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YES. YES, I CAN HEAR YOU.

OK, AWESOME, THANK YOU.

ARE WE ALL PRESENT? EVEN THE CITY MANAGER IS THERE NOW.

OUR IT GUY'S HERE, WE'RE GOOD THEN.

GO AHEAD AND CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

[1) CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Cortez]

GOOD EVENING. THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD PURSUANT TO SECTION THREE OF EXECUTIVE ORDER N-29-20 ISSUE BY GOVERNOR NEWSOM ON MARCH 17, 2020.

ALL MEMBERS ARE JOINING THIS MEETING REMOTELY VIA ZOOM WEBINAR.

WE WILL NOW CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

PLEASE STAND FOR THE FLAG SALUTE.

ALL RIGHT, IN LIEU OF AN INVOCATION, WE WILL OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU. ROLL CALL, MADAM CLERK.

ALL MEMBERS ARE PRESENT.

GREAT, THANK YOU. WE HAVE NO PRESENTATIONS THIS EVENING, SO WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM SIX PUBLIC COMMENTS. THIS PORTION OF THE MEETING IS RESERVED FOR PERSON DESIRING TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL AND INCLUDING THE COUNCIL, ACTING AS THE GOVERNING BOARD FOR THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY ON ANY MATTER, NOT ON THIS AGENDA IN ORDER WHICH THE COUNCIL AND SUCCESSOR AGENCY HAS JURISDICTION. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

ANYONE WHO HAS NOT PROVIDED THEIR COMMENTS BY THE CLOSE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION OF THE MEETING, CAN EMAIL THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CITY CLERK AT CITYCLERK@CITYOFWASCO.ORG AND THEIR COMMENTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL RECORD.

THE CITY COUNCIL IS VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR COMMENTS, HOWEVER, DUE TO BROWN ACT REQUIREMENTS, NO ACTION MAY BE TAKEN AT THIS MEETING.

SHOULD YOUR COMMENTS REQUIRE FURTHER CONSIDERATION BY THE COUNCIL OR THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY. THE ITEM WILL BE AGENIZED FOR REPORT AND DISCUSSED AT A FUTURE CITY COUNCIL MEETING. MADAM CLERK, AT THIS TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC? OK, THERE ARE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THIS TIME, MAYOR CORTEZ.

THANK YOU. ITEM SEVEN, SUCCESSOR AGENCY BUSINESS.

WE HAVE NONE.

ITEM EIGHT WASCO PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY BUSINESS.

WE HAVE NONE.

[9) CONSENT CALENDAR]

ITEM NINE, CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS.

THE CONSENT CALENDAR.

THE CONSENT CALENDAR CONSISTS OF ITEMS IN STAFF'S OPINION ARE ROUTINE AND NON-CONTROVERSIAL. THESE ITEMS ARE APPROVED IN ONE MOTION UNLESS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER OR MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC REQUEST REMOVAL OF A PARTICULAR ITEM.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE A PARTICULAR ITEM USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON. IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

TONIGHT, WE HAVE ITEMS A THROUGH G.

ITEM A APPROVAL FOR MINUTE, APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR ITEM ONE, OCTOBER 6, 2020 REGULAR MEETING. ITEM 2 OCTOBER 20, 2020 REGULAR MEETING.

ITEM B RECEIVE AND FOLLOW DEPARTMENT PAYMENTS TOTALING ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED FORTY SIX THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY SIX DOLLARS AND SIXTY FIVE CENTS.

ITEM C ADOPT AND WAIVE THE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WASCO AMENDING TITLE 15 OF THE BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE CITY OF WASCO MUNICIPAL CODE ADDING CHAPTER FIFTEEN POINT FOUR ZERO URBAN STORM WATER, URBAN STORM WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND DISCHARGE CONTROL.

ITEM D ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER AN AGREEMENT WITH TRADICIONES MARKETS, INC AS AN AUTHORIZED PAYMENT LOCATION FOR THE CITY OF WASCO UTILITY BILLING. ITEM E ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER AN AGREEMENT WITH SMS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FOR ON CALL LANDSCAPING, ARCHITECTURE, CONSULTING SERVICES.

ITEM F ADOPT A RESOLUTION APPROVING APPLICATIONS FOR AND RECEIPT OF PROPOSITION 68 PER

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CAPITA GRANT FUNDS.

ITEM G RECEIVE AND FOLLOW THE INVESTMENT REPORT FOR THE MONTH ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2020.

I WILL ASK EACH ONE INDIVIDUAL IF THEY HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON ANY OF THESE ITEMS . MEMBER ESPITIA? ALL RIGHT. MEMBER PALLARES? NO CONFLICT, THANK YOU.

MEMBER GARCIA? NONE HERE.

ALRIGHT. MEMBER REYNA? NO CONFLICT MAYOR.

ALL RIGHT. I HAVE NO CONFLICTS.

ALRIGHT NOW AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO, IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE THAT WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE A COMMENT, REMOVE OR COMMENT ON A PARTICULAR ITEM, MADAM CLERK? THERE ARE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THIS TIME.

OK, NOW I'LL ASK THE MEMBERS IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO PULL ANY PARTICULAR ITEM.

MEMBERS ESPITIA? NO I'M GOOD TILO.

MEMBER PALLARES? IF YOU COULD PULL ITEM NINE G.

G, THANK YOU. MEMBER GARCĂ­A? MEMBER GARCIA? NONE HERE.

OK, AND MEMBER REYNA? NO MAYOR, THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

OK, WE WILL WE WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME WHEN YOU MAKE A MOTION FOR ALL ITEMS EXCEPT FOR ITEM G.

GOES TO DANNY, MOTION TO MOVE ITEM WITH A THROUGH F WITH THE EXCEPTION OF G.

THANK YOU. IS THERE A SECOND? PALLARES SECOND. THANK YOU.

THERE'S A FIRST AND SECOND WE WILL NOW VOTE BY ROLL CALL, MADAM CLERK? OK, MAYOR CORTEZ? AYE. MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA? YES. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA? COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA? AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES? PALLARES AYE. AND COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA? YES. MOTION BY MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA I'M SORRY, PALLARES. TO APPROVE THE CONSENT CALENDAR WITH SEPARATE, SEPARATE CONSIDERATIONS ON ITEM NINE G. MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

THANK YOU, MEMBER PALLARES, ITEM G?

[9) g. Receive and File the Investment Report for the month ended September 30, 2020 (Perez-Hernandez)]

ITEM G, I WAS LOOKING OVER THE REPORT AND I WAS I WAS LOOKING OVER THE REPORT AND I NOTICED THERE WAS A DECREASE OF THREE HUNDRED AND THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SIXTY ONE FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

AND BASICALLY I WAS ASKING COST VERSUS MARKET VALUE.

WITH THE COST, WHAT'S OUR THRESHOLD BEFORE WE TAKE ANY PROTECTIVE ALLOCATION OF OUR INVESTMENTS? HOW MUCH OF A LOSS WE'RE GOING TO TAKE BEFORE WE WOULD CHANGE ANYTHING? OK, OK, DANIEL, YOU HAVE AN ANSWER TO THAT BASED ON OUR INVESTMENT STRATEGY OR MAYBE MR. PEREZ CAN ANSWER THAT.

IF NOT WE MAY HAVE TO GET BACK TO US ON THAT.

YEAH, I DON'T KNOW IF MR. PEREZ CAN ADDRESS THAT, OTHERWISE WE'LL PROBABLY JUST ASK THAT WE TABLE IT TILL THE NEXT MEETING TO LOOK AT THE DETAILS.

I KNOW THERE WAS A CORRECTION BASED OFF OF ACTUAL NUMBERS THAT WE CLOSED OUT FOR THE MONTH OF JULY VERSUS WHAT WAS REPORTED INITIALLY.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S THE REASON FOR THAT DEVIATION FROM THE DECREASE OR NOT.

THANK YOU.

MR. MAYOR. I DON'T FEEL WE HAVE TO TO HOLD IT OFF ANY FURTHER.

I YOU KNOW, MONTH TO MONTH WE SEE A SWING IN EITHER DIRECTION.

AND I'M COMFORTABLE WITH THIS REPORT.

I JUST WANT TO KNOW THE SAFETY PROCEDURES OR PROTOCOLS THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE IN CASE OF A WILD SWING. BUT ANYWAY, IF YOU HAVE TO GET BACK TO ME ON THAT.

MEANWHILE, I'M COMFORTABLE MAKING A MOTION TO APPROVE ITEM G.

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ALL RIGHT. ANYBODY WANT A SECOND THAT? THIS IS REYNA, I'LL SECOND THAT.

ALL RIGHT, SO THE FIRST WAS FROM MEMBER PALLARES, SECOND BY MEMBER REYNA.

WE WILL NOW VOTE BY ROLL CALL MADAM CLERK? MAYOR CORTEZ.

AYE. MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA? AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA? AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES? PALLARES AYE. AND COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA? YES. MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA TO APPROVE ITEM NINE G. MOTION IS UNANIMOUS, UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

THANK YOU. OK, ITEM 10 PUBLIC HEARINGS, WE NONE.

ITEM 11 REFERRED EXCUSE ME, DEFERRED BUSINESS.

WE HAVE NONE.

[12) a. Adopt a Resolution Approving the City of Wasco Safe Routes to School Plan Update. (Cobb)]

ITEM 12 NEW BUSINESS.

ITEM A ADOPT A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CITY OF WASCO SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PLAN UPDATE, MS. COBB? YES.

GOOD EVENING, MR. MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

I BELIEVE DANIEL HAS A BRIEF SLIDE PRESENTATION.

I'LL GIVE A MINUTE TO GET THAT UP AND THEN GO OVER WHAT I HAVE FOR YOU THIS EVENING.

OK. OK, SO JUST GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, A BRIEF BIT OF BACKGROUND ON THE CITY'S SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL EFFORTS.

IN 2013, THE COUNCIL ADOPTED THE CITY OF WASCO SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL TRAFFIC SAFETY STUDY AND BIKE MASTER PLAN.

AND IN 2014, THE COUNCIL CITY COUNCIL APPLIED FOR AND RECEIVED APPROXIMATELY TWO POINT SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING TO COMPLETE A MAJORITY OF THE PROJECTS THAT WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE 2013 STUDY.

GO AHEAD, DANIEL. SINCE THEN, THE CITY'S INITIAL SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL EFFORTS, SEVERAL CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

JAMES A FORREST SCHOOL WAS CONSTRUCTED, PALM AVENUE ELEMENTARY AND THOMAS JEFFERSON WERE BOTH CONVERTED TO MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

AND SINCE THAT TIME, PROJECTS RELATED TO HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AND ATP FUNDING.

SO AND SINCE THEN, ALSO, THE CITY AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE NOTICED INCREASED STUDENT TRAFFIC CROSSING HIGHWAY FORTY SIX AT UNCONTROLLED LOCATIONS AS A RESULT OF INCREASED DEVELOPMENT ON THE HIGHWAY AND NEW RESIDENTIAL AND SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT NORTH OF THE HIGHWAY. SO IN MARCH OF TWENTY TWENTY, THE COUNCIL APPROVED AN AGREEMENT WITH ALTA PLANNING AND DESIGN TO UPDATE OUR EXISTING SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PLAN TO ADDRESS THE CHANGES THAT I JUST COVERED.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLAN INCLUDED INPUT FROM CITY STAFF, SCHOOL DISTRICT STAFF AND THE PUBLIC, AS WELL AS ON-SITE WALK AUDITS THAT WERE CONDUCTED BY ALTA PLANNING STAFF.

AND THE FINAL PLAN INCLUDES RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS FOR EACH SCHOOL THAT WAS IDENTIFIED IN THE PLAN AS SHOWN ON THE FOLLOWING SLIDES.

SO JAMES FORREST ELEMENTARY AND I WON'T GO INTO DETAIL ON EACH OF THESE UNLESS ONE OF YOU HAS QUESTIONS ON IT, BUT YOU'LL SEE A SERIES OF RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS FOR EACH SCHOOL SITE. SOME OF THEM ARE THE SAME DEPENDING ON THE SCHOOL SITE, BECAUSE THERE ARE CROSSOVER AREAS WHERE THERE'S TRAFFIC.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, JAMES FORREST ELEMENTARY INCLUDES THE HAWK AT THE CORNER OR AT THE INTERSECTION OF POPLAR AND HIGHWAY FORTY SIX THAT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED.

AND THAT WILL SHOW UP IN THE HIGH SCHOOL RECOMMENDATIONS AS WELL.

YOU WANT A, OK.

PALM AVENUE MIDDLE SCHOOL, AGAIN, YOU'LL SEE A SERIES OF RECOMMENDED CROSSWALKS, SOME CURB EXTENSIONS, NEW CURB RAMPS, BIKE ROUTES.

THOMAS JEFFERSON MIDDLE, SIMILAR IMPROVEMENTS, YOU'LL SEE AGAIN, THE HAWK SHOWS UP ON THIS ONE, HIGHWAY 46 AND POPLAR.

WASCO HIGH SCHOOL, AGAIN, A NUMBER OF CROSSWALKS THAT WERE RECOMMENDED IN AND AROUND THE SCHOOL, AS WELL AS THE HAWK SYSTEM AT 46 AND POPLAR.

AND FINALLY, INDEPENDENCE.

AGAIN, NUMBER OF CROSSWALKS, HIGH VISIBILITY, HIGH VISIBILITY CROSSWALKS, UPGRADES TO EXISTING CROSSWALKS, THAT SORT OF THING.

CITY STAFF HAS REVIEWED THE PROPOSED PLAN UPDATE AND IS RECOMMENDING COUNCIL APPROVAL TONIGHT AND THE PLAN WILL BE USED AGAIN IN FUTURE GRANT APPLICATIONS TO APPLY FOR FUNDING TO MAKE THESE IMPROVEMENTS.

I ALSO HAVE CAITLIN SCOTT WITH ALTA PLANNING AND DESIGN ON THE LINE TONIGHT, IF YOU HAVE ANY TECHNICAL QUESTIONS AND I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

GREAT. THANK YOU. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON

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TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE.

PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENTS.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK? THERE ARE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THIS TIME.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, SO.

ANY COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS, WE'LL START WITH MEMBER ESPITIA.

NO, I'M GOOD TILO.

OK. MEMBER PALLARES? THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT FROM IF YOU GO BACK TO FORREST ELEMENTARY.

YES, DID WE END, THE SCOPE OF IT RIGHT THERE AT NORTH MAPLE AVENUE, OR DO WE CONTINUE ALL THE WAY TO PALM AVENUE? THE STUDY AREA, I BELIEVE, IS SHOWN IS SHOWN HERE ON THIS MAP.

ALTHOUGH, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, THERE WERE SOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT WERE RECOMMENDED AS PART OF THE PREVIOUS TRAFFIC SAFETY STUDY THAT WAS DONE IN THAT AREA AT PALM AVENUE.

OK, WELL, I'M JUST WONDERING WHAT WAS THE TOTAL SCOPE OF IT? NO FURTHER QUESTIONS, MR. MAYOR. THANK YOU.

MEMBER GARCIA? HE'S HAVING A LITTLE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

WE'LL WAIT FOR A LITTLE BIT.

WE'LL GO TO MEMBER REYNA WHILE HE'S A, GETS BACK ON.

MEMBER REYNA? THANK YOU, MAYOR. I HAVE A QUESTION THIS SAFE RIDES TO SCHOOLS, IT'S BEEN WORKED ON NOW, THIS WOULD BE THE THIRD TIME IT GETS REVISITED.

AND ARE THIS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AT ONE POINT GOING TO BE JOINED TOGETHER? BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE THE BIKE PATHS IS A CIRCLE PERHAPS, OR MAYBE JUST NOT A CIRCLE, BUT PATH SO YOU CAN MOVE THROUGHOUT THE CITY FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER USING THE BIKE PATHS.

THAT'S MY QUESTION. YEAH, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

SO THIS FOCUSES ON AREAS NEAR AND AROUND SPECIFIC SCHOOL SITES.

BUT THE CITY DOES HAVE A MASTER BIKE PLAN THAT CONNECTS AT MANY OF THESE BIKE PATHS SO THAT THERE IS A CONNECTED NETWORK.

BUT THIS PARTICULAR PLAN DOESN'T ADDRESS THOSE CONNECTIONS.

WE DO, THOUGH PART OF THE PREVIOUS EFFORT INCLUDED A MASTER BIKE PLAN THAT DID ADDRESS THAT. SO THAT PLAN DOES ADDRESS CONNECTING THOSE PATHS TOGETHER.

WE DO HAVE THAT DOCUMENT.

SO MS. COBB, THEN I HAVE A SECOND QUESTION.

HOW CLOSE IS THIS PROJECT GET US TO JOINING ALL OF THIS BIKE PATHS SO THAT WE HAVE A COMPLETE SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE CITY? IN TERMS OF ALL OF THESE PROJECTS WERE CONSTRUCTED, IS THAT? YES.

OK, BECAUSE THE PLANS EXIST.

THAT'S A GOOD AND I WOULD HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT'S ON THE GROUND TODAY AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE CONNECTED STILL. I KNOW WE'RE LOOKING AT GRANT APPLICATIONS THAT WILL CONNECT THE FOR EXAMPLE, THE PATH ALONG FILBURN AND CENTRAL.

WE PUT ON A GRANT APPLICATION RECENTLY TO MAKE SOME CONNECTIONS THERE AND SOME MISSING PIECES. I'D HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT'S ON THE GROUND AND HOW THIS CONNECTS THAT.

BUT I THINK IT WOULD GET US PRETTY CLOSE TO HAVING A COMPLETED SYSTEM.

RIGHT. IF YOU COULD JUST GET BACK TO ME REGARDING THAT, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

I DID LOOK AT THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THIS REPORT, AND THAT WAS A QUESTION THAT I HAVE IN MY MIND. YOU KNOW, HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO JOINING ALL OF THIS BIKE PATHS SO THAT WE HAVE A COMPLETE SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

THANK YOU. OK.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. REMEMBER GARCIA AVAILABLE? MAYOR, HE SAID HE HAD NO COMMENTS LAST TIME HE WAS ON THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE I JUST WANTED TO.

ALL RIGHT. THERE HE IS.

YOU JUST CHIME WWHENEVER YOU'RE ABLE TO.

THANKS CHAIR.

THERE WAS A GRAPH ON THIS. IF YOU GO DOWN WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT THE 2013 SCHOOL TRAFFIC AND THE CITY RECEIVED TWO POINT SEVENTY EIGHT MILLION, YOU JUST THERE GO BACK TO GO ON.

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KEEP GOING TOWARDS SEE WHAT FACES THIS.

ONE ON MINE IS PAGE FIVE OF THE PLAN.

THERE WE GO, THAT GRAPH THERE SAYS 2013 TWENTY SCHOOL TRAFFIC SAFETY STUDY IDENTIFIED THIRTY ONE IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN WHICH THE CITY RECEIVED TWO POINT SEVENTY EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS IN CALTRANS ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FUNDS.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP THIS PLAN UPDATED SO THAT WE CONTINUE TO APPLY.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE RESIDENTS OF WASCO KNOW, THIS IS THE STUFF THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO APPLY FOR SOME OF THESE GRANTS AND IMPROVE THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS SUPPORT FOR OUR KIDS.

WELL DONE. LIKE I SAID.

I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PLAN ITSELF.

SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

ALL RIGHT. SO AND BECAUSE POPLAR AVENUE AND HIGHWAY FORTY SIX WAS SUCH A LARGELY DISCUSSED TOPIC EARLIER IN THE YEAR AND I WANT THE COUNCIL AND THE RESIDENTS TO UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE THAT IS A CALTRANS ROAD, THAT THEY HAVE AUTHORITY MEETINGS ON, CALTRANS REQUIRES THAT WE MAINTAIN AND HAVE SUCH A PLAN LIKE WE HAVE HERE TODAY BEFORE THEY WOULD EVER CONSIDER ANY REQUEST FROM THE CITY MOVING FORWARD.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE CONDITIONS INITIALLY THAT WE HAD IN NAVIGATING THE POPLAR CROSSING WITH CALTRANS WAS THE LACK OF AN UPDATED SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PLAN THAT SPECIFIED THE CONDITIONS OF THAT INTERSECTION, AS WELL AS THE RECOMMENDED MEASURE TO PROVIDE THAT SAFE CROSSING. THANK YOU.

WE'LL NOW ENTERTAIN A MOTION, PLEASE.

THIS IS REYNA, SO MOVED.

PALLARES SECOND. ALL RIGHT, SO WE HAVE A FIRST BY MEMBER REYNA, WE HAVE MOTION BY MEMBER REYNA, AND THAT WAS PALLARES ON SECOND? YES. OK AND MR. PALLARES ON THE SECOND.

WE WILL NOW VOTE BY ROLL CALL, MADAM CLERK? MAYOR CORTEZ? AYE.

AYE. MAYOR CORTEZ, DID WE DO THE PUBLIC COMMENTS, DID YOU DO THE PUBLIC PORTION? YEAH, AS FAR AS I REMEMBER, I'LL DO IT AGAIN, THOUGH, JUST TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE.

SO AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU'LL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THIS TIME, MADAM CLERK? NO PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS TIME.

RIGHT, THANK YOU. SO WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER REYNA, A SECOND BY MEMBER PALLARES.

WE WILL NOW ENTERTAIN A VOTE BY ROLL CALL.

MADAM CLERK? MAYOR CORTEZ? AYE. MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA.

AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA? GARCIA AYE.

COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES? PALLARES AYE.

COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA? YES. MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES.

TO APPROVE ITEM 12 A, MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

THANK YOU MADAM CLERK. THANK YOU MADAM CLERK.

[12) b. Update on City Operation due to Covid-19. (Ortiz Hernandez)]

ITEM B UPDATE ON CITY OPERATION DUE TO COVID-19, MR. ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ? SO MAYORK, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WANT TO PROVIDE YOU AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE'RE AT WITH COVID-19.

OBVIOUSLY, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF CHANGES WITH THE COUNTY AND THE STATE METRICS.

WE RECEIVED AN UPDATE FROM CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH.

I'M GOING TO TRANSFER IT OVER TO MS. MARIANNA. SO WASCO. AND THEN I'LL WRAP IT UP WITH AN UPDATE ON THE OPERATION FOR THE CITY AND SOME OF THE SO, MARIANNA, IF YOU'RE ON.

GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS, CAN YOU HEAR ME OK? YES, WE CAN THANK YOU.

GREAT. WELL, AS THE CITY MANAGER STATED, WE DID MEET WITH PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS LAST WEEK TO DISCUSS A NEW ADDITIONAL METRIC THAT A GOVERNOR NEWSOM INTRODUCED ON OCTOBER SIX IN ORDER TO REOPEN THE ECONOMY.

THE NEW EQUITY METRIC IS BEING USED TO MEASURE THE PERCENTAGE OF POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE MOST DISADVANTAGED NEIGHBORHOODS, AND THEY'RE REFERRING THIS AS THE HEALTH EQUITY QUARTILE. THIS HEALTH EQUITY QUARTILE UTILIZES THE 2010 CENSUS DATA TO MONITOR THE

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PERCENTAGE OF COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATES IN THESE DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES.

SO WE WERE INFORMED THAT WASCO HAS A CENSUS TRACK THAT CURRENTLY HAS A SEVEN POINT FIVE PERCENT POSITIVITY RATE.

THE CITY MANAGER HAS BROUGHT UP THE MAP AND IT IS THE AREA THAT'S INSIDE THAT GREEN SHAPE.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT.

THE 2010 CENSUS DATA INCLUDES THE RESIDENTS IN THE OLD FARM LABOR CAMP, WE DID ASK IF THERE WAS A WAY FOR US TO USE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION AND UNFORTUNATELY, THE ENTIRE STATE IS UTILIZING 2010 DATA.

SO ACCORDING TO THAT INFORMATION, THERE'S APPROXIMATELY FIVE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY SEVEN RESIDENTS THAT LIVE IN THAT GREEN IN THAT GREEN AREA.

ONLY 40 PEOPLE HAVE TESTED IN THIS GREEN AREA.

OUT OF THOSE 40, IT'S A SEVEN POINT FIVE PERCENT POSITIVITY RATE.

AND THE REASON WHY THEY BROUGHT THIS TO OUR ATTENTION IS THAT IN ORDER FOR KERN COUNTY TO REMAIN IN THE RED TIER, WHICH IS THE TIER THAT WE CURRENTLY ARE IN, THESE IDENTIFIED CENSUS TRACTS CANNOT HAVE A POSITIVITY RATE ABOVE EIGHT PERCENT.

IN ORDER TO ADVANCE TO THE ORANGE TIER, WHICH IS THE NEXT LESS RESTRICTIVE TIER, THESE IDENTIFIED CENSUS TRACTS CANNOT HAVE A POSITIVITY RATE ABOVE FIVE PERCENT.

SO PUBLIC HEALTH REACHED OUT TO THE CITY OF WASCO TO IDENTIFY LOCATIONS THAT WE OR THEY COULD BRING A MOBILE TEST SITE UNIT AND THEY DID SCHEDULE ONE FOR THIS COMING THURSDAY. AND IT'LL BE AT THE ALMOND COURT APARTMENT SENIOR APARTMENTS, AND IT'LL BE FROM THURSDAY, FROM 9A.M.

TO 3 P.M.

SO THAT WE CAN INCREASE OUR TESTING NUMBERS FOCUSED THE FOCUS PRIMARILY WHILE IT'S OPEN TO EVERYONE, WE NEED THOSE.

INDIVIDUALS THAT LIVE IN THAT CENSUS TRACK TO GET THE TESTS SO THAT IN HOPES OF DECREASING THAT PERCENTAGE. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS INFORMATION? IS THAT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION OR DANIEL DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD TO THE PRESENTATION? I WILL, BUT OK, WELL, LET ME READ THIS THEN.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK. IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD. YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK. PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

YOU WILL BE MUTED. MADAM CLERK, AT THIS TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC? THERE ARE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU. SO WE WILL ENTERTAIN COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERS, ONE BY ONE.

MEMBER ESPITIA? MEMBER ESPITIA, YOU THERE? I'M SORRY TILO, I'M MEMBER PALLARES? WHAT'S THE TIME WINDOW IN DAYS OR WEEKS PRIOR TO THIS NEW ELEMENT FOR TESTING? FOR EXAMPLE, SOMEONE WHO GOT TESTED A WEEK AGO, WOULD THEY QUALIFY UNDER THIS NEW MONTH'S METRICS? MY UNDERSTANDING, COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES, THIS FOLLOWS THE SAME SEVEN DAY LAG, YOU KNOW, THAT THE STATE ANALYZES THE INFORMATION FROM THE COUNTY.

SO THIS IS JUST AN EXTRA METRIC THAT THEY INTRODUCED.

SO THIS IS POSITIVITY RATE.

THIS IS THE ADJUSTED RATE AS FAR AS HOW MANY TESTS WE HAVE GOING ON.

SO THIS IS JUST AN EXTRA LAYER.

SO IT IS ANALYZED BASED UPON EVERY WEEK.

TODAY, THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DIDN'T ISSUE ANY ADVANCEMENTS OR REGRESSIONS FOR COUNTIES

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THAT ARE GOING TO DO THAT TOMORROW.

SO IT FOLLOWS THAT SAME PATTERN.

OK, SO.

FOR EXAMPLE, I HAD A TEST OCTOBER 9TH AROUND THERE SOMEWHERE, AND IF A RESIDENT HAD ALREADY TESTED, CAME BACK NEGATIVE, SHOULD THEY GET ANOTHER TEST IF WE LIVE IN THAT AREA? YOU SAID OCTOBER 9TH.

YEAH, THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER.

SURE. YES, I WOULD I WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET TESTED.

I THINK THE RULE OF THUMB IS I KNOW AT LEAST AT THIS SITE, AT THE LIBRARY, IS THAT THEY WANT AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS FROM YOUR LAST TEST TO BE TESTED AGAIN, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE NOT YOU DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS. BUT STRAIGHT FROM THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT WEBSITE, IT SAYS THAT THE DATA'S USED. THE DATA USED FOR THIS WEEK'S TIER ASSIGNMENT IS FROM THE USUAL SEVEN DAY TIME PERIOD. SO IT GOES BACK SEVEN DAYS, BUT THERE IS A SEVEN DAY LAG.

OK, WELL, MY ONLY LAST QUESTION WOULD BE, WILL IT BE A FUTURE ONE AT A LATER TIME AND POSSIBLY ON A WEEKEND? YES, THE CITY MANAGER HAS THAT HAS ADDRESSED THAT CONCERN WITH KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH.

I KNOW THAT THIS PAST WEEKEND, I BELIEVE IT WAS EITHER AN MCFARLAND OR IN DELANO.

THEY DID HAVE A WEEKEND.

SO WE ARE HOPING THAT THE LATINO COVID-19 TASK FORCE, THEY'RE THE ONES IN CONJUNCTION WITH COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH, THEY'RE PUTTING THIS MOBILE TEST SITE ON.

SO WE HOPE THAT WE PRODUCE THE NUMBERS ON THURSDAY FOR THEM TO CONTINUE TO COME BACK BECAUSE THIS IS NOT GOING AWAY.

THIS METRIC, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MEET AS A COUNTY AS A WHOLE.

WASCO IS NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS CENSUS TRACTS.

THERE'S QUITE A FEW IN BAKERSFIELD.

THERE'S SOME IN SHAFTER, ARVIN, LAMONT.

SO THIS IS A COUNTY EFFORT HERE, SO.

OK, WELL, THAT JUST BRINGS UP ANOTHER THING THAT THE WEBSITE DOINEEDACOVID19TEST.COM, WHATEVER, SO WE CAN GO TO OTHER AREAS SO RESIDENTS WITHIN THIS GREEN ZONE CAN GO ON A WEBSITE LIKE THAT, FIND TESTING AT A DIFFERENT TOWN, GET TESTED.

AND THAT WOULD ALSO SATISFY THIS, CORRECT? ANYONE CAN GO ANYWHERE TO GET TESTED.

WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS BRING THE TEST TO THIS PARTICULAR CENSUS TRACK TO ELIMINATE IF THERE'S ANY TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS OR, YOU KNOW, MAYBE THE FEAR OF, OH, I NEED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE.

THIS IS STRICTLY JUST WALK IN.

THEY WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE A PHONE NUMBER.

OK, UNDERSTOOD.

JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT OTHER ALTERNATIVES FOR RESIDENTS.

THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU. I THINK ELSEWHERE, DOES THAT COUNT TOWARDS A TEST IN THAT AREA? AND I WILL SAY YES, BASED ON THE INFORMATION WE RECEIVED.

WE'RE TRYING TO GET THOSE PEOPLE LIVING IN THAT CENSUS TRACT TO TEST.

AND THEY DO NOT HAVE THE TEST IN OUR MOBILE IN THE MOBILE FACILITY.

THEY CAN GO TO THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OR ELSEWHERE.

IT WILL STILL COUNT TOWARDS THAT CENSUS TRACT.

THAT IS CORRECT. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, MEMBER GARCIA? YES, I ACTUALLY WAS QUITE ALARMED WHEN THE CITY MANAGER SHARED THIS WITH ME, AND I THINK MY FIRST QUESTION WOULD BE, WOULD BE, IS THERE ANY WAY WE CAN INCENTIVIZE FOLKS COME GETTING TESTED? AND IF WE COULD, PERHAPS HAVING ANOTHER MOBILE TESTING EVENT OUTSIDE OF THE GROCERY STORE ON, OH GOODNESS, FM FORTY THREE, NO CARNIVAL USED TO BE IN THAT BIG LOT.

I THINK THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO.

A BIG, LARGE DRIVE THROUGH EVENT FOR THAT NEIGHBORHOOD.

ALL QUESTIONS I'M THROWING AT YOU AT ONCE.

MAYOR, CITY MANAGER. WE ACTUALLY WHEN WE DISCUSSED THIS WITH THE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH, WE ACTUALLY PROVIDED THEM SEVERAL SITES WITHIN THAT CENSUS TRACT, I BELIEVE THE POSO AVENUE APARTMENTS, WAS THE FIRST LOCATION THEY WERE ABLE TO GET SET UP WITH.

THEY ARE WORKING ON SOME OF THE OTHER SITES WE'VE IDENTIFIED FOR THEM.

AND THEY'RE MAKING THAT CONTACT AND ALSO COORDINATING WITH THE I GUESS, THE THE MOBILE TESTING UNIT THAT CAN COME OUT.

AND SO WHICH IS WHY I DID ASK PUBLIC HEALTH ABOUT THE SCHEDULING, THE TIME FRAME, BEING

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MINDFUL OF THAT. SOME PEOPLE DURING THE WEEK ARE GOING TO BE WORKING AND WON'T GET OFF BEFORE THREE O'CLOCK. AND SO WE REQUESTED THAT THEY ACCOMMODATE HOURS BEYOND THAT, THAT FIVE O'CLOCK WINDOW AND EVEN ON THE WEEKENDS.

SO WE'LL WAIT TO HEAR BACK FROM THEM.

WE HAVE INTERNALLY STARTED DISCUSSING ABOUT WAYS TO BOTH EXTEND OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATING WITH RESIDENTS IN THAT CENSUS TRACT, AS WELL AS LOOKING AT WAYS TO ENCOURAGE AND PERHAPS, IF PERMITTED, INCENTIVIZE TESTING FOR PEOPLE TO COME THROUGH.

BUT IT'S PART OF A LARGER, I GUESS, CAMPAIGN INTERNALLY AND ON THE COUNTY'S PART, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, OR AS YOU NOTICE AT THE HALLOWEEN TRUNK OR TREAT, WE HAVE PROCURED AND WE HAVE RECEIVED TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND FACE MASKS WITH THE CITY LOGO AS PART OF THURSDAY'S EVENT. WE DO HAVE STAFF LINED UP.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE MANNING THE BOOTH AND PROVIDING INFORMATION AND HANDING OUT MASKS TO PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP OR EVEN JUST WANT TO STOP BY AND TAKE A MASK.

BUT AS THE SITES KIND OF COME ONLINE, WE'RE KIND OF SURE THAT.

THE TIME FRAME AND TIMING FROM THE COUNTY IS A LITTLE BIT OF UNKNOWN, BECAUSE I KNOW THEY'RE JUST TRYING TO COORDINATE ALL THE RESOURCES.

SO THIS WAS THE FIRST ONE THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO GET LINED UP.

AND WE JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT ON MONDAY OR ACTUALLY OVER THE WEEKEND, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY. SO THAT'S WHY IT WAS KIND OF KIND OF A RUSH TO GET THINGS TOGETHER.

BUT IT IS PART OF THE BROADER EFFORT IN CAMPAIGNING WE'RE PUTTING TOGETHER.

WELL, I APPRECIATE YOU GETTING THE DETAILS TOGETHER BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THE URGENCY.

I THINK THAT THE COUNTY REALIZES THAT AS WELL.

IF WE'RE TRYING TO REMAIN IN THIS TIER OR PERHAPS ADVANCED TO THE NEXT ONE.

I THINK TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

SO WE SHOULD PERHAPS PUSH THE STAFF AT THE COUNTY LEVEL TO DO TO REALLY RALLY THEM AND COME AROUND THIS IDEA OF DOING A DRIVE THROUGH, EVEN IF IT'S A LITTLE MINI DRIVE THROUGH EVENT THERE AND WE CAN JUST ADVERTISE FREE MASKS.

EVERYBODY COME GET YOUR FREE MASKS, AS I WILL DO TO FOLKS ABOUT COMING TO PICK ONE UP ON THAT THURSDAY EVENT. BUT I MEAN, EVEN IF AT THE MINIMUM, WE'RE GOING TO INCENTIVIZE THAT MUCH WITH THE FREE MASKS, LET'S DO IT.

BUT AND WHATEVER WE NEED TO DO TO PUT PRESSURE ON TO THE COUNTY OR SUPERVISOR, LET'S DO IT SO WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN BECAUSE I'M WITH THEM.

I UNDERSTAND URGENCY.

I WANT TO REMAIN IN THIS TIER AND HELP BOOST THOSE NUMBERS IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND MR. GARCIA YOU KIND OF YOU ALLUDED TO THE OTHER THE OTHER PART, AND THAT IS IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD INTO THE NEXT YEAR AND ALLOW THE FURTHER, I GUESS, OPENING OF BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS THAT RESIDENTS WANT TO ENJOY AND PATRONIZE, WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS TESTING FACTOR, REGARDLESS OF WHAT PEOPLE BELIEVE AND FEEL ABOUT COVID-19.

THE REALITY IS WE NEED TO WE NEED TO INCREASE TESTING AND HOPE THAT OUR TESTING POSITIVITY RATE DECREASES BELOW FIVE PERCENT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY IN ORDER TO HELP ENSURE THAT OUR STRUGGLING.

TEST TAKEN RIGHT.

BUT THAT'S ALL I HAVE. MAYOR, THANK YOU, MEMBER REYNA? THANK YOU, MAYOR. I HAVE A QUESTION, 7.5 POSITIVITY RATE FOR THE CENSUS TRACTS THAT IS HIGH, OF COURSE, AND I'M WONDERING IF IT IS HIGHER, BY THE WAY, IF THE PEOPLE THAT USED TO LIVE AT THE LABOR CAMP ARE NO LONGER THERE.

SO THAT BECOMES EVEN MORE PROBLEMATIC ISSUE.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE NUMBERS THROUGHOUT WASCO? IS THIS THE ONLY CENSUS TRACK THAT IS PROBLEMATIC IN WASCO? HOW DO THE NUMBERS LOOK FOR THE REST OF THE CITY? DO WE KNOW THAT? THE PUBLIC HEALTH, DIDN'T GIVE US, THAT THOSE SPECIFIC NUMBERS.

AND IN ALL HONESTY, WE IT DIDN'T OCCUR TO US TO ASK THAT THE URGENCY WAS SPECIFIC TO THIS CENSUS TRACK ITSELF.

BUT THAT'S THE REASON WHY THEY BROUGHT IT UP, WAS BECAUSE THIS WAS A CENSUS TRACK THAT THEY WERE MOST CONCERNED WITH.

AND THAT WAS RIGHT AT THAT BORDER OF THE EIGHT PERCENT MARK.

AND THAT IF IT CONTINUED TO DECLINE AND LACK OF TESTING, THAT IT COULD TRIGGER THE COUNTY TO REVERT BACK TO THE PREVIOUS MORE RESTRICTIVE TIER.

I THINK WE WOULD HAVE. I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO INTERRUPT YOU. GO AHEAD.

I WILL SAY WE WILL DEFINITELY FOLLOW UP WITH PUBLIC HEALTH TO HOPEFULLY REQUEST THAT INFORMATION. I BELIEVE THEY'RE KIND OF ALSO, THEY'RE A LITTLE BIT AT THE WHIM OF THE STATE AS THE STATE UPDATES THEIR INFORMATION AND DISSEMINATES THAT IS PART OF THE DIFFICULTY. I THINK IT WOULD PAINT A BETTER PICTURE FOR US IF WE KNEW WHAT THOSE NUMBERS ARE, BECAUSE THIS IS GETTING CLOSE TO EIGHT PERCENT IS PROBABLY EXCEEDING THE EIGHT PERCENT BECAUSE THE PEOPLE NOT BEING AT THE LABOR CAMP ANYMORE.

BUT THERE MAY BE OTHER ISSUES WITHIN THE CITY THAT WE ARE UNAWARE.

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SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THOSE NUMBERS ARE.

AND YES, MARIANNA, WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO SAY? YES, MR. REYNA.

ACCORDING TO THE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH WEBSITE TODAY, NUMBERS OF POSITIVE TESTS HERE IN WASCO IS ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE POSITIVE TESTS.

THAT'S CUMULATIVE.

HERE IN WASCO, THEY LISTED SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT INDIVIDUALS RECOVERED.

AND WHAT IS THE POSITIVITY RATE FOR THOSE, DO YOU KNOW? IT'S JUST A CUMULATIVE SINCE THEY STARTED TRACKING BY BY ZIP CODE.

SO WE DON'T WE DON'T HAVE THE POSITIVITY RATE, THEY DON'T BREAK IT DOWN FOR EACH CITY IN THAT MANNER. BUT LIKE CITY MANAGER SAID, THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO SPECIFICALLY ASK PUBLIC HEALTH FOR THAT INFORMATION.

BUT RIGHT NOW, CURRENTLY IN WASCO, THAT CENSUS TRACT IDENTIFIED WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT WE HAD HERE IN WASCO THAT WAS PROBLEMATIC.

THANK YOU, I HAVE A SUGGESTION NOTE THAT MANY SPANISH SPEAKING PEOPLE LIVE IN THIS CENSUS TRACK AND WE SHOULD TRY TO REACH THEM.

THE RADIO STATIONS THE SPANISH RADIO STATIONS WOULD DO A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THIS TESTING, UPCOMING TESTING.

SO MAYBE WE SHOULD REACH TO REACH OUT TO THEM AND SEE IF WE CAN STILL GET IT.

IT'S A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT AND AS MANY RADIO STATIONS AS WE CAN, THE SPANISH RADIO STATIONS, AS WELL AS ENGLISH ONES, IF WE COULD AS WELL.

THANK YOU, MEMBER REYNA.

COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA HAS HIS HAND UP.

I THINK HE HAD A QUESTION.

OK, SORRY, I JUST WANTED TO SQUEEZE IN A QUESTION.

IF THE RESIDENTS THAT PREVIOUSLY LIVED IN THE FARM LABOR CAMPUS ARE BEING COUNTED AND A MAJORITY OF THEM ARE MOVED TO THE NEW SITE WITH THE NEW SITE BE AN IDEAL LOCATION FOR A MOBILE TESTING SITE OR EVENT? THE FORMER RESIDENTS OF THE LABOR CAMP, EVERY TESTING IS TIED TO THEIR ADDRESS.

SO LONG AS THEY'VE UPDATED OR ADDRESS, IT WOULD DESIGNATE WHAT CENSUS TRACK IT CORRESPONDS WITH. SO.

SO CURRENT THEN. YEAH.

ALL RIGHT. THANKS.

WELL, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, MARIANNA, THE SEVEN POINT FIVE PERCENT POSITIVITY RATE IN THAT CENSUS TRACK IS BASED ON IF I'M RIGHT, THAT COMES TO MIND 40 TESTS THAT WERE TAKEN WITH A SEVEN AND A HALF PERCENT POSITIVE TEST IN THAT SENSE.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT IS CORRECT MAYOR CORTEZ.

OK, SO I THINK THE GOAL IS JUST TO GET THE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE TESTING, HOPEFULLY AT THE POSITIVE RATE IS LESS.

BUT WITH 40 PEOPLE, I MEAN, YOU ONLY NEED WHAT? I CAN'T DO MY MATH RIGHT NOW, SO LATE IN THE DAY.

IT DOESN'T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE TO GET TO THAT SEVEN AND A HALF PERCENT.

SO BUT ANYWAY, SO I THINK WE JUST NEED TO GET THE NUMBERS.

I'M GOING TO BE OUT THERE THURSDAY AT THE SITE.

WE'LL DO WE'RE GOING TO PROMOTE IT, TRYING TO GET, KNOCK ON SOME DOORS, HOPEFULLY, AND GET PEOPLE TO COME OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND TAKE THE TEST.

SO IF YOU GUYS WANT TO JOIN ME OUT THERE, LET US KNOW.

CAN CANVAS TOGETHER, TRY TO GET PEOPLE OUT THERE TO GET TESTED.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

THAT WAS JUST INFORMATIONAL, RIGHT? THERE'S NOTHING TO VOTE ON. NO, THE ONLY LAST THING I WOULD KIND OF UPDATE TO THE COUNCIL IS THAT WE'RE MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR UPGRADES TO OUR FRONT COUNTERS AND OUR LOBBIES WITH THE GOAL IN MIND OF BEING ABLE TO PUT BARRIERS TO THE GLASS BARRIERS BETWEEN THE COUNTERS AND STAFF TO HOPEFULLY PREVENT ANY INCIDENTS OF COVID CASES AS CUSTOMERS WITH ONCE WE REOPEN SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

SO WE'RE ALSO WORKING ON THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS WITH THE COUNCIL DAIS BEING REDONE TO PROVIDE SIMILAR BARRIERS AND BARRIERS TO SEPARATE THE COUNCIL MEMBERS AS WELL SO THAT AT SOME POINT WE CAN REOPEN IF COUNCIL CHOOSES AND HOLD COUNCIL MEETINGS BACK IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS. SO THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE KEY PROJECTS THAT ARE THAT ARE UNDERWAY AND HOPEFULLY WRAP UP HERE IN THE NEXT MONTH OR TWO.

GREAT, THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, ITEM.

OH, ITEM 13 REPORTS FROM COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES.

ITEM A CURRENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

I HAVE NOTHING TO REPORT.

ITEM B, COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS.

MEMBER REYNA? I HAVE NOTHING TO REPORT MAYOR.

THERE HAS NOT BEEN A MEETING SINCE THE LAST TIME I REPORTED.

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THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

ITEM 14 REPORTS FROM OUR SHERIFF.

HE IS OUT TODAY, SO.

WE'LL HAVE TO HEAR BACK FROM HIM AT NEXT MEETING.

OK. A REPORT FROM OUR CITY MANAGER, I DID HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH LIEUTENANT CARPENTER

[15) REPORTS FROM CITY MANAGER]

EARLIER THIS WEEK AND GET A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE SHOOTING WE HAD OVER THE WEEKEND AT THE SOUTH GATE PARK. IT IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION.

THEY'RE TRYING TO FOLLOW UP ON LEADS.

BUT NO, NO ARRESTS AT THIS TIME TO BE ABLE TO REPORT ON THEM ON THAT.

THE ONLY OTHER UPDATE I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE IS, YOU KNOW, WE FAILED TO MENTION IS PART OF THE COVID UPDATE. THAT'S WITH THE THE SHIPMENT OF MASKS THAT WE ORDERED.

WE'RE WORKING WITH BOTH THE HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISTRIBUTE SOME OF THOSE MASKS. WE HAVE PROVIDED THEM WITH MASKS TO BE ABLE TO DISTRIBUTE DURING THEIR LUNCH AND MEAL DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS, PROVIDING BOTH, I GUESS, ADULT OR NORMAL SIZED MASKS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL POPULATION.

WE DID PROVIDE THEM ENOUGH TO ALSO PROVIDE THEM TO ADDITIONAL FOUR ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS, SUCH AS THEIR PARENTS AND THINGS OF THAT SORT, AND A SMALLER MASKS FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT AS WELL.

WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM ON KIND OF GETTING THAT INFORMATION OUT AS BEST AS POSSIBLE.

AND SO THE ONLY OTHER ITEM THAT WE'RE CONTINUALLY WORKING AND FOLLOWING UP WITH A HIGH SPEED RAIL, WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF FOLLOWING THROUGH AND GATHERING INFORMATION AS PART OF THE TITLE SIX COMPONENT THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM ON AND HAVE HOPEFULLY HERE AN EXECUTIVE MEETING COMING UP IN THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO TO TOUCH BASE ON SOME OF THE KEY ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT AS IT MOVES FORWARD.

THANK YOU. ALRIGHT REPORTS FROM CITY COUNCIL.

[16) REPORTS FROM CITY COUNCIL]

WE'LL START WITH MEMBER ESPITIA.

I'D LIKE TO COMPLEMENT THE MURAL GOING.

THE MURAL PROJECT GOING ON, THE PUBLIC WORKS OFFICE LOOKS, WOW, IT LOOKS REALLY, REALLY GOOD. I MEAN, REALLY THAT REALLY, REALLY, REALLY THREE, THREE REALLYS, IT'S REALLY NICE.

LOOKS SHARP. YEAH, I HAD TO AGREE WITH YOU.

I WAS GOING TO GO BACK AND TAKE A PHOTO OF IT TODAY, JUST ADMIRING IT.

BUT IT LOOKS VERY.

REALLY WELL AND TILO TRULY WISH YOU WELL ON TONIGHT'S ELECTION.

I HOPE THAT YOU GET REELECTED.

YOU'RE AN ASSET TO THE COUNCIL, TO WASCO, INTO THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU. YOU'RE NOT LEAVING US YET.

SO DON'T WORRY IF YOU STICK AROUND FOR A LITTLE WHILE LONGER.

SO LET'S SAY MY PARTING COMMENTS WOULD BE YET EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE RETIRING.

BUT WE'LL RESERVE THAT FOR THE NEXT MEETING, I THINK.

NOW, THE SHE WANTS TO FIND REPLACEMENTS SHE WANTS NAMES.

SO I'M HOPING TO THROW IN JOSEPH LOPEZ'S NAME.

YOU GUYS WANT TO GET IN THANK YOU, DANNY. MEMBER PALLARES? OH, NOTHING MUCH TO REPORT, PARTICIPATED IN THE TRUNK OR TREAT DRIVE THROUGH CELEBRATION THERE, VERY TIRING, BUT ENJOYABLE.

AND I APOLOGIZE.

I COULDN'T MAKE IT ACROSS THE PARK TO SAY HELLO TO EVERYBODY.

SO THAT'S ALL.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. THANK YOU.

MEMBER GARCIA? NO COMMENT.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, MEMBER REYNA? I HAVE A QUESTION, I DON'T KNOW IF I'LL GET THE ANSWER TODAY.

I DON'T EXPECT IT TODAY.

THE OLD KMART BUILDING, THEY HAVE BOARDED UP THEIR FRONT WINDOWS AND DOORS.

AND I'M WONDERING WHETHER THE PEOPLE THAT OWN THE BUILDING ARE STILL THERE OPERATING IN THE BACK OF A BUILDING AND WHETHER THE BUILDING OF THE WINDOWS AND DOORS IN THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING IS EVEN ALLOWED? SO IF ANYBODY CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION, IT WOULD BE GREAT.

I KNOW, MEMBER REYNA, I CAN'T ANSWER TO.

WELL, I'LL HAVE STAFF LOOK INTO IT, SO WE'LL GET AN ANSWER BACK TO YOU UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVIDE MR. CITY MANAGER.

NO, I'D HAVE TO GET BACK TO HIM AND GET THE DETAILS TO REPORT BACK.

THANK YOU. AND OF COURSE, THEY'RE NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE CONDITION OF THE PARKING LOT AND THE TREES WITHIN THAT PARKING LOT.

SO IT'S A BIG ISSUE THERE.

SO I WAS WONDERING ABOUT IT.

SO THANK YOU AND THANKS TO THE STAFF FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT THEY DO AND PUTTING ALL THESE REPORTS TOGETHER. I SAY THAT EVERY MEETING IT DOES HELP US.

IT HAS HELPED ME TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU MEMBER REYNA.

IT TAKES ME LIKE A FULL DAY TO WRITE A PARAGRAPH AND I CAN'T IMAGINE PUT SOME OF THESE PRESENTATIONS TOGETHER.

SO KUDO TO STAFF AS WELL.

THANK YOU, GUYS. I KNOW THAT DETAILED REPORTS HELP US MAKE DECISIONS.

SO THANK YOU. I DO WANT TO SEND OUT SOME KUDOS AS WELL TO THE PARKS AND REC DISTRICT.

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THAT TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT THAT WAS PUT ON IN WELL. I MADE MY ROUNDS EARLY, BUT AS I LEFT THERE, I THINK IT WAS PROBABLY EIGHT O'CLOCK WHEN I LEFT THE LINE OF CARDS UP TO FILBURN HEADING OVER TOWARDS THERESA BURKE TO GET INTO THAT TREAT OR TREAT.

SO IT'S A GREAT SUCCESS.

MY UNDERSTANDING THEY DIDN'T START PICKING UP TO ABOUT NINE THIRTY, TEN O'CLOCK.

SO AGAIN, KUDOS TO THEM AND EVERYBODY WHO VOLUNTEERED.

I KNOW MEMBER GARCIA WAS OUT THERE, PALLARES, YOU KNOW, AND ALL OF US PROBABLY STUCK OUR HEAD IN THERE WHEN WE WERE ABLE TO.

BUT IT WAS A GREAT COMMUNITY EVENT.

AND I LOVE SEEING OUR STAKEHOLDERS PARTICIPATE IN THIS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY. SO. WELL DONE.

WAS THERE A COMMENT? NO.

[17) CLOSED SESSION]

OK, SO WE'LL GO ON TO CLOSED SESSION AND THEN WE'LL COME BACK HERE AFTER CLOSED SESSION.

JOHN. MONICA.

[18) CLOSED SESSION ACTION]

YES, SIR, YOU CAN YOU CAN SHOW YOUR MINUTES THAT THERE WAS A MOTION BY ALEX, SECONDED BY GILBERT AND UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED TO APPROVE THE CLOSED SESSION MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING. OTHER THAN THAT, THERE'S NO REPORTABLE ACTION.

OK. YOU NEED ME TO GET THAT TO YOU BY EMAIL, MARIA? YES, PLEASE. OK.

YOU CAN.

REYNA WAS ON THE PARTICIPANTS SIDE AND WE JUST PROMOTED HIM TO PANELIST.

WELL, THANK YOU.

YOU ARE POWERFUL YOU PEOPLE.

ALL RIGHT, SO THAT'S IT, RIGHT, YOU GOT EVERYTHING YOU NEED MADAM CLERK? YES, YES. ALL RIGHT, GUYS, WELL, LIKE I SAID, THANKS, EVERYBODY.

GOOD MEETING GOOD REPORTS.

YOU KNOW, IMPORTANT TO VOTE.

HOPEFULLY WE HAVE A RECORD TURNOUT FOR THIS ELECTION.

AGAIN, I SINCERELY APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU ON THE COUNCIL.

DANNY, YOUR TERM IS NEAR ALMOST NEAR 20 YEARS.

BUT WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT HERE IN SUBSEQUENT MEETING.

BUT I DO APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU GUYS, INCLUDING STAFF, AND YOU TOM, YOU TOO TOM SO.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT. GOOD NIGHT.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.