FAIRFIELD — A $1,330 trip for a council member to attend all three days of the annual League of California Cities conference in September in Los Angeles – or a single day costing $525.
Or, don’t send anyone at all.
Take your pick, Fairfield City Council members.
The yearly business meeting of the cities league takes place Sept. 5 when league members make policy. The cheaper trip would provide a city presence.
Councilman John Mraz said it’s important for Fairfield to be present.
“I rail against junkets,” he said. “This is not a junket. You have to have a representative there.”
The Sacramento-based league describes itself as an association of California city officials who seek to influence policy decisions that affect cities in the state.
Resolutions the league takes up guide cities and the statewide association in efforts to improve local government in California, according to a report to the Fairfield City Council. Cities are given one vote each in matters affecting municipal issues, the report added.
Councilwoman Pam Bertani said cities gather to discuss key issues at the convention.
“It’s important to be at the table with a voice,” she said.
A single representative of the city is enough, Bertani said.
“I don’t think we all need to go,” the councilwoman said.
Fairfield City Manager David White considers the conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center a key event.
“It’s important for us,” he said, “to be able to advocate for issues that are important to the city.”
Costs for the three-day trip are $550 for registration, $220 for airfare, $400 for lodging, $100 for food and $60 for parking.
The $525 one-day cost involves a $275 registration, $220 for airfare and $30 for parking.
City Council members meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the chamber at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St.
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