Sunday, July 24, 2016

Courthouse News Service: PG&E Criminal Trail Over Pipeline Blast (continued)





Closing arguments for the criminal trial are expected to begin on Tuesday morning, July 26.

PAVED....Carpenter Street From Northern City Limits to Ocean Avenue...FINALLY!


 Carpenter Street, View Southward from Northern City Limits, South of Cross Street Valley Way


Carpenter Street, Cross Street Second Avenue, View Southward


Carpenter Street Island, South of Second Avenue


Carpenter Street “Beautification” @ Third Avenue, E/S


Carpenter Street, View Southward, South of Third Avenue


Carpenter Street, Cross Street Fifth Avenue, View Southward


Carpenter Street, Cross Street Sixth Avenue, View Southward from Sixth Avenue to Ocean Avenue

NOTE: CBTS Volunteers and City Staff in Action
First is a shout out for Shirley Moon for her hard work and streetscape improvements to Carpenter Street at 2nd and 3rd Avenues beautifying the right-of-way. Shirley was a member of the Carpenter Street Safety and Beautification Task Force many years ago that developed improvement plans for the Carpenter Street corridor. The members raised seed funds for projects by holding garage sales. The neighbors raised and spent more than $2,000, and it's good to see the money put to good use. Improvements include additional plantings and landscaping, repainted and refreshed signs, and wood chips to help keep down weeds. City staff has aided efforts. Thank you, Shirley and PW staff and friends.
SOURCE: FRIDAY LETTER July 22, 2016

REFERENCE:
Street Name
Street ID
Section ID
From
To
# of Lanes
Length (ft)
Width
(ft)
Area
(sqft)
FC
ST
PCI Date
PCI
CARPENTER ST
CRPNTR
011
CITY LIMITS
2ND AVE
2
645
30
19,350
A
C
8/27/2007
76
CARPENTER ST
CRPNTR
012
2ND AVE
3RD AVE
2
460
30
13,800
C
C
8/27/2007
76
CARPENTER ST
CRPNTR
020
3RD AV
OCEAN AV
2
1,528
30
45,840
A
C
8/27/2007
64
Street Name Street Name- The name of the street as indicated by street signs in the field.
Street ID Street Identification - A code up to ten characters/digits to identify the street. Generally, the street name is truncated to six characters. The Street ID should be unique for each street.
Section ID Section Identification- A code up to ten characters/digits to identify the section number. The Section ID must be unique for each section of one street.
From Beginning limit of the section.
To Ending limit of the section.
#of Lanes Number of travel Ianes.
Length (ft) Length of the section in feet.
Width (ft) Average width of the section in feet.
Area (sqft) Area of the section in square feet.
FC Functional Classification (A= Arterial, C =Collector, R =Residential).
ST Surface Type (AC = AC Pavement, 0 = AC Overlay of AC Pavement, AC/PCC = AC Overlay of PCC Pavement, PCC = PCC Pavement, ST = Surface treatment over gravel base/subgrade).
PCI Average PCI for the section. The value is projected for 2013 and is based on the last calculated PCI (i.e. from inspection or maintenance data).

SOURCE: Pavement Management Program Update Final Report
2013 PMP Update Draft
Nichols Consulting Engineers, Chtd.
Section Description Inventory (Sorted by PCI)

Victoria Beach vs. City of Carmel-By-The-Sea, Case Number 16SC000631, Small Claims $0 - $1500: 'Council Member Beach cancels arrangements for that travel and is offered off-the-books reimbursements for those expenses by City Officials. Council Member Beach refuses the off-the-books reimbursement for the First Event and requests that it be handled instead following standard, on-the-books, publicly-reported reimbursement protocol'

ABSTRACT: On June 28, 2016, former city council member Victoria Beach filed a Plaintiffs Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court against Defendant City of Carmel-by-the-Sea/City Administrator Chip Rerig in the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey,  The Plaintiff claims the Defendant owes $780.10 for “Improper reimbursement for approved official travel expenditures” representing “Non-refundable charges for airfare on credit card bill.
DECLARATION
3-10 Sep 2015 - Carmel City Administrator approves official nature of Council Member Beach's travel to City event ("First Event") and approves Council Member advancement of reimburseable travel expenses to City. (See Attachment.) Relying on that approval, Council Member Beach books travel, incurring $1,375.30 in expenses. Days after expense is incurred, Carmel City Attorney reverses Administrator's decision as to the official status of the event, informing the City that the Event is not legally "official" unless a Council meeting is held declaring a "public purpose" for the Event.
11 Sep 2015- Carmel City Administrator requests Council Member Beach attend a Second "official" City Event ("Second Event") that conflicts with the schedule of the First Event.
16 Sep 2015- Because only two Members of the required three majority are willing to call the Council meeting to rule on the First Event, Council Member Beach cancels arrangements for that travel and is offered off-the-books reimbursements for those expenses by City Officials. Council Member Beach refuses the off-the-books reimbursement for the First Event and requests that it be handled instead following standard, on-the books, publicly-reported reimbursement protocol. Beach switches plans to attend the Second Event and advances travel expenses for the Second Event.
13 Nov 2015- Council Member Beach submits advanced travel expenses to City for on-the-books, publicly reportable reimbursement for both the First Event ($1,375.30) and Second Event ($424.99), while working to reduce incurred expenses for the cancelled First Event. (See Attachment.)
03 Dec 2015- City grants public reimbursment of Second Event travel but denies on-the-books, publicly reported reimbursement of First Event travel. City Attorney notifies Council Member Beach that the only nonjudicial recourse for on-the-books reimbursement is requesting the agendizing of the matter as official Council business at a public Council meeting.
11 Dec 2015- City Clerk clarifies the official recourse procedure is to use official City Claim form. Beach files such a claim for on-the-books travel reimbursement of Second Event, now at reduced amount of $780.10 after success getting partial refunds for cancelled travel. (See Attachment.)
30 Dec 2015- City's external Claims Management company rejects claim.
9 Jan 2016- Council Member Beach receives Notice of Rejection of Claim via regular mail. (Se Attachment.)
Plaintiff's Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court document copy is embedded. 
NOTES: Attachments not included in filing with Superior Court of California, County of Monterey, specifically “no attachments submitted with the claim,” according to Ashlee Wright, City Clerk
Court Trial Department 21 09/02/2016 8:30 AM
Victoria Beach vs. City of Carmel-By-The-Sea
Case Number: 16SC000631
Style: Victoria Beach vs. City of Carmel-By-The-Sea
Category: Civil
Type: Small Claims $0 - $1500
File Date: 06/28/2016

Beach Small Claims Case 06-28-16 by L. A. Paterson on Scribd
Plaintiff's Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court
Victoria Beach vs. City of Carmel-By-The-Sea

Saturday, July 23, 2016

City Administrator Chip Rerig: FRIDAY LETTER, July 22, 2016

FRIDAY LETTER July 22, 2016
CBTS Volunteers and City Staff in Action
Cigarette Butt Receptacles Anon
SAFER Grant
Holman Highway Roundabout
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Carmel Beach Fire Management Pilot Program: Correspondence from Dan Carl, Central Coast District Director, California Coastal Commission, to Mayor and Council Members

ABSTRACT: RE: Carmel Beach Fire Management Pilot Program Correspondence from Dan Carl, Central Coast District Director, California Coastal Commission, to Mayor and Council Members, dated December 30, 2015, May 9, 2016, and June 6, 2016 and June 29, 2016 document copies are embedded. Importantly, “As you know, on December 11, 2015, the Coastal Commission denied, on a 4-5 vote, the City's proposed propane-only beach fire management program. In so doing, the Commission also did not approve the staff recommended wood-fueled beach fire management program (essentially the City's prior proposal from last spring/summer that was originally appealed to the Commission). As a consequence, there is currently no beach fire management program in the City of Carmel with valid approvals under the Coastal Act or the LCP. In particular, the City's current weekend and holiday beach fire moratorium remains unpermitted.” (December 30, 2015 Letter) And “We strongly recommend that the Program be modified as recommended in this letter. If it is, we believe that it can be found LCP and Coastal Act consistent and that, barring unforeseen changes or additional information/understanding, we would recommend that the Coastal Commission not take jurisdiction over such a Program should the City's approval be appealed to the Coastal Commission.” (June 29, 2016 letter) At the June 30, 2016 Special City Council meeting, Council Members Hardy, Reimers, Richards, Theis, and Mayor Dallas conducted a Public Hearing, Item 7: Beach Fires Revised Pilot Program Coastal Development Permit Approval. According to DRAFT City Council Meeting Minutes June 30, 2016, Action: Upon a motion made by Council Member Richards, seconded by Mayor Dallas, the City Council of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea moved to adopt the findings and conditions of approval for a Coastal Development Permit for the Beach Fires Pilot Program with revisions to the program as follows:
  • The staff will return to Council with an update in 120 days.
  • City supplied wood fueled devices and user supplied propane devices will be allowed South of 8th Avenue.
  • City supplied wood-fueled devices must be a minimum of 75 feet from the beach bluff.
  • User supplied Propane devices must be a minimum of 25 feet from the beach bluff.
  • Up to 12 City supplied wood-fueled devices will be provided evenly spaced 200 feet apart between 8th Avenue and Martin Way.
  • Fifty percent of the City supplied wood-fueled devices available for public use at any time will be for communal use.
  • Implement an educational outreach program to inform the public about proper use of propane devices.
Adopted, 4:1 (Council Member Reimers opposed)
CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION
CENTRAL COAST DISTRICT OFFICE
December 30, 2015
Subject: Carmel Beach Fire Management Program
CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION
CENTRAL COAST DISTRICT OFFICE
May 9, 2016
Subject: Carmel Beach Fire Management Program
CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION
CENTRAL COAST DISTRICT OFFICE
June 6, 2016
Subject: Carmel Beach Fire Management Program
CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION
CENTRAL COAST DISTRICT OFFICE
June 29, 2016
Subject: Carmel Beach Fire Management Program