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July 16, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Assemblymember Mark Levine drops off a $1.5M check to the city for flood damage repairs.
  • Public comment abounds, as does commentary thereof.
  • City switching to EverGreen service from Sonoma Clean Power, at a $41k cost, passes 4:1.
  • Can a person play Pong on an iPad? Would a Councilmember be tempted?
  • Sat Sep 21, Sebastopl will host an early morning cycling event.

Read the notes from John Necker.

June 18, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Lots of public comment, to be sure. Smart meters make a comeback.
  • A review of Development Impact Fees and User Fees is underway, significant omissions notwithstanding.
  • Garbage rates going UP.
  • Weed abatement time. We are looking good, save one East Coaster.
  • Is it time to add a full-time paid firefighter in Sebastopol?

Read the notes from John Necker.

June 4, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Swallow nest removal mistake not quite done, gets public comment.
  • Budget discussed, not much progress.
  • Did Mayor Hinton really draw an inside straight to the chagrin of Councilmember Gurney?
  • The City is resisting joining the GSA, and losing control of our own water. It's ugly.
  • Meeting length: 6 hours. Plus a 1.5 hour closed session before.

Read the notes from John Necker.

May 21, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • May 19-25 proclaimed National Public Works Week. Thanks, peeps.
  • Giants baseball remembered. Same kind of Endurance need for Council Meetings.
  • Polystyrene Foam container ban approved.
  • An appeal of Planning Commission use permit approval was itself approved. Yes, a reversal.
  • And yes, reads like it was kind of fishy.

Read the notes from John Necker.

May 7, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Mary Gourley recognized for winning City Clerk of the Year for all of California!
  • First Street has a leak in a water main. Major repairs coming.
  • Sebastopol World Friends reported, delightfully, on the recent visit of 23 adults and students from sister city Takeo City, Japan.
  • Big discussion on Davis Townhomes project, 18 townhouses between Coffe Catz and the Laguna.
  • A case is made for Coffee Catz to offer something higher octane when times get tough.

Read the notes from John Necker.

April 16, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Emergency proclamation from flooding extended in hopes of receiving state/federal assistance.
  • Yearly lighting tax dropped $3.36 to $33.14, should go down even more next year given new LEDs.
  • Use permit approved for Good Run on May 3, start and finish at the Barlow.
  • Telecom urgency ordinance adopted to try to gain control over cell phone network installations.
  • Council Member Carnacchi makes several attempts to have an impact.

Read the notes from John Necker.

April 2, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Public comment provides the fodder to make one laugh, cry, and cringe.
  • 18 ADA curb ramps getting upgraded for a mere $450k.
  • The City is moving quickly towards trying to regulate installation of cell equipment on utility poles. A speaker asserts as fact that "the sky is a plasma battery for Artificial Intelligence and we are antennas and our heads are turning into phones."
  • CASA, a regional effort to solve the housing crisis, does not care to consult Sebastopol. The Council is not impressed.

Read the notes from John Necker.

March 19, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Public comment alive and well.
  • Street lighting assessment is underway, should be less now with LEDs approved.
  • Ordinance approved that bans stryofoam containers in food service, effective in 6 months.
  • Annual report from Ives Pool presented.
  • Moving the Council to using tablets to save paper was, of course, controversial.
  • Insurance payout of $500k for the Community Center is expected.

Read the notes from John Necker.

March 5, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • March 17-23 is National Surveyor's Week, ties to Kurt Vonnegut noted.
  • Zero Waste Sub-Committee and Planning Commission seats filled.
  • To Peace Wall: Jim Corbett, Lynn Woolsey, Tula Jaffe, Dr. Earl Herr.
  • Building permit fees to be waived for rebuilding from flood damage.
  • New ordinance coming “banning use of Food Service Ware and other Polystyrene materials within the City of Sebastopol.”
  • A martini needs no straw, and suffers irreparable harm should one be employed.

Read the notes from John Necker.

February 19, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Special Election March 5. Info here.
  • The HAWK crossing at Bodega Ave/Nelson Way is completed and accepted, $284k total cost.
  • Slab work at Park Village completed at $119k.
  • Occupy Bench (no, not financed by Mexico) will be dedicated April 7th.
  • Bike to Work Day is May 9th.

Read the notes from John Necker.

February 5, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Pretty quiet public comment.
  • Apple Blossom Parade and Festival - April 13 and 14.
  • Member Carnacchi pushed for formalizing selection of Mayor and Vice, but had no plan.
  • Midyear budget adjustments approved 5:0
  • Pretty quiet evening, still took 4+ hours.

Read the notes from John Necker.

January 15, 2019 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Appointments made to DRB and Planning Commission (still one OPEN spot).
  • $150,000 grant approved for capital improvements in Park Village.
  • Attempt to use 2% increase in TOT for CalPERs funding and homelessness fails.
  • Changes made to process for filling board positions, given difficulties getting candidates.
  • PS: Lest anyone forget, it is the Mayor who runs the meeting.

Read the notes from John Necker.

January 2, 2019 - Annual Summary of 2018





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