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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD OCTOBER 22, 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

Councilwoman Carol Chen offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Girl Scout Troop 863 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

Proclamations were presented to:  Seth Phillips for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout; and Emily Kan for placing first in the girls doubles, Christopher Kan for placing first in mixed doubles, and Jacquelyn Kan for placing second in mixed doubles at the XVIII Pan Am Junior Badminton Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Marie O'Donnell, Cerritos resident, commented on the loss of her grandson Jonathan Muse who was murdered August 2008 in the City of Artesia, noting that the perpetrators of this crime have not been apprehended, and asked if the reward could be increased.

CONSENSUS:  Staff was directed to place on the next agenda consideration of an increase in the reward in the murder of Jonathan Muse.

Labdhi Sheth, Whitney High School student, invited the community to an e-waste fundraising event sponsored by the Indian Parent Association at Whitney High School on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ed Johnson, Cerritos resident, requested consideration of bicycle lanes on Bloomfield Avenue as far south as Towne Center Drive and Artesia Boulevard through the City of Lakewood to Carson Street to enable a connection with the Coyote Creek bike path.

CONSENSUS:  Staff was directed to refer the matter of bike lanes on Bloomfield Avenue and Artesia Boulevard to the Parks and Recreation Commission with a recommendation back to the City Council.

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 October 22, 2009, Checks 111780 through 112124, in the total amount of $5,008,492.63.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Treasurer's Report for the period ending August 31, 2009

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to approve the Treasurer's Report for the period ending August 31, 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 October 8, 2009.  The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

Consideration of an assignment of the existing agreement with Nestor Traffic Systems, Inc. for automated traffic enforcement systems services to American Traffic Solutions Inc.

Following discussion, it was suggested that staff look into the possibility of installation of pedestrian countdown timers at high pedestrian traffic intersections.

Ram Kakkar, Cerritos resident, referenced fine structure provisions of the agreement and suggested competitive bidding for this service.

Paul Bellenbaum, Cerritos resident, commented generally on security cameras at freeway entrances.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to approve the assignment of the existing agreement with Nestor Traffic Systems, Inc. for automated traffic enforcement systems services to American Traffic Solutions, Inc.  The motion carried unanimously.

PENDING LEGISLATION

Status reports were given on the Proposition 1A Securitization Program, League of California Cities' ballot measure: Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act, and the California Redevelopment Association's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the State's seizure of funds.

Councilwoman Chen commented on Assembly Bill 1020 related to anti-entrapment devices for public swimming pools and it was pointed out that the required device was installed at the Swim Center and the City is in compliance with this statute.  She also noted Senate Bill 407 related to plumbing retrofitting in pre-1994 structures, suggesting staff monitor this bill for potential impacts to residential, commercial and industrial projects in the City.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilwoman Chen commented on her attendance at the Senior Health Fair at the Cerritos Senior Center; Wittman Elementary School Growing Green Roots Program; ABC Adult School Open House; and Cerritos College New Aquatic Center Dedication.  Councilwoman Chen asked to be excused from the November 16 City Council meeting as she will be out of the country due to a family commitment.

Councilman Edwards noted his attendance at the Senior Health Fair at the Cerritos Senior Center; USMC 1st CEB Golf Tournament Fundraiser; ABC Adult School Open House; and Cerritos College New Aquatic Center Dedication.

Mayor Pro Tem Cho indicated his attendance at the Senior Health Fair at the Cerritos Senior Center; Wittman Elementary School Growing Green Roots Program; ABC Adult School Open House; Cerritos College New Aquatic Center Dedication; Blind Start of America's Dinner in the Dark; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Leadership Awards and Recognition Breakfast; and Cerritos Prayer Breakfast.  He also noted his participation in the 25th Long Beach International City Bank Half-Marathon.

Mayor Barrows commented on his attendance at the October 20 Milkin Institute State of the State Conference in Los Angeles.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

/s/Josephine Triggs                   
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk
 

ATTEST:

/s/Bruce Barrows                     
Bruce Barrows, Mayor

Approved:  November 16, 2009

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