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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 26, 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

Councilwoman Laura Lee offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Boy Scout Troop 693 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

Recognition and presentations were made for the following:  Marilyn and Dennis McGorman for their generous donation of artwork entitled "Non-Fiction Book Bench"; Gahr High School Model United Nations Students for placing in the top five in the Berkeley Model United Nations program and the United Nations Association Conference at the United Nations in New York; and Troop 693 Eagle Scouts Alvin Fukumori, Ryan Ryota Matsushima, Evan Jiro Nagayama, Garrett Masaru Nishibayashi, Kyle Simoda, Jason Satria Wiguna and Derek Yi.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Roger Kline, Cerritos resident, referenced the negative impacts of unauthorized truck traffic on Artesia Boulevard on residents and urged the enforcement of existing truck traffic ordinances as a high priority.

CONSENSUS:  Following discussion, staff was directed to report back to the City Council regarding enforcement of the City's truck route ordinance, including an analysis of City of Thousand Oaks literature on truck routes.

Catherine Gaughen, Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, congratulated the City on being named an All-America City and on receiving the 2008 City Livability Award.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilman Cho to approve the Register of Demands dated June 26, 2008, Checks 100580 through 100917 in the total amount of $6,321,690.08.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilman Cho to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 12, 2008.  The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Consideration of the Combined Financial Program for the City of Cerritos and Cerritos Redevelopment Agency for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AND THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVING AND ADOPTING THE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009, APPROPRIATING THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO MEET THE EXPENDITURES SET FORTH THEREIN, AND APPROVING THE CITY OF CERRITOS'/CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY'S INVESTMENT POLICY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009.

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

Budget Manager DeMasi provided an overview of the staff report dated June 26, 2008 and presented the budget and investment policy to the City Council.  He noted recommended modifications:  change Project 40005 to Project 40004 entitled Gahr High School Tennis Courts with an unchanged budget allocation of $375,000; increase Recreation Services budget by $8,000 to accommodate increased cost of construction for the City's Rose Parade Float; and revise the Departmental Activity Commentary Significant Program Changes, where applicable, to contain information regarding previous and proposed budgeted amounts, which would result in changes in the up or down amount for each individual account.

A brief discussion ensued and it was suggested that cost centers contain all costs attributable to that center and that the City's investment policy be submitted to the Municipal Treasurers Association for recognition.

The public hearing was opened.

Robin Sumner, Cerritos resident, indicated that recreational adaptive program activities should be grouped according to age, social, and ability levels and the funding for the program included in the City's budget.

Pam Hickok, Cerritos resident, indicated the City should provide adaptive recreational accommodations for the increasing number of children requiring this service.

Christina Chang, Cerritos resident, requested additional adaptive series classes as well as adaptive summer day programs to accommodate ongoing needs.  She commented that a contact staff person for the adaptive activities would assist parents with their inquiries regarding adaptive classes and in general.

Jennie Dote, Cerritos resident, reiterated the comments of Robin Sumner and commented on the benefits of an adaptive program.  She added that the adaptive classes are typically full and no hours allotted to staff members for adaptive participants.

Chris Foster, Cerritos resident, expressed concern with the lack of staffing for adaptive classes and suggested budgeting for an adaptive coordinator and part-time employees for an adaptive recreational program.

Chi-Wang Chang, Cerritos resident, spoke in support of a staffed adaptive recreational program.

Sandra Lawless, Cerritos resident, discussed the benefits of the current adaptive classes, noted that the number and needs of adaptive students has increased, and asked that a program be reviewed to determine the best way to address the recreational needs of adaptive participants.

Katherine Chu, Cerritos resident, requested budget allocation for an expanded, adequately staffed recreational adaptive program to meet increasing needs.

Manasa Iyer, Cerritos resident, indicated that she enjoys the City's adaptive recreational classes and hopes to continue to take classes.

Carol Chen, Cerritos resident, suggested allocating funds toward maintaining current facilities rather than adding facilities or equipment such as surveillance cameras; asked that an assessment of City parks be undertaken for the purpose of identifying funding allocations for each park; and requested that the resident requests this evening be considered.

Joseph Lau, Senior Pastor, First Evangelical Church of Cerritos, indicated that the recreational services for adaptive participants are inadequate, children are grouped inappropriately, and staffing is inefficient.  He called for an increased budget for an adaptive program.

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

During ensuing discussion it was suggested that a recreational adaptive program and budget be developed through input from affected participants, staff and the Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration by the City Council at a later date at which time the budget could be amended.  Additional discussion was held regarding possible adaptive recreational program funding options including increases in general fund through reduction of redevelopment debt and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation swap with other cities, with the excess in CDBG allocation being allocated for park maintenance/improvements.  The potential for a delay in progressing toward an expanded recreational adaptive program if funding is not allocated as part of the budget process at this time was also addressed during the discussion.  At the request of the Council, staff elaborated on the existing adaptive classes, a recent meeting with parents of adaptive participants and, as a result, an anticipated Parks and Recreation Commission review of adaptive program issues at its August or September 2008 meetings, and confirmed that the budget can be amended to accommodate additional costs associated with a modified recreational adaptive program that could result from further analysis and consideration.  It was also noted that the budget is complicated and requires a more user friendly format.

With concurrence of the Council, the Mayor re-opened the public hearing.

Gay Arakawa, Cerritos resident, asked that the Council add more swim classes for adaptive participants and consider the issue of age appropriateness for each of the classes.

No one else wishing to comment, the public hearing was closed.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Cho and seconded by Councilwoman Lee that the City Council:

A.        Receive and file Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2008-17 finding the Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2008-2009 in conformance with the General Plan for both the City of Cerritos and the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency;

B.         Waive reading of and adopt Joint Resolution No. 2008-18 and CRA 2008-3 entitled A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AND THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVING AND ADOPTING THE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009, APPROPRIATING THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO MEET THE EXPENDITURES SET FORTH THEREIN, AND APPROVING THE CITY OF CERRITOS'/ CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY'S INVESTMENT POLICY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009, as recommended; and

C.        Refer the matter of an expanded adaptive recreational program to the Parks and Recreation Commission for analysis, budgeting and report back to the City Council.

The motion carried, with Mayor Pro Tem Barrows dissenting and noting that the funding for recreational adaptive programming should be reserved at this time.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL AND THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVING A REPORT PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 33445 AND 33679 AND AUTHORIZING THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY TO FUND PORTIONS OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS/CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009.

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

Redevelopment/Economic Development Administrator Anthony provided an overview of the staff report dated June 26, 2008.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony.  No one wished to comment and the public hearing was closed.

The joint use benefits of the Gahr High School tennis court project were addressed and it was noted that the School District would be contributing a majority of the funding for the project.  The City's operating costs associated with lighting the Gahr High School tennis court and shared maintenance and wind screen costs were also addressed.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilman Cho that the City Council waive reading of and adopt Joint Resolution No. 2008-19 and CRA 2008-4 entitled A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL AND THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVING A REPORT PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 33445 AND 33679 AND AUTHORIZING THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY TO FUND PORTIONS OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS/CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009.  The motion carried, with Mayor Pro Tem Barrows dissenting and indicating that ABC Unified School District bond monies could have been used for the Gahr High School tennis court project as a funding alternative and that the funding from the loan from the City to the Agency could be used more wisely.

With concurrence of the City Council, Agenda Item 12A was taken out of order.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration of a request by the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) Adoption Committee to the Cerritos City Council to waive fees at the Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course for a fundraising event for the 1st CEB, previously adopted by the City of Cerritos.

MOTION:  It was moved Mayor Pro Tem Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to waive the green fees at Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course and provide other assistance as outlined in the staff report dated June 26, 2008 for a golf tournament fundraiser hosted by the 1st CEB Adoption Committee to benefit the Marines of the 1st CEB.  The motion carried unanimously.

At 9:30 p.m. Councilman Cho indicated that family travel plans to Korea prevent him from remaining at the Council Meeting.  He was excused and left the dais at this juncture.

The regular order the agenda was resumed at this time and it was noted that Agenda Items 10A and 10B would be considered concurrently.

PENDING LEGAL MATTERS

Resolutions for consideration

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS IN SUPPORT OF AB 844 (BERRYHILL AND MAZE) REGARDING LEGISLATION WHICH PROPOSES TO REQUIRE JUNK DEALERS AND RECYCLERS TO COMPLY WITH ADDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES AND PAYMENT RESTRICTIONS WHEN PURCHASING NON-FERROUS METALS.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2008-20 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS IN SUPPORT OF AB 844 (BERRYHILL AND MAZE) REGARDING LEGISLATION WHICH PROPOSES TO REQUIRE JUNK DEALERS AND RECYCLERS TO COMPLY WITH ADDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES AND PAYMENT RESTRICTIONS WHEN PURCHASING NON-FERROUS METALS.  The motion carried, with Councilman Cho absent.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS IN SUPPORT OF AB 2724 (BENOIT) REGARDING LEGISLATION WHICH PROPOSES TO IMPOSE SPECIFIED FINES TO THOSE CONVICTED OF GRAND THEFT OF CERTAIN METALS ORDINARILY USED BY OR BELONGING TO THE TRANSPORTATION, UTILITY, AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRIES OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE OR OTHER COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.

MOTION:  It was then moved by Mayor Pro Tem Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2008-21 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS IN SUPPORT OF AB 2724 (BENOIT) REGARDING LEGISLATION WHICH PROPOSES TO IMPOSE SPECIFIED FINES TO THOSE CONVICTED OF GRAND THEFT OF CERTAIN METALS ORDINARILY USED BY OR BELONGING TO THE TRANSPORTATION, UTILITY, AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRIES OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE OR OTHER COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.  The motion carried, with Councilman Cho absent.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

Final approval of Parcel Map 69366 to replace Tentative Parcel Map 18951, previously approved for the property at 16550 Bloomfield Avenue and 12621 166th Street, but never recorded (APN 7010-016-006 and APN 7010-016-049).

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Barrows to accept, file and authorize recordation of Parcel Map 69366, subject to the final approval of the City Engineer.  The motion carried, with Councilman Cho absent.

Review and consideration of the role and responsibilities of the Fine Arts and Historical Commission.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to continue review and consideration of the role and responsibilities of the Fine Arts and Historical Commission to the August 28, 2008 City Council meeting.  The motion carried with Councilman Cho absent.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci reported that City-sponsored AB 2000 received a 9-0 vote in the Senate Housing Committee and will now move to the Senate.

CONSENSUS:  At the suggestion of Mayor Pro Tem Barrows, it was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to report back at the next City Council meeting with resolutions opposing SB 375 and SB 303 regarding loss of local government land use planning.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilwoman Lee reported on the Relay for Life event held this past Saturday; congratulated Councilman Cho on receiving the Korean-American Community Service Award and Dr. Jimmy Kim for receiving the Dr. Sammy Lee Award, and commented on her attendance at the City's Youth Basketball Awards Ceremony on June 17.

CONSENSUS:  At the suggestion of Councilwoman Lee, it was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to report back to the City Council regarding making the City bicycle friendly, including related costs.

CONSENSUS:  At the suggestion of Mayor Pro Tem Barrows, it was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to report back to the City Council regarding a bidding process for the annual financial audit, including options for a multi-year contract.

CONSENSUS:  At the suggestion of Mayor Pro Tem Barrows, it was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to report back to the City Council on submittal of the City's investment policy for consideration of a Municipal Treasurers Association award.

Mayor Edwards reported on his attendance at the Senate Housing Committee hearing at which AB 2000 relating to rollover of Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocations was considered and passed out of Committee to the Senate floor; commented on the City receiving the All-America City award and the U. S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Award; and noted that the oath of office ceremony for Councilwoman-elect Carol Chen would be held at the July 10 Council meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

/s/ Josephine Triggs       
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

ATTEST:

/s/ Jim Edwards      
Jim Edwards, Mayor/Chair

Approved:  July 10, 2008

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