Regular Meeting eSummary
April 26
, 2005

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

6:30 P.M.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Teleconferencing Location – 1636 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call:  6:45 p.m. All present.

Public Comment:  8 speakers.

Consent Calendar

Action: Moved, seconded, carried (Maio/Worthington) to adopt the Consent Calendar in one motion except as indicated:

1.     Minutes for Approval (PDF, 133 KB)

From: Executive Officer

Recommendation:  Approve the minutes for Agency meetings of February 22, 2005 (regular).

Contact: Sara T. Cox, City Clerk, 981-6900

Action: Approved minutes as submitted.

2.     Rail Stop Grant (PDF, 2 MB)

From: Executive Officer

Recommendation:  Adopt a Resolution authorizing the Executive Director to: 1) accept and appropriate agreements and any amendments thereto for $641,000 in funds granted by the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) under the Transportation Enhancement Activities (TEA) Program to fund improvements at the Berkeley Rail Stop/Transit Plaza; and 2) execute a Program Supplement Agreement with Caltrans for the Berkeley Rail Stop/Transit Plaza improvements.

Financial Implications: Grant Revenue – $641,000.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

Action: Adopted Resolution No. 1,221 (PDF, 137 KB).

Action Calendar

3.     Sale of 1631 Fifth Street

a.      From: Executive Officer (PDF, 456 KB)

Recommendation:  Provide direction to staff to sell the property at 1631 Fifth Street at market value and use the proceeds to develop affordable housing.

Financial Implications: Low- and Moderate-Income Housing Fund Revenue – $275,000.

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

b.      From: West Berkeley Project Area Commission (PAC) (PDF, 757 KB)

Recommendation: Transfer the redevelopment agency-owned real property located at 1631 Fifth Street to an organization that meets the selection criteria.

Contact: Iris Starr, Secretary, 981-7520

Action:  Held over to May 17, 2005 by Councilmember Maio.

4.     Three Contracts: Professional Services for Redevelopment Bond Refinancing (PDF, 285 KB)

From: City Manager

Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution authorizing the Executive Officer to execute the following contracts and any amendments thereto for the purpose of assisting the Agency to refinance existing bonds and extend the Agency’s ability to incur indebtedness for the purposes of developing low- and moderate-income housing: 1) with Straddling, Yocca, Carlson, and Rauth for legal services in an amount not to exceed $75,000; 2) with Northcross, Hill, and Arch, Inc. for financial advisory services in an amount not to exceed $65,000; 3) with Seifel and Associates for fiscal consulting services in an amount not to exceed $30,000.

Financial Implications: West Berkeley Improvement Fund

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

Action: Moved to Consent by Councilmember Maio.  Adopted Resolution No.1,222 (PDF, 99 KB).

Information Reports

5.      Ocean View Gardens Apartments Follow Up Report (PDF, 990 KB)

From: Executive Officer

Contact: Dan Marks, Planning, 981-7400

Action: Received and filed.


Agency rules limit action on Communications to referral to the Executive Officer and/or Boards and Commissions for investigation and/or recommendations.

Sale of 1631 Fifth Street

1.      Patty Marcks

Supplemental Reports and Communications #1 (PDF, 4 KB)

Item 2: Rail Stop Grant

2.      Revised report (page 1), submitted by Planning (PDF, 101 KB)

Item 3: Sale of 1631 Fifth Street

3.      Rhiannon (2)

Supplemental Reports and Communications #2 (PDF, 4 KB)

Item 3: Sale of 1631 Fifth Street

4.      Beth Montano

5.      Petition with 47 signatures, Residents of the West Berkeley Project Area and adjacent neighborhoods

Proposed Development Project

6.      Anonymous


Adjourned at 7:08 p.m.