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Ballot Measures for the November 4, 2008 Election

4. LONG TERM AGREEMENTS IN CERTAIN CITY PARKS

This proposed charter amendment would give the City Council the right to approve park use agreements for 30 years at a time, without voter approval, in parks larger than five acres, if the agreement would enhance the recreation purpose of the park.

Currently, the City Charter only allows the City Council to enter into agreements for three years at a time except for parks where the longer agreements have been approved by the voters.

The three-year maximum limits the City’s ability to attract private companies to enter into sponsorship and operating agreements in those parks, which in turn provide funding for the improvement of facilities, such as pools, community centers and soccer fields.

The proposed revision would encourage private companies to make financial investments in exchange for lease periods long enough to obtain a return on their investment.

The charter provision would require that the long-term agreement must enhance the recreational opportunities of the park.

This measure would require a simple majority vote (50% +1) to pass.

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Important Information

Memo from Councilmember Oliverio

TO: San Jose City Council
SUBJECT: Reconsider Ballot Measure
Regarding Park land / Proposed Fire House 37

Memorandum
FROM: Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio
DATE: July 30 , 2008

RECOMMENDATION

I respectfully request that the issue of using Lincoln Glen Park for the proposed Fire House 37 be included with Agenda Item 3.7 (Proposed Ballot Measures) at the August 5, 2008 San Jose City Council meeting for discussion and for the city council to reconsider it’s prior vote allowing this measure to be placed on the ballot for the November 2008 election.

At the June 19, 2008 council meeting, important information was not available for the public discussion regarding the request to place on the ballot the use of parkland for the proposed Fire House 37.

I believe that it is in the Council’s best interest that this issue is heard again, which will give the San Jose Fire Department and the City Managers office the opportunity to provide the council with the appropriate data, maps, and a list of the other proposed sites that were investigated for the proposed Fire House. This information was not included at the June 19th council meeting nor was it included in the memo “Fire Station Construction-Lincoln Glen Park Site Ballot Measure” dated May 22, 2008, which was the memo given for this issue, Therefore, in my opinion; the council did not have all the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding this matter.

Who?

Bond Measure O – San Jose 2002 Election

911, Fire, Police Paramedic, and Neighborhood Security Act

City of San Jose – March 5, 2002 Election

To improve San Jose’s fire, police, and paramedic response times by: adding and improving fire stations and police stations, training facilities, and creating state of the art 911 communications facilities, shall the City issue $159,000,000 in bonds, at the best rates possible, with the moneys deposited in a special account to be used only for these purposes and with annual expenditure reporting to a CITIZENS WATCHDOG COMMITTEE(?)

The bond proceeds could only be used for the construction of fire and police stations, training facilities and 911 communications facilities and the cost of land acquisition for these improvements. The maximum principal amount of the bonds cannot exceed $159 million. The bonds would be paid from additional property taxes levied on real property within the City.

The measure also requires the bond proceeds to be deposited in a special account and the creation of a citizens oversight or “watchdog” committee which will review annual reports of the expenditure of the bond proceeds.

City Council Special Meeting – Video/Audio

San Jose City Council voted yesterday to adopt a resolution ordering the submission to the electors of the City, at the Municipal Election to be held in November, a measure entitled “Fire Station Construction – Lincoln Glen Park site”.

The resolution passed. Three councilmembers, Pierluigi Oliverio, Kansen Chu, and Vice Mayor David Cortese, voted against the resolution.

The park land open space, next door to Willows Senior Center, is owned by the city.

SJ City Council – June 19

The video and audio of this City Council Special Meeting – 06/19/08 is linked from sanjoseca.gov/meetings.html and is posted at Watch or Hear City Council Meetings Live Online

Discussion concerning the Lincoln Glen Park site starts at one hour and 37 minutes (1:37:14 to be exact) into the recordings.

Oasis in the Community

I like to think of the Willows Senior Center as an oasis in the community. Lincoln Court is on one side and the park open space is on the other.

The Willows Senior Center has been threatened in many ways before and has always pulled through due to the actions of its members. I’m not suggesting that what the San Jose City Council is doing next week is a threat to the center, but it’s worth considering. They plan to build a large fire station next door and close the current fire station #6 on Minnesota. The reasons they give are that it is needed to better protect the Cambrian Park area, AND they can get the park land virtually free!

Next week, on June 17, on Thursday morning, June 19, San Jose City Council plans to put it on the ballot. Once that happens it is expected to pass because no one outside this area cares. I agree with our District 6 Councilman about keeping #6 open, but he still wants to give away the park land. I suggest we insist that the city look for land to buy, and build a smaller station elsewhere.

Willows Senior Center