01-2011

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

JANUARY 14, 2011

 

The Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) met in regular session in the Board Room, Administration Building, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, San Francisco, CA, on Friday, January 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., President Reilly presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Snyder, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Newhouse Segal; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly

Directors Absent (2): Directors Brown and Sanders

[Note: On this date, there were two vacancies on the Board of Directors.]

Staff Present: General Manager Denis Mulligan; District Engineer Ewa Bauer; Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire; Attorney David Miller; Attorney Madeline Chun; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary Witt; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Transit Division James Swindler; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Z. Wayne Johnson; Public Affairs Director Mary Currie; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Lona Franklin

Visitors Present: None

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

Cesar Castillo – Bridge Toll Officer, expressed his opposition to elimination of toll collector positions, stating he has worked for the District for 24 years. He stated that everything he has, including his house and family, is because of the Bridge. He added that he has two children, aged 17 and 19, and if he loses his job, he would lose his health insurance and possibly his other possessions. He noted that the District is a high security location with opportunities for toll collectors. He requested that the District provide a written commitment regarding transfers of toll collectors to other positions within the District. He stated that many District toll collectors have experience performing other jobs, for example, he stated he is a real estate agent. He concluded by stating that toll collectors are seeking assurance that they will have jobs in the future.

Tatiana Waldman – Bridge Toll Officer, expressed her opposition to elimination of toll collector positions, stating that she likes her job and would like to work for the District until retirement. Commuters and customers from around the world and the nation appreciate the toll collectors. She noted that people from other countries could have difficulty reading signs. Many do not speak or read English. With toll collectors, these problems can be resolved. Toll collectors alert the Sergeant’s Office to problems on the Bridge. FasTrak® is troublesome for many people, who are not aware of how that system works. Toll takers can tell them how to handle the problems they run into. More planning is needed before converting to all electronic tolling (AET). She stated that customers do not want toll collector positions eliminated.

Angelica Araya – Bridge Toll Officer, expressed her opposition to elimination of toll collector positions, stating she has worked as a toll collector for approximately three years and enjoys and values her job. She added that, to hear she may no longer have this job is heart breaking. She stated that every day as a toll collector is different from the next. She stated that customers value toll collectors. She noted that many commuters are considered by toll collectors to be their regular customers. She added that many who do not use FasTrak® prefer interacting with toll collectors and have inquired as to how AET will affect them. She noted that FasTrak® often fails and toll collectors can intervene so that repairs can be made quickly. She reported that many toll collectors wanted to attend the Board meeting to comment on this recommendation but could not due to work responsibilities. She noted the importance of the Board’s action to toll collectors.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Directors EDDIE/MOYLAN moved and seconded to approve the Consent Calendar. All items were approved by the following vote of the Board of Directors:

AYES (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Snyder, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Newhouse Segal; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly

NOES (0): None

ABSENT (2): Directors Brown and Sanders

 

     
1. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings
  a. Transportation Committee/Committee of the Whole of December 16, 2010;
  b. Building and Operating Committee/Committee of the Whole of December 16, 2010;
  c. Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole of December 16, 2010;
  d. Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee/Committee of the Whole of December 17, 2010; and,
  e.

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of December 17, 2010.

Carried

     
2. Denial of Claims
  a.

Amended Claim of Mario E. Callejas

Carried

  b.

Applications for Leave to Present Late Claims of Briana Conlon, Mayumi Conlon and Midori Conlon and Claims of Briana Conlon, Mayumi Conlon and Midori Conlon

Carried

     
3.

Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller

Resolution No. 2011-001 (Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole, December 16, 2010) 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 November 1, 2010, through November 30, 2010.
  b. Ratifies investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period November 9, 2010, through December 6, 2010, as follows:
     
Security

Purchase

Date

Maturity

Date

Original

Cost

Percent

Yield

US Treasury Notes
11/15/10
11/30/14
2,649,310.55
1.14
US Treasury Notes
11/19/10
11/30/14
2,472,946.88
1.19
     
  c. Authorizes the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board of Directors, investments maturing between December 7, 2010, and January 2011, as well as the investment of all other funds not required to cover expenditures that may become available; and,
  d.

Accepts the Investment Reports for November 2010, as prepared by PFM.

Adopted

     
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT
     
4.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award to Joan Wyman, Customer Relations Assistant, Bus Transit Division

President Reilly presented the Employee of the Month Award to Joan Wyman, Customer Relations Assistant, Bus Transit Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
5.

Authorization of Contract Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 22050

Mr. Mulligan reported that, pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 22050, he authorized procurement of necessary equipment, services and supplies, to repair damaged utilities at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal. He stated that the damage may have been caused by unusually high tides during the week of December 20, 2010. Ferry service was not interrupted at that time, but immediate repair was required. He added that, if the total amount exceeds the General Manager’s authority, Board approval would be requested at a subsequent meeting.

Discussion ensued, including the following comment and inquiry:

  • Director Snyder commented that he appreciates the General Manager’s report, especially the inclusion of information about the number of traffic incidents on the Golden Gate Bridge (Bridge). He inquired as to whether this report could also include data on bicycles and pedestrians that cross the Bridge and the number of incidents involving them. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that staff will add this information to the General Manager’s report monthly. He noted that approximately as many people use the sidewalk as the roadway. In the near future a detailed report evaluating sidewalks will be presented to the Board.
     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
     
6.

Attorney David Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report are informational. He reported that the Board of Directors Agenda was amended on January 10, 2011, prior to the 72-hour posting requirement under the Brown Act, to include a closed session discussion on the following, listed on the Revised Agenda as
Item No. 6.B. The closed session discussion will be held just prior to the conclusion of this meeting.

Conference with Legal Counsel – Pending Litigation
Government Code Section 54956.9(a)
Report of Hanson Bridgett LLP
Lawsuit of Derek E. Turner and Mari Toban Blome vs. Kris Lafond; Margaret Planka; Daniel Schneider; California Highway Patrol Commissioner J.A. Farrow; The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and Does 1 through 20.”

     
ENGINEER’S REPORT
     
7.

No written report was presented by District Engineer Ewa Bauer. A written report is presented to the Board of Directors at the second Board meeting of the month.

Ms. Bauer stated that, regarding the status of the Doyle Drive Reconstruction Project, an item will be presented at a future District Board meeting, concerning the California Department of Transportation’s encroachment into a District right-of-way, which is expected to take place during the later stages of construction.

     
REPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF JANUARY 13, 2011
     
8.

Authorize Delegation for Approval of Bus Stop Design and Location to the General Manager

Directors COCHRAN/SOBEL
Resolution No. 2011-002
approves actions relative to delegation of authority to the General Manager and his/her designee(s), as follows:

     
  a.
Delegates to the General Manager and his/her designee(s), effective immediately, until terminated by an action of the Board of Directors, the authority to approve the location, design, and functionality of Golden Gate Transit bus stops and related improvements; and,
  b.
Directs the General Manager and his/her designee(s), in the exercise of this authority, to reasonably and appropriately balance considerations of safety and convenience for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, accessibility to transit facilities, and cost effectiveness, and to balance all benefits, advantages, and potential risks involved; and,
  c.

Delegates said authority without intention to alter the process by which funds may be budgeted or expended on bus stop improvements and related procurements.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Snyder, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Newhouse Segal; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (2): Directors Brown and Sanders
     
REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF JANUARY 14, 2011
     
9.

Approve the Rules of the Board, as Amended

Directors PAHRE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2011-003
approves the recodification of the Rules of the Board, including the one amendment approved by the Board during calendar year 2010.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Snyder, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Newhouse Segal; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (2): Directors Brown and Sanders

     
10.

Closed Session

Attorney David Miller, at the request of President Reilly, stated that the Board of Directors would convene in Closed Session, to discuss the matters listed under Closed Session, outlined above in Item No. 6.

After Closed Session, President Reilly called the meeting to order in open session with a quorum present. Attorney Miller reported that the Board of Directors had met in Closed Session, as permitted by the Brown Act, to discuss the matters listed under Closed Session, outlined above in Item No. 6. He reported that no action was taken during the Closed Session.

     
ADJOURNMENT
     
11.   All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m., in memory of Barbara Collins Reilly, James Ruane, Bertha Lee Delton and Lillian Katz.
     


Respectfully submitted,
s/ Janet S. Tarantino

Secretary of the District