RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL
MEETING WITH STATE LEGISLATORS
JANUARY 14, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 3:40 P.M. in Assemblyman Lowenthal’s office in the State Capitol Building, Sacramento, notice having been given with affidavit thereto on file.
Clark, Ferraro, Stern, and Mayor McTaggart,
Also present were City Manager Les Evans, Finance Director Dennis McLean, Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal, and Legislative Analyst Ann Dilzer.
Discussion centered on the following:
1. Open Space Purchase. Mayor Pro Tem Stern gave Assemblymember Lowenthal a copy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy brochure. Assemblymember Lowenthal fully supports the effort to acquire the property and help us work out issues with the California Department of Fish and Game. Mayor McTaggart suggested a foundation for continuing maintenance. Assemblymember Lowenthal felt that the Park bond will pass and that distribution of funds ($2.5 billion) will be through legislative action.
2. AB680 Sales Tax Sharing. Assemblymember Lowenthal said that it applies only very nominally, primarily in the Sacramento area.
3. Vehicle License Fee. Assemblymember Lowenthal will continue to oppose any lessening of the Vehicle License Fee backfill.
No action was taken.
Recess & Reconvene: At 4:15 P.M., the meeting was recessed. The meeting reconvened at 4:30 P.M. in State Senator Betty Karnette’s office. Senator Betty Karnette was present and District Representative Chuck Taylor.
The items under discussion during the meeting with Senator Karnette included the following:
1. Vehicle License Fee. Senator Karnette indicated that she was never in favor of reducing the Vehicle License Fee.
2. Peninsula Philosophy. Senator Karnette wants to keep the Palos Verdes Peninsula in its natural state. She will continue to help us with the California Department of Fish and Game.
3. New Senator. Senator Ed Vincent will not become our Senator until 2004 when Senator Karnette is up for re-election and so is Senator Vincent. Both districts are considered "safe" for the incumbents says the California Journal.
4. Second Language to be taught in early grades. Senator Karnette discussed a bill she had introduced promoting the idea of a second language being taught in public schools at an early grade.
5. Biggest Challenge. Senator Karnette feels it is the budget and the Governor is postponing problems by borrowing.
No action was taken.
Adjournment: At 5:00 P.M., the meeting adjourned.