A pdf download of the agenda here along with links to Metro staff reports.
This is the final Metro Board of Directors meeting of 2021, and will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. As has been the case since the pandemic began last year, the meeting will be held virtually. A link to the livestream of the meeting will appear here shortly before the meeting begins.
For those who wish to enter public testimony during the meeting, here are the instructions in English and Spanish:
Live public comment can only be given by telephone.
The Board Meeting begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on December 2, 2021; you may join the call 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 and enter English Access Code: 8231160# Spanish Access Code: 4544724#
Public comment will be taken as the Board takes up each item. To give public comment on an item, enter #2 (pound-two) when prompted. Please note that the live video feed lags about 30 seconds behind the actual meeting. There is no lag on the public comment dial-in line.
Instrucciones para comentarios publicos en vivo:
Los comentarios publicos en vivo solo se pueden dar por telefono.
La Reunion de la Junta comienza a las 10:00 AM, hora del Pacifico, el 2 de Diciembre de 2021. Puedes unirte a la llamada 5 minutos antes del comienso de la junta.
Marque: 888-251-2949 y ingrese el codigo Codigo de acceso en ingles: 8231160# Codigo de acceso en espanol: 4544724#
Los comentarios del público se tomaran cuando se toma cada tema. Para dar un comentario público sobre una tema ingrese # 2 (Tecla de numero y dos) cuando se le solicite. Tenga en cuenta que la transmisión de video en vivo se retrasa unos 30 segundos con respecto a la reunión real. No hay retraso en la línea de acceso telefónico para comentarios públicos.
Below is a look at some of the more noteworthy items that the Board will consider:
•The Board will consider the Metro staff recommendations on the agency’s current law enforcement contracts with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Long Beach Police Department to patrol the Metro system.
The current five-year contract runs through June 2022. The agency’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) — which began meeting earlier this year and is made up of citizens — is currently reviewing law enforcement on the system and making its own recommendations. Scroll to documents on the PSAC web page to see minutes of the PSAC’S meetings.
The Metro staff recommendations to the Board are:
- SEEKING scope of work modifications (Attachment D) to align with the move towards reimagining public safety;
- AUTHORIZING up to $75.2 million for the remaining six months of the original contract inclusive of scope of work modifications;
- EXTENDING the contract for an additional six months (July through December 2022) with a 6-month option (January through June 2023) to allow PSAC recommendations to come forward to support the new procurement and timeline and award of the contract;
- FUNDS for the extension will be requested during the FY23 budget process.
An amendment to this Board item calls for Metro to only contract with law enforcement agencies that require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Here is the staff report.
The Board will also be considering new public safety mission statement and values developed by the PSAC in consultation with Metro staff:
•Directly related to the above items, the Board will consider a motion asking Metro staff to take the following actions:
- In February 2022, report on the status of the initiatives funded by Motion 26.2 (March 2021), including projected launch dates, program elements, input received from PSAC, and projected funding needs in FY23.
- During the development of the FY23 budget, ensure a continued minimum commitment of $40 million for the public safety alternatives outlined in Motion 26.2, in addition to rolling over unspent funding from FY22.
- In April 2022, report to the Operations, Safety, and Customer Experience Committee with a recommended public safety budget for FY23, including proposed funding levels for police services and public safety alternatives, with consideration of the Board’s directive to realign resources.
- Consult with PSAC throughout the FY23 budget development process.
WE FURTHER MOVE that the Board direct the Chief Executive Officer to:
Develop a place-based implementation strategy that identifies station locations that are good candidates for piloting a reimagined public safety approach consistent with the new Mission and Values statement, including the deployment of some or all of the public safety alternatives identified in Motion 26.2 and modifying law enforcement deployment at these pilot locations while continuing to ensure fast emergency response times.
•The Board will consider a receive-and-file Metro staff funding plan for the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor project to address the funding gap between the Measure M funding and updated project cost estimates based on the project being 15 percent designed. The funding plan outlines applying for federal New Starts funding, seeking additional state grants and the possible use of available local funds. Staff report
•The Board will consider approving $5 million in funding for 13 Open and Slow Streets events through Dec. 2023 — these are events that provide walking and biking opportunities. Here is the staff report and list of events to be funded. The Board will also consider a motion to add up to $2 million to this cycle of funding.
•The Board will consider changes to the agency’s Code of Conduct for riders on the transit system. This paragraph from the Metro staff report explains it best:
The effect of this change would create a new remedy [for] reclining on, placing objects on, or blocking a seat, and (G) occupying more than one seat in the form of a warning, referral placement preconditioned removal, and/or other remedy such as to a safe bed, bath, and breakfast location, instead of just an unsafe ejection to nowhere. Subsection (E) preventing a door from closing would remain as a warning or ejection. Security and enforcement personnel would be able to give warnings for all these subsections with a new Schedule remedy addressing violations through alternative means.
•The Board will consider approving the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Antelope Valley Line Service and Capacity Improvement Project, which will make track improvements that allow Metrolink trains to run every 30 minutes between downtown L.A. and Santa Clarita and Metrolink trains every 60 minutes to Lancaster. The overall project consists of four smaller projects: the Balboa Double Track Extension, the Canyon Siding Extension, Lancaster Terminal Improvements, and the Brighton to McGinley Double Track. Staff report and FEIR
•The Board will consider establishing a budget of $156.4 million for a project to build a bridge for the BNSF freight tracks over the intersection of Rosecrans and Marquand in the city of Santa Fe Springs. About 130 Amtrak, Metrolink and freight trains pass througbh the current street level track crossing each day — and this will be a considerable safety and traffic improvement. Staff report.
•The Board will consider a motion asking Metro staff to develop an action plan to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the Metro Bike Share system. Motion
•Both Metro Board Chair and County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Metro CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins will give their usual monthly reports.
Categories: Policy & Funding, Projects
It is time to admit contracting just isn’t working. As a witness to the deliberations that resulted in the original partnership in the 90s it is clear all it has ever been about is the money, not safety for patrons or operators. The recent antics of the Sheriff leaves no doubt about the base motives behind this flawed arrangement.
Over the years occasionally observers have asked is it an option to bring back the Metro Police Department that was disbanded in 1997 in favor of contracting. Not easily but as a 2004 staff report details, it is possible. Via a records request I got a copy of that report and have posted it online.
I hope one of the Board members at the meeting requests an update to the 2004 report on bringing back the dedicated police force. Which would be a first step to finally fix a 20+ year mistake.