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MINUTES 2018/03/13 (STUDY SESSION)CITY COUNCIL: Mayor Curtis W. Morris Mayor Pro Tern Denis Bertone Councilmember Emmett Badar Councilmember John Ebiner Councilmember Ryan A. Vienna STAFF: City Manager Blaine Michaelis Assistant City Manager Ken Duran Assistant City Manager Community Development Larry Stevens Director of Parks and Recreation Theresa Bruns Director of Public Works Krishna Patel Sheriff s Dept. Captain Andy Berg Sheriff's Dept. Sgt. Pete Shupe City Attorney Mark Steres Mayor Morris called the Special City Council Meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. No comments. Mr. Michaelis commented that Councilmember Vienna has made a request to add an item to the agenda as an emergency matter. Councilmember Vienna stated that he received an e -mail last night from an organization called the Federation for Immigration Reform regarding the Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of California over the State's sanctuary laws. He added that the organization is asking cities to join the amicus brief they are filing in the matter and that the deadline to file the brief is March 26th. He requested the item be added to the agenda as a closed session litigation matter for the Council to discuss whether or not the City wants to join the brief. City Attorney Steres explained the procedure to add an item to the agenda. He clarified that the e -mail request came in yesterday and the amicus brief has to be filed by March 26th. Thus, the City needs to decide before then whether or not we want to add our name to the brief. He added that the organization, the Immigration Reform Law Institute, would be filing an amicus brief, which is a friend of the court brief, in support of the Federal government's position against the Study session minutes March 13, 2018 Page 2 State of California on the immigration issue. He explained to add an item to the agenda the Council must make two findings, that the matter caine up within the last 72 hours and that there is an urgency to act. He added that it also requires a 4 /5th vote of the Council to add the item to the agenda. Mayor Pro Tern Berton commented that he is opposed to adding this item because the Council has had a long standing policy to not get involved in State and Federal issues. He added that there are a number of issues that he would have asked the Council to take positions on but has not done so due to the policy. Councilmember Ebiner asked if the item was added to the agenda if the vote to take action on the item would only need a simple majority vote. Mr. Steres clarified that the action to add an item to the agenda requires a 4 /5th vote but once added, to take action on the item only requires a majority vote. Councilmember Badar commented that in fairness to Councilmember Vienna, he would agree to add the item to the agenda to hear what he has to say on the matter. Mayor Morris commented that one of the problems he sees is that the City would be putting our names on a brief that we have no idea what it would say. Councilmember Ebiner commented that he is always willing to talk about issues and would agree to add the item to the agenda. Councilmember Vienna made a motion to add the item to the agenda. Councilmember Badar seconded the motion. The motion to add the item to the agenda failed on a 3 -2 vote with Councilmembers Vienna, Badar and Ebiner voting aye and Mayor Morris and Mayor Pro Tem Berton voting no. STUDY SESSI ®N — Review and receive explanation, update and status of Measure H and the development of the City's Homeless Plan Mr. Michaelis reviewed his staff report on the background and overview of Measure H. He commented that the San Dimas economy will generate approximately $1.6 million per year to the overall revenue generated by Measure H. Mr. Michaelis reported that in 2016 Los Angeles County adopted a homeless plan to combat homelessness and that the funding priority for Measure H aligns with the strategies in the plan. He provided the Council a copy of the strategies and reviewed them. He further explained how the County plans to implement the strategies through the Measure H revenues. Mr. Michaelis explained that the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments received an apportionment of Measure H funds to hire a homeless coordinator for the region. He explained that the allocation of funding resources will be based on the homeless population in each jurisdiction. He added that the County's plan implies that there are expectations for individual cities to financially participate in programs, services and housing. In response to a question he Study session minutes March 13, 2018 Page 3 stated that it appears that there is a feeling that every City has a roll to play in the provision of affordable, supportive or shelter housing, not necessarily building housing, but allowing for it to be built either financially or by land use decisions. There was some explanation of the various types of housing that support homelessness. Mr. Michaelis commented that it would be helpful to understand the extent of the homelessness issue in San Dimas and he asked Sgt. Shupe to provide the Sheriff's Dept.'s observations. Sgt. Shupe reported that from his observation he believes the homeless situation in San Dimas was worse 4 %z years ago. He added that they believe that there are currently 12 — 15 regular homeless individuals and another 5 transient homeless at any given time. He added that recently his team went out and made contact with the individuals to offer services and all denied services, many indicating that they don't want to follow shelter rules. He added that not many of them are veterans and many have addiction problems. He further added that they tracked calls for service for a four week period in January and February and logged 20 calls for service and 5 observations for services pertaining to the homeless population. In response to a question regarding whether the Department has a list of services available to those who may want them Captain Berg commented that the Department has a list of churches and other charity based organizations that provide services, but the challenge is to keep the information up to date because it is constantly changing. Sgt. Shup added that a big help with Measure H funding would be to streamline the delivery of services. Mr. Michaelis commented that a key point in the County's plan is on a coordinated entry system concept, which utilizes a team to assess the various needs of the individuals and direct them to the appropriate services. He added that a coordinated entry system should be something that Measure H funds should be funding. Councilmember Badar commented that from his experience on the Los Angeles Police Department many individuals do not want help. Mayor Pro Tern Berton added that the City should concentrate on the percentage of the homeless population that does want help. In response to a question Mr. Michaelis commented that the City will need to coordinate with our surrounding neighbors to coordinate efforts. Mr. Stevens commented that staff has discussed sharing the City's draft plan with surrounding cities when it is available. Mr. Michaelis shared some successful model programs that he has been made aware of He added that those have been in more urban areas and have been centered on a local non -profit organization as the spearhead. Mr. Michaelis commented that up to this point the City has not funded City resources to address homeless issues but will need to do so in the future. Mayor Pro Tern Bertone commented that he feels the City should know what resources are available to refer people to but does not feel the City should invent new services or build homeless housing. Study session minutes March 13, 2018 Page 4 Councilmember Vienna commented that he does not think that the City should be building housing for the homeless. He added that for the amount of homeless individuals in our community, housing is not the solution and the focus should be on outreach and referral to services. He added that there should be a dedicated person on City staff whose collateral duty is to coordinate homelessness services. He further added that there needs to be a regional approach and it may mean that the lion's share of the services may be offered in another community by non -profit organizations. Councilmember Ebiner commented that he likes the approach to try and service those who are helpable and that he feels it is best to have an outside organization provide those services and the City should also partner with neighboring cities. He further added that any money spent should go towards services and not studies or measuring matrixes. He added that he agrees that there should be a defined individual on City staff to coordinate homelessness issues. Mr. Michaelis commented that when the City adopts a plan on what we want to do we will need to decide how to staff it. Mr. Stevens summarized that based upon Council comments staff understands the Councils priority is to coordinate and direct individuals to existing or expanded services and partner with non - profits and surrounding communities. Mr. Duran commented that from past experience the City has found that many of the referral resources are not available to smaller cities, most are concentrated in the urban areas. He added that one thing the City should do is stay connected with the Measure H process so we can advocate for its fair share of the services. The Study Session adjourned at 6:55 p.m. Ken uran, Ut . /Clerk Curtis W. Morris, Mayor