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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes



The joint special meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Cerritos City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California.


Councilwoman Carol Chen led the assembly in the salute to the flag.


The City Clerk noted attendance of the following Members of the City Council/Redevelopment Agency:

Councilwoman/Member Carol Chen
Councilman/Member Jim Edwards
Councilwoman/Member Laura Lee
Mayor Pro Tem/Vice Chair Joseph Cho, Ph.D.
Mayor/Chair Bruce W. Barrows


There was no response to an invitation for public comments.


Discussion and consideration of the proposed Combined Financial Program for the City of Cerritos and Cerritos Redevelopment Agency for Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

City Manager/Executive Director Gallucci provided introductory comments and a general overview of conditions affecting the budgeting process.  He presented slides in conjunction with the budget letter and reviewed the Statement of Fund Balances and Reserves, Revenues by Funds and Sources/Bond Interest and Redemption, Departmental Operating Budgets, and Capital Improvement Program.  City Council/Redevelopment Agency discussion followed.

Art in Public Places Trust Fund

Following discussion, a breakout in the Art in Public Places Trust Fund page indicating the amount contributed by donors and the amount contributed by the City was suggested.

A Groups, Festivals, Recreation Program

Consensus:  Staff was directed to evaluate and place on a future agenda an analysis and report back to the City Council regarding resident and facilities use benefit related to A groups, festivals, and recreation program.

Community Group Donations

Consensus:  Directed staff to evaluate and place on a future agenda an analysis and report back to the City Council regarding support to Community Groups to include the following information for each group:  the number of total participants, the number of participants who are Cerritos residents, how the donations are funded, and the impact of funding on the community as a whole; as follows:

Support to Community Groups ($10,000 to $60,000)
Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce $60,000 $60,000
Rio Hondo Temporary Home $50,000 $50,000
Community Family Guidance $25,000 $25,000
Human Services Assn. (Daily Meals) $23,440 $21,110
Senior Care Management $19,200 $17,280
Pathways Volunteer Hospice $15,000 $15,000
Senior Cerritos Social Clubs $13,000 $13,000
Human Services Assn. (Home Delivery) $12,810 $11,530
Cerritos Resident Influenza Fair $10,000 $10,000
Su Casa Domestic Abuse Network $10,000 $10,000
Su Casa Transitional Housing/Outreach $10,000 $10,000
Support to Community Groups (Less than 10,000)  
Helpline Youth Counseling $8,000 $8,000
Senior Health/Info. Fair $7,500 $7,500
ARC of Southeast L.A. $6,000 $6,000
Community Services Series $6,000 $3,000
Los Cerritos YMCA $6,000 $6,000
Artesia/Cerritos Community Basket $5,000 $5,000
Health & Human Services $5,000 $3,500
Red Ribbon Campaign $5,000 $4,000
Consolidated Youth Services $4,450 $4,450
Senior Fitness Quarterly Events $3,200 $3,200
American Red Cross $2,500 $2,500
Southern Calif. Rehab. Services $2,500 $2,500
Domestic Violence Prevention $1,900 $1,900
Community Legal Services (Elderly) $1,800 $1,620
Friends of Cerritos Junior Miss $1,250 $1,250
Human Services Assn. (Holiday Meals) $1,050 $660
Soroptimist $500 $500
Cerritos Legal Referral $200 $200
Human Services Assn. (Basket Program) $150 $140
Total $316,450 $304,840

Water Rate Comparison

Following discussion, publicizing water rate comparisons was suggested.

Tot Lot Storage at Heritage Park

Following discussion, it was suggested that staff look into improving the appearance of the Tot Lot storage facility at Heritage Park and report back to the City Council.

Debt Service

Following discussion and suggestion, the City Manager noted a memorandum would be provided to the City Council explaining debt service payments as compared to expenditures.


The City Council recessed at 7:48 p.m. and reconvened, with all Councilmembers present, at 7:57 p.m.

Graffiti Removal

CONSENSUS:  Staff was directed to report back to the City Council on a future agenda the matter of graffiti costs and cost recovery options.


111-51010 Regular Earnings

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Cho and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to reduce Council salaries by ten percent.  The motion carried unanimously.

The City Attorney indicated he would review State law to determine if there are any implementation issues associated with Council salary reduction.

City Manager's Budget Message

The following corrections were noted:

Page 23 – Change 2009-2019 to 2009-2010

Page 24 – Change reference to reduction of two park deputies

Red Light Cameras

Following discussion and suggestion, the City Manager indicated that staff would report back on red light camera costs and cost recovery.

Investment Policy

CONSENSUS:  Staff was directed to place on a future City Council agenda a report regarding investment policies as follows:

1.   Financial Stabilization Plan that specifies the establishment, purpose, level of and use of reserves.

2.   Financial Plan that guides the issuance and management of debt.  Elements include:

      a.   purposes for which debt may be issued

      b.   debt limits

      c.   debt service limits

      d.   funding of debt

      e.   investment of bond proceeds.

3.   Policy that limits the use of one-time revenues for ongoing expenditures.

4.   Current investment policy should include:

      a.   list of permitted investments, maximum percentage by type, maximum term of security

      b.   investment objectives

      c.   criteria for selecting brokers and dealers

      d.   specifications of funds to which policy applies (sample policies include GFOA, APT, CDIA)

      e.   permitted investments to include only those specified in state law (no stocks).

5.   Policies should:

      a.   be detailed in administrative guidelines (need to keep updating)

      b.   contain specific objectives (not detailed steps in meeting the objective)

      c.   be brief and concise (include "how-to" in administrative procedure if necessary)

      d.   leave exact steps of review and adjustment to staff

Staff was also directed to provide the City Council with the investment policy from the Finance Division that was adopted several years ago.


Following discussion, the increased use of e-mail communications to publicize City events as a cost savings measure was suggested.


The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

/s/Josephine Triggs                   
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

/s/Art Gallucci                   
Art Gallucci, Redevelopment Agency Secretary


/s/Bruce Barrows                     
Bruce Barrows, Mayor


Approved:  June 25, 2009


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