Government Relations Committee
June 29, 2009
Roll call. Present:
Committee Member Comments: Microphone is needed for the general meetings
No public Comments
1. Increases in fees which are supposed to be dedicated to specific services by a particular department, but which are sent elsewhere. Monte Mazo presented on this issue. The City Council puts in increases for one thing, then often sends the money to the general fund. So they are not doing what they say, but they are still charging the money. i.e. if the purpose of the money is to add police officers, it should go to this. NCs should have 90 days to review and discuss fee increases.
The following motion was
made by Monte Mazo and seconded by Vic Viereck. “A memo of understanding (MOU)
between the Mayor / City Council of the City of
2. City employee retirements - should they be by defined contribution rather than defined benefit. Vic Viereck presented on this issue. Benefits are paid through defined benefit now and taxpayers have to pay based on whatever the cost of the plan is, not based on how much money is available. Pension payments are boosted for no reason other than that there is extra money in the pot. When pensions lose money, the taxpayers must make up the difference.
The following motion was made by Vic and seconded by Monte: “City employee retirement accounts should be based on defined contribution rather than defined benefit.” It passes unanimously.
3. Van Nuys airport –
Documents provided by Judy Price were used to review and discuss this issue. LA
gets revenue when more planes land in its airports; committee assumes this is
why the city council has not come out against additional planes in Van Nuys. Two
committee members said they were impacted by the noise at the
4. LA point-of-sale
requirement on sidewalk repair. Vic Viereck and Charlotte Laws presented on this
The following motion was made by Charlotte Laws and seconded by Vic Viereck: “The Greater Valley Glen Council does not recommend point-of-sale sidewalk repair. Due to the downward turn in the economy, we feel this is the wrong time implement such a program. Many homeowners have lost their job, have little or no equity in their homes and are struggling with the tax increases imposed by the state.” It passes unanimously.
5. DWP resolution to
defer decision about ECAF increases. Monte Mazo presented on this issue. The
following motion was made by Monte Mazo and seconded by Charlotte Laws.
“WHEREAS the 09-010 LADWP budget is not placing a cap on the Energy Cost Adjustment Factor (ECAF); and,
WHEREAS the LADWP has not implemented Motion #09-0652, as proposed by Perry, Garcetti and Greuel, to establish a Community Solar Outreach Plan; and,
WHEREAS a solar in-basin plan has not been shared with the Los Angeles community,
Be it therefore resolved that the Greater Valley Glen Council urges the LADWP Board of Commissioners to defer any decision to change ECAF increases until a fully vetted solar program is disclosed to all Neighborhood Councils, associations and interested stakeholders.” The motion passes unanimously.
6. LAUSD mandatory school uniforms. Charlotte Laws presented on this issue. The Rules and Government Committee of the LA City Council has recommended that all LAUSD schools mandate uniforms.
The following motion was made by Charlotte Laws and seconded by Helen Lamonica:
“The GVGC supports a mandatory uniform policy for all LAUSD schools. It would help maintain discipline in the schools, reduce disruptions and violence associated with gang colors and help to eliminate socio-economic distinctions between families who can and cannot afford designer clothing. It would allow teachers to differentiate more easily between those who belong on campus and those who do not, and it would contribute to an atmosphere of learning and scholarship.” Motion passes unanimously.