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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD JULY 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

Councilman Jim Edwards offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Girl Scout Troop 493 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

The following proclamations were presented: Cerritos Korean War Veterans proclaiming July 27, 2010 as National Korean War Veterans Recognition Day; Henry Ma in recognition of his achieving the rank of Eagle Scout; Kevin Enoch Ni in recognition of his achieving the rank of Eagle Scout; and Formosa Senior Association on the occasion of its 16th anniversary.

Ken Cha, Cerritos resident, provided a power point presentation on the recent trip to Korea by local Korean War veterans in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

The Mayor invited those wishing to speak during public comments and suggestions.

Mickey Christiason, Cerritos resident, expressed appreciation for the City’s recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. He commended the various organizations responsible for assisting the Korean veterans group in their visit to Korea and noted he was one of the sponsors. He noted the people of Korea were very gracious in their acknowledgement of the American veterans.

John Nieto, President of the city employee organization, AFSCME, Local 619, spoke regarding the City negotiations bulletin and submitted a copy of the negotiating team’s proposal and a copy of the bulletin. He expressed concerns regarding City’s approach to the negotiation process.

Sally Ramirez, AFSCME Council 36 business representative, introduced herself and acknowledged appreciation for the City’s recognition of Korean War veterans. She spoke of the union’s request to meet directly with the Council outside of the formal negotiation process. Ms. Ramirez expressed concerns with the City’s negotiation bulletin and that the membership wishes to bargain in good faith.

Sergio Cervantes, City employee, thanked the City Council for the City's Library facility. He expressed concerns regarding the City’s negotiation bulletin.

Rogan Girard, City employee, expressed his pleasure at working for the City and the CCPA facility where he works. He expressed concern regarding how the employee union’s proposals were portrayed in the City’s negotiation bulletin.

Kari Franco, City employee and AFSCME Local 619 member, expressed her pride in working for the City. She outlined the negotiating team’s proposals and the consideration taken to craft the language in the spirit of good faith.

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 July 8, 2010, Checks 117562 through 117812, in the total amount of $5,907,107.25. 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 June 24, 2010. The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

Consideration of an amendment to the reclaimed water use agreement with the City of Lakewood.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Amendment to the Reclaimed Water User Agreement, establishing a ten-year term and an updated rate structure for reclaimed water supplied by the City of Cerritos to the City of Lakewood, as recommended in the staff report dated July 8, 2010. The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration of adoption of the fiscal year 2010-2011 appropriation limit.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS APPROVING AND ADOPTING THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION LIMIT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010-2011.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2010-12 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS APPROVING AND ADOPTING THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION LIMIT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010-2011. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration and award of Bid No. 1101-11, Printing of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts 2010-2011 Seasonal Calendars.

Ram Kakkar, Cerritos resident, noted the vendor provided two different bids and inquired whether the City has a policy regarding accepting separate bids from the same vendor. He noted that each proposal was submitted with a different total bid amount.

The City Attorney explained why Trend Offset Printing submitted two proposals and noted the bid procedure was properly conducted.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilman Edwards to award Bid No. 1101-11 for the printing of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts 2010-2011 Seasonal Calendars to Trend Offset Printing in the amount of $128,422.00. The motion carried unanimously.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilman Edwards welcomed Interim City Clerk Vida Barone, reported on his participation in the Relay for Life at Gahr High School held June 26-27, 2010, celebrated the birthday of our nation with the City’s fireworks show and noted the recognition of the veterans who have lost their lives in military efforts in Afghanistan. He requested closing the meeting in memory of Corporal Daane DeBoer.

Councilwoman Chen reported on her attendance at the Taiwan Automotive International Forum and Exhibit where green automotive industry was featured and presented City information regarding Cerritos’ business opportunities, Relay for Life event, a flag-raising ceremony in the City of Bellflower, Let Freedom Ring celebration and thanked staff for their efforts in setting up the event and their timely return to normal operations. She announced the mixed-media display by an award-winning Korean artist at the Library and the upcoming free concert to be held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts by the United States Air Force Band on August 15, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.

Councilman Barrows commented on his attendance at the Taiwan Automotive Forum and the City’s potential for partnership with various entities in the automotive industry. He reported on his recent election to the Southern California Association of Governments serving on transportation and legislative committees, representing Cerritos, Lakewood, Artesia and Hawaiian Gardens. He also reported on his attendance at a recent Gateway Cities Council of Government meeting.

CONSENSUS: It was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to report back on the matter of the proposed Interstate 5 freeway widening project and potential delays caused by the railroad redesign and the impact of the Valley View project. In addition, a request was made to try to influence Sacramento to save the $380 million funding set-aside for this transportation project.

Mayor Pro Tem Lee welcomed Interim City Clerk Vida Barone and congratulated staff on their efforts regarding the City’s Let Freedom Ring celebration. She reported on her attendance at the Relay for Life event and the flag-raising ceremony at the Church of Jesus Christ in the City of Bellflower which was attended by many former and local elected officials.

Mayor Cho reported on his attendance at the Relay for Life event, acknowledging the efforts of Teams Cerritos and Never Give Up; Anna Titus retirement dinner; SEIU conference and elected officials briefing; the GI Hope car wash and Dunk-A-Thon fundraiser supporting homeless female veterans; Let Freedom Ring celebration; Artesia-Cerritos Rotary Club induction ceremony; and GTS grand opening ceremony. He also noted July is Parks and Recreation Month and commented regarding 2010 Fitness Campaign programming offered through the Cerritos Senior Center including the "Get Moving” program.

CLOSED SESSION

The City Council convened in Closed Session at 8:25 p.m. The meeting reconvened at 8:55 p.m. with all Councilmembers present.

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL—EXISTING LITIGATION pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a).

Name of case: Central and West Basin Water Replenishment District etc. v. Adams et al, LASC Case No. 786656

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and second by Councilman Edwards to authorize the City to participate by defending or initiating appeals in the case entitled Central and West Basin Water Replenishment District, et al v. Adams, et al, LASC Case No. C786656. The motion carried unanimously.

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL—ANTICIPATED LITIGATION pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(c).

Number of potential cases: One (1)

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Chen and second by Councilman Barrows to authorize the initiation of litigation against the Water Replenishment District regarding the Replenishment Assessments. The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m. in memory of 1st CEB Marine Corporal Daane A. DeBoer who recently lost his life in Afghanistan.

 

/s/ Vida Barone_______________
ATTEST: Vida Barone, Interim City Clerk

 

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

 

Approved: July 22, 2010

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