Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, April 20th, City Council Agenda Review


Anne Seeley, from Concerned Citizens, and I have collaborated on this week's agenda review:

There's a 3PM Study Session: 3.1 Review of Local Purchase Preference.  The Council will receive information on the legalities and practical considerations of perhaps increasing the preference for local businesses to provide goods and services of many types to the City.

In many contracts the Council considers, there's a service provider from Denver or San Diego or some other area outside Sonoma County, when local providers are available.  When the contractors are local, the funding they receive stays local in the form of wages paid, local goods bought and local people employed.  There's a "multiplier effect" in which the money recirculates many times locally and benefits the community.

The Council will receive the information, likely ask questions and consider any changes at a later date.

4:00PM Meeting
There are the usual Mayor's and Council members' reports, and a few Consent items.  One of interest is: 

11.3 Resolution - Community Engagement Director Classification. SRT Steering Committee members have been working with City staff to develop the job description for this proposed position, and will be there to thank the City for its followthrough on this recommendation of the Open Government Task Force. 

and then:

13.1  2015-2017 Council Goals Work Plan - This agenda item summarizes the City's Planning Workshop held in February.  Open Government is included with a timeline as is Annexation.   SRT's Open Govt. and Annexation subcommittees will review, and report on the work Plan at our next Steering Committee (4/30)

13.2 Proposition 84 Grant Funding - Agreement with the State Water Resources Control board (SWRCB) for grant funding of infrastructure to connect 4 properties with contaminated water supplies to the Santa Rosa Water system.  It's for 3 Mobile Home Parks and one apartment complex. The Board of Public Utilities recommends approval.

At the end of the Agenda is the List of the topics for future meeting agendas:
UPCOMING MEETINGS (Note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change pending final publication and posting of the City Council Meeting Agenda)
April 28 No Meeting
May 5 No Meeting
May 12 Study Session - Review of 2015/16 Department Budget Requests, Capital Improvement Program Funding Requests and Community Promotions Funding Requests
      Staff Briefing – City Hall Demonstration Garden Project Update 
      Public Hearing – Russell Avenue Street Vacation – 655 Russell Avenue 
      Public Hearing – Authorizing Submission of the 2015/2016 Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 
      Public Hearing – Amendment of Stage 1 – Mandatory of the City’s Urban Water Shortage Contingency Plan 
May 19
      Study Session – Continued Review of 2015/16 Department Budget Requests, Capital Improvement Program Funding Requests and Community Promotions Funding Requests
      Study Session – Review of Homeless Services and Responses
      Report – CalPERS Contract Amendment for Cost Sharing
May 26 No Meeting
June 2
      Study Session – Actuarial Review of City Pension Plans
      Public Hearing – Smoking Regulations Update
June 9
      Study Session – Homeless Services and Responses
      Report – 12th Amendment to Fir Ridge Development Holding Agreement
      Report – Santa Rosa Tourism Business Improvement Area Annual Report
      Report – Memorandum of Understanding Between the California Department of Transportation and The Southeast Greenway Community Partnership
June 16-18 Budget Hearings and Adoption
June 23 No Meeting
June 30 Pending: Report - Consideration of CaliforniaFIRST, CaliforniaHERO and FigTree Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing

If you want a fuller look, see the City's website at, click on the header bar that says 'Government' and in the column of listings on the right, you'll see 'Council Agendas and Videos' highlighted.  When you click there, you'll see the list of agendas.
Take this opportunity to check out all that's available on the website.  There's a lot!

See you there!   Anne & Gregory

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