Regular Meeting Annotated Agenda
January 25, 2011

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ANNOTATED AGENDA
BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
7:00 P.M.
Council Chambers - 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tom Bates, Mayor
Councilmembers:

District 1 – Linda Maio

District 5 – Laurie Capitelli

District 2 – Darryl Moore

District 6 – Susan Wengraf

District 3 – Max Anderson

District 7 – Kriss Worthington

District 4 – Jesse Arreguin

District 8 – Gordon Wozniak

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call: 7:07 p.m.  Absent: Councilmember Anderson.

Ceremonial Matters: 

  1. Recognition of R.I.S.E. program for youth.
  2. Recognition of local musician Gary Lapow.
  3. Recognition of Mark Gorrell.

Recess: 7:23 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

City Manager Comments: 

  1. Deadline for citizens to submit applications for the Disaster Cache program is March 4th.

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Matters: 3 speakers


Public Comment on Consent Calendar and Information Items Only: 3 speakers


Consent Calendar

Action: M/S/C (Capitelli/Worthington) to adopt Consent Calendar in one motion except as indicated:

Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance No. 7,164–N.S. amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 3.08 to change the name of the Citizens Humane Commission to the Berkeley Animal Care Commission and amending Berkeley Municipal Code Section 3.08.010.
Financial Implications: None
First Reading Vote: Ayes - Maio, Moore, Arreguin, Capitelli, Wengraf, Worthington, Wozniak, Bates.  Absent - Anderson.
Contact: Kate O’Connor, Commission Secretary, 981-7000
Action: Adopted second reading of Ordinance No. 7,164–N.S.; Absent - Anderson

2. Amendment to Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 16.10 to Codify Existing Application Process (PDF)
From: City Manager
Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Ordinance codifying the existing practice for permitting telecommunications facilities in the public right of way under BMC Chapter 16.10.
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Zach Cowan, City Attorney, 981-6950
Action:  Adopted first reading of Ordinance No. 7,165–N.S.; Absent – Anderson.  Second reading scheduled for February 8, 2011.

3. Contract No. 8547 Amendment: Downtown Berkeley Association (PDF)
From: City Manager
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution amending Contract No. 8547 with the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) increasing the contract amount by $50,000 from $325,000 to $375,000.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Michael Caplan, Economic Development, 981-7530
Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 65,159–N.S.; Absent - Anderson

4. Contract: Minuteman Press for Citywide Printing and Copying Services (PDF)
From: City Manager
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing execution of a contract and any amendments with Minuteman Press, a local Berkeley business, in an amount not to exceed $960,000 through June 30, 2015, CMS No. SBA5V.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Robert Hicks, Finance, 981-7300
Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 65,160–N.S.; Absent - Anderson

5. Community Services Block Grant Contract for Calendar Year 2011 (PDF)
From: City Manager
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or his designee to accept the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Contract Number 11F-4201 for a total of $259,993, and execute any resultant agreements and amendments to provide low-income services for the period January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Jane Micallef, Housing, 981-5400
Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 65,161–N.S.; Absent - Anderson

6. Grant Application: Urban Forestry Grant Program (PDF)
From: City Manager
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or his designee to submit a grant application for Proposition 40 and 84: Urban Forestry Grant Program Funds in the amount of $137,500, and authorizing the implementation of the projects and appropriation of funding for related expenses, subject to securing the grant.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: William Rogers, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, 981-6700
Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 65,162–N.S.; Absent - Anderson

7. Purchase Order: Hoblit Motors for Seven Patrol Vehicles (PDF) 
From: City Manager
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution accepting the California Statewide Contract's bid procedures to satisfy the requirement of Berkeley Charter 67.2 and authorizing the City Manager to execute a purchase order for 7 patrol vehicles with Hoblit Motors in an amount not to exceed $197,365.
Financial Implications: Equipment Replacement Fund - $197,365
Contact: Andrew Clough, Public Works, 981-6300
Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 65,163–N.S.; Absent - Anderson

8. Greater Safety from Potential Gas Line Explosions (PDF)
From: Housing Advisory Commission
Recommendation: That the City Council join other Bay Area Cities in lobbying for changes to state and federal regulations, requiring PG&E to install automatic shut off valves at T-junctions between transmission and distribution lines, to promote greater safety from potential gas line explosions and fires.
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Kristen Lee, Commission Secretary, 981-5400
Action: Approved recommendation.

Council Consent Items

9. Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds to Berkeley Partners for Parks for the Exclusive Use to Fund Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (PDF)
From: Councilmember Wengraf
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution to approve the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember to Berkeley Partners for Parks to sponsor Berkeley Path Wanderers with funds relinquished to the City's General Fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Wengraf and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.
Financial Implications: Councilmember's Discretionary Fund - $250
Contact: Susan Wengraf, Councilmember, District 6, 981-7160
Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 65,164–N.S.; Absent - Anderson
 
10. Referral to Citizens Humane Commission Regarding the Banning of Roosters (PDF)
From: Councilmember Wengraf
Recommendation: Refer to the Citizens Humane Commission the issue of amending BMC Chapter 10.12 "Keeping, Care and Control of Animals" to include the banning of roosters in residential zones in the City of Berkeley and return to Council with recommendations.
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Susan Wengraf, Councilmember, District 6, 981-7160
Action: Approved recommendation.
Vote: Ayes - Maio, Moore, Capitelli, Wengraf, Wozniak, Bates.  Noes - Arreguin, Worthington.  Absent - Anderson.

11. Proclamation: Recognition of Irving Van Ford’s Distinguished 100 Years of Life (PDF)
From: Councilmember Worthington, Maio, Anderson and Arreguin
Recommendation: Adopt a proclamation recognizing and celebrating the 100th Birthday Celebration of Irving Van Ford.
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Kriss Worthington, Councilmember, District 7, 981-7170
Action: Adopted proclamation.


Action Calendar – Public Hearing

12. Amendments to West Berkeley Plan and Zoning Requirements
(PDF)
Presentation - CM (PDF)
Presentation - Planning (PDF)
Supplemental Agenda Material (PDF) 

From: City Manager
 
Recommendation: Conduct a Public Hearing, and upon conclusion, direct staff to return with appropriate CEQA findings and ordinances to adopt the proposed modifications to the Zoning Ordinance and the West Berkeley Plan.  These changes are proposed in order to facilitate the reuse of existing buildings, the development of large multi-parcel sites, and the start-up of new types of industrial activities.  Changes proposed in zoning code sections (BMC 23B.36, 23E.28, 23E.72, 23E.76, 23E.80, and 23F.04) and to the West Berkeley Plan, Section 1.Land Use, Subsection VII Land Use Regulations of the West Berkeley Plan – For Adoption in Principle, pages 42 ff.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Dan Marks, Planning and Development, 981-7400

b. Communications (PDF)
  1. WEBAIC (West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies)
  2. Michael McEwen
  3. Karen Zullo Sherr
  4. Richard Magarian
  5. Kent Vonhof
  6. Ilma Willard
  7. Susan Libby
  8. George Martin
  9. Daniel Baker
  10. Kevin Stong
  11. Wakean Maclean
  12. Mary White
  13. Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
  14. Martha Nicoloff
  15. Steve Sullivan (Acme Bread)

Public Testimony: The Mayor opened the public hearing. 52 speakers. 
Action: M/S/C (Maio/Moore) to continue the public hearing to February 8, 2011.
Vote: Ayes - Maio, Moore, Arreguin, Capitelli, Wengraf, Worthington, Wozniak, Bates; Absent - Anderson.

Recess: 9:02 p.m. -- 9:14 p.m.

Recess: 10:45 p.m. – 10:50 p.m.

M/S/C (Maio/Worthington) to suspend the Rules of Procedure and extend the meeting to 11:30 p.m.

Vote: Ayes - Maio, Moore, Capitelli, Wengraf, Wozniak, Bates.  Noes - Arreguin, Worthington.  Absent - Anderson.

 Action Calendar – New Business

13. Proposed Open Government Ordinance, Adding BMC Chapter 2.06 (PDF)
Revised Agenda Material (PDF) 
From: City Manager
Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Open Government Ordinance, adding Chapter 2.06 to the Berkeley Municipal Code.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Christine Daniel, Deputy City Manager, 981-7000
Action:  5 speakers.  M/S/C (Maio/Worthington) to continue the item to February 15, 2011.
Vote: Ayes - Maio, Moore, Arreguin, Capitelli, Wengraf, Worthington, Wozniak, Bates; Absent - Anderson.

14.  Affordable Housing Impact Fee

a. From: City Manager (PDF)
Recommendation:
Direct the City Manager to prepare an ordinance adopting an affordable housing impact fee of $20,000 per unit for new multifamily rental housing, and directing proceeds to the City's Housing Trust Fund. Direct the City Manager to draft changes to the inclusionary housing ordinance, specifically, removing components addressing rental housing in order to make Berkeley's requirements consistent with the Palmer/Sixth Street Properties vs. City of Los Angeles court decision.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Jane Micallef, Housing, 981-5400
 
b. From: Housing Advisory Commission (PDF)
Recommendation:
Adopt an Affordable Housing Impact Fee set at $28,000 per unit for new multifamily rental housing, and allow developers the option of setting aside 20% of the base units in a project to be available at below market rate rents, at the levels set under the City’s prior inclusionary housing requirement.  The HAC also recommends that City Council review the provisions of any impact fee when the City of Berkeley Housing Element is updated to ensure that they are economically feasible and are designed to serve the community’s highest priorities for the provision of affordable housing.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Kristen Lee, Commission Secretary, 981-5400
Action: Continued to  February 8, 2011

Information Reports

 
16. SB 375: Sustainable Communities Strategy (PDF)
From: City Manager
Contact: Dan Marks, Planning and Development, 981-7400
Action:  Received and filed.

17. Bag Reduction Ordinance Status Report (PDF)
From: City Manager
Contact: Andrew Clough, Public Works, 981-6300
Action:  Received and filed.


Public Comment – Including Items Not Listed on the Agenda – 0 speakers.


Adjourned at 11:18 p.m.

Communications

Good Cause Ordinance
1.    Jose Duarte


Supplemental Communications and Reports 1

Item 12: Amendments to West Berkeley Plan and Zoning Requirements

  • Supplemental materials, submitted by Planning & Development (see agenda item)

2.    Rachel Roisman
3.    Harry Wiener
4.    George Chittenden and Tom Adams
5.    Jerry Landis
6.    Cathleen Quandt
7.    Patrick Sheahan
8.    Mary White
9.    West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies (WEBAIC)
10.    Martin Bourque, on behalf of the Ecology Center
11. Allen Hardy
12. David Bowman, on behalf of the Potter Creek Neighborhood Association
13. Patrick Sheahan and Cathleen Quandt
14. Seth & Alexis Wachtel
15. Rome Aloise

Item 14: Affordable Housing Impact Fee
16. Stephen Wollmer - Referred to City Manager by Councilmember Moore
17. Mark Rhoades - Referred to City Manager by Councilmember Moore

Supplemental Communications and Reports 2

Item 12: Amendments to West Berkeley Plan and Zoning Requirements
18. Rich Auerbach
19. Chris Anderson
20. Christine Staples
21. Eva Carleton
22. Christopher Off
23. Joe DeCredico
24. Elihu Harris
25. Terrence Regan (2)
26.  David Snipper

Item 13: Proposed Open Government Ordinance, Adding BMC Chapter 2.06

27. Jesse Arreguin, District 4
28. Kriss Worthington, District 7
29. Sherry Smith, on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville

Item 14: Affordable Housing Impact Fee
30. Lisa Stephens, on behalf of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

Home Invasion / Robbery
31. Lawrence Fisher - Referred to City Manager by Councilmember Worthington