DUBLIN -- After securing two more years in office, Mayor Tim Sbranti said he wants the city to attract more businesses and jobs, open more parks, spur new downtown development and define an open space buffer to preserve land between east Dublin and Livermore.
And for the time being at least, he said doesn't foresee the city seeking voter approval for a utility tax to raise money jointly for the city and Dublin Unified School District.
The council opted in July not to ask voters for a utility tax on the November ballot, which already is crowded with tax measures.
Alameda County is asking voters Nov. 6 to double the county transportation sales tax to one cent, and the state is seeking to increase the state sales tax by a quarter-cent for four years to fund schools and public safety.
"This is not the right time for it (a utility tax)," Sbranti said in a recent interview to discuss his plans for his next term as mayor. "The stakes are so high with $7.7 billion at stake countywide with the transportation sales tax. We don't want to do anything to jeopardize its chances for passage."
Sbranti, a Dublin High School teacher, is poised to cruise to another two-year term as the popularly elected mayor because no one filed to run against him on the November ballot. It will be his last term before the city's term limit of eight years in office forces him to step down.
As the economy slowly recovers, Sbranti said he wants the city to
"We have areas in the downtown where there is abundant parking. We're over-parked," he said. "We're trying to work with property owners to use their parcels more efficiently for commercial development."
To entice more businesses and offices to locate in Dublin, he suggests the city continue to look at offering incentives such as lowering development impact fees, fast-tracking permit reviews and easing parking requirements.
He wants the city to craft an economic development plan to attract and keep businesses. Sbranti said he also hopes the city can define a plan for residential, commercial and park development on 187 acres of the Camp Park Reserve Forces Training Area that is designated for civilian use.
An agreement with the federal government allows a developer to build on some camp land in exchange for providing compensation to make base improvements.
The mayor said he hopes Dublin and Livermore leaders can reach an agreement on how big of an area to preserve as an open space buffer between the two cities.
"We want to reach an agreement to define the buffer to satisfy Livermore concerns about how far east we're going to grow," he said.
The mayor said he also is looking forward to the opening of three neighborhood parks -- Schaefer Ranch, Positano Hills, and Passatempo.
In the last two years, Dublin has completed the Fallon Sports Park, which has sports fields, and the Dublin Heritage Park, a collection of historical buildings.
Sbranti also said municipal leaders will discuss ways the city can help develop a Dublin High School aquatics center earmarked for funding from a local school bond measure passed in June.
While the aquatics center will be at the high school, the sports facility will benefit and be enjoyed by users other than high school students, he said.
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