City of Cerritos logo

Skip to Content | Footer | Accessibility

E-News signup for e-mail/text updates

 

city logo

Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD APRIL 8, 2010

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 Bill Ebling, a Cerritos resident with First Baptist Church in Fullerton, 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 Bruce Barrows
Councilwoman Carol Chen
Councilman Jim Edwards
Mayor Pro Tem Laura Lee
Mayor Joseph Cho, Ph.D.

PRESENTATIONS

Proclamations were presented to the City of Cerritos Adaptive Recreation Program participants and Korean American Special Education Center in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day; Business Recognition Program recipient Ignify, Inc.; Sgt. Major Douglas Smith of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion for his outstanding service in command leadership and contributions to the United States Marine Corps.  The Friends of the 1st CEB presented Sgt. Major Smith with a photo album and Sgt. Major Smith presented flags flown by the 1st CEB in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on September 11, 2009, with certificates of authenticity, to major supporters of the 1st CEB adoption program.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Chris Foster, Cerritos resident, commended the City Council for its support of the City's Adaptive Recreation Program.

Ken Chang, Cerritos resident, invited everyone to the "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser sponsored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Saturday, April 17 at Red Robin Restaurant in support of the Special Olympics.

George Ray, Cerritos resident, invited everyone to the Nordstrom Gala Celebration on Tuesday, May 4, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  He noted tickets are $75, with all proceeds benefitting Community Family Guidance Center and the Long Beach Museum of Art.

Konrad Peikas, Cerritos resident, expressed apologies for providing inaccurate information yesterday at the Planning Commission meeting regarding the meeting date the City Council would consider the bikeway system proposal.  He invited everyone to attend the April 22 meeting at which the bikeway system proposal would be considered by the City Council.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to approve the Register of Demands dated April 8, 2010, Checks 115561 through 115892, in the total amount of $9,274,894.18.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Treasurer's Report for the period ending February 28, 2010

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to approve the Treasurer's Report for the period ending February 28, 2010.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 25, 2010.  The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING

A development proposal by KPRS Construction Services, Inc., 2850 Saturn Street, Brea, California, 92821, on behalf of property owner Trimurti, LLC, to demolish an existing, two-story, industrial office building and construct a new, two-story, concrete tilt-up industrial office building.  The applicant is requesting approval of a professional law office use for the property owner’s business, The Chugh Firm.  The applicant is also requesting approval to combine two existing parcels into one parcel in order to accommodate the proposed new industrial office building.  The subject site is located at 15925 Carmenita Road, Cerritos, California, 90703, is zoned Development Area One (ADP-1), and is located in the Los Coyotes Redevelopment Project Area (APN 7005-005-033 and APN 7005-005-034).

Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2010-1
Mitigated Negative Declaration
Conditional Use Permit 2010-1
Precise Plan 2010-5
Lot Combination 2010-1

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

Senior Planner Sandy Cisneros presented an overview of the proposal as outlined in the staff report dated April 8, 2010.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony.

Konrad Peikas, Cerritos resident, commented in support of the application.

Ashley Warneke, KPRS Construction Services, Inc. and Thomas J. Myers, Ware Malcomb,
responded to inquiries of the Council noting that the exterior lighting would be completely redone; the project would comply with all mandated energy requirements; Condition 49 related to Art in Public Places requirements would be complied with by installing an art piece on the property; and the elevator required by Condition 59 would be located in the interior corridor adjacent to the stairs.

No one else wished to speak and the public hearing was closed.

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Edwards that the City Council:

A.        Receive and file Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2010-1;

B.         Receive, certify and approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration related to Conditional Use Permit 2010-1, Precise Plan 2010-5, and Lot Combination 2010-1 making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. 2010-8.

C.        Approve Conditional Use Permit 2010-1, making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2010-9; and

D.        Approve Precise Plan 2010-5, making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2010-10;

as recommended in the staff report dated April 8, 2010.  The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration of the establishment of the Cerritos "Good Neighbor Program."

Brian Hews, Los Cerritos Community News Publisher, asked that the program be tabled at this time to further evaluate the possibility of including the resources of the newspaper to enhance program implementation. 

MOTION:  Following a brief discussion, it was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to table consideration of the establishment of the Cerritos Good Neighbor Program at this time and directed the formation of an ad hoc City Council committee for further study and report back to the City Council with a more comprehensive Good Neighbor Program.  The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of an informational item regarding the City of Cerritos water quality and 2009 Consumer Confidence Report.

Following a review of the staff report dated April 8, 2010, staff responded to Council inquiries regarding water quality, water rights leases and costs/rates, and water treatment and filtration.

Konrad Peikas, Cerritos resident, commented on water conservation and its potential impact on watering lawns.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to receive and file the staff report dated April 8, 2010 entitled An informational item regarding the City of Cerritos water quality and 2009 Consumer Confidence Report.  The motion carried unanimously.

PENDING LEGISLATION

Councilman Barrows reported on his attendance at the Gateway Cities Council of Governments meeting last night at which the funding inequities and other concerns associated with Assembly Bill 1818 Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy:  Upper Los Angeles River and Watershed Protection Program were discussed.  He suggested the Council formally oppose this bill.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to adopt the Assembly Bill 1818 opposition language formulated by the Gateway Cities Council of Governments City Manager's Steering Committee and authorize the Mayor to execute written opposition to this legislation.  The motion carried unanimously.

CONSENSUS:  At the suggestion of Mayor Cho, the City Council reached consensus to place on the next City Council agenda a report in support of Assembly Bill 2003 Governing Board Protection Bill and to advise Assemblymember Mendoza's office that the bill will be discussed at the City Council meeting.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilwoman Chen noted her attendance at the Easter Egg Hunt and recognition event for Gahr High School student Tiffany McCray; and she encouraged visiting the Cerritos Library Taiwan Sublime photo exhibit and the Art of the Book:  Asian Influences, Spotlighting Taiwan display.

Councilman Edwards commented on the preview walkthrough at the new Nordstrom's and commended Sgt. Major Douglas Smith of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion for his service.

Councilman Barrows commented on the improved Easter Egg Hunt and he noted that his attendance at an upcoming Southern California Association of Governments Regional Summit would prevent him from attending the Nordstrom's gala.

Mayor Pro Tem Lee indicated she had the honor of presenting a certificate to Gahr High School student Tiffany McCray for her community involvement; noted her attendance at Assemblymember Tony Mendoza's 3rd Annual Cesar Chavez Awards; and thanked the Friends of the 1st CEB for their efforts.

Mayor Cho reported that he attended the recognition event for Gahr High School student Tiffany McCray; Assemblymember Tony Mendoza's 3rd Annual Cesar Chavez Awards; the Easter Egg Hunt; Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day; the funeral of Cerritos resident Ryan Mark Tiedeman; Chamber of Commerce Staff Appreciation Ceremony; and the preview of the new Nordstrom's.  He noted that the Cerritos Swim and Fitness Center was awarded the Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. Silver International Aquatic Safety Award, commented on the League of California Cities' signature gathering drive to place the Local Taxpayer Public Safety and Transportation Act measure on the ballot, and commented on the importance of completing and mailing the U.S. Census form, noting a letter was sent to Congresswoman Linda Sanchez requesting her assistance to ensure an accurate count for Cerritos.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

/s/Josephine Triggs                               
ATTEST: Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

 

/s/Joseph Cho                                      
Joseph Cho, Ph.D., Mayor

Approved:  April 22, 2010

Back to Article Top