City Council authorizes the use CDBG funds for youth program equipment

The following is a wrap-up of the March 5 City Council meeting. You may read the complete agenda here or listen to the audio here.

City Council authorizes the use CDBG funds for youth program equipment 

In a 4-0 vote with Councilmember Menchaca absent from the vote, the City Council approved the use of Community Development Block Grant funds to help purchase equipment for the All-City Pentathlon and the City’s youth summer program. CDBG funds are used to benefit low to moderate income areas of the community and are administered by the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.

During the past year, the City has accumulated $130,000 in unallocated CDBG funds. With the county’s encouragement to utilize the funds, the City will fund recreational and youth programs.

City Council approves SGFD grant

In a 4-0 vote with Councilmember Menchaca absent from the vote, the City Council approved a grant from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to cover new radio and mobile data equipment.

As a member of the Verdugo Fire Communications, the San Gabriel Fire Department is required to maintain radio and mobile data system equipment that meets Verdugo operating requirements. After nearly 30 years in service, the dispatch system used by Verdugo is undergoing an upgrade. The new system requires Verdugo to replace the system in all field equipment from Presidio Networked Solutions Group, LLC.

The cost of the new equipment will be fully funded by the State Homeland Security Grant Program.

City Council approves new signatories for City finances

With a unanimous vote (with Councilmember Menchaca absent from the vote), the City Council approved Interim Finance Director Paula Chamberlain as a new signatory for City finances alongside the removal of retired Finance Director Tom Marston.

The City maintains a number of accounts with several banking institutions in accordance with the City’s investment policy. As part of this process, the banks require that the City provide evidence that the account signatories are authorized representatives of the City. The current list includes the City Manager, the Finance Director and the City Treasurer. As a result of Finance Director Tom Marston’s retirement, the City needs to remove his name as an authorized signatory and add Interim Finance Director Paula Chamberlain as an authorized designee.

City Council approves long-term temporary street closure on Padilla Street

By a unanimous vote (with Councilmember Menchaca absent from the vote), the City Council voted to approve a long term street closure on Padilla Street.

Global Eagle Medical Center, who owns the project at 508 West Las Tunas Drive, is requesting a long-term temporary street closure for construction at Padilla Street at Santa Anita Street. The street has been temporarily closed since December 2016, and there have been no complaints from residents on Padilla Street. This closure request would occur on Padilla Street from Santa Anita Street to 250 feet west of Santa Anita Street from March 2019 to June 2021. Pedestrian access to Padilla Street west of Santa Anita will be provided at all times via the existing sidewalk on the south side of Padilla Street.

City Council holds final public hearing on Tourism Marketing Improvement District

With a 3-0 vote with Councilmember Costanzo recused from the vote and Councilmember Menchaca absent from the vote, the City Council agreed to move forward with the TMID. Once established, the new district that would collect an assessment from specific hotels (with 100 rooms or more) to help market the City as a tourist, meeting and event destination.