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ARCADIA CITY COUNCIL <br /> SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES <br /> THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 <br /> CALL TO ORDER — Mayor Amundson called the Special Meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. in the City <br /> Council Chamber, 240 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California. <br /> INVOCATION — Mayor Peter Amundson <br /> PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE — Council Member Beck <br /> ROLL CALL OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS <br /> PRESENT: Beck, Chandler, Verlato, Tay and Amundson <br /> ABSENT: None <br /> PUBLIC COMMENTS — no one appeared. <br /> PUBLIC HEARING (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) <br /> a. Public Hearing to receive public comments on the transition to district based elections. <br /> Recommended Action: Conduct a public hearing to receive public input and provide <br /> direction <br /> Dr. Justin Levitt, Vice President, National Demographics Corp., appeared and explained the <br /> districting criteria relating to the federal laws and traditional criteria including census and block <br /> geography; he provided a summary of the 12 maps received from the public and the 6 draft <br /> maps prepared by National Demographics, and provided an overview of the key features of the <br /> maps including whether they were population balanced; he also provided sequencing scenarios <br /> regarding Council Member terms, and election year options, but indicated that no current City <br /> Council terms are affected. <br /> City Manager Lazzaretto announced for the record emails received from residents indicating <br /> their map preference as follows: <br /> Marianne Boyd, 430 E. Wistaria Avenue — Green Map <br /> Michael Lieber, 245 W. Palm Drive — Green Map <br /> Jerry Durgerian, Arcadia resident - Green Map <br /> Dean Radle, Arcadia resident - Green Map <br /> Hank Voznick, 565 Gloria Road - Orange Map <br /> Tim Rhee, Arcadia resident - Green Map <br /> Mayor Amundson opened the public hearing, and indicated that each speaker is limited to 3 <br /> minutes. <br /> Richard A. McDonald, Esq., representing the Chinese American Equalization Association, <br /> appeared and provided some suggestions on where the City goes from here and election dates; <br /> he indicated that Maps L, B and A, and Maps Teal and Maroon avoid lawsuits, keeps the <br /> homeowners associations together and achieves three majority Asian districts; he suggested <br /> larger maps that plot out where each Council Member resides, schools, boundaries of the <br />