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City Council Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports

December 14, 2016

CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Council Chamber, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California 92262
www.palmspringsca.gov

STUDY SESSION
ADJOURNED REGULAR MEETING
AGENDA



Robert Moon, Mayor
Ginny Foat, Mayor Pro Tem
Geoff Kors, Councilmember
Chris Mills, Councilmember
J.R. Roberts, Councilmember

 City of Palm Springs Mission Statement: Palm Springs is an inclusive world-class city dedicated to providing excellent and responsive public services to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

David H. Ready, Esq., Ph.D., City Manager
James Thompson, Chief of Staff/City Clerk
Marcus Fuller, Assistant City Manager/City Engineer
Douglas C. Holland, City Attorney
Geoffrey S. Kiehl, Director of Finance and Treasurer

Any person who wishes to provide public testimony for an Item on the Agenda MUST file a speaker card prior to the Public Testimony (Non-Public Hearing Agenda Items Only) prior to that portion of the meeting.  Testimony for Public Hearings will be allowed only during the Public Hearing.  [Two (2) minutes per speaker]
 
Testimony for Public Hearings will only be taken at the time of the hearing.  Any person who wishes to speak at a Public Hearing must file a “Speaker Card” with the City Clerk BEFORE the Public Hearing is called. [Two (2) minutes per speaker]

Any person who wishes to speak on a topic not on the agenda within the City’s jurisdiction during the “Public Comments” portion of the agenda must file a “Speaker Card” with the City Clerk BEFORE that portion of the agenda is called. [Two (2) minutes per speaker] Although the City Council values your comments, pursuant to the Brown Act, it generally cannot take any action on items not listed on the posted agenda.

Please note, any agenda item which has not been initiated by 11:00 P.M. may be continued to a subsequent meeting.

At approximately 10:00 P.M., the City Council will determine the number of speakers who wish to address the City Council during Public Comment for non-Agenda Items, and determine which agenda items will be considered before the 11:00 P.M. Adjournment time. 

3:45 P.M. CLOSED SESSION

 CALL TO ORDER (Council Chamber):

PUBLIC COMMENT (Council Chamber):  This time has been set aside for members of the public to address the City Council on items contained only on the Closed Session Agenda.

RECESS TO CLOSED SESSION (Small Conference Room):  See Closed Session Agenda.

5:00 P.M. STUDY SESSION

 CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

ROLL CALL:

PRESENTATIONS:

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT:  This time is set aside for the City Manager to update the City Council on important items initiated by staff or previously requested by the City Council.

REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:

ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:  The City Council will discuss the order of the agenda, may amend the order, add urgency items, note abstentions or “no” votes on Consent Calendar items, and request Consent Calendar items be removed from the Consent Calendar for discussion.  The City Council may also remove items from the Consent Calendar prior to that portion of the Agenda.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: (Study Session Items ONLY)
This time has been set aside for members of the public to address the City Council only on Study Session items.  Two (2) minutes will be assigned to each speaker.  Testimony for Adjourned Meeting Items and General Public Comments, non-agenda items, will be taken later in the meeting.  

SS.    STUDY SESSION  

SS1.    CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND DIRECTION ON THE PROPOSALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ETHICS, TRANSPARENCY AND GOVERNMENTAL REFORM TASK FORCE CREATED BY THE CITY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE (MAYOR MOON AND COUNCILMEMBER KORS):
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Receive Reports from the Chairs of the Ethics, Transparency and Governmental Reform Task Force Working Committees; and 2) Direct the City Council Subcommittee and City Staff as appropriate.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: (Agenda Items ONLY)
This time has been set aside for members of the public to address the City Council only on agenda items.  Two (2) minutes will be assigned to each speaker.  General Public Comments, non-agenda items, will be taken later in the meeting.  

1.    CONSENT CALENDAR:
The following routine matters may be acted upon by one motion.  Individual items may be removed by the Council for separate discussion at this time or under Approval of the Agenda.  The title is deemed to be read and further reading waived on any ordinance listed on the Consent Calendar for introduction or adoption.

1.A.    SECOND READING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE NO. 1907 AMENDING AND RESTATING CHAPTER 5.25 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO VACATION RENTALS AND CEQA DETERMINATION:  
RECOMMENDATION:  Waive the second reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and adopt Ordinance No. 1907, "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING AND RESTATING CHAPTER 5.25 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO VACATION RENTALS.”
    
1.B.     SECOND READING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE NOS. 1908 AND 1909 AMENDING THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS FACILITIES IN VARIOUS ZONING DISTRICTS, MEDICAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES IN THE CITY:
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Waive the second reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and adopt Ordinance No. 1908, "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SECTIONS 93.23.15, 92.17.2.00, AND SUBSECTION F OF SECTION 92.17.2.03 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS FACILITIES; AMENDING SECTIONS 92.15.01.C, 92.16.01.C, 92.17.01.C, 92.17.1.02, 92.17.2.00, AND 92.17.2.01.C RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS MANUFACTURING AND MEDICAL CANNABIS TESTING FACILITIES IN THE C-M, M-1-P, M-1, M-2, AND E-1 ZONES OF THE CITY; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 92.14.01.A, 92.14.1.01.A, 92.15.01.A, 92.16.01.A, 92.17.01.A, AND 92.18.01.A RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY FACILITIES IN THE C-2, H-C, C-M, M-1-P, M-1, M-2, AND A ZONES OF THE CITY;” and 2) Waive the second reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and adopt Ordinance No. 1909, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, ADDING CHAPTER 5.45 TO, AND AMENDING SECTION 5.35.100 OF, THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE, RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES IN THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS.”
   
1.C.     SECOND READING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE NO. 1910 AMENDING THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE TO INCORPORATE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH WATER EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING FOR LANDSCAPE RELATED BUSINESSES AS A PREREQUISITE TO OBTAINING A BUSINESS LICENSE:
RECOMMENDATION:  Waive the second reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and adopt Ordinance No. 1910, "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SECTION 5.78.030 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE ‘OVERSEEDING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT’ TO INCORPORATE REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATION RELATED TO LANDSCAPING WATER EFFICIENCY.”
    
1.D.    ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF JOSHUA EDMUNDSON FROM THE PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION:
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Accept with regret the resignation of Joshua Edmundson from the Public Arts Commission; and 2) Direct the City Clerk to post a notice of vacancy for the term ending June 30, 2017.
    
1.E.    ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF SUZANNE SEVERIN FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:  
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Accept with regret the resignation of Suzanne Severin from the Human Rights Commission; and 2) Direct the City Clerk to post a notice of vacancy for the term ending June 30, 2017.

EXCLUDED CONSENT CALENDAR:  Items removed from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion are considered at this time.

2.    PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.

3.    LEGISLATIVE:

3.A.    PROPOSED ORDINANCE EXPANDING THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION FROM NINE TO ELEVEN MEMBERS, APPOINT TWO MEMBERS TO THE COMMISSION, AND AMENDING THE QUORUM REQUIREMENT FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Waive the reading of the text and introduce by title for first reading Ordinance No. _____, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SECTION 2.18.010, AND SECTION 2.28.020(b) OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS; and 2) Appoint Ellen Goodman to the Parks and Recreation Commission for the term ending June 30, 2019, and appoint Mark Acker to the Parks and Recreation Commission for the term ending June 30, 2018, upon the effective date of Ordinance No. _____.

4.    UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None.
    
5.    NEW BUSINESS:

5.A.    APPROVAL OF A PARTIAL RELEASE OF THE PERFORMANCE DEED OF TRUST FOR BLOCK A-1, BLOCK B, AND BLOCK C OF THE DOWNTOWN PALM SPRINGS PROJECT:
RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the City Manager to execute a Substitution of Trustee and Deed of Partial Reconveyance by and between the City of Palm Springs (Beneficiary) and Palm Springs Promenade, LLC, (Trustor) for Block A-1, Block B, and Block C. A6144

5.B.    APPOINTMENT OF A CITY COUNCIL STANDING SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THE BUZZ TROLLEY:
RECOMMENDATION:  Appoint two members of the City Council to a BUZZ Trolley City Council Standing Subcommittee.

PUBLIC COMMENT:  (Non-Agenda Items) This time has been set aside for members of the public to address the City Council on items of general interest within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City.  Although the City Council values your comments, pursuant to the Brown Act, it generally cannot take any action on items not listed on the posted agenda.  Two (2) minutes will be assigned to each speaker.  Testimony for Public Hearings will only be taken at the time of the hearing.

UPCOMING AGENDA DEVELOPMENT:  This time is set aside for the City Council to prioritize and set future agenda items.

COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS, REQUESTS, AND REPORTS: Additional general comments, reports, announcements, requests of staff and/or issues of concern to Councilmembers are briefly presented at this time.

ADJOURNMENT:  The City Council will adjourn to the next regular meeting, Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. Council Chamber, City Hall, preceded by Closed Session, Small Conference Room, City Hall, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.

Happy Holidays from the City of Palm Springs!







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