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MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING

August 10, 2010

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held August 10, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Vice Mayor Rowley presiding.
PRESENT:  Councilmembers Hudson, Livingstone, Perkins, and Vice Mayor Rowley.
ABSENT:  Mayor Wilson.
STAFF PRESENT:  City Manager Herb Moniz, City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner, Senior Engineer Brian Bornstein, and Deputy City Clerk Renee Beck.

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CONVENE TO CLOSED SESSION:

At 6:31 p.m., the Council met in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code §54956.9 for City Council to discuss with the City Attorney existing litigation:

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION (Government Code section 54956.9).  Lian Ying Shen, et al. v. City of San Ramon, et al., Case No. C08-02137 (Contra Costa County Superior Court).

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION (Government Code section 54956.9).  United States, et al. ex. rel. John Hendrix v. Johns-Manville Manufacturing Co., Case No. EDC 06-0055 SGL (C.D. CA).

At 7:04 p.m., Vice Mayor Rowley reconvened the meeting.  All councilmembers were present except for Mayor Wilson. Vice Mayor Rowley reported that no action was taken on Case No. C08-02137, Lian Ying Shen, et al. v. City of San Ramon.  Vice Mayor Rowley requested that City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner report on Case No. EDC 06-055 SGL (C.D. CA).  Ms. Schaffner stated that the City Council declined to participate in litigation based on factual findings that a minimal amount of defective pipe was used in the City.

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Roz Rogoff led those present in the pledge of allegiance.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Deputy City Clerk noted that there were no changes or additions to the agenda.  The Deputy City Clerk noted that there was one change to the meetings listed on the agenda.  The Transportation Advisory Committee meeting schedule for August 19, 2010 has been cancelled.

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

(4.1) Introduction of New Police Canine, Bongo, and his Handler Officer Chris Bruce by Police Chief Scott Holder.

Chief Holder introduced Officer Chris Bruce and Police Canine Bongo.  Bongo is four years old and comes from the Netherlands.  Bongo receives commands in Dutch.  Officer Bruce and Bongo trained together for one month and have been on duty together for one month.  Chief Holder stated that Bongo was purchased and his training paid for through private community donations.

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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

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PUBLIC COMMENT

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

Roz Rogoff announced that she is running for a seat on the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board.  She indicated that San Ramon is not represented on the Board despite the fact that water district consumers live in San Ramon.  The filing deadline to run for a Board position is August 11, 2010.  Ms. Rogoff requested the support of the community.

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

(#7.1) Minutes of the June 8, 2010 Joint City Council and Redevelopment Agency special meeting.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to approve the June 8, 2010 Joint City Council and Redevelopment Agency meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 4-0.  Mayor Wilson was absent.

(#7.2) Minutes of the July 19, 2010 special meeting.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to approve the July 19, 2010 special City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 4-0.  Mayor Wilson was absent.

(#7.3) Minutes of the July 27, 2010 regular meeting.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to approve the July 27, 2010 City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 3-0.  Mayor Wilson was absent; Vice Mayor

Rowley abstained.

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CONSENT CALENDAR

Vice Mayor Rowley requested that item 8.2 be pulled for a staff report.

(#8.1) Resolution No. 2010-096 – Accepting Certain Dedications and Landscape Improvements in RA 1177 (a Portion of Rolling Hills Trail) for Maintenance (Windemere BLC, Land Development Company, LLC).

(#8.3) Resolution No. 2010-098 – Approving Modifications to the Memorandum of Coverage for the Municipal Pooling Authority.

Cm. Livingstone’s motion to approve items 8.1and 8.3 was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 4-0.  Mayor Wilson was absent.

(#8.2) Resolution No. 2010-097 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute a Reimbursement Agreement with Shapell Industries for Additional Bollinger Canyon Road Improvements from Canyon Lakes Drive to Dougherty Road in an Amount Not to Exceed $373,849.

Senior Engineer Brian Bornstein gave the report.  He indicated that Shapell Industries is currently adding a lane to Bollinger Canyon Road between Canyon Lakes Drive and Dougherty Road.  Additional improvements are needed on that stretch of roadway.  Improvements include a vehicle turnout at the fountain, repair of failed roadway areas, and slurry seal to provide a clean finish to the entire project.  It is recommended that these improvements be made in conjunction with Shapell’s lane addition in order to take advantage of current favorable pricing.

Cm. Perkins asked if the total cost to the City for the additional improvements is $373,849.  Mr. Bornstein concurred.  Cm. Hudson asked if these improvements would extend the life of the roadway.  Mr. Bornstein said it would.

Cm. Perkins’ motion to approve item 8.2 was seconded by Cm Hudson and pass 4-0.  Mayor Wilson was absent.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

(#9.1) Measure J Traffic Congestion Management Relief Agency – TRAFFIX Update by Aram Boyd, Contract Program Manager.

Mr. Boyd provided an update on the TRAFFIX program.  He stated the discounted fare trial program conducted at end of the 2009-10 school year was a success.  TRAFFIX representatives are currently providing information at school registrations in the District.  A monthly payment plan has been instituted to spread the cost of the $250 annual fee over a longer time period.  He stated that an estimated 350 cars have been taken off the road at peak travel times.  He indicated that the program saves time, money, and gas.

Vice Mayor Rowley asked Mr. Boyd about children’s comments on the program. He stated that comments from parents and children are posted on the TRAFFIX website: www.RideTRAFFIX.com  He added that both the children and the teachers like the program because the students arrive at school on time.

Cm. Hudson advised that the TRAFFIX program is funded by voter approved Measure J.  Measure J calls for a ½ cent sales tax to remove traffic congestion.  The program is currently getting rave reviews at the County.  The entire bus fleet is only one year old and has safety features such as seat belts. 

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NEW BUSINESS

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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS

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COUNCILMEMBER REPORTS

Cm. Hudson stated that he would propose that the League of California Cities allow cities with a population of 300,000 or more be allowed to have a position on the Board.

Vice Mayor Rowley urged families to attend the Farmer’s Market at Forest Home Farms on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.

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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS

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At 7:30 p.m., there being no further business, Vice Mayor Rowley adjourned the meeting.

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

Approved at the August 24, 2010 City Council meeting 4-0; Perkins absent.

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