By Robert Haugh
At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, the most discussed item is likely to be affordable housing.
The proposed ordinance recommends:
- Increasing the inclusionary requirement to 15 percent for rental residential;
- Setting up an in-lieu fee at $20 per square foot for rental residential; and
- Setting up a phase implementation so that the total fee levels are not applicable until 12 months after adoption of the ordinance.
Charter Review Committee Recommendations
Charter Review Committee Recommendations are to:
- Elect City Council Members by two districts (e.g. District 1 and 2) with three Council Members representing each district.
- Elect the three Council Members at the same time per district alternating/staggering between gubernatorial and presidential election years.
- Utilize Single Transferable Vote, a form of Ranked Choice Voting, as soon as the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office can support such a system – continue with the City’s current voting method of plurality until the County can support the new voting method.
- In 2018, elect two members to four-year terms in District 1;
- In 2020, elect one member to a two-year term in District 1 and three members to four-year terms in District 2.
- Change the voting method of the Mayor, City Clerk, Chief of Police, to match the recommended voting method of Council Members beginning in 2020 with the election of the City Clerk and Chief of Police, and then subsequent elections thereafter.
- Direct the City Manager and the Interim City Attorney to initiate the process to draw the districts with public outreach.
- Provide further direction regarding administrative charter amendments and future work plan items for the Charter Review Committee.
The Council will consider:
- increasing the annual registration fee to $640,
- adding a registration fee of $120 to amend filings,
- adding a client registration fee at $100 per client.
The changes are being requested to recover costs of enforcing the ordinance. According to the staff report, $22,769 in cost recovery fees were generated during the 2017 registration period, but a cost study prepared by the Finance Department has determined annual administrative costs for the program of approximately $30,500.
Citti’s Florist and Intel Corporation will be recognized with proclamations for their years of involvement in the community as part of the City’s Business Recognition Program.