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Regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Redlands held in the Council Chambers, Civic Center, 35 Cajon Street, on July 21, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.
Present:
Paul Foster, Mayor  
 
Denise Davis, Mayor Pro Tempore  
 
Eddie Tejeda, Council Member  
 
Toni Momberger, Council Member  
Absent:
Paul Barich, Council Member
Staff:
Charles M. Duggan, Jr., City Manager; Dan McHugh, City Attorney; Robert Dawes, City Treasurer; Jeanne Donaldson, City Clerk; Carl Baker, Public Information Officer; Chris Catren, Police Chief; Danielle Garcia, Management Services/Finance Director; Chris Boatman, Facilities and Community Services Director; Brian Desatnik, Development Services Director; Rudy Chow, Municipal Utilities and Engineering Director; Jim Topoleski, Fire Chief; Janice McConnell, Assistant City Manager
             
This was conducted as a teleconference meeting in the City Council Chambers, Civic Center, 35 Cajon Street, Redlands, California. Mayor Pro Tempore Davis, Council Member Tejeda and Council Member Momberger were present via teleconferencing. All votes during the meetings were conducted by roll call.

In compliance with public health recommendations to limit public gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic and acting as the City of Redlands Emergency Services Director, City Manager Charles M. Duggan Jr., directed meetings of the City Council/Successor Agency of the former Redevelopment Agency of the City of Redlands be closed to the public until further notice or until the current local State of Emergency has been lifted. The City Council will continue to meet to conduct essential business. Public comments, up to 250 words and received by 5:00 P.M. the day before the meeting, were read aloud by the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk.

Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. and a quorum was established.
             
PUBLIC COMMENT

No public comments related to Closed Session agenda items were received by 5:00 P.M. the day before the meeting.
             
CLOSED SESSION

City Attorney McHugh announced Agenda Item C-3, Terms and payment and price for possible lease of City property, was pulled from Closed Session and will be presented to the Council at a later date.

LATE BREAKING ITEM

City Attorney McHugh reviewed the need to take immediate action on existing litigation. Council Member Tejeda moved to add to the City Council's closed session agenda as a "late breaking item", the consideration of a conference with legal counsel for one case involving litigation regarding a lawsuit filed against the City by Andrea Benveniste, in San Bernardino Superior Court Case No: CIVDS2012175. The motion was seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Davis and carried unanimously. The item was added to the Closed Session Agenda.
             
Conference with legal counsel: Existing Litigation - Government Code §54956.9(d)(1)
(City Attorney McHugh)
Two Cases:
  1. Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. v City of Redlands, et al.; San Bernardino Superior Court Case No. CIVDS1937969
  2. Lydia Rodriguez v City of Redlands, et al; San Bernardino Superior Court Case No. CVDS1935452
             
Conference with real property negotiators - Government Code §54956.8
(Facilities and Community Services Director Boatman)
Property: APN 0170-0142-07-0000 (Sylvan Park)
Agency Negotiators: Charles M. Duggan, Jr., Chris Boatman
Negotiating Party: Monica Contreras on behalf of Southern California Edison
Under Negotiation: Terms of payment and price for possible purchase of grant of easement over City property
             
This item was pulled from tonight's Closed Session to be presented to the Council at a later date.

Conference with real property negotiators - Government Code §54956.8
(Facilities and Community Services Director Boatman)
Property: APN No. portion of 0174-014-02-0000
Agency Negotiators: Charles M. Duggan, Jr., Chris Boatman
Negotiating Party: Peggy Heaton
Under Negotiation: Terms of payment and price for possible lease of City property
             
RECONVENE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting reconvened at 6:00 P.M. with an invocation by Mayor Pro Tempore Davis followed by the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.
             
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

City Attorney McHugh announced that no reportable action was taken during the closed session.
             
PUBLIC COMMENT

All public comments received by 5:00 P.M. the day before the meeting were read into the public record at the meeting. Comments related to specific agenda items are incorporated into the item discussion.
  Public Banking Act - Jonathan Shidler proposed the City begin investigating the possibility of utilizing AB-857 (The Public Banking Act) in order to help finance local projects, as well as local employee-owned businesses in order to retain local growth from Redlands, for Redlands. This can also help fund long term infrastructure projects that keep Redlands’ charm and grace polished for generations to come. 

Small Businesses Assistance - Elizabeth Abbinante recommended the Council consider assisting Redlands small businesses during this extremely difficult time, especially Redlands small business owners that also live in Redlands.

Strong Council Leadership - Iyan Berrera-Sandri was happy to see Council Members' Facebook pages are providing updates on COVID and other local issues, and he's thankful to live in a city whose leadership works hard to inform the citizens.

Budgets & Sales Tax Measure - Dennis Bell raised questions and concerns regarding the City's budget and the sales tax measure scheduled for the November 2020 ballot. These included fee waivers and whether they would be continued in the future, scare tactics used to get people to support the measure, the neglected sewage treatment plant, who will be appointed to the Oversight Committee and will they have veto power over spending? He requested a forensic audit of the City's books from the previous City Manager's tenure.
             
CONSENT CALENDAR
             
Minutes
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, minutes of the regular meeting of July 7, 2020.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Executive Order Temporary Flexible Business Activities
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously ratified, by roll call vote, Executive Order No. 2020-003 issued by the City's Emergency Services Director regarding temporary waivers for approval of certain uses of land, and enabling expedited procedures for approvals, to provide for more flexible business activities during the Covid-19 pandemic; and approved the proposed CEQA exemption.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
RPFA Tolling Agreement
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, the extension of the tolling agreement between the City of Redlands and the Redlands Professional Firefighters Association (RPFA)

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Ordinance No. 2910 Food Vehicle Vending
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously adopted, by roll call vote, Ordinance No. 2910 adding Chapter 10.34 to the Redlands Municipal Code relating to the establishment of regulations governing food vehicle vending within City limits.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Ordinance No. 2912 Open Space and Park Fees
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously adopted, by roll call vote, Ordinance No. 2912, amending Chapters 3.32 and 17.15 of the Redlands Municipal Code relating to open space and park fees and establishing policies and procedures for voluntary open space and park land dedications.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Lease Agreement Prospect Park Residence

This item was pulled from tonight's agenda to be presented to the Council at a later date.
             
Art in Public Places
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously directed staff, by roll call vote, to negotiate agreements with Helle Scharling-Todd and Sandy Friedman for the loan and installation of sculptures titled "Molecule" and "We're all in it together," to be displayed within the City's median on West Citrus Avenue between South Eureka and South 4th Streets and within Sylvan Park, at the southwest corner of the intersection of Colton Avenue and University Street; and approved an additional appropriation in the amount of $4,000 from the City's Public Art Fund.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
SCE Grant of Easement
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously determined, by roll call vote, that approval of the easement is exempt from environmental review pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the State's guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act; and approved the grant of easement to Southern California Edison for a portion of Sylvan Park for electrical facilities.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Consulting Services Agreement Water Division Assessment Plan
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously determined, by roll call vote, that approval of the agreement is exempt from environmental review pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the State's Guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act; and approved a professional consulting services agreement with Carollo Engineers, Inc. to prepare the America's Water Infrastructure Act Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan for the City's water division in an amount not-to-exceed $187,150.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Bid Rejection ADA Doors Improvement Project
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved rejection, by roll call vote, of all bids received for the 18/19 Community Development Block Grant Civic Center ADA Doors Improvement Project; and directed staff to solicit new bids for the project. All bids received were over the engineer's estimate and available funding for the Project. 

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
CDBG Amended and Restated Cooperation Agreement Amendment
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, the First Amendment to the Amended and Restated Cooperation Agreement with the County of San Bernardino relating to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and the Emergency Solutions Grant Programs.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Williamson Act Agricultural Preserve
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, issuance of a letter at the request of First American Title Insurance Company to summarize the proceedings taken place by the Redlands City Council with respect to a Williamson Act agricultural preserve contract for properties located at the northeast corner of Judson Street and Pioneer Avenue.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
CONFIRE Independent Contractor Agreement
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, an Independent Contractor Agreement with Consolidated Fire Agencies Joint Power Authority ("CONFIRE") for the City's provision of Technical and Operations Services to CONFIRE on an as needed basis.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Emergency Medical Services Billing Service Agreement
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, an Emergency Medical Services Billing Service Agreement with E&F Recovery, LLC, to provide billing services for the Non-Resident Emergency Medical Services First Responder Fee.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Cost Recovery Services Agreement
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, the Cost Recovery Services Agreement with E&F Recovery, LLC, for the provision of response recovery billing services.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Highland Avenue Water Complex Pipeline Break
  City Manager Duggan offered a recap of the recent break in a 16" water transmission pipeline for use in the City's potable water distribution system. The Highland Avenue Water Complex (HAWC) receives water from wells throughout the City where it is then blended with other water and transferred to reservoirs via this 16" pipeline. Due to this pipeline breaking, HAWC was shut down to inhibit further damages to the pipeline. As a result, customers in the impacted pressure zones encountered a reduction in water pressure and the possibility of little to no water until the broken pipeline was repaired. City Manager Duggan determined immediate repair was necessary and had the repair not been made immediately, 6,200 water customer accounts, representing 23,000 residents, may have had little to no water until the pipeline was repaired. Repair work began on July 14, 2020, and Tryco, along with City staff, worked continuously until the repair was completed on July 15, 2020. The City Manager and Mayor Foster thanked staff for all their hard work, giving special thanks to Municipal Utilities and Engineering staff, who worked around the clock during this emergency. As public comment, Dennis Bell questioned how old this broken pipe was and suggested the City was more interested in cultural amenities instead of maintaining and replacing its antiquated water lines. He wondered if the monetary loss of water was covered in the Water Department budget, and he stated the City needs to quit plotting to raise taxes to keep paying for luxuries over essentials.
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, to receive and file the City Manager's Emergency Action related to the Highland Avenue Water Complex pipeline break; and authorized the City Manager to execute any residual costs associated with this emergency repair. 

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Cal-ID / Identix Maintenance Payment
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, an annual payment to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Cal-ID / Identix) in the amount of $84,770 for providing fingerprint identification services for the Redlands Police Department.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
COMMUNICATIONS
             
Cancellation August 2020 City Council Meetings
  Mayor Foster recommended the Council cancel the August 4 and August 18, 2020, regular meetings of the City Council.
  On motion of Mayor Paul Foster, seconded by Council Member Toni Momberger, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, the cancellation of the August 4, 2020, and August 18, 2020, regular meetings of the City Council.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Resolution No. 8113 Racism a Public Health Crisis
  Mayor Pro Tempore Davis and Council Member Tejeda provided background of the request for Council to consider declaring racism as a public health crisis. They explained a tremendous amount of work was devoted to drafting the document. Input was sought from the Redlands Police Department and several other stakeholders throughout the community. While the resolution went through several revisions, it was imperative the document declare that the lives and experiences of Black People and people of color, living in Redlands, matters. It was also important to the authors that the document include specific language acknowledging the evidence of unique historical aspects of the development of Redlands.

As public comment, sixty-one people spoke in support of the resolution. They included, Joe Richardson, Adam Martinez, Daniel Gohman, Gaby Hinojosa, Shana Higgins, Edward Ferrari, Sienna Beach, Liliana Madrigal, Jessica Ducsay, Juan Sanchez, Erin Durr, Nancy Glenn, Jan Adres, Jennifer, Janice Endsley, Ryan Fletes, Samantha Madden, Hannah Oteng-Quarshie, Alexis Johnson, Hillary Temple, Samantha Trad, Max Perry, Patrick Mason, Jania Glass, Jada and Mateo Blocker, Katie Alberts, Leslie Gonzales, Kaylee Dickens, Lauren Loeb, Jenna Valencia, Cameron Smith, Kathy Dean Sadanala, Bryce Lawson, Sierra Felt-Morales, Blake Westerberg, Meg Hartel, Julia Lenhardt, Natalia Ponce, Hannah McAnespie, Melissa Albers, Rebecca Richman, Stephanie Peake, Matthew Koerber, Mary Grace Maloney, Courtney Mera, Maryn Wells, Iyan Barrera-Sandri, Tracy Wise, Carrie Marie Morgan, Michael Smith, Gabrielle, Janelle Guerrero, Kelly Famighetti, Julia Brown, Jackie, Osuna, Dc Lozano, Kendall Green, Ellis Stevens and two anonymous people. Their support declaring racism as a public health crisis was passionately expressed in some of the following ways: recognizing that racism is a public health crisis is the first step towards addressing it; it's a starting point for awareness, talk and action; urging the Council to proceed to develop plans for addressing this crisis; suggesting to specifically look at air quality, access to trees/greenery/parks, access to safe walkways/sidewalks, and adequate access to shared public resources; opportunities to participate in decision-making on the north side of Redlands, which is home to working class Redlanders, many of whom are Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx; promoting education for the general population about the long history of oppression in this country; recognizing that people may not be aware of their own biases; acknowledging racism is a barrier to health, housing, education and employment equity.

Linnie Drolet of the Inland Empire Citizens Action Committee, a coalition of several groups in Inland Empire, demanded the City exercise local control and immediately terminate all involvement with the Countywide Vision declaring racism as a public health crisis and urged the Council to vote no on the resolution. They claimed the County Board of Supervisors was out of control, have caved to political correctness, and the City should not recognize the County s authority to arbitrarily make changes that effect citizens and residents local control.

Council Members discussed at length, the merits of the document. Council Member Momberger and Mayor Foster supported the overall theme of the resolution but requested it be shortened for a more concise and clear message. Council Member Momberger was concerned the length could potentially dilute the message, and she presented her own pared-down version. She stated her revisions did not change the language in any way and it still represented the values and goals of the original intent. Mayor Pro Tempore Davis and Council Member Tejeda explained that the historical context that is unique to Redlands should not be removed from the original version, and they argued this is one of the strengths of the document. Tabling the matter until September was considered but in the end, Council Members agreed to accept the resolution as originally presented.
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, seconded by Council Member Eddie Tejeda, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, Resolution No. 8113 affirming that racism is a public health crisis.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
PUBLIC HEARINGS

All comments regarding Public Hearing matters and received by the deadline were read aloud during the meeting.
             
Resolution No. 8122 Delinquent Municipal Services Account Report
  Mayor Foster opened the public hearing and called on Assistant Finance Director Farrah Jenner for a summary of Resolution No. 8122 to approve the Delinquent Municipal Services Account Report and submit the Report to the Auditor-Controller of San Bernardino County for lien processing. With no further comment the Mayor closed the public hearing.
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, Resolution No. 8122 approving the Delinquent Municipal Services Account Report and submittal of the Report to the Auditor-Controller of San Bernardino County for lien processing, as presented to Council.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Resolution No. 8123 Delinquent Administrative Citation Fine Report
  Mayor Foster opened the public hearing and called on Assistant Finance Director Farrah Jenner who introduced Resolution No. 8123 and provided details on the request to submit delinquent fines to the Auditor-Controller of San Bernardino County for lien processing. As public comment, Edward Awad argued the citations issued on his property were unlawful, he demanded the City reimburse him for all charges, including punitive damages, and he urged the City to stop harassing his family. Ambar Faizi formally appealed the charges on the property and requested they be allowed to work with the City towards a resolution that is fair. Dana Mathey on behalf of the Lee Family Trust requested the Council remove the properties in question, adding these homes are low income housing and the monthly rent is well below standard. There has been continual efforts to work with Family Service to find people who need a roof over their head, which prevents them from being homeless. Ken Patchett asked the Council to remove his sole property from the list because he doesn't want any more taxes applied to the current tax debt on his residence. He explained that the tax debt from previous fines has caused great havoc on his existence. With no further comment, Mayor Foster closed the public hearing.
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 8123, approving the Delinquent Administrative Citation fine report as submitted and authorized the report be submitted to the Auditor-Controller of San Bernardino County for lien processing, as presented to Council.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Triennial Public Health Goals Report
 
  Mayor Foster opened the public hearing and called upon Municipal Utilities and Engineering Director Chow to provide a review of the Triennial Public Health Goals (PHGs) Report. He explained the purpose of the legislation requiring this report is to provide consumers with information on levels of contaminants in the water supply even if they are below the enforceable mandatory maximum contaminant levels (MCLs). In so doing, consumers are made aware of the level of all contaminants in the water supply. With no further comment, Mayor Foster closed the public hearing.
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, the Triennial Public Health Goals (PHGs) Report.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
 
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
NEW BUSINESS
             
Resolution No. 8117 Filing Written Arguments
  City Clerk Donaldson introduced Resolution No. 8117, identifying certain priories for filing written arguments regarding the City's ordinance initiative proposing a One-Cent general tax. In accordance with California Elections Code, the legislative body, or a member or members of the legislative body may file a written argument, with Council authorization. The City Council may choose to authorize an individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or bona fide association of citizens, or a combination of voters and associations, to file a written argument. Mayor Foster announced a citizen’s committee has formed, is working on a draft argument in favor of the measure, and he requested Council authorize the Mayor to sign the argument on behalf of City Council, along with four other qualified persons.
  On motion of Mayor Paul Foster, seconded by Council Member Eddie Tejeda, the City Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 8117, authorizing Mayor Foster, on behalf of the Council, and four qualified voters to submit a written argument regarding the measure that will appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
 
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Resolution No. 8124 Continued Suspension Utility Payment
  Management Services/Finance Director Garcia reviewed Resolution No. 8124 to provide for the continued suspension of certain provisions of the Redlands Municipal Code as it relates to customer payments for utility services. The current resolution in place is set to expire on July 28, 2020, but given the unique circumstances facing many of the City's utility customers and based on the need for further research to develop adequate repayment policies to assist delinquent accounts, approval of Resolution No. 8124 would continue the suspension of late fees and service disconnections until a policy can be brought forth for consideration by the City Council in September of this year.
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, Resolution No. 8124 to Provide for the Continued Suspension of Certain Provisions of the Redlands Municipal Code as it relates to Customer Payments for Utility Services.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
SBVMWD Cooperative Use Agreement Amendment Unused Well Capacity

Staff requested this item be pulled from the agenda to allow the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District additional time for review. The matter will be presented to Council at a later date.
             
Ordinance No. 2914 Flood Damage Prevention 
  Development Services Director Desatnik presented Ordinance No. 2914 to amend the Municipal Code pertaining to flood damage prevention. The California Department of Water Resources conducted a Community Assistance Visit on April 10, 2020. Their findings identified three areas in the City's code that were not in compliance with the current California Model Floodplain Management Ordinance for Non-Coastal Communities (CAMO). This proposed amendment will bring RMC Chapter 15.32 into compliance with the minimum National Floodplain Program requirements.
  On motion of Mayor Paul Foster, seconded by Council Member Eddie Tejeda, the City Council unanimously introduced, by roll call vote, Ordinance No. 2914 to amend Chapter 15.32 of the Redlands Municipal Code pertaining to flood damage prevention.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
LEAP Grant for Housing Element Update
  Development Services Director Desatnik announced the City was awarded Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grant funds in the amount of $300,000 from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The City intends to utilize these funds for the following eligible activities: completing a Housing Element Update; developing an Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance; and completing environmental clearance for the Transit Villages Specific Plan which will eliminate future project-specific review. The Housing Element is part of the City’s General Plan and is required to be updated every eight years.
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, to accept the Local Early Action Planning grant from the State of California, Housing and Community Development Department in the amount of $300,000; authorized an additional appropriation in the amount of $300,000 in FY 2020-2021 Planning Grants fund (200164); determined that the Professional Services Agreement with Michael Baker International, Inc. is exempt from environmental review pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the State's guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act; and approved the Professional Services Agreement between the City of Redlands and Michael Baker International, Inc. for professional planning services to prepare the City's Housing Element Update.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
Development Agreement
  Development Services Director Desatnik offered background of the proposed development agreement with Lone Chang, LLC, for Tentative Tract Map (TTM) No. 16878, located at the southwest corner of North Wabash Avenue and East San Bernardino Avenue. Recognizing that all the traditional extensions had been used, the applicant filed an application for a development agreement. The terms of the proposed development agreement include: vesting of the TTM so that it is protected against having any future changes in State or City laws be applicable to the project; extension of the life of the subdivision map for another 5 years; and donation of $10,000 to the City’s Cultural Arts Program for approval of the proposed development agreement. The Planning Commission reviewed this matter on May 12, 2020, returning with a split vote of 3-3, with no recommendation for approval being made to the City Council.

Pat Meyer, representing the applicant, described several setbacks and obstacles the developer has faced over the last several years. He indicated the applicant is willing to make a commitment to completing this within 18 months to two years. Council Member discussion focused on the ongoing, continual extensions granted to the development. Mayor Foster and Council Member Tejeda supported the extension but only if language was included to guarantee there would be no additional extensions allowed, and it was pointed out the project would bring welcome revenue to the City. Council Member Momberger voiced her disapproval of the extension, stating it's been too long and the design is stale. She suggested the developer can resubmit and start afresh. In the absence of a Planning Commission decision, she and Mayor Pro Tempore Davis would follow staff's recommendation and deny. 

On motion of Council Member Momberger, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Davis, the City Council failed, by roll call vote, to deny the application requesting the City negotiate and process a development agreement for tentative Tract Map No. 16878, with Mayor Foster and Council Member Tejeda voting no. With the vote split two-two, it was agreed by the City Council to continue the item to the first meeting in September 2020.
             
Resolution No. 8118 Transportation Impacts Analysis
  Development Services Director Desatnik introduced Resolution No. 8118, adopting local “vehicle miles traveled (VMT) threshold of significance” for the purpose of analyzing transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Under CEQA, cities, counties, and other public agencies must analyze development projects to determine whether they may have a significant impact on the environment. The City must begin using the metric after July 1, 2020. This mandate brings focus on VMT and will encourage infill projects and promote the goals of the General Plan. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the matter on June 23, 2020.
  On motion of Council Member Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Toni Momberger, the City Council unanimously approved, by roll call vote, Resolution No. 8118, adopting local “vehicle miles traveled threshold of significance” and the “City of Redlands CEQA assessment VMT analysis guidelines” for the purpose of analyzing transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Vote:  4 – 0 Passed
  Vote: 5 - 0
             
COUNCIL MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

There were no Council Member reports presented.
             
ADJOURNMENT

There being no further action required the meeting adjourned at 8:41 P.M. With the Council's approval to cancel the regular meetings of August 4 and August 18, 2020, the next regular meeting of the City of Redlands City Council will be held on September 1, 2020.

    

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