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January 25, 2011

A meeting of the City of San Ramon Redevelopment Agency was held January 25, 2011 at 6:02 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Chair Perkins presiding.
PRESENT:  Agency Members Hudson, Rowley, Wilson, Vice Chair Livingstone, and Chair Perkins.
STAFF PRESENT:  Executive Director Herb Moniz, Agency Council Sheryl Schaffner, Deputy Executive Director Marc Fontes, and Agency Secretary Patricia Edwards.

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Chair Perkins led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance.

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The Agency Secretary reported there were no requests for public comment.

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(#5.1) Minutes of the January 11, 2011 Meeting.

Mbr. Rowley’s motion to approve the minutes of the January 11, 2011 meeting was seconded by Vice Chair Livingstone and passed 5-0. 

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The Agency Secretary reported that the Agency has not received any written communications.

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(#9.1) 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.

Deputy Executive Director Marc Fontes provided an overview of items 9.1 and 9.2.  Resolution RDA 2011-001 considers a reimbursement agreement for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).  Resolution RDA 2011-002 considers a reimbursement agreement for affordable housing activities.  Governor Brown’s proposal to eliminate Redevelopment agencies state-wide by the end of the fiscal year is the impetus for considering these Resolutions.  The State Senate and Assembly budget meetings regarding the Governor’s proposal will be held in February.  The Legislative bills to eliminate redevelopment may be voted on in March.  Other agencies in the state are considering implementing or have already taken similar actions.  Mr. Fontes stated that the City allocates Redevelopment funding for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and for affordable housing projects.  From the 2006 Bond issuance, there are approximately $5 million in unallocated affordable housing funds and $5 million in unallocated redevelopment funds.  Mr. Fontes explained that the proposed Agreements create contractual obligations between the Redevelopment Agency and the City which will enable the Redevelopment Agency to allocate $5 million to CIP and $5 million to affordable housing.  These agreements are consistent with the goals of the Agency’s Redevelopment Plan, the Five Year Implementation Plan, and the City’s affordable housing activities.  These Agreements will be applicable to future funding streams and can be amended to reflect changes in priorities as needed.  Staff recommends that both Agreements be approved and executed.  Mr. Fontes noted that the Governor also proposed that affordable housing funds be transferred to the local housing authority if a City Housing Authority does not exist.  For San Ramon, this would be the Contra Costa County Housing Authority.  On January 26, 2011, the Policy Committee will address the possibility of reactivating the City’s Housing Authority.  There are currently two affordable housing sites which could be leased long-term and assigned to the local housing authority.  Mr. Fontes stated that the Mudd’s property is not an affordable housing site.  It is currently under development and is scheduled for review by the Agency on February 22, 2011.

Mbr. Rowley asked if the Council’s action on February 22, 2011 will ensure that this process can be completed prior to the State taking action.  Mr. Fontes stated that no action will be taken by the State until March.

Mbr. Hudson asked for clarification on the structure and purpose of the Redevelopment and City Council resolutions.  Mr. Fontes stated that the Agreement is between the Redevelopment Agency and the City and requires action by both bodies.  Mr. Fontes indicated that the RDA Resolutions and Agreements have been revised slightly.  A minor change was made to the signature page to authorize signature by the Redevelopment Agency Chair for the Redevelopment Agency portion of each Agreement.

Mbr. Wilson asked whether the RDA housing funds would go to the County Housing Authority if the City does not have a Housing Authority.  He questioned whether there is enough time to reactive the City’s Housing Authority.  Mr. Fontes indicated that the issue would be brought to the City Council after receiving direction from the Policy Committee on January 26, 2011. 

Mbr. Hudson’s motion to adopt Resolution RDA 2011-001 was seconded by Mbr. Rowley and passed 5-0. 

(#9.2) 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.

Mbr. Hudson’s motion to adopt Resolution RDA 2011-002 was seconded by Vice Chair Livingstone and passed 5-0. 

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At 6:15 p.m., there being no further business, Chair Perkins adjourned the meeting.


Scott Perkins, Agency Chair
Patricia Edwards, Agency Secretary

Approved at the February 22, 2011 Agency meeting, 5-0.

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