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Thursday, January 11, 2007

6:00 P.M.

1800 Oakdale Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94124


1.0               Call to Order
Commission President Bobbrie Brown called the Thursday, January 11, 2007 meeting to order at 6:06 p.m. in the Alex L. Pitcher Community Room at 1800 Oakdale Avenue.

Commissioner Brown read the Sunshine Ordinance aloud.

            1.2            Roll Call: Commissioners Present:  Brown, Fuentes, Jones, Parker, Person, Kennedy, and Sampson

Staff Present: John Roddy, Deputy City Attorney; Toye Moses, Executive Director; Annette Price, SECF Comm. Secretary.


            1.3                    Consent Calendar

          RESOLUTION (SECFC-2006-71) Be it resolved that the minutes of the Southeast Community Facility Commission meeting of Wednesday, December 27, 2006 were approved as submitted.

2.0               PUBLIC COMMENT
There was no public comment at this time.

3.0               COMMUNICATIONS:

Ø      Correspondence included in Commission folders

a.      Correspondence to Ms. Susan Leal, PUC General Manager

b.      Correspondence to Ms. Gwen Chan, Acting Superintendent of Schools re: Letter of invitation to present.


Commissioner Kennedyreported: The Facility Committee met on January 3rd to discuss
Rules & Regulations of the Southeast/EPM Facilities and address safety issues at the Southeast Facility and (4) satellite childcare facilities. Commission Kennedy explained one of the main reasons necessitating the change in rules/regs was due to the shooting that took place in front of the childcare center back in December.

THE RULES & REGULATION FOR THE USE OF ALEX PITCHER COMMUNITY ROOM & E.P. MILLS AUDITORIUM:  Main recommendations were to place 3-month moratorium on ALL repast events during week (SFPD required on weekend), increase hourly fee of event monitor/security guard, and elimination of courtesy set-up hour.

Commissioner Parkersaid he would like to review the specific guideline regarding repast events as he may have some recommendations.

Commissioner Jones asked for the rational with regard to the increase in service fees. Dir. Moses explained event monitors were required to be at events one hour prior without pay which created a hardship. Consequently, it was decided to eliminate the courtesy hour.

Commissioner Fuentes asked for clarification with regard to the increase in security guard service fees. Dir. Moses explained it as a cost-of-living increase. He also noted that there is a sliding scale fee for financial hardship cases.

Commission Person asked whether there was recourse if procedures are violated. Commissioner Brown explained that lease agreements are due for renewal and at that time those concerns could be included.

MOTION: Moved by Kennedy, seconded by Jones to approve recommendations re: Rules & Regulations. Motion passed unanimously to approve recommendation as presented (7-0).


Main recommendations were to negotiate with vendor regarding change in service hours (EPM); cost estimates for security lights (EPM); linkage of building B to alarm system (EPM), security code reassignments/guideline compliance (EPM).

MOTION: Moved by Kennedy, seconded by Sampson to approve Recommendation re: Safety Issues at EPM, MLK, Sojourner Truth, Captain Shorey Childcare Center. Motion passed unanimously to approve recommendation as presented (7-0).

Commissioner Brown introduced Mr. Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Executive Director/CEO, San Francisco Municipal Railway who thanked the Commission for the invitation and opportunity to update the Community on the Third Street Light Rail Project and the Municipal Transportation Authority (MTA).

Mr. Ford,having been employed with the MTA for almost a year, stated one of the reasons he chose to relocate to San Francisco was the city’s vision of being a “transit first city”. He commented that the merger of parking & traffic with transit operations was very progressive, as cooperation is needed by both operations in order to be successful. 

Mr. Ford announced that the soft launch of the 3rd Street light rail would take place on Saturday, January 14th (weekend only) and will transition into full 7-day a week service on April 7th. Mr. Ford spoke of some of the challenges encountered at the onset of the project and assured the Commission that MTA will strive to be good public servants with an open-door policy to address the public’s concerns.  Mr. Ford then opened the floor to questions.

Commissioner Brown asked whether the 15 Third bus line would cease operation once the light rail begins. Mr. Ford explained the 3rd Street bus line would continue until April 7th and subsequently be migrated to the 9 San Bruno bus line. Mr. Ford also said that phase II of the 3rd Street project will be the central subway portion, which will go into China Town.

Commissioner Person asked several questions regarding security on the T-Third line and clarification on the bus transfer process. Mr. Ford clarified that transfers would be permitted within a certain timeframe. Regarding security, Mr. Ford explained work orders have been submitted to provide additional security (precinct manpower); and that security cameras have been installed on all 19 platform stations.

Commissioner Sampson mentioned the film on light rail safety that was shown at the last Commission meeting and asked whether that would be broadcast to the general public. Mr. Ford stated he sees no problem with getting that on public cable access television. 

Commissioner Parker made comment that he would like to see more city departments follow MUNI’s role in terms of minority hiring/training. Mr. Ford explained he recognizes the importance of diversity and is currently in discussion with Supv. Maxwell to implement a transportation academy. He also noted that the Metro East Maintenance Facility, part of the light rail project, will not only provide jobs but educational opportunities in terms transportation.

Dir. Moses congratulated Mr. Ford for a job well done and offered to make available to MTA a satellite office at Southeast Facility possibly one day a week similar to what the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services has. Mr. Ford thanked the Director noting the importance for MTA to have a regular presence in the community.

Mr. Ford announced the following upcoming events: Inaugural train ride on Saturday, January 13th @ 8:30 a.m.; Freedom Train on Monday, January 15th @ 11:15; Regular 7-day a week service will begin on April 7th.

Commissioner Kennedy again expressed her thanks and appreciation to Mr. Ford and the MTA for providing transportation for the MLK celebration.

Commissioner Brown stated that many people in the community have voiced concerns regarding the inability to make left turns and also recognizing when and when not to cross in the crosswalks. Mr. Ford stated MTA has submitted change orders for the installation of audible pedestrian countdown signals in the corridor.
Ms. Mariejie Argüelles commented about the frequent rerouting of the 24 bus line. Ms. Jamie Gray commended MTA staff for the presentation given to her senior group on public safety. Ms. Smith asked that MTA ensure that seniors/disable residents have sufficient time when crossing the street. Ms. Whitehead voiced concerns regarding the 23 and 44 bus lines.

6.0           OLD & ONGOING BUSINESS:LONG- & SHORT-TERM GOALS FY 06/07 & ASSIGNMENT OF COMMITTEE & AD HOC: Dir. Moses reminded that the goals, suggested by the Commission, were consolidated by staff and forwarded to the Deputy City Attorney for a legal opinion.

Attorney Roddy reported: The PUC is responsible to maintain Clean Water funds. Consequently, to move a portion of that responsibility to the Commission would require a charter amendment. He stated the remaining goals on the list do not conflict with any PUC authority and suggested those goals be pursued as working assignments. Roddy reminded that PUC authority does not apply re: General Fund facilities.

After discussion regarding the Commission’s charge, specific goals, strategies to accomplish goals, Commissioner Fuentes suggested that each committee chair schedule a meeting to review specific goals that fall under their committee, narrow them down and bring them back to the full Commission for discussion.
Upon motion by Commissioner Kennedy and seconded by Commissioner Sampson the goals listed in the January 11, 2007 “Long- & Short-term Goals for FY 2007/2008” were approved by the following vote. 


VOTE:   Adopted (4-3)

AYES:   Commissioners Brown. Fuentes, Kennedy, and Sampson

NOES:   Commissioners Jones, Parker, and Person

Brown directed staff to provide each commissioner with S.F. Administrative Code 54 that created the Commission.

7.0               DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Ø      Director Moses reported:

a.      He would meet with Laura Spanjian, PUC Asst. GM to review the budget prior to it going to the PUC Commission.

b.      CCSF students are still on vacation.

MOTION: Moved by Parker, seconded by Fuentes to accept the Director’s Report. Motion passed unanimously to accept report as presented (7-0).

Dir. Moses announced that Mr. Dwayne Jones would present at the next commission meeting to discuss economic development issues in BVHP.

9.0               PUBLIC COMMENT:
Mr. David Pilpel suggested all material in Commission packets (non-confidential) be made available for public review. He also announced two weeks from Saturday PUC will hold a sewer system master plan workshop in the Alex Pitcher Community Room and invited the Commission to attend.


10.0               ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Commissioner Kennedy announced memorial service for Ms. Naomi Gray would be held on Saturday, January 20th, 1:00 p.m. at 600 Embarcadero. The Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration would take place on Monday, January 15, 2007 @ the Civic Center Auditorium.

11.0               ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Commission Secretary