Hang on to your common sense- you may need to share some at the upcoming City Council meeting.
Here is a brief look at what the City will be looking at on Tuesday’s agenda.
Rusty Kennedy will be there to justify his job as the head of OC Human Relations plus there will be presentations to the Boys & Girls Club and CalGRIP.
In Closed Session the Council will be discussing various pending litigations, police/fire management labor negotiations, and the condemnation of 201 East Bastanchury for the widening of Bastanchury.
The consent calendar is full of baffling buffoonery.
Item 2 looks to give City Manager Joe Felz a contract and full salary of $212,000 per year. He gets lots of perks as well like a one year severance, City-owned car, no benchmarks for success, and future raises tied to the raises of his subordinates. That’s just goofy, not to mention poorly timed.
Item 3 is the Group Insurance Program contract renewal. The premiums, as expected, are going up but staff wants you to think this is ok because they aren’t going up as much as they thought they would which looks on paper like savings. The City should do like most employers and place a cap on the employer contribution in the form of a fixed dollar amount, not a percentage. For Pete’s sake, isn’t there one person in City Hall who gives a rat’s ass about the taxpayers?
Item 4 is ends a special tax in Amerige Heights but then in item 14, the City looks to impose another tax on Amerige Heights. The City just loves to tax.
Item 5 will cause most eyes to glaze over. The Measure M2 Expenditure Report tries to show where the money went -or more aptly stated- where it didn’t go.
Item 6 is a request from the City to the Orange County Transportation Authority. City staff would like to enclose the Brea Creek Channel in front of Hillcrest Park and create an additional northbound lane on Harbor Blvd from Berkley to Brea Blvd. The total cost is estimated at $2,850,060.
Item 7 is a contract award for elevator design for the pedestrian overpass at the Transportation Center.
Item 8: The City will accept a 26 year old offer of dedication for right-of-way along State College at the BNSF railroad crossing and grade separation.
Item 9 is an approval to build room additions at the Airport. On a side note, why do they always go low-bid? The lowest bidder is often lowest because they do not understand what is involved and how to deliver the quality needed.
Next up, item 10 is a service agreement for the Richman sewer replacement from Commonwealth to Fullerton Creek and then to Woods Avenue. The design and preparation of plans is estimated to cost $132,869.
A slew of parking restrictions fall under items 11 through 13. They include no parking on Arroyo, 20-minute parking on Euclid, and early morning restrictions along Wilshire Avenue.
As previously mentioned, item 14 is a Mello-Roos tax in Amerige Heights. Expect Councilman Bruce Whitaker to vote NO!
Amerige Court is back with another amendment to the development agreement on item 15. This will give the developer another 2 years to get their act together. Thank the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency.
Item 16 is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Fullerton (a.k.a. YOU) and the Fullerton Management Association (a.k.a. middle management and upper management). They get the same basic package as the other employees: reinstated pay, 7% contribution to their pension, and lots of holidays off.
Item 17 is the resolution that gives department heads the same basic package as the other employees: reinstated pay, 7% contribution to their pension, and lots of holidays off.
Item 18 seeks to merge Engineering and Maintenance Services which will save about $300,000. This will formalize Engineering Director Don Hoppe’s promotion to Public Works Director. Considering what Hoppe has done with our roads, one can only hope we aren’t being penny wise and pound foolish.
Item 19 is an overhaul of West Fullerton. It scraps old bus benches and targets vandalism and lighting. These issues have been brought up more than a few times at community meetings.
Item 20 is a request for federal funding for affordable housing and City-administered welfare programs. Among those receiving money, Code Enforcement (a.k.a. Community Preservation) looks to receive $337,500. A relatively small amount, $150,600, will go to cover “public service activities” like Nutrition Services Program ($5,000), Boys and Girls Club After School Program and the Club’s Youth Gang Prevention ($44,000), Long Term Care Ombudsman Service ($17,200), Fullerton Fair Housing Services ($20,000), New Vista Shelter Life Skills Training ($9,600), Meals on Wheels home delivery ($30,800), Cold Weather Armory Shelter ($8,000), Women’s Transitional Living Center Shelter Program ($8,000), and the YMCA’s Richman Center Youth Achievers ($8,000).