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City Manager's Blog - Oct. 8 - Oct. 19, 2018

Post Date:10/22/2018 12:29 PM

GENERAL INFORMATION

Update on Reed St. Water Line Replacement: City crews have been working on Reed Street on a project to replace approximately 1,400 feet of water main as part of an ongoing program to replace aging infrastructure in Santa Clara. So far, crews have replaced over 700 feet of main on Reed Street and transferred eight services between Washington Street and Main Street onto the new main line. Work will continue for up to two months along Reed Street towards Fillmore Street. While street parking will continue to be limited during construction, residents in the area will have access to and from their driveways at all times. For any access issues that do arise or for additional questions on the project, check with the crews on scene or call Water & Sewer at 408-615-2000.

Silicon Valley Power Proposed Rate Increase: At the City Council meeting on Nov. 13, Silicon Valley Power will propose a modest 2 percent rate increase for all customers to assist in covering the costs of replacing aging infrastructure and rising costs of transmission access fees. If approved, the rate will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019 and be reflected on the utility bill issued in Feb. 2019. The average Santa Clara resident will see an increase of about $1 per month. For more information, contact info@siliconvalleypower.com.

Santa Clara Swim Club & Mary Gomez Pool:  Parks and Recreation staff have communicated with the Santa Clara Swim Club (SCSC) to express City concerns regarding traffic, parking and noise impacts to the neighborhood around Mary Gomez Park Pool, as well as customer service issues. SCSC has requested members park in appropriate parking spaces in the parking lot or appropriately on the adjacent street, to escort their children into the swim lessons, to practice good neighbor behavior and follow traffic laws. The SCSC has committed to adjusting scheduled practice times to provide sufficient time between classes and instruction to reduce traffic impacts on Bucher and surrounding streets. In addition, SCSC has placed safety cones to deter persons from parking illegally, and provided staff/volunteers to help with traffic control during lesson transition times. Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) has also patrolled the area and will cite illegal parking or traffic violations. Residents should report illegal parking to SCPD by calling 408-615-5580. Staff will continue to monitor SCSC compliance.  

Major Injury Collision: Around 10:27 p.m. on Oct. 14, Santa Clara Police responded to a major injury traffic collision on San Tomas Expressway, just south of Benton Street, involving a bicyclist and a vehicle. The bicyclist was struck by a motorist traveling southbound on San Tomas Expressway. The bicyclist suffered major injuries and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The bicyclist is a 58-year old male Santa Clara resident. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700. 

River of Life Church Building Dedication: On Oct. 20, Chief Mike Sellers and Assistant Chief Dan Winter attended the River of Life Christian Church's dedication of their newly constructed Shekinah Glory Building. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700. 

San Tomas / Monroe Affordable Housing Project: The City has begun the next phase of community engagement for the proposed development by Freebird Development Company for affordable housing at the southeast corner of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street. The current proposal would allow for the development of approximately 65 affordable units for people at a range of income levels and include a set aside of units for people with development disabilities. The first meeting was held on Oct.19 at the City Hall Cafeteria. The next community meeting will be held on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. The location is to be determined. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.

Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics: On Oct.18, members of the Santa Clara Police Department volunteered as celebrity wait staff in exchange for "tips” at the California Pizza Kitchen to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Northern California. Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and instills the confidence they need to succeed in life. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700. 

Chief’s Advisory Committee: On Oct. 15, the first meeting of the newly formed Chief’s Advisory Committee (CAC) was held. The CAC will advise Police Chief Sellers on issues, matters and public policies which influence or impact the ongoing relationship between SCPD and the community. The committee is made up of 15 individuals who represent a cross section of the community. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Firefighters Girls CampFirefighter Girls Camp: On Oct.13 and 14, the Santa Clara Fire Department participated in the first Northern California “First Alarm Girls Fire Camp.” This two-day event exposed high school girls to firefighter skills taught by women firefighters from agencies throughout the Bay Area. 45 girls attended with 80 women firefighter instructors who made up the camp staff. Santa Clara Fire had 11 women firefighter instructors representing the City of Santa Clara. The camp is designed to teach students interested in a potential career in the fire service. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.

Comic Con 20182018 Comic Con Recap: On October 13, the Santa Clara City Library hosted its 3rd Comic Con, an event bringing together Bay Area artists, authors, cosplayers and local vendors. More than 7,500 people experienced a day packed with fun activities for all ages, including crafts, character story times, trivia competitions, amazing displays, and entertaining and informative panels. Some attendees were also treated to an exclusive showing of Star Wars Resistance. Attendees received a free comic book to encourage reading and a raffle tickets for prizes. It was a day full of wonder, creativity and community. This event was made possible with a grant from the Foundation and Friends of the Library and, along with staff, the hard work of 77 teens who volunteered for a total of 450 hours at the event. View the recordings of panels on the City of Santa Clara YouTube channel. For more information, visit sclibrary.org.

Halloween Safety Fair: On Oct. 10, the Santa Clara Police Department joined Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) and Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager to co-host a Halloween Safety Resource Fair at the Santa Clara Central Library. Attendees picked up free treats and resources, and learned how to have a safe Halloween. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700. 

SVP Public Power WeekPublic Power Week: During the week of Oct. 7, Silicon Valley Power (SVP) celebrated Public Power Week, along with over 2,000 public power utilities across the country. SVP staff visited library branches during the week to share information with residents about energy efficiency programs, electrical safety and the benefits of having a municipal electric utility. SVP’s large business customers were invited to tour the Donald Von Raesfeld Power Plant to learn more about one of the generation resources that provides power to their facilities. For more information, contact info@siliconvalleypower.com

Fire Dept Open HouseSanta Clara Fire Department Celebrates Fire Prevention Week: The Fire Department kicked off National Fire Prevention Week with the Annual Fire Station Open House on Oct. 6. The Fire Department interacted with over 900 members of the community, offering activities such as hands-only CPR instruction, fire station tours and equipment demonstrations. During the week, fire crews and fire engines visited over 19 schools within the city. Grades K-2 were able to meet the firefighters and learn important fire safety topics such as “Stop, Drop & Roll” and “Learn Two Ways Out” as they explored the fire engines. Approximately 3,800 students were able to attend. Firefighters taught basic first aid and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Santa Clara Unified School District bus drivers. They were also trained on the use of fire extinguishers. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 408-615-4900.

Senior CenterSenior Center Volunteers in Action: On Oct. 5, volunteers met at the new San Tomas and Monroe Community Garden to plant the Senior Center garden bed. The group prepared the soil and planted a wonderful winter crop of kale, mixed lettuce, snap and sugar peas, turnips, radishes, carrots, herbs, and flowers. Volunteers will check on the garden plot weekly to water, weed, prune and harvest. Items grown in the garden will be shared with the Senior Center patrons. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 408-615-2260.

YACYouth Activity Center (YAC) After School Program Garden Club: Since Oct. 3, students from the YAC After School Program walk along the San Tomas Aquino Trail to their garden bed at San Tomas and Monroe Community Garden. Using seeds and veggie starts, students planted a winter garden and established the new “Garden Club.”  Students enrolled in the Garden Club will make the weekly trip after school, and learn about sustainable urban agriculture, nutrition and soil science. If you would like your child to participate, call the YAC at 408-615-3760.

IT Dept. AwardCity of Santa Clara Receives the 2018 Award for Excellence in Information Technology Practices: The Department of Information Technology was awarded the 2018 Award for Excellence in Information Technology Practices from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC). MISAC serves as an advisory body to the League of California Cities. The excellence award signifies that the city meets or exceeds standards in the areas of IT operations, budgeting, strategic planning, purchasing, staffing, customer satisfaction, internet, project management and application development, professional development and training, disaster preparation and recovery, security, GIS and service delivery. The City of Santa Clara is proud to receive the award for the 13th time and acknowledgement goes to all who made this achievement possible.

HOME Investment Partnership: The City will be releasing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for up to $550,000 of HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds in the coming weeks. Eligible uses of these funds include housing projects that benefit low-income households such as: housing rehabilitation (e.g., housing already owned by the non-profit that needs rehabilitation and which houses low-income households); housing acquisition (e.g., acquiring property to be rehabilitated and used by the non-profit for housing purposes for low-income households); and new construction (e.g., new rental or homebuyer housing for low-income households.) For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2296.

Santa Clara University Benson Hall Reopens: Santa Clara University undertook a major renovation of Benson Hall and related facilities this past summer. City departments worked closely with the University and their design team to provide timely review in order for Benson Hall to open for the school year in September. The 15,700 square foot project includes a newly remodeled marketplace, bakery and several cafés. For more information, contact Community Development at 408-615-2450.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

Join the Center of What’s Possible! The City is currently hiring for the following positions; to view job descriptions and for information on how to apply, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/jobs.

  • As-Needed Instructor/Lifeguard
  • Assistant to the City Manager
  • Electric Utility Equipment Operator
  • Electrician
  • Engineering Aide (Electric)
  • Journey Lineworker
  • Laborer
  • Meter Reader
  • Office Specialist IV
  • Per Diem Police Officer Special Events
  • Police Officer
  • Public Safety Dispatcher II
  • Recruit Police Officer

RESPONSE TO COUNCIL INQUIRIES/FOLLOW-UP

Response to Administrative Citation: During the Public Presentation portion of the Oct. 9 City Council meeting, the property owner of 3741 Peacock Court expressed his displeasure in receiving an administrative citation. The citation was a result of furniture being discarded on both sides of the street reportedly by one of his tenants. The property owner also requested information on the appeal process so that he may formally appeal the citation. The Mayor and City Manager referred the item to the Director of Public Works, who along with the Acting City Clerk, discussed the appeal process with the property owner who subsequently submitted a formal notice of appeal. An appeal hearing will be set up through the City to review the issue and make a final decision on the citation. For more information, please contact Public Works at 408-615-3000.

3131 Homestead Road General Plan Amendment Withdrawn: Equity Residential has withdrawn its General Plan Amendment application for 3131 Homestead Road (Laguna Clara Apartments). Equity had requested the Amendment to change the site’s existing General Plan designation from Medium Density Residential (20-36 dwelling units/acre) to High Density Residential (37-50 dwelling units/acre). The applicant now intends to propose redevelopment and intensification of the site consistent with the current General Plan designation density range. The revised project includes a new apartment building at the center of the site. The applicants indicated that they will modify the rezoning application they have filed to stay within the General Plan designation. When revised rezoning plans are submitted, the applicant will notice and present the rezoning application through a community meeting. Given the withdrawal, the City has cancelled the Early Consideration hearing of the General Plan Amendment by the City Council on Nov.13, 2018 as was previously scheduled.

LEVI'S STADIUM RELATED UPDATES

Stadium Authority Discretionary Funds: At the Oct. 2 City Council meeting, Mayor Lisa Gilmor asked why the excess Stadium Authority Discretionary Funds have not flowed to the City’s General Fund. Section 12.1 of the Stadium Lease states that in the event that the Stadium Authority Discretionary Fund at any time exceeds One Million Dollars ($1 million), after adequate provision has been made for replacement of and upgrades to capital improvements contemplated under the Public Safety Plan, then up to one-half of such excess may be transferred to the City’s General Fund. 

For the first four years of Stadium operations, the quarterly financial status reports and annual budget documents were shown on a cash basis (when expenses were paid) instead of an accrual basis (when expenses were incurred). In response to an audit recommendation made by Harvey Rose Associates, the Stadium Authority moved to the accrual basis reporting beginning in Feb. 2018. 

Following is a comparison of the Discretionary Fund using the cash basis vs accrual basis reporting methods:

Discretionary Fund

As reflected in the table (to the left), when the actual expenses are shown in the year that they were actually incurred, the ending balance did not rise above the $1 million until fiscal year 2017/18. Going forward, staff will include the accrual basis table in the quarterly reports and, once the 2018/19 fiscal year is closed, staff will bring forth a recommendation to the Board if the ending balance of the Discretionary Fund is above $1 million after adequate provisions are made for capital improvements as outlined in the Stadium Lease.       

Sept. 29 Jay Z and Beyoncé OTR II event: The Community Development Building Division and Fire Department provided expedited review as part of the City’s service delivery for an event at Levi’s Stadium on Sept. 29. Staff worked closely with stadium and concert tour personnel to provide rapid plan check and inspection services to meet the timing needs for this event which included pyrotechnics.

Oct.13 Army vs. San Jose State: A football game was held at Levi’s Stadium. There were no significant police events at the game. For more information, contact the Police Department at 408-615-4700.

Upcoming Stadium Events        

November 1

NFL Game: 49ers (Oakland)

November 12

NFL Game: 49ers (New York)

November 18

49ers Golden Heart Run

November 30

College Football: 2018 Pac-12 Championship

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Children’s Halloween Party: On Oct. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m., come celebrate the annual Children’s Halloween Party at Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center (YAC), 2450 Cabrillo Avenue. Join us for this free event that includes carnival games, bounce houses, arts and crafts, entertainment, costume contest, and tons of treats! Refreshments will be sold by the Youth Commission. Pre-school age children through 5th grade are welcome to participate and everyone is encouraged to come in costume. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, call the YAC at 408-615-3760 or view the flyer.  

Roberta Jones Junior Theatre Begins 50th Season with Pinocchio!: Roberta Jones Junior Theatre debuts the first production of our 50th Season – Pinocchio! Performances will be held at the Mary Louise Mello Auditorium at the Community Recreation Center (CRC), 969 Kiely Blvd., on Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children (ages 3-18), and can be purchased online at www.RJJT.org, or in person at the CRC. For more information, please contact Kevin Cornelius, Recreation Supervisor, at 408-615-3161 or kcornelius@santaclaraca.gov.

UPCOMING COUNCIL CALENDAR/AGENDA ITEMS

Visit the Tentative Meeting Agenda Calendar for dates of upcoming Council Study Sessions, Joint Council/Commission meetings, as well as Council Public Hearing and General Business agenda items online at Legislative Public Meetings on the City’s website. As you can see, while tentative and subject to change, it provides key policy items that the Council/Board will need to dedicate time to deliberate and that may take considerable time during the upcoming meetings.

Contact Information:

Deanna J. Santana, City Manager
408-615-2210
manager@santaclaraca.gov

 

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