10/2/2012 Council Preview

Looks like a fairly uneventful evening.  We start with a closed session regarding two topics, City Attorney recruitment and the SEA negotiations.  Then it’s on to the regular meeting.

We have a couple of special orders, one to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one to recognize National Arts and Humanities Month.  This is followed by a presentation from Acterra and the Stevens and Permanente Creeks Watershed Council (I have no idea).

The consent calendar is moderate, although there’s one minor interesting point.  It includes approval of some older minutes, one of which is my fault.  I believe both of them represent cases where Council directed staff to make edits.  As I recall, I asked staff to re-order the study and budget issue minutes to be chronological instead of ordered by the study issue ID.  Not exactly a trivial job, and not the most pressing item on staff’s plate.  Anyway.  There’s an item involving interoperable communication equipment, a number of new job titles being introduced, a modification to the city’s CalPERS medical insurance payments that I don’t understand just yet, and vacation of an easement.  Then comes the general business.

Item 2 is the results of a study issue involving Sunnyvale’s cultural heritage.  And staff is saying the results aren’t ready yet, so they want to continue this for two more weeks.

Item 3 is adoption of the pedestrian and sense of place plan for “ITR 6”, which is between Fair Oaks and Wolfe, south of Fair Oaks Park.  This is a mixed issue.  Part of it is a plan for pedestrian, cyclist, and other routes through the area.  Part of this is “sense of place” – plans for the city to create a sense of community for a new development area.  New housing developments include a “sense of place” fee to pay for nearby amenities towards this goal.  In my relatively new area, this includes distinctive markers and maps of the area that the city has installed.

And item 4 involves the city’s policy on vision triangles.  A vision triangle is basically the triangle that exists at an intersection which is necessary for people approaching the intersection to see what may be approaching.  Council previously gave staff direction to make some changes to the vision triangle ordinance, and staff is returning with those changes, plus one change that staff is proposing.

Item 5 involves the city’s position on the various local and state ballot measures for the November election.  This is always a fun one.

Item 6 is the second reading of the ordinance modifying our zoning regulations (additional aspects of zoning for 70% FAR or more).

Finally, item 7 discusses council policy regarding council meeting protocol.  We’ve had some procedural problems, and this is an attempt to fix them going forward.

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