SANTA ROSA CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
(APPROVED BY COUNCIL 9/7/99)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1999
FINLEY COMMUNITY CENTER, 2060 WEST COLLEGE AVENUE
REGULAR MEETING

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Mayor Condron called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. in the Manzanita Room, Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue.

Present at Roll Call were Mayor Condron, Vice Mayor Martini, and Councilmembers Evans, Rabinowitsh, and Runyan. Councilmember Wright was seated at 4:07 p.m. and Councilmember Vas Dupre was seated at 4:16 p.m.

CITIZENS PUBLIC APPEARANCES

Claudia Turner discussed her meetings with the City Manager and contact with the Mayor regarding concerns she has related to alleged police misconduct. She indicated that neither the City Manager nor Mayor were of assistance to her. Ms. Turner's statement is on file in the City Clerk's office.

Ruby Solberg addressed the Council on transportation issues, stressing that Council needs to look at the "big picture."

STUDY SESSION - CITY COUNCIL GOALS

Council reviewed each of their goals as follows.

Goal: Identify Sources of Revenue for Recreational Facilities and Youth Centers.

Vice Mayor Martini reviewed what has occurred to date in this regard and said there is a need to aim for a bond issue in November of 2000. Council supported this approach.

The bills which are pending in Sacramento, and the status of them, which support parks and recreation was also reviewed.

Goal: Create a Safe Transportation System.

The importance of AB 1475 was stressed, as was safe access to schools.

Councilmember Evans asked staff to let Council know how the meeting on Calistoga Road went and what the issues were with the residents of the area. City Manager Blackman indicated that this matter will be brought to the Council for policy direction.

Council added a sub-goal of "Neighborhood Circulation Improvements" and appointed Councilmembers Vas Dupre and Rabinowitsh to serve on a subcommittee working with Gene Benton on this sub-goal.

Goal: Continue Leadership and Participation in Long-Term Transportation Issues.

Council reviewed the Burton Bill and the likelihood of its placement on the November ballot.

Goal: Revisit Housing Allocation Plan.

Councilmember Wright and Mayor Condron provided Council with an update/report on the Housing Allocation Plan.

Goal: Establish a Redevelopment Agency for Southwest Santa Rosa.

City Manager Blackman gave a status report, indicating that the Memorandum of Understanding with the County will be before the Council within thirty days.

Goal: Refocus the Homeless Situation as a County Issue.

The status of the Community Foundation Action Plan was discussed. Councilmember Vas Dupre was added to the list of Councilmembers who will be working on this goal.

Goal: Identify an Appropriate Mechanism to Assist City Vision and Economic Development.

The status of City Vision was discussed. In addition, the Economic Development Program was reviewed. There was discussion on the importance of bringing business to the Downtown. The program being worked on by Pamela Swan, Economic Development Specialist, is being discussed.

Goal: Increase Public Participation in the Government Process.

There was extensive discussion regarding how best to involve the public in the government process. Many examples were considered. A new sub-goal was established, "Improved Public Notification Process." Councilmembers Evans and Rabinowitsh were appointed to a subcommittee to work with the Community Development staff on this matter. Councilmember Runyan will also work with them.

Mayor Condron brought up the need to schedule a meeting with City Schools and asked Council for agenda items for that meeting. Many items dealing with safety were discussed, as was bus transportation, the joint use of facilities, and safety at schools.

Several suggestions were made for improvements to "Council Norms." Mayor Condron will redraft the "Council Norms" and submit it to the Council for review.

Mayor Condron indicated that the Merit Awards Program was getting underway and that she wanted Council to review the approach being used.

Merit Awards Program

IT WAS MOVED BY Vice Mayor Martini, seconded by Councilmember Vas Dupre, and CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY TO ADD CONSIDERATION OF THE MERIT AWARDS PROGRAM TO THE AGENDA.

City Manager Blackman indicated that the Merit Awards Program started by the Council for the purpose of recognizing excellence in design and landscape architecture now is proposed to recognize only volunteers in the community. Following a discussion, Council indicated that they felt that the program should recognize both; i.e., volunteers and excellence in design.

ADJOURNMENT

Hearing no further business, Mayor Condron moved the meeting to the Cypress Room for an informal discussion with the Teen Council at 6:30 p.m. and adjourned at approximately 8:00 p.m.

8/31/1999