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June 9, 2009

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held June 9, 2009 at 6:33 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, City Attorney By Athan, Police Chief Scott Holder, Loss Control/Risk Manager Cheryl Mitchell Wade,  Engineering Services Director Joye Fukuda, Parks and Community Services Director Jeff Eorio, Deputy City Clerk Renee Beck, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.

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At 6:33 p.m., the Council convened to Closed Session pursuant to Government Code §54956.8 for City Council to meet with its Real Property Negotiators Herb Moniz and Jeff Eorio regarding portions or all of  APNs 211-210-057, 058, 059; 211-210-078; 211-230-009 and 011; 211-370-066.  At 7:07 p.m., Mayor Wilson reconvened the meeting.  All Council members were present.  Mayor Wilson reported that no action was taken on the Closed Session item.

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Roz Rogoff led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance.

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The City Clerk noted that there were no changes or additions to the agenda.  The City Clerk noted that there were no changes or additions to the meetings listed on the agenda. 

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(#4.1) Proclamation Recognizing Doug DeVries as the Advisor for California High School’s Model United Nations Program.  Presented by Mayor Wilson.

California High School Senior Adam Hester provided an overview of the Model United Nations (MUN) Program.  He recognized Mr. DeVries for his dedication, passion for teaching, encouragement, insight, and tireless efforts to support students in the Program.  Mayor Wilson presented Mr. DeVries with a proclamation acknowledging his contributions as Program advisor.  He also gave Mr. DeVries a City pin and thanked him for motivating his students.  Mr. Devries thanked the Council for the recognition and stressed the importance for students to have a global understanding. 

(#4.2) Proclamation Declaring June 2009 as National Safety Month.  Presented to Cheryl Mitchell Wade, Loss Control/Risk Manager, by Mayor Wilson.

Mayor Wilson presented the proclamation to Cheryl Mitchell Wade, Loss Control/Risk Manager.  Ms. Wade stated that the Employee Safety Committee appreciated this honor and will continue to promote employee safety.

(#4.3) Recognition of Joye Fukuda, Engineering Services Director, on her Retirement.  Presentation by Mayor Wilson.

Mayor Wilson presented Joye Fukuda with a proclamation describing her contributions to the City during her 18 years of service.  Ms. Fukuda stated that it was a great honor and privilege to serve San Ramon.  She thanked City Manager Herb Moniz for his leadership and guidance.  She also thanked the Council, staff, and her family.  City Manager Herb Moniz presented Ms. Fukuda with a plaque recognizing her excellent service to the City.

(#4.4) Presentation by Cheryl Chambers, Comcast Cable Government Affairs Officer, on the Transition to Digital Television.

Parks and Community Services Director Jeff Eorio introduced Comcast Cable Government Affairs Officer Cheryl Chambers.  Ms. Chambers described the difference between the government’s mandated change from analog to digital television and Comcast’s network enhancement.  She reviewed the options and services available from Comcast.  Comcast wants to be responsive to customers during the transition.  Information is available at Comcast stores, by calling 1-800-COMCAST, or at their website at http://comcastcalifornia.mediaroom.com.  Cm. Rowley stated that Comcast was very helpful in response to her request for service.

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The City Clerk noted that there were three requests for public comment. 

Robert Still, resident, alerted the Council to the parking problems which occur on Rosario Court during the July 4th fireworks.  He cited safety concerns for the community and property and noted that emergency vehicles cannot access the area because of the congestion created by the illegally parked cars.  He asked the Council to consider a solution to this problem and requested that the Police Department have a greater presence in the area to deter illegally parked cars.

Barbara Kuklewicz, resident, described her experience as the victim of a car break-in.  Her purse was stolen from the trunk while she attended a class at the San Ramon Community Center.  She reported that the Police Department did not provide a timely response to her call for assistance.  She also noted that catalytic converters have been stolen from several vehicles.  She asked the Council to consider solutions to these problems.  She suggested several options to increase resident awareness and asked that merchants be alerted to check identification prior to processing credit card charges.  Mayor Wilson noted that this issue has been addressed in articles appearing in local magazines.  Cm. Livingstone asked if the item which was stolen was visible in the car.  Ms. Kuklewicz replied that the item was in the trunk.  Cm. Livingstone noted that an auto repair shop can spot weld the bolts to make it difficult to remove the converter from the vehicle.  Mayor Wilson apologized that the Police Department did not respond more quickly.  Cm. Perkins added that there were several car radio thefts in his neighborhood. 

Sun Takenouchi, resident, described the situation in which her husband collapsed at the Athan Downs Tennis Courts and subsequently died of a heart attack.  The medical response was delayed because of the routing of 911 calls made on cellular phones.  She requested that the Council consider installation of Automatic External Defibrillators at City parks and make public telephones available so that this situation does not occur in the future.   Mayor Wilson responded that the City would investigate her request.

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Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to approve the May 26, 2009 City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 5-0.

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(#8.1) Minute Order No. 2009-19 – Authorizing the Expenditure of Approved Mid-Year Funding for Replacement Tasers and Cartridges from Taser International.

(#8.2) Resolution No. 2009-090 – Accepting Certain Landscape Improvements in
RA 1152 for Maintenance (Shapell Industries – Gale Ranch and Rose Garden at Gale Ranch).

(#8.3) Resolution No. 2009-091 – Accepting Certain Roadway Improvements in
RA 1211 for Maintenance (Shapell Industries).

(#8.4) Resolution No. 2009-092 – Rejecting the Previous Offer of Dedication of a Landscape Easement and Accepting the Offer of Dedication of a Landscape Parcel in Fee Title from Windemere, BLC for a portion of Parcel A of Subdivision 8507 with Public Tower Improvements (Windemere BLC, Land Development Company, LLC).

(#8.5) Resolution No. 2009-093 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with Francisco & Associates, Inc. for Planning and Financial Services Relating to Dougherty Valley in an Amount Not to Exceed $25,000.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to approve items 8.1 through 8.5 was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 5-0.

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(#10.1) Resolution No. 2009-094 – Establishing a Voluntary Campaign Expenditure Limitation for the 2009 Municipal Election.

Deputy City Clerk Renee Beck presented the report.  She stated that the voluntary campaign expenditure limit for previous elections was established by determining an expenditure amount per registered voter, the number of registered voters, and the price of postage.  On May 27, 2009, the Policy Committee determined that a rate of $1.00 per registered voter (33,919 registered voters in San Ramon for the 2008 General Election) was a reasonable rate for the 2009 Voluntary Campaign Expenditure formula.  There were no questions from the Council or from the public.  Cm. Perkins noted a typographical error in the expenditure amount on Resolution 2009-094. 

Cm. Perkins’ motion to adopt Resolution No. 2009-094 as corrected was seconded by Vice Mayor Hudson and passed 5-0.

(#10.2) Resolution No. 2009-095 – Requesting and Consenting to Consolidation of Elections and Setting Specifications of the Election Order.

City Clerk Patricia Edwards presented the report.  Resolution No. 2009-095 authorizes the County Clerk’s office to administer the November 3, 2009 Municipal Election in San Ramon and to render specified services to the City relating to the conduct of the election.  The City agrees to compensate the County for expenses incurred in this election.  Resolution No. 2009-095 includes the requirements for the candidate statement including a 300 word limit, guidelines for the structure of the statement; and that the candidate will be responsible for a share of the cost of producing and distributing the voter pamphlet.  A deposit of $1,110 is the County Elections Department’s estimated charge for the candidate statement for the November 3, 2009 election. 

Cm. Perkins questioned the estimated cost of the November 2009 election.  Ms. Edwards responded the cost estimate is $200,000-$300,000 based on estimates from the County Elections office.  At this time, San Ramon is a stand-alone election.  Vice Mayor Hudson asked if the candidate statement is required to be provided in English and Spanish.  Ms. Edwards responded that it is and that the English word count will be used.

Roz Rogoff, resident, stated that the actual election cost could not be determined until it was known if the election was actually going forward.  She noted that she had misinterpreted the word “consolidated” as meaning an election consolidating a measure with the state election.  She questioned if the mayor and councilmember terms listed in the Resolution could be shortened by one year.  A concurrent vote to change the terms in the City Charter would bring the City to even year elections.  Mayor Wilson noted that the Council would take her comments under advisement. 

Cm. Perkins’ motion to adopt Resolution No. 2009-095 was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 5-0.

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Vice Mayor Hudson reported on his presentation on “Public/Private Partnerships” at the League of California Cities Conference in San Diego.  He stated that the University of California is conducting a study for the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission on non-chemical stressors.  He discussed the spending of public funds to support measures on the ballot.  He stated that the League of California Cities will support sustainable community strategies for cities.  He alerted residents who use County Connection that they will be using a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 3, 2009.  He reported that SB 375 by Senator Steinberg considers the climate change impacts of development on regional planning with an emphasis on reducing car travel.  By having the City’s Housing Element approved in a timely manner, the City will avoid the effects of this bill.  He noted that the City’s Planning Department is taking a proactive approach on this legislation and thanked staff for their work.

Cm. Rowley invited residents to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life which will be held at California High School on June 27-28, 2009. 

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Mayor Wilson reminded residents that the Farmers Market is open on Saturdays at Forest Home Farms and that it is rated as the number one farmers market in Contra Costa County.  He reported that the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers and asked interested citizens to contact the Chamber.

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At 8:34 p.m. the Council convened to Closed Session pursuant to Government Code §54957 to evaluate the position of the City Attorney.  At 9:02 p.m., Mayor Wilson reconvened the meeting. All Council members were present.  Mayor Wilson reported that the Council met in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code §54957 to evaluate the position of the City Attorney.   Cm. Rowley moved and Cm. Livingstone seconded the motion that the Mayor be authorized to negotiate and execute an updated employment contract with the City Attorney in a manner consistent with the evaluation of the City Council and on such terms and conditions within the parameters set forth in the “City of San Ramon Performance Evaluations Policy and Procedures” applicable to all permanent City employees.  Motion carried 5-0.

At 9:03 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.


H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk

Approved at the June 23, 2009 City Council meeting 3-0; Rowley and Wilson absent.

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