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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD MAY 8, 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's Lutheran Church in Cerritos offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Brownie Troop 1 led the assembly in the salute to the flag.

ROLL CALL

The following Members of the City Council were in attendance:

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

PRESENTATIONS

CL Keedy, Past President of the 2008 Tournament of Roses presented the City Council with the 2008 Tournament of Roses Participant's Float photo.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

There were no public comments.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Cho and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to approve the Register of Demands dated May 8, 2008, Checks 99382 through 99691 in the total amount of $7,965,627.66.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Treasurer's Report for the period ending March 31, 2008

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Cho and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending March 31, 2008.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Cho and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 24, 2008.  The motion carried unanimously.

PENDING LEGAL MATTERS

Consideration of revised assessment for Los Coyotes Lighting and Landscaping District.

Presentation of Engineer's Report.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS APPROVING THE ENGINEER'S REPORT REGARDING THE ANNUAL LEVY OF ASSESSMENTS WITHIN THE LOS COYOTES LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING DISTRICT, DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO ORDER AND IMPLEMENT A REASSESSMENT BEGINNING JULY 1, 2008 AND SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING DATE OF JUNE 12, 2008.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilman Cho that the City Council receive and file the Engineer's Report dated May 8, 2008 for the annual levy of assessments within the Los Coyotes Lighting and Landscaping District; waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2008-14 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS APPROVING THE ENGINEER'S REPORT REGARDING THE ANNUAL LEVY OF ASSESSMENTS WITHIN THE LOS COYOTES LIGHTING AND LANDSCAPING DISTRICT, DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO ORDER AND IMPLEMENT A REASSESSMENT BEGINNING JULY 1, 2008 AND SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING DATE OF JUNE 12, 2008; and authorize staff to fulfill all actions needed to "remit back" assessments from reserves of the Los Coyotes Lighting and Landscaping Fund and other available revenues, resulting in a charge of $0 to the individual property owners.  The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 974 (LOWENTHAL) REGARDING FINANCING OF PORT CONGESTION RELIEF AND PORT MITIGATION RELIEF.

Senator Alan Lowenthal spoke in support of the resolution.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Barrows and seconded by Councilman Cho to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2008-15 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 974 (LOWENTHAL) REGARDING FINANCING OF PORT CONGESTION RELIEF AND PORT MITIGATION RELIEF.  The motion carried unanimously.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

Councilman Cho reported on his testimony in support of AB2000 relating to rollover of Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocations before the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, which unanimously passed the bill out of committee.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilwoman Lee received confirmation from City Manager Gallucci that Council action was not necessary with regard to Rose Parade float riders and it is the Council's option to have spouses ride.  City Manager Gallucci responded further that the City assists residents with complaints regarding Charter Communication service, noting that residents are also advised of other options such as Verizon or satellite; and he indicated that a memorandum containing an analysis of prohibiting the use of Styrofoam for carryout restaurant service is being completed for transmittal to the Council in the near future.

Councilman Cho reported on his attendance at the Community Spring Festival, Friends of Arts Education Annual Gala, and California Economic Development Association Annual Luncheon, at which the City received an Award of Merit for Local Development.  He also commented on his participation in the American Heart Association's Relay for Life event.

At the request of Councilman Barrows City Manager Gallucci, Public Works Director Arbogast and Community and Safety Services Director Berg responded to inquiries regarding truck routes, particularly Shoemaker Avenue/Artesia Boulevard.  He also reported on transportation issues including his attendance at an Inter-County Transportation Study Committee and related efforts through the Gateway Cities Council of Governments that resulted in additional funding for studies to address issues such as the economic impacts of at-grade buses running through the City; efforts in opposition to the Maglev IOS system and related port fees to subsidize the system; and the monitoring of a Northern California bond tax request for high speed rail in that area.

Mayor Edwards noted that the Mayor's Office responds on behalf of the City Council to duplicate e-mails sent to the entire Council; commented on the Community Spring Festival, Adult School Student Recognition Program, Community Prayer Breakfast, Chamber of Commerce Candidate's Forum, and the California Economic Development Association Luncheon and Award of Merit for Local Development.  The Mayor also reminded voters of the June 3, 2008 election; and noted the Transpacific Development Company groundbreaking ceremony on Friday in Towne Center and the May 15 State of the City address at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

CLOSED SESSION

Personnel matters pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6: CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS

Agency Negotiators:              Vince Brar, Denise Manoogian, Patricia Leyva and Charles Goldstein

Employee Organization:        AFSCME, Local 619

The City Council convened in Closed Session at 8:00 p.m.  The meeting reconvened at 9:10 p.m., with all Councilmembers in attendance.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Barrows and seconded by Councilman Cho to authorize staff to negotiate with the Union.  The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

/s/ Josephine Triggs       
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

ATTEST:

/s/ Jim Edwards      
Jim Edwards, Mayor/Chair

Approved:  May 22, 2008

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