Fiscal restraint was not on the agenda at last week’s LCF City Council budget workshop, nor was any variation from what the city staff requested in the way of budget modifications. New projects were approved to use up every last dollar of a projected revenue increase.
When asked why the customary council resolutions justifying and clarifying expenditures were not provided, the city manager testily answered in an open meeting (on behalf of the city council?) that such resolutions were not required. Apparently the city staff is no longer required to answer for how it spends public funds — nor is the city council.
California’s Brown Act requires that the only items discussed at all council meetings be those listed on the agenda. New projects were discussed and public input was received from the beneficiaries of these city gifts of public money, in spite of the fact that the agenda spoke only of budget adjustments. We have seen this abuse of “study sessions” in the past. What the public doesn’t know about public spending can’t hurt them, right?