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    20.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 05/12/2020  

SUBJECT:
ADOPT A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING AND EXTENDING  THE LOCAL EMERGENCY - COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ORDINANCES REGARDING CONTINUING LOCAL EMERGENCY
 
RECOMMENDATION:
  1. Adopt a Resolution entitled: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS, CONFIRMING AND EXTENDING THE EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY
     
  2. Adopt by 4/5ths vote an Urgency Ordinance entitled: AN URGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS AMENDING CHINO HILLS MUNICIPAL CODE SECTIONS 2.44.160 AND 2.44.190 REQUIRING CITY COUNCIL REVIEW OF NECESSITY FOR CONTINUING LOCAL EMERGENCY EVERY SIXTY DAYS
     
  3. Introduce an Ordinance entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS AMENDING CHINO HILLS MUNICIPAL CODE SECTIONS 2.44.160 AND 2.44.190 REQUIRING CITY COUNCIL REVIEW OF NECESSITY FOR CONTINUING LOCAL EMERGENCY EVERY SIXTY DAYS
     
  4. Find that the Resolution and Ordinances are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act.
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
On March 4, 2020, the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency relating to the coronavirus identified as COVID-19 and the worldwide spread of this new disease for which most people do not have immunity. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, and on March 13, 2020, the President declared a National Emergency.On March 17, 2020, the City Council ratified a local emergency declaration and adopted a resolution declaring a local emergency in support of the action taken by the City Manager on March 16, 2020.

Subsequent to the local emergency declaration, the Governor and the San Bernardino County Health Department Officer have issued numerous health orders and directives designed to save lives by reducing the number of Californians who contract COVID-19 before an effective treatment or vaccine is available.
 
As of May 4, 2020, there were currently 69 known positive cases of COVID-19 and two related deaths in the City of Chino Hills. Approximately 27,000 patients have been tested in San Bernardino County, with 2,562 positive Coronavirus cases confirmed. Given the present dangers associated with COVID-19 and the likelihood that the number of cases and deaths will continue to increase, the City Manager is recommending approval of the attached resolution continuing the current local emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact all facets of our community. Continuing the local emergency will provide flexibility to the City for rapidly responding to this crisis. Doing so will help protect the City's residents and visitors.

Also, on March 17, 2020, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance and introduced a regular ordinance amending Chino Hills Municipal Code (CHMC) Section 2.44.080 to ensure that the City Council need only review and extend the emergency declaration once every sixty (60) days rather than every fourteen (14) days. Subsequently, it was discovered that two other provisions, CHMC Section 2.44.160 and 2.44.190, referenced the fourteen (14) day review, so these sections are also recommended to be amended to be consistent with the revisions made to Section 2.44.080 and current state statutes which provides that city review is only required every sixty days. Thus, an urgency and regular ordinance amending these provisions are also recommended to be adopted.
 
The City Council will continue to evaluate this local emergency at least every 60 days, and will terminate the local emergency as soon as conditions warrant it.
 
The City Council must proclaim the termination of the local emergency at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant. (Gov. Code§ 8630.)
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
The proposed Ordinance and Resolution, and the actions anticipated by the Resolution, were reviewed pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq., "CEQA") and the regulations promulgated thereunder (14 Cal. Code of Regulations §§15000, et seq., the "CEQA Guidelines"). Based upon that review, this action is exempt from further review pursuant to CEQA Guidelines§ 15269(a) because the protection of public and private property is necessary to maintain service essential to the public health and welfare. CEQA findings regarding an anticipated imminent emergency are valid (see Ca/Beach Advocates v. City of Solana Beach (2002) 103 Cal.App.4th 529).
FISCAL IMPACT:
Staff is continuing to monitor the fiscal impacts associated with this public health emergency. Direct expenditures to date are estimated at $30,000, and the anticipated revenue losses and other cost impacts will be reviewed during the City Council’s upcoming Budget Study Session.
REVIEWED BY OTHERS:
This agenda item has been reviewed by the City Attorney and the Finance Director.
Attachments
Resolution
Urgency Ordinance
Ordinance

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