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April 16, 2013 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

April 11, 2013

Presentations and Proclamations:
Proclaim April 11, 2013 as Arbor Day in Newark. A tree-planting ceremony was held prior to the meeting. An Afghan Pine tree was planted adjacent to the civic parking lot. The City has been named a "Tree City USA" for the 26th consecutive year by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Maintenance Supervisor Sue Carey accepted the proclamation at the Council meeting.

Public Hearings:
Change pawn and secondhand stores from permitted to conditional uses
Consider any owner objections to Weed Abatement Program - no objections

Authorize application for Alcoholic Beverage Control grant
Accept bid and award contract for Rosas Brothers Construction at $167,561.70 for curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement

Removed from Consent:
Second reading of ordinance prohibiting aggressive panhandling. Public comment: pro - safety of citizens from threatening behavior; against - City should concentrate of solving roots of poverty, not restricting freedom

Report on anticipated election costs if Newark remains on odd year election schedule. Since election costs are based on the number of districts/cities sharing costs and other cities (Livermore & Emeryville) using odd year election cycles have changed to even year elections, Newark would pay the entire cost of holding elections using the current cycle. The cost differential would be approximately an additional $115,000. Election costs would decline if shared with additional cities and jurisdictions using an even year cycle.

If a change is desired, time is necessary to prepare the change, elicit approval from the County Board of Supervisors and inform voters. Formal action from the Council is necessary by May 9, 2013.

Following public comment and council discussion, Staff was directed to prepare documentation and return to Council with resolution necessary to change Newark elections to an even year cycle using a November election date. It was decided that although a June cycle is possible, changes at the State level could modify the primary election date and create problems for City election timing - and costs.

Under the proposed scenario, 2013 elections would not be held. Terms of Mayor Nagy, Vice Mayor Apodaca and Councilmember Marshall would be extended until 2014 and Councilmembers Freitas and Collazo's terms would expire in 2016. The next regular election for Newark Council will be held November 2014.

City Council Matters:
Approve summer meeting recess during the month of August

Closed Session:
Consider anticipated litigation - two cases

Mayor Alan Nagy Aye
Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca Aye
Luis Freitas Aye
Maria "Sucy" Collazo Aye
Robert Marshall Aye

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