April 27, 2012

 

REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

 

Honorable Board of Directors
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway
  and Transportation District

Honorable Members:

A meeting of the Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole (Committee) of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) was held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, CA, on Friday, April 27, 2012, at 10:15 a.m., Chair Stroeh presiding.

Committee Members Present (9): Chair Stroeh; Vice Chair Pahre; Directors Cochran, Eddie, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Moylan and Sobel; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
Committee Members Absent (0): None
Other Directors Present (10): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Fredericks, Mar, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder and Theriault

Committee of the Whole Members Present (19): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Fredericks, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
Committee of the Whole Members Absent (0): None

Staff Present: General Manager Denis Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire; District Engineer Ewa Bauer; Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino; Attorney David Miller; Attorney Jerrold Schaefer; Attorney Molly Kaban; Attorney Madeline Chun; 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 Planning Ron Downing; Public Affairs Director Mary Currie; Assistant Clerk of the Board Lona Franklin

Visitors Present: None

1. Ratification of Previous Actions by the Auditor-Controller
 
  In a memorandum to Committee, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan outlined commitments, disbursements and investments made on behalf of the District. The report also included a copy of the District’s Investment Report from PFM Asset Management, LLC (PFM), and no verbal report was provided by PFM. A copy of the staff report, with attachments, is available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors COCHRAN/EDDIE to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Finance-Auditing Committee recommends that the Board of Directors authorize the following actions by the Auditor-Controller:

  a. The Board of Directors ratifies commitments and/or expenditures totaling $12,796.00 for the period March 1, 2012, through March 31, 2012;
  b. Ratify investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period March 13, 2012, through April 16, 2012, as follows:
 
Security
Purchase Date
Maturity Date
Original Cost
Percent Yield
National Australia Bank NY CD 03/13/12 01/30/14 5,032,100.00 1.40
BNP Paribas Fin. Inc Comm. Paper 04/11/12 07/10/12 5,519,262.20 0.56
  c. Authorize the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board, investments maturing between April 16, 2012, and May 14, 2012, 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 March 2012, as prepared by PFM.

Action by the Board at its meeting of May 11, 2012 – Resolution
CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (19): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Fredericks, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
NOES (0): None

       
2. Authorize Budget Adjustment(s) and/or Transfer(s)
   
  a.

Budget Increase in the FY 11/12 Ferry Transit Division Capital and Operating Budgets Relative to Execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Sunrise Wireless, Inc., for Wireless Internet Services Onboard Golden Gate Ferries and at the Ferry Terminals

In a memorandum to Committee, Deputy General Manager/Ferry Transit Division James Swindler, Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Kellee Hopper, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan reported on staff’s recommendation for the Committee’s concurrence to approve a budget increase in the FY 11/12 Ferry Transit Division Capital and Operating Budgets relative to execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Sunrise Wireless, Inc., for wireless internet services onboard Golden Gate ferries and at the ferry terminals.

The staff report provided details regarding the execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Sunrise Wireless, Inc., as well as related information. It is recommended that the Board establish a total Project budget in the amount of $264,518.00, to be 100% District funded; and, approve a budget increase in the FY 11/12 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget, in the amount of $264,518.00. Funds will be included in the Ferry Transit Division Operating Budget in subsequent years to cover the cost of the annual fee.

A copy of the staff report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors COCHRAN/MOYLAN to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Finance-Auditing Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve a budget increase in the FY 11/12 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget, in the amount of $264,518.00; with the understanding that funds will be included in the Ferry Transit Division Operating Budget in subsequent years to cover the cost of the annual fee; relative to the Professional Services Agreement with Sunrise Wireless, Inc., for wireless internet services onboard Golden Gate ferries and at the ferry terminals.

Action by the Board at its meeting of April 27, 2012
Refer to Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee/Committee of the Whole
Meeting of April 27, 2012

AYES (19): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Fredericks, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
NOES (0): None


     
3. Authorize Actions Related to Grant Programs
     
  a.

Authorize Actions Relative to the Application and Award of FY 12/13 Lifeline Transportation Program Funds

In a memorandum to Committee, Director of Capital and Grant Programs Gayle Prior, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire, and General Manager Denis Mulligan reported on staff’s recommendation to authorize actions relative to the application and award of FY 12/13 Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) funds.

The staff report stated that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) established the LTP to assist in funding projects that are: 1) intended to result in improved mobility for low-income residents of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties; 2) developed through a collaborative and inclusive planning process; and, 3) proposed to address transportation gaps and/or barriers identified through a substantive community-based transportation plan or are otherwise based on a documented assessment of needs.

The report further stated that the MTC designated the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), as the Congestion Management Agency for Marin County to assist with the administration of the LTP.

The staff report concluded by stating that the District’s application will be for $726,457.00, contingent upon the TAM Board’s approval. Funds will be used to support the Advanced Communications and Information Systems project included in the FY 11/12 District Division Capital Budget at a total cost of $19,343,000.00. The project will be funded with $12,999,103.00 Federal Transit Administration funds (68%); $4,012,440.00 State Transit Security Grant Program funds (21%); $1,605,000.00 Regional Measure 2 funds (8%); and, $726,457.00 LTP funds (3%).

A copy of the staff report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

At the meeting, Mr. Wire briefly summarized the staff report, stating that the District is pleased to have the support of the TAM to support its projects.

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors GROSBOLL/EDDIE to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Finance-Auditing Committee recommends that the Board of Directors authorize the General Manager or his designees to execute for and on behalf of the District any actions necessary, including executing grant applications and agreements, to secure funds under the FY 12/13 Lifeline Transportation Program.

Action by the Board at its meeting of April 27, 2012 – Resolution
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (19): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Fredericks, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
NOES (0): None


   
4.

Approve an Increase in the Ferry “Stored Value” Clipper® Adult Fares

In a memorandum to Committee, Director of Planning Ron Downing, Deputy General Manager/Administration Kellee Hopper, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire, and General Manager Denis Mulligan reported on staff’s recommendation to increase Ferry “Stored Value” Clipper® adult fares each year beginning July 1, 2012, and ending July 1, 2015.

The staff report stated that the District faces an $87 million five-year projected deficit as a result of several recent developments that have resulted in reduced revenues, including the current recession, a reduction in state transit funding and the commitment of $75 million toward Caltrans’ Doyle Drive Reconstruction Project.

The proposed fare increase in the Ferry “Stored Value” Clipper® Adult Fares contributes to Initiative No. 25, “Implement Five-Year Transit Fare Increase Plan” and Initiative No. 14, “Further Reduce Ferry Fare Discount for Clipper® Riders from 30% to 20%,” of the FY 09/10 Financial Plan for Achieving Long-Term Financial Stability (Plan), approved by the Board of Directors (Board) at its meeting of October 30, 2009. The staff report also stated that the proposal addresses two goals previously adopted by the Board: first, to adjust transit fares as a means of continuing transit services with an appropriate level of passenger support; and second, to contribute new revenues to help address the District’s projected $87 million five-year financial shortfall.

The staff report stated that the Ferry Clipper® stored-value fares were last adjusted on January 1, 2011, with a 10% increase meant to address Initiative No. 13 of the Plan. With that action, cash (or single ride) fares and stored-value fares were separated into two distinct fare categories and the previous practice of linking “discounted” fares to full cash fares ended. This proposal would increase ferry stored-value Clipper® fares by 5% on July 1, 2012, and each July 1 thereafter through July 1, 2015, the same date as other fare increases take effect within the Golden Gate Transit bus and ferry systems. Fares for seniors, youth and persons with disabilities and single-ride “cash” adult fares are not affected by this proposal because these fares were already addressed in the adopted Five-Year Fare Program.

The staff report listed methods of notification to the public of the proposed Ferry Clipper® fare increase. It also provided a list of methods by which the public would be able to comment on the proposed increase.

In addition, the staff report provided information about required supplemental analyses, including Title VI Civil Rights analysis, California Environmental Quality Act impacts and fiscal impacts. Finally, a copy of the “Report of Proceedings of the Public Hearing of March 22, 2012, to Receive Public Comment on a Proposal to Increase Ferry ‘Stored Value’ Clipper® Fares” was attached.

A copy of the staff report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

At the meeting, Mr. Downing briefly summarized the staff report, stating that cash fares were increased in April 2011, but the Ferry “Stored Value” Adult Fares were not included in that program. He indicated that approval of a fare increase will have the effect of making fare increases concurrent with one another on July 1st of each year. Mr. Downing stated that 33 comments were received.

He reported that the revenue impact of this increase will be approximately $2 Million over a five-year period and that it will help the District offset its projected shortfall.

Discussion ensued, including the following inquiries:

  • Second Vice President Grosboll inquired as to the complaints received. In response, Mr. Downing stated that some concerned the increase itself, while some addressed transit benefits. Others were concerned about misinformation.
  • Director Snyder commented that he would like the District to find a way to offer a monthly pass to ferry customers by the time of the scheduled July 1, 2013, fare increase. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that staff will provide a presentation on this topic at a future Transportation Committee meeting.

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors COCHRAN/MOYLAN to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Finance-Auditing Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve an increase in the Ferry “Stored Value” Clipper® adult fares by 5% on July 1, 2012, and each July 1 thereafter through July 1, 2015, the same date as other fare increases take effect within the Golden Gate Transit bus and ferry systems; with the understanding that fares for seniors, youth and persons with disabilities and single-ride “cash” adult fares are not affected because these fares were already addressed in the adopted Five-Year Fare Program, as outlined in Attachment A; and, amend the Master Ordinance accordingly.

Action by the Board at its meeting of April 27, 2012 – Ordinance
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (19): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Fredericks, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
NOES (0): None

     
5.

Approve Suspension of the Planned Marin Local Fare Increase on Golden Gate Transit Regional Bus Routes

In a report to Committee, Director of Planning Ron Downing, Deputy General Manager/Administration Kellee Hopper, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire, and General Manager Denis Mulligan reported on staff’s recommendation to suspend the planned local fare increase, effective July 1, 2012, for Marin local riders who use Golden Gate Transit regional service.

The staff report stated that, as part of the Financial Plan for Achieving Long-Term Financial Stability (Plan), on April 22, 2011, the Board of Directors adopted a new Five-Year Transit Fare Program, which became effective July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2016.

The suspension is recommended in the interest of maintaining consistency in the fares charged to local riders on Marin local and District regional routes during pending negotiations regarding the longstanding contractual relationship with the Marin County Transit District. The inter-county, Sonoma local and San Francisco local regional route fares would increase on July 1, 2012, as scheduled.

A copy of the staff report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

At the meeting, Mr. Downing briefly summarized the staff report. Mr. Mulligan added that a proposal to increase regional fares on Marin local routes by Golden Gate Transit (GGT) has been discussed with principals in Marin County and at Marin Transit. He indicated that staff recommends suspension of that previously proposed fare increase. At that time, the fare for local riders within Marin County on GGT’s regional routes was set to increase on July1, 2012, to $2.25 for an adult single-ride fare and to $2.03 for adults using the Clipper® card. Youth, senior and disabled discount fares paid via Clipper® or cash would remain at $1.00 under the earlier proposal.

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors SNYDER/PAHRE to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Finance-Auditing Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve suspension of the planned Marin local fare increase on Golden Gate Transit regional bus routes, effective July 1, 2012.

Action by the Board at its meeting of April 27, 2012 – Ordinance
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (19): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Fredericks, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
NOES (0): None


       
6.

Authorize Execution of the Third Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with Traffic Technologies, Inc., Relative to Sole Source Agreement No. 2010-D-9, Strategic Development Plan for All Electronic Toll Collection, for Engineering Services and Permit Assistance

In a report to Committee, Director of Budget and Program Analysis Jennifer Mennucci, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan reported on staff’s recommendation to authorize execution of the Third Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with Traffic Technologies, Inc. (TTI), relative to Sole Source Agreement (SSA) No. 2010-D-9, Strategic Development Plan for All Electronic Toll Collection (Project), to provide additional services, to prepare engineering plans for signage and to assist in obtaining an encroachment permit from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

The Board, at its Special Meeting of October 30, 2009, approved the FY 09/10 Financial Plan for Achieving Long-Term Financial Stability (Plan), which incorporates thirty-three initiatives that, once implemented, will help restore the District to stable financial footing. Among the thirty-three initiatives is Initiative No. 4, “Implement All Electronic Tolling” (AET). Thereafter, the Board, by Resolution No. 2010-030 at its meeting of April 9, 2010, authorized execution of a Sole Source Professional Services Agreement (Agreement) with Traffic Technologies Inc. (TTI), for the creation of a Strategic Development Plan for AET conversion on the Golden Gate Bridge (Bridge). Since that time, the Board has approved two Amendments to the Agreement, the first on March 11, 2011, and the second on October 28, 2011.

The staff report stated that the Project will necessitate modification and development of new signs along the U.S. Highway 101 corridor from Marin City to the Golden Gate Bridge, which will require an encroachment permit from the Caltrans. TTI is responsible to provide project management and technical services for the AET project and, under its Agreement with the District, was to provide a preliminary signage plan, for which the District had allocated $15,000.00.

The staff report further stated that, to ensure adequate coordination of the work with other aspects of the Project, the District wishes to include the complete signage process within TTI's scope of work. TTI plans to utilize HNTB Corporation (HNTB) as a subconsultant to perform the additional work and will coordinate and manage HNTB's work at no additional charge, with the $15,000.00 originally allocated to the preliminary stage of signage work to apply to the signage portion of TTI's work and to offset HNTB's costs. HNTB has provided TTI with a proposal to perform the necessary scope of work and District staff has determined that the level of effort and the hourly rates to be charged are appropriate, fair and reasonable.

A copy of the staff report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

At the meeting, Mr. Wire briefly summarized the staff report, stating that funds were allocated for this Amendment in the FY 11/12 Capital Budget, but remain to be included in the Project budget.

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors SOBEL/REILLY to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Finance-Auditing Committee recommends that the Board of Directors authorize the execution of the Third Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with Traffic Technologies, Inc., relative to Sole Source Agreement No. 2010-D-9, Strategic Development Plan for All Electronic Toll Collection, in an amount not to exceed $62,864.00, for provision of additional services consisting of preparation of engineering plans for signage and assistance in obtaining an encroachment permit from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), with options to be exercised at the discretion of the General Manager or his designee for additional work if required by Caltrans, in an amount not to exceed $35,676.00, for a total amount not to exceed $98,540.00; with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the FY 11/12 Bridge Division Capital Budget.

Action by the Board at its meeting of April 27, 2012 – Resolution
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (18): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Fredericks, Mar, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
NOES (1): Director Moylan

   
7. Receive the Independent Auditor’s Engagement Letter for the Annual Financial Audit for the Year Ending June 30, 2012, as Submitted by Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP

In a report to Committee, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan reported on staff’s recommendation to receive the independent auditor’s engagement letter for the annual financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2012, as submitted by Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP.

The Board, by Resolution No. 2008-032 at its meeting of April 11, 2008, authorized execution of a Professional Services Agreement (Agreement) with Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP (VTD), Rancho Cucamonga, CA, relative to Request for Proposals No. 2008-D-3, External Audit Services, to perform the external financial audit services for the District.

The staff report stated that VTD submitted its “Letter of Engagement for the District’s FY 11/12 Financial Audit (Letter of Engagement)” in accordance with the terms of the Agreement. The purpose of the Letter of Engagement is to reconfirm VTD’s understanding of services with the District to ensure compliance in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards, and to describe the scope of VTD’s audit, audit objectives, management responsibilities and audit procedures pertaining to the audit.

A copy of the staff report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

At the meeting, Mr. Wire briefly summarized the staff report, stating that the District is required to perform an annual audit, and the District’s Independent Auditors, VTD, are currently engaged in performing that audit. The Engagement Letter tells the District the tasks they undertake and those they do not. The Engagement Letter is a formality.

Staff recommended and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors COCHRAN/REILLY to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Finance-Auditing Committee recommends that the Board of Directors receive the Independent Auditor’s Engagement Letter for the Annual Financial Audit for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012, as submitted by Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP.

Action by the Board at its meeting of April 27, 2012 – Resolution
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

AYES (19): Directors Arnold, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Fredericks, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sears, Snyder, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
NOES (0): None

   
8. Monthly Review of Golden Gate Bridge Traffic/Tolls and Bus and Ferry Transit Patronage/Fares (for Nine Months Ending March 2012)

In a memorandum to Committee, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan provided a schedule comparing categories of Golden Gate Bridge (Bridge) traffic, as well as a monthly review of Bridge traffic, tolls, transit patronage and fares, for nine months ending March 2012. Copies of the reports are available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Discussion ensued, including the following inquiry:

  • Director Renée inquired as to how the closure of Doyle Drive will impact District revenues. In response, Mr. Wire stated that closure of Doyle Drive is unprecedented and so the impact can only be estimated. The hope is that traffic will be reduced that weekend with the publicity that has been available regarding the closure. Mr. Mulligan added that additional ferries and buses are scheduled to run throughout the weekend. Any statement regarding the impact of the closure on District revenues would be speculative at this juncture.

Action by the Board – None Required

       
9. Monthly Review of Financial Statements (for Nine Months Ending March 2012)
         
  a. Statement of Revenue and Expenses

In a memorandum to Committee, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan provided financial statements entitled, Statement of Operating Revenues and Expenses for Nine Months Ending March 2012. Copies of the reports are available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Action by the Board – None Required

         
  b.

Statement of Capital Programs and Expenditures

In a memorandum to Committee, Director of Capital and Grant Programs Gayle Prior, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan provided financial statements entitled, Statement of Capital Programs and Expenditures for Nine Months Ending March 2012. Copies of the reports are available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Action by the Board – None Required

         
10. Review of the Auditor-Controller’s FY 11/12 Third Quarterly Report on Authorized Budget Adjustments and Budget Transfers Under the General Manager’s Authority

In a memorandum to Committee, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan provided a report entitled, Review of Auditor-Controller’s FY 11/12 Third Quarterly Report on Authorized Budget Adjustments and Budget Transfers Executed under the General Manager’s Authority and Board Authority. A copy of the report is available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Action by the Board – None Required

   
11. Review of the Auditor-Controller’s FY 11/12 Third Quarterly Report on Contracts and Change Orders/Contract Amendments Executed Under the General Manager’s Authority

In a memorandum to Committee, Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire and General Manager Denis Mulligan provided a report entitled, Review of Auditor-Controller’s FY 11/12 Third Quarterly Report on Contracts and Change Orders/Contract Amendments Executed Under the General Manager’s Authority. A copy of the report is available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Action by the Board – None Required

   
12. Closed Session

Attorney David Miller, at the request of Chair Stroeh, stated that the Committee would convene in Closed Session to discuss the matters listed on the Finance-Auditing Committee Agenda as Items Nos. 12.a. and 12.b., as follows:

       
  "12. Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation
“Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a)
Report of York Risk Services Group, Inc.
    "a. Alfredo Velasquez vs Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
    "b. Jaqi Asghedom vs Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District”
   
  After Closed Session, Chair Stroeh called the meeting to order in open session with a quorum present. Attorney Miller reported that the Committee had met in Closed Session, as permitted by the Brown Act, to discuss the matters listed under Closed Session, outlined above. He reported that the Committee received information about these Worker Compensation claims and that the Committee has granted authority to settle these two claims.
   
13.

Public Comment

There was no public comment.

       
14.

Adjournment

All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:40 a.m.

       

 

Respectfully submitted,

s/ J. Dietrich Stroeh, Chair
Finance-Auditing Committee

 

Attachment: Attachment A to Item. No. 4, above

 

ATTACHMENT A

ADVANCED COMMUNICATOIN AND INFORMATION SYSTEM (ACIS)


The ACIS project includes all hardware, software, and services necessary to accomplish the supply, installation, testing, documentation, training, and startup of ACIS, consisting of the following components:

  • Voice and data radio communications;
  • Basic ITS components including Computer Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL), route and schedule adherence, transfer request protection, and text messaging;
  • Real-time passenger information via the Internet, cell phones, and other wireless mobile devices.
  • Dynamic message signs at selected transit centers, bus stops, and other locations. Real-time information to Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) 511.org system;
  • On-board vehicle equipment including mobile data terminal, single point log-on interface, emergency alarm, text messaging, and interface with destination signs.