Democracy is under attack. What we have seen in Congress and the state Legislature is now happening in our La Cañada Flintridge City Council. Democratic processes for the approval and implementation of laws are being abandoned in favor of accelerated processes that remove significant opportunity for public response — accelerated processes not allowed by Constitution or law.
In a recent case the LCF City Council passed an "urgency measure" to allow use of fields for a softball tournament on two Sundays, contrary to LCF ordinances citing as grounds "an immediate threat to public welfare." The California Government Code provides for urgency measures when needed to protect pending zoning ordinances. "Urgency ordinances" are allowed to protect against immediate threats to public peace, public safety or public health — but not threats to public welfare. Hence this City Council resolution fails to qualify for any sort of "urgency" and cannot cause the change to go into effect immediately — or even in time for the tournament.