Today, more than ever, we need a Community Advocate who tells the truth and cares more about the people than the special interests and the city union bosses who pull the strings of our council members. Mike is a founding member of GLENDALE COALITION FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
Transcript of council
evening ladies and gentlemen. On the eve of the 4th of July 2013, a
group of concerned citizens met at Glendale Central Library, because Glendale
City Council was planning to raise the electric rates of the people, without
their consent. This action was in violation of Proposition 26 of the State
Constitution. On August 6, 2013, our City Council without the express approval
of the people raised our electric rates 29.1%, over the next five years,
because our politicians since 2000 depleted approximately $250 million from
Glendale Water and Power Company and decided to use that money for non utility
over a year ago a GWP meeting was held at the Glendale Police Station
Headquarters.Our new City Manager, Scott Ochoa, informed the
people’s attorney, Professor Harry Zavos, that the utility company had about
$150 million in 2005.
practically nothing is left in our utility company. Mr. Ochoa and Mayor Weaver,
where did the people’s money go? Why did we need to have another electric rate
increase last year plus another $60 million bond? Why? Did we transfer all that
money to the General Fund to pay for the bloated salaries and pensions of our Union City workforce?
Weaver, why did you have to tell Professor Zavos if he did not like the way GWP
was being run he should sue the city? Mayor Weaver, why did you tell this
speaker a couple of months ago if I did not like the way the city was being run
… I should just leave? Mayor Weaver, in all due respect, did the people elect
you king? I thought we had elected you as a council person accountable to the
week the GLENDALE COALITION FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT fought back and reluctantly
filed a lawsuit against the City of Glendale
for the illegal transfer of millions of dollars from Glendale Water and Power
to the General Fund to be used for non GWP purposes.
Coalition for Better Government welcomes members of the community who are
looking for integrity, accountability, responsiveness, and transparency in city
government. The COALITION is an all volunteer, non partisan, non-profit
organization.Their website is www.GlendaleCaCoalition.Org.
this year, another group of concerned citizens formed THE TAX LIMITATION
COMMITTEE. These citizens are currently circulating a petition, throughout the
city, to repeal the city’s 7% Utility Users Tax on water, electricity, gas,
phone and cell phones. These citizens are upset, because the taxes that
Glendale Water and Power say they need is being transferred to the city’s
General Fund.Last year alone, about $21
million was transferred from our utility company. Subsequently, to add insult
to injury our City Council members claim Glendale Water and Power needs more
money to run its utility company and continues to increase rates on water,
electricity and new bond obligations.
is enough….. enough? Why is GWP being used as a CASH COW in violation of the city
struggling families and small merchants try to survive in this economy the
question being asked is...Where is all that money going?
Prior to the
American Revolution against the British in 1776, the cry heard throughout the
13 colonies was “taxation without representation”. Now, in the city of Glendale
a different cry is being heard when citizens have to reluctantly revolt and sue
their local government or seek a petition to repealmiss -used taxes.
When our elected
officials do not want to listen to the people, but are beholden to the unions
as well as large developers, then a citizens’ revolt is a natural re-action.
A few merchants where
one can sign the Petition to Repeal the City Utility Users Tax are:
Adams Square: Cristi Cleaners, Adams
Kenneth Village: Jerry Armen Realtor, Georges Cucina’s Restaurant
Montrose/Glendale: Trotta Floor Covering, Dominos Pizza, Quiznoz, Twigs and Things
Glendale: Antique Car Wash, Braun
Brakes Chevy Chase Canyon: Boris Auto Repair, Mike