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MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON COUNCIL MEETING
July 9, 2013

 

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held July 9, 2013 at 7:10 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Mayor Clarkson presiding. 
PRESENT:  Councilmembers Hudson, Livingstone, Perkins, and Mayor Clarkson.
ABSENT:  Councilmember O’Loane.
STAFF PRESENT:  City Manager Greg Rogers, Interim City Attorney Bob Saxe, Police Chief Scott Holder, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.

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CLOSED SESSION

(#1.1) Pursuant to Government Code §54957.6 to meet with the City Council’s Labor Negotiators: Scott Holder, Eva Phelps, and Toni Renault Concerning Negotiations with SEIU Local 1021.

(#1.2) Pursuant to Government Code §54956.8 to Meet and Instruct the City Council’s Real Property Negotiator Greg Rogers Regarding Negotiations with Sunset Development Company on Price and Terms Relating to a Proposal for Purchase of APN: 213-133-086 and for Transfer of City’s Interest in a Portion of APN: 213-120-010.

At 6:32 p.m., the Council convened to Closed Session: (1) Pursuant to Government Code §54957.6 to meet with the City Council’s Labor Negotiators: Scott Holder, Eva Phelps, and Toni Renault Concerning Negotiations with SEIU Local 1021; and (2) Pursuant to Government Code §54956.8 to Meet and Instruct the City Council’s Real Property Negotiator Greg Rogers Regarding Negotiations with Sunset Development Company on Price and Terms Relating to a Proposal for Purchase of APN: 213-133-086 and for Transfer of City’s Interest in a Portion of APN: 213-120-010.  Cm. O’Loane was absent.

At 7:10 p.m., Mayor Clarkson reconvened the Council meeting.  All Councilmembers except Cm. O’Loane were present.  Mayor Clarkson reported that the Council took no action on item 1.1 and directed the City Manger to continue negotiations on item 1.2. 

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Parks Commissioner Bill Meine led those present in the pledge of allegiance. 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The City Clerk stated that there were no changes or additions to the agenda.  The July 15, 2013 Transportation Demand Management Advisory Committee meeting has been rescheduled to July 30, 2013.  There were no other changes to the City meetings listed. 

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CONSENT CALENDAR

(#4.1) Resolution No. 2013-075 – Accepting Certain Creek, Drainage, Trail/Access Road, and Landscape Dedications and Improvements in DA 0009/0010 for Maintenance (Windemere BLC Land Development Company, LLC).

(#4.2) Resolution No. 2013-076 – Authorizing the Filing of an Application for Federal Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Funding for the San Ramon Valley Boulevard Pavement Rehabilitation Project (CIP 5539) – Bollinger Canyon Road to Montevideo Drive; Committing the Necessary Local Match for the Project; and Stating the Assurance to Complete the Project.

Cm. Perkins’ motion to adopt items 4.1 and 4.2 was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 4-0-1-0.  Cm. O’Loane was absent.

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

(#5.1) Recognition of Police Officer David Heinbaugh on His Retirement from the City of San Ramon and His 23 Year Law Enforcement Career.  Presentation by Police Chief Scott Holder.

Police Chief Holder recognized Police Officer David Heinbaugh for his achievements during his law enforcement career dedicated to traffic safety and education and for his service to the City.  Gayle Larson, Field Representative for Assemblymember Buchanan, presented Officer Heinbaugh with a proclamation from Assemblymember Buchanan and Senator DeSaulnier recognizing his dedication and highly effective law enforcement service.  Chief Holder presented him with a Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Swalwell and a United States flag which flew over the state capitol in Officer Heinbaugh’s honor.  Mayor Clarkson presented Officer Heinbaugh with a proclamation from the City recognizing his service and commitment.  He noted that Officer Heinbaugh made people mindful of traffic safety.  He noted that San Ramon’s police officers put themselves at risk for the residents.  Cm. Perkins thanked Officer Heinbaugh for his service and acknowledged his passion for helping the public to be safe.  Cm. Livingstone stated that the City will miss Officer Heinbaugh and wished him well. 

(#5.2) Recognition of Economic Development Director Marc Fontes on His Retirement from the City of San Ramon.  Presentation by City Manager Greg Rogers.

City Manager Rogers stated that Economic Development Director Marc Fontes took an area which was in abeyance and built the department from scratch.  He reinvigorated redevelopment and rebuilt important City relationships.  He successfully handled the termination of Redevelopment, served on the Oversight Board, served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, and assisted the City with labor negotiations.  Chief Holder thanked Mr. Fontes for securing 2401 Crow Canyon Road which enabled the Police Department to consolidate five work sites into one location.  This site is functional, beautiful, and will accommodate future growth needs.  Mayor Clarkson presented Mr. Fontes with a proclamation recognizing his service to the City and thanked him for creating a working model for the continuation of economic development in the City.  Cm. Perkins thanked Mr. Fontes for the projects which he accomplished.  Cm. Livingstone noted that Mr. Fontes made Redevelopment work for San Ramon.  Mr. Fontes thanked the Council and Mr. Rogers for the recognition.  He stated that he worked in government for over thirty years and that San Ramon was the best place that he had worked and had the best organization.  He reported that making a technical change in the Redevelopment Plan allowed for a bond issue which generated funds for Redevelopment projects.  He appreciated the Council’s support on difficult issues.  He recognized the work of Housing Programs Manager Brooke Harris who secured the funding for Valley Vista which provides senior housing with stable rents.  He thanked Administrative Services Director Eva Phelps for her assistance in winding down the Redevelopment Agency.

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PUBLIC COMMENT

Janet Soderstrom, resident, recounted the incident where a dog was killed by police officers in Hawthorne, CA.  She requested that the Mayor and Police Chief take a proactive approach and issue a written statement to residents that the Department is doing everything possible to prevent this from happening in San Ramon.  She requested that all officers carry pepper spray or mace and use deadly force only as a last resource.  She requested that all officers be required to have animal behavior training.  She offered to work with the City to accomplish these goals.

Bill Meine, resident, requested that the City install a “No U-Turn” on the stop signs on the frontage road of Burning Tree Drive. 

Robert Klingner, resident, reported that Planning staff told him that he could attend, but could not speak, at a public Architectural Review Board meeting.  Interim City Attorney Bob Saxe stated that he will speak with the Planning staff and contact Mr. Klingner.  Mr. Klingner shared comments which he has received via email regarding the Faria Project.  These emails expressed opposition to the Project because it will destroy the natural environment, overwhelm the City infrastructure, decrease the quality of life, increase congestion, traffic and pollution, its high density, and potentially increase crime.

Kids’ Country Board Member Michelle Byrne and Kids’ Country Program Director Kim Brown provided an update on projects at Kids’ Country.  Ms. Brown reported on the Edible Gardens projects at Kids’ Country.  Gardens have been started at Montevideo, Country Club and Coyote Creek schools.  The gardens have had very positive impacts and responses from the children.  They distributed pictures of the gardens.

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DEFERRED CONSENT ITEMS

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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

(#9.1) Minutes of the June 11, 2013 regular meeting.

Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to approve the June 11, 2013 regular City Council minutes was seconded by Cm. Livingstone and passed 3-0-1-1.  Cm. O’Loane was absent.  Cm. Perkins abstained.

(#9.2) Minutes of the June 25, 2013 regular meeting.

Cm. Livingstone’s motion to approve the June 25, 2013 regular City Council minutes was seconded by Cm. Perkins and passed 3-0-1-1.  Cm. O’Loane was absent.  Vice Mayor Hudson abstained.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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NEW BUSINESS

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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS

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PUBLIC COMMENT

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CITY COUNCILMEMBERS’ AND MAYOR’S COMMENTS

Cm. Perkins requested that the City update its tobacco retail license Ordinance as the current Ordinance is out of date or unenforceable.  He noted that the Contra Costa County Ordinance is very effective.  His goal is to decrease the incidence of underage purchases of tobacco products.  He requested that the Interim City Attorney Bob Saxe draft a report for the Policy Committee which would then be reviewed by the Council.  Mr. Saxe requested confirmation of consensus from the Council for this project.  Mayor Clarkson requested clarification of the Brown Act procedures in this instance.  Cm. Perkins noted that there were no objections from the other Councilmembers. 

Vice Mayor Hudson requested that the City look at an ordinance wood burning stoves.  It could be reviewed by the Policy Committee.  He suggested that the County’s Ordinance be reviewed.  Mr. Saxe stated that San Ramon has a wood burning stove Ordinance and that he will prepare an analysis of the County’s Ordinance.

Mayor Clarkson reminded residents about the Farmers Markets on Wednesdays in Dougherty Valley; on Thursdays at Bishop Ranch 3; and on Saturdays at Bishop Ranch 1.  He encouraged residents who are interested in running for the Mayoral or City Council seats to attend a Candidate Orientation session on July 11, 2013 or July 13, 2013.  Additional information is available from the City Clerk’s office.

Cm. Perkins invited residents to attend the Sunday night Summer Concert Series starting July 14, 2013 at the Amphitheater in Central Park.

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ADJOURNMENT

At 8:25 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting.


Signed:
Bill Clarkson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk

Approved as presented at the July 23, 2013 City Council meeting 4-0-0-1; O'Loane abstain.

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