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July 24, 2012

A regular meeting of the Successor Agency of the City of San Ramon was held on July 24, 2012 at 6:17 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Chair Clarkson presiding. 
PRESENT:  Agency Members Hudson, Perkins, Vice Chair Livingstone (late), and Chair Clarkson.
ABSENT:  Agency Member O’Loane.
STAFF PRESENT:  City Manager Greg Rogers, Interim City Attorney Bob Saxe, Economic Development Director Marc Fontes, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.

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Roz Rogoff led those present in the pledge of allegiance. 

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The City Clerk noted that there were no changes to the agenda. 

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Roz Rogoff, resident, stated her support for Matthew Larson’s proposal for the Mudd’s property.  She informed the Agency that Mr. Larson made a presentation to the Oversight Board at its May 24, 2012 meeting.  She asked the Agency to give serious consideration to Mr. Larson’s proposal.

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(#5.1) Minutes of the June 26, 2012 regular meeting.

Mbr. Perkins’ motion to adopt the June 26, 2012 regular Successor Agency minutes was seconded by Vice Chair Livingstone and passed 4-0-0-1.  Mbr. O’Loane was absent.

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(#6.1) Resolution No. SA 2012-007 – Adopting a Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule for the Period January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 in Accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 34177(l) and (m).

Economic Development Director Marc Fontes noted that there was a minor change to the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS).  A revised ROPS was provided to the Agency.  The revision corrects the Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) payment which was made in February 2012 not March 2012.  As a result of the Department of Finance change in report format, the Administrative Allowance is listed as $320,000 which is the maximum 3% calculation versus the $250,000 requested Allowance.  He noted that a new requirement of the AB1484 legislation requires a reconciliation of the estimate versus actual expenditures for the previous six months of January – June 2012 which is provided on the revised ROPS.

Mbr. Perkins’ motion to adopt Resolution No. SA 2012-007 with the revised ROPS was seconded by Mbr. Hudson and passed 4-0-0-1.  Mbr. O’Loane was absent.

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(#8.1) Update on Assembly Bill 1484 - Redevelopment Dissolution Clean Up Legislation.

Marc Fontes, Economic Development Director, provided the report.  AB 1484 was passed as part of the state budget bill and was immediately effective.  The legislation was initially intended to address only affordable housing issues but the bill was expanded by the Department of Finance. Mr. Fontes presented some of the new conditions.  AB 1484 requires that the ROPS for the Period January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 be approved by the Oversight Board and then submitted to the Department of Finance by September 1, 2012.  Another deadline includes a report listing all of the affordable housing assets to the Department of Finance by August 1, 2012.  There are additional requirements which staff is currently reviewing.

Mbr. Perkins requested that Mr. Fontes work with City Attorney Bob Saxe and City Manager Greg Rogers in reviewing AB 1484 to evaluate the standing of the Successor Agency and whether it makes sense for the City to continue.  

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Cm. Hudson discussed the Public Comment process.  He noted that provision of the second Public Comment was made to accommodate speakers at the beginning of the meeting and still allow the business of the meeting, which may be time sensitive, to be addressed.  If no one speaks at the first Public Comment, he does not believe that the Agency is obligated to provide a second Public Comment.

Matthew Larson, member of the Growing Room Education Council, stated that this organization is interested in purchasing the Mudd’s property.  They are interested in restoring and preserving the property so that it can be used as a children’s conservation and nature center.  The Growing Room is a nonprofit organization which provides licensed child care at several San Ramon Valley Unified School District sites.  He believes that Mudd’s will be a perfect location for their outdoor nature program.  They are looking for an opportunity to implement this program at Mudd’s and are interested in working with the City on a joint use project.  He stated that the original vision for the property when it was purchased by the Redevelopment Agency in 2008 was its use as a children’s nature center.  He acknowledged that his presentation to the Oversight Board may have been premature because of the Board’s obligation to maximize the value of the property.  He noted that the Mudd’s property has historic value because it was built with progressive green building techniques over 30 years ago.  The Growing Room Education Council is looking for discussion and an exchange of ideas with the City.

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At 6:30 p.m., there being no further business, Chair Clarkson adjourned the meeting.

Bill Clarkson, Chair
Patricia Edwards, Agency Secretary

Approved at the September 25, 2012 Successor Agency meeting 4-0-1; O'Loane absent.

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