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MINUTES

July 19, 2012

Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:       Victoria Harris, Harvey Riggs, Steve Filson, Greg Schniegenberg, Mark Ballock, and Ed Boyan

Committee Members Absent:           Peter Rathmann

Council Members Attending:           None

Planning Commission Liaison:          Jeanne Benedetti

Teen Council Liaison:                    Mischa Fritz and Miranda Shakes

Guests Attending:                         None                                                                  

Staff Members Attending:              Lisa Bobadilla and Amy Sekhon.

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Victoria Harris at 6:30 pm.   

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/C/U (Schniegenberg/Filson) to approve the May 17, 2012 meeting minutes (4-0) with the amendment to change a grammatical error on page 5. Mark Ballock and Ed Boyan abstained from voting.

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Introduction of new Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) members


Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, presented the item to the TAC. She stated that there are two new members to the TAC that she would like to introduce.

Ms. Bobadilla first introduced Mark Ballock, who has been a San Ramon resident for 21 years now, and is a part of Leadership - San Ramon Valley. Ms. Bobadilla stated that he is very involved with the Arts Foundation in San Ramon. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Mr. Ballock has great ideas on bicycle commuting, and he would be great at giving us feedback on bike lanes and bicycle related programs.

Mr. Ballock, thanked Ms. Bobadilla for the introduction, he stated that he was previously a committee member on the Arts Advisory Committee, and now is the president of the Arts Foundation in San Ramon. Mr. Ballock stated that he is a certified bicycle instructor, and teaches classes for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. 

Ms. Bobadilla then introduced Ed Boyan, who is a resident of San Ramon, and has been working with City of San Ramon staff regarding Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) issues for many years now. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Ed is an Engineering Contractor, and will provide good feedback for the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).

Mr. Boyan, thanked Ms. Bobadilla for the introduction, and stated that he does street paving with his company. Mr. Boyan stated that he lives on the eastside of San Ramon, and stated that PJ Dhoot encouraged him to apply to TAC. Mr. Boyan stated that his concern is speeding is his primary concern San Ramon, especially those in residential neighborhoods with long sweeping streets and sloping streets.

The TAC members welcomed Mr. Ballock and Mr. Boyan to the committee. Ms. Bobadilla asked the other committee members to introduce themselves as well.

Vice Chair Victoria Harris introduced herself; she stated that she is an IT Manager at Chevron and has been a part of the TAC now for close to four years.

Harvey Riggs introduced himself; he stated that he spent 37 years with Chevron and a resident of San Ramon for 32 years. Mr. Riggs stated that he has been a committee member on TAC for 18 years.

Greg Schniegenberg introduced himself; he stated that he is an Electrical Contractor, and has been a TAC member for a year and half now.

Misca Fritz introduced himself; he stated that he is a part of the Teen Council, and is currently the Teen Council Liaison to the TAC.

Miranda Shakes introduced herself; she stated that she much like Mr. Fritz is a part of the Teen Council, and is currently the Teen Council Liaison to the TAC. She stated that she petitioned for a Stop sign on a local street, but since it did not meet the warrant criteria—5 pedestrian signs were installed and stated she is happy with the outcome.

Steve Filson, introduced himself; he stated that he has been a resident of San Ramon for 34 years. He stated that he was a pilot for United Airlines for 32 years before he retired, but now has started a business of selling health insurance. He stated he got involved with the Chamber of Commerce when he started selling insurance, and the Chamber of Commerce was concerned about transportation signage affecting their business, so that is how he got involved with the TAC.

Jeanne Benedetti introduced herself; she stated that she is a Planning Commissioner on the Planning Commission. She stated that she has been in San Ramon resident for about 10 years now. She stated that she works in the energy sector, and currently she is working for a company that is trying to commercialize technologies to create ethanol from garbage.

Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.

4.2       Introduction of Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Summer

Intern

Ms. Bobadilla presented the item to the TAC members. She stated that MTC

is the planning and financing agency for the nine bay area counties, and is the

Bay Area Toll Authority. Ms. Bobadilla stated that MTC has the High School

Summer Intern program, that hires 25 high school students from all over the Bay

Area and pay them for an Internship with a public agency in Transportation. Ms.

Bobadilla stated that Alex Prange impressed staff members, so he was selected

for the Internship. Mr. Prange is entering his senior year at California High

School (Cal High). Ms. Bobadilla stated that he has done a great job interning

with the Transportation Division.

Mr. Prange thanked Ms. Bobadilla for the introduction, and stated that he has an

interest in public agencies, and engineering. He stated that he has been helping

with the Safe Routes to School Annual Report, and with integrating TRAFFIX at

Cal High.

The TAC members welcomed him, and Vice Chair Harris stated that he is

working with a great City staff members.

Vice Chair moved on to the next item.

4.3       Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Openings


Ms. Bobadilla presented the item to the TAC. She stated that Councilmember Dave Hudson is a part of the BAAQMD Board of Directors, and told her that there was an opening on the BAAQMD CAC. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the meetings are held in San Francisco on the second Wednesday of the month. Ms. Bobadilla stated that if you are interested to apply.

Questions/Comments

Commissioner Benedetti asked if the opening is just for the San Ramon Valley. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it is not, it is throughout the Bay Area.

Mr. Schniegenberg stated that he deals with BAAQMD through his work.

Vice Chair Harris moved on to Unfinished Business.


5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    • I-680 Transit Corridor Project Status Update

Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) was asked to study different options to constructing on/off ramps:

  • Norris Canyon;
  • Executive Parkway; or
  • No build.

 Ms. Bobadilla stated that they are going to discuss six different options at an upcoming meeting. Ms. Bobadilla stated that cost and feasibility has yet to be determined. Ms. Bobadilla anticipates right-of-way issues if ramps were to be built at Executive Parkway. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), a Draft EIR may be tentatively released in Spring 2013.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Filson asked what options would the Draft EIR discuss. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it would cover:

  • On/Off ramps at Noriss Canyon Road;
  • On/Off ramps at Executive Parkway; or
  • A no build scenario.

Commissioner Benedetti stated that there are right-of-way issues everywhere.

Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.


5.2       Public Transit Status Report

Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. In summary, the following items were discussed:

  • Ms. Bobadilla stated that County Connection service to Cal High will continue with their public transit route at bell times.
  • She stated that TRAFFIX service to California High School with be moving forward.
  • Ms. Bobadilla stated that County Connection had some concerns about the number of students getting on and off the bus at Dougherty Valley High School (DVHS), and may have to add another bus. 
  • Ms. Bobadilla stated that County Connection is working on their 5 year Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). Ms. Bobadilla stated that a draft of the SRTP should be presented to the TAC members.
  • Ms. Bobadilla stated that she has received a few e-mails from parents regarding the bus stop on Tahiti Drive. They are happy that it stops there, and that children are utilizing the bus stop.

Questions/Comments

The TAC members stated that it is great that students are utilizing public transit.

Mr. Riggs stated that students really enjoy the student bus passes.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are a higher percentage of student drivers at Cal High vs. DVHS.

Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.

    •       Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

Camino Ramon near Crow Canyon Commons: Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that staff received a request to install a Pedestrian Enhancement Devices (flashing beacons). Ms. Bobadilla stated that this is a lot of traffic at this location. Ms. Bobadilla stated that new fluorescent signage was installed during the pavement rehabilitation on Camino Ramon, including no U-turn signage. Ms. Bobadilla stated that warrant criteria for the installation of Pedestrian Enhancement Devices.

Questions/Comments

Vice Chair Harris stated that a majority of the illegal U-turns happen on Camino Ramon, near the shopping center.

Mr. Riggs stated that this is a difficult location for pedestrians, and the traffic is busiest during the lunch hour.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that there is funding within the CIP, but the issue is prioritizing where the flashing beacons should go.




Radar Trailer Update:
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the City has received a new radar trailer, and the day it was supposed to be delivered it was in an accident. There is a dent in the wheel well. The Police Department is currently testing the radar trailer, and the Police Service Technicians are being trained on how to use it. The radar trailer results will now be posted online, rather than having to go out and download the data. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the old trailer is going to be fixed to be used as a back-up device.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Riggs asked if this company can update the old radar trailer. Ms. Bobadilla stated that they cannot because it uses different parts.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the radar trailer is scheduled to be deployed late next week.

Vice Chair Harris asked if there are many places where the radar trailer needs to be deployed. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are about 5 streets that have priority at the moment.

Vice Chair Harris moved on to the Committee Member Items


6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS 

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Schniegenberg stated that are a lot of pages that just state an item is a verbal update, and if they could be shortened in the future.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Commissioner Benedetti stated that the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan (NCRSP) was approved by the Planning Commission, and was approved in its first hearing at the City Council with a reduction in housing units. The NCRSP will go to City Council again on July 24, 2012 for final approval.

Commissioner Benedetti inquired about MTC putting a GPS in cars and charging tax per miles driven. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there have been talks about having a vehicle surcharge for transit funding, and if this were to happen this would be how they would get that funding.

Vice Chair Harris inquired about the tree removal on Bollinger Canyon Road, she asked if that would go to the Planning Commission now. Commissioner Benedetti stated that this is a staff recommendation on what to do for operational improvements along Bollinger Canyon Road. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the item was approved by City Council, and it went before City Council to have the Mayor sign the agreement for the company to start the work, but some residents in San Ramon had an issue regarding the project. Ms. Bobadilla stated that an update on the project will go before City Council, and Engineering Staff will present different options on operational improvements for Bollinger Canyon Road.

Mr. Filson asked if there are other options. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are some options, but it is limited.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

Mr. Fritz stated that there are no Teen Council meetings during the summer. Mr. Fritz asked how TRAFFIX came up with the bus stops for Cal High.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the further you are from the school site, the more likely you are to take the bus.

Mr. Fritz stated that TRAFFIX should target freshman parents.

Ms. Shakes recommended sending out flyers in the mail.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that TRAFFIX will be doing both of those things, and the school district is on board with the idea.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that Alex Weis, TRAFFIX Program Manager, will be attending all of the back-to-school registrations to notify parents and students about the program.

Commissioner Benedetti recommended posting the flyers on the school websites.

Ms. Shakes asked if there was a carpool program for students because she would like to start a carpool. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there will be information sent out regarding the program in the back-to-school registration packets.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for August 16, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

 

 

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