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AGENDA 

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 

6:00 P.M.

 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

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, CMC, City Clerk, 981-6900.

The City Council may take action related to any subject listed on the Agenda. The Mayor may exercise a two minute speaking limitation to comments from Councilmembers.  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.

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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. Recognition of outgoing City Councilmembers
  2. Recognition of Pam Grossman, Berkeley Volunteer
  3. Adjourn in memory of Dr. Steven Rader, Berkeley Resident

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.

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.” Three members of the City Council must agree to pull an item from the Consent Calendar for it to move 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.

Urgent Item: Accept $232,500 from East Bay Community Foundation and Allocate $200,000 to County CARES Act Matching Fund and $50,000 to Outdoor Dining Support Grant Program 
From: Councilmember Bartlett and Mayor Arreguin
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution accepting a $232,500 payment from the East Bay Community Foundation of funds raised by the Berkeley Relief Fund, and: 
1)       Allocate $200,000 to finance grant payments for eligible Berkeley businesses through the Alameda County CARES Grant Program and authorize the City Manager, subject to the review and approval of the City Attorney, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding or any other agreement necessary for the city to allocate $200,000 from the Berkeley Relief Fund in order to participate in the grant matching program proposed by Alameda County as part of the Alameda County CARES Grant Program.  
2)       Allocate $50,000 ($32,500 from East Bay Community Foundation and $17,500 from the prior phase of Berkeley Relief Fund) to provide grants to enable businesses to transition to outdoor commerce.  
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Councilmember Bartlett, (510) 981-7130
              Mayor Arreguin, (510) 981-7100

1.

 Lease for 5385 Cazadero Hwy, Cazadero, CA 95421 – Cazadero Preforming Arts Camp (CPAC)
From: City Manager
 
Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance No. 7,737-N.S. authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement and necessary amendments with Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, at 5385 Cazadero Hwy, Cazadero, CA 95421 for a term of twenty-five (25) years, with an option to renew for ten (10) years. 
First Reading Vote: All Ayes. 
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700

 

2.

Closure of the crossing at Camelia Street/Union Pacific (UP) Railroad Corridor; Amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 14.24 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt second reading of Ordinance No. 7,738-N.S. amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 14.24, to close the existing Union Pacific (UP) railroad crossing at Camelia Street to all traffic.  
First Reading Vote: All Ayes.
Financial Implications:
See report 
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

3.

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Fiscal Years 2020/2021 – 2022/2023 Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Fiscal Years 2020/2021 – 2022/2023 Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan (MHSA Three Year Plan), which provides information on current and proposed uses of funds for mental health programming, and forwarding the MHSA Three Year Plan to appropriate state officials.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Health, Housing, and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

4.

Contract: Resource Development Associates for Specialized Care Unit 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or her designee to execute a contract and any amendments with Resource Development Associates (RDA) to facilitate the design of a Specialized Care Unit (SCU) for a total contract limit of $185,000 for the period beginning January 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022. The contract will serve the City of Berkeley by analyzing the current mental health crisis system, engaging community members in visioning an improved system, researching best practice models and gathering local data, and developing a program to re-assign non-criminal police service calls to a Specialized Care Unit (SCU) that will respond without law enforcement.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Health, Housing, and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

5.

Contract Amendment: Fred Finch Youth Center for Turning Point Transitional Housing for Transition Age Youth  
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend an existing contract with Fred Finch Youth Center (“Fred Finch”) for their Turning Point Transitional Housing Program (“Turning Point”), adding $200,000 total for fiscal years 2021 and 2022, at a rate of $100,000 per year, to enable Fred Finch to sustain the Turning Point program.
Financial Implications:
See report
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Health, Housing, and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

6.

 Amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 11.28 – Food Establishments
From: City Manager
 
Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 11.28, Section 11.28.010 Statutory Provisions, Section 11.28.020 Definitions and adding Section 11.28.370 Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation (MHKO). 
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Health, Housing, and Community Services, (510) 981-5400

 

       

 

7.

Grant Application:  FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program for Seismic Retrofit of Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Youth Services Center/Young Adult Project (YAP) 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to FEMA for funds in the amount not to exceed of $1,237,500 for the seismic retrofit of the Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Youth Services Center/Young Adult Project (YAP); authorizing the City Manager to accept the grant; to execute any resultant revenue agreement and amendments; and authorizing the implementation of the project and appropriation of funding for related expenses, subject to securing the grant.  
Financial Implications: $1,237,500 in revenue 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700

 

8.

Grant Application:  the San Francisco Restoration Authority Measure AA Grant Program for Technical Feasibility Studies of Potential Improvement Projects at Aquatic Park 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or her designee to: submit a grant application in the amount of $897,000 to the San Francisco Restoration Authority Measure AA Grant Program to conduct feasibility studies for improvements at Aquatic Park; accept any grants; execute any resulting grant agreements and any amendments; and that Council authorize the implementation of the project and appropriation of funding for related expenses, subject to securing the grant.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700

 

9.

Grant Application: the California Proposition 68 Statewide Parks Program for new park development at selected Santa Fe Right-of-Way parcels 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or her designee to: submit a grant application in the amount of up to $8,000,000 to the California Proposition 68 Statewide Parks Program for new park development at selected Santa Fe Right-of-Way parcels; accept any grants; execute any resulting grant agreements and any amendments; and that Council authorize the implementation of the project and appropriation of funding for related expenses, subject to securing the grant.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700

 

10.

Contract No. 31900040 Amendment: Freitas Landscaping and Maintenance for Hazardous Vegetation Reduction Services 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or her designee to amend Contract No. 31900040 with Freitas Landscaping and Maintenance for additional reduction of hazardous vegetation in high-risk areas of City-owned parks, pathways and landscaped areas during high-risk fire season, by increasing the contract by $410,000 for a not-to-exceed amount of $1,235,000.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700

 

11.

Measure T1 Loan 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to loan  $198,400 from the Mental Health Realignment Fund balance to complete the Phase 1 Mental Health Adult Clinic renovation project and that authorizes the City Manager to repay the loan to the Mental Health Realignment Fund balance from the Phase 2 Measure T1 bond proceeds once they are available.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700; Teresa Berkeley-Simmons, City Manager’s Office, (510) 981-7000; Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

12.

Donation:  Regan Nursery Rose Bushes 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution accepting a donation of 44 potted roses from Regan Nursery, valued at $1099.78, for replacement of roses stolen from the Berkeley Rose Garden.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700

 

13.

Proposed Amendments to the Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt first reading of amendments to the Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO), Chapter 19.81 of the Berkeley Municipal Code, to align with building electrification goals, leverage upcoming rebates and incentives, improve transparency in real estate sales process, and develop mandatory energy requirements to be phased in.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Jordan Klein, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400

 

14.

Revenue Grant: Reach Code support from East Bay Community Energy 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager, or her designee, to submit a grant agreement and accept a $10,000 grant award from East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) for reach code support.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Jordan Klein, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400

 

15.

Lease Agreement: Berkeley Housing Authority at 1947 Center Street, Fifth Floor, Southwest Corner 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt first reading of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Berkeley Housing Authority to use and occupy the City property at 1947 Center Street, 5th floor Southwest Corner for a ten-year lease term with an option to extend for two additional ten-year terms.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

16.

Final Map of Tract 8533: 1500 San Pablo Avenue 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving the final map of Tract Map 8533, a one hundred seventy-five (175) unit condominium project consisting of one hundred seventy (170) residential units and five (5) commercial units at 1500 San Pablo Avenue.  
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

17.

Contract: Andes Construction, Inc. for Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation at Various Locations 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving plans and specifications for the Sanitary Sewer Project, located on Ashby Avenue, MLK Jr. Way, Benvenue Avenue, Hillegass Avenue, Parker Street, Telegraph Avenue, Bowditch Street, College Avenue, Spruce Street, and Keith Avenue; accepting the bid of the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Andes Construction, Inc.; and 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, in an amount not to exceed $4,968,764, which includes a 10% contingency of $451,706.
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

18.

Contract: Glosage Engineering Inc. for Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation at Walnut Street, Vine Street, Rose Street, Spruce Street, and Glen Avenue 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving plans and specifications for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation at Walnut Street, Vine Street, Rose Street, Spruce Street, and Glen Avenue; accepting the bid of the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Glosage Engineering, Inc. (Glosage) and 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, in an amount not to exceed $2,711,556, which includes a 10% contingency of $246,505.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

19.

Grant Applications: Highway Safety Improvement Program Cycle 10 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt Resolutions authorizing the City Manager to submit grant applications to the California Highway Safety Improvement Program Cycle 10 for the following projects: Protected Left-Turn Signals at multiple signalized intersections for up to $6 million and Sacramento Street Pedestrian Crossings for up to $250,000; accept the grants awarded; and execute any resultant agreements and amendments. This item updates resolutions previously approved by the Berkeley City Council on the July 28, 2020 Consent Calendar in order to increase the grant funds requested to improve more intersections and enhance the pedestrian safety treatments proposed.  
Financial Implications: See Report 
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

20.

Appointment of boona cheema and Margaret Fine to Mental Health Commission 
From: Mental Health Commission 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution appointing: boona cheema as a representative of the Special Public Interest Category (family), to complete her second 3- year term beginning December 2, 2020 and ending December 1, 2023; and Margaret Fine as a representative of the General Public Interest  Category,  to complete  her second 3-year term beginning December 2, 2020 and ending December 1, 2023.  
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Jamie Works-Wright, Commission Secretary, (510) 981-5400


 

Council Consent Items

 

21.

State Alignment on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons 
From: Mayor Arreguin (Author), Councilmember Hahn (Co-Sponsor), Councilmember Wengraf (Co-Sponsor) 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution calling on the California State Legislature to introduce a bill to align the State with the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by creating a non-partisan, advisory Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Citizens Commission. Copies of this resolution will be sent to Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks.  
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, (510) 981-7100

 

22.

Urgency Ordinance Amending Berkeley Municipal Code 13.111.020(a) (Ordinance No. 7,727-N.S.) to Further Limit Third-Party Food Delivery Service Fees  
From: Councilmember Kesarwani (Author), Councilmember Hahn (Co-Sponsor) 
Recommendation: Adopt an Urgency Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code Section 13.111.020(a) (Ordinance No. 7,727-N.S.)—which establishes a temporary limit on the charges imposed by third-party delivery services on retail food establishments for the duration of the declared COVID-19 local state of emergency—by reducing the delivery fee cap from 15 percent to 10 percent, while maintaining the limit on other fees, commissions, or costs at 5 percent.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Rashi Kesarwani, Councilmember, District 1, (510) 981-7110

 

23.

Budget Referral to Prioritize Enhanced Lighting in Areas of Elevated  
Violent Crime  

Supplemental material (Supp 1)
From: Councilmember Kesarwani (Author), Mayor Arreguin (Co-Sponsor), and Councilmember Bartlett (Co-Sponsor) 
Recommendation: In an effort to immediately address safety concerns in blocks where elevated levels of violent crime--including robbery, aggravated assault (including shootings), rape, and homicide--have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, adopt the recommendations listed below: 
1. Refer to the City Manager to prioritize resident requests for enhanced lighting when such requests come from blocks where elevated violent crime has occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
2. Refer to the City Manager to perform an environmental safety assessment of areas where gun violence has been concentrated specifically in South and West Berkeley, including but not limited to:  
a) Tenth, Ninth, Eighth, and Seventh Streets between Bancroft Way and Dwight Way; b) Residential streets in the area from Russell Street to Carrison/Tyler Streets between San Pablo Avenue and California Street; c) Other blocks where elevated violent crime is found to have occurred during the period from March to November 2020 based on Berkeley Police data.   
3. Refer costs for additional lighting and environmental safety assessments to the mid-year budget process for FY 2020-21.  
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Rashi Kesarwani, Councilmember, District 1, (510) 981-7110

 

24.

 Striking Racially Restrictive Covenants in Certain Property Deeds
From: Councilmember Davila (Author), Councilmember Kesarwani (Co-Sponsor), Councilmember Harrison (Co-Sponsor)
 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution and send a letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Governor of California with the following actions: 
1. The City calls upon the County of Alameda to determine which parcels of real property have deeds that have racially restrictive covenants associated with them and to proactively strike from those covenants the racially restrictive language, thereby relieving homeowners of the burden of removing such language. 
2. The City urges the California legislature and governor to pass legislation requiring the same actions in every California county.
Financial Implications:
See report 
Contact: Cheryl Davila, Councilmember, District 2, (510) 981-7120

 

25.

Personal Liability Protection for Small Businesses 
From: Councilmember Hahn (Author), Councilmember Wengraf (Co-Sponsor) 
Recommendation: 1. Direct the City Manager and City Attorney to draft and submit to the City Council for consideration an emergency ordinance to prohibit the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases and commercial rental agreements in the City of Berkeley for lessees/renters who have experienced financial impacts related to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
2. Direct the City Manager to conduct outreach to all commercial tenants regarding any protections enacted by the City Council, with a particular focus on businesses that were required to stop serving food or beverages (e.g., restaurants, bars); close to the public (e.g., hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors); cease operations (e.g., gyms, fitness centers); or sharply limit operations (e.g., schools, retail shops, nurseries) due to the COVID-19 crisis.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Sophie Hahn, Councilmember, District 5, (510) 981-7150

 

26.

Resolution calling on the BUSD Board and Superintendent to Consider Renaming Thousand Oaks Elementary to Kamala Harris Elementary School 
From: Councilmember Hahn (Author) 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution calling on the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Board and Superintendent to consider initiating a process, pursuant to BUSD Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 7310, to rename Thousand Oaks Elementary School to Kamala Harris Elementary School in honor of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.  
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Sophie Hahn, Councilmember, District 5, (510) 981-7150

 

27.

California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act: Endorsement of the 2022 Ballot Initiative 
From: Councilmember Wengraf (Author), Councilmember Hahn (Co-sponsor) 
Recommendation: Approve the Resolution endorsing the "California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act of 2020", also referred to as “Plastics Free California” so the Ballot Measure campaign can include the City of Berkeley in its list of supporters in campaign literature from now until the 2022 election.  
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Susan Wengraf, Councilmember, District 6, (510) 981-7160

 

28.

Referral: Commission Low-Income Stipend Reform 
Revised material (Supp 1)
From: Councilmember Robinson (Author) 
Recommendation: Refer to the City Manager to develop and return to Council with a plan to improve equity, accessibility, and representation in City of Berkeley commissions by modernizing the low-income stipend program, and in doing so consider: 
1. Increasing the annual household income cap for stipend eligibility from $20,000 to align with the 50% Area Median Income (AMI) guidelines for Alameda County and reflect household size, and updating it annually with the latest HUD data. 
2. Increasing the low-income stipend from $40 to $78 per meeting, and updating it annually with the City of Berkeley minimum wage to correspond to compensation for 2.5 hours of work.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Rigel Robinson, Councilmember, District 7, (510) 981-7170


 

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.


 

29.

Correction to Fee Increases for Traffic Engineering Hourly Rates 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion, adopt a Resolution amending Resolution No. 68,939-N.S. to include the rates discussed in the accompanying report in Chapter E of Attachment A that was inadvertently omitted during production of the agenda item.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

 

30.

Referral Response: Zoning Ordinance Amendments that Reform Residential Off-Street Parking; Amending Berkeley Municipal Code Title 14 and Title 23 
Revised material (Supp 3)
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing and upon conclusion select among proposed ordinance language options and take the following action: 
Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Title 14 and Title 23 which would:  
1. Modify Minimum Residential Off-street Parking Requirements 
2. Impose Residential Parking Maximums in Transit-rich Areas 
3. Amend the Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Permit Program  
4. Institute Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Requirements  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Jordan Klein, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400


 

Information Reports

 

31.

City Council Short Term Referral Process – Quarterly Update 
From: City Manager 
Contact: Mark Numainville, City Clerk, (510) 981-6900

 

32.

LPO NOD: 2136-2154 San Pablo Avenue/#LMIN2020-0004 
From: City Manager 
Contact: Jordan Klein, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400

 

Public Comment – Items Not Listed on the Agenda

Adjournment

NOTICE CONCERNING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS: If you object to a decision by the City Council to approve or deny a use permit or variance for a project the following requirements and restrictions apply:  1) No lawsuit challenging a City decision to deny (Code Civ. Proc. §1094.6(b)) or approve (Gov. Code 65009(c)(5)) a use permit or variance may be filed 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 use permit or variance, 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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Communications to the City Council are public record and will become part of the City’s electronic records, which are accessible through the City’s website. Please note: e-mail addresses, names, addresses, and other contact information are not required, but if included in any communication to the City Council, will become part of the public record. If you do not want your e-mail address or any other contact information to be made public, you may deliver communications via U.S. Postal Service to the City Clerk Department at 2180 Milvia Street. If you do not want your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication. Please contact the City Clerk Department for further information.

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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 November 19, 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 #4: Contract: Resource Development Associates for Specialized Care Unit

  1. Cindy Shamban

Item #14: Revenue Grant: Reach Code Support from East Bay Community Energy

  1. Tom Kelly, on behalf of Kyoto USA (2)

  

Dumpster at University and Frontage Road

  1. Janet Cobb
  2. Helen and Paul Canin

   

North Berkeley BART Development

  1. Melissa and Michael Fitzgerald
  2. Junko and Robert Kenmotsu

   

T-1 Phase 2

  1. John Caner, on behalf of Citizens for a Cultural Civic Center (2)
  2. Ben, Liza, Chuck and Karen, on behalf of Walk Bike Berkeley
  3. Kelly Hammargren

   

UC Berkeley’s Policing

  1. Russbumper

   

Constructive Fraud in Berkeley

  1. Arthur Stopes III (2)

   

Agenda Deficiency – Financial Implications

  1. Barbara Gilbert

   

Meth in Encampments

  1. Eric Friedman

   

Council Meeting Concerns

  1. Holly Marlin
  2. Michai Freeman

   

5G

  1. Vivian Warkentin (2)

   

Another Horse Fatality at the Golden Gate Fields

  1. Joe Kaplan

   

Homeless Pooping in Front of Commercial Kitchen – Need Porta Potties

  1. Marie and Tom Banis, owners of Certified Kitchens (2)
  2. Councilmember Harrison (3)

   

Support the African-American Holistic Resource Center

  1. C.W. Devers
  2. Carol Perez

   

PG&E’s Misdeeds

  1. Sheila Goldmacher

   

Police Budget/Reimagining Community Safety

  1. Tryn Brown
  2. Elana Auerbach

   

OpenGov/Berkeley Considers

  1. Jack Litewka

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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