Council: California League of Cities resolutions worth further examination

March 24, 2006
Santa Paula City Council

Some of the resolutions adopted by the California League of Cities late last year will be considered during the City Council’s upcoming 2006-2007 Goal Setting, after Council discussion at the March 6 meeting.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesSome of the resolutions adopted by the California League of Cities late last year will be considered during the City Council’s upcoming 2006-2007 Goal Setting, after Council discussion at the March 6 meeting. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said that two issues “of special interest to the Council” focus on water principles and green building guidelines.Councilwoman Mary Ann Krause noted that the subject had been delayed to ensure that the full Council would consider the Ahwahnee Water Principles, to incorporate aspects not already included in city guidelines to “give the community a measure of comfort in what we do” to ensure water conservation and protections. The Council should also consider green building guidelines for future city and private construction to ensure environmentally friendly structures, Krause added.The California League of Cities used a template of such resolutions that were crafted by mayors representing cities from throughout the world, and Krause – who attended the October conference as Mayor - said she hoped that the resolutions would be incorporated into city goals. More of the resolutions adopted by the League of California Cities could be considered for gradual goal inclusion in future years, she added. One resolution noted that parks must be built near homes, a “discipline many cities around the world are trying to accomplish.”
“Water in some places is more expensive than oil,” while some European cities are being built entirely “green,” noted Councilman Gabino Aguirre.Councilman John Procter said that although he would hesitate if the green guidelines were to be considered a “mandate, I would be totally in favor” of adoption as an advisory measure. “I embrace this, it’s a progressive move on our part and it’s good to have a piece of work” as a reminder of such issues.Mayor Rick Cook agreed, but noted that he also did not favor mandates. “I do like some of the issues, but we have to care of it ourselves.”Krause suggested that the Council adopt the entire California League of Cities resolution document to consider components at each goal setting in the future.



Site Search

Tel: 805 525-6048  marydeines@roadrunner.com
E-Subscribe

Subscribe

E-SUBSCRIBE
Call 805 525 1890 to receive the entire paper early. $50.00 for one year.

webmaster