City Council approves creation of new tourism and marketing district

The following is a wrap-up of the November 6 City Council meeting. You may also view the full agenda or listen to an audio recording of the meeting.

By a 4-0 decision with Councilmember Costanzo recused from the vote, the City Council voted to approve the creation of a new marketing and tourism district for San Gabriel. You may recall that the City Council voted in July to form a contract with Civitas to create the rubric for a district that would allow businesses to organize and bring more customers to their destination using funds from hotel occupants.

This district would generate an estimated $193,000 on an annual basis to help promote travel and tourism specific to San Gabriel. Businesses within the district include the Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel and the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel.

As a result of this district, a new assessment will be charged to hotel occupants beginning on February 1, 2019. Meanwhile, the City will be responsible for collecting the assessments on a quarterly basis.

City Council: Vote:
Mayor John Harrington Yes
Vice Mayor Jason Pu Yes
Councilmember Juli Costanzo Recused from the vote
Councilmember Chin Ho Liao Yes
Councilmember Denise Menchaca Yes

City to amend salary schedule to comply with California minimum wage requirements

As a result of new legislation, California’s new hourly minimum wage will increase to $12.00, followed by a $1.00 increase per year until it reaches $15.00 in 2022. To ensure that the City is compliant with state law, the City is required to adjust the salary of six positions that would be impacted by the state’s decision by implementing an 8.82% increase.

To address internal equity issues, City staff must also increase the salary ranges of several positions directly above those impacted by the new minimum wage law. These increases amount to 3.1%.

The total estimated cost for adjustments are estimated to be $15,000. Since the City’s current budget is in line with these costs, no additional funds are requested.

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

City Council approves Symphony at San Gabriel with amendments for second reading

A new development at 806-824 South Gladys Avenue, the Symphony at San Gabriel would introduce 197 units of independent senior living, assisted living and a memory care center. Originally, the City Council reviewed this project at the August 21 City Council meeting, providing direction on how the project should be developed.

These include:

  • Concerns with parking
    • The revised report notes that the proposed project complies with the City’s municipal code concerning a convalescent or nursing facility, which requires off-street parking of .5 spaces per resident bed. The project would include 234 beds, which produces an off-street parking requirement of 117 parking spaces. A combination of 119 regular, regular tandem and compact parking stalls are proposed to accommodate this requirement.
    • Studies also show that parking demand for assisted living facilities to be as low as .22 parking spaces per unit because residents do not drive and visitors typically arrive and depart during all hours of the day. However, there are busy days during the holidays that may produce a shortage of parking.
  • Concerns about landscaping
    • The revised report notes that the project relies on two interior landscape courtyard areas that total 9,269 square feet. The project will also improve streetscape along South Gladys Avenue and the acquisition and creation of a publicly-accessible trail extension from the Rubio Wash to South Gladys Avenue.
    • The project is also required to pay an Open Space & Recreation Development Impact Fee, which is estimated to be $413,883.78. The developer would also be required to contribute an additional $413,883.78 to the City for the acquisition, improvement or maintenance of parks, recreation facilities or open space areas.
  • Concerns about traffic and transportation
    • City staff is proposing that the developer contribute $150,000 for the preparation and implementation of a neighborhood protection plan that would take traffic counts of all residential streets in the area.
    • The revised report also proposes that the developer meet and work with neighbors to determine what concerns exist and which solutions could be found, along with any interference to safety personnel. These findings would be reported back to the City Council
  • Police and fire services
    • In addition to the standard conditions of approval, the developer would also be required to provide or reimburse the San Gabriel Fire Department with two defibrillators, which is estimated to cost $80,000 to $90,000. A Police Facility Development Impact Fee and a Fire Facility Development Impact Fee would also be provided, which are $110,168.44 and $33,193.76, respectively.
City Council: Vote:
Mayor John Harrington Yes
Vice Mayor Jason Pu Yes
Councilmember Juli Costanzo Yes
Councilmember Chin Ho Liao Yes
Councilmember Denise Menchaca Yes

City Council approves agreement with RKA Consulting Group for construction management and inspection for street improvement

In a unanimous decision, the City Council approved an agreement with RKA Consulting Group to provide construction management and inspection services for the Del Mar Avenue Phase 2A, 2018 Accelerated I-Bank Street and 2017-18 Great Streets Street Improvement Project for a total amount of $193,905.

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

Finally, the City Council also approved: