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City Manager's Summary of the November 5, 2019, regular City Council Meeting.


Mayor’s Announcements

  • The cause of the brush fire on Friday, October 25th in Lunada Bay is still under investigation.
  • Day Light Savings Time began on Sunday, November 3rd and afternoon traffic control at Via Corta continued on Monday, November 4th with the use of temporary lighting at the intersection.
  • There was recent filming activity associated with the television series “Dirty John” in Malaga Cove Plaza and on Paseo Del Mar. The Mayor noted the titles of several movies and television series that have been filmed in Palos Verdes Estates over the years.

City Manager Report

 Staff provided a demonstration of the City’s OpenGov portal to assist the public in reviewing the City’s monthly expenses by department.

Consent Calendar

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

  • Received and filed the First Quarter Financial Report for FY19/20.
  • Received and filed the Annual Special Tax Accountability Report for FY19/20.
  • Adopted a budget adjustment to continue the Afternoon Traffic Control Program at Via Corta through the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2020.

 Public Hearings

 The following two ordinance were introduced for first reading:

  •  Outdoor Lighting Ordinance to change the measurement used from wattage to lumens.
  • An ordinance amending the definition of “Short-Term or Vacation Rental” in order to prevent residential properties from being used for commercial parties and similar events.

The second reading for both of these ordinances will be on the Consent Calendar for adoption on November 19th.

Old Business

Regarding the Los Angeles Consolidated Fire District’s proposed parcel tax ballot measure, the City Council decided to opt out of participating in the ballot measure. By taking this action, Palos Verdes Estates voters will not participate in deciding the ballot measure, if the County Board of Supervisors decided to place the measure on the ballot in 2020. Furthermore, if the measure passes, property owners in the City would not be subject to the parcel tax. Instead, any funds needed in the future to improve service levels in the City, as well as proportionate shares of capital equipment and overhead costs, would likely be incorporated into increases to the City’s fee-for-service contract with the Fire District.

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

New Business

Regarding the Palos Verdes Golf Club, Council approved the FY 2020 Operating and Capital Budget and proposed changes in dues and fees, and received the Club’s 2019 Projected Fiscal Results. In addition, Council approved updated language and amendments to the current Concession Agreement regarding Club Improvement Fund (CIF) contributions, referral credit and preferences for the Clubhouse, subject to the approval by the PVGC Board of Directors regarding the inclusion of additional language requiring the concessionaire to reimburse the City for annual property insurance premiums.

Council discussed and continued the Palos Verdes Homes Association’s Lease Agreement to December 10th, with direction to staff to compile information on current market rental rates for comparable commercial properties, and to the City Attorney’s Office to review the current lease agreement for any needed updates.

Council provided direction to staff to prepare and bring back an ordinance on November 19th to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, pods, and liquids used for inhalation, including flavored iterations of those products, and to ban the use of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers used to inhale any substance in undeveloped public places and unenclosed commercial areas in the City.

City Manager Report

Staff provided information about the Police Department’s “No Shave November” fundraising effort to support research and cures for men’s health issues.

City Council Reports

Individual Council members noted their recent activities and attendance at the following meetings:

  • Annual Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Sunday, November 3, 2019 (Kemps & Kao)
  • Palos Verdes Transit Authority Meeting (Kemps & Lozzi)
  • Tour of The Boring Company’s tunnel facility in Hawthorne (Kao & Kemps)
  • Council Liaison Meeting with Palos Verdes Golf Club (Kao & McGowan)

 The City Council identified the following items for staff follow-up or discussion at upcoming meetings:

  • Line Item Budget Review (Kemps) – targeted for the first quarter of 2020.
  • Creation of an Environmental Committee (Davidson) – tentatively agendized on December 10, 2019.
  • Coyote Management Plan Update (Davidson) – tentatively agendized on March 10, 2020.
  • Disposition of the Mirlo Gatehouse (Davidson) – tentatively agendized on February 25, 2020.
  • Providing email addresses for Committee and Commission members (Kao) – pending staff follow-up.

 It was noted that the City Clerk will return from leave in late November 2019.

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