Tonight’s City Council meeting will begin after a brief Housing Authority meeting at 7 p.m.
At its meeting, the Housing Authority will be asked to give preferential treatment to homeless persons for Section 8 – low-income housing – vouchers.
The council agenda includes a number of items to discuss that have been languishing on the list of possible actions for weeks. They include:
• Accepting the Redevelopment Agency’s final report.
• Discussing pedestrian safety on Ashby Avenue.
• Purchasing microphones and a recording devise so that more accurate records can be kept of General Plan and Southside Plan meetings.
• Discussing support programs for small business.
• Appointing Councilmember Betty Olds to a city manager evaluation subcommittee.
• Giving the Peace and Justice Commission authority to review all contracts with the University of California.
• Enforcing speed laws on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The council also plans to make a decision on a use permit for office buildings at 2336 Fifth St.
On the consent calendar, which are items discussed with little or no comment, are a traffic-monitoring study for Alta Bates Medical Center, residential parking enforcement, hosting a panel on “the war on drugs,” and retention of a midwife panel at Alta Bates Medical Center.
If the council gets to its new business, it will talk about establishing a task force to create a citywide transit pass, like UC Berkeley’s Class Pass. All students pay for the Class Pass, and any of them can sign up to use it.
Another item of new business is establishing conflict of interest criteria for city commissioners.
The meetings are scheduled to be broadcast on B-TV, Cable Channel 25, and 89.3-FM, KPFB.
– Judith Scherr,
Daily Planet Staff