Tonight: City Council Drills Down on Budget, Water-Efficient Landscaping, and a Controversial Public Restroom

Published : Monday, June 4, 2018 | 5:31 AM

Pasadena City Council

The Pasadena City Council is scheduled Monday to review a recommendation by the City’s Design Commission to approve construction of a controversial public restroom facility in Desiderio Neighborhood Park at 10 N. Arroyo Blvd. The restroom is opposed by some neighbors, who believe it may attract the homeless and engender crime.

The call for review by the Council was requested by Councilmember Steve Madison, in whose District the structure, if approved, will be built.

The proposed project has been discussed at length at earlier City Council and Public Safety Committee meetings.

Pasadena law enforcement officers earlier said special considerations may need to be considered in connection an active homeless encampment near the proposed structure’s location.

The Design Commission, on May 8, approved the project’s Consolidated Design Review application, subject to several final conditions.

Also on Monday’s City Council agenda is a recommendation by the Rose Bowl Operating Company (RBOC) to approve the framework of a 10-year exclusive partnership with AEG for soccer matches held at the Rose Bowl. The agreement would significantly increase the chances the Rose Bowl could host up to two soccer matches each year over the next 10 years.

The RBOC earlier said it expects to earn over $300,000 from soccer match under the agreement. It adds that without the agreement, the stadium runs the risk of being shut out from the lucrative soccer market in Los Angeles; that could represent a loss of more than $3 million in event revenues over the next 10 years.

The City Council will also continue public hearings on the recommended fiscal year 2019 operating budget, as the deadline for submission of the budget approaches.

In addition to the City’s anticipated operating revenues and expenses, the recommended budget also includes appropriations for the 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and budgets for the City’s affiliated agencies such as the Rose Bowl Operating Company, the Pasadena Center Operating Company, and the Pasadena Community Access Corporation.

Hearings on the budget are expected to continue up to June 18 before the City Council adopts the recommendation.

Up for adoption on second reading Monday is an ordinance that would incorporate the California Department of Water Resources model water-efficient landscape ordinance by amending Chapter 17.44 of the Zoning Code.

According to the City Attorney’s Office, the amendment is necessary in order to align the landscaping chapter of the Zoning Code with the requirements being imposed by the California Department of Water Resources on all cities, including charter cities like Pasadena.

Related to this is another ordinance, also scheduled for second reading Monday, that would repeal the Pasadena Municipal Code provision that pertains to water-efficient landscaping. The City Attorney said in an Agenda Report that the proposed ordinance, as directed by the City Council on April 23, will repeal Chapter 13.22 of the Pasadena Municipal Code, pertaining to Water Efficient Landscape so as to avoid duplication with proposed amendments to Chapter 17.44 of the Zoning Code.

The City Attorney explained the legislation is necessary to clean up and align the Pasadena Municipal Code with the requirements imposed by the California Department of Water Resources Model Water-Efficient Landscape Ordinance.

The City Council meeting begins with a closed session at 5:30 p.m. and proceeds to the open meeting at about 6:30 p.m.

Public comment on matters not in the agenda is allowed immediately after opening formalities.

City Council meetings are held at the Council Chamber, Room S249 at City Hall.

 

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