City Manager's Blog - Week of February 5, 2018
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Santa Clara Welcomes New Firefighters: Eight new Firefighters recently graduated the academy and are assigned to local fire stations in Santa Clara. To see a highlight of the recent Firefighter Recruit Academy, check out this video: https://vimeo.com/scfd/2017-1academyvideo
Preparing for Disasters: The City's Office of Emergency Services hosted a two-day training course on February 6 and 7 about Commodity Point of Distribution. This training helps prepare the City to distribute commodities such as water and food to our community during times of disaster. City staff participated in the training, which included setting up a full commodity point of distribution on the fire training grounds in an exercise. This course was funded by the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Federal Homeland Security Grant.
Pedestrian Safety Workshop at the Senior Center: On February 6, the City held a Pedestrian Safety Workshop at the Senior Center. Participation in the workshop was free to the attendees and provided tips on how to be aware and stay safe while walking in busy neighborhoods. The workshop was funded by the Office of Traffic Safety Grant.
Monroe Street Traffic Signal Retiming (El Camino Real to Lewis Street): The City is currently in the process of retiming two traffic signals along Monroe Street, between Lewis Street and El Camino Real, to better coordinate traffic operations. The work for the retiming and coordination was ceased temporarily due to PG&E underground utility work at the Monroe Street and Lewis Street intersection, which affected the City’s traffic signal video detection cameras and conduits. Site development work at the southwest corner of Monroe Street and El Camino Real nearby also impacted the existing traffic signal detector loops at the intersection. PG&E’s utility work has been completed and once the site development work is complete, the City’s work for the traffic signal retiming will resume and implementation will take place soon after.
New Traffic Signal: The City will be activating a new traffic signal at the intersection of Monroe Street and Chromite Drive in front of Adrian Wilcox High School mid- February. The new traffic signal will improve pedestrians and vehicular safety by informing the road users when it is safe for them to enter the intersection. The new traffic signal will be coordinated with the HAWK beacons and nearby existing traffic signals to improve progression of traffic along Monroe Street. City Engineers will be monitoring operations and adjusting the traffic signal timing for several weeks after the activation.
Apply today for the Planning and Civil Service Commissions: Have you ever considered serving on a City Commission? The Civil Service Commission has (1) one seat for a partial term ending June 30, 2018. Applications for the Civil Service Commission are due to the City Clerk's Office by 5:00 p.m. on February 13, 2018 with interviews at the City Council meeting on February 20, 2018. The Planning Commission has (1) one seat for a partial term ending June 30, 2021. Applications for the Planning Commission are due to the City Clerk's Office by 5:00 p.m. on February 27, 2018 with interviews at the City Council meeting on March 6, 2018. To apply, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/commissions or contact the City Clerk's Office at (408) 615-2220.
Applications for Youth Commission and Community Service Scholarships: The Youth Commission is seeking Commissioners for the 2018-19 term. The Youth Commission is a great opportunity for youth ages 12-19 to learn about the City of Santa Clara, local government, and serve their community through events and activities. Community Service Scholarship applications are also now available for eligible high school juniors and seniors who have significant and verifiable community service hours. Applications and additional information are available online at: www.santaclaraca.gov/youthcommission
Kids Rock Held on February 3: The Walter E Schmidt Youth Activity Center located at 2450 Cabrillo Avenue held a sold out Kids Rock event for children from grades K-6 on February 3. 75 participants enjoyed a fun night of recreation, games, arts, crafts, and even a cosmo jump!
Project at 90 N. Winchester Boulevard (1834 Worthington Circle): In January CORE affordable housing developers submitted a revised plan for the development of a mixed-income housing project on this City owned land. The new proposal for the 6+ acre site incorporates the concepts developed during the public outreach process hosted by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS). A centrally located agricultural themed open space area is now proposed along Winchester Boulevard. The Project involves amending a previously approved Planned Development zoning to allow construction of the current proposal for residential mixed-use development consisting of: 160 Mixed Income apartments, 165 Affordable Senior apartments, 36 Townhomes and approximately 1.5 + acres of agricultural open space at remaining portion of former BAREC property. (The project includes a total of 361 mixed density housing units resulting in a net increase of 196 units from the previously approved project). The project was reviewed by the City’s Project Clearance Committee on February 6. Planning Commission and City Council hearings are anticipated in June, July and/or August.
1411 Lewis Street Single-Family Homes Project: The City received a pre-application request for feedback on a proposed development of three small single family lots with three new detached homes at the property at 1411 Lewis Street. The 13,000 square foot property is currently zoned as R1-6L (Single-Family Zoning District) and would need to be rezoned to Planned Development (PD) Zoning District to allow the proposed subdivision of the property. The project would also require the demolition of a house on the site that was built in the 1880s but which is in very poor condition and has not been designated as a historic property. City staff is reviewing the proposal and will provide feedback to the applicant.
Below Market Purchase (BMP) Program Homeownership Guidelines: The City of Santa Clara has operated a Below-Market Price Purchase Program (BMP) since 1995 to help low- and moderate-income families achieve the goal of homeownership and to fulfill State mandates for the production of housing across all income levels. The City’s Housing Element, certified by the State in February 2015, includes an affordable housing policy that requires “developers of residential developments with ten or more units to provide at least ten percent of their units at rents or prices affordable to low-and moderate-income households.” Specifically, for-sale housing developers are required to designate at least ten percent of the total units in an approved project as BMP units to be sold to qualified buyers. The BMP Program is administered by the City’s Community Development Department, with certain functions delegated under a service contract to a Program Administrator.
The Program’s Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines set forth the eligibility criteria and application requirements for prospective Below Market Purchase (BMP) home buyers, as well as long-term BMP homeownership requirements and related Program requirements. This document has been formalized and is now available on the City’s website at http://santaclaraca.gov/government/departments/community-development/housing-community-services-division
3575 De La Cruz Boulevard Project Community Meeting on January 29: On January 29, the City held a Community Engagement Meeting at the Northside Library to discuss plans for the future development of the City-owned site at 3575 De La Cruz Boulevard. Approximately 23 community members heard a presentation from City staff and participated in guided workshops covering the following topics: affordability, site layout and density, housing preferences, amenities. The City’s community engagement survey will be published on February 9. Please provide your important feedback by taking the survey at www.santaclaraca.gov/opencityhall
Blog on FOG: As of January 1, Santa Clara began administering the City’s Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Program. Santa Clara took it over from the City of San Jose, who previously administered it as primary owner of the Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF). The FOG program consists largely of outreach and education to residents and Food Serving Establishments (FSE), and FSE inspections, as well as code enforcement as needed. To keep residents and businesses up to date on program activities and to provide tips for keeping FOG out of City sewer lines, the City has created a new FOG website. Please visit the FOG site at www.santaclaraca.gov/FOG for more details on the program and how to keep our sewers FOG free. For more information, please call Water & Sewer Utilities at (408) 615-2000.
Santa Clara Source: Santa Clara Source is back with a video recap of the City Council meeting on February 6. Check out all our videos online at www.santaclaraca.gov/scsource
CURRENT JOB OPENINGS
Join the Center of What’s Possible! We are currently hiring for the following positions at the City of Santa Clara. To view job descriptions and for information on how to apply, please visit: www.santaclaraca.gov/jobs
As-Needed Librarian I – Youth Services
As-Needed Meter Reader
Assistant Building Official
Electric Program Manager-Generation
Fire Application Data Analyst
Information Technology Services Intern
Per Diem Police Officer Special Events – As Needed
Plan Review Manager
Public Safety Dispatcher II
Recruit Police Officer
Senior Civil Engineer
LEVI’S STADIUM RELATED UPDATES
Upcoming Stadium Events:
- February 24, 2018: Bacon and Beer Classic
- March 23, 2018: Mexican National Soccer Team Game
Community Engagement Meeting for Issues Related to Levi's Stadium: On October 17, 2017 the Stadium Authority Board voted unanimously to undertake a robust community outreach and engagement process related to identifying the community’s perspectives on issues such as noise, public safety, nuisances, parking, flyovers, crowd control, cleanliness, loitering, lighting, pyrotechnics/fireworks, performance curfew, and other items surrounding Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The community is invited to provide their input at one of these upcoming community engagement events. A survey will also be available online at www.santaclaraca.gov/opencityhall early next week. For more Information, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/outreach
Engaged Community Members Focus Groups:
- March 19, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave.
- March 21, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave.
Community Engagement Meetings:
- April 26, 6:00 p.m. Central Park Library, Redwood Room 2635 Homestead Ave.
- April 28, 10:00 a.m. Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Boulevard
- May 9, 6:00 p.m. Northside Library Community Room 695 Moreland Way
UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETINGS
Community Meetings on Cannabis Regulation: California State law allows local governments to regulate commercial cannabis activities in their respective jurisdictions. The City has recently launched plans to develop regulations for cannabis activity. The public is invited to attend a community meeting to learn about the cannabis industry, the City’s upcoming efforts, and to provide early feedback on the development of regulations. More community meetings will be held in April prior to City Council’s consideration of a new ordinance. For more information, please visit www.santaclaraca.gov/cannabis
- February 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Council Chambers 1500 Warburton Ave.
- February 15, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central Park Library, Margie Edinger Room, 2635 Homestead Road
Do you Compost? A free Compost Basics Workshop will be held on February 17 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Machado Park Building located at 3360 Cabrillo Avenue, Santa Clara. A certified Master Composter will teach the benefits of composting, show residents how to build and maintain a compost pile as well as how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. To register, call (408) 918-4640 or visit www.ucanr.edu/compost
Welcome Back the Bellomy Ladies on February 22: Three beautiful portraits of members of the Bellomy family will be unveiled at a reception at Central Park Library in the Heritage Pavilion. The event will be held on February 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Central Park Library at 2635 Homestead Avenue. The portraits were painted in the 1880s by French Painter Ernest Narjot who came to California during the Gold Rush.
El Camino Real Specific Plan Community Workshop on February 28: The next community workshop is scheduled for February 28, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Central Park Library, Redwood Room at 2635 Homestead Avenue. For more information, please visit www.santaclaraca.gov/ecr
Citizen Advisory Committee input on Public Service Agency Grants: The City is conducting the annual review process for distribution of HUD grant monies to local Public Service Agencies (e.g., non-profits that provide services within Santa Clara and which receive federal grants). As part of the community outreach process, the Agencies seeking grant money will present their requests at the Citizen Advisory Committee meeting on February 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council chambers.
Silicon Valley Power wants Your Input on March 12: It’s an exciting time in the power industry as we think about our plans and priorities in a world with rooftop solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, smart home devices, and more. Silicon Valley Power invites you to help steer the direction of Santa Clara’s electric utility for the next 5-10 years. The public event will be on March 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Central Park Library in the Margie Edinger Room. For more information, please email email@example.com
Ad Hoc Advisory Districting Committee Meetings: An Ad Hoc Advisory Districting Committee has been established and is comprised of three members: Yuki Ikezi (Chair), Barbara Estrada and Stephen Ricossa. The Committee will hold public hearings to inform the public about the districting process and hear from residents on factors they believe should be taken in consideration when creating new voting districts, including suggestions for drawing district boundary lines. Your participation is encouraged! To learn more on the process, please visit www.santaclaraca.gov/districtelections
- February 12, 6:00 p.m. Northside Library Community Room 695 Moreland Way
- March 8, 6:00 p.m. City Council Chambers 1500 Warburton Avenue
- March 26, 6:00 p.m. Northside Library Community Room 695 Moreland Way
- April 12, 6:00 p.m. Central Park Library, Redwood Room 2635 Homestead Avenue
Pathway to Citizenship Resource Fair on March 26: Central Park Library would like to invite you to our Pathway to Citizenship Resource Fair on March 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m in order to help our community get acquainted with our local immigration resources. Congressman Ro Khanna (District 17) will be in attendance along with representatives from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. For more information, please contact the Central Park Library at (408) 615-2900.
UPCOMING COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS
Attached please find the Tentative City Council/Stadium Authority Meeting Agenda Calendar
through June for upcoming meetings.
City Manager's Office
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