District

Honorable Members:

A meeting of the Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee/Committee of the Whole was held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Friday, February 23, 2007, at 9:30 a.m., Chair Boro presiding.

Committee Members Present (6): Chair Boro; Vice Chair Martini; Director Cochran, Kerns, Newhouse Segal, and Sandoval; President Moylan (Ex Officio)
Committee Members Absent (3): Directors Dufty, McGoldrick and Reilly
Other Members Present (6): Directors Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Middlebrook, Sandoval and Stroeh

Committee of the Whole Members Present (12): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Sandoval and Stroeh; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
Committee of the Whole Members Absent (7): Directors Brown, Dufty, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Pahre and Reilly; Second Vice President Ammiano

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; Financial Analyst Sally A. Hinds; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Karen B. Engbretson

Visitors Present: None

 

     
1.a. Approve Support of Senate Bill No. 124 to Amend the California Vehicle Code Toll Enforcement Policy
     
 

In a memorandum to Committee, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Celia Kupersmith provided staff’s recommendation to approve support of Senate Bill No. 124, which proposes to amend the California Vehicle Code toll enforcement policy to facilitate the collection of tolls from toll evaders with vehicles registered outside of California.

The report stated that under existing law, the registered owner of a vehicle cited for a toll evasion violation bears responsibility for the toll evasion penalty. The existing law defines “registered owner” as a person registered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles as the owner of a vehicle. Senate Bill No. 124 seeks to expand the definition of “registered owner” to include a person registered as the owner of the vehicle by the appropriate agency or authority of another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States.

The report also stated that the California Toll Operators Committee (CTOC) is made up of the six CTOC agencies that work in partnership to operate toll collection facilities on roadways and bridges in California (Bay Area Toll Authority; Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District; Orange County Transportation Authority; San Diego Association of Governments; South Bay Expressway; and, the Transportation Corridor Agencies). Each of the six CTOC agencies is being asked to have its respective Board endorse a resolution in support of Senate Bill No. 124 and transmit a Letter of Support to Senator Denise Ducheny. The report further stated that by expanding the definition of “registered owner,” as proposed in Senate Bill No. 124, would improve the ability of California toll agencies to collect violation revenue from residents of other states. It is recommended that the District approve a position of support for Senate Bill No. 124, and send an official letter of support to Senator Ducheny regarding this bill. A copy of the report is available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

At the meeting, Sally Hinds summarized the staff report, noting that there are approximately 1,200 violations monthly on the Golden Gate Bridge by out-of-state vehicles. She stated that passage of Senate Bill No. 124 would provide legislative support for California toll agencies in their efforts to collect revenue from out-of-state violators.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • President Moylan inquired as to how the District would enforce the collection of out-of-state toll violation revenue. In response, Ms. Hinds stated that enforcement would require agreements with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of other states in order to obtain registration information. She noted that statistics show that more than half of such violators are residents of only five states; therefore, agreements might be entered into with only select states.


Staff recommended, and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors COCHRAN/MARTINI to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration.

RECOMMENDATION

The Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve support of Senate Bill No. 124 to amend the California Vehicle Code toll enforcement policy to facilitate the collection of tolls from toll evaders with vehicles registered outside the State of California; and, authorizes Staff to transmit a Letter of Support to Senator Denise Ducheny.

Action by the Board – Resolution
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

     
 
AYES (10): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, Middlebrook, Sandoval and Stroeh; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
     
1.b. Status Report on State/Federal Legislation
     
 

General Manager Celia Kupersmith reported on the status of the following federal legislation:

Golden Gate Bridge Moveable Median Barrier Project: Ms. Kupersmith reported that during the week of February 26, 2007, a group of District staff and Board members will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and articulate the District’s need for federal funding for the Moveable Median Barrier project.

Water Resources Development Act/Larkspur Ferry Channel Dredging: Ms. Kupersmith further reported that while in Washington, D.C., the District representatives will also meet with members of Congress involved with the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), to continue the District’s efforts to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) take on permanent responsibility for dredging of the Larkspur Ferry Channel.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Sandoval inquired as to the status of the availability of funding for the Doyle Drive Project from Proposition 1B, Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond Act of 2006. In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that Governor Schwarzenegger has sent formal correspondence to the California Transportation Commission to advocate for the inclusion of funding for the Doyle Drive Project and other significant Bay Area congestion-relief projects.

Action by the Board – None Required

     
2.
Authorize Award of Contract No. 2007-D-8, Printing of Golden Gate Transit System Timetables and Guides, to Consolidated Printers, Inc.
     
 

In a memorandum to Committee, Marketing and Communications Director Kellee Hopper, Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri Mantony and General Manager Celia Kupersmith reported on staff’s recommendation award of Contract No. 2007-D-8, Printing of Golden Gate Transit System Timetables and Guides.

The report stated that the Golden Gate Transit system maps, timetables and guides (Transit Guides) have been in continuous publication since 1974 and are published each quarter. The Transit Guides are distributed on buses by drivers, mailed to customers upon request and distributed at various publicly accessible locations, such as public libraries, schools, ferry terminals and key transit hubs.

The report also stated that on January 30, 2007, a sole bid submitted by Consolidated Printers, Inc., for a total bid price of $169,513, was opened and publicly read for Contract No. 2007-D-8. Staff and the Attorney for the District have reviewed the sole bid and have determined that Consolidated Printers, Inc., has properly submitted all the required documents, and its bid is technically responsive to the specifications. Because there was only a sole bidder, staff conducted a price analysis and has determined that Consolidated Printers, Inc.’s bid price is fair and reasonable.

The report noted that in 2003, in an effort to improve operating efficiencies and reduce expenditures, the District automated production of the Transit Guide and redesigned the Transit Guide to integrate the system map. As a result of these improvements, the contract amount for this year’s printing of the Transit Guide is $120,241 less than the 2002 budgeted printing costs.

Staff recommends that Contract No. 2007-D-8 be awarded to Consolidated Printers, Inc., in the amount of $169,513, for a one-year term, including four successive one-year options, at an increase not to exceed five percent annually. The DBE Program Administrator has determined that Consolidated Printers, Inc., has complied with the DBE requirements applicable to the contract, but no DBE participation is anticipated during the performance of this project. A copy of the report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

At the meeting, Teri Mantony summarized the staff report, noting that bid documents were sent to 38 potential bidders, but that only one bid from the incumbent, Consolidated Printers, Inc., was received by the District.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Grosboll inquired as to why only one bidder responded to this bid opportunity. In response, Ms. Mantony explained that because the incumbent printer is so familiar with the printing of the District’s Transit Guides, it was able to provide very favorable pricing, which apparently could not be matched by any of the other potential bidders.

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors MARTINI/COCHRAN to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee recommends that the Board of Directors authorize award of Contract No. 2007-D-8, Printing of Golden Gate Transit System Timetables and Guides, to Consolidated Printers, Inc., of Berkeley, CA, in the amount of $169,513, for a one-year term, with four successive one-year options exercisable by the General Manager or designee; with the understanding that requisite funds (100% District) are available in the FY 06/07 District Division Operating Budget, and with the further understanding that requisite funds (100%) will be included in the FY 07/08 District Division Operating Budget.

Action by the Board – Resolution
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

     
 
AYES (12): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Sandoval and Stroeh; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
     
3.
Status Report from the Board Appointee on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority (WTA)
     
 

Chair Boro, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority (WTA) Board Appointee, provided a status report on recent activities of the WTA. The following items were provided to the Committee:

  1. Notice of Cancellation for the February 22, 2007, meeting of the WTA Board of Directors;
  2. Notice of Cancellation for the February 14, 2007, meeting of the Planning and Development Committee;
  3. Notice of Cancellation for the February 13, 2007, meeting of the Administrative/Finance/ Legislative Committee;
  4. Agenda for the January 25, 2007, meeting of the WTA Board of Directors;
  5. Notice of Cancellation for the January 10, 2007, meeting of the Planning and Development Committee;
  6. Notice of Cancellation for the January 9, 2007, meeting of the Administrative/Finance/Legislative Committee;
  7. Agenda for the December 7, 2006, meeting of the WTA Board of Directors;
  8. Minutes of the December 7, 2006, meeting of the WTA Board of Directors;
  9. Notice of Cancellation for the November 14, 2006, meeting of the Administrative/Finance/Legislative Committee;
  10. Notice of Cancellation for the November 8, 2006, meeting of the Planning and Development Committee;
  11. Notice of Cancellation for the November 7, 2006, meeting of the Administrative/Finance/Legislative Committee; and,
  12. Minutes of the October 26, 2006, meeting of the WTA Board of Directors.
 

Copies are available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Chair Boro stated that the February 22, 2007, meeting of the WTA Board of Directors had been cancelled, but reported on topics discussed at the January 25, 2007, meeting of the WTA Board of Directors. He stated that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Castleberry provided a report to WTA Board of Directors providing a status report on the new routes and service, along with a schedule for each of the projects. Chair Boro requested that a copy of the WTA CEO’s report be distributed to the members of the Board of Directors by the Secretary of the District.

Chair Boro highlighted the following matters of interest in the WTA CEO’s report:

  • South San Francisco: The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been certified under both the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Protection Act, and the design work on the docking structure at Oyster Point is 30% completed.
  • Berkeley: Technical studies and design work are moving forward and the Federal Transit Administration has approved the Notice of Intent.
  • New Vessels: A contract has been executed between the WTA and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., to build the WTA’s first two ferryboats.
  • New Offices: The WTA moved their offices to Pier 9, The Embarcadero, in December 2006, and now have office space with docking space for future ferryboats on the San Francisco waterfront.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Kerns inquired as to the status of the feasibility study for Port Sonoma. In response, Chair Boro stated that feasibility and ridership studies have been completed for Port Sonoma. He noted that the private developer who received the $20 million federal earmark for a ferry terminal at Port Sonoma must seek a government sponsor in order to be eligible to receive the federal earmark.

Action by the Board – None Required

     
4. Public Comment
     
  There was no public comment.
     
5. Adjournment
     
 
All business having been concluded, the meeting was declared adjourned at 9:45 a.m.
     

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Albert J. Boro, Chair
Governmental Affairs and
Public Information Committee