12/09/2014 Council Preview – Housing Mitigation Fees and Public Safety Staffing

Pretty full agenda.

We start the evening with the annual performance review for the City Manager in closed session.  This is followed by yet another study session about how Council works together.

The general meeting starts with a special order recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Sunnyvale Public Library.  This is in advance of Sunday’s celebration event – hope to see lots of you there.  The consent calendar is pretty small since we just had a meeting last week – a MTC grant to finish the update of the Precise Plan for El Camino Real, an annual report on development fees and how we’ve spent the money, the annual update to public safety salaries, and second reading of the ordinance changing the land use appeals process rules.

Item 2 is the big one – considering changes to the city’s housing impact fee.  The city charges commercial developers a fee that goes towards affordable housing projects like the Habitat for Humanity homes or the MidPen/Charities Housing projects on the old armory site. We’re taking a look at possibly increasing that fee.

Item 3 is our quarterly look at possible general plan amendment studies.  This time, there’s only one such request, involving a charter school that wants to rezone an industrial property on Arques for school use.

Item 4 is another important one, taking a look at our public safety staffing issues.  We’re about 10 officers below our budgeted manpower, and we also need to fully staff our new Fire Station 5.  Staff wants to explain the state of things, and they’re proposing some budgeting changes to better deal with the staffing issues.

Item 5 is a proposed MOU with the Sunnyvale Managers Association, the results of our latest round of negotiations. In short, this is a one-year agreement that includes a 2% salary increase, a 1% lump sum payment, with a 1% increase to the employee’s share of PERS costs.

Item 6 is an update to city ordinances necessary to comply with new state prevailing wage laws.

And item 7 is our annual year end financial report for FY 2013/14.  In short, we ended the year $5.5 million better off than expected – $1.8 million under budget while also recognizing more revenue than expected.

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