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ARCADIA CITY COUNCIL <br />REGULAR MEETING MINUTES <br />TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015 <br />CALL TO ORDER — Mayor Kovacic called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. <br />INVOCATION — Reverend Jolene Cadenbach, Arcadia Congregational Church <br />PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE — Peggy Luk and Briana Shen, Arcadia High School Students <br />ROLL CALL OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS <br />PRESENT: Council Member Chandler, Kovacic, Tay and Wuo <br />ABSENT: Council Member Beck <br />A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tern Chandler, seconded by Council Member Tay, to excuse <br />Council Member Beck from this meeting. <br />REPORT FROM CITY ATTORNEY ON STUDY SESSION ITEM <br />City Attorney Deitsch reported that the City Council conducted a Special meeting to hear a <br />report from staff regarding special events in the Downtown Arcadia area, including a patriotic <br />concert, a recurring street market, and a proposed Lunar New Year festival; the City Council <br />also heard staff presentations from staff and sponsors from the proposed events; in addition the <br />City Council received a report from staff and provided certain direction regarding the proposed <br />2015 -16 Fiscal Year Budget that was continued from the May 5, 2015, City Council Study <br />Session meeting; and that the City Council by motion gave certain direction to staff regarding <br />police staffing at the Westfield Mall. <br />At the request of the City Council, City Attorney Deitsch addressed some erroneous conclusions <br />and opinions which appeared in a newspaper article over the weekend titled "Arcadia Officials <br />violated the California Open Meetings Law "; and indicated that for the following reasons that <br />was simply not true, and feels that in some ways the City exceeded the requirements of the <br />Brown Act which is the Open Meetings Law of California, and also feels that the City acted <br />transparently, under the circumstances. <br />City Attorney Deitsch stated that "(1) the City posted a Notice of Special City Council meeting <br />occurring on April 7, 2015, at which the only agenda item aside from public comments was a <br />Closed Session to discuss the pending litigation captioned Save the Arcadia Highlands v. City of <br />Arcadia, et al.; (2) at the April 7, Special Meeting, public comments were received concerning <br />this litigation prior to going into Closed Session; (3) in open session at the April 7, City Council <br />meeting, the City Attorney publicly announced that the City Council continued, its just concluded <br />Special Meeting Closed Session to May 5, 2015, a Continued Special meeting, so that the City <br />Council can continue the Closed Session discussion; (4) within 24 hours thereafter and beyond <br />the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act, City staff posted, in 4 public places where City <br />Council agendas are typically posted, a Notice of Continuance of the April 7, Special Meeting to <br />May 5, at which the Closed Session would be continued, those notices were posted at the City <br />Council Chamber, the entrance of the City Clerk office, the Police Department Emergency <br />Operation Center, and the Arcadia Public Library, and concluded that ample notice was <br />provided then the Brown Act requires; (5) on May 5 at 4:00 p.m. the City Council conducted an <br />05 -19 -15 <br />