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Board of Directors Meeting

March 28, 2000

 

Summary Minutes

1. CALLED TO ORDER at 5:15 p.m.

Thanked the Board Members for their attendance at the meeting.

ROLL CALL: Members Present: Beall (Ex-Officio), Chavez, Gonzales, Kennedy, D., LeZotte, Lucas, Matthews, McHugh, McLemore, Noe, Powers, Valerio, Woody, Alvarado

Members Absent: Eakins, Kennedy, J., Nadler

2. PUBLIC PRESENATIONS

Margaret Okuzumi, Peninsula Rail 2000, requested that the Board request funding for projects which will provide significant relief to commuters and consider projects outlined in the Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalitions of World Class Transit Report.

Member Eakins took her seat at 5:18 p.m.

Acknowledged Metropolitan Commission's (MTC) Chairperson Jim Beall and District Commissioners John McLemore and Charlotte Powers. Advised Board of Workshop scheduled for March 31, 2000 at the San Jose Hyatt. Expressed concern regarding having to make decisions outside of the Board's process.

Requested that the Board's final decision be faxed to his home this evening.

Member Springer took his seat at 5:24 p.m.

Staff reported that due to Governor's 90-day transportation program, a list of project priorities has been developed and explained the process.

Member McLemore left the meeting at 5:27 p.m.

3. FY 2001 State Budget Earmark Requests

Emphasized that the proposal is a one-time opportunity and encouraged the Board to continue to work towards an alternative solution such as SCA 3 (Burton) Local Transportation and Taxes.

Kim Strickland, Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition, commended VTA for the large number of transit projects being proposed for funding and stated that they strongly support funding the Downtown/East Valley Transit Project.

Pheadra Ellis, Working Partnerships USA, addressed the Board and stated that the Working Partnership USA supports the Downtown/East Valley Project. She expressed concern regarding the East Side being left behind when it pertains to modern transportation; and commended Member Beall's leadership with MTC and for his work with low-income communities and communities of color as they relate to transit.

Member Kennedy, D., took his seat at 5:43 p.m.

Jim Stallman, Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee & Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, expressed concern that there was no mention of bicycle projects and requested that 3% be given to bicycle projects.

Vince Snmang, Interested Citizen, expressed concern regarding the Caltrain Lenzen Maintenance Facility.

Thanked the Board, VTA staff, MTC Chairperson Beall, and Commissioners McLemore and Powers for working with the San Jose City and staff in reaching a conclusion. Noted that VTA developed a list which is a good representation of Santa Clara County's current transportation priorities and future needs.

Adopted the recommended strategy for addressing transportation capital improvement project earmarks through FY 2001 State Budget Process.

Clarified that the list will be forwarded to MTC, as well as the Governor Davis and Maria Contreras-Sweet, Secretary Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency.

ADJOURNED at 6:12 p.m. to the VTP 2020 Workshop of the Board of Directors scheduled for Friday, March 31, 2000, at 8:30 a.m. and, subsequently, to the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2000, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors' Chambers, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, California.