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November 9, 2010

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held November 9, 2010 at 7:03 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Vice Mayor Rowley Mayor Wilson presiding.
PRESENT:  Councilmembers Hudson, Livingstone, Perkins, Rowley and Mayor Wilson.
STAFF PRESENT:  Acting City Manager Greg Rogers, City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner, Police Chief Scott Holder, Public Services Director Karen McNamara, Economic Development Director Marc Fontes, Program Manager David Krueger, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.

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Angel Arteaga, Daniel Browne, Sam Campopiano, Josiah Castillo, William Lew, Brian Pella, Jacob Pita, and Jordan Ruiz, members of Webelos Den 3A, Pack 814 from Neil Armstrong Elementary School 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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The City Clerk requested that the item 4.2 be presented before item 4.1.  There were no objections from the Council.

(#4.2) Recognition of Maintenance Technicians: Jesus Aguilar, Anthony Gauci, Scott Gehring, Kevin Wenzel, Cupertino Espinoza; Maintenance Specialist Chris Southwick; Maintenance Assistant Jeff Cook; Maintenance Supervisor Kevin McGeary; Maintenance Coordinator Mark O’Harra; and Maintenance Supervisor Paul Simpson as Employees of the Month for November 2010.  Presented by Mayor Wilson.

Public Services Director Karen McNamara stated that the Public Services employees were recognized for renovation and restoration of the track around the Iron Horse Middle School near Central Park.  Advance planning and the cooperative effort of parks division staff and streets and drainage division staff enabled the project to be completed on time and on budget.  Mayor Wilson presented certificates and gold stars to the attending Public Services staff.  He noted that the City has a unique partnership with the School District.

(4.1) Recognition of San Ramon Government 101 Graduates: 
Meryl Abramson, Arlene Addison, Marilyn Bradley, Martin Bradley, Deborah Christman, Terry Church, Mary Ciminello, Andrew Ganti, Saida Guerrero, Sylme Ho, Sam Holleman, Carlos Jimenez, Carol Lombardi, Steve Lombardi, Faye McCartney, Rich McCartney, Penny McCreary, Karen McHenry-Smith, Ed McMillan, Patty McMillan, Dottie Pron, Greg Schniegenberg, John Strain, and Dennis Vanderpol.

City Clerk Patricia Edwards explained that the goal of Government 101 is to provide residents the opportunity to learn about their city government.  She thanked the City Council and City staff for their participation and class members for their interest.  Mayor Wilson presented each participant with a certificate of course completion.  Marilyn Bradley stated that she learned what it takes to run the City and how well the City operates.  She thanked the Council for its leadership.  Ed McMillan remarked that the City was well run because of its management team.  Carol Lombardi added that she now understands how City decisions are made.  She recommended the class to other residents.  Mayor Wilson noted that the program is important because it educates residents about their City.  Mayor Wilson thanked the class members who participated and encouraged interested residents to sign up for the spring class.

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

Resident and San Ramon business owner Kevin L’Hommedieu stated that he is learning about how the City works.  He noted that the City Council’s work is public service.  As the elected City officials, the Council is his only voice.  He stated that the adoption of General Plan 2030 will change the zoning areas in the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan (NCRSP) that are not already designated as Mixed Use to Mixed Use.  This area does not stand alone and rezoning it to Mixed Use will cause a loss of jobs and businesses.  He requested that the Council delete this zoning change.  He asked the Council to consider postponing the Environmental Impact Report as it is not relevant.  He stated that the NCRSP does not reflect what people want.  He asked the Council to consider forming a committee to discern what the public wants.  He questioned if there was committee input to the General Plan 2030.  He asked each Councilmember to seriously review the NCRSP.  Cm. Hudson asked Mr. L’Hommedieu’s to clarify the wording of his request.  Cm. Perkins stated that the Council needs to get more information to Mr.  L’Hommedieu.  He stated that areas in the Crow Canyon Specific Plan were redesignated to Mixed Use and the existing offices and businesses did not lose their leases.  There is no interest in putting businesses out of business or disrupting existing businesses.  Service Commercial operations are important in San Ramon.

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(#7.1) Minutes of the October 26, 2010 regular meeting.
Cm. Hudson requested that the minutes be corrected to state that Winter Spare the Air days start “after” October 31, 2010.  Vice Mayor Rowley’s motion to approve the corrected October 26, 2010 regular City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Perkins and passed 4-0.  Mayor Wilson abstained.

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The City Clerk noted that there was a request to address item 8.3.

(#8.1) Minute Order No. 2010-29 – Authorizing the Mayor to Approve the Purchase of a Replacement Boom Truck with Altec, Inc. in an Amount Not to Exceed $98,000 and Approve the Trade-In of the Existing Boom Truck.

(#8.2) Resolution No. 2010-120 – Authorizing Support for the “GET CONNECTED!” Project.

(#8.4) Resolution No. 2010-123 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Amendment No. 1 to the Agreement with FloraTech Landscape Management, Inc. to Increase the Scope of Work to Include Areas I and III of Landscape Maintenance Services in an Amount Not to Exceed $3,200,000 and a Total Three Year Agreement Amount Not to Exceed $5,000,000.

Cm. Perkins’ motion to approve items 8.1, 8.2, and 8.4 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0. 

(#8.3A) Resolution No. 2010-121 – Approving an Extension of Time for the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Ramon to Develop Real Property Located at 2231 Omega Road (APN: 208-451-002) for Low and Moderate Income Housing.

(#8.3B) Resolution No. 2010-122 – Approving an Extension of Time for the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Ramon to Develop Real Property Located at 2239 Omega Road (APN: 208-451-001) for Low and Moderate Income Housing.

Economic Development Director Marc Fontes provided the report.  California Redevelopment Law permits the City Council to adopt a resolution extending the period during which the Agency may retain property acquired with Housing Fund moneys for an additional five years.  The two parcels were combined to make a viable affordable housing site in the Crow Canyon Specific Plan.   Cm. Perkins asked why the extension was needed.  Mr. Fontes said that the City was working with a developer regarding a proposed project but the developer withdrew in September 2010.  Cm. Perkins asked if the City can expect to have a plan in place for this site within five years.  Mr. Fontes responded that he expects a developer will be found within five years if the economy continues to improve.  If the affordable housing project has not begun at the end of the five years, the property must be sold and the proceeds deposited into the Housing Fund. 

Mayor Wilson opened the public comment.

Roz Rogoff, resident, objected to the closing of the Recycling Center which was one of the two parcels which comprise this site.  She stated that it is the worst place in the City to locate low income housing across from a brick yard in a service commercial area.  She recommended that the City allow the option to lapse and sell the property.

Mayor Wilson closed the public comment. 

Cm. Perkins noted that Ms. Rogoff made a good point but that this is a bad time to sell the land.  The Recycling Center should not have been closed without a new project in place.  Cm. Livingstone asked if the property was purchased with set-aside funds.  Mr. Fontes replied that it was.  Cm. Livingstone stated that the property is designated for housing and that there is no option to move around.  Cm. Hudson remarked that this site fits into the total plan for the Crow Canyon area.  He noted that the City was told to do the Crow Canyon Specific Plan by the voters in 2002.  He questioned what other City locations would be suitable for affordable housing.  Mayor Wilson stated that the housing numbers are required by the state.  The City is required to have an affordable housing plan in place so that the state cannot sue the City.  Cm. Hudson added that the state will begin the process to develop regional housing numbers in January 2011.

Cm. Livingstone’s motion to approve item 8.3 was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 5-0. 

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(#10.1) Resolution No. 2010-124 - Authorizing the Mayor to Execute an Agreement with Curbside, Inc. to Provide On-Call Door-to-Door Household Hazardous Waste Collection to San Ramon Residences in an Annual Amount Not to Exceed $140,000 and Approve Funding Through the Solid Waste Special Fund and Residential Garbage Rates.

Solid Waste & Recycling Program Manager David Krueger provided the report.  Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) cannot be disposed of with regular garbage.  He reviewed the HHW disposal options available to San Ramon residents which include: taking the materials to the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s (CCCSD) permanent HHW drop-off facility in Martinez; or using the annual temporary HHW collection event.  The City sponsors three recycling drop-off events per year.  A pharmaceutical drop-off bin is located at the Dougherty Station Police Annex.  Curbside collection and neighborhood special clean-up days are also available.  Another HHW disposal option is on-call door-to-door collection.  Residents place their items into collection kits and call to schedule pick-up of the full kits.  With a few exceptions, an unlimited on-call door-to-door HHW program would cost an estimated $140,000 per year.  He reviewed the funding options for an on-call program.  Staff recommends a monthly increase to the residential garbage rates combined with $60,000 from the Solid Waste Special Fund. 

Cm. Perkins requested that staff work with the CCCSD to renegotiate and recover some of the money from the Solid Waste Special Fund so that San Ramon is not paying for HHW coverage which it no longer needs.  He suggested that the annual HHW event be cancelled.  Mr. Krueger noted that 2 of the 3 recycle events have been held and that the third event is scheduled for February 2011.  Cm. Perkins suggested that staff determine if the February 2011 event is needed.  Mr. Krueger stated that there may be changes in 2013 when the garbage contract is renegotiated.  Cm. Hudson noted that the contract with the Dublin San Ramon Services District expires in September 2011.  He stated that it is difficult for residents to properly dispose of HHW and that this option is less expensive than driving to Martinez.  Cm. Perkins suggested that the Building Bridges event could incorporate a HHW component.  He asked staff to work with the vendor on this option.  Mayor Wilson suggested a fourth option which would provide quarterly HHW events for residents.  Mr. Krueger stated that he doubted CCCSD would be willing to participate in four events in San Ramon as the cost would be prohibitive.

Mayor Wilson opened the public comment.

Resident and San Ramon business owner Kevin L’Hommedieu suggested that the City reopen the Recycling Center and incorporate a HHW component.  Cm. Perkins noted that the laws governing the handling of HHW would make this option difficult to maintain.  The Recycling Center was a recycling yard not a HHW site.  Mayor Wilson requested that staff evaluate the program after a year and bring this item back to the Council. 

Cm. Livingstone’s motion to approve Resolution No. 2010-124 was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 5-0.

(#10.2) Election of the Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of San Ramon.

City Clerk Patricia Edwards requested that the City Council elect a Mayor Pro Tempore for 2010-11.  Cm. Livingstone nominated Cm. Perkins as Mayor Pro Tem.  Cm. Hudson seconded the motion.  Mayor Wilson asked if there were any other nominees.  Cm. Livingstone’s motion to appoint Cm. Perkins as the new Mayor Pro Tem was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 5-0.  Vice Mayor Perkins said that it will be an honor to serve the City.  He thanked Vice Mayor Rowley for an outstanding job in 2009-10.

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Cm. Hudson reported that the Association of Bay Area Governments is beginning the process of establishing the Regional Housing numbers.  He attended an Iron Horse Trail Advisory Committee meeting and reported that Alexander Mehran has proposed a landscaping plan for the Trail from Bollinger Canyon to Norris Canyon.  He reported that the Peninsula will receive a $6.7 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for a bicycle sharing program. 

Cm. Rowley wished California High School well in their football game with De La Salle High School.

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Mayor Wilson thanked the Council for their support and for filling in for him during his Assembly campaign.

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At 8:26 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.

H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk

Approved as corrected at the November 23, 2010 City Council meeting 5-0.
Corrections noted in italics.

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