On the issue of downtown redevelopment, Hernandez called on the city to resurrect a two-year-old revitalization plan and request proposals from developers. The council debated whether the old plan was still feasible, and with Hernandez voted 5-0 to have staff research the issue and report back Dec. 18. When Hernandez noted that residents had complained to him about graffiti not being addressed quickly enough, and being painted over in a patchwork of mismatched colors, he called on the council to accept applications from new graffiti removal companies. Ultimately, the council voted 5-0 to have staff research the current contract and report back on the council’s options. “You can’t cancel a contract when you haven’t notified them,” Mayor Mike Touhey said outside the meeting. “You can’t do that legally.” Hernandez next asked to review the city’s speed hump policy, in response to complaints he said he heard from residents while he was campaigning. “We were all on the council … when this policy was adopted,” Herfert said. “I don’t see how you can improve on it,” he added, echoing a sentiment expressed by the other council members. The council voted 4-1, with Herfert opposed, to look into rubberized and split speed humps, but not to review the policy. During a later discussion, as the council reviewed a report warning that the city could face a multimillion dollar deficit in a year, Hernandez brought up a sore point: the city attorney’s bills. Hernandez and City Attorney Arnold Alvarez-Glasman have clashed in the past. “We pay a lot of money for attorneys, and they’re not cheap,” Hernandez said. “We’re burning taxpayer money … I’m just throwing that out there.” When a motion by Hernandez was approved, calling for the city to consider a new landscape and litter cleanup company, Touhey said he supported the motion because he believed it would be “spun” against the council if it was opposed. It was approved 3-2, with Lane and Councilwoman Shelley Sanderson opposed. Although Touhey said he didn’t see any difference in the meeting, other council members called it a more positive meeting. Sanderson chalked it up to a good day. “It was a good meeting, but we’ve had those in the past,” she said. “I think the council takes a lot of hits for the aggression that comes from the community … and I saw that last night” in the comments from the public repeating election rhetoric, she added. But Lane and Hernandez said they thought the council was able to collaborate more than usual. “While my specific motions weren’t approved, I was really pleased to see the council willing to move forward and make some improvements in the downtown area and address the growing concerns about graffiti,” Hernandez said. “That’s definitely a step in the right direction.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “We have a chance for a clean slate here. We just had an election, and I hope that we can put things behind us,” she said. “I hope our meetings will be more professional.” Although other council members said they were ready to turn over a new leaf, it was unclear from the votes taken Tuesday night whether the council is headed in a new direction. Councilman Steve Herfert, who retained his seat easily, chastised audience members who repeated accusations that were raised during the election against him and Hernandez. He encouraged them to put the election behind them. “Let’s stop the silliness,” he said. The council discussed three items that Hernandez had attempted to place on the agenda before the election, but in each case, when he made a motion, the council rejected it in favor of a different motion. WEST COVINA – City Council members expressed hope Tuesday night that they could put the recent election behind them and work together, but it’s uncertain whether they will. Re-elected Councilman Roger Hernandez, who attempted to dent the four-member majority he often opposes by supporting an outside candidate, offered something of an olive branch. “In my first term I made mistakes. I wasn’t perfect. There were some issues I could have handled better,” he said. “I make a commitment to reach out to my fellow council members … we can work together.” Councilwoman Sherri Lane, who will likely be appointed mayor at the next council meeting, also struck a hopeful tone.