City Council Meeting – September 19th Edition

What’s on the September 17th agenda? An adrenaline-rushing fine time.

  • ITEM 1: Amending this law: 15 MPH in the Presidents section of Long Beach: Fifteen miles per hour. No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon any public highway or street of the city between Nevada Avenue and New York Avenue, both inclusive, excepting only West Park Avenue and West Beech Street; and upon East Pine Street between Neptune Boulevard and Curley Street and East Chester Street between Neptune Boulevard and Curley Street; upon Curley, Harmon, Clark, Vinton, Farrell, Barnes, Kirkwood, Heron, Boyd, Dalton, Kerrigan, Armour, Doyle and Forester Streets; and upon Cleveland, Harding, Mitchell, Belmont, Pacific, Atlantic, Coolidge, Wilson and Taft Avenues at a rate of speed in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour.”
    Sec. 2. This Ordinance shall take effect September 20, 2012. (Ok, now we are getting somewhere. Some of those streets are pretty narrow, so this is long overdue.)
  • ITEM 2: Amending the Budget for the Fiscal Year Commencing July 1, 2012 and Ending June 30, 2013, and Re-Appropriating Sums Set Forth Therein and Determining and Fixing an Amended Real Estate Tax Levy. (Property tax increase? I am hearing 14%… I blame the last guys, but what do I know.)
  • ITEM 3: Authorizing a few tax cf Certioraris which were already in the budet (Congrats to those who got their grievance. Don’t talk to me about how property taxes are computed. It’s all wrong. In lamen terms: Did you know the nicer you make your house, the more property taxes you pay? You are essentially being punished for niceness. Then you file for a grievance and the county/city has to take out a loan to pay you back. It’s a mess.)
  • ITEM 4: Resolution Authorizing the Retention of Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company, P.C. as Independent Auditors for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012.
  • ITEM 5: Resolution Authorizing a Dispute Resolution Procedure. Legislative Memo: The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association expired on June 30, 2008. In light of the City’s fiscal crisis and the fact that the economy is in a downturn, now is an opportune time to push forward and get a favorable arbitration settlement in order to avoid another costly round of arbitration with the appointment of an Impartial Arbitrator.
  • ITEM 6: Proactive management of our outstanding debt expected to save the City approximately $100,000.00 after expenses associated with the refunding. Savings will be realized annually over the seven years remaining life of the debt. (There are like five million pages of this on the agenda. Would you believe four million? Read it there.)
  • CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION to MATT DEMERSET, CASEY KANTOR, BILLY PAPETTI For Their Commitment and Aid to the Members of Our Community with Disabilities and Helping to Organize the Annual C.U.R.B. Bike Ride for the Past Nine Years (YAY! Well deserved and congrats!!)

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  1. Re item 3. If the property you own is not your primary residence you can’t grieve it. A property I bought for $300K is assessed at $639K. It’s a nice little two bedroom house and I offered to sell it to the city for $450K, they laughed.

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