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Alhambra City Council will discuss general plan outreach in neighboring cities

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One of the key agenda items for Monday night’s meeting of the Alhambra City Council will be a discussion of what neighboring cities have done to facilitate public outreach for comment on their proposed general plans. This discussion will follow up Councilwoman Katherine Lee’s suggestion at the last City Council meeting that Alhambra reach out to Pasadena and Monterey Park for details.

According to a city staff report on the general plan, Pasadena, a city of 142,000, sent out surveys to 70,000 households and businesses and got 2,893 surveys back. Monterey Park, with its population of approximately 61,000, has not yet started its general plan process. Alhambra has a population of about 86,000.

Concern has been expressed both in Alhambra’s Planning Commission and the City Council over the number of residents that have been contacted for input on the general plan. The City Council voted unanimously at its last meeting to conduct a city-wide survey to get additional input into the city’s general plan. That random sample size would offer 400 registered voters in Alhambra an opportunity to comment.

The City Council is also expected to approve a resolution affirming the Planning Commission’s decision to grant the Monterey Bay Square development a permit, on two conditions. One condition will be that the developer will meet with city staff to see if some condo units can be set aside at an affordable rate. The other will be to explicitly require that 80 parking spots on the proposed site are allocated for Alhambra Place parking. The City Council will also hear a presentation on Alhambra’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2018. The Council will present certificates to businesses and individuals who supported the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Mayor Jeff Maloney
will present a proclamation supporting Energy Upgrade California, a statewide initiative that teaches residents how to be more energy efficient.

The consent agenda includes approving a memorandum of understanding between Alhambra, South Pasadena and SanGabriel to organize the Mission-to-Mission 626 Golden Streets event.

Read the entire agenda here.

Updated at 4:10 p.m.

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