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CITY COUNCIL

AND AS SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE PALM SPRINGS COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Council Chamber, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California 92262 www.palmspringsca.gov

AGENDA
April 15, 2015
4:30 PM CLOSED SESSION
6:00 PM REGULAR MEETING

 

Steve Pougnet, Mayor

Paul Lewin, Mayor Pro Tem

Ginny Foat, Councilmember

Rick Hutcheson, Councilmember

Chris Mills, 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, 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 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.  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 and 26.103.  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 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.

   

6:00 P.M. REGULAR MEETING CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Palm Springs Air Force ROTC Junior Color Guard.

INVOCATION:  Dr. Sharon Stroud, Inner Faith Spiritual Center.

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.     AMENDMENT TO THE PALM SPRINGS ZONING CODE RELATING TO ACCESSORY SECOND DWELLING UNITS (CASE 5.1341 ZTA):
RECOMMENDATION:  
1)  Table  the  public   hearing  with  no  public testimony at this time; 2) Continue the Public Hearing to May 6, 2015; and 3) Direct the City Clerk to post a Notice of Continued Public Hearing pursuant to law.

1.B.     750    LOFTS,    LLC    MIXED-USE    HOTEL    DEVELOPMENT    ON A 1.13 ACRE PARCEL LOCATED AT 750 NORTH PALM CANYON DRIVE,  ZONE  C-1  /  R-3  /  PD  104  /  RESORT  COMBINING  ZONE  / LAS PALMAS BUSINESS HISTORIC DISTRICT, CEQA MITIGATED NEGATIVE    DECLARATION     AND     REPEALING     RESOLUTION NO.           23757   REGARDING   THE   PREVIOUS   APPROVAL   OF   THE HISTORIC     SITE      CERTIFICATE      OF      APPROVAL      (HD-1) (CASE 5.1350 PDD 374 / GPA):
RECOMMENDATION:    1) Repeal in its entirety Resolution No. 23757, "A RESOLUTION OF THE  CITY  COUNCIL  OF  THE  CITY  OF  PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, UPHOLDING THE APPEAL OF 750 LOFTS, LLC, AND AMENDING THE CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL IMPOSED BY THE HISTORIC SITE PRESERVATION BOARD ON THE CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL FOR PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT 374, A MIXED-USE      PROJECT      INCLUDING      38      HOTEL      ROOMS, EIGHT RESIDENTIAL UNITS, AND ANCILLARY COMMERCIAL SPACE LOCATED AT 750 NORTH PALM CANYON DRIVE, ZONE C-1 / R-3 / PD 104 / RESORT COMBINING ZONE / THE LAS PALMAS BUSINESS HISTORIC DISTRICT (APN 505-303-018);" 2) Table the public hearing, with no testimony at this time, and refer the project, including all related applications to the Planning Commission for further public hearing, review, and recommendation for City Council consideration; and 3) Direct the City Clerk to re-notice the public hearing as required by law.

1.C.     O & M HR, LLC (NEXUS DEVELOPMENT CORP.) APPEALING THE MARCH 25, 2015, DECISION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION TO DENY  DEMOLITION  OF  EXISTING  DEVELOPMENT  AND  PARKING AREA  TO  CONSTRUCT  “ABERDEEN,”  A  MIXED-USE  PROJECT CONSISTING  OF  74  ATTACHED  AND  DETACHED  RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS, 17 LIVE-WORK UNITS AND APPROXIMATELY 1,568- SQUARE  FEET  OF  RETAIL  ON  8.05-ACRES  LOCATED  AT  THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF TAHQUITZ CANYON WAY AND CALLE EL SEGUNDO AND MAKE A CEQA DETERMINATION (ZONE REO AND CU) (CASE NOS. 5.1361 PD-375, CUP, 3.3820 MAJ AND TTM 36876).
RECOMMENDATION:   
1) Open the public hearing and receive public testimony;  2)  Make  a  determination  on  the  appeal;  and  3)  If  upheld consider a resolution with conditions of approval and an ordinance for the project.

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 THE POSTING OF THE AGENDA:

RECOMMENDATION:   Receive and file Report on the Posting of the April 15, 2015, City Council Agenda.

  2.B.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

RECOMMENDATION:     Approve     the     City     Council     Minutes     of March 18, 2015, and April 1, 2015.

 2.C.    APPROVAL OF PAYROLL WARRANTS, CLAIMS AND DEMANDS:
RECOMMENDATION:  
1) Adopt Resolution No.                           , “A RESOLUTION OF         THE    CITY    COUNCIL    OF    THE CITY OF PALM   SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF CLAIMS AND DEMANDS BY WARRANTS         NUMBERED 1077191    THROUGH   1077363 IN THE AGGREGATE  AMOUNT  OF  $1,564,512.05,  DRAWN  ON  BANK  OF AMERICA;” 2) Adopt Resolution No.                            , “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY  COUNCIL  OF  THE  CITY  OF  PALM  SPRINGS,  CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF PAYROLL WARRANTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 03-14-2015 BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 419059 THROUGH 419074   TOTALING   $26,090.03   LIABILITY   CHECKS   NUMBERED 1077364 THROUGH 1077384 TOTALING $107,055.13, FIVE WIRE TRANSFERS   FOR   $52,423.31,   AND   THREE   ELECTRONIC   ACH DEBITS   OF   $1,133,864.93   IN   THE   AGGREGATE   AMOUNT   OF $1,319,433.40, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA;” 3) Adopt Resolution No.           , “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF CLAIMS AND  DEMANDS  BY  WARRANTS  NUMBERED  1077385  THROUGH 1077545 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,994,891.36, DRAWN ON    BANK    OF    AMERICA;”    4)    Adopt    Resolution    No.               , “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF CLAIMS AND DEMANDS BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 1077546 THROUGH 1077714 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $2,522,686.78, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA;” and 5) Adopt Resolution No.            , “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF PAYROLL WARRANTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 03-28-2015 BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 419075 THROUGH 419087   TOTALING   $22,017.74   LIABILITY   CHECKS   NUMBERED 1077715 THROUGH 1077736 TOTALING $107,040.52, FIVE WIRE TRANSFERS   FOR   $72,598.31,   AND   THREE   ELECTRONIC   ACH DEBITS   OF   $1,263,891.96   IN   THE   AGGREGATE   AMOUNT   OF $1,465,548.53, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA.” 

2.D.    STAFF AUTHORIZED AGREEMENTS AND PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015:
RECOMMENDATION:  Receive and file the report of Staff Authorized Agreements  and  Purchase  Orders  for  the  period  of  March  1  through March 31, 2015.

2.E.     AMENDMENT  NO.  3  TO  AGREEMENT  NO.  A6329  WITH  SELENE PALM SPRINGS, LLC FOR THE SALE OF A 7.8 ACRE PARCEL AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF CALLE ALVARADO AND AMADO:
RECOMMENDATION:  1)   Approve  Amendment  No.  3  to  Agreement No. A6329 with Selene Palm Springs LLC for the sale of a 7.8 acre parcel at the northeast corner of Calle Alvarado and Amado; and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.  A6329.

2.F.     APPROVE  A  FACADE  GRANT  AGREEMENT  IN  THE  AMOUNT  OF $50,000 WITH HUFF LATITUDE 33, LP FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 449 EAST ARENAS ROAD:
RECOMMENDATION:   1) Approve Facade Grant Agreement with Huff Latitude 33, LP in the amount of $50,000 at 449 East Arenas Road; and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all documents.  A        .

2.G.    APPROVE   THE   COOPERATIVE   PURCHASE   OF   AN   ARCHIVAL SCANNER FOR THE PALM SPRINGS LIBRARY’S ACCESSING THE PAST PROJECT:
RECOMMENDATION:   1) Approve the purchase of an i2S CopiBook Cobalt HD book scanner for the Palm Springs Public Library from iimage Retrieval Inc. of Carrolton, Texas, under the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Interlocal Cooperative Contract DIR-TSO- ICXXX in the amount of $47,053.58; and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents, including the purchase order and the Interlocal DIR Agreement.  A        .

2.H.    APPROVE A PURCHASE ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF $61,600 WITH ALBERT  A.  WEBB  &  ASSOCIATES  FOR  TRAFFIC  ENGINEERING DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES FOR A SECOND LEFT TURN LANE ON GENE AUTRY TRAIL AT VISTA CHINO (CP 14-13): RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve a Purchase Order in the amount of $61,600 with Albert A. Webb & Associates for civil engineering design and environmental services for a second left turn lane on Gene Autry Trail at Vista Chino (CP 14-13); and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. A6443.

2.I.      APPROVE   PURCHASE   OF   MOBILE    RESTROOM   TRAILER   FOR VILLAGEFEST AND OTHER CITY SPECIAL EVENTS:
RECOMMENDATION:  
1) Find the bid from Verde Inc. as non-responsive for failure to meet specifications; 2) Award the purchase of a new Mobile Restroom Trailer as specified in Invitation for Bid No. 15-13 to Portable Restroom Trailer, LLC in the amount of $46,273.80, including applicable CA sales tax, CA tire fee, and delivery; and 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.

2.J.     AWARD  A  CONSTRUCTION  CONTRACT  TO  ABBOUD  DIAMOND CONSTRUCTION, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $414,000 FOR THE DESERT HIGHLAND UNITY CENTER GYM AIR CONDITIONING IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT (CP 14-15):
RECOMMENDATION:     1)  In  accordance  with  Section  5101  of  the California Public Contract Code, consent to relieve Sea Pac Engineering, Inc. of their low bid in the amount of $325,100 because of a mistake made in completing the bid submitted for the Desert Highland Unity Center Gym Air Conditioning Improvements Project (CP 14-15);  2) Cancel the Arnico Tract Sewer Improvements (Phase 4), and authorize the appropriation of $176,615 in Measure J Capital Project Funding originally programmed for the Arnico Tract Sewer Improvements (Phase 4) for the Desert Highland Unity  Center  Gym  Air  Conditioning  Improvements  Project  (CP  14-15); 3) Award a construction contract to Abboud Diamond Construction, Inc. in the amount of $414,000 for the Desert Highland Unity Center Gym Air Conditioning Improvements Project (CP 14-15); and 4) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. A        .

2.K.    APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF NEW CARPET TILES FOR AIRPORT MAIN TERMINAL FROM DEL’S FLOORING CONTRACTORS INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $41,650.24:
RECOMMENDATION:   1) Approve the purchase of new carpet for the Palm Springs Airport main terminal as per the specifications from Del’s Flooring Contractors Inc. in the amount not to exceed of $41,650.24; and 2) Authorize City Manager to execute all necessary documents.

2.L.     ACQUISITION OF A 14-UNIT MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING PROPERTY LOCATED AT 2395 NORTH INDIAN CANYON DRIVE FROM THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE FOR THE PURPOSE OF FACILITATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING:
RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt Resolution No.          , “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, ACTING IN ITS CAPACITY AS THE HOUSING SUCCESSOR AGENCY, TO THE PALM SPRINGS COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY FORMALLY  REQUESTING  A  CHAPTER  8  AGREEMENT  OF  SALE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 2395 NORTH INDIAN CANYON DRIVE FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING AFFORDABLE HOUSING.”

2.M.    APPROVE  FAA  GRANT   NO.  3-06-0181-053-2015   FOR  AIRPORT PROJECT AND   AWARD   CONTRACT   FOR   AIRPORT   RUNWAY REHABILITATION CONSTRUCTION:
RECOMMENDATION:   1) Approve FAA AIP Grant No. 3-06-0181-053-2015 in the amount of $10,850,000 for construction and construction management services for the project; 2) Award the construction contract for the Airport Runway Rehabilitation Project to the lowest responsive bidder in a form approved by the City Attorney; and 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents including up to ten percent (10%) additional change order work as required to address changes in the project scope. A       .  A        .

2.N.     STRONG  OPPOSITION  TO  RELIGIOUS  FREEDOM  LEGISLATION THAT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY CONDONES DISCRIMINATION OF PROTECTED CLASSES OF PERSONS:
RECOMMENDATION:   Adopt Resolution No.           , “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, EXPRESSING STRONG OPPOSITION TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LEGISLATION THAT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY CONDONES DISCRIMINATION OF PROTECTED CLASSES OF PERSONS.

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

3.         LEGISLATIVE: None.

4.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  None.

5.         NEW BUSINESS:

5.A.     APPOINTMENT OF CITY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEES TO SCREEN COMMISSION AND  BOARD APPLICATIONS, TO DETERMINE QUALIFIED APPLICANTS AS PART OF THE 2015 ANNUAL RECRUITMENT OF CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS:
RECOMMENDATION:  
1) Waive the procedures in Resolution No. 18804 Section 7(b), for the 2015 Annual Recruitment process, to allow for the City Council as a whole, to participate in the screening and interview of applicants for the Historic Site Preservation Board, Measure “J” Oversight Commission and the Planning Commission; 2) Waive the procedures in Resolution No. 18804 Section 7(b), for the 2015 Annual Recruitment process that provides for the Mayor to select and participate in all subcommittees; and 3) Appoint two-member ad hoc City Council Subcommittees to screen and interview applicants for the following Commissions and Boards:

Administrative Appeals Board                   Parks and Recreation Commission
Airport Commission                                   Personnel Board
Board of Appeals                                       Public Arts Commission Board of Library Trustees                                                     Rent Review Commission Human Rights Commission                                               Sustainability Commission Mt. San Jacinto Winter 
VillageFest Board                                                                           Park Auth. 

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  Wednesday,  May  6,  2015,  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.

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