The Pleasanton City Council will face a packed agenda Tuesday night as it meets to consider employee salary increases, a rent stability plan and its major priorities for the next two years.
The meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center at 200 Old Bernal Ave., will likely last less than its 4-1/2 hour-long meeting one week ago, but could be just as contentious.
Two main issues that head the meeting’s agenda could be accepted by council members without much argument.
One proposes raising the salaries of city employees who are members of the Pleasanton City Employees Association Local 955 by 3%, effective April 1, with additional 3% raises for each of the next two years.
The new union contract also calls for employees to start contributing $25 monthly toward their medical coverage, which the city has been fully paying. The city now pays between $1,000 for a single policy to $1,800 for a family policy for its employees.
Council members are also expected to approve a new rent stabilization agreement with the owners of Hacienda Mobile Home Park on Vineyard Avenue. The 10-year agreement, which was approved by 97 of the 102 mobile home owners who voted in a special ballot, will tie rent increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), but will cap those increases at Hacienda to no more than 5% per year.
Residents own their mobile units, but lease one of the 149 spaces at the park.
Then it’s on to priorities and some of the 80 that have been proposed to get completed or at least underway in the next year or two.
These range from restarting the land development consideration for the East Side, a largely empty 400-acre site off Valley Avenue, to renovating the Amador Theater, where an aging fire escape has forced the closing of the balcony and water seepage on the other side is affecting the structure itself.
These proposed priorities and others are part of a long-range work plan the council considers every two years.
More than 250 people attended last Tuesday’s council workshop meeting, the largest ever for an informal meeting to speak for the proposed priorities they like or don’t like.
The majority focused on a handful of projects and programs up for consideration, including the East Side Specific Plan and problems at the Amador Theater.
Most contentious has been the plan to build senior housing on the Merritt property, a 45.75-acre parcel on Foothill Road that is sandwiched between single-family home communities and Interstate 680 at the back.
Earlier proposals to build residential units on the property were defeated in a referendum and in court. The parcel continues to have only its original home on the property.
These issues and 44 others are proposed for the council’s Priority List A, which are projects or programs that are to be decided or completed in the coming year. Others include: Kottinger Gardens, Phase II; Sunflower Hill construction; improve traffic circulation; design Sunol Boulevard improvements; widen Bernal Avenue at First Street; enact Climate Action plan 2.0; Johnson Drive Economic Zone; and open North Pleasanton police station.