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October 27, 2009

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held October 27, 2009 at 7:04 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Mayor Wilson presiding.
PRESENT:  Councilmembers Hudson, Livingstone, Perkins, Rowley and Mayor Wilson.
STAFF PRESENT:  City Manager Herb Moniz, Interim City Attorney Roger Peters, Police Chief Scott Holder, Parks and Community Services Director Jeff Eorio, Emergency Preparedness Manager Raymond Riordan, Associate Planner Cindy Yee, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.

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Boy Scouts Spenser Carter and Trevor Carter 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) Announcement of Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley’s 9-11 Essay Contest Winners.  Presentation by Karen Stepper, President of the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley.

Karen Stepper introduced the item.  Judy Lloyd, Essay Contest Organizer, explained the 9-11 Essay Contest.  She thanked Contest sponsors Engeo, Pacific Rim Recycling and PG&E.  Mayor Wilson presented the winners with certificates.  Certificates from Congressman McNerney’s office were also presented to the winners.  The Elementary School winners are: 1st Place to Varshini Sitarama; 2nd Place to Sachandra Kalvakota and 3rd Place to Saicharitha Kalvakota.  The Middle and High School winners included:   1st Place to Gautam Ramesh; 2nd Place to Mimi Evans; 3rd Place to Spencer Carter and Honorable Mention to Trevor Carter and Jessica Liddy.  Varshini Sitarama read her essay.  Mayor Wilson thanked all of the participants.

(#4.2) Recognition of Ken Mintz, Parks and Community Services Commissioner 2006 – 2009.  Presented by Mayor Wilson.

Parks and Community Services Director Jeff Eorio introduced Ken Mintz and thanked him for his work on the Parks Commission and support to San Ramon.  Mayor Wilson presented Mr. Mintz with a proclamation.  He thanked Mr. Mintz for giving so much of his life to enhance the quality of life in San Ramon.  Mr. Mintz thanked the Council for the opportunity to serve the City and said that it was a pleasure to work with City staff.  He will continue to serve the community as a member of the School District Board.

(#4.3) Recognition of Bob Patrino, Planning Commissioner 2000 – 2009.  Presented by Mayor Wilson.

Phil O’Loane, Chair of the Planning Commission, thanked Bob Patrino for his dedication, for listening to the audience, and for applying his expertise to City projects.  Mayor Wilson presented Mr. Patrino with a proclamation recognizing his service on the Planning Commission.  Residents Sandy Barclay, Christa Freihofner, and Roz Rogoff thanked Mr. Patrino for his service.  Mr. Patrino stated that the Planning Commission works for the community.  He added that it was an honor to work with excellent City staff and Commissioners.  He noted that there is still work to be done.  He thanked the Council for the opportunity to work for the community.  He noted that San Jose is using the “San Ramon model” of putting a City park near every school in their Parks Master Plan.

(#4.4) Presentation of the 2009 Ambassadors for Cities Award for the Establishment and Support of Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center to the City of San Ramon.  Presented by Pat Huffman, President of Bay East Association of Realtors, to Mayor Wilson.

Pat Huffman presented the Ambassadors for Cities Award to Mayor Wilson.  In 2009, only five Awards were presented nationally.  The Award recognizes excellence in the promotion of housing opportunities though public/private partnerships.  The Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center (TVHOC) serves as a regional clearinghouse for information regarding home ownership and affordable housing.  They provide home ownership education seminars and counseling with the goal of increasing home ownership in the Tri-Valley area.  TVHOC has helped more than 100 families achieve home ownership since its inception in 2005.

(#4.5) Recognition of Joell Marchese, Science Teacher at Pine Valley Middle School, as the San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s 2009-10 Teacher of the Year and Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year.  Presented by Mayor Wilson.

Pine Valley Middle School Principal Jason Law recognized School District Board Members Bill Clarkson and Ken Mintz and Director of Secondary Education Robert Stockberger. Mr. Law enumerated the accomplishments of Joell Marchese as a remarkable educator and her impact on students and the community.  He noted that Ms. Marchese inspires others to expect more of themselves.  Ms. Marchese recapped her teaching experience.  She stated that the secret of success to educating a child is in the community.  Mayor Wilson presented her with a proclamation and thanked her for her dedication to educating children.  He recognized her mother, Mrs. Rivers.

 (#4.6) Proclamation Recognizing Francis “Chuck” Moschetti as the California State Reserve Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2009.  Presented by Mayor Wilson. 

Mayor Wilson presented Francis “Chuck” Moschetti with the proclamation.  Mr. Moschetti thanked the Council for the recognition and acknowledged the contributions of the Contra Costa Search and Rescue volunteers.  He encouraged interested citizens to volunteer.

(#4.7) Presentation and Review of the October 2, 2009 San Ramon Valley Mass Care and Shelter Drill by Raymond Riordan, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager.

Emergency Preparedness Manager Raymond Riordan provided a summary of the San Ramon Valley Mass Care Shelter Drill, lessons learned, and areas which require improvement.  The six participating agencies included the Town of Danville, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, the School District, the American Red Cross, the Contra Costa County Animal Services, and San Ramon.  He noted that the decrease in American Red Cross Chapters makes it especially important for San Ramon to be prepared for an emergency situation.  Cm. Perkins thanked Mr. Riordan for coordinating the six agencies which participated in the Drill.  Mayor Wilson encouraged residents to obtain their CERT training. 

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(#5.1) Arts Advisory Committee Appointment

Parks and Community Services Director Jeff Eorio presented the report.  There are three 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 Margarita Ryan to the AAC with a term to expire April 2011. 

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to appoint Margarita Ryan to the AAC for a term to expire April 2011 was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 5-0.  

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The City Clerk noted that there was one request for public comment. 

Roz Rogoff, resident, addressed the Council on several items.  She reported that she had a rainwater capture system installed.  She invited residents to view the video on YouTube at “Rain Water System in Northern California”.  She commented that the City Councilmember election was very civil and positive.  She is pleased that the San Ramon Valley Mass Care and Shelter Drill included a pet shelter.  She suggested the establishment of an Animal Task Force to study the feasibility of the City managing animal control services in San Ramon.  She stated that it was not a good use of City resources to pay the County for this service.  She suggested that a public/private effort might be a viable solution.

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(#7.1) Minutes of the October 13, 2009 meeting.

Cm. Livingstone’s motion to approve the October 13, 2009 City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 4-0.  Cm. Perkins abstained. 

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

(#8.2) City of San Ramon Quarterly Investment Report (Period Ending September 30, 2009).

(#8.3) Minute Order No. 2009-44 – Accepting the Work by MBA Pipelines, Inc. for the Vestrella Storm Drain Repairs (CIP 5535) as Complete and Authorizing the City Clerk to File a Notice of Completion with the County Recorder’s Office.

(#8.4) Minute Order No. 2009-45 – Authorizing the Expenditure of $5,800 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 $301,085.

(8.5) Resolution No. 2009-159 - Ratifying and Confirming its Election to Receive a Portion of the Tax Increments Allocated from the City of San Ramon Redevelopment Project Area in Accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 33607.5(b).

(#8.6) Resolution No. 2009-160 – Accepting the Improvements for Culvert No. 1 beneath Bollinger Canyon Road within RA 1111 for Maintenance (Windemere BLC, Land Development Company, LLC).

(#8.7) Resolution No. 2009-161 – Accepting the Improvements for Culvert No. 2 beneath Watermill Road and Culvert No. 3 beneath Bollinger Canyon Road within RA 1113 for Maintenance (Windemere BLC, Land Development Company, LLC and Shapell Industries, Inc.).

(#8.8) Resolution No. 2009-162 – Accepting Certain Landscape Dedications and Certain Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8618 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).

(#8.9) Resolution No. 2009-163 – Accepting Certain Roadway and Landscape Dedications and Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8619 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).

(#8.10) Resolution No. 2009-164 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute the Necessary Easement Documents to Transfer and/or Accept Roadway and Utility Easements, a Temporary Construction Easement, and Access and Maintenance Easements (Located within and Adjacent to Subdivision 8364) for Church on the Hill and Valley Vista Senior Housing.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to approve items 8.1 through 8.10 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.

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(#10.1) Public Hearing:  Public Hearing #3 to Consider a General Plan Amendment (GPA 08-400-001) and Initial Study (IS 09-250-003) for an Update to the Housing Element of the General Plan 2020; Resolution No. 2009-165 – Certifying Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS 09-250-003) and Approving General Plan Amendment #2 (GPA 08-400-001) Updating the Housing Element of the General Plan 2020.

Associate Planner Cindy Yee presented the report.  On September 15, 2009, the Planning Commission adopted Resolution No. 12-09 recommending City Council approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment and Initial Study/Negative Declaration.  Upon Council approval, the Housing Element will be finalized and submitted to the State.

Mayor Wilson opened the public comment.

Carlos Soria, representing Toyota Motor Sales USA, stated that Toyota understood the requirements of the Housing Element.  However, the Housing Element requirements will be met at the cost of Toyota’s ability to expand its facility and create new jobs.  He stated that it is unfortunate that Toyota and the City could not come to a mutual understanding.  Mayor Wilson stated that the City will continue to work with Toyota.

There were no other requests for public comment.  Mayor Wilson closed the public comment.  There were no questions or comments from the Council.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to approve Resolution No. 2009-165 was seconded by

Cm. Perkins and passed 5-0.

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Cm. Rowley invited residents to enjoy the Halloween ambiance and Pumpkin Patch at Forest Home Farms.  The Farmers Market will close for the season on October 31, 2009.

Vice Mayor Hudson requested that staff evaluate the animal control issue and prepare a report for the Policy Committee.  He added that it might be advantageous to have a facility located in this part of Contra Costa County.

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Mayor Wilson reminded residents that applications for City Committee and Commission vacancies are due on October 30, 2009.

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At 8:46 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.


H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk

Approved at the November 10, 2009 City Council meeting 5-0.

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