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ARCADIA CITY COUNCIL <br /> SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES <br /> TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2017 <br /> CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Amundson called the Special Meeting to order at 8:05 a.m. in the <br /> Council Chamber Conference Room, 240 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California. <br /> ROLL CALL OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS <br /> PRESENT: Beck, Chandler, Verlato, Tay and Amundson <br /> ABSENT: None <br /> Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(b), Mayor Amundson participated via <br /> teleconference off the Coast of Athens Greece, Rhapsody of the Sea, Room 8030, and notice <br /> was properly posted as required by law. <br /> PUBLIC COMMENTS - No one appeared. <br /> STUDY OPEN SESSION (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) <br /> a. A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Arcadia, California, declaring its <br /> intention to transition from at-large to district-based elections pursuant to California <br /> Elections Code Section 10010(e)(3)(A), authorizing the City Manager to retain the <br /> services of a demographer to draw district maps, and finding this transition exempt <br /> from the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") pursuant to State CEQA <br /> guidelines Sections 15061(b)(3), 15320, and 15378(b)(5). <br /> Recommended Action: Adopt <br /> City Manager Lazzaretto presented the staff report. <br /> Mayor Amundson opened the public hearing. <br /> Gary Kovacic, former Mayor, appeared and expressed his concerns with the transition from at- <br /> large to district-based elections; he questioned the effects district-based elections would have <br /> on the City; and urged the City Council to approach this matter cautiously. <br /> City Manager Lazzaretto read an e-mail into the record received by former Mayor Mickey Segal <br /> asking the City Council to fight against district-based elections and take this matter court. <br /> A motion to close the public hearing was made by Council Member Chandler, seconded by <br /> Mayor Pro Tern Tay, and seeing no further objection, Mayor Amundson declared the public <br /> hearing closed. <br /> It was moved by Mayor Pro Tern Chandler, seconded by Council Member Tay, and carried on <br /> roll call vote to adopt Resolution No. 7179 declaring its intention to transition from at-large to <br /> district-based elections pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10010(e)(3)(A), <br /> authorizing the City Manager to retain the services of a demographer to draw district maps, and <br /> finding this transition exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") pursuant <br /> to State CEQA guidelines Sections 15061(b)(3), 15320, and 15378(b)(5). <br />