MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING
August 25, 2009
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held August 25, 2009 at 7:05 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Mayor Wilson presiding.
PRESENT: Councilmembers Hudson, Rowley and Mayor Wilson.
ABSENT: Councilmembers Livingstone and Perkins.
STAFF PRESENT: City Manager Herb Moniz, Interim City Attorney Roger Peters, Police Lieutenant Joe Gorton, Deputy City Attorney Alicia Poon, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Town of Danville Mayor Arnerich 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 one change to the meetings listed on the agenda. The September 1, 2009 Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled. Vice Mayor Hudson noted that the August 27, 2009 Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission meeting has been cancelled.
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(#4.1) Recognizing City Read 2009 "Two Cities, One Book" – August 31, 2009 - October 12, 2009. Presented by Mayor Wilson to Town of Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich, Danville Community Library Manager Seng Lovan, San Ramon Acting Community Library Manager Nancy Kreiser, and San Ramon Library Youth Services Librarian Amy Mockoski.
San Ramon Library Youth Services Librarian Amy Mockoski thanked the Library Foundations for providing funding to purchase the books. This year is the sixth anniversary of “Two Cities, One Book” and features the book Assassination Vacation by author Sarah Vowell. Ms. Mockoski invited residents to attend the author’s presentation on October 17, 2009 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. The presentation is free but reservations are required. Danville Senior Branch Librarian Seng Lovan thanked Danville and San Ramon for their enthusiastic support of the program. Free copies of the book will be available in libraries and various locations in San Ramon and Danville. Mayor Arnerich and Mayor Wilson jointly read the proclamation and presented it to Ms. Mockoski and Ms. Lovan. Mayor Arnerich noted that Danville and San Ramon invested in their libraries. He added that the circulation of the three Valley libraries continues to increase and that he is proud to be part of the library system. Copies of the book were distributed to the Council. Mayor Wilson remarked that this event is an opportunity for neighbors to get together and share their reading experience.
(#4.2) Presentation on Building Bridges 2009 (October 17, 2009) by Steven Liao.
Steven Liao, chair of the 2009 Building Bridges, described the event. He invited residents to provide assistance to neighbors with needs by participating in a variety of volunteer opportunities. This year’s sponsors include Chevron, Home Depot, and Waste Management. Contact the San Ramon Presbyterian Church for additional information or to nominate a project at firstname.lastname@example.org. He thanked the Council for their support and encouragement. Mayor Wilson urged residents to participate, help their neighbors, and build a strong San Ramon community
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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
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The City Clerk noted that there was one request for public comment.
Sophie Damerel, representing Generation Green’s Contra Costa County Climate Leaders (4CL) Program, addressed the Council. 4CL is a network for sharing, publicizing, and facilitating policies to reduce green house emissions. Their free resources include a monthly newsletter and workshops. Their website includes a San Ramon page. She encouraged the City to complete a Green House Gas Inventory and a Climate Action Plan. An inventory will create a baseline against which green house gas emission reduction projects can be evaluated to assess measureable outcomes.
Vice Mayor Hudson provided an update of San Ramon’s accomplishments. City Manager Moniz stated that the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives is currently conducting a base line study for the cities in Contra Costa County.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Cm. Rowley’s motion to approve the August 11, 2009 City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Vice Mayor Hudson and passed 3-0. Cm. Livingstone and Cm. Perkins were absent.
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(#8.1) Register of Demands as presented by the City Treasurer (Period ending July 31, 2009).
(#8.2) Minute Order No. 2009-33 – Authorizing the Expenditure of $15,000 to Kimley Horn and Associates to Provide Transportation Consulting Services for the Transportation Division and Traffic Engineering Services for the Engineering Department in an Amount not to exceed $295,285.
(#8.3) Minute Order No. 2009-34 – Authorizing a Citywide Expenditure in an Amount Not to Exceed $331,000 with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District for Executed Use Agreements for Fiscal Year 2009-10.
(#8.4) Minute Order No. 2009-35 – Authorizing a Citywide Expenditure in an Amount Not to Exceed $64,000 with Clare Computer Solutions for Fiscal Year 2009-10 for Cable Installation, Network Engineering and Printer Repair.
(#8.5) Minute Order No. 2009-36 – Authorizing a Citywide Expenditure in an Amount Not to Exceed $76,000 with Build Your Own Garment for City Logo Apparel for Fiscal Year 2009-10.
(#8.6) Minute Order No. 2009-37 – Authorizing a Citywide Expenditure in an Amount Not to Exceed $185,500 with San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District for Fuel for City Vehicles for Fiscal Year 2009-10.
(#8.7) Minute Order 2009-38 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Amendment No. 1 to the Existing Agreement with Fong & Fong Printers and Lithographers to Renew the Agreement for the Printing of the Recreation Guide, Restaurant Guide, Performing Arts Season Brochure, and City Newsletters in an Amount Not to Exceed $116,500.
(#8.8) Minute Order No. 2009-39 – Authorizing the Payment of $102,000 to the Tri-Valley Community Television (TV30) for Fiscal Year 2009-10.
(#8.9) Resolution No. 2009-138 – Approving Addendum II to Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement Pertaining to Tri-Valley Transportation Development Program for Traffic Mitigation.
(#8.10) Resolution No. 2009-139 – Accepting Certain Landscape Improvements in RA 1175 (a Portion of Windemere Parkway, a Portion of East Branch Parkway, and a Portion of Sherwood Way) for Maintenance (Windemere BLC, Land Development Company, LLC).
(#8.11) Resolution No. 2009-140 – Accepting Certain Landscape Dedications and Certain Landscape Improvements within Portions of Parcels B, C, and D of Subdivision 8924, a Portion of Parcel C of Subdivision 8926, a Portion of Parcel B of Subdivision 8928, Parcels C and D of Subdivision 8929, Parcels A and B of Subdivision 8930, a Portion of Parcel A of Subdivision 9142, a Portion of Parcel A of Subdivision 9143, and a Portion of Parcel A of Subdivision 9144, Installed as Part of RA 1175 (a Portion of Windemere Parkway, a Portion of East Branch Parkway, and a Portion of Sherwood Way) for Maintenance (Windemere BLC, Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.12) Resolution No. 2009-141 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering for the Central Park Playground and Participatory Fountain Renovation (CIP No. 5442) in an Amount Not to Exceed $182,275.
(#8.13) Resolution No. 2009-142 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with Playworld Systems, Inc. for the Central Park Playground and Participatory Fountain Renovation (CIP No. 5442) in an Amount Not to Exceed $250,000.
Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to approve items 8.1 through 8.13 was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 3-0. Cm. Livingstone and Cm. Perkins were absent.
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(#9.1) Public Hearing: Ordinance No. XXX (next in line) – Introducing an Urgency Ordinance of the City of San Ramon Establishing a 45 Day Moratorium on the Issuance of Any New, or Expansion of Any Existing, Massage Establishment or Massage Therapist Permits.
Deputy City Attorney Alicia Poon stated that an Urgency Ordinance requires a 4/5 vote. As only three Councilmembers were available, a vote could not be taken on the Urgency Ordinance at the meeting.
Mayor Wilson expressed concern about the differences between the California licensing and San Ramon’s requirements. San Ramon requires that applicants provide: their current and up to six prior home addresses, proof of lawful right to work in the US, proof of citizenship, and applicant’s written authorization to conduct a background check. San Ramon wants to be careful in its evaluation so that residents are protected. A special meeting may be held to address the Urgency Ordinance. Ms. Poon stated that the law is in effect and that the State will begin to issue certificates on September 1, 2009.
Mayor Wilson opened the public hearing. There were no requests to address this item. Mayor Wilson closed the public hearing. Mayor Wilson stated that the Urgency Ordinance will be continued to a date uncertain.
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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS
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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Mayor Wilson invited residents to patronize the Saturday Farmers Market at Forest Home Farms. He encouraged residents to purchase their tickets for the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center 2009-2010 season.
Mayor Wilson requested that the Council forgo the Closed Session pursuant to Government Code §54957 to evaluate the position of City Manager because Cm. Livingstone and Cm. Perkins were not at the meeting.
At 7:35 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.
H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk
Approved at the October 13, 2009 City Council meeting 3-0; Livingstone abstain; Perkins absent.