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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2001

 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.

Proclamation for Community Mediation Awareness Week

Proclamation for June as Pride/Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Mental Health Awareness Month

Proclamation Honoring Phil Lesh

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 taken up after the “Action Calendar” unless the Council reorders the agenda.

1.         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 Local Health Officer to take steps to enable the operation of needle exchange emergency distribution.
Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

2.            Minutes for Approval
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:
  Approve the minutes for Council meetings of:  a).May 15, 2001 (special); b) May 15, 2001 (regular); c) May 22, 2001 (regular); d) June 5, 2001 (special); and e) June 5, 2001 (special).
Contact: Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

3.            Contract:  3% at Age 50 Retirement for Police (first reading vote 4/24 - unanimous)
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending the City's contract with CalPERS to provide the 3% at Age 50 Retirement Formula for local police employees only.
Contact:  Ron Brown, Human Resources, 981-6800

4.         Lease:  2055 Center Street for Central Duplicating and Mail Delivery Facility (first reading vote 6/19 - unanimous)
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt second reading of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a one-year lease agreement with Seagate Properties in an amount not to exceed $63,000 for lease payments plus operating expenses of approximately $18,000, for a total expense not to exceed $81,000, to continue to house the Central Duplicating and Mail Services at 2055 Center Street.
Contact:  Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

5.            Contract:  Youth Employment, Training and Park Maintenance Project
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) to operate a youth employment, training and park maintenance project for an amount not to exceed $85,000, for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002, with an option to extend the contract for an additional twelve months for an amount not to exceed $85,000.
Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

6.            Contract:  Aquatic Park Site Preparation Project
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract amendment for BRCO Constructors, Inc., increasing the total contract amount by $8,713.57, for the Aquatic Park Site Preparation Project, for a new not-to-exceed total contract amount of $207,308.57.
Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

7.         Grant:  Nutrition Education in the Latino Community
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to:  1) accept a grant in the amount of $34,000 from the California Healthy Cities and Communities, Center for Civic Partnerships, for the support of nutrition promotion and education activities among Latinos, and to execute the resultant agreement and any amendments; 2) execute a contract and any amendments with the Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc., to provide bilingual nutrition education with social support for improved food choices and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables through gardens and farmers' markets, in an amount not to exceed $6,500, for the period May 1, 2001 through April 30, 2002; and 3) provide the Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. with a two-month advance payment.
Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

8.            Grants:  Health Insurance Outreach
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing submittal of grant applications to the Community Health Investment Fund and the State of California, Department of Health Services, for the Health Insurance Outreach Program, and authorizing execution of the resultant agreements and any amendments.
Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

9.            Contracts:  Youth Services
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute contracts and any amendments with certain community-based agencies to provide support services to at-risk youth, in the amount of $424,006 each year, for a total not to exceed $848,012 for FY 2002 and FY 2003, with the second year contingent upon Council appropriating funds, and authorizing a two-month advance payment for each agency.
Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

10.            Contracts:  X-Ray and Laboratory Services
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute contracts and any amendments with Alta Bates Medical Center, in an amount not to exceed $40,000, for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2003, and the State of California, Department of Health Services, in an amount not to exceed $209,597, for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002, to provide x-ray and laboratory services.
Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

11.            Contracts:  Health Services
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute contracts and any amendments with certain community-based organizations to provide health services in an amount not to exceed $120,000 for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002.
Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

12.            Deputy Director of Health and Human Services Classification
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 59,841-N.S., Classification and Salary Resolution for Unrepresented Employees, to establish the classification of Deputy Director of Health and Human Services, with a salary range of $6,776 to $9,066 per month.
Contact:  Ron Brown, Human Resources, 981-6800

13.            Contract:  Downtown Berkeley YMCA
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, in the amount of $206,458, for fitness center memberships for City employees and Legislative Assistants, for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002.
Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager, 981-7006

14.       Final Map of Tract 7243
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution approving the Final Map of Tract 7243, an eight unit condominium project consisting of four live work and four commercial condominium units located at 2700 8th Street.
Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8102

15.       Final Map of Tract 7216
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution approving Final Map of Tract 7216, conversion of an existing five-unit Tenancy-in-Common (TIC) Project at 2830, 2832, 2834, 2836 and 2838 Webster Street to five condominium units.
Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8102

16.       Sale of Fire Apparatus to Acquire Aerial Ladder Truck
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to approve the sale of six fire engines using a broker, Fire Trucks Plus, Inc., and using the proceeds to acquire a reserve aerial ladder truck.
Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300; Reginald Garcia, Fire, 981-3473 

17.            Contract:  Emergency Sewer Replacement Projects
From:  City Manager 
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with McNamara and Smallman Construction, Inc. for emergency sewer replacement projects by increasing the amount by $228,000 and extending the contract by ninety calendar days.
Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

18.       Fee Waiver:  Public Hearing on AB 487 at North Berkeley Senior Center
From:  Councilmember Maio
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution waiving the insurance and rental fees for the use of the North Berkeley Senior Center for a public hearing on AB 487 hosted by Assembly Woman Dion Aroner at the North Berkeley Senior Center.
Contact:  Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 981-7110

19.       YMCA Presentation
From:  Councilmember Breland
Recommendation: 
Permit the YMCA organization to make a presentation to the Council on July 17, 2001 regarding their recruitment program for Head Start.
Contact:  Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120

20.       In-Lieu Park Mitigation Payments in New Developments
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Refer to the Planning Commission a request that they update the Berkeley Municipal Code with a revised ordinance for making specific findings that can be made to certain size developments to require in-lieu park mitigation payments from new development.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

21.       Fee and Transfer Tax Waivers:  Solar Panels
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Request the City Manager waive all fees for permits to install solar panels and that funding for these waivers be taken from the additional utility taxes coming into the City, and that the City Attorney return to Council with an ordinance to give transfer tax credit for the cost of installing solar panels after state and federal rebates.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

22.       Fair Trade and Organic Coffee
From:  Councilmember Spring
Recommendation: 
Request the City Manager add the local company, Uncommon Grounds, who has been a leader in the Bay Area Fair Trade and Organic Coffee Campaign, to the preferred list of coffee vendors for all City departments and uses.
Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

23.            Landmarking of City-Owned Property
From:  Councilmember Hawley
Recommendation: 
Request the City Manager provide a presentation to the Council regarding the landmarking of city-owned properties, including 1) a list of all city-owned, landmarked properties; 2) a brief report on the implications of landmarking the structures and landscaping design at John Hinkle Park; and 3) a recommendation for revisions to Berkeley's Landmark Ordinance which would allow for staff and Council review of city financial and budgetary implications when landmarking city property, and resolution of conflicts with State and Federal law.
Contact:  Mim Hawley, Councilmember District 5, 981-7150

24.            Claremont Hotel as an Oakland Landmark
From:  Councilmember Armstrong
Recommendation: 
Request the City Manager send a letter to the Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board endorsing on behalf of the City Council the request to landmark the Claremont Hotel as prepared by the Landmarking Committee of the Berkeley/Oakland Neighbors of the Claremont.
Contact:  Polly Armstrong, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180

25.       Fee Waiver:  Woman's Will Shakespeare Company
From:  Councilmember Armstrong
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution waiving the special event permit fees associated with performances by Woman's Will Shakespeare Company in Live Oak Park on July 14 and 15.
Contact:  Polly Armstrong, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180 

26.       Fee Waiver:  Sixth Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry 
From:  Councilmember Worthington
Recommendation:
  Adopt a Resolution 1) extending the sound permit from 11-5 p.m.; 2) waiving the fee to secure the use of the Veterans Memorial Building for bathroom access for the public, and the auditorium in the occurrence of rain for the Fifth Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry event in Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Saturday, September 8, 2001; 3) waive Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 20.24.040 to allow a Watershed Environmental Poetry banner across Shattuck Avenue and a stage banner above the Peace Wall; 4) waive City permits, staff fees, and necessary equipment associated with hanging the banners; and 5) allows access to the kiosk located outside of downtown Berkeley BART station on Center Street to display a poster and any information relating to the Watershed Environmental Poetry Event.
Contact:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 981-7170

27.       Fee Waiver:  3rd Annual Berkeley World Music Festival
From:  Councilmember Worthington
Recommendation:
  Adopt a Resolution 1) waiving all fees, including fees for event, food, sound permits, insurance fees and police reserve fees associated with the Third Annual Berkeley World Music Festival on Sunday, August 26th, and allow an exemption to Berkeley Municipal Code Section 20.24.040, thereby allowing a banner to be hung across Telegraph Avenue (at Durant) advertising this event; 2) approve the City's provision of the following in-kind services for the World Music Festival: 10 portable toilets (including 3 handicap accessible toilets) provided by Public Works, assistance from Public Works in the hanging of banners, 20 trash cans with liners, dumpster and Solid Waste Services, and traffic signage and traffic engineering for the closure of Durant at Telegraph and Bowditch.
Contact:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 981-7170

28.            Telecommunications Task Force Extension
From:  Telecommunications Task Force
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing an extension of the time period for the Telecommunications Task Force from June 30, 2001 to January 31, 2002.
Contact:  Roger Miller, Secretary, 981-7009

a.         City Manager Report
Recommendation: 
Concurs with the content and recommendations of the Commission.
Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager, 981-7006

Action Calendar

29.            Scheduling Special Meeting and Amending Council Meeting Schedule (oral report)
From:  City Manager
Recommendation: 
Consider scheduling special meetings and/or amending the Council Meeting Schedule prior to the Council Summer Recess in order to conduct Council business.
Contact:  Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6960

Appeals:

30.       Zoning Appeal of Use Permit 2025 Rose Street
a.         Appeal filed by Fari Sabetimani
of the Zoning Adjustments Board decision of March 22, 2001 which approved modification of Use Permit 97-10000003 pursuant to the State of California Permit Streamlining Act that approves a project when the City fails to act on it within sixty days of the date the application for the project is accepted as complete.  The modified project is an addition to an existing non-conforming office building and construction of a new multi-family building with four dwelling units, instead of allowing the construction of three dwelling units with attached garages.
Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900
b.         City Manager R
eport
Recommendation: 
Schedule a public hearing on the appeal for July 24, 3001.
Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8102
c.         Communications

           
1.  Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café
           
2.  Letter with 147 signatures.
           
3.  Rena Rickles, Attorney
           
4.  Bob Richerson, 

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.  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.

31.            Continued Public Hearing:  Temple Beth El Project, 1301 Oxford Street (public hearing opened and continued from 6/5)
a.         City Manager Report 
Recommendation: 
Continue the public hearing to review the Zoning Adjustments Board’s certification of a Final Environmental Impact Report and approval of Use Permit 99-10000079 for Congregation Beth El to:  1) construct and operate a Religious Assembly use; 2) permit an average height up to 35 feet where a maximum average height limit of 28 feet is allowed; and 3) allow demolition of two non-residential buildings; and, after receiving a report on the mediation process and testimony on the Board’s action, continue the public hearing to June 26.
Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8102 
b.         City Manager’s Reports dated April 24 and April 17 regarding certification and hearing of Zoning Adjustments Board and Landmarks Preservation Commission decisions
c.         Information - Ratified Mission Statement for the Mediation
d.         Communications:

           
1.            Daniel P. McLoughlin
           
2.            Carol M. Connolly
             3.            Kevin Powell
           
4.            Daniel Caraco
           
5.            Viki Tamaradze
           
6.            Walter Epp
           
7.            Glenn M. Clark, President of the Board of BOSS 
           
8.            Jack Adler
           
9.            Mrs. Minnie Adler
           10.            Stuart Kelman, Rabbi, Congregation Netivot Shalom
           11.            Jacalyn Mahler
           12.            Marcel and Margrit Schurman
           13.            Raphael Shannon
          
14.            Gerald Derblich
          
15.            Emily Schnitzer
          
16.            Jesslyn Frankel Jamison
          
17.            Annie Rigney
          
18.            Unsigned
          
19.             Clara Storch
          
20.            Jessica Erickson
          
21.            Noah Stein
          
22.            Elanna Mariniello
          
23.            Danielle Thal
          
24.            Adam Poole
          
25.            Chloe Rose Fineman
          
26.            Naomi Drexler
          
27.            Tasha Kayatsky 
          
28.            Julia Kessler
          
29.            Adrienne Rosenberg
          
30.            Alex Mog
          
31.            Rachel Hamburg
          
32.            Sophia Elson
          
33.            Amanda Reynoso-Palley
          
34.            Aaron Wilson
          
35.            Max Lear
          
36.            Aliza Sinkinson
          
37.            288 postcards.
          
38.            Alan Gould
          
39.            Joanna Weinberg and David Levine
          
40.            Judith S. Tabb
          
41.            Kim A. Smith, Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church
          
42.            Huston Smith
          
43.            Hillary and Johathan Reinis
          
44.            Dr. Carol Mimura and Prof. Jeremy Thorner
          
45.            Emily and Bill Marthinsen
          
46.            Brother V. Kenneth, F.S.C., Saint Mary's College High School
          
47.            Jeffrey Hamilton
           48.            Barbara and Bill Hamilton-Holway, Unitarian Universalist Church                             of Berkeley
           49.            Mary Anna C. Colwell
           50.            Richard and Liz Bordow          
           51.            David Bordow
           52.            Deni Bluestein
           53.            Andrew J. Walmsley, Rector, All Souls Parish
           54.            Rachel Trachten, Development Director, Rebuilding Together
          
55.            Sarah Stadler
          
56.            Diane Sequoia
          
57.            Sheila Andres

 Information Reports

32.       Formal Bid Solicitations and Request for Proposals Scheduled for Possible Issue in the Next 30 Days
From:  City Manager 
Contact:  Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

33.       Fiscal Year 2002 General Audit Work Plan
From:  City Manager 
Contact:  Ann-Marie Hogan, Auditor, 981-6750

34.            Landmarks Preservation Commission Notice of Decision:  Designating Southern Pacific Railroad Depot as a City of Berkeley Landmark
From:  City Manager 
Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8102

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.         Letter signed by eighteen persons regarding parking.

2.         Kathy Berger and Glenda Rubin, Southside Community Safety Partnership, regarding Rental Housing Safety Program.

3.         Johanna Sedman, regarding temporary parking permits.

4.         Monica Lin, regarding parking ticket.

5.         Letter with 21 signatures, regarding fatal accident at Hearst and Shattuck Avenues.

6.         Eva Bansner, regarding definition of creeks ordinance.

7.         Lenora Moore, President, South Berkeley Women's Health Center, regarding Berkeley Flea Market

Adjournment


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