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City Council Meeting Recap

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Updated 3.31.20 - A brief recap of the March 24, 2020 City Council meeting is provided below:

City Council Meeting Agenda

 Announcements:
Mayor Campbell reminded that the paper shredding and compost giveaway event scheduled for March 28 is cancelled as are all events for the foreseeable future.

City Manager’s Updates:

1. The City Manager updated the public that the City has been doing everything it can to keep the community and staff safe during the State of Emergency while continuing to provide essential City services.

2. City Manager also announced that Hermosa Beach has had its first declared case of COVID-19 as a reminder that even our community is not immune and that it is critical that social distancing is practiced by all community members

3. Mayor Campbell added that there are many opportunities for the community to help each other during the COVID-19 crisis including increased volunteerism, specifically through the Beach Cities Health District. The Mayor also thanked the community and staff for their help but reiterated that everyone must also be safe and responsible.

Public Participation:

1. Jessica Accamando called in to announce her efforts working with the Beach Cities Health District to develop a network of trained volunteers to help at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found at bit.ly/hermosaneedshelp

2. Representative from the Beach Cities Health District, Kerianne Lawson announced the many ways the District is helping during the pandemic, including a help hotline at 310-374-3426 x 256 as well additional information through their website.

Consent Items:

1. The consent calendar was approved by Council.

2. Mayor Campbell commented on Report 20-0166 and was given an update on the effect of the COVID-19 situation on Capital Improvement Projects. The Public Works Director commented that delays and cost increases should be expected but to what extant is unknown at this time. Additionally, Public Works staff is prioritizing COVID-19 response which may result in resources being diverted from Capital Projects.

Public Hearings:

None

Municipal Matters:   

REPORT 20-0176 TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES AND RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS FOR NONPAYMENT OF RENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Hermosa Beach City Council approved a temporary eviction moratorium for commercial and residential tenants who cannot pay their rents because of the COVID-19 emergency. The ordinance the Council adopted also provides for a temporary foreclosure moratorium for homeowners and commercial property owners who cannot make their mortgage payments because of the COVID-19 emergency. In approving the moratorium, the Council determined the moratoriums were necessary because evicting people from their homes and places of business, while the state is under a Stay at Home order, could further endanger public health. When the emergency ends, all rental and mortgage payments will still be owed. The ordinance provides 6 months of protection from eviction during which tenants and property owners can repay their past rent and mortgage payments. The moratorium goes into effect immediately. Seven people commented via phone. Council approved this item unanimously with minor revisions

 

 

REPORT 20-0175 REVIEW INFORMATION AND PROVIDE DIRECTION REGARDING  SUSPENSION OF RESTAURANT ENCROACHMENT FEES FOR A LIMITED DURATION; RECEIVE AND FILE INFORMATION REGARDING ADMININSTRATIVE DETERMINATION OF CERTAIN FEES AND FINES

This item was approved by a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Massey voting No, and will be brought back to Council in April for reconsideration

 

REPORT 20-0103 CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION OF GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE TO RESOLVE GRIEVANCES ARISING UNDER TITLE II OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 (“ADA”)

 There were no public comments on this item and Council approved it unanimously.

 

Miscellaneous Items & Other Matters:

 

1. Mayor Pro Tem Massey and Mayor Campbell spoke of the Communications Subcommittee and their efforts to stay up to date with developments related to the COIV-19 pandemic and relay information to the public.

2. Councilmember Armato promised a report regarding aircraft noise from her attendance at the LAX Roundtable at the next meeting

3. Councilmember Detoy asked about the rescheduling of the Revenue Study Session and the City Manager explained that it will be rescheduled

Adjournment:

THE NEXT REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 7 P.M. ON TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020.

Questions or comments? Contact the Assistant to the City Manager Nico De Anda-Scaia

Monday through Thursday, 7AM – 6PM at (310) 318-0201 or via email at ndeanda@hermosabeach.gov 

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