08-2012

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MAY 24, 2012

 

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 Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 10:47 a.m., President Reilly presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (15): Directors Arnold, Campos, Cochran, Fredericks, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly

Directors Absent (4): Directors Chu, Elsbernd and Mar; Second Vice President Grosboll

Staff Present: General Manager Denis Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire; District Engineer Ewa Bauer; Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino; Attorney David Miller; Attorney Molly Kaban; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary Witt; Deputy General Manager/Bus Transit Division Teri Mantony; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Transit Division James Swindler; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Kellee Hopper; Director of Human Resources Harvey Pye; Public Affairs Director Mary Currie; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Lona Franklin

Visitors Present: The Honorable Leland Yee, California State Senator, District 8; Leah Rowell, Legislative Aide to Senator Leland Yee; Quintin Mecke, Communications Director, Office of California State Assemblyman for District 13 Tom Ammiano

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Director J. Dietrich Stroeh led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

PUBLIC COMMENT

  Presentation of Special Resolutions of Appreciation Relative to the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
     
  a. The Honorable Leland Yee, California State Senator, District 8

The Honorable Leland Yee presented the District with a resolution, stating that he had been on the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco and a member of the District Board at a tumultuous time in history, during which many conflicts came to the fore. Many of those conflicts were financial issues and very difficult decisions had to be made. He stated that, because everyone worked together, they were able to meet the challenges. He indicated it had been a tremendous pleasure to be part of the District Board, and that he learned much from the experience. He related his recollection of General Manager Denis Mulligan, stating that he was a very young man at that time, having come to the District from Caltrans. He stated that being in the Board room made him feel as if he were coming home. He stated that a delegation from San Francisco and Marin County had signed onto this resolution. He concluded by stating that it comes to the District with a great deal of respect for the accomplishments of the District and its staff; and, for its history.

President Reilly thanked Senator Yee on behalf of the Board members and the District.

     
  b. The Honorable Tom Ammiano California State Assemblyman for District 13 – presented by Quintin Mecke, Communications Director

Mr. Mecke, Communications Director for the Office of the Honorable Tom Ammiano, California State Assemblyman for District 13, presented an Assembly Resolution on behalf of Assemblyman Ammiano, who was a District Board member for many years and who has great affection for the District. He indicated that the Assemblyman plans to attend the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration. He acknowledged, on behalf of the Assemblyman, that a suicide deterrent system for the Golden Gate Bridge remains one of his priorities. Mr. Mecke indicated that Assemblyman Ammiano is working with Congresswoman Pelosi’s office and the federal delegation, and is working in Sacramento as well, to secure funding for a suicide deterrent system.

     
  c. James Eddie, District Director Representing Mendocino County

First Vice President James Eddie presented a Resolution of Appreciation to the District from the county of Mendocino. He stated that the Resolution was initiated because the director of the museum, of which Director Eddie is a Board member, had visited with General Manager Denis Mulligan, who had provided Golden Gate Bridge memorabilia for public display in the county’s Administration Building. The exhibit, honoring the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary, was open for six months. He thanked Mr. Mulligan for sharing the memorabilia with Mendocino County.

     
 

Discussion ensued, including the following comments:

  • Director Arnold stated that, at its Tuesday, May 22, 2012 meeting, the Marin County Board of Supervisors had adopted a Resolution of Appreciation in honor of the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary. She stated that President Reilly and General Manager Mulligan were presented with the Resolution at that meeting.
  • Director Campos stated that the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco had also adopted a Resolution of Appreciation in honor of the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary.
  • Director Fredericks stated that the Town of Tiburon is having a 75th Anniversary Celebration as well, on Sunday, May 27, 2012, beginning at 5:30 p.m. She indicated that a fireworks display will cap the evening, and invited everyone to attend.

There was no other public comment.

     
CONSENT CALENDAR
     
1. Directors STROEH/COCHRAN moved and seconded to approve the Consent Calendar. All items were approved by the following vote of the Board of Directors:

AYES (15): Directors Arnold, Campos, Cochran, Fredericks, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Chu, Elsbernd and Mar; Second Vice President Grosboll

     
2. Denial of Claims
  a.

Claim of Holly Elizabeth Selvig

Carried

  b.

Claim of Jane Ann Pozzi Newhart

Carried

  c.

Claim of Terry Newhart

Carried

     
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT
     
3. Presentation of Contestant Awards for Employee-Designed Artistic Creations Acknowledging the 75th Anniversary of the Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge

During the first few months of 2012, District employees were encouraged to submit personally designed artwork as part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. Five designs were submitted by employees. Awards to be given to the top three designs, determined by a tally of votes cast by District employees, included an Apple® iPad for the first place winner; and, an Apple® iTouch for winners of second and third places.

President Reilly presented the First Place Award to Alberto Melendez, Bus Operator, Bus Transit Division; the Second Place Award to Wendell Pinson, Marine Storekeeper, Ferry Transit Division; and, the Third Place Award to Marvin Miller, Software Engineer, District Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

She presented Honorable Mention Awards to each of the following: Derrick O’Keefe, Deckhand, Ferry Transit Division; and, Adam Nuyens, Maintenance, Bus Transit Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

   
4.

Presentation of Twenty-Year Service Award to Udelle Knudsen, Customer Relations Assistant, District Division

President Reilly presented a twenty-year Service Award to Udelle Knudsen, Customer Relations Assistant, District Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
5. Report of the General Manager

General Manager Denis Mulligan reported that all items contained in the written General Manager’s Report are informational. A copy of the General Manager’s Report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
         
6. Attorney David Miller reported that all items contained in the written Attorney’s Report are informational. A copy of the Attorney’s Report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Attorney Miller also reported that a Closed Session will be held just prior to the conclusion of this meeting to discuss the following item, listed on the Agenda as Item No. 6.B.1.a., as follows:

         
  "Closed Session
  "1. Conference with Labor Negotiator
"Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6
    "a. Union Coalition"
         
ENGINEER’S REPORT
     
7.

District Engineer Ewa Bauer reported that all items contained in the written Engineer’s Report are informational. A copy of the Engineer’s Report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

   
OTHER REPORTS
     
8. There were no “Other Reports” to discuss.
     
REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE, MAY 24, 2012
     
9. Authorize the General Manager to Execute a Cooperative Agreement with the California Department of Transportation Relative to the Golden Gate Bridge Movable Median Barrier

Directors EDDIE/CAMPOS
Resolution No. 2012-033
authorizes the execution of a Cooperative Agreement (Agreement) between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District), to provide the District reviews and approvals by Caltrans, as a result of the environmental evaluation of the Golden Gate Bridge Moveable Median Barrier Project impacts, and its design and construction within the U.S. Highway 101 right-of-way; and, authorizes the General Manager to execute said Agreement on behalf of the District, in a form acceptable to the Attorney.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Arnold, Campos, Cochran, Fredericks, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Chu, Elsbernd, Mar; Second Vice President Grosboll

     
10. Authorize Execution of the Fifth Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with CH2M Hill, Relative to Request for Proposals No. 2007-BT-1, Consultant to Provide Design Services for Radio Replacement and Intelligent Transportation System

Directors EDDIE/COCHRAN
Resolution No. 2012-034
authorizes the execution of the Fifth Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with CH2M Hill (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.), relative to Request for Proposals No. 2007-BT-1, Consultant to Provide Design Services for Radio Replacement and Intelligent Transportation System, later renamed the Advanced Communications and Information System (ACIS), in an amount not to exceed $205,000.00, to provide additional services with regard to the finalization of the ACIS Project Implementation; with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the FY 11/12 District Division Capital Budget.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Arnold, Campos, Cochran, Fredericks, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Chu, Elsbernd, Mar; Second Vice President Grosboll

     
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE, MAY 24, 2012
     
11. Authorize Receiving Allocations of State Transportation Assistance and Proposition 1B Funds and Authorize Entering into Memoranda of Understand to Pass through the Funds to Lifeline Transportation Project Sponsors in Marin County

Directors STROEH/EDDIE
Resolution No. 2012-035
approves actions relative to receiving allocations of State Transportation Assistance (STA) and Proposition 1B (Prop 1B) funds, as follows:

  a. Authorizes the General Manager, or his designee, to receive allocations of STA and Prop 1B funds, in the estimated amount of $1,573,270.00, to fund three Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) projects in Marin County; and,
  b. Authorizes entering into Memoranda of Understanding with the LTP project sponsors to pass through the funding and related grant requirements for specified LTP projects approved by the Transportation Authority of Marin;
  with the understanding that the District will be compensated in the amount of up to $62,930.00 for administration of the LTP over a three-year period, contingent upon a grant administration fee agreement with the Marin County Transit District.
     
 
Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Arnold, Campos, Cochran, Fredericks, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Chu, Elsbernd, Mar; Second Vice President Grosboll

     
12. Approve Renewal of the Health and Benefit Insurance Plans

Directors STROEH/EDDIE
Resolution No. 2012-036
approves the renewal of the District’s Health and Benefits Insurance Plans, at an estimated renewal cost increase of 5%, as follows:

  a. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, at a cost of $6,942,000.00, for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2012;
  b. Blue Shield of California Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Plan, a self-funded Plan, at an estimated cost of $9,027,000.00, for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2012;
  c. Blue Shield of California Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Plan, at an estimated cost of $2,743,000.00, for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2012;
  d. Medical Stop-Loss Coverage with Blue Shield of California, at a cost of $658,000.00, for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2012;
  e. CVS Caremark Prescription Drug Plan, a self-funded Plan, at an estimated cost of $4,037,000.00, in year three of a three-year rate guarantee, scheduled for renewal on July 1, 2013, effective July 1, 2012;
  f. OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, at a cost of $23,000.00, for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2012, with the understanding that the renewal fully insured rates are guaranteed for three years (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015);
  g. Vision Service Plan of California, a self-funded Plan, at a cost of $257,000.00, for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2012, with the understanding that the administration fees are in the second year of a three-year rate guarantee (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014);
  h. Delta Dental Plan of California, a self-funded Plan, at a cost of $2,765,000.00, for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2012, with the understanding that the administration fees are in the second year of a two-year rate guarantee (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013);
  i. Group Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Dependent Life Plan, with Minnesota Life, at a cost of $104,000.00, for a one-year term, effective July 1, 2012, with a three-year rate guarantee (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015); and,
  j. Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), at an estimated cost of $1,141,000.00, for retirees already enrolled in the HRA program and associated administrative fees for Extend Health, at a cost of $4.00 per month per HRA account;
 

with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the FY 12/13 Bridge, Bus Transit, Ferry Transit and District Divisions’ Operating Budgets.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Arnold, Campos, Cochran, Fredericks, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Chu, Elsbernd, Mar; Second Vice President Grosboll

     
ADDRESSES TO THE BOARD
       
13. There were no “Addresses to the Board” to discuss.
       
SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
14. There was no “Special Order of Business” to discuss.
     
CLOSED SESSION
     
15. Attorney David Miller, at the request of President Reilly, stated that the Board would convene in Closed Session, to discuss the matter listed under Closed Session, as 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 had met in Closed Session, as permitted by the Brown Act, to discuss the matter listed above in Item No. 6. He reported that the Board had heard an updated report from Attorney Molly Kaban regarding pending negotiations and sidetable discussions. He concluded by stating that the negotiating team will keep the Board informed with respect to further progress in finalizing the settlements. No action was taken.

     
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
     
16.

There was no “Unfinished Business” to discuss.

     
NEW BUSINESS
     
17.

There was no “New Business” to discuss.

     
COMMUNICATIONS
 
18.
A copy of Board Agenda Item No. 13, “Communications,” is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.
   
ADJOURNMENT
     
19.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 11:22 a.m., in memory of Pietro Palumbo, Celia Pardini and Yung Gon.
     

 

Respectfully submitted,

s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District