Walnut City Council Recap

By Natalie Kim

WALNUT – Mayor Pacheco called to order the Nov. 10 Walnut City Council meeting, held on a Tuesday as opposed to the usual Wednesday to recognize Veterans Day. First in the public comments were the Robotastic Kids, a group of Collegewood Elementary School students who presented a plan to raise awareness about household battery recycling. Their plan includes leading battery recycling drives at school, and calling for the implementation of automated battery recycling stations and placing CRV on batteries. Multiple residents also expressed their support for the Council in a lawsuit against Verizon concerning Verizon’s ability to place another cell tower at 555 Gartel Dr.

Following the public comments, the Council approved all items on the Consent Calendar, including minutes from the Oct. 14 City Council meeting; minutes from the Oct. 22 Special Meeting; minutes from the Oct. 28 City Council/WHA minutes; a resolution allowing claims and demands in the amount of $480,847.13; a resolution calling and giving notice of holding a general municipal election on April 12, 2016; a resolution requesting the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles to reader specific services to conduct the general municipal election of April 12, 2016; a resolution adopting regulations for candidates for elective office pertaining to candidate statements for the general municipal election on April 12, 2016; a resolution opting out of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Joint Powers Agreement and the City’s membership in the LA-RICS Authority; and a request by Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles for a non-profit solicitation permit and waiver of business license tax.

After Council comments and updates, the meeting adjourned with plans to meet again on Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at 21201 La Puente Rd.