JANUARY 8, 2001

The meeting was called to order at 10:30 A.M. in Assemblyman Lowenthal’s office in the State Capitol Building, Sacramento, notice having been given with affidavit thereto on file.

Present: McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Lyon

Absent: Byrd and Ferraro

Also present were City Manager Les Evans, Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal, Legislative Staff Member Josh Tooker and District Representative Mary Lou Echternach.

Discussion centered on the following:

  1. Proposition 12 Funds. The Council advised the Assemblymember that the City was working with the Peninsula Land Conservancy to purchase up to 800 acres of open space in the City. The Assemblymember indicated his support of our application for funds and offered the assistance of his office in pursuing Proposition 12 money.
  2. Coastal Commission Role in NCCP. Councilmembers expressed concern that the Coastal Commission may be creating a more difficult process by inserting themselves into the NCCP approval process. Assemblymember Lowenthal assured the Council that any Coastal Commission involvement would not hurt the land acquisition process.
  3. Infrastructure Funds. The Council acknowledged the funds returned to the City from the State for use on roads and for police services and asked if money for storm drains could be made available. The Assemblyman felt that the Governor’s proposal for $100,000,000 for protection of the coastline might include some money for storm drain improvements.
  4. Electrical Rate Crisis. Assemblymember Lowenthal briefed the Council on this matter and the State’s efforts to solve the power crisis.
  5. Constitutional Guarantees for Local Financing. There was a discussion of how important financial stability for cities has become. Assemblymember Lowenthal indicated that he will be working on this issue.
  6. Assembly committees. Assemblymember Lowenthal said that he would chair the Housing and Community Development Committee and would be on the Natural Resources and Environmental Committees as well as the Committee for local government finance.

No action was taken.

Recess & Reconvene: At 11:20 A.M., the meeting was recessed. The meeting reconvened at 11:30 A.M. in State Senator Betty Karnette’s office. Senator Betty Karnette, Chief of Staff Charles Wright, and District Representative Chuck Taylor were present.

The items under discussion during the meeting with Senator Karnette included the following:

  1. Electrical Crisis. Senator Karnette indicated that her focus would be on energy conservation for the short-term solution to the crisis. For the long term she felt the answer is more power generation facilities.
  2. Open Space Purchase. Purchase of open space is a high priority for the Senator. She will support the City in its efforts to acquire property with State bond funds.
  3. Funds for Storm Drains. Senator Karnette referred this item to her staff. All felt that neither the Governor nor the legislature was inclined to make grants to cities less restrictive.
  4. Motor Vehicle In Lieu Tax. Senator Karnette said she never supported the reduction in the in-lieu tax.

5. PVIC. Senator Karnette will provide whatever support she can to the City

efforts to remediate the contaminated soil and reopen the PVIC.

No action was taken.

Adjournment: At 12:15 P.M., the meeting adjourned.







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