Special Meeting eAgenda
October 21
, 2003

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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

Tuesday, October 21, 20035:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Teleconference Location – 1636 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54953, Teleconferencing.  Any member of the public may attend this meeting at either the Council Chambers or at the teleconference location.  Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Sherry M. Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900.

The City Council is scheduled to take action on the following matters:
 

Preliminary Matters

1.      Roll Call

Ballot Measures

2.      Special Tax Measure for March 2, 2004 Ballot

The City Council will be considering the placement of one or more special tax measures on the March 2004 ballot to raise revenues to bridge the City’s projected revenue shortfall.  These special taxes would be restricted to specified purposes which the Council is to determine and could include parcel taxes, transfer taxes, business license taxes and other taxes that local governments have the power to levy.  The Mayor’s Revenue Tax Force and the City Manager, however recommend the placement of a single parcel tax measure on the March 2004 ballot.  The Council will provide direction to the staff on the number and type of ballot measures it wishes to place on the March 2004 ballot and the purposes to which the revenue from such tax is to be devoted.

a.      From:  Mayor Bates’ Advisory City Revenue Task Force (PDF, 774 KB)

Recommendation:  Short term recommendations include:  1) adopting a balanced approach of both cuts and tax increases; 2) placing a $10 million parcel tax measure on the March 2004 ballot; and 3) engaging in serious education campaign to explain budget issues to residents.  Long term recommendations include:  1) exploring other revenue options; 2) aggressively pursuing: a) greater cost recovery from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and other major non-profit organizations; b) state and federal funding; c) economic development; and 3) matching the city’s tax policy with its planning policy.

Contact:  Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

b.      From:  City Manager (PDF, 865 KB)

Recommendation:  It is recommended the Council: 1) concur with the Task Force’s recommendations to: a) place a special tax measure on the March 2004 ballot aimed at raising $10 million per year in new revenue; b) develop a 5-year balanced approach to address the structural budget problem; and c) include in the measure a sunset provision, low-income exemption, and designate a citizen’s oversight body; 2). Dedicate the special tax for fire services, with guarantees of maintaining existing staffing levels at the fire stations; 3) include a provision to increase the tax annually by the cost of living (CPI) or 5%, whichever is greater; and 4) give staff further direction on the specifics of the ballot measure at this meeting and direct the City Attorney to draft ballot language for review and comment at a special meeting on November 4.  

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

3.      Runoff Elections (PDF, 807 KB) (CF 13-03)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation: 1) Determine whether the Council desires to place a charter amendment on either the March or November 2004 ballot to: a) change the date of runoff elections; b) reduce the threshold to trigger a runoff election from 45% to a lower percentage; c) eliminate runoffs and replace with a plurality system; and 2) if the Council desires to place a measure on the ballot, direct the City Attorney to prepare charter amendment language for review and comment at a special meeting on November 4. 

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

4.      Instant Runoff Voting (PDF, 2.5 MB) (CF 13-03)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  1) Determine whether the Council desires to place a charter amendment on either the March or November 2004 ballot to allow for instant runoff voting, when feasible and 2) if the Council desires to place a charter amendment on either the March or November ballot, review and comment on proposed charter language prepared by the City Attorney.

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

5.      Changes to Candidate Nomination Process (PDF, 1 MB) (CF 13-03)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Determine whether the Council desires to: 1) require candidates to submit signatures in support of a candidate’s nomination over and above the 20 currently required; 2) establish a filing fee to cover the cost of processing the candidate’s nomination papers; 3) require candidates to pay their pro rata share for the cost of printing, handling, translating, and mailing the candidate statement as part of the voter pamphlet; 4) make revisions to information contained in the candidate statement; and 5) give direction to the City Clerk and City Attorney related to preparing any required ordinances or charter amendments for review at a special meeting on November 4.

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

6.      Process to Call a Special Election for March 2, 2004 (PDF, 370 KB)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  That Council: 1) decide which, if any charter amendments and/or other measures it desires to place on the March ballot; 2) give further direction to the City Manager on specific measures to be placed on the ballot and request staff return with ballot language by November 4, 2003; and 3) give direction to the City Manager and City Clerk to prepare resolutions calling for the March 2, 2004 election including making findings of urgent necessity, if required, and requesting consolidation with Alameda County.

Contact: Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

7.      Eco-Pass Program (PDF, 89 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Support inclusion of the Eco-Pass program into the Regional Transportation Program (RTP) and expansion of the Eco-Pass to additional employers, including consideration by the City, the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), and regional agencies of whether to include this in future ballot measures. Refer to the BUSD the possibility of adding the Eco-Pass into a future ballot measure.

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

Information Reports

8.      FY 2004 First Quarter Status Report (PDF, 2 MB) (to be delivered)

From: City Manager

Contact: Paul Navazio, Budget Manager, 981-7000.

Public Comment

9.      Public Comment

A total of 10 minutes is scheduled.  Each speaker is limited to a maximum of 2 minutes

Adjournment