The San Jacinto City Council in a short, 45-minute regular council meeting Tuesday, March 8, approved a trip for the city manager and two councilmembers to attend a shopping center conference and authorized the city’s fire stations to accept surrendered newborns.
The council noted its concern along with the Riverside County Board of supervisors of the number of newborn babies recently abandoned in the county and under the state’s 2001 Safely Surrender Baby Law authorized the city’s fire chief to designate the city’s fire stations as Safely Surrender sites and select the firefighters or paramedics to take custody of any surrender newborns.
The baby surrender law permits mothers or the those in lawful custody of newborn babies within 72-hours of birth under certain circumstances to surrender the child to a hospital, medical facility or fire station within the designated period of time without fear of prosecution for child abandonment. The law was designed so that no harm would come to any newborn unwanted by its parents or family.
The city council also approved travel expenses to City Manager Rob Johnson, Councilman Andrew Kotyuk and Councilwoman Crystal Ruiz to attend the International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON in Las Vegas May 21-24. Kotyuk explained the conferences can prove beneficial for the city to attract shopping center developers to build in the community.
City Manager Rob Johnson noted that the conferences he attended previously have resulted in new shopping centers coming to Menifee where he was previously employed as its city manager.
There was some concern by the council during the discussion of who should go with the city manager. The council decided on a vote of 4 to 1 to approve the travel expenses of approximately $1,300 for each city participant going to the conference. Councilman Russ Utz cast the only no vote. The selection of who was to go was based on the councilmembers seniority, as each wanted to attend. (Under the Brown Act only two out of five city council members can appear together on city business outside of a public meeting so as not to make a majority decision.)
Robert Brady, who served with Johnson in the city of Menifee in the economic development department, was named by the council to assist the city manager in the city’s effort to bring more business and employment to the city under its current economic policy.
Brady has over 25 years of experience in planning, land use, community development and city management. As a CalPers retiree Brady can only work and get paid for 960 hours during a fiscal year limiting him to a part time status. His employment, according to the city manager’s report, will help complete the backlog of economic development and building reviews in the city.