Council President Scott Peters resumed today his media briefings and gave a quick rundown of what’s ahead next week when the City Council returns from its summer recess:

  • The controversial project proposed for 301 University Ave. will be heard on Monday and is expected to draw quite a crowd, as some have raised concerns about the project’s height and bulk.

“We anticipate the community will participate directly in democracy when that comes up next week,” Peters said.

To read more, click here for an article in CityBeat and here for one in the Gay and Lesbian Times.

  • The City Council will vote on a proposal to eliminate a loophole in the lobbying ordinance that allowed those involved in the labor negotiations to escape the one-year cooling off period. That period forces former city employees to wait a year after leaving the city before doing business with City Hall on behalf of a new employer.

I wrote about the loophole in March, and how it allowed a former labor negotiator at the city to conduct labor negotiations on behalf of the firefighters union the following year.

“We’re going to close that loophole,” Peters said.

  • The council president also responded to questions raised about whether council members who have been implicated in the city’s past problems can be effective in instituting reform.

He said:

I understand people’s frustrations. Our council members have been working on these issues for literally years. We’ve reached the point where we have some proposals in front of us for reform.

I think that’s the best response we can all give. I suspect people think talk is cheap and they’re looking for action and I suspect that’s what they’ll see in the coming months.

And, although the council members approved yesterday the mayor’s remediation plan in principle, Peters said he thought many of the issues were still malleable.

“Let’s be a little flexible on these things … and see what the SEC says before we plunk down all this money,” he said.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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