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February 1, 2011 > City of Newark

City of Newark

January 27, 2011

Presentations and Proclamations:
Extend the Conditional Use Permit for operation of farmers' market operated by Agricultural Institute of Marin in NewPark Mall parking lot for an additional year.

Waive application fee for farmers' market operator.

Approve weed abatement contract work in 2010 by Jensen Landscape Services, Inc. allowing release of bonds for such work.

Authorize Mayor to sign agreement between City and Cargill, Inc. to extend use of land near Willow Street for police range use ending December 31, 2011.

Presentation of employees:
Mayor Smith introduced Alameda County firefighters as "part of the Newark family." He noted that the City has a long tradition of introducing newly hired or promoted employees at City Council meetings. Newark consolidated its Fire Department with Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) last year. ACFD employees were introduced at the City Council meeting: Administrative Services Director P. Steven Pendleton, Fire Marshal Bonnie Terra, Deputy Fire Marshal Holly Guier, Battalion Chief Terence Carey, and Battalion Chief Kris Kerstetter.

Council Matters:
Reappointment of Newark representatives Mark Gonzales and Eric Hentschke to Dumbarton Rail Corridor Policy Advisory Committee. No alternate representative will be appointed at this time due to inactivity of this committee.

Oral Communications:
Mayor Smith commented on his recent attendance at the Council of Mayors in Washington, D.C. Highlights of his visit included discussions of the jeopardy of Community Development Block Grant funds, a visit to the White House including a meeting with President Obama, Jobs, Education and Workforce Committee, Community Development Advisory Committee and an invitation to Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Lisa Jackson to visit Newark, home to the "greenest college in the world." He also noted that in meetings with leading private enterprise companies, a need was expressed for more educated employees. There is a problem with the delivery of education. Smith said, "It's not just about funding, it's about commitment."

Open Council Meeting was adjourned to a closed session to discuss litigation matters

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