M I N U T E S
RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL
January 18, 2000
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Mayor Byrd at Fred Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was answered as follows:
PRESENT: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd
Also present were City Manager Les Evans, Assistant City Manager Carolynn Petru; City Attorney Carol Lynch; Director of Planning, Building & Code Enforcement Joel Rojas; Director of Public Works Dean Allison; City Clerk/Administrative Services Director Jo Purcell; Associate Planner Mihranian; and Recording Secretary Jackie Drasco.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Mayor Byrd moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart, to hear the Interview of Committee and Commission Applicants and Southern California Task Force on Aircraft Noise items immediately after the Consent Calendar. Motion carried.
Mayor pro tem Lyon moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.
The winners from the last drawing were Stan and Karen Marcus who will receive a check for $250, which represents a year of free refuse service. Another card was selected.
APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR:
Lois Larue, south side of the Peninsula in Rancho Palos Verdes, spoke to the Council Committee assignments; and, why the Affordable Housing Project appeared on the RDA agenda at the last meeting and was now on the City Council agenda for this meeting.
Councilwoman Ferraro moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart to approve the Consent Calendar as follows:
Councilman Stern reported that he had faxed a memo to the City Clerk requesting a revision to the December 21 minutes restating something he had mis-stated relative to the solid waste franchise agreement and that he wished to clarify that he had reviewed all prior reports provided to the City Council members on this matter. He stated that even though the minutes did accurately reflect his words, he wished to explain the concept more thoroughly.
City Attorney Lynch stated that the minutes must reflect what was actually said, not what was meant, but that a notation could be included in these minutes to clarify Councilman Stern’s statement. (A copy of Councilman Stern’s memo is on file with the City Clerk’s Office.)
Motion to waive full reading
Adopted 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 councilmembers after the reading of the title.
Approved the minutes of December 21, 1999 and January 4, 2000.
Ordinance No. 355 - Code Amendment No. 46 – A City-initiated Proposal to Amend the Rancho Palos Verdes Development Code (1203 x 1103 x 1801)
ADOPTED ORDINANCE NO. 355, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES APPROVING CODE AMENDMENT NO. 46, A CITY-INITIATED PROPOSAL TO AMEND CHAPTER 17.02 (SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS), CHAPTER 17.48 (DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS), AND CHAPTER 17.96 (DEFINITIONS) OF TITLE 17 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE.
Consultant Contract for Preparation of Environmental Documentation Related to the Senior Affordable Housing Project (1203 x 701)
Authorized staff to prepare a contract for services with Peri Muretta.
Reso. No. 2000-01 - City Council Rules of Procedure (1101 x 307)
ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2000-01, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES ESTABLISHING CITY COUNCIL OPERATING RULES AND PROCEDURES AND RESCINDING RESOLUTIONS NOS. 93-20, 93-68 AND 94-9
Notice of Completion for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 Residential Street Overlay and Slurry Seal Project (1204 x 1404)
(1) Accepted the work as complete. (2) Authorized the City Clerk to record a Notice of Completion with the County Recorder; and if no claims are filed 35 days after recordation, and upon the Contractor posting an acceptable warranty bond, notify the surety company to exonerate the Payment and Performance bonds. (3) Authorized the Director of Public Works to instruct Union Bank of California to release the final retention payment to Sequel Contracts, Inc. 35 days after recordation of the Notice of Completion by the County Recorder contingent upon no clams being filed on the project and the contractor posting an acceptable warranty bond.
November 1999 Treasurer’s Report (602)
Received and filed the November 1999 Treasurer’s Report for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
Resol. No. 2000-02 - Register of Demands (602)
ADOPTED RESOL. NO. 2000-02, 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.
The motion to approve the Consent Calendar carried on the following roll call vote:
AYES: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd
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Interview of Committee and Commission Applicants (301 x 106))
City Clerk Purcell presented the staff report of January 4, 2000 and the recommendation to set two dates in the month of February to interview the committee and commission applicants.
After discussion, Council consensus was to extend the application period to February 24, to hold interviews February 28 and 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. in the Fireside Room, and to direct staff to advertise the extension and stress the need specifically for the View Restoration Commission.
Southern California Task Force on Aircraft Noise (1101 x 305)
City Manager Evans presented the staff report of January 4, 2000 and the recommendation to approve correspondence to FAA Administrator objecting to the dissolution of the Southern California Task Force.
David Kuntz, 28409 Quailwood Drive, representing PANIC (Peninsula Aircraft Noise and Information Committee), suggested some additions: the disappointment that the recent interim relief of planes flying farther out over the ocean had been abandoned; and, the postponement of the demonstration to March or April.
Council discussion focused on the increased aircraft noise since termination of the interim solution; the excellent forum the task meetings supplied; an agreement to add Mr. Kuntz’ comments to the letter; the suggestion that the words "authorized for" in the next to the last paragraph be replaced with "implemented"; that the letter be one page only; that all councilmembers sign the letter; and, that Congressmen Kuykendall and Horn be copied on the letter as well as any other congress members whose district is near the airport, and also to copy the two U.S. Senators.
Monument in Memory of Dr. Perry Ehlig (1204 x 305)
Director Allison presented the staff report of January 4, 2000 and the recommendation to approve the layout and expenditures associated with establishing a monument to Dr. Perry Ehlig on Portuguese Point as a permanent symbol of his dedicated service to the City.
Lois Larue, Abalone Cove, disagreed about naming the GPS point at Portuguese Point in honor of Dr. Ehlig.
Daphne Clarke, 10 Peppertree, supported the staff recommendation and liked the idea of calling the GPS point at Portuguese Point "Perry".
Council discussion focused on the pro bono work Dr. Ehlig had done for the City and the scholarship he had established at California University at Los Angeles where he taught.
Mayor pro tem Lyon moved, seconded by Councilman Stern, to adopt staff recommendation.
Council consensus was that staff contact Dr. Ehlig’s family to coordinate the dedication according to their schedule.
The motion carried on the following roll call vote:
AYES: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd
Code Amendment Requests and Fee Waiver Request (1203 x 1103 x 1801)
Associate Planner Mihranian presented the staff report of January 4, 2000 and the recommendation that the City Council (1) Direct staff to initiate code amendment No. 47 revising Section 17.76.050.D.3 (Signs) of Title 17 of the Municipal Code as requested by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors; (2) Direct staff to initiate a Code Amendment revising Section 17.86.050.A (Enforcement) of Title 17 of the Municipal Code; and, (3) Waive all filing fees associated with the code amendment requested by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors.
Council discussion focused on the current requirement for brown and gold signs for directional open house signs; the desire to continue this uniformity, the findings to be met for granting a fee waiver; the fact that a code amendment change to eliminate real estate directional sign uniformity would affect other types of signs; and, whether the Planning Commission should review the proposal for a recommendation to the Council.
Robert Wardell, 605 Chiswick Road, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274, officer of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors, urged the Council to eliminate color, size, and time restrictions for real estate directional signs because the association was self-policing and because none of the other Peninsula cities had these restrictions. He stated that the fee waiver was being requested because their organization was a profit organization but made no profit.
Council discussion centered on self-policing for realtors who were not members of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors; the desirability of limiting the number of signs; and, the fact that real estate signs posted on the property itself were not restricted to the brown and gold colors but could be the colors of the individual real estate companies.
Councilman Stern moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart to direct staff to meet with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors to scale back the proposal for re-submittal to the City Council.
The motion carried on the following roll call vote:
AYES: Lyon, McTaggart, Stern
NOES: Ferraro and Mayor Byrd
Schedule of City Council Meetings for the Year 2000 (301 x 307)
City Clerk Purcell presented the staff report of January 4, 2000 and the recommendation to decide whether to hold the affected City Council meetings on the day following the specified elections and/or holiday or schedule the meetings for another date.
Lois Larue, Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes, spoke about special meetings, the Brown Act, and public comments.
Council discussion centered on Council conflicts with those dates and the consensus was to leave the Wednesday dates in place and discuss the matter again after attempts are made to resolve the scheduling conflicts.
Use of Electronic Mail by the City Council and Posting Staff Reports to the City’s Internet Web Site (602 x 307)
Director McLean presented the staff report of January 4, 2000 and the recommendation to determine whether to post individual City Council e-mail addresses to the City’s web site using the recommended alternatives.
Council discussion centered on the options presented; privacy issues, specifically exposure to other personal records; the use of a City computer at City Hall to receive email in the event a future Councilmember might not have a computer at home.
City Attorney Lynch suggested that a councilmember might want to set up a file to save City emails separate from personal emails so that if those emails were obtained by legal action or otherwise, the personal records would not be accessible.
Councilman Stern distributed to all Councilmembers a copy of pages downloaded from the City’s web site marked with some suggested changes. (A copy of Councilman Stern’ handout is on file with the City Clerk’s Office.)
Lois Larue, spoke about the effects of email as another means of communication and she supported the concept that Councilmembers receive their email directly without going through the City Hall system.
Councilman Stern moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart to adopt Alternative No. 2 in the staff report which gives each individual Councilmembers a choice of having the City post to the City’s web site either: (1) the Councilmember’s personal email address or (2) create an individual email address for the Councilmember at City Hall. Motion carried.
REPORT ON CLOSED SESSION:
City Attorney Lynch reported that for the question of whether to initiate litigation with respect to the PVIC project, the Council unanimously directed that a claim be filed against Los Angeles County and the Federal Government; and, for the case involving removal of foliage to restore a view, Council unanimously directed staff to send a letter.
Lois Larue, Rancho Palos Verdes, discussed contact with the Sheriff’s Department during the recent holiday break at City Hall, and new fencing and broken sprinklers on the York Filiorum property.
Adjourned at 8:27 P.M. on motion of Mayor Byrd.
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