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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD NOVEMBER 22, 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

Councilwoman Chen offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Councilman Edwards 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 Joseph Cho, Ph.D.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Chen and seconded by Councilman Edwards, to excuse Mayor Pro Tem Lee from tonight’s meeting. The motion carried unanimously, with Mayor Pro Tem Lee absent.

PRESENTATIONS

A proclamation was presented to Goldilocks Bakery as part of the City’s Business Recognition Program.

Mayor Cho announced the City of Cerritos’ selection as Los Angeles County’s “Most Business-Friendly City.”

A video clip (ABC Channel 7) was presented featuring the “Cerritos on Wheels” vehicles used for the “Spark of Love” holiday toy drive.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Catherine Gaughen, Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, congratulated the City for their recognition as the Los Angeles County “Most Business-Friendly City.”

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 November 22, 2010, Checks 120728 through 121064, in the total amount of $16,837,742.52. The motion carried unanimously, with Mayor Pro Tem Lee absent.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting of November 8, 2010. The motion carried unanimously, with Mayor Pro Tem Lee absent.

Consideration and award of Bid No. 1105-11, printing of the Cerritos News, Cerritos Library News, Community Services Program and Cerritos Lifelong Enrichment.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilman Edwards to award Bid No. 1105-11 to Lithocraft Co. for the printing of the Cerritos News, Cerritos Library News, Community Services Program and Cerritos Lifelong Enrichment in the amount of $118,299.58. The period of the contract covers twelve (12) months from January 2011 to December 2011, with an option to renew for January 2012 to December 2012 and for January 2013 to December 2013 if the printer maintains the same pricing. The motion carried unanimously, with Mayor Pro Tem Lee absent.

PUBLIC HEARINGS (Agenda Items 10A and 10B were considered concurrently)

(Agenda Item 10A) - Consideration to waive reading of and introduce AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 22.12, AREA DEVELOPMENT PLAN TWO (ADP-2), OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE AS IT RELATES TO OFF-STREET PARKING STANDARDS.

(Agenda Item 10B) - A Development proposal by Wal-mart Real Estate Business Trust, 2001 Southeast 10th Street, Bentonville, AR, 72716-0550, to demolish 481 square feet of floor area and construct a 25,208-square-foot addition and related site improvements to the existing Walmart store located in the Cerritos Towne Center at 12701 Towne Center Drive, Cerritos, Ca. The proposed Walmart store expansion is designed to accommodate a new grocery use, which will be located within an area previously designated for expansion, east of the existing building. The Walmart store is located on an approximately 14.05-acre parcel, is part of the approximately 41.33-acre Cerritos Towne Center shopping center, is zoned development area two (ADP-2), and is located within the Los Coyotes Redevelopment Project Area (APN 7030-001-024).

1. Environmental Impact Report*
2. Conditional Use Permit 92-6(A)(2010) Amendment
3. Precise Plan 92-6(M)(2010) Amendment
4. Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2010-9

*One Environmental Impact Report was prepared for Conditional Use Permit 92-6(A)(2010) Amendment, Precise Plan 92-6(M)(2010) Amendment, and Development Code Amendment 2010-1.

Reports were provided by Torrey Contreras, Director of Community Development, and Sandy Cisneros, Senior Planner. PowerPoint Presentations were displayed.

Mayor Cho concurrently opened the public hearings on Agenda Items 10a and 10b. The public comments for both items were opened and held concurrently.

Steven Stallings, Cerritos resident, requested an updated sound and traffic study.

Ray Cordova, South County Labor Chair, AFL-CIO, spoke in opposition to the project, citing Walmart’s practices of importing food products from outside the United States at an adverse impact to the consumer. He requested continuing this item until his organization could provide additional information to the Council.

Ram Kakkar, Cerritos resident, requested an updated environmental study and mentioned the potential for increased traffic in the Cerritos Towne Center.

Catherine Gaughen, Executive Director of the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce, spoke in support of the Walmart expansion. She cited the increase in jobs, the introduction of a much-needed grocery store, and the “green” building design elements.

Ray Lovell, Cerritos resident, spoke in support of the Walmart expansion project. He cited Walmart’s community involvement.

Sherman Kappe, resident and former Cerritos Mayor and Councilmember, spoke in support of the Walmart expansion. He provided a brief historical overview of the Walmart development at the Cerritos Towne Center.

Ellen Berkowitz, representing Walmart, noted that new traffic and noise studies were conducted for this project. She noted the traffic count study conducted recently on the actual use of parking spaces. Ms. Berkowitz introduced the Walmart team and City consultants. She mentioned the sustainable features of the proposed expansion.

Keil Maberry, Traffic Consultant, responded to inquiries regarding the traffic studies conducted for this project.

Staff responded to inquiries related as to how the introduction of the Walmart grocery store element may impact other existing businesses.

Stacie Henderson, CAJA Environmental Consulting, summarized that the noise impacts related to projected traffic increases for this project were found to be insignificant.

Mayor Cho suggested continuing this item to a future meeting due to the voluminous documentation and the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Lee. There was no consensus to continue this item to a future meeting.

Mayor Cho closed public comments and the public hearing on both items.

MOTION (Item 10a): It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilwoman Chen to: 1) Certify and approve the Final Environmental Impact Report and adopt the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for Conditional Use Permit 92-6(A) (2010) Amendment, Precise Plan 92-6(M)(2010) Amendment, and Development Code Amendment 2010-1, which was completed in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), 2) 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, and, 3) Waive reading of and introduce Ordinance No. 956, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 22.12 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE AS IT RELATES TO OFF-STREET PARKING STANDARDS. The motion carried unanimously pursuant to the following roll call vote:

ROLL CALL:
AYES: Barrows, Chen, Edwards, Cho
NOES: None
ABSENT: Lee

MOTION (Item 10b): It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilman Barrows to: 1) Receive and file Agency Conformity Report 2010-9, 2) Approve Conditional Use Permit 92-6(A)(2010) Amendment, making the findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2010-42, and 3) Approve Precise Plan 92-6(M)(2010) Amendment, making the findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2010-43. The motion passed pursuant to the following roll call vote:

ROLL CALL:
AYES: Barrows, Chen, Edwards
NOES: Cho
ABSENT: Lee

PENDING LEGAL MATTERS

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL, CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, AND CERRITOS PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY ADOPTING CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODES AND REPEALING RESOLUTIONS NO. 2008-39, CRA 2008-5, AND CPFA 2008-1.

A report was provided by Interim City Clerk, Vida Barone.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Barrows and seconded by Councilman Edwards to waive reading of and adopt Joint Resolution Nos. 2010-22, CRA 2010-4, and CPFA 2010-1, A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL, CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, AND CERRITOS PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY, ADOPTING CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODES AND REPEALING RESOLUTIONS NO. 2008-39, CRA 2008-5, AND CPFA 2008-1. The motion carried unanimously, with Mayor Pro Tem Lee absent.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration of an informational report to the Cerritos City Council on the status of the ABC Adult School water aerobics classes.

A report was provided by Sherré Titus, Recreation Services Superintendent.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Cho and seconded by Councilman Barrows to direct staff to develop a contingency plan related to sustaining the water aerobics program and return to the Council with an update on a future agenda. The motion carried unanimously, with Mayor Pro Tem Lee absent.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilman Barrows to receive and file the report related to water aerobics. The motion carried unanimously, with Mayor Pro Tem Lee absent.

PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Art Gallucci advised the Council of a letter received from the State mandating an additional ERAF payment of $2,400,000 on May 10, 2011. He noted that City staff will continue monitoring any litigation related to this item and update the Council as appropriate.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilman Edwards reported on the following: “Eddy” awards, Veterans Day Ceremony, Flag Football awards, 1st CEB deployment bag packing event, and wished all a Happy Thanksgiving.

CONSENSUS: There was Council consensus to consider a Resolution related to Korean-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) at the next regular meeting.

Councilwoman Chen reported on the following: Cerritos Blood Drive and the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way Alternative Analysis meeting.

Councilman Barrows reported on the following: “Eddy” awards, Flag Football awards, 1st CEB deployment bag packing event, the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way Alternative Analysis meeting, and a KTLA report related to robbery of a local non-profit organization.

Mayor Cho reported on the following: “Eddy” awards, ribbon cutting at Edible Arrangements, Veterans Day Ceremony, Holiday Day Boutique, Meritorious Marine event, Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, CNN Heroes award ceremony, 1st CEB deployment bag packing event, and wished all a Happy Thanksgiving.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 9:36 p.m.

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

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

Approved: December 9, 2010

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