The Board of Directors met this morning in downtown Los Angeles. The agenda was on the short side due to the start of the new year. Here are three notable actions taken by the Board:
•(Item 21) The Board adopted a policy to better manage and track costs of Measure R projects. The basic idea is to track spending on early Measure R projects to avoid cost overruns so that money will be left for later Measure R projects.
•(Item 24) The Board approved a policy to create two parallel processes to accept bids for new light rail cars. One process would follow guidelines to get get federal funds for the cars; the other would follow a process detailed under current Metro guidelines.
•(Item 26) The Board decided to extend a contract for 30 days with the firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips for lobbying the federal government in Washington D.C. at the cost of $51,500 per month. Metro staff had recommended not exercising a six-month option for performance issues. An amendment by Director John Fasana asked for the 30-day option along with a report by staff on issues involved with the contract.