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MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING

May 26, 2009

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held May 26, 2009 at 7:08 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Mayor Wilson presiding. 
PRESENT:  Councilmembers Livingstone, Perkins and Rowley, Vice Mayor Hudson, and Mayor Wilson.
STAFF PRESENT:  City Manager Herb Moniz, Deputy City Attorney Alicia Poon, Police Captain Joe Gorton, Housing Programs Manager Brooke Littman, Recreation Services Division Manager Esther Lucas, Parks and Community Services Director Jeff Eorio, Program Manager David Krueger, Associate Planner Cindy Yee, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Police Captain Joe Gorton led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The City Clerk noted that there were no changes or additions to the agenda.  The June 1, 2009 Southwest Area Transportation Committee meeting has been cancelled.

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

(#4.1) Presentation of Association of Bay Area Governments Affordable Housing Award.  Presentation by Brooke Littman, Housing Program Manager.

Brooke Littman, Housing Program Manager, reported that the City received a “Sharing the Benefits Award” from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) in recognition of its Housing Rehabilitation Program.  The program promotes community and neighborhood revitalization.  She presented the Award to Mayor Wilson and showed a video about the program.  Mayor Wilson thanked the Council and staff for their efforts to achieve this Award.  Vice Mayor Hudson requested that the video be available on the City’s website.  The video is available on the ABAG website.

(#4.2) Proclamation Declaring June 1-7, 2009 as National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Awareness Week and Supporting the Heart Safe Community Program.  Presented to Vicki Wright and Captain Andy Swartzell, Co-Chairs of the Heart Safe Community, by Mayor Wilson.

Mayor Wilson presented the proclamation to Vicki Wright and Captain Andy Swartzell, Co-Chairs of the Heart Safe Community.  Captain Swartzell thanked the Council for their support.  He reported that 150 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are available in the San Ramon Valley.  In the last five years, the region’s survival rate has increased from 4-6% to 28%.  Ms. Wright encouraged residents to be prepared by learning how to administer CPR and how to utilize an AED.  Training opportunities are listed on the San Ramon Fire Protection District’s website. 

(#4.3) Recognition of the San Ramon Valley Rotary Club’s International Exchange Student, Carine Louyot, by Dany Gregory, Rotary Past President, and Mayor Wilson.

Dany Gregory, San Ramon Valley Rotary Past President, introduced Larry Blair.  Mr. Blair provided information about Rotary International and the various projects which it sponsors.  He recognized Carine Louyot and her host families.  Ms. Louyot thanked the Council and her host families for an amazing year.  Mayor Wilson encouraged residents to consider the opportunity to host an exchange student and learn about new cultures.   

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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

(#5.1)  Arts Advisory Committee Appointments.

Recreation Services Division Manager Esther Lucas presented the report.  There are four openings on the Arts Advisory Committee (AAC).  The applicants were interviewed by a sub-committee of the Parks and Community Services Commission.  The Commission reviewed the sub-committee’s recommendation and recommended that the City Council appoint Mike McQuiston and Greg Smith.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to appoint Mike McQuiston and Greg Smith to the AAC for terms through April 2011 was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 5-0.  

(#5.2)  Library Advisory Committee Appointments.

Parks and Community Services Director Jeff Eorio presented the report.  There are five openings on the Library Advisory Committee (LAC).  The applicants were interviewed by a sub-committee of the Parks and Community Services Commission.  The Com-mission reviewed the sub-committee’s recommendation and recommended that the City Council appoint Jake Bronson, Beverly Harris, and Penny Prater.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to appoint Jake Bronson, Beverly Harris, and Penny Prater to the LAC for terms ending January 2011 was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 5-0.  

(#5.3)  Senior Advisory Committee Appointments.

Recreation Services Division Manager Esther Lucas presented the report.  There are three openings on the Senior Advisory Committee (SAC).  The applicants were interviewed by a sub-committee of the Parks and Community Services Commission.  The Commission reviewed the sub-committee’s recommendation and made the recommendation to the City Council to appoint Thomas Mullican, Larry Rossi, and Colleen Vitalis.

Cm. Rowley’s motion to appoint Thomas Mullican, Larry Rossi, and Colleen Vitalis to the SAC for terms through April 2011 was seconded by Cm. Perkins and passed 5-0.  

(#5.4)  Teen Council Appointments.

Recreation Services Division Manager Esther Lucas presented the report.  The Teen Council consists of twenty-one teen community members who serve a one-year term.  Fifty-one applications were submitted by the April 10, 2009 deadline.  The applicants were interviewed by a sub-committee of the Commission.  The sub-committee recommended appointments and a prioritized waitlist to the full Commission on May 13, 2009 meeting.  The Commission reviewed the sub-committee’s recommendations and made its appointment recommendation to the City Council.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to appoint the 21 members (Erik Adcock, Sai Avala, Michael Bluestein, Michelle Choi, Dorothy Chow, Hannah Dittman, Lauren Haefling, Lucas Ho, Ashley Jensen, Jennie Kim, Bhumika Kukreja, Jordan Maler, Saundarya Mehra, Arya Minare, Ambika Munaganurv, Ainesh Pandey, Sana Sareshwala, Shekhar Sharma, Sanjana Yarlagadda, Nitin Yenigalla, and Katherine Zhang) and 10 alternates in order (Helen Sun, Reilly Frankhauser, Nayoun Kim, Rashi Ojha, Sarah Kendroud, Jocelyn Mae Herana, Anne Ha, Andrew Rasiah, Justin Deluna, and Kelsey Belomy) recommended by the Parks and Community Services Commission to the Teen Council for 2009-2010 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.  

Cm. Perkins asked for clarification regarding the appointment of two Teen Council representatives who neither attended school nor were a San Ramon resident.  Ms. Lucas explained that the Teen Council By-Laws permit two non-residents.

(#5.5)  Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging Appointment.

Recreation Services Division Manager Esther Lucas presented the report.   The Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging (CCCACA) advises the Area Agency on Aging on matters related to the development and administration of senior programs in accordance with the mandates of the Older Americans Act.  Four applications were received by the application deadline.  The applicants were interviewed by a sub-committee of the Parks and Community Services Commission.  The Commission reviewed the sub-committee’s recommendation and recommended that the City Council appoint Maura Connell to the CCCACA.

Cm. Rowley’s motion to appoint Maura Connell to the CCCACA for a term expiring September 2011 was seconded by Cm. Perkins and passed 5-0.  

(#5.6)  Contra Costa County Library Commission Appointment.

Parks and Community Services Director Jeff Eorio presented the report.   Pauline Chew Nolte has represented the City of San Ramon on the Contra Costa County Library Commission (CCCLC) since 1988.  The Parks and Community Services Commission recommends that the City Council appoint Penny Prather to the CCCLC.

Cm. Rowley’s motion to appoint Penny Prather to serve as the City’s representative to the CCCLC for a term through June 2011 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.  

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PUBLIC COMMENT

The City Clerk noted that there were no requests for public comment. 

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Cm. Livingstone’s motion to approve the May 12, 2009 City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 4-0.  Cm. Perkins abstained.

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CONSENT CALENDAR

(#8.1) Register of Demands as presented by the City Treasurer (Period ending April 30, 2009).

(#8.2) Resolution No. 2009-082 – Adopting the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating and Capital Budget, Establishing an Appropriation Limit, and Authorizing Carryover Project Appropriations.

(#8.3) Resolution No. 2009-083 – Accepting Certain Roadway and Landscape Dedications and Certain Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8716 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC) 

(#8.4) Resolution No. 2009-084 – Accepting Certain Roadway and Landscape Dedications and Certain Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8776 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).

(#8.5) Resolution No. 2009-085 – Authorizing Execution of a Loan Modification Agreement Between Sunset Building Company LLC and the City of San Ramon for a Note Secured by APN 213-120-013.

(#8.6) Minute Order No. 2009-18 – Authorizing a Citywide Expenditure in an Amount Not to Exceed $88,000 with Build Your Own Garment for City Logo Apparel for Fiscal Year 2008-09.

(#8.7) Resolution No. 2009-086 – Repealing Resolution No. 2009-049 and Amending the Parking Restrictions Master Street List Establishing Restricted Parking Zones in the City of San Ramon Per Title B, Division B-8, Chapter I, Article 1, Section B8-1, Stopping, Standing or Parking – Curb Marking Designations.

(#8.8) Resolution No. 2009-087 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with MCK Services, Inc. for the Construction of Annual Pavement Management Project (CIP 5409) in an Amount Not to Exceed $1,739,566.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to approve items 8.1 through 8.8 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

(#9.1) Public Hearing:  Resolution No. 2009-088 – Confirming the Landscaping and Lighting District No. 1984-1 District Diagram and Assessments and Levying the Landscaping and Lighting District No. 1984-1 Assessments for Fiscal Year 2009/10.

David Krueger, Program Manager, presented the staff report.  Staff recommended that the Citywide Lighting assessment increase by $0.52/unit/year and the Citywide Landscaping assessment increase by $1.12/unit/year which is the 2% allowed for inflation.  Staff recommends that the assessment for special Zone 6 (Westbranch) be increased by $30/unit/year in order to fund anticipated repairs to the Step Fountain and Reflection Fountain and scheduled replacement of the irrigation controllers.  The assessment for special Zone 18 (Old Ranch Summit) would be reduced by $600 per unit as the zone has adequate reserves.

Mayor Wilson opened the public hearing.  There were no requests to address this item.  Mayor Wilson closed the public hearing.

Cm. Perkins’ motion to adopt Resolution No. 2009-088 was seconded by Vice Mayor Hudson and passed 5-0.

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NEW BUSINESS

(#10.1) Public Hearing:  Resolution No. 2009-089 –Adopting the Local Environmental Review Procedures. 

The staff report was presented by Cindy Yee, Associate Planner.  The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted in 1970.  The City Council adopted San Ramon’s first Local Environmental Review Procedures in 1993.  This update reflects changes to the State CEQA Guidelines since 1993.  The Procedures will supplement the Guidelines with CEQA procedures specific to San Ramon.  On April 21, 2009, the Planning Commission adopted a resolution recommending the City Council approve the Procedures.  The Procedures fulfills the intent of the CEQA statute and the State CEQA Guidelines and provides a user-friendly resource for San Ramon CEQA practitioners.

Mayor Wilson opened the public hearing.  There were no requests to address this item. 

Mayor Wilson closed the public hearing.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to adopt Resolution No. 2009-089 was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 5-0. 

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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS

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COUNCILMEMBER REPORTS

Cm. Perkins invited residents to come to the Farmers Market and take advantage of the excellent produce.  He thanked City staff for their work on the 2009/10 Budget.

Vice Mayor Hudson thanked staff for its work on the Housing Element.  He thanked Danville Mayor Arnerich for supporting the TRAFFIX school bus program.

Cm. Rowley encouraged residents with children attending Pine Valley, Neil Armstrong and Countrywood schools to participate in the TRAFFIX bus program.  The cost is $200 per student per year.  She thanked City staff for an excellent Art and Wind Festival which included new vendors, more food booths, and expanded activities for children.

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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS

Mayor Wilson thanked the Art and Wind Festival sponsors and staff for a successful event.  He encouraged residents to take advantage of the Farmers Market.  He presented a plaque to Cm. Rowley recognizing her five years of service to the City.  Cm. Rowley replied that it was a pleasure to serve San Ramon.  Mayor Wilson requested that the City’s Purchasing Policy be placed on the July Finance Committee agenda.

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At 8:06 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.

 

Signed:
H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk

Approved at the June 9, 2009 City Council meeting 5-0.

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