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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 9, 2007
 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Cerritos City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California.

INVOCATION

Pastor Carl Bernal of St. John Lutheran Church offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Girl Scout Troop 767 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 Bruce W. Barrows

Councilman Joseph Cho, Ph.D.

Councilman John F. Crawley

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Edwards

Mayor Laura Lee

PRESENTATIONS

A proclamation was presented to the Cerritos Girls Softball 8-and-under 2007 All Star Team in recognition of their being a finalist in the California State Tournament of Champions held in Lancaster on July 6-8, 2007 and for placing second in the Los Angeles/South Bay District tournament

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Merri Wheaton, Cerritos resident, offered a prayer.

Roger Kline, Cerritos resident, referenced the changes being considered with regard to the City's trash pick-up and urged the Council to provide residents with an opportunity to give input on the matter.  He commented on the additional truck costs associated with the new system; the lack of an option for swapping out a recycling barrel for an additional green waste barrel; and the large barrel size, noting that his barrels would need to be stored outside of the side yard gate in full view from the street.  Mr. Kline suggested the current system be maintained and modified to meet state mandated diversion goals.

Discussion ensued regarding direction provided at the last City Council meeting regarding this matter, and it was observed by the City Attorney that the Brown Act provides for a brief response to the speaker, with any further discussion requiring placement of the matter on a future agenda.

Angel Soto, Cerritos resident, referenced placement of a world peace proposal on a previous Council agenda, indicating the proposal was withdrawn and substitute documents are being developed.

Chris and Susan Lonsbury, Cerritos residents, commented on the difficulty in getting into library/mommy and me programs for children because the classes are filled by day care groups with mostly non-resident children. 

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to approve the Register of Demands dated August 9, 2007, Checks 92552 through 92796, in the total amount of $6,553,688.73.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to approve the Minutes of the July 23, 2007 Special City Council Meeting.  The motion carried unanimously.

Ordinances for second reading and adoption.  Reading of ordinances waived and ordinances adopted.

ORDINANCE NO. 926 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 10.12 OF TITLE 10 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING SECTION 10.12.020 REGULATING LOADING AND UNLOADING SCHOOL CHILDREN ON ROADWAYS NEAR SCHOOLS.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 926 entitled:

ORDINANCE NO. 926 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 10.12 OF TITLE 10 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING SECTION 10.12.020 REGULATING LOADING AND UNLOADING SCHOOL CHILDREN ON ROADWAYS NEAR SCHOOLS.

The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES:          Councilmembers        -     Barrows, Cho, Crawley, Edwards, Lee

NOES:          Councilmembers        -     None

ABSENT:     Councilmembers        -     None

ABSTAIN:    Councilmembers        -     None

ORDINANCE NO. 927 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ADDING CHAPTER 14.10 TO THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE PERTAINING TO STATE VIDEO FRANCHISES OPERATING WITHIN THE CITY.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 927 entitled:

ORDINANCE NO. 927 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ADDING CHAPTER 14.10 TO THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE PERTAINING TO STATE VIDEO FRANCHISES OPERATING WITHIN THE CITY.

The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES:          Councilmembers        -     Barrows, Cho, Crawley, Edwards, Lee

NOES:          Councilmembers        -     None

ABSENT:     Councilmembers        -     None

ABSTAIN:    Councilmembers        -     None
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 22.33, INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL-TWO ZONE (MC-2), OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIPS AND MOTORCYCLE REPAIR FACILITIES IN THE MC-2 ZONE.

Negative Declaration*

Development Code Amendment 2007-4

*One Negative Declaration was prepared to include both Conditional Use Permit 2007-3 and the related Development Code Amendment 2007-4.

The applicant, Greg Darling of Motorsports, 3001 East Pacific Coast Highway, Signal Hill, California, 90755, on behalf of the property owner, David M. Herley, 333 W. Broadway, Suite 210, Long Beach, CA 90802, is requesting approval to allow a motorcycle sales use and a related minor service use at 15979 Piuma Avenue.  The property is located in the MC-2, Industrial Commercial Two Zone within the Los Cerritos Redevelopment Project Area (APN 7016-001-094).

Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2007-3

Negative Declaration*

Conditional Use Permit 2007-3

*One Negative Declaration was prepared to include both Conditional Use Permit 2007-3 and the related Development Code Amendment 2007-4.

The foregoing public hearing items were heard concurrently.  Title was read to the items, the public hearings were opened and staff was called upon for reports.

Management Analyst Carey and Current Planning Manager Hamilton reviewed the staff reports dated August 9, 2007 related to the proposed development code amendment and the conditional use permit application, respectively.  In response to Council inquiry, it was noted by staff that all marketing and promotional requirements for the industrial zone will apply and this use will not be extended the privileges that the auto square has in this regard.  Sound attenuation materials were also addressed by staff.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony.

Greg Darling, applicant, spoke in favor of the proposal and commented on the product line.  In response to inquiry of the Council, Mr. Darling confirmed that conditions related to test driving would be complied with and that test driving would not be excessive and tightly controlled.  He also addressed anticipated sales volume.

City Manager Gallucci indicated that a test driving affidavit similar to the one used by the auto dealerships could be modified for use by the applicant.  Mr. Darling agreed to the use of the affidavit.

No one else wishing to present testimony the public hearing was closed.

Development Code Amendment 2007-4

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

A.        Certify, receive and file the Negative Declaration prepared for Development Code Amendment 2007-4, which was completed in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act; and

B.         Direct staff to file a Notice of Determination in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and Section 3.5 of the Environmental Impact Report Guidelines of the City of Cerritos;

as recommended in the staff report dated August 9, 2007.  The motion carried unanimously.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to waive reading of and introduce Ordinance No. 928 entitled:

ORDINANCE NO. 928 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 22.33, INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL-TWO ZONE (MC-2), OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIPS AND MOTORCYCLE REPAIR FACILITIES IN THE MC-2 ZONE.

The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES:          Councilmembers        -     Barrows, Cho, Crawley, Edwards, Lee

NOES:          Councilmembers        -     None

ABSENT:     Councilmembers        -     None

ABSTAIN:    Councilmembers        -     None

Conditional Use Permit 2007-3

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

A.        Receive and file Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2007-3;

B.         Receive, file, certify and approve the Negative Declaration for Conditional Use Permit 2007-3, making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2007-30; and

C.        Approve Conditional Use Permit 2007-3, making the findings outlined in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2007-32;

as recommended in the staff report dated August 9, 2007.  The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Review of 2008 City Council/Redevelopment Agency meeting dates and possible rescheduling of dates conflicting with holidays and/or other events.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Barrows to approve the following alternate meeting dates of the 2008 City Council/Redevelopment Agency meeting schedule:

Monday, January 28, 2008                in lieu of            Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008                                        Mayoral/Chair Transition

Monday, November 10, 2008           in lieu of            Thursday, November 13, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008           in lieu of            Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008                                  Canceled

The motion carried unanimously.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci provided a status report on proposed legislation related to low and moderate income housing and the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilman Cho referenced City Council action taken at the last meeting pertaining to trash collection services and related negotiations, and the City Attorney reiterated his previous comments made during the Public Comments portion of the meeting with regard to the Brown Act.  Councilman Cho commented on the memorial services for recently deceased City employee Darren Higashi and suggested a moment of silence in his honor.

Mayor Pro Tem Edwards reported on his attendance at the League of California Cities Conference in Monterey and also commented on the memorial service for Darren Higashi.

Councilman Crawley also reported on his attendance at the League of California Cities Conference in Monterey.

Councilman Barrows asked for an update on the recent decertification of the County of Los Angeles voting system by the Secretary of State; referenced residents being turned away from children's library and recreation programs that are being utilized by day care centers and suggested the Parks and Recreation Commission and staff report back on this matter; requested a report back from the Parks and Recreation Commission and staff regarding the status of the City's Special Needs Program; requested a memorandum from staff regarding implementation of the City's Economic Development Plan; and requested a report back on the status of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) compliance.

CONSENSUS:  It was the consensus of the City Council that staff provide a memorandum update on the decertification of the County of Los Angeles voting system by the Secretary of State.

CONSENSUS:  It was the consensus of the City Council that the Parks and Recreation Commission review and report back to the City Council on parent/children recreation programs and a staff report back to the City Council on parent/children library programs in light of concerns related to reports of non-residents filling these types of classes ahead of residents.

CONSENSUS:  It was the consensus of the City Council that staff report back on the status of the Special Needs Program.

CONSENSUS:  It was the consensus of the City Council that staff provide a memorandum to the City Council regarding implementation of the Economic Development Plan.

CONSENSUS:  It was the consensus of the City Council that staff report back on the status of GASB compliance.

Mayor Lee reported on the State of the College luncheon she attended at Cerritos College.  She commented on the memorial services for Darren Higashi, noting that a tree would be planted and a plaque dedicated in his honor.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. in memory of City of Cerritos employee Darren Higashi, who recently passed away.

/s/ Josephine Triggs               
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

ATTEST:

/s/ Laura Lee          
Laura Lee, Mayor

Approved:  August 23, 2007

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