Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pittsburg City Council Meeting

Monday,  October 15, 2018, 7pm

City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd Floor

Agenda can be found here. **AMENDED AGENDA **

Agenda items of note:

PUBLIC HEARING

#5. Introduction and Waive First Reading of an Ordinance Amending Pittsburg Municipal Code Section 7.04.010 Relating to the Adoption of Contra Costa County Animal Control Regulations

The Contra Costa County Animal Services Department provides animal control services within the City of Pittsburg. Pittsburg Municipal Code Section 7.04.010 incorporates the Contra Costa County Animal Control Ordinance by reference to enable enforcement of animal control within the City. Contra Costa County has amended its Animal Control Ordinance to include a new section: Article 416-12.2 Nuisances. This update will allow enforcement of this new section.

Is there some reason that the City is incapable of providing a fully amended version of the “new section”  for the public to read and understand, but chooses to provide an excruciatingly difficult to read “corrected” version? Transparency, indeed.

#6. Introduction and Waive First Reading of an Ordinance Approving an Amendment to the Development Agreement between Garaventa Enterprises, Inc. and the City of Pittsburg, AP-18-1368 (DA)

This is a public hearing on a request to introduce and waive first reading of an ordinance approving a major amendment to the development agreement between Garaventa Enterprises, Inc. and the City of Pittsburg. The proposed amendment would require Garaventa and a third-party developer to construct separate office and hotel buildings on a 5.23-acre site located at the northwest corner of Railroad Avenue and State Route 4.

Everyone knows that Developer Agreements are just meaningless pieces of paper. All the developer has to do to get around it is to let the agreement expire. Joe Sbranti is working his “back-room” magic again… implying one thing (a Marriott Hotel!) while secretly planning something else altogether. 

CONSIDERATION

#7. Adoption of a City Council Resolution to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Project Stabilization Agreement and Side Letter with the Contra Costa Building & Construction Trades Council, and Direct the City Manager to Revise the City’s Purchasing Policy Accordingly

The City Council finds it advantageous to minimize the risk of delays because of labor disruptions on large public works projects and maximize opportunities to employ local residents. The proposed Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) can contribute to the achievement of these goals.

No, this doesn’t look shady at all… seems to us that the Trade Unions (who represent lots of local residents already) would not be too happy about this.

#8. Adoption of a City Council Resolution Allocating Additional Funds and Approving a Consultant Agreement Amendment No. 1 for Phase II of Design of Contract 2018-01, James Donlon Boulevard Extension Project

Contract 2018-01, James Donlon Boulevard Extension Project (the “Project”) is for the construction of a new alternative access route between eastern and central Contra Costa County, to relieve congestion for residents along Buchanan Road. Phase I of the project design is complete. If approved, the Resolution will allocate funds and authorize Consultant Agreement Amendment No. 1 in the amount of $4,289,469 for Phase II design of the Project.

This expansion will be as beneficial to traffic as the HWY-4 expansion, the eBART and the non-existent local Pittsburg road enhancements. Those have made zero improvements to traffic. Oh, and the expansion is most likely just a land grab that would allow Pittsburg to build even further into the hills eventually… FOUR MILLION DOLLARS?.. sneaky, sneaky, Joe.

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