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September 27, 2016 <br />Agenda Item No. 3 <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />FROM: Dave Kiff, City Manager - 949-644-3001, <br />dkiff@newportbeachca.gov <br />PREPARED BY: Tara Finnigan, Assistant to the City Manager, <br />tfinnigan@newportbeachca.gov <br />PHONE: 949-644-3035 <br />TITLE: City Council Policy on Candidate Forums that Use City Resources <br />ABSTRACT: <br />This is a proposed policy related to Newport Beach City Council candidate forums held <br />at City of Newport Beach facilities and/or filmed for broadcast on the City's government <br />access television channel, NBTV. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />a) Determine that the action is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act <br />(CEQA) pursuant to Sections 15060(c)(2) and 15060(c)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines <br />because it will not result in a physical change to the environment, directly or <br />indirectly; and <br />b) Adopt Resolution No. 2016-112, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of <br />]Newport Beach, California, Establishing a City Council Policy for Candidate Forums <br />that Use City Resources, Council Policy A-21. <br />FUNDING REQUIREMENTS: <br />There is no immediate fiscal impact related to the adoption of this item. Should the <br />proposed Council Policy be adopted, in doing so, the Council will be waiving the City <br />facility room rental fees for the selected Forums and it will be waiving the related <br />equipment and staff costs for the selected Forums (as allowed under NBMC 3.36.030). <br />Staff will budget appropriately for NBTV during election years to incorporate the cost of <br />filming and broadcasting City Council candidate forums. <br />DISCUSSION: <br />The City of Newport Beach (City) allows local organizations to host Newport Beach City <br />Council Candidate forums in City -owned facilities. And, the City's government access <br />television channel, Newport Beach Television (NBTV), has a practice of filming and <br />broadcasting on NBTV, several City Council candidate forums during each election <br />3-1 <br />