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					MINUTES OF THE STUDY SESSION OF THE CITY COUNCIL/CORONA REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY/ CORONA PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY/CORONA PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION/CORONA UTILITY AUTHORITY CORONA, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 23, 2007 1. CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Eugene Montanez called the study session to order at 9:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, 400 South Vicentia Avenue, Corona, California. ROLL CALL PRESENT: ABSENT: OTHERS PRESENT: Jeff Miller; Eugene Montanez; Steve Nolan; Stan Skipworth; Karen Spiegel None Beth Groves, City Manager Cathy Robertson, Deputy City Clerk Members of staff

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PUBLIC COMMENTS
None

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PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF RESTRICTIONS AT CITY PARKS - RECEIVED

ENACTING

SMOKING

City Manager Beth Groves reported this item was discussed at a Public Services Committee at the request of the County of Riverside Health Department’s Tobacco-free Program. City Manager Beth Groves explained current California State Law prohibits smoking within twenty-five feet of playgrounds and totlots; however, the City has not posted applicable signage and is not actively enforcing State Law. She reported the County of Riverside Tobacco-free Program is requesting a City ordinance be adopted that reflects smoke-free parks from curb-to-curb. City Manager Beth Groves requested that City Council provide direction as to whether staff should put together a report for curb-to-curb smoke-free parks or another hybrid of tobacco usage at City Parks. Parks and Community Services Director, Gabe Garcia reported that Department staff met and discussed the no smoking initiative with the Corona Youth Sports Committee and they had mixed feelings on the topic. Mr. Carlos Carrillo, Sr. Health Educator with the Tobacco Control Project for the County of Riverside provided a listing of cities that have adopted smoke-free recreation areas within their City. Mr. Carrillo stated Corona, Moreno Valley and Palm Springs were chosen to initiate this program because they are the fastest growing cities within Riverside County, with Corona having a high percentage of youth. Mr. Carrillo explained the premise of smoke-free parks is to promote a healthy environment for children and future generations by reducing secondhand smoke and the litter caused by cigarette butts. He recommended the enforcement be a soft approach and not punitive. Councilmember Stan Skipworth asked for clarification as to the difference between a smoke-free park verses a tobacco-free park and how each was handled.

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Mr. Carrillo responded that the recommended ordinance would embrace tobacco-free parks, which includes all tobacco products such as chewing tobacco. A brief discussion followed. Councilmember Spiegel stated she would like to post signs that reference a California State Law that states there is no smoking allowed within twenty-five feet of the playgrounds. She also supports the idea of signage that asks those who smoke at City Parks and youth sports events to be mindful of those around them. Councilmember Skipworth asked for the purpose and design of City Parks, to which Mr. Gabe Garcia replied, City Parks are for families, young and old to come and enjoy quality of life. Councilmember Skipworth stated in his opinion, smoking is a privilege it is not a right. He would support the current State Law prohibiting smoking near playgrounds or tot-lots; however, his preference would be an ordinance that does not allow smoking curb-to-curb within a City Park. Councilmember Skipworth explained it would be easier to maintain continuity for those who visit the parks. Councilmember Skipworth stated his concern would be the approach on which the ordinance would be enforced. Mayor Pro Tem Miller stated he would support enforcing an existing State law that is currently in place. He would recommend developing a declaration that says Corona is a tobacco-free City, and ask for involvement of the Corona Youth Sports Group to extend the message. Councilmember Nolan reported he agreed with Mayor Pro Tem Miller and Councilmember Skipworth. He stated he has a concern with park patrons differentiating the twenty-five feet of playground law and supports the recommendation of no smoking curb-to-curb within City Parks. City Manager Beth Groves reported staff would take the comments, create a staff report with three recommended actions, including an ordinance, and the City Council could determine appropriate approval. She explained that in accordance with California State Law, staff would post signage at City Parks referencing no smoking within twenty-five feet of playgrounds, along with developing a statement of purpose and outreach communication.

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TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD) - RECEIVED
Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director Brad Robbins reported in July of 2006, The Planning Center gave a presentation on Transit Oriented Development, which is funded under a Grant from the Southern California Association of Governments with the participation of the Western Riverside Council of Governments and Caltrans to look at five cities within the Inland Empire and provide preliminary design elements. Karen Gulley and Ross Sutherland of Compass Blueprint provided a PowerPoint Presentation that highlighted the following key ideas for the North Main Corona Transit Station: • The recommendations presented are a collection of ideas and strategies for moving forward; it is not a final plan. • The focus area included Main Street as a community linkage and future transit village with pedestrian traffic of a quarter mile and expanding to half-mile. • Develop contact sensitive design between River Road and Harrison Street, with mixed usage, residential and businesses. Retain Rincon Street as a connector to the Metrolink Station. • Expand and redefine the bus transit and establish pedestrian connections to the Metrolink Station. • Develop a vehicular interception strategy along with a parking structure, which would allow access from multiple directions into the Metrolink Station.

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Create a Pedestrian District Gateway at Grand Boulevard and Main Street with open space connections. Incorporate a transit room at the transit stop that allows a public space with retail establishments for those waiting on transit. Continue dialog on how the Metrolink Station relates to the bus routes and pedestrian uses. Continue communication with Riverside County Transportation Commission and the Riverside Transit Agency for joint development.

A brief discussion followed. City Manager Beth Groves reported this presentation compliments the ideas and suggestions of the City’s Redevelopment Department and Community Development Department. She stated as the City moves forward this report is another tool that can be used for the Master Development of the Downtown District.

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ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2007 - ESTABLISHED
City Manager Beth Groves provided a proposed schedule for future Council Study Session Meetings for the 2007 Calendar Year. The Council approved the 2007 Schedule, which is as follows: 01/23/07 07/25/07 02/28/07 08/22/07 03/28/07 09/26/07 04/25/07 10/24/07 05/23/07 11/28/07 06/27/07 12/26/07

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ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business to come before the City Council, Mayor Montanez adjourned the meeting at 10:19 a.m.

________________________________ Catherine M. Robertson Deputy City Clerk


				
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