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08 August 9, 2006 Citizens advisory committee / Social services transportation advisory council77759 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL TIME: 11:30 A.M. DATE: August 9, 2006 LOCATION: County of Riverside Administrative Center 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside Conference Room A RECORDS *** COMMITTEE MEMBERS *** Andrea Puga, Corona, Chairman Mary Venerable, Office of Supervisor Buster, County of Riverside, Vice Chairman Michelle Anglin, City of Norco Peter Benavidez, Blindness Support Services, Riverside Jim Collins, Include Me, Inc., Indio Eunice Lovi, SunLine.Transit Agency, Thousand Palms Judy Nieburger, Office of Supervisor Ashley, County of Riverside Mike Pistilli, City of Beaumont Scott Richardson, Riverside Transit Agency, Riverside Cindy Scheirer, Office of Supervisor Tavaglione, County of Riverside Sherry Thibodeaux, Community Access Center, Riverside *** STAFF *** Tanya Love, Program Manager 11.36.10 • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL www.rctc.org AGENDA* *Actions may be taken on any item listed on the agenda 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, August 9, 2006 COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501 Conference Room A In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Government Code Section 54954.2, if you need special assistance to participate in a Commission meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (951) 787-7141. Notification of at least 48 hours prior to meeting time will assist staff in assuring that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility at the meeting. PLEASE NOTE: The Chairperson of the CAC/SSTAC kindly requests that cell phones be turned off during the meeting. 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. ROLL CALL 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS (The CAC/SSTAC may add an item to the agenda after making a finding that there is a need to take immediate action on the item and that the item came to the attention of the CAC/SSTAC subsequent to the posting of the agenda. An action adding an. item to the agenda requires 2/3 vote of the Committee. If there are less than 2/3 of the CAC/SSTAC members present, adding an item to the agenda requires a unanimous vote. Added items will be placed for discussion at the end of the agenda.) Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda August 9, 2006 Page 2 6. AB 1234 ETHICS TRAINING Overview This item is for the CAC/SSTAC to receive AB 1234 Ethics Training provided by RCTC's legal counsel. 7. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION Overview This item provides the opportunity for the Committee Members to report on attended and upcoming meetings/conferences and issues related to Committee activities. 8. ADJOURNMENT The next Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council meeting is scheduled to be held at 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 13, 2007, Riverside County Transportation Commission, County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501, 3'd Floor, Conference Room A. MINUTES i RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL Minutes May 10, 2006 1. CALL TO ORDER Chair Andrea Puga called the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council to order at 11:35 A.M. at the Riverside County Transportation Commission Offices, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California 92501, 1st Floor, Conference Room 2B. 2. ROLL CALL Members Present Michelle Anglin Peter Benavidez Jim Collins Eunice Lovi Andrea Puga, Chair Scott Richardson Cindy Scheirer Mary Venerable, Vice Chair Members Absent Judy Nieburger Mike Pistilli Sherry Thibodeaux Also in Attendance: Fina Clemente, RCTC Craig Fajnor, RTA Chris Gallanes, RTA Shirley Gooding, ROTC Aaron Hake, RCTC Tanya Love, RCTC Byron Mayhan,'Riverside Special Transportation Services Chris Millen, City of Banning Victoria Paz, Riverside Special Transportation Services Fortunato Penilla Sheldon Peterson, RCTC Melvin Royal, Include Me, Inc. Viren Shah, City of Corona Mark Stanley, RTA Virginia Werly, RTA Stephanie Wiggins, RCTC Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council May 10, 2006 Page 2 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS There were no public comments. 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Paragraph 2 of item 8 erroneously indicates $2.5%. It should be 2.5%. M/S/C (Venerable/Benavidez) to approve the February 8, 2006 Minutes. 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS There were no additions/revisions to the agenda. 6. FY 2006/07 — FY 2008/09 SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLANS Tanya Love, RCTC, summarized the Short Range Transit Plans of the transit agencies and answered related questions. Agency representatives gave brief overviews of activities related to their specific programs and responded to various questions. 7. UNMET NEEDS HEARING PALO VERDE VALLEY — FY 2006/07 Ms. Love stated that Palo Verde Valley is the only apportionment area in Riverside County that does not use all of its funding for transit. In western county and Coachella Valley, all the funding goes towards transit services. The Commission is required by law to conduct an unmet transit needs hearing. The hearing is publicized in local newspapers, cable television as well as on flyers placed in buses and at social services agencies. Residents of Palo Verde Valley are encouraged to attend the hearing to talk about their service needs. This year, three residents attended and one written comment was received. The hearing is held prior to excess funding being reallocated to streets and roads purposes.. The hearing board is comprised of elected officials and a Citizen's Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council member. She gave examples of the needs and comments that were expressed at the hearing. • CitizensAdvisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council May 10, 2006 Page 3 She outlined the staff recommendation, reviewed the "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet" definitions and asked the members to reaffirm the definitions. M/S/C (BenavidezNenerable) to adopt the staff recommendation to reaffirm the Commission's definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet" standards; adopt a resolution that attests to those findings and forward to the Plans and Programs Committee. 8. RESULTS OF SECTION 5310 — LOCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE Tanya Love reported that three members of the Citizen's Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council as well as Fortunato Penilla assisted in reviewing Section 5310 applications. Five different agencies requested funding for thirty-five projects totaling approximately $500000. Ms. Love thanked the members and Mr. Penilla for their assistance. Mary Venerable, CAC/SSTAC Vice Chair, commented that the Section 5310 evaluation process is made easy with the help of Tanya Love and Fortunato Penilla. 9. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION Andrea Puga related that the time and day of future CAC/SSTAC meetings would have to change due to the unavailability of Conference Room A. the Commission meeting start time was changed ;to 10:00 and Closed Session following those meetings is held in Conference Room A. Depending on the length of the Commission meeting, Closed Session could typically run beyond 1 1:30, the current start time of the CAC/SSTAC meetings. She provided a preference sheet for the members to indicate whether they would rather meet the first Tuesday of the month, second Tuesday of the month, first Thursday of the month or the second Thursday of the month. Ms. Love indicated that the date and time of future CAC/SSTAC meetings would be determined by the preference of a majority of the members. The survey results indicated that the second Tuesday of the month is the preferred meeting time. The time of the meetings will remain 1 1:30 A.M. and the 2007 CAC/SSTAC meeting dates are as follows: Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council May 10, 2006 Page 4 Tuesday, February 13, 2007 Tuesday, May 8, 2007 Tuesday, August 14, 2007 Ms. Puga indicated that forms are available to the members to be reimbursed for mileage to the meetings. She introduced Fina Clemente, RCTC's Staff Analyst. Andrea Puga remindedthe members that the next meeting will be August 9, 2006. She also announced that RCTC legal counsel will provide ethics training every two years to CAC/SSTAC members, starting with the August meeting. The items that were to be on the August agenda will be moved to the February 2007 agenda. Peter Benavidez, Blindness Support Services, extended an invitation to the members to attend the Blindness Support Services open house May 19, 2006 at 3696 Beatty Drive, near Riverside Plaza. A question was asked about whether people living in Cajon Pass can get down the hill to UCR or downtown Riverside. She is not aware of any shuttle and she queried other operators who did not know of any either. Ms. Love suggested that a van pool could be started. 10. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business for consideration by the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social- Services Transportation Advisory Council, the meeting adjourned at approximately 1:30 P.M. The next meeting is scheduled for 1 1:30 A.M., August 9, 2006, County of Riverside Administrative Center, Conference Room A,'3rd Floor,4080 Lemon. Street, Riverside 92501. Respectfully submitted, Uh-�- Tanya.Lo Program Manager AGENDA ITEM 6 • 1 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: August 9, 2006 TO: Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Advisory Council Transportation FROM: Daniel Bailin, Best Best & Krieger Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH: Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: AB 1234 Ethics Training STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Committee to Receive AB 1234 Ethics Training provided by RCTC's legal counsel. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Effective January 1, 2006, AB 1234 imposed ethics .training requirements on "local agency officials" throughout the State of California. This new law defines local agency officials as (i) members of any "legislative body" as defined in Government Code section 53234; and (ii) any employee designated to take ethics courses by the governing body. Under AB 1234, local agency officials are required to take an ethics course by the end of this year and every two years thereafter unless their terms end on or before January 1, 2007. As required by AB 1234, we have prepared our course in consultation with the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Attorney General. Our, course will cover the following subject matter: 1) Laws relating to personal financial gain by public servants, including, but not limited to laws prohibiting bribery and conflicts of interest. 2) Laws relating to claiming perquisites of office, including, but . not limited to gifts and travel restrictions, prohibitions against the use of public resources for personal or political purposes, prohibitions against gifts of public funds, mass mailing restrictions, and prohibitions against acceptance of free or discounted transportation by transportation companies. 3) Government transparency laws, including, but not limited to financial interest disclosure requirements and open government laws. 4) Laws relating to fair processes, such as common law bias prohibitions, due process requirements, incompatible offices, competitive bidding requirements for public contracts and disqualification from participating in decisions affecting family members. At the end of the two (2) hour session, we will be distributing certificates which will serve as your proof of attendance. The law requires that the Commission retain a copy of these certificates for at least five (5) years. Accordingly, each committee member must make sure to provide the Commission a copy of his/her certificate. While there is much material to cover during the training course, you are encouraged to ask any questions that you may have relative to ethics. Besides a certificate, we hope that you take away some useful and valuable information from this course.