CALL TO ORDER / FLAG SALUTE/ROLL CALL
INSPIRATION
PUBLIC COMMENT
AGENDA APPROVAL FOR CITY COUNCIL
PRESENTATION Item No. 1 Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and National Police Week Proclamation
PRESENTATION Item No. 2 Dispatcher of the Year Award Certificate of Recognition presented to Police Dispatcher Samantha Duran
PRESENTATION Item No. 3 National Public Works Week Proclamation
CONSENT CALENDAR
PUBLIC HEARINGS Item No. 10 Update to Cannabis Ordinance
PUBLIC HEARINGS Item No. 11 Introduction of Ordinances Amending Sections 10802 and 10803 of Chapter 6 of Article X of the Port Hueneme Municipal Code, Pertaining to Development Standards for Accessory Dwelling Units and Density Bonus Regulations, Respectively
BUSINESS Item No. 12 Ponoma Street Parking Concerns and Option for Stop Sign Installation
BUSINESS Item No. 13 Fiscal Year 2022-23 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR)
CITY MANAGER COMMENTS AND REPORTS
COUNCILMEMBERS’ REPORTS AND COMMENTS
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
ADJOURNMENT
Good evening everyone. Oops, my mic is. 00:00:03
A little loose. 00:00:08
Welcome to the City Council regular meeting. I'm calling this meeting to order. The time is now 6:30 PM Please stand and join me 00:00:09
for the flag salute. 00:00:13
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, 00:00:22
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 00:00:28
Thank you, Madam Clerk, will you please take roll call? 00:00:39
Councilmember Gama here, Councilmember Hernandez here. 00:00:43
Councilmember Martinez present Mayor Perez here, and please let the record reflect that Mayor Pro Tem McQueen legend is absent. 00:00:47
Thank you. Tonight's inspiration will be given by Councilmember Gama. 00:00:52
Thank you. There's so much to be inspired from and within our community, I have a long list of things to talk about. So hopefully 00:01:00
I could just go real quick and everybody will be inspired. So you know, it's May time. May is the time for graduation. So many 00:01:06
high school students are getting ready to graduate. What an exciting time I can remember back when I was a high school student, 00:01:12
graduating, graduating, it seems like yesterday. And so you get to live and you see the excitement, the joy that these young 00:01:18
persons are going to be. 00:01:24
Going for in their future life goals when he be Little League just finished their season and it was a little trying season because 00:01:31
their ball fields are under construction. But they finished with smiles and they had a great season and they they stepped up and 00:01:38
had to be a little bit uncomfortable but man they really enjoyed themselves last night. Real Guppies is making an impact across 00:01:46
Ventura County and we saw that in their fundraising event for the surf and turf thing. Mayor Perez was there as with. 00:01:53
Many, many supporters, Becky was there and we had a great time supporting a great great. 00:02:01
Group these walls These walls are filled with inspiration and. 00:02:09
Artists and their 7th and 8th graders and they're from Waimea Elementary. So if you get a time look around and just enjoy the 00:02:16
artwork and if you don't enjoy life, well you better start because we live in an amazing place and. 00:02:22
Each and every day we should count our blessings as we go through this wonderful city of ours in the ocean and the beach, life and 00:02:30
all that. And then there's George George Mahogan. 00:02:36
And smile and get to know new people. And this past weekend's event was catered by our Chief of police. He makes some baked ziti 00:03:23
at Caesar salad and Wyoming bake house provided some garlic bread. And it was just wonderful to see our chief and his support 00:03:32
staff come out and do that so you don't have to look far here in Waimea to be inspired. And of course. 00:03:42
A lot of us live here because of the beach and I got this calendar from a meeting I was. That's a tied calendar and I just want to 00:03:53
read the back of it. To close this out, to be aware of ones environment is to be aware of oneself. By living near and using the 00:04:00
ocean, we stay in touch with a pure source of life, the curving lines on these pages. 00:04:06
Actually represent interaction between our moon, sun and the planets traveling through eternal space. 00:04:14
While the flow of the tides is endless, we spend but a few short moments of influence on this earth. For many reason reasons, this 00:04:20
time in history seems most critical. We have the power to destroy or preserve our ocean environment. The responsibility of its 00:04:27
preservation is in the hands of we who use and enjoy the ocean. These are but words. While actions alone create results, there are 00:04:34
many ways to help with preservation. Please take the time to find and use them. 00:04:42
So respect your environment, enjoy each and every day. And thank God you live in the city of Port Hueneme. Thank you. Thank you 00:04:50
Councilmember Gama. We will now move on to public comments. We will hear public comments not pertaining to items on the agenda. 00:04:57
Comments are limited to 3 minutes. This process will be the same for comments pertaining to each agenda item. Madam Clerk, do we 00:05:03
have any public comments? We do. First up is Becky Bruning, followed by Tom King. 00:05:10
Good evening, Mayor, council members, staff and audience. 00:05:24
I'm here with broke up the outdoors. We did have a fantastic night last night, raised a lot of money. 00:05:30
And this Sunday is our family fish day out at the end of Wyoming pier from 8:30 to 11:30. So come out and join us and have some 00:05:39
fun. Thank you. 00:05:45
I'm here, Perez, City Council member staff. 00:05:57
On its neighbors, I'm just here to give a quick update. When I first stood before you on the matter of the petition to oppose the 00:06:01
location of the Bard monument at Surfside and Market Street at the Flag Plaza, I had about 40 signatures and it became 80. Now 00:06:10
it's over 150. 00:06:18
I know the port from time to time indicates well, maybe they're not so solidly. 00:06:29
Hard in terms of having that is their location, but it's important, I think to at least indicate that it's not one person up here 00:06:36
right now. It's about 152 people. So I thank you for listening. I. 00:06:44
Really. We're trying to encourage you to. 00:06:52
Acknowledge that that's the wrong. 00:06:57
Location for that monument. So thank you. Thank you. 00:06:59
Mr. Randall Thomas and then Jan Burke. 00:07:04
Good afternoon, mayor, council, city staff, neighbors and community members. I'm here to talk about the community benefit fund and 00:07:12
kind of what our neighbors have kind of come up with. So that way we can kind of have a path forward so we can all see everything 00:07:18
aligned and united. 00:07:24
The way that the current process involves the community fund can be a little confusing. We're just looking for a standard 00:07:32
operating procedure. 00:07:37
Aligned upon how things specifically go and get approved and some ideas we have was an establishment of an advisory committee of 00:07:42
Wanami residents to help create the new structure and process. 00:07:48
For an updated Wine Me Community Benefit Fund program, we suggest that each Council member appoint one advisory committee member. 00:07:54
The committee would then meet on an agreed upon schedule on a regular basis, select projects for funding, and then these projects 00:08:02
would then be presented to Council for final approval to bring to the Our Namey Community Benefit Fund meeting with the Port. 00:08:11
Second thing would be this new structure would be more aligned with a grant process where funds are processed and distributed to 00:08:21
local nonprofits and community based programs that apply for the fund with the focus and goal to enhance the quality of life in 00:08:26
the port My name community. 00:08:31
3rd would be encouraging matching funds for projects from local businesses, organizations and residents who would love to provide 00:08:38
better and greater benefit to the overall community fund to increase that dollar amount. It encourages community involvement and 00:08:44
increases pride in our city. I know a lot of people would probably like to see that Community Benefit Fund baseline number 00:08:51
increase and I think having the community also contribute to that. 00:08:58
Would do really well for a city to show everyone here that we're a united city and we want to make this place an even better place 00:09:05
to live than it already is. 00:09:09
The fourth thing would be having this grant application process that assures the approved programs are a substantial projects that 00:09:13
produce. 00:09:17
Quantifiable outcomes for the community and a few things that we kind of came up with was senior and youth programs, safety police 00:09:21
canines, coastal programs and environmental projects such as charging stations, solar and lighting projects and other things of 00:09:29
the sort. City beautification projects as well, such as murals and landscaping upgrades to artwork and whatnot, would also be a 00:09:37
substantial benefit to the community. This was also brought to the Port Commission meeting that I attended earlier today. 00:09:44
And one of the poor commissioners mentioned what's beneficial to both organizations or agencies and I would like to know kind of 00:09:53
what that settlement states specifically to what? 00:09:59
Benefits an agency or a community, So I'm not sure who I need to get in contact with to be able to see what that settlement 00:10:07
agreement states, but if I could get in contact with somebody, that would be great. Thank you very much. 00:10:13
Thank you. 00:10:20
And I can just note real quick, so we will contact you to let you know how to how to get that information. 00:10:23
Mr. Lamont Hayes, you'll be after Miss Burke. 00:10:35
No, no, Miss Burke. Go ahead. 00:10:39
Thank you, Randall. 00:10:47
Good evening. 00:10:50
Council. 00:10:52
Staff neighbors. 00:10:53
My goodness, there's a bunch of them Today I. 00:10:57
I appreciate what Randall has said. This was a synopsis of what our HOA coalition put together. I hand it out to you sort of a 00:11:00
summary that we came up with. We we were, we were very concerned with the. 00:11:08
Last joint meeting between the Council and the. 00:11:16
The port and we did present this just today, this afternoon, to the port. 00:11:21
And I think we came away a bit more confused because there seems to be. 00:11:26
Push back and concerns about what the intent of these funds are for. 00:11:32
And I would like to get. We would like to get. 00:11:39
Some better clarity on what the agreement is about because. 00:11:42
One of the commissioners said. 00:11:48
And I quote that this agreement was made in 2015 as a settlement and it was a settlement between the port and the city to create a 00:11:50
fund that would benefit the city. 00:11:56
And the port. 00:12:03
Organizations. 00:12:06
Not the community. 00:12:09
But the city and the port organizations, and that was. 00:12:11
A little startling to me because I didn't. I mean, it's called a community benefit fund, right? So it's a little contradictory to 00:12:15
what? 00:12:19
Where our interpretation or our? 00:12:23
Our perception is. 00:12:26
And we, you know, we've been watching this process and it's been a little cumbersome and I think that we feel that. 00:12:28
We'd like to create some structure to it so where it's clear to the public what it's for. 00:12:37
And it's clear that it's a community benefit fund or not. And. 00:12:43
Because it's very interesting even today and some of the topics and subjects that came up, it was a soccer team that wanted to get 00:12:49
some funds and they wanted to get some funds for a trip because they won the Southern California soccer and. 00:12:56
They they. Somebody asked. Is this a community benefit fund funding? 00:13:04
And the Commission said no. 00:13:09
So what is it for? 00:13:12
And I think that this is where, I mean that's a great example of a good community benefit, right. So I guess I would like to get 00:13:14
clarity and I and I think that if it's Wanimi specific, it seems to me it should be because it was part of the Waimi settlement 00:13:20
between the port and the and the city. 00:13:26
Then let's get that clear. And so it's not a lot of random and and small onesie twosies. And let's do something that's meaningful 00:13:33
and impactful to our community. That's what our, our, the coalition really would like to see that we want to help. 00:13:40
And so I just leave it at that. Thank you. Thank you. 00:13:49
Good evening, Council. 00:14:03
Staff members of the public to the chief. 00:14:05
Federico and to the officers here, Good evening. My name is Lamont Hayes. I represent the Ventura County Resource Center, Started 00:14:09
a nonprofit organization to help the community. We're having a resource fair on June 1st from 1:50 at the Boys and Girls Club of 00:14:19
Greater Oxnard in Port Hueneme, 1900 W 5th St. in the City of Oxnard. This event is to gear everyone together. 00:14:29
And hear about the resources that our county represents and have. 00:14:39
So you have all the different organizations, nonprofits, the health department, the venture County Health Department will be 00:14:43
there, public health will be there. Different departments that usually don't go to community events are coming. We worked out 00:14:50
something with them. So you're here more about a lot of the resources that they have, the district attorney's office, we have BMX 00:14:58
coming that's going to bring their bikes up, as well as ramps to show some skills. 00:15:06
Which I invited BMX up to kind of talk to the Oxnard fixie crew to talk to them about safety and to really impact them as well, 00:15:13
talk with the Highway Patrol. California Highway Patrol was bringing a rodeo until Oxnard decided they wanted to host a rave on 00:15:22
the same day. So we have the Ox. RPD is going to come with their motorcycles and and try to do some education as well. On that day 00:15:30
we have bikes that were donated. We have several bikes with helmets, with helmets and gear, skateboards. 00:15:39
The event is going to be audible. They're going to have speakers throughout the space. A lot of times when you go to large events, 00:15:49
you don't get to go and talk. 00:15:53
There's agencies. I've sent people over there. There's also Oxnard College that's helping. So that's going to be June 1st, 1:50 at 00:16:32
the Boys and Girls Club, 1900 W 5th St. and the city of Oxnard. Follow the signs. I'm going to put some out. Thank you. 00:16:39
And then we have two written public comments. 00:16:49
City Council During the last council meeting on May 6, the following statement was made from the dais at the beginning of the flag 00:16:53
policy agenda item. 00:16:57
I'm 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 00:17:01
year from here on out until the policy changes and hopefully it doesn't. 00:17:06
They should be heard before a decision is made and announced, not after. As for the new flight policy itself, hopefully a future 00:17:44
City Council will see the wisdom in representing all of port huenemes, diverse residents equally under all inclusive city flag. 00:17:51
Thank you and Happy Asian, American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Jeffrey Scarberry. 00:17:58
Dear City Council members, it is with desperation that I beg you to address the ongoing issues with Miranda Park, specifically the 00:18:08
corner of the overflow lot bordering the residential area on Beach Port Drive. This area is a hot spot for loitering, dawn to 00:18:16
dusk, drug use, drinking, loud music, mobile mechanic work, littering, sexual activity, defecation and urination. These issues 00:18:23
include, but are nowhere near limited to, litter being thrown or blowing all over the wall. 00:18:30
The ongoing stench of human excrement, noise, nuisance, and even once a crack pipe being thrown over the wall shattering only feet 00:18:37
away from a residents special needs child. People have even jumped the wall to come vandalize personal property. Our fine officers 00:18:44
do what they can and have admittedly increased patrols, but without action patrols do not deter this behavior. The other day a 00:18:50
complaint was made about obvious loud mechanic work in the park and PHPD, although responding quickly drove right past without 00:18:56
doing anything. 00:19:02
Without proper enforcement as a clear message that these actions will not be tolerated, how can we expect to change? I'm sure 00:19:09
everyone is familiar with the quote. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. This is one 00:19:15
of those situations. To our fine police and City Council, you are all good people. I challenge you to do something. Address this 00:19:21
once and for all. I will be a regular at upcoming City Council meetings until change happens. Thank you for your time and 00:19:27
consideration. 00:19:33
Tebow, Robert, vice president of Beach Port Villas, HLA. And that concludes public comment. 00:19:39
Can I, Eric, if I could just quickly respond to that comment. Just to note that we are aware of some issues in that parking lot 00:19:47
area at Miranda Park. And as mentioned in the comment, we have worked with our teams to get more presence in the area and more 00:19:55
patrols in the area and we'll continue to work on those and try to have the presence to. 00:20:03
To stop the issue from happening or to respond if if issues keep happening. So we are working on that. We'll keep focusing on that 00:20:14
moving forward. So we will let the resident know that as well. 00:20:20
Thank you. 00:20:26
We'll now move on to agenda approval for City Council. May I have a motion and a second? 00:20:28
So moved. 00:20:34
Thank you, Madam Clerk. 00:20:36
All in favor. 00:20:38
Aye, all opposed hearing none Motion passes. 00:20:39
Thank you. 00:20:44
Move to the conflict of Conflict of interest and Levine Act disclosures. Do any members of council have any conflicts of interest 00:20:45
to disclose for any item on the agenda? 00:20:50
Seeing none, we will move on to presentations. 00:20:56
The first presentation is the Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week proclamation. I have the proclamation I will 00:20:59
read, and then we will have a few words by our Chief of Police. 00:21:05
Peace offers a Memorial Day and National Police week May 15th, 2024 and May 12th through 18th, 2024. Whereas Congress and 00:21:14
President of the United States have designated May 15th, 2023 as National Police Officers Memorial Day and in the week in which it 00:21:21
falls as Police Week and whereas there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United 00:21:28
States, including the dedicated members of the Port Wanami Police Department. 00:21:35
And whereas the members of the Port Rooney Me Police Department recognizes the duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and 00:21:43
property, by protecting them against violence or disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against 00:21:48
oppression or intimidation. 00:21:53
And whereas it is proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of the men and women of the 00:21:58
Port Wanami Police Department and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all people in our 00:22:02
community. 00:22:07
And whereas more hundred more than 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and have 00:22:12
been killed in the line of duty, including sworn officers in the County of Ventura. Whereas the names of these dedicated public 00:22:18
servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC And whereas May 15th, 2024 00:22:25
is designated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of 00:22:31
duty and their families. 00:22:37
Now, therefore, be it proclaimed the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme, formally designates May 12th through May 18th, 2024 00:22:45
as Police Week and May 15th, 2024 as Police Officers Memorial Day in the City of Port Hueneme, and publicly salute the service of 00:22:52
law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the Nation. 00:22:59
Good evening everyone and thank you. Just as was stated, May 15th is National Peace Officer Day, so it is there to memorialize our 00:23:08
fallen officers. 00:23:14
The 138 from last year, 59 so far this year across the country. 00:23:22
And it's also there to honor our current peace officers and staff that serve you to today. 00:23:28
So no Police Department can be truly effective without the support and the trust of its community. So it is much appreciated. 00:23:35
Thank you. 00:23:41
Thank you and can we get a picture of everyone? 00:23:48
Some of this team that I'm very proud of up here, this incredible team. 00:23:51
Oh, you didn't know it was a photo op? 00:23:55
The mic. 00:24:36
Drop the mic, Mike. 00:24:37
Thank you. Thank you for. 00:24:40
All right, the next presentation is the Dispatcher of the Year Awards Certificate of Recognition presented to Police Dispatcher 00:24:48
Samantha Durant. 00:24:53
Sam, come on up here while I talk about you and stand here awkwardly. 00:25:02
Very proud of our dispatch team. 00:25:08
So Samantha, AKA Sam, started her law enforcement career when she joined the Oxnard Police Explorer Program in 2013. 00:25:11
She moved up the ranks to the position of Explorer Lieutenant. 00:25:20
She was then hired by auctioneer PD as an intern in crime analysis while steel in a high school. 00:25:23
Sam had several roles at Oxnard PD, including IT assistant and eventually becoming a full time traffic Services assistant and a 00:25:32
failed trainer for that position. 00:25:36
Due to her sincerity and teamwork with others, Sam was also a member of the police department's peer support team. 00:25:41
Now Sam has been with Fort Worthy PD since 2022. 00:25:50
When she was hired as a community service officer. 00:25:54
Soon after coming on board as a CSO. 00:25:56
Sam became part of the dispatch team as a dispatcher. 00:25:59
She's had several challenging and exciting moments in the PHPD dispatch center. On one occasion, Sam was the primary dispatcher 00:26:03
when our city experienced major devastating flooding in December of 2023, as you can all remember. 00:26:10
She ended up staying over and helping during the crisis, working a 16 plus hour shift. 00:26:19
Was one of the highest volume of calls to come into the Comm center in such a short amount of time. 00:26:24
While at the same time. 00:26:31
She had to dispatch coordinating police officer rescue responses and relay information to Ventura County fire. 00:26:34
Sam was also working during a shooting homicide in our city. In that incident, Sam fielded multiple 911 calls, relayed info from a 00:26:43
direct witness to our responding units and had to coordinate the approach of officers as the victim and the suspect were in a 00:26:47
residential alley. 00:26:52
On another shooting incident, Sam received a phone call from a frightened victim. 00:26:58
Calmed and questioned the victim, while at the same time coordinating police units to the victims location as well as to the 00:27:03
location of the fleeing suspects. 00:27:07
When Sam was nominated. 00:27:14
Some of her Co workers commented. 00:27:17
That Sam was an extremely quick learner and adapted quickly to her solo environment. 00:27:20
Sam will come in at a moment's notice and steps up when covering shifts. 00:27:26
In order to ensure that we have enough staffing for our community. 00:27:31
Another one said Sam is always professional, always courteous. 00:27:37
And a few said. 00:27:42
Sam was a pleasure to work with and it's a very good dispatcher. 00:27:43
Sam has an associate's degree in criminal justice and also in social and behavioral science. 00:27:48
If you paid attention to the years and the numbers that I mentioned, folks, you got to see Sam did a lot of that in her first 00:27:55
year. 00:27:58
It's pretty incredible. It shows the type of people we bring on board here for your community, but Sam did all that in her first 00:28:02
year. 00:28:06
Folks, please join me in honoring Samantha Duran is your pH. PD Dispatcher of the Year. 00:28:10
And. 00:28:20
From your council, your certificate of recognition presented to police dispatcher Samantha Durham. 00:28:22
A recognition of your hard work and dedication with the City of Port Hueneme. Your devotion to the city is inspiring. Your 00:28:28
longevity and loyalty are recognized and appreciated. 00:28:32
Your contributions leave a footprint on the City of Port Hueneme, and it is the City Council's honor to recognize your prestigious 00:28:36
award for Dispatcher of the Year. 00:28:41
Did you get a photo? 00:28:51
Thank you. Congratulations. Thank you. 00:29:11
Thank you. 00:29:18
And our final presentation tonight is National Public Works Week Proclamation and Councilmember Gama will be reading the 00:29:20
proclamation. 00:29:24
I think I said earlier, there's inspiration all around us and. 00:29:29
We've just seen it right now. Really appreciate the. 00:29:33
Our dispatcher of the year, That's an amazing story. Thank you for serving our city and our residents. 00:29:37
National Public Works Proclamation Advancing Quality of Life for All, May 19th through May 25th, 2024. 00:29:44
Whereas public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are vital importance to the sustainable 00:29:54
and resilient communities and the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people of the City of Port Hueneme. 00:30:01
And whereas these infrastructure, facilities and services cannot be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works 00:30:09
professionals who are engineers, managers and employees at all levels of our government and the private sector. 00:30:16
And the Canadian Public Works Association, be it now. 00:31:04
Therefore be it proclaimed that the city of. 00:31:08
That the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme do hereby designate the week of May 19th through May 25th, 2024 as National 00:31:13
Public Works Week. We urge all citizens to join with representatives of the American Public Works Association and government 00:31:19
agencies and activities, events and ceremonies designed to play pay tribute to our public works professionals, engineers, 00:31:25
managers, and employees, and to recognize the substantial contributions they make to protecting our National Health, safety, and 00:31:32
advancing. 00:31:38
The quality of life for all here in the city of Port Hueneme. And with that I'd like to introduce our Public Works Director, Fred 00:31:45
Camarillo. 00:31:48
Thank you. 00:31:53
Good evening, Mayor Council. 00:31:57
City manager, city attorney, Members of the audience. 00:32:00
I'd like to, on behalf of the entire department, say thank you for the recognition and the proclamation. 00:32:05
As you are all aware, we've had quite a few things happen over the last six months that public works and everybody really that's 00:32:13
an employee here had to respond to. We take great pride in doing what we do. I know that everybody loves doing what they do as 00:32:20
well. 00:32:28
We don't have anything that we've actually planned for this week. I know some agencies go ahead and and set things up where you 00:32:37
can go, but. 00:32:40
Some of the things that we do have that are related to public works is maybe not everybody's aware we can offer tours to the water 00:32:44
agency. I know some of you have gone and go taking that tour to see how the water treatment plant works. Public Works is very 00:32:52
involved in the beach festival, the Banana Festival, the Touch a Truck event. So we will be at all of those events at each of 00:33:00
those we. 00:33:07
Take our equipment and have people set up to be able to show how things work. 00:33:16
What we do if there's questions on on any of this stuff that they see, we give out information. 00:33:25
It's something that we do not just for as a part of a public works week, but more of a around the year. 00:33:34
Notifications and presentations so people have the ability to learn more about what Public Works does and what services we have to 00:33:42
offer. And again I'd like to say thank you for recognizing that and. 00:33:48
Thank you. 00:33:57
Thank you. Can we get a picture? I can get Charles and Dennis to come up to our water manager and our principal engineer. 00:33:57
Can't review 3 just. 00:34:31
Thank you. 00:34:33
All right. That concludes the presentations for tonight. Now we move on to the consent calendar. 00:34:40
We'll consider items on the consent calendar, which will be enacted in one motion unless a council member has a request to remove 00:34:51
an item for discussion. 00:34:55
Does any Council member have a request to remove an item? 00:34:59
Seeing none, may I have a second, a motion and a second? 00:35:03
Sorry to interrupt, but we have one correction or maybe more of a well, it's a correction slash clarification that we'd like to 00:35:07
recommend, which is on item 6 calling for the election. We had listed the positions. 00:35:14
With of mayor and council member being up for election because we don't have an A directly elected marriage should be council 00:35:24
member and council member up for election. So if if council can include just that correction. 00:35:31
Motion that we can make that correction kind of a motion to approve all including the correction made to item number six. 00:35:39
So moved second. Thank you, Madam Clerk. 00:35:45
All in favor? Aye. All opposed Hearing, None. Motion passes. Great. 00:35:49
We'll now move on to public hearings, right? We're on the same one. I didn't skip anything. 00:35:55
OK. The first item for public hearing is the update to the cannabis ordinance and that will be given by Staff Director Tony 00:36:00
Stewart I assume. 00:36:05
Thank you. 00:36:10
First of all, Madam Clerk, do we have proof of publication as required by law and a complete file and report and exhibits? Yes, 00:36:23
Madam Mayor, thank you. 00:36:27
All yours, Mr. Stewart. 00:36:31
All right. 00:36:33
Thank you, Madam Mayor and members of council staff audience, this should be a fairly straightforward hearing here. 00:36:35
As you probably remember, just three months ago we updated our ordinance based on several changes that were recommended by staff 00:36:44
as well as the community and council as well. However, we found that there were three additional revisions that should be made to 00:36:51
the ordinance. So the first one is to remove the requirement that employees go through the city's life scan background review. So 00:36:59
recall this was actually changed in the implementing ordinance. 00:37:06
Are implementing resolution, but we do need to also change the ordinance accordingly and this was basically per the Chief of 00:37:14
Police's recommendation and it's also a great cost savings to the business owners. However, the business owners themselves and 00:37:20
their security guards will still be required to go through the process. 00:37:27
The second one came to us fairly recently when we had one of our. 00:37:34
Business owners come to us and ask that they not be required to have an armed guard at their facility during business hours. Now 00:37:40
we require those because they're part of the security plan and part of the certificate of approval process. And as the council 00:37:47
well knows as the community, one of the reasons why our process or our program here in the city has been so successful is because 00:37:54
of these armored guards that are present. 00:38:00
They have statistically been proven to lower crime rates around some of our dispensaries. And so speaking with the Chief of Police 00:38:08
and some of the other committee members that approve these applications, we determine that actually, no, we did not want to not 00:38:14
require them and instead actually require them for the ordinance, which would be the strongest way to do so. So that's what we are 00:38:20
recommending this evening here. 00:38:26
And then the final one is just a cleanup of our last ordinance update. We approved the allowance for stand alone consumption 00:38:33
lounges and we just want to make sure that the the ordinance stated that new standalone lounges had to go through the entire 00:38:41
process and not just an update. So we just qualified that in the ordinance and so with that. 00:38:48
The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and there is no fiscal impact as a result of this particular 00:38:57
ordinance update. And with that, that concludes my presentation and open for any questions that you have. Thank you. Does council 00:39:02
have any questions for staff? 00:39:08
Council Member Hernandez, thank you, Mr. Stewart for your presentation. It's much appreciated. I just have a a clarified question 00:39:14
for clarification on item one. So are we staying here that we used to require all employees to get live scanned and go through a 00:39:21
background. So now we're just eliminating that to the security officers and and the actual business owners. And the business 00:39:29
owners, yeah, in fact, the business owners actually have to go through 2 background processes. 00:39:36
And that's because of these cost a couple $100 a piece and with the constant turnover, it is just very difficult for the business 00:39:44
owners to keep track of. Understood. Thank you and then nothings really changing. 00:39:51
On the armed guard, we're just really just saying that. 00:40:00
We're caught up buying it. Yeah, they do need to have one and then the third one. 00:40:04
Umm, if it's if. 00:40:11
The lounge is attached. They don't have to have a new certificate of approval and entitlements. They go through a modified 00:40:13
process. Yeah, as you know, Wheelhouse and Skunk Masters have already done that. It's a much simpler process for them, but a new 00:40:20
stand alone process requires a complete analysis. So we start at the beginning with that. 00:40:27
Thank you. Councilmember Martinez, do you have any questions? 00:40:36
I have a question for public edification, the removal of the requirement for life scans for employees, does that will that bring 00:40:40
up an issue with potentially who's being employed, whether or not they have a criminal background or not? Could that cause an 00:40:46
issue since they're working in the marijuana industry? 00:40:52
That probably be a better question for the chief of police, but their requirements of the DCC requirements are not as strict for 00:40:59
employees as they are for the business owners. The business owners do have a criminal background and they most likely are not 00:41:06
allowed to open the business. But I don't believe that that's the case for the employees, which is why we're recommending the 00:41:12
change at this point. Got it. Thank you. 00:41:18
OK, we are now going to open the public hearing and take public comment. The public hearing is now open for public comment input 00:41:25
at 7:11 PM. Are there any public comments regarding this item? No, Madam Mayor. 00:41:31
Thank you. 00:41:38
Within the city, subject to regulatory parameters that protect public health, safety and welfare and make a determination, the 00:42:13
project is exempt under Sequa. May I have a motion and a second So moved. 00:42:19
2nd Thank you Madam Clerk. 00:42:26
Any further discussion before we move on for a final vote? 00:42:28
Seeing none. Thank you. 00:42:32
Councilmember Goma. 00:42:34
Yes. Council Member Hernandez, Yes. Council Member Martinez, yes. And Mayor Perez. Motion passes. 00:42:36
Thank you. 00:42:43
The next public hearing will be the introduction of ordinances emitting sections 10802 and one 08/03 of Chapter 6 of Article 10. 00:42:46
Of the Fort Wayne Municipal Code pertaining to development standards for accessory dwelling units and density bonus regulations, 00:42:57
respectively. 00:43:01
It's simpler for staff to make the necessary updates and bring them back to you with the standalone ordinances. 00:43:39
So starting with our Adu ordinance, you'll see that I had to add the word former there, former California government code sections 00:43:46
65852, et cetera, set forth Adu development standards for all jurisdictions including charter cities such as ours here in the 00:43:53
state of California. However, I was just informed a couple hours before this meeting that actually the state has already changed 00:44:00
the statutes. They now have new reference numbers starting with 66310. And So what staff is recommending here is that the Adu 00:44:08
ordinance be updated. 00:44:15
Simply to state something such as an any succeeding state code sections. So if they do change in the future, we don't have to come 00:44:22
back to you and change them. So because that's not a substantive change, we can go ahead and do that between now and the second 00:44:28
reading at our next meeting without any further discussion. 00:44:34
So the intent of the state law is to overcome barriers for affordable housing by providing housing choices to serve different 00:44:40
populations. In fact, per the government code, accessory dwelling units offer lower cost housing to meet the needs of existing and 00:44:47
future residents within existing neighborhoods, while respecting architectural character. 00:44:53
And to ensure as much land use as possible, which is continually being stripped away from us, the City must adopt an Adu ordinance 00:45:01
or we are required simply to abide by Allstate mandates, whether or not they would be something that was beneficial to the city. 00:45:10
So then the ordinance has to be approved by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development, commonly known as HCD. 00:45:20
As you probably all recall, we just recently updated our ad ordinance. It seems to happen almost annual basis at this point. 00:45:29
And we didn't. We sent it to HD who replied back on January 24th of this year with three issues. So the former City Attorney and I 00:45:38
met with the the HED staff a couple of times to iron out what we hope is ironing out the issues to discuss them, see where they 00:45:45
were coming from. 00:45:51
And therefore staff is now recommending the following three basic revisions to the ordinance to hopefully satisfy HDS comment 00:45:59
letter. And I shouldn't say three is 2, but we'll go into that further. 00:46:06
So the first item was to clarify the number of Adus allowed on a single family lot. 00:46:14
Keep in mind we're talking single family lots and not multi family. 00:46:19
The current AD ordinance allows one attached Adu plus one Junior Adu or J Adu. 00:46:22
Per lot or one detached Adu plus one junior Adu per lot. 00:46:30
HCD disagrees and believes that property owners should be allowed to have one Adu attached, one detached Adu plus AJADU. 00:46:36
And they cite it for, well, basically one government code section with with four subsections A through D. 00:46:46
Now, the city disagrees with this. We had a discussion. It was a pretty colorful discussion. 00:46:55
For two reasons. First of all, when you read the code sections. 00:47:01
Section A talks about single one attached Adu plus one attached junior Adu per single family lot period. 00:47:06
Section B is 1 detached Adu plus one junior Adu per single family lot. Period. 00:47:17
Section C moves on to multifamily dwellings and it talks about the number of attached adus that can be allowed with a multi family 00:47:23
project period. 00:47:28
And section D pertains to detached Adus on multifamily lots period. I mentioned the word period because there are no Ands or ORS 00:47:34
between ABC and D. 00:47:39
Um, so first of all, the the way that it's being interpreted versus how it actually reads per state statute is incorrect because 00:47:47
again, it's not A + B, it's it's one or the other. 00:47:53
The other thing where they're wrong is that C&D don't even pertain to single family lots, so a single family lot is not going to 00:48:01
have a multi family dwelling on it and so those are completely irrelevant to the argument here. 00:48:08
So to hopefully satisfy HCD's comments though. 00:48:17
Staff is proposing to revise section D6. 00:48:22
A through D of our ordinance, which is pages 5:00 and 6:00. To quote state law at this point, just simply quote the state law. 00:48:27
That also requires us to remove our previous multi family development standards because they're now brought into this new one. 00:48:36
And staff will just simply continue to interpret the state law as we have been. But at least it's clearly stated in our ordinance 00:48:44
what the state requires. 00:48:49
We're hoping that works, but. 00:48:55
We'll see because with item number 2. 00:48:57
It addresses setbacks, and the current ordinance basically repeats state law. In fact, it doesn't. Basically, it does. 00:49:01
Where it talks about when you have 181, one genuine Adu per lot, they are allowed provided that, and I quote the side and rear 00:49:11
setbacks are sufficient for fire and safety. 00:49:18
Now, it doesn't mention any specific number such as 4 foot, setbacks, et cetera. Just as sufficient for fire and safety, this is 00:49:26
actual state law. 00:49:30
HCD took issue with their own state law and thought it was too subjective. 00:49:35
So we are recommending that we add to this the words as required by the Uniform Building and Uniform Fire codes as adopted by the 00:49:39
city. Hopefully that's objective enough because those codes actually do allow less than 4 foot setbacks depending on the the 00:49:46
design of the, the structure basically. So for us to put in four foot would at that point be out of compliance with the state law. 00:49:53
So we're hoping that this satisfies them by at least. 00:50:01
Specifying which exact codes a developer would need to abide by. 00:50:09
And then our final item is one that HCD has had some issues with in the past and that's our affordability covenant. As we 00:50:16
discussed in the past and as I discussed at the beginning of this presentation, since ADUS are considered by state law to be an 00:50:23
affordable type of residential unit, we require a covenant to be recorded with each Adu and it's basically an affordable housing 00:50:31
covenant for 55 years to ensure that the units remain affordable to low income. 00:50:39
Households Umm. 00:50:47
Now, this does not apply to if the Adu is built for family members such as a true granny flat or a senior or a caregiver. 00:50:49
But most are not and when HCD. 00:50:58
Were alerted of this. They were first alerted by an out of town developer who again wanted to just come in, redevelop and you 00:51:02
know, rent aid you out for whatever the market rate would be, basically to the detriment of the community basically. 00:51:09
Then the second one that alerted them was a local property owner of a small apartment complex. All the units are older one bedroom 00:51:18
units. State law actually now allows this person to build 2 detached Adus on the site and they're actually allowed to be full on 00:51:24
three bedroom units. So you're going to have families living in there, which is great, but they don't have to pay school fees, 00:51:30
impact fees or what not. 00:51:37
First units before they can get the 80, the new 80 use because again, we don't want the whole place to go from flames or whatnot, 00:52:16
so we are allowed to do that. 00:52:20
Well, HCD took issue because they felt that our code was prohibiting. 00:52:24
Folks from getting building permits before they had the affordability covenant recorded with the county. But if you look at our 00:52:32
current standards, it says prior to occupancy. So folks can get a building permit, they just need to make sure that they get the 00:52:39
covenant approved or recorded prior to us issuing the occupancy permit. So we're not recommending any changes to our code because 00:52:47
we're already in basically in compliance with what we feel HED is saying which is just got those permits issued. 00:52:54
So our current code allows that to happen. We'll just make sure the staff continues to allow that basically and that we don't have 00:53:02
any confusion at the counter. 00:53:07
And so with that. 00:53:13
I'll move into the density bonus order. 00:53:17
Here, so the density bonus ordinance is governed by a different section of the government code. 00:53:20
And what it does is basically allows a developer to. 00:53:27
Exceed the maximum density allowed in the zone, for instance. 00:53:33
If the density is. 00:53:37
Say 5 units per acre for a multifamily development. They may be able, depending on how many affordable units they provide on the 00:53:40
site, they have 10 units per acre. They can double that for instance. And we went through something similar when we approved the 00:53:45
Surfside Motel project. 00:53:51
And it also talks about what are called concessions or incentives, which are a nice way of saying variances without having to meet 00:53:59
the state variance requirements. And again, this is in exchange for the provision of affordable units on a project and that the 00:54:05
developer does have to. 00:54:11
Prove that these additions are necessary to basically finance the project. 00:54:19
So our ordinance is a little out of date. We initially adopted it in 1999 and revised back in 2012, but since then there have been 00:54:29
many, many changes to state login. 00:54:34
Now, unlike Adu laws, there are no provisions for any kind of adjustments to suit local needs. We are mandated, whether we're 00:54:40
Charter City or not, to comply with all density bonus law. 00:54:47
But you may ask, why do we even have this? And it really is just more of a service so that you know that the developers and staff 00:54:55
and you as the decision makers when it comes to you know what the requirements are. It's just already in our ordinance. 00:55:02
So we did have to make quite a few revisions. The first one deals with the actual density bonus. 00:55:10
This is on tables five and six of the red line ordinance that you had. 00:55:17
And basically what it does now is it grants an additional amount of density depending on the type of project, the level of income. 00:55:22
But it also requires that if, for instance, say the very low, they're on top go. It used to be 35% was the top density, now allows 00:55:31
up to 50%. But it also requires additional affordable units to get that additional density. 00:55:40
There are a few new. 00:55:50
Groups in there as well, such as the foster youth, veterans, homeless persons, students, as well as 100% affordable projects. So 00:55:53
those we all need to. 00:55:59
Basically provide for as well at this point. 00:56:07
The second one is a whole brand new section for our ordinance. We've never had this before because this is a recent. 00:56:13
Requirement of the state and this allows commercial projects to have commercial density bonuses such as additional parking, 00:56:20
additional floor area ratio, additional building height if the developer partners with a residential developer to either build 00:56:28
affordable units on the site such as mixed-use project or at least within close proximity within the city. 00:56:35
So we had to add a section E 4 to the ordinance, which is on pages eight and nine of the ordinance there to address the new state 00:56:43
laws with regard to this. 00:56:48
This will be kind of interesting. For instance, if we ever you know through the general plan we had changed say the $0.99 center, 00:56:53
making it mixed-use. Be interesting to see if a future developer comes and wants to take advantage of something like this. 00:56:59
The third change is a pretty quick one and that is that increases the term of affordability from 30 years to 55 years and that's 00:57:08
that's standard for affordable projects. That's actually a good thing because it means the life of the affordable project is, is 00:57:14
that much longer. 00:57:19
The 4th one changes the number of concessions or incentives allowed for a project. It used to be a maximum of three. Now it's a 00:57:26
maximum of five, but again, that if they want more concessions then it means that they have to provide more affordable units. And 00:57:34
an example of concession again is reduced parking, reduced setbacks, additional building height or whatnot. 00:57:41
And Speaking of increased building height, state law allows that if a project is within half mile of what they call a major 00:57:50
transit stop, which is, for instance, the intersection of two transit lines or a bus terminal or something like that. And above 00:57:58
and beyond everything else that the developer could ask for, they can get up to three additional stories of their building. 00:58:06
The good news, for whiny me at least, is we have none of that. So we're. 00:58:15
We don't have to worry about this right now, but it's still in the table, just in case. 00:58:20
Get to that point. 00:58:24
So we'll see. 00:58:25
With additional development we made some time, so we'll see. 00:58:26
And then we also are now required to address waivers. 00:58:33
So in addition to everything else I've told you, a developer can ask for if there's anything our municipal code that would 00:58:39
prohibit them from developing their site with all of these concessions and additional height and density and whatnot. 00:58:46
Then they can ask for additional now they're called waivers instead concessions, but basically additional concessions or waivers 00:58:54
to deviate from those other standards in the code. So in other words. 00:58:59
There are there's a great loss in land use. 00:59:06
Authorization at this point, you know we've just pretty much if the developer can prove that all of this is necessary to provide 00:59:11
the affordable housing, they can ask for it basically and and it's very, very difficult to deny any of these regulations as as you 00:59:18
again know from the Surfside Motel project. 00:59:24
And so with that, the project is exempt from Sequa in two ways. First of all, in fact it kind of demonstrates how these have taken 01:00:09
away even the power of Sequa where Adu ordinances are now statutory exempt from sequence no longer category. It's just they are 01:00:16
flat out exempt from Sequel. And then because this this particular project will not generate any actual development, the 01:00:24
developments that do come through will be analyzed at the time that they come through to you. 01:00:31
It's also exempt from Sequin that regard. 01:00:40
And that there will be no direct fiscal impact but. 01:00:42
This increased density could feasibly increase property values, which of course increases property taxes for us. So we'll see, 01:00:47
We'll see how that plays out in the future. And also we do have that SB 2 grant, I think you may be aware of or recall when we got 01:00:54
that and so that's that paid for some of my time as well as Rincon's time we hired them to actually go through all the state 01:01:01
density bonus law because there was so much of it to go through at this point, so. 01:01:07
So that is being reimbursed by the planning grant. 01:01:15
And so with that, I think, James, you were our city manager. Vega, you were going to mention something. Yeah. Thank. Thank you, 01:01:21
Tony. Thank you for the presentation. I think there's no simple way to really explain all of these changes. It's very complicated, 01:01:29
very dense. But we received a comment and Georgina will read those and we might hear some more comments. And I think some of the 01:01:37
comments were focused on the idea of these new state mandates and. 01:01:45
Not being not as a city, just a. 01:01:53
And So what we're recommending and what we're proposing is intended to get us in compliance with the state's requirements. I think 01:02:32
we heard in the presentation that some of the statutes and things have already changed. I expect that to be an ongoing theme. 01:02:38
Every year the state is trying harder and harder to push for more Adus, more units to be built, more, more housing to be 01:02:44
available. So I think we're going to just see every year we're going to get new requirements and it will. It'll be something we 01:02:50
keep chasing. 01:02:56
But I don't think the intent at this time and the impression we're trying to give isn't that we're fighting in the state, it's 01:03:03
that we're working with them to get in compliance, but maintaining whatever local control we have, which really should be maybe 01:03:08
our theme as we work with them. 01:03:13
There are some cities who've tried to take a hard line with the state and have spent a lot of money to do it and so far the 01:03:19
results haven't been very good. So it's just not a path that that we would look to take at this point. I think one thing from the 01:03:25
recent meeting we had with the state that I thought was. 01:03:30
So there's enough supply that, you know, costs will eventually come down. I don't know that I agree with that. When you're in a 01:04:06
community that everybody wants to move to and everybody wants to live in and you can keep adding and people still want to keep 01:04:13
moving. But that focus of the state mandates has sort of shifted to build as many units as possible, make the codes as easy as 01:04:20
possible for people to build those units and that's what we're trying to. 01:04:26
Satisfy without giving up all of our local our local control so. 01:04:34
So with that, we recommend adopting the ordinance. 01:05:19
I think also you mentioned Mr. City Manager was first making sure the state is happy with. 01:05:24
The wording and you mentioned they want things built, yeah, they just want more buildings built. But we have our own priority 01:05:31
which is affordable housing to be built. So that is also a part of our ordinance as well is still to allow the buildings to be 01:05:36
built but to also. 01:05:42
Keep our affordable housing and that's included in the ordinance. I think that was a good example from our meeting with the state 01:05:49
where some of the some of the arguments over the last year I think really boiled down to the state is OK with an affordable 01:05:55
housing covenant but. 01:06:01
Which we think based on that conversation get us where we need to be to move forward. So thank you, Director Stewart for your 01:06:37
presentation. Does council have any questions? 01:06:41
Go ahead, Councilmember Gama. 01:06:46
Thank you, Tony. Thank you. As city manager, so I think you answered my first question is, so HCD, is the state correct? Yeah, 01:06:49
they're the agency that is state agency charged with basically regulating Adu. OK. And I could share with everybody that I don't 01:06:57
think there's a city in California that's kind of thrilled about this. It's a mandate strips away local control and it's, you 01:07:05
know, there's basically nothing you could do about it. 01:07:12
But I. 01:07:21
When we get into a situation when I heard you earlier say that the city disagrees, so when we disagree with HCD, we're we're 01:07:22
locking horns with the state. 01:07:28
And I know it's difficult to understand all this because I be honest with you, I don't really understand how complicated this 01:07:35
could be, but it is very complicated. I will say that the Adus that I've seen locally around here that are. 01:07:43
In my view, probably 3/4 of the way completed. 01:07:52
There are very nice addition to the Big Lots that they're being put on. There's one right over here on Pleasant Valley that you 01:07:57
know. 01:08:01
It's great, but when I look at it, I realize affordability it's not going to. 01:08:05
There's no way that things going to. 01:08:11
Rent out for less than $3000 a month. I mean the rents in our area being. 01:08:13
What they are are already extremely high and so it just kind of I don't know I don't understand how is this being deemed 01:08:19
affordability and the only thing that. 01:08:25
I'm a little concerned about IS. 01:08:32
Are we obligating every ad you junior Adu attached family, to be affordable housing units? Is that what we're doing? 01:08:35
And does that, does that. 01:08:47
Does that diminish? 01:08:49
Owners. 01:08:52
Enthusiasm for building Adu. 01:08:55
So far it has not. 01:08:58
Like I said, the only two instances that we have are the two that I submit spoke to earlier and those are folks that are either 01:09:01
out of town, developers or. 01:09:06
Basically. Well, basically they're property owners and developers. These are not your your mom and pops and whatnot. And also as I 01:09:13
mentioned, we do have exceptions already built into the ordinance for Adus that are for family members, caretakers and seniors. So 01:09:20
they don't need to have those covenants anyway. So if somebody wants to truly build one for their family member. 01:09:27
Such as their in laws or whatnot. They do not need to have that coming in. It's for the folks that are wanting to rent these out 01:09:35
as an additional rental unit. And part of the reasoning behind this is that there's the assumption that. 01:09:42
And this is actually the state's assumption and if you see, you know, the parking regulations or whatnot that they've now 01:09:51
basically taken away. 01:09:56
Their assumption is that people that are moving into these units are not going to require vehicles, but we know that they do and 01:10:02
what not and especially if you are renting them out to you know, full on families and not necessarily affordable lower income 01:10:09
families. The other thing that we found in the past too is that there you know, we are a beach community. 01:10:16
And so if somebody builds this Adu and it's being rented out during the summer months, say for three months and they're you know 01:10:24
renting a 5K a month or something and then they're not renting it out for the rest of the year, that is not even a family unit at 01:10:30
that point. That's just a vacation unit. And so that is those are several of the reasons why we require the covenant for the for 01:10:37
profit rental units. 01:10:44
And I was going to circle back to that. So the simple answer to that first part of your questions, we do require a covenant. 01:10:51
Subject to there's exceptions built in for specific circumstances. That is something that the that is a policy choice. The council 01:10:58
can can look at that and revisit that, I think. 01:11:04
Mr. Stewart gave sort of the explanation, the answer of of sort of the challenges we're seeing with it and why. 01:11:13
You know why a lot of communities are putting those requirements in place? Because I guess to your point is. 01:11:22
They still aren't very affordable to build. And then once you build it, people are trying to make the investment back and that 01:11:28
means they aren't renting. You know, without those covenants in place, they don't rent, they're not naturally affordable. You 01:11:36
know, a lot of people, I think if you own the land right now, I've heard numbers of 350 to 450,000 to build an accessory dwelling 01:11:44
unit A an affordable unit. So if there isn't that covenant in place, my guess is it would be 3000 to $4000 a month rent or more. 01:11:52
So, so it's it's a policy decision that the council could look at, but I think up until now and in the prior ordinances, the goal 01:12:01
of allowing AD US was to increase affordable housing unit availability. So it's been included in the ordinance up till this point. 01:12:07
One more question. 01:12:13
So I really like Gill St. I love that street. The lots are huge and it's the perfect area for AD Us. It really is. Whether the 01:12:21
owners of those properties can afford it or not, that's a separate issue, but let's just say that. 01:12:29
The majority of those property owners are able to establish the Adu. Maybe they're doing it for retirement, for, you know, 01:12:39
security into the future. 01:12:43
But if if. 01:12:49
Say 70% of those units or those lots of their very large lots. I mean, I'd love that street. 01:12:50
Then you would have a situation where no parking. 01:12:58
Too many people trying to live in one little area. And then what does the city do? Do we? 01:13:02
Do we unrealistically say, well they're not going to have cars? I mean I I just feel like at some point when you have enough 01:13:12
supply that the the cost of housing should go down. But I just don't see that happening here. And I may be wrong, but any ideas as 01:13:18
to the affordability question down the road? 01:13:25
Yeah, I think those are good points. We've we met, Tony myself in the public works team met and we were talking through some of 01:13:32
the issues and there's even more than just parking and remember there's a parking item on the agenda that almost relates back to 01:13:36
this of just. 01:13:41
Everything's getting more dense and it's creating new parking issues, new traffic issues, line of sight issues. The more units and 01:13:46
the more people get squeezed into smaller spaces which is just again for the record the state mandate that we don't have any 01:13:52
option over except basically you know whether we make them de restricted and and that kind of thing. So there's challenges but we 01:13:58
talked about some of the other challenges that people don't think about like our water system and our sewer system and if you're 01:14:04
adding. 01:14:10
You know, two more families per property, how long can our sewer system support that? And there's there's real challenges like 01:14:17
that. Thankfully there are some allowances in our code and and that the state hasn't taken away yet where we can make some 01:14:25
decisions based on if it's going to just cause our sewer system to fail, for example. But those are things that we have to start 01:14:33
preparing for as now the state has opened this up a lot more than it used to be. 01:14:40
I think as far as it goes to affordability. 01:14:49
That's really like at a basic level, the policy decision at this point is I think that us and others, a lot of other cities have 01:14:51
decided that. 01:14:56
Or maybe even more frequently in the future. Thank you, Councilmember Hernandez. Thank you, Mayor Press. 01:15:34
Thank you, Tony, Mr. Stewart for your report. I know this. The housing element, the general plan, all this stuff ties together and 01:15:41
it's H. 01:15:46
CD does not make your job very much easier. 01:15:52
We're not alone. 01:15:56
I know. 01:15:59
Through my work on the committee's through Skaggs, Southern California Association of Governments. 01:16:00
California League of Cities recently at Peacock. All cities are complaining about the heavy handedness of HCD. 01:16:06
And I think there's even some legislation now cropping up to push back on HCD, so. 01:16:15
I think the general feeling is they just have too much control, too much authority and it doesn't seem like for us it's an 01:16:25
efficient way of doing business. 01:16:31
Especially if we don't, it doesn't result in affordable homes. So I guess like there was a question in there somewhere and the 01:16:38
question is based on their the way HCD has been working and the fact that you had a recent change before coming to this meeting, 01:16:44
What's the likelihood that we're going to see another change before this comes back for a second reading? That's it's a very good 01:16:50
question and one of the things I didn't mention earlier, but I will now is and Mayor Perez brought this up at the last meeting, 01:16:57
which was. 01:17:03
The recent strike down at the SB-9 laws for charter cities and that was, you know, it's a similar type of legislation, but it was 01:17:11
struck, stricken down or struck down because it was not, it was too general. The way HED was interpreting it basically in the 01:17:18
state was applying it to everybody. And I say that because looking at it from a legal point of view and even though I'm an 01:17:25
attorney, but been around this enough to know. 01:17:32
That, you know, really even our discussions this evening, Adu laws also are being interpreted differently by different agencies 01:17:40
and whatnot, including HD for their own state statutes. And so it might be kind of interesting as you just mentioned that you 01:17:47
know, there's becoming quite a bit of pushback and so we may actually see some of it go in the other direction, but I do think 01:17:53
that. 01:18:00
There will continue to be changes as they come through. You can always, we can always readdress. 01:18:07
Again, the idea of whether or not we want to have those covenants. 01:18:13
Right now we're recommending that we keep them in for the time being and see what HDD says, but at some point if they continue to 01:18:18
push back, we will need to most likely have a discussion about what policy, which way we want to take this policy basically. Thank 01:18:25
you for taking them to task, both you and the city manager. Much appreciated. 01:18:33
Council member Martinez. 01:18:42
Yes, I was going to bring up the charters that all the charter cities getting together that I saw that through SCAG and Cal's 01:18:44
League of cities and everyone, all the charter cities coming together to push back against the state. So I was wondering are we 01:18:49
participating in that or are we? 01:18:53
Where are we in that regard? 01:18:59
Well, we did send a letter of support for the pushback on the SB-9 last year. 01:19:01
At this point there hasn't. I'm not aware of an actual push again, but if there is one, then we can again internally decide 01:19:08
whether or not we want to support that push or not. But again. 01:19:14
You know the push back as long as it doesn't cost us any money. 01:19:22
You know, again, it's trying to protect our local land use authority and because you know, it's been established to ensure that 01:19:27
our community is what it is. 01:19:32
And to protect it. And so you know, right now the policy or at least is that we know we'll continue to at least try to protect 01:19:37
that as long as it doesn't really become a cost for the city. Because you know, we're not a large city and we don't have the funds 01:19:43
to fight the state, fight the state basically. Well, at least that's what we're discussing now. We'll have to again have that 01:19:49
discussion if we do get there at some point. 01:19:55
All right. Thank you. So I will open the public hearing and take public comment. The public hearing is now open for public input 01:20:02
at 7:50 PM. Are there any public comments regarding this item? 01:20:07
I have one written comment. 01:20:14
Staff is asking the council to authorize new ordinance controlling ad use in Waimea. The current ordinance was rejected by Housing 01:20:18
and Community Development HCD, which is a state agency controlling housing policy in California. City staff and HCD have gone back 01:20:26
and forth over these issues, and neither side has appeared to back down. The current ordinance contains the same policies that 01:20:33
have been repeatedly rejected by HCD. There is no reason to expect a different outcome if the current ordinance is adopted. 01:20:40
These are the outstanding issues the ordinance requires owner occupancy. State law AB976 specifically removes the owner occupancy 01:20:48
requirement for 80 use and keeps it for J-80 use. 01:20:55
State law eliminates some parking requirements for ad use if there is a public transportation available within 1/2 mile. 01:21:02
City staff interprets this to mean a major transit center. The HCD handbook clearly states public transportation, not a major 01:21:10
transit center. 01:21:15
One would be hard pressed to find any law in Waimea that is more than half a mile from a bus stop. 01:21:20
The ordinance requires that homeowners rent 80 used to low income tenants for the next 110 years and demands annual reports from 01:21:25
homeowners each CD rejected. The low income requirement requiring 80s to be rented to low income residents will limit the number 01:21:33
of 80 US being constructed. A combination of market rate and government subsidized AD US will increase housing units. A better 01:21:41
policy would be to end the low income requirement and offer incentives to entice builders to accept low income tenants. 01:21:48
State law appears to limit each residential property to 280 Use an Adu and AJ Adu. The ordinance is consistent with this, however 01:21:57
HD rejected it. Their position is at 380 use are allowed. They include one unit from the conversion of a previously permitted 01:22:04
structure, one new built in 1J80U. The city's policy is in line with everything I have read on the subject. It is also the current 01:22:11
policy in Ventura County. On the face of it, the city seems to be right, but it's looking like it will take litigation or 01:22:19
legislative action to resolve the issue. 01:22:26
In the meantime, the city's ordinance is out of compliance and may be unenforceable. 01:22:33
Unless city staff can convince HCD to modify their demands, which seems unlikely, or city staff backs off, it appears that these 01:22:39
issues are headed for litigation with the state. 01:22:44
Refuses to comply with HCD may also put the city at risk for individual lawsuits for violating state law. Is this how the council 01:22:50
wants to spend tax dollars? Seems like a better idea to create an ordinance that HCD will accept and make changes as a court sort 01:22:57
these issues out. In other words, let municipalities with deeper pockets litigate these issues and change the ordinance as these 01:23:04
issues are resolved in court. Thanks for listening, David Scrivener. 01:23:11
And that. 01:23:18
Mayor, can I just make one comment there and it would have made more sense for my comment to come after that because I sort of 01:23:22
addressed that. But it's a lot of good points and like we said the the we really don't want to get into that situation with HCD of 01:23:29
of potentially litigating it. I think the the three points that were mentioned and how the comment was that it looks like we're 01:23:36
just adopting the same ordinance and we're not responding to those 3. 01:23:43
In a very brief summary, that meeting we had was specifically on those three items and there were literally situations where one 01:23:51
word difference. 01:23:55
The state said that would make. 01:24:01
So, so we're recommending. 01:24:38
Council consider that all right. I trust you on that. You were the ones in the meeting with the state, so you understand what 01:24:41
their. 01:24:44
Issues were well, too as much as you can. 01:24:49
So I will now that concludes public comment. So I will now close the public hearing, the time being 755. 01:24:52
See if I could. 01:25:04
State this away had it. 01:25:05
So these are the responses from HCD to our proposed new ordinance ordinance Or are we going to pass the ordinance, kick it off to 01:25:08
them and then be back with? 01:25:14
It wouldn't surprise me if it comes back and there's one or two more things that they ask for, but we're we're doing what they 01:25:57
asked. And as an example, you know, the comment was made about the. 01:26:03
HCD says that you can have three basically Adu, Junior Adu and another Adu on each property. The staff report, we note that we 01:26:10
disagreed with that, we met with them and we told them we disagreed with it, but we ultimately included that language in in the 01:26:17
ordinance to satisfy that requirement. So, so that's where we are trying to to address those concerns that HCD had with the prior 01:26:24
ordinance. So the worst case scenario here then could be that. 01:26:31
A new manager comes to the unit that manages the City of Port Hueneme and they. 01:26:39
Throughout the whole ordinance and say what? What are you guys thinking? Potentially. But typically the way it works is if you're 01:26:46
making progress, they send you back a letter saying thank you for your next attempt. But here's now the two things we need you to 01:26:52
fix for it to be in compliance. And then you go through that kind of over and over again. Seems like you're used to this. Yeah. 01:26:57
Well, remember and you know, I don't think it was. 01:27:03
Poor enemy was got had a fairly good Reina and so it wasn't really talked about as much here, but Reina Regional Housing Unit 01:27:10
allocation. 01:27:16
Was a hot topic in every other city last year, and that was the last round with HCD, where HCD was telling every city that they 01:27:22
had to submit their housing elements with that met their Reno requirements and cities that don't build very much. We're getting 01:27:28
huge numbers and it was scaring people because they had to basically allow for huge numbers of units to be built. So we got lucky 01:27:34
in important e-mail. We didn't really get a lot of that pressure, but a lot of cities did. In the process was very similar to this 01:27:40
of just kind of working. 01:27:46
Submittal by submittal to get closer to getting it approved and then finally getting approved. So I think we're in that process 01:27:52
and we've told, I think the last meeting we had, we got those last three hiccups out of the way as long as nothing changes between 01:27:58
now and then. So I think our number was 125. 01:28:04
But still, where are we going to put 125? 01:28:13
To the comment earlier about you know. 01:28:17
Does the affordable affordability covenant impact demand of 80 use? We're seeing the highest number of ad use applied for that 01:28:20
we've seen and I think it was 50 something last year. 01:28:25
Close to that, yeah. So that's that's a lot for us in the past before the last couple years is probably single digits is my guess. 01:28:30
OK. No further comment. I might Mayor. You know keep in mind these statutes are written for big cities, not just communities and 01:28:39
they're not, they're not geared towards a unique community like this. So they don't really apply very well. I think what staff has 01:28:44
done is written an ordinance that accommodates their needs whether or not HD is going to come back with something else. They are 01:28:49
changing their minds continually. So no, I was in a SCAG meeting and we were everybody was up in arms and discussing their numbers 01:28:55
and I recall. 01:29:00
I was thinking. 01:29:07
I am in a city with no land or landlocked by an ocean, a base and another city. What am I going to do, start building into the 01:29:08
ocean? We're going to create a harbor, have some houseboats out there. I mean, what are we going to do? Yeah, like, but our 01:29:15
council years ago, when they tried to build up, depending on where it was, they said no. You know, people said no who had vacation 01:29:22
homes, didn't want their views blocked. It's like, what do we do? But anyway, thank you. No further questions by council. 01:29:29
All right, seeing none, we will close the public hearing, the now time being 7:59 PM. 01:29:37
We have a recommendation before us to introduce the first reading by title only, waiving further reading of an ordinance entitled 01:29:43
An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme, CA. Amending Section 10802 of Chapter 6 of Article 10 of the Port 01:29:50
Hueneme Municipal Code pertaining to Development Standards for Accessory Dwelling Units and Introduced for First Reading by title 01:29:58
only. Waiving further reading of an ordinance entitled An Ordinance of the City Council of the City Port Hueneme, CA. 01:30:05
Amending Section 10803 of Chapter 6 of Article 10 of the Port Hueneme Municipal Code pertaining to density bonus requirements and 01:30:13
make a determination The project is exempt from under Sequa. May I have a motion and a second? 01:30:19
I'll move. 01:30:28
Don't you guys go? I'll go at first at once, guys. 01:30:33
2nd, 2nd thank you. 01:30:37
Madam Clerk. 01:30:40
Madam Clerk, we please take a vote. 01:30:43
Councilmember Goma. 01:30:45
I don't like state mandates and what we heard from our city attorney, this was not written for small cities, but unfortunately I'm 01:30:50
going to have to support our staff and vote yes. 01:30:55
Council member Hernandez. 01:31:01
Council member Martinez. 01:31:03
Yes, yes, motion passes. Thank you. 01:31:05
Moving on to business items. 01:31:11
The first business item is the Panama Street parking concerns an option for stop sign installation. Will staff please present the 01:31:15
report? 01:31:19
Thank you. We'll have a brief presentation. 01:31:24
This item actually kind of fits after the last item because it's part of what we're trying to do is knowing that these changes are 01:31:28
coming, knowing that some of these state mandates are coming. We're starting to look. 01:31:35
Proactively at some things that we. 01:31:42
Might have to start thinking about a little differently. And as an example, you know as units get added into properties, as lot 01:31:45
splits are allowed by the state and people can can split their lots and add more units, we are going to start seeing some parking 01:31:53
impacts. We're going to start seeing like sort of state mandated densification and so. 01:32:02
We wanted to start looking proactively at that and our public works department and and I and Mr. Stewart had met and we had talked 01:32:11
about some of these impacts and we talked about coming up with some ideas and one of those was a stop sign. 01:32:20
Process that would allow for a situations where the city could install stop signs where in the past maybe they weren't necessary 01:32:30
or weren't. 01:32:33
Weren't required or justified, and so our city code allows. 01:32:39
Us to install stop signs for in special circumstances if it's approved by the council. And so we put together a policy to try to 01:32:45
start identifying when and how we're going to do that. So with that, I'll introduce Charles Cable, our Principal Engineer for the 01:32:53
city, to give a little bit more detail. 01:33:01
Hello. OK. 01:33:12
Good evening, Madam Mayor, Council members and the general public. 01:33:13
James summarized it pretty well, but I have a little presentation here to go over how this came about in the Panama St. area. 01:33:18
And some of the parking restrictions we're going to be facing in the future. 01:33:25
In the spring of 2023, we received a complaint about sight distance being impacted by parked cars at Panama St. intersecting with 01:33:31
AB and C St. 01:33:35
Sight distance is the distance needed for minimum visibility of drivers on a side street to see oncoming traffic to pull out 01:33:41
safely into an intersection. 01:33:44
When we receive the complaint, we hired a contract traffic engineer to investigate the area and they provide a recommendations 01:33:49
that included paying the curb bread to increase site distance in the summer of 2023, The Streets crew. 01:33:56
Where it was deployed to start painting the curbs red for the recommendations. As they were painting the curbs, the complaints 01:34:03
started to roll in. 01:34:06
The complaint had to do with the red curves affecting the parking, so we instructed the streets crews to immediately hold off 01:34:11
painting the curb as we reevaluated the intersections. 01:34:15
The primary concern is always safety for pedestrians and vehicles. However, we are sensitive to the parking issue in the 01:34:25
neighborhood, so we had the traffic engineer come back and reevaluate the red curb. His evaluation indicated that we could 01:34:31
potentially use stop signs to increase the site distance and remove some of the red curb. 01:34:37
The stop signs could be installed per standard operating procedures that are included in your packet and in those procedures they 01:34:44
outlined where we can install stop signs and how to remove them after an evaluation period and that's what we're presenting as a 01:34:49
recommendation today. 01:34:54
So if we were to install stop signs, per the recommendation, we would remove 40 feet of red curb on B Street and install stop 01:35:04
signs at B Street and Clara. 01:35:09
So while we were reevaluating the intersections, California passed a before 13, also known as the daylighting law. 01:35:17
Reaffirming our finding for increasing sight distance at intersections for safety reasons. 01:35:24
The law prohibits parking within 20 feet of any marked or unmarked crosswalk. 01:35:29
The state continues to implement regulations that increase densities in neighborhood like like this. 01:35:34
Via the Adu and Density Bonus Ordinance. 01:35:41
So the the law came into effect. 01:35:45
Beginning of the year and. 01:35:47
Whether the curbs are marked red or not. 01:35:51
Motorists are not are prohibited from parking at the intersections within 20 feet. 01:35:55
So we have looked at solutions to address the parking issues in the neighborhood while still also addressing the original 01:36:00
complaint. 01:36:04
So. 01:36:09
Here. 01:36:11
So we have looked at the solution. OK, sorry. 01:36:17
If City Council elects to add stop signs, then we can add an additional 60 feet of parking on Panama. The City manager and the 01:36:20
public Works Director also worked with the naval base to remove street parking and restrictions on San Pedro. 01:36:26
Netting an additional 40 spaces for the neighborhood. 01:36:32
If we install the stop signs on B Street, we'll be allowed to remove the red curb. 01:36:36
And the recommendation is that the City Council consider whether to approve an 18 month demonstration installation of the stop 01:36:41
signs for four way stop control at Panama St. intersecting with Clara and B Street. 01:36:47
And that concludes the presentation. 01:36:56
Thank you. Does Council have any questions for staff? 01:36:58
Did you say it was going to take 18 months? We're going to evaluate it for the first six months and per the procedure, we're going 01:37:04
to look at if there's an increase in car accidents since the red curbs were installed, there's only been one on Panama Street. I 01:37:11
couldn't pull the exact cause of the accident because the sword system was down. That's where we report our traffic collision 01:37:18
data. But since August, there's only been one in the prior years was in 3/20/22 and 20/21. There's been three on Panama St. 01:37:25
So the the process would be kind of the next steps is if council approves this policy, we'd bring a resolution back at we're 01:37:33
aiming for the next council meeting to actually install the ones at the Panama location. There has to be a resolution approved by 01:37:39
council to be. 01:37:45
Satisfy our code requirements that it be council approved. So we would install the stop sign after that's approved as quickly as 01:37:52
possible and then the six months and the 18 months is when we would we would have a review if there's any accidents. 01:38:00
So we, you know if there is any sign that it wasn't safe, we would bring it back and and review that and consider it. That's 01:38:08
correct. 01:38:11
I saw some audience participation in regards to that accident. I think the gesture was that it may have been a drunk driving a. 01:38:16
OK. 01:38:27
OK, umm. 01:38:29
So does that the fact that the accident was the result of drunk driving, does that take it out of the equation or how does that? 01:38:30
We can't. We're not getting you on the recording. Do you want to come up and speak at the podium? 01:38:39
No problem. 01:38:51
We have a lot of red painting that we started painting down the roads. Some of them are more than the 20 foot law that came into 01:39:22
effect. 01:39:26
So my big concern that it's not necessarily that there's no visibility, its speed. So if we can slow down the traffic with some 01:40:08
stop signs, I think that can help some of the safety issues on that street. 01:40:13
Thank you. Thank you. 01:40:19
Any further questions for council? 01:40:22
Seeing none. 01:40:25
And we have no public comments on this item. 01:40:27
No, thank you. 01:40:31
So the recommendation is to consider whether to approve an 18 month demonstration installation of stop signs for multi waste stop 01:40:33
control at Ponona. 01:40:37
Panoma. 01:40:43
Intersecting with Clara and B street. May I have a motion and a second? 01:40:45
Thank you, Madam Clerk. 01:40:52
All in favor? Aye. All opposed. 01:40:55
Hearing none motion passes. Thank you, Charles. 01:40:59
The next item up is the fiscal Year 2022 to 23 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. 01:41:06
Staff, please present the report. 01:41:14
Yeah, I'm going to introduce Lupe, and this time I'm going to try not to spoil the presentation like I think I just did with with 01:41:16
Charles. I stole his Thunder. 01:41:20
The this is our annual comprehensive financial report. It used to be called the *****. People might remember. I think they 01:41:26
switched used to be comprehensive annual financial report. Now it's annual comprehensive financial report. But really what it what 01:41:31
it is without the acronyms is. 01:41:36
Yeah, I know I don't. I can't say it yet. So but what is what? It's what it is, is at the end. 01:41:43
When we closeout A fiscal year and the fiscal years are confusing because they don't line up with our calendar years. So in this 01:41:49
case, we closeout our fiscal year that ended. 01:41:53
June 30th, 2023 and then it gets closed and then we hire an auditor to come audit us and make sure we did everything appropriately 01:41:57
and then we get our used to be ****** now it's an acker I guess and basically they'll identify if there's any issues, any problems 01:42:05
and they'll and then it also kind of summarizes our financial position. So I will introduce our Finance Director who's going to 01:42:13
walk us through now that we're complete what the findings were and what are position is. 01:42:21
Thank you. 01:42:29
Didn't sound like it. 01:42:34
OK. Good evening, Mayor and council and staff and members of the public. So we have two parts to this presentation. The first part 01:42:36
is typically presented by the outside audit firm who conducts the audit and then I have a short presentation, just a couple slides 01:42:44
just to summarize internally from our staff and city perspective on the audit. So with that, I'm going to pass it on to Adam Guys, 01:42:51
he is the audit partner on the OR was the audit partner on this engagement. 01:42:59
And I'm going to be going, he's going to be going through the slides and he is. They're working on getting him up. OK. So I don't 01:43:07
know if you want to start with yours or just give him a couple minutes. I'll give him a couple of minutes and I know he's going to 01:43:15
talk about briefly mention this. This is the first year that this audit firm is doing the audit for the city. It is. 01:43:22
Normal practice and recommended that we change auditors every three to five years to maintain that independence. 01:43:31
Therefore, last time it was the **** group that did it for I think they did two terms, three-year terms and then we did an RFP. So 01:43:38
we brought Moss, Levy and hard time on. So we have two more years for the audit. So this was the first year that they conducted 01:43:43
the audit. 01:43:48
Can we ask about the auditing firm or is that? 01:43:57
Not appropriate. 01:44:00
What is your? Do you have an opinion on? Is there a difference between this one and the previous one we used? We did an RFP, so we 01:44:03
got a good number, I'm going to say about 10. 01:44:07
Responses to the RFP and we selected the firm based on. 01:44:14
Knowledge everything else that we had on the in the RIP requirements. One of them was knowledge of minutes smaller municipality, 01:44:19
city similar to ours. And so the auditors were on site. The last audit form wasn't so that was a big plus. So when they did all 01:44:26
the audit testing they came on site twice. Their firm is based at least Adam is out of Santa Maria, so it's not that far. So they 01:44:33
were able to come and bring their their team to do the audit. OK, thank you. 01:44:40
OK, he's, he's here. 01:44:48
Hi, can you hear me? Yes, we can hear you. 01:44:53
Hi. So yeah, my name is Adam Geiss. I was the partner in charge of the the Cities audit this year. 01:44:58
We came out the city two separate times during the year to do our audit procedures. The first time we came out, we were 01:45:06
concentrating on looking at the city's internal controls, reviewing the various processes for how payroll is run, how receipts are 01:45:12
taken in, how checks are cut for disbursements and approved. And then the second time we came out, we did more of the traditional 01:45:18
auditing work. 01:45:25
Where we get all the balances from the the city's financial system and then we go through. 01:45:32
All the backup documentation and and find supporting information to support those balances. So what is here is the final financial 01:45:40
statement audited report that the Ackford is how it's called now. 01:45:48
And this is for the fiscal year ended June 30 of 2023. 01:45:58
And so there was just a few things that I wanted to go through. I don't know if you have the PowerPoint in front of you. We do. 01:46:08
Yes, we're on the first slide. 01:46:12
OK. 01:46:18
So again, I was a partner in charge for Moss leaving Hearts Time and this was our first year of engagement with the city. 01:46:19
And. 01:46:30
We were able to do all of our audit procedures, get all the backup from staff I. 01:46:31
And we were satisfied with all the numbers that are presented here in the report and therefore we are issuing an unmodified audit 01:46:38
opinion, which is the best type of audit opinion. 01:46:45
One thing that I wanted to point out is there was a new. 01:46:54
Gatsby pronouncement, you know every few years there seems to be some new pronouncement that has a large impact on the 01:46:59
governmental financial statements. For the year ended June 30th of 2023, Gatsby 96 was the new one. Basically what it is is 01:47:07
looking at long term. 01:47:14
Agreements for like computer software subscriptions. 01:47:23
And instead of reporting those as just expenditures, whenever they're the annual payments or monthly payments or whatever they are 01:47:29
are paid, it actually creates A liability that goes on to the the city's books and then that liability is lowered as the payments 01:47:36
are made until the. 01:47:43
The terms of the subscription are. 01:47:51
So this actually added about $1.6 million worth of liabilities to the books in this last fiscal year. 01:47:55
And it was kind of similar treatment to what the Gatsby 87 did for for city leases in the previous fiscal year. 01:48:03
And then when we were out there doing all of our our audit procedures, we reviewed all the internal controls and it looked like 01:48:15
all the internal controls were well set up and that they were operating as intended. So we don't have any significant audit 01:48:22
findings to report to the council today. 01:48:29
The next. 01:48:39
Page. 01:48:41
Did we skip a slide there? 01:48:48
I put it back the pension, liability and payments. 01:48:52
Up OK. 01:48:56
So one of the major changes this year that you'll notice in the cities liability section is the net pension liability. 01:49:00
In the fiscal year ended 2022, the miscellaneous and safety plan added up to about $22.3 million worth of of pension liability. 01:49:12
For the fiscal year presented here, 2023, that number jumped by over $17.2 million. 01:49:21
To 39.6 million. 01:49:33
What we're what's happening here is the pension liability calculations are done looking at long term costs of all of your current 01:49:37
all of your current current employees, all of your current retirees and how those costs are going to affect the city's books in 01:49:46
the future. And those calculations are highly sensitive to how CalPERS is doing with its investment. 01:49:55
And in addition to that, CalPERS does everything on kind of a one year lag. So when you're looking at the fiscal year 2023, that's 01:50:06
based off of how CalPERS investments did as of June 30th, 2022, which at the time the stock market was not doing very well. 01:50:15
And that is the major reason why there was a large increase in the liability. 01:50:27
I can report that in the next fiscal year. So in the fiscal year that's ending this next June, that liability will decrease some 01:50:34
because the investments did fare quite a bit better in the year ended June 30th, 2023. So again there the city has control over 01:50:42
some portions of the pension liability. 01:50:50
But that number is is highly subject to changes in CalPERS investments as well as assumptions at CalPERS I. 01:50:59
If you want to look at, so while the liability was almost 40 million, if you want to look at the amount that was actually paid to 01:51:09
CalPERS for city employees, you can see that that number went from about 3.8 million to about 4.4 million. So it's a significant 01:51:16
number, but it is just a fraction of that liability calculation. 01:51:23
A few other items that I wanted to mention. The Ng project was a large construction project that was completed during that fiscal 01:51:39
year and all of the work that was done on the project was done through the city's capital projects funds and when the project was 01:51:48
completed, a portion of the project itself as well as some of the the liabilities that were. 01:51:57
Obtained to In order to do the construction, we're allocated out to the various enterprise funds, the water, the wastewater and 01:52:07
solid waste funds in order to more accurately report how those funds use. 01:52:15
The, the Ng project, so if you look at the capital asset notes and the long term liability notes, you'll notice that there was 01:52:24
some movement of of the capital assets and movement of the related debt from the government activities to the business type 01:52:31
activities and that was what what was happening there. Another thing that I wanted to point out just in the accounting, the 01:52:39
internal service funds were effectively closed by the end of the year. 01:52:46
So they were reduced all the way down to 0 net position as the city was restructuring its accounting system for implementation of 01:52:54
the new citywide accounting system and decided to move those internal service funds into the general fund. 01:53:04
Any. 01:53:17
Questions or or anything to report. I just wanted to say that while we were out at the city, we were able to get everything that 01:53:20
we wanted from the city. And I know it's it's a lot of work on city staff to maintain their normal duties while getting everything 01:53:26
that that we're asking them for. And I appreciate all the hard work by city staff to keep things organized and get us all the 01:53:33
information needed so that the audit could be completed. 01:53:39
Adam, I think there's the one last slide is the general fund balance. 01:53:47
I just put it up, I think it skipped it. OK, OK. 01:53:53
Going back to the general fund, so the general fund had a total ending fund balance of 47.7 million during the year, which was an 01:53:59
increase of over 2 million from the prior year of the fund balance. Though there are a few different portions that are either 01:54:08
committed, which is the reserves for fiscal policy of about 18.3 million and what that means is that. 01:54:18
Those monies were specifically set aside by council action into different reserves. 01:54:27
2.2 million was officially restricted and that was mostly in the Parr's trust fund that that money is sitting in the general fund 01:54:34
but is not available for for use other than for the specific purpose and then there is a large advance payable. 01:54:43
Between the general fund and the water fund for 11.3 million and that balance sits in non spendable fund balance. So at the end of 01:54:55
June 30, 2023, the unassigned fund balance was about 15.9 million of the total general fund balance. 01:55:04
All right. Thank you so much. Just council have any questions for staff for presentation? 01:55:16
Council Member Gomez, thank you. 01:55:22
I'm sorry, I did. I forgot your name. Adam. Adam. Thank you. Apologize for that. Adam. Adam, did our unfunded position with the 01:55:25
unfunded liability pension obligation go down or up? 01:55:32
Off the top of my head, I'm not sure. 01:55:43
That number does have quite a large percentage interest rate assigned by CalPERS to it. You know, ideally it's going down over 01:55:47
time, but it just depends on on CalPERS calculations as they update them and off the top of my head I don't remember how that 01:55:54
number changed from the prior year. 01:56:01
I think Lupe can probably answer, and I'm going to guess that it went up. 01:56:10
It's mostly because like Adam mentioned is the interest rate. So when you look at 2022, we were using reports from the prior year 01:56:14
when we had that really strong return. I think it's 21%. So that was the biggest factor impacting the the pension liability. 01:56:22
Yeah. But I'm just trying to gauge overtime, are we closing the gap or is it just widening on us? And part of the reason why I was 01:56:30
saying, I would guess, I was guessing it went up as we had that our unfunded pension liability specialists come present to council 01:56:38
a couple months ago. And if you remember, they showed that chart and it showed that for a few more years our costs are going to be 01:56:45
rising and then I forgot the years at 2030. 01:56:53
Council Member Hernandez, do you have any questions? 01:57:38
Just one quick question. Thank you, Mrs. Mrs. Sarah for your presentation and thank you, Adam. Was this the first time we've done 01:57:41
an audit since we implemented the new financial management system? 01:57:48
Actually the audit, it was still done in the legacy system. This will be the new one in 2024. Thank you. 01:57:55
Councilmember Martinez. 01:58:05
Questions. No. OK. Thank you. 01:58:07
Thank you. It looks like here that we have an unqualified clean audit opinion. So what are the different audit opinions? What are 01:58:09
the How do they range? 01:58:14
I can take that one. So this is an unmodified audit opinion. It used to be called unqualified. Why they changed the terminology, 01:58:23
I'm not quite sure, but the other types of audit opinions, there's an adverse opinion that means that we that the auditor looked 01:58:30
at your books and knows that there is an inaccuracy that's being reported in the financial statements. 01:58:37
Or a no opinion. 01:58:46
Is where their auditor is unable to obtain enough information to support some of the balances that are presented in the financial 01:58:50
statements, so the auditor cannot. 01:58:55
Basically, cannot rely on some of the numbers in the statements and then the last type would be a qualified opinion where the 01:59:02
auditor was able to obtain supporting documentation and agrees with the majority of the balances in the financial statements. 01:59:10
Except for something that's that's noted. Whereas the unmodified opinion means that the auditor was able to complete their work 01:59:18
and I. 01:59:22
And the numbers presented are reliable. 01:59:29
So that means we've got a A+ plus. 01:59:32
Correct. Were there any suggestions that you had that you? 01:59:35
Advised to staff to make things better easier. I'm really unfamiliar with audit how audits work, but was there any? 01:59:42
Helpful tips, suggestions that were given or anything like that that happened in this. 01:59:49
Conversation. Or was it just you primarily going through the books to look at everything? 01:59:54
Yeah, no, it's a two way process as we're going through especially with the controls testing. You know as we go through we're 01:59:58
we're trying to figure out why the city is doing things in certain ways and we're talking through that with staff and a lot of 02:00:05
minor recommendations are made at that point directly to staff. If there was anything that we deemed to be significant then it 02:00:13
would be reported in a letter to the to the City Council and as as I mentioned earlier there was no significant audit findings. 02:00:20
Great. Well, good job all around staff and. 02:00:27
Adam, though no further questions from Council then. Are we moving on to Mrs. Arrows brief report? Yes, thank you, Adam. Thank 02:00:30
you. 02:00:35
Thank you. 02:00:42
My presentation is brief and I just want to continue basically what where Adam we left off at the end of fiscal year 2023. So it's 02:00:49
a quick summary of what Adam just mentioned. We are happy that we received an unmodified opinion is a clean opinion. Again the 02:00:57
auditors were here twice and finance staff and other staff in the city as well. So I want to thank all the departments. 02:01:06
Work with the auditors to provide all the information that they needed. I think that's key in getting. 02:01:16
For them to understand and review all of what they need to review to do their work. 02:01:20
In in 2023, so I wanted to point this out, that's important. The city and council approved the capital general fund capital 02:01:27
investment reserve policy. Even though that was approved in fiscal year 2024, we still hadn't closed officially closed the books 02:01:35
and we were able to transfer the initial funding into that reserve of 1,000,005. 02:01:42
So that is represented in the 2023 financials because we were able to still do that in fiscal year 2023. 02:01:50
And then the last point that I wanted to make is in regards to the unassigned fund balance that Adam pointed out part of the 02:01:57
auditor financials at the end of 2020, fiscal year 2023 was 15.8 million and that's what's shown on the Aqua. On the report we 02:02:04
did, he did mention that we transfer some funds. So the one fund that was significant that we transferred that was always funded 02:02:10
if there was a shortfall would be funded from general fund was the fleet and risk and those are now part of the general fund. So 02:02:17
we we they're separate divisions. 02:02:23
So we still want to track them because they have their separate costs, but there they were when we came and started migrating to 02:02:30
the new Tyler system, it was easier from on a county standpoint and and simpler to just make a division under general fund. So 02:02:38
that's what he was referring to that. Then we had some other fun small ones, one that I can point out was the RDA bond proceeds, 02:02:45
the redevelopment agency, if those loans, the obligations were satisfied in 2023 and we just had some small. 02:02:53
Fund balance that we're going to utilize restricted for capital projects of 260,000 and instead of just keeping that fund open, we 02:03:01
brought that over to general fund. 02:03:06
So with that said, it's about 1.1 million that's restricted, it's in that 15,000,000 but we know it's not general fund 02:03:11
unrestricted. We have to, we have, we're using it for specific purposes and that's what I wanted to show here kind of like A roll 02:03:20
forward of what Adam mentioned. This first slide just shows the unassigned fund balance in fiscal year 2122, it was 16.7 million. 02:03:28
Physical year 2223 which is the audit period that we just finished adjusted for that 1.1 million is 14.7 million. 02:03:36
And then and 2324, I'm so sorry, that should be 2324, not 2425. It's 6.5 million and that's because there was an appropriation by 02:03:45
council for the bubbling springs. So that's the significant drop into this fiscal year and this kind of shows the same 02:03:52
information. 02:03:59
Just. 02:04:08
In a different format, but we started with a 14.7 million and then the 4.8 was committed, has been committed for bowling springs 02:04:09
and then the 1.5 as well is going to be part of that reserve and then. 02:04:16
There's other transfers and there was other CIP and and this year capital in 24 that's also being transferred or you or the 02:04:25
unassigned is being used to fund those projects. We transferred to their reserves every year. So we have committed resource for 02:04:31
stability economic reserve which is 6 months of operations and every year we do a true up. And so that's what I mean by that 1.9 02:04:37
that there's adjustments. So every year we adjust that and and we make that equal 6 months. So we have to transfer from 02:04:44
unassigned. 02:04:50
We transfer that at that time and right now the estimated unassigned. 02:04:56
As of now is 6.5 million and we'll be bringing that to council when we do the revised budget in two weeks. 02:05:03
So we'll have that and we'll have 2425. 02:05:11
Any questions? 02:05:17
Council have any questions for Mrs. Arrow? 02:05:19
OK. Seeing none. Thank you. Thank you. 02:05:23
So we are going to move on to public comments. Are there any public comments regarding this item? No, Madam Mayor. Thank you. 02:05:28
Seeing no further comments or questions from Council. 02:05:36
This is a receive and file, so no action or vote is going to be taken, so we'll move on to the next item. 02:05:40
Which is city manager comments and reports. 02:05:45
Thank you, Mrs. Cero. 02:05:49
Thank you. I have a few things today. I'll try to keep them quick. 02:05:52
1st we have a few. 02:05:57
Happenings that we wanted to let people know about first and we'll be posting some some things on social media in the next couple 02:06:00
days on this. But one week from today, we have our first annual Memorial Day event at Wanami Beach and at our Wanami Pier at 8:30 02:06:07
in the morning. Everyone's invited to that event and we'll be posting information on the program and and what we're going to be 02:06:15
doing. 02:06:22
But we just wanted to let everybody know that is the first Memorial Day event one week from today at 8:30 in the morning at Waimea 02:06:30
Pier and so. 02:06:34
Put that on your calendar if you're interested in attending. A couple of items related to, we had some storm damage over at the 02:06:40
Recreation Center and the Community Center and a couple of the classrooms there. And the good news is little by little we're 02:06:48
getting those buildings back reopened. The teen center has officially reopened and they are back on site using that facility. Our 02:06:55
classrooms have reopened and those are back. 02:07:03
Being used for programming. 02:07:12
Currently the kind of the last phase there is we're working on the office and the auditorium and so those are in progress now and 02:07:15
we're hoping to to make progress on the the offices in the next a couple of weeks. And then the auditorium is going to take a 02:07:23
little bit longer because it's just a larger space. So but the rec classrooms and the teen center are back and open for business. 02:07:30
And so last and I should have said this earlier when we had some of our commenters here, but. 02:07:38
The a couple of comments came in about the community benefit fund and we have set the next joint city port meeting for May 30th at 02:07:47
I believe it's 3:30 PM. And so those we put an agenda out and and let people know. So we'll make sure that we get that posted. But 02:07:54
that meeting is scheduled. So any of the the people who had questions about that meeting could attend or get information from that 02:08:01
meeting. 02:08:08
And. 02:08:16
The. 02:08:19
We'll post some information on this too, but we just wanted to let people know. Gold Coast Transit District did announce last week 02:08:22
that effective July 7th they will be updating and their fair structures and the biggest thing is it will increase the regular fare 02:08:31
for Gold Coast buses from 1:50 to $2.00 for the regular adult base fare. 02:08:41
The reduced rates all will increase accordingly since most of them are based on that regular rate. So we'll be posting information 02:08:51
on that. And Gold Coast is posting information as well, so anybody who uses Gold Coast transit should be aware that that's taking 02:08:56
effect July 7th. 02:09:02
And then last, just for next council meeting, it's actually it's a full agenda with some. 02:09:09
Major items that will definitely want to make sure we have the time to work through. We're planning to bring our budget revise for 02:09:19
the upcoming fiscal year of the CIP capital improvement projects with that budget revised and then also we're bringing back the 02:09:26
council policy and procedures discussion that was requested. 02:09:33
A couple of meetings back and so those are it'll be a full meeting and then we actually were looking ahead and really the next 02:09:41
three meetings into July and then we have our recess, they're all pretty full. We have a lot of items that are coming back and and 02:09:48
so we have about I think it's four meetings left and then August recess and then we're back in September. So we're we're already 02:09:56
seeing. 02:10:04
Full agendas for almost the whole time up until the summer recess, so we'll be bringing those items back. But the next meeting 02:10:12
budget, capital improvement projects and Council policy and procedures. So does Council have questions, Councilmember Goma. 02:10:19
Is the community benefit fund meeting going to be here and is it going to be televised? 02:10:27
Did we select a location? We're working. 02:10:33
Details of the park. 02:10:36
Because I would just. 02:10:38
I don't know if I have to make a motion or make an agenda, but make a motion today, Yeah, yeah. But I would hope that that would 02:10:39
be the case. I think we need to be transparent with that and. 02:10:44
Being that some of the. 02:10:50
Some of the attitudes expressed in prior meetings, I think need to be viewed by the public. 02:10:55
I will say we are highly recommending that, yeah we I think we recommended that we do it here. And the other part is the port 02:11:00
agreed the last time we were here that we offered to videotape these and and make the video available and they agreed to do that 02:11:08
while we're here. So we've we've we've offered and recommended to use our site but it hasn't been like agreed to yet so. 02:11:15
Council member Hernandez. 02:11:24
So I also thought that we decided on a practice of scheduling on the agenda, on our City Council agenda, a discussion. 02:11:26
On what's going to the port committee. 02:11:36
City port committee meeting. 02:11:39
And I this is the tonight's the last opportunity to do that. It's not on the agenda. We do what is on the agenda for I I can the 02:11:43
30th, I can explain. So we did have the council's already discussed the items on that agenda. 02:11:51
Yeah, not that we're aware of at this time, but we haven't gotten, we haven't gotten the answers from the port of do we know 02:12:00
what's on the agenda, these community benefit fund which has come to the council. 02:12:06
Now, what about the Citizens Advisory Commission? I understand there's going to be a meeting to discuss the Community Benefit 02:12:13
Fund. Is that going to be before the 30th? It will be on the 28th, I believe is the date they're planning, OK. And that the 02:12:20
purpose of that discussion is, so that's on the list of items approved by the council for the CAC and actually assigned to the to 02:12:27
the CAC is to annually review the allocations to the CPF. 02:12:33
OK. So they could possibly have recommendations that go to the? 02:12:40
The May 30th meeting? Or would they have to come to council first? No. So at this point, council had the initial brainstorming 02:12:45
session. 02:12:49
A couple weeks back we had a joint port city CBF meeting scheduled. The port came and said they they had not had a chance to 02:12:53
discuss it at all unlike we had we had discussed it. So they asked for more time. So we have now rescheduled this meeting which 02:13:00
will be that same item that we've already prepared for and so but the as part of the process the CAC can provide any input. So 02:13:08
we're taking the brainstorming list of them. 02:13:15
Asking them for input and then that would go to the joint committee. OK. It's a process. All right. Thank you. 02:13:23
Any further questions for City Manager Vega? 02:13:30
Seeing none, we will move on. Oops, sorry about that. To Council member reports and comments, Council Member Gama. 02:13:33
Thank you, Mayor Perez. I just returned from the California CJPIA Insurance Authority. It was a really nice elected official 02:13:41
summit. Got to listen to a lot of council members from other jurisdictions having the same. 02:13:50
Issues with mandated. 02:13:59
Mandated state requirements as related to housing. 02:14:02
Had a beacon meeting this past Friday. 02:14:10
We've reaffirmed our. 02:14:13
Or a science committee. 02:14:18
Doctor Patch is continuing to be the chair of that. 02:14:20
We. 02:14:25
Instituted a 3% CPI increase. 02:14:27
And. 02:14:32
That's about it for that we're still moving forward with our. 02:14:35
Solicitation for projects moving forward and. 02:14:43
Trying to workout how to. 02:14:47
Make them all come to the benefit of the organization. 02:14:49
We really. 02:14:53
I think we really have fine-tuned. 02:14:55
The fact that each member of Beacon has different issues, different coastal issues and. 02:14:58
The organization is working as a regional organization, but also working to support the issues of its member agencies and and our 02:15:08
current. 02:15:13
Need as usual with every two years as to work on the dredging. 02:15:19
The dredging. 02:15:26
Allocation process, which is very, very complicated. And so we're still trying to bring clarity to that so that we don't have to 02:15:28
go through this exercise every two years, but everybody's. 02:15:34
Hands on. 02:15:41
On that issue for us, one of the things that we did, we appointed Brian Brennan as a special project advisor and we're really 02:15:43
looking at. 02:15:49
Beach use and user data that's being collected through cell phones, it's really fascinating to really understand like who's coming 02:15:55
to the beach and what are they doing. And cell phones are just an incredible tool to to collect that data. So it's really 02:16:02
fascinating to see how that's going on. 02:16:08
A lot of conversation about sea level rise, sediment management and how we all could support each other in that process, but also 02:16:16
realize that we're all different. 02:16:22
And that's kind of the strength of Beacon is being able to. 02:16:28
Cater to the individual needs of the member cities and so we're looking for a grant. 02:16:34
More grant opportunities I. 02:16:40
And one thing that came up over my trip to Alaska, I met a a graduate student working on. 02:16:44
Kelp restoration projects, and that's a project that beacon. 02:16:53
Did few years back and we're still interested in and so I was able to. 02:16:57
Talk with this person and get information and hopefully we could get some collaboration between Doctor Patch and this particular 02:17:03
individual is working under the toolage of Doctor Patches colleague at the University of Santa Cruz and so kind of got a little 02:17:10
excited about the prospect for bringing back a. 02:17:17
More aggressive and. 02:17:25
Long planned. 02:17:28
Kelp restoration project. And if you don't know, kelp produces more oxygen than trees, which is kind of mind boggling so and here 02:17:31
in this county we we lost. 02:17:37
Many, many kelp forces during El Nino and they haven't recovered yet and so we're trying to. 02:17:44
Trying to help that process along SO. 02:17:49
And that's it for now. 02:17:53
Thank you, Councilmember Hernandez. 02:17:54
Thank you, Madam Mayor. I attended all my regular meetings. What was different was the. 02:17:57
Sam Summit, I sat in on that meeting. That presentation was done on the ninth. It was very well done and we actually had Army 02:18:05
Corps of Engineers this year which we've not had in previous years. So it was really well attended. I think there was a lot of 02:18:13
interest on to hear Doctor Kiki Patch and and to hear what some of the other jurisdictions are doing. So kudos to Beacon for 02:18:20
putting that together for us. I also attended the V cog meeting has an alternate and. 02:18:27
A couple of things that came out of that were, well. One thing I wanted to highlight was the presentation. 02:18:35
By the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department on the Care Act and Proposition 1. 02:18:42
And for those of you who are following what's happening to our mental health system? 02:18:48
And to the changes at the state level not to mention this governors amid A revised budget indicating billions of dollars in in a 02:18:53
shortfall that we're going to be having to that will be feeling in the the next years to come I. 02:19:01
The proposition 1 is. 02:19:12
Really from what I took away was it's it's not going to really help homeless situations and that it's really redirecting resources 02:19:16
into an area of helping people who are severely mentally ill, schizophrenia, other psychosis, and there's very few. There's a 02:19:26
smaller percentage of the homeless population who suffer from that. 02:19:36
But a majority of the money is going to work in that area. So we're going to be seeing some definite changes in how mental health 02:19:46
resources are allocated in this county. And I think we just need to keep advocating that we we need mental health services for all 02:19:53
and while it's. 02:19:59
It's interesting that we were focusing on the most severe mentally ill. I don't know how far it's going to go in helping others 02:20:08
especially those who are homeless. So it'll be interesting to watch. The other meeting I attended was the Ventura County Regional 02:20:15
Energy Alliance and thank you Mr. City Manager for sending Jose to attend that he did a good job participating and I think he got 02:20:23
some networking in there and and met a few people and. 02:20:31
We walked away with some good information. This was the energy champion meeting where the actually it's the worker bees from each 02:20:40
of the city departments who come and talk about what they're doing in the area of climate change energy's. 02:20:47
And. 02:20:55
In other areas of reducing GHG emissions, so one of the things I heard at that meeting through the Clean Power Alliance is that 02:20:57
they're going to be allocating 1/4 of $1,000,000 to local jurisdictions who are participating for the putting together of a 02:21:05
climate action plan. So I hope we can keep that on our radar and when we officially join them, take advantage of that funding 02:21:13
source. You know, I had to ask him twice, Are you sure you said a quarter million dollars? 02:21:20
For a climate action plan, because I know we don't have money for that, but I think it's important we do develop one, so hopefully 02:21:28
that opportunity will will make its way to us soon. 02:21:34
Other than that, there is a lot of legislation that's being considered right now. I have the packet that I'll leave in the Council 02:21:41
office for those of you who are interested in taking a look at it. And that concludes my comments. Thank you. Thank you, 02:21:46
Councilmember Martinez. 02:21:52
Yes, thank you Mayor. I also want to thank you for inviting me to the Boys and Girls Club Breakfast. 02:21:59
And then I'm excited. I believe we have a meeting for the Art Mural Committee this week. Is it Wednesday? 02:22:05
OK. 02:22:11
I'm also excited that the city announced the new scholarship. 02:22:13
Opportunities for our youth. 02:22:18
City manager, can you remind us the deadline to apply for that? 02:22:21
Believe that one, because we have two things right now. We have that in the poster contest. So I believe that one's May 31st 02:22:26
that's open to high school seniors who reside in Port Hueneme. And then we're also doing the. 02:22:33
Art contest, that's the scholarship. And then we're doing the Beach Fest Art contest, which is I think open till June 7th and I 02:22:40
like the next week and that one's open to more age groups. So information on both of those are on our website and Facebook pages. 02:22:49
Thank you and regarding. 02:22:59
The sister city committee, I'm happy to announce that it sounds like the city new city attorney's taking that challenge and 02:23:02
getting going with creating the nonprofit. 02:23:07
Our next meetings on June 5th and also I got a call last week from the new sister city president from Puerto Vallarta and they're 02:23:12
thinking about visiting in on August 3rd, so being here reminding me around that time. So that that's all I have for today. Thank 02:23:18
you. Thank you. 02:23:25
So yes, the boys and Girls Club had their annual breakfast, which is a big success, and we had Jackie Joyner. Kersey was our 02:23:32
keynote speaker and we try to find somebody. 02:23:36
Who grew up in the Boys and Girls Club and then made an impact in their lives and they were able to come and to testify as to how 02:23:43
that affected them and where they are now. And her story was great to hear Boys and Girls Club. Port Hueneme is getting ready to. 02:23:50
I think we're doing RFP for construction, but we're not ready to do a huge overhaul inside and out for that building. It was a 02:23:57
long time coming. We've been all the fundraising has been doing so much good to allocate to that building it's been. 02:24:04
How long have we had that? Anybody know how long we've had that building for Boys and Girls Club? 02:24:13
1510, yeah, I think so. So it's it's due, it needs to be overhauled completely. So I'm excited about that. So our city manager and 02:24:17
our Chief of Police. 02:24:23
Came up with a Wellness event for our city which is a team run concept and if we each individual city member wants to join us for 02:24:30
a run that we're doing around the city, they send out an all hands invite. And this weekend on Sunday we had the Seaside Marathon. 02:24:38
So I'd like to congratulate a few city employees who participated. We have Dennis Dennis Martinez who participated in the 10K, so 02:24:45
congratulations on that. 02:24:52
We have James Vega and wife who participated in the 10K as well. There's a Michelle Gutierrez, her husband and I believe her 02:25:00
child. They participated in the 5K. 02:25:05
Jocelyn Lopez and I believe her daughter, please correct me if I'm wrong, participated in the five 5K of Gerardo Moreno and he 02:25:10
pushed a stroller and had a young child with him doing the 5K as well. And then Sergeant Perez and wife, he did the half marathon 02:25:17
and I did the 5K. So I want to congratulate all the city employees who came out and participated in that and please it's open to 02:25:24
council as well. So let us know if you want to be part of team runway. 02:25:31
You can walk. You don't have to run. 02:25:39
This one this weekend, what's that part of the team? Yeah. OK, so there's two more races in Ventura coming up in July and I 02:25:42
believe September and then maybe some in between that I'm sure will be sending out invites if anybody wants to get registered and 02:25:48
get join our team. So congratulations to all staff who participated in that. 02:25:54
That's all I have. 02:26:01
So we move on to requests for future agenda items. 02:26:03
Councilmember Gama. 02:26:06
Council member Hernandez. 02:26:09
Councilman Martinez, Seeing none, we will move on to adjournment. I'd like to adjourn this meeting of at 856. A regular next 02:26:11
meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 3rd, 2024 at 6:30 PM. The time is 8:56 and we are adjourned. 02:26:19
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Good evening everyone. Oops, my mic is. 00:00:03
A little loose. 00:00:08
Welcome to the City Council regular meeting. I'm calling this meeting to order. The time is now 6:30 PM Please stand and join me 00:00:09
for the flag salute. 00:00:13
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, 00:00:22
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 00:00:28
Thank you, Madam Clerk, will you please take roll call? 00:00:39
Councilmember Gama here, Councilmember Hernandez here. 00:00:43
Councilmember Martinez present Mayor Perez here, and please let the record reflect that Mayor Pro Tem McQueen legend is absent. 00:00:47
Thank you. Tonight's inspiration will be given by Councilmember Gama. 00:00:52
Thank you. There's so much to be inspired from and within our community, I have a long list of things to talk about. So hopefully 00:01:00
I could just go real quick and everybody will be inspired. So you know, it's May time. May is the time for graduation. So many 00:01:06
high school students are getting ready to graduate. What an exciting time I can remember back when I was a high school student, 00:01:12
graduating, graduating, it seems like yesterday. And so you get to live and you see the excitement, the joy that these young 00:01:18
persons are going to be. 00:01:24
Going for in their future life goals when he be Little League just finished their season and it was a little trying season because 00:01:31
their ball fields are under construction. But they finished with smiles and they had a great season and they they stepped up and 00:01:38
had to be a little bit uncomfortable but man they really enjoyed themselves last night. Real Guppies is making an impact across 00:01:46
Ventura County and we saw that in their fundraising event for the surf and turf thing. Mayor Perez was there as with. 00:01:53
Many, many supporters, Becky was there and we had a great time supporting a great great. 00:02:01
Group these walls These walls are filled with inspiration and. 00:02:09
Artists and their 7th and 8th graders and they're from Waimea Elementary. So if you get a time look around and just enjoy the 00:02:16
artwork and if you don't enjoy life, well you better start because we live in an amazing place and. 00:02:22
Each and every day we should count our blessings as we go through this wonderful city of ours in the ocean and the beach, life and 00:02:30
all that. And then there's George George Mahogan. 00:02:36
And smile and get to know new people. And this past weekend's event was catered by our Chief of police. He makes some baked ziti 00:03:23
at Caesar salad and Wyoming bake house provided some garlic bread. And it was just wonderful to see our chief and his support 00:03:32
staff come out and do that so you don't have to look far here in Waimea to be inspired. And of course. 00:03:42
A lot of us live here because of the beach and I got this calendar from a meeting I was. That's a tied calendar and I just want to 00:03:53
read the back of it. To close this out, to be aware of ones environment is to be aware of oneself. By living near and using the 00:04:00
ocean, we stay in touch with a pure source of life, the curving lines on these pages. 00:04:06
Actually represent interaction between our moon, sun and the planets traveling through eternal space. 00:04:14
While the flow of the tides is endless, we spend but a few short moments of influence on this earth. For many reason reasons, this 00:04:20
time in history seems most critical. We have the power to destroy or preserve our ocean environment. The responsibility of its 00:04:27
preservation is in the hands of we who use and enjoy the ocean. These are but words. While actions alone create results, there are 00:04:34
many ways to help with preservation. Please take the time to find and use them. 00:04:42
So respect your environment, enjoy each and every day. And thank God you live in the city of Port Hueneme. Thank you. Thank you 00:04:50
Councilmember Gama. We will now move on to public comments. We will hear public comments not pertaining to items on the agenda. 00:04:57
Comments are limited to 3 minutes. This process will be the same for comments pertaining to each agenda item. Madam Clerk, do we 00:05:03
have any public comments? We do. First up is Becky Bruning, followed by Tom King. 00:05:10
Good evening, Mayor, council members, staff and audience. 00:05:24
I'm here with broke up the outdoors. We did have a fantastic night last night, raised a lot of money. 00:05:30
And this Sunday is our family fish day out at the end of Wyoming pier from 8:30 to 11:30. So come out and join us and have some 00:05:39
fun. Thank you. 00:05:45
I'm here, Perez, City Council member staff. 00:05:57
On its neighbors, I'm just here to give a quick update. When I first stood before you on the matter of the petition to oppose the 00:06:01
location of the Bard monument at Surfside and Market Street at the Flag Plaza, I had about 40 signatures and it became 80. Now 00:06:10
it's over 150. 00:06:18
I know the port from time to time indicates well, maybe they're not so solidly. 00:06:29
Hard in terms of having that is their location, but it's important, I think to at least indicate that it's not one person up here 00:06:36
right now. It's about 152 people. So I thank you for listening. I. 00:06:44
Really. We're trying to encourage you to. 00:06:52
Acknowledge that that's the wrong. 00:06:57
Location for that monument. So thank you. Thank you. 00:06:59
Mr. Randall Thomas and then Jan Burke. 00:07:04
Good afternoon, mayor, council, city staff, neighbors and community members. I'm here to talk about the community benefit fund and 00:07:12
kind of what our neighbors have kind of come up with. So that way we can kind of have a path forward so we can all see everything 00:07:18
aligned and united. 00:07:24
The way that the current process involves the community fund can be a little confusing. We're just looking for a standard 00:07:32
operating procedure. 00:07:37
Aligned upon how things specifically go and get approved and some ideas we have was an establishment of an advisory committee of 00:07:42
Wanami residents to help create the new structure and process. 00:07:48
For an updated Wine Me Community Benefit Fund program, we suggest that each Council member appoint one advisory committee member. 00:07:54
The committee would then meet on an agreed upon schedule on a regular basis, select projects for funding, and then these projects 00:08:02
would then be presented to Council for final approval to bring to the Our Namey Community Benefit Fund meeting with the Port. 00:08:11
Second thing would be this new structure would be more aligned with a grant process where funds are processed and distributed to 00:08:21
local nonprofits and community based programs that apply for the fund with the focus and goal to enhance the quality of life in 00:08:26
the port My name community. 00:08:31
3rd would be encouraging matching funds for projects from local businesses, organizations and residents who would love to provide 00:08:38
better and greater benefit to the overall community fund to increase that dollar amount. It encourages community involvement and 00:08:44
increases pride in our city. I know a lot of people would probably like to see that Community Benefit Fund baseline number 00:08:51
increase and I think having the community also contribute to that. 00:08:58
Would do really well for a city to show everyone here that we're a united city and we want to make this place an even better place 00:09:05
to live than it already is. 00:09:09
The fourth thing would be having this grant application process that assures the approved programs are a substantial projects that 00:09:13
produce. 00:09:17
Quantifiable outcomes for the community and a few things that we kind of came up with was senior and youth programs, safety police 00:09:21
canines, coastal programs and environmental projects such as charging stations, solar and lighting projects and other things of 00:09:29
the sort. City beautification projects as well, such as murals and landscaping upgrades to artwork and whatnot, would also be a 00:09:37
substantial benefit to the community. This was also brought to the Port Commission meeting that I attended earlier today. 00:09:44
And one of the poor commissioners mentioned what's beneficial to both organizations or agencies and I would like to know kind of 00:09:53
what that settlement states specifically to what? 00:09:59
Benefits an agency or a community, So I'm not sure who I need to get in contact with to be able to see what that settlement 00:10:07
agreement states, but if I could get in contact with somebody, that would be great. Thank you very much. 00:10:13
Thank you. 00:10:20
And I can just note real quick, so we will contact you to let you know how to how to get that information. 00:10:23
Mr. Lamont Hayes, you'll be after Miss Burke. 00:10:35
No, no, Miss Burke. Go ahead. 00:10:39
Thank you, Randall. 00:10:47
Good evening. 00:10:50
Council. 00:10:52
Staff neighbors. 00:10:53
My goodness, there's a bunch of them Today I. 00:10:57
I appreciate what Randall has said. This was a synopsis of what our HOA coalition put together. I hand it out to you sort of a 00:11:00
summary that we came up with. We we were, we were very concerned with the. 00:11:08
Last joint meeting between the Council and the. 00:11:16
The port and we did present this just today, this afternoon, to the port. 00:11:21
And I think we came away a bit more confused because there seems to be. 00:11:26
Push back and concerns about what the intent of these funds are for. 00:11:32
And I would like to get. We would like to get. 00:11:39
Some better clarity on what the agreement is about because. 00:11:42
One of the commissioners said. 00:11:48
And I quote that this agreement was made in 2015 as a settlement and it was a settlement between the port and the city to create a 00:11:50
fund that would benefit the city. 00:11:56
And the port. 00:12:03
Organizations. 00:12:06
Not the community. 00:12:09
But the city and the port organizations, and that was. 00:12:11
A little startling to me because I didn't. I mean, it's called a community benefit fund, right? So it's a little contradictory to 00:12:15
what? 00:12:19
Where our interpretation or our? 00:12:23
Our perception is. 00:12:26
And we, you know, we've been watching this process and it's been a little cumbersome and I think that we feel that. 00:12:28
We'd like to create some structure to it so where it's clear to the public what it's for. 00:12:37
And it's clear that it's a community benefit fund or not. And. 00:12:43
Because it's very interesting even today and some of the topics and subjects that came up, it was a soccer team that wanted to get 00:12:49
some funds and they wanted to get some funds for a trip because they won the Southern California soccer and. 00:12:56
They they. Somebody asked. Is this a community benefit fund funding? 00:13:04
And the Commission said no. 00:13:09
So what is it for? 00:13:12
And I think that this is where, I mean that's a great example of a good community benefit, right. So I guess I would like to get 00:13:14
clarity and I and I think that if it's Wanimi specific, it seems to me it should be because it was part of the Waimi settlement 00:13:20
between the port and the and the city. 00:13:26
Then let's get that clear. And so it's not a lot of random and and small onesie twosies. And let's do something that's meaningful 00:13:33
and impactful to our community. That's what our, our, the coalition really would like to see that we want to help. 00:13:40
And so I just leave it at that. Thank you. Thank you. 00:13:49
Good evening, Council. 00:14:03
Staff members of the public to the chief. 00:14:05
Federico and to the officers here, Good evening. My name is Lamont Hayes. I represent the Ventura County Resource Center, Started 00:14:09
a nonprofit organization to help the community. We're having a resource fair on June 1st from 1:50 at the Boys and Girls Club of 00:14:19
Greater Oxnard in Port Hueneme, 1900 W 5th St. in the City of Oxnard. This event is to gear everyone together. 00:14:29
And hear about the resources that our county represents and have. 00:14:39
So you have all the different organizations, nonprofits, the health department, the venture County Health Department will be 00:14:43
there, public health will be there. Different departments that usually don't go to community events are coming. We worked out 00:14:50
something with them. So you're here more about a lot of the resources that they have, the district attorney's office, we have BMX 00:14:58
coming that's going to bring their bikes up, as well as ramps to show some skills. 00:15:06
Which I invited BMX up to kind of talk to the Oxnard fixie crew to talk to them about safety and to really impact them as well, 00:15:13
talk with the Highway Patrol. California Highway Patrol was bringing a rodeo until Oxnard decided they wanted to host a rave on 00:15:22
the same day. So we have the Ox. RPD is going to come with their motorcycles and and try to do some education as well. On that day 00:15:30
we have bikes that were donated. We have several bikes with helmets, with helmets and gear, skateboards. 00:15:39
The event is going to be audible. They're going to have speakers throughout the space. A lot of times when you go to large events, 00:15:49
you don't get to go and talk. 00:15:53
There's agencies. I've sent people over there. There's also Oxnard College that's helping. So that's going to be June 1st, 1:50 at 00:16:32
the Boys and Girls Club, 1900 W 5th St. and the city of Oxnard. Follow the signs. I'm going to put some out. Thank you. 00:16:39
And then we have two written public comments. 00:16:49
City Council During the last council meeting on May 6, the following statement was made from the dais at the beginning of the flag 00:16:53
policy agenda item. 00:16:57
I'm 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 00:17:01
year from here on out until the policy changes and hopefully it doesn't. 00:17:06
They should be heard before a decision is made and announced, not after. As for the new flight policy itself, hopefully a future 00:17:44
City Council will see the wisdom in representing all of port huenemes, diverse residents equally under all inclusive city flag. 00:17:51
Thank you and Happy Asian, American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Jeffrey Scarberry. 00:17:58
Dear City Council members, it is with desperation that I beg you to address the ongoing issues with Miranda Park, specifically the 00:18:08
corner of the overflow lot bordering the residential area on Beach Port Drive. This area is a hot spot for loitering, dawn to 00:18:16
dusk, drug use, drinking, loud music, mobile mechanic work, littering, sexual activity, defecation and urination. These issues 00:18:23
include, but are nowhere near limited to, litter being thrown or blowing all over the wall. 00:18:30
The ongoing stench of human excrement, noise, nuisance, and even once a crack pipe being thrown over the wall shattering only feet 00:18:37
away from a residents special needs child. People have even jumped the wall to come vandalize personal property. Our fine officers 00:18:44
do what they can and have admittedly increased patrols, but without action patrols do not deter this behavior. The other day a 00:18:50
complaint was made about obvious loud mechanic work in the park and PHPD, although responding quickly drove right past without 00:18:56
doing anything. 00:19:02
Without proper enforcement as a clear message that these actions will not be tolerated, how can we expect to change? I'm sure 00:19:09
everyone is familiar with the quote. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. This is one 00:19:15
of those situations. To our fine police and City Council, you are all good people. I challenge you to do something. Address this 00:19:21
once and for all. I will be a regular at upcoming City Council meetings until change happens. Thank you for your time and 00:19:27
consideration. 00:19:33
Tebow, Robert, vice president of Beach Port Villas, HLA. And that concludes public comment. 00:19:39
Can I, Eric, if I could just quickly respond to that comment. Just to note that we are aware of some issues in that parking lot 00:19:47
area at Miranda Park. And as mentioned in the comment, we have worked with our teams to get more presence in the area and more 00:19:55
patrols in the area and we'll continue to work on those and try to have the presence to. 00:20:03
To stop the issue from happening or to respond if if issues keep happening. So we are working on that. We'll keep focusing on that 00:20:14
moving forward. So we will let the resident know that as well. 00:20:20
Thank you. 00:20:26
We'll now move on to agenda approval for City Council. May I have a motion and a second? 00:20:28
So moved. 00:20:34
Thank you, Madam Clerk. 00:20:36
All in favor. 00:20:38
Aye, all opposed hearing none Motion passes. 00:20:39
Thank you. 00:20:44
Move to the conflict of Conflict of interest and Levine Act disclosures. Do any members of council have any conflicts of interest 00:20:45
to disclose for any item on the agenda? 00:20:50
Seeing none, we will move on to presentations. 00:20:56
The first presentation is the Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week proclamation. I have the proclamation I will 00:20:59
read, and then we will have a few words by our Chief of Police. 00:21:05
Peace offers a Memorial Day and National Police week May 15th, 2024 and May 12th through 18th, 2024. Whereas Congress and 00:21:14
President of the United States have designated May 15th, 2023 as National Police Officers Memorial Day and in the week in which it 00:21:21
falls as Police Week and whereas there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United 00:21:28
States, including the dedicated members of the Port Wanami Police Department. 00:21:35
And whereas the members of the Port Rooney Me Police Department recognizes the duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and 00:21:43
property, by protecting them against violence or disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against 00:21:48
oppression or intimidation. 00:21:53
And whereas it is proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of the men and women of the 00:21:58
Port Wanami Police Department and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all people in our 00:22:02
community. 00:22:07
And whereas more hundred more than 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and have 00:22:12
been killed in the line of duty, including sworn officers in the County of Ventura. Whereas the names of these dedicated public 00:22:18
servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC And whereas May 15th, 2024 00:22:25
is designated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of 00:22:31
duty and their families. 00:22:37
Now, therefore, be it proclaimed the City Council of the City of Port Hueneme, formally designates May 12th through May 18th, 2024 00:22:45
as Police Week and May 15th, 2024 as Police Officers Memorial Day in the City of Port Hueneme, and publicly salute the service of 00:22:52
law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the Nation. 00:22:59
Good evening everyone and thank you. Just as was stated, May 15th is National Peace Officer Day, so it is there to memorialize our 00:23:08
fallen officers. 00:23:14
The 138 from last year, 59 so far this year across the country. 00:23:22
And it's also there to honor our current peace officers and staff that serve you to today. 00:23:28
So no Police Department can be truly effective without the support and the trust of its community. So it is much appreciated. 00:23:35
Thank you. 00:23:41
Thank you and can we get a picture of everyone? 00:23:48
Some of this team that I'm very proud of up here, this incredible team. 00:23:51
Oh, you didn't know it was a photo op? 00:23:55
The mic. 00:24:36
Drop the mic, Mike. 00:24:37
Thank you. Thank you for. 00:24:40
All right, the next presentation is the Dispatcher of the Year Awards Certificate of Recognition presented to Police Dispatcher