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City Council Meeting

CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

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

AGENDA

Steve Pougnet, Mayor
Chris Mills, Mayor Pro Tem
Ginny Foat, Councilmember
Rick Hutcheson, Councilmember
Lee Weigel, Councilmember

City of Palm Springs Vision Statement: Palm Springs aspires to be a unique world class desert community, where residents and visitors enjoy our high quality of life and a relaxing experience. We desire to balance our cultural and historical resources with responsible, sustainable economic growth and to enhance our natural desert beauty. We are committed to providing responsive, friendly and efficient customer service in an environment that fosters unity among all our citizens.

David H. Ready, Esq., Ph.D., City Manager
James Thompson, City Clerk
Douglas C. Holland, City Attorney
Thomas Wilson, Assistant City Manager
Geoffrey S. Kiehl, City Treasurer

Any person who wishes to speak regarding an item on the agenda or on a subject 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. 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.

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.

Pursuant to G.C. Section 54957.5(b)(2) the designated office for inspection of records in connection with the meeting is the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. Complete Agenda Packets are available for public inspection at: City Hall Office of the City Clerk, Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Police Station. Agenda and staff reports are available on the City’s website www.palmspringsca.gov. If you would like additional information on any item appearing on this agenda, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (760) 323-8204.

Please note, any agenda item which has not been initiated by 10:00 P.M. may be continued to a subsequent meeting.

City Council meetings are webcast live on the City’s website www.palmspringsca.gov and cablecast live on PSCTV Channel 17. Meetings are re-broadcast (following the meeting) on Thursday at 8:00 P.M., Saturday at 1:30 P.M. and Tuesday at 7:00 P.M.

It is the intention of the City of Palm Springs to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in all respects. If, as an attendee or a participant at this meeting, or in meetings on a regular basis, you will need special assistance beyond what is normally provided, the City will attempt to accommodate you in every reasonable manner. Please contact the Office of the City Clerk, 323-8204, at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to inform us of your particular needs and to determine if accommodation is feasible.

4:30 P.M. CLOSED SESSION
CITY COUNCIL/COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

CALL TO ORDER:

PUBLIC COMMENT: 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: See Closed Session Agenda.

6:00 P.M. CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Boy Scout Troop 262.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Palm Springs High School Band.

INVOCATION: Duane Cox, Retired Religious Science Minister.

ROLL CALL:

PRESENTATIONS:

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.

1. PUBLIC HEARINGS: 

1.A. 35TH PROGRAM YEAR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT 2009-10 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN AND CDBG BUDGET APPROVAL, AUTHORIZATION TO SUBMIT TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT GRANT NO. B-09-MC-06-0561 IN THE AMOUNT OF $506,696 AND APPROVING SUBRECIPIENT AGREEMENTS:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Open the public hearing and receive public testimony; 2) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING THE 2009-10 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ANNUAL ACTION PLAN AND FISCAL YEAR 2009-10 BUDGET, AND AUTHORIZING THE SUBMITTAL OF THE PLAN AND BUDGET TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute the Agreement with the United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development;” and 4) Approve the following Subrecipient Agreements and City Departments Memoranda of Understanding in a form acceptable to the City Attorney and Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents: A____.

Desert AIDS Project $87,250 A____
Mizell Senior Center $82,000 A____
Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Dept. $46,483 A____
Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Dept. $50,370 A____
Family YMCA of the Desert $26,776 A____
Palm Springs Public Works Dept. $26,129 A____
Palm Springs Rotary Foundation $18,000 A____
Court Appointed Special Advocates Riverside County $19,500 A____
AIDS Assistance Program $18,000 A____
Western Coachella Valley Police Activities League $20,504 A____
Palm Springs Community & Econ. Development Dept. $46,500 A____
Fair Housing Council of Riverside $15,000 A____ 

1.B. SWS INVESTMENTS, LLC, APPROVAL OF TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP 34764 TO SUBDIVIDE 10.4 ACRES INTO ELEVEN PARCELS FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF 20TH AVENUE APPROXIMATELY 700 FEET WEST OF NORTH INDIAN CANYON DRIVE (CASE NO. TPM 34764):
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Open the public hearing and receive public testimony; 2) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP 34764 TO SUBDIVIDE APPROXIMATELY 10.4 ACRES INTO ELEVEN PARCELS FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF 20TH AVENUE APPROXIMATELY 700 FEET WEST OF NORTH INDIAN CANYON DRIVE, ZONE M-2, SECTION 15.” 

1.C. PROPOSED DRAFT SPECIFIC PLAN (GENERAL PLAN AND ZONING TEXT AMENDMENTS) FOR MUSEUM MARKET PLAZA (CASE 5.1204) TO ALLOW UP TO 955 HIGH-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL UNITS, UP TO 400,000 SQUARE FEET OF COMMERCIAL RETAIL AND OFFICE SPACE, AND UP TO 620 HOTEL ROOMS LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF N. PALM CANYON DRIVE AND TAHQUITZ CANYON WAY, AND OTHER NEARBY PROPERTIES:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Open the public hearing, accept Public Testimony, and close the hearing; 2) Direct staff to prepare draft resolutions/ordinance based on Council direction, including the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, adoption of Statement of Overriding Considerations, adoption of a Mitigation Monitoring Report, and approval of the Specific Plan, including any amendments, as appropriate.

PUBLIC COMMENT: This time has been set aside for members of the public to address the City Council on Consent Calendar and other agenda items; and 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. Three (3) minutes assigned for each speaker. Testimony for Public Hearings will only be taken at the time of the hearing.

COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS: This portion of the meeting is set aside for brief general comments, and/or other issues of concern from members of the City Council.

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.

2. 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.

2.A. REPORT ON POSTING OF THE AGENDA:
RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file Report on the Posting of the April 1, 2009, City Council Agenda.

2.B. PROPOSED ORDINANCE PERTAINING TO STATE VIDEO FRANCHISE HOLDERS:
ACTION: Waive further reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1759, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING CHAPTER 5.79 OF TITLE 5 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE PERTAINING TO STATE VIDEO FRANCHISE HOLDERS.”

2.C. APPOINTMENT OF A CITY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE DRAFT DOCUMENT THE PALM SPRINGS PATH TO A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY:
RECOMMENDATION: Appoint Councilmember Foat and Councilmember Hutcheson to a City Council Subcommittee to review the draft document The Palm Springs Path to a Sustainable Community.

2.D. AUTHORIZATION TO SUBMIT A GRANT APPLICATION UNDER THE 2009 COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING HIRING RECOVERY PROGRAM:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Authorize the Police Department to submit a 2009 CHRP grant application to the U.S. Department of Justice, and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all documents.

2.E. TEMPORARILY SUSPEND THE NOISE ORDINANCE ON APRIL 12, 2009, 12:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M., FOR AN EVENT LOCATED AT 225 VIA LOLA ROAD (APPLICATION BY DESERT AIDS PROJECT):
RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, SUSPENDING THE NOISE ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 11.74.00) AND THE NOISE NUISANCE ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 11.08.040) FOR AN EVENT ON APRIL 12, 2009, FROM 12:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M. LOCATED AT 225 VIA LOLA ROAD.”

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

3. LEGISLATIVE: None.

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

4.A. STAFF UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE FEDERAL STIMULUS PROGRAMS/AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009:
RECOMMENDATION: Direct staff as appropriate.

5. NEW BUSINESS:

5.A. WALK OF STARS CRITERIA AND SELECTION PROCESS:
RECOMMENDATION: Direct the City Manager to issue written approval of the City to expand the selection criteria of the Walk of Stars program. A4981.

5.B. DISCUSS NAMING THE PUBLIC ENTRY FOUNTAIN AT THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN MEMORY OF FORMER MAYOR FRANK M. BOGERT:
RECOMMENDATION: Direct staff as appropriate.

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 a Meeting with the Tribal Council of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 5:00 P.M., Palm Springs Convention Center, Primrose C Room, 277 North Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs.

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