MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING
October 26, 2010
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held October 26, 2010 at 7:03 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, Police Chief Scott Holder, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Garry Allison 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 was one change to the meetings listed. The November 1, 2010 Southwest Area Transportation Committee meeting has been cancelled.
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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, Judy Lloyd, Exchange Club Coordinator, and Mayor Wilson.
Ms. Stepper thanked the City Council, Exchange Club volunteers, and the sponsors of the Patriotism Project 9-11 Essay Contest: PG&E, AT&T, ENGEO Inc., and Pacific Rim Recycling. She noted the talent and originality of the essays. Ms. Stepper and Vice Mayor Rowley presented the winners with certificates and prize money. The Middle School winners were: First Place: Trevor Carter, Pine Valley Middle School; Second Place: Mimi Evans, Windermere Ranch Middle School; and Third Place: Kyle Harmon, St. Isidore Middle School. The High School winners were: First Place: Carmen Zheng, Oakland Technical High School; Second Place: Katarina Eng, Venture School; Third Place Tie: Frank Nguyen, California High School and Demitria Rose Richard, Fame Charter School. The Exchange Club recognized Mayor Wilson for his public service and service to youth and veterans. Vice Mayor Rowley accepted the Book of Golden Deeds Award on behalf of Mayor Wilson. She stated that Mayor Wilson loves children and giving to the community.
(4.2) Recognition of Garry Allison, Recipient of the Culture to Culture Foundation of the Bay Area’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award. Presented by Mayor Wilson.
Vice Mayor Rowley presented Garry Allison with a certificate honoring his achievement. Since 2002, Mr. Allison has contributed over 3,200 hours. In addition to driving the Senior Bus, Mr. Allison trains new drivers and maintains van statistics. Mr. Allison remarked that this is how he gives back to the community. Vice Mayor Rowley stated that San Ramon and its seniors appreciate his dedication and hard work.
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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
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The City Clerk noted that there were six requests for public comment.
Resident and San Ramon business owner Kevin L’Hommedieu indicated that he was unaware of the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan until recently. He stated his amazement that this Plan would eliminate small businesses and their employees by changing the zoning in that area to mixed use. He stated his customers do not want this Plan. He feels that the businesses in this area provide important services needed by residents. Cm. Perkins thanked Mr. L’Hommedieu for speaking and encouraged him to participate in development of the Specific Plan. He stated that the Plan is currently at the conceptual stage. He noted the importance of community input to the process.
Greg Meier, owner of Diablo Motors Auto Sales and Service, echoed the sentiments of Mr. L’Hommedieu. San Ramon businesses should remain personal. He does not support big box stores. He would like to protect open space. He does not want businesses to close or to build more homes in Dougherty Valley. Cm. Perkins indicated that it is not the Council’s intent to put anyone out of business. He stated that the passage of Measure W will not change the current Agricultural zoning in the Tassajara Valley and that no building is planned for the Valley
Planning Commissioner Donna Kerger, Chair of the General Plan 2020 Commission, gave a brief history of how that General Plan was written. Voters approved General Plan 2020 in 2002. She stated that the General Plan 2030 update process took 14 months. Few residents attended the meetings and very few residents offered negative comments on the Plan. She urged residents not to be fooled by the negativity of anonymous bloggers. She asked Danville residents to stay out of San Ramon’s business.
Jim Gibbon, representing San Ramon for Open Government and No on Measure, stated that Measure W rezones the North Camino Ramon area to mixed use without proper study. He feels it is an attempt to drive land prices up which will push tenants and landowners out. He stated that Measure W is bad for San Ramon. He stated that if Measure W fails, the current General Plan 2020 will continue for ten years. Cm. Hudson requested to speak. Mr. Gibbon objected to Cm. Hudson’s comments under Public Comments. He requested that those comments be presented at the appropriate time. Vice Mayor Rowley asked for direction from City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner. She stated that the presiding Mayor Pro Tem can decide to take matters on the agenda out of order. Cm. Hudson deferred his comments to Councilmember Reports. Vice Mayor Rowley stated that it is appropriate for Council to clarify information under Public Comment.
Danville resident Gina Ruab stated that citizens of Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, and Livermore are connected communities and what impacts Tassajara Valley, impacts everyone. She urged a no vote on Measure W to preserve quality of life and open space.
Planning Commissioner Eric Wallis stated that Measure W encompasses many different elements including the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan. He stated it is important for local businesses to participate in the City’s planning process. He reiterated that service commercial businesses and their services are needed in the City. The North Camino Ramon Specific Plan is currently only a conceptual plan to enhance retail sales within the City. The Planning Commission wants input from local business owners. He stated that Measure W is more than the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan. Danville, San Ramon, and Contra Costa County met and agreed to their respective spheres of influence in the Tassajara Valley. This agreement has been submitted to LAFCo. The zoning in the Tassajara Valley is currently Agricultural and remains if Measure W passes. A specific plan would need to be finalized before anything happens in the Tassajara Valley. San Ramon is requesting the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) extension due to the County’s continuing to build in that area. He stated the No on Measure W campaign has grossly misrepresented the facts. He stated that 90% of the cash contributions to the San Ramon Residents Opposed to Measure W campaign are funded by non-residents. The Green Belt Alliance and Save Mount Diablo have contributed 74% of the funds. He alerted residents that the campaign is run and funded by people who do not live in San Ramon.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
(#7.1) Minutes of the October 12, 2010 regular meeting.
Cm. Perkins’ motion to approve the October 12, 2010 regular City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 4-0. Mayor Wilson was absent.
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(#8.1) Register of Demands as presented by the City Treasurer (Period ending September 30, 2010).
(#8.2) City of San Ramon Quarterly Investment Report (Period Ending September 30, 2010).
(#8.3) Minute Order No. 2010-26 – Accepting the Work by Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering (PACE) for the Central Park Playground Renovation (CIP 5442) as Complete and Authorizing the City Clerk to File a Notice of Completion with the County Recorder's Office.
(#8.4) Minute Order No. 2010-27 – Accepting the Work by Caggiano General Engineering for the Irrigation Booster Pump Installation at Twin Creeks (CIP No. 5516) as Complete and Authorizing the City Clerk to File a Notice of Completion with the County Recorder's Office.
(#8.5) Minute Order No. 2010-28 – Authorizing Contract and Expenditure of Funds of $350,000 from the 2401 Crow Canyon Road CIP Development Project (CIP No. 5541) for Data and Voice Components with Clare Computers, Computer Logistics, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, AT&T, and Professional Convergence Solutions.
(#8.6) Resolution No. 2010-119 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Amendment No. 3 to the Existing Agreement with T. Marshall Associates, Ltd. to Renew the Agreement for Electrical Services in a Total Annual Amount Not To Exceed $50,000 and a Cumulative Agreement Total Not to Exceed $148,000.
Cm. Perkins’ motion to approve items 8.1 through 8.6 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 4-0. Mayor Wilson was absent.
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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS
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Cm. Perkins thanked the citizens who came to speak under Public Comment and stated that he looks forward to working with them in the future.
Cm. Hudson stated that the remaining homes to be built in Dougherty Valley are under the County’s jurisdiction. The Dougherty Valley Settlement Agreement prohibits San Ramon from changing the number of planned homes. Under the Agreement, those homes will be annexed into the City upon completion. He clarified information on Measure L. Voter approved Measure L selected a municipal UGB validating the ½ cent sales tax in Measure J. General Plan 2020 is required to be updated every ten years including a review of the UGB. He clarified that General Plan 2030 is that update and is not a new General Plan. County Connection is discussing the merger of their Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the Accessible Services Advisory Committee. He announced that Winter Spare the Air days start after October 31, 2010. The particulate matter created by wood burning creates health hazards particularly for the young and old. He urged residents to observe the no burning laws when Spare the Air days are declared.
Vice Mayor Rowley encouraged citizens to Shop San Ramon and support local businesses. She stated that the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan is merely conceptual. The Council welcomes input on the final plan. A middle school Halloween Dance will be held on October 29, 2010. She encouraged residents to attend the Dougherty Valley Theatre performances and to apply for openings on City Committees.
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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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At 8:16 p.m., the Council convened to Closed Session pursuant to Government Code § 54956.9(b) – Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation - Chevron USA, et al. v. County of Contra Costa, Contra Costa County Superior Court, Case No. C10-01390.
At 8:40 p.m., Vice Mayor Rowley reconvened the meeting. All Councilmembers except Mayor Wilson were in attendance. Vice Mayor Rowley requested that the City Attorney report the action taken. City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner reported that the Council discussed the item and directed her to decline to intervene in this litigation regarding real property assessments in the City of Richmond.
At 8:41 p.m., there being no further business, Vice Mayor Rowley adjourned the meeting.
H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk
Approved as corrected at the November 9, 2010 City Council meeting 4-0; Wilson abstain.
Corrections noted in italics.