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Glendale City Council Meeting Preview: Taxicab Appeal

July 19, 2010

The City Council on Tuesday will hear an appeal of a January decision by the Transportation and Parking Commission.

When a routine five-year permit renewal for City Cab's 15 taxis came up, the commission voted to instead set it to expire in December 2013, when all other permits are set to expire in a move intended to set up changes to the taxi permitting process.

Commissioners said other permits up for renewal in the interim would also be set to the same date, at which point all taxi companies could compete on a clean slate.

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In its appeal, the company has argued that the four-year term would hurt its ability to make planned upgrades to its fleet, including the purchase of environmentally friendly taxicabs.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The appeal will likely take hours as the City Council mulls whether to uphold the commission's decision.

Land negotiations

The Glendale Redevelopment Agency will continue negotiations in closed session related to several properties the city is interested in purchasing.

City officials will continue negotiations for the possible acquisition of the property at 5426 San Fernando Road — the former site of aerospace company PRC-DeSoto, which county records show Target bought for nearly $22 million in 2006.

City Councilman John Drayman has said the 9.5-acre site in south Glendale could be used to host a new park.

The City Council will also continue negotiations with owners of the arcade at 212 S. Brand Blvd., which city officials hope to acquire for the Museum of Neon Art, which is slated to move into the building next door.

City officials have been trying unsuccessfully to purchase the building since last year.

WHAT TO EXPECT

It is unlikely the City Council will report out of closed session on the ongoing negotiations.

Employment talks

The City Council will in closed session conduct a performance review of City Manager Jim Starbird, as well as discuss the replacement of Assistant City Manager Bob McFall, who retired after 33 years with the city.

WHAT TO EXPECT

It is unlikely the City Council will report out on Starbird's performance review. McFall's replacement is expected to be announced soon.

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What: Glendale City Council meeting

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: City Council Chambers, 613 E. Broadway

Contact: (818) 548-2090

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