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City Council District 2
City Council District 2

Progress Toward Our Goals

 

Listed below are the 2017 Council items put forth by and co-sponsored (*) by District 2’s Councilmember:


December 5, 2017

Budget Referral: Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow Budget Augmentation*

Budget referral to increase the Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow CY 18 stipend from $4,050 to $6,050.

 

Ordinance Amending the Berkeley Municipal Code to Establish Ability to Pay Provisions Regarding Parking Fines and Fees in Accordance with Guidelines Established in Assembly Bill 503*

Revised materials

Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending the Berkeley Municipal Code to establish ability to pay provisions regarding parking fines and fees in accordance with guidelines established in Assembly Bill 503.

 

November 28, 2017

Opposition to H.R. 38 and S. 446 (Concealed Carry Reciprocity)*

Adopt a Resolution expressing the City of Berkeley’s strong opposition to H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2017, and S. 446, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2017, which would force every state to recognize concealed carry permits by every other state, regardless of the permitting standards, or lack thereof, of that state.

 

Consider The Homeless: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $150 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to Consider The Homeless! (CTH), for their 3rd Anniversary, Matinee Movie and Fundraiser presenting the Berkeley Premiere of the film "QUEEN MIMI" on December 3, 2017, with funds relinquished to the City's General Fund for the purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

 

Adopt an Ordinance Amending BMC 12.27 to Allow Existing Berkeley Licensed Medical Cannabis Businesses Into the New State Adult Use Regulation and Taxation System*

1. Temporary Authorization to allow existing Berkeley cannabis businesses to apply for state cannabis permits to expand their existing medical cannabis activities to include adult use. Temporary permission will expire once Berkeley establishes comprehensive policies.

2. Adopt first reading of an Ordinance to amend BMC 12.27 to allow existing Berkeley licensed medical cannabis businesses into the new state adult use regulation and taxation system.

 

November 14, 2017

Bilingual Helpdesk at California International Airports

Revised materials

Send a letter to Governor Jerry Brown requesting that a Bilingual Helpdesk be set up at California International Airports to provide essential information about California State Resources for Puerto Ricans and U.S. Virgin Islanders arriving to the State of California due to the devastation of the recent hurricanes.

 

Berkeley High African American Studies Department: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Fund to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds*

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount to be determined by each Councilmember, including $100 from Councilmember Ben Bartlett, to the African American Studies Department of Berkeley High School. The funds shall be relinquished to the City’s general fund for this purpose from the discretionary council office budget of Councilmember Ben Bartlett and any other councilmembers who would like to contribute.

 

Healthy Black Families, Inc.: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Fund to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds*

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount to be determined by each Councilmember to the Healthy Black Families Inc. annual holiday celebration.

 

Discussion on and Decision Regarding the Relocation of Council Chambers from 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way*

Presentation

That the Council discusses and makes a decision to provide direction regarding the relocation of the Council Chambers from its current location at 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

 

October 31, 2017

Dìa de los Muertos Celebration: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds*

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $250 from Councilmember Harrison, to the Downtown Business Association for the Dìa de los Muertos Celebration with funds relinquished to the City’s general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Harrison and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

 

Budget Referral: Prioritize Installation of Traffic Lights, HAWK Lights, or Stop Signs at the Intersection of Dwight Way and California Street in the 2017 Mid-Year Budget Process*

1. Refer to the 2017 Mid-year budget process the installation of Traffic Lights, HAWK Lights, or Stop Signs at the intersection of Dwight Way and California Street. If such an installation is approved in the budget process, direct the City Manager and Transportation staff to prioritize and expedite said installation.

2. Request that the stoplights on Dwight at the intersections on either side of the Dwight and California intersection be coordinated.

 

October 17, 2017

Establishing Berkeley Homeless Fund*

1. Direct the City Manager to establish the Berkeley Homeless Fund (BHF). This fund will accept donations from private entities including individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations. Contributions will be used for governmental purposes to provide facilities, programs and/or services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or are in danger of becoming homeless. Expenditures and donations will be structured as follows: a. The City Council will direct the expenditure of funds from the BHF. Such expenditures will comply with the City’s fiscal policies and controls.  b. Gifts to the BHF shall be exempt from the requirement that the City Council approve a resolution to accept any donation over $1,000. c. The CMO Budget Division shall provide Council with periodic reports on BHF assets and expenditures on a semiannual basis. Annually, in December, the Finance Department shall issue charitable contribution statements to all entities that donated funds to the BHF, for tax purposes.

2. Develop a webpage, in collaboration with the City website coordinator and the Mayor’s Office, to provide information about the BHF, outline the donation process and allow monetary contributions online.

 

Referral to the City Manager, the Community Environmental Advisory Commission, and the Parks and Waterfront Commission – Equitable Access to Greenspace*

Revised materials

Refer to the City Manager, the Community Environmental Advisory Commission, and the Parks and Waterfront Commission to explore developing a policy initiative for increasing Equitable Access to Greenspace in Berkeley.

 

Ban on Receipts Made with BPA and Other Phenols*

Refer to the Health Commission an Ordinance to ban the manufacture, distribution, sale, or use of receipt paper that contains BPA or other phenols.

 

Condemn the Burmese Government’s Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya and Support Adoption of Resolution by the United Nations Security Council*

Adopt a Resolution condemning the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in the country of Burma, also known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. In addition, support the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Security Council condemning the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people.

 

Support the Medicare for All Act of 2017*

Adopt a Resolution supporting S.1804, the Medicare for All Act of 2017. Send a letter to President Trump, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and Representative Barbara Lee.

 

Proactive Response to Statewide Hepatitis A Outbreak*

Revised materials

Direct the City Manager to include temporary handwashing stations and an increase in the number of publicly accessible restroom facilities throughout the city, as a part of prevention measures to proactively address the possibility of a Hepatitis A outbreak. In addition direct the City Manager to continue monitoring statewide and local conditions and consider additional measures including but not limited to vaccinations, outreach and public information campaigns and power washing of streets.

 

Referral to the City Manager and Parks and Waterfront Commission to Create a Policy to Establish a Commemorative Tree Program*

Refer to the City Manager and the Parks and Waterfront Commission the creation of a policy establishing a Commemorative Tree Program, similar to the City’s Park Bench Donation Policy.

 

Reporting City Expenses Associated with Event and Protest Activity*

Direct the City Manager to provide an accounting of estimated City-incurred expenses related to protests and events, and to make such information publicly available in six weeks of the event or less.  When a protest or event originates on UC Berkeley property and City of Berkeley personnel, facilities or equipment are deployed, either to assist UC Berkeley or to address spillover effects, a copy of such accounting shall be sent to the Chancellor of the University concurrent with publication.

 

October 3, 2017

Request for Information Regarding Grant Writing Services from Specialized Grant Writing Firms*

Refer to the City Manager to issue a request for information to explore grant writing services from specialized municipal grant-writing firms, and report back to Council.

 

September 26, 2017

BrasArte’s 13th Annual Brazilian Day / Lavagem Festival: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount up to $250 by the Mayor and Councilmembers from their discretionary Council Office Budgets to BrasArte allowing for an optional contribution to the fundraising efforts associated with the 13th Annual Brazilian Day/Lavagem Festival.

 

Referral to the City Manager to Provide a Public Master List of the Legislation on which the City Council Has Taken a Position*

Request that the City Manager work with the City’s lobbyist to create and maintain a master list of the legislation on which the City Council has taken a formal position of support or opposition through passage of an item.

 

Amendments to the Signage Ordinance, Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 20.16

Revised materials*

Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending BMC Chapter 20.16 to prohibit signs above three stories or 40 feet, whichever is less, in Commercial Districts.

 

September 12, 2017

Support for Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s Refusal to Provide Personal Data of Voters to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

The City of Berkeley should release a letter stating our support for Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s refusal to provide personal identifiable data about California voters over to the newly-founded Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. This Committee threatens to disenfranchise immigrant, Latinx, Black, and low-income voters in federal elections under the guise of increasing the American people’s “confidence in the integrity” of our election process. The precipe for the founding of the Commission is the viewpoint that unfavorable votes can be removed by preventing unfavorable voter access to the polls. Rampant fascism is taking hold in our national policies under Donald Trump, and we must ensure our state remains safe and democratic, where Californians are free to cast a vote without intimidation, retaliation, or suppression.

 

Voter Registration Forms in All City Buildings on Their Main Floors

Direct the City Manager to provide voter registration forms on the main floor of all designated city buildings that are open to the public and in all Community based organizations within the city limits. Community based organizations that are funded by the City of Berkeley will be required to pick up the voter registration forms from the City Clerk’s Office and that should be clearly stated in their respective contracts.

 

Referral to the Community Environmental Advisory Commission and the City Manager: Anti-Idling Ordinance*

Refer to the Community Environmental Advisory Commission and the City Manager to explore developing an anti-idling ordinance.  The ordinance should limit vehicle engine idling when a vehicle is parked, stopped, or standing, including for the purpose of operating air conditioning equipment; and prohibit all unattended private passenger motor vehicles from idling. The ordinance should outline enforcement and citation procedures. The Commission and the City Manager should develop appropriate exceptions for commercial vehicles. Any funds received through enforcement of the ordinance should accrue to the General Fund to provide additional funding for sustainability efforts. The Community Environmental Advisory Commission and the City Manager should review the District of Columbia’s anti-idling regulations (attached to report) to aide in the development of the ordinance.

 

Support AB 485 to Outlaw Puppy Mills, Send Letter in Support to Senator Skinner and Assemblymembers Thurmond, O’Donnell, and Dababneh*

Revised materials 

Adopt a Resolution supporting AB 485, which requires pet stores to only sell dogs, cats and rabbits that are spayed or neutered and are obtained from an animal shelter or rescue group. Send a letter from the Council to State Senator Nancy Skinner urging her to vote yes on AB 485 and letters to Assemblymembers Thurmond, O’Donnell, and Dababnah, thanking them for their yes vote and for introducing the bill, respectively.

 

Support California AB 1320 to End the Use of Private Prisons*

That the Council support California AB 1320 to end contracts with for-profit prisons and gradually remove state inmates from private prisons.

 

July 25, 2017

Amending City of Refuge Policy Regarding Procedures during ICE Interaction*

Adopt a Resolution amending the City of Refuge policy (Resolution 63,711-N.S.) specifying procedures regarding staff interaction with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement related to enforcement of federal immigration law.

 

Authorizing Transfer of Funds to Rent Board for Eviction Defense Contracts*

Revised materials

Adopt a Resolution authorizing the transfer of $300,000 for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 to the Rent Stabilization Board to amend its contracts with the Eviction Defense Center and East Bay Community Law Center to provide eviction defense services to low and moderate-income Berkeley residents.

 

Study of Civic Center Revitalization, Including the Veteran’s Memorial and Old City Hall Buildings and Civic Center Park*

1. Direct the City Manager to merge the Old City Hall and Veterans Building Conceptual Design Projects approved for Phase 1 of Measure T1 implementation and add Civic Center Park to create a single, unified conceptual design project for these three Civic Center elements, at a cost of $300,000, the combined amounts already allocated by Council.  The project will focus on: a. A retrofit study of the Veteran’s Memorial and Old City Hall Buildings. The study should include, but not be limited to, an updated inventory of needed repairs, potential methods for seismic reinforcement and ADA accessibility, and strategies for making the buildings safe to re-occupy at a cost that is viable. b. Design and uses for these three elements and also consider the context of other civic center buildings and features. c. “Place-making,” historic preservation/adaptation and the celebration and enjoyment of the public commons by all Berkeley residents will be central to concepts presented.  All proposals shall conform to the existing Civic Center Overlay zoning requirements and achieve the highest green building standards possible, with reference to the Berkeley Deep Green Building proposal and other local, state and national green building standards.

 

Support SB 169: Strengthening Enforcement of Sex Equity in Schools Receiving State Financial Assistance*

That the Berkeley City Council send a letter supporting SB 169 to Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, State Senator Nancy Skinner, and Governor Jerry Brown.

 

Referral to the Civic Arts Commission and City Manager to Identify All Funds Attributed to Festivals*

Request that the Civic Arts Commission and City Manager to provide a report identifying all City of Berkeley funds being attributed to festivals and develop a clear policy concerning insurance and permit waivers and providing City security for these events.

 

Expediting Elements of Previous Council Referral to Study Possible Scenarios of the Loss of Federal Funds*

Direct the City Manager to expedite the compilation and delivery of a list of federal funds that the City of Berkeley receives and the programs and facilities supported by such funds. 

 

July 11, 2017

Vitality of University Avenue*

Refer to the City Manager and Economic Development to analyze storefront vacancies on University Avenue and make recommendations on how to create a more vibrant streetscape on our main boulevard.

 

Support Oakland Public Defender Rodney Brooks’ Efforts to Keep In-Custody Arraignment Hearings in Oakland and Not Move Them to the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin

Send a letter from Berkeley City Council supporting Oakland Public Defender Rodney Brooks’ efforts to keep in-custody arraignment hearings in Oakland and not move them to the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin.

 

Support for AB 932 – Bill Giving San Francisco and San Diego Flexibility to Build Shelters and Transitional Housing for Unsheltered Homeless Residents*

Recommend that the Berkeley City Council send a letter to Senator Nancy Skinner and Governor Jerry Brown urging them to support AB 932.

 

Support for SB 33: Bill Prohibiting Financial Institutions from Forcing Consumers to Give up Legal Rights when the Bank has Committed Intentional Fraud Against Them*

Recommend that the Berkeley City Council send a letter to Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, and Governor Jerry Brown urging them to support SB 33.

 

Support of AB 214: Postsecondary Education, Student Hunger*

Revised materials

Adopt a Resolution supporting AB 214 Postsecondary Education, Student Hunger, an act to reduce hunger and homelessness in college students in California, and sending a copy of the resolution to Governor Jerry Brown, and Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (Appropriations Chair), Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair), Richard Bloom, Raul Bocanegra, Rob Bonta, William Brough, Ian Calderon, Ed Chau, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Vince Fong, Laura Friedman, James Gallagher, Eduardo Garcia, and Adam Gray.

 

June 27, 2017

Support the City of Oakland’s Efforts to Create a Public Bank*

Adopt a Resolution supporting the City of Oakland’s efforts to create a Public Bank of Oakland and refer to the City Manager to investigate the possibility of forming a mutually beneficial partnership with any future Oakland public bank.

 

Official City Sponsor of 2017 Berkeley High School All-Class Reunion: Relinquishment of Council Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds

Adopt a Resolution approving City sponsorship of the 4th Annual Berkeley High School All-Class Reunion to be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at San Pablo Park from 10 am – 6 pm and approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $2,043 total from Councilmembers and the Mayor from their FY17-18 budgets for the Berkeley High School All-Class Reunion through their fiscal sponsor, Berkeley High School Development Group with funds relinquished to the City’s General Fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council office budgets who would like to contribute.

 

Berkeley Bliss Event: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds*

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $500 per Councilmember including $500 from Councilmember Harrison, to support the Berkeley Bliss Event on July 14, 2017 at Harold Way with funds relinquished to the City's general fund for this purpose so that the City of Berkeley is able to invite and support the community on this event from Councilmember Harrison’s Council Office Budgets and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

 

Persian New Year Festival: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds*

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $250 from Councilmember Harrison, to support the Persian New Year Festival on March 13, 2018 with funds relinquished to the City's general fund for this purpose so that the City of Berkeley is able to invite and support the community on this event from Councilmember Harrison’s Council Office Budgets and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

 

Expedited Review for Affordable Housing Projects*

Revised materials

Revised materials

1. Refer to the City Manager the creation of an expedited review process for housing projects in which Affordable Housing units make up more than 20% of the proposed on-site units; and

2. Direct the City Manager to immediately confer priority status and offer expedited review to 100% Affordable projects, pending adoption of a more formal and widely applicable expedited review process.

 

Release Center for Police Equity Report on Fair and Impartial Policing in Berkeley

Revised materials

Direct the City Manager to instruct the Chief of Police to release the first annual report on Fair and Impartial Policing in Berkeley by transmitting it to the Police Review Commission. The CPE report was authored by the Center for Policing Equity at the request of the BPD, under the terms of the 9-30-2015 Research Agreement. Staff to take the following actions to execute the earliest possible release of the report: A. Immediately request in writing of the CPE to waive the provision in section 8.3 of the Agreement,” The City’s Right to Advance Notice of Research Findings,” which states “This written report will not be released by the City to the press and the public within this 45-day review period [after notice of proposed publication by CPE] without prior authorization from UCLA." B. In any event, the City hereby gives notice that it intends to release the report in 45 days. This will ensure that the report is released in a maximum of 45 days. C. Upon approval from CPE, or after the lapse of 45 days, whichever comes first, Council directs the City Manager and all relevant city employees to make the report public immediately. D. Make the report available immediately to the Police Review Commission confidentially without delay, under standard protocols for the sharing of confidential data with the commission. The council’s direction is that the confidential transmission be executed within three days of this council action. In addition, direct the Chief to respond in writing and report to the council within two months on his plans for addressing racial disparities in stops, searches, and yield rate as revealed in BPD statistics.

 

June 13, 2017

Replacement Mural for Center for Independent Living (CIL)*

Request the Arts Commission to consider, with CIL representatives, potential locations and suggestions for a new mural to replace that which was at the CIL Telegraph site.

 

Direction to the Children, Youth, and Recreation Commission: Tackle the Summer Learning Loss for Elementary School Children*

Revised materials

Direct the Children, Youth, and Recreation Commission to tackle the summer learning loss for low-income elementary children through:

1. Consolidation, Education, & Outreach as outlined in the report; and 2. Assessment & Policy Recommendations as outlined in the report.

 

Referral to the City Manager to Provide a Bi-Annual Housing Pipeline Report*

Direct the City Manager to provide a Bi-Annual Housing Pipeline Report. This report should include residential projects and details as outlined in the agenda report.  The report should indicate the total and proportion of Extremely Low Income, Very Low Income, Low Income, and Moderate Income for proposed and approved projects and display the progress made towards meeting the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) goals set forth by ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments).

 

Referral to the Commission on the Status of Women and the Labor Commission: Banning Prior Salary Considerations on Job Applications in the City of Berkeley*

Revised materials

Refer to the Commission on the Status of Women and the Labor Commission the creation of an ordinance banning employers in the City of Berkeley, including the City of Berkeley, from considering current or past salary of an applicant in determining what salary to offer the applicant, and from asking applicants about their current or past salary.

 

Consideration of Universal Design Standards in City Projects*

Revised materials

Refer to the City Manager to make the consideration of Universal Design features an explicit and listed criteria for all projects undertaken by the city, including the many upcoming projects to be funded through Measure T1.

 

May 30, 2017

Luna Dance Institute: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $50 per Councilmember including $50 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to the Luna Dance Institute, for their 25-year Anniversary Gala on March 18, 2017, with funds relinquished to the City’s general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

 

Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $50 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center, for their 29th Annual Chance for Change on June 3, 2017, with funds relinquished to the City’s General Fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

 

Budget Referral: Youth Listening Campaign & Citywide Master Plan

In support of the 2020 Vision process and as part of the larger commitment of the City of Berkeley to its young people, we are proposing a planning process that centers the voices and needs of young people, their families and the people who support them day-in and day-out. The process would include: 1) A Listening Campaign that would include focus groups, surveys and one-on-one interviews to identify the experiences of, perspectives of, needs of and barriers for young people, ages 13-24, in securing and maintaining safety and well-being, achieving their goals and dreams, and having positive and supportive relationships with adults in their lives, including the schools and programs they participate in; 2) Use the results of the Listening Campaign to organize assemblies of young people, their families and the programs and providers they are connected to in order to collectively reflect on the results and identify potential services, programs, resources and policies that could respond to their needs, reduce barriers and harms and broaden what is available to support young people; and 3) Use the outcomes from the assembly process and Listening Campaign to partner with city staff in creating a Youth Master Plan.

 

May 16th, 2017

City Co-sponsorship of Berkeley Humane’s Bark (& Meow) Around the Block Adopt-A-Thon and Street Fair

Approve city co-sponsorship of the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society’s 5th Annual Bark (and Meow) Around the Block Adopt-A-Thon and Street Fair which will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

 

City Co-sponsorship of Berkeley Humane’s 4th Annual Pints for Paws

Approve city co-sponsorship of the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society’s 4th Annual Pints for Paws which will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

 

April 25, 2017

Proclaiming May 2017 as Mental Health Month

Adopt a Resolution proclaiming May 2017 as Mental Health Month in the City of Berkeley.

 

Budget Referral for Three Beacon Lights and/or Flashing Yield Signs

Refer to City Manager to assess and fund  three beacon lights or flashing yield signs to increase safety for the following three intersections: 1) Channing and Sacramento; 2) San Pablo and Parker; and 3) Addison and Sixth Street.

 

Referral to the City Manager: Adopt Section 8 Landlord Incentives

Refer to the City Manager the adoption of the following measures to encourage landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers: 1. Create a list of qualified, efficient and affordable contractors vetted by the City, and a discount or waiver of permit fees, to support bringing their unit(s) to code; 2. Provide legal and/or mediation support, offered either through the City or a partner, in negotiating Landlord/Tenant disputes out-of-court; 3. Allow parcel and/or property tax reductions based on the percentage of property or units that are currently Section 8 and/or decided during annual Section 8 inspection; and 4. Identify organizations who can support financial literacy and management for Section 8 tenants, including establishing bank accounts with direct deposit to Landlords. We ask City staff to research and develop a proposal of options for implementing these within the next six months.

 

Budget Referral for Legal and Mental Health Support for Immigrant and Religious Communities Targeted by Trump

As a follow-up to both the Sanctuary City and Anti-Registry resolutions, refer to the City Manager to identify resources to expand the capacity of our community partners to provide legal advice and support to Berkeley residents most impacted by immigration policies, the ban and threatened registry of the current federal administration. Resources to hire or contract mental health professionals with cultural and language relevance to serve those most impacted should be included as well.

 

Budget Referral: Equitable Planning & Development Proposal

Accelerate the implementation of five recommendations as part of the COB Planning Department’s process to update zoning regulations toward greater equity: 1) Analyzing the fee structures toward establishing a fee reduction program; 2) Establishing a fund for fee waivers or scholarships through a surcharge on building permits; 3) Funding an Ombudsman within the Planning Department or Neighbor Services Office that can support community members in navigating the planning and permitting process, particularly with more complicated cases and/or when people need extra support; and, 4) Develop a needs-based payment plan, process and protocol for those who cannot afford to pay for permits in-full and upfront.

 

Support of AB 42 and SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act*

Adopt a Resolution in support of AB 42 and SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act, authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta and Senator Robert Hertzberg respectively.  Send a copy of the resolution to Governor Jerry Brown, State Senators Kevin de Leon and Nancy Skinner, and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond.

 

April 4, 2017

Budget Referral: Develop Plan for San Pablo Avenue*  

Refer to the Budget the development of a Plan for San Pablo Avenue.  

 

Support of SB 687 – Attorney General Authority on Hospital Closures

Adopt a Resolution in support of SB 687, authored by State Senator Nancy Skinner, which will give the Attorney General of California the authority to oversee and consent to the sale/closure of non-profit hospitals. Send a copy of the Resolution to Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, State Senator Nancy Skinner, and Governor Jerry Brown.

 

Fresh Start Resolutions: Reconstitution of the Board of Library Trustees, by removal and replacement of President Julie Holcomb and Vice President Jim Novosel*  

Adopt two Fresh Start Resolutions: Reconstitution of the Board of Library Trustees, by requesting resignations, and if not forthcoming, then removal and replacement of President Julie Holcomb and Vice President Jim Novosel. 

 

March 28, 2017

Issue an RFP to Develop a Specific Housing Project with Units and Facilities Appropriate for Formerly Homeless and Other Very Low Income Residents*

Issue an RFP for the small City-owned lot in the 1200 block of University Avenue (aka 1920 West Street) to create small residential units, with appropriate on-site common spaces and services, affordable to very, very low income persons, with incomes below 30% of AMI.

 

Anti-Displacement Public Advocate*

Revised materials (1)

Revised materials (2)

Secure funding for an Office of the Anti-Displacement Public Advocate (APA), to be located in a community agency, which will be tasked with preventing the displacement of Berkeley residents, community, faith and cultural institutions, and small businesses. The APA will be an entity external to the City. The APA will engage in advocacy; provide legal representation; coordinate housing counselling and financial literacy training; conduct stakeholder meetings; provide outreach to community members at-risk of displacement; and publish quarterly public reports on outcomes and impact in reducing displacement.

 

Signage Ordinance, Amending BMC Chapter 20.20.020*

Revised materials

1.  Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 20.20.020 to allow new signage at the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library to be installed.

2.  Send a letter to the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) requesting that BOLT help expedite fabrication and installation of the MLK Jr. Way sign as quickly as possible, and maintain existing Tarea Hall Pittman signage on Russell St.

3.  Request that BOLT Trustee/Councilmember Hahn report once a month to Council on progress of MLK Jr. Way sign installation.

 

Support AB 1316 (Quirk and Weber) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention*

Send a letter to President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, State Senator Nancy Skinner, and Assemblymembers Tony Thurmond, Bill Quirk and Shirley Weber in support of AB 1316 (Quirk and Weber), to require that all children in California be tested for lead exposure.

 

March 14, 2017

Opposing Religious and Ethnic Registries, Participation in the Federal Executive Order of an Immigration Ban and Restricting the Use of City Resources to Support such Registries and Bans

Revised materials

Adopt a Resolution disallowing the use of City of Berkeley resources to create or maintain registries or databases or in support of an immigration ban of individuals on the basis of religious affiliation, kinship, belief, or practice; national origin; or ethnicity.

 

Tenant Protection Ordinance, Amending BMC Chapter 13.79*

Revised materials

Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 13.79 to prohibit tenant harassment.

 

January 24, 2017

Budget Referral: “Berkeley Inclusion in Opportunity Index” - Request Availability Study for Affirmative Action in City Contracting*

Revised materials

Revised materials

Refer to the 2016-2017 budget an allocation to perform an Availability Study to analyze the City’s use of local, small, emerging, minority, and women business enterprises in City construction, architecture, engineering, professional services, goods and other services


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City Council District 2, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
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(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903
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