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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2000

 Preliminary Matters

 Roll Call:  7:05 p.m.

 Ceremonial Matters: 

             Proclamation:  National Public Works Week, May 16-22

 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.

 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 held over to the next meeting unless the City Manager requests action due to priority.

1.        Ellis Ordinance (First reading vote:  unanimous)
          
From:  City Manager
           Recommendation: 
Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley
           Municipal Code (BMC) Section 13.77.050.A. to correct clerical errors in
           recent amendments.
          
Contact:  Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 644-6380

2.        Seismic Retrofit/Property Transfer Tax (CR 2000-31) (First reading
           vote:  unanimous)

          
From:  City Manager
           Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley
           Municipal Code (BMC) Section 7.52.060 by adding subsection K.6 to allow up
           to one additional year to obtain rebates of real property transfer tax to pay for
           seismic retrofit work, and amending Section 7.52.040 to clarify the applicability
           of the tax and conform it to longstanding administrative interpretation.
           Contact:  Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 644-6380

3.        Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan I (First reading vote: 
           
unanimous)

           
From:  City Manager
            Recommendation: 
Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending
            Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 4.36.803 and adding Section
            4.36.808 to allow recovery of overpayments made to plan beneficiaries under
            the Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan I.
            Contact:  Ron Brown, Personnel, 665-7606

4.         Establishment of the Director of Information Technology
            Classification
(First reading vote:  unanimous)
           
From:  City Manager
            Recommendation: 
Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Chapter
            2.45 of the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC), to create the Department of
             Information Technology.
           
Contact:  Ron Brown, Personnel, 665-7606

5.         Contract:  Military Service Credit for Local Fire Members (First
reading vote:  unanimous)

From:  City Manager
Recommendation: 
Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending the City's contract with CalPERS to provide Military Service Credit as Public Service to local fire members.
Contact:  Ron Brown, Personnel, 665-7614

6.         Rename Personnel Department "Human Resources Department"
           
(First reading vote: Noes - Armstrong)
           
From:  City Manager
            Recommendation: 
Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley
            Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 2.46, to rename the Personnel Department the
            "Human Resources Department", effective July 1, 2000.
            Contact:  Ron Brown, Personnel, 665-7614

7.         Appropriation Ordinance Amendment (First reading vote:  unanimous)
            From: City Manager
            Recommendation
:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending
            Appropriations Ordinance No. 6502-N.S., establishing authorized
            appropriations for FY2000.
            Contact: Phil Kamlarz, 644-6580

8.        Grant:  Measure B Application, Paratransit Program
           
From:  City Manager 
            Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to file a
            grant application with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for an
            allocation of Alameda County Measure B funds in the amount of $146,693 for
            the Fiscal Year 2000-2001 Paratransit Program; and execute agreements and
            amendments, as necessary, with local transportation service providers to
            provide paratransit services for senior and disabled residents of Berkeley.
            Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 665-3481

9.         Agreement:  Low-Income Energy Program
            From:  City Manager
            Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to
            execute U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program
            revenue agreement and any amendments with the State Department of
            Community Services and Development in the amount of $13,730 for the period
            April 1, 2000 through March 31, 2001, to provide weatherization assistance for
            eligible residents of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville; approving the Priority
            Plan, and authorizing the City Manager to designate a representative to sign
            required fiscal and programmatic reports.
            Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 665-3481

10.       Beverage Container Recycling
           
From:  City Manager
            Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit
            the funding request form to the Department of Conservation's Division of
            Recycling for $31,831 and to submit all necessary forms for the purposes of
            securing payments and implement and carry out the purposes specified in the
            Section 14581 (A)(4)(a) of the California Beverage Container Recycling and
            Litter Reduction Act and provide information regarding this program to the
            Division upon request.
            Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460

11.       Street Lighting Assessment
           
From:  City Manager 
            Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution declaring intention to 1) levy and
            collect assessments within the Berkeley Street Lighting Assessment District No.
            1982-1 and the Street Light Upgrading Assessment District 1999-1 for Fiscal
            Year 2001; and 2) establishing the hearing date of June 20, 2000.
            Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460

12.       Contract:  Traffic Signal at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center
            Street
           
From:  City Manager:
            Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution approving plans and specifications
            for the traffic signal project at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center Street;
            accepting the bid of Steiny and Company, Inc.; and authorizing the City
            Manager to execute a contract and any amendments in an amount not to exceed
            $108,000, for a period of 75 calendar days.
            Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460

13.       I-80 Overcrossing 
           
From:  City Manager 
            Recommendation: 
If the Redevelopment Agency adopts the required findings
            for funding this project, adopt a Resolution making parallel findings required to
            permit a Berkeley Redevelopment Agency funding contribution to the I-80
            Overcrossing and authorizing the Executive Director to transfer $1,270,584 in
            Agency funds to the City.
            Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460

14.       Contract:  Network Maintenance
           
From:  City Manager 
            Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to
            execute a contract and any amendments with PCS Networks Inc. for network
            maintenance, for a total contract amount not to exceed $30,000 for the period
            May 16 to July 31, 2000.
            Contact:  Chris Mead, Information Systems, 665-7661

15.       Landmarks Preservation Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance
           
From:  City Manager 
            Recommendation:  1) Direct staff to present its proposed amendments to the
            Landmarks Preservation Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance to the Planning
            Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission within sixty days; 2)
            direct the Commissions to make recommendations on the proposed
            amendments at meetings within sixty days and to forward their comments to the
            City Council as information reports on July 25; and 3) direct staff to provide an
            action report to Council in September with final recommendations in light of the
            Commissions' comments.
            Contact:  Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 644-6380

16.       Food Vendor for Tuolumne Family Camp
           
From:  City Manager
            Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution awarding a purchase order to SYSCO
            Food Services of Modesto, Inc., for a twelve (12) month period beginning with
            the date of award, with the option to renew for up to five years, as per
            Specification F-8753-00, in and amount not to exceed $175,000 per camp
            season.
            Contact:  Fran David, Finance, 665-7401

17.       Endorse HR40, Reparation for African-Americans
           
From:  Vice Mayor Shirek
            Recommendation: 
Endorse U.S. Congressional House Resolution 40 (HR40)
            co-sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee, to establish a commission to study
            reparation proposal for African Americans.
            Contact:  Maudelle Shirek, Councilmember District 3, 644-6243

18.       Building Department Documents
            From:  Mayor Dean and Councilmember Olds
            Recommendation: 
Request the City Manager investigate the situation of
            records and documents disappearing from files in the Building Department.
            Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484; Betty Olds, Councilmember
            District 6, 644-6399

19.       Support for SB 1462 to Require On-site Veterinarians at All Rodeos
            From:  Councilmember Spring
            Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution endorsing SB 1462 requiring on-site
            veterinarians at all rodeos, and request that the City Manager send a letter in
            support to State Senator Don Perata and other state elected officials and fax the
            members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
            Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

20.       Waiving Fees for Downtown Events
           
From:  Councilmember Spring
            Recommendation: 
Request that the City Manager waive the fees for the
            upcoming summer downtown noontime musical events and assist the DBA in
            securing the permits.
            Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

21.       Support for Downed Animals Protection Act - HR 443 and SB 515
            From:  Councilmember Spring
            Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution endorsing HR 443 and SB 515, the
            Downed Animals Protection Act, and request the City Manager send a letter to
            our Federal elected officials asking them to support this legislation.
            Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

22.       Budget Referral:  Dragon Boat Team
           
From:  Mayor Dean
            Recommendation: 
Refer to the budget process a request for $3,000 to fund
            miscellaneous expenses with the Dragon Boat races.
            Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

23.       Ending Sanctions Against Mitsubishi Corp. Regarding Proposed Salt
            Works at Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico
           
From:  Mayor Dean
            Recommendation: 
1) Revoke the City's sanctions against the Mitsubishi
            Corp. (as imposed by Council action November 2, 1999, which were imposed
             to prevent the building of a salt factory at Laguna San Ignacio and the
             consequent destruction of the California Gray Whale and numerous other forms
             of wildlife at and around this Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage site; 2)
             request the City Clerk advise the California Public Employees Retirement
            System of this revocation with respect to purchases and divestment of stock in
            Mitsubishi and related entities; and 3) request the City Clerk write a letter to
            Mitsubishi advising it of the City's actions.
            Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

24.       Support AB 1734 Income Tax Credit to Small Businesses Providing
            Health Insurance
           
From:  Mayor Dean
           
Recommendation:  1) Support AB 1734 introduced by Assemblymember
            Thomson, which would authorize a direct state tax credit to small business
            employers that provide health insurance to employees and dependents, the
            credit amount being the greater of a) $65 per month for each covered individual
            or dependent, or b) 50% of the total amount paid or incurred per month for that
             health coverage; and 2) direct the City Clerk to notify the bill's sponsor, our
             representatives in Sacramento, and the City's Sacramento lobbyist of the City's
             position.
             Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

25.       Planning for Codornices Creek
           
From:  Mayor Dean
            Recommendation: 
1) Request the City Manager (in conjunction with the City
            of Albany) write a letter to UC Berkeley Chancellor Berdahl regarding UC's
            current planning for Codornices Creek west of San Pablo Avenue.  The letter
            should express both cities' concerns about the current plans and request
            University planners meet with a delegation from both cities to hear a presentation
            urging the University to re-evaluate its plan for the restoration of the Creek; and
            2) support the following composition of the delegation to meet with the UC
            representatives:  Two mayors (John Ely of Albany and Shirley Dean of
            Berkeley); two Councilmembers (one from Albany chosen by Albany, and
            Councilmember Maio from Berkeley who represents the area in question); one
             representative from Friends of Five Creeks (Susan Schwartz); one
             representative from Urban Creeks Council (Carole Schemmerling); two
             representatives from two Parks and Recreation Commissions (one from
            Albany, chosen by Albany, and Berkeley Parks and Recreation Commission
            Chair Carol Thornton); one representative of field users (Doug Fielding or
            designee from Association of Sports Field Users); two representatives from the
            Waterways Restoration Institute (WRI), two staff from the City of Berkeley (to
             be determined by Berkeley City Manager James Keene); two staff from the
            City of Albany (to be determined by Albany City Administrator Darren Fields.
            Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

26.       Income Eligibility for General Fund Services
            From:  Human Welfare and Community Action Commission
            Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution increasing the income eligibility for the
            City's Community Action Agency General Fund support services to 200% of
            the Federal Poverty Level.
            Contact:  Marianne Graham, Secretary, 665-3475
            a.        City Manager Report
            Recommendation: 
Concurs with the content and recommendation of the
            Commission.
            Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 665-3481

 Action Calendar

Public Hearings

27.       Public Safety Building Tower
           
From:  City Manager
            Information Report from meeting of May 9
           
Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460
            a.        From:  Councilmember Spring (From April 11)
           
Recommendation:  Request a report on alternatives to the current location of
            the Public Safety Building tower by May 9 and set this issue for a public hearing
            on May 16 as the first or second public hearing of the evening.
            Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266
             b.        From:  Councilmember Spring
             Recommendation:  Refer the request for $10,000 to the budget process for
             the MAGNA neighborhood group for professional assistance in dealing with the
             Public Safety Tower.
             Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266
             c.         From:  Councilmember Spring
             Information Item - Ordinances Protecting Views
            
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

28.        Public Hearings:  Establishment and Increase of City Fees, Rates and
             Other Charges
             a.        Development Fees:  Permit Service Center Fund (to be delivered)
             Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt a
             Resolution 1) adopting the Consolidated Fee Schedule for the Permit Service
             Center Fund for all development related services provided by the Planning and
             Development Department; 2) rescinding the cap of $345,000 on all waivers
             and limiting future unfounded waivers to only seismic strengthening such that
             other waivers will only be granted with substitute funding authorized by the
             Council; and 3) rescinding Resolution No. 60,097-N.S.
             Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8108
             b.          Fees:  Environmental Health
             Recommendation: 
Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt four
             Resolutions revising fees for the Division of Environmental Health, Health and 
            
Sanitation Permits and Fees, and rescind Resolutions No. 59,530-N.S.,
             59,531-N.S., 59,532-N.S., and 59,533-N.S.
             Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 665-6879 
              c.          Recreation Programs
             
Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt a
              Resolution increasing fees by 3%
for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 and Fiscal Year
              2001-2002 for all programs under the purview of Recreation; Aquatics;
              Sports; and Recreation Centers for adults and youth to cover the higher costs
              for program operations.
              Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 665-6879 

              d.         Housing Code Enforcement Program
              Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt a
              Resolution rescinding Capter A, Sections XI, XII, and XIV of Resolution No.
              60,097-N.S. which sets the fees for housing code enforcement inspections,
              and establishing a revised fee schedule for housing code enforcement
              inspections.
              Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 665-3481 
               e.         2000-2001 Refuse Fund Rate Increase
               Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt
               two Resolutions: 1) rescinding Resolution No. 60,316-N.S. and all amending
               resolutions, re-establishing the existing refuse collection districts in the City,
              and fixing and establishing rates for the collection of refuse therein; and
              2) amending Sections 1(a), 1(b), 1(c), Sections 3(a), 3(b) and Section 4 of
              Resolution No. 60,064-N.S., establishing rates for the Transfer Station, to
              change the rates and add the effective date.

             Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460

  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          Cesar Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar project.
           
a.  Archana Horsting, Kala Institute
           
b.  David Glaser, Lawrence Hall of Science; Modesto Tamez, Exploratorium
                 Teacher Institute; Alan Gould, Lawrence Hall of Science; Tory Brady,
                 Exploratorium Teacher Institute; David Dearborn, Lawrence Livermore
                 National Laboratory; Alane Alchorn, Lawrence Livermore National
                 Laboratory.
             c. Beatriz Leyvas-Cutler, Bay Area Hispanic Institute for Advancement;
                 Aurora Chang, Early Academic Outreach Program UC; Salvador Murillo,
                 Student Services, BUSD; Carlos Munoz, Professor, UC; Fr. George
                 Crespin, Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker; Federico Chavez, Administrative
                  Law Judge; Rev. Stacey Archuleta-Bart, Pastor, Temple Gethsemane;
                 Leandro Duran, Attorney; Fr. Rigoberto Caloca-Rivas, Multicultural
                 Institute; Allison Asturias, Rosa Parks School; Elvira Rose, Former
                
Manager, State Employment Offices, Hayward; Elma Gameros, Direcotr,
                 Adelante, Inc.
           
d.  Victoria Brady et al, 9th Street Neighborhood Assn.

2.        Lynda Winslow, re City pools/aquatics programs.

3.       Walter Wood, re downtown parking lots. 

4.         Phil McArdle, re parking lot at Oxford and Kittridge. 

5.         Judith S. Kirk, re 2535 College Avenue (two letters)

6.         Rebecca Sutton, re 1301 Oxford development. 

7.         Jan Schultz, re Hill Fire Station 

8.         David Burke, re Antenna tower at Public Safety Building 

9.         B. Kim Barnes, re property at 940 Dwight Way. 

10.       Patrick Kennedy, re development. 

11.       Rosemary Vimont, Olivia Caldwell, re increase in City Manager staff. 

12.       Arnold Loo, re Hinks Parking Garage. 

13.       Capt. Ray H. Wichmann, re event in San Pablo Park. 

14.       Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, re Council's vote to support measure restricting application of the "Three Strikes" law. 

15.       Heather Bellson; Holly Carter; Morris O'Keegan,; Noah Cole; Elizabeth Nathan; and Stephanie Bednar; re construction work. 

16.       McKinley Allston Addison Grant Neighborhood Association (MAAGNA)

 Adjournment  


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