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City Manager's Blog - February 26 - March 2, 2018

Post Date:03/05/2018 11:28 AM
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Welcome to the latest edition of the City Manager's Weekly Report. You may download this report as a PDF. To view past posts or subscribe to receive these on eNotify, please visit www.santaclaraca.gov/cmblog Note: The City Manager’s report has moved to a bi-weekly schedule. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Share your feedback on Draft Ballot Measures: The City is still seeking public feedback on important possible draft measures the City Council will consider at the March 6, 2018 City Council meeting. Provide your input by taking an online survey available at www.santaclaraca.gov/draftballots

Ad Hoc Advisory Districting Committee Meetings: The Ad Hoc Advisory Districting Committee continue to hold public hearings about the districting process and to hear from residents on factors they believe should be taken in consideration when creating new voting districts, including suggestions for drawing district boundary lines. For more info, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/districtelections. A brief survey is now available for public input on District Voting Lines at: www.peakdemocracy.com/6039

Upcoming Ad Hoc Advisory Districting Committee Meetings:

  • 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

Register for Alert SCC and Ready SCC: The City encourages all residents to sign up for AlertSCC and ReadySCC. AlertSCC sends emergency notifications to your cell phone, landline, or email for notification of floods, fires, crime incidents, hazardous materials and more. ReadySCC helps users create a plan, put together an emergency kit, and know what to do and where to go in an emergency. Share these free tools with family, friends and neighbors. Sign up today at http://bit.ly/SCC_OES

Serve as a City Commissioner: The City has one vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Commission for a partial term ending June 30, 2019. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2018 to the City Clerk’s office. To apply, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/commissions or call the City Clerk's Office (408) 615-2220. The Youth Commission is also seeking youth (ages 12-19) to serve the community as a Commissioner. To apply, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/youthcommission

Bystander Intervention Training


Bystander Intervention Training presented by Council on American Islamic Relations:
More than 70 community members attended the training at Central Park Library on February 26. Attendees learned basic principles and how to disrupt harassment using de-escalation strategies of non-violence in role playing scenarios.

International Swim Center Men’s Showers Closed for Repair: Due to aging infrastructure, the men’s locker rooms and shower facilities are experiencing pipe leaks and water damage. The City evaluated the conditions and determined the men’s shower facilities need to be closed until repair and reconstruction can be completed. To limit the impact on resident swimmers and user groups, a temporary six bay shower facility was ordered and installed on site for public use. The men’s restroom and changing areas are still available in the men’s locker room. The women’s locker room is unaffected at this time, but will be evaluated for potential similar issues. Staff continues to communicate with facility users and the general public about the impacts. The City continues to explore funding options and replacement of its aging infrastructure and the Community Recreation and Aquatic Center Project in the near future.

Santa Clara Firefighter Career ExpoSanta Clara Fire Attends Firefighter Career Expo: On February 24, a team of Santa Clara Firefighters provided information to attendees interested in a fire service career at the Firefighter Career Expo. Staff made contact with approximately 200 potential candidates, spending hours answering questions, promoting the Santa Clara Fire Department and City of Santa Clara. For more information about the recruiting event, check out www.cffjac.org

Santa Clara Police Receives Significant Achievement Award from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control: For the second consecutive year, the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) was recognized by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) with a Significant Achievement Award for its efforts to combat alcohol-related issues for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Over the past four years, SCPD has been awarded $295,836 in ABC Grant Assistance Program (GAP) funding. With GAP funding, SCPD conducts visits to problem alcoholic beverage outlets, undercover enforcement operations, saturation patrols, and educational workshops, while building a stronger relationship with the local businesses and the community. SCPD's partnership with ABC has resulted in 50 community outreach sessions, 322 operations and 627 arrests over the past three grant cycles.

Officers go “Freezin’ for a Reason”: On March 3, Santa Clara Police Department employees and family members volunteered at the 2018 San Francisco Polar Plunge to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Northern California. The morning started out with a 5K run and ended with a chilly dip into the waters of Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Together, employees and family members raised over $5,000 for the Special Olympics. 

ECR2First Community Workshop Held for El Camino Real Specific Plan: On February 28, the first El Camino Real Specific Plan community workshop had over 65 participants in attendance. Staff provided a presentation on the Specific Plan process, outreach conducted thus far and the existing conditions of the corridor. Participants were invited to various stations to provide input on preferred land uses, transportation and streetscape improvement and design standards for the corridor over the next 20 to 30 years. For updates, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/ecr

Protecting Water Quality: The City is gearing up for the hydrant flushing program. Residents may observe crews opening fire hydrants and allowing high flow of water into neighborhood streets. These operations are necessary to protect water quality for Santa Clara residents and businesses. Over time, sedimentation and minerals may settle in water pipes, especially those that do not often flow at high rates. The best way to mitigate these issues is to flow the water at a very high rate to flow from fire hydrants. The water flowed during hydrant flushing is a very small proportion of the water usage in the City. If you have questions, please contact the Water & Sewer Utilities at (408) 615-2000.

Steve Carli Park Playground Rehabilitation Receives Award of Excellence: The California Park and Recreation Society District 4 recognized the City of Santa Clara with an Award of Excellence for Steve Carli Playground Rehabilitation Project.

77th Camellia Show Celebrates Success: The 77th annual Camellia Show was held on February 24 and 25 at the Community Recreation Center. The event was a success with close to 70 exhibitors from Northern California displaying their Camellias and over 600 people came to view over 2,000 blooms. Flowers were on sale to the public and extra flowers were given to the Senior Center which put a smile on many faces

Check out Santa Clara Source: Santa Clara Source features a two-minute video recap of the Special Council Meeting and Stadium Authority meeting on February 27. View the latest Santa Clara Source online at www.santaclaraca.gov/scsource

YES2Youth Commission News: On February 24, Santa Clara Youth Commissioners attended the Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference at Laney College in Oakland. Hosted by Spare the Air Youth, a partnership of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the conference gathers young people from Bay Area counties to collaborate ideas on sustainability, climate solutions and environmental issues. Santa Clara Youth Commissioner Alicia Leong was also awarded a $250 competitive scholarship for community service and academic achievements at an awards banquet at the Cupertino Quinlan Center on February 22, 2018.

Santa Clara named 2017 Tree City USA: The City of Santa Clara was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of our ongoing commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the City’s 31st consecutive award and also received its 18th Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care. Santa Clara achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

PAL2Santa Clara Police Activities League Softball Opening Day: Opening day was held in Central Park on February 24 with a pancake breakfast and opening ceremonies.  Six games were played from in three age divisions. This season, the Santa Clara Police Activities League (PAL) Softball had 135 girls playing softball with four T-ball teams, three farm teams, three rookie teams and three minor teams.

Variance and Rezoning for 1141 Main Street: The property owners are requesting a Rezoning of a Mills Act property that is currently zoned Downtown Commercial (CD) to Single Family Zoning district (R1-6L). They requested a Variance to allow conversion of a detached storage shed/garage and proposing an expansion of 606 square foot to create a 2-story accessory dwelling unit with an extended height of 23’-3” and an additional half bath. The Historical and Landmarks Commission reviewed the proposal and recommended approval of the project on February 1, 2018. The project is scheduled to go to the Planning Commission on April 11, 2018. The City Council hearing date for the rezoning is to be determined.

1593 Lexington Appeal to City Council for Unapproved Construction: The City is continuing to work with the property owner to address construction that was performed at this property without benefit of permits. The property owner filed an application to legalize the existing structure. The City Council previously considered this request (on appeal) and instructed the property owner to make revisions due to strong neighborhood opposition including concern that the project was being used as a multi-family dwelling.  After a period of no activity, the property owner was contacted in March 2017 and instructed to resolve the outstanding appeal hearing regarding multiple rooms and partial kitchen facilities in the basement constructed without permits. The applicant has now revised the plan and will submit with an addition in the basement for a new family room and fourth bedroom and a new detached Accessory Dwelling Unit. The applicant has requested that the project be scheduled before the City Council for review of the revised plan.

3402 El Camino Real (The Deck, John Vidovich): Staff has completed review of a request for a rezoning from Thoroughfare Commercial (CT) to Planned Development for a mixed use residential development with 9,900 square foot of retail space and 66 apartment units. Staff is awaiting completion of the environmental review process before anticipated public hearings in April (Planning Commission) and May (City Council).  The application was formally submitted in April of 2017 so that the overall processing timeline will be 13 months. The typical review timeline for Planned Development zonings is 12 months, although shorter timelines are possible. In this case some delay occurred as the applicant delayed in engaging a consultant to prepare environmental analyses as required to complete the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review.

Santa Clara University: The Charney Hall School of Law received temporary occupancy for its new building on February 21. This is a $51 million project for a new three-story building housing classrooms, academic offices, and other supporting areas. Site work will continue with anticipated final completion this summer. Also in February, the underground utilities and foundation permit was issued for the $49 million new four-story 368-bed South Residence Hall over one-level open parking. Work will continue on the submittal for the entire building for the full building permit.

Madison Place by Silicon Sage: This new multifamily building at 1368 El Camino Real received temporary occupancy for the residential portion in mid-February after completion of the code-required life safety and fire safety components for construction of most of the second through fourth stories of the building, consisting of 28 residential condominium units, and the parking garage in the basement. In the meantime, tenant improvement work for the first floor office and retail space continues.  Site work will also continue in order to move the project toward final completion and final inspection.

Public Hearing on City’s Proposed FY 2018-19 Annual Plan for the Use of Federal Entitlement Funds: The public hearing on the Proposed Annual Plan for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) federal entitlement funds will be held March 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The Fiscal Year 2018-19 CDBG entitlement is estimated to be $903,714; the HOME entitlement is estimated to be $299,478. Actual amounts available and/or awarded may vary. At the hearing, applicants for the funds will make public presentations of their proposed programs and projects. Persons wishing to present their views may attend the Public Hearing and provide written and/or oral testimony concerning the priority of needs for which the Entitlement Funds might be used, or submit written comments prior to the Public Hearing to jveach@santaclaraca.gov

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

Accounting Technician I
As-Needed Instructor/Lifeguard
Electrician
Journey Lineworker
Librarian I
Management Analyst – City Manager’s Office
Per Diem Police Officer Special Events
Police Officer
Public Safety Dispatcher II
Recruit Police Officer
Senior Information Technology Services Manager – Business Relationship Manager
Senior Information Technology Services Manager – Operations Manager

RESPONSE TO COUNCIL INQUIRIES

Pruneridge Cronin Traffic Signal Update: This update serves as a follow-up on the previous status updates provided. The City will be installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pruneridge Avenue and Cronin Drive in the vicinity of Maywood Park and Eisenhower Elementary School. This new traffic signal will improve pedestrian and vehicular safety by informing the road users when it is safe for them to enter the intersection. The City has finished review of the 75% plans and anticipates design plans being completed by April 2018.  Construction of the traffic signal will start during the summer and be completed in the fall of 2018.

Abandoned Recreational Vehicles (RVs):
A citizen contacted the Council to inquire why an abandoned Recreation Vehicle and a Boat had not been towed away from Reed Street at Grant Street. The issue of abandoned vehicles, especially RVs and busses, has become increasingly difficult for the police department. The tow companies that are under current contract with the City have refused to accept these vehicles due to the cost of disposal. The costs can be several thousand dollars for a large RV. Many cities in the area have begun to pay tow companies to tow these vehicles away. The police department will be re-negotiating tow contracts at the end of 2018. In the meantime, the police department is in the process of locating a tow company that will remove these specific vehicles.  

CalPERS Actuarial Amortization Policy Change: On February 14, 2018, the CalPERS board voted to shorten the period over which future actuarial gains and losses are amortized from the current 30 years to 20 years for new pension liabilities (going forward). This change may increase the City’s pension payments in the near-term but is expected to save the City money over the longer term and will result in a more rapid pay down of the City’s unfunded liability.  This change is implemented to avoid a generational transfer of future pension liabilities. This policy change follows other modifications that CalPERS has implemented including the recent reduction of the discount rate from 7.5% to 7% over three years and together these changes have significantly increased the City’s annual pension costs. The new policy will become effective with the June 30, 2019 CalPERS actuarial valuations which will impact the City of Santa Clara’s Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget.

Evaluation of a Living Wage: Due to recent staffing and workload changes, the work associated with evaluating a proposed Living Wage Policy for the City of Santa Clara will be delayed as other priority items are taking precedence. A revised timeline and workplan will determined and shared in the coming months. 

Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD): The City of Santa Clara has been invited to participate in the 2018 MICD program. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. MICD organizes technical assistance workshops where mayors engage leading design and development experts to find solutions to the most critical planning and design challenges facing their cities. Each mayor presents a project from his or her city and receives feedback from other mayors and design professionals. Every year, MICD plans and manages five sessions held throughout the country. Participation in each two-and-one-half-day session is limited to eight mayors, eight preeminent design and development professionals, and MICD partners. Design topics have been addressed in recent years include downtown and neighborhood revitalization, transportation planning, creative placemaking, district visioning and branding, main street and commercial corridor redevelopment, affordable housing, historic preservation, and sustainable development. Santa Clara will begin its work with MICD in March 2018 with a discussion of potential case studies.

LEVI’S STADIUM RELATED UPDATES

Joint Press Release: On February 27, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the 49ers Stadium Management Company issued a joint statement in response to media coverage in order to provide the full set of information regarding concessionaire services provided at Levi’s Stadium. The Santa Clara Stadium Authority and 49ers Stadium Management Company were in the final stages of the evaluation and selection process of a new concessions provider for Levi’s Stadium. On February 27, 2018, the Stadium Authority Board approved a proposed contract with Levy at the Board. During implementation, the transfer of all food service workers employed by Centerplate will take place in accordance with the City’s worker retention policy. The release was posted on the City website and sent to local media. The full statement can be found at www.santaclaraca.gov/media

Noise Monitoring Website: The City has installed noise monitors in the neighborhood to the south and east of Levi’s Stadium. These monitors record noise levels on an ongoing basis. Noise sources in this neighborhood include: aircraft approaching and/or departing from San Jose Mineta International Airport, events at Levi’s Stadium, as well as traffic and typical neighborhood activities. The public may now access the recorded data through the City’s website at: http://santaclaraca.gov/government/departments/community-development/planning-division/environmental-review-ceqa/noise-monitoring-data

Noise levels are presented on the website in three different formats:

  • A table indicating the one-hour average noise level in weighted decibels (dBA Leq 1Hr). The data in this table uses an algorithm to exclude airplane noises to better represent sound levels directly related to events at the stadium. The City’s permits for the stadium state that stadium events should not cause the one-hour average noise level in the neighborhood to exceed 60 dBA Leq 1HR.
  • A table indicating the average noise levels (dBA) in three-minute intervals. This table also includes a speaker icon that links to a recording of any interval during which the noise levels exceed 65 dBA, so that it is possible to listen to the louder sound event.
  • A spreadsheet that provides the recorded dBA for each second throughout the day

Community Engagement Meeting for Issues Related to Levi's Stadium: The community outreach and engagement process is currently underway to identify 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. Focus groups are also being held for neighborhood and community groups. For more information on the public process, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/outreach .
The community is invited to provide input by attending one of these upcoming meetings or by taking the online survey at: www.peakdemocracy.com/5959

RSVP at https://levistadium4-28-18.eventbrite.com

Upcoming Stadium Events:

  • March 23, 2018: Mexican National Soccer Team Game
  • April 28, 2018: 2018 Monster Jam
  • May 11 & May 12, 2018: Taylor Swift Concert

UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETINGS

Coffee with a Cop on March 9: Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Join the police officers for some coffee on March 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Coffee Factory located at 3787 Stevens Creek Boulevard.

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 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Central Park Library, Margie Edinger Room. For more info, please email info@siliconvalleypower.com

Sunset Cinema Features “Coco” on March 16: Sunset Cinema will feature “Coco” on March 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in Central Park. Come out to enjoy this free family-friendly movie night. The Youth Commission will be selling popcorn, water, and juice boxes to raise funds for Youth Commission activities and scholarships.

Active Living Every Day Program through March 17: Active Living Every Day began March 1 and continues with 12 sessions through March 17 at the Senior Center located at 1303 Fremont Street. This program teaches skills needed to get off the couch and be on the move. The classes are free and registration is required at the Senior Center or online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/santaclara

New Park Dedication on March 22: The dedication of the new Central Park Annex park site, located at 2902 Miles Drive, is scheduled for March 22 at 3:30 p.m. The new park built by the housing developer (Prometheus) for the City of Santa Clara includes a new playground, restroom, multipurpose grass meadow, and natural habitat. Eventually, the park will connect with Central Park and an off street Creek Trail extension to Homeridge Park. Parking for the event will be available across Kiely Blvd. at Central Park’s Pavilion Parking lot. The neighborhood access on Miles Drive is open during regular park hours.

Mandarin Storytime on March 25: The Santa Clara City Library hosted its inaugural Mandarin Storytime on February 23, 2018. The program was hugely popular with approximately 200 children and parents listening to stories, singing songs, and watching a short animated video, all in Mandarin. The event was made possible a group of dedicated mom volunteers who wanted to share their culture and language with other families. The next Mandarin Storytime is on March 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Park Library, Redwood Room. Registration is available online at www.sclibrary.org or call (408) 615-2916.

Pathway to Citizenship Resource Fair on March 26: Central Park Library will host a Pathway to Citizenship Resource Fair on March 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to help the community get acquainted with local immigration resources. Congressman Ro Khanna (District 17) will be in attendance along with Vice Mayor Watanabe, Councilmember Debi Davis and representatives from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. For more info, please contact the Central Park Library at (408) 615-2900.

Egg Hunt on March 31: The 43rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt is on March 31 at Central Park. Pre-hunt activities and a Bunny Trail for ages 2 and under and individuals with special needs will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Meadow area. The egg hunt for ages 3-8 will take place promptly at 10:00 a.m. on the ballfield. For a nominal fee, families will have the opportunity to purchase Easter baskets and visit with the Easter Bunny. This event will take place rain or shine. Parking is limited. For more information, call (408) 615-3140.

Easter Pool-Ooza on March 31 at International Swim Center: Bring your bathing suits and take part in the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the International Swim Center. Heats will take place every 20 minutes, allowing children to grab plastic eggs in the 25-yard training pool. Prizes will be given at the end of each heat. Participants and their immediate family may swim at the International Swim Center until 3:00 pm, once their heat is completed. Heats begin at noon and pre-registration is required.

Historic Preservation Workshop on May 12: As part of National Preservation Month, the Historic Preservation Workshop is co-sponsored by the Historical and Landmarks Commission (HLC) and South Bay Historic Railroad Society. The workshop will be held at the Historic Santa Clara Railroad Depot located at 1005 Railroad Avenue on May 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The workshop will address topics including: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and how it relates to historic resource identification, recording historical resources, the California Historic Building Code and its applicability to Planning Department Submittals.

UPCOMING COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS

Attached please find the Tentative City Council/Stadium Authority Meeting Agenda Calendar through June. 

 Contact Information:

City Manager's Office
(408) 615-2210 manager@santaclaraca.gov

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