With ABAG Special Executive Board meeting on June 16th, and MTC's Commission meeting on June 22nd, certain conditions established by Resolution 4210 have now been met and the Merger Implementation Action Plan has been adopted.
Under the terms of Resolution 4210, once both the ABAG Executive Board and Commission of MTC vote to adopt the Option 7 Implementation Action Plan, those sections of Resolution 4210 that would have, on July 1, 2016, transferred 13 ABAG planners to MTC and reduced MTC's planning grant to ABAG are pre-empted and the related proposed actions are voided.
At ABAG's Special Executive Board meeting, Resolution 08-16 was passed. This action adopts the Option 7 - Implementation Action Plan with the attached Worker Protection Principles, and
1. Authorizes staff to conduct negotiations with MTC for a Contract for Services in accordance with principles adopted under ABAG Executive Board Resolution 07-16 and report back to the Executive Board on a timely basis regarding progress on such negotiations and to present recommendations on a Contract for Services between ABAG and MTC.
2. Authorizes ABAG's President, in consultation with the ABAG Administrative Committee, to appoint members of the Executive Board to conduct negotiations of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in accordance with the above mentioned principles and to report back to the Executive Board on a timely basis regarding the progress of such negotiations and to present recommendations on an MOU between ABAG and MTC.
The MTC at its Wednesday, June 22nd meeting approved the Implementation Action Plan for MTC/ABAG Merger Study, Option 7 and took Related Financial Actions that included:
1) Approval of the Implementation Action Plan (IAP) to guide Option 7 implementation (the consolidation of all staff functions of MTC and ABAG within MTC under one executive director and consideration of Governance options).
2) Approval of a $1.9 million funding agreement to support ABAG planning functions through December 31, 2016.
3) Approval of a $250,000 contract with Public Financial Management to support financial due diligence called for in the IAP.
4) Approval of a $250,000 contract with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to conduct legal due diligence called for in the IAP.
MTC's Chair Dave Cortese suggested that MTC approve an amendment "referring SEIU's Worker Protection Principles and MTC's Committee for Staff Representation comments into the record to the new ABAG/MTC Joint Labor Relations Committee for discussion." MTC voted to approve that amendment. ABAG's Executive Board had included SEIU's Worker Protection Principles in its formal approval of the Option 7 Implementation Action Plan (IAP) on June 16th, along with the Guiding Principles it had previously adopted.
For more information, visit the merger webpage at: http://abag.ca.gov/media/2015_merger/