Second to Last City Council Meeting for the Year Faces Busy Agenda

Published : Monday, December 10, 2018 | 5:21 AM

The Pasadena City Council’s second to the last meeting for 2018 is set to be a busy one and includes a vote which would finalize the results of the November 6 municipal election.

On Monday, the Council is expected to formally adopt a resolution accepting the Certificate of the Canvass of the Election Returns prepared by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for the Pasadena General Municipal Election.

The election, consolidated with the November 6 statewide general election, placed two local measures – Measure I, which establishes a three-fourths cent sales tax whose proceeds will help support essential City services, and Measure J, a separate nonbinding advisory measure which allocates one-third of the revenue from the sales tax to Pasadena public schools – on the ballot.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk canvassed the votes cast in the City, and certified the results which showed both measures were passed.

Measure I, from which the City stands to earn about $21 million yearly, was approved by 35,015 or 68.74 percent of voters. Measure J passed with 36,176 votes or 72.05 percent.

The City Council’s resolution Monday will formally declare that the twin measures have been adopted and ratified, finally ending the election process.

Measure J is of particular interest to the City since it impacts the Pasadena Unified School District and the way the City intends to help PUSD get over a problematic budget.

Following the adoption of the results of the voting on twin measures, the City Council is also set to vote Monday on forming an ad hoc committee with the members of the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education, an ad hoc committee that would be tasked to develop a plan within 60 days on how to implement Measure J.

City Manager Steve Mermell is suggesting that the Council should proceed with this process as if Pasadena Unified’s budget crisis has been solved. School Board members have said they believe their Fiscal Stabilization Plan which is scheduled to be submitted to the County on December 17 will resolve the crisis and avert a takeover by Los Angeles County.

“While the District has yet to submit its final plan and LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education) act on it, based on current information, staff suggests proceeding as if the immediate issue has been addressed,” Mermell said in the report.

The ad hoc committee would have 60 days to formulate a plan related to Measure J and report back to the City Council.

In another important discussion, the City Council will conduct a first reading on a proposed ordinance to amend sections of, and add a chapter to, Title 12 of the Pasadena Municipal Code related to the regulation of the City’s sidewalk vendors.

The intention of the ordinance is to revise the Code and align it with Senate Bill 946, signed into law in September, which creates new state regulations on the sale of food items and other merchandise by sidewalk vendors.

The bill takes effect January 1, 2019, in time for the Rose Parade, and prohibits local jurisdictions from imposing limitations on hours of operation any more restrictive than other businesses in the area, and prohibits criminal penalties and criminal prosecution for violations. It provides that local jurisdictions may only impose additional restrictions and regulations when they are “directly related to objective health, safety, or welfare concerns.”

The City Attorney’s office will be bringing forward proposed revisions to the Municipal Code to address additional issues for the City Council to consider, including possible additional requirements on the time, place, and manner of sidewalk vending if the requirements are directly related to objective health, safety, or welfare concerns, as well as additional permitting and enforcement procedures.

Finally, the City Council’s Municipal Services Committee is set to report out Pasadena Water and Power’s 2018 Power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Renewable Portfolio Standard Enforcement Program for adoption by the City Council.

The Committee had recommended approval of the recommendations during their meeting on November 27, but allowed members one more week to give Council members enough time to review the IRP report and supporting documents.

Unlike past IPRs, the 2018 Power IRP is mandated by state law, particularly Senate Bill 350 which requires PWP and all other California utilities to develop an IRP that complies with greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

The 2018 Power IRP must be adopted by the City Council before January 1, 2019 and submitted to the California Energy Commission by April 30, 2019.

PWP said it plans to submit all of the filing requirements as soon as possible, after adoption by the City Council.

A number of other issues are up for discussion during the meeting Monday. For the detailed agenda, visit here.

The City Council meeting begins with a closed session at 5:30 p.m. and proceeds to the public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the Council Chamber, Room S249 at City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue.

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