Special Meeting eSummary
April 27
, 2004

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SUMMARY

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

 

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call: 5:05 p.m. All present.

Work Session

1.      Discussion of Potential Ballot Measures for November 2004 Election (PDF, 4 MB) (to be delivered)

From:  City Manager

Contact:  Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000

Action: Discussion held.  Continued to 7:00 p.m. meeting for further discussion and action.

2.      Public Financing of Election Campaigns (CF 21-04)

a.      From:  City Manager (PDF, 8 MB)

Recommendation:  Direction to the City Attorney whether or not to prepare the text of a ballot measure for the November 2004 Election, which would amend the Berkeley Election Reform Act (BERA) to enable the Council to enact a public financing program.

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

b.      From:  Mayor Bates and Councilmember Spring (PDF, 3 MB)

Recommendation:  Put before the voters in November 2004 a charter amendment and an amendment to the Berkeley Election Reform Act (BMC 2.12) submitted by Center for Government Studies to create a voluntary system of full public financing for election campaigns for City offices.

Contact:  Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100; Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

c.       From:  Mayor Bates (PDF, 77 KB)

Recommendation:  Support a charter amendment and an amendment to the BERA as proposed by Center for Government Studies with the following amendments:  1a) require that Council affirmatively vote to implement campaign financing for each individual office; 1b) require that the trigger to implement the program be by two-thirds vote of the Council; 2) ask the community and the Fair Campaign Practices Commission (FCPC) to closely examine the number of signatures and small contributions required to qualify for public financing so that this number is set correctly and there be provisions to review and allow for alternations; and 3) include an emergency suspension clause, giving the Council, in the event of a fiscal emergency, the option to suspend the program temporarily.

Contact:  Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

Action: Discussion held.  Continued to 7:00 p.m. meeting for further discussion and action.

3.      Survey of Salaries for Mayor and Members of the Council (PDF, 334 KB) (CF 21-04)

From: City Manager

Contact: Sherry Kelly, City Clerk, 981-6900

Action: Received and filed.

Public Comment

Public Comment:  4 speakers.

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

Item 1: Discussion of Potential Ballot Measures for November 2004 Election

1.      Tom and Jane Kelly

Item 2: Public Financing of Election Campaigns

2.      Councilmember Spring (PDF, 153 KB)


Adjournment

Adjourned at 7:00 p.m.