City Council | Budget, Union Contracts, FAHC Report, Housing Element Items on Agenda Tonight

Many agenda items will be reviewed in tonight's meeting.

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The South Pasadena City Council tonight will consider final adoption of the 2022-23 general fund budget which totals $42.2 million–an increase of $7.4 million, or 24 percent, over the estimated 2021-22 budget, which itself is coming in nearly $3 million more than originally budgeted.

The budget includes details of transportation projects to be paid for with $338,483 from the so-called “Rogan Fund Match,” while separately approving projects under the SB 1 road repair accountability act.

The City will also review a draft of the City’s long overdue annual comprehensive financial report for fiscal 2020-21, including the City auditor’s review and management letter with its three “material weaknesses” and finding on non-compliance on debt reporting.

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The City is also slated to “receive and file” the Finance Ad Hoc Committee report, which provides recommendations and findings stemming from the City’s summer 2020 financial management crisis.

In addition, the Council will hear a presentation on public review of its newly revised controversial housing element, a part of the very overdue general plan revision.

The Council will also vote on new, three-year agreements with the City’s unions and unrepresented employees. The new contracts will add benefits, including one-time lump-sum payments, that will cost the City $1.35 million during the first year–all of which will be paid from state pass-through of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Also on the agenda are contracts amendments for tree cutting services ($300,000); janitorial services ($40,000); traffic signal and streetlight services ($40,000); the police body worn camera system ($36,776); restaurant consultant services (previously budgeted); and code enforcement services (term extension only).

The Council will also formally schedule this year’s general municipal election for Nov. 8; give final approval to the creation of community services commission; and declare a Stage 2 serious water supply shortage.

The  meeting is set to begin at 6:59 pm in council chambers and via live broadcast at http://www.spectrumstream.com/streaming/south_pasadena/live.cfm, Webinar ID number 825-9999-2830.


Ben Tansey is a journalist and author. He grew up in the South Bay and is a graduate of Evergreen State College. He worked in Washington State as a reporter in a rural timber community and for many years as an editor for a Western electric energy policy publication based in Seattle. He and his wife Karin, an arts administrator from El Sereno, live in South Pasadena.