City Controller Laura Chick has scuttled the City Council’s attempt to hold an illegal closed door meeting to cut a back room deal to end the political fight between her and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.
Wannabe City Attorney Jack Weiss, backed by council leaders Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, introduced a motion last month in absentia making council intervention in the dispute an emergency issue and setting the closed door meeting for tomorrow’s council agenda.
At issue is Chick’s insistence on being able to audit programs run by other elected officials, in this case the city’s troubled worker compensation cases handled by the City Attorney. Delgadillo refused and filed a Superior Court complaint claiming the City Charter does not give the controller authority to subpoena his records or an audit his performance.
The council then jumped into the fray even though if Delgadillo is right it would not have the authority to intervene in a political and legal fight between two elected officials whose positions are created by the charter.
Since the council cannot affect the dispute, its justification for freezing out the public is specious as well — nothing but a naked deceit to operate in secret on an issue that should be debated in public.
With Chick’s refusal to bow to the council, the issue of her authority apparently isn’t so urgent.now and will not be taken up for several weeks by the Rules Committee.
“This must be a public and open discussion that will begin in the
Council Rules Committee soon and ultimately decided by the voters in
March,” said Chick.
I had intended to go to City Hall Wednesday to object to the closed door meeting on legal and moral grounds. The issue remains the same: The public must be vigilant and object to every illegal action by the council or other city officials
City Hall must start obeying the law. If you know of illegal actions by city offiicals, let me know at email@example.com