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Sonoma County Water Agency Calls It A “March Miracle”

Sonoma County Water Agency

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 30, 2012

CONTACT:

Brad Sherwood

707.547.1927 (Office)

707.322.8192 (Cell)

sherwood

“March Miracle” Rainfall Improves Water Supply Outlook

Russian River Water Supply System Back Into a “Normal” Designation

(Santa Rosa, CA) Thanks to the “March Miracle” rainfall, on April 1 Russian River water supply conditions will change from “critical” to “normal” under the Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Water Agency) water rights permits and State Water Resource Control Board Decision 1610 (Decision 1610). Under Decision 1610, issued in 1986, a water year is declared normal, dry, or critical on the first of each month between January and June based on cumulative inflow into Lake Pillsbury, located in Lake County on the Eel River.

“March has delivered our water supply system with much needed rain. The rain has resulted in significant inflow into Lake Pillsbury, to the point where we are now back into a ‘normal’ water supply scenario through at least May 1 when the water supply condition will be reassessed,” said Water Agency Assistant General Manager of Operations Pam Jeane. “We would like to see more rain in the coming month so our reservoirs can continue to fill for the upcoming dry season. It is important that our community continue using water efficiently – especially farmers and residents of Healdsburg and communities to the north, which rely on releases from Lake Mendocino.”

This “normal” designation means the Water Agency will not reduce Russian River flows in April as called for under the previous dry or critical designations. Minimum flows for April instead will be implemented as follows:

Upper Russian River (Between Lake Mendocino and the confluence of Dry Creek and the Russian River near Healdsburg): 185 cubic feet per second

Lower Russian River (between the confluence of Dry Creek and the Russian River to the Pacific Ocean): 125 cfs

Dry Creek (between Lake Sonoma and the confluence of Dry Creek and the Russian River): 75 cfs

The Water Agency’s two water supply reservoirs, Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino, continue to provide a reliable, secure source of drinking water for more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties despite this year’s dry weather.

Below are reservoir water supply levels as of March 30:

Lake Sonoma: 94 percent of water supply capacity

Lake Mendocino: 92 percent of water supply capacity. Note: The amount of water that can be stored in the lake for water supply changes seasonally (increasing as we approach the dry summer season).

Background Russian River Biological Opinion and hydrologic index

Decision 1610 established a measure (known as a hydrologic index) that determines the water supply condition. The hydrologic index for the Russian River system is based on inflow into Lake Pillsbury, which is located outside of the Russian River watershed. The Water Agency is reviewing alternatives to this hydrologic index to determine if another index would more accurately reflect water supply conditions in the Russian River.

In 2008, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued its Russian River Biological Opinion. Biologists with NMFS concluded that minimum flow levels in the Russian River and Dry Creek during the summer (as established by Decision 1610) are too high for young coho salmon and steelhead. NMFS biologists believe that reducing summertime flows in the Russian River and Dry Creek would provide better fish habitat by reducing velocity. The Biological Opinion requires the Water Agency to seek permanent changes to the required minimum flows and, until those change requests are considered, annually request a reduction in minimum flows in the Russian River. In 2010 and 2011, the Water Agency sought – and the State Water Board granted – reductions in minimum flows to comply with the Biological Opinion. The Water Agency expects to file a petition to change minimum flow requirements to comply with the Biological Opinion in early April 2012.

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The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment. The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.

Thank you,

Brad Sherwood

Public Affairs

Sonoma County Water Agency

Phone: 707.547.1927

Fax: 707.528.2080

404 Aviation Blvd.

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Efren Carrillo Attempts To Bolster Reelection Campaign With Open Space Project

Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Acquires Conservation Easement and Trail Easement

On 500-acre Bordessa Ranch

SANTA ROSA, CA (March 27, 2012) –The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, serving as the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (District), approved the purchase of a conservation easement and a trail easement over the 500 acre Bordessa ranch for the benefit of future generations.

Efren Carrillo, Fifth District Supervisor stated, “Opportunities like this, which will keep this 500 acre property intact while allowing public view of the incredible natural features of the Estero Americano and its surrounding greenbelt, are rare. This investment will pay forward and provide incredible benefits to the residents of Sonoma County. It will ensure this land will forever be in agriculture, protect the legacy of the Valley Ford area, secure critical wildlife and bird habitat, and allowing public access for hiking, nature study, bird watching, and other low intensity recreational and educational uses that are appropriate.”

Sonoma County Director of Regional Parks Caryl Hart commented, “Regional Parks looks forward to working under the lead of Supervisor Carrillo, with land owners and the community to determine appropriate public access to this amazing property,”

The rolling hills and open pasture lands of the ranch are visible from scenic Highway 1, North of Valley Ford. The conservation easement and trail easement on the property protects its open space and scenic values, natural resources and wildlife connectivity, and agricultural resources, while allowing for low-intensity public outdoor recreational enjoyment of the land.

The property possesses sensitive natural resources and provides habitat for numerous wildlife species. The Bordessa Ranch borders on the Estero Americano, a tidal estuary which contains high quality salt marsh wetlands and is located in the Pacific Flyway which provides foraging habitat for migratory water fowl and shorebirds. The conservation easement protects habitat for sensitive species, including Burrowing Owls, Short-eared Owls and American Badgers within a 140-acre Forever Wild area of the property.

The purchase of the conservation easement and trail easement is $1,500,000. The California State Coastal Conservancy has agreed to contribute $650,000 to the District’s acquisition of a conservation easement and a $50,000 grant to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department to plan trails on the property.

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About the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. Since 1990, the District has protected more than 85,000 acres. Agricultural and open space lands have been protected through a 1/4-cent sales tax approved by voters in 1990 and reauthorized in 2006. For more information, please visit www.sonomaopenspace.org

03 27 2012 Open Space Acquires Bordessa Ranch Easement.pdf

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – Clips

On Most weekdays, Sonoma County Community and Government Affairs Manager Jim Leddy compiles news stories from many sources that generally relate to Sonoma County government. Jim then sends the stories & headlines as a courtesy to Executive Staff as well as anyone who wants to see them:

From: Jim Leddy
Date: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM
Subject: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – Clips

More green measures planned for new Sutter hospital

Welder Bill Gollob secures steel rivets above the entryway of the emergency room at the new Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa.

John Burgess/PD

By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 6:55 a.m.

Last Modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 6:55 a.m.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Clips

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From: Jim Leddy
Date: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Subject: Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Clips

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Legislators join fight for Santa Rosa school sidewalk 7 min ago

Interim County Public Defender Named
Patch.com
Kathleen Pozzi succeeds John Abrahams, and becomes the third woman chosen for high offices in Sonoma County in last two years. By Christian Kallen Kathleen Pozzi, a Sonoma County native who was raised on her grandparents’ dairy farm, has been appointed …
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – Clips

On Most weekdays, Sonoma County Community and Government Affairs Manager Jim Leddy compiles news stories from many sources that generally relate to Sonoma County government. Jim then sends the stories & headlines as a courtesy to Executive Staff as well as anyone who wants to see them:

From: Jim Leddy
Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Subject: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – Clips
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Sierra Youth Center spared, for now

Pozzi named interim head of Sonoma County Public Defender’s Office
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By BRETT WILKISON The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today appointed Kathleen Pozzi to lead the Public Defender’s office. She takes over on an interim basis for John Abrahams, who is retiring this week. Pozzi is the first woman to lead the Public …
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 – Clips

On Most weekdays, Sonoma County Community and Government Affairs Manager Jim Leddy compiles news stories from many sources that generally relate to Sonoma County government. Jim then sends the stories & headlines as a courtesy to Executive Staff as well as anyone who wants to see them:

From: Jim Leddy
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM
Subject: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 – Clips

SMART eyes property near airport as possible maintenance facility

By BOB NORBERG

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 5:47 p.m.

Last Modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7:32 a.m.

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Sonoma County’s March 17-19, 2012 – Clips (by Jim Leddy)

From: Jim Leddy
Date: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 8:26 AM
Subject: March 17-19, 2012 – Clips

County system ranks as one of best in US; training program, network of clinics …
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By ROBERT DIGITALE Sonoma County’s health care system has been ranked among the best in the nation, and local leaders are crediting a family medicine training program in Santa Rosa and a large network of community health clinics as key factors.
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New Report Ranks Local Health System Performance; Sonoma County Tops the List in CA

Ranked 6th nationally…

Cotati pot dispensary seeks OK to expand

County elections chief to retire in summer
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By BRETT WILKISON Janice Atkinson, Sonoma County’s clerk, recorder, assessor and registrar of voters, has announced her plans to retire this summer. Atkinson, 58, began her career in 1972 as a temporary elections clerk and is one of the longest serving …
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FAA Agrees to Study Local Requests for Airport Mitigations
Patch.com
Representatives from Congressman Mike Thompson’s office as well as Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire, Windsor Mayor Debora Fudge, and Jon Stout, manager of the Sonoma County Airport, flew to Seattle on March 8. There they meet with officials at FAA …
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80 years of making cheese
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
He became a county supervisor and got into politics. He managed the Sonoma County Fair for a while. “A long while later, I think in 1982, he came back for good. He didn’t officially take over the business until 1998, when my grandfather died at the age …
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Public pitches in to keep state parks open
San Francisco Chronicle
Alden Olmsted looked out at the roiling sea from a path overlooking the Mendocino County coast at Jug Handle State Natural Reserve. He endured pelting rain and gusting winds on the spectacular sandstone cliffs in honor of his father, naturalist John …
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Bag ban effort begins
Petaluma Argus Courier
Sonoma County is in the process of joining 20 other counties and cities in California that have already banned plastic bags from supermarkets and other businesses. The proposal to ban plastic bags in the county and its nine cities would not effect …
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Readying a ban on plastic bags
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
In Sonoma County, more than 230 million plastic bags are distributed each year, with estimates showing that each one of us uses about 130 plastic bags annually. The vast majority of these bags, which are manufactured using fossil fuels, are used only …
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SMART eyes property near airport as possible maintenance facility
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By BOB NORBERG The Sonoma-Marin commute rail district is negotiating with the Sonoma County Water Agency to purchase land near the county’s airport as a potential site for an operations and maintenance facility. Rail officials have been looking for a …
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Despite rain, Marin County eyes emergency drought declaration

By Nels Johnson
Marin Independent Journalmarinij.com

Posted: 03/18/2012 03:28:00 PM PDT

The LA-ization of the San Francisco DA’s Office
CounterPunch
Cooley sent people from the LA DA’s office to other counties to give seminars. The Sonoma county DA has been arguing that sales are illegal, and the DA in Tehama County got a judge to agree that collectives can’t exchange money for any purpose …
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Seeking 4-H inclusion
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By ROBERT DIGITALE Thirty years ago veterinarian Fred Groverman helped found the Sonoma County 4-H Foundation as a means of expanding opportunities for youth dressed in uniforms of white shirts and green cloth hats. Fred Groverman is a founding member …
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Bay Area Home Sales Improve as Investors and Cash Buyers Move In
LoanRateUpdate (press release)
A total of 5702 new and resale homes were sold in February in the nine county Bay Area, which includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma Counties. That was 4.1 percent higher than the 5479 home …
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February foreclosure rates beat state in four of six North Bay counties

March 15, 2012

NORTH BAY — The proportions of homes in foreclosure in the North Bay last month matched or were below the state average in four of the six counties, and the number of properties at risk of going back to lenders fell throughout the region in recent months, according to a report released today from foreclosure data compiler RealtyTrac.

Jail time for golf club embezzler
Sonoma Valley Sun
According to Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, the total amount hit to the business was approximately $392735.41. “This is another unfortunate example of an individual exploiting the opportunity to raid funds they can access in a position …
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Trouble around Sonoma County due to wet weather
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Sonoma County Fire battalion chief Greg Martin and Camp Meeker fire chief Tim Williams survey a house that was cut in half by a 200-foot tree in Camp Meeker, Friday, March 16, 2012. By MARY CALLAHAN Two Camp Meeker homes were among the casualties …
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McClure jumps into 1st District supervisor’s race
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By BRETT WILKISON Michael McClure, a Glen Ellen special education teacher, has jumped into the race for Sonoma County’s 1st District supervisor’s seat. His entry bumps the field vying to replace retiring Supervisor Valerie Brown back up to six …
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The Latest On SoCo Real Estate Market
KSRO
Sonoma County’s residential foreclosure rate for the month of February was once again below the statewide average. RealtyTrac says the county had 693 home foreclosure filings last month. That about one in every 294 housing units.
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Fallen tree damages Monte Rio home
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By MARY CALLAHAN For the third time this week, a Sonoma County home has been struck by a fallen tree, this time in Camp Meeker, emergency dispatchers said. The downed tree was reported at 9:45 am at Redwood and Madrone avenues off Bohemian Highway.
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Santa Rosa kids spurn neighborhood campuses
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
“It’s a one-way street,” said former Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools Carl Wong. “Are we exercising greater choice through enrollment and even to some extent charters? Charter schools have no boundaries, so choice and selection comes for those …
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Appeals Court Issues Ruling on Forced Medical Treatment; Impacts County Public Guardians

"No" means "no"…

The marvel of mulch
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Everyone wants a low-maintenance garden,” said Sonoma County Master Gardener Bonita Morgan of the virtues of mulch. A thick layer of it, said Morgan, can keep the soil warmer in winter and cooler in summer and help it retain moisture.
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Questions over Carinalli liquidation
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Two and a half years after the Santa Rosa developer filed the largest personal bankruptcy in Sonoma County history, most of his unsecured creditors have yet to see a dime from the liquidation of his holdings. And some feel they’ve been left in the dark …
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GOP pair to run against Thompson
Napa Valley Register
Redistricting moved Thompson, who has served in Congress since 1998, into a district that covers all of Napa County, and sections of Lake, Sonoma, Solano and Contra Costa Counties. He has drawn two Republican challengers — Rohnert Park resident …
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Pension Reports: Economic Benefits of DB Plans; Nationwide Reforms; Analysis of GOP Plan

New analysis…

Officials Approve New Solar Regulations in Fresno County as Debate Rages over Farmland Use

Compromise leaves neither side happy…

CalPERS ‘Smoothing’ Eases Employer Rate Shock
CalPERS is planning a two-year phase in of a rate increase resulting from a lower earnings forecast adopted yesterday, continuing a “smoothing” policy that softens the impact of rising pension costs on deficit-ridden state and local government budgets.
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Untouchable Pensions in California May be Put to the Test
If Stockton is unable to re-structure and re-negotiate its debt during negotiation, it would become the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Therefore it isn’t surprising that the Central Valley city is garnering national attention.
Read more.

Pinterest.com: What’s the buzz?
The Keene Sentinel
The Sonoma County Tourism Bureau knows that, and has created 22 Pinterest boards with more than 200 pins in the last few weeks, said Ariane Hiltebrand, the bureau’s interactive media manager. “People start dreaming when they see pictures,” Hiltebrand …
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Occupy Movement To Launch Online News Site, ‘Occupy.com’
Huffington Post (blog)
"We need an Occupy media to report the national and international evolution of this fast-moving movement," Levitin observed earlier in the day during an interview in the nearby town of Sebastopol, in Sonoma County. Sunday, he noted, is the six month …
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PD Editorial: Brown picks short-sighted tax initiative

PD Editorial: A flood of contests on June ballot

California scammed

EDITOR: You printed a letter by Jennifer Savage (“Marine sanctuary plan,” Sunday) that completely misrepresented how the Marine Life Protection Act “moved” through California. Consensus? Yes, if you mean that outdoorsmen, Native Americans and land owners are enraged at how this rigged process stole thousands of square miles of coastal California from use by its citizens.

Marine science was not followed in making boundaries of preserves, nor in allowing some recreational and commercial activities in a biologically safe manner.

Anyone delving into the Marine Life Protection Act process will see hearings where the public was not heard, promises of enforcement and scientific monitoring, where there are no funds available, and, most of all, top-heavy presence of strict believers in no use is the best use of our marine resources.

Our state has been scammed.

GARY FURNESS

Santa Rosa

Deal isn’t pension fix

EDITOR: We share the concern expressed in last Sunday’s editorial (“SR must use caution with pension deal”) that the pension deal struck with Santa Rosa’s police and fire unions could give “a false sense that the problem somehow has been fixed. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The agreement to create a two-tier system of lower benefits for new employees, an anti-spiking provision and requiring public safety employees to start to pay their share of pension contributions is a step in the right direction. However, any meaningful savings are years off since the city agreed to give back most of the employee contributions by raising compensation.

No meaningful reduction in pension costs can be achieved without addressing pensions for current employees.

By gutting the financial impact of the reforms on current employees, the city leaves the taxpayers with growing and unsustainable pension obligations at the expense of adequate funding for all other government services. Spending for roads, parks, libraries and other essential services will have to be further cut or outsourced to be able to fund pension obligations.

Considering the problem fixed is an illusion and does not make it so. The public deserves better.

MIKE LAVIN

Sonoma County Taxpayers Association

Help for girls

EDITOR: Bob Ochs, Sonoma County’s chief probation officer, recommended that the Sierra Youth Center for girls be closed, citing a drop in the number of girls it serves and the high cost for taxpayers.

Your March 11 story (“End for girls probation camp?”) said a drop in arrests and serious cases were major factors. Unfortunately, there has been no drop in the number of troubled teenage girls.

Laying off teachers, school counselors, cops, social and Child Protective Service workers and other mandated reporters results in fewer girls using the facility. Like some of the elderly population and the mentally ill, troubled teens have too few advocates. Too often, their parents are the same people who screwed up these children’s lives. That’s why the public employs teachers, cops, counselors, social workers and others.

Ochs stated: “We’d love to keep doing it if the need were there and the dollars were there,” but adds that, for the same cost, the county could pay for about 10 probation officers supervising as many as 1,000 adult offenders.

Those adult offenders used to be kids, remember?

C.D. GRANT

Cloverdale

Jim Leddy

Community and Government Affairs Manager

County of Sonoma

575 Administration Drive

Suite 104A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 565-2190 office

(707) 529-4510 cell

(707) 565-3778 fax

Jim.Leddy

SEELEY: Santa Rosa City Council agenda highlights for 3/20/12

March 20, 2012 Agenda
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From: Anne Seeley

Date: Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM
Subject: City Council agenda highlights for 3/20/12

Friends: The big deal on the Council’s agenda is the new proposal for Police salary and pension changes. But first…

3:00 Special joint meeting of the Council with the Planning Commission.
3.1 Annual Review of the General Plan and the Growth Management and Housing Allocation Ordinances. The review of possible changes to the latter seems to have stalled, and since there hasn’t been much building activity, growth management certainly hasn’t been called into play.

4:00 Regular meeting
Staff Briefings
6.1 Transit Mall Relocation. This summer, the section of 1st Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and D Street will become the Transit Mall while the real location is being renovated.

Consent
10.2 Award of Transit Mall Renovation to Santa Rosa contractor RE West Building for $1,882,308.00.

10.4 Improvements to City Bus. The thing to report here (that I didn’t know) is that the City has a "Southside Transit Transfer Station" at Southwest Community Park. Maybe you knew.

Report

11.1 Approval of Amendment 4 to the Memorandum of Understanding for Unit 2 – Fire Fighters. They agreed to Implementation of a new 2nd tier retirement formula for new hires: 3% at 55 and a 36 month final compensation under CalPers rules. These new hires will also pay a 9% of salary Employee Paid Membership Contribution 9EPMC) to CalPers for their pension, which is the same amount the city will contribute.

11.2 Approval for 2 years of the Memorandum of Understanding for Unit 5 – Police Officers. It’s asserted that the City will save $631,000 over 2 years, with $530,000 of savings to the General Fund. The agreement has many elements but the results are these:

a) Over 2 years, the Police Officers will start to pay the Employee Contribution to CalPers in a step-wise manner, with the city compensating them more at each step to make up for their payment responsibility. Since the City has been paying for not only the 9% EmployER contribution, but also for the 9% EmployEE contribution for several years, the net result after 2 years is the city will be paying only the 9% EmployER contribution and paying the Police 8% more than today’s salary. Their conclusion is that the City comes out 1% ahead. There’s also a puzzling 12.452% EPMC reporting cost which the City will be free of at the end of 2 years.

b) The Unit agreed to a 2-tier retirement system in which new hires will have to pay their own 9% contribution to CalPers, and their "First Step" of salary will be reduced by 5%. Their pension will pay 3%at 55, as compared with the current 3% at 50. That means that a Police Officer can now retire at 50 years old and get a pension of 3% of his last year’s salary (it might have been changed to an average of the last 3 years of employment) multiplied by the number of years worked.

c) Agreement to reduce "Persable" compensation by reducing their 144 hour annual holiday payment to 121.5 hours.

Public hearings
11.3 Downtown Rezonings. This is part of the Economic Development planning work, with the City initiating rezonings to prepare more available sites for trouble-free reoccupation or development. The 47 parcels located between 2nd and 3rd Streets between E Street and Brookwood are proposed to have their zoning changed to Office Commercial to bring them into compliance with the General Plan land Use Diagram.

See you there! Anne