MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING
July 27, 2010
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held July 27, 2010 at 7:06 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Mayor Wilson presiding.
PRESENT: Councilmembers Hudson, Livingstone, Perkins, and Mayor Wilson.
ABSENT: Vice Mayor Rowley
STAFF PRESENT: City Manager Herb Moniz, City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner, Transportation Division Manager Lisa Bobadilla, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Public Services Director Karen McNamara led those present 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 the Senior Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for August 2, 2010 was cancelled. The July 29, 2010 rescheduled Policy Committee meeting is cancelled.
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(4.1) Introduction of Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, by Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager.
Transportation Division Manager Lisa Bobadilla introduced Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA). He provided the Council with an update on CCTA programs and its goal of improving transportation systems in the region. City Manager Herb Moniz stated that the City is fortunate to have Mr. Iwasaki as he is very knowledgeable about state and county transportation.
(#4.2) Introduction of new City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner by Mayor Wilson.
Administration of Oath of Office to City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner by Patricia Edwards, City Clerk.
Mayor Wilson introduced Sheryl Schaffner. Her background includes service as a Sacramento Superior Court Pro Tempore Judge, Senior Staff Counsel for the State Water Resources Control Board, Councilwoman for the City of Davis, and the City Attorney for Eureka. He noted her experience in municipal affairs. The City Clerk administered the Oath of Office. Ms. Schaffner stated her belief in the importance of the role of city government. She is pleased to belong to the San Ramon family and thanked Interim City Attorney Roger Peters for his assistance. Mayor Wilson presented Ms. Schaffner with a City pin and welcomed her to the City staff.
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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
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The City Clerk noted that there were three requests for public comment.
Roz Rogoff, resident, reported on the recent Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) meeting which she attended. She noted that the proposed increases may present a financial problem for seniors and residents living on fixed incomes. She asked if the City could provide funds to subsidize the rate increases for needy residents.
Kathy Weber, resident, discussed the removal of the crosswalk at Craiglee Way and Harcourt Way near Hidden Hills Elementary School. She stated that the community was only recently notified of this action. She expressed confusion about the City’s process and stated that the City provided misinformation to residents. Although the School District wants to remove the crosswalk, she requested that the City Council consider a way to save the crosswalk as it is an important safety feature for the community.
Dominique Yancey, resident, informed residents that a bone marrow drive will be held on July 29, 2010 at the Martinez City Council Chambers. Martinez Police Sgt. Brian Carter is battling cancer. The drive is being conducted in the hope of locating a potential donor. She encouraged residents to help those in need.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
(#7.1) Minutes of the July 8, 2010 special meeting.
Cm. Perkins’ motion to approve the July 8, 2010 Special City Council Meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 4-0. Vice Mayor Rowley was absent.
(#7.2) Minutes of the July 13, 2010 regular meeting.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to approve the July 13, 2010 City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 3-0. Cm. Perkins abstained. Vice Mayor Rowley was absent.
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(#8.1) Register of Demands as presented by the City Treasurer (Period ending June 30, 2010).
(#8.2) City of San Ramon Quarterly Investment Report (Period Ending June 30, 2010).
(#8.3) Minute Order No. 2010-22 – Authorizing the Mayor to Approve the Expenditure for the Purchase of GMC trucks with TEC of California in the Amount of $183,000 and Approve a Five-Year Pricing Agreement with TEC of California.
(#8.4) Minute Order No. 2010-23 – Authorizing the Mayor to Approve the Expenditure for the Purchase of GMC Trucks with Dublin GMC in the Amount of $77,500 and Approve a Five-Year Pricing Agreement with Dublin GMC.
(#8.5) Minute Order No. 2010-24 – Accepting the Work by Playworld Systems for the Red Willow Park Playground Renovation (CIP 5423) as Complete and Authorizing the City Clerk to a File Notice of Completion for the Contractor with the County Recorder's Office.
(#8.6) Resolution No. 2010-088 – Accepting Certain Landscape Dedications and Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8926 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.7) Resolution No. 2010-089 – Accepting Certain Landscape Dedications and Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8928 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.8) Resolution No. 2010-090 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with Telvent, Inc. for an Advanced Traffic Management System for the Crow Canyon Road Corridor and Bollinger Canyon Road Corridor Traffic Signal System Upgrade Project (CIP 5457), in an Amount Not to Exceed $163,000.
(#8.9) Resolution No. 2010-091 – Accepting PA 0025 (Six Pillars Park, Lot 5
of Subdivision 8957) Dedications and Improvements for Maintenance (Windemere BLC, Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.10) Resolution No. 2010-092 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Amendment to the Agreement (C2008-56) with Professional Convergence Solutions for a One Year Period for Telephone System Maintenance in an Amount Not to Exceed $100,000 for a Cumulative Total Contract Amount Not to Exceed $315,000.
(#8.11) Resolution No. 2010-093 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with Jordan & Associates for Federal Legislative Services in an Amount Not to Exceed $20,000 for Fiscal Year 2010-2011.
Cm. Livingstone’s motion to approve items 8.1 through 8.11 was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 4-0. Vice Mayor Rowley was absent.
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(#9.1) Reconsideration of the Rebuttal Argument Options for the November 2, 2010 Ballot Measure Regarding General Plan 2030.
Mayor Wilson stated that he added this item to the agenda so that the Rebuttal Argument Options could be reconsidered and the process better understood by residents. City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner summarized the measure ballot format. The provision of rebuttal arguments is at the Council’s discretion.
Mayor Wilson opened the public comment.
Roz Rogoff, resident, supports inclusion of rebuttal arguments. It is in the best interest of the City to include rebuttal arguments because they provide an opportunity for citizens to counter the claims made in the initial pro and con arguments.
Jim Blickenstaff, representing the Mt. Diablo Sierra Club, supports the inclusion of rebuttal argument. They round out the initial arguments by providing a counterpoint and help to inform and educate the voters.
Troy Bristol, Land Conservation Associate for Save Mt. Diablo, supports including rebuttal arguments as a means of providing voters with all possible information. He stated that there is no reason not to provide rebuttal arguments.
D. Burt, Tassajara Valley resident, stated the importance of pro, con, and rebuttal arguments in the serious business of elections.
The City Clerk stated that an email was received from Matt Vander Sluis, Senior Field Representative for the East Bay Greenbelt Alliance, which encouraged the Council to include rebuttal arguments for the Measure to expand the City’s voter approved Urban Growth Boundary into the Tassajara Valley.
Mayor Wilson closed the public comment.
Cm. Hudson stated that he respects the opinions which were expressed. He noted that the press is erroneously presenting the Measure as a “development plan” or “growth plan”. There are no development or growth plans or zoning changes proposed. San Ramon is unique because its residents design and vote on their General Plan.
Cm. Perkins noted that the speakers and the Council want the same thing which is to preserve agriculture and open space. He stated that the key difference is whether to trust the county or the City. Because the City did not have control, it was burned by the county in Dougherty Valley. There are no plans to build in Tassajara Valley. The City did not prezone the area because that action would put Measure J funds in jeopardy.
Cm. Livingstone stated that he agreed with Cm. Hudson and Cm. Perkins. He does not feel the need for rebuttal arguments.
Mayor Wilson’s motion for the Council to reconsider the Rebuttal Argument Options for the November 2, 2010 Ballot Measure Regarding General Plan 2030 did not receive a second. The motion died.
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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS
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Cm. Perkins encouraged residents to support the Farmers Market. Attendance this season has been disappointing and he expressed concern about the Market’s viability.
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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Mayor Wilson also encouraged residents to support the Farmers Market. He also encouraged residents to attend the last Summer Concert in the Park on August 1, 2010.
The California Department of Insurance is offering the California Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program to help residents comply with mandatory auto insurance laws by providing eligible drivers with an affordable insurance option.
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At 8:07 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.
Carol J. Rowley, Vice Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk
Approved at the August 10, 2010 City Council meeting 3-0; Wilson absent; Rowley abstain.