MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING
January 25, 2011
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held January 25, 2011 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, Transportation Division Manager Lisa Bobadilla, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Sandee Wiedemann 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 only change to the meetings listed on the agenda is that the February 7, 2011 Southwest Area Transportation Committee meeting will be held in the Orinda City Hall. Mayor Wilson requested the removal of Consent Calendar item 8.7 because new information needs to be evaluated. Vice Mayor Perkin’s motion to remove Resolution No. 2011-013 and continue to a future meeting was seconded by Cm. Rowley and passed 5-0.
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(#5.1) Recognition of Character Counts! Essay Contest Winners from Montevideo Elementary School: Maren Callaway, Sophia Kitts, Christopher Medlin. Introduction by Officer Abe Medina. Presented by Mayor Wilson.
Officer Abe Medina reviewed the goals of the Character Counts! Program. He thanked the teachers for their interest and participation. Maren Callaway, Sophia Kitts, and Christopher Medlin read their winning essays. Mayor Wilson presented each student with a certificate and City pen. Officer Medina presented the students with a Character Counts! water bottle, sweatshirt, and ribbon. Mayor Wilson thanked the parents, teachers, and Officer Medina for their participating in the program.
(#5.2) Recognition of the 2010 “Building Bridges” Sponsors: Chevron, Home Depot, PG&E, and Waste Management. Introduction by Steven Liao. Comments by Camp Parks Commander Lieutenant Colonel Friend. Presented by Mayor Wilson.
Building Bridges Program Coordinator Steven Liao thanked the Council for supporting this community based event which has been held for eight years. He showed a pictorial summary of the 2010 event which included 300 volunteers. Work sites included 30 homes, visitations to senior homes, schools, and Camp Parks. New projects included packaging AIDS care giver kits for Africa, preparing school supply kits for distribution by the Army in Afghanistan, and installation of a permanent Christmas tree at Camp Parks. Camp Parks Commander Lieutenant Colonel Friend thanked all of the corporate sponsors and acknowledged the positive, tangible impact which Building Bridges has on the Camp Parks community. Mr. Liao and Mayor Wilson recognized event sponsors: David Feldman from Chevron, Laura Arkell and Chris Cobbs from Home Depot, Roxanne Cruz from PG&E, and Kathleen Minser from Waste Management. They acknowledged their contributions and presented them with a certificate of recognition. Mayor Wilson thanked Mr. Liao for bringing this opportunity to San Ramon.
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At 7:34 p.m., Mayor Wilson requested a five minute break. The Council reconvened at 7:43 p.m. with all members in attendance.
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(#5.3) Proclamation Recognizing January 2011 as National Blood Donor Month. Presented by Mayor Wilson to Christine Galeotti, Team Supervisor, American Red Cross.
Mayor Wilson presented the proclamation to Christine Galeotti. Ms. Galeotti thanked the Council for recognizing the importance of blood donor month. She noted that each donation can save three lives. She encouraged the community to either donate blood or to organize a blood drive by contacting 1-800-448-3543 or www.redcrossblood.org.
(#5.4) Proclamation Declaring February 2011 as “Heart Health Month”. Presented by Mayor Wilson to Captain Andy Swartzell, Chair of the Heart Safe Community.
Mayor Wilson presented the proclamation to Captain Andy Swartzell, Chair of the Heart Safe Community, and Vickie Wright, Co-Chair of the Heart Safe Community. Captain Swartzell thanked the City and the Rotary Club for their support which resulted in the availability of more than 180 automated external defibrillators (AED) in the San Ramon Valley. Captain Swartzell announced the introduction of an innovative new iPhone application. This application enables citizens who are trained in CPR to receive an alert regarding a cardiac arrest situation, provided with a map locating the cardiac arrest victim and the location of the nearest AED unit. This application is the first in the nation and is expected to be available nationally. Interested residents can contact the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District for information on CPR classes and Family and Friends Kits. Cm. Livingstone noted that the Family and Friends Kit is very user friendly. Cm. Rowley stated that the Dublin San Ramon Women’s Club raised funds for AEDs to be used in police cars. She thanked the Fire Department for their community outreach efforts.
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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
(#7.1) Minutes of the January 11, 2011 special meeting.
Cm. Hudson’s motion to approve the January 11, 2011 special City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.
(#7.2) Minutes of the January 11, 2011 regular meeting.
Vice Mayor Perkins requested a correction to the January 11, 2011 regular City Council meeting minutes. He asked that the vote on approval of the December 14, 2010 regular City Council meeting minutes, be corrected to read 4-0-1 to reflect that he was absent for the meeting and abstained from the vote. Vice Mayor Perkins’ motion to approve the January 11, 2011 regular City Council meeting minutes as corrected was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 5-0. (Note: The City Clerk reviewed the January 11, 2011 meeting video and determined that Cm. Perkins was in attendance at the meeting but did not vote on the December 14, 2010 meeting minutes.)
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(#8.1) Register of Demands as presented by the City Treasurer (Period ending December 30, 2010).
(#8.2) City of San Ramon Quarterly Investment Report (Period Ending December 31, 2010).
(#8.3) Minute Order No. 2011-01 – Authorizing Cm. Hudson to Attend the American Public Transportation Association’s 2011 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 13-15, 2011.
(#8.4) Resolution No. 2011-010 – Accepting Certain Roadway Easements and Improvements in Subdivision 8773 for Maintenance (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.5) Resolution No. 2011-011 – Accepting Certain Roadway Easements and Improvements in Subdivision 8777 for Maintenance (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.6) Resolution No. 2011-012 – Accepting Certain Roadway Easements and Improvements in Subdivision 8778 for Maintenance (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.8) Resolution RDA 2011-001 – Authorizing the Executive Director to Enter Into a Public Improvements Reimbursement Agreement with the City of San Ramon for Construction of Certain Capital Improvement Projects Within the San Ramon Redevelopment Project Area.
Resolution No. 2011-014 – Authorizing the Expenditure of Funds By and Execution of an Agreement With the San Ramon Redevelopment Agency for Construction of Certain Capital Improvement Projects Within the San Ramon Redevelopment Project Area.
(#8.9) Resolution RDA 2011-002 – Authorizing the Executive Director to Enter Into an Affordable Housing Activities Reimbursement Agreement with the City of San Ramon to Complete Certain Affordable Housing Activities.
Resolution No. 2011-015 – Authorizing the City Manager to Enter Into an Affordable Housing Activities Reimbursement Agreement with the San Ramon Redevelopment Agency to Complete Certain Affordable Housing Activities.
Vice Mayor Perkins’ motion to adopt items 8.1 through 8.6 and items 8.8 and 8.9 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.
(#8.7) Resolution No. 2011-013 – Authorizing the Mayor to Sign a Library Lease and Service Agreement Between the City of San Ramon and Contra Costa County for Library Services at the San Ramon Library.
This item was continued to a future meeting.
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(#10.1) San Ramon Dougherty Valley Transit Service Plan Status Report.
The staff report was presented by Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager. She reviewed the Dougherty Valley Transit Feasibility Study which resulted from the Dougherty Valley Settlement Agreement. A Dougherty Valley Transit Advisory Committee and a Dougherty Valley Policy Advisory committee were formed. After a two-year planning process, the San Ramon City Council adopted Resolution No. 2006-66 approving the County Connection Dougherty Valley Transit Service Plan and authorizing staff to develop and implement San Ramon Dougherty Valley Transit Service. With financial assistance provided by Dougherty Valley developers, the City in concert with County Connection, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Contra Costa County, developed and implemented a five year transit service plan, financial plan, and performance standards for San Ramon Dougherty Valley Transit Service. The Dougherty Valley Transit Study Final Report identified a need for transit services in Dougherty Valley. The specific transit markets include students, seniors, and commuters. Funding for Dougherty Valley Transit Service is derived from several sources.
The largest source of ongoing operating funds is from a developer impact fee which Contra Costa County established specifically for this purpose. The fee is charged on new home construction in the Gale Ranch III and IV and Windemere developments. The fee revenue was planned to cover approximately two-thirds of the operating costs of the service. Other sources of funds include Measure C/J sales tax funding provided by the Southwest Area Transportation Committee, bus fares paid by passengers, and County Connection. Due to the slowdown in housing construction, developer fee revenue is accumulating much more slowly than projected when the bus service agreement was signed in 2006. The fund will not generate the projected amount of revenue by December 19, 2011 which is the expiration date of the agreement. Mayor Wilson asked what happens to the service if Dougherty Valley is not built. Ms. Bobadilla responded that County Connection will fund the service until the full developer fees have been reached. Ms. Bobadilla noted that although there are no immediate plans to implement weekend service, it will be considered by County Connection in the future. Cm. Hudson noted that County Connection is operating on a very lean budget. He commented that there will be no increases in bus service unless state and federal funds become available.
Vice Mayor Perkins’ motion to accept the report was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0.
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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS
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The City Clerk noted that there were two requests for public comment.
Saundarya Mehra, Teen Council representative, provided the Council with an update of past Teen Council’s activities. Future events include an Annual Card Night, Fitness Event, Acoustic Night, and a Job Shadow Day for City workers. They are also working on a Teen Volunteen Program which will provide an online subscription networking program for local high school clubs.
Jim Gibbon, resident, stated that residents soundly defeated Measure W in November 2010. Defeating General Plan 2030, meant that the voters want to retain General Plan 2020. He stated that the Council, by continuing to promote General Plan 2030, is trying
to bypass the voters’ objection to General Plan 2030 and its EIR. He objected to the short comment period for the EIR Amendment. He noted that there were many pages of changes. He did not agree with the staff’s position that these changes are minor and do not warrant the standard 30 day EIR review period. He stated that General Plan 2030 is an extension of the General Plan and the repeal of General Plan 2020. The voters requested a change not an update of General Plan 2020. He questioned why the General Plan 2020 could not be updated through the normal amendment procedure. He reminded the Council that their job is to represent San Ramon residents not to run the government.
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Vice Mayor Perkins encouraged residents to attend the Valley Vista Senior Housing Project Informational Workshop on February 7, 2010 at the Alcosta Senior Center.
Cm. Rowley attended the Fire District’s iPhone presentation. She encouraged residents to contact the Fire District for additional information.
Cm. Hudson reported that the City is doing a Pavement Management Update per State requirements. He provided the results of a League of California Cities Executive Study on Pavement Management. In 2008, the State’s PCI (Pavement Condition Index) was 68%. The PCI dropped to 66% in 2010 and is at risk of dropping to 54% in 2020 if current funding remains the same. The estimate is that $70.5 billion is needed over the next ten years to maintain a PCI of 66%.
Cm. Hudson noted that Lafayette is required to produce 133 Affordable Housing units with only 6 to 8 currently available. He stated that the voters approved General Plan 2020 in 2002. The State requires a ten year update. General Plan 2030 included the General Plan 2020 requirement for voter review of the Urban Growth Boundary and Ordinance 197 in 2010. Nothing from the November 2010 vote absolves the City of the responsibility from the State to do an update of General Plan 2020. There are several State mandates which need to be incorporated into the General Plan update. A Sustainable Community Strategy is required by 2013.
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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Mayor Wilson announced that the January 28, 2011 concert by Al Jarreau at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center is sold out. He encouraged residents to patronize this venue. He reminded residents that the San Ramon Historic Foundation is sponsoring a Crab Feed on January 29, 2011. He announced that there will be a City Council and Planning Commission Joint Public Hearing on the General Plan 2030 on February 1, 2011.
Mayor Wilson reported that the five Tri-Valley Mayors attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. They met or visited with the U.S. Department Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Appropriations Director for Science and Transportation, the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. In addition, they met with Congressional members Stark, McNerney, Garamendi, Boxer, and Feinstein. Topics discussed included the I580 Corridor Improvements, the I680 Auxiliary Lanes, the Norris Canyon Ramp, and the East Bay Regional Communications System.
The Tri-Valley Mayors also met with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to discuss the collaborative partnership know as i-GATE. This initiative was created to promote technology transfer from the Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories to foster entrepreneurship and job creation. Plans include the development of a National Energy Systems Technology Incubator, Academic Alliance, and Development Corporation.
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(#14.1) CONVENE TO CLOSED SESSION PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE §54957 TO EVALUATE THE POSITION OF CITY ATTORNEY.
At 9:08 p.m., the Council met in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code § 54957 to evaluate the position of City Attorney.
At 9:40 p.m., Mayor Wilson reconvened the meeting. All Councilmembers were in attendance. Mayor Wilson reported that no action was taken when the Council met pursuant to Government Code § 54957 to evaluate the position of City Attorney.
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At 9:41 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.
H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk
Approved as presented at the February 8, 2011 City Council meeting 5-0.