Special Meeting eSummary
March 20
, 2007

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

5:00 P.M.

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

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call: 5:02 p.m.  Absent – Olds

Public Comment on Items on This Agenda Only – 13

Panel Presentation, Council Questions, Public Comment, Council Discussion and Action

1.       a. Sunshine Ordinance (PDF, 394 KB)

From: Mayor Bates

Recommendation: That the City Council hear from the community panel on its reactions to the current (24th) draft of the Sunshine Ordinance, pose any questions to the panel and staff, hear from the public and then provide guidance on possible changes and next steps towards final adoption of the ordinance.

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

b. Access to Berkeley Police Department Information (PDF, 97 KB)  (continued from February 27, 2007, revised report submitted for March 20, 2007 meeting)

From: Councilmember Spring

Recommendation: That Council thank the Police Chief for improving public access to police reports to the public and request the City Manager provide a plan to give public access to Berkeley's Police Department information, including police reports compliant with state law.

Financial Implications: See report

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


5:00 – 5:20 p.m.      Panel Presentation:

                        Terry Franke, Californian’s Aware

                        Jinky Gardner, League of Women Voters

                        Judith Scherr for Mathew Hirsch, No Cal Journalists Association

                        Mark Scholssberg, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California Note:  Panelists may be as listed or a designated representative

5:20 – 5:40 p.m.      Council questions

5:40 – 6:00 p.m.      Public Comments – specific to this subject only

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.      Council discussion and direction on next steps

Action: Continued to evening session, March 20, 2007.


Supplemental Communications 1 (PDF, 10 KB)

Item 1a: Discussion and Direction - Sunshine Ordinance

1.      Terry Francke, Californians Aware, The Center for Public Forum Rights


Supplemental Communications 2 (PDF, 10 KB)

Item 1a: Discussion and Direction - Sunshine Ordinance

2.      Judith Scherr

3.      Jim Fisher, SuperBOLD

4.      League of Women Voters



Adjourned at 6:28 p.m.