Regular Meeting eSummary
January 20
, 2004

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BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, January 20, 20047:00 P.M.

 

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call:  8:02 p.m.  Absent – Breland, Bates.

City Manager Comments:  The Art of Romare Bearden exhibition, sponsored by the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will open February 7th at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  The City’s mural “The City And Its People”, is being shown as part of this national tour.

Public Comment:  1 speaker.

 

Consent Calendar

Action:  Moved, seconded and carried (Maio/Hawley; Absent – Breland, Bates) to adopt the Consent Calendar in one motion except as indicated:

1.      Amendment to FY 2004 Annual Appropriations Ordinance (PDF, 789 KB) (First reading 1/13/04 – Absent – Breland; Second reading – Absent – Breland, Bates)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending the FY 2004 Annual Appropriations Ordinance No. 6,752–N.S. for FY 2004 based upon recommended re-appropriation of unexpected FY 2003 funding and other adjustments authorized since July 1, 2003 and actions taken by Council on December 16, 2003 in the amount of $46,776,705.

Financial Implications: Numerous Funds - $46,776,705.

Contact: Paul Navazio, Budget, 981-7000

Action: Adopted Ordinance No. 6,789–N.S. (PDF, 593 KB) Effective February 19, 2004.

2.      Housing Ordinance Condominium Sale Price Requirements (PDF, 77 KB) (First reading 1/13/04 – Noes – Hawley, Olds, Wozniak; Absent – Breland)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 23C.12.070.A to revise inclusionary unit pricing requirements, and Section 23C.12.090 authorizing the City Manager to issue regulations governing price setting and qualifying households.

Financial Implications:  None.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

Action:  Held over to January 27, 2004.

3.      Settlement Agreement: Sherry L. Lebeck v. City of Berkeley (PDF, 150 KB)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving the settlement of the Alameda County Superior Court Action No. 2002 042972 entitled Sherry L. Lebeck v. City of Berkeley in the amount of $35,625.

Financial Implications:  Public Liability Fund – $35,625.

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 62,362–N.S. (PDF, 67 KB)

4.      Formal Bid Solicitations and Requests for Proposals (PDF, 246 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Approve new invitations for bids and requests for proposals (RFP) that will be, or are planned to be, issued; that have been issued and received due to extenuating circumstances; or that have been sent out (opened) but no yet received (closed).

Financial Implications:  Ashby Sidewalk Project: Capital Improvement Fund/Highway and Streets - $100,000

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7200

Action:  Approved recommendation.

5.      Contract: Portable Toilet Rental and Service (PDF, 194 KB)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving plans and specifications for the rental and service of portable toilet units in City parks; accepting the propwosal of Portosan Company; and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments in an amount not to exceed $60,000 for a 12-month period, with an option to renew for two additional 12-month periods.

Financial Implications: Parks Tax Fund - $60,000.

Contact:  Marc Seleznow, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, 981-6700

Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 62,363–N.S. (PDF, 79 KB)

6.      Bay Trail Extension to Berkeley Marina: Mitigated Negative Declaration (PDF, 480 KB)

Design Plan:

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution adopting the Design Plan and Final Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring Plan for the Bay Trail Extension to the Berkeley Marina project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and authorizing the City Manager to apply for grant funding for project construction.

Financial Implications:  None.

Contact:  Marc Seleznow, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, 981-6700

Action:  Removed from the Consent Calendar by Councilmember Spring and held over to January 27, 2004.

7.      Contract:  Sanitary Sewer Replacement (PDF, 470 KB)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:   Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manger to execute an amendment to the contract with Bay Pride Construction, Inc. for the Sanitary Sewer and Drilled Pier Foundations Project, increasing the existing contract by $22,000 for a total amount not to exceed $194,704 and extending the term to April 7, 2004.

Financial Implications: Sewer Capital Improvement Fund - $22,000.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 62,364–N.S. (PDF, 124 KB)

8.      Fee Waiver: Transfer Station Remodeling Project (PDF, 180 KB)

From:  City Manager

Recommendation:   Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to waive Planning Department permit fees of $34,684 for the Transfer Station remodel project at 1201 Second Street.

Financial Implications:  Interdepartmental transfer of funds - $34,684.

Contact:  Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6330

Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 62,365–N.S. (PDF, 54 KB)

Action Calendar – Public Hearing

9.      Franchise Agreement: Cable Television Rates and Charges (Public Hearing continued from 12/16/03)

a.      From:  City Manager (PDF, 492 KB) (December 16, 2003)

Recommendation:  Conduct a public hearing to receive any oral or written comments on the recent rate increase for basic cable television service and upon conclusion, take no action, thereby allowing the rate increase to stand.

Contact:  Chris Mead, Information Systems, 981-6500

b.      Communications (PDF, 332 KB) (December 16, 2003)

1.      Barbara Gilbert

Public Testimony: The Vice Mayor opened the public hearing. No speakers.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Olds; Absent – Breland, Bates) to close the public hearing.

Action:  No action taken.

10.  Appeal: 1600 Shattuck Avenue (Public Hearing continued from 10/21/03)

a.      From: City Manager (PDF, 3 MB) (January 20, 2004)

Recommendation:  Conclude the public hearing and direct staff to prepare a Resolution and findings to approve a Use Permit to establish a Sprint Wireless Communication Facility consisting of three antennas on the rooftop and associated equipment in the basement at 1600 Shattuck Avenue.

Financial Implications:  None.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

b.      From: City Manager  (PDF, 208 KB) (October 21, 2003)

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

c.       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

d.      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

e.      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

f.        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

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

33.  Michael Fried (PDF, 3 MB)

h.      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

i.        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

j.        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)

k.      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

l.        Supplemental Communications 1 (from October 21, 2003– numbering follows original sequence)

17.  Leonard Schwartzburd (2) (PDF, 180 KB)

m.    Communications (PDF, 13 MB) (January 20, 2003)

1.      Matt Plumb

2.      Mika Bulmash (2)

3.      Leuren Moret (2)

4.      Shahram Shahruz (3)

5.      Leonard Schwartzburd

6.      Frances Strassman

7.      Doug Loranger

8.      Connie Sutton

9.      Jingang Yi

10.  Marianne Robinson

11.  Klaus Rudolph

12.  Susan Beazley

13.  104 Signed Petitions, submitted by Dennis Martin

14.  Mika Bulmash

15.  Kathie Taylor and Neill Bourke

Public Testimony: The Vice-Mayor opened the public hearing. The applicant and appellants made presentations.  Moved, seconded, carried (Hawley/Olds; Absent – Breland, Bates) to close the public hearing for all but written communication.

Action:  Discussion and decision by Council to occur on January 27, 2004.

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

11.  Notice of Decision – Landmarks Preservation Commission:  2935 Otis Street – Structure of Merit Designation (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

Action:  Received and filed.

12.  Notice of Decision – Landmarks Preservation Commission:  2009 Tenth Street and 2599 Telegraph Avenue – Approval Structural Alteration Permits (PDF, 8 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

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.

Nasty Lunch Incident at Ichiban Restaurant (Hawley, Maio, Spring)

1.      Sue Yeon Choi

Young People’s Symphony Orchestra and Civic Arts Commission Grant

2.      David E. Davis

Senate Bill 289 – Residential Solar Energy Systems

3.      Don Perata
 

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

Item 2: Housing Ordinance Condominium Sale Price Requirements

4.      Carol Denney

5.      Barbara Gilbert

Item 10: 1600 Shattuck Avenue (PDF, 938 KB)

6.      Supplemental Report, submitted by Planning Department

7.      Shahram Shahruz (2)

8.      Moe Akhavi, Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers

9.      Simone Gaddini

10.  Thea Bellos

11.  Kathie Taylor

12.  Frances Strassman
 

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

Item 9: Franchise Agreement: Cable Television Rates and Charges

13.  Comparison of Limited Basic Cable Rates, submitted by Information Technology Department (PDF, 129 KB)

Item 10: 1600 Shattuck Avenue

14.  Appellants: Frances Strassman, Shahram Shahruz, Kaoru Reynolds, Simone Gaddini, Patricia Cloud, Daniel Wolfe (3)

Part 1 (PDF, 11 MB) Part 2 (PDF, 11 MB)

15.  Tanya Temkin and Frances Strassman (PDF, 4 MB)

16.  Lawrence Teeter (PDF, 4 MB)

17.  Doug Loranger (PDF, 4 MB)

Communication

18.  Against School, How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, Article

 

Adjournment

Adjourned at 12:05 a.m.