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Cerritos City Council Moves Forward With Redevelopment Agency Lawsuit

City council approved two items regarding the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency and the state's dissolution of all redevelopment agencies due to Gov. Brown's budget proposal of last year.

During the Cerritos City Council's Jan. 12 meeting, the council approved a resolution pertaining to part-time city employees as well two items regarding the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency.

Resolution of the City Council for the City of Cerritos providing for certain adjustments in the Employment System and the Personnel Policies for all part-time temporary employees.

The city council approved a resolution that proposes the following:

  • a deduction for a union sponsored short-term disability policy will be put into effect

  • uniform allocations will increase to nine pieces for designated stage crew employees at the Cerritos Center of the Performing Arts

  • new employees will be required to pay 7 percent of the employees contribution to the Public Employees Retirement System

  • year 2 and year 3 of agreement include a wage re-opener on COLA only

  • and in order to have a wage re-opener, the CPI average must be at least 1 percent using CPI for Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County for all urban consumers for the months of January and February. The CPI adjustment may be as low as  0 percent with a cap of 3 percent based on city council review and approval. There is no obligation for the city to agree or give a COLA regardless of the CPI.

Redevelopment Agency

The city council approved a resolution that states the City of Cerritos will retain the housing assets and functions of the dissolved Cerritos Redevelopment Agency.

Cerritos Community Development Director, Tony Contreras, referred back to the .

Contreras said, according to the California Health and Safety Code, the city may choose to act as the successor housing agency.

“In doing so, the city will retain that housing assets and functions of the dissolved redevelopment agency,” Contreras said. “Housing assets include 389 portable senior housing units.”

Updates on pending legislation against the state of California pertaining to the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

According to City Manager, Art Gallucci, the lawsuit is continuing with the addition of 11 cities (and 10 more potential cities) as well. On Jan. 10, the city of La Mirada voted unanimously to join the lawsuit. The hearing for the lawsuit will be held on Jan. 27.

Councilmember Bruce Barrows left mid-meeting due to a family emergency.

The next city council meeting will be held on Jan. 26.

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