Tuesday, April 14, 2020

City council meeting to be held with a little help from Zoom

La Mirada-
The city council will test uncharted waters when it conducts its first meeting tonight via teleconference in order to comply with COVID-19 social-distancing requirements while allowing public participation in several new ways.

Tonight's meeting which begins at 6:30 pm can be viewed live on the city website https://www.cityoflamirada.org/about-us/agendas-and-minutes will be the first meeting ever carried live.

Mayor Steve De Ruse will conduct the meeting from a room at City Hall with just a few staff members in the same room I have been assured will be social-distancing with the others on the council as well as councilmember-elect Anthony Otero participating remotely via Zoom.

Anyone wishing to make comments to the council can do so by joining the meeting by accessing it online on Zoom or by phone. Information for joining the meeting is provided below.

The city is providing access that exceeds the requirement in the order on March 4 by Gov. Newsom that required access be provided by phone only.

Tonight will be councilmember Larry Mowles' final meeting. Mowles did not seek a third term on the council.

Anthony Otero will be sworn into office to begin his first term representing District 5 tonight as will  SteveDe Ruse and Ed Eng who were re-elected to new four-year terms last month. All three will be sworn-in remotely.

A ceremony will be held at a later date to honor the outgoing Mowles' as well as newcomer Otero as well as the returning De Ruse and Eng.

Current Mayor pro-tem John Lewis is expected to be chosen by his peers to be mayor over the upcoming year. Traditionally the mayor pro-tem becomes mayor the following year. 

On the agenda, a vote will be taken that will extend the emergency declaration that has closed city facilities to the public access to remain in effect until county health officials lift the 'stay at home' order currently in effect across the county.

The council will consider the acquisition of property that is needed to move ahead with two traffic congestion relief projects at Alondra Bl. and Valley View Av and Rosecrans Av. and Valley View Av. that will allow turn lanes to be added. The city of Santa Fe Springs is leading the project that is funded by Metro sales tax funds.

The following instructions were provided to allow the public to make commas during the meeting by either zoom streaming video or by phone.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:  https://zoom.us/j/764589845 (Password 055970)

Join by phone:  1-720-707-2699 (Webinar ID: 764 589 845; Password:  055970)

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