CITY OF LAGUNA WOODS CALIFORNIA
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 20, 2004
Mayor Ring called the Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Laguna Woods to order at 2:00 p.m.
Mayor Pro Tem Ross led the Flag salute.
III. ROLL CALL
COUNCILMEMBERS PRESENT: Hack, McLaughlin, Ross, Ring
STAFF PRESENT: City Manager Keane; City Attorney Biggs; City Clerk Condon; Community Development Director Barr; Community Services Manager Foley
No changes to the agenda.
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Ross, and carried unanimously to approve the City Proclamations 6.1 – 6.3.
6.1 Commendation – Anfred Oscar Nelson – 100th Birthday
6.2 Commendation – Irwin Rose – The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2004
6.3 Proclamation – Fire Prevention Week – Oct. 3-9, 2004 (ratify)
VII. CONSENT CALENDAR
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Councilmember McLaughlin, and carried unanimously to approve Consent Calendar items 7.1 through 7.7.
7.1 Approved City Council Minutes from the regular meeting of September 15, 2004.
7.2 Approved the reading by title of all ordinances and resolutions. Said ordinances and resolutions that appear on the public agenda shall be determined to have been read by title only and further reading waived.
7.3 Received and filed September 2004 monthly Treasurer’s Report.
7.4 Approved the October 20, 2004 Warrant Register in the amount of $428,841.27.
7.5 Amendment No. 6 to Agreement No. C-0-0936 between the Orange County Transportation Authority and City of Laguna Woods
Approved Amendment No. 6 to Agreement No. C-0-0936, an agreement between the Orange County Transportation Authority and City of Laguna Woods, and authorized the Mayor to execute the agreement, subject to review by the City Attorney for form.
7.6 Administrative Policy: Purchase Requisitions
Approved Administrative Policy 3.4: Purchase Requisitions
7.7 Budget Adjustment: Audiovisual Equipment
Approved the proposed expenditure of $12,675 provided by Cox Communications in accordance with the terms of their cable television franchise with the City, and authorized modifications to the current year General Fund budget.
VIII. PUBLIC HEARINGS
9.1 Leisure World Cable Television Franchise (agendized by Mayor Ring)
Mayor Ring discussed the City’s utilization of Channel 31 on the Leisure World cable system since 1999 to broadcast City programming. The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF)
has requested the City shift their programming to Channel 6 due to GRF having a serious problem with analog channel availability.
Mayor Ring advised that City Manager Keane and Russ Ridgeway, Director of PCM Community Relations Division met and worked out the proposed terms.
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Ross, and carried unanimously to approve the following:
* The agreement is temporary and is intended to assist GRF solve its short term scheduling problems. The agreement will preserve the City’s future claim to a governmental channel.
* TV6 will designate from 6 PM to 7 PM Monday thru Sunday to the City. The City will be able to air any programming it chooses during this time and GRF will arrange to make it possible for the City to generate its programming directly from City Hall.
* Regularly scheduled City Council meetings will be aired life; GRF will arrange to make it possible that these live meetings be aired directly from City Hall. Each Council meeting will be rebroadcast twice within the next two weeks with one showing to occur in the early evening and the other in the afternoon.
* TV6 will, at the City’s request, televise up to two additional live City events per month with the understanding that these events do not conflict with previously scheduled Homeowner Association Board meetings. These meetings shall be rebroadcast at least once within the following two weeks, at mutually acceptable times. It is understood that taped events/programs of interest to residents may be substituted for live events. Such programs will be shown at mutually acceptable times.
* TV6 will air 30 and 60 second Public Service Announcements, provided by the City, on its ad insertion channels as time permits. TV6 will make every effort to run Public Service Announcements in lengths greater than 60 seconds as “filler” on Leisure World Today and throughout other regularly scheduled programming.
* TV6 will cablecast tapes of Orange County Board of Supervisors, El Toro Water District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Laguna Beach School District and South Orange County Community College District meetings, if tapes are provided. Such meetings will be shown at mutually acceptable times.
* Additional City or other public agency request for time on TV6, outside of those outlined above, shall not be unreasonably withheld.
* The agreement would be for one calendar year and would renew automatically unless terminated by either party with 90 days written notice.
* If the agreement is terminated by GRF or there is a default in the terms of the agreement, the City would be assigned a government channel between 2 and 40, no later than 90 days following the termination or default. In all cases, there would be no interruption in broadcast of City Council meetings.
* January 1, 2005 would be the effective date.
Morry Kravitz, GRF President, commended the City for their willingness to work with GRF. Russ Ridgeway, stated it was a wonderful opportunity to improve the communications within the city.
9.2 Statewide Proposition 59: Access to Government Information
City Manager Keane provided a brief overview of Proposition 59 and advised the information in the agenda was provided by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. The League of California Cities is taking a position in favor of Proposition 59.
Councilmembers Hack, McLaughlin and Mayor Pro Tem Ross all expressed support for the public right to access to government information, but expressed concern with constitutionalizing that right. City Attorney Biggs also expressed support for access to government information, but briefly discussed concerns with making it part of the state constitution. Mayor Ring stated that he understood that if the proposition passed and there were mistakes in the proposition, they could only be corrected by another proposition. City Attorney Biggs advised that was correct unless there is a provision in the proposition.
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Ross, and carried unanimously to oppose California Proposition 59.
9.3 Statewide Proposition 70: Exclusive Gaming Rights
City Manager Keane provided a brief overview of Proposition 70 and advised the information in the agenda was provided by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. The League of California Cities is taking a position in opposition of Proposition 70.
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Councilmember McLaughlin, and carried unanimously to oppose California Proposition 70.
9.4 City Council Meeting Schedule
City Manager Keane advised Laguna Woods has three council seats up for election on November 2, 2004. State law requires new councilmembers be seated at a regular or special meeting anytime following the official certification of election results. The Council must wait until its following meeting to select a mayor and mayor pro tem.
Moved by Mayor Pro Tem Ross, seconded by Councilmember Hack, and carried unanimously to schedule an adjourned meeting on December 1, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. to install the elected councilmembers and to move the December regular meeting to December 22, 2004.
9.5 Disaster Council Appointments
City Manager Keane advised that applications were received from six residents for the two positions on the Disaster Council
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Councilmember McLaughlin, and carried unanimously to appoint Thomas Letcher and Arlene Sontag to the Laguna Woods Disaster Council.
10.1 Leisure World Gate 14 Emergency Access Plan
City Manager Keane reported that representatives from the Orange County Fire Authority would present an overview of the Leisure World Gate 14 Emergency Access Plan. Division Chief Matt Vadala reported there was no evidence of further slope failure and advised fire equipment was moved into the Gate 14 area due to the amount of rain that has been forecasted. He provided an overview of the OCFA Emergency Response Plan and answered questions.
10.2 Community Development Block Grant: Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program.
City Manager Keane reported the City solicited bids for two energy efficient improvement CDBG projects: the installation or replacement of heat pump units and the installation and replacement of windows and doors. Dickson’s Heating and Air Conditioning was the low bidder for the heat pumps. No bids were received for the installation and replacement of windows and doors. Shamrock Windows and Doors, who provided the equipment during the last grant cycle was contacted and agreed to provide equipment at prior contract unit prices.
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Ross and carried unanimously to award contracts to Dickson’s Heating and Air Conditioning and Shamrock Windows and Doors for the installation and replacement of heat pumps, windows and doors in qualified low income applicant residences, for an aggregate total cost not exceeding $100,000; and authorized the City Manager to execute the contracts, subject to approval of the contract as to form by the City Attorney.
City Attorney Biggs thanked the City of Laguna Woods for filing an amicus brief on behalf of the City of Goleta. Goleta was successful in its appeal.
XII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
12.1 El Toro Reuse Planning Authority (Councilmember Hack)
Councilmember Hack reported the airport battle looks to be at an end and expects the land sale will conclude sometime in fall 2005.
12.2 Orange County Corridor Authorities (Councilmember Hack)
Councilmember Hack briefly discussed the work in progress.
12.3 Vector Control District (Councilmember Bouer)
There was no report as Councilmember Bouer was out of town.
12.4 Library Board (Councilmember McLaughlin)
Councilmember McLaughlin reported there was no meeting.
12.5 Orange County Fire Authority (Mayor Pro Tem Ross)
Mayor Pro Tem Ross reported the OCFA memorial will be list on Saturday.
12.6 Laguna Canyon Foundation (Mayor Ring)
Mayor Ring reminded the Mystery of the Nile showing would be at the Irvine Spectrum IMAX Theatre tonight.
12.7 Coastal Greenbelt Authority (Mayor Ring)
Mayor Ring reported he was unable to attend the last meeting due to a conflict.
XII. PUBLIC COMMENTS
There were no requests to speak.
XIII. CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Councilmember Hack discussed the recent death of Bert Taubman, a member of the United Board of Directors.
Councilmember McLaughlin reported she was pleased we are working with the GRF on issues.
Mayor Pro Tem Ross discussed the importance of Proposition of 1A.
Mayor Ring congratulated Mary Stone, new President of United Laguna Hills Mutual and Mark Schneider, new President of Third Laguna Hills Mutual.
XIV. CLOSED SESSION
No closed session.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:22 p.m. A Regular Meeting of the City Council will be held at 2:00 p.m.November 17, 2004 at LagunaWoodsCity Hall, 24264 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA
SUSAN M. CONDON, City Clerk
Adopted: November 17, 2004
ROBERT B. RING, Mayor