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Updated 2.11.20 - A brief recap of the February 11, 2020 City Council meeting is provided below:

City Council Meeting Agenda

 

Announcements:

  1. Census 2020: Census information will arrive in mid-March. March 30 – April 1 the census bureau will count people who are experience homelessness. April 1 is nationwide census day. Each household will receive an invitation to participate in the census and should respond in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail. May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes of those who have not responded to the 2020 Census. March 31, 2021 the census bureau will send redistricting counts to states.
  2. Community Theater Needs Assessment Survey: The Community theater needs assessment is available until February 14. Please visit the city’s website to take the survey.
  3. West Basin water District Rain Barrel Giveaway: West Basin will be hosting a rain barrel distribution event on Saturday February 15, 2020 at the Hermosa Beach Community Center. Advance registration for this distribution event is required. Please register online to participate in the event. 
  4. HBPD & MBPD baker to Vegas Team Fundraiser: Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach Police Departments will participate in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay. This is the second year for the HB/MB team and the community can help support the training and race expenses by dining at California Pizza Kitchen in Manhattan Village (3320 N Sepulveda Blvd.) on Thursday, Feb. 20th. Find more details about this fundraiser. 
  5. HBPOA MOU: The Council will finalize a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Hermosa Beach Police Officer’s Association. The agreement provides a 19% base pay increase over three years, the largest pay increase for the union member’s in the last 25 years. Read the press release. 
  6. Hermosa Unplugged: The last event went over really well last year and City Council would like to implement this event on a quarterly basis. Staff will look at their calendars and schedule the next one in March.
  7. Gwpop.org: This is a great local non-profit organization that's been in existence for at least a few years. Their mission is to spread love and peace throughout communities. They host talks and engage a lot of young people. They are hosting an event this Friday at the Farmers Market near Clark Field. Information will be provided at the event. They make their own chocolate so Mayor Campbell is spreading the word for Valentine's Day. Please check them out at the Farmers Market this Friday from 12-4 p.m.

jun parkRecognition of CVS Pharmacist Jun Park– Last Year, Council asked the community to nominate community champions. On Tuesday, the City Council recognized the tremendous impact that CVS pharmacist Jun has on the community. A video from CVS Health was shown to highlight Jun’s compassion and dedication to help those who seek his services. Mrs. Rohrer thanked Mr. Park for his service and provided an overview of comments collected from the community. 

Los Angeles County Fire Services and McCormick Ambulance Quarterly Update and Annual Review Council reviewed the fourth quarter and annual report which included incidents, average response times, call transfer times, community engagement opportunities, film permits and the fire station construction. Council approved to change the frequency of the report from a quarterly report to a semi-annual report.  

City Manager’s Updates:

New Temporary Assignment in the City Manager’s Office:  Mrs. Villanueva, Emergency Management Coordinator will begin her maternity leave shortly. In the interim, Michael Edwards will assist the City Manager’s office and manage the duties of the emergency management section. Mr. Edwards has years of experience of preparedness, community outreach, disaster response and recovery experience.

Recruitment Update: The police department is holding on-going interview for pre-service police officers. On January 30, the department hired a police officer recruit currently attending the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy. The recruitment committee continues to plan communication strategies and recruitment efforts. Six candidates were interviewed for the Chief of Police position. The next step is to conduct a final interview with the City Manager in early March. An offer has been extended and accepted for the Public Works Inspector position as well as the Assistant Planner position. The Assistant Planner will be joining the city in March. Interviews are scheduled for March 2 for the City Clerk position. An offer will soon be extended to a candidate for the Deputy City Manager position.

Prospect Avenue Corridor Update: The city has kicked off a grant to design and implement a traffic safety demonstration project on the Prospect Avenue Corridor through a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments. Staff are developing a stakeholder working group which will meet for 8-10 months to assist with the design of the corridor, conducting outreach and brainstorming programming activities to activate spaces along the corridor during events. If interested in participating in the stakeholder working group, please submit a form by February 21 which can be found on the city website. The first meeting will be held the evening of March 19.

Presidential Primary Election: The presidential primary election will be held on March 3. Los Angeles County has upgraded polling places to Voter Centers allowing voters to vote at any location throughout the county. Find more information about the upcoming election. 

Consent Ordinance:

Amend the Hermosa Beach Municipal Code Title 5 relating to tobacco retailers– Council waived the full reading and adopted the ordinance by title.

Public Hearing:

Approve of New Events to the 2020 Special Event Calendar including: “Beach Rugby Los Angeles Invitation” on Friday, February 28, and “Sand Court Experts collegiate fall classic” on Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8.  – Council approved two new special events as recommended by the Parks, Recreation and Community Resources Commission. Both events will be held on the beach but will be held during off-peak season and will not impact the summer event programming.

Municipal Matters:

Award of Professional Service Agreements to provide on-call construction management services – Council approved four professional service agreements with vendors who will provide on-call construction management services.

Miscellaneous Items & Other Matters:

  • Councilmember Armato – Councilmember Armato requested to provide an update of her attendance at the Independent Cities Association Winter Session conference at the next Council meeting. 
  • Measure FD support resolution – Councilmember Fangary requested a resolution of support for Measure FD, which will appear on the March 3 ballot be presented at the next council meeting.   

THE NEXT REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 7 P.M. ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 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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