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SUMMARY

 

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2001

   

  Preliminary Matters

 

Roll Call:  7:05 p.m.  Absent - Councilmember Armstrong.

 

Comments from the City Manager :

There will be a meeting regarding the 5th and Harrison Street Project, redesign of the Skate Park, on March 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

There will be a meeting regarding Phase II of the Virginia-McGee Totland renovation on March 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the recreation building at Totland.

 

The Mayor announced that the City received a check in the amount of $50,000 from the City of Albany for their participation in the Harrison Street playing fields project.

 

Comments from the Public:  Fourteen speakers.

 

 

 Consent Calendar

 

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

 

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

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,950-N.S.

 

2.         Business Improvement District Ordinance (first reading vote 2/20 - unanimous)

            From:  City Manager

            Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance establishing supplemental authorization for the formation of property and business improvement districts under the Property and Business Improvement Act of 1994.

            Contact:  Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

            Action:  Adopted Ordinance No. 6616-N.S.  Effective:  March 29, 2001.

3.         South Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund

            From:  City Manager

            Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution endorsing the South Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Plan Certification as required by the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA).

            Contact:  Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,951-N.S.

 

4.         Contract:  Alta Bates Medical Center Development Application

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a sole source contract and any amendments in an amount not to exceed $20,000 with Chandler W. Lee to continue providing management assistance in review of the Alta Bates Medical Center development application.

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

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,952-N.S.

 

5.         Agreement:  Gabe Catalfo Fields and Field House at Harrison Park

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement and any amendments with the Association for Sport Field Users to maintain the Gabe Catalfo Fields and the field house located at Harrison Park.

            Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,953-N.S.

 

6.         Grant:  Virginia-McGee Tot Land

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a FY00/01 grant application for $50,000 to the State of California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) for park playground accessibility upgrades at Virginia-McGee Tot Land and authorize the City Manager to enter into any subsequent grant agreement with CIWMB for the Virginia McGee Tot Land grant.

            Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,954-N.S.

 

7.         Contract:  Aquatic Park Site Preparation Project

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract amendment and any future amendments for BRCO Constructors, Inc., increasing the total contract amount by $16,966, for a total contract amount not to exceed $198,595, for the Aquatic Park Site Preparation Project.

            Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,955-N.S.

  

8.         Grant Agreement:  Robert Leathers Play Area at Aquatic Park

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the grant agreement with Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP) to increase the contract amount by $55,404 for a total not to exceed amount $177,404 for the purchase and installation of the Robert Leathers Play Area at Aquatic Park.

Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,956-N.S.

 

9.         Lease Agreement at 2201 Dwight Way

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of $200,000 for termination of the lease agreement at 2201 Dwight Way.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Councilmember Olds.  Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Spring; Absent - Armstrong) to adopt Resolution No. 60,957-N.S.

 

10.       Safety Members Pension Fund Audit

            From:  City Auditor

Recommendation:  1) Accept the Safety Members Pension Fund audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2000; and 2) request the City Manager report on implementation of the audit recommendations at the April 24, 2001 Council meeting.

            Contact:  Ann-Marie Hogan, Auditor, 981-6750

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

11.       Raising the Tibetan Flag in Solidarity with the Tibetan People

            From:  Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Authorize the Tibetan flag to be raised on the City flag pole on March 10, 2001 to show solidarity with the people of Tibet and Tibetan support groups in commemoration of the Tibetan National Uprising.

Contact:  Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 981-7170

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

12.       Funding Request for Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless

            From:  Councilmember Maio

Recommendation:  Refer to the City Manager the request for immediate funding of $25,000 for the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless.

            Contact:  Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 981-7110

Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Councilmember Hawley and held over to the budget workshop on March 6, 2001.

 

13.       Berkeley Cougars Youth Football and Cheerleader Program

            From:  Councilmember Breland

Recommendation:  Refer $20,000 to the budget process for Berkeley Cougars Youth Football and Cheerleader Program for its 2001 season.

            Contact:  Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120

Action:  Approved recommendation.

14.       Council Liaison Appointments

            From:  Mayor Dean

Recommendation:  1) Adopt a Resolution designating Vice Mayor Maudelle Shirek as Council liaison to the Library Board of Trustees for a term ending with the expiration of her term of election to the Council and to the Mental Health Commission for a term ending November 30, 2002; 2) Adopt a Resolution designating Councilmember Margaret Breland as Council liaison to the Community Health Commission for a term ending November 30, 2002; and 3) rescind all past resolutions regarding these appointments.

Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 60,958-N.S.

 

15.       Budget Referral:  2001 Junior Wheelchair Games in Brisbane, Australia

            From:  Councilmembers Breland, Maio and Worthington

            Recommendation:  Refer $1,000 to the budget process to support Lamile Perry's quest to participate in the 2001 Junior Wheelchair Games in Brisbane, Australia.

            Contact:  Margaret Breland, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120, Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 981-7110; Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 981-7170

Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Mayor Dean and held over to the budget workshop of March 6, 2001.

 

16.       Policies for Playing Field Planning Process (CR# 69-00)

            From:  Parks and Recreation Commission

Recommendation:  Maintain the existing practice of having staff continue to explore potential site proposals for expanded recreational use and continue involving citizens in the review process as soon as staff believes a proposal has a chance of becoming a project.

Contact:  Jay Kelekian, Secretary, 981-6707

            a.            City Manager Report

            Recommendation:  Concurs with the recommendations of the Commission.

            Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

Action:  Approved recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Commission and referred recommendation #2 contained in the Mayor supplemental report back to the City Manager for his consideration.

 

17.       Companion Animals Ordinance Change to "Owner/Guardian"

            From:  Citizens' Humane Commission

            Recommendation:  Direct the City Attorney to draft an ordinance revising Title 10 of the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) to change the term "owner" to "owner/guardian" in all references to companion animals.

            Contact:  Katherine O'Connor, Secretary, 644-6755

            a.            City Manager Report

            Recommendation:  Concurs with content and recommendations of the Commission.

            Contact:  Weldon Rucker, Acting City Manager, 981-7000

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

18.       Survey of Telecommunications Needs

            From:  Task Force on Telecommunications

            Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Council to allocate $20,000 to obtain professional quality survey of telecommunication needs of businesses and related institutions (training sites and institutes, distance teaching programs, hospitals, etc.) in Berkeley to be used in the Master Plan for Telecommunications due to Council in June 2001.

            Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, Secretary, 981-7000

            a.            City Manager Report

            Recommendation:  Request was reviewed by Council on February 13 as part of the mid-year budget request process.  Council decided not to include the request in the list of approved mid-year budget items.  Request to be considered with all other remaining mid-year budget requests during the March 2001 Council priority-setting sessions.

            Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager, 981-7000

            Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Mayor Dean and held over to budget workshop on March 6, 2001.

 

Old Business


19.       IFEU Workshop (held over from 2/20)

            From:  Councilmembers Spring, Worthington and Vice Mayor Shirek

Recommendation:  Amend action of October 24, 2000 on the IFEU contract:  1) cancel the community workshop on the IFEU report proposed for April 2, 2001; and 2) schedule just one presentation by IFEU and that it be before the City Council at the already scheduled time 5:30 p.m. on March 27, 2001 in the Council Chambers.

Contact:  Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140 ; Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 981-7170; Maudelle Shirek, Councilmember District 3, 981-7130

Actions:  Moved, seconded, carried (Spring/Worthington - Abstain Olds; Absent Armstrong, Maio) to postpone holding a special meeting of the Council on March 27, 2001.  Moved, seconded, carried (Spring/Worthington Absent Armstrong, Maio) to ask staff and the Community Environmental Advisory Commission to host a Community Workshop as proposed for April 2, 2001, or any other date that is agreed on that does not result in additional cost, and to work with other interested groups to ensure that the composition of experts sitting on the panel is balanced.

 

 

  Presentations

 

20.       Transportation and Land Use Surveys, 4th Street Area

            From:  Councilmember Maio

            Contact:  Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 981-7110

Action:  Heard presentation.  Moved, seconded, carried (Spring/Maio; Absent - Armstrong) to refer the report presented by the University of California, Department of City and Regional Planning, to the City Manager for review of recommendations by the Project Area Committee, the Planning Commission, the Transportation Commission and any other appropriate commissions with a report back to Council on a plan for implementation of the recommendations.

 

21.       Community Action Team on Community Response to Health Disparities

            in Berkeley

            From:  City Manager - Information Report (to be delivered)

            Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

            Action:  Heard presentation.

 

 

 Public Hearings

 

22.       Vacation of a Portion of Carleton Street

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt first reading of an Ordinance vacating a portion of the public right-of-way of Carleton Street from its westerly terminus at the Union Pacific railroad right-of-way extending 592.41 feet easterly and authorizing the City Manager to accept a deed for real property and execute a quit claim deed.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Public Testimony :  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  Three speakers heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Shirek/Hawley; Absent - Armstrong) to close the public hearing.

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Shirek/Worthington; Absent - Armstrong) to adopt first reading of the Ordinance with a request from Vice Mayor Shirek that Bayer Corporation withdraw as a plaintiff in a suit against South Africa regarding payment of full price for AIDS drugs.  Second reading March 20, 2001.

 

23.       Extension of Moratorium for Shops Selling Tobacco Products

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion 1) adopt an Urgency Interim Ordinance extending the existing moratorium on the establishment or expansion of retail businesses devoted primarily to the sale of tobacco and tobacco products for ten months and 15 days; and 2) direct the City Manager to propose zoning amendments to protect public health and promote compliance with State laws prohibiting the sales of tobacco products to minors.

            Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning and Development, 705-8102

            a.            Communications

            1.            Gerrie Kretzmer

Public Testimony :  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  Two speakers heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Shirek/Worthington; Abent - Armstrong) to close the public hearing.

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Olds/Worthington; Absent - Armstrong) to adopt Urgency Interim Ordinance No. 6617-N.S.  Effective:  Immediately.

  

24.       Extend Residential Permit Parking

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution amending Section 25N of Resolution No. 56,508-N.S., to extend residential permit parking on both sides of Hearst Avenue between Acton Street and Franklin Street and authorizing the use of $300 to cover implementation.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

a.            Communications

1.  Cynthia Dorfman

Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

Public Testimony :  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  No speakers heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Hawley; Absent - Armstrong) to close the public hearing.

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Shirek; Absent - Armstrong, Worthington) to adopt Resolution No. 60,959-N.S.

 

25.       Zoning Appeal of Use Permit #00-20000059, 1861 Solano Avenue (public hearing continued from 1/23)
a.            Appeal filed by Constance Sutton
of the Zoning Adjustments Board decision of October 12, 2000, which approved Use Permit with findings and conditions, to erect twelve wireless telecommunications antennas on the roof and sides of the Oaks Theater.
b.            City Manager Report
(to be delivered)

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

            c.            Communications

            1.  Malcolm Burnstein, Burnstein & Trimbur

            Contact:  Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

Public Testimony :  The Mayor opened the public hearing.  Five speakers heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Olds/Worthington) to close the public hearing.

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Hawley/Worthington; Absent - Armstrong) to adopt Resolution No. 60,960-N.S. granting the appeal and overturning the Zoning Adjustments Board decision to affirm the Zoning Officer's approval of Use Permit 00-20000059 to erect twelve wireless telecommunications antennas on the roof of the Oaks Theater at 1861 Solano Avenue, without prejudice.

 

26.       Increase Camp Fees

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt a Resolution at the February 27 meeting approving an increase of fees for Echo Lake Youth Camp and Berkeley Day Camp, and rescinding Resolution No. 59,942-N.S.

            Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

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

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Maio; Absent - Armstong) to adopt Resolution No. 60,961-N.S. and to refer the concerns of speaker Gen Fujioka regarding diversity and resident priority at the Berkeley Summer Camps to the City Manager.

 

Information Reports

 

27.       Tree Planting in South Berkeley (CR# 262-00)

            From:  City Manager

            Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

28.       Formal Bid Solicitations and Request for Proposals

            From:  City Manager

            Contact:  Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

29.       Response to Multiple Grants Billing Audits (CR# 95 a, b, c-00, 83-98)

            From:  City Manager

            Contact:  Fran David, Finance, 981-7300; Fred Medrano, Health and Human

            Services, 981-5100; Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Action:  Received and filed.

 

30.       Purchase of KBLX Property for Aquatic Park (CR# 260-00)

            From:  City Manager

            Contact:  Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

31.       FY1999 Business License Tax Audit Report - Audit Response (CR#

            89-00)

            From:  City Manager

            Contact:  Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

32.       Peer Review of Auditor's Office

            From:  City Auditor

            Contact:  Ann-Marie Hogan, Auditor, 981-6750

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

33.       Audit Activities for Second Quarter

            From:  City Auditor

            Contact:  Ann-Marie Hogan, Auditor, 981-6750

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

34.       Status of Addison Street Poetry Panels Fundraising (CR# 227-00)

            From:  City Manager

            Contact:  Bill Lambert, Economic Development, 705-8180

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

 

Communications

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

 

1.         Regarding the Energy Crisis  Worthington

            a.  Wendy Brubaker

            b.  Susanne Wong

            c.  Robert Monk

            d.  Rachel Findley

            e.  Mike Toffel

            f.   Kelly Wong

            g.  Julie Tell

            h.  Residents of 1808 Bancroft Way

            i.   Ann Schafer and Roy Rockwell

            j.   David N. Pohl

            k.  Anne-Lise Francois

            l.   S. Werner

            m. Matt Smuts

            n.  Sharon and Richard Tamm  Breland

            o.  Eliza Barclay

p.  Martin Bourque, M.A., Acting Executive Director, The Ecology Center  Maio, refer   to the Energy Commission.

            q   Steve Evans

 

2.         Jeff Hobson, regarding the UNA project.  Dean

 

3.         Ellen Garvey, Executive Officer, Air Pollution Control Officer, BAAQMD, regarding Council's request to monitor stack and fugitive emissions from industrial facilities known to be large emitters of air pollution.

 

4.         Norman La Force, Chair, East Bay Public Lands Subcommittee, Sierra Club, regarding the proposal from the Golden Gate Audubon Society to enter into a lease at Aquatic Park.  Spring, Worthington, Hawley

 

5.         Andrew Marowitz, regarding the lack of balance, protections, benefits, in regard to governing body and advocacy and representation, enabling regulation.  Olds

 

6.         Anne Steiner and Maria DeLuca, regarding BHS parking permit request.  Spring, Worthington, Hawley, Dean

 

7.         Erica Etelson regarding lease extension for East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse.  Maio, Spring, Worthington

 

8.         David Phillips, Earth Island Institute, regarding plans for David Brower Day.  Maio, Spring

 

9.         Petralona Family, regarding City Energy Tax on PG&E bill.  Breland,

            Worthington  


SUPPLEMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS

AND AGENDA REPORTS

 

Item 12 - Funding Request for Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless

10.       Bonnie Bell, Chaplaincy to the Homeless

 

Item 16 - Policies for Playing Field Planning Process

11.       Mayor Shirley Dean, two additional policies

 

Item 17 - Companion Animals Ordinance Change to "Owner/Guardian"

12.       Sharon A. Coleman, President, The Animal Council

 

Item 19 - IFEU Workshop

13.       David McGraw, Director, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Environment, Health & Safety Division.

 

Item 22 - Vacation of a Portion of Carleton Street

14.       Clifford Fred  Spring, Worthington

 

Item 24 - Extend Residential Permit Parking  Maio

15.       Barry and Michele Wong

16.       Leonor and Gary Maguire

17.       Cheryl Cohen

 

Item 25 - Zoning Appeal of Use Permit #00-20000059, 1861 Solano Avenue

18.       Kevin Sutton

19.       Leonard Schwartzburd, communication from City Attorney

20.       Leonard Schwartzburd

21.       Douglas Loranger

22.       Rhiannon  Maio, Worthington, Spring

23.       Kristin Hulsey, Nextel

24.       Allen Michaan, President, Renaissance Rialto, Inc. (Oaks Theater)

  

 

 Adjournment

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Olds; Absent - Armstrong) to extend the meeting past 11:00 p.m. until all public hearings and Item #9 are completed.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:32 p.m.


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