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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD FEBRUARY 14, 2008

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 in Cerritos offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards.

ROLL CALL

The following Members of the City Council were in attendance:

Councilman Bruce W. Barrows
Councilman Joseph Cho, Ph.D.
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Edwards
Mayor Laura Lee

PRESENTATIONS

Proclamations were presented to:  Cerritos High School Girls Varsity Golf Team for placing third in the 2007 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championship Tournament; and Cerritos High School Boys Varsity Water Polo Team for winning the 2007 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division VI Southern Section Championship Tournament.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Merri Wheaton, Cerritos resident, offered a prayer.

Ronald Hall, Cerritos resident, expressed dissatisfaction with response from the Sheriff's Department to a call for service at his residence, which resulted in correspondence from the City regarding a permit required for boarders.  Staff was directed to follow-up with Mr. Hall regarding this matter.

Cindy Yen Chen, Cerritos resident, invited everyone to the Lunar New Year Celebration/Spring Festival co-hosted by the Cerritos Chinese School and Cerritos College at the Cerritos College Student Center on Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 12:00 noon to 3:30 p.m.

Chris Fuentes, Cerritos resident, opposed Councilmembers offering the invocation from the dais and suggested a community volunteer coordinate the invocation process for Council meetings.  He asked that the Council place on a future agenda the matter of soliciting private funding for the Rose Parade float and invited everyone to the Fine Arts and Historical Commission meeting to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at which the Rose Parade float will be considered.

CONSENT CALENDAR

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 February 14, 2008, Checks 97185 through 97549 in the total amount of $12,845,153.82.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Treasurer's Report for the period ending December 31, 2007

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending December 31, 2007.  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 Special Meetings of January 28, 2008 and February 4, 2008.  The motion carried unanimously.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 930 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING THE CERRITOS DEVELOPMENT MAP BY CHANGING THE ZONE CLASSIFICATION OF APPROXIMATELY ±0.13 ACRE OF LAND generally LOCATED ON THE southWEST corner of CABRILLO LANE and eberle street (APN 7055-024-900), FROM neighborhood commercial (cn) to OPEN SPACE (OS).

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 930 entitled AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING THE CERRITOS DEVELOPMENT MAP BY CHANGING THE ZONE CLASSIFICATION OF APPROXIMATELY ±0.13 ACRE OF LAND generally LOCATED ON THE southWEST corner of CABRILLO LANE and eberle street (APN 7055-024-900), FROM neighborhood commercial (cn) to OPEN SPACE (OS).

The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES:          Councilmembers        -     Barrows, Cho, Edwards, Lee

NOES:          Councilmembers        -     None

ABSENT:     Councilmembers        -     None

ABSTAIN:    Councilmembers        -     None

ORDINANCE NO. 931 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING THE CERRITOS DEVELOPMENT MAP BY CHANGING THE ZONE CLASSIFICATION OF APPROXIMATELY ±1.23 ACRES OF LAND, LOCATED ON THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF VALLEY VIEW AVENUE AND 183RD STREET (APN 7022-014-020), FROM INDUSTRIAL (M) TO INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL ONE (MC-1).

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 931 entitled AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING THE CERRITOS DEVELOPMENT MAP BY CHANGING THE ZONE CLASSIFICATION OF APPROXIMATELY ±1.23 ACRES OF LAND, LOCATED ON THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF VALLEY VIEW AVENUE AND 183RD STREET

(APN 7022-014-020), FROM INDUSTRIAL (M) TO INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL ONE

(MC-1).

The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES:          Councilmembers        -     Barrows, Cho, Edwards, Lee

NOES:          Councilmembers        -     None

ABSENT:     Councilmembers        -     None

ABSTAIN:    Councilmembers        -     None

ORDINANCE NO. 932 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 9.49 OF TITLE 9 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT SMOKING AT CERRITOS IRON-WOOD NINE GOLF COURSE.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 932 entitled AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 9.49 OF TITLE 9 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT SMOKING AT CERRITOS IRON-WOOD NINE GOLF COURSE.

The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES:          Councilmembers        -     Barrows, Cho, Edwards, Lee

NOES:          Councilmembers        -     None

ABSENT:     Councilmembers        -     None

ABSTAIN:    Councilmembers        -     None

ORDINANCE NO. 933 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING TITLE 5 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER 5.35 TO ESTABLISH TOBACCO RETAIL LICENSING REGULATIONS.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 933 entitled AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING TITLE 5 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER 5.35 TO ESTABLISH TOBACCO RETAIL LICENSING REGULATIONS.

The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES:          Councilmembers        -     Barrows, Cho, Edwards, Lee

NOES:          Councilmembers        -     None

ABSENT:     Councilmembers        -     None

ABSTAIN:    Councilmembers        -     None
 

PENDING LEGAL MATTERS

Resolutions for consideration

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING RESOLUTION 2007-10, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR FY07-08, TO AMEND THE ADOPTED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM TO INCLUDE STREET IMPROVEMENTS TO REFLECT $883,720.75 IN PROPOSITION 1B FUNDS, AND AUTHORIZING STAFF TO APPLY TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE (DOF) FOR RELEASE OF PROPOSITION 1B FUNDS.

Public Works Director Arbogast provided an overview of the staff report dated February 14, 2008. 

Chris Fuentes, Cerritos resident, inquired if these funds could be used to address traffic congestion on South Street in front of Los Cerritos Shopping Center and fill pot holes on South Street as well as Palo Verde Avenue from South Street to Artesia Boulevard.

At the request of the Council, City Manager Gallucci responded that the monies could be used in the locations mentioned during the public input portion of this item.  He noted, however, that there are ongoing negotiations with the mall ownership related to a redo of the mall that would include a grand mall entrance.  Additionally, Mr. Gallucci observed that the pot holes on South Street that were mentioned earlier are in the City of Artesia, not the City of Cerritos, and that staff is working with Artesia with regard to street improvements in this area.  With regard to Palo Verde Avenue, Mr. Gallucci pointed out that of the four lanes of traffic, only one lane is within the City of Cerritos, which is covered with asphalt, and that the Cities of Lakewood and Bellflower are responsible for the other lanes, depending on their exact location.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilman Cho to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2008-7 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING RESOLUTION 2007-10, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR FY07-08, TO AMEND THE ADOPTED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM TO INCLUDE STREET IMPROVEMENTS TO REFLECT $883,720.75 IN PROPOSITION 1B FUNDS, AND AUTHORIZING STAFF TO APPLY TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE (DOF) FOR RELEASE OF PROPOSITION 1B FUNDS.  The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ESTABLISHING PARKING RESTRICTIONS ADJACENT TO AND WITHIN BROOKHAVEN, CERRITOS PARK EAST, FRIENDSHIP, GONSALVES, GRIDLEY, HERITAGE, JACOB, LIBERTY, LOMA, RESERVOIR HILL, ROSEWOOD, SADDLEBACK, SATELLITE AND WESTGATE PARKS.

City Manager Gallucci indicated that additional research is necessary, and he requested that staff be allowed to bring this matter back at a later date.

There was no action taken by the City Council on the above-noted item.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci reported on pending legislation as well as the State's budget crisis.  It was noted that the City could lose the use of its gas tax monies for a time and Mr. Gallucci indicated that staff would look into the possibility of charging the State interest for the use of the City's portion of the gas tax monies.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

CONSENSUS:  At the suggestion of the Councilman Cho, it was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to refer to the Parks and Recreation Commission the matter of evaluating the installation/extension of walkways/walking tracks and exercise devices for stretching, sit-ups and pull-ups at neighborhood parks, with a report back to the City Council.

Councilman Cho wished everyone a happy Valentine's Day.

Councilman Barrows asked that staff talk to the Los Cerritos Community News regarding paper delivery resulting in newspapers in the gutter and street, and received confirmation that red light camera tickets are being monitored for payment of fines by law enforcement staff and the courts.  He also commented on his attendance at the Independent Cities Association Conference at which medical marijuana dispensaries were discussed, related conflicting State/Federal laws, impacts of misuse of the dispensaries, and options available to cities.

CONSENSUS:  At the suggestion of Councilman Barrows, it was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to report back on a modification to the business license ordinance to prohibit unlawful businesses, and to report back at a later date on the matter of an ordinance to pre-empt medical marijuana dispensaries.

Councilman Edwards invited everyone to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Kick-Off meeting on Thursday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Artesia Community Center, and he thanked Maynard Law, who was elected to the ABC School Board, for his three years on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Mayor Lee noted that the City received a resolution from State Board of Equalization Member Judy Chu commending the City for its diversity through the Festival of Friendship event, and she wished everyone a happy Valentine's Day.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

/s/ Josephine Triggs       
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

ATTEST:

/s/ Laura Lee      
Laura Lee, Mayor

Approved:  February 28, 2008

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