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Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) - February 2018 Agenda and November 2017 Minutes

Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 10:30 AM

AGENDA
Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)

One Gateway Plaza
3 rd Floor – Gateway Conference Room

1

CALL TO ORDER: Self-Introductions/Housekeeping Items

10:30 – 10:35 am

Daniel Garcia, Chair

2

ACTION: Approval of October 2017 Meeting Minutes

10:35 – 10:40 am

Daniel Garcia, Chair

3

ACTION: Approval of November 2017 Meeting Minutes

10:40 – 10:45 am

Daniel Garcia, Chair

4

PRESENTATION: Service Excellence Awards

10:40 – 10:50 am

Daniel Garcia, Chair

4

PRESENTATION : TAP Card Changes

10:50 – 11:10 am

David Sutton, Metro

5

INFORMATION: Vehicle Configuration

11:10 – 11:30 am

Daniel Levy, Metro

6

BREAK

11:30 – 11:40 am

6

INFORMATION: Bike Share Program

11:40 am – 12:10 pm

Jenny Cristales-Cevallo, Metro

7

NEW BUSINESS: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda

12:10 – 12:20 pm

Daniel Garcia, Chair

8

PUBLIC COMMENT

12:20 – 12:30 pm

Daniel Garcia, Chair

(2 minutes per speaker)

9

ADJOURNMENT

12:30 pm

Daniel Garcia, Chair


TO REQUEST ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AGENDAS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, PLEASE CALL
213.922.6919. LIVE CAPTION IS PROVIDED AT EVERY COMMITTEE MEETING.

Meeting Minutes for October 12, 2017

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Accessibility Advisory Committee

Members in Attendance:

Kathleen Barajas
Victor Dominquez
Karen Esquival-Mayes
Daniel Garcia
Linda Keeney
John Mavis
Sherril Martin
Mark Panitz
Jared Rimer
Edward Williams
Tonni Yee Hemphill
Tina Foafoa
Cynde Soto
Edward Williams

Excused:

Frank Chavez
Artemio Ambrosio
Blanca Angulo
Ellen Blackman
Elizabeth Lyons
Ben Rockwell

Absent:

Kevin Dixon
Christine Leahy

1. Call to order
Chair Daniel Garcia called the meeting to order at 10:32 am.

2. ACTION: Approval of September 2017 Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the September 2017 meeting were approved by majority vote.

3. PRESENTATION: Service Excellence Awards
Operator Tiana Belisle from Division 1 received a Service Excellence Award.

4. PRESENTATION: Division 10 Presentation
Shannon Anderson, Director of Transportation at Division 10 joined the meeting to speak with the committee members about his division. Mr. Anderson provided the committee with information regarding the history of the division, staffing information, bus line data, Operations and Maintenance staff procedures, and Operator training.

5. PRESENTATION: Metro Website Tutorial
Doug Goodwin, Web Systems Developer at LA Metro addressed the committee regarding best practices for use of the updated Metro website.  Doug explained that the website was updated in February of 2017 to make it more dynamic and useable for customers. Mr. Goodwin showed off the accessibility features of the website and demonstrated their use to the committee.

MEETING BREAKS AT 11:16 A.M.; MEETING RESUMES AT 11:26 A.M.

6. INFORMATION: 2017 Emergency Preparedness Plan

Joe Mendez, Senior Director for Emergency Services and Homeland Security addressed the committee regarding Metro’s Emergency Preparedness Plan. The enterprise-wide operational plan details what Metro would want customers and employees to do in case of an emergency. Mr.Mendez explained to the committee his role within the agency and the goal of the Emergency Preparedness Plan, which is to provide direction for first responders, customers, and employees in case a disaster or crisis should occur.

7. NEW BUSINESS
Sherrill Martin asked if there was any further information about the AAC retreat scheduled for November 9, 2017. Paula Guevara informed the committee that the retreat would run longer than the regular meetings but lunch would be provided. Further details would be forthcoming. Daniel Garcia relayed to the committee that Metro staff would be reaching out to all of the members via email to relay further information about the retreat as the day approached.

8. PUBLIC COMMENT
Toni Yee-Hemphill wanted to publicly thank our transcriber Clarence Dionisio for his service and willingness to go the extra mile to assist the members of the committee.

9. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 12:03 PM

Meeting Minutes for November 9, 2017

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Accessibility Advisory Committee

Members in Attendance:

Artemio Ambrosio
Kathleen Barajas
Ellen Blackman
Victor Dominquez
Kevin Dixon
Karen Esquival-Mayes
Daniel Garcia
Sherril Martin
Jared Rimer
Ben Rockwell
Edward Williams
Elizabeth Lyons
Edward Williams
Tina Foafoa
Cynde Soto

Excused:

Frank Chavez
Blanca Angulo
Linda Keeney
John Mavis
Mark Panitz

Absent:

Christine Leahy
Tonni Yee Hemphill

1. Call to order
Chair Daniel Garcia called the meeting to order at 10:35 am.

2. INTRODUCTIONS: Icebreaker for Committee Members
The committee began the session with a game designed to better familiarize the members which each other. The game consisted of each participant asking the person to their right, three questions about themselves aloud for everyone to get to know each other.

3. PRESENTATION: Introduction by Metro Executive
Jess Segovia addressed the Committee regarding the functions of the Office of Civil Rights at Metro. Jess described the role of the Accessibility Unit and EEO team within the agency and the goals of each as well as current efforts being undertaken.

4. PRESENTATION: Committee Member Acknowledgements
The Committee honored Mark Panitz, Linda Keeney, Kevin Dixon, Sherril Martin, and Ben Rockwell for their many years of service to the community and particularly, their service on the Accessibility Advisory Committee. The committee also honored Ellen Blackman for her role in leading the committee as chairperson from 2015-2017.

5. INFORMATION: Brown Act and Robert’s Rules of Order
Daniel Garcia explained to the committee that due to the fact that there were several new members, the committee would be asking the members to review the letter of the Brown Act for Open Meetings and Robert’s Rules of Order as they pertain to conducting meetings. Packets containing the text of the Brown Act and Robert’s Rules of Order were distributed to the committee members. The members were charged with reading both of the documents and familiarizing themselves with the procedures outlined in each. Any questions regarding the text of the documents can be brought to subsequent committee meetings for discussion.

6. PRESENTATION: Sexual Harrassment Prevention Training
Jonaura Wisdom, Director of Equal Employment Opportunities and Civil Rights at Metro, addressed the committee regarding best practices for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Jonaura presented the committee with how to recognize and prevent the different types of harassment. Jonaura requested that any questions or comments regarding the presentation should be directed to her via email after the session.

Break for Lunch 12:00 P.M. – 12:35 P.M.

7. DISCUSSION: 2018 AAC Goals and Priorities

Led by Daniel Garcia, the Committee launched into an activity aimed at solidifying its goals for 2018. The committee brainstormed ideas for committee priorities and goals. The top priorities identified by the committee members include: signage on Metro rail cars and in stations, Micro-transit, Operator education, and training staff to work with customers who have difficulty speaking.

8. PRESENTATION: Meet Metro’s Chief Executive Officer

Dan Levy, Chief of the Office of Civil Rights, introduced to the committee, Phil Washington, CEO of Metro. Mr. Washington thanked the committee for their advocacy and for the chance to speak with them directly. Mr. Washington spoke to the committee about the current expansion of the purple and gold lines being undertaken by Metro, as well as pending work geared towards creating a local micro-transit system. He then took questions from the committee members.

9. PUBLIC COMMENT

Daniel Garcia, Chair of the Committee, opened up the floor to public comments. Richard Stanley, member of the public, suggested adding members to the committee who are advocates for people with cognitive impairments. Daniel Garcia thanked Mr. Stanley for his comment.

10. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 1:48 PM

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