City Council Minutes
May 10, 1999

REDWOOD CITY CITY COUNCIL

MAYOR  DIANE HOWARD
VICE MAYOR  IRA RUSKIN

COUNCILMEMBER RICHARD S. CLAIRE
COUNCILMEMBER JIM HARTNETT
COUNCILMEMBER JEFF IRA
COUNCILMEMBER COLLEEN M. JORDAN
COUNCILMEMBER MATT LEIPZIG

REGULAR MEETING
May 10, 1999

CALL TO ORDER - 7:30 p.m., Mayor Howard presiding

ROLL CALL

Council Members Present: Claire, Hartnett, Ira, Jordan, Leipzig, Vice Mayor Ruskin and Mayor Howard

Council Members Absent: None

Staff Present: City Manager Everett, City Attorney Schricker, City Clerk Howe, Public Works Services Director Ingram, Redevelopment Manager Church, Housing Coordinator Jones-Thomas, Finance Director Ponty, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Manager Gonzalez

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Led by Council Member Leipzig

INVOCATION: Pastor Steve Tiebout of New Hope Community Church delivered the invocation.

 

1. SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY

A. Proclamation Honoring Ashley Hill, Winner of the Statewide Essay Contest - Mayor Howard introduced Dr. Kevin Starr, California State Librarian; Ms. Kathryn Vargas, Clifford School; Yvonne Chen, Director of Library Services and Ashley Hill, winner of Letters for Literature 1999 contest. Dr. Starr commended Ms. Hill, Ms. Vargas' class and Redwood City for this accomplishment. Ms. Vargas congratulated Ms. Hill and Mayor Howard thanked Ms.Kathryn Vargas for encouraging such students. Mayor Howard acknowledged others in attendance and read a proclamation in recognition of this award.

B. Proclamation for Redwood City Library Foundation School Readiness Plan - former Mayor Georgi LaBerge joined Mayor Howard, Dr. Starr and Yvonne Chin. Former Mayor LaBerge thanked the City for the support and recognition and explained the importance of children being read to at an early age. Former Mayor LaBerge introduced members of the foundation board: Former Mayor and Vice President Jack Greenalch, Board Members Alicia Aguirre, Sandy Cooperman, Stan Kangas, and staff liaison from the library, Celia LaRiviere. Mayor Howard read and presented the proclamation.

2. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS

Patricia Dixon requested explanation of consulting services requests recently on Consent Calendar.

3. CONSENT CALENDAR

M/S Leipzig/Ira to waive reading of the Consent Calendar, including the titles and text of all resolutions, adopt the resolutions and the ordinance and approve other items.

A. Approve the Minutes of the Special Closed Session and Special Meeting of April 26, 1999 as submitted;

MINUTE ORDER 99-067

B. Accept the Mezes Plaza Subdivision improvements, and release the bonds following the submission of a Maintenance Bond in the amount of $9,880.00, in accordance with Paragraph No. 9 of the Subdivision Agreement;

MINUTE ORDER 99-068

C. Job Specifications for Positions of Human Resources Representative and Senior Human Resources Representative.

1) RESOLUTION NO. 13618 AMENDING EXHIBIT B OF RESOLUTION NO. 13585 RELATING TO THE SALARY AND WAGE PLAN FOR EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATIONS REPRESENTED BY THE REDWOOD CITY MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION, BY ADDING THE POSITIONS OF HUMAN RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVE AND SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVE; PROVIDING FOR THE SALARY FOR SAID POSITIONS; AND DELETING THE POSITIONS OF HUMAN RESOURCES ANALYST AND TRAINING/EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COORDINATOR;

2) RESOLUTION NO. 13619 APPROVING JOB SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVE

D. Resolution filing an intention to amend contract with the Public Employees Retirement system (PERS) to provide for Section 21573-third Level of 1959 survivor Benefits for local miscellaneous members and local safety members.

1) RESOLUTION NO. 13620 OF INTENTION TO APPROVE AN AMENDMENT TO AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION OF THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE

2) ORDINANCE APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AMENDMENT TO AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY AND THE BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION OF THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM TO PROVIDE GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 21573 ("THIRD LEVEL OF 1959 SURVIVOR BENEFITS") FOR LOCAL MISCELLANEOUS AND LOCAL SAFETY MEMBERS

E. RESOLUTION NO. 13621 ESTABLISHING REVISED DELINQUENT UTILITY SERVICE CHARGE SCHEDULE FOR THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY AND RESCINDING RESOLUTION NO. 9001;

F. RESOLUTION NO. 13622 ACCEPTING INVOICE FOR THE EMERGENCY REPAIR OF ENGINE ON FIRE TRUCK #8057 AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF INVOICE DOCUMENTS THEREFOR;

G. RESOLUTION NO. 13623 APPROVING CONTRACT DOCUMENTS FOR THE 1998-1999 WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT; AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS THEREFOR;

H. RESOLUTION NO. 13624 APPROVING AND ADOPTING POLICY RELATING TO CONTINUATION OF SALARY AND BENEFITS FOR CITY EMPLOYEES CALLED TO ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION RESPONSE TO MILITARY ACTION IN THE BALKANS;

I. Approve warrants dated through May 10, 1999, and usual and necessary payments dated through May 17, 1999;

J. Reject the claims of John Hinton, No. 1746; and Danny Atkins, No. 1747

MINUTE ORDER NO. 99-069

By consensus, directed a letter be sent to Congressmen and others indicating the City should be reimbursed for expenses of employees called to military duty.

MEMO 5/11/99

The motion passed by unanimous roll call vote.

4. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS - None

5. BOARDS, COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. Report from the Council Legislative Committee, Chairman Matt Leipzig

Legislative Committee Chairman (Council Member) Matt Leipzig gave overview of the legislation as follows. Legislative Committee (Council Member) Member Ira added that the 3 items of legislation are the most important to Redwood City and the following recommendations are consistent with the recommendations from the League of California Cities:

1) AB 997 (Campbell) - Community Care Facilities Act Amendments - The bill in its present form does not go far enough to address the needs present in Redwood City. The amendment would require the State Director of Social Services, in the granting of licenses, to take into consideration the well-being of persons placed in the community care facilities, as is currently the case. Additionally, the amendment would allow consideration of the health, safety, security and quality of life of the neighborhood and community in which the facility is to be located. The bill does not, however, address all the needs in Redwood City because the bill itself only deals with facilities with 6 or more residents. The committee is recommending support of this legislation but also recommending that the Council send to the author and legislators in Sacramento suggestions for further amendments. The amendments to be included are the following:
a. The allowance of local business licensing of all facilities irrespective of the number of clients assigned to the facility.
b. Allow local land use regulation of all facilities irrespective of the number of clients assigned to the facility. This might allow some control over placement and possibly limit the number throughout the entire city.
c. Require that notice be given by the State of all existing facilities and when any facility is proposed to be operated in the City that notice be given to the City and to the residents of the neighborhood affected.
2) SB 402 (Burton) - Mandatory Police/Fire Interest Arbitration;

The recommendation would be to oppose SB 402 because binding arbitration can be very costly and goes against the grain of local government and officials in deciding what is best for the community.

3) AB 83 (Cardenas) - Home Businesses, Business License Tax Exemption;

The bill deals with our community's ability to tax and regulate home businesses. The bill would exempt certain businesses from this current law. If the City has no control over business licenses, we have no control over what people do in residential areas. Recommendation would be to oppose. AB 3.

M/S Ruskin/Claire to accept the recommendations of the Council Legislative Committee. The motion passed by unanimous roll call vote.

MINUTE ORDER NO. 99-070

Consensus from Council to direct Legislative Committee to examine HR 664 regarding the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare patients and return with a recommendation. Council Member Claire indicated the Senior Affairs Commission has been before Council on such issues and the legislation is currently stalled in the House Ways and Means Committee.

MEMO 5/11/99

6. PUBLIC HEARINGS

A. PUBLIC HEARING

1) Fifth Annual Plan - Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership Funding Recommendations

Housing Coordinator Debbi Jones-Thomas gave presentation on the recommendations. Chairperson Tweedy of HHCC gave a background citing goals and priorities with methods utilized. Chairperson Peggy Tweedy acknowledged other members of HHCC and discussed the recommendations made by the committee. Chairperson Tweedy indicated that on the April 27 meeting, the committee voted to reallocate funds that had originally been allocated to the service league. The reason being that the initial information received at the time of the request for funding no longer appeared to be valid or had been updated at that point. The amount is $11,600. and should the Council agree with the recommendation for reallocation the alternative would be to allocate it to the Maple Street shelter.

Council Members' comments and questions included clarification on the reallocation to Maple Street, why Redwood City's percentage of funding is higher than other cities', request for explanation of intervention in an eviction situation, request for a definitive plan explaining land banking monies allocations, asked whether administrative salaries are reviewed during the application process, whether there is a measure of success. Support for the reversal of the recommendation of allocation to the Service League to the Maple Street shelter funding for the reason of needed local control over placement of such facilities in neighborhoods with involvement of the neighbors in the process.

Council consensus was to agendize for the future a joint session with the HHCC to discuss further the plans for 1999/00 with the different monies that have been set aside.

MEMO 5/11/99

8:37 p.m. -Public Hearing Opened

Russ Lawler, Service League thanked City Council for their support and stated he understood the concerns of the HHCC but that they had held public meetings and explained the program. Mr. Lawler withdrew the request for funding and supported the funding be allocated to Maple Street and apologized for the process shortcomings.

Michael Flynn of Ruby Street stated that neighborhood meetings were held, supports the project but the location is wrong. Mr. Flynn asked for more police support and thanked City Council.

Bernadette Mellott thanked City Council for grant to Rosener House that serves many adult needs.

Paul Cohen thanked HHCC for their support and explained level of service of La Raza as housing advocacy services to prevent homelessness, counsel housing options, defend evictions and improve existing housing conditions in conjunction with Legal Aid and with the East Palo Alto Community Law Project servicing San Mateo County with an expanded capacity in Redwood City. He indicated a plan to provide outreach and education for seniors and disabled at the various senior centers.

Stacey Strongarone explained her office hours are one day per week at the Fair Oaks Community Center where 6 families per week are served. To date this year 580 families have been helped in Redwood City.

Jacqueline Glaster, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, thanked the City Council for past assistance and requested reconsideration for life skill program funding for youth. She clarified the facility is an after school and summer program serving Redwood City residents.

Mayor Howard mentioned several letters were received from funding recipients: Kainos, Family Service Agency and their clients, Human Investment Project, Casa de Redwood, International Institute of S.F., Parca, El Centro de Libertad, RSVP, Legal Aid Society, Peninsula Volunteers and families. Mayor Howard also pointed out members in the audience from Friends for Youth, Youth and Family Assistance, Shelter Network and Service League.

9:02 p.m. - Council Member Claire left the dais after stating for the record the following: Council Member Claire said he is an employee of the San Mateo Community College District and can be assigned to any unit within the district from Skyline College to ICW in East Menlo Park. Although, not currently working in the downtown Redwood City unit, he could be assigned at any time because as an employee of the district he has no control over his assignments or salary which is assigned by collective bargaining units. He also stated that he is not in an administrative capacity and does not participate in any of those decisions. In the past he has excused himself from these deliberations even though he personally was conviced that it was not illegal for him to vote on these matters. He indicated he would rather err on the side of conservatism in this matter than any other way. He excused himself from the rest of the public hearing and requested that the Mayor remove the Canada College item at the proper time so that he could vote on the rest of the resolution and then excuse himself again for that vote.

Dr. Marie Rosenwasser, President of Canada College stated if funded there would be a strong impact on the City of Redwood City. They would continue to seek funding from other sources. Small business is the economic engine of economic center. If started and maintained they succeed. Partnership is very good for both. Introduced two recipients, Doreen Andrews of Simply Sandwiches and Carlos Delgado owner of AM Printing & Graphics a marketing student at Canada who has gained good results for a small business.

Angel Batt, Clara-Mateo Alliance, spoke about serving Redwood City residents. Since 1997, she indicated funding has gone toward proposed goals. After serving 84 Redwood City residents, 71% have discharged into more stable housing . She thanked the City Council for support in the past, present and future.

M/S Ira/Leipzig to close public hearing. The motion passed by unanimous voice vote.

9:10 - Closed Public Hearing - Council Member Claire returned to dais

A roll call vote was taken as follows:

Council Member Claire: Yes with abstention on Canada College
Council Member Hartnett: Yes on all recommendations
Council Member Ira: Yes on all recommendations; no on La Raza Central Legal, Inc.
Council Member Jordan: Yes on all recommendations; no on La Raza Central Legal, Inc.
Council Member Leipzig: Yes on all recommendations; no on City of Redwood City Landbanking, La Raza Central Legal, Inc. and Unobligated Balance Landbanking
Vice Mayor Ruskin: Yes on all recommendations
Mayor Howard: Yes on all recommendations

M/S Claire/Hartnett to approve the recommendations of the Housing and Human Concerns Committee as stated on Attachment IV, Annual Action Plan with Alternatives 1 and 2, with the vote tally reflecting the vote on the individual items; adopt RESOLUTION 13625 APPROVING ONE YEAR ACTION PLAN FOR THE CONSOLIDATED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PLAN OF THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY (APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS AND HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP GRANTS); CERTIFYING THAT THE CITY HAS FOLLOWED ITS ADOPTED CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN; AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION AND FILING OF ALL DOCUMENTS PERTAINING THERETO (FISCAL YEAR 1999-2000)

The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

MINUTE ORDER NO. 99-071

9:28-9:42 p.m. - Break


2) Housing and Human Concerns Committee 1999/2000 Funding Recommendations for the Human Services Financial Assistance (HSFA) Program.

Hillary Paulson, Vice Chairperson for Housing and Human Concerns Committee, gave a background on the process.

Comments by Council Members included the question of funding percentages from individual cities and why other cities are not contributing, a history of funding being consistent with service to Redwood City residents, explanation of Teen Pregnancy Coalition of San Mateo County, questioned the International Institute of S.F. being the second highest allocation. Our focus is on how the programs directly affect Redwood City residents.

10:02 p.m. - Public Hearing Opened

Sue Keely, HHCC explained reasons for voting on recommendations based on the fact that they are sound.

10:04 p.m. - Public Hearing Closed

A roll call vote was taken as follows:

Council Member Claire: Yes on all recommendations
Council Member Hartnett: Yes on all recommendations
Council Member Ira: Yes on all recommendations; no on Teen Pregnancy Coalition of SMC
Council Member Jordan: Yes on all recommendations; no on Teen Pregnancy Coalition of SMC
Council Member Leipzig: Yes on all recommendations; no on International Institute of San Francisco and Teen Pregnancy Coalition of SMC
Vice Mayor Ruskin: Yes on all recommendations
Mayor Howard: Yes on all recommendations

M/S Hartnett/Ruskin to adopt the recomendation of the Housing and Human Concerns Committee 1999/2000 Human Services Financial Assistance Program Funding Recommendations, Alternative 1

The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote with the individual tally noted for the record.

MINUTE ORDER NO. 99-072

B. PUBLIC HEARING - Redwood Shores Bay Front ("RSB") Zoning District

Tom Passanisi gave a background report explaining the plan. Both staff and the Planning Commission are recommending to the City Council that it adopt a new "RSB" Zoning District and rezone the parcels in Redwood Shores from Tidal Plain to the RSB Zoning District per the recommendations in the staff report.

Jim Buelle, Manager of SBSA, explained that U.C. Berkeley is projecting a wetlands restoration program and possible interpretative center opportunity; and school and daycare uses would require strict regulation and restrictions and deemed incompatible uses.

Council comments included question of child care facilities being permissable, daycare facilities in a community center or library, clarification of permissable educational facilities and concern about golf range usage.

10:26 - Public Hearing Opened

Don Warren, member of task force asked that items such as potential driving range not be removed.

John Murphy urged support of recommendations and indicated any other use other than the existing radio station will require a public hearing and those two sites are not in General Improvement District 1-64 and may become an issue of a use permit.

M/S Leipzig/Ira to close public hearing. The motion passed by unanimous voice vote.

10:32 - Closed Public Hearing

City Attorney Schricker read the title of the ordinance.

M/S Claire/Ruskin to introduce an ordinance with one amendment, to strike the parenthetical clause (excluding adjoining day care/schools) under Subdivision e. of Section 28.4, ADDING ARTICLE 28 (COMMENCING WITH SECTION 28.1) TO ORDINANCE NO. 1130, THE REDWOOD CITY ZONING ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE REDWOOD SHORES BAYFRONT ZONING DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION

City Attorney Schricker read the title of the ordinance.

To introduce an ORDINANCE ADDING SECTION 60.20d.1 TO ORDINANCE NO. 1130, THE REDWOOD CITY ZONING ORDINANCE, REZONING CERTAIN PROPERTY ADJACENT TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY FROM TIDAL PLAIN DISTRICT TO REDWOOD SHORES BAY FRONT DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION

The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

7. MATTERS OF COUNCIL INTEREST - None

8. STAFF REPORTS

A. Fourth amendment to the uniform franchise agreement with Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) for solid waste collection services.

Finance Director Ponty gave background and recommended adoption of the amendment to provide staff and the SBTSA negotiatiors with sufficient time to conclude their negotiations and provide their recommended proposal to the City Council. The amendment does not extend the agreement with BFI, but only extends the deadline by which BFI must be notified if the Council elects to terminate their agreement with BFI to February 1, 2000.

City Attorney Schricker read the title of the ordinance.

M/S Leipzig/Ira to introduce an ORDINANCE APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF FOURTH AMENDMENT TO FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH BROWNING-FERRIS INDUSTRIES OF CALIFORNIA, INC., FOR SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES

The motion passed by unanimous roll call vote.

B. Refinancing of Seaport Blvd. and Seaport Centre Assessment District Bonds.

Finance Director Ponty gave a report on the refinancing and introduced others available for questions.

M/S Leipzig/Ira to adopt the following:

1) RESOLUTION 13626 OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY APPROVING AND CONFIRMING THE REPORT ON THE LEVY OF REASSESSMENTS AND THE REFUNDING OF ITS 1915 ACT IMPROVEMENT BONDS (Consolidated Reassessment District (Seaport))

2) RESOLUTION 13627 OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY APPROVING AND CONFIRMING THE REPORT ON THE LEVY OF REASSESSMENTS AND THE REFUNDING OF ITS 1915 ACT IMPROVEMENT BONDS (Consolidated Reassessment District (Seaport))

The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

9. CLOSED SESSION - None

10. ADJOURNMENT - 11:00 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,

Patricia S. Howe, CMC
City Clerk


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