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RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL <br />AGENDA REPORT <br />AGENDA DESCRIPTION: <br />MEETING DATE: 04/18/2017 <br />AGENDA HEADING: Consent Calendar <br />Consideration and possible action to oppose Senate Bill No. 649 regarding wireless <br />telecommunications facilities <br />RECOMMENDED COUNCIL ACTION: <br />(1) Authorize the Mayor to sign a letter to Senator Hueso in opposition to Senate Bill <br />No. 649 (SB 649) regarding wireless telecommunications facilities. <br />FISCAL IMPACT: None <br />Amount Budgeted: N/A <br />Additional Appropriation: N/A <br />Account Number(s): N/A <br />ORIGINATED BY: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Administrative Analyst" <br />REVIEWED BY: Gabriella Yap, Deputy City Manager <br />APPROVED BY: Doug Willmore, City Manager'/ -",,.,11-117 <br />ATTACHED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: <br />A. Draft letter in opposition to SB 649 (page A-1) <br />B. League of California Cities "Action Alert" and letter in opposition to SB 649 <br />(page B-1) <br />C. SB 649 (page C-1) <br />BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION: <br />On March 15, 2017, the League of California Cities (League) advised Staff that Senate <br />Bill No. 649 (SB 649) had been introduced on February 17, 2017, by Senator Ben <br />Hueso from San Diego. SB 649 was amended by Senator Hueso and heard in the <br />Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on March 28, 2017 <br />(Attachment C). As currently proposed, SB 649 would dictate that "small cell" sites are <br />permitted "by right" without local discretionary review in all zoning districts, including <br />residential districts. The League is opposed to SB 649 (Attachment B) and has asked <br />cities to express their opposition to the bill as well. <br />SB 649 appears to pose a significant threat to the City's ability to enforce its recently - <br />adopted Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance. The bill effectively <br />provides a de facto exemption to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for <br />the installation of such facilities and precludes consideration by the public of the <br />1 <br />