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AGENDA
 

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 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 Fire Prevention Week

Proclamation declaring Berkeley Small Business Appreciation Day

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 30 minutes is scheduled.  Each speaker is limited to a maximum of 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. 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. Approval of Council Minutes
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:  Approve the minutes for the meetings of:  a) September 13, 2001 (regular);  b)  September 13, 2001 (closed);  c) September 25, 2001 (regular); d)  September 25, 2001 (closed).
    Contact:  Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900
     

  3. Lease:  1769 Alcatraz Avenue (first reading September 25, 2001- Unanimous)
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:
      Adopt second reading of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a two-year lease agreement with Thomas Goetzl for real property located at 1769 Alcatraz Avenue in an amount not to exceed $18,732 for the purpose of leasing additional office space for the Women, Infants, and Children Expanded Breastfeeding Program for the period November 9, 2001 through October 31, 2003.
    Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health & Human Services, 981-5100
     

  4. Design Guidelines for San Pablo Avenue
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:
      Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the  contract with Community Design + Architecture to allow an additional public workshop on design guidelines to facilitate additional public participation and to increase the contract amount by $5,000.
    Contact:  Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180
     

  5. Downtown Berkeley Business Improvement District
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:
      Adopt a Resolution approving the 2002 Annual Report of the Downtown Berkeley Business Improvement District;  declaring Council’s intention to levy an annual assessment for the Downtown Berkeley Business Improvement District for calendar year 2002;  and directing the City Clerk to schedule a public hearing for October 30, 2001, to consider levying a renewed assessment for the year 2002.
    Contact:  Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180
     

  6. Contract:  Small Business Energy Services
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:
      Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to waive the Living Wage Ordinance and Nuclear Free Berkeley Ordinance and to execute a contract and any amendments with the City of Oakland for support services for small business lighting efficiency in the amount of $45,000 for the period from October 1, 2001 through June 30, 2003.
    Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400
     

  7. Adjustments to Boundaries of Council Districts (Redistricting) (to be delivered)
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation: 
    Adopt first reading of an Ordinance making adjustments to boundaries of Council Districts as required by the City’s Charter as a result of the 2000 Census.
    Contact:  Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900
      

  8. Response to Recommendations of Alameda County Grand Jury
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:  Authorize the City Manager to send a letter in response to recommendations of Alameda County Grand Jury to:  1 a) support the Alameda County Sheriff, Oakland Police Chief, District Attorney, Chiefs’ of Police of all other cities in Alameda County, and other concerned law enforcement agencies to immediately form a working group to study the feasibility of constructing a combined law enforcement crime laboratory in Alameda County;  b) support the County Administrator and City Manager’s participation as needed (recommendation 01-08);  2) support issues to be discussed in development of the crime laboratory (recommendation 01-09);  and 3) support monthly meetings for agencies within Alameda County involved with child abuse issues, but informing them that agencies are already participating in like-meetings (recommendation 01-21).
    Contact:  D.E. Butler, Police, 981-5700
     

  9. Contract:  Gilman Street / I-80 Interchange Roundabouts Design
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:
      Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Whitlock & Weinberger Transportation, Inc. (W-Trans) for the Gilman Street / I-80 Roundabouts Design by increasing the contract amount by $22,000 and extending the term to March 31, 2002.
    Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300
     

  10. Contract:  Window Film
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving the plans and specifications for window film for the Civic Center Building; accepting the bid of Sunmaster Services, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Sunmaster Services for the application of window film to the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Building in an amount not to exceed $35,935.
    Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300
     

  11. Catch Basin Cleanout
    From:  Councilmember Armstrong
    Recommendation:
      Ask the City Manager to direct the Public Works Department to make a real effort to clean out the storm water catch basins before the beginning of the rainy season this year.
    Contact:  Polly Armstrong, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180
     

  12. Update on Fire Preparedness Ten Years After the East Bay Hills Fire
    From:  Councilmember Armstrong
    Recommendation:
      Ask the City Manager for an oral report from the Fire Chief at the October 16 Council Meeting on the state of fire safety in Berkeley.
    Contact:  Polly Armstrong, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180
     

  13. Transit Options for the Downtown
    From:  Councilmember Armstrong
    Recommendation:
      Ask the City Manager to have Planning staff gather information on public transit options available at Center and Shattuck, and at Addison and Shattuck, from 7:00 PM to midnight, as well as on Saturdays from noon to 4:00 PM.
    Contact:  Polly Armstrong, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180
     

  14. Fee Waiver:  United Nations Association’s 3rd Annual Run for Peace
    From:  Councilmember Breland
    Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution waiving all fees for the East Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association’s 3rd Annual Run for Peace on October 21, 2001.
    Contact:  Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120
     

  15. Policies in Support of Renewable Energy Sources
    From:  Mayor Dean
    Recommendation:
      Take the following steps:  1) Support an amended SB 532 requiring retail sellers of electricity to increase the amount of clean energy they buy and resell to consumers.  Notify the bill’s sponsors (Sher and Jackson), our representatives in the State Legislature and our lobbyist in Sacramento.  2) Refer to City Manager and Energy Commission:  a)  the establishment of a policy to support only small-scale, locally controlled, cleanly distributed energy generation sources, and;   b)  the formulation of a letter to the Governor and the California Power Authority asking to increase funding for clean renewable power proposals and energy conservation programs rather than continued reliance on natural gas-fired power plants.
    Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100
     

  16. Assuring that All Local Businesses Pay their Fair Share of Taxes
    From:  Mayor Dean
    Recommendation: 
    1) Support AB 63 that permits information sharing between the Franchise Tax Board (and City authorities so that local businesses pay their fair share of City business taxes and fees; 2) since the bill has already been approved and is on the Governor’s desk, request that the City Clerk notify Governor Davis of the City’s position;  and 3)  if the Governor approves the legislation, by this item Council authorizes City participation in this program unless the City Manager determines that the fees for participation outweigh the potential financial benefits.
    Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100
     

  17. Grant Application Under the Innovative Energy Education Grants Program
    From:  Mayor Dean
    Recommendation: 
    Refer to the City Manager and the Energy Commission for immediate consideration an application for funding under the Innovative Energy Education Grants Program of the State’s State and Consumer Services Agency.  Since the grants are limited to one per organization, the City Manager should also consider working with our local energy non-profits and Berkeley Unified School District so that they too apply for these grants.
    Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100
     

  18. Crime Rates in Berkeley
    From:  Mayor Dean
    Recommendation:
      Direct the City Manager:  1) by no later than January, 2002, schedule for one hour the presentation of a report and analysis of crime rates in Berkeley (including crimes that occur on the UC property), with particular discussion of Berkeley’s crime rate compared to the State of California and other jurisdiction within California; 2) if the analysis indicates a high crime rate in Berkeley, present recommendations, targets, and timetables to improve Berkeley’s statistics and bring them in line with low crime rates in and around the Bay Area;  and 3)  present this report to the Council during a Council meeting reserved for public hearings and at a time no later than 8:00 PM, so that the public will have maximum access to and understanding of the information.  The report should be given in clear and concise format so that the public will be able to digest it, ask questions, and provide suggestions.
    Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100 
     

  19. Installing Flagpoles Outside of the Civic Center Building and the Public Safety Building
    From:  Mayor Dean
    Recommendation:
      Refer to the City Manager, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and other appropriate commissions, if any, the installation of flagpoles at the Civic Center Building, including a request for costs and an installation timetable, with responses due by the end of the year.
    Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100

Presentations

  1. CALSHINE (Cal Students for Health Insurance in Neighborhoods) regarding its Outreach Program for the Medically Uninsured or Underinsured
    Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100
     

  2. Berkeley Police Department and the Family Violence Law Center regarding Domestic Violence Trends
    Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100

Action Calendar

 

Old Business:

  1. California Natural Disaster Assistance Loan Program (CALDAP) Investigation of Homeowner Complaints  (moved to Action by Mayor Dean and held over from September 13, 2001)
    From:  City Manager
    Contact:  Weldon Rucker, City Manager, 981-7000

New Business:

  1. Council Meeting Schedule – 2002
    From:  City Manager
    Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution:  1) approving a Council Meeting Schedule for the 2002 Calendar Year for purposes of conducting regular business and holding public hearings and 2) establishing additional quarterly meetings for purposes of holding  working sessions with staff on identified critical initiatives and departmental work programs.
    Contact:  Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

Information Reports

  1. Speed Limit on Claremont Avenue
    From:  City Manager
    Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300
     

  2. Firestorm Ten-Year Anniversary
    From: City Manager
    Contact:  Reginald Garcia, Fire, 981-3473
     

  3. Update on Cancer Prevention Efforts
    From:  City Manager
    Contact:  Carol Barrett, Planning and Development, 705-8102
     

  4. Bus Rapid Transit
    From:  Mayor Shirley Dean
    Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100
     

  5. Uniform Enforcement of CUPA and Non-CUPA Environmental Laws
    From:  Community Environmental Advisory Commission
    Contact:  Nabil Al-Hadithy, Secretary, 705-8155
    a.    City Manager Information Report
    Contact:  Carol Barrett, Planning & Development, 705-8102
     

  6. Moveable Mural for Long’s Drugs Wall on Shattuck Avenue (CF11-01)
    From:  Civic Arts Commission
    Contact:  Mary Ann Benton, 705-8183 

Communications

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

  1. Ruth Perrine, regarding the Virginia Cleaners and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
     

  2. Anne Marselis, regarding civic responsibility.
     

  3. Ray Dobard, regarding public records inspection and Berkeley as a hate free zone.
     

  4. Jacque Ensign, Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, regarding Santa Fe right of way.
     

  5. Regarding the removal of the American flag from Berkeley fire trucks:

    1. Alan Blake

    2. Walter Wood

    3. Colette Strader

    4. Guy Cooke

    5. John Anderson

    6. Art Cellar

    7. Walt Keller

    8. Richard Carron

    9. Frank D. Edwards

    10. Marilyn Lantz

    11. Sharon Magnuson

    12. George Wiley

    13. Mary Ann Clegg
       

  6. Phyllis & Orlando Rodriguez, regarding the World Trade Center bombing.
     

  7. Howie Muir, regarding sustainable growth, staff reports, and zoning.
     

  8. Regarding CalDAP:

    1. Marcy McGaugh

    2. Eula Ball

    3. Darnella Street, William Montjoy, Charise Carter
       

  9. Edward J. Denton, UC Berkeley, regarding renewable energy systems.
     

  10. Sandra Schlecter, regarding Popeye’s Fried Chicken.
     

  11. Regarding the Gaia Building:

    1. Sarah Stadler

    2. Marcia Poole

    3. Hank Resnik

    4. Richard Register
       

  12. Earl Nicholas Selby, regarding Wireless Telecommunications Facilities.
     

  13. Regarding Hopkins Street Bakery:

    1. Cristina Pinillos-Lazaro

    2. Lisa Denice
       

  14. Charles L. Smith, regarding City-University Relations

Adjournment


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