The last City Council meeting of the fiscal year Tuesday will feature a loaded agenda. Last week, the council moved past its stalemate on lower benefits for new employees and approved a second tier—with only Councilmember Kansen Chu opposed—as well as paid time off for most city contractors. The latter item passed 8-3, with councilmembers Pete Constant, Pierluigi Oliverio and Rose Herrera opposing it. Herrera’s vote could be viewed as a shot at labor for union attacks against her in the primary, support for the Chamber of Commerce’s position, or both.
In addition to final adoption of the budget for the next fiscal year, which passed unanimously last week, here are some of the critical items up for the last meeting of 2011-12:
• The council will discuss plans for property on the west side of the airport, which could result in a drastic reduction in price for land in exchange for acreage to be used for a new soccer facility.
• The council will likely approve and authorize City Attorney Rich Doyle to execute a settlement with firefighters Debra Ward and Patricia Tapia. Ward And Tapia alleged they were passed over for promotion from fire captain to battalion chief because of discrimination. They will $395,000, and as part of the agreement the city will admit no fault.
• Council will likely adopt a resolution that allows City Manager Debra Figone to negotiate an agreement with San Jose Arena Management, LLC for financial support of the winning bid for the U.S. Gymnastic Olympic Trials in the amount of $300,000. The trials will take place at HP Pavilion June 28 to July 1.
• The council will decide whether or not to approve a recommendation to authorize the city manager to negotiate and execute a services agreement with the San Jose Downtown Association for an amount that cannot exceed $320,000.
• The council could choose to execute a cost sharing agreement between the city of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley Water District to share the cost of developing a strategic master plan for the South Bay Water Recycling Program. The estimated cost is $2,4 million and each party will contribute half the cost. The city and the water district will share a reimbursment from U.S. Department of Interior of up to $1,2 million. They will also choose to set a public hearing on Aug. 7 for sewer service and use charges and storm sewer service charges.
• The council will hear a recommendation to enter an agreement with Sprint Solutions, Inc. for the purchase of radios and cellular and wireless equipment and services for no more than $550,000 per year.
• A recommendation will go before the council to approve an amendment to create a citation fine of $350 for parents caught letting people underage drink alcohol.
• The council will decide to adopt a resolution establishing speed limits on portions of Camden Avenue and Ruby Avenue. This resolution would also change the speed limits on portions of Coleman Avenue, McKean Road and San Ignacio Avenue.
• In an effort to expand on current planning efforts for land evelopment and transportation facilities in the Diridon Station area, the council will hear a recommendation to negotiate a $900,000 grant agreement with the California High Speed Rail Authority.