Official recap is posted below.
The Metro Board of Directors held its June meeting last Thursday. Audio of the meeting can be heard by clicking here.
Among the items the Board took action on:
•The Board accepted a Metro staff report to be received-and-filed on Metro’s response to the recent protests for racial justice. Staff report
•The Board approved a motion calling for Metro to report back to the Board on the agency’s use of force policy for its policing partners (LAPD, Long Beach PD, L.A. Sheriff’s Dept.), a review of training and use of force by Metro security guards and recommendations on how to further reform policing at Metro and how resources might possibly be reallocated to homeless services. Motion
•The Board approved a motion on a 9 to 2 vote to establish a community approach to policing the Metro system. In particular, the motion calls for the creation of a Transit Public Safety Advisory Committee that should consider a number of potential actions and include additional perspectives from the community. Motion is below or can be found here. This motion attracted a lot of public interest and testimony, with most speakers in support. The L.A. Times article is here.
•The Board approved a motion requesting a report on how the Metro Art program is integrating art on buses, trains and stations, experimenting with provocative works that address the times we live in and how artists can be used in the reimagining of transit. Motion
•The Board approved a motion asking Metro to review the Mutual Aid agreement that allows Metro to provide and receive help from other government agencies. Under the agreement, Metro provided buses to the LAPD to transport people arrested at recent protests. Motion
•The Board approved a motion asking Metro to review policies and protocols for service shutdowns in the future. Metro took the extremely rare step of shutting down service on the night of May 30 due to protests, looting and a citywide curfew in L.A. Motion
•The Board approved a motion calling for Metro to create a race and gender plan to enact should the state Legislature approve Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5, which would repeal 1996’s Prop 209 that banned affirmative action by the state. Motion
•The Board approved a $21-million contract with Henzel Phelps Herzog JV for early demolition and site preparation work for the Airport Metro Connector project. The project will build a new rail and bus stations where riders can transfer between Metro, other muni bus service and the future LAX Automated People Mover that will serve airport terminals.