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  • MinutesCity Council/Redevelopment Agency

    City of Huntington Beach

    Monday, February 2, 20094:00 PM - Room B-86:00 PM - Council ChambersCivic Center, 2000 Main StreetHuntington Beach, California 92648

    An audio recording of the 4:00 PM portion of this meetingand a video recording of the 6:00 PM portion of this meeting

    is on file in the Office of the City Clerk and is archived atwww.surfcity-hb.orq/government/auendas/

    4:00 PM - ROOM B-8

    CALL TO ORDER

    Mayor Bohr called the regular meeting of the City Council/Redevelopment Agency to order at4:05 PM.

    ROLL CALL

    Present: Carchio, Dwyer, Green, Bohr, Coerper, Hardy, and HansenAbsent: None

    ANNOUNCEMENT OF LATE COMMUNICATION - None.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS PERTAINING TO STUDY SESSION / CLOSED SESSION ITEMS (3Minute Time Limit) - None.

    STUDY SESSION (City Council) Joint Study Session held between the City of HuntingtonBeach City Council and the Finance Board - A Review of the Finance Board's 2008 AnnualReport and discussion on the Board's direction for 2009.

    FINANCE BOARD ROLL CALL:

    Present: Falzon, LoGrasso, Corkett, Garcia, and JonesAbsent: King (and 1 vacant position)

    Chair Falzon provided a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "HB City Council / Finance BoardStudy Session" that addressed the following information related to the Board's Annual Report:purpose of today's meeting, current members, background, additional 2008 activities, FinanceBoard 2009 activities, potential 2009 activities, and next steps. The report concluded byproviding information related to the Board's origination and duties.

    Councilmember Hansen stated the importance of communicating Council goals as delineatedduring the January 30th Strategic Planning Workshop to all boards and commissions.

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    Chair Falzon indicated that the topic would be included on the next Finance Board agenda,and discussed the difficulties new Board Members experience in coming up to speed on Boardactivity when they are appointed by Council in December, and the Board's Annual Report ispublished in January.

    Mayor Pro Tern Green and City Administrator Fred Wilson discussed the Board's intent to revisita financial plan with staff, including long-term goals, current realities, and the state budget.

    Mayor Pro Tern Green expressed concerns related to depletion of Proposition 19 and GeneralFund monies, questioning ill affects on the City and Redevelopment Agency. Discussionensued on City reserves and a Federal stimulus plan. Chair Falzon discussed the importanceof short-term goals.

    Board Member Jones discussed the Board's research on prevailing wage and neighborhoodimprovement districts in the City.

    Councilmember Dwyer addressed infrastructure, and discussion ensued on sharing ideasbetween the Board and City on how much money could be saved through establishedassessment districts. Councilmember Hansen commented on the differences betweenassessment districts and neighborhood preservation.

    Board Member LoGrasso asked for the size of districts. Councilmembers Hansen and Hardyexplained that the process was similar to home owner associations. Discussion ensuedregarding placing a measure on a ballot that the public feels should be taken care of throughexisting means, and how to distinguish the percentage of homeowners who would benefit fromproperty enhancement. Board Member LoGrasso suggested that the research involved wouldrequire sound support from Council.

    Board Member Jones referred to Humboldt Island as a neighborhood association taking care ofits own needs. Discussion ensued about block wall lists, expenses, sidewalks, etc., and thealternative of City-wide bonds.

    Councilmennber Carchio and Chair Falzon discussed readjusting short-term plans in order torealize long-term objectives, given the State's current financial situation. CouncilmemberCarchio discussed the success of property owners' downtown pooling their money torehabilitate alleyways.

    Mayor Bohr and Chair Falzon discussed Chair Falzon's history with the Board. Mayor Bohroffered his impression of disconnectivity between the staff, City Council, and the Board, and hisperception of the Board's lack of a significant work product. Board Member Jones expressedoffense and discussed the Board's politically unpopular recommendation on prevailing wagethat he felt was reported incorrectly by staff, and not appreciated by Council.

    Chair Falzon discussed the value of long-range planning, even without much output in terms ofquantity, and how the Board delayed publishing a long-range financial plan in order to completework on the City's Strategic Plan first.

    Councilmember Dwyer discussed the difficulties experienced by Council when addressingpolitically sensitive issues. Board Member Jones expressed concerns with staff not backing thenumbers they provided to support the Board's recommendation. Councilmember Hansen

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    Page 3 of 15reminded the Board that a different Council, with different dynamics, now exists.

    Board Member LoGrasso and Mayor Bohr voiced differences of opinion relating to askingcitizens for assistance to improve their neighborhood, versus asking labor unions to discontinueprevailing wage.

    RECESS TO CLOSED SESSION

    A motion was made by Coerper, second Bohr to recess to Closed Session. The motion carriedby the following roll call vote:

    AYES: Carchio, Dwyer, Green, Bohr, Coerper, Hardy, and HansenNOES: None

    CLOSED SESSION

    Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9, the City Council recessed into Closed Sessionto confer with the City Attorney regarding the following lawsuit: Conger v. City of HuntingtonBeach, Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2008 00109410. In this case, PlaintiffRobert Conger seeks a declaration from the court that the City is wrongfully conditioning itsconsent to his requested assignment of his lease with the City of space in Ocean View MobileHome Park.

    Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9, the City Council recessed into Closed Sessionto confer with the City Attorney regarding the following lawsuit: Barbara L. Agee, et al. v. City ofHuntington Beach, et al.; Orange County Superior Court Case No. 06CC00125. This suitconcerns the affordability covenant for the Cape Ann subdivision located near the intersection ofMain Street and Promenade.

    Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9, the City Council recessed into Closed Sessionto confer with the City Attorney regarding the following lawsuits: City of Huntington Beach v.Hayes, et al., Superior Court Case No. 30-2008-00073768; City of Huntington Beach v.Peerenboom, Superior Court Case No. 30-2008-00219744; City of Huntington Beach v.Larralde, et al., Superior Court Case No. 30-2008-00037286; and multiple potential lawsuits.

    Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9, the City Council recessed into Closed Sessionto confer with the City Attorney regarding the following lawsuit: Parks Legal Defense Fund, et al.v. City of Huntington Beach, et al; Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2008 00051261.A public interest advocacy organization alleges the City did not comply with CEQA, City CharterSection 612 and the City's General Plan and is misusing park-in-lieu fees in approving theSenior Center, located along Golden West Avenue adjacent to the Shipley Nature Center.

    Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(b)(3)(A), the City Council recessed to ClosedSession to confer with its attorney regarding pending litigation. Facts and circumstances thatmight result in litigation against the local agency but which the local agency believes are not yetknown to a potential plaintiff or plaintiffs, which facts and circumstances need not be disclosed.Number of Potential Cases: Unknown at this time. Subject: Potential Litigation re Utility UserTax.

    Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6, the City Council recessed into Closed Sessionto meet with its designated labor negotiators: Paul Emery, Deputy City Administrator; Michele

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    Carr, Director of Human Resources; Jim Engle, Director of Community Services; and KyleLindo, Marine Safety Division Chief, regarding labor negotiations with SCLEA.

    Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8, the City Council recessed into Closed Sessionto give instructions concerning price and terms of payment to the City's Negotiators, CityAdministrator Fred Wilson and Deputy City Administrator Bob Hall, regarding negotiations withthe Huntington Beach City School District for the purchase or exchange of up to 10.12 acres ofreal property located at 20451 Craimer Lane in Huntington Beach and the purchase, sale orexchange of APN 114-150-94 in the City of Huntington Beach.

    RECONVENE CITY COUNCIL/REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING

    Mayor Bohr reconvened the regular meeting of the City Council/Redevelopment Agency at 6:07

    CLOSED SESSION REPORT BY CITY ATTORNEY - None.

    ROLL CALL

    Present: Carchio, Dwyer, Green, Bohr, Coerper, Hardy, and HansenAbsent: None

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Led by Cub Scout Den 2, Pack 101.

    INVOCATION - Led by Reverend Peggy Price, Huntington Beach Interfaith Council.

    ANNOUNCEMENT OF LATE COMMUNICATION

    Pursuant to the Brown "Open Meetings" Act, City Clerk Joan Flynn announced the following latecommunication received by her office following distribution of the City Council agenda packet:

    Communication submitted by Steve Stafford, dated January 30, 2009 and untitled regardingAgenda Item No. 2 - Zoning Text Amendment No. 08-003.

    AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Mayor Bohr announced the month of February as AfricanAmerican Histor

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