Regular Meeting eAgenda
April 1
, 2003

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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2003 – 7:00 p.m.

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call:

Ceremonial Matters: In addition to those items listed on the agenda, the Mayor may add additional ceremonial matters.

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.

Comments from Youth:  A total of 15 minutes is designated to allow youth an opportunity to address the Council.  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 taken up after the “Action Calendar” unless the Council reorders the agenda.

1.      Historical April 1st Agenda (PDF, 786 KB)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  In recognition of the 125th Anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Berkeley, accept a historical agenda, which presents actions taken by prior Town and City Councils at meetings held on April 1st in previous years.

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

2.      Waive Council Rules for Meeting of April 8, 2003 (PDF, 76 KB)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Waive Council Rules of Procedure to allow action items be considered at the Council meeting of April 8, 2003.

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

3.      Approval of Minutes (PDF, 947 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Approve the minutes for Council meetings of March 18, 2003 a) work session and b) regular.

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

4.      Lease: Trinity United Methodist Church (PDF, 1.7 MB) (First reading – Unanimous Vote)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance authorizing 1) a lease agreement with Trinity United Methodist Church to provide facility space at 2362 Bancroft Way for the Dorothy Day House/Catholic Worker Community Breakfast Program for the period beginning May 1, 2003 through December 31, 2005 in an amount not to exceed $67,733; and 2) authorizing five additional option periods of one year each.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

5.      Rental Housing Safety Program (PDF, 1 MB) (First reading – Noes – Breland; Abstain – Maio)  

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of two ordinances amending Chapters 12.48 and 19.40 of the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) to make the following changes to the Residential Rental Housing Safety Program: a) allow owners to submit a single safety certification for all rental properties owned rather than a copy of the completed Safety Certification Checklist provided to the tenant of each unit; b) eliminate the requirement that owners notify the City when there is a change in tenancy; c) require safety certification from owners of government-assisted properties which are not required to be inspected annually; d) move the requirement that certain rental properties have a live-in manager from Section 12.48 to the more appropriate Section 19.40; and e) require certification of proper functioning of gas heaters every five years instead of every three years.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

6.      Prohibit Use of Dangerous and/or Sharp Material on Fences (PDF, 151 KB) (First reading – Unanimous)  

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 23D.08.060.A to prohibit the use of dangerous and/or sharp material in or on top of fences in residential districts and amortize existing structures under a schedule.

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

7.      Parking Permit Zone Designation - Relocation of Berkeley Unified School District Parking (PDF, 185 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 56,508-N.S. to create a preferential parking zone in the vicinity of Old City Hall on Allston Way and Martin Luther King, Jr., Way that will provide temporary replacement parking for the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) during the construction of the Public Safety Building Project parking lot and perimeter landscaping.

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

8.      FY 2003 Appropriations Ordinance Amendment (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending the FY 2003 Annual Appropriations Ordinance, Ordinance No. 6693-N.S., for Fiscal Year 2003 based upon recommended re-appropriation of unexpended FY 2002 funding and other adjustments authorized since July 1, 2002, in the amount of $69,585,384.

Contact: Paul Navazio, City Manager, 981-7006

9.      Crime Scene Supervisor Classification (PDF, 711 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 61,840–N.S., Classification and Salary Resolution for Local One Employees, to establish the classification of Crime Scene Supervisor effective April 1, 2003.

Contact: Nicki Spillane, Human Resources, 981-6800

10.  Grant: Used Oil and Filter Recycling (PDF, 299 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to: 1) submit grant applications to the California Integrated Waste Management Board for all available grants under the California Oil Recycling Enhancement Act for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2008; 2) accept the grant in the amount of $32,243 for 2004; and 3) execute the resultant revenue agreements and any amendments.

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

11.  Purchase Order: Alameda County CAL ID Computer Access Item (PDF, 118 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing an 1) increase to a purchase order to Alameda County for CAL ID Remote Access by $37,000 for a total amount not to exceed $62,000 for access to county computerized criminal records and 2) establish an annual Purchase Order in an amount not to exceed $80,000 to continue to access the county computerized criminal records for a total of 7 years from FY 2004 through FY 2010.

Contact: Roy Meisner, Police, 981-5900

12.  Purchase Order: Alameda County AWS Computer Access (PDF, 131 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing an 1) increase to a purchase order to Alameda County for Automated Warrant System (AWS) formerly known as the Personal Identification Number (PIN) System by $50,000 for a total amount not to exceed $75,000 for access to the County computerized warrant records system and 2) establish an annual Purchase Order in an amount not to exceed $90,000 to continue to access the county computerized warrant records system for a total of 7 years from FY 2004 through FY 2010.

Contact: Roy Meisner, Police, 981-5900

13.  Proclamation: Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day (PDF, 272 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Approve a proclamation declaring April 24, 2003 Armenian Genocide commemoration day in Berkeley, to be presented at the April 8, 2003 meeting.

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

14.  Free the Cuban Five (PDF, 104 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Send a letter to President Bush to Free the Cuban Five who are in U.S. federal prison.

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

 

Action Calendar – Appeals

15.  Appeals:  1600 Shattuck Avenue

a.     From: City Manager (PDF, 2 MB)

Attachments:

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution affirming the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) approval of the Use Permit to establish a Sprint Wireless Communication Facility including 3 antennas on the rooftop and associated BTS (wireless telecommunications) equipment in the basement, UP# 02-10000053, and dismissing the appeal.

Contact:  Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

b.     Appeals

1.     Frances Strassman, Kaoru T. Reynolds, Shahram Shahruz, Simone Gaddini, Daniel Wolfe and Patricia Cloud.  (PDF, 616 KB)

2.     Lawrence Teeter on behalf of TanyaTemkin, Val Peters, Emily Freeman and Melinda Lopez

Contact:  Sherry Kelly, City Clerk 981-6900

c.     Communication

1.     Addenda to Appeal submitted by Frances Strassman, Shahram Shahruz, Kaoru Reynolds, Simone Gaddini, Patricia Cloud, Daniel Wolfe 
Part 1 (PDF, 13 MB)   |   Part 2 (PDF, 9 MB)

2.     Addendum to Appeal submitted by Tanya Temkin, Val Peters, Emily Freeman and Melinda Lopez  (PDF, 5 MB)

Communications Part 3 (#3-18)  (PDF, 6.4 MB)

3.     Klaus Rudolph

4.     Sarah Jones

5.     Shahram Shahruz

6.     Frances Strassman (6)

7.     Melinda Lopez (2)

8.     Cedar Street Homeowners Association

9.     Romy Cochran

10.  Saul Katz

11.  Kyle Eggleston

12.  Libby Kelley

13.  Klaus Rudolph (2)

14.  Gerard Hyland

15.  Jeff Inman

16.  Penny Hargreaves

17.  Delbert Parkinson

18.  William F. Allen

Communications Part 4 (#19-54) (PDF, 6.5 MB)

19.  Sean Brient

20.  Jeffrey N. Saret

21.  Frances Strassman

22.  Jingang Yi

23.  Michael Pahl

24.  Fariborz Nadi

25.  Gabriel Gomes

26.  Himanshu

27.  Lesley A. Pulaski

28.  Sriram C.K.

29.  Kurosh Arianpour

30.  Sepanta Sekhavat

31.  Heidi Heejune Kim

32.  Camille Howard

33.  Balaji Kannan

34.  Shahram Shahruz, Frances Strassman, Simone Gaddini (3)

35.  Ali Imam

36.  Riddhi Mehta

37.  Kevin Sutton

38.  Ahmed Shaer

39.  Scott Wheeler (2)

40.  Laura Munoz

41.  Sue Beazley

42.  Kay Bell

43.  Mark Karwowski

44.  Libby Kelley

45.  Chris Pasarra

46.  Adam Miller

47.  Radi Free

48.  Larry Thomas

49.  Charlie Anderson

50.  Ali Jabbari

51.  Jennifer Chan

52.  Balaji Kannan

53.  Pauline Pewther-Property Manager, Keely Property Management

54.  Sausedo Company, Dennis Martin for Sprint PCS

 

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.

 

Action Calendar – Public Hearing

16.  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, February 18, 2003, and March 18, 2003.)

a.     From: City Manager  (PDF, 1 MB) Attachments (PDF, 7 MB) (April 1, 2003)

Recommendation:  1) Conduct a public hearing to consider:  a) Project 1 – 2508 and 2514/16 Benvenue Avenue – Appeal of the Zoning Adjustments Board’s approval of a proposal to demolish 2 single-family dwellings at 2514 and 2516 Benvenue to allow for construction of a 5-story mixed-use building, to include 23 new dwelling units and 22 dormitory style beds (Group Living Accommodation); and at 2508 Benvenue, the renovation and reconfiguration of the existing apartment building to add 6 dwelling units to an existing 15-unit building for a total of 21 units (UP 01-10000075); and b) Project 2 – 2500 Benvenue Avenue – Appeal of the Zoning Adjustments Board’s approval of a proposal to renovate and reconfigure an existing apartment building at 2500 Benvenue Avenue to add 12 dwelling units to an existing 12-unit building for a total of 24 units (UP 02-10000021).  2) Upon conclusion of the public hearing, consider the findings contained in the staff report and public testimony and direct staff to prepare the appropriate project findings for Council’s action.

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.   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)

k.  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

l.   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”

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

34.   Sharon Hudson (PDF, 369 KB)

n.    Communications (March 18, 2003–numbering follows original sequence)

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)

o.     Supplemental Reports and Communications #1 (PDF, KB) (March 18, 2003–numbering follows original sequence)

8.         David C. Levy (4)

9.         Nancy E. Hall

10.      Sharon Hudson (3)

p.  Communications (April 1, 2003)

1.     Sharon Hudson (2):  Part 1 (PDF, KB)  |  Part 2 (PDF, KB)

 

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.


Action Calendar – New Business

17.  Traffic Mitigation Measures*

a.     From: Vice Mayor Shirek (PDF, 104 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving the construction of standard traffic circles at the intersections of Russell and Fulton Streets, Russell and Ellsworth Streets, Ward and Fulton Streets, Ward and Ellsworth Streets, and Stuart and Fulton Streets.

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

b.     From:  City Manager (PDF, 225 KB)

Recommendation:  Reaffirm the position the Council took on October 15, 2002 whereby semi-permanent traffic circles would be installed in the Willard and LeConte neighborhoods at locations where 65% or more of the survey respondents voiced support for the proposed circles.

Contact:  Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7000


Information Reports

18.  Investment Report: Quarter Ending December 31, 2002 (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

19.  Notice of Decision: 2451 Shattuck Avenue - Non-designation as City of Berkeley Landmark (PDF, 342 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Carol Barrett, Planning, 981-7400

20.  Installation of Curb Ramps within Crosswalks (CF 189-02) (PDF, 191 KB)

From: Public Works Commission

Contact: Jeff Egeberg, Secretary, 981-6406

 

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.

March 18, 2003 Special Meeting – Oxford Lot

1.     Barbara Gilbert

American Capital of Culture

2.     Xavier Tudela

War Against Iraq

3.     Thomas Anderson

Truck Shipments from LBNL Building 51

4.     Robin Wendt

Boycott of Claremont Hotel

5.     Tom Campbell

6.     Robert M. Berdahl

Homeless Programs

7.     Bill Brinton and Jim Hultman (2)

Housing Authority Representative Reassignment

8.     Miles Levinkind

 

Adjournment