Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO:

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER

DATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2002

SUBJECT: EXPANSION OF THE STUDENT AND THE LAW PROGRAM AT PENINSULA HIGH SCHOOL DURING FY 02-03

RECOMMENDATION

Adopt Resolution No. 2002 - ; amending Resolution 2002-45, the budget appropriation for Fiscal Year 2002-2003; for a budget adjustment to the City's General fund to add two additional Student and the Law classes during the 2003 spring semester at Peninsula High School.

BACKGROUND

The City Council first considered the request to increase the number of "Student and the Law" classes offered at Peninsula High School at the November 5, 2002 meeting. At that time, Council directed staff to investigate the possibility of the City of Palos Verdes Estates participating in the cost of the program.

DISCUSSION

Deputy Tony Del Pinto, who teaches the "Student and the Law" class at Peninsula High School, watched the Council meeting on November 5th. The following day, he contacted Rosemary Humphrey, Mayor of Palos Verdes and Principal of Rancho del Mar continuation high school, regarding possible funding for the "Student and the Law" program from the City of Palos Verdes Estates. Mayor Humphrey indicated that Palos Verdes Estates has assigned a full-time officer to the new Palos Verdes High School. The officer teaches a similar class there, as well as at Palos Verdes Intermediate School, which is also located in Palos Verdes Estates.  Both schools have students from Rancho Palos Verdes that attend the classes taught by the Palos Verdes Estates police officer.  The City of Palos Verdes Estates did not seek any funding from the other Peninsula cities to pay for their officer. 

After the Council meeting, Deputy Del Pinto polled his current class at Peninsula High School and the residency of his students breaks down as follows:

Fall Semester Student and the Law Class

City

Number of Students

Percent

Rancho Palos Verdes

22

61%

Rolling Hills Estates

6

17%

Palos Verdes Estates

6

17%

Rolling Hills

0

0%

Unincorporated County

2

5%

Total

36

100%

Although Deputy Del Pinto’s sample was based on only one class, considering the approximate population of the four cities and county areas shown in the chart below, it is probably fair to assume that a similar percentage of students from Rancho Palos Verdes would be found in most "Student and the Law" classes.

        

Peninsula Population by Area

City

Approximate Population

Percent

Rancho Palos Verdes

41,083

61%

Palos Verdes Estates

13,572

20%

Rolling Hills Estates

7,642

11%

Unincorporated County

3,699 

5%

Rolling Hills

1,859

3%

Total

67,855

100%

CONCLUSION

At the last meeting, the City Council raised a concern about whether the cost for the Student and the Law classes was being equally shared among the cities on the Peninsula. Further investigation of the matter has determined that the City of Palos Verdes Estates is independently funding a program similar to "Student and the Law" at Palos Verdes High School that serves students from Rancho Palos Verdes. In addition, the percentage of Rancho Palos Verdes students in the program at Peninsula High School is equivalent to the level of funding the City provides for this program through the Sheriff’s Department. Therefore, staff believes that the cost of the program is being fairly distributed among the Peninsula cities.

FISCAL IMPACT

The adopted FY 02-03 City Budget includes $7,454 for the City’s share of the total cost of the Student and the Law program. However, in comparing the budgeted amount with the revised budget prepared by the Sheriff (see attached), staff realized that the adopted budget was based on the 2001 contract hourly rate of $48.94/hour, rather than the current 2002 contract hourly rate of $54.37 per hour. Therefore, even if no additional classes are added during the spring semester, the City will need to adjust the budget by $832 at mid-year to reflect the correct contract hourly rate. Using the current contract hourly rate, the City’s share of the cost for the program under three scenarios is shown in the chart below:

Fiscal Impact of Expanding the Student and the Law Program

Class Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Total

1 Fall Class/1 Spring Class (current)

$4,143

$4,143

$8,286

1 Fall Class/ 2 Spring Classes (alternative)

$4,143

$8,286

$12,429

1 Fall Class/ 3 Spring Classes (proposed)

$4,143

$12,286

$16,572

If the program were increased from one class to three classes at Peninsula High School during the spring 2003 semester, the total cost of the program would increase from $13,810 to $27,620. As shown in the chart above, the City’s share (60%) would be $16,572. Therefore, if the Council agrees to expand the program as recommended by the Regional Law Enforcement Committee, a budget adjustment of $9,118 would be required.

The fiscal year 2002-03 General Fund Revenues that have not been included in the adopted budget are only $827. Therefore, the additional appropriation for the Student and the Law classes cannot be funded within this year’s anticipated revenues and will have to be drawn from the General Fund Reserve. The amount of the projected General Fund Reserve available for appropriation (which is the Total General Fund Reserve less the General Fund Reserve policy level of $6,451,870) is $312,152.

Respectfully Submitted:
Carolynn Petru
Assistant City Manager

Reviewed,
Les Evans
City Manager

Attachment:

Resolution No. 2002 - ;

RESOLUTION NO. 2002-

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2001-45, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 02-03, FOR A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT TO THE CITY'S GENERAL FUND

WHEREAS, Section 3.32 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code provides that all expenditures in excess of budgeted allocations must be by supplemental appropriation of the City Council; and,

WHEREAS, on June 12, 2002 the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes adopted Resolution No. 2001-45, approving a spending plan and authorizing a budget appropriation for the 2002-2003 fiscal year; and,

WHEREAS, on August 8, 2002, the Regional Law Enforcement Committee has recommended that the three Peninsula cities contracting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department increase funding for the Student and the Law program offered at Peninsula High School to expand the number of classes offered during the spring 2003 semester from one class to three classes; and,

WHEREAS, the City Council finds that the Student and the Law program has been successful in providing students with an opportunity to build positive relationships with the Los Angeles County deputies that serve the Palos Verdes Peninsula and to develop an understanding between their rights and responsibilities and the job law enforcement officers must perform on a daily basis.

WHEREAS, the City Council finds merit in expanding the existing program during the spring 2003 semester from one class to three classes, in order to make the program available to more students.

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:

Section 1: The following increase be made to the fiscal year 2002-2003 General Fund budget:

General Fund:

Professional/Technical Services #001-214.35 $9,118

PASSED, APPROVED, and ADOPTED this 19th day of November 2002.

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MAYOR

ATTEST:

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CITY CLERK

State of California )
County of Los Angeles )ss
City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, Jo Purcell, City Clerk of The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2002- was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at regular meeting thereof held on November 19, 2002.

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CITY CLERK