8:50, CITY MANAGER REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS, Passes, 4-1, with Councilwoman De Vera voting "nay."
1. Parcel C Sales Agreement With DeNova Homes For High End Apartments
"We don't have a lot of money and we need this money to pay off one-time debt," Duran said.
City Manager Steve Duran gives Power Point presentation regarding the deal:
(From the presentation)
- DeNova Homes were had the highest offer.
- Agreement is subject to due diligence feasibility period
-Close of escrow is subject to the city design review, including CEQA
Why Sell Now?
- Needed to settle with Ambac
- Needed to settle construction debt
-END OF PRESENTATION-
De Vera raises the question, "Why bother selling the property now when it could be clawed back?" De Vera asks how Duran knows no retail developers were interested in Parcel C, which is what the city's consultants found. Duran said consultants working for the city studied the market and interest of retail developers.
Public Comments On Parcel C Sale Agreement:
Sherry McCoy, "The developer doesn't have Hercules' best interest in mind. That's your job," McCoy said to the Council. "The long-held vision of our community is being transformed by a few...hijacked." Urges the council to vote against or delay the vote.
Bill Kelly, Get the EIR done, and get a complete analysis so the city doesn't get tied up in a lawsuit.
Chris Kelly, We don't have any more money...I would urge the council to move ahead and approve the sale agreement. What I'm most concerned about is the city becoming solvent and the waterfront project (coming to fruition).
Judy Swager, "I don't feel we should just hand it over as apartments to an apartment developer...we really don't know much about this at all...I don't feel like it's time to vote for this project..."
Virgil Delavega, "Is bankruptcy and fire sale of our properties the only options we have? ...If so, I assure you we're going to go bankruptcy (soon)...Think hard, we have very few parcels left...what we need are revenue generating (investments)...in order to pay off future debt obligations."
Phil Simmons, "Everything on this property is ready to go for these guys...what you're doing by voting on this tonight is creating the potential...for this developer to sue this city...over this PSA."
8:45, UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Suspend Inclusionary Housing Requirements In Hercules, Passes 5-0
8:20, CONSENT CALENDAR
1. Approve City Council Meeting Minutes, Passes
2. Landscaping and Lighting Assessment District Annual Engineer's Report, Passes 5-0
3. Amendment To Agreement With D'Oro Construction
4. Gray-Bowen Contract Extension, Passes 3-0 with Councilman William Wilkins and Councilman Gerard Boulanger recusing themselves.
5. School Resource Officer Contract, Passes 5-0
6. Liens On Properties, Passes 5-0
7. Calling City Election, Passes 5-0
7:30, PUBLIC COMMENT
Marin Tobin Kelly, The signs that are on the corner of Sycamore and San Pablo Ave and others..."They look tacky...and they're advertising foreclosures and short sales...but I don't like the shadow that it's casting on our community..."
Flor Malicse, President of Hercules Senior Citizens Club, Thanks the Council for helping to keep the city's Senior Center open. It is a "lifeline" to the senior community, Malicse said.
Phil Simmons, Urges the city to take a different direction with its current plans for Parcel C.
Jaynelle Bell, Victoria by the Bay resident, "When we moved here nine years ago, we were told a story...many those promises have never come true," but one of the things I hope happens is sidewalk development between Victoria Crescent East and west to Willow Avenue..."I don't want to see a tragedy happen." Also, please keep your promise, and see the Hercules vision through, Bell said.
Chris Kelley, Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hercules Swim Center
Roberto De Los Santos, President of the Filipino Americans of Contra Costa County. "Today, June 12, (Philippine Independence Day) is a very important day for Filipinos everywhere."
We need more (financial) info coming from you...Suggests the city
Jojo Soriano, Hercules needs more retail. If we create a space for retail, it will be supported, Soriano said.
Toni Leance, The city has abandoned its vision plan.
Sue (resident), Opposes Measure K, Measure K campaign appeared to be a giant in comparison to the grassroots, anti-Measure K campaign, said Sue (last name not heard).
School district board member Madeline Kronenberg, "I wanted to join in with Mr. Ramsey to let you know how important Hercules is to the school board...we need to develop a stronger relationship...we want to make sure we're moving together in a positive way..."
Charles Ramsey, West Contra Costa Unified School District board President, I'm going to start alerting the community to what their fair share of public funds is, Ramsey said.
Sherry McCoy, "Sycamore Crossing is one of the most valuable properties the city has..." McCoy said she has serious concerns about the Sycamore Crossing purchase and sale agreement.
Lorna Dietz, Older sister of Councilwoman Myrna DeVera, Today is the Philippine Declaration of Independence Day. "I am here to represent the Filipino community...We are here and we are the swing vote...We are one community..." Deeds endorses three budding Filipino political candidates.
7:15, Receive report from Cindy Rasmussen about elder abuse awareness. Rasmussen works for the Department of Aging and Adult services. "What I see everyday is shocking, heartbreaking and truly tragic...We need to bring the issue (elder abuse at the forefront)...Anyone can make a report to adult protective services. It is confidential." To report abuse, call (800) 814-0009, in Contra Costa County, the number is (925)-646-2584.
7:10 p.m. The Council honors Steve Kirby for his community involvement and retirement from the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Kirby is a longtime resident and active in a number of community organizations including Hercules library fundraising.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m.