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June 7, 2011 > Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council

May 31, 2011

Recognized Salvation Army Hayward Corps' 86 years of service.

Work Session
Update on Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) for single-family homes.

Consent
Approved park-in-lieu fee request for $308,912.04 for FY 2011 from Hayward Area Park and Recreation District - $113,454.35 for accessibility upgrades at Weeks Community Center; $75,457.69 for improvements at Eden Greenway Kaboom Play Area; $120,000 for accessibility upgrades at the Southgate Community Center.

Modified Preferential Residential Permit Parking Program replacing the one-time fee with a biennial fee of $50 for a maximum of two permits per residence and updated Master Fee Schedule.

Opposed AB 506 (Wieckowski) Local Government Bankruptcy which requires local public entities to enter into mediation administered by and receive certification from the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission to be able to exercise powers available to them under Federal bankruptcy laws.

Supported S.781 (Feinstein) Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act which will remove the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and repeal the tariff on imported ethanol.

Revised Municipal Code to reflect changes to federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Staff will provide Council with an annual Employee Demographic Profile Report for review.

Public Hearing
Administrative use permit for a hazardous and non-hazardous materials transfer facility at 30989 San Clemente St., categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act guidelines.

Increased drop-flag rate to $3 and per mile rate to $2.60 for Hayward taxi cabs.

Legislative Business
Adopted a resolution of intent to amend the city's contract with CalPERS for police and fire personnel. Employees have agreed to concessions by covering part of the employer's contribution towards retirement benefits. In FY2012, police employees' contributions of 3 percent will save the city $745,000; similarly, an extra annual 6 percent contribution in FY 2012 and FY 2013 by firefighters will save $987,000 in FY 2012.

Reaffirmed current and long-term fiscal emergency faced by City of Hayward.

Public Comment
Flo Samuels and Heather Reyes complained about poor outreach for the RECO, suggested improvements and want an ordinance that makes energy-efficiency improvements voluntary. Mayor Sweeney responded that a RECO would not be mandatory.

Tom Silva, Rental Housing Owners Association of Southern Alameda County, supports a voluntary RECO and development of a voluntary Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO) ordinance for multi-family residences and commercial properties, given the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as per AB 32 and SB 375.

David Stark, Bay East Association of Realtors, supports promotion of energy-efficiency improvements and a voluntary RECO. He encouraged close working relationships between the city and homeowners and real estate professionals to make homes more efficient.

Doug Ligibel spoke about property values. His Downtown neighborhood in the vicinity of City Hall has eight new foreclosures. The impact on property tax revenue creates budget issues for the city. He expressed concern at the loss of eight sworn police officers through attrition/retirement and the impact on public safety.

Jim Drake reiterated his concern about safety issues associated with the Route 238 Corridor Improvement project.

Charlie Peters, Clean Air Performance Professionals, spoke of Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (PZEVs), a category of low-emission vehicles created in California with the California Air Resources Board's agreement so that car manufacturers could postpone production of mandated zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), which will require production of electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. According to Peters, many are unaware PZEVs have a 15-year, or at least 150,000-mile, warranty. Not only will this reduce ownership costs, PZEVs could reduce daily emissions by 2,000 tons.

Omar Pacheco and Tatiana Tendencia thanked Councilmen Henson and Zermeno for their donations which helped Hayward PD Explorers attend the State Police Explorers Academy/Conference in San Diego where they were awarded the gold medal for Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigation They will attend the 21011 Nationals in June in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Yes
Olden Henson - Yes
Marvin Peixoto - Yes
Bill Quirk - Yes
Mark Salinas - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes

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