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RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL AGENDA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014

AGENDA
RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING
AUGUST 19, 2014
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)    6:00 P.M.      CLOSED SESSION: SEE ATTACHED BROWN ACT CHECK LIST FOR DETAILS.      

(30 mins)    6:00 P.M.       STUDY SESSION: To commence immediately following the 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 & 2014 Goals and Priorities
Recommendation:  Receive and file the Tentative Agendas & 2014 Goals and Priorities.      

7:00 P.M.       REGULAR SESSION

(30 mins)   CALL TO ORDER:

ROLL CALL:    NEXT RESOL. NO. 2014-47      
  NEXT ORDINANCE NO. 561

FLAG SALUTE:                  

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Recognition of RPV resident and former Air Force Pilot Wes Coss; Recognition of July 6, 2014 Abalone Cove Rescuers

RECYCLE AND EMERGENCY PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS KIT DRAWING:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

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

CITY MANAGER REPORT:

NEW BUSINESS: 

(15 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 July 15, 2014 Regular Meeting.

C.        Finance Advisory Committee Proposed 2014-15 Work Plan (Downs)         
Recommendation:  Approve the proposed 2014-15 Work Plan for the Finance Advisory Committee (FAC).

D.        Register of Demands (McLean)
Recommendation:  ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2014-__, 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.

E.        Claim Against the City by Celena Roldan (Fox)
Recommendation:  Reject the claim and direct Staff to notify the claimant.

F.         Gifts for Parks (Lozano)
Recommendation:  Accept the Gifts for Parks donations and direct staff to prepare donor letters of appreciation for the Mayor’s signature.

G.        Award a Contract for GPS Monitoring in the Landslide Area (Dragoo)
Recommendation: 1) Award a contract to Michael R. McGee, PLS, dba McGee Surveying Consulting in the amount of $61,470 to perform GPS surveys of all existing points within the Portuguese Bend/Abalone Cove/Klondike Canyon Landslide areas and to prepare the associated report; 2) Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the agreement with Michael R. McGee, PLS, dba McGee Surveying Consulting for GPS surveys and the associated report; and, 3) Authorize the expenditure of $61,470 for the required surveys and associated report; and authorize the expenditure of up to $5,100 as a project contingency in the event additional work is identified during the field surveys and is determined to be required by the Director of Public Works.

H.        Approve the First Amendment to the Agreement with Hardy and Harper, Inc., for Roadway Maintenance (Supports 2014 City Council Goal: Government Efficiency, Accountability, Fiscal Control, Transparency, and Oversight) (Countryman)
Recommendation: 1) Approve the first amendment to the agreement for one fiscal year extension retroactively effective July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, with Hardy and Harper, Inc., for roadway maintenance services; and 2) Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the first amendment to the agreement with Hardy and Harper, Inc., for roadway maintenance services.
           
I.          Adopt Resolution No. 2014-__, Approving Certain Speed Surveys and Establishing Speed Limits in Accordance with those Surveys on Various Roadways (Supports 2014 City Council Goal No. 1, Public Safety and Traffic Issues – Focus On Traffic Enforcement) (Jules)
Recommendation:  1) Approve to retain the existing 15 mph speed limit, when children are present on Bayend Drive from General Street to Crestwood Street, on General Street from Crestwood Street to Bayend Drive and on Crestwood Street from Upland Street to Bayend Drive; Retain the existing 40 mph speed limit on Crenshaw Blvd from Sea Crest Drive to Crest Road; Retain the existing 45 mph speed limit on Crenshaw Blvd from Crest Road to the Rolling Hills Estates City boundary; Retain the existing 45 mph speed limit on Crest Road from Hawthorne Blvd to Crenshaw Blvd and from Palos Verdes Drive East to Ganado Drive; Retain the existing 40 mph speed limit from Ganado Drive to the Rolling Hills City Boundary north of Paseo de Pino; Retain the 40 mph speed limit on Crestridge Road from Crenshaw Blvd to Highridge Road; Retain the existing 35 mph speed limit on Forrestal Drive from Palos Verdes Drive South to the terminus north of Pirate Drive; Retain the existing 35 mph speed limit on Granvia Altamira from Hawthorne Blvd to the Palos Verdes Estates City Boundary north of Monero Drive; Retain the 45 mph speed limit on Hawthorne Blvd from Palos Verdes Drive West to Highridge Rd/Grayslake Rd.; Retain the 40 mph speed limit on Hawthorne Blvd from Highridge Rd/Grayslake Rd to Indian Peak Rd.; Retain the 45 mph on Hawthorne Blvd from Silver Spur Rd to the Rolling Hills Estates City Boundary;  Increase the  existing 25  mph Truck  Traffic  speed  limit to 40 mph in the northbound direction only on Hawthorne Blvd from Silver Spur Rd to the Rolling Hills Estates City Boundary; Increase the existing 25 mph Truck Traffic speed limit to 35 mph in the southbound direction only on Hawthorne Blvd from Rhone Drive to Palos Verdes Drive West; Retain the 35 mph speed limit on Highridge Road from Hawthorne Blvd to the Rolling Hills Estates City Boundary south of Peacock Ridge Road; Retain the 35 mph speed limit on Miraleste Drive from Palos Verdes Drive East to the Los Angeles City Boundary south of Suana Drive; Retain the 35 mph speed limit on Montemalaga Drive from Silver Spur Road to the Palos Verdes Estates City Boundary west of Grayslake Road; Retain the 35 mph speed limit on Palos Verdes Drive South from 1,500 feet east of Seacove Drive to 1,300 feet west of Schooner Drive; Retain the 40 mph speed limit on Palos Verdes Drive South from 1300 feet west of Schooner Drive to the Los Angeles City Limit; Retain the 25 mph speed limit on Ridgegate Drive from Hawthorne Blvd to Highridge Road; Retain the 35 mph speed limit on Via Vicente/Calle Entradero from Palos Verdes Drive West to Palos Verdes Drive West; and 2) ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2014-__, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, APPROVING CERTAIN SPEED SURVEYS AND ESTABLISHING SPEED LIMITS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THOSE SURVEYS ON VARIOUS STREETS WITHIN THE CITY.

J.         John C. McTaggart Memorial Hall & Council Chambers Interior Improvements Project (Supports 2014 City Council Goal – Infrastructure) (Motahari)
Recommendation: Approve the concept proposed for improvement of lighting and display screens for videotaping/presentations and the associated reconfiguration of the Council dais and chambers. 

K.        2014 Five-Year Information Technology Plan (Landon)
Recommendation: Receive and file.

L.         Termination of Palos Verdes on the Net Office and Storage Space Lease (Landon)
Recommendation: Authorize the Acting City Manager to sign the Notice of Termination of Lease regarding the modular building used by Palos Verdes on the Net (“PVNET”) for office and storage space on the Civic Center property, adjacent to the Community Development Department, at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.

M.        Second Amendment to the Contract with KOA Corporation for Construction Management Services – San Ramon Canyon Flood Reduction Project (Winje)
Recommendation:  Approve an increase to the contract awarded to KOA Corporation in the amount of $61,000 for changes in scope for Construction Management services and extend the contract expiration date to December 31, 2014 in relation to additional construction work performed for the San Ramon Canyon Flood Reduction Project.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 (5 mins)     1.         Reintroduction of Ordinance No. 558 – Adopting the Los Angeles County Fire Code (Christman)
Recommendation: 1) RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT AND REINTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. 558, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, ADOPTING BY REFERENCE THE 2014 LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE CODE, WHICH IS TITLE 32 OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY CODE; AND AMENDING THE RANCHO PALOS VERDES MUNICIPAL CODE; and, 2) ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2014-__ A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES MAKING EXPRESS FINDINGS AND DETERMINATIONS THAT MODIFICATIONS TO THE 2013 CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE ARE REASONABLY NECESSARY BECAUSE OF LOCAL CLIMATIC, GEOLOGICAL OR TOPOGRAPHICAL CONDITIONS.

REGULAR BUSINESS:

(45 mins)    2.         Presentation on the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (Supports 2014 City Council Goal No. 1: Public Safety and Traffic Control) (Countryman)

Recommendation: 1) Receive public comment on the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program; and, 2) Affirm Council’s last approval of updated program (on December 2, 2008), with any added direction.

(15 mins) 3.          Request for Release of Liens Against North Windport Canyon Properties (Assessor’s Parcel Nos. 7583-022-012 & 7583-022-013) (Fox)
Recommendation: ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2014-__, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, THEREBY AGREEING TO REDUCE THE INTEREST RATE FROM SIX PERCENT (6%) TO THE LOCAL AGENCY INVESTMENT FUND (LAIF) RATES SINCE OCTOBER 1, 1996, FOR THE LIEN FOR $36,551.06 RECORDED ON OCTOBER 24, 1996, AS INSTRUMENT NO. 96-1732129; AND TO RELEASE THE LIEN FOR $6,450.19 RECORDED ON OCTOBER 24, 1996, AS INSTRUMENT NO. 96-1732130.

(20 mins)  4.         Consider “Opting Out” of Continued Participation in the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) Authority (Fox)
Recommendation:  ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2014-__, A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, THEREBY EXERCISING THE CITY’S AUTHORITY UNDER SECTION 5.01 OF THE LOS ANGELES REGIONAL INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM (LA-RICS) JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT; RESCINDING RESOLUTION NO. 2009-20 AS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED ON MARCH 17, 2009; AND “OPTING OUT” OF CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN LA-RICS.

(15 mins)  5.         Purchase of Tax-Defaulted Properties in the Miraleste Canyon Area (APN 7566-015-026), the George F. Canyon Area (APN 7568-006-008) and at 37 Cherry Hill Lane (APN 7572-004-001) (Fox)
Recommendation: Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to sign an Agreement to Purchase Tax-Defaulted Property with the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector for three (3) vacant parcels (APNs 7566-015-026, 7568-006-008 and 7572-004-001).

(20 mins)  6.         Abalone Cove Safety Task Force Update (Linder)
Recommendation: Receive and file the update on the Abalone Cove Safety Task Force.

(30 mins)  7.         Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the Indefinite Suspension of Collection of Utility Users Tax by Telecommunications Providers from the City’s Taxpayers (McLean)
Recommendation: 1) ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2014-___, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, AUTHORIZING THE INDEFINITE SUSPENSION OF COLLECTION OF UTILITY USERS TAX BY TELECOMMUNICATION PROVIDERS FROM THE CITY’S TAXPAYERS UNTIL SUCH TIME AS REVISIONS TO THE CITY’S UTILITY USERS TAX ARE APPROVED BY THE CITY’S VOTERS; 2) If the City Council adopts the Resolution described above, direct Staff to timely send notification letters to all telecommunication providers that serve taxpayers in the City directing them to immediately discontinue collecting the 3% Utility Users Tax on telecommunication services; 3) Direct Staff to determine an estimate of the total Utility Users Tax collected by telecommunication providers from taxpayers in the City during the twelve (12) month period beginning August 13, 2013, transfer such amount, as well as all Utility Users Tax received from telecommunication providers thereafter and deposit such amounts in the Commitment encumbrance of the General Fund referred to as the “Utility Users Tax Telecommunication Claim Account”; and,
4) Direct Staff to return with proposed budget adjustments in the General Fund for FY14-15 totaling the estimated amount of the expected reduction of Utility Users Tax revenue from telecommunication providers in order to maintain a balanced budget in accordance with the City Council Reserve Policies 41 and 45.

 (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, as elected officials of the City, to report action taken at intergovernmental organizations, committee, or association meetings.  Council Members are required to provide a brief oral report on their attendance at any meetings where City funds have been expended.  Detailed reports should be made in writing and will be posted on the City’s website.)

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 Litigation against the City:
           GC 54956.9(d)(2)

A point has been reached where, in the opinion of the legislative body of the local agency on the advice of its legal counsel, based on existing facts and circumstances, there is a significant exposure to litigation against the local agency, based on a Claim Against the City received from Sharon Yarber on August 13, 2014, a copy of which is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.

Number of Potential Cases (1)

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