CITY COUNCIL MEETING
At the April 7, 2020 Council Meeting, the City Council will consider the following items: Adoption of a resolution to authorize an agent to execute for the City to obtain state and federal disaster financial assistance, upgrade City’s electronic content management software from on-premise server to the cloud, adoption of resolution to accept electronic signature for City documents and agreements and receive a status update on the declaration of local emergency.
LIVESTREAM MEETINGS ONLINE
A reminder that members of the public can participate in the Council meetings telephonically by following instructions stated on the meeting agenda. Members of the public can listen to the meeting audio livestream ONLINE HERE. Requests to speak during “Public Comment” will be accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before or during the meeting, prior to the close of public comment on an item. Emailed comments will be read by the City Clerk during public comment.
Youth Committee meetings will be postponed until further notice. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office, 626-285-2171.
PLANNING AND BUILDING RESPONDS TO SAFER AT HOME ORDERS
The Planning and Building staff have responded to Safer at Home Orders by creating online portals for customers to submit plans for review and approval. This provided a seamless continuity of operations even while City Hall was closed to customers. These services include:
- Establishing electronic plan and permit submittals for solar permits and electric vehicle charging
- Requiring designers to submit electronic plans along with hard copy plans
- Performing electronic plan review using Bluebeam
- Routing plans in plan check electronically
The City has expanded the existing online payment system and plan submittal system. The Planning and Building staff continue to serve the public while the front counter is closed.
March 2020 saw a large decrease in new building activity. The number of permits finaled were below average, but not unusual. However, the City issued 76 building permits; the last time the city issued less than 100 building permits a month was in was in 2013. The value of the work being done has also decreased. In 2019, the building valuation of all permits issued in an average month was $2.9 million.
Despite the decrease in new building permits, the planning staff has seen a steady stream of new applications including 8 applications for an accessory dwelling unit, 1 application for two new houses on a lot, conditional use permit applications for a dance studio and a tutoring facility, and a façade improvement and interior remodel for the former Casa Del Rey restaurant at 9100 Las Tunas Drive. The city also issued 9 business license applications. For a full report CLICK HERE.
PARKS AND RECREATION