Charter Amendment by Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
was heard by the Board of Supervisor's Rules Committee Meeting
City Hall, Room 263, on June 23, July 1, and July 8, 2004.
The Charter amendment will go before the whole Board on Tuesday, July 20, 2004.
The meeting starts at 2 p.m. This is Item 40 on the agenda.
[Board of Supervisors to set annual salary for Director of MTA, subject to $250,000 cap;
Board to approve Director’s contract; Board’s line item veto of expenditures and
proposed fares in MTA budget; Controller to administer MTA quality review.]
A proposal to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco, at an election
to be held on November 2, 2004, by amending Sections 8A.102, 8A.106, and 8A.107, to
provide that: the Board of Supervisors shall set the annual salary of the Director of
Transportation of the Municipal Transportation Agency, which shall not exceed $250,000;
the Board of Supervisors must approve the contract between the Municipal
Transportation Agency and the Director of Transportation; the Board may reduce or
reject any expenditure contained in the Agency’s base budget, and may reject any
proposed fare; and, the Controller, rather than the Agency, shall administer the biennial
municipal transportation quality review survey and study.
The Director of Transportation’s Contract and Salary
The Charter currently provides that the Board of Directors of the Municipal
Transportation Agency (MTA) shall appoint a Director of Transportation. The Director is
employed under an individual contract, rather than ordinary civil service rules. The Board
of Supervisors has no say regarding the MTA’s contract with the Director.
The proposal would require that the Board of Supervisors approve the contract between
the Director of Transportation and the MTA. This requirement would not apply to any
contract entered into before the date of the election on the proposal (November 2, 2004).
The Charter currently does not set or limit the Director’s salary, but provides that the
Director’s compensation shall be comparable to the compensation of the heads of similar
public transportation systems. The Director’s contract must include a bonus plan based
on how well the MTA does in meeting the performance goals and standards set for it
under the Charter.
The proposal would require that the Controller, rather than the MTA, survey similar public
transportation systems to determine the appropriate range for compensation for the
Director. The proposal would require that the Board of Supervisors, rather than the
MTA, set the Director’s salary. The proposal would also cap the Director’s salary at
$250,000 per year, adjusted for inflation. The proposal would eliminate the requirement
that the Director’s salary include performance bonuses, but would not prohibit a bonus
plan. These requirements would not apply to any contract entered into before November
Line Item Veto of Expenditures and Proposed Fares in the MTA Budget
The Charter currently provides that the Municipal Transportation Agency shall send a
proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors each year. The budget includes any
proposed fare changes, but the MTA is not required to submit a fare schedule if it does
not intend to change fares. The Board may allow the MTA’s proposed budget, including
any proposed fare changes, to take effect without any action by the Board. Or the Board
may reject the MTA’s entire budget, including any proposed fares changes, by a two-
thirds' vote, but the Board may not change the budget.
The proposal would require the MTA to include a proposed schedule of all fares with its
annual budget, even if the MTA did not propose to change the fares. The proposal would
allow the Board of Supervisors, by a majority vote, to reject any proposed fare
separately from the rest of the fare schedule and the budget. The proposal would also
allow the Board, by a majority vote, to reject or reduce any individual expenditure listed
in the MTA’s budget. The proposal would set deadlines for such Board actions, to allow
the MTA time to revise its budget proposal in response to the Board’s changes.
The Municipal Transportation Quality Review
The Charter currently provides that every two years the Municipal Transportation Agency
shall contract with a nationally recognized management or transportation consulting firm
for an independent review of the quality of the MTA’s operations. The review shall
include an analysis of whether the MTA has met the performance goals and standards set
for it under the Charter. The Charter does not limit who may be surveyed as part of the
The proposal would provide that the Controller, rather than the Agency, would
administer the review. The proposal would also provide that the review would be limited
to MTA riders and measure whether they thought that the MTA had met the performance
goals and standards set for it under the Charter.