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SUMMARY

 

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

 

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2001

 

Preliminary Matters

 

Roll Call:  7:00 p.m. – All present

 

Comments from the City Manager :  On Friday, May 25th at 12:30 p.m., the University will
test their power outage siren warning system.

 

The California Department of Forestry and the Alameda and Contra Costa Fire Chiefs have announced the start of fire season and the arrival of hot, windy weather.  If any fires are reported in the hills, a coordinated mutual response will be dispatched.

 

Comments from the Public:  11 speakers.  Referred comments made by the following speakers to the City Manager for future reports – Michael Minasian (phone service cut-off); L.A. Wood (Hexavalent Chromium Pollution – West Berkeley)

 

Consent Calendar

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Breland/Maio) to adopt the Consent Calendar in one motion unless otherwise 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. 61,069-N.S.

 

2.         Approval of Revised Minutes

            From:  City Manager        

            Recommendation:  Approve minutes as revised by Mayor Dean, for the meetings of:

a) April 17, 2001 (regular); and b) April 24, 2001 (regular).

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

Action:  Approved minutes.

   

3.         Approval of Minutes

            From:  City Manager        

            Recommendation:  Approve minutes for the meetings of: a) May 8, 2001 (regular); and b) May 8, 2001 (special).

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

Action:  Approved minutes.

 

4.         Purchase Order:  Police Equipment and Supplies

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving a purchase order increase for a total amount not to exceed $41,000 for the purchase of equipment and supplies from Antonio's Uniforms.

Contact:  D. E. Butler, Police, 981-5700

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,070-N.S.

 

5.         Contracts:  Youth Employment Program

            From:  City Manager

            Recommendation:   Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute contracts and any amendments for the period March 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002, with: 1) the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board for administration of the North Cities Consortium’s year-round youth employment program in an amount not to exceed $300,827; and 2) Indigenous Nations Child and Family Agency for administration of the City of Alameda’s year-round youth employment program in an amount not to exceed $85,435.

            Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5145

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,071-N.S.

 

6.         Contract:  Air Monitoring Study
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:  
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Applied Measurement Science by increasing the amount $12,300 for a total contract amount not to exceed $52,000, to test the air at Harrison Park for certain metals, and to assess any associated health risks.
Contacts:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100; Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,072-N.S.

 

7.         Grant Application:  Energy Codes and Standards
From:  City Manager
Recommendation: 
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application with PG&E in an amount not to exceed $90,000 to provide second year funding for technical assistance for energy codes and standards, and execute resultant agreements and any amendments for the period October 2001 to September 2002.

Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5434

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,073-N.S.  

 

8.         Donation for Cesar Chavez Park
From:  City Manager
Recommendation:
  Adopt a Resolution accepting a donation of $11,200 from Kazuko and Atsushi Inoue for a memorial bench and pathway improvements in Cesar Chavez Park in memory of Junko Hosoda; and extending the City’s appreciation for this kind and generous donation honoring the life of Junko Hosoda.
Contact: Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

Action:  Removed from Consent by Councilmember Olds and held over to June 12, 2001 to present a proclamation to the family.

 

9.         Housing Trust Fund Loan:  Prince Hall Arms Project

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution conditionally approving a loan not to exceed $2,100,000 from FY2000-2001 Housing Trust Fund monies to the Prince Hall Arms, Inc. Senior Housing Project located at 3132-38 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.

            Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

            Action:  Withdrawn by the City Manager.

 

10.       Establishing First Source (to be delivered)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution effective June 1, 2001, establishing the First Source Fund for funds from implementation of a one percent allocation from all eligible capital projects to administer any and all aspects of the First Source Employment Program.
Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 981-5100

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,074-N.S.

 

11.       Contract:  Low-Income Energy Program Revenues

            From:  City Manager        

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a California Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program revenue agreement and any amendments with the State Department of Community Services and Development in an amount not to exceed $97,605 for the period June 1, 2001 through August 31, 2001, to provide bill payment assistance and weatherization services to eligible residents of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville.

            Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,075-N.S.

 

12.       Paratransit Taxiscrip Program Improvements

            From:  City Manager        

Recommendation:  1) Adopt a Resolution to: a) allow all taxicab company owners and drivers to accept taxiscrip as payment for a ride in lieu of cash, b) establish a cash-disbursement fund in an amount not to exceed $5,000 to redeem taxiscrip coupons; c) setting a per-ride minimum amount of $5.00 to be reimbursed by the City for all rides paid with taxiscrip, with the difference between the actual fare and $5.00 to be paid by the City, d) direct the City Manager to redeem taxiscrip for full cash value, and e) direct the City Manager to provide a central location at the Finance Department, no later than July 2, 2001, for taxicab owners and drivers to redeem taxiscrip coupons.

Contact:  Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400; Frances David, Finance, 981-7300

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,076-N.S.

 

13.       Supporting New Voting Equipment
From:  Councilmembers Olds and Spring

Recommendation:  Send a letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Registrar of Voters supporting the purchase of new electronic voting equipment and pledging a commitment to contribute Berkeley’s fair share towards a purchase.

Contact: Betty Olds, Councilmember District 6, 981-7160; Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

14.       Minimizing Permit Fees for Automatic Gas Shut-off Valves

            From:  Councilmember Polly Armstrong

Recommendation:  Set a reduced fee for the City permit for the installation of automatic gas shut-off valves when a contiguous neighborhood agrees to install ten or more in the same time frame, allowing for an inspector to make one trip to the neighborhood.

            Contact: Polly Armstrong, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

15.       Repair of Broken Parking Meters

            From:  Councilmember Polly Armstrong

Recommendation:  Ask the City Manager to direct the Parking Enforcement Bureau to stop giving tickets at broken parking meters until the City improves its meter repair system.

Contact: Polly Armstrong, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180
Action:  Approved recommendation as revised by Councilmember Armstrong to refer to the City Manager.

 

16.       Budget Referral:  $15,000 for Rebuilding Together

            From:  Mayor Dean

Recommendation:  Refer to the budget process for funding within the current cycle, a request for $15,000 for Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) to hire a volunteer coordinator who would work full-time during the organization’s busiest period between January and June.

            Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100.

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

17.       Traffic Planning Staff

            From:  Mayor Dean

Recommendation:  Waive Council Rules of Procedure, and request the City Manager report back tonight at this meeting, on the status of staffing for the traffic planning/pedestrian safety function in Berkeley, and any specific recommended measures to attract and retain staff for this important function.

            Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100

            Action:  City Manager provided an oral report.

 

18.       Parking Lot Signage on UC Parking Lots

            From:  Mayor Dean

            Recommendation:  Request the City Manager to:  1) coordinate with the University of California on the implementation of parking lot signage on university lots advertising the availability of public parking on evenings and weekends; and 2) develop any City signs and advertising that are required; and 3) report back with a timetable for implementation of the signage program.

            Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

19.       Oppose Racial Ignorance Initiative

            From:  Vice Mayor Shirek

            Recommendation:  Oppose the “Racial Ignorance Initiative” the New Campaign Against Civil Rights, planned for the March 2002 California Election Ballot.

            Contact: Maudelle Shirek, Councilmember District 3, 981-7130

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

20.       Budget Referral:  Earthquake Preparedness Containers

            From:  Councilmember Spring

            Recommendation:  Refer $20,000 to the budget process as a matching grant for the Berkeley Unified School District to purchase earthquake preparedness containers for public schools and neighborhoods.

            Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

21.       Landmark Preservation Fees

            From:  Councilmember Worthington

            Recommendation:  Return the application fee for designation under the Landmark Preservation Ordinance for initiation of structures to $50 and initiation of districts to $100.  Also, refund excess charges to those who have applied since the increase of the fee.

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

Action:  Removed from Consent by Councilmember Olds and held over to June 12, 2001.

 

22.       Budget Referral:  $5,000 for 2001 Solano Avenue Stroll

            From:  Mayor Dean

            Recommendation:  Refer to the budget process, a request for $5,000 for the Solano Avenue Stroll in September, and approve a request for fee waivers for the event, food and sound; and waive Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 20.24.040 to allow a banner across Shattuck Avenue.

            Contact:  Shirley Dean, Mayor, 981-7100

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

23.       Civic Center Building Grant Audit
From:  City Auditor
Recommendation:
  Request the City Manager implement the recommendations contained in the audit report for the Civic Center Building Grant by September 30, 2001 and report back to Council by October 25, 2001.
Contact:  Ann-Marie Hogan, City Auditor, 981-6750

            Action:  Approved recommendation.

 

24.       Mental Health Commission Appointment
From:  Mental Health Commission
Recommendation:
  Adopt a Resolution appointing Lorraine Taggart to the Mental Health Commission, Special Public Interest category, for a three-year term beginning May 23, 2001 and ending May 22, 2004.

            Contact:  Harvey Tureck, Secretary, 644-8562
a)  City Manager Report
Recommendation
:  Concurs with the content and recommendations of the Commission.
Contact:  Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services, 644-6459

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,077-N.S.

 

24A.    Contract:  Safe Route to Schools Project  (to be delivered)

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution accepting Kimley-Horn and Associates’ proposal for design services for the Safe Route to Schools Project, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments, in an amount not to exceed $40,000, for the period May 22, 2001 to December 30, 2001.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

            Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,078-N.S.

 

Public Hearings

   

25.       Zoning Appeal of Use Permit 99-10000100:  1825 Berkeley Way

a.      Appeal filed by Stephen Wollmer, John D. Niles and Carole E. Newlands, and Sherry Seethaler of the Zoning Adjustments Board decision of November 27, 2000 which approved the following Use Permits:  to allow the construction of a single family dwelling; and to allow a second main building to be located within four feet, eight inches (4'8") of the rear property line where normally the required rear yard setback would be fifteen feet (15').
b.       City Manager Report
Recommendation: 
Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution denying the appeals and upholding the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board to approve a Use Permit to allow construction of a new dwelling at 1825 Berkeley Way.

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

            c.         Communications from 4/17/01

                        1.  Jeff Blaney

            2.  Stephen Wollmer

                        3.  John D. Niles

            d.         Communications for 5/22/01

                        1.  Peter A. Ekstein, AIA

                        2.  Jim Bost

                        3.  Regan Richardson and James Bost

                        4.  Jeff Blaney

                        5.  Kalsang Dolma

                        6.  Robert Watson

                        7.  M. D’Arcy Richardson

                        8.  Petition containing approximately 27 signatures of The

                             Neighbors

            Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

 

Action:  Councilmember Maio recused herself from this item due to the proximity of this site from  her personal residence.

 

Public Testimony: The Mayor opened the public hearing - 9 speakers were heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Olds/Armstrong; Absent – Maio; Worthington) to close the public hearing.

Actions:  Moved, seconded, carried (Armstrong/Spring; Absent - Maio) upholding the appeal; overturning the Zoning Adjustments Board decision based on detriment due to congested parking, proximity to other houses, density, rear setback; and directing staff to prepare findings.

 

Moved, seconded, carried (Spring/Worthington; Absent – Maio) to refer health and safety issues of pumping water over the sidewalk and shower water on wooden steps and other code enforcement issues and/or violations noted in letters to the Council and as part of the public testimony to the appropriate department for inspection and action.

 

26.       Extending Residential Permit Parking

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution amending Sections 25E and 25M of Resolution No. 56,508-N.S. by adding a subsection to extend residential permit parking on the north side of Vine Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Josephine Street, and on both sides of Woolsey Street between 100 feet east of Shattuck Avenue to Wheeler Street; and authorizing the use of $600 from the operating budget of the Public Works Department to cover implementation costs.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

            Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing - 5 speakers were heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Armstrong) to close the public hearing. Decision to be made at the meeting of June 12, 2001

   

27.       Recreation Program Fees

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:   Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution amending Sections 4, 5, and 6 of Resolution 59,002-N.S. to increase rental charges for parks, recreation and swim facilities, and fees for recreation programs effective July 1, 2001; and rescinding Resolutions Nos. 59,534-N.S. and 59,535-N.S.

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

            Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing - No speakers.  Moved, seconded, carried (Armstrong/Olds) to close the public hearing.

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Armstrong/Hawley) to adopt Resolution No. 61,079-N.S.

 

28.       Tuolumne Camp Fees

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:   Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution approving an increase in fees for Tuolumne Camp, effective October 1, 2001, and rescinding Resolution No. 60,873-N.S.

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

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing - No speakers. Moved, seconded, carried (Breland/Spring) to close the public hearing. 

 

Action: Moved, seconded, carried (Armstrong/Spring) to adopt Resolution No. 61,080-N.S.

 

29.       Marina Fees (CR 108- 00) (to be delivered)

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution establishing a fee schedule for services rendered at the Marina and rescinding Resolution No. 60,395-N.S.
Contact: Lisa Caronna, Parks and Waterfront, 981-6700

            Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing – 4 speakers heard.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Hawley) to close the public hearing.  Decision to be made at the meeting of June 12, 2001.

 

Action:  Directed staff to report back on the issue of noise and traffic raised by the berthers on Dock K from charter boats and location of the bait tank.  Referred to staff by Councilmember Spring the issue of stricter regulations related to smog control for outboard motors.

 

30.       Paramedic Transport Fees (to be delivered)

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to increase ambulance user fees as approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

            Contact:  Reginald Garcia, Fire, 981-5500

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

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Spring/Hawley) to adopt Resolution No. 61,081-N.S.   Referred to staff a suggestion by Councilmember Spring that information regarding insurance payment and alternative billing arrangements be included in the billing statements. 

 

31.       Fire Prevention Fee (to be delivered)

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution increasing fire inspection fees to $45.00 per quarter hour, to reflect the increased costs associated with providing fire inspection services.

Contact:  Reginald Garcia, Fire, 981-3473

 

            Action:  Withdrawn by the City Manager

 

32.       Street Lighting Assessment District Fees

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution confirming diagrams and assessments and levying assessments for Fiscal Year 2002 in the Street Lighting Assessment District No. 1982-1 and the Berkeley Street Light Upgrading Assessment District No. 1999-1. 

            Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

            Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing – no speakers.

            Moved,  seconded, carried (Armstrong/Maio) to close the public hearing.

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Spring) to adopt Resolution No. 61,082-N.S.

 

33.       Refuse Collection Rates

            From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution establishing refuse collection districts and rates for the collection of refuse; establishing rates for the transfer station; and rescinding Resolutions 60,607-N.S. and 51,855-N.S. and all amending resolutions, effective July 1, 2001.

            Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing – no speakers.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Armstrong) to close the public hearing.

 

Action:  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Spring; Noes – Breland) to adopt Resolution No. 61,083-N.S.

 

Information Reports

 

34.       Administrative Enforcement Order Procedures for Hazardous Waste Violations
From:  City Manager
Contact:  Wendy Cosin, Planning, 705-8150

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

35.       Census 2000 Update (to be delivered)

            From:  City Manager

            Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager, 981-7006
            Action:  Withdrawn by the City Manager

 

36.       ABx 48, California Community Choice Bill

            From:  Berkeley Energy Commission
Contact:  Neal De Snoo, Secretary, 981-5434

            Action:  Received and filed.

           

37.       Notice of Decisions:  1755 Le Roy Avenue (Tellefsen Hall); 1719 University Avenue (Elizabeth M. Kenney Cottage)

            From:  City Manager

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

            Action:  Received and filed.

 

Communications

Action:  The following communications were read, noted and filed, unless otherwise noted:

 

1.         Extending residential permit parking on the 2100 block of Woolsey Street:

            a)  Alan Block, 2118 Woolsey Street

            b)  Paul Veres, 2119 Woolsey Street

            c)  Alan Williamson, 1821 Vine Street

            d)  Jane Welford

            e)  Wan Averill

 

2.         Bus shelters:  Maio, Worthington, Hawley, Dean

a)  Silvio Levy, 1727 Marin Avenue

b)  Edith Hallberg

c)  Harry Wiener

d)  Ann Marie and Ronald Mitchell

e)  Silvia Sau

f)  Marjorie Winter

 

3.         Roy Nakadegawa, regarding civic center parking garage.  Maio, Hawley, Dean

 

4.         Trina Ostrander, regarding San Francisco parents for public schools.

 

5.         Berkeley High School:  Breland

            a)  Evan Meyer

            b)  Beatriz Leyva-Cutler

            c)  supai57

            d)  Karen Rice

            e)  Dennis Foster

            f)  Chris Williams

            g)  Candace Sultan

            h)  Michael Ruchlis

 

6.         Karen Perkins, regarding problems and prospects in urban education.

 

7.         General Plan EIR:  Hawley

            a)  Rhiannon

            b)  Laszio Bonnyay, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way

            c)  Petition signed by approximately 36 people

 

8.         Jason Meggs, regarding aggressive driving by police officer.  Maio, Worthington

 

9.         Paul L. Rein Law Offices, 200 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, regarding exposure to civil lawsuits should City hold meetings at inaccessible facilities.  Maio, Worthington

 

10.       Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street:

            a)  Juliet Lamont

            b)  AlanD

            c)  Stephen Jory

            d)  Scott Spear

            e)  71 Identical postcards

            f)  Howard Pollick, Linda Strean and family

 

11.       Earl Flewellen, 1115 Cowper St., regarding cannabis club – San Pablo/University.  Maio, Hawley

 

12.       Appeal regarding Jubilee Courtyard Apartments Project, 2700 San Pablo Avenue:

            a)  Delores Nunnally

            b)  Aleks Baharlo

            c)  Kelsi Arceneaux

            d)  Lisa Felix

e)  Danielle Talley

f)  Pastor Gordon Choyce, Executive Director of Jubilee Restoration, Inc.

 

13.       Alan Wofsy & Associates, P.O. Box 2210, San Francisco, regarding Rental Housing Safety Certification and Inspection.  Maio, Dean

 

14.       Newspaper article regarding pay phones.

 

15.       Lisa Bullwinkel, Executive Director, Solano Avenue Association, requesting funding for the Solano Avenue Stroll in September.

 

16.       Reverend Flynn Cooper, Fresh Manna Christian Center, regarding parking permits. Maio

 

17.       Kevin Sabet, President, Citizens for a Drug-Free Berkeley

 

18.       Patrick Kennedy, regarding student housing.

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS

AND AGENDA REPORTS

 

Item 2 – Approval of Revised Minutes

19.       City Clerk submitting additional revisions to April 17, 2001 minutes

 

Item 12 – Paratransit Taxiscrip Program Improvements   Worthington

20.       Rose M. Green, Taxiscrip Riders Support Committee 

21.       Esther Kassoy

 

Item 17 – Traffic Planning Staff

22.       Mark Abrahams, Transportation Commission  Spring

 

Item 26 – Extending Residential Permit Parking Public Hearing

23.       Clara Butler

24.       E. Thomas and Mary McCarthy

 

Adjournment

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:55 p.m.


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