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AGENDA 

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 

6:00 P.M.

 SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD ROOM - 1231 ADDISON STREET, BERKELEY, CA 94702

 Jesse Arreguin, Mayor

Councilmembers:

District 1 – Rashi Kesarwani

District 5 – Sophie Hahn

District 2 – Cheryl Davila

District 6 – Susan Wengraf

District 3 – Ben Bartlett

District 7 – Rigel Robinson

District 4 – Kate Harrison

District 8 – Lori Droste

 

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Pursuant to Section 3 of Executive Order N-29-20, issued by Governor Newsom on March 17, 2020, this meeting of the City Council will be conducted exclusively through teleconference and Zoom videoconference.  Please be advised that pursuant to the Executive Order and the Shelter-in-Place Order, and to ensure the health and safety of the public by limiting human contact that could spread the COVID-19 virus, there will not be a physical meeting location available.  

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This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54953.  Any member of the public may attend this meeting.  Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Mark Numainville, City Clerk, (510) 981-6900. The City Council may take action related to any subject listed on the Agenda. Meetings will adjourn at 11:00 p.m. - any items outstanding at that time will be carried over to a date/time to be specified.

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call:

Ceremonial Matters: In addition to those items listed on the agenda, the Mayor may add additional ceremonial matters.

  1. Adjourn in memory of Paul Broadway, City of Berkeley Employee

City Manager Comments:  The City Manager may make announcements or provide information to the City Council in the form of an oral report.  The Council will not take action on such items but may request the City Manager place a report on a future agenda for discussion.

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Matters: Persons will be selected to address matters not on the Council agenda.  If five or fewer persons wish to speak, each person selected will be allotted two minutes each.  If more than five persons wish to speak, up to ten persons will be selected to address matters not on the Council agenda and each person selected will be allotted one minute each. The remainder of the speakers wishing to address the Council on non-agenda items will be heard at the end of the agenda.

Urgent Item:  Letter to UC Berkeley Chancellor Christ re: COVID and Fall 2020 Plans  

Urgent Item: Letter to State Supporting Oakland Zoo


Consent Calendar

The Council will first determine whether to move items on the agenda for “Action” or “Information” to the “Consent Calendar”, or move “Consent Calendar” items to “Action.” Items that remain on the “Consent Calendar” are voted on in one motion as a group. “Information” items are not discussed or acted upon at the Council meeting unless they are moved to “Action” or “Consent”.

No additional items can be moved onto the Consent Calendar once public comment has commenced. At any time during, or immediately after, public comment on Information and Consent items, any Councilmember may move any Information or Consent item to “Action.” Following this, the Council will vote on the items remaining on the Consent Calendar in one motion.

For items moved to the Action Calendar from the Consent Calendar or Information Calendar, persons who spoke on the item during the Consent Calendar public comment period may speak again at the time the matter is taken up during the Action Calendar.

Public Comment on Consent Calendar and Information Items Only: The Council will take public comment on any items that are either on the amended Consent Calendar or the Information Calendar.  Speakers will be entitled to two minutes each to speak in opposition to or support of Consent Calendar and Information Items.  A speaker may only speak once during the period for public comment on Consent Calendar and Information items.

Additional information regarding public comment by City of Berkeley employees and interns: Employees and interns of the City of Berkeley, although not required, are encouraged to identify themselves as such, the department in which they work and state whether they are speaking as an individual or in their official capacity when addressing the Council in open session or workshops.


 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

1.

FY 2021 Tax Rate: Fund Fire Protection and Emergency Response and Preparedness (Measure GG) 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance No. 7,721-N.S. setting the FY 2021 tax rate for funding Fire Protection and Emergency Response and Preparedness in the City of Berkeley at the rate of $0.05818 (5.818 cents) per square foot of improvements for dwelling units and setting the rate for all other property at $0.08804 (8.804 cents) per square foot of improvements with no increase in tax rate. 
First Reading Vote: All Ayes. 
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Henry Oyekanmi, Finance, (510) 981-7300; Dave Brannigan, Fire, (510) 981-5500

 

2.

Amend One-Way Car Share Program: Electric Mopeds, Fees, Deposits 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation:  Adopt second reading of Ordinance No. 7,722-N.S. pursuant to Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 14.62, renaming the One-Way Car Share Program as the One-Way Vehicle Share Program and removing obsolete references to parking permit stickers affixed to vehicles.  
First Reading Vote: Ayes – Kesarwani, Bartlett, Harrison, Wengraf, Robinson, Droste, Arreguin; Noes – None; Abstain – Davila, Hahn. 
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Phillip Harrington, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

3.

Amendments to the Berkeley Election Reform Act; Amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 2.12 
From: Fair Campaign Practices Commission 
Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance No. 7,723-N.S. amending the Berkeley Election Reform Act, BMC Chapter 2.12, regarding the public financing program.  
First Reading Vote: All Ayes. 
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Sam Harvey, Commission Secretary, (510) 981-6950

 

4.

FY 2021 Annual Appropriations Ordinance 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance No. 7,724-N.S. adopting the FY 2021 Annual Appropriations Ordinance (AAO) in the amount of $533,318,519 (gross appropriations) and $447,702,457 (net appropriations). 
First Reading Vote: All Ayes. 
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Teresa Berkeley-Simmons, Budget Manager, (510) 981-7000

 

5.

Contract No. 9367 Amendment: Banking Services with Wells Fargo Bank 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to continue the work of unbundling the banking services with Wells Fargo and exercise the final three-year option period to extend Contract No. 9367 with Wells Fargo through May 31, 2023, in the amount of $3,107,500 for a total of ten (10) year contract amount not to exceed $10,356,000.  This is to ensure business continuity and allow adequate time to continue pursuing the effort to determine alternative banking and related services solutions.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Henry Oyekanmi, Finance, (510) 981-7300

 

6.

Revenue Contracts: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Funds for Aging Services Nutrition Programs 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt two Resolutions authorizing the City Manager or her designee to execute any resultant revenue agreements and amendments with Alameda County to provide congregate and home-delivered meals to seniors for the following programs for Fiscal Year 2021:  
1. Congregate Meals in the amount of $7,500; and  
2. Home Delivered Meals in the amount of $31,500. 
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Housing and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

7.

Contract No. 32000117 Amendment: Berkeley Food & Housing Project for Administrative Services 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or her designee to execute an amendment to Contract No. 32000117 with Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP) to provide administrative services for Berkeley Mental Health (BMH) Flexible Spending Programs and the Russell Street Residence through June 30, 2021 in an amount not to exceed $1,907,293.  This will extend the existing contract by one year and add $946,419 in funding. 
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Housing and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

8.

Contract No. 10209 Amendment: Bay Area Hearing Voices Network for Hearing Voices Support Groups 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or her designee to execute an amendment to Contract No. 10209 with vendor Bay Area Hearing Voices Network (BAHVN) to provide Hearing Voices Support Groups through June 30, 2021, increasing the amount of the contract by $34,736 for a total not to exceed amount of $103,178.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Housing and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

9.

Local Housing Trust Fund Application 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for and accept funds from the State of California’s Local Housing Trust Fund program in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000, and to apply such funds to the City’s existing funding reservations for affordable housing development at 2001 Ashby Avenue and 2527 San Pablo Avenue via the City’s Housing Trust Fund program.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Housing and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

10.

Contract: Sandstone Environmental Engineering, Inc. for Aquatic Park Central Tide Tubes Maintenance Sediment Removal and Inspection Project 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution: 1. Approving the plans and specifications for the Aquatic Park Central Tide Tubes Maintenance Sediment Removal and Inspection Project (Bid Specification No. 20-11402-C); and 2. Accepting the bid of Sandstone Environmental Engineering, Inc. as the lowest responsive and responsible bidder on the Project; and 3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments, extensions or other change orders until completion of the project in accordance with the approved plans and specifications, with Sandstone Environmental Engineering, Inc., for the Aquatic Park Central Tide Tubes Maintenance Sediment Removal and Inspection Project, in an amount not to exceed $552,862, which includes a contract amount of $480,750 and a 15% contingency in the amount of $72,112.  
Financial Implications: Various Funds - $552,862 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700

 

11.

Contract No. 32000114 Amendment: Redwood Engineering Construction for James Kenney Park, Picnic, and Play Area Renovation 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend Contract No. 32000114 with Redwood Engineering, by increasing the construction contract amount by $280,000 for a not-to-exceed amount of $1,471,342 for the James Kenney Park, Picnic, and Play Area Renovation.  
Financial Implications: Parks Tax Fund - $1,471,342 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700

 

12.

City Consent to Declaration of Easements Between 2009 Addison and 2015 Addison 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to give City consent to an amended declaration of easements for safety and access between 2015 Addison Street, which is owned by the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and 2009 Addison Street, owned by the Joint Powers Financing Authority, leased by the City of Berkeley, and subleased to the Berkeley Repertory Theater.  
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Timothy Burroughs, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400

 

13.

Contract: Shaw Industries, Inc. for Civic Center Building Carpet Replacement Project 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution: 1. Pursuant to City Charter Article XI Section 67.2 requirements, accepting the California Multiple Award Schedule bid procedures; 2. Approving the California Multiple Award Schedule Contract with Shaw Industries, Inc. for Carpet Replacements at the Civic Center Building. 3. Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract and any amendments, extensions or other change orders until completion of the project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreements with Shaw Industries, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $116,635.39, which includes a contingency of $19,439.23.  
Financial Implications: Capital Improvement Fund - $116,635 
Contact: Phillip Harrington, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

14.

Contract No. 9730B Amendment: Fairbanks Scales, Inc. for Preventative Maintenance and Repairs on the Various Scales at the Berkeley Transfer Station 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to Contract No. 9730B with Fairbanks Scales, Inc. for preventative maintenance and repairs on the various scales at the City’s Solid Waste Management Center Transfer Station Facility to increase the contract amount by $50,000 for a total contract amount not to exceed $190,000, and to extend the contract term by two years to June 30, 2023.  
Financial Implications: Zero Waste Fund - $190,000 
Contact: Phillip Harrington, Public Works, (510) 981-6300


 

 

Action Calendar

The public may comment on each item listed on the agenda for action as the item is taken up. For items moved to the Action Calendar from the Consent Calendar or Information Calendar, persons who spoke on the item during the Consent Calendar public comment period may speak again at the time the matter is taken up during the Action Calendar.

The Presiding Officer will request that persons wishing to speak use the “raise hand” function to determine the number of persons interested in speaking at that time. Up to ten (10) speakers may speak for two minutes. If there are more than ten persons interested in speaking, the Presiding Officer may limit the public comment for all speakers to one minute per speaker. Speakers are permitted to yield their time to one other speaker, however no one speaker shall have more than four minutes.

The Presiding Officer may, with the consent of persons representing both sides of an issue, allocate a block of time to each side to present their issue.

Action items may be reordered at the discretion of the Chair with the consent of Council.


 

Action Calendar – Public Hearings

Staff shall introduce the public hearing item and present their comments. This is followed by five-minute presentations each by the appellant and applicant. The Presiding Officer will request that persons wishing to speak, use the “raise hand” function to be recognized and to determine the number of persons interested in speaking at that time.

Up to ten (10) speakers may speak for two minutes. If there are more than ten persons interested in speaking, the Presiding Officer may limit the public comment for all speakers to one minute per speaker. Speakers are permitted to yield their time to one other speaker, however no one speaker shall have more than four minutes. The Presiding Officer may with the consent of persons representing both sides of an issue allocate a block of time to each side to present their issue.

Each member of the City Council shall verbally disclose all ex parte contacts concerning the subject of the hearing. Councilmembers shall also submit a report of such contacts in writing prior to the commencement of the hearing. Written reports shall be available for public review in the office of the City Clerk.

 

15.

Permanent Local Housing Allocation Application 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for and accept funds from the State of California’s Permanent Local Housing Allocation program in an amount not to exceed $7,761,504 to support local affordable housing and homeless services initiatives.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Housing and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

16.

California Public Finance Authority Bond Financing for 1717 University Avenue
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing under the requirements of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution approving the issuance of the bonds by the California Public Finance Authority (CalPFA) for the benefit of the 1717 University Avenue rental housing development.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Housing and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

17.

ZAB Appeal: 1533 Beverly Place, Administrative Use Permit #ZP2018-0153 
Administrative Record - Part 1
Administrative Record - Part 2
Administrative Record - Part 3
Administrative Record - Part 4
From: City Manager
 
Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and, upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution affirming the decision of the Zoning Adjustments Board to approve Administrative Use Permit #ZP2018-0153 to enlarge an existing 1,212 square-foot, one-story single-family dwelling with a non-conforming front setback on a 4,200 square-foot lot by constructing a 1,035 square-foot addition, including a new second story that would increase the average building height from 16 feet 3½ inches to 23 feet 7½ inches, and adding a fifth bedroom, and dismiss the appeal.  
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Timothy Burroughs, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400


 

Action Calendar

18a-e. Proposed Omnibus Motion on Public Safety Items (Supp 3) 
    

18a.

Safety for All: The George Floyd Community Safety Act - Budget Request to Hire a Consultant to Perform Police Call and Response Data Analysis (Continued from June 16, 2020) 
Supplemental material (Supp 1)
From: Councilmember Bartlett (Author), Mayor Arreguin (Co-Sponsor), Councilmember Harrison (Co-Sponsor) 
 
Recommendation:  
1. Refer to the Thursday, 6/18/2020 Budget & Finance Policy Committee and the FY 2020-21 Budget Process the $150,000 to: a. Hire a consultant to conduct a data-driven analysis of police calls and responses to determine the quantity and proportion of these calls that can be responded to by non-police services. The third-party consultant must be hired and engaged in work within three months of the item’s passage. b. Hire a consultant to conduct an analysis of the Berkeley Police Department’s budget and its expenditures by call type. The third-party consultant must be hired and engaged in work within three months of the item’s passage. 
2. Direct the City Manager to implement initiatives and reforms that reduce the footprint of the police department and limit the police’s response to violent and criminal service calls.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Ben Bartlett, Councilmember, District 3, (510) 981-7130

 

18b.

Support Redistribution of City Resources and Operations from the Berkeley Police 
From: Councilmember Davila (Author) 
Recommendation: Adopt a resolution supporting Redistribution of City Resources and Operations from the Berkeley Police, and taking the following actions: 1. Request that any function that is currently served by Berkeley Police but would be better served by trained city staff or community partners should be transferred out of the police department with all due haste 2. These functions include all non-emergency calls, mental health calls (including wellness checks), calls related to intoxication, calls related to homelessness, calls involving domestic violence, and any other calls that can be served by any other city resource, and 3. The current proposed police budget for 2021 ($72,774,334) will be reduced by an amount of 50% ($36,387,167) or greater and funding of community programs and non-police city agencies will be increased by a commensurate amount, and 4. Reducing the Berkeley Police Department budget by at least 50 percent will allow funding for but not limited to youth programs or community groups and programs, housing and homeless services, food security, mental health services, healthcare, creation of new city jobs, and public health services. 5. Calls involving domestic violence, homelessness, and mental health require specialized responding staff who have been trained in de-escalation and are able to provide direct services to Berkeley residents who are in crisis. The City Auditor is hereby directed to prepare a report to Council that reveals the amount of funding that will become available as a result of these reductions in police responsibilities. 6. The City Manager will identify the expertise needed for non-police responses to these calls, taking into account comparable approaches including CAHOOTS as well as existing local programs which could possibly expand with additional funding such as: the Berkeley Free Clinic, Building Opportunities for Self Sustainability (BOSS), and the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center, Consider the Homeless and others, and initiate an RFP process for community organizations to provide those services. 7. The City Manager should create a plan for a non-police hotline that can receive 911 calls and connect those calls with non-police resources as appropriate, either by expanding the 311 mandate or creating a new city agency (perhaps 811 recognizing 8 to Abolish). 8. The City Council requests the Berkeley Unified School District and all Berkeley schools. both public and private to end programs that bring police officers into the schools, and to do everything within their power to protect undocumented students and families and to safeguard their information and prevent it from being shared with from police, including ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). 9. That general fund dollars are not to be expended to pay out settlements resulting from police officer negligence, brutality, or murder.  Those settlements will henceforth be deducted from police department budgets. 10. That the Police Review Commission and Peace and Justice Commission are instructed to form a joint committee to annually review police responsibilities and make recommendations to the City Council regarding additional functions that could better be served by non-police staff.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Cheryl Davila, Councilmember, District 2, (510) 981-7120

 

18c.

Referral to City Manager to Re-imagine Policing Approaches to Public Safety Using a Process of Robust Community Engagement, to Develop a Path Forward to Transforming Public Safety and Policing in Berkeley 
From: Councilmember Wengraf (Author), Councilmember Davila (Co-Sponsor)
Recommendation: We must have our communities of color, particularly our African American community, at the forefront of conversations to re-imagine approaches to policing and public safety in Berkeley. The people most disparately impacted must have a vital role in the creation of new ways to enhance accountability, compassion and transparency as we move forward to address racial inequities and disparate outcomes of policing in Berkeley. 
This item is an urgent referral to the City Manager to act quickly and thoughtfully in creating substantial community engagement to develop a new model for policing in Berkeley, to address racial inequities, ensure community health and safety needs are met, and to build trust within our communities of color.  
This work should begin with public, transparent community forums to listen, learn and receive people’s ideas about how policing should be re-imagined and transformed so that communities of color can be safer within their neighborhoods, the City of Berkeley, and trust in the Berkeley Police Department can begin to be rebuilt. The City Manager will send a list of recommendations to the full Council for review and public input.  
Financial Implications: Staff time
Contact: Susan Wengraf, Councilmember, District 6, (510) 981-7160

 

18d.

Transform Community Safety and Initiate a Robust Community Engagement Process 
From: Mayor Arreguin (Author), Councilmember Hahn (Author), Councilmember Bartlett (Author), Councilmember Harrison (Author) 
Recommendation:  
1. Adopt a Resolution expressing the City Council’s commitment to:  
a. A transformative approach to community-centered safety and reducing the scope of policing,  
b. Equitable investment in the essential conditions of a safe and healthy community, especially for those who have been historically marginalized and have experienced disinvestment, and  
c. A broad, inclusive community process that will result in deep and lasting change to support safety and wellbeing for all Berkeley residents. 
2. Direct the City Manager to track and report progress on actions to implement this initiative, and other actions that may be identified by the Coalition and referred by Council to the City Manager. Updates shall be provided by written and verbal reports to Council and posted on a regularly updated and dedicated page on the City website. 
3. Direct the City Manager to collaborate with Mayor and select Councilmembers to complete the following work, to inform investments and reallocations to be incorporated into future Budget processes: 
a. Contract with independent subject matter experts to:  
i. Analyze the scope of work of, and community needs addressed by, the Berkeley Police Department, to identify a more limited role for law enforcement, and identify elements of police work that could be achieved through alternative programs, policies, systems, and community investments. Analysis should include but not be limited to: calls received by dispatch by type of complaint, stops by law enforcement generated at officer discretion (as contained in the Police Department’s open data portal) or on request of other city agencies, number of officers and staff from other city agencies that respond to incidents, estimated time in response to different types of calls, daily patrol activities, organizational structure, and beat staffing. Work to include broad cost estimates of police and other city agency response to different types of calls, and other information and analysis helpful to identify elements of current police work that could be transferred to other departments or programs or achieved through alternative means. Work should be completed in time for the November 2020 Annual Appropriation Ordinance revision. 
ii. Identify immediate and longer-term opportunities to shift policing resources to alternative, non-police responses and towards alternative and restorative justice models, to better meet community needs, that could be considered in the November 2020 AAO#1 budget process.  Some areas to be considered include homeless outreach and services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and mental health/crisis management, as well as alternative models for traffic and parking enforcement, “neighborhood services” and code enforcement. Provide a broad timeline and process for transitioning functions not ready for transition at this first milestone. 
Deliverables should coincide with budget cycles, including the November 2020 AAO and FY 2022-2023 Budget processes, and provide a suggested timeline for transitioning functions at these and other budget opportunities, so that alternative investments may be considered for funding and launched in a timely and orderly manner.  
b. Contract with independent Change Management experts to initiate and facilitate a representative Community Safety Coalition, guided by a Steering Committee, that will begin meeting no later than January 2021.The CSC and its Steering Committee should be broadly inclusive and representative of Berkeley residents and stakeholders. The Steering Committee, with the support of Change Management professionals, shall be responsible for engaging the Coalition and the broader Berkeley community and relevant City Staff in a robust process, to achieve a new and transformative model of positive, equitable and community-centered safety for Berkeley.  
The work of the Coalition should include but not be limited to: 
1. Building on the work of the City Council, the City Manager, the PRC and other City commissions and other working groups addressing community health and safety. 
2. Research and engagement to define a holistic, anti-racist approach to community safety, including a review and analysis of emerging models, programs and practices that could be applied in Berkeley.  
3. Recommend a new, community-centered safety paradigm as a foundation for deep and lasting change, grounded in the principles of Reduce, Improve and Reinvest as proposed by the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (Attachment 3), considering, among other things: 
a. The social determinants of health and changes required to deliver a holistic approach to community-centered safety  
b. The appropriate response to community calls for help including size, scope of operation and powers and duties of a well-trained police force. 
c. Limiting militarized weaponry and equipment. 
d. Identifying alternatives to policing and enforcement to reduce conflict, harm, and institutionalization, introduce alternative and restorative justice models, and reduce or eliminate use of fines and incarceration. 
e. Options to reduce police contacts, stops, arrests, tickets, fines and incarceration and replace these, to the greatest extent possible, with educational, community serving, restorative and other positive programs, policies and systems. 
c. The Coalition’s goal/output will be a set of recommended programs, structures and initiatives to incorporate into upcoming budget processes for FY 2022-23 and, as a second phase, in the FY2024-2025 budget processes to ensure that recommended changes will be achieved. The Coalition shall return to City Council an initial plan and timeline by April 1, 2021, to ensure the first phase of changes can be incorporated into the FY2022-23 Budget Process. 
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, (510) 981-7100

 

18e.

 BerkDOT: Reimagining Transportation for a Racially Just Future  
From: Councilmember Robinson (Author), Councilmember Droste (Author), Councilmember Bartlett (Author), Mayor Arreguin (Author) 
Revised material (Supp 1)
Recommendation:
Refer to the City Manager, the FY 2021-22 budget process, and the proposed community engagement process to reimagine public safety to pursue the creation of a Berkeley Department of Transportation (BerkDOT) to ensure a racial justice lens in traffic enforcement and the development of transportation policy, programs, & infrastructure.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Rigel Robinson, Councilmember, District 7, (510) 981-7170


 

19.

Animal Services Contract with the City of Piedmont (Continued from June 30, 2020) 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract, with any amendments, with the City of Piedmont for animal care services for FY2021-FY2025, which increases the existing contract by up to $180,134, with a total contract amount not to exceed $441,984.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Erin Steffen, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7000

 

Public Comment – Items Not Listed on the Agenda

Adjournment

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I hereby certify that the agenda for this meeting of the Berkeley City Council was posted at the display case located near the walkway in front of the Maudelle Shirek Building, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, as well as on the City’s website, on July 2, 2020.


Mark Numainville, City Clerk

Communications

Council rules limit action on Communications to referral to the City Manager and/or Boards and Commissions for investigation and/or recommendations. All communications submitted to Council are public record. Copies of individual communications are available for viewing through Records Online.

Item #17: ZAB Appeal: 1533 Beverly Place, Administrative Use Permit #ZP2018-0153

  1. Igor Tregub

Item #18a: Safety for All: The George Floyd Community Safety Act - Budget Request to Hire a Consultant to Perform Police Call and Response Data Analysis

  1. Mary Gomes
  2. Allen Kanner
  3. Moni Law

  

Item #18b: Support Redistribution of City Resources and Operations from the Berkeley Police

  1. 102 identical form letters
  2. 19 identical form letters
  3. Annie Liu
  4. Samir Doshl
  5. Cheyenne Smith
  6. Clara Monk
  7. Lauren MacPhail
  8. Madison Ordway
  9. Jane Hood
  10. Kristen Boney
  11. Hannah Forsberg
  12. Liz Combs
  13. Isabelle Kavanagh
  14. Gisel DeLaCerda
  15. Dahlia Saba
  16. Alyssa Sugarman
  17. Gina Drescher
  18. Andrew Mayo
  19. Laurel Halvorson
  20. Isabel Barbera
  21. Mahader Tamene
  22. Rumur Dowling
  23. Maggie Camillos
  24. Bailey Henderson
  25. Mariah Castle
  26. Rebecca Zemach-Lawler
  27. Sara Bruno
  28. Star Zagofsky
  29. Max Ventura
  30. Kate Stechschulte
  31. Bill Kinder
  32. Kamaile Alnas-Benson
  33. Alex de Man
  34. Vikram Nagarajan
  35. Josie Lee
  36. Knychelle Passmore
  37. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
  38. Stephanie Ashton
  39. Isabel Cholbi
  40. Christine Garibian
  41. MacKenzie Moore
  42. Dan B
  43. L. Darlene Pratt
  44. Linda Walls
  45. Dani Rozman
  46. Jem Campbell
  47. Gabriella Villegas
  48. Eisa Al-Shamma
  49. Samantha Whitty
  50. Henderson Peternell
  51. Jackson Torres
  52. Morgan Hubbard
  53. Katie Wilson
  54. Sukhmony Brar
  55. Stephanie Schaudel
  56. Uma Channer
  57. Erika Hsu
  58. Lorena Grundy
  59. Sander Mack-Crane
  60. Andrea Ikeda
  61. Nate Bohm-Levine
  62. Amy Reavis
  63. Virginia Lyon
  64. Miranda Mammen
  65. Andres Navarro
  66. May Lim
  67. Garrett Shishido Strain
  68. Melanie Abrams
  69. Jacob Wolbert
  70. Nicole Teixeira
  71. Alison Lafferty
  72. Naima Karczmar
  73. Beebe Sanders
  74. Anasuya Lyons
  75. Michelle Braasch-Carman
  76. Michele Foletta
  77. Anthony Abel
  78. Christopher Geary
  79. Paige Hval
  80. Kerby Lynch
  81. Butch Brood
  82. Helena von Nagy
  83. Erin Silk
  84. Rebeca Willis-Conger
  85. Julia Bleier
  86. Rianna Modi
  87. Carly Feldman
  88. Mia Redmond
  89. Colin Barber
  90. Opal
  91. Emily Bronston-Joseph
  92. Sara Fread
  93. Yael Platt
  94. Michelle Yiu
  95. Emily Robbins
  96. Jill Buckey
  97. Sarah Bancroft
  98. Milea Stauber
  99. Natasha Geiling
  100. Melissa Gomes
  101. Aaron Goldstein
  102. Joey Flegel-Mishlove
  103. Kira Findling
  104. Zach Carter
  105. Nicholas Rio
  106. Maize Cline
  107. Ace Chen
  108. Rachael
  109. Suna Tamang
  110. Kristin Nelson
  111. Kyra Fleischman
  112. Karen Shimoda
  113. Kelly Shimoda
  114. Anan Collymore
  115. Michael Foulk
  116. Melissa Gomes
  117. Eli Conley
  118. Allegra Mayer
  119. Ian Buddy
  120. Katie Knapp
  121. Eliza Macy
  122. Serina Jensen
  123. Sonia Mistry
  124. Maddison Pilgrim
  125. Catherine McNelley
  126. Chase La Piana
  127. Anna McFall
  128. Rico Chenyek
  129. Ralph Leano Atanacio

Covid-19

  1. Nadia Nashashibi
  2. Joe Greaves, on behalf of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
  3. Vicki Young
  4. Thomas Lord
  5. David Lerman

  

Commissions

  1. Igor Tregub, on behalf of the Peace and Justice Commission
  2. Lisa Bullwinkel

  

ADU and Golden Duplex

  1. Jo Ann Driscoll

  

Mini-Grants for West Berkeley Projects

  1. Lawrence Grown, on behalf of the West Berkeley Design Group

  

Rename Bancroft Way

  1. Sean Peterson

  

Public Comments

  1. Mark Numainville, City Clerk

  

Fireworks

  1. Jolie

  

5G

  1. Wisteria

  

Policing Matters

  1. Ben Gerhardstein, on behalf of Walk Bike Berkeley
  2. Genevieve Wilson
  3. Holly Scheider (2)
  4. Erwan Illian
  5. Rebecca Weinstein
  6. George Lippman
  7. Russbumper (2)

  

Spokes Bike Lounge

  1. Maya Wolf
  2. Michael Golub
  3. Paul Hainsworth
  4. Meredith Nielsen
  5. Jonathan Balaban
  6. Tom Lent

  

Brown Girls Climbing

  1. Ariel Winger

  

Alameda County Transportation Authority – Divert $400,000,000

  1. Gerald Cauthen, on behalf of Bay Area Transportation Working Group

  

Rent Board

  1. Andrew Marowitz (2)

  

Budget

  1. Kathryn Reasoner
  2. Michelle Mascarenhas
  3. Sammy Wess
  4. Malcolm Margolin, on behalf of the California Institute for Community, Art and Nature
  5. Rucha Kelkar
  6. Oliver Katz
  7. Claire Greensfelder
  8. Lauren Hughes

  

1921 Walnut Street

  1. Mayor Jesse Arreguin
  2. Carol Christ, Chancellor of University of California at Berkeley

  

Rent Increases

  1. Abderazak Mehdhkour
  2. Steven Christopher
  3. Tony Benado

  

Berkeley Town Square Proposal

  1. Kate Stechschulte
  2. Councilmember Hahn

  

Bike Lanes on Ashby

  1. Clay Miller

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 before the meeting.

  • Supplemental Communications and Reports 3

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

 

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