San Gabriel to expand coyote outreach

Given the uptick in community interest about the coyote population in the City, the City Council provided several directives on how the City approaches coyotes:

  • Councilmember Menchaca started the discussion by inquiring what constitutes the need to trap a coyote, noting an incident that took place at Coolidge Elementary School last year. City Manager Mark Lazzaretto responded that hazing attempts were made, and that the coyote still posed an immediate threat to the school. The coyote was eventually trapped at the perimeter of the school, and was euthanized per California state law.
    • Lazzaretto also made a point to note that staff did not view trapping as an effective way to reduce the coyote population, and that this specific case posed a threat to the school. Menchaca suggested hiring experts rather than trappers to evaluate future cases, and to explore the possibility of holding workshops and community meetings.
  • Councilmember Constanzo questioned the effectiveness of preventative measures (such as hazing, trimming vegetation, and eliminating outdoor food sources), and suggested the City explore partnerships with neighboring cities to develop a humane solution that can help address the community’s concerns.
  • Councilmember Pu concurred with Councilmember Menchaca, suggesting that a wildlife expert study why several localized areas are targeted over others, asking “if they seem to be increasing in number and growing more aggressive, what are we doing or not doing that is potentially making this problem worse for ourselves?”
  • During the meeting, Mayor Harrington emphasized that there is consensus on the City Council, and that we should employ experts to conduct a holistic study of the coyote population in the community.

City Council approves $59,767.59 construction amendment for Marshall Park

Last night, the City Council approved a $59,767.59 construction amendment for Marshall Park. The park originally began construction in December 2016 with the City entering into agreements with five consulting firms for several design and construction services associated with the park.

The park was originally slated to open on May 28, 2017, but rainfall – coupled with materials availability – pushed the park’s official opening to January 20, 2018. Because of the delay, the final construction cost of the park is .5% (or $17,367.59) over the approved construction budget. This is in addition to the $42,400.00 in costs for consulting services during the delay.

Councilmember Pu requested additional clarification on a line item totaling $148,000 attributed to “additional quantities different than the estimated quantities provided for in the bid.”

Public Works Director/City Engineer Daren Grilley believed that this attributed to “cost overruns in the quantities of sidewalks,” noting that “there was an error in calculation on the design side in the square footage of sidewalks.”

City Council: Vote:
Mayor John Harrington Yes
Vice Mayor Jason Pu Yes
Councilmember Juli Costanzo Yes
Councilmember Chin Ho Liao Absent
Councilmember Denise Menchaca Yes

City Council approves contract extension with Dial-A-Ride; Community Services to study alternatives

Provided as a service for residents 62 years or older or for individuals with disabilities, Dial-A-Ride is currently serviced by First Transit using funds from Proposition A, a one-half of 1% tax on most retail sales in Los Angeles County levied by Metro. Councilmember Pu noted that the payment to First Transit“is now exceeding $30,000 per month, $360,000 per year,” and encouraged Community Services to perform a full evaluation of the program.

Mayor Harrington also suggested microtransit, citing Sacramento’s success with the program.

City Council: Vote:
Mayor John Harrington Yes
Vice Mayor Jason Pu Yes
Councilmember Juli Costanzo Yes
Councilmember Chin Ho Liao Absent
Councilmember Denise Menchaca Yes

Consent calendar items:

The City Council also approved the following items on the consent calendar:

City Council: Vote:
Mayor John Harrington Yes
Vice Mayor Jason Pu Yes
Councilmember Juli Costanzo Yes
Councilmember Chin Ho Liao Absent
Councilmember Denise Menchaca Yes

As always, you may view the full City Council agenda here, A full audio recording from this week’s meeting is also available. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers.