CITY COUNCIL CLOSED SESSION AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER/FLAG SALUTE/ROLL CALL
INSPIRATION
CLOSED SESSION REPORT PUBLIC COMMENT
AGENDA APPROVAL FOR CITY COUNCIL
PRESENTATIONS
Item 1
Item 2
Item 3
CONSENT CALENDAR
Item 6
Item 8
PUBLIC HEARINGS
BUSINESS ITEMS
Item 11
Item 12
Item 13
CITY MANAGER COMMENTS AND REPORTS COUNCILMEMBERS’ REPORTS AND COMMENTS
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
ADJOURNMENT
Welcome everyone to the closed session portion of the City Council meeting. I'm calling this meeting. The order of the time is now 00:02:04
5:30 PM. 00:02:08
Madam Clerk, can you please take roll? 00:02:12
Council Member Gamma Council Member Hernandez here, Council Member McQueen Lashawn here, Mayor Pro Tem Perez here, and Mayor 00:02:16
Martinez, President. 00:02:20
We will now hear public comments soon. Participants, please use the Raise Your Hand feature if you have. 00:02:26
Any comments? Speakers will have 3 minutes to provide comments. Madam Clerk, do does anybody have a public comment tonight? 00:02:32
No public comments for closed session. 00:02:40
Mr. City Attorney, can you please read the closed session item into the record? 00:02:43
Absolutely, Mayor Martinez. There are two closed session agenda items tonight. The 1st is public employee appointment pursuant to 00:02:47
Government Code Section 54957. 00:02:51
And 54954.5 subdivision E regarding the city manager. 00:02:56
The second agenda item is conference with Labor negotiators pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6. The agency designated 00:03:01
representatives are Charles Peretz and myself. 00:03:05
The unrepresented employee position is city manager. 00:03:11
OK. 00:03:15
To any council members have any conflicts to disclose for the listed close session agenda items. 00:03:16
OK. 00:03:23
Council will resist to closed session. The time is now 5. 00:03:25
31 PM We'll be back at 6:30. Thank you. 00:03:28
All right. Welcome everyone, to the City Council regular meeting. I'm calling this meeting to order. The time is now 6:30 PM. 01:01:56
Please stand and join me. 01:02:05
Ready to begin? 01:02:11
The flag. 01:02:14
America. 01:02:17
And. 01:02:18
One Nation under. 01:02:21
Indivisible with liberty. 01:02:23
Bishop. 01:02:30
Alright, Madam Clerk, can you please take roll? 01:02:32
Council Member Gamma. 01:02:35
Here, Council Member Hernandez here, Council Member McQueen, Lesean here, Mayor Pro Tem Perez here, and Mayor Martinez present. 01:02:37
Alright tonight. 01:02:45
In a really beautiful filled room. 01:02:47
We're gonna have Council Member Gamma do the inspiration. 01:02:50
Of course science made. 01:02:55
We have. 01:02:57
Surrounded by some of that homework is from. 01:02:58
Right. 01:03:02
All right, so my inspiration tonight is eel green and Haydock. 01:03:04
Drama department. 01:03:11
Last week was a tough week for Eco Green. 01:03:13
Evil Green was in the news, not the kind of news that schools want. Yet that news served as a reminder. 01:03:17
Of the past and also. 01:03:23
That our little Angel and Larry King is speaking to us all. 01:03:25
There is no place for hate or violence in our schools. What can we do? 01:03:29
We as a City Council can encourage the youth of our community to get involved. 01:03:34
To get in drama. 01:03:40
And so this past Friday night. 01:03:42
I attended. 01:03:44
The Beauty and the Beast production. 01:03:46
At Oxnard Community College. 01:03:48
And. 01:03:51
I want to show you some photos of this. 01:03:52
And it was a professionally done production. There is talent in this room. 01:03:56
Council members that you have no idea unless you get to see the production, so I'm gonna show you some pictures. 01:04:02
And the pitchers are not gonna do justice. 01:04:08
To the real event. 01:04:11
So there he is, the Beast. 01:04:15
Where? 01:04:18
And there is Gascon. 01:04:21
Did I say it right? 01:04:25
And it was, I'll tell you, there was. 01:04:29
Dance. There were songs there miked up. They were singing and they had accents. The candles over here, and she's from France. 01:04:32
I don't know if you know that the story of Beauty and the Beast, but it really is a beautiful story. 01:04:41
And it is a story of our community. 01:04:46
We have a lot of beauty in our community and we. 01:04:49
Battle with demons and and that's where we come in like we and I know the mayor. 01:04:51
Has made it a a. 01:04:55
A point to support the youth of our community. 01:04:57
And when we see the youth in our community behaving like this. 01:05:00
Performing like this. 01:05:04
It's amazing. It's so amazing. And there's our candle from France. 01:05:05
Yeah, and I just. 01:05:11
It just makes me so happy. 01:05:13
To be a part of our community. 01:05:15
And to see the kids of our community. 01:05:17
Performing at such a level that. 01:05:20
It's it's unbelievable the level that you performed at and I'm I'm just I'm ecstatic to know that that came from our ohh poor guy. 01:05:23
So you should be proud of yourself, but I know that you had two more productions the following day and I hope they went well. 01:05:34
And. 01:05:41
We're going to finish with the little video clip and I hope it works so that everybody could just get a little bit of a feel of 01:05:43
what they missed. 01:05:46
So I'd like to introduce the teacher and director of EO Green and Haddocks Drama department. 01:06:50
Miss Billy? 01:06:55
Thank you so much for coming and if you'd like to say a few words. 01:07:01
Thank you for having us. My name is Billy Ziphone. I'm the theatre teacher at both Green and Blackstock junior high schools. 01:07:06
And um, I'm so honored and privileged. 01:07:13
To thank and thank you for having us here. It's been a blast being the teacher of these amazing, talented students. 01:07:17
And I'm so glad that Council Member Gamma was able to to to see it. We have two more. 01:07:25
Excuse me, our Blackstock Group will be performing in two weeks, so we would love to extend the invitation to you all. And I do 01:07:32
have Flyers, so I'll give them out to you. 01:07:36
Um, but I'm just so proud of our community. It's made-up of our students, parents, teachers, community volunteers that make it all 01:07:41
happen. It's a. 01:07:46
Big show and a lot of people are involved and. 01:07:51
We're just so proud of our students and. 01:07:55
Thankful for everybody who has been involved. 01:07:57
So I just want to say thank you for acknowledging all of our hard work. Appreciate it. 01:08:01
And maybe you would like to hear from some of the students. They have a lot to say if you. 01:08:05
You wanna? 01:08:10
Do any of our beast? 01:08:11
Does any anybody else want to share? Give us your voice, Ohh the Beast. The beast voice. Well, I'm the beast. 01:08:16
And then we have the candle. Where's our candle? 01:08:26
Come on, tell us. 01:08:29
Anything. Anything. Anything. Any student here. 01:08:31
Your experience, what you've loved about the So I just want to let you know two years ago. 01:08:35
El Green came out to to do a beach cleanup and I I met a few of these students and. 01:08:40
And. 01:08:46
They come visit me every now and then and then I had no idea. 01:08:47
Of the talent that these students possessed and. 01:08:51
To see it on Friday night was just a such a pleasure, so. 01:08:54
Anyone, anyone else would like to say anything? Come on now, it's your chance. Tell us what time it is. 01:08:59
Just just make sure you go up to the mic, please, yeah, introduce yourself. 01:09:10
Maybe. 01:09:14
Hello, my name is Aiden Paolini. I'm in 7th grade and I was the beast. 01:09:16
Umm, it was. It was really fun. I really love acting because it's a it's a way to just. 01:09:22
It's fun and it's it's a way to let all your creative juices out into a character and. 01:09:30
Really, you know, explore yourself and. 01:09:36
Who you want to be and what you want to do through acting. 01:09:39
It's great. 01:09:43
Thank you. 01:09:44
Good morning. 01:09:49
OK all my all the characters were my favorite. But this is this is one of my favorite characters. Give give us your your voice 01:09:53
your bonjour. 01:09:57
She wants the handle, yeah. 01:10:02
Tell us about your experience. 01:10:06
OK, my name is Jarvis Starnberg. I'm in 7th grade. And what else? 01:10:09
Ohh yeah, my character I'm Lumiere I think. 01:10:13
I really like theater. 01:10:19
Last year I really wanted to be in theater, but I wasn't able to because I had to walk home with my weirdo brother. 01:10:21
I'm not trying to diss my brothers, just he's very odd. 01:10:28
OK. 01:10:32
Miss Davon is the most beautiful teacher in the whole world and I'm so thankful that she was able to teach her fear. 01:10:33
Hi, my name is Marilyn Ramos. I'm in 8th grade and I played Bell for EO Green. 01:10:47
It was such a good experience to be in theater and to have Miss iPhone as our theater teacher. She's really just amazing for this. 01:10:52
And I love theater cause it like lets you like express yourself and like. 01:10:58
Be more of yourself than you can be in like regular life and stuff. 01:11:04
And then plus, you meet a lot of friends here and they're like. 01:11:07
Are the ones that never fail you to me, honestly. 01:11:11
And yeah, that's basically it. 01:11:13
This is my most favorite. Yes, Who? 01:11:21
Come on. 01:11:24
Ohh, this is another. 01:11:24
Favorite. Come on. 01:11:26
It's a little too short for this game. Sorry guys. 01:11:32
Who is your character? Ohh, my name is Alia Lopez. I played Lifu and I'm in 6th grade. 01:11:37
Yeah. 01:11:42
What do you like about? 01:11:43
Playing. 01:11:45
Because you're always falling around. Ohh yeah, about that. 01:11:48
And. 01:11:52
I just think that it was a fun experience. I appreciate that Miss iPhone, it didn't want to teach 6th grade anymore to devote her 01:11:53
life to. 01:11:57
Theater. I appreciate that. 01:12:00
And now we spend every moment, waking moment where. 01:12:03
That's it. 01:12:07
Well, thank you all for coming. You really. 01:12:08
You really are an inspiration to all of us and keep doing good. 01:12:15
Love your parents. Love your. 01:12:19
Teachers do good in school. 01:12:20
And let's make our community better, and I think we're doing that. 01:12:22
Beautiful artwork. 01:12:27
And the arts are the way to do it. And I really appreciate you coming here and letting me talk and I know it's going long, but we 01:12:28
love you all and thank you so much. 01:12:32
Yeah. 01:12:49
Just like it's hard to do a a play. 01:12:52
Right. You have to work at it. And yeah, so all of us work very hard to be here. 01:12:54
And. 01:12:59
You know, and you gotta put a lot of work in and then hopefully at the end of the day we'll deliver a a great city and that's 01:13:00
getting better and better and better and that's what everyone on our diets wants to do. 01:13:05
And we appreciate. 01:13:11
Being engaged with the youth of our community and and that's what this inspiration is all about. So thank you all. 01:13:14
Really appreciate you coming out. 01:13:19
Yeah. 01:13:21
OK. 01:13:23
That is a 3 minute clock. So if you ever want to come and participate in the City Council business, you could come and you could 01:13:29
fill out a speaker card and you'll get 3 minutes and they'll start the clock and you can tell us whatever you want to tell us. If 01:13:35
you have a need you want us to fulfill, I strongly encourage you to come here. 01:13:41
Use some of those oratory skills that you're developing and tell us what we need to do to make you happy. 01:13:48
Real quick, thank you Council Member Gamma for this interesting and unique. 01:13:59
Inspiration. I don't know if it's too much to ask if we. 01:14:03
We have like. 01:14:07
The kids come up and take a photo like all of us together. 01:14:08
Yeah. Do you wanna go down? 01:14:13
Yeah, yeah. 01:14:17
Yeah. 01:14:19
So. 01:14:25
My. 01:14:27
Yeah. 01:14:35
2. 01:14:44
And. 01:14:45
3. 01:14:46
A bunch of three. 01:14:51
Georgiana, can you get a video like a three second video like this, a three second video or a panorama? 01:14:56
It's nice to meet you. I'm mayor. 01:15:43
And then I actually I graduated from yellow green. I went to Greenfield. 01:15:50
Yeah. 01:15:55
It was pretty cool. 01:15:56
See. 01:16:00
Gracias. 01:16:06
What's the weather? 01:16:11
Yeah. 01:16:13
Thank you so much. 01:16:16
In. In love. 01:16:20
Banana. 01:16:24
Present. 01:16:26
OK. 01:16:33
I'm gonna try. 01:16:37
I've had this idea. 01:16:56
OK. Thank you. 01:16:58
Into the air. 01:17:03
That's good. 01:17:06
Alright, this is. 01:17:28
Definitely really cool. 01:17:30
Which one? 01:17:38
The codfish. That's one of my favorite ones. 01:17:39
Yeah, good job. 01:17:46
Bye. 01:17:49
Today you're in, Mr. Council Member People. 01:17:51
Or something. 01:17:56
Take it. 01:17:59
Mr. City Attorney, can you please provide the closed session report? 01:18:01
Of course I can. 01:18:08
Mayor Martinez, there was no reportable action taken in closed session tonight. 01:18:09
OK. 01:18:13
And then we will now hear public comments. 01:18:15
Not pertaining to any items on the agenda. 01:18:18
Zoom participants, please use the Raise Your Hand feature if you'd like to comment. Commenters will have 3 minutes to provide 01:18:21
comments. This process will be the same for comments pertaining to each agenda item. 01:18:26
Madam Clerk, do we have any public comments tonight? 01:18:31
Yes, I've received one in person, public comment and then I'll have a written public comment. So if Jessica Baca can. 01:18:33
Confirmed. 01:18:40
Yes. 01:18:42
Hello. Hi. 01:18:44
Good evening, City Council members. 01:18:47
My name is Jessica Baca. 01:18:49
And I am that via Seville HOA president. 01:18:51
Via Seville is located. 01:18:54
At around the 200 block of Channel Islands Blvd. 01:18:57
I'm here tonight to represent and to voice the concerns of the many residents of the Via Seville HOA. 01:19:02
There have been many traffic collisions that have occurred at the intersection of Channel Islands Blvd. and Volcker Drive. 01:19:13
In fact, our HOA. 01:19:18
And concerned residents have signed informal petitions that they'd like for me to provide to you. Again, they're informal. 01:19:20
Of their concerns regarding the Traffic Safety. 01:19:28
On Channel Islands Blvd. 01:19:30
If you recall, I recently sent you all an e-mail voicing our concerns of the many via Seville residents. 01:19:33
As a result. 01:19:39
I obtained a study that was conducted by Tkam Engineering. 01:19:41
During the COVID-19 pandemic. 01:19:44
The study indicated that the Viville residence. 01:19:47
What the VS Ville residents and many homeowners in the area already know. 01:19:51
Which is that the significant number of traffic collisions occur. 01:19:55
At Bulker Dr. and Channel Islands Blvd. 01:19:59
That's not the only place they occur with. That's primarily where they occur. 01:20:04
Um, the study by TCAM recommended some alternatives and interventions that to the residents seem irrelevant. 01:20:09
I'm here tonight to plead to the City of Port Wanami for effective Traffic Safety measures. 01:20:14
Along Channel Islands Blvd. specifically at Bulker Drive. 01:20:19
Most recently on April 14th, 2023. 01:20:24
The Via Seville property incurred significant damage as a result. 01:20:27
Of an alleged. 01:20:31
Uninsured driver. 01:20:32
Whose Who struck our building, narrowly missing the living area of a resident. 01:20:35
Sitting in her living room. 01:20:39
She was only feet away from where the vehicle smashed into our building. 01:20:43
In assessing the damage and walking through the area. 01:20:48
Where the vehicle traveled. 01:20:51
The Via Seville HOA. 01:20:53
Would like to ask the City of Port Wanami to install 1K rail. 01:20:54
At the cut out to curtail this type of incident from occurring in the future. 01:20:59
On our end, the Vacaville HOA, in order to keep our residents safe. 01:21:03
Along this long, unregulated area of Channel Islands Blvd. 01:21:07
We'll now need to look at the installation of bollards. 01:21:12
Or some other expensive measures to keep our residents safe. 01:21:14
The South side of Channel Islands Blvd. has a guardrail installed. 01:21:18
To keep collisions off of the naval base property. 01:21:22
However, the residents on the north side of Channel Islands Blvd. 01:21:25
We are left to fend for ourselves. 01:21:28
The Visible Homeowners Association is asking for the city of Port Wanami. 01:21:31
For the following measures to keep our our residents safe. 01:21:35
A traffic signal at Lido Blvd. 01:21:38
To to curtail traffic from backing up at Patterson Rd. 01:21:41
OK, well, at the outset of the driveway at Via Seville off of Channel Islands Blvd. 01:21:46
To prevent the type of collision that occurred on April 14th from occurring again. 01:21:50
A regular speed Enforcement by the Fort Wayne Amy Police Department. 01:21:55
A Keep clear designation at the intersection of Channel Islands Blvd. At Bolker Drive. 01:21:59
And reduce speed on Channel Islands Blvd. from 45 to 35 mph. 01:22:05
Thank you so much for your time and hearing my concerns. 01:22:10
If you have any questions, I'm here. 01:22:13
I'll be here the rest of the evening. 01:22:15
Thank you. 01:22:17
And then there was 1 written public comment. 01:22:29
Yes, we have 1 written public comment from Ricardo Holden. It's regarding agenda item 6, which is on the consent calendar. 01:22:34
It would be nice if there was some bedding or requirements of nonprofits before they are eligible to qualify for the 1% community 01:22:42
benefit contributions from cannabis. 01:22:46
A Fly by Night nonprofit was able to obtain community benefit contributions. 01:22:52
From cannabis funds in the amount of $14,000. 01:22:57
The nonprofit Save Whining Me Beach only existed briefly and provided no service to our community. 01:23:00
Save Wanami Beaches Only fundraising came from the obligatory 1% community benefit contributions from cannabis. 01:23:06
According to their filing with the city. 01:23:14
This nonprofit, if you recall, was created to pursue a name change in the city, although the name change had previously failed and 01:23:17
was unpopular in our community. 01:23:21
The organizer of the nonprofit presented invalid polls and data to suggest that the name change was wanted by our community. 01:23:26
Possibly presenting this flawed data to obtain the contributions. 01:23:33
This nonprofit paid locally Maps, a business operated by our now mayor, $7000 to make a few basic videos. 01:23:37
That were posted on social media and YouTube. 01:23:45
These videos were amateur and hardly justified, being paid $7000 for their creation. 01:23:48
Save Wanami Beach hadn't even existed for more than a few months. Had a name that was misleading since nothing was being saved. 01:23:53
And the nonprofit has since removed their website and deleted the videos that were posted on YouTube. 01:24:00
I believe that because the city consultant who have. 01:24:06
Whom had worked with the dispensaries to obtain licensing? 01:24:09
And are now mayor. We're operating the nonprofit the dispensaries were compelled to donate to save Winema Beach. 01:24:12
Because no other donors were listed, it appears that say winning May Beach solely took advantage of the obligatory benefit 01:24:19
contributions. 01:24:22
In the end, the name change failed and the only people who benefited from the 14,000 in donations. 01:24:26
Are are now mayor's business and Steve Kinney, a city consultant. 01:24:32
Not only was this a poor decision, but it stinks of conflict of interest, as are now. Mayor voted to approve Steve Kennedy's 01:24:36
contract. 01:24:39
Without mentioning being paid and no way should a city consultant be in pain. 01:24:43
Off City Council members. 01:24:47
14,000 goes a long way had that money been donated to their organizations. 01:24:49
I believe our community could have actually benefited. For instance, 14,000 could have purchased a food vending trailer that could 01:24:54
have been used by sports programs within our city. 01:24:59
To help them raise additional funds. 01:25:04
What is to stop anyone, especially a city representative, from creating a Fly by Night nonprofit, collecting donations, then 01:25:06
folding within months? 01:25:10
Maybe a good requirement would be that in order to qualify as a community benefit recipient, the organization must have been in 01:25:15
establishment for over one year. 01:25:19
Another requirement might be that the nonprofit must have show additions, sources of fundraising other than just the community 01:25:23
benefit contributions from cannabis. 01:25:28
It appears as if Save Winning May Beach bamboozled the community benefits contributions. 01:25:33
For their own personal agendas and their own business profits. 01:25:37
That concludes public comment. OK. 01:25:41
Thank you, Madam Clerk. 01:25:44
May I have a motion and a second to approve the agenda? 01:25:46
Move to approve. 01:25:51
2nd. 01:25:52
OK, Madam Clerk, can we please take A roll? 01:25:54
All in favour. 01:25:57
Aye, all opposed. 01:25:58
Hearing none motion passes unanimously, OK? 01:26:00
Next, do any members of council have any conflicts of interest to disclose for any item on the agenda? 01:26:03
Thank you, Mayor. 01:26:11
A question for the city attorney. 01:26:13
As a business owner in Port Wynee, me not really sure if I need to. 01:26:16
Declare conflict of interest for #11 on the agenda. 01:26:23
Yeah, I've looked into this a little bit and. 01:26:28
Essentially, there's a four prong test under the Political Reform Act as to whether or not it's something is a disqualifying 01:26:32
conflict of interest. 01:26:35
One is whether or not it's a foreseeable benefit or detriment. The 2nd is whether or not that benefit or detriment is material. 01:26:39
The third is whether or not that affects the public generally. 01:26:47
And the 4th is whether or not legal participation is required and analyzing these typically a personal financial benefit of $500 01:26:50
or more. 01:26:55
Considering that this item is not a direct benefit to your particular business or anyone's particular business, it could be 01:27:00
classified as an indirect benefit. 01:27:04
It's unclear to me whether or not the business license fees that. 01:27:09
The individual businesses could avail themselves of would be in excess of $500. I'm informed that they are probably and most 01:27:14
likely not. 01:27:18
That being said, it would not meet the materiality requirement under the FPC regulations. In addition, the. 01:27:23
Public generally acception step three of the four part test. 01:27:31
Discusses significant population segments which are defined under FPC regulations as 25% of businesses or nonprofits. 01:27:35
Considering the proposed, the proposed resolution or the proposed item. 01:27:45
Would affect more than 25% of all businesses located within the City of Portland. Amy. 01:27:50
It would be my professional opinion that. 01:27:56
This affects the public generally, or at least a significant segment of the population such that it does not meet. 01:28:01
The requirements for disqualifying conflict of interest. 01:28:07
That being said, I am obligated to inform you. 01:28:11
That reliance on advice of counsel when it comes to Political Reform Act questions will not be a defense to an FPC enforcement 01:28:14
action. 01:28:18
Great. Thank you. 01:28:22
I think I'll just recuse myself. 01:28:26
Can I? Can I make your comments? 01:28:31
I think. 01:28:34
There's four of us who have. 01:28:36
Some kind of business interest and. 01:28:37
It seems to me that this provision applies to those. 01:28:40
Businesses that have not. 01:28:43
Yet submitted an applications for license and I don't know if that's true. I keep my license up to date so and I would not accept 01:28:45
the rebate. 01:28:49
So. 01:28:54
Perhaps that could be? 01:28:55
Better defined by our city manager and. 01:28:57
Economic development author Sure, yes, thank you. And that is one option, is that you don't have to accept the rebates. 01:28:59
Now it does affect actually or would affect all businesses here in the city. 01:29:08
Those who have licenses and so whether they're existing or new. 01:29:12
The second part of this, when we discussed this item later, would be that. 01:29:17
The only businesses that would be affected at that point would be the ones that were truly joining the Chamber of Commerce that 01:29:23
has proposed. 01:29:26
I'm assuming it would be, or even get that far. So it it's all very questionable. But again, possibly to be on the safe side, it's 01:29:30
as business owners yourselves not to accept. 01:29:35
Any of the the rebates or whatnot. 01:29:40
Thank you. 01:29:44
So. 01:29:45
Could we have a little more discussion on this or? 01:29:47
No, we'll have an opportunity to. 01:29:54
OK. So we'll just move on. 01:29:56
All right. 01:30:00
So let's move on to the first presentation. 01:30:02
Public Works Week, Proclamation Interim Public Works Director. 01:30:04
Mark Watkins. 01:30:08
Thank you, Mayor Martinez, members of the City Council and. 01:30:12
Thank you for recognizing National Public Works Week celebrated this year from May 21st to May 27th. 01:30:15
2023 This is the 63rd anniversary of National Public Works Week. The theme theme this year is Connecting the World. 01:30:21
And this theme represents the infrastructure and services that connect. 01:30:29
Modern society and creative community. 01:30:32
National Public Works Weeks is celebrated across the United States and Canada and literally 10s of thousands of cities. 01:30:35
And counties. 01:30:41
The men and women of the Public Works Department are maintenance workers, engineers. 01:30:42
Technicians, administrative professionals, landscapers, equipment operators, inspectors. 01:30:47
Utility workers and many others. 01:30:52
And we're the foundation of a city and we provide our services 24/7, 365. 01:30:53
We work quietly and often behind the scenes. 01:30:59
To provide water. 01:31:02
Wastewater, streets, landscaping, environmental services. 01:31:04
Engineering graffiti removal. 01:31:08
Fleet services, storm drains, traffic signal signing, striping. 01:31:10
A capital project, solid waste, recycling and many others. 01:31:15
I want to thank the Council for their leadership and providing an opportunity for us to be here and for the support that they show 01:31:19
in creating. 01:31:22
And environment. 01:31:26
For us to be able to deliver these services. 01:31:27
And for joining us in celebrating National Public Works Week for 2023. 01:31:30
And so with that, the proclamation reads. 01:31:34
Whereas public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities, Emergency Management. 01:31:37
And services that are of vital importance. 01:31:42
To a sustainable and resilient community. 01:31:44
And the public health and high quality of life and well-being. 01:31:47
Of the people of the city of Port Wanami. 01:31:50
And these infrastructure services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts. 01:31:52
A public works professionals who are federally mandated first responders. 01:31:57
Engineers, managers, employees at all levels of government and the private sector and who are responsible for rebuilding, 01:32:01
improving and protecting our nation's infrastructure. 01:32:06
Transportation, water supply, water treatment, and solid waste systems. 01:32:11
Now, therefore. 01:32:15
This year, we marked the 63rd annual National Public Works Week sponsored. 01:32:17
By the American Public Works Association. 01:32:22
And the City Council of Port Wanami do hereby designate the week. 01:32:25
Of May 21st through 27th. 01:32:29
As National Public Works Week. 01:32:31
Thank you. 01:32:33
And next, would you like to say something? Council member Hernandez? 01:32:41
Thank you Mr. Watkins for that the. 01:32:45
Acknowledgement of our public works personnel and department. 01:32:49
You guys are foundational to the quality of life that we have here in Port Wanami. We support our infrastructure, our life lines, 01:32:53
safety measures out and on our streets. And I've always acknowledged public works members has our first responders because usually 01:32:58
you're the ones that get the first call, Police well might get the first call and then the next calls is you and you're out there 01:33:04
day or night. So we want to I just want to say that you're very much appreciated. All the people who work for public works very 01:33:09
much appreciated. 01:33:15
Some of the unsung heroes, I think, in our city. So thank you so much. 01:33:21
I concur. 01:33:31
All right. Let's move on to our second presentation piece. 01:33:34
Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week Proclamation presented by Interim Police Chief Robert Albertson. 01:33:37
Good evening, Mayor, Mayor, Pro Tim, members of City Council, members of the public, members of staff. 01:33:47
Of a proclamation tonight. 01:33:52
Recognizing Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week 2023. Unfortunately, we did lose a Riverside County Sheriff's 01:33:55
Deputy on Friday. 01:33:59
Died in the line of duty during the traffic collision out in the city of Hemet. 01:34:05
Whereas the Congress and President of the United States have designated May 15th, 2023. 01:34:11
Is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. 01:34:16
In the week in which it falls. 01:34:19
As police week and. 01:34:20
Whereas there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States. 01:34:23
Including the dedicated members of the Port Winema Police Department. 01:34:29
And whereas. 01:34:32
The members of the Port Wine Police Department recognize their duty to serve the people. 01:34:33
By safeguarding life and property. 01:34:37
By protecting them against violence or disorder. 01:34:39
And by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression or intimidation. 01:34:42
And whereas. 01:34:47
It is proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of the men and women of the Portland 01:34:48
Police Department. 01:34:51
And for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being. 01:34:55
Of all people in our community. 01:34:58
And whereas more than 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States. 01:35:00
Have made the ultimate sacrifice and have been killed in the line of duty. 01:35:04
Including 28 sworn officers in the county of Ventura. 01:35:07
And whereas. 01:35:11
The names of these dedicated public servants. 01:35:12
Are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. 01:35:15
And whereas May 15th, 2023. 01:35:20
Is designated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. 01:35:23
In honor of the service and sacrifice. 01:35:26
Of all officers killed in the line of duty and their families. 01:35:28
Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the City Council of the City of Port Wanami. 01:35:32
Formally designate May 14th. 01:35:36
To May 20th, 2023 as Police Week. 01:35:38
In May 15th, 2023. 01:35:42
As Peace Officers Memorial Day. 01:35:44
In the City of Port Wanami and publicly salute the services of law enforcement officers in our community and in the communities 01:35:46
across the nation. 01:35:49
Thank you. 01:35:53
Then I have these two certificates of recognition. I'm assuming it's for this presentation, so Police Officer Anthony Martinez 01:36:01
and. 01:36:05
Ohh, that is that the next one, OK. Yes. Yeah, actually so I have, I have two additional quick presentations. So the first one 01:36:10
will be recognizing our dispatcher of the year. 01:36:14
And the second one will be recognizing. 01:36:19
The officer who received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD award. So if I can have officer. 01:36:22
Anthony Martinez and Public Safety dispatcher Jennifer Floriana come up. 01:36:27
So go ahead and start with the dispatcher of the year. So please join me in. 01:36:39
Recognizing Public Safety dispatcher Jennifer Floriano is our Dispatcher of the Year for 2022. 01:36:43
Jennifer has been with the Port Winema Police Department since February of 2020. 01:36:50
And within that time, she has notably, notably been a positive contribution to the dispatch team. 01:36:54
She began her dispatching career in 1990 for the Carpinteria Police Department before it was part of the Santa Barbara County 01:37:00
Sheriff's Department. 01:37:03
Then spent eight years at Ventura Police Department, then on an Oxnard Police Department for 13 years. 01:37:07
Where she was a supervisor. 01:37:12
Jennifer moved out of state and worked for Portsmouth PD. 01:37:14
Virginia Beach PD. 01:37:17
In sulfuric PD. 01:37:18
She moved back to California in 2019 and began working as a dispatcher for the Portland Police Department in 2020. 01:37:20
Throughout her career, Jennifer's received numerous commendations for instant incidents involving vehicle and foot pursuits. 01:37:27
All the way to officer involved shootings. 01:37:33
Jennifer has also worked 2999 incidents. 01:37:35
Which is a radio code for an officer needs help, and this is probably one of the worst things that a dispatcher can hear come over 01:37:39
the radio. 01:37:42
She worked one of those for Ventura Police Department and one for Oxnard Police Department. 01:37:47
She was also the supervisor and dispatcher on duty for the Eco Green School shooting. 01:37:50
Jennifer also has experienced dispatching for fire and has done CPR many times with a few saves. 01:37:55
She's a trainer for the Pro Enemy Police Department. Her knowledge and years of experience have been very effective with our 01:38:00
trainees. 01:38:03
She is also the unit decorator, so to speak. 01:38:06
During any holiday or special event, you will likely see the holiday decorations and the dispatch center. 01:38:09
Along with Festive Baked Goods. 01:38:14
Please join me in honoring dispatcher Jennifer Floriano's Portland Ave. Police Department Dispatcher of the Year. 01:38:16
And I'll go ahead and do the presentation for Officer Martinez too before we bring this to the. 01:38:29
So tonight I would also like to recognize Officer Anthony Martinez for receiving the 2022 Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 01:38:34
Top Arresting Officer Award for the Port Winema Police Department. 01:38:41
Which was presented to him on May 11th at the Mad Tri Counties Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Recognition Awards Luncheon in 01:38:44
Camarillo. 01:38:47
Officer Martinez previously worked for the Montebello Police Department. 01:38:51
And was hired by the Port Wing Police Department in April of 2021. 01:38:54
Even before being released from his field training program, he had already attended. 01:38:58
DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Test training with the Ventura CHP offices. 01:39:02
CHP Office. 01:39:07
He also recently completed traffic collision investigation through the San Diego County Sheriff's Depart. 01:39:09
For those who are unaware, DUI investigations are very labor intensive. 01:39:14
And the change in the law several years ago mandates that an officer actually obtained a search warrant in order to draw blood 01:39:18
from an uncooperative arrestee. 01:39:21
This, coupled with the fact that California law imposes very stiff penalties for DUI convictions. 01:39:25
Means that, more so than many other offenses, the UI's are likely to be litigated through the trial process. 01:39:30
As such, this area of law enforcement has become much more specialized than it was when I started my career back in 1997. 01:39:36
I'm proud to say that Officer Martina Martinez has risen to that challenge. 01:39:42
And is ensuring that the roads of Port Wanami are safe for all of us. 01:39:45
Please join me in saying congratulations and thank you for your job. Well done. 01:39:49
I'll go take these to you right now. 01:40:00
So. 01:40:04
Yes. Well, Mayor Martinez is coming down. I just want to say thank you to Officer Martinez and. 01:40:05
And Floriano for your. 01:40:12
Dedication in your experience when I call 911. 01:40:15
And Jennifer Answers I. 01:40:19
I know that I'm gonna be in good hands, so. 01:40:21
Thank you for your service. You can have incredible experience and that should. 01:40:23
Be It's just remarkable. 01:40:27
And we're happy to have you here because of that. And thank you, Mr. Martinez as well. 01:40:29
And congratulations on your new baby. I haven't seen it. 01:40:34
I'll go ahead and go next so dispatchers are are unsung heroes. 01:40:40
They don't often get recognition as they should, which is why I thought it was important to have them as my inspiration. So I 01:40:44
appreciate everything that our dispatchers do. 01:40:49
And and for Officer Martinez, what you do is also equally important or more so, keeping our streets safe. 01:40:54
And if. 01:41:01
If there's anything that we could do to help? 01:41:02
Better. 01:41:06
Equip you to be able to do your job better. Is there anything that you would? 01:41:06
Recommend or. 01:41:11
Request that we get. 01:41:12
Because our job to make sure that you are well equipped and you have everything that you need and that we provide whatever it is. 01:41:14
You wanna come over to the microphone? 01:41:21
Because right now, I feel like we're well equipped. 01:41:26
Definitely feel the support from. 01:41:30
The mayor, council members and. 01:41:31
The people of the community. 01:41:33
You know, we're, I feel like we're developing and progressing in the right direction. 01:41:36
And as of right now, I wouldn't add anything. 01:41:40
Thank you. 01:41:43
Yeah, Thank you all for your service as you saw tonight. 01:41:46
The future of our community is in our youth. 01:41:49
And being surrounded by this artwork and being surrounded by wonderful police officers really brings home as to. 01:41:52
What it is that we're trying to overcome in this community? 01:41:59
You know, we reminded. 01:42:03
About violence in our schools just last week and. 01:42:05
It just. 01:42:09
I'm so thankful that people like you are willing to serve because it's a tough job. 01:42:11
And. 01:42:16
But we're working. 01:42:17
We're we're doing better and I. 01:42:20
Certainly appreciate the amount of time that Winema PD expands with the youth of our community and. 01:42:23
And I really, really thank you for doing that. And I think I know it's making a big positive difference and there's always more 01:42:30
work to be done, but thank you all so much. 01:42:34
Ditto now. 01:42:41
I'd like to say thank you so much for your service. I know you hear that a lot. Thank you for your service, but really as far as a 01:42:43
dispatcher is concerned. 01:42:48
The skill set to get to be able to hear from the people, be able to communicate. 01:42:54
To the officers so that the officers can get there and and take care of the community. 01:43:00
Is very very important, so thank you for your service and I'd also like to. 01:43:04
To say it is very nice to see the support. 01:43:08
That you all have tonight in receiving recognition to have your other officers here. So it's really good to see you all together 01:43:12
and it just shows us that you are one team working together for this community. So thank you so much. 01:43:18
Yes, thank you. 01:43:27
We will now consider items on the consent calendar. 01:43:33
Which will be enacted in one motion unless a council member has a request to remove an item for discussion. 01:43:36
May I have a motion and a second to approve our consent calendar, Mayor? I'd like to pull. 01:43:42
My binder is a little. 01:43:48
Disorganized. Maybe it's me, but I like to pull a. 01:43:49
The. 01:43:53
1% number six. 01:43:54
Item 6 and I think. 01:43:56
Yeah. 01:44:01
That. 01:44:02
Yes and eight. 01:44:03
Where is my. 01:44:06
So you you would like to pull item number six, 1% community benefit contributions from cannabis and item number 8 status update on 01:44:11
City Council requests? 01:44:15
I'll second that motion. 01:44:20
Thank you. OK. 01:44:22
Is there a motion to approve the the other items? 01:44:24
So I'll move to approve the remainder of the items aside from. 01:44:29
Item 6:00 and 8:00 I'll second. 01:44:34
OK. 01:44:36
Let's go ahead and take a vote on. 01:44:38
The other items first. 01:44:41
Madam Clerk. 01:44:42
OK, All in favor. Aye, all opposed. 01:44:44
Hearing none motion passes unanimously. 01:44:48
All right. So let's go ahead and talk about item number six, 1% community benefit contributions from cannabis. 01:44:51
Yeah, it's kind of interesting that. 01:44:58
This is the first time we've ever been updated, and to be updated for four years on a consent calendar. 01:45:01
Umm. 01:45:08
I just don't feel comfortable with that. 01:45:09
And can we? 01:45:12
Outline the process. Do we need to have a? 01:45:15
Policy to better manage this 1% Community Benefit Fund. 01:45:18
You know I I. 01:45:25
You, you go through and you look at some of the amounts you know they're. 01:45:27
They never come before the council, so I'm just wondering how. 01:45:32
These expenditures were occurring like what? What's the process? Is there a process or or who approves them? 01:45:38
Hi, this is Lupe. If I may people leave. 01:45:47
Um Chief Salinas have presented to Council in the past. 01:45:52
Because before his departure, he was. 01:45:57
Managing, tracking all of the contributions. 01:46:00
From the cannabis businesses. 01:46:04
And if I may speak to the process now that. 01:46:07
He's no longer. 01:46:10
And with the city, finance has taken over that. 01:46:12
That. 01:46:15
Process. 01:46:16
And we're. 01:46:17
Obtaining support documentation from all the businesses for the 1%. 01:46:19
So we send out a letter at the beginning of a year of the calendar year. 01:46:24
And request the for them to the for the businesses to provide us. 01:46:28
With the supporting documentation for the contribution. 01:46:32
So part of. 01:46:37
The contribution summary that is in front of you. 01:46:38
It's a combination of both efforts, with Chief Salinas at gathered. 01:46:41
From the inception of the opening of the businesses. 01:46:47
And then with finance has gathered since his departure. 01:46:50
Yeah. So the question I have is a process of policy. 01:46:54
And. 01:47:01
Should we not? 01:47:02
Develop a policy that's approved by the Council with some guidelines for management, because. 01:47:04
You know, we're reviewing $1.5 million in expenditures that go back over four years. 01:47:12
My understanding, and perhaps Tony can can jump in, is that the development agreements require 1% of the of the Community benefit. 01:47:18
To be paid by the cannabis business directly. 01:47:27
To their charity of choice, there is no involvement in council. 01:47:31
I don't know why that took place before I was here. I don't know why that was there. I can speculate that the reason for not 01:47:35
having council involvement. 01:47:39
Is probably First Amendment implications with respect to government speech. This way, there are no speech implications for a 01:47:44
government as to who gets funded and who doesn't. 01:47:49
And the matter is left with the cannabis dispensary, who also pays anywhere from 3 to 5% of their gross revenues to the city in 01:47:54
the form of development agreement fees. 01:47:59
Well. 01:48:06
Again, it I just think it's a little bit concerning and no disrespect to our former police chief, but. 01:48:07
You know the police chief. 01:48:13
Managing and. 01:48:15
I don't know, it just seems like there's a little bit of a conflict there. 01:48:17
But do we? Do we? 01:48:21
Can we have staff take a look at this and is there a way to make it better? Can we look at lessons learned and try to improve the? 01:48:23
I would like to call it a policy that essentially a process but. 01:48:33
And then? 01:48:37
The other complicating factor is it's it's tied up in the. 01:48:38
In the. 01:48:41
The use agreements that we have. 01:48:43
With. 01:48:45
Right. 01:48:46
Development agreement, Development agreement right, because these are development agreements and they are statutory development 01:48:47
agreements and ordinance was passed. 01:48:50
By the council authorizing these, it would be. 01:48:54
Very difficult, if not impossible, to go back and change them. 01:48:58
So we can't change it. 01:49:01
Not without additional consideration, no. 01:49:03
Well, at least not change anything in the past. But what about the future? 01:49:06
It's possible. It would be something that that Tony and I would need to discuss. 01:49:11
Council member Hernandez, yeah. 01:49:16
There is a statement in here that says that the. 01:49:20
1% of revenues goes to recognize charitable and nonprofit organizations that serve the Port Wanami community. 01:49:24
And so I'm wondering if. 01:49:33
Rather than try to change the ordinance, because I'm not. 01:49:35
Comfortable taking that authority away from our cannabis businesses, but maybe we can better define what that means. 01:49:38
What it means to serve the Port Wanami community. 01:49:46
As I I went through the list and some of these. 01:49:50
Organizations. 01:49:54
I mean, it'd be a stretch to say that they serve the Port Wanami community there, but, you know, we don't know. It's really hard 01:49:56
to say that they don't. 01:50:00
Umm. 01:50:05
But perhaps there's some language that we can add in there that that makes it a little bit more definitive. 01:50:05
And maybe staff could could take a look at that. 01:50:12
I I think we could take a look at at refining what we consider a charitable organization that benefits the city of Portland. Any 01:50:16
that might be one way to go have a list of approved. 01:50:20
Nonprofits. 01:50:26
That would definitely be something that that Mister Stewart and I would have to. 01:50:27
Really drill down on because of the implications for First Amendment. 01:50:31
And so the other thing is that sometimes City Council has an idea of how these revenues could be used. 01:50:35
So is there a process for City Council members to? 01:50:43
Communicate with the cannabis businesses. 01:50:47
In maybe recommending. 01:50:51
That they. 01:50:55
Contribute because we there's no process for us to really come forward and say, hey, you know, boys and Girls Club is doing this 01:50:56
fundraiser. 01:51:00
Umm. 01:51:04
Is there a way? 01:51:06
That we can direct. 01:51:07
Funding. 01:51:08
To that organization, I know that the behest ded. 01:51:10
Requests. 01:51:15
Our fall upon us if we exceed $5000 and be righted request it can be problematic under the Political Reform Act as well and expose 01:51:16
the council to ethical violations. The other issue is. 01:51:23
One, the development agreement invests the responsibility and the choice with the cannabis entity, not the council. Changing that 01:51:31
could be a breach of the development agreement and I I don't suggest that at all, but maybe there's just. 01:51:38
Ohh, maybe our list of priority list we can give them in the beginning of the year saying these are, you know, it's possible as 01:51:45
long as there are no repercussions, I mean. 01:51:50
The the counter argument from any cannabis dispensary is, is that they already give you 5% of their gross revenues councils free 01:51:56
to make whatever decisions they want with that money. The 1% was part of the development agreement for the cannabis industry. 01:52:03
To donate. 01:52:10
For the betterment in any manner they see fit the minute. 01:52:12
The minute council gets involved and starts directing bested payments and whatnot, you run into arguments of compelled speech. 01:52:16
I understand Oxnard is doing it that way that they. 01:52:23
They're gonna weigh in on that 1%, so that'll be interesting to see how that works for them. OK. Thank you. I'm sorry. Would it be 01:52:28
possible to organize the cannabis dispensaries and and have a. 01:52:35
Forum to discuss this and I'm just I'm not. 01:52:43
Trying to be. 01:52:47
You know, super critical, but when I I see something here like community vibes garage. 01:52:48
47,500. 01:52:53
What is that? You know, like, do we do? We have? 01:52:58
Is it? 01:53:01
Within our purview to to to get more documentation on that. I mean it's a local automotive nonprofit automotive training program. 01:53:02
I think it's based in Oxnard. 01:53:08
OK, that's not didn't know I looked it up. 01:53:14
For you. 01:53:18
So I don't know, it just seems like. 01:53:20
We don't want to. 01:53:23
Direct. 01:53:25
But we certainly. 01:53:26
And obviously we have encouraged supporting the youth of our community and and that. 01:53:28
Is reflected in each and every year and I think that's great, you know, But when we start seeing things that we don't quite 01:53:33
recognize like Christmas toy donation, I mean. 01:53:38
No brainer, right? 01:53:44
But I think some of the ones that. 01:53:45
You know, are kind of on the margins. I don't know, maybe there's a better way for us to. 01:53:48
Advocate. 01:53:54
If not. 01:53:55
Audit or manage the the process and and just one other thing is that. 01:53:58
You know. 01:54:04
We really didn't have a process. 01:54:06
From what I understand. 01:54:08
Well, the development agreements don't contemplate 1. 01:54:10
But but if you have a requirement to invest 1% into community. 01:54:15
You know you have to audit it, right? You have to How do you? 01:54:21
That would be operational. I don't know how it was audited in the past. I think Chief Salinas was provided the documentation as to 01:54:24
which. 01:54:28
What? I'm what? 01:54:32
Cannabis dispensaries provided what amounts and how that equated up to 1%. I I wouldn't have that information. 01:54:34
Correct. Now at this point though, is is Miss Sarah just mentioned. 01:54:40
Going forward with finance having the process under their wing now. 01:54:44
We are requiring monthly documentation, not only up there. 01:54:48
The, the revenues and whatnot to support the 5%, but also the 1% as well as where it's being spent. 01:54:54
And then when we get to year end, we will be auditing that at this point. So moving forward, we do have that process. 01:55:01
And if there are questions, we'll go ahead and work with the. 01:55:07
Dispensaries with regard to those questionable donations, OK, And then I just noticed that there was a hand raised. We probably 01:55:11
should have asked if there were any public comments first. 01:55:16
Aye. 01:55:22
That's the that's the only one I have besides the written comment that was heard earlier. 01:55:23
OK, we can give Miss Sylvia. 01:55:28
Sometimes, Miss Schnopp, if you'd like to go ahead and. 01:55:32
Provide your comments. Now you can. 01:55:36
Great. Thank you. So, hello. 01:55:39
Council members Mayor Martinez and City staff Sylvia Schnapp just wanna weigh in on this item here. When the development 01:55:42
agreements were first put together, the 1% was. 01:55:50
Where the organization, the cannabis organizations could choose from. 01:55:57
Nonprofits that they wanted to support they themselves. 01:56:02
And they were the ones too, that out the organizations that approached them. And it was where 1% of their revenues needed to be 01:56:06
provided to nonprofits that would benefit the community of Port Wine. So there weren't any restrictions on who they could possibly 01:56:15
give to. There wasn't a list provided to them. It was really where they needed to. 01:56:23
Really be involved in our community and that was one way of making sure that contributions would then benefit our residents and 01:56:33
local, local organizations. 01:56:38
I just wanted to weigh in to let you all know. 01:56:45
Thank you. 01:56:47
Thank you. 01:56:49
Thank you, Mr. 01:56:50
Are there any more comments? I just haven't marble questions if you don't mind. Just so a couple of things. Wanted to ask Miss 01:56:52
Acero in the documentation that you're currently collecting. 01:56:58
Is there an area for the donator to write a quick blurb about? 01:57:05
What? 01:57:15
The benefit to Port Raimi. 01:57:17
There is not specific. 01:57:22
That is not specifically asking for the benefit. 01:57:24
And there is an area with the monthly grocery seats. 01:57:28
And where they include the 1% donation if they donated. 01:57:31
For that month. 01:57:36
And then at the end of the calendar year. 01:57:38
We're sending out a letter and we're requesting a summary and supporting documentation for all of the donations. 01:57:41
But we can definitely include that on the on the monthly letter. 01:57:48
Or. 01:57:52
Reporting form that we have. 01:57:53
OK. That would be great. And the other question is, have we ever provided? 01:57:55
The cannabis dispensaries. 01:58:01
A list of hey. 01:58:04
These are some organizations import that would support Fort Wayne Mini. Have we ever provided them or can we provide them 01:58:05
something like that? 01:58:09
We haven't given them again a formal list because of the reasons City Attorney mentioned earlier, but. 01:58:15
When we do, sit down and meet with them myself. 01:58:21
Or Chief Salinas in the past. 01:58:24
If they ask questions, we will get them suggestions. For instance, when we had our meeting with the library, the, you know, a 01:58:28
couple weeks ago said would they accept donations and they said yes. So that's that's another resource that we let them know about 01:58:33
now. So that's the resource that's come up. We give those suggestions out. OK, great. Thank you because I think I heard mission up 01:58:37
say that. 01:58:42
That or we all would donate to only those that we know about, right? If we don't know about you, then we we can't donate to you. 01:58:48
So thank you for that. 01:58:52
What I'm hearing is I think it would be good for us to have a list to provide for them if they don't have any ideas. 01:58:57
I don't know if that's. 01:59:04
What I'm hearing from council. 01:59:05
As you look down the list, though, these are some great causes that were. 01:59:09
That are being supported. Many are youth. 01:59:13
Directed organizations, which? 01:59:17
I know none of us will, will. 01:59:19
Disagree with that? 01:59:21
But. 01:59:23
You know, maybe we could. 01:59:24
Develop a pre qualified, I don't know list or something but it is to the discretion of the. 01:59:26
The dispensary as to who they want to support. 01:59:34
You know and. 01:59:37
You know. 01:59:40
Some organizations get huge support, like the Boys and Girls Club. Things got almost $500,000 in support, which good for them, you 01:59:42
know, they're out there. 01:59:46
You know. 01:59:51
They are contributing. 01:59:52
Right. 01:59:54
Right. But again, there there's. 01:59:55
I think we just want to make sure that all the needs are being met, not just some of the needs, but. 01:59:57
Anyways. 02:00:03
So I I. 02:00:07
I'm mixed on this. I think there needs to be better accountability. 02:00:09
That it's actually an organization that's contributing to something related to whiny me. 02:00:13
That it is a legit organization because I've never heard of the. 02:00:19
Whitney Beach Community Police. 02:00:23
Initiative. I don't even know that we have a community police. 02:00:25
But. 02:00:29
Maybe it maybe I'm wrong. 02:00:30
But also, you know, we can't necessarily. 02:00:31
We shouldn't tell them who they want to contribute to, but it should still fall within the lines of. 02:00:34
Has to be connected to whiny me in some way or another, so it would it would be nice to be able to. 02:00:40
Bet them a little better and find out if they are. And did I hear Mrs. Sarro saying that documentation was going to be coming in 02:00:45
to give more information on the nonprofits and what they're doing with the money or? 02:00:51
No, the documentation that we are requesting is just. 02:00:58
Really proof. 02:01:01
Of the donation, so council chair. 02:01:03
Any sort of support that supports that they donated that amount? 02:01:06
To the organization, most of it is canceled checks they're sending us. 02:01:11
And a lot of times they send us like the. 02:01:15
The receipt that they get from from the nonprofit. 02:01:18
Thank you for the donation for that type of support is what we're. 02:01:21
That were requesting. 02:01:25
OK. Thank you. 02:01:27
Is there who? Who approves it ultimately? 02:01:29
To city staff approve and say hey green light yes this has Nexus with our city or or. 02:01:32
At this point that's that is the plan, yes. That's why we asked for that documentation. 02:01:40
One of the going back to. 02:01:45
Council member McQueen. Well, John's idea though, putting in a simple line item in our monthly form I think will go a long way to. 02:01:48
Helping us vet that at at the monthly stage, let alone at the year end audit stage. 02:01:55
Because I, I, I imagine something like, say organizations going to the to the dispensaries and filling out a form and saying, hey, 02:02:03
we would like this much money. 02:02:07
This is how it's connected to the city. This is what we're going to do with the with the money. 02:02:12
We don't have some sort of process like that right now, right? 02:02:17
Correct, because again, we don't control. 02:02:20
The that particular aspect of it again, it's it's the. 02:02:23
The dispensaries are allowed to donate to whatever organizations they want, so we don't have any part of that interaction. We just 02:02:28
get the the receipts that come in afterwards. 02:02:33
They're fine that that interaction took place because I I I think it'd be nice to have some sort of system so for them for people 02:02:39
to come out, fill out a form. 02:02:43
Presented to them, the dispensary can then still choose to. 02:02:47
To donate or not but? 02:02:51
Something like that. 02:02:52
Yeah, I am. I'm thinking back to one of the There was a newspaper article, $32,000 to the homeless beds, remember? 02:02:54
We bought homeless shelter beds. 02:03:03
And I don't see it in this accounting of this. 02:03:06
I thought it was 32,000 but anyways. 02:03:10
I think. 02:03:13
I think it's. 02:03:14
I think we need to. 02:03:16
To be more diligent in making sure that. 02:03:19
Number one, we do it on an annual basis and I really like the idea of trying to work with the just branch reason. 02:03:23
Could we suggest, hey, what if we had a nomination process for you all? 02:03:29
That you could come in and look at all the different opportunities or? 02:03:34
Do we just leave it up to them entirely? It's. 02:03:38
I think more would need to be known about the nomination process. The end result would be that the dispensary gets to disregard 02:03:44
anything that council suggests if they so choose, without repercussion. 02:03:50
Um. 02:03:56
From a legal perspective, you know attorneys always see the. 02:03:58
Worst case scenario, and that's a retaliation claim of some sort. 02:04:02
So I'm I'm not suggesting that council says like, hey, these are the things that we want. But I'm I'm suggesting like, say these 02:04:06
nonprofits and organizations come to the city, fill out a form, the city approves them. 02:04:12
And then puts them out and then if any of the. 02:04:18
Any other dispensaries would want to. 02:04:20
Take on those donations, they can say OK, I want to donate to The ** group. 02:04:23
And then and they they can also direct their organizations that they wanna donate to and say hey go to the city fill out the form 02:04:28
and then they get approved by the city staff saying hey, just making sure like it's it's approved, you know before they actually 02:04:32
do the donations. 02:04:37
Is that something that you can see in best case scenario or well it is but the the the problem always arises in in that let's say 02:04:44
a nonprofit exists that the city does not support and I want to donate to it. 02:04:49
Donate to 02:04:57
But therein lies the therein lies the 1st Amendment problem. 02:04:59
Yeah, but the other part is when. 02:05:02
A member, let's say the police chief, comes in and says, hey dispensary AB and C, can you support this? 02:05:06
Or you know the. 02:05:12
Past president of Reach comes in and says hey. 02:05:14
You know, can you support this? You know, I mean, so we kind of have, I would agree there should be no government involvement. 02:05:17
Yeah. And I think that's the discussion that we're having here is how can we. 02:05:22
Better tune. 02:05:28
The Community development agreement without. 02:05:29
Breaking any laws or rules, but also get the buy in of the dispensaries. 02:05:32
Because I'm sure they they would, you know. 02:05:37
I don't know. I've never asked him like, hey, do you have, how do you, how do you track or how do you? 02:05:40
Determine who you're gonna donate to. 02:05:45
You know, yeah, real quick. I'm going to make a motion that staff take a look at some of the options that we can. 02:05:48
Change the process so that maybe we can approve. 02:05:55
I I think that would be more appropriate at the end of the meeting cause this specific agenda item doesn't contemplate such a 02:05:59
motion. OK, so the action on this item is to receive and file, correct? 02:06:04
OK, so I'll make a motion to receive and refile. 02:06:09
OK. 02:06:13
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. 02:06:15
Hearing none motion passes unanimously. 02:06:18
Alright, let's move on to item number 8, status update on City Council requests. 02:06:20
What did you want to mention? 02:06:26
Thank you again. 02:06:28
So. 02:06:30
How? 02:06:33
Are these? 02:06:34
They're listed by date, the date they were requested, and. 02:06:36
How do we assign a priority to it? 02:06:40
In other words. 02:06:43
I'm, you know, I've even looked yet, but dog park? 02:06:45
You know, that's something that has come up for four years now and we're, you know, now we're working. 02:06:47
With our Bubbling Springs Park update. 02:06:53
Yeah, so. 02:06:59
So there's several items here that need to come up on a. 02:07:02
Agenda. 02:07:06
And how do we determine? Should we keep making agenda item request and adding to this list or should we clear this list? I'm just 02:07:08
trying to understand how we're going to move forward efficiently. 02:07:13
Well, so. 02:07:26
First of all, let me begin by saying that we had nearly 300 requests and we're down to about 28. Some of them are underway right 02:07:29
now. 02:07:32
We're in. I'm not gonna say that we're going to stop you from adding to the list, and if something comes up, we can do that. 02:07:37
The way it's prioritized really is based on resources and more than anything. 02:07:44
For instance, I'm looking at you know a couple of items that have been landscape based, but now that we're working on the the 02:07:49
landscape updates which are you know moving along. Once those are completed, we can go ahead and finish this, but we're not sure 02:07:56
exactly when those are going to be completed. So it's hard to assign a specific end date to yet for those. 02:08:02
Other ones are have been moved around a little bit because of the. 02:08:10
Bubbling Springs Project Which? 02:08:15
Due to its time frame and the amount of money that's involved with that. 02:08:18
We wanna make sure that that project takes priority. So we have had to bump a couple of things and I I know I've mentioned that to 02:08:23
a few of you in the past. 02:08:26
But that doesn't mean that they're not going to be worked on. 02:08:30
Couple of other items, for instance, we were able to complete this week alone, you received a couple of memos so. 02:08:34
Are we trying to get them done as quickly as possible? But it does take a little bit of research once in a while. Or again, there 02:08:40
may be something else that's. 02:08:44
Delaying it for instance, like I said, the landscape guidelines and so it's hard to nail them down with specific time frames. 02:08:49
Which is why they're not necessarily in any kind of order priority right now because of all of the. 02:08:58
The the nuances that are involved with with each one. 02:09:05
I just wanted to raise the the one item that I requested regarding Caltrans signage. 02:09:11
I had started working on that and talking to Jackie Irwin's office at the time and. 02:09:18
Congressman Brownlee's office and when I mentioned it to our former city manager. 02:09:25
He agreed to take it on and now I'm finding that this is what happened that. 02:09:31
The attempts to contact Caltrans have been unsuccessful. 02:09:37
So. 02:09:41
I don't wanna leave it at that. I wanna go ahead. I mean, I. 02:09:42
I got the sense that he was going to take that on and. 02:09:46
And follow through with it. 02:09:48
I mean. 02:09:50
What I'd like to do is continue my conversations. 02:09:51
With our state and federal elected officials to get to get some movement in that area. 02:09:55
So. 02:10:01
I mean just if you call and you can't get through to Caltrans, then you know you've got to try another way. 02:10:03
So. 02:10:08
I'd like to pursue that, if that's OK. 02:10:09
OK, sounds OK. Sounds like an idea. Like I said again, these are fluid and they're. 02:10:15
Subject to help. Is it possible right And in some cases, because again you know resources are limited and if you do know. 02:10:21
For instance. 02:10:29
I didn't know that that was sitting on somebody's desk so and we they did our interim public works director. So you know it's good 02:10:30
to know and yes, we can certainly take those changes into. 02:10:36
Into a bite space, yeah. And then I'm happy to. 02:10:43
Meet with Mr. Watkins about that as well. 02:10:46
Bring them up today. 02:10:50
Is that how we do things though? 02:10:51
Council member meets with. 02:10:53
With the public works director, I mean. 02:10:56
So I I bring that up because. 02:10:59
You know. 02:11:01
We I I've talked about sad management from day one. 02:11:03
And we as a council have never really had a conversation about how do we better sand manage. 02:11:07
The beach. 02:11:14
And. 02:11:15
You know, I see things down there that frustrate me. 02:11:16
I see light poles where the sand is gone and then I see a pile of sand over here and I realized that we don't have the proper 02:11:19
equipment. 02:11:23
And it's. 02:11:27
The most frustrating thing about being on council is that the five of us can't get together and talk about things that we want to 02:11:28
fix. 02:11:31
So then we motion and we get it on a list for an agenda. 02:11:35
And then it kind of sits there. 02:11:39
For a while. And you know, how do we? 02:11:40
How do we move? How do we move forward? You know, how do we address the concerns that we heard earlier at, at, at, at with these 02:11:44
accidents are helping and so you know. 02:11:48
It's a little frustrating. I think we all understand that, but. 02:11:53
As I go down this list, you know I want to have a conversation on every item on this list. I think we deserve should have a 02:11:57
conversation as a council, but. 02:12:01
You know we have constraints. 02:12:06
So. 02:12:10
This is on the. 02:12:11
Consent agenda, I don't know what we're just going to receive and file this, but what I would like to suggest is that. 02:12:12
Each and every one of us go down this list and and try to, you know, decide for ourselves what's the priority. 02:12:20
I mean, and maybe we could send in additional ideas, but. 02:12:28
Until the five of us have a public discussion about any one of these items. 02:12:32
Umm. 02:12:38
I don't think we're meeting the needs of of why we're here. We're the community representatives, we're the five people that get to 02:12:39
discuss. 02:12:42
How to make things better? 02:12:45
And everything on this list is about making things better. 02:12:47
And so. 02:12:51
Umm. 02:12:52
I'll just leave it at that. 02:12:55
Council member. 02:12:58
Yeah. 02:12:59
I I first want to say thank you to our deputy city manager for putting this list together right says. We had 274 items and we're 02:13:01
down to 28. 02:13:07
So while there's a lot of work to do, I think having this list is part of the battle. I think most of us were saying what's on the 02:13:14
list, what's on the list. So now we have a list and now we can hold people accountable for the things that are on the list. So 02:13:20
thank you so much for giving us the list and. 02:13:26
We're gonna work through the list. 02:13:33
And so I just want to say that and say thank you for what you all have done to this point. 02:13:34
But there's still more work to do, so we'll we'll. 02:13:39
Keep you honest about that. 02:13:42
Thank you. 02:13:44
I'd like to make a motion to receive and file the information. 02:13:45
A second. 02:13:48
All in favor, aye. 02:13:52
All opposed. 02:13:54
Hearing none motion passes unanimously. 02:13:56
All right, let's move on. There aren't any public hearings today. 02:13:58
But we do have a business, a couple of business items, business item number 11, initiation of economic development planning. 02:14:02
Will step. Please present the report. 02:14:09
Sure. And I believe there's a PowerPoint presentation with this as well. It's gonna be set up. 02:14:12
But yes, thank you, Mayor. And members of the council see Steve Kinney coming up to the podium there. So we've already met with 02:14:17
all five of you individually, just kind of discussed this a little bit and give you a heads up on where we are. But as we are well 02:14:23
aware, quite a few of you have mentioned. 02:14:29
Concerns and also just request needs for. 02:14:36
Additional economic development assistance for our businesses here in the City. 02:14:40
And right now, without having a Chamber of Commerce or at least the functioning 1. 02:14:44
We do have that detriment working against our business community as well. 02:14:49
Therefore, Mr. Kinney, our economic development consultant, and I have been working on a plan attached a little while ago. 02:14:54
And just kind of sat dormant on the previous sitting managers desk, but we are moving it forward here at this point. 02:15:03
And we're asking for consideration of several items this evening and. 02:15:10
To fund all of these would be using our proponents. 02:15:17
As you will recall, we had originally. 02:15:22
A couple of years ago when we were ferreting out to do what they are, Profunds, we had allocated $240,000 to assist the 02:15:25
businesses. 02:15:29
Having COVID related issues at the time, particularly with regard to their business license renewals. 02:15:34
And since that never actually came to fruition, we are requesting to repurpose about 10210 thousand of those $240,000 for. 02:15:40
Of these programs here this evening, keep in mind that this would be. 02:15:50
If every business wanted to take advantage of this and we have like 453 businesses here in the city, so that's worst case 02:15:53
scenario. 02:15:57
And now of course with your assistance here, as we discussed earlier, we're actually lowering that a little bit further as far as 02:16:02
cost, but. 02:16:06
In any event, I'm going to turn this over to Mr. Kennedy to explain in more detail the proposal this evening. Thank you. 02:16:11
Can I ask a question? 02:16:21
So the proposal. 02:16:23
Are we on item number 911? OK. 02:16:25
Thank you. 02:16:30
All right. Thank you, Mr. Stewart, Mayor, Mayor Protem and council members. 02:16:34
I say what a pleasure it is to be up here tonight talking about an economic development. 02:16:40
Issue. 02:16:45
Umm. 02:16:46
And. 02:16:47
Happy to present the the result of some work that's taken place over the last couple of months and trying to bring. 02:16:49
Economic development to the forefront in in our. 02:16:54
Awareness and consciousness and discussion. 02:16:58
Umm. 02:17:01
As you know, the the general plan which was adopted recently has an economic development. 02:17:03
Element in it so it recognizes the. 02:17:10
The importance of economic development in the overall. 02:17:13
Maturing and growth of the community. 02:17:18
But the the element didn't dive deeply into. 02:17:22
How to accomplish? 02:17:27
Effective, constructive economic development, just that it was a good thing. 02:17:29
So. 02:17:34
Mr. Stewart and I have been working on ways to try and flesh that out, to try and bring some understanding to what the city's 02:17:35
challenges are and the economic development arena, and then propose ways in which those challenges can be can be met and we can 02:17:42
move forward towards the goal of prosperous. 02:17:49
Community for everyone here. 02:17:57
So I'd like to. 02:17:59
Tonight go over a few of the items that are making up this this whole package. 02:18:02
We would like to talk about the the sector survey that that we are undertaking now. 02:18:09
And that simply means looking at the the economy and the traditional way of each of the four principal sectors that compose 02:18:18
economic activity here in the city that would be in industrial. 02:18:24
Retail and restaurants. 02:18:31
Office and technology. 02:18:33
And tourism and hospitality. 02:18:35
So there there's a distinct presence of each of those sectors, some stronger than others, but we want to look at each of those in 02:18:38
A. 02:18:42
Systematic way. 02:18:48
And understand the challenges for each of them, under score the strengths, and then build strategies that will. 02:18:49
Affect each of them individually and then in addition to that there are there are a couple of. 02:18:56
Strategies in play that will. 02:19:02
Broadly affect all the areas of the economy. 02:19:05
One of those is the broadband. 02:19:08
Master plan Which? 02:19:10
You authorized last fall and which is underway now and and approaching conclusion. 02:19:12
Because that certainly is going to affect everyone in the community for the better once we can make the investments to improve 02:19:17
Internet service. 02:19:21
For residents and businesses both. 02:19:25
So that's one. The second one is the. 02:19:29
The the idea of. 02:19:33
Identifying someone on on the city staff. 02:19:35
To be recognized and labeled, if you will, as a business advocate, the in-house business advocate for the city. 02:19:39
So that there is a person who's. 02:19:45
I don't know whether it's a part-time or full-time function, but a good part of their responsibility is to serve as the. 02:19:49
As as the clearing house and as the point of contact for anyone in the community who has a business issue. 02:19:57
And needs help with the city. 02:20:06
So that persons function is simply to make sure that that gets followed up on get the right person or persons involved towards 02:20:08
solution of whatever that business issue might be. 02:20:14
Umm. 02:20:22
Next, we want to talk about doing a business survey. 02:20:25
As part of the sort of research stage of where we are in the economic development planning process. 02:20:29
We want to conduct a business survey. 02:20:35
And we want to. 02:20:39
We wanted to do that with. 02:20:41
Potentially every business in in the city. 02:20:43
Because of our business license e-mail roster, we have the ability to get in touch with every business in the city, so we can 02:20:47
potentially get some information back from every one of the 450 businesses. 02:20:55
That are in in our city. 02:21:03
And we'd like to kind of test there. 02:21:05
Just their consciousness with respect to how how their own business is doing #1 #2, how they view the city services that they 02:21:10
receive or would like to receive. 02:21:15
So it's a little bit of feedback just for us internally. 02:21:21
And then looking ahead, you know the future. What are their concerns? What are their priorities? 02:21:23
And in that we want to touch specifically on the Chamber. 02:21:29
Converse issue which we'll get to next. 02:21:33
Umm. 02:21:37
So we can reach out to 450 businesses. The challenge is how do we get? 02:21:38
Any responses? 02:21:44
It it's tough to get people to respond to surveys no matter what, no matter what the issue. And small businesses, they've got 02:21:47
plenty of other things to do with their time. 02:21:51
Then respond to surveys. So we thought it was worthwhile and probably a good idea to incentivize them in some fashion. 02:21:56
And the. 02:22:05
Most effective incentive, we felt, was simply to offer. 02:22:06
A credit on their business license fee for the coming year. 02:22:10
And this would be in this case up up to $100. 02:22:14
Toward their business license, or if it's less than that, just the the full amount. 02:22:18
For everyone who fully completes the survey and and sends it back into the city. So with that. 02:22:23
Mechanism. Hopefully we can boost the response rate and just get a richer response and understand better. 02:22:31
Ohh, what's going on in the heads of businesses around our city? 02:22:38
And that. 02:22:42
The timetable on that is. 02:22:44
To get the responses back in. 02:22:46
Into the city from a survey over the next couple of months and then be able to pay the. 02:22:49
Pay the credit or the the rebates of the businesses by the middle of August. 02:22:57
So next, the Chamber of Commerce. 02:23:03
Chambers is an important. 02:23:08
Energy in the community. 02:23:10
We've seen it be useful. 02:23:12
Here in Port Wanami in the past. 02:23:14
And he cities rely heavily upon a thriving activist chamber. 02:23:16
To sort of share the load in what's needed to help all the businesses in the community thrive. 02:23:20
Umm. 02:23:28
That's not the case. 02:23:29
Now COVID? Really. 02:23:30
I put put the death knell on. 02:23:34
Our local chambers act activities. 02:23:38
So that there there is effectively no chamber now. 02:23:41
We think it's important for the city to try and spark the rejuvenation. 02:23:46
Of a chamber or another organization to to start one from scratch. 02:23:51
But it it's worthwhile for the chamber for the city to invest. 02:23:56
Time, effort and in this case, money as well. 02:24:00
To try and spark a start up effectively of that operation and and then once it's in place we've got another entity that's sort of 02:24:04
sharing the load and working in the same direction. 02:24:10
Towards supporting local businesses. 02:24:16
So the way we propose to do this is to issue a request for proposals. 02:24:20
And we would be essentially asking for a start up business plan. 02:24:26
For a a group that would want to. 02:24:30
Create a chamber. 02:24:34
The business plan needs to be full and complete. 02:24:38
Plan that will demonstrate the viability of this organization over a three to five year period. 02:24:41
And we'll need to show that all the issues that are important in making a successful Chamber have been thought through in advance 02:24:48
and that this group. 02:24:52
Has the plan in place to make. 02:24:57
To make that chamber successful and and by. 02:25:01
Doing so to attract the members. 02:25:05
Needed to support that chamber. 02:25:07
That's a lot of work for somebody to to undertake. 02:25:12
And so for for that reason, we want to offer an incentive for a group to. 02:25:16
To take on the challenge of creating a business plan that will be successful and we want to offer that incentive in a way that 02:25:22
will allow them to actually operate. 02:25:27
If if they kind of win when the RFP. 02:25:34
And the mechanism there again is funding. 02:25:39
In this case, we'd propose to offer $120,000. 02:25:43
Toward the chambers operating cost over its first year of operation. 02:25:47
That's important because it. 02:25:52
It's the only startup money that would be available to a from scratch organization like that. 02:25:55
They can't go to bank and get a loan against something that is so. 02:26:01
In insecure. 02:26:05
If you will, as a a startup group that relies on on attracting membership. 02:26:06
So the city needs to act in that role. 02:26:12
And offer the the startup funding. 02:26:16
So that the. 02:26:18
Chamber woods. I think most importantly. 02:26:20
Have the certainty. 02:26:23
Of funding available so that they could attract a professional staff member. 02:26:25
To run the organization. 02:26:29
That that alone is key to a successful. 02:26:31
Business plan. 02:26:35
So that that money needs to be in place. 02:26:37
It would be for the first year. It would be for the first year only. 02:26:41
And the reason for needing a three to five year business plan? 02:26:45
Is for the city to be assured that the organization has thought through. 02:26:51
What they're going to do after the city money runs out in year one? 02:26:56
And they are really left standing on their own 2 feet. 02:27:00
Umm. 02:27:03
So that is. 02:27:04
One of the ways in which the city can kickstart the reorder or the the. 02:27:07
New existence of a chamber. The other way would be for the city to to offer a subsidy of. 02:27:13
Any business who wants to join the chamber in that first year to get half of the membership dues paid by the city. 02:27:20
It's an obvious incentive to the business itself to kind of take a chance on what a membership would provide in this new chamber. 02:27:28
It's also a benefit to the Chamber because it accelerates the rate at which. 02:27:36
Memberships will be secured. 02:27:42
And help. 02:27:45
Set the wheels in motion for an ongoing stability there into year two and year 3. 02:27:47
So those those are the reasons why we would propose to offer this financial support. 02:27:53
Towards the creation of an organization that can be a very important partner for us in the. 02:27:59
In the economic development future. 02:28:05
Umm. 02:28:09
So what we would propose to bring it back to you over the next couple of months? 02:28:09
Are few things the results of the business survey? 02:28:15
Secondly, the results of the RFP for this Chamber of Commerce. 02:28:20
Creation. 02:28:25
And if there's a strong candidate there, we would also bring back to A. 02:28:26
A contract so that we could get that candle lit and get get that project underway. 02:28:32
And then more broadly kind of progress on our various areas of research research that we're doing now. 02:28:40
Including a retail study and the other things that I that I mentioned before. 02:28:48
And finally, how is it all paid for? As Mr. Stewart mentioned, we're looking to the ARPA pool of funds. 02:28:56
And the. 02:29:04
The actual costs are enumerated on on the slide there for the. 02:29:06
Rebates for the business license credit. 02:29:11
And for the two areas of subsidy for the Chamber. 02:29:14
It all adds up to. 02:29:17
We believe around $210,000. 02:29:20
So the funds are available if it's your pleasure to. 02:29:23
We reallocate them to this purpose. 02:29:26
In in pursuit of what we're trying to achieve. 02:29:30
So that's an overview of how we want to launch our economic development activities this year. 02:29:33
And. 02:29:39
Happy to entertain your questions or final comments from Mr. Stewart. 02:29:40
Yeah. 02:29:45
Council Member Hernandez, thank you, Thank you Mr. Kenny for your presentation and thank you Mr. Stewart for. 02:29:47
The both of you for your work on this. 02:29:55
When I. 02:30:01
During council meeting meetings asked for a economic development plan. 02:30:03
I guess maybe what I meant was a strategy, a real strategy that's comprehensive. 02:30:08
That looks at all aspects of our economic development landscape. 02:30:15
Jobs. 02:30:21
Not just businesses. 02:30:23
But it looks at everything every possible Ave. that we could exercise in. 02:30:28
Creating a robust economy here in in for Port Wyoming businesses and for residents. 02:30:33
So I was. 02:30:40
Well, these are all. 02:30:41
Great ideas and and maybe a way to to to spend our ARPA money. 02:30:42
I was really hoping that we were going to look at contracting. 02:30:47
Out with a formal with a company. 02:30:51
To to do that strategic. 02:30:54
Plan for us so that we could. 02:30:57
So it's not us. 02:30:59
Trying to divine our own problem, we got an outside. 02:31:01
Professional company coming in and looking at. 02:31:04
White, Amy. And doing the analysis and coming back to us and saying this is where your strengths are your weaknesses, your 02:31:07
opportunities, and your threats. 02:31:11
For example. 02:31:16
Umm. 02:31:18
You know, I I look back at the name change. 02:31:19
And to me, it was kind of. 02:31:22
That whole proposal should have been part of a a comprehensive. 02:31:25
Economic Development Plan. And I'm feeling like these recommendations are kind of along the same. 02:31:29
Line that they're piece meal. 02:31:35
And they're just components of what should be a greater plan. 02:31:37
So I'm a little, I'm a little concerned and a little disappointed that. 02:31:42
Because I thought when we had our discussion there was going to be a recommendation. 02:31:46
To. 02:31:50
Contract out for an economic development plan, and I don't see that here. 02:31:51
What I see is. 02:31:56
Is another. 02:31:59
Piece meal approach to. 02:32:00
Economic. 02:32:03
Development for our community, which I'm I'm not sure that I. 02:32:04
I can. I can support. I'm are are there any other questions? 02:32:07
Question. Yes, Mayor. Thank you. 02:32:12
I agree with the Council Member Hernandez wholeheartedly and and you know at first when we met and I. 02:32:15
Thought about what you're proposing, I thought. 02:32:22
OK. Yeah. 02:32:24
But I think it's kind of like. 02:32:26
The cart before the horse type thing like. 02:32:28
In order to have a thriving chamber, you have to have a thriving business environment. 02:32:30
And. 02:32:36
I'm not sure we have that right now, but I do know that the business. 02:32:38
Environment seems to be healthy and people are busy and and. 02:32:43
No, there's no parking in the Ralph Shopping Center. 02:32:48
Umm. 02:32:51
But then I think about we just passed the EPS ban. 02:32:52
What are we doing to help the restaurants? 02:32:55
Deal with that, because that's a big issue. 02:32:59
The big issue and it's gonna hurt. 02:33:02
Businesses and and I would hope that we could. 02:33:05
Reach out to all the restaurants in Wyoming. 02:33:09
And work with them. 02:33:12
To. 02:33:14
Partner with them to like, hey, you know. 02:33:15
What can we do to help you here because you know, we. 02:33:17
Believe me, I'm I'm for the band. 02:33:20
Because Styrofoam is a mess out there on the beach and our beaches are acid and it's ugly and it's the environment. 02:33:23
Marine life. 02:33:29
You know, but we need to be better at. 02:33:30
Executing being friendly city by the sea. 02:33:34
And. 02:33:37
I just don't have confidence. 02:33:39
In. 02:33:41
Putting all our eggs in a. 02:33:43
In a basket for a, you know, Chamber of Commerce. 02:33:45
And you're right. 02:33:50
The chamber failed us during COVID. 02:33:51
I mean, that was the time when we needed the Chamber to step up. 02:33:53
And. 02:33:58
Which chamber went in lockdown mode? 02:34:00
And so. 02:34:02
I feel like we need like. 02:34:04
Council member Hernandez has said. I think we need a fresh set of eyes. 02:34:06
I think we need to hear other ideas. 02:34:10
I think you've done a really good job in helping us get our our dispensaries up and going, but that was six years ago. 02:34:14
And here we are. Now you know. 02:34:20
Trying to. 02:34:23
Rehabilitate an organization that. 02:34:25
Kind of failed us. Are there any questions? 02:34:28
I I did have a question, so I just so that it's on the record. So you had already talked to the Oxnard and Camarillo Chamber and 02:34:31
they don't really want to take us on as a. 02:34:36
Like a city. 02:34:40
I think that's a fair. 02:34:44
That's a fair statement. 02:34:45
Although I should, I should flush that out a little bit more. 02:34:47
I mean, Nancy Lindholm is the CEO of the now combined Oxnard and Camarillo. 02:34:52
Chamber of Commerce. They're called W Ventura County Business Alliance. I think they are, and I talked with her about taking on 02:34:58
the the role of. 02:35:01
Of. 02:35:06
Serving Portland area as well. 02:35:07
In the course of that conversation, it became pretty clear that if she were to be able to do that successfully. 02:35:12
She would have to have somebody on her staff that she could identify as being. 02:35:18
A Port Wanami person. Period. 02:35:23
Or else she didn't think she'd be able to attract interest from Portland Amy businesses. 02:35:26
Who might otherwise kind of feel lost. 02:35:31
In the much bigger. 02:35:33
Scheme of Oxnard and Camarillo. 02:35:35
And for her to take on the the expense of hiring that person dedicated to winning. 02:35:37
She didn't see the revenue stream coming out of the Winning Me business community to make that pencil out because strictly a 02:35:46
business decision. 02:35:50
For her, now that that doesn't preclude anybody, any business in Port Wanami. 02:35:54
Who wants to join that group? I mean, of course they can. 02:36:00
But in in terms of trying to. 02:36:05
Designate that organization as. 02:36:08
Port wine is chamber. 02:36:11
That that's where she drew back from being willing to commit to that. 02:36:14
Would they be able to apply to that $120,000? 02:36:20
If they want to submit a proposal with the business plan and you know all, all that's included in the RFP, sure. 02:36:24
Question. 02:36:32
I just wanted to add that if every business in Wanami joined and paid $150.00 a year. 02:36:35
At $63,000. 02:36:42
And I don't. From what I'm hearing, I don't think that's enough to sustain a a vibrant chamber. 02:36:45
OK. Council Member Hernandez. Yeah. I just wanted to ask, you know, usually when you're developing. 02:36:52
Solutions for economic development. You go out to stakeholders and you kind of. 02:37:00
Get your information from them on what they believe the needs of our community are. 02:37:07
What stakeholders did you talk to in this process? Where, I mean, how did we come up with these ideas? 02:37:12
To. 02:37:19
To even. 02:37:21
Bring back the Chamber? I mean, is that? 02:37:22
I mean, is that how was that? How do we know that's a winning solution? 02:37:24
Good. 02:37:29
Who did you guys, who did you talk to? 02:37:30
Well, just various people in the community who expressed interest in in having a chamber. 02:37:33
Umm. 02:37:40
There, there was no. 02:37:41
Scientific survey done at at the time. 02:37:43
Although that's kind of the purpose of the survey that that we want to launch right now. 02:37:46
Is to test the water. It's a little bit there on interest in a chamber. 02:37:51
As well as some of the other questions that we ask. 02:37:56
But that's that's a more. 02:37:59
Widespread. 02:38:03
Inquiry to to businesses about their interest in the Chamber. 02:38:06
But I mean, a number of these things are intended to be the first steps that create. 02:38:11
And a database that create more information about the business community. 02:38:16
In fact, toward your earlier. 02:38:21
Point you think all of this is pointed toward? 02:38:24
Us being in a position to be able to contract with an economic development firm. 02:38:28
To create the economic development plan I think we're proposing to do here. 02:38:34
Number of steps that that organization would would want to do anyhow. 02:38:39
We're just kind of getting started now in that direction. 02:38:46
Particularly with the survey of the chambers, kind of a special case. 02:38:49
Just. 02:38:53
Because of what it is right now, but our other work is intended just to build more of an information base to be able to pass. 02:38:54
Pass along to. 02:39:02
A professional firm. 02:39:04
Thank you. 02:39:06
OK. Are there any more questions? 02:39:07
Alright, let's move on to public comments. Are there any public comments regarding this item? 02:39:10
We do have a written public comment from Ricardo Holden. 02:39:15
It appears that these ARPA funds are bouncing from one project to another, and the indecision of use is delaying projects that 02:39:20
were already approved for use of the ARPA funds. 02:39:25
The Bubbling Springs Parks and Beach Playground Project projects are approved to utilize the ARPA funds. 02:39:30
Now a proposal asking for a reprogramming of these funds could further delay these existing projects. 02:39:36
Watching the City Council meetings, I see a lot of time and energy expended on agenda items that go back and forth repeatedly 02:39:42
without much progress being made. 02:39:46
For instance, we've had three City Council meetings with the beach Festival on the agenda and it is still yet to be approved. 02:39:51
What is happening with the other request for agenda items? When will the swings that were used daily by everyone be replaced at 02:39:58
the beach as they were replaced by volleyball courts that are rarely used? 02:40:04
Will the Swings replacement ever be completed? 02:40:10
Or will this project get lost in the shuffle of agenda items that are revisited multiple times? 02:40:13
Reprogramming the ARPA funds appears to be taking steps backwards and overlooks existing requests for agenda items. 02:40:18
As for the Chamber of Commerce, maybe the business licensing fees solely should fund the Chamber of Commerce subsidy. 02:40:25
Businesses are the primary benefactor of the Chamber of Commerce, so utilizing the business licensing fees seems to make the most 02:40:32
sense. 02:40:35
Let's not further delay approved projects by reprogramming funds. A beach playground is on hold, although last summer the City 02:40:40
Council discussed having the project approved. 02:40:44
By the end of 2022. 02:40:49
I live close to Port Wanami Beach and when my boys were young we would drive them to Oxnard Beach Park to use that playground 02:40:51
because it's a great playground. 02:40:55
We even hosted a birthday party at Oxnard Beach Park because of the excellent playground. 02:40:59
Our city would benefit from having a nice playground similar to the one at Oxnard Beach Park. 02:41:04
As it will bring families to the beach pane, parking fees and potentially. 02:41:08
Visiting local minimum businesses. 02:41:13
Possibly helping businesses better than a Chamber of Commerce would. I am a business owner in Port Wanami and it would be nice to 02:41:15
see some of my business licensing fees be utilized. 02:41:20
Supporting our local businesses. We shouldn't have to compromise existing projects. Reprogramming ARPA funds while the city 02:41:25
collects almost 500,000 in business licensing fees yearly. Ricardo Holden. 02:41:31
And that concludes public comment. 02:41:37
All right, so the recommendation is to receive a report on the planning process to be undertaken in preparation for the 02:41:41
development of a citywide economic development plan. 02:41:45
Are there any? 02:41:50
Motions. 02:41:52
Today. 02:41:55
I was gonna suggest that we make a motion if. 02:42:00
Nobody's interested in. 02:42:04
Approving this that maybe we. 02:42:06
Move it to another meeting and discuss how we we can. 02:42:09
I'll reallocate that money. 02:42:13
I know Councilmember Hernandez had some ideas. I know it sounds like you're not. 02:42:15
Said on this I didn't hear from. 02:42:20
Mayor Pro Tem Perez. 02:42:23
OK. 02:42:29
I like. 02:42:32
Council Member Hernandez's idea, I think it's it's. 02:42:33
The way forward but. 02:42:37
At the same time, I think we need to. 02:42:39
Help our businesses now with whatever we can do and and particularly the EPS ban like that's something that we. 02:42:43
I think we approved. We're going to go out and. 02:42:50
Outreach and outreach and outreach and I don't see that we're doing that. And so I I do. I I I think we need to have a different 02:42:53
approach. 02:42:57
If I could just kind of respond to that. Thank you, Councilman Gamma. 02:43:01
But again, you know, we don't know that, that's. 02:43:05
Such a problem with our businesses. The businesses, from what I understand are doing fine, but how do we really know that? 02:43:07
That they're having problems. 02:43:14
You know, and and that's where the survey might come in handy. 02:43:16
But. 02:43:19
For us to do a survey in house. 02:43:20
I'm not sure that we're going to capture all the communities out there that need to be captured like the nonprofits. 02:43:23
Like the clergy. 02:43:29
Like people who who just visit Fort Wayne. 02:43:31
I think we have to look much broader when it comes to. 02:43:35
Developing an economic development. 02:43:39
Plan for our community, it's. 02:43:43
And I I think we need to start by. 02:43:46
Bringing together a group of stakeholders. 02:43:48
And. 02:43:51
Walking them through the process so that we don't leave anything out. I think during our meeting we talked about art economy. 02:43:52
How art in our community, public art can help develop our economy. That's that should be part of our. 02:43:59
Economic. 02:44:05
Development plan. 02:44:06
So we should have our art all the time, everywhere. Mayor Pro Tem. Yes. So I'm I'm mixed on this. I am. 02:44:09
Obviously in favour of a chamber, I think a chamber. 02:44:16
We'll do a community good. I've seen really well Rand Chambers. 02:44:19
Be the foundation. 02:44:24
For businesses especially. 02:44:27
During crisis I've seen many communities that the only reason why they survived was because they had a well ran Chamber of 02:44:29
Commerce to there to support their businesses. But I. 02:44:33
I don't know. 02:44:37
If this is the first step that we need to take. 02:44:39
When creating a economic development plan. 02:44:42
It is a step that needs to to happen, I just don't know where that fits in. 02:44:46
I know that we need to do something to invigorate businesses. 02:44:50
In our community, I just don't know how that is because I'm not a business. 02:44:53
You know, planning professional, I think that needs to be. 02:44:58
Maybe, Council member Hernandez suggested. Somebody that has does that for a living and looks at communities and devises stuff 02:45:02
like that, maybe we need to look. 02:45:06
At someone to have them come in and do an assessment. 02:45:11
Or an audit on our business community and what we need to do and to order to improve that. I know it needs to be improved and I'm 02:45:13
open. 02:45:17
To whatever that is and however that. 02:45:21
The best way to do that I just don't know. 02:45:24
What that is? 02:45:26
Yeah. And I can, I can appreciate that. 02:45:28
When you put together a strategic economic economic development plan, any plan. 02:45:30
It's gonna take some time. 02:45:36
To. 02:45:38
To create and it's a process and it could take a couple of years before we get a final deliverable. So maybe if we look at these 02:45:38
as short term goals, maybe the low hanging fruit, you know address the EPS issue. 02:45:45
Then then, yes, we could do that. But to call this a plan, I'm I'm just a little concerned. I mean, I think there's steps toward 02:45:53
economic development. 02:45:58
Maybe they're the easier, you know, low hanging fruit kinds of projects that we can do. 02:46:04
Do but the question I have. 02:46:09
Is do we have? 02:46:11
A deadline for spending that ARPA money, Is that why we're we're trying to get these projects off the ground? 02:46:13
There is a deadline. It's not immediate, but it is. 02:46:21
What is it 2026 for everything to be expended? 02:46:25
Yeah, I think we have to have it obligated by December 31st. 02:46:31
2024. 02:46:36
And it has to be spanned by December 31st, 2026. We have a little bit of time. 02:46:38
The other comment I wanted to make, Councilmember Hernandez, was. 02:46:46
I mean the the. 02:46:50
I think the title of this agenda item. 02:46:51
If I remember right, I don't have it. In front of me is the initiation of an economic development planning. 02:46:54
Process right? And it just says initiation of economic development planning. 02:46:59
OK. 02:47:03
But there's no. 02:47:04
Recommendation to develop a plan. 02:47:06
There's recommendations to. 02:47:11
To assist the businesses with their license fees. 02:47:13
Request for proposal for the Chamber. 02:47:17
And. 02:47:21
Approve ARPA funding. 02:47:23
Right, I mean. 02:47:25
I'm gonna make a motion to for staff to go back and come up with maybe some more ideas on how we can use the $240,000. Maybe have 02:47:27
a couple more different ideas. I had a couple of different ideas I think. 02:47:33
One of the problems with the. 02:47:39
Businesses is directing traffic to our city. 02:47:40
And so I thought I'm like. 02:47:44
Our our. 02:47:46
Our best. 02:47:47
Are our biggest assets to the beach? And so I thought, OK, I've always thought about having something like what Ventura Beach has, 02:47:48
like their sign Ventura Beach. 02:47:52
And so pushing, having people wanna go there and take photos on on our on our peer. 02:47:56
Or or just like how I had mentioned before, like in Mexico, how they have the big words, the big letters, and people want to take 02:48:01
the photos in front of those big letters. So I thought that would be something that we could invest in to attract people to our 02:48:06
beach and stay on this side of our city. 02:48:11
And so that's something I wanted to bring up today, but I don't know if that's that's a. 02:48:18
I will second your. 02:48:21
Your motion. 02:48:24
I think we need a different. 02:48:25
We need to hear from. 02:48:28
Another set of eyes, perhaps? 02:48:29
And I think that that's in line with. 02:48:31
What we've discussed tonight, so yeah. 02:48:33
Would you? Can you restate the motion? Because I I know that you started it and then you. 02:48:38
My motion was to redirect staff to to go back and come up with some more ideas on how we can best use that money to support the 02:48:42
businesses in our city. 02:48:47
Could you amend that so that it? 02:48:55
Contains A provision for the development of a strategic. 02:48:57
Economic Development plan, yes, and I can Amendment. I can amend my motion so it includes your request. 02:49:01
Right. 02:49:08
Still off for a second. 02:49:09
That much? 02:49:14
Well, I'm suggesting we don't approve anything right now. I I think we need to look at and have. 02:49:16
More ideas on. 02:49:21
How we can improve? 02:49:24
The businesses in our cities. 02:49:25
It sounds like we're not ready to to make that jump, to try to get a chamber to come and. 02:49:28
Come into our city. 02:49:33
And maybe we do need someone to come in and assess our city and and. 02:49:35
Give us a another plan on what we should be doing. 02:49:39