The City Council will convene as usual Tuesday, but the meeting is expected to start earlier than 1:30pm—possibly before noon—because of the numerous items on the agenda. The most notable issue at hand will be finalizing the mayor’s budget message for approval at the June 21 session.
A public hearing is being held at 7pm Monday at City Hall.
Several councilmembers have submitted memos asking for amendments to the mayor’s proposal, and among them are calls for greater investment in youth programs by Xavier Campos, Nancy Pyle and Donald Rocha.
Ash Kalra has asked that the city look into redirecting any cost savings if a ballot measure for pension reform does not go forward in November. He suggests that money should quickly be put toward saving the jobs of police officers. Pete Constant also submitted a memo on the need to save the jobs of officers.
Approval of a labor negotiations agreement between the city and the Police Officers Association could also take place Tuesday if the union’s membership ratifies the agreement. Voting within the POA has been taking place over the last week and is expected to conclude sometime before Tuesday’s meeting.
Another topic on Tuesday that could cause some debate to ensue over the mayor’s proposed budget is how remaining money from councilmember’s budgets for the fiscal year is appropriated.
Pete Constant has suggested in a memo to save police officers positions, that any re-budget money be directed toward public safety. Kansen Chu is suggesting an idea in contrast to Constant’s as well as the mayor’s proposal which would have 1/3 of any unspent money be kept by a particular district office while the rest is funneled back into the general fund.
Chu prefers that each district office pay $50,000 into the general fund and all other money remain in the councilmember’s budget for the following year. If a councilmember’s budget does not have $50,000, that money would then be subtracted from that district’s budget for the next fiscal year.
The scenario will likely set up an interesting debate between councilmembers who inherited money from their district predecessors and those who have been dealt more modest funds.
One subject not expected to be brought up Tuesday is how to deal with ordinances pertaining to the regulation of medical marijuana. The council is expected to defer any action on the matter until Aug. 9. This comes on the heels of reports that the city is making drastically less money on taxes from collectives than it did in the first few months Measure U went into effect. The city was making an average of $300,000 a month until May, when the city collected just $17,000 in taxes.
Other topics to be discussed includes a community sports field to be constructed at Allen at Steinbeck School, which is located in Nancy Pyle’s District 10, as well as sewer rate increases, speed limit modifications and enhancements to city communications.