This summer’s vacation? No. That’s a list of three european cities that two of histiocytoma dog removal cost our city council members will be jetting off to if histiocytoma dog removal cost the council on monday agrees to increase an already lengthy histiocytoma dog removal cost list of destinations for which the city pays for their histiocytoma dog removal cost travel and lodging and meals. (I’d suggest that these particular beneficiaries – john D’amico and lindsey horvath – abstain from voting on the matter).
Since 2014, the events on the city council’s long travel list have included the international art exhibition histiocytoma dog removal cost (the venice biennale), where d’amico is headed. There’s also south by southwest in austin, tex., which bills itself as an “annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-march.” and there are the multiple events staged by the LGBTQ histiocytoma dog removal cost victory fund, an organization whose mission is to get LGBTQ people elected histiocytoma dog removal cost to public office (however, the city doesn’t fund trips to the democratic or republican party national histiocytoma dog removal cost conventions.
In the past, the city has paid to send councilmember john duran to histiocytoma dog removal cost events of the national association of latino elected appointed officials, an organization that he chairs and whose upcoming conference is histiocytoma dog removal cost scheduled for miami in june. This year duran won’t be traveling on the city’s dime since the council stripped him of that privilege histiocytoma dog removal cost in reaction to allegations of his inappropriate sexual behavior.
Of course there are more relevant events worth the council histiocytoma dog removal cost members’ time and the city’s dollars such as the national league of cities annual histiocytoma dog removal cost conference and various events staged by the california contract cities histiocytoma dog removal cost association and the league of california cities, all of which are on the city’s list and which are attended by various council members.
The long list of events and conferences approved for city histiocytoma dog removal cost council member travel also includes some that are more appropriate histiocytoma dog removal cost for city staffers, who are focused daily on issues like use of public histiocytoma dog removal cost spaces, urban land use, and clean power. One of those is the alliance for local government’s 2020 conference in phoenix. The ALG explains that it is an organization “that enables local government staff from all career stages and histiocytoma dog removal cost divisions to network, discuss emerging practices, and conduct alliance business.” that is “staff” not “elected officials.”
The good news is that the organizers of the international histiocytoma dog removal cost conference on climate action in heidelberg, germany, are paying for D’amico’s travel and hotel. It likely will attract a crowd similar to that of histiocytoma dog removal cost the global climate action summit, a united nations event approved for council travel that is histiocytoma dog removal cost scheduled for september in new york city. The city should be proud that D’amico is being invited to attend, although we’re betting that, as impressive as its green policies are, weho has a small impact on global climate change (perhaps we should do more to curb the use of histiocytoma dog removal cost those leaf blowers and get more bicycles on the road.) horvath’s trip to paris also is an honor, given that she’s one of only 25 people invited to participate in histiocytoma dog removal cost the open source city forum. John leonard, manager of the city’s community legislative affairs division, estimates that horvath’s trip will cost the city $1,000. Leonard says there’s no estimate yet of the cost of D’amico’s trip to venice, which still must be booked.
So how do the residents of west hollywood and our histiocytoma dog removal cost city council members benefit from this sort of travel? The trip to paris to participate in a global conference histiocytoma dog removal cost certainly elevates the profile of councilmember horvath, who has grander political aspirations, although it’s unclear what it does for west hollywood. Both horvath and west hollywood have benefitted from her multiple histiocytoma dog removal cost trips to sacramento to attend meetings of the league of histiocytoma dog removal cost california cities, to which she is a council-appointed delegate. Councilmember duran’s position as chair of the national latino elected appointed histiocytoma dog removal cost officials organization certainly raised his political profile, but it’s not clear how his travel to its events has histiocytoma dog removal cost benefitted west hollywood. (only 12% of the city’s population identifies as latinx. Eight percent is russian-speaking. But no one on the council attended the human rights histiocytoma dog removal cost foundation’s putincon this year in new york city’s hell’s kitchen.)
One could argue that free travel to fun events is histiocytoma dog removal cost nice extra compensation for the council members’ time. But council members already are well-paid for their part-time service to the nearly 37,000 residents of our small town. When combined with the city’s generous health and retirement benefits, a council member’s $18,000 annual pay turns into about $30,000 to $40,000 a year (the amount depending largely on tenure, with the base nearly twice what beverly hills council members histiocytoma dog removal cost make for a similar part-time job).
The amount the city of west hollywood spends on such histiocytoma dog removal cost travel isn’t huge. In response to a request from wehoville last year, city hall revealed that west hollywood spent $35,161 on travel for council members during 13 months beginning histiocytoma dog removal cost april 1, 2017. That works out to a little less than $1 per constituent. (horvath was the biggest spender. Her travel cost the city $17,201 in that 13-month period, which was 49% of the total spent on all five council members. )
The big cost to west hollywood comes from diverting some histiocytoma dog removal cost council members from staying focused on local residents and local histiocytoma dog removal cost issues. There are those issues not involving voters that they don’t spend much time on (without some pressure from wehoville and the few residents who histiocytoma dog removal cost show up at council meetings). Like the preponderance of massage parlors staffed by female asian histiocytoma dog removal cost workers who may not be free to come and go histiocytoma dog removal cost on their own. Or a decade of meth abuse by gay men, the cause of between four and six of the nine histiocytoma dog removal cost drug-related deaths in west hollywood last year, according to the L.A. County coroner’s office (some were the result of multiple drugs). The city also still hasn’t figured out whether or not to build bridge housing histiocytoma dog removal cost for the homeless.
So we’d suggest that our council members whose political ambitions extend histiocytoma dog removal cost beyond west hollywood spend more time “thinking local.” spend that travel money sending francisco contreras, the city’s innovation and strategic initiatives manager, to paris and heidelberg (and austin, where SXSW this year devoted a small part of its histiocytoma dog removal cost music and film festival to technological innovation.) it’s contreras and other city staffers who turn their research histiocytoma dog removal cost into local action. Click here to subscribe and get news updates each morning.
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