Council Quick Take: January 12, 2021




Glendale’s Council Quick take is here to give you the breakdown on the City’s Weekly Council Meetings. On January 12, 2021, Council met for afternoon sessions, as well as their regularly scheduled Council Meeting.



Special Meeting: Glendale City Council


City Clerk, re: Minutes of the Special City Council meeting of December 15, 2020


Community Development, re: Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California The Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center Project (“Museum Project”) is a proposed 50,820 square-foot museum to be located on a portion of the Central Park site. On January 12, 2021, the City Council considered several changes to a previously approved and entitled project and took the following actions: Adopted a Stage II Design Review Consistency Determination for the Revised Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center Project; Adopted findings in support of and approving a Parking Reduction Permit; Authorized a resolution approving required economic development subsidy reports; and, Introduced an ordinance approving the Amended and Restated Ground Lease between the City of Glendale and the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California. View full report to Council


Community Development, re: Greater Downtown Glendale Association’s Calendar Year 2020 Annual Report and Calendar Year 2021 Budget for the Greater Downtown Glendale Community Benefit District The Glendale City Council accepted and approved the GDGA’s Calendar Year 2020 Annual Report and 2021 Budget for the Greater Downtown Glendale Community Benefit District. The Greater Downtown Community Benefit District, managed by the Greater Downtown Glendale Association as a non-profit, has completed its second year in the recently expanded district. It is required by local ordinance and the California Streets & Highway Code, to present its annual report to the City Council each year. View full report to Council


Community Development, re: Report: Montrose Shopping Park Business Improvement District Annual Work Plan (Budget) for Calendar Year 2021 Annually, the Montrose Shopping Park Association, in the capacity of the Business Improvement District (BID) Advisory Board, is required by local ordinance and the California Streets & Highway Code, to submit an annual budget that estimates the expenditures necessary to implement its annual work plan. The City Council must review and approve the budget, which is funded solely by the merchants. The work plan includes various tools for marketing and promoting the district and details how assessment funds will be spent during the upcoming calendar year. The Glendale City Council accepted the budget and workplan. View full report to Council


Community Development, re: Direction Regarding the Extension of the City’s Lease of the Alex Theatre, the City’s Management Agreement with Glendale Arts for the Alex Theatre, and the City’s lease of 116 W. California to Glendale Arts The City owns the historic Alex Theatre, a cultural facility and performing arts venue currently operated by Glendale Arts. On December 15, 2020, the City Council authorized staff to execute a 30-day extension of the three separate lease and management agreement between the City and Glendale Arts to allow more time to negotiate its conditions. The amended Agreements now expire on January 31, 2021. At the City Council meeting on January 12, 2021, the Glendale City Council unanimously approved an amendment to extend the City’s lease and management of the Alex Theatre to Glendale Arts until June 30, 2021, as well as extend the lease of the office space at 116 W. California until June 30, 2021. The City Council also authorized a resolution of appropriation for $150,000 to pay for a management fee to Glendale Arts. View full report to Council


Glendale City Council Meeting


Presentations and Appointments


3a. Agenda Preview for the Meetings of Tuesday, January 19, 2021

3b. Martin Luther King Day Proclamation: The Glendale City Council formally recognized January 18, 2021 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor and recognize the inspiring activism and groundbreaking civil rights movement by Dr. King, who amplified the voices of Americans who entrusted a continual struggle that aims to eradicate all forms of racial violence.


Consent Items


4a. City Clerk, re: Minutes of the Regular City Council meeting of December 08, 2020 and December 15, 2020, Successor Agency meeting of December 08, 2020, Regular Housing Authority meeting of December 15, 2020, and Joint Housing and City Council meeting of December 15, 2020

4b. Public Works, re: The Pacific Park Playground and Pool Shade Structure Design Contract

4c. Community Services and Parks, re: Destruction of Certain Community Services & Parks Department Records, Documents, and Papers

4d. Community Services and Parks, re: Acceptance of final round of Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund grant in support of the Elderly Nutrition Program


Action Items


Management Services, re: Polystyrene and Single-Use Plastic Ban City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance prohibiting the use of polystyrene and single-use plastic products in all City facilities, City-managed concessions, City-sponsored events, and City-permitted events that serve food. This ordinance will require the City to utilize marine-degradable disposal food service ware products designed to biodegrade under the marine environmental conditions of aerobic marine waters or anaerobic marine sediments. View the full report to Council


Innovation, Performance, and Audit, re: Mayor Selection Process City Council directed staff to bring back a City ordinance to codify a combination of Mayor selection procedures with the primary method being Seniority of uninterrupted service, secondary as Highest Collective Vote, and tertiary as Council Consensus. Council also directed staff to add an existing unwritten practice in which a Councilmember cannot be selected as Mayor if he or she is up for City Council re-election during their Mayoral term as part of the ordinance. View the full report to Council


City Attorney, re: Findings re Denial of Design Review Case No. 2004770 located at 1248 Corona Drive The Glendale City Council moved to continue this item at the February 9, 2021 meeting. View the full report to Council


Hearings


Community Development, re: Appeal of Design Review Board's approval of DRB Case No. PDR 1918581 for 1226 Vista Court (Continued from 11/17/20) This hearing is an appeal of a decision made by the Design Review Board on June 25, 2020, to approve Design Review Board Case No. PDR 1918581 for the construction of a new, two-story, 1,976 sq.ft. single-family house with a 500 sq.ft. attached two-car garage on a 6,143 sq.ft. interior lot located in the R1 zone, Floor Area Ratio District III. On January 12, 2021, the City Council considered the appeal, including testimony and documents that were provided, and remanded the project to the Design Review Board, with direction to address several issues that were raised in the appeal and to provide an opportunity for public review of the Design Review Board’s conditioned plan revisions. View full report to Council


The next Glendale City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:00pm. They will also meet at 2:00pm for afternoon meetings.


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

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