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City of Santa Cruz
809 Center Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060

City Council Minutes of3/10/98
Regular Meeting

ORDINANCES FOR FINAL ADOPTION (Second Reading)

NOTE: The public hearing for item 25 was opened at the February 24, 1998 Council meeting and continued to March 10, 1998.

25. Ordinance No. 98-01 of the City of Santa Cruz Enacting a New Chapter 6.85 to the Santa Cruz Municipal Code Prohibiting Fluoridation of the Municipal Water Supply.

There was no oral staff report.

SPEAKING FROM THE FLOOR IN OPPOSITION TO THE ORDINANCE:

George Wolfe, City and County Health Officer and representing the Santa Cruz County Medical Society.
Bruce Donald, Santa Cruz dentist and past President of the Monterey Bay Dental Society.
Howard Pollock, dentist; American Board of Dental Health; clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco; Vice Chairman of the California Fluoridation Task Force, a group with representatives from the State Department of Health Services; California Dental Association; Dental Health Foundation; California Dental Hygienists Association; California Public Health Association, both North and South; and principal investigator of the California Oral Health Needs Assessment. Dr. Pollock presented information and responded to Council's questions.
Terron Gall, dentist and representing the California Dental Association.
Betsy McCarty, public health professional.
Jay Balzer, director of the Dientes Clinic.
Will Shoemaker, Medical Director of Santa Cruz County Health Options.
Gordon Haskell, Santa Cruz resident.
Meg Cormenhall, parent and public health care employee for 14 years in Santa Cruz County.
Rachael Haskell, Santa Cruz resident.
Carol Fuller, Santa Cruz resident, who also requested members of the audience to stand in support of fluoridation - approximately 100 persons stood.

City Clerk E. Solden announced that the following had been received since the February 24, 1998 Council meeting: 23 letters and 39 phone messages in support of fluoridation and in opposition to the ordinance; 64 letters, a petition with 199 signatures, and 310 phone messages in opposition to fluoridation and in support of the ordinance.

SPEAKING FROM THE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF THE ORDINANCE:

Dea Davis, public health professional, who also requested members of the audience to stand in support of the ordinance - approximately 40 persons stood.
Jeff Green, Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, introduced Dr. David Kennedy.
Dr. David Kennedy, dentist and member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine Toxicology.
Jeff Green, Citizens for Safe Drinking Water.
Council recessed at 9:01 p.m. Mayor Scott reconvened the meeting at 9:09 p.m.

SPEAKING FROM THE FLOOR:

Dave Nelson, representing the California Department of Health Services, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Dr. Paul Goff, dentist and public health professional, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Laurie Hester, Coordinator of Health Services for Santa Cruz County Headstart, spoke in opposition to the ordinance and responded to Council's questions.
Joe Kirby, professional engineer and Santa Cruz resident, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Jake Litsky, retired Santa Cruz resident, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Dr. Randy Baker, local physician who specializes in nutrition and preventive medicine, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Jane Doyle, one of the founders of the Dientes Community Clinic and Vice President of its Board of Directors and public health professional, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Joyce Smith, Santa Cruz resident, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Anna Marie Bradfute, Santa Cruz resident, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Dr. Reverend Benet Luchion spoke and presented a petition with 252 signatures in support of the ordinance.
Tom Mullen, local dentist, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Charles Carter, candidate for the 27th Assembly District, commented about the legal implications involved in this decision and State government intrusion on a local issue.
Dr. Karl Brose, Santa Cruz dentist, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
An unidentified speaker spoke in support of the ordinance.
David Danielson, retired engineer, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Howard Jones spoke in support of the ordinance.
Richard Robinson, local dentist, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Maureen Jones spoke in support of the ordinance.
Karen Darling, Santa Cruz resident and member of an executive board comprised of 15 other women who voted unanimously to oppose the ordinance, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Linda Mauregard spoke in support of the ordinance.
John Steinovich, local dentist, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Lois Kirby spoke, and presented 10 letters and a petition with 483 signatures in support of the ordinance.
Logan Blank spoke in opposition to the ordinance, and responded to Council's questions.
Tom Quinn, Santa Cruz resident, spoke in support of the ordinance.
An unidentified speaker spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Theodora Kerry spoke in support of the ordinance.
John Stevens, Santa Cruz dentist, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Aleen Lupo, Santa Cruz resident, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Pat Allerby, public health official in Santa Cruz County, spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Aston Bonman, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Jim Rollins, Santa Cruz resident, spoke in support of the ordinance.
At 10:20 p.m., Councilmember Rotkin moved, seconded by Councilmember Mathews, to allocate two minutes for Skip Spitzer to speak, then allow speakers one minute each until 10:45 p.m. The motion FAILED by the following tie vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Rotkin, Hernandez, Mathews.
NOES: Councilmembers Beiers, Kennedy; Mayor Scott.
ABSENT: Councilmember Campbell.
DISQUALIFIED: None.

Skip Spitzer, Frederick Street, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Pete Pethoe, City Water Department employee speaking personally, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Sandra Pastorius spoke in support of the ordinance.
Sherry Sibly spoke in support of the ordinance.
John Tielkan, Santa Cruz resident, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Marv Cohn spoke in support of the ordinance.
Michael Neal spoke in support of the ordinance.
An unidentified speaker spoke in support of the ordinance.
Chris (no last name given) spoke in support of the ordinance.
Trace Farley spoke in support of the ordinance.
Jim Soderman spoke in support of the ordinance.
An unidentified speaker spoke in support of the ordinance.
Holly Nelson spoke in support of the ordinance.
Dan Daniels spoke in support of the ordinance.
Dave Whitesill spoke in support of the ordinance.
An unidentified speaker spoke in support of the ordinance.
Dudley Lewis, Santa Cruz resident, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Dean McCallum, Santa Cruz resident, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Ed Davidson spoke in opposition to the ordinance.
Steve Brooks spoke in support of the ordinance.
Judy Moore spoke in support of the ordinance.
Carol Long spoke in support of the ordinance.
Jean Mauregard spoke in support of the ordinance.
Robert Norse commented about the process to limit public testimony.
Ralph Cole, Los Angeles, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Tony Cuspah spoke in support of the ordinance
An unidentified speaker spoke in support of the ordinance.
Katherine Herndon, recently retired school nurse, spoke in support of the ordinance.
The public hearing was closed at 10:54 p.m.
Howard Pollock and Dr. Kennedy responded to Council's questions
Action At 11:00 p.m., Councilmember Rotkin moved, seconded by Councilmember Beiers, to extend the meeting to midnight. The motion carried unanimously (Councilmember Campbell absent).

City Attorney J. Barisone, Howard Pollock and Jeff Green responded to Council's questions.

Action At 12:10 a.m. Councilmember Rotkin moved, seconded by Councilmember Mathews, to extend the meeting to 1:00 a.m. The motion carried unanimously (Councilmember Campbell absent).

Action Councilmember Rotkin moved, seconded by Councilmember Beiers, to introduce Ordinance No. 98-01 for publication with the following changes: the deletion of findings 1 and 7; the addition of language to finding 5 to reflect that numerous other residents support the fluoridation of water for dental prophylactic; the addition of language to finding 6 regarding persons who choose not to add fluorine to their drinking water; and the addition of language to Section 6.85.020 that the addition of fluoride to the City of Santa Cruz municipal water supply shall be prohibited without a vote of the people. The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beiers, Rotkin, Kennedy; Mayor Scott.
NOES: Councilmembers Hernandez, Mathews.
ABSENT: Councilmember Campbell.
DISQUALIFIED: None.

The City Attorney was directed to provide Councilmembers with a draft of the ordinance, and Councilmembers were requested to provide him with comments by Friday, March 13, 1998.

Action Councilmember Rotkin moved, seconded by Councilmember Beiers, to communicate Council's support for other State programs and the strategic process to implement those programs; and to communicate Council's desire to have the State fund those programs. The motion carried unanimously (Councilmember Campbell absent).

At 12:19 a.m., Council recessed. Mayor Scott reconvened the meeting at 12:28 a.m.

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