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City to review ordinance that promotes solar energy systems

City council will meet on Monday to hear a first reading of an ordinance that will make it easier for residents to obtain a permit to install solar power systems. The ordinance will add an item to the city code that provides an “expedited” and “streamlined” permitting process, according to the meeting agenda.
This initiative stems from the state, which has made it a goal to encourage the adoption of solar energy systems. According to the agenda, the California Government Code requires that every city adopts an ordinance that promotes the use of solar systems. The state has also mandated that cities adopt the ordinance by September 30, 2015. There will be a first reading of Alhambra’s ordinance on Monday; city council will have to hold another meeting to hear the second and final reading.
Councilmembers are also expected to approve a grant agreement with the San Gabriel Valley Water District. The grant, which totals $55,000, will be used to replace the lawn outside the Civic Center with drought-resistant plantlife. “Water-wise irrigation equipment” will also be installed.
The City will also approve a performance report that will be sent to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The report will focus on the City’s activities in regards to the HOME Investment Partnerships Program and the Community Development Block Grant Program. These programs are meant to assist cities in the development of affordable housing
City Council will also hear an update to the Strategic Plan, which outlines the City’s goals every six months. Every month the council is presented with a review and update of the plan’s objectives.
City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.

City Council Meeting. September 14, 2015

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