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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD APRIL 14, 2011

1. 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.

2. INVOCATION

Councilmember Jim Edwards offered the invocation.

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Boy Scout Troop 72 led the assembly in the salute to the flag.

4. ROLL CALL

The following Members of the City Council were in attendance:

Councilmember Bruce Barrows
Councilmember Joseph Cho, Ph.D.
Councilmember Mark Pulido
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Edwards
Mayor Carol Chen

5. PRESENTATIONS

Proclamations/Presentations were made as follows:

Proclamation presented to Patty Hashimoto for receiving the Lazy Dog Café Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

6. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Chris Fuentes spoke regarding the recent election, location manager’s tour in Cerritos, and requested a future agenda item regarding Councilmember compensation and benefits.

Ram Kakkar spoke regarding accomplishments of the Council, appointments of Commissioners and Committee members, the issuance of Council Proclamations, and the installation of hearing assistance technology in City facilities.

Debra Ashby, South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), announced the upcoming “Clean Air” Awards Nomination Period and various other AQMD events.

Keri Chang spoke regarding Councilmember compensation and benefits and requested Study Sessions of same.

CONSENT CALENDAR

7A. Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to approve the Register of Demands dated April 14, 2011, Checks 123877 through 124476 in the total amount of $7,614,107.19. The motion carried unanimously.

8A. Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 24, 2011.

9. Treasurer’s Reports for the period ending February 28, 2011

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to approve the Treasurer’s Reports for the period ending February 28, 2011. The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

10A. A request by applicant Bank of America, N.A., 600 Anton Boulevard, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, California, 90626, for approval of a warehouse use at 16205 Distribution Way, Cerritos, California 90703. The subject property is zoned industrial (M) (APN 7005-013-050). Conditional Use Permit 2011-1.* *Pursuant to Section 15301 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), this project is categorically exempt.

Sandy Cisneros, Senior Planner, provided a report. A PowerPoint Presentation was displayed. Ms. Cisneros acknowledged that two (2) citizen comments were received related to this issue and their concerns were addressed within the agenda report.

Mayor Chen opened the public hearing and public testimony.

Janet Brown, resident, expressed her concerns regarding the buffer wall and landscape maintenance at the property adjacent to her home.

Mayor Chen closed the public testimony and the public hearing.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to approve Conditional Use Permit 2011-1, making the findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2011-7. The motion carried unanimously.

10B. A proposal by property owner Hassan & Sons, Inc., 5999 Cerritos Avenue, Cypress, California, 90630, to remodel the interior and exterior of the existing service station mechanic bay building located at 13356 South Street, Cerritos, California, 90703 and to convert the existing automobile service station use to a convenience service station use. The subject site is zoned neighborhood commercial (CN) (APN 7044-020-034). 1. Conditional Use Permit 2011-2*, 2. Precise Plan 84-4(A)(2011) Amendment. *Pursuant to Section 15301 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), this project is categorically exempt.

10B. Sandy Cisneros, Senior Planner, provided a report. A PowerPoint Presentation was displayed.

Mayor Chen opened the public hearing and public testimony.

Samir Hijazi, representing the applicant, noted that the applicant is in substantial agreement with the conditions of approval, however, requested that the applicant be able to build the eight-foot wall without the gap provisions required by the existing conditions.

City Attorney Steres suggested that a revision be made to Condition of Approval Item No. 57.

City Manager Gallucci stated that since this is private property, the applicant should have their architect present alternative solutions to bridge the gap between the subject property and the adjacent property, and present them to City staff for approval.

Mayor Chen closed the public testimony and the public hearing.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Councilmember Cho to:

1) Make the following amendment to Condition of Approval Item No. 57 by inserting the language as referenced below:

57. Block Wall. The block wall along the south property line abutting the residential properties shall be extended or rebuilt to 8'-0" along the full length of the property line, as required by Section 22.40.540(1)(c) of the Cerritos Municipal Code. If feasible, a A cap or gap closure shall be installed between the existing block wall on the residential properties and the newly extended or rebuilt wall on the subject property.

2) Approve Conditional Use Permit 2011-2, making the findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2011-8, and

3) Approve Precise Plan 84-14(A)(2011) Amendment, making the findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2011-9. The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

11A. Consideration and award of contract to relate the northerly boundary fence at Rosewood Park located at 17715 Eric Avenue in the City of Cerritos (APN 7034-016-902), Bid No. 111-11

Kanna Vancheswaran, Assistant City Engineer, provided a report.

11A. MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to award a contract to relocate the northerly boundary fence at Rosewood Park to Quality Fence Co., in the amount of $24,180 and reject all other bids. The motion carried unanimously.

11B. Consideration and approval of a General Services Agreement with Los Angeles County for various public works services.

Hal Arbogast, Director of Public Works, provided a report.

Chris Fuentes, requested the dollar amount of the previous contract, and has inquired whether the City considered private contractors to provide the services.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to 1) approve the General Services Agreement between the County of Los Angeles and the City of Cerritos, 2) authorize the Mayor to execute the Agreement, and 3) authorize the Director of Public Works or his designee to request County services on behalf of the City.

11C. Consideration and award of a revised contract for a revised contract for rehabilitation of water well C-1 at 12701 Artesia Boulevard in the City of Cerritos, Bid No. 1104-11 (APN 7030-001-900).

Vince Brar, Senior Assistant City Manager, provided a report.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to 1) make a finding that the repair work for the unforeseen conditions discovered during the well video log is necessary, 2) make a finding that due to the urgency of the issue, it is prudent to perform this work as soon as possible, 3) make a finding that staff has negotiated fair and reasonable terms for the revised project scope and associated change order, and 4) authorize the City Manager to execute a change order with General Pump Company in the amount of $113,893.04 for the rehabilitation of Water Well C-1, Bid No. 1104-11.

11D. Consideration and award of contract for the installation of playground surfacing at Cerritos Park East, Project No. 10105, Bid No. 1108-11.

Kanna Vancheswaran, Assistant City Engineer, provided a report.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Councilmember Cho to reject the bid received for the installation of playground surfacing at Cerritos Park East, Project No. 10105, Bid No. 1108-11, and direct staff to redefine the scope of Project No. 10105 to replace the playground surface at Gridley Park, and then re- advertise the project for consideration of award.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

12A. Consideration and adoption of A RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF TWENTY PERCENT HOUSING SET ASIDE FUNDS TO REIMBURSE THE ABC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR RELOCATION EXPENSES INCURRED FOR DOCUMENT ARCHIVING AND IMAGING SERVICES PURSUANT TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FINANCING, AND DISPOSITION AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE CUESTA VILLAS PROJECT.

Ryan Carey, Management Analyst, provided a report.

Chris Fuentes inquired as to whether Global 360 was one of the bidders on the imaging project.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to adopt Resolution No. CRA 2011-4, A RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF TWENTY PERCENT HOUSING SET ASIDE FUNDS TO REIMBURSE THE ABC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR RELOCATION EXPENSES INCURRED FOR DOCUMENT ARCHIVING AND IMAGING SERVICES PURSUANT TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FINANCING, AND DISPOSITION AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE CUESTA VILLAS PROJECT, as amended to revise Section 3 of the Resolution to read $100,000 rather than $400,000. The item was approved pursuant to the following vote:

AYES: 4 Barrows, Pulido, Edwards, Chen
NOES: 1 Cho
ABSENT: 0 None
ABSTAIN: 0 None

12B. Consideration of a sub-recipient agreement between the City of Cerritos and the City of Los Angeles for the 2009 Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Award.

Emily Merina, Community Services Supervisor, provided a report.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to approve the sub-recipient agreement between the City of Los Angeles and the City of Cerritos for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Justice Assistance Grant (ARRA JAG) Program and authorize the Mayor to sign all necessary documentation on behalf of the City of Cerritos.

12C. Consideration of change in scope of project for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Justice Assistance Grant.

Emily Merina, Community Services Supervisor, provided a report.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to approve the change of scope of project for the 2009 ARRA JAG program and direct staff to create the Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) for the 2009 ARRA JAG and submit it to the City of Los Angeles as the grant’s designated fiscal agent.

12D. Consideration of appointments to vacancies on various commissions, boards, and committees

This item was considered out of its original agenda order.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilmember Barrows to approve the following reappointments nominated by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards:

Commission/Committee
Appointee
Economic Development Commission
Kathy Lovell
Fine Arts & Historical Commission
Janet Beach
Parks & Recreation Commission
Jack Reidy
Planning Commission
Larry Sagert
Property Preservation Commission
George Dominguez
Community Safety Committee
Joe A. de Guzman & Richard Martinez
Let Freedom Ring Committee
Tricia Hyun and Lewie Woodson
Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center Board of Directors
Marianne Hughlett

12E. City Council Committee Assignments 2011-2012

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Chen and seconded by Councilmember Barrows to confirm the following City Council Committee Assignments for 2011-2012:

Standing Committees
(Subject to the Brown Act)
Councilmember
ABC Unified School District— Liaison 1. Joseph Cho
2. Carol Chen
Budget/Finance 1. Carol Chen
2. Jim Edwards
Performing Arts 1. Bruce Barrows
2. Carol Chen
3. Joseph Cho
4. Jim Edwards
5. Mark Pulido
Personnel 1. Carol Chen, Chair
2. Bruce Barrows
One-Member Standing Committees
(not subject to Brown Act requirements)
Councilmember
Auto Mall Jim Edwards
Business and Industry Carol Chen
Cerritos Community College–Liaison Joseph Cho
Chamber of Commerce–Liaison Jim Edwards
County Health Department/Health Insurance Mark Pulido
Legislative Bruce Barrows
Library Carol Chen
Parks and Recreation Jim Edwards
Senior Services/Senior Center Joseph Cho
Other Organizations Delegate Alternate
California Contract Cities Association Jim Edwards Joseph Cho
California Joint Powers Insurance Authority Carol Chen Jim Edwards
City Selection Committee/ Metropolitan Transportation Authority
*Mayor must be voting delegate per GC 50270
Carol Chen Joseph Cho (1)
Bruce Barrows (2)
Gateway Cities Council of Governments Bruce Barrows Joseph Cho
Gateway Cities Council of Governments–91/605 Corridor Cities Committee Mark Pulido Jim Edwards
League of California Cities Bruce Barrows Carol Chen
Orangeline Development Authority Bruce Barrows Carol Chen
Sanitation Districts 2, 3, 18 & 19/Waste Management Carol Chen Jim Edwards (1)
Bruce Barrows (2)
Joseph Cho (3)
Mark Pulido (4)
Southeast Water Coalition Jim Edwards Mark Pulido
Workforce Investment Board–Policy Board Carol Chen Mark Pulido
Staff Committees City Representative
California Joint Powers Insurance Authority Art Gallucci, City Manager, Alternate
Denise Manoogian, Administrative Services Director, Alternate
Central Basin Water District Charlie Emig, Water Superintendent
Gateway Cities Council of Governments–91/605 Corridor Cities Committee Art Gallucci, City Manager
Youth/Juvenile Diversion Greg Berg, Community & Safety Services Dir.

13. REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

Kathy Matsumoto, Assistant City Manager, reported on legislation AB 438 (Williams) that would require any jurisdiction considering contracting for library services would have to place the matter to a vote of the people. Staff recommends an “opposition” position on this legislation.

14. CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/ REPORT ON MEETINGS

Reports were given by Councilmember Pulido, Councilmember Cho, Mayor Pro Tem Edwards, and Mayor Chen.

15. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 10:13 p.m. in memory of former legislator and Cerritos College Board Member Bob Epple.

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

/s/ Carol Chen____
Carol Chen, Mayor

Approved: April 28, 2011


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