By Fernando Alcantara/Garden Grove Journal
Instead, council responded by approving a written response to the report outlining the findings the city officially agreed and disagreed with.
Mayor William Dalton and City Manager Matthew Fertal outlined their disagreement with the Grand Jury’s findings that the city of Garden Grove failed to adequately address citizen concerns in the development of customer parking in the proposed Grove Street condominium project west of Main Street, stating that “The City disagrees wholly with this finding.”
The city’s response continued to describe the process that Garden Grove undertook in determining whether or not adequate parking would exist with the completion of the project.
The report recommended that Garden Grove continue discussions with the Downtown Business Association to come to an agreement regarding the parking situation.
Mayor Dalton and City Manager Fertal responded with “The City of Garden Grove will not implement this recommendation because it is unwarranted or is not reasonable.”
In the 32-page report that defines and describes the situation behind the dissolution of redevelopment in California, the report makes both a positive and negative case for redevelopment using the City of Garden Grove in both instances.
The Grove Street Project was the negative case.
Redevelopment has been good for Garden Grove however, which the report acknowledged.
Through its previous redevelopment agency, the city of Garden Grove transformed the portion of Harbor Boulevard once known as being the “seedy side” of town into the $12 million-annual-revenue-making district it now is with 11 world class hotels.
According to the Grand Jury’s report, this district has created more than 2,000 jobs and produces nearly $27 million in tax increment revenue.
The city’s official response and the entire Orange County Grand Jury report entitled, “The Dissolution of Redevelopment: Where Have We Been? What Lies Ahead?” can be viewed on the city of Garden Grove’s website.
The consideration of a request to change a zoning designation at 12332 Brookhurst St. to allow live entertainment in the form of a one-man band and karaoke has been deferred to the next city council meeting due to council member Dina Nguyen’s absence.
The council approved the consideration to upgrade the intersection of Lampson Avenue and Manley Street to allow for safer driving conditions in that intersection.
Dan Candelaria from the city’s traffic and engineering division recommended that the signal “rest on red” from the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m and to implement curved warning signs to keep traffic to speeds of 40 miles per hour.
“It’s a very dangerous corner,” Councilman Bruce Broadwater said regarding the intersection. “I think a blinking red light would be ideal to solve [the intersection’s] problem.”