Finance Committee - February 8, 2011

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Meeting Notice

Date:                     11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Location:                    Room 263, City Hall
Commissioners:      Commissioners Mar (Chair), Elsbernd (Vice Chair), Cohen, Farrell, Kim and Mirkarimi (Ex Officio)
Clerk:                          Erika Cheng


1.                   Roll Call

2.                  Approval of Minutes of the January 11, 2011 Meeting - ACTION* attachment

3.                  Recommend Approval of the 2011 State and Federal Legislative Program - ACTION* attachment

Every year in January or February, the Authority adopts a legislative program to guide the agency's transportation advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels.  The proposed State and Federal Legislative Program reflects key principles, gathered from our common positions with the Self-Help Counties Coalition, comprised of the other local transportation sales tax authorities around the state, as well as our understanding of the most pressing issues facing the region, the City, and the agencies that deliver transportation in the city. The proposed program is presented in the form of principles, not specific bills or legislative initiatives, in order to allow staff the necessary flexibility to respond to legislative proposals and specific policy concerns that may arise over the course of the session. Our 2011 Legislative Program continues many of the themes from the previous legislative sessions and emphasizes issues of stabilizing and protecting existing transportation funds, funding flexibility, authorizing new transportation revenues, aspiring to meet environmental and greenhouse gas reduction goals, and streamlining of project delivery mechanisms. All of these are necessary, particularly at a time when transportation funds are at risk due to the likely effect of Proposition 26 on the fuel tax swap and California's ongoing state budget crisis.  At the same time, Congress continues to debate the format, content and timing of the next federal surface transportation act which provides an opportunity to advocate for San Francisco priorities and support legislation that protects and increases funding for San Francisco projects. Our legislative program also continues to explore ways to address the need for stable and increased funding for transit operations.  We are seeking a recommendation to approve the 2011 State and Federal Legislative Program.

4.                  State and Federal Legislative Update - INFORMATION                                                        

5.                  Recommend Award of a Contract to City CarShare, in an Amount Not to Exceed $1,700,000, for the eFleet: Carsharing Electrified Project and Authorization for the Executive Director to Negotiate Terms and Conditions - ACTION* attachment

In December 2009, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted the Climate Initiatives Program as part of its framework for programming funds anticipated under the yet-to-be-developed six-year federal surface transportation act. Within the Climate Initiatives Program, the Innovative Grant Program is one of the competitive grant programs managed by MTC with up to $31 million to support high-impact, innovative projects with the greatest potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that can be replicated on a larger-scale around the region. In accordance with MTC's Grants Guidelines, City CarShare, a Bay Area non-profit organization, partnered with the Authority to submit an application for the eFleet: Carsharing Electrified project. In October 2010, MTC awarded $1.7 million in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funds to the Authority for the project. In November 2010, through Resolution 11-24, the Authority adopted a resolution of local support for the project and committed to act as a fiscal agent to support City CarShare in deploying a fleet of electric vehicles, as well as the supportive infrastructure and operations.  We are seeking a recommendation for the award of a contract to City CarShare, in an amount not to exceed $1,700,000, for the eFleet: Carsharing Electrified project and authorization for the Executive Director to negotiate terms and conditions.

6.                  Internal Accounting Report and Investment Report for the Six Months Ended December 31, 2010 - INFORMATION* attachment

The Authority's Fiscal Policy directs staff to give a quarterly report of expenditures including a comparison to the approved budget.  The Authority's Investment Policy directs that a review of portfolio compliance be presented along with the quarterly report.  The Internal Accounting Report for the six months ended December 31, 2010, is presented for information.

7.                  Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

8.                  Public Comment

9.                  Adjournment

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