February 23, 2024 2:25 pm

Recap of the January 30, 2024 Glendale City Council Meeting

The agenda for the recent council session in Glendale encompassed both consent and action items crucial to the city’s development and governance. Consent items included a motion to update the Fleet Electrification Study, showcasing Glendale’s commitment to sustainable transportation. Meanwhile, action items focused on key legislative efforts, including the ongoing review of the Rental Rights Program ordinance and the introduction of measures to protect indigenous trees. These initiatives highlight the council’s dedication to addressing pressing issues while promoting environmental sustainability and equitable housing practices.

CONSENT ITEMS

4b. Public Works, re: Award of a Professional Services Agreement for the Update of the Fleet Electrification Study

  1. Motion to grant a Professional Services Agreement to the Center for Transportation and the Environment, totaling $102,200, to conduct the revision of the Glendale Fleet Electrification Study.

Moved: Asatryan
Seconded: Devine

Vote as Follows
Ayes: Asatryan, Devine, Kassakhian, Brotman, Najarian (pro tem)
Noes: None
Absent: None
Abstain: None

ACTION ITEMS

8a. Community Development, re: Ordinance Amending Chapter 9.30 (Rental Rights Program)

1. The Glendale City Council formed the Landlord/Tenant Ad-Hoc Committee in 2022 to review the Rental Rights Program ordinance. After twelve meetings, the Committee presented reports to the Council by August 22, 2023, outlining strengths, areas for improvement, and proposed changes. A follow-up meeting on September 27, 2023, led to further revisions. On November 28, 2023, a comprehensive report was presented, incorporating stakeholder input and Council feedback. The report addressed defining a Qualified Tenant, supporting small property owners, and adjusting eviction provisions. Additionally, it explored measures related to major rehabilitation, including eviction notice periods, financial assistance, legal aid, and enforcement provisions.

  • The Council did not reach a final decision. Council members have asked the staff to provide additional information before they can all agree on a course of action.

8b. Public Works, re: Introduction of Ordinance for Public and Private Indigenous Tree Protections

  1. Motion to postpone the item to the February 6 Council Meeting without additional public notice.

Moved: Asatryan
Seconded: Devine

Vote as Follows
Ayes: Asatryan, Devine, Kassakhian, Brotman, Najarian (pro tem)
Noes: None
Absent: None
Abstain: None

  1. Proposed changes to Chapter 12.40 and 12.44 of the Glendale Municipal Code aim to modernize standards and enforcement methods for protecting public and indigenous trees.
  2. Amendments to Titles 16 and 30 of the Glendale Municipal Code are proposed to address tree-related zoning provisions.
  3. A resolution is proposed to set and adjust administrative citation fines in the Citywide Fee Schedule to enforce ordinances related to public and indigenous tree protection.
  4. A resolution is proposed for the appropriation of funds for Outreach Services.