Claremont Insider: Council Meets Tonight

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Council Meets Tonight

The Claremont City Council meets tonight at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers, located at 225 W. 2nd St. in the heart of the Claremont Village. For you dedicated policy wonks, the council meetings are streamed live, and you can watch tonight's meeting on the city's website.

The meeting agenda is posted here.

Here's a list of some of the more interesting items with links to the appropriate backup material (the city's document site seems a little balky today, so you may have to refresh the screen several times to get a document to come up):

  • Ceremonial Matters: The city pays homage the Claremont Area League of Women Voters on their 70th anniversary. LWV president Barbara Musselman will undoubtedly be there to accept the honor, as will founding members Marilee Scaff, Ellen Taylor, Helaine Goldwater, Judy Wright, Diann Ring, and Sharon Hightower. Kidding. It only seems like they've been there seven decades. Congrats ladies (and gents)!

    The city will also honor Metrolink for their sponsorship of the City's Depot Jazz Series.

  • Code amendment: The city will amend the appendix to its conflict of interest code. The appendix lists exactly what information on potential conflicts of interest different levels of employees and elected or appointed city officials have to disclose. State law requires this to be reviewed and updated periodically.

  • Right-of-Way and Irrigation Maintenance Contract: City staff is recommending awarding a three-year contract worth $294,812.95 to CLS Landscape in Chino. The contract is for the maintenance of over 50 acres of city-owned right-of-ways and 42 acres of open space brush clearance. Careful there....

  • CGU General Plan Amendment Hearing Cancellation: The Council was supposed to hold a hearing tonight on Claremont Graduate University's request for General Plan land use map amendments and zoning changes for several of CGU's parcels. However, because the Planning Commission hasn't acted on the matter yet, the Council cannot take any action.

  • Claremont Commons Project Appeal: A neighborhood group called Protect Our Neighborhoods, represented by C. R. Fowler, seeks to appeal an Architectural Commission approval for the Claremont Commons project at the northwest corner of Monte Vista Ave. and Foothill Blvd. Staff is recommending the matter be sent back to the Architectural Commission for further review.

  • A Report on the Upland Park View Specific Plan, Chapter 2: Upland is working on a large-scale, mixed-use development north of Base Line Rd. between the 210 Freeway and Benson:

    Click to Enlarge

    The project will include 100,000 square-feet of retail space on 10 acres, up to 400 residential units on 32 acres, and a 57-acre sports park. You can learn more about the project on Upland's website.

    2.4 acres of the project's western corner are in Claremont, so the City has to approve a specific plan for that small portion of the Upland development.

  • Cell Tower Code Amendment: Staff recommends the Council approve a revised city ordinance regarding antennas and wireless communication towers. The city here is looking for new revenue - lots of money in them there cell towers.

  • Human Services Commission Appointment: At the recommendation of the Council's Ad Hoc Commission Selection Committee (Linda Elderkin and Sam Pedroza), the Council is being asked to appoint Bob Miletich to the Human Services Commission.

    Miletich is a former AYSO Region 3 board member and is employed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public and Social Services as a human resources administrator.

    Hmmm, sounds a little like LWV president Barbara Musselman, who formerly worked for San Bernardino County as a Human Resource Director. Go get 'em, wonks!