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���� CITY OF <br />Q SEW <br />s NEWPORT BEACH <br /><,FORN City Council Staff Report <br />April 24, 2018 <br />Agenda Item No. 10 <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />FROM: Dave Kiff, City Manager - 949-644-3001, <br />dkiff(a) <br />PREPARED BY: Dave Kiff, City Manager <br />TITLE: AB 1196 (Harper) and Contract with Don Schmitz and Associates <br />ABSTRACT - <br />Following the Coastal Commission's 8-3 vote on Thursday, April 12, to have the <br />Commission take a formal position in opposition to Assembly Bill 1196 (Harper) relating <br />to a Port Master Plan ("PMP") for Newport Harbor, staff seeks the Council's opinion on <br />next steps. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />a) Determine this action is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) <br />pursuant to Sections 15060(c)(2) and 15060(c)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines because <br />this action will not result in a physical change to the environment, directly or indirectly; <br />and <br />b) Direct the City Manager to provide the required notice to Mr. Schmitz to terminate the <br />advocacy agreement for AB 1196 and to contact Assembly Member Harper's Office <br />that the City no longer intends to pursue AB 1196, and to report back at a future date <br />with alternatives to a Port Master Plan for Newport Harbor that may achieve similar <br />general goals, including a Public Works Plan or a Master CDP for various in -Harbor <br />activities and projects; or <br />c) Direct the City Manager to discuss with Mr. Schmitz and Mr. Henschel one or more <br />other alternatives to amend AB 1196 and continue advocating for the bill through the <br />bill's first policy committee hearing in the State Senate; or <br />d) End further advocacy and end further pursuit of a Port Master Plan or its alternatives <br />during 2018. <br />10-1 <br />