City elected officials up travel costs

first_img Travel expenses are paid for through taxes, city revenues, charges, fines, fees, forfeitures and other funds. Burbank’s policy is to encourage its officials to travel to conferences, seminars and training sessions that help educate them about such issues as land-use planning, economic development policy, and to network with local and state officials. The policy also states that officials should search for the lowest fares possible, book airline tickets well in advance, and, if driving to conferences, try to travel in car pools, or in the city’s Honda Civic hybrids. Officials are paid in advance for their trips or are reimbursed for fees including registration, mileage, or cab rides, airline tickets in coach seats only, lodging and per diem allowances for meals. “We’re trying to be frugal,” Elliot said. “You do what you can to save money.” Travel costs were high last year because six elected officials took a total of 19 trips to Monterey, San Diego, Desert Springs, Calif., Chula Vista, Calif., Sacramento, Brea, Irvine, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Washington and Loveland, Colo. Former Councilwoman Stacey Murphy and fellow council members Campbell and Marsha Ramos were part of a city delegation to Washington, D.C., last May for the annual Police Memorial to honor officers who died in the line of duty. The council members were there to honor slain Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka, whose name was added to the Wall of Remembrance. Pavelka was gunned down in 2003 in a shootout with purported Vineland Boys gang members. Murphy and Mayor Jef Vander Borght spent a total of $1,145 for travel to Loveland on Aug. 6-8, 2004, for the 13th annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale as part of a committee to select artists and artwork for Burbank’s art in public places program. As part of getting the permit for the new Magnolia Power Plant project, officials had to contribute a percentage of the cost of the project to art, Vander Borght said. The trip helped them choose the artists and the art that will be erected within the next couple of months at two city intersections. He said officials searched locally and chose Loveland, a hub for foundries that produce bronze sculptures. “We spent the day, morning till night, talking to artists,” Vander Borght said. “We were able to see the artwork all in one swoop.” Behind Campbell, Murphy was the second-most frequent traveler. She spent $4,757 on seven trips between 2002 and Aug. 30, 2005. She resigned after being charged with felony drug possession and misdemeanor child endangering in a case that grew from a federal probe into the Vineland Boys gang. Ramos spent $2,967 on seven trips since 2002 to Monterey, Washington, Long Beach, San Francisco, Brea, and two to Sacramento. She said the conferences give city leaders an opportunity to get information from and share ideas with officials from around the country. “You can’t operate as an island,” she said. “It’s important that our city be at the table for information sharing, to be addressed by the governor, and to give input on the direction of propositions that affect all our constituents.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Elected officials’ city-related travel expenses nearly tripled from 2002 to 2004 as they attended conferences in Sacramento, Colorado and Washington, D.C., records show. The mayor, four City Council members, city treasurer and city clerk spent $11,294 on travel in 2004, compared with $3,520 in 2002, according to travel records requested under the California Public Records Act. With just eight weeks remaining in 2005, only three City Council members have traveled this year, spending $3,668. “I think it’s an investment with huge returns,” said Vice Mayor and Councilman Todd Campbell, the most frequent traveler, who has gone on nine city-sponsored trips, totaling $8,118 since 2003. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m not going to attend something just to attend something. I go with the intent of gaining knowledge and growing so I can provide value to the residents and businesses that I represent.” But Kris Vosburgh, the executive director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said there’s no need for all the travel, especially in the age of e-mails and video conferences. “They shouldn’t have any transportation expenses that take them outside the borders of Burbank,” Vosburgh said. “There’s no need for them to be out junketing and socializing at conferences. The money could be better spent within the community.” In fiscal 2002-03, more than $17,000 of the city’s $474 million budget was set aside for travel by the city’s seven elected officials. But after that year, due to a city budget crunch, officials cut the City Council’s portion – which was $12,500 – nearly in half to $6,500. “Typically these are the types of items you eliminate,” said Bob Elliot, the city’s interim financial services director. “You look at the things you can cut.” last_img read more


Three murdered over weekend 44 deaths for 2017

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – No motive and no suspects despite an island wide manhunt in the shooting death of a police officer, found dead on Coral Harbour Road on Easter Sunday morning around 1am.   Senior ACP Stephen Dean opted out of responding to questions on the motive for the murder of Sgt 102 Charles Greenslade out of respect for the family, he said.  At this time, the Police Force is focused on getting the suspects.There were two other murders over the weekend; one a shooting in Ridgeland Park on Saturday night of man, the other a stabbing in Murphy Town, Abaco on Monday morning.  In the Ridgeland Park killing it is reported by Police that a man with a handgun walked up to 21 year old Quinton Smith and shot him, Smith was pronounced dead on the scene.Mark Sawyer is reported as the identity of the Abaco man found stabbed to death around 7am on Easter Monday; he too was pronounced dead at the scene.   The country is at 44 murders now at 108 days into 2017.#MagneticMediaNews#44deathsfor2017#policeofficerfounddeadNassau Related Items:#44deathsfor2017, #magneticmedianews, #policeofficerfounddeadNassaulast_img read more


Ozil says hes positive he can return soon

first_imgThe German footballer is currently injured and missed the Christmas and New Year’s matches due to a knee injury.German footballer Mesut Ozil has a knee injury and has missed a couple of Arsenal’s matches.And he went into Instagram to vent his frustration about missing the team’s recent games.“Positive start into 2019 for us!” he wrote as reported by The Standard.“Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless, it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again,” he added.“Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö”.Positive start into 2019 for us!❤ Congrats Gunners!⚽👏🏼 Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! 💪🏼💥 #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019last_img read more