Agenda Committee Item #6
Council Draft Agenda - December 13, 2005

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DRAFT AGENDA

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

7:00 P.M.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

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 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.      Lease: 1013 Pardee Street, No. 105 BI (First Reading December 6, 2005)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt second reading of an Ordinance authorizing a new one-year lease from September 1, 2005 to August 31, 2006 for an existing warehouse at 1013 Pardee Street, No. 105 (alternate address of 2700 10th Street) that has been rented by the City on a month-to-month basis since the original multi-year lease expired with Asia Young Fountain Group Inc. for the storage of fire and police equipment, emergency supplies and equipment.

Financial Implications: Bond Measure Q - $128,849

Contact: Debra Pryor, Fire and Emergency Services, 981-3473

2.      Francesca Barsamian v. City of Berkeley

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving the settlement of the Alameda County Superior Court Action No. RG 04165815 entitled Francesca Barsamian v. City of Berkeley in the amount of $50,000.

Financial Implications: Public Liability Fund - $50,000

Contact: Manuela Albuquerque, City Attorney, 981-6950

3.      Revisions to Commissioners’ Manual Chapter II(B)(3), Incompatible Public Offices Prohibited

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution amending the City of Berkeley Commissioners' Manual (Resolution 62,418-N.S.) to revise Chapter II(B)(3), Incompatible Offices Prohibited, to clarify language regarding the ability to serve on two or more City boards or commissions.

Financial Implications: None

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

4.      Formal Bid Solicitations & Request for Proposals

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Approve the attached request for proposals that will be, or are planned to be, issued upon final approval by the requesting department or division.

Financial Implications: Various Funds - $750,000

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

5.      Sidewalk Vending of Arts and Crafts and Flowers

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Ordinance repealing and reenacting Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 9.48 regulating Sidewalk Vending of Arts and Crafts, and Flowers, which defines specific flower vendor requirements, along with those for arts and crafts vendors, and establishes sidewalk vending fees by Council Resolution; and adopt a Resolution, concurrent with the effective date of the Ordinance, establishing permit and identification card fees for sidewalk vending at the current rates, which were set by Ordinance No. 6,112-N.S. on January 1, 1993.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

6.      Contract: HIV Prevention Syringe Exchange Services

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with the Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution for HIV prevention syringe exchange services for the period to July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006 in an amount not to exceed $52,000.

Financial Implications: General Fund - $52,000

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

7.      Contract: Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend Contract No. 6681, a contract between the City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Ecumenical Ministries.

Financial Implications: See report.

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

8.      Classification: Crime Analyst

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 61,840-N.S., Classification and Salary Resolution for Public Employees Union Local One, to add the classification and salary range of Crime Analyst to be effective January 1, 2006.

Financial Implications: General Fund - $58,284 for FY 2006; $121,235 for FY 2007

Contact: David W. Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

9.      Classification: Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 61,812-N.S., Classification and Salary Resolution for Unit Z2 - Unrepresented Confidential and Professional Employees, to establish an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.

Financial Implications: Various funds

Contact: David W. Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6800

10.  Health Plan Rate Increases

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt two Resolutions: 1) approving a 14.63 percent rate increase for the Kaiser Foundation Health Maintenance Organization health plan; and 2) approving a 12.9 percent rate increase for both the Health Net Health Maintenance Organization health plan and Point of Service health plan for City employees effective January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006, and rescinding Resolution No. 62,751-N.S. and Resolution No. 62,752-N.S.

Financial Implications: Payroll Deduction Trust Fund - $10,531,000

Contact: David W. Hodgkins, Human Resources, 981-6805

11.  Contract: Telephone System Completion

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments with Nexus Inc. for the completion of the City of Berkeley's telephone system in an amount not to exceed $455,000 for the period January 1, 2006 through to June 30,2007.

Financial Implications: General Fund and Capital Improvement Fund - $455,000

Contact: Chris Mead, Information Technology, 981-6500

12.  Grant: Ashby BART West Parking Lot

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution supporting a Caltrans grant application by the South Berkeley Neighborhood Development Corporation and the City to fund preparation of a plan for transit-oriented development on the west parking lot of the Ashby BART Station.

Financial Implications: See report.

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

13.  Contract: Architectural and Engineering Services

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution: 1) authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with Baker Vilar Architects to provide architectural and engineering services for James Kenney Recreation Center; and 2) increasing the contract amount by $15,000 for a total not to exceed $75,000 for the period August 1, 2002 to December 31, 2006.

Financial Implications: Building Purchases & Management Fund - $75,000

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6300

14.  Contract: Continuation of the EcoPass Program

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement and any related amendments with the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District for the continuation of an annual transit pass (Eco Pass) program for City of Berkeley employees in an amount not to exceed $100,000 for the period beginning January 1, 2006 and ending December 31, 2006.

Financial Implications: Payroll Deduction Trust Fund - $100,000

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6303

15.  Contract: On-Call Traffic Data Services - Speed Surveys and Volume Counts

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Multitrans Transportation Consultants, Inc., for speed surveys and volume counts in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for the period January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007 with the option for a one-year extension.

Financial Implications: Capital Improvement Fund and Building Purchases Fund - $50,000

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6303

16.  Contract: Sanitary Sewer Project

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving plans and specifications for the Sanitary Sewer Project located at Wildcat Canyon Road; accepting the bid of McNamara and Smallman Construction, Inc.; and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments, extensions or change orders until completion of the project in accordance with approved plans and specifications, in an amount not to exceed $1,071,125 from the Sewer Capital Improvement Project Fund (Fund 830) for the period of 220 calendar days.

Financial Implications: Sewer Capital Improvement Fund - $1,071,125

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6303

17.  Final Tract Map 7527: 1809 Shattuck Avenue

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving the final map of Tract Map 7527, a thirty-two unit residential and commercial condominium located at 1809 Shattuck Avenue.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6300

18.  Final Tract Map 7537: 1797 Shattuck Avenue

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving the final map of Tract Map 7537, a 67-unit residential and commercial condominium located at 1797 Shattuck Avenue.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6303

19.  License Agreements: Veterans Memorial Building

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt the first reading of seven Ordinances authorizing the City Manager to execute license agreements and any amendments thereof with the current occupants of the Veterans Memorial Building at 1931 Center Street: 1) Berkeley Food and Shelter Project; 2) Berkeley Historical Society; 3) Berkeley Place; 4) Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency; 5) Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 25; 6) Dorothy Day House; and, 7) Options Recovery Services.

Financial Implications: $601 license revenue; $111,000 operating costs referred to mid-year budget review

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6300 and Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

20.  Purchase Order: Telephone Directory Advertising

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a purchase order with SBC Smart Yellow Pages in an amount not to exceed $31,476 for FY 2006, to advertise the City’s refuse collection and recycling services.

Financial Implications: Grant Funds - $9,728; Refuse Fund - $21,748

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6303

21.  Budget Referral: Berkeley Guides (PDF, 99 KB)

From: Councilmember Moore

Recommendation: Refer the one-time request for $10,000 to be used to leverage long-term funding for Berkeley Guides to the midyear budget process.

Financial Implications: $10,000

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

22.  Sale of Alcopops (PDF, 103 KB)

From: Councilmember Spring

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution: 1) favoring the restriction of the alcoholic beverage being marketed to teenagers called "alcopops" to the distilled spirits category; 2) oppose state legislation to reduce taxation on this type of alcoholic beverage by reclassification; 3) requesting that taxes from these products be used to fund alcohol prevention, treatment and enforcement programs for underage drinking; and 4) that the City Manager send a letter and the Resolution to our state elected officials, the Department of Alcoholic Beverages and to the State Board of Equalization.

Financial Implications: None

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

23.  Support Berkeley Newspapers (PDF, 13 KB)

From: Councilmember Spring

Recommendation: Request the City Manager to implement a policy of advertising city events in locally produced newspapers as widely as possible.

Financial Implications: See report

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

24.  Immigration Relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims Act of 2005 (PDF, 201 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution urging U.S. Senators to amend the Immigration Relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims Act of 2005 in favor of easing eligibility rules in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 for non-citizens seeking federal assistance, and ease immigration policy restrictions within the areas concerning employment and deportation.

Financial Implications: None

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

25.  Pledge for Racial Equality (PDF, 174 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: Join Californians across the state in pledging to: 1) demand our state legislators and decision makers support policies that we believe promote racial equity, and to hold government accountable for solutions that overcome longstanding racial disparities; 2) uphold equity, enfranchisement and economic justice by supporting the full participation and access to benefits and institutions for all California residents; 3) promote a vision for our collective future based on opportunity and advancement and to join with people to honor and protect the diverse cultures and languages of our communities; and 4) take action to strengthen protections against racial violence, racial profiling, and discrimination.

Financial Implications: None

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

26.  Support Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (PDF, 64 KB)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: Support the National Organization of Women (NOW) in urging the U.S. Congress to immediately convene a conference committee to reauthorize the National Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2005 in December and join NOW in urging Congress to craft the strongest possible VAWA from both House and Senate bills that will enable continuation of programs and services and addresses violence in our country’s diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, age and ability communities.

Financial Implications: None

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

27.  Standards for Care of Dogs Kept Outdoors (PDF, 167 KB)

a.      From: Citizens Humane Commission

Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Ordinance adding Berkeley Municipal Code Section 10.04.140, specifying requirements for minimum standards of care for owner/guardians who keep their dogs outdoors, including specifications for shelter, water, feeding and confinement.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Kate O'Conner, Secretary, 981-6601

b.      From: City Manager

Recommendation: The City Manager takes no position concerning the recommendations of the Commission.

Contact: Jim Hynes, City Manager, 981-7000

28.  Independent Commission on 2004 Coup d'Etat in the Republic of Haiti (PDF, 506 KB)

a.      From: Peace and Justice Commission

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution requesting that Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein introduce legislation similar to H.R. 946, to establish an Independent Commission on the 2004 Coup d'Etat in the Republic of Haiti, in the Senate; and supporting the amendment included in the FY 2006 Foreign Operations Appropriations Conference Report prohibiting arms transfers and sales.

Financial Implications: None

Contact: Manuel Hector, Secretary, 981-5110

b.      From: City Manager

Recommendation: The City Manager takes no position concerning the recommendations of the Commission.

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

 

Action Calendar – Public Hearing

29.  Fees: Vital Records

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution approving a fee increase of $2.00 for the issuance of each birth, death and fetal death certificate to be effective January 1, 2006; and directing the City Manager to establish a separate, interest-bearing trust fund for deposit of these additional fees.

Financial Implications: Revenue - $38,886

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

Action Calendar – Old Business

30.  Disappearing Newsracks and the Constitutionality and Practicality of the Interpretation and Implementation of Newsrack Regulations (Held over from October 18, 2005)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: Refer to the City Manager to review city ordinances, interpretations, and operations in regards to Newsrack regulation. As one part of this review, to invite persons responsible for distribution of newspapers to identify problem areas, including but not limited to the disappearance of newsracks without notification to the newspapers, possibly eliminating the part of the City ordinance that allows City removal of newsracks with zero notice, and making sure that the City is not creating impediments to fair placement for all publications.

Financial Implications: Staff time

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

31.  Support Commission Diversity (Held over as amended from November 29, 2005)

From: Councilmember Worthington

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution to: 1) encourage City Councilmembers to actively seek to fill vacant positions with consideration of the needs and benefits of a more representative and diverse commission roster; and 2) implement semi-annual reviews of its progress to determine if additional steps should be taken to ensure that these goals are met.

Financial Implications: None

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

Action Calendar – New Business

32.  Amending “By Right” Residential Additions and Definition of a Story in the Zoning Ordinance

a.      From: City Manager

Recommendation: Provide direction to staff by selecting one of the following options:

1.      Refer the Councilmembers’ request to the Planning Commission for its consideration and have staff return in January to discuss when a revised ordinance can be recommended by the Planning Commission and whether undertaking this project would delay other work already programmed for this year; or

2.   a.   Direct staff to prepare an Urgency Ordinance modifying the Zoning Ordinance to make any addition above the first floor subject to discretionary review in the same manner as major residential additions, and modify the definition of a story, and bring it to the City Council for adoption by a 4/5 vote by December 13, 2005; and

      b.   Refer the matter to the Planning Commission for consideration by the end of the term of the urgency ordinance, as it may be extended by the Council, but in any event no more than two years (the maximum permitted duration of an interim ordinance).

In either case, the Council needs to provide direction to staff regarding the geographic area to be covered by the interim ordinance (e.g., limited to the Hill Overlay district, or applied to all residential districts where major residential additions are allowed) and whether a first story as-of-right addition should be limited to the current 500 square feet or be expanded to 700 square feet; or

3.       Request that this issue return as part of Council’s consideration of the 2006-07 Planning Department Work Program.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

33.  Delayed Implementation of Audit Recommendations (PDF, 188 KB)

From: Auditor

Recommendation: Request the City Manager take the following steps to address the causes and effects of delays in implementing audit recommendations the City has previously agreed to implement: 1) Report back to Council regarding causes for difficulties in implementing audit recommendations; 2) Investigate the possibility that budget-related cuts and freezes may have impacted oversight/support functions and internal controls Citywide to a degree of unacceptable risk; 3) include an analysis of potential internal control impacts in future discussions of City budgets, as well as estimated costs for resolving them; and 4) take additional steps as Council may determine after discussion.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Ann-Marie Hogan, City Auditor's Office, 981-6750

34.  Berkeley Skate Park Rule Enforcement

a.      From: Parks and Recreation Commission (PDF, 136 KB)

Recommendation: Direct the City Manager to begin a process of conciliation involving skate park users and relevant City representatives which may include reconsideration of current City Ordinance involving knee pads and helmets in light of current State Law.

Financial Implications: Staff time

Contact: Virginia Aiello, Secretary, 981-5158

b.      From: City Manager (PDF, 164 KB)

Recommendation: Take no action on the Parks & Recreation Commission's Council Report recommending that the City Manager reconsider enforcement of the helmet/pads rule at the City's skateboard park.

Financial Implications: Unknown

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

35.  Phase-Out of Tritium Exit Signs for the City of Berkeley (PDF, 145 KB)

a.      From: Community Environmental Advisory Commission

Recommendation: That Council require the City Manager to institute the following policy: no new tritium signs to be purchased or installed in new City owned and leased buildings; the City must provide an inventory of all tritium exit signs in City-owned and leased buildings within six months; and, the City should provide facilities maintenance staff and subcontractors the training to recognize and properly remove and legally dispose of such signs.

Financial Implications: Unknown

Contact: Nabil Al-Hadithy, Secretary, 981-7461

b.      From: City Manager

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

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

 

Information Reports

36.  2005 Annual Commission Attendance Report

From: City Manager

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

37.  Customer Service Level Evaluation

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

38.  Treasury Cash Receipts/Cash Handling Audit - Status Report (CF19-05)

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

39.  Accounts Payable Audit - Status Report (CF18-05)

From: City Manager

Contact: Fran David, Finance, 981-7300

40.  Berkeley Drop-In Center Status Update

From: City Manager

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400 and Fred Medrano, Health and Human Services,  981- 5100

41.  Housing Authority Financial Statements for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2005

From: City Manager

Contact: Stephen Barton, Housing, 981-5400

42.  Landmarks Preservation Commission Notice of Decision - Approval of Structural Alteration Permit: 2105 Fifth Street; 2599 Telegraph Avenue; 147 Tunnel Road

From: City Manager

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

43.  Landmarks Preservation Commission Notice of Decision – Landmark Designation: 2701-21 Eighth Street and 934Carleton Street

From: City Manager

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

44.  Draft Comments: Notice of Preparation for the Southeast Campus Integrated Projects From: City Manager

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

45.  Hybrid Cars: Parking Rights

From: City Manager

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

46.  Status of Proposed Roundabouts for Gilman Interchange (CF 141-00)

From: City Manager

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6300

47.  Evaluation of Pedestrian Countdown Signals

From: City Manager

Contact: Claudette R. Ford, Public Works, 981-6300

48.  City Auditor's Annual Report for FY2005 (PDF, 253 KB)

From: Auditor

Contact: Ann-Marie Hogan, City Auditor's Office, 981-6750

Communications

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.

None

 

Adjournment