Council Accepts Presentation by Communications Task Force, Denies Lifting of Parking Restrictions

The Communications task force committee delivered a presentation to the City Council on November 6, 2007.

Formed in June 2007 as a subcommittee of the Planning Commission, its purpose has been to develop communication strategies to assist the city of Temple City with the modernization of the General Plan.

Carl Blum, Chair of the Communications task force committee and Planning Commission Vice-Chairman, highlighted several portions of the committee report to the City Council.

Kathy Keelin, co-chair of the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) subcommittee, reviewed the major survey responses in each of the four areas. The SWOT subcommittee is a branch of the Communications task force.

According to Keelin, only 146 responses were gathered among the 1700 surveys distributed throughout Temple City. The SWOT surveys were distributed in newspapers, convenient stores, City Hall, and the public library.

The Chair of the Education subcommittee, Patty Bateman, gave the city a list of terms and acronyms to utilize for future communicating needs.

Blum concluded the presentation stating that the hoped the three remaining task forces, the Commercial, Parks and Open Spaces, and Housing would make a recommendation to the City Council in June 2008.

The City Council also considered an agenda item requested by Councilwoman Cathé Wilson. Wilson’s item was a consideration of eliminating the “No Back-In Parking” restrictions at the K-Mart Center.

During Council discussion, Wilson noted that residents were contesting citations stating that while driving, their vehicles did not back-in, but rather pulled forward. She added that the signs at the entrances were small.

Mayor Pro Tempore Ken Gillanders informed the Council on some background information as to why the restrictions were placed in the first place. He added that property damaged premiums and accidents related to back-in parking were reduced with the restrictions.

Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra then offered the suggestion of improving the signage.

Without much support in lifting the restrictions, City Manager Charles Martin requested the Public Services Manager to solicit estimates for the costs of re-signing the whole lot.

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