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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 13, 2009

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 with St. John Lutheran Church offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Councilman Jim Edwards led the assembly in the salute to the flag.

ROLL CALL

The following Members of the City Council were in attendance:

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

PRESENTATIONS

Former Economic Development Commissioner Brian Hews was presented with a proclamation for his service to the community on that Commission.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Katherine Chu, Cerritos resident, invited the community to the Law Enforcement Tip-A-Cop fundraising event for the Special Olympics Athletes of Southeast Los Angeles area to be held on August 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill in the Cerritos Towne Center.

Gail Grossman, Cerritos resident, requested a venue in the City to be named in honor of former City Manager Gaylord Knapp to coincide with his birthday in December.

Barry Rabbitt, Cerritos resident, commented on the contributions of Gaylord Knapp and asked that a major City facility be named in his honor.

George Ray, Cerritos resident, addressed the influence of Gaylord Knapp on the community and called for dedicating the current Cerritos Sports Complex at Cerritos Regional Park as the Gaylord Knapp Sports Complex.

CONSENSUS:  It was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to refer the request to dedicate the current Sports Complex at Cerritos Regional Park as the Gaylord Knapp Sports Complex to the Parks and Recreation Commission, with a report back to the City Council in the near future.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to approve the Register of Demands dated August 13, 2009, Checks 110058 through 110580, in the total amount of $13,354,277.02.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Treasurer's Report

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to approve the Treasurer's Report for the period ending June 30, 2009.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 23, 2009.  The motion carried unanimously.

Miscellaneous

Consideration and award of Bid No. 1094-10, printing of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts 2009-2010 On Stage Programs.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Lee that Bid No. 1094-10 for the Printing of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts 2009-2010 On Stage Programs be awarded to Creel Printing Co. in the amount of $38,625.00.  The motion carried unanimously.

Resolutions for consideration

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AUTHORIZING THE INSTALLATION OF A MID-BLOCK CROSSWALK ON MOORE STREET, BETWEEN SHOEMAKER AVENUE AND MANNING WAY.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony and there was no response.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2009-12 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AUTHORIZING THE INSTALLATION OF A MID-BLOCK CROSSWALK ON MOORE STREET, BETWEEN SHOEMAKER AVENUE AND MANNING WAY.  The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS/CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO COOPERATE WITH THE LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES, THE CALIFORNIA REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, OTHER CITIES, COUNTIES AND APPROPRIATE ASSOCIATIONS IN LITIGATION CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ANY SEIZURE BY STATE GOVERNMENT OF CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY FUNDS AND THE INEQUITY OF BORROWING CITY OF CERRITOS PROPERTY TAX FUNDS.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony and there was no response.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to waive reading of and adopt Joint Resolution No. 2009-13 and CRA 2009-4 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS/CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO COOPERATE WITH THE LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES, THE CALIFORNIA REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, OTHER CITIES, COUNTIES AND APPROPRIATE ASSOCIATIONS IN LITIGATION CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ANY SEIZURE BY STATE GOVERNMENT OF CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY FUNDS AND THE INEQUITY OF BORROWING CITY OF CERRITOS PROPERTY TAX FUNDS.  The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS FINDING THE CITY TO BE IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP) AND ADOPTING THE 2009 CMP LOCAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65089.

Title was read to the foregoing public hearing item, the public hearing was opened, and staff report presented.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony.  There was no response and the public hearing was closed.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2009-14 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS FINDING THE CITY TO BE IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP) AND ADOPTING THE 2009 CMP LOCAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65089.  The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration of the service area expansion of the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System (MCLS) and its potential impact on Cerritos Library services.

Following presentation of the staff report, the following points were addressed during ensuing discussion:  there is no guarantee of automatic membership in the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) if the City chooses not to join at this time, however, the City has the option to apply at any time; if the City does not join SCLC, interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing/direct loan lending will be achieved by mail; should the City join SCLC and additional borrowers reach 10,000 the matter would be brought back to the City Council; and it appears that the Library would be able to handle any expected increase to the 10,000 ceiling.

Staff provided a comparison of nearby library hours of operation.

Tracy Winkler, Cerritos resident, urged the Council to remain in the cooperative library system, noting that withdrawing would give Cerritos a bad name and indicating that those visiting the Library spend money in the City.  She added that Cerritos residents are welcome in cooperative libraries and Cerritos should allow others in the City library. 

It was noted during ensuing discussion that the Library should be open to everyone especially in these bad economic times when other libraries are closing their doors, with an evaluation of the potential increase in borrowers if the 10,000 additional borrowers ceiling is reached, and that given the sales tax revenue generated from residents from other cities, the Library should in turn be opened to residents from these cities.  It was also pointed out that if the City chooses to withdraw from the cooperative, the Library will remain open to all who visit and retain its existing borrower base including ABC School District, Cerritos College and private school students as well as those who own property, businesses or work in the City.  Concern was expressed that given the present economic conditions, the hiring freeze, and the expanded geographic area of the cooperative the potential burden of cooperative borrowers could exceed the capabilities of current staffing levels.  It was also stated that the Library was intended as a community library, not a regional library, and it was suggested that an evaluation of withdrawing from the cooperative be undertaken at a later time, when the long-term effects of the economic environment are better known.

MOTION FAILS:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Cho to approve Option 2:  Approve the Cerritos Library’s continued participation in the newly-expanded Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC); and approve Option 3:  Adopt initial “ceilings” which would limit additional borrowers to 10,000, and additional annual circulations at 250,000, and authorize staff to reassess the impact on the Library if such ceilings are reached.  The motion failed, with Councilwoman Chen, Councilman Edwards and Mayor Barrows dissenting.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to approve Option 1:  Authorize the Cerritos Library to withdraw from the newly-expanded Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC), formerly known as the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System (MCLS), and authorize the operation of the Cerritos Library as an independent library facility.  The motion carried, with Councilwoman Lee and Mayor Pro Tem Cho dissenting.

Review and consideration of a voluntary green development incentive program.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Chen and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Green Cerritos Development Program, including City incentives and the Green Cerritos Recognition Program, as outlined in the staff report dated August 13, 2009.  The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of a Special Indemnity Agreement between the County of Los Angeles, City of Cerritos and other Los Angeles County cities contracting for law enforcement services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department regarding use of the Liability Trust Fund.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Cho to approve the Special Indemnity Agreement between the County of Los Angeles, City of Cerritos and other Los Angeles County cities contracting for law enforcement services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department regarding use of the Liability Trust Fund, and authorize the Mayor to sign all necessary documentation on behalf of the City.  The motion carried unanimously.

Designation of Voting Delegate and Alternate(s) for the League of California Cities Annual Conference to be held September 16-18, 2009.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to designate Councilman Edwards as the 2nd alternate voting delegate to the League of California Cities Annual Conference to be held September 16-18, 2009.  The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of a request of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) regarding its October 13, 2009 ABC Unified School District Board Candidate's Forum.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilman Edwards to authorize the use of the City Council Chambers by the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for the purpose of holding a candidates' forum for ABC Unified School District Board candidates in the upcoming November election, with the City absorbing the costs associated with cable casting the event. The motion carried unanimously.

Review of 2010 City Council/Redevelopment Agency meeting dates and possible rescheduling of dates conflicting with holidays and/or other events.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to modify the 2010 City Council meeting schedule as follows:

Monday, May 10, 2010 in lieu of Thursday, May 13, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010 in lieu of Thursday, June 10, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010 in lieu of Thursday, November 11, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010  in lieu of Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010 Cancel

The foregoing motion carried unanimously.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci indicated he would provide an analysis on pending legislation related to high speed rail transportation.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilman Edwards reported on his attendance at the Cerritos Olympic Day and Youth Soccer Awards Ceremony and the Meritorious Marine recognition.

Councilwoman Lee commented on her attendance at the Cerritos Olympic Day and Youth Soccer Awards Ceremony and the July 25 City Wide Pride event.  She requested the City Council Meeting be adjourned in memory of Cerritos resident Chih-Huan Hsu who recently passed away.

Councilwoman Chen discussed her attendance at the City Wide Pride event and the Los Angeles Division League of California Cities installation dinner at which Mayor Barrows was elected to the Executive Board.

Councilman Cho reported on his attendance at the Cerritos Olympic Day and Youth Soccer Awards Ceremony, City Wide Pride event, Moment of Silence for 1st CEB Marine Sgt. Michael W. Heede, Jr., Family Resource Fair, Dustin Kim's Eagle Scout Ceremony, and the 2009 Korean Independence Day Soccer Tournament.  He asked the matter of no street signs at Bloomfield Avenue/Felson Street and Bloomfield Avenue/Caravel Street be looked into.

Mayor Barrows announced that the Town Hall Meeting to discuss air quality issues would be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.  He commented on the re-build California efforts between counties and cities and thanked Olympian Jimmy Kim for participating in the Cerritos Olympic Day event.

CLOSED SESSION

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54957 AND LABOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNREPRESENTED EMPLOYEES PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54957.6

Title:   City Manager

Agency Designated Representative:           
Art Gallucci

Agency Designated Representatives:         
Mayor Bruce W. Barrows and Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Cho, Ph.D.

The Closed Session was not held.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. in memory of Cerritos resident Chih-Huan Hsu who recently passed away.

/s/Josephine Triggs                   
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk
 

ATTEST:

/s/Bruce Barrows                     
Bruce Barrows, Mayor

Approved:  August 27, 2009

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