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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD FEBRUARY 9, 2012

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

Elder Christopher Ramson with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provided the invocation.

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Boy Scout Troop 693 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 were presented to Al Barlevy, Ph.D. (long time Commission and committee member), Kent Shu-Kei Chen (Eagle Scout), Mark Chern (Eagle Scout), Matthew Chern (Eagle Scout), and Jeffrey Tai (Eagle Scout).

6. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Christina Alosi representing the Artesia-Cerritos Soroptimist Club extended an invitation to their Annual Monte Carlo Night fundraiser on February 25, 2012.

Jay Gray, resident, spoke regarding the dissolution of the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency.

CONSENT CALENDAR

7A. Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to approve the Register of Demands dated February 9, 2012, Checks 131372 through 131666, in the total amount of $8,505,377.24. The motion carried unanimously.

8A. Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 26, 2012. The motion carried unanimously.

END OF CONSENT CALENDAR

PUBLIC HEARINGS

9A. A development proposal by World Financial Center LP, 19200 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 750, Irvine, California 92612, to construct a new, two-story office building. The subject property is located at 19112 Gridley Road, Cerritos, California 90703, is zoned Regional Commercial (CR), and is located in the Los Cerritos Redevelopment Project Area (APN 7039-021-037).

A staff report and PowerPoint presentation were provided by Robert A. Lopez, Current Planning Manager.

Mayor Chen opened the item for public hearing and public testimony.

Glen Daigle, architect for the project, introduced himself and stated he was available for questions.

Paul Bellenbaum, resident, expressed his concerns regarding the location of the project.

There being no further public testimony, Mayor Chen closed the public hearing.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Councilmember Barrows to approve Precise Plan 2012-1, making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2012-2.

The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

10A. Consideration and approval of CalMet Services’ 2012 Solid Waste Collection Program rate limits.

A staff report was presented by Mike O’Grady, Environmental Services Manager.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Mayor Chen to approve CalMet Services’ request to adjust the maximum rate schedule for solid waste services in the City of Cerritos by the following amounts to be effective January 1, 2012:

Residential: 2.2% increase
Commercial Bin: 0.2% increase
Roll-off: 0.2% decrease

The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

11A. Review and consideration of an all inclusive settlement agreement for relocation and termination of an existing lease on City-owned property located at 12881 166th Street, Suite 100, Cerritos, California 90703 (APN 7010-016-903).

A staff report was presented by Robert A. Lopez, Current Planning Manager.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Councilmember Barrows to authorize the City Manager to execute the attached all inclusive settlement agreement and any other documents required to effectuate and implement said agreement.

The motion carried unanimously.

11B. Consideration of an increase in fine amounts for selected parking citations in the City of Cerritos.

A report was provided by Gregory Berg, Director of Community and Safety Services.

Jay Gray, resident, commented on the increase of fine amounts.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Mayor Chen to review the information presented and direct staff accordingly. The motion carried pursuant to a 3-2 vote (Pulido and Cho “no”).

11C. Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ESTABLISHING A RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL 2(1X).

A report was provided by Vince Brar, Senior Assistant City Manager.

Paul Bellenbaum, resident, spoke regarding the use of natural gas relative to the cost of electricity.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Chen and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2012-9 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ESTABLISHING A RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL 2(1X).

11D. Review and consideration of a proposed concept for a lighted art piece by artist Cliff Garten for the Cerritos Sculpture Garden – generally located in the Cerritos Civic Center on the northwest corner of Bloomfield Avenue and 183rd Street, west of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station (APN 7025-028-904).

A staff report and PowerPoint presentation was provided by Kathy Matsumoto, Assistant City Manager.

Janet Beach and Elaine Shiohama, Fine Arts and Historical Commission members, spoke regarding the Commission’s analysis process on the project.

Cliff Garten, artist selected by the Fine Arts and Historical Commission, spoke regarding the process by which the lighted sculpture location was developed.

Ram Kakkar, resident, commented on the location of the proposed project.

MOTION FAILS: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido to approve the alternative locations recommended by the Fine Arts and Historical Commission, approve the appropriation in the amount not to exceed $275,000 from the Art in Public Places Trust Fund for the subject art piece, and direct staff to negotiate subject contract for the construction and installation of the lighted art piece. The motion failed due to the lack of a second.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Cho to direct the matter regarding the lighted art piece back to the Fine Arts and Historical Commission to rework the project with the artist for a lighted piece within the confines of the existing Sculpture Garden, at no increase or change to the previously approved budget, and return to the Council with an updated recommendation.

The motion carried pursuant to the following vote:

AYES: Barrows, Cho, Edwards
NOES: Chen, Pulido
ABSENT None
Abstain: None

12. Report on Pending Legislation

Art Gallucci, City Manager, provided an update on litigation regarding the legislation abolishing Redevelopment Agencies in California.

Kathy Matsumoto, Assistant City Manager, spoke regarding the City’s analysis and monitoring of AB 26 (1X), AB 1555, AB 1585, and SB 645 (Steinberg).

13. City Council Communications/Committee Reports/Report on Meetings.

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

Consensus (Chen): Directed staff to prepare a letter for the Mayor’s signature regarding early morning train horn disturbances in the community.

Consensus (Chen): Directed staff to prepare the documents to formalize the Sister City relationship with New Taipei City.

Consensus (Chen): Direct staff to cancel the February 23, 2012 City Council meeting and schedule a Special Meeting for February 27, 2012.

14. CLOSED SESSION

A. PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54957

Title: City Clerk

The City Council met in Closed Session to discuss the matter referenced above.

The City Council reconvened to Open Session and the following announcement was made.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Chen, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards, to appoint Vida Barone as City Clerk, effective February 19, 2012, at an annual base salary of $130,000, with the executive benefit package, to include the 2% at 60 retirement.

The motion carried unanimously.

15. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 11:15 p.m. in memory of Kathryn Browning, Janice Marsh, and Lori Hardin.

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ATTEST: Vida Barone, City Clerk

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Carol K. Chen, Mayor

Approved: February 27, 2012

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