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January 25, 2022
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AGENDA 
BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING  
Tuesday, January 25, 2022  
6:00 P.M. 
  Jesse Arreguin, Mayor 
Councilmembers: 

District 1 – Rashi Kesarwani

District 5 – Sophie Hahn

District 2 – Terry Taplin

District 6 – Susan Wengraf

District 3 – Ben Bartlett

District 7 – Rigel Robinson

District 4 – Kate Harrison

District 8 – Lori Droste

 
 

PUBLIC ADVISORY:  THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH VIDEOCONFERENCE AND TELECONFERENCE

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(e) and the state declared emergency, this meeting of the City Council will be conducted exclusively through teleconference and Zoom videoconference. The COVID-19 state of emergency continues to directly impact the ability of the members to meet safely in person and presents imminent risks to the health of attendees. Therefore, no physical meeting location will be available

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To submit a written communication for the City Council’s consideration and inclusion in the public record, email council@cityofberkeley.info.  

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.

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.

1.

Minutes for Approval 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Approve the minutes for the Council meetings of December 7 (special), December 9 (closed and special), December 14 (special and regular).
Financial Implications: None 
Contact: Mark Numainville, City Clerk, (510) 981-6900 

2.

Revenue Contract: The Center at Sierra Health Foundation for $90,999.50 for Information Technology Equipment, Telehealth Licenses, and Personal Protective Equipment 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager or her designee to apply for funding provided by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) through the Behavioral Health Telehealth Request for Applications and accept the funding and execute any resultant revenue agreements and amendments to purchase information technology equipment, telehealth software licenses, and personal protective equipment up to $90,999.50 in FY 2022 and FY 2023.  
Financial Implications: See report 
Contact: Lisa Warhuus, Health, Housing, and Community Services, (510) 981-5400 

3.

2022 Fee Assessment – State of California Self-Insurance Fund (Workers’ Compensation Program) 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing payment to the State of California Department of Industrial Relations for Fiscal Year 2022 for administering the Workers’ Compensation Program, in an amount not to exceed $268,093.55.  
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Donald E. Ellison, Human Resources, (510) 981-6800 

4.

 Grant Application: Land and Water Conservation Fund – Grove Park Renovation Project 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in an amount not to exceed 50% of the Grove Park Renovation total project cost of $2.4M. 
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Scott Ferris, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6700 

5.

Contract No. 32000093 Amendment: DC Electric Group, Inc. for On-Call Electronic Traffic Calming Devices Maintenance Project 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to amend Contract No. 32000093 with DC Electric Group, Inc. to increase the current contract by $250,000 for a total not to exceed amount of $500,000 and to remove the $50,000 annual limit.  
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300

6.

Contract: Glosage Engineering, 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 Grizzly Peak Boulevard Backline, Euclid Avenue Backline, Cragmont Avenue Backline, Euclid Avenue, Wildcat Canyon Road, Woodhaven Road, Keeler Avenue, Spruce Street, and Eunice Street; accepting the bid of the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Glosage Engineering, 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 $1,780,859, which includes a 10% contingency of $161,896.  
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300 

7.

Lease and Cooperative Agreement: Downtown Berkeley Bike Station 
From: City Manager 
Recommendation:1. Adopt the first reading of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with BART for retail space at the Center Street Garage for a fifteen-year lease term commencing February 1, 2021, and expiring on January 31, 2036. 2. Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a cooperative agreement with the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for the continued operation of the Downtown Berkeley Bike Station in its Center Street Garage location for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2020, and expiring on June 30, 2023, in an amount not to exceed $225,000.  
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Liam Garland, Public Works, (510) 981-6300 

8.

Resolution Requesting State Cannabis Cultivation Tax Reform 
From: Mayor Arreguin (Author), Councilmember Bartlett (Co-Sponsor), Councilmember Kesarwani (Co-Sponsor) 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution requesting State cannabis cultivation tax reform.  
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, (510) 981-7100 

9.

2022 Seating Arrangement during City Council Meetings 
From: Mayor Arreguin (Author) 
Recommendation: Rescind Resolution No. 69,647–N.S and adopt a Resolution changing the seating arrangement of the Mayor and City Councilmembers on the dais for calendar year 2022, to accommodate the Vice-Mayor, as follows (From left to right, facing the dais): Kesarwani, Bartlett, Hahn, Harrison, Arreguin, Wengraf, Droste, Robinson, Taplin.  
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, (510) 981-7100 

10.

2022 City Council Committee and Regional Body Appointments 
From: Mayor Arreguin (Author) 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution approving the appointment of Council representatives to City Council Standing Policy Committees, Partnership Committees, Regional Bodies and Liaisons to City Boards and Commissions for a term ending on December 31, 2022 or until new appointments are made.  
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, (510) 981-7100 

11.

Referring the Civic Arts Commission’s affordable housing for artists in Berkeley Report and other Artist Live, Work and Live-Work opportunities to the Housing Element Update 
From: Councilmember Hahn (Author), Councilmember Taplin (Co-Sponsor), Councilmember Harrison (Co-Sponsor), Councilmember Wengraf (Co-Sponsor)
Recommendation: 1. Refer the Civic Arts Commission’s report entitled affordable housing for artists in berkeley to the City Manager, Planning Commission, and Housing Advisory Commission to review, consider, and incorporate recommendations, to the greatest extent possible, into the Housing Element update and related planning and zoning processes. 2. Refer to the City Manager, Planning Commission, and Housing Advisory Commission consideration of the feasibility and impacts of allowing ground floor affordable live, work, and live-work space for artists in certain commercial, manufacturing, and mixed-use buildings/areas, both new-build and existing, and exploration of other opportunities for living, work and live-work space for artists.  
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Sophie Hahn, Councilmember, District 5, (510) 981-7150 

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 – Old Business

12.

Resolution Accepting the Surveillance Technology Report for Automatic License Plate Readers, GPS Trackers, Body Worn Cameras, and the Street Level Imagery Project Pursuant to Chapter 2.99 of the Berkeley Municipal Code (Continued from December 14, 2021. Item contains supplemental materials)  
From: City Manager 
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution Accepting the Surveillance Technology Report for Automatic License Plate Readers, GPS Trackers, Body Worn Cameras, and the Street Level Imagery Project Pursuant to Chapter 2.99 of the Berkeley Municipal Code.  
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Jennifer Louis, Police, (510) 981-5900, LaTanya Bellow, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7000 

 

Action Calendar – New Business

13.

COVID-19 Response 2021 Summary Report
From: City Manager
 
Contact: Paul Buddenhagen, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7000 

Information Reports

14.

LPO NOD: 2212 Fifth Street/#LMIN2021-0001 
From: City Manager 
Contact: Jordan Klein, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400 

15.

LPO NOD:  1120 Second Street/#LMSA2021-0001 
From: City Manager 
Contact: Jordan Klein, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400 

16.

LPO NOD: 1325 Arch Street/#LMIN2020-0008 
From: City Manager 
Contact: Jordan Klein, Planning and Development, (510) 981-7400 

17.

LPO NOD: 1960 University Avenue/#LMSA2021-0002 
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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