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Council Quick Take: August 4, 2020

Glendale’s Council Quick take is here to give you the breakdown on the City’s Weekly Council Meetings. On August 4, 2020, Council met for afternoon sessions, as well as their regularly scheduled Council Meeting.

Special Meeting: Glendale City Council

Community Development, re: Update on the Business Recovery Strategy On June 16, 2020, the City Council adopted an Economic Recovery Package totaling $4,222,500, including $3,650,000 in funding for Economic Recovery from Measure S funds, and $572,500 of federal grant funds. On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, Council received a progress update on implementation efforts to date, and voted to reallocate funds to six different grant programs. Grant funding will be allocated as follows: an increase to $2,250,000 to the small business grant program, which will offer $5,000 grants to 450 businesses; $300,000 to Al Fresco Glendale, a program supporting businesses temporarily moving operations outdoors; $500,000 to the Personal Protective Equipment grant program, which will offer $500 to $1,000 reimbursable grants to up to 900 businesses; $250,000 to support a childcare program available to all Glendale residents; $200,000 to support Arts and Cultural non-profit organizations; and $150,000 to support business associations through the development of a grant program. All programs will be rolled out in the next two months. View the full Report to Council

Joint Meeting: Glendale City Council and Glendale Housing Authority

Community Services and Parks, re: The City of Glendale’s 2020 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Report Since 1996, the City of Glendale has applied for and received Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance funds through the CoC program. The City and the Glendale CoC Committee have been successful in developing strategies and putting programs and projects in place to fill gaps in the CoC that will successfully move homeless persons through the different points in the Continuum and onto self-sufficiency. In order to receive CoC federal funding, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires local jurisdictions to conduct a “one-day point-in-time” homeless count every other year during the last 10 days of January.

On January 22, 2020, 169 persons were homeless according to the Glendale 2020 Homeless Count and Survey Final Report. The previous homeless count and subpopulation survey was completed in 2019 during which 243 persons were counted. A comparison of the last two counts reveals that 74 less persons were counted in 2020, which represents a decrease of 30%.

The Glendale City Council and Housing Authority moved to note and file the 2020 Homeless Count and Survey Report. View the full Report to Council.

Glendale City Council Meeting

Finance, re: Financial Status Report The City’s FY 2020-21 Budget was adopted by City Council on June 2, 2020. Due to the state of uncertainty of the City’s financials as a result of the pandemic, City Council requested for staff to present monthly update reports to inform the City Council of the ongoing financial status. Based on actuals recorded to date and estimates of what still has to be recorded for FY 2019-20, it is anticipated that the General Fund will end the year with an estimated net loss of approximately $5.7 million. In May 2020 during the first budget study session, the anticipated year-end results were estimated to be a net loss of approximately $5.8 million. At this point in time, although most citywide revenues and expenditures for FY 2019-20 have been received and recorded, there are multiple revenues and expenditures in various categories that still have not yet been received or reflected. A majority of the final revenue receipts and adjustments to year-end expenditures take place in the months of August and September; therefore, the actuals presented in the financial status report for FY 2019-20 are preliminary, unaudited and subject to change. City Council moved to note and file this Report. View the full Report to Council.

City Manager, re: Consideration of Support for California Proposition 15, Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative. This item was postponed. View the full Report to Council

Community Development, re: The Verdugo Wash Visioning Study and release of a Request for Proposals On June 2, 2020, the City Council approved the FY 2020-21 budget, including a $250,000 Measure S allocation to study the feasibility of improvements to the Verdugo Wash to serve as a linear park for the City of Glendale. The feasibility and visioning study will consider improving the 9.5 mile Verdugo Wash across 18 different neighborhoods to serve as a bicycle and pedestrian trail, as well as green and open space that may be located adjacent to, or over the wash while reclaiming natural habitat of the river. On August 4, 2020, the City Council authorized staff to release a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to hire an urban design team that will incorporate multi-modal transportation, engineering, and sustainability vision for the Verdugo Wash. Deliverables will include examples of the project, route and design alternatives, coordination with stakeholders, a final report, and implementation strategies. The RFP will be released the week of Aug. 10 and will be due in September. Staff anticipates returning the item to Council in October. View the full Report to Council

The scheduled Housing Authority and Glendale City Council meetings for August 11, 2020 have been cancelled. Both meetings will resume on Tuesday August 18, 2020. Glendale City Council Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 6:00pm. Glendale Housing Authority and Special City Council meetings are also held on Tuesdays at 3:00pm.

The meeting can be viewed on local cable: Charter Cable Channel 6 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. Meetings can also be streamed online by visiting our Public Meeting Portal, or by tuning in to our YouTube channel.


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