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City Council Adopts 2011-15 Goals Concerning Future of Imperial Beach

A glimpse into the future of Imperial Beach seen through the ideals and ideas of the City Council and city staff in adopted goals.

Youth in the city, fiscal responsibility, public safety, major development projects and more are all on the city’s goal list for 2011-15, passed by the City Council on Wednesday.

Council members and city staff had the opportunity to express their ambitions for the city over the span of the next few years. The goals for the city are separated into three categories—quality of life, fiscal sustainability and priority development.

City Manager Gary Brown said that, based on prior discussions, three additions were added: exploring next steps to capitalize on opportunities presented by the new Seacoast Inn, working on ways to build the city's revenue, and presenting ideas to improve marketing of the city.

Council and city staff agreed on the impact that the Seacoast Inn project may have on IB. Mayor Jim Janney said, “Decisions made should focus on what is available today, the economic situation, in tandem with the current look and feel of Imperial Beach.

“We said this would be a catalyst project,” Janney said.

Councilman Edward Spriggs said he was delighted with the additions and the overall goals, “and they all tie in with the vision that we want to create for Imperial Beach as a wonderful beach community that is both meeting the needs of its residents and is economically viable and retains its casual nature.”

Spriggs described the role of the Seacoast Inn as a vehicle to achieve what the city has been working for, and likely to be followed by modest low-rise development of Seacoast Drive, described as a walkable, beautiful community that has shops and residences that visitors and residents of the city can enjoy.

“Now that the hotel is a reality, with the work we have done on it for many years, it is only appropriate this is one of our priorities that we are going to be working on over the next year,” Spriggs said.

City staff will return before the end of the fiscal year to present the budget, as well as some “wild and crazy ideas, and some feasible ones for brainstorming,” Brown said.

Wednesday’s unanimous decision adopted the following 2011-15 goals as an amendment to the 2010-14 goals.

City Manager Staff Report, April 20, 2011. Goals for 2011-15

City Council Agenda, April 20, 2011, with enclosures attached.

Quality of Life

1. Bicycle Village

     a. Secure property and adopt zoning to allow the development

2. Engage in social media to improve communication with citizenry

3. Crime

     a. Reduce incidence of index crimes by 10 percent

4. Changes to Commercial Zoning

     a. Complete CEQA analysis and write ordinances. Get ordinances to Coastal Commision for their review

     b. Adopt Ordinances

5. Sand Replenishment

     a. Shift away from the Corp’s large project and emphasize SANDAG’s work

     b. Secure state funding to assist

     c. Consider artificial reef.

6. Continue Facade Improvement and Clean and Green program.

7. Palm Avenue Master Plan

     a. Work with council representative to SANDAG to secure funding of CEQA analysis and design phases

8. Maintain City Facilities

      a. Public Works constant effort

     b. What to do if and when redevelopment funds are not available

9. Submit Marijuana ordinance to Council and Coastal Commission

10. Find out what we can enforce under the existing sign code

11. Port Contracts

     a. Work for smooth renewal of Port Contracts for tidelands maintenance and public safety, which end on June 20, 2012

12. Move to paperless agenda for Council meetings

13. Involve youth in City

     a. Create links to high school and youth advisory group

14. Seek Federal assistance to preserve the estuary

15. Pursue walkable community

      a. Complete cross-walks at municipal center and Louden Lane

      b. Complete study with Walk San Diego

16. Dog Beach -Find a site for a leash-free dog beach

17. Improve working relationship with schools to see if the following are feasible

     a. Tennis courts on school site

     b. Increase community access to the swimming pool

     c. Use of playground facilities

Fiscal Sustainability

1. Achieve fiscal stability through June 30, 2013 with a balanced two year budget

     a. Carefully monitor expenses and find cost savings

     b. Work with CLETAC on new Sheriff’s contract for the period starting July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014

     c. Continue work on reducing cost and increasing certain fees

     d. Work with Sandpipa cities to stabalize insurance cost

     e. Seek labor savings during negotiations

     f. Review fees and raise some if justified

2. Ensure funding for replacement of large equipment such as fire engine and vector trucks

3. Staff Costs

     a. Complete labor negotiations

     b. Seek to have firefighters contribute toward retirement; may seek to have other employees pay more

     c. Adjust health allowance

     d. Review alternative health plans

4. Work with Council on ways to build the city's reverences

5. Present ideas to improve marketing of the city

Priority Development

1. Start and finish construction of new hotel on Seacoast Inn site

     a. Link to ecotourism

2. 9th and Palm

     a. Complete DDA with Sudberry by end of 2011 or re-start RFP process

     b. Will discuss new post with Sudberry

3. Pond 20

     a. Work with the Port and San Diego to re-assess development potential on the site

4. Review funding for El Camino and proceed toward funding if Council chooses to do so

5. Explore and establish ways to improve business relationships and improve the community's responsiveness and receptivity to business

6. Explore next steps to capitalize on opportunities presented by the new Seacoast Inn. Take these steps once they are identified

Pop Quiz April 23, 2011 at 03:06 AM
....What to do if and when redevelopment funds are not available....Secure property ....Adopt Ordinances.....increasing certain fees...Review fees and raise some ...funding for El Camino More fees, fines and taxes? More invasive ordinances? Another redevelopment Hotel? Remember folks, WE will pay for this city owned, homogenized HOA future, with your money and your rights. Did you know you can no longer even have an boat or RV parked in your own driveway! That is exactly what they mean when they say "adopt ordinances", no car washing, no working on cars,and which house colors they find "acceptable". Is this council and the HOA mind set representing your view of Imperial Beach? Also, If i remember my Monopoly correctly, doesn't the city have to have 4 houses before they can buy another hotel? Maybe that's where the "secure property" comes in. Redevelopment has it's less publicly discussed strong arm tactic, Eminent Domain.
Marcus Boyd April 24, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Even new politicians say whatever sounds good at the time they are talking. Without thinking... When Councilmember Spriggs refers to "meeting the needs of its residents", he means all but Prop. 215 patients, some of whom are the City's most vulnerable residents. Unfortunately for residents, Spriggs has signed on with Janny, Bragg and King to give a green light to the eager city staff to ban safe access in the city on June 1st. www.StopTheBanIB.org calls on Councilmember Spriggs to implement the Compassionate Use Act, a law that was voted in by the people of IB at a higher percentage than he or, any councilmember or mayor since the passing of Prop. 215 in 1996! Be honorable sir, say what you mean and mean what you say, provide safe access today.
Lenora Porcella April 26, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Before we worry too much about social media, can't we just get video of the council meetings posted on the City's website? Not all of us who are interested are able to attend. I think in the 21st Century, this would be Priority #1 for the council... to get their website, council meetings, and information up-to-date electronically.It'd be helpful for schools, seniors, property owners, and is done by other cities throughout the state.
John Haupt July 12, 2011 at 07:22 AM
I couldn't find anything about facilitating or creating jobs for young people. It's nice they might have more recreational options, but how will they afford to live here if they are unemployed. I seem to have read where IB had one of the highest rates of unemployment in the county. Unemployment leads to dire financial situations and low self esteem. These factors may lead to crimes against other residents. It behooves everyone to insure young people have a means of supporting themselves through job opportunities.

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