Regular Meeting eAgenda
October 21
, 2003

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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, October 21, 20037:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

 

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call

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

1.      Berkeley-Nihon Heiwa Torikaeru Jidai (Berkeley-Japan Peace Exchange Days)

2.      70th Anniversary of The University Students Cooperative Association

3.      United Nations Day, October 24th

City Manager Comments:  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.

Public Comment:  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 carried over to the next regular meeting.

1.      Cost for Removing Graffiti on Private Property (PDF, 541 KB) (First reading – 10/14/03; Abstain - Shirek)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of two Ordinances: 1) adding a new chapter to the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 13.98 entitled, “Graffiti On Property Prohibited” and 2) amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Sections 1.24.140 and 1.24.205 to allow for the costs of abatement of graffiti to be placed as a lien on the vandal’s property, or if the vandal is a minor, on the property of his/her guardian.

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

2.      Unauthorized Removal of Newspapers (PDF, 315 KB) (First reading – 10/14/03)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance adding Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 13.54 to prohibit the unauthorized removal of free newspapers from news racks or other locations.

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

3.      Notification Period on No-Parking Signs (PDF, 281 KB) (First reading – 10/14/03)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 14.08.090 to extend the notification period on no-parking signs from 24 hours to 72 hours.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

4.      General Provisions Ordinance Amendment to Include Saturdays as Business Days (PDF, 312 KB) (First reading – 10/14/03)

From: Citizens Humane Commission

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 1.04.080 to include Saturdays as a business day for the Animal Shelter in order to speed up the adoption process timelines governed by state law. 

Contact: Katherine O’Connor, Secretary, 981-6601

5.      Downtown Berkeley Business Improvement District (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution: 1) approving the 2004 Annual Report of the Downtown Berkeley Business Improvement District (BID); 2) declaring an intention to levy an annual assessment for the Downtown Berkeley Business Improvement District for Calendar Year 2004; and 3) directing the City Clerk to schedule a public hearing for November 18, 2003, to consider levying a renewed assessment for the year 2004.

Contact: Tom Myers, Economic Development, 981-7530

6.      Solano Avenue Business Improvement District (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution declaring an intention to establish the Berkeley Solano Avenue Business Improvement District (the “District”) and directing the City Clerk to schedule a public hearing from November 18, 2003, to consider establishment of the District.

Contact: Tom Myers, Economic Development, 981-5300

7.      Contract: Consumer Liaison and Peer Counseling Services (PDF, 274 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services to increase the amount by $82,563 for a total not to exceed $122,963 and extend the term to December 31, 2004 for consumer liaison and peer counseling services.

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

8.      Purchase Order: Prescription Medicines (PDF, 411 KB) (to be delivered)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to: 1) issue a Purchase Order to United Pharmacy for prescription medicines in an amount not to exceed $220,000 for the period August 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004; 2) make payment to United Pharmacy for psychiatric medications provided in June and July 2003 in the amount of $34,910; and 3) reaffirm prior year payments made to United Pharmacy in the amount of $2,215,091 for the period October 15, 1991 through May 31, 2003.

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

9.      Contract: Lighting Services (PDF, 219 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with Smith Rauch Lighting Services, Inc. for lighting and installation services increasing the amount by $20,000, for a total not to exceed $320,000.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

10.  Energy Efficiency Grants (PDF, 338 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to: 1) accept up to three grants from the California Public Utilities Commission; and 2) if awarded, execute revenue contracts and any amendments for such grants with PG&E, the Community Energy Services Corporation and Quantum Consulting for community energy efficiency services in the approximate amount of $382,000 for the period January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

11.  SRIP II Long-Term Disability Insurance Premium Increase (PDF, 284 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving a premium rate increase for the UnumProvident Life Insurance Company (formerly UNUM) Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance plan from $0.52 for every $100 of active participants’ covered salaries to $0.81 for every $100 of active participants’ covered salaries, for an additional cost of $108,800 for most non-sworn employees effective November 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.

Contact: Nicki Spillane, Human Resources, 981-6800

12.  East Bay Sports Field Recreation Authority (PDF, 4 KB) (to be delivered)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving the formation of and membership in the East Bay Sports Field Recreation Authority, a Joint Powers Authority, for the purpose of developing, maintaining and operating sports fields in the Eastshore Park and other East Bay locations, and appointing a member and alternate of the Council to the governing board.

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

13.  Contract: 1947 Center Street Tenant Improvements, Phase I (PDF, 270 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution increasing the City Manager’s contract authorization for the 1947 Center Street Tenant Improvement project by $400,000 to a total not to exceed $3,950,000.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

14.  Lease: California Department of Transportation (PDF, 3 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt first reading of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a five-year lease agreement with one five-year option to extend the term and any necessary amendments with the State of California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) for the vacant lot located at I-80/University Avenue underpass at Second Street, known as freeway lease area number 04-ALA-80-01 in an amount not to exceed $61,500 which includes monthly lease payments, operating expenses, insurance, options and security deposit to accommodate storage space for City departments.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

15.  Contract: Sanitary Sewer Project (PDF, 856 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution: 1) approving plans and specifications for the Sanitary Sewer Project located at Adeline Street, Harmon Street, Julia Street, Ward Street, Canyon Road, Ada Street, Ordway Street, Rose Street, Santa Barbara Road and Florida Avenue; 2) accepting the bid of McNamara and Smallman Construction, Inc.; and 3) authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments in accordance with the approved plans and specifications, in an amount not to exceed $1,179,442 for the period of 220 calendar days.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

16.  Contract: James Kenney Recreation Center Renovation (PDF, 292 KB) (10/14/03 report)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution: 1) approving plans and specifications for renovation of the James Kenney Recreation Center; 2) waiving permit fees; 3) accepting the bid of Kin Wo Construction, Inc.; and 4) authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments in an amount not to exceed $772,604.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

17.  Contract: Financial Software Maintenance (PDF, 180 KB) (9/16/03 report)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with H.T.E. Inc. for maintenance software for the City’s financial system, FUND$, for a total amount not to exceed $250,000, for the period July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2005.

Contact: Chris Mead, Information Technology, 981-6500

18.  Participation in Clean Air Consortium (PDF, 280 KB)

From: Mayor Bates

Recommendation:  Authorize the City to join the Clean Air Consortium sponsored by the Bay Area Quality Management District and direct the City Manager to reduce activities that pollute on “Spare the Air” Days.

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

19.  Support State Prevailing Wage Law (PDF, 202 KB)

From: Mayor Bates

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution supporting the state prevailing wage law and ensuring the City will not participate in efforts to overturn the City of Long Beach court decision.

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

20.  Clarity, Priority and Responsibility Plan for Telegraph Avenue (PDF, 70 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington and Mayor Bates

Recommendation:  Support the Clarity, Priority and Responsibility Plan (CPR) for Telegraph Avenue and refer to the City Manager: 1) creating a clear policy brochure to address questions of what laws prohibit and permit; 2) committing sufficient Police Department staffing to the Telegraph area: 3) requesting U.C. Berkeley restore staffing to the Telegraph area patrol; and 4) restoring Community Health and Safety Team staffing as needed.

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

21.  Creation of Homeless Storage Lockers (PDF, 363 KB) (10/14/03 report)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Support continued exploration of the creation of homeless storage lockers at service agency location(s).

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

22.  Appointments to the Mental Health Commission

a.      From: Mental Health Commission (PDF, 153 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution reappointing Artensia Barry, Special Public Interest Category, and James Rinaldi, General Public Interest Category, to the Mental Health Commission for three-year terms beginning October 22, 2003 and ending October 21, 2006.

Contact: Harvey Tureck, Secretary, 981-5213

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 46 KB)

Recommendation:  The City Manager concurs with the content and recommendations of the report.

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

23.  Duties and Functions of the Waterfront Commission

a.      From: Waterfront Commission (PDF, 244 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt first reading on an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 3.36.060 (B) to delete “Aquatic Park” from the duties and functions of the Waterfront Commission.

Contact: Cliff Marchetti, Secretary, 644-6376, Ext. 224

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 53 KB)

Recommendation:  The City Manager concurs with the content and recommendation of the report.

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

24.  Berkeley Bowl Union Organization (to be delivered)

a.      From:  Commission on Labor (PDF, 446 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution supporting the efforts of Berkeley Bowl workers to unionize and consider any proposed amendments to the resolution.
Contact:  Delfina Geiken, Secretary, 644-6085

b.      From:  City Manager (PDF, 45 KB)

Recommendation:  The City Manager takes no position.

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

Action Calendar - Appeals

25.  Appeal:  1326 Allston Way (PDF, 2 MB) (to be delivered)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board, based on findings and conditions, to approve Use Permit 02-100000008 for 1326 Allston Way, City of Berkeley Corporation Yard, to allow demolition of non-residential buildings, construction of storage buildings, installation of 7,368 square feet of modular offices and relocation of certain non-essential services and staff offsite and dismissing the appeal.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

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

26.  Appeal: 1600 Shattuck Avenue

a.      From: City Manager  (PDF, 208 KB)

Recommendation:  Without taking any public comment at tonight’s meeting, continue the public hearing to January 20, 2004 to allow adequate time for public review of an engineering report providing independent evaluation of technical aspects of the proposed project, and the attendance of all involved parties.

Contact:  Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 239 KB) (September 16, 2003)

Recommendation: Conduct a Public Hearing, allowing each of the two appellants and the applicant five minutes each to summarize their position, and continue the hearing until October 21, 2003 to allow adequate time for public view of an engineering report providing independent evaluation of technical aspects of the proposed project.

Contact:  Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

c.       From: City Manager (PDF, 414 KB) (from June 17, 2003)

Recommendation:  Open the public hearing, allow each of the two appellants and the applicant five minutes each to summarize their position, and continue the hearing until July 15, 2003 to allow completion of an engineering report providing independent evaluation of technical aspects of the proposed project.

Contact: Phil Kamlarz, Planning, 981-7400

d.      Communications (PDF, 2 MB) (from June 17, 2003– numbering follows original sequence)

1.      Frances Strassman (2)

2.      Shahram Shahruz (10)

3.      Appellants: Strassman, Shahruz, Reynolds, Gaddini, Cloud, Wolfe

4.      Libby Kelley

5.      Jon-Erik Beckjord

6.      L.G.

7.      Carol Suveda

8.      Marsha Hiller

9.      Vida Bateau

e.      Supplemental Communications 1 (PDF, 310 KB) (from June 17, 2003– numbering follows original sequence)

17.  Supplemental Report submitted by City Manager

18.  Shahram Shahruz

19.  Dennis Martin, Applicant Response to Appeals

f.        Supplemental Communications 2 (from June 17, 2003– numbering follows original sequence)

33.  Michael Fried (PDF, 3 MB)

g.      Communications (from September 16, 2003)
Part 1 (PDF, 16 MB)  |  Part 2 (PDF, 12 MB)

1.      Shahram Shahruz (24)

2.      107 Signed Petitions

3.      Mark Rhoades

4.      Leonard Schwartzburd (2)

5.      Doug Loranger (2)

6.      Vida Bateau (2)

7.      Robert Riedlinger

8.      Radiation Free Gourmet Ghetto (2)

9.      Ruth S. Clifford

10.  Helena Bautin

11.  Arianpour

12.  Jingang Yi, PhD

13.  Susan Clarke (2)

14.  Daniel Wolfe

15.  Val Peters

16.  Scott Wheeler

17.  Joan Levinson (2)

18.  Greg Bowman

19.  Ayn Lowry

20.  Jordan Rothstein

21.  Kathie Taylor and Neill Bourke

22.  Marianne Robinson

23.  Sarah Jones (2)

24.  Rand Knox

25.  Michael Marchant

26.  Connie and Kevin Sutton

27.  Helena Bautin

28.  Zach Cowan

29.  Carrie Olson

30.  Leonard Schwartzburd (3)

31.  Kriss Worthington

32.  Shahram Shahruz

33.  Frieda Feen

34.  Frank Harris

35.  Andrew Packard

36.  La Chanteuse

37.  PhoeBe ANNE (thomas/sorgen)

38.  Barb Wilkie

39.  Petitions from Kate Bernier, Rose Vekony, Andrew Joron and Barbara Guest

40.  Frances Strassman

h.      Supplemental Communications 1 (PDF, 1 MB) (from September 16, 2003– numbering follows original sequence)

7.      Tanya Temkin

8.      Laurie Gold

9.      Ami Kronfeld

10.  Sharam Shahruz (4)

11.  Barbara Wilke

i.        Supplemental Communications 2 (from September 16, 2003– numbering follows original sequence)

24.  Shahram Shahruz, Presentation  (PDF, 616 KB)

25.  Signed Petition, 1110 Signatures: Part 1 (PDF, 11 MB)   |   Part 2 (PDF, 9 MB)

j.        Communications (PDF, 3 MB) (October 21, 2003)

1.      Shahram Shahruz (6)

2.      Frances Strassman

3.      Leonard Schwartzburd (2)

4.      Melinda E. Lopez (2)

5.      Dennis Martin

6.      Ruth S. Clifford

7.      Abhishek Singhal

27.  Public Safety Building Tower Study

a.      From: Councilmember Spring (PDF, 9 MB)

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing as approved by the Council at the meeting of September 9, 2003 and upon conclusion direct the City Manager to replace the current industrial-design public safety building tower with two shorter towers with a flagpole design and increase their signal reliability with repeater antennas or other options or that it construct a one-pole antenna, sited as far away from the residents as possible.

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

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 3 MB)

Recommendation:  Staff recommends that no further work be done on either the evaluation of the current tower or in the design of tower alternatives.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

c.       Communications (PDF, 909 KB)

1.      Betty Alcutt, McKinley Transitional House for Women and Children

2.      Chris Knudsen (2)

3.      Andrea DuFlon

4.      Erica Etelson

5.      Arthur and Carol Dembling

6.      Carol Maharathy

7.      Kirk McCarthy

8.      Debra Golata

28.  Appeal:  1616 Harmon Street (PDF, 779 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution rejecting the property owner’s objection to the cost of the nuisance abatement at 1616 Harmon Street, and allowing the property lien to be recorded as written and approved by the Manager of Environmental Health, Director of Health and Human Services, and City Manager.

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

29.  2003 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (PDF, 241 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to: 1) accept $145,801 in federal funds from the 2003 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) Program to be used to fund a Violence Suppression Program for a period of approximately 24 months; 2) utilize $16,200 from the existing 2002 Senate COPS Grant to cover the required local match; and 3) establish a trust account for these funds until they are expended.

Contact: Roy Meisner, Police, 981-5900

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

30.  Update on the Disaster Resistant Berkeley Program (PDF, 378 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Arrietta Chakos, City Manager, 981-7000

31.  Formal Bids and Requests for Proposals (PDF, 267 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7200

32.  Storage Lockers for the Homeless (PDF, 267 KB) (CF 25-03)

From: City Manager

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

33.  Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Education (PDF, 260 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

34.  Disposal of Residential Lots at 2114 and 2140 McKinley Street (PDF, 263 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

35.  Landmarks Preservation Commission Notices of Decision: 3075 Telegraph Avenue - Landmark Designation (PDF, 469 KB) (to be delivered)

From: City Manager

Contact: Dan Marks, 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.

Resolution in Support of House Concurrent Resolution 111

1.      Bonnie Brodersen & Eugene Robbins

Space Weapons Resolution

2.      Leuren Moret

“Campers” at Saint John’s, 2727 College Avenue

3.      Anne Marselis, Saint John’s Neighbors

Route 65 - Poor Service

4.      Perry Smith

Popeyes

5.      Marina Villers-Barnett (2)

Corporation Yard Parking and Appearance

6.      Martin Gugino (2)

UC Berkeley 2020 Long Range Development Plan

7.      Janice Thomas, Panoramic Hill Association

8.      Dean Metzger, Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association

9.      Leuren Moret

Berkeley Bowl Resolution

10.  Jeremy Plague

  

Adjournment