HB City Council Issues
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The HB new city council majority is agressively pursuing a reactonary agenda. For instance: they promised to solve the homeless crisis in 90 days and enacting policies and ordinances not to help our homeless population but harass them and stop providing established services. We need to fight against this by holding them accountable and bringing facts to light. Below is a summary of this week's agenda issues and our positions on them. Everyone is encouraged to contact the council members and/or speak at city council meetings that are held every other Tuesday at 6:00pm at city hall. Below are their "accomplishments" to date. Not included yet are trying to restrict access to books, close three library branches and cut the library budget by 10%. See our internal FROM THE PRESS page for articles on the issues.
The lastest attack is to amend the City Charter. Go to the Voter Engament page for full review.
Just when HATE CRIME is on the rise HB eliminated the Human Relations Committee which was established 25 years ago. See: voiceofoc.org/2023/09/new-report-shows-hate-crimes-and-incidents-continue-increasing-in-orange-county/
Second city manager leaves HB!
CITY COUNCIL AGENDAS FOLLOW BELOW.
Regretably the resolution below passed 4-3 despite a majority of public comments against it. The reality is that no one quite knows how it will be implemented.
MEETING OF JULY 5
CANCELLED due to lack of quorum
Thanks as always for your activism. Hundreds of emails were sent to the city council, and the chambers were full of folks ready to speak (and support other public speakers)!
SummaryComments from OCHuddle Voter Engagement Team 6/27/23
Public comments began at approximately 6:10 p.m. and ended around 11:30 p.m. There were over 100 in-person commenters, and more than 600 email comments submitted, which were overwhelmingly against Item 18.
MEETING of APRIL 18 was cancelled due to a lack of a quorum. The MAGA members elected to be absent in favor of another activity.
MEETING of MARCH 21
Item 14 Approve the 2022 Housing Element Annual Progress Report and direct staff to submit the 2022 Housing Element APR to the California Department of Housing and Community Development and Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. OUR POSITION: FOR. Action: Passed
Item 15 Approve Amendment No. 1 to the Lease Agreement between the City of Huntington Beach and Michael Ali, dba Zack’s Too Beach Concession
OUR POSITION: Concerned due to no-bid process, which extends lease for 5 years. Is this a good business practice, to not offer others to bid on this concession? Is the city getting a fair market rate on rent? Is it time for an upgrade/improvements? Action: Passed
Item 16 Approve and authorize execution of Amendment to Lease Amendment between the City of Huntington Beach and Michael and Christie Bartusick for Park Bench Café, for the operation of a restaurant/food concession in Huntington Central Park
OUR POSITION: Concerned due to no-bid process, which extends lease for 5 years. Is this a good business practice, to not offer others to bid on this concession? Is the city getting a fair market rate on rent? Is it time for an upgrade/improvements? Major item of the meeting. Action: Passed
Item 25 Adopt Resolution No. 2023-14 approving General Plan Amendment No. 2021-003 (Housing Element Update), adopt Resolution No. 2023-16 approving General Plan Amendment No. 2022-001 (General Plan Land Use Element Affordable Housing Overlay), approve for introduction Ordinance No. 4289 approving Zoning Map Amendment No. 2022-002 (Zoning Map Affordable Housing Overlay), approve for introduction Ordinance No. 4291 approving Zoning Text Amendment No. 2022-008 (HBZSO Chapter 229 Affordable Housing Overlay), Adopt Resolution No. 2023-13 approving Zoning Text Amendment No. 2022-009 (Beach and Edinger Corridor Specific Plan Affordable Housing Overlay), approve for introduction Ordinance No. 4290 approving Zoning Text Amendment No. 2022-007 (Holly Seacliff Specific Plan Affordable Housing Overlay), adopt Resolution No. 2023-15 approving Subsequent Environmental Impact Report No. 2022-002 with findings of fact and statement of overriding considerations (Housing Element Update and Associated Program Implementation Actions), and direct the City Manager to accept applications for permits related to accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and SB 9 development projects. Major item of the meeting. OUR POSITION: FOR. Action: Tabled until 4/4
Item 26 Approve the modification to the City Treasurer’s Department by: authorizing two additional full-time equivalent positions (1 Deputy City Treasurer, 1 Accounting Technician) and increase the City Treasurer position from twenty to thirty hours per week; restore the reporting relationship of the current cashiering and collections area from the Finance Department to the City Treasurer’s Department; and, delete the current position of the Finance Manager and replace the position with that of Treasury Manager (no additional FTE or personnel cost).
We have concerns, as this is an elected position and no requirement for any accounting background to run for this position. Action: Passed
Item 27 Campaign Contributions and Compliance with the Political Reform
Act per Senate Bill 1439 OUR POSITION: Watch going forward to see how the city will monitor councilmembers’ actions and this new state law. Action: Passed
Item 28 Proposed 90-Day Plan to Address Homelessness in Huntington Beach
A) Receive and file this report; and
B) Approve the proposed 90-Day Plan. OUR POSITION: FOR. Tabled until 4/4
This was one of the 4 major campaign promises that the newly elected council members made with the voters in their "contract with HB". Interestingly, the details of the plan essentially mirror what we have already been doing, and they are now apparently conceding that it has been working. We will watch for a NEW 90 day plan as we go forward.
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Meeting of March 7
lItem 12 will be the final procedural vote for the new city flag ordinance, which will eliminate all commemorative flags/displays on city property (AKA "the Pride flag item"). OUR POSITION: AGAINST
Items 13 and 14 would criminalize a long and varied list of behaviors at city-owned parking garages that, while admittedly problematic in many cases, seem intended to enable and encourage harassment of our neighbors experiencing homelessness. While we support the need for public safety measures, at the last HB City Council meeting, Councilmember McKeon explicitly stated that these items are part of the new majority plan to eliminate homelessness in our city. By his reasoning, making homelessness a crime will apparently make it go away. OUR POSITION: INDIVIDUAL DECISION
Item 16 is another futile attempt to fight the pro-housing "Builder’s Remedy" in Huntington Beach. OUR POSITION: AGAINST
Item 17 is a report on proposed design changes to Main Street, such as closure to vehicular traffic for the first 3 blocks. If you have ideas on improvements to make the area better, be sure to let the City Council know, either via email or public comment.
Item 18, proposed by Council Member Dan Kalmick, would direct the City Manager to continue processing SB9 ADU permits in an attempt to avoid a losing battle against CA state law. OUR POSITION: FOR
As always, you can make your voice heard by either sending emails or making in-person public comments. Even your presence in the council chambers as a friendly face to support the speakers is helpful. We anticipate this meeting will be very well attended!
Meeting of February 21
ITEM 23-Approve for Introduction Ordinance No. 4283 Adding Chapter 13.07 of the
Huntington Beach Municipal Code Relating to Government Flags on City Property.
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