The City of Emeryville provides a monthly progress report outlining significant developments and milestones that occurred throughout the period. Among the highlights for the two council meetings conducted during the month of February include discussion and approval of a $50 Million Affordable Housing Bond ballot measure, presentation of the annual committee reports and approval of the city’s first outdoor mural as part of its pilot public art mural program.
The Housing Bond Measure proposes to address an abundance of housing issues including homelessness, displacement and affordability. Measure C will assess residential and commercial property owners in the city $49 per $100,000 of assessed value and would cost a typical market rate homeowner in the range of $200-$500 annually. It would likely impact residential and commercial rents by the same amount if this property tax is passed along to tenants.
The Measure will appear on our June Primary Ballot and will need 2/3 approval by voters to pass. More about the measure can be read on the city’s website.
One of the more charged discussions the city has seen recently involved the public hearing over Andre Carpiaux’s demolished home on Ocean Avenue. “What happened to Andre, quite frankly, is disgusting,” noted a speaker who identified himself as Michael Smith. “Andre is an 83-year-old with dementia who survived the holocaust and had his house demolished. I’ve never seen a public agency so incompetent and heartless.” Smith went on to suggest the council delay the public hearing to accommodate the attendance of Carpiaux who was out of town. “There are already nonprofit groups that are willing to rebuild his house with his son because they’re so ashamed of the conduct of this council!” Andre’s son Patrick was also in attendance and noted he lived at the house with his father for 10 years. “I understand it was a nuisance and all that and I dealt with it more than anybody .”
Councilmember Patz called the reasons for the delay “disingenuous” noting it was about the property and not the person and voted against the motion. The motion to continue the hearing to the March 20th meeting was nonetheless approved by council 4-1 when Andre was expected to be available. The impassioned exchange can be watched on the February 20th meeting video at 00:12:32.
Please note that the summaries provided below are taken directly from the text of these reports.
February Highlights of The Month
Work continued on the $50 million affordable housing general obligation bond in February, with briefings for the Housing Committee, Economic Development Advisory Committee, and Budget Advisory Committee, and City Council passage of the required resolution and first reading of the ordinance to put it on the June 2018 ballot.
The Council approved the design proposal by Joey Rose Studio for the public art mural pilot project on the Greenway between Powell Street and Stanford Avenue.
The Planning Commission approved the Final Development Plan for four new buildings at the Sherwin Williams Planned Unit Development site, including 500 residential units and about 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.
The Planning Commission also approved a Major Conditional Use Permit for Rochambeau at 3996 San Pablo Avenue, Emeryville’s first Cannabis Retail Dispensary.
The AC Transit/City of Emeryville Interagency Liaison Committee, including three AC Transit board members and two Emeryville City Council members, held its first meeting in almost four years, discussing issues of mutual concern for improving transit service in Emeryville.
Staff attended the Alameda County Summit on Homelessness Solutions hosted by Alameda County, including a panel discussion of Alameda County Mayors moderated by Mayor Bauters.
The Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFQ/P) for the Art Center was released on February 12, with a mandatory pre-submittal meeting scheduled for March 1, and Phase I qualification submittals due April 13.
Staff assisted with hosting the Alameda County Mayors’ Conference on February 15 and helped with preparation of a presentation by Mayor Bauters.
In response to two devastating fires at the Intersection project at 3800 San Pablo Avenue, the Chief Building Official has promulgated new standards for fire safety during the construction of wood frame buildings.
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Black History Month (Special Meeting)
The City Council hosted a special celebration of Black History Month, including performances by the St. Columba Catholic Church Choir, remarks by Assembly member Tony Thurmond, proclamations for several honorees, the reading of the winner of an Emery Unified School District essay contest, and the raising of the Pan-African flag in front of City Hall.
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February 6th Council Meeting
Introduction of Maggie Mahaffy (Special Order of the Day)
The Community Development Department’s new Administrative Assistant, Maggie Mahaffy, was introduced to the City Council.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [0:01:50].
Housing Bond (Action Item)
Direction On Potential Bond Measures For The June 2018 Election.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [0:14:09].
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February 20th Council Meeting
Applications to MTC and ABAG for Technical and Staffing Assistance (Consent Item)
The City Council authorized the submittal of applications to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) for Priority Development Area (PDA) technical and staffing assistance. The technical assistance application is for $65,000 to assist staff with work indirectly related to parking management efforts currently underway by evaluating various uses of curbside space and developing a “toolkit” to help rationalize the process of determining the best of use curbside space, whether for parking, bicycling improvements, or other infrastructure needs. The staffing assistance application is for $180,000 for several affordable housing initiatives including a unified waitlist for affordable units citywide, a communications strategy to facilitate contact with occupants of affordable units, and materials to facilitate the training of apartment managers in mixed-income developments.
Small Cell Antenna Fees (Public Hearing)
The Council approved an amendment to the Master Fee Schedule to add a fee of $2,500 per pole per year for small cell antennas attached to City streetlights and other City poles.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [0:24:06].
Economic Development Advisory Committee Annual Report (Action Item)
The Council heard a presentation by Alexandria LaRoche, Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), on the EDAC’s accomplishments for 2017 and priorities for 2018. The presentation highlighted the EDAC’s role in the establishment of the Business License Fee Rebate Program and the Façade Improvement Grant Program, and the development of the Economic Development Strategy. For 2018, the EDAC’s priorities are to establish a program of business networking events and produce marketing materials.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [1:20:43].
Public Art Committee Annual Report (Action Item)
The Council heard a presentation by Sharon Wilchar, Chair of the Public Art Committee (PAC) on the committee’s accomplishments for 2017 and priorities for 2018. The presentation highlighted recent public art commissions including the installations at ECCL and the recently-completed Shellmound Gateway installation under the Powell Street Bridge at Shellmound Street. Priorities for 2018 include a pilot mural program, a new public art installation at Emeryville Marina Park, and monitoring significant public art investments made by private developers at the Public Market development.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [0:49:06].
Housing Bond (Action Item)
The Council approved a resolution and the first reading of an ordinance to put a $50 million affordable housing general obligation bond on the June 2018 ballot.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [1:36:48].
Greenway Mural Pilot Program (Action Item)
The Council approved the design proposal by Joey Rose Studio for the public art mural pilot project on the Greenway between Powell Street and Stanford Avenue. Joey Rose is a Bay Area resident and his proposal for a mural on the walls of buildings
adjacent to the new Greenway segment was chosen by a Selection Panel and affirmed by the Public Art Committee. The mural is expected to be installed this spring/early summer.
The discussion for this item can be viewed above at [2:23:58].
Download the Agenda for the February 20th Council Meeting →