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 BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999

AGENDA

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call: 7:00 p.m.

Ceremonial Matters: In addition to those items listed on the agenda, the Mayor may add additional ceremonial matters.

a. Pledge of Allegiance
b. Reaffirmation of the Oath of Office
c. Congratulating Participants of Dragon Boat Race
d. Proclamation: Shoreline Cleanup Day
e. Proclamation Honoring Betty Croly, Retired Public Works Commissioner

Comments From The City Manager: The City Manager may make announcements or provide information to the City Council in the form of an oral report. The Council will not take action on such items, but may request the City Manager place a report on a future agenda for discussion.

Comments From The Public: A total of thirty (30) minutes is scheduled. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes.

Youth Forum: A total of fifteen (15) minutes is designated to allow youth an opportunity to address the Council. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes.

Council Action: The City Council may take action related to any subject listed on the Agenda.

Consent Calendar

The Council will consider removal and addition of items to the Consent Calendar prior to voting on the Consent Calendar. All items remaining on the Consent Calendar will be approved in one motion. Items removed from the Consent Calendar will be taken up after the "Action Calendar" unless the Council reorders the agenda.

1. Confirming Actions Taken by the City Manager During Summer Recess:
a. Contract Amendment: Legal Services Related to Employee Personnel Matters
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Wiley, Price and Radulovich, LLP. by increasing the contract $8,000 for a total contract amount not to exceed $32,500 to provide legal services related to employee personnel matters.
Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 644-6380

b. Contract Amendment: Landscape Design Services for Marina Plan
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Wolfe Mason Associates by expanding the scope of services, extending the contract period to March 31, 2000, and increasing the amount $10,000 for a total contract amount not to exceed $34,540, to provide landscape design services for the Marina Plan and Waterfront Overview.
Contact: Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 644-6943

c. Contract Amendment: Strawberry Creek Downtown
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Wolfe Mason Associates by increasing the amount $2,461 for a total contract amount not to exceed $120,966, to assist with two public workshops and to place the summary of a report entitled: "A Data Collection Study to Daylight Strawberry Creek" on the City's Website for the period ending June 30, 2000.
Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Capital Projects, 644-6580

d. Contract Amendment: I-80 Bicycle/Pedestrian Overcrossing
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with OPAC Consulting Engineers by increasing the amount $23,428 for a total contract amount not to exceed $451,428, to prepare additional documentation necessary to complete the bid documents for the I-80 Bicycle/Pedestrian Overcrossing for the period ending June 30, 2000.
Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Capital Projects, 644-6580

e. Contract: Live Oak Recreation Center Roof
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution accepting the bid of Royal Roofing Company, Inc. and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments in an amount not to exceed $100,500 for the replacement of roofing at Live Oak Recreation Center for the period August 16, 1999 to September 30, 1999.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

f. Contract Amendment: Cerrito Creek Sewer Project
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Gordon N. Ball, Inc. by extending the term to October 31, 1999, and increasing the amount $395,000 for a total contract amount not to exceed $3,055,380 for the Cerrito Creek Sewer Project.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

g. Purchase Order Increase: Emergency Backup Fueling
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution increasing a Purchase Order with Tosco Fleet Fueling by $10,000 for a total purchase order amount not to exceed $35,000, for expenditures incurred through June 30, 1999 for emergency backup fueling.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

h. Grant Agreement: Mentally Disabled Services
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept a one-year grant in the amount of $150,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Public Health Services, to support efforts to improve services for the most seriously mentally disabled individuals; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the resultant agreement and any amendments for the period July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000.
Contact: Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 644-6459

i. Contract: Mentally Disabled Services
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Robert Surber, behavioral healthcare consultant, in an amount not to exceed $22,000 for assistance in implementing specific planning objectives aimed at developing a comprehensive integrated service model for the most seriously mentally disabled individuals for the period July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000.
Contact: Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 644-6459

j. Grant Application: Electric Vehicles
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for $24,000 to lease three electric fleet vehicles and execute the resultant agreement and any amendments for the period September 1, 1999 to December 31, 2002.
Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 644-6001

k. Lease Agreement: Electric Vehicles
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement and any amendments with Ford Motor Credit Corporation for $31,570 for the lease of two electric Ford Ranger pickup trucks for the period September 1, 1999 to December 31, 2002, and granting an exemption of the requirements prohibiting contracting with companies with business in oppressive states.
Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 644-6001

l. Purchase Order: Sixteen Three-Wheel Parking Enforcement Vehicles
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution accepting the City of Daly City bid procedures to satisfy the requirements of Berkeley Charter Section 67 and awarding a purchase order in the amount of $310,895 to Municipal Equipment for the purchase of sixteen GO-4 three-wheel parking enforcement vehicles.
Contact: Dash Butler, Police, 644-6568

m. Grant Application: Downtown BART Area Improvements
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing a joint grant application with the University of California to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTA) for a $50,000 Transportation for Livable Communities planning grant to analyze and design improvements to bus stops, and connections between buses and other modes of transportation around the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.
Contact: Elizabeth Epstein, Planning and Development, 705-8105

2. Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution reviewing and confirming the continued existence of a local emergency with regard to HIV transmission from use of HIV-infected needles among injection drug users, and authorizing the Director of Public Health to take steps to enable the operation of needle exchange emergency distribution.
Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 644-6380

3. Minutes for Approval
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Approve the minutes for Council meetings of: a) June 22, 1999 (regular); b) July 13, 1999 (special); c) July 13, 1999 (regular); d) July 20, 1999 (regular); e) July 27, 1999 (7:10 p.m. special); and f) July 27, 1999 (10:13 p.m. special).
Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480

4. Council Meeting Calendar - Year 2000
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution establishing the Schedule for City Council Meetings for the year 2000.
Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480

5. Relocating Official Brown Act Noticing Board
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 58,556-N.S., establishing the place and manner of publicizing ordinances and other matters, to temporarily relocate the City's Official Brown Act Noticing Board from the north side of the Civic Center building at the corner of Milvia and Center Streets, to the walkway in the front of the Old City Hall Building at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480

6. Side Letter of Agreement: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 790
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute and implement a Side Letter Agreement with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 790 to clarify Section 43.12 (Transportation Allowance) and include the classification of Supervising Public Safety Dispatcher under Section 43.15.3 (Uniforms) of the current Memorandum Agreement (MOU).
Contact: Ronald Brown, Personnel, 644-6951

7. Equity Salary Adjustment: Library Services Manager and Circulation Services Manager
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 60,051-N.S., Classification and Salary Resolution for Local One Employees, to approve equity salary increases in the amount of $26,407 for the Library Services Manager and Circulation Services Manager classifications.
Contact: Ronald Brown, Personnel, 644-6951

8. Equity Salary Adjustment: Public Safety Dispatchers
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 59,798-N.S., Classification and Salary Resolution for SEIU 790 employees, to approve equity salary increases in the amount of $71,967 for Public Safety Dispatcher II and Supervising Public Safety Dispatcher classifications.
Contact: Ronald Brown, Personnel, 644-6951

9. Request for Proposals: Third Party Administrative Services for Retiree Medical Program
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution rejecting bids submitted in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Third Party Administrator for the Retiree Medical Program and authorizing the City Manager to reissue the RFP.
Contact: Ronald Brown, Personnel, 644-6951

10. Contract: Geotechnical and Material Testing Services
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract amendment with Signet Testing Labs, Inc. to provide geotechnical and material testing services for the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Building, Berkeley Public Library, and the Public Safety Building projects by increasing the amount by $250,000 for a total contract amount not to exceed $500,000.
Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Capital Projects, 644-6580

11. Final Map of Tract 7100: Condominium Conversion at 2611 Piedmont Avenue
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution approving Final Map of Tract 7100, conversion of an existing five-unit Tenancy-in-Common (TIC) Project to five condominium units at 2611 Piedmont Avenue.
Contact: Elizabeth Epstein, Planning and Development, 705-8105

12. Contract: Operating Support and Tenant Improvements for Aurora Theater
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Aurora Theater Company in the amount of $90,000 to provide for operating support and tenant improvements for property at 2026 Shattuck Avenue for Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001.
Contact: Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

13. Contract: Economic Revitalization and Community Development of Telegraph/Southside Neighborhood
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Telegraph Area Association (TAA) in the amount of $55,000 to support economic revitalization and community development in the Telegraph/Southside Neighborhood for Fiscal Year 2000.
Contact: Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

14. Sole Source Contract: Green Business Development and Green Building and Design From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a sole source contract and any amendments with Sustainable Business Alliance:Berkeley (SBA:B) to advance development of an "environmental economy" in Berkeley and surrounding communities, and to provide services to the City regarding green business development and green building and design in the amount of $27,000.
Contact: Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

15. Purchase Order: Aerial Lift Truck
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution authorizing a Purchase Order in the amount of $106,437 to Pacific Utility Equipment Company for a truck with a 48' aerial tower for pruning City trees.
Contact: Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 644-6943

16. Council Operating Budgets (D-13)
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt two Resolutions to 1) Establish general policy guidelines for Council Operating Budgets (staff salaries, fringe benefits and operating expenditures) and establish an allocation of $48,480 per Councilmember for FY 2000 with cost of living adjustments for Council Aide salaries and fringe benefits beginning in FY 2001 and 2) authorize an additional $15,000 in Councilmember Spring's operating budget for FY 2000 and $15,000 for FY 2001.
Contact: Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager, 644-6580

17. 1944 Port Chicago Explosion and Mutiny By Black Sailors
From: Mayor Dean and Councilmember Breland
Recommendation:
Ask President Clinton to act favorably on the pardon application of Freddie Meeks of Los Angeles, one of the last known survivors of the 1944 Port Chicago, California explosion and mutiny; and ask the President and Congress to vindicate the sailors unjustly blamed for the disaster and those convicted of mutiny, and to acknowledge the racially-motivated mistreatment of the black sailors.
Contact: Barbara Gilbert, Mayor's Office, 644-6484; Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 644-6400

18. Support SB 3: Library Construction Bond Act
From: Vice Mayor Shirek
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution supporting SB 3 which would provide one billion dollars to help local governments cover the costs of public library construction and renovation.
Contact: Maudelle Shirek, Councilmember District 3, 644-6243

19. Public Comment Rules
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Refer to the Council Committee on Rules a proposal to eliminate the practice of allowing speakers during the public comment period to defer their time to another speaker.
Contact: Jennifer Drapeau, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

20. Support SB 480: Universal Health Care Coverage
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Support SB 480 which would create a process by which options for achieving universal health care coverage can be thoroughly examined under the aegis of the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency and notify Senator Solis and our representatives and lobbyist in Sacramento.
Contact: Jennifer Drapeau, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

21. Amend Right-of-Way Encroachments
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
1) Refer to the City Manager a request that an amendment to Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter (BMC) 16.18 be written regarding Right-of-Way Encroachments that would allow fences of no more than six feet to be built along the edge of the public sidewalk in the public right-of-way, so long as the fence could easily be removed if necessary, for reasons associated with the public good, and if the fence did not interfere either with the public sidewalk or public right-of-way, and the public sidewalk was not narrowed to allow the building of the fence; and 2) Request the City Manager have appropriate citizen commissions (Public Works, Planning Commission, etc.) review the proposed amendment before bringing back to Council for adoption before the end of the year.
Contact: Jennifer Drapeau, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

22. Regulation of Truck Traffic on Marin Avenue East of Marin Circle Fountain
From: Mayor Dean, Councilmembers Olds, Woolley
Recommendation:
Request the City Manager: 1) Increase the size of the signs that currently prohibit trucks greater than four tons on Marin Avenue east of Marin Circle Fountain; 2) Include language on the signs such as "WARNING - VERY STEEP GRADE" or "DANGEROUS - STEEP GRADE" and, if possible "NO EXEMPTION FOR LOCAL TRAFFIC"; 3) Investigate significantly increasing the fine for ignoring the posted prohibition; 4) Investigate including a "no exemption local traffic" provision; and 5) Evaluate including a truck route map for any construction project likely to involve the use of trucks weighing over 4 tons and making such a map as part of the permit process.
Contact: Shirley Dean, Mayor; Betty Olds, Councilmember District 6, 644-6399; Diane Woolley, Councilmember District 5, 644-6294

23. Support AB 563: Crime of Battery Against Domestic Partners
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Support AB 563, which mandates one-year imprisonment in the county jail for a person who has been required to complete a batterer's program but who fails to complete the program twice, and would expand the defined list of "domestic violence" victims to include a former spouse and a former cohabitant; and inform Senator Speier, our representatives in Sacramento and our lobbyist of Council's support.
Contact: Jennifer Drapeau, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

24. Spay/Neuter Ordinance
From: Council Task Force on Animal Care and Control
Recommendation:
Approve in principle a spay/neuter ordinance and schedule a public hearing at which time Council will determine whether the ordinance will proceed and, if so, when the ordinance will be referred to the City Attorney for appropriate legal formatting.
Contact: Mayor Dean; Councilmembers Spring and Olds; Humane Commissioners Goldberg and Ober

25. Parking at Berkeley's Amtrak Station
From: Councilmembers Olds, Maio, and Breland
Recommendation:
Direct the Transportation Commission to explore the ways in which the difficult parking situation at the Amtrak Station can be improved and report back with a recommendation as soon as possible.
Contact: Betty Olds, Councilmember District 6, 644-6399; Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359; Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 644-6400

26. Purchase of Biodegradable Plastic Products
From: Councilmember Maio
Recommendation:
Direct the City Manager and Solid Waste Management Commission to study the feasibility and financial implications of replacing the City's purchase of disposable plates, cups, dishware, and plastic cutlery with comparable products that are biodegradable and compostable, such as those produced by the Biocorp Corporation, and report back with a recommendation.
Contact: Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359

27. Support Land and Water Conservation Fund
From: Councilmembers Maio and Breland
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution urging President Clinton and Congress to fully fund the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and direct the City Clerk to send copies of the Resolution to appropriate Federal officials.
Contact: Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359; Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 644-6400

28. Presentation: Fire Resistant Paint
From: Councilmember Maio
Recommendation:
Schedule a 15 minutes presentation and the showing of a video at the Council meeting of September 28 regarding Fire Free 88, a new fire resistant paint product.
Contact: Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359

29. Support AB 491: Firearms
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Support AB 491 regarding firearms and notify the bill's authors, Sacramento representatives, City lobbyist in Sacramento, and the East Bay Public Safety Corridor Committee of Berkeley's support.
Contact: Jennifer Drapeau, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

30. Support SB 75: Domestic Partnership Registration, Termination and Rights
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Support SB 75, the Domestic Partnership Act of 1999, which defines "domestic partners" and provides for the registration of domestic partnerships with the Secretary of State. This bill specifies procedures for the termination of domestic partnerships and establishes rights for domestic partners regarding hospital visitation and participation in conservatorship proceedings affecting a partner.
Contact: Jennifer Drapeau, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

31. Presentation: Youth Initiative
From: Councilmember Spring
Recommendation:
Set aside 30 minutes at the beginning of the September 21 Council meeting for a presentation on a State-wide Gang Violence Prevention Initiative by Berkeley High School Youth Together.
Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

32. Presentation: Berkeley High School Warm Water Pool
From: Councilmembers Spring and Worthington
Recommendation:
Schedule a 15 minutes presentation regarding the Berkeley High School warm water pool at the October 12th joint meeting with the School Board and request the City Manager communicate this request to the School Board.
Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266; Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398

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34. Action on the General Plan Process
From: Councilmember Spring
Recommendation:
Support the essence of the Zoning Board recommendations on the General Plan redraft and request that 1) the City Manager use as a starting point the 1977 General Plan, amending it instead of rewriting it, using strike-through for deletions and underlining for additions, so that citizens will be able to see what and how it's being changed; 2) the new General Plan incorporate the Area Plans by specific reference and where possible, make clear that the Area Plans as well as the Zoning Ordinance hold precedence over the General Plan; and 3) the General Plan EIR not be started until the Council has approved a draft plan.
Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

35. Support Cesar Chavez's Birthday as State and National Holiday
From: Councilmembers Worthington, Breland, Maio and Vice Mayor Shirek
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution supporting the establishment of a California State and Federal Holiday on March 31st, Cesar Chavez's birthday; and support the Cesar Chavez State and national Committee's rally scheduled for September 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Grand Court of Chabot College in Hayward, California.
Contact: Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398; Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 644-6400; Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359; Maudelle Shirek, Councilmember District 3, 644-6243

36. Support Mumia Awareness Week
From: Councilmember Worthington
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution supporting Mumia Awareness Week, September 19-25, 1999.
Contact: Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398

37. Fee Waiver and Support: Fourth Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Event
From: Councilmember Worthington
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution supporting the Fourth Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Event in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on September 18 and: 1) waiving fees for a sound permit; 2) allowing use of the Veterans Memorial Building in the event of rain; 3) waiving Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 20.24.040 to allow a banner to be hung across Center Street east of Milvia, including waiving any permits, staff fees and necessary equipment associated with hanging the banner; and 4) allowing access to the kiosk located outside downtown Berkeley BART Station on Center Street to display a poster and any information relating to the Poetry Event.
Contact: Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398

38. Pacifica Foundation Costs for Security Guards
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Deny the request from Pacifica Foundation that the City pay for the costs of security guards hired by Pacific Foundation during the protests regarding KPFA, and that the City Clerk notify Pacific Foundation of the Council's action in this matter.
Contact: Jennifer Drapeau, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

39. Telephone Area Code Petition to the Public Utilities Commission
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Endorse a petition to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concerning telephone area code overlays and 11-digit dialing.
Contact: Barbara Gilbert, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

40. Ban on Charging Excessive Rent Prepayments
From: Councilmembers Worthington, Spring and Maio
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution requesting State Senator Don Perata and State Assemblymember Dion Aroner introduce or cosponsor legislation reinstating a State law prohibiting charging excessive rent prepayments; and requesting an interpretation of current State law of the legislative intent and context of Civil Code 1950.5c be analyzed by the State Attorney General's Office.
Contact: Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398; Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266; Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359

41. Support Protection of the Bay/Delta Estuary
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution affirming support of the Bay Area's interest in the CalFed process and emphasizing that CalFed must recognize the critical importance of the health of our Bay by ensuring adequate freshwater flows into the Bay, requiring water conservation by all users, and making sure the Bay Area gets a fair share of CalFed funding for environmental restoration; and informing CalFed of Council's support by September 23, 1999, the public comment deadline.
Contact: Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

42. Berkeley Millennium Celebration (to be delivered)
From: Mayor Dean and Councilmember Breland
Recommendation:
Support the following as Berkeley's Millennium Celebration: 1) Add to the National theme of "Remember the Past, Imagine the Future" a City of Berkeley theme of "A Call for Peace; 2) In accordance with the recommendation of the Police Chief, the City will neither encourage nor sponsor any large gatherings of people on Friday evening, New Year's Eve, December 31, 1999; 3) Sponsor an historic exhibit in the Veteran's Memorial Building, "Berkeley Then and Now" and the publication of a Berkeley Time Line written by members of the Berkeley Historical Society; 4) Endorse the sale of Berkeley Millennium Peace Bells as a memento of January 1, 2000, advancing a loan for the purchase of the bells to be repaid from their sale; request that the Berkeley Unified School District have school children make peace bells as a classroom project; and urge all residents through public service announcements, flyers sent home with school children, letters to watch groups, etc. that instead of firing guns into the air or setting off fireworks or other noise makers, that residents ring a peace bell from their home at the stroke of midnight January 1, 2000; 5) Purchase a stainless steel time capsule into which individuals, families, households, groups, institutions, churches, schools, businesses will be invited to submit written messages to the future on special acid-free paper and black and white photos of themselves or Berkeley scenes. The capsule to be designed and placed as a work-of-art in a public building such as the Main Library, the Civic Center Building or the Public Safety Building. The capsule to be opened in about 200 years; 6) Commission the composition of an official Berkeley song, and a Berkeley poem which also could be engraved upon the surface of the time capsule; 7) Endorse the raising of private funds for: a) the purchase of an electronic carillon to strike the hour and half-hour and play Westminster chimes at an appropriate hour in the Downtown Area, and b) the commissioning of the composition by Kent Nagano and performance of a Berkeley Symphony by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra; 8) Explore with the Civic Arts Commission, the possibility of commissioning through competition or other process the creation of a major public art sculpture made from melted-down guns; 9) At a date to be announced in the Year 2000, hold a public, "I survived Y2K" ceremony, at which time the poem would be read, the song played, the symphony played, and the time capsule closed and its future location announced.
Contact: Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

43. Development of Oxford Street Lot
From: Councilmember Spring
Recommendation:
That the City-owned Oxford Parking Lot be designated, should it be developed, an Opportunity Site for 50% very-low-income residential units, in particular encouraging the creation of co-op and co-housing units and plans designed to create a mixture of Berkeley's population. This recommendation should not conflict or interfere with the need to replace, if not increase, the amount of public parking provided at the site as part of any new construction there. Nor should it conflict or interfere with plans to encourage the construction of space for public cultural elements, since any project at the site should contain substantial pedestrian-friendly commercial space covering as much as physically feasible of the Oxford, Allston, and Kittredge frontage, or second-story space where more practicable. Any development of the site will undergo a thorough planning process involving all stakeholders.
Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

44. Waiving Fees for OrchidMania Orchid Sale
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution waiving fees and permits for OrchidMania's Fifth Annual Orchid Sale on September 18 and 19 in Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Contact: Tamlyn Bright, Mayor's Office, 644-6484

45. Appointment to Board of Library Trustees
From: Board of Library Trustees
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution appointing Laura Anderson to the Board of Library Trustees for a four-year term beginning October 1, 1999
Contact: Adelia Lines, Secretary, 644-6095
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Adelia Lines, Library, 644-6095

46. Support H.R. 1443: Collection of Data on Traffic Stops
From: Peace and Justice Commission
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution endorsing HR 1443 and reiterating Council's support for SB 78 to provide for the collection of data on traffic stops, and directing the City Clerk to send copies of the Resolution to President Clinton, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Congressman John Conyers, Chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Governor Gray Davis, State Attorney General Bill Lockyer, State Senator Kevin Murray, Berkeley Police Chief, and U.C. Berkeley Police Chief.
Contact: Manual Hector, Secretary, 644-6469
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
The City Manager takes no position on this matter.
Contact: Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 644-6459

 47. Support A.B. 750: Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Act
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Support AB 750, the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act which adds a $5.00 fine for speeding violations to fund paralysis research, and direct the City Clerk to write to Assemblyman John Dutra.
Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

48. Accessibility of Voting Districts and Materials
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Direct the City Manager work with the City Clerk and the Alameda County Registrar of Voters to assure that in the consolidation of voting districts all voting places be accessible, in such ways as the following: 1) material in accessible and alternative format, if required; 2) TDD's available for information and questions; and 3) consideration of the possibility of a future alternative method of voting via computer.
Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

49. Oppose Transit Equity Provision of SB 1143 Transportation Bill
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Oppose the transit equity provision which limits Federal mass transit spending, and direct the City Clerk to write to Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and President Clinton voicing concern regarding the loss in California transit funds and the consequences affecting the disabled and others in the community.
Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

50. Support Open-Captioned Movies in Berkeley
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Support open-captioned movies in Berkeley and direct the City Clerk to write to Landmark Theaters requesting they regularly show open-captioned first-run movies on weekends at their Berkeley theaters, and do outreach, including senior centers, for the deaf and hearing-impaired.

Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

51. Extra Prescriptions for Y2K
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Direct the City Clerk write to Medi-Cal and Medicare requesting they allow the disabled and senior citizens to have extra prescriptions on hand due to any potential problems with Y2K.

Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

52. Support Restoration of Utility Services for the Disabled
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Support urging 1) Pac Bell to provide immediate repair service for people with disabilities who use phones as a lifeline, and 2) PG&E to restore service for disabled people with medical needs; and directing the City Clerk to send letters to both utility companies including the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) expressing Council's position.
Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

53. Support HR 1495: Access to Prescription Medications in Medicare Act of 1999
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Support HR 1495, Access to Prescription Medications in Medicare Act of 1999, which provides outpatient prescription drug coverage under Medicare, and directing the City Clerk send letters to Representatives Barbara Lee, George Miller, and Pete Stark, expressing Council's position.

Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

54. Support HR 664: Prescription Drug Fairness for Seniors Act of 1999
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Support HR 664, Prescription Drug Fairness for Seniors Act of 1999, which requires drug firms to make prescription medications available to seniors, the disabled, and other beneficiaries at the same price as big volume corporate, government, and institutional customers pay, and directing the City Clerk send letters to Representatives Barbara Lee, George Miller, and Pete Stark, expressing Council's position.
Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

55. Use of Easy Does It Van by Police Department
From: Commission on Disability
Recommendation:
Request the City Manager direct the Police Department to: 1) not use an Easy Does It Van to transport people in wheelchairs to Berkeley City Jail; and 2) ensure an accessible van is available to the Police Department for their own use.
Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

56. Oppose SBC/Pac Bell Application to Raise 411 Rates
From: Public Works Commission
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution supporting Californians Telecommunications Choice (CTC) in opposing SBC/Pac Bell's application to raise rates for 411 calls and other services and directing the City Clerk to write to Californians Telecommunications and SBC/Pac Bell expressing Berkeley's position.
Contact: Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

57. Human Health Risks at Pacific Steel Casting
From: Community Environmental Advisory Commission
Recommendation:
1) Request the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) provide an independent facility screening evaluation of human health risks for all Pacific Steel Casting facilities in Berkeley; 2) Screening to be conducted for all chemicals emitted at the maximum quantities permitted; 3) City Clerk to send letters to BAAQMD and to Pacific Steel Casting Corporation expressing Council's concern; and 4) BAAQMD to provide confirmation of the analyses by ambient air and soils testing.
Contact: Nabil Al-Hadithy, Secretary, 705-8155
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation
: Concurs with the content and recommendation of the Commission.
Contact: Elizabeth Epstein, Planning and Development, 705-8105

58. Support Minority Views to HR 1659 - National Police Training Commission Act
From: Police Review Commission
Recommendation:
1) Endorse minority views to H.R. 1659, The National Police Training Commission Act of 1999, which reinforces police training and reestablishes police and community relations and creates a commission to study and report on the policies and practices that govern the training, recruitment, and oversight of police officers; 2) direct the City Clerk to inform the endorsers of the minority views of Council's position; and 3) that the City monitor the progress of the Bill.
Contact: Barbara Attard, Secretary, 644-6716
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
The City Manager takes no position on this matter.
Contact: James Keene, City Manager, 644-6580

Presentations

59. Update on San Pablo Avenue Transit Corridor
Contact: Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 644-6400

Action Calendar

Appeals:

60. Zoning Appeal of Use Permit 99-10000023 - 1172-1174 Arch Street
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board denying a Use Permit with findings to Applicant, Peter Coney, to intensify an existing non-conforming duplex by constructing a three-story, 1,260 square foot addition onto the rear of an existing structure at 1172-1174 Arch Street and dismissing the appeal by Greg Braden.
Contact: Elizabeth Epstein, Planning and Development, 705-8105
a. Communications from:

1. Peter Coney
2. Rena Rickles, Attorney, transmitting copies of letters from: Jack and Julie Barnett; neighborhood petition; Eric Sullivan and Teri Steele; Frederic Fierstein; Miriam Scheffe; Dorrice Pyle; Peter and Ann Coney; Greg Braden and Christine Kenton; Bob and Sally Goldman; Helen Revel.

Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480

61. Zoning Appeal of Use Permit 98-10000101 - 156 Vicente Road
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board denying a Use Permit with findings to construct a 3,600 square foot residence including a 600 square foot detached garage and to site a detached garage within 8 feet of the front property line where 20 feet is required at 156 Vicente Road, and dismissing the appeal by the Applicant, Mark Woodburn.
Contact: Elizabeth Epstein, Planning and Development, 705-8105
a. Communications from:

1. Shawn Drager, transmitting neighborhood petition.
2. Mark Woodburn

Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480

NOTICE CONCERNING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS: If you object to a decision by the City Council to approve or deny a use permit or variance for a project the following requirements and restrictions apply: 1) No lawsuit challenging a City decision to deny (Code Civ.Proc. ?1094.6(b)) or approve (Gov.Code ?65009(c)(5)) a use permit or variance may be filed more than 90 days after the date the Notice of Decision of the action of the City Council is mailed. Any lawsuit not filed within that 90-day period will be barred. It is your obligation to inquire with the City Clerk (644-6480) to determine when a Notice of Decision is mailed. 2) In any lawsuit that may be filed against a City Council decision to approve or deny a use permit or variance, the issues and evidence will be limited to those raised by you or someone else, orally or in writing, at a public hearing or prior to the close of the last public hearing on the project.

Old Business:

62. State Infrastructure Bank (held over from July 20 meeting)
From: Mayor Dean
Recommendation:
Request the City Manager do an analysis of funding up to $47.5 million of unfunded street repairs through a loan from the newly established State Infrastructure Bank; that the City Manager is to consider the source of funds to be used for payback of this loan as the General Funds which have been designated for street repair (approximately $1 million); that given the interest rate which will be imposed and the amount of available funds for payback that the City Manager advise the Council what size loan would be appropriate and what steps should be taken at our next meeting September 14, 1999.
Contact: Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

63. Process to Amend West Berkeley Plan and Zoning Ordinance (held over form July 20 meeting)
From: Mayor Dean and Councilmember Olds
Recommendation:
Request the City Manager initiate a process to amend the West Berkeley Plan and Zoning Ordinance (as necessary) to allow retail in the Mixed Use-Light Industrial District on Eastshore Highway between Hearst and Virginia (approximately a one-block area), that if in the course of this process, staff and involved commissions determine the area should be different from what is described above, they should feel free to make that recommendation to the Council.
Contact: Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484; Betty Olds, Councilmember District 6, 644-6399
a. City Manager Report (dated September 14, 1999)
Recommendation:
That no action be taken to initiate an amendment to the West Berkeley Plan and Zoning Ordinance to allow retail in the Mixed Use-Light Industrial (MULI) District and that zoning enforcement action be delayed until March 2000.
Contact: Elizabeth Epstein, Planning and Development, 705-8105

New Business:

64. Voting Delegates, League Annual Conference
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Designate a voting delegate and alternate to the League Annual Conference to act on behalf of the City at the policy-making meeting and direct the City Clerk to transmit the names of the delegates to the League no later than September 24, 1999.
Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480

65. Voting Delegates, Annual Congress of Cities
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Designate a voting delegate and alternate to act on behalf of the City at the policy-making meeting of the Annual Congress of Cities and direct the City Clerk to transmit the names of the delegates to the National League of Cities no later than October 11, 1999.
Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480

66. Increase City Manager Bid and Expenditure Authority
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution increasing the expenditure authority for the City Manager in an amount not to exceed $16,000,000 for the design and construction of the physical improvements of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Building, and any incidental equipment and services related to seismic upgrade and renovation.
Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Capital Projects, 644-6580

67. Modify Scope of Downtown Measure S Streetscape
From: City Manager
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution approving the Planning Commission recommendation to modify the scope of the Measure S Downtown Streetscape Improvements Project to be consistent with the existing budget based on current cost estimates.
Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Capital Projects, 644-6580

68. Stepped-up Enforcement of Seismic Retrofitting Requirements (to be delivered)
From: Mayor Dean and Councilmember Olds
Recommendation:
1) Establish a priority in all City Department Work Plans for 1999-2000 for stepped-up enforcement of seismic retrofit requirements for the highest risk category, particularly theaters, which are on the City's list of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs); 2) all theaters will be looked at for seismic safety whether on the URM list or not; 3) assign a risk category to soft-story apartment buildings and include these buildings as a priority if the risk category is of the same magnitude of the highest risk category used for the URM list; 4) that given information gained from the Northridge Earthquake about welded steel frames that staff consider including other buildings on the priority list for stepped-up seismic retrofitting if they meet the highest risk category; 5) that staff report back as soon as possible but no later than 45 days for a work plan with a timeline on proceeding with these evaluations and stepped-up enforcement actions; and 6) that this report be reviewed by the Seismic Technical Group before it is brought to the Council.
Contact: Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

69. Management Study of the Black Repertory Group
From: City Auditor
Recommendation:
Request the City Manager ensure that the City is effectively monitoring its theater lease agreement with the Black Repertory Group (BRG) and that future funding of BRG be contingent on evidence of substantial implementation of recommendations noted in the Management Study (performance audit) report; and request the City Manager report back on the status of the implementation of the recommendations by March 31, 2000.
Contact: Ann-Marie Hogan, City Auditor, 644-6440

70. Policies and Procedures to Eliminate Anthropogenic Sources of Dioxin Pollution
From: Community Environmental Advisory Commission
Recommendation:
1) Adopt a Resolution to establish goals to eliminate anthropogenic sources of dioxin pollution and support participation in a regional task force; 2) Refer to the City Manager the feasibility and costs of implementing the following actions with a report back: a) that dioxin pollution prevention practices be a part of all waste management and recycling programs by City departments, including City clinics and other operations; b) that the City adopt a purchasing practice that increases the dependence on less-toxic, non-chlorinated, sustainable alternative products and processes such as chlorine-free paper and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) -free plastics; c) that the City Manager send a letter to all Berkeley-based health care institutions to encourage phasing out the use of PVC products with a goal of becoming PVC-free, to ensure the incineration of medical waste is eliminated to the greatest degree possible without compromising worker safety and patient care, and that hospitals also strive to be mercury free by 2005 pursuant to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Hospital Association Memorandum of Understanding; d) that the City Manager ensure the Development Agreement being formulated between the City and Alta Bates Hospital specifically consider reduction of PVC use, to become PVC-free as soon as practical and mercury-free by 2005, Alta Bates hospital eliminate the non-essential incineration of wastes without compromising worker safety and patient care, and identify a qualified technical position for waste reduction; e) that the Council request the City Manager send a letter to the City of Oakland supporting the elimination of anthropogenic sources of dioxin emissions, and notify Oakland that Berkeley has designated dioxin pollution as a high priority for immediate action to restore water and air quality and to protect public health; f) that the City Manager send a letter to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) urging the BAAQMD to take steps to eliminate all airborne anthropogenic dioxin emissions; g) that the City Manager send letters encouraging the State Water Resources Control Board and the Regional Water Quality Control Board to work with the EPA and exercise their full powers and jurisdiction to protect the San Francisco Bay water from degradation, and encourage them to implement a plan to phase out all anthropogenic dioxin discharges into any water in the San Francisco Bay area; and h) that the Council request the City Manager send a letter to the EPA suggesting the reporting thresholds for dioxin-like chemicals be much lower than 0.1 grams, support establishing the reduction of dioxin pollution of the San Francisco Bay as a high priority under the Clean Water Act, and recognize the efforts of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and the Zero Dioxin Alliance.
Contact: Nabil Al-Hadithy, Secretary, 705-8155
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Refer to the City Manager for analysis of cost.
Contact: Elizabeth Epstein, Planning and Development, 705-8105

71. University Relations Commission (City-Campus Planning Advisory Group)
From: Planning Commission
Recommendation:
Adopt a Resolution establishing a University Relations Commission composed of either nine or eighteen members appointed pursuant to the Fair Representation Ordinance, with the following charge: a) Advise the City Council on planning issues of joint concern to the City and UC Berkeley; b) Solicit public input on proposed University projects and plans; c) Encourage coordination between the City and UC Berkeley on planning projects of joint interest; and d) Establish a Commission subcommittee that will constitute the City's representatives on the City-Campus Planning Advisory Group, as detailed in the 3/12/97 Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the University.
Contact: Karen Haney-Owens, Secretary, 705-8137
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:
Direct the Planning Commission establish a City-Campus Planning Advisory Group subject to the Brown Act, as a standing sub-committee with the following charge: a) to meet in conjunction with Campus representatives; b) to act in an advisory role to the appropriate City Commissions, City Departments and University Committees and Administrators; and c) to solicit broad public input regarding University plans and projects of joint interest to the City and the University.
Contact: Liz Epstein, Planning and Development, 705-8105

Information Reports

72. Grant: Bike and Child Car Seat Safety
From: City Manager
Contact: Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 644-6459

73. Formal Bid Solicitations and Requests for Proposals
From: City Manager
Contact: Frances David, Finance, 644-6476

74. Development Benefits to Enterprises on San Pablo Avenue (CR 98-109)
From: City Manager
Contact: Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

75. Dwight Way Terrace Business Association (CR 99-31)
From: City Manager
Contact: Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

76. Ground Floor Food Service Businesses (CR 99-62)
From: City Manager
Contact: Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

77. Kinder Safer Streets Act of 1999
From: Police Review Commission
Contact: Barbara Attard, Secretary, 644-6716

78. Praise for Berkeley Police Department
From: Police Review Commission
Contact: Barbara Attard, Secretary, 644-6716

79. Landmarks Preservation Commission Notices of Decisions: 2118 Marin Avenue, 1808 5th Street, 2119/2221 5th Street, and 725 Gilman Street
From: City Manager
Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480

80. Independent Task Force on Homelessness
From: Councilmember Maio
Contact: Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 644-6359

Communications

Council rules limit action on Communications to referral to the City Manager and/or Boards and Commissions for investigation and/or recommendations.

Page No.

1. Ellen Garvey, Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, regarding emissions from Pacific Steel Casting's Thermal Sand Reclaimer.

2. Joyce Barison, protesting about the manner in which the 1629 San Pablo Avenue appeal was decided.

3. Daniella Thompson and James Sharp, regarding PowerBar's rooftop sign at 2150 Shattuck Avenue.

4. Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, regarding tobacco and alcohol advertisement law takes effect July 26, 1999.

5. Rhiannon, regarding her Redevelopment Agency tenancy in a unit managed by the Housing Authority.

6. Karen Sarlo, regarding the reassignment of John Muir Elementary School Principal Barbara Lee to district office responsibilities for the 1999-2000 school year.

7. Mary Ann Harrel, regarding TCI and cable TV upgrades.

8. Charles Bulkley, regarding artificially obtained Commercial Driver's Licenses.

9. Elvira Rose, President, North Berkeley Senior Center Advisory Council, regarding taxi script.

10. Arthur Stopes, III, Center for Unalienable Rights Education, regarding City Auditor's Office.

11. Patrick Kennedy, transmitting newspaper and magazine articles regarding: 1) Oakland's Mayor Brown and building heights; 2) faith-based community activists; an example for Berkeley's churches; and 3) Smart Growth General Plan.

12. Carol Denney, regarding the public comment period.

13. Gene Brernardi, Committee to Minimize Toxic Waste, regarding Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Permit modification request regarding hazardous waste handling facility operations.

14. Charles L. Smith, regarding the California Tree Failure Conference.

15. Myron Moskovitz, regarding shortening lengthy meetings.

16. Deborah Pitts, Community Affairs, Alta Bates Medical Center, transmitting Status Report on Implementation of the Terms of the August 1, 1997 Final Determination of Conformance with Use Permits 10679 and 6775.

17. Jon A. Vicars, Elmwood Realty Investment LP, regarding earthquake retrofitting.

18. John H. DeClercq, TransAction Companies Ltd., regarding attracting and retaining businesses in Berkeley.

19. C.E. Bulkley, regarding commercial drivers' licenses for electricians.

20. Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests, transmitting newspaper and magazine articles regarding mass transit issues in the General Plan and Oakland's attempts to attract new businesses to the city.

21. Patrick Kennedy, transmitting magazine article regarding housing.

22. Joanna Spencer, regarding Affordable Housing Associates' business practices.

23. Sam H. Hollis, California Veterans Home, Yountville, regarding Vietnam Veterans Day, November 11, 1999.

24. Gene Bernardi, Committee to Minimize Toxic Waste, regarding Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's permit modification request re: Hazardous Waste Handling Facility.

25. Carol Denney, regarding alleged police misconduct related to the KPFA situation.

26. Senator Don Perata, State Capitol, Sacramento, regarding his support of SB 1482 (delays the amount of time necessary to implement a six-day waiting period before euthanasia).

27. Senator Richard Polanco, State Capitol, Sacramento, regarding his request for support for SB 984 - creating Cesar Chavez Day on March 31 as a State holiday.

28. Kathleen Connell, Controller of the State of California, regarding 1997-98 Fiscal Year Single Audit Report Certification and Audit Finding Resolution.

29. Kathleen Barsher, regarding zoning and the General Plan.

30. Regarding General Plan update from:
a. Michael Katz
b. Nancy Carleton, Chair, Zoning Adjustments Board

31. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, thanking Berkeley for its views on the planting of genetically-engineered corn and other products.

32. Karen Sarlo, regarding Berkeley Unified School District upcoming events.

33. Helen Lima, Save Section 8, regarding Section 8 assistance.

34. Eleanor Gibson, regarding Housing Authority vacancy.

35. Roland Peterson, Executive Director, Telegraph Property & Business Management Corp., regarding proposed changes to Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue as two-way streets.

36. Gray Davis, California State Governor, Sacramento, thanking Council for their views regarding Assembly Bill 16.

37. Gina Cummings and Jennifer Logan, U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines, regarding event in Iowa.

38. Robert and Rose White, thanking Council for the recognition and the proclamation presented at a recent Council meeting.

39. Janet Isbell, regarding piles of garbage along the Frontage Road in Berkeley.

40. Regarding phasing out dioxin emissions:

a. Gina Solomon, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council.
b. Michael Green, Ann Melamed, Bhavna Shamasunder, Center for Environmental Health.
c. California Communities Against Toxics

41. Senator Don Perata, Ninth Senatorial District, thanking Council for their opposition to the closure of Oakland Kaiser Permanente Hospital.

42. Frances Hillyard, regarding support of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

43. Carrie Olson, Berkeley Architectural Heritage, transmitting copy of letter to Berkeley Unified School District Board regarding new building at Berkeley High School.

44. Maria Garcia de la Noceda, regarding proposed development at 1419 Ashby Avenue.

45. John Vance, A First Amendment Center, regarding radio station KPFA and a possible death warrant for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Adjournment


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