(9/9/2013, Cypress, CA) No 4 pm workshop meeting tonight for Cypress’ City Council, but they will start at 6 pm with a closed session in the Council Chambers, with a couple very interesting items:
- Purchase negotiations with the Cypress Elementary School District over the price and terms to purchase what appears to be the District Headquarters at 8721 Cypress St.. Two weeks ago the Council approved a reimbursement arrangement to facilitate an election to remove the District office parcel, along with the former MacRay Elementary School, from Measure D”s public/open space requirement, so they appear to be buying it to resell, not for any public use.
- Ongoing contract negotiations with the Cypress Police Officers Association.
There will be an opportunity for oral communications at 6 before the Council goes into closed session, as well as at the start and end of the 7 pm open session.
Items on the 7 pm agenda include two public hearings for Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) for
- A request to run a small (1,800 square foot) private gym in the Cypress West Shopping Center at 4107 Ball Rd.
- A request to combine two lots into a one-lot subdivision for 19 condominiums at 6178-6182 Lincoln.
At the same time, Los Alamitos’ Planning Commission will be conducting Public Hearings on three CUPs. Cypress, however, doesn’t have a Planning Commission, so the Council conducts their CUPs. Cypress Council members often boast of how not having a Planning Commission makes their town more “business friendly.”
Most communities have Planning Commissions not just to reduce the City Council’s workload, but also as an additional layer of protection against corruption of the planning process by monied developers. Not that it always works, since the Council appoints the Planning Commissioners, and (in Los Alamitos case, at least) has fired a Planning Commission Chairperson who disagreed with them.
The Agenda also includes establishing an ad hoc committee subcommittee for the solid waste and recycling services procurement process that’s starting up.
Click here for the agenda, with links to agenda reports on most items.
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