May 9, 2008

REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL
RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

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

Honorable Members:

A meeting of the Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee/Committee of the Whole was held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Friday, May 9, 2008, at 9:45 a.m., Chair Pahre presiding.

Committee Members Present (6): Chair Pahre; Vice Chair Hernández; Directors Grosboll, Newhouse Segal and Sanders; President Moylan (Ex Officio)
Committee Members Absent (3): Directors McGlashan, McGoldrick and Sandoval
Other Directors Present (5): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Kerns, Middlebrook and Stroeh

Committee of the Whole Members Present (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; President Moylan
Committee of the Whole Members Absent (8): Directors Brown, Dufty, McGlashan McGoldrick, Reilly and Sandoval; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro

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/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Director of Planning Alan R. Zahradnik; Assistant Clerk of the Board Karen B. Engbretson; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko

Visitors Present: None

 

     
1.

Approve Adoption of Master Ordinance 2008

In a memorandum to the Committee, Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino and General Manager Celia Kupersmith reported that the Master Ordinance serves as a repository for actions taken by the Board of Directors (Board) during a calendar year to: 1) establish tolls, service charges and transit fares; and, 2) prescribe rules and regulations governing use of the Golden Gate Bridge, its approaches and facilities, including the District’s bus and ferry systems. The report stated that the Board of Directors, by Resolution No. 2001-01 at its meeting of January 26, 2001, approved a new annual numbering and recodification system for ordinances and the Master Ordinance. With this system, each individual ordinance adopted during the calendar year with continuing validity is incorporated into a newly adopted Master Ordinance in the subsequent year. Each annual Master Ordinance includes an Appendix that indexes all of the individual ordinances adopted throughout the current calendar year. The Appendix also includes an historical index of ordinances adopted since this system began in 2001. Adopting the Master Ordinance on an annual basis makes this document a more useful resource to members of the Board, staff and the public, as well as allows the District to more efficiently administer the ordinance system.

The report stated that Master Ordinance 2008 updates the District’s codified set of ordinances. It updates the transit tariff schedules to include the annual five percent increase provided for in the Five-Year Transit Fare Program that the Board of Directors (Board) approved on March 24, 2006. In addition, it incorporates one of the two ordinances passed by the Board in 2007, regarding reciprocal transit transfer arrangements with the City of Petaluma and Sonoma County Transit. The other ordinance, a one-time action that has no continuing effect, relating to a special event fare for round trip ferry service between the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and the Sausalito Ferry Landing for the 2007 Labor Day weekend, is not incorporated in Master Ordinance 2008.

In addition, as a housekeeping effort, Master Ordinance 2008 was also revised to include a minor, non-substantive edit to Section II, “Golden Gate Bridge and Approaches,” Subsection F, “Exemptions From Tolls,” to identify the holiday that falls on the third Monday in February as President’s Day instead of Washington’s Birthday. A copy of the staff report, including the redlined pages from the proposed Master Ordinance 2008, is available in the Office of the District Secretary. The final approved version of Master Ordinance 2008 will be available on the District’s web site.

Staff recommended, and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors MOYLAN/NEWHOUSE SEGAL to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve adoption of Master Ordinance 2008 and repeal Master Ordinance 2007.

Action by the Board – Ordinance
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None

     
2.

Approve Adoption of the 2008 Rules of the Board, as Amended

In a memorandum to the Committee, Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino and General Manager Celia Kupersmith reported that the Rules of the Board governs the proceedings of the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 27144, Chapter 8, Part 3, Division 16, of the Streets and Highways Code, and the District’s Resolution No. 20, dated April 10, 1929, as amended.

The report stated that during the year 2007, two amendments were approved by the Board of Directors and were incorporated into the 2008 Rules of the Board. The report described the two amendments, as follows: (1) Resolution No. 2007 010, adopted February 9, 2007, amended Rule III, Subsection D, which calls for actions brought forward from Committees to be presented at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting, rather than at the Board meeting scheduled in two weeks; and, (2) Resolution No. 2007-052, adopted June 8, 2007, amended Rule X, Subsection C, which allows the flexibility to transfer budgeted funds for a capital project from a future year to the current year if approved by the General Manager, with no Board action required.

In addition, as a housekeeping effort, the Rules of the Board was also revised to include a minor, non-substantive edit to Rule XX, Office Hours, to delete a reference to the posting of list of legal holidays observed by the District. The report further stated that staff recommends adoption of the 2008 Rules of the Board, as amended, incorporating the above-listed amendments. A copy of the staff report, including the redlined pages from the 2008 Rules of the Board and a summary of the amendments that were approved in the year 2007, is available in the Office of the District Secretary. The final approved version of the 2008 Rules of the Board, as amended, will be available on the District’s web site.

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

RECOMMENDATION

The Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve adoption of the 2008 Rules of the Board, including amendments approved by the Board of Directors during the year 2007.

Action by the Board – Resolution
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Middlebrook, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None

     
3.

Public Comment

There was no public comment.

     
4.

Adjournment

All business having been concluded, the meeting was declared adjourned at 9:48 a.m.

     

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Barbara L. Pahre, Chair
Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee