City Council approves agreement with AECOM for a Mission District study

The following is a wrap-up of the February 5 City Council meeting. You may listen to a recording from the meeting here, or view the agenda here.

In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved a $75,000 agreement with AECOM to conduct a study that aims to revitalize the Mission District. As part of this agreement, AECOM will:

  • Provide an analysis of current economic factors and market conditions
  • Evaluate future development and financial potential of the Mission District, including the highest and best use cases for individual parcels
  • Provide options for property acquisition, housing development, parking and economic incentives
  • Provide alternate financing options and strategies on how to revitalize the district
  • Provide arts and entertainment district strategies, including programming options
  • Conduct community meetings and presentations on how the study is progressing

While the City does not directly control the Mission District, studies like this allow the City Council to take a holistic look at the area with feasible options that could lead to its revitalization, including incentives for new businesses and options for existing City property, such as the Mission Playhouse parking lot.

Longtime residents may recall that the City adopted the Mission District Specific Plan in 2004, which consolidated previous planning efforts. When completed, the new study will provide a framework for how the City could develop the district moving forward.

City Council shares comments about the City’s parking policies

Over the past year, the City has received an increase in parking complaints from residents centered on overnight parking, time limits and unauthorized parking. To address these concerns, the City Council requested a Citywide parking study that examines what the City can do to mitigate these concerns.

Specifically, the City Council:

  • Expressed an interest in trying a pilot preferential parking system that would allow residents to get a year-round parking pass
  • Instructed the City to revisit parking restrictions and conduct education and outreach about the City’s parking policies
  • Wanted the City to reevaluate parking restrictions on streets such as Padilla Street

In response to this feedback, City staff will conduct an analysis on these options with data, followed by a recommendation on how to proceed forward.

City Council holds public meeting on San Gabriel Tourism and Marketing Improvement District

Following the approval of the intent to establish a new tourism and marketing district (TMID), the City Council held a public meeting on the district formation process. Mayor Harrington and Vice Mayor Pu both expressed an interest in having the option to require an audit included in the TMID management plan. Such a provision would allow for additional checks and balances for a successful tourism district.

City Council revises reorganization ordinance

Following Senate Bill 415 (which requires certain cities to change their election dates to coincide with statewide elections), the City Council approved a new ordinance that would change the timing of the City Council reorganization held during election years to coincide with the timelines required by the election code and government code.

In addition, the revised resolution provides an option for a ceremonial acknowledgement of outgoing and incoming officers on a different date than the date in which formal reorganization takes place. This would allow the City Council to hold celebratory events.

Finally, the City Council approved the following items:

  • The reauthorization and adoption of the City’s public access channel
  • A memorandum of understanding for the 626 Golden Streets event, which promotes open streets in San Gabriel, Alhambra and South Pasadena
  • Material demands and an investment report
  • The adoption of an ordinance that increases the number of Design Review Commissioners from three to five
  • A theater rental fee waiver for the American Chinese Culture Association for a production at the Mission Playhouse