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On the Agenda: Milpitas City Council Meeting

The Council will discuss mayoral appointments, the purchase of new mobile data computers, and an employment agreement for the city attorney.

 

The Milpitas City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Council Chambers, 455 E. Calaveras Blvd. Among items on the agenda are:

 

  • A report to consider the mayor’s recommendation for appointments and re-appointments to two Milpitas commissions. (Contact: Mayor Jose Esteves, 408-586-3029). Download candidate applications here (PDF).

  • Discussion and consideration of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Pension Fund. (Staff contact: Tom Williams, 408-586-3050).Download LIUNA documents here (PDF).

  • Accept an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the purchase of new mobile data computers, and the implementation of a new wellness and fitness program for the fire department. (Staff contact: Geoff Maloon, 831-277-2198).

  • Waive a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 38.805 regarding amendments for the South Bay Tech Center. (Staff Contact: Cindy Hom, 408-586-3284).

  • Adoption of a resolution authorizing the chief of police to execute an agreement with Santa Clara County for the 2012 “Avoid the 13” grant program. (Staff contact: Henry Kwong, 408-586-2419).

  • Adoption of a resolution granting initial acceptance of, and reducing the performance bond for, police department evidence room improvements. (Staff contact: Steve Erickson, 408-586-3301).

  • Adoption of a resolution granting initial acceptance of a street maintenance project, called the Street Slurry Seal 2011, Project No. 4255 (Staff contact: Steve Chan, 408-586-3324).

  • Receive and review a request for proposals for city police services. (Staff contact: Steve Pangelinan, 408-586-2426). Download the request for proposal document here (PDF).

  • Approve an agreement with Michael J. Ogaz for employment as City Attorney. (Staff contact: Michael Ogaz, 408-586-3041).

  • Award a bid for Motorola XPR 6550 radios and accessories to RFC Wireless for use by the Milpitas Police Department at a not-to-exceed amount of $35,952. (Staff contact: Chris Schroeder, 408-586-3161.

--- Patch Staff

 

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Sifu Paddler August 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Appointment to commissions. But exactly what are the city's commissions and who are the people that make them up? What is the purpose of the city's commissions? How do they bring value to the city? How do they make a difference? What is the role of each commissioner? Are they stakeholders? How do they contribute? How do they interact with the city council? By 'willingness to serve', is that good enough to be a commissioner? The point is, that the city council does not operate in a vaccuum. Looking at the city's website, you can access any of the commissions agendas and minutes. Though the website explains their purpose, it doesn' tell how the commissions help or add value in addressing issues within the city. Some of minutes are rather disappointing to when comparing to the agendas. That said, I think a bit more accountability is in order for the commissions. Because really, for the Community Advisory Commission that is tasked with beatifications...how did that horrid sculpture of recycleables become 'public art' in Pinewood Park?
Allen King August 22, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Some people just like to bitch about everything. They don't contribute anything and believe everybody out there exists only to serve them and is accountable to them. Why don't you go be a part of a commission, or at least go attend some meetings and find out yourself.
Steve Bunnell August 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
It's funny what you said about the Pinewood park sculpture. When it was installed I asked myself who chooses what is displayed? If a group of true artists were to help pick out public art if would never look like that. Did you know that a few years ago they painted clothes on the brass sculptures at City Hall because someone thought they looked naked?
Carla Moss August 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Mr. Bunnell, Are you referring to MY sculptures of the "Cartwheels!" in front of City Hall in Milpitas? It's Is a LIE. Apparently, you have never walked up to the lovely sculptures and seen them. I suggest you go take a look. The colors you see are called PATINA and is NOT paint. It's appled with a hot torch and is made up of various acid washes to make definition. I've done this for over 35 years in the foundry business and If anyone could make PAINT look so 3 dimensional as to appear as this clothing, I'd like to meet that person. AND it's BRONZE, not BRASS! VERY very, different. As far as choosing art for public display, Mr. Paddler, I was an Art Commissioner for 2 years in Milpitas AND have served on panels and committees all over the U.S.as a consultant. If you will remember something called the DEMOCRATIC PROCESS some of us vote FOR a piece of art we t hink will fulfill the City's image, and SOME of us vote against it .Majority wins. The "Cartwheels!" and "The Tree" project were Milpitas Alliance for the Arts projects, Not our Milpitas Art Commission. In the case of this TREE, it was a neighborhood vote that made the final choice-- IF I recall. I've been a professional artist for over 40 years--legitimatey, and create work that is representational..Go look up that word as it applies to art! Try to open up and volunteer for those exact things you know so little about. You might just be surprised as to what you can learn. Carla Moss, Black Dog Design Studio

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