Minutes - February 25, 2008

CITY OF DALY CITY

MINUTES – REGULAR MEETING - CITY COUNCIL

FEBRUARY 25, 2008

 

            The meeting was called to order by Mayor Klatt at 7:20 P.M.

 

ROLL CALL:     Councilmembers Present:

 

                           Carol L. Klatt, Mayor

                           Judith A. Christensen

                           Maggie A. Gomez

                           Michael P. Guingona

                           Sal Torres

 

                           Staff Present:

 

                           Patricia E. Martel, City Manager

                           Kerry E. Burns, Assistant City Manager

                           Rose L. Zimmerman, City Attorney

                           Maria E. Cortes, City Clerk

 

PRESENTATIONS:

 

Proclamation for American Red Cross Month

 

            Mayor Klatt presented a proclamation proclaiming March 2008 as American Red Cross Month to Matt Martel, Chair of the San Mateo County Leadership Council American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.  Mr. Martel thanked the Council.

 

CDBG Subgrantees:  Second Harvest Food Bank and Legal Aid

 

            Barbara Jwanouskos, representing Second Harvest Food Bank gave a PowerPoint presentation on the services and programs they provide to fight hunger in San Mateo County.

 

            Shirley Gibson, Housing Attorney at the San Mateo County Legal Aid reviewed the types of legal services they provide to individuals throughout San Mateo County.

 

COUNCIL COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

            There were no reports.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

            There were no minutes.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

 

            It was moved by Councilmember Torres, seconded by Councilmember Gomez and carried to approve the agenda.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

COMMUNICATIONS:

 

Approving Plans and Specifications, Affirming CEQA Determination and Authorizing Solicitation of Bids for Traffic Signal Painting 2008                                                                                                             

 

Approving Plans and Specifications, Affirming CEQA Determination and Authorizing Solicitation of Bids for Traffic Signal Controller Replacement                                                                                            

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

Commending W. Lloyd Clay Upon His Retirement

 

            Resolution No. 08-25, Commending W. Lloyd Clay on the Occasion of his Retirement

 

Approving Amendment No. 1 to Professional Services Agreement with Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers, Inc. for the Top of the Hill Improvements Project                                                                          

 

            Resolution No. 08-26, Authorizing Execution of First Amendment to Agreement for Professional Services Between City of Daly City and Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers, Inc. (Mission Street Enhancement Project)

 

Adopting Composite Summary Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Daly City and the Economic and Community Development Professional Staff Association (ECDPSA)                                    

 

            Resolution No. 08-27, Composite Summary Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic and Community Development Professional Staff Association (July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2010)

 

Authorizing Submittal of Application for Grants from the Northern California Grantmakers Summer Youth Project and the Thelma Doelger Charitable Trust                                                                          

 

            Resolution No. 08-28, Authorizing Submittal of Applications for Grants from the Northern California Grantmakers Summer Youth Project and the Thelma Doelger Charitable Trust

 

Authorizing Submittal of Application for a Grant from the Fitzpatrick Foundation to Create a Public Service Announcements Promoting Library Card Use                                                                                

 

            Resolution No. 08-29, Authorizing Submittal of Grant Application to the Fitzpatrick Foundation to Promote Library Card Use

 

Authorizing Budgetary Adjustments

 

            Resolution No. 08-30, Authorizing Budgetary Adjustments and Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007-2008

 

            A.     Appropriation of $26,000 to Parks & Recreation for War Memorial Youth Showcase Basketball League from anticipated Revenues

 

END OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

            It was moved by Councilmember Torres, seconded by Councilmember Christensen and carried to approve and adopt the Consent Agenda.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:

 

Minor Subdivision, Use Permit and Environmental Assessment to Construct Two New Duplexes (Four Units Total) on a Vacant Property Located on the East Side of Edgeworth Avenue, between Pierce and Washington Streets

 

            Senior Planner Tatum Mothershead gave a PowerPoint presentation on the project site and reviewed the applicant’s request for approval of a minor subdivision and use permit application to construct two duplexes, four units total, with eight parking spaces, two spaces per unit on a vacant property located on the east side of Edgeworth Avenue, between Pierce and Washington Streets.

 

            This application is the same one that the Council considered in July 2005.  Since that time, the applicant’s applications have expired so he is reapplying.  In December 2007, the Sullivan Corridor Council Committee conceptually approved the applicant’s proposal.  As proposed, the project is consistent with the development regulations that are in the Sullivan Corridor Specific Plan.

 

            The Sullivan Corridor Specific Plan places strong emphasis on architectural quality, specifically requiring existing residential character to be maintained.  The applicant has worked at developing a design that fits with the existing buildings.  This would be subject to design review although most of the design features have been worked out in the last approval process.

 

            Discussion ensued with Staff answering Council’s questions regarding adequate storage and on-street parking.

 

            It was moved by Councilmember Torres, seconded by Councilmember Christensen and carried to concur with the Categorical Exemption under CEQA requirements.

 

            It was moved by Councilmember Torres, seconded by Councilmember Christensen and carried by unanimous roll call vote to adopt the following resolution:

 

            Resolution No. 08-31, Affirming Categorical Exemption Under CEQA, Adopting Findings of Fact and Imposing Conditions of Approval on Minor Subdivision (MS07-5) and Use Permit (UP07-6) to Construct Two New Duplex (1645 Edgeworth Avenue, Daly City, California)

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

Endorsing the Guiding Principles of the Grand Boulevard Initiative and Directing Staff to Incorporate them into Future Plans Involving Mission Street

 

            Senior Planner Tatum Mothershead stated the Grand Boulevard Initiative (GBI) is a collaboration of 19 cities; the counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, local and regional agencies, private businesses, labor and environmental organizations.  The purpose of this collaboration is to improve the performance, safety and aesthetics of Highway 82 on the Peninsula from Daly City to downtown San Jose.

 

            The Initiative encompasses 43 miles of El Camino Real, beginning in Daly City, known as “Mission Street” and ends in San Jose, known as “The Alameda.”  The study area boundaries also include a ¼ mile on both sides, forming the “El Camino Real Corridor.”

 

            The Guiding Principles have been approved and recommended by the Grand Boulevard Initiative (GBI) Task Force.  They define the GBI vision, that “El Camino Real will achieve its full potential as a place for residents to work, live, shop and play, creating links between communities that promote walking and transit and an improved and meaningful quality of life.”

 

            Ms. Mothershead reviewed the ten guiding principles of the Grand Boulevard Initiative as outlined in the Agenda Report.

 

            Councilmember Christensen was on the committee and pushed for the preservation of the existing quality of life in adjacent neighborhoods and to pursue environmentally sustainable development.  Daly City is sitting in a very good position to meet many of these principles.

 

            Councilmember Torres was concerned about enforcement ability if someone wants to build something that is inconsistent with what we want.  Councilmember Christensen explained that enforcement happens at the local jurisdiction, but the whole GBI is voluntary.  We are encouraging showing by example and giving awards to highlight best practices.  Daly City has won two awards.

 

            Councilmember Gomez stated the two awards to Daly City went to the War Memorial Community Center and the proposed Top of the Hill Streetscape Improvements.

 

            Mayor Klatt was concerned about the air emission that people are breathing from the buses and automobiles since we are pushing for housing along the transportation corridor.

 

            It was moved by Councilmember Gomez, seconded by Councilmember Christensen and carried by unanimous roll call vote to adopt the following resolution:

 

            Resolution No. 08-32, Endorsing the Guiding Principles of the Grand Boulevard Initiative and Directing Staff to Incorporate them into Future Plans of the City of Daly City Involving Mission Street

 

PUBLIC APPEARANCES/ORAL COMMUNICATIONS:

 

            Mr. E.A. Bessner was concerned about the storm water drainage ditch along Canterbury Avenue and Skyline Boulevard not being maintainedAlso, some property owners are extending their fences and rear gardens and are building a concrete wall across the drainage ditch.  The excess water from the new Timberhill development in Pacifica flows down across Skyline Boulevard and runs into their backyards.  He was also concerned about the Street Division putting a pipe underground across a P.G. & E gas line.

 

APPOINTMENTS:

 

Board/Commission Membership-Committee Appointments

 

            There were no appointments.

 

REPORTS:

 

Council Committee

 

            The Council Committees reported on the following:

 

            Design Review Permit DR07-15, BART Grocery Store Façade Improvement, 108 Los Olivos Avenue (Christensen/Torres)

            Jefferson Elementary School District Committee Meeting (Christensen/Guingona)

            Conceptual Review – Modify existing gas station to include a snack shop and one service bay – 1690 Sullivan Avenue (Klatt/Guingona)

            Solid Waste Committee (Gomez/Klatt)

 

City Council

 

            Councilmember Christensen announced that there will be a First Annual Feral Cat Summit on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. at the Doelger Senior Center.

 

            Councilmember Gomez thanked staff for being prepared for the storm this weekend.

 

Staff

 

            City Manager Patricia Martel stated on Friday Senator Leland Yee introduced Senate Bill 1527 that calls for the State of California to surplus the state property on which the Cow Palace is located in the Bayshore neighborhood of Daly City.  If the bill is approved, Senator Yee and the City will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings to solicit public input on what they would like to see replace the Cow Palace.  Ms. Martell announced that we will hold a meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bayshore Community Center and on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.  Ms. Martel invited the public to attend these meetings.

 

            It was moved by Councilmember Gomez, seconded by Councilmember Guingona and carried to recess the meeting to sit in Closed Session.

 

            The meeting reconvened at 9:30 P.M.

 

CLOSED SESSION:

 

            From the regular meeting/closed session of the Daly City City Council, the following report is provided pursuant to California Government Code Section 54957.1 (The Ralph M. Brown Act):

 

A.        Conference with Labor Negotiator:

            Per Government Code Section 54957.6(b)

 

            City Negotiator:                        Glenn Berkheimer

            Employee Organization:            All Bargaining Units/Unrepresented Employees

 

Conference with Labor Negotiator regarding labor negotiations pursuant to section 54957.6 of the Government Code.  Council authorized City negotiators to continue negotiations with all bargaining units.

 

B.         Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation

            Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 54956.9:

                        Number of Cases, 1

 

Council updated on current status of anticipated litigation.  No further direction reported.

 

            C.        Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation

                        Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 54956.9:

                        War Memorial Community Center Project

                        Claimant:  Arntz Builders

 

Council updated on anticipated litigation.  Council authorization to continue status with additional closed session.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

            It was moved by Councilmember Gomez, seconded by Councilmember Guingona and carried to adjourn the meeting in memory of Marlene Espinoza Manzanares and Victoria McCormack.

 

 

                                                                                                                 MARIA E. CORTES          

                                                                                                                       City Clerk

 

Approved as submitted, this         14th        

 

day of               April                        , 2008.

 

 

                  CAROL L. KLATT                

                          Mayor