South Gate


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

DIAL-IN-NUMBER: 1-669-900-6833
MEETING ID: 969 5785 6973 #


Call to Order/Roll Call with Invocation & Pledge

CALL TO ORDER Maria Davila, Mayor                
INVOCATION Pastor Bobby Scott, Community of Faith Bible Church
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Jackie Acosta, Director of Administrative Services
ROLL CALL Carmen Avalos, City Clerk


City Officials

Maria Davila Carmen Avalos

Al Rios Gregory Martinez

Maria del Pilar Avalos Michael Flad
Denise Diaz

Raul F. Salinas


COVID 19 Meeting Procedures

Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, dated March 17, 2020, members of the South Gate City Council, staff, and the public will participate in the April 28, 2020 meeting via a teleconference. To avoid exposure to COVID-19 this meeting will be held with City Council Members participating via teleconference by calling Dial-in-Number: 1-669-900-6833 and Meeting ID: 969 5785 6973 # and 

Additionally, you may submit your comments electronically by emailing the City Clerk at

Procedure for Participation:
Any person wanting to participate may request to “speak” on an agenda item. Once acknowledged and authorized by the Mayor the person may speak. Alternatively, any person may submit comments on an item electronically by emailing Submissions by email must be received 30 minutes prior to the posted start time of the meeting if emailing subject.

Subject line should read: COMMENTS FOR ITEM _____, MEETING OF APRIL 28, 2020

Accessibility:  Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be handled on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20.  Please call the Office of the City Clerk at 323.563.9510.


Meeting Compensation Disclosure

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54952.3:  Disclosure of compensation for meeting attendance by City Council Members is $650 monthly regardless of the amount of meetings.

Proclamations, Certificates, Introductions and Ceremonial Actions



The City Council will issue a Proclamation declaring the week of April 12-18, 2020, as National Public Safety Telecommunicators' Week.  (PD)


Mayor Maria Davila will appoint a City Council Member to serve as the City Council Auditor to review and verify the validity and accuracy of all warrants.  (ADMIN)

Public Hearings



The City Council will consider: (CD)

A.     Opening the public hearing and adopting the proposed Resolution approving Substantial Amendment No. 1 to the FY 2019/20 Annual Action Plan;

B.     Authorizing an amendment of $874,841 in CDBG-CV to the FY 2019/20 Annual Action Plan;

C.     Increasing the FY 2019/20 revenue projection in Account Number 243-4692 (CDBG-CV Funds) by $874,841;

D.     Authorizing the reprogramming of FY 2019/20 CDBG (Code Enforcement) funds in the amount of $375,000;

E.     Adopting the proposed Resolution approving a Small Business Job Retention Program;

F.     Appropriating $200,000 to Account Number 243-607-43-6664 for the Small Business Job Retention Program;

G.     Appropriating $175,000 to Account Number 243-607-43-6645 for the Workforce Development Program;

H.     Appropriating $124,968 to Account Number 243-607-43-6101 for CDBG-CV Admin;

I.     Appropriating $286,200 to Account Number 243-607-43-6660 for the Senior Food Distribution Program;

J.     Appropriating $62,500 to Account Number 243-607-43-6662 for COVID-19 Assessment and Testing;

K.     Appropriating $45,000 to Account Number 243-607-43-6634 fur the Homeless Services Program;

L.     Appropriating $45,000 to Account Number 243-607-43-6656 for the Homeless Prevention and Counseling Services Program;

M.     Appropriating $20,000 to Account Number 243-607-43-6622 for the Family Violence Prevention and Education Program; and

N.     Authorizing the City Manager or his designee to enter into agreements with eligible sub- recipients, make all conforming modifications and edits, submit Substantial Amendment No. 1 to the FY 2019/20 Annual Action Plan to HUD; and execute all ancillary documents required by HUD.


The City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider: (CD)

a.     The recommended Citizen’s Advisory Committee’s list of proposed projects and allocations for Community Development Block Grant funds for fiscal year 2020/21; and

b.     Determining the amounts to be appropriated per project from the estimated $1,400,000 Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal year 2020/21.


The City Council will conduct a Public Hearing to consider: (PD)

a.     Authorizing utilization of 2020 U.S. Department of Justice-Bureau of Justice Assistance Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding grant funds, in the amount of $143,013, for the purchase of equipment and facility renovations for the Police Department;

b.     Increasing the Fiscal Year 2019/20 revenue projection in account 231-4630 (Police Grant DOJ-BJA Coronavirus ESF) by $143,013; and

c.     Amending the Fiscal Year 2019/20 Police Grants Fund budget by appropriating $3,396 to account number 231-561-21-6202, $6,925 to account number 231-561-21-6208, $22,842 to account number 231-561-21-9006, and $109,850 to account number 231-561-21-9100.


The City Council will open the public hearing regarding the proposed Americans with Disabilities Act Self Evaluation and Transition Plan, City Project No. 538-ARC, and will continue said public hearing to the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting of May 26, 2020. (PW)

Comments from the Audience

During this time, members of the public and staff may address the City Council regarding any items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City Council. Comments from the audience will be limited to five (5) minutes per speaker; unless authorized by the Mayor, the time limit may not be extended by utilizing another member's time. There will be no debate or action on items not listed on the agenda unless authorized by law.

Note:  The City Council desires to provide all members of the public with the opportunity to address the Council.  Nevertheless, obscene language, comments intended to disrupt or interfere with the progress of the meeting or slanderous comments will not be tolerated and may result in ejection and/or may constitute a violation of South Gate Municipal Code Section 1.04.110.

Reports and Comments From City Officials

During this time, members of the City Council will report on matters pertaining to their service on various intergovenmental boards and commissions as a representative of the City pursuant to Assembly Bill 1234.  City Council Members will also have an opportunity to comment on matters not on the agenda.

Following the City Council Members, reports and comments will be heard by the City Clerk, City Treasurer, City Manager and Department Heads.

Consent Calendar Items

Agenda Items 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 are consent Calendar Items.  All items including Ordinances, Resolutions and Contracts, may be approved by adoption of the Consent Calendar, individually and collectively by one (1) motion.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless Members of the City Council, the public, or staff request that specific items be removed from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion and action.

Any Motion to introduce or adopt an Ordinance on the Consent Calendar shall be: (1) a motion to waive the reading of the Ordinance and introduce the Ordinance or (2) a motion to waive the reading of the Ordinance and adopt the Ordinance, as appropriate.


The City Council will consider:  (PW)

a.     Adopting a Resolution                      preliminarily approving the Engineer’s Report required for the proceedings of the Fiscal Year 2020/21 Annual Levy of Assessments within the Street Lighting and Landscape Maintenance District No.1; and

b.     Adopting a Resolution                      declaring the City’s intention to levy and collect assessments under the Fiscal Year 2020/21 annual levy and collection of assessments within the  Street Lighting and Landscape Maintenance District No. 1, and setting a Public Hearing for May 26, 2020.


The City Council will consider adopting a Resolution                     adopting the Local Streets and Roads Funding Program Project List for Fiscal Year 2020/21 to program $1,800,000 in Senate Bill 1 funds to the Citywide Sidewalk Improvements Project Phase VII, City Project No. 659-ST; the Alameda Street Complete Streets, City Project No. 660-ST; and the Citywide Residential Resurfacing Project Phase II, City Project No. 661-ST, in compliance with Senate Bill 1 requirements.  (PW)


The City Council will consider ratifying approval of Amendment No. 2 to Contract No. 3068 with Harris & Associates to fund additional engineering design services to add receptacles and to up light trees on Garfield Avenue, under the Garfield Avenue and Imperial Highway Street Improvements, City Project No. 413-ST, Federal Project No. STPL-5257(030), in an amount not to exceed $12,034.  (PW)


The City Council will consider:  (PW)

a.     Approving an Easement Agreement Including Soundwall Maintenance Obligations (Easement Agreement) with AVMGH Six - Thunderbird Villa Limited Partnership for the construction of the I-710 Corridor Soundwall Project, City Project No. 547-ST, in the amount of $121,000; and

b.     Authorizing the Mayor to execute the Easement Agreement in a form acceptable to the City Attorney.


The City Council will consider: (PW)

a.     Approving Amendment No. 4 to Contract No. 3368 with Biggs Cardosa & Associates, Inc., for additional construction management services necessary to close-out the Firestone Boulevard Regional Corridor Capacity Enhancements Project, in an amount not to exceed $54,093; and

b.     Authorizing the Mayor to execute Amendment No. 4 in a form acceptable to the City Attorney.


The City Council will consider: (ADMIN)

a.     Approving Amendment No.1 to Contract No. 3562 with Tripepi Smith and Associates, Inc., for additional Marketing and Community Outreach Services on an as-needed basis to enhance the City’s public communication outlets, in the amount of $38,000.00;

b.     Appropriating $38,000.00 from the unassigned balance of the General Fund to Account Number 100-601-42-6101 (General Fund - Community Development Administration - Professional Services) to fund the cost of this Amendment No. 1; and

c.     Authorizing the Mayor to execute Amendment No. 1 in a form acceptable to the City Attorney.


The City Council will consider: (CD)

a.     Approving Amendment No. 1 to Contract No. 3483 with Kosmont Companies, Inc., for Gateway District Real Estate Advisory Services for the area located in the vicinity of the future West Santa Ana Branch light rail station at Firestone Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, in the amount not to exceed $20,000.00;

b.     Appropriating $20,000.00 from the unassigned General Fund balance to account number 100-603-41-6101 (General Fund-Community Development-Planning-Professional Services) to fund the
Amendment No. 1 to Contract No. 3483; and

c.     Authorizing the Mayor to execute Amendment No. 1 in a form acceptable to the City Attorney.


The City Council will consider: (CD)

a.     Approving Amendment No. 1 to Contract No. 3407 with Avant-Garde, Inc., for as needed administrative services for the CDBG and HOME Programs in an amount not to exceed $110,000;

b.     Appropriating $60,000 from the unassigned General Fund balance to account number 100- 601-42-6101 (Professional Services) to fund the unbudgeted amount for the Amendment No. 1; and

c.     Appropriating $50,000 from unassigned CDBG-CV administrative funds to account number 243-607-43-6101 (Professional Services) for additional administrative services related to the COVTD-19 pandemic;

d.     Authorizing the Mayor to execute Amendment No. 1 in a form acceptable to the City Attorney.


The City Council will consider: (PARKS)

a.     Approving Purchase Order with Miracle Recreation Equipment Company for the purchase and renovation of the post and deck playground equipment located at Cesar Chavez Park in the amount of $150,000, which includes $144,449 for equipment and installation and $5,551 for grounding;

b.     Authorizing the City’s Purchasing Division to issue a Purchase Order for this project in accordance with the City’s purchasing ordinance and policies; and

c.     Authorizing the Interim Director of Parks & Recreation to execute any additional documents as may be required to properly implement and manage this purchase and installation.


The City Council will consider:  (CLERK)

a.     Approving the Continued Regular Meeting minutes of April 14, 2020; and

b.     Approving the Special Meeting minutes of April 15, 2020.

Reports, Recommendations and Requests



The City Council will consider: (ADMIN SVCS)

a.     Ratifying the Warrants for April 14, 2020; and

         Total of Checks                              $2,621,526.06
         Less: Voids                                   ($       7,538.55)
         Less: Total Payroll Deductions     ($1 ,042777.06)
         Grand Total                                    $1,571,210.45
         Cancellations: 87314, 87341, 87350, 87368, 87422

b.     Approving the Warrants and Cancellations for April 28, 2020.

         Total of Checks                              $2,586,036.59
         Less: Voids                                   ($       2,475.00)
         Less: Total Payroll Deductions     ($  298,459.66)
         Grand Total                                   $2,285,101.93

         Cancellations: 87181, 87256, 87388


I, Carmen Avalos, City Clerk, certify that a true and correct copy of the foregoing Meeting Agenda was posted April 23, 2020 at 8:22 p.m., as required by law.

Carmen Avalos, CMC
City Clerk

Materials related to an item on this Agenda submitted to the City Council after distribution of the agenda packet are available for public inspection in the City Clerk's Office

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