Selection of the new Mayor
On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, Councilmember Zareh Sinanyan was selected as the new Mayor by fellow Council Members. This is Zareh Sinanyan’s second term serving as Glendale’s Mayor. He last served in 2014-15. Mr. Sinanyan was elected to the Glendale City Council in April -2013, and has been directly involved with the City of Glendale as a past Commissioner on the Community Services & Parks Commission, as well as past Chair and Commissioner of the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee. He currently serves as Chair of Eco-Rapid Transit, Vice-President of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, Board Member of the Metropolitan Water District, and Member of the Southern California Association of Governments’ Transportation Committee.
Glendale Housing Authority approved a motion for a change order to add an additional $70,000 to the Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with Kane Ballmer Berkman (KBB) for legal services in support of affordable housing activities. The contract expires on June 30, 2019. KBB is a consulting firm that currently provides the Housing Authority with specialized affordable housing legal services for affordable housing development projects and specialized programs. The necessity for contracting for professional legal services is due to the need for obtaining specialized expertise in the area of affordable housing. The approved motion brings the contract’s “not to exceed” amount to $170,000. The full staff report can be found here.
Glendale Housing Authority also conducted public hearing and adopted a resolution authorizing the submission of the Section 8 Public Housing Agency (PHA) annual plan for Fiscal Year 2018- 2019 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Furthermore, the Housing Authority adopted and approved the Section 8 Administrative Plan. The full staff report can be found here.
City Council approved the Consent Calendar.
Glendale City Council approved the Resolution supporting the submittal of Habitat Conservation Fund grant application, as required by the grant guidelines, and authorized the City Manager/or her designee to conduct all negotiations, execute and submit all documents, including, but not limited to applications, agreements, amendments, payment requests and so on, which might be necessary for the completion of the project. The purpose of this program is to assist cities, counties and districts with projects such as protection of various plant and animal species, acquisition and development of wildlife corridors and trails, and nature interpretation programs to bring urban residents into park and wildlife areas. The full staff report can be found here.
City Council approved a motion authorizing the City Manager, or her designee to accept direct Measure H funding from the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office (CEO), Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LASHA), and the Department of Health Services (DHS), in the amount of $127,556 for five eligible homeless strategies approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Furthermore, they approved a motion authorizing the City Manager, or her designee, to accept Measure H funding from the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HAC0LA) in the amount of $15,400 for Measure H Homeless Strategy B4, Homeless Incentive Program (HIP); and execute all agreements, certifications, and documents necessary to accept and implement the funding. Lastly, they approved a resolution of appropriation to appropriate Direct Measure H funding in the amount of $127,556 for five eligible homeless strategies approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Measure H funding in the amount of $15,400 for Homeless Strategy B4, Housing Incentive Program (HIP), administered by the Glendale CoC for a total of $142,956. The full staff report can be found here.
City Council approved the resolution approving the destruction of certain city records of the Fire Department. The full staff report can be found here.
City Council approved the resolution authorizing the City Manager or her designee to execute an agreement with 3Di for an automated vegetation management program solution. In Glendale, hazardous vegetation is one of the major contributors to urban-interface wildfires. Wildfire danger is greatest to hillside and canyon homes. The vegetation management program was developed to ensure there is adequate defensible space in the wildland-urban interface areas between the open space and homes in our hillside and canyon communities. Vegetation management activities include annual inspections and review/permitting of landscape and fuel modification plans for properties in the High Fire Hazard Area. The full staff report can be found here.
City Council closed the public hearing regarding the proposed Indigo Hotel and voted to bring the item back on April 17th.The full staff report can be found here.
The next regular City Council Meeting is scheduled for April 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Glendale City Hall in City Council Chambers. A Housing Authority meeting will precede it at 3 p.m. More information about the topics to be discussed can be found in the links provided in this section.