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Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) meeting - December 12, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019 – 10:30 AM

AGENDA

Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)

One Gateway Plaza

3 rd Floor – Union Station Conference Room

1

Member and Staff Introductions
Housekeeping Items

10:30 – 10:35 am<br/Cynde Soto, Chair

2

ACTION: Approval of September 12, 2019 Meeting Minutes

10:40 – 10:45 am
Cynde Soto, Chair

3

INFORMATION:
TAP Wearables

10:45 – 10:50 am
Beverly Levi, Metro

4

INFORMATION:
Metro Chief Civil Rights Officer

10:50 – 11:00 am
Jonaura Wisdom, Metro

5

PRESENTATION:
Metro CCTV Observers

11:00 – 11:15 am
Rail Operations, Metro

6

DISCUSSION: Retreat Activity

11:15 – 11:25 am
Armando Roman, Metro

7

BREAK

11:25 – 11:45 am

8

INFORMATION: Accessibility Unit Update

11:45 am – 11:55 am
Accessibility Unit, Metro

9

ACTION:
Approval of Membership Section of AAC Bylaws

11:55 am – 12:00 pm
Cynde Soto, Metro

10

PRESENTATION: Certificates of Appreciation

12:00 – 12:10 pm
Cynde Soto, Metro

11

DISCUSSION: AAC 2020 Goals

12:10 – 12:20 pm
Cynde Soto, Chair

12

DISCUSSION: Retreat Activity

12:20 – 12:25 pm
Cynde Soto, Chair

13

NEW BUSINESS and PUBLIC COMMENT

12:25 – 12:30 pm Cynde Soto, Chair
(2 minutes per speaker)

14

ADJOURNMENT

12:30 pm
Cynde Soto, Chair

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Meeting Minutes for September 12, 2019

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Accessibility Advisory Committee

Members in Attendance:

Frank Chavez (Chair)

Cynde Soto (First Vice-Chair)

Kathleen Barajas (Second Vice-Chair)
Ellen Blackman
Kevin Dixon
Victor Dominguez
Karen Esquival-Mayes
Tina Foafoa
Linda Keeney
John Mavis
Jared Rimer
Tonni Yee-Hemphill
Artemio Ambrosio
Blanca Angulo

Excused:

Liz Lyons
Mark Panitz

Absent:

Patrick Burke

1. CALL TO ORDER

Chairperson Frank Chavez called the meeting to order at 10:31 am, followed by a welcome and introductions.

2. ACTION: Approval of August  2019 Minutes

The minutes from the August 8, 2019 meeting were approved by majority vote.

3. PRESENTATION:  Service Excellence Award

The Accessibility Advisory Committee presented Operator Victor Hernandez from Division 7 and Instructor Luther Harper from Division 15 with Service Excellence awards for their commitment to assisting customers with disabilities while in the line of duty as Metro Bus Operators. Operator Hernandez was commended for going above and beyond to provide assistance to a customer in a wheelchair that he could not board due to lack of space. Operator Hernandez walked the customer to the next available bus which was parked behind his. Mr. Harper was recognized for his dedication to providing expertise in the areas of accessibility, including wheelchair securement.

4. ACTION: Approval of Membership Section of Bylaws

Armando Roman from Metro’s Office of Civil Rights addressed the committee regarding the work undertaken by the AAC Bylaw Subcommittee. The subcommittee had most recently undertaken the task of revising section 3, the membership section of the bylaws. Armando read Article 4 – Membership out loud to the present committee members and pointed out the changes made by the bylaw subcommittee. The committee discussed the proposed update and recommended edits which were incorporated into the final draft. Committee Chair Frank Chavez called for a vote and the section was approved by committee vote.

5. PRESENTATION: Bus Operator Training – ADA Tiara Henderson from Metro’s Operations Central Instruction department joined the committee to discuss their efforts in training incoming Operators on Accessibility and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. Ms. Henderson explained that her department focuses on preparing new Operators for the job of driving a bus for Metro and everything that the job entails. The preparation provided by Operations Central Instruction includes sensitivity training for all disabilities, hands on training with all of the different types of mobility devices Operators are likely to encounter whilst in service, emphasis on necessity of the automatic voice annunciation system and calling stops, and many other facets of accessibility. Ms. Henderson recommended that all in attendance empower themselves to be advocates for their needs by taking note of Operator badge and bus numbers in order to report any gaps in service.

MEETING BREAKS AT 11:05 A.M.; MEETING RESUMES AT 11:14 A.M.

6. PRESENTATION: LAUS Forecourt & Esplanade Improvements

Megan Nangle from Metro’s Transit Oriented Communities department joined the meeting to brief members regarding the proposed Los Angeles Union Station forecourt and esplanade improvements. Megan explained to the committee that the goal of the project is to enhance safety and security for those walking, biking, or rolling from Union Station to the surrounding communities. The proposed plan would include a very wide and accessible pathway between Union Station and Olvera Street, restriping of lanes on Arcadia Street, and the creation of a civic plaza that will allow for outdoor dining. Construction for the project should begin in 2020, the final designs are still being worked through to ensure usefulness and compliance.

7. ACTION: Election of Officers 2019 - 2020

Joanna Lemus from LA Metro’s Office of Civil Rights addressed the committee regarding the 2019-2020 election of officers. Joanna explained to the committee that at the last meeting, the nominating subcommittee had put forth nominations for officers. The names and positions relayed to the committee by the subcommittee were: Cynde Soto for Chair, Kathleen Barajas for First Vice Chair, and Jared Rimer for Second Vice Chair. The Chairperson called for further nominations and Mark Panitz was nominated for Chair by John Mavis, Tonni Yee Hemphill was nominated by Frank Chavez for Chair as well, Artemio Ambrosio nominated Frank Chavez for First Vice Chair. Ultimately, the committee voted to install Cynde Soto as Chair, Kathleen Barajas as First Vice Chair, and Jared Rimer as Second Vice Chair.

8. ACTION: Honoring Ben Rockwell, Former AAC Chair and Member

Frank Chavez began the discussion regarding the adoption of an award named after long time committee member and advocate Ben Rockwell. Several ideas were floated around by the committee which ultimately settled on forming a subcommittee to further explore the idea. The subcommittee will present its findings to the full committee at the next meeting to occur November 2019.

9. NEW BUSINESS: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda

Jared Rimer relayed to the committee that Christine Leahy had resigned from committee membership.

10. PUBLIC COMMENT

Kathleen Barajas relayed to the committee that she has copies of the pamphlet she created regarding sensitivity to individuals with speech impairments. She is available for discussion or questions after the meeting if anyone is interested. Tonni Yee Hemphill inquired as to the possibility of engaging in outreach to boost meeting attendance. The topic will be discussed by the Steering Committee with the possibility of a subcommittee being formed to address outreach.

11. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 12:09 PM.