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BNC September Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Jac
24:59
lwarhuus@cityofberkeley.info
Mike Perlmutter (he/him)
25:10
coordinate on City Nuisance Code strengthening and also air quality grant cleanairberkeley@gmail.com
Kate Harrison
29:49
Great idea James
meryl siegal
31:27
The purple air is not very helpful
meryl siegal
31:44
Because we cannot measure the toxic pollution
meryl siegal
32:11
I can’t unmute myself
Paola Laverde
39:22
Making a Public Records Act request is a way to get the information.
meryl siegal
47:15
I have Dean on the phone.
meryl siegal
47:26
And he will talk from my computer on the phone.
Carole
48:52
Meryl, You need to merely google the California Public Records Act to identify the state statute governing the release of all public records. The City has to respond within ten business days if only to request an extension. These PRAs generally go through the City Clerk.
James Mcfadden
48:55
I'm transferring to a phone - 6254
Paola Laverde
52:49
Please clarify, no appeal by the UC yet?
Paola Laverde
01:02:12
Thank you!
Carole
01:03:36
A few weeks ago the Mayor toured the premises, with Harriet Tubman residents, to identify the problems there and seek resolution. What was the outcome?
Carole
01:05:40
Whether attorneys fees can be sought, from opposing party, depends on the statute under which claims are made.
Carole
01:10:59
Janis, you are doing an excellent job of running this meeting.
Kate Harrison
01:11:14
I agree. Thank you Janis.
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:12:47
Shirley Dean is giving the report--thanks Janis.
Janis Ching
01:15:15
Thank you all for the lively discussion and for sticking to the issues.
meryl siegal
01:18:19
There is no where to move. San Pablo, I -80, they are all jammed
Kate Harrison
01:18:21
Letter from constituents asking Assm. Wicks to clarify the intention of SB 9 in several regards:
Kate Harrison
01:18:56
August 23, 2021Dear Assembly Member Wicks –Thank you for taking the time to listen to our concerns last Friday. I want to reiterate the specific areas you agreed to follow up on:1. Could you please ask Senator Atkins to clarify that Local Policies would NOT be preempted? Can your staff share the language in the bill that allows local control?We are specifically concerned about Berkeley’s ability to require developers to set aside 20% of buildings over 5 units for affordable housing OR contribute to our Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The City of Berkeley is considering a change to our SFZ law, but it is not clear whether the City Council would be able to impose affordability requirements or green space / setback rules that are stronger than what is in SB9 should that become law.2. Developers are required to contribute to infrastructure for building in commercial zones. Can SB9 be amended to include a similar requirement in residential zones as well?3. Regarding Fire Zones: Can you ensure
Kate Harrison
01:19:49
3. Regarding Fire Zones: Can you ensure that SB9 protects the entire Wildland Urban Interface, both High and Very High Severity Zones? And that SB10 has the same protections? This is essential.4. What about the required setback of only 4 feet? This requirement in the bill will significantly reduce the number of plants and trees that are vital to replenish groundwater and provide shade to mitigate climate impact.5. Your understanding is that this bill would allow duplexes on SFZ lots. Our understanding is that a lot can be split and each side could build a duplex with an ADU and JADU, which effectively allows a lot in a SFH zone to have as many as 8 units under SB9. This is not just a duplex bill. Can you check with Senator Atkins and confirm which understanding is correct?6. We would like to hear what State efforts are being proposed that would require, incentivize, and fund affordable housing.Finally, the premise that density automatically makes housing affordable has not been borne out in
Kate Harrison
01:20:47
Finally, the premise that density automatically makes housing affordable has not been borne out in experience. This presentation by Professor Patrick Condon, based on his new book Sick City, demonstrates that in Vancouver and other locations, density did not create affordable housing. Your Assembly District is also a very hot real estate market which incentivizes profit-driven development. Another good resource for an alternative vision for housing development is the 2020 Cambridge MA 100% affordable housing zoning overlay. Here is a comparison of Cambridge overlay, the Berkeley proposed Affordable Housing Overlay and AB1763.Again, our vision is:• provide housing for those who work in our City and cannot afford to live here• prevent displacement of those who can no longer afford to live here• create climate friendly, neighborhood friendly housing for more people at a price that the City can afford, with support for infrastructure.Cities in your district – specifically Berkeley and Oakland – are
Kate Harrison
01:20:51
building housing and doing our best to build affordable housing while preserving green space so vital to our climate. We ask you, our elected representative, to fight for us too.Thanks for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.Sincerely,Holly ScheiderJuli DickeyKitt SaginorSue PiperElizabeth StageMichai FreemanZipporah CollinsCarla WoodworthJudy BertelsenMargot SmithBecky O’Malley
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:22:50
For more information about the initiative: communitiesforchoice.org
Paola Laverde
01:23:32
Oh my gosh…. bulto build build, while we have lots of units sitting empty in our city. 1915 Delaware a 10 unit building empty for 15 years
meryl siegal
01:24:08
Janis dean wants to make a comment
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:24:42
Paola--great point. Good letter in today's SF Chronicle from a reader talking about all the empty housing units in SF.
Paola Laverde
01:25:06
The city needs an effective vacancy tax in place, so if units are built they have to be rente out.
Jac
01:25:35
Paola: I have been looking, and have asked the Rent Board for a list of all of these vacant buildings for months. Could you please help me get that list? There is a possibility that these could be pursued by a not for profit housing organization. Thanks for you help
Michael Katz
01:25:45
What should we know about the Objective Standards on the City Council’s 9/14 agenda? David?
Paola Laverde
01:27:07
Jac, I have an updated list. I will share with the Housing Authority’s non=profit
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:27:52
Zonehaven proves that if everyone evacuates with their two car households that it will take two hours--but unfortunately the fire will sweep through in 15 minutes. We lost 25 people in the 1991 Berkeley/Oakland fire.
Paola Laverde
01:30:07
YEs!!
Jac
01:31:18
Paola: Will you please send me a copy of the list also? BHA will need an economic partner - that is how their development company is set up. Thanks
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:32:19
Support the Californians for Community Planning Initiative--started by Bill Brand, Mayor of Redondo Beach. Initiative language was filed on August 25.
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:33:25
No--the charter city issue has already been resolved.
Kate Harrison
01:34:38
I will be signing off. Thank you all.
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:34:47
Dean--check in with me first--the Legislature can usurp the rights in a charter city--I think the latest court case was down on the peninsula.
howard rosenberg
01:37:34
regarding questions to Skinner: Weeks ago I sent emails to both Skinner and Wicks opposing SB 9&10 and asking simple questions about their stances on local authority to control land use. Received a polite reply of disagreement from Skinner, nothing whatsoever from Wicks.
Carole
01:40:43
Paola, Please make sure that I receive a copy of that updated vacancy list too. I need it for a Homeless Commission recommendation, recommending a vacancy tax, which we passed a few months ago. Please e-mail to daphnesflight@yahoo.com.
meryl siegal
01:42:33
Can we ask the Attorney General at the state why the housing of students is not included in the RHNA standards?
Carole
01:42:57
Does BNC have a representative(s) at the upcoming Housing Element input workshops that have been scheduled over the next several months?
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:46:31
The AG doesn't deal with these issues.
Jac
01:47:07
It is my understanding that some of the University housing will be included in the RHNA goals (although they will be “at market”). The units with a shared kitchen/living area with multiple bedrooms ARE included in RHNA calc.
meryl siegal
01:47:35
Thanks jac
Carole
01:47:38
Meryl, are there legal regs. that govern how populations are determined under RNHA? If so, we need to look at them.
meryl siegal
01:49:34
Thanks carole
Jac
01:50:28
re: BART There is an access study/planning effort underway on exactly HOW people are going to get to BART from the Oakland/El Cerrito corridor
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
01:51:21
Richard Register did a vision along these lines years ago.
meryl siegal
01:52:07
Thank You Erin
Jac
01:52:24
This is a new effort in light of the development planned. There is a clear understanding that there need to be viable option to get to BART other than driving/parking and having 70 year olds ride scooters!
meryl siegal
01:53:07
Merylsiegal@gmail
Carole
01:53:35
Seniors. persons with disabilities, families with children, people who have to commute to work because of no reasonable alternative to that work location or because they work graveyard shifts or shifts that make public transportation unreasonable or dangerous often need to use their cars.
meryl siegal
01:55:04
Our houses in the neighborhood are 100 years old. And the public transportation rumbles past our houses and shakes them, believe it or not!. How will neighborhoods work with the transportation plan? Will we be part of it?
Julia Cato
01:57:03
Is there some reason why I cannot copy and save the chat?
Christopher Kroll
01:59:08
when is the next meeting?
Janis Ching
02:00:05
I will post the entire chat at berkeleyneighborhoodscouncil.com by the end of the weekend.
meryl siegal
02:01:40
Thank you Tony!!!!
meryl siegal
02:03:04
The neighborhoods around the transportation will become clogged, jammed and people will find it impossible to move in this part of the city
Michael Katz
02:04:32
Tony, maybe it’s on us to postcard, as Carla has suggested?
meryl siegal
02:04:50
Good point. We have been told there is not a budget (from our city council person)
Jac
02:06:13
There is a $500M “gap” in funding to make it 100$ affordable
meryl siegal
02:06:17
Yes, the new arguments from YIMBY’s was just build it high and affordability be dammed!
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
02:06:34
Let's do some mutual aid here. Tony and Michael--maybe we can help on getting the word out on our email lists (Berkeley Together/BNC). Let me know.
meryl siegal
02:06:46
Do we need to get out there with signs and protest?
Jac
02:06:47
The city has committed to $53M but there is a long way to go. I am working on a project to try to get us there
meryl siegal
02:07:00
Thanks jac
Michael Katz
02:08:18
The Cal students are “tot’s” back. Tony, we should re-check MacArthur Commons’ vacancy rate.
Jac
02:09:05
It is the most worthy project ever
Jac
02:09:15
Working hard to get to that %. Truly
Carla Woodworth, Berkeley, Alameda County
02:09:39
If BNC gets Buffy Wicks on a Zoom call, maybe we could ask her to find money for affordable housing at both BART stations.
meryl siegal
02:10:26
Considering the crime in the area we really need to do something for the neighbors and make sure the development is lovely
meryl siegal
02:11:21
As well as the neighbors who will live there.
Julia Cato
02:11:30
This may be obvious, but who will own the housing on BART stations and who will get the rent. Could we build social housing.
Anthony Corman
02:11:48
The developer ground leases from BART
Michael Katz
02:11:51
The developer will get a 99-year lease.
Michael Katz
02:12:52
And per Costa-Hawkins, all these units will be exempt from rent control.
Jac
02:12:55
Thank you Steve. Greatly appreciated!