M I N U T E S
RANCHO PALOS VERDES REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
ADJOURNED REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 21, 2000
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 P.M. by Chair Byrd at Fred Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, notice having been given with affidavit thereto on file.
PRESENT: Ferraro, McTaggart, Stern, and Chair Byrd
Also present were Executive Director Les Evans; Assistant Executive Director Carolynn Petru; Agency Attorney Carol Lynch; Planning, Building & Code Enforcement Director Joel Rojas; Director of Public Works Dean Allison; Finance Director Dennis McLean; Agency Secretary Jo Purcell; and, Recording Secretary Jackie Drasco.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Member Ferraro moved, seconded by Member Stern, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR:
Member Ferraro moved, seconded by Member Stern, to approve the amended Consent Calendar as follows:
Approved the minutes of November 8, 2000.
The motion to approve the Consent Calendar carried on the following roll call vote:
AYES: Ferraro, McTaggart, Stern and Chair Byrd
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Senior Affordable Housing Proposal (1101 X 1203 X 1900)
Executive Director Evans presented the staff report of November 21, 2000 and the recommendation to approve the proposed Exclusive Negotiating Agreement between the Rancho Palos Verdes Redevelopment Agency and Indian Ridge Crest Gardens, LP. Mr. Evans added that a letter had been received by Mr. Charles Brumbaugh from the Corporation of Better Housing requesting a continuance of this matter to December 19 because of the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Lyon and doubts on the part of the Peninsula Seniors regarding their use of this center.
Council discussion focused on the state law requiring the City to provide a fair share of affordable housing.
Charles Brumbaugh, Corporation for Better Housing, 100 W. Broadway, #1250, Glendale, CA 91210, explained the reasons for his request for a continuance. He described the impact the removal of the senior center from the project would have on the overall size of the structure, parking requirements, and the number of residential units in the facility.
Ann Shaw, 30036 Via Borica, representing the Peninsula Seniors, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to have twice space they currently have for very reasonable rent. She explained that several Peninsula Seniors Board members had expressed concerns about possible delays to the project by adjacent homeowners. She closed by stating that the Board would make a final decision at the next Board meeting on December 6.
It was the Councils consensus to continue the item to December 19 but to take testimony.
The following residents spoke in opposition to the project: Jack Downhill, 20 Vanderlip Drive; William Brandlin, 5201 Middlecrest Road; Regina Higgins, 5304 Middlecrest Road; Tom Jacobson, 28953 Crestridge Road; Jim Hathaway, 28955 Crestridge Road; Glenn Arbuthnot, 28856 Crestridge Road; Yola Gerst, 28829 Crestridge Road; Len Freeland, 28809 Crestridge Road; Shawn Gillis, 5400 Meadowdale Drive; Robin Rahn, 28846 Crestridge Road; Peter Hazelridge, 5208 Middlecrest Road; Susan Anderson, 28870 Crestridge Road; Ross Anderson, 28870 Crestridge Road; Clara Duran Reed, 30652 Palos Verdes Drive East; and, Jim Reed, 30652 Palos Verdes Drive East,
Their comments centered on the following concerns: This low income, high density project would have a negative effect on Art Center, which is contemplating an expansion; that this was not a good location for seniors and low income residents because they need to be near transportation and other services; that there are alternative uses for this property; that the Crenshaw and Crestridge intersection is heavily congested and presented danger to seniors
and children attending Ridgecrest School crossing the street and that this project would make it worse; that there would be inadequate parking, particularly when Seniors would have bus trips and would park their cars at the site; that egress and ingress would be difficult no matter where the driveway was located; that traffic would be backed up on Crenshaw and Crestridge, particularly when the seniors or the Art Center had an event; that the City should not be subsidizing the Peninsula Seniors; that matters such as this should be on the ballot for citizens to decide; that there are alternatives to providing low income housing other than a large project of this type; that there may gnatcatchers in bushes on the property; that the continuance to December 19 would not be convenient for many people; and, that the exclusive negotiating agreement was not discussed in public meetings prior to approval.
Mayor Byrd stated that there was a lot on misinformation stated by the speakers and that this project would be going through a lengthy review process by the Traffic Committee and Planning Commission before coming to the City Council for approval.
Member Stern moved, seconded by Member McTaggart to continue this item to December 19. Motion carried.
RECESS & RECONVENE:
At 8:14 P.M., Chair Byrd declared a recess. The meeting reconvened at 8:20 P.M.
Klondike Canyon Drainage Vandalism (1101 X 1900)
Executive Director Evans presented the staff report of November 21, 2000 and the recommendation to authorize an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons vandalizing the drainage system in Klondike Canyon or related systems.
Member Ferraro moved, seconded by Member McTaggart to confirm the prior RDA authorization of an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons vandalizing the drainage system in Klondike Canyon or related systems.
The motion carried on the following roll call vote:
AYES: Ferraro, McTaggart, Stern, and Chair Byrd
Lois Larue, 3136 Barkentine, said that she did not like the scenic turnout at Abalone Cove.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:34 P.M. on the motion on Chair Byrd.
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