Regular Meeting eSummary
January 18
, 2005

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BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2005 – 7:00 P.M.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

 

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call: 7:02 p.m. All present.

Council Comments:

1.      On Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 9:00 a.m., at the time of the inauguration in Washington D.C., poets and people from the throughout the community will be reading “Let America Be America Again” at the downtown Berkeley BART station

2.      On Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 10:00 a.m., there will be a rally at Powell and Market Streets to defend women’s reproductive rights and health.

City Manager Comments:  None.

Public Comment:  9 speakers.


Consent Calendar

Action: Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Maio) to adopt the Consent Calendar in one motion except as indicated:

1.      Administrative Citation Procedures (PDF, 186 KB) (First Reading January 11, 2005 – Unanimous)

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

Action: Adopted Ordinance No. 6,836–N.S. (PDF, 245 KB) Effective February 17, 2005.

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

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,780–N.S. (PDF, 68 KB)

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

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,781–N.S. (PDF, 2 MB)

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

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,782–N.S. (PDF, 72 KB)

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

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,783–N.S. (PDF, 182 KB) Councilmember Spring amended her report to read: “Global warming is one of the most serious threats if not the most serious threat facing the planet.”

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: Adopted Resolution No. 62,784–N.S. (PDF, 187 KB)

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

1.      Mark McLeod

2.      Clifford Fred

3.      Martha Nicoloff

4.      Jesse Townley

5.      Austene Hall

6.      Darrell de Tienne

7.      Michael Katz

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

43.  Councilmember Spring (PDF, 233 KB)

Action:  Moved, seconded, failed (Worthington/Spring; Noes–Maio, Moore, Anderson, Capitelli, Olds, Wozniak, Bates) a substitute motion to set matter for a public hearing.

Moved, seconded, carried (Wozniak/Olds; Abstain-Worthington) a main motion to adopt Resolution No. 62,785–N.S. (PDF, 6 MB) 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.

Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Anderson) a motion to refer to the Planning Commission to make recommendations for calculating cultural density bonus and strengthening inclusionary zoning ordinance as requested by Councilmember Spring.

Councilmember Spring requests the record note she has made efforts to bring this project into compliance with zoning laws by recommending that Council adopt alternative methodology for calculating the density bonus and an Ordinance for administering the State density bonus and establishing density standards of units per acre.

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

Public Testimony:  2 speakers.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Olds) to close the public hearing.

Action: Councilmember Capitelli announced he would recuse himself because he was sitting on the Zoning Adjustments Board when this matter was considered.  Moved, seconded, carried (Olds/Moore; Recused - Capitelli) a motion to adopt Resolution 62,785A (PDF, 112 KB) to remand to the Zoning Adjustments Board to consider a more appropriate placement of square footage on the first and second floors, setting the structure further back on the lot or eliminating the third floor in order to protect the views of pre-existing neighboring homes.

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)

Public Testimony: The Mayor opened the public hearing.  2 speakers.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Anderson) to close the public hearing.

Action: Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Anderson) to adopt Resolution No. 62,786–N.S. (PDF, 118 KB) rejecting the property owner’s objection to the costs and allowing the property lien to be recorded as written.

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)

Public Testimony: The Mayor opened the public hearing.  42 speakers.  Moved, seconded, carried (Wozniak/Anderson) to close the public hearing.

Action: Held over for discussion and a decision on January 25, 2005.

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, 2005)

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

Action: Held over to January 25, 2005 by the City Manager.

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   (Spring)

21.      John Caner, Willard Neighborhood Association

Destruction of Rosebushes

22.      Anne Whyte

City Employment Opportunities   (Spring)

23.      Barbara Gilbert


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

Item 3: Contract: Air Rights at Ashby Bart – Ed Roberts Campus

24.      Ethel B. Manheimer

25.      David Arnold

26.      Stephanie Miyashiro

Item 7: 2041-2067 Center Street (Seagate Properties) ~ Supplement 1 File (PDF, 34 MB)

27.      Sharon Hudson (2)

28.      Doug Buckwald

29.  Michael Katz

30.  Jim Sharp

31.  Jesse Townley

Item 8: 2615 Marin Avenue ~ Supplement 1 File (PDF, 8 MB)

32.  Herbert and Emilie Steiner

33.  Greta and Jerry Fillingim

34.  Doris Kretschmer and Douglas Vaughan

35.  Raymond A. Chamberlin

36.  Bob Salmons and Mildred Brown

37.  Jeff Weinstein and Ginger Parnes

38.  Petition with 9 signatures submitted by Kimberley G. Kline

39.  Mildred Brown

40.  Tracy Trumbly

41.  Kimberley G. Kline (2)

42.  Ellen B. Gold

43.  Henry and Roma Ohab

44.  John Lennie

45.  Steve (Hopper) Branam

46.  Barbara McHugh

47.  Barryett Enge

48.  Lynn MacDonald

49.  David Richmond

50.  Bill Coffin

51.  William and Virginia Baker

52.  Ruth Lyneis

Item 10: Marin Avenue Reconfiguration ~ Supplement 1 File (PDF, 26 MB)

53.  Presentation submitted by Transportation Department

54.  Supplemental Communications from 12/14/04

55.  Roger Marquis

56.  Mary Pearsall

57.  Roy Nakadegawa

58.  Michael Katz

59.  Lee Kempf

60.  Charles L. Smith (2)

61.  Raymond A. Chamberlin (3)

62.  Nancy Graham

63.  Mina & Jim Jenner

64.  Jim Cottle

65.  Dan Stark

66.  Robert Warren Jones

67.  Marilynn Aiches, Leo Lomeli and Samantha Lomeli

68.  Karen Leslie

69.  Barryett Enge

70.  Bruce Smith

71.  Joan and Alec Blair

72.  Gene Meyers

73.  Aaron Feldman

74.  Bill Coffin

75.  Nancy Knop

76.  Irene and David Winston

77.  Gloria Schild

78.  Barbara West

79.  Susan Lea

80.  Julie Stokstad

81.  Christine and Tony Kaes

82.  Betty Schreck

83.  Wayne Huber

84.  Gordon C., Cela B. and David A. Coleman

85.  Leni Siegel

86.  Stephen Colwell and Ann Shulman

87.  Daryl W. Preston

88.  Theodore Lobman

89.  Barbara Gilbert (2)

90.  Gene Poschman

91.  Dave Campbell

Adeline and Shattuck Stop Lights

92.  Robert Blau

  

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


Item 5: Kyoto Protocol

93.  Kyoto USA.org bumper sticker, submitted by Anonymous

Item 7: 2041-2067 Center Street (Seagate Properties)

94.  Stephen Wollmer (PDF, 218 KB)

Item 10: Marin Avenue Reconfiguration ~ Supplement 2 File (PDF, 991 KB)

95.  Petition with 28 signatures, submitted by Barry Silverman

96.  Valerie, Robert, Erin, Dylan, Justin and Chris Cheasty

Berkeley Daily Planet Commentary

97.  Hans Barnum

Berkeley Guides: Downtown Berkeley – Public Safety Assessment

98.  Anonymous


Adjournment

Adjourned at11:09 p.m. in memory of Bob Fabian.