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City Manager's Blog - Week of October 9, 2017

Weekly report from the City Manager

Post Date:10/16/2017

Welcome to week two of the City Manager’s Blog. You will gradually see changes I am implementing while upholding the great work Santa Clara is known for.  For example, with the Weekly Activity Report, I will provide the information Council is used to reading about such as activities and the media update.  In addition, you will find information regarding our employees and responses to Council or public inquiries. This approach provides the full City Council and public with a more complete sense of inquiries, actions and staff follow-up. To get caught up on prior posts or to see future posts, please visit the City Manager's Blog at santaclaraca.gov/cmblog

INFORMATION
Sonoma/Napa Fire and Police Mutual Aid: On Saturday October 7, the Fire Department responded to a mutual aid request with two fire engines and crews to the brush fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  Engine 97 from station 7 and Engine 90 from station 10 responded, each with a crew of four personnel. The wind-driven fires have caused tremendous structural damage and caused incredible human suffering in Napa, Santa Rosa, and surrounding areas.  Firefighters are working to protect homes and structures in advance of the moving fire, and are assisting residents with evacuation when possible.  Their assignment may last up to two weeks.

The Police Department sent four officers to assist with the Sonoma/Napa County Fires for the dayshift operational period (6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.) on October 12, 2017.  The officers were provided gear and equipment from the Santa Clara Fire Department.  The officers will be utilized for evacuation escorts, road blocks, and the prevention of looting.  A request for additional mutual aid continues as the fires remain uncontained and the City of Santa Clara will continue to respond to mutual-aid needs.

On Friday October 13, a Fire Battalion Chief responded to the Mendocino/Lake Complex fire in Ukiah.  Battalion Chief Casey Potts was requested as a Safety Officer, to assist in the Incident Command of this large wildfire. No additional fire engines are expected to be sent to these fires, but overhead support Chief Officers may be sent if requested.  This assignment is also expected to last up to two weeks.  All costs for response, including backfill of overtime firefighters, are reimbursed by the State of California through existing mutual aid agreements.

Fire Department Open House: On Saturday October 7, the Fire Department conducted its annual Open House event at Fire Stations 1-8, and the Fire Museum.  Firefighters provided tours of the fire stations and offered fire safety and emergency preparedness advice for approximately 1,500 visitors.  This event is used to kickoff “Fire Prevention Week”, which is the Fire Department’s largest fire safety campaign of the year.  During the week and throughout the month of October, firefighters visit local schools and provide fire safety education to schoolchildren.  Additional fire safety messages are provided through the Fire Department’s social media sites.

Moody's Upgrades NCPA Bonds:  On October 10, 2017 Moody’s Investors Services notified the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) that it was upgrading its ratings on two NCPA bond issues:

  • Upgrade the rating on NCPA’s Hydroelectric Revenue Bonds to Aa3 from A1. The rating outlook is stable
  • Upgrade the rating on NCPA’s Indenture A (Issue One) Lodi Energy Center (LEC) Revenue Bonds to A1 from A2. The rating outlook is stable 

The City of Santa Clara through its electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, is the largest participant in both of the bond issues at 37% of the hydro bonds and 46% of the LEC bonds.  Santa Clara was referenced in the Moody’s write-up for the Hydro bond upgrade as follows: “The city of Santa Clara has the largest entitlement in the project and considerable counterparty strength with a strong balance sheet of the electric utility, solid liquidity profile, competitive retail rates, dominance of industrial customers and already being in compliance with the new California renewable standards. The utility is owned by the City of Santa Clara and had approximately 53,094 customers in 2015. The city benefits from the wealth of the region with a buoyant technology sector, which however, also exposes it to the inherent high volatility of the technology sector.”

Rollout of New Split Carts for Pilot Residential Food Scrap Recycling Program will extend to Tuesday October 17:   The new Split Carts for Pilot Residential Food Scrap Recycling Program started delivery on Wednesday, October 11th.   Mission Trail Waste Systems (MTWS) hand delivered notices to every customer on the Monday and Tuesday pilot routes informing them that there was a delay in delivering their new split-cart because of circumstances out of their control.  Residents should continue to use their current cart and the change-out will occur on the Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17.  If residents have any questions on this new program, they can contact our Public Works staff at Environment@SantaClaraCA.gov or call (408) 615-3080. 

New Traffic Signal for Pruneridge Avenue at Cronin Drive:  The City is designing and constructing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pruneridge Avenue at Cronin Drive.  The intersection improvements will include ADA compliant curb ramps, pedestrian signals and coordination with the existing traffic signals on Pruneridge Avenue at Pomeroy Avenue and Woodhams Road.  Design of the traffic signal is expected to be completed by March 2018. Construction is anticipated to be completed in October 2018.

2026 FIFA World Cup: In April 2017, the North American soccer federations (Canada, US and Mexico) announced that it would submit a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and formed the United Bid Committee to prepare the bid.  A letter of support from Mayor Gillmor was submitted as part of the September 2017 package to the United Bid Committee expressing Levi’s Stadium’s interest for consideration as a host venue.  In October, United Bid Committee announced the San Francisco Bay Area/Levis Stadium as a Host City candidate. 

There are currently 25 US host candidate cities, 4 in Canada and 3 in Mexico. The next stage of the process is the bid development process.  The United Bid Committee will receive bids from potential host cities in early 2018 timeframe and then deliver a final bid.  If the North American bid is successful, United Bid Committee and FIFA is expected to spend the next several years evaluating and determining on the final list host cities.  A final list may not be determined until 2021 at which time it’s anticipated that there will be 12 North American host cities.

We will continue share information with the Council and community as it is available and will ensure Santa Clara’s interests are represented in the overall bidding process to bring the 2026 World Cup to Santa Clara.

Noise Complaints received at Levi’s Stadium: The update is to provide the City Council a summary of the actions taken to report complaints relative to the Coldplay concert on October 4.  On the morning of Thursday, October 5, a media request was received requesting information on how many email and phone call complaints were received by the City of Santa Clara after 10 pm, Wednesday, regarding the noise at the stadium. At that time, Mayor and Council Offices received three emailed complaints and one phone call; Santa Clara PD and the City Manager’s Office did not receive any calls or emails regarding noise; and two complaints were received through the MySantaClara app (received by Code Enforcement). Unfortunately, the original number reported did not include any calls or emails that were received directly by the Mayor and Council, any complaints that were posted to social media accounts, or any complaints that were received by the City after 9 am (when the request was made). The number also did not include complaints to Stadium Management, who subsequently indicated one phone call was received. Methodology for recording this type of information in the future is currently under review to ensure more accurate and comprehensive data is collected and reported to the Stadium Authority Board and media. 

Library Comic Con Event: The Santa Clara City Library Comic Con held on October 7th was a huge success.  There was something for everybody to enjoy.  This event was sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.

  • There were 7500 people in attendance throughout the day.
  • 85 fantastic teen volunteers.
  • We made 70 library cards
  • We had 6 vendors; 7 local artists; and 1 fan fiction writers group.  All of them asking to come back next year.
  • We had 9 panels featuring, Marvel Artist Ron Lim, Graphic Novelist Svetlana Chmakova, Star Wars Rebels: The Final Season, Walt Disney Family Museum: Telling a Story Without Words; Cosplay 101.
  • 400 photos at the photo booth.
  • $700.00 in Foundation book sales and $300 in raffle ticket sales.
  • $1300.00 in kind food donations from local businesses.

RESPONSE TO COUNCIL INQUIRIES

Free Mammograms: Human Resources staff inquired with the City’s contacts with Kaiser HMO.  According to the representative from Kaiser, Kaiser does not offer free mammograms.  However, El Camino Hospital offers free mammograms for qualified applicants. 

Contact Information: City Manager's Office at (408) 615-2210 or manager@santaclaraca.gov

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