Legislation

Pronouncement of May 15th, 2019 as a Day of Bloody Thursday Remembrance and Commemoration of People’s Park

From: Councilmembers Robinson, Harrison, and Davila

Adopt a Resolution pronouncing May 15th, 2019, as a Day of Bloody Thursday Remembrance, on which the People of Berkeley and the world may reflect upon the continuing history of the People’s Park and its significance for our present society.

Camp Kesem Berkeley’s Annual Fundraising Gala

Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Fund

From: Councilmembers Robinson and Davila

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $150 per Councilmember including $150 from Councilmember Robinson, to Camp Kesem Berkeley for their Annual Fundraising Gala to fund summer camp for children whose parents have cancer, with funds relinquished to the City’s general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Robinson and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

Hold a Series of Public Outreach and Educational Meetings Regarding Electrification

Referral to the Energy Commission

From: Councilmembers Harrison, Davila, Robinson, and Hahn

Refer to Berkeley’s Energy Commission to hold four separate special public outreach and educational meetings regarding electrification in new buildings:

  1. A meeting with community members;
  2. A meeting with building professionals and labor (buildings trades, contractors, architects, engineers etc.);
  3. A meeting with affordable housing developers;
  4. A meeting with market-rate developers.

Use of Gender Neutral Language in City Documents

From: Councilmember Robinson

Refer to the City Manager to:

  1. Develop and return to Council with a procedural and financial plan to modify all appropriate City forms to include an optional field for personal gender pronouns (she/her, he/him, they/them, and space to specify other).
  2. Develop and return to Council with a procedural and financial plan to revise the Berkeley Municipal Code to replace all instances of gendered pronouns with the singular “they,” and amend Sections 1.04.020, 4.36.110, 4.38.110, 4.39.110, and 11.08.050 regarding grammatical interpretation to indicate that whenever a gender neutral personal pronoun is used, it shall be deemed to include the feminine and masculine also.

Good Food Purchasing Program Resolution

From: Councilmember Hahn, Mayor Arreguin, and Councilmembers Davila and Robinson

Adopt a resolution in support of the Good Food Purchasing Program’s core values and join San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and Chicago as one of the first five cities nationwide to become a Good Food Purchasing partner, and refer to the City Manager to incorporate over time the vision and standards of the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) into City of Berkeley food purchasing practices.

Support a Green New Deal

From: Mayor Arreguin, and Councilmembers Davila, Harrison, and Robinson

Adopt a Resolution supporting the development of a Green New Deal, a federal economic stimulus program to address climate change and transform the economy. Send a copy of the Resolution to U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Governor Gavin Newsom.

An Action Plan for Greening the City of Berkeley Fleet of Vehicles

From: Councilmembers Wengraf, Harrison, Robinson and Mayor Arreguin

Request the City Manager and Department of Public Works collaborate to create an Action Plan (“plan”), by June 2020, to aggressively accelerate the implementation of the electrification of the City’s municipal fleet and phase out fossil fuel use in municipal vehicles by 2030 with consideration of an earlier transition for light-duty passenger vehicles. The Plan should include an evaluation of the City’s current fleet and an analysis of opportunities for transitioning to a fleet of fossil fuel free vehicles, as soon as the technology can safely meet operational needs. An update on our progress should be reported to City Council as an information item every six months.

In the interim, the City Manager is asked to explain criteria used to purchase fossil fuel vehicles in all future staff items related to vehicle purchases with Council.

Proclamation in Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

From: Councilmembers Wengraf, Robinson, and Hahn, and Mayor Arreguin

Adopt the Holocaust Remembrance Day Proclamation for the 17th annual Holocaust Remembrance Day program.

Refer to the Planning Commission an amendment to BMC Chapter 23C.12.020 (Inclusionary Housing Requirements - Applicability of Regulations) and the Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee Resolution

Close a Loophole for Avoiding the Mitigation Fee through Property Line Manipulation

From: Councilmembers Harrison, Robinson, and Hahn

Refer to the Planning Commission an amendment to BMC Section 23C.12.020 (Inclusionary Housing Requirements - Applicability of Regulations) to close a loophole allowing prospective project applicants to avoid inclusionary affordable housing requirements for owner occupied projects by modifying property lines so that no lot is large enough to construct five or more units. Adopt an updated resolution pursuant to BMC 22.20.065 (Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee) addressing the same issue for rental projects.

Budget Referral: Increase Staffing Level of Transportation Division to Expedite City’s Vision Zero Goal

From: Councilmembers Bartlett, Droste, and Robinson

That the Council adds six permanent positions to the Transportation Division as part of the city’s fiscal year 2020-2021 biennial budget by referring $1,433,310.40 to the budget process to fund these positions; the total cost of salaries without benefits is 863,440; the total cost of benefits alone is 569,870.40. These positions should include 4 Engineers, a permanent Senior Planner (to coordinate Vision Zero), and an Administrative Professional. The Transportation Division needs increased staff capacity to deliver funded capital projects and work towards the City’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatal and severe injury collisions.

Budget Referral: Missing Middle Housing Report

From: Councilmembers Droste, Bartlett, Kesarwani, and Robinson

Refer to the budget process $125,000 for consultant costs to complete the Missing Middle Housing Report, which was passed by City Council on April 23, 2019.

Missing Middle Report

From: Councilmembers Droste, Bartlett, Robinson and Kesarwani

Refer to the City Manager to bring back to Council a report of potential revisions to the zoning code to foster a broader range of housing types across Berkeley, particularly missing middle housing types (duplexes, triplexes/fourplexes, courtyard apartments, bungalow courts, townhouses, etc.), in areas with access to essential components of livability like parks, schools, employment, transit, and other services.
Report should include, but is not limited to:

  • Identifying where missing middle housing is optimal/should be permitted. -Allowing the possibility of existing houses/footprints/zoning envelopes to be divided up to 4 units. -Excluding very high fire severity zones as defined by the CalFire and/or the City of Berkeley.
  • Considering form-based zoning as a potential strategy.
  • Creating incentives to maintain family-friendly housing stock while adding more diversity and range of smaller units.
  • Creating incentives for building more than one unit on larger than average lots.
  • Provision of tenant protections, demolition controls, and no net loss provisions.

Opposition to Eliminating Settlement Conferences for Unlawful Detainer Cases

From: Mayor Arreguin, and Councilmembers Bartlett, Harrison, and Robinson

Adopt a Resolution urging the Alameda County Superior Court to rescind its proposal to eliminate settlement conferences for half of all unlawful detainer cases. Send a copy of the Resolution to the Presiding Judge of the Alameda County Superior Court.

Oppose AB-1356 Cannabis: local jurisdictions: retail commercial cannabis activity (Ting)

From: Councilmembers Wengraf, Hahn, Robinson, and Mayor Arreguin

Adopt a resolution in opposition to AB 1356 to Assemblymember Philip Ting with copies to the Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Senator Nancy Skinner and Governor Gavin Newsom.

Budget Referral: Paid Internship Program for Interns of City of Berkeley Councilmembers

From: Councilmembers Robinson and Bartlett

Refer to the budget process to consider an office allowance which would provide stipends to City of Berkeley interns.

Resolution in Support of a Public Bank

From: Councilmembers Harrison, Davila, and Robinson, and Mayor Arreguin

Adopt a resolution affirming Berkeley’s support for public banking and send that resolution to Governor Newsom, Senator Skinner, and Assembymember Wicks urging state legislation to enable local agencies to create public banks.

Referral: Report on Public Realm Pedestrianization Opportunities

From: Councilmembers Robinson and Hahn

Refer to the Transportation Commission to generate a report on potential public realm pedestrianization opportunities in Berkeley.

Consider Reforming the Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee

Referral to the City Manager and the Housing Advisory Commission

From: Councilmembers Robinson and Hahn, Mayor Arreguin, and Councilmember Droste

Refer to the City Manager, the Planning Commission, and the Housing Advisory Commission to consider possible reforms to the Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee, including adopting a per-square-foot fee structure, potentially on a geographic basis.

Berkeley World Music Festival: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Fund

From: Councilmembers Robinson and Davila

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $250 from Councilmember Robinson, to the Berkeley World Music Festival to assist with payment to artist fees, with funds relinquished to the City’s general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Robinson and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds: 'Post-Memory: A Decade of Art and Activism in Berkeley,' an art exhibit in honor of Zachary Cruz

From: Councilmembers Droste, Davila, and Robinson

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per sponsoring Councilmember, with funds relinquished from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Droste and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute. Funds would go to cover the costs of the art exhibit “Post-Memory: A Decade of Art and Activism in Berkeley” at UC Berkeley. 2019 marks the ten year anniversary of the death of Zachary Cruz who died from road violence on Berkeley streets. The art exhibit will honor Zachary and raise awareness about road safety and Vision Zero in Berkeley. Additional details about the exhibit are attached. Donations will go to A to Z Families for Safe Streets, c/o Los Angeles Walks, 830 Traction Ave 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

The Suitcase Clinic: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Fund

From: Councilmembers Robinson, Harrison, Hahn, and Davila

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $500 per Councilmember including $250 from Councilmember Robinson, to The Suitcase Clinic to assist in the expansion of its free laundry program, with funds relinquished to the City’s general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Robinson and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.

Support for AB-969 (Collective Bargaining: Legislature)

From: Councilmembers Robinson, Harrison, and Davila

Send a letter to Senator Skinner and Assemblymembers Wicks and Gonzalez supporting AB-969, which would provide employees of the state legislature the right to participate in employee organizations for the purpose of collective bargaining and other aspects of employer-employee relations.

Support for ACA-1: Local Government Financing

Affordable Housing and Public Infrastructure: Voter Approval

From: Councilmembers Robinson, Bartlett, and Harrison

Adopt a resolution supporting ACA-1, which would allow local governments to raise property taxes to fund bonds for the purposes of financing public infrastructure and affordable housing projects, as well as reducing the required vote threshold to authorize certain local special taxes for the purpose of funding public infrastructure and affordable housing. Copies of the resolution to be sent to Senator Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry.

Support for SB 188 (Hairstyle Anti-Discrimination Law)

From: Councilmembers Robinson, Davila, and Bartlett

Send a letter to Senator Mitchell, Senator Skinner, and Assemblymember Wicks supporting SB 188, which would amend the California Fair Employment and Housing Act to prohibit racial discrimination on the basis of hairstyle.

Support AB 1487 – Housing Alliance for the Bay Area

From: Mayor Arreguin, and Councilmembers Harrison, Robinson, and Bartlett

Adopt a Resolution in support of AB 1487 (introduced by David Chiu) and to seek amendments from the author. Send a copy of the Resolution to Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senator Nancy Skinner, and Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks and David Chiu.

Resolution in Support of Full Parity for Mental Health Patients and Clinicians at Kaiser Permanente

From: Councilmembers Harrison, Davila, Mayor Arreguin, and Councilmember Robinson

Adopt a resolution calling for full parity for mental health patients and clinicians at Kaiser Permanente and supporting the mental health clinicians in their contract negotiations.

Support for ACA-6: Voting Rights for Parolees

From: Councilmembers Robinson, Harrison, Bartlett, and Davila

Adopt a resolution supporting ACA-6, which restores the right to vote to citizens on parole for the conviction of a felony.

Support for AB 273 and AB 44: Prohibit Fur Trapping and Sales

From: Councilmembers Robinson and Harrison

Adopt a resolution supporting Fish and Game Code amendment AB 273, which prohibits the trapping of fur-bearing and nongame mammals for recreational or commercial purposes, and AB 44, which amends the Fish and Game Code to prohibit the sale of fur products statewide.

Support for SB 212 (Ranked Choice Voting) and SB 641 (Special Elections: Rank Choice Voting)

From: Councilmember Robinson

Send a letter to Assemblymember Allen supporting SB 212, which would authorize a city, county, or local educational agency to conduct an election using ranked choice voting, and SB 641, which would authorize the Governor to require a special election to fill a vacancy in a congressional or legislative office using rank choice voting, if the jurisdiction is capable of using this voting method.

Support for Renters Rights Bills: SB 529, and AB 36, 724, 1481, and 1482

From: Councilmember Robinson

Send a letter supporting SB 529, and AB 36, 724, 1481, and 1482 to their respective authors, which would strengthen tenant organizing rights, allow rent control on certain units, provide caps for annual rent increases, protect against wrongful evictions, and create a registry of all California rental units.

Support for SCA-1: Public Housing Projects

From: Councilmember Robinson, Mayor Arreguin, and Councilmembers Harrison and Droste

Adopt a resolution supporting SCA-1, which repeals Article 34 of the state constitution, requiring a citywide vote for construction of publicly funded low income housing projects. Copies of the resolution will be sent to Senator Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Senator Bill Allen, and Senator Scott Weiner.

Support for Zero Emission Bills

From: Councilmembers Harrison, Davila, Hahn, and Robinson

  1. Adopt a resolution of support for two bills that will move California towards eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector: AB 40, which calls for all cars sold in California to be zero-emission by 2040, and AB 1418, which calls for all public school buses in California to be zero-emission by 2030.
  2. Send letter of support to Senator Skinner and Assemblymember Wicks.

Affirming the City of Berkeley’s Support for the People of Tibet

From: Councilmembers Robinson and Davila

Adopt a Resolution affirming support to the people of Tibet. Copies of the resolution are to be sent to the President of the United States, elected federal representatives, the Governor of California, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India.