Forty six years ago, I chose to settle in the new city of Pacifica. I found the people to be enthusiastic and very much involved. Election time was an exciting event in which the whole city took part. Today, I am wondering where all that enthusiasm and involvement has gone, and (why) apathy seems to have taken over. For at least the last four years, this City Council has spent our taxes recklessly and with abandon, with seemingly little or no oversight. Outside of Safety Services, the highest budgeted department seems to be that of the City Attorney, Cecilia Quick. Members of the City Council have done little or nothing to rein her (spending) in. The (city) attorney's salary for this year is $255,300, with a retirement benefit of $70,000 and other benefits of $41,900. In addition, her budget contains $180,000 for an outside contract attorney this year. In the last three years, this City Council has signed off on $1,989,913 to hire outside contract attorneys. This averages over half a million dollars a year. This is insanity. I assure you that all these figures come directly from the City's Finance Department. Perhaps the reason the City Council seems reluctant to curb this spending is because the Council has been too busy adding to their own pay package and thus (it) becomes a case of the fox guarding the hen house. Next week I will be further dissecting the City budget. Stay tuned. Please become informed and involved. The life of the City depends on participation and awareness.
Vi Gotelli, former City Council Member