MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING
October 12, 2010
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held October 12, 2010 at 7:08 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, Planning Services Division Manager Debbie Chamberlain, Interim Director Parks and Community Services Karen McNamara, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Michael Barry, Eric Chan, Nick Foresti, Ryan Innamorati, Alex Nguyen, Justin Tom, Christopher Wang and Andrew Zhai, members of Cub Scout Pack #841 Webelos #9 led those present in the pledge of allegiance. They were accompanied by: Anthony Austria, Jack Burris, Alexander Cheema, Aaron Coll, Nikodem Pokalski, Nathan Rems, Zain Saeed, Justin Souza, Trevor Souza, George Yu and James Yu, scouts from Pack 841 at Walt Disney Elementary School.
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Mayor Wilson stated that he was upset with recent comments concerning the City and its employees. He objects to the allegations that San Ramon is not run properly. He stated that the City has a AAA bond rating, reserves, and can meet its pension obligations. He challenged the statement that 40% of the City employees make an annual salary of more than $100,000. He stated that approximately 20% of the City’s employees make over $100,000 and this includes employees with 10 to 20 years of service. He requested that statements be verified before they are portrayed to the public as facts.
The City Clerk noted that there were no changes or additions to the agenda. The City Clerk noted that the Finance Committee meeting will be held on October 20, 2010.
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(4.1) Recognition of Street Smarts “Be Reel" Video Contest winners.
Gale Ranch: Yumna Azizuddin, Madison Henry, Tommy Jew, Liya Khan, Jason Kim, Kenny Lear, Josh Lopez, and Alexandra Yamada.
Pine Valley: Bronte Cintrone, Jacob Johnson, Nicolas Kauffman, Matthew Looney, Nancy Quach, and Rachel Will.
Windemere Ranch: Nitisha Baronia, Manasa Gujju, Avinash Jois, Michelle Lam, Justin Law, Courtney Law, and Parushi Sharma.
Introduction by Street Smarts Coordinator Nat Rojanasathira. Presentation by Mayor Wilson.
Street Smarts Coordinator Nat Rojanasathira stated that there were 97 participants in this year’s contest. The students worked in teams with advisors and made 60 second videos dealing with traffic safety while riding a bicycle or skateboard. Due to school schedules, only two students were available to receive their certificates from Mayor Wilson.
(4.2) Introduction to “It Happens” - Teen Driving Safety Campaign at Dougherty Valley High School. Introduction of Dougherty Valley High School Leadership Students. Presentation by Street Smarts Coordinator Nat Rojanasathira.
Street Smarts Coordinator Nat Rojanasathira explained that “It Happens” is a driving safety campaign for teens. The goal is to teach traffic safety with a focus on distractions, speed, red light running, and traffic violations. Over 400 students have signed up for the program. Students are filmed while sharing their experiences. This year’s sponsors include AT&T and State Farm Insurance. Mr. Rojanasathira introduced Dougherty Valley High School Advisor Travis Bell. Mr. Bell noted that the students are excited about this program and what they learn from the experiences of their peers. Mayor Wilson thanked Mr. Bell for helping students.
(#4.3) Recognition of ENGEO Incorporated as the Recipient of Entrepreneur.com’s and the Great Place to Work Institute’s Top Ten Best Small Workplaces 2010. Presented to Uri Eliahu, President of ENGEO Incorporated, by Mayor Wilson.
Mayor Wilson presented a certificate to Uri Eliahu, President of ENGEO Incorporated. Mayor Wilson noted the importance of encouraging businesses to remain in California. He thanked ENGEO for being an example to other businesses. Mr. Eliahu replied that ENGEO is proud to be headquartered in San Ramon. He thanked the Council for their leadership and the quality of the City’s management team.
(#4.4) Recognition of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District for Achieving International Accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Presented to Fire Chief Richard Price by Mayor Wilson.
Mayor Wilson presented Fire Chief Price with a certificate recognizing the Fire District’s achievement. Chief Price accepted the recognition for the Fire District and all the members who worked together to accomplish this goal. He expressed appreciation for the City’s recognition of the District.
(#4.5) Recognition of OJ Plotner, Fleet Administrator Coordinator, as Employee of the Month for October 2010. Presented by Mayor Wilson.
Police Chief Scott Holder recognized OJ Plotner for his management of the Police Department fleet which is kept running at optimum performance and for accommodating the addition of technology to the vehicles. Mayor Wilson presented Mr. Plotner with a certificate and a gold star and thanked him for his contribution to keeping the San Ramon community safe.
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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
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The City Clerk noted that there were five requests for public comment.
Doug Burr, resident, thanked Mayor Wilson for his support of Education at the Primo’s Run. As a representative of San Ramon Residents Opposed to Measure W, explained to the Council why Measure W is not good for San Ramon. It is a plan to break the City’s voter approved Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and allow development in the Tassajara Valley and on the west side hills. He stated that expanding the UGB on the City’s west side to include 800 acres could result in 1,600 acres being developed because LAFCo encourages whole parcel development. He noted that the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan is not a plan but is included in Measure W. This Plan would have a negative impact on the City with the addition of 1,500 residents, increased traffic on I680 and Bollinger and Crow Canyon Road. He noted that the remaining 4,600 homes planned for Dougherty Valley would supply San Ramon’s housing needs for the next 20 years. His group has received a legal opinion that the New Farm development is illegal and that it is currently protected. Although the current Council does not support development in the Tassajara Valley, he expressed concern that this could change with the November 2011 election in which three seats on the Council could change. Measure W does not provide the residents with an opportunity to vote on this development. He encouraged the Council to work with residents who support a no vote on Measure W and create a future ballot measure. Cm. Hudson stated that the County voted to finance the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the New Farm Project. He added that the Project is being processed as ‘rural’ and can go outside of the County’s UGB according to the rules of Measure J. Mr. Burr stated that he believes that the New Farm development is illegal and won’t be approved. He added that the City’s statement that it is unable to ‘preplan’ the area before it is brought into San Ramon is incorrect per information which he obtained from LAFCo. Cm. Hudson noted that the Tassajara Valley is currently zoned agriculture and that zoning will not change with the passage of Measure W. Mr. Burr stated that if San Ramon expands the UGB and annexes the Tassajara Valley, the City Council could vote to allow development without an approval vote of the residents. Mr. Burr reiterated that he believes the Tassajara Valley is protected as it is now under County control.
Margie Goldware, resident, stated that she believes that Measure W was placed on the ballot in an offensive way without opportunity for public comment and without the public being aware of what is involved. She noted that there are 4,600 homes which have not yet been built in Dougherty Valley and 1,500 more homes could be allowed if Measure W passes. She is personally opposed to this build out and stated that there is no reason to encourage new development. Cm. Perkins suggested that Ms. Goldware’s data is incorrect. Public hearings began in January 2009 and more than 15 public meetings were held associated with the development of the General Plan. There are no additional units planned for the Tassajara Valley. The City is required by law to update the General Plan. There is a net decrease in population from General Plan 2020 to General Plan 2030 and the population projections were provided by the Association of Bay Area Governments.
Dominique Yancey, resident, stated that the information presented by the opponents to Measure W is not correct. There is nothing in Measure W authorizing an increase in housing or development. No one appeared at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting to comment on the legality of the New Farm Project. The County did enter into a contract for the EIR. She said that it was important for San Ramon to have control. The City learned with Dougherty Valley that if the City does not have a seat at the table, the City has to sue. She said Measure W is for “We the people”, we want control.
Kimberly Lonie, resident, stated her support for Measure W. She believes that if Measure W is defeated, the County and the developers will develop Tassajara Valley as they did in Dougherty Valley. She added that the City is not planning development in the Tassajara Valley and so overcrowding in schools will not be an issue. If Measure W fails, there is no guarantee that the County will enter into a master mitigation plan with the City and the School District to plan and build the needed schools for the New Farm development. The County does not have the best interest of San Ramon at heart. Passing Measure W will give the citizens of San Ramon control of the future of their city.
Eric Wallis, resident, is a member of the Planning Commission and member of the General Plan 2020 Commission. He stated that 70% of the voters supported General Plan 2020 in March 2002. He encouraged residents to watch the Measure W debate on TV30. He noted that the two west side properties, the Laborers Camp and Norris Canyon Estates, are already built out. He disagreed with Mr. Burr’s statement and noted that LAFCo does not require cities to maintain whole parcels when they are annexing property and cited Henry Ranch as an example. He noted that the County approved without discussing the funding for the New Farm Development EIR contract. He added that the north part of the New Farm Project is in Danville’s Sphere of Influence (SOI) but the bulk of the Development is in San Ramon’s SOI. He stated that the developer will pay $350,000 for the EIR and also $100,000 in processing fees to the County. He remarked that the No on Measure W funding is at $53,000 including cash and in kind contributions. He stated that 87% of the contributions were provided by people or organizations outside San Ramon. Of the $40,000 in cash donations, 83% came from sources outside San Ramon. Two of the largest contributors are environmental groups located in Walnut Creek. One of these groups is Save Mt. Diablo which has less than 3% of its members from San Ramon. He is concerned that San Ramon citizens may let the County continue planning without taking into consideration the consequences of the Project on San Ramon. Tassajara Valley was included in San Ramon’s planning area because it is next to San Ramon and Dougherty Valley. The County divided Tassajara into SOIs and assigned the northern portion to Danville; east of the City limits to Camino Tassajara to San Ramon; and east of Camino Tassajara to the County. If San Ramon has to live with the consequences of what happens in the Tassajara Valley, the City should have a stake in what happens. Extending the UGB would allow San Ramon to do just that. He encourages support of Measure W.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
(#7.1) Minutes of the September 28, 2010 regular meeting.
Cm. Perkins’ motion to approve the September 28, 2010 regular City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.
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Vice Mayor Rowley requested that item 8.2 be pulled for a staff report.
(#8.1) Resolution No. 2010-116 – Accepting Certain Roadway Easements and Improvements in Subdivision 8774 for Maintenance (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
Cm. Perkins’ motion to approve item 8.1 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.
(#8.2) Resolution No. 2010-117 – Approving Participation in the Institute for Local Government’s Recognition Program, the Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change.
Planning Services Division Manager Debbie Chamberlain provided the staff report. The Beacon Award recognizes California cities that: reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use; adopt policies and programs to address climate change; and promote sustainability. Participating in the Beacon Award allows cities to receive recognition for saving energy, conserving resources, promoting sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, the City hopes to achieve the Gold level and receive the Award. The City will provide periodic information about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.
Cm. Hudson questioned the statement that “This Climate Action Plan (CAP) is designed to reduce community related and City operations related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent below 2008 levels by the year 2020.” Ms. Chamberlain responded that this information is correct. Vice Mayor Rowley commended staff for participating in the Program.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to approve item 8.2 was seconded by Vice Mayor Rowley and passed 5-0.
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(#10.1) Resolution No. 2010-118 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute a Reimbursement Agreement with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to Purchase and Install Portable Classrooms for Teen Center Locations at Three Middle School Sites in an Amount Not to Exceed $178,000 and Approve an Appropriation of $70,000 from the Child Care Mitigation Fund to the Gale Ranch Middle School Modular Office & Classroom Capital Improvement Program (CIP No. 5527).
Interim Director Parks and Community Services Karen McNamara provided the report.
The Parks and Community Services Department currently provides, during the school year, afterschool teen centers for middle school students in San Ramon. Pine Valley and Gale Ranch have onsite programs but the Gale Ranch site will be needed for other school programs. Staff have been evaluating the afterschool teen center programs and determined that on site locations produce the most effective program. With portables at each middle school location, the City can offer school year and summer programs for middle school students. Research by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Facilities Planning staff indicates that there are opportunities to purchase and install gently used portables which that would serve the city’s purposes. A location for the portables at Gale Ranch, Windemere Ranch, and Iron Horse Middle Schools has been identified. The District would do the purchase and installation. The City would reimburse the District for the portables and enter into a long term lease agreement. Ms. McNamara added that the purchase and installation of the portable classrooms for the Teen Center locations is a positive addition to the City programs, that the timing is good, it is good planning, and that there is sufficient funding.
Cm. Perkins asked who will pay for the maintenance and utilities. Ms. McNamara state that the City will pay for the janitorial. The particulars regarding the operation will be included in the lease agreement with the District. Vice Mayor Rowley stated that the timing is appropriate. She asked Ms. McNamara if there are other anticipated needs for the Child Care Mitigation funds. Ms. McNamara responded that there are no other identified needs for these funds in the next few years.
Cm. Perkins’ motion to adopt Resolution No. 2010-118 was seconded by Vice Mayor Rowley and passed 5-0. Mayor Wilson noted that San Ramon is adding programs while other cities are cutting theirs.
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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS
City Manager Moniz apologized for the disinformation campaign.
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Cm. Hudson thanked the City Manager and the Mayor for their comments and added that the City needs to adopt a zero tolerance for misinformation. He stated that there was only one vote on the UGB in 2002. Thirty-two San Ramon residents produced General Plan 2020 which included the East Side Specific Plan. General Plan 2020 directed the Council to put the UGB and Ordinance 197 on the ballot in November 2010. If Measure W does not pass, Ordinance 197 will sunset on December 31, 2010. He noted that the population figure for the General Plan 2020 is 96,020 and the population figure for General Plan 2030 is 92,031. SB 375 gave direction to the Association of Bay Area Governments to assign housing numbers. He added that there is no development or housing in General Plan 2030 for the Tassajara Valley. San Ramon residents will have the opportunity to vote on their General Plan 2030. He questioned why no one challenged the action of the Board of Supervisors regarding the EIR for the New Farm Project. He emphasized that General Plan 2030 is a planning document not a development plan.
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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Mayor Wilson invited residents to purchase their tickets for the 2010-11 Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center season and support the theater. He stated that low income households may be eligible for water service discount. He encouraged interested residents to contact the Dublin San Ramon Services District for additional information. He announced that the City will hold public workshops on October 14, 2010 and October 27, 2010 to obtain resident’s input on the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan update. He encouraged residents to read the current City newsletter for facts on Measure W.
Cm. Hudson noted that an important component of the General Plan as a result of Measure G. Any changes to the General Plan requires a 4/5s vote from both the Planning Commission and from the City Council. This is a unique provision which is retained in the General Plan 2030 update.
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At 8:40 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.
H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk
Approved at the October 26, 2010 City Council meeting 4-0; Wilson absent.