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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 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

Bishop Dell Jensen, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, provided the invocation.

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Girl Scout Troop 678 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:

Proclamations presented to the following organization and individuals: Dylan Wesson, Karen Resnick (39th Congressional Art Competition Overall Winner), Kyle Liang (Eagle Scout), and David Kyung Sik Woo (Eagle Scout).

6. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Jesse Chang, representing Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, spoke regarding the 9th Annual Senior Fair in Paramount Park in the City of Paramount.

Crystal Brown, Public Information Officer for the Greater Los Angeles Control District, who displayed a PowerPoint Presentation on the West Nile Virus.

Paul Bellanbaum spoke regarding the pristine environment at the Mall on Gridley behind Toys “R” Us, and restroom facilities at other locations throughout the City.

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 July 14, 2011, Checks 126217 through 126776, in the total amount of $14,784,068.64. The motion carried unanimously.

8. Approval of Treasurer’s Report

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to approve Treasurer’s Reports for the period ending May 31, 2011. The motion carried unanimously.

9A. 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 June 23, 2011. The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

10A. Consideration of a comprehensive performance and contract compliance audit made by HF&H Consultants evaluating integrated solid waste management services provided by CalMet Services, Inc. for the City of Cerritos

Mike O’Grady, Environmental Services Manager, presented the staff report.

J.B. D’Souza, CalMet Services, responded to inquiries regarding the reminder notices.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to 1.) Under Section 6.1 of the agreement, direct the Director of Public Works to provide CalMet Services with written approval to impose, where appropriate, Returned Check Fees, as well as the Service-Related Fees outlined in the HF&H Audit, and 2.) Review and file the HF&H Consultants Contract Compliance Audit of CalMet Services. The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

11A. Consideration of adoption of the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 appropriation limit

Gerald DeMasi, Budget Manager, presented the staff report.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilmember Barrows to waive reading of an adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS APPROVING AND ADOPTING THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION LIMIT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012. The motion carried unanimously.

11B. Consideration of 2011 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program grant application

Emely Merina, Community Services Supervisor, presented the staff report.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to 1.) Approve the submission of the COPS Hiring Program grant application, and 2.) Authorize the Mayor to sign all necessary documentation on behalf of the City of Cerritos. The motion carried by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Cho, Pulido, Edwards, Chen
NOES: Barrows
ABSENT: None.
ABSTAIN: None.

11C. Consideration of Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Fiscal Year 2011 local solicitation

Emely Merina, Community Services Supervisor, presented the staff report.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to 1.) Review the Fiscal Year 2011 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, and 2.) Approve the purchase of three (3) ProLaser Lidar Systems. The motion carried unanimously.

11D. Consideration of a request by the League of California Cities and the California Redevelopment Association for payment of the legal defense fund assessment #2 in the matter of the budget proposal of the Governor of California as it relates to the elimination of Redevelopment Agencies to balance the budget

Councilmember Pulido recused himself from the discussion and deliberation on this item due to a potential conflict of interest as he is currently an employee of the State of California.

Kathy Matsumoto, Assistant City Manager, provided the staff report.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to approve the payment of $2,500 to the California Redevelopment Association for the Legal Defense Fund Assessment #2 to challenge the constitutionality of ABX1 26 and ABX1 27. The motion carried pursuant to the following roll call vote:

AYES: Cho, Barrows, Edwards, Chen
NOES: None.
ABSENT (recused): Pulido
ABSTAIN: None.

At this juncture Councilmember Pulido returned to the dais.

12. REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci mentioned that Items ABX1 26 and ABX1 27 are the main focus of staff’s efforts at this time.

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

Comments were provided by Councilmember Cho, Councilmember Barrows, Councilmember Pulido, Mayor Pro Tem Edwards, and Mayor Chen.

CLOSED SESSION

The City Council recessed to Closed Session to consider Item 14A on the Closed Session Agenda.

14A. PERSONNEL MATTERS PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54957.6: CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS

Agency Negotiators: Denise Manoogian, Patricia Leyva, Art Gallucci and Charles Goldstein

Employee Organization: AFSCME, Local 619

Mayor Chen reconvened the meeting to Open Session and the City Attorney stated that there was no reportable action taken on Item 14A.

Councilmember Pulido recused himself from consideration of item 14B, noting a potential conflict of interest as related to his State Employment and did not return to Closed Session.

The remainder of the Councilmembers reconvened in Closed Session to consider Item 14B on the Closed Session Agenda.

14B. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(c)

Number of potential cases: One (1)

Mayor Chen reconvened the meeting to Open Session with four (4) Councilmember’s present. The City Attorney stated the following action in Closed Session in regarding to Agenda Item No. 14B:

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to authorize the initiation of a lawsuit by Cerritos against the State of California challenging the validity of ABX1 26 and ABX1 27. The motion carried pursuant to the following roll call vote:

AYES: Cho, Barrows, Edwards, Chen
NOES: None.
ABSENT (recused): Pulido
ABSTAIN: None.

15. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m. in memory of Jeffrey Dempsey, Jr., former Cerritos resident, and Scott Knapp, son of former City Manager Gaylord Knapp.

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

/s/Carol K. Chen____
Carol K. Chen, Mayor

Approved: July 28, 2011

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