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Pleasanton city staff advocate more capital improvement projects

Also: City Council to vote on final design at Bernal and Sunol, review state housing bills

The Pleasanton City Council will hold public hearings on three different matters of interest during their virtual meeting on Tuesday night, starting 7 p.m.

An update on the 2020-21 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget will lead the trio of discussion items that evening. The council adopts a CIP every two years to make sure the city's capital improvements and infrastructure needs are satisfied.

City staff recently conducted a midterm review of the CIP to assure funds are available for approved projects; to change, add or cancel projects "so they are consistent with the current funding, workloads and scheduling;" and generally assure that everything meets council priorities and community expectations.

That review prepared by City Manager Nelson Fialho, assistant city manager Brian Dolan and finance director Tina Olson will be shared by staff on Tuesday.

The midterm CIP estimates expenditures this year to be about $4.4 million more than originally projected last year. According to city documents, the total of expenditures of fiscal year 2020-21 are about $29.6 million, or a 14.2% increase from the previous year's $25.2 projection.

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All of the projects are funded from revenue dedicated to the CIP, including $2.5 from the city's general fund -- half of the original $5 million that was allocated to the fiscal year 2020-21 CIP in June 2019.

The midterm CIP has not deleted any projects, and recommends adding and funding an additional 10 projects -- six new and four existing. The bulk of the $1.6 million for all 10 projects -- $1 million -- would be for improvements on city facilities "to facilitate social distancing required for the city to reopen its buildings to employees and the public," and come from the $4.4 million increase, according to the report.

Another $230,000 would pay for major repairs to the Fire Training Tower, and $180,000 would be used to install fiber optic cable along Santa Rita Road that will connect to the city's Traffic Management Center and "help facilitate managing traffic with real time data."

Other six-figure projects on the list include $100,000 for design of the Val Vista underdrain, $240,000 for the library roof and to improve six study rooms, add new electrical wiring, and retrofit light fixtures at the library, upgrading bicycle detection equipment at signalized intersections throughout the city for $150,000, and improving the city's water and sewer systems to better handle power outages for $100,000.

Staff have also suggested consolidating the $800,000 Pioneer Cemetery South Hill Improvements project "with the Pioneer Cemetery CIP Master Plan Implementation funding to create a separate project," though it does not require extra funding.

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There are also several proposed fund level transfers: a $370,000 re-allocation from the general fund CIP reserve "to cover a shortfall in the miscellaneous CIP general fund caused by the $2.5 million reduction," transferring $183,000 from the city hall office building and civic center site improvement reserve to the CIP reserve, and reallocating $720,000 from the traffic impact Bernal property fund to the traffic impact fees fund.

In other business

* The council will also review and consider the city's legislative framework with the 2020 Focus Areas on Tuesday night, and potentially establish its legislative positions on certain housing related bills for this year. They are also expected to ask staff to "monitor remaining legislation throughout the 2020 legislative cycle to determine whether the city council should take a formal position."

Several of the bills included in the discussion packet are Senate Bill 1385, known as the Neighborhood Homes Act. Staff has recommended that the council oppose the bill on the grounds that it would "remove local control and discretion" from deciding whether to build housing on commercial land deemed to be underutilized, and hurt sales tax revenue by reducing the amount of commercial property.

Senate Bill 1120 is another legislative item that staff has suggested opposing; the bill would add to the state additional dwelling unit (ADU) law that permits three units per parcel and would allow more density in existing single-family neighborhoods.

Without any limits in SB 1120 on demolition of existing properties, staff said "much larger duplex structures could come to replace more modestly-sized single-family homes throughout the city," and added that the bill "does not guarantee affordability and thus is unlikely to result in an increase in the supply of affordable units."

Staff have also recommended that the council support three bills and oppose one bill, all relating to law enforcement. The three bills with staff support are Assembly Bills 1196, 1299 and 1506.

AB 1196 would prohibit the use of carotid restraints and chokeholds, which the Pleasanton Police Department has temporarily suspended, and AB 1299 would require law enforcement agencies to notify the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training when a peace officer leaves a job, including details about any termination or resignation.

Law enforcement agencies would have an additional resource within the Department of Justice to review their use-of-force policies with the adoption of AB 1506.

Senate Bill 776, however, was rejected by staff as "overly punitive to officers" by making "every incident involving use of force subject to disclosure," as well as non-sustained and exonerated cases.

* A design concept and contract for a top-priority traffic-calming project at the corner of Bernal Avenue and First Street will undergo a final review and vote on Tuesday. Plans have been in the works since last year to add a second left-turn lane on westbound Bernal Avenue heading south on Sunol Boulevard, where the Pleasanton Unified School District office is located.

Last year the city approached PUSD about acquiring approximately 5,400 square feet of district property to add an additional lane at Bernal and First, citing worsening traffic delays on Bernal. Three design schemes and accompanying budgets were also presented at the time.

Staff has recommended that the council approve the first design alternative, which calls for expanding the intersection north into PUSD property, and said "has the best geometrics for this intersection, the lowest cost of construction, and will not require any major retaining walls." Several heritage trees along the district property line on Bernal that are in declining health would also need to be removed.

The project will cost an estimated $2.75 million; the council will also vote that evening on a $361,200 contract with HMH Engineers for related design and biddable construction document preparation.

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Pleasanton city staff advocate more capital improvement projects

Also: City Council to vote on final design at Bernal and Sunol, review state housing bills

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Aug 3, 2020, 1:22 pm

The Pleasanton City Council will hold public hearings on three different matters of interest during their virtual meeting on Tuesday night, starting 7 p.m.

An update on the 2020-21 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget will lead the trio of discussion items that evening. The council adopts a CIP every two years to make sure the city's capital improvements and infrastructure needs are satisfied.

City staff recently conducted a midterm review of the CIP to assure funds are available for approved projects; to change, add or cancel projects "so they are consistent with the current funding, workloads and scheduling;" and generally assure that everything meets council priorities and community expectations.

That review prepared by City Manager Nelson Fialho, assistant city manager Brian Dolan and finance director Tina Olson will be shared by staff on Tuesday.

The midterm CIP estimates expenditures this year to be about $4.4 million more than originally projected last year. According to city documents, the total of expenditures of fiscal year 2020-21 are about $29.6 million, or a 14.2% increase from the previous year's $25.2 projection.

All of the projects are funded from revenue dedicated to the CIP, including $2.5 from the city's general fund -- half of the original $5 million that was allocated to the fiscal year 2020-21 CIP in June 2019.

The midterm CIP has not deleted any projects, and recommends adding and funding an additional 10 projects -- six new and four existing. The bulk of the $1.6 million for all 10 projects -- $1 million -- would be for improvements on city facilities "to facilitate social distancing required for the city to reopen its buildings to employees and the public," and come from the $4.4 million increase, according to the report.

Another $230,000 would pay for major repairs to the Fire Training Tower, and $180,000 would be used to install fiber optic cable along Santa Rita Road that will connect to the city's Traffic Management Center and "help facilitate managing traffic with real time data."

Other six-figure projects on the list include $100,000 for design of the Val Vista underdrain, $240,000 for the library roof and to improve six study rooms, add new electrical wiring, and retrofit light fixtures at the library, upgrading bicycle detection equipment at signalized intersections throughout the city for $150,000, and improving the city's water and sewer systems to better handle power outages for $100,000.

Staff have also suggested consolidating the $800,000 Pioneer Cemetery South Hill Improvements project "with the Pioneer Cemetery CIP Master Plan Implementation funding to create a separate project," though it does not require extra funding.

There are also several proposed fund level transfers: a $370,000 re-allocation from the general fund CIP reserve "to cover a shortfall in the miscellaneous CIP general fund caused by the $2.5 million reduction," transferring $183,000 from the city hall office building and civic center site improvement reserve to the CIP reserve, and reallocating $720,000 from the traffic impact Bernal property fund to the traffic impact fees fund.

In other business

* The council will also review and consider the city's legislative framework with the 2020 Focus Areas on Tuesday night, and potentially establish its legislative positions on certain housing related bills for this year. They are also expected to ask staff to "monitor remaining legislation throughout the 2020 legislative cycle to determine whether the city council should take a formal position."

Several of the bills included in the discussion packet are Senate Bill 1385, known as the Neighborhood Homes Act. Staff has recommended that the council oppose the bill on the grounds that it would "remove local control and discretion" from deciding whether to build housing on commercial land deemed to be underutilized, and hurt sales tax revenue by reducing the amount of commercial property.

Senate Bill 1120 is another legislative item that staff has suggested opposing; the bill would add to the state additional dwelling unit (ADU) law that permits three units per parcel and would allow more density in existing single-family neighborhoods.

Without any limits in SB 1120 on demolition of existing properties, staff said "much larger duplex structures could come to replace more modestly-sized single-family homes throughout the city," and added that the bill "does not guarantee affordability and thus is unlikely to result in an increase in the supply of affordable units."

Staff have also recommended that the council support three bills and oppose one bill, all relating to law enforcement. The three bills with staff support are Assembly Bills 1196, 1299 and 1506.

AB 1196 would prohibit the use of carotid restraints and chokeholds, which the Pleasanton Police Department has temporarily suspended, and AB 1299 would require law enforcement agencies to notify the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training when a peace officer leaves a job, including details about any termination or resignation.

Law enforcement agencies would have an additional resource within the Department of Justice to review their use-of-force policies with the adoption of AB 1506.

Senate Bill 776, however, was rejected by staff as "overly punitive to officers" by making "every incident involving use of force subject to disclosure," as well as non-sustained and exonerated cases.

* A design concept and contract for a top-priority traffic-calming project at the corner of Bernal Avenue and First Street will undergo a final review and vote on Tuesday. Plans have been in the works since last year to add a second left-turn lane on westbound Bernal Avenue heading south on Sunol Boulevard, where the Pleasanton Unified School District office is located.

Last year the city approached PUSD about acquiring approximately 5,400 square feet of district property to add an additional lane at Bernal and First, citing worsening traffic delays on Bernal. Three design schemes and accompanying budgets were also presented at the time.

Staff has recommended that the council approve the first design alternative, which calls for expanding the intersection north into PUSD property, and said "has the best geometrics for this intersection, the lowest cost of construction, and will not require any major retaining walls." Several heritage trees along the district property line on Bernal that are in declining health would also need to be removed.

The project will cost an estimated $2.75 million; the council will also vote that evening on a $361,200 contract with HMH Engineers for related design and biddable construction document preparation.

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