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|(May 23, 2020, 11:35 p.m., updated May 24, 11:15 a.m.) -- There is no city staff report on relief from street sweeping parking tickets on the June 2 City Council agenda. A May 19 City Council voted action asked city staff to include such a report as part of the June 2 Council agenda.
The item could still be added to the June 2 agenda as a last minute "supplemental" item by a May 29 agendizing deadline (but this would leave only the weekend and two business days for residents to examine, comment and possibly organized pro or con on its terms.)
In mid-March, the City began waiving fines for parking tickets related to street sweeping until May 18, but a few days before the moratorium expired, Mayor Robert Garcia and four Councilmembers (Zendejas, Pearce, Uranga and Vice Mayor Dee Andrews) hastily added a vaguely worded item to the Council's May 19 agenda. It requested a city management report on the first day of enforcement efforts and on potential programs to waive, dismiss or lower street sweeping citations during the COVID-19 emergency.
The agendizing memo (on Mayor Garcia's letterhead) didn't propose continuing a citywide street sweeping parking ticket moratorium. It asked management to offer options for potential relief for those who'd suffered "significant financial and economic impacts" from COVID-19 for whom enforcement created "undue hardship beyond normal operations" such as those who'd "lost their jobs, substantial wages or have otherwise been adversely impacted by COVID-19" and only "if there is a significant increase in street sweeping tickets issued to these individuals and families."
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When the item came to the May 19 Council meeting, Mayor Garcia suggested waiving fines for the first street sweeping parking ticket recieved by individuals from May 18 through June 1 (if the person asked for the waiver) and asked city staff to provide its report on options for further street sweeping parking ticket relief on the June 2 Council agenda.
City Manager Tom Modica sought additional staff time (to the June 9 or 16 agendas) to present an agendized report but Mayor Garcia insisted on having the report on the June 2 agenda (noting that the period for waiving first time citations would expire on June 1.)
And that was part of the Council motion (approved 9-0.)
A request earlier today (May 23) by LBREPORT.com for an explanation for the absence of the report on the Jnne 2 agenda remains pending.
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