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On the Agenda: campaign finance, lobbyist, cameras and utility theft

August 25, 2009

Here is the second installation of my weekly feature, “On the Agenda,” where I give you a brief rundown of some of the issues coming to the City Council dais.

At tonight’s meeting (at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council chambers) the agenda includes:

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

The City Council will consider an ordinance that would amend the city’s campaign finance ordinance so local elected officials would be able to use funds raised after election day to attend civic events and conferences.

Currently, city codes dictate that funds raised after election day can only be used to pay off debts, but excess funds raised before election day can go towards civic or legislative activities.

For more info, read an article I wrote last week.

LOBBYIST

The council will review a temporary contract with the city’s former federal lobbyist after voting against a one-year renewal with the firm at the end of June.

For more info, check out my article that ran in yesterday’s News-Press.

CAMERAS

The City Council will review the receipt of a $50,000 grant from Target to purchase and install surveillance cameras downtown.

Glendale Police Department officials say the cameras, which will be installed in publicly accessible areas, will help the department deter and investigate crime in the downtown area.

Veronica, our public safety reporter, wrote more about this in today’s paper.

UTILITY THEFT APPEALS

The City Council will consider proposed Glendale Water & Power Commission appeal procedures for residents found guilty of water or electric service theft.

I wrote more about this last month when the City Council approved an ordinance that strengthened the city’s ability to penalize utility thieves.


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