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March 24, 2010 > City of Milpitas

City of Milpitas

March 16, 2010

Mayor Livengood reminded all residents to mail in their Census 2010 forms.

Mayor Livengood presented a proclamation to Pilar Furlong, Vice President of Public Support for the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter, proclaiming March 2010 as Red Cross Month.

Consent Calendar
Appointed Antonio Pablo Jr. (term expires Aug 2011) and Christine Sanchez as Alternate No. 1 (term expires Aug 2010) to the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC).

Amended BPAC by-laws to allow for members and alternates to be employees who work in Milpitas, omitting the months BPAC will meet and committing to six meetings per year, without specifying the months.

Adopted a resolution to participate in Santa Clara County's "Retrofit Bay Area" Program, an Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) program in partnership with The Santa Clara County Residential Retrofit Program.

Supported the Department of Transportation's Community-Based Transportation Planning Fiscal Year 2010-11 grant application for the Dixon Landing Rd. Plan Line Study. It considers widening of Dixon Landing Rd. from four to six lanes, with new bicycle lanes and continuous sidewalks on both sides of Dixon Landing Rd., providing improved pedestrian and bicycle safety particularly at the at-grade Union Pacific railroad crossing and future BART crossing. The city is requesting $150,000 with a city local-match of $75,000. Grant awards will be made in July 2010.

Established the fair market value of an acre of land to be $2,003,760 to calculate park in-lieu fees, as per a city-contracted appraisal report dated January 29, 2010 by Smith & Associates, for residential developments that do not dedicate the amount of public parkland required by city ordinance.

Public Hearings
Amended the Municipal Code to streamline Planning and Entertainment Event Processes and created a Recreation and Entertainment Overlay District to properties west of I-880 to help attract visitors to the area and surrounding retail businesses and diversify the city's economic base. The proposal combines the entertainment event review processes and other procedures into the Zoning Code for a streamlined process. The amendment also changes the review process of certain businesses from being conditionally permitted to being allowed by right, reducing the review time and cost to open such businesses in the city.

Police Chief Dennis Graham presented an update for the "Every 15 Minutes" two-day event at Milpitas High School on May 12 and 13. This project is a response to Mayor Livengood's desire to develop a plan to help combat teen drinking and drunken driving.

Received the monthly economic development report from Economic Development Manager Diana Barnhart regarding updates on the CaliforniaFIRST Energy Efficiency Program, business outreach efforts, business development classes, changes regarding the Redevelopment Agency, efforts to persuade Google to build their fiber optic network in Milpitas, the proposed Conference Center and freeway signs.

Received a report and recommendations from the Revenue/Expenditure Task Force and voted to continue discussion at future date. The Task Force, a nine-member panel, was created to recommend a plan that balances the city's General Fund budget by FY 2012-13. The Task Force developed a three prong approach that includes revenue generation with utility and sales taxes, employee concessions and a combination of program elimination for programs without 100 percent cost recovery, coupled with economic recovery. It also recommended the City Manager renegotiate Memorandum of Understanding provisions with various unions with implementation beginning in FY 2010-11 budget; and study the feasibility of placing a Utility User Tax or 0.25 percent Sales Tax increase on the 2011 ballot.

Public Forum
Kim Firm, Director of 2-1-1 for Santa Clara County provided an update on the service, which provides non-emergency community, health and disaster information in Santa Clara County.

Rancho Milpitas Middle School Vice Principal Tony Frascone and PTSA Treasurer Kumi Lingle announced the Rancho Milpitas Fundraiser Casino Night, April 9, 2010 at Summitpointe Golf Club.

Frank De Smidt announced the following: the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Saturday, March 20 (Milpitas Rotary Club); a job fair at the Milpitas Community Center on Wednesday, March 24 at 4 p.m. (Chamber of Commerce); the Chamber is starting the search process for a Business Person of the Year and will host a golf tournament on Friday, May 7 at Spring Valley Golf Club.

Mayor Bob Livengood - Yes
Vice-Mayor Pete McHugh - Yes
Debbie Giordano - Yes
Armando Gomez - Yes
Althea Polanski - Yes

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