Local Agency Formation Commission

                                                 Regular Meeting Agenda

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

9:00 a.m.

 

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Room 381B

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90012

 

 

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NOTICE OF CLOSED SESSION

 

CS-1    EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

 

The Commission will meet in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 to discuss employee performance evaluations for the following positions:

 

Executive Officer                                 

Deputy Executive Officer

Executive Assistant

Government Relations Analyst

Administrative Assistant

Mapping Technician

Office Services Assistant

 

The Commission will meet in Closed Session to discuss employee performance evaluations, pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.

 

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1.         Call Meeting To Order.

 

2.         The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Chairman Henry F. Pellissier.


Agenda of June 12, 2002

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3.         Consent Items  

 

a.         Annexation 263 – 0.321 acres located northerly of 16th Street and westerly of San Fernando Road, in the City of Santa Clarita.    The landowners are Albert P. Gabledon Jr., and Yvette Ann Gabledon, Trustees of the Gabledon Family Trust.      

 

b.         Annexation 264 – 2.206 acres located on the Old Road, southeast from the intersection with Henry Mayo Drive, in the unincorporated County territory.  The landowner is Pacific Bell (Charles H. Smith, Pres.)

 

4.         Hearings

 

a.       Formation of the Lennox Garbage Disposal District to serve the unincorporated community of Lennox.

 

b.      Reorganization No. 98-01 to the City of Calabasas (Creekside Condominiums).

 

5.         Special Items

 

a.       Approval of LAFCO April and May 2002 Operating Account Check Registrar, Money Market Account Register and Special Reorganization Check Register.

 

b.       Consideration of request(s), if any, for reconsideration of Resolutions Making Determinations for Approval of the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood Special Reorganizations.

 

c.        Approve invoice for services with Gansk & Associates., in the total amount of $12,875.00, in connection with an analysis, report and testimony regarding council districts for voting outcomes in the San Fernando Valley Special Reorganization Area.

 

d.       Ratify contract amendment with PDQ GeoDemographics extending the not to exceed maximum form $39,000.00 to $66,000.00.


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6.         Public Comment

 

This is the opportunity for members of the public to address the Commission on items that are not on the posted agenda, provided that the subject matter is within the jurisdiction of the Commission.  Speakers are reminded of the three-minute time limitation.

 

7.         New Business

 

This is the opportunity for commissioners to discuss matters not on the Posted Agenda (To be Discussed and upon Commission approval placed on the Agenda for Action at a Future Meeting).

 

8.         Settings for Future Meetings

 

9.         Adjournment Motion


STAFF REPORT

 

JUNE 12, 2002

 

COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT ANNEXATIONS

 

AGENDA ITEM NOS. 3a and 3b

 

 

The following two items for consideration are proposed annexations of uninhabited territory to County Sanitation District No. 32 of Los Angeles County.  County Sanitation Districts has initiated these proposals at the request of the landowners.

 

a.         Annexation 263 – 0.321 acres located northerly of 16th Street and westerly of San Fernando Road, in the City of Santa Clarita. The subject will be developed into two single-family homes.  The project is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15303(a) because it consists of the construction of not more than three single-family homes in an urbanized area.  The landowners are Albert P. Gabledon Jr., and Yvette Ann Gabledon, Trustees of the Gabledon Family Trust.

 

b.         Annexation 264 – 2.206 acres located on the Old Road, southeast from the intersection with Henry mayo Drive, in unincorporated County territory.  The project is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15319(a) because the annexation consists of an area containing an existing structure developed to the density allowed by the current zoning.  The landowner is Pacific Bell (Charles H. Smith, Pres.)

 

CONCLUSION

 

All owners of real property within the boundaries of the territory to be annexed have consented in writing to their properties being annexed to the respective districts.

 

The County Sanitation Districts have determined that, based on the information provided by the property owners, the districts’ sewerage facilities have or, in accordance with current policy, will have adequate capacity to collect, treat, and dispose of the wastewater anticipated to be generated as a result of the proposed annexations.  Actual sewer hook-up will not be allowed until payment of the connection fee and shall be subject to all circumstances then existent including the availability of capacity.

 

All affected agencies have agreed to the negotiated exchange of property tax revenues.


Staff Report of June 12, 2002

County Sanitation District Annexations

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RECOMMENDED ACTION

 

1.                  Find that Annexation Nos. 263 and 264 are categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines sections 15303(a) and 15319(a), respectively. Acting in its role as a responsible agency, with respect to the proposed annexations and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO certifies that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the projects and the environmental documents certified by the lead agencies and have determined that the documents adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the projects. LAFCO finds that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the environmental documents previously prepared by the lead agencies, in connection with the certification of those documents for the projects.

 

2.                  Find that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organizations, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and waive the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

3.                  Adopt Resolutions Making Determinations and Ordering Annexation Nos. 263 and 264 to County Sanitation District 32.

 

4.         Provide that the annexations shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

            The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County

 


STAFF REPORT

 

JUNE 12, 2002

 

FORMATION OF THE LENNOX GARBAGE DISPOSAL DISTRICT

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 4a

 

 

The matter before you today is a request from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to form a Garbage Disposal District in the unincorporated area of Lennox. 

 

The project area is a developed community consisting of residential and commercial developments with a population of approximately 29,000.  The project encompasses approximately 1.25 square miles.  The area is bounded by the I-105 freeway to the south, the I‑405 freeway to the west, and the City of Inglewood to the north and east.

 

In the County incorporated area, including the Lennox community, solid waste collection and recycling services are provided under an open-market system where private waste haulers provide solid waste hauling services under the principal of free enterprise with minimal governmental regulation.  The community of Lennox has expressed concerns that the current open-market system is inadequate and has requested that the County form a garbage disposal district in order to mitigate these deficiencies.

 

The proposed district will provide refuse, recycling, and green waste collection services in the Lennox community.  In addition, upon formation and subsequent to complying with Proposition 218 requirements, the attached Service Plan will be implemented in the district.

 

All fees for operating the District will be collected by the County of Los Angeles Tax Collector in the same manner as a direct assessment or through another collection mechanism, as the Board of Supervisors deems necessary.  The total assessment is estimated to range between $720,000 and $820,000 per year.  The district’s budget is estimated to range between $720,000 and $820,000 per year.

 

Alternatives to forming the district include establishing a franchise collection system or retaining the open-market system.  However, the Applicant states that an open-market system is inadequate to meet the County of Los Angeles’ changing needs of residents, including the need to comply with the State’s fifty percent waste reduction mandate – the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989.

 

Once established, there will be no improvement or upgrading of structures, roads, sewer or water facilities or other conditions that would be imposed or required within the affected territory.


Staff Report of June 12, 2002

Formation of Lennox GDD

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Conclusion

 

At a community meeting held in January of this year, the Lennox community expressed their full support for formation of a garbage disposal district.

 

Recommended Action

 

1.         Acting in its role as a responsible agency, with respect to the proposed formation of the Lennox Garbage Disposal District and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO certifies that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the project and the Negative Declaration certified and approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; and has determined that the document adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the project.  LAFCO finds that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the Negative Declaration previously prepared by the County in connection with the certification of that document for the project.

 

2.         Approve the formation of the Lennox Garbage Disposal District, to include the entire unincorporated community of Lennox; and establish the sphere of influence boundary coterminous with the district’s boundary.

 

3.         As requested by the applicant, cause the formation of said district to be subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

a.       The District will be formed pursuant to California Resources Code Section 49000, et seq. and the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000.

b.      The Board of Supervisors shall be the governing body of the district.

c.       The Board of Supervisors, as governing body of the district, shall be authorized, in accordance with Public Resources Code Section 49030 et seq., to prescribe such assessments, service charges, fees or taxes upon the property within the district as the district may legally impose; and

d.      Any taxes, fees, charges or assessments for the district will be collected by the County of Los Angeles Tax Collector in the same manner as direct assessments or through another collection mechanism as the Board of Supervisors deems necessary.

 

4.         Set August 14, 2002 for Commission protest proceedings.


STAFF REPORT


JUNE 12, 2002

REORGANIZATION NO. 98-01 TO THE CITY OF CALABASAS

 (Creekside Condominiums)

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 4b

 


The matter before you today is a proposed reorganization and amendment to the existing Spheres of Influence for both the City of
Los Angeles and the City of Calabasas, initiated by Resolution No. 98-535 from the City of Calabasas.

 

This request for a change in organization and proposes the detachment annexation of approximately 10.787 acres ± from: (i) the City of Los Angeles and (ii) the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, and annexation of the same said territory to: (i) to the City of Calabasas, (ii) the Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County, (iii) Los Angeles County West Vector Control District, and (iv) Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and detachment of same said territory from (i) The City of Los Angeles and (ii) the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.

 

The subject property is inhabited with a population of approximately 143 and is located west of and adjacent to Mullholland Drive, in the City of Los Angeles. 

 

The subject property includes 55 condominium units and is part of a single 95-unit condominium complex; the remaining 40 units are within the City of Calabasas.  The purpose for the request is to promote logical and orderly governmental boundaries within a single municipal jurisdiction.

 

The City of Los Angeles current land use designation for the subject property is RD6-1XL (Restricted Density Multiple Dwelling).  The City of Calabasas General Plan designates the Creekside Condominium area as R-MF, Residential Multiple-Family.  No change in land use is proposed.

 

All affected agencies have adopted the appropriate tax transfer resolution.

 

CONCLUSION

 

The proposed annexation is a logical extension of the City of Calabasas boundary.


Staff Report of June 12, 2002

Calabasas Reorganization No. 98-01

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RECOMMENDATION

1.      Find that the Calabasas Reorganization No. 98-01 is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15319(a) because the annexation consists of an area containing an existing structure developed to the density allowed by the current zoning. Acting in its role as a responsible agency, with respect to the proposed reorganization and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO certifies that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the projects and the Categorical Exemption certified by the lead agency and have determined that the documents adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the projects. LAFCO finds that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the NOE previously prepared by the lead agency, in connection with the certification of the document for the project.

 

2.      Find that the county and all subject agencies agree to the proposed transfer.

 

3.      Approve the requested amendment to the Sphere of Influence for the City of Los Angeles and the City of Calabasas, and make the following determinations, in accordance with Government Code Section 56425:

a.       Present and planned land uses in the area:

The present City of Los Angeles land use designation for the subject territory is RD6, Restricted Density Multiple Dwelling. City of Los Angeles territory east of the subject site is zoned RS, Suburban Zone. 

 

The City of Calabasas General Plan land use designations for the area are: OS-RP, Open Space-Resource Protection to the northwest, B-PO, Business-Professional Office to the north, PF-I, Public Facilities-Institutional to the south.  The City of Calabasas zoning for the subject territory is R-MF, Residential Multiple Family.  The City proposes no change in land use.
 

b.      Present and probable need for public facilities and services:
There is a present and probable future need for public facilities and services as 55 condominium units are located on the subject property. Water, sewer, and electric power services will continue to be provided by the City of
Los Angeles.  The City of Calabasas will provide general municipal services such as law enforcement, community planning and zoning, animal regulation, parks and recreation, road maintenance and public works, street sweeping and Dial-a-Ride transit service.


Staff Report of June 12, 2002

Calabasas Reorganization No. 98-01

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c.       The present capacity of public facilities:

Water, sewer, and electric power services will continue to be provided by the City of Los Angeles, and the City of Los Angeles has the capacity to continue to provide such services to the subject property.  The City of Calabasas will provide general municipal services such as law enforcement, community planning and zoning, animal regulation, parks and recreation, road maintenance and public works, street sweeping and Dial-a-Ride transit service, and has the capacity to provide such services to the subject property. Public facilities will continue to be maintained by the City of Calabasas.

d.      Existence of any social or economic communities of interest:  The subject property includes 55 condominium units and is part of a single 95-unit condominium complex; the remaining 40 units are within the City of Calabasas. The reorganization and sphere of influence amendment will place the entire complex under one jurisdiction.  None.

 

4.      Adopt a resolution making determinations and approving the detachment of the subject territory from the City of Los Angeles and the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District and annexation of the same to the City of Calabasas, the Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District and the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and the detachment of same from the City of Los Angeles and the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, pursuant to Government Code Section 56375.

5.      Designate the City of Calabasas as the Conducting Authority and authorize the City of Calabasas to proceed with the reorganization pursuant to Government Code Section 56029b(e) and, 56852.