City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council
Finance and Administration Committee (FAC)
Regular Meeting Minutes
Thursday, March 6, 2008 3:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California
1. Call to Order / Roll Call
Chairman Murphy called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
FAC Members present at Roll Call: Daniel Murphy (Chairman), Emily Drennen and Griffith Humphrey.
FAC absent: None
SFMTA CAC Members not on this committee present: Steve Ferrario and Norman Rolfe
2. Adopt minutes of January 28, 2008:
On motion to adopt January 2008 minutes: Approved. (Ayes – Murphy, Drennen and Humphrey)
3. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: None
4. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy
5. Pedestrian Safety Programs Budget (Discussion/Action) Cristina Olea, Heath Maddox and Bridget Smith
Ms. Olea said that funding for the Pedestrian Safety Program is $5 million, of which $1 million is for the program itself and almost $4 million is for capital cost. Sources of revenue are from annual allocations and grants. Currently only the Program Manager and the Planner III positions are filled. The remaining four positions, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Planner II and Planner I, are expected to be filled by Spring 2009.
The Pedestrian Safety Program is looking at funded projects involving traffic calming and pedestrian safety, to develop them into Better Streets projects with landscaping, tree planting, environmental features, ecological design, accessible pedestrian signals, count-down pedestrian signals and street lighting.
Emily Drennen made the following motion:
WHEREAS, the SFMTA is a multimodal agency charged with implementing the City’s Transit-First Policy, and
WHEREAS, The SFMTA operating budget has not historically included any funds for the Livable Streets, Bicycle, or Pedestrian programs, and
WHEREAS, The SFMTA has committed to installing pedestrian count-down signals at all signalized intersections, and has not identified funding to complete the remaining 400 intersections to meet this goal, and
WHEREAS, The SFMTA will be unlikely to install any new pedestrian countdown signals (except on 19th Avenue and Van Ness Ave) until at least fiscal years 2013-14 due to lack of available funding,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the SFMTA CAC urges the SFMTA to begin partially funding the Livable Streets, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Programs from the operating budget, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the SFMTA CAC urges the SFMTA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis examining the upfront and full externalized costs of completing the remaining 400 intersections all at once within a short timeframe as opposed to the incremental process that would not begin until at least fiscal years 2013-14, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the externalities include the full costs to the City from increased pedestrian injuries and deaths such as emergency room visits, Muni lawsuit settlements, lost work time, etc.
On motion to conduct a cost-benefit analysis completing 400 intersections:
Approved. (Ayes – Murphy, Drennen and Humphrey)
6. FY2009/FY2010 Budget: (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose
Ms. Bose reported the progress of the Operating budget. She stated that the SFMTA revenue for FY2009 has been projected to be $771.9 million. Expenditures have been projected to be $787.17 million. The SFMTA Board will decide on options to close the $15.3 million shortfall. The impact of MOU for Labor Contracts is unknown.
Ms. Bose stated that the SFMTA revenue for FY2010 has been projected to be $754.6 million. Expenditures have been projected to be $787.2 million. The impact of MOU for Labor Contracts is unknown.
Emily Drennen made the following motion:
WHEREAS The new programs funded in the FY2009 budget reflect the policy parities of the Agency, as articulated by the CAC, the TEP and others, the SFMTA CAC recommends that the projected shortfall in revenue be closed by the combination of parking meter rate increases, parking fine increases, and an increase in residential parking permit rates.
On motion regarding closing the $15.3 million shortfall: Adopted. (Ayes – Murphy, Drennen and Humphrey)
7. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled:
Next regular meeting: April 16, 2008, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 3:00 p.m.
8. Adjournment: 5:17 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
Accessible meeting policy – One South Van Ness Avenue
Debra J. Reed
SFMTA CAC - Secretary