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Metro San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council to Hold First Public Meeting April 2

Friday March 28, 2003

The newly formed Metro San Fernando Valley Governance Council will hold its first public meeting next Wednesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Van Nuys City Library, 6250 Sylmar Avenue Mall in the Van Nuys Civic Center.

San Fernando Valley residents interested in helping improve bus service in their communities are invited to attend, where they will be allowed to comment on council agenda items. The agenda will be posted at the meeting site.

MTA’s Board of Directors recently approved a change in San Fernando Valley Governance Council members representing the West Valley area. Brad Rosenheim, principal of Rosenheim & Associates, will replace Agoura Hills Mayor Jeff Reinhardt.

The council includes individuals serving Los Angeles City and County and the East and West San Fernando Valley. The other council members are: Coby King, principal, Coby King Communications, Kymberleigh Richards, president, Southern California Transit Advocates, Joan Leonard and Bart Reed, public transit consumers/community activists, David Fleming, former member of the California Transportation Commission, Jesus Ochoa, businessman and community activist, Rafi Manoukian, mayor, City of Glendale and Stacey Murphy, council member, City of Burbank.

The governance council attended its orientation meeting March 21 to prepare it for leading transit services and improvements in the Valley.

Governance council members, approved by the MTA Board last February, learned about bus service sector governance policies and by-laws, as well as MTA Ethics and Codes of Conduct. They also received overviews of MTA transit services and service sector operations, Brown Act and Consent Decree requirements. All of this information is required to orient members to their roles and responsibilities on the council.

Governance councils will oversee the planning and implementation of bus service within their service sector area. The councils will be responsible for, among other things, strengthening customer service, conducting public hearings for sector bus line changes and implementing those service changes.

Five community-based service sectors were created last year to localize control of bus operations and improve the quality of service to MTA transit customers. They are: The Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Sector, The Gateway Cities Service Sector, The Metro Central/Westside Service Sector, the Metro San Fernando Valley Service Sector and the Metro South Bay Service Sector.

For additional information, call Marta Maestas Mack, Metro San Fernando Valley Community Relations, at (818) 701-2840.

The San Fernando Valley Service Sector serves, among other cities, Burbank, Glendale, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village, San Fernando, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and the City of Los Angeles.


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