By Robert Haugh
Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe urged the City to do something about illegal street racing and sideshows. According to Watanabe, the City has received 135 complaints in the last two years. This is mostly happening on Highway 237, Lafayette and Tasman.
Watanabe said the City had an ordinance in 2004. But it no longer exists. Watanabe proposed the Council authorize the City Manager to identify tools for the Council to take action immediately to stop the races and sideshows. She also wants to create a new ordinance and increase law enforcement funding to deal with it.
The Council approved her recommendation 6-0. Kudos to Watanabe for doing a lot of homework and protecting Northside neighborhoods.
Interestingly, Police Chief Mike Sellers was at the meeting and didn’t say anything until he was asked to weigh in. Then, he didn’t really say much.
North Santa Clara Specific Plans
The City Council heard a presentation of two specific plans for North Santa Clara: the Patrick Henry area and the Freedom Circle area.
Between these two areas, Director of Community Development Andrew Crabtree estimates there could be up to 11,000 additional housing units North of Bayshore. Wow. The buildings could be 5-25 stories high. Double wow.
The City will require that 15 percent of the units will be affordable. A draft EIR is expected in Fall 2019 and a City Council hearing in the Spring 2020.
Crabtree said that the mega development proposed by Kylli on the old Yahoo! site will move forward separately from the specific plans. Kylli wants to add 6,000 units to the area. Triple wow.
Crabtree wanted the Council to adopt a North Santa Clara Vision Plan. But they didn’t do so. They didn’t seem comfortable with Crabtree bringing it out at the last minute. They also don’t seem comfortable with the plan to build infrastructure and transportation for all these new residents.
The Council took another step to replace the former Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Last summer, the Council did not renew their contract. Now, they are moving toward a new board and a new organization that will be set up in the next few months. It’ll be fully staffed and running by Aug 1.
Anna Warren Cebrian, the owner of Illusive Comics & Games was recognized by the Council for her contributions to the City and hosting many community events at her store.
Vice Mayor Patty Mahan was absent again.