Regular Meeting eAgenda
July 19
, 2005

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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, July 19, 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.

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.      Gas Heating Certification Compliance Schedule (PDF, 142 KB) (First Reading July 12, 2005 – Unanimous)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 19.40.040 to allow the City Manager to establish a schedule for when owners of residential dwelling units and lodging houses are required to comply with the gas heating certification program.

Financial Implications: Increased revenue.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

2.      Lease: Women’s Daytime Drop In Center (PDF, 1 MB) (First Reading July 12, 2005 – Unanimous)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of an Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 6,782-N.S. to ratify the 20-year lease agreement with a 10-year option to extend with the Women’s Daytime Drop In Center (WDDC) for City-owned property located at 2213 Byron Street for the purpose of providing transitional housing for homeless women and children.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

3.     Contract: The Berkeley Alliance (PDF, 727 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with the Berkeley Alliance to provide administrative support and project services for a partnership endeavor with the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) and UC Berkeley not to exceed $65,000 for the period July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006.

Financial Implications: General Fund – $65,000.

Contact: Arrietta Chakos, City Manager, 981-7000

4.      Contract: Legislative Representation Services - Lynn Suter & Associates (PDF, 999 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Lynn Suter & Associates to provide the City with legislative representation services in Sacramento from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006, in an amount not to exceed $49,970.

Financial Implications: General Fund – $49,970.

Contact: Arrietta Chakos, City Manager, 981-7000

5.      Formal Bid Solicitations and Requests for Proposals (PDF, 170 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Approve new invitations for bids and requests for proposals (RFP) that will be, 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: Building Maintenance Fund – $140,000.

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

6.      Purchase Order: Copy Paper and Office Supplies (PDF, 263 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a purchase order with Corporate Express to furnish 100 percent recycled processed chlorine-free (PCF) copy paper and all other office supplies for a period of one year from July 1, 2005 until June 30, 2006, in an amount not to exceed $500,000.

Financial Implications: Alameda County Waste Management Grant Funds will cover any cost differentials.

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

7.      Regulation of Taxicabs and Automobiles for Hire (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 9.52, Taxicabs and Automobiles for Hire.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

8.      Contract: Transitional Housing (PDF, 320 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Avondale Hotel for the provision of AB2034 grant-based rental subsidies for transitional housing for individuals who are homeless and mentally disabled in a total amount not to exceed $105,000 for the period May 1, 2005 through November 30, 2005.

Financial Implications: AB2034 Fund – $105,000.

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

9.      Contract: Prescription Medication (PDF, 264 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with United Pharmacy for prescription psychiatric medications in an amount not to exceed $276,000 for the period July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.

Financial Implications: Health Fund – $276,000.

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

10.  Grant and Contract: Tobacco Prevention Services (PDF, 484 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt two Resolutions:

1.      Authorizing the City Manager to: a) accept a grant in the amount of $400,000 from the California Department of Health Services for the purpose of decreasing the prevalence of tobacco use among Berkeley’s young adults, aged 18-29 years, the low socioeconomic population, the African-American population, and the Asian and Pacific Islander population at the University of California, Berkeley for the period July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2008; b) execute any resultant revenue agreements and amendments; and c) authorize the implementation of projects and appropriation of funding for related expenses, subject to securing the grant; and

2.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with the University of California, Berkeley, University Health Services to complete the scope of work on a project to decrease the prevalence of tobacco use among Berkeley’s young adults for the period July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2008 in an amount not to exceed $123,000.

Financial Implications: Grant Revenue - $400,000; no matching funds. Health Fund – $123,000.

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

11.  SRIP II Long Term Disability Insurance Contract with Cigna Group Insurance (PDF, 213 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Cigna Group Insurance to provide Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance at the premium rate of 0.405% for every $100 of active Supplementary Retirement and Income Plan II (SRIP II) participants’ covered salaries for most non-sworn employees effective July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2007.

Financial Implications:  See report.

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6805

12.  Contract: Employee Assistance Plan Services (PDF, 246 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with Claremont Behavioral Services to provide continued services for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through June 30, 2005 in the amount of $16,239 and extend the contract for the period July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2007 in a total amount of $345,960.

Financial Implications: Fringe Benefits – $16,239 through June 2005; $345,960 July 2005 through June 2007.

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

13.  Classification: Infrastructure Maintenance Manager (PDF, 2 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 61,812-N.S. Classification and Salary Resolution for Unrepresented employees, to add the classification and salary range of Infrastructure Maintenance Manager.

Financial Implications: Sanitary Sewer Operation Fund – $136,959.

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

14.  Purchase Order: Notebook, Desktop, and Server Computers (PDF, 242 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign a letter of participation with the Western States Contracting Alliance for the purchase of Dell Inc. computers for the period July 13, 2005 to June 30, 2007.

Financial Implications: Computer Replacement Fund – $550,000.

Contact: Chris Mead, Information Technology, 981-6500

15.  Contract: Turtle Island Monument Artwork at Civic Center Park Fountain (PDF, 288 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Scott K. Parsons for design, development and installation of the Turtle Island Monument at the Civic Center Park Fountain in an amount not to exceed $34,000 and allow the artwork to be publicly displayed until the fountain is restored.

Financial Implications: Measure S Funds – $34,000.

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

16.  Appointment of Joint Zoning Adjustments Board/PlanningCommission Subcommittee for Density Bonus/Inclusionary Ordinance Procedures (PDF, 337 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution appointing a joint subcommittee pursuant to the City of Berkeley Commissioner’s Manual comprised of members already appointed to separate subcommittees by the Planning Commission and the Zoning Adjustments Board for the purpose of reviewing and recommending procedures for the implementation of State Density Bonus Law and any requisite changes or recommendations for the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

Financial Implications:  See report.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

17.  Purchase Order: DNA Testing (PDF, 191 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to increase the purchase order with Forensic Analytical Laboratory for DNA testing and analysis by $15,000 for a total amount not to exceed $60,000 for FY 2005.

Financial Implications: General Fund – $15,000.

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

18.  Contract: Consultant Services for Work Management Needs Analysis-Public Works (PDF, 367 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Weston Solutions, Inc. for consultant services to complete a formal needs analysis for the Department of Public Works regarding work order, maintenance and asset management in an amount not to exceed $40,000.

Financial Implications: Sanitary Sewer Fund – $40,000.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

19.  Contract: Strawberry Creek Culvert Repair (PDF, 358 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with Condon Johnson and Associates, Inc. for emergency repair work performed on the failed section of Strawberry Creek Culvert on Allston Way, increasing the existing contract amount by $40,264 for a total amount not to exceed $290,264.

Financial Implications: Capital Improvement Fund – $40,264.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

20.  Purchase Order: Long Haul Tractors and Refuse Trailers (PDF, 347 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a purchase order with Western Truck Center of Sacramento, California in an amount not to exceed $656,600 to purchase four long-haul tractors and five refuse trailers for the Solid Waste Management Division of the Public Works Department in FY 2006.

Financial Implications: Equipment Replacement Fund – $656,600.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

21.  Purchase Order: Aerial Bucket Truck (PDF, 277 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution accepting the City and County of San Francisco’s bid procedures to satisfy the requirement of Berkeley Charter Section 67, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a purchase order with Terex Utilities West in an amount not to exceed $87,600 to purchase an Aerial Bucket Truck for the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department.

Financial Implications: Equipment Replacement Fund – $87,600.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

22.  Reuse of Plastic Packaging Materials (PDF, 362 KB) (CF 08-05)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Request that the Alameda County Waste Management Authority encourage the use of packaging alternatives regionally and evaluate them as an environmental purchasing practice.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Rene Cardinaux, Public Works, 981-6300

23.  Contract: Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza and Transit Area Planning and Design (PDF, 388 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Community Design + Architecture, Inc. to lead a public planning and design process for the Downtown Berkeley Plaza and Transit Area in an amount not to exceed $90,000 for the period August 1, 2005 to October 31, 2006.

Financial Implications: Metropolitan Transportation Commission Fund – $75,000; Local Match – $15,000.

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010

24.  Grant: Transportation Demand Management Outreach and Marketing Program (PDF, 259 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to: 1) submit a grant application to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund grant program for funds in the amount of $44,216 in FY 2006-2007 and FY 2007-2008 for the City’s Transportation Demand Management Outreach and Marketing Program; and 2) accept the grant, and execute any resultant agreements and amendments.

Financial Implications: Grant Revenue – $44,216.

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010

25.  Grant: West Berkeley Shuttle (PDF, 366 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to: 1) submit a grant application to the Bay Area Quality Management District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund grant program for funds in the amount of $20,600 in FY 2006 for the West Berkeley Shuttle; and 2) accept the grant and execute any resultant agreements or amendments.

Financial Implications: Grant Revenue – $20,600.

Contact: Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010

26.  Support Tobacco-Free Pharmacies (PDF, 14 KB)

From: Mayor Bates

Recommendation:  Adopt a resolution: 1) recommending that all pharmacies and drugstores in Berkeley end their sales and advertisement of tobacco products; 2) commending all pharmacies and drugstores in Berkeley which do not sell and advertise tobacco products;
3) advocating for a statewide law that prohibits the sale and advertisement of tobacco products in all pharmacies and drugstores in California; and 4) directing the City Clerk to send copies of the council item and resolution to all pharmacies and drugstores in Berkeley and to their corporate headquarters.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

27.  Right to Audit Clause in City Contracts (PDF, 329 KB)

From: City Auditor

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution: 1) expanding current Council directives regarding audit of contracts to include language in City contracts specifying the City Auditor’s right to audit; 2) instituting a requirement that the City Auditor be notified if a decision is made that any specific contracts or types of contracts should not include a right to audit clause; and
3) directing the City Manager to amend the City’s contract instructions, administrative regulations, purchasing manual and other guidelines to reflect this requirement.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Ann-Marie Hogan, Auditor, 981-6750

28.  Evaluate City’s Customer Service Levels (PDF, 38 KB)

From: Councilmember Moore

Recommendation:  Conduct a comprehensive assessment of customer service levels, response time and courtesy throughout City departments that would be presented in a report to Council on December 13, 2005.

Financial Implications: Staff time.

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

29.  Sponsor Vista Community College Lecture Series on Global Peace and Social Justice (PDF, 129 KB)

From: Councilmember Moore

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution making the City an official sponsor of the Vista Community College “Difficult Dialogs” Lecture Series on Global Peace and Social Justice beginning in Fall 2006 or Spring 2007.

Financial Implications: None.

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

30.  Re-evaluate Visitor Permit Policy in the Residential Preferential Parking Program (PDF, 79 KB)

From: Councilmember Olds

Recommendation:  That the City Manager investigate the current policies regarding Residential Preferential Parking Visitor Permits with the goal of creating a more user-friendly systems.

Financial Implications: Unknown.

Contact: Betty Olds, Councilmember District 6, 981-7160

31.  Amend Moratorium on Removal of Coast Live Oaks (PDF, 301 KB)

From: Councilmembers Olds, Spring and Wozniak

Recommendation:  Amend the current Ordinance that prohibits removal of Coast Live Oak trees to include a clause that states that excessive pruning beyond what is included in the accepted standards for pruning a tree be subject to fines related to the value of the tree, to be determined by the city forester.

Financial Implications: Unknown.

Contact: Betty Olds, Councilmember District 6, 981-7160; Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140; Gordon Wozniak, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180

32.  Fire Company Closures (PDF, 81 KB)

From: Councilmembers Olds, Capitelli and Wozniak and Mayor Bates

Recommendation:  Direct the City Manager to limit the closure of fire companies to no more than one company at any given time and require that Fire Station 7 remain open during the fire season months of mid-July through October.

Financial Implications: Not to exceed $300,000; see report.

Contact: Betty Olds, Councilmember District 6, 981-7160; Laurie Capitelli, Councilmember District 5, 981-7150; Gordon Wozniak, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180; Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

33.  Follow-up on Referral to December Mid-year Budget Process (PDF, 107 KB)

From: Councilmembers Spring and Worthington

Recommendation: Request that the recommended funding allocations, attached, be referred to the appropriate Commissions for overview pending the final decision on allocations at midyear in December 2005.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140 and Kriss Worthington, Councilmember District 7, 981-7170

34.  Honoring Marla Bennett (PDF, 82 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution expressing sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Marla Bennett and adjourning the City Council meeting of July 19, 2005 in her honor.

Financial Implications: None.

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

35.  Support Equitable Class Pass Program (PDF, 28 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Express concern over the proposed Class Pass referendum, support an equitable solution that addresses the needs of students and the University, and send a letter to the UC Berkeley Chancellor urging the administration to delay approval of final referendum language until the concerns of students are incorporated into the proposal.

Financial Implications: None.

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

36.  Support HR 1652 – Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals (PDF, 388 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Support the Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act (H.R. 1652) to ensure pharmacies fill all prescriptions.

Financial Implications: None.

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

37.  Support MoveOn PAC’S “Protect Our Rights” Campaign (PDF, 68 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Support MoveOn PAC’s “Protect Our Rights” campaign to demand a Supreme Court nominee who will protect the rights and freedoms of the American people, and that a letter be sent to Senators Feinstein and Boxer urging them to stand up to President Bush and demand a Supreme Court nominee who will protect the rights and freedoms of the American people.

Financial Implications: None.

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

38.  Support Proposition 79 and Oppose Proposition 78 (PDF, 28 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation:  Support Proposition 79, prescription drug program ballot measure, and oppose Proposition 78 in the November Special Election.

Financial Implications: None.

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

39.  Support U.N. International Day of Peace  (PDF, 22 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: Supports and urges the City of Berkeley to join hundreds of other communities around the world to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness.

Financial Implications: None.

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

40.  Quarterly Crime Reports (PDF, 27 KB)

From: Councilmember Wozniak

Recommendation: Request that the City Manager prepare quarterly crime reports for the City Council that would summarize both the violent and property crimes committed in Berkeley during the previous quarter as well as historical crime trends. In addition, a brief analysis of different crime indices as well as a comparison with other neighboring cities would be provided using the latest corrected data.

Financial Implications: Staff time.

Contact: Gordon Wozniak, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180

41.  Waiver Pursuant to the Nuclear-Free Berkeley Act

a.      From: Peace and Justice Commission (PDF, 352 KB)

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution approving a waiver pursuant to Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 12.90.070, the Nuclear-Free Berkeley Act, for the purpose of executing a contract and any amendments with the University of California at Berkeley, University Health Services to complete work on a project to decrease the prevalence of tobacco use among Berkeley’s young adults.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Manuel Hector Jr., Secretary, 981-5110

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

Recommendation:  The City Manager concurs with the content and recommendations of the Commission’s Report.

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

42.  Gift Donation: Community Peace Labyrinth at Marina

a.      From: Waterfront Commission (PDF, 3 MB)

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution accepting the gift of the East Bay Labyrinth Project and approving the installation of a Berkeley Community Peace Labyrinth at the East Lawn at the Berkeley Marina.

Financial Implications:

Contact: Cliff Marchetti, Secretary, 981-6737

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 51 KB)

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

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


Action Calendar – Appeals

43.  2615 Marin Avenue - Appeal ZAB Decision Use Permit #03-10000069 (To be delivered)

a.      From: City Manager (PDF, 1 MB)

 Attachments:

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.      Matthew White (PDF, 1 MB)

2.      Kimberly Kline and Stephen Branam (PDF, 597 KB)

3.      Daphne and Georg Kalmar (PDF, 740 KB)

4.      Arvalea Nelson (PDF, 175 KB)

c.       Communications

1.      Tom Cosgrove (PDF, 38 KB)

2.      David Richmond and Kelly Klopp Richmond (PDF, 102 KB)

3.      Matthew White (PDF, 2 MB)

4.      Arvalea Nelson (PDF, 108 KB)

5.      Kimberly Kline (PDF, 5 MB)

44.  1698 University Avenue – Appeal ZAB Decision Use Permit # 03-10000025 (To be delivered)

a.      From: City Manager (PDF, 2 MB)

 Attachments:

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) to approve UP#03-10000025, a mixed-use project with 25 condominium units, with revised Findings and Conditions, and dismissing the appeal.

Financial Implications: None.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

b.      Appeal

1.      Robin Kibby (PDF, 350 KB)

 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 – Old Business

45.  Revised Landmarks Preservation Ordinance (PDF, 14 MB) (Held over from July 12, 2005)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt first reading of one of two ordinances, or a variant thereof, as recommended by either the Planning Commission or Landmarks Preservation Commission to repeal and reenact BMC Chapter 3.24 (Landmarks Preservation), amend BMC sections 23.B24.030, 23B.32.050 and 23C.08.050 and repeal Chapter 19.20; or, alternatively, provide direction to staff to prepare an alternative ordinance to bring back to Council.

Financial Implications: Staff time.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

Action Calendar – New Business

46.  Loan to the Elmwood Theater Foundation (PDF, 647 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing an increase in the City loan to the Elmwood Theater Foundation by $80,000 to a total not to exceed $170,000 to complete the seismic retrofit of the Elmwood Theatre, 2966 College Avenue, due to increases in the cost of the retrofit.

Financial Implications: Citywide Loan Fund – $80,000.

Contact: Tom Myers, Economic Development, 981-7530

47.  Side Letter of Agreement with Public Employees Union Local 1 (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute and implement a Side Letter of Agreement with Public Employees Union Local 1 to provide that the City will not be required to cash out accrued vacation leave in excess of 320 hours, that employees will be required to reduce their accrued vacation leave balances to no more than 320 hours by the last pay period in February in calendar years 2006, 2007 and 2008 and that the City will not buy back up to four weeks of vacation in calendar years 2006, 2007 and 2008; authorize a one-year “Save Pay” practice whereby employees subject to demotion or flexibly placed in a lower-paid position due to employee layoffs and resultant bumping, will maintain their current salary for one-year and not have a loss of salary upon ratification of union side-letter agreements regarding cost savings measures. Public Employees Union Local 1 has ratified the Side Letters of Agreement.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

48.  Expand City Manager Contract Authority (PDF, 36 KB)

From: Councilmembers Moore, Capitelli and Wozniak

Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Ordinance 1) amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 7.18.010B to increase the City Manager’s expenditure authority for capital improvements, including playground improvements and equipment, to $200,000;
2) amending BMC Section 7.18.010C to increase the City Manager’s general expenditure authority for materials, supplies, and equipment to $100,000; and 3) amending BMC Section 7.18.020A to increase the City Manager’s emergency expenditure authority for materials, supplies and equipment to $100,000, and for public construction projects and playground improvements and equipment to $200,000. 

Financial Implications: Reduced staff time.

Contact: Darryl Moore, Councilmember District 2, 981-7120; Laurie Capitelli, Councilmember District 5, 981-7150; Gordon Wozniak, Councilmember District 8, 981-7180

Information Reports

49.  Status and Update on the Community Choice Aggregation Project (PDF, 2 MB) (To be delivered)

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

50.  Implementation Status of Parking Enforcement Operations Audit Recommendations (PDF, 757 KB) (CF 10-05)

From: City Manager

Contact: Douglas N. Hambleton, Police, 981-5900, and Peter Hillier, Transportation, 981-7010


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.

David Brower Center/Oxford Plaza

1.      John L. Lineweaver

2.      14 letters of support, submitted by Martha Belcher, David Brower Center Project Manager

3.      Susan Korbel

4.      Downtown Berkeley Association

Gift Donation: Community Peace Labyrinth at Marina

5.      East Bay Labyrinth Project

6.      John Steere

7.      Gerald Baron

Hills Fire Station Closure

8.      Barbara Gilbert

9.      Vonnie Gurgin

10.  Sue von Baeyer

11.  Marc A. Rieffel

12.  Tom and Jo Ann Moseley

13.  Susan and John Prausnitz

14.  Carole Rochlin

15.  Julieta Zungia

16.  Georjana Barnes

17.  Richard A. and Maire-Paule Laden

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

18.  Jennifer Mary Pearson and Carole Schemmerling, co-facilitators for Strawberry Creek Watershed

19.  Letter and petition with 88 signatures, submitted by Pamela Sihvola and L A Wood

20.  Committee to minimize Toxic Waste, submitted by Pamela Sihvola

Beth El

21.  Wendy Cosin, Deputy Planning Director

22.  Amy Kautzman

Business License for Realtors Doing Business in Berkeley

23.  Barbara Gilbert


Adjournment