Special Meeting eSummary
March 27
, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

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SUMMARY

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL 

SPECIAL MEETING

tuesday, march 27, 2007

7:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Teleconference Location – 1636 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

 

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call:  7:00 p.m.  Absent:  Moore/Anderson/Wozinak/Worthington/Capitelli. (Moore/Worthington/Capitelli noted present at 7:08 p.m.)

Ceremonial Matters:

1.      Proclamation in declaring April 15, 2007 as Holocaust Remembrance Day and urging the citizens of Berkeley to remember the suffering victims, courage of the resistors and treasure the survivors who are still with us in Berkeley.

2.      Proclamation celebrating the life and art of Michelle Manning and extending the City of Berkeley’s gratitude for enriching our community.

3.      The Mayor presented the City Manager with a check in the amount of $25,000 awarded by the National Organization on Disabilities recognizing Berkeley for accessibility.

City Manager Comments:  April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  It begins with a kickoff at City Hall on April 6, 2007 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Public Comment – 6
 

Consent Calendar

Action: M/S/C (Capitelli/Worthington) adopted the Consent Calendar in one motion except as indicated (Absent – Wozniak):

1.   BAPAC Proposals - Second Follow-up Report (PDF, 46 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: That Council

1.      Adopt second reading of Ordinance No 6,974–N.S. amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Sections 13.48.030, 13.48.040 and 13.48.050 (Second Response Ordinance);

2.      Adopt second reading of Ordinance No 6,975–N.S. adding new BMC Chapter 13.49 (Social Host Ordinance.)

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

Action:  Adopted Ordinance No. 6,974–N.S. (PDF, 254 KB) and Ordinance No. 6,975–N.S (PDF, 216 KB) (Noes – Worthington; Absent – Wozniak).  Effective date April 26, 2007.

2.   Cleanup Amendments to Taxi Ordinance (PDF, 16 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance 6,976–N.S. amending BMC Sections 9.52.020, 9.52.030, 9.52.040, 9.52.050 and 9.52.150 regarding taxi permits.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

Action: Adopted Ordinance No. 6,976–N.S (PDF, 117 KB) (Absent – Wozniak).  Effective date April 26, 2007.

3.   Gilman Fields Project: 

a. Sign Relocation Agreement/Funding for Gilman Fields Project (PDF, 12 KB)

Recommendation: Adopt the second reading of Ordinance 6,977–N.S. adding new section 20.04.040 of the Berkeley Municipal Code, providing for sign relocation agreements pursuant to Business & Professions Code section 5412 and exempting signs authorized under such agreements from design review.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

Action:   Adopted second reading of Ordinance 6,977–N.S. (PDF, 75 KB) (Absent – Wozniak).  Effective date April 26, 2007.

 

b. Lease Agreement: Gilman Street Sports Fields (PDF, 4 MB) (To be delivered)

Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with the East Bay Regional Park District for the City to occupy the Gilman property to develop, operate, and maintain the Gilman Street Sports Fields for a twenty-five year term.

Financial Implications: See report

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

Action:   Removed from the Consent Calendar for discussion.  M/S/C (Worthington/Moore) to discuss (to be delivered) (Absent – Capitelli, Olds, Wozniak).  M/S/C (Maio/Moore) adopted first reading of Ordinance 6,978–N.S (Absent – Wozniak).  Second reading scheduled for April 24, 2007.

4.   Discretionary Budget Allocation To The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (PDF, 29 KB)

From: Councilmembers Worthington and Anderson

Recommendation: That the Berkeley City Council adopt a Resolution to approve the expenditure of $1,000 to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial capital campaign with funds from Councilmember Worthington’s and Anderson’s discretionary budgets (D-13).

Financial Implications: Councilmembers Worthington and Anderson's Budget - $1,000

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

Action:  Adopted Resolution No 63,633–N.S. (PDF, 54 KB)

5.   Discretionary Budget Allocation To The Tibetan Cultural Center (PDF, 29 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: That the Berkeley City Council adopt a Resolution to approve the expenditure of $5,000 to the Tibetan Cultural Center capital campaign with funds from Councilmember Worthington’s discretionary budget (D-13).

Financial Implications: Councilmember Worthington's Budget - $5,000

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

Action:  Adopted Resolution No 63,634–N.S. (PDF, 55 KB)

6.   Support The Safe Climate Act, A Science-Based Global Warming Prevention Legislation (PDF, 36 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: That the Berkeley City Council:

1.      Support the Safe Climate Act, sponsored by Representative Henry A. Waxman, which would prevent the worst impacts of global warming by cutting U.S. emissions by 80% by 2050; and

2.      Thank Congresswoman Barbara Lee for her continued support for this necessary legislation.

Financial Implications: None

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

Action:  Approved recommendation.

7.   Cesar E. Chavez Day - National Holiday On March 31st (PDF, 30 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: That the Berkeley City Council adopt a Resolution to urge recognition of the Cesar Chavez Holiday in California, and support the Cesar Chavez National Holiday Coalition in asking Congress to designate March 31st, Cesar’s birthday and the day the United Farm Workers was founded, as Cesar Chavez Day.

Financial Implications: See report

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

Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 63,635–N.S. (PDF, 66 KB)

8.   Budget Referral to the 2008/09 Budget Process - Diwali Lights (PDF, 17 KB)

From: Councilmember Maio

Recommendation: That the City Council refer to the 2008/09 budget process $1,800.00 to erect Diwali lights in the University Avenue median from 6th Street to San Pablo Avenue.

Financial Implications: See report

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

Action:  Approved recommendation.

9.   Thermal Imaging Cameras (PDF, 25 KB)

From: Councilmember Wozniak

Recommendation: Refer to the budget review process a recommendation to purchase seven thermal imaging cameras (TICs) for a cost of $77,000, so that all seven Engines would carry one. These hand held devices are about the size of a small digital camera and allow a firefighter to see in the dark or though a smoke-filled room.

Financial Implications: See report

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

Action:  Approved recommendation.

10. 2006 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (Ed Roberts Campus) (PDF, 372 KB)

From: Mayor Bates, Councilmembers Anderson and Worthington

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for $4,614,000 in funding from the 2006 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) Augmentation for the Ed Roberts Campus for the MTC 2006 RTIP Augmentation; accept the grant, and execute any resultant agreements and amendments

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

Action:  Adopted Resolution No. 63,636–N.S. (PDF, 473 KB)

Public Comments – 7

 

Action Calendar – Appeals

11.  ZAB Appeal: 2701 Shattuck Avenue (held over from March 20, 2007)

a.      From: City Manager (PDF, 53 MB)

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustment Board to approve Use Permit #04-10000014 to construct a 24-unit, mixed-use project, and dismissing the appeal.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning and Development, 981-7400

b.      Appeal

1.   Rolf Bell (PDF, 901 KB)

c.       Communications (PDF, 376 KB)

1.   Karl Reeh

2.      Rolf Bell on behalf of Aspasia Nea

3.      Rolf Bell on behalf of Elizabeth Ditmars and Joan More

4.      Gale Garcia

5.      Ernest Machen

6.      Mike Targil (2) (PDF, 272 KB)

Public Comments – 2

Action: M/S/C (Anderson/Worthington) (Absent – Wozniak) to refer to the Agenda Committee to set a date for a public hearing.

Action Calendar – Public Hearing

12.  ZAB Appeal: 2817 Eighth Street

a.      From: City Manager (PDF, 117 KB) (New report submitted March 27, 2007)

Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and, upon conclusion dismiss the appeal denying the variance and approving the use permit subject to revised conditions of approval.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning and Development, 981-7400

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 25 MB) (Submitted February 27, 2007)

Recommendation: Remand the matter to the ZAB to reconsider the project as being subject to the City’s inclusionary housing requirements, as described in this report.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning and Development, 981-7400

c.       Clarification Of Proposal To Change Inclusionary Requirements For Project Located In The MUR District (PDF, 9 KB) (To be delivered)

From: Councilmember Capitelli 

Recommendation:

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Laurie Capitelli, Councilmember, District 5, 981-7150

d.      Appeal (February 27, 2007)

1.      Edward Adams (PDF, 619 KB)

e.      Communications (February 27, 2007)

1.   Letters of support, submitted by Ed Adams and Xin Jin (PDF, 521 KB)

Councilmember Olds absent.

Public Testimony: The Mayor opened the public hearing. 1 speaker.  The Mayor closed the public hearing..

Action: M/S/C (Moore/Capitelli) to approve Items a and c.  Request of Worthington, the motion was severed.  M/S/C (Moore/Capitelli) adopted Resolution No. 63,638–N.S (PDF, 540 KB) (denying the variance and approving the use permit subject to revised conditions of approval) (Absent – Olds, Wozniak).  M/S/C (Moore/Capitelli) clarified intent to change inclusionary requirements for projects located in the MUR District (Noes – Worthington; Absent – Olds, Wozniak).

 

Action Calendar – Old Business

13. Discussion and Direction Regarding the FY 2008 and FY 2009 Biennial Citywide Work Plan and Budget

a.      Information Report: Youth Employment Program Expansion (PDF, 77 KB) (To be delivered)

From City Manager

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

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 8 MB) (Continued from March 13, 2007 Worksession)

Contact: Lisa Caronna, Deputy City Manager, 981-7000

Action:  Continued to April 24, 2007.

14. Supporting AB 1648; Open Hearing Process In Citizen Police Review Proceedings (PDF, 33 KB) (Continued from March 13, 2007)

From: Councilmember Capitelli

Recommendation: Request the City Manger send a letter to our Assemblymember, on behalf of the City Council, expressing support for AB 1648: proposed legislation that would allow civilian review boards and oversight agencies that operate outside of a police department to hold public hearings regarding complaints about police misconduct.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Laurie Capitelli, Councilmember, District 5, 981-7150

Action:  Moved to the Consent Calendar and approved recommendation.

15. Oxford Plaza and David Brower Center Project Status (PDF, 39 KB) (Continued from March 20, 2007, To be delivered)

From: City Manager

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

Public Comment - 11

Action: Presentation made and discussion held.

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. All communications submitted to Council are public record.

Shootings

1.      Diana Rossi

2.      Phoebe McKinney

Pacific Steel Casting

3.      Michael P. Wilson

Loitering Initiative

4.      Marlina Rinzen

Prosecution of War Criminals

5.      Mitch Trachtenberg

6.      Jeff Geslison

Telegraph Avenue

7.      Ken Vermes

Dorm Noise

8.      Harry Le Grande

Kragen proposal

9.      Debbie Dritz

 

Supplemental Communications 1 (PDF, 4KB)

Item 11: ZAB Appeal: 2701 Shattuck Avenue (held over from March 20, 2007)

10.  Mike Targil

 

Supplemental Communications 2 (PDF, 4 KB)

Radio Frequency Exposure and Potential Health Effects

11.  Laurie Baumgarten

 

Adjournment

Adjourned at 8:50 p.m.