City Council Preview: Loyalton Property Sale; Controversial 1601 Civic Center Drive Affordable Housing Project; Levi’s Stadium Grass Replacement & More

By Robert Haugh

Tomorrow’s Santa Clara City Council meeting has several topics.

Here they are:

  • Closed Session – Conference with Real Property negotiators Property: East of Loyalton and West of Cold Springs in Sierra and Lassen Counties, negotiating parties: Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California 
  • Special Order of Business – Presentation by Senator Aisha Wahab of an $1.8 Million award from the State of California to support the Santa Clara Cares Overnight locations pilot program
  • Special Order of Business – Presentation of a Legislative update by California State Senator Wahab
  • Special Order of Business – Proclaim November 2023 as Native American Heritage month
  • Special Order of Business – Proclaim November 12 to November 18, 2023 as National Nurse Practitioner week
  • Consent Calendar – Action on Stadium Manager’s Request to execute agreement with Colony Landscape and Maintenance, Inc. for sod removal and related services at Levi’s Stadium – the contract is over $1.8 million. The amount of the agreement shall not exceed $600,000 per contract year one and two and $620,000 in contract year three. Total compensation, in the aggregate, shall not exceed $1,820,000 over the three-year period. There are three to four full field replacements during each calendar year requiring replacement of the entire playing service totaling approximately 82,000 square feet. Wow! Yes, the City is paying for the grass field at Levi’s Stadium to be replaced multiple times per year. Ironic, when there are only eight games a year played. 
  • Public Hearing – Actions authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute loan documents for a loan to Charities Housing Development Corporation of Santa Clara County (“Charities”) of up to $4,944,484 to support the construction of 106 affordable housing units at 1601 Civic Center Drive; and direction to allocate up to $455,516 from the City’s Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) funds to further assist with construction costs (total City contribution of up to $5.4 million), actions authorizing the City Manager to execute documents that will release a recorded indenture that currently limits the site’s developable area, and approve the related Budget amendment
  • Public Hearing – Action on award of five purchase orders greater than $250,000, with an aggregate amount of $30,164,272 for Finance Department central warehouse purchases to replenish Silicon Valley Power inventory funded by Electric Utility Funds.

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