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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

City Council Pulling Fast Ones

Monday, about 11 a.m. those who subscribe to the city council's agendas got notice of a special meeting Tuesday.

If you're someone who works during the day and you don't see that notice until you get home, there would be no one at City Hall to call to find out more information. Forget the chance for organizations to jump in.

This special meeting was called to consider a plan that proposes $41.3M in pay raises for cetain city employees and $10.4M more in retroactive pay.

In the past, the public had ample time to follow an issue as it goes through committee so they could be ready to provide input by the time it gets to Council.

Now, only the union leaders and City Hall folks know what's going on.

When there is a special meeting called with less than 72 hours notice (usually they're done within 24 hours), the City needs to print on the agenda the reason for the urgency. Then citizens can decide if they buy the reason. What if part of the negotiation was to rush it through Council so that nobody would have time to complain?

But most importantly, the City Council should require that the agendas of the Executive Employee Relations Committee (EERC) be made available to the public through the city's Early Notification subscription system as is done with all the other agendas. Let someone at City Hall explain why only this committee's agendas are only available in the lobby of City Hall, and meeting the minimum standards of the Brown Act.

EERC meetings are covered by the Brown Act. They are allowed to discuss and deliberate personnel issues behind closed doors. But the public is allowed to come and comment on agenda items. The problem is that if you don't know what's being discussed, you simply don't know what to comment on.

Is it really reasonable for a concerned taxpayer in Chatsworth or Willmington to make daily visits to City Hall's lobby?

The other problem is that after a labor matter comes out of EERC, the labor people argue (this happened a few months ago) that if the City Council were to change the EERC's recommendation, it would be "bargaining in bad faith" and the city could be in legal trouble. That point is arguable.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This used to be a good forum now it is just a Whaaa Board.

August 16, 2006 4:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:25 sounds like one of the Mexican crooks downtown.

Get rid of the Mexicans! Pronto!

What do you expect from Mexicans? Corruption is in their DNA.

August 16, 2006 6:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whether the EAA item should have been put on a Special Meeting Agenda or not, I don't care.

What I appreciate about the action is that the Council gave the EAA clown, Robert Aquino, the big "F You" by unilaterally implementing the Union Contract. Parity is an issue, but it wasn't a battle he was going to win in this round.

Also, I hope all of you EAA Koolaid drinkers walk out on strike next week. I expect to get a lot of work done on those two days as I won't need to hear you whine ad nauseam about how unfairly you're being treated.

August 16, 2006 7:06 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

425 - Is it "whaa" to expect the Council to follow the law and ensure full participation for the citizens?

Go play on the freeway asshole!

August 16, 2006 7:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THIS IS THE EXACT REASON WHY WE NEED TO NOT VOTE FOR ANY OF THE CLOWNCIL MEMBERS. GET RID OF ALL THEIR CORRUPT ASSES. SNEAKY SNEAKY SNEAKY

August 16, 2006 7:55 AM  

Blogger Councilman John said:

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August 16, 2006 8:36 AM  

Blogger Councilman John said:

There is absolutely no reason why the EAA matter couldn't wait for Friday if it is truly their Last Best and Final offer.

City Council better tread lightly here. These peope have a legitimate gripe and thumbing their nose at them isn't the smartest idea in the world.

Today EAA, tomorrow SEIU and so on.
The clowns at City Council created this mess when they rammed the DWP contract through.

August 16, 2006 8:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:06 is Joe Ramallo. After Lil' Tony got pissed at the bad press (truth) he was getting, he ordered Joe to monitor this site 24/7. Of course, he didn't have this order typed up, it was verbal. Lo Siento...Joe and Tone's staff must really like beimg treated like dogs.

August 16, 2006 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This was the clowncil's last ditch effort to try and avert a strike, but it didn't work.

August 16, 2006 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great points Councilman John.

And the council clowns play on..

August 16, 2006 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

you people need to get a real life. are there no problems greater than this that you have to blog about? no wonder they say this site now belongs to gadflies!

August 16, 2006 9:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am so sick of the clowncil and their antics against their constituency that I believe revolution is afoot. Let's roll!

August 16, 2006 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Morons like 9:22am post how bad this blog is yet continue to read and blog. This site is the talk of the city. Everyone I know hits it at least twice a day. You bet your ass Antonio, CLOWNCIL MEMBERS, reporters read it to get the scoop of what's really going on.

We all know why Eric is doing this don't we?
Ensign Garcetti goes to camp
Remember in March when we told you that Council President Eric Garcetti had joined the Navy Reserve and received a commission? After the City Council recesses for two weeks on Friday, he heads to Pensacola for training and exposure to the barracks life.

August 16, 2006 9:47 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

LOL.

The City Clowncil with Mayor Villarai-bozo as it's ring leader.

How humorous yet pathetically true.

August 16, 2006 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Union racketeers have bought the Clowncil. What do you expect?


9:22
I have a life. I don't have all day to spend at City Hall to have some idea about how I'm going to get F**CKED by the crooks that run this city's government. That's why I read this blog.

August 16, 2006 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:47
It's too bad, but Garcetti has been a disappointment. One would think leading the Council of the 2nd largest city in America would keep him busy enough, even during the "recesses." Just like AV and LAUSD, this move appears designed to boost his resume for his next office (e.g., picture uniformed Garcetti in glossy campaign mailer). I'd be a lot more impressed if Garcetti started and ran his own successful private business with well paying jobs in this city (a REAL business, not a lobbying firm) OR at least helped get rid of the gang vermin who are blasting away at the LAPD with AK 47s.

This is exactly why we need term limits strengthened, not weakened.

August 16, 2006 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whee Czar is taking himself too seriously. He thinks that he's headed for Sacramento. Folsom would be more like it.

August 16, 2006 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Again, why aren't the reporters asking Sleazy Weezy why all of a sudden he's concerned about the student's education at LAUSD when he was president for 4 years and sat on his fat ass????? Are they afraid to ruffle the feathers of their boy Antonio's lap dog? WE need hard journalist in this city not these weak ass, kiss butts to Antonio.

August 16, 2006 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anybody know if navy blue garcetti has a chance in challenging becerra or waters for congress? what's his plans? or does he expect daddy garcetti to take care of him his whole life?

August 16, 2006 2:57 PM  

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