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City Manager's Summary of the December 10, 2019, regular City Council Meeting.


Mayor’s Announcements

  • Thanked departing staff members Interim City Manager Carolynn Petru and Finance Director Sharon Del Rosario for their service to the City.
  • Provided clarification that the SB 2 Planning Grant application approved at the November 19th Council meeting did not obligate the City to increase housing density beyond what the City is already required to do under current state law. Mayor Kao noted that the other three Peninsula cities have also applied for the grant even though they also oppose increasing housing densities.

Consent Calendar

All of the items on the Consent Calendar were approved. Of note, the City Council:

  • Appointed Public Works/Community Development Director Ken Rukavina as Acting City Manager until a new City Manager is hired.
  • Approved an Agreement with Ron’s Maintenance for city-wide storm drain catch basin cleaning services.
  • Approved an Agreement with the Los Angeles County Flood Control District for the maintenance of County-owned catch basins fitted with trash excluders.
  • Approved the Lunada Bay Homeowners Associations’ “Santa in the Park” event held on December 11th.
  • Approved the third amendment to the Palos Verdes Tennis Club’s concession agreement, thereby allowing the Club to offer “Pickleball” memberships. In addition, Council approved the Tennis Club’s 2020 Budget.

Old Business

Received a presentation on the Palos Verdes Drive West Corridor Feasibility Study (Triangle and Via Corta intersections). The next phase of the study will involve project refinement and analysis, which will culminate with the identification of the Locally Preferred Alternative. This next phase of the project also includes substantial community and stakeholder input to ensure that the project elements and the design will best provide for the needs and wants of the community.

Received and discussed updates from the Council’s Pension Ad Hoc Committee and the Police Operational Review Ad Hoc Committee.

New Business

Authorized a Phase Two Feasibility Study to consider consolidation of police dispatch services with the South Bay Regional Public Communications Authority.

Received and filed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the period ending June 30, 2019. The City received an unmodified “clean” opinion letter from the independent auditors and was compliant with all GASB requirements. Of note, the City’s Net Position increased by $722,000.

Considered a request from the Lunada Bay Little League and Palos Verdes Little League to waive past and current utility (water) costs at George Allen Field. Council directed staff to work with the Leagues to explore options for increasing revenues to cover the utility costs, such as increasing League fees, hanging sponsorship banners on the outfield fence, etc.

Authorized the Interim/Acting City Manager to: 1) fill the vacant Finance Director and Police Services Officer positions, 2) create an eligibility list for Permit Technician and Maintenance Worker positions; and 3) promote two vacant Corporal positions and one soon-to-be vacant Sergeant position.

Established a contingency fund in the City Manager program and allocated funds for performance evaluation merit increases and specialty pay per existing contractual obligations, and authorized 5% retro acting pay to the Assistant to the City Manager for performing the duties of the City Clerk during the last six months.

City Council Reports Councilman Kemps reported on a meeting he attended with the staff at the City of Huntington Beach regarding the impact and response to recent state housing legislation, AB 670.

The City Council identified the following items for staff discussion at upcoming meetings:

  • State of the Police Department Staffing as a standing item on future agendas (Davidson).
  • Reconsideration of the limits placed on the City Manager’s ability to hire staff and enter into small contracts.

The meeting was adjourned in memory of two long-time and beloved Palos Verdes Estates residents: Ralph Scriba and Anthony Arminio Sr.

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