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February 8, 2011

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held February 8, 2011 at 7:03 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:  Acting City Manager Phil Wong, City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner, Police Chief Scott Holder, Transportation Division Manager Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Analyst Darlene Amaral, Housing Programs Manager Brooke Harris, Associate Engineer Christopher Low, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.

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Cub Scouts Pack 841 from Walt Disney Elementary School led those present in the pledge of allegiance.  Participants were Cub Scouts Jacob Campbell, Eric Chan, Nick Foresti, Henry Geach, Thomas Hager, Antonio Manso, Alex Nguyen, Tyler Reavis, Zachary Stephens, Justin Tom, and Sydney Warren.

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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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(#5.1) Recognition of Retired City Employees:  Information Technology Division Manager Steve Keagy, Administrative Coordinator Gayle Studt, and Accounting Specialist Linda Miller. 

Mayor Wilson presented each retired employee with a proclamation detailing their work history and accomplishments during their tenure with the City.  Steve Keagy thanked the City Council, City Manager, and other City employees for their support and the opportunity to serve the City.  Gayle Studt stated it has been an honor and pleasure to serve the City and work for the San Ramon Police Department.  Linda Miller thanked everyone for their kind words and stated she loved living and working in the City.

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Mayor Wilson suspended the meeting for a five minute break at 7:22 p.m.  The meeting reconvened at 7:27 p.m.  All Councilmembers were in attendance.

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(#5.2) Update on the "It Happens" and Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest by Street Smarts Coordinator Nat Rojanasathira.

Mr. Rojanasathira reported that “It Happens” teen driving program was launched at the Dougherty Valley High School in October 2010.  Students shared their real world driving stories as drivers and passengers in taped interviews.  The Committee will revamp the program this spring with the goal of increasing participation as the program is extended to all of the high schools.  Mr. Rojanasathira reported that the Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest is in its seventh year.  This year’s Contest set a record participation with almost 600 student entries depicting traffic safety scenes.  Mr. Rojanasathira thanked Sunset Development, the program sponsor.  Funding is also received from a Federal Safe Routes to School Grant.  Mr. Rojanasathira invited residents to attend the Storybook Awards event on March 10, 2011 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center.  Mayor Wilson thanked Mr. Rojanasathira for his participation.  Cm. Rowley asked if the student book would be produced this year.  Mr. Rojanasathira indicated that it would be.

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(#6.1) Contra Costa County Council on Aging Appointment.

Mayor Wilson reported that the Council interviewed three candidates on February 8, 2011 for consideration as San Ramon’s representative to the Contra Costa County Council on Aging.  He stated that Laura Ferree was the successful applicant.  Mayor Wilson stated that the all of the applicants were outstanding and thanked each of them for their interest.

Vice Mayor Perkins’ motion to recommend to the County Board of Supervisors to appoint Laura Ferree as San Ramon’s representative to the Contra Costa County Council on Aging for a term expiring in September 2013 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0. 

(#6.2) Transportation Advisory Committee Appointments.

Transportation Division Manager Lisa Bobadilla gave the staff report.  There are three openings on the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) for terms through January 2013.  Applications were received from incumbents Jim McVay and Peter Rathman and Brian DiDiemar, Gregory Schniegenberg and Pete Slagle.  The applicants were interviewed by the Planning Commission on January 18, 2011.  The Commission recommended that the City Council appoint Brian DiDiemar, Jim McVay, and Pete Slagle.

Vice Mayor Perkins made a motion which was seconded by Cm. Rowley to appoint the

candidates recommended by the Planning Commission.  Cm. Hudson indicated that he thought the Council would be voting directly for the TAC appointments.  He does not agree with the Planning Commission’s recommendations.  Cm. Livingstone stated that Mr. Rathman should be reappointed.  The motion failed 2-3.  This item will be continued to the February 22, 2011 meeting so that the Council can vote on the applicants.

(#6.3) Transportation Demand Management Advisory Committee Appointments.

Transportation Analyst Darlene Amaral gave the staff report.  The terms of three Transportation Demand Management Advisory Committee members expired at the end of January.   Applications were received from Sandy Austin, Susan Gitlin, and Ann Uawithya.   Staff recommends the appointments of Ms. Austin, Ms. Gitlin, and Ms. Uawithya for terms to expire in January 2013.  Cm. Rowley stated she was pleased that Ms. Austin, Ms. Gitlin, and Uaiwthya reapplied to serve on the Committee.

Cm. Rowley’s motion to appoint Sandy Austin, Susan Gitlin, and Ann Uawithya to the Transportation Demand Management Advisory Committee for terms expiring in January 2013 was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 5-0. 

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(#7.1) Minutes of the January 25, 2011 regular meeting.

Cm. Hudson’s motion to approve the January 25, 2011 regular City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 5-0. 

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(#8.1) Resolution No. 2011-016 – Accepting Certain Landscape Dedications and Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8924 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).

(#8.2) Resolution No. 2011-017 – Accepting Certain Landscape Dedications and Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8930 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).

Mayor Wilson requested a brief report on items 8.1 and 8.2.  Associate Engineer Christopher Low summarized the process of accepting landscaping dedications and improvements from the County into the City.  Mayor Wilson stated that plants and trees in Dougherty Valley landscaping previously accepted from the County are maturing and causing damage to sidewalks and utility boxes.  He stated that the City is now responsible for the expense of repairs.  Mr. Low indicated that due to this issue, the City is working with Shapell Industries to redesign the landscape to allow trees more room to grow in the parkway strip.  Mayor Wilson asked staff to provide updates to the Council on this issue.

Vice Mayor Perkins’ motion to adopt items 8.1 and 8.2 was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 5-0. 

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(#10.1) Resolution No. 2011-018 – Declaring a Need to Reactivate the San Ramon Housing Authority, Declaring that the Members of the City Council Shall be the Commissioners of the Housing Authority, and Designating the Interim Chairperson of the Housing Authority.

Housing Programs Manager Brooke Harris provided the staff report.  She stated that Governor Brown has proposed eliminating all Redevelopment Agencies by July 1, 2011 and shifting housing funds to local housing authorities.  San Ramon’s Housing Authority was established in 1991.  Its authority for housing related issues shifted to the Redevelopment Agency in 1996.  In order to protect unencumbered housing funds and develop future affordable housing on Agency owned parcels, staff recommends that the San Ramon Housing Authority be reactivated.  The City Council will act as the Housing Commissioners.  This action will protect local funds and ensure that the funds remain local and under local control. 

Mayor Wilson opened public comment.

Roz Rogoff stated that she proposed a program in 2003 to use City funds to offset the cost of purchasing a home in San Ramon.  The City would invest funds to help with a down payment for houses that were difficult to sell.  The program could be used to finance semi low income residents.  As housing values increase, the City would benefit from the profits realized from the sale of the home.  She recommended that the houses remain in the program.  At that time, there were no City funds available for this type of program.  She asked that the City reconsider the idea. 

Mayor Wilson closed public comment.

Mayor Wilson’s motion to adopt Resolution No. 2011-018 and nominating Cm. Rowley as Chairperson of the Housing Authority was seconded by Cm. Hudson and passed 5-0.

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Resident Jim Gibbon stated that he requested that a moratorium be placed on development on the hillsides on the west side of the City on December 14, 2010.  He noted that the Council took no action and that staff stated that they were not aware of any development planned for that area.  He noted that a tentative map request by the Laborer’s Camp in the west hills of San Ramon was dated November 2010.  The related Iron Gate Ranch subdivision was submitted on January 6, 2011.  This project takes 60 feet off the ridgeline to develop large lots which will be visible from the freeway.  He stated the Project is outside the Urban Limit Line and exceeds 25 acres so must be voted on by the residents in order to be brought into the Urban Growth Boundary.  Because the Project is within the City limits, it is subject to General Plan 2020 and Ordinance 197.  He requested reconsideration of his moratorium request and public hearings on this issue. 

Mr. Kevin L’Hommedieu, resident and business owner in San Ramon, requested that the verbiage of statements made by Ms. Chamberlain at the February 1, 2011 Joint Public Hearing that “service commercial was being considered or approved” for the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan be clarified.  He also requested that speakers at future public hearings on this matter be allowed to speak for more than three minutes.  Cm. Livingstone asked Mr. L’Hommedieu to state his residence for the record.  Mr. L’Hommedieu declined to provide it citing privacy issues.

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Cm. Rowley thanked everyone who participated in the San Ramon Historic Foundation’s Crab Feed.  She thanked Cm. Hudson for his work in the kitchen.  She congratulated Chair Carol Lopez for coordinating an excellent event.

Vice Mayor Perkins thanked the retirees for their combined 48 years of service to the City.  He stated that their expertise will be hard to replace.  He requested that comments about sections in the General Plan that need to be corrected, improved, eliminated or added be specific to ensure that the Plan is clear and complete.  He noted that the population and housing projections for General Plan 2030 are actually lower than the projections in General Plan 2020.

Cm. Hudson stated that the Faria property was voted on in 2002 and that the City Council was not part of the planning process for that project.  He indicated that information regarding the possibilities of commercial service in the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan is included in the staff report.  Cm. Hudson read an article from the San Ramon Valley Times regarding green development and “Shaping Our Future” Plan.  He advised the Council that this will become the standard in environmentally sound transportation and housing coordination issues as a result of AB32 and SB375.  Cities which do not comply with the Sustainable Community Strategy will risk losing funding for transportation projects.

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Mayor Wilson stated that he is concerned about the State and County affecting local control through the “Shaping Our Future” Plan.  He remarked that the Al Jarreau concert at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center was fantastic.  He noted that the America concert is sold out.  The performance of The Music Man is scheduled for March 19, 2011.  He thanked City staff for the excellent talent line up.  He reminded residents that three public workshops will be held regarding affordable housing at the Valley Vista Senior Housing Project.  Applications are due on February 25, 2011.  Mayor Wilson thanked retired employees for their years of service and stated that several of them will still be volunteering or working for the City part-time.  He reminded residents to attend the Street Smarts Awards on March 10, 2011 and thanked Sunset Development for their support.

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At 8:22 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 22, 2011 City Council meeting 5-0.

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