- Airport Land Use Commission: Appointed Steve Tate, Morgan
Hill. Term expires May, 2012.
- Announced one opening for Central County Cities (Milpitas
and Santa Clara) for the Recycling and Waste Commission. This appointment
will be made at the May City Selection Committee Meeting.
- Received a presentation from the American Chemistry
Council on plastic bags. Ryan Kenny urged the Board to consider a regional
approach that would incorporate multiple litter forms and not just plastic
- Received a presentation from the Health Trust on dental
health and the need for water fluoridation. Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa
Clara County Health Officer, stated Palo Alto is the only city where the
entire city receives fluoridated water. Having fluoridated water in all
cities would be a costly capital investment, but in the long-run, makes
health and fiscal sense. The Board asked that fluoridation cost estimates
be presented at a future meeting. (* = Subcommittee Leader)
- Policy Issues for 2009: David Casas reminded the Board of
the working committees.
- Green Building:
Kathleen King, Melinda Hamilton, Curtis Wright. (This Committee will be
working with the existing Green Building Collaborative that the Cities
Association has partnered with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group the
past two years.)
- Water Conservation: *Larry Klein, Kris
Wang, Ron Swegles
- ABAG Housing Allotments: *Dan Furtado, Joe
Pirzynski, David Casas, Pat Mahan
- Budget Reform: *Steve Tate, *Al Pinheiro,
Chuck Page, Margaret Abe-Koga
- Approach to Gangs: *Melina Hamilton,
- Solar Panel Permitting: Dave Knapp agreed
to the City Managers working on this policy priority.
- Policy Issue: Green Building Discussion: Shiloh Ballard,
SVLG, introduced Green Building Collaborative Members Linda LeZotte
(former San Jose Council Member), David Kaneda, (IDeAS and Cupertino
Planning Commission), and Jill Boone (Santa Clara County Climate Change
and Sustainability Manager), who would be participating in the discussion.
Shiloh stated the Phase Two recommendations focused on Baseline Compliance
Standards and Incentives. The Phase II recommendations are:
- Compliance Levels
- LEED Silver & Green Point Rated 50 (Build It Green
- Differentiation between “big” and “small”
- Verification: Two Approaches (Rationale = Concerns with
implications of requiring verification from an outside entity and
Concerns with City ability to dedicate resources)
- USGBC Certification
- City “In-House” Process
Feedback from Board to the Collaborative included:
Report what the costs of green building compliance and
certification would be to the homeowner and to the city. Costs to be broken
down by small, medium, and large residential homes and also remodels.
Is it possible to establish a Regioanl Evaluation Process where
cities have control of compliance and certification rather than outside
entities, i.e. LEED and USGBC?
Note: Presentation will be available shortly on the SCCCA website
under Presentation Downloads.
- A reminder that the Priority Focus committees will report
to the Board at the following Board Meetings:
- Green Building: March
- Water Conservation: May
- ABAG Housing Allocations: May
- Budget Reform: April
- Approach to Gangs: June
- April 9, 2009 will be the General Membership and
City Managers Meeting. All elected officials, including County Supervisors, and State and Federal Legislators are invited.
- Location: Cupertino Community Center at the Cupertino Civic Center
- Time: 6 – 9 pm; Price only $28 for dinner, dessert, and
Please spread the word about
the meeting and encourage your fellow council members to attend.
- City Managers Report: Dave
Knapp reported the city managers, due to declining revenues, have looked
at a two-tiered retirement cap for new employees that would be lower than
what is existing; discussed Disaster Awareness and that all employees are
disaster service workers; heard from Comcast on the their transition for
improvements; and the Silicon Valley Interoperability Project which is
important for fire, police, and disaster service workers.
- Betsy Shotwell updated the
Board on state finances and budget. She referred Board members to the
League’s latest version on guidelines and how to apply for stimulus
funds; and that the state bill deadline is next week.
- Dan Furtado reminded Board members the Great American
Litter Pick Up is April 25 this year and he encouraged each city to
participate. San Jose reported there is competition among council members
as to see who can recruit the most volunteers.
- Dan Furtado announced there has been a phone conversation
with our county’s delegation regarding housing allotment numbers. Both
Paul Fassinger, ABAG Senior Planner, and Henry Gardner, ABAG Executive
Director, will be attending the SCCCA May Board Meeting. This will be an
informative discussion and city staff are invited to attend the May
- Dolly Sandoval reported Cupertino will celebrate Earth Day
on April 19 and will celebrate the Mary Ave. Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge
Opening on April 30 at 3 pm. All are invited.
- Sam reported the San Jose City Hall has recently received
the distinction of being the 1st LEED Platinum City Hall in the
- Margaret Abe-Koga reported Mountain View received $2
million from the federal government for its Recycled Water Project. Also,
the Stevens Creek Trail Bridge will be opening later this year.
- Pete McHugh reported Milpitas celebrated the opening of a
new library that is connected with a grammar school in January and will
have the Ground Breaking for a new senior center on March 30.
- Melinda Hamilton reported that while she was channel
surfing, she came across a program on Parks and Recreation which may be of
interest. Contact Melinda for details.
- Joe Pirzynski reported Los Gatos is moving ahead with
plans for building a new library. Funds will come from RDA monies.
However, the project could be threatened by a citizen’s petition drive
that seeks voter approval for all large capital projects.
- Al Pinheiro reported there was a ribbon cutting recently
for the city’s new Dog Park. He invited everyone to the Gilroy Outlet
Stores and reported there is a new convenient connection between the two
parts of the development. Gilroy still has a budget deficit, its reserves
are down, and it recently had to release 48 employees.
- David Casas reported he is working on a committee with the
school district which has budget challenges. It’s very tough.