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News - August 30, 2013

Community briefs

Animal control ordinance meeting

A community meeting for the city's troublesome animal control ordinance was set for 7 p. m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Community Center, 201 South Rengstorff Ave.

City officials are seeking public comment on the proposed ordinance, which ran afoul of many cat owners when it was brought to the City Council in June. Among other things, the proposed ordinance includes an annual rabies vaccination and license for pet cats.

The ordinance, based on a model proposed by the city's new animal services provider, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, got an initial vote of approval from the council, but members back-tracked after the ensuing public outcry.

Among the dozens of residents who protested to the council were several who said the ordinance would require they go against the advice of veterinarians, who recommended that indoor cats not be vaccinated for rabies.

Other topics covered by the ordinance include allowing dogs in city parks, how many animals are allowed per household and whether to use microchips or metal tags for pet licenses.

Residents can also make their opinions known by logging into svy.mk/14HBZn5 and taking the online survey.

The community input will be presented to the City Council as part of a study session tentatively scheduled for Sept. 17, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, the police department's spokesman. A recommended ordinance is expected to go before the City Council later this year.

Bike Share launches this week

A Bay Area bike share program in Mountain View, San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose and Palo Alto was set to begin operating on Thursday, Aug. 29, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

The Canadian-made, seven-speed bikes will be available for rent with memberships costing $88 per year, $22 for a three-day pass and $9 for a daily pass, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The $7 million program's bikes are intended for short trips of 30 minutes or less but borrowers may use them for longer periods for an extra fee, air district officials said.

Information and maps are at bayareabikeshare.com.

Voters renew county library tax

Voters in nine cities and unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed Measure A, a parcel tax that will continue funding libraries for the next 20 years.

Of the 55,022 residents who cast votes in the all-mail election, 81 percent favored maintaining the annual tax, which has been in place for most of the past two decades, according county Registrar of Voters.

The tally exceeded the two-thirds approval required for Measure A to pass.

The initiative essentially renews a similar measure originally passed in 1994 and since reauthorized by voters that was set to expire this year.

The tax is levied on homes and property, and the rates will stay the same under Measure A, meaning owners of single-family homes and condominiums will continue to pay $33.66 per year, deputy county librarian Carol Frost said.

The $6.2 million raised through the tax each year accounts for 18 percent of the Santa Clara County Library District's budget. The district is governed by the Library Joint Powers Authority of Santa Clara County's board, Frost said.

The money will be used to purchase up-to-date books and research materials; provide children's reading programs and mobile book services for seniors and the disabled; maintain library hours; retain qualified librarians, and other library services, according to the measure.

The district includes unincorporated areas of the county and the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill and Saratoga, according to the district's website.

The measure will also renew taxes levied on non-residential properties, which range from $84.15 to $252.50 per acre annually, according to the library district.

The Registrar of Voters mailed out about 204,000 ballots to district voters for the special election starting in July, registrar spokeswoman Shannon Bushey said.

—Bay City News Service

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