Regular Meeting eAgenda
March 18
, 2003

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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

Tuesday, March 18, 2003 - 7:00 p.m.

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call

Ceremonial Matters:  Proclamation declaring March 16th through 22nd as Media Democracy Week.

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.

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 held over to the next meeting unless the City Manager requests action due to priority.

1.      Contract: Americans with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation (PDF, 474 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Bruckner Consultants for conducting the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Self-Evaluation, for the period beginning March 25, 2003, through November 30, 2003, in an amount not to exceed $87,800.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

2.      Purchase Order: Temporary Employment Services - Apple One (PDF, 192 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing increasing the purchase order with Apple One Employment Agency for an additional $15,000 in an amount not to exceed $40,000 for temporary staffing for the City Clerk Department during the election season and to provide other web related services.

Contact: Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

3.      Purchase Order:  Temporary Employment Services - Certified Personnel Services  (PDF, 185 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing increasing the purchase order with Certified Personnel Services for an additional $3,000 in an amount not to exceed $28,000 for temporary staffing for the City Clerk Department during the election season and to provide for other support services.

Contact: Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

4.      Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Eco-Passes for Employees (PDF, 251 KB)

From: Councilmember Spring

Recommendation:  Ask the City Manager to write a letter to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Director requesting that LBNL negotiate with AC Transit to make eco-passes available for their employees.

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

 

Action Calendar – Public Hearings

5.      Fee Increase: Echo Lake Youth Camp and Berkeley Day Camp (PDF, 499 KB) (The public hearing will not start prior to 7:15 p.m.)  

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion adopt a Resolution approving an increase of fees for Echo Lake Youth Camp and Berkeley Day Camp and rescinding Resolution No. 60,942–N.S.

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

6.      Appeals: 2508 –2514 - 2416 Benvenue Avenue (Project 1, Use Permit 01-10000075) and 2500 Benvenue Avenue (Project 2, Use Permit 02-10000021) (This public hearing was continued from January 21, 2003 and February 18, 2003.  This public hearing will not start prior to 7:30 p.m.)

a.     From:  City Manager  (PDF, 4 KB)  |  Attachments (PDF, 7 MB) (March 18, 2003) (To be delivered)

Recommendation:  1) Conduct a public hearing to consider the CEQA analysis and Use Permit for a group living accommodation to be added to Project 1 in place of the proposed office floor area; 2) complete the public hearing on the balance of the proposed Use Permits, Projects 1 and 2, that have been appealed; and 3) upon conclusion close the Public Hearings and direct staff to prepare a Resolution relevant to the proposed projects.

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

b.     From:  City Manager  (PDF, 121 KB) (February 18, 2003)

Recommendation:  Without taking public testimony, continue the public hearing to the meeting of March 18, 2003 to allow staff additional time to collect and analyze the information requested by the Council on January 21, 2003.

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

c.     From:  City Manager  (PDF, 305 KB)  (February 11, 2003)

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution overturning the decision of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the buildings at 2514 and 2516 Benvenue Avenue as Structures of Merit.
Contact:  Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

d.    From:  City Manager (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

e.     Appeals  (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)

Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk 981-6900

f.     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

g.      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.  Contact: Roy Meisner, Police, 981-5700

35.  Norman W. Brudigam, P.E.

36.  Dianne Ayers

37.  John Hykes

h.     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

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

154.        Planning Department Revised Resolutions

155.        Landmarks Preservation Commission

j.1.  Communications (January 21, 2003–numbering follows original sequence)

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)

j.2    Supplemental Reports and Communications #1 (PDF, 779 KB) (January 21, 2003–numbering follows original sequence)

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

j.3    Supplemental Reports and Communications #2 (PDF, 5.7 MB) (January 21, 2003–numbering follows original sequence)

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”

k.    Communications (February 11, 2003 – numbering follows original sequence)

34. Sharon Hudson (PDF, 369 KB)

l.     Communications (March 18, 2003)

1.     Jane C. Redmont  (PDF, 83 KB)

2.     Paul Vojita  (PDF, 211 KB)

3.     Bjorn Poonen  (PDF, 35 KB)

4.     Doug Buckwald  (PDF, 111 KB)

5.     Sharon Hudson  (PDF, 4.8 MB)

6.     Morrison & Foerster, LLP  (PDF, 7.6 MB)

7.     Althea Grannum-Cummings  (PDF, 34 KB)

7.      Denial of Use Permits – 1155 Hearst Avenue  (The public hearing was continued from the Council meeting of December 17, 2002 for the purposes of receiving testimony only on new issues raised and to receive a report from staff on various matters raised by council members.  This public hearing will not start prior to 9:00 p.m.)  

a.     From:  City Manager (PDF, 6 MB) (March 18, 2003)

Recommendation:  Hold a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution denying Use Permit 01-10000087 to demolish 3 existing buildings containing 6 dwelling units and to construct 3 buildings containing 14 dwelling units at 1155-63 Hearst Avenue, based on the information in the staff’s report, and the findings and dismissing the appeal.

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

b.     From: City Manager (PDF, 139 KB)  (February 11, 2003)

Recommendation:  Without taking public testimony, continue the public hearing to the March 18, 2003 meeting to allow staff additional time to collect and analyze the information requested by the Council on December 17, 2002.

Contact:  Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

c.     From:  City Manager (PDF, 6.2 MB) (December 17, 2002)

Recommendation:  Hold a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution denying the application for Use Permits to construction a 14-unit housing project at 1155 Hearst Avenue and dismissing the appeal.

Contact:  Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

d.     From:  City Manager (October 22, 2002)

Recommendation:  Set for public hearing the appeal of the Zoning Adjustments Board’s decision to deny Use Permit #01-10000087, to demolish 3 existing buildings containing 6 dwelling units and construct 3 buildings containing 14 dwelling units.

Contact:  Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

e.     Appeal–Lynda Hart  (PDF, 477 KB)

Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk 981-6900

f.      Communications (PDF, 429 KB)   (October 22, 2002–numbering follows original sequence)

1.     Shannon Hampton

2.     Dale Anania

3.     Alma Prins and Blaze Woodlief

4.     Eric Lazar

5.     Pam Ormsby

6.     Susana Wappenstein

7.     Curt Clingman

8.     Ruth Knapp

9.     Nancy Bickel, President League of Women Voters

g.     Supplemental Communications (PDF, 2 MB) (October 22, 2002–numbering follows original sequence)

1.     Alice Jorgensen

2.     Howie Muir

3.     Rachel Peterson

4.     Kathleen Kelly

5.     Pinchas Nagar

6.     Julian Lee

7.     Ellen and Howard Ruiz-Harrison

8.     Vernon Pruett

9.     Alice Landis

10.  Lynda Hart

11.  Stephen Wheeler

12.  Karl Reeh

13.  Rena Rickles

h.    Communications  (PDF, 1.7 MB) (December 17, 2002–numbering follows original sequence)

8.     John Snavely

9.     Erika Oba

10.  Rachael Peterson-Executive Director, Urban Ecolgy

11.  Alan Wofsy, MCP

12.  Ruth Knapp

13.  Lynn Smith

14.  Lynda Winslow

i.      Supplemental Communications (December 17, 2002–numbering follows original sequence)

31.  Stuart M. Flashman

32.  Carole Schemmerling

33.  Walter Wood

34.  Richard Schwartz

35.  Neighbors of the Schoolhouse/Lincoln Creeks Watershed; Jose P. Romero & Jennifer Mary Pearson

36.  Rhoda Curtis

37.  Stephen Wheeler

38.  Alice Jorgensen

39.  Dr. Juliet Lamont & Dr. Phil Price

40.  Fannie Brown

41.  Howie Muir

42.  Carrie Dovzak

43.  Pinchas Nagar

44.  Paul Shain

45.  Letters from (12) Individuals, Submitted by Paul Shain

46.  Judith M. Shaw

47.  Karl Reeh

48.  Pam Ormsby

49.  Rhiannon

50.  Marcus B. Brown, Jr.

51.  Paul McDougall

52.  Stephen Barton

53.  Paul McDougall

54.  Exhibit List Submitted by Lynda Hart

55.  Marc Mathieu (includes photos)

56.  Hoss Azimi

57.  Project/Issues Summary Submitted by the Planning and Development Department

58.  Kimberly Kline

59.  1155 and 1157 Hearst Avenue Structure Fire Incident Reports (2)

60.  Schematic of GC 65589.5 Applicability to Project and Findings

61.  John Snavely (photo)

62.  8 16’x20’ Posters Submitted by John Snavely

j.      Communications (PDF, 43 KB) (February 11, 2003–numbering follows original sequence)

1.  Carol Thornton

2.     Leon Theriault

k.    Communications (PDF, 1.2 MB) (March 18, 2003)

1.     Carol Thornton

2.     Tom Torlakson

3.     Lynda Hart (2)

8.       Appeals: 1735 Cedar Street (This public hearing will not start prior to 9:30 p.m.)  

a.     From: City Manager (PDF, 620 KB) (March 18, 2003)

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution, based on the attached findings and conditions, approving Administrative Use Permit # 02-20000010 for a 693 sq. ft. major residential addition at 1735 Cedar Street, and dismissing the appeals.

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

b.     From: City Manager (January 14, 2003)

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution affirming the Zoning Adjustments Board decision, based on the record and the permit’s findings and conditions of approval, regarding the Zoning Officer’s approval of 1735 Cedar Street, a 693 square-foot major residential addition with roof deck, Administrative Use Permit # 02-2000010

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

c.     Appeals

1.     Marilyn Saarni, Brian Morris and Margaret Saarni (PDF, 3.2 MB)

2.     Stephen Shmanske and Marian Stevens (PDF, 387 KB)

Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk 981-6900

d.     Communications (PDF, 4.7 MB) (January 14, 2003–numbering follows original sequence))

1.     Stephen Shmanske and Marian L. Stevens –Addendum to Appeal

2.     Adam and Alice Pressman- Applicants

3.     Tom and Timna Harper

4.     Abigail Levinson Marks

5.     Marianne Scott

6.     Lindsay Scott and Andy Armstrong

 

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

9.      Fee Waiver/Deferral: 1797 Shattuck Ave (PDF, 337 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

10.  Automatic Gas Shutoff Valves (CF95-01) (PDF, 129 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

 

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.

Anti-War

1.     Jeanne Blum

Aquatic Park Boaters

2.     Stephani Lesh

James Madison Freedom of Information Award

3.     Nancy Bickel, President, The League of Women Voters

Vista & Library Gardens Parking

4.     Roy Nakadegawa

5.     Claire Risley

Residential Density: A Profusion of Methods, a Confusion of Standards, and the Reality of Unbounded Density

6.     Howie and Connie Muir

Iraqi People

7.  Jami Caseber

 

Adjournment