CITY OF SANTA CLARITA

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

6:00 PM

City Council Chambers

23920 Valencia Blvd. 1 st Floor

Santa Clarita, CA 91355

AGENDA
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PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY - No New Business
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Public Participation Process

During the Public Participation portion of the meeting, each person wishing to speak should prepare a presentation of not more than three (3) minutes. Public Participation speaker's slips must be submitted to the City Clerk BEFORE this portion of the meeting begins. Anyone wishing to address an item on the agenda should fill out a speaker's slip and submit it to the City Clerk BEFORE the Mayor announces the item. Each person addressing the Council is given three (3) minutes to speak indicated by a colored light system on the Council dais; a green light appears when the speaker begins; a yellow light appears when 30 seconds remain and a red light appears when time has expired. Comments should be complete at this time.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk's Office, (661) 255-4391. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. (28CFR 35.102-35.104 ADA Title II)
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INVOCATION - Kellar

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

FLAG SALUTE

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AWARDS/RECOGNITION TO MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY

Saugus High Girls Cross Country State Championship
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PRESENTATIONS TO THE CITY

Southern Division City Clerk's Association of California presenting a certificate to City Clerk Sharon Dawson for receiving her Master Municipal Clerk designation

American Public Works Association recognition of Santa Clara River Arunda Removal Project as Best Environmental Project of 2008

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COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS
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EXECUTIVE MEETING

This time has been set aside for Councilmembers to review the agenda and obtain any further information that may be needed. Council will also discuss each individual item during the course of the meeting with the exception of the Consent Calendar, which may be approved in its entirety by one motion, unless there is a request to pull an item for discussion. No action will be taken on public agenda items during the Executive Meeting.
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APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Mayor to inquire whether there are any changes to the Agenda or if any member of the Council or the public would like to pull for discussion, any item on the Consent Calendar.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

December 9, 2008 - special and regular City Council meetings
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CONVENE SANTA CLARITA REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
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JOINT CITY COUNCIL / REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

CALL TO ORDER

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

December 9, 2008 - regular meeting

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CONSENT CALENDAR
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CC/SCRDA 1.


JUNE 30, 2008 COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL
REPORT AND AUDIT COMMITTEE LETTER
- The City's independent audit firm, Diehl, Evans and Company, has completed the City's annual audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. Diehl, Evans and Company conducted the audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, whereby an audit plan was prepared and followed to obtain reasonable assurance that the City's financial statements were free from material misstatements.
RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Approve the Component Unit Financial Statements and the Redevelopment Agency State Controller Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008; the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Audit Committee Letter for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008.

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ADJOURN SANTA CLARITA REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
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CONVENE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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CONSENT CALENDAR

All matters listed under the Consent Calendar are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion by the City Council. The items are not individually discussed by the City Council unless a request is made by a member of the public or the Council, in which case, the item(s) will be removed from the Consent Calendar and will be considered separately.
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READING OF ORDINANCE TITLES - Government Code Section 36934 requires that all ordinances be read in full prior to Council taking action on the ordinance. By listing the ordinance title on the Council meeting agenda, Council may determine that the title has been read.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Determine that the titles to all ordinances which appear on this public agenda have been read and waive further reading.

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3.

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PRESERVATION OF 263 +/- ACRES OF REAL PROPERTY, SOLEDAD CANYON AREA, ASSESSOR'S PARCELS 3210-016-032, 3210-002-012, 3210-003-007, 008 and 009 - Consideration of purchase of 263 +/- acres of vacant land for open space preservation in Soledad Canyon Area, adjacent to existing City-owned open space.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve the purchase of 263 +/- acres of real property located in the Soledad Canyon area within unincorporated Los Angeles County, Assessorís Parcels 3210-016-032, 3210-002-012, 3210-003-007,008 and 009; appropriate $886,135 from Open Space Preservation District Fund Balance (Fund 358) to Open Space Preservation District Expenditure Account 12592-5201.004; approve the expenditure of $886,135 from Open Space Preservation District Account 12592-5201.004; and authorize the City Manager, or designee, to execute all documents, subject to City Attorney approval.

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TAX-SHARING RESOLUTIONS FOR SANITATION DISTRICT ANNEXATIONS 1038, 1040, 1041, AND 1043 - The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District provides wastewater treatment services within the District's service area. To provide wastewater treatment service to property located outside of the District's service area, the boundary must be expanded through the annexation process.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Adopt the Sanitation District's resolutions approving and accepting the negotiated exchange of property tax revenues resulting from Sanitation District Annexations 1038, 1040, 1041, and 1043.

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AWARD CONTRACT FOR COMMERCIAL BANKING SERVICES - The City has been utilizing Union Bank of California as its primary bank since February 2003. In order to ensure the City was receiving the highest quality banking services, a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Commercial Banking Services was issued on October 1, 2008.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Award contract for Commercial Banking Services to Union Bank of California, in an amount not to exceed $50,000 annually, for a term of four years; authorize the City Manager or designee to execute the above contract and associated documents, and execute up to two (2) one-year options not to exceed the above annual limits, plus Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustments, contingent upon the appropriation of funds by the City Council during subsequent fiscal years, subject to City Attorney approval.

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CHECK REGISTER NOS. 49, 50, 51, & 52 - Approval of the Check Registers.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve and ratify for payment the demands presented in Check Register Nos. 49, 50, 51, & 52.

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PUBLIC HEARINGS
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THE MASTER'S COLLEGE MASTER PLAN PROJECT AND EIR, MASTER CASE NO. 04-496, CONSIDERATION OF MASTER PLAN 07-001, GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT 04-009, ZONE CHANGE 04-006, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP 66503, RIDGELINE ALTERATION PERMIT 07-001, HILLSIDE REVIEW 04-010, AND OAK TREE PERMIT 04-050 AND AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR A MASTER PLAN TO GUIDE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MASTERíS COLLEGE (TMC) CAMPUS, TO DEVELOP 42 SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES, AND TO CONSTRUCT AND EXTEND DOCKWEILER DRIVE AND DEPUTY JAKE DRIVE ON THE PROJECT SITE, GENERALLY LOCATED AT 21726 PLACERITA CANYON ROAD, IN THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA - Consideration of Master Plan 07-001, General Plan Amendment 04-009, Zone Change 04-006, Tentative Tract Map 66503, Ridgeline Alteration Permit 07-001, Hillside Review 04-010, and Oak Tree Permit 04-050 and an Environmental Impact Report for a Master Plan to guide future development of The Masterís College (TMC) campus, to develop 42 single-family residences, and to construct and extend Dockweiler Drive and Deputy Jake Drive on the project site, generally located at 21726 Placerita Canyon Road, in the City of Santa Clarita.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Receive the staff report, presentation and conduct the public hearing; certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) (State Clearinghouse Number 2006101171) prepared for The Masterís College Master Plan project through the adoption of a resolution, which includes the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Environmental Findings, Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and the Statement of Overriding Considerations; adopt a resolution approving Master Case 04-496: Master Plan 07-001, General Plan Amendment 04-009, Tentative Tract Map 66503, Ridgeline Alteration Permit 07-001, Hillside Review 04-010, Oak Tree Permit 04-050; introduce and pass to a second reading on February 10, 2009, an ordinance entitled: "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING ZONE CHANGE 04-006 (MASTER CASE 04-496) TO AMEND THE CITYíS ZONING MAP AND CHANGE THE ZONING OF TWO AREAS OF THE PROJECT SITE FROM RL (RESIDENTIAL LOW) TO PE (PRIVATE EDUCATION) AND FROM PE TO RM (RESIDENTIAL MODERATE) ON THE PROJECT SITE GENERALLY LOCATED AT 21726 PLACERITA CANYON ROAD, IN THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA."

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS
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ARTS COMMISSION STUDY - At the October 14, 2008, City Council meeting, the Council directed staff to research the advantages and disadvantages of creating an Arts Commission. The resulting Arts Leadership Report is the culmination of this research effort.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Provide direction to staff regarding an Arts Commission.

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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

This time has been set aside for the public to address the City Council on items that are NOT on
the agenda. Council will not act upon those items at this meeting other than to review and return without action or provide direction to staff. ALL speakers must submit a speaker's slip to the City Clerk prior to this portion of the meeting and prepare a presentation not to exceed three (3) minutes. The number of people wishing to speak will divide the thirty minutes allowed for public input, maximum time allowed per person will be three (3) minutes.
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STAFF COMMENTS (Matters of Public Participation)
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ADJOURNMENT

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FUTURE MEETINGS

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 1st floor of City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, CA.
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CERTIFICATION

I, Sharon L. Dawson, City Clerk, do hereby certify that I am the duly appointed and qualified City Clerk for the City of Santa Clarita and that on January 8, 2009, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the foregoing agenda was posted at City Hall and the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station.

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Sharon L. Dawson, MMC
City Clerk
Santa Clarita, California





The official agenda is posted at City Hall in accordance with state law.
This copy is for general information only.
In the event of a conflict between this copy and the posted agenda, the posted agenda shall prevail. Questions regarding this agenda should be directed to the City Agenda Coordinator at (661) 255-4391.