City Council to consider comprehensive study from LA County Fire

The following is a preview of the January 15 City Council meeting. You may view the full agenda here. The City Council will meet at City Hall in Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m.

San Gabriel Fire seeks $18,000 for comprehensive study from LA County Fire

As part of the City Council’s interest in evaluating Los Angeles County Fire as a possible option for fire services, City staff recommends that the City move forward with a comprehensive report that will detail costs associated with contracting fire services to the county.

It’s important to note that this study does not bind the City into an agreement with the county. Staff is prepared to present the results of the study at a future meeting.

The cost of the study is $18,000 and would come from the San Gabriel Fire Department’s budget.

Asian Arts Talent Foundation requests fee waiver for Playhouse rental

The Asian Arts Talent Foundation is planning a cultural performance at the Mission Playhouse to promote Asian arts and culture through dance on June 22. Open to the general public, the performance will not be selling tickets or charging an entrance fee.

In accordance with existing policy, the City Council may waive the theater fee if an event is of widespread community interest and benefit. This fee waiver – which would cost $3,630.00 – would come from the City’s annual rental subsidy account, which currently is budgeted for $44,530.

The City Council is recommended to approve this subsidy request from the Asian Arts Talents Foundation.

City Council recommended to amend tolling agreement with the San Gabriel Firefighters’ Association

At the moment, the San Gabriel Firefighters’ Association has an agreement with the City that allows them to preserve the affected firefighter employees’ wage-and-hour claims while both parties work towards a resolution.

This agreement stems from Flores v. City of San Gabriel, which determined that medical cash-in-lieu payments should be factored into the rate of pay which is used to calculate overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As a result of the case, the City has corrected its payroll and is in the final stages of calculating damages and attorneys’ fees owed in the case.

Other City employees who are members of the Firefighter’ Association also received the medical cash-in-lieu payments and have potential claims for uncompensated overtime under the same theory as Flores. This tolling agreement would preserve the statute of limitations for the affected firefighter employees’ claims.

Staff is recommending that the City Council approve the amended agreement with the City and the San Gabriel Firefighters’ Association.

Public Works seeks City Council direction for speed hump consideration

Residents of Country Club Drive between Hermosa Drive and Roses Road have requested that the City install traffic speed humps to slow down traffic and to discourage cut-through traffic between Del Mar Avenue and Las Tunas Drive. Public Works has not installed these speed humps due to performance concerns and a lack of budgeted funds. With residents of Country Club Drive offering to fund the speed hump project on their street, Public Works staff is seeking City Council direction to consider implanting a speed hump policy for the City.

Here are some general advantages and disadvantages associated with the humps:

  • Advantages
    • Most humps are effective at reducing speed, with a minimum recommended speed hump spacing of 400 feet
    • Humps reduce traffic volumes and discourage cut-through traffic
    • Reduced number of accidents near the speed hump installation site
  • Disadvantages
    • Studies document that speeds increase between successive humps, and speeds have been observed to increase more than 8 miles per hour within 200 feet of a speed hump
    • Traffic from the humps are diverted to other adjacent streets, and the number of accidents may increase in adjacent streets
    • Complaints about humps usually arise from bus service, emergency responders and residents located on streets with the speed humps
    • Fire/Police response times may be reduced by 5% to 10%
    • Noise may increase from vehicles crossing over the hump

You may read a more comprehensive list here. The cost of a hump range from $5,000 to $7,500, with approximately $3,500 to remove asphalt, signage and striping.

Public Works staff is requesting that the City Council consider a policy outlining the implementation of speed humps for residential streets and to provide direction to staff.

Public Works seeks temporary street closures for several City events

Each year, the City hosts twelve street events in the Mission District and in the San Gabriel Village, taking place primarily along Mission Drive, Santa Anita Street, Broadway and Fairview Avenue.

Anticipated events for this year include:

  • Lunar New Year Festival on February 16, 2019
  • Cinco de Mayo on May 3, 2019
  • 626 Mission to Mission on May 19, 2019
  • Surf’s Up on June 13, 2019
  • 4th of July and Kid’s Day on July 4, 2019
  • FairviewCon on August 1, 2019
  • National Night Out on August 6, 2019
  • Dumpling and Beer Fest on October 3, 2019
  • Fall Fun Festival on October 25, 2019
  • Dia de los Muertos on November 1, 2019
  • Turkey Trot on November 16, 2019
  • Holiday Tree Lighting on December 3, 2019

Public Works staff is requesting that the City Council approve this request for street closures for the next calendar year.

City Clerk seeks ordinance to revise the composition of the Design Review Commission

Back in May 2018, the City Council expressed an interest in increasing the number of members on the Design Review Commission from three to five, giving the City Council the ability to appoint members from a range of professional backgrounds that relate to the commission.

The municipal code currently states that the commission should appoint “at least one architect and one landscape architect.” Broader language is being proposed in the new ordinance, which notes that “members shall include qualified design professionals, including but not limited to the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, urban design, graphic design, engineering and the visual arts.”

It’s recommended that the City Council waive the full meeting of the modified ordinance and introduce Ordinance No. 650 for a first reading. City Clerk staff is also recommending that the City Council assign two-year terms for appointees so that term expirations are staggered.

City Council to study FY 2019-2020 CDBG program

The City receives a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Community Development Commission (CDC) of the County of Los Angeles on a yearly basis. The funds must be used to serve low and medium income populations.

The CDC has advised that the City should receive approximately $305,323.00 in CDBG funds. The City may also receive an additional funding from Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office for its after-school program, though the Board of Supervisors does not announce its allocations until spring.

Generally speaking, Community Development staff are recommending that the City continue funding for code enforcement and youth recreational programs. A ramp and sidewalk improvement project is being proposed for the next fiscal year on Manley Drive from Valley Boulevard to Wells Street, Newby Avenue from New Avenue to Abbot Avenue and Jackson Avenue from Ramona Boulevard to Norwood Place. Finally, the budget includes a project that would modernize City Hall’s elevator that would provide access to Council Chambers for the disabled and the elderly.

The preliminary CDBG funding estimate for the 2019-2020 fiscal year is $205,232. This is a decrease of $6,231 compared to the allocation 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Staff from Community Development are recommending that the City Council adopt the 2019-2020 allocation list.

City Clerk proposes ordinance that reauthorizes and readopts City’s public access channel

After the passage of the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act (DIVCA) in the California legislature, the City Council adopted an ordinance that requires a video service provider to remit one percent of their total gross revenue to the City. Since the original ordinance needs to be renewed (the DIVCA act needs to be renewed every ten years), the City Council is recommended to reauthorize the fee on state-franchised video providers.

The City uses these funds to cover the costs associated with Cable Scroll.

San Gabriel Fire requests Station 51 and 52 restroom improvement project change order

Back in May 2018, the City Council awarded the fire department restroom improvement project to RT Contractor Corp, which aims to remodel the existing dormitory rooms and restrooms at Fire Station 51 and 52.

A change order is required to cover costs associated with asbestos abatement, sewer line realignment, plumbing and framing changes, with work totaling $33,535.69. An additional $11,464.31 is also being requested for a total change order of $45,000.

The City Council is recommended to approve the change order for a total contract amount of $243,000.00.

Community Development seeks City Council approval to enter into an agreement with AECOM for Mission District study

Following a request for proposals for a firm to reevaluate the Mission District, the City Council expressed an interest in pursuing an agreement with AECOM. As part of the agreement, AECOM will produce a study that evaluates the Mission District in an effort to make it thriving business district.

Staff from Community Development is recommending that the City Council authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement with AECOM to conduct a study of the Mission District.