Regular Meeting eSummary
January 21
, 2003

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SUMMARY

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

January 21, 2003

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call:  7:03 p.m.; All present

Comments from the City Manager:  None

Comments from the Public:  10 speakers.
Action:  Councilmember Spring referred comments made regarding treatment of the sleeping homeless by the Police Department to the City Manager for a report on policy and procedures. 

Consent Calendar

Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Maio) to adopt the Consent Calendar in one motion except as indicated:.

1.     Zoning Ordinance Amendment: Summary Denial of Permits in Cases Involving Nuisance Abatement (PDF, 72 KB) (First Vote – Unanimous)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:   Adopt second reading of an Ordinance adding a new section 23B.24.070 to the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC), to permit the summary denial of applications to legalize public nuisances that the City has already ordered to be abated.

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

Action:  Adopted Ordinance No. 6726–N.S. (PDF, 106 KB) Effective February 20, 2003.

2.     Adoption of Building Codes (PDF, 2.25 MB) (First Vote – Unanimous)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt 1) second reading of an Ordinance repealing the Berkeley Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes and related procedural provisions in Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapters 19.28, 19.30, 19.32 and 19.36 and adopting new Chapters 19.28, 19.30, 19.32 and 19.36 and procedural provisions.

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400 

Action:  Adopted Ordinance No. 6727–N.S. (PDF, 2.1 MB) Effective February 20, 2003.

3.     Contract: Landfill Postclosure Monitoring and Maintenance Project (PDF, 271 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:   Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with SCS Field Services, for an amount not to exceed $250,000, for the engineering services for the landfill postclosure monitoring and maintenance project at Cesar Chavez Park, for the period of February 2, 2003 to March 31, 2006, with an option to extend the contract for one additional year.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Councilmember Hawley.  Moved, seconded, carried (Hawley/Worthington) to adopt Resolution No. 61,915–N.S. (PDF, 81 KB)

4.     Contract: Roof Repairs and Replacement at Various Locations (PDF, 232 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:   Adopt a Resolution approving the plans and specifications for roof repairs and replacement at various locations; accepting the bid of State Roofing Systems, Inc. and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments, extensions or other change orders in an amount not to exceed $107,400.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 61,916–N.S. (PDF, 121 KB)

5.     Approval for Mayor to Assist with Ed Roberts Campus Funding (PDF, 399 KB)

From:  Mayor Bates

Recommendation:   Authorize the Mayor to communicate the City’s support of funding for the Ed Roberts Campus (ERC) and to communicate that support to the University of California (UC), state of California, federal, and private organizations.  This work cannot include discussion in land use or design issues related to the ERC’s proposal currently before the Zoning Adjustments Board.

Contact:  Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

Action:  Approved recommendation.

6.     Status Report on Harrison Street Playing Fields and Skateboard Park (PDF, 138 KB)

From:  Councilmember Spring

Recommendation:   Request the City Manager schedule a status report on the air and ground pollution issues occurring at Harrison Street Playing Fields and Skateboard Park.

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

a.     City Manager Information Report (PDF, 488 KB)

From:  City Manager

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

Action:  Approved recommendation.

Action Calendar – Public Hearings

7.     Appeals: 2508 –2514 - 2416 Benvenue Avenue (Project 1, Use Permit 01-10000075) and 2500 Benvenue Avenue (Project 2, Use Permit 02-10000021)

a.   City Manager Report (PDF, 2.1 MB) (see agenda packet of December 10, 2002)

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion: 1) Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board, based on the attached record and findings and conditions, to approve the projects at 2508 and 2514 Benvenue Avenue – (Project 1 – Use Permit 01-10000075) and remanding the decision of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the existing buildings at 2514 and 2516 Benvenue Avenue as Structures of Merit, with directions to vacate that designation due to the effect of Government Code Section 37361; and  2) Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board, based on the attached record and findings and conditions, to approve the project at 2500 Benvenue Avenue (Project 2 – Use Permit 02-10000021) to allow the renovation and reconfiguration of an existing apartment building and add 12 new units.

Contact:  Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

b.     Appeals (see agenda packet of December 10, 2002)

1.   Sharon Hudson–2508 and 2514 Benvenue Avenue–Use Permit 01-10000075 (ZAB) (PDF, 1.9 MB)

2.   American Baptist Seminary of the West–2514 and 2516 Benvenue Avenue (LPC) (PDF, 6.2 MB)

3.   Sharon Hudson–2500 Benvenue Avenue–Use Permit 02-10000021 (ZAB) (PDF, 2.1 MB)

c.     Communications (PDF, 2.8 MB) (December 10, 2002–numbering follows original sequence)

1.         Bjorn Poonen

2.         Ron Weaver

3.         Ian and April McDonald

4.         Anand Kulkarni

5.         Joseph Stubbs

6.         David Levy

7.         Sharon Hudson

8.         Dianne Ayres

9.         Tuan Nguyen

10.      Carl Boe

11.      John English

12.      Paul Vojta

13.      Elinor Roberts

14.      Michelle Pellegrin

15.      First supplement submitted by Sharon Hudson dated December 2, 2002

d.     Supplemental Reports and Communications #1 (PDF, 1.2 MB) (December 10, 2002–numbering follows original sequence)

22.      Revised Resolutions (2)

23.      Karen Vuto

24.      Abel M. Morales

25.      Sally B. Woodbridge

26.      Gabriel Hermelin

27.      Margaret Keig

28.      Marie Onwubuariri

29.      Victor C. Magpoc

30.      Richard Register

31.      Whitney Bauman

32.      Sally Sachs

33.      Eileen M. Harrington

34.      Norman W. Brudigam, P.E.

35.      Dianne Ayers

36.      John Hykes

e.     Supplemental Reports and Communications #2 (PDF, 756 KB) (December 10, 2002–numbering follows original sequence) 

129.   Sharon Hudson

130.   Nancy Smith

131.   Jon-Barrett Havrilesko

132.   Jennifer Kaufer

133.   Karen Kho

134.   Michelle Holmes

135.   Kathryn Choy-Wong

136.   Karen DeWeese

137.   Benvenue Neighbors Association

f.      Supplemental Reports and Communications #3  (PDF, 469 KB) (December 10, 2002–numbering follows original sequence)

154.   Planning Department Revised Resolutions

155.   Landmarks Preservation Commission

g.     Communications (January 21, 2003)

1.     David Levy (including updated drawings submitted by Aran Kaufer) (PDF, 4.9 MB)

2.     Jerry Sulliger (2) (PDF, 187 KB)

3.     Second supplement submitted by Sharon Hudson dated January 9, 2003 (PDF, 7 MB)

4.     Hearst-Curtis-Delaware Neighborhood Association (PDF, 52 KB)

5.     John Caner (2) (PDF, 252 KB)

6.     Third supplement submitted by Sharon Hudson dated January 13, 2003 (PDF, 3.6 MB)

7.     Paul Vojta (PDF, 136 KB)

 

Actions:  Moved, seconded, failed (Worthington/Maio; Noes - Breland, Hawley, Olds, Bates; Abstain- Shirek, Wozniak) a substitute motion to: 1) open the public hearing on the appeal of the use permits (decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board) to allow staff to explain the proposed modifications to the project; 2) continue the public hearing on the use permits (Zoning) to February 18, 2003 to take comment from the public at that time; 3) direct staff to prepare the appropriate public hearing notice, CEQA document revisions, and analysis for the Council’s review on February 18, 2003; and 4) open the public hearing on the appeal of the decision of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate 2514 and 2516 Benvenue Avenue as structures of merit and to continue the public hearing on the landmarks issue until February 18, 2003, allowing only those individuals that do not speak tonight on the landmarks issue to speak on this particular issue on February 18, 2003.

 

Moved, seconded, carried (Breland/Hawley; Noes – Worthington) a main motion to: 1) open the public hearing on the appeal of the use permits (appeal of the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board) to allow staff to explain the proposed modifications to the project; 2) continue the public hearing on the use permits (Zoning) to February 18, 2003 to take comment from the public at that time; 3) direct staff to prepare the appropriate public hearing notice, CEQA document revisions, and analysis for the Council’s review on February 18, 2003; and 4) open the public hearing on the appeal of the decision of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate 2514 and 2516 Benvenue Avenue as structures of merit.

Public Testimony:  The Mayor opened the public hearing on the appeal of the decision of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate 2514 and 2516 Benvenue Avenue as structures of merit.  Moved, seconded, carried (Hawley/Olds; Noes – Maio, Breland, Spring, Worthington) to close the public hearing.

 

Actions:  Moved, seconded, (Hawley/Breland) a main motion to adopt a Resolution reversing the decision of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate 2514 and 2516 Benvenue as structures of merit.

 

Moved, seconded, carried (Wozniak/Maio; Noes – Breland, Hawley, Olds) a substitute motion to hold the item over to the meeting of February 11, 2003 for the purposes of discussion and a decision.

 

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.


Information Reports

8.     Formal Bid Solicitations and Request for Proposals (PDF, 276 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

Action:  Received and filed.

Communications (PDF, 4 KB)

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

Marina Master Plan

1.     Paul Kamen

Bus Shelters

2.     Karen Craig  (Maio, Worthington)

Florence Street Sign

3.     Grace Telcs (Spring)

Density in Berkeley

4.     Howie & Connie Muir

Non-motorized Watercraft at North Sailing Basin

5.     Angie Garling

ADA Complaint

6.     Charles L. Smith (Worthington)

Harrison Skatepark Development

7.     L A Wood

AC Transit Service Changes

8.     H.E. Christian Peeples, President, AC Transit (Breland)

9.     Rick Fernandez, General Manager, AC Transit (Breland)


Supplemental Reports and Communications #1 (PDF, 4 KB)

Item 5

Approval for Mayor to Assist with Ed Roberts Campus Funding

10.           Ray Dobbard

Item 7

Appeals: 2508 –2514 - 2416 Benvenue Avenue (Project 1, Use Permit 01-10000075) and 2500 Benvenue Avenue (Project 2, Use Permit 02-10000021) (PDF, 780 KB)

11.           Margaret Keig

12.           Jeremy Balder

13.           Jon Vicars

14.           Matthew O’Hara

15.           Sharon Hudson (2)

16.           Kurt Schoeneman

17.           Kathryn Choy-Wong

18.           Laszlo Bonnyay

19.           Nancy Smith

 

Supplemental Reports and Communications #2 (PDF, 4 KB)

Item 6

Status Report on Harrison Street Playing Fields and Skateboard Park

20.           Lisa Caronna, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront – Update of Current Studies Underway (PDF, 488 KB)

Item 7

Appeals: 2508 –2514 - 2416 Benvenue Avenue (Project 1, Use Permit 01-10000075) and 2500 Benvenue Avenue (Project 2, Use Permit 02-10000021) (PDF, 5.7 MB)

21.  Revised Resolution

22.  Carol D. Barrett, Planning – Recommendations for Project No.’s 1 and 2.

23.  Sally K. Sachs

24.  “Dwight-on-the-Park”

25.  “In Berkeley, Strollers Find Art with Curb Appeal”

 

Adjournment

Adjournment:  Adjourned at 9:49 p.m. in memory of Dan Luten and John Henry.