Regular Meeting eSummary
January 25
, 2005

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BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, January 25, 20057:00 P.M.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

 

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call:  7:03 p.m.  All present.

Ceremonial Matters:

1.   Proclamation honoring the U.C. School of Public Health in recognition of their decision not to accept funding from tobacco companies. 

2.      Proclamation honoring the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women Day.”

3.   Flex Your Power award presented to Mayor Bates recognizing the City’s efforts in energy conservation.

City Manager Comments:  None.

Public Comment:  13 speakers.


Consent Calendar

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

1.      Minutes for Approval  (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Approve the minutes for Council meetings of January 10, 2005 (closed) and January 11, 2005 (special and regular).

Contact: Sara Cox, City Clerk, 981-6900

Action: Approved minutes.

2.      Needle Exchange (PDF, 168 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution reviewing and confirming the continued existence of a local emergency with regard to HIV transmission from use of HIV-Infected Needles among injection drug users, and authorizing the local health officer to take steps to enable the operation of Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution.

Contact: Sara Cox, City Clerk, 981-6900

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,787–N.S. (PDF, 100 KB)

3.      Contract: Emergency Storm Shelter Augmentation (PDF, 245 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution: 1) allocating an additional $10,000 in General Funds for the Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter (BESS) Project; and 2) authorizing an amendment of the existing contract number 6062A with Dorothy Day House, to augment funding for the BESS Project and increase the contract amount by $10,000 for a total amount not to exceed $110,501 for the period July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2005.

Financial Implications: Homeless Services Reallocation Funds – $10,000.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,788–N.S. (PDF, 90 KB)

4.      Contract: UnumProvident SRIP I Long-Term Disability Insurance Premium Renewal (PDF, 267 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving a renewal to the contract with UnumProvident Life Insurance Company (formerly UNUM) Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance plan at the current premium rate of 4.32% for every $100 of active participants’ covered salaries for the calendar year for employees enrolled in the Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan I (SRIP I) effective January 1, 2005 through January 1, 2006.

Financial Implications: Payroll Deduction Trust Fund – $185,000 (already budgeted).

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

Action:  Removed from Consent Calendar by Councilmember Wozniak.  Moved, seconded, carried (Wozniak /Worthington; Absent - Moore) to adopt Resolution No. 62,789–N.S. (PDF, 82 KB)

5.      Contract: UnumProvident SRIP II Long-Term Disability Insurance Premium Renewal (PDF, 201 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving a renewal to the contract with UnumProvident Life Insurance Company (formerly UNUM) Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance plan at the current premium rate of $0.81 for every $100 of active Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan (SRIP) II participants’ covered salaries for most non-sworn employees effective July 1, 2004 through July 1, 2006.

Financial Implications: Payroll Deduction Trust Fund – $485,000 (already budgeted).

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

Action: Removed from Consent Calendar by Councilmember Wozniak.  Moved, seconded, carried (Wozniak /Worthington; Absent - Moore) to adopt Resolution No. 62,790–N.S. (PDF, 80 KB)

6.      Enact Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan III Ordinance and Amend Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan II Ordinance (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt the first reading of an Ordinance to enact Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 4.39 (Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan III) for employees represented by the Berkeley Police Association or persons who are no longer employed by the City but were formerly represented by the Berkeley Police Association; and adopt the first reading of an Ordinance to amend Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 4.38 (Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan II) to transfer police employee assets from the Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan II to the new Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan III.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

Action: Removed from Consent Calendar by Councilmember Wozniak.  Moved, seconded, carried (Wozniak/Worthington; Absent – Moore) to adopt first reading of Ordinance. Second reading scheduled for February 8, 2005.  Referred to the City Manager to bring back a report in six months regarding the rationale and costs for the City’s supplemental retirement income plans.

7.      Contract Amendment: Backup Refuse Hauling Services (PDF, 415 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Sanitary Fill Company for backup refuse hauling services, increasing the contract amount by $387,989 for a total not to exceed $787,989, for the period February 1, 2003 to January 1, 2007.

Financial Implications: Refuse Fund – $387,989.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,791–N.S. (PDF, 83 KB)

8.      Grant: New Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicles (PDF, 203 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for $275,000, and to execute any resultant grant agreements and amendments to partially offset the incremental cost of acquiring six CNG Solid Waste Collection Vehicles out of the Equipment Replacement Fund.

Financial Implications: Grant Revenue – $275,000.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,792–N.S. (PDF, 69 KB)

9.      Purchase Order: Refuse, Recycling and Green Waste Curbside Carts (PDF, 257 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept bids from Otto Industries for 32-gallon curbside carts and Rehrig Pacific Company for 13-gallon, 20-gallon, 64-gallon and 96-gallon curbside carts and execute a purchase order in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for FY 2004-2007.

Financial Implications: Refuse Collection/Disposal Fund – $400,000.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,793–N.S. (PDF, 72 KB)  Referred to City Manager by Councilmember Spring to look into increasing future City requirements for recycled content of carts.

10.  Guidelines Governing Pay-and-Display Parking Stations (PDF, 3 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt the first reading of three Ordinances amending the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) to add additional language regarding procedures, guidelines or rules governing the usage of pay-and-display stations: 1) Chapter 14.04 to add Sections 14.04.143 and 14.04.146; 2) Chapter 14.40, to amend Sections 14.40.040, 14.40.020, 14.40.030 and 14.40.040; and 3) to amend Chapter 14.52.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010

Action: Adopted first reading of three Ordinances. Second readings scheduled for February 8, 2005.

11.  Appointment to the Mental Health Commission

a.   From: Mental Health Commission (PDF, 155 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution re-appointing Kathleen Gresher to the Mental Health Commission, Special Public Interest Category for a term beginning January 26, 2005 and ending October 19, 2007.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Harvey Turek, Secretary, 981-5213

b.   From: City Manager (PDF, 50 KB)

Recommendation:  The City Manager concurs with the content and recommendations of the report.

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

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 62,794–N.S. (PDF, 53 KB)

Action Calendar - Presentations

12.  Presentation: Young Latina Leadership and Mentoring Program – Cultural Pride Mural Project

From: Councilmember Moore

Contact: Darryl Moore, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120

Action: Presentation made.

Referred to the budget process by Councilmember Moore.

Action Calendar – Appeals

13.  1698 University Avenue

a.   From: City Manager (PDF, 2 MB)

Attachments

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution remanding the matter to the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) to hold a new public hearing for the purpose of making the project consistent with State density bonus law by adjusting the required affordability level of the project’s affordable housing units, or granting additional concessions on the basis of demonstrated financial necessity, and dismissing all other appeal issues.

Financial Implications: Staff resources as necessary.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

b.      Appeal

1.      Robin Kibby (PDF, 810 KB)

2.      Amber Vierling, Council for the Association for Responsible Development (PDF, 1 MB)

c.       Communications

1.      Amber Vierling, Council for the Association for Responsible Development (PDF, 199 KB)

Action: Councilmember Capitelli announced he would recuse himself due to his involvement in reviewing this project while a member of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB).

Moved, seconded, failed (Spring/Worthington; Noes – Olds, Bates; Abstain – Maio, Moore, Wozniak; Recuse – Capitelli) a substitute motion to: 1) remand appeal to ZAB for the purposes of correcting the inclusionary units to be consistent with state law requiring affordability; 2) give direction to ZAB and developer to consider a reduction of 800 – 1,000 square feet; and 3) include construction of required bulb-out and add a “left turn only” sign for the exit driveway at McGee Street.

Moved, seconded, carried (Wozniak/Maio; Recused– Capitelli) to adopt Resolution 62,795–N.S. (PDF, 235 KB) remanding the matter to the Zoning Adjustments Board to hold a new public hearing for the purpose of making the project consistent with State density bonus law by adjusting the required affordability level of the project’s affordable housing units, or granting additional concessions on the basis of demonstrated financial necessity, and dismissing all other appeal issues.

Action Calendar – Old Business

14.  Marin Avenue Reconfiguration (Public Hearing held and closed on January 18, 2005).

a.      Presentation by Transportation Department (Held over from January 18, 2005)

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010

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

Recommendation: 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 (January 25, 2005)

1.      Phil Morton (PDF, 114 KB)

d.      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

e.   Supplemental Communications 1 (PDF, 26 MB) (January 18, 2005 - numbering follows original sequence)

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

f.    Supplemental Communications 2 (PDF, 991 KB) (January 18, 2005 - numbering follows original sequence)

95.  Petition with 28 signatures submitted by Barry Silverman

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

g.   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

h.   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: Presentation made.  Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Anderson; Noes - Olds) to adopt Resolution No. 62,796–N.S. (PDF, 165 KB) adopting Section a) of the City Manager’s revised recommendation of January 25, 2005, and Section b) as amended to add Gilman Street and the San Fernando/Thousand Oaks corridor to the proposed list of streets subject to a “before and after” report due back before Council one year from the date of implementation.  Referred to the City Manager to bring an information report back to Council 90 days from the date of implementation regarding traffic counts on Marin Avenue.

15.  City’s Response to University of California Long Range Development Plan Final Environmental Impact Report  (PDF, 1 MB) (Held over from January 18, 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

Action: Held over to the meeting of February 8, 2005 by Mayor Bates.

 

Action Calendar – New Business

16.  Housing Trust Fund Allocations (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving a three-year affordable housing funding plan for Oxford Plaza, Ashby Lofts and University Avenue Senior Housing and approving fund reservations in the amount of $6,055,964 from the Housing Trust Fund, with conditions as specified including setting aside $500,000 from the General Fund Reserve, and authorizing the City Manager to execute loan agreements, any amendments, and all other related documents for the project proposals.

Financial Implications: Various Funds – $6,055,964.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

Action: Severed into three motions adopting three separate resolutions at the request of Councilmember Olds. 

Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Moore; Noes – Olds) to adopt Resolution No. 62,797–N.S. (PDF, 253 KB) approving a three year affordable housing funding plan for Oxford Plaza.

Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Moore) to adopt Resolution No. 62,798–N.S. (PDF, 253 KB) approving a three year affordable housing funding plan for Ashby Lofts.

Moved, seconded, carried (Worthington/Moore) to adopt Resolution No.62,799–N.S. (PDF, 254 KB) approving a three year affordable housing funding plan for University Avenue Senior Housing.

Referred to the City Manager by Councilmember Wozniak to come back after a year with a report on how to create more affordable housing projects.

17.  Fee Waiver: Center for the Education of Infant Deaf (CEID) (PDF, 738 KB) (CF 42-04)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Deny the request from CEID to: 1) refund $6,038 in zoning fees and 2) waive $70,928 in building permit fees for new construction at 1035 Grayson.

Financial Implications: Permit Service Center (PSC) Fund – $76,966.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

Action: Held over to the meeting of February 8, 2005 at the request of the City Manager. Referred to the City Manager by Councilmember Worthington for a report on including it in the budget process.

Information Reports

18.  Formal Bid Solicitations and Requests for Proposals (PDF, 222 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

Action: Received and filed.

19.  Grant: Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame - Recreation Equipment  (PDF, 68 KB)

From: City Manager

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

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.

Housing Trust Fund Allocations

1.      PhoeBe ANNE (sorgen)

2.      Marion J. Rogas

3.      Judy Lightstone

Position Paper

4.      Berkeleyans for a Liveable University Environment (BLUE)

Jubilee Restoration

5.      Brian, EyeOnBerkeley

Marina Amendment to the Living Wage Ordinance

6.      Restaurants Unlimited (Spring)


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

Item 13: 1698 University Avenue 

7.      Robin Kibby (PDF, 260 KB)

Item 14: Marin Avenue Reconfiguration Supplement 1 File (PDF, 2 MB)

8.      Update to report, submitted by the City Manager

9.      Jules Kragen

10.  Virginia and Ralph Miller

11.  Steve Geller

12.  Raymond A. Chamberlin

13.  John Mengel

14.  Michael Katz

15.  Gene Poschman

Item 15: City’s Response to University of California Long Range Development Plan Final Environmental Impact Report (Spring)

16.  Wendy Alfsen (3)

17.  Philip Morton

18.  Sharon Hudson

Item 16: Housing Trust Fund Allocations

19.  Peter Szutu, Center for Elders Independence

20.  Letters of support, submitted by Dori

2041-2067 Center Street (Seagate Project)

21.  John S. English

Employee Disability Benefits

22.  Barbara Gilbert


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

Item 13: 1698 University Avenue ~ Supplement 2 File (PDF, 616 KB)

23.  Motion, submitted by Councilmember Spring

24.  Robin Kibby


Adjournment

Adjourned at 10:25 p.m.