07-2011

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

APRIL 8, 2011

 

The Board of Directors (Board) 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, April 8, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., Acting and First Vice President Eddie presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Mar, Moylan, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Acting and First Vice President Eddie

Directors Absent (3): Directors Brown and Pahre; President Reilly

[Note: On this date, there was one vacancy on the Board of Directors]

Staff Present: General Manager Denis Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire; District Secretary Janet Tarantino; Attorney David Miller; Deputy General Manager/Bus Transit Division Teri Mantony; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Z. Wayne Johnson; Public Affairs Director Mary Currie; Senior Board Analyst Elizabeth Eells

Visitors Present: Helen Moore, Customer Relations Supervisor (District Employee)

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment on items not on the Agenda.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Directors MOYLAN/STROEH 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 Mar, Moylan, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown and Pahre; President Reilly

 

     
1. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings
  a. Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole of March 25, 2011;
  b.

Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors of March 11and 25, 2011.

Carried

     
2. Denial of Claims
  a.

Claim of Therese Allen

Carried

  b.

Claim of Dawn Goodman

Carried

  c.

Claim of Mark Russell

Carried

  d.

Amended Subrogation Claim of Allstate Insurance Company (Insured: Helen Baldovinos)

Carried

  e.

Subrogation Claim of California State Automobile Association (Insured: Rita Lustgarten)

Carried

     
3.

Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller

Resolution No. 2011-026 (Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole, March 25, 2011) ratifies actions taken by the Auditor-Controller, as follows:

  a.
The Board of Directors has no commitments or expenditures to ratify for the period February 1, 2011, through February 28, 2011;
  b.
Ratifies investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period February 15, 2011, through March 14, 2011, as follows:
     
Security

Purchase

Date

Maturity

Date

Original

Cost

Percent

Yield

US Bancorp Notes
02/16/11
05/15/14
5,322,500.00
2.13
Credit Agricole NA Commercial Paper
02/22/11
03/24/11
6,354,675.84
0.25
BNP Paribas Fin. Inc Commercial Paper
02/22/11
05/23/14
5,505,316.50
0.34
     
  c.
Authorizes the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board of Directors, investments maturing between March 15, 2011, and April 11, 2011, as well as the investment of all other funds not required to cover expenditures that may become available; and,
  d.

Accepts the Investment Report for February 2011, as prepared by PFM.

Adopted

     
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT
     
4.

General Manager Denis Mulligan reported that the Bus Transit Division held a “Bus Roadeo” in which Golden Gate Transit (GGT) Bus Operators showed their skill in driving buses. He further reported that some of the Bridge Officers whose positions will be eliminated with the implementation of all electronic tolling, at the Golden Gate Bridge sometime in the fall of 2012, attended the Roadeo and gained a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a Bus Operator.

     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
     
5.

Attorney David Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report are informational. Attorney Miller reported that a Closed Session will be held just prior to the conclusion of this meeting, to discuss the following items, listed on the Agenda as Items No. 6.B.1., and 6.B.2.:

"1.        Conference with Legal Counsel – Pending Litigation
            Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a)
            Report of Athens Administrators, Inc.
            Alberto Alvarado vs. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

2.         Conference with Labor Negotiator
            Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6
            Designated Negotiator: Jerrold Schaefer, Esq.
            2011 Union Coalition”

     
ENGINEER’S REPORT
     
6.

In the absence of District Engineer Ewa Bauer, General Manager Denis Mulligan reported that all items contained in the written Engineer’s Report are informational.

Discussion ensued, including the following comments and inquiries:

  • Director Snyder advised that District Engineer Ewa Bauer is being honored by the Women in Transportation San Francisco Chapter at a reception to be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
     
REPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF APRIL 7, 2011
     
7.

Authorize Execution of an Agreement with the Marin County Transit District to Operate the Muir Woods Shuttle for the Summer of 2011

Directors COCHRAN/STROEH
Resolution No. 2011-027
authorizes execution of a one-year Agreement with Marin County Transit District (Marin Transit) to operate the Muir Woods Shuttle on weekends and holidays from Saturday, May 7, 2011, through Sunday, September 25, 2011, with the understanding that the service will be paid for by Marin Transit at a cost not to exceed $331,836.00.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll Mar, Moylan, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown and Pahre; President Reilly

     
REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF APRIL 8, 2011
     
8.

Approve Actions Relative to the Reorganization of the Customer Service Center

     
  a.

Public Comment

Helen Moore, Customers Relations Supervisor, spoke in opposition to staffing changes associated with reorganization of the Customer Service Center. Ms. Moore stated that she is very proud to be an employee at the District. Ms. Moore confirmed her support of the Customer Service Center move to the C. Paul Bettini San Rafael Transit Center and use of the automated voice system. She further stated that the proposal to downgrade her position is retaliatory due to her part in a past employee investigation. She noted that she was surprised to hear that Customer Service Center employees would have to reapply for their jobs. She requested the Board carefully consider the changes brought forth in her testimony at both the April 8, 2011 Rules and today’s Board meetings. Finally, Ms. Moore stated that she does not expect preferential treatment and is prepared to accept an adjustment to her salary.

     
  b.

Comments by Acting Chair Chu

Acting Chair Chu stated that the above-referenced matter was discussed at the meeting of the Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee/Committee of the Whole (Rules) of April 8, 2011. She reported that staff requested that the matter of, “Approve Actions Relative to the Reorganization of the Customer Service Center,” be continued for two weeks in order to evaluate the Rules Committee motion to separate the original staff recommendation into two actions.

     
 
This matter will be presented to the Board at its meeting of Friday, April 22, 2011. Attached is an excerpt from the Minutes of the Rules meeting of April 8, 2011.
     
9.

Approve Amendments to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District – Amalgamated Retiree Health and Welfare Plan and Related Agreement and Declaration of Trust

Directors CHU/SOBEL
Resolution No. 2011-028
approves amendments to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District-Amalgamated Retiree Health and Welfare Plan (Plan) and the related Agreement and Declaration of Trust (Trust), as approved by the Board of Trustees for the Plan and Trust.

Adopted

AYES (14): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Mar, Moylan, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSTENTION (1): Director Grosboll
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown and Pahre; President Reilly

     
SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
   
10.

Ratify Board Member Appointment by the Board President to Represent the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District – Amalgamated Transit Health and Welfare Trust and Retirement Board

Directors STROEH/BORO
Resolution No. 2011-029
ratifies the following Board member appointments by the Board President to represent the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District – Amalgamated Transit Health and Welfare Trust and Retirement Board, as follows: Directors Boro and Sobel; President Reilly; and, amends Resolution No. 2011-012 accordingly.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll Mar, Moylan, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown and Pahre; President Reilly

   
11.

Approve the Selection of the Second Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Years 2011-2012

Director Stroeh, Chair of the Advisory Committee for Nomination of Officers of the Board of Directors, reported that the Committee met on April 8, 2011, to discuss the selection of the Second Vice President of the Board of Directors for the years 2011-2012, and recommends that Director Grosboll be selected to serve in that capacity.

Directors STROEH/BORO
Resolution No. 2011-030
approves the selection of Director Dick Grosboll as Second Vice President of the Board of Directors for the years 2011-2012.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll Mar, Moylan, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown and Pahre; President Reilly

   
12.
Authorize a Resolution of Appreciation to Charles McGlashan in Recognition of his Dedicated Service as a Director of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board
     
  a.

Action by the Board

Directors BORO/STROEH
Resolution No. 2011-03
1 authorizes a Resolution of Appreciation to former Director Charles McGlashan in recognition of his dedicated service on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (15): Directors Boro, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Grosboll Mar, Moylan, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors Brown and Pahre; President Reilly
     
  b.

Comments by the Board

  • Director Boro commented that there would be a Memorial Service for Director McGlashan on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, CA. Ms. Tarantino reported that the Board would present the Resolution of Appreciation to Director McGlashan’s widow, Carol Misseldine, at a future meeting of the Board. She further reported that the Marin County Bicycle Coalition is holding a Charles McGlashan Memorial Bicycle Ride on April 22, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Director Sobel made the following comments:
    • He pointed to the red roses at Director McGlashan’s seat at the Board table and indicated that Director McGlashan frequently stated how much he loved the District and his work on transportation.
    • He stated that Director McGlashan was a regional leader who he called a “pragmatic progressive.”
    • He noted that Director McGlashan’s death is particularly tragic because he was such a visionary young leader.
   
CLOSED SESSION
   
13.

Attorney David Miller, at the request of Acting and First Vice President Eddie, stated that the Board of Directors would convene in Closed Session, to discuss the matters listed under Closed Session, outlined above in Item No. 5.

After closed session, Acting and First Vice President Eddie 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 above in Item No. 5.

     
  a.

Conference with Legal Counsel/Pending Litigation

Attorney Miller reported that no action was taken at this time in the matter of Alberto Alvarado vs. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and the item will be continued to the April 22, 2011, meeting of the Board.

     
  b.

Conference with Labor Negotiator/2011 Union Coalition

Attorney Miller reported that Mr. Mulligan stated that an offer was made to the 2011 Union Coalition. He noted meetings have been scheduled for further discussions on Monday, April 11 and Monday, April 18, 2011. He indicated that the Board would be kept apprised of any developments in the negotiations.

     
ADJOURNMENT
     
14.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m., in memory of Charles McGlashan and Gerald Marcus.
     

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District

 

Attachment: Excerpt from 4/8/11 Rules Committee Minutes