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REGULAR BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2000

SUMMARY

 Preliminary Matters

 Roll Call:   7:00 p.m. All present.

 Comments from the City Manager :   
The Draft Southside Plan was distributed today.  Copies will be available in the Planning Department and City Clerk's office.

 Comments from the Public:  Seven speakers heard.  Referred to the City Manager the concern of speaker Richard Seals regarding extension of time limit for refund for seismic retrofit.

 Consent Calendar

 Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Olds/Worthington) to approve the Consent Calendar except as indicated.

 1. Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to Establish a Dioxin Task Force
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:   Support the plan proposed by the Task Force led by the Association of Bay Area Governments to make recommendations to eliminate anthropogenic sources of dioxin pollution.  Refer the request for project funding of $6,000 to the mid-year budget process.
Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8105
Action:  Approved recommendation as amended by Mayor Dean to suggest that community members and independent scientists should sit on the Task Force.

 2. Contract/License Agreement:  Salvaging at the Transfer Station
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a five-year contract/license agreement with Urban Ore in the amount of $112,500 for salvaging materials for reuse/resale from the transfer station floor.
Contact:  Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506
Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,387-N.S.

3. Contract Amendment:  Computer Training
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with Application Associates for computer training by increasing the amount by $30,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $90,000, for the period March 16, 1999 to March 31, 2000.
Contact:  Chris Mead, Information Systems, 665-7661
Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,388-N.S.

4. Domestic Partners Equal Benefits Ordinance
From:  Councilmember Worthington
Recommendation:  Request a status report and a timeline for completion of the research of an Equal Benefits Ordinance unanimously referred by Council on March 9, 1999 which would require contractors to offer equal benefits to their employees registered as domestic partners.
Contact:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398
Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Councilmember Spring and held over to January 25, 2000.

5. City Council Meetings Live on the Web
From:  Councilmember Worthington
Recommendation:  Refer to the City Manager a report from Santa Monica on their successful effort to broadcast City Council meetings on the web and request a report before the mid-year budget discussion on February 22, 2000.
Contact:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398
Action:  Approved recommendation.
 

6. Establish a Berkeley Police Department Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Liaison Position
From:  Councilmember Worthington
Recommendation:  Refer to the Police Review Commission and the City Manager a proposal to establish a Lesbian Gay Bixesual Transgender Liason position, implement sensitivity and gender-specific training, and create a safe work environment regarding LGBT issues within the Berkeley Police Department.  Also, that the Police Review Commission and the City Manager review job descriptions and announcements for existing positions in nearby cities.
Contact:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398
Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Councilmember Olds and held over to January 25, 2000.
 
7. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Elevator Repair
From:  Commission on Disability
Recommendation:   Support BARTís provision of accommodations during elevator repairs at downtown Berkeley station and send a letter asking BART to do the following:   1) coordinate with Commissions on Disability, Transportation and Aging on what is planned and how the commissions can assist; 2) survey the current use of the downtown Berkeley elevators; 3) do a campaign of notification about the planned shutdown and estimated dates; and 4) assure that substitute transportation is made available.
Contact:  Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a.         City Manager Report
Recommendation:  Concurs with the content and recommendations of the Commission.
Contact: Weldon Rucker, Deputy City Manager, 644-6580

Action:  Approved recommendation.

8. Open-Captioned Films
From:  Commission on Disability
Recommendation:  Support more open-captioned films by requesting the City Clerk write a letter to Tripod Pictures with copies to Landmark Cinema and Deaf Media asking that 1) more open captioned film prints be distributed to theaters; and 2) open-captioned films be shown on both weekends and weekdays.
Contact:  Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440
a. City Manager Report
Recommendation:  Concurs with the content and recommendations of the Commission.
Contact: Weldon Rucker, Deputy City Manager, 644-6580

Action:  Approved recommendation.

Public Hearings


9. Public Hearing:  Increase in Fees for Services at the Berkeley Marina
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:
    Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution establishing a new fee schedule for services rendered at the Berkeley Marina and rescinding Resolution No. 59,387-N.S.  
Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 644-6943
a. Communications
1. Reese Jones
2. Jim Cassell
3. Dick Wrenn, President, Berkeley Marina Berthers Association
4. Bob Griffiths, Chairman, Berkeley Marina Berthers Association
5. Katherine Scheaf
Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 644-6480
Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  Five speakers heard. 
Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Maio) to continue the public hearing to January 25, 2000 to hear testimony from persons not heard tonight and to direct staff to post the details of the increases at the Marina during the coming week.
 
10. Public Hearing:  Five Ton Gross Vehicle Weight Limit Zone Modification (to be delivered)
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:
  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 14.56.050A to add streets to be controlled with a five ton gross vehicle weight limit in the area bounded by Dwight Way, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Addison Street and McKinley Avenue, and Grant Street between Dwight Way and University Avenue.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.  One speaker heard.  
Moved, seconded, carried (Shirek/Maio; Absent - Olds, Woolley) to close the public hearing.  Decision to be made on January 25, 2000.
           
11. Public Hearing:  Permit Parking
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:
  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt a Resolution extending residential permit parking on Olympus Avenue between Fairlawn Drive and Wilson Circle and all of Wilson Circle, on Prince Street between Shattuck Avenue and Wheeler Street, on McGee Avenue between Francisco Street and Delaware Street; and remove the block of Oregon Street between Adeline Street and Shattuck Avenue from the Residential Permit Parking Area J.
Contact: Andreas Campos-Kreutzer, Public Works, 644-6506

a.  Communications
1. Douglas James, submitting petition in opposition
2. Dorothy E. Walker

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.  Two speakers heard.   Moved, seconded, carried (Olds/Maio; Absent - Armstrong) to close the public hearing on all matters with the exception of Prince Street and schedule consideration of approval of the negative declaration regarding Olympus Avenue and Wilson Circle and decision on extending permit parking to all areas with the exception of Prince Street for January 25, 2000 and to continue the public hearing on Prince Street to the meeting of February 8, 2000 .

Communications

Actions:  The following were read, noted and filed unless referred to the City Manager as indicated.

1. Mary Ann Harrel, re plastic recycling.
 
2. Diane Allevato, The Marin Humane Society, re cat ordinance.  Olds

3. Merry M.Bates, President, Island Cat Rescue Association, re spay/neuter ordinance. Olds

4. Excell McGinnis, re traffic violation.   Woolley, Shirek, Maio, Breland, Spring, Worthington, Dean

5. John Vance, A First Amendment Center, regarding community information (additional pages on file for review in the City Clerk's Office).

6. Senator Diane Feinstein, United States Senate, re salt processing facility in Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico.  Breland

7. Linda Rosen, President, Berkeley Historical Society, re "Then and Now" exhibit.

SUPPLEMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS

AND AGENDA REPORTS

 Item  9 - Public Hearing:   Increase in Fees for Services at the Berkeley Marina

8. Makram Samaan, Ph.D.

9. Robert A. Gibbs  Breland

10. Pierre Sagot

Councilmembers Woolley, Worthington and Mayor Dean referred all letters including those listed under Public Hearing regarding Berkeley Marina fee increases.

 Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:27 p.m. in memory of Kristin Caligari, Arthur Freyer and Mary Lewis.


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