SANTA ROSA CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL, 100 SANTA ROSA AVENUE
MARCH 6, 2001
3:00 P.M. (MAYOR'S CONFERENCE ROOM)
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
Mayor Martini called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. in the Mayor's Conference Room. All Councilmembers were present.
2. STUDY SESSION(S)
2.1 STUDY SESSION - SONOMA COUNTY MUSEUM PROGRESS REPORT
The Sonoma County Museum presented an update and progress report on the Museum's long-range plans and expenditure of the funds received from the City of Santa Rosa.
2.2 CITIZEN PUBLIC APPEARANCES (PUBLIC COMMENTS WILL BE LIMITED TO STUDY SESSION TOPICS)
3. ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLOSED SESSION TOPICS AND ADJOURNMENT TO CLOSED SESSION(S)
3.1 CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR
Agency Designated Representative: Karen Walker, City of Santa Rosa. Employee Organizations: Unit 2 - Firefighters, Unit 5 -Police Officers' Association
3.2 CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR
Agency Designated Representative: Ed Brauner, City of Santa Rosa. Employee Organization: Unit 9 - Police Sergeants
3.3 CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to subdivisions (b)(3)(C) of Government Code section 54956.9: (Sixty-six potential cases)
3.4 RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION IN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
4:00 P.M. (CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS)
4. ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROLL CALL
This portion of the meeting commenced in the Council Chamber at 4:15 p.m. Mayor Martini announced roll call as indicated previously in the minutes.
5. REPORT ON STUDY SESSION(S)
Mayor Martini announced the Council had met at 3:00 p.m. in Study Session to receive an update on the progress of the expansion plans for the Sonoma County Museum. All Councilmembers were present.
City Attorney Chouteau announced a Closed Session was held with legal counsel to discuss anticipated litigation as noted in Item 3.3 previously listed on the agenda.
6.1 PROCLAMATION - GIRL SCOUT WEEK
Mayor Martini presented a proclamation proclaiming March 11-17, 2001, as Girl Scout Week to Debra Holden and Troop 1526 from the Roseland School.
6.2 PROCLAMATION - ANNUAL ARBOR DAY
Mayor Martini presented a proclamation declaring March 7, 2001, as Arbor Day in Santa Rosa to Spunky the Squirrel and Lisa Grant, Park Maintenance Superintendent
6.3 PRESENTATION - ANNUAL ARBOR DAY POSTER CONTEST WINNERS
Bill Montgomery, Deputy Director, Recreation and Parks Department, announced the contest winners of the Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. He stated the awards would be awarded at the Arbor Day Program.
6.4 PRESENTATION - CALIFORNIA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
Alan Cohen (project architect), on behalf of the California Preservation Foundation presented the 2001 Design Award to the City of Santa Rosa in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation for the DeTurk Round Barn.
Vice Mayor Wright introduced Tanya Solheim, a sophomore at Santa Rosa Junior College, stating one of her class assignments is to shadow someone in local government.
7. CITIZEN PUBLIC APPEARANCES
Duane De Witt commented on President Bush's speech stating he would seek to provide funding for the cleanup of Brownfields. He announced a citizens cleanup coalition in Roseland on Thursday with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board present to talk about issues. He asked the Council's support to resubmit the Brownfields application. He notified the Council that citizens were not allowed to speak on consent items at the Planning Commission meetings and asked the Council to advise the Commission of the Brown Act.
Wendy Trickett, Santa Rosa Police Department's Elder and Dependent Adult Victim Advocate, said they are approaching the second year of their funding and are meeting their goals. To continue the community education they are offering training on the assessment of undue influence. She extended an invitation to the Council to attend the training to be held March 19 at 8:30 a.m. at the Finley Community Center.
Bill Pisenti, Redwood Empire TRIM Committee, asked the Council to scrutinize the letter they sent on Highway 101. They are calling on the State and Federal governments to return the City's money which has been taken over the years. He also referred to a letter regarding the Bocce courts in De Meo Park and asked that the item be agendaed for Council discussion.
Jack Osborne objected to the study sessions not being held in open session and televised. Mr. Osborne stated January 2 the City Attorney's salary was set and when it came up for vote the City Attorney told the Council he had amended the ordinance and the Council voted to pass the ordinance without allowing the public to comment.
Geoff Johnson stated he came for the Study Session and as there was not time for public comments he addressed his comments at this time. He said the City gave $600,000 last March to buy the Carinalli property and it appears the Museum will buy the Conklin Bros. property for $1.25 million but that Conklin Bros. has a 10-year lease which may not allow construction to take place until 2012. He further noted there were covenants involved in the agreement. He questioned whether the money was obtained under false pretenses. He asked why the public wasn't told more than a year ago the plan was not just a block long museum but a major cultural arts center.
Linda Angel, President of Historic Railroad Square Association, thanked the Councilmembers for the effort to bring Charlie Brown's sculpture to Railroad Square. She thanked City staff for their help and relayed stories of many of the visitors.
Donna Jackson spoke on the article about forced spraying stating the bottom line is public health and not the business interest. She said nothing has happened with the traffic light situation.
Anne Hudgins reinforced Mr. De Witt's comments about the Planning Commission noting she was also at the meeting. She said the Planning Commissioners are not all listeners.
Linda Pectin talked about pedestrians almost being hit. She suggested the City purchase strobes for people who can't afford them.
Mayor Martini asked Recreation and Parks to provide information regarding the condition and intent for the De Meo Bocce courts. City Attorney Chouteau said there was procedural language in the ordinance regarding the City Attorney's salary which would have meant the City contribute an additional amount to PERS which should not have been paid by the City. He stated the ordinance was changed prior to the meeting and was available for public inspection and discussed by Council in open session and adopted.
Mayor Martini noted he would speak to the chairs of the Boards and Commissions regarding public comment on consent items. Mayor Martini apologized for his oversight in not asking for public comment at the study session.
Mayor Martini introduced Joe Tonna, a member of the Teen Council, who was attending the Council meeting.
8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
8.1 Regular City Council Meeting of January 16, 2001, February 6, 2001, February 13, 2001 and February 20, 2001
Councilmember Evans announced she would abstain from voting on the minutes of February 13, 2001, as she was not present at the Council meeting.
Moved by Vice Mayor Wright, seconded by Councilmember Condron and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of January 16, February 6 and February 20, 2001, as presented.
Moved by Vice Mayor Wright, seconded by Councilmember Condron and carried on a 5-0-0-1 vote (Councilmember Evans abstaining) to approve the minutes of February 13, 2001.
9. STATEMENTS OF ABSTENTION BY COUNCILMEMBERS
Councilmember Evans announced she would abstain from item 11.1 as her home is on Manzanita Avenue.
10. CONSENT ITEMS
Moved by Vice Mayor Wright, seconded by Councilmember Condron, and carried unanimously to add 10.4 and 10.5 to the agenda.
Jack Osborne spoke on 10.3 stating there are 66 people wanting to sue the City and yet the City is proposing to spend money in the Clover Drive area.
Duane De Witt, Roseland, asked the number of affordable units going in the Prospect Place Project. He referred to the 1994 and 1999 Annual Reports as they relate to housing.
Mayor Martini stated the Clover Drive people have a serious situation facing them in not having access to a reliable potable water source and he is supportive of assuring they receive it.
MOVED by Vice Mayor Wright, seconded by Councilmember Condron and carried unanimously to adopt and waive the reading of the texts of the resolutions identified in Items 10.1 through 10.4.
10.1 RESOLUTION - CONTRACT EXTENSION - BIOSOLIDS HAULING SERVICES
Resolution No. 24756 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA APPROVING AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO CONTRACT NO. 00-5858 FOR BIOSOLIDS HAULING SERVICES
10.2 RESOLUTION - ESTABLISH A PROJECT - WATER PUMP STATION NO. 4 REPAIRS
Resolution No. 24757 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA ESTABLISHING A PROJECT, ACCOUNT NO. 4202, WATER PUMP STATION NO. 4 REPAIRS, IN THE AMOUNT OF $250,000
10.3 RESOLUTION - ESTABLISH A PROJECT - CLOVER DRIVE NEIGHBORHOOD WATER SERVICE
Resolution No. 24758 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA ESTABLISHING A PROJECT, ACCOUNT NO. 4195, CLOVER DRIVE NEIGHBORHOOD WATER SERVICE INSTALLATION, IN THE AMOUNT OF $240,000
10.4 TWO RESOLUTIONS - PROSPECT PLACE APARTMENTS PROJECT
Resolution No. 24759 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA APPROVING ON APPEAL THE TENTATIVE MAP FOR PROSPECT PLACE LOCATED AT 4617 - 4661 SONOMA HIGHWAY - FILE NUMBER MAJOO-003
Resolution No. 24760 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA APPROVING AND ADOPTING A NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE PROPOSED TENTATIVE MAP AND REZONING OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4617 -4661 SONOMA HIGHWAY (PROSPECT PLACE) - FILE NO. REZOO-003
MOVED by Vice Mayor Wright, seconded by Councilmember Bender and carried unanimously to adopt and waive the reading of the text of the ordinances identified in Items10.4 and 10.5.
10.4 ORDINANCE INTRODUCTION - PROSPECT PLACE
Ordinance entitled: ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA AMENDING CHAPTER 20 OF THE SANTA ROSA CITY CODE O APPEAL - RECLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4617 - 4661 SONOMA HIGHWAY (PROSPECT PLACE) - FILE NUMBER REZOO-009
10.5 ORDINANCE ADOPTION - COMMERCIAL VEHICLE PROHIBITION
Ordinance No. 3514 entitled: ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA CITY COUNCIL AMENDING SECTIONS 11-28.110 AND 11-28.120 OF THE SANTA ROSA CITY CODE TO REVISE RESTRICTIONS ON VEHICLES USED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES
11. SCHEDULED ITEMS
11.1 REPORT - CONTRACT AWARD MANZANITA AVENUE WATER MAIN INSTALLATION
Bob Harder, Deputy Director, Utilities Engineering, gave the staff report.
Moved by Councilmember Vas Dupre, seconded by Councilmember Condron, carried on a 6-0-1 vote (Councilmember Evans abstaining) to adopt and waive the reading of the text of Resolution No. 24761 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA ACCEPTING BID AND AWARDING CONTRACT NO. 2001-009 TO SEBASTOPOL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES OF SEBASTOPOL FOR MANZANITA AVENUE WATER MAIN INSTALLATION AND AUTHORIZING THE TRANSFER OF $120,000 FROM ACCOUNT NO. 7861 TO ACCOUNT NO. 7869
11.2 REPORT - FUNDING FOR PRINCE MEMORIAL GREENWAY - PHASE II
Rick Moshier, Deputy Director, Engineering - Public Works, made the staff presentation stating Option A would appropriate $2 million from the General Fund Reserve with no provision for paying back the funds in future fiscal years and Option B which appropriates $2 million from the General Fund Reserve with a provision to pay back the General Fund from Storm Water Creek Restoration funds, Park Acquisition and Development Fees and CFIF Bicycle Path Fees.
Councilmember Evans expressed concern that taking money from other funds for Phase II would leave funds not available for Phase III. She noted the Council adopted as part of one of its goals the funding of the Bicycle Master Plan and one of the sources of funds suggested to be used is the CFIF Bicycle Path Fees which could be used for funding the Bicycle Master Plan. Mr. Moshier said Option A would make it easier to fund Phase III.
City Manager Kolin stated staff had tried to preserve the flexibility for the Council noting by using a General Fund loan proposal. Otherwise should other priorities arise which weren't eligible for storm water or bikeway funds, there would be no source of funding available.
Jack Osborne asked why the Council didn't wait until July 1 rather than loan the funds for three months.
Duane De Witt, Roseland, preferred the Council only use $2 million and not consider Options A or B. He said by using funds for this project, other areas of the town have been kept from having beneficial projects. He asked the Council to use the bare minimum of funds for this project and not tap into the General Fund. He suggested work be done on Roseland Creek.
Vice Mayor Wright noted the Prince Family Grant was a $3 million grant which was seed money for the project. It was thought when the project first started it could be almost completed with those funds, but the project is now up to about $18 million.
Councilmember Bender explained that the Prince Greenway project would not jeopardize a park in Southwest Santa Rosa.
Councilmember Rabinowitsh noted that the Prince Greenway project has not competed with other projects that would impact parks with the majority of funds coming from the Prince family, redevelopment and the Sonoma County Water Agency. No General Funds moneys have been used to date.
Councilmember Condron said when the Council determined in their goal setting to make the continuation of this project as a goal, she felt it was a commitment of funding but she felt flexibility in use of funds was important.
In response to Mr. Osborne's comment, Mr. Moshier stated the project has to start by the middle of May or wait a whole year and it is important to build it this year because of the timing of the construction of the conference center.
Moved by Councilmember Rabinowitsh, seconded by Vice Mayor Wright and carried unanimously to adopt and waive the reading of the text of Resolution No. 24762 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA INCREASING THE BUDGET FOR THE PRINCE MEMORIAL GREENWAY PROJECT - OPTION B
11.3 REPORT - NEW POSITION REQUESTS
Ron Bosworth, Director of Administrative Services, made the staff presentation.
Jack Osborne supported the additional positions but requested the City look at contract employees for certain positions.
Moved by Vice Mayor Wright, seconded by Councilmember Bender, carried unanimously to adopt and waive the reading of the text of Resolution No. 24763 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA APPROPRIATING FUNDING AND AMENDING THE CITY CLASSIFICATION AND SALARY PLAN FOR THE ADDITION OF SIXTEEN NEW POSITIONS AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO IMPLEMENT THESE CHANGES
11.4 PUBLIC HEARING - APPEAL - BELLEVUE PLAZA - 2780 STONY POINT ROAD
Mark Wolfe, City Planner, gave the staff presentation.
Mayor Martini opened the public hearing.
Jean Kapolchok, the applicant's representative, said the Council was being asked to consider two appeals - one is the denial of a use permit for a convenience market and an appeal on the necessity of rezoning the subject property so alluses located within the site would be subject to Planning Commission review. The Planning Commission's concern was whether or not the project was consistent with what they had in mind when they envisioned neighborhood commons. She stated the modified plan is responsive to the various General Plan policies and the Southwest Specific Plan policies. She presented a detailed review of the reasons they believe the initiated rezoning should not be allowed to go forward and asked the Council to grant their appeal.
Duane De Witt, Roseland, referenced the Southwest Area Plan which calls for integration between residential and commercial uses in the area. He felt through time there was not a well developed integration of the project stating Mr. Tuxhorn signed a housing agreement in 1996 saying he would provide four lots for multi-family units with 16 rentals. He said this is a median density project area neighborhood commons. He also commented he didn't want a Sheriff's substation going there as there was talk of moving the Roseland Substation from Roseland Village to there. He said the Roseland/Sebastopol Road is the most at risk area and the substation needs to be there. He opposes convenience stores selling alcohol late at night; he suggested two story units with affordable residential units be included and asked the Council uphold the Planning Commission's decision and send it back for redesign.
Terry Hilton, Southwest Area Business Association and a resident of the area, spoke in favor of the market and the center. He read a letter submitted by the Steering Committee of the Southwest Area Business Association requesting the City Council reverse The Planning Commission decision based on the polling of residents of Bellevue Ranch.
Nancy Woodall said the property was originally a single piece and split in 1999 at the request of Mr.Tuxhorn to have part commercial and part low income housing. She noted Mr. Porter had been working with the neighborhood to see what the neighborhood would like. She asked he be allowed to go ahead with the commercial area.
Tony Ferrario said his major concern is traffic. He felt the traffic will funnel into the shopping center and traffic will go out through Bellevue Ranch on Arrowhead causing safety problems.
Susan Dynarsky commended the applicant on his efforts to make the project be in line with what the neighbors want. She said the housing is in the area but now the commercial element needs to be completed. She supported the availability of a community room being included and felt the project would help traffic issues as they will be able to shop locally. She urged the Council grant the appeal.
Lisa Estes said the project seems to address their concerns but noted she didn't want a market that sells alcohol or cigarettes and would prefer an ice cream store. She expressed concern over locating a police substation and asked for specifics before it is approved.
Rick Knox, across from the proposed convenience store, presented a petition signed by 45 residents of the Woodside Ranch community who strongly oppose the convenience store. He felt a convenience type store was not conducive to a development with families and is against the interest of the Woodside Ranch community.
Pam Svetlik noted the proposed development is directly across from her and noted she would be strongly impacted by hours, noise, etc. She supports the Planning Commission denial stating she would like the Council to honor the General Plan and keep the idea of a neighborhood commons a place for neighbors to meet; a convenience type store will make the neighborhood unsafe and increase traffic. Examples of what she would like to see in a commons area included a church, senior housing, day care, community gardens, park benches, small shops, dentists, doctor offices.
Joseph Svetlik stated his opposition to a convenience store for the reasons previously listed. He said there are residential houses on all four sides of the property and expressed a desire for homes, senior homes, a community center and any kind of business compatible to the neighborhood which would open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. He asked Council to deny the appeal.
Resident said the buildings are higher than the residential houses. He would agree to commercial business if they are quiet and slow like doctors and dentists. He felt a convenience store would attack their peace.
Frank Romano, a resident of Woodside Ranch and a police officer for 18 years, asked why a police substation was needed and agreed it should stay in the Roseland area. He questioned the need for a community center and expressed concern for the height of the building and for the traffic on Stony Point Road. He said the entrance and exit should be onto Stony Point Road rather than Yuba Drive.
Jason Moore stated there are currently two convenience markets within a mile of both subdivisions, one to the east and one to the south which are available to both developments. He addressed traffic concerns and felt the police substation and community center are a waste of space. He asked the height of the buildings. He expressed concern of alcohol being sold with a high school and elementary school in the area. He asked Council to uphold the Planning Commission's action.
Sachiki Umehara, owner of the nursery across the street from the proposed development, said the notices of the hearings were posted in areas not easily noticed by residents. She expressed concern that the height of the buildings will exceed the height of the existing residences and traffic concerns saying there are likely to be approximately 20,000 daily vehicles on Stony Point Road. She said the development is not consistent with the General Plan to create a neighborhood common at the location. She said the noise from the higher buildings would cause major problems for their outside business. She recommended a reduction in traffic speed, conform to aesthetic and concerns of the community building height which should be reduced to single story, consider the General Plan and every effort be implemented to address noise abatement.
An unidentified resident of the area spoke in support of the Planning Commission's denial of a use permit for the market noting his primary concern is traffic.
Tom Tollefson noted problems with the project as it relates to the convenience store. He stated everyone he talked to opposed a convenience store. He said the project is a shopping center. He asked the Council deny the appeal and asked for rezoning of the property and to have input for what goes in the area. He also expressed concern over traffic.
Linda Pectin said her interpretation of community commons would exclude vehicular traffic and she encouraged people to bicycle and walk in the area.
Eric Campbell reiterated statements regarding traffic problems which will be created on Yuba and on Stony Point Road.
Alicia Cronbach appreciated the work done to accommodate neighborhood concerns. She didn't feel the hours of the businesses had been addressed but acknowledged it had been reduced from a 24-hour operation. She asked the Council deny the appeal. She noted this is a test case stating nothing of this type in the middle of a residential neighborhood has been proposed and said the Council has an opportunity to set a precedence.
Debbie Bone said it was stated the proposal would be an area to recreate and that in her home that means loiter. She questioned the need for a police substation.
DJ Phimister stated these kinds of issues all need to be addressed at the outset of a subdivision not as a catch-up at the end of a subdivision. He stated it is not known yet where the convenience store is going to be located and that delivery trucks would have problems in making their deliveries. He said the housing was created to meet the community commons definition but is only to meet the legalities to comply with the code section. They were not planned as part of the project. He said the project has some good design elements but it doesn't meet the ideal of what it was thought a community commons would be. He recommended denial of the appeal.
David Estes noted most people have cars and drive everywhere. He said a mile to a store is still driving distance and that there are other shopping centers in the city located in residential neighborhoods. He supports the appeal.
Chris Elrod responded to the previous speaker noting he doesn't live on Yuba Drive.
There being no one else wishing to speak, Mayor Martini closed the public hearing.
Mr. Wolfe stated two issues were before the Council which include a conditional use permit for a 3500 square foot convenience market in this location. The Council must also act on the Commission's decision to direct staff to begin work on investigating alternate zoning districts that would require any development of any kind go before the Commission for a conditional use permit onths project site. He stated projected traffic volumes are consistent with what is there now and detailed the background for the proposed entrance from Yuba Drive. Mr. Wolfe said the inclusion of a police substation was not part of the original proposal and he had had no contact regarding the proposal but stated it would require a separate use permit.
A majority of the Councilmembers concurred that the action should allow the appellant to go back to the Planning Commission as a lot of good work had gone into the project.
Moved by Councilmember Condron, seconded by Councilmember Evans and carried 6-1 (Vice Mayor Wright voting No) to adopt and waive the reading of the text of Resolution No. 24764 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA DENYING APPEALS AND UPHOLDING THE DECISIONS OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION MAKING FINDINGS AND DETERMINATIONS AND DENYING A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT AND INITIATING A REZONING FOR BELLEVUE PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER - LOCATED AT 2780 STONY POINT ROAD - FILE NUMBER MNPOO-002
Mayor Martini called a recess. The meeting reconvened with all Councilmembers present.
11.5 PUBLIC HEARING - WEED AND RUBBISH ABATEMENT PROGRAM
Cliff Vaniman, Fire Marshal, made the staff presentation.
Mayor Martini opened the public hearing.
Linda Pectin, Santa Rosa, encouraged the Fire Department to make weed abatement a humanizing endeavor.
There being no one else wishing to speak, Mayor Martini closed the public hearing.
Moved by Councilmember Evans, seconded by Councilmember Vas Dupre, carried unanimously to adopt and waive the reading of the text of Resolution No. 24765 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA OVERRULING PROTESTS AND AUTHORIZING ABATEMENT OF WEEDS OR RUBBISH UPON OR IN FRONT OF CERTAIN PROPERTIES WITHIN THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA AS A PUBLIC NUISANCE
11.6 PUBLIC HEARING - URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN
Miles Ferris, Director of Utilities, and Virginia Porter, Water Conservation Manager, presented the staff report.
Mayor Martini opened the public hearing.
There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Martini closed the public hearing.
Moved by Councilmember Bender, seconded by Vice Mayor Wright, carried unanimously to adopt and waive the reading of the text of Resolution No. 24766 entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA ADOPTING THE "URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN 2000" PREPARED BY SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY
12. ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLOSED SESSION TOPICS
Closed Session topics were announced previously.
13. MAYOR'S/COUNCILMEMBERS' REPORTS
Councilmember Rabinowitsh announced a breakfast for the ArtStart Program to educate the community about the program noting they will be painting more benches this year and doing a community rural in the southwest part of town and perhaps chairs for the DeMeo Teen Center. He stated there are property acquisitions that need to be made for Phase II of the Prince Greenway Project which needs to be expedited.
Councilmember Bender announced the CDBG committee starts on Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. with a tour of the homeless facilities; the BPU Liaison Committee meets Wednesday at City Hall; the Neighborhood Oriented Policy Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on March 15.
Vice Mayor Wright reported on the meeting she attended with Utilities Director Ferris and the Sonoma County Water Agency talking to various legislators and committee staff on water and habitat restoration. She said it was important to establish relationships and contacts. She reported on the Sonoma County Transportation Committee meeting noting they are optimistic about a new funding source potentially for highway improvements called the Garvey Bond which allows the City to bond for future state transportation money.
Councilmember Vas Dupre spoke on illegal signs which impact taxpayers. She reported on the Chamber of Commerce Business Education Exchange Day which she participated in. March 9 there is a workshop on water at 7:00 p.m. in the Santa Rosa Veterans' Memorial Building.
Councilmember Condron reported on the dedication of the statute in memory and in honor of Charles Schulz. She noted it was a partnership between the City of Santa Rosa, the Sonoma County Community Foundation and the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County.
Mayor Martini announced the joint meeting of the City and the County met on the 28th and reported there is considerable progress being made on the Human Services Building. There were issues around Dutton Plaza and policing issues there. A meeting was held with the Clover neighborhood at the Finley Center and the tone of the meeting was more positive. He reported on the Water Advisory Committee meeting held Monday and encouraged Councilmembers to attend the meetings. Mayor Martini announced the Clover Drive neighborhood would meet at the MSCS at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday; a meeting with the open space priorities would be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and announced he would give a State of the City address at noon. The Mayors' and Councilmembers' Association will meet on the 8th in Windsor and the City Select Committee will meet. He inquired if any Councilmembers were interested in appointment to the Bay Area Air Quality Board. The Council approved entering Councilmember Bender's name for appointment. He will meet with Supervisor Smith Thursday to discuss issues around the Clover Neighborhood and redevelopment in the central corridor. The ArtStart meeting will be on the 14th and also a joint meeting of the Cultural Heritage Board and the Design Review Board.
Mayor Martini reported on the meeting he and City Manager Kolin had in Sacramento regarding the projects and goals the Council discussed. He said Sacramento is absorbed in energy and almost all money is going to that situation. He announced that Assemblywoman Pat Wiggins and Senator Wes Chesbro have attained positions of influence with Assemblywoman Wiggins being the new chair for the Local Government Subcommittee and Senator Chesbro has a role in the Budget Subcommittee.
14. CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
City Manager Kolin said he received the final draft of the City Council goals from the consultant and it will be placed on the March 20 City Council agenda for formal adoption. The Budget Subcommittee meetings are in the process of being set. He reported they are working on the Council's technology request and they be available after the Council's return from Washington.
City Manager Kolin announced he received a letter from Roger Pierson, Library Director, announcing his retirement effective on Wednesday. Councilmember Vas Dupre requested a letter be sent to Roger Pierson for his excellent service.
15. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS (AND POSSIBLE COUNCIL ACTION)
15.1 League of California Cities - Priority Focus - February 23, 2001 Issue. Topics include: Special Session Explores Public Power Options, Bill that tramples city land use authority significantly amended, League clarifies State funding for local parks, Lead energy conservation measure advances, Calpers tosses HMO bids in effort to cut costs, Two bills seek to cap ERAF growth, Sheriff's Association agrees to change in COPS funding, Bill SB 107 (Natural Community Conservation Planning).
Letters in support of AB 3 and AB 100 capping ERAF growth will be sent to State legislators.
15.2 Copy of letter from Geoffrey S. Johnson to J. Michael Mullins, Sonoma County District Attorney - Renewed complaint alleging Brown Act violations concerning City Council's "Goal Setting Session."
15.3 Letter from Ing. Gustavo Elizondo Aguilar, El Presidente Municipal, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - requests the City donate or sell at a symbolic price, municipal equipment that the City may not need or may be about to replace.
15.4 Letter from John Rosenow, President, The National Arbor Day Foundation - Congratulates Santa Rosa on being named as a 2000 Tree City USA.
Hearing no further business, Mayor Martini adjourned the meeting at 8:52 p.m. in memory of Carolyn Lund. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on March 20, 2001, at a time to be set by the Mayor.