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RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL AGENDA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012
AGENDA
RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 20, 2012
FRED HESSE COMMUNITY PARK, 29301 HAWTHORNE BOULEVARD

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Time Estimates:  The time noted next to an agenda item is only an estimate of the amount of time that will be spent during the meeting on that particular item.  Accordingly, these estimates should not be relied on in determining when a matter will be heard, especially since agenda items are often re-ordered during a meeting and may be discussed at any time.

(30 mins) 6:00P.M.          CLOSED SESSION: SEE ATTACHED BROWN ACT CHECK LIST FOR DETAILS.

(30 mins) 6:00 P.M.          STUDY SESSION: To commence immediately following Closed Session.

The primary purpose of the Study Session is to provide an opportunity for the Council members to interact freely and informally, ask questions and discuss policy items that are listed on the agenda for that specific Study Session.  The City Council will also provide direction to Staff regarding upcoming agenda items and tentative agendas, including prioritization of agenda items that are listed on the agenda for that specific study session. 
No action shall be taken during any Study Session unless the agenda so provides. 

CALL TO ORDER:

ROLL CALL:           

PUBLIC COMMENTS FOR ITEMS LISTED ON THE AGENDA FOR THE STUDY SESSION:  (Based on Section 6.1(f), the Mayor proposes that Public Comments on items listed on the Study Session portion of the Agenda be consolidated so that each speaker has one one-minute opportunity to comment on all of the items listed on the Agenda for the Study Session.)
                                     
DISCUSSION TOPICS:

SS1.   Review of Tentative Agendas in Light of City Council Goals, including questions of staff (Annotated Version of the City Council 2012 Goals & Priorities - attached for reference)

SS2.   Future Agenda Items Proposed by Council Members to be Prioritized (None)

7:00 P.M.       REGULAR SESSION

 (10 mins) CALL TO ORDER:

ROLL CALL: NEXT RESOL. NO. 2012-85
  NEXT ORDINANCE NO. 542



 

FLAG SALUTE:

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:  FY 12-13 Crime Prevention Enhancements Update

RECYCLE DRAWING:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

PUBLIC COMMENTS:  (This section of the agenda is for audience comments for items NOT on the agenda.)       

CITY MANAGER REPORT:  Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center – Favorable Consumer Ratings on Yelp

NEW BUSINESS

(5 mins) APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR:        

A. Motion to Waive Full Reading
Recommendation: Adopt a motion to waive reading in full of all ordinances presented at this meeting with consent of the waiver of reading deemed to be given by all Council Members after the reading of the title. 

B. Approval of Minutes (Morreale)
Recommendation: Approve the Minutes of the October 16, 2012 Regular Meeting; the October 30, 2012 Adjourned Regular Meeting (Interviews); and the October 30, 2012 Adjourned Regular Meeting.

C. Initiation of a Code Amendment to Revise Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code (RPVMC) Section 17.76.030 (Fences, Walls and Hedges) (Rojas/Harwell)
Recommendation: Initiate a Code Amendment to: 1) Revise Section 17.76.030 of the RPVMC (Fences, Walls and Hedges) to require new fences, walls and hedges within specified setbacks be subject to a Fence, Wall and Hedge Permit, thereby affording view protection from said fences, walls and hedges to more property owners; and,
2) Make minor clean-up amendments to Section 17.76.030 to clarify combination hedge heights and applicability of a Minor Exception Permit for fences.

D. Award Contracts for Construction, Construction Management and Inspection Services for FY2011-2012 Areas 3 and 5 Residential Streets Improvement Project – Phase I (Supports 2012 City Council Goal #4, Public Infrastructure – Citywide Street Maintenance) (Murphy)
Recommendation: 1) Approve the construction plans and project specifications for the FY 2011-2012 Area 3 and 5 Residential Streets Improvement Phase I Project;
2) Award a construction contract to Hardy and Harper, Inc. in the amount of $2,346,011 for the project; 3) Award a professional services agreement in the amount of $191,056 to Merit Civil Engineering, Inc. for construction management and inspection services; 4) Authorize staff to utilize an additional 10% ($253,707) for contingency; 5) Authorize a budget appropriation of $77,697 for costs associated with the reconstruction of Woodfern Drive; 6) ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-__, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, AMENDING RESOLUTION 2012-43, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-13, FOR A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT TO THE CITY’S STREET IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM WITHIN THE GENERAL FUND; and,
7) Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the agreements.

E. Finance Advisory Committee Work Plan (Downs)
Recommendation: Approve the updated 2012-13 Work Plan for the Finance Advisory Committee (FAC).

F. Introduction of Ordinance – Correction to the City’s Official Zoning Map (Harwell)
Recommendation: INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ___, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, APPROVING A CORRECTION TO THE CITY’S OFFICIAL ZONING MAP, WHEREBY 12 PROPERTIES WITHIN THE PORTUGUESE BEND COMMUNITY WERE INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED WITH RS-2 ZONING ON THE RECENT DIGITIZED VERSION OF THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP, WHEREAS THE CORRECT ZONING FOR THE 12 PROPERTIES IS RS-1.

G. Adoption of Ordinance No. 539 – Increased Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (UPCCAA) Limit for Level 1 Projects and Adding an Exception for Level 2 Projects (Lynch)
Recommendation:  ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 539, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, AMENDING SECTION 2.42.050 OF THE RANCHO PALOS VERDES MUNICIPAL CODE TO INCREASE THE LIMIT FOR LEVEL 1 PROJECTS AND ADD A NEW EXCEPTION TO LEVEL 2 PROJECTS.

H. Adoption of Ordinance No. 540 – Code Amendment to Establish a Procedure for Allowing Hedges Over 42” in Height within the Front Yard Setback of Private Residential Properties and to Simplify the Existing Intersection Visibility Triangle Review Process (ZON2010-00293) (Kim)
Recommendation: ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 540, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, THEREBY MEMORIALIZING THE CITY COUNCIL’S DECISION TO AMEND SECTIONS 17.76.030 (FENCES, WALLS AND HEDGES) AND 17.48.070 (INTERSECTION VISIBILITY TRIANGLE) OF TITLE 17 (ZONING) OF THE CITY’S MUNICIPAL CODE TO ESTABLISH A NEW DISCRETIONARY PERMIT PROCESS TO ALLOW HEDGES ABOVE 42” IN HEIGHT WITHIN THE FRONT YARD SETBACK OF PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES AND TO SIMPLIFY THE REVIEW PROCESS TO ALLOW IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN THE INTERSECTION VISIBILITY TRIANGLE AREA.

I. Claim Against the City by Charles D. Knauer, Jr. (Morreale)
Recommendation: Reject the claim and direct staff to notify the claimant.

J. Claim Against the City by Lucia Vasquez (Morreale)
Recommendation: Reject the claim and direct staff to notify the claimant.

K. Agreement for Financial Advisor Services (Downs)
Recommendation: 1) Approve the proposed agreement with Magis Advisors to provide financial advisor services, including those related to funding the San Ramon Canyon Stabilization project; and, 2) Authorize Magis Advisors to proceed with Phase 1 of funding the San Ramon Canyon Stabilization project, which is to prepare the Financing Plan.           
           
 L. San Ramon Canyon Stabilization Project Pre-Qualification (Hendrickson)
Recommendation: ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-__, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, APPROVING THE APPEALS PROCESS REGARDING PRE-QUALIFICATION OF BIDDERS FOR THE SAN RAMON CANYON STABILIZATION PROJECT.

M. Register of Demands (McLean)
Recommendation: ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-__, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, ALLOWING CERTAIN CLAIMS AND DEMANDS AND SPECIFYING FUNDS FROM WHICH THE SAME ARE TO BE PAID.

N. Contract and Budget Appropriation to Prepare an Amendment to the City’s General Plan Housing Element (Kim)
Recommendation: 1) Authorize Staff to execute a professional services agreement for the Mayor’s signature in an amount not to exceed $17,950 with Castaneda & Associates to prepare an amendment to the City’s General Plan Housing Element; and, 2) ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-__, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2012-43, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR FY12-13, TO FUND CERTAIN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE AMENDMENT TO THE GENERAL PLAN HOUSING ELEMENT.

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REGULAR BUSINESS:

(45 mins) 1. Amendment to the Lower Point Vicente Portion of the Rancho Palos Verdes Coast Vision Plan (Mihranian)
Recommendation: 1) Approve text and graphic amendments to the Coast Vision Plan reflecting the withdrawal of the Annenberg Facility from Lower Point Vicente; and,
2) Initiate a public review process for developing an updated concept plan for the Lower Point Vicente portion of the Coast Vision Plan.

(1 hr) 2. Future Direction of the Neighborhood Beautification Grants Program (Ramezani)
Recommendation: Provide direction to staff regarding the option that the City Council prefers for the future utilization of the Neighborhood Beautification Grants Program funds. 

(5 mins) FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS: (This section of the agenda is designated for individual Council  Members to request that an item be placed on a future City Council meeting agenda.) 

 (10 mins) CITY COUNCIL ORAL REPORTS: (This section of the agenda is designated for oral
reports from Council Members to report action taken at outside committee and
association meetings.)

CLOSED SESSION REPORT:

ADJOURNMENT:  Adjourn to a time and place certain only if you wish to meet prior to the next regular meeting.

CLOSED SESSION AGENDA CHECKLIST
Based on Government Code Section 54954.5

(All Statutory References are to California Government Code Sections)

Potential Initiation of Litigation:
     G.C. 54956.9(c)

The City Council is meeting to decide whether to initiate litigation regarding a slope failure.

Number of Potential Cases (2)

Conference with Real Property Negotiators
     G.C. 54956.8

Potential purchase of a lot located on Cherry Hill Lane

Property:  Lot 34 in Block 1 of Tract No. 14118 (APN 7572-007-011 and 7572-007-012)

City Negotiators:  Senior Administrative Analyst Fox and City Attorney Lynch

Negotiating Parties:  Niemeyer Land & Farming Partnership/Parke D. Terry, Managing Partner

Under Negotiation:  Price and Terms of Payment

American with Disabilities Act: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, if you require a disability-related modification or accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 310 544-5208 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. 

NOTE: Staff reports are available for inspection at City Hall, 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard during regular business hours, 7:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Monday – Thursday and 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on Friday.  The agenda and staff reports can also be viewed at Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard during regular business hours:  Monday – Friday from 9:00 A.M. until dusk; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 A.M. until dusk.  

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