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- April 27, 2004 -- The City Council will voted two approve two
important agenda items relating to the sale of Millbrae's park and
See the Calendar Page for details.
- April 19, 2004 -- Two Millbrae Planning Commissioners reversed
the position they voiced at the previous meeting against development
of the 890 Sequoia Avenue park land, causing a resolution to pass
of the parcel at 890 Sequoia is consistent with the Millbrae General
Plan. Many Millbrae residents spoke out against this pointing
out many ways in which this idea is contrary to both the letter and
spirit of the General Plan.
- April 13, 2004 -- City Staff recommended that Option 2 of the MillbraeNow
report list several ways of raising money/reducing costs, including
the selling of the park land at 890 Sequoia Avenue and several parcels
located in the Spur property, currently Millbrae's main open space
Not included in the recommendation were any alternative
revenue raising measures. These were all rejected by city staff as
being unworkable for one reason or another.
- March 23, 2004 - The Council authorized a Fire Suppression
Assessment District measure which would provide $1.125 million
to help the city meet it's shortfall in the coming fiscal year. The
cost for an average home owner would be about $12/month or $144 per
year. The overwhelming consensus among Millbrae Tomorrow participants
has been that this is a measure that they support, so they are glad
measure was authorized to be placed before property owners.
The city also surprised MT participants and the originator of the TIR
proposal (who was not able to attend this meeting) by inviting an attorney
from the McDonough
Holland & Allen law firm in Sacramento to present a highly negative
case against the adoption
TIR. A Millbrae Tomorrow speaker asked that the Council withhold
judgement on the TIR proposal until the originator of the proposal
has an opportunity
to learn about, and respond to, the new arguments which were presented
in this surprise appearance.
- March 19, 2004 - City Releases an advance
copy of the updated MillbraeNow! report. The 80 page
report recommends that City Council authorize a Fire Suppression
be sent to property owners. It then makes two alternative recommendations:
Option 1 if the Fire Suppression District measure is approved by
property owners, and Option 2 if it is not approved.
Under Option 1 sale of the Sequoia property would be recommended
if an emergency occurs in the next two years. Under Option 2 the
Sequioia property would definitely be sold, and so would "one or
two low impact open space parcels". City staff would prioritize
parcels of city land based on their impact on the surrounding neighborhood. This
means that sales of park and open space land
are still very much on the table, although they are now presented
as happening only on a contingent basis.
The advance copy also dismisses the Tax
Increment Recapture option as being illegal, citing
an opinion by a Sacramento attorney hired by city staff.
- March 19, 2004 -- City releases opinion of Sacramento attorney
hired by the city stating that the Tax Increment Recapture option
is illegal. The attorney who originated the TIR option immediately
issues a press release rebutting the argument of the Sacramento attorney. For
details on this see the Solutions page.
- March 1, 2004 - Surveyors placed stakes on the Sequoia property. City
staff is not wasting any time pursuing the preparation for sale of
these two parcels for sale. However the Council made it clear
when they authorized these preparations that they were not yet authorizing
sale of these properties. There is still time to speak out
- February 25, 2004 - PRESS RELEASE -
On Tuesday night the Millbrae City Council unanimously authorized
city staff to begin surveying of the parcel located at 890 Sequoia
Avenue and perform other tasks necessary to prepare the property
for sale. The Council made clear that this was not a decision
to actually sell the property. During citizen input before
the vote, 13 citizens spoke against preparing the land for sale;
in favor. more
. . .
- February 19, 2004 - S.F. Chronicle reports that the State of California's
budget analyst Elizabeth Hill recommends taking
money from specific local districts, such as redevelopment districts,
to help make up the state's
She is quoted as saying that "this will will allow local governments
to maintain flexibility to pay for police and fire." (See
this in the article, third paragraph from the bottom.)
The important points for Millbrae: 1) it's no longer speculation,
the State is now talking about taking money from redevelopment districts;
2) many believe it would be best to move now to implement the TIR
option to redirect future revenues from the Redevelopment Fund to
the General Fund to support Millbrae's fire, police, and other essential
city services; 3) it would be embarrassing, to say the least, if
no action were taken by the city to prevent this, then State swooped
in to take those RDA funds and revenue streams.
- February 13, 2004 - PRESS RELEASE - Millbrae Tomorrow participants
were encouraged by a series of decisions made by the city at the
February 10th Council Meeting. First the city staff eliminated all
of the Spur parcels from the list of parcels recommended for preliminary
work to prepare them for sale (surveys, etc.). This left only the
parcels on Sequoia Avenue adjacent to the Spur to be considered for
the pre-sale surveys and other work. But the council deferred a decision
on even that remaining Sequoia location until a later Council Meeting.
more . . .
- February 10, 2004 - City Council
meeting - At this meeting city
staff recommended the Spur property be dropped from the list of parcels
recommended for survey work and other work to prepare them for sale. The
only parcel location that remained on the list was the Sequoia property.
The City Council decided to postpone voting on even preparing the
Sequoia property for sale until a later session. Clearly these
are moves in the right direction, but it leaves open many questions.
See the February 13th press release above.
- February 6, 2004 - Maps of the locations
of the parcels at Lomita and Richmond at Tioga have been added to
the Parcel Locations page.
- February 6, 2004 - Information about the Tax Increment
will be added to this site soon. Most who have learned about this
that it offers so many positive solutions to Millbrae's looming
cash flow crisis with so few downside problems that it should be
the top alternative.
More research needs to be done on the option
to see if it can be implemented, but if it turns out that it can
be done, it may be possible to implement it very quickly and with
very little expense.
Many ask: why pursue other more expensive measures that have varying
degrees of risk associated with them before thoroughly exploring
this promising option?