Regular Meeting eAgenda
November 06, 2007

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AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

7:00 P.M.

Council Chambers – 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Teleconference Location – 1636 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

Tom Bates, Mayor

Councilmembers:

District 1 – Linda Maio 

District 5 – Laurie Capitelli

District 2 – Darryl Moore 

District 6 – Betty Olds

District 3 – Max Anderson 

District 7 – Kriss Worthington

District 4 – Dona Spring 

District 8 – Gordon Wozniak

This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54953, and Teleconferencing.  Any member of the public may attend this meeting at either location.  Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Pamyla Means, City Clerk, 981-6900

Note: Council Rules of Procedure are currently under review and are subject to change.

The City Council may take action related to any subject listed on the Agenda. The Mayor may exercise a two minute speaking limitation to comments from Councilmembers.  Meetings will adjourn at 11:00 p.m. - any items outstanding at that time will be carried over to a date/time to be specified.


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: Consent Calendar Items Only


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.

Items that are removed from the Consent Calendar and deemed by the Mayor to be controversial in nature will be considered at the end of the agenda.  The Mayor will call for public comments on items on the Consent Calendar.  For each item, the Mayor will entertain one speaker in support and ask that persons in the audience who are also in support stand to be recognized.  The Mayor will then entertain one speaker in opposition and follow the same process for the speaker in support.  If the Mayor determines that there are several persons wishing to speak to the item, the item will be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered at the end of the agenda.

1.      Amendment to FY 2008 Annual Appropriations Ordinance (PDF, 392 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance 7,000–N.S amending the FY 2008 Annual Appropriations Ordinance No. 6,935–N.S. for fiscal year 2008 based upon recommended re-appropriation of committed FY 2007 funding and other adjustments authorized since July 1, 2007, in the amount of $61,848,111 (gross) and $52,178,359 (net).

First Reading: Ayes:      Anderson, Capitelli, Maio, Moore, Olds, Spring, Worthington, Wozniak and Bates. Noes: None. Absent: None.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Tracy Vesely, Budget Manager, 981-7000

2.   Lease: 1013 Pardee Street No. 105 (PDF, 234 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance 7,001–N.S authorizing a new one year lease from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008 for an existing warehouse at 1013 Pardee Street, No.105 (alternate address of 2700 10th Street) for the storage of fire and police equipment, emergency supplies and equipment.

First Reading: Ayes:      Anderson, Capitelli, Maio, Moore, Olds, Spring, Worthington, Wozniak and Bates. Noes: None. Absent: None.

Financial Implications: Measure Q, Budget Code - $138,293

Contact: Debra Pryor, Fire, 981-3473

Action:  Adopted first reading of Ordinance No. 7,001–N.S.  Second reading scheduled for November 6, 2007.

3.      Deferred Compensation Plan:  Amend Plan to Allow Employees to Purchase Additional Retirement Service (PDF, 11 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance 7,002–N.S to amend Ordinance No 6,749–N.S., the City of Berkeley Deferred Compensation Plan to add a new Article XIII, Purchase of Additional Retirement Service Credit from the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

First Reading: Ayes:      Anderson, Capitelli, Maio, Moore, Olds, Spring, Worthington, Wozniak and Bates. Noes: None. Absent: None.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

4.     Amend Council Rules of Procedure, Article IV Conduct of Meetings, Regarding Comments from the Public (PDF, 1 MB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 62,857-N.S., Council Rules of Procedure, Chapter IV Conduct of Meetings, regarding Comments from the Public, Public Hearings and Work Sessions.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Pamyla Means, City Clerk, 981-6900

5.     Commission Chair and Vice Chair Training (PDF, 247 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 60,531-N.S. relating to commission chair and vice chair training to allow commission officers to complete the required training via online video.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Pamyla Means, City Clerk, 981-6900

6.     Contract Amendment: Access Information Management, Commercial Records Center Services (PDF, 254 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to Contract No. 7421 with Access Information Management for commercial records center services to increase the contract amount by not to exceed $6,000 to bar code City inventory.

Financial Implications: General Fund - $6,000

Contact: Pamyla Means, City Clerk, 981-6900

7.      Minutes for Approval (PDF, 278 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Approve the minutes for the Council meetings of October 9, 2007 (closed and regular).

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Pamyla Means, City Clerk, 981-6900

8.      Adoption of the 2007 California Fire Code with Local Amendments (PDF, 420 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:

1)   Adopt the first reading of an Ordinance repealing and re-enacting the Berkeley Fire Code Chapter 19.48 and related procedural and stricter provisions;

2)      Schedule a public hearing along with the adoption of the Ordinance for November 27, 2007.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Debra Pryor, Fire, 981-3473

9.  Adoption of Revisions to Berkeley Municipal Code 13.46 (Indoor Entertainment Events) (PDF, 211 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt the first reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 13.46 Indoor Entertainment Events.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Debra Pryor, Fire, 981-3473

10. Classification: Library Administrative Manager (PDF, 248 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution to amend Resolution No. 61,812-N.S., Classification and Salary Resolution for Unrepresented Employees, to change the title of Library Financial Manager to Library Administrative Manager and to revise the classification specification effective November 1, 2007.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

11.  Contract Amendment:  Gilman Project Permit Process - LSA Associates (PDF, 246 KB)

      From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to Contract No. 7344 with LSA Associates, Inc. for consulting services for the Gilman Project permit process by $18,056 for a total not to exceed $36,336, which includes a 20% contingency, through June 30, 2008.

Financial Implications: General Fund - $36,336

Contact: William Rogers, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, 981-6700

12.  Contract No. 7349 Amendment: Gilman Project Environmental Monitoring - Fugro West (PDF, 246 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to Contract No. 7349 with Fugro West, Inc., for environmental monitoring services by $23,150, plus a 20% contingency, for an amount not to exceed $62,035 through June 30, 2008.

Financial Implications: General Fund - $62,035

Contact: William Rogers, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, 981-6700

13.  Adoption of Berkeley Building Codes (PDF, 412 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation:

1)  Adopt first reading of an Ordinance repealing and re-enacting the Berkeley Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes and related procedural and stricter provisions in BMC Chapters 19.28, 19.30, 19.32 and 19.36;

2)  Schedule a public hearing, along with the adoption of the Ordinance for November 27, 2007.

Financial Implications: See report

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

14.  Contract: Mills Act - 2611 Ashby Avenue (PDF, 789 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution to direct the City Manager to enter into a Mills Act contract for 2611 Ashby Avenue.

Financial Implications: See report

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

15.  Fee Deferral and Modification of Loan Agreement for Freight and Salvage (Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) (PDF, 248 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend the existing loan agreement with Freight and Salvage (Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) to increase the loan amount by up to $350,000 to pay for City building permit fees for the Society’s new venue at 2020-2026 Addison Street and to modify the loan terms to allow forgiveness of $77,000 of the original loan principal when Freight and Salvage receives a Certificate of Occupancy for its new building at 2020-26 Addition.  

Financial Implications: See report

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

16.  Contract:  East Stockton Transfer Recycle for Construction & Demolition Waste Processing (PDF, 250 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with East Stockton Transfer Recycle to sort construction and demolition waste for an annual amount not to exceed $1,382,500 in FY 2008 and a total contract amount not to exceed $5,727,500 for FY 2008, FY 2009 and FY 2010, for the period November 12, 2007 to June 30, 2010.

Financial Implications: Refuse Fund - $1,382,500

Contact: Claudette Ford, Public Works, 981-6300

17.  Permit Service Center Surprise Cash Count: Address Long Standing Security and Accountability Concerns (PDF, 284 KB)

From: Auditor

Recommendation: Request the City Manager to report back on or before May 15, 2008, and every three months thereafter, regarding the implementation status of the audit recommendations in the attached audit report until each recommendation is fully implemented.

Financial Implications: See report

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

18.  Audit: Nature Center Surprise Cash Count - Controls Over Cash Receipts Need Improvement (PDF, 299 KB)

From: Auditor

Recommendation: Request the City Manager to report back during February 2008 regarding the implementation status of each of the City Auditor's recommendations in the attached report, and to report back no later than every six months thereafter, until all recommendations have been implemented.

Financial Implications: See report

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

19.   Supporting the Jubilee Act of 2007 (H.R. 2634) (PDF, 848 KB)

From: Peace and Justice Commission

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution urging the United States government to pass the Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and Expanded Debt Cancellation of 2007 (H.R. 2634), and to commence efforts to obtain agreements from the international financial institutions to cancel all debts owed to them by impoverished countries.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Manuel Hector Jr., Commission Secretary 981-5100

20.  Free the San Francisco Eight (PDF, 244 KB)

From: Peace and Justice Commission

Recommendation: Endorse the cry of people demanding justice by stating publicly that in the interest of justice, Jerry Brown, Attorney General of the State of California, should dismiss all of the charges against all of the San Francisco 8, and send a letter to Jerry Brown, Attorney General of the State of California, calling on him, in the interest of justice, to dismiss all of the charges against the San Francisco 8.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Manuel Hector Jr., Commission Secretary 981-5100

Council Consent Items

21.  Schedule Presentation: United in Action on the Subject of the Academic Achievement Gap (PDF, 188 KB)

From: Councilmember Moore

Recommendation: Re-schedule a short presentation from United In Action from the November 6, 2007 City Council meeting to the November 27, 2007 City Council meeting.

Financial Implications: None

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

Action Calendar – Old Business

22.   ZAB Appeal: 2721 Shattuck Avenue - Nextel (PDF, 52 KB)(Carried over from October 23, 2007. where the public hearing was closed.  No further public comment will be entertained.  No council action taken.  If council fails to act within 30 days, the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board will be approved by operation of law.  BMC 23B.32.060) 

a From: City Manager

Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution overturning Zoning Adjustments Board denial and adopting findings for approval of Use Permit #04-10000068 for a new wireless telecommunications facility (including six antennas and related equipment) for Nextel Communications at 2721 Shattuck Avenue.

Financial Implications: None

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

b. Appeal

1.      Corey Alvin (representative for Nextel Communications, applicant/appellant)

c. Communications (Received after October 23, 2007)

23.   ZAB Appeal: 2721 Shattuck Avenue – Verizon (PDF, 367 KB)(Carried over from October 23, 2007. where the public hearing was closed.  No further public comment will be entertained.  No council action taken.  If council fails to act within 30 days, the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board will be approved by operation of law.  BMC 23B.32.060) 

a. From: City Manager

Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution overturning Zoning Adjustments Board denial and adopting findings for approval of Use Permit #05-10000033 for a new wireless telecommunications facility (including five antennas and related equipment) for Verizon Wireless at 2721 Shattuck Avenue.

Financial Implications: None

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

b. Appeal

1.      James Singleton (representative for Verizon Wireless, applicant/appellant)

c. Communications (Received after October 23, 2007)

1.      Manuela Albuquerque – City Attorney

Action Calendar - Appeals

24.   ZAB Appeal: 1365 Summit Road (Carried over from October 23, 2007) (PDF, 231 KB)

a. From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board to approve Use Permit No.  06-10000105 for the demolition of the existing home at 1365 Summit Road and to permit its replacement with a new single family residence.

Financial Implications: None

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

b. Appeal

2.      Robin Gal

c. Communications 

None

25.   ZAB Appeal: 634 Woodmont Avenue (PDF, 17 MB)

       Administrative Record (PDF, 24 KB)

a. From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) to approve Use Permit #07-10000068 for the construction of a new single family residence at 634 Woodmont Avenue.

Financial Implications: None

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

b.Appeal

1.      Nancy Schneider

2.      Barbara E. Lena

c. Communications

1.     Nancy Schneider and George Putris

2.      Barbara E. Lena (2)

3.      Steven and Judy Lipson

4.      William Berland – Law Offices of Ferguson and Berland

5.      Elaine Halnan

Action Calendar - Public Hearings

26.  ZAB Appeal: 161 Panoramic Way (PDF, 15 MB)

a. From: City Manager

Recommendation: Deny the appeals and approve Use Permit 04-10000145 to construct a new single family dwelling at 161 Panoramic Way, with modified conditions of approval to address the issues discussed herein.

Financial Implications: None

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

b. Appeal

1.      Regula Muller

2.      Panoramic Hill Association

Communications (Received after September 11, 2007)

None

Action Calendar - New Business

27.   Voting Delegates - 2007 National League Of Cities' Congress Of Cities (PDF, 240 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Designate a voting delegate and alternate to act on behalf of the City at the Annual Business Meeting at the National League of Cities' Congress of Cities.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Pamyla Means, City Clerk, 981-6900

28.  Discussion Regarding Possible Ballot Measures for the November 4, 2008 General Municipal Election  PDF, 186 KB) (Carried over from October 23, 2007- Revised Item To Be Delivered) 

From: City Manager

Recommendation:

1.   Begin discussion and provide general direction regarding the preparation of City initiated ballot measures, including possible revenue measures, to be submitted to the voters at the November 4, 2008 General Municipal Election. 

2.      Direct the City Clerk to place the qualified Landmarks Preservation Referendum Petition on the November 4, 2008 ballot as required by law.

3.   Allow a brief presentation on the conceptual design of the Warm Water Pool at the meeting tonight.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000

29.  Revision of the Condominium Conversion Ordinance (BMC Chapter 21.28) (PDF, 192 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Provide direction to staff regarding revision of condominium conversion ordinance, BMC Chapter 21.28.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Renelda Mary, Housing, 981-5400


Action Calendar – New Council Items

30.   Creation of Sustainable Energy Financing District (PDF, 253 KB)

From: Mayor Bates

Recommendation: Approve the concept of the “Sustainable Energy Financing District” to allow property owners to finance solar installations and energy efficiency improvements as a voluntary assessment on their individual property tax bills and direct staff to continue work developing the program.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100

Information Reports

31.  Status Report: Warm Water Pool - Berkeley High School (PDF, 1.7 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000

32.  Miscoding of City of Berkeley Business Licenses (PDF, 248 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Robert Hicks, Finance, 981-7300

 33.  Unrepresented Temporary Employees (PDF, 244 KB)

From: City Manager

Contact: David Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

34.  Berkeley Public Library Annual Report (PDF, 273 KB)

From: Board of Library Trustees

Contact: Donna Corbeil, Library, 981-6100

35. Audit: Follow-Up of Public Works Construction Contracts (PDF, 1.4 MB)

From: City Manager

Contact: Claudette Ford, Public Works, 981-6300

 


Public Comment – Items Not Listed on the Agenda


Adjournment

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.

 

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I hereby certify that the agenda for this meeting of the Berkeley City Council was posted at the display case located near the walkway in front of Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, as well as on the City’s website, on November 1, 2007

 

Pamyla Means, MMC, City Clerk


Communications – 11/06/07 (PDF, 15 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.

Item 30: Creation of Sustainable Energy Financing District

1.      Helen Green

Reinstating Funding to Berkeley Food and Housing Project

2.      Daniel Marlin

Sale of Center Street Garage Setback Easement to SNK

3.      Merrilie Mitchell

Fire Prevention

4.      David Wall

Proposed Zoning Changes for Automobile Dealerships

5.      Ann Chandler, Community Conservation Centers

Earthquakes and Insurance

6.      Barbara Gilbert

Commentary on Becky O’Malley

7.      Peter Mutnick