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SUMMARY

 

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2000

 

      Preliminary Matters

 

Roll Call: 8:38 p.m.

 

Ceremonial Matters:

 

Proclamation:  50th Anniversary of the San Pablo Neighborhood Council

            Action:  Presented Proclamation.

 

Comments from the City Manager : 

  •     The Shoreline Cleanup project on September 16 resulted in 50,552 lbs. of trash collected

  •   The City is experiencing high fire hazard days expected to continue throughout the week.  PG&E. has activated its emergency center and brown-outs may occur.

  •   Downtown Berkeley Thursday concerts will be held through October on Shattuck Avenue near the BART station.

  •   The How Berkeley Can You Be Parade will take place on September 24.

  •   A series of workshops regarding traffic calming will be held on September 28, October 3, 14 and 18.

Comments from the Public.  Ten speakers.

 

 

      Consent Calendar

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Shirek; Absent - Armstrong, Olds) to approve the Consent Calendar in one motion except as indicated.

 

1.         Speed Limit Along Claremont Avenue (first reading vote:  no - Worthington)

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 14.24 by adding Section 14.24.220 changing the speed limit along Claremont Avenue from 25 to 30 MPH between Ashby Avenue and Alcatraz Avenue/Oakland city limit.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460

Action:  Adopted Ordinance No. 6581-N.S.  (Noes - Worthington)  Effective:  October 19, 2000.


2.         Amendment to Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (first reading vote:  unanimous)

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Section 19.72.170 of the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) to establish a procedure to record a certificate of non-compliance with the County Recorder to improve compliance with the Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO).

Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 665-3481

Action:  Adopted Ordinance No. 6582-N.S.  Effective:  October 19, 2000.

 

3.         Living Wage Ordinance, Marina Zone (CR #2000-120)(first reading vote:  unanimous)

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Sections 13.27.020, 13.27.030 and 13.27.050 to establish a requirement that specified employers within the Marina Zone pay employees a living wage.

Contact:  Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 644-6380

Action:  Adopted Ordinance No. 6583-N.S.  Effective: October 19, 2000.

 

4.         Sublease Agreement:  Berkeley Main Library, 2150 Kittredge

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt first reading of an Ordinance authorizing an $85,000 increase in the sublease agreement with the Regents of the University of California for the use of office space at 2150 Kittredge Street for the Main Library's administrative staff through approximately June 30, 2001.

Contact:  Adelia Lines, Library Services, 644-6095 x18

            Action:  Adopted first reading of Ordinance.  Second reading September 26, 2000.

 

5.         Lease Agreement:  Berkeley Main Library, 731 Dwight Way

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt first reading of an Ordinance authorizing a $25,000 increase in the lease agreement with Bedayn Associates of Lafayette, California, to temporarily house Library maintenance staff and equipment at 731 Dwight Way, through approximately June 30, 2001.

Contact:  Adelia Lines, Library Services, 644-6095 x18

            Action:  Adopted first reading of Ordinance.  Second reading September 26, 2000.

 

6.         Contract:  Economic Revitalization and Community Development, Telegraph/ Southside

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments in the amount of $55,000 with the Telegraph Area Association to support economic revitalization and community development in the Telegraph/Southside neighborhood for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2001.

Contact:  Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,757-N.S.

 

7.         Contracts:  Domestic Violence Prevention

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute contracts and any amendments with Narika, the National Latina Health Organization, the Berkeley Unified School District and Harder+Company Communications Research in amounts not to exceed $27,500, $14,500, $32,500 and $13,700 respectively, for assistance in developing and implementing community interventions for domestic violence prevention, for the period July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2003; and authorizing advance payments in the amount of $5,000 for each agency.

Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 665-6879

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,758-N.S.

 

8.         Communication Tower Study

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving procedures that include: 1) citizen involvement in the establishment of the Consultant's scope of work, the request for qualification (RFQ) criteria, the selection of the consultant, and the review of the consultant's final report; 2) authorizing the City Manger to proceed with the preparation of the RFQ; and 3) directing the City Manager report back to Council with the RFQ document prior to issuance of the RFQ.

            Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460 

            Action:  Withdrawn by the City Manager.

 

9.         Cooperative Agreement:  Ashby/Claremont Signal

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with Caltrans to fund the modification of the traffic signal at Ashby Avenue and Claremont Avenue.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 665-3460

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,759-N.S.

 

10.       Extending the Term of the Waterfront Commission

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 3.36.070 extending the date for termination of the Waterfront Commission until May 31, 2001, and ratifying the actions of the Commission since January 1, 2000.

Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 644-6943 x222

            Action:  Adopted first reading of Ordinance.  Second reading September 26, 2000.


11.       Schedule for Biennial Budget Process

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt the proposed schedule for FY2002 & FY2003 Biennial Budget Process including the setting of one or more special work sessions to discuss Citywide workplan priorities and provide direction to staff in the development of the City Manager's FY2002 & FY2003 Proposed Budget.  The first special work session is proposed for either Monday, November 13, or Thursday, November 16.

Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager, 644-6580

Action:  Approved recommendation. City Clerk to determine date after Councilmembers notify availability and amended by Councilmember Maio to include the Budget Commission.

 

12.       Lease Agreement:  Fire Engines

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 60,672-N.S. authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract, purchase order, and any amendments with Golden State Fire Apparatus and related third parties for lease-purchase of seven fire engines.

            Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager, 644-6580

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,760-N.S.

 

13.       1999-2000 Alameda County Grand Jury Final Report

            City Manager Report (to be delivered)

            Recommendation:  Approve response by the City Manager.

            Contact:  Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 644-6380

            a.            From:  Mayor Dean

Recommendation:  Request the City Manager prepare the required response from the City to the 1999-2000 Alameda County Grand Jury Final Report, such response to be to Grand Jury Recommendation 00-35:  "that all local elected or appointed governing bodies and political subdivisions of the County hold annual workshops to familiarize the governing body members and staff with the Brown Act."

Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 644-6484

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

14.       Oppose Claremont Expansion Proposals

            From:  Councilmember Armstrong

Recommendation:  Oppose in principle proposals for the dramatic expansion of hotel rooms, traffic and parking lots on the Claremont Resort property.

Contact:  Polly Armstrong, Councilmember District 8, 644-6401

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

15.       Physical Fitness Center for Disabled and Seniors

            From:  Councilmember Spring

Recommendation:  Request the City Manager develop an informational brochure on the planned Physical Fitness Center located at Berkeley High School.

Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Councilmember Olds and held over to September 26, 2000.

 

16.        Proclamation for September as Car-Free Month and Fee Waiver for Celebration of Car-Free Month

            From:  Councilmembers Worthington and Spring

            Recommendation:  Support a proclamation for September as Car-Free Month and adopt a Resolution waiving fees for two block parties for a celebration of Car-Free Month.

            Contact:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398; Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

17.       Oppose Measure C – Vision 2010

            From:  Councilmembers Worthington, Breland, Olds and Vice Mayor Shirek

            Recommendation:  Oppose Measure C, Alameda County’s Comprehensive Plan to Protect Agriculture, Open Space and Natural Resources, which is on the November ballot.
Contacts:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398; Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 644-6400; Betty Olds, Councilmember District 6, 644-6399;

Maudelle Shirek, Councilmember District 3, 644-6243

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

18.       Support Measure E – Peralta Community College District Bond Measure

            From:  Councilmembers Worthington and Spring

Recommendation:  Support Measure E which is on the November ballot contingent upon Peralta Community College District enforceable written commitment to the City of Berkeley to insure completion of a permanent Vista Community College campus.

Contacts:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 644-6398; Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

            Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Councilmember Shirek and held over to September 26, 2000.

 

19.       Bio-Engineered Products

            From:  Councilmember Spring

            Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution urging the federal government to require labeling of genetically manipulated foods and further urges a moratorium on the production of such genetically manipulated foods; and request the City Manager send copies of the Resolution to our federal legislators.

            Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,761-N.S.


20.       Homeless Programs Funding Process

            From:  Homeless Commission

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution directing the City Manager to coordinate the Measure O funding process with those of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), General Fund and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs.

Contact:  Jane Micallef, Secretary, 644-8616
a.            City Manager Report

Recommendation:  Concurs with the content and recommendations of the Commission.  Health and Human Services and Housing staff have initiated planning and coordination efforts for Fiscal Year 2002-2003 community agency funding.

Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 665-6879

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,762-N.S.

 

 

    Public Hearings

Reports and communications related to public hearings that were distributed to Council when the issue was first heard are not included.  However, new material has been noted with an *.

 

21.       Continued Public Hearing - Appeal of Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation of the West Berkeley Shellmound as a Landmark, Three Blocks Bounded by University Avenue, Hearst Avenue, I-80 and 4th Street; Adoption of a Zoning Ordinance Amendment to Require an Administrative Use Permit for Projects that Could Adversely Affect the Shellmound (continued from July 18)

a.            Appeals filed by Richard and Charlene deVecchi; and the 620 Hearst Group, LLC

b.            City Manager Report - September 19, 2000 *

Recommendation:  Continue the public hearing to the meeting of October 17, 2000.
Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8108

Public Testimony:   Five persons heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Spring/Maio; Absent – Armstrong) to continue the public hearing to October 17, 2000.

 

22.       Appeal of Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation of the Swink House, Cottage and Garden at 1525-1529 Shattuck Avenue, as a Berkeley Structure of Merit

a.            Appeal filed by Adolph and Patricia Meyer

b.            City Manager Report (to be delivered)

Recommendation:  Conduct Public Hearing and continue any decision on the appeal to the meeting of September 26, 2000.

c.            City Manager Report (July 25, 2000)

Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8108

            d.            Communications  

  1. Harvey Sherback, petition with 722 signatures; Swink House historical reference; letters of support from business community; Berkeley Engineering and Research Inc. structural report; C.N.A. Newsletter No. 263, page 3; Elaine Parrish letter, July 17 article from Daily Planet.
  2. Art Goldberg
  3. Alice Waters*
  4. Elaine Blum Parrish*
  5. Richard Mazzero, Cesar restaurant*
  6. Robert Fischer, Dale Sanford's*
  7. Produce Center*
  8. Various signatures, The Cheese Board Collective Inc.*
  9. Nina Hairstyling*
  10. Pauline Benton, University Plumbing and Hardware*
  11. Bruce Linton, Ph.D.*
  12. Syd Strong, Ph.D.*
  13. Art Goldberg*

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  Six persons heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Spring;  Absent - Armstrong, Worthington) to continue the public hearing to September 26, 2000 to hear a five-minute presentation by the applicant and to make a decision.

23.       Cable Television Rates From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rate Order of the City of Berkeley establishing the maximum permitted cable television rates that AT&T Cable Services can charge for the Basic Service Tier and equipment and installation, effective June 1, 2000.

            Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager, 644-6580

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  No persons heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Shirek/Maio; Absent - Armstrong) to close the public hearing and to carry over the decision to the meeting of October 10, 2000. 

 

24.       Tentative Map Condo Conversion - 1177-83 Delaware Street

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing on the appeals of the Planning Commission's decision to approve a Condominium Conversion under Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 21.28.120  to convert four single family houses on one lot to four condominiums at 1177, 1179, 1181 and 1183 Delaware Street.

Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8108

a.      Communications:  

             1.  David Darlington

             2.  Louise Lo

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Breland; Absent - Armstrong) to continue the matter until October 17, 2000.

 

25.       Grant:  Citizens' Option for Public Safety (COPS)

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept approximately $243,000 from the State of California, Citizens' Option for Public Safety (COPS) Program to be used for youth recreation and service programs in South and West Berkeley.

Contact:  D. E. Butler, Police, 644-6568

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  One person heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Worthington; Absent - Armstrong, Woolley) to close the public hearing. 

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Maio; Absent - Armstrong, Woolley) to adopt Resolution No. 60,763 revising the language to read "to be used for a youth recreation center and associated services in South and West Berkeley."

 

 

Information Reports

 

26.       Ashkenaz Accessibility Review

            From:  Commission on Disability

            Contact:  Virginia Vafa, Secretary, 665-3440

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

27.       Investment Report, Fourth Quarter Ending June 30, 2000

            From:  City Manager

            Contact:  Fran David, Finance, 665-7401

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

28.       Case of People v. Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi

            From:  Commission on Aging

            Contact:  Lisa Ploss, Secretary, 644-6050

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA ITEMS

 

Consent Calendar:

 

29.       Final EIR - UCB Seismic Replacement Building

            From:  Councilmember Spring

Recommendation:  Request the City Manager take all possible legal actions to contest the Final EIR of the University of California Berkeley Seismic Replacement Building at Oxford and Hearst Streets.

Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

Action:  Revised recommendation to delegate the authority to the Council subcommittee of Mayor Dean and Councilmember Spring to explore options at their upcoming meeting.  

30.       UC Theater on University Avenue

            From:  Councilmember Spring

Recommendation:  Request the City Manager explore means to assist the UC Theater to find funding sources to seismically retrofit their building so that this popular Berkeley landmark will not be forced to close.

Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 644-6266

Action:  Approved recommendation.  Mayor Dean requested a report from the City Manager on September 26, 2000.

 

    Communications

 

Action:  The following communications were read, noted and filed unless referred to the City Manager for a response:

 

1)      Re: Relocation of Congregation Beth El at 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley.

a)      Roderick N. McAulay

b)     Jan Hangartner

c)      Peggy Mendelson

d)     Mary Ann Brewin

e)      Daniel Caraco

f)       Susan Knopka  Dean (letter regarding parking)

g)      Richard Wesell

h)      Maureen Wesolowski

i)        Peter A. Ekstein, A.I.A.

j)       Eva Bansher

k)     Gail Greenlees

l)        Carol S. Norris & Alan S. Kay

m)    Kelsey and Charles Underwood

n)      Kathleen A. Barrows

o)     Eric Carlson

p)     Amy Traum, Neil Koren

q)     Paolo Balduzzi

r)       Jules Kragen, re: Temple Beth El.

s)      Fred Bauman

 

2)      Howie & Connie Muir, re: 2700 San Pablo Ave.  Breland, Worthington

 

3)      David C. McGraw, Director, Environment, Health and Safety Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory re: City Council Information Request.

 

 4)     Anne Marselis, re: 2700 block of College Ave.

5)      Jean Nandi, re: Web Page Accessibility for People with Disabilities.  Worthington 

6)      Neighbors re: House fire on Martin Luther King , gratitude for Fire and Police Departments services, with 18 signatures.  Breland, Worthington 

7)      Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. Arlene B. Mayerson, 2212 Sixth Street, Berkeley, re: ADA Implications for Public Meetings of Government Bodies under the Ralph M. Brown Act.  Breland, Worthington, Dean 

8)      John Vance (additional pages available for review in the City Clerk’s office).

SUPPLEMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS

AND AGENDA REPORTS

 

Item 3 - Living Wage Ordinance, Marina Zone

9.            Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, letter to R. Zachary Wasserman, Esq. and William A. Falik, Esq.  Breland

 

Item 21 - Continued Public Hearing - Appeal of Landmarks Preservation Commission

 Designation of the West Berkeley Shellmound as a Landmark.

10.            Burton Peek Edwards, Chair, Landmarks Preservation Commission

 

Item 22 -  Public Hearing - Appeal of Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation of the Swink House, Cottage and Garden at 1525-1529 Shattuck Avenue, as a Berkeley Structure of Merit.

11.            Ann Arnold

12.            Adolph and Patricia L. Meyer, requesting continuance of the public hearing.

 

Item 24 - Tentative Map Condo Conversion - 1177-1183 Delaware Street

13.            David Darlington  Breland

 

Item 29 - Final EIR - UCB Seismic Replacement Building

14.            Edward J. Denton, Vice Chancellor-Capital Projects.

 

Item 30 - UC Theater on University Avenue

15.            Marina Vedovi   Worthington


 

       Adjournment

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Worthington; Absent - Armstrong) to continue the meeting until 11:15 to complete the agenda.

 

Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Spring; Absent - Armstrong) to continue the meeting until 11:30 to complete the agenda.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:22 p.m. in memory of the Jusay family members who died in the August 20 fire on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way; and in memory of Tony Russo.


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