Policy Watch; Week of 7/24

Alum Rock Union Elementary School District

Contract with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost Law Firm for legal service in response to FCMAT audit report

The agreement would support ARUESD in responding to an audit report that found the district to be susceptible to fraud and misappropriation of funds due to close ties with a particular construction contractor. Board President believes this report is flawed and, instead of accepting help from the county, he would like to draft a legal response to the audit.

Where:    ARUESD Board

When:  07/18, 6:00pm at ARUESD

Link to full packet:   http://www.arusd.org/cms/lib7/CA01001158/Centricity/Domain/11/BB.7.18.17.Special.pdf

Link to agendahttp://www.arusd.org/cms/lib7/CA01001158/Centricity/Domain/11/July.18.17.Special.Bd.Meeting.pdf .

$9.8 million contract with D.L. Falk Construction, Inc. for multipurpose room at Fischer middle school

The board will be voting on awarding a contract of $9.8 million to a firm chosen by Del Terra Real Estate group. ARUESD has been on the spotlight for a state audit report that concluded the district was at risk of fraud and misappropriation of funds by Del Terra due to its close ties with construction firms it recommends the district to contract with.

Where:    ARUESD Board

When:  07/18, 6:00pm at ARUESD

Link to full packet:   http://www.arusd.org/cms/lib7/CA01001158/Centricity/Domain/11/BB.7.18.17.Special.pdf

Link to agenda: http://www.arusd.org/cms/lib7/CA01001158/Centricity/Domain/11/July.18.17.Special.Bd.Meeting.pdf

 

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Labor negotiations with Employees Association, Engineers Society

The Board will be holding a closed session meeting with District representatives regarding labor negotiations with Employees Association, Engineers Society.

Where: Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors

When: July 25, 2017, 4:00pm

Link to agenda: https://scvwd.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=557228&GUID=56E8F4BF-D381-4E6D-BF17-CBBB42BF34CD

 

 

Authorizing staff to proceed with Proposition 1 funding application for Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project – including releasing RFP for CEQA documentation

District staff are recommending that the Board receive additional information regarding the Proposition 1 funding application for the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion project and adopt a resolution authorizing actions related to this application and designating authorized representative to act on behalf of the District for the Proposition 1 funding.

At its February 28, 2017 meeting, the Board authorized execution of a consultant agreement with Stantec to prepare a Proposition 1 funding application for Pacheco Reservoir expansion. The application will be submitted under the State’s Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). The funding application, which is due to the California Water Commission (CWC) on August 14, 2017, requires a “signed resolution from the authorized representatives or governing authority of the applicant designating an authorized representative to submit the application and execute an agreement with the State for Program funding.”

Successful applicants approved by the CWC to receive Proposition 1 funding must, in order to remain eligible to receive funding, issue a draft CEQA environmental impact report by January 2022. The District has yet not started on the CEQA documentation and the necessary precursor work, which will require the full 4¼ year period through to the January 2022 deadline. To ensure that the District can meet the January 2022 deadline, staff will seek guidance from the Board’s Pacheco Reservoir Ad Hoc Committee and, if the Committee so advises, will solicit consultant proposals to perform the necessary work, and return to the full Board for approval of the consultant agreement(s) in early 2018.

Once the CWC issues its decision on whether to fund the Project, staff will return to the Pacheco Reservoir Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee or the full Board with a recommendation on whether to proceed with the Project and any recommended conditions under which the Project should continue.

Where: Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors

When: July 25, 2017, 4:00pm

Link to item: https://scvwd.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3107885&GUID=BCC08F06-6ED5-4F7F-8422-A212EDDAA1AF&Options=&Search=

Link to agenda: https://scvwd.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=557228&GUID=56E8F4BF-D381-4E6D-BF17-CBBB42BF34CD

 

Special meeting re CEO appointment

Discussing employment of Chief Executive Officer/General Manager.

Where:  Santa Clara Valley Water District

When:  July 27, 2017, 9:30 am

Link to item: n/a

Link to agenda: https://scvwd.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=558087&GUID=C5F6C639-93B6-4AD5-8F3E-1AD5C7709ACB

 

City of Sunnyvale

Increasing value of crossing guard contract to $590K to reflect minimum wage increase

A contract for crossing guard services was awarded to All City Management Services (ACMS) on November 15, 2016 for $540,553. The ACMS contract included a billing rate of $29.66 per hour, calculated based on Sunnyvale’s then minimum wage of $11 per hour and did not incorporate the pending January 1, 2017 increase to $13. In order to meet the wage requirements, ACMS has proposed increasing their billing rate from $29.66 per hour to $31.94.

Staff recommends that the Council approve an Amended and Restated Agreement with ACMS increasing the not-to-exceed contact amount by $50,338, from $540,553 to $590,891. In addition to the hourly rate increase, the new amount would include additional crossing guard hours for summer school.

Staff also recommends authority be given to the City Manager to increase the contract amount consistent with future changes of the minimum wage per the City’s ordinance.

Where: Sunnyvale City Council 

When: July 25, 2017, 7 PM

Link to item: https://sunnyvaleca.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3107302&GUID=BE9A1E62-0807-4F43-9B9C-

8B87D0DB7DB4

Link to agenda: https://sunnyvaleca.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=527750&GUID=0440FA7A-8F83-44C3-9A3E-4F036530C7AA

 

Deciding amount of salary increase for City Attorney John A. Nagel

The City Attorney was hired on January 19, 2016 at 92.06% of the control point with an annual salary of $205,000. Council approved an increase of the City Attorney’s salary to 97.06% of the control point for an annual salary of $216,122 effective July 17, 2016. Based on the City Attorney’s satisfactory performance and consistent with the Salary Resolution providing for an annual salary increase of 5%, not to exceed the control point, the City Attorney is eligible for an increase in salary to 100% of the control point at $222,669 per year.

If the Council desires to increase the City Attorney’s compensation beyond $222,669 per year, the salary schedule must be amended, because CalPERS requirements provide that employee compensation must be consistent with rates in a published salary schedule. The Council can choose to modify the control point and salary shceulde, and increase the annual salary by an amount determined by the City Council and consistent with the revised salary schedule.

Where: Sunnyvale City Council

When: July 25, 2017, 7 PM

Link to item: https://sunnyvaleca.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3107307&GUID=503157B3-B93F-40CF-B579-778C78D6CEC9

Link to agenda: https://sunnyvaleca.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=527750&GUID=0440FA7A-8F83-44C3-9A3E-4F036530C7AA

 

Giving direction on Civic Center Master Plan alternatives

In early 2015, the City started an extensive community outreach process to consider alternatives to modernize the Civic Center Campus. On May 17, 2017, Council awarded a contract to SmithGroup JJR for master planning services.

To inform preparation of site Master Plan alternatives staff requests direction from Council on space for NOVA Workforce Services and whether to pursue an addition to the Public Safety Building. These decisions will both affect the ultimate size of the new City Hall Building and could affect the future location of parking facilities and circulation elements.

Alternatives 1, 2 and 3: 1) Direct staff to prepare Master Plan alternatives that will include space for NOVA Workforce Services in the New City Hall Building and to demolish the City Hall Annex Building; 2) Direct staff to prepare Master Plan alternatives that include a two-story building addition to the Public Safety Building as part of Phase 1 of the Civic Center Modernization Project; and 3) Direct staff to evaluate alternatives for the location of a dedicated Emergency Operations Center, including options for it to be part of the new Public Safety Building Addition, part of the new City Hall Building, or at another off-site location such as a fire station.

The projected costs for renovation of the Annex first floor to accommodate NOVA are $8.1 M.

The estimated cost for the addition and renovations to the existing Public Safety building is $18.2 million. If Council instead chooses to move forward with an entirely new Public Safety building, the cost could be up to $94 M.

Where: Sunnyvale City Council

When: July 25, 2017, 7 PM

Link to item: https://sunnyvaleca.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3107300&GUID=645C7637-5AD9-4F2D-847A-A1A7C6F7FEDA

Link to agenda: https://sunnyvaleca.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=527750&GUID=0440FA7A-8F83-44C3-9A3E-4F036530C7AA

No Comments

Leave a Comment