MINUTES OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARA HOUSING AUTHORITY OF
THE CITY OF SANTA CLARA FOR MEETING
HELD ON TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 24, 2011

 

 

     The City of Santa Clara Housing Authority of the City of Santa Clara met at 9:42 pm, on the above-mentioned date, for the regular scheduled meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

 

 

     Present: Housing Authority Commissioners Lisa M. Gillmor, Will Kennedy, Patrick Kolstad, Patricia M. Mahan, Jamie McLeod and Kevin Moore and Chairperson Jamie L. Matthews.

 

 

 

     Earlier in the evening, the Mayor/Chairperson opened the City Council, Redevelopment Agency, Sports and Open Space Authority, Santa Clara Stadium Authority and Housing Authority Joint Study Session on the City's Proposed Operating Budget and Municipal Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2011-12 (Director of Finance/Redevelopment Agency Treasurer/Director of Finance, SOSA/Stadium Authority Treasurer/Housing Authority Treasurer – 05/17/11). The City Manager/Executive Director gave an electronic presentation which outlined the Budget Study Session agenda and the budget briefings and public meetings that were held regarding the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-12 budget. The Public Hearings for the adoption of the City’s Fiscal Year 2011-12 budget and Fiscal Year 2011-12 Municipal Fee Schedule, as well as the approval that the alternative method for the levy of benefit assessment be made for the Urban Renewal Parking District (Franklin Square) and Convention Center Maintenance District are set for June 14, 2011. She stated that the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-12 Budget is balanced in part due to the great cooperation of the City’s employee bargaining units and due to an increase in economic development. The Fiscal Year 2011-12 Proposed Annual Budget is comprised of $495.6 million in the City’s Operating Budget (includes General Fund, Enterprise Funds, Special Revenue Funds and Internal Service Funds) and $63.3 million in the City’s Capital Improvement Budget for a total of $558.9 million, an approximately 2.2% increase, or $12.1 million, over the prior fiscal year. She then reviewed continued cost saving solutions, which were first implemented in Fiscal Year 2010-11, and noted that even with these strong steps, Fiscal Year 2011-12 showed a deficit of more than $4 million, as compared to over $20 million last year. The primary drivers include continuing revenue impacts from the recession and pension cost increases. She then reviewed the actions taken to balance the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-12 budget and reviewed budget themes, including economic development, minimizing impacts on City services and innovative service delivery and cost savings measures. The Director of Finance/Redevelopment Agency Treasurer/Director of Finance, SOSA/Stadium Authority Treasurer/Housing Authority Treasurer continued the electronic presentation by reviewing the  total resources of funds,  appropriations by category and total revenue by source. He stated that the Governor’s May revised budget proposal continues to propose the elimination of redevelopment agencies. In response, the City has taken aggressive actions to protect vital redevelopment projects, including affordable housing, the proposed San Francisco 49ers football stadium, and the Northside Branch Library. He then reviewed the Reserve status and elements of the Electric Utility and Water and Sewer Utilities enterprise funds. The City Manager/Executive Director reviewed the rate increases for Fiscal Year 2011-12 for water, recycled water, sewer and garbage collection, recycling and clean green and noted that there is no change for the Clean-up Campaign or the household hazardous waste. She noted that the City continues to have the lowest combined electric, water & sewer rates in the nine Bay Area counties. The Director of Finance/Redevelopment Agency Treasurer/Director of Finance, SOSA/Stadium Authority Treasurer/Housing Authority Treasurer continued the electronic presentation by reviewing the proposed Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Year 2011-12 budget, which totals $20.1 million, a 68.2% reduction from the previous year and the Sports and Open Space Authority proposed budget of $5.5 million, a decrease of 8.3% from the previous year. The City of Santa Clara Housing Authority Fiscal Year 2011-12 proposed budget totals $5.5 million. The Santa Clara Stadium Authority operating budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12 is under development and is expected to be included in the Errata Memo and reflected in the Adopted Budget. He continued the electronic presentation by reviewing the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-12 Municipal Fee Schedule. The City Manager/Executive Director then continued the electronic presentation by reviewing questions received by the Citizens Advisory Committee to which she provided answers. She then provided concluding comments with regard to the budget overview. Stephanie Quintal, representing Miss Santa Clara Auxiliary, addressed the Council/Agency/Authority/Stadium Authority/Housing Authority regarding their funding request and answered Council/Agency/Authority/Stadium Authority/Housing Authority     questions. The Council/Agency/Authority/Stadium Authority/Housing Authority then reviewed the funding requests of the following: Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention – Visitors Bureau (SCCC-CVB); Cultural Advisory Commission, including the Triton Museum of Art; Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO); Santa Clara Unified School District Closed School Maintenance; Santa Clara Kiwanis Club Fish Derby; Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network; United Way 2-1-1 Santa Clara County; Redevelopment Agency/Housing Authority Affordable Housing Fund; Golf and Tennis Club Operating Budget; Give A Little…Help A  Lot Fund; and Asset Seizure Funds. Representatives from the following agencies addressed the Council/Agency/Authority/Stadium Authority/Housing Authority regarding their respective funding requests: Extended Day Care Programs/Santa Clara Unified School District; Santa Clara Swim Club; and Project Sentinel (Tenant/Landlord Dispute Resolution). The City Manager/Executive Director answered Council/Agency/Authority/Stadium Authority/Housing Authority questions.

 

 

 

     MOTION was made by McLeod, seconded and unanimously carried, that, per the Housing and Community Services Division Manager’s memo (05/12/11), the Housing Authority approve, and authorize the Executive Director to execute, a Memorandum of Understanding with HomeSafe Santa Clara, LP for the use, accessibility, maintenance and security of land for installation of a solar panel array at 611 El Camino Real.

 

 

 

     MOTION was made by Kennedy, seconded and unanimously carried, that there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:43 pm to Tuesday evening, June 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm for the regular scheduled meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

 

 ATTEST:  ________________________

             Clerk

 

APPROVE: ________________________

            Chairperson