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CITY OF PASADENA
NOTICE OF MEETING
OF THE CITY COUNCIL
AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
July 6, 1998
Public Meeting 6:30 P.M.
Pasadena City Hall, Room 247
5:30 P.M. DINNER RECESS 6:30 P.M. PUBLIC MEETING 1. ROLL CALL AND CEREMONIAL MATTERS 2. PUBLIC COMMENT ON MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA 3. OLD BUSINESS A. CONSIDERATION OF CITY CHARTER REFORM (1) CHARTER REFORM TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS Recommendation of Charter Reform Task Force: (A) General Form of City Government: Based on its deliberations and the votes taken, the Task Force made the following recommendations: (1) The City should continue to utilize the council/manager form of municipal government. The duties and responsibilities of the City Manager and Council as currently described in the Charter should remain the same; (2) The City Council should continue to have seven members elected by district, in addition to a citywide elected Mayor; (3) The Mayor should: (a) Be elected at-large in a citywide election; (b) Have a term of four years with the first election being held in the 2001 municipal election cycle; (c) Sit as the presiding officer of the City Council and vote as any other Councilmember, and (d) Have the additional responsibility, at the beginning of each budget cycle, to deliver a budget message to the City, Council and City Manager indicating thematic budget priorities that should be taken into consideration in the preparation of the budget for submission to the full Council. Additional duties that are not proposed as Charter amendments, but are the Task Force's vision of the role of the citywide elected Mayor, are detailed in Section III, Citywide Elected Mayor; ACTION: Approved Task Force recommendation A.(1)-(3), with amendment that the question of whether to have a citywide elected mayor be put on the November 1998 ballot, and put two options before the voters on when the first mayoral race will be held -- March, 1999 or March 2001 (B) City Council Compensation: The Task Force recommends that the provisions in the Charter should be changed to provide for the following: (1) Councilmembers elected by district should be paid a stipend of $250 per meeting, not to exceed $1,000 per month; (2) The Mayor should be paid a stipend equal to 150% of the other Councilmembers; (3) By a unanimous vote with all members present and voting, the Council can change the amount of the stipend annually and, if increased, by not more than the most recent annual percent change in the CalPERS cost of living index; and (4) Councilmembers will be prohibited from receiving a stipend or other compensation for any other duties or position in the City, Community Development Commission or other City-related entity. This will not prohibit Councilmembers from receiving compensation in connection with service with other public agencies; ACTION: Approved Task Force recommendation B.(1)-(4) to be put on the November, 1998 ballot; and to also put on the November, 1998 ballot the question of whether the Charter should be amended to establish a Committee on City Councilmember's compensation to gather public input and make a recommendation to the Council. (C) Board of Education: The Task Force also recommends that the method by which the Board of Education members are elected should be changed to a system of proportional representation and that it be accomplished as follows: (1) The City Council form a new task force to study and make a recommendation on a specific method of voting under a proportional representation system for School Board elections; (2) Based upon the new task force's recommendations, Charter language would then be drafted and presented for a vote of the people on the specific method of voting under a proportional representation system, and provide for the election of all five School Board seats simultaneously. This Charter amendment proposal should go before a vote of the people no later than the year 2000 and, if approved, the new voting method would be used for the next municipal election in the year 2001; ACTION: Council to form a new Task Force to include representation from the School District, City of Sierra Madre, and Antonovich/Board of Supervisors; Task Force is directed to review governance of the School Board and recommend a method of electing School Board members that is more accountable and responsive to the electorate; and, communicate to our State representatives Council's motion and let them know that the issue of district representation will be studied and request their input on how to implement (D) Community Involvement/Neighborhood Councils: The Task Force also discussed extensively the topic of neighborhood councils. The main focus of those discussions was the expansion of the level of participation by citizens in municipal and civic affairs. It was decided that the Task Force would recommend that the City Council should create a program to establish a Community Involvement Study Group. The Study Group would assess current avenues of involvement within the city of Pasadena and recommend an overall Community Involvement Strategy for enhancing effective community participation. The study should include, but not be limited to, consideration of an annual Community Congress, neighborhood councils, leadership development, and youth participation in the political process. 511k - Revised Memo from City Attorney's Office and Hand-outs 2887K
ACTION: Approved the TAsk Force recommendation, by consensus (2) MINORITY REPORT FROM A MEMBER OF THE CHARTER REFORM TASK FORCE REGARDING PROCEDURAL AND SUBSTANTIVE ARGUMENTS AGAINST PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION FOR THE PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION 804K
ACTION: Received and filed (3) CONSIDERATION OF PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL ACTION OF JANUARY 13, 1997, REGARDING PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT REGARDING COUNCILMEMBERS' COMPENSATION
ACTION: See Above Item (B)
ADDITIONAL ACTION: Staff to return to Council on July 20, 1998, with appropriate resolutions to call the election and ballot language.
4. CONSENT CALENDAR - No Items 5. REPORTS AND COMMENTS FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES A. Business Enterprise Committee B. Deregulation Committee C. Finance Committee D. Legislative Policy Committee E. Public Safety Committee F. Reports from Representatives 6. PUBLIC HEARINGS - None 7. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OFFICERS AND DEPARTMENTS A. City Council (1) CONSIDERATION OF ENACTING CAMPAIGN REFORM PROVISIONS (Councilmember Paparian) 386(k)
ACTION: Referred to Legislative Policy Committee for further study and recommendation to Council. B. City Manager - No Items 8. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MEETING A. CONSENT CALENDAR - No Items 9. ORDINANCES A. First Reading: None B. Second Reading: None 10. INFORMATION ITEMS - None 11. COMMUNICATIONS - None 12. CLOSED SESSION - None 13. ADJOURNMENT
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