Addressing Homelessness | City Council Wednesday Night

Council members will be asked to adopt a resolution affirming the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) guiding principles on homeless programs

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South Pasadena City Council members will be asked Wednesday night to adopt a resolution affirming the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) guiding principles on homeless programs.

Whether the homeless population within a city is large, small or nonexistent, all cities are impacted by homelessness. The San Gabriel Valley is within the Greater Los Angeles Continuum of Care, which has the greatest number of unsheltered people in the nation. To address this challenge, Los Angeles County adopted the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Strategies to Combat Homelessness.

With cities all moving in the same direction addressing homelessness at the same time, a unique opportunity is presented to address the questions of how cities can collaborate and partner to address a challenge that is too complex for anyone city to manage independently.

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The homeless issue will be addressed during the council’s regularly scheduled 7:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

By adopting the resolution affirming the SGVCOG guiding principles on homeless programs, it demonstrates the city’s regional collaboration with established partners and enhances the ability of the City of South Pasadena to participate in existing programs and to remain eligible and competitive for Measure H funds, as well as other funding opportunities, which will augment individual efforts to combat homelessness on a local and regional level.

The SGVCOG guiding principles document covers the agreed upon four overarching categories including:

  • Commitment to Help Solve the Crisis of Homelessness.
  • Local Preference for Housing;
  • Reciprocal Agreements and Cooperation in providing Shelter, Services, and Housing.
  • Each category highlights various principles for cities to follow in order to collaborate and partner to effectively, to address homelessness.


Asked to Approve Mission St. Improvements

South Pasadena City Council members will be asked to accept the completion of the Mission Street Improvement Project, which came in under budget.

The original contract amount for the project was $231,075. The final construction cost amount of $229,725 led to a total cost savings in the amount of $1,350. The reduction in the final contract amount was primarily due to quantity adjustments in the field, which allowed the project to stay within budget.

The original project grant application included an enhanced Class III bicycle roadway system that included an experimental green lane on Mission Street from Grand Avenue to Fair Oaks Avenue. After a Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) grant was awarded in August 2016, the Federal Highway Administration (FHW A) no longer allowed experimentation for Class III green lane treatments, which was an essential element of the original project.

In order to fulfill the grant obligation, in August 2016, the City entered into a contract with KOA Corporation for engineering design services for the Project that included the alternative bicycle roadway system on Mission Street.


Interested Buyer for Properties

An interested buyer for the properties at 901 Fair Oaks Avenue and 1511 Mission has requested that the City of South Pasadena release an expired covenant on various parcels. A Development, Operation and Reciprocal Easement Agreement between the City, the former South Pasadena Redevelopment Agency, and property previously covered the parcels owners.

On September 27, 1984, the easement agreement was recoded with a 25-year term. The easement agreement has not been extended. The current owner of these properties is proposing a sale, which will require a clear title and removal of any encumbrances. Both the buyer and seller are requesting that the City of South Pasadena release this expired covenant in order to have a clear title to the properties.

If the Council authorizes the release, the City would then file a release of a recorded instrument with the County Registrar Recorder’s Office.

In 1984, a Development, Operation & Reciprocal Easement Agreement was formed to create the Mission Oaks Parking District that was intended to collectively manage the surface parking assets on the interior of the block. In 2009, at the expiration of the agreement the district was dissolved, ending any assessments or district responsibility for operations and maintenance.  Despite the dissolution of the district, the easements were not removed from the effected properties.


New Police Vehicle Request

The City Council will be asked to approve the purchase of a 2019 Dodge Charger vehicle in the amount of$27,887 through Wondries Fleet. The current K9 vehicle, which this vehicle will replace, is a 2009 Dodge Charger with 116,421 miles. The older Dodge will remain in the fleet to be utilized by patrol, with the added benefit of being a backup K9 unit.


Final Payment for New Trail

 The City Council will be asked to accept the installation of a safety canopy structure over the Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail along the Arroyo Seco Golf Course driving range. The installation of the safety canopy structure has been completed for the original contract amount of $70,500. A payment has been made to Judge Netting, Inc. in the amount of $66,975, with $3,525 held in retention. The council will be asked to authorize payment of the remaining $3,525.

To ensure the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists using the trail, the council approved construction of safety netting over the portion of the trail, which is subject to impact by the driving range golf balls. The trail in Arroyo Park officially opened in October. The trail as mainly funded through grant funding.


Rose Bowl Game/Parade Tickets

The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee’s annual float fundraiser drawing for the Ultimate Tournament of Roses Experience will be held at City Council meeting and three top prizes are up for grabs.

South Pasadena Tournament of Roses officials hope community members will dig deep into their pockets to take part in a special raffle that could make New Year’s Day in 2019 extra special.

Alan Vlacich, an official with the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee, is selling the raffle tickets for $100 apiece and the first prize winner in the drawing will win four tickets to the Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2019 between the 40 and 50 yard lines. Second place will receive four VIP Rose Parade tickets in the reviewing stand. Third place earns $300 in cash.

To purchase a raffle ticket, call Vlacich at (626) 233-5570 – but you better hurry!