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Franchise Negotiations Consultants What Happened...

November 14, 2003

FRANCHISE NEGOTIATIONS CONSULTANTS

WHAT HAPPENED

The City Council agreed to hire five consultant firms to conduct

due diligence for the city's franchise renewal with Charter

Communications.

WHAT IT MEANS

The city's franchise agreement with Charter Communications, which

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allows the cable company to operate in the city, expires Jan. 1,

2005. The city is negotiating a new agreement with the company, and

these consultant groups will hold focus groups and surveys and

conduct audits and reviews. Charter Communications is expected to

reimburse the consultant fees to the city.

VOTE

The council voted 3-0 in favor of hiring the firms. Councilmen Gus

Gomez and Bob Yousefian were absent.

COUNCIL TO WAIT ON RENT CONTROL

WHAT HAPPENED

The City Council accepted staff's recommendation to wait until

after a Dec. 8 court hearing to put a rent-control initiative on a

ballot.

WHAT IT MEANS

A property owner's group completed a petition to put an initiative

preventing rent control on a citywide ballot, but the initiative is

being challenged in court. In the spring, council had asked staff for

a report in November recommending options for when to put the

initiative on the ballot. With a court hearing set for Dec. 8, staff

recommended waiting for the court's ruling before making any

decisions.

VOTE

The council voted 3-0 to have staff present another report after

the court hearing. Gomez and Yousefian were absent.

GLENDALE MEDIC APPROVED

WHAT HAPPENED

The council approved Glendale Medic, a membership program, to help

pay paramedic costs.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Fire Department will launch Glendale Medic early next year.

For members of the program with insurance, the city will pay the

costs of paramedic services not covered by the insurance company. For

members without insurance, the city will pay 50% of the paramedic

costs. Membership will cost $60 per household per year.

VOTE

The council voted 3-0 to approve the program. Gomez and Yousefian

were absent.

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