ANTIOCH CITY COUNCIL
ANTIOCH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
July 25, 2000
7:00 P.M., Council Chambers
Mayor Rocha called the meeting to order at 7:04 P.M., welcoming the delegates from Japan in attendance this evening. City Clerk Martin called the roll.
Present: Council Members Freitas, Davis, Soliz and Mayor Rocha
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Pro Tem Davis led the Council and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
YOUTH VOTE 2000, October 10 - 26, 2000
SISTER CITY DAY, July 25 - August 6, 2000
On motion by Council Member Freitas, seconded by Council Member Soliz, the Council unanimously approved the proclamations.
Mayor Rocha stated the Proclamation for Youth Vote 2000 would be mailed to the Contra Costa Countywide Youth Commission.
Mayor Rocha stated she was truly happy to have the delegates from Japan visiting the City and was pleased they could attend the meeting. Council Member Davis presented the Proclamation to Masao Sakurai, proclaiming July 25 B August 6, 2000, as Sister City Days. The delegates introduced themselves and thanked the City for the Proclamation.
DAVID CHURCH - Winner of the California-Hawaii Elks Association Essay Contest "WHY WE SHOULD HONOR OUR FLAG"
Council Member Soliz presented David Church with a certificate and pin. David Church then read his speech, "Why We Should Honor Our Flag." City Manager Ramsey, with Council's concurrence, noted they would reprint the speech and place it in the display case of the entryway of City Hall.
ANTHONY DANIELS - ANTIOCH POSTMASTER
Mayor Rocha presented Mr. Daniels with a recognition presentation as Antioch Postmaster. Mr. Daniels thanked the Council for the presentation.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF CIVIC AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
Roger Henry, Chairman of the Antioch Multi-Cultural Awareness Foundation, gave an update on the Foundation=s activities. He thanked Rudy Fernandez and the Philippine American Community for participating on the float for the Fourth of July celebration. He requested the community's assistance for the Christmas Celebration event adding anyone wishing to participate could contact him or City Manager Ramsey.
Jean Kuberra discussed a recent Contra Costa Times column regarding the Clinton Administration's use and misuse of federal powers.
Susan Davis, speaking on behalf of Sister City Organization, announced a membership drive with applications available at all associated events, and provided the community with a contact number.
Council Member Davis invited the community to the welcome dinner planned for the Sister City Delegation at Humphrey's on July 27, 2000, and provided the community with contact numbers.
Mayor Rocha announced the Delta Advocacy Foundation Family Fun Fair event scheduled for August 5, 2000, at Roddy Ranch.
COUNCIL REGULAR AGENDA
INTERIM URGENCY ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING GROWTH RATE LIMITATIONS ON UNENTITLED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS DURING STUDY PERIOD (MEASURE 'U')
Community Development Deputy Director Carniglia presented the staff report dated July 17, 2000, recommending adoption of the interim Urgency Ordinance.
In response to Council Member Soliz' questions regarding letters referencing the court cases of Nolan and Dolan, City Attorney Galstan felt there was nothing to prevent the City from moving forward with the Ordinance.
Community Development Deputy Director Carniglia clarified the Council's primary focus would be on policies #10 and #11 of the interim Ordinance.
Mayor Rocha opened the floor to public comment.
Merle Gilliland, Richland Development Corporation, questioned whether or not this Ordinance was applicable to FUA #1. He voiced his objections to the Ordinance saying it did not provide appropriate credits for job creation.
In response to Mr. Gilliland, Community Development Deputy Director Carniglia stated this Ordinance, as written, would apply to FUA #1. Mr. Gilliland requested a continuance of Section #5 regarding job creation, adding Richland felt it was flawed.
Referencing a letter received by the Council and staff, Paul Campos, General Counsel for Home Builders Association, reiterated their opposition to Section #5 regarding job creation. He urged the Council to consider removing Section #5 of the Ordinance and addressing the jobs issue in the individual planning process.
Linda Hagen requested information on when the calendar year would start for the housing unit cap and what effect the cap would have on bond financing and Mello Roos.
Community Development Deputy Director Carniglia stated Southeast Antioch was exempt from the Ordinance and the existing Mello Roos would be affected. He further explained this Ordinance would provide a benchmark and methodology for allocations, noting a section could be added to the Ordinance later regarding an annual review with a report back to Council.
Thomas McNell voiced his opposition to the Ordinance noting he felt it would provide unlimited growth in the City. He suggested Council work out the details of the Ordinance before they consider approving it.
Roger Henry stated from a legal standpoint the City could not impose conditions on pre-existing development agreements. He urged the Council to stand up to the developers and approve this amendment.
Jean Kuberra stated Measure "U" did not address the job/housing nexus and she did not feel it was the legal responsibility of the developer to provide jobs.
Discussion ensued regarding the necessity to create a nexus for the job/housing imbalance, with City Attorney Galstan noting the underlying theory and bases of the Ordinance were existing public facilities deemed inadequate for continued public service. Council Member Soliz expressed his concern regarding the City's inability to develop economically. He added future Councils would have the ability to make exceptions to these conditions, and therefore address these concerns. City Manager Ramsey stated the solution was job creation and this Ordinance would give developers a chance to look at some options to engage in a partnership that helps jobs be created.
ORDINANCE NO. 975-C-S
On motion by Council Member Freitas, seconded by Council Member Davis, the Council unanimously approved the interim Urgency Ordinance establishing growth rate limitations on unentitled residential development establishing regulations during study period.
Mayor Rocha declared a recess at 8:52 P.M. The meeting reconvened at 9:04 P.M. with all members present.
ORAL REPORT ON BOARD OF SUPERVISOR'S DISCUSSIONS REGARDING THE URBAN LIMIT LINE SCHEDULED FOR JULY 24 AND 25, 2000
City Manager Ramsey gave a synopsis of the comments he had received characterizing the position of the Board of Supervisors regarding the consideration of an alternate map, narrowing the scope of land eligible for development. He noted the recommendation by the Board of Supervisors would eliminate both the Roddy Ranch and Ginnochio property from within the Urban Limit Line (ULL). He stated it was possible LAFCO could take the Roddy project under consideration and the City could go back to them to proceed. He suggested the Council convene in Closed Session to discuss alternatives. He thanked those who spent time at the Board of Supervisors meeting to support the community.
Community Development Deputy Director Carniglia discussed the action taken by the Board of Supervisors regarding alternative plans for Pittsburg and Brentwood.
Martha Henry commended Mr. Ramsey on his presentation of Antioch's proposal to the Board of Supervisors.
Council Member Soliz stated he felt the Board of Supervisors used this issue as a campaign platform statement and suggested the Council schedule a Closed Session hearing prior to the next Council meeting to look at legal ramifications and options to pursue.
On motion by Council Member Freitas, seconded by Council Member Davis, the Council unanimously received and filed the report.
REPORT ON DEVELOPMENT IMPACTS TO CITY WATER RESERVOIR
Public Works Director Brandt presented the staff report dated July 19, 2000, recommending the Council receive and file the report.
On motion by Council Member Freitas, seconded by Council Member Soliz, the Council unanimously received and filed the report.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES RELATED TO UPCOMING LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING BALLOT
City Manager Ramsey presented the staff report dated July 20, 2000 recommending the Council authorize the City Engineer to issue a Request For Proposal for professional services to assist City staff in preparation for the FY 2001 Proposition 218 Lighting and Landscape ballot.
Jim Kyle, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, suggested the Council consider forming a single district with a single fee for equality to all Antioch residents.
On motion by Council Member Freitas, seconded by Council Member Davis, the Council unanimously authorized the City Engineer to issue a Request for Proposal for professional services to assist City staff in preparing the FY 2001 Proposition 218 Lighting and Landscape Ballot.
ORAL REPORT ON COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT INTERESTS ALONG THE LONE TREE WAY CORRIDOR
City Manager Ramsey gave a brief report on the current economic development interest along the Lone Tree Way corridor. He stated he had numerous meetings with major, national commercial development firms and gave examples of companies expressing an interest to locate in Antioch. He noted companies have discussed the need for executive housing within Antioch, which plays a part in the decision of whether or not to relocate to Antioch.
On motion by Council Member Soliz, seconded by Council Member Davis, the Council unanimously received and filed the report.
LEGISLATION AND ADVOCACY
AB 799 LAND USE PLANNING; PUBLIC TRANSIT
City Attorney Galstan presented a summery of AB 799, stating Assemblyman Torlakson's office is working with the California League of Cities to resolve some concerns on the Bill and would contact the City when they had reached an agreement with the League.
On motion by Council Member Davis, seconded by Council Member Soliz, the Council unanimously deferred taking a position on the Bill until amendments are proposed.
COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR
APPROVAL OF COUNCIL MINUTES: June 13 and 27, 2000
APPROVAL OF COUNCIL WARRANTS
REJECTION OF CLAIM: MARK FOX, 99-1141
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS FOR INSTALLATION OF A TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT THE INTERSECTION OF DELTA FAIR BOULEVARD AND FAIRVIEW DRIVE (P.W. 636-2)
RESOLUTION NO. 2000/98 APPROVING FINAL MAP AND IMPROVEMENT PLANS AND RESOLUTION NO. 2000/99 ACCEPTING GRANT DEED FOR ONE FOOT (1') STRIP FOR BLACK DIAMOND KNOLLS SUBDIVISION, UNIT 20, (RICHLAND DEVELOPMENT/BLACK DIAMOND KNOLLS, LTD./SOUTH TERRA CORP.), TRACT NO. 8326 (P.W. 581-20)
RESOLUTION NO. 2000/100 AUTHORIZING AGREEMENT FOR ONE (1) GARAGE SALES OFFICE CONVERSION IN DIABLO WEST, UNIT 9 (RICHMOND AMERICAN HOMES), TRACT NO. 8314, LOT 758 (P.W. #579-9)
RESOLUTION NO. 2000/101 ACCEPTING IMPROVEMENTS FOR TERRACE GARDENS SUBDIVISION, (TERRACE DRIVE DEVELOPMENT, INC.), TRACT NO. 5582, (P.W. 488-1R)
RESOLUTION NO. 2000/102 APPROVING FINAL MAP AND IMPROVEMENT PLANS AND RESOLUTION NO. 2000/103 ACCEPTING GRANT DEEDS FOR ONE FOOT (1')STRIPS FOR MEADOW CREEK VILLAGE, UNIT 2, (MEADOW CREEK ESTATES), TRACT NO. 7947 (P.W. 569-2
ADOPTION OF POLICY REGARDING AUDIO VISUAL PRESENTATIONS AT COUNCIL MEETINGS
Council Member Soliz thanked staff and Council for raising the level of priority for the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Delta Fair Boulevard and Fairview Drive.
On motion by Council Member Freitas, seconded by Council Member Soliz, the Council unanimously approved the Consent Calendar.
Mayor Rocha adjourned to the Antioch Development Agency.
AGENCY CONSENT CALENDAR
APPROVAL OF AGENCY MINUTES: June 13 and 27, 2000
APPROVAL OF AGENCY WARRANTS
On motion by Agency Member Freitas, seconded by Agency Member Davis, the Agency unanimously approved the Agency Consent Calendar.
Council Member Soliz stated he had attended the groundbreaking for Schooners Micro-Brewery at Deer Valley Plaza and felt it would be a welcome addition to Antioch. He reported the Tri Delta Board had established transit service between Antioch and Livermore and urged those interested to contact Tri Delta. He requested an update on information regarding the Pittsburg Grant Application for Federal Economic Development dollars as a future agenda item.
Council Member Davis reported he had attended a Mello Roos Board Meeting with Council Member Soliz, noting Mr. Hooker was moving and had resigned as the President, adding Mr. Hooker had served the Board well and would be missed.
Mayor Rocha announced she had attended an event at St. John's Episcopal Church and presented a plaque honoring local resident Murney Bell who would be moving out of Antioch.
Mayor Rocha also reported she had met with Congresswoman Ellen Tausher, who had voiced her concern and support for local transportation issues. She added the Mayors' Conference would be meeting on August 3, 2000 to discuss an urgency issue she may be able to support.
Council Member Freitas urged discussion with Congresswoman Tausher include the issue of relief through the EIS process.
City Manager Ramsey reported he had officiated as a judge at the Tri Delta Transit Bus Rodeo, and complemented Jeanne Krieg and her staff for their proficiency.
With no further business, Mayor Rocha adjourned the meeting at 9:56 P.M., to the next regular meeting of August 8, 2000.
Respectfully Submitted: L. JOLENE MARTIN, City Clerk
Approved: MARY H. ROCHA, Mayor
Attest: L. JOLENE MARTIN, City Clerk