City Council Minutes 03/08/2000 RPV, City, Council, Minutes, 2000, Meeting RPV City Council Minutes for the 03/08/2000 Meeting MARCH 8, 2000

M I N U T E S
RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 8, 2000

The meeting was called to order at 6:45 P.M. by Mayor Byrd at Fred Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, for the purpose of interviewing of Commission and Committee applicants. Present: Lyon, McTaggart, and Mayor Byrd. Late arrivals: Stern at 6:49 P.M., and Ferraro at 7:00 P.M.

At 7:10 P.M. the meeting was reconvened to conduct the regular meeting. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was answered as follows:

PRESENT: Ferraro, McTaggart, Stern, Lyon, and Mayor Byrd
ABSENT: None

Also present were City Manager Les Evans, City Attorney Carol Lynch; Director of Planning, Building & Code Enforcement Joel Rojas; Director of Public Works Dean Allison; Director of Finance Dennis McLean; City Clerk/Administrative Services Director Jo Purcell; and, Recording Secretary Cindy Fausto.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

Councilman McTaggart moved, seconded by Councilwoman Ferraro, to add to the agenda an item regarding the FAA Task Force and to add a closed session at the mid-meeting break. Motion carried.

Councilman McTaggart moved, seconded by Councilwoman Lyon, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.

CEREMONIAL MATTERS:(304 x 1101)

The oral presentation by the City of El Segundo was continued to April 4.

Tom Fauth, Local Census Office Manager, Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 23600 Telo Avenue, Suite 250-B, Torrance, CA 90505, described the long and short forms which will be sent to residents.

Roberta Kordich, representing the Peninsula High School Academic Decathlon Team, introduced the participating students (Etai Adam-Tenne, Lara Hale, Sam Johnston, Ando Muneno, Sai Patil, Chi-En Chien, Esther Tsai, Ravi Venkatesh, and Jessica Walder) and Mayor Byrd presented plaques to them.

RECYCLING DRAWING: (1204 x 1301)
The two winners from the last drawing were Vince Laura and Graham Scott. Both will both receive a check for $250 which represents a year of free refuse service. Another card was selected.

APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR:

Lois Larue, Rancho Palos Verdes, spoke on the following subjects: the register of demands; the treasurer’s report; the Minutes of February 15, 2000; and, the upcoming Council trip to Washington, D.C.

Councilwoman Ferraro moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart, to approve the Consent Calendar as follows:

Minutes (301)

Approved the minutes of February 15, 2000.

Resol No. 99- 09 - Used Oil Recycling Block Grant – Sixth Cycle (1204 x 1301)

(1) Authorized application for a grant to continue the used oil recycling program for City of Rancho Palos Verdes residents; and (2) ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2000-09, AUTHORIZING STAFF TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2000-2003 USED OIL RECYCLING BLOCK GRANT SIXTH CYCLE.

January 2000 Treasurer’s Report (602)

Received and filed the January 2000 Treasurer’s Report for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Resol No. 99-10 - Register of Demands (602)

ADOPTED RESOL. NO. 2000-10, 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
NOES: None

REGULAR BUSINESS:

Public Works Encroachment Permit – 19 Marguerite Drive (1204 x 1804)

Director Allison presented the staff report of March 8, 2000 and the recommendation to authorize the Public Works Department to issue an encroachment permit to Mr. John Beal for the purposes of constructing a private drainage system within the right of way of Marguerite Drive.

Council discussion focused on the location of the site, the size of the pipe and impacts on neighbors.

Randy Shey, 23 Marguerite Drive, spoke in opposition to the project and read from a prepared statement. (A copy of Mr. Shey’s statement is on file with the City Clerk’s Office.)

Kevin Lamb, attorney for Mr. Shey, 801 S. Figueroa, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90017, objected to approval of the permit, describing alternatives for overflow and the impact on the Shey property. He felt that there was too little information given to the Shey family regarding the location of the drain.

Mr. John Beal, 7242 Avenida Altisimo, discussed the advantages of the gravity system and his application for City permits. (A copy of Mr. Beal’s statement is on file with the City Clerk’s Office.)

Representing the Beals was John Hetman, South Bay Engineering, 4615 Castana Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712, who described the features of the drainage system.

Jim Veta, general contractor for the Beals, 2000 Western Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501, described the boring and slurry under the driveway and the proposal from South Bay Engineering and the use of polyethylene pipe.

Russ Barto, architect, 3 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274, said that he had developed the concept of this drain and that South Bay Engineering had designed it. He indicated that he would be willing to look at the conceptual plans that the Shey’s architect had made to avoid having the Beal’s project interfere with those plans.

Deanne Shey, 23 Marguerite Drive, speaking in opposition to the project, described the impact of the drain system on her property.

Lois Larue, Upper Abalone Cove, spoke about gravity drainage systems.

Councilman Stern moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lyon, to adopt staff recommendation with the requirement for a covenant against the Beal property requiring that the owner of that property maintain in perpetuity this gravity drainage system; that material be used as specified by the City Council; that the parties get together to work out issue of the location of Shey’s driveway. Staff to prepare a resolution for presentation on the Consent Calendar for the April 4th meeting.

Councilman McTaggart, with the approval of the maker and seconder, amended the motion to include a requirement for welded polyethylene pipe.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Lois Larue spoke on the following topics: a scenic turnout on Hawthorne Boulevard; difficulties with sound during televised Council meetings; and, traffic on Palos Verdes Drive South.

At 9:00 P.M., Mayor Byrd declared a recess to Closed Session.

The meeting reconvened at 9:15 P.M.

Request for Funds – Friends of Friendship Park (1101 x305)

City Manager Evans presented the staff report of March 8, 2000 and the recommendation to consider the request of the Friends of Friendship Park to contribute $10,000 toward the 1995-98 legal expenses of challenging the Los Angeles County plan for the development of Friendship Park.

The following representatives of Friends of Friendship Park spoke in favor of the request; described efforts to resolve this matter; and, said that help had been requested from the City of Los Angeles had but there had been no response. Jane Jones, 2747 Vista Mesa Drive; Frank O’Brian, 564 W. Third Street, San Pedro, CA 90731; Gene Rogers, Vice President, 1424 Wycliff Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732; Alan Franz, 1336 W. 26th Place, San Pedro, 90732; Ken Goldman, 2767 Vista Mesa Drive.

Council discussion centered on the amount of the total cost ($20,000); possible fund raising efforts by the Friends; and, the non-responsiveness of the City of Los Angeles to the request for donations to pay for these expenses.

Councilman McTaggart moved, seconded by Councilwoman Ferraro to contribute $10,000 toward the 1995-98 legal expenses of challenging the Los Angeles County plan for the development of Friendship Park and to have Mayor Byrd send a letter to Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy Svorinich regarding the remainder of legal expenses.

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

AYES: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd
NOES: None

City Sponsorship of PVNET Year 2000 Annual Computer Animation Festival
(305 x1101)

Assistant City Manager Petru presented the staff report of March 8, 2000 and the recommendation to agree to sponsor the 2nd Annual Computer Animation Festival organized by Palos Verdes on the Net and provide staff with direction as to whether to make a monetary contribution to this event.

Lois Larue, objected to donating funds to Palos Verdes on the Net.

Council discussion focused on the City’s past practice, how the funds would be used, the impact to the program if funds are donated; and, the needs for additional information.

Councilman Stern moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart to provide a $600 grant for the program and to request additional details regarding the costs and expenditures associated with this event.

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

AYES: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd
NOES: None

Status of View Restoration Commission and Public Access Television Committee
(605 x 1806 x 1101)

City Manager Evans presented the staff report of March 8, 2000 and the recommendation to consider a strategy to address the apparent lack of applicants for the View Restoration Commission and the Access Cable Television Committee.

Lois Larue distributed a written statement from Committee member Ed Vincent, wherein he recommended (1) disbanding the committee and (2) encouraging other cable companies to bid on providing cable and/or other forms of electronic signal transmission to residents. (Said statement is on file with the City Clerk’s Office.)

Council discussion centered on the role of the Public Access Cable TV Advisory Board and whether the mission of that committee could now be done by staff through enforcement of the terms of the franchise and the limited number of residents interested in serving on the View Restoration Commission.

(At 10:12 P.M., Mayor Pro Tem Lyon left the meeting.)

Councilman Stern moved, seconded by Councilwoman Ferraro, to disband the Public Access Cable TV Advisory Board. Motion carried on a 4-0-1 vote.

Councilman McTaggart moved, seconded by Councilwoman Ferraro to postpone appointments to the View Restoration Commission. Motion carried on a 4-0-1 vote.

(At 10:15 P.M. Mayor Pro Tem Lyon returned to the meeting.)

Cancellation of March 21, 2000 City Council Meeting (301 x 307)

Mayor Byrd asked that presentation of the staff report be waived and he explained that the request to cancel the meeting of March 21, 2000, was due to a lack of a quorum.

Councilwoman Ferraro moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lyon, to cancel the meeting of March 21, 2000. Motion carried.

Letter to the FAA Requesting the Reactivation of the South Bay Task Force
(305 x 1101)

Council consensus was to send a letter with all Councilmembers signatures to the FAA similar to the motion adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors requesting that the South Bay Task Force regarding aircraft noise.

CLOSED SESSION REPORT:

City Attorney Lynch reported that no action was taken.

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 10:20 P.M.
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MAYOR
ATTEST:
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CITY CLERK
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