Things are getting less transparent at city council. The May 19, 2015 agenda has these items on it without any backup material. That makes it hard to rally the citizens to speak before council. These items have no backup material other than the item placing it on the agenda:
13.1 Presentation on status and general overview of Capital Projects, including;
a. Carlos Bombach Park Improvements …
13.2 Discussion and action on Aquatics Plan.
15.4 Presentation and discussion on the 2nd Quarter Financial Report for FY2015.
16.1 Presentation of Strategies Plan – Goal 2
16.2 Discussion and action on the construction of Country Club Road.
16.3 Discussion and action on the construction of San Jacinto Plaza.
In addition the agenda includes an item to approve $62 million worth of certificates of obligation. As the posts of the two days have discussed this item has backup material that provides a long list of projects but with no indication of how much each one will cost. Making the item even more confusing is that the backup material that is provided indicates that the money will be spent in the future but according to an article in the Times the city’s chief financial officer has said the money has already been spent.
The lack of the backup material makes it harder for citizens and our city representatives to do their homework before staff makes their presentations and council is required to vote.
We deserve better