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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD JUNE 8, 2006



CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Paul Bowlen called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Cerritos City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California.

INVOCATION

Pastor Bill Ebling of First Baptist Church in Downey offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Boy Scout Troop 1005 led the assembly in the salute to the flag.

ROLL CALL

The City Clerk noted attendance of the following Members of the City Council:

Councilman John F. Crawley
Councilman Jim Edwards
Councilwoman Gloria A. Kappe
Mayor Pro Tem Laura Lee
Mayor Paul W. Bowlen


PRESENTATIONS

Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief Daryl Osby and Assistant Fire Chief Angel Montoya presented the City Council with a plaque in honor of the City’s 50th anniversary.

Mayor Bowlen presented proclamations to the following:

Representatives of Carver Academy for being named the top new magnet school in the United States of America;

Representatives of Wittman Elementary School recognizing the outstanding achievement of the faculty and students in their second consecutive victory in the City of Cerritos’ Elementary School Recycling Program, and a check was also presented in the amount of $1,080.44, representing the proceeds from recyclables collected by Wittmann Elementary School; and

Representatives of Bragg Elementary School, Wittman Elementary School, Gahr High School and Tracy High School for their participation in the 2006 Cerritos City Wide Pride Program.


PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Mayor Bowlen indicated that staff reviewed the suggestions made at the last City
Council meeting regarding sewer system alternatives and it was determined that compliance would be difficult at the City level.

Merri Wheaton, Cerritos resident, offered a prayer.

Gloria Ampolilla, Cerritos resident, discussed the importance of laughter and invited everyone to attend the “Lighten Up” Humor Class on Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Cerritos Senior Center.

Ester Pulido, Cerritos resident and Fine Arts and Historical Commission member, expressed disappointment with the Fine Arts and Historical Commission’s decision not
to include a plaque recognizing the Merchant Marines and civilian auxiliary groups adjacent to the Cerritos Veterans Memorial; discussed the role and sacrifices of Philippine veterans in World War II; and requested that a plaque honoring Philippine veterans who fought in World War II be placed adjacent to the Cerritos Veterans Memorial.

John Skiles, Cerritos resident and President of the Southern California Philippine U.S. Veterans Association, discussed the role and sacrifices of the Philippine Scouts in World War II and requested the inclusion of the Philippine Scouts on the Cerritos Veterans Memorial.

Paul Bellebaum, Cerritos resident, commented on voting at Mary Bragg Elementary School for the recent primary election; and reiterated his suggestions from the last City Council meeting regarding alternatives to the City’s sewer system for human waste disposal. Mayor Bowlen responded that the matter is currently being discussed at the regional level by the Southern California Association of Governments.

There were no other speakers and the public comments and suggestions portion of the meeting was closed.

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to approve the Register of Demands dated June 8, 2006, Check 81377, Checks 81604 through 81803 and Checks 81804 through 82004, in the total amount of $4,168,721.07. The motion unanimously carried.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report for the period ending April 30, 2006

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending April 30, 2006. The motion unanimously carried.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Bowlen and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to approve the Minutes of the May 25, 2006 Regular City Council Meeting. The motion carried, with Councilwoman Kappe abstaining.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Consideration of the continuation of the Los Coyotes Lighting and Landscaping District.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, ORDERING A REASSESSMENT WITHIN THE LOS COYOTES LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING DISTRICT, CONFIRMING THE FINDINGS OF THE ENGINEER'S REPORT, PROVIDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO, THE MAINTENANCE OF AND THE FURNISHING OF ELECTRIC CURRENT AND LANDSCAPING TO THE LOS COYOTES LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING DISTRICT, AND ORDERING THE REMITTANCE OF ASSESSMENTS FROM RESERVES IN THE LOS COYOTES LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING FUND AND OTHER AVAILABLE REVENUES.


Title to the foregoing item was read, the public hearing opened, and staff called upon for a report.

Budget Administrator DeMasi provided an overview of the staff report dated June 8, 2006, noting the assessment fee per parcel. He indicated that staff is recommending that assessments be levied and remitted back through the re-establishment of the Los Coyotes Lighting and Landscaping District, resulting in a charge of $0 to the individual property owners, with the exception of the landscaping assessments for the Towne Center subzone, which is subject to contractual provisions.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony. No one wished to address the City Council on this matter and the public hearing was closed.


RESOLUTION NO. 2006-17

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, ORDERING A REASSESSMENT WITHIN THE LOS COYOTES LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING DISTRICT, CONFIRMING THE FINDINGS OF THE ENGINEER'S REPORT, PROVIDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO, THE MAINTENANCE OF AND THE FURNISHING OF ELECTRIC CURRENT AND LANDSCAPING TO THE LOS COYOTES LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING DISTRICT, AND ORDERING THE REMITTANCE OF ASSESSMENTS FROM RESERVES IN THE LOS COYOTES LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING FUND AND OTHER AVAILABLE REVENUES.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2006-17. The motion unanimously carried.

A development proposal by BDA Architecture, P.C., 901 Lamberton Place NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107, to construct a new two-story animal hospital building for VCA Animal Hospitals, Inc. The proposed building will be located at 10701 South Street, Cerritos, California, 90703. The property covers a ±0.51 acre parcel of land and is zoned CN, Neighborhood-Commercial (APN 7038-007-008).

Mitigated Negative Declaration
Precise Plan 2006-13


Title to the foregoing item was read, the public hearing opened, and staff called upon for a report.

Current Planning Manager Hamilton reviewed the staff report dated June 8, 2006 as well as details of the project, including an aerial photograph of the site, composite site plan, landscape concept plan, floor plans, elevations, trash enclosures, architectural elements and artist’s renderings.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony.

Phillip Waters, Lakewood resident, expressed concern regarding the potential noise impact from barking dogs and animal waste at the facility. In response, Ms. Hamilton indicated that the Conditions of Approval address sound attenuation requirements and waste disposal regulations.

No one else wished to address the City Council on this matter and the public hearing was closed.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Edwards that the City Council:

A. Receive, file, certify and approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration making findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC
2006-27; and

B. Approve Precise Plan 2006-13, making the findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2006-28;

as recommended in the staff report dated June 8, 2006. The motion unanimously carried.

Pending Legal Matters

Resolutions for consideration

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ADOPTING THE RESOURCE ADEQUACY PLAN FOR THE CERRITOS ELECTRIC UTILITY THAT ESTABLISHES STATED LEVELS OF RESOURCE ADEQUACY RESERVE REQUIREMENTS.


Continued from the May 25, 2006 City Council meeting.


RESOLUTION NO. 2006-18

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ADOPTING THE RESOURCE ADEQUACY PLAN FOR THE CERRITOS ELECTRIC UTILITY THAT ESTABLISHES STATED LEVELS OF RESOURCE ADEQUACY RESERVE REQUIREMENTS.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2006-18; and cause the Resource Adequacy Plan to be forwarded to the California Independent System Operator for inclusion in their Interim Reliability Requirements Program. The motion unanimously carried.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS TO APPROVE AN AMENDED JOINT EXERCISE OF POWERS AGREEMENT OF THE SOUTHEAST LOS ANGELES COUNTY WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD (SELACO WIB).


RESOLUTION NO. 2006-19

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS TO APPROVE AN AMENDED JOINT EXERCISE OF POWERS AGREEMENT OF THE SOUTHEAST LOS ANGELES COUNTY WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD (SELACO WIB).

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2006-19. The motion unanimously carried.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

A request of the Cerritos City Council initiated by staff for authorization to prepare a development code amendment relating to the regulation of walls and fences.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Edwards to authorize staff to prepare a development code amendment relating to the regulation of walls and fences. The motion unanimously carried.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci reported on the status of Assembly Bill 2987 regarding cable television franchise regulation.


CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilman Edwards reported on his attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new parking structure at Valley Christian Schools; Cerritos Kids “Fishing Derby” held at Cerritos Regional Park; Friends of the Library Volunteer Recognition Lunch; Family Arts Festival held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts; and the Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center Annual Art and Essay Awards Ceremony.

Councilman Crawley reported on his attendance at the United States Conference of Mayors held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Councilwoman Kappe reported on her recent vacation to China, where she rode the Shanghai Maglev high speed ground transportation system.

Mayor Pro Tem Lee reported on her participation as principal of the day at Gahr High School and reported on her attendance at the United States Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas, Nevada, noting programs regarding the Mayor’s National Dollar Wise Campaign and the World Market Center.

Mayor Bowlen reported on his participation as principal of the day at ABC Adult School and reported on his attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new parking structure at Valley Christian Schools. He discussed his attendance at the United States Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas, Nevada, noting the following: Long Beach Mayor O’Neill's efforts in support of building additional C-17 airplanes at Boeing; deliberation of a resolution to build a fence along the border; and climate protection. He also referenced the public comments made during the last City Council meeting regarding screening of recreational vehicles and suggested that the matter be referred to the Planning Commission for review.

CONSENSUS: It was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to place on a future agenda the matter of screening of recreational vehicles for consideration.

In response to Council inquiries, City Manager Gallucci indicated that staff is working with companies regarding energy efficiency.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

/s/ Josephine Triggs
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk


ATTEST:

/s/ Paul W. Bowlen
Paul W. Bowlen, Mayor

Approved: June 22, 2006

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