M I N U T E S
RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL
APRIL 3, 2001
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 P.M. by Mayor Lyon at Fred Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was answered as follows:
PRESENT: Byrd, Ferraro, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Lyon
Also present were City Manager Les Evans, Assistant City Manager Carolynn Petru; City Attorney Carol Lynch; Director of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Joel Rojas; Director of Public Works Dean Allison; Director of Finance Dennis McLean; City Clerk/Administrative Services Director Jo Purcell; and, Deputy City Clerk/Recording Secretary Jackie Drasco.
There was no winner from the last drawing. Another card was selected.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Councilman Stern moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem McTaggart, to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR:
Lois Larue, 3136 Barkentine Road, spoke to the register of demands and suggested that the Planning Commission, particularly, the Chair, should receive a larger stipend.
Councilman Byrd moved, seconded by Councilwoman Ferraro, to approve the Consent Calendar as follows:
Adopted the Minutes of March 20, 2001.
Resol. No. 2001-29 - Arterial Rehabilitation Program (1204 x 1601)
(1) Awarded a professional service contract to Willdan and Associates for services related to the Citys Arterial Rehabilitation Program. (2) Authorized the Mayor and the City Clerk to execute a contract with Willdan and Associates for a not to exceed amount of $ 50,000, and authorized the expenditure of up to an additional $3,000, for a total authorization of $ 53,000. (3) ADOPTED RESOLUTION 2001-29, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, AMENDING RESOLUTION 2000-33, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2000-01, FOR A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT TO THE CITYS CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND.
February 2001 Treasurers Report (602)
Ordered received and filed.
Resol. No. 2001-30 - Register of Demands (602)
ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2001-30, 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 carried on the following roll call vote:
AYES: Byrd, Ferraro, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Lyon
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Mayor Lyon suggested that Councilmember Sterns memo under City Council Reports be heard at this time.
CITY COUNCIL REPORTS:
Memorandum from Councilmember Douglas Stern (310 x 1109)
Councilmember Douglas Stern presented his report recommending that the Recreation and Parks Committee Obtain Public Input and Review the Options for Public Use of City Hall Property and Upper Point Vicente Park.
Speaking in response to Councilmember Sterns recommendation were: Todd Anderson, 2 Masongate Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, representing the Palos Verdes Peninsula Girls Softball League; Rowland Driskell, 30 Via Capri; Barbara Gleghorn, 28850 Crestridge Road, representing SOC II (Save our Coastline II); Stasys Petrevicius; Tom Redfield, 31273 Ganado Drive; Joseph Picarelli, 30311 Via Borica, representing St. Pauls Lutheran Church; Jim Knight, 5 Cinnamon Lane; Marianne Hunter, 1 Cinnamon Lane; Samuel Van Wagner, 2763 San Ramon; Juan Torres, 27600 Warrior Drive, President of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Girls Softball League; Diane Weinberger, 4206 Exultant Drive, President of Seaview Homeowners Association; and, Alyda White, 32614 Coastsite, President of PV Peninsula League of Womens Voters.
A summary of their comments is as follows: Because of increasing youth population and overcrowding of facilities or lack of regulation fields, there is a need for additional recreational facilities on the Peninsula, particularly for girls softball and possibly at lower Point Vicente Park; suggestions were given for cleaning up the City Hall property and palm trees being removed from LAX were offered for cost of pickup only; the proposal presented by SOC II at the January 16 Council meeting should be seriously considered; a survey should be sent to all residents requesting input for use of the Point Vicente Park areas and the League of Womens Voters offered assistance; there was concern that the Planning Commission was condensing their meeting schedule to hear the Long Point proposal in a shorter time frame; the Long Point proposal should be considered equally with other suggestions for use of the land; more residents would use the recreational facilities proposed as alternates to the Long Point golf course; the suggestions being made would comply with the restrictions the Federal Government placed on the land when it was deeded to the City; there was a sense of frustration that the people were not being heard and that the Long Point Developer was given priority in inclusion of the public land in the resort/golf course proposal; it was questioned why an EIR was being performed and its cost incurred by someone who does not own the land; it was wrong to assume that a softball field could be built on the Lower Point Vicente property since it was owned by the County which might object, and because of the lead contamination; it was hoped that the residents and the City could work together as a team to decide the use of the public land in question; it was felt that additional income was not needed by the City and that a majority of the people would rather maintain an open space atmosphere, while others felt that open space was not needed so much as childrens playing fields; the land use decision on this public property is critical and irrevocable; there was concern about the loss of slow moving wildlife who would be destroyed by bulldozers in development of the resort complex and the EIR dismissed this because they were not endangered species; and, other suggestions were a swimming pool and a new City Hall.
Mike Mohler, representing Destination Resorts, 11777 San Vicente Blvd., #900, Los Angeles, CA 90049, clarified that the EIR was performed by the City, but that the developer had incurred the cost. He said that he respected the residents proposing alternatives to the use of the land and explained that the developer had indicated cooperation and contribution if it was possible for a softball field to be built at the lower Point Vicente property but no offers or promises had been made. He stated that their proposal had not yet been presented in its complete form; that there were residents who supported the concept; he encouraged public input; felt the process was being followed correctly; and, that he felt their project would be good for the City.
Councilman Stern moved to approve his recommendation, which included obtaining public input, conducting public meetings, and directing the Recreation and Parks Committee provide a report to the Council so that the Council can make an informed decision regarding the use of the City Hall Property and Upper Point Vicente Park.
Council discussion centered on the importance of public input but the two types of meetings, Planning Commission and Council Budget Meetings, are already established for the quickest, most accurate way to receive this input; residents are willing to attend Recreation and Parks meetings and the schedule is published on the reader board and the website; there are not sufficient City funds to develop the suggestions submitted by residents as there are more critical expenses such as repairing and improving the storm drain system; the General Fund has decreased in the last year by $3 million because of expenses related to problems with the storm drains and other unexpected problems; $2.4 million in revenue could be lost if the vehicle license fee taken from cities by the governor is not longer backfilled; although the Citys financial situation is good at present, spending must be conservative to avoid depletion of the General Fund; there is a need to provide playing fields, particularly for girls softball; the Long Point project will likely be downsized by the Planning Commission and it is not known whether City land will be made available or needed with the revised project. It was argued that the motion did not authorize the spending of any City funds; that the SOC II proposal included very little expense; that residents suggestions for use of public land should not be merely an adjunct to a discussion of the Long Point project; and that residents will feel that the decision for use of public land will be rushed if all alternatives are not heard and studied.
The motion died for lack of a second.
RECESS & RECONVENE:
At 8:25 P.M., Mayor Lyon declared a recess. The meeting reconvened at 8:37 P.M.
John Carmichael, 1880 Century Park East, Suite 1150, Los Angeles, CA 90067, attorney for SOC II, expressed his concerns with the Long Point EIR and said that he would submit his opinion in writing before the April 6 comment deadline.
Tom Redfield, 31273 Ganado Drive, stated his appreciation for the improvements provided by the new systems for television cable coverage of the Council meetings.
Lois Larue, 3136 Barkentine Road, spoke on the following subjects: her opposition to the house on Portuguese Point which was built for a movie; deficiencies in the Citys website; appreciation of the cookies furnished at Council meetings; and, her opposition to the manner in which the City handles EIRs.
Maria Guerra, 11 Via San Remo, spoke in opposition to additional development in the City which she felt would decrease increase traffic safety and expressed concern about golf ball hazards if a portion of the proposed golf course was near her home at Villa Capri.
Engineering Services for Drainage Improvements along Palos Verdes Drive East (1204 x 604)
Director Allison presented the staff report of April 3, 2001 and the recommendation to (1) Award a professional service contract to RBF Consulting for engineering services for drainage improvements along Palos Verdes Drive East in an amount not to exceed $179,800, and authorize the expenditure of up to an additional $15,200 for possible extra services for a total authorization of $195,000. (2) Authorize the Mayor and the City Clerk to execute an agreement with RBF Consulting. (3) Authorize the expenditure of up to $10,000 under the on-call contract with Zeiser Kling Consultants Inc, for engineering services for Palos Verdes Drive East drainage improvements.
Council discussion focused on repairing damaged pipes; enlarging some of the pipes, which would require following an environmental process; the possibility of input from the public at community meetings; the five-year plan being established and anticipated future cost; the importance to public safety of maintaining the storm drain system; and the presentation on this subject to be given at the Community Leaders Breakfast on April 7.
Councilman Byrd moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem McTaggart to adopt the staff recommendation.
The motion carried on the following roll call vote:
AYES: Byrd, Ferraro, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Lyon
Appointment of View Restoration Commission and Equestrian Committee Members (301 x 106)
City Clerk Purcell presented the staff report of April 3, 2001 and the recommendation to
appoint one member to the Equestrian Committee and one regular and one alternate member to the View Restoration Commission for a term of office until April 2002.
The Council voted and appointed Carolyn Ann Bojorquez to the Equestrian Committee and Luis de Moraes as a regular member and Russell T. Ginese as an alternate member to the View Restoration Commission for a term of office until April 2002.
Resol. No. 2001-31- Telecommunications Facilities within the Public Right of Way (1204 x 1601
This item was continued to an unspecified date to allow time for City Attorney Lynch to analyze correspondence received from Cellular telephone companies regarding legal issues.
CLOSED SESSION REPORT:
City Attorney Lynch reported that regarding the possible purchase of the Filiorum property, the Council unanimously authorized the City's negotiators to make a counter offer to Jim York. Regarding the Echevarrieta litigation, the Council voted 4-1, with McTaggart dissenting, to request that City Attorney Lynch communicate with Mr. Keilbach, and since he was present at the meeting, she already has spoken with him. Regarding the evaluation of City Manager Evans, the Council unanimously directed City Attorney Lynch to prepare a contract amendment to be submitted to the City Council at a future meeting.
ORAL CITY COUNCIL REPORTS:
Mayor Pro Tem McTaggart reported on the last COG meeting that he attended, specifically describing SCAGs position on Scenario No. 8 of LAX expansion and how it could affect the air traffic noise over the Peninsula.
Adjourned at 9:14 P.M. on motion of Councilwoman Ferraro to the Community Leaders Breakfast at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 7, at Hesse Park.
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