Animal services, Planning Commission appointments, BART
parking among items on crowded council agenda Jan. 18
At its next meeting, the City Council will consider taking
a position on a proposal to close or reduce the services of the West County
Animal Services Center in Pinole.
The council meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in council
chambers at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. Meetings are broadcast
on cable channel 25 and on FM radio * KECG
88.1 and 97.7 (The meeting is being held on Tuesday because of the Martin
Luther King holiday Monday, Jan. 17.)
According to a Jan. 5 letter from County Administrator Phil
Batchelor to City Manager Gary Pokorny, the county must cut costs because
of new legislation. State law now requires shelters to keep animals longer,
provide additional veterary care to the animals it is holding, and to
spay/neuter all dogs and cats adopted from the county shelters.
One option the county is considering is shifting all long-term
animal care and housing to Martinez. Some services such as dog licensing,
surrender of animals and cat trap rentals would continue to be offered
in Pinole. Animal adoptions would be done in this area with the help of
mobile-adoption vans. Owners could check photos posted on Animal Services'
web site *
to determine if their lost pet is being held in Martinez.
Local cities could also agree to fund a new or modernized
shelter for West County, Batchelor's letter suggests.
El Cerrito animal advocate Rose Lernberg, who brought the
county's plans to the attention of West County cities, suggests several
disadvantages to the county's plan in a Jan. 12 letter to the council,
* having a van will not provide the same convenience or
variety of animals as are available from a fixed facility;
* going to Martinez to check on a lost pet will be inconvenient,
particularly for those relying on public transit, and the helpfulness
of the Web site will be limited by the fact that some people do not have
access to the Internet, and some pets may be difficult to identify from
letter to the council
The council is also scheduled to:
* make appointments to the Planning Commission,
* discuss Measure C funds designated for expanding El Cerrito
BART parking. At a September 1999 meeting, the council discussed the possibility
of using the funds for another transit related improvement. Officials
of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, the agency legally charged
with implementing Measure C, have responded that the funds could be put
to another use but that it would be CCTA's call, not the city's, and that
the funds could go to a project in another city.
* discuss whether the city should have a policy on handicapped
parking in residential neighborhoods.
The issue was raised recently when residents on Lexington
Avenue established their own handicapped parking space by painting the
curb blue and posting a handmade sign. (The city is holding off on taking
action against those homeowners until the council considers establishing
If the council does want to establish a policy, the staff
report suggests the council decide who should be eligible for the parking
and under what circumstances (such as if it isn't possible to provide
the needed parking on their own property) and who should be financially
responsible for installing, maintaining, and removing the parking; and,
* consider a resolution requesting the owners of the El
Cerrito Plaza work with James and Jennie Koo to allow them to continue
to operate the Great American Dry Cleaners at the Plaza. The Plaza owners
have told the couple that they can only continue the business if the cleaning
is done off site. The Koos said they would not be able to operate under
In its capacity as the governing board of the Redevelopment
Agency, the council will consider plans for Agency-owned property at 11335-11341
San Pablo Avenue.
Run dates: 2000-01-15 - 2000-01-18