On the current agenda for the latest Charter Commission meeting is a list of topics for open discussion by the group. Ostensibly “identified by Committee Members” as issues of concern, you know damn well that it’s really staff members instead who are pushing these individual topics. No one normal in Burbank for instance is running to the meeting table with these kinds of singular interests.
Notably absent from their official list btw is the topic of “rent control,” which shows you just how Democratic these supposed Democrats are now who we have sitting on the council. As Dems they’re useless.
Conspicuously present though is this concern:
6. Direct appointment of Clerk and Treasurer…
Why? Sorry guys, but the Burbank voters turned you down flat the last time you tried to foist this blatant consolidation of private power onto the residents. So why do you keep pushing it?
City council handpicking of these two jobs is a terrifically bad and undemocratic idea. If anything, this rubber-stamp “charter committee” should be talking instead about whether or not the city attorney’s office ought to be put to a public vote, as it is in other towns. Not reducing voter power even more.
Burbank’s Charter is getting too ridiculously big anyway. The reason for this constant (and, in Burbank, unprecedented) move to keep revising the Charter over and over again is because staff wants to use it to permanently memorialize their own particular management issues and political concerns. And those of their Burbank “friends.”
Because once in there, it’s impossible for any future city council to amend or remove them. Most of the matters of concern on this latest agenda — if at all valid, which is dubious — should be revised instead by the ordinance process.