CALL TO ORDER / FLAG SALUTE / ROLL CALL

 INSPIRATION

PUBLIC COMMENT

 AGENDA APPROVAL FOR CITY COUNCIL

 PRESENTATIONS

Item 1.    Explorer of the Year Certificate of Recognition presented to Port Hueneme Police Explorer Sergeant Tiffany Zavala

Item 2.    Mental Health Awareness Proclamation

Item 3.    55th Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week Proclamation

 CALL TO ORDER THE PORT HUENEME HOUSING AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING

 ROLL CALL

 HOUSING AUTHORITY PUBLIC COMMENT (10 Minutes)

 HOUSING AUTHORITY CONSENT CALENDAR

 HOUSING AUTHORITY PUBLIC HEARING

Item 6. 2024-2025 Public Housing Annual Plan

 HOUSING AUTHORITY BUSINESS ITEMS – None

 AUTHORITY MEMBERS’ REPORTS, COMMENTS, & REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

 ADJOURNMENT OF THE PORT HUENEME HOUSING AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING / RECONVENE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

 CONSENT CALENDAR

 PUBLIC HEARINGS – None.

 BUSINESS ITEMS

 Item 14.  Adoption of a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme, California, Establishing an Outdoor Flagpole Display Policy which Includes the Pride Flag for the Month of June

 Item 15.   Fiscal Year (FY) 24/25 Budget Preparation: Sales Tax Review: Hinderliter, De Llamas and Associates (HDL) Sales Tax Update Presentation

 Item 16.   Review of City of Port Hueneme Legislative Platform

CITY MANAGER COMMENTS AND REPORTS

 COUNCILMEMBERS’ REPORTS AND COMMENTS

 REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

 ADJOURNMENT

Thank you, Mayor. 00:00:39
So I know we're going to be reading a proclamation regarding the mental health awareness. So I want to touch a little bit about 00:00:41
mental health. And so I was at an event this weekend. And, you know, sometimes we forget how we need to take care of ourselves and 00:00:48
some things that we can do to take care of ourselves. But when people say it, you like, yeah, that's it. 00:00:54
And so I'm going to share just a little bit with you. And I know some of you have been on an airplane. For those who you have not, 00:01:01
that have not, this is what they tell you when it's time for oxygen to come down if it ever happens to you in a plane, they say. 00:01:09
Put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on someone else. Because if you try to put it on someone else, let's say a 00:01:18
child, and then it gets bad and then you don't have a chance to put it on yourself, then you're no help. OK, So that's kind of 00:01:23
what I'm going to talk to you about tonight. 00:01:28
And so self-care. 00:01:35
And so before I get started, just just remember when when we talk about self-care. 00:01:37
Don't look at it as being selfish. 00:01:44
Taking care of yourself is not selfish, and so we need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. So place the 00:01:47
oxygen mask on yourself first before helping small children or others who may be in need of assistance, OK? 00:01:55
So I know at my age, I'm I'm in my last year of the 50s and so I'm taking care of my mother. But I can't take care of my mother if 00:02:04
I can't take care of myself. 00:02:09
So there are some things that we need to make sure that we're doing for ourselves to be healthy, relaxation. Want to take care of 00:02:15
your body by maybe running, walking, riding a bike, taking a nap? I'm retired, so I take a nap in the afternoons, so that's always 00:02:23
good for me. Practice. Deep breathing is very helpful for your mind. You could take a break from social media maybe. Sometimes I 00:02:31
get in social media when I realize it's been an hour, hour and a half, two hours later. 00:02:38
And I think of some things that I could have been doing more valuable and then I feel bad, right? 00:02:46
Umm, you can write down your thoughts or your worries. Take them out of your head and put them on a piece of paper. You can go on 00:02:53
a long drive. 00:02:57
For your soul, you can spend time in nature. 00:03:02
You can create a bucket list. 00:03:07
And in Port Hueneme, it's real easy to go to the beach, watch the sunrise or the sunset. But to effectively accomplish any of this 00:03:10
self-care, you have to find those things that you enjoy. You'll only continue to do the things if you really enjoy what they are. 00:03:18
So to close, self-care prompts us to slow down and turn inward to discover how we can show up for ourselves. 00:03:27
It isn't selfish. Instead, it helps us fill our cup so that we can pour into others who have less in their cup than we do. 00:03:36
Thank you so much. That was great. 00:03:47
So we will now move on to public comments. We will hear public comments not pertaining to items on the agenda. Comments are 00:03:50
limited to 3 minutes. This process will be the same for comments pertaining to each agenda item. Madam Clerk, do we have any 00:03:55
public comments? Yes. First up is Becky Burning. 00:04:00
Good evening, Mayor, Mayor, Pro Tem, council members, staff and audience. I'm here tonight representing Rogue Guppy Outdoors. Our 00:04:14
fundraiser dinner will be May 19th. We have like 6 tickets left, so if you're interested, let me know tonight or there will be 00:04:22
gone. Thank you. Have a good night. Thank you. 00:04:29
Martha Kalerof. 00:04:39
Mr. King, you will be after. 00:04:47
Thank you all for letting me speak for a minute or so here. First I want to tell you all. 00:04:57
Thank you during our flood. 00:05:03
I'm from carefree living association Minimi Bay. 00:05:06
When we had our flood, the mayor was there, Lord was there. 00:05:10
And their rebellion, the manager, everybody pitched in and everything was very helpful and we thank you very much. I should have 00:05:15
been down here sooner, but as you know, there's always something else planned. 00:05:23
And that it means a lot to us, babe, but tell you how much we appreciate it because you guys were up and beyond. 00:05:31
And that's well appreciated. Thank you, Laura and also. 00:05:39
I have. We're going to have a Azon from carefree living is Barbara Page and she will be dealing with whoever she needs to for us 00:05:44
to help with any problems we may have. 00:05:51
Good evening, Mayor and members of the council. Again, my name is Barbara Paige and I've been. 00:06:01
Appointed by our Board of Directors at Wanami Bay to represent Wanami Bay to the city. Kind of as a communication person to take 00:06:07
information back and forth. 00:06:12
I did a little calculation and it as it turns out in in terms of the housing dwellings in the city, Wanami Bay is about 9.3% of 00:06:18
the housing. 00:06:25
So we feel like, you know, it's good to have a Rep So thank you and I look forward to doing that position. Thanks a lot. 00:06:32
Thank you. 00:06:40
Mr. King. 00:06:42
Hi. 00:06:48
Mayor Perez, your words are really great, so just want to acknowledge that. And by the way, the art is fantastic. 00:06:51
And council members staff. I'm here to provide an update. I provided the clerk with some paperwork. 00:07:01
The last time I stood before you, it had to do with the opposition of the location of this 11 foot monument that the port kind of 00:07:10
has a hard case for in terms of putting it at the end of Surfside and Market Street, the count now of people that are opposed to 00:07:17
that location. 00:07:24
Is 110 and growing up. 00:07:31
And what I provided in front of you is a breakdown of the Port Hueneme residents that have signed the petition 102 out of 110 that 00:07:36
comes out to a little over 92% and others Oxnard and Thousand Oaks about 7 1/4%. 00:07:46
The alternative sites that were in this. 00:07:57
Drafted survey that the port was going to propose but I felt was very biased I. 00:08:00
40% of the choices of the people signing the petition were for the Port of Guinea main gate. 00:08:10
14% for Bubbling Springs Park and 38% for Wyoming Historical Museum. About 7% had no real opinion. 00:08:20
So with that, I just like to go through some names really quickly of additional people. I read you 10 names in the past. 00:08:32
John Wigglers, Robert Bartlesby, Rosemary Tobin. 00:08:42
Tyler Eisen, Al Mayfield, Rose Mayfield, Kevin Harbison, Sherry are Rodney William Lang. 00:08:48
Becky Eisen, Chris Leverson. 00:08:59
Can't read this one. 00:09:05
Jeffrey Scarborough Randall, Thomas Greg Ross, Jan Burke, Daniel Scrivener. 00:09:07
Dave's curve. Sorry. Jacqueline Doherty, Barbara Page and I'll yield my time. Thank you. 00:09:14
Thank you. 00:09:22
And Oh well, let me just say that my comments are really directed to the City Council. 00:09:24
Who I know have the final vote on this and for anybody that's sitting on the fence or in their own way has a bias towards the 00:09:30
port. 00:09:35
And I respect the port. 00:09:41
And I was at the joint meeting recently. 00:09:44
And just Ramirez had some incredible things to say about senior and youth programs anyway. 00:09:47
It's directed to those who might be on the fence regarding the location. Thank you. 00:09:57
Thank you. And just the item is not on the agenda, so the council is not able to discuss it. But for anybody who's watching or 00:10:02
who's interested, I think Mr. King was at the joint meeting where the port noted that they are going to look at an alternative 00:10:09
option on their property and report back. So that's the current status of that project at this time. 00:10:15
Andy Mcduff. 00:10:23
Hello there council people. I've lived in Waimea over 50 years on Myrna Drive. 00:10:31
And it's a dead end St. with 23 houses. 85% of the people have been there over 10 years. Three of the houses are rentals. 00:10:37
And they're putting in two more no sweeping signs. 00:10:49
And. 00:10:54
Amazes me is they already had existing poles. 00:10:56
And light poles to hang these signs, but they've reduced the four foot sidewalk to less than 3 foot. 00:11:00
Creating a liability for the city. I I don't understand this and I asked the residents on the street is anybody requested a sign? 00:11:07
It's been like that for 30 years. We have 4 signs for 23 houses and it's a dead end St. it. It makes no sense to me. It's to me 00:11:14
it's a waste of resources. 00:11:21
That's all I've got to say. 00:11:30
Thank you. If I could again, so it's not on the agenda so the council can't discuss but just as a quick update, I think it's 00:11:35
related to we were trying to update the signage and change alternate the street sweeping dates to try to make parking easier for 00:11:42
people. But I hear the concern about maybe maybe a couple of the areas we're looking to to add signage maybe we didn't need. So 00:11:50
we'll have public works follow up with you I, I, I can kind of see where you're going there but are you trying to say that the. 00:11:57
And there's access to that. Why could we stripe it and put AJ St. as an Oxnard? Well, you could have a joint venture. You could 00:12:37
both make money off the parking there and it can be optional for the people. See, that's what I understand on our street because 00:12:43
they all have driveways. 00:12:48
And they all have lawns. 00:12:55
So why is there no place to park? Got it? We'll have somebody from Public Works get back in touch with you and then we can go from 00:12:57
there also. 00:13:02
Spend all that money putting wheelchair accessible corners in there at 4 foot and they put a sign in the street signpost giving 00:13:10
less than 3 foot. 00:13:15
And there is already existing poles. Light poles, sign poles. 00:13:22
Off the sidewalk to put these. 00:13:27
It is of grave importance that locally native species of trees be planted in the project rather than non-native species. Ones that 00:14:02
are beautiful, easy to care for, drought tolerant and are key to our ecosystems and wildlife. If you go to the park now and sit 00:14:08
under a non-native eucalyptus tree you will hear dead silence. But if you simply stand next to the native Arroyo Willow trees 00:14:15
there is a whole song from birds such as sparrows and hummingbirds, a plant pellet using native plants for that section of the 00:14:21
Greater Recreational Corridor. 00:14:27
I also think city staff should do more to work and collaborate with the neighboring city of Oxnard to aid the homeless. That is 00:15:06
all. Thank you and that concludes public comment. 00:15:11
Thank you. 00:15:16
We will now move on to agenda approval. May I have a motion and a second? 00:15:19
So moved, so moved. 00:15:26
2nd Thank you Madam Clerk. 00:15:27
All in favor, we're going to vote. 00:15:36
1st All in favor, aye all opposed. 00:15:39
Hearing none motion passes and I'd like to make a recommendation recommendation to move the presentation for the Explorer of the 00:15:43
year to ahead of the Housing Authority. 00:15:49
Can I have a motion? 00:15:56
2nd That oh, I'll motion that. Thank you. 00:15:57
Do you have a second? 00:16:01
2nd. 00:16:02
All in favor, aye, Motion passes. Thank you. So we now move to presentation of the Explorer of the year. 00:16:05
Given by Chief Federico. 00:16:14
Good evening everyone, our Explorer of the Year. 00:16:24
The Share for the Portland Police Explore program is Explorer Sergeant Tiffany Zavala. 00:16:27
You can come on. 00:16:36
You get to stand up here with me while I talk about you. 00:16:40
It's a. 00:16:43
She's incredibly humble, but you'll hear she accomplishes a lot. 00:16:45
Tiffany was born and raised in the city of Oxnard. She graduated from Malibu High School and is currently attending Oxnard 00:16:51
College. 00:16:54
And in line with her dedication of public safety. 00:16:58
Tiffany is employed as a crossing guard for the city of Oxnard. 00:17:01
Tiffany plans on studying forensic science and applying what she learns to a career in law enforcement. 00:17:05
Tiffany joined the Port Runnemie Police Explorer program in 2018 and attended the auctioneer Port Hueneme Explorer Program, 00:17:10
Explorer Academy. 00:17:14
Once graduating from the Explorer Academy, Tiffany took on a leadership role and was not never hesitant on taking on new 00:17:19
responsibilities. 00:17:23
Tiffany is routinely recognized by her explorer, advisors and fellow explorers for her exemplary performance of her duties, her 00:17:29
communication skills, and her character. 00:17:34
Because of this, she has achieved the rank of Explorer Sergeant. 00:17:40
During Tiffany's tenure with Poor Running Me Police Explorers, she has volunteered over 1000 hours to the program in the Port 00:17:46
Wanami community. She has also played a vital role in helping to organize various community events such as Cops for Tots, National 00:17:52
Night Out, Thanksgiving Dinner giveaways, Autism awareness, and Breast Cancer awareness. 00:17:58
One interesting fact about Tiffany is that during an Explorer training range day, Tiffany found out that she had a natural talent 00:18:06
for shooting. 00:18:10
Tiffany was able to score so high that she achieved the highest sharpshooting status of the Explorer post, making her a 00:18:15
distinguished expert. 00:18:20
With that training and talent. 00:18:28
She brought home a first place in the Sniper Challenge, beating out fifty other Explorer posts at the Chandler, AZ Explorer 00:18:31
competition. 00:18:35
Join me once again in recognizing Explorer Sergeant Tiffany Zavala for all her hard work and dedication to the Police Explorer 00:18:42
program in the Port Hueneme community. 00:18:46
And to you, Tiffany, on your. 00:18:56
Certificate of Recognition. 00:19:00
It is in recognition of your hard work and dedication with the City of Port Hueneme. Your devotion to the city is inspiring. Your 00:19:02
longevity and loyalty are recognized and appreciated. Your contributions leave a footprint in the City of Port Hueneme. And it is 00:19:09
the City Council's honor to recognize your prestigious award for Explorer of the Year. 00:19:16
Congratulations. Thank you. 00:19:24
What was that? 00:20:03
Yeah, we can do that since we. 00:20:05
I would also like to request to move the in essence of time and the people who've come to receive this I'd like to move the mental 00:20:08
health presentation as well can I get a motion for that I'll move. 00:20:13
Do you have a second? 00:20:20
All in favor? Aye. All opposed hearing, None. Motion passes. 00:20:24
Thank you. So we have with us the team from Victoria County Behavioral Health with Doctor de Nearing and who else do we have with 00:20:29
us? 00:20:33
We're all crazy. 00:20:47
Hello, Council. Thank you so much. Loretta Dearing. I'm the Interim Director of Ventura County Behavioral Health Department. I 00:20:49
have with me some staff, our access and outreach Chief Sarah Sanchez, our click administrator wherever Crisis Services Ruby Avila 00:20:55
and our Youth and Family Division Chief Cheryl Fox. So we are honored to be here tonight. And thank you very much for this 00:21:01
recognition. We thank you for being here. You're an important partner for mental health in this community, and we appreciate your 00:21:07
service. 00:21:13
So I will read the proclamation that will present to you tonight. 00:21:19
Treatment of mental illness. 00:23:12
Thank you. 00:23:48
Nice to meet you. 00:23:51
OK. 00:23:59
No. 00:24:03
We should do the next proclamation. OK, so I would like to request a motion for the final presentation, which is the. 00:24:06
5050 Fifth Annual Professional Municipal Court Clerk Weeks Proclamation will be read by Council member Laura Hernandez. Thank you, 00:24:15
Mayor Perez. 00:24:19
I didn't do a motion for that. 00:24:25
Can I ask a motion to move that presentation move to approve? 00:24:27
OK, second. 00:24:32
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. 00:24:38
Motion passes. 00:24:41
OK. Thank you. 00:24:46
So it's my honor to read the proclamation recognizing the 55th Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week from May 5th to May 11, 00:24:48
2024. Whereas the Office of the Professional Municipal Clerk, a time honored and vital part of local government, exists throughout 00:24:55
the world. And whereas the office of the Professional Municipal Clerk is the oldest among public servants and whereas the Office 00:25:02
of the Professional Municipal Clerk provides the professional link between the citizens. 00:25:09
The local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels. And whereas professional municipal clerks have pledged to 00:25:17
be ever mindful of their neutrality and impartiality, rendering equal service to all. And whereas the professional municipal clerk 00:25:24
serves has an Information Center on functions of local government and community. And whereas the professional municipal clerks 00:25:31
continually strive to improve the administration of the affairs of the office of the professional municipal clerk through 00:25:38
participation in education programs. 00:25:45
Seminars, workshops, and the annual meetings of their state, provincial, county and international professional organizations. 00:25:52
And whereas it is most appropriate that we recognize the accomplishments of the office of the professional municipal clerk. 00:26:00
Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme does hereby recognize the week of May 5th 00:26:08
through the 11th, 2024, has Professional Municipal Clerks Week and further extends appreciation to our professional Municipal 00:26:15
Clerk, Georgiana Alvarez, and to all professional Municipal Clerks for the vital services they perform and their exemplary 00:26:22
dedication to the communities they represent. 00:26:29
Proclaimed on this sixth day of May 2024. 00:26:36
Thank you, Georgiana. We appreciate you. We appreciate you very much. Georgiana. You're my favorite clerk. 00:26:45
You're all an amazing council to work for. 00:26:52
All right. Can I just say that? 00:26:55
Oh yeah, Good that. I always kind of see like the council's like a basketball team because there's five players, you know, that 00:26:58
play on the court. But it's not just the basketball team, it's everyone. And I feel like when we picked up Georgiana, we picked up 00:27:04
an All Star player, you know? So I just, I just want to say that you you've been amazing and I appreciate you very much. Georgiana 00:27:09
James, can we get a picture with you and Georgiana down front of us, behind? 00:27:15
So we will now recess to the City Council meeting and call to order the Port Hueneme Housing Authority regular meeting. 00:28:05
Madam Clerk. 00:28:13
Member Brown. 00:28:16
Member Martinez present. 00:28:20
Member Hernandez here. 00:28:22
Vice Chair McQueen was on here and Chair Perez here. Please let the record reflect that Member Blackwell and Member Gama are 00:28:25
absent. 00:28:29
Thank you. 00:28:34
So we will now hear public comments not pertaining to items on the agenda, on the Housing Authority agenda. Madam Clerk, do we 00:28:37
have any public comments? No public comments for the Housing Authority. Thank you. 00:28:42
We will now consider items on the Housing Authority consent calendar, which will be enacted in one motion unless an authority 00:28:49
member has a request to move an item for discussion. May I have a motion and a second to approve? Move to approve? 00:28:55
Do we have a second second? 00:29:03
All in favor. 00:29:06
All opposed. 00:29:09
Hearing none motion passes. 00:29:10
And now we will go on to the public hearing. 00:29:13
Madam Clerk. 00:29:17
The public living room will be the 2024-2025 Public Housing Annual Plan. Do you have proof of publication as required by law and a 00:29:19
complete file of records and exhibits? Yes, Madam Mayor, thank you. Will staff please present the report? 00:29:26
Yes, thank you. And our housing Director, Gabby Basu will be providing the annual plan. 00:29:35
Good evening Chair, Co Chair, members of the Board, City staff. The item before you tonight is a routine item we are here to ask 00:29:43
for authorization to. 00:29:49
Submit the plan to HUD. It's our annual plan which requires us to do this on a yearly basis. So you have heard my little spill 00:29:56
every year. This year we don't have any major changes, but very important to note, we will return back for an amendment to the 00:30:03
annual plan in September. At that time, we will be implementing Hotmail, which is something that HUD is allowing housing 00:30:10
authorities to do in order to streamline our operations. 00:30:18
So we are excited about that. We are waiting on our software vendor in order to implement. 00:30:26
The next phase of these regulations and that's basically it, nothing is really changing until September and I'm available to 00:30:32
answer any questions that you may have. All right. Are there any questions for staff? 00:30:38
Seeing none at this time. 00:30:46
The public hearing is now open for public input at 701. Are there any public comments regarding this item? 00:30:48
No public comments. 00:30:56
Thank you. Seeing none from the public, we will close the public hearing. The public hearing has concluded. I will now close the 00:30:58
public hearing, the time being Seven O 1. 00:31:03
We have a force, a recommendation to adopt A resolution entitled A Resolution of the Housing Authority of the City of Port 00:31:08
Hueneme, CA approving the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Public Housing Annual Plan. May I have a motion and a second? 00:31:15
I motion to approve. 00:31:25
Thank you. 00:31:27
Any second. Second. 00:31:28
Is there any further discussion on this item? 00:31:32
Seeing none, Madam Clerk, please take a vote, A roll call vote. 00:31:36
Member Brown. 00:31:42
Member Martinez Yes. 00:31:44
Yes, Vice Chair McQueen. Legend and Chair Perez. 00:31:48
Yes, motion passes. 00:31:52
Thank you. So there are no Housing Authority business items. We'll move on to Housing member reports, comments and requests for 00:31:55
future agenda items. Do we have any such item? 00:32:00
I just had a question I. 00:32:07
I hope that member Robert Black was OK just want to know if we've heard from him. 00:32:10
We did hear from him. He was supposed to attend today, so. 00:32:21
OK. Any further? 00:32:27
Seeing none, we will now adjourn. 00:32:30
The Housing Authority regular meeting and reconvene to the City Council regular meeting. 00:32:33
The Port Hueneme Housing Authority will adjourn to its next regular meeting scheduled for June 3rd, 2024 at 6:30 PM, and we will 00:32:39
now reconvene the City Council meeting. The time now is 7 O3. I think that was the fastest meeting we've ever had. 00:32:45
All right, since we already moved to presentations, actually we need to go back and do a conflict of interest. And is it Levine 00:32:54
Act disclosure? Is that pronouncing OK? 00:32:59
Do any members of council have any conflicts of interest to disclose for any item on the agenda? 00:33:04
Seeing none. Thank you. 00:33:10
Occurring at the beach during the kind of peak summer schedule. So we are going to reconfigure our schedule, bring it back at the 00:33:44
next meeting with the schedule to try to lessen the impact on the community. So we'd like to just pull it for now. OK then I will 00:33:52
ask for a motion to consider item 789111213, motion to approve the consent calendar minus item number 10. 00:34:00
Do you have a second? 00:34:09
2nd. 00:34:12
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. Hearing. None. Motion passes. Thank you. We have no public hearings. 00:34:16
Moving on to business item, the first business item is the adoption of a resolution of the City Council of the City of Port 00:34:23
Hueneme, CA establishing an outdoor flagpole display policy, which includes the Pride flag for the month of June. 00:34:29
Well, staff, please present the report. 00:34:37
Yes, thank you. And it's just a quick introduction. The last year in June of 2023, the City Council designated June 2023 as Pride 00:34:40
Month through a proclamation that was issued. And at that time, the council expressed the intent to have the Pride flag displayed 00:34:48
annually in perpetuity in June to honor Pride Month. 00:34:57
And later at that meeting the Council. 00:35:07
Asked as a future item if staff would return with some sort of policy. 00:35:11
Pertaining to the display of flags on outdoor flagpoles owned by the city and to to prepare that policy to implement the. 00:35:17
A flag policy, but also to include the pride flag being flown in perpetuity for the month of June and so. 00:35:26
Fast forward now and now we're getting ready for June of this year. 00:35:35
Somehow time flies, but we have prepared a policy, a flag policy, that is intended to implement that direction, the policy also. 00:35:39
Is it creates a policy for the city so that the City Council? 00:35:54
Upon request by, the Council can consider. 00:36:01
Flags that can be flown at our main flagpole location here. 00:36:05
In front of City Hall, the council has the ability to determine what flags to fly by exercising essentially the City Council and 00:36:11
the city's freedom of speech. And this policy allows the council to do that in what we believe is inappropriate way by creating 00:36:19
the policy to set that. And so we've prepared a policy. 00:36:28
OK. We're prepared to the policy. The city attorney and I are here if there's any questions I. 00:36:39
But if the council were to approve the policy as it's drafted, the. 00:36:48
Not only would we have a process for requests to be considered, but we at this time it would implement and approve the Pride flag 00:36:55
being flown for the month of June on our flagpole here at City Hall. So we're both available with any questions. Thank you. Does 00:37:01
council have any questions for staff? 00:37:07
I have one question. First of all, thank you very much for coming forward with this policy. I think it was long overdue and I'm 00:37:14
very happy to see that the pride flag is now part of our policy and that we will be raising the pride flag every June of every 00:37:23
year from here on out until the policy changes. And hopefully it doesn't in any case under the. My question is under the. 00:37:32
Policy in Exhibit A, there are three locations. City Hall, the OR being S Carpenter Community Center and the Historical Museum. I 00:37:43
believe last year, a couple of years ago, we wanted to also fly it a. 00:37:51
At a second location. So would this policy permit us to do that? 00:38:01
Council has the ability to. 00:38:07
Specify that as part of adopting this policy, the way the policy is drafted, we drafted it. 00:38:11
To only include the are to only start with the flagpole at City Hall, but if the council wanted to include a second flagpole, that 00:38:19
could be stated and included in the policy. 00:38:25
OK, because it kind of implies. 00:38:31
In here, unless does it say specifically the pride flag to be flown only at City Hall? 00:38:35
Yeah, yeah, it does. OK. And So what we did was because we had kind of that same thought process and we listed all of the 00:38:45
flagpoles that we have and and maybe it would have been better just to list the City Hall one, but we listed all of the ones we 00:38:52
have. And then, yeah, it's in the text on the second page that we said and if approved, we would fly the commemorative flags at 00:38:59
City Hall. But again, that's within the power of the City Council. So it could be the other flags. 00:39:05
But we just, we focused on the City Hall flag and we looked at a couple other cities who have flown like actually adopted policies 00:39:14
to fly flags and it's not unusual that they picked kind of the the main primary location. So that makes sense to me and I think 00:39:20
that we have other flags flying, like doesn't public works yard have a flag. 00:39:26
They may well we were we were talking about that that even we pull flags out we're going to pull flags out for the Memorial Day 00:39:36
ceremony for example and we have flags here at Council chambers so. So we were trying to focus on the city owned ones like 00:39:44
permanently installed at our facilities. I think these are the the three but we may have missed we may have missed one. All right. 00:39:51
Thank you very much. Thank you. Is there a possibility that we would add a fourth flagpole like at the beach? 00:39:59
There is a flagpole at the beach. It's just not functional. It's not a yeah it's not. 00:40:07
A functional flagpole. But it's possible the flagpole policy can be modified a lot of ways in the future. And one would be like if 00:40:14
we installed new flagpoles, we can we'd bring it back and, you know, add that to it. And then there'd be the ability of the 00:40:21
council to say if they wanted to also include commemorative flags there or not, you know, so. So the policy is intended to be. 00:40:28
You know if it's this flag, but this location? If it's another flag. All those things can be specified. But we started with the 00:41:14
current three and the proposal to include the Pride flag at City Hall. 00:41:19
I think it's important that. 00:41:25
This Council exercise its First Amendment rights, and particularly with respect to flags, because it can get rather problematic, 00:41:28
I. 00:41:33
And the way for the council to do that is with a resolution. And then when you want to change that First Amendment expression, you 00:41:39
come back and we'll put it on the agenda and then make a change. So that's the really the way, the safest way to do this. I have a 00:41:46
question about what if a community member makes a request to fly a certain flag, Is there a procedure on how that gets proposed to 00:41:52
us? 00:41:58
So the procedure as proposed would essentially be any person can come at any meeting and submit a public comment. And so if 00:42:05
somebody were to come to a council meeting and say I I think the city should fly X flag, it would then be up to the council to to 00:42:11
request the policy to come back at a future meeting, OK. 00:42:18
Any further questions for? 00:42:25
Seeing none, we will move on to the wreck. Is there any public comments on that? 00:42:28
Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, displaying the Pride flag is a powerful symbol of solidarity with the LGBT. 00:43:07
DQ Plus Community signaling your commitment to creating a safe and supportive environment for all residents. 00:43:16
At Autism Society of Ventura County, we believe that inclusive communities are strong communities. We would also like to kindly 00:43:23
request that the City Council also consider the inclusion of flags representing Missing in Action, Mia and Prisoners of War POW 00:43:30
alongside the Pride flag. These flags serve as reminders of the sacrifices made by brave servicemen and women who have defended 00:43:36
our freedoms, often at great personal cost. A commitment to flying the Pride flag and our military flags would reinforce the 00:43:42
message of inclusivity. 00:43:49
And unity, reflecting the diverse tapestry of experiences and identities that make Port Winey me so unique and special. 00:43:55
Autism Society Ventura County commends the City Council for their dedication to promoting equality and acceptance. By standing 00:44:03
together in solidarity with marginalized communities and honoring the sacrifices of our veterans, we can continue to build a more 00:44:10
compassionate and inclusive society for all. Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your continued leadership in 00:44:16
advancing social justice and equality in Port Hueneme. Thank you for your time, Jasmine Duran. 00:44:23
I am glad to see that last year's process deficiency is being remedied this evening. That said, my preference would be that this 00:45:04
council decide to join the hundreds of other cities that have voted to raise only official government flags that represent all of 00:45:12
the diverse members of our community equally and are all inclusive. Also, considering that people of Port Hueneme take great pride 00:45:19
in being a military town with many active and retired Navy residents, I would encourage council to consider raising the POW. 00:45:27
On Memorial Day, veteran's day and National POW Mia Recognition Day. Thank you and thanks to our city clerk on Municipal Clerk. 00:45:36
That concludes public comment. 00:45:45
Thank you so if. 00:45:46
We wanted to make a recommendation to make an adjustment. 00:45:49
Can we do that right now? 00:45:53
Yes, you could choose to identify like additional flags under the policy. The other thing that could be done, and it's actually 00:45:56
the great thing about the policy is. 00:46:02
I think my. 00:46:10
Typical recommendation would be. 00:46:12
That. 00:46:15
Normally when the process occurs, they'd ask for it and then we'd come back at the, you know, at one of the next couple meetings 00:46:17
with the policy. And that actually gives us the time to sort of research it and understand, you know, like for example, with the 00:46:22
POWMIA. 00:46:27
I wouldn't know off the top of my head exactly what dates we are supposed to fly that flag. 00:46:33
And so. 00:46:39
The normal process would be, you know, bring the policy back and then we'd have that opportunity to do it. 00:46:40
So, but I guess it sounds like it should be an agenda item, a future agenda item request. So maybe ask them. Yeah. And I think 00:46:46
that's the I would recommend sort of just starting with that process and following that process because it ensures that everybody 00:46:54
has the time to like we can put it together and everybody understands what we're exactly committing to, you know what days. 00:47:01
At what priority level? All that stuff? 00:47:10
All right, so the recommendation is to adopt A resolution entitled a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme, 00:47:14
CA, establishing an outdoor flagpole display policy, which includes the implementation of council direction to display the Pride 00:47:20
flag for the month of June. May I have a motion and a second. 00:47:26
Move to approve and I just I just had a comment like thinking about adding new flags. 00:47:33
I don't know if it'd be an issue or not adding when. 00:47:38
When Puerto Vallarta comes and visits the city like for 2-3 days, if if we could do something like raising the Mexican flag or I 00:47:42
don't know if Jalisco has a flag, I don't know if that's going to be a problem. So you know, I'm just, I'm just throwing it out. 00:47:47
So I'm just throwing it out with some of the other flags that were mentioned as well. Do we have a second for the motion? I'll 00:47:53
second. Thank you. No further discussion. 00:47:58
That was my only discussion. 00:48:06
Madam Clerk. 00:48:08
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. 00:48:09
Hearing none motion passes, thank you. The next item is the fiscal year 2024 budget preparation. 00:48:13
Sales tax review. 00:48:21
Hinder later. 00:48:23
De Llamas and associates HDL. 00:48:25
So I'll just do a quick quick introduction. It's a little bit of a different item, unique item than we've had in the past. But but 00:48:30
I think really before I turn it over to our expert from HDL, we're about to enter year two of a two year budget and those are 00:48:37
typically just kind of very minimal review and and. 00:48:44
Usually not a whole lot of changes. I think we are. We started to anticipate a couple of issues that are. 00:48:54
Going to impact us and we. 00:49:03
One by one have actually been bringing those back and we've kind of had many kind of budget reviews at the last couple of or a 00:49:06
couple times over the last couple of months. Because really as we're getting closer to the budget, I think it's becoming clear 00:49:14
there's going to be about four big impacts on the budget and this sales tax and cannabis tax are two of the big ones that are 00:49:22
going to impact our revenues and we expect our revenues to to come in to start reducing from what we had adopted previously. 00:49:30
And then the other two were expenses and those were pension increases and inflation increases. And so we had done that pension 00:49:38
review, a couple, a couple maybe a month or two back where we were talking about pension costs. We're seeing about a 20% increase 00:49:46
in pension costs across the board right now. So the point of today's is to focus on those two that we hadn't talked about yet that 00:49:53
we are seeing that impact and the great thing is with sales tax and cannabis tax. 00:50:00
We contract with HDL who's really I think has a reputation across the state of being experts in this field. They consult for 00:50:08
probably probably every city in the county I would would guess and they they're they really look at the data and look at the 00:50:16
trends and can really help us accurately forecast. So well we figured we'd ask the expert to come in and tell us what they're 00:50:23
seeing for next year and it's just going to help us all kind of know what to expect. 00:50:31
As we get closer to the budget, which we plan to bring a month from now on the first meeting in June. So with that, I'll turn it 00:50:39
over to to HDL. 00:50:44
Wonderful. Thank you very much. City Manager Vega, just by a show of thumbs, you guys can hear me. OK, wonderful. And if possible, 00:50:51
I'm not, I'm not able to share my screen, so I don't know if there's somebody that can allow for that change. I'd be happy to 00:50:58
share the presentation. I believe staff had already included the the presentation with your council agenda packet. They're 00:51:05
allowing you access now. Wonderful. Appreciate that. There we go. 00:51:13
And all back together. OK, there we go. 00:51:23
So, so, yes, Madam Mayor, Council members, thank you so much. I'm glad to be able to join you tonight and very appreciative that 00:51:26
you allow me to do this presentation virtually. As you can imagine, just travel and otherwise. Sometimes it can be a bit of a 00:51:34
challenge, but I'm so happy to be able to provide you the information as City Manager Vega had mentioned just by way of quick 00:51:41
introduction, you could see again I included this with the with the packet myself. 00:51:49
Along with my experience, I'm currently been with HDL for over 10 years now. I'm currently the Director of Client Services. I lead 00:51:56
a team of 12 professionals that every quarter our process is to analyze the quarterly sales tax data we receive from the 00:52:03
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration or CDTFA and really dissect through it to find all of the trends that are 00:52:10
happening within the California consumer economy and where we as consumers are spending our money or maybe those change, those 00:52:16
trends have been changing. 00:52:23
So first we start at a very high level, statewide level, then we work our way down to the local level. And yes, as City Manager 00:52:30
Reggae mentioned, we are blessed to work with so many clients here, especially here in California. We've been serving cities, 00:52:37
counties and special districts for over 40 years. We serve over 400 collective agencies here in California, 700 nationwide 00:52:45
spanning now coast to coast and we are so blessed to. 00:52:52
Maintain a 99% client retention rate, which we hopefully feel represents the quality level of service that we strive to provide to 00:53:00
to each local agency and and the communities you serve. 00:53:07
So as we talk about sales tax, just to start framing the conversation a little bit. 00:53:16
On the screen you see here a total sales tax rate locally with import Wanami of 8.75% and just how that breaks down. You can see 00:53:21
the top line up here. About 4% goes into the state's general fund. 00:53:29
Locally, we've got our 1%, what we call the Bradley Burns or the normal 1% that every incorporated agency within the entire state 00:53:37
receives as a part of the base sales tax rate. 00:53:44
Now on top of that base sales tax rate, we have our two locally approved measures, Measure You and Measure W Measure W as the half 00:53:52
cent measure you see here enacted back in 2008. Then the full 1 cent you see here is representative of Measure U, which as we 00:53:59
probably all know a little bit more was enacted in November of 2018. Revenue flow began in April of 2019. Below that you'll see 00:54:06
some county. 00:54:14
Agencies or county pieces of the. 00:54:22
The base sales tax rate Prop 172, half cent rate county realignment, mental health, welfare, public safety represents about a 1 00:54:25
1/2% of the rate and then specifically designated here quarter cent for county wide transportation projects and that's how we get 00:54:32
to the 8.75 S All of the most of the well the trends and the data that we're going to be looking at really do highlight or I'll 00:54:40
break I'll be showing you. 00:54:48
Kind of represent the 1% Bradley Burns and also our collective 1 1/2 cent local measures. 00:54:56
So hopefully that keeps us on the right track. So as I made mention each quarter when we get data, we first look at it as a 00:55:04
statewide basis. So I'm going to take a couple of minutes to talk through what we see has been going on statewide because some of 00:55:10
those trends are going to come down to the local level. 00:55:15
Even if we don't always feel like you know all of them represent in some form or fashion because of our locally adopted measures, 00:55:22
they actually do so up top here are the quarter, most recent quarter of the results. If we go to the far left here, you could see 00:55:29
coming as we started to come out of the pandemic. As a harsh reminder for all of us, the pandemic really set in. We have business 00:55:37
closures back in the second quarter of 2020, the April, May, June time period. 00:55:44
Continue to drop all the way down to the end of that calendar year, the start of the next UH. 00:55:52
Calendar year there, first quarter 21, then we began our rise back up to a little bit more to where we are and have been recently. 00:55:57
So you can see most notably on pretty much every type of trend report, you'll see the fourth quarter be kind of an ultimate peak 00:56:05
and that has to do with the normal holiday shopping period of October, November and December locally, especially within the 00:56:12
coastal communities. We do see revenue spike during the second and third quarter which is usually the summer months and when we 00:56:19
get a lot of tourism and beachgoers. 00:56:27
That end up spending locally. So but statewide we do see the ultimate peak is fourth quarter. So if we start to look here what's 00:56:34
been going on recently especially during the calendar year of 2023, you could see the line here. 00:56:41
Kind of lagging a little bit from where we were back during the calendar year 2022. I've got another slide coming up. We're really 00:56:49
kind of lay this in with regards to percentage differences, but most certainly this entire calendar year we've seen revenues 00:56:56
slowing down. We as consumers have not been spending nearly as much. 00:57:02
As we had back in 2022 and probably a little bit closer to where we were back in 2021. So coming out of the pandemic and you can 00:57:10
really see this down on the bottom line here, Pandemic hit during the calendar year 2020, pulled revenues down and we immediately 00:57:18
shot up, especially these last two calendars. We attributed a lot of that to the fact that you know we've got remote work 00:57:26
environments or allowances there allowing more money for homeowners or as individuals employees. 00:57:34
Plus these last two years or the prior two years, we had seen a tremendous amount upcoming money coming in from the federal, 00:57:42
federal government by way of tax policy changes really kind of pushing money back to us as consumers. We did exactly what they 00:57:50
were hoping we would do and spent it. And so we saw a very dramatic rise in sales tax now here in 2023 as I made mentioned, 00:57:58
slowing our pace down just a little bit overall inflation as we as consumers and many times as I'm talking about. 00:58:06
Or thinking about sales tax, I also attribute my own personal feelings. What am I doing in my household? What are my friends 00:58:15
doing? What? What other trends locally? Or? Or just tangibly thinking, maybe that's the same as millions of others around the 00:58:22
entire state. So we have started to pull back. Higher inflation, higher interest rates throughout the entire calendar year. 2023 00:58:29
have most certainly changed spending habits when we compare them to the prior years. 00:58:36
But one of the reasons why we've got this long graft here in the line that you see that inevitable trend line, really what we're 00:58:43
doing is cooling off from the last two years of dramatic expansion growth after a year of heavy impacts due to COVID and the 00:58:51
pandemic. But now we're back a little bit more on trend. And so we attribute that and we've heard about it much a lot at the 00:58:59
federal level and the Fed Treasury really wanting to cool inflation for a soft landing on our economy. 00:59:07
And many of us as either economists or pseudo economists like myself believe we've we've accomplished that with regards to the 00:59:16
economy and and us as consumers, we've slowed it down and gotten back on trend. 00:59:23
Then every quarter as we sit around all twelve of us, my entire team, as we get the results, we spend 6 hours really kind of going 00:59:33
through all of the different aspects, some of which you see here whether it be interest rates and inflation. We look at. We have 00:59:41
certain data points that we look at for consumer spending and savings trends, household savings trends, tourism, business travel, 00:59:49
so pertinent for port 1:00 AM either then also most recently as approved and implemented April one. 00:59:57
Conversation is much different otherwise when gas prices are going up, for the most part we as consumers are really going to 01:00:45
continue to slow down and think about how we're going to spend our overall household income. 01:00:52
This slide here is just a quick reminder. When we think about inflation, most of the time we as consumers feel like it's a bad 01:01:00
thing. If we put our city hat on, that actually changes a little bit when it comes to sales tax. And so whether it be a steady 01:01:08
demand for consumer goods much like what we saw during 2021 and 2022 and ends up having upward pressure on prices, which has then 01:01:15
upward pressure or we see more sales tax assuming consumers buy. 01:01:22
The same amounts or you know whatever is available, which is exactly what we did during that period. But also and go back to 2020 01:01:31
and 21, you know kind of post pandemic, we heard a lot about supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages which ended up having 01:01:38
downward pressure on supply. But if we again put our kind of economics hat on, it ends up having upward pressure on prices, which 01:01:46
it did and that too also increases, inevitably increases sales tax or has a potential to increase sales tax. 01:01:54
So with regards to inflation, if we're keeping our city hat on and thinking about sales tax revenue, it's not always the bad thing 01:02:02
I. 01:02:06
In that consideration now for us as consumers normally it means that we're going to start to change our spending habits. 11 trend 01:02:10
it is been so prominent is kind of online versus brick and mortar and and how sales tax revenue has flown or just sales in 01:02:17
general. Within this we are blessed to have so much data statewide. We're able to really bifurcate a lot of the pieces and bring 01:02:23
it back down to this level. 01:02:29
As you can imagine, before the pandemic we were cruising along with a nice big gap in between. The bottom line here, the blue 01:02:37
line, is online sales, and it had been steadily growing, especially as more and more retailers began to voluntarily collect and 01:02:46
remit right up until 2019 when you see here 8147 or California's implementation of the Wayfair decision at the Supreme Court. 01:02:56
The National Supreme Court. It basically said that California was able to require out-of-state online retailers to collect and 01:03:06
remit local sales tax. That immediately began increasing. 01:03:14
UH sales tax from out-of-state online retailers or the Collective online. 01:03:24
Also what also happened during the calendar year 2020 was the pandemic and you could see a sharp decline out of our brick and 01:03:30
mortar stores. Inevitably, you know, we all as consumers shifted to online which caused the the line to go up And now most 01:03:39
recently over these last basically 2 calendars years, you could see on total allocations from online retailers fairly flat. 01:03:47
And at that same time when stores reopened and we continued to spend, you can see the peak of the brick and mortar hit and then 01:03:56
again that's inevitable slowdown that that we've experienced here out of calendar year 2023. It's not too much a surprise. We do 01:04:03
attribute kind of two things here to the brick and mortar especially there is within consumers and for us as consumers there's 01:04:10
inevitable point where we have to go to brick and mortar. 01:04:18
Volume shopping like at the major retailers, Walmart, Target, Costco, Sam's Club and the like is there's a lot of that volume 01:04:25
shopping can only be done in person or a brick and mortar versus online and and that's really. 01:04:32
That along with fuel sales which also happen at some of those major retailers ends up being included in the data here and pushing 01:04:40
the numbers higher whereas online. 01:04:45
The feeling is that consumers have kind of figured out exactly what and how much they want to spend and it's been fairly fairly 01:04:53
flat these last couple of years. 01:04:58
So to kind of recap, this was the slide I mentioned looking at percentages here of what's been going on, you can see to the far 01:05:05
left during the especially the fiscal year 2122. 01:05:11
Quarter over quarter double digit gains out of sales tax. 01:05:19
You know, definitely spiked and inflated. We kind of knew it at the time, didn't know exactly how much. But now over this last 01:05:24
calendar year you could see four continuous quarters of negative declines. With then what our feeling is going to be, whoops, I'm 01:05:31
sorry there our feeling is going to be here out of the first quarter 2024 is where we're expecting to see another slight pullback 01:05:39
when we compare even to the first quarter 23 the. 01:05:46
And that it won't be until really summertime AB 12/28 and what a restaurant is going to do, what are we consumers going to do? 01:05:54
That's really, really when we're expecting to see a little bit more return of positive growth as we go forward. Definitely not 01:06:02
double digits, definitely not even high single digits. This is going to be a kind of a slower recovery or slow trend out of the 01:06:10
period that we've been in for now collectively, you know it's been in what would that be about 15 months? 01:06:17
With regards to a year and a quarter period, the blue lines or the blue period that I have represented here represents the current 01:06:26
fiscal year, especially at the local level. July to June, July of 23 to June of 24, where you can see the majority of the current 01:06:33
fiscal year has been seen negative trends. 01:06:40
So if I shift over here, you can see again kind of on that statewide fiscal year basis, it's what represents A. 01:06:49
-1.1 expectation, that's what we're forecasting right now. And then it's not until the next two years where we're then starting to 01:06:58
see. 01:07:02
Some nominal growth. I would tell you here in 202425 our current outlook it's. 01:07:06
We're still in the process of defining it because it has a lot to do with what are the feds going to do with interest rates. We 01:07:13
believe that that's going to be a major marker for sales tax here in California because of how tangibly it represents or works its 01:07:20
way into auto sales building and construction because of tapping into home equity loans and being able to put money as homeowners 01:07:26
be able to put money back into their house. We know home values have continued to increase, so most homeowners are sitting on 01:07:32
probably likely. 01:07:39
Most likely some equity that they with lower interest rates they would tap into and spend that money. So that is really in the 01:07:45
short run what we see. 01:07:50
Happening here statewide with a longer, smoother growth in the out years. Not that I'll spend anytime talking about it tonight, 01:07:56
but we know that there is a national election this November. And I can tell you over the last like 2 weeks, I've been having 01:08:03
discussions with some about well, what is the, what is the sales tax forecast look like depending on who gets elected. And those 01:08:10
might be two different scenarios. 01:08:18
For our for our longer term outlook, but this is what we've got in the short run. 01:08:26
So that was kind of the trends statewide and again now bringing it down to the local level. 01:08:31
I want to want to focus here for just a moment where with all of the data you heard me mention, we kind of break it and piece it 01:08:37
apart. We have what we call major industry groups and whether it be all the way down here at the bottom you see autos and building 01:08:44
construction or locally food and drugs, restaurants and general consumer goods. 01:08:50
When we think about the Bradley burns, and this is what gets generated out of our local brick and mortar stores, you can see the 01:08:58
percentage of where the Bradley burns comes from, which types of businesses, 31% comes from food and drugs. And yes, we'll be 01:09:05
having the discussion about cannabis and you guys know that all too well. But also 24% comes from local restaurants. 01:09:12
With with others down below, the great catch all on the Bradley Burnside is the county wide use tax pool which we generate 17% of 01:09:20
our Bradley Burns income from. When we then shift over to the local add-on measures measure U&W, you can see there is no county 01:09:27
pool. 01:09:35
That the the mechanism for allocating changes, when we're talking about the local measures, it all depends on where the goods are 01:09:43
shipped. So for us As for Portland consumers, when goods, when they're buying goods online and having them shipped to their house. 01:09:51
Then those goods may not end up coming via the pool. They will come directly under what our category of general consumer goods we 01:10:01
do still collect from the local measures from food and drugs. 01:10:08
Cannabis grocery stores, drug stores in restaurants, but the percentages change because of that dynamic where the pool comes out 01:10:15
and gets distributed otherwise. But then also we we look down below here for autos on the Bradley Burns side, we know that we 01:10:24
don't have auto dealerships, many of those are up in Oxnard and Ventura. But for the local measures because of the way that the 01:10:32
rules are regarding local add on taxes is when a Port Hueneme resident buys a vehicle from anywhere including. 01:10:40
Oxnard, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Measure U and Measure W will be applicable and they will be remitting that collecting. The local 01:10:50
dealerships will be collecting, remitting it. So we see a much bigger percentage here. 01:10:56
Of measure U&W come from auto dealerships. 01:11:05
So if you reflect back when I was mentioning, you know when we're talking about the statewide trends on the Bradley Byrne side, 01:11:09
not all of them are applicable, but they are when we're thinking about measure U&W and my team and my staff, we are very cognizant 01:11:15
of the differences there, especially when providing forecasts and how dramatic the change could be especially for a smaller 01:11:21
community like Portland you need. 01:11:28
Then for perspective, you could see statewide and how the how. 01:11:35
Sales tax is broken down throughout the state. Very small percentage comes from food and drugs, whereas locally we're more 01:11:40
dependent on it. 01:11:44
As you can imagine, general consumer goods autos. 01:11:49
Business and industry which is kind of a catch all, it's very diverse category and restaurants tend to be. 01:11:52
The biggest generators for us throughout the state. 01:11:58
So that was just kind of a you know get again keeping us focused locally and and how we're made-up and why we focus on the the. 01:12:03
The local train. The local trends and changes. 01:12:13
Some steady trends and I'll talk a little bit more about cannabis on the next slide. But the blue line that you see here is the 01:12:49
steady flow from restaurants and hotels and you really then see it, it kind of peak out again during those summer months, two Q 01:12:55
and three Q. When we do see restaurant growth, most notably we had a nice summer and here into the fourth quarter starting to see 01:13:01
a tick down, something we're keeping our eye on. It normally happens from third quarter to fourth quarter, but really kind of 01:13:07
watching. 01:13:13
And. 01:13:20
In anticipation within the revenue within the restaurant industry is the implementation of AB 12/28 and the increase in minimum 01:13:21
wage. 01:13:25
The the other kind of maybe more as you're looking really closely at some of these lines, kind of stands out is this lavender line 01:13:30
light purple where you see kind of some some spikes in it and occasionally because of the proximity to the port and I. 01:13:39
Naval base and and others within the area. We do see some one time activity that ends up helping us when it comes to sales tax. 01:13:49
And really kind of when we're thinking about the the fiscal year forecast, it really ends up kind of benefiting when maybe some 01:13:56
other industries are cooling off a little bit. We definitely had a nice big spike during the fourth quarter 2022 which helped us 01:14:02
during fiscal year. 01:14:09
2223 and but as far as forecasting purposes, we don't normally build that in. So for 2324 and going forward, we're not 01:14:16
anticipating one time even though we recognize that it does occasionally happen. 01:14:23
So as the as we stay here the top of right is overall Bobby, what's that can I ask quick question on the spike, do we know what 01:14:32
created that spike couldn't been the Banana Festival, I mean I believe it was it's large pieces of equipment, right. I think when 01:14:39
we looked into one it was literally like a probably like $1,000,000 crane or probably more than $1,000,000 actually but you know 01:14:47
multi $1,000,000 crane and either the military or the port will buy that and then. 01:14:55
The sales tax gets attributed because it was local to Port Hueneme, yeah. 01:15:03
All right. Thank you. Yeah. You'll also hear me be kind of sensitive talking about some of those spikes because we do want to 01:15:09
watch confidentiality. 01:15:14
With the data, we want to make sure we're very cognizant of taxpayers and and privacy with regards to sales tax information, but 01:15:20
yeah. 01:15:25
That's my that's my consultants part, so I gotta put that out there. 01:15:31
So you can see the overall city trend and and how much the especially these last two quarters or yeah two quarters, but then the 01:15:37
longer trend there that we're seeing from food and drugs and especially cannabis, how it's impacted results recently then by 01:15:44
fiscal year actually this is by calendar year. Sorry about that, I forgot to change it. 2023 has seen a drop off. Now that's going 01:15:50
to be twofold because remember this one time spike happened in four Q 22 plus the decline that that we're experiencing out of the 01:15:57
cannabis industry. 01:16:04
So to focus on cannabis just a little bit more and again we're blessed to have a lot of data, but I've got to also watch my 01:16:12
confidentiality and making sure that I represent everybody equally here to the left. This is our local data. Again very consistent 01:16:20
with the line that we just saw at a food and drugs dramatic decrease here throughout most of 2023, whereas in comparison if you 01:16:28
look here in the middle it's the entire county of Ventura, you can see not seeing quite the same drop off. 01:16:35
As you can imagine, it does coincide. The most recent results locally do coincide with other agencies coming online with their 01:16:44
cannabis retailers. Many of us know Ventura and Oxnard have both come on board, also within the county with the city of Ohio that 01:16:50
has remained steady. 01:16:56
With their so there's some competition around. 01:17:03
The for the cannabis retailers that you we don't see the same trend going on county wide And so it's I think it's important to 01:17:06
note but then when you go to the far right here on the screen you'll see the trend statewide most certainly since you know the 01:17:15
post pandemic boom when people had money had time we saw cannabis really increase that trend has been steadily decreasing whether 01:17:23
it be the accumulation of the total tax rate which many many times is what we hear out of the industry. 01:17:31
Or just simply. 01:17:40
Desire to consume cannabis. You can see that trend falling along a little bit more in line with what we saw, what we see locally. 01:17:43
I have a question. 01:17:53
Regarding since we're on the cannabis trend, how does the recent the? 01:17:54
Changing classification at federal level for marijuana, now they don't have to pay the 70% tax anymore. How is that going to 01:18:01
impact us? 01:18:05
Yeah, great question. 01:18:10
I think there's there's two two points to that right. How's it going to, how's it going to impact the industry or you know what 01:18:14
the what the industry will see and then what's gonna happen locally? 01:18:19
And I differentiate those because. 01:18:26
It could have a positive impact with regards to the total cost of cannabis, thereby consumers maybe. OK, yeah. Now it's not as 01:18:30
expensive and and go ahead and consume more in the future, but locally I think we're still dealing with the competitive nature 01:18:39
that you know is is isn't going to go away, which is simply the fact that we've got Ventura and Oxnard. 01:18:48
And Ojai as far as just locale. 01:18:58
You know. 01:19:02
Thank you. 01:19:04
Yeah. 01:19:05
So that was that was kind of the. 01:19:09
Top of it, I'm going to kind of get through the rest of these and then definitely have it open for more questions and I can go 01:19:11
back through slides if needed if we. So that was the Bradley Burns. Remember a lot of that is just our brick and mortar. When we 01:19:17
shift over to measure U&W, the trends that you see, you can see here. 01:19:23
The lighter green line becomes food and drugs and yes, it, you know, it kind of plays and it's the same downward trend that that 01:19:31
we were just talking about. 01:19:36
However, general consumer goods hanging in a little bit more steady and remember this is because it now includes more of the 01:19:41
online sales activity. 01:19:46
As you know as as goods are delivered to to local residents, we still for those two transactions taxes, we do see kind of the 01:19:54
spike out of business and industry and we'll leave that because we already discussed it. But it does have an impact because that 01:20:02
those goods were delivered locally and thereby measure U&W become become a part of it Autos and transportation because as I made 01:20:10
mention earlier when local residents go and buy vehicles will see that trend. 01:20:18
So, umm. 01:20:26
Yes, we saw nice big jump up here in 23, but otherwise expecting it to follow. 01:20:28
The same trend that we've got statewide, which is because of higher interest rates, the likelihood of people are going to be 01:20:34
pulling back on auto purchases a lot sooner and maybe for an extended period of time versus other less expensive goods. 01:20:41
So those trends are here. So Measure U or I'm sorry, Measure W, which again was enacted in 2008, we started seeing revenue back in 01:20:49
2009. You can see the longer trend line most recently these last couple of years very similar right, to other trends we saw go 01:20:55
above the otherwise normalized trend. And now we're just coming back a little bit more on trend, probably going to pull, pull 01:21:01
lower. 01:21:07
In the in the short run for Measure U which it was enacted in 2000, approved in 2018, began collections in 2019, we got the 01:21:14
benefits of the two. You know these last few couple of years as it first we first started generating revenue and inevitably hit 01:21:21
kind of more of the same trend of pulling back. 01:21:28
The the longer trend line obviously doesn't represent. 01:21:36
Quite the same. 01:21:39
So to to bring this as city manager Vega had mentioned, now starting to kind of look at it locally. 01:21:41
And its impacts when you start thinking about the current. 01:21:50
Current budget or proposed budget coming up the as adopted the fiscal year 2324 was we were expecting a pullback of about a half a 01:21:55
percent didn't see that. I think staff is looking to revise the current year's. 01:22:05
Estimate. 01:22:17
Increasing it by about half a percent over what we had in 23/22/23. 01:22:18
But, but then when you look at really kind of looking forward to the fiscal year. 01:22:26
The adopted 2425 was expecting again solid growth and this is where our heads were at I think on the two year cycle just a couple 01:22:32
years back when we saw steady steady sales tax returns now and incorporating this most recent. 01:22:40
Activity on the cannabis side, expecting a little bit more of a double digit decrease or anticipating the double digit decrease as 01:22:48
it extends throughout the calendar year over the fiscal year 2425. 01:22:54
The graph that you see below here is just a stacked bar chart of each one of the different revenue streams. 01:23:03
And kind of going back again to you know past fiscal years where we saw the big run up and now inevitably as we look in the out 01:23:11
out years, it's that downward turn in that that we've been I've been talking about so far. 01:23:18
That's the last slide. Any any particular questions you may have? 01:23:28
Council have any questions for him? 01:23:33
Council Member Hernandez, thank you so much, Mr. Young for your report. It was, you know, really fascinating to see how our taxes 01:23:36
are are broken down. I did have a question on the previous slide. I think it's your slide 14. 01:23:43
There are off to the left hand side. 01:23:54
Counts like for instance, under food and drugs, count 32, restaurants count 61. What does that represent? What do those counts 01:23:59
actually represent? Yeah, so kind of simply the number of reporting businesses within that, within that group, I would tell you 01:24:07
probably more accurately, it's the total number of accounts that are still open. 01:24:15
With CD, TFA or if you had a business who may have you know closed, but if they didn't, you know, simultaneously close their 01:24:24
account with CDTFA, it would remain as part of the count. So it's a general. 01:24:33
Idea of how many businesses do report sales tax under each one of those, but it's not perfect because of the. 01:24:44
Potential longer, you know, left open with CDTF. CDTFA is what. 01:24:53
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, yeah. 01:25:00
It's kind of it got renamed from Board of Equalization and the day-to-day duties got got put under the governor back in 2017. And 01:25:05
so then it became a California Department rather than the BOE. 01:25:13
OK. 01:25:23
Thank you so much. You're welcome. 01:25:25
I have a question. There was another law that was recently or I don't think it's been implemented, but a law banning the service 01:25:28
fee for restaurants in California. 01:25:32
You know what I'm talking about. 01:25:38
I do not. 01:25:41
I think our governor just passed a new law banning service fees for restaurants and I was just curious if you had an opinion as to 01:25:43
how that's going to affect, but since you don't know about it. 01:25:48
There it's it's steady, especially right now with the with the open session, open session in Sacramento, so many different 01:25:55
proposals and what's actually getting signed and passing through. 01:26:00
With AB 12/28 and as we know, I think just my initial impressions would be helping consumers on that side is probably a really 01:26:08
good thing. 01:26:13
It's also being a consumer myself, I could say I don't always look at the the bills so long as it looks reasonable to know. 01:26:20
If if a service fee has been included, a service fee would not be taxable. So it should not otherwise impact sales tax from a 01:26:30
negative perspective. But but I can see it being a little bit more of a positive if folks aren't don't have to worry as much that 01:26:38
they're going to be kind of hit with tips and service fees and add on charges at the end of the end, at the end of the bill. OK, 01:26:46
Thank you. Does council have any further questions? 01:26:53
Seeing none. 01:27:02
Oh, OK, go ahead, Councilmember Hernandez. 01:27:03
Yes, thank you. Mr. Young. When we talk about the AB 147, those are taxes on out of state purchasing. I happen just to notice it 01:27:08
on my tax forms when I was working on my tax return that they wanted you to report that I. 01:27:17
We haven't, this hasn't been in effect long enough, right, to realize what the impact is going to be on brick and mortar versus 01:27:27
online purchasing. Is that are we still waiting to see how that pans out? 01:27:35
No, we have a pretty good idea now. So as you see on the screen here, going back, AB 147 was approved in 2018 and acted in 2019 01:27:43
and we really started to see the dramatic rise from all forms of online retailers. 01:27:54
I don't. 01:28:06
Believe that it's very similar to the idea of taxes when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. Most of us as consumers, it's kind of 01:28:08
the last thing to think about or if we think about it at all, right. Most of us as consumers are really focused on the price of 01:28:18
the goods, not so much what the tax rate is. So even if we go back you know into the before periods back in let's say 2010 and. 01:28:27
Comparison to be had. 01:29:12
And as you can see, there's still a a good gap in between what we're seeing sales tax revenue from strictly online versus brick 01:29:14
and mortar I. 01:29:19
I can tell you I met with many of clients before the pandemic hit and said look, these two lines will never cross. 01:29:26
There will always be this gap that brick and mortar has over online and lo and behold the pandemic and these two lines got really 01:29:33
close and I was like Oh my goodness, we've since re separated and created I think these last two years of flattening also tell us 01:29:41
that or show us with the data that consumers there's only so much volume, there's only so much dollar wise that will be purchased 01:29:48
online versus the in person brick and mortar. So I think we've seen quite a bit and. 01:29:56
We're not expecting too much. The other big piece and some of you may have kind of heard about it, especially there locally City 01:30:04
of Ox within the city of Oxnard, Amazon opened up a big facility which because of AB 147. 01:30:12
And the rules around how sales tax from online purchases should be allocated. 01:30:20
The The new rule was wherever the goods are located, that's where the sales tax dollars go. 01:30:29
So you know, City of Oxnard is definitely benefiting from having the Amazon fulfillment center there locally because of the laws 01:30:37
under AB147 and the rules under AB 147. 01:30:42
Given that we've seen so many years speaking to the council members questions specifically is so many years since 2019, we've 01:30:49
really now have seen it all kind of play out within the data and we've been watching the trends most certainly, but we've really 01:30:54
now understand. 01:30:59
And seeing the initial shift from maybe? 01:31:07
Out of state. 01:31:11
Is where merchandise was located to? Nope. It's in state, it's local, it's the last mile, it's the same day, you know, same maybe 01:31:13
you know, next hour delivery that a lot of online retailers are trying to provide. I think we've seen the majority of it shift 01:31:20
over now. OK, well, thank you. I didn't, I didn't realize it had been adopted. AB 147 had been adopted years ago, but now that I 01:31:28
recall, I remember now when it was when it happened. So thank you very much. 01:31:36
Yes, thank you. That was very informative and pretty much what I took away from it was had we not had COVID, we're pretty much at 01:31:44
where we're would have been, but it just seems so or we where we should be. But it seems so shocking because of what was going on 01:31:49
with COVID. So it seems so. 01:31:54
Yeah, it's it's, it's pretty fascinating for us as well. When we think about and where is it, it's back here when we look at the 01:32:02
statewide trend, we had seen dramatic growth. We had you know really low interest rates even back in you know 18 and 19. And 01:32:11
really what the pandemic caused for our economy was a mild recession was basically that 2% slow down where then when we look at 01:32:19
the current fiscal year this you know 1.1% decrease, it's obviously not as bad but. 01:32:27
It has. We've seen the same similar, you know, almost similar impacts to where it's just kind of a slowing of the economy. So 01:32:36
yeah, for us as individuals, you know what the pandemic meant and then, you know, a little bit different for for our economy. OK, 01:32:42
Thank you. Are there any public comments regarding this item? 01:32:48
No public comments, thank you, and no further questions or comments from council. 01:32:54
All right, so this is to receive and file items. So we'll move on to the next item, I guess so. 01:33:00
No, no action. I think the, the intent was just, yeah, with the budget coming up and like I said, normally it'd be a very minor 01:33:07
review on the two year budget. This year it's going to be a little bit more of a review because we're going to have to look at 01:33:13
some expenses to offset some of the reductions we're expecting. So we'll bring that back in June. All right. Thank you for your 01:33:19
time. Thank you so much, Council. 01:33:25
The next item is the review of City of Fort Wayne legislative platform. 01:33:32
Will staff please present the report? 01:33:37
Thank you. And this is going to be presented by Charles Parrots, our Deputy City Manager, who recently worked with the Citizen 01:33:39
Advisory Commission to go through and recommend some updates to the legislative platform. So he'll be walking us through that. 01:33:48
Good evening Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, City Council, City staff, members of the public, SO item. 01:33:59
16 As the City Manager indicated, pertains to review and potential update to the city's legislative platform. 01:34:05
The platform was adopted initially in February 2023. 01:34:11
The document allows the city to promptly take action and support or opposition to propose legislation. 01:34:17
As the document itself establishes the city's position on various issues. 01:34:24
Periodic review of the document is prudent to ensure that it accurately reflects the city's stance on different topic areas. 01:34:29
As part of its purview, the Citizen Advisory Commission is tasked with reviewing and advising the council regarding the content of 01:34:37
the city's legislative platform. 01:34:41
The CAC reviewed the platform at its April 4th meeting. 01:34:47
And offered four separate recommended changes. 01:34:51
The proposed amendments, which are summarized in the staff report and noted in the Red Line version of the attachment, include the 01:34:55
following deleting language from Section 1 to be This section pertains to reforming workers compensation process, and the CAC 01:35:02
recommends that the phrase quote, creating a disincentive for those that do not return to available modified duty in alternate 01:35:09
positions be deleted. 01:35:15
The second change involves adding language to section 31F, which pertains to the enhancement of local control over various public 01:35:23
nuisances. The recommendation here is to add words, but not limited to. 01:35:30
So it's clear that the nuisances noted are examples and not an exhaustive list. 01:35:37
The third change is recommending changes to Section 3 to C. 01:35:44
Which pertains to local governments ability to administer anti opiate medications such as Narcan. 01:35:49
The Commission recommends that the word community be replaced with situation. 01:35:57
And that language regarding the use of current medical research be added. 01:36:02
Lastly, the Commission recommends adding language to Section 10 One A to, in addition to arts and historic preservation, emphasize 01:36:07
the important role that cultural resources have in enhancing the communities quality of life. 01:36:15
Thank you, Charles. I think you may have missed one under item 2, Local Government Finance, 1G and H Yeah. So those were the four 01:36:25
recommended changes from the Citizen Advisory Commission staff is recommending an additional change, which is language that 01:36:32
advocates legislation that would require public comment and input for all proposed utility rate changes, which I think is is the 01:36:39
change that you're referring to Mayor. Yes. 01:36:47
So those are the the changes that have been included in the red line version of the document and are recommended for your review. 01:36:55
Also, as noted in the report, there are a handful of topics and subject matter areas that the Council has discussed over the 01:37:00
course of the last month, which I. 01:37:06
The group may wish to consider additional amendments. Those include advocacy for Environmental Protection of the beach and action 01:37:13
against beach erosion. 01:37:18
The enhancement of pedestrian and vehicular safety and lastly, prioritizing and emphasizing the importance of funding for public 01:37:24
art. 01:37:29
That concludes the staff presentation and available for. 01:37:34
Council may have, thank you. Does Council have any questions for staff right now? 01:37:39
I do OK. 01:37:45
Thank you, Mr. Peretz for your report. I went through the, I watched the meeting and appreciated the discussion by the Citizens 01:37:47
Advisory Commission and thank you for your work here. I do have some questions about if I could just start with Section 2, Local 01:37:54
government finance. 01:38:01
#1A Support full reimbursement to the city for all federal, state, and county mandated programs. I'm wondering if there's language 01:38:11
that could be entered in here having to do with disaster response costs. I. 01:38:18
Does that, I mean, it's not really a mandated program. 01:38:26
If it is, we get grant money from from the state and the feds. But I'm just thinking because in light of you know what happened to 01:38:31
our community in December that we would want to be supportive of opportunities for disaster reimbursement and I I don't know if 01:38:36
you can. 01:38:42
Include that language anywhere, or if it's already included, maybe the city managers got an idea. Yeah, it was sort of debating 01:38:49
whether it's included, but it's not really a better I was thinking. 01:38:54
FEMA and federal, but it's not really a mandated program, so. 01:39:00
That could be something we add in there, perhaps even just support full cost reimbursement city for all federal, state and county 01:39:05
mandated programs and for Natural. 01:39:11
For costs associated with that emergency response, for example. 01:39:19
Disaster response, Disaster response, Yeah. 01:39:25
That would be good. 01:39:28
And and yeah, I think that would be good. We this emergency situation, we the council authorized the emergency powers, which gave 01:39:29
us some flexibility to advocate. But it's good, especially now that that emergency power is over and we still, you know, we still 01:39:36
find ourselves trying to fight for funding for our communities. 01:39:42
OK. And then under public protection? 01:39:50
Again, I don't see anything that mentions legislative support for emergency preparedness and response. And going through our 01:39:54
strategic plan, I noticed that emergency preparedness is actually one of our strategic initiatives. So I think it needs to be in 01:40:02
here somewhere that we would support legislation that advances emergency preparedness and in response. 01:40:10
Capabilities. 01:40:20
I think that it would help us, as Charles said, one of the goals with this document is trying to basically. 01:40:22
Think ahead over the next year or two of what we may need to respond to very quickly that we can get pre approved and I think that 01:40:30
those are are very good things to be prepared for. 01:40:35
And then on the. 01:40:42
The one relating to support legislation that provides local government the power to determine, based on medical research, whether 01:40:45
anti opiate medication should be deployed in a given situation. I'm a little concerned about the language of current medical 01:40:51
research because it's such. 01:40:57
That term opens up so much room for interpretation on what's current medical research. 01:41:04
And I think if we're looking at a situation like with Kovid or even with the anti opiate medication, those I. 01:41:11
Powers or those guidelines are going to come down from either the feds, the state or the county. So I'm wondering if we should say 01:41:21
instead there that we would support legislation that provides local government the power to determine. 01:41:29
Whether anti opiate medications should be deployed depending on federal state which, which? 01:41:37
Is aligned with federal state and county guidelines and. 01:41:45
Applied research. Applied medical research. I just. 01:41:52
I'm just a little concerned and I heard the discussion about it because there was some differences as to whether or not, for 01:41:56
instance, that the public health department actually made the right decision in COVID. So if we're going to have that argument, 01:42:01
this is going to. 01:42:06
Continue to exasperate the. 01:42:13
The problem of interpretation. 01:42:15
If we if we just leave it, current medical research is just going to open the door for that, because that makes sense. Maybe 01:42:18
instead of based on current medical research, something like in alignment with federal and state guidelines. 01:42:25
You just replace that. 01:42:32
And thank you. And then the last one was? 01:42:35
Under Arts and Cultural Resources program that the statement just feels a little wonky. Like maybe you need some, maybe it needs 01:42:40
to just be rewritten, or maybe some commas need to be. 01:42:45
Entered in here support legislation for continued state funding that recognizes the importance of local art and. 01:42:52
Local art, culture and historic preservation, maybe that that whole statement needs to be a little reworked, I think. 01:43:01
Just to make it more. 01:43:07
Clear. 01:43:09
I think it can be as simple as support legislation for continued state funding that recognizes the importance of local arts, 01:43:15
cultural preservation and historic preservation and enhancing a community's quality of life. Move the word role. 01:43:22
And that's all I have. Thank you. 01:43:33
All right. Did I already ask if there's any public comments on this item? 01:43:42
I believe so, and there's none. OK. Thank you. 01:43:46
Any food further comments or discussion from council? 01:43:50
All right, so the recommendation is to review the city's legislative platform, consider amendments and adopt A revised document 01:43:54
that will provide guidance and allow staff to advocate for city programs and priorities in the coming year. 01:44:00
May I have a motion and a second? 01:44:05
Move to Approve second. 01:44:10
And does that move to approve with the changes we perfect? 01:44:12
And you second that. 01:44:18
Madam Clerk. 01:44:21
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. 01:44:23
Hearing none motion passes. 01:44:26
Thank you, Charles. 01:44:28
We'll move on to City manager comments and reports. 01:44:31
A couple of quick ones. I think the main item is actually the preview of the next council meeting. We have a few items that we're 01:44:37
preparing for the next council meeting. We're bringing back the cannabis ordinance with the changes that we had discussed at 01:44:45
council a few months back. We're bringing back the ordinance staff actually implement those changes and we're bringing as well an 01:44:53
update to our accessory dwelling unit ordinance, which is a hot topic right now and we're starting to see. 01:45:01
In the meantime, we've been sort of in process with HCD, the state housing and community development department to we were trying 01:45:51
to get into compliance with what they their requirements are. And now I guess we'll have the extra question of if we have any 01:46:00
flexibility since we are a charter city to to maybe modify those requirements. So, so we'll bring that back next meeting too. But 01:46:08
that is just we're just seeing so many more people come in every every month to ask about ADUS. It's it's a hot topic right now. 01:46:17
And then we're also planning to do a presentation, this one we're working on. We hope to have ready for the next meeting. But 01:46:26
about all the state parking law changes and the the those impacts that those are having and then some options for us to look at 01:46:32
that hopefully can help address some of the issues that are going to be created with things like the state is saying now there has 01:46:38
to be like more distance between intersections and parked cars and things like that. So it's just all the different pressures on 01:46:45
parking so. 01:46:51
So we're going to bring those three items at the next meeting and that's all I have. 01:46:58
OK. 01:47:04
Any council member reports and comments? I'll start with Councilmember Martinez. Nothing, OK? 01:47:05
Council Member Hernandez OK, I've got a I've attended all my meetings, except I was. 01:47:10
Not able to attend the regional assembly hosted by SCAG and Palm Desert, my mom went into the hospital and I had to cancel and it 01:47:15
looks like I might have to cancel this JPIA training as well. 01:47:22
Because my mom's now requiring a higher level of care, I just wanted to. 01:47:29
Really thank a bunch of people who've shown up for several events that we've had over the last couple of weeks. The Grocery Outlet 01:47:35
event was great and I'm glad that so many members of the City Council were able to be there and staff was there. And I want to 01:47:41
thank Tracy Sasan Phillips with the Chamber of Commerce for helping with the ribbon cutting. I thought it was a great event and we 01:47:48
got to. 01:47:54
Just really, I just want to put my arm around that store and make sure that we take good care of it because the graffiti, we need 01:48:02
to do something about those graffiti. 01:48:06
Problems that they're having, but hopefully with cameras. 01:48:11
Alleviate the problem there. I also want to thank Mayor Perez and her husband Rick and Lamont Hayes for the support and 01:48:15
participation in the Pedro Valdez memorial. It went very well. It was really it was really touching event and I appreciate 01:48:24
everybody's support in that and you did a great job with your your words to the families appreciate that. 01:48:33
And I wanted to also thank the Friends of Port Hueneme Library for participating in our annual fundraiser of the Ventura County 01:48:43
Library Foundation. This is not a city sponsored committee, but I I do serve on that board. We had our annual event Rising from 01:48:49
the Ashes. It's our annual fundraiser and we usually walk away with 20 to $30,000 in money that we raise for local library. 01:48:56
Ventura County Libraries and they friends of the library, Friends of Port Hueneme Library help volunteer on registration. So I 01:49:03
wanted to thank. 01:49:10
The the members who came out for that. 01:49:19
And Earth Day, I just want to thank the city manager and public works staff for allowing us to help plant a couple of trees out on 01:49:21
Ventura Rd. It was really nice gathering. Members of the community came out for it and it just, it was just nice doing something, 01:49:28
you know, with staff. 01:49:35
And I just it was. 01:49:42
Just a real feel good event. 01:49:43
So thank you for setting that up. 01:49:45
I did attend. I'm a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens and the statewide conference was held here locally at 01:49:48
the Mandalay Beach Hotel. And one of the key takeaways was there was a session there that I attended on the deportation of 01:49:55
military veterans, believe it or not, veterans who are not citizens of the United States, they go to serve in the military and 01:50:02
they can be the poor and they can and are deported. 01:50:09
To their home countries. In fact, there's over 53 countries throughout the world that where our veterans have been sent to because 01:50:17
of deportation. 01:50:23
Guidelines. And so there was a group from San Diego who was here presenting on the topic and people are just astonished to hear 01:50:30
that this is happening. And it caused me to go and talk to our Tom Fiala here from VFW 3935 and ask him to come and hear the 01:50:39
presentation and meet the people from San Diego so that he can take it back to the VFW and help raise awareness around this issue. 01:50:48
So I just want to share it with this council, you know that you know has a means of building awareness that that continues to be a 01:50:58
a problem for military veterans and their families because they lose out not only on. 01:51:05
They they get deported to a home they don't know that they don't they didn't grow up in and then their families also don't have 01:51:13
the don't get the benefit. 01:51:17
So thank you, Tom. 01:51:23
And then also on April 27th, I sat on a panel with Eric Nassarenko on murdered and missing Indigenous women. 01:51:25
Believe it or not, it's still happening and I know it's not really a city issue, but again, it's the ideas that it really speaks 01:51:35
to domestic violence and. 01:51:41
And education and access to services for tribal nations and for people, for women of color. 01:51:49
And that's kind of what I walked away with and I just wanted to also. 01:51:56
Bring that to City Council has a way of building awareness around this issue, which is. 01:52:02
Quite prevalent, and not only in tribal nations outside the state, but we have the most tribal nations in California and it's 01:52:09
still. 01:52:13
Here in our state. 01:52:19
I'm looking forward to. 01:52:21
The annual sand summit that's going to be held May 9th and I. 01:52:23
I don't know if. 01:52:27
The rest of the council has been. 01:52:29
If the zoom link has been shared but it's it's open to agencies I believe, right? It's is it. 01:52:31
I'll confirm that I think he sent Beacon. The beacon director sent the link to our two council member representatives on Beacon 01:52:38
and myself. He didn't say if it's open, so I'll confirm that and then send it out. 01:52:45
And then the mural project we are looking. 01:52:56
A meeting on. 01:53:02
Wednesday, May 22nd to review these submittals from the three selected artists and we were going to go through the. 01:53:04
The review of the submittals and then we'll have a discussion following that meeting with the with the ARTS team. 01:53:16
So we're moving along really well. Yeah, the committees, the committee is really doing a good job and we've got a good group of 01:53:23
people. So that's all I have. Thank you. 01:53:28
Mayor Pro Tem. 01:53:35
Thank you Mayor. Just a couple of things. GCTD is participating in the upcoming free fair days and so May 17th, a Bike to work day 01:53:37
biker ride. Bike riders can ride the bus for free and then again on June 17th is dump the pump and so that's writers ride free. On 01:53:46
that day the staff has been participating in collaborative meetings and outreach. 01:53:56
To communicate to riders and and. 01:54:06
Residents throughout the county of the upcoming adjustment rate changes that are supposed to begin in July. So these are the first 01:54:11
adjustments since 2011. So they're working really hard to get the word out. They have begun to decrease some of the routes they 01:54:19
have, begin to start them later and finish earlier because the lack of the necessary bus drivers. So that said, they are hiring. 01:54:27
So if you're interested, go to gctd.org. 01:54:36
Slash careers and finally for GCTD. Just as a reminder, we want to always think about transportation. 01:54:44
As an integral part of our planning. So that's for GCTD, the museum. 01:54:52
Preparation for the museum reopening continues. The committee met this past Friday and we'll meet again next Friday. Discussion 01:55:00
have been focused around the creation of artifacts, the professional history, poster boards and other items that will be in the 01:55:06
first display. 01:55:12
Additionally, we talked a little about next steps. 01:55:18
Of the Ad Hoc committee and we are meeting BI Weekly and will continue. I'll continue to report out as as the information comes 01:55:22
up. 01:55:26
And then finally, I was able to participate on behalf of our mayor, the Take Five and read to Kids Kick Off Breakfast at Cal State 01:55:31
Channel Islands. 01:55:36
A couple weeks ago and then last week, I attended the Ports 11th Annual World Trade Week event. 01:55:41
This is Mental Health Awareness month, so I'll be attending several different Wellness fairs throughout the county. Just try to 01:56:21
raise awareness. 01:56:25
For mental illness as part of the Lyons Mental Health Committee. 01:56:29
When is tomorrow actually there's a social at port? 01:56:36
I'm not sure what that's called. Port, it's over by Ventura Harbor. It's a community over by Port Harbor, I think it's called. 01:56:43
On Thursday is the Boys and Girls Club Breakfast which is a free event and Jackie Joyner Kersey is the the special speaker that we 01:56:53
have that day. I'll be attending the Navy League Lunch to present the CB of the Year certificate. 01:57:01
I attended all of my committee meetings, Nothing to tell on any of those on Friday. I'm part of the an organization called All 01:57:10
Children Thrive Equity Advisory Group, and it's a partnership between the state of California and behavioral health and UCLA 01:57:18
Health to try to find ways of combating childhood trauma. And so that meeting is on Friday, and I'm hoping to bring back some much 01:57:25
helpful information for our own community because I know that wine, EMI, and South Oxnard is a hotspot for childhood trauma. 01:57:33
So trying to bring back some information on how we can combat that and and help families that are struggling. 01:57:41
The red for blue. Yes, on on Saturday. Does anyone have any numbers as to how many officers how many writers came in on that? I 01:57:49
don't have a number yet. OK well we that's a it's in the 5th annual. 01:57:55
5th annual It comes through every city in the county and came on Saturday to wine Amy. And there's a lot of pictures and videos 01:58:02
all over social media about that is it's such a beautiful event to see all those writers come in and all the different first 01:58:06
responders and then. 01:58:11
Having our city be able to. 01:58:18
Have be a host cities they can stop and take a break and get water and do what they need to do and I think Oxnard gave a 2 hour 01:58:20
lunch which is. 01:58:23
Let me see if I have anything else. I don't think I have anything else coming up this month. 01:58:29
And that is it for me. 01:58:34
Sure. I just want to say thank you to me, Elementary, who provided the art in this room. It's fabulous. I hope we can continue to 01:58:38
do that because the walls are made for art here in this room. It really changes. It just really does. It just brings a warmth and 01:58:44
color to. 01:58:50
To rather bland environment, otherwise bland environment. So thank you for for agreeing to do that. I love it. 01:58:58
The next thing is to ask for any future agenda items. I'll start with Councilmember Martinez. No future agenda items, OK? 01:59:05
I still have a couple pending the climate change. 01:59:14
And then policies and procedures. I think I want to add an item on the policies and procedures update having to do with 01:59:18
alternates, the role of alternates because they seem to vary according to what committees you sit on. 01:59:26
It's not as clean as I think we we once they once were. 01:59:35
And then how are we going to address the flag policy? Were you going to ask for that? I'll let you do that. Thank you. 01:59:40
On the climate change if I could just respond very quickly the climate change we the request that the last meeting was to. 01:59:47
To schedule a climate change presentation. And the thought at that point was perhaps asking Giles from the port to come present. 01:59:57
So we did reach out to him and he said that the presentation he gave like a couple meetings previous to that is the exact 02:00:04
presentation he would give for this, for that purpose. And so we don't, I guess it's not on the agenda. So we can't discuss it. 02:00:10
But yeah, so we need to, we need to find an alternative idea. 02:00:17
Do you have any future agenda? OK. 02:00:25
Then I would like to request a future agenda item to consider the PLW flag and obviously do some research and find out what's 02:00:28
appropriate for when that's supposed to be flown and not. Can I have a second for that? 02:00:34
Thank you. 02:00:42
Madam Clerk, all in favor? Aye. All opposed. Hearing None. Motion passes. 02:00:43
That's all I have. And I just want to thank you today for your just you jumped right in there where you thought it was appropriate 02:00:49
and that's what I like to see take initiative and just if you think something needs to be said, don't be afraid to speak out. 02:00:54
Thank you. It's my honor to be here. 02:01:00
Maybe we should do that. 02:01:08
Yeah, I'll introduce myself. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Joan Smyth. I am your new city attorney, which is my 02:01:12
honor and and thrilled to to act as I've been doing municipal law now for close to 30 years. 02:01:20
I'm having graduated from law school in 1985, so it's been a little while. Not quite ready to retire yet, but maybe in five or ten 02:01:29
years, something like that. But I. 02:01:35
I worked most recently doing a lot of code enforcement. I do a lot of litigation. I do a lot of contract work for for 02:01:43
municipalities, and I thank you all for your support. 02:01:49
Thank you. We appreciate you being here. 02:01:56
All right, so if there is nothing further, I'm going to adjourn this meeting. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, 02:02:00
May 20th at 6:30 PM. The meeting is now adjourned at 8:32. 02:02:05
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Thank you, Mayor. 00:00:39
So I know we're going to be reading a proclamation regarding the mental health awareness. So I want to touch a little bit about 00:00:41
mental health. And so I was at an event this weekend. And, you know, sometimes we forget how we need to take care of ourselves and 00:00:48
some things that we can do to take care of ourselves. But when people say it, you like, yeah, that's it. 00:00:54
And so I'm going to share just a little bit with you. And I know some of you have been on an airplane. For those who you have not, 00:01:01
that have not, this is what they tell you when it's time for oxygen to come down if it ever happens to you in a plane, they say. 00:01:09
Put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on someone else. Because if you try to put it on someone else, let's say a 00:01:18
child, and then it gets bad and then you don't have a chance to put it on yourself, then you're no help. OK, So that's kind of 00:01:23
what I'm going to talk to you about tonight. 00:01:28
And so self-care. 00:01:35
And so before I get started, just just remember when when we talk about self-care. 00:01:37
Don't look at it as being selfish. 00:01:44
Taking care of yourself is not selfish, and so we need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. So place the 00:01:47
oxygen mask on yourself first before helping small children or others who may be in need of assistance, OK? 00:01:55
So I know at my age, I'm I'm in my last year of the 50s and so I'm taking care of my mother. But I can't take care of my mother if 00:02:04
I can't take care of myself. 00:02:09
So there are some things that we need to make sure that we're doing for ourselves to be healthy, relaxation. Want to take care of 00:02:15
your body by maybe running, walking, riding a bike, taking a nap? I'm retired, so I take a nap in the afternoons, so that's always 00:02:23
good for me. Practice. Deep breathing is very helpful for your mind. You could take a break from social media maybe. Sometimes I 00:02:31
get in social media when I realize it's been an hour, hour and a half, two hours later. 00:02:38
And I think of some things that I could have been doing more valuable and then I feel bad, right? 00:02:46
Umm, you can write down your thoughts or your worries. Take them out of your head and put them on a piece of paper. You can go on 00:02:53
a long drive. 00:02:57
For your soul, you can spend time in nature. 00:03:02
You can create a bucket list. 00:03:07
And in Port Hueneme, it's real easy to go to the beach, watch the sunrise or the sunset. But to effectively accomplish any of this 00:03:10
self-care, you have to find those things that you enjoy. You'll only continue to do the things if you really enjoy what they are. 00:03:18
So to close, self-care prompts us to slow down and turn inward to discover how we can show up for ourselves. 00:03:27
It isn't selfish. Instead, it helps us fill our cup so that we can pour into others who have less in their cup than we do. 00:03:36
Thank you so much. That was great. 00:03:47
So we will now move on to public comments. We will hear public comments not pertaining to items on the agenda. Comments are 00:03:50
limited to 3 minutes. This process will be the same for comments pertaining to each agenda item. Madam Clerk, do we have any 00:03:55
public comments? Yes. First up is Becky Burning. 00:04:00
Good evening, Mayor, Mayor, Pro Tem, council members, staff and audience. I'm here tonight representing Rogue Guppy Outdoors. Our 00:04:14
fundraiser dinner will be May 19th. We have like 6 tickets left, so if you're interested, let me know tonight or there will be 00:04:22
gone. Thank you. Have a good night. Thank you. 00:04:29
Martha Kalerof. 00:04:39
Mr. King, you will be after. 00:04:47
Thank you all for letting me speak for a minute or so here. First I want to tell you all. 00:04:57
Thank you during our flood. 00:05:03
I'm from carefree living association Minimi Bay. 00:05:06
When we had our flood, the mayor was there, Lord was there. 00:05:10
And their rebellion, the manager, everybody pitched in and everything was very helpful and we thank you very much. I should have 00:05:15
been down here sooner, but as you know, there's always something else planned. 00:05:23
And that it means a lot to us, babe, but tell you how much we appreciate it because you guys were up and beyond. 00:05:31
And that's well appreciated. Thank you, Laura and also. 00:05:39
I have. We're going to have a Azon from carefree living is Barbara Page and she will be dealing with whoever she needs to for us 00:05:44
to help with any problems we may have. 00:05:51
Good evening, Mayor and members of the council. Again, my name is Barbara Paige and I've been. 00:06:01
Appointed by our Board of Directors at Wanami Bay to represent Wanami Bay to the city. Kind of as a communication person to take 00:06:07
information back and forth. 00:06:12
I did a little calculation and it as it turns out in in terms of the housing dwellings in the city, Wanami Bay is about 9.3% of 00:06:18
the housing. 00:06:25
So we feel like, you know, it's good to have a Rep So thank you and I look forward to doing that position. Thanks a lot. 00:06:32
Thank you. 00:06:40
Mr. King. 00:06:42
Hi. 00:06:48
Mayor Perez, your words are really great, so just want to acknowledge that. And by the way, the art is fantastic. 00:06:51
And council members staff. I'm here to provide an update. I provided the clerk with some paperwork. 00:07:01
The last time I stood before you, it had to do with the opposition of the location of this 11 foot monument that the port kind of 00:07:10
has a hard case for in terms of putting it at the end of Surfside and Market Street, the count now of people that are opposed to 00:07:17
that location. 00:07:24
Is 110 and growing up. 00:07:31
And what I provided in front of you is a breakdown of the Port Hueneme residents that have signed the petition 102 out of 110 that 00:07:36
comes out to a little over 92% and others Oxnard and Thousand Oaks about 7 1/4%. 00:07:46
The alternative sites that were in this. 00:07:57
Drafted survey that the port was going to propose but I felt was very biased I. 00:08:00
40% of the choices of the people signing the petition were for the Port of Guinea main gate. 00:08:10
14% for Bubbling Springs Park and 38% for Wyoming Historical Museum. About 7% had no real opinion. 00:08:20
So with that, I just like to go through some names really quickly of additional people. I read you 10 names in the past. 00:08:32
John Wigglers, Robert Bartlesby, Rosemary Tobin. 00:08:42
Tyler Eisen, Al Mayfield, Rose Mayfield, Kevin Harbison, Sherry are Rodney William Lang. 00:08:48
Becky Eisen, Chris Leverson. 00:08:59
Can't read this one. 00:09:05
Jeffrey Scarborough Randall, Thomas Greg Ross, Jan Burke, Daniel Scrivener. 00:09:07
Dave's curve. Sorry. Jacqueline Doherty, Barbara Page and I'll yield my time. Thank you. 00:09:14
Thank you. 00:09:22
And Oh well, let me just say that my comments are really directed to the City Council. 00:09:24
Who I know have the final vote on this and for anybody that's sitting on the fence or in their own way has a bias towards the 00:09:30
port. 00:09:35
And I respect the port. 00:09:41
And I was at the joint meeting recently. 00:09:44
And just Ramirez had some incredible things to say about senior and youth programs anyway. 00:09:47
It's directed to those who might be on the fence regarding the location. Thank you. 00:09:57
Thank you. And just the item is not on the agenda, so the council is not able to discuss it. But for anybody who's watching or 00:10:02
who's interested, I think Mr. King was at the joint meeting where the port noted that they are going to look at an alternative 00:10:09
option on their property and report back. So that's the current status of that project at this time. 00:10:15
Andy Mcduff. 00:10:23
Hello there council people. I've lived in Waimea over 50 years on Myrna Drive. 00:10:31
And it's a dead end St. with 23 houses. 85% of the people have been there over 10 years. Three of the houses are rentals. 00:10:37
And they're putting in two more no sweeping signs. 00:10:49
And. 00:10:54
Amazes me is they already had existing poles. 00:10:56
And light poles to hang these signs, but they've reduced the four foot sidewalk to less than 3 foot. 00:11:00
Creating a liability for the city. I I don't understand this and I asked the residents on the street is anybody requested a sign? 00:11:07
It's been like that for 30 years. We have 4 signs for 23 houses and it's a dead end St. it. It makes no sense to me. It's to me 00:11:14
it's a waste of resources. 00:11:21
That's all I've got to say. 00:11:30
Thank you. If I could again, so it's not on the agenda so the council can't discuss but just as a quick update, I think it's 00:11:35
related to we were trying to update the signage and change alternate the street sweeping dates to try to make parking easier for 00:11:42
people. But I hear the concern about maybe maybe a couple of the areas we're looking to to add signage maybe we didn't need. So 00:11:50
we'll have public works follow up with you I, I, I can kind of see where you're going there but are you trying to say that the. 00:11:57
And there's access to that. Why could we stripe it and put AJ St. as an Oxnard? Well, you could have a joint venture. You could 00:12:37
both make money off the parking there and it can be optional for the people. See, that's what I understand on our street because 00:12:43
they all have driveways. 00:12:48
And they all have lawns. 00:12:55
So why is there no place to park? Got it? We'll have somebody from Public Works get back in touch with you and then we can go from 00:12:57
there also. 00:13:02
Spend all that money putting wheelchair accessible corners in there at 4 foot and they put a sign in the street signpost giving 00:13:10
less than 3 foot. 00:13:15
And there is already existing poles. Light poles, sign poles. 00:13:22
Off the sidewalk to put these. 00:13:27
It is of grave importance that locally native species of trees be planted in the project rather than non-native species. Ones that 00:14:02
are beautiful, easy to care for, drought tolerant and are key to our ecosystems and wildlife. If you go to the park now and sit 00:14:08
under a non-native eucalyptus tree you will hear dead silence. But if you simply stand next to the native Arroyo Willow trees 00:14:15
there is a whole song from birds such as sparrows and hummingbirds, a plant pellet using native plants for that section of the 00:14:21
Greater Recreational Corridor. 00:14:27
I also think city staff should do more to work and collaborate with the neighboring city of Oxnard to aid the homeless. That is 00:15:06
all. Thank you and that concludes public comment. 00:15:11
Thank you. 00:15:16
We will now move on to agenda approval. May I have a motion and a second? 00:15:19
So moved, so moved. 00:15:26
2nd Thank you Madam Clerk. 00:15:27
All in favor, we're going to vote. 00:15:36
1st All in favor, aye all opposed. 00:15:39
Hearing none motion passes and I'd like to make a recommendation recommendation to move the presentation for the Explorer of the 00:15:43
year to ahead of the Housing Authority. 00:15:49
Can I have a motion? 00:15:56
2nd That oh, I'll motion that. Thank you. 00:15:57
Do you have a second? 00:16:01
2nd. 00:16:02
All in favor, aye, Motion passes. Thank you. So we now move to presentation of the Explorer of the year. 00:16:05
Given by Chief Federico. 00:16:14
Good evening everyone, our Explorer of the Year. 00:16:24
The Share for the Portland Police Explore program is Explorer Sergeant Tiffany Zavala. 00:16:27
You can come on. 00:16:36
You get to stand up here with me while I talk about you. 00:16:40
It's a. 00:16:43
She's incredibly humble, but you'll hear she accomplishes a lot. 00:16:45
Tiffany was born and raised in the city of Oxnard. She graduated from Malibu High School and is currently attending Oxnard 00:16:51
College. 00:16:54
And in line with her dedication of public safety. 00:16:58
Tiffany is employed as a crossing guard for the city of Oxnard. 00:17:01
Tiffany plans on studying forensic science and applying what she learns to a career in law enforcement. 00:17:05
Tiffany joined the Port Runnemie Police Explorer program in 2018 and attended the auctioneer Port Hueneme Explorer Program, 00:17:10
Explorer Academy. 00:17:14
Once graduating from the Explorer Academy, Tiffany took on a leadership role and was not never hesitant on taking on new 00:17:19
responsibilities. 00:17:23
Tiffany is routinely recognized by her explorer, advisors and fellow explorers for her exemplary performance of her duties, her 00:17:29
communication skills, and her character. 00:17:34
Because of this, she has achieved the rank of Explorer Sergeant. 00:17:40
During Tiffany's tenure with Poor Running Me Police Explorers, she has volunteered over 1000 hours to the program in the Port 00:17:46
Wanami community. She has also played a vital role in helping to organize various community events such as Cops for Tots, National 00:17:52
Night Out, Thanksgiving Dinner giveaways, Autism awareness, and Breast Cancer awareness. 00:17:58
One interesting fact about Tiffany is that during an Explorer training range day, Tiffany found out that she had a natural talent 00:18:06
for shooting. 00:18:10
Tiffany was able to score so high that she achieved the highest sharpshooting status of the Explorer post, making her a 00:18:15
distinguished expert. 00:18:20
With that training and talent. 00:18:28
She brought home a first place in the Sniper Challenge, beating out fifty other Explorer posts at the Chandler, AZ Explorer 00:18:31
competition. 00:18:35
Join me once again in recognizing Explorer Sergeant Tiffany Zavala for all her hard work and dedication to the Police Explorer 00:18:42
program in the Port Hueneme community. 00:18:46
And to you, Tiffany, on your. 00:18:56
Certificate of Recognition. 00:19:00
It is in recognition of your hard work and dedication with the City of Port Hueneme. Your devotion to the city is inspiring. Your 00:19:02
longevity and loyalty are recognized and appreciated. Your contributions leave a footprint in the City of Port Hueneme. And it is 00:19:09
the City Council's honor to recognize your prestigious award for Explorer of the Year. 00:19:16
Congratulations. Thank you. 00:19:24
What was that? 00:20:03
Yeah, we can do that since we. 00:20:05
I would also like to request to move the in essence of time and the people who've come to receive this I'd like to move the mental 00:20:08
health presentation as well can I get a motion for that I'll move. 00:20:13
Do you have a second? 00:20:20
All in favor? Aye. All opposed hearing, None. Motion passes. 00:20:24
Thank you. So we have with us the team from Victoria County Behavioral Health with Doctor de Nearing and who else do we have with 00:20:29
us? 00:20:33
We're all crazy. 00:20:47
Hello, Council. Thank you so much. Loretta Dearing. I'm the Interim Director of Ventura County Behavioral Health Department. I 00:20:49
have with me some staff, our access and outreach Chief Sarah Sanchez, our click administrator wherever Crisis Services Ruby Avila 00:20:55
and our Youth and Family Division Chief Cheryl Fox. So we are honored to be here tonight. And thank you very much for this 00:21:01
recognition. We thank you for being here. You're an important partner for mental health in this community, and we appreciate your 00:21:07
service. 00:21:13
So I will read the proclamation that will present to you tonight. 00:21:19
Treatment of mental illness. 00:23:12
Thank you. 00:23:48
Nice to meet you. 00:23:51
OK. 00:23:59
No. 00:24:03
We should do the next proclamation. OK, so I would like to request a motion for the final presentation, which is the. 00:24:06
5050 Fifth Annual Professional Municipal Court Clerk Weeks Proclamation will be read by Council member Laura Hernandez. Thank you, 00:24:15
Mayor Perez. 00:24:19
I didn't do a motion for that. 00:24:25
Can I ask a motion to move that presentation move to approve? 00:24:27
OK, second. 00:24:32
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. 00:24:38
Motion passes. 00:24:41
OK. Thank you. 00:24:46
So it's my honor to read the proclamation recognizing the 55th Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week from May 5th to May 11, 00:24:48
2024. Whereas the Office of the Professional Municipal Clerk, a time honored and vital part of local government, exists throughout 00:24:55
the world. And whereas the office of the Professional Municipal Clerk is the oldest among public servants and whereas the Office 00:25:02
of the Professional Municipal Clerk provides the professional link between the citizens. 00:25:09
The local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels. And whereas professional municipal clerks have pledged to 00:25:17
be ever mindful of their neutrality and impartiality, rendering equal service to all. And whereas the professional municipal clerk 00:25:24
serves has an Information Center on functions of local government and community. And whereas the professional municipal clerks 00:25:31
continually strive to improve the administration of the affairs of the office of the professional municipal clerk through 00:25:38
participation in education programs. 00:25:45
Seminars, workshops, and the annual meetings of their state, provincial, county and international professional organizations. 00:25:52
And whereas it is most appropriate that we recognize the accomplishments of the office of the professional municipal clerk. 00:26:00
Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme does hereby recognize the week of May 5th 00:26:08
through the 11th, 2024, has Professional Municipal Clerks Week and further extends appreciation to our professional Municipal 00:26:15
Clerk, Georgiana Alvarez, and to all professional Municipal Clerks for the vital services they perform and their exemplary 00:26:22
dedication to the communities they represent. 00:26:29
Proclaimed on this sixth day of May 2024. 00:26:36
Thank you, Georgiana. We appreciate you. We appreciate you very much. Georgiana. You're my favorite clerk. 00:26:45
You're all an amazing council to work for. 00:26:52
All right. Can I just say that? 00:26:55
Oh yeah, Good that. I always kind of see like the council's like a basketball team because there's five players, you know, that 00:26:58
play on the court. But it's not just the basketball team, it's everyone. And I feel like when we picked up Georgiana, we picked up 00:27:04
an All Star player, you know? So I just, I just want to say that you you've been amazing and I appreciate you very much. Georgiana 00:27:09
James, can we get a picture with you and Georgiana down front of us, behind? 00:27:15
So we will now recess to the City Council meeting and call to order the Port Hueneme Housing Authority regular meeting. 00:28:05
Madam Clerk. 00:28:13
Member Brown. 00:28:16
Member Martinez present. 00:28:20
Member Hernandez here. 00:28:22
Vice Chair McQueen was on here and Chair Perez here. Please let the record reflect that Member Blackwell and Member Gama are 00:28:25
absent. 00:28:29
Thank you. 00:28:34
So we will now hear public comments not pertaining to items on the agenda, on the Housing Authority agenda. Madam Clerk, do we 00:28:37
have any public comments? No public comments for the Housing Authority. Thank you. 00:28:42
We will now consider items on the Housing Authority consent calendar, which will be enacted in one motion unless an authority 00:28:49
member has a request to move an item for discussion. May I have a motion and a second to approve? Move to approve? 00:28:55
Do we have a second second? 00:29:03
All in favor. 00:29:06
All opposed. 00:29:09
Hearing none motion passes. 00:29:10
And now we will go on to the public hearing. 00:29:13
Madam Clerk. 00:29:17
The public living room will be the 2024-2025 Public Housing Annual Plan. Do you have proof of publication as required by law and a 00:29:19
complete file of records and exhibits? Yes, Madam Mayor, thank you. Will staff please present the report? 00:29:26
Yes, thank you. And our housing Director, Gabby Basu will be providing the annual plan. 00:29:35
Good evening Chair, Co Chair, members of the Board, City staff. The item before you tonight is a routine item we are here to ask 00:29:43
for authorization to. 00:29:49
Submit the plan to HUD. It's our annual plan which requires us to do this on a yearly basis. So you have heard my little spill 00:29:56
every year. This year we don't have any major changes, but very important to note, we will return back for an amendment to the 00:30:03
annual plan in September. At that time, we will be implementing Hotmail, which is something that HUD is allowing housing 00:30:10
authorities to do in order to streamline our operations. 00:30:18
So we are excited about that. We are waiting on our software vendor in order to implement. 00:30:26
The next phase of these regulations and that's basically it, nothing is really changing until September and I'm available to 00:30:32
answer any questions that you may have. All right. Are there any questions for staff? 00:30:38
Seeing none at this time. 00:30:46
The public hearing is now open for public input at 701. Are there any public comments regarding this item? 00:30:48
No public comments. 00:30:56
Thank you. Seeing none from the public, we will close the public hearing. The public hearing has concluded. I will now close the 00:30:58
public hearing, the time being Seven O 1. 00:31:03
We have a force, a recommendation to adopt A resolution entitled A Resolution of the Housing Authority of the City of Port 00:31:08
Hueneme, CA approving the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Public Housing Annual Plan. May I have a motion and a second? 00:31:15
I motion to approve. 00:31:25
Thank you. 00:31:27
Any second. Second. 00:31:28
Is there any further discussion on this item? 00:31:32
Seeing none, Madam Clerk, please take a vote, A roll call vote. 00:31:36
Member Brown. 00:31:42
Member Martinez Yes. 00:31:44
Yes, Vice Chair McQueen. Legend and Chair Perez. 00:31:48
Yes, motion passes. 00:31:52
Thank you. So there are no Housing Authority business items. We'll move on to Housing member reports, comments and requests for 00:31:55
future agenda items. Do we have any such item? 00:32:00
I just had a question I. 00:32:07
I hope that member Robert Black was OK just want to know if we've heard from him. 00:32:10
We did hear from him. He was supposed to attend today, so. 00:32:21
OK. Any further? 00:32:27
Seeing none, we will now adjourn. 00:32:30
The Housing Authority regular meeting and reconvene to the City Council regular meeting. 00:32:33
The Port Hueneme Housing Authority will adjourn to its next regular meeting scheduled for June 3rd, 2024 at 6:30 PM, and we will 00:32:39
now reconvene the City Council meeting. The time now is 7 O3. I think that was the fastest meeting we've ever had. 00:32:45
All right, since we already moved to presentations, actually we need to go back and do a conflict of interest. And is it Levine 00:32:54
Act disclosure? Is that pronouncing OK? 00:32:59
Do any members of council have any conflicts of interest to disclose for any item on the agenda? 00:33:04
Seeing none. Thank you. 00:33:10
Occurring at the beach during the kind of peak summer schedule. So we are going to reconfigure our schedule, bring it back at the 00:33:44
next meeting with the schedule to try to lessen the impact on the community. So we'd like to just pull it for now. OK then I will 00:33:52
ask for a motion to consider item 789111213, motion to approve the consent calendar minus item number 10. 00:34:00
Do you have a second? 00:34:09
2nd. 00:34:12
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. Hearing. None. Motion passes. Thank you. We have no public hearings. 00:34:16
Moving on to business item, the first business item is the adoption of a resolution of the City Council of the City of Port 00:34:23
Hueneme, CA establishing an outdoor flagpole display policy, which includes the Pride flag for the month of June. 00:34:29
Well, staff, please present the report. 00:34:37
Yes, thank you. And it's just a quick introduction. The last year in June of 2023, the City Council designated June 2023 as Pride 00:34:40
Month through a proclamation that was issued. And at that time, the council expressed the intent to have the Pride flag displayed 00:34:48
annually in perpetuity in June to honor Pride Month. 00:34:57
And later at that meeting the Council. 00:35:07
Asked as a future item if staff would return with some sort of policy. 00:35:11
Pertaining to the display of flags on outdoor flagpoles owned by the city and to to prepare that policy to implement the. 00:35:17
A flag policy, but also to include the pride flag being flown in perpetuity for the month of June and so. 00:35:26
Fast forward now and now we're getting ready for June of this year. 00:35:35
Somehow time flies, but we have prepared a policy, a flag policy, that is intended to implement that direction, the policy also. 00:35:39
Is it creates a policy for the city so that the City Council? 00:35:54
Upon request by, the Council can consider. 00:36:01
Flags that can be flown at our main flagpole location here. 00:36:05
In front of City Hall, the council has the ability to determine what flags to fly by exercising essentially the City Council and 00:36:11
the city's freedom of speech. And this policy allows the council to do that in what we believe is inappropriate way by creating 00:36:19
the policy to set that. And so we've prepared a policy. 00:36:28
OK. We're prepared to the policy. The city attorney and I are here if there's any questions I. 00:36:39
But if the council were to approve the policy as it's drafted, the. 00:36:48
Not only would we have a process for requests to be considered, but we at this time it would implement and approve the Pride flag 00:36:55
being flown for the month of June on our flagpole here at City Hall. So we're both available with any questions. Thank you. Does 00:37:01
council have any questions for staff? 00:37:07
I have one question. First of all, thank you very much for coming forward with this policy. I think it was long overdue and I'm 00:37:14
very happy to see that the pride flag is now part of our policy and that we will be raising the pride flag every June of every 00:37:23
year from here on out until the policy changes. And hopefully it doesn't in any case under the. My question is under the. 00:37:32
Policy in Exhibit A, there are three locations. City Hall, the OR being S Carpenter Community Center and the Historical Museum. I 00:37:43
believe last year, a couple of years ago, we wanted to also fly it a. 00:37:51
At a second location. So would this policy permit us to do that? 00:38:01
Council has the ability to. 00:38:07
Specify that as part of adopting this policy, the way the policy is drafted, we drafted it. 00:38:11
To only include the are to only start with the flagpole at City Hall, but if the council wanted to include a second flagpole, that 00:38:19
could be stated and included in the policy. 00:38:25
OK, because it kind of implies. 00:38:31
In here, unless does it say specifically the pride flag to be flown only at City Hall? 00:38:35
Yeah, yeah, it does. OK. And So what we did was because we had kind of that same thought process and we listed all of the 00:38:45
flagpoles that we have and and maybe it would have been better just to list the City Hall one, but we listed all of the ones we 00:38:52
have. And then, yeah, it's in the text on the second page that we said and if approved, we would fly the commemorative flags at 00:38:59
City Hall. But again, that's within the power of the City Council. So it could be the other flags. 00:39:05
But we just, we focused on the City Hall flag and we looked at a couple other cities who have flown like actually adopted policies 00:39:14
to fly flags and it's not unusual that they picked kind of the the main primary location. So that makes sense to me and I think 00:39:20
that we have other flags flying, like doesn't public works yard have a flag. 00:39:26
They may well we were we were talking about that that even we pull flags out we're going to pull flags out for the Memorial Day 00:39:36
ceremony for example and we have flags here at Council chambers so. So we were trying to focus on the city owned ones like 00:39:44
permanently installed at our facilities. I think these are the the three but we may have missed we may have missed one. All right. 00:39:51
Thank you very much. Thank you. Is there a possibility that we would add a fourth flagpole like at the beach? 00:39:59
There is a flagpole at the beach. It's just not functional. It's not a yeah it's not. 00:40:07
A functional flagpole. But it's possible the flagpole policy can be modified a lot of ways in the future. And one would be like if 00:40:14
we installed new flagpoles, we can we'd bring it back and, you know, add that to it. And then there'd be the ability of the 00:40:21
council to say if they wanted to also include commemorative flags there or not, you know, so. So the policy is intended to be. 00:40:28
You know if it's this flag, but this location? If it's another flag. All those things can be specified. But we started with the 00:41:14
current three and the proposal to include the Pride flag at City Hall. 00:41:19
I think it's important that. 00:41:25
This Council exercise its First Amendment rights, and particularly with respect to flags, because it can get rather problematic, 00:41:28
I. 00:41:33
And the way for the council to do that is with a resolution. And then when you want to change that First Amendment expression, you 00:41:39
come back and we'll put it on the agenda and then make a change. So that's the really the way, the safest way to do this. I have a 00:41:46
question about what if a community member makes a request to fly a certain flag, Is there a procedure on how that gets proposed to 00:41:52
us? 00:41:58
So the procedure as proposed would essentially be any person can come at any meeting and submit a public comment. And so if 00:42:05
somebody were to come to a council meeting and say I I think the city should fly X flag, it would then be up to the council to to 00:42:11
request the policy to come back at a future meeting, OK. 00:42:18
Any further questions for? 00:42:25
Seeing none, we will move on to the wreck. Is there any public comments on that? 00:42:28
Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, displaying the Pride flag is a powerful symbol of solidarity with the LGBT. 00:43:07
DQ Plus Community signaling your commitment to creating a safe and supportive environment for all residents. 00:43:16
At Autism Society of Ventura County, we believe that inclusive communities are strong communities. We would also like to kindly 00:43:23
request that the City Council also consider the inclusion of flags representing Missing in Action, Mia and Prisoners of War POW 00:43:30
alongside the Pride flag. These flags serve as reminders of the sacrifices made by brave servicemen and women who have defended 00:43:36
our freedoms, often at great personal cost. A commitment to flying the Pride flag and our military flags would reinforce the 00:43:42
message of inclusivity. 00:43:49
And unity, reflecting the diverse tapestry of experiences and identities that make Port Winey me so unique and special. 00:43:55
Autism Society Ventura County commends the City Council for their dedication to promoting equality and acceptance. By standing 00:44:03
together in solidarity with marginalized communities and honoring the sacrifices of our veterans, we can continue to build a more 00:44:10
compassionate and inclusive society for all. Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your continued leadership in 00:44:16
advancing social justice and equality in Port Hueneme. Thank you for your time, Jasmine Duran. 00:44:23
I am glad to see that last year's process deficiency is being remedied this evening. That said, my preference would be that this 00:45:04
council decide to join the hundreds of other cities that have voted to raise only official government flags that represent all of 00:45:12
the diverse members of our community equally and are all inclusive. Also, considering that people of Port Hueneme take great pride 00:45:19
in being a military town with many active and retired Navy residents, I would encourage council to consider raising the POW. 00:45:27
On Memorial Day, veteran's day and National POW Mia Recognition Day. Thank you and thanks to our city clerk on Municipal Clerk. 00:45:36
That concludes public comment. 00:45:45
Thank you so if. 00:45:46
We wanted to make a recommendation to make an adjustment. 00:45:49
Can we do that right now? 00:45:53
Yes, you could choose to identify like additional flags under the policy. The other thing that could be done, and it's actually 00:45:56
the great thing about the policy is. 00:46:02
I think my. 00:46:10
Typical recommendation would be. 00:46:12
That. 00:46:15
Normally when the process occurs, they'd ask for it and then we'd come back at the, you know, at one of the next couple meetings 00:46:17
with the policy. And that actually gives us the time to sort of research it and understand, you know, like for example, with the 00:46:22
POWMIA. 00:46:27
I wouldn't know off the top of my head exactly what dates we are supposed to fly that flag. 00:46:33
And so. 00:46:39
The normal process would be, you know, bring the policy back and then we'd have that opportunity to do it. 00:46:40
So, but I guess it sounds like it should be an agenda item, a future agenda item request. So maybe ask them. Yeah. And I think 00:46:46
that's the I would recommend sort of just starting with that process and following that process because it ensures that everybody 00:46:54
has the time to like we can put it together and everybody understands what we're exactly committing to, you know what days. 00:47:01
At what priority level? All that stuff? 00:47:10
All right, so the recommendation is to adopt A resolution entitled a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme, 00:47:14
CA, establishing an outdoor flagpole display policy, which includes the implementation of council direction to display the Pride 00:47:20
flag for the month of June. May I have a motion and a second. 00:47:26
Move to approve and I just I just had a comment like thinking about adding new flags. 00:47:33
I don't know if it'd be an issue or not adding when. 00:47:38
When Puerto Vallarta comes and visits the city like for 2-3 days, if if we could do something like raising the Mexican flag or I 00:47:42
don't know if Jalisco has a flag, I don't know if that's going to be a problem. So you know, I'm just, I'm just throwing it out. 00:47:47
So I'm just throwing it out with some of the other flags that were mentioned as well. Do we have a second for the motion? I'll 00:47:53
second. Thank you. No further discussion. 00:47:58
That was my only discussion. 00:48:06
Madam Clerk. 00:48:08
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. 00:48:09
Hearing none motion passes, thank you. The next item is the fiscal year 2024 budget preparation. 00:48:13
Sales tax review. 00:48:21
Hinder later. 00:48:23
De Llamas and associates HDL. 00:48:25
So I'll just do a quick quick introduction. It's a little bit of a different item, unique item than we've had in the past. But but 00:48:30
I think really before I turn it over to our expert from HDL, we're about to enter year two of a two year budget and those are 00:48:37
typically just kind of very minimal review and and. 00:48:44
Usually not a whole lot of changes. I think we are. We started to anticipate a couple of issues that are. 00:48:54
Going to impact us and we. 00:49:03
One by one have actually been bringing those back and we've kind of had many kind of budget reviews at the last couple of or a 00:49:06
couple times over the last couple of months. Because really as we're getting closer to the budget, I think it's becoming clear 00:49:14
there's going to be about four big impacts on the budget and this sales tax and cannabis tax are two of the big ones that are 00:49:22
going to impact our revenues and we expect our revenues to to come in to start reducing from what we had adopted previously. 00:49:30
And then the other two were expenses and those were pension increases and inflation increases. And so we had done that pension 00:49:38
review, a couple, a couple maybe a month or two back where we were talking about pension costs. We're seeing about a 20% increase 00:49:46
in pension costs across the board right now. So the point of today's is to focus on those two that we hadn't talked about yet that 00:49:53
we are seeing that impact and the great thing is with sales tax and cannabis tax. 00:50:00
We contract with HDL who's really I think has a reputation across the state of being experts in this field. They consult for 00:50:08
probably probably every city in the county I would would guess and they they're they really look at the data and look at the 00:50:16
trends and can really help us accurately forecast. So well we figured we'd ask the expert to come in and tell us what they're 00:50:23
seeing for next year and it's just going to help us all kind of know what to expect. 00:50:31
As we get closer to the budget, which we plan to bring a month from now on the first meeting in June. So with that, I'll turn it 00:50:39
over to to HDL. 00:50:44
Wonderful. Thank you very much. City Manager Vega, just by a show of thumbs, you guys can hear me. OK, wonderful. And if possible, 00:50:51
I'm not, I'm not able to share my screen, so I don't know if there's somebody that can allow for that change. I'd be happy to 00:50:58
share the presentation. I believe staff had already included the the presentation with your council agenda packet. They're 00:51:05
allowing you access now. Wonderful. Appreciate that. There we go. 00:51:13
And all back together. OK, there we go. 00:51:23
So, so, yes, Madam Mayor, Council members, thank you so much. I'm glad to be able to join you tonight and very appreciative that 00:51:26
you allow me to do this presentation virtually. As you can imagine, just travel and otherwise. Sometimes it can be a bit of a 00:51:34
challenge, but I'm so happy to be able to provide you the information as City Manager Vega had mentioned just by way of quick 00:51:41
introduction, you could see again I included this with the with the packet myself. 00:51:49
Along with my experience, I'm currently been with HDL for over 10 years now. I'm currently the Director of Client Services. I lead 00:51:56
a team of 12 professionals that every quarter our process is to analyze the quarterly sales tax data we receive from the 00:52:03
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration or CDTFA and really dissect through it to find all of the trends that are 00:52:10
happening within the California consumer economy and where we as consumers are spending our money or maybe those change, those 00:52:16
trends have been changing. 00:52:23
So first we start at a very high level, statewide level, then we work our way down to the local level. And yes, as City Manager 00:52:30
Reggae mentioned, we are blessed to work with so many clients here, especially here in California. We've been serving cities, 00:52:37
counties and special districts for over 40 years. We serve over 400 collective agencies here in California, 700 nationwide 00:52:45
spanning now coast to coast and we are so blessed to. 00:52:52
Maintain a 99% client retention rate, which we hopefully feel represents the quality level of service that we strive to provide to 00:53:00
to each local agency and and the communities you serve. 00:53:07
So as we talk about sales tax, just to start framing the conversation a little bit. 00:53:16
On the screen you see here a total sales tax rate locally with import Wanami of 8.75% and just how that breaks down. You can see 00:53:21
the top line up here. About 4% goes into the state's general fund. 00:53:29
Locally, we've got our 1%, what we call the Bradley Burns or the normal 1% that every incorporated agency within the entire state 00:53:37