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MINUTES
SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 September 16, 2010

Planning Conference Room
2226 Camino Ramon, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:   Harvey Riggs, Peter Rathmann, Victoria Harris, Jim McVay and
Steve Filson

Committee Members Absent:   Ken Dawdy      

Council Members Attending:   Councilmember Carol Rowley

Planning Commission Liaison: Jeanne Benedetti

Teen Council Liaison:  None

Guests Attending:  Don Murphy and Helen Lai

Staff Members Attending:  Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Leslie Chase

The meeting was called to order by Chair Jim McVay at 6:30 pm.   

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Rathmann) to approve the meeting minutes of the July 15, 2010 as written (5-0).

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          UNFINISHED BUSINESS

4.1       Measure J TRAFFIX Update

Lisa Bobadilla provided background on the Measure J TRAFFIX Program.  As of September 15, 2010 records indicate that there are 475 students in San Ramon participating in the program compared to last year with 383 students.  Lisa stated that as of July 1st, San Ramon will assume the role of TRAFFIX Chair and acknowledged Councilmember Rowley, TRAFFIX Chair, who is in attendance.

Steve Filson inquired about marketing efforts and promotion of the TRAFFIX Program.  Lisa responded that staff completed an extensive marketing campaign during the spring (i.e., $50.00 off promotion on passes, attended Back to School registrations, and word of mouth).  School site Principals were also supportive at all school sites.  Lisa noted that surveys generated a high response rate from parents which reflected positive feedback.  Councilmember Rowley commented that the buses are new and equipped with seatbelts and kids were so excited to ride the TRAFFIX bus. 

4.2 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC)

Harvey Riggs gave an update on the County Connection CAC and talked about the type of transit pass which requires reading equipment on the buses.  He stated that County Connection supports the concept and would like it to be implemented once there is sufficient funding.  Harvey also discussed the proposal to discontinue Route 98X (Walnut Creek to Martinez) which is going to create problems to citizens especially those working in Martinez, taking Amtrak, people going to the Courthouse, hospital and County offices.  County Connection wants to transfer the $440,000 funds to DVC to expand its services while discontinuing Route 98X which has less ridership.

4.3       Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

PJ Dhoot reported that staff received a permit parking request for Newport and Rutland Court.  She explained that Newport Avenue falls under existing preferential parking zone A (parking 7am -4pm,  M-F) while Rutland Court falls under preferential traffic zone B (7am – 7 pm, 7days a week) and permit parking depends on the designation of placard that was issued.  The resident of 3048 Newport Avenue received a citation for parking along their side yard which falls on Rutland Court.  The residents asked if they can have the option to get parking permit on either side.  PJ noted that this specific property has a longer width along Rutland Court than on Newport Avenue; therefore, it makes sense for them to park on that side yard. 

Jim McVay asked staff about the process of granting residents the option of parking on both sides of the street.  PJ stated the process will involve identifying the streets that are affected and sending notification so they have the option of obtaining additional placards to put on their cars.  This type of request may be handled on a case by case basis. 

Harvey Riggs asked if the width of the roadway is enough to satisfy two-way traffic on the street.  Harvey would like to personally check the site visibility at the intersection before he concurs with the staff ‘s recommendation. 

M/S/C  (Rathmann/Filson) to grant residents the option to get either parking A and B with the issue of sideyards to be addressed separately.   The motion was carried 4-1, Harvey Riggs opposed.    

PJ Dhoot provided background on the Fioli parking issue.  With an overflow of vehicles from Fioli, residents are parking in the Campton community.  This poses a problem for the Campton homeowners as it limits the availability of parking in their community.

Lisa Bobadilla stated that  Contra Costa Community Development staff  has initiated a meeting with San Ramon and developers to discuss the Fioli parking issues.  At this meeting, the County Community Development Department will present alternate options that they are considering for discussion and/or implementation.   County Community Development staff has indicated opposition to the proposed plan agreed upon by San Ramon and CC Public Works staff.  

Public Comment

Don Murphy, Fioli Loop resident, stated that based on San Ramon’s minimum standard for a development with 154 units, there should be 38.5 guest parking spots and the 27 guest parking which was provided is insufficient.  He stated that the County did not account for the additional bedrooms.  Mr. Murphy also stated that he is in favor of the on-street parking on Ivy Hill Way.   To date, there are mailboxes located on Ivy Hill and people are parking there to get their mail even though it is a not a parking zone.  Lastly, he said that there was discussion on closing off the walkway between the two developments to cut off parking. 

Helen Lai, Fioli Loop resident, agrees with Mr. Murphy’s comment about limited parking spaces on Fioli loop but disagrees with his position on opening up  Ivy Hill Way for parking.  She indicated that the elimination of  a bike lane will affect their quality of life not to mention that the road slopes which could create hazard as it is difficult to see oncoming traffic.   She stated that there is no guarantee that there will be parking for  Fioli residents because high school students could park on Ivy Hill.    Ms. Lai reported that the Fioli HOA is enforcing towing policies and if everyone does their due diligence, it will alleviate the parking situation.  She also noted that mailboxes should be moved since it is not located in a safe area.

Harvey Riggs stated that he  would like to make sure that the new development that will be adjacent to the Fioli development is left open.  Given that it is a packed community, it is important that there is sufficient fire passageway.

Lisa Bobadilla stated that a number of  Fioli units were sold as 4-5 bedrooms, rather than with a loft, and based on City’s development standards, the parking ratio does not meet the City standards 

5.   NEW BUSINESS

5.1       Safe Routes to School Annual Report for School Year 2009-10

PJ Dhoot provided a Power Point Presentation on the Safe Routes to School Program.  She discussed the program goals and objectives which are to raise awareness for bicyclists, pedestrians and traffic safety at and around school sites and to educate students, parents, PTA’s and school-site administrators.  It is comprised of engineering, education and enforcement.  Engineering consists of improvements around school sites to reduce speeds and potential conflicts with motorists and pedestrians.  Education teaches students about transportation choices and enforcement ensures traffic laws are obeyed. 

The following are the elementary school sites:

  • Bollinger Canyon
  • County Club
  • Coyote Creek
  • Golden View
  • Hidden Hills
  • Live Oak
  • Montevideo
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Quail Run
  • Twin Creeks
  • Walt Disney

PJ explained the SRTS process including observations, coordination, collaboration, presentation, notification, and implementation.

PJ discussed the recommendations for the 2010/11 School Year:

  • Installation of “In-Crosswalk Yield to Pedestrian” signage at Hidden Hills Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary, and Montevideo Elementary.  Evaluations of new MUTCD Yield Bar was effective at Coyote Creek Elementary and Hidden Hills Elementary.  Installation is scheduled within 2 weeks. 

  • Installation of Parking Restrictions through red curb or signage at Bollinger Canyon Elementary and Quail Run Elementary.  Notification was sent to residents residing adjacent to the proposed improvement on August 25, 2010.  Parking Restrictions Master Street List will be presented to the City Council for amendment at its September 28, 2010 meeting.

  • Installation of no U-turn signage on Bollinger Canyon Elementary and Quail Run Elementary.  PJ noted that evaluation of In-Roadway Lighted Crosswalk was effective at Walt Disney Elementary and is asking for additional grant. 

  • Park n Walk Campaign
  • Walking School Bus
  • Traffix Bus Program
  • Street Smarts Program

Lisa Bobadilla reported that San Ramon is participating in International Walk to School day during the month of October and Neil Armstrong is the school selected as the school participating.  There are activities and assemblies planned at elementary and middle school sites to promote the walk to school day. 

PJ stated that Thunderbird Drive resident contacted Walt Disney to raise concerns regarding pick up/drop off at Pebble Place.  Staff met with residents on several occasions to address this issue.  Residents supported staff’s recommendations to withhold installing stop signs at Sciota and Pebble Place until the speed humps are installed.  Parents also asked staff to communicate to the parents at Walt Disney to use the front driveway for pick up and drop off and withhold the installation of a crosswalk at Sciota and Pebble Place and staff to monitor the situation.  A meeting will be scheduled in October with the Pebble Place residents.    

PJ indicated that there is a decline in Pebble Place pick up and drop off and that residents have expressed satisfaction with the results.

Harvey Riggs asked staff to drop a note to let the signatory of the original petition know what is going on with the crosswalk.

PJ Dhoot indicated that staff applied for State SRTS Grant for $98,500 for sidewalk widening at Country Club Elementary per SRTS recommendation.  Staff also prepared “Safety Rules” as part of the SRTS program component.

Staff will continue to do the following:

  • Meet with school site administrators, PTA and SRVUSD to implement recommendations in the fall.
  • Notify homeowners of the proposed improvements
  • Install improvements along public roadways through work orders from approved FY 10/11 budgets
  • Continue ongoing collaboration with Police and Engineering
  • Continue to monitor the effects of Traffix program at select schools 

In conclusion, staff will continue to monitor traffic patterns at all school sites, encourage children to ride bikes and/or walk to school and recruit the help of parents and PTA’s to help promote school site safety.

6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1.      Committee Member Items

Harvey Riggs stated landscapers are doing their trimming/removal on median on Alcosta Blvd.  They had traffic cones set up at 7:30 am until 8:30 am and coned off the number one lane both in north and southbound which left one lane open for traffic.  These are the times when parents are dropping their kids off to school and impeding traffic.  Harvey recommended that landscapers do not close the major arterials until after school bell times and have their equipment picked up before school bell times. 

Jim McVay complimented the contractors/crew who did a great with resurfacing and paving job on Dos Rios Drive.  They worked with the community to get the job done efficiently. 

Peter Rathmann asked plans regarding Bollinger east of Canyon Lakes.  There is construction going on there for some time and has now been restriped.  Peter is interested to know the final configuration of the lanes and completion date.   Lisa stated that she will agendize this item for a future meeting and provide TAC with an update on Bollinger Canyon Road widening.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

Councilmember Carol Rowley complimented staff for their hard work in resolving issues.  She stated that as the City grows, concerns will come up about County development applicants and asked staff/TAC to read the General Plan 2030 very carefully. 

Harvey commented that he worked on the 2000 General Plan and stated that  a significant amount  of staff/TAC time has been spent in resolving problems in Dougherty Valley which was precipitated by poor planning on the part of Contra Costa County.   The dollars involved in staff time has been tremendous with no funding by County.   

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Lisa Bobadilla introduced Jeanne Benedetti, the new planning commission liaison. 

Jeanne Benedetti provided background information about her experience in transportation from an industrial perspective.   She mentioned that the Scoping Session for the Norris Canyon Specific Plan EIR has been issued. 

Lisa also mentioned that the Planning Director will give a presentation on this item at the next TAC meeting.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

Lisa announced that a new Teen Council Liaison has been appointment and will hopefully attend the next TAC meeting. 

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.  The next regular meeting is scheduled for October 21, 2010.

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