April 27, 2005
Present: Sally Mullen, Derrick Castillo, Donna Zapata, Ai-Chu Wu, Lettica Romero, Paul McKairnes, David Johnson, Anne Hudgins, Mike Behler, Bonnie Hasenbeck, Sam Rosales, Benita Kimball, Lee Dibble, Chris Carrieri, Cassie Beldon
Excused: Don Taylor, Nancy Wang, Monica Baldenegro
Staff: Pat Fruiht, Lisa Kranz-Mueller
Chairperson Sally Mullen called the meeting to order. There were no personal appearances.
Corrections: Anne and Alby both attended the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and the Bicycle and Pedestrian group is a committee not a board.
HIGH RISE POLICY
Lisa Kranz-Mueller, representing Advance Planning, gave a short background on the recent discussion in front of Council regarding whether to allow buildings higher than 10 stories in the downtown. She shared that Council had decided to maintain the General Plan policy of the 10 story limit for now. There is also a discussion going on among Planning Commission, Design Review Board, City Council and the Downtown Committee regarding the "mid-rise" policy. This policy would have a "step-down" from 10 stories to seven to five as it goes closer to the residential neighborhoods.
Members of CAB expressed the following concerns:
Impact on small businesses
Cost of services vs. revenue
Impact on historic areas
Higher vacancy rates
Change from the historic downtown feel to an urban feel
The lack of broad community input on the process to date
There is a joint meeting in May of Design Review Board and Planning Commission.
ACTION: Get colored map being used as part of the mid-rise policy to CAB members
ACTION: Sally/Pat will develop a letter to Maureen Rich about concerns and request for a "profile" view of what it would look like.
ACTION: CAB would like a copy of the high rise policy.
Technology: Has not met.
Gangs: Derrick met with Scott Swanson and Ernie Oliveras about Cinco de Mayo planning for potential problems at the event on May 1.
Environment: Meets May 17 -
Dave Johnson attended the Climate Protection meeting and was impressed with the variety of activities and programs going on around this issue.
Ai-Chu attended a meeting with the Water Agency about water saving landscaping.
Economic Development: Meets May 16
Downtown: No meeting
Diversity: There was a draft work plan submitted for the subcommittee and there were several ideas that CAB might want to be involved with.
Traffic: Looking at Street Smart program from
Budget/Infrastructure: No meeting
Neighborhood Safety: No meeting
AREA REP REPORTS
Chris shared that
Derrick noted that there was a recent public hearing in
ACTION: Notify department heads that a suggestion from CAB is when there is a public meeting in a predominately Spanish speaking neighborhood the notification signs should also be in Spanish.
Bonnie shared that she, along with a number of CAB members, has been following the "
Donna is doing a monthly column in La Voz on a person or group of the month and wants to feature CAB at some point. She asked for CAB members help in identifying individuals or groups that deserve notice.
Anne stated that Friends of Smart and the Leadership Institute for Ecology and Economy has tours of public transportation in the Bay Area that are very educational. The next one is scheduled for May 12 and she urged CAB members to attend on if they were interested. She also suggested that the Cultivating Community brochure needs to be updated and brought back for discussion at a future CAB meeting.
Benita shared that she is moving to
The CAB expressed their appreciation for her forthrightness and stated that it was definitely
Cassie mentioned the May 5 Mayors Prayer breakfast.
Letticia encouraged CAB to attend a meeting on May 24 at CAP on a 20-minute video about race.
Sally indicated that she hoped CAB would help identify Merit Award recipients for this year.
Pat reported that she will be making a quarterly report to Council on attendance so Council Members will be seeing who is attending the meetings on a regular basis.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.