Regular Meeting eAgenda
January 18
, 2005

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2005 – 7:00 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.

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 taken up after the "Action Calendar" unless the Council reorders the agenda.

1.      Administrative Citation Procedures (PDF, 186 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt the second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 1.28 in order to: 1) increase the period for requesting a hearing to contest an administrative citation from 14 to 21 days; 2) require issuance of “fix-it” tickets in specified cases; and 3) clarify the burden of going forward with the evidence and the burden of proof in administrative hearings.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

2.      John Hoppin v. City of Berkeley (PDF, 131 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving the settlement of the Alameda County Superior Court Action No. RG 04 154992 entitled John Hoppin v. City of Berkeley in the amount of $29,500.

Financial Implications: Public Liability Fund – $29,500.

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

3.     Contract: Air Rights at Ashby Bart – Ed Roberts Campus (PDF, 3 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Ed Roberts Campus (ERC) to assign the City’s option to the air rights over the eastern parking lot of the Ashby BART station, subject to conditions in the contract.  The term of the new contract extends until May, 2007, concurrent with the option agreement between BART and the ERC.

Financial Implications: Unknown (value of the air rights).

Contact: Tom Myers, Economic Development, 981-7530

4.      Agreement: California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) for Federal and/or State Funding for Spruce Street Reconstruction (PDF, 178 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute any agreements and amendments with the California Department of Transportation to claim federal and/or state funding for certain Transportation Projects through the California Department of Transportation.

Financial Implications: Grant revenue – $1,651,000; Street Capital Improvement Project budget – $850,000 matching funds.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

5.      Kyoto Protocol  (PDF, 21 KB)

From: Councilmembers Spring, Worthington, Maio and Anderson

Recommendation: Join KyotoUSA and adopt a Resolution endorsing the Kyoto Protocol calling for the reduction of greenhouse emissions and urging the U.S. government to join most of the other nations of the world in their commitment to reduce emissions to address the threat posed by global warming.

Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140; Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 981-7170; Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 981-7110; Max Anderson, Councilmember District 3, 981-7130

6.      “Stand up for Choice Day” Honoring Roe v. Wade (PDF, 168 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution: 1) recognizing January 22, 2005 as “Stand Up for Choice Day” in honor of the landmark 1973 United States Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade; 2) supporting the local Pro-Choice community demonstrating in San Francisco; and
3) urging all legal authorities to facilitate the protection of women’s reproductive rights.

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

Action Calendar – Appeals

7.      2041-2067 Center Street (Seagate Properties) (Held over from January 11, 2005)

a.      From: City Manager  (PDF, 7 MB)

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) to approve Use Permit #03-10000002, a nine story mixed use project with 149 dwelling units, commercial and cultural art space, and dismissing the appeal. This project is subject to state density bonus provisions.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

b.      Appeal:

1.      Zelda Bronstein (PDF, 344 KB)

c.       Communications: (January 11, 2005)

1.      None.

d.      Supplemental Communications #1 (PDF, 25 MB) (January 11, 2005 - numbering follows original sequence)

33.  Friends of Downtown Berkeley

34.  Mark McLeod

35.  Clifford Fred

36.  Martha Nicoloff

37.  Jesse Townley

38.  Austene Hall

39.  Darrell de Tienne

40.  Michael Katz

e.      Supplemental Communications #2 (January 11, 2005 - numbering follows original sequence)

43.  Councilmember Spring (PDF, 233 KB)

8.      2615 Marin Avenue

a.        From: City Manager (PDF, 704 KB)

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution affirming the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) approval of Use Permit #03-10000069, to construct a single-family dwelling, and dismissing the appeal.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

b.      Appeal:

1.      Kimberly Kline and Stephen Branam (PDF, 962 KB)

2.      Daphne Kalmar (PDF, 1 MB)

c.       Communications (PDF, 2 MB)

1.      Marian and Albert Magid

2.      Robert Stark

3.      David Richmond and Kelly Klopp Richmond

4.      Matthew P White

5.      Kimberly Kline

6.      Kimberly Kline and George Kalmar

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

9.      Property Lien: 1340 Sixth Street

a.      From: City Manager (PDF, 14 MB)

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 1340 Sixth 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.

Financial Implications: General Fund – $6,399.

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

b.      Appeal

1.      Ken David (PDF, 275 KB)

c.       Communications

1.      Kenneth W. Pritikin, Foley McIntosh Frey & Claytor (PDF, 2 MB)

10. Marin Avenue Reconfiguration

a.      Presentation by Transportation Department (PDF, 6 MB)

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010

b.      From: City Manager  (PDF, 9 MB) (Held over from December 14, 2004)

Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution adopting a Negative Declaration for the Marin Avenue Reconfiguration Project and directing staff to proceed toward implementation of the project and submit a combined funding application to the Measure B Countywide Bicycle-Pedestrian Discretionary Fund, Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3, BAAQMD Transportation Fund for Clean Air Program Manager Fund in January 2005.

Financial Implications: Various Grants – $30,000.

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010

c.       Communications  (PDF, 1 MB) (January 18, 2005)

1.      Zelda Bronstein

2.      Wendy Alfsen, Walk & Roll Berkeley

3.      Gregory Kalkanir

4.      Stuart Pawsey

5.      Eric Enderton

6.      Thomas and Johanna Clark

7.      John Mengel

8.      Landra E. Rosenthal

9.      Barbara Gilbert


d. Supplemental Communications #1 (PDF, 12 MB) (December 14, 2004 - numbering follows original sequence)

13.  Public comments, submitted by Transportation

14.  Michael Katz

15.  Bryce Nesbitt (2)

16.  Hank Resnik

17.  Juliet Lamont

18.  Jerry Landis

19.  David Coolidge

20.  Benjamin Grant

21.  Rob Wrenn, Chair, Transportation Commission

22.  Raymond A. Chamberlin

23.  Mark Abrahams


e. Supplemental Communications #2 (December 14, 2004 - numbering follows original sequence)

25.  Proposal Regarding Marin Avenue Reconfiguration, submitted by Councilmembers Capitelli, Olds and Maio (PDF, 170 KB)

Action Calendar – Old Business

11. City’s Response to University of California Long Range Development Plan Final Environmental Impact Report  (PDF, 1 MB) (Held over from January 11, 2004)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Direct the City Manager on how to proceed in discussions with UC Berkeley on its 2020 Long Range Development Plan.

Financial Implications: Unknown.

Contact: Arrietta Chakos, City Manager, 981-7000

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.

Ed Roberts Campus

1.      Elissa Gershon and Michael Butler

2.      Lisa Wahl

3.      Sam Dardick

4.      Ronald Good

5.      Marilyn Golden

6.      Susan Henderson

7.      Sandra Vannoy

8.      Mary Lou Breslin

9.      Deborah Kaplan

10.  Ralph Hager

11.  Debbie Notkin

12.  Darlene Bubis

13.  Neil A. Cook

14.  Ken Stein

15.  Jessica (Dusty) Bernard

16.  Carl Friberg

17.  Julia Epstein

18.  Edward Church

Kyoto Protocol

19.  Jane and Tom Kelly on behalf of KyotoUSA

Encroachment Permit:  UC Pedestrian Bridge over Hearst Avenue (Foothill Bridge)

20.  Alan R. Seher, Counsel for New Education Development Systems, Inc.

American Baptist Seminary of the West

21.  John Caner, Willard Neighborhood Association

Destruction of Rosebushes

22.  Anne Whyte

City Employment Opportunities

23.  Barbara Gilbert