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Special Meeting eAgenda
 June 25, 2015


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In accordance with the authority in me vested, I do hereby call the Berkeley City Council in special session as follows:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
5:00 P.M.
Longfellow Middle School Auditorium - 1500 Derby Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
Tom Bates, Mayor

District 1 – Linda Maio

District 5 – Laurie Capitelli

District 2 – Darryl Moore

District 6 – Susan Wengraf

District 3 – Max Anderson

District 7 – Kriss Worthington

District 4 – Jesse Arreguin

District 8 – Lori Droste


Preliminary Matters

Roll Call 

Public Comment - Limited to items on this agenda only 

Action Calendar

  1. Significant Community Benefits from Five Tall Downtown Buildings (Continued from May 26, 2015 - Item includes revised materials.) 

From: Mayor Bates and Councilmember Capitelli 

Recommendation: Request the City Manager to draft a Council resolution establishing a system for Downtown building projects over 75 feet to provide significant community benefits. The projects would be assessed a fee of $100 per square foot for the residential portion of the building between 76 and 120 feet, and $150 per square foot for the residential portion above 120 feet. A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) would be required. It would include local hiring and training components. The PLA would provide a credit, equal to 5 percent of the project construction costs, which would be deducted from the fee. In addition, the fee could be further reduced by voluntary on-site benefits for arts and culture, which must be approved by the City Council. The remainder would be paid into a City fund to be used for affordable housing and arts and culture benefits. 

Financial Implications: See report 

Contact: Tom Bates, Mayor, 981-7100 



I hereby request that the City Clerk of the City of Berkeley cause personal notice to be given to each member of the Berkeley City Council on the time and place of said meeting, forthwith. 


                                                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand 

                                                and caused the official seal of the City of Berkeley to be 

                                                affixed on this 11th day of June, 2015. 


                                                Tom Bates, Mayor 

Public Notice – this Proclamation serves as the official agenda for this meeting. 





Date:  6/11/15 

Mark Numainville, City Clerk 


This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54953.   Any member of the public may attend the public comment portion of this meeting.  Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Mark Numainville, City Clerk, 981-6900.

NOTICE CONCERNING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS: If you object to a decision by the City Council to approve or deny an appeal, the following requirements and restrictions apply: 1) Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6 and Government Code Section 65009(c)(1)(E), no lawsuit challenging a City decision to deny or approve a Zoning Adjustments Board decision may be filed and served on the City more than 90 days after the date the Notice of Decision of the action of the City Council is mailed.  Any lawsuit not filed within that 90-day period will be barred.  2) In any lawsuit that may be filed against a City Council decision to approve or deny a Zoning Adjustments Board decision, the issues and evidence will be limited to those raised by you or someone else, orally or in writing, at a public hearing or prior to the close of the last public hearing on the project. 

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Item 1: Significant Community Benefits from Five Tall Downtown Buildings 

  1. Catherine Orozco 

  1. Mike Hoey 

  1. Mark Rhoades 

  1. William Woodcock (3) 

  1. James McFadden 

  1. Kelly Hammargren (2) 

  1. Bruce Bagnell 

  1. George Matiasz 

  1. Christina Grappo 

  1. Tree Fitzpatrick (5) 

Supplemental Communications and Reports 

Items received by the deadlines for submission will be compiled and distributed as follows.  If no items are received by the deadline, no supplemental packet will be compiled for said deadline. 


  • Supplemental Communications and Reports 1 

Available by 5:00 p.m. five days prior to the meeting. 


  • Supplemental Communications and Reports 2 

Available by 5:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. 


  • Supplemental Communications and Reports 3 

Available by 5:00 p.m. two days following the meeting. 


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