Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) Observer Corps Report

Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) Observer Corps Report

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Observer Report

Agency: Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA)  

Date &Time: 03/18/2020 1:30 pm

Observer’s Name: Leslie A. Watts

FEATURE EVALUATED
YES
NO
COMMENTS
Did meeting start on time?
X
 
 
Were all members present?
X
 
Most members on remote phone 
Were members attentive?
X
 
 
Were members well prepared?
 
X
Public comment accepted by email up to time of vote. Members could not review approx. 215 emailed comments in addition to 540 emails delivered prior to meeting.
Were members courteous to each other
X
 
Virtual mtg. No public present.
Was agenda sent/posted 72 hrs before?
X
X
Primary agenda posted in advance. Revised agenda posted less than 24 hours before.
Did agenda items clearly describe what was to be discussed?
X
 
 
Was there adequate input for public input?
 
 
Emailed public comments were summarized by Clerk into “Pro,” “Con” and “Neutral.”  Board’s counsel stated this meets statutory guidelines. One member objected.
Was there any appearance that some agenda items were discussed in closed rather than open session?
X
 
Ad hoc meeting revised plan which was discussed by Board’s Executive Director
Was background information made available to the public?
X
 
In agenda packet & PPt. slide in meeting.
Were facilities accessible and adequate?
X                   
 
Several ways to access virtual meeting.
Were any issues on the agenda relevant to any LWV state or local positions or programs?
X
 
 
Do you recommend local League action on any of these issues? 
X
 
If “yes” what action do you recommend? See below:
STA Board voted to adopt tentative Measure A expenditure plan. It now moves to the County Board of Supervisors and all City Councils in Sacramento County. Advocacy efforts are likely to occur at these upcoming meetings. As LWVSC supports positions of advocacy groups SMART and SacMoves, the local league may want to track the meeting dates and attend or submit public comment. STA Board anticipates a final vote in May (tentative, due to Covid-19 issues) on amendments prior to submission for placement on November general election ballot.
 
Other comments or concerns:  Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this meeting was rescheduled from March 12 to March 18, 2020. Furthermore, members were encouraged to teleconference (13 of 16 members did so). No public attendance was allowed. Viewing options included television (Metro 14) in real time with two delayed viewings, and streaming. Chairman Suen did an excellent job moderating this awkward session. All members were afforded the opportunity to ask questions/make minimal comments. No public comments were read aloud but summarized as support, opposed, or neutral. All votes were by roll call
 
STA Board voted to adopt tentative Measure A expenditure plan. It now moves to the County Board of Supervisors and all City Councils in Sacramento County. Of the 540 public comment emails received prior to this Board meeting, 448 were “Con,”, just 66 were “Pro,” and 26 were “Neutral.”  Clearly, this is a contentious issue with strong public opinion.
 
Advocacy efforts are likely to occur at these upcoming meetings. As LWVSC supports positions of advocacy groups SMART and SacMoves, the local league may want to track the meeting dates and attend or submit public comment. STA Board anticipates a final vote in May (tentative, due to Covid-19 issues) on amendments prior to submission for placement on November general election ballot.
 
Report should be submitted to bmain [at] winfirst.com () within 5 business days of meeting. Attach agency’s agenda, if possible. You may include a summary of discussion, decisions made, and public comments on an additional page.
Thank you.