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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD SEPTEMBER 23, 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 of First Baptist Church of 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

The following proclamations were presented: Power Toyota Cerritos for being selected as part of the City's Business Recognition Program; Adam Wilson in recognition of his achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and October as National Arts and Humanities Month.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

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

Derrick Alatorre, South Coast Air Quality Management District, updated the City on various funding programs and District activities.

David Forward, resident, spoke regarding the AARP tax assistance program at Artesia Park.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Register of Demands dated September 23, 2010, Checks 119194 through 119547, in the total amount of $9,764,263.07. The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 9, 2010. The motion carried unanimously.

Miscellaneous

Biennial Notice to the City Council regarding review of City/Redevelopment Agency/Public Financing Authority Conflict of Interest Codes.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilman Edwards to receive and file the staff report dated September 23, 2010 entitled Biennial Notice to the City Council regarding review of the City/Redevelopment Agency/Public Financing Authority Conflict of Interest Codes. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of a request of the Artesia-Cerritos Woman's Club regarding its February 1, 2011 City Council Candidate Forum.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilman Edwards to authorize the Artesia-Cerritos Woman's Club to use the Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the purpose of holding a forum for Cerritos City Council candidates in the upcoming March 8, 2011 General Municipal Election, with the City absorbing the costs associated with cable casting the event. The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Review and consideration of the 2008-2014 Housing Element Update of the Cerritos General Plan.

1. Negative Declaration

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL CERTIFYING THE NEGATIVE DECLARATION PREPARED IN SUPPORT OF THE 2008-2014 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL APPROVING THE 2008-2014 HOUSING ELEMENT

Eduardo Vega, Management Analyst, provided a PowerPoint Presentation outlining the process to update the City's Housing Element.

Discussion ensued between Council and staff regarding the timing of approving this item pursuant to pending legal/regulatory/legislative issues.

Mayor Cho opened the public hearing. Interested parties were invited to present testimony. No one wished to present testimony and the public hearing was closed.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Chen and seconded by Councilman Barrows to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2010-15 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL CERTIFYING THE NEGATIVE DECLARATION PREPARED IN SUPPORT OF THE 2008-2014 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE and to
waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2010-16 entitled A RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL APPROVING THE 2008-2014 HOUSING ELEMENT; and direct staff to file a Notice of Determination in accordance with Section 3.5 of the Environmental Impact Report Guidelines of the City of Cerritos. The motion carried unanimously.

PENDING LEGAL MATTERS

Consideration to waive reading and adopt A RESOLUTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS IN SUPPORT OF "BUSINESS FRIENDLY PRINCIPLES" AS PART OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS' (SCAG) DEVELOPMENT OF A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC GROWTH STRATEGY.

Kathy Matsumoto, Assistant City Manager, provided a brief staff report.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Barrows to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2010-17 entitled A RESOLUTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS IN SUPPORT OF "BUSINESS FRIENDLY PRINCIPLES" AS PART OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS' (SCAG) DEVELOPMENT OF A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC GROWTH STRATEGY. The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

Consideration and award of a contract for the preparation of the City of Cerritos Water Division 2010 Urban Water Management Plan.

Charles Emig, Water Superintendent, provided a brief staff report.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Barrows to award a contract for professional services for the preparation of the City of Cerritos 2010 Urban Water Management Plan to PSOMAS in the amount of $37,130. The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration of an assessment schedule and the allocation of funding for the preparation of the Gateway Cities Council of Government's (COG) sustainable communities strategy (SCS) required pursuant to the provisions of Senate bill 375 (SB 375).

Torrey Contreras, Director of Community Development, provided a brief staff report.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to
authorize the allocation of funding for the City's assessment pertaining to the Gateway Cities Council of Government's preparation of a Sustainable Communities Strategy pursuant to the requirements of Senate Bill 375. The motion carried unanimously.

PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Art Gallucci reported that the Bill related to the extension of redevelopment years was defeated and that the author is not likely to re-enter the bill in an upcoming legislative session.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilwomen Chen reported on her attendance at various community events and announced the upcoming 13th Annual benefit concert on October 3, 2010 which will raise funds to assist bone marrow donors.

Councilman Barrows reported on his attendance at the Annual League of California Cities conference in San Diego and the voting on SB 375. He also reported on various other community events he attended.

Councilman Edwards thanked staff for the Patriot Day event, his attendance at the opening of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, and reported on the California Contract Cities conference. He noted that this upcoming weekend is the golf tournament for the 1st CEB Marines at the Ironwood Nine Golf Course.

Mayor Pro Tem Lee reported on her attendance at the Cerritos Chinese Seniors event where they provided lunch for firefighters at Fire Station 30. She also noted the Lunar Moon Festivals which are celebrated during this time each year.

Mayor Cho thanked staff for the Patriot Day event, reported on his attendance at various community events, including many which involved Cerritos senior citizens, and the celebration of "Korean Thanksgiving" and the first day of fall. He noted his attendance at the League of California Cities Annual Conference and reported on information provided on Proposition 22.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

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

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

Approved:
October 14, 2010

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