Such positions, she said, were against a council policy that says the city shouldn’t get involved in matters that don’t directly impact
But last Wednesday, the new council majority, at Diaz’s request, voted to author a resolution and send a letter opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to allow offshore drilling along
Diaz said she doesn’t find the move hypocritical because former Mayor
“That rule has been used and manipulated several times over the years to essentially prove it’s irrelevant,” she said.
Diaz said her position has nothing to do with Trump and everything to do with saving the coast. She said the entire county’s economy would be affected by offshore drilling.
Abed, over the years, argued that illegal immigration was an issue that directly impacted
Wednesday night, the new majority voted 3-2 to oppose drilling.
Similar to other recent votes, the two conservative members of the council left from the old majority voted against making the largely symbolic statement.
Both men supported joining the sanctuary city lawsuit and generally supported other positions the council has taken over the years that were viewed by many as anti-illegal immigration stances.
“The reason that we have language in our city council policies about not taking on issues that don’t affect the city is because (former councilwoman and now state Assemblywoman)
She tried to bring attention to the policy later.
“I tried to use that when Sam (former mayor
By authorizing the resolution,
“Everything is different than it used to be,” Diaz said.
Diaz said the council will soon sit down at a workshop to plan out future policies and the city’s priorities and direction. She said she would like to include examination of the policy not to get involved in matters not directly impacting the city, as well as policies such as the requirement that at least two members of the council must agree before an item can be placed on the agenda.
Diaz often found herself over the past years unable to place an item on the agenda for discussion because she couldn’t get another member of the council to agree to consider it.
Starting times of council meetings may also be changed. Martinez said she would like to have meetings start later than
In other action at the council’s Wednesday night meeting, the members gave direction to city staff to come up with changes to the way the budget is presented and discussed, with the emphasis being on far more interaction with the public.
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