- Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission: 2 appointments:
- Central County (Santa Clara, Milpitas) – Re-appointed
Jamie McLeod, Santa Clara, from Member-at-Large seat to Central County
seat. Term expires July 2011. (Jamie volunteered to transfer seats in
order to allow other cities to consider having the Member-at-Large seat.)
- Member-at-Large – Appointed Curtis Wright, Monte
Sereno. Term expires January 2011.
- Kris Wang reminded board members to forward the Green
Building Collaborative Phase II recommendations to their individual cities
for adoption. The recommendations can be found on the SCCCA website at http://www.sccca.gov/Presentations/Presentation%20Downloads.htm.
- Dan Furtado presented an update on ABAG housing allotment
and discussed the effects of SB 375 (Steinburg) on the development of RHNA
numbers if passed. The bill was heavily worked on by the League of CA
Cities to make it more acceptable and doable by cities. The RHNA number
will be governed by its ability to assist SB 375 and the reduction of
green house gas emissions from automobiles.
- David Knapp and Clinton Brownley presented the new universal
solar permit for Santa Clara County. Through a process of verification and
feedback with the CMA, the Cities Association, the County, and the
Building Managers, a universal solar panel permit was developed so that
all cities within Santa Clara County can complete one form when applying for
permission to build solar panels. It is the responsibility of the City
Managers to ensure that the permit is used by sending it out to all cities
and requesting that all cities use the same form. The permit can be found
on the website at http://www.sccca.gov/Packet/Board.htm
- Rod Diridon, California High-Speed Rail Authority
discussed the High-Speed Rail Project and the concern that the status of
the project on the Peninsula (San Jose to San Francisco) is in jeopardy.
The corridor of San Jose to San Francisco has a good flow chart schedule
of all the corridors in the state; however it may not be developed if
unable to attain the ARRA funds ($8 billion). Legal petitions are slowing
down progress of the project. He asked the Cities Association to
encourage ongoing study so that the contract deadline can be met by
September 2012. He pointed out that this project is also a large source
of employment for construction workers and it would have devastating
effects on the current 11% unemployment rate.
- Dave Anderson (City Manager, Saratoga) and Dan Rich (City
Manager, Campbell) of the Santa Clara County Cities Managers Association
(SCCCMA or CMA) presented a joint policy statement agreed upon by Santa
Clara County CMA and San Mateo County CMA. The statement addresses the
issue of pension reform and rising retirement costs and recommends that
all cities work together to reduce pension costs by adopting a two-tier
system. The board unanimously adopted the policy statement. The CMA
agreed to return with more information for the following items:
Two cities in San Mateo County have already adopted the two-tier
system: Brisbane and San Carlos. The board would like to hear about their
progress and experiences with implementation.
The possibility of all cities collectively negotiating with the
The CMA will develop separate talking points for three
audiences: employees, the community, and union leadership. Melinda Hamilton and
Chuck Page agreed to collaborate with the CMA in developing these talking
With the board’s approval, SCCCMA
plans to go to the League of Cities Peninsula Division with the same proposal.
The policy statement is available on the website at http://www.sccca.gov/Packet/Board.htm
- Dan Furtado, Campbell, Legislative Action Chair, reported
on four bills that could have significant impact on our cities: ACA 9, SCA
6, SB 406, and SB 279.
- The Nominating Committee 2009 includes Kris Wang, Dave
Casas, and Kathleen King. If anyone from the board is interested in
serving on the Executive Board, email Kris Wang. Recommendations will be
presented for approval in November.
- CSC Report: Jamie McLeod, Santa Clara, City Selection
Committee Appointee and Chair of the Recycling and Waste Reduction
Commission, reported on the district’s final recommendations for banning
single use plastic bags. The recommendations include:
- A ban on single use plastic bags for all retailers
- A fee for use of plastic bags for all retailers
- Exemption applies to non-profit and re-use organizations,
e.g. Goodwill, Salvation Army
- Enactment date: November 1, 2009 to be effective April
21, 2010, which is Earth Day.
- Sam Liccardo (San Jose) reported that Council Members Chu,
Chirco, Campos, and he have proposed to ban both plastic and paper bags
for all retailers; an exemption is made for high-recycle content paper.
Seven Council Members supported the ban in committee. It will go to full
council on October 22nd at 1:30 pm. The staff and policy recommendation
memos are available on the website at http://www.sccca.gov/Packet/Board.htm
- David Knapp, Cupertino City Manager, reported the managers
discussed the pension policy statement, Ambulance RFP, removing the cap of
$4.5 million dollars as an amount that can be recovered by cities, and
Next Generation Programs to encourage people to get into city government,
e.g. speed coaching.
- Betsy Shotwell, San Jose, updated the Board by providing
the League of CA Cities Newsletter because it had significant information
regarding how the Legislature is trying to structure the borrowing of the
Prop 1A money. There will be more bills to report on at the next meeting
because many bills are on the floor right now and legislative session is
coming to a close.
Joys and Challenges:
- Number of new businesses opening: Melinda Hamilton
reported Target in Sunnyvale, and Kris Wang reported TGIF in Cupertino.
- Melinda Hamilton reported the downtown pit went into
foreclosure last week.
- Chuck Page reported that Saratoga
Council passed a new electronics communications policy about texting and
emailing during council meetings. Personal emails can no longer be
subpoenaed in Saratoga.
- David Casas reported Los
Altos Council recently formed a Grants Committee and the Packard
Foundation has volunteered to train the three newly hired members.
- Cities are hosting upcoming fall events and Board members
invited all to attend.