Senator DeSaulnier’s MTC Headquarter Bill Faces First Vote in Assembly

June 30, 2012 20:00 pm · 10 comments

On Monday, the Assembly Transportation Committee will hear SB 1545 (DeSaulnier) which will require the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to seek judicial review of their purchase of a new headquarters in San Francisco unless the State Auditor determines that MTC had full legal authority to purchase the building and to use toll payer revenues for the purchase.

The following information is from the Office of Senator Mark DeSaulnier:

“The Legislature gave MTC specific and narrow authority to collect and spend bridge toll revenues,” said DeSaulnier, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “This bill protects the interests of the taxpayers by seeking to make sure that MTC is acting within that authority. This bill is a common sense response to independent findings of questionable actions by MTC.”

In an opinion dated May 4th, the independent California Legislative Counsel determined that MTC’s purchase of an office, “was not authorized by law.”

SB 1545 had originally prohibited MTC from spending any additional toll payer revenues on the building until after the State Auditor completes her audit of the real estate deal.

That audit was scheduled to be completed by June, which would have allowed the Legislature and MTC to take appropriate steps should the State Auditor find that MTC actions were not allowed by law.

However, the audit has been delayed and will not be completed until August. Consequently, SB 1545 was amended to require MTC to seek a validation action in court unless the State Auditor finds that MTC clearly acted within the authority provided in law. A validation action authorizes a public agency to bring a matter to superior court for the judicial validation of certain public agency actions.

Without this legislation, MTC is free to continue spending millions of dollars on this building regardless of State Auditor findings. Should the State Auditor find that MTC acted within their authority, this bill would have no effect on their plans to move into the new office building.

What: Assembly Transportation Committee Hearing of SB 1545 (DeSaulnier)

When: Monday, July 2, 2012, at 1:30 pm

Where: State Capitol, Room 4202

Elwood June 30, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Marky Mark is running for re-election!

Be sure to vote early and often!

Time for a change June 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

How is it the MTC got to this point, was incompetent management just allowed to run wild with no oversight? Would be far more impressed seeing a track record of fiscal discipline and measurable reduction of the size and cost of government. Not seeing it ! ! !

anon June 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM

#2 – How? It’s government. It’s not as if they have any concern about how revenues come in. You’ll pay it, they’ll raise tolls if necessary, and you’ll pay more.

Really, I don’t know why people expect government to act better than this. It’s SOP.

Safety Second July 1, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Really?!?! A new headquarters in the top 5 most expensive commercial markets in the world; and just when the voters are about to be asked to approve massive tax increases in November. Californians deserve our economic “train wreck” and those career politicians (like DeSaulnier) who have placed an enormous fiscal burden on future generations.

CN July 1, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The MTC is another example of taxation without representation. Like ABAG, SCAG and BAAQMD.

Oh, MTC would love to have a signature headquarters and keep themselves in the game. In Oakland, MTC is just another agency.

The people responsible for this purchase need to lose their jobs and their pensions.

WHY July 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Why was there no notification to the public from Senator DeSaulnier that there will be a vote in the legislature this week to authorize $2.7 billion of state bonds for construction of a 130-mile part of high-speed rail from Madera to Bakersfield.

Meangal July 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM

It’s election time, time to be tough Mark as you Ba##s sink after the election to do the right thing. Dude just quit and go on welfair like the rest of your looer voters.

Howard K Mullins III July 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

To little to late Mark strikes again. The MTC will get its new digs and the public will be screwed again and Mark will be able to blame all sorts of people for his failure.

What’s worse, more than likely Mark will get reelected. The gullibility of many voters is overshadowed only by their complacency.

Randome Task July 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

all i want to know is who is going to prison …prob no one since they all wash each other …but someone should or someones or have the whole thing disbanded and elections held for some real people to run things …or is everyone just greedy and ignorant

Fred P. July 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

…another “common-sense” bill.

Why in h3ll can’t he use some “common sense” the rest of the time?

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