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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Thursday, January 8, 2004

Minutes

1.

CALLED TO ORDER

The Regular Meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authoritys (VTA) Board of Directors was called to order by Chairperson Gage at 5:32 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, California.

ROLL CALL

Members Present
David Casas
Cindy Chavez
David Cortese
Patricia Dixon
Frederik Fowler
Don Gage, Chairperson
Ron Gonzales
Pete McHugh
John McLemore
Joe Pirzynski, Vice Chairperson
Forrest Williams

Members Absent
Pat Dando
Jim Beall, Ex-Officio

Alternates Present
Ken Yeager, Alternate

Alternates Absent
Blanca Alvarado, Alternate
Dennis Kennedy, Alternate
Breene Kerr, Alternate
Dolly Sandoval, Alternate

* Alternates do not serve unless participating as a Member.

A quorum was present.

  
The Agenda was taken out of order.
  
3. ADJOURNED TO CLOSED SESSION�at 5:33 p.m.

Board Member McLemore arrived at the meeting and entered Closed Session at 5:35 p.m.

Board Member Yeager arrived at the meeting and entered Closed Session at 5:36 p.m.

Board Member Dixon arrived at the meeting and entered Closed Session at 5:41 p.m.

City of Los Altos Council Member Casas, representative for Group 2, arrived at the Board Meeting at 5:41 p.m.

A. Existing Litigation - Conference with Legal Counsel [Government Code Section 54956.9(a)]

Name of Case: Nam Van Pham v. Santa Clara County Transportation Authority (Santa Clara County Superior Court Case CV810820)

B. Existing Litigation - Conference with Legal Counsel
[Government Code Section 54956.9(a)]

Name of Case: Grzegorz Ciesielski v. Santa Clara County Transportation Authority (Santa Clara County Superior Court Case CV804795)

C. Conference with Labor Negotiators
[Government Code Section 54957.6]

Employee Organizations:
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 265

VTA Designated Representatives:
Kaye L. Evleth, Chief Administrative Officer
Scott Buhrer, Chief Financial Officer
Robert Escobar, Manager, Office of Employee Relations
  
2. OATH OF OFFICE

Sandra Weymouth, Board Secretary, administered the Oath of Office to Council Member David Casas, City of Los Altos, representing Group 2.

Board Member Casas entered Closed Session at 5:42 p.m.
  
3. CLOSED SESSION�(continued)

Board Member Cortese arrived at the meeting and entered Closed Session at 5:42 p.m.

RECONVENED TO OPEN SESSION at 6:04 p.m.

Chairperson Gage noted that VTA Board of Directors Regular Meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. then immediately go into Closed Session. Chairperson Gage noted that Public Presentations will immediately follow Awards and Commendations beginning with the January 8, 2004 VTA Board of Directors Regular Meeting.

  
4. CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A. Existing Litigation - Conference with Legal Counsel
[Government Code Section 54956.9(a)]

Name of Case: Nam Van Pham v. Santa Clara County Transportation Authority (Santa Clara County Superior Court Case CV810820)

There was no reportable action taken during Closed Session.

B. Existing Litigation - Conference with Legal Counsel
[Government Code Section 54956.9(a)]

Name of Case: Grzegorz Ciesielski v. Santa Clara County Transportation Authority (Santa Clara County Superior Court Case CV804795)

There was no reportable action taken during Closed Session.

C. Conference with Labor Negotiators
[Government Code Section 54957.6]

Employee Organizations:
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 265

VTA Designated Representatives:
Kaye L. Evleth, Chief Administrative Officer
Scott Buhrer, Chief Financial Officer
Robert Escobar, Manager, Office of Employee Relations

There was no reportable action taken during Closed Session.
  
4.X.

Approval of the Labor Agreement Between Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265

Al Triplett, ATU Local 265 President, expressed his appreciation to VTA Board of Directors for approval of the labor agreement negotiated between Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 265.�Mr. Triplett noted that the community called upon ATU Local 265 members to assist VTA through the current financial crisis.�� Mr. Triplett added that members deferred previously scheduled wage increases and agreed to pay a greater share of health care costs for benefits.� Mr. Triplett acknowledged Ms. Evleth and VTA Staff for their diligent work, skills, and practicality during the negotiation process.� Mr. Triplett noted the respect shown during the collective bargaining process.� Mr. Triplett noted appreciation, gratitude, and admiration for Mr. Buhrers diligent work during the current financial crisis.� He expressed his regret for Mr. Buhrers departure from VTA and added that Mr. Buhrer has been a great asset to the community.

M/S/C (Gonzales/Chavez)�to authorize the General Manager to amend and extend the terms and conditions of a labor agreement negotiated between Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 265 and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

Chairperson Gage acknowledged and thanked the Union for their flexibility.

  
5. ORDERS OF THE DAY

Chairperson Gage noted that Public Presentations will immediately follow Awards and Commendations.

Board Member Gonzales requested that Agenda Item #13., Adopt a Financial Stability Strategy, which includes revenue enhancement measures recommended by the Ad-Hoc Financial Stability Committee be removed from the Regular Agenda and deferred to the February 5, 2004 VTA Board of Directors Regular Meeting.

M/S/C (Gonzales/Chavez)�to accept the Orders of the Day.

  
6. AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

A. Employees of the Month for January 2004

Chairperson Gage presented awards to Laura Fosselman, Chaboya Maintenance, as VTA Employee of the Month for December 2003 and Mary Ortega, Chaboya Operations; Sara Keating, Chaboya Maintenance; and Jean Wright, River Oaks Administration, as VTA Employees of the Month for January 2004.

Board Members with Five Years of Service

Chairperson Gage recognized and presented five-year pins to Board Members with Five Years of Service with VTA to Board Members Chavez, Gonzales, McLemore, Ex-Officio Board Member Beall, and Former Chairperson Kennedy.� Chairperson Gage extended congratulations to the Board Members with Five Years of Service with VTA.

B. Recognize Outgoing Board Members

Chairperson Gage recognized Outgoing Board Members Valerio, Springer, Mossar, LaPoll, and Former Chairperson Kennedy.

Chairperson Gage recognized Manny Valerio.� Outgoing Board Member Valerio has served on the VTA Board of Directors for eight years including one year as VTA Board of Directors Chairperson in 2001.� During Mannys years with the VTA Board of Directors, he served on the following committees: Chairperson of the VTA Board of Directors Transit Planning and Operations Committee, Member of the Caltrain Joint Powers Board, Member of the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) Joint Powers Board, Member of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board, Member of the Caltrain Policy Advisory Board, and Member of the Tasman West Policy Advisory Board.� Outgoing Board Member Valerio is the second VTA Board Member to serve on all three Joint Powers Boards: Caltrain, ACE, and Capitol Corridor, Former VTA Board Chairperson Jim Lawson also served on all three Joint Powers Boards.� Manny oversaw the Groundbreakings of the Route 85/87 Interchange Project and the I-880 Widening Project, both of which have now been completed and opened.� Outgoing Board Member Valerio oversaw the Groundbreaking of Vasona Light Rail Corridor Line, which is now under construction.� He presided over the Tasman East Light Rail Corridor opening and dedication.� Chairperson Gage thanked Outgoing Board Member Manny Valerio for his dedication and many years of service.

Chairperson Gage recognized Dena Mossar.� Dena served on VTA Board of Directors this past year representing the North County Cities.� Dena served on the following committees: Member of VTA Board Transit Planning and Operations Committee, Member of the Ad-Hoc Financial Stability Committee, Member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commissions (MTC) 2000 San Francisco Bay Crossings Study Policy Committee, Member of the ACE Joint Powers Board, Member of the 2020 Peninsula Gateway Corridor Study Policy Advisory Committee, and Member of the Caltrain Policy Advisory Board.�She was a supporter and driving force in bringing about the reconstruction of the ACE Joint Powers Board as well as the evolution of the ACE Joint Powers Board Cooperative Service Agreement.� Chairperson Gage thanked Outgoing Board Member Dena Mossar for her commitment to represent VTA both locally and regionally.

Chairperson Gage recognized Francis LaPoll.� Francis served as an Alternate Board Member on the VTA Board of Directors this past year representing the North County Cities.� He served on the following committees: Alternate Board Member of VTA Board Transit Planning and Operations Committee, Chairperson of the VTA Board Ad-Hoc Restructuring Proposal Committee, Member of the ACE Joint Powers Board, and Member representing VTA on the Silicon Valley Habitat Conservation Plan Commission.� Francis previously served on the VTA Board of Directors in 2000 as a Regular Board Member and oversaw the opening of the Tasman West Light Rail Corridor Line.� Chairperson Gage thanked Outgoing Board Member Francis LaPoll for his service.

Chairperson Gage noted that Tom Springer was unable to attend and recognized Outgoing Board Member Springer.� Tom served on the VTA Board of Directors for four years, the first two years as an Alternate Board Member representing the Milpitas, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill City Group and the past two years as a Regular Board Member.� Tom served on the following committees: Member of the Board Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee, Member of the Ad-Hoc Financial Stability Committee, Member of the Caltrain Policy Advisory Board, and Member of the South County Roadway Policy Advisory Board.� During Toms service, the Gilroy Transit Center opened and the Widening of Highway 101 into South County was completed.� Chairperson Gage thanked Outgoing Board Member Tom Springer for his service.

C. Recognize 2003 Board Chairperson Jane P. Kennedy

Chairperson Gage recognized 2003 VTA Board Chairperson Jane P. Kennedy.� Chairperson Gage noted that Former Chairperson Kennedy guided VTA as VTA Board of Directors Chairperson last year.� Former Chairperson Kennedy served on the following committees: Chairperson of the Administration and Finance Committee and Member of the Vasona Policy Advisory Board.�Former Chairperson Kennedy presided over the openings of the following three major Highway Congestion Relief Programs: Route 85/87 Interchange in South San Jose, Widening of Highway 101 between San Jose and Morgan Hill, and Widening of the I-880 in San Jose.� Former Chairperson Kennedy presided over the Groundbreaking of Route 85/101 Interchange in Mountain View.�Chairperson Gage noted the leadership and direction of Former Chairperson Kennedy in the development and adoption of VTAs first ever multi-year budget, Comprehensive Fare Policy, Service Management Plan for VTA, and initiated the process for updating the Countywide Valley Transportation Plan (VTP) 2030.� Chairperson Gage expressed his appreciation to serve as the Vice Chairperson with 2003 VTA Board Chairperson Kennedy and thanked Former Chairperson Jane P. Kennedy for her service.

Chairperson Gage presented gifts and took pictures with the Outgoing Board Members.� Chairperson Gage expressed appreciation for the VTA Board of Directors diligent work and dedication.

Former Chairperson Kennedy thanked and noted her appreciation for the opportunity to work with VTA Board of Directors and VTA Staff.� Former Chairperson Kennedy noted her appreciation for the support of VTA Staff and the City of Campbell Staff for their diligent work.� Former Chairperson Kennedy thanked constituents for their support.� She noted that 2003 has been a difficult year; however, VTA now has in place a better operation and system.

Peter M. Cipolla, General Manager, thanked and acknowledged outgoing Board Members for their diligent work and dedication within VTA.� Mr. Cipolla noted the departure of Mr. Buhrer and Lisa Ives, Principal Transportation Planner, from VTA during the second week in January 2004.� Mr. Cipolla acknowledged Mr. Buhrer and Ms. Ives as tremendous assets and noted their diligent work within VTA.� Mr. Cipolla noted Ms. Ives contribution to the BART Project and Mr. Buhrers strategic financial planning within VTA.� Mr. Cipolla added that Mr. Buhrer and Ms. Ives will be missed, and congratulated and wished them well in their future.

Chairperson Gage welcomed returning and newly appointed Board Members for 2004 and noted his appreciation to work with one another.� Chairperson Gage introduced Board Member David Casas, City of Los Altos, representing Group 2; Board Member Breene Kerr, Town of Los Altos Hills, representing Group 2 as an Alternate Board Member; Board Member Fred Fowler, City of Sunnyvale, representing Group 2 as an interim appointment; Board Member Joe Pirzynski, Town of Los Gatos and VTA Vice Chairperson, representing Group 3; Board Member Dolly Sandoval, City of Cupertino, representing Group 3 as an Alternate Board Member; Board Member Patricia Dixon, City of Milpitas, representing Group 4; Board Member Dennis Kennedy, City of Morgan Hill, representing Group 4 as an Alternate Board Member; Board Member Pete McHugh, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, representing Group 5; and Board Member Blanca Alvarado, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, representing Group 5 as an Alternate Board Member.�

Chairperson Gage thanked everyone for their participation and noted his pleasure in working closely with VTA Board Members and Vice Chairperson Pirzynski.� Chairperson Gage noted his friendship, excellent working relationship, and confidence in Vice Chairperson Pirzynski.� Chairperson Gage commented on VTAs fiscal crisis and added that VTA has continued to provide a variety of quality transportation services to the community.� Chairperson Gage commented on the Ad-Hoc Financial Stability Committee Meetings held this year to address the impact of the economic decline on VTAs revenue and ridership.� Chairperson Gage noted the Ad-Hoc Financial Stability Committee recommendations that VTA has begun to develop and implement, such as the Financial Stability Strategy Plan, which has been moved to the February 5, 2004 VTA Board of Directors Regular Meeting; the adopted Service Management Plan that outlines VTAs overall service management strategy for ridership productivity (boardings per hour) and cost efficiency (cost per hour); and the adopted VTA Fare Policy addressing both the Fare-Box Recovery Ratio and pricing structure goals.� Chairperson Gage commented that during this past year VTA has been able to complete several 1996 Measure B Projects on budget and some projects ahead of schedule.� Chairperson Gage noted that some projects were deferred due to the economic downturn; however, he added that VTA continued to utilize innovative approaches, such as GARVEE Bonds and swap funding to keep major projects under construction and ongoing.�Chairperson Gage noted that in order to keep buses and light rail trains running in 2003 and 2004, the VTA Board of Directors bonded against future 2000 Measure A revenue.� Chairperson Gage noted that the VTA Board of Directors will continue to face the challenges of keeping quality service for customers and delivering the 1996 Measure B Projects as promised to the public.� Chairperson Gage commented that this spring the VTA Board of Directors will be asked to adopt VTP 2030.� Chairperson Gage noted that VTP 2030 is the countywide transportation plan that provides VTAs overall planning and programming direction.� Chairperson Gage noted that the challenges are great; however, he noted his appreciation to work with VTA Board of Directors, VTA Staff and the community to continue to meet VTAs short and long-term financial needs.

  
27. PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

James Wightman, Interested Citizen, expressed his concern regarding Tasman East Light Rail opening and noted the need for the opening date to be posted on the map.

Jerry Grace, Interested Citizen, wished everyone a Happy New Year and recognized the newly appointed Board Members.� �Mr. Grace noted that this year will be better. Mr. Grace commented on the composition of the VTA Board of Directors.

Vice Chairperson Pirzynski left the meeting at 6:24 p.m.
  
7. COMMENTS FROM CHAIRPERSON DONALD F. GAGE

A.� Board Standing Committee Appointments

Chairperson Gage approved the recommendations of Board Member Appointments to the following Board Standing Committees for 2004: 1) Forrest Williams as Chairperson, David Casas, Trish Dixon, and Don Gage representing the Administration and Finance Committee; 2) Cindy Chavez as Chairperson, Pat Dando, Fred Fowler, and John McLemore representing the Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee; and 3) David Cortese as Chairperson, Ron Gonzales, Pete McHugh, and Joe Pirzynski representing the Transit Planning and Operations Committee.

M/S/C (McLemore/Williams)�to approve Chairperson Gages recommendations of Board Member Appointments to the following Board Standing Committees for 2004.

B.��Appoint a New Member of the VTA Board of Directors to represent VTA on the Governing Body Liaison for the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan

Chairperson Gage noted that Former Board Member Francis LaPoll previously held the appointment to represent VTA on the Governing Body Liaison for the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan. �Chairperson Gage requested that a Board Member volunteer to fill the vacancy to represent VTA.� Board Member John McLemore volunteered to represent VTA on the Governing Body Liaison for the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan.

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, Board Member McLemore was appointed to represent VTA on the Governing Body Liaison for the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan.

  

CONSENT AGENDA

8. Minutes of the Regular Board of Directors Meeting of December 4, 2003

M/S/C (Gonzales/McLemore)�to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board of Directors Meeting of December 4, 2003.

  
 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

9. VTP 2020 Highway Program I-880/Coleman Avenue Interchange Construction Contract Award

M/S/C (Gonzales/McLemore)�to authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with FCI Constructors, Inc/Pavex Joint Venture, the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $44,173,465 for construction of the I-880/Coleman Avenue Interchange Project in the City of San Jose.� �The contract award is contingent upon final action on the sale of GARVEE Bonds by the California Transportation Commission anticipated in January 2004.� The project is 97 percent federally funded.

  
10. Legislative Positions: Regional Measure 2

M/S/C (Gonzales/McLemore)�to adopt a support position for Regional Measure 2, which deals with San Francisco Bay Area bridge tolls.

  
 

CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

 There were no items submitted for the Consent Agenda by the Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee.
  
 

TRANSIT PLANNING AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

 There were no items submitted for the Consent Agenda by the Transit Planning and Operations Committee.
  
  
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REGULAR AGENDA

  
 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - Forrest Williams - (See Agenda Item # 20.A.)

11. 2004 State Legislative Program

M/S/C (Williams/McHugh) to approve the 2004 State Legislative Program for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).

  
12. 2004 Federal Legislative Program

M/S/C (Williams/Gonzales)�to approve the 2004 Federal Legislative Program for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).

  
13. (Deferred to the February 5, 2004 VTA Board of Directors Meeting.)

Adopt a Financial Stability Strategy, which includes revenue enhancement measures recommended by the Ad-Hoc Financial Stability Committee.

  
14. Aligning the San Jose State University Transit Access Program with the Employer-Based Eco Pass Program

Board Member Chavez acknowledged and thanked Anne-Catherine Vinickas, Marketing and Customer Service Director, VTA Staff, Peter M. Cipolla, General Manager, Mayor Ron Gonzales, Jim Webb, and City of San Jose Staff for being instrumental in the matter relating to the San Jose State University (SJSU) Transit Access Program (TAP).� �Board Member Chavez noted her appreciation to everyone for their diligent work relating to SJSU TAP.

Alfonso De Alba, Executive Director, Associated Students of SJSU, thanked Mayor Ron Gonzales, Board Member Chavez and Board Member McLemore for their assistance relating to the SJSU TAP.� �Mr. De Alba thanked VTA Staff for their diligent work within the SJSU TAP.� Mr. De Alba noted the importance of the program and acknowledged all parties for working together for this long-term partnership.�Mr. De Alba thanked and noted his appreciation to Mr. Cipolla and Ms. Vinickas for their participation and working with SJSU TAP.

M/S/C (Williams/Chavez)�to adopt Resolution No.� 04.01.01�amendment to Fare Tariff Resolution No. 03.06.09 relating to the San Jose State University Transit Access Program.�

  
 

CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - Cindy Chavez - (See Agenda Item # 20.B.)

15. 2004 State Transportation Improvement Program

M/S/C (Chavez/Gonzales)�to approve the programming of Santa Clara Countys Regional Improvement Program (RIP) share of the 2004 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

  
 

TRANSIT PLANNING AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - David Cortese - (See Agenda Item # 20.C.)

16. Contract for Armed and Unarmed Security and Protective Services

Frank T. Martin, Chief Operating Officer, provided a brief overview on the Contract for Armed and Unarmed Security and Protective Services.� Mr. Martin commented that the VTA Security Program includes a contract with the Sheriffs Department, Transit Patrol, and Armed and Unarmed Security Services.� Mr. Martin commented that the VTA Security Program has a combination of 2900 hours weekly for unarmed and 900 hours weekly for armed security services.� Mr. Martin added that Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., (Securitas) has been involved in VTAs Security Program for about five years.�Mr. Martin added that on September 29, 2003, VTA issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) and mailed them to twelve security service vendors in the local area.� Mr. Martin added that VTA received several proposals, which were evaluated and ranked.�Mr. Martin noted that the top three firms were invited for an interview and as a result of the interview process, Securitas was selected to be the contractor for VTAs improved Security Services Program.� Mr. Martin added that the selection process was based on a number of factors.� Mr. Martin commented that Securitas has experience working with VTA and has performed an excellent job for VTA.� Mr. Martin commented on their corporate staff support and 24-hour business day for field supervisors and dispatchers to maintain constant contact with VTA security staff headquarters.� Mr. Martin added that Securitas has worked with VTA for the past five years; therefore, they have a better understanding of the requirements for working with VTA.� Mr. Martin noted that some of the other vendors were not aware of the drug-testing requirement required to work with VTA.� Mr. Martin commented on the reduction in service cuts in transit service and VTAs overall Security Program. Mr. Martin commented on the continuation of reduction in services; however, he added that the only increase in service will be in the next five years as a result of the increase in transit services for the Tasman/Capitol and Vasona Light Rail Corridor lines.�

Board Member Chavez requested information regarding benefits and wages, including wage scale and entry-level wages for employees with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., (Securitas).�

Mr. Martin commented that wage rates for the security services are competitive with other vendors.� �He added that the security services vendor also receives a host of other benefits, such as, vacation, sick leave and health benefits.

Board Member Chavez requested a comparison of turnover as compared to other companies.

Raymond Frank, Chief of Security, noted that VTA is seen as a prize project to work with and there is very little turnover rate.� �Mr. Frank commented that VTA maintains a high caliber of officers and added that VTA is considered a prime project to work for within the Silicon Valley.�

Board Member McHugh queried regarding rationale of the two one-year extensions and queried further why the contract would not return to the Board of Directors for approval.� �Mr. Martin noted that contracts are usually written out this way.

M/S/C (McHugh/Gonzales)�to authorize the General Manager to enter into a contract with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., (Securitas) to provide armed and unarmed security and protective services for all VTA facilities and selected transit centers and light rail station platforms.� �The term of the contract is three years with two one-year options in the amount of $16,247,700 for the first three years of the contract.� Further, authorize the General Manager, at his discretion, to exercise the two one-year options for an amount of $12,157,600 for the fourth and fifth years of the contract.

Board Member Gonzales left the meeting at 6:45 p.m.

  
  
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OTHER ITEMS

17. Legislative Positions: Proposition 56

Kurt Evans, Government Affairs Manager, provided a brief overview on the Legislative Positions: Proposition 56.� Mr. Evans noted that Proposition 56 Measure will be placed on the March 2004 State Primary Election Ballot.� Mr. Evans noted that there are numerous supporters of Proposition 56 and added that the purpose of the Proposition is to enact a comprehensive package of reforms to the State Budget Process in order to hold the Governor and Legislature to enact more responsible budgets and get the State Budget completed on time.� Mr. Evans added that the State has fallen into a pattern where the State Budget is typically not adopted by July 1, which is the beginning of the fiscal year.� Mr. Evans commented that often times it is two months into the fiscal year before the Legislature and Governor have come to an agreement on the State Budget.��� Mr. Evans commented on the six elements in Proposition 56 outlined in the memorandum.�Mr. Evans added that the objective of Proposition 56 is to change the voting on the Legislature to approve the State Budget from the current two-thirds majority to 55 percent.� Mr. Evans added that there is a requirement in Proposition 56 for a reserve fund to be established which would eventually equal five percent or more of the State General Fund expenditures and if the State Budget is not passed by the June 15 constitutional deadline, the Governor and Members of the Legislature would forfeit their salaries as well as other expense allowances for each day the State Budget is late.�� Mr. Evans commented on other provisions in Proposition 56 to give the Senate and Assembly the ability to censure party leaders who punish or threaten to punish any lawmaker regarding their vote on the State Budget.� Mr. Evans noted Staffs recommendation that the Board of Directors support Proposition 56 based on the potential to end the year after year State Budget gridlock.

Board Member Williams noted the good side of the position and queried on the downside of the position.� Mr. Evans noted no downside and that the intention is to get the budget in on time without delays.

Chairperson Gage noted his abstention vote within the Board of Supervisors Meeting due to it not being on the agenda and noted his intention to abstain from the vote within VTA Board of Directors Meeting due to his inability to support the entire position.

M/S/C (Chavez/Cortese)�on a vote of 9 ayes, 0 noes and 1 abstention to adopt a support position for Proposition 56, the Budget Accountability Act (Requested by SEIU 715).� Chairperson Gage abstained.

Board Member McHugh noted that the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved the position for Proposition 56, the Budget Accountability Act on a vote of 4 ayes, 0 noes and 1 abstention.� �Board Member McHugh also noted that Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Gage abstained from the vote.

  
18. ITEMS OF CONCERN AND REFERRAl TO ADMINISTRATION

There were no Items of Concern and Referral to Administration.

  
19. LEGISLATIVE REPORT

M/S/C (McHugh/Cortese)�to accept the Legislative Report as contained in the Agenda Packet.

  
20. SUMMARY MINUTES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

A.��Administration and Finance Committee

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Administration and Finance Committee Summary Minutes were accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

B.��Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee Summary Minutes were accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C.��Transit Planning and Operations Committee

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Transit Planning and Operations Committee Summary Minutes were accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

  
21. REPORTS FROM ADVISORY COMMITTEES

A.��Committee for Transit Accessibility (CTA)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Committee for Transit Accessibility Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

B.��Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Citizens Advisory Committee Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C.��Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

D.��Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Technical Advisory Committee Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

E.��Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Policy Advisory Committee Report was accepted as contained in the�Agenda Packet.

  
22. REPORTS FROM JOINT POWERS BOARDS (JPBs) and REGIONAL COMMISSIONS

Chairperson Gage advised Board Members that reports from Joint Powers Boards (JPBs) and Regional Commissions were placed in front of them on the dais.

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the reports were received and filed.�

A.��Peninsula Corridor JPB

B.��Capitol Corridor JPB

C.��Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

  
23. REPORTS FROM VTA POLICY ADVISORY BOARDS (PABs)

A.��Vasona Light Rail PAB

There was no report from the Vasona Light Rail PAB.

B.��Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor PAB

There was no report from the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor PAB.

C.��Caltrain PAB

There was no report from the Caltrain PAB.

D.��Downtown East Valley PAB

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Downtown East Valley PAB Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

E.��Highway PAB South

On order of Vice Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Highway PAB South Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

  
24. REPORT FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

There was no report from the Chairperson.

  
25. REPORT FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

There was no report from the General Manager.

  
26. ANNOUNCEMENTS

Chairperson Gage advised that Public Presentations will immediately follow Awards and Commendations.

  
27. ADJOURNMENT

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Michelle Garza, Board Assistant
VTA Board of Directors
  
  
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