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TCC Minutes April 5, 2004

City Council Chambers---------City Hall
Monday, April 5, 2004---------4:00 p.m.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT David Bailey
J. Michael Cochran
Brent Hardwick
Angela Lindstrom
Rosa Nowels, Vice-Chairman
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson, Chairman
STAFF PRESENT Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Lieutenant Cave, Police Department
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Robeson called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF MARCH 1, 2004.

Motion: Olmsted
2nd Hardwick
Ayes Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

NEW BUSINESS

  1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST OF A FULLERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUEST TO DESIGNATE THE SOUTH SIDE OF WILSHIRE AVENUE BETWEEN ACACIA AVENUE AND THE NORTH/SOUTH ALLEY EAST OF ACACIA AVENUE; AND THE NORTH SIDE OF COMMONWEALTH AVENUE EAST ACACIA AVENUE ADJACENT TO LADERA VISTA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, AS LOCATIONS WHERE PARKING IS PROHIBTED DURING SPECIFIC TIMES FOR STUDENT LOADING/UNLOADING.

    Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer, presented staffs report. Staffs recommendation is to approve and recommend to City Council the installation of No Parking Student Loading/Unloading from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., non-school day exempt, on Wilshire Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.

    Mr. Miller advised that staff has met with the school officials to discuss the loading/unloading concerns. Presently on Wilshire Avenue vehicles park on the north and south side when parents drop their children off at school. On the north side of Commonwealth Avenue there are areas where there is unlimited parking.

    Vice-Chairman Nowels asked what the school hours are. Mr. Miller stated school starts at 7:35 a.m. and ends at 2:35 p.m.

    Mr. Miller stated that the apartments on the north side of the school were recently converted to condominiums. There is an exemption for overnight parking on Wilshire Avenue. The loading/unloading restriction would not interfere with the overnight parking; therefore the overnight parking exemption will remain.

    Chairman Robeson asked how the cut out on Acacia is utilized. Mr. Miller stated that it is utilized very well. He mentioned its for the buses and parents.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if the apartment building has any parking deficiencies. Mr. Miller replied no.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Victoria Hodge, 706 Meritan Lane, stated that the traffic situation at Ladera Vista Junior High School continues to be a safety hazard for the children. She understands that the system has worked very well in other schools and seems to be a good solution. Mrs. Hodge stated she is the Traffic Coordinator for Acacia Elementary School. She advised that they have the same system but inside of the school property.

    Marilyn Jordan, 1218 East Fern Drive, stated she is concerned for the children and hopes staff will be proactive and help this system take place.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Motion: Nowels
    2nd: Hardwick
    Ayes: Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staffs report be APPROVED

  2. CONSIDERATION OF A FULLERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUEST TO DESIGNATE THE NORTH SIDE OF ROBERTA AVENUE, BETWEEN HOUSTON AVENUE AND LOCUST DRIVE, AS "NO PARKING - STUDENT LOADING/UNLOADING".

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report. Staffs recommendation is to approve and recommend to City Council the installation of No Parking-Student Loading/Unloading from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., non school days exempt, on the north side of Roberta Avenue between Houston Avenue and Locust Drive. Also, to approve and recommend to Council the installation of red curb on both sides of Roberta Avenue between Brookhurst Road and Houston Avenue.

    Staff met with the school district officials. Mr. Miller stated that there is a need for on street loading/unloading. The parking lot is not sufficient and the circulation is very poor. Staff would like to restripe Roberta Avenue at the intersection of Brookhurst Road to provide a left-turn pocket going westbound and also a right/through pocket. There are no lane designations at the moment.

    Staff has not received any opposition from the residents. The resident at 1761 East Houston has two sides of his property for parking; the north side of their property would have red curb.

    Chairman Robeson asked what the purpose of the red curb would be at 1761 East Houston. Mr. Miller stated that in order to stripe the lanes on Roberta Avenue there needs to be enough width of the roadway.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked if staff had any discussions with the school about using the back side along Pacific. Mr. Miller replied yes. He stated that a couple years ago there was a crosswalk installed and red curb placed. All elementary schools have increased enrollment and have installed portables on their parking lots.

    The public comment segment was opened and closed.

    Motion: Hardwick
    2nd: Cochran
    Ayes: Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staffs report be APPROVED

  3. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF BEVERLY DRIVE BETWEEN MALVERN AVENUE AND BUENA VISTA DRIVE.

    Mr. Miller stated the request was received by Mr. Ken Del Chario, the property owner at 610 Beverly Drive, requesting exemption from the 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. parking prohibition on both sides of Beverly Drive between Malvern Avenue and Buena Vista Drive.

    Mr. Del Chario stated to staff that his home was built in 1924 and was constructed with a very narrow driveway and only a one-car garage which is not conducive for parking a vehicle.

    Staffs recommendation is to deny the request to approve the overnight parking on both sides of Beverly Drive between Malvern Avenue and Buena Vista Drive.

    On the west side of the street, the property at 643 Beverly Drive was considered parking deficient. On the east side, 610 Beverly Drive was considered parking deficient.

    Although the two properties mentioned are parking deficient, the property at 610 Beverly Drive has a long driveway capable of parking 3 vehicles.

    Chairman Robeson asked what staff considers long driveway. Mr. Miller stated a long driveway would be between 40 to 60 feet long.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Jean McGraw, 630 Beverly Drive, stated they have never had any problems until the young crowd came into the neighborhood. She does not believe there should be parking on either side of the street. Mrs. McGraw mentioned that the businesses park there cars on there street on occasion.

    Commissioner Bailey inquired if there is any reasonable way to open to three lanes southerly of this location and still accommodate staffs' request. Mr. Miller advised that it would not be possible.

    Annika Santalahti, 615 Beverly Drive, stated she supports staffs recommendation. She strongly feels that the quality of the single family residential is enhanced by the fact that no overnight parking is allowed. Mrs. Santalahti has noticed a distinct difference in Fullertons quality of the streets because of no overnight parking.

    Ken Del Chario, 610 Beverly Drive, clarified that the driveway staff mentioned was long, is only 83 wide. He said his wife is handicap and cannot get her car in the garage.

    Chairman Robeson asked Mr. Del Chario if he has considered getting a blue curb in front of his property. Mr. Del Chario replied yes, however, the blue curb would not allow overnight parking.

    Josh Bellenger, 627 Beverly Drive, stated that the majority of the people that are opposed to the exemption are single. Mr. Bellenger said the driveways are long but narrow.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated he feels for Mr. Chario because he has a tough problem. He rode through the neighborhood and there were only one or two cars parked on the street. It did not seem there was a big parking problem. He supports staffs recommendation.

    Commissioner Hardwick stated the driveways may not be as long as they appear to be per the pictures provided.

    Commissioner Cochran stated the request does not seem to fall within the guidelines which would allow for the exemption to be approved. He supports staffs recommendation.

    Motion: Olmsted
    2nd: Cochran
    Ayes: Cochran, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson
    Nayes: Hardwick

    That the recommendations contained in staff's report be APPROVED.

  4. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF WHITING AVENUE BETWEEN STANFORD AVENUE AND RAYMOND AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller stated the request was received by the property owner at 1134 E. Whiting Avenue requesting the exemption from Overnight Parking between Stanford Avenue and Raymond Avenue. Staffs recommendation is to approve overnight parking from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on both sides of Whiting Avenue.

    Mr. Miller stated that from south Chapman Avenue to west Raymond Avenue almost every street around Whiting Avenue is overnight parking exempt. Over the weekend staff received notice of five property owners that are opposed to the overnight parking exemption. They are 1109, 1117, 1121, 1104, 1112 Whiting Avenue.

    The Fullerton Fire Department expressed concern that in case of an emergency, access to these properties could be hampered due to the existing width of Whiting Avenue. Whiting Avenue is 30 feet curb to curb. They do consider Whiting as a non conforming street due to its narrow width.

    Chairman Robeson asked if any streets in the surrounding area are the same width as Whiting Avenue that are exempt. Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst, stated that Princeton Avenue would be a street that is exempt and 30 feet in width.

    Staff supports the request to approve the overnight parking exemption. Staff also recommends that the Fire Department monitor the situation to see if there are any conflicts between the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. in light of fire response.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Lisa Jones, 1117 East Whiting, stated her concern of safety. She feels it is unsafe for the women in her neighborhood because there are so many cars on the street at night. Mrs. Jones stated that during the day time when vehicles are parked on the street, only one car can travel down Whiting Avenue. Pulling out of her driveway is inconvenient. The cars block the view of on coming traffic. She stated that the neighborhood is attempting preservation. The east side of Whiting is virtually never swept because of cars that are parked overnight.

    Mike Slater, resides at 1716 Sunset Lane, property owner at 1134 Whiting Avenue, his daughter resides at 1134 Whiting Avenue. He said that only one car can park on the driveway. He feels it is unsafe for his daughter to be parking on Whiting Avenue or Raymond Avenue. He is concerned for his daughters safety and is in favor of the overnight parking exemption.

    Susan Suziblock, 1104 East Whiting, stated she submitted an e-mail to the Engineering Department discussing her concerns. She is opposed to the recommendation. She has two vehicles and feels she is inconvenienced. She stated that the signature that was obtained from the residence at 1120 Whiting Avenue was from a non resident owner. The house was in escrow at the time of the signature.

    Nina Kim, 1134 East Whiting Avenue, thanked staff for placing this item on the agenda. Mrs. Kim circulated the petition. She understands City Councils view on overnight parking. Her neighborhood is historic and has rather small driveways and garages. She stated that if granting the exemption for the entire street is not possible than perhaps one side of the street could be considered.

    Judy Peterson, 1112 East Whiting, opposes the overnight parking exemption. Mrs. Peterson stated that when she bought her home she was pleased with how beautiful the street was and that there was no overnight parking allowed. She thinks it is a safety issue pulling out of her driveway due to sight visibility.

    Dane Henderson, 1120 East Whiting, stated that this property was not in escrow until 6 days ago. He mentioned that there are no inoperable vehicles on the street.

    Pat Trotter, 1109 East Whiting Avenue, stated that if this is approved she will be at City Council meeting.

    Freda Tenant, 1108 East Whiting, is opposed to the overnight parking exemption. She feels that it will be unsafe if cars are parked overnight.

    Shane Napara, 1128 East Whiting, is in favor of the overnight parking exemption.

    Gilda Slater, resides at 1716 Sunset Lane, her daughter resides at 1134 Whiting Avenue, stated that she is concerned of her daughters safety.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Hardwick commented to the public that if this is approved then anyone can park on the street. He is in favor to amend the exemption to only one side of the street.

    Commissioner Lindstrom supports staffs recommendation because of the proven parking deficiency in the majority of the neighborhood. She would like to consider one side of the street being exempted.

    Commissioner Cochran does not feel that parking from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. will affect the appearance of street. He is in favor of staffs recommendation.

    Commissioner Olmsted agrees that Whiting Avenue is a beautiful street. The streets surrounding Whiting are exempt however they are not one block long and narrow. He stated he is not in support of staffs recommendation.

    Vice-Chairman Nowels feels that it would be unsafe for cars to be parked on the street in case of a fire. She is not in support of staffs recommendation.

    Chairman Robeson stated that he is aware of this beautiful street. He stated he is generally not in favor of overnight parking however, he feels this street is lacking parking and favors staffs recommendation.

    Motion: Robeson
    2nd: Cochran
    Ayes: Cochran, Lindstrom, Robeson
    Nayes: Hardwick, Nowels, Olmsted

    The vote was 3 to 3 and the motion failed.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to amend staffs recommendation.

    Motion: Hardwick
    2nd: Lindstrom
    Ayes: Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Robeson
    Nayes: Nowels, Olmsted

    That staffs recommendation be AMENDED that the south side of Whiting Avenue be overnight parking exempted from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and the north side remain as is on Whiting Avenue.

  5. CONSIDERATION OF SEVERAL STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS PERTAINING TO PEDESTRIAN AND MOTORIST SAFETY ON EUCLID STREET BETWEEN MALVERN AVENUE AND VALLEY VIEW DRIVE.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report. Staffs recommendation is to approve the installation of 50 feet of red curb on the east side of Euclid Street immediately south of Valley View Drive; 100 feet of red curb on the east side of Euclid Street immediately north of Fern Drive; and 100 feet of red curb on the east side of Euclid Street immediately south of Fern Drive. Also, to concur with staffs recommendation to re-stripe Euclid Street between Malvern Avenue and Valley View Drive. These recommendations are based on traffic studies done on Euclid Street between Malvern and Valley View Drive.

    A fatal accident occurred in the crosswalk on Euclid Street at Fern Drive. As a result of the collision, staff received several calls from residents of the area expressing various traffic concerns regarding Euclid Street. In response to those concerns staff facilitated a community meeting to obtain input from the general public. Concerns expressed at the meeting included; speed of traffic on Euclid Street; pedestrian safety when crossing Euclid Street; and access onto Euclid Street from adjacent driveways and streets. Staff presented the results of its study to the residents on May 3, 2004. Staff findings can be found in the staff report.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked what the specific cause of the accident was. Mr. Miller stated it was a very extensive report. He said the pedestrian was crossing at early morning hours while it was very dark and the driver was exceeding the speed limit going south bound when he struck the pedestrian.

    Commissioner Lindstrom inquired on the width of the lanes. Mr. Miller stated the center lanes will be 10 feet, the number one lanes will be 11 feet, and the outside lanes will be either 17 or 18 feet.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if cars coming from opposite directions would be able to see each other in the two way left turn lanes. Mr. Miller does not see that there will be a problem. He mentioned that staff will monitor the situation.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked how many driveways front onto Euclid Street. Mr. Miller said there are approximately 6 on the east side and 12 on the west side.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Irene Shalbroden, 1011 Arroyo Drive and 805 Euclid Street, thanked Mark Miller and staff for the excellent job they have done in the area. She also thanked Lieutenant Cave for the tremendous job he has done.

    Lisa Whiting, 737 Euclid Street, stated it has been the communitys pleasure to work with the Engineering Traffic Department and the Police Department. She commented that the Police Department has been at the community to control the speed limit. She mentioned that the speed back sign has been wonderful. The fatality that occurred was not the first but the second.

    Doug Crane, 1034 CrestView Drive, stated that the problem does not end at Valley View Drive but goes down to the bottom of the hill.

    Louise Garcia, 906 Euclid Street, stated she has noticed a change in speed but still feels unsafe. She asked if all the people that signed the petition were notified of the meeting.

    Mr. Miller stated that staff notified the residents on the roadway and those that attended the first meeting.

    Carol Detlift, 745 Euclid Street, mentioned that as they walked around the community to obtain signatures they informed everyone of the meeting. Mrs. Detlift commented on how wonderful the street has become.

    Dave Cosner, 731 Euclid Street, thanked staff for all there hard work.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked what will be monitored to engage the improvements. Mr. Miller stated the average speed, the number of accidents; pedestrian safety would all be monitored. He stated the feedback speed signs have the ability to record the speeds over a long period of time. The information will be downloaded and given to the Police Department. He stated its a pilot project to reduce speed on a arterial. Staff will also be looking at the equestrian crossing north of Valley View Drive.

    Vice-Chairman Nowels supports staffs recommendations.

    Commissioner Cochran supports staffs recommendation. He thinks this is a fine example of City staff working with the residents.

    Motion: Robeson
    2nd: Hardwick
    Ayes: Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staffs report be APPROVED

  6. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF PROPOSAL TO IMPLEMENT SPECIFIC PARKING RESTRICTIONS WITHIN THE CITY POINTE (MORGAN GROUP) PUBLIC PARKING STRUCTURE LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHAPMAN AVENUE EAST OF HARBOR BOULEVARD.

    Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer, presented staffs report. Staff has put together a plan of proposed long term and short term parking. In order to simplify the enforcement staff has limited the various durations of parking. There are one hundred eighty-seven (187) parking spaces that will be available to the public.

    Commissioner Nowels asked if staff received a letter from Hidden Villa Ranch requesting 80 parking spaces. Mr. Hoppe stated that there is no commitment to provide them 80 complete spaces for that one business.

    Mr. Cochran clarified that the letter was not to provide 80 spaces for that one particular business.

    Mr. Miller stated that there are yellow spaces in the Wilshire structure for employees. He also mentioned that Hidden Villa Ranch has 47 employees and have already received 70 parking passes.

    Commissioner Hardwick stated Hidden Villa Ranch also had security concerns. They were asking that there be a security guard in the structure because they felt the area is a high crime area. He asked if Morgan Group would like to hire security. Mr. Hoppe replied he is not aware of hiring security.

    Louise Kunz with the Morgan Group stated they did a parking study about 2 years ago. The City asked that the gate be moved from the top of the ramp to the bottom of the ramp. When the gate was located at the top of the ramp they had 1.1 spaces per bedroom. When the gate was moved to the bottom they were considered under parked.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if a resident can ask for a guest permit to park. Mr. Kunz stated that 5 stickers with dates on them will be given to the residents for their guests to park overnight.

    Chairman Robeson asked Mr. Kunz if they have started to renting. Mr. Kunz replied no.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Wesley Kim, representing the Springfield Banquet Facility, mentioned that the Morgan Group parking lot is their primary parking. Mr. Kim stated they do not have enough parking. He feels there should be more signs posted around the structure so that people are aware of the parking.

    Mr. Hoppe mentioned that the signs have not been put up yet on the structure. He suggested to Mr. Kim to let his clients know that there is available parking in the structure and in surrounding structures as well.

    Benjamin Kim, Springfield property owner, thanked staff for their cooperation. He also thanked Teri Carlson for her help. He stated that his business depends on the Morgan Structure for parking.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked about the agreement that Springfield and the Morgan Group have. Terry Galvin, Redevelopment, stated that the original proposal was to have all the residential parking from the ramp down but the City Council asked that it be a joint use ramp between the public and the overflow from the residential. The ramp became additional parking. This would make parking available to the public.

    Motion: Robeson
    2nd: Nowels
    Ayes: Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staff's report be APPROVED.

  7. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE EXISTING CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON (CSUF) STUDENT SHUTTLE STOP AT THE INTERSECTION OF GARNET LANE AND DEERPARK DRIVE.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report. Staffs recommendation is to approve and recommend to City Council a staff recommendation to remove the existing California State University Fullerton (CSUF) student shuttle stop at the intersection of Garnet Lane and Deerpark Drive; and to repeal the existing resolution. The agreement between CSUF and the Spectrum Club changed. CSUF made arrangements with OCTA to have free busing.

    The public comment was opened and closed.

    Motion: Cochran
    2nd: Nowels
    Ayes: Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staff's report be APPROVED.

  8. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO DESIGNATE A 15-MINUTE PASSENGER LOADING ZONE ON THE EAST SIDE OF RICHMAN AVENUE IN FRONT OF THE PROPERTY AT 410 S. RICHMAN AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report. Staffs recommendation is to approve and recommend to City Council the installation of 50 feet of green curb (15-minute parking) on the east side of Richman Avenue in front of the property at 410 South Richman Avenue.

    The Boys and Girls Club made the request in an effort to assure a safe and convenient location to load/unload children. Available on-street parking in front of their club is frequently occupied by employees of the surrounding commercial businesses; however, staff found in its study that on numerous occasions the employees of the Boys and Girls club utilized on-street parking. Staff noticed that the curb in front of the building was painted white by unknown others.

    The public comment segment was opened and closed.

    Motion: Hardwick
    2nd: Cochran
    Ayes: Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staff's report be APPROVED.

COUNCIL REVIEW

Mr. Hoppe said Council approved bicycle riding at Hillcrest Park, the disabled parking on Paula Drive, and the 15-minute parking on Wilshire Avenue in front of the bank.

Abandonments on Grove and Nutwood were approved for abandonment by Council.

The overnight parking exemption on Richman went back to Council by the Mayors request and got approved.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering, mentioned that he would be retiring from the City of Fullerton as of May 14, 2004. He expressed his thanks to the commission for working with staff.

ADJOURNMENT

The Transportation & Circulation Commission was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

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