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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE LOCAL AGENCY

 

FORMATION COMMISSION FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY

 

March 26, 2003

 

 

 

 

Present:                     

 

Henri F. Pellissier, Chairman

Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke

James DiGiuseppe

Jerry E. Gladbach

Carol Herrera

Cindy Miscikowski

Beatrice Proo, Vice Chair

William Wentworth

Zev Yaroslavsky

 

Kenneth I. Chappell, Alternate

Hal Bernson, Alternate

Donald Knabe, Alternate

Robert W. Goldsworthy, Alternate

Cristina Cruz-Madrid, Alternate

 

 

Larry J. Calemine, Executive Officer

John Krattli, Legal Counsel

 

Absent:

 

Richard Close, Alternate

                  

 

 

 

1

    The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. 

 

2  

     Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Pellissier.

 

   Persons who made a contribution of more than $250 to any member of the Commission during the preceding 12 months were asked to come forward and state for the record the Commissioner to whom such contribution was made and the item of their involvement.  (None)

 

3

    The following matter was called up for consideration: 

Palm Ranch Irrigation District, Annexation No. 1-2001 – consisting of Tract No. 51980 (17.88 acres) and Tract No. 53069 (10 acres), located in the Rancho Vista area in the City of Palmdale.  The landowner is Harris Homes

 

    On motion of Commissioner Gladbach, unanimously carried (Commissioners Herrera and Yaroslavsky being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  1. Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 1-2001, pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the commission made a finding that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed project and the negative declarations certified by the City of Palmdale, as lead agency, and has determined that the documents adequately address the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  The commission also made a finding that it has compiled with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the negative declarations previously adopted by the City of Palmdale in connection with its approval of the proposed project.

  2. Adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-07RMD, making determinations and approving annexation of the subject territory to the Palm Ranch Irrigation District, and the detachment of an 8,000 square foot parcel from the Quartz Hill Water District.
  1. Ordered that the proposed annexation shall be subject to the Annexation and Subdivision Water Service Agreement entered into between Palm Ranch Irrigation District and Harris Homes. 
  1. Set May 14, 2003, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for Commission protest proceedings.

 [Commissioner Herrera in at 9:12 am]

 

4

    The following matter was called up for consideration: 

City of Bell, Reorganization No. 2002-01 consists of approximately 76.6 acres of uninhabited territory between the Cities of Bell and Cudahy. The applicant is the City of Bell.

 

    On motion of Commissioner Gladbach (Commissioner Yaroslavsky being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

A.        The commission made a finding that the reorganization is categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, section 15319.

 

B.        Approved the requested amendment to the sphere of influence to the City of Bell, and Cudahy, Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 1 and Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 2 and made the following determinations, in accordance with Government Code Section 56425:

 

1.         Present and planned land uses in the area:
At present the City of
Bell land use designation for the subject area is Government- Miscellaneous and Miscellaneous - Utility, Pump, Plant or State.  The City of Cudahy has adopted a pre-zoning ordinance designating the subject as Public Facilities.

2.         Present and probable need for public facilities and services:
The subject territory is currently undeveloped and uninhabited. There are no future plans for development.  Services to the area will be provided at the current or greater level by the City of
Cudahy and is set forth in (c) below.

 

            3.         The present capacity of public facilities:

                        Adequate public service facilities are available to service the site

 

                        Fire Protection Services: Will be assumed by the City of Cudahy.

 

                        Police Services:  Will be assumed by the City of Cudahy.

 

                        Public Works:  Will be assumed by the City of Cudahy.

 

                        Public Utilities:  Will continue to be provided by California Edison.

                        Planning and Building Safety Services:  Will continue to be provided by the City of Cudahy.

 

                        Sanitation:

                        Los Angeles County Sanitation District no. 1 has adequate facilities to service the area.     

 

4.         The existence of any social or economic communities of interest:  The subject territory does not contain any communities of social or economic interest.

 

C.      Adopted Resolution No. 2003-08RD making determinations and approving the annexation of the subject territory to the City of Cudahy and Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 1 and detachment of the same said territory from the City of Bell and Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 2.

 

D.      Provide that the reorganization shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:


All roads and highways in the subject territory which had been accepted into the City of Bell road system, shall be transferred to the city of Cudahy, and all right, title, interest and responsibility for said roads and highways and all adjacent slopes, medians, sidewalks, trails, bikeways, landscaped areas, street lights, signals, and bridges owned, operated and maintained by the City of Bell, that are located within the public rights of way within the subject territory, shall vest in the City of Cudahy.

 

The City of Cudahy shall accept all facilities transferred from the City of Bell in an “as is” condition.  The City of Bell shall not be obligated for further payment or repair.
 

E.        Pursuant to Government Code Section 57002, set May 14, 2003 at 9:00 a.m., as the date for Commission protest proceedings.

 

 [Commissioner Yaroslavsky in at 9:25]

 

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   The following matter was called up for consideration: 

 

Consideration of proposed out-of-agency contract for fire protection services by and between the City of Montebello and the City of Commerce pursuant to Government Code Section 56133(e).

 

  After discussion, Commissioner Proo made a motion to:  a) Continue the hearing to a future date and instruct the Executive Officer to hire an independent consulting firm to analyze the information provided by the City of Montebello and the Consolidated Fire Protection District and to assist staff in making an independent assessment regarding the consistency or inconsistency of the level of fire protection services to be offered by the City of Montebello, for the purpose of making recommendations to the Commission.  b) Provide that the cost of hiring an independent consulting firm be shared equally between the City of Montebello, the City of Commerce and the Consolidated Fire Protection District.  Said motion was carried unanimously.

 

Chairman Pellissier closed the public hearing relating to the Montebello issue and opened the protest hearing for County Sanitation District annexations.

 

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    The following matter was called up for consideration: 

 

Protest hearing on County Sanitation District No. 20, Annexation 51 - 48.410 acres located on 37th Street East, approximately1300 feet south of Avenue S, in the City of Palmdale.  The landowners are Pardee Construction Co. (Theodore J. Cullen, V.P/Rosemary Bonnevie, Asst. V.P.), and numerous individual owners.

 

    On motion of Commissioner Gladbach, unanimously carried, the commission took the following actions:

 

            Determined that there were no protests filed against the proceeding, and adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-02P ordering Annexation No. 51 to County Sanitation District No. 20, 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 Sanitation District may legally impose.

7

   The following matter was called up for consideration: 

 

Protest hearing on County Sanitation District No. 26, Annexation No. 325 - four parcels totaling 22.519 acres located near Sierra Highway, approximately 3000 feet northeasterly of its intersection with Soledad Canyon Road, in the City of Santa Clarita.

  

    On motion of Commissioner Gladbach, unanimously carried, the commission took the following actions:

 

            Determined that there were no protests filed against the proceeding, and adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-03P ordering Annexation No. 325 to County Sanitation District No. 26, 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 Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

8

    On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, (Chairman Pellissier abstaining), the minutes for the meeting held on March 12, 2003 was approved.

 

9

    No one came forward to address the commission during the public comment period. 

 

10

    The next meetings will be April 9, 2003 and April 22, 2003.

 

11

    There was no new business to be placed on any future agenda.

 

12

   On motion of Chairman Pellissier, unanimously carried, the Regular Meeting was adjourned at 10:32 a.m.

 

 

 

                                                      Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                      Larry J. Calemine

                                    Executive Officer