CITY OF SANTA MONICA

CITY COUNCIL MINUTES



DECEMBER 15, 1998



A regular meeting of the Santa Monica City Council was called to order by Mayor O'Connor at 6:20 p.m., on Tuesday, December 15, 1998, at the Main Library Auditorium, 1343 6th Street.

Roll Call:

Present:
Mayor Pam O'Connor
Mayor Pro Tem Ken Genser
Councilmember Michael Feinstein
Councilmember Robert T. Holbrook
Councilmember Kevin McKeown
Councilmember Paul Rosenstein

Also Present:
City Manager John Jalili
City Attorney Marsha Jones Moutrie
City Clerk Maria M. Stewart



CLOSED SESSIONS: At 6:20 p.m., Council adjourned to Closed Session to consider the following:



16-A: Conference with Legal Counsel - Existing Litigation: City of Los Angeles v. County Sanitation District Nos. 4, 5, 9, 16 and 27 of Los Angeles County and Related Actions - Consolidated Case No. BC 034185, Related Case No. BC 128412.



ACTION: No reportable action taken.



16-B: Conference with Legal Counsel - Anticipated Litigation:

Number of cases: One



ACTION: No reportable action taken.



RECONVENE/PLEDGE Council reconvened at 7:32 p.m., with all Councilmembers present. Mayor Pro Tem Genser led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.



SPECIAL AGENDA ITEMS:

4-A: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT COMPETITION AWARD: Presentation withdrawn at the request of staff.



REQUEST TO HEAR ITEM OUT OF ORDER



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Councilmember Holbrook, to hear the young people who wish to speak on Item No. 13-C. The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.



13-C: TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON MONTANA AVENUE: Presented was the request of Cherie Rodgers to present to Council a petition regarding traffic conditions on Montana Avenue and to read an open letter to Council signed by over 500 children.



Members of the public Nicola Persky and Ramy Nozik read an open letter to Council regarding traffic conditions on Montana Avenue.



On order of the Mayor, the Council returned to the regular order of the agenda.



CONTINUED ITEMS:

5-A: SETTING OF A SPECIAL ELECTION: Presented was an ordinance for introduction and first reading relating to the setting of a special election for the purpose of filling a vacant seat on the City Council left by Councilmember Asha Greenberg's resignation, and the recommendation to review and approve election procedures and funding.

Staff Report

On order of the Mayor, the public hearing was opened. Member of the public Jerry Rubin urged Council to fully support a weekend election. Members of the public Joy Fullmer and Brian Hutchings expressed their concerns. Member of the public Pro Se encouraged Council to pursue a voting-by-mail election. There being no further speakers, the Mayor closed the public hearing.



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, to introduce the ordinance for first reading, and setting the hours polling sites will be open to be 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Sunday. Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, accepted as friendly, to amend the motion to exclude discussion of hours of polling places. The motion, as amended, was approved by the following roll call vote:



Ayes: Councilmembers Feinstein, McKeown, Rosenstein, Holbrook, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Noes: None

Absent: None



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, to delegate the issue of the safekeeping of the ballots to the City Clerk with the understanding that she will return at the next meeting with recommendations.



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, to set the hours that polling sites will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 1999, and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 1999. The motion was approved by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmembers Feinstein, McKeown, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Abstain: Councilmember Rosenstein

Noes: Councilmember Holbrook

Absent: None



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, to appropriate funding in the amount of $157,800. The motion failed by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmembers Feinstein, McKeown, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Abstain: Councilmembers Rosenstein, Holbrook

Noes: None

Absent: None



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, to continue approval of funding to the meeting of December 22, 1998. The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.



RECESS TO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING

At 8:20 p.m., the City Council recessed to a Special Redevelopment Agency meeting and reconvened at 8:25 p.m., with all Councilmembers present.



REQUEST TO HEAR ITEMS OUT OF ORDER On order of the Mayor, children present in the audience were allowed to speak out of order on Item Nos. 13-B and 8-B.



13-B: TRAFFIC LIGHT ON MONTANA AVENUE: Presented was the request of Lola Mintz & Jacob Rubin to address Council regarding a petition requesting the installation of a traffic light on Montana Avenue between 21st Street and 21st Place.



8-B: MUNICIPAL POOL FACILITY: The following members of the public spoke in support of the new facility: Nancy Yi, and Ricky Nieto.

Staff Report

RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER OF AGENDA:

CONSENT CALENDAR: The Consent Calendar was presented, whereby all items are considered and approved in one motion unless removed from the calendar for discussion.



Member of the public Marcia Jacobs expressed concerns regarding the effects of the sewer project on the businesses on the Pier . Members of the public Joy Fullmer, and Brian Hutchings, addressed items on the Consent Calendar.



At the request of Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Item No. 6-N was removed from the Consent Calendar. Item No. 6-R was withdrawn at the request of staff. At the request of Councilmember McKeown, Item No. 6-A was removed from the Consent Calendar.



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, to approve the Consent Calendar, with the exception of Item Nos. 6-A, 6-N, and 6-R, reading resolutions and ordinances by title only and waiving further reading thereof. The motion was approved by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmembers Feinstein, McKeown, Rosenstein, Holbrook, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Noes: None

Absent: None



6-B: EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY RESOLUTION (JANUARY 1994 DAMAGE): Resolution No. 9348(CCS) entitled: "RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA DECLARING THE EXISTENCE OF CONTINUING LOCAL EMERGENCY," was adopted.

Staff Report

6-C: PURCHASE OF AN ON-LINE EDIT SYSTEM FOR CITY TV VIDEO PROJECT: Bid No. 2732 was awarded to J & R Film/Moviola, in an amount not to exceed $36,427.21, for delivery and installation of an on-line edit system for the Cable Television Division.

Staff Report

6-D: PURCHASE OF PUBLIC MEETING COVERAGE REMOTE CONTROL CAMERA SYSTEM: Bid No. 2733 was awarded to Hoffman Video System, in an amount not to exceed $100,167.56, for delivery and installation of a public meeting coverage remote control camera system, for coverage of public meetings in City Council Chambers, for the Cable Television Division.

Staff Report

6-E: PLUMBING FIXTURES AND PARTS: Bid No. 2734 was awarded to Familian Bay Area, at specified unit prices, with two one-year renewal options, to furnish and deliver plumbing fixtures and plumbing parts used in the City's Bay Savers Program, for the Environmental Programs Division, Environmental and Public Works Management Department.

Staff Report

6-F: TRANSMISSION AND ENGINE BUS PARTS: The competitive bidding requirement was waived and the City Manager was authorized to negotiate and execute a sole source purchase order with Valley Detroit Diesel Allison, at specified unit prices, for original equipment manufactured transmission and engine parts to repair and replace worn out bus parts.

Staff Report

6-G: PARKING AND TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNS: A purchase order with a one-year renewal option was awarded to Zumar Industries, Inc., at specified unit prices, for the purchase of parking and traffic control signs for the Traffic Operations Division, Planning & Community Development Department.

Staff Report

6-H: CONTRACT FOR A POLICE TIME, ATTENDANCE AND LABOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, COMPUTER HARDWARE AND A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT: Contract No. 7426(CCS) was awarded to Kronos, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $270,000 for the purchase of a time, attendance and labor management system; the purchase of computer hardware through a competitive bid process was authorized at an amount not to exceed $98,000; and, Contract No. 7427(CCS) was awarded to Kronox, Inc., for a maintenance agreement to cover the five years subsequent to the end of the system warranty at a total cost not to exceed $125,163.

Staff Report

6-I: CONTRACT FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR CITY PROJECTS: Contract No. 7428(CCS) was awarded to Daniel, Mann, Johnson, and Mendenhall (DMJM), in an amount not to exceed $650,000, for project management services on Civil Engineering and Architectural CIP projects.

Staff Report

6-J: ACCESS CURB RAMP CONSTRUCTION AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS: Contract No. 7429(CCS) was awarded to C.J. Construction, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $71,535, for the construction of curb ramps at various City locations.

Staff Report

6-K: LEASE OF OFFICE SPACE FOR DISASTER RECOVERY OFFICE: Contract No. 7430(CCS) was awarded to Maury Herman, Trustee of Maury Herman Family Trust and to Catherine Popesco, at the recommended rate, to lease office space at 1918 Main Street for the City's disaster recovery office.



6-L: EXTENSION TO HILL 'AN DALE LEARNING CENTER (CHILD CARE PROGRAM) LEASE AT 2801 25TH STREET: Extension of Contract No. 4762(CCS) was approved with Hill 'an Dale Family Learning Center (Hill 'an Dale) for use of 2801 25th Street as a child care center until June 30, 2003, at the rate of $1 per year.



6-M: RESOLUTION APPROVING FINAL TRACT MAP NO. 46210 - 117 PACIFIC STREET: Resolution No. 9349(CCS) entitled: "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA ACCEPTING AND APPROVING A FINAL SUBDIVISION MAP FOR TRACT NO. 46210 AT 117 PACIFIC STREET" was adopted, thereby approving a 16-unit tenant-participating conversion project at 117 Pacific Street.

Staff Report

6-O: TRANSMITTAL OF COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1998: The City's comprehensive annual financial report for FY 1997-98 was received and filed, as required by Section 1516 of the City Charter.

Staff Report

6-P: CERTIFICATION OF STATEMENT OF OFFICIAL ACTION FOR APPEAL OF CUP 96-023 AT 1410 PICO BOULEVARD (TEXACO STATION): The statement of official action for appeal of Planning Commission approval of Conditional Use Permit 96-023 to allow the addition of a fast-food restaurant to an existing self-service gas station at 1410 Pico Boulevard was certified.

Staff Report

6-Q: CERTIFICATION OF STATEMENT OF OFFICIAL ACTION FOR APPEAL 98-007 CUP 98-003 (LE MERIGOT HOTEL): The statement of official action for appeal of Planning Commission approval of a conditional use permit to allow the issuance of alcohol licensee to a 175-room hotel was certified.

Staff Report

6-R: CANCELLATION OF THE DECEMBER 22, 1998, REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING: The recommendation to cancel the December 22, 1998, regular City Council meeting was withdrawn.

Staff Report

6-A: APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember McKeown advised he would abstain in approving this motion as he was not part of the City Council on October 13, 1998.



Motion by Mayor O'Connor, seconded by Councilmember Rosenstein, to approve the minutes of the October 13, 1998, City Council meeting. The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote, Councilmember McKeown abstaining.

6-N: RESOLUTION CERTIFYING SUBSEQUENT MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE COASTAL INTERCEPTOR SEWER PROJECT, APPROVAL OF DESIGN OF THE MOSS AVENUE PUMPING STATION, APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER TO CONTRACT WITH MONTGOMERY WATSON AMERICAS, INC., AND AMENDMENT TO THE CONTRACT WITH BLACK AND VEATCH: Mayor Pro Tem Genser explained that he removed this item from the Consent Calendar due to the concerns expressed by Ms. Jacobs. Staff responded to questions regarding this matter.

Staff Report

Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, seconded by Councilmember Rosenstein, to adopt Resolution No. 9350(CCS) entitled: "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA APPROVING THE FINAL SUBSEQUENT INITIAL STUDY AND MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE COASTAL INTERCEPTOR SEWER PROJECT," reading by title only and waiving further reading thereof; approve the conceptual design for the Moss Avenue Sewage Pumping Station surface features; approve the change order to Contract No. 7400(CCS) with Montgomery Watson Americas, Inc. for the construction of the Appian Way portion of the Coastal Interceptor Sewer project; approve the amendment to Contract No. 7401(CCS) with Black and Veatch, Inc., for the construction management and inspection of the Appian Way portion of the Coastal Interceptor Sewer project; authorize the City Engineer to issue any necessary change orders to complete additional work within the budget authority; and authorize the budget changes as detailed in the Budget/Financial Impact Section of the staff report; with the understanding that signage issues will be addressed. The motion was approved by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmembers Holbrook, Rosenstein, McKeown, Feinstein, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Noes: None

Absent: None



ORDINANCES:

8-A: AMENDMENT OF SURVIVOR BENEFIT OPTION FOR LOCAL FIRE MEMBERS: The ordinance authorizing an amendment to the contract between the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the City of Santa Monica to amend the survivor benefit option for local fire members and repealing Ordinance No. 1924(CCS) was presented for second reading and adoption.

Staff Report

Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Councilmember Holbrook, to adopt Ordinance No. 1929(CCS) entitled: "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA AND THE BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION OF THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NUMBER 1924(CCS)," reading by title only and waiving further reading thereof, thereby providing Section 21573 Level Three of 1959 Survivor Benefits for local fire members only; and to amend Contract No. 7348(CCS) between the Board of Administration of the Public Employees' Retirement System and the City of Santa Monica. The motion was approved by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmember Feinstein, McKeown, Rosenstein, Holbrook, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Noes: None

Absent: None



8-B: MUNICIPAL POOL FACILITY: Presented was the staff report recommending adoption of a resolution certifying the final environmental impact report; adoption of a resolution making necessary CEQA findings and adopting a statement of overriding considerations and mitigation monitoring plan; and, introduction and first reading of an ordinance adopting a development agreement amendment with the City College District authorizing the development of the Municipal Pool Replacement Project.

Staff Report

On order of the Mayor, the public hearing was opened. Member of the public Joy Fullmer expressed her concerns. Member of the public Lynda Rush spoke in support of the new facility.



The following members of the public spoke in support of the new facility and its use by John Adams Middle School: Avie Bridges, Neil Schmidt, Margaret Quinois, Julia Bromley, Linda Dove, Louise Jaffe, Nick Steers, and Geoff Stern.



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Councilmember McKeown, to hear a late speaker for one minute. The motion was approved by voice vote, Councilmember Rosenstein opposed.



Member of the public Brian Hutchings suggested that there be an ocean swimming program offered through the schools. There being no further speakers, the Mayor closed the public hearing.



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Councilmember Rosenstein, to adopt Resolution No. 9351(CCS) entitled: "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA CERTIFYING THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT ON THE SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL POOL REPLACEMENT PROJECT AT 1900 PICO BOULEVARD," reading by title only and waiving further reading thereof. The motion was approved by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmembers Holbrook, Rosenstein, McKeown, Feinstein, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Noes: None

Absent: None



Motion by Councilmember McKeown, seconded by Councilmember Feinstein, to adopt Resolution No. 9352(CCS) entitled: "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA MAKING THE CEQA FINDINGS NECESSARY TO APPROVE THE AMENDMENT TO THE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE AUTHORIZING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUNICIPAL POOL REPLACEMENT PROJECT, ADOPTING A STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS, AND ADOPTING A MITIGATION MONITORING PLAN," reading by title only and waiving further reading thereof. The motion was approved by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmember Feinstein, McKeown, Rosenstein, Holbrook, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Noes: None

Absent: None



Motion by Councilmember Rosenstein, seconded by Councilmember Holbrook, to introduce and hold first reading of an ordinance entitled: "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA APPROVING AMENDMENT ONE TO THE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT," reading by title only and waiving further reading thereof. The motion was approved by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmember Feinstein, McKeown, Rosenstein, Holbrook, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Noes: None

Absent: None



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Councilmember Rosenstein, to direct staff to look at improving the drop-off spot; incorporating cooperation between the City, the school district, and the college in the joint operating agreement; and, look more closely at the articulation of the wall on 16th Street and making the entire area as pedestrian-friendly as possible. The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.



RECESS On order of the Mayor, the City Council recessed at 9:32 p.m., and reconvened at 10:05 p.m., with all Councilmembers present.



8-C: ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTING SECTIONS OF SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL CODE: Presented was an ordinance for introduction and first reading amending the public works contracting sections of the Santa Monica Municipal Code to allow for a two-phased process of awarding public contracts.

Staff Report

On order of the Mayor, the public hearing was opened. There being no one wishing to speak, the public hearing was closed.



Motion by Councilmember Rosenstein, seconded by Councilmember Feinstein, to introduce for first reading an ordinance entitled: "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA AMENDING SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 2.24.071 RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS," reading by title only and waiving further reading thereof. The motion was approved by the following vote:



Ayes: Councilmembers Holbrook, Rosenstein, McKeown, Feinstein, Mayor Pro Tem Genser, Mayor O'Connor

Noes: None

Absent: None

STAFF ADMININSTRATIVE ITEMS:

9-A: LIFELONG LEARNING PROJECT: Presented was the staff report recommending endorsement of the Lifelong Learning Project and authorization to incorporate the Lifelong Learning Project logo on City publications where feasible.

Staff Report

On order of the Mayor, the public hearing was opened. The following members of the public spoke in support of recommendation: Dan Ehrler, Maggie Hall, Julia Bromley, Louise Jaffe, and Shari Davis. Member of the public Brian Hutchings expressed his concerns. There being no other speakers, on order of the Mayor, the public hearing was closed.



Motion by Mayor O'Connor, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, to adopt the Lifelong Learning Community concept; incorporate the graphic logo in the City's materials, indicating that the City is a part of the Lifelong Learning community; and, as the City moves forward with programs, etc., to study how they relate to the Lifelong Learning concept and participate in the master plan process. The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.



RESOLUTIONS:

12-A: PREFERENTIAL PARKING ZONE OO: The resolution establishing a preferential parking zone OO for 12th Street between Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona Avenue will be considered on January 19, 1999.



WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS:

13-A: TOWN HALL SURVEY AND ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES: The request of Pro Se - the Advocate to address Council regarding a Town Hall survey and accessibility issues was not heard due to the absence of Mr. Pro Se. On order of the Mayor, the information was received and filed.



13-B: TRAFFIC LIGHT ON MONTANA AVENUE: The presentation of Lola Mintz & Jacob Rubin to address Council regarding a petition requesting the installation of a traffic light on Montana Avenue between 21st Street and 21st Place was presented earlier in the meeting.



Member of the public Robin Waner requested that this item be looked at as a part of the ongoing process regarding crosswalk workshops.



13-C: TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON MONTANA AVENUE: Presented was the request of Cherie Rodgers to discuss traffic conditions on Montana Avenue.



Members of the public Shari Davis and Robin Waner conveyed their concurrence with the need to take action relative to traffic conditions on Montana Avenue.



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Councilmember McKeown, to continue the meeting past 11:00 p.m. The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.



Member of the public James Rosenfeld suggested that consideration be given to diagonal parking on Montana Avenue.



On order of the Mayor, the information was received and filed. Staff was directed to return with options and resources necessary to address the matter, if appropriate.



Councilmember Holbrook was excused at 11:30 p.m.

13-D: ON-GOING CHANGES AND THEIR EFFECT ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND SENSE OF COMMUNITY: Presented was the request of Evie Lansberry to address Council regarding on-going changes in the City and their effect on the quality of life and sense of community.



The following members of the public expressed concern with on-going changes in the City, including development, demolition and reconstruction of existing housing, and the effect on the quality of life and sense of community: Derek Smith, Ron Shotola, Lily Houston, and Ann Hoffman.



On order of the Mayor, staff to return with information on housing demolished and rebuilt for the last five years.



Councilmember Rosenstein was excused at 11:48 p.m.

13-E: CHANGE LOCATION OF VENDING SPOT: Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, seconded by Councilmember McKeown, to receive and file the request of Helen Affsa to address Council regarding changing the location of her vending spot due to her not being present. The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote, Councilmembers Holbrook and Rosenstein absent.



13-F: PERMISSION TO FILM EXTERIOR SCENES: Presented was the request of Ken Haber to address Council on behalf of Castle Rock Pictures asking for permission to film exterior scenes during extended hours at 514 Palisades Avenue on January 6 and 7, 1999.



On order of the Mayor, the request was received and filed. No formal action was taken.



COUNCILMEMBER ITEMS:

14-A: RECREATION AND PARKS COMMISSION APPOINTMENT: The appointment to the vacancy on the Recreation and Parks Commission for a term ending June 30, 1999, was continued to 1/12/99.



14-B: SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION APPOINTMENT: The appointment to the Social Services Commission for a term ending June 30, 1999, was continued to February 9, 1999.



14-C: RESIGNATION FROM HOUSING COMMISSION: Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Genser, seconded by Councilmember McKeown, to accept the resignation of Thomas V. Pratt from the Housing Commission, wish him well in his new position, and authorize the City Clerk to publish the vacancy. The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote, Councilmembers Holbrook and Rosenstein absent.



14-D: INSTANT RUN-OFF VOTING: Presented was the request of Councilmember Feinstein to address Council regarding directing staff to research technical, logistical, legal and financial aspects of using Instant Run-off Voting (IRV) for the proposed April 1999 special election; and, to direct staff to hold a public workshop on the use of IRV in order to inform the public and gauge potential community support.



Members of the public Doug Heller and Bob Seldon spoke in support of Councilmember Feinstein's proposal. Member of the public Brian Hutchings expressed his concerns.



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, seconded by Councilmember McKeown, to direct staff to research technical, logistical, legal and financial aspects of using Instant Run-off Voting (IRV) for the proposed April 1999 special election; and, to direct staff to facilitate a public workshop on the use of IRV in order to inform the public and gauge potential community support.



Discussion ensued regarding the applicability of the motion towards the upcoming election, the need to notice and educate the public



Motion by Councilmember Feinstein, accepted as friendly, to amend the motion to remove the words "for the proposed April 1999 special election." The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote, Councilmembers Holbrook and Rosenstein absent.



15: PUBLIC INPUT: The following members of the public spoke in opposition to the City's proposed placement of a public restroom across from 833 Ocean Avenue: Paul Fine, James Lippman, Casey O'Looney, Scott Lord, J. B. Curtsinger, Monica Witt, Dan Ehrler, David Stauber, Stan Caplan, Edith Milton, Suzanne Caplan, Peter Milton, and Herb LaFair.



Member of the public Art Casillas discussed law enforcement issues. Member of the public Brian Hutchings expressed his concerns on various issues.



ADJOURNMENT: At 12:58 p.m., the meeting was adjourned to December 22, 1998, in memory of Mitch Kato.



ATTEST:
Maria M. Stewart,
City Clerk

APPROVED:
Pam O'Connor,
Mayor