JULY 3, 2007 RANCHO PALOS VERDESIMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY MINUTES JULY 3, 2007 RANCHO PALOS VERDESIMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY MINUTES

JULY 3, 2007 RANCHO PALOS VERDESIMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY MINUTES

MINUTES
RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING
JULY 3, 2007

The regular meeting was called to order at 7:02 P.M. by Mayor Long at Fred Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard.

City Council roll call was answered as follows:

PRESENT:   Clark, Gardiner, Stern, Wolowicz, and Mayor Long
ABSENT:      None

Also present were City Manager Carolyn Lehr, City Attorney Carol Lynch, Deputy City Manager Carolynn Petru, Director of Finance/Information Technology Dennis McLean, and City Clerk Carla Morreale.
 
FLAG SALUTE:

The Flag Salute was led by City Manager Lehr.

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

None.

RECYCLE DRAWING:

Mayor Long announced recyclers of the month from the June 19, 2007 City Council meeting, Ed and Alice Snyder and Hanee Tanaka.  He indicated that all winners received a check for $250 representing a year of free refuse service and he urged everyone to participate in the City’s recycling program. 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

Councilman Clark moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Stern, to approve the Agenda. 

Without objection, Mayor Long so ordered.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
 
None.

CITY MANAGER REPORT:

City Manager Lehr provided a quarterly update on her Management Achievement Plan noting that she was on target with almost all of the goals established by Council. 

Responding to Councilman Clark regarding the Eastview area school boundary issue, City Manager Lehr reported that staff had initiated contact with Assemblywoman Karnette’s office and a tentative date had been scheduled for a joint meeting, which had been subsequently cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.  She indicated that staff was currently working with Assemblywoman Karnette’s office to select an alternative date for a meeting.

Councilman Clark requested due diligence in obtaining a date certain.

Responding to Councilman Wolowicz, City Manager Lehr reported that she had brought back alternatives for staffing so that if the budget were reduced, items to be deferred would be of lower priority or newly introduced tasks that were not mandates.  She sought to preserve tactical goals identified at the Council workshop in March 2007 and indicated that only one or two of the tactical goals would be negatively impacted.  She stated that she would provide quarterly updates to Council and that the next report would include an update on going out to bid for the IT contact.   

Councilman Wolowicz questioned whether the City had applied for state transportation funds because he felt that the paving maintenance of Palos Verdes Drive South might have been an opportunity to obtain grant money.  

City Manager Lehr reported that grants were discussed routinely at the weekly staff meeting and she felt that between the docents, volunteers and staff there was very little that escaped their attention in the area of grant opportunities. 

NEW BUSINESS:

APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR:

City Clerk Morreale reported a request to speak on Item 1.

Councilman Gardiner asked that Item 4 be pulled for separate consideration as he could not vote on it.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern moved, seconded by Councilman Clark, to approve the Consent Calendar with Items 1 and 4 removed for separate consideration.

A roll call vote reflected the following:

AYES:             Clark, Gardiner, Stern, Wolowicz, and Mayor Long
NOES:            None  
ABSTAIN:      None
ABSENT:       None

EMERGENCY ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Palos Verdes Drive South Landslide (East End) Road Reconstruction
(1204 X 1404)

This item was removed from the Consent Calendar for separate consideration.

OTHER CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS:

Motion to Waive Full Reading

Adopted a motion to waive reading in full of all ordinances presented at the meeting with consent of the waiver of reading deemed to be given by all Council Members after the reading of the title.

Approval of the Minutes (301)

Approved the Minutes of the March 20, 2007 Regular Meeting.

Adoption of Ordinance No. 460: Code Amendment (Case No. ZON2006-00082) ‘Q’ District Code Amendment (1801 x 1808)

This item was removed from the Consent Calendar for separate consideration.

City Manager Moving Allowance (1101)

Approved the City Manager’s request that her temporary living allowance and moving allowance be considered as a lump sum allowance of $10,000 so that savings in one category can be used to make up shortfalls in another category.

May 2007 Treasurer’s Report (602)

Received and filed the May 2007 Treasurer’s Report for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Annual Appropriation Limit for FY07-08 (602)

ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2007-74, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, ESTABLISHING THE CITY'S APPROPRIATION LIMIT FOR FY07-08.

Register of Demands

ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2007-75, 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.

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Items Removed From the Consent Calendar:

EMERGENCY ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Palos Verdes Drive South Landslide (East End) Road Reconstruction
(1204 X 1404)

Several Councilmembers reported receiving notification from residents regarding safety issues related to drivers having difficulty seeing markings on Palos Verdes Drive South at night.

Robert Maxwell, Portuguese Bend Community Association, Rancho Palos Verdes, distributed a three-page handout about the landslide and spoke regarding its affect on the Palos Verdes Drive South roadwork.  He suggested that possibly the most plausible solution to the roadwork in the landslide area was to re-grade the area as other improvements could be impractical.  He noted that dewatering wells had promise, but stated that they were not very effective in the Portuguese Bend Landslide area.  Mr. Maxwell reported that the Portuguese Bend Community Association expressed hope that the City would consider other ways to control runoff coming from above and outside of the area including the possibility of re-grading in the landslide area. 

Councilman Wolowicz commented that the roadwork did not impact the landslide area.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern moved, seconded by Councilman Clark, to review and reconfirm by a four/fifths (4/5) vote, the Council’s previous action on June 5, 2007, authorizing staff to proceed with emergency repairs to the roadway along Palos Verdes Drive South within the Portuguese Bend Landslide.

Without objection, Mayor Long so ordered. 

Adoption of Ordinance No. 460: Code Amendment (Case No. ZON2006-00082) ‘Q’ District Code Amendment (1801 X 1808)

Mayor Pro Tem Stern and Councilman Gardiner recused themselves from discussion of this item and exited Council Chambers.

Councilman Clark moved, seconded by Councilman Wolowicz, to ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 460, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, AMENDING CHAPTER 17.46 OF TITLE 17 OF THE CITY’S MUNICIPAL CODE (CASE NO. ZON2006-00082) TO ESTABLISH REGULATIONS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF FUTURE HORSEKEEPING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CITY’S EQUESTRIAN OVERLAY (Q) DISTRICTS.  A roll call vote reflected the following:

            AYES:            Clark, Wolowicz, and Mayor Long
            NOES:           None
            ABSENT:      Gardiner and Stern

Mayor Pro Tem Stern and Councilman Gardiner returned to Council Chambers.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

None.

PAUSE TO CONSIDER THE REMAINDER OF THE AGENDA:

REGULAR NEW BUSINESS:

Upper Point Vicente Civic Center Site Analysis (1201)

City Manager Lehr presented a brief staff report.

Responding to Council inquiries, staff reported that the site analysis would provide updated information, insure that the uses were compatible with the City’s General Plan, and reveal any easements on the property.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern indicated that a portion of the Upper Pt. Vicente property had a deed restriction that the property be maintained for public recreational use and it was important to know exactly the limitations and restrictions of the property. 

Councilman Clark moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Stern, to approve the staff recommendation.

Councilman Gardiner supported the utility survey but not the remainder of the site analysis, noting that he wanted to know the cost of updating the site’s sewer system before he supported spending the balance of the money for further studies.

Councilman Clark amended his motion to institute a phased approach to the Upper Pt. Vicente Civic Center site analysis, with the utility study to be performed initially, and the City Manager to report back with the results. 

The Council discussed various ways to proceed and Mayor Pro Tem Stern proposed consulting staff about the appropriate sequencing of the project.

Mayor Long indicated that the site analysis should have been performed some time ago so that potential donors would know the opportunities available, and he supported the motion as originally stated.  

Councilman Gardiner noted that he was not aware of the possibility of parties interested in donating to the City and supported a phased approach.

Responding to Councilman Clark, City Manager Lehr indicated that if a significant issue arose at any point during the site analysis she would alert the Council immediately.  She suggested that the surveys be reordered with the most crucial surveys conducted first.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern reported renewed interest in the property, noting that the scope of work needed to be complete even if there were major utility problems, so Council and the staff could understand what limitations exist regarding the property. 

The Council discussed donor expectations and whether or not a phased approach would delay the process and cause potential donors to be lost. 

Councilman Clark indicated that he did not want to institute an incremental approval process or micromanage the process. 

Councilman Wolowicz requested that reports be provided to the Council in a timely manner.

Councilman Clark moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Stern, to approve the staff recommendation with the scope of efforts as proposed by the City Manager, with the utility study and survey being the first phase, and systematic periodic progress reports to keep Council informed in order to keep the process moving forward.  The staff recommendation as amended included the following:  1) Approve the City Manager to engage professional services to evaluate baseline conditions at Upper Point Vicente as a tool for master planning of the Civic Center site; and, 2) Authorize the City Manager to enter into agreements that do not exceed $80,000 total, plus a $10,000 contingency.  A voice vote reflected unanimous approval.

Mayor Long called a brief recess from to 7:58 P.M. to 8:07 P.M.

Ordinance Amending the Storm Drain User Fee to Shorten the Duration of the Fee from Thirty Years to Ten Years and to Establish a Resident Oversight Committee to be Placed on the Ballot for the November 6, 2007 General Municipal Election (604 X 602)

City Attorney Lynch presented a summary staff report, noting that a revised ordinance was handed out prior to the meeting as part of the late correspondence, clarifying that the terms of office for all seats on the Oversight Committee would be for a duration of four years, beyond the initial assignment of two years for two of the seats in order to allow for staggered terms of office.

Councilman Gardiner stated that he supported putting the matter on the ballot, but he took no position regarding the User Fee as a result of the last budget meeting that indicated there was little money available.  He indicated that the matter was up to the residents to decide.

Councilman Wolowicz moved, seconded to Mayor Pro Tem Stern, to review the revised Ordinance and direct staff to place it on the ballot for the November 6, 2007 Election.

A roll call vote on the motion reflected the following:

AYES:             Clark, Gardiner, Stern, Wolowicz, and Mayor Long
NOES:            None  
ABSTAIN:      None
ABSENT:       None

November 6, 2007 General Municipal Election (501)

City Clerk Morreale reported that late correspondence containing revised resolutions for this item was distributed prior to the meeting.

City Attorney Lynch presented the staff report.

Responding to Councilman Gardiner, City Attorney Lynch clarified that under the Elections Code if a group proposes an initiative that qualifies for the ballot, they are authorized to create an argument in support of their measure, as well as a rebuttal argument on their measure. 

Responding to an earlier suggestion by Mayor Pro Tem Stern, City Attorney Lynch reported that the order of the verbiage on the two ballot titles for the measures was slightly modified so that the titles begin with “Shall an ordinance be adopted …”.

City Attorney Lynch suggested that it might be useful to review and consider the resolutions associated with the November 6, 2007 General Municipal Election one at a time if the Council desired.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern moved, seconded by Councilman Wolowicz, to adopt staff recommendation and 1) ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2007-76, AS AMENDED, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALLING AND GIVING NOTICE OF THE HOLDING OF A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2007, FOR THE ELECTION OF CERTAIN OFFICERS AS REQUIRED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA RELATING TO GENERAL LAW CITIES AND FOR THE SUBMISSION TO THE VOTERS A MEASURE RELATING TO THE AMENDMENT OF THE CITY’S EXISTING STORM DRAIN USER FEE ORDINANCE AND A MEASURE RELATING TO THE REPEAL OF THE CITY’S EXISTING STORM DRAIN USER FEE ORDINANCE.

Without objection, Mayor Long so ordered.

Councilman Clark moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Stern, to adopt staff recommendation and 2) ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2007-77, AS AMENDED, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, REQUESTING THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES TO CONSOLIDATE A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION OF SAID CITY TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 6, 2007, WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND LIBRARY DISTRICT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SAID DATE PURSUANT TO SECTION 10403 OF THE ELECTIONS CODE.

Without objection, Mayor Long so ordered.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern pointed out the fact that the resolution regarding Candidate’s Statements states that “such statement shall not include party affiliation of the candidate nor membership or activity in partisan political organizations”; and, reported that he supported non-partisan offices, but noted that in the past the process had allowed unscrupulous people to send out materials implying they were members of a particular party when in fact they were not.  He indicated that he hoped those seeking a seat on the Council would not mislead the public as to their party affiliation.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern moved, seconded by Councilman Wolowicz, to adopt staff recommendation and 3) ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2007-78, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, ADOPTING REGULATIONS FOR CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE, PERTAINING TO CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS AND THE COSTS THEREOF FOR THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD IN SAID CITY ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2007.

Without objection, Mayor Long so ordered.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern moved, seconded by Councilman Clark, to adopt staff recommendation and; 4) ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2007-79, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, PROVIDING FOR THE FILING OF REBUTTAL ARGUMENTS FOR CITY MEASURES SUBMITTED AT THE NOVEMBER 6, 2007 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION.

Without objection, Mayor Long so ordered.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern moved, seconded by Councilman Wolowicz, to adopt staff recommendation and 5) ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2007-80, AS AMENDED, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, SETTING PRIORITIES FOR FILING WRITTEN ARGUMENTS REGARDING AN INITIATIVE MEASURE AND DIRECTING THE CITY ATTORNEY TO PREPARE AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS, AND AUTHORIZING MAYOR LONG AND COUNCILMAN WOLOWICZ TO FILE ARGUMENTS OPPOSING THE INITIATIVE.

Responding to Mayor Pro Tem Stern, City Attorney Lynch explained that if a quorum of the Council were to participate in drafting the ballot arguments, the meeting would have to be discussed at a duly noticed meeting so that the public could attend if they so desired.  She noted that two members of the Council or other individuals could be designated by Council to file the argument.   
Responding to Mayor Long, City Attorney Lynch stated that the arguments would be due on July 17, 2007, at 5:30 P.M.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern moved, seconded by Councilman Clark, to adopt staff recommendation and 6) ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. 2007-81, AS AMENDED, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, SETTING PRIORITIES FOR FILING WRITTEN ARGUMENTS REGARDING A CITY MEASURE AND DIRECTING THE CITY ATTORNEY TO PREPARE AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS, AND AUTHORIZING MAYOR LONG AND COUNCILMAN WOLOWICZ TO FILE ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF THE CITY MEASURE.

Without objection, Mayor Long so ordered.

Alternatives to Manage Staff Shortage (1101)

City Manager Lehr presented a summary staff report.

Mayor Long moved, seconded by Councilman Clark, to reconsider the previous Council decision and authorize all four positions requested by the City Manager.

Mayor Long indicated that he believed there was a justified need for additional staffing, did not want to see certain tasks discontinued, and was not interested in hiring consultants to handle the workload.  He reported that he believed the expanded work assigned to the Finance Department justified the new Senior Accountant position, and the increased demands of the Council justified the Senior Administrative Analyst in the City Manager’s Office as well.

Councilman Wolowicz reported that he opposed the motion, noting that he would not want to have to cut a position after six months because the Management Study indicated that restructuring was necessary. 

Responding to Councilman Wolowicz, City Manager Lehr clarified that there were two lists presented to Council, one to provide an overview of the growth in tasks over the past five years, and the second a list of tasks to consider setting aside until the funding for additional positions is available.  She noted that the Council could select a completely different set of tasks to consider to place on hold if they so desired.

Councilman Wolowicz stated that he found no merit in reducing staff positions and then contracting for that work but was surprised that payroll processing had not been outsourced for the City.  He expressed concern that the Five-Year Model demonstrated a downward trend of the City’s reserves and suggested that if additional staff positions were to be added, expenditures be reduced elsewhere in the budget.

Mayor Pro Tem Stern indicated that he was in favor of the motion and commented that staff had evaluated Council requests and indicated what was necessary to accomplish the tasks, all within a balanced budget.  He indicated that it was wasteful to hire consultants; Council’s goals that were reaffirmed should be funded efficiently; the City was not locked into a particular level of staffing and if the management audit demonstrated there were areas to be more efficient the appropriate changes could be made at that time.

Councilman Gardiner indicated that he strongly opposed the motion and was disappointed that the City had chosen a more costly retirement formula than what was recommended by the League of California Cities.  He stated that he had questions about which expenses were one-time and which were ongoing; questioned why the Monks lawsuit was still included in the budget when it had been resolved; noted it was wrong to add new staff before the Management Audit; and observed that the numbers added up to almost the same amount of money that the public is being asked for in order to fund the repair of the storm drains.

Councilman Clark stated that the Management Audit of City Hall operations would be informative and help focus on efficiency of processes.  He observed that the new City Manager had evaluated tasks and noted a significant staff augmentation was necessary.  He reported that the prior City Manager made a conscious decision not to add to staff even though there were additions to the workload.  Councilman Clark indicated that it is unfair to expect staff to continue working at the pace they are working with the tasks, goals and priorities as outlined by Council.  He suggested that the management audit may reveal ways to improve processes and efficiencies that could free up existing staff so that they would be able to take on additional projects that they are unable to perform at this time due to time constraints. 

Mayor Pro Tem Stern did not feel that additional staffing was comparable to the expenses of the Storm Drain User Fee.  He indicated that fiscal responsibility was important, but observed that everyone had a different view of what was important and appropriate, noting that Councilman Gardiner had suggested doubling the amount of money given towards the Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center (PVIC) exhibits.  He stated that based on the facts, he did not think the City should be inefficient and hire outside consultants or reject defined Council goals and policies.

Councilman Gardiner indicated that he had read the data differently and noted that management was his area of expertise.  He acknowledged approving a one-time expenditure for PVIC, but pointed out that employees were ongoing expenses.  He commented on the trend to overestimate expenses and underestimate revenues for budgetary reasons, resulting in a small amount of reserve money at the end of the year.

Mayor Long acknowledged that if the Storm Drain User Fee did not pass there would need to be adjustments to the budget in many areas.  He inquired what tasks Council desired to achieve and asked what it would to take to do accomplish them.  He indicated that he believed the residents would not want less in the area of service than most other cities in the South Bay.  He pointed out that past Councils had delivered services by neglecting infrastructure, while this Council was trying to deliver services at the same time as taking care of infrastructure.  He stated that the Council set standards for services they expect to be provided and sufficient staff should be provided to perform those tasks.

Councilman Clark suggested that the City Manager consider benchmarking staff size of other cities of a similar size, population, general revenue, etc. in order to provide a relative comparison to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
 
Councilman Gardiner reiterated his position noting he believed it most appropriate to work to improve processes and to increase efficiencies. 

Councilman Wolowicz expressed concern with the downward trend of General Fund reserves; noted that the City would be poorly served by adding to the staff and demands until decreasing reserves have been resolved and the management study has been completed; and thought it wise to wait to take any action until the results are known regarding the measures on the November ballot.

Councilman Clark indicated that the City Manager and staff deserved support and was troubled that the message being given was that since the future was an unknown, staff should be expected to continue working the large number of overtime hours currently being put in and at the pace they have been working to handle the workload.  He challenged Council members to cite one city that handles infrastructure renewal through their General Fund, and cited that the City of Palos Verdes Estates had a utility user tax to underwrite renewal of their storm drains.

Mayor Long moved, seconded by Councilman Clark, to reconsider the previous decision made by and authorize the addition of the remaining two staff positions requested as part of the FY07-08 Budget: a Senior Administrative Analyst in the City Manager’s Office and a Senior Accountant in the Finance Department. 

The motion passed on the following roll call vote:

            AYES:            Clark, Stern, and Mayor Long
            NOES:           Gardiner and Wolowicz

CITY COUNCIL ORAL REPORTS:

Mayor Pro Tem Stern reported attending the League of California Cities Los Angeles Division meeting on June 7th, where the speaker reported on issues related to water from the Delta region and concerns regarding the continued delivery of that water. On June 8 he attended the Mayor’s Breakfast in Mayor Long’s absence; on June 14th he attended the Regional Law Enforcement Committee on meeting with Captain Anda; and, on June 30th he attended the opening of the City’s Emergency Communications Center.

Councilman Gardiner reported attending a meeting regarding the Sanitation District’s proposal to close the methane burner facility on Hawthorne Boulevard.

Councilman Wolowicz reported attending the annual Public Works Department luncheon on May 12th; the Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority Board meeting on May 24th; and meeting with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) representatives who explained their decisions relating to the high school on the Ponte Vista site on June 7th.  He indicated that the LAUSD representatives did not know about the Eastview boundary issue and that he related issues to them regarding traffic and congestion on Western Avenue.  He reported on his attendance at the following meetings: on June 9th the Rolling Hills Riviera Homeowner’s Annual Block Party where residents expressed concern about congestion, the proposed Ponte Vista development project, and support of R-1 zoning requirements; on June 14th the Palos Verdes Peninsula Regional Law Enforcement Committee meeting; on June 16th the PVIC Volunteer Luncheon with Mayor Long and Mayor Pro Tem Stern; and on June 20th the Council of Home Owners Associations meeting.  He proudly announced the arrival of his grandson, Tyler Daniel Wolowicz on June 21st and on June 24th he attended the 50th birthday celebration for Laura Lee and Mayor Long.  He reported that he attended the retirement event for former Redondo Beach Councilman John Parsons and the retirement party for Palos Verdes Estates City Manager Jim Hendrickson on June 27th; the South Bay Council of Governments meeting as a non-voting representative in place of the Mayor Pro Tem Stern on June 28th; the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce sponsored legislative luncheon with Betty Karnette and Corrine Price, with representatives from the Governor’s office and a representative from Ted Lieu’s office on June 29th; and, the opening of the City’s Emergency Communications Center on June 30th.

Councilman Clark reported that he participated in the California Coastal Commission meeting from June 13-15th in northern California; he and Mayor Long attended the annual Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy fundraising artists dinner on June 22nd; and, on June 29th the Council subcommittee for Terranea, City Manager Lehr, and staff met with Bob Lowe, the Project Manager, to discuss progress on the Terranea project.  He reported attending the Palos Verdes Chamber’s First Annual Legislative Luncheon with Councilman Wolowicz and City Manager Lehr and reported on his conversation with Assemblywoman Karnette regarding issues associated with port pollution.

Councilman Gardiner reported that $4 billion is spent annually in medical costs for issues related to offshore pollution noting that the majority of pollution comes from seagoing vessels governed by maritime treaties and the State can do nothing about the problem. 

Councilman Clark reported that the air quality of the Rancho Palos Verdes region was worse than that in San Bernardino and Riverside on a daily basis.  He noted that he had attended the 50th birthday celebration for Mayor Long and his wife at the PVIC. 

Mayor Long reported attending the opening of the City’s Emergency Communications Center.  He stated he attended the Peninsula Mayor’s Luncheon on June 20th, where he noted that Rolling Hills Estates Councilman Frank Zerunyan suggested the creation of an advisory committee to the Rolling Hills Estates Council consisting of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates residents for the purpose of gathering input regarding the development in the Peninsula Center area.  Mayor Long requested that staff place an item regarding the matter on a future agenda when he receives confirmation from Councilman Zeruyan. 

COUNCIL DISCUSSION OF FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS & SUGGESTION OF FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:

None.

CLOSED SESSION REPORT:

(The report on the Closed Session was given by the City Attorney at the beginning of the meeting - See Minutes of the Special Meeting of July 3, 2007.)

ADJOURNMENT:

Mayor Pro Tem Stern moved, seconded by Councilman Wolowicz to adjourn the meeting.  At 10:13 P.M. Mayor Long adjourned the meeting.

 

                                                                                                  /s/ Thomas D. Long
                                                                                                             Mayor

Attest:

 

/s/ Carla Morreale
     City Clerk