Permits approved at City Council meeting, and more

By Brett Callwood

At the City Council meeting on the evening of Tuesday, January 23, in Action Item 13B, a special business activity permit was unanimously approved for Care for the Children, a Non-Profit Organization, to Conduct Curb Painting Activities.

Action Item 13C called for “Preparation Of The Façade Improvement Conceptual Design For The Gardena Boulevard Revitalization Program.” That too passed unanimously.

The staff note read, “On October 24th, 2023, the City Council directed staff to explore obtaining a cost estimate for developing a Façade Improvement Conceptual Design to revitalize Gardena Boulevard. Staff requested a proposal from Michael Baker International, who have prior experience in providing similar services to a neighboring city.”

Departmental Item 18B (transportation) called for the approval of a contract with Southern California Edison to “build electric vehicle charging infrastructure at the GTrans facility.”

The staff note read, “In 2022, City Council adopted GTrans Zero-Emission Fleet Transition Plan, mapping out how GTrans intends to achieve a full transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2034. GTrans has six zero-emission vehicles in its fleet, and another seven scheduled to arrive in February/March of this year. As part of the plan, GTrans is in the planning/design stage for its electric charging station, which includes an expansion of solar panels and new battery storage to help reduce reliance on the energy grid and offset energy costs during peak periods.”

Earlier, Action Item 13A explored the “12-Month Pilot Commercial Façade Improvement Program Updates.” The council voted 4-1 to entice grant funding, with Council Member Paulette Francis the one “no” vote.