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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD FEBRUARY 27, 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

Kit Schneider provided the invocation.

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Girl Scout Troop 6783 led the assembly in the salute to the flag.

4. ROLL CALL

The following Members of the City Council were in attendance:

Member Bruce Barrows
Member Joseph Cho, Ph.D.
Member Mark Pulido
Vice Chair Jim Edwards
Chair Carol Chen

5. PRESENTATIONS

Proclamations/Presentations were made as follows: Norm Reeves Honda Superstore (Business Spotlight).

6. Consideration of Appointments to Vacancies on Various Commissions, Boards and Committees

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

There were no members of the public who elected to make comments during this item.

Councilmember Cho nominated Heung Sik "Nick" Kim to complete the unexpired term on the Planning Commission and Sultan Ahmad to complete the unexpired term on the Let Freedom Ring Committee.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Cho and seconded by Councilmember Barrows to appoint Heung Sik "Nick" Kim to complete the unexpired term on the Planning Commission and appoint Sultan Ahmad to complete the unexpired term on the Let Freedom Ring Committee.

The motion carried unanimously.

7. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Smita Bagla and Anshika Bagla invited the public to participate in an e-waste recycling drive for Whitney High School.

CONSENT CALENDAR

8A. 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 27, 2012, Checks 131674 through 131961, in the total amount of $1,669,445.01. The motion carried unanimously.

9. Approval of Treasurer's Report for the period ending December 31, 2011

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to approve the Treasurer's Report for the period ending December 31, 2011. The motion carried unanimously.

10A. Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 9, 2012. The motion carried unanimously.

11. Consideration and award of Bid No. 1123-12, Supply of Polyorthophosphate in Drum.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to award Bid No. 1123-12 to Carus Corporation for the Supply of Polyorthophosphate in Drum as specified.

END OF CONSENT CALENDAR

PUBLIC HEARINGS

12A. A development proposal by property owner Cerritos Baptist Church of Cerritos California, Inc., for an exterior and interior remodel of the existing fellowship hall/classroom building and construction of a first and second-floor addition to accommodate an elevator and additional storage at 11947 Del Amo Boulevard, Cerritos, California 90703. The subject property is zoned single-family residential (RS-6500) (APN 7055-014-046).

Precise Plan 74-10(B)(2012) Amendment*

*Pursuant to section 15301 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), this project is categorically exempt.

Councilmember Cho recused himself from participating in the discussion on this item as he lives within 500 feet of the subject property. He stepped down from the dais and left the Council Chamber.

A report was given by Sandy Cisneros, Senior Planner. A PowerPoint Presentation was displayed.

Mayor Chen opened the public hearing and public testimony.

Asa Sadich, contractor/developer for project, does not have any objections to the removal or placement of obscure glass in the subject window.

Mayor Chen closed public testimony and the public hearing.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to:

1.) Approve Precise Plan 74-10(B)(2012) Amendment, making the findings set forth in Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2012-4.

2.) Determine, under Cerritos Municipal Code Section 22.94.050(c)(1), that the subject church project is exempt from the fees for the Arts in Public Places Program.

The motion carried pursuant to the following vote:

AYES: Chen. Edwards, Pulido
NOES: Barrows (On window)
ABSENT Cho(Recused)
Abstain: None

At this point, Councilmember Cho returned to the chamber and dais.

12B. A proposal by property owner McKenna Cerritos, LP, 23147 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 100, Woodland Hills, CA, for a showroom addition as well as an interior and exterior remodel to the existing McKenna Volkswagen Dealership building located at 18303 Studebaker Road, Cerritos, California 90703. The subject property is zoned Development Area Five (ADP-5) and is located in the Los Cerritos Development Project Area (APN 7038-011-019).

Precise Plan 86-4(C)(2012) Amendment*

*Pursuant to section 15301 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), this project is categorically exempt.

A report was given by Sandy Cisneros, Senior Planner. A PowerPoint Presentation was displayed.

Mayor Chen opened the public hearing and public testimony.

Steven Keefe, General Manager of McKenna Volkswagen, affirmed that the signage will read "McKenna."

Mayor Chen closed public testimony and the public hearing.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards to approve Precise Plan 86-4(C)(2012) Amendment, making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2012-5.

The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

13A. Consideration and award of contract for Cerritos Parkway Tree Maintenance, Bid No. 1138-12.

A report was given by Todd Kuh, Parks Superintendent. A PowerPoint Presentation was displayed.

Ram Kakkar expressed concerns regarding the overgrown parkway trees in the community.

Paul Bellenbaum, resident, commented on the status of various trees in the community.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Pulido and seconded by Councilmember Barrows to award a four-month contract for Cerritos Parkway Tree Maintenance, including the trimming of 4,529 trees and the removal and replacement of 45 identified parkway median trees, Bid No. 1138-12 to West Coast Arborists, in the amount of $499,935, and reject all other bids.

The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

14A. Review and consideration of contract extension with JJ's Café as food and beverage concessionaire for the Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course.

A report was given by Sherre' Titus, Recreation Services Superintendent.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Edwards and seconded by Councilmember Barrows to extend the concessionaire contract for the Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course to Anthony and Jun Ji Thomas (JJ's Café) for an additional period of one year, expiring March 11, 2013.

The motion carried unanimously.

14C. Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS TO ADOPT A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) TO FORMALIZE THE SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF NEW TAIPEI CITY, (FORMERLY BANCIAO), TAIWAN AND THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA.

A report was given by Kathy Matsumoto, Assistant City Manager.

Ram Kakkar, resident, expressed support for the Sister City program and requested that there should not be preferential treatment of one group over another.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilmember Barrows and seconded by Councilmember Pulido to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2012-11 entitled: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS TO ADOPT A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) TO FORMALIZE THE SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF NEW TAIPEI CITY, (FORMERLY BANCIAO), TAIWAN AND THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, and approve a signing ceremony to formalize the Sister City relationship between the City of Cerritos and New Taipei City at a City facility, if it is feasible between the two cities.

The motion carried unanimously.

15A. Report on Pending Legislation

Art Gallucci, City Manager, provided information regarding various pieces of legislation in which the City is providing draft language.

CONSENSUS (Barrows): Direct staff to research the appropriate language on H.R. 104 and the "Doppler Radar" funds and return to Council when formalized.

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

Reports were provided by Councilmembers Pulido, Cho, and Barrows, Mayor Pro Tem Edwards, and Mayor Chen.

17. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

/s/Vida Barone________
ATTEST: Vida Barone, City Clerk

 

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

Approved: March 8, 2012


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