Bell Gardens City Council Action, October 28, 2019
For immediate release – October 31, 2019
The Bell Gardens City Council met Monday, October 28 and addressed several issues –
Urgency ordinance regarding rent control. The California legislature passed AB1482 in September, which places an annual cap on rent increases and creates new standards for evictions statewide. The City Council passed an urgency ordinance establishing interim rent control measures for a 45-day period for multi-family properties.
Without the ordinance, the Council felt renters could experience economic hardship and potential displacement that could even lead to homelessness, which could be detrimental to public health, safety and welfare.
Partnership with Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce. The Council approved an agreement that would provide a $30,000 annual stipend to the Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce to assist in promoting and recruiting local business as well as producing community events that benefit residents and business owners alike.
The Chamber will provide quarterly reports on the health and prospects for businesses in the City and will produce the following events before the end of 2020: The State of the City luncheon, the Miss Bell Gardens Pageant, a golf tournament fundraiser and a Farmers’ Market and/or Job Fair.
City Clerk hired. The Council approved the hiring of Jane Halstead as the new City Clerk, ending a search that began in July. Halstead has served as the City Clerk of Murietta and the City of Moreno Valley, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Management from the University of Redlands, and is a Certified Municipal Clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
The City Clerk works closely with the City Council and the City Manager, staff and public, as well as with various government and community agencies. They are responsible for elections and keeping the City in compliance with various regulations on all levels.
Halstead is scheduled to assume her responsibilities on November 4.