Mayor, 2 Council members to be sworn in to new terms tonight

Then it's down to business with new tennis courts on agenda

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and City Council members Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin will be installed in their new terms in office at 7 p.m. tonight after winning re-election on Nov. 8.

Thorne will be sworn in to a third two-year term by former Pleasanton school board member and now Judge Stephen M. Pulido of the Alameda County Superior Court. Pleasanton mayors can hold the office for up to eight years.

Pentin and Brown will be sworn in to second four-year terms by City Clerk Karen Diaz. Council members also are limited to eight years on the council.

The ceremony will lead off the regular City Council meeting in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

Highlighting Tuesday's meeting will be the council's consideration of its Park and Recreation commission's recommendations for adding more tennis courts at the Pleasanton Tennis Park at Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue.

The commission and city staff have been working on a revised expansion plan since Aug. 12 when the council scuttled the construction of two new courts near neighborhood homes.

City Manager Nelson Fialho said the new recommendation is aimed at addressing everyone's concerns, but will be more costly than the original proposal.

The Tennis and Community Park was master-planned in 1985 to include 12 tennis courts. Ten courts were originally constructed in phases when the complex was built in 1994 and the remaining two courts were put on hold. In 2012, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan was updated and contained the design for the final phase of the two additional courts. It's a second update that will go before the council Tuesday.

Among eight alternatives to its earlier plan, which the council rejected, the Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a more expensive alternative, which would retain all of the existing parking spaces. It also keeps the current volleyball courts.

The plan does, however, call for cutting down some of the trees near Hopyard, although most are less than 8 inches in diameter. They would be replaced by the planting 12 new drought- tolerant trees.

In addition to the tennis courts, the council will close out the city's fiscal books for FY2015/16 for the operating and capital budgets.

Another item before the council will consideration of a commercial organics program that will adhere to Alameda County's new mandated regulations. The program would include a discounted commercial rate for participating and eligible businesses.

After Tuesday, the City Council is scheduled to hold its last meeting of the year on Dec. 20.

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