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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD AUGUST 10, 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

Mayor Pro Tem Laura Lee offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Boy Scout Troop 693 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

Mayor Bowlen presented a proclamation to Cerritos Synchronettes 16 and 17-year-old age group Trio Routine Team for representing Cerritos at the Sychoronized Swimming National Championships held in Federal Way, Washington, June 28 through July 1, 2006, and winning gold place.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Mayor Bowlen invited comments from those who wished to address the City Council on other than agenda items. There was no response and the public comments and suggestions portion of the meeting was closed.

CONSIDERATION OF APPOINTMENTS TO VACANCIES ON VARIOUS COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Consideration of appointment to the Community Safety Committee

Councilwoman Kappe presented the qualifications of Larry Good for appointment to the Community Safety Committee.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to appoint Larry Good to the Community Safety Committee, to fill the unexpired term of Joe Vicente ending March 31, 2007. The motion unanimously carried.

The City Clerk then administered the oath of allegiance to Mr. Good.

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the Register of Demands dated August 10, 2006, Checks 83164 through 83358 and Checks 83359 through 83554, in the total amount of $7,501,743.24. The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the Minutes of the July 24, 2006 Special City Council Meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

A request by WD Partners, 2852 Kelvin Avenue, Irvine, California, 92614, on behalf of Main Street Restaurant Group, Inc., to construct an addition to an existing T. G. I. Friday’s Restaurant located at 12721 Towne Center Drive. Architectural upgrades to the main entrance and the patio fencing are also proposed. The property is zoned ADP-2, Area Development Plan Two, Towne Center, and is within the Los Coyotes Redevelopment Project Area
(APN 7030-001-025).


Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2006-4
Precise Plan 92-6 (G)(i)(2006) Amendment*

*Pursuant to Section 15301 (e) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) this project is categorically exempt.


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

Current Planning Manager Hamilton provided an overview of the staff report dated August 10, 2006, reviewing an aerial photograph of the site, existing site conditions, details of the proposed improvements, site plan, floor plans, elevations and architectural features. Ms. Hamilton also presented the following additional condition of approval for consideration:

Add Condition Management Company Approval
***100:
Prior to the issuance of any related building permits for the subject project, architectural drawings shall be submitted to the Community Development Department. Said drawings shall include written approval from Vestar Management Company consenting to improvements that will result in an increase in building square footage.


Interested parties were invited to present testimony.

Shawn Scully, WD Partners, representing the applicant, spoke in support of the proposal; indicated that similar upgrades would be completed on all their franchise restaurants throughout the country; and offered to answer any questions of Council.

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

In response to Council inquiry, staff discussed the conditions of approval relative to construction hours on Saturdays; and the approximate size of the restaurant upon completion of the proposed addition.

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

A. Receive and file Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2006-4; and

B. Approve Precise Plan 92-6 (G)(i)(2006) Amendment, making the findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2006-43; as recommended in the staff report dated August 10, 2006, with the addition of Condition ***100, as presented by staff. The motion unanimously carried.

Consideration to waive reading of and introduce AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE AS IT RELATES TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) AND THE PROVISION OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS.

Negative Declaration
Development Code Amendment 2006-7


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

Advance Planning/Redevelopment Manager Lopez presented an overview of the proposed ordinance as outlined in the staff report dated August 10, 2006, noting it would formalize the process for considering reasonable accommodation requests related to planning issues in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He provided an example of a reasonable accommodation request and discussed the criteria for granting such a request and the appeals process for denied requests. He reported the Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed ordinance. Mr. Lopez noted, in response to Council inquiry, that the conditions of approval would address property improvement removal at the time the property is sold.

In response to Council inquiry Assistant City Attorney Steres indicated that the recorded Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) would also include provisions for removal of property improvements when the property is sold.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 916

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE AS IT RELATES TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) AND THE PROVISION OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Crawley and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to waive reading of and introduce Ordinance No. 916. The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers - Crawley, Edwards, Kappe, Lee, Bowlen
NOES: Councilmembers - None
ABSENT: Councilmembers - None
ABSTAIN: Councilmembers - None

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS FINDING THE CITY TO BE IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP) AND ADOPTING THE CMP LOCAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65089.

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

Management Analyst Kellam provided background information on the Congestion Management Program (CMP) and presented an overview of the staff report dated August 10, 2006. He addressed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) suspension of the CMP Deficiency Plan positive credit balance program for congestion-reducing transportation and transit system improvements; the CMP's new development activity reporting requirements; and the City’s mitigation measures to improve traffic congestion and enhance safety.

In response to Council inquiry, City Manager Gallucci indicated that Caltrans approval is required to widen the 605 freeway off-ramp at South Street; noted that this off-ramp was widened about 15 years ago; and commented that evaluation of this off-ramp area would be necessary to determine the feasibility of adding an additional traffic lane.

CONSENSUS: It was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to evaluate the feasibility of widening the southbound South Street off-ramp at the 605 freeway to accommodate an additional lane of traffic and report back to the City Council.

In response to Council inquiry, staff discussed the following traffic circulation mitigation measures: traffic signal synchronization program at Bloomfield Avenue and Artesia Boulevard; holiday season traffic signal timing plan at Los Cerritos Mall; reduction of traffic with utilization of Cerritos on Wheels and other transit services; traffic improvements through joint efforts with adjacent cities and the County of Los Angeles; and participation in the 605/91 Corridor Cities Committee, which is conducting a study of freeway off-ramps and on-ramps.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony.

Paul Bellebaum, Cerritos resident, suggested installation of a protected northbound left turn signal at the intersection of Pioneer and Del Amo Boulevards as a safety measure, and he suggested widening the 195th Street bridge between Gridley Road and Studebaker Road to better accommodate pedestrians.

At the request of Council, staff referenced the Pioneer/Del Amo suggestion, noting that joint efforts are ongoing with the City of Lakewood to modify certain shared intersection traffic signals with permissive/protective left turns. It was also observed that the Del Amo Boulevard bridge over Coyote Creek into Orange County is the next bridge to be modified to accommodate increased traffic volume, and that construction of a new bridge would be required to achieve the increased width of the 195th Street bridge.

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

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-25

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS FINDING THE CITY TO BE IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP) AND ADOPTING THE CMP LOCAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65089.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2006-25. The motion unanimously carried.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Review of 2007 City Council/Redevelopment Agency meeting dates and possible rescheduling of dates conflicting with holidays and/or other events.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Crawley and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to approve the following alternate meeting dates of the 2007 City Council/Redevelopment Agency meeting schedule:

Monday, January 22, 2007 in lieu of January 25;
Monday, July 23, 2007 in lieu of July 26;
Monday, November 19, 2007 in lieu of November 22; and

cancel the December 27, 2007 meeting. The motion was unanimously carried.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci reported on the status of Assembly Bill 2987, the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilmembers invited the community to attend the City’s 50th anniversary concert and classic car show on August 17, 2006, 6:00 p.m., at Heritage Park.

Councilwoman Kappe reported on her attendance at the League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Academy Executive Forum in Monterey, July 26, 2006 through July 28, 2006, noting the discussion regarding Assembly Bill 2987. She addressed Elliot Gray’s contributions to the Cerritos Girls Softball Association and suggested the matter of naming a softball field in memory of Elliot Gray be placed on a future agenda for discussion.

CONSENSUS: It was the consensus of the Council to place the matter of naming a softball field in memory of Elliot Gray on a future agenda.

Mayor Pro Tem Lee reported on the success of the Youth Soccer Awards night held at Heritage Park on August 8, 2006; congratulated Korea’s 61st anniversary of independence; reported on her attendance at the Cerritos Korean-American Association police appreciation banquet at Cerritos Park East on August 8, 2006 and the Mid-Cities Korean-American Chamber of Commerce “Light After Darkness” event at the Cerritos Center for the Performance Arts on August 8, 2006; and announced that Michael Crawford would be performing opening night, August 19, 2006, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Councilman Crawley reported on his attendance at the League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Academy Executive Forum.

Councilman Edwards also reported on his attendance at the League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Academy Executive Forum; and reported on the success of the Youth Soccer Awards night.

Mayor Bowlen announced that former Cerritos resident Troy Aikman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; commented on the Cerritos Korean-American Association police appreciation banquet and the Mid-Cities Korean-American Chamber of Commerce “Light After Darkness” event; reported on his attendance at the League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Academy Executive Forum, commenting on the topics regarding Healthy Children, Healthy Future, and the Re-cap of the June Primary – Where Are We Now?

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
 

/s/ Josephine Triggs
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

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

Approved: August 24, 2006

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