MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING
September 28, 2010
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held September 28, 2010 at 7:02 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, City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner, Police Chief Scott Holder, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager Raymond Riordan, Transportation Analyst Darlene Amaral, Finance Division Manager Eva Phelps, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mrs. Virginia Zaleski 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 there were no changes or additions to the meetings listed on the agenda.
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(4.1) Recognition of Virginia Zaleski on the Occasion of Her 100th Birthday. Presented by Mayor Wilson.
Vice Mayor Rowley provided biographical information for Virginia Zaleski. Mrs. Zaleski and her husband, Peter, were married for over 70 years and moved to San Ramon in 1976. Mayor Wilson and Vice Mayor Rowley presented Mrs. Zaleski with a certificate and flowers and those in attendance sang “Happy Birthday” to her.
(4.2) Recognition of Central Services Division Manager Patricia Perry on her Retirement. Presentation by Mayor Wilson.
Mayor Wilson presented Patricia Perry with a proclamation and flowers and thanked her for her service to the City. Ms. Perry remarked that her 21 years went by in a snap and that she considered the City staff as her ‘family’. She thanked the Council, Mr. Moniz, and Mr. Rogers for this recognition.
(#4.3) Recognition of Angela Bagasbas for Placing First in the Ice Skating Institute World Ice Skating Championship for Freestyle Gold Level and Artistic Free Style Level 5-6. Presented by Mayor Wilson.
Mayor Wilson presented a certificate of achievement to Angela Bagasbas. Ms. Bagasbas stated that she plans to skate in the Olympics and that she especially enjoys jumps and figure skating. Mayor Wilson wished her continued success and thanked her parents for making her dreams come true.
(#4.4) Recognition of the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council as the Recipient of the California Emergency Services Association Chapter Silver Award. Presented to Emergency Preparedness Program Manager Raymond Riordan by Mayor Wilson.
Emergency Preparedness Program Manager Ray Riordan presented Mayor Wilson with a plaque recognizing the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council as the Recipient of the California Emergency Services Association Chapter Silver Award. This Association is an association of professional emergency managers whose mission is to promote the collaboration between public, private, and volunteer resources in preparing, planning, responding, and mitigating disasters. The Award was given for: achieving significant training in both human and animal shelters; organizing and conducting an H1N1 flu vaccine clinic for 1,500 participants; and for providing two CERT Train the Trainer classes for 60 volunteers in the Bay Area.
(#4.5) Proclamation Declaring October 2010 as International Walk to School Month. Presented to Darlene Amaral, Transportation Analyst, by Mayor Wilson.
Mayor Wilson presented the proclamation to Transportation Analyst Darlene Amaral. Ms. Amaral stated that this is the fifth year that San Ramon is participating. Students are encouraged to participate and create a healthier community. Additional information is available on the City’s website.
(#4.6) Presentation - Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2009. Presented to Finance Division Manager Eva Phelps by Mayor Wilson.
Mayor Wilson presented the Award to Eva Phelps. Ms. Phelps stated that the Award is given by the Government Finance Officers Association and is based on a comprehensive annual financial report. It is their highest form of recognition. The City has received this Award for six consecutive years. Ms. Phelps recognized the contribution of the Finance Department staff in achieving this Award. Mayor Wilson noted that this Award demonstrates the City’s accountability to its residents. He thanked City staff for making this Award possible and residents who hold the City accountable.
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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
(#5.1) Transportation Demand Management Advisory Committee Appointment.
Transportation Analyst Darlene Amaral provided the report. One application was received in response to the announcement on the City website. Staff recommends the appointment of Ann Uawithya to the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Advisory Committee for the term to expire in January 2011. Cm. Perkins asked if the term could be extended to January 2013. City Attorney Schaffner recommended waiting as the application and TDM by-laws were not available at the meeting. Cm. Hudson requested that staff ask Ms. Uawithya if she would be willing to extend her term.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to appoint Ann Uawithya to the TDM Advisory Committee for a term expiring in January 2011 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.
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The City Clerk noted that there were five requests for public comment.
Alex Kuperman, resident, informed the Council that the San Ramon Valley Unified School District plans to redraw boundary lines for Sycamore, Creekside, Golden View, and Coyote Creek elementary schools to alleviate overcrowding in Dougherty Valley. He stated that the Shapell community was built with the promise that the children would stay in their community and attend the new schools. He expressed concern about the impact of redistricting on home values. Cm. Hudson requested that the parents continue to work with the School Board. He asked that the item be added to the City’s School District Liaison meeting agenda. Cm. Perkins commended Mr. Kuperman for taking action on this issue. He recommended that Mr. Kuperman present a solution to mitigate this problem to the District at their meeting. Vice Mayor Rowley suggested that Mr. Kuperman be persistent in dealing with the District. Mr. Kuperman requested that the Council support the residents on this issue.
Judy Gestring, resident, stated that she bought her home in Dougherty Valley with the understanding that her children would attend the nearby schools. She stated that the District’s suggestions to solve the problem do not make sense. She feels that the District is being deceptive because the meeting was scheduled for a time which is not convenient for public attendance. She believes that the problem is the result of poor planning by the District. She is very pleased with the City but not with the School District. Mayor Wilson expressed concern about the traffic congestion around these schools. Cm. Hudson anticipates that the student overcrowding problem will worsen because there are not enough schools in Dougherty Valley. He noted that the TRAFFIX program, which is designed to decrease traffic congestion, will probably not be extended to Dougherty Valley. He stated that the parents need to remain involved. Vice Mayor Rowley encouraged Ms. Gestring to work with the District to solve the problem.
Phil O’Loane, resident and co-chair for the No on Measure W campaign, noted that an editorial in the Contra Costa Times supports a no vote on Measure W. He stated that the residents want development contained within reasonable voter approved growth boundaries. He stated that Measure W is not what the voters intended and that City leaders are ignoring the residents’ wishes. The Tassajara Valley is outside the City’s voter approved Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). He noted that the Tassajara Valley is currently under County control and can only be sparsely developed. Expanding San Ramon’s UGB would lead to eventual full scale development. Any proposals would have to go through the normal City review. He stated that San Ramon City officials do not operate with the transparency of most other cities. He indicated that, if Measure W passes, there would not be additional voter review required before development of the Valley moved forward. Measure W would also extend the UGB around the Norris Canyon area. San Ramon can’t keep expanding and stretching out costly infrastructure while piling unnecessary mileage onto commuters. He added that it is bad planning and bad policy when there is enough undeveloped land within the City limits to meet the housing demand for future decades. Measure W would also change the General Plan designations to allow for mixed use development in the North Camino Ramon area. This proposal merits further consideration after careful study and public review. He stated that the Measure W should be rejected for three reasons: the proposed UGB expansions are horrible policy; the proposed General Plan changes near the freeway are premature; and the two issues should never have been put together. Cm. Hudson stated that Measure W does not put the Valley’s land in the City limits. Mr. O’Loane responded that the UGB is the first of many steps to put the land within the City limits.
Jim Gibbon, resident, encouraged the Council to participate in the Primo’s Run on October 10, 2010. As a representative of San Ramon for Open Government, he stated that there was very little public awareness and participation in the General Plan 2030 process. General Plan 2020 included the residents’ desire for orderly growth and to preserve open hills and open space. He noted that Measure G was the impetus for the General Plan. He stated that the current City Council does not talk about preservation but about economics and economic stability. General Plan 2020 required two items to go to the voters: any change to the UGB and updating or extending Ordinance 197. He stated that few people were notified of the General Plan workshops and that residents did not know that the General Plan was being updated. He stated that the General Plan 2030 is not an update but rather a repeal of General Plan 2020. He believes that the Council should redo the General Plan 2030 to comply with the reasonable updates required in General Plan 2020. He recommended that residents vote no on Measure W.
Roz Rogoff, resident, stated that she is a candidate for a seat on the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) Board. She said that TV30 will broadcast their recent candidate forums. She referred residents to her web page www.rozfordsrsd.us which includes her position paper on the Tassajara Valley. She said that she will not vote to provide potable water to Tassajara Valley. She stated that she would not vote to allow LAFCo to put DSRSD in the District to provide potable water to the Tassajara Valley.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
(#7.1) Minutes of the September 14, 2010 regular meeting.
Vice Mayor Rowley’s motion to approve the September 14, 2010 regular City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 5-0.
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(#8.1) Register of Demands as presented by the City Treasurer (Period ending August 31, 2010).
(#8.2) Resolution No. 2010-110 – Accepting Certain Drainage Dedications, Easements, and Improvements in DA 0014 (a Portion of West Branch Alamo Creek) for Maintenance (Shapell Industries).
(#8.3) Resolution No. 2010-111 – Repealing Resolution No. 2010-029 and Amending the Parking Restrictions Master Street List Establishing Restricted Parking Zones in the City of San Ramon as per Title B, Division B-8, Chapter I, Article 1, Section B8-1, Stopping, Standing or Parking – Curb Marking Designations.
(#8.4) Resolution No. 2010-112 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with PurePlay for the Aquatic Center Play Pool Structure Renovation, Part of the San Ramon Olympic Pool Equipment Replacement (CIP 5479) in an Amount Not to Exceed $83,000.
(#8.5A) Resolution No. 2010-113 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with Azari Engineering, Inc. for Engineering Design Services for Annual Pavement Management Programs (CIPs 5470, 5489, and 5509) and for Parking Lot Pavement Maintenance Projects (CIPs 5438 and 5505) for a Period Between October 15, 2010 and December 31, 2013 in an Amount Not to Exceed $500,000.
(#8.5B) Resolution No. 2010-114 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with Nichols Consulting Engineers, Chtd. for Engineering Design Services for Annual Pavement Management Programs (CIPs 5470, 5489, and 5509) and for Parking Lot Pavement Maintenance Project (CIPs 5438 and 5505) for a Period Between October 15, 2010 and December 31, 2013 in an Amount Not to Exceed $500,000.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to approve items 8.1 through 8.5 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.
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(#10.1) Public Hearing: Resolution No. 2010-115 – Authorizing the Expenditure of Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Funding for the Community and Youth Resource Officer.
Police Chief Scott Holder presented the report. In 1997, the City Council approved the use of the Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund (SLESF) to provide for a Community and Youth Resource Officer position. San Ramon will receive a minimum of $100,000 in SLESF funds for Fiscal Year 2010-11. The funds will be used to pay a portion of the cost of supporting the Community and Youth Resource program.
Mayor Wilson opened the public hearing. There were no requests to address this item. Mayor Wilson closed the public hearing. Vice Mayor Rowley noted that this is a wonderful program for the community. Mayor Wilson stated that this program helps youth and helps to maintain San Ramon’s quality of life.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to adopt Resolution No. 2010-115 was seconded by Vice Mayor Rowley and passed 5-0.
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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS
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Cm. Hudson attended the Hazardous Material Commission September 23, 2010 meeting at which new goals and objectives were established. He wants to keep a household hazardous waste event in San Ramon. He reported that Pittsburg is trying to pull out of Contra Costa County Transportation Authority. He summarized the impact of the state’s budget approval delay on transportation projects including the SR 4 widening, the I680 pavement rehabilitation, and the Caldecott Tunnel. He attended the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority’s new Transit Center dedication in Pleasant Hill. He noted that San Ramon will be the new treasurer for Tri-Valley Transportation Council. He reported that the Bay Area News Group (BANG) trivialized the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Clean Air Plan. The District believes that this Plan is the best course for public health and the state of air quality and encouraged BANG to show its support for improved public health for Bay Area residents. He reported that LAFCo is requesting a law enforcement municipal service review.
Cm. Hudson provided information on General Plan 2030 and Measure W. General Plan 2030 is an update of General Plan 2020. He noted that State law requires that City actions be consistent with the General Plan. The General Plan 2030 largely maintains the land use patterns and growth strategies set forth by General Plan 2020. Per state law, the City must consider a Planning Area that consists of land within the City and “any land outside its boundaries which, in the planning agency’s judgment, bears relation to its planning.” The inclusion of land outside its limits does not necessarily mean that the City is contemplating annexation. The San Ramon Planning Area was 38.6 square miles in General Plan 2020 and is 36.4 square miles in General Plan 2030. The General Plan is legally binding within the City limits and advisory outside of the City limits. State law requires cities to prepare a general plan. The General Plan must be geographically comprehensive and must address the full range of issues that affect the City’s physical development. The General Plan must be a long range plan. Over the life of the General Plan, it should be read and interpreted at “face value”. Since the Tassajara Valley is not currently within the City’s Sphere of Influence, the County is the approval authority for project applications in the Valley. The County is considering new development proposals in the Valley including a large cemetery project and the “New Farm” project. Adoption of a voter approved UGB reflects one of the most significant aspects of General Plan 2020 and is a guiding principle that has been carried forward in General Plan 2030. He stated that San Ramon residents voted on the UGB in 2002 not in 2006. Measure L in 2006 required that voters choose either a municipal Urban Limit Line (ULL) or a county ULL for Measure J funds. San Ramon voters chose the municipal ULL. He added that the County’s ULL is not the same as San Ramon’s ULL. The current City UGB includes Camp Parks. He noted that the General Plan’s Housing Element does not mention Tassajara Valley except to describe it as “steeply sloped”.
Cm. Perkins congratulated the San Ramon Police Department SWAT team for placing fourth out of 28 teams in the recent Best of the West SWAT competition. Cm. Perkins disagreed with the statement that the Council limits its discussions to the economic issues associated with Measure W and not about development and infrastructure. He cited several references in the September 14, 2010 Council Minutes to disprove this claim. He noted that Mayor Wilson specifically stated that “he personally does not support development in Tassajara Valley and is concerned with the impact on water and infrastructure.” Cm. Perkins’ comments were that “he is personally committed to preserving open space and agriculture. He does not trust the County to serve the best interests of San Ramon’s citizens. The City will only have a say in what happens in the Valley if the City has local control and is able to preserve it for open space and agriculture.” The Council has clearly stated that they are against development in Tassajara Valley. It is in the best interest of the City for San Ramon, rather than the County, to do the planning in the Valley. He acknowledged that water is a critical issue and that development in Tassajara Valley is not in the near future. The best way to control Valley development is to vote yes on Measure W.
Vice Mayor Rowley remarked that she spoke with two Tassajara Valley residents who want their property to be included within San Ramon’s UGB. Measure W will preserve Ordinance 197 through December 31, 2015 to protect ridgelines and creeks. It is important for residents to pass this Measure.
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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Mayor Wilson stated that residents need to decide if San Ramon or the County should
control the Tassajara Valley. The Parks Department has developed a scholarship program for residents to participate in City programs and classes. Additional information is available from the Parks Department. He reminded residents to volunteer for the Building Bridges event on October 23, 2010. He encouraged citizens to attend the Arts Foundation’s Gala “Swing into the Arts” on October 1, 2010. He stated that tickets are available for the 2010-11 Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center season.
Cm. Hudson clarified that the City has 228 full time employees not 582 as recently reported in a newspaper article. He noted that none of the employees has or will receive a 10% annual raise on their salary. Mayor Wilson added that there are many misstatements in that article and that residents should contact the Council for the facts.
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At 8:38 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.
H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk
Approved at the October 12, 2010 City Council meeting 5-0.