I was wrong.
Jose Huizar was not absent from City Council meetings half the time since June 1 — 13 absences in all — based on my unofficial tally from looking at voting records votes day by day and seeing who was missing from the 99,3 unanimous votes of approval.
An aide to Huizar called me and then the LA Weekly
which properly corrected the post based on my article.
In fact, the official tally maintained by the City Clerk shows Huizar was only absent six times — 20 percent of the time — but he was late seven times, causing him to miss many votes.
I apologize for mistaking habitual tardiness for absence from duty.
Frankly, I went to a lot of trouble to make the point that attendance at City Council meetings is rigged. All Council members are rarely in attendance at the same time, all absences are excused and attendance is monitored by staff to make sure there are 12 members present so ordinances can be adopted on unanimous votes in a single reading.
“Disclaimer: This information is not an official
record. Accordingly, it should not be
used to determine if Councilmembers voted.on agenda items for that day. Councilmembers may ha een officially excused to arrive
late or leave early pursuant to Council Rules.
For detailed and official information, please refer to the Ciity Council Journals. The City of Los Angeles is neither responsible nor liable for inaccuracies, errors
or omissions arising out of use of this information.”
The City Council Journals site is far more useful, carrying the roll calls taken at the start and end of meetings, actions taken on all agenda items, and many other details.