11-2009



GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

JULY 10, 2009


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, July 10, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., President Boro presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (13): Directors Brown, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Newhouse Segal, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro

Directors Absent (6): Directors Chu, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders and Snyder

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; Attorneys David J. Miller and Allison Woodall; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary H. Witt; Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Teri W. Mantony; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Z.W. Johnson; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Lona Franklin

Visitors Present: Victoria Bohlke, San Rafael resident

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

Victoria Bohlke thanked the Board of Directors for recognizing her late husband, Russ Bohlke, who passed away recently. She stated he had enjoyed serving the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and its Board of Directors.

CONSENT CALENDAR

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

AYES (13):Directors Brown, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Newhouse Segal, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (6): Directors Chu, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders and Snyder

 

1. Approval of Minutes of Following Meetings:      
       
  a. Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of June 12, 2009
Carried
           
2. Denial of Claims    
     
  a.  Claim of Carol Han
Carried
  b.  Claim of Kay Fahlstrom
Carried
  c.  Claim of Philip Donian
Carried
             
3. Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller      
  Resolution No. 2009-060 (Finance-Auditing Committee, June 25, 2009) ratifies actions taken by the Auditor-Controller, as follows:
  a.  The Board of Directors has no commitments and/or expenditures to ratify for the period May 1, 2009, through May 31, 2009;
     
  b.  Ratify investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period May 12, 2009, through June 15, 2009, as follows:
     
Security
Purchase Date
Maturity Date
Original Cost
Percent Yield
FHLMC Disc Note
05/12/09
06/08/09
5,144,344.01
0.17
FHLB Disc Note
06/08/09
06/09/09
5,314,980.81
0.13
Calyon N. America, Inc.
Commercial Paper
06/08/09
09/08/09
4,994,825.00
0.41
Rabobank USA Fin Commercial
Paper
06/08/09
09/03/09
3,547,168.88
0.33
FFCB Bonds
06/09/09
04/17/14
5,279,796.50
3.33
     
  c.
Authorize the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board, investments maturing between June 16, 2009, and July 13, 2009, as well as the investment of all other funds not required to cover expenditures that may become available; and,
     
  d.

Accept the Investment Report for May 2009 prepared by PFM Asset Management, LLC.

Adopted

     
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
     
4. Announcements
     
  a.
Celia G. Kupersmith introduced the newest edition of the booklet, Highlights, Facts and Figures, produced by Public Information Director Mary C. Currie, stating that the last update was published more than ten years ago. This booklet is sold at the District’s Gift Shop and is made available at the public libraries. Board members were provided a copy of this booklet.
     
  b.
Ms. Kupersmith stated that the Board will adjourn its meeting today in memory of Russ Bohlke, who was a founding member of the Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) and has been part of the Bridge District organization since 1978. She reported that Mr. Bohlke served as Chair and Vice Chair of the ACA, and in 1995 received an award for outstanding service while serving as a member on the ACA. He was an advocate of making Golden Gate Transit completely accessible to the disabled community.
   
  c.
Ms. Kupersmith further stated that the Board will adjourn its meeting today in memory of Private First Class Justin Casillas, son of Bus Operator Chuck Casillas, who passed away while serving his country as a Paratrooper in the United States Army in Afghanistan. In his honor, all District flags, except for the “official” American flag located at the East side of the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, will be lowered to half mast.
     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
     
5.

Attorney David J. Miller reported that in addition to items contained in the Attorney’s Report, a closed session will take place during the Board meeting to discuss recent negotiations with the Union Coalition.

Mr. Miller provided a status on the pending litigation, Red and White Ferries, Inc., vs. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, reporting that a Pre-Hearing Conference is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 27, 2009, at which time hearing dates will likely be established. He further stated that results of the Pre-Hearing Conference will be reported out either at the August meeting of the Board of Directors or provided in communication to the Board.

     
ENGINEER’S REPORT
     
6. No written or oral reports were presented. A written report is presented to the Board of Directors by the District Engineer at the second Board meeting of the month.
     
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF JULY 10, 2009
     
7.

Authorize Concurrence of the Bay Area Toll Authority’s Award of Contracts to Rent A Toll, Ltd., and to Highway Toll Administration, LLC, for Automated Rental Car Toll Payment Through the FasTrak® System

Directors STROEH/BROWN
Resolution No. 2009-061
authorizes concurrence of the Bay Area Toll Authority’s award of contracts to Rent A Toll, Ltd., and to Highway Toll Administration, LLC, for automated rental car toll payment through the FasTrak® system, for a period not to exceed five years.

Adopted

AYES (13): Directors Brown, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Newhouse Segal, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (6): Directors Chu, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders and Snyder

     
CLOSED SESSION
     
8. Attorney’s Report
     
  a.

Attorney Miller, at the request of President Boro, stated that the Board of Directors would convene in closed session as permitted by the Brown Act to discuss matters related to the labor negotiations with the Union Coalition’s labor negotiator.

After closed session, President Boro called the meeting to order in open session with a quorum present. Attorney Miller reported that the Board of Directors met in closed session, as permitted by the Brown Act, and received a report from the Chair of the Advisory Committee for Labor Relations offering a recommendation as relates to the Memoranda of Understanding as negotiated with the Union Coalition.

     
  b.

Authorize Execution of Memoranda of Understanding Between the Union Coalition and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

Directors STROEH/BROWN
Resolution No. 2009-062
authorizes execution of Memoranda of Understanding, incorporating the settlement negotiated between the Union Coalition and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on June 30, 2009, including a wage freeze through December 31, 2010 and a 1.75% wage increase, effective January 1, 2011, as well as such other terms and conditions of a non-economic nature negotiated with recognized employee units, for a two-year term, effective July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011, with the understanding that the effective date of each Memorandum of Understanding will be on the first day of the pay period during which ratification is approved by each employee unit.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (13): Directors Brown, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Newhouse Segal, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (6): Directors Chu, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders and Snyder
     
NEW BUSINESS
     
9. Comments from the Directors
     
  a.

Director Grosboll inquired as to whether fareboxes affect boarding times. Ms. Mantony stated that currency must be in good condition for the farebox to accept it, but this has had little impact on commuter routes. Staff has been performing outreach in the community to encourage riders to purchase prepaid fare cards which would streamline boarding.

Director Grosboll inquired as to whether statistics are available for on-time bus performance. In response, Ms. Mantony stated that the results show that Golden Gate Transit buses are 90% on time.

     
  b.
Director Newhouse Segal requested information about TransLink cards. In response, Ms. Mantony stated that TransLink cards can be reloaded to a maximum of $300.00 and that District staff is working to increase the maximum in order to facilitate regular riders.
     
  c. President Boro stated that Golden Gate Transit bus routes and farebox conversion will be discussed at the next Transportation Committee meeting.
     
ADJOURNMENT
     
10.

All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m. in memory of Private First Class Justin A. Casillas, son of Bus Operator Chuck Casillas; Allan Windsor Wendt; Russ Bohlke; Patrick J. Hayes; Kevin Murray; Kip Mackey; Joe Ryan and William Ryan.

 

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District