October 24, 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, October 24, 2008, at 9:30 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 Boro, Cochran, Eddie, Sobel and Stroeh

Committee of the Whole Members Present (11): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders, Sobel and Stroeh; First Vice President Boro; President Moylan
Committee of the Whole Members Absent (8): Directors Brown, Dufty, Kerns, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Reilly and Sandoval; 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 Teri W. Mantony; Deputy General Manager, Administration Z. Wayne Johnson; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Director of Planning Alan R. Zahradnik; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Karen B. Engbretson

Visitors Present: None

     
1.

Approve Amendments to the Table of Organization within the Administration and Bus Transit Divisions

In a memorandum to Committee, Deputy General Manager, Administration Z. Wayne Johnson, Deputy General Manager, Bus Division Teri W. Mantony and General Manager Celia Kupersmith provided staff’s recommendation to approve amendments to the Table of Organization within the Administration and Bus Transit Divisions. A copy of the report is available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

At the meeting, Celia Kupersmith advised that subsequent to the posting of the agenda and the staff report, staff determined that it would be prudent to postpone taking any action on the proposals outlined in the staff report related to the Bus Transit Division. She stated that staff is currently reviewing the proposed changes in the Bus Transit Division, in order to consider other possible ideas, and to better educate employees in the affected division regarding the proposed changes. She stated that staff recommends deferring action on any reorganization in the Bus Transit Division until November or December 2008.

Ms. Kupersmith further stated that staff is ready to move forward with the portion of the recommendation regarding the Administration Division. She described the proposed changes, noting that such changes will allow the District to realign major technology projects currently underway at the District, which projects will dramatically impact the way the District does business. The two technology projects, the Advanced Communication and Information System and the Asset Vehicle and Fluid Management Systems, are currently assigned to two different departments. She stated that it is proposed that the responsibility for these projects be aligned within the Planning Department, which has historically led many District-wide major technology initiatives, such as the TransLink® project. She noted that the Planning Department has a significant experience base in managing projects that cross divisional lines within the District, and that the proposed action would bring the two above-described projects into the Administration Division, to provide for a more comprehensive review and focus on the projects.

Ms. Kupersmith stated that the proposed action includes the transfer of one employee who is currently assigned to the Auditor-Controller, and one employee who is currently assigned to the Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division, to both report to the Director of Planning, who is assigned to the Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development. In addition, because the Director of Planning would now be taking on these major projects with the associated project responsibilities, as well as future technology initiatives, it is recommended that the Director of Planning position be reclassified from its current pay level of $138,986 to one level higher, at the Step 5 annual salary of $152,339, plus fringe benefits.

Discussion ensued, including the following comments and inquiries:

  • Director Grosboll inquired as to how the District would respond to possible criticism that it has too many high level positions, in the context of this proposed action, in light of the recently published newspaper reports regarding the salaries and fringe benefits paid to District employees. In response, Ms. Kupersmith explained that recent newspaper reports regarding District staffing focused more on the fact that a certain percentage of the District workforce earns a certain dollar amount or higher, and was not necessarily critical of the number of management positions in the organization. She noted that the proposed action will simply bring up the position of Director of Planning into equity with the position of Deputy District Engineer, in recognition of the increased level of responsibility.

Staff recommended, and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors STROEH/BORO 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 the following actions relative to the Table of Organization:

  a.
Transfer the positions of Business Systems Implementation Manager from the Auditor-Controller in the District Division and Communications Systems Project Manager from the Bridge Division to the Planning Department in the Administration/Development Division;
  b.
Approve the reclassification of the Director of Planning position from its current pay level of $138,986 to one level higher, at the Step 5 annual salary of $152,339, plus fringe benefits; and,
  c.

Amend the Table of Organization accordingly.

Action by the Board at its meeting of October 24, 2008 – Resolution
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

     
 
AYES (5): Chair Pahre; Vice Chair Hernández; Directors Newhouse Segal and Stroeh; President Moylan (Ex Officio)
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Grosboll, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Sanders and Sandoval
     
2.

Public Comment

There was no public comment.

     
3.

Adjournment

All business having been concluded, the meeting was declared adjourned at 9:45 a.m.

 

     

 

Respectfully submitted,

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