Regular Meeting eAgenda
June 14
, 2005

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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

7:00 P.M.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Teleconference Location – 1636 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54953, Teleconferencing.  Any member of the public may attend this meeting at either the Council Chambers or at the teleconference location.  Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Sara T. Cox, City Clerk, 981-6900.
 

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.

Youth Comments: A total of 15 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.      Revisions to the Zoning Ordinance, Part 2 (PDF, 706 KB) (First Reading May 24, 2005 – Unanimous)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance to correct various typographic errors in Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Title 23 (Zoning Ordinance) and clarify long-standing interpretations of regulatory text.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

2.      Disclosure of Slavery Ties of Financial and Insurance Institutions (PDF, 10 KB) (First Reading May 24, 2005; Noes – Olds)

From: Councilmembers Moore, Anderson and Spring

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of Ordinance to require financial entities doing business with the City to disclose any financial ties with slavery, whether investment, collateral for loans, or issuing insurance policies.

Financial Implications: Unknown.

Contact: Darryl Moore, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120; Max Anderson, Councilmember District 3, 981-7130; Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

3.      ZA 1-05: Zoning Amendments for Parking Requirements (PDF, 2 MB) (First Reading May 24, 2005 – Noes – Worthington; Abstain – Spring)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) to implement C1.1 and C1.2 recommendations by Mayor’s Task Force on Permitting and Development (MTF).

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

4.      Minutes for Approval (PDF, 5 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Approve minutes for Council meetings of March 7, 2005 (special closed), April 26, 2005 (regular), May 10, 2005 (special and regular), May 17, 2005 (regular and special closed), and May 24, 2005 (regular and special closed).

Contact: Sara T. Cox, City Clerk, 981-6900

5.      Needle Exchange (PDF, 175 KB)

From: City Manager

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

Contact: Sara T. Cox, City Clerk, 981-6900

6.      Hugh and Bethany Dineen v. City of Berkeley (PDF, 137 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution approving settlement of Alameda County Superior Court Action No. RG 05 210852 entitled, Hugh and Bethany Dineen v. City of Berkeley, in the amount of $22,000.

Financial Implications: Public Liability Fund – $22,000.

Contact:  Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

7.      Sharon R. Jones v. City of Berkeley (PDF, 133 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution approving settlement of Alameda Superior Court Action No. 2002 40269 entitled, Sharon R. Jones v. City of Berkeley, in the amount of $25,000.

Financial Implications: Public Liability Fund – $25,000.

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

8.      Contract: Downtown Berkeley YMCA (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Downtown Berkeley YMCA in the amount of $239,940 for fitness center memberships for City employees for the period July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.

Financial Implications: General Fund – $121,613; Other Funding – $118,327.

Contact: Tracy Vesely, City Manager, 981-7000

9.      Assessment: North Shattuck Business Improvement District (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution: 1) approving the FY 2005 Annual Report of the North Shattuck Business Improvement District (BID); 2) declaring Council’s intention to levy annual assessment for North Shattuck BID for FY 2006; and, 3) scheduling a public hearing for July 12, 2005, to consider levying renewed assessment for FY 2006.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Tom Myers, Economic Development, 981-7530

10.  Assessment: Telegraph Property and Business Improvement District (PDF, 598 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution: 1) approving the Annual Assessment Report for Telegraph Property and Business Improvement District for FY 2005; 2) declaring intention to levy special assessments in the District for FY 2006; and 3) setting a public hearing on the levy of assessments for July 12, 2005.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Tom Myers, Economic Development, 981-7530

11.  Appropriations Limit for FY 2006 (PDF, 247 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution providing notice that: 1) Council will adopt appropriations limit for FY 2006 at its June 28, 2005 meeting; and 2) the amount of the limit and the background material used in its calculation will be available for public review in the City Clerk Department on or before June 13, 2005.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

12.  Formal Bid Solicitations and Requests for Proposals (PDF, 312 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Approve new invitations for bids and requests for proposals (RFP) that will or are planned to be issued; that have been issued and received due to extenuating circumstances; or that have been sent out (opened) but not yet received (closed).

Financial Implications: Various Funds – $264,000.

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

13.  Contract: Abatement Services (PDF, 259 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to execute amendment to contract with Freitas Landscape and Maintenance for abatement services to increase contract amount by $15,000 for total contract amount not to exceed $52,958 and to extend term to June 30, 2006.

Financial Implications: General Fund – $15,000.

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

14.  Contract: Immunization Assistance Program (PDF, 304 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to execute contract and any amendments with LifeLong Medical Care, Inc. for provision of immunization services for infants and children in Berkeley for the period July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2006 in an amount not to exceed $20,000.

Financial Implications: Health Fund – $20,000.

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

15.  Cash-Disbursement Fund to Redeem Taxi Scrip (PDF, 178 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing increase in cash-disbursement fund in an amount not to exceed $8,000 for redemption of taxi scrip for Taxi Drivers at Finance Customer Service.

Financial Implications: Measure B and General Fund – $8,000.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

16.  2005 Annual Action Plan Amendment (PDF, 282 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution amending the City’s 2005 Annual Action Plan of the 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development to include the City’s plans to submit a Brownfields Economic Development Initiative Grant Application and a HUD 108 Application for the Oxford Plaza and David Brower Center Development.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

17.  Grant Application: Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) for Oxford Plaza and David Brower Center Development (PDF, 510 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to submit a grant application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a Brownfields Economic Development Initiative Grant in the amount of $2,000,000 to assist the development of the Oxford Plaza and David Brower Center Project.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

18.  Shelter Plus Care Supportive Housing Grant Renewal Award (PDF, 322 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to: 1) accept grant renewal award from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $1,909,116 for tenant-based rental assistance for Shelter Plus Care Supportive Housing Program for the period May 24, 2005 through May 23, 2006; 2) execute contracts and any amendments totaling $59,048 for upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005, with the following community-based agencies: Berkeley Food and Housing Project ($16,000); Bonita House, Inc. ($3,000); Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency ($16,000); Coalition for Alternatives in Mental Health ($3,000); Homeless Action Center ($10,048); Lifelong Medical Care ($5,000); Rubicon Programs ($3,000); and Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center ($3,000); and, 3) renew such community agency contracts annually hereafter.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

19.  Contract: Training and Organizational Development Services (PDF, 436 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to execute contract and any amendments with Centre for Organization Effectiveness for training and organizational development services for an amount not to exceed $60,000, from May 1, 2005 through December 31, 2007.

Financial Implications: Training Fund – $60,000.

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

20.  Contract: Computer Network Cabling (PDF, 198 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to execute amendment to contract with Capitol Communications Inc., increasing the amount by $35,000 to cover additional work on City’s computer network, for a total amount not to exceed $170,000, and extending the term to June 30, 2006.

Financial Implications: Building Purchasing & Maintenance Fund – $35,000.

Contact: Chris Mead, Information Technology, 981-6500

21.  Contract: Public Safety Systems Consultant (PDF, 203 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to execute amendment to contract with Xerxes Consulting, Inc. increasing the amount by $25,000 to cover additional work on current police and fire computer systems, for a total amount not to exceed $50,000 and extending the term to June 30, 2007.

Financial Implications: General Fund (I.T. Annual Budget) – $25,000.

Contact: Chris Mead, Information Technology, 981-6500

22.  Application: Additional Loan for Marina Dock Replacement Project (PDF, 318 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to submit loan application to California Department of Boating and Waterways for an additional $2,000,000 loan for Berkeley Marina Docks A-E and H-I Replacement and Restroom Replacement; and authorizing City Manager to execute any resultant agreements and amendments.

Financial Implications: See report.

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

23.  Contracts: Environmental and Planning Services (PDF, 409 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to approve six contracts and amendments with Baseline Environmental Consulting, Christopher A. Joseph & Associates, Doug Donaldson, ERM, LSA, and Michael Brandman Associates for planning and environmental review services in an amount not to exceed $500,000 for each contract, for a total contract period of three years, with sole source of funding derived from funds provided by applicants.

Financial Implications: None (Additional funding paid by applicant).

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

24.  Contract: Clean City Services (PDF, 238 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to execute amendment to contract with Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) for litter removal, extending term of contract through June 30, 2006, for an annual total amount not to exceed $356,104.

Financial Implications: Refuse Fund – $356,104.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

25.  Grant Application: Federal Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program Funding for Piedmont Avenue Reconstruction (PDF, 370 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing filing of application for Federal Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funding in the amount of $209,000 for Piedmont Avenue reconstruction; committing necessary local match of $706,000 for project; stating City’s assurance to complete project; and authorizing City Manager to accept grant and execute resultant agreements and amendments.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

26.  Assessment Engineer’s Report for Rule 20A Utility Undergrounding Districts (PDF, 4 KB) (To be delivered)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution declaring City’s intention to prepare Assessment Engineer’s Report and determine resulting assessments for City’s portion of costs, consisting of street light and project management, of three Rule 20A Utility Undergrounding Districts: Miller/Stevenson UUD No. 47, Grizzly Peak/Summit UUD No. 48, and Vistamount/UUD No. 35A.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

27.  Purchase Order: Trillium USA for Compressed Natural Gas Fuel (PDF, 293 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to increase purchase order with Trillium USA to purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel for City vehicles.

Financial Implications: Equipment Maintenance Fund – $84,000 for FY 2005; $200,000 for FY 2006 to 2008.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

28.  Demolition of Residential Units (PDF, 456 KB)

From: Councilmember Spring

Recommendation: Requesting clarification of the City’s policy on protecting residential units from demolition without a public hearing before the Zoning Board or City Council.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

29.  Proclamation: Edith Kramer Day (PDF, 147 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: Adopt a proclamation for Edith Kramer Day in Berkeley.

Financial Implications: None.

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

30.  Welcome Iraqi Labor Leaders to Berkeley (PDF, 29 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution welcoming Iraqi labor leaders to Berkeley.

Financial Implications: None.

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

31.  Assessment: Elmwood Theater Business Improvement Area

a.      From: Advisory Board for the Elmwood Theater Business Improvement Area (PDF, 829 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution: 1) approving Annual Assessment Report for FY 2005 Elmwood Theater Business Improvement Area; 2) declaring intention to levy FY 2006 annual assessments in Improvement Area; and 3) setting public hearing for July 12, 2005 on levy of assessments.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Dave Fogarty, Secretary, 981-7534

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 54 KB)

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

Contact: Tom Myers, Economic Development, 981-7530

32.  2006-2007 Community Action Plan Submission

a.      From: Human Welfare and Community Action Commission (PDF, 7 MB)

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to submit 2006-2007 Community Action Plan to State Department of Community Services and Development.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Kristen Lee, Secretary, 981-5427

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 54 KB)

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

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

33.  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Day

a.      From: Peace and Justice Commission (PDF, 398 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution proclaiming June 19, 2005 as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Day in the City to commemorate her 60th birthday.

Financial Implications: None.

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

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 49 KB)

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

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

Action Calendar – Public Hearing

34.  Utility Underground Districts (PDF, 4 KB) (To be delivered)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Conduct public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt three Resolutions amending Resolutions establishing utility underground districts No. 47, Miller/Stevenson; No. 48, Grizzly Peak/Summit; and No. 35A, Vistamount with time specific dates for utility companies and parcel owners to complete required work.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

Action Calendar – Public Hearing – Fees

35.  Public Hearing: Fees

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, take action on the proposed adjustments for Environmental Health fees, Street Events and Certified Farmers’ Market fees, Marina fees, Parks and Recreation Program and Facility fees, Refuse Rates, and Traffic Engineering fees for Development-Related Services (items 35a-f).

Contact: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000.

a.      Environmental Health Fees (PDF, 4 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution establishing FY 2006, 2007 and 2008 fees for inspection and other services provided by City of Berkeley Environmental Health Division as required by Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) and California Health and Safety Code; and rescinding Resolution Nos. 62,061–N.S., 62,070–N.S., 62,071–N.S., and 62,072–N.S.

Financial Implications: See report.

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

b.      Street Events and Certified Farmers’ Markets Fees (PDF, 5 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  1) Adopt first reading of Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Sections 13.44.020, 13.44.040 and 13.44.080 to make technical corrections; and 2) adopt Resolution establishing permit filing fees for street events and Certified Farmer’s Markets.

Financial Implications: See report.

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

c.       Marina Fees (PDF, 663 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution establishing the rate schedule in the Marina by increasing base rate fees by 12% for Fiscal Year 2006, and rescinding Resolution No. 62,536–N.S.

Financial Implications: See report.

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

d.      Parks and Recreation Program and Facility Fees (PDF, 4 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt two Resolutions: 1) approving new fees for parks and recreation programs and facilities and rescinding Resolution No. 62,441–N.S. and amendatory resolutions; and 2) approving policies and procedures for parks and recreation programs and facilities and rescinding Resolution No. 62,442–N.S. and amendatory resolutions.

Financial Implications: See report.

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

e.      Proposed Refuse Rate Changes (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution: 1) setting rates for all refuse collection and organics collection services; 2) setting rates for Transfer Station disposal of refuse and organics;
3) reconfirming existing refuse collection districts; and 4) rescinding Resolution No. 62,492–N.S. and amending resolutions, effective July 1, 2005.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

f.        Proposed Traffic Engineering Fees for Development-Related Services (PDF, 414 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution establishing: 1) traffic engineering fees to be added to fee schedule for Permit Service Center (PSC) for development-related services requiring traffic engineering review; and 2) traffic engineering fees to be collected by Office of Transportation for pre-application and other walk-in advice for development projects.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010

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 – Budget

36.  Presentation: Broad-based Community Groups Regarding FY 2006-2007 Budget (PDF, 12 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Presentation regarding FY 2006-2007 budget by community groups that have previously contacted and registered with the City Clerk by  June 9, 2005.

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

37.  City Council Budget Referrals (PDF, 12 KB)

From: Individual Councilmembers

Contact: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000

38.  City Manager Status Report and Update, FY 2006-2007 (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Tracy Vesely, City Manager, 981-7000

39.  City Commissions Meeting Schedule and Pilot Procedures, Including Tenure

a.      From: City Manager (PDF, 293 KB) (June 14, 2005)

Recommendation: Direct City Manager to implement a modified meeting schedule for several City Commission and authorize pilot procedures concerning tenure and permitting commissioners of certain designated commissions to prepare agendas and minutes of meetings effective July 2005.

Financial Implications: Reduced staffing costs.

Contact: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 210 KB) (Held over from May 17, 2005)

Recommendation: Direct City Manager to implement changes requested by Council to reduce costs of staff support and related services provided to City commissions.

Financial Implications: Reduced staffing costs.

Contact: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000

c.       From: Commission on Disability (PDF, 152 KB) (Held over from May 17, 2005)

Recommendation: Maintain current monthly meeting schedule for Commission on Disability; eliminate staff support requirements at subcommittee meetings; and give Commission opportunity to identify additional cost reduction measures.

Financial Implications: 25% reduction in Commission costs.

Contact: Paul Church, Secretary, 981-6342

d.      From: Disaster Council (PDF, 139 KB) (Held over from May 17, 2005)

Recommendation:  Continue Disaster Council regular meetings on monthly basis, up to ten times a year.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Dory Ehrlich, Secretary, 981-5506

e.      From: Solid Waste Management Commission (PDF, 250 KB) (Held over from May 17, 2005)

Recommendation: Maintain Solid Waste Commission at current status and meeting schedule through completion of Solid Waste Management Plan.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Tania Levy, Secretary, 981-6368

f.        From: Mayor Bates and Councilmember Linda Maio (PDF, 164 KB) (Held over from May 17, 2005)

Recommendation: Consolidate Disaster Council and Fire and Safety Commissions; maintain Solid Waste and Public Works commissions as separate entities; and, revise commission meeting schedules according to one of four proposed meeting schedules.

Financial Implications: Reduced staff time.

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100 and Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 981-7110

40.  Contract: HIV Testing and Counseling Services (PDF, 234 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution authorizing City Manager to execute amendment to contract with Berkeley Free Clinic for HIV testing and counseling services to increase contract amount by $43,000 for a total contract amount not to exceed $135,000, and to extend term to June 30, 2006.

Financial Implications: Health Fund – $43,000.

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

41.  Funding of Planned Gate Across New Bicycle and Pedestrian Path to BART, University to Delaware (PDF, 260 KB)

From: Councilmembers Maio and Moore

Recommendation: Refer funding of the gate, which was planned for the new Bicycle/Pedestrian pathway, University to Delaware, to the budget process.

Financial Implications: $50,000.

Contact: Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 981-7110; Darryl Moore, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120

42.  Mitigation of Excessively Loud Train Horn Blowing (PDF, 161 KB)

From: Councilmember Maio

Recommendation: Refer the installation of alternative horn devices in several key places in West Berkeley to the budget process.

Financial Implications: $120,000 ($40,000 per installation).

Contact: Linda Maio, Councilmember District 1, 981-7110

43.  Youth Center (PDF, 75 KB)

From: Councilmembers Moore and Anderson

Recommendation:  Refer to the budget process a one-time request for $50,000 to be set aside for FY 2007 to aid in the planning process for a youth center in Berkeley.

Financial Implications: $50,000.

Contact: Darryl Moore, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120 and Max Anderson, Councilmember District 3, 981-7130

44.  Funding Request: Berkeley Guides

a.      From: Councilmembers Spring, Capitelli and Wozniak (PDF, 30 KB)

Recommendation: Refer to the budget process the appropriation of $80,000 in FY 2005-2006 budget to continue Berkeley’s Guides for six months to allow Downtown Business Association time to raise funds to match City’s contribution.

Financial Implications: $80,000.

Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140; Laurie Capitelli, Councilmember District 5, 981-7150; Gordon Wozniak, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180

b.      From: Councilmembers Moore and Wozniak (PDF, KB)

Recommendation: Refer to the budget process a one-time request for $163,000 to be used to fund the Berkeley Guides through FY 2006 in order to maintain current service levels.

Financial Implications: $163,000.

Contact: Darryl Moore, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120 and Gordon Wozniak, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180

45.  Department of Health and Human Services Reorganization Proposal

a.      From: Community Health Commission (PDF, 685 KB)

Recommendation:  Conduct a review of the Health and Human Services Department scope of services, budget and number of staff for the last six years, and, upon conclusion, adopt a plan to improve the efficiency and delivery of City health services.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Kristin Tehrani, Secretary, 981-5356

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 353 KB)

Recommendation:  Direct the Community Health Commission to work with staff to develop a more complete understanding of the fiscal and program service delivery issues raised in the Commission’s proposal to “dismantle” the Health and Human Services Department and create two autonomous departments: a Public Health Department (including Environmental Health) and a Mental Health Department.

Financial Implications: None.

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

46.  Funding Recommendations for Community Agencies Providing Homeless Services

a.      From: Homeless Commission (PDF, 331 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution: 1) approving restoration of General Funds in the amount of $1,364,640 for community agencies providing homeless services; and 2) restoring full funding, in the amount of $52,000, to the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless’ HomePlate homeless youth drop-in program to allow time for Chaplaincy and YEAH to merge while maintaining homeless youth programs and preserving HUD funding.

Financial Implications: General Fund – $1,416,640.

Contact: Jane Micallef, Secretary, 981-5426

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 632 KB)

Recommendation:  Refer the City Manager’s revised spending plan for community agencies providing homeless services to the budget process.

Financial Implications: General Fund – $1,548,628 ($135,000 over previous recommendation).

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

47.  FY 2006 and FY 2007 Proposed Budget for Parks Recreation and Waterfront Department

a.      From: Parks and Recreation Commission (PDF, 227 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution approving Parks Recreation and Waterfront Department FY 2006 budget according to Council-established priorities including additional funding to keep at least one outdoor pool open year-round and preserve two of four park maintenance positions slated to be eliminated in proposed budget.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Virginia Aiello, Secretary, 981-5158

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 62 KB)

Recommendation:  Refer item to budget process.

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

Action Calendar – New Business

48.  Amendments to Subdivision Ordinance Regarding Conversion of Long-Term, Owner-Occupied Tenancies In Common (PDF, 145 KB) (CF 21-05)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt first reading of Ordinance adding new Section 21.28.060.F to the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) exempting conversion of certain tenancy in common projects from affordable housing mitigation fees.

Financial Implications: Unknown.

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

49.  Proposed Parking Information Guidance System (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt Resolution approving the April 2005 Parking Information Guidance System final report produced by IBI Group in principle; implementing the static signage component (estimated $17,000); authorizing City Manager to amend the contract with IBI Group for Phase II services in an amount not to exceed $61,418; and pursuing financial contributions from the business community, the University of California, and private sector parking facilities for these costs on a negotiated ‘fair-share’ basis.

Financial Implications: Off Street Parking Fund - $78,418

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010


Information Reports

50.  Investment Report: Quarter March 31, 2005 (PDF, 4 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

51.  Quarterly Report on Employee Safety and Workers’ Compensation (PDF, 1 MB) (CF 07-04)

From: City Manager

David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

52.  Unrepresented Temporary Employees Information Report (PDF, 80 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

53.  1321 and 1331 Eighth Street and 1330-1336 Ninth Street: Certification and review of Planning Commission approval of Tentative Tract Map 7567 (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

54.  2530 Tenth Street: Certification and Review of Planning Commission Approval of Tentative Tract Map 7581 (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

55.  Civilianization of Police Department Functions (PDF, 428 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Douglas N. Hambleton, Police, 981-5900

56.  Questions Regarding Culverts (PDF, 157 KB) (CF 01-05)

From: City Manager

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300


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.

Marina Fees

1.      Petition with 55 signatures, submitted by Anonymous

Food Project (and more)

2.      David Bacon

Tenant Housing

3.      Edward Joseph

1734 Bancroft Demolition

4.      Erica Etelson

Aggressive Panhandling

5.      geburns1@****

“HERETHERE” Sculpture

6.      May Kandarian

Development Impact Fees

7.      Barbara Gilbert

Taxi Scrip

8.      Leona R. Shapiro

Peace and Justice Commissions Frequency of Meetings

9.      Corrine Galdsuok

Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Programs

10.  Barbara Gilbert

Recycling Carts

11.  Frank and Cathy Thompson

World Environment Day, KyotoUSA

12.  Jane Kelly, KyotoUSA

Settlement with UC Berkeley

13.  North-side Neighborhood Association, submitted by Roger Van Ouytsel

14.  ScrewedNberkeley@****

SB 435, Density Bonus Bill

15.  Barbara Gilbert

College Avenue Pedestrian Crossing Signs

16.  Anne Whyte

Administrative Citations

17.  Barbara Gilbert

FirstCall Telephone Emergency System

18.  Richard M. White

Residential Traffic Circles

19.  Wendy Alfsen, District 4 Transportation Commissioner, MAAGNA and ABC Neighborhood Associations, Deborah Spaulding, Catherine Bronner DeSchepper, Brett DeSchepper, Janet Levinson, Zoe Kalkanis, Chris Knudsen, Carrie Sprague, Jill Heuslik, Andrea DuFlon, Dave Williamson, Summer Brenner, and Cathie

Halcyon Neighborhood Parking and Traffic

20.  Halcyon Neighborhood Association, submitted by Nancy Carleton, Co-Chair


Adjournment